Thursday, July 02, 2015

July 1953


Here is another page from the vintage Woman's Day calendar for 1953.  For many years, these calendars came bound as pages in the middle of the January issue of Woman's Day.  Each one features a Scripture verse.  It's interesting to me that in more recent years, the verses had gotten smaller (though still very readable) -- but in this 1953 calendar the Scripture is the focus.

This July scene by Warren Chappell features a peaceful harbor.  In the distance a lighthouse stands sentinel on a cliff.  How beautiful!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

July goals


Graphic from Little Birdie Blessings
Wow, July already!  How can that be?  I am taking just a few minutes to share my tentative goals for this month:
*Meditate on a passage from God's Word each day.
* Memorize at least 4 Bible verses and review some older ones.
* Add 4 pages to my "What Do I Know About My God?" Scripture notebook
* Continue study for Sunday School -- Following God With All Your Heart
* Continue to re-read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode; continue to journal and implement what I learn
* Exercise or walk at least 20 times.
* Get to bed by 10 pm each night.  (I am upping this time because we have family visiting.)
* Limit sugar.
* Drink enough water each day.
* Keep up with Kelly's missions in homemaking zones of the week.
* Spend some serious time decluttering closets
* Post in both of my blogs as often as possible
* Continue working on several UFO craft projects
* Apply wall decals to our freshly painted bathroom wall
* Continue planning activities for visit from our Nevada family
* Enjoy 4th of July activities with friends
* Enjoy our visit with our Nevada family, which continues until July 11
* Reduce grocery bill by $5 per week consistently
* Spend several hours updating my A-store.
* Write at least 4 encouraging notes to friends and family
* Help and encourage my local daughter as I'm able
* Clean church and set up for potluck meal
*  Continue trying to help and encourage my elderly dad
* Sort out and declutter my dad's basement
* Transfer important items to new computer
* Plan meals with a greater emphasis on healthy eating

JUNE'S HEALTHY HABITS:  Drink enough water/exercise

WORD FOR 2015: RENEWAL

And here's how June went:
*Meditate on a passage from God's Word each day -- DONE!
* Memorize at least 4 Bible verses and review some older ones -- DONE!
* Add 4 pages to my "What Do I Know About My God?" Scripture notebook -- DONE!
* Continue study for Sunday School -- Following God With All Your Heart -- DONE!
* Continue to re-read Say Goodbye to Survival Mode; continue to journal and implement what I learn -- working on this ever so slowly
* Exercise or walk at least 20 times -- DONE!
* Get to bed by 10 pm each night.  (I am upping this time because we'll have family visiting.) -- have done well with this except for a couple of nights
* Limit sugar -- did fairly well with this
* Drink enough water each day -- did well with this, but need to improve
* Keep up with Kelly's missions in homemaking zones of the week -- not done
* Spend some serious time decluttering closets -- not done
* Post in both of my blogs as often as possible -- DONE!
* Continue writing blog posts for Christmas in July -- DONE!
* Make some handmade gifts for a June birthday -- DONE!
* Continue working on several UFO craft projects -- ever so slowly ...
* Decide on wall decals for our freshly painted bathroom wall -- DONE!
* Continue planning for visit from our Nevada family -- DONE!
* Enjoy our visit with loved ones, which will continue into July -- DONE!
* Reduce grocery bill by $5 per week consistently -- not done
* Spend several hours updating my A-store -- not done
* Write at least 4 encouraging notes to friends and family -- DONE!
* Help and encourage my local daughter as I'm able -- not as much as I'd have liked
* Clean church and set up for potluck meal -- DONE!
*  Continue trying to help and encourage my elderly dad -- DONE!
* Sort out and declutter my dad's basement -- not done
* Transfer important items to new computer -- not done
* Plan meals with a greater emphasis on healthy eating -- DONE!

JUNE'S HEALTHY HABITS:  Nurture creativity/drink enough water/exercise -- did pretty well with these this month!

WORD FOR 2015: RENEWAL-- not feeling too renewed at the moment.  I am hoping for July to bring more renewal and to be a productive, encouraging month.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Snapshots from Saturday


This photo captures the essence of summer in New Hampshire
We are thoroughly enjoying our time with our daughter, son-in-law and five children, who are here visiting us from Nevada.  It has been nearly three years since they were out here last, so it's been great for all of us to have them here in New England again.  Several of the local cousins have been with us for much of the time, too.

To our shame, Mr. T and I have taken very few pictures so far.  This is not to say photos are not being taken.  Both of our daughters and their husbands enjoy photography and have nice cameras, so plenty of pictures are being taken by them.

On Saturday, we took a short hike which leads to a lake.  This is one of the loveliest little lakes in our area, and we are so thankful for this public access area to enjoy it.  The hike is on a nearly level path; there's just enough of a challenge from roots and rocks to help little kids feel they are really hiking.  And then at the end, this lovely small swimming area.  Boats will often come in and anchor outside the swimming area, and that was the case on Saturday, but it was still a nice time.  Later, we moved on to a second beach area and had a wonderful time there as well.  The kids had come prepared to wade, but had not brought any swimming stuff.  My hubby and I had been here before but had not remembered how nice the beach area was.  However, lack of swim gear did not hold the kids back from getting thoroughly wet!
Our littlest granddaughter, Arielle, tests the lake water
Cousins enjoying the lake
These flowers were growing near the water
Hope you have enjoyed these few snapshots from our Saturday!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

A vintage Father's Day card


Today's the day we honor our dads!  I thought it would be fun to show a cute little vintage Father's Day card -- in fact, it is one that I sent my dad, many years ago.  It surfaced when I did some cleaning at his  house, and of course I scanned and saved it.

As a very little child, my hair was very curly, and as I got a bit older I really enjoyed baking -- so it's easy to see why this particular card got picked!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Daisy, daisy ...


The lovely daisy graphic is by Abby at Little Birdie Blessings
I am entirely delinquent in putting up this post.  For weeks, I have been wanting to share these gorgeous things which my dear friend J. created and sent to me.  She was inspired to make these lovely crafts with a daisy theme, then packaged them up and surprised me with a little parcel in the mail.

These items have been on my desk for longer than I care to admit, waiting for me to get photos of them.  I finally gave up and simply scanned them!  The scans really don't do these lovely items justice,  but it is better than not sharing them at all.  She only sent the one coaster, but it is in both pictures so it looks like there are two.  I believe she said this was made from apron fabric.  It is a gorgeous print!  I had seen the teacup coasters on a blog and really hope to make some. 

I apologize for the little card at lower right being sideways.  I didn't pay attention when I did the scan.  The daisy on the gift enclosure card is a vintage white button with a teensy yellow pompom glued to the center.  So creative!
J. made the bookmark and the little gift enclosure by scanning the daisy fabric and printing on cardstock.
The coaster again, plus J. found a sweet poem about daisies and shared that as well.
Hope you have enjoyed seeing J's creativity!  I'm inspired to do something similar with other themes -- other flowers, fruits, etc. -- or even a Christmas or valentine theme! -- as surprise gifts for some of my other friends.  Creativity can be contagious!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An encouraging thought for today


This pretty graphic is from Baptist Bible Hour
Life is pretty crazy right now.  There's just a lot going on, on a number of fronts.  Suffice it to say that some days (and this is one of them) I feel weighted down with concerns and responsibilities.  It's such a wonderful truth, though, that God knows all about the things that weigh us down and burden us.  And His Word has the antidote: His strength.  His encouragement.

Last week I started a study of Psalm 119.   It's basically following the reading plan from Love God Greatly, but I actually started the study a week early because I just wanted to take my time and do it on my own, plus I had just finished up the verses I'd been working on (a study on planning and priorities) and I was ready to start then.

All that to say, that yesterday morning one of the verses I chose to meditate on using the SOAP method (Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer) was Psalm 119:28 :

S= "My soul melteth for heaviness; strengthen Thou me according unto Thy Word."

O= The word translated "melteth", according to a marginal note in my Bible, literally means "droppeth."  So we could read the phrase, "My soul droppeth for heaviness."  And that soul-dropping feeling is a familiar one.  The psalmist then asks God to strengthen him according to His Word.  A cross-reference is given of 1 Peter 5:10:
"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you."  Wow!

A=  I have been in the place where my soul melts, or drops, in heaviness -- where the weight of trials seems too much to bear.  What a blessing to know that God will strengthen us according to His Word!  I Peter 5:10 is the perfect cross-reference for this.  It's the God of all grace, the same One who has called us to eternal glory by Christ Jesus, who will establish us, strengthen us and settle us as we undergo trials.  What an encouragement!

P= Lord, I thank and praise You so much for Your Word today!  I pray that You will help me to grow in my knowledge of Your Word each day and to get serious about applying it to my life.  I thank You so much that when my spirit melts and my burdens seem just too heavy, that I can trust You to strengthen me according to Your Word.  I praise You that You are the God of grace and that my difficulties are overseen by You, with my good in mind.  I thank You for how You will establish, strengthen, and settle me as I continue to choose Your ways.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

I hope that this little verse encourages someone else today as it did me!

Monday, June 15, 2015

One last "little thing" from Pine Cone Lodge


Taken in Great Basin National Park last spring
 Today I will share the last of the "little things" from Proverbs 30 as I wrote about them in Pine Cone Lodge, this year's update of one of my devotional books for kids.  Tori had wanted to read the rest of these, and I hope she will enjoy them!

“The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks.” 
 (Proverbs 30:26)

     Today’s verse tells us about more “little things” that God says are “exceeding wise”.  Today we learn about another animal that is a good object lesson for us.  Our verse talks about the conies.  If you look the word “cony” or “coney” up in a dictionary, you will find that it means “rabbit.”  But in this proverb, the word translated “conies” really means “rock badgers.”
  
 A rock badger is about the size of a rabbit, but it really looks more like an oversized guinea pig.  It has short ears, sharp teeth, and eyes that look like black buttons.  Although the rock badger is small and doesn’t seem as if it would be safe from its enemies, God has given this animal ways to be safer.  Rock badgers find safety in steep, rocky places.  God has made their feet in a special way.  Their feet have a special grip like a suction cup.  The rock badger can easily scamper over rocky cliffs because of its feet that grip the rocks so well.  Rock badgers can hide from their enemies among the rocks.  Even if a rock badger is sleeping or resting, stretched out on a sunny rock, it may be safe because its enemies will think it is part of the rock and will not notice it.  Isn’t it amazing how God has designed even the smallest of animals so carefully?
   
The rock badger finds safety in rocks.  We could say that God’s people also find safety in a Rock, because the Bible tells us that our Rock is God.  Psalm 18:2 says, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer: my God, my strength, in whom I will trust: my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”  David wrote these words in Psalm 18.  We know that there were many times when King Saul was hunting for David to try and kill him.  Often, David and his men hid among rocks and caves, and God kept them safe.  When we have hard times in our lives, we can go to God and tell Him all about it.  He is our strong Rock, and He will keep us safe just as He did David.  God will never change.  He is just the same today as He was in David’s time.  He is our Rock!
   
*  Thank God that He is our Rock.  Thank Him that we can trust Him to keep us safe.  Thank God that He never changes.  If you are going through a hard time in your life, tell God all about it.  *

Hope you've enjoyed these simple posts about little things in nature that teach big lessons!  One year,  I was blessed to hear Beneth Jones speak at a ladies' retreat at The Wilds of New England.  She taught sessions based on these very "little things" from Proverbs 30.  At the time I heard her, I had already written these devotional pages.  I was amazed and so blessed by all of the meaning that she extracted from these verses!