We built our house a little over 40 years ago and with 40 years of living, there are a lot of things, like everywhere! It can’t be called junk because a lot of it are things that came from our mothers and grandmothers! Really considered antique, but not your ‘worth a fortune‘, fancy, ‘do not touch‘ antiques! Actually they are ‘well used, mean something to family‘ antiques! My husband is also very into trains and always has been, so he turned our daughter’s room into a fabulous HO gauge train layout ~ wall to wall to wall to wall! You have to crawl under and come up in the middle to see it! It is also now used for storage! 🙂
Now the garage definitely could use come ‘dejunking‘! Paul was a builder and now is into home repair. He also is great at working on our cars, etc. Needless to say, he has every tool he has ever bought, plus screws, nails and anything similar you could ever imagine! Let’s put it this way…we have a 2 car garage with one car snuggly in on one side and on the other side a narrow path to the kitchen door! Oh, and we also have an attic full of ‘who knows what all’ that we definitely need to go through! We keep talking, or rather I keep talking about going through the attic and cleaning it out! Who knows there may actually be treasures up there! Hehehe!
I am thankful that what was originally a ‘parlor‘ in our 1300 sq. ft. home, is my office and I can dejunk it whenever I feel like it! 🙂 Oh, and I did my kitchen last year! Of course there are a lot of ‘antiques‘ in it too! Ex: Grandma Stroh’s, my husband’s grandmother who would be around 129 years old, she was 99 when she died, wooden ‘one piece‘ rolling pin, knives, and other kitchen utensils from my mother and grandmother that you can find in antique stores and our electric kitchen stove, which is ‘Harvest Gold‘ and the original stove put in when we built our home! It also still works! 🙂 This is why I call our home ‘The Museum‘! 🙂
Our home, The Museum, is cozy, warm and full of love! You can’t eat off our floors, but who would want to anyway? You will find dust, but then it is a Museum! When it comes down to it…I wouldn’t trade it for the biggest, grandest mansion there is! It is home ~ full of love, wonderful happy memories, a little dust and…IT’S PAID FOR!!!
Have a Blessed, Happy, Memory Making Day!
Love and Blessings Always,
~ Judy ♡ ~
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 ♡ ~
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 ♡ ~
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 ♡ ~
What is a Christian? Well, you can find all different definitions for what a Christian is, but what truly is a Christian?
First, if you have to go around telling people that you are a Christian, then you are not living like a Christian! A Christian is someone who loves Jesus with all their heart, soul, spirit and mind! Someone who wants to live their life being as much like Jesus as is humanly possible! Someone who can love people in spite of themselves; pray for them; forgive them and show them the way to an eternal life with Jesus. Oh, they’re not perfect and they know that, but they strive to be obedient to the Word of God and live accordingly! They are not ashamed of who they are in Christ Jesus. They are bold and stand up for God and His ways. And most importantly they walk in humility and love ~ not judging, not condemning but sharing!
A Christian is a servant, who loves to serve and help others without expecting anything in return! They are not seeking ‘recognition’, ‘praise’ or ‘glory’ for what they do. All the Glory belongs to God! They will stay in the background, praying for you, loving you and serving you without you having any knowledge of it. A Christian doesn’t have to tell anyone they are a Christian; it shows in the way they live their lives; the way they treat others; their words and what they stand for ~ in other words the fruit of their lives! A Christian doesn’t preach at you, they share what they have found through their faith and trust in God and help you to find it too! There is no jealousy or envy, but love and joy in your success to living a prosperous life in The Lord.
This is what a Christian really is! They are full of joy, a peace that passes all understanding, compassion, wisdom/discernment to know the difference between truth and deceit and a love for life and others that is sincere and unfailing! A personal, intimate relationship with The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. There is no worry or fear in a Christian. They know that God and God alone is their source and that He never leaves them or forsakes them! And the greatest thing of all is that they love you and want you to join their family and spend eternity with them in Heaven sitting at the Father’s feet! What a glorious day that will be!
Be blessed today and everyday abundantly by God!
Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~
As God Sees, So Are We To See
“…If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” Matthew 17:20 “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” Luke 1:37
Notice that God speaks of us the same way that He speaks about Himself: nothing shall be impossible. The “faith potential” for us is the same as it is for God. Meditate on these Scriptures and see how the Holy Spirit speaks to you about your situations in life.
Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:6 (Pastor Nick’s Daily Dose)
Can I Really Know God?
“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3
The Bible teaches us in both testaments that God wants to be known by His children. How is it that so many of us as God’s people have missed that. We have been told and said things like, “You never know what God’s gonna do.” And really my brothers and sisters, that is just not the truth. In the above Scripture, Jesus gives us the Father’s definition of eternal life: that we might know Him and Jesus Whom He sent. We can know God in the same way that we can know any one else who is alive. The same way in which we would get to know another person is the same way that we go about getting to know Almighty God.
Scripture reading: Philippians 3:10; Hosea 6:3; Hebrews 8:10-11 (Pastor Nick’s Daily Dose)
Stop, think and take in these 2 scriptures! Sometimes we depend too much on God to do the impossible FOR us! That is not what the Word of God says! It is saying that with faith WE can do the impossible WITH Him! This is why we need to get to know Him personally, first name basis, best friend relationship! Jesus/God/Holy Spirit dwells IN us…24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year! He’s not ‘way off’ somewhere…He knows every thing we think, every thing we do, every thing we say! He has plans for us and none of them include defeat!
We all need our regular ‘prayer time’ ~ a certain time set aside to pray to our Father, but what we really need to do is to talk to Him all day long! No formal prayers, but just plain, everyday talk as you do with a very close friend! You don’t even have to pick up a phone or send an email or text…just open your mouth! This is what He wants from us! He loves us enough to have sacrificed His life for us!
Today, start talking to Him and listening to what He tells you! Why, He even speaks Texan! When you find this relationship with your Daddy, you will walk in the ‘peace that passes all understanding’ and you will find that ‘when you speak to the mountain it will move’ and ‘that nothing is impossible’!
Have an abundantly blessed day talking to Your Best Friend ~ Jesus!
Love and Blessings,
~ Judy ♡ ~
I am so happy…Fall is in the Air! There are more and more signs every day! Hallelujah! I am going to share some of those signs with you that I captured at Clark Gardens last Tuesday! Now these ‘children’ are called Scarecrows, but these guys are definitely not scare anything! They are cute, friendly and happy go lucky! Enjoy… I did! 🙂
Love and Blessings,
What is joy? Well, the dictionary’s translation of joy is:“joy |joi| noun, a feeling of great pleasure and happiness : tears of joy | the joy of being alive. • a thing that causes joy : the joys of Manhattan.” Now what is your definition of joy?
Remember when you were a child and you got your first puppy or kitten? Your first bicycle? Something that you were really wanting and how happy it made you feel? This was a ‘material’ joy and the memory still gives you a happy feeling! What joy is to me is not ‘material’ but a deeper, more intense, fulfilling joy! Something that comes from deep within and radiates throughout your entire being!
We all have trials, challenges, tribulations in our lives. The Word of God tells us that we will have these, but it also tells us how to handle them! James 1:2-4 tells us “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” Now, you may say, ‘Oh, right…the bank account is -$ balance; the bills are due; there is no gas and we need food! I’m supposed to have joy and be patient?’
Let me ask you something, what does worrying do for us? Does it put food on our table, gas in our car, pay the bills? No, it causes us to to feel horrible, can even make us sick! Do we know God…not know of Him but really know Him! He is our Provider! He is our Source! He is our Father! He never leaves us or forsakes us! When we are going through bad times what is coming out of our mouth? Words of lack, doubt, dispair? The Bible also tells us that we will have whatsoever we say! It doesn’t say whatsoever we say that is good…it says WHATSOEVER WE SAY!
God and His angels only can work with the Word of God! They don’t and can’t operate with words of fear, worry, disbelief, doubt, lack, etc. We need to get out our Bible, pray for understanding and start reading what our Daddy says concerning our needs! (Oh, it also says that He meets (takes care of) our every need!) Then we are responsible to talk what the Word of God says over our lives and situations…not what we see with our natural eyes, but what we see with our spiritual, God believing, God trusting eyes! Then we will be filled with the true joy of the Lord! Hallelujah!