Sunday, April 26, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 9:34 AM
Friday, April 24, 2015
God gave me a most beautiful gift this morning which I feel led to share with you. It is a song by Laura Story titled Blessings. I have included the lyrics. I pray that it fills your heart as it has filled mine.
Posted by Shirlee at 7:46 AM
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 8:27 AM
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 7:59 PM
In the first chapter, the author states that her book is different from other relationship books in that it does not give you a list of things to do in order to be a better mother/wife/friend/daughter/etc. She indicates that following such lists never results in the happy relationships we desire. We do these things, the other person does not respond like we are led to believe they will, & then we only become more frustrated. Her answer to mending relationships with other people is to simply show them the love of Jesus. I agree that we should show everyone the love of Jesus.
What really bothers me about the book is that the author states on at least two occasions that if there is physical abuse in a relationship, one should remove oneself from that relationship & seek professional counseling. I certainly agree with her on this point. However, she totally ignores the damage that can occur in relationships where there is emotional abuse. HelpGuide.org, a website focusing on mental health & well-being, states the following:
"You may think that physical abuse is far worse than emotional abuse, since physical violence can send you to the hospital & leave you with scars. But, the scars of emotional abuse are very real, & they run deep. In fact, emotional abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse - sometimes even more so."
To totally ignore the damage that results from being in an emotionally abusive relationship is unacceptable.
I agree that we should show everyone the love of Jesus. In Matthew 22, a man asks Jesus, "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?" Jesus replies, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart & with all your soul & with all your mind. This is the first & greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself." All Christians know this. We are to love everyone ... even those who are considered to be "unlovable." But does this mean we have to be in a relationship with them? No, it does not. If your mother, sister, daughter, friend, or anyone else is emotionally abusive to you, you do not have to be in a relationship with them & subject yourself to the abuse. You can still show them the love of Jesus by praying for them.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:18 AM
The morning after I posted the photo of the beautiful eggs in the robin's nest below our front porch ...
Posted by Shirlee at 7:06 AM
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 9:50 AM
Monday, April 20, 2015
I want to thank everyone who offered their prayers & good wishes for my eye. I was able to get in to see the eye doctor this morning. Although the eye is a little irritated & he could see where the branch tip poked me, the foreign body is nowhere to be found & things look to be on the mend. He said that the eye drops the ER doctor gave me where very strong ones & that this was a good thing as no infection has occurred. I am to continue to use the eye drops for another 7 days & then I should be "all better."
God is good : )
Many of you suggested that I should invest in some sort of eye protection. All I can say is that when this happened the year before last, I was wearing eye protection when a branch actually lifted up the eye protection & poked my eye underneath! When I received another poke in the eye last fall, I was not wearing eye protection but I was not really weeding either. I was just taking some cut-off tree branches to the end of the yard when I noticed some straggly growth underneath the myrtle bush, bent down to pull some of it out, & wham ... a poke in the eye. And I was being ultra-careful while weeding & trimming on Saturday ... it was just this incredibly skinny branch tip that was invisible due to the way it was positioned.
The eye doctor did suggest that I might want to invest in a welder's mask or a motorcycle helmet if I am going to go within 10 feet of bushes & trees in the future : )
As I stated previously, Saturday was the first dry, non-rainy day we'd had in a long time ... thus my desire to get outside to tackle this overdue weeding & trimming. Sunday brought rain again, & there's more rain today. Last night John & I got to see a beautiful sight though ... a double rainbow! I couldn't fit it all in the camera frame so I took 3 separate photos. The second rainbow is a bit hard to see ... you'll need to look closely : )
Posted by Shirlee at 4:23 PM
Sunday, April 19, 2015
It has been raining here almost nonstop, so when I saw that yesterday was predicted to be a dry, sunny day, I decided to spend a few hours outside doing the much neglected job of weeding & trimming around the trees & bushes. I was out there for about 6 hours & got about half the trees & bushes done. Things were going well, & then it happened.
Remember last November when I bent down to pull some weeds away from a myrtle bush after mistakenly cutting off two good branches & permanently disfiguring our little pine tree?
Posted by Shirlee at 8:53 AM
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Posted by Shirlee at 8:46 AM
Friday, April 3, 2015
My deepest thanks to everyone who offered prayers & sympathy regarding Sophie's passing. I was able to personally respond to most comments. However, about 18 of you are linked to Google+ & for whatever reason you come through as a no-reply blogger.
On Wednesday I received a most unexpected gift in the mail from the vet's office ... a little Plaster of Paris heart with Sophie's name, year of passing, & her paw print. I cried & cried. How thoughtful of them to do such a thing! I will treasure it always.
Posted by Shirlee at 8:39 AM