This Story Took a Turn

This is not the story I had planned to post, but here it is.

This is the front of our house.
There's a courtyard with an arbor 
next to the entryway.

Here's the arbor

It has Fuschia bougainvillea growing on it. 

See the limb touching the 
corner of the window frame?
It has a little Spanish Moss hanging down.
There's a Cardinal's 
bird's nest there where the 
Spanish Moss is hanging down! 

 Here's the brown female cardinal sitting in the nest!

 We were so excited to discover the bird's nest!

 This is our dining room window.
See how close it is to the nest?
We were entertained daily watching
the mother bird sitting on the nest.


 Last Friday she disappeared
and didn't return all weekend :-(

Thursday I saw (from the window)
she was standing in the nest looking
down, she stayed that way most
of the day. Standing, not sitting
on the eggs.

 On Monday we brought the ladder 
around to check out the nest:

Two perfect eggs.
Looks like mother abandoned her nest.

I googled to find out what might
cause her to flee? Several reasons -
one being fear.

We are sooo disappointed. We left the
nest and eggs in place (did not touch either.)

My husband did trim some of the blossoms
from the bougainvillea.

They do look pretty in vases.
 And there's another bible verse
beside it. Jeremiah 29:10-13

So that is the story that almost was. 
I was hoping to post pictures of 
the baby birds being fed by
a beautiful red cardinal male. 

 Blame it on 2020! Ha!

Oh, well, we are thankful for 
our beautiful home and many
other blessings!

The ladder hasn't been there until yesterday.

 Beautiful Bouganvillea!

Does anyone have any ideas of what
could have happened? Please share!



Decorating with Scripture

Psalm 46:10

Have you done any new decorating during the Pandemic? I haven't. Since we are high risk we have had to shelter in for three months now and that means no fun shopping! It's hard to decorate when you can't go out to find new, fun stuff! Huh?

I know, "shop the house!" Go through the bins in the garage. I feel I have run the gamut with that. My life has taken on a whole new attitude with all that has happened with the Pandemic. We look at life differently. My decorating took a little different turn.

We are living in a dangerous world and it is easy to become fearful, even though we are Christians who believe we are protected by our Lord Jesus Christ. The ways I combat fear is to read my bible, write meaningful scripture in journals and to display scripture in all rooms of our house as reminders of His promises to us that He will keep at all times 


I remembered back in the 70s the church I attended had a decorating ministry of decorating people's homes for free. I was a member of that team ministry. The leader always taught that we should display bible verses in our homes, for a number of reasons. 

Here's a bible verse proclaiming that we do this: 

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 New International Version (NIV)
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

I have often done this since the 70s and especially the past few years since My daughter, Alyson is painting bible verses. They can be framed, or placed on an easel, and other creative ways. I have mine displayed in almost every room in the house.  I'm featuring verses about fear during this pandemic.

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 Psalm 56:3

 One year in the 70s we "went on the road" from Florida to Georgia where our decorator leader's daughter lived and decorated two or three homes there, spending the weekend. Redecorating homes is so enjoyable just seeing the transformation of the homes, and the joy it brings into the people's lives. The homes were mostly young people starting out with not much money to decorate their homes. We decorated them using what was already in the homes, just used them in a different way. It was amazing to see! We used a lot of bible verses to decorate with.

Here are some of the bible verses I am using in our home now. So comforting to be in each room and glance around to see one of the Lord's promises calling out to me!

They can also be displayed and changed out often
on a pretty clip board. 

 This frame looks like a tray:

I change the verses displayed at different times

I use the verses during holidays

Alyson recently wrote about decorating with verses on her blog www.Writethemonmyheart.com 

Click here: https://writethemonmyheart.com/2020/04/09/scripture-art-printables-for-every-room/ She asks questions of Why should we decorate with scripture?  Also shown are 20 ideas and ways to display scripture.  She displays many scriptures to coordinate with every room in our house! There's even a verse page to color with your own room colors, and a promise of more of these coming! Fun! Check it out!

 Psalm 31:24

1Peter 5:7

In the master bedroom:

Even the bathroom has a verse

 Maybe you would enjoy something new with your decorating, frame a bible verse, place them on an easel, you will enjoy seeing the Lord's words daily. He will never leave us!

Twenty ways to display bible verses - click here:  https://writethemonmyheart.com/2018/05/17/20-ways-to-use-printables/