On Eagle's Wings

On Eagle's Wings
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will bring to pass all that He has promised, for He is faithful. Has He not said and will He not perform? We live in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began; and Jesus Himself said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away."

"Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments ... The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness ...  He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them--he remains faithful forever. ...  His mercies are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. ... God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. ... The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it ... the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. ... if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself. ... Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful."

Jesus is the only constant. He never changes and is the same yesterday, today and forever. We can rely on Him to take care of us until the day of His return. Over and over we are reminded of our God's faithfulness. You are the One who is FAITHFUL AND TRUE! May the knowledge and remembrance of that bring us Your peace today.

My heart rejoices when I read the promise
'There is a place I am preparing for you.'
I know someday I'll see my Lord face to face,
'Cause my Redeemer is faithful and true.
My Redeemer is faithful and true.

My Redeemer is faithful and true.
Everything He has said He will do,
And every morning His mercies are new.
My Redeemer is faithful and true. ~Steven Curtis Chapman

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Showers of Blessings Hodgepodge

Here are the fun questions for this week's Wednesday Hodgepodge. Answer on your own blog then jump back over to Joyce tomorrow and add your link to the party. See you there! And, as always, thank you, Joyce!

1. April showers bring May flowers or so the saying goes. Has your April been filled with showers? Do you carry an umbrella, wear a slicker, or make a run for it? Besides rain, what else has filled your April?

We have had plenty of April showers, enough to flood behind our back yard. We've also had hail with the showers, although not as bad as some of the surrounding cities. I'm very t hankful. Hail the past two years has been brutal, busting car windshields and windows of people's homes and roofs.

I buy umbrellas and keep them in the car and somehow they always end up in the trunk so that I have to get out in the rain to grab one. I always kept a big umbrella on the patio for use when I would take my dog Trudy out and stand over her holding the umbrella to keep her dry in the rain. Spoiled doggie. And I also have a little rain jacket.

April has been filled with fun, company, Bible studies, time with family and friends, and MOST important of all,

my DH's surgery for the abdominal aorta aneurysm! Had the follow-up visit today (Tuesday) and doctor says he looks good. He will do a CT scan in a couple of weeks to see what it looks like and he said the aneurysm should begin to shrink. And now DH is free from that ever present possibility of rupture. Thanks be to God, this makes April a very happy month! Showers of blessings!

2. What's something you could you give a 30-minute presentation on at a moment's notice and with zero preparation?

I don't know about it being a presentation, but I think I could speak for at least 30 minutes about God's love for us and His grace.

3. Share with us a favorite food memory from childhood.

Pinto beans, fried potatoes and cornbread were an all time favorite (and still is), and another was pot roast with all the vegetables and loads of gravy. My mom used to make homemade rolls and I could easily eat half a dozen of those with the pot roast meal.

4. What's a song you thought you knew the lyrics to, but later discovered you were wrong?

Louie, Louie!

5. According to one travel website, the most overrated tourist attractions in America are-
Niagara Falls (NY), Hollywood Walk of Fame (California), Times Square (NYC), Epcot (FL), Seattle Space Needle (WA), and Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market (Boston). How many of these have you seen in person?

Niagara Falls, Times Square, and Quincy Market.

Did you feel like a tourist? Yes. Did you care? No.

Tell us about a place (not on the list) you've visited that might be considered a tourist trap, but you love it anyway.

Jerusalem - there were all kinds of vendors trying to sell jewelry and items made of olive wood.

6. Your signature clothing item?

Tee shirt and jeans.

7. What's an experience you've had you think everyone should experience at least once? Why?

I loved visiting Israel and seeing the places I'd read about in the Bible all my life. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, we went back a second time and, given the opportunity, would go back again. When asked in a job interview what my dream job would be, I said I would love to be a tourist guide in Israel.

If you love our Lord and the Bible, you would love visiting Israel. Even if you aren't a believer, it is an ancient place with loads of interesting things to see and history to learn.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

The storm has passed. We've been flooded with showers of blessings. Thank You, Father.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jack is 6

The weekend was filled with family and fun. On Friday, Sara and the boys came to visit for the two-fold purpose of visiting Papa and Nonnie, and for Jack's birthday party (mostly that 😉)! We had a great time playing at the park, having waffles and cinnamon rolls for breakfast, playing Hearts and, of all things, they wanted to watch Old Yeller! So we did!

Saturday was happy birthday party time for Jack!

Pancakes first thing!

At home, opening gifts from the family.

The big box contained the Rip Razor from us.

He had to try it out first thing!

Kids always love a big box.

Jack likes to cross his eyes.

Then, lunch at Braum's Ice Cream!

Celebrating Jason and Amy's
11th wedding anniversary!

DH with daughter Sara

And finally! Fun at the Obstacle Warrior Kids and everybody LOVES this place. What a workout for these kids!

He came!
He saw!
He conquered!

This was funny. Jack had told everybody he wanted a Rubik's cube.
He now has several and when he opened this Rubik's cube from a buddy, he looked at it
and said, "I already have one of these - here, you can have it!"
I think he's gonna need a little lesson on accepting gifts, although it was generous of
him to give it away.

Taking a break from being Ninjas to having a little
cake and ice cream.

Sweet kids!

Jason treated all 15 of us after the party for dinner at a Mexican Restaurant! It was truly a wonderful day!

They couldn't even make it up the stairs. So tired!

(Kate got a little gift, too and she tried it out last night!)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Foto Friends

Linking up today with Deb at Breathing in Grace for Friday Foto Friends.

We weren't with the kids for their respective Easter Egg hunts, but I'm saving the pics given to me.

This was the beautiful cross at Amy and Jason's church. Everyone brings flowers to place upon it. I think that is a lovely idea and had not seen it before but apparently, it is something many churches do.

Sweet Kate

Amy and Jack

Jason had to work on Saturday and Easter Sunday so he isn't in the photos. That is one of the drawbacks in the life of a firefighter. Their schedules go regardless of holidays.



Brady and Noah were with their cousins for Easter. I kind of edited the photos to spotlight them, but I see that there was no way to edit them all out. Tate (the kid with the Easter basket on his head) had to remain! Lol! Funny kids. They do have a great group of cousins who all live nearby. Their Grandma there is blessed to have all her little chickens live so close.

Below is a photo of a new car dealership on the tollway we travel frequently ... uh, more like every day! As we have watched so many buildings going up, this one caught our interest as they built it and we guessed what it would be. We wondered about whether cars would be displayed in this tower and, sure enough, there they are. My pic is crooked because I was driving as I held the phone up running the video. It somewhat resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is lit up at night, but I don't dare try to take a picture of it then.

As we see the changes happening so quickly before our eyes, the countryside is changing. It makes me sad to see the landscape change and the animals are being run off the land for hotels, shopping and restaurants. Below is a picture of fields where there used to be mesquite trees everywhere. They have been bulldozed down and afterward, we saw several mounds. It dawned on me (duh) one day that the trees had been turned into mulch.

One tree left.

Happy Friday!

The above is from a Facebook page I follow ... PeacefulMomentsForWomen. Her pics are always so sweet and so are the thoughts she shares.

We will be celebrating Jack's 6th birthday this Saturday. So hard to believe. Don't you dare blink because they go from this:

 to this in a flash!!

 Happy Birthday to you, Jack. We love you!

Oh yes! And we love your Mommy and Daddy
who just happen to celebrate their anniversary on your birthday!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Flying Hodgepodge

Time does fly when you're having fun and the past two weeks have flown since the last Hodgepodge. Join up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond and share your answers to the questions.

1. Tell us about a time you felt like you were 'flying by the seat of your pants'.

Trying to finish this blog before I leave for Bible Study Fellowship!
Every time I began a new job, I felt that way. And, as I try to take up the baton of tending to the business of our finances, house, and everything that pertains to that.

2. When or where would you most like to be 'a fly on the wall'?

I can't think of anywhere right now.

3. 'Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.'-Henry David Thoreau

Would you agree? Yes.
Why or why not?

I think the answer lies in the wisdom of several Bible verses and doing life God's way: Being content with what you have, being thankful for what you have, giving to others, helping others and you will find joy. I do like feeling happy, but I don't go looking for it. I very often simply feel happy for no reason! I love those moments.

4. Share a favorite movie, book, or song with flying in it's title, lyrics, or theme somewhere.

I'll fly Away; Angel Flying too Close to the Ground by Willie Nelson. I remember reading a book as a child about a little Dutch girl who flew around in an air balloon showing a little boy all the sights of Holland.

5. What is one task or chore you tend to do 'on the fly'? Is this something that really needs to be done another way?

Maybe cleaning the bathroom. And not sure if this counts, but yesterday time got away from me and at 3:30 I realized I needed to get dinner cooked, eaten and dishes away by 4:30. Well, 28 minutes later, this was on our plates and by 4:15, we were ready to go.

6. What was happening the last time you thought to yourself or said aloud, 'Wow, time flies when you're having fun', and you meant it.

Last evening we went to watch our granddaughter play softball and, because we were going to be responsible for taking her home, were a little surprised when we discovered it would be a double header. I wondered if DH would be able to make it that long, but to my surprise, the time did fly and it was great fun to watch the second graders play ball.

7. This Thursday is National Garlic Day. Will you add garlic to your menu on Thursday? Do you like garlic? What's your favorite dish made with garlic?

Anything Italian. I'm going to make a chicken penne pasta which calls for garlic. Tonight stuffed peppers which will be seasoned with garlic.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Time just flies by and this pic came up in my memories on Facebook yesterday reminding me of that very thing. He's the youngest and last of the grandkids and he will be six this week. Kinda makes me sad, but I'm happy that he is the sweetest boy and just watching his expressions bring a smile to my heart and my face.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything!!

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Memories

One thing for sure, picture taking skills back in the 50's at our house were not too good. The background scenery sometimes was sad, the light was bad, and the subjects didn't always cooperate. But, all in all, the memories are sweet, no matter the picture.

My first pic with an Easter basket.

My sister and I with our little bunnies.

With Daddy

The family

The dresses above were palest blue organdy with blue netting aprons,
every stitch was done with love by my precious Mother.
In March, 1958, my brother came along and my aunt made
Easter dresses for my sister and I. They were dresses of soft yellow fabric
with a floral pattern, drop waist, and tan dusters to wear over them.

Little brother

Dark shadows!!!  ;-)

With my mother.
That hairdo!!!!
I remember really liking the dress, but now it
is a tad weird-looking for an adult to be wearing.

The above pics are from my Easters past, but these pics are just in from one of our nephews! Two sweet girls making their own Easter memories.

We went to Good Friday service last night at church, which was very moving, and I'm looking forward to attending Easter service this evening. I always loved Easter Sunday as a young girl. There was so much to look forward to: new clothes, shoes, Easter baskets, hunting for eggs, and especially hearing the story about Jesus. I remember coming home excited about the fact that when Mary went to the tomb, it was empty and how her mourning was turned to joy when she saw Jesus in the garden. I would teach the lesson to my sister and my pretend students.

I pray that everyone has a blessed weekend as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Worthy, He is worthy of all praise and glory! Without Him, we would all perish! Thanks be to God for this indescribable gift of salvation through Jesus.