I don’t often talk about my faith, but I guess I should do it more often. I have a deep faith in a living God whose Son is my Master and Savior. I wasn’t always a Christian, even though I went to church every Sunday with my family. I suppose a lot of people think they are Christians just because they go to church, but that is not how it works. I didn’t know what being a Christian really meant. But then one Friday night an evangelist explained what being a Christian is. It’s having a faith in Jesus Christ, who died for all of us, taking our sins upon Himself so that we might enter Heaven one day. We all are sinners. No one is completely good even if you just stole a cookie when a child. That is stealing and God cannot allow any sin to enter Heaven so He sent His Son. All we have to do is accept Jesus’ gift of eternal life for us and it is a gift from One who loves you so much he would allow His Son to die a painful, horrible death on a cross.
Being crucified back in the past was a cruel way to die. You were nailed or hung on a cross until you suffocated or died of other causes. Jesus did that for us. I don’t know why it was on a cross, but I’m sure there was a reason. Anyway, I believe Jesus died for me and one day I will enter Heaven, not because I am so good, but because He took my sins upon Himself so that my sins would not enter Heaven. I can’t explain it all. I’ve been studying the Bible almost all my life and I still don’t understand the mystery of receiving eternal life, but I know our spirits never die and have to go somewhere and I prefer mine goes to Heaven.
I believe every day is a gift from God and it is how we choose to live our life shows whether it glorifies God or it doesn’t. I am not perfect. I still do bad things all the time like lose my temper or think badly of someone, but I know if I ask forgiveness, Jesus will take those sins upon Himself.
The days of Summer are certainly a gift from God. I love these beautiful Summer days
Here are several reasons why I love Summer.
I love these sweet little flowers that I grew from seed. Each is perfect in its own way.
Rudbeckia. A wonderful Summer flower.
The flowers in my front yard.
Stella De Oro day lilies.
My backyard full of Hibiscus plants.
This one is by our back porch.
The flowers are huge.
My little kitchen garden is full of Hibiscus and Cone flowers and Irises. Seen through the screen of our back porch.
The Hydrangea by our front porch is especially beautiful this year.
A few years ago when we had our front porch built, one of the men on the crew who knew I loved flowers brought me this plant. He told me I couldn’t kill it. And he was right. It comes back every year and spreads all over.
The Passion Flower. Doesn’t it look like a doily? I think it does.
Someone wrote that God loves us so much He sends us flowers. He has given me some beautiful ones this Summer and I thank Him for them. How loved I feel.
He gives us the moon and we had a very bright moon a few days ago that shown in the skylight in our bedroom and lit the whole room. My picture isn’t that great and it doesn’t show how yellow the moon was. But it was a glorious sight.
This Mourning Dove and all its family visit our bird feeder every day. They say people can hunt these in my state, but I don’t know why anyone would. There is not much meat on them and they are such a beautiful bird. I love to hear their mournful call. It reminds me of the Doves I heard at my grandpa’s many years ago.
Who could shoot one of these birds?
Mr. Bunny came visiting me at the bird feeder. He or she likes to nibble the seeds the birds drop on the ground. It doesn’t act afraid of me when it comes.
Something caught its eye, however.
And it leapt away.
I’ve spent some time in here this Summer. It has to be really hot for me to get in and it was hot a few days last month. Hope I can get in at least a few more times before we close it. We are getting a new liner put in this Summer or Fall when they get to us. This liner is over twenty years old and has a few holes where puppies fell in and clawed their way out. Sugar and Lucy won’t go in the water now.
They are such happy dogs. I tell them every day that they are spoiled rotten.
Just a few pictures of a drive we took the other day. We had had some heavy rain and the fields showed it.
The rivers were up.
We took a drive through a state forest.
We saw this enormous burl on a tree. People sell these things.
One last thing. I planted some old potatoes this Spring and what do you know, I grew more potatoes.
Probably almost a five pound bag full. We boiled them and ate them and I fried the ones left over and they were good.
Hope God is giving you flowers and all the love you need. Bye.