Five Minute Friday – Direction


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Seattle to Anchorage: Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake, Yukon

Today’s prompt – Direction


Wherever I go

I am going somewhere;

I am going some direction;

some how.

Sometimes I happen upon a direction by chance (?).

Like in a library when a title catches my eye,

or when I turn a corner ‘just because’

I want to see down this street.

I don’t understand these random choices.

Sometimes it is a very deliberate choice.

I want to read that book!

I have to get there now!

I have purpose and determination and direction.

Neither option is bad or wrong.

Both options have a place in my life.

My life has taken me many directions,

Up mountains,

up paths broad and clear

up paths  hard and rough,

up paths the way was so faint i

t was hard to believe it was even a way,

But oh the view from the top!

Through valleys of dark shadows,

cold shadows,

fearful shadows,

even the shadow of death,

but I have never had to walk there alone.

I have even walked beside the still waters.

I have walked up to a table prepared.

My cup has run over.

I am amazed .  .  .  .  .  .


Psalms 119:105

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

and a light unto my feet.

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Am I overcharged with the care of this life?

The words ‘overcharged’ and ‘cares of this life’
linked themselves together this morning.

Luke 21:33-36
Heaven and earth shall pass away:
but my words shall not pass away.
34 And take heed to yourselves,
lest at any time your hearts be overcharged
with surfeiting, and drunkenness,
and cares of this life,
and so that day come upon you unawares.
35 For as a snare shall it come on all them
that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape
all these things that shall come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of man.

We are bombarded with so much information
about the times we live in that it is difficult
to rightly divide truth from error.
We must ‘take heed’ to focus on God’s Word
to calm our fears,
‘to stand before the Son of man’,
to always be available for the ‘other’. (more…)

2nd Monday With the Sisters

November, 2018 the Sisters began meeting for dinner
on the 2nd Monday of the month.
24 Sisters have met, as they were able,
to bring our prayer requests, to hear a short devotional and have dinner.
We have shared laughter and tears.
We have been encouraged in the Lord.
We have strengthened ‘the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.’
(Ephesians 4:3)

January, 2019 Sister Elizabeth Olmsted brought the devotional.
She gave us a memory verse card reminder
of how God will make the desert places in our lives
like a garden of Eden.

For the LORD shall comfort Zion:
he will comfort all her waste places;
and he will make her wilderness like Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
and the voice of melody.
Isaiah 51:3

Sister Elizabeth asked Sister Diana to paint a desert place
and bring it to the gathering with her paints

As Sister Elizabeth shared with us
the thoughts God had given her,
Sister Diana began to add life to the desert

We watched in amazement as Sister Diana
seemly so effortlessly transform the desert
into a lush, green, refreshing garden of Eden.

We were reminded that if we give our deserts,
and submit our ways and ideas to God,
He will be faithful to transform us into
what He has designed and we become useful in His kingdom.

Even today,
GOD is still able to comfort Zion in all of her waste places.
GOD is still able to make the wilderness like Eden.
GOD is still able to make the desert like a garden.
GOD is still able to bring joy and gladness.
And WE can still be thankful and lift our voices in praise.


Hymn to a Good Wife – Proverbs 31

Hymn to a Good Wife

A good woman is hard to find,
and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised
is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
Festoon her life with praises!

The Message (MSG)

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THE CREATION – James Weldon Johnson

To me, this poem shows how God must have had so much fun while He created


And God stepped out on space,
And He looked around and said,
“I’m lonely-
I’ll make me a world.”
And far as the eye of God could see
Darkness covered everything,
Blacker than a hundred midnights
Down in a cypress swamp.

Then God smiled,
And the light broke,
And the darkness rolled up on one side,
And the light stood shining on the other,
And God said, “That’s good!”

Then God reached out and took the light in His hands,
And God rolled the light around in His hands
Until He made the sun;
And He set that sun a-blazing in the heavens.
And the light that was left from making the sun
God gathered it up in a shining ball
And flung it against the darkness,
Spangling the night with the moon and stars.
Then down between
The darkness and the light
He hurled the world;
And God said, “That’s good!”

Then God himself stepped down-
And the sun was on His right hand,
And the moon was on His left;
The stars were clustered about His head,
And the earth was under His feet.
And God walked, and where He trod
His footsteps hollowed the valleys out
And bulged the mountains up.
Then He stopped and looked and saw
That the earth was hot and barren.
So God stepped over to the edge of the world
And He spat out the seven seas;
He batted His eyes, and the lightnings flashed;
He clapped His hands, and the thunders rolled;
And the waters above the earth came down,
The cooling waters came down.

Then the green grass sprouted,
And the little red flowers blossomed,
The pine tree pointed his finger to the sky,
And the oak spread out his arms,
The lakes cuddled down in the hollows of the ground,
And the rivers ran down to the sea;
And God smiled again,
And the rainbow appeared,
And curled itself around His shoulder.

Then God raised His arm and He waved His hand
Over the sea and over the land,
And He said, “Bring forth! Bring forth!”
And quicker than God could drop His hand,
Fishes and fowls
And beasts and birds
Swam the rivers and the seas,
Roamed the forests and the woods,
And split the air with their wings.
And God said, “That’s good!”
Then God walked around,
And God looked around
On all that He had made.
He looked at His sun,
And He looked at His moon,
‘And He looked at His little stars;
He looked on His world
With all its living things,
And God said, “I’m lonely still.”

Then God sat down
On the side of a hill where He could think;
By a deep, wide river He sat down;
With His head in His hands,
God thought and thought,
Till He thought, “I’ll make me a man!”

Up from the bed of the river
God scooped the clay;
And by the bank of the river
He kneeled Him down;
And there the great God Almighty
Who lit the sun and fixed it in the sky,
Who flung the stars to the most far corner of the night,
Who rounded the earth in the middle of His hand;
This Great God,
Like a mammy bending over her baby,
Kneeled down in the dust
Toiling over a lump of clay
Till He shaped it in His own image;

Then into it He blew the breath of life,
And man became a living soul.
Amen. Amen.


James Weldon Johnson believed that the arts and literature
could elevate and reflect the true genius of a people.
His poem, The Creation was written, in his mind,
in the tradition of a “Negro sermon.”
(poem, 1922, in public domain),

And God saw every thing that he had made,
and, behold, it was very good.
And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31

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Sunday Bible Reading, Romans 12: 10-21


Romans 12:10-21 Amplified Version

10 Be devoted to one another
with [authentic] brotherly affection
[as members of one family],
give preference to one another in honor;
11 never lagging behind in diligence;
aglow in the Spirit,
enthusiastically serving the Lord;
12 constantly rejoicing in hope
[because of our confidence in Christ],
steadfast and patient in distress,
devoted to prayer
[continually seeking wisdom, guidance, and strength],
13 contributing to the needs of God’s people,
pursuing [the practice of] hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you
[who cause you harm or hardship];
bless and do not curse [them].
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others’ joy],
and weep with those who weep [sharing others’ grief].
16 Live in harmony with one another;
do not be haughty [conceited, self-important, exclusive],
but associate with humble people
[those with a realistic self-view].
Do not overestimate yourself.
17 Never repay anyone evil for evil.
Take thought for what is right and gracious and proper
in the sight of everyone.
18 If possible, as far as it depends on you,
live at peace with everyone.
19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves,
but leave the way open for God’s wrath [and His judicial righteousness];
for it is written [in Scripture],
“Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
20 But if your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him a drink;
for by doing this you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome and conquered by evil,
but overcome evil with good.

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Why Did JESUS Fold the Napkin?

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?
I never noticed this….
The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin,
which was placed over the face of Jesus,
was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes. .
The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us
that the napkin was neatly folded,
and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.
Early Sunday morning,
while it was still dark,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found
that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.
She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple,
the one whom Jesus loved.
She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb,
and I don’t know where they have put him!’
Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.
The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first.
He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there,
but he didn’t go in.
Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside.
He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there,
while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head
was folded up and lying to the side.
Was that important?
Is it really significant?
In order to understand
the significance of the folded napkin,
you have to understand
a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.
The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant,
and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.
When the servant set the dinner table for the master,
he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.
The table was furnished perfectly,
and then the servant would wait,
just out of sight,
until the master had finished eating,
and the servant would not dare touch that table,
until the master was finished..
Now if the master were done eating,
he would rise from the table,
wipe his fingers,
his mouth,
and clean his beard,
and would wad up that napkin
and toss it onto the table.
The servant would then know to clear the table.
For in those days,
the wadded napkin meant, “I’m finished..”
But if the master got up from the table,
and folded his napkin,
and laid it beside his plate,
the servant would not dare touch the table,
The folded napkin meant,
“I’m coming back!”

John 14:22-31
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot,
Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23  Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words:
and my Father will love him,
and we will come unto him,
and make our abode with him.
24  He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings:
and the word which ye hear is not mine,
but the Father’s which sent me.
25  These things have I spoken unto you,
being yet present with you.
26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
27  Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.
28  Ye have heard how I said unto you,
I go away, and come again unto you.
If ye loved me, ye would rejoice,
because I said, I go unto the Father:
for my Father is greater than I.
29  And now I have told you before it come to pass,
that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30  Hereafter I will not talk much with you:
for the prince of this world cometh,
and hath nothing in me.
31  But that the world may know that I love the Father;
and as the Father gave me commandment,
even so I do.
Arise, let us go hence.

Today . . .Let us receive He’s peace
Today . . .Let it soothe, gently calm our troubled hearts
Today . . Let His perfect Love cast out our fears.

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Sunday Bible Reading Psalm 118

Thanksgiving for the Lord’s Saving Goodness

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:
because his mercy endureth for ever.
Let Israel now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let the house of Aaron now say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
Let them now that fear the LORD say,
that his mercy endureth for ever.
I called upon the LORD in distress:
the LORD answered me,
and set me in a large place.
The LORD is on my side;
I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

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Looking Like Spring

While the earth remaineth,
seedtime and harvest,
and cold and heat,
and summer and winter,
and day and night shall not cease.
Genesis 8:22

Follow me as I walk around the property where I live.
There is spring in the air and flowers growing!

From the entrance we see The Church of God at Carmichael, CA

These cyclamen die back in the summer, then come back every Spring

Across the parking lot we find Violets. These show up early in Spring

The last of the Daffodils in front of Dusty Miller and California Poppies

The Roses are just starting to bloom

Old fashioned Iris start blooming in December and live next to the Lilacs

Lilacs, my favorite! I picked one spray to keep and one to give away

Ground Orchids and California Poppies

Lenten Roses under the redwood tree.
Helleborus – Pink Marble

Lenten Rose has neighbors

Lenton Roses – Ellen White and Cinnamon Snow

Peony buds, hip, hip, hurrah

Geraniums and butterfly metal yard art made by my brother, Patrick

These live beside the steps on to the deck. the Farmer brought them home, I don’t know their name

Deck steps bookended by floral beauty

The Farmer’s berries, raspberries, boysenberries and thornless black berries in row in front of two rows of grapes

As you leave the property you will see Purple Iris and California Poppies

More California Poppies

God Bless the U,S,A,
Good bye, come again when you can stay longer.

Thanks to the Farmer tends the property tirelessly with joy.

“The Lord thy God Cares For It.”

The land whither ye go to possess it is a land of hills and valleys
and drinketh water of the rain of heaven;
a land which the Lord thy God careth
for: the eyes of the Lord are always upon it
from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.
Deuteronomy 11:11-12

Today, dear friends, we stand upon the verge of the unknown.
There lies before us the new year (new season)
and we are going forth to possess it.
Who can tell what we shall find?
What new experiences,
what changes shall come,
what new needs shall arise?
But here is the cheering,
gladdening message from our Heavenly Father,
The Lord thy God careth for it.”
“His eyes are upon it away to the ending of the year.”


In Times Like These

Have we thought of our Father’s talk with Satan about Job?

Job 1:1-12
There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job;
and that man was perfect and upright,
and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
His substance also was seven thousand sheep,
and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen,
and five hundred she asses, and a very great household;
so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day;
and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about,
that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning,
and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all:
for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned,
and cursed God in their hearts.
Thus did Job continually.


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Five Minute Friday – Potential


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Today’s prompt – Potential


Whenever I hear the word potential . . .
I think ‘possibility’ and this song.

He Saw What I Could Be

A loser without direction, I drifted aimlessly
On the backside of a place called ‘Nowhere’ forgotten by humanity,
When they talked about potential, they did not refer to me
‘Cause everyone could clearly see, what I am I’d always be.

But He saw not what I was, He saw what I could be;
When He reached His hand to where I was,
He made a change in me.
For all He had to hope for was just a possibility;
Still He saw not what I was, He saw what I could be.

So now you know the reason I lift my hands so willingly;
If He hadn’t found be when He did, I’d still be lost as lost could be.
And although I’m far from perfect, I’m even farther still you see
From the life I lived just yesterday before the LORD found me.

But He saw not what I was, He saw what I could be;
When He reached His hand to where I was,
He made a change in me.
For all He had to hope for was just a possibility;
Still He saw not what I was, He saw what I could be.

For all He had to hope for was just a possibility;
Still He saw not what I was,
Still He saw not what I was,
Still He saw not what I was,
He saw what I could be.

At seventeen, when I repented
and the Lord forgave my sins and saved me
I was a protected, unformed, high school educated lump of clay
with only one desire, ‘to do what was right’.
I wasn’t even sure what ‘right’ was.
I did know that God was the answer to what right was.

God took that lump of unformed clay,
put it on the wheel of life
and gently He created a Wife, a Homemaker,
a Mother, a Teacher, an Encourage-er,
a Grannie, a hostess and
a Child of God.

Did I make mistakes, yes
Did I feel like I had failed, many times
Did I have regrets, unfortunately.

I did do one most important thing right.

I never left the right way.
the narrow way that leads to righteousness
I never rejected God’s word.
the Light unto my feet
I never let go of His Hand.
and He has always held mine.


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Three on Thursday – Evidence of Fall

or Friday if you’ve procrastinated like I did, again.

Fall is my favorite season.
Cool days and cooler nights,
a relief after Sacramento summer days.
I found three evidences that it will soon be fall.

This vine, so dainty and fine, changes into its fall colors gently.
I don’t know its name.

Zucchini, cucumbers and marigolds have had it,
after working so hard all summer long!

Sunflowers, a summertime favorite. with her happy faces.
In the fall become food for the birds.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;


Sharing with Carole ‘s Three Things this week.

The Bible, God’s Word of Life

Do you have a Bible?

If so, how old is your Bible?

Do know where your Bible is?

Is to your Bible dusty?

Are the pages still crisp and pristine?

Or are the pages a bit limp, a bit frayed?

Are the words underlined,
verses dated or marked with a star?

Are there notes and definitions in the margins?

How does it fit in your hand?

Does it feel comfortable or a little strange?

In church one evening not long ago,
as I bent my head in prayer,
I saw on the pew in front of me, this Bible.

Later I asked, “How long have you had this Bible?”
She laughed, “About 25 years.”
Many times I’ve seen this sister reading her Bible
before service started while those around her chatted,
greeting one another.

My Bible is well used,
but it does not have the print of my thumb worn
in the cover from holding the Word of God – – –
For long periods of time
Tightly – without wavering
Daily, many times during the day
In good times,
Hard times,
Fearful times,
Times of sickness,
Times of death
Times of joy and victory.

Only with our closest friends
do we have long, intense, soul searching conversations,
receiving and giving encouragement,
comfort, direction, and yes, even correction.

Is Jesus our closest friend?
How much time do we spend holding on to Him?

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105

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One Candle

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19th century rabbi Isreal Salanter
told the story of being inspired
by the words of a shoemaker
working late into the night
“As long as the candle is burning
it’s still possible to mend.”

Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden,nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
Let your light shine before men . . .AMP

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