Today’s Thought – Let Love Shine


John 13:34.
A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another;
as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another.


Let love through all my conduct shine,
An image fair, though faint, of Thine;
Thus let me His disciple prove,
Who came to manifest Thy love.
Simon Browne.

When the world looks at me do they see Jesus ? . . . Today


Sunday Bible Reading – Psalm 121

Psalm 121
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth.
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is thy keeper:
the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
he shall preserve thy soul.
The LORD shall preserve
thy going out and thy coming in
from this time forth,
and even for evermore.


Remembering God’s Promises at Cozy Acres

We are like to Him with whom there is no past or future,
with whom a day is as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day,
when we do our work in the great present,
leaving both past and future to Him
to whom they are ever present,
and fearing nothing,
because He is in our future
as much as He is in our past, as much as,
and far more than we can feel Him to be, in our present.
Partakers thus of the divine nature,
resting in that perfect All-in-all
in whom our nature is eternal too,
we walk without fear,
full of hope
and courage
and strength to do His will,
waiting for the endless good
which He is always giving
as fast as He can get us able to take it in.

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Today’s thought – God’s Promises

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Good Morning

2 Peter 1:4
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

If you would know experimentally
the preciousness of the promises,
and enjoy then in your heart,
meditate much upon them.
There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press;
if you will tread them the juice will flow.
Thinking over the hallowed words will often be
the prelude to their fulfillment.
Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise
has found the favor which it ensured gently distilling into his soul
even while he has been considering the divine record;
and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay
the promise near his heart.

But besides mediating upon the promises,
seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God.
Speak to thy soul thus,
“my soul, it is God, even thy God,
God that cannot lie, who peaks to thee.
therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true,
so immutable, so powerful, so wise,
I will and must believe the promise.”

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

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One Thousand Gifts — February Joy Dare part 3

One Thousand Gifts in 2012

February Joy Dare–capturing these gifts and joining Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience.

“Joy is always a function of gratitude — and gratitude is always a function of perspective. If we are going to change our lives, what we’re going to have to change is the way we see.”

February 21  —   3 gifts white

White violets arriving every spring,
White clouds turning pink after the rain,

Clean white sheets of paper waiting to receive

February 22  — 3 gifts that changed today

Solid veggies that change into juice,
Water that changed into hot coffee from Bro Bob via the Farmer,
A cool morning changed into a warm afternoon then back cool in the evening

February 23 —  a gift of tin, a gift of  glass, a gift of  wood

My tuna from a tin can,
Many glass windows so I don’t have to live in a cave,
Wood doors for privacy

February 24 —  3 gifts before 11am
A hug from the Farmer,

Devotions with my Father,
Smiles from the littlies

February 25  — a gift nearly worn out, a gift new, a gift made do

Worn out – my favorite jean skirt
New – every day is a new gift
Made do  –  a sea crate instead of a garage

February 26 –3 gifts seen as reflections

Watching a little girl make faces art herself in a mirror,
The love seen in the faces of a senior couple as they smile at a secret thought,
The distorted view of my kitchen in the crome sides of the coffee pot

February 27 — 3 ugly-beautiful gifts (see beauty in ugly)   My brain just couldn’t put this one together, I see a kind of beauty in everything.

February 28 — 3 gifts from the past that help you trust the future
The book “Streams in the Desert’ a devotional given to me June, 1983  by my sister in law  –  each day seems to fit my need.
The Bible I bought for myself, December, 1975, reading it every day

The vows I exchanged on June 16, 1967 “until death do us part” are constant in an ever-changing world.

February 29  — a gift dull, a gift shimmering, a gift cleaned

Dull – The rusty antic iron tractor from my father

Glimmering – Light shining on my knitting needle collection

Cleaned – Fresh washed sheets dried in the sun and wind

Gifts 269-294

Five Minute Friday — Beyond

Somewhere over the rainbow

Beyond my fondest dreams

Above and beyond

What is beyond?

Do I get trapped by thinking beyond

beyond now

beyond today

until ———now is so hazy

that it is discounted,, short changed and overlooked?


When now is all I have;

there are no guarantees of beyond.

Planning is good,

being prepared brings peace

but living beyond isn’t real.

It’s a fairy tale

in which we create our own endings;

and when the real doesn’t match the imagined.

We are disappointed, unsatisfied and discontent with the real,

with the now

with what I actually have.

We have been  told and it is true:

This is the day which the LORD hath made;

we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalms 118:24

Gypsy Mama says “. . . just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.”  I had a real hard time with that today. Forgive my stumbling ideas and fingers.

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Pictures for Brother Bob

Bro Bob lives here.

Now he is visiting family in Athol, Idaho.These pictures are to show him what is happening here while he is away.

I’ve taken over the game table to try to finish this log cabin quilt.

The Cats still come to eat morning and night. Marmalade is getting more and more friendly, actually coming for a pet and scratch around the ears.

Chili peppers

Chili peppers

Chili Peppers

Sweet Potatoes or Yams?

Sunflowers are calling it quits, birds get the rest.

Go to the two previous entries to see more of the garden.

Hurry Back, Brother Bob, you are missed.

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One Thousand Gifts and a Scripture – 6

I’m finding many things to be thankful for at Cozy Acres, join me as I take a walk around the yard.

49. We have shade screens on these two large windows and the one on the south end of the trailer.

50. Miss A enjoys every thing about “Meow” even to snitching a bit of kibbles.

51. This Cat aka “Meow” or as I like to call him ‘Seymore Toes’  can get comfortable anywhere and anytime.

52. I Love freckles on eggs.

53. First Fruits from the Garden June 13, 2011

(But , you know, they are a little large, not sure of the quality)

Yep, almost all woody!

So the chickens will get the first fruit scraps, on the left and the Farmer will get the First Fruit bounty on the right.

53. I didn’t think this coneflower would survive the frost but it did.

54. This wild strawberry likes its new home.

55. Look! a volunteer Hollyhock.

56. I’ve waited two years for this one to bloom!

57. These Iris are loving it here. They have doubled in size since transplanted.

58. My geraniums are finding
their new homes.




59. I didn’t take a picture of our new toilet; the old toilet flush mechanism broke. I am really thankful for the new one because is sits about 4 inches higher, now my knees are not under my chin.

60. What God promises He will do!

And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations:  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:  And I will remember my covenant, Gen 9:12-15

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Genesis 6-9

God saw how sinful the world had become and was sorry He had created man. God was ready to destroy everything, then He found Noah, ‘a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.’ So God made a plan to save Noah and his household and the animals and flying birds Noah would need to live his life after the flood. Noah did as God said, even though he had never seen rain; he didn’t understand the need for an ark like he was asked to build; and his neighbors didn’t understand and mocked and jeered. Noah build the ark and gathered and planned by faith in God.  At God’s time, Noah, his family and all the animals entered the ark. God shut the door. The rains came and the floods arose. Then Noah waited. He didn’t know what to expect next; God had said build an ark, He said enter, Noah could hear the rain and feel the motion of the flood. What Next? According the plan of God as He designed, the rain had to stop, the flood had to be absorbed into the ground, grasses and trees and bushed had to regrow, flowers and seed pods had to form for food for the animals. then when all was ready for man and beast it was time to exit the ark. What a clean fresh world it must have been! I can see animals leaping, hopping, running, stretching their legs after such along time in stalls. How good the new grass must have tasted! Noah and his family, fresh air, deep lungs full of cool fresh air! Fresh clean water! Flowers, vegetables, fruits ready to enjoy! No wonder Noah’s first thought was to thank God then only way he knew how by sacrifice.

But God wasn’t finished. A Covenant, A Promise, A Rainbow.’ I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth’. Not just with Noah, but with every living creature and every fowl, every cattle, every beast.

When we see the bow, we remember the flood and the destruction and the promise. But see in verse 16, I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; even God remembers when he sees the bow.

1.  God has plan for each of us.

2.  God will supply all our needs.

3.  We need to keep our faith in God, unwavering

4.  God never forgets.

5.  God never fails.

6. God never changes.

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