Sunday, October 22, 2017

PARABLES - The Son Who Ran Away (The Prodigal Son)

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PARABLES - The Son Who Ran Away (The Prodigal Son)

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This is an amazing illustration and so true in our modern society.

Have you ever seen a pig in real life? - I'll admit that piglets are very cute but have you ever seen them eat?  And have you ever seen the slop that they eat? Words can't describe what a mess they create, plus the sounds that they make while eating - YUK!  Just imagine being so low in life that you desire the food that pigs eat - that is the lowest of low.  The youngest son in this parable found himself in that exact situation.  

How many times in our society  have you heard of a wealthy celebrity squandering all of their money only to become destitute? - I can't even count how many times I've heard of that happening (OK - not literally living with the pigs but still similar to this parable).  

I believe that this parable symbolizes our spiritual life and that we all must come to this lowly point in our soul before we realize that Jesus is the answer and the only way!  Not only must we realize this but we must go to our Heavenly Father and confess our sins - just as the youngest son did in this parable.  Notice in this parable: the son first said to himself "I will say to my father I have sinned against heaven and against you."  Then he had to act and go to his father and then when he saw his father in person - he again repeated to him directly "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you."  First came the decision then came the action
It's the same in our personal life - we must first make the decision to follow Jesus and then pray and ask our Heavenly Father to forgive our sins. 

I also find if very interesting that the father in this parable was looking for his son - "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him" (I think that is my favorite line in this scripture).  The father had never given up hope that his son would return home.  He was always searching for him and saw him long before the son reached his father's house.

Coming to the Truth can be very difficult but in the end the "Truth will set you free."  Our Heavenly Father has prepared a heavenly celebration for us - all we have to do is go to God in prayer and ask for forgiveness.There is a Celestial Celebration when just one person accepts God's gift of forgiveness
(read "It Only Takes One" )
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Previous PARABLE posts:
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "The True Vine & the Father Gardener"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Be a Fruitful Branch Instead of a Withering Branch"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Producing Joyful Fruit - God's Love Remains Forever"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Everlasting Fruit & Everlasting Friends"

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Friday, October 20, 2017

GHOST - The Tomato Eating White Squirrel

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Ghost - The Tomato Eating White Squirrel

For a few weeks now I have been hearing reports of a white squirrel living around my parent's house.  I thought that maybe my parents were playing a Halloween joke on me or something but I just returned home from visiting them and it's true!!  I was able to capture my encounter with the white squirrel:

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Unfortunately, I was using my camera phone and since it is new to me I was not able to zoom in (like I would have been able to do with my regular camera) - so some of the detailed pictures are fuzzy.

(The pictures below are cropped and zoomed in versions of the previous pictures - they are numbered so you can follow along).

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Here are two of my previous encounters with squirrels over the past 6 years:
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Cheeky Squirrel Posing for Pictures
Stingy Spuirrel

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report #87

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#87 - Weekly Thankfulness & Growth Report

If you were following this blog in 2015 then you will be familiar with my "365 Days of Being Thankful" challenge.  I have missed reporting on my thankfulness since I finished my challenge 2 years ago, so I decided to at least give a weekly Thankfulness Report & include a Growth Report also.  Growth in our Christian walk, growth in the garden & growth on this blog.  Finally, I am also including a "Posts From the Past" feature - ENJOY!

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This week I have been thankful for my parents, my sister and my nieces.  I am thankful for my husband's clever humor.  I am most thankful that God created smiles and laughter. 

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"Be on your guard;  stand firm in the faith;  be men of courage;  be strong.  Do everything in love." 
1 Corinthians 16:13 & 14

Love is the key to living a Christ centered life. 

Read: Do Everything in Love

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We are still having warmer than normal temperatures and still find ourselves mowing the lawn (almost unheard of in late October in Michigan!).

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- Here are my Follower stats:
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Instagram - 354
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That's a grand total of 28,645 followers in some form or another (which is up 21 from last week).

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Three years ago we grew stevia and dried it to sweeten our winter teas:
Drying Stevia for a Natural Tea Sweetener
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Eat Smart Precision Thermometer GIVEAWAY

The Eat Smart Precision Thermometer GIVEAWAY!
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Part of the Falling into Autumn Gift Guide
but first - read this great post:
Cauliflower Lasagna Roll-ups with White Sauce RECIPE
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(the following post was written by Laura from Michigan Saving and More )

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Time To Link Up! Tuesdays with a Twist #234

Welcome to Tuesdays with a Twist #234!
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Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured! 
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My Features this Week are:

1. "How Committed Are You To God?" by Is It Monday Yet?
2. "Farmhouse Kitchen Project Organizing Spices" by Grandma's House DIY
3. "12 Adorable Halloween Costumes for Little Kids"  by from Play Dates to Parties

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Monday, October 16, 2017

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (October 2017)

I hope that everyone is enjoying this beautiful Autumn season!
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Welcome to week#3 of the October "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share this post from my blog:

WELCOME to FAMILY feature week of the
October "You're the STAR" blog hop!
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This week is FAMILY feature week
Swing by the Family hosting team's blogs:
Miranda @ The Myrabev Life
Linda @ Country Loving Mom
Elizabeth @ Family Farm School
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#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, health, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)

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(These features were chosen from the September "You're the STAR" blog hop)
 Inspiration for Clean, Bright, and Beautiful Linen Storage by From Play Dates to Parties
Find out key elements to creating functional and beautiful linen storage for your home, whether it's in a linen closet or open shelving
Trials of Chronic Illness by Homeschool Insights

Cuba- Day One, Havana by Not In Jersey
Havana, Cuba

10 Facts About Breastfeeding by Simple Indian Mom

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #26

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Christian Camp Songs & Chorus Hymns #26

I spent many years in my late teens and early twenties working at Christian Camps.  I even met my husband at a Christian camp.  These wonderful memories of great experiences make Christian camp songs very special to me.

On top of featuring an old hymn each month in what I call "Old Fashioned Sunday Hymn Sing" - I will also be featuring a chorus hymn every month - ENJOY!
Today's featured song is "Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul" - This fantastic song was actually written at a Christian Camp in Pennsylvania!  There was a time of sharing testimonies and an elderly man described the day of his salvation as if "heaven came down and glory filled his soul".  That's how John W. Peterson wrote this song! 

"....suddenly, a light from heaven flashed around him."
Acts 9:3

I have included 2 YouTube videos of this wonderful song (see below the lyrics) -  ENJOY!

Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul
Written & Composed by John W. Peterson

1. O what a wonderful, wonderful day - Day I will never forget;  After I'd wandered in darkness away, Jesus my Savior I met.  O what a tender compassionate friend - He met the need of my heart;  Shadows dispelling, With joy I am telling He made all the darkness depart!
2.   Born of the Spirit with life from above Into God's family divine, Justified fully through Calvary's love, O what a standing is mine!  And the transaction so quickly was made when as a sinner I came, Took of the offer Of grace He did proffer - He saved me, O praise His dear name!.
3.   Now I've a hope that will surely endure After the passing of time;  I have a future in heaven for sure, There in those mansions sublime.  And it's because of that wonderful day When at the cross I believed;  Riches eternal And blessings supernal From His precious hand I received.


Heaven came down and glory filled my soul, When at the cross the Savior made me whole;  My sins were washed away And my night was turned to day - Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!.

A special thanks to "buckalecs" for sharing this with us on YouTube

A special thanks to "2CBNTV" for sharing this with us on YouTube

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