Steps of Faith

Steps of Faith

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Backyard Happenings.....


My Backyard squirrel....."Earl Jr." is doing his best to "HOG"
all of the sunflower seeds that I put out for the Red Birds.



This stinker must have eaten all day and all night, because he emptied this feeder in just two days!



I watched him a good bit of the time and I can tell you that he was a determined fella.   The next week, I moved the feeder to the side of our driveway and hung it on a plant rack.   Again, he found a way to get to the curved rack, and he emptied the feeder.



This is the first year that my variegated hydrangea has bloomed.   Not sure what this one is called...but it really is pretty.



My backyard "knockout Roses" have produced a lot of gorgeous roses this year....   With this Texas heat, I hope I can keep them alive....



If any of you are wondering about "Earl Senior"......well that's another story for another time.....


Earl Jr......might need to keep his distance from grandson #2.....Tucker!!!!

hugs,
Shug.......

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Bored....I think not.

I must admit.....{it's} not as simple as you think!!   I'm talking about this blogging thing..


As you all know....I am BIG on family and therefore...most of my life, my post, is about family.   I think I've probably talked about each of them so much, that you all feel like you've known them for years!    And this is just one of the reasons that my "Blog" trash can is getting pretty full.    I'm trying to not "bore away" my followers!  LOL.

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Speaking of boredom...I was talking to Trista today, and I told her that I sure hope God is not getting bored with my prayer life.   I've been on my knees a whole lot lately and I must admit.....I'm doing better about waking up at 3:00 or  4:00 a.m. with all kinds of prayer needs, on my heart.

I can only hope that Gods not saying: "Oh, it's you again!"

I know that God embraces all of our prayers.  It truly humbles me that I can bring all of my thoughts, my sorrows, my concerns to God, and He is willing to hear me and to offer His   tender Mercies and His amazing Grace toward me.

I love having an intimate relationship with God, which allows me to share the matters of my heart completely and so deeply with Him.

Thank you Lord, that your Love for me is perfect!  You never get bored and you are always longing for me to bring my needs, my thoughts, my praises to you...

shug


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Free TEA...

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not,  for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;  I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Was it an accident that when I opened my phone to check for messages.....this very bible verse came up on my phone?   I had not even clicked on ANYTHING, yet this scripture was on my front page.   



Not for one moment of time, do I think this was an accident.   I believe with my whole heart that God knew I needed this verse.    FEAR NOT......I AM WITH YOU.....BE NOT DISMAYED...I AM YOUR GOD...I WILL STRENGTHEN YOU....I WILL HELP YOU.....I WILL UPHOLD YOU WITH MY RIGHTEOUS RIGHT HAND!!!!


I have been overwhelmed with fear for the past couple of months!!!!!!!   What encouragement God's word brings!!!
God understands!!!

Thank you Lord Jesus for knowing me....and for knowing exactly where I am and what I have need of!

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Can you see what is printed on my tea glass?  FREE tea on July 21st, 2016!!!   I can not wait!!!  

McAllister's has the BEST tea ever and when you add EXTRA ice and EXTRA lemons to it.......oh my goodness....it makes you do a happy dance!   

I plan to be there !!!   Yes, I do.

Happy day to all of you...
Shug


Sunday, July 3, 2016

When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening.  Ask God to help you!  

I have these words memorized....because, I have said them over and over again for the past few weeks.  

I won't tell a lie.......sometimes, the way you respond just might come with a huge bucket of tears!  This is how my response has been this week, to the fact that I can not control Tyler's future in the military.   

The truth is, I really don't want to.....BUT....what I would like, is to be able to be there at the end of each of his days, so I can continue to give him a big hug and the voice of encouragement......just like I have done for the past 20 years. 

I have always had great respect for the American Flag.....but I don't think I will ever look at it the same as I did before.   I have a whole lot more respect for our beautiful flag and for what it stands for.

I also have a tremendous amount of respect for all of the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins....who send their loved ones on the journey of serving our Country.  

Gosh.....it is a HARD thing to do!

Tyler, came by our house just a bit ago and even though he's not leaving until tomorrow......we gave each other the biggest of hugs.  As he walked out our door to leave......My heart was breaking into.
Tears, tears and more tears!
It is great seeing him change into a man, but I just wasn't prepared to do it in this manner.   

I have had to ask God to help me....   and HE has.    

I am an emotional type person anyways, and my feelings are even stronger when it comes to those I love.    Some may want to lean toward thinking that I'm bit obsessive and a little crazy....

the way I see it is.......when you have a very close family.....you have deeper feelings than some can imagine!!

Tomorrow is the day that we say our "Good byes" for a few months.....to say that I'm going to miss him is an understatement....I will miss his witty humor each day.  

However.....I'm already looking forward to August and for the trip down to his graduation....

Hugs to all of you.....hope you will send one back to me!!





  




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