Monday, September 24, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#4 HOME (September 2018)

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WELCOME to the September "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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GHOST - The Tomato Eating White Squirrel
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WELCOME to HOME feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
Meet your HOME week Hosts
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This week is HOME feature week
Swing by the Home Hosts' Blogs:
Bev @ Eclectic Red Barn
Heidi @ Heidi's Wanderings
This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home décor, antique/DIY &/or travel (this can include anything about your home - even history posts - all while remaining family friendly)

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(All features were chosen from the August "You're the Star" blog hop)

Bee Happy DIY Planter by Faeries & Fauna
DIY Planter Idea with Bee Happy Text and Pansy flowers
If you've been featured then please grab a STAR button below:
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All Hosts/CoHosts will post this blog hop on every Monday of each week.
Please link up your family friendly blog posts below!
It wouldn't be a linky party with YOU!
(IMPORTANT NOTE: by linking up you understand that you might be featured next month and if so, we will use some of your photos from your post - rest assured - we will always link back to your lovely blog.  We might also share your fantastic posts on social media.  Also, you may link up as many family-friendly posts as you like & YES - other blog hops &/or giveaways are welcome {giveaways and blog hops will NOT be featured though}  Thank You & ENJOY! )








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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Becoming a Christian Soldier - BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

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Becoming a Christian Soldier - BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

 Today we continue learning about "Becoming A Christian Soldier" and learning how to "put on the full armor of God" (Ephesians 6:11) - Now, I have to be very clear - I am NOT talking about becoming a physical soldier and I am NOT saying that you should go out and physically fight (although I appreciate and respect anybody who has served or is serving in our army, navy or air force).  What I'm talking about in this series is on a spiritual level.  If you look at Ephesians, chapter 6 verse 12: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood..." that is the exact point - we are not talking about a physical fight and we are not talking about physical training.  Becoming a Christian soldier is all about our relationship with God;  about our spiritual training and about our spiritual self.

A few weeks ago we learned about who our enemy is and then most recently we learned about the BELT OF TRUTH.
Click HERE to read INTRODUCTION to this series.
Click HERE to read "STRENGTH FROM GOD"
Click HERE to read "4 Ways To STAND"
Click HERE to read "BELT OF TRUTH"

Our God is all powerful, all knowing, He is our Protector and Provider - He would never throw us into a battle without fully equipping us first.  Today we continue learning about the "full armor of God" and specifically "the breastplate of righteousness." 

It is interesting to me that there is an order to the verses in Ephesians chapter 6 - first we must prepare, train and draw from God's power "after you have done everything" - verse 13 ) and then we must STAND.  It's not all about the preparation, eventually we must "do" or "act" - we must implement what we learned in our training.

I've always thought of "righteous" as meaning "arrogant"  but that is not a true definition - so that is why I looked it up in the dictionary.  
"Righteousness - acting in accord with moral or divine law: free from guilt or sin.  Morally right or justifiable, arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality." 

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Isn't it interesting that our condemnation started by one person's sinful act (we are talking about eating from the forbidden tree in the garden of Eden) and then our salvation began by Jesus' one act of righteousness.  The latter eliminates the first and we are justified through Christ for eternity.

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;  by his wounds you have been healed."  1 Peter 2:24

In the verse above we see that we are to live for righteousness because of Jesus' sacrifice. 

"The Breastplate of Righteousness"
The "breastplate" referred to in Ephesians was made of metal and it protected the soldier's torso and specifically it protected the heart.  The modern version of a breastplate would of course be the bullet proof vest.  To me "righteousness" comes from the heart - from the inner most part of our being;  the emotion center and the force of our existence.  That place in our body where we feel the pain of injustice and the place where we feel that rush of knowing what is right and wrong and where we feel the urging of what justice needs to be done.

Being righteous is good for you and those around you obviously benefit from your acts of righteousness also! - take a look at the verse below:     

"He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor."  
Proverbs 21:21

"Life, prosperity and honor" is yours when you live & act in a righteous way based on the way that Jesus lived.  Living righteously is being Christ-like.

"Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness."  
James 3:18

In the verse above we go back to what we were talking about last week - to "stand" is not going on the attack and it is not running away - in a sense it is peaceful.  Yes, you need to be on guard and ready to act in a Godly manner but there needs to be peace before you make that next step.  You need to stand in peace in order to hear what God is telling you to do.  Then and only then will you "raise a harvest of righteousness."

Righteousness is Godly emotions in action. 
Be sure to keep "The Breastplate of Righteousness" securely in place in your life.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Orange Mahogany Sunflower - Part#1

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Orange Mahogany Sunflower - Part#1

This is a continuation featuring variety #4 in the Sunflower Series of 2018 where I share with you the four sunflower varieties that I grew in my garden this year.

This variety is almost identical to "Procut Bicolor" sunflower (variety feature #2).  The procut was just a lighter colored version of this gorgeous stunner.  However, this variety is by far my favorite from garden 2018.  

I had a very difficult time narrowing down the pictures to share with you but I decided that this flower is just too beautiful to cut out showing you pictures.  I have split featuring the Orange Mahogany Sunflower into two parts - this is part #1.

ENJOY the following pictures!

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.
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Sunflowers from 2018:

Sunflowers from 2017:
Sunflowers from 2016:



Sunflowers from 2015:

Sunflowers from 2014:
Sunflowers from 2013:

Sunflowers from 2012:

Sunflowers from 2011:
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