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


Wednesday, March 25, 2020


A great big thank you to Joyce for opening Hodgepodge for a while. In answer to your question, YES! It's kind of fun to be back! Kind of? I'm kind of excited! Last time we met was September, 2018. I pretty much depended on Joyce to nudge me into action and also Terri with Wednesday Medleys. So if you're excited about it too, link up right here for:

1. Tell me something big-important-happy-or sad that's happened in your life since that date. Just one thing. We don't know how long this current isolation situation is going to last and we might need to dole out our news bit by bit.

One thing for me is all of those things. The biggest, most important, sad thing was my Dear Heart moving up to Heaven. I’m missing him like crazy, but have to add there was some happy in the celebration of his life, which I shared here in December. I haven’t quite been in the swing of things as far as blogging goes, but must say the support I have received on all sides from family, church family, Friends, and my Bible Study Friends has been over the top! 

2. Might as well get this out of the way early on...COVID-19. On a scale of 1-5 how serious are you about keeping your distance? Explain. fyi-I didn't create the scale but have seen it several places online. Also fyi-we won't only have virus related questions each week, but for this first one it feels right.

I’m at number 4-Extremely limited, only going out when unavoidable, minimal contact with people.

I do walk my dog, I make quick runs to the grocery store (not that often), but I have contact with so many people through Facebook, telephone, and now Zoom for connecting with groups. 

She waits at the top of the stairs...
guarding the door ...
waiting for a bite of whatever I have ..
Just pretty much in my face.

Her favorite spot. She's good company!

 3. Raise your hand if you think you might run out of steam in the cooking department before it's all said and done? What's something delicious you've cooked or eaten in your own kitchen in the past week? 

I’ve been baking brownies and before the serious lockdown, I made a pot roast with all the trimmings for my family who visited. It. Was. So. Good. I also baked a delicious meatloaf for myself on Sunday, which I’m tired of eating and from now on, will freeze leftovers. 

4. What's a television show or movie you've seen recently (it could be an oldie) that you really liked?

I watched a documentary about Anne Frank which was excellent. 

Another old movie I watched was The Quiet Man with John Wayne. I’m also admitting now to have watched all of the Diagnosis Murder series with Dick Van Dyke. But I am reading a lot, too.  

5. Share something funny you've seen or heard this week. 

There are way too many funny memes about toilet paper. I’m guessing you will see several in the Hodgepodge. I like this one because our grandson has spent so many of my quarters trying to win a prize. I got a kick out of sending this one to him, but then I had to explain. You see, he doesn't worry about toilet paper! He's just a kid, and everything he needs, Mom and Dad will take care of.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

While I eat my breakfast, I enjoy watching the birds fly about outdoors. They remind me that Jesus said they don’t worry, and neither should I. They know nothing about the Covid virus ... their day is spent flying about, looking for seeds or worms, and avoiding any predators as they guard their nests. 

I know God has me in His hand, I will trust in Him and not be afraid. If, six months ago, I had known what was coming: the loss of my husband, being alone facing the crisis in the news every day, I would have been so afraid. But now, I’m not. I know He has seen me through my circumstances in the past, and He will be with me today and in my future. He is my peace. 

Why should I feel discouraged?
And why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heavenly home
When Jesus is my portion?
And my constant friend is He
His eye is on the little sparrow,
And I know He's watching over you and me

When the kids were here, we couldn't visit the usual fun spots, like Urban Air,
so we went to the park. It was a cold, wet and windy day.

So we put them to drawing.

They were happy watching iPad!

A few years ago, they liked watching the TV.
I don't understand them wanting to watch the little screen!!!


Linda M. Conley said...

Nor do I understand watching the little screen, either, grin. Happy to have the Hodgepodge back. Keeping you in prayer. smiles

Cathy said...

Love the pictures of grandkids...so cute! I also really like the post about the birds and trusting in Jesus! It's the only way to really live. Have a blessed day!

songbird's crazy world said...

I am sorry for your loss. The grandkids are cute. Loved the TP meme.

Carla from The River said...

Hi Nonnie,
Sending prayers and hugs. I appreciated your comment on question #6.

Joyce said...

I'm happy to see you here today! I think of you often and am glad you are managing. Grief is such a tricky thing and I'm sure in this particular season is extra present. I hadn't seen that particular tp meme so thanks for sharing : ) Stay well!

Jill said...

I’m so sorry for your loss, but I really appreciate your upbeat spirit. Enjoyed your hodgepodge answers today!

Theresa said...

I haven't blogged in a long while so when I saw the Hodgepodge was back I decided to jump back in. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. I am often encouraged by looking out my window and seeing a bird. Reminds me too of His care for us.

ellen b. said...

May God continue to comfort you in the loss of your dear husband. I can only imagine the loneliness after being one with someone for so long. My widows and widower prayer list gets longer every year. So glad you have those birds to remind you how much our heavenly Father cares for us. We need reminders since we have a tendency to forget. How nice to have your grandkids close.
Stay safe and keep the Faith!

Nathalie said...

Hola friend! Thank you for visiting my blog today. I just read through your answers and am so sorry for the passing of your husband. I know you miss his presence every day. :( I loved the image you posted about Anne Frank. That really puts things into perspective, eh? Take care!

Elizabeth "Libby" Day said...

Aren't we glad God in His wisdom protects us from knowing the future? There was no way you could have handled the knowledge of what was ahead of you. God meets us in our time of need and gives exactly what we need at the time. He is so good, and I'm so grateful that you can now say, you have made it with God's help to this side of your grief. Those grandchildren are so cute and growing up. I am so glad they are coming around to keep you company. Blessings to you my friend and thank you for the beautiful thoughts of encouragement. Please pray for my dear friend, Nancy who is very, very ill with the COVID-19 virus. It does not look good at this point and she has to be all alone. Breaks my heart for her and her husband Wayne.

Susan said...

I enjoyed my visit here today. Your grands are cute! I love the song His Eye is on the Sparrow. Social Media and Facetime is so helpful at this time.

Sue said...

So sorry for your loss, your post was so encouraging, I truly thank you for sharing your thoughts and photos.
God truly cares for us, and He has us in His hand and heart.

Terri D said...

It is so fun having the Hodgepodge back!! I enjoyed reading your answers and just want to say that you are always an inspiration. Those kiddos are adorable!!

Stacy said...

I'm glad to hear you are doing well and trusting the Lord to see you through these days. That is all any of us can do. Enjoy the rest of the week the best you can.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

((HUGS)) to you. I can't imagine moving on but life does continue move forward. My husband is still walking the dog, otherwise we haven't been out. Well you are staying busy TV shows, movies and reading. That's a good one with the TP. Take care and stay well.

Visits With Mary said...

There are four little sparrows that visit our birdfeeder everyday, they remind me of that old precious hymn and it makes my heart feel good. It's nice to have that reminder each day. I've been passing the time doing various things, just trying to keep busy. Hope you stay well.

Lea said...

Oh, Nonnie, had no idea that your precious husband had passed away in Dec. I'm sending you lots of hugs and prayers this morning and can only imagine the adjustment one must make following the death of a spouse. But, you are so inspiring as you write of your trust in the Lord to continue to see you through the days ahead. Abundant blessings to you this day!

Pamela M. Steiner said...

It is so good to hear that you are coping well in the midst of all of this. God is so good, and I know you feel His presence there with you, keeping you safe and sound. Your little Annie is just priceless. What a gift to you. God knew you would need her. Learning to freeze leftovers is something I need to do as well. I still cook too much and we can't eat it all. I hate to throw out food. But I don't have a big refrigerator/freezer, so I don't have space for freezing much. I just need to learn to scale down my cooking. Speaking of which, I need to go take care of supper. God bless you and stay focused on Jesus. He is taking good care of you. And so glad to see you back into blogging again...even if a little at a time. We love you!

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