Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachable Spirit

Like these grandchildren listening to their papa-do I have a teachable spirit? That is the question I have been asking my self after my morning's devotions. Psalms 32:8-10 says: "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him." Am I sometimes like a wayward horse or stubborn mule?
Check out this video:(taken a while ago but still SO cute)

I sometimes "balk" at instruction, especially when it is in the form of criticism coming from my husband. Yet isn't constructive criticism a God-ordained way to grow in wisdom? And didn't God give me this dear man to protect me, love me, TEACH me as Christ loves, protects and teaches the church? Do I trust that "God knows best" when He put man as the head of the "house"?
 Why is it most women find it easier to take instruction from a pastor behind the pulpit, a teacher in a classroom, girlfriends around a cup of tea, or even scripture itself, than listening to and learning from their God-given mates?? So my recent prayer has been to have ears to hear, eyes to see, and a heart open to listen and understand what God is trying to teach me through the man I married!
Teach me, God, I am beginning to listen!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"Beautiful Days!"

Last week I read this line on a window of a store while waiting in Miami traffic:
"Life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful."
The truth in that statement played itself out for six plus days while my sister and her husband visited us in our RV. Each day was beautiful even though not perfect.

The first day of their visit we drove to and through the Keys.
Not perfect:
     long drive
     some rain
     God's creation
     picnic lunch
     getting nipped by a pelican-oops, is this in the wrong column??  

Day two was planned a ranger led bike ride through the grassland/pine section of the Everglade National Park.
Not perfect:
     hard to locate a picnic table
     navigating tree roots and rough terrain on our "mountain" bikes
     nature in all "it's" glory
     excellent information from a knowledgable volunteer park ranger 

The third day dawned lovely as golf ensued:
Not perfect;
     a newly washed car the landing spot of bird poop
     Greg & Marlene's 18 holes of golf & delicious strawberry milkshakes
     lovely views on the course

In the fourth day we road an airboat in the morning and then biked along a canal filled with alligators, a wide variety of birds, and other Florida wild life.
Not perfect:
     sore "butts" after the 15 mile ride
     women losing in a lively game of pickle ball
     soaring through the glades on an airboat with a competent and informative guide
     watching an alligator crunch a fish and birds soaring overhead
     worthy exercise on the bikes in 75 degree sunshine

During day five we drove in and through the city of Miami.
Not perfect:
      horrendous traffic from a luxury boat show on the Bay
      no available parking places downtown-AT ALL!
      discovery of a park with a sandy beach we strolled
     peek at a lighthouse

Saturday found us on a tour of a Fruit & Spice Park & in the campground playing games:
Not perfect:
     women with the worst mini-golf scores
     too cold to enjoy the pool
     men winning two out of three pegs & joker's games
     picking juicy, red strawberries
     informative tour learning about various fruit trees and spice bushes
     women beating husbands at shuffleboard


Life is indeed beautiful as a Christian! We can be content, even joyous, no matter what circumstances come our way. "Be content with such things as you have. For He himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say, "The Lord is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me?" Hebrews 13:5-6

Find beauty in EVERY day God gives you!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Photos from Florida

January in Florida working a volunteer project for the organization SOWER (servants on wheels ever ready) as well as precious time with friends and enjoying the warm sun!

Psalm 92:14-15
"They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The Lord is upright, He is my rock, and there is nothing but goodnes in Him.""