Monday, September 30, 2019

You're the STAR - Week#5 EXTRA (September 2019)

We are going to have a temperature roller coaster this week! - We start the week with 88 degrees and then 90 on Tuesday.  Falling to a high of 58 on Friday.
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WELCOME to the September 2019 "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
Before we continue onto the Linky party I wanted to share from my blog:
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The Importance of Prayer - COMFORT
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WELCOME to EXTRA feature week of the September "You're the STAR" blog hop!
(Sometimes we will have 5 Mondays in a month - these 5th special Mondays are called "EXTRA feature" days)
Meet all of your STAR Hosts 
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories (except for this special EXTRA day - we will be featuring 2 extra).  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#1 GARDEN - gardening, homesteading, recycling &/or preserving (this can include any type of green living,  while remaining family friendly),
WEEK#2 CREATIVE - arts & crafts, music, writing &/or dramatic arts (this can include sewing, dance, art history, handmade jewelry, computer art, fashion etc - anything creative while remaining family friendly)
WEEK#3 FAMILY - parenting, fitness, finances & inspirational (this can include anything about children like: education ideas for children, also self help, beauty etc -  anything family friendly)
WEEK#4 HOME - recipes, home d├ęcor, 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)

Dollar Store Fall Decor by Mama Dares To DIY
diy dollar tree pumpkins crackle paint
Double Caramel Spice Cupcakes by Love My Little Cottage















Lucia Bag Knitting Pattern by Lilia Craft Party



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 29, 2019

Psalm 119 - KAPH (Hebrew Alphabet)

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KAPH - Psalm 119: 81-88

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.  If you turn to Psalm 119 in your Bible you will notice that there is a strange word every 8 verses.  These "strange" words are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  David wrote this chapter in an acrostic pattern and every letter of the alphabet is followed by 8 verses.  It is a chapter full of praise and worship.  I thought it would be fun to study Psalm 119 by summarizing each alphabetic section in an acrostic format.

I did not know anything about the Hebrew language, so I did a little research.  The Hebrew language is written from the right to the left - opposite of the English language.  There are 22 letters to the Hebrew alphabet.  Today we continue studying with the eleventh letter KAPH.
I am also NOT a poet, so I had to research what an acrostic pattern meant.
An Acrostic Poem - is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase.
Example below.
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KAPH - Keep me sAfe, Preserve my life;  I place my Hope in your Word.

Last week we focused on God's unfailing love and how He takes care of us.  This week our focus is kind of the opposite - it's about enduring the difficult times.  During those rough patches, have you ever felt as if God has abandoned you?  I know I have felt that way but later I realize that God was carrying me through those horrible times. 

"..God has said, 'Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.' "  
Hebrews 13:5

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Look at David's frustrations and struggles in these eight verses:
IMPATIENCE
UNFAIRNESS
PERSECUTION

IMPATIENCE

"..WHEN will you comfort me?" (verse 82)

David states that he has been looking for God's promises and fails to find them.  He is being impatient and asking WHEN.  Maybe God is saying "not yet" or "wait".  We must be prepared to accept an answer of "wait", which requires patience.  And David continues:

"HOW LONG must your servant wait?" (verse 84)

This desperation is almost getting to the point of a child throwing a temper tantrum.  How long?  As long as it takes for God's plan to come to fruition.

UNFAIRNESS & PERSECUTION

"The arrogant dig pits to trap me
(verse 85)
"....I am being persecuted without cause"

 (verse 86)
"They almost wiped me from the earth"

 (verse 87)

I know that it seems as if you won't be able to make it through the rough patches in life but God will NEVER allow us to go through more than we can handle.  Upon reflection, after you have endured difficult times you will realize that God NEVER left you.

How does David respond to these difficulties?:
HE REMAINS STEADFAST (STRONG IN THE LORD).

"I do not forget your decrees"
 (verse 83)
"All your commands are trustworthy"

 (verse 86)
"I have not forsaken your precepts"

 (verse 87)
"that I may obey the statues of your mouth"


 (verse 88)


Let's remain strong in the Lord, even during the difficult times (or especially during hardships)!  God will carry you through!




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Friday, September 27, 2019

"Tall" Evening Sun Sunflower Variety

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0302_zpsfcwwqvy9.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
"Tall" Evening Sun Sunflower

This is the ninth year showcasing sunflower varieties grown in my garden.  Today we continue the Sunflower Series of 2019.

I bought 2 seed packets from two different places and ended up buying seeds that were named the same!  I say "named the same" and NOT "the same" because you will see how different they are.  However, I decided to split these pictures into 3 different posts: 
1.  "Tall" Evening Sun (this post) 
2.  "Dwarf" Evening Sun Mixture - Part#1 (click HERE to view )
3.  Part#2 - "Dwarf" Evening Sun Mixture (click HERE to view)

I have really enjoyed the deep dark colors of this Tall variety.  Also, it was as if they reached the clouds or the top of the trees (as you will see by my photos below)   


ENJOY the following pictures!

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.
© (2019)


LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0275_zpskckxrim0.jpg
LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo unnamed 8_zpstgun2vjf.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0276_zpspxti17od.jpg

Look at the picture below - just to the left of the flower:  you will see a tiny bee flying towards his "landing petal" (hahaha)
LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0395_zpsmapaxknd.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0285_zpsiswiergl.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0223_zpsxdyiflf5.jpg
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LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0398_zpssk7kbqhv.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0357_zpsfkwunrfh.jpg


LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0372_zpswsqqaynl.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0233_zpsuekc7wqr.jpg
LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0381_zpsbji9ixel.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0394_zpsp9vfhlte.jpg
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LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0274_zps2jxbcxft.jpg

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LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0349_zpsodlnpwsx.jpg
LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0338_zpsyqsw9nhp.jpg
LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0254_zpscz9bfrvn.jpg
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LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0304_zpsf6es4phv.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0231_zpso1ievkhf.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0255_zpsbtlb0sz4.jpg

LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0277_zpso759o7i0.jpg LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0200_zpsgzn58k8x.jpg
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LES - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF0300_zpsedivjygz.jpg
Sunflowers from 2019:
Sun-Fill Purple Sunflower
Procut "Light" Plum Sunflower
Procut "Dark" Plum Sunflower

Sunflowers from 2018:
Orange Mahogany Sunflower - Part 2

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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