Live, Create, Southern??

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Well, Dear Readers,

For a few weeks I’ve been working to come up with the name of a new blog that is more indicative of what I blog about.

Boy, is it ever hard work–branding, that is.

This afternoon, I took pages of word ideas and plugged them into www.panabee.com. I need something that I can use as an email address, blog name, biz name, and on social media.

Now I need a focus group (of course, I must have a focus group!!) to help me out with a name.

If you’d like to volunteer, please send me a quick nod, and I’ll send you a list.

Thanks!

Hugs,

Stephanie

P.S.: So, okay, I’ll write my list down here:

This Southern Cottage (except, I don’t live in a cottage…it’s a ranch!)

This Southern Day

This Dusty Trail

Sweet Gum Road (because we have a yard full of Sweet Gum trees!)

Sweet Gum Cottage (see “cottage” note, above)

Live Create Home

The Spazzy Southerner

The Creaky Hinge

Dogwoods and Doorknobs

This Red Clay (because Alabama’s soil is mostly red clay.)

Live Create Southern Home (too long??)

Southern Misc. (ugh! boring!)

Live Create Southern

Summers on Grandma’s Farm

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A gray barn like Papa’s. I took this picture near Springfield, MO.

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my parents would take my brother and I up to north Alabama to attend Maywood Christian Camp for a week, and then my dad’s parents would pick us up and take us to their farm for another week.

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My cabin at Maywood Christian Camp.

North Alabama is further from the Gulf of Mexico than my home town, thereby being a lot less humid, which was nice!

I’m sure the first day back from camp was spent resting up, we would attend church on Sunday, and then the rest of the week was full of wide-open possibilities!

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Farm equipment on my cousin’s farm. My cousin now owns my grandparents’ farm.

Grandma always took us into town, which is Russellville, Alabama, a much bigger town than what were used to.

She would buy us each a toy at TWL, and we would go to a big grocery store.

Since my parents owned a general store in Jachin, we weren’t used to going grocery shopping, which was great fun! We loved to help pick snacks and sugary cereals that we would consume during the week.

Then we would head back to our grandparents’ farm, and eventually end up playing in their great big gray barn, which was stocked with hay, spider webs, and so much dust.

Our parents would come and get us at the end of the week.  We were always so glad to see them and missed them so much!

We would go back home to our own piece of Alabama, which had an entirely different culture and it’s own rendition of an Alabama farm.

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Our south Alabama farm.

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God put a Rainbow in the Cloud

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See God’s rainbow to the far left of the Ark.

The rumble of thunder is low and benign. The winds have ceased their turmoil, and we got a smattering of rain from the storm that just blew over. It is comforting to be in our house during the tempest.

Thousands of years ago, a family waited out the biggest global natural disaster of all time.  They waited it out on a gargantuan floating vessel that we know as Noah’s Ark.

Our church family just completed the final session of our Vacation Bible School (VBS) last night. Our theme was Noah’s Ark, and some of the members constructed this big ark on the church building’s lawn.

Tuesday night, we got a little extra surprise when we came outside and saw a lovely rainbow in the pink luminescent sky.

The Bible says in Genesis 9:11-17 that rainbow is God’s covenant with the human race that He will never destroy the earth with such a flood again.

God’s promises make me smile. They give me peace and comfort that God will always take care of all of those who love Him.

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Selfie with Noah!

 

11  “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12  God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;

13  I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.

14  “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,

15  And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16  “When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

17  And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:11-17 (NIV)
http://Biblehub.com/nasb/Genesis/9.htm

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Shall We Gather at the River

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Last Thursday evening, my Princess Buttercup accepted Christ by being baptized. Just like the 1st Century Christians, she was plunged into the waters (by her dad!), where Jesus did the work of washing away her sins.

What does that mean?

As long as she chooses to follow Jesus, He will continuously forgive her every time she confesses any wrong because as Christians, we are His sons and daughters. (1 John 1; Romans 8:1-4)

We are so proud of Princess Buttercup for choosing to follow the Lord. See, it’s not about following a bunch of rules. It’s about deciding to go by what God says because it pleases Him and will make her life the best it can be. It’s also about following what God says because she loves Him, his graciousness and kindness. And she wants to be with Him and all of her family at the end of her lovely life.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to comment.

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Here’s a picture of the Tennessee River that I took this morning. (Princess Buttercup got baptized at the church building, actually.)

Shall We Gather at the River
By: Robert Lowry

Shall we gather at the river,
Where bright angel feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?
Refrain:
Yes, we’ll gather at the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river;
Gather with the saints at the river
That flows by the throne of God.

On the margin of the river,
Washing up its silver spray,
Will walk and worship ever,
All the happy golden day.
(Refrain)

Ere we reach the shining river,
Lay we every burden down;
Grace our spirits will deliver,
and provide a robe and crown.
(Refrain)

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease;
soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

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Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb
By: Elisha A. Hoffman

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?
Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?