It has been some time since I looked out across the yard and saw green in it with the exception of the new trees growing. The grass is brown.
Last night we were blessed to receive about one half inch of rain. As I was walking around the yard this morning I could not help but notice green sprigs of grass coming up. I had not even seen that in the previous one half inch rain we received a couple of weeks ago. Today green sprigs of grass are shooting up all over the yard.
We still need more rain, but I am so thankful for the rain we received. Thank YOU Lord Jesus.
Living in Southwest Missouri is a mystery when it comes to the weather. In nearby Cassville the temp is showing at 19 degrees; hear at my house at 4 a.m. my thermometer showed 8 degrees…and it is still at 8 degrees.
Winter began officially on December 22, and we have had really nice temps for Christmas, and it began to change a bit on New Years day, getting cooler with wind. The wind sure does not help any. We had much colder days before the official start of Winter.
However, this morning is the coldest since the cool weather of Autumn and Winter began. Our coldest; up until this morning was 12 degrees; but I do not remember what day. I just remember it being that cold as I stepped out the door to go to work.
We live in a low spot next to the creek, and that probably has something to do with our temps being cooler than other places. I still like living where I do very much.
I am thankful for my home and the land on which we live and are God’s stewards of. He has blessed us immensely.
Come heat or cold I will praise the LORD.
This is the first Thanksgiving since the start of this blog. Just a note to myself and anyone else who might have an interest.
I am a person who endeavors to be thankful every day. First of all thankful to our Creator who has given us all things for blessing us. The air we breathe, the ground upon which we walk, the beating of our hearts; He gives us every beat. At His own will and discretion He could take us to our eternal destiny. Be thankful today of all days.
I am thankful for my family and friends as well. The Creator has given them to me to love and enjoy and to learn from them as well; and I pray I can be as good a family member and friend they have been to me. My wife is the gem, the jewel of my life. She was a gift from the Creator for sure.
Just over a year ago in September, on the 21st of September, as a matter of fact my wife had a rare heart surgery for an anuerism of the aorta of her heart. The surgery was a success; and she went for a annual exam yesterday with a CT scan and all looked good. For that I am thankful.
I am thankful for the five children the LORD has given me as well. They are all different in many ways, with very different personalities, and gifts. For that I am thankful too. I am thankful for my 12 grandchildren, and are they all so grand. I am thankful too that we have two already with Jesus.
I am thankful for the family I grew up in; my mother and father, brother, sisters; aunts and uncles, cousins; and all my fore fathers. Without them all I would not be who I am today.
I am thankful for so many things, and one last thing I want to let the world know is that I am thankful for our home and the land on which we live. It is God’s gift to us. I pray I will be a good steward of all the LORD has given me.
Thank YOU LORD.
Thankful on the banks of Flat Creek.
We moved into our new home along the banks of Flat Creek. It has been a joyous year being able to step outside our home; especially out the back doors, and hear the sound of the creek as it rolls down toward Table Rock Lake several miles away.
It was a joy to last Winter watch the Eagles as the soared above our heads, house and land. It was also with joy that when the tornado struck Joplin, MO. we had the house and space for our son James, his wife, and Archer and for a short while even Pillar and Skillet; to move in with us for a couple of months until they could find them a new home. Archer, ended up finding his home with us permanently. We have really enjoyed having him around too. I do not remember as a boy with a dog having as much fun and joy as I have had with Archer.
Anyway, the year has gone by quickly. There is much work we need to do around our home yet. We need to get a front porch built on it. We also want to built a back deck. That will still come.
One day we would like to get the old house my father was born and raised in fixed up and use it for family and friends to stay in when they come visit. That will be a while in coming. There is much work to do, and with being a pastor, driving a school bus there just does not seem to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything I would like to do.
I just thank the LORD Almighty for His blessings, His grace and His mercy. I also thank Him for our home which we are only stewards; and I pray will be always faithful stewards of what He has entrusted to our care.
Being blessed daily along the banks of Flat Creek.
If you notice the background picture of this blog you will see Flat Creek as it flows along toward the bluff the road is on toward our house. You will also notice the name change of this blog. It seems to be a bit more fitting than the name of this contributor to the blog.
I grew up on a farm along the banks of Flat Creek. That farm is part of the piece of land which my wife and I have ownership of; and have been given to care for for a while. We enjoy living where we live. We can hear the creek as it flows; and at times we can see it as we sit at our dining room table through the patio door.
I think the name change is a positive thing.
Enjoy, be blessed as we write of living along the banks of Flat Creek.