Gentle End of Summer

Although the summer is gently ending
the flowers they be few
The deep green leaves are changing hue
to golden colors; God’s ever changing seasons!
A time for summer… and a time for autumn
♥Streim

“I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him. That which is has already been, And what is to be has already been; And God requires an account of what is past. ”   Ecclesiastes 3: 14-15

Redecorating in the New Year

***For all my followers and readers… please be patient with me as I going to redecorate my website/blog for the New Year.  Only aesthetically… formatting, colors, page layouts, etc.***

NOTE:  The content and purpose will remain the same… with maybe a few additions.  When the Lord moved me share my new life in Him with others— He also touched my heart with His purpose for this blog/website:  learning to be still in His presence on a daily basis was something He told me I needed!  The Word says we need time in the Word,  time in prayer and time alone with our Father and Lord Jesus, this I call Garden Time.  

This is my original post “Garden Time” Feb. 2, 2012

“In the Garden” is a hymn I remember from my childhood that resonates clearly with me after fifty plus years.  It reminds me not only my need to be still in Almighty God’s presence, with His Holy Word and a prayerful spirit, but the indescribable joy and peace it brings.  The lyrics to Charles Austin Miles hymn are a blessing~

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

I know for a fact, as a mother of seven children, it’s impossible to hear anything clearly in a noisy, chaotic and fast-paced environment.  Don’t you agree?  As followers of Jesus Christ, are we able to hear spiritually from the Lord when in that same environment? I know we can’t!  There is a definite need for today’s Christians to make sure we have “Garden Time” everyday!  After all, the  LORD told David in Psalm 46:10…“be still and know that I am God…”  I believe being still  is our intimate, one-on-one time with our Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus.

Jeremiah 29: 11-13    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Turnabout Tuesday “FOCUS”

This Tuesday Turnabout post is one from February.  Very early on in my blogging, and after reading I see growth in my relationship to our God!  I praise Him for that, because it comes from spending time in His Word, prayer, fellowship with other followers of Jesus and ultimately by the grace of God!  I pray that it will bless or challenge you.

I’ve made a few minor tweaks to the post, however the content and message remain the same.  I’ve also added a collage of  seasonal photographs I hope you enjoy. No matter what season of  life we are in, our Glorious God and Savior remains the same!


~~FOCUS~~

I enjoy photography very much; particularly nature landscapes, cloud formations, sunsets and wintry snowfalls. The beauty of God’s creations in nature amaze me and I want to capture that beauty in a photo to retain the scene forever.

One thing however that irritates me when I’m trying to “focus” in on a scene that catches my eye is when I just can’t seem to get the right light, image setting or timing.  When I finally do (sad face here) that beautiful scene is gone.  The wind changed, the clouds reformed, the sun set further on the horizon or the lighting in the trees changed.  I’m sure if you’re a photographer you’ve experienced the same thing.

In my relationship with my Heavenly Father through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, I’ve discovered that it is not “easy” to stay on track with the Lord.  Of course it isn’t!  Keeping my “focus” on Him is constantly altered by the world around me, the flesh within me and the enemy seeking to destroy all that God has willed for my life.

Good news here!

Even though the winds of change pass through my life, I am able to stay focused!

Even if my surroundings are reformed by a health issue or a financial crisis, I am able to stay focused!

No matter what happens, the Son will never remove Himself from side.   His light is always within me, and I am able to stay focused!

How?

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”  Hebrews 12:2

 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Corinthians 10:5

Focus comes from looking to the Author of our faith and by making sure we bring every thought, event, situation and change in our lives “… to the obedience of Christ.” Focus on placing your relationship with God through Jesus at the center of your life and revolve everything else around it on a day-to-day basis.

Faithful Obedience Causes (an) Uplifted Spirit (streim 2012)