Friday, April 17, 2015

Only Trust Him

*Photos courtesy of Pinterest*

Have you ever Googled "Only" and looked at the images? I did and it's amazing how we use only as an exclusion.
"Only One"
"Only Today"
"For Teachers Only"
"Adults Only"
"Authorized Personnel Only"
"Ladies Only"
"For your eyes Only"
But to "Only Trust Him", it's more of a simple request. It's all you have to do and there are no exclusions. Everyone is included.
The song lyrics invites "every soul". By only trusting, He has rich blessings to bestow.
Trust is another word for Faith.
Explained in Hebrews 11:1 , "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
It's a hard concept for most of us these days. Too many have hurts and disappointments and hold back trying to Only Trust Him. The Bible never once says, "figure it out." But over and over it says "Trust God".
He's already got it all figured out.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood is just a "nice" song. If you listen to the lyrics, the guy plays the gentleman and sleeps in the tub. What a concept in the present times.

But about being "Nice".....I have a list of niceness in a day in the life of children.

  1. Let me get you a hat.
  2. Hey, Steph! He gave me his flashlight!
  3. Wanna go on a bear hunt?
4, Macoy: "Ben wants my lucky hat."   Me: "What can you do nice for him to make him feel better?"Hudson (16 months) "Let it go, ok?!" (he has watched the movie Frozen often)

How about trying a little nice, especially when you don't feel like it. Not just when you're dressed up for church.
When you're sitting on the sidelines of a ballgame listening to parents yelling, it can be particularly hard to "feel" it. You'd really like to blast them in the face with some special words. But that could end with very bad results. Trust me.
So I typically grab my crochet hook and start making a piece of mindless work like a shawl or a scarf. And with each stitch I'm praying. For me, for them, for anyone else who needs it. And in my mind I'm hearing Hudson say, "Let it go, ok?!"

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Music of the Night

In the words of Stevie Wonder, "Music is a world within itself with a Language we all Understand."

"Music can change the world because it can change people." --Bono

How many times do you remember a concert filled with lit candles, everyone swaying to a well-known song? The air is electric, the differences between people melt away. It's both a healing and a miracle.
I wonder what happens to the brain in these moments?
Is the section that gets angry shut down? Is it disabled?  I'd bet so.

When a baby cries around here and I'm elbow deep in a sink of dishes, I'll ask one of my older children to "go sing to the baby". I guarantee that 9 out of 10 times the crying stops and two things happen:
1st: the eldest child feels empowered and empathetic.
2nd: the baby finds peace.
It soon becomes a perfect celebration of joy and life.

Music matters to all ages and stages of life. Pete Seeger, a well-known banjo player/singer, was indeed a pioneer in using music for change. Words stamped on his personal banjo said:

"This machine surrounds hate and forces it to surrender"

I hope you'll play more music in whatever form you enjoy and help bring peace in the world.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Loch Lomond

L is for Loved:
Honor Flight is making our Veterans feel "Loved" by escorting them via air on dedicated flights to visit memorials built to give tribute for the sacrifices they made.

One local photographer has documented in pictures his trip with one of these Honor Flights.
For a commentary of Kevin Walker's experience as well as more pictures, see Here

I wanted to present it to you in a slideshow with music. Hope you'll thank a Vet today.

   If you are a Veteran, 
God Bless You!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Kangaroo Valley Ramble

I don't think I'll be writing anything about kangaroos for my Letter K post. 
You should be very thankful, believe me!

But I can tell you about some funny things Kids say. 

My most recent one I wrote down was when I asked my daycare kids (all boys except one of my babies. There are 2.) if "Girl" Scout cookies were ok with them for snack. I'm still chuckling at their response of "We can't have "Girl" cookies." So without further ado I pulled out the Oreos. I added that 'maybe Boy Scouts could start baking so I could buy some of their "Boy" cookies.'

If you get a second or two, check out my "Kids Say the Darndest Things" tab at the top. 

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring

J  = Joy
E  = Elation
S  = Salvation
U  = Use
S  =  Safe

Joy in your life is tenfold when you accept Jesus into it.

Elation  is the feeling of wanting to tell the world your discovery of His love.

Salvation Can only be found in Him.

Use He will use you to bring blessings to others

Psalm 91:11  For He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways

Special thanks to Moonlight 10 Photography for permission to use his awesome photos in my slideshow! Check out his web pages Here:

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Irish Washerwoman

Bet the Irish Washerwoman was just searching for a pot of gold. How many times, Mom, do you find change in pockets when doing laundry?

So switchin gears now to my picture topic in the slideshow......
We decided to spend some time Inventing stories this morning and I thought it was way more interesting to read than googling some top ten ways to get rich like that Irish Washerwoman. So hope you enjoy the Imaginations of my In-home daycare boys.

Weston: age 4 (fish photo)
Once upon a time he gets that down at the pond. He carried it back up to his house and he's going to cook it and eat it

Macoy: age 3  (boat/dog/pumpkin photo)
That's in the water. That boat drive in the water and that dog sat and eat.
and pumpkins in the basket and the end. (on 2nd thought Not)
and that phone called somebody
and bird pecked and that bird pecked too and the end.

Hadley: age 3 (hat lady/watch photo)
Once upon a time there was a girl in the field. The clock says time to go to bed.
They're standing by a block.
The train was coming for the lady . The End

Ben: age 3 (man and girl/ cliff photo)
Once upon a time they went to a wedding and now they want to go home.
How about this one? They went to a doctor. They was sad. Now they was scared.
They want to go home.
Can I be done?

Love those boys!!