July 28, Today’s thought — Whispered Wonderings

Flowers at Grandma’s house;
I don’t know the names.

Good Morning

Behold, a virgin shall be with child,
and shall bring forth a son,
and they shall call his name Emmanuel,
which being interpreted is, God with us. Matthew 1:23

The white space between Bible verses is fertile soil for questions. One can hardly read Scripture with whispering, “I wonder. . . ”

“I wonder if Eve ever ate any more fruit.”
“I wonder if Noah slept well during storms” . . .

But in our wonderings, there is one question we never need to ask. Does God Care?
Do we matter to God?
Does he still love his children?
Through the small face of the stable-born baby,
he say yes
Yes, your sins are forgiven.
Yes, your name is written in heave. . .
And yes, God has entered your world.
Immanuel. God is with us.

He still Moves Stones – Max Lucado

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

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July 27, Today’s thought — The Spirit Itself Maketh

What a handsome thirsty squirrel!
He lives in Grandma Crain’s backyard.

Good Morning

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us
with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts
knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints
according to the will of God. Romans 8:26-27

The Spirit has much to do with acceptable prayer,
and His work in prayer is too much neglected.
He enlightens the mind to see its wants,
softens the heart to feel them,
quickens our desires after suitable supplies,
gives clear views of God’s power, wisdom,
and grace to relieve us,
and stirs up that confidence in His truth
which excludes all wavering.
Prayer is, therefore, a wonderful thing.
In every acceptable prayer the whole trinity is concerned.
J. Angell James

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

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July 26, Today’s thought — When is the Time to Trust?

When the Farmer isn’t gardening, weeding, or watering;
you might find him here.

Good Morning

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.  Psalm 56:3

When is the time to trust?
Is it when all is calm,
When waves the victor’s palm,
Of joy and praise!
Nay! but the time to trust
Is when the waves beat high,
When storm clouds fill the sky,
And prayer is one long cry,
O help and save!

When is the time to trust?
Is it when friends are true?
It is when comforts woo,
And in all we say and do
We meet but praise?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is when we stand alone,
And summer birds have flown,
And every prop is gone,
All else but God.

What is the time to trust?
It is some future day,
When you have tried your way,
And learned to trust and pray
By bitter woe?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is in this moment’s need,
Poor, broken, bruised reed!
Poor, troubled soul, make speed
To trust thy God.

What is the time trust?
Is it when hopes beat high,
When sunshine gilds the sky,
And joy and ecstasy
Fill all the heart?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is when our joy is fled.
When sorrow bows the heard,
All else but God. Selected.

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

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July 25, Today’s thought — Degrees of Fatih

This squirrel calls,
the Farmer offers a peanut,
the squirrel takes from the Farmer’s fingers,
then scampers up the tree to eat.

Good Morning

Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece. Judges 6:39

There are degrees to faith. At one stage of Christian experience we cannot believe unless we have some sign or some great manifestation of feeling. We feel our fleece, like Gideon, and if it is wet we are willing to trust God. this may be true faith, but it is imperfect. It always looks for feeling or some token besides the Word of God.

It marks quite an advance in faith when we trust God without feelings. It is blessed to believe without having any emotion.

There is a third stage of faith which even transcends that of Gideon and his fleece.
The first phase of faith believes when there are favorable emotion,
the second believes when there is the absence of feeling,
but this third form of faith believes God and His Word when circumstances, emotions, appearances, people, and human reason all urge to the contrary.
Paul exercised this faith in Acts 27:20, 25, “and when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and so small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” Not withstanding all this Paul said,k “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”

May God give us faith to fully trust His Word through every else witness the other way. –C.H.P.

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

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If you send a quilter/knitter to Grandma’s. . .

If you send a quilter/knitter to Grandma’s. . .

she’ll have to take a sewing machine, (she has done this before)

an iron, pressing mat, rotary cutter, scissors a cutting mat
and a project over due that needs to be finished now.

She’ll also take 6 shawls in various stages of completion:
from almost there, finish ripping out the cast off and re-do with enough beads for finishing.

to just one more clue

to just two more clues

to where did I leave off on this one

to so I took this one off the needles to use for another project–now it’s on a lifeline, how do I rescue it.

to I think I’ll start this over
or not maybe just rip it out and use the yarn for ……..

this goes with me, ‘coz I can knit and I don’t have to think much,

(yep, it’s a Longerberger basket)

and a sweater to try to learn how to knit the both sleeves at one time on one long circular needle,

thinking she will get at least 3 shawls finished.

WAIT!! the quilter/knitter will only be at Grandma’s for 5 days, and there are meals to cook and the flower garden to water, and naps to take. . . . . . . . .

Joining Ginny and all the other stay at home knitters this week.

July 24. Today’s thought — The Lord Waits

Sunday night’s sky –
It was dramatic,
this picture turned out kinda spooky, but neat.

Good Morning

And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you . . .blessed are all they that wait for him. Isaiah 30:18

We must not only think of our waiting upon God, but also of what is more wonderful still, of God’s waiting upon us.The vision of Him waiting on us, will give new impulse and inspiration to our waiting upon Him. It will give us unspeakable confidence that our waiting cannot be in vain. Let us seek even now, at this moment, in the spirit of waiting on God, to find out something of what it means. He has inconceivably glorious purposes concerning every one of His children. And you ask,
“How is it, if He waits to be gracious, that even after I come and wait upon Him, He does not give the help I seek, but waits on longer and longer?”

God is a wise husbandman, “who waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it.” He cannot gather the fruit till it is ripe, He knows when we are spiritually ready to receive the blessing to our profit and His glory. Waiting in the sunshine of His love is what will ripen the soul for His blessing. Waiting under the cloud of trial, that breaks in showers of blessing is as needful.
Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious. God waited four thousand years, till the fullness of time, ere He sent His Son. Our times are in His hands; He will avenge His elect speedily; He will make haste for our help, and not delay one hour too long.–Andrew Murray.

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

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July 23, Today’s thought — the Rooster

Bobo, the Rooster.
We don’t have him anymore,
but he was a lot of fun to watch.

The Unmistakable Sound of a Rooster

But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying!”

Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter.
Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him,
“Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.”
Luke 22:60-61).

For the general populace there are seven birds that are readily recognizable by their song: 1) the goose that honks, 2) the duck that quacks, 3) the chicken that clucks, 4) the dove that coos, 5) the owl that hoots, 6) the crow that caws, and 7) the rooster that crows. Each of these are so distinct that the moment one hears them, right away we know what kind of bird it is.
. . .
Interesting, don’t you think, that Jesus would choose a rooster to bring Simon Peter to his senses during that dark night of betrayal and denial? When we say someone is cocky, we are comparing them to the rooster. A person who “struts their stuff” is kin to the barnyard fowl. It seems that the rooster is forever associated with prideful boasting since the night Peter denied the Lord.

But, beyond this, the rooster also symbolizes two other things for us today.

First, he is the herald of a new dawn. When the rooster crows it means only one thing; a new day is at hand. So, while Peter would be stung by the sound that jolted his mind back to the words of the Lord, the sting also carried promise of a new day — a fresh chance to walk with Him whose mercies are new every morning.

Second, the rooster was for Simon Peter a messenger with a personal word from God. No doubt many heard the rooster crow that morning, but nobody heard what Peter heard. For in the routine sounds of the ordinary he discovered the God who speaks through donkeys and roosters. And from that day forward, Peter would never be able to hear a rooster again without thinking of this one moment in his life.

A moment of devastating failure……and of great forgiveness. A moment of death and resurrection; certainly for Jesus — but also for Peter. Rylie

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

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July 22, Sunday Bible Reading, Psalm 57

Star Jasmine growing well.

Psalm 57
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.
He shall send from heaven,
and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
My soul is among lions:
and I lie even among them that are set on fire,
even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows,
and their tongue a sharp sword.
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let thy glory be above all the earth.
They have prepared a net for my steps;
my soul is bowed down:
they have digged a pit before me,
into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah.
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed:
I will sing and give praise.
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will awake early.
I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people:
I will sing unto thee among the nations.
For thy mercy is great unto the heavens,
and thy truth unto the clouds.
Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens:
let thy glory be above all the earth.

My heart is fixed
My heart is prepared to do and suffer thy will.
It is fixed –
it has made the firmest purpose
through his strength by which I can do all things.
Clark’s Commentary

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

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July 20, Today’s thought — Hallelujah

Buster hiding in a basket.

Good Morning

For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth:
thou art exalted far above all gods.
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:
he preserveth the souls of his saints;
he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
Light is sown for the righteous,
and gladness for the upright in heart.
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous;
and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psalm 97:9-12


High praises give to the Lord Almighty,
Ascribe to His name power and majesty.
Lift up your voices to praise the Lord,
Loud shouts of joyful songs to God adored.
Exalt Him for He alone is holy,
Let all the people tell of His grace and glory.
Uplift in loud praise His great salvation,
Justice and mercy to every nation.
All praises be given for He has done great things,
Hear ‘Hallelujahs’ to the King of kings. unknown

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


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July 19, Today’s thought — Think on These Things

Which Came First?

Good Morning

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

It is not what one does,
nor is it what one says,
but it is what one thinks that makes the man.

What one thinks determines what he will say and do. A person may try to make his words and actions to be much different than he actually thinks, but it will be all in vain. For it is still the thoughts that manage to break through the actions and the words regardless how closely they are guarded. Others can always see the soul when it is off guard.
Paul knew the human mind and character very well. He suggests that we are to think on all things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and well esteemed, all virtue, all things praiseworthy, and as these are allowed to dwell in our thoughts, they cannot help but transform us into their likeness.
from Streams in the Desert 2, Cowman

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

A Knitter’s Toys

A Yarn Swift
Some yarn skeins come twisted on to itself. See ivory yarn below. I untwist the skein and spread it around the swift. I thread the yarn on to my ball winder.

The Ball Winder

After a few minutes of winding I have a yarn cake. See yarn cake on top of twisted skeins. I love yarn cakes, almost as much as chocolate ones.

The Yarn

I always smile when I am asked,
“Do you want me to wind the yarn?’
I say “I have the toys.”

Linking with Ginny, because we all have our favorite toys.

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Yarn Along with a Pair of Pliers


“~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading,” Ginny, hostess of Yarn Along. I enjoy adding my little bit to this blog, mostly I love seeing all the different projects being knitted so beautifully it’s inspiring. It also adds to my library in Ravelry and my want list of yarns.

This week Summery Solstice was my knitting project. I finished Clue D. I added more beads, being inspired by other knitters’ pictures, but thought I had over done it. So I found the Farmers pliers, and removed 5 beads from each repeat (19). I have bead remnants on the deck, but I like the beading better. I split yarn on one removal, but was able to fix it.

I am knitting another shawl of the same pattern, I started Clue C yesterday. This yarn is waiting for its opportunity to become part of that shawl, Ivory Silky Solstice.

Wendy Knits’ mystery KAL has been fun. I’ve learned from watching others knit their shawls.  And I know these two projects will get finished, probably next week when I go care for MIL with little to distract me from knitting.

I’ve been listening to ‘Ice Cold’ by Tess Gerritson.


July 18, Today’s thoughts – Trust is His Provision

Looks like the Farmer has the birds eating ‘greens’ too!

Good Morning

He hath given meat unto them that fear him:
he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
Psalm 111:5

A missionary found herself without means, among a heathen people, far from an source of supplies. In her distress she claimed the promise of God that He would supply her need. She was also in poor health. From a businessman in another part of the country came several large boxes of Scotch oatmeal. She already had several tins of condensed milk, so with these two commodities she was obliged to sustain life for four long weeks.
As time went on, it seemed to agree with her better; and by the time the four weeks had passed, she felt in excellent health.
In relating the experience some time later to a company of people, which included a physician, she was asked more particularly of the nature of her former illness.
The physician said, “The Lord heard your prayer and supplied your need more truly than you realize. For the sickness from which you were suffering we physicians prescribe a four weeks’ diet of nothing but oatmeal gruel for our patients. The Lord prescribed it for you, and saw to it that that was all you took. It was the proper remedy.”
from Streams in the Desert 2

God is good, all the time.

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

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July 17, Today’s thought — The Name of Jesus

This fig tree is from a cutting from the tree
we had on Lincoln Avenue.

We have eaten the first crop of the year.
This second crop is the heaviest for this young tree.
One of my favorite ways of eating figs
is to get really ripe figs
and mash them on a toasted everything bagel.

“There is salvation in no other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

There is only one name that opens heaven’s doors and God’s heart—
the name of Jesus.
There is only one name that breaks the power of sin
and sets the captive free—
the name of Jesus.
There is only one name worthy of all praise,
and deserving of your allegiance—
the name of Jesus.

Early on in His public ministry the name and fame of Jesus spread like a prairie fire on a windy day. People all throughout the region—rich and poor, king and commoner, Jew and Gentile—all heard of Him; for His fame was ever-increasing.

His death on the Cross did not have the effect the rulers of the day had hoped. He rose from the dead and His followers became invincible in their faith—so much in fact that in ever-widening circles the number of disciples increased vastly in Jerusalem; and many of the Jewish priests were themselves converted as well.

Paul the Apostle, a few years later wrote, “Finally, dear brothers, as I come to the end of this letter, I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and triumph wherever it goes, winning converts everywhere as it did when it came to you” (2 Thessalonians 3:1, Living Bible).

Jesus Christ!
He is peerless in His exaltation,
unrivaled in His Lordship,
incomparable in His grace,
invincible in His power,
unassisted in His work as Redeemer,
matchless in His mercy,
adored in His glory
and worshiped in the beauty of His holiness.
In His birth is our significance.
In His life is our example.
In His death is our forgiveness.
In His resurrection is our hope.
In His Second Coming is our consummate glory!

Isaiah spoke for us all when he said, “Lord, Your name and renown are the desire of our hearts” (Isaiah 28:8, NIV).  Rylie

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

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July 16, Today’s thought – Praise Him

This tree lives down the road from us,
I think trees are so amazing
with their tenacity to keep growing not matter what…
hmmm is there a lesson in that?

Good Morning

Sunday Morning we sang the hymn ‘God is Love,’ by D.O. Teasley.
Verse 4 and the chorus:

Sing my soul, and all within me
Sing till all the clouds remove
Sing and praise and shout forever
for the Lord our God is love.
God is Love
God is Love
Song of angel choirs above
Hallelujah! God is Love.
Paradise now helps to swell it
Saints on earth a far go tell it
Satan;s host can never quell it
For the Lord our God is Love.

‘Sing till all the clouds remove!’

2Chronicles 20 tells of a great battle against the children of God.
The king, Jehoshaphat calls on God for help, ending with
(verse 20). . .for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
The prophet,Jahaziel, stands before the king and all the people and encourages them, telling them just where the enemy will be found and ( 15, 17)
Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
As the army of the Lord marched out the next morning King Jehoshaphat said,
( 20) Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
He, also, appointed singers and players on instruments to sing and play before the army: Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Can you hear this chant in time to the pounding of the feet:

Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.

And GOD. . .
(22-24)“And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.. . . and none escaped.”
(25) And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
(30) So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.

Oh! the blessings received when we first thank and praise the Lord for his mercy that endures forever.

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