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Saturday 12 September 2009

Spiritual Sundays

Hello Friends~ The other day I was reading a devotion from The Daily Bread and it reminded me of the time when my hubby and I had planned to take a trip around the Cabot Trail.
Now, for those of you who live in Canada, you know what the Cabot Trail is, but for my American friends, it is a scenic route driven up over the highlands of Cape Breton Island which is part of Nova Scotia, and it is particularly beautiful in the Autumn. It is a very popular drive for tourists and honeymooners.
Anyway, to get back to my story, we had pulled into this motel and asked for a room. When we walked into the room, there were hundreds of flies gathered into the corners of the room. Needless to say, we were quite uncomfortable with that and asked for another room. The clerk informed us that there were none available!
We never did get to go around the Cabot Trail!
One other time, we were preparing to move into the home of a friend of ours who was living off Island. Our friend had neglected to clean it up for us before the move and I was shocked to find dead insects and a disturbing amount of mouse evidence everywhere; and I mean everywhere! It was so bad that my friend who had accompanied me to help me get the place in order before our moving date, flat out refused to come back and help me clean it! Apparently it was too much for her to stomach! I didn't blame her; it was pretty bad! So, I got to do it all by myself, which brings me to the devotional that I am about to share with you!
Bill Crowder has done a splendid job putting my thoughts into words on the subject!

Our family had just arrived at the lake cottage we had rented for a week of much-anticipated vacation when my wife discovered the unmistakable evidence of spiders and mice in the house. It wasn't that we had never encountered such things, but that we had expected the cottage to be cleaned and prepared for our stay there. Instead, the counters, cabinets, and beds were littered with the residue of infestation, requiring much cleaning before we settled in. It wasn't a bad house; it had just been left untended.
We might be guilty of dealing with our hearts the way that cottage was managed. Our "untended places" can become breeding grounds for infestation of wrong thinking, poor attitudes, or sinful behavior - creating problems that require significant attention to correct. The wise path is to recognize our need to tend our hearts by staying in God's Word and embracing its truths.
In Psalms 119:11, King David recognized the danger of not building our lives on the Scriptures. He said, "Your Word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you."
With a focus on the Word, we can build strong spiritual lives that will help us avoid the dangers and inevitably grow in untended places.
Please join our gracious hostesses Charlotte and Ginger for another Spiritual Sunday by clicking on the link or the Spiritual Sundays button on my sidebar. Have a wonderful and restful Sunday everyone. The Lord bless you!
Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Pink Saturday

Happy Pink Saturday!
Welcome to my Pink Saturday post! Do you ever feel like you're running out of pink and then you find something else? Well, that is what happened to me this week. I was debating whether to participate or not because I couldn't come up with any pink and then, I found a little something where I least expected it.
We installed a pellet stove last Fall and I had to do some major cleaning up which meant putting a lot of stuff away. This little treasure was gathered up and put away and when I wanted it, I couldn't find it. Ever happen to you? Anyway, I found it Wednesday evening.

This is a darling little teacup that my hubby got me while on one of our many pastoral travels out of the province. It was found at an unexpected place; a big diner for truckers, of all places! They had a wonderful menu and a gift shop with all manner of darling little trinkets like what I'm about to show you.

It is pink with 14kt gold trim.
So how does it stack up next to a normal sized teacup? Cute, eh? The teacup and saucer on the left was a wedding shower gift many years ago.

Next is the little wide-eyed bunny that my son Jordan made in ceramics when he was around twelve.
This bunny is a cutie but we forgot to put his eyelashes on! Oh, well he's still a cutie with his pink nose and floppy ears!

Have a wonderful day friends and be sure to go visit Beverly and all the other pinkies. Click on the link or the Pink Saturday button on my sidebar to go to the site.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi