Friday, March 30, 2012

This Is My Father's World

This is my father's world, 
And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.

This is my father's world,  
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, 
Declare their makers praise.

This is my fathers world, 
He shines in all that's fair;

In the rustling grass I hear him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my father's world.
O let me ne'er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the ruler yet.

This is my father's world:
Why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King; let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let the earth be glad!

(From 20th century song: This is My Father's World)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Ahhh...

      So nice to be back in the blog world! My weeks have been crazy busy, and every time I sat down to write this post, something else came up to do. But, here it is. Better late than never, right? I hadn't taken very many pictures the last couple weeks, but I finally went out on Saturday evening to snap some random pictures. I have a post planned for later this week of some B-E-A-U-T-F-U-L pink and yellow spring flowers we've got. (and I promise they will be posted this week) 'Nuff of that rambling! On to the pictures... 

Yippee! I got my drivers permit last week! 
 "Nothin' runs like a Deere." 

 Some people get annoyed when these lovely little flowers come in bloom all over their yard. I get excited. They're so cheerful looking, and it always means Spring is on it's way. 

 Yum. Yum. YUM! I always love when we can have our fresh garden salads again. Oh, and speaking of yummy we had sauteed zucchini with garlic as a side dish for supper. Amazing-ness.  

And I close with a somewhat creepy picture of Red Buds. My intention of taking pictures Saturday evening was to get some Spring flowers, but the Red Buds were too high up so this is all I got of them. Today, however, my sister and I went on a short walk to get some for the kitchen table and I got some good shots. But that is for the next post. [smile] 

Thank you for following! You're the best. God Bless and stay safe. 
~Sveta D.

P.S. How do you like the new header?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Remember, Christian Soul,


Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life: God to glorify, Jesus to imitate, The angels and saints to invoke, A soul to save, A body to mortify, Sins to expiate, Virtues to acquire, Hell to avoid, Heaven to gain, Eternity to prepare for, Time to profit of. Neighbours to edify, The world to despise, Devils to combat, Passions to subdue, Death perhaps to suffer. And Judgement to undergo. 
(Found in the St. Augustine's prayer book)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Peek Into Africa

I meant to write a post about this on Sunday, but never got around to it. Better late than never, right? On February 1st my dad left busy, noisy America and went to busier, noisier Africa. On his way he stopped in London for the day. I am so jealous. I am so happy that he was able to look around the city for one day. After a couple other flights he arrived safe and sound in Tanzania, Africa. His time in Tanzania was spent teaching "evangelists" and pastors, visiting with some great friends, hiking in the hills, traveling around, preaching, and meeting lots of new people. After his six week stay, he came back home on Saturday. Jet-lag has decided to accompany my dad for his first few days back in the States, so we haven't heard many stories yet, but I'm sure time will bring them on. Lots of them too.  I've got a couple posts planned for this week, so come Thursday/Friday drop in here for a little visit. 
--Sveta 

 My father in front of the Kilimanjaro International Airport soon after arriving.



I was looking through Dad's albums and saw this shot and had to include it. Doesn't this make you want to be there?

And there you have it, a little peek into Africa. I never did post Dad's reports on here, so if you go to Forward in Africa you can see all the posts from his trip. More pictures will be updated to the website (FIA) shortly.

Friday, March 9, 2012

To Everything There is a Season



 'Tis such glorious, rainy, spring days we've been having lately. Perfect weather for hanging laundry outside again and taking little hikes through the woods. Spring has always been a favorite season of mine, reminding me that there is a new window to every closed door; just the thought of it makes me giddy! 



I smile as I think of all the long days to be spent planting, weeding, nurturing, and finally harvesting vegetables. Although it certainly is not easy job doing those things! There are times I wonder why in the world did I get a job that involves working in the hot sun all summer long, but when fall comes and we harvest; boy do I feel like I've accomplished something. It reminds me of life. We begin something new, learn and grow in it, have trials through it, and shed laughter in the midst of it all. There are times we want to give up, but when we persevere through all of it we feel a sense of accomplishment. I've been going through it myself (the readiness to give up, that is), but I keep telling myself, "Persevere! Get it done. Do hard things!" 




This season of Lent is a continuous reminder of Christ's sacrifices for us. He suffered rejection and pain for US. Why? Why did he let people hang him on a cross to die. Why did he allow men to make fun of him? Why, why why?! I don't deserve it. At all. But he did it out of love. Love for his people. Love for sinners. Love for you and me. He did it to set an example for us to love, serve, and care for others. He did it so that we can have a way of salvation. He did it so that we can have a personal, father-child relationship with him. When I begin to complain about trials I have in life, people God placed in my life, or the small things I [think] I am missing, I think of what Christ gave up for me and the things he went through for the salvation of my soul. Then I feel so blessed; because I am.



To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Smiles

 "A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside."




 "A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."



"A laugh is a smile that bursts."

"So  keep your head up high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about."

P.S. This is my 500th post! Wow. 500. 
P.S.S. I'm participating in the March photo a day challenge, and I'll be posting my pictures on the NL facebook page...maybe I'll do a once a week post on here, I don't know yet.