REPTILE AWARENESS DAY

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http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/

Are you aware of reptiles?  I like to admire most of them from a distance…  no offense intended to anyone who owns them.  I do think that reptiles are some of God’s most beautiful creatures, so today I thought it might be nice to post some pretty photos.  My knowledge of reptiles would almost fill a thimble, so we’ll just let the pictures do the talking.crocodile-580612_1280

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God definitely has good taste!  🙂

NATIONAL FALL FOLIAGE WEEK

tl-9-27-thru-10-3-national-fall-foliage-weekI know the upcoming election is important – it’s a turning point for America.  Having said that, I will add that I’m sick and tired of the campaign speeches, debates and mud slinging on both sides.

When I read that this week is NATIONAL FALL FOLIAGE WEEK, my first thought was “Oh how lovely to sit and watch the amazing colors dancing instead of watching politics on television.”

Here are a few poems about this beautiful time of year:

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Sit back and turn up the volume because here are some of the most beautiful videos I could find on the internet.  Today let’s relax with a cup of any hot beverage and enjoy God’s nature.

NATIONAL MOTH WEEK

TL 7-23 thru 7-31 NATIONAL MOTH WEEKMost of the moths in our part of the country are not as pretty as the photo on today’s banner.  Ours tend to be fuzzy little dark brown critters and nothing as pretty as their cousins the butterflies.  insect-626199_1920

This week we pay homage to the humble little moth, a creature that God made and apparently wanted to save and saw to it that a couple made it to Noah’s ark.  What are the differences between butterflies and moths?  moth-butterfly-differences

http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-butterflies-and-moths/

http://nationalmothweek.org/

Moths make up the order Lepidoptera, one of the major groups of insects. There are over 150,000 species of moths!  They live around the world, inhabiting forests, meadows, fields and human houses.  Since they destroy certain fruit and crops, they are classified as pests.  Moths can range in size from smaller than a pencil tip to bigger than a songbird.

Moths are usually active at night and rest during the day in a preferred wooded habitat.

So they aren’t just the drab little brown creatures that hang around our porch light and cling to our screens at night in the summertime.  Who knew?  I didn’t know there were folks out there interested in raising them.

The beautiful Luna moth does not have a mouth — so cannot eat — and will live only for about one week, with the singular purpose of mating!  There’s a small group of moths called “bird dropping” moths.  Yep – it’s because that’s what they look like when they are at rest.

Here’s a resource for anyone who wants to know more about moths.  It was written with the beginner in mind and is easy to understand.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/peterson-field-guide-to-moths-of-northeastern-north-america-david-beadle/1104512944

Did you know that moths like beer?  The Nature Conservancy writes, “Nothing attracts these guys like beer.  A tip from our scientists:  Mix a paste of beer, brown sugar and banana.  Paint it on some trees, kick back and relax, then check back in the evening with your flashlight to see the multitude of moths you’re sure to attract.”

 The next time you are outside and see the moths gathered by your porch light or clinging to your screen door, think about some of the fun facts you’ve learned here.  🙂

 

 

HAPPY EASTER

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Our faith is what connects our weakness to God’s power.  – Wanda McDaniel

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Jesus as a baby into our world with a mission to save our sins at Calvary.  Thank You for raising Him from the dead and for Your precious Holy Spirit.  Thank You for loving us so much!

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

And with great power gave the apostles their witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.  – Acts 4:33

How many colors can you fathom?  There are not enough colors on the palette to describe the joy in every Christian’s heart and soul today!  God raised Jesus from the dead and HE IS ALIVE!!!  The colors available to us are not vivid enough to paint the joy we feel today!

 Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.   – Clarence W. Hall

God did not leave us in Saturday – after death and despair.  He raised Christ from the dead and now He sits at the right hand of God in heaven.

And…  when God raised Christ from the grave, He did not leave man alone either, but gave us His Holy Spirit to help us.  That is love.  So as you paint Easter eggs, remember to use the most bright and vivid colors you can find because we are celebrating today!

 The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.   – Robert Flatt

Throughout my life I’ve heard the phrase “I know that I know that I know that I KNOW my Savior is alive!”  It means that the faith you have remains unshaken and you continue to fully trust in God through Christ Jesus no matter what.

 The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.   – Henry Knox Sherrill

We know that regardless of outward appearances, God has a plan and He knows what He’s doing.  Keep praying and reading His Word.  Trust Him for the answers you need in your life.

 Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.   – Floyd W. Tomkins

As you color Easter eggs, think about all the beautiful colors that represent how thankful you are for the resurrection of Christ – and that He is ALIVE!!!  Happy Easter!!!  🙂

CHAOS NEVER DIES DAY

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As I look for documentation, I see no solid evidence of when this wacky holiday started or who started it.  Today we celebrate (I say that tongue in cheek) CHAOS NEVER DIES DAY!!!

What are we afraid of, as humans?  Chaos.  The outsider…  We’re terrified of disruption.  We’re afraid that somebody’s going to steal our mushrooms in the checkout line.  – Stephen King

There’s no doubt that life in general is messy and busy, but I suppose that keeps us from getting bored with it.  Chaos has a purpose – to make us stronger.  There’s not much control over the degree of chaos outside your own home to be sure, but within the walls of your home, you most definitely have some control (even though you may not believe you do).

With the Thanksgiving and Christmas season fast approaching, we should use this day to practice for even more hectic days to come.  There is definitely a fair amount of chaos in the world and every time we walk out the door of the sanctuary of our home we should pray that God will help us navigate it with some clarity of thought.  Let’s not forget – God is NOT the author of confusion.

 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  – 1 Corinthians 14:33

Chaos and confusion does not need to rule the day in our own homes.  With God’s help we can have a calm and peaceful oasis.  It’s a choice we make as a family, just as love in a family is a choice.

Here’s a little refresher course about the color wheel:

Of course, choosing the right colors to invoke a sense of calm in your living space is only part of the solution.  The bulk of the work is done psychologically and spiritually.  Invite God into your plans and watch how He will work in your family.

The most difficult circumstance is when a couple is unequally yoked.  In other words, one partner has accepted Christ as their personal Savior and the other partner has not.  That is the kind of chaos that really does seem to never end.  Keep praying for your spouse and don’t give up.  My girlfriend actually printed off the Sinner’s Prayer and framed it (beautifully) and hung it in the entryway of her house.  I’m not suggesting you do that, but eventually her husband of over twenty years asked her about the prayer, she was able to share her faith, and her husband came to a saving knowledge of Christ.  They have enjoyed a lovely, chaos-free home ever since.

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.  In Your Name I pray, Amen.

God has given each of us free will.  That means we have a choice in what we accept and what we reject in life.  If something (or dare I say it – someone) is causing you enormous stress, pray about it and let it (or them) go if you need to.   ❤

THANKS LIVING DAY 9

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PRAYER ABOUT AUTUMN

The foliage has been losing its freshness through the month of August, and here and there a yellow leaf shows itself like the first gray hair amidst the locks of a beauty who has seen one season too many…. September is dressing herself in showy dahlias and splendid marigolds and starry zinnias. October, the extravagant sister, has ordered an immense amount of the most gorgeous forest tapestry for her grand reception. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

What a beautiful day we are having here at the Longaberger Homestead! I’ve seen so many new basket styles and some of them are interesting to me, but I really like the older baskets best. Does that make me an old lady? Wow, I sure hope not, but I really am partial to the lighter stain color and older styles.

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree. – Emily Bronte

I just enjoy walking around the beautiful grounds here at the Homestead. I’m not sure who does all the work there but it is certainly nice! There’s something about being surrounded by beauty. It makes me feel abundantly blessed! Thank You, God, for giving some people a talent for landscaping. I will continue to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

You expected to be sad in the fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintery light. But you knew there would always be the spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person died for no reason. – Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

My dad always told me if I got a chance to take a vacation and go East in the Autumn, I should go. I wish he was here because I would say “Wow, dad – you were right! The colors are amazing!” It feels so good to get some things crossed off my bucket list! I still have a long list, but everything in time. Today I am so very thankful for opportunities to rest and relax (and shop for baskets too, of course)!   Wink!  😉

THANKS LIVING DAY 6

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PRAYER ABOUT LIGHT
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1

I’m fascinated with stained glass and Thomas Kinkade art. What do the two have in common? LIGHT.

Thomas Kinkade was known as “The painter of light”. His art portrays a warmth like no other; particularly the cottage paintings. There’s something about seeing a cottage with every light on. It indicates there is life inside. I imagine there are people who are happy with each other. I imagine many conversations going on within the walls of the cottage. I imagine that life inside a Thomas Kinkade painted cottage is perfectly laced with love, laughter and joy. The paintings draw me in with their peaceful enchantment.

I am quite fond of stained glass. It has nothing to do with the value of it. I do not have to own a Tiffany lamp to enjoy the effect. Seeing fragments of colored light filtered through a stained glass lamp dancing on a wall is the most beautiful sight. I’m reminded of the Light of Christ that we all carry in our hearts. The colors of my Light are different from the colors of your Light. We go to the same Source – but we fragment differently. It’s all of our talents and gifts from our Light Source that make us work together so well to reach the lost world for Christ!

Stop wishing you had another person’s talent or gift. God gave you the colors you have through Christ. The Holy Spirit helps you to grow and develop the Light you carry inside your soul. Concentrate on doing that instead of just wishing you had something different. If you had someone else’s Light it would not be a better Light anyway, but it would just echo someone else! You were not created to be an echo of anyone else. You are given your own colors by God so that you can praise and worship Him in your own unique style. The enemy of your soul wants nothing more than to talk you into the notion that the Light God gave you is not “good enough”. If he can persuade you to stop using your gifts and talents for God – that makes him very happy. Don’t give ol’ split hoof that kind of power over you!   🙂