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 💘 ~

 


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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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 ~


I LOVE Fall in Texas

Oh, I love this time of year! I know that we may not have the Fall colors of Arkansas, Missouri or the East Coast, but we do have a gorgeous Fall! Isn’t God good how He provides these gorgeous colors for us right before the colorlessness of Winter? My Daddy is so good and He loves us so much!

Here are a few examples of why I LOVE Fall in Texas!

Have a wonderfully blessed, beautifully colorful day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


It’s Never Too Late to Learn Something

No matter how much we may think we know, it is never too late to learn something new! I love continually learning something new and different. Oh, sometimes it can be frustrating, but it is also extremely satisfying when you have been through the frustration and actually learned something!

Do you think you know beyond a shadow of doubt the true meaning of a certain, maybe your favorite scripture? Some time try reading and studying it from a different translation and see what you learn! No matter how many times you may read that scripture, you can always get something new and different from it…a clearer understanding! It also depends on what is going  on in your life at that particular time! God is so good…He will take a familiar, favorite scripture and according to your need at the time, bring a new, fresh revelation to you from it…an answer for your current need!

Never take God for granted and never stop learning something new! Not only are you gaining knowledge, you are also exercising your brain and strengthening it! The brain just as with the body needs constant exercise to keep it strong! My husband’s grandmother was 99 when she decided to go home to be with Jesus and his mother was 93. Their minds were as sharp as when they were younger because they continually exercised them! Grandma was constantly working on the family tree, researching, studying, etc.  Mom was always reading and doing needle work on quilts, etc.  My Nana was 95 and she was always doing search puzzles!

God promises to satisfy us with a long life, but we have to do our part! Eat right, drink lots of water, exercise our bodies and our minds! We age but we don’t have to grow old and certainly not feeble! Remember to constantly be looking for something new to learn!  Hey, you have just learned something from this Blog! Hallelujah! Be blessed!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


Week 26 ~ Interesting Days

Oh, how interesting these days are! Well, that may be putting it mildly and I have been known to be optimistic! Hehehe! satan ( if you know anything about me, you know that I never, ever, never capitalize that little wimp’s name!) is really working overtime! He is running scared because he knows his time is almost over, kaput, finished, done, ‘Eternity in Hell’ over! I think I hear the Hallelujah Chorus here! 🙂

Just look around at what is going on in the world today, but especially in America ~ the One Nation Under God, Home of the Brave, Land of the Free! Have you ever seen so much chaos, rebellion, bullying, animosity and hatred for Christians, Jesus, The Bible and the Bible Principles? It’s hard not to strike back at all of that plus the stupidity of it all, but we are to love our enemies with the Love of God and to pray for them! Now satan is trying to get Christians down on his level, but that is not going to happen! I have read the back of The Book and I know how it ends! 🙂 So, when you get frustrated at what you see, hear, read ~ just remember who your Father is, who your Lord and Savior is, and pray for all those that are deceived, ignorant and/or possessed. Put a smile on your face, Trust God with everything you have and let Jesus shine through you! There was a song years ago that was ‘Something Good is Bound to Happen (Because the Devil is Working Overtime)’ by Bruce Carroll! This is exactly what is happening today!

I know where I am spending Eternity, do you? If you’re not sure, please contact me and I will be happy to introduce you to my best friend, Jesus, who is THE WAY!

Have an abundantly blessed day!

Love and Blessings,

~ Judy ~


Week 10 ~ A Very Close, Personal Friendship

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 ♡ ~