Lord, we adore thy boundless grace,
The heights and depths unknown,
The heights and depths unknown,
Of pardon, life, and joy, and peace,
In Thy beloved Son.
O wond'rous gift of love divine
Dear source of ev'ry good!
Jesus, in thee what glories shine!
How rich thy flowing blood!
Every once in a while, I've been trying to write an update on how our family has been doing in the great Midwest :-) as we seek the Lord for further direction in our ministry here. I call it the "great" or vast Midwest, as I lived in tiny Rhode Island all of my life--Wisconsin is huge in comparison! I remember the beauty of the ocean and the smell of the salt waves, the loveliness of the old towns and villages and the tight-knit-ness of Italian and Portuguese families "back home."
And yet, the Lord is opening my eyes to different beauties here--His creation, all un-tamed all-around, the beautiful fields and hills, the glorious sunsets, and the sound of the wind through the trees. His handiwork never ceases to amaze my soul.
We live on almost 4 acres in the country, and we are visited by many "members" :-) of our Lord's creatures--here is one that I have met in the Midwest--a little ground squirrel visiting my flowers. :-) They are very friendly and industrious--and quick!
My Mama always planted zinnias in Rhode Island; they are easy, she said! Their cheerful faces remind me of her beautiful garden back home as I was growing up.
The field behind our house . . . our neighbor "hays" this field occasionally.
These puffy things fascinate me; they feel a little like lamb's wool.
This little guy loves to come and visit us; I discovered that he also enjoys saltines with peanut butter ;-).
That's a big apple for a little chipmunk . . . :-)
He resembles my expression here, when I am contemplating a full plate of brownies . . . :-)
A butterfly in the garden . . .
Hanging laundry on the line has become one of my favorite things to do . . . I love the "feel" of the sun's gentle warmth on the clothing as I fold it and the way that the clothes sway in the wind.
This spider showed up near our flowers! I keep a safe distance . . . ;-) He is welcome to eat the gnats and flies, but not me, please ;-).
And these are pictures of the outbuilding that I have my eye set upon right now . . . :-) We call this the "Missionary House." We have been praying about converting this into a place for fellow believers to come and stay. We are excited to see how the Lord is going to work through all of this . . .
And lastly, I'll leave you with a song that the Lord has been using to minister to my heart. An old friend introduced me to this group years ago--this is one of my favorites of theirs--
As always, I am so grateful for your prayers for us. Truly, He hears the prayers of His people and "leads His dear children along." Please let me know if I can pray about anything for you . . .
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