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What I Am Doing While I Am Not Blogging!

Painted her yesterday!


Dear Friends, I will be taking this week and the month of June off from blogging.

I have some pondering I need to do.

See you in July.

Love, Dianne

Weekend Worship at Cedar Hill Cumberland Presbyterian, Russell Crossroads, TN

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!
Psalm 33:12a

You would never believe how many church parking lots Karen (over at Places of My Heart) whipped in to as we made our way to and from North Carolina. There were so many pretty old churches--we over here west of the Mississippi don't have nearly as many old churches as there are east of the Big River. But it was such great fun having someone who enjoyed taking pictures of them as much as I did and would indulge me in one of my favorite hobbies.  Thank you, Karen.I especially love the last picture with the American flag and the sign announcing that Jake and Howard would be singing on Sunday evening.  Oh how I wish we could have heard them. 

Hope your Memorial Day weekend is safe and blessed,

Joining with Spiritual Sundays this weekend--

Here is a link to a Flickr picture--The church is located in Russell Crossroads, TN.

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I Saw the Light

This morning as I was reading in John 9, there was a passage that especially stood out to me.

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”   After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.  “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

A study of the gospels and Jesus' Words in particular point to the fact that every recorded word He spoke was meaningful, important and powerful.
Take, for instance, when right before healing the man born blind from birth, Jesus uses the contrast o…

He Wrote Them One By One

t this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.  Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, sir,” she said.  “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” from John 8--The Message 

Led into the courtyard barely able to catch a breath My heart was in my throat I expected sudden death
But when questioned He begin to write I never would have guessed the Sin within His sight
Fraud, libel, slander malice, pride and greed gossip, bitterness, resentment even 'no good deed'
No names to go with Sin were written in the sand Enough was the conviction Written by His hand.

Feeling Lifeless?

Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.

This is the bread that came down from heaven.

Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.”
from John 6, the Message

Are you feeling lifeless today?  No zest for living.  Just putting one foot in front of the other.  Numb to happiness, joy and abundance?

This old shed could reflect on some of our lives today.  The life is right there in front of it.

Jesus told us that whoever feeds on him will live--somehow, I think He is referring to that abundant living that cannot contain rivers of living water flowing out from it.

Since that is what I want for me and mine today and all of you and all those for whom I am praying, this scripture will be my Kingdom prayer today.

Lord, I pray that we will not neglect You today, that we will go through our day walking and talking and discussing things with You.  I pray that we will acknowledge Your Wo…

Weekend Worship at Highlands United Methodist Church, Highlands, Tennessee

When we first drove up Marilyn and I both noticed that there seemed to be

the outline of an angel in the clouds.

And maybe I am just wanting to see things but I can see the form of another angel between these clouds--it looks as if she has a crown with a star atop her head.

But the most beautiful sight that rendered the most meaning to me was this cross
with the long sash of starry lace.

To me the dichotomy of the cross and lace spoke volumes--
the ugliness of sin in mass heaped upon an innocent lamb...........

the beauty of the spotless lamb who spoke not a word when
led to the slaughter.....
against a backdrop of splintery scars

and suddenly the scarred becomes the starred.........

Philippians 2 urges us to become blameless and without fault, children of God who amidst a perverse generation shine like stars in the universe. If ever our country and our world needed us to shine, dear friend, it is now!

May your weekend be blessed,

Comments on for Sunday!

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Kingdom Prayers

God Most High is stunning, astride land and ocean.

Loud cheers as God climbs the mountain, a ram's horn blast at the summit.

Sing songs to God, sing out! Sing to our King, sing praise! 
                      He's Lord over earth, so sing your best songs to God.***

My Kingdom PrayerLord, I pray for all of those I love so much today--my children, grandchildren, my friends who have special needs, the guys at Renewal Ranch--Lord, you know all of those for whom I am praying--Lord, as you climb your mountain today and as you work around us, I pray that in our hearts we will sound a ram's horn when we see You accomplish what only You can do.  May we be there in full force to support and to participate in Your work--to show how much we agree with You in what you are doing. I pray also that all of us would shout out songs of loudest praise to You, we would sing our very best songs to You, O God--the One and Only Living God!I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Y…

Wrapping Up the Waters

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Wonders On Our Journey Home

'The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.” ― G.K. Chesterton

 Continuing our journey home-- On Monday, April 30, we were in Brevard, North Carolina. We spent the morning exploring the Pisgah National Forest area including Looking Glass Falls, shopping and eating.

The afternoon took us up through Highlands, TN and Nantahala National Forest.

This is just a small sampling of all the beautiful sights we saw along the way.

It is hard to get a handle on how big these falls were.  Wikipedia says they are 60 feet tall and I believe it but with no perspective it is hard to tell.

The tree growing out of the rocks on the right gives a little.

This is not the best of pictures but gives a little more perspective.

The mist (from the Falls) on the surrounding leaves made them glisten like diamonds--

A roaring creek just a short distance away.

The English Chapel--you can read about it here.

This is Titus.  He and his owner were taking a walk along a path beside the church…

Dressed Up In Sunshine

Praying that your day is blessed and dressed up in sunshine,

Would you like to share your thoughts or your heart with me? My contact information is listed in the upper right of the sidebar. Please feel free to email me. I love hearing from you and cherish the friendships I have made through blogging. 

© all photographs and text property of Dianne Hogue unless otherwise noted

***From The Message--portion of Psalm 104
Photo Credit:  My brother-in-law, Mike--

Weekend Worship at First Presbyterian, Aliceville, Alabama

We have a big weekend ahead as I'm sure a lot of you do. We have two graduations and of course Mother's Day to celebrate.

But first I wanted to share this beautiful church we came across in Aliceville, Alabama.  I hope the members there will have a wonderful sabbath celebrating our Lord.

And I wish you and yours the very best this weekend--whatever you are doing.

This church was so pretty, I just couldn't quit taking pictures of it.  Hope it blesses you.

 What a beautiful home, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! 

I've always longed to live in a place like this,
   Always dreamed of a room in your house, 

where I could sing for joy to God-alive! 

Birds find nooks and crannies in your house, 

sparrows and swallows make nests there. 

 They lay their eggs and raise their young,
      singing their songs in the place where we worship. 

God-of-the-Angel-Armies! King! God!
      How blessed they are to live and sing there! 

And how blessed all those in whom you live,
      whose lives become roads…