God's Creatures-Part 4

18 Feb

A Time to Live

Melody Hendrix

Cats!

God's Strength in Us

17 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

This is a paraphrase of Isaiah 12:2  and Ephesians 3:20

Description: Human, Children, Girl, Blond, Water, Fountain, Drink
Photo credit Pixabay

Beloved, I am Holy Spirit.

I show you how to fulfill the purpose you were born for.

You rejoice in knowing you are safe with Me.

As freshwater brings joy to the thirsty

Your prayers, desires, hopes, and dreams flow along with me.

I, Holy Spirit, teach you what and how to pray.

I  answer your prayers for your highest good.

I grant you strength out of my rich treasury of glory.

You are reinforced by Holy Spirit dwelling in your innermost being. 

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

Be careful when you ask for romance on Valentine’s Day

16 Feb

Walking by Faith, Not by Sight

Janet Perez Eckles

Reblogged February 16, 2020

I ended up a bit muddled this week and posted Judy’s blog a day early and reblogged Janet’s a day late. Numbers tend to confuse me-Onisha

February 14, 2020

“I’ll be honest with you,” a friend said as we waited for our food at our favorite restaurant. “I want true love. I want to cry out, “Help, I’m married to a man made of stone.” I wish just once, on Valentine’s Day, he would show a little romance.”

Way deep inside, many women want the same. They want to be cherished, desired and romanced. Some receive it, others cry out for it and some never taste it, not even on Valentine’s Day.

Then disappointment invites self-pity. And both become her companion at night. But all changes when wisdom comes. The wisdom to recognize that love, genuine and lasting, trumps romance every time.

Romance vs. Love

That’s because contrary to love, romance is simply this:

Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person associated with love. (Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romance)

Who wants a simple, temporary pleasurable feeling? Maybe the woman at the well made this mistake during her journey. She looked for romance, but remained hungry for something more. She searched for true love, but found fake expressions instead. And as she desired a lifetime commitment, she found temporary satisfaction wrapped in discouragement.

Nothing has changed today. All the above are true. Similar to the woman at the well, we carry our own jar of insecurities, secret longings and romantic desires.

And as the woman at the well did, we need to put down that jar. When she did, Jesus, the lover of her soul, arrived. He spoke into her emptiness. He set her free. And with the living water He offered her, He quenched her thirst for security and misguided romance.

Jesus offers the same living water today.

He says, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13).

And with each trickle from that spring of water, we fill our cup with these five truths:

  1. Romance is simply the vase that holds the roses of love.
  2. The fake Hollywood kind of love is deceiving. Jesus’s love is genuine and never-ending.
  3. Only Jesus can fill the emptiness.
  4. Instead of looking for love in all the sad places, we embrace the joy only His love can bring.
  5. We learn to rely on Jesus’ love, trust that its constant, abundant and unconditional.

Let’s Pray

Father help me discern between my desire for romance and my need for love. Create in me a hunger for You and a thirst for Your living water. And grant me the wisdom to recognize and receive them. In Jesus’ name.

  • What is your heart thirsty for?
  • Who loves you with an everlasting love?
  • Have you found true love yet?

Janet

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Something of Interest…To Us, at Least-Part 2

15 Feb

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

As I mentioned last time, we were walking around Disney Springs recently and it occurred to me that lot of the door “handles” on the newer stores there are quite interesting and unique.  And just for information purposes, most of the stores I have photographed for this posting, are NOT Disney – they are just on Disney property.  Some of the names are quite recognizable, but others are not – at least not to either Fred or me.

Therefore, we’ve taken pictures of the ones that interest us the most, and present them to you now. These are some of the little “touches” at Disney that we enjoy.  We hope you do, as well.

This is a second “batch” of stores with unique door handles:

The Disney Candy Cauldron is a fun store.

There is a large front picture-window where the passer-by can stand and watch some of the candy being made.  Especially the candy apples.

All that metal frame work around the picture window is around the door as well:

Another unique door is at the George Wine Bar:

Can you say “shillelagh”

Columbia Sportswear Company has unique door handles – fish hooks perhaps?

And speaking of unique door handles, there is Kipling.

One of my favorites is the Levi store.

Description: Levi's sign

These handles really caught my eye:

Description: Levi's door

Here is the Keihl’s store – an unknown store brand to us:

Description: Kiehl's sign
Description: Kiehl's door

Okay, here come the cleats:

Description: Sperry sign

Imagine – having cleats as a door handle!

Description: Sperry - cleats - 2

Sugarboo is just a name that tickles my fancy.

Description: Sugarboo & Co

Their door handles are cute, as well.

Description: Sugarboo door

Frontera Cocina is unknown to us, but looks like a good Mexican food restaurant.

Description: Frontera Cocina sign
Description: Frontera Cocina door

Volcom is an unknown name to us, but has unique door handles.

Description: Volcom sign
Description: Volcom door

Uno de 50 is unique – as are the door handles.

Description: UNO de 50 sign
Description: UNO de 50 door

There are more to share with you, next time.

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

Entwined Hearts

14 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

My 2019 Great Lakes Road Trip Part 15

12 Feb

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites

Day 15 – Tuesday August 6

This morning Brian, Karen, and I had a great visit over breakfast and coffee, before Karen had to leave for work.  Brian took the time to follow me back into Chicago to turn in my rental car.  When that was out of the way, he took me around parts of the Oak Park area of Chicago where Frank Lloyd Wright had lived and worked.  Wikipedia tells me that Wright’s 1889 home was remodeled in 1895, and his studio was added to the house in 1898.  The house was then restored and registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1976, and is now operated as a museum by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.  

This part of the Oak Park area also boasts of an additional 25 Wright-designed structures, including the Frank Thomas House (1901), the Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902), the Edward R. Hills House (1906), the Laura Gale House (1909), and the Harry S. Adams House (1913), many of which Brian pointed out as we drove past them.

                                                Frank Thomas House (1901) 

                                                Arthur B. Heurtley House (1902)

                                                Edward R. Hills House (1906) 

Description: A large yellow house with terraces.

                                                Laura Gale House (1909)

Description: The exterior of the Harry S. Adams house. The facade is red brick. The house is surrounded by trees.

Harry S. Adams House (1913)

It has been said that Wright was heavily influenced by his first architectural “mentor” Louis H. Sullivan (who Wright called the Father of Modernism).  Wright worked for the firm of Adler & Sullivan from1888 to 1893, where he was Sullivan’s assistant.  During this time, he was introduced to the Prairie School style of architecture.   Wright has been quoted as saying of that style, “We were striving to establish simplicity and a real American form of architecture we could call our own.”  Note: The internet photos of Sullivan and Wright (below) are thought to have been taken of the two men in the late 1880s, during the time they were working together.

                        Louis H. Sullivan                                         Frank Lloyd Wright

After this interesting and informative tour of the Oak Park area, Brian drove me to the Midway International Airport were he dropped me off at the Southwest curb-side check-in area.  By the time I got processed through Security and made my way to the gate for my 1:00 pm flight I didn’t have to wait long.  The Southwest loading and departure for Orlando was right on time.  The non-stop flight was uneventful and the pretzels and mini- cookies were still fresh.  

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DiVoran was there to pick me up at the Orlando International Airport, and we had a great Colombian taste treat dinner at the Oh! Que Bueno Restaurant on SR-436.  Then we made that familiar trip on SR-50 to Titusville, and home, for a good night’s sleep in my own bed for the first time in two weeks.

I hope you have enjoyed reading about this Great Lakes Road Trip as much as I have, reliving these exciting adventures into some of these areas of our beautiful country.  Stay tuned for another one-of-a-kind trip to places you may or may not have ever been to, as I take to the road on my next adventure in the near future.  Happy travels to one and all.

—–The End—–

 Bill is a retired Mechanical engineer living with his wonderful artist/writer wife, DiVoran, of 61 years in Titusville, Florida. He was born and raised in the Southwest, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, attended Northrop University in Southern California and ended up working on America’s Manned Space Program for 35 years. He currently is retired and spends most of his time building and flying R/C model airplanes, traveling, writing blogs about his travels for Word Press and supporting his wife’s hobbies with framing, editing and marketing.  He also volunteers with a local church Car Care Ministry and as a tour guide at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum there in Titusville.  Bill has two wonderful children, two outstanding grandchildren, and a loving sister and her husband, all of whom also live in Central Florida, so he and DiVoran are rewarded by having family close to spend lots of quality time with.

 

Bill

 

                        One of Bill’s favorite Scriptures is:  John 10:10

God's Creatures- Part 3

11 Feb

Melody Hendrix

A Time to Live

Birds

Do you have a favorite bird at the Zoo?

 

MelodyWelcome! I’m so glad you stopped in to visit. I am retired and enjoying life. My hobbies are my 5 grandchildren, son and daughter, and my loving husband. I am a photographer and extreme nature lover. I love spending time in my garden or in the wilderness connected to God my Creator.
What a beautiful world we live in. We all have that in common. Natural beauty is everywhere, but sometimes we are not connected until we see a picture, taken just right, that makes it really come into focus and be admired. My passion is to make a connection between the lens and your soul. Photography is my passion.
 
My photography passion began when my Father handed me his old Ricohflex box camera when I was 12.  It was love at first sight. I still have it. My hand was never empty of a camera since.
 
 
I am a native Floridian. I am so lucky to call it home. I was born in Orlando BF (before Disney). My family moved to the Winter Park area when I was very young. Central Florida was so simple and quaint at that time. I wandered the streets barefoot with my friends, never worrying that something bad could ever happen. My Mom used to pick the sand-spurs out of my feet. I still go barefoot. It grounds me to earth and connects me to nature.
 
I have extensively explored Florida and its diverse beauty. So much to see and so little time. I would love for you to join me in my travels through the images I have taken. I wish you could hear the sounds, smell the fragrance and feel the breath of it. But for now we must be content with exploring with our eyes and only imagine the rest.
 
Thank you for your interest.

Ponder and Meditate

10 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

The Holy Bible made personal.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth

But you shall read and {meditate} on it day and night,

So that you may be careful to do everything in accordance with all that is Written in it:

For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will be successful.

I, the Lord your God protect you everywhere you go.

I have been carrying you on my back from the day you were born.  

I will never leave you nor forsake you. 

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Joshua 1:8 and Hebrews 13: 5 Resource: Amplified Bible 

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

SOMETHING OF INTEREST…TO US, AT LEAST Part 1

9 Feb

SUNDAY MEMORIES

Judy Wills

Two things first of all:

1)        Fred and I really enjoy Disney – all things Disney.

2)        We like to notice little “touches” of things while at Disney.

Okay, that’s out of the way.  Now…on January 25, 2017, I wrote a blog titled “Tied in Knots” and the entire blog was written because I had seen the little boats at Disney Springs tie up to the cleat at the dock.  I still get a chuckle over that every time we are at Disney Springs and ride the boat from one dock (West Side/Marketplace/The Landing) to another.  (Just for your information, Downtown Disney is now known as Disney Springs.  I don’t know why they changed the name – perhaps “Disney Springs” rolls off the tongue easier than “Downtown Disney” does.  Whatever…) 

We were walking around Disney Springs recently and it occurred to me that lot of the door “handles” on the newer stores there have interesting and unique handles.  Now, we had noticed these before, but it didn’t occur to us until just that moment that my readers might also enjoy seeing those door handles.  And yes, one set of those door handles are cleats!  And just for information purposes, most of the stores I have photographed for this posting, are NOT Disney – they are just on Disney property.  Some of the names are quite recognizable, but others are not – at least not to either Fred or me.

Therefore, we’ve taken pictures of the ones that interest us the most, and present them to you now. These are some of the little “touches” at Disney that we enjoy.  We hope you do, as well.

The Disney Springs logo is interesting:

Ron Jon Surf Shop is self-explanatory, I think:

The Art of Shaving is a unique store dealing with everything “shaving.”

We were amused to see the door handles are “barber poles”, as well as the barber pole off to the side – even if it is not red/white/and blue.

Tommy Bahama is fairly well known.  All types of clothing.

                        The door handle is quite unique.

Sephora is a cosmetic store – and a large one.

The door handles make an “S”

Melissa is an unknown brand name to us, but love the “M” of the door handles.  But both doors must be closed to see the rounded “M”

Alex and Ani is an unknown store to us.

But the door handles are unique.

Most people are familiar with Kate Spade, for one reason or another…

While the door handles aren’t unique, the “spade” is everywhere!

One of our favorite store “handles” is for the Johnston & Murphy men’s shoes store:

If ice cream – and chocolate – is your thing…here is a store for you!

Love the door handles!

And then there’s the Disney Ticket Center…

With rather unique door handles…pure Disney!

Much more to share – so until next time…..

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

I Will Give You Rest

7 Feb

My Take

DiVoran Lites

Beloved,I will give you rest. I am copy

Author, Poet and Artist

DiVoran has been writing for most of her life. Her first attempt at a story was when she was seven years old and her mother got a new typewriter. DiVoran got to use it and when her dad saw her writing he asked what she was writing about. DiVoran answered that she was writing the story of her life. Her dad’s only comment was, “Well, it’s going to be a very short story.” After most of a lifetime of writing and helping other writers, DiVoran finally launched her own dream which was to write a novel of her own. She now has her Florida Springs trilogy and her novel, a Christian Western Romance, Go West available on Amazon. When speaking about her road to publication, she gives thanks to the Lord for all the people who helped her grow and learn.  She says, “I could never have done it by myself, but when I got going everything fell beautifully into place, and I was glad I had started on my dream.”

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