Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Newsletter - 8/1/12

Hello Sweet Friends!

Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly on Black-eyed Susan
Life is so different as I keep studying about healing and about the true nature of God.

Although I have a long list of health issues I'm looking forward to being free from, which makes it seem like it's a slow journey, when I look at all that's been healed, I realize I've come a long way in the past months.  Especially with the challenge of 25 years of rheumatoid arthritis now gone (although the damage will take a necessary healing of its own).

I didn't stop with the heart issues when I chose to use The Word as medicine.  As I learned more and more about healing, I wanted every disease gone from my body, no matter how minute it may be.  I've had allergies from the day I was born, vitiligo for 36 years, thyroid issues for 27 years.

After dealing with the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis for 25 years it's wonderful to have no inflammation for the past months.  I have a lot of damaged and deformed joints that need to be healed, but my God is a HUGE God that loves me so much He sent His Only Son to die for my sins and provide healing for my body.
The teaching that says that sickness is actually a blessing in disguise, because the Lord is working His plan in one's life, is not found in scripture. As Acts 10:38 says, Jesus "went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil," not "oppressed of God."
You can read more about my healing journey in my recent article, Jesus Healed All and Has Healed Me.

One of our most recent forms of adventure and fun is called "letterboxing."  I had never heard of it before a few months ago.  We decided it would be a fun reason to spend even more time outdoors.  It's like a mystery, scavenger hunt and Sherlock Holmes adventure all in one.

Read more about this in my article: I Found a New Adventure: Letterboxing.

Donna at Crabtree Falls - Nelson County, VA
Since I've been able to do busy day trips in our area, my favorite ones are outdoor areas with lots of things that God created.  I've always loved nature trails and felt the devil had stolen a huge part of my life when I couldn't even walk across the room without sitting down earlier this year.

Now I can praise God again in forests and even at waterfalls (think uphill trail). Sometimes I just have to hold my breath, as if it's all a dream, but then the devil reminds me of other health problems I still have, so I realize again and again that I have been healed ... why else would the devil want me to focus on the things NOT healed yet?!  The devil is not very smart!

Raspberry-colored Caterpillar in Bee Balm
This Caterpillar is in the Heliothis Family
I was working in the garden one morning and noticed within one of the dead seed heads of the Bee Balm (Monarda), there was a raspberry-colored caterpillar. I was so excited.

I never knew caterpillars came in this color, but when I went to research what it was, I saw many of them. Boy, God sure is endless with His artistic realm. This creature is in the Heliothis Family of caterpillars/moths. is a great place to ID any kind of bug.

When I find a new caterpillar that I've not photographed before I am always hoping to find out that we have some beautiful butterfly laying eggs in our garden. Of course, we do have some beautiful butterflies doing that, but most of the caterpillars I find are going to be moths.

© Donna L. Watkins - Tufted Titmouse in Birdbath
There are beautiful moths also, and I always think about the Tufted Titmouse since they love to peek into hiding spots and grab a moth out of their daytime snoozeland. And I've seen our Eastern Grey Treefrogs jump out and grab them at night.

What better entertainment is there than being in the garden.  If I sit on my butterfly bench (a God-inspired gift made by a friend), and close my eyes, I can almost hear the Lord walking up to stroll and chat with me, like He did with Adam and Eve in the cool of the evening.  I guess even in Paradise the days were warm.

I'm concerned with all the hot weather across the country and especially in areas where there's also a shortage of rain and water supplies.  And then there's the fires ... my goodness, the devil is increasing his evil, so his time must be getting short.

© Donna L. Watkins - Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly
on Black-eyed Susan - Click for Larger View
The butterflies certainly love the warm.  We've not been short on them.  Right now they've loving the Joe Pye Weed which is in bloom and also the Black-eyed Susans.  Both of these plants are right at the deck so I get to see fluttering wings all day long.

We had a new butterfly visiting last week: Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly (Calycopis cecrops).  The Black-eyed Susans attract a lot of smaller butterflies so the shouting yellow blooms with all the fluttering wings have been a real delight these past two weeks.

May you be blessed with cool breezes and beautiful weather to enjoy the outdoors walking in the Garden with our Father!

Love, Hugs and Many Blessings,

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