The Lesson of the Giraffe:

While at the Jacksonville, Fl zoo, I had the opportunity to capture a photo of this giraffe!  No matter what type of moods folks were in at the moment...they became merry when watching this creature.  Isn't it interesting how God knows exactly what we need and when?  God will even use the beasts of the field to speak to our hearts.

I took this photo of my "little friends" while in my garden in Upstate New York.  I was always impressed with how my little friends would be so lovely each morning, despite their toiling all day and then enduring the dark, chilly night.  This verse always would come to mind.  I am happy to share it with you.  I hope to be posting more.  Please feel free to follow me and I will do the same.  Happy to call you Friend and have you as part of my garden : )

What was it like to be a guest at Cornelius' house?

In my daily Bible reading, I couldn't help but a get a chuckle that I know God inserted just for me. (I do believe God has a sense of humour...holy humour). I was in the book of Acts and came across Acts 10:1..There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band..." I cant help but notice that every time I read this verse, I thank God for reaching... out to non Jews and specifically noting he was Italian. Then my overactive imagination takes over and I picture the scene as if I am there. 
First, I can hear it.  I know that an Italian household is anything but dull and boring.  I can hear the joyful sounds as I approach the door.  The excitement is buzzing that the special man of God is coming to be a guest....Peter is on his way!  Everyone is readying the house. 
Cornelius tells his children, " Now kids, remember, when dad tells you to settle down, you best settle down...don't you make one peep or you'll be peeping quite a bit when he leaves.  Capish?"
At the doorstep, my nose begins to be tantalized by the scents of culinary bliss.  The spaghetti sauce is cooking on the stove, fresh Italian bread (with sesame seeds of course) baking in the oven....a little cheese, and fresh fruit ....homemade grape juice to wet the beak......  Cornelius puts on quite the spread and invites all the neighbors. 

Then, after dinner, we all settle down for adult time over dessert.  Peter gets down to the business to which he was summoned and pulls no punches.  He gets right to the point.  Everyone rejoices at learning of this Saviour and they all have cannolis for dessert. 

Whoever says Christians have no fun, has not been doing it correctly : )

It was a beautiful day in the low country area. We finished our homeschool day and decided to take a ride over to University of South Carolina Beaufort to view a very rare display. On display, in the campus library, was a most prized possession. This possession was once esteemed by kings; particularly James the First, King of England.

My, how times have changed.

There on display, in four, climate controlled cases, were various authentic collections of Scripture. As my children and I viewed them, we were in awe of how God had preserved the various pages. Some were dated to 1350 AD, written in Old English of which we could not comprehend.

We marveled at the amount of labor the transcribers must have went through, both mentally and physically, to present Scripture to the Glory of God. All the while knowing, they would be accountable to God who said

Revelation 22:18
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.”

My son and I looked around in the library and all of the students going about their studies not even aware of the treasure that sat in their midst. There it was! A FIRST EDITION copy of The King James Bible, 1611. Priceless.
All the answers to life’s questions sat there, bound in leather, and very nondescript. It did not have a catchy title as did other books in the library. It was not on the “New Arrivals” shelf. The faculty did not include it on their “Required Reading” list. Oh, Lord help us!

My children and I discussed how this “book” blessed millions, guided nations, enlightened kings. And there it was. Sitting as a regal king with all of the other "works" of man sitting on shelves around it.

As we looked, and pondered the verses we knew were contained within it, my son said, “My sheep shall know my voice.” I smiled and understood exactly what he was saying. Quietly, within the library, one could hear a pin drop. But, we KNOW we heard God’s voice as it was alive within the pages of the KJV.
University of South Carolina Beaufort Celebrates King James Bible 400th Anniversary!