Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Ruler...

We may not get snow here...
but, living on a rainforest island can give us quite a bit of rain at times

we had a terrific storm with all the works come over the island on Dec. 24th...
and then it sat all night long and into the morning...
giving us the songs of thunder and blinking lights of lightening

the Lord was reminding that He indeed is Sovereign and Ruler of all things

the storm finally moved on when the Lord sent a strong wind to blow it away...
and it became peaceful once again

before the storm came...
we managed to pick the oranges ready for market

they are juicy and sweet and we've been enjoying them ourselves
oranges aren't necessarily the color orange when ripe
it depends on where it has grown
in the tropics where it stays warm..
the chlorophyll in the orange's skin is preserved and does not turn orange
where they grow in temps that cool off...
the chlorophyll is not preserved and the orange will turn the color orange

ours stay green with a little yellow here on our tropical island...
and will get a touch of yellow or orange during the cooler months...
which is now occurring but, they will not turn completely orange...
as we do not usually get below the low 70's in temperature

when it's wet here, I am often at the outside sink...
washing off mud and such...
and an egg,or two, will be found at the hen's stations when making my rounds...
around the homestead

sometimes, I can find a few pretties to snip and bring into the cottage for cheer

and of course, the flycatchers who enjoy our homestead, too...
will give us some songs to work by

this one has his very own branch up above the beehives...
and I'd like to know...
what his interest is in being this close to the hives buzzing with the bees
is he making a snack on a few bees?
or, are there other insects that are hanging around the hives...
attracted by the fragrance of the honey inside?

until the New Year's day has passed by...
my chair and the computer will be waiting patiently for me...
to do a bit more posting and blogging
so with that...

I truly wish you all a very good coming year in the grace of God.

and it was said and done of the Christ Jesus:

Now muster your troops,
O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the Judge of Israel on the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me One who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore, He shall give them up until the time when
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of His brothers shall return to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.
And they shall dwell secure,
for now He shall be great to the ends of the earth.
And He shall be their peace.
Micah 5:1-5


  1. How fascinating about the oranges! I didn't know that! I learned a new thing today!

    Merry Christmas Jean and Happy New Year!


  2. My husband did a reading at our evening carol service in church on 22nd Dec and it was these verses from Micah which he read.
    Thank you for all your posts over the year, I may not have commented as often as I should but I now wish you and your husband and your family and friends God's richest blessings for 2014. May He grant you good health and even more contentment (which you have loads of!) during the year.
    Here in Northern Ireland we have had our fair share of high wind and rain and there's more to come but we have a home, a fire, food enough and to spare and are thankful. Many homes are flooded and without power in the South of England and we feel for them so much at this time of the year.
    Kind regards and renewed thanks.

  3. Happy New Year, dear Jean. May it bring you an abundance of blessings.

  4. Your blog is always such a peaceful retreat. I like to slip away from my busy life and escape into it's sweet greenness for a few minutes. Plus, I feel like I always learn something. :o) I never knew that the color of an orange was dependent on air temps.

  5. That lesson about oranges was interesting! I did not know that!
    Your homestead is beautiful and I so enjoy my visits here.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Hello Jean, Happy New Year to you and your Hubby! Hope you are well! I would love some of those fresh oranges about right now! I do love the seasons and I can see and feel this in a season for some resting. I am well and looking forward to seeing His Glory and sitting in His presence!
    Loved the picture of the desk and chair, good place to meet with God! As is everywhere else :)
    One day we will meet in Heaven or the New Earth! Big Hug,Roxy