Hello Dear Friends!
I've been trotting around the world as I scan in my print photos to digital format. It's hard to imagine that we have been blessed with so many wonderful trips we earned from working a job we both totally love.
|Marabou Stork Doing His Mating Dance|
Jurong Bird Park - Singapore
Funny looking back at the beginnings of owning our own business ... a lot of hard work and slow growth, but when you are determined to make dreams come true (I wanted to be able to stay at home with our child and eventually homeschool), you get the motivation to keep on going.
Not that we still don't work. God only blesses what we put our hands to, so we have to be laboring in some fashion since we're not in full-time ministry, so we get plenty of work time, but it's nice that we can pretty much schedule it the way we want it.
Many of you are customers of TheHerbsPlace.com and we appreciate every one of you. We've never taken any of our customers for granted. We know God provides the seed for the sower and we're grateful He's blessed us with such a large group of people.
I take three days a week off of the computer so that's when I've been scanning in my print photos on a little gadget. In the last issue of this newsletter I gave you a lot of links to various trips we've made since it's that time of year when families plan summer vacations. Since then I've added a few more albums to my online gallery.
|Randal at Waterfall in Hawaii|
• La Jolla
• Seaport Village
• Balboa Park
• San Diego Miscellaneous
• Singapore & Cruise to Malaysia and Thailand
• Wandemunde, Germany
• Helsinki, Finland
• Tallin, Estonia
• St. Petersburg, Russia
• Maritime Provinces, Canada
• O'ahu & Honolulu, Hawaii
• O'ahu & Honolulu, Hawaii
• Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in SE Georgia (small album)
•Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge
•Savannah River National Wildlife Refuge
We have some crazy squirrels. We call them Seal Team Squirrels because they sure do train extensively for their missions in our backyard. We have a hammock where they've chewed some of the ropes so that they hang down.
They will jump up on those ropes climb to the top, drop back down and begin all over again, and then climb across the bottom of the hammock upside down till they jump to the tree, go down to the ground and begin all over again. We have such a laugh watching them. Since the hammock is too far back in the woods for my zoom camera to get a good video, I've never bothered.
However! One day one of the team got extra workout time. Must've been a naughty boy. They had him under him a holly bush/tree that is much closer to the house, so I took a video through the breakfast window as he acted like a crazy squirrel with his bounces, jumps and rolls on the ground. It's only a half minute, but it's so cute. View very short Crazy Squirrel video.
As for my health, my big news last week is that I wanted to vacuum the baseboards and entire house and mop the bathrooms, dining room and kitchen floors. Randal helped move things around, but I did it all in two days ... got a bit of a room done at a time, would rest or even nap when totally exhausted, and get up and continue. I'm sure it has helped me build up some muscles since mine have been totally wasted.
|Maple Tree With Diseased, Rotted Trunk|
It really is all about attitude. What we think on seems to be created in our lives. Our fears become reality just as our faith can become reality. It's believing that God's Word is TRUE more than anything we see, hear, taste, smell or touch. It's so easy to get distracted with what we see in the physical realm which certainly seems like reality, but we have to believe that God is bigger than anything, after all He created all of this. If we have faith, we can move mountains.
The problem is not our faith though since the Bible says we all have some and Jesus told us it takes a mustard seed size of faith to move mountains, so we don't need more faith. We need less doubt and unbelief. That's what stumps our faith and nullifies its promised effectiveness ... and that leads us to think that God doesn't care. He's set a law of faith in place and just like the law of gravity, it's how things work.
|Same Maple Tree Alive and Well|
As you can see from the photos, if you look only at the trunk you figure the tree is dead. But when you look up (oh, how I love looking up), you see that it looks just like every other healthy maple tree around it. That's incredible!
|© Donna L. Watkins - Rufous-sided Towhee|
in Holly at Front Porch
I've had the same righteous indignation on my diet which was so limited by 200 mg. of sodium a day and that included natural sodium that's in foods like peas, carrots, etc. The devil seems to have wanted to steal my nutrition from the day I was born since I was told they couldn't find a formula I could keep down.
So, having that thought made me realize that I don't have to take such limitations. My Good Daddy in Heaven wants me to be blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3), because we are united with Christ. So I quit accommodating the devil in that area also. I'm now eating what I want at home (even using Redmond Real Salt) and I am scheduled for a meal out on Friday with a friend. The last time I ate out in March I gained 5 pounds in 24 hours.
Now I focus on the Word: Psalm 35:27 says, "Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." It pleases God to minister to us. God has pleasure in meeting our needs. I will believe God, not the doubts of the devil.
|© Donna L. Watkins - Dragon Fruit for Dessert|
I focus on all of the little 'hallelujahs' I have every day! And it's really all about loving on and trusting God. So much of me thinks it's all about me DOING something ... but His promises are for us no matter what, without conditions. We are just not geared to receive that much love and I believe that blocks our healing.
The House Finch nest in the arborvitae outside Randal's office window now has babies in it. With the chilly nights we've been having, she's been staying on the nest for some of the morning and Papa has been coming to feed the babes. How precious to see life begin and continue on for House Finches. I think of all the lost species that God made for us to enjoy. It's so sad that we have condemned so much of His artistic works.
Isn't it amazing how God made everything to continue on. He didn't just create a tree or trees, but he made them that their seed would reproduce its own kind. Everything being set in place for continued life. The sun and moon, the stars ... all dependable. The laws of the universe are solid, as is God's law of faith. When we truly believe, without wavering, we have a powerful law in use.
|Front Yard View From Porch - April|
Welcome birds, butterflies and other local wildlife by providing the four elements animals need most: food, water, shelter and places to raise young. It's really that simple!
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