Showing posts from October, 2010

White River Bottoms

Last Thursday I got to do something I've never done before--go to the deer woods--oh my, and are they glorious. It helped me understand something I've never understood before--the call of the wild to many men.  And I don't want to leave out the ladies.  We have some ladies who accompany their husbands and especially lots of daughters who go with their fathers.

My brother has a cabin and some land down in the middle of all this bottom land and he was having a "work day."  He hosts a lot of his friends there at various times during the year so he was making use of them to help him do some of the work that has to be done to keep duck and deer season going.

This is one of the stands that needed mending.

There was lots of wood to be chopped for warm, winter fires.  I couldn't believe Bob looked so preppy chopping wood--just look at those starched jeans.  And man look how he split that log with one whack.  I was impressed.

This is my husband helping with the chopping.…

Christimas Gift

See this little bag--last Christmas I put some money in the bag and hung it on the very front of the tree with some money in it. Do you know that not person out of my whole family peered into it?

Wonder what gifts God has just waiting for us that we have not explored?

Weekend Worship at Anthony Chapel

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
       throughout all generations.

 Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Guard my life, for I am devoted to you.  You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you.

 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
       you founded the world and all that is in it.

I will sing of the LORD's great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,         that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself--

 May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us;
       establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

2010-the Year of Longings
I long for the work of my hands to be established by Him.

Photographs: Anthony Chapel, Fall 2009
Scripture: Portions of Psalm 86, 89, 90-NIV

Joining others in worship at Spiritual Sundays--

River of Life, You Run Deep in Me

No offense to Wayland Holyfield or Anne Murray or to my incredible home state, Arkansas.  In fact, I don't think I know anyone who is more in love with or prouder of their home state than I am.  BUT my post yesterday left me feeling hollow inside and lacking, yes lacking.
 After going back and rereading the title, I knew what it was. Even though I had referred to God in my longings and had included a "dancing" scripture, I had not made the real connection between my post and my life. My life consisting of one thing: My God, my Savior,
theRiver of Life that runs deep in me.
So, Lord, I just want to thank you today for the river of life that runs deep in me--that channels its course where you would have it run--
Sometimes it runs through the fun side of me with laughing brooks and tripping streams bubbling up here and there;
In some of its meanderings it winds through the long, lost canyons of my nostalgic soul cutting new meaning into jagged memories of the past;
Other time…

Arkansas You Run Deep In Me

About forty-five minutes ago I said to myself in a somewhat pity party voice, "You've written every thing there is to be written, you've used every scripture, you've shown them every picture they could possibly be interested in--you have nothing to write about--nothing to say."
But not to be shut down by a little negativity, I went rummaging in one of the bedroom closets looking for some old pictures of a trip to Europe with which to bore you. I didn't find those but I found this  small pamphlet that I have been looking for for several years. When and why I took it out of the main bookcase, I don't know.

I remembered that there were some poems and prose in it that I liked--it is from my high school days--actually, I was fifteen years old when I bought this little book. I think it cost a quarter. I probably did without lunch one day to buy it. I think I'm the only one in my senior class of one hundred sixty odd people who bought it or still has it. …

A Day in the Life of a Friendship

Sometimes in a true friendship there will be dark days..........

Days when hope says to pain, "Come, sit with me and drink the blend of sharing."

We will walk this path together, hand in hand, arm in arm, soul in soul, heart in heart,

We will share good news and bad

in the spirit of One--

True friendship will help clear obstacles from your path........

so that you can continue on your journey--

It will even stop along the way with you when breath comes hard or souls wear out--

It is willing to venture down unfamiliar roads with you....

giving you courage and faith to navigate whatever lies beyond the next bend.......

assuring that you can bridge whatever comes into view-----

True friendship will gently guide you to stronger arms who will lift you up and bring you
to a spacious place,

It will point you to a brighter day, a bluer sky, a silver-lined cloud,

and remind you that in God's world, every star is numbered and called by name

and not even a single sparrow falls to the ground excep…