December 31, 2011

When You Can't Stand Anymore...

I wanted to share something I read the other day:

'When you can't stand anymore, try kneeling.'

The reason this is so great is, it works. 

Happy New Year and Blessings to everyone!  Trisha

December 27, 2011

A Quote for a New Year

   We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas,  we sure did. 
I read this today, and wanted to pass it on, I don't know who wrote it,
but, it is a good quote for a New Year.  

To loose your wealth is much
To loose your health is more.
To loose your soul is such a loss,
that nothing can restore.

Have a Blessed week, Trisha

December 18, 2011

Sunday Morning Sabbath at Ryan's Creek Baptist Church

Ryan's Creek Baptist Church
   This warm December, Sunday morning Sabbath worship service at Ryan's Creek Baptist Church was brightened by the songs of Zion, and the preaching of Pastor Herbert Wells. 
   Even the blue of the sky seemed to speak of God's glory.
Christmas 2011 is near upon us, and the little church was alive with children from the mountain homes around the church.
   It is such a blessing to hear their small voices.  The church has mostly older members, whose children, and grandchildren have moved away and attend other churches.  But, today some came for worship, and a special time of Christmas fellowship, following the worship service.  God is good, and His mercies endureth forever.

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday Sabbath,
wherever you are.
Blessings, Trisha

I read a verse from a Christmas card a few years ago,
that kind of stuck with me, here it is:

I heard a bird sing, in the dark of December
Twas a beautiful thing, so sweet to remember.

   Such simple words, sometimes can say so much, but, like the song says:
'the sweetest word I ever heard, was I forgive'
Have a great day!

December 14, 2011

A Christmas Poem

Photo from a Vintage Christmas Card
the Angel Announcing
the First Christmas Gift,
Jesus Christ.
                                                                          A Christmas Poem, I've written for you:

'Don't Let the Hours of Christmas, Pass Away'

Let not the hours of Christmas pass,
'til we've given our hearts to Christ
'cause there's no promise of another Christmas day
nor even a moment; they can all fleet away.

We sing the carols of Christmas now
with hearts of joy, and lifted brow.
But, of whom we sing, some don't consider
Had He not come, there'd be no hope for sinners.

                                                                  Yes, Jesus was the first Christmas gift 
                                                                      from the Father's throne, He was sent.
                                                                    My Christmas Prayer for you today, is:
                                                                     Don't let the hours of Christmas pass away. 

For those who know Jesus, of whom I speak, please join me in prayer,
for those who do not yet know Him.  Blessings, Trisha

December 10, 2011

Christmas Should be about Christ

Christmas Nativity
   It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  I love putting the Nativity out, more than anything else. 

   It just brings me back to remembrance to what Christmas is all about, it's about Christ.

   I am usually right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, but, this year for the first time, I've slowed down and am enjoying just taking everything in stride. 

   What's the rush anyway?  Christmas will come and go before we know it, just like all the Christmas's past. 

   Hope you are not so hurried this year; it's nice to take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
   A neighbor just told my husband, he hated Christmas, and then he said, " no I don't hate Christmas, it's just the money you have to spend.  He said he spent $1200.00 yesterday. 

   Christmas shouldn't be about presents, or the money we spend;  it should be about Christ. 

   I recall reading that one Christmas, Michael Landon and his family did an all homemade Christmas.  If they didn't make, it they didn't give it.  I thought what wonderful memories that left his family with, after he was gone. 

   This year, at our daughter's request, we are planning an 'Old Fashioned Christmas,' stringing popcorn for the tree, making popcorn balls, and taffy.  Now, I haven't made taffy since she was a little girl, so that might be a hoot!  However it turns out, it will be fine.  We'll have a good time, anyway. 

Hope you have a Blessed Christmas Season, wherever you are.


November 29, 2011

Another Flea Market Find

1950's Glass Topped Table 

   We found lots of vintage items at the flea market this past weekend.  Here is one of them; a nice old glass topped table, probablly from the '50's.
   We also found an old boiler kettle, an Anchor Hocking Pickle Jar, and some other good items to put in our booth. 
   I made a couple more Christmas wreaths today to take to the booth as well. 
   Having a booth is a lot of fun, but, it is so hard to keep it stocked, we may only keep it open a few months. 
   We had a few snow showers today, just a little taste of what lies ahead, I think.  I played Christmas carols while I made the wreaths, and that helped put me in the Christmas spirit.
   I still don't have any decorating done.  I am usually one of the first in the neighborhood to put up Christmas decorations, but, our booth has taken all our time.  We've only had it open for two weeks, and have already had to re-stock, five times, and are planning to re-stock again tomorrow.  That's a good thing, though, it means our stuff is selling. 
We thank God for all His Blessings. 
Hope you are having a great day wherever you are,

November 27, 2011

Raise Our Own Meat

   This year after purchasing my Butterball turkey for Thanksgiving dinner;
minutes later, I sat down with my laptop and began 
my usual viewing of Facebook, and my favorite blogs. 

Within minutes I saw links about Butterball turkeys being halal certified. 

My first thought was that some watchdog groups had,
jumped the gun, so to speak, and was accusing Butterball falsely.

But, upon further reading, I was convinced, they were indeed, halal certified.

There was no way I was going to eat,
or serve halal certified meat to my family, not knowingly.

So, I took the turkey back to the grocery store where I purchased it
and told the manager why I was returning it. 
He thanked me for telling him, because he was unaware of it himself.

I purchased another brand for our Thanksgiving dinner. 

For anyone who is unclear what halal certified meat is,
it is slaughered in a certain way in keeping with Islamic law;
you may want to look it up, but, I think they turn toward Mecca,
slit the animals throat, bleed it, and recite a prayer to their god.

America is a Christian nation,
and we should not have worry whether our meat
has been sacrificed to some other god.

Makes me want to raise our own meat.

Blessings, Trisha 

November 25, 2011

A Time to be Thankful

I thank you Lord, for all you do, and all you've done.

What an exciting time to be alive, and see the prophecies of old unfold.
Today's headlines, seem to align with what the prophets in the Bible foretold. 

This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful; 
for I know what the Bible says is true.

And I know, You will one day return, to receive us unto Yourself.

I know, not one jot nor tittle of your word, will pass away,
 but, all will be fulfilled. 

What a Blessed Thanksgiving it is, indeed.

Hope you are thankful, and excited to be alive, in a time such as this.

Blessings,  Trisha

November 20, 2011

Just What I Needed to get Me Started Crafting Again

Inspiration for Crafting
   We've just opened our booth, and it has already given me inspiration to start crafting again.  I've made Christmas wreaths, Christmas Aprons, Tree Skirts, and lots of Large Bows.  Things have been selling quickly, and it is a little hard to keep it stocked.  We were there setting up, and stocking, four days last week, and hope to stock again tomorrow.  We found some great vintage items to add this week.  Hope you are having a Blessed day, wherever you are.

November 14, 2011

A Big Day in the Life of a Junker

Well, we did it.  We've talked about opening  a booth at the Vendors Mall for years.           Today, we opened one. 
Booth 605 at Corbin Vendors Mall
We made two trips up there today
to get it set up,  and still didn't get
to take everything.  We'll have to
go back again tomorrow. 
Seems like a lot of work for two
old people like us, but, it was fun. 
It was dark when we came out of
the Mall.   Being out after dark is
 unusual for us.
This has been a big day for us.
Hope you've had a big day today,
as well.  Have a Blessed day
wherever you are.

Blessings, Trisha

If you are ever at Corbin, stop by for a visit.

November 10, 2011

Friends New and Old

Friends Welcome Here
Sometimes when paths cross,
a friendship is formed that lasts forever.  
God Bless You, KS from Bell County, Ky. 
And, if God permits, we will meet again. 

And remember, you have a friend not so far away,
who will lift up your name in prayer.
Friends are worth more, than silver or gold,
err they be, new or old.

A Welcome Wreath Hangs at Our Front Door,
Come See Us When You Can.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season.
Blessings, Trisha

November 08, 2011

Our River became a Lake

   We spent this beautiful November evening at Laurel Lake in Southeastern Ky., near our home.  The sun warmed our faces, and leaves rattled in the breeze, as we walked along the banks of the lake.  Laurel River channels through the middle of Laurel Lake winding it's way through points on either side.
Laurel Lake
    Laurel River holds special memories in our hearts.  Almost 40 years ago, we spent our honeymoon in a cabin, there.  Whippoorwill hollered every night we were there.  Even now almost 40 years later, Whippoorwill come back to the same location every Spring.  Today the cabin is covered by water, and we can't tell where the river ends, and the lake begins, but, it's still one of our favorite spots to visit and reminiseHope you had a beautiful day in your neck of the woods.   


November 01, 2011

Old Churn, Hand Made Dasher

Old Butter Churn and  Hand Made Dasher

   We found this old churn at an estate sale earlier this summer, but it didn't have a lid or dasher with it.  My husband made a lid and dasher for it, that almost looks like the original.  He made the lid out of a wood basket lid, and the dasher out of and old broomstick and a couple pieces of pine.  It's amazing what you can do with some old scraps of wood. 

Hand Made Dasher

Have a wonderful and Blessed Day, Trisha

October 23, 2011

A Beautiful Sunday Sabbath

Sunday Evening Sunset
   It's been beautiful Sunday Sabbath. 
 Service at the old country church. 

 A visit with an old friend. 

An evening walk around the lake.  
God's Blessings surround us everyday. 

The leaves were a spectical of color,
though it was too dark
for the colors to show in the picture. 

The evening air was clear and brisk, but soft rays of sunshine
warmed our bodies, as we stood in awe of God's beauty. 

I am reminded of the following verses:

But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,

neither have entered into the heart of man,

the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 

But God hath revealed them to us by the Spirit: 

 for the Spirit searcheth all things,

yea, the deep things of God.

1st.  Corinthians 2: 9-10

Blessings Trisha

October 16, 2011

Old Fashioned Days at Church

Ryans Creek Baptist Church Established 1884
    We attended Old Fashioned Days at Ryans Creek Baptist Church today.  It was a beautiful Autumn day, and the mountains seemed to sing with God's glory.  The singers sang with joyous hearts, and the preacher peached with all his heart.  The food was spread like a banquet for a king, the fellowship as sweet as the Autumn breeze.  How I wish everyone could attend an Old Country Church, and feel God's Spirit deep in their soul.  Blessings, Trisha  

October 12, 2011

Why Labor Ye for the Meat that Perisheth?

Worldly Things Pass Away

  I awoke this morning with this verse on my mind:
   Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you:  for him hath God the Father sealed.
                     John Ch. 6 v. 27

Then 1st. John Ch. 2 v. 15, 16, 17 says:

   Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

   For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

   I couldn't help but think how most of us are guilty of seeking the world's goods. 
Sometimes without even realizing it. 

We have lost several friends lately, and as I reflect on their lives,
I can see that those who had little, and those who had much,
 equally enjoyed their lives. 

Yesterday we had a visit from and elderly friend, who had just lost her husband.

God has blessed these friends with much land and finances.

Our friend talked a little about selling one of their farms;
but the farm she was talking about is the one that their son loves to hunt on.

And I thought this.  If you don't need the money,
why trade the farm for paper, or numbers that will be calculated into a bank account.
The son who is an avid hunter, would be better served getting to hunt the farm,
rather than have more numbers added to a bank account.

Why do we labor for the meat that perisheth?

The Lord told us not to.

We need to set our sites on things eternal.

The friends we recently lost, took no worldly goods with them,
but those who had made their election and calling sure,
their works did follow them. 

Blessings, Trisha


October 02, 2011

Another Season, Another Chance

Fall Marigolds
Another season, is here,
another chance to do the will of God. 
Time passes so swiftly, seems like we blink,
and a day, then a season is gone. 
So many I know are waiting
 for a more convenient season,
to accept the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
 Many, I've known for years are letting seasons
 come and go, without coming to the Lord.  
Some even say, " I'm gonna live a little,
and when I get old, I'll come to him." 
What a foolish thing to say,
the Bible says, that God's Spirit shall not always strive with man.  
Fall Wreath, Our Daughter Made Us
It is not God's will that any should perish.  
Salvation, and the blessings of God
are for all who will come to him.   

Please don't let another season pass,
without coming to the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Please help me pray for those
who are letting the seasons pass.

Blessings,   Trisha

September 25, 2011

When the Son of Man Cometh, Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?

Another Lord's day. 
Another chance to worship our Almighty God,
and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
We went to a local church this morning,
and a visiting preacher preached a message very similar
to the one my husband preached to the same church, 
a few weeks ago.

This morning's message had Fire and Life in it,
but, few in the church seemed to feel it. 
It was wonderful to see, and feel God working through, 
His God called minister, but, heartbreaking to see the null and void look
on the faces of most of the congregation.

When the service began, rather nonchalantly,
I wanted to shout out. "God deserves better than this!" 
The songs were seemingly sung without meaning,
prayer requests, seemed to be spoken in the wind,
I just couldn't wait for the service to be over, and get to leave.

Guess, I felt a little like Elijah, when he said,
"Lord they have killed your prophets,
and torn down your Altars, and I alone, am left." 
God told Elijah, He had 7,000 that had never bowed a knee to Baal. 

But, when the visiting preacher stood and began to preach,
things took a different turn in the service.
The Holy Spirit passed our way,
confirming the word of the preacher to be true.
Though, most of the church, seemed not to recognize It's presence,
it was reassuring to know,
there are some who still worship God in Spirit and Truth.

I've said before, if you can still feel the Holy Spirit in your church,
guard it with all your heart, keep close to God,
and don't let the Fire die out in the House of God.

But, if you don't know what I am talking about,
when I speak of the Holy Spirit; you can know. 

When you feel convicted of your sins, and ask God to forgive you,
when God forgives you, that is when you feel the Holy Spirit,
or Holy Ghost the strongest,
and you will know without a doubt, that it is coming from God. 

Then throughout your daily life from then on,
you will feel the Holy Spirit,
as It leads and guides you through all truth. 

As Jesus said in, John 4: 14
But, whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him
shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water springing up
into everlasting life.

Jesus said, He lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
No, I am not a preacher, just a sinner, saved by the grace of God.  

I want everyone to know that God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son,
and the Holy Ghost are real. 

I also want everyone to know if they are not saved,
that they can be saved anywhere,
they don't have to be in a church to be saved.

We have a preaching friend that told us when he prayed to get saved,
he went to the Altar at church and prayed, but,
didn't feel like he'd gotten saved. 

So, he went back again and prayed like this:
"Lord if I go to Hell, I'll go believing in you."
At that instant, he said, God saved him.

Praise God!

Our lives here will end, but, we will live forever, somewhere.



Please pray for God's churches all around the world.

September 23, 2011

Worried About the Comet Elenin?

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of articles on the internet,
about the comet Elenin. 
Many are indicating that they are truly worried,
that it will crash into the earth. 
I know that anything is possible, but, not all things probable.
Sometimes we can get worked into a frenzie over things, that we need not to.
The thing I am reminded of most is, that God is in control, and like the song
says, 'nothing can touch me that doesn't pass through His hands.'
There is a verse in the bible, that brings comfort in these times of restlessness and media hype:

Philippians 4: 6, 7

Be careful for nothing; but in everything
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
 let your request be made known unto God. 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

May God Bless and Keep You, Trisha

September 19, 2011

Vintage Blessings

Vintage Expresso, Old Gas Lamp, Old Needlework
   We had a wonderful weekend; 
we got to spend time with our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, and do some yard saling and flea marketing. 

The weather was great and
God blessed our visit, and trip.
   We found some really nice things,

I love the old copper expresso maker;
but, the most unusual thing we found 
was this old gas lamp
w/ original shade. 
 I also love the old patriotic needlework.  

 We found a lot of red glass,
 a mother of pearl cigarette case,
vintage dresser items, and much more. 
 We couldn't have had a better weekend
if we had ordered one from
The Saturday Evening Post. 
 We thank God for a Blessed weekend. 
Hope you are Blessed today, and always.


September 11, 2011

Don't Let the Fire Die Out in the House of God

   The church was set up to be a light to a lost and dying world. 
 There used to be fire in the House of God, by fire, I mean, the Holy Ghost. 
 No, I'm not talking about wildfire, as my husband calls it,
some churches are good at that, too;
I'm talking about the real Holy Spirit of God   

We go to many churches in several different counties;
and have been noticing that most local churches are losing their fire.
Ten years ago, if anyone had asked where a good Spiritual church was,
we could have directed them to several, but, not today, they are few.

My husband likened it to being away from home, and getting lost;
and asking a blind man to show you the way home.
Our churches are supposed to be a light to a lost world,
yet they are increasingly becoming like the Laodicean church,
 that the apostle John wrote about.

If you are attending a Holy Ghost filled church,
please guard your relationship with God,
and don't make room for Satan's attack,
it's easier to guard what you have,
than to get it back, when it's gone. 
Keep the fire burning in the House of God. 

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst;
but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water
springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:14

What is that well of water springing up into everlasting life, that John speaks of?
The Holy Ghost and Fire.

Blessings friend, don't give up your search for a Spirit filled church,
some still exist.
Until next time, Trisha

September 08, 2011

Finds from the Stanford City Wide Yardsale

Old Singer Sewing Machine

 We found a few things at the city wide yard sale in Stanford, Ky.  last weekend.  We found this old Singer sewing machine, and purchased it to go in an old Singer sewing machine cabinet,  we already had.  We had a great time and met a lot of really nice people.   We didn't find the usual loads of glassware, that we normaly do, on the big sales.  We found lots of nice glass, but, the prices were more than the antique shops have it priced for.  We did find this cute little vintage string holder.  Hope you have a Blessed day,  Trisha    
Vintage String Holder


September 04, 2011

Thank God for the Old Country Church

  This morning we went to Tidalwave Baptist Church in Whitley County.  It was a beautiful early Fall morning, with high clouds and a warm breeze. The church stood on top a small hill, as a beacon of hope to a lost world.  You can see my husband, preacher, heading around the building.     
Tidalwave Missionary Baptist Church
  We had intended on going to another church this morning, but, was led to Tidalwave.  It had been several months since we had been to Tidalwave, but, my husband said, we were going there this morning, because he had a message.                       
The Pastor Brian Reeder asked my husband to preach.  The message was to the church, the message was FAITH.  I don't know what trials the church, or it's members are, or will be facing; I only know when God leads, we need to follow.  The congregation did come to the Altar to pray.  It was a beautiful sight.  Please keep this church in your prayers.
  So many will not bow a knee anymore, even in little country churches.  When we are too proud to bow a knee to a Holy God, how then can we petition Him for a favor?  Dare we even ask?  
Have a Blessed day, wherever you are, Trisha  

September 01, 2011

Stanford Ky. City Wide Yard Sale

   Stanford Kentucky's city wide yard sale starts Friday, Sept. 2nd.,
and runs thru Sat., Sept 3rd. 
The Hwy.  80 yard sale at London,  started today,
and runs thru the weekend.
The Jackson Subdivision yard sale in Williamsburg, starts Sat.,
and runs thru Mon.  
There are at least two Estate Sales as well. 
   We hope to go, and find lots of interesting things. 
We really love yard sales, antique shops, and vendors malls. 
 It is supposed to be really hot this weekend,
so our trips, if we go, will probably short ones.
Hope you have a great holiday weekend, however you spend it.

Blessings, Trisha

August 31, 2011

Blessed Sunrise

Blessed Sunrise
  This is what I saw this morning,
 when I looked out my kitchen window. 
  I could only say, "Yes Lord." 

The chorus of this song came to me: 

"Lord, lift me up and let me stand,
By faith, on Heaven's table land.  
 A higher plane than I have found;
 Lord, plant my feet on higher ground."

Oh what a Blessed morning, this is.
Hope you have a Blessed day where you are.

August 19, 2011

Isaiah 55: 1,2,&3

Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, 
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread?
  and your labour for that which satisfieth not? 
hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good,
 and let your soul delight itself in fatness
Incline your ear, and come unto me:
  hear, and your soul shall live;
 and I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
 even the sure mercies of David.
Isaiah 55: 1,2,&3
I love this verse; it is one of my favorites.

I often post about the goodness of God, and how He gives us the desires of our hearts. 

Psalm 37:4 says this:
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Now you be the judge, how unlikely is this to have happened? 
   Victoria magazine has long been one of my favorite magazines,
and I subscribed to it for many years, until I had little time to read it anymore. 
I read an article, many years ago about charm strings. 
   I love antiques, and collect old buttons, but, had never read about the century old tradition of collecting buttons and sewing them into a charm string, with tradition having it that the giver of the thousandth button, would be the one the maker of the charm string would marry. 
 In June of 1993, Victoria magazine carried an article about charm strings. 
I really liked this article and let others read it.  With sharing it, I ended up not getting my magazine back, not even remembering, who I had last let read it. 
 I am not one to keep a lot of magazines,
but, this is one I would have liked to have kept.
I have looked for this particular magazine, for 18 years and had given up on ever finding it. 
 Until a couple of days ago, my friend who had had a yard sale, and had lots of glass left, called to see if I might be interested in buying what she had left.  I bought what she wanted to sell, brought it home, unpacked the glass, put it on shelves and tossed the stack of old magazines, with the exception of a Victoria magazine, that had caught my eye. 
   Today, I had a few extra minutes to read and picked up the magazine, just skimming through the pages, I almost squealed with delight when I came across the article about charm strings.  You might think, so what is the big deal.  I actually ran across, what was probably and old charm string about 20 years ago at a yard sale, but, didn't realize what it was, and didn't buy it.  I remember picking it up and saying to the person with me, 'Look how sweet, some little old lady has sewn her buttons together.'  Authentic charm strings bring a pretty steep price. 
 Some in 1993 were going for several thousand dollars. 
 I love collecting things that have a great story behind them. 
 Now, back to the point of this post.  After 18 years, and having given up on finding the copy of Victoria that had the article about charm strings, it shows up, and Blesses my heart, and makes me smile.  My friend did not know that I had been looking for this magazine, and still does not know.  You might think it is only a coincidence, that maybe she was the last one to read my original magazine in 1993, but, I didn't even know her then.  I only met her a few years ago.

Friend, every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights. 
 Oh, praise Him!
Have a Blessed day, wherever you are.

August 16, 2011

Front Porch Flowers

Colorful Sunflowers

   I love to brighten our front porch with seasonal flowers from our garden.  I picked these bright Sunflowers today, and arranged them in a simple green floral bowl.  They compliment the bright sunny days, we've been having, and make me smile.
   Hope you are having bright sunny days, wherever you are.  And may God's love shine, upon your lives.


August 14, 2011

Somewhere a Bird

   While swinging in our backyard park today, I  listened to chirping songbirds above my head. 
Such a beautiful late Summer day, with high clouds and a light breeze. 
   Birds flitted through the drying leaves and sang sweet melodies. 
 Many went on their way, soon after they came,
 but, this one stayed for a little while,
     and I was able to take it's picture.   
If not for the chirping and singing, I might never have seen the birds, at all,
it seems they were almost hidden, among the drying leaves on the tree. 

Turkey Vulture
   Here in Kentucky we just call these birds, 'Buzzards.' 
 This one landed on a gate post near our home the other day. 
 Two of them landed at the same time, one on each gate post, 
and sat at a stance, by the time I got my camera,
one of them had flown away. 
 I thought that it may have been a mating ritual,
but, I read that was how they warm their bodies after a rain. 
 I read something else, too, that I didn't know. 
They don't have vocal cords like other birds. 
They can't sing or call, they can only hiss or grunt. 
No beautiful songs like that of the Finch,  
yet, they play such a large part in our eco-system,
keeping down disease; feeding mainly on carrion.

When God made our world, He designed it just right.  Praise His Name.
Blessings to you, wherever you are. 

August 10, 2011

Night Falls on My Old Kentucky Home

Night falls on my old Kentucky home. 
Shades of pink and purple stretch across the horizon,
the sound of katydid and crickets are interupted
by honking geese. 
Children are laughing in the nearby churchyard,
 reminding me that life goes on. 
Somewhere in the world tonight, people are fighting,
some are cheating, some lying;
but, here in our backyard, all is well,
and God is still the God of our lives. 
We talk about the sky, being the same sky over all the earth,
the sun, the moon, and stars, as well. 
We all breathe the same air.  We are all in this together. 
So why do some want to hurt one another? 
It won't always be like that. 
One day peace, love, and Holiness will reign. 
Until then we pray for God's Blessings upon you.  

August 07, 2011

Thurman's Vision of What's to Come

   I often write about the Godly people I've known, and sometimes the visions they've had.  This is one I haven't written about until now.  The Godly man in the picture below is Thurman Keith, Thurman was a devout Christian and sang in the gospel singing group, 'The Keith Family,' until his death in 2009.  We went to church with Thurman in McCreary County, Kentucky for many years. 
   One night at church, Thurman stood to give a testimony, and began to tell the vision he had had, the church was not interested in hearing the vision and just passed him off.  My husband and myself, felt the Holy Spirit so strong when Thurman was testifying, we just had to hear the vision ourselves.  So when we got home we called him and asked him if he could come to church a little early the next church service and tell us the vision.  He was happy to.  He said he had been praying that God would help him understand why the tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004 came.  Then on the morning of April 7th., 2005, he had just finished his morning coffee, and was sitting in his chair, when he had this vision:
   He said he was carried away by an angel and told he was being shown these things because he'd asked for wisdom about the tsunami.  He said the angel showed him that the tsunami and earthquakes would be the beginning of the end.  But, said that God didn't cause the tsunami.  He said the angel told him we were in the 1st. of 3 stages leading to the Mark of the Beast.  He said, America's factories would close the doors because of high health care and taxes.  He said the farmers would shut down.  He said people would starve to death and there would be great famines, worldwide.  He saw people in great lines for food, except in the country that takes over.  He said the angel showed him piles of dead bodies, so many that the funeral homes couldn't bury them, so they took heavy equipment and pushed them into big holes and burried them that way.
   He said the angel showed him piles of money in the vaults in banks, that was worthless.  He said the American government would go broke, and be writing IOU'S. He said they would call in the old age pension (Social Security Checks) to try to have money in the treasury.  He said the presidency would be limited to a 6 month term.  He said it would be a time of high prices, dark times, industries gone, tornados, and storms.  He said the people on ventilators in hospitals and nursing homes would be ordered unplugged by the dictator that takes over.  He said the angel showed him a door that was closed and told him you're about to open the door that will lead to the Mark of the Beast.  He said college tuition would be so high that kids would drop out, and the ones with educations would try to run things, but, not do a very good job of it. 
Thurman Keith 3/3/43 - 5/29/09

   Then he said, the angel brought him back to a place where there was preaching and shouting when the Lord comes back.  He said he was shown to be prepared with the Holy Spirit to be able to stand in these terrible times. 
When Thurman had this vision, his wife, and daughters thought he was having a heart attack.  They waved their hands in front of his face and he sat in a trance and never responded for quite some time.

This is the original paper I wrote Thurman's vision on in 2005

Crying Out from the Altar

Revelation 6: 9-10-11 says:

   And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

   And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

   And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

   We visited a local church this morning, one that we visit from time to time, and I was amazed at how some of our local country churches are getting away from using the Altar. 

   When the call for Altar Prayer went out, only around six people out of the entire congregation went to the Altar to pray. 

  If Christians won't use the Altar, how can we expect non-Christians to use it?

After we got home, I was sitting here reflecting on Revelation ch. 6: 9, 10, and 11,  
and this thought came to me: 

If we never bowed a knee and prayed to the Lord at an Altar here on earth,
would our prayers be among those cried out from the Altar in Heaven.

   It's not for me to say.  But, praying at the Altar is a sacrifice of praise. 
I remember well how the Altars in country churches were filled with people crying out to God. 
 I remember well how the Holy Spirit came down and filled the house. 
I know first hand that this is pleasing to God. 
So how did so many get away from Altar Prayer? 
 So many churches are loosing power with God.
  Some are drying up like chaff. 
 Let us never be ashamed to bow our knee at an Altar of Prayer. 
We live in uncertain times, we need God now more than ever,
 my prayer is that we all call upon the name of Jesus Christ for strength to endure.
Blessings, Trisha