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!
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!
Life is so beautiful! Even on a cold, cloudy day, it is beautiful. Some people call a day like today ‘dreary’ but I don’t…I can see the beauty in it all around me. It’s like looking at people! Do you just see the outward appearance or do you look for and see the inner person? So many times we are quick to judge someone or something by the outward appearance, but that is not the true person or object!
Take for instance an old, worn, dusty Bible. Once you open it and start to read it, you find all the answers to everything in life you can and will possibly face. Does the outward appearance of that Bible change what is truly on the inside of it? Think about it!
The next time you see someone who is ‘different’ from what the world considers beautiful, perfect, etc. step back and take a look at that person through God’s eyes! In His eyes we are all beautifully made and He is constantly molding, shaping and refining us. He created each and everyone of us and He doesn’t make a mistake! After all…it is not our ‘housing/body/looks’ that is the real us, the real ‘us’ is the spirit inside of that housing. He gave each of us our own will and it is up to us what we do with it!
For me…my will is to make God/Jesus, my Father, my Daddy, my Savior, my everything…my top priority in my life and family. To follow His word! To be obedient! To become more like Him everyday and to let His love and light shine through me, my words and my actions! YES! Life is Beautiful when you have Jesus as your constant companion and friend!
My prayer for everyone of you today is that you see the beauty in everything and everyone around you today, Thru My Daddy’s Eyes!
Love and Blessing Always,
~ Judy ~
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5&6