February 26, Today’s thought – No Further

733982_10200543440539440_787300141_nWhat I saw about 4:00pm

Good Morning

Monday I took a day trip with my daughter, Margaret
and her three kidlets to Monterey, CA. They went to
Monterey Bay Aquarium with a home school group.
I was the driver.
I love to drive on road trips, in fact I volunteered.

The ocean restores my soul.
The ocean restores my perspective of life.

I stand on the shore.
I stand gazing at all that is going on around me.
I tremble.
I fret.
I am at my wit’s end.

The ocean as it rolls in with such might and power
reminds me of life’s trials and burdens.
The ocean swells.
The ocean roars.
The ocean screams you have no strength compared to me.

I recognize my weakness.
I tremble.
I fret.
I am at my wit’s end.
I also stand fast.

The ocean rises up and crashes down.
The spray rises up and drenches everything.
The foam mocks.

I still stand and I watch the waves come close rushing.

I watch the wave fall.
I watch the wave quiet.
I watch the wave calm.

I look at my feet.
the  water is gently caressing my toes.


And God said,
“Hitherto shalt thou come,
BUT no further;
and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.” . .Job 38:11

I stole the pictures from Margaret.

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February 25, Today’s thought – I Am Among You

Feb 23 016Tilling done, racking, leveling, seeding, watering on the Farmer’s to-do list

Good Morning

…for I am God, and not man;
the Holy One in the midst of thee: …Hosea 11:9

‘I am God and not a human; I am the Holy One,
and I am among you.’   Hosea 11:9 NCV

Before you read any further,
reflect on those last four words:
“I am among you.”
Do you believe that?
Do you believe God is near?
He wants you to.
He wants you to know he is
in the midst of your world.
Wherever you are as you read these words.
he is present.
In your car.
On the plane,
In your office, your bedroom, your den.
He’s near.
God is in the thick of things in your world.
He has not taken up residence in a distant galaxy.
He has not removed himself from history.
He has not chosen to seclude himself
on a throne in an incandescent castle.
He has drawn near.
He has involved himself in the carpools,
heartbreaks, and funeral homes of our day.
He is as near to us on Monday
as on Sunday
In the schoolroom as in the sanctuary.
At the coffee break as much as the communion table.
Max Lucado~~And the Angels Were Silent

Draw near to God . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – I Corinthians 13, Phillips

Feb 23 010Poking its nose out, soon will see the sun.

Good Morning,

1 Corinthians 13

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Christian love—the highest and best gift

13 1-3 If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels,
but have no love,
I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal.
If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind
not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God,
and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains,
but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
If I dispose of all that I possess, yes,
even if I give my own body to be burned,
but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—
it looks for a way of being constructive.
It is not possessive:
it is neither anxious to impress
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.

5-6 Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
It is not touchy.
It does not keep account of evil
or gloat over the wickedness of other people.
On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.

7-8a Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
It is, in fact,
the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

All gifts except love will be superseded one day

8b-10 For if there are prophecies
they will be fulfilled and done with,
if there are “tongues” the need for them will disappear,
if there is knowledge it will be swallowed up in truth.
For our knowledge is always incomplete and
our prophecy is always incomplete,
and when the complete comes,
that is the end of the incomplete.

11 When I was a little child
I talked and felt and thought like a little child.
Now that I am a man
my childish speech and feeling and thought
have no further significance for me.

12 At present we are men looking at
puzzling reflections in a mirror.
The time will come when we shall see
reality whole and face to face!
At present all I know
is a little fraction of the truth,
but the time will come when I shall know
it as fully as God now knows me!

13 In this life we have three great lasting qualities—
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of them is love.

Consider love . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 23, Today’s thought – Have You Noticed?

Feb 23 005Planting another row of grapes from the Farmer’s cuttings

Good Morning

And become useful and helpful and kind to one another,
tenderhearted (compassionate, understanding, loving-hearted),
forgiving one another [readily and freely],
as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 Amplified Bible


When the other fellow acts that way, he is ugly;

when yo do , it is nerves.

When the other fellow is set in his ways, he is obstinate;

when you are, it is firmness.

When the other fellow does not like your friend, his is prejudiced;

when you do not like his;
you simply are showing that you are a good judge of human nature.

When the other fellow takes time to do things, he is dead slow;

when you do , you are deliberate.

When the other fellow spends alot, he is spendthrift;

when you do, you are generous.

When the other fellow picks flaws in things, he is cranky;

when you do , you are discriminating.

When the other fellow is mild in his manners, he is weak;

when you are, you are gracious.

when the other fellow gets destructive, he is tough;

when you do, you are forceful.

~~from The King’s Highway

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,
but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matthew  7:3

Noticing. . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Five Minte Friday – What Mama Did


Today at Five Minute Friday, we are remembering mama

In just five minutes. Tell me all about what your mama did that made her yours….


my mama took care


when we were small

mama took care of us

Mondays she washed our clothes
Tuesdays she ironed
Wednesdays she mended

I don’t remember if she had a special task for the other days

she once said,  “I really enjoy caring for my family.’

dinner was ready the minute daddy came home

as we grew older she continued to care

a tape measure was taken to the thrift shop
to measure inseams and skirt lengths

accounting was kept for daddy’s business

as we grew older, still

she worked at home in the evenings
and in the public during the days

when she and dad owned motels,
business decisions were jointly made
she was an equal partner

when retirement came
she reaped for her labors

when Alzheimer came
she continued to care
I could not count the times I heard

‘I’m sorry.
I don’t understand what you are trying to tell me.
It is the Alzheimer’s that is causing the problem.
Let’s try again later.”


“We will take care of each other because we love each other.”

today cancer grows in the brother that lives with mama

yes, you’re right, she’s caring

my mama cares so much, it makes my heart ache with pride.

I love you, mama


pictures added after 5 minute ding.

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February 22, Today’s thought – Prayer

Feb 18 13 010 Awake to Spring

Good Morning

“If you cannot find time to pray, ask for forgiveness.
Ask to be cleansed of the sin of having no time to pray …
It could be that Satan is pushing you
into too much work so that you cannot take time to pray.”
– Corrie Ten Boom

“The work of praying is prerequisite
to all other work in the Kingdom of God.
It is by prayer that we couple the powers of heaven
to our helplessness and make the impossible possible.” 
– O. Hallesby

Continue earnestly in prayer,
being vigilant in it with thanksgiving
.” Colossians 4:2

Praying. . . Today ……..Leslie

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February 21, Today’s thought – Preparation

Feb 14 walk around
Every Thursday, the Farmer does his ‘walk around’.
He walks around the sanctuary, the hall,
the parking lot, tree pits and flower beds
checking for weeds, broken branches and trash,
diligently as a good steward of the church property.

Good Morning

Like as a father pitieth his children,
so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame;
he remembereth that we are dust.
Psalm 103:13-14

If the village house in Nazareth
which they show tourists nowadays is anything
like the one where the little boy Jesus lived,
it was not much to speak of,
by comparison with the ivory palaces He had left.
He at whose word creation sprang into being
was subject to the word of His mother Mary.
He whose hands had made the worlds
learned obedience in a dusty carpenter shop.
When Joseph showed Him how to use a tool,
did he hold the little hands in his and say,
“Like this, Hold it this way”?
The boy had to learn.
He did not make tables and benches by divine fiat.
He made them with tools held in human hands.
He had to lean the skills,
learn to be thorough, dependable, prompt, faithful
If He was ever tempted to cut corners.
He did not yield to the temptation. . . .
Surely He was gracious with the customers.
He grew “in favor with God and man.”
The cheerful acceptance of humble work,
the small testings of any boy’s home life were a part of His preparation
for the great testings of His public years,
a part of the road which led Him to the cross.
Elisabeth Elliot ~~ The Path of Loneliness

Let us accept our preparation . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Yarn Along – Knit and Hearts


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

This week knitting along on Heather’s baby blanket
and Kathi’s shawl;
I’m seeing progress on both.
Feb 19 13 hearts 001Then Valentine’s Day slipped in
and I got sidetracked knitting heart bookmarks for ‘heart’ ones.

My audible listening has been The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield. I enjoyed the book so much.
from Goodreads:

Biographer Margaret Lea returns one night to her apartment above her father’s antiquarian bookshop. On her steps she finds a letter. It is a hand-written request from one of Britain’s most prolific and well-loved novelists. Vida Winter, gravely ill, wants to recount her life story before it is too late, and she wants Margaret to be the one to capture her history. The request takes Margaret by surprise—she doesn’t know the author, nor has she read any of Miss Winter’s dozens of novels.

Late one night while pondering whether to accept the task of recording Miss Winter’s personal story, Margaret begins to read her father’s rare copy of Miss Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation. She is spellbound by the stories and confused when she realizes the book only contains twelve stories. Where is the thirteenth tale? Intrigued, Margaret agrees to meet Miss Winter and act as her biographer.

As Vida Winter unfolds her story, she shares with Margaret the dark family secrets that she has long kept hidden as she remembers her days at Angelfield, the now burnt-out estate that was her childhood home. Margaret carefully records Miss Winter’s account and finds herself more and more deeply immersed in the strange and troubling story.

Both women will have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets… and the ghosts that haunt them still.

If you like stories with a twist in the ending, this one is for you.

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February 19, Today’s thought – Hidden Places

Feb 18 13 006I live these early white bells in spring.

Good Morning

Out of the south cometh the whirlwind:
and cold out of the north.
By the breath of God frost is given:
and the breadth of the waters is straitened. Job 37:9-10

In the winter, when the world is simplified
the subtler and humbler beauties can appear to us.
White snow and the dull grays and browns of winter vegetation
let anything with a bit of color show up more clearly.
Red holly berries, or rose hops on their dry canes,
or the enduring green of pine trees call us to closer observation.
Even a blue jay stands out.
The simplicity and starkness of a winter scene bring
to our attention creatures we overlook in other seasons.
The beauty of such small and humble things
is an especially important expression of holiness for us,
who are so easily impressed by size and ostentation.
Sometimes we see new things in truly unlooked-for places.
One day I was standing by a hole
in the ice on a small frozen river.
Glancing underneath the ice,
I saw an icicle hanging down toward the water.
It was short and squat, but clear as glass,
with a beautiful and perfect swirling shape.
It had never occurred to me that there was anything
at all on the bottom side of ice sheets. . .
Much of the holiness of winter (and of all the seasons)
is in such hidden places,
where God for a Creator’s own delight
has left a beauty seldom found by human eyes.
David Rensberger~~The Holiness of Winter

LOOK. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February 18, Today’s thought-God Loves You

red in the sunBrother Bob’s Ol’ Red sleeping in the sun.

Good Morning

God’s great love let Him
to send send His only begotten Son
as a sacrifice for our sin,
that we might escape
the punishment we deserve.
He did this because He loves us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

How tenderly God must look upon
those who have lost a beloved son or daughter.
What compassion He feels for those with
lifelong physical deformities and diseases.
This identification with the woes of mankind is
a major theme of scripture.

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

In God’s value system we are all important.
He loves every one of us the same.

Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: . . .for the LORD delighteth in thee, . . .Isaiah 62:4

One of the most breathtaking concepts in all
of scripture is the revelation
that God knows each of us personally
and that we are in His mind both day and night.

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Psalm 8:4

There is simply no way to comprehend the full
implications of the love
the King of kings
Lord of lords
has for us.

O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Psalm 139:1-2

God continues to love us–even
when we are angry at Him.

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 107:1

Never assume God’s silence
or apparent inactivity is evidence
of His disinterest.

Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. Psalm 37:34

Admittedly, the Lord doesn’t always
solve our problems instantaneously,
and He sometimes permits us to walk
through the valley of the shadow of death.
But He is there with us even in the darkest hours,
and we can never escape His encompassing love.

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Psalm 73:23

Every description given to us in scripture
depicts God as infinitely loving and king.
tenderly watching over His earthly children
and guiding the steps of the faithful.

O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, Psa 95:6-8

God hears the faintest cry of the sick,
the lonely, the despised of the world.
And He care–deeply–about each one.

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1

God’s heart is especially tender
toward the downtrodden and the defeated.
He knows your name and
He has seen every tear you have shed.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Psalm 34:18

Who can know how often the Lord quietly protects us,
redirects us, or leads us on safer paths?

The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD. Proverbs 16:1

Remember God loves you. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – John 16:19-24, 33

P1030506Rose pruning almost finished, just bush left to do.

Good Morning

John 16:19
Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him,
and said unto them,
Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said,
A little while, and ye shall not see me:
and again, a little while, and ye shall see me?
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
That ye shall weep and lament,
but the world shall rejoice:
and ye shall be sorrowful,
but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow,
because her hour is come:
but as soon as she is delivered of the child,
she remembereth no more the anguish,
for joy that a man is born into the world.
And ye now therefore have sorrow:
but I will see you again,
and your heart shall rejoice,
and your joy no man taketh from you.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing.
Verily, verily, I say unto you,
Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name,
he will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name:
ask, and ye shall receive,
that your joy may be full.

These things I have spoken unto you,
that in me ye might have peace.
In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer;
I have overcome the world.

Ask the Father in Christ’s name. . .Today
With my prayers,desiring yours, Leslie

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February 16, Today’s thought — Perfect Gifts

Feb 14 002Seedlings be a growin’

Good Morning

For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me,
and have believed that I came out from God. John 16:27

I often see,
shining in the deep blue of the sky just before dawn,
the morning star.
At twilight the sea sometimes reflects
the pale rose and daffodil colors of the sunset.
At night I awaken to find the room flooded
with moonlight reflected from the sea,
from the glass top of my desk by the window,
and from the mirror of the dressing table.
Flying at thirty thousand feet,
I have seen glorious light shining
on the towers and castles of thunderheads.
What gifts are these lights of heaven!
The same Father who gives them
also gives us all other good and perfect things.
It is God’s nature to give.
He can no more “help” giving than He can “help” loving.
We can absolutely count on it
that He will give us everything
that can possibly help us to be and do what He wants.
How can He not do this?
Elisabeth Elliot, Discipline: The Glad Surrender

Look for God’s gifts . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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February Joy Dare – 1st –14th

Being thankful is very important to me. Thankfulness has such rich rewards.

3 gifts red – 1. beets, 2. the soft red yarn of my WIP shawl, my goal to have it finished to wear next winter, 3. red ink, I love writing in red.
3 gifts on paper – 1. receipts for groceries, God’s provision, 2. a journal for thankfuls, 3. knitting patterns, more than I could ever do.
3 gifts found in writing = 1. when I write it clers my thoughts and helps separate the emotion from the problem, it seems to open a window to God almost as if the writing is a prayer and God brings His words to me. 2. poems, 3. wisdom from blogs I read.
3 gifts when bent down = 1. dirt in the corners I can’t see when standing up, 2. the right place to prune the roses, 3. the lifted up arms of a toddler are found. . .
a gift stitched – the blocks of Deanna’s quilt
a gift hammered – the walls and roof of the greenhouse
a gift woven – the cover of my footstool
3 gifts found outside – 1. blue and white violets, 2. tulips poking their noses up out of the pots, 3. pruned roses
gift at 11:30 – family came for lunch
gift at 2:30 – enjoyed new vegan restaurant
gift at 6:30 – getting ready for worship service
gift broken – my heart when I think of prodigal children
gift fixed – bank account, $40. unexpected
gift thrifted – tops no longer favorites
3 gifts surprising – delightful new nursery found, 2. butternut squash soup, delish and simple, I have all the ingredients 3. Blood sugar # after lunch in range
3 times hearing laughter – 1. laughing with friends while talking about our children, 2. during a ‘May I’ game at old jokes, 3. a silly 1 year old while she ate dinner
3 gifts working – 1. our heater, 2. Bro Bob’s washer and drier, 3. my feather weight singer sewing machine
3 hard eucharistoes – 1. retirement different than planned, 2. watching a family member suffer but knowing God knows. 3. facing personal short comings
3 gifts behind a door – 1. my clothes, 2. a room ready for guests, 3. a cool box for veggies
3 ways I feel God’s love – 1. the constantness of seasons, the reliability of God, 2. seeing the moon, I love checking the sky every night, 3. pruning roses to almost nothing, the rebirth of the bush and then roses bloom all summer long

Gifts numbering 452.

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Yarn Along – Focusing


On Wednesday’s knitters go to Ginny’s to share all the wonderful projects being worked on, finished, frogged, cried over, and learned from. They also tell what they are reading and a little of the storyline or provoking thoughts. I think it is great. So many books, knitting ideas and hints on how to make knitting more enjoyable.

Focused on these two projects this week:

This baby shawl, off the needles to see how it is growing.
Feb14 baby 001 (1)

Pretty, isn’t it?
Feb14 baby 001 (2) Baby is arriving soon.

Buster is guarding this quilt,
blocks together, half of border on,
Lord willing, to the quilter this evening.

Feb 14 ds quilt 003

Listening to, again, The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, I am fascinated by the twists and turns of this book.

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February 14, Today’s thought – Resist the Clamor

june 16 014Not only resisting the clamor, but ignoring it completely!

Good Morning

Seek the LORD, and his strength:
seek his face evermore. Psalm 105:4

Relax in my healing presence.
as you spend time with Me,
your thoughts tend to jump ahead
to today’s plans and problems.
Bring your mind back to me
for refreshment and renewal.
Let the Light of my Presence soak
into you as you focus your thoughts on me.
Thus I equip you to face whatever the day brings.
This sacrifice of time pleases Me
and strengthens you.
Do not scrimp on our time together.
Resist the clamor of tasks waiting to be done.
You have chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from you.
~~~Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:39-42

Take time. . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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