Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
We checked out East Lake to see if we wanted to camp there, but alas, no dogs allowed on the beach and it just wouldn't be right tying up Charlie Dog.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
For Thee I thirst.
Into Thy hands I commit my spirit,
My soul, my body, my life,
This problem, all unforgiven states.
Thy will is my will.
Thy will be done through me.
Heal me at depth.
Reveal that which needs to be revealed.
Heal that which needs to be healed
So I can glorify You, God,
And live in the fullness of grace.
It is finished.
By Reverend Debbie Tyson
Have a blessed evening everyone!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I did last weekend ...
I stumbled over an old picture, of years ago and felt a sense of memory of all the innocence of youth.
The warm summers evenings playing round with your friends, all the funny things we did.
Even though I was a little terror at times, (so I've been told, I never really thought so ) I was still just a kid.
even though there was all the problems around me I knew no better, and just had dreams of the future.
But now when I look back to all the no so good things and accounts that I did and became; the things I done to others, the things I've done to myself even. I realize there is no way I can turn back the clock.
Isn't it just great the way Jesus just comes into our lives and makes amend of all the terrible things we have done ...
Friday, September 18, 2009
Who of Thine inscrutable goodness didst call me to this life;
Who didst bestow on me the grace of Baptism
and the Seal of the Holy Spirit;
Who hast imbued me with the desire to seek Thee,
the one true God: hear my prayer.
I have no life, no light, no joy or wisdom;
no strength except in Thee, O God.
Because of my unrighteousness I dare not raise my eyes to Thee.
But Thou didst say to Thy disciples,
'Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receives
and 'Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do'.
Wherefore I dare to invoke Thee.
Purify me from all taint of flesh and spirit.
Teach me to pray aright.
Bless this day which Thou dost give unto me,
Thine unworthy servant. By the power of Thy blessing
enable me at all times to speak and act to Thy glory
with a pure spirit, with humility patience, love,
gentleness, peace, courage and wisdom:
aware always of Thy presence.
Of Thine immense goodness, OLord God, shew me the path of Thy will,
and grant me to walk in Thy sight without sin.
OLord, unto Whom all hearts be open,
Thou knowest what things I have need of.
Thou art acquainted with my blindness and my ignorance,
Thou knowest my infirmity and my soul's corruption;
but neither are my pain and anguish hid from Thee.
Wherefore I beseech Thee, hear my prayer
and by Thy Holy Spirit teach me the way wherein I should walk;
and when my perverted will would lead me down other paths
spare me not, O Lord, but force me back to Thee.
By the power of Thy love, grant me to hold fast to that which is good.
Preserve me from every word or deed that corrupts the soul;
from every impulse unpleasing in Thy sight
and hurtful to my brother-man.
Teach me what I should say and how I should speak.
If it be Thy will that I make no answer,
inspire me to keep silent in a spirit of peace
that causeth ncithcr sorrow nor hurt to my fellow
Establish me in the path of Thy commandments
and to my last breath let me not stray from the light of Thine ordinances,
that Thy commandments may become the sole law of my being
on this earth and in all eternity
Yea, Lord, I pray Thee, have pity on me.
Spare me in mine affliction and my misery
and hide not the way of salvation from me.
In my foolishness, O God, I plead with Thee for many and great things.
Yet am I ever mindful of my wickedness, my baseness, my vileness.
Have mercy upon me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence because of my presumption.
Do Thou rather increase in me this presumption,
and grant unto me, the worst of men,
to love Thee as Thou hast commanded,
with all my heart, and with all my soul,
and with all my mind, and with all my strength:
with my whole being.
Yea, O Lord, by Thy Holy Spirit,
teach me good judgment and knowledge.
Grant me to know Thy truth before I go down into the grave.
Maintain my life in this world until I may offer unto Thee worthy repentance.
Take me not away in the midst of my days,
nor while my mind is still blind.
When Thou shalt be pleased to bring my life to an end,
forewarn me that I may prepare my soul to come before Thee.
Be with me, O Lord, at that dread hour
and grant me the joy of salvation.
Cleanse Thou me from secret faults,
from all iniquity that is hid in me;
and give me a right answer before Thy judgment-seat.
Yea, Lord, of Thy great mercy
and immeasurable love for mankind,
Hear my prayer.
[Archimandrite Sophrony(Sakharov) the disciple of St. Silouan
from the book On Prayer published by the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Tolleshunt Knights, by Maldon, Essex CM9 8EZ, England ISBN -1-674679-14-2]
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Off we went through Butte Valley, California painted yellow with sagebrush. I love going out with the camera on these changing weather days as one doesn’t really know what to expect. Yep … we did get some rain!
Made it to our campsite near Harris Spring Fire Guardstation. This historic Forest Service Guard Station is located in a open meadow surrounded by forest in the northeast portion of the McCloud Ranger District of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The guard station and garage were built in 1929 or 1930 and retain their Craftsmen style character which was a popular building style in the 1920 and 1930’s. Both buildings retain many of their original features including shiplap siding, tongue and groove interior walls, and wood sash windows. You can rent this place to stay, but at $500 a week I think I’ll pass …
On our way back home we went through the Medicine Lake Highlands. Here is Little Glass Mountain which is an obsideon flow. Its amazing trees can grow in this stuff!
We also went by for a little break at Little Medicine Lake. The fish were jumping and I didn’t bring a fishing pole. Sheesh!
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Have a blessed evening everyone!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
We just got back from our vacation! We had a great time, relaxing, checking out the zoo (The zoo has over a thousand specimens representing two hundred species, 21 of which are endangered) and Portland Art Museum to check out the fantastic works of M.C. Escher! The Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum of its kind in the region founded in 1892.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
A mini vent ... Almost had a car accident yesterday ... Somebody with a cellphone meandered into my lane. If you are emotionally and physically unable to talk and the phone and pay attention to the traffic around you, do not use the phone! I am talking even if you have a head set or hands free capability. I am talking about those in-duh-viduals ... Do this test. Go to an empty parking lot, set up orange cones. Get on the phone and start talking then weave in and out of cones and if you can do it without knocking over a single cone, then feel free to use your cell phone when driving.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Reality show mega-family The Duggars just announced on 'Today' that they are adding a new face to the family, their 19th child.
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who along with their brood star on TLC's '18 Kids and Counting,' appeared on the NBC morning show with their whole family to deliver the news. They told Meredith Vieira they're "so excited about our new arrival." Michelle, 42, is 3 months along in the pregnancy.
In a fun set of circumstances, the new baby will have a niece that is OLDER than him or her. Oldest son Joshua James and his wife Anna are expecting a daughter, to be named Mackynzie Renee, in October.
The eight girls and ten boys all have names starting with "J" >>
Joshua James, 21 -- expecting a daughter with his wife. Jane Marie, 19 John-David, 19 Jill Michelle, 18 Jessa Lauren, 16 Jinger Nicole, 15 Joseph Garrett, 14 Josiah Matthew, 13 Joy-Anna, 11 Jedidiah Robert, 10 Jeremiah Robert, 10 Jason Michael, 9 James Andrew, 8 Justin Samuel, 6 Jackson Levi, 5 Johanna Faith, 3 Jennifer Danielle, 2 Jordyn-Grace, 8 months
Not that anyone asked me ... It seems to me that they might consider adopting children instead of just making more at this point. They have some kids of their own to pass on their family name and genetic line. Here in Arkansas where I live, there are lots of kids in foster care and/or state custody that need either a temporary home or a permanent family. If the Duggars still have extra time, money, love, and guidance that they want to share with more little ones, why not share it with ones that are already in the world and in need of a family?