May 31 — Today’s thought –He knew not

Zinnias are starting to bloom!

Good Morning

Hebrews 11:1, 8 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

Whither he went, he knew not; it was enough for him to know that he went with God. He leant not so much upon the promises as upon the Promiser. He looked not on the difficulties of his lot, but on the King, eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, who deigned to appoint his course, and would certainly vindicate Himself.
O glorious Faith!
This is thy work, these are thy possibilities; contentment to sail with sealed orders, because of the unwavering confidence in the wisdom of the Lord High Admiral; willinghood to rise up,leave all, and follow Christ , because of the glad assurance that earth’s best cannot bear comparison with Heaven’s least. –F.B. M.

Hebrews 11:8-10 [Urged on] by faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed and went forth to a place which he was destined to receive as an inheritance; and he went, although he did not know or trouble his mind about where he was to go. [Prompted] by faith he dwelt as a temporary resident in the land which was designated in the promise [of God, though he was like a stranger] in a strange country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs with him of the same promise. For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God. Amplified Bible

Trust God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Wordless Wednesday — Pounding Posts


Just pictures, look here.

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Yarn Along – May 30, 2012

“~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs. I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well.” Join others here.

I put ‘Soft Twist Slice of Pi’ on a life-line to see what it was looking like:

I have another last section repeat and the a ruffle border. I’m finally learning what to look for to keep my stitch count accurate.

The Holden shawlette is coming along. I’m ready to start the feather and fan border. I made the body larger; now  I have to work out the math.

Tonight I’m listening to Cloud Nine by Luanne Rice.

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May 29, Today’s thought — What If It Were Up to You

Along the berry row
One of two rows of zinnias, they are one of my favorite summer flowers. The grey lines are metal guidelines to tie up the berry vines.

Good Morning

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:31-32

A pastor asked a churchgoer, “What are the two greatest problems in the Church today?”
The man answered, “I don’t know; and, I don’t care!”
The pastor responded, “Then you have both problems!!”

Ignorance and apathy produce a people who are uninformed and unconcerned. Sadly, there are many such people in the Church today. Our altar calls have netted many decisions, but produced few disciples.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Discipleship is the doorway into Truth, Freedom and Personal Responsibility.

The Lord calls us to be His disciples. He deals with ignorance by telling us the truth, and He deals with apathy by telling the truth over and over and over again. John Wimber once said, “It not the truth that sets you free; its the truth you KNOW that sets you free!” Jesus said, “You shall know the Truth.” Let’s take it one step at a time:
You – that’s personal…..accept it.
Shall – that’s imperative….obey it.
Know – that’s cognitive…..understand it.
The – that’s definitive…..admit it.
Truth – that’s reality… it.

Truth, Freedom, and Responsibility always go together. Responsible living is the fruit of Freedom; and Freedom is the offspring of Truth. Jesus Christ has redeemed us and given us His Holy Spirit and knowledge of the Truth; so that from the inside out we would be a free and responsible people who are self-governed under God.

We know the Truth, and we are therefore a people of understanding. We have been set free, and we are therefore a people of zeal. This is God’s answer to ignorance and apathy. As Christians we must each take personal the words of our Lord, and conduct ourselves with wisdom and honor toward those around us. This will answer the ignorance and apathy of the world, and bring great glory to our Lord. Rylie ~ edited

Trust in God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 28, Today’s thought — Don’t Break!

This week we are going to take a walk down the berry vine, sunflower and zinnia row at Cozy Acres.

Good Morning,

Psalms 112:7 . . . his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.

Before my window is a beautiful branch of a tree now in full spring dress. Only a few weeks ago that same branch was loaded with ice–it seemed as if it must break! I remember one hour; it seemed it could not keep up. I expected to see it give way; but it did not break, Today it is beautiful!
There are many in this sad world who are as my bare branch was–loaded with ice. Their sorrows seem like hailstorms, and how to keep up, how to hold on, seems to be the one vital question. If one such should read about my branch, let me say to that one,

“Don’t break; cling for your life to the one truth, that God has not forgotten you! He holds the winds in His fists; and the waves that now seem as though they would swallow you up, in the hollow of His hands.”

And so, by simple faith in God’s goodness and love you hold on, and when in the future–like the branch near my window–it shall be all spring with you, you will remember your sorrows as waters that have passed away.

“Hold on! It is not always winter; spring is coming. The birds are yet to sing on the very branch loaded with ice. Only, don’t break.

My branch did not have a will of its own, but we have wills, and God can energize them. We must use our wills and say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him,” and He never slays but to make alive.
Thus trusting,
though you may bend in the blast,
you will not break;
you will hold on;
you will see your Spring!

Trust God for your day . . Today.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday — May 27

Scavenger Hunt Sunday items: Beneath Your Feet, Capturing Movement, Texture, Face Your Fears and Currently

Come let’s see where this hunt takes us!

Beneath your feetThe rug and deck are enjoyed all year around at Cozy Acres.

Capturing movement
I first read this prompt as ‘capturing the moment.’ Saturday I went looking for the right ‘moment,’ not a moment to be found. Sunday morning, I find ‘capturing the movement , oooohhhhhhhhh!
My poor brain had a problem until I remembered we have chickens. When we let them out for their evening scratch around,
the Farmer on his way to let out the chickens.
there is lots of movement- watch:

As I saw this close-up of the bud of a sunflower, I whispered, “oh, my…”

Face your fears
My bowl looks empty, but it is full of fears as I make decisions to change my eating habits.

Quilt squares from my current quilting project, hanging from our young grape row, with berries, sunflowers and zinnias behind.

Other hunters’ finds can be see at Ramblings and Photos.

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May 27, Sunday Bible Reading – Deuteronomy 8

Waiting for the sunflower.

Good Morning

from the Amplified Bible, Deuteronomy 8

1. ALL THE commandments which I command you this day
you shall be watchful to do,
that you may live and multiply and go in and possess the land
which the Lord swore to give to your fathers.
2.  And you shall [earnestly] remember all the way
which the Lord your God led you these forty years in the wilderness,
to humble you and to prove you,
to know what was in your [mind and] heart,
whether you would keep His commandments or not.
3.  And He humbled you and allowed you to hunger
and fed you with manna,
which you did not know nor did your fathers know,
that He might make you recognize and personally know
that man does not live by bread only,
but man lives by every word
that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.
4.  Your clothing did not become old upon you
nor did your feet swell these forty years.
5.  Know also in your [minds and] hearts that,
as a man disciplines and instructs his son,
so the Lord your God disciplines and instructs you.
6.  So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God,
to walk in His ways and [reverently] fear Him.
7.  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land,
a land of brooks of water,
of fountains and springs,
flowing forth in valleys and hills;
8.  A land of wheat and barley,
and vines and fig trees and pomegranates,
a land of olive trees and honey;
9.  A land in which you shall eat food
without shortage and lack nothing in it;
a land whose stones are iron
and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
10.  When you have eaten and are full,
then you shall bless the Lord your God
for all the good land which He has given you.
11.  Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God
by not keeping His commandments,
His precepts,
and His statutes which I command you today,
12.  Lest when you have eaten and are full,
and have built goodly houses and live in them,
13.  And when your herds and flocks multiply
and your silver and gold is multiplied
and all you have is multiplied,
14.  Then your [minds and] hearts be lifted up
and you forget the Lord your God,
Who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage,
15.  Who led you through the great and terrible wilderness,
with its fiery serpents and scorpions
and thirsty ground where there was no water,
but Who brought you forth water out of the flinty rock,
16.  Who fed you in the wilderness with manna,
which your fathers did not know,
that He might humble you and test you,
to do you good in the end.
17.  And beware lest you say in your [mind and] heart,
My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.
18.  But you shall [earnestly] remember the Lord your God,
for it is He Who gives you power to get wealth,
that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers,
as it is this day.
19.  And if you forget the Lord your God
and walk after other gods and serve them and worship them,
I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish.
20.  Like the nations which the Lord makes to perish before you,
so shall you perish,
because you would not obey the voice of the Lord your God.

Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]

Trust God for your day . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 26, Today’s thought — Hope

From my chair – the kitchen window

Good Morning,

On Facebook, Sunny Alteneder shared Evonne Loray Asbury Wu’s encouraging thoughts:

‎”As your days–so shall your strength be!” Deuteronomy 33:25

“Here is a precious promise for a trying day! It belongs to every Christian who is traveling to the Celestial City. It provides for every part of life’s journey; for every day–as each day may require.

It is especially suited to the dark days, the wintry days, and the trying days–when all our earthly props fail us; the days when our fellow man cannot help us.

Fellow pilgrim! Are you dispirited, depressed, and cast down? Are you looking back upon the past with sorrow–and forward into the future with fear? Cheer up! The Lord will not lay on you more than He will enable you to bear–nor will He allow any other to do so.

However weak you may feel in yourself,
however rough the road you may need to travel,
however heavy the burden you may have to carry–
God will supply you with sufficient strength for the day!

He has never allowed you to be crushed yet, though you may have staggered under some heavy burdens. He who has helped you in the past–is still your helper today. He will also help you in all the future. “As your days”–be they as troublesome as they may–“so shall your strength be.”

Whether your day brings life or death, joy or trial–it does not matter. God will send you exactly what you need to pass through it! Do not look at your trials, do not dwell on your inability–but lay hold on the promises of God and seek His grace to exercise faith in Him.

Then let Satan suggest what he pleases, or the flesh object as it may–you will be able to say, “I will not fear; for as my day–so shall my strength be. He who has promised–will also fulfill His promise.”

Blessed Lord, I praise You for this precious promise! Help, oh, help me to trust in it; and day by day as duty or trials may require–enable me to look to You and expect sufficient strength from You!
~James Smith

“On the day I called–You answered me; You increased strength within me!” Psalm 138:3″

This reading reminded me of Thursday evening’s lesson, “There Is Hope!” And I’m thankful.

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

this morning the wind blows some,
the tree  waves some,
the bright umbrella dances some,
and I smiled.

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May 24, Today’s thoughts – God that performeth

Grissabell is more camera friendly.(opps, for some WordPress reason to see Griss, click the space.)

Good Morning

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. Psalm 57:1-2

The beautiful old translation says,
“He shall perform the cause which I have in hand.”
Does that make it very real to us today?
Just the very thing that “I have in hand”–
my own particular bit of work today,
this cause that I cannot manage,
this thing that I undertook in miscalculation of my own powers–
this is what I may ask Him to do “for me”
and rest assured that He will perform it.
“The wise and their works are in the hands of God.” Havergal.

Trust God for your day—Today.
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 23 Today’s thought — He Worketh

Buster likes his picture taken as much as I do.

Good Morning

Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. Psalm 37:3-5

The translation that we find in Young of “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass,” reads: “Roll upon Jehovah thy way; trust upon him: and he worketh.”
It calls our attention to the immediate action of God when we truly commit or roll out our hands into His, the burden of whatever kind it may be; a way of sorrow, of difficulty, of physical need, or of anxiety for the conversion of some dear one.
“He worketh.”
When? Now.
We are so in danger of postponing our expectation of His acceptance of the trust,and His undertaking to accomplish what we ask Him to do, instead of saying as we commit, “He worketh.”
“He worketh” even now; and praise Him that it is do.
The very expectancy enables the Holy Spirit to do the very thing we have rolled upon Him.
It is out of our reach.
We are not trying to do it any more..
“He worketh.”
Let us take the comfort out of it and not put our hands on it again.
OH, what a relief it brings!
He is really working on the difficulty.
But someone may say, “I see not results.”
Never mind.
“He worketh.”
if you have rolled it over and are looking to Jesus to do it.
Faith may be tested, but “He worketh;” the Word is sure! –V.H.F.

Trust God for your day. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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May 22 — Today’s thoughts — Peace

Happy Petunias

Good Afternoon

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” John 20:19

The church of Jesus Christ began with a group; of frightened men in a second-floor room in Jerusalem.
Though they’d marched wit Jesus for three years, they now sat . . .afraid.
They were timid soldiers, reluctant warriors, speechless messengers.
Daring to dream that the master had left them some word,
some plan,
some direction,
they came back.
But little did they know their wildest dream wasn’t wild enough. Just as some one mumbles, “It’s no use,” they hear a noise.
They hear a voice; “Peace be with you.”
The betrayed sought his betrayers.
What did he say to them?
Not “What a bunch of flops!”
Not “I told you so.”
No ” Where-were-you-when-I-needed-you?” speeches.
But simply one phrase, “Peace be with you.”
The very thing they didn’t have was the very thing he offered: peace.
Max Lucado – Six Hours One Friday

Trust God for your day . . Today
With my pryaers, desiring yours, Leslie


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May 22 Garden Update

The Farmer is so glad it is planting time. Much planning and preparation goes into Cozy Acre’s garden. The bountiful harvest makes all the work worthwhile.

Facing south:

on the left, garden plot is 90’x75′ . The lighter dirt is a driveway between the two plots.

on the right, garden plot is 40’x75′

Winter garden, 34’x51′, is in the back, the Farmer is still picking swiss chard and beets.

The Farmer’s drip watering system:

The plants get covered with mulch to preserve water and cut down on weeds. The Farmer only waters the plants not walkways, He says, ‘if you don’t water the weeds, they won’t grow.’


Bell Pepper

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday — (on Monday) May 21,2012

In this scavenger hunt we interpret the prompts in what we hope is a creative way and share our pictures with other hunters.

Delectable Mountain pattern with rainbow notes and rainbow points

Ol’ Red snoozing in the sun

Garden art made by my brother in honor of my five children=five butterflies

Looking for letters

I always gaze at this tree as I drive by

Click here to see more pictures Ramblings and Photos.

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Sunday Bible Reading — Psalm 119:1-8

Love the Star Jasmine.

Good Morning

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart.
They also do no iniquity:
they walk in his ways.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Then shall I not be ashamed,
when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart,
when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
I will keep thy statutes:
O forsake me not utterly.
Psalm 119:1-8

Trust in God for your day. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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{this moment} May 18, 2012

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Linking to SouleMama to see other’s moments.

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