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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Who Am I Really?

Hello!

It’s been awhile since I last wrote and I hope this finds you doing well. 

Today we took a small road trip to buy soil and compost for the raised beds in the vegetable garden.

I kept a look out for snap shots and came up with a few.  There must have been a controlled burn going on somewhere. You will see a smoky haze in the pictures because of smoke lingering in the air. The farther west we went, the thicker the smoke.

This morning, my Bible study was in Luke 18: 9-14. It was the parable of two men, a Pharisee and a tax collector,  who went to pray at the temple. 

The Pharisee started praying, making sure everyone could see and hear him. He was loud and proud. 

Meanwhile the tax collector never raised his eyes, smote his breast and very humbly asked God to forgive him for his sinful ways.

You see a picture of one man who thinks he knows who he is and then another man who certainly does know who he is.  

One is under a false perception of himself and the other sees his own reality. 

We need to recognize who we really are and where we’re at, in our walk of life.  The best of us see ourselves through a haze, much like the smoke that filled the air today. We don’t see clearly how we all fall short of perfect. 

Compared to Jesus, we’re all just tax collectors and sinners. And no matter how hard we try to be the best, to be on top, to be perfect, we are unable  to meet the standard.  We can’t save ourselves and we can’t be good enough to get to heaven on our own.

That’s why Jesus willingly gave His life on the cross, taking on every sin of everyone before His crucifixion and everyone after it.  He was thinking of you and me. He gave His life out of His love for us.

But that’s not the end of it, because He didn’t stay dead.  That’s just not His style.  He conquered death, cast sin as far as the east is from the west and arose from the grave, fully alive.

There’s an acronym used about salvation.

ABC.-  ADMIT, BELIEVE, CONFESS

So, this Easter holiday, as the children hunt for colorful eggs, and you gather with family to enjoy a meal, just remember Jesus loves you.

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

Wet and Colorful

This morning, before the heavy rains moved in, I looked out my front window and there was a cardinal.   I decided to try to take a picture from inside, as from experience I knew it would fly away as soon as I went outside.

The amazing thing was in most of the pictures, as the bird hopped along the edge of the yard, the bird would stop and face the camera, as if he knew I was inside taking his picture.

A little while later, a bunch of black birds showed up.  I noticed as some of them came closer, they were more colorful than I knew.  Amazingly I was able to take a picture to show it.

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Then the rains, or rather heavy rains moved in. There was water everywhere.   And oh, did it rain hard!  I took a video and posted it on IG, of the high wind whipping the rain around.

However the day ended with beautiful skies.

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So, it was a wet and colorful day.

How was your day?

 

Sonia

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Who sees you?

My challenge today was to create a piece of art using my non-dominant hand. Being a lefty, raised up in a right handed world, I’ve learned to use my right hand  just about as good as my left.  But I rarely use my right hand for writing, drawing, etc. So, I decided to do a watercolor. It took me longer, and it isn’t as neat or detailed as I’d like, but I guess it turned out ok.

My devotion this morning was in Genesis 16:7-15. So I did this watercolor inspired by it.  

In the Bible passage it tells about Hagar running away from Abraham and Sarah.

She’s afraid and feels unwanted, unloved, and alone.  But she wasn’t alone. God saw her when no one else did and showed up.  He heard her affliction and even named her unborn child.

Sometimes, when we cry out to God, we feel we are alone and our problems are invisible.  

But we are not alone.  

God sees us and what we’re going through. He sees and moves.  Sometimes not as quick as we’d like, but He’s in control. 

We just need to remember God takes care of His own.

Sonia

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Woven

Today I had an artistic challenge to create something woven.  I decided to use a wooden basket that acquired from my mom. It is made up of a lot of trapezoid pieces glued together. It got banged around by the wind on the porch, so I had to do a little repair and glue some of the pieces back together. Once the wood glue was dry and set, I took a few of my 2″ strips of fabric and wove them through it to help strengthen it.  I will use it my sewing room.

As I worked, weaving the fabric in and out of the openings of the basket, it became a good analogy for me.

Though we may be broken, when we have the fiber of God and His Word woven into our lives, we are made stronger.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Isaiah 40:29

The LORD is my strength and my defense; He a become my salvation. He is my God, an I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

Sonia

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