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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A Little About Who I Am

For those of you who don’t know me, I thought I would give you a brief description of who I am! 🙂

Hi, I am Judy! I am a Child of God, a wife, married to a wonderful man for 52 years, mother of 2 grown children and 2 children-in-love who are compassionate, God loving/living children , Debbi/David and Skip/Sara,  MiMi of the 5 greatest granddarlings God ever created, sister, aunt and friend to many!  My passions are my Lord Jesus, my family (both 2 legged & 4), Nature, God’s canvas for His greatest Masterpiece and photography to capture and have forever memories! ♡

I am not an amateur nor am I a professional photographer! I am a passionate, ever learning, always experimenting, always improving (hopefully) photographer and artist! I enjoy capturing, with my camera, the beauty around me in things that I see through my Daddy’s eyes  and sharing  it with others.  I want my photographs to tell a story and to radiate with the love, beauty and compassion that I see in them!

Photography is an art! Instead of using brushes, oils and canvas to paint a fine painting, I use my camera!God blessed me with this gift and the passion for it! He is constantly guiding and teaching me through other photographers.  We are all unique and can learn from each other! I love to watch my Daddy work in my life every day! 🙂 It is so much fun to see how much He loves His children and how much He does for us each and every day!

I love life and I love living it! I hate negativeness and won’t tolerate lying! I always look at the glass 1/2 full and never 1/2 empty! I am never bored.  I love laughter, children’s especially, gentle rains and rain storms…no hail or high winds, animals of all kinds, but especially our Dolly, Rosie, Sissi, Desi and Serena; Debbi’s Lucy and Skip’s Trusty!

Life is beautiful, if you don’t listen to the news, politicians or doomsayers! When you feed on the Word of God; believe what He says in His Word and trust Him, then you develop that very close, personal relationship with Him and KNOW that He is your source for everything in your life! He is your Daddy and is not only always there for you, He is always there with you! He created you in His image! You have a ‘first name’ relationship! 🙂  Life is short, so please slow down, look around at the beauty all around you and enjoy each blessing that comes your way. Share God’s love with others through your smile and just by being you!

Have a Wonderfully Blessed Day!

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


Colors of Life

Apple Blosssoms

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Colors represent the cycle of life! First there is Spring which is the time of birth and new, fresh beginnings. The trees come forth with new leaves and blossoms and flowers pushing up from the ground. After the drabness of winter we have greens and bright colors coming forth!

Next is Summer. The blossoms on the trees have turned into the fruit they produce and the flowers are blooming abundantly. There is a lush green to the grasses and trees everywhere! Summer represents the middle of life.  When things have matured and and are in full bloom.

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Next comes the Fall which is the Golden Years of Life with all the golden colors and the falling of leaves preparing for winter.

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Lastly we have Winter, a time of shedding the outer clothing, lying dormant and preparing for a new beginning. As in life there comes the winter of shedding of our outer ‘clothing’ our bodies and stepping into eternal life with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Eternity is where we will see colors like never have been seen before and there will be no more winter! Only Spring, Summer and Fall!

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Have a blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


United or Divided?

Okay the elections are over so now is the time to stop the arguing, name calling, etc. No matter who won or how happy or unhappy we are with the results we need to come together and pray for our Country. ‘United We Stand! Divided We Fall!’ We are all Children of God Almighty! Yes, even those of you who don’t believe in God, you are His children too! He created you!

We have the privilege of freedom to think what we want to; to say what we want to, to vote how we want to and to worship how we want to! Not only is this freedom provided to us by our Founding Fathers and our Constitution, but it is also provided to us by our Heavenly Father! He gave us each our own will and He will not go against it! He is always there waiting for us to cry out to Him and to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of our lives! He is there for us to help, guide, provide for, heal, save, but most of all LOVE us!

It is given to us: ‘This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.’ John 15:12. Now we may not like each other. We may not like what others do or say, but we are to love them! Doesn’t matter if we are black, white, red, yellow, brown, green or purple poke dotted, we are to LOVE each other as Jesus loves us!So it’s time to stop the division and all come together! I am designating one day each week to pray specifically for our President and especially our Congress! Who will join me? I love my Country but most of all I love God, my Daddy! And I love you all too!
Love, Blessings and Prayers,
~ Judy ~