When Times Get Tough…Remember Your Blessings…

As I look back over my life and all that God has allowed me to experience on this earth, I am grateful.  I am taking a couple of weeks off from thinking too much…a mental health break… and have decided to share some of my favorite photos with you instead.  As you view the various photos, reflect.  What kind of God could imagine all of these things and create them so beautifully for us to enjoy?  Our God, The One and Only, The Almighty, Creator of the Heavens and the Earth!  Praise Him for His wondrous works!

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Our back yard in the fall.
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We’re not at the zoo people! This is the real thing!
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My daughter cooling off with the kids in India.
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Touring England. God didn’t create these buildings of course, but they are still awesome for us to enjoy!
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A walkway in Florida through a nature perserve.
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You’ve got to love a random bug!
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Castles in England fascinate me!
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A cow in India.
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I got up early and went to Cades Cove to see a bear. All I saw was some deer. That’s OK with me!
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The morning sun has still not burnt the mist off the horizon.
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A momma and her calf in Florida.
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A bird in my backyard. Anyone know what kind it is?
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Take off!
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Views from our boat ride in India.
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Yes, that’s a real live herd of elephants!
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I’m intrigued by the old buildings in England.
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An Ohio frog being held by my braver than me, daughter-in-law! Frogs remind me to Fully Rely On God! Get it?
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Another view in my backyard.
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A couple of monkeys in India. This baby has ears only a mother could love!
A monkey on the streets in India.
My favorite picture of a monkey on the streets in India.
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A barren Mt. St. Helen.
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A view of mountains from the plane.
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India is so cool. Love this!
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We’re on our way to Gatlinburg in the spring.
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A double rainbow on the way to Mt. Hood.
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Florida beaches.
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Pigeon Forge in the fall. Lovely!
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Yep, they’re real. Swept up by the boat we were on in Oregon.
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Photos don’t even express the majesty in a sunset.
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Sunset in San Diego.
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Love a Florida sunset!
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Beautiful!
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I think this is a tea farm in India.
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Seattle Fish Market sells flowers!
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A couple of turkey buzzards in Florida.
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This looks like a love story. Don’t let them fool you. They were fighting for a space on the dock!
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Arf, Arf, Arf!
God's promise of a better tomorrow!
God’s promise of a better tomorrow!

Psalm 150:6  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.

Romans 1:20  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—

have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

How’s Your Love Life?

dance as thoughWho or what is on top of your love list?  There was a time in my life that I tried to keep everything in balance…even my relationship with God.  Heaven forbid someone think I’ve gone over the edge and call me a Jesus Freak!  Today if someone gave me that title I would simply reply, “Thanks for noticing,” and never give it another thought.   I have learned that my love life is in perfect balance when God is Number One in my life.  Nothing else should take His place.

Lately I’ve been thinking about my life and how I have lived it in the past.  Did I love others as I should?  Did I put stupid things above the important things in my life that should have had first place?  I can’t go back and change the past but moving forward I can strive to do better.  In fact, if I have confessed my past mistakes to God, He doesn’t even remember them.  Why should I?

With my recent diagnosis of breast cancer the saying about you should “Dance as though no one is watching…” has brought a whole new meaning to my life.  Today it reminds me that I have once chance here on earth.  I can enjoy my time dancing through my life and living as though this was heaven; or I can be bound by my fears, shortcomings and lack of balance in my life while dwelling on the things that don’t matter.  If given the option, I think we would all want to live our lives to the fullest.

As we go into February—the traditional month for love—I hope that you will take time to reflect.  Who do you love or should I say what do you love most?  Is Jesus Number One in your life?  If He is not, what do you need to change to put Him there?

Please take a minute and praise God for His goodness in your life.  If there is someone who has touched your life along the way, take the time to thank God for them as well.  I have been reminded once again that no matter the miles, time or circumstances that separate us from those we love; there is NOTHING that can separate us from the Love of God.  He should always be our Number One!

How’s your love life?

Romans 8:38-39  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 1:16-17…For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…