October 31, 2010

Anybody love the Lord?

Anybody love the Lord?  I do!  

Sometimes we begin to think like Elijah, when he hid himself in a cave and thought he was the only one left that loved the Lord.  

             The Lord said He had 7,000 that had never bowed a knee to baal, nor kissed his neck.                                               
   Sometimes, God reminds us, we are not alone, though evil abounds in the world around us, 
God still has those who love and trust His name. 
   Today we visited a little country church in the north part of town. 
 It had been some time since we'd been there.  
Though the numbers were few, the preacher preached like the house was full.
  He preached a good message, part of the sermon was about Elijah thinking he was the only one left. 

 I thank God, Elijah wasn't the only one left then, 
and I thank God we are not the only ones left today.  
Thank God for the faithful few!  
Thank God that He never leaves us, nor forsakes us.

October 28, 2010

Clocks Old and New

An old Big Ben, a Seth Thomas, and a jar of marbles sit on the mantle above the fireplace.  The biggest and most impressive clock in the center is new, but, my favorites are the old Big Ben from my childhood and the old Seth Thomas we bought last year from the clock man.  
 This picture reminds me of the story in the Bible about the little ruddy lad that was tending the sheep.  When Samuel went to Jesse to annoint the next king of Israel, Jesse brought before him, all his sons and though they were fine men of stature and most impressive, Samuel asked if there were yet another son and was told the youngest lad was out tending the sheep.  Jesse sent for the youngest son who was to become the beloved King David, a man after God's own heart.   
As in this picture, the biggest and most impressive clock has little value, but the old and much smaller ones are the ones most desired.  Though we may be of little stature or importance in our own eyes, we know that God looks upon the heart and not the appearance. 

October 26, 2010

God Helps Even in the Little Things

A few days ago we hung this kettle rack in the kitchen.  Let me tell you, it was a hoot!  It took us over three hours to get that thing up.  Looks so simple, but it's not.  All the hooks had to be screwed into ceiling joists.  We had to use a stud finder and mark where nails were picked up.  Then we had to get the correct measurements, then we had to hang it.  It was so heavy that when we hooked one side, the other side popped out.  We finally got it up and my husband erased all the marks on the ceiling, and there were a lot of them.  We had a good laugh after a frustrating few hours of trial and error.  We thanked the Lord for helping us through another daily venture. 

October 25, 2010

More Reason to Have Tea

   This beautiful 8 pc. place setting of Rose china, complete with a full size tea set and small chocolate set was my latest yard sale find.  I had stopped at the same yard sale a couple of times this year already, and had bought some really nice things each time, but, I was really surprised to find this beautiful set of china on our last stop.  There were too many pieces to fit in the top of the cabinet, but, the rest fit easily in the bottom.  I count it as another blessing from God.  It was once treasured by someone else, but, now is treasured by me.  We found some other really nice stuff this past weekend as well, we had beautiful weather and had a good time, seems that God has poured out a blessing that we can hardly receive.  And we thank Him!    

October 21, 2010

Taking Time for Tea

   When family and friends stop by we always offer them a cup of coffee or something cold to drink, but what about one of my favorites, a cup of tea, or hot apple cider.  Sometimes we need to slow down a little and enjoy the simple things in life like sharing a cup of tea with family or friends.
    Maybe we could look at old photographs, recall some of our favorite memories or share our plans for the holiday season.
    Maybe we could share what God has done in our lives.  Maybe we could share what God has in store for us in the future.  Anyway, a hot cup of tea is a blessing from God in itself, don't you think? I sure do.

October 12, 2010

October Skies and Fresh Rolled Hay

  The Fall hay crop has been mowed, raked, fluffed, and rolled.  The fields once graced with tall fesque, and red clover is clipped to the ground.    Now, flocks of wild turkey roam the open fields with ease.  A family of skunk also enjoys the low grass and travels easily accross the fields. Even our tom cat has been taking longer trips toward the back gate and beyond.
  Around the homeplace we've been busy covering our woodpiles, and cleaning the chimney for the winter, because Fall comes early sometimes in Kentucky.  We are already seeing a good crop of Fall mustard greens and turnips.
  Marigolds, Zinnas, Cosmos and Ornamental Peppers still are the highlight of our Fall garden. Clear skies and low humidity are welcome after the long hot summer. 
  We just came out of a seven day Revival at our 'Old Country Church' and it went well.  One young man gave his heart to the Lord and several came to the Altar to pray nightly.  We had a lot of good preaching and singing and it was good.  We thank God for joining us in the Revival.  We thank Him for the little things like clear October skies and the smell of fresh rolled hay. We Praise Him for He is Worthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 08, 2010

Grandma Jones

   This is my grandmother Margaret Jones, known by family and friends as Aunt Maggie.  She was from the 'Old School' so to speak.  She had a sense of humor and was very high spirited.  My grandfather, who was very religious, didn't want her and the children playing music, so she would wait until my grandfather went to town, and she and her sons would go out behind the barn and play guitars, banjos and a juice harp. There were many funny stories told about this lady.  Most, I won't include in this blog. 
   She and my grandfather had 16 children total; some from a previous marriage.  She lived in a time when life was hard.  Just keeping food on the table was an almost never ending job, but, when grandma's faith grew a little dim, Grandpa always stood up and insisted on doing the right thing and God would provide.  And God did provide.

October 05, 2010

Revival at the Old Country Church

  This was the third night of Revival at the Old Country Church; and it was a good one.  The Holy Ghost started moving when the choir began to sing and stayed thru most of the service.  The preacher jumped to his feet and started preaching while the the singers sang, many were shouting all over the house and many went to the Altar.  It was a service much like those we had years ago.  We thank God for joining us tonight.  And pray that He will join us thru the remainder of the Revival.