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 💘 ~

 


Harbored Souls Rescue, An Added Gift From God

God is so good! It has been 7 years since I asked Him to reveal what my gift is from Him! That’s when I discovered my gift of photography and my passion for it. I’ve never looked at my gift as a way of making ‘a living’ or becoming ‘famous’. No, I am not a Professional Photographer (one who makes their livelihood from their photography), I am an Amateur Photographer/Hobby Photographer. The title Professional does not mean that a photographer with that title produces any higher quality photographs than one without that title! It simply means that they charge for their work and it is how they make their living!

Nature, landscapes, flowers, sky, clouds, trees, waters, any of God’s greatest masterpiece is where my passion lies, but I am always eager to learn, to improve, to grow and to see what my Daddy has in His plans for me. Around 2 years ago He opened a new door for me.  Now anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE animal lover. Three years ago my Saydee, my constant companion and best friend of 14 ½ years left me to go live with Jesus and I had an enormous hole in my heart to fill! During this time I discovered Harbored Souls Rescue.

To make a long story short…I found my ‘heart hole filler’, my Sissi and I made friends with Karen LaCaze Dussel, the founder and owner of Harbored Souls Rescue. This is, in my opinion, the best  Rescue around. Everyone  involved, Karen plus Foster Moms and Dads, love these precious creatures and bring them into their homes to teach them to trust again, to heal their wounds and show them that they are loved and very special.   They come out of the shelters scared, some sick, untrusting, and not understanding what had happened to them.  They are made ready for their Forever Home and Family and live out their lives surrounded with the unconditional love they deserve.  I followed HSR on Facebook, watching the precious dogs they rescued and found homes for. Then about 2 years ago, Karen, contacted me to see if I would be interested in helping them out by taking photos of the dogs they had for adoption at the Adoption Events and the “Happy Ending” photos of the dogs with their new family when they were adopted! Now I was at that time, a Nature Photographer, but I said yes because of my love for dogs! This opened another door for my gift and I am so grateful! Now I want to share a few of the precious 4-legged children I have had the privilege of photographing!

Waiting to see what my Daddy has planned next! There is no limitation with Him!

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Have a blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


Some Favorite Memories of 2013

I just want to share some memories of 2013 through my photos! I capture the memories and paint them with my camera! Enjoy!

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I hope some of these put a smile on your face!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


A New Year 2014 ~ Moving Onward & Not Looking Back!

A new year that is now in it’s 4th day! Some people are always making ‘New Year’s Resolutions’, which anyone seldom keeps!  When I look back at 2013, yes it had it’s challenges and it’s trials, but it also had it’s rewards.  Besides, last year is gone and so we move on! I have never been one that is always saying, ‘Oh, I wish I had done ……..’ or ‘If only…….’! What was or was not done or said yesterday is gone, dead and buried! Tomorrows never come! There is only TODAY! IT IS ALWAYS TODAY!

We all need to strive to put the most into and get the most out of each day as it comes.  By that I mean, to be a blessing to as many as you can and to stop and appreciate the people and the beauty around you. Take time to smile at strangers; tell someone you love them; show appreciation to someone(s) for being a blessing(s) in your life  and most importantly take notice of the things that God is doing for you each day!

I love to watch God work in my life! Everyday there is something that puts a smile on my face and I KNOW that it was God! It can be little things such as finding something you have been looking for or thinking of someone you haven’t heard from in a long time and suddenly get a call, text or mail from that person! When you stop and take notice, you will be surprised at how many times in one day He has done something  just for you!  And when we share His love with someone, smile at a stranger, give someone a helping hand, are nice to someone who is rude, then we are doing something for Him! ❤ ‘Putting the most into and getting the most out of’ each day!

Have a blessed day and a blessed, above and beyond 2014!

Oh, I want to share some of my blessings from my Daddy with you!

Clark Gardens Botanical Park aka ‘God’s Little Bit of Heaven in Texas’

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The Gift Shop

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Oxbow Lake

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The Garden’s Train Station

Covenant Love Christian Center, my Church Home

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My Wonderful Family

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And my new camera!

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To capture all the beauty that surrounds me!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


TRY

TRY ~ This is one word which should have probably never been in our vocabulary!

That’s because people are not becoming like God, they are opening the door to the devil in their lives and becoming like him! Everything is about material things, money, looks, titles, positions and the list goes on and on! All of these things have become idols and God is placed on a shelf! When we make God first and foremost ~ top priority in our lives then He is FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT, these other superficial, temporary things are put on a shelf and it is surprising how wonderful are lives become. He is our Source, our Provider and when we learn to not only have faith, but to also TRUST Him, it is amazing how all our needs and desires are met!  Worry is replaced by a total peace that actually does pass all understanding!  And that’s my Word for Today!

Love and Blessings Today and Everyday!

~ Judy ~

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Count Our Blessings

Today is such a beautiful day and so full of blessings. We need to concentrate on them instead of all the negative, evilness going on around us! I know who I am in Christ Jesus ~ I am the Righteousness of God ~ I am a Child of God, created in His image. I am loved by my Daddy and I am definitely my Daddy’s girl! He is my Source, my Provider, my Healer, my Everything! With Him nothing is impossible and without Him there is nothing ~ a void ~ a life of emptiness, loneliness, sorrow, unrest, fear and no peace!

My life is full of joy, laughter, love, peace, security and a knowing of who I am and where I am going for all eternity. I am so thankful that Jesus loves me enough to take upon Himself my sins, sicknesses, diseases, lack and any and everything that could ever come against me to the cross! He is my Lord, my Savior, my Friend, My Healer, my Advocate! Hallelujah! Have a Blessed Beyond Measure day! Jesus loves you and so do I!

SHINE YOUR LIGHT FOR THE WORLD TO SEE!


Trials, Tribulations, Temptations

Are you one of those people that have trials, tribulations and temptations coming at you what seems like a lot? Or are you one of those that everything in your life goes without any challenges? Well, let me tell you something…If you never are faced with any challenges then there is something not right in your life because satan is not bothering with you because he doesn’t have too! He is already in control of your life!

When you love God, have faith in Him and are sharing your love for Him in not just words, but in how you live your life, then you will have trials, temptations, challenges popping up!  Then you can be sure you are on the right track! 🙂 The more you love Him, honor Him, obey Him and His Word and share Him, the stronger the trials, temptations and challenges! The wonderful thing is that through all this, your faith and trust become stronger! You learn who you are in Christ Jesus. That you are in this world but not of this world. You learn to stand on God’s Word, to take the Authority you have been given In Jesus’ Name! You learn who your Provider, your Source is and you can actually “Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”  James 1: 2-4 The Message.

God Bless you today as you grow, become strengthened and mature in God, His Word and His Love!

Love and Blessings In Jesus’ Name,

~ Judy ~

Houdini ~ One of God’s Elegant Creations