Wednesday, July 12, 2017

God Hears Knows Your Wishes and Your Unspoken Dreams

Have you ever been humbled to tears by a mere remark and facial expression from an unkind person? Once, about 17 years ago, I took my children to a pond for a picnic. As I sat there enjoying every moment with my children, a car drove past on the gravel road. A woman flatly stated that I was on private property. I apologized and got up to leave. She scowled at me. I cried silently and hid the tears from my children. I quickly told the children that we needed to go to the park. They sadly said, "But there are no ponds or frogs at the park, Mom." I told them I knew that, but we were not supposed to be at this place. There were no signs up to indicate private property, so I thought that it was a vacant lot, at the edge of our neighborhood.

I never prayed, but rather had the wish of having such a pond some day. Two years later we were able to buy this 80 acre farm with a creek running through it. I praise God for giving me the longing of my heart. He saw those tears that day.
I am so thankful for the frogs in this creek and the fun found here on hot days. I never dreamed that God would bless me with something I didn't ask for, but had simply dreamed of inside my heart.
I'm thankful and I hope and pray for you to have those little secret dreams that are inside your heart too, that only God knows about.
May God bless you dear blogging friends. I know that you probably already know this Bible verse and you do these things, but it's worth repeating. "Seek first His kingdom, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you..." Matt. 6:33 I truly believe that when we keep our eyes on Jesus and His Word, then we are in a position to be blessed. Not all blessings are monetary or in the form of things. Many blessings are in the form of a crisis that bring us to a place of feeling HIS presence, or in the form of an encouraging friendship. This is only one example of something that happened in my life, and it was something I didn't pray for; I only had a moment of wishing. Our real blessing is knowing HIM in a closer way. Praise HIS name, Kathi

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

My Little Mom Cave

 I have a little space all for me. It used to be the furnace room in our 100 year old farm house. This tiny room is where I can think, pray, blog and dream. This small space once had a wood stove rather than a furnace. The long wallpapered wall held rows of hooks for wet farm clothing to hang dry.
 My husband installed a new wood floor for me. I purchased the green leather swivel chair from a thrift store. It just has that feel that it once lived in a library. My desk is a slim sofa table with the same color green legs as the chair. It once had its home in my parents' hallway. My desk is just the right size for my laptop and it reminds me of Kathleen Kelly's desk below, from "You've Got Mail."
I loved her cozy apartment in that movie.
 I got the fridge for $20 at a garage sale. I make my own kombucha, which is a health drink made from fermented tea, and I keep it and other fun drinks in it. The cupboard in back has matching green paint on its sides. I keep my Bible, pens, scissors, tape and other office supplies in there.
 I put up the wallpaper myself and my husband cut and finished the oak strip for me. The matching green shelf also came from my parents' home. These items are a reminder of my beloved mom and dad.
This little haven is in the center of my home. The shower curtain hides the electric furnace behind it. It is a place where I can study my Bible and place the names of those whom I am praying for on a certain wall, just like Miss Clara did in the movie "War Room." If you have not seen that movie, I highly recommend it.
This is a photo of Elizabeth's prayer closet, in which she prayed for her husband and family and experienced God's hand doing miracles in their lives.
Here is a good Bible verse to remind me that God is my refuge and He truly defends me and hears my cries for help. "Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, 'God will not deliver her.' But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and He answers me from His holy mountain." Psalm 3:1-4
I have seen miracles and it is because of time spent with Jesus, sometimes at 4:00 am; me and a cup of coffee. The children were asleep in their beds. My dear hubby was off to work. I alone prayed, sometimes fasting as I prayed, for God's will in our lives.  I prayed for God to use me. He has. I am thankful. I prayed for my husband to get a promotion; he did!! I prayed for us to find a farm to buy; God provided!! Most of all, I prayed that I would be right with God and that I would do those things that would bring Him glory.
   
    

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Praise God For the Freedom to Worship Him -- Happy 4th of July

I am so thankful we have the freedom to worship the Lord our God in our country, and to take a day off to remember  and spend time with our family.
 
Our kids playing a board game brings me a smile.
My "Steady Eddie" husband, Stacey, at the BBQ. He always makes sure we have a fun 4th of July. I am thankful for this man.
This sweet couple, Blake and Victoria have been married a little more than six months. I have not posted about their wedding, but I shall soon.
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I love spending these happy moments watching my daughter play fetch with our dog.
                     
I have not blogged in such a long time. I have missed you, my friends, and my way of expressing myself in photos and words. I have been through so much since I last posted. The years along with the amount of stress I went through are showing that I have aged. That is okay. I am getting used to it. I like the fact that I look sort of like my mother. 

So many changes, within a few months. I am now at a place of true rest. I will tell you more about that as the summer goes...little by little.  My husband was able to purchase this heavy-duty used picnic table at a sale. We placed it in a spot over-looking our creek.
  
After we ate we went for a walk along the river. Our daughter Jessica was on a trip to Italy with a group from her college history class. I was supposed to go with her, but I was not given the time off work, so I did not go. I will tell you more about her exciting trip soon. We have ups and we have downs. We have disappointments and thrilling things that happen to us, don't we ladies? It's how we handle these things that matter. Do we thank God, even when we do not get what we want? Do we praise Him each day because He is worthy of our praise? God is good. Let's learn to seek His face and call on Him each day as the Psalmists did. We do not know what is going to happen tomorrow, but God does. "His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105 Because God knows, I will trust Him for each day, even if that day brings some disappointment. It was once said that, "Our disappointments are God's appointments, for us." I would much rather believe that His plans are bigger and better than mine, and when I yield to Him and thank Him, even though I do not understand, it is then that He can receive glory, and I will be at peace and I will have joy. 

  Blessings, Kathi

Monday, March 27, 2017

Pray For Anyone Who Is Mean or Unkind to You


There are people Satan does not want me to pray for: People who hurt me, talk about in hurtful ways behind my back, those who listen to the gossip and enjoy hearing it, and those who try to make me feel small so that they can feel superior over me.

Who do I choose to pray for? Those who hurt me, talk about me in hurtful ways behind my back, those who listen to the gossip and enjoy hearing it, and those who try to make me feel small so that they can feel superior over me. 
Could it be that the Lord does not tell us that He has assigned certain people, people who He knows will hurt us, for the sole purpose of to seeing if we will use our free will to obey Him? Could it be that the most powerful prayers are those that are prayed by a hurt person who chooses to love and pray for the one who hurt her? I am beginning to believe this to be true in my life. Blessings, Kathi
Jesus said this:
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matt. 5:44

Blessings, Kathi

Saying Goodbye, but Not For Long!

Me, saying good-bye, but not for long. I will see my Daddy, soon, in Heaven. As I spoke with my precious father, I asked him, "Do you know what's happening? He smiled and said, "Yes, I am going to be with the Lord." Praise God for His promises. 
                        2nd Corinthians 5:8
"We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

Blessings, Kathi

Friday, March 24, 2017

God Gave Me A Husband

I am so blessed. I thank God for this man. I love this man!
Genesis 2:22-23
"Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 
The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Missing My Mother

I am thankful to God for my mother. She was so good to me when I was little. She tought me manners and social skills. She built my conscience and helped me to fear God. She is with Jesus now. I miss her. 
This photo was taken when she was about 40 years old. She passed away one month ago, and I have not cried yet. 
 This was about 1967, at the beach. I know it was Sunday, because Mom just had her hair done and protected it with her scarf.
 This was a special day; Dad and Mom's 40th anniversary. We thank God they loved each other for a life-time.
This is last summer Mom pushing Dad in his wheel chair. I know the flood gates will open soon and I will cry and cry for my sweet mama. I think I may be in denial. I thank God for loving parents. I am truly blessed.
  "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
 Blessings, Kathi

Monday, November 14, 2016

She Will Be Missed...

I have watched Gwen Ifill on PBS News Hour for many years.  Gwen Ifill was the first African-American woman to co-anchor a national news broadcast. She was professional and likable. I can say that because I liked her and I appreciated her intelligence and desire to delve into the facts.  Gwen Ifill passed away today at the age of 61. She will be missed.

                 Psalm 116:15
"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints."

Blessings, Kathi

Monday, October 24, 2016

Halloween Party In the Barn

What a weekend! Our fifteen year old son wanted to have a Halloween party with his friends from school. What better place than in our barn? It already had cob webs and the fun scary elements of a creaky old building and dark stair case. As long as we had plenty of food we knew kids would show up, and they did! 
The plans began with five different kinds of pizza from Papa Murphy's. We added salad, cider, pop, desserts and popcorn.
We decorated with pumpkins, gourds, fake spiders and skeletons, and a few things from Dollar Tree. 
 Indoor and outdoor games. Don't forget the glow sticks for playing "kick the can" in the dark.


 More treats.

 Playing "Mafia" and "Signs."
What is lurking up those stairs?
Come a little closer and I will show you.
 Come now, don't be scared.


 Sorry these are blurry. My wonderful husband rented a projector and set up a screen (white sheet) for the movie, that our son Garrett chose.
The movie was, "Young Frankenstein,
with Gene Wilder 
This is funny scary not gory. It's just enough to make you jump.

 
I think the kids really had fun. There were lots of smiles and lots of laughter.
 Our son and his friends want to do it again, so I know we will. 

                                  Isaiah 41:10
"Don't panic. I am with you. There's no need to fear for I am your God. I'll give you strength. I'll help you. I'll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you."
    
                           Blessings, Kathi

Sunday, October 23, 2016

I Got Something Done Today...

I white-washed my bathroom today. 
It's amazing how a little bit of white paint can make a room look fresh and new again.
I took the knobs off the drawers and sanded all the surfaces, then I painted. I live in an older farm house, so most things are due for an update. Rather than spending a ton of money I thought a fresh coat of paint would suffice.
Psalm 51:7
"Cleanse me with hyssop and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."

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