What does it take to encourage you??

When one you/I are going through something we would rather now, what does it take to encourage/bless you?   So often we let a statement, an ugly look from someone or something that WE allow to take away our smile, or joy/happiness.  I have come through more than I can imagine, and I have actually come through it and am now out the other side.  I love birds, bugs and just creation in its beauty.  We presently are 2 months behind in many of our bills, our home is in a physical mess, for remodeling is at a virtual standstill until we get caught up with other financial obligations.  With saying this, today I was doing dishes and heard a birds call. It was one I hadn’t heard in some time and I went and grabbed my binoculars. It was a little pack, colony, group of WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS. I was elated and acted like a 8 year old kid getting an ice cream cone!  FUNNY! So with sharing the above information here is the delightful winged pleasure I now bless you with!

Cutie White Crowned Sparrow!
Cutie White Crowned Sparrow!

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Peek A Boo

This image above is a white crowned Sparrow playing peek a boo with me. Sparrows, yes they are common, but don’t bypass a sparrow just because of this.  This little guy thought I didn’t know he was there.  Do you ever think you are hiding from someone, your friend or foe? Do you blend in with your surroundings?  Remember that even though you might seem to be quiet and to blend in, someone DOES care and is watching.  May it be a special someone, and may you be blessed this day with treasures dear to your heart.    © Photography by Nicole

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What ailments have you had in your life?

What ailment/sickness have you ever battled?

My entire life I have battled many a sign or symptom of some kind of ailment from chest pains to mental breakdowns that I bounce back from within minutes. I have watched people that are perfectly fine, go off on some anger tangent of monumental proportions and then come back to ground level and act like all is fine. Others will say that one has an identity issue! I believe EVERY person that has been born has to come to grips of who they REALLY are, who GOD created and see that person when they LOOK into the mirror. I know ever so many when raised were told by someone repititiously something not true or nice and then when grown adults unknowingly believe that lie. We ALL battle some sort of addiction, be it something that goes into our mouth and belly or just want someone to listen to us. Personally I have been ignored ever so much by ever so many and when I am listened to or paid some attention, it ever so often is interrupted. I laugh (sincerely) for I love nature/creation and even have published a book, and sell my photography of that very subject! From birds to landscapes, and insects to flowers, and then I remember when ever so young that by the time I was three years old, I had traveled through nearly 40 states, and been is several national parks too. Growing up I remember moving several times before I was 10 years of age and nearly remember every plant/flower in every yard. I remember the bird nests, the species of butterfly. So what are your gifts/talents and why “might” they be what they are?  We read in the Bible, in the book of The Psalms 139!
Psalm 139 For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
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Psalm 139

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.

You have searched me, Lord,
    and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
    you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
    Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.                                               ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pretty in Pink!
Pretty in Pink!

Misc Being molded BEING MOLDED!!    After you slowly read this psalm, begin to realize who you really are, and when you do, you will realize who you are not, and now can be who God created you to be. I end with make a list of that which upsets you, makes you happy, what do we allow to affect our emotions. We are more than we imagine, and it’s time to dig up, throw out, what is bad, and fertilize what is good.  Can you tell the difference?  Contact me and tell me who you are, what you love and who or what BUGS you?  Shalom!!