I am so blessed beyond measure!!! It was 11 years ago this past May when I was talking to my Daddy and asked Him to show me what my gift was! I know that He gives each of us our own unique gift but I didn’t know what mine was! Well, exactly one week later He showed me!!!
My gift was photography!!! Never, Ever would I have thought that was what it was! Now Paul has always been a photographer! He was raised in his mother’s darkroom! Hehehe! But me??? Well, I thanked my Daddy and asked Him to always let me see the beauty around me through His eyes and to listen to His leading and teaching me in using my gift from Him.
When I was younger, I always liked to sketch and I loved Nature ~ God’s Masterpiece! I loved the trees, the clouds, the flowers, the grass even, anything to do with nature! It was my dream to one day be able to paint all of that on canvas! Well, guess what!!! Now, with My Daddy’s gift to me, I can paint that and more with my camera!
You see, Photography is my passion! My love! My precious Gift from my Daddy and I give Him all the Glory for it. I don’t just ‘snap’ pictures and then photoshop them! No, I process them with the love and passion I have been given and create a ‘painting’ telling a story of what I see Thru My Daddy’s Eyes!
I love taking ‘Street Photos’ of people and while I am processing them my Daddy shows me the heart of those people, the beauty of them that others don’t always see, their character and who they truly are from within, not outward only!
I am truly blessed beyond measure and along with this gift comes an appreciation for other photographers and the gift they have been given. Each of us sees things differently and that’s what makes it so wonderful! I saw something the other day that is so true about each of us.
“Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them!!”
Thank You, Daddy! And may I always see things through Your eyes and Your heart!
Love and Blessings Always,
~ Judy ~
Called! Chosen! What is the difference? God calls some of us for certain things and others are chosen by Him! Both are important in His plan but being Chosen involves a whole lot more!
Let’s go to the Bible and look at some who were chosen. There was Moses, who was born of a Hebrew mother who had to place him in a basket, then put the basket in the river in order to save his life. Then he was pulled from the river by the daughter of the Pharaoh, who was trying to kill all the baby boys born of the Hebrew women, and was raised by her. He didn’t know God! He was raised worshipping idols and false gods! He had a speech impediment, but God appeared to him in a burning bush and told Moses that He had chosen him to lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Then there was Mary, a young Hebrew girl who loved Him and was strong in that love, to become the Mother of Jesus! She was a virgin and had to face persecution and judgement because she was unmarried and conceived by the Holy Spirit. He chose Joseph because he loved Mary and would take her as his wife, love her, protect her and be the earthly father to Jesus.
Next we have Saul, who became Paul, who was persecuting Christians and killing them! He was on the road to Damascus when God struck him blind! Then God spoke to him and opened his eyes to Jesus the Lord and Savior! God chose him to go about teaching everyone including Gentiles about Jesus and about salvation. Paul wrote the Gospels!
Now there is something all of these Chosen ones had in common! They were all strong and would be able to stand against everything man and the devil would try to bring against them! And yet, would never blame God nor turn away from Him. They listened, obeyed and followed the Path God had for them to teach, lead and help His people to overcome the wiles of the devil and to have freedom through Jesus Christ!
You see, when someone is Chosen by God, he or she is also Anointed by God and satan can not touch them!
We have a President who has been CHOSEN by God. Like the others, he is not perfect, but he is strong and he is Anointed by God to do what God has planned for him to do to bring God’s Country and His people back to Him and what He has planned for America! AND satan, YOU CANNOT TOUCH him! Neither you nor your demons! I LOVE watching my Daddy work!
Billie Clark was the wife of Max Clark. They were a great pair. Together they built and ran their own construction company. I never met Billie in person, but I feel like I have known her for years from everything I have heard of her from Max, John Holder (the man that worked along side her to build Clark Gardens) and the staff that helped build the Gardens from the beginning. She was a strong woman, who knew what she wanted, but yet generous and caring for not only her family but also the staff who she considered family too!
She and Max started out as a young couple with not much at all and together built from the ground up their construction company. They lived in a trailer and traveled where the work took them along with their 2 young daughters. Over the years their construction company grew and prospered. Then around the early ’70’s they bought land, rugged pasture land that was nothing but rock and Mesquite trees, in Cool, Texas in Parker County.
Clark Gardens started out as a private garden in 1972 – a small personal garden on this rugged Texas hillside, The Gardens was a dream and vision of Billie Clark, who designed the Gardens, John Holder, who worked side by side with Billie to construct the Gardens and Max Clark who provided the funding and support of the Gardens.
The first major project was the Channel Gardens, inspired by a visit to England’s Channel Gardens by Max and Billie!
From there the Gardens grew. The Rock Saw which is on display at Emerald Lake is responsible for the shape and layout of the Gardens today!
The beautiful trees that you see throughout the Gardens were planted by Max, Staff and/or birds!
The entire Gardens is a place of beauty and tranquility where you can feel the Presence of God and tune out the crazy, evilness that tries to overtake our lives and thoughts today. One of my favorite places is the Clark Gardens Train Station, which would not be there today if not for Billie Clark! She is the one who wanted the Train Station. You see Billie’s vision include families, hers and others too! Thank you, Billie!
A few other scenes from Clark Gardens! Yes, this is Billie Clark’s Legacy and I am very thankful to her. I can sense her in every piece of beauty I see! Thank you, Billie, for your vision, your dreams and your perseverance!
As I was having my morning talk with my Daddy, I asked Him, “How did we get to where we are today with so much hatred, deceitfulness, immorality and negativeness? Then He started answering me bit by bit!!!
Did you ever hear these phrases? “Children should be seen and not heard. Little Pitchers have big ears. Count your blessings instead of sheep. Pretty is as pretty does. Beauty is only skin deep. You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar ” These are just a few that I grew up hearing! It got me to thinking…the few ‘old’ sayings had an impact on my life!!!
Most importantly God was the head and top priority in our homes! It didn’t matter which church you belonged to or what ‘faith’ you were! We prayed at mealtime, bedtime and in between! Children were taught respect for their parents and all adults no matter what color their skin was. We weren’t allowed to participate in adult conversation and we never talked back to or ‘sassed’ our parents. We ate what was put in front of us, whether we liked it or not. We thanked God for it and we never told out parents what we would or would not eat! Some things were not discussed in front of us and what we saw and heard was restricted.
No matter how bad things were, I was always told that we were blessed because there was someone out there who was a lot worse off than we were. The word ‘hate’ was not allowed in our home!!!
Today as God’s children, as Americans, we have allowed negativeness, deception, immorality, anger and hatred to come into our lives. In other words we have opened the door for the devil! Children no longer respect their parents or any one else because they weren’t taught And they weren’t taught because their parents weren’t taught. Children now tell their parents what to do, when to do it, etc! They are allowed to get included in adult conversations and express their immature opinions!
Never before have I seen so much violence, abuse (verbal as well as physical), selfishness, greed, hatred, immorality, deceitfulness, lying, ‘entitlement’, political correctness’, ‘racism’ as now and why???? Because we have ALLOWED it to enter our lives and the lives of our children!
I have a sign on my front door that has been there for years that says, “Only Positive Attitudes Allowed in This Home. No Negative Words, Thoughts or Actions Beyond These Doors!” I LOVE my Father God, Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit my personal daily Guide more than anything and I AM NOT ASHAMED!!! I BELIEVE The Word of God and what my Bible says! I believe in marriage between a man and woman! I believe that when a man and woman love each other they are not to live together unless they are married! I believe that God created us in His own image and that He created us the gender he intended for us to be. I believe to love my neighbor as God loves me. I believe that as I sow I shall also reap! I believe that what I say out of my mouth is what I will have ~ good or bad! I believe that Jesus went to the cross, took my sins, diseases, lack, every evil, negative thing on His body and died for me, carried it into the pit of Hell and Rose again on the 3rd day to sit at the Father’s right hand so that I can have Eternal Life with Him!
I LOVE GOD! I WILL SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS! I WILL LET MY LIGHT SHINE! I WILL PRAY FOR THE LOST TO FIND THEIR WAY, THE BLIND TO SEE! I PRAY FOR AMERICA, MY NATION UNDER GOD AND I PRAY FOR MY PRESIDENT! I PRAY FOR YOU!
Have a Blessed Beyond Measure Day overflowing in Positiveness, Love, Joy and Peace,
~ Judy ~
Another year has come and gone! God’s Mercy is new every morning and it’s also new with each New year! I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions ~ I believe in beginning each new year with God’s Mercy and Fresh Beginnings!
I believe that 2017 is going to be a year of fresh beginnings for all that are willing to put God first and top priority in their lives; willing to slow down in their ‘busy’ lives and take notice of those around them ~ family, friends, strangers; willing to show love and appreciation to/for others; willing to forgive and willing to ‘walk in others shoes rather than to judge them’!
I know that since I have learned to start my day with “Good Morning, Jesus! What are we going to do today to be a blessing?” I am happier, healthier, have more peace and joy than I have ever had! No, I am not perfect and I have a long way to go, but the most important thing is that with each day, I walk closer with my Lord, I hear His voice clearer and I see blessings and miracles all around me!
With God ALL things are possible, He NEVER leaves me nor forsakes me, and by putting ALL of my TRUST in Him I live with HOPE (Earnest Expectation) and KNOWING that NO WEAPON formed against me can prosper; that ALL of my needs are met and that God’s Plans for me are ABOVE AND BEYOND anything I could ever imagine!
It’s wonderful and I love to see my Daddy work in my life; the lives of our children, friends, loved ones; prayers answered daily and blessings and miracles large and small happening all around! I am looking forward to seeing what all God has in store for all of us this year!
I love you all and Be Blessed to Be a Blessing,
~ Judy ~
Our God is so Awesome! These are exciting times for Christians, Believers and all of God’s Children. We just saw God’s Divine Intervention in our election for a new President of our country! And yes, it was God’s Intervention, but only because for the first time in a long time His children united and prayed, trusted and believed! Hallelujah!
There is nothing that God can’t do, but He needs us to do our part. What is our part? It is praying earnestly, not doubting the outcome of our prayers, but trusting God and knowing that whatever the answer is, He has His plan and that we will be okay! That’s what happened with this election…and everyone was shocked! The other party! The media! Probably the entire world! But we weren’t!
You see, when you trust God you aren’t praying, “Well if it’s Your will, O Lord.” No, you are putting your will in to join with His will! He can’t go against your will and that is what stops a lot of answers to prayers! That and doubt!!! Some of us may not have really seen Trump as Presidential material, but God did! He called him to run for this office and He has anointed him to fill it!
Now what we all have to do is continually pray for God’s guidance by the Holy Spirit to lead President Trump in his decisions, words and actions. To continually pray protection for him and his family and staff because he has really made satan mad! I have been praying for the last 8 years for things hidden to be revealed when it comes to our government and the elected officials that were being manipulated and controlled by satan. And PRAISE GOD they have been!
satan (and no I DON’T capitalize that name) is furious because God’s Children have awakened and taken their place and their stand! He is nothing but a wimp and has no power unless we give it to him! Well, his ‘power’ has been taken away from him and he knows that this is only the beginning!
Don’t let anything that satan is doing now or will try to do in days to come, take your eyes off Jesus! Continue to Stand, Pray, Thank God for what He has done and is doing, Praise Him and Rejoice! Together we are united with our Daddy and are Victorious! HALLELUJAH!
I am so in love with my Daddy! Every morning is a new day filled with new blessings, prayers being answered, promises being fulfilled and new challenges, opportunities and successes!
The ‘worldly’ happenings going on these days are the words in the Bible being fulfilled. (Read the back of the Book!) When I was younger and before I was Born Again, those words frightened me. Then I became Born Again, Spirit Filled and got to know and develop a close, personal relationship with Jesus, God my Father/Daddy and the Holy Spirit! Now I’m not frightened ~ I’m excited!
I have never felt so loved, so free, so happy, content, blessed and fulfilled in my life! I don’t carry the ‘cares’ of this world. I don’t worry about temporal things. I KNOW that my Daddy is with me, Jesus is my constant companion and The Holy Spirit is guiding my every step! And I KNOW where I am spending eternity!!!
If you don’t feel like this, you can! It’s so simple! Get in a good strong, Spirit Filled Church, that teaches you the truth from the Word of God! Fellowship with Believers! Read the Bible and ask God to give you clear understanding. Spend time just fellowshipping and loving on Jesus! And spend time listening to what He is saying to you through the Holy Spirit! And most important of all ~ make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of your life! 💘
Have a wonderfully blessed day and if you need any help getting there, feel free to contact me!