Today is Tuesday and it's a beautiful day outside.. 43 degrees ~ all the snow and ice have melted and the birds are alive with their wonderful mating songs.. I can see 8 male cardinals at my window right now and it's just a red blur with them at the feeder.. I can see the lilac bush starting it's early budding.. Won't be long and it will have purple blooms and the fragrance will be overwhelming.. Oh there is Mr. Grackle... His head shining so teal blue.and lower wings just a great shade of purple.. . Mr Red Wing Blackbird is here and that is the real sign that spring is finally here... Oh the joy of Spring~!
Ordered the book "The power of a whisper" written by Bill Hybels... Can hardly wait for it to arrive and start reading... we get whispers from God and then we have to have the guts to respond.. I call them "God Stops"... My friend Holly and I are planning on a Women's Retreat with the women that go to our church and women that live in our community. It is to be held April 15 and 16.. at Camp Hitaga.. a campfire camp. This one is our 3rd one and we are so excited in getting it all planned with God's help... We first started out with thinking of the theme was to be "Beautiful".. After hearing MercyMe's song "Beautiful "this is where we got the idea... We researched all the bible verses that had the word ~"beautiful" it came to us through God's Word (whisper) we would be having our theme "From Ashes to Beauty"..Isaiah 61:3..
Our son, Rich was married on Feb. 26 to a wonderful girl named Lisa.. During the ceremony the scripture was Isaiah 61:3.. To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of priase. Oh my goodness, I looked at Holly and we both gave a thumbs up.. 2nd conformation from God.. We were jumping with excitement. Next day listening to the radio ~ KLove ~ they were talking about From Ashes to Beauty, Talking about how we all have dreams and how sometimes they just don't work out and they fail.. So they said you needed to have a funeral for these dreams Letting it go and then praying about it and letting God bring it back into something beautiful. I called Holly and told her what I had just heard on the radio... Our 3rd confirmation from God.. So now we have jumped out of the boat and letting God whisper to us of what he is wanting with this retreat. We have it all planned out and it's going to be so exciting.. We are using butterflies as our decoration theme... Beth Moore will be speaking ~ via a DVD about "From Ashes to Beauty"... A 17 year old girl that is part of our worship team at our little church told us she would volenteer her time to do the music for us. She plays the piano and sings beautifully. So now our music has been chosen and Hope will be our worship leader for the music.. Fantastic~! So far we have 15 women who have signed up and are coming.. Glory be to God.. Spring is in the Air and so is God's promises.. and whispers...
Going later today and picking up Ben at daycare.. Last night I was with him and we played Mario game on his new WII.. Oh how much fun we are having. I am so addicted.. So glad I don't have one of those at my house.. He is always Luigi and I'm Mario... I told him when the weather was nicer we would be going outside and playing outside and getting the winter stink off of us..
He said "GranAnnie we don't stink, I took a bath last night">> LOL he is so funny.
Time for lunch~! Have a Tiggeriffic Day~! Ta Ta For Now from Iowa:~)