Sunday, August 9, 2015

On the Glass-Bottom Boat

"All aboard, all aboard on the Glass-Bottom Boat!"
Have you ever seen that old movie, The Glass Bottom Boat, with Doris
Day?  Whenever I have been on a glass-bottom boat, that is what I
think of.  Those first words are from the song they sing in
the film.


Recently, I got to ride on a glass-bottom boat at an amazing place.
I have been here several times before when I was younger, but
it had been awhile since I had last gone. 
I should have taken more photos!  But I at least wanted to share the
few I did take to showcase the serenity.  It used to be a huge tourist
attraction in the 60's and 70's I believe it was, and they had "aquamaids"
(I would have signed up!  What a dream job.) swimming beneath the boats, 
and they even  had a swimming pig who was trained.  
My Mama went there in the last few years it was open as a tourist
 attraction -when she was a little girl- and she said it was
 so much fun.

But nowadays, they just have an education center and a beautiful,
giant piece of land stretching for acres and acres, and the glass-bottom
boat tours of course.

The water is turquoise in some places, jade green in others.
The view below through the glass bottom is like entering another
world, a magical underwater world from a different perspective
that you could only get this way or diving.  Believe me, I sure
wished I could have been diving down there.
Aquatic and marine biology fascinate me, and I pore over 
anything having to do with that element of God's creation.  Underwater
life amazes me with the fluidity and grace of the creatures and the
 peaceful underwater landscapes like this.



We spotted a cormorant during the boat ride/tour.  When we got
closer, everyone got to admire his brilliantly colored, greenish eyes.


You can kind of feel like you are on the boat yourself in these
videos.  I did not take any of my own long enough to really show what it
is like, but here are some videos I found to share that let you see a little
bit of what the boat ride is.  Although, this does not compare to being 
there in person and staring through that glass into the crystal water below
and the bubbling freshwater springs glittering like silver.  But it's
still a neat glimpse ☺





I have missed you, my sweet blogging friends!
I didn't realize just how "quiet" my blog would be when I mentioned that
I would likely not have a chance to write very much for awhile until things
slowed down.  I am so thankful for getting to log in and see
your kind words in your comments that bring me smiles,
 just to read a hello or you sharing something.
I hope that quietness doesn't last long.  I truly miss being here and visiting
your blogs when I am otherwise occupied with life ☺


I am leaving for a trip with my family today.  It is such a 
wonderful feeling to be going because it is the celebration of 
so many things this summer finally coming to an end,
and the start of some relaxation for at least awhile.


Hope y'all have a wonderful Sunday!



Hugs and blessings!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Sweet Tea Sippin' & These Summer Days


How I have missed visiting all of your lovely posts and also
 writing here.  It has become such a joyful and cathartic part of my
life since I started blogging, and when I am so busy the way I am this month,
I truly miss it.  I have not even been able to keep up with my Faithful Friday
posts, and I apologize.  Until mid-August, my posts may be far and few
between.  I still am trying to make it over to your blogs, though, as
often as I can, which brings me much joy ☺
School this month has been a blur.  It is keeping me beyond busy, but
I am at least happy to know that the session is already
almost over!  Which I cannot believe, because it kind of feels
like it just began.

Until I get the chance to write more, I wanted to just say hello...
because I have been blessed to get to talk with and get to know
many of you and just saying hello and wishing you a wonderful week
feels normal, since posting always just feels like writing
a letter to a friend.


The little something I am sharing today is a snippet of my summer
as it has been lately(above).  I have been so wrapped up (excitedly!) 
in pretty much one thing when I have a little bit of free time...
and that is creating, doing art, and working on lettering.
So my weekends look like the picture above... 
cooling off with some 
Southern sweet tea as I immerse myself in books or
magazines for inspiration, practice lettering in our notebook (I say
"our" because my mom and I are doing it together☺), or actually
get out my canvas and letter or start working on designs!
It has been so much fun and a stress-reliever.


And besides that, my summer has lately involved more sweet tea,
good recipes, enjoying the fact that it is July and we just now reached
100 degrees instead of back in May (wow!), spending time with
 visiting family, enjoying BBQs (especially on Sundays as a family),
 dreaming of trips we are planning soon, being inspired
by verses in my lettering and in each day, journaling, searching
for a country swimming hole, thinking about how this week last
year I was up in the mountains, and the like.



Hoping you are enjoying these days of summer-
and staying as cool as possible!



Blessings and hugs!


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Faithful Friday: Brokenhearted


Loss has been on my mind this week and this verse is one I know
I have written about before, but it is to me the greatest comfort to
us when we experience loss and heartbreak when someone who means so
much to us passes away.

Earlier this week, one of my Dad's students (he teaches music
 lessons) came to our house and during her lesson and she broke down.
Her father had passed away the day before, 
completely unexpectedly.

Our heart and prayers are with her and her family, and it
is just so hard to believe.  She is a Christian, so I know that her comfort
is coming from both her family and God.  Her father was very close
to God also.

Loss is one of the hardest, most inexplicably draining, painful,
heartbreaking thing we got through in this life.  It is the greatest
comfort of all to know that God personally tells us in His
word that He is with us and holds us in His mighty arms.
He never leaves us.

This life is full of amazing beauty and joy, but when
those times of heartache do come, especially from loss or death,
God knows we are pained beyond reason and that our spirit
is perhaps more crushed than it has ever been in that moment.
And He is near to us, with us, saving our crushed selves.


May we always call to mind this verse that is soothing to
the deepest parts of our hearts in times of heartbreak and not.
We are so blessed to have confidence that God picks us up when
we are too weak and in pain to make it through alone.




God Bless you♥


Have a wonderful weekend!



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Faith Moves Mountains!


To say I have been inspired and wonderfully lost in the
verse that inspired this (which I had so much fun lettering/making!)
would be a severe understatement. 

We all have "mountains" in our way every single day, no matter how
large or small we may feel they are.  They are still mountains,
some towering high in front of us where we feel like they cannot be
passed or gotten through.  
This reminds me of hiking through the mountains
and wondering when we will get past this or that mountain
in front of us so that we can reach the summit of the mountain
on the other side.  It sometimes seems like forever, but if you don't
give up, it eventually comes- always.


And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you,
 If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain,
 Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; 
and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
-Matthew 17:20


God tells us that if we have faith,
those "mountains" can be moved!  That is nothing short of
AMAZING.  My heart is engulfed in wonder of- and love for-
this incredible verse... and that God would give us these words that 
would provide this most comforting and powerful encouragement.

Our faith moves mountains.
We are not alone in facing them either.  And that is
all the more reason to have greater and greater and growing faith.

•          •          •


I hope your weekend was wonderful!
I recently started classes again and have been so busy,
 so I am so very thankful for this blessing of a weekend
 after this week, but I did not get to write a Faithful Friday post, so
 this is it on Sunday night instead ;)



Blessings!!

Happy Monday to you!



Saturday, July 4, 2015

Faithful Friday: Be Thou My Vision


Do you ever hear a song or think of a song
 you heard a long time ago, and you just fall in love with it, 
with every word and note?
I think it is especially easy to do that with songs that praise the
 Lord and sing of his graces and the beauty of having a 
heart for Him.

"Be Thou My Vision" is probably my favorite hymn/song that praises God
through SUCH heartfelt, amazingly beautiful words.
Although it might be a surprising place to be inspired by a song, haha,
 I actually recently heard it played at Hobby Lobby.
  I was already happy because being amidst all the beautiful things that
 inspire creativity and projects  is always so fun and a joy, 
but I walked in the aisles as we browsed and got ideas for
 creating and suddenly heard the instrumental version of 
"Be Thou My Vision" coming from the speaker above.
  And I remembered just how much I loved every part of it...
the lyrics that danced through my head as I listened to
the melody, the meaning of those precious words,
explaining my love for God and the speakings of my heart
with such graceful, lyrical perfection.

I believe my most favorite version of this song was sung by a
girl after my own heart in the Hallmark Film, The Confession,
inspired by an Amish novel series by Beverly Lewis.  With the loveliest, purest
voice, it is sung by the main character, Katie, to her biological mother (whom
she had been searching for and found) during her last days of life.  
That scene was definitely a tear-jerker, largely because of this song.

This song simply brings a teary feeling into my heart when I listen to it.
Beauty is too simple a word to describe it...

Just listen to this musical work of art and faith, with its Irish sound
so unmistakably pure and moving♥


  1. Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
    Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
    Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
    Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
  2. Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
    I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
    Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
    Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
  3. Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
    Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
    Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tow’r:
    Raise Thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.
  4. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
    Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
    Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
    High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.
  5. High King of Heaven, my victory won,
    May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heav’n’s Sun!
    Heart of my own heart, whate’er befall,
    Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.


How this has blessed my heart in my walk with the Lord!
It reminds me that the things valued by the world are nothing
in comparison to seeking God, and that thinking of Him and heavenly
things is where our minds find true joy and comfort as we
exhalt Him!

I pray that He will always be my vision.



God Bless you!

Have a wonderful weekend!
& hoping you enjoy this day and the celebrations 
you might be a part of this evening, whether blessed family
time or seeing the sky lit up by a magnificent show☺



Friday, June 26, 2015

Faithful Friday: In It, Not Of It


This is a verse I am almost one-hundred percent sure I
have written about or reflected upon in some way before... but it is
just so meaningful that I did not think it would hurt to do it again, if not
many more times.  This verse is a life-changing one, a verse that
inspires you to live differently if you want to live more in accord with God's
ways or encourages you to not stray from the path.

I saw this verse this morning and thought about how influential it has
been for me and about how it surely is to others as well... Just these
few words from God's word make all the difference in inspiring us to 
keep our lives and our values separate from those of the world.

I love that it says not just to stay away from conforming to the
values and ways of the world, but to renew our thinking, to be
transformed by the goodness of God and what He teaches us.

This verse is close to my heart because it reminds me of where I
want to be in my faith and my walk with God and reminds me how different
my life could be if I did not aim to live according to God's standards.
And I say aim because that is just what I do.  I am not perfect.  I only
try to be what God wants me to be... and I know for a fact that that person
is someone who wants to love God's ways, not those of the world.

As it is often said, we are in the world (because we have to be), but
we are not a part of it.

This verse inspires me, all of me... to be different. 
 Let us be different from the world, to dare to be different from the crowd.
For one reason, the main reason I thank God for leading me to Him and
away from worldly things... is because the world's ways are the
EXACT opposite of His.
Because worldly ways get you nowhere but into trouble and living
a life of pleasures that do not last.  
Renewing our minds in the Lord
keeps us safe and secure in His love and His word, and it leads us
to joy for eternity.


This is one of my favorite verses and always will be.  It speaks
to my heart in encouraging me, especially at the age that I am.  It has been
 a stronghold to me as someone going through school where I am constantly
around people who are not concerned with Godly things at all.
I am so thankful for these words penned in Romans that encourage
us to stay strong and firm in our hope in God, not in the things of this world
and the entertainment and "pleasures" it offers that will soon fade out.



Have a wonderful weekend!!


Blessings☺


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Faithful Friday: I Do Believe

(Source)

In my walk with God and as a Christian,
I think that the most difficult thing for me sometimes is something
that often seems like it would be so simple... to believe.  To TRULY believe
with all my heart and mind.
In this life, a life where we go through trials and struggles that
sometimes hit us when we least expect it and dare to crush our hopes,
believing can be hard.  Believing that God will grant us the blessings and
answers we are praying for is hard, because we know that there is the
other side- the side that could lead us to a place we fear most, the place
we will be if we do not receive the answer we have prayed for.

Believing is a large part of my life and a facet of my faith that
I have been thinking of especially lately.  The word 'believe' is one I have
had on my mind, because faith rests in believing... can I really be
a person of true and great faith if I do not fully believe?
Believing and trusting God will all of me will definitely
help me to be the person led by my faith, the person I hope to be.

These words, this feeling expressed in the above verse is one
that mirrors my innermost thoughts... I believe, I do.  But along with that
belief and faith is a little bit of unbelief. My goal is to have
only belief in me... to never doubt that God will bring me to the place
I am meant to be in my life, my faith, in all things.

I want to believe COMPLETELY.
This is what my heart is crying out.
I want even the smallest doubt to go away, and I pray for this.
But believing does not mean we love God any less; it is just a part
of being imperfect and being in this world where we are conditioned to
feel that everything is a struggle.  Because it is.
But I have to keep reminding myself that with God, nothing is a struggle.
Nothing is impossible with God!
And THAT is the greatest reason of all to fully believe!


In pondering belief and praying about it, I was also reminded of these
verses.  It blessed me and made me feel such a joy inside to 
see how the Lord directly tells us today and told his people in bible
times to believe ... to let go of fear and just believe.


"But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue,
 'Do not fear, only believe.'"
-Mark 5:36

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope."
-Romans 15:13

"Let not your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God; believe
also in me."
-John 14:1



Do you have a favorite verse that increases your faith and reminds
 you to believe in God and to trust in Him?

What are your thoughts on believing?



God Bless you.
Y'all have a wonderful weekend! ♥






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