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I Am So Grateful…

This morning as I was praying, I found myself expressing my gratitude to God for who He is and what He does. I am so grateful……

  • For the variety, intricate detail, and exquisite color of creation (Psalms 8).
  • For giving us the Bible, His inspired, living Word, so that I can study and more fully know him (II Timothy 3:16).
  • For not only forgiving me (Romans 10:9, 13) but also removing my sins as far as the east is from the west. We can plant our feet on the North and South Poles but we can never catch up with the east or west (Psalms 103:12).
  • For His faithfulness that is new every morning (Lamentations 3:22).
  • For His tender mercy and steadfast love (Lamentations 3:22).
  • For hearing and answering my prayers (Matthew 7:7-11 and James 5:15-16).
  • For being willing to give His only son, Jesus, as a sacrifice for my sins so that I can have forgiveness of sins and live in relationship with a Holy God (John 3:16).
  • For feeling my sorrow and grief (James 5:11).
  • For always walking beside me in my times of testing and walking through difficult times (fire & water). (Isaiah 43:1-3 & Psalms 66: 10-12).
  • For being my refuge and strength in times of trouble (Psalms 46:1).
  • For being my strength when I am weak (Isaiah 40:29).
  • For never tempting me but when I are tempted by the evil one, provides a way of escape (I Corinthians 10: 12-13, II Peter 2:9 and II Thessalonians 3:3).
  • For desiring a relationship with me as my Father (James 4:8).
  • For knowing me as a unique person, created by God himself (Psalms 33:13-15, Isaiah 43:1, 7).
  • For holding the hearts of kings in his hand (Psalms 33:10 and Proverbs 21:1).
  • For being my rock, my shield, my hiding place (Psalms 18:2).
  • For being with me in my darkest moments (Psalms 40:1-2)
  • For being my refuge and strength in times of trouble (Psalms 46:1)
  • For promising to be with me even in death (Psalms Psalms 23:4 and 48:14).
  • For being a God of peace and speaking peace to his people (Psalms 85:8).
  • For living in me in the form of the Holy Spirit (I John 4:13).
  • For providing angels to guard and protect me (Psalms 34:7).
  • For preparing a home in heaven for those who love you so that I can spend eternity with you (John 14: 1-4).
  • That one day you will say, “enough is enough” and crush the head of the serpent (Satan) and win triumphantly over evil (Revelations 11:15 and 12:9-12).

The message at church today focused on Psalms 91. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty God”. The Hebrew word for Almighty is “El Shaddai” which means God-the enough.

What an amazing God we serve. He is Almighty God-the enough and I am so grateful.

June on the Farm

I love June and especially this year. It has been absolutely gorgeous and the weather has been so refreshing and …well perfect.

I thought I would share some pictures I have taken around the farm this month. Some people call it the “dog-days of summer”.  I call it the “flower days”.  Come July-I may change my mind!!!  Enjoy!

Welcome to Hertzlers!

Bumblebees and honeybees love this tree.

Farm work…planting corn, making hay.

And well….maybe there is a dog!

Wildflowers abound…love thistle flowers-but not the thistle!

Hertzlers at the Powhatan Farmers Market.

My garden is doing so well this year.

Onions going to seed…as pretty as any flower.

Better Boy tomatoes.

Blue Lake Bush Beans (on left) and Fordhook Limas (on right)

Incredible sweet corn will soon be ready.

Corn Beans and Blue Lake Pole.

Asparagus is over and going to seed.

Farm critters!

Mama Cow and calf.

A mama and her twins.

Some of the beef herd.

The big bull-a contented sire!

Ducks

A tree full of nasty buzzards-there were several dozen!

Baby chicks hatching in the incubator.  I crossed Salmon Faverolles with a Delaware Rooster. Can’t wait to see what they are like. I love the Salmon Faverolles except that they lay a small egg. I want a big egg!! I am trying to see if I can keep their stunning appearance (muffs, feathers on feet and buff coloring) and improve the egg size.

These are the parents.

The horses at the stable.

June flowers.

Daylillies

Roses…. a blaze of glory and a touch of heaven.

Daisys

A summer faithful-Geraniums. They love the heat and dry weather.

I forget what these are called. (Someone can help me)

 Elegant, graceful Hostas.

Rose of Sharon Shrub. We used to make dolls out of these flowers.

And my absolute-top of the list-favorite….the stunning Evening Primrose.

Each evening at 8:30-8:45 they open before your amazed eyes. Yes, you can actually watch them unfold. The hummingbird moths love them. I have two kinds that come. One has a short beak and looks like a moth. The other looks like a moth but has a long dangling beak. He helicopters over the bud and inserts his beak deep into the flower. Never misses.

The moths with the short beak nuzzle their noses deep into the flower.

Supper

Barbecue chicken on the grill.

And recreation..Gene pitches for the church softball team.

Stunning sky and clouds.

Oh, Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c]

You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalms 8 (NIV)

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