Being Present…

Hi, yesterday my husband and I took a short road trip over Mt. Magazine.  On the south side I was able to capture a few pictures.

The town I live in is at the foot of the mountain.  As we climbed higher we drove through clouds and then out again.

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On the south side of Mt. Magazine, we pulled over to take shots of the water running down the side of the mountain.  The sound of the water was soothing music to my ears.

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Because of the rain over the past two days, raindrops were still clinging to everything.

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I didn’t realize how much I missed living out of town until I was out in the middle of God’s creation. My soul is at home and at peace there.   I felt so much at peace, that when we started back towards town, tears formed in my eyes.  That surprised me, but the emotion was so strong I couldn’t help it.

Up on the mountain without the distractions of town, life slows down.  Because I didn’t have any phone reception, I didn’t even have that distraction.   I forgot how nice it is to, just be present, standing still and letting God move.  He showed me that no matter what’s going on in life, He created a beautiful world for us to enjoy and that same beauty He created in each of us, if we allow Him to work.

Psalm 92:4-5 (ESV)  For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy. How great are your works, O LordYour thoughts are very deep!

Sonia

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Making a Choice

Though there are “bad” things happening all the time, and we hear about it incessantly through every source of media, for several years I have chosen to try to see something good each day.

I usually see it in natural things.

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the moon in a blue sky,   (I took this one this afternoon)

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the beautiful colors of the setting sun,

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Or the sound of frogs singing in the night.

What I’m trying to say is though there is a lot of bad in the world, there is a lot of good and beautiful things too.  And I have found that the good outweighs the bad.   I have also found that God is with us, no matter what.  In my own experience I know that when I’m going through a trial God is holding me in His arms, if I lean in, He hugs me tighter.

If you know what I’m talking about, then you have a precious gift.

If you don’t, then I’m sorry for you.

Life it too short to dwell only on the bad, especially when there is something good offered.

Like a relationship with Jesus Christ.

God loves you and wants you to enjoy the life of peace and joy He offers.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Being at peace with God doesn’t come naturally.  Because of our sin we are separated from Him.  God is holy and we can’t measure up to His perfect and holy standard.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)

But God loves us so much He provided a way to close the gap of separation between you and Him.  When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave, He paid the penalty for your sin.

“‘He Himself bore our sins’ in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; ‘by His wounds you have been healed’” (1 Peter 2:24)

You cross the gap of separation into God’s arms, into His family, when you accept Jesus Christ’s free gift of salvation.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12)

To receive Christ, you need to do four things.

  1.  admit you are a sinner
  2.  ask God for forgiveness and turn away from your sins
  3.  believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross
  4.  receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life

There’s a verse in the Bible that states, “Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Talk to God today and make a change for a better life.

In my heavenly Father's arms

 

Sonia

How?

Yesterday I saw a tire cover on the back of a jeep that read “life is good”.  Then today, a bookmark I used had the words “count your blessings”.  It is very apparent to me that no matter the day you’re having, if you look around, you will find something good.

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For instance, if it’s hot and muggy and you see dark storm clouds brewing, you know there’s bound to be rain soon and hopefully a reprieve in the heat.

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Or you notice it’s getting dark outside and you step out and catch a beautiful sunset.

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Often times I get up in the morning after having a restless night.  I sit down for my quiet time in prayer and bible study and a lot of times after I lift my head from prayer I look out the window in front of me and see the dew glistening on the grass.  Peace… in that moment complete peace is what I find.

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So look for something good each day.   The way you see things directs your way.

How do you stay positive?

 

 

Sonia

I See…

If then you have been raised with Christ,  seek the things that are above, where Christ sits, at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above and not on things on the earth. ~ Colossians 3:1-2

When I see sunrays coming through the clouds, I get a glimpse of glory.

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As I took these pictures, in the past couple of weeks, I could see and feel God’s glory in creation itself.

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The week before Easter, I awoke one morning with this image in my head and began to paint.  Because of things going on in life… it has taken me awhile to get it done.  Finally finished it on Tuesday.

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As I’ve studied the two verses at the beginning of the blog this week, some other verses came to me in a webinar I participated in; by Matt Tommey.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father  is glorified , that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. ~ John 15:7-8

So the priorities are… seek those things that are above.  Seek God.  Abide with Him, learn His words and keep them close, in your heart, your mind, and your spirit.

 

Sonia

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I see Him everywhere

Reflecting on my week, I realized I see my Heavenly Father everywhere.

I saw Him in the smiles on my niece and nephew’s face as they heard and tried their hand at music this weekend.

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And in a picture my nephew drew to hang on my refrigerator.

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I saw Him in a three leafed clover my husband brought me today. Each leaf had a red heart on it.  Amazing!

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And I see Him in the super moon tonight.

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The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ~ Psalm 145:18

 

Sonia

Fall Visitor

Today, it actually felt like a Fall day as I potted this beautiful Mum.

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I’m going to try keep it alive inside.  I have it sitting in front of a south window, so it should be 8-10 hours of filtered sunlight and if I keep it watered and don’t let it get to hot or cold it should survive.   Time will tell.

After I brought the Mum indoors I found a visitor, who rode in on it.  I turned around, taking the plant back outside to let him fly away and fortunately the little feller flew outside as the back door was opened.

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As the day progressed I noticed a glare coming through the south window.

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A new roof is being put on the house behind us.  It is a metal roof and at certain times of the day there is a glare from the sunshine coming from it and it is blinding when sitting on the couch in my living room.

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So I went to my fabric stash and found some material that will cut down on the glare but is thin enough to let the sunlight in. I used thread that coordinates with the curtains I already had hanging in the window.

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It’s a simple curtain but it takes care of the glare and making a curtain was easier than moving the furniture.

Sonia

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“Live like you’re loved”

Tonight was our 5th Sunday at church.   We had our Fall Festival.  I enjoyed everything from good food, to watching the games and a skit about the parable of five loaves of bread and two fish, to the time of the gospel being shared and prayer time, to last but not least, the Annual Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest.

Ah the pumpkin seed spitting contest… this is not a competition for me.  When asked this evening, I replied “the Lord didn’t create me for spitting seeds.”  I know that if I tried to spit the seed it would probably land on my shirt or I would suck it in trying to get enough wind behind it.  So I’m content to stand on the sidelines and enjoy watching others participate. I have to say I’m amazed at the distance people can spit a seed!

And people think Christians can’t have fun!  Believe me we do, we have joy that goes beyond understanding and we know how to laugh.

When you know Jesus Christ as your Savior it is a liberating feeling the fills you with peace, security, and joy.

It is always good  to spend time with my church family.

On the way home I heard a song by Hawk Nelson, singing about living like you’re loved.  You can check it out here.   https://youtu.be/Q_r47Xhkf20

Sonia