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Many years ago when I first became a Christian, a very dear friend told me that she was thankful she could go to the bathroom. This week I want to share my thanks for my five senses…and several other things.

Taste: Psm. 34:8 – “O taste and see that the LORD is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” God has provided a bounty of food for us to taste.

Sight: 2 Cor. 5:7 – “for we walk by faith, not by sight–“
and Matt. 5:8 – “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and by the blood of Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I am made pure in heart! Although I wear glasses, I so thankful for my eyes.

Smell: Gen. 27:27 – in reference to Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing, Isaac says – “…is like the smell of a field which the LORD has blessed;” With Spring approaching, we’ll soon be able to smell God’s creations

Hear: Matt. 10:27 – “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” Whispered in your ear…I can hear God’s whisper!!! And I can hear our granddaughter when she’s unhappy.
John 8:47 – “He who is of God hears the words of God…”

Feel/Touch: Mark 10:13 – “And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them;”
1 John 5:18 (Amplified) – “We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].” WOW! To hold my husband tight and feel his arms around me is such a huge blessing!

I’m also thankful for BibleGateway for offering a Bible reference toolbar I could install on my browser. Although I have several Bibles on my desk, it’s so easy just to go up to the toolbar and type in a word or scripture reference, and … there it is!

Again, I’m thankful to Christine for my new blog look.

Have a blessed day!

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I’m feeling:

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the internet again. I just love doing this and seeing what’s out there.

Today, being Saturday Scavenger Photo Hunt, I found the coolest website that features pictures of Virginia…from a different part of the state. We live in the Shenandoah Valley in the mountains and I found someone who lives down near Williamsburg and posts her pictures here at Deep Red Style. Go check out her pics for a different perspective of our state.

AND THEN, I found this place called GlassGiant where you can do all kinds of fun stuff with pictures~and other things. This is one of my favorite photos of Hubby and Grammy’s Girl’s hands. So I created this:

Now I’m feeling:

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God’s Creations

surround us in all we see~in the beauty of nature, in the smile of a child, in the eyes of a new baby (big smile) and even in that person who really irritates us. That’s right~the person that really irritates us.

I’ve been blessed to be aware of God’s creations in nature all my life. When I was a small child and as a family we would go for rides in the surrounding mountains, I used to see huge rocks and would mentally picture Jesus standing on that rock upon His return. Of course, I know better now.

When our girls were tiny babies and now that I have a grandchild, I look into those gorgeous eyes and wonder how anyone can believe in evolution! To think that we evolved from apes or even (as some do) that God is there and allowed evolution to take place, is absolutely preposterous to me.

But that person who cuts me off in traffic, or who is completely selfish in every aspect of their lives was also created by God. Saddam Hussein, his half brother and all involved in the haneous crimes committed against humanity are (were) created by God. Sometimes that’s hard to accept~but it’s true. That is how sin affects people.

Lord God Almighty, help me to remember that You have created ALL things. That person who is rude, unthankful, full of rebellion, and so on, is Your creation. Help me to show that person Your love. Create in me a pure heart. Help me to remember to pray for that person.

Is there someone in your life that causes you to struggle with this?

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Forgive my casualness, but that is exactly what I am…a chip off the old block. If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are too.

Our pastor has been doing a series on Creation from Genesis. I know, we all know the creation story, but this has been an in-depth, word by word study. Yesterday, we came to the verse “Then God said, ‘Let US [trinity] make man in OUR image, according to OUR likeness.’ . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26, 27-NKJ ~ italics mine) I don’t know about you but that blows me away~still~even after 24 years of walking with Jesus.

We are created in the image of our Heavenly Father but we have a sin nature. The Hebrew word for image is tselem which means to carve out or cut off. Hence, a chip off the old block. We are whittled to be like God! We cannot evolve into the image of God~it’s not in our genetics or DNA!

God created us to be in fellowship with Him. But because of sin, we are out of fellowship with God. We can have a “personal relationship with God” if we possess the Holy Spirit. We receive the Holy Spirit upon believing that Jesus came into the world as a baby, died on the cross with our sins on His shoulders and was raised on the third day. It’s that simple ~ just BELIEVE!

How about you? Are you a “chip off the old block”?

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An Adventure!

From time to time, Hubby and I enjoy taking day trips to nearby attractions. One such attraction is Crabtree Falls. You may have heard of it if you were a fan of the TV show The Waltons. Although not shown on the series, it was mentioned several times, usually in reference to a Sunday outing. For several weeks we had planned to go but it seems something always prevented the trip. So over the Thanksgiving weekend, we decided to give it another try.

Friday we hoped in Ole Bess (an older model that looks like a boat but rides like a limo) and headed up the road. We turned off the main highway and headed up the secondary road that leads up the mountain. The road is a very steep climb full of switchbacks. About half way up we noticed the engine was getting hot. Hubby pulled off the road, took an empty bottle and went down to a small stream to get water for the radiator. He was quite winded upon his return. It too was a very steep climb.

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Old Bess

After the engine cooled down, we started back up the mountain again. We hadn’t gone but about a mile further when it happened again. After pulling off and letting the engine cool down, we decided we maybe should put off our trip again. We nursed the car home, stopping several more times to let it cool and once more we were able to get more water to aid the process.

Saturday morning came and being determined to complete our excursion, we got in the truck and took off again. It was a much easier trip this time. On the way up the mountain, I set the camera to the action setting and held it out the window to capture this view.

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View of the ride up

Prior to arriving to the Falls, there are several camp sites along a nearby creek. This offers another wonderful view. Despite the fact that it’s November, there were actually quite a few people camping~the temps having been up in the upper 60s the last few days. With the amount of rain we’ve had recently, all the rivers and streams were filled to capacity.

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Stream

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The climb begins here

Crabtree Falls is the highest vertical-drop cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and is six miles off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Crabtree Falls Trail is 3 miles long. The Falls feature a series of five major cascades and a number of smaller ones that fall a total distance of 1,200 feet. As you begin the journey up, you find this warning.

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You MUST be careful!

As you can see from some of these pictures, this is not a climb for individuals who only do it on occasion (of which I am one). We only went as far as the second outlook. That’s right-the Trail is also full of lots of switchbacks so you are not next to the Falls the entire climb. Since the leaves are all off the trees, the views are spectacular!

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Small portion of the Falls

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Sheer rocks

I did some research on the internet and discovered the area was believed to have been discovered by a William Crabtree who settled there in 1777.

The land at the base of the falls was almost developed as a resort area in the late 1960s, but the residents of Nelson County encouraged the Forest Service to acquire the falls so it could be enjoyed freely by future generations. Money was secured from Congress to purchase the land and improve the safety and accessibility of the area around the falls. There are wooden stairs, gravel paths, railed overlooks, and a spectacular 100-foot bridge over the Tye River. This beautiful bridge, a laminated arch, was shipped from New York in one piece. Cranes lifted and placed it over the Tye River in 1978


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The Bridge

Over the years one thing I’ve learned about myself~the second visit to a place never seems to hold the same thrill as the first visit. Crabtree Falls is one of the exceptions. And I’m very thankful they didn’t put a resort at the base of the Falls!

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God’s Creations

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One of God’s Creations

In the beginning ~ God! Really that’s the only thing that needs to be said. He created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). (Gen. 1:1) The rest of the verses in Genesis 1 describe how God said let there be (light, sky, land, sun and moon, fish and birds, livestock and finally, man), and there was! Notice the emphasis on “said” .

Since I became a believer (born-again or whatever you want to call it), I have become so aware of God’s creations. I especially enjoy trying to photograph what my eye sees but it’s never quite the same. I’ve had people tell me I have “an eye” for pictures. It’s not so much the eye God created for me as much it is the ability He has given me.

I’ve met many, many of God-created people over the years (I’m not sure how anyone can believe that we “evolved” from apes ~ where did the apes come from????) Many I’ve met through blogging too. After all, it was a Christian friend who introduced me to blogging! Another one I want to mention is one whose informative blog has helped me in tons of ways. Her name is Annie and her blog is Blogger University (BlogU). She has so many helpful suggestions as well as links to some very informative websites.

I’m a self-taught blogger~never having had a class. I love “tinkering” with my templates as I’m sure most of you have noticed. I’m not a deep thinker, I just know what I like/love and enjoying sharing it and my faith with others.

Blessings to each of you today!

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The east side of the Carrizo plain, in the Temblor
Range, about 50 miles due west of Bakersfield ,
California Photo taken by Barbara Mathews
May 14. 2005

Nothing man can do could ever equal the glory of
God’s creations.

The Day GOD SPILLED THE PAINT!

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