“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth,
give I unto you, Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 (KJV)
Photograph by Kathie T. Kingrey
Miss K’s Photography
Isabel grew up on a farm in Virginia. I imagine her brothers got to use one of these!
For more of Kathie Kingery’s photos, check out her facebook page. Miss K’s Photography!
“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts,
I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty and of thy wondrous works.”
This gorgeous photograph was taken by my friend, Kathie T. Kingery.
Miss K’s Photography
I recently had the blessing of meeting an old friend on facebook! We were best friends when we were students at Jamison Elementary School in Roanoke.
Although this school no longer exists and has been replaced with a Fire Station, our memories of this wonderful old school are still alive! In fact, there is a facebook group of Jamison alumni where we share photos and memories of days gone by. The school was built long ago and many of us remember fine architectural details not present in building today. For example, the girl’s restroom even had a large round water fountain so that thirty girls could wash our hands at once! It had a ring around the base to step on instead of a regular faucet. Tall windows, intricate iron scroll work on the banisters going upstairs, old fashioned lights that hung down from the ceiling with white globe and desks with ink wells. Ah yes, I remember it well! The best part was the people who helped shape our lives. Both staff and friends that filled our minds with wonderful memories!
One of those dear friends is Kathie T. Kingery. Kathie, her sister Robyn and I used to walk to the bus stop together every morning and back home again. Chatting and laughing the entire time. We spent hours in the summer looking at the green stamp catalog – making lists of the things we wanted to purchase. What fun! It was so long ago and yet just seems like yesterday. I had always wondered what happened to my friends. Thanks to the internet, I know.
The best part was that I was able to reconnect with my friend, Kathie Trent Kingrey who is a photographer. She is sharing some of her wonderful pictures of Virginia with us. Even in the fifth grade, I could see that she had a flair for style! =-)
The beautiful Roanoke Valley! Isn’t it lovely?
I will post some of Kathie’s beautiful pictures on my blog this week.
If you are interested in her photography, you may contact her at
firstname.lastname@example.org is my contact info or 804.608.1224
So my friends, sit back and enjoy the view this week!
John’s parents gave us this small mahogany “card table” when we bought our first home. Dad and Mother Purdy had received it as a gift or bought it for their first home – a long time ago! It is called a card table but we have never used it for that.
We usually open it up on holidays as we did last Thanksgiving for my beautiful nieces. I love to dress up the table with a lace cloth but with Turbo Kitty, Alice running around, we settled for a cotton tablecloth Mother Purdy had used for this table during the holidays.
So where does the versatility come in? This table can be used three ways. You have already seen two ways. It takes some work getting it from this position (My favorite because the wood looks so pretty against the wall and anything displayed on the table is enhanced by the depth of the wood.
I don’t think the table likes this part. It complains and squeals – just like us when we are asked to step out of our comfort zone.
After dinner, just reverse the order and it can become a display table.
Through the years, this little table has served as a guest table, a sideboard, tea table, dessert table, display table, sofa table, a lamp table, a place for the cats to watch the birds from our front window and as it is called – a card table. Pretty versatile, isn’t it?
Did you know that we are to be versatile as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ? We may think, “I’m a ___________” when we are really an instrument with a divine purpose. To serve wherever He calls and to do whatever He asks of us. So the next time you are asked to work in the nursery, teach Sunday School, give your testimony, pray, sing in the choir, pass out bulletins, write an article, write a book… I have found that the more I do for the Lord; the more He will enable me to do in His name. After all, just as this table had a designer who had made plans for versatility, the Lord designed you with talents and gifts. How sad it would be to remain a display table in the corner when He had planned for me to serve to others the Bread of Life!
You may ask, “How can I serve or speak when I am so nervous?”
1. Pray – (John 14:13-14; James 1:5; I John 5:14)
2. Prepare – (2 Timothy 2:15; I John 5:10-15)
3. Practice – (2 Timothy 2:1-3, 3:14-17)
And remember, God chose an elderly man to build the ark, a shepherd to lead His people, a boy to slay a giant, fishermen to follow Him and to preach the Word, and more importantly, God Himself, left the glory of Heaven to be born in the lowliest of places to be our Savior – The Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world and then He arose from the dead that we may have everlasting life!
Since He has done so much for me; how can I give Him less than He asks of me? Versatility – for Him.
“Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.”
What does this have to do with an old table? We were also designed for a purpose. To glorify God. To serve Him in any way that He asks – just be willing to turn and go the way He directs!
Have a wonderful week!
Love in Christ,
I Peter 3:15
Hoping you are having a delightful Valentines Day!
I saw this little reminder of God’s love for us and wanted to do this for someone special today. I haven’t been able to go out lately and thought I would share this with you. I saved this pic from a friend’s blog but haven’t been able to locate the blog. I hope you don’t mind that I am sharing your conversation hearts picture. If you posted this picture, please contact me so that I can give you the proper credit and post a link to your blog.
So grab your Bible, friends and see what God’s Word says about love.
Happy Valentines, friends and remember, God loves you!