Friday, July 24, 2015

God's Beautiful Creation

Good day to everyone! :) 
So the other evening (Thursday, I think), it rained and afterwards the flowers in the yard (with drops of rain on them, none the less!) were so absolutely gorgeous that I had to take a few pictures....Okay, okay, so I took alot of pictures. But how could I resist? God made this beautiful creation and I think He wants us to enjoy it and appreciate it! ;) 

The Rose of Sharon in our front yard. 

Rose of Sharon blossoms




More ferns (you can see my foot in this one, if you know where to look...hehe.) 

Lily, I think... ;) 

Purple flower that I don't know the name of. 

Phlox among the hostas. 

Beautiful phlox


Yellow flowers! 

Just so y'all know, I'm going camping this week (Sunday-Saturday) with friends and I won't be able to respond to comments or anything until we get back. :) 

Until next week! 
-Faith =)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Hello everyone! Yes I know, I'm a day late...sorry!
The second part of The Clay & The Potter isn't ready for posting yet, so I have a song for y'all today. :)

Blessings by Laura Story
I love this song! It's so beautiful...and absolutely perfect! ;) I really like it. Enjoy!

What did you think? Did you enjoy this song? Had you heard it before?
Leave a comment and let know! ;) 

Monday, July 13, 2015

The Clay and The Potter ~ 1

O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.        --Jeremiah 18:6 KJV

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.         --Isaiah 64:8 KJV

 I came across this picture a few weeks back and I thought it would make a great blog post. But I'd forgotten about it. Then last night I was trying to get a post typed up so I could post it first thing this morning, but I couldnt decide what I wanted to do it on. Earlier this morning I found this and I was like "The Clay and The Potter! Of course!" So, this is going to be in two parts. One this week and the other next Monday. :)
 I'm going to start with the writing on the picture and y'all are also going to get a crash course in pottery. Wheel-throwing specifically, which is pottery using the potter's wheel. :-)

--The Clay--

The clay says, I've been slammed onto a hard, spinning wheel. I'm flying around out of control. 
A potter's wheel is exactly that, a hard, spinning wheel. When the lump of clay is slammed into the center of it and the wheel speeds up, it does seem out of control. 

Under pressure, I am being squashed and squeezed and I know a fire lies ahead. 
On the wheel the clay is under pressure from the top and the side as it is formed to it's full potential. 


Carefully I threw you into just the right spot. Your imperfections are being smoothed as you spin by the loving pressure of My hands. 
The Potter knows the exact amount of pressure that is needed to mold the vessel. As the clay spins around in an unending circle, it is made perfectly smooth by the Potter. 

I am holding you and moulding you. 
Sometimes the Potter just holds the clay, letting it go round and round and all the while being held safely in the Potter's hands. Other times the Potter is moulding the clay and making it into what He has planned for it to be. 
At times in our lives it may seem like nothing is happening, but God is always working. Holding, moulding, or firing He's always right there with us. 

Proud and pleased with My creation. And the fire that lies ahead will only enhance your beauty. 
The fire that lies ahead is called a kiln. In the kiln vessels are fired. A pot is fired, glazed (painted), and fired again. A pot that has not been fired isn't nearly as beautiful as a colorfully glazed vessel. 

The firing and the kiln can be compared to the trials and tribulations of this life, when our faith is tested. But if we stick it out and cling to God and His promises our faith will be stronger because of it. 

Thank you for reading and I hope you found it enjoyable. Leave a comment and let me know your thoughts or input. I'd love to hear from you! 
I hope to see you back next week for "The Clay and The Potter ~ 2"! 


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July!

Today is the day America celebrates 239 years of freedom. Wars have been fought and men killed for us. So we can have independence. And are we really grateful? Do we really appreciate our freedom? Everyday do we thank God for the Liberty  to worship Him freely? 

If we were truly, 100% honest with ourselves we would have to say no. There are times we don't give a thought to the lives lost. To the men and women who have died so we can live in this free nation. 

Oh say, can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there, 
Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave...

These last couple of days I've been listening to the radio quite a bit, hoping to hear some patriotic songs. And I've heard one. One patriotic song! It makes me want to scream, "Hello America! Don't you know what this weekend is? Don't you know what the 4th of July represents? It's not about parties and fireworks, cookouts and hotdogs. It's about freedom, independence, and liberty." 

Here's a video I absolutely love. I wanted to share it with y'all. :)

And this is my favorite patriotic song (besides the national anthem) God Bless America by Lee Greenwood. 

Faith, Family, Freedom, then Fireworks. In that order. :-)

I'm proud to be an American. God Bless this wonderful country. 

Leave a comment and let me know what you thought! I'd love to hear from you. ;) 

A quick reminder to anyone planning to enter the 'Imagine This' writing contest on my other blog you have through Tuesday, July 7! Thanks :)

-All pictures from Pinterest-