Saturday, August 30, 2014

Please Pray for Us

This is a different post for me. I have been waking up each day feeling very tired. I have a roaring in my head that really never goes away. Hubby has his own set of health woes, one of which seems to have returned in the past day or so.

I believe in prayer.  I know God answers the prayers of His children, especially those who live for Him. I have some things I want to do later on this year and, yet, I know it's all up to the Lord.  If  I seem bold by asking for prayer, it's the only way I know to get through this.

Thank you for your kindness.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

God’s Beauty

On of  the many restful areas in our state park.

Read Psalm 24 1-10

On one of our son’s last days being with us, we took a ride. We visited the state park just outside.

Our son took his fancy camera with him. I carry my digital one in my purse. We saw the brilliant green of summer. This park is purported to be the smallest park in our state park system. I had forgotten how beautiful this place is.

I snapped a few pictures of picnic areas He snapped pictures of what he wanted. Several of these areas have shelter houses. One area has a large shelter and a playground near to a swimming pool.

My favorite spot in the entire park is a section of the road that turns to the left and enters a shaded area. The lanes divide and a wooden fence sits in the small median. The trees on either side of this rustic boulevard interweave their branches overhead to give you the feeling of being in a cathedral.

We started towards the campground and I saw some close friends who had been camping;Hubby pulled besides them and we said, “Hi.” We then went down to the river where we launched our canoe many years ago. There was a patch of flowers we both tried to get a shot of them.

If you look closely you will see the yellow wildflowers.

Our excursion through the state park reminded me of God’s beauty that He places in our lives that we never really appreciate. I intend to be more mindful of what He has given us. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

PUSH / A Book Review

       PUSH: Persevere Until Success Happens Through Prayer

Persevere Until Success Happens (through prayer) 
By Dr. Cindy Trimm

Doctor Trimm compares intercessory prayer with the process of giving birth. She takes us, her readers through the process of prayer and explains the phases in terms of the birthing process.

The first half of the book seemed deeper to me—it made me think. I relaxed more as I delved further into it. What I thought would be a lecture on prayer turned out to be a conversation, instead.

At the end of each chapter, she includes quotations from the Bible and from famous people-among them, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein, and Mahatma Gandhi.

At the end of her book, Dr. Trimm challenges us to “implement a success creed” for a period of 30 days. She then shares her personal creed as an example of what we might incorporate into ours. Her creed caused me to reflect on my life-the strengths as well as the shortcomings.

I would recommend this book to anyone who sincerely would want to go deeper in his or her faith. It could be a good book for a small group study. The one drawback I notice is that the price of the book might preclude some people from purchasing it.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Destiny Image, through the Book Club Network (URL). All they asked me to do was read it and give an unbiased review.

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