Friday, October 29, 2010

Copied with permission, about fairness and God's grace


My friend Robin sweetly gave me permission to copy and paste this from her blog entry yesterday, on Prayer for All of Us. I thought it was very meaningful, and a message I need to hear!

This is the prayer and the Scripture readings for October 28, 2010:

"Lord Almighty, God of grace and compassion, thank You for not being fair with us! Fairness would land us in a deep pit in this life and in hell in the afterlife. Thank You for choosing grace over fairness and for lavishing Your gifts on undeserving sinners. When we could do nothing about our spiritual condition and were doomed to an eternity separated from You, You sent Your own flesh and blood to bridge the gap between us. Now, when we take that beautiful, amazing Gift for granted You still insist on being patient and compassionate towards us. Thank You for seeing us in robes of salvation and righteousness when our own spiritual wardrobe is like filthy rags. Thank You for adorning us with jewels when we're quick to settle for all that glitters but is worthless or temporary. Thank You for pouring out the blessings of Your direction and wisdom so we can grow into the people You've created us to be. Bless Your Name in all the earth for Your amazing grace!

In the name of Jesus, the other name for Grace


"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13

"I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10

"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:7-8

"And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly." Romans 5:5-6

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Haiku inspired by my photos

I am so delighted that a friend from Bookcrossing had a look at my blog, and was inspired to write haiku for some of my photos!

Boardwalk through piney woods
Always a journey
The bridge lets me dance through pines -
Thoughts skip through shadow*

The Pelican
Blue sky, blue water?
The delta hides teaming life
Under the pontoon

Creeks join bayous and river
So much to see - can we blink?*

*Photos are mine; haiku by JulesPaige/davh, JulesPaige57@gmail.com

Friday, October 22, 2010

Family mini-reunion

My cousin and her son want to come to help my mother celebrate her 97th birthday in a few weeks. I'm so excited!
(If you know my mother, please do not tell her!! It's going to be a surprise!)
They are from another part of the U.S., and I've been thinking of places to take them, to show off our part of the Gulf Coast:

Dauphin Island's Fort Gaines

Dauphin Island's Sea Lab Estuarium

Bellingrath Gardens

Blakely State Historical Park

World War II battleship, USS Alabama
USS Alabama, World War II battleship

Other suggestions here:
Go Coastal

Some of these are places that hubby and I have never been yet, and we might like to go by ourselves sometime, too.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day trips!

My husband and I took two days off this week to enjoy the area around us.

On Wednesday, we took a pontoon boat trip amongst some of the creeks and bayous of the Mobile River Delta
The Pelican


Bird-watching
Resting under the bridge
Resting spot
He turned around
Us with the captain
Me and hubby with captain

Yesterday (Friday) we visited the Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog
Weeks Bay Pitcher Plant Bog sign
The boardwalk takes us past a meadow
Purple flowers in the afternoon sun
Black-eyed Susans
And the Pitcher Plants
One and another
Glowing in the sunshine
Lots of them!
Pitcher plants in late afternoon sun
This is the flower that smells bad to us, and good to the flies, and tempts them to their doom:
The "flower" of the pitcher plant
On through the piney woods
Boardwalk through piney woods
All the way to Fish River!
Boardwalk to the river
Fish River in October
There was even some fall color along the way:
Peeking through the side rails
Fern with fall color
Sign of fall

Both trips were a refreshing change of pace, with outdoor activity and sightseeing, and lots of picture-taking! We hope to take time to do things like this more often.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A very serious blog entry about bullying

One of my friends linked this on Facebook. It is well worth reading, and sharing, but it is not easy to read.

Memoirs of a Bullied Kid, from Single Dad Laughing

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Some thoughts on Crystal

Her days are numbered, but she doesn't know it. That is true for all of us, actually! God knows the end from the beginning, and all the hairs of our heads are numbered, but it is a blessing that we don't know what tomorrow will bring.

Crystal goes about her life as she always has, eating and sleeping, purring and being petted, going outside for her daily walk in the sunshine, and playing with her "brother," our other cat, Spite. I see her and think about our Savior's words, "Which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span? ... Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you."

Crystal in window, reflecting

Did you call?

Crystal speaking

Double Exposure
(These photos were taken before the tumor showed up. The next entry has a more current picture.)