Friday Photos–Antique/Classic Car Show

Here’s a blast from the past!

This car show was obviously before COVID-19!

All photos: Author’s collection

P. Booher

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What I Am Enjoying Now

Every now and then I make a list of things I enjoy. In a world where it’s too easy to see the negative, it’s good for my mental health to take note of what I find enjoyable.

What’s that list look like now?

Well, here it is–

  • The beautiful green and yellow leaves of butternut trees and the wild cherry trees. The yellow leaves look almost gold when the sun shines on them, and the gold shimmers in the breeze.
  • The songs and calls of the birds which live around here, especially the chickadees, cardinals, goldfinches, thrushes, and titmice, but even the harsh calls of the blue jays and crows.
  • Activities to look forward to–if the Lord permits, I’ve got more to write, more to do. I remember a period when I couldn’t think of anything which I was looking forward to. Now I can, and that’s a blessing.
  • Victories ahead, mentally and spiritually. I’ve won some battles, with God’s help, and I’ve lost some, when I didn’t ask for help or wasn’t aware I could ask for help. I know there are other battles ahead; I also know there are more victories ahead, large and small.
  • Watching Abby the cat chase her tail. That’s always fun to watch. Sometimes she does catch it, briefly, but it always manages to slip away.

Do you have a list you keep in mind?

P. Booher

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The Abby Chronicles–Abby Has A Complaint

Here I am, ready to write my story!

Chapter XVII

I strolled into the laundry room, intending to use one of my litter boxes. I smelled both of them. Would you believe neither one had been cleaned out?! Major problem!

What gives, humans? Don’t you know I am a cat. I am fastidious! Moreover, I am Abby!

Abby

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Friday Photos–Flowers–Not Ready for Summer to End!

Pansies are one of my favorite flowers, particularly yellow ones. They look so cheerful.
This begonia is in a galvanized water jug. The jug pitted inside and wasn’t suitable for holding water anymore, but it worked nicely for the begonia.
Begonias on their “summer vacation”.
Sunflowers–another favorite of mine.
I like the way the light green and lavender color of these hostas go together.
This little wild flower does its part to brighten the scene.

All photos: Author’s collection.

P. Booher

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Thankful for the Ability to Communicate

The ability to communicate is one of those gifts I tend to take for granted. To keep in touch with friends and family near or far makes life richer and more interesting. Internet access allows me to receive information and to exchange views with people thousands of miles away.

Yet I forget that all this is not a foregone conclusion. Communication processes, whether by picking up a pen and writing words on paper or tapping buttons on a keyboard, are complicated. Everything along the way must work right and in order, whether it’s my physical processes beginning with my brain that tells my nerves and muscles what to do, or electrical connections all along the line, from my computer to the outside world.
That’s what I take for granted, and I need to remind myself not to.

The ability to communicate with words is part of what separates human beings from animals. The loss of that ability, due to disease or accidents, can quickly demoralize people since they can no longer connect with other people.  A cousin of mine was afflicted with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).  When she could no longer speak, she learned to use a machine which allowed her to communicate. When the muscle and nerve strength in her hands and fingers was gone, she lost that precious ability to communicate. I think that was when she gave up. Not long after, she died.

Today, amidst all the discord in the world, true communication is more important, and threatened, than ever. To me, the word “communication” carries with it a notion of one person reaching out to relate in a respectful way to another person or group of people. If you can’t see eye to eye, you can agree to disagree–no harm done, respecting the right of the other person to have his or her own opinion. When done this way, communication enhances relationships between people, whether in person or online. Communication done in that manner is truly something to be thankful for.

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)

©P. Booher

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Darkness Cannot Overcome The Light

Thought this is such an encouraging post.

Mustard Seed Living

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-4)

Weary Christian ~ The Darkness Cannot Overcome You

Before time began, God spoke light into existence. He ordered light and dark ~ day and night, and He continues to do so. Darkness may not go where God says it may not, and even the tiniest pinprick of light can penetrate and push back the darkness, in nations, in families and in the battle-weary soul. Do you feel battle weary today? Do not forget who, and Who’s you are! You belong to the Light of the world, and as His, you are the light of the world. (See Matthew 5:14-16)

Reading through Isaiah, I came this morning to chapter 8, where I find a people who felt overwhelmed, blinded…

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Simple Pleasures

lemon iced tea with lemon fruits

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One thing I enjoyed doing (before COVID-19, that is) is eating out at restaurants. I didn’t do it often; if I ate out ten times a year, that was a lot. When I was growing up, eating out (at a restaurant where you sat down and were waited on) was considered a luxury, a rare treat. I still have that mindset and these days, that’s a bonus. I never got used to eating out regularly, so not being able to isn’t a big deal.

One reason I liked eating out is ordering a glass of ice tea with a slice of lemon. Somehow that seemed like a bit of “luxurious living”.

Some weeks ago the local grocery store offered lemons on sale, fifty cents each. I bought two, and sliced them to decorate my ice tea with their bright color and add tangy flavor to my beverage. Simple pleasure!

Another pleasure is spending time talking to a friend over the phone. Every now and then a friend I used to work with calls me, and we sit and talk for a half-hour or more, catching up with each other.

Occasionally that same friend and I have a “girls’ day” out. Our energy levels are about the same, so we can agree on how long to be out, and when it’s time to call it a day and go home. As an online friend commented, those times are “priceless”!

P. Booher

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Friday Photos–Summer’s Flowers–Beautiful and Tough

I admire the daisies and chicory which call our driveway home. The driveway has a thin layer of soil in some places, but most of it is gravel. The flowers thrive and add touches of beauty to an otherwise drab environment.

Daisies in the Driveway
Chicory blooming in the driveway. The flower shows almost white here, but it’s actually a light blue.
Once again, chicory–this picture also shows how dry our area was this summer. Ordinarily, there would be much more green around the chicory.

All photos: author’s collection.

P. Booher

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From the DVD Shelf–Review of “Walking With God In The Desert”

tree at the desert

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A desert is hot, dry, and extremely uncomfortable. Until I watched the DVD “Walking With God In The Desert” I didn’t realize how much a desert can be a teacher.

In “Walking With God In The Desert” Bible teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan walks in the Negev and other Middle Eastern deserts. He offers parallels between those deserts and our personal ones—those hard times of unemployment, disease, loss of loved ones, and crises of faith. Those parallels include:

  • solitude—in both the geographical and the personal desert, there is silence.  Normal routine is shut down or greatly lessened. In that solitude there is a sense of only God and you, and without the distractions of normal activity you can be more receptive to hearing God speak.  Ray says he went through a “desert” when he had a coronary bypass. He was very weak and couldn’t do anything. But during that time he had an awesome awareness of God’s closeness. It deepened his relationship with God.
  • help—in the Negev and other deserts, there are places where trees such as the acacia and broom tree grow. They provide welcome shade, wood, and even medicinal help. In the personal deserts, God provides help when you cry out–sometimes miraculously, sometimes not. But there is help.
  • God is here—in the geographical and the personal deserts. You are not alone, even when it feels like it. You can cry out to Him and be heard

I bought this DVD several years ago when I was part of a Bible study group. I watched it again earlier this year and thought how timely the lessons are. This DVD is definitely worth repeat viewing.

Divided into seven lessons. Running Time: 175 minutes.

Note: The back of the DVD case says it is designed for use with the Faith Lessons, Walking with God in the Desert Discovery Guide, which is sold separately. I gained a lot from just watching the DVD.

©P. Booher

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Friday Photos–Country Horses

One of the scenes that’s always restful to me is when I see horses grazing in a field. If that’s true for you, and you could use a “mental time-out”, enjoy these pictures.

All photos author’s collection.

P. Booher

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