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Please forgive me again for not updating or posting for a few days. Please be patient as I’m on the road heading home and unable to find time to do a proper job. I hope to arrive home in a couple of days and then I’ll update my site. It will be my number one priority. I have so many ideas tumbling around in my head, I can’t wait to get them here.

There will definitely be a new post here by this week-end so until then, please review your favorite or recommend this site to a friend.

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Sunset of Life




Sunset of Life

Originally uploaded by susan.house

While visiting my niece she related an occasion with her 6-year old son. She was reading the book, The Three Trees to her son at bedtime which led him to question her about the pine tree that was used to make the cross Jesus was crucified on. After some discussion about the cross and the country where Jesus was crucified, she said good-night to him. As she was closing the door preparing to leave the room, he said to her, “Mom, I know what my spirit is going to say when it leaves my body and goes towards heaven.” She asked, “What will it say?” He responded, “It’s going to say, ‘Shoo, it sure was stuffy in there!!”

While cute, it made me question the residence our spirits dwell in. Paul says in Romans 12: 1-2 “to present our bodies as living sacrifices….” and “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is….”. Only with daily meditation, study, and frequent talks with our Father can we keep our residence clean so when our spirits leave our bodies they won’t say, “Shoo, it sure was stuffy in there!!”

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Search Me




Search Me

Originally uploaded by susan.house

Psalm 139: 23-24. “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

These two verses are how I start many of my quiet times with God. To me, the most horrible thing that could happen to me is to stay standing still in my relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son. Our relationship with Him should not be the same today as it was when we first met Him.

I have mentioned before my first reaction when God told me His purpose for me was to write. Just in case anyone missed it or forgot, I will very cautiously re-state it again. My very last excuse was: “But Lord, I’m retired!!!” Just think, what would happen if God retired? What if we asked Him for something and His response was: “Sorry, I don’t have time to do that today, I’m retired.” Or, if you’re young and still working with a family, what would it be like if He responded to one of our request with: “Gee, I’ve been really burning the candle at both ends this week, I can’t do that for you. I’m just going to relax this week-end.”

Now, don’t take me the wrong way. I’ve used all these excuses with Him, some just recently. This is one of the reasons I start many quiet times with these verses. Okay, so what’s the point of this post? The point is…. when we have our eyes and our hearts open to Him our relationship will always be one of change, of growth, of becoming more and more like His Son.

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Reflections




Reflections

Originally uploaded by susan.house

First, let me apologize for taking so long to write another post. With getting ready for the trip, taking the trip, and recuperating from all the driving, time has zoomed past. Hopefully now, I will be a bit more regular in my postings.

This picture was taken on Sunday when we stopped for lunch at a small city park in Virginia. My car had three women, a greyhound dog, and two chihuahua dogs, suitcases, computers, camera, and dog apparatus loaded in it. There was not a free space in it anywhere. This stop provided a much needed opportunity for the dogs and us women to stretch our legs. It was also a fantastic photo opportunity for me.

The last few days preparing for, taking, and recuperating from the trip; I have been unable to have my quiet time with God. When I’m unable to have this time I feel like the log in the picture. You can see me, but it’s a little harder to see who I am. When I’m able to have my time with Him, I feel like the reflections of the trees and vegetation. You can see me and there is no question whose Light I am reflecting.

Since taking this picture, the thought has come to my mind often of the movie that’s out about the “bucket list”. It has made me wonder, what would God have on His “bucket list”? Now, I must admit, I haven’t seen the movie but from what I understand the “list” consists of items the person wants to accomplish before he dies. Well, considering, God is never going to die, if He could only accomplish seven items; what would they be? What would be on our list? What would our list contain? Would our lists be filled with worldly items to accomplish (be successful, travel the world, have a big home, etc.) or would it contain secular items (feed the poor, change someone’s life, do the mission God has for me, etc.)?

Reflections, as defined, can be a time of mental concentration or careful consideration. It can also be a manisfestation or result such as when we are told in Proverbs 27:19 that “water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.” What does our reflection(s) say about us?

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Vacation Time

Sorry ones that I haven’t posted for a while but I’m preparing to go on a trip. This week has been spent doing all the running and preparations necessary for taking a three week trip. Be patient with me pleassssssse and I’ll have a new post by Saturday at the latest.

Thanks for understanding.

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My Flag ZNP




My Flag ZNP

Originally uploaded by susan.house

I Am the Flag of the Of America

I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world’s tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America’s halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.

I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
My head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped – I am saluted.
I am loved – I am revered.
I am respected – and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years. I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
in the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy.
Guam, Okinawa, Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I’m presently in the mountains of Afganistan and the hot and dusty deserts of Iraq and wherever freedom is needed.
I led my troops, I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
But my soldiers cheered me and I was proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled in the streets of my country.
And when it’s done by those Whom I’ve served in battle – it hurts.
But I shall overcome – for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America’s finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
at the grave of their fallen son or daughter,

I am proud.

This poem was in an email I received this week and while I agree with much of it, I can’t say I worship it and I don’t like to think this symbol of our country is arrogant. Having traveled this country from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and from Michigan’s Upper Pennisula to the tip of Florida; I can easily say America is beautiful. We have every reason to be proud. We are land of generous, caring, good people. Yes, I am proud to be an American and I am proud to fly Old Glory each and every day.

Have a blessed and happy July 4th!!

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