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Creation Speaks

Creation Speaks

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  Romans 1:20

Happy Hummer

Dear young man, who admires me with wonder
Who loves the streams and hills,
I, creation, know our sculptor
Who lifts me from this sodden earth
and carries me from flower to fleur.

My handiwork is fully His
Made for your delight;
to admire, photograph,
or stand in awe,
to pause and merely sigh.

Fearfully and wonderfully made

Yet, I creation, pale to you,
birthed, eternal soul
You, with searching heart and mind
Gentle spirit, good and kind
You, for whom He died.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

I, creation, certainly wonder
Why man rages ‘til day is done
But more, I grieve and groan and long
To speak through my unspoken song
Of our Creator’s love..

…the engraved signature of the artist’s Son.

Engraved Love

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

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Poem, Linda Owen

Photos:  Hummingbird, Elaine Corneau

                Hands, Google Images

                All others, John Owen

He Lives!

“But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive!” I Corinthians 15:20-22

Come and See
by Jeremy Riddle

Come and see
Come and see where they laid Him
He is not here
He is not here, He is living

Quickly now go tell the world
Christ, the Lord, He is risen
The power of God
Forever raised Him from the grave

Where oh death’
Where oh death is your sting’
Swallowed up
You’re swallowed up in vict’ry

Quickly now go tell the world
Christ, the Lord, He is risen
The power of death
Could never hold Him in the grave

He is risen, Hallelujah
He is risen, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

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From Jeremy Riddle’s newest CD, The Now and Not Yet.  You can listen to this from the Music Box or purchase it HERE.

Grace in the Details

A little change of pace for this week.  Taking time to focus on our Lord, through creation, communion and the Cross.

Creation:

John said that these butterflies literally posed for the camera!  What glorious detail!

So often we are overwhelmed by the big and grand ways the Lord displays His grace towards us.  But sometimes, the tiniest of flowers, a seed, or an insect, may speak of God’s wonder in a different way.  May we learn that His love, compassion, and grace towards us is also found in the details.

In Pictures

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”     1 Thessalonians 5:18
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My thankful list in photos, on this Meditative Monday:
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(Beth custom-made this beautiful purse for me, then packaged it in my favourite wrap–brown-paper tied up with string!  🙂

The Perfect Purse, by Beth Stone

 

 

52-54.  My grandma’s dishes :-), a great deal on this second-hand china cabinet, and one of my current and highly recommended reads, Feminine Appeal, by Carolyn Mahaney

A few of my favourite things

 

 

55.  John’s laughter and “temp” dog (enjoyment w/out the responsibility)

John with our "Temp" Dog

 

 

56.  The intricacies of a flower

A closer look

Tulip Details

 

 

57.  The deer that come to our yard (before ‘temp’ dogs chase them away)

One of Many

 

 

58. The help, awesome talent, and friendship of our brother-in-law, Harold

Carpenter's Hands

He turned this…..

Before...

Into this…

After....and more to come!

And he continues to work hard (between a much-needed break)!

John and Harold (aka The Finisher)

 

 

This last item for today will get a post of its own soon….
60.  Our peaceful hollow, in His hands…

Ahhh

Roof with a View

 

 

Join me and others here in giving thanks to the Lord for ALL His unspeakable gifts:

Meditative Mondays

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever!  Psalm 107:1

I’m really excited today about joining the following friends, to give thanks to our wonderful Lord:

Carrie
Beth
Constance
A Holy Experience
incourage.me

…And to add my little thoughts to “The List that Never Ends“:

Since spring is on the verge of popping out around our little hollow in the hills, today’s list of 10 are forefront in my mind (and our yard):

1. Feather visitors

 2. Crocus and daffodils already spreading colour in a March-gray world

3.  Delicate magnolia buds, too many to count

4. Sunnier sunsets

5. Beautiful, deer neighbors

6. The blessing of Rain

7.  A cozy hearth when it feels damp to the bone

8. The company of the neighbors dogs, without the upkeep

9.   The gift of sight to take it all in!!  

10. And for my husband’s compulsion and gift in capturing God’s creation in photos!

What are you thankful for today? 

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  I Thess. 5:18

The Todd for whom we Prayed

“Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.  The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here.  But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children.” 
Psalm 103:15-17

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the joyous news of Kate McRae’s present progress in her battle with cancer. And we continue to pray she will remain cancer-free, so every day of her life will glorify the Lord. 

Well, another precious one we’ve been praying for is cancer-free too, except his pathway to healing was a little different.  Todd passed away Saturday night and is now present with the Lord. His life and faith truly brought glory to the Lord, and his faith has become sight!

If you’ve been praying for Todd, or want to know more about someone who demonstrated joy in sorrow, hope through despair, and unfailing love in His God and Saviour, even when obstacles became bigger than life–then please go to Beth’s Blog, HERE.  

Please remember to keep Todd’s family, his wife and two children, parents, and many dear friends, in prayer as they face the future without him, but never without our loving Lord.  Thank you!

In honour of Todd, here is an encouraging excerpt from The Pilgrim’s Progress, as Christian enters the Celestial City:

The Shining Ones answered, “You must receive the comforts of all your toil and have joy for all your sorrow; you must reap what you have sown, even the fruit of all your prayers, tears, and sufferings in your journey for the King….”

“These are the men who have loved our Lord when they were in the world and who have left all for His holy name….”

O by what tongue or pen can their glorious joy be expressed!! 

 

Remember to visit Beth Stone’s Blog  to learn more about Todd.  Additionally, you can read about his testimony and funeral service details HERE.

Spring Slides

I thought it would be fun to try out the WordPress slideshow feature today, using recent spring photos taken by John, and my daughter, Joy.   If you wish, you can play some tunes from the Blue Music Box as you watch, to create a more poignant mood. 🙂

 

 “The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come…”

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If you have trouble viewing the slideshow, I uploaded a wee sampling of pics below.  And if you can view it, let me know what you think of this new feature!

Thank you, Lord, for Your beautiful, good, and perfect gifts!  And above all, thank you for writing my name in your book of Life.  I pray that everyone who passes this way will learn You are Good, You are Love, and that through Jesus Christ, they too, can have the assurance of unconditional love and grace, and life eternal with You. Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few of my favourite things..

Thanksgiving Day is past, but that doesn’t stop me from giving thanks!!

‘Sing to the Lord, bless His name, proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples!”
Psalm 96:1,2

These are a few of my favourite things for which I’m thankful:

The Cross

My husband, John

Our Girls

Happy Healthy Grandson

Beautiful Healthy Granddaughter

and holding them!

My Mom!

America the Beautiful

Autumn above all seasons

Wildflowers

Sunsets on the Water

and so much more…worship music, fellowship, ‘brown-paper packages tied up with string’, bonfires with friends, hot chocolate, and the month of December!

As we head into the Christmas season, I will have a whole new list of favourites for which to be thankful:  The joy of our Lord’s Birth, ‘born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth’, Christmas carols, Handel’s Messiah, Scrooge, Christmas trees, Salvation Army bells, and the spirit of Giving!

Good Christian men [& women] rejoice, with heart and soul and voice!”

Metamorphosis

Buried in autumn’s hard clay

    dry, ugly, brown bulbs

           greet spring with bursts  of colour!

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One of our favourite times in Ottawa is the Tulip Festival held every May.. so this is our attempt to replicate a place and time in our own little spot in the world.