Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Miracles Are Always in Season!

Photo by Laura Moody - Dec 1, 2017 - Tree located in Franklin, TN
My friend Nadeeda put this article together for our church newsletter years ago. It was so good, I thought to share it with the masses especially since it mentions Jesus, whose birth we celebrate this month. 

Happy birthday to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! He is a miracle along with the love he creates to be shared between all people. Experience true love today! 

Growing always - Laura

~ * ~

March 1997

Dear Friends, 

I sit here at my kitchen table listening to the heavy rain falling and so glad it's not snow! I'm looking forward to spring. Is winter over? Could spring be around the corner? I hope so! I love spring and always look forward to celebrating Easter. The day Jesus Christ arose and gave LIFE! The miracle of Easter - the miracle of life. 

Max Lucado said, "If you want to see a miracle try this. Take a seed the size of a freckle. Put it under several inches of dirt. Give it enough water, light, fertilizer. And get ready. A mountain will be moved. It doesn't matter that the ground is a zillion times the weight of the seed. The seed will push it back."

Every Spring, dreamers around the world plant tiny hopes in overturned soil. And every spring, their hopes press against impossible odds and blossom. Never underestimate the power of a seed. 

Do you know the power of a seed sown in fertile soil? "Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of goodness." How good are you at sowing seeds of peace?

Jesus modeled this. We don't see him settling many disputes of negotiating conflicts. But we do see him cultivating inward harmony through acts of love.

- washing the feet of men he knew would betray him
- having lunch with a corrupt tax official
- honoring the sinful women whom society had scorned

He built bridges by healing hurts. He prevented conflict by touching the interior. He cultivated harmony by sowing seeds of peace in fertile hearts.

Do me a favor. Pause for a moment and think about who makes up your world. Take a stroll through the gallery of faces that are significant to you. Mentally flip through the scrapbook of snapshots featuring those you deal with often. 
Can you see their faces?

Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heart-deep in a person's life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer and watch what happens. Sowing seeds of peace - it works! You don't know why it works; you just know it does. Seeds are planted, and top soils of hurt are shoved away. 

Don't forget the principle. Never underestimate the power of a seed.

God didn't. When his kingdom was ravaged and his people had forgotten his name, he planted his seed. When the soil of the human heart had grown crusty, he planted his seed. When religion had become a ritual and the temple a trading post, he planted his seed.

Want to see a miracle? Watch him as he places the seed of his own self in the fertile womb of a Jewish girl. Up it grew, like a tender green shoot, sprouting from a root in a dry and sterile ground. 

The seed spent a lifetime pushing back the stones that tried to keep it underground. The seed made a ministry out of shoving away the rock that cluttered his father's soil.

- The stones of legalism that burdened backs.
- The stones of oppression that broke bones.
- The stones of prejudice that fenced out the needy.

But it was the final stone that proved to be the supreme test of the seed. The stone of death - rolled by humans and sealed by Satan in front of the tomb. For a moment it appeared the seed would be stuck in the earth. For a moment, it looked like this rock was too big to be budged.

But then, somewhere in the heart of the earth, the seed of God stirred, shoved, and sprouted. The ground trembled, and the rock of the tomb tumbled. And the flower of Easter blossomed.

Never underestimate the power of a seed.

With Love, Nadeeda


Monday, November 20, 2017

Poem by Arnold Watts and Happy Holidays!

It is amazing how quickly time passes! Already the holiday season is upon us. 

A Believer and fellow co-worker recently shared with me his sentiment that skin color is irrelevant when it comes to faith in Jesus Christ and how right he is! Our Lord and Savior made all different types of people to know and love him. How diverse his human creations are and were meant to be!

Over the weekend I found a copy of this poem in a church bulletin I had saved. I thought how much it reminded me of the conversation with my co-worker as well as the above video created by members of a wonderful church body that resides in Northern Virginia, McLean Bible Church


The Beautiful Color of Love

by Arnold Sparky Watts

What color is God,
Asked the child with skin so fair
Is he white like me,
Does he have light hair?

Is God dark like me,
Asked the child with skin of golden hue
Has he hair that's dark and curly,
Are his eyes black or blue?

I think God is red like me,
The Indian boy is heard to say
He wears a crown of feathers, 
And turns our nights to day

Each one of us knows that God is there,
In all the colors of love
So when your soul goes to Heaven,
When your life comes to its end
He will be waiting, and his hand to you 
Will he extend.

There will be no colors in Heaven,
Everyone will be the same.
You will only be judged by your earthly deeds,
Not your color or your name

So when your time comes, 
And you see God in his Heaven above,
Then you will see the only color that counts,
The beautiful color of love.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Rainy days and learning to see...

Raindrops and Rose Nov 3 Downtown Nashville - Photo by Laura Moody

Photographers - It pays to circle the subject you find so interesting! 

As you move around the object the camera picks up outside light differently depending on the sun or angle of the brightest light. 

Design skills are utilized as the photographer decides what to capture in the space the camera frame offers. As the shutter closes and opens again a snippet of  perceived reality is picked up and transformed into tiny pixels. Voila!

What is super amazing is that the light looked totally different when I stood 50 degrees away from the spot where I took the above photo and this image below was captured:

Symphony Fountains Nov 3 Downtown Nashville - Photo by Laura Moody

Light, design and a steady hand (most of the time!) yields favorable images.

Click here to read a robust blog entry on learning to see.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Smile and Share With Others

Thank you to the couple who now call this painting their own. :) I had it hanging on my patio for the longest while and so happy to give it away so that they and their friends will now enjoy it. 

The border is made with acrylic paint. A white chalk message is written over the navy center. The colors are painted atop an up-cycled kitchen cabinet door. 

Happy Fall!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Edelweiss - A Twist!

Looking forward to seeing this flower in person one day! 

When viewing some of my great aunts' memorabalia I found a paper with these words featured:

(Edelweiss Melody)

Bless our friends,
Bless our food.
Come, O' Lord and sit with us.
May our talk
Glow with peace,
Come with your love and surround us.
Friendship and peace -
May it bloom and glow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless our friends.
Bless our food.
Come, O Lord and surround us! 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Movie - Risen

The journey is incredible for each believer... the Truth sets humans free from the trappings of this world. To come to know Christ as one's Savior is THE pursuit that all should experience. Risen is a film that captures the emotions perfectly of the recognition and realization of what has transpired in our history. Believe!


Monday, August 14, 2017

US Total Solar Eclipse - Aug. 21 2017!

It hasn't happened in a century but what goes around comes around! :)

To celebrate the US Aug. 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse many festivals are happening in the towns along the moon's path. Do read the details in the link in the previous sentence for further information.

Plus, the US postal service created a groovy 2017 Total Solar Eclipse stamp that is triggered by heat to change the image on its front. Very creative!

If you look at the eclipse, remember to wear specially issued sunglasses when you look towards the sun. Have a fun day!