We are in Deep in the Trenches…SOCS

It’s Saturday right? Its hard to keep up with the day, not because we are so busy because we are so unbusy. We are a creature of habit and routine and when those get flustered, we seem to get lost.

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Linda Hill has challenged us with posting something for Stream of Consciousness Saturday reflecting the word deep.

Well, I have deep thoughts for you today – some of you will agree with it, some you won’t, and that’s okay.  Do I believe this global pandemic was caused by God – No way. Do I believe God is using this global pandemic to his advantage – you betcha. People who have long forgotten to pray because they have been to busy…well, now they are not so busy. And look at all the people who are praying in parking lots, lifting each other up on the internet, facebook and other social platforms.

They are praying in parking lots, praying on tops of medical buildings, lifting each other up across skyscrapers – the media is full of all of us coming together as one – in caring concern and prayer.

This issue is a wake-up call to remind us we don’t need all the stuff we think we need. We don’t need to be busy doing all the busy things that keep us occupied. We need to realize we need each other regardless of country as we are all in this together as one world, one consuming crisis. And to get through it together, we need to be in prayer. Prayer, if coming from your heart, can be the most powerful tool you could have.

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Again, this verse looks condemning like this happened because of our behaviors. Again, No. If you believe in God, then you understand we are all sinners and are all in need of healing – not just from this pandemic but from just being who we are. But right now, the entire globe needs healing from this virus and if we all dig down deep in our hearts and lift prayers above, He will hear them and Lord willing he will heal our lands.

And if you are not a praying person, then you can still help this situation by being kind. This is a scary time and we need a lot of kindness spread all around. Kindness at a distance is still kind. Be safe and be blessed.

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The Escapist Coloring Club

Linda G Hill challenges us to participate in adult color attempts and a lot of you are quite good. So even it if is just refrigerator art, come join along for the April fun. We all need positive viewings and happy thoughts for now.

Now that we are having more “down” time, more coloring is done. I keep forgetting to do a before picture, sorry. I know it is spring but I felt this picture needed woodsy fall colors.

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As we all go through this scary time, my prayers and well wishes shout out to everyone across the world. Hopefully we will soon see a decline in cases and we can all come together with real hugs.

During this time know the utmost need for kindness and share it distantly but often. Even a kind smile and wave across the street can be uplifting.

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Reflections of Love

Hello everyone, I hope you are all safe and well.  I copied this from my daily devotion to my church family. I though it would be a good reminders while we are stuck on our homes to remember God is still holding us in love.

Today is a day of pranksters and tom foolery but I challenge us to make it a day of love with smiles. 1 John to me is a nuts and bolts of God. First off – God is Light – 1:5: –God is light: in him there is not darkness at all.  Second – God is Love – Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Third – God is Life – 5:11-12 – God has given us eternal life and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the son has life. Lastly,  but not in 1 John – He is King – Rev 19-16 – On his robe and across his thigh he has his name written KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

If he is my King, which he is, and I am his child, which I am, then that makes me a princess. I can  live with that and even though my crown is seldom straight and sometimes not even showing, he will loving turn me around and fix it  then remind me of who I am and what I am supposed to be doing.
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For those who know me, know that I am a major lover of animals and believe nature can sometimes teach us the very nature of God, for God created them as well and God is love. So I leave you with some pictures of other things God creates and how they in turn reflect his very nature of love.
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Always remember the PROFOUND love he has for you and let it encourage your heart today.  And as always remember to be kind. It is the very essence of God.
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Encouragement and Hope in the Storm

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In a world surrounded by the same pandemic attacking countries with no reason of sanity with over 720 thousand cases across more than 150 countries, we are scared. We are all in this together praying for the same cure. In our state today we lost an infant. An infant who had not had enough time to grow any type of immune system. A virus that shows no apathy to the young, the old, the sick or the weak and carried by loved ones who mean no harm.

But I believe in our God. A God that loves every single person on this planet regardless of their religion because he did not create a religion for us to follow. He created us to follow him. He wants a true relationship with you and you with him. He loves you.

Musicians are wonderful tools God uses to remind us that he is always there for us to come to. They write songs of courage, remembrance of his love, remembrance of our love for him and we lean on those songs in hard times.

Casting Crowns wrote a song that I think fits well with the situation this world is finding itself in and how we just need to lean on him and Praise Him in the Storm.  And while  God sometimes can calm a storm, sometimes he allows the storm to rage while calming us with reassurance that he is in control. Allow your heart to praise God in this current storm and feel his calmness reassurance for you.

Sometime when the storms seem out of control, kindness can come in forms to help settle your heart. Be that calmness for others who so desperately need it.

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Proof is in … the Picture?

When you have one of those mild winters you automatically expect spring to be quicker, at least I do. I know it is still March, and today is 44 degrees but I am ready. Yesterday I saw my first Gold Finch to my feeder, one male and one female.

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I do apologize for what looks to be a bag of garbage in my yard. That is actually home brewed mulch for a raised bed I am adding in front of those firs this spring. Didn’t want to have to carry it to the back and bring it back to the front.

So with the sights of birds and flowers coming up, I am getting more ready, especially since we are home-bond for who knows how long. Hopefully the curve will soon start to flatten and we can begin to relax. I do lift prayers daily for world as so many countries are being taken by storm of this pandemic with the US being the highest number of cases.

Once this storm is passed I hope to get my front fenced in so that I can be outside in the yard with the puppies at the same time without a leash being involved. We both then can be free to move and play. So I shine out hope for quick recovery for all of us and the warmth of spring to come soon. May you all be safe and as always, remember to be kind, especially while this storm is unleashing upon us.

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Monday Windows, Even in the Restroom

Ludwig has a fun post for showing off windows you see. Since we are “sheltered in place” I am going through archives and found this one that I don’t think I have ever shared. To help understand the history of this window, in 1985 a storm came through our town and crashed the steeple through the roof of the church taking out the pipe organ and nursery among other things. So in the repairs, they also decided to make some much needed renovations to the areas of damage. One was to add restrooms to the sanctuary floor. Now while you are thinking this is odd, this building is over 100 years old and with a couple of renovation already under its belt, it was now  4 floors for people to meander about and get lost in if you have never been there. So the majority of the plumbing was downstairs, except for the fellowship where other restrooms were available. But nothing much for the main sanctuary floor. And of course this building being over 100 years old was filled with beautiful stained glass windows. Now we have restroom on the main sanctuary level…with stained glass windows. Something you don’t find in  every church.

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I am also sharing my favorite window which I know I have shared. Yes it is crooked because I didn’t take into account I was standing on a slanted floor.

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I have hopes you are all staying safe and sheltering as much as you can. Remember in all that you do to always be kind, especially now as our lives seem more stressed that at other times.

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