Monday, June 16, 2014

Free Strawberries for You

The fruit of our placing all things in God's hands
is the presence of His abiding peace in our hearts.
~ Hannah Whitall Smith ~ 


 


These luscious strawberries were painted by artist Catherine Klein.  She was well known for painting flowers, however there are many images of various fruits that she painted.  Don't these look like you could just pick one up and eat it?  This graphic is free for you today, please enjoy.

I had a question this week about printing the images.  Most of the images can be clicked on to enlarge, you then would right click your mouse to save the image to your computer.  It could then be printed just like any photo you would normally print.

If you collect graphics in your computer from various sites, I'd recommend setting up a folder in your computer for each site you save from.  For example, if you save from my blog or Facebook page, you could call your folder "Graphics Birdie Blessings" and save anything from me in that folder.  Another site that offers free graphics is Free Pretty Things for You.  Saving from Keren's site, your folder could be called "Graphics FPTFY".  I like to have the same word such as  "Graphics" as the first word on each folder, that way all my graphic folders are together in one group.

Have a blessed day my friends, I hope these tips have been helpful to you.

This post is linked to:
What Joy is Mine


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Father of love, our guide and friend,
O lead us gently on,
Until life’s trial time shall end,
And heav’nly peace be won.
~ William Irons, 1844 ~ 





My earthly father has passed, but I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who watches over me. I also have the peace of knowing I'll be reunited with my earthly father again someday.


Look at the birds of the air,
for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.
 Are you not of more value than they?

Matthew 6:26




Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Free Refreshing Graphic



Here's a fresh new graphic I made for you.  Isn't this one a gem?  Free for personal use or sharing.  I hope you enjoy it.

A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
Proverbs 11:25



This post is linked to:  Free Pretty Things for You, Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth, Monday's Musings


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free Pretty Things for You

I have some exciting news.  Keren, from Free Pretty Things For You, has invited me to be a guest today on her blog.  If you've never visited Keren's place, also known as FPTFY, you are missing out.  She has the most delightful free digital graphics, scrapbook paper, facebook banners, and so much more.




I have designed a number of different graphics which she is featuring, all focusing on blessings.  These are made fresh for you, free for your personal use.  See graphics assortment below:




To download the images:
you can find links for page 1 and 2 on Keren's blog **here**

A link to page 3 is **here**

and a link to page 4 is **here**

You would need to visit both of our pages to have access to all the images pictured.  Thanks so much dear ones.  I appreciate you visiting us both today, and appreciate sweet Keren for inviting me to share in this way with her.  Remember you can add to your JOY by counting your BLESSINGS.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Peace

God's peace is like a river, not a pond.
 In other words, a sense of health and well-being
can permeate our homes
even when we're in white-water rapids. 

~ Beth Moore ~



 
These things I have spoken to you,
 that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation;
 but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Memorial Day ~ Decoration Day

Greater love hath no man than this, 
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13


Memorial Day ~ a time of remembrance for those who died in service for their country.  It was originally called Decoration Day as the women would decorate the graves of the Civil War veterans.  This vintage postcard depicts a little girl doing just that.





The caption on this next vintage postcard reads:
Let the Stars and Strips be waving o'er their generous sacrifice.





But his soul goes marching on.



My father was a veteran, and my husband is as well.  I am proud of their service to our country.  Our town celebrates Memorial Day with a small parade.  They stop at one point on their route and throw a floral wreath into the ocean to remember those whose lives were lost at sea.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

A Cheerful Heart




I was privileged to play the piano yesterday at the funeral for a dear man from our town. He was known for his quick wit, humor, and positive outlook in any situation. We're told in Proverbs 17:22:

A cheerful heart is good medicine, 
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

His cheerful heart was indeed an example of good medicine to everyone he encountered.  He had the ability to turn any frown upside down, and turn any sad day into a glad day.  He will be missed, not only by his family and friends, but by the many, many students he impacted over his 15 years of substitute teaching.

A cheerful heart really does make a difference.  Try it today, not only for yourself, but for someone would benefit from having their spirits lifted.

Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up,

just as in fact you are doing.

I Thessalonians 5:11




I hope you have a cheerful day.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What's so AMAZING about GRACE?

For the Lord God is a sun and shield:
the Lord will give grace and glory: 
no good thing will he withhold
 from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:11



The hymn Amazing Grace is very popular.  Sometimes popular becomes common if we’re used to hearing it all the time.  The title of this hymn is just two simple common words.

Websters 1828 dictionary states the definition of these words as follows:

AMAZING
Confounding with fear, surprise or wonder.
Very wonderful; exciting astonishment, or perplexity.

GRACE
Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God,
the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him



And if by grace, then it is no more of works…. Romans 11:6

You can find the full definition of GRACE here – it is quite lengthy but informative
Webster's 1828 definition of GRACE
If you put the two definitions together you have:
Very wonderful, free unmerited love and favor of God.
The source of all the benefits men receive from him.


John Newton, the composer of this hymn said:

Though I am not what I ought to be,
 nor what I wish to be, nor yet what I hope to be,
 I can truly say I am not what I once was . . . . 
By the grace of God I am what I am!


Composed in the 1779, this hymn is probably the most popular hymn in the English language.  John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ.  We are all sinners who have a choice to be saved by God’s GRACE, as Mr. Newton writes about below.


Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.

I hope this hymn story has been a blessing to you.

Linked to:  Free Pretty Things for You,

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Mother Who Prays

Prayer changes lives ~ If your mother is no longer with you and she prayed for you, it made a difference in your life. If you have children - adult or small, pray every day for them, you might be the only one who is.



Some have had kings in their lineage,
Some to whom honor was paid.
Not blest of my ancestors - but,
I have a mother who prays.

I have a mother who prays for me
And pleads with the Lord every day for me.
Oh what a difference it makes for me - 
I have a mother who prays.

Some have worldly success
And trust in riches they've made - 
This is my surest asset,
I have a mother who prays.

My mother's prayers cannot save me,
Only mine can avail;
But mother introduced me to Someone - 
Someone who never could fail.

Oh yes..I have a mother who prays for me
And pleads with the Lord every day for me.
O what a difference it makes for me - 
I have a mother who prays.
Author Unknown


Have a blessed day friends.

Linking to:  Word Art WednesdayPink Saturday,


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mother's Day Free Graphics

The graphics in this post are for you for your personal use or sharing.  Feel free to use them on your blogs, facebook pages, or print out for your artwork.  If you'd like to credit me if used on your blog, that would be lovely, but not required.  Enjoy!  









Here's a card I made for my mother last year using this graphic.



You may be interested in my previous posts regarding Mother's day:

Mother's of Influence

Featured Friends for Mother's Day


A Mother Who Prays

I hope you have a blessed week friends.  Thanks for stopping by and visiting.

Linking to:  Whimsical WednesdaysFree Pretty Things For YouMonday's MusingsWord Art Wednesday