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Why are stories important? How have they shaped our thinking and view of the world? Come follow my stories and see what we have in common. Ducks In My Pool, is about a family of ducks who chose our backyard as a safe place to build their nest. For over ten years ducklings have hatched and swam in our pool. I realized God gave me a metaphor through the ducks to show His love and safety as I trust in Him.
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1. Palm Sunday

Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey to celebrate the Passover.  Jesus is our Passover Lamb  Seven days later he died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins.  When the Jews left the captivity from Egypt a plague came to take the first born son.  God instructed the Jews to sacrifice a lamb and put the blood on their doorpost in the shape of a cross.  The plague of death passed over the house that had the sacrificial blood of the lamb on it.

Blessed is HE that comes in the name of the Lord.  Children carry palm and olive branches to shout Hosanna on Palm Sunday morning.   As Jesus entered Jerusalem crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted

"Hosanna to the Son of David.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord" to honor him as their long awaited Messiah and King.  Jesus rides on a donkey as a symbol of peace as prophesized in Zechariah 9:9 in the Old Testament.  It was a custom for kings and nobles to ride on the back of a donkey to proclaim peaceful intentions.  Jesus did not come with a sword but with the miracle of peace.  The laying of palm branches showed a king was arriving in victory.  Jesus is victorious over our sins.  He has set us free.

Jesus suffered five Holy or Sacred Wounds during His Crucifixion.  
After Jesus died he appeared to over five hundred people.  
Doubting Thomas struggled with his faith  in John 20:25
Jesus disciples told Thomas;
"We have seen the Lord!"  But Thomas said to them;

" I won't believe it until I see the nail wounds in his hand and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side. "
Psalm from the Old Testament predicted Jesus's Piercing
Psalm 22:16
"Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet."

Mark 16;14
"Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen."

Jesus was merciful to Thomas and said,
John; 20 27
"Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  
STOP DOUBTING and BELIEVE."



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2. Saint Patrick and the Shamrock

As this week was full of festivities to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick its a good time to remember how he taught the people of Ireland about God.  He used something that is universal, the shamrock.  I know it grows in Texas and I'm pretty sure it grows all over the world.  It comes up each spring as a sign of life.  Saint Patrick used the Shamrock to show the trinity.  At the time Ireland were Druids who believed in many gods.  Saint Patrick picked up the green plant and held it in the air.
He said the Shamrock is one plant but has three parts. Just like God is one God but has three parts.  There is God the father, God the son Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit.  He explained God the father sits on the throne of grace.  Holy, holy holy is the Lord God almighty.  His son Jesus sits on the right hand side of his throne as the sacrificial lamb for our sins.  He paid the price for all the times humanity has sinned against God and broken the ten commandments.  The Holy Spirit is our counselor, our comforter and guide to truth.  The Spirit gives us the gift of faith.   


FATHER:
    • "Doubtless Thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: Thou, O LORD, art our Father, our Redeemer; Thy Name is from Everlasting" (Isaiah 63:16).
    • "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto Everlasting Life, which the Son of Man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed" (John 6:27).
SON:
    • "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).
    • "27 My sheep hear My Voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: 28 and I give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. 29 My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. 30 I and My Father are One. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone Me? 33 The Jews answered Him, saying, For a good work we stone Thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God. 34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your Law, I said, Ye are gods? 35 If He called them gods, unto whom the Word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken; 36 say ye of Him, Whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?"(John 10:27-36)
SPIRIT:
    • "And the Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters" (Genesis 1:2).
    • "7 Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into Heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in Hell, behold, Thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me" (Psalm 139:7-10).



Saint Patrick wrote notes about the Trinity in his autobiography called the Confession.  






hus in his Confession, he records an ancient Irish creed of faith in the Trinity:
“[T]here is no other God, nor ever was, nor will be, than God the Father unbegotten, without beginning, from whom is all beginning, the Lord of the universe, as we have been taught; and His son Jesus Christ, whom we declare to have always been with the Father, spiritually and ineffably begotten by the Father before the beginning of the world, before all beginning; and by Him are made all things visible and invisible. He was made man, and, having defeated death, was received into heaven by the Father; and He has given Him all power over all names in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess to Him that Jesus Christ is Lord and God, in whom we believe, an whose advent we expect soon to be, judge of the living and of the dead, who will render to every man according to his deeds; and He has poured forth upon us abundantly the Holy Spirit, the gift and pledge of immortality, who makes those who believe and obey sons of God and joint heirs with Christ; and Him do we confess and adore, one God in the Trinity of the Holy Name” (Confession of St. Patrick 4 [A.D. 452]).

I took a picture of this beautiful stain glass window in a little country church in Ireland. Patrick started three hundred churches.  He was a true missionary of his faith and relied on the Holy Spirit to not be afraid even when there were many attempts on his life.  He relied on the Holy Spirit to give him wisdom as he preached to the Irish people.  Saint Patrick was only one life but influenced many.  He was a lesson in forgiveness and faith.  

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3. Valentines Day Memories

I explained to  my second grade students we might have a special visitor today.  My husband usually brings me pink roses on Valentines Day to my classroom.  Sure enough, right after the spelling test I heard.

"Ms. Kent, there  is someone  in the room for you."  I glanced to the door and there he was holding a dozen pink roses in a  beautiful striped vase.

I gave him a big hug and said, "Thank you. that's so sweet of you."

"Okay students do you have any questions you want to ask my husband?" I questioned.

"How many years have you been married?"  a student asked.

Jim said,  "Let's do the math.  If we got married in 1988 and its 2015 how many years is that?"  Two eager students went up to the board and started subtracting.  

"It's twenty-seven years,"  a  student called out.


"How old were you when you got married?"

 He answered "mmmmmm thirty ........I said," Five."  I knew that quickly because he is four years older than me.

" Do you have any children?"

"Yes two in graduate school." he answered proudly.


"Okay let me ask you some questions.  What country do we live in? " he wondered what they would say..

Some students said, "Texas."

In a child's scope of things Texas does seem like a country full of Texas Bluebonnets, Texas Longhorn Cattle, and  Texas Pride.

Finally a child shouted out,  "The United States of America." I was relieved they knew the answer.

It's was so fun having Jim see the students I so love and talk about.  He was impressed everyone wanted to answer questions.






Later we had our Valentine's Party and the students exchanged their cards.  I remembered when I was in second grade and read each Valentine  with care.  Valentines Day exposes the treasures of our hearts.  It's nice to know my husband is thoughtful enough to come to my school and give me beautiful pink roses.




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4. Momma Duck is Back But Daddy Duck is Missing


     Usually in  early February or March Momma and Daddy Duck come to our backyard pool to prepare a nest for their ducklings.  This year Momma Duck returned the first week in February but Daddy Duck was missing.  Yes there's a picture of a male duck but I know its not Daddy Duck.

    It brings back a memory in October when Momma Duck comes to our pool and honks loudly.  She is flapping her wings hysterically  but there is not a Daddy Duck.  I had a thought that she was mourning her partner for over twenty years.  He had a limp last summer and looked weak.  It was very unusual for ducks to be there in the fall and she only came for one day.  Momma came to the place where they raised their ducklings to mourn his loss.


     I think I had seen Momma Duck's new friend in a group of ducks.  As I gazed outside our window I ventured outside to get a closer look.  The male duck seemed a little startled but let me take pictures.  Momma Duck was use to me taking pictures and went right on swimming.  Her neck turned toward my direction as if to say hello.  Did Momma Duck tell him about the place where she raised her ducklings?  They glided through the water in rhythm together from one end of the pool to the other side.
     Their heads started moving back and forth and I knew it was a sign they were about to fly away.  Did Momma Duck want us to see her new friend?  I hope they come back.  I'll be looking for a new nest.

    Will the nest be in the same place below the angel statue hidden among the grasses?
I'm glad Momma Duck found a new companion.  She is less lonely now that she has someone to share a life with.  She'll always remember Daddy Duck.  I miss him and think she does too.

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5. Malcolm Butler's Vision

            Malcolm Butler caught the interception to win the game for the Patriots in the 2015 Superbowl.  In the interview afterwards he told the world he had a vision he was going to make a great play.  It caught my attention because he seemed humble, and amazed God fulfilled the promise and together they made a great team.  He was asking for God's direction. He knew he would do something special because he had prayed on it.

             There is a scripture in the Bible we must cling to, rely upon and have faith in Jesus.  It builds faith to see a Super Bowl Champion give glory to God.  He knew in his heart of hearts God was there for him.  Earlier in the game he had made a play he felt disappointed in.  Sometimes God humbles us before he gives us victory so the glory goes to Him.


              In interviews people kept asking him what was going on in his mind.  But I ask the question, "What was going on in his heart?"  He said he just wanted to make up for his mistake and help his team win.  He didn't give up or get discouraged. He didn't complain.   He kept his goal in mind with the promise God gave him to keep striving.  What a great living parable.  Perhaps angels were on the Superbowl field this year.


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6. Fort Worth Stock Show Traditions

I grew up with the Fort Worth Stock Show because my dad always had rodeo tickets and it was a family affair to view the pageantry.  He had adjoining seats with his dairy farm friend from Oklahoma. They knew each other from high school and dad stayed in touch each year at the rodeo.




 We knew where our milk came from because we visited his dairy farm and saw the hard work it was each day to care for his cows.  My dad's friend rarely had a vacation because his cows did not go hungry.  The farm had been passed down from his father and he was willing to carry the tradition.  So as I gaze each contestant holding the reins of their prized cow I remember the dedication my dad's friend showed  to his Dairy Farm.
I see the same heritage as this boy holds the head of his prized cow high hoping the judge will give him a ribbon.  The cow is willing to follow because he is cared for and had love to his owners.  
The boy feels satisfied because his hard work is rewarded.  His dad watches with pride because he knows his farm is a family tradition.  His dad taught him how to handle a calf.  He is following his fathers footsteps of making a living for his family with devotion to his animals.

As a consumer we owe our chicken at the dinner table to the growers who chose to make farming their livelihood.  I see cages of hopeful farmers who want a prize for their beloved rooster.
 Many varieties of farm animals are in display at the Fort Worth Stock Show.  Growers are competing with other farmers who carry the traditions of their family.
Children display their artwork of creative interpretations of what it is like to live on a farm.  Their heart of love for the animals they take care for is exploding with color on the wall of art.
Precision is desired as their sheep needs a trim.  
It brings imaginations of Wilbur in the beloved novel Charoletes Web as Fern wins a prize for the pig she saved.  
Each animal is loved through taking a bath. Agriculture the world over is appreciated as farmers provide food for our tables.  
Murals show culture of the many families it takes for the Fort Worth Stock Show to exist.  

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7. Times Square New Years Eve 2015 A Community of Talent in NYC

Times Square New Years Eve became the crossroads of the world to ring in 2015.  Hundreds of Thousands of revelers jammed the streets to celebrate a new year.
 It took a community of talent to make sure the evening was safe and entertainers could display their creativity.  News crew lined up to get their spot in covering the world's most watched event as the New Year's Eve Ball descended the flagpole at midnight. The tradition began in 1906 and New York City carried on the ceremony in style.

Cranes were lined in a straight row eager to help put on the show.

It started twelve hours before the ball dropped when revelers were checked for explosives and other dangerous devices as they entered pens on Broadway and Seventh Ave.

New York Police Department's goal was to make sure everyone was safe.  Security in Times Square was heightened because of the potential terrorist threat.   Police officers remembered the attack on the Boston Marathon and did everything to prevent another tragedy.  Deputy Commissioner John McCarthy said,  " We will have our counter-terrorism overlay in place, including helicopters."
There were no trash cans along the route and backpacks were prohibited.  

Stage crews checked the sound so Taylor Swift and other performers gave their best music.  Microphones were put in place as news media gave their own interpretation of the events.  Anderson Cooper, my favorite, and Kathy Griffin hosted for eight consecutive years.  Carson Daly featured Tony Bennet, Lady Gaga, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell.
As more people came to get their place in line anticipation grew.  
Starting at 6:00 entertainment took the stage.  The giant switch was turned on as the New Year's Eve Ball raised high above majestic New York City.  The ball was designed by Waterford Crystal with 2,688 crystal triangles shining their glory in a 12 foot geodesic sphere.  The original ball was only a one hundred and 25-watt bulb.  It shows the advancement of technology over the years.  
It was a display of talent as each performer gave their best tune in frigid temperatures of 30 degrees.  Colorful pyrotechnic devices shown beams of color along with the beat of melody.   

  Taylor Swift was the grand finally as she danced on stage as her body shook with cold.  


She gave her best effort along with the NYPD, news media, stage crew, party goers willing to stand in freezing temperatures for twelve hours, and workers of New York City.  




My family and I watched from our hotel room along with millions of people from their homes the display of community talent.  
The next day the light shown on a new year in 2015.  Memories were made and families were entertained as Times Square put on a great show for another year.  
On New Years Day the streets were full of people taking pictures with Micky Mouse.
Looking at display windows showing fashions for 2015.
Spending time with family and friends.  
Buying from local street vendors creative displays of art revealing New York life.  

Sampling delicious hot food at a great price.
Taking their son or daughter on a ride on the Merry Go Round in Bryant Park.
Taking a selfie in front of the Apple Store.
Celebrating books at Simon and Schuster.

Eating after a long New Years Day at a favorite NYC restaurant.

Perhaps the greatest community of talent lives and works in the best city in the world. 
New York City.

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8. Bethlehem Revisited a Waxahachie Tradition


Step back in time 2000 years ago to visit the town of Bethlehem as Mary and Joseph did the night of Christ's birth.  After a long journey to pay their taxes they found no room to lay their head.  The inns were full of other travelers.  As predicted in ancient writings in Micah 5:2 of the Hebrew Old Testament the Messiah was born in Bethlehem in a manger perhaps with fresh rosemary to make it comfortable and keep fleas away.  Magi from Persia who studied the stars arrived on camels to see our Savior predicted to be born in Bethlehem, meaning the house of bread. Numbers 24:17 says a star shall come out of Jacob and a scepter shall rise out of Israel.

The town of Waxahachie opens their town the first two weekends of December to crowds of over 6,000.  Families walk through the streets of the Roman village to see merchants selling their wears.  Weavers turn sheep and goat yarn to textiles, soap is made by hand, pottery is spun with hands molding wet clay, and baskets are shaped from strips of wood.

A living nativity pageant is performed with live characters wanting to share the story of Jesus's birth.  After paying their taxes Mary and Joseph go to many innkeepers to be turned away.  Many actors and their children have returned to play parts since 1995 when Vic Dindot, a former minister of Central Presbyterian Church came up with the idea.   It takes 200 volunteers to put everything together for visitors to enjoy.

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9. Savour the Sights of Saint Remy de Provence

Travel tree lined roads to one of the oldest towns in France, Saint Remy, located at the western edge of the Provence region.  It embraces scrumptous food, rich history, ancient buildings and an amazing market day.

Enter the town through narrow streets to find small boutiques with the finest clothes. 
Enjoy delicious French Food at Lou Grilladou. Offering Provencal pizza, grilled meats, and salads.   He can serve group meals up to 70 people.  

 The salmon is fresh with the perfect sauce.  
Stay upstairs above the restaurant to relax in fluffy sheets.  
Lou's wife decorated the room with shades of gray using textured fabric.
Every detail added to the flavor of the room.  
After being refreshed continue exploring all the charm of the Provencal way of life.  

Enjoy your surroundings with water dripping from stone fountains.
Walk the streets to smell the fragrance of lavender freshly cut from local hills of purple.
Pick a place to stay in the heart of Saint Remy so waking up for market day every Wednesday morning will be easy.
Relax in a Jacuzzi after a long day of shopping.  
 Look out the window from the  bed and breakfast to see a town filled with history.  Van Gogh produced a 150 paintings while resting in the local asylum for the year of 1889 in Monastere St. Paul de Mausole.  It is open to the public seven days a week.
Starry Night is one of his famous paintings from Saint Remy along with Wheatfield and Irises.   Follow the trail around the surrounding countryside which covers the key locations of his work.  
There are more than a hundred artists living in the area of Saint Remy wanting to capture the beauty of Provence.  

The area is famous for their colorful clay pottery which makes a great treasure to take home.  
Visit the modest home of Nostradamos, famous for his predictions. 
Market Day is every Wednesday morning open till 1:00.  View displays of French Fabric and table clothes to adorn your table.  
Sample fresh fruit picked from local orchards.  
Shimmering necklaces, bracelets and earrings can be a treasure.
Carpenters display French ladder back chairs made locally.
Scented bags of fresh lavender can be purchased for only one euro.
Saint Remy's Market is one of the largest of Provence and well worth the visit.  
Walk the streets of Saint Remy first built in the 1st century AD  
Sit outside and sip a cup of coffee in sunny cafes.  
You'll find a warm, friendly welcome in this charming little town.

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10. Visiting Nimes France

Nimes was a Roman outpost in Provence because soldiers were promised a plot of land if they fought for Caesar. The remains of what it was like to live during Roman times makes Nimes a fascinating visit for history buffs.  Think of a retirement home for hard working soldiers who want to settle down and live peacefully.  The city's emblem is a crocodile tied to a palm tree as a reminder to Roman officers of their journeys to Egypt.


Enter the door of the only ancient temple to be completely preserved, the Maison Carree built during the period of Emperor Augustus.  He created new sites for staging of special events.
By the time Caesar had arrived the south east of Gaul had been settled by the Romans.  They came to aid the Greek colony of Marseilles because of attacks from Celto-Ligurian tribes.  Under Emperor Augustus the city developed quickly.building monuments.  Maison carree was inspired by the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome.  It was built with harmonious proportions of 26 meters long,15 meters wide, and 15 meters high.  A 22 minute 3 D film is shown to tell the history of Nimes through a Roman family.  The dad went off to war for fifteen years and came back to see his son grown up but the town prosperous.  

The ceiling of the entrance to the temple was added in the 19th century.  

The Arena of Nimes was built 70 AD but remodeled in 1863 for bull fights. The amphitheater  has the capacity to seat 24,000 spectators.  There are sixty arches on each of the two levels for Romans to enter as they find their seat.  
In the Middle Ages people actually lived in the amphitheater for protection after the fall of Rome.
It was built to last standing sixty-five feet high and more than 300 feet across.  Compare it to a six story high building.
  Romans sat according to their social status and watch the games played there.  This box seems like a place of honor.   Lions, tigers and even elephants were part of animal hunts.   Executions would also be held and people sentenced to death were thrown to the lions.  Christians who stayed loyal to their faith and  refused to worship Roman gods were sentenced.  
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The ancient Roman aqueduct bridge called Pont du Gard is another Roman attraction to see.  It is part of the Nimes aqueduct carrying 31 miles of water to Romans from a spring at Uzes.  
It was mainly built underground because of the hilly terrain.  The water traveled a long and winding route that crossed the gorge of the Gardon river.  Pont du Gard is the highest of all of the Roman aqueduct bridges and one of the best preserved.  
Nimes has preserved many places to visit for tourists to enjoy.  
Sample delicious fresh
bread made by the locals.  Stay at a quaint bed and breakfast close by to be pampered after a day of sight seeing.  

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11. Medieval Town of Yvoire

The medieval town of Yvoire is one of the most beautiful fishing villages of France located 28 km from Geneva.  It is facing the crystal blue waters of  Lake Geneva or the French call it Lac Leman.
The streets are filled with artists and craftsmen of the Chablais region.
I discovered this adorable antique shop and found an oil painting for my collection
Hanging baskets full of fresh flowers are at every street corner
This walled fishing port dates back to the 14th century.

A french 14th century castle is fun to explore. It was built between 1306 and 1311 by Amadeus V, a famous count of Savoy.  He must have been part of the Savoy family who ruled the Chillon Castle.  It was protected by a moat and a drawbridge. The gardens surrounding the castle are beautiful.display of colorful flowers.
 My favorite place was the church of Saint Pancras.  It dates back from the eleventh century when it was much smaller.  I felt a strong peace as I entered this sacred space built for a fourteen year old martyr who died for his faith in 303,   As a Roman citizen he was asked to perform a sacrifice to the Romans gods.  Diocletian, the emperor of Rome was impressed with the boy's determination to resist so tempted him with wealth and power.  He chose courage and was beheaded for standing up for his savior on May 12th 303 A. D. Pancras is one of the patron saints of children.  He represents innocence and faith in childhood.  His name is from ancient greek and mean "the most powerful."
As I sat in the pew I reflected on my surroundings. 
At the alter was a beautiful painting of Jesus walking on the water.
The story is from Matthew 14:22-33.
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd.  After he had dismissed them he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.  Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, waking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. 
ButJesus immediately said to them; "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said
Then Peter got down out of the boat, waked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 
"Lord save me!"
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  
"You of little faith," he said,
"Why did you doubt?"
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.  Then those sho were in the boat worshiped him, saying, Truly you are the 

Son of God."
Bridging the Gap as a sacrificial lamb for our sins.
On the ceiling is a parable of Jesus.
Mary with her carpenter son.
Beautiful stain glass tell a story of peace and forgiveness.
The steeple shined like a bright light.

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12. Chillon Castle in Montreux, Switzerland

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13. Happy 238th Birthday USA

Happy 238th Birthday USA

Our country was founded on divine intervention from people who sought God's will and wanted a better life for their families.

Pilgrims

A group of people fled England to the Netherlands for religious freedom.  They were called separatists because their views didn't agree with the Church of England.  It was illegal not to attend the official Church of England and the punishment was prison.  They lived in Holland for several years but felt they were loosing their cultural identity and language.  So the leaders came up with a plan of going to America where they could have their own land, laws, and freedom.  In 1620 one hundred and twenty one men, women and children of faith in a better life stepped upon the Mayflower and Speedwell on a voyage to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  The Speedwell wasn't so speedy and the main beam caused it to crack but they didn't give up.  They sailed on with the Mayflower to the new land.

Land was sighted  on November 9, 1620 after sixty-five days on crowded ships.  Psalm 100 was read as a prayer of Thanksgiving.

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!  Serve the Lord with gladness.  Come before His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord, He is God;  It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.  We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving.  And into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good.  His mercy is everlasting.  And His truth endures to all generations.

The Mayflower Compact was created for the general good of the Colony.  It organized them into a body of choice and  was ratified by a majority rule.  John Carver was elected as the first governor to lead the people of the new land.   The Mayflower Compact is known for the seed of democracy and called the first written constitution.

During the cold winter the women laid on top of their children to keep them warm in the night.  Many of the women died but the children lived because of their sacrifice..  Men quickly tried to build shelter.  Half of the pilgrims died the first winter.  But they believed in the call to a land of freedom where they don't have to go to prison for worshiping the way they choose.   Spring came and Squanto and other Indians helped them plant with fish so their crops can grow.  The colony survived and we know it now as Massachusetts.

George Washington

George Washington felt called of God.  In fact the Indians saw he had a profound destiny because their weapons somehow did not kill him.  He traveled ten miles to attend church.  He had private devotions in his library both morning and evening.  A nephew of Washington found him kneeling with an open Bible before him.

Washington's leadership  helped to win the war of Independence from England but after the war he encouraged Americans to believe by quoting

.....the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.
The faith of our founding fathers gave us favor with God.  People are still wanting to come to America for freedom and hope of a better life.  Let us not take for granted we live in the best country in the world.  Happy Birthday USA.  

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14. A Mothers Story Ducks In My Pool

Read a Mothers Story called Ducks In My Pool


Available at Barnes and Nobel Nook








http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ducks-in-my-pool-sandra-kent/1114910821?ean=2940016304786

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15. The Good Shepherd and His Sheep


John 10: 2-10
The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.  He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.  But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a strangers voice.  Jesus used this figure of speech, but the Pharisees did not understand what he was telling them.  Therefore Jesus said again,

"Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.  They will come in and go out, and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I am the good Shepard.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  

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16. He is Risen

The earth shouts for joy Jesus is Risen
Our Lord suffered on the cross as a sacrificial lamb for our sins
He is our blood offering
Just like Abraham was willing to sacrifice Issac
on the alter he built for God
Jesus is our sacrificial lamb


Our sins can be forgiven when we call upon His name
Because the price has been paid
When Jesus hung on the cross
and said it is finished
He conquered evil
He conquered death
He conquered fear
He conquered anger


When we call call upon His name in faith
The Holy Spirit comes
Love Joy and Peace replaces
Fear
Love Comes with a roaring wind
Love SHOUTs to the creation of the world
I have paid a price for your sins
Because I love you
I am the word
I became flesh
I give you everlasting life
We can live together for an eternity
Because you believe in Me
I AM


On one side of the Sand Dollar
A Poinsettia symbolizes Christmas
Turn over the Sand Dollar
The Easter Lily appears
Its God's reminder to us


My plan has been etched
On a sea creature
Living in the ocean
Rushing up to shore
For you to discover
Discover Faith
Believe in the Risen Son
A Dove of Peace will envelope your soul
Peace that passes understanding
You will know you were bought with a price
God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
Will live with you forever
Call upon the name of the Lord and you will be Saved


John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

Romans  1: 4-5
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to  be the Son of God when God Powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit.  Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.

Romans 6: 8-11
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.  For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.  The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.  In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3 :10-12
I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.  Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus Christ took hold of me.

I Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection fo Jesus Christ from the dead..

Matthew 27:50-53
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his Spirit.  At That moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.   The earth shook and the rocks split.  The tombs broke open and the bodies of the holy people who had died were raised to life.  They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Matthew 28: 1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.  There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.  His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.  The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, " Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as the said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples; He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you in Galilee.  There you will see him
 Now I have told you.

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  Suddenly Jesus met them.  Greetings, he said.  They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  Then Jesus said to them, Do not be afraid.  Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.



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17. Texas Bluebonnets Blooming Spring 2014

Texas Bluebonnets adorn the hills with a blue carpet of loveliness.  Mothers and dads grabbed their cameras to capture their beautiful child with the background of Texas landscape.  Bikers came to ride the Bluebonnet Trail map provided by the gracious Ennis Garden Club.  They want the world to see how beautiful Texas can be in the spring. Some brought a chair for the perfect picture.  Beige haystacks of grain lay peacefully in the fields of blue.  Roads are busy with cars lining up to see the burst of color. White fences section off Texas farms of horses and cows grazing on delicious wildflowers.  Pops of coral bluebonnets add beauty to the fresh sprouts of green grass.

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18. Grocery List of Ninety Two Year Old

Grocery List of Ninety Two Year Old Mom

What does the grocery list of my ninety-two year year old mom say about her?  First of all if she lived to ninety-two it might be a good idea to take notice of what she eats.  Raisin Bran has been on her shopping list since I was a kid.  Each morning she starts out the day with bran and raisins are a bonus.  Graham crackers are delicious dipped in milk.  They are a cross between a cookie and a biscuit.  She loves Oscar Mayer Salami between two slices of bread, with real  mayonnaise not light or artificial.  Two dozen eggs are on her list each time because they are pure and full of vitamins.  It might bring back the  memory of getting eggs each morning from the angry hen.

Grocery lists can be considered a primary source.  It was handwritten by my mom and tells she likes simple things.  What is not on the list is coke or any kind of soda.  She feels they are not  good for the stomach.  She chooses things that are natural, such as eggs.  When I go shopping with my mom she can buy all she needs for under a hundred dollars.  It would be interesting to compare other shopping lists to see if they are similar for an age group.

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19. Garment of Praise

He gives me beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning

The garment of praise

For the spirit of heaviness

That we might be trees of righteousness

Planted of the Lord

That God might be glorified



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20. Immanuel God is With Us

For unto us a child is born,  unto us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulders
And his name shall be called Wonderful,
Counselor,
the mighty God,
the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah

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21. Dallas Winter Storm



Dallas Winter Storm
As the light reflects ice crystals in the sun, leaves shimmer and red blossoms freeze in time.
Only in Texas would Red Oak Trees freeze with autumn colors of orange, red and yellow.  The tree was planted the year Alex was born in 1990.  As I gaze out my window to see the tree it reminds me of how sturdy and strong he has become.  The trunk is straight and tall, reaching for the light.  The branches flow like an umbrella protecting the rose bush below.
Ice crystals shimmer on the Live Oak Tree of twisted branches.

Seeds of discouragement will not grow in the thankful heart.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.

Psalm 100  verse 4

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22. All Things Work Together For Good

All Things Work Together For Good

"Hook em Horns," the crowd roared.  "Another touchdown for UT." said the announcer.  We visited our son at UT because he is in the fast pace of pharmacy school.  He had to carefully plan enough hours to spend the day with us.  Each minute counts as you prepare for weekly tests.  "They don't have a curve." Michael says.  

"Jim you got us great seats for the game." I said.  We sat on the top row and it felt like a mountain top experience.  UT Band blasted songs of joy as the hardworking students marched to the rhythm of traditional songs.  Alumni sat in the stands remembering when they were in school, as they balanced their lives of studying hard and making new friends to last a lifetime. I liked the bleachers because we could stretch our legs and bounce to the beat.  The beat of union, the beat of unity, we are UT fans.  The Texas Longhorn was adopted as a mascot to show Texas pride in the ranching business.  Leather boots adorned the ladies and men as they cheered for their team.  




 UT is part of the State Capital.  Many  alumni are in important positions all over the world working as leaders because of their enriching education to build strong minds who ask questions.  The UT Pharmacy school is rated 4th in the nation because of the well known research which changes the lives of our planet.  Michael worked hard in his undergraduate classes, and enjoyed understanding the deep complexities of Molecular Biology.

 I love talking to Michael about science because he is so excited about seeing how our body is interconnected.  As a child he has always asked why?   I can remember his ant farm experiment scattered on the dining room table for a month.  One ant farm was covered and the other wasn't to see if the ants build more tunnels in darkness.  It was a family affair as we added more tubing so the ants could travel from farm to farm.  I honestly was sad to see the ants go but it was time to gain back the natural territory of our dining room table. 

"Mom, do you know what a cell is?"  Michael questioned.  "I think its the building block of tissue."  By the grace of God I remembered that from Anatomy and Physiology.  He acted a little surprised I knew and then explained why that's true.  

As we visited Michael's apartment he showed his dad and I two computers side by side.  One was for having a visual of the slides and the other gave the notes from the lectures.  I believe he is taking 9 different classes, each with difficult material to master.  He has found friends he can discuss the days information with.  The two white boards show his schedule and things left to do.  Things left to do is the theme for the first year of pharmacy school but with a balance of time and friends Michael will make it.  All things work together for the good who are called according to His purpose.

We left the game with UT Tshirts, pens, mug and of course, Bevo for my classroom.  I am officially both a UT and OU fan for both wonderful sons.  

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23. Called to His Purpose

The OU band was blasting songs of Oklahoma tradition in the heart of the University of Oklahoma.   As we toured the campus the summer before my son's freshman year five years ago, a fleeting thought came to my mind.  I wonder if Alex will go to the same law school as my dad?  But it's so competitive to get in.  Alex had done debate in high school and won a second place trophy the first time he debated his 8th grade year, but OU law school is big league.

  Alex graduated from OU with a double major in business and economics and  applied for law school in two places.  The first place accepted him right away but there was a little test of faith for OU.    When Alex  found out he was accepted to OU he was so excited we got in the car for a tour of the school.  I told the tour guide,"I've seen this library before, oh yes it looks like the same high ceilings with rich wood paneling in Dublin, Ireland.  The mock courtroom was large with empty seats in the front for important guests.  We envisioned Alex giving his first case in front of his peers and professors.

Fast forward to Alex's second year of law school  and it is the time in his life for him to be thinking about how he wants to practice law.  My husband and I went to see Alex and we were so proud he was making his grades in such a demanding school.  He must read pages each night to prepare for questions in class.  One time his battery  was dead and he didn't want to miss class so he went to the nearest convenient store and got a ride to class.

We visited his old fraternity house and got a ride with a freshman KA to the game.  The float was celebrating the theme of Peter Pan.  It's time to grow up and find you destiny.  

But Peter Pan wants to keep neverland alive.  Where boys have fights with Captain Hook and almost get pushed off the plank.  He wants to keep Wendy on the island of make believe.
It's game time!!!  People cheer, fight fight fight.  Ten more yards, ten more yards, Go Go Go.  Never give up, never give in, Go Go Go!!Thousands of people in the stands yelling for a common purpose, we have school pride.  Alex will find his purpose and destiny because God has brought him this far and will continue to help him.  Go Go Go Alex

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24. Rejoice Poem by Ann Weems

Rejoice

O Lord, there just aren't enough choir boys
to sing what I feel,
There aren't enough trumpets to blow,
I want to dance in the streets of Bethlehem!
I want to sing with the heavenly host!
For unto us a son was given
And he was called God With Us
For those of us who believe,
The whole world is decorated in love!


I read this poem today from my Women's Devotional Bible.  The poem is by Ann Weems who cried out to God for help because she lost her son an hour after his twenty first Birthday.  She wrote poems of sorrow to God for the grief she felt because he was taken  As she cried out tears of heartache to God night after night she was comforted by His peace.  The peace that passes understanding.  The peace that comes like the wind blowing in the breeze.  Sometimes you feel a blast of peace because of the beauty of the world.  If you see God's love in nature the whole world is decorated in love!!  I love this line of the poem because God loves me through my beautiful back yard.  The roses are blooming now and I feel it is Jesus's way of saying I love you Sandra.  You are precious to me.  I see you and I know your heart.  God sees everyone's heart and knows each painful memory.  God wants us to rejoice because he can take away pain and give us peace.  Supernatural peace that can only come from His Holy Spirit.  His peace is a gift to us.  All we have to do is ask and believe in His Son, Jesus  who was sent to the world to Be With US.  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace.

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25. Ducks Are Back

My neighbor called me up and said, "Come out in the front yard, the ducks are back."
I quickly grabbed my Zony and went outside to see Momma and Daddy Duck again.  They returned for spring to splash in the creek a half mile from our home.  They remembered me and let me take another photo.

"Hi old friends," I whispered to them.  "I made a book about your ducklings.  I told how you built a nest in our backyard year after year.  I wrote how you have been together for over fifteen years, maybe longer.  I know you probably miss the duckling days when they swam in my pool to learn how to dabble for insects.  You were a good Momma and taught them well.  Your ducklings are probably raising their own families now.  I know you must be proud Daddy Duck."

They listened to my soft voice as if they understood every word.  We have a bond now.  They know I care about their lives and look forward to seeing them year after year.  It gives me a since of comfort knowing nature shows the cycle of life.


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