Friday, April 17, 2015

Porch Sitting

Well, it's official, winter has left us for another year.  I'll sure miss that cool weather ~ with that said, Spring has brought porch-sitting and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
I need a little color, everything is just green ~ it will happen in due time!
I really need to move this plant, it's getting too big for my small porch.  I don't have many options...
I'll find a place somewhere because I'm surely not going to do away with it.
This ivy has been inside all winter, I set it out a few days ago and it's perked up and put on a lot of new growth.  I think it's happy to be back in the fresh air.
I want something with color to sit beside Mr. Goose.  Don't know what it will be, most blooms like sunshine and this area is always shaded.  I'll just go shopping and see what I can find.
A red hibiscus is ready to open.  This plant has always beed potted and on my porch for years.  I prune it back every spring and within a week or two it's full of new leaves and buds.
And just look at this lantana.  Just a few weeks ago it looked like a pile of sticks!  Lantana is one of my favorite plants.  I have one that's all yellow and another that's pink/yellow mixed.  I have found the yellow to be very hardy and easy to grow, the pink/yellow mixed likes to be pampered.
This rascal is my poinsettia from Christmas 2013!  When Christmas was over that year I set it on the porch, and that's where it's been since. Didn't see any red on it this past Christmas, imagine my surprise when I saw this a few weeks ago.  Christmas in April!
This afternoon, if the weather permits, (it's supposed to rain) I'll be porch-sitting and reading my new book.  It came in the mail this morning and I can hardly wait to open the pages.  It's the first book in a series written by Don Reid ~ the Don Reid of the retired Statler Brothers.  I was so surprised when I saw an interview with him talking about his writing.  I think I'm going to really enjoy his books.
Until Next Time
Thanking God for all He has provided.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sing to the Lord

If we fail to sing in church, we are missing out on a major component of worship. Christians come to church, they pray, they listen, and when it comes time to sing, some are not singing at all, and some are just mouthing the words.
What is up with that?
There are three main reasons why we need to sing to our God.

1. We are commanded to sing. 
It is right there in the Bible.  Scripture commands us to sing over 250 times. It’s not a choice and it’s not dependent on feeling like it.  Here it is in Psalm 100:1-2,  “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.” Now that should motivate you to start singing praises!

2. Singing together completes our joy and expresses our solidarity. 
Singing in church completes our experience of worship. Singing together brings us together in worship before the Lord. We are together in fellowship praising Him.

3. Singing affects us emotionally and bears testimony to our faith.
We are what we sing.  Music affects us on a deeply emotional level, whether we are aware of it or not. Someone once wrote that in his grandfather’s final days, he did not remember his grandson’s name and could not accomplish ordinary tasks, but he could still remember the words of the hymns he sang every week for years. The songs we sing build up a testimony that will travel with us through life.  Singing praises is a way of giving our testimony. Do we want to look like an “excited believer” or a “disinterested spectator” to those who see us in church? Remember, not everyone in church is a Christian. There are visitors and there are those who attend but do not truly believe. Your singing can inspire those around you to turn to the One for whom you sing praises.  Ultimately, those who may feel they are on the outside looking in will, from the deepest part of themselves, respond to authentic and passionate singing to discover the truth held in the God songs we sing.

And that, dear friends and family, is truly a reason to sing.
Today's Inspiration:
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:1-2 ESV

So many churches do not sing from hymnals any longer.  Their songs are new and contemporary.  Pianos and organs have given way to guitars and drums, that doesn't change this message.  Even if the songs and music are new, and the words are projected on a screen...
sing, sing, sing!

Please remember I am a vintage Christian and remember the old days!  I've gone from hymns and choirs to praise and worship.

Until Next Time
Singing Praises to God Who Reigns Above