Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sweet Garden Magic.....



Just as a prism of glass miters light and casts a colored braid, a garden sings such sweet magic that the human heart strains to hear. 

Hiding in every flower, in every leaf, are reflections of God.  In such simple yet eloquent ways, I am reminded that God is personal and He reveals Himself continuously.



Savor little glimpses of God's goodness and His majesty!

May your day be filled with everlasting joy!

Shug ~

Friday, April 29, 2011

Great Finds!

What an extraordinary gift life is!
                  Unwrap each day with all your heart!



Hello my sweet friends.  I certainly hope you all have experienced a wonderful week.

It certainly has been a busy week around here...

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You all know how much I love "First Monday" and guess what.....It's First Monday Weekend....

Last month, I purchased something for our home that had to be custom built.....so..... yesterday morning, I had to go pick it up!  Can't wait to show it to you, but I need to get it in it's place first!  This will be a later post!





There are always fabulous finds......Scrumptious items for sale everywhere.....

Old things, New things, rusty things.....
even some ridiculous items...




Charming shelves, old pots, wood, metal, old windows and lots of wonderful inspiration for those that love to decorate....



Yes....Clay pots of all kinds, watering cans, and beautiful plants.   Just my kind of things!



This is one color that I have grown fond of this year....GREEN.  This particular color adds a lot of brightness all around and I think that I am loving it!



Today would be another excellent day to do some more shopping....Here are just a few things on my list.....

An old metal chicken coop!
Lace....lots of lace
Aprons

and

Dishes......



Dishes with fabulous colors......



oh....and a wooden swan...
Not a duck, but a swan....







Another focus for my day is.....
looking for an OLD wooden shutter.....I have the perfect place to use one of these....


Oh what a beautiful morning...
Oh what a beautiful day.....
I have a wonderful feeling....

Many Sweet Blessings,

Shug


Thursday, April 28, 2011

"ME" Time.....

Today.....I'm going to dream that time is standing still.....JUST FOR ME!



Me time?   Every woman needs "ME" time and.....  WE DESERVE IT!

So today.....My dreams are taking me away....I'm off to a beautiful island........



Picture from our trip to Kauai........quality of the picture isn't
so clear....but the memories are.




This is what I call life!  I am completely overwhelmed by the beauty of this quite place.  Want you join me?  Relax and enjoy  a nice warm cup of tea and a foot massage that breathes life into every part of our being!










I am surrounded by the mesmerizing rhythm of the waves as they are coming ashore.  I can hear the faint twittering of suspicious birds as they gather around.....




My entire body is now at the mercy of warm wraps that cover me from head to toe.  I now can feel such inner peace because I am stress free!


 
ME........




Why do we wait?  Why not allow ourselves to be fully pampered more often?
It feels good to be waited upon.....doesn't it?




Is this what it feels like to be a "Princess?"




*****
"Blushing Peach soda"




I don't know about you, but I now feel
Revived, envigorated, and alive.







My, how I needed this ME time!




Hope your day has been as good as mine.

                                     Shug..

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This Little Froggy


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Blessed are the little joys in life....

I don't know about you, but it is the little joys of life that keep me going....

An unexpected call from a dear friend

Fresh Clean sheets

A walk at the park

Sunshine and the Rain

A nice hot cup of tea

A smile from someone you love

A good Book

The fragrance of a fresh bloom

A song to sing

The early morning dawn

and a beautiful sunset on any given day.......

These are just a few of the samplings of delight that brings warmth to my days.

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When I saw this picture of the little froggy, just
lying there....no worries....enjoying himself,
I thought....you know, this is what God wants us to do...

HE wants us to turn our everyday stress over to Him so that we can enjoy all that He has Blessed us with..

The little Joys of Life.....

When we relinquish our worries and our daily problems to the Lord, Faith sets in and sets us
FREE.....


Until Tomorrow,

Shug

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Always Bring Your Own Sunshine!


This little Light of mine.....I'm gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!


What a simple truth for a simple day....

We need to start our day by allowing the Lord to shine on our souls...    You know.... wake up each morning and instead of starting the day with complaints, we need to allow the Love of God to strengthen our hearts and fill us with abundant joy..



What is this light that needs to shine through us?
How do we let it shine?

We to need to value honesty and truth. 

Love and Faithfulness....We need to write these on the tablet of our heart!

We need to keep our promises...and we need to learn to forgive.

We need to help others grow in confidence.



We need to help others believe in their dreams........

Lend a helping hand from time to time!

And we need to show compassion to the weak!



Always Bring your own Sunshine and don't be afraid to pass it around!  What a difference this can make, not only in our own lives, but in the lives of people we love and care about...

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Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier.
Everyone should see goodness in your face, your eyes, in your smile. 
Joy shows from the eyes, it appears when we speak and walk.  It cannot be kept
closed inside us.  It reacts outside, joy is infectious!
             
                            Mother Theresa


Go ahead...let your light shine today....YOU will reap Blessings!

I Believe In YOU..

Shug...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Together Is the Nicest Place To Be

"Together is the nicest Place to Be"...................





~     F a M i L y   ~






My wonderful Father-in-law and Mother-in-law...




Egg Hunt!




The Helicoptor that dropped

20,000  EGGS




Trey......Holding up his basket!!






Smile Mylee.......and she says....
"I WANT MY NAP"



All this.....for one single candy egg!!!



And they are thinking......."Hey Shug".....
"Same ol' picture every single year?"

Absolutely!!  We take a picture like this one every year....
OF COURSE IT'S A DIFFERENT CAKE!!




One more quick lesson in the kitchen
From:  MOM!

You gotta have Salt and You gotta have BUTTER!





Easter Sunday Afternoon Nap ????

Trista crawled upon Mylee's little bed and decided to take a snooze.....

Was it time to do the dishes you ask?????    Y E S




Boys will be boys......even if it is Easter!







Tyler.......
Has he finally found His big EGG??




Our son-in-laws.....

Tom  and  Ty........They love hunting EGGS.


Together is the nicest place to be!


We are Blessed because.......



Hope your Easter was filled with happiness....

Shug.............

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Hallelujah....JESUS IS ALIVE!!



Hallelujah.....Jesus is ALIVE
Death has lost it's victory
And the grave has been denied



JESUS LIVES FOREVER
HE'S ALIVE.....HE'S ALIVE



He's the Alpha and Omega
The first and last is He
The curse of sin is broken
And we have perfect liberty



The lamb of God is RISEN


HE'S ALIVE, HE'S ALIVE


Hallelujah.......JESUS IS ALIVE!!!

Ron Kenoly




Forever Lord....what encouragement is in this particular word.....


Because of the death and the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ,


We have all eternity to spend with You in heaven....Singing and Praising your


 name forever.....


Thank you for this indescribable gift...Thank you for being the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last.....





Blessings on this Beautiful Easter Morning........


Shug........

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I can see clearly Now!

Good Morning Sunshine, Good Morning World, Good Morning Friends!!


I have great news to report from right here in good Ol' East Texas....

1.  I am fever FREE this morning!!  Woo Hoo

2.  In just a few hours, there will be a helicoptor flying near our house and it is going to drop 20,000   {TWENTY THOUSAND} eggs from the sky....
This is what we call excitement here in our area!!   HUGE COMMUNITY EGG HUNT!

3.  I HAVE NEW WINDOWS!


Let me take a little time to elaborate on number three....

Our new windows for the house were ordered a couple of months ago, and this is the week that they were delivered and the week that the installer needed to put them in. Thursday was the big day!



New windows in the house waiting to be installed!



Stuff that came off of my ceiling pot hanger in the kitchen....STACKED UP



Everything had to pulled away from the windows, so my house was in total disarray!!
Oh....I did mention that I was sick didn't I???  lol

Me and my upside down house!



One of the OLD windows...do you see all the paint chips?   These were super nice windows for the day and time that our home was built but, it was time for them to go....
It was going to cost more just to have the windows stripped and repainted than what it was going to cost to have them replaced with double pane storm windows that have the folding mechanism to allow me to take each portion of the window out and clean it...



New window........

It is absolutely amazing how much difference it makes in this house.
The outside noise has been drastically reduced and now I can't wait to see the savings on our electrical bill from changing from the single pane windows to the new energy efficient windows...


So glad we made the change!

What's Next....New FRONT DOORS!!  This will be a big WOO HOO!!



Lord, You are my Hope of heaven, my Hope of peace, my Hope of change, purpose and unconditional Love....Fill the reservoir of my heart to overflowing with the Joy that real Hope brings.. amen!

Have a Blessed Easter Weekend!

Shug.........

Friday, April 22, 2011

I Humbly Thank You...

Hello, my dear sweet blogging friends!  I'm sitting all comfy (???) right here under the warm covers of my cozy bed.....

I deeply appreciate all of your prayers....

My temp. is down from 102.9 to 99.8 and I am beginning to feel somewhat better.....I had so many chills last night and could hardly rest because my entire body was hurting.  But, I did see Dr. Chris today and he gave me two shots, took a chest xray to check for pneumonia, lots of blood work and three prescriptions.  I think I might be heading down the right track for a mend....

Not sure if it was the meds or what, but my hubby tells me that I told him sometime today that my grandparents that were here when Jesus was crucified would be something like my 2025th grandparents..(you know, there was a period of time when people didn't live as long)

I think that sometime in my off and on sleeping, I was thinking about the crucifixion of Jesus.
I have felt TERRIBLE today, but how dare I complain!  After all, I have a savior that loves me and he bore the stripes on HIS back for my healing.....I was also thinking about 
HIS nailed pierced hands and feet and this disgraceful death that Jesus suffered.  HE gave HIS life for us.  HIS mercy and grace are good.  MY GOD   HOW GREAT THOU ART!


I appreciate you all and I humbly thank you for your prayers.

Shug

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Need Your Prayers.....

I don't think I have ever posted two post in one day, but today I have a need!

I am sitting here with 101.2 temperature and I feel like ......AWFUL!!

I have too much to do and I just simply need your prayers.  This is a busy weekend and I so want to be at church Sunday....Our new pastor will be here!

I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow morning, and I am really hoping he gives me some kind of shot.  I am already taking an antibiotic!

It's not strep like Sam had, I have a bronchitis!! Usually get it a couple times a year and it takes forever for me to get rid of it...Chest hurts, head hurts, fever, and I have a cough that really hurts...I promise, it feels like my bronchial tubes are bleeding!

Please pray that I will feel better by Sunday!

Many Blessings,
Shug

Easter....Do They Really Know??

Hippity Hop....Hippity Hop...  Here comes Peter Cotton Tail......Hopping down the bunny trial...

Mylee and I sang this little song all day yesterday..
I suppose the reason for all our singing was because we could actually hear the hippity hop of Peter Cotton Tail as he made his way past our house.....



Is this not the cutest picture?   I apologize for the quality of the pictures...I had to scan the pictures and then post them...

All Mylee could talk about before we got to the school to take the pictures was that she wanted Mr. Bunny to bring her some bubbles!!

What kid doesn't want bubbles????


Look at these two!  My precious friend Mary Alice and I were a little scared of the bunny too!  lol

She and I graduated from high school together....We have been wonderful friends forever!..........



Shanda and Mary Alice teach together at the elementary.....The two of them were in charge of the picture taking......This was a fundraiser for the school!



Wow....the wind was blowing!!!!
Look at my hair and look at the hair on the bunny's face!!


  
                                            I love it!..................


Trey loved the bunny as well......

The Hippity Hoppity Bunny went back to his little bunny hole...but he will be back again!!!

How do we teach our children and grandchildren about the real meaning of EASTER?

Children love bunnies, chocolate, hiding eggs, baby chicks and of course their Easter basket and in my opinion, these things are ok.....AS LONG AS WE TEACH THEM ABOUT THE "REAL" MEANING OF EASTER.

"THE CRUCIFIXION AND THE RESURRECTION"

Betrayal.......Jesus was Betrayed
Arrested.......Jesus was Arrested
Beaten and Bruised.......Jesus was Beaten and Bruised
Died on the Cross......Jesus died on the Cross
He is RISEN....JESUS IN ALIVE!

AND BECAUSE "HE" IS ALIVE, WE HAVE HOPE, WE HAVE LOVE, WE HAVE FAITH, WE HAVE LIFE, AND BY LIVING AS CHRISTIANS AND GIVING OUR ALL TO GOD, WE HAVE THE PROMISE OF ETERNITY" 

It is up to us as parents and grandparents to teach these young children......

The Real Meaning of Easter.....

Hugs and Blessings,
Shug




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