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spring rains

"Let us acknowledge the LORD;
let us press on to acknowledge him.
As surely as the sun rises,
he will appear;
he will come to us like the winter rains,
like the spring rains that water the earth."
Hosea 6:3

"The LORD reigns for ever and ever."
Exodus 15:18

Honestly, I had every intention of complaining about the rain this morning in this post.  I've been writing it in my head all morning...just waiting for the moment to sit and type it out. 
Before I opened my blog page, though, I sat down at my computer and did a fun little thing I like to do time to time...look up words in the Bible to see what verses are referenced for the words.
Today's choice of words, reigns and rains.
If you are in the Altanta area, there are no questions as to why I chose these words.  It has been raining all week long.  And then some.
Reading over verses that contain some form of both of these words, though, I was humbled by the words from The Word.
My circumstances remain …

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: SPRING

The beauty of Spring is displayed over at Home Is Where You Start From this week!
(There's a technical problem going on today with my's there if you click on the little green square.  Hopefully this will be fixed soon.)

3 in 30: March {week 4}

March is making its way to a close...I stand in awe of God's goodness in helping me reach my goals this month so far.  It has been by His strength that I've been able to stick with it all these days.
Getting to bed by 11...every night but one this past week.  I was late by about 10 minutes that night.  Oops!  Not bad, though, for a recovering Night Owl.
Making it to Bible Study on Mondays...made it in good measure Monday.  I'm really enjoying our study on Jonah!
Working on my Proverbs 31 woman goal...getting up before it's daylight is becoming easier for the most part.  It probably helps that it's not freezing cold out anymore.  It really does make a difference on how the rest of the day goes.  I feel much more productive on most days...the past couple of days have been difficult because I'm not feeling well due to the pollen that comes with springtime in GA.  I didn't get up at 5 yesterday due to not feeling well, but I was still up by 6:15 and enjoyed a …

Wednesday's Walk: walk-a-mile

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

The moon has been full and bright these past several days.  It lights up the otherwise dark night.  One can see rather clearly with the moon beaming rays of light so brightly.  Somehow, thinking of bright nights, I remembered back to my days in youth and some of the great times we had at our Saturday night gatherings.  Every Saturday night we'd get together to do something...whether at someone's house, a generous family from church usually, or some sort of youth function. 
Games, bonfires, great food, cards, lots of chatting, hayrides, volleyball...and even once in awhile …

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: green

The spring rains this particular year had made everything beautifully fresh and green in GA.  Only after I had taken these photos and posted them on FB, did I realize that I had found beauty in unmown grass. Come over to Home Is Where You Start From for more "Green" photos.

3 in 30: Encouraging Words

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:3-9This passage has…

timing is everything

God answers prayer.  The awesome thing about that statement isn't always the answer I receive.  It's the way He answers...and when.   He knows the answers we need and exactly when we need them.  When the answer will speak directly to our hearts...when we'll know without a doubt this answer is directly answering a prayer we've uttered as a whisper of our heart...when it will surprisingly wrap around us like a hug from God Himself. He is that good. 
All the time.

3 in 30: March Week 2

I'm halfway there!
March goal update...
Get to bed by 11pm every night...success again this week!  Praise God for His help and thank you for the encouraging comments.  It was close one night, but I squeaked by with a bedtime of 10:58.  Totally paid for it the following day, tired!  It didn't help that it was pouring rain outside and that always encourages a nap.  I didn't give in to that lovely thought, though, beacause it would have thrown off my bedtime.
Make it to my ladies' Bible study every Monday...made it on time and even remembered I had volunteered to bring the snack in time to make homemade blueberry bars!  They were yummy, if I do say so myself. :)
Focus on part one of a multi-part goal to become a better Proverbs 31 woman. This week's verse to work on..."She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants."...Yes, I did do this again and am really enjoying my time at the Y in the …

an invitation

David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
Now there was a servant of Saul’s household named Ziba. They summoned him to appear before David, and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
“At your service,” he replied.
The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”
Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”
“Where is he?” the king asked.
Ziba answered, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.”
So King David had him brought from Lo Debar, from the house of Makir son of Ammiel.
When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed down to pay him honor.
David said, “Mephibosheth!”
“At your service,” he replied.
“Don’t be afraid,” David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather …

L.E.N.S. photo challenge: this moment

This moment was a couple of years ago when we visited The Rock Ranch.  It was so fun to watch the boys play in the corn brought back many memories of my own "helping" Grandpa Miller and Uncle Mike on the farm.  I was never allowed to play in the corn, though...but it was fun helping shovel it and pour it out for the pigs.  I really wanted to get in there and play with them, but I settled for taking pictures of their fun. :) Catch other great moments at Home is Where You Start From!

3 in 30 Check In: Miracles Do Happen

March has come...and it's been exciting so far!  Even I cannot believe how well this week has gone for me!  I'm almost afraid to have the weekend come because the routine will be changed.
My progress this week...
1) Get to bed by 11pm every night...DONE!!!  This is one of my miracles this week.  When you Google "nightowl" my name and photo are the first link to find out what this is. :)  But not this week!  In fact, I've been asleep by 10 most nights...last night I stayed up until 10:30 and feel sluggish this morning.  This is funny to me...funny, strange, and great all rolled into one! 
2)  Bible study doesn't start until Monday...but, I did remember NOT to make an appointment for Monday morning, though, so this is progress!!!
3)  Part one of a multi-part goal to become a better Proverbs 31 woman. This week's verse to work on..."She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants."  Anothe…

what love does

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a Love... leads to prayer. remembers the little things. knows me better than I know myself. sighs with me. challenges me to new heights. holds my hand. lets go at just the right moment. corrects. understands. forgives. instantly appears when needed. faithfully stands by. speaks volumes through a hug. wants the best for me. answers questions. laughs with, near and at me. holds my heart. points me in the right direction. quietly waits. makes recommendations, but let's me choose. communicates in ways I understand. dreams big. loves back.

Wednesday's Walk...No Rinse Shampoo

Last week when I took the boys to get haircuts, a product on the salon's shelf made me laugh out loud when I saw it.  No Rinse shampoo.  I forget the brand name, but it's supposed to do when you don't have water accessible to you for some reason or another. 
What's so funny about no rinse shampoo?  Well, I'm glad you asked.
Our church youth group, back in the day, used to travel alot to different cities/states to visit, put on programs, or do work projects.  Many of us had sisters/brothers in the youth along with us, too.  On this one particular trip to Illinois, my best friend and I were teamed up to stay at an older lady's home for the night.  It was kind of late when we arrived at our home for the night, so we just kind of went to our room and got ready for bed and for the next day.  As we unpacked, it came to our attention that neither of us had shampoo...both of us were going to share with our sisters.  Our sisters were paired up to spend the night at a d…