Stop and Smell the Roses!

Each year seems to race by a little quicker than the last! Everyone is always in such a hurry to get somewhere or to do things! No one, it seems, takes the time to ‘stop and smell the roses’ any more!

Stop and Smell the Roses is a saying that has been around a long time but it still has importance! With all the electronics: computers, laptops, tablets, cell phones, etc., people don’t even take time for each other, much less to stop and smell the roses! How many of us even use the phone to talk  to each other any more. There is more texting than talking. Then there are the social networks such as Facebook where everyone posts where they are, where they are going, what they are doing and with whom! And the saddest part of all is not only do we not have time for each other, but too many times we don’t have time for God!

Every day we wake up, is a gift from God, our Father! Each day has 24 hours in it. That is 24 hours with opportunity to be a blessing, to receive blessings and to fellowship with The One who created us in His own image! God has His Plan for each of us and it is up to us to talk to Him; listen to Him; fellowship with Him and follow the paths and guidance of the Holy Spirit. I talk to my Daddy all day long as I go about doing my daily duties. I ask the Holy Spirit to guide and lead me along the right paths daily and most of all I LISTEN! I have learned not to jump into something, but to pray about it first and see what my Daddy says!

So, no matter how busy your life is, please take time to Stop  and Smell the Roses each day and make the time to fellowship with your Daddy!

My favorite place to go where I hear and feel the presence of my Daddy everywhere is Clark Gardens. It is not only beautiful but so tranquil. It is my ‘God’s Little Bit of Heaven in Texas’! Here are a few pieces of it:

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What is Your Passion in Life?

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Have a Blessed Day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy 💘 ~

 

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OH, HOW I LOVE MY DADDY!

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I am definitely my Daddy’s girl! I am so in love with The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit that I want to shout it from the rooftops! No, I am not ashamed! I am not intimidated! I am happy! I am overflowing in Joy, Peace, Love, Blessings, and Knowing Who I am!

Knowing who I am? Yes!!! I am a Child of God, created in His Image, filled with the Holy Spirit, born again (recreated) – made and filled with the Righteousness of God! He lives in me and The Holy Spirit guides my every step and action and when I stumble He is there to pick me up, dust me off and forward we go ~ Together!

He has blessed me so much with His wonderful gift of Love to share with everyone, everywhere I go! One gift He gave me was photography, to share the glorious beauty around me in all forms! I am a very blessed Woman of God and I love my Daddy!

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Thru My Daddy’s Eyes & Heart!

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I have changed the name of my Blog from ‘Thru My Daddy’s Eyes’ to Thru My Daddy’s Eyes & Heart’. Every since He presented my with my Gift, my Passion and my Love of Photography, I have been asking Him to let me see the world, the beauty, everything around me through His eyes. 

It started out with praying to let me see the beauty around me through His eyes and that was wonderful! I’ve always loved any and everything to do with nature, trees, flowers, grass, ponds, lakes sky, clouds, etc! Soon I noticed that I was even seeing colors in all nature differently ~ more vivid, more alive!

Then one day when I was talking to my Daddy, I heard, ‘you need to see everything around you through My eyes.’ Well, this was different, I started seeing not only nature, but also people through His eyes and not just the beauty, but things that I knew hurt His heart. These are the things that I knew I needed to pray about!

Now, the reason for the change…I was reading (absorbing) a book that I hadn’t read in a while! A book that had a profound effect on me spiritually the first time I read it and this time a new stronger, deeper more profound effect! It was like when you read a scripture hundreds of times and then there is the time you read it again and…it has a new revelation for you! Wow! This is what happened to me. In this book, He said that His people may see things through His eyes, but He wants us to see things through His heart! Because when we see things through His heart we are seeing through His LOVE! This is what I want so…the change…Thru My Daddy’s Eyes & Heart!

 

 


Week 23 ~ What Impresses You?

Are you impressed by wealth? By expensive things? By looks? What really impresses you? My mother had 2 ‘sayings’ that I will never forget…’Pretty is as Pretty does’ and ‘Beauty is only skin deep’.  These both are so true!

Wealth, things, outward appearances are all superficial! When we think of wealth we think of monetary value, but there are other true forms of wealth in this world! There is wealth of knowledge! Wealth of living a healthy life physically and spiritually! Wealth of loving family and friends! Wealth of beauty all around us with the eyes and heart to see it! The list is endless.

Outward appearances are not true to what the person really is! When you see someone for the first time, do you immediately form an opinion of the person according to what you see? I have always said that the eyes are the gateway to the ‘real’ person! Let me give you an example…I once met a woman whose face was disfigured from a stoke! It was hard to look at her the first time without staring, but when I looked into her eyes, I saw the most beautiful, kindest, sweetest, most compassionate person I had ever met! I saw the real person! Then I didn’t even notice her disfigurement!

Expensive things? It doesn’t matter what the expensive thing is…jewelry, house, car, etc, etc,…that’s what they all are…things! Too many times those things become idols to the ones who posses them! An expensive house is a structure but that doesn’t make it a home! A home is filled with love, laughter, happiness and where God is the Head of that home.  It can be a multimillion dollar house or a one room shack, it’s not the cost, size or appearance of it, it’s what is inside of it! 🙂

So, stop today and think! What does impress you? I am not impressed by a person’s name, wealth, appearance or possessions and certainly not by what they say they are!!! I look at the fruit of their lives, how they live and how they treat others. Do they have the love of Jesus shinning through? Are they practicing Christianity or are they living a Christian life?Are they Religious or are they CHRISTian? This is what impresses me! Jesus is The Way ~ The Only Way!

Have an abundantly blessed day filled with God’s Beauty, Wealth, Truth and Love!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy♡ ~


Week 21 ~ My Own Tree

Everyone is so busy these days! Busy with work that has to be done, office or home; busy with making sure that children all get to their various activities; busy with obligations! In other words busy! What does busy mean? Well… having a great deal to do; occupied with or concentrating on a particular activity or object of attention; full of activity or excessively detailed or decorated; fussy! Actually the last one usually has to do with something such as a scene, wallpaper, pattern, etc, but it can also apply to our lives!

Sadly most, if not all of us, get so busy with our lives that we forget to live! We have become a society of ‘have to haves’, and ‘I need…’! Our children all have to have an extra curricular activity! Therefore parents are running around from work, home, etc to take Johnny and/or Jane here and there! What ever happened to the extra curricular activity of playing outside with family and friends??? Whatever happened to using the creative, imaginative genes that God gave us?

Technology is wonderful! Progress is great! Unfortunately, because of the great technology and progress, parents are having to work harder, longer and usually both of them working, to keep up with Jones-es! Now our lives are more about things than they are about living! Families are so busy they usually don’t even have time to eat together unless it’s at a fast food place or on the run! And how often now do you see families just playing together or sitting in a park having a picnic and enjoying each others company?

Years and years ago I had a friend tell me that everyone needs their own tree…a place, real or imaginary, where they can go, be quiet, listen to the sounds of life around them and just think and appreciate how blessed they are by God! We also need to take the time to enjoy and spend time with those we love! And most important of all ~ we need to slow down, take the time to look around us at what our Daddy aka God has done for us and just talk to Him and listen to what He has to say to us! Your world will not crumble if you slow down sometimes and find your own tree!

Here are some pictures of my tree! This is one place where I can spend the entire day listening and fellowshipping with my Daddy! Here there is total peace, tranquility and God’s beauty all around me and the rest of the world is put on hold! 🙂

Have a blessed day and go find your own tree! ♡

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 20 ~ Have You Noticed?

Have you noticed that when someone has a need for a loved one or themselves, people respond with, ‘sending healing vibes your way’, positive thoughts for you and …..’, ‘our wishes for an answer are with you’, ‘sending you our energy’ and the list goes on and on! Recently on a site I follow of a little girl with cancer who was having tests, several people posted ‘keeping our fingers crossed’! People…it’s not crossing fingers, sending positive vibes or thoughts or wishes that does any thing!!!  IT IS PRAYER!!! There is nothing as or more powerful than PRAYER! Oh, on the little girl’s site I commented “not crossing fingers, Praying!

What has happened to us? Have you ever noticed someone making a comment and using ‘G_d’! What is this? It seems that people have become so afraid of offending someone that they have become little creepy, meek hypocrites! I am not sorry, but I don’t care if I offend you, I am NOT going to offend my Heavenly Father, my Daddy, my GOD!

I am not ashamed of who I am in Christ Jesus! I am not ashamed that I am a Child of God, made in His image and loved unconditionally by Him! He is my Daddy and I am proud to say I AM MY DADDY’S GIRL!

If you don’t know Him and would like to, please contact me and I will introduce you to the One Who will never leave you, Who will love you unconditionally, Who has plans for you that are far greater than any thing you could even begin to imagine and Who’s will is blessings, goodness, divine health, prosperity and long life for you! He will not only walk every step with you, He will carry you when you are too weary to take a step! He is not about ‘religion’, He is about the Truth in God’s Word, not man’s made up theology and traditions! He meets our every need, even before we know we have it! All He asks in return is our love, trust and faith in Him and to develop a close personal relationship with Him and not be ashamed!

Oh, there will be trials and tribulations, but you know what?  He is always there, protecting, guiding, leading us and bringing us through to the other side full of blessings flowing abundantly! Through trials and tribulations we learn to trust Him and the rewards are beyond comprehension! You truly learn the meaning of ‘peace that passes all understanding’! I love my Daddy! I have faith in my Daddy and I trust my Daddy! My life is full, my life is rich, my life is full to overflowing with daily blessings!

We are a very happy, fulfilled, full of joy, peace and love family and we would love to welcome anyone who wants to join us, into our family for all eternity!

Have a truly blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~


Week 17 ~ Beautiful Blooms Blooming

How can anyone look at these beautiful creations of our Daddy and not believe in Him? When you look at the intricate detail of each bloom, how can you not recognize His handiwork? I am so thankful that my Daddy loves me so much that He surrounds me with His beauty in everything!

Have a wonderful day and remember to stop and smell the flowers! 🙂

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ♡ ~