This is My Father’s World

Art In The Spirit: This is my father's world
As I sit out on the patio, with my morning cup of coffee, and contemplate the scenes and sounds of nature, I am reminded that everything around me belongs to My Father. He, along with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, is the creator of all this beauty. He holds it all together and orchestrates the order of the seasons; the cycle of night and day; the life patterns of birds, animals, and insects. He keeps it all in perfect balance!
“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD, and there is none else.”
Isaiah 45:18
 
“Thus saith the LORD the King of Isreal, and the Redeemer, the LORD of Hosts; I am the first, and I am the last, and beside me, there is no God.”
Isaiah 44:6
It’s amazing to realize that the God we serve is above all things, and in total control. Everything that happens is allowed by him. The conflicts and interactions between countries around the world and our own great United States are all in His hands. When we see the sin around us; the riots and dissension; and the corruption and inaction of some in our government it’s a blessing to know our Father God is in control. We live in a vastly blessed country! I believe the indwelling Holy Spirit and the prayers of God people have held back the tide of judgment.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else: I am God, and there is none like me. Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass: I have purposed it, I will also do it.”
Isaiah 46:9,10&11b
 
In view of God’s omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence, why should we ever worry about anything? This Almighty God who holds the world together is our Father if we have put our faith and trust in Him. We are His children. He has promised to supply all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19) How much better can it get? In Matthew, Jesus says,
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not better than they?…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.
Matthew 6:25,26,32b&33
Baptist Hymnal 2008 46. This is my Father's world - Hymnary.org
 
This is my Father’s world, 
O let me ne’re forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world,
The battle is not done;
Jesus who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and heaven be one.
 
Nana’s Treasures
This month my precious treasure is Danielle Hope (Dani). Dani is 4 years old and will be going into pre-K in the fall. Dani and her family moved from Utah this summer to be closer to Nana and Papa. We are over-the-moon happy to have them here. Dani is the princess in her family of three big sisters. She loves to play house and dress-up and spend time with Papa and Nana. We love our Dani very much and thank the Lord for her.
 
 

It is Well with my Soul

It Is Well With My Soul Shabby Chic Floral Printable by TheRedHousePrintShop on Etsy, $4.00
“When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say, It is well, It is well with my soul”
Can you say, “It is well with your soul”? Do you have the assurance to know that whatever comes into your life God is with you every step of the way, during the times of peace and the times of sorrow?
love this song! its shows the comfort of not only this christmas season but the whole year round that God cares and protects us!!

Just this last week, I experienced a sudden onslaught of abdominal pain like I’d never had before. Terrible cramping pains in the night. By morning I felt better so thought it was just a passing bout with the flu. We had planned to go to Kansas over the Memorial Day Weekend to visit family and decorate the gravesites of our loved ones. As our trip progressed I continued to feel worse. By the time we got there all I wanted to do was go to bed. By the next morning, I realized that something was seriously wrong and that I needed medical attention. I didn’t want to go to Urgent Care in Kansas, away from home, so we headed back to Springfield. Bob drove the five-hour trip with a purpose, utilizing every shortcut he knew, some which were rather bumpy. (I felt every bump.) We arrived safely back home and went to Urgent Care.

After a rather lengthy stay, with blood tests and Ct Scan, we found out that I had diverticulitis with a perforation. The poison was seeping out into the abdominal cavity and setting up a raging infection. I was admitted to the hospital with IV antibiotics and the possibility of surgery. Praise the Lord I responded well to the antibiotics and got to come home on Tuesday.
The reason I wanted to share all this is that through this whole ordeal I had perfect peace. I didn’t fully realize this until days later. It wasn’t a peace that I conjured up. I wasn’t even totally aware of it. I just wasn’t worried. I knew God was taking care of the situation. Even when told that there was a perforation and the possibility of surgery I wasn’t worried. That’s crazy neat!! 
It is Well with my Soul!

What about you? Is it well with your soul? 
If you have confessed your sins to God, accepted Jesus’ shed blood as a payment for your sins and asked Him to save you, you too can have that perfect peace. It doesn’t mean troubles and trial won’t come into your life. It just means God’s precious Holy Spirit will be there with you.
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27

Nana’s Treasures

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, shoes, plant, tree and outdoorThis Month my precious treasure is Blakeney! Blakeney just turned 5 years old. She finished her Pre-K school and is proudly going into Kindergarten next year.
Blakeney loves to play with her three big brothers. She likes to jump on the trampoline, go to Sunday School and have Papa read to her and play “babies” with her. He’s the “baby”sitter. Papa and I are super proud of Blakeney and love her very much.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Lamentations 3:22-23. Loved this verse from tonight! Such a beautiful reminder.
Have you found yourself in a situation or at a time in your life when it seems God has turned his back and isn’t listening or doesn’t care what is going on?

Our God is always faithful. Sometimes when circumstances crash in on us we may question whether He cares and is in control, but He is there behind the scene orchestrating everything to our advantage. He has our best at heart. If we wait for His timing, He will accomplish what is best.

Psalms 37:7&9 
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. For evildoers shall be cut off; but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”

My observation has been that God is partial to the word “wait”. When we have to wait to see God’s hand move we are in good company. Think what it was like for Noah and his sons to build the huge ark in the middle of the dry land. I’m sure they questioned if God truly meant what He’d told them, but sure enough, the flood came. Also, Moses spent 40 years without a word from God and King David spent many years running and hiding from King Saul, but in the end, God showed up and called them to do His work. In the New Testament, Paul the Apostle spent three years in Arabia before he started his ministry.
We can’t see the finished picture, but God can and He is always faithful.
Psalms 37:23-25
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old: yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”

This is my favorite hymn.

 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Great is Thy faithfulness, Oh God my Father.
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not.
As thou hast been, thou forever will be. 
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see,
All I have needed, thy hand hath provided
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Lord unto me.

Dear Father God, I am so thankful that Your compassions are new every morning. You see us and love us and have our best at heart. Thank you for your steadfast faithfulness and care even when we can’t see Your hand.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

Nana’s Treasures
This month my beautiful treasure is our granddaughter, Carenza. She is six years old and in kindergarten. Carenza loves to read and was already reading chapter books before she entered school this year. She loves spending time with her sister, Sonja, going to activities at the library and going to the zoo. She also enjoys going to Sunday School with her family. Carenza is a joy to be around. Papa and I are so proud of our granddaughter, Carenza.



April Snow brings May…?

If you want to add a little spring to your decor and love peonies as much as I do then you will love these free printable spring peony art in four quotes. 

Spring! This is my favorite time of year. The flowers and trees had begun to bloom and new life was in the air. The peonies and lilies peeked their noses through the ground.  We had begun to plant our garden with onions, potatoes, and broccoli and lettuce.
…And then there came hard freezes, snow, and sleet alternating with 50 to 60 degree days. It can be very discouraging!!
And yet the days continue toward Spring. It will come! There will be May flowers and summer gardens.
Spring brings forth new awakening after the dormancy of winter.
It is a picture of the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. 

This brings to mind Ephesians 2:1 & 4-9. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  But God who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

We are every one of us, born in sin, because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. The Bible says we are dead in our sins. Our spiritual lives are dormant until we realize we are sinners and come to Jesus Christ by faith and ask Him to save us. When we believe the fact that Jesus died for our sins on the cross and was raised from the dead and accept Him as our Savior He quickens us; brings us to new life and changes our position. We can have communication with Jesus Christ through prayer. Just as the plants begin to grow in the Springtime, our new spiritual life begins to grow. Not by our own works, but only through Jesus working in us. If you have never asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, now would be a wonderful time to do that in this season of new awakening.

Let’s keep looking forward to what God will bring to us!

Nana’s Treasures

My beautiful Treasure for this month is Sonja. Sonja is seven years old and in second grade. She loves school but says recess is her favorite thing. Sonja likes to go to the library, the zoo, and Sunday School with her family. She loves to read and draw. She is the author and illustrator of her own book, “Pony’s Birthday Party”. She also likes to sing, laugh, and play with her sister, Carenza. Papa and I are very proud of our granddaughter, Sonja.


 

Love is in the Air

I John 5:9-11 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
February–Love is in the Air
What comes to mind when you think of February? In spite of the cold winter weather, I think of Valentines Day and the love that is shown in many ways that day. More money is spent on gifts for loved ones on Valentines that any other time of year. And yet, true love comes only from God. He showed His great love for all mankind when He sent His only Son to the Earth to give His life for our sins. He became our substitute, making it possible for us to know how to love, both God and one another. 

Go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0791M6LCT and order your copy today.

During these cold, snowy winter days, pour yourself a cuppa tea or coffee, snuggle up and read Elise and Daniel’s story. You can order a paperback copy or download the Kindle edition on Amazon. This would be a great way to finish out the month of February.

Nana’s Treasures
My treasure this month is my sweet, spontaneous granddaughter, Michaela. She is eight years old and in the third grade. Michaela is very thoughtful and helpful. She loves to cook and would like to become a gourmet chef. She also loves animals, especially her cousin’s horses and kittens, when she gets the opportunity to go to the farm in Kansas. She is also a good student and enjoys playing basketball. Michaela brings joy to our hearts. Her Papa and I are very proud of Michaela.


The Month of New Beginnings

2018 
Happy New Year 
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3 

January is the month when we look forward to new beginnings. Although, winter isn’t my favorite season of the year, (I would rather be warm than cold.) I am confident that God will bring blessings into our lives. We have many things to be thankful for. One of my favorites is the bright, cheery Cardinals, which flit through the bare branches of the bushes and trees bringing color and hope. Another harbinger of hope is the seed catalog we received in the mail the other day. It reminds us that Spring is on its way. If we just wait and have patience the four seasons will come as God has promised. 
Philippians 2:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

This year, January is even more significant because my novel, Romance Along the will be released on Amazon, tomorrow, January 23rd. Please order or download your copy and leave a review. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0791M6LCT. I would really appreciate it!

Nana’s Treasures
My treasure for this month is April. She is nine and in 4th grade. April loves to play sports and is very good in everyone she tries. She and her sister are competing in Upward basketball these next couple of months. April was proud this last Saturday, that she made a “three-pointer” at the buzzer!
April loves Jesus and is active in Patch Club and Sunday School at our church.
Papa and I are very proud of our granddaughter, April.

IT’S HERE!! Romance Along the Rails on Kindle

TODAY IS THE DAY!! Download your Kindle copy and/or order your paperback copy. Then please leave a review on the Amazon page. Thank you, my friends!

Romance Along the Rails available for pre-order on Kindle. Release date January 23, 2018.

Go to https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0791M6LCT and order your copy today.

My novel, Romance Along the Rails will be released on Amazon, January 23rd. I am excited to share Elise and Daniel’s story with you. It has been in my heart and mind for many years. I want you to appreciate the importance that the Harvey Houses and Harvey Girls had on the civilization of the West. It has been said that “Harvey Houses were islands of American culture, linked to the ‘homeland’ by the Santa Fe rails…The appearance of the Harvey Girls mirrored the appearance of the Harvey Houses: clean, businesslike, and efficient, with little or no personal variation from person to person or place to place. Their uniform, hair, and makeup codes were outlined in detail by Fred Harvey.” (from The Harvey Girls, Women who opened the West by Lesley Poling-Kempes) Romance Along the Rails is the first in a series of four books in the Harvey House Legacy, each from a different decade; the 1880s, the 1900s, the 1920s and the 1940s.

Never Give up on Your Dreams

Romance Along the Rails will be released in January 2018
Never Give Up on Your Dreams


In the early 1990’s, when I was in my forties, I began to have the urge to write. I enrolled in the Institute of Children’s Literature. As I completed the lessons my desire to be a writer increased. I joined a small writer’s group and went to an amazing writer’s conference in Oklahoma called the Professionalism in Writing Conference. There I saw and met writers like Brock and Bodie Thoene, Karen Ball and others.

I started writing my novel (Working title; Tables on the Prairie). The second year I went to the conference I took the first few chapters and had a critique session with Karen Ball, who was the acquisitions editor for Multnomah Press. She offered me a contract for the book and the first chapter won first place in the writer’s contest. I was ecstatic and went home determined to write and finish the novel, but life crashed in around me. My mother fell and fractured her pelvis and Daddy was in the early to middle stages of Alzheimer’s. We took them in to live with us. I tried to write, but with the stress of their care and the fear of not making the deadline, I broke the contract!
I continued to write and finished the novel, as well as several short stories, including “Grandpa Forgot My Name”.  Although I tried submitting them to book publishers and magazines, I had no success getting them published. Eventually, I gave up. My book and stories sat in my computer for 12-13 years. I always knew they were there and made sure they were saved. I would go to Christian bookstores and think that I should have a book on those shelves.
The Lord gave me the verse, Habakkuk 2:2-3 “And the Lord answered me and said, Write the vision, and make it upon tables, that he my run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it: because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
About two summers ago, my son, Kelly, said, “Mom, do you know your book in on Amazon?” Sure enough, it was listed back when I’d been given the contract. He said, “Your novel is written, you need to get it out and work on it. There are other ways to publish it.”
The desire to write was rekindled in me. I read the manuscript and decided it was worth the effort, though it needed editing. Thanks to great critique and editing partners, it is now ready to be published. Next month “Romance Along the Rails” will be released.