Wednesday, June 4, 2014

It's a Beautiful Day!

Beautiful hydrangeas. This photo is from my archives and was taken on a walk last summer.

Hi friends,

Just popping in to say "hello". I'm keeping very busy with this and that. I've been tidying in the garden, reading, crocheting, mending, cleaning, shopping, going to appointments and trying to catch up with a few friends.

Still lots to do but today as I went out I was feeling ever so content with the world and felt so happy.

When one feels happy they want to reach out and "touch someone".

The sun has been shining, the weather is warm and I am happy.

Don't misunderstand me.  Not everything is right in my world right now. I have worries and concerns just like the next person. I also have many pressing cares and concerns that sometimes weigh on me. But now and then I stop and remind myself that God is in control.  Yes, he is!  Sometimes I want to control and manage every thing in my life.  One thing I love to do is find solutions to any issues I face.  But now and then, I hit a wall and a roadblock that I cannot surmount or find a way around.  It is then that I am stopped in my tracks and realize that I do not have the ultimate control. 

When troubles do come and seem overwhelming, I am reminded of the holy scriptures that tell us we should cast all our cares and burden on him for he cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7).  There are some things that I go through or that that loved ones and friends face that are trying.  Though I can try to help, it is God alone who knows all things.  He knows why things happen and what the outcomes will be.  I just need to trust that it is all GOOD what ever happens.  God's Word says "All things work together for good to them that love God  to them who are the called according to his purpose". (Romans 8:28)  These verses help sustain me in a troubled time and help me press on in prayer and hope.

Whatever is going on in your world today, I pray that each of you have moments of joy and happiness.  If you are dealing with overwhelming matters of life, try to give your cares and worries over to the great "I am" for he really cares for you.

If any of you have time, please also continue praying for my friend Jonah in Kenya who is waiting for the Lord's answers in his life.  Also for my friend Elvis who hopes to finish university very soon (August).

We still need a bit of help to help for Elvis to finish strong, both for his living costs in July and August and for graduation fees.  If you can help at all, please do let me know how and how you can send the support (pay pal, e-transfer, etc.  If you can use Money Gram, Western Union, or World Remit, you can also send directly to Kenya and I can give you the details.

Another photo from my archives.

I am still on a bit of a blogging break but I do visit blogs and leave comments almost daily.
Have a wonderful day!


Cindy said...

Your flower photos are gorgeous! Thanks so much for leaving me the comment about the spam. I don't understand how people can be so rude as to use another persons blog for their own interests. I appreciate you letting me know. I have not posted in a while and cannot see doing it anymore, I am so busy with these little ones. They are precious, but exhausting! I love what I am doing and I enjoy most of it. We are getting a newborn baby any day now, he is a sibling to the two that we have. I am so grateful to the Lord for the strength that He gives us.You are so right, God is in control and as long as we allow Hime to have the reigns, everything will work out for the good. That is a promise! Have a wonderful week.

jabbott said...

What beautiful array of flowers I see here the first being my favourite. Thank you for putting us all in your prayers♡

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous flowers, I love the hydrangeas..Sounds like you are keeping very busy! Enjoy and have a happy day!

maryaustria said...

Such beautiful flowers! Gorgeous!

Jo said...

Hi Penny I wondered why I didn't see your posts on my dashboard; now I read you're on a blogging break. I love that Scripture in Peter. How often though, don't we cast our burdens on Him, then we walk along and without being aware we take back the burden and are bent under the strain again. Then we need to hark that Scripture AGAIN and cast off the burdens completely and be free! Here's wishing you a blessing day. Jo xx

affectioknit said...


~Have a lovely day!

Ceil said...

Hi Joyful! These photos are just stunning. I loved the blue hydrangea. I have a plant in my back yard, but it only gets a few blooms. Thank you for your kind wishes for joy for all of us. Your post has made me feel so happy. Your joy is catching my friend!
Take care of yourself,

Mereknits said...

Beautiful post today, enjoy your break.

Linda said...

Hi, Penny, your photos are gorgeous. I especially love the hydrangea photo! I'm sorry you've been going through hard things, but I so admire your trust in God and looking to Him and His Word for comfort and tenacity. Bless your dear heart. I send hugs,

Annie Jeffries said...

Much gratitude for your good wishes to us and gratefully returned. All is right in my world at the moment and I'm thankful for that. With God's grace, it will remain so but also with God's grace, if life changes I will have the strength which only comes from Him, to get through it.

Margie said...

Your flowers are beautiful
Joyful, you made my heart happy with your post .

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing such beauty.

Jan said...

What lovely photographs and thoughts Penny. It is a beautiful day here today although it is raining and I am not feeling great! You remind me how much there is to be thankful for. I do hope that you are soon feeling better and the difficulties pass and are resolved. Take care of yourself. Oh and I might copy you're little note about being on a blogging break on my blog if you don't mind. What a good idea to let people know you are ok and what is happening. Thinking of your friends in Kenya too this morning. Xx

Diane said...

Sorry I have not visited for a while, just so busy!!! Love the photos here especially the hydrangea, gorgeous. Keep well Diane

Elisabeth said...

Hi Penny, haven't blogged for a while...and have not commented on blogs either. So nice to catch up with your blog post and all the beautiful photos. Such gorgeous flowers you've shared with us really uplifts one's spirit...a true gift from God!
I hope your eye is getting better, and no discomfort. I also had a retinal eye surgery due to damage to the eye resulting in a car accident a few years ago.
You have such a good heart so kind and caring to want to sponsor this special young man in Kenya. You are truly blessed and God will show you the way for his successful career achievement! Hugs,

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