Monday, April 30, 2012

When you pray for rain...

Happy Monday Everyone!

First off, let's all congratulate Julia for placing FIRST in the statewide piano competition held this past Saturday! We were so excited that she won! I surely didn't expect her to be first in the STATE! But she has a great teacher, and she is a very thorough little person herself. Let's hear a round of applause for JULIA!!!

Last night, Sunday night, we received LOADS of rain, for which we are thankful, but we sure did not expect so much at once! Media is reporting 9 inches for our area...our rain gauge registered 6 inches. Several roads in our vicinity are husband had to make several detours on his morning route today. Our own road is impassible in at least one place. Right down from our house, the Bois d'Arc creek is out of its bounds and running across the road. Me and the kids went down to look at it this morning...while we were there a pickup came up and decided to turn around for safety's sake. I'm glad the driver did not attempt to make a crossing.

David and Julia wanted to wade into the water-
of course I said no...
not knowing how deep a cut has been made into
the rock road at this point.
By the way, our house/property is one of the last on our road
before the pavement turns into loose rock.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Devotional- Inner Beauty

I'm reading in a little devotional from last year that I found in my stack o' stuff beside my recliner...I was very impressed with two entries about Sarah, Abraham's wife in the Bible. I hope you enjoy it...this type of thinking seems very foreign to women today, but I KNOW if you will try to follow this advice, you will find that it is ABSOLUTELY TRUE!

"Inwardly, I cringe when I see a woman handling the flagger's job on road construction. There is such a disparity between the toughness she seems to exude and the gentle loveliness for which she was intended.

Modern feminism goes beyond equal worth; it assaults the Creator's design. What began as Rosie the Riveter has morphed into the ranks of the rebellious. Helping in wartime is noble, but many women today have gone on to challenge the very honor and beauty of traditional womanhood. Instead of delighting in manly strength, radical feminists want to outshine it. True femininity is a gentle vulnerability. The beauty of a woman, both of the body and soul, predisposes her to a certain delicacy. She is made for nurture, of children and of relationships. It is a role for which she is superbly suited. Her husband was designed to be her protector. Indeed a real woman learns to rely on the strength of the good men in her life, but first she learns to trust God. It was true with Sarah.  Throughout her marriage to Abraham, she found herself totally reliant on the power of Jehovah- in desert travels, in foreign harems, in heart-breaking infertility. For every situation, she found His provision was real, and in His strength, Sarah knew true fulfillment- in her womanhood and in her faith."

Human frailty is attractive when cloaked in God's strength.

"Beauty is attained through surrender.
The Bible says surrender to God is the foundation of authentic beauty. When a woman is surrendered to her Creator, her outward appearance matches and complements her inner attitude. Both are marked by a real loveliness.

We know from the creation account that women were created to be beautiful, to reflect the majesty of God from an earthly feminine perspective. Her delicate features and gentle spirit reveal the artistry of God and are meant to bring grace and delight to her husband, family, and a watching world.

As with any gift, beauty is best understood when defined by the Giver. Feminine beauty is not intended for selfish gratification or manipulation, but for His glory. He defines beauty by the inside. Any woman can wear something beautiful, but only those who reflect the Father can BE beautiful. A woman reflects Him as she models quiet grace, embraces her role, and respects the authority God has given for her protection.

God tells women to take their cues from Sarah. Her natural femininity was enhanced by her gentle and submissive spirit. She trusted God and respected her husband. It made her truly beautiful."

The above was written by Valorie A Quesenberry and appeared in 'Opening the Word', June 2011.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Springtime Southern Weekend

Here's a photo scrapbook of our weekend- my soon-to-be-a-bride daughter Alison, my lil girl Julia and I went to Louisiana for a quickie trip LATE Friday night and came back LATE Sunday night. We met the soon-to-be groom and did some shopping, photo taking, and eating with family!
Kody and Alison at Norton Art Gallery grounds

Sunday lunch with our family at Posado's
a table of 11 !!

eating the famous pie at Strawn's Eat Shop!

 a bright, BRIGHT sunshiny day!

Sunday at church, the electricity was off!! 
we had servicewith the doors and windows open! 
It was a lovely morning
and the smell of honeysuckle and bridal wreath 
was wonderful- coming in the open windows...
I taught Julia how to get the "honey"
out of the honeysuckle afterwards... FUN!!