Robin Red Breast in a Fruitless Pear Tree


I took this picture from the kitchen of our home through the back window.  I’m not a photographer, but when I posted this on Facebook, I got a compliment and so I thought I’d share it with all of you.  The birds are having fun eating the berries from my fruitless pear tree.


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I’m snowed in today.  Above are pictures of my front door and back yard.  Just a few inches.  Not so bad really, but this is Texas, and the people here barely know what snow is, but we are becoming very familiar with it in these past few years.  And since we are above and below freezing a lot, the snow melts and re-freezes and becomes ice, a terrible situation for roads.

The news advises us not to get out unless it is absolutely necessary.  Not going to work.

At least we don’t have to deal with this: (Got the following picture online somewhere. I think it’s in Oregon.)


The art of Patience

il_fullxfull_179201578It snowed 2 inches here in my North Central Texas town.  That means delay for school and work.  We report to work at 9:45 instead of 8:00 as we usually do.

This snow is good for several reasons: 
 1.  Much needed precipitation for the area.
2.  Some can stay in bed an extra hour.
3.  For me it means extra time for devotional time with God.85307a

 DEVOTION FOR 12-10-12

Yesterday I was a bit down, but today I feel much better. I just need to learn to forgive myself for being human. I need to forgive everyone for just being human, imperfect people.  The world is changing and people change with it.  I am over 50 now and get nostalgic a lot, wishing the world was the way it used to be.  But the world influences all of us, even Christians.  And God understands that, and so should I:

Psalm 103
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

So from now on, I am going to serve God the best way I know how. I am going to pray for a greater capacity to love.  To love not only the world as God loved the world and sent His only Son, Jesus; but also to love fellow believers and treat them the way I want to be treated.  I want to love and forgive, and build relationships with those with whom I will share eternity.


I will fill in the blank and be patient with everyone.