Well, guess what y'all? It's August!!! Oh my! Where has summer gone? Technically, it's still summer, but with school starting back today, it seems like it has been a short summer. I can remember back in the day, when school let out the middle to the end of May and didn't start back up until after Labor Day! Sure makes me feel old, recalling the "olden days". hahahaha
I wanted to share my third grungy card. Back in July when I posted about the first one, I said I had three, so this is the last one. I am really enjoying learning my Spectrum Noir markers. I don't know that I'll ever get as good as I hope to get with them, but I have had a good time working with them.
I hope y'all like this card. I had a good time making it. It is so amazing at how little it really takes to make a difference. I hope you can see what I'm talking about in a minute, when you start looking at the pics.
Hope you enjoyed that. Now, off to something just a little different. Make that a lot different!!!!
Ok y'all, I don't like snakes. I want to say that again, "I don't like snakes!!" Not in the least little bit, no way, no how, not gonna happen in this lifetime. Nada, zilch, nope, not gonna happen!!!! So, the week I was preparing to go up to Ky, I was out and about, getting things ready for my absence at home, for a bit. I was getting ready to make a quick run to the grocery store and out the back door I went and bounded down the steps off the deck and was getting ready to go to the garage and something at the back of the garage caught my eye, just as I breezed by. I stopped, stepped back a couple of steps and looked over my right shoulder, and I screamed and jumped and ran back up the steps, my hubby thought a "booger" had scared me. I said "not hardly, I scare "boogers", they don't have a chance." But what did scare me is what is in the picture below.
This got me to thinking when I was a kid, maybe seven or so. Our kitchen was at the back of the house, behind the living room and it was bumped out on the end so there was an outside door that was on the front of the house, because it faced the front. It was a small covered porch and three or four poured concrete steps. Once on the porch, you could look directly up, and there was the attic entrance that was covered with maybe a piece of plywood that you would just move it to one side if you needed to go to the attic and then move it back over the entrance. It wasn't used for any kind of storage, so it wasn't used much. On the wall just under the roof of the porch was an outside light. Just a single bulb with a kind of clearish, whiteish globe. I was getting ready to come in the kitchen and looked up just as I stepped up on the porch and there was a huge black snake hanging around that light fixture, just like you would wrap a scarf around your neck to hang evenly, that's how that snake was hanging there!! I screamed and ran back off the porch and my family came running, anyone that was home came running to see what the commotion was. All I could do was point and say "there". It was at least five or six feet long. It scared the stink plum out of me. I never went in that back door again without looking closely to see if there was a snake. I asked how it got up there. Someone suggested that maybe it was coming from the attic and I said, "you mean we live in that house with snakes in the attic!!!" My brother said, "If that's where it came from, it came from the attic, and not the house, so it wasn't in the house." My argument, "Technically, it was in the house, and I was in the house." Did I happen to mention, I just flat out don't like snakes!!!
Which brings to mind, another reason I don't like snakes. My grandparents lived in a big, old house out close to the church they went to. Another house came available on the same road, but it was out closer to the main highway and they decided they wanted to move to that house. If I remember correctly, the same land owner owned it that owned the one they was already living in. So, he was gonna let them move in the one closer to the road. It needed fixing up some, so my mom and dad was helping with cleaning and renovation of the house before they moved. The two houses was a pretty good ways apart from each other. Probably a mile or so. There was a dirt tractor path through the farm area from one house to the other. When mom and dad was at the house working and the older boys helping, the younger ones of us could go over to Ma and Pa's and visit with them for a spell.
The dirt on the path was as fine as powder. Any barefoot tracks really shown. If you knew the feet, you could easily pick out who they belonged to, just by seeing the prints in the dirt. My two youngest brothers and I was walking along going over to see Ma and they were ahead of me by a little bit. I was just moseying along and for some reason, I happened to look back over my shoulder and here came a "black racer" snake chasing me!!! He had his head off the ground at least a foot and he was coming after me and I never seen anything like that before. I screamed, and started running and ran and ran and ran and I didn't stop running till I got to Ma's house and I never made that walk through the dirt path again.
I was talking about that with some of my brothers and mom and one of my brothers said that if I would have turned around and ran back at it, that I would have scared it as bad or more than it scared me. I said, "Yeah, right! I still hate snakes!" Now, I don't know if I could have scared the snake as bad as it scared me or not, but I would not have EVEN tried it back then for sure! Not so sure I would try it now. But, then again, I might have to do a stare down with one now, because now I could not "haul self" (run like the dickens) like I did back then, when I was young. Oh, to be young again, and be able to run from a snake!!!! Even through all the years that have passed since these two incidents with snakes, "I STILL HATE SNAKES!!!" Yup, that's right, still a sissy when it comes to all things slithery! hahaha Bet some of y'all are too! hahaha
As I leave you this afternoon, I leave you with this scripture; Psalm46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in our trouble."
Today, one of the major fixations is the "super-heroes" in the movies. Every one loves a good movie with a good hero in the end to save the day or to ride off in the sunset, or to live happily ever after. We just love it when the "good guy" wins.
Have you ever thought that we have our own hero. We don't look at God in that light, because it is trivializing to what God has done for us, is doing for us and will do for us. I never want to trivialize God in that manner. But, if you just have to have a hero, I challenge you to look at what God does for us.
Since God is the creator of all that is, He is in charge over all. Do you have fears and worries? Of course you do, we all do. We don't mean to, but we do, none the less. We struggle with that every day, and we confess those sins to God and ask Him to help us. God is always there, at all times! Never is He not there. God is the source of our security and peace. What do you think of when you think of the word "refuge"? God being our refuge? I think about that place of safety, that secret place, that hidden place where only God is, and I am there with Him. Never to be disturbed by the things that disturb us in this life. I think about all the problems and situations of life that arise, but God is going ahead of me working it out. Yes, there is things of this life that will touch each and every one of us and we will have to walk those things out. But, we don't have to walk it out alone. Anything in this life that can hurt us or cause us distress is temporary. This life is temporary. Our ultimate goal in this life should be "eternal glory"! Absolutely nothing will happen to any one of us that God doesn't know about. God knows His own. If you are not in a right relationship with God, why not get that worked out, now, so that you too, can know the comfort of God as your refuge and strength, and your present help in trouble? Jesus Christ said that no one comes to Father, except thru Me. The way to God, the Father is thru Jesus Christ, the Son. I hope that you will take the opportunity to repent and ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and to be Lord of you life and to help you live your life with eternal glory at the fore front of your mind. When we focus on eternal things, then the temporary problems doesn't seem so big. I hope and pray that you will let God be your safe place to fall.
Have a wonderful rest of the day, y'all! I hope you enjoyed your visit here this evening, and if you did, tell someone about your visit. I hope you will come back soon.
Ladybug, I hope all is well in the village this evening. Hope to see you soon. Love you lots, Sweetpea!
Come back soon y'all. Remember, God loves y'all and so do I. hugs, Patty