Saturday, November 19, 2016

Chincoteague

More LOVE on the Eastern Shore of Virginia -- this time on Chincoteague Island.  The island has lovely shops and restaurants, and very friendly people.  And, of course, views over the water are great!

In spite of it being November, roses were still blooming in some sheltered spots.  This lovely pink lady greeted us with her delicate beauty as we walked along the shop fronts in the quaint town of Chincoteague. 

We stopped in the museum for NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at Chincoteague.  This E-2 Navy plane was one of many circling the facility, practicing touch-and-go landings on the field below.

Larry was in training as well -- training to be an astronaut on the next space shuttle (not!)

I too opted for a bit of training while we were there.  I think my gear is pretty cool.  Our training was brief (very brief!), but fun.  There's just so much to do on the Eastern Shore!




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Joyful Writer

I'm a Joyful Writer!

Here I am standing behind my first ever "Book Table" event.  The first Saturday in November, I was at the Portsmouth Christian School Harvest Festival displaying my books from 10am to 2pm.  It was fun!

I had a great time visiting with lots of friends who passed my table, plus I sold 17 books.  Since the event was actually more fun and games for kids, I was quite pleased that I sold that many books.  I had eight titles for sale (plus a "color edition" of a B&W book).  Kindle books offers a ninth title of mine - a horror novelette entitled, "The House," which is not in print copy.

I have several ideas simmering for new fiction books, and I've begun writing two non-fiction books.  I just need to be more disciplined and spend more time writing.  It kind of reminds me of the verse Paul wrote in Romans, "For what I am doing, I do not understand.  For what I will to do, that I do not practice..."  I want to write, but I keep letting things distract me.  Do you ever have a problem with distractions in your life?

Here are some quotes that are good encouragers to get focused on your goal, buckle down and do the thing:

--‘Finished last’ will always be better than ‘Did not finish’, which always trumps ‘Did not start.’
--Thinking too long about doing something is often the reason it never gets done.
--Most great things in your life won’t happen by chance, they will happen by choice.
--Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin.  Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
--Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
--There are seven days in the week and someday isn’t one of them.
 
 
 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Eastern Shore Trip

Love the Eastern Shore 
A few days ago, we traveled up the 70-mile long Virginia portion of the Eastern Shore.  This clever "Love" piece is on the beach at Cape Charles.  The "O" is a massive truck tire and the "V" is made up of two pontoons.  Love it (pun intended)!  We had a very enjoyable two-day visit.

This boardwalk is just around the corner from the "LOVE" piece. 
 
 Sand along the shoreline in Cape Charles is white and fine 

 Bayview Waterfront Bed & Breakfast is in Belle Haven, down many twists and turns, perched above a beautiful inlet and surrounded by trees and fields.  A lovely, off-the-beaten-path place to spend a night.  History and solitude surrounded us like a warm embrace.

 
God painted a beautiful sunset across the sky and then reflected it on the smooth surface of the water below.  He graced us with twice the color, twice the beauty, and twice the breath-taking joy of seeing the Master working on His palette moment by moment as the colors changed.  There's no doubt -- He is the Great Artist.
 
 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Journey Sights

Journey Sights
I wanted to share some cool pictures from our trip down south last month.  The first shot shows a fleet of shrimp boats resting on the waterfront in Darien, South Carolina.  We enjoyed an early supper of delicious fresh shrimp at B&J's Restaurant in Darien.  They'd probably been swimming that morning under the surface of these very waters.


Another waterfront - this time a lake scene with Disney's Beach Club bathed in pink light from a setting sun, and sporting golden pinpricks of light reflecting on the water.  This picture taken from the Boardwalk across the lake.

 
One of the favorite photo opts at the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella's Castle.  What makes it extra special for me is that the castle was fashioned after famed Neushwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.  It was my great joy to visit that grand castle, built in 1869, two years ago.  Below is a photo of the original castle in Germany.  Although Disney added a few extra spires, you can see the similarity.
 


I'm thankful for our travels, and I'm thankful for coming home again.  As they say, "There's no place like home."  To which I add a hearty, "Amen!"

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fun with Family

Fun with Family

Larry and I recently drove down to Florida for a few weeks visit.  We spent one week with our two daughters and their families, and the next week with our son and his family.  Of course, a stay in  Kissimmee (next to Orlando) is never complete without visits to Walt Disney's pride and joy -- Disney World.  Here are some shots from our days in the parks:

              Adventures with Pirates of the Caribbean - "Arrgg!"

                Fresh and ready for a day of fun

             Ready for baby girl's first magical day in the Kingdom


We are all thankful for good times together and safe travels along the way.  Thank you, Jesus!




Saturday, October 22, 2016

Be Aware & Beware!


Be Aware & Beware!
As we walked along the jungle pathway in Animal Kingdom at Disney World, I saw this sign near the Tiger enclosure.  The sign told us to "Be aware" that tigers were nearby.  Another sign (below), told us to "Beware" of the presence of tigers and to stay on the path for safety.
 
 

While these signs are meant to add color and interest to a theme-park adventure, there was no real danger to visitors of Animal Kingdom.  Instead, we were able to admire the beautiful Sumerian tigers on display inside their well-fortified enclosure.


 
The two signs, however, immediately made me think of something far more sinister.  They reminded me of the fearsome beast that prowls the jungle paths of our lives in this world.  Scripture warns us, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.  Resist him, steadfast in the faith..." 1 Peter 5:8-9.
 
Although the verse speaks of a "lion," a tiger is every bit as fearsome.  We can easily overlay these two signs across the paths of our lives and consider the warnings.  We should be aware and never forget that "tigers are frequently encountered in the ruins ahead," which translates to, "Satan is frequently encountered on your pathway ahead."  He's there, just waiting to pounce, and he is every bit as fierce and merciless as that tiger pictured above.
 
The second sign offers a way of safety to the traveler:  "...you will be very safe by walking on the well-traveled path," which translates to, "You will be very safe by walking on the well-protected path set forth by God in His Word."  God lovingly offers us a path of safety, and if we choose that path, He promises to walk with us along the way.  Now, that's the kind of safety I'm looking for in a jungle teeming with tigers!
 
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me..." Psalm 23.
 
 
 

 



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lead Me, O Lord

Lead Me, O Lord

As we begin our morning, the path of a new day spreads out before us.  What lies around the corner?  What waits along the sides of our pathway?  Should we plunge ahead, or walk through the jungle of this world more slowly - trusting God to guide our way?

These are questions to consider.  Moses considered these questions as he felt the weight of responsibility God had given him in leading the nation of Israel through the desert.  Can you imagine such a job being thrust upon you?  Neither could Moses.  During this dilemma of what to do and which way to go, Moses asked God, "Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in your sight."

The next request of Moses, however, is the one that really impresses me.  He said, "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here" Exodus 33:15.  I love that he said that.  Sometimes, we think we know the best way to do a thing, and we don't bother to ask God if, indeed, it IS the best path we should be taking.

I'm a "planner," and I plan for this and for that, making lists, working on my agenda.  I think my ideas and plans sound good and logical, but if they are not bathed in prayer and done in the will of God, I may be walking down that path without the power of the Holy Spirit's "Okay" on the thing, and I really don't want that.  Sometimes, I come to a jarring stop and realize, this is my plan, not God's.  I apologize to Him for my impulsiveness and pray Moses' prayer -- "O Lord, if You are not in this thing and Your Presence doesn't go before me in it, forgive me and keep me from stepping forth without You in it.  Guide me, O thou great Jehovah!"

There -- that's how we should approach our day -- asking God the way to go.  We really don't want to go there if God is not in it.  Two of my favorite verses in God's Word are found in Proverbs.  They are words to live by:  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths" 3:5-6.


Photo:  The path in the photo above is in Animal Kingdom at Disney World where my husband and I enjoyed a day of wandering recently.