A Sacrifice of Time

 

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Good morning. Thought I would share the peace I received this morning as I was reminded of God holding our hand like a child and us trusting his direction of a God-breathed life. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young reminds us of the value of our time and how sacrificing our time in the quiet stillness of the morning with Him can accomplish far more than we realize by surrounding us in His peace.

“Bring me the sacrifice of your time, and watch to see how abundantly I bless you and your loved ones.”

May you all feel his peace this morning and have a truly blessed day. And as always, remember to be kind.

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Life Happens, Sometimes Too Much

I have not posted in nearly a week or so as Life does seem to happen in a big way at times and changes our direction. On Friday we got yet another weekend snow event as they call them here. Anything over 3 inches is an even, otherwise its just snow. The event came on the heals of some excessively cold single digits with wind chills in the -20. And as temp warmed, the snow turned to ice. Its been fun. I question myself when these events happen… Why did I move from the south…then when summer hits and temps are in upper 80’s or low 90’s, then I remember no triple digit temps for months at a time. But this even was especially not fun as it froze the pipes in the kitchen, causing them to burst on Monday(while at work). So AGAIN, the basement is flooded.

The snow also covered up the dish so no TV and no internet…Well Linda, I got lots of coloring done for the 1st of February’s Adult coloring prompt. But it began to warm up a bit, enough to start melting this 6″ mess, which actually brings up the theme for the prompt. Pictures below show last years flood that lasted 5 months.

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We had record snowfall, combined with record spring rains, combined with record breaking heights to Mississippi River flood records for the area. Some people still have not gotten back into their homes fully or are just now getting back in. The water level really never went down like they do in the fall and so far the last two week we have had over a foot of snow – which is melting and will probably finish melting next week, swelling the river. Lower Mississippi River states are already seeing flood stages begin and its just January. Water is nothing to mess with, whether in your home or a massive river like the Mississippi.

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So if you come across raised waters this spring or even before, please be cautious. It can get dangerous quick. Keep in mind the families and businesses near this river as this may be another bad flood year. Mother earth is kind of ticked off right now.

I leave you with the beauty it this earth can display so that we leave it with happier thoughts.

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Remember the beauty but also keep in mind those who are struggling with the issues life brings us and be kind and supportive of them.

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Cost of Fur Babies

We can’t really blame the natural instincts of a dog to destroy a toy, as they are only living out the deep seeded generations of wolves gone by.

Ode to a Friend

I sing out this ode, to my friend gone by

Not meaning to do it but I ripped out it’s eye

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Such a sad day; it was my favoritest toy

But running through the house did seem to annoy

Was the same for bear ripping out eyes and nose

But mom was able to fix it, the holes she did close.

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The holes in the hedgehog she was not able to fix

Which brings my toy numbers down from seven to six

Saturday is coming with a trip to the store

Maybe, oh maybe, she will bring me some more.

                                       – Anita Neal –

We do love out pets but we must remember that because they are domesticated they are very dependent on our care. Care for them well. We must be deserving of the devotion they shower on us. Learn to be kind as they understand kindness.

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Sunshine’s Monday Macro

I am fully aware that it is Tuesday but I worked yesterday and then last night was the championship game for college football so that was a focus. Good game played by both sides, unfortunately, someone always has to lose.

So I have not posted on Heaven’s Sunshine SMM in a while because there are no flowers and that us what I love to get close to. As I was heading to work yesterday I saw these tiny paw prints in the snow. They may be canine or possibly feline, regardless too cold to be out lose.

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I praying its not the high pitched puppy I periodically hear crying. My ideas of how to care for a pet are totally different than some of my neighbors. My “protectors” are my 4 legged children and not to be left out in the cold.

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Monsters in the form of teenage boys – definite creatures to be wary of. LOL.

As we are getting full into winter I pray you all stay warm and healthy, as well as your pets, and remember to always be kind to all kinds.

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JusJoJan, 1/14/20, Publish

What an interesting prompt Linda gave us for today, a place where we publish our thoughts with each post to anyone who may read them. So here we go…

In November of 2019, my first book was published. A silly book to some, a funny book to others and a hopeful book to many who loved their dogs who are no longer here. A book of dogs in heaven and the fun they are having playing with friends and waiting on their owner to come to heaven. You know the pictures you have seen of all your dogs waiting for you once you get to heaven…

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Yes, they are waiting.

Book 2, the sequel, 1st draft was finished on Saturday, now for the long edit process. Hope to be finished by end of month and book published by spring.

This is what happens when you retire and have nothing to do…you write, or at least I do. So find a fun thing to do and remember in all that you do… be KIND.

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Beauty Of Photographs

Every once in a while a photograph will come a cross the bloggosphere (I am sure that is not a real word, but you know what I mean) that so inspires me that I put pen to paper and write about it.  Today’s photo came from stefansphotos.se and since we are now legally in winter I felt it was good time for some winter fun…with words. Thank you Stefan for your beautiful photos. Check out his photographs at the link above.

Winter Forest

Winternight Stephan

Deep in the forest where the light seldom shines

Beneath the tall branches of the evergreen pine

There lives such a creature, one hardly ever seen

Here the cold moonlight makes his bright eyes sheen.

The snow reflects the light of the full moon above

Shining through the night like a white mourning dove.

The winter moss is green and soft at forest floor below

As he moves along paths where no one will ever know

What lurks in those dark shadows beyond those next trees

Nothing more than old man winter playing in the night freeze

– Anita Neal-

 

As you find yourself in the coldness of winter, remember it is easy to warm it up by being kind. Kindness can be like a blanket to wrap you up warm and snug, so let kindness come from you to cover someone like fresh new snow.

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