Thursday, July 23, 2015

Do Good and Share

God has given us two hands -
one to receive with
and the other to give with.
We are not cisterns made for hoarding.
We are channels made for sharing.
~ Billy Graham ~ 

I am not wealthy by society's standards, but I have a lot of "stuff" that I don't need. I'm not sure how one reaches the point of overabundance, but I believe it creeps in slowly.

I am one who gets emotionally attached to things. I might need it, someone might need to borrow it, it might fit me again, I might use that for a project, I might read that book, and on it goes.

I'm finding it very freeing this summer as I give away clothes, books, and craft supplies to people who can use them. I invite you to join me by sharing with others, your surplus.

Perhaps you could share vegetables from your garden, some soup with your neighbor, clothes that don't fit, dishes you no longer use. 
Maybe it's just a something small you have that a friend has admired. The feeling of giving to another is very rewarding.  

Do not forget to do good
and to share with others,
for with such sacrifices  God is pleased.

Hebrews 13:16

I hope your day is a lovely one.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Sunday Scripture ~ The Lord Looks from Heaven

The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.
Psalm 33:13-15

Unlike an unfeeling satellite, the Lord sees with His heart of love as He considers who we are and what we do. The Bible reveals that He longs for us to trust Him and follow His way. We are never out of God’s sight, and He keeps a close eye on everyone whose hope is in Him. ~ Our Daily Bread ~

I hope you have a blessed day.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Corner of Maine

I live in a little fishing village on the coast of Maine. Life moves at a pretty slow pace and we like it that way. Most people have more than one occupation. My husband for example is a preacher and a lobsterman, true story. There are other things he does, but I don't want to overwhelm you. We have on occasion traded lobsters for fresh veggies from a neighbors garden.

My husband's accent is as native to Maine as it can get. I don't have an accent as I was born in Connecticut and lived there until I was six years old.  

The big news this week is the "Abigail" has been launched for the season. If you're curious about the "Abigail" you can see what happened last year here: The Abigail is Seaworthy

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction in our hometown, like the time I was driving home on a rural road I've traveled thousands of times over the years. I saw an object in the road, I knew wasn't an animal. There was no time to react. I hit it and was forced to pull over while this unknown object dragged and grated on the tarred road.

I got out of the car and discovered a metal colander. Yes . . you know the kind you drain pasta in. I couldn't move it, it was truly fetched up under my car. I called my husband (thankful for cell phones), and I asked him to come help and bring something long. He arrived in his pickup and pulled an oar out of the back (the kind you use to row a boat).  It was touch and go but he was able to unfetch it.

When I got home, I did what any responsible woman would do - I posted it on facebook with a picture of the colander to see if anyone knew who it might belong to. Here's what I wrote: 

Found: If anyone lost a metal colander in the Wiley's Corner area today, I have it. I didn't intend to stop for it, but when it fetched up on my muffler, I was forced to pull over. Kim, it was right near your house, perhaps it's yours. I called MacGyver Bill, and he came with an oar and got it unfetched.

You can imagine the fun my friends had with this story. I kept it for a few days, and even though some of my friends claimed they wanted it, no one came for it. I have a picture of it, but will warn you, it's not for the weak.

This weekend my little town has an annual celebration with lots of festivities planned. My mother is looking forward to the events as her home is in the center of town and she has a front row seat to everything. Here's a photo below of a previous parade. My mother's house is on the right in the photo.

I hope you've enjoyed this little glimpse into my world. Not my typical blog post but I've enjoyed sharing this. Have a blessed day.

A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sunday Scripture

Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5

I hope you have a blessed day.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Scripture

Let the morning bring me word
 of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
Psalm 143:8 NIV

I hope you have a beautiful day.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

No worries

Do not be anxious, said our Lord.
Have peace from day to day - 
The lilies neither toil nor spin,
Yet none are clothed as they.
The meadowlark with sweetest song
Fears not for bread or nest
Because he trusts our Father's love
And God knows what is best.
~ Helen Steiner Rice ~

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Matthew 6:25-34

No worries today! God's got this!

Have a blessed day friends.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sunday Scripture

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings
I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.
Psalm 57:1

Often times God demonstrates His faithfulness in adversity by providing for us what we need to survive. He does not change our painful circumstances. He sustains us through them.
 ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

You can find Dr. Charles Stanley at In Touch Ministries

Feel free to use this lovely graphic on your blogs or webpages. A link back is nice, but not required.

I hope you have a blessed day.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
~ Robert Robinson, 1758 ~

As a child, I took piano lessons from an older man in my town who was a concert pianist. He was so "in tune" to the way the piano should sound. Often throughout the lesson he'd stop playing and tune a note with his tools. It was a grand piano, and the top was always open, allowing easy access to the strings. I didn't realize at the time, but looking back . . what a gift he had. His ear was tuned to hear the perfect pitch of each note.

When we stay in tune with God, our heart will be in tune to sing His Grace.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  Luke 6:45

There's nothing sweeter then hearing one of my grandchildren singing to the Lord when they think no one is listening. Their heart is in tune to sing God's grace.

Grace: the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him. ~ Websters 1828 Dictionary

On dark days when the only song we feel like singing is a dirge, we can pray, “Let the music of thy promises be on my tongue”. This is no tear-jerking ballad of how I’m feeling. The promises of God will lift me right out of sad sentimentality and put music in my mouth if I will think steadily on them.  
Elisabeth Elliot

My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Psalm 108:1

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Free Nautical Printables

Free Nautical Printables for you. Click for largest size, right click and save to your computer.  Enjoy!

There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number living things both large and small. Psalm 104:25

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Be a Blessing

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Eliza Hewitt wrote the hymn - Somebody Else Needs a Blessing

Here are some of the words:

We’re counting the blessings, our joys we record,
The wonderful mercies like sunbeams outpoured;
But let us remember while praising the Lord,
Somebody else needs a blessing.

If anyone needed a blessing, it was Eliza Hewitt. She was born in 1851, became valedictorian of her class and a school teacher in Pennsylvania. At some point in her teaching career a student struck her on the back with a piece of heavy slate. This left Eliza in a cast for months, confined to her room.

During this time of painful confinement, Eliza was determined not to be bitter, and started writing hymns. Many of them were praise hymns, such as: Stepping in the Light, Singing I Go, Victory in Jesus and many more.  

Despite her circumstances, which left her an invalid most of her life, she was blessing others!

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Have a lovely day, and be a blessing to someone today.
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