Apologies to my fellow travelers! But look at that picture….guess where I am? Finally……I’m here….in sunny, hot Arizona!!! Yay!!!
It took a while for me to prepare for this trip but finally things lined up right and I was blessed to the tune of a one way ticket and I get to visit my Daughter, my Brother and his family in Phoenix before I move to my final destination which is about 35 minutes from here; staying with my Daughter first for a couple of weeks.
It’s hot hot hot but it’s what is expected for this time of year. I prefer the dry heat though without the moisture as I feel just like a noodle when that happens.
But I’m here and this is just the beginning to a long awaited answer to prayer years ago, and I just don’t mean a couple of years but many. God is faithful! God is good! He has plans for me in this life and better than I would have for myself. I’m figuring I have at least 20 or 25 yrs. left on my clock and I expect “the BEST is saved for last!”
Isn’t it beautiful? Can you see why I just love it here? It’s “heaven on earth” to me. I just know that God has a Desert Oasis up there in my heavenly mansion with plenty of Cactus Flowers that will always be in bloom with plenty of color. Right here, right now though I will enjoy what He blesses me with in my favorite State.
For now, I’m just giving ya’ll a heads-up that I am back and intend to do more blogging so…..one more picture and I will help ya catch up tomorrow….till then, enjoy another beautiful picture of the Valley of the Sun (Son); that’s what I call it…..
Credit to Jake Weirick! Thank you Jake!
Credit to this Photo goes to Artem Beliaikin
Ok; Summer is here and so quickly…..and I’m in a contemplative mood and I just want to sit and think. It’s super hot outside except for when the Summer storms come through and then it does cool off a little.
I was in the Word of God this morning and that does prompt me to want to share what I was reading so I will paste it from the book of Romans, Chapter 8. I often just go through that book just to review where I have come from and in God’s grace where I am now.
There is so much just in these passages and I spent some time reading and meditating on them. These Scriptures are written to the Church in Rome and to some that were unbelievers there that the Apostle Paul preached to and taught. They are loaded with great spiritual truths.
Sons and Daughters Destined for Glory
14 The mature children of God are those who are moved by the impulses of the Holy Spirit. 15 And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,”enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, “Beloved Father!” 16 For the Holy Spirit makes God’s fatherhood real to us as he whispers into our innermost being, “You are God’s beloved child!”17 And since we are his true children, we qualify to share all his treasures, for indeed, we are heirs of God himself. And since we are joined to Christ, we also inherit all that he is and all that he has. We will experience being co-glorified with him provided that we accept his sufferings as our own. (This is the Passion translation and I really love this one; it breaks it down to our 21st Century English) It’s easier to understand, but I do believe one has to have the Holy Spirit within to receive the proper understanding of the Word of God or one can certainly misinterpret what you are reading.
Looking back and beginning with the word impulses I wanted to have a better understanding of what that meant so I looked it up. Impulses mean to influence, an inclination, prompting, impelled, inducing motion, impetus given, indicator(s), directive(s) or a flow of current in one direction; this is by the Holy Spirit of course.
He moves this way in my life and He has for years and to see it in definition this way makes sense to me now more than it did when I started to walk with God; in all earnestness and not in a sloppy way…anyway…it is how I hear Him. I have only heard Him twice audibly. Most of the time and through the years it’s by one or more of those impulses mentioned above.
Walking with God is progressive learning like a child learning to walk and I have experienced my heavenly Father’s great patience, understanding and gentleness in this process…..so; getting back to the word impulses and what that means to me.
I “hear” His voice. I’m often moved then by an indicator like in a sense or feel of something in my spirit, it’s not in my head because I wouldn’t know this naturally on my own and I’m not even thinking along those lines. In other words, I’m not even initiating this….are you with me so far? As an example; when I knew that I was moving, I heard “warm and balmy” and it came with a sense of going somewhere and I would call that my directive and with an impetus given and it induced motion. I was not in a place of warm and balmy physically so I was thinking; “where could that be?” In the natural I thought of Hawaii; how nice! But I didn’t settle on that because I didn’t “know” what He was indicating exactly so I asked. In this particular instance He showed me GA; that is a State that is warm and balmy, and He confirmed it more than once; like I would be hearing someone talk and they would mention the State of GA or I would be reading something and the State of GA would pop up or I would just see it in my spirit like an outline or something and one way or another I would just “know” that I heard correctly. To me it’s like the Holy Spirit “high-lights” something and in peace I just follow it.
It’s fascinating how He does this to bring one to the correct conclusion because it’s not figuring it out in the natural or in my mind. Once I know something though my mind just kind of locks unto it. Once I’m in that place I am then given steps…one by one and I call it impelled and I start to flow like in a current in one direction and that is my destination point. I know where I’m going. It’s really an adventure with the Lord and how He moves; with me anyway. He is so personal and I also would say that I get “signs” along the way like “road signs” and I can relate to this the most because I grew up taking lots of road trips-short and long ones, and I “get it” for the most part. I learned how to read those “Rand McNally” maps!
I would share also that when He shows me something it’s so important to just believe Him! He gives so much in the process and that’s very personal because He doesn’t see us like we are pressed out cookies all looking the same. We are each individuals and He works that in with the “dough” so to speak…LOL! We are uniquely made in His image and likeness and I think we need to be asking Him…well….”How does that truth look to Him in our individual person-hood?” And how can we cooperative with that? Does that make sense?
The most important factor is having that personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. There is no other way to enter into a glory with Him without the Son in this equation. God is not a force, a power in the collective universe, a feeling of well-being, an image to bow down to, or an emptiness one has to fill with “something.” God is a Person who is a Spirit but He can only be known through His Son alone; no other way…..nobody went to the cross and shed His blood but His Son and nobody rose again from the dead but His Son Jesus!!! Glory to His Name!!! Jesus and Jesus alone is the One who made this personal relationship possible. I will never apologize for this, for this is the “Good News” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He offers this relationship to “whosoever” will come! Whomever receives Him will be in the family of God! This is the truth and this is exciting…I will leave you my fellow travelers with this; read the Book of Romans if you have not done so. The Apostle Paul gives it straight right from the beginning and he wrote this book by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I hope also that you were blessed and encouraged by this little study, till next time….and I may expound a little more….
Credit goes to Daniel Hjalmarsson
Can you believe that Spring is almost gone? What happened? I thought I would have soooooo much accomplished but “no” I really haven’t gotten to where I thought I would be! How about you, fellow travelers? Did you set out to have so much accomplished by now but haven’t reached your aim? I am surprised because I thought I would be so much further along….on my journey!
The year is half gone! What happened to the days? It is almost the first day of Summer! One thing though; I love these Raspberry Dream Sickles! This is my favorite fruit and after that it is Strawberries. Oh, it is the Season for luscious fruits and yummy Ice Cream! I’m looking forward to that on hot Summer days and evenings!
Does anybody remember going to their favorite Ice Cream or Malt Shop? How about A & W Root Beer stands? Remember the trays clipped unto your drivers side window partly rolled up and the frosty glasses? Oh, I can just taste it now…..remembering the old fashioned Root Beer stand with 50,000 bugs hangin’ out by the lights and the zap! when they got fried? Do you remember the jug of Root Beer? ( I do and I suppose it dates me but who cares when you are past 50 and climbing!) And remember the Root Beer Floats? Looking at this picture, can you taste it?????? Makes me want to run out and get one; I gotta stock up! Too late tonight as it’s just about midnight…..tomorrow though!
Credit goes to Allie Smith
Oh, a little nostalgia this evening and on my 30th post! (I think it is anyway) This is something to me and probably my shortest post for a while….LOL!
I remember Dad stopping at the stand on the way home from the late-night drive in; who remembers those? Anyway, he would get the jug and take it home so we could all have Root Beer Floats. Nobody wanted to go downstairs though and get the Ice Cream in the freezer in the creepy corner with spider webs behind it….ewwww! But, one of us would be practically forced to and if it was me I would hurry down and back up and feel creepy crawly all night afterwards, I probably still would because I don’t like critters. Those were the lazy Summer Days and the Firefly’s were out when we got home; usually a Friday night and we might go outside and try to catch them later or the next night.
Captured by Toan Phan
It’s kinda hard to capture those but I think he did a pretty good job!
Well, not long and Summer is here and I need to pick up some slack and get on with it! I will probably get more accomplished now and to the end of the year than in the beginning; don’t know why though??? I will have one more picture to get ya excited about what is coming and see ya on my next post, until then Happy remainder of Spring!
Oh ya!!! I wanna RIDE this year!!!! Photo credit to Sergey Zhesterev on Unsplash!
LOL! Maybe this doesn’t excite you but it does me!!!
Photo Credit goes to Siim Lukka
Have you ever been reading something that really “struck” you so profoundly that it shifted your thinking and put you in a whole new paradigm? Well, I have and it was last year. I was at this particular point in my journey and was thinking about certain scenarios -all being played out in my mind. I was thinking; “it could go this way, it could go that way, or it could possibly play out like this!” When my thoughts were rambling around in my head like the balls on a pool table I came upon this article about a couple who had been praying concerning some issues in their lives that they needed solutions to. The Lord was trying to show them but at the time they were oblivious to His answer or they thought…it should go like this>>>> ever been there?
What I was reading about was just where I was at, so I read on. Oh how interesting! The lady was looking back and getting some serious hind-sight. It seems like the Lord was pointing out some things to her that were “faulty” in her thinking and He was showing her that she didn’t have all the facts. In one of her scenarios she was basing her poor outcome from her previous experiences and that wasn’t good and if she continued along those lines she would get the same thing. In another scenario she had factored in someone else’s possible actions which she knew she would definitely not like and what would she do then? And her “what ifs” were driving her crazy!
Now I wasn’t quite to the “what ifs” yet but I was getting there in my own thinking patterns. I paused and kept on reading because I wanted to get to the answer and avoid the tough lesson I might have to learn myself; the hard way. Her husband was dealing with a health issue, his answer had already come but it seemed to him “too simple” and he thought, that can’t be God! He is telling me to “rest?” “Oh, I can’t do that, I have too much to do!” So he went on his merry way and he got worse. She was role-playing in her mind and so she went on thinking; it has to be this way, that way or another.
The Lord was trying to get His solutions through but it came down to this when He finally got their attention…..”You two are not letting Me be God!” “You are not letting Me be who I am for you.” “Neither of you are listening.” Wow! And my answer came as I paid attention to what they had learned. She was shown by the Lord that both of them in their own ways had “control” issues; they were displayed differently, but it was the same issue. Her’s played out in the constant drama in her mind so she consequently couldn’t hear, see or even receive His answer with all the racket going on in her head. In her husbands issue, he just could not accept the simplicity of that answer and he mistakenly thought that he needed to handle personally every little and big thing in his life; he couldn’t possibly delegate anything to anyone else because they could never handle it as good as he could, etc. so he was over-worked and stressed to the max and on the verge of a heart attack. Oh wow, this was serious! He also told them that they were “playing God” in their own ways and taking His role -ouch!
This really resonated with me! My oh my! Was I trying to do the same thing? Sure looks like it, sure feels like it! I concluded that I was reading this for a reason. The Lord was showing me the same conclusion -to let Him be God. I didn’t need to be told twice and I sure didn’t want to learn the hard way. This couple didn’t see it or get it right away so they suffered some consequences. I definitely didn’t want to go that route so I got quiet and I listened……I had already asked so I knew I would be receiving His answer. Thank you Jesus! He really was saving me from myself!
I love this verse…..”Be still and know that I am God!” Psalms 46:10
This article I have never forgotten because it was quite a lesson and I took it to heart. The thing is, when the Lord God is correcting His children He is so gentle and patient about it and also so “personal.” He tailors His correction to who He made you to be. I love that about Him! All He had to do was show me where I erred in my thinking. For me it was like Him showing me; “You need to get out of the driver’s seat here.” I pictured it this way- I have like a white-board of my mind and I would tend to write on it my scenarios of how I thought that things should go; duh! When things didn’t go that way I was rather disappointed and wondered why. Well, that’s because I set myself up to be disappointed….I am not God, He is and He knows best. I’m better for that lesson because I let “Him” do the writing and let it be His way, then the responsibility is not on me for the most part and I can learn to partner with Him instead. It’s a relief to let Him be God if I think about it and I don’t have to “make” things happen to my tune of things; know what I mean? This lesson totally shifted my thinking, it really did.
Here is another Big God picture by Garrett Carroll
Here are some Scriptures that come to my mind when I think of the profound ways He impacts my life.
James 1:5 & 6 says; “If any of you lacks wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him be sure that your faith is in God alone.
Speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ this vs. in Isaiah 11:2 says; “And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
And in Isaiah 55:8 & 9; “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
And this one; “I know the plans that I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. Now this one is the most encouraging and by now I know that it doesn’t mean I will never have problems or challenges but….He is with me! He is there all of the time! How great is that!
My hope is that my sharing this little story-a true one from the best of my memory has helped you in some way to overcome any stuck areas or misunderstandings that are going on in your head because you thought a certain way or you are just a little stressed at the moment; if that is the case I have one more verse to share; “Call on Me and I will show you great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” KJV I believe in Jer. 33:3.
And one more picture to end this fellow travelers….taken by Trent Szmolnik
Till next time…….I’ll try not to wait so long between posts……..
Credit goes to Yahoo pictures of roller skating
I went roller skating the other night in my dreams! Has this ever happened to you? I mean, in the dream I just decided to go roller skating….next thing I knew; I was there! I saw all these people out on the floor ahead of me and they were all men and women having a good time (there were no children) so this must have been an adult “skate night.” I noticed that nobody was pushing or shoving anyone else, all behaving orderly and civilly, smiling and laughing and having a really good time; they were also skating very well.
The floor was polished and bright and even though it looked slippery and I thought I might fall, I never did. I was on the floor too like I was a Pro! Wow! The floor was much like the picture below….
Credit goes to Yahoo pictures of roller skating again…..
Anyway, when I was growing up I did skate and I didn’t do too bad. I remember that I could even do a figure eight and skate backwards. It was the little kids though that used to wiz by me when I was just a beginner and I would just about fall over when they went by. I would also hug the wall until I got my bearings and then head out on the floor again…..funny….LOL! If you went skating I bet you can relate. And do you remember that sparkling ball over the rink that would spin and reflect color above the floor? That ball wasn’t in my dream. It was bright and sunny looking and roller rinks back then were relatively dark and I find that interesting. You should know that I haven’t been to a roller rink in years but it might be fun to go again; never know!
Looks like fun……credit again to Yahoo pictures of roller skating rinks
Well, in the dream I just kept skating and doing my thing. I just knew that I would catch up and I was going to enjoy myself and have fun while doing so. I was really out there and gliding along splendidly! I was getting ready to do a fancy step, knowing that I really could….and that’s when I woke up!
I tell you, I was feeling the floor and the wonderful freedom of skating again. I really felt like I really went skating, even in my legs! It felt so exhilarating!!! I had this song in my mind too..”Well I got a brand new pair or roller skates, you got a brand new key” and I have been singing that song off and on in the back of my mind since. And the skates that I was wearing were white and brand new!
This makes me wonder if I really could, do ya think? Here’s another picture incentive….Mmmmmmm; maybe I really can!!!
LOL! I wouldn’t be out there alone though, it’s more fun when you are with someone, right? And they have to definitely be stronger than you to hold ya up……
Credit to Yahoo pictures of roller skating rinks for these pictures….
Or….how about this one?
Yes, more like it…..LOL! I’ll let ya know if and when I go try this out, catch ya later fellow travelers!
My fellow travelers, welcome back….thanks for sticking with me for this last post.
Now my last part to this is something one might find pleasant, others; not so much, and it’s the Spring cleaning one must do at this time of year. This is the best time because according to research we are sluggish and too sleepy in the Winter. Spring cleaning has also been a tradition since the days when soot from coal heating devices was clinging to everything in the houses our ancestors of the 1800’s were familiar with. I recall someone telling me as a child how people would empty their homes and put everything outside and proceed to beat their cushions, mattresses, old heavy drapes and hang out the bed sheets after the old fashioned washing out on the lines in the sun to keep them white. Anyone else remember stories like that? I probably would have loved it!
I’m one of those rare birds who doesn’t mind cleaning (except for refrigerators….LOL!) I don’t like stale, musty, crusty, old and withering stuff around me. It’s probably why I don’t care for antique things, they make me feel old! That is true! Here is where I rejoice! I love to dump the “old” stuff.
I am not a pac-rat nor am I a hoarder, and I love to open the windows and let the fresh air come in while I’m dumping the old; that’s just me. It’s a healthy catharsis to get rid of old stuff, one even feels lighter!
Here’s the thing and I’m leading to something….I think also that my Heavenly Father schedules His Spring cleaning. Holy Spirit points things out that need to go, right? This is that “inner man” stuff like wrong thinking, attitudes that produce wrong actions, etc. He knows that these things need to be purged because at some point they will hurt us or those around us or our fruit could be bitter, sour, or rotten. Of course in the process, this isn’t the only time the residue of the old sinful life is being dealt with because Holy Spirit is doing the work of the cross constantly, but we do have to yield to the process.
By now I just chose to submit to it because I know the fruit will be sweet and good and it’s called the peaceable fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:11 (KJV) it’s called discipline too and it’s really a good thing even if the process is painful to our flesh. It does build character. As a person who desires to represent Jesus well, I need to abide in Him. John 15: 4&5 says this; “Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.” (KJV)
I can say; “Look what the Lord has done!” I am not who I used to be by the Holy Spirits power and I give Him all the glory and praise for all the changes. This is Holy Ghost Spring cleaning! I still have a long ways to go but I feel good about the learning. I can see that it’s a vibrant blooming relationship and I wouldn’t trade that for anything! I also want to be able to say like the Apostle Paul; “I am dead to the world and the world is dead to me.” I am alive in Christ!
Thanks for joining me on this one fellow travelers, I hope I didn’t lose you along the way! Till next post…..one more picture of a joyful lady!!! Happy Blooming!!!