Keep calm and put Your Pearls on Baby

Well Hey There Yall! So good to see Ya today on Our Front Porch! Sure hope You Have been doing well and everything going good at Your House. We all been busy as bees between Our regular jobs and Chores at Home. I would offer Yall some coffee but I am shame to say I am plum out of Maxwell House and that’s the only kind We ever perk at the Ranch. But, I got a new pitcher of sweet tea made or if You want something hot I have some hot chocolate. The kettle is full and warm in the fireplace in the kitchen Sugar, You know You are always at Home here.

Proverbs 24:3-4 (NKJV)
3 Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
4 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

We sure have been enjoying this cooler weather lately. I just love sleeping with the windows open under one of Our homemade Quilts. Oh that reminds Me… I got to tell Yall this. I am just too excited! My Gracie has decided to start quilting with Me so She is going to be helping Me hand quilt a lot of the quilted items We are going to be selling this year for some extra money. I taught all My Children to sew. I taught all My Girls to Crochet too. Grace is just sooo creative, I can’t wait to see what She designs in Her Quilts and other Crafts!

Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

This time of year is always busy at the Ranch. We have a couple small Prayer Meetings We would like to do, We have Our normal farm chores, plus getting everything ready for Winter, plus getting The Ranch ready for each Holiday. In addition to all of this, We have a Wedding of one of Our best, good Friend’s Daughter to go to in Georgetown. AND then the Ranch will host its very first Wedding in December. So not only will there be Christmas Bells ringing this year, there will be Wedding Bells as well! What a blessing God has given Us!

I’m very excited but I am wondering how I will get everything done! With Me working full time, Im gonna be running around like a chicken with my head cut off! But its Like my Aunt Lucille told me.. “Keep calm and put Your Pearls on Baby.” I know its gonna be ok! Thank goodness I got My Family to help Me! Yall please keep Us in Your daily Prayers that We get everything at the Ranch done on time! I know its going to be wonderful and happy!

Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

So glad and happy We got to spend a little time with You on the Front Porch today! Yall come back and visit with Us again real soon and tell the Family We said Hey!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Finer than Frog’s Hair

Well Hey Now!! And Just how are You this fine Day? I was not expecting a visit from You today! Ain’t You a sight for sore eyes Sweetie! Give me a squeeze and a hug! Welcome to Our Front Porch! What a treat to get to spend sometime with You today! I haven’t seen You in a coon’s age!

I got a cup or two of coffee left in the percolator on the stove. I’ll fix Us a cup and put a new pot on. Let me get You a company cup and saucer. I started collecting these pretty dishes a few years back. They are My very favorite. I just love them so! Every time I find A piece I try to get it but they are really hard to come by nowadays.

How Have You been? Work going good? Whatcha been up too since We saw Ya last? Hope Your Family is doing good. We’re all fine as frog’s hair here. We only had a few oak limbs down at the Ranch from Hurricane Florence. (They went in the wood shed)! We didn’t have to worry much about the flooding here either. I saw a lot of pictures on Facebook from Family, Neighbors and Friends who lost so much. The Ranch Family has been Praying for Them All Every night.

Joel 2:25 God can restore what is broken and change it into something amazing. All You need is Faith.

I gotta tell Yall I am struggling a little bit. Sometimes I feel like I am in one of those mazes. Remember when We were little in school and the teacher would give Us those papers with mazes and You took your pencil and drew a line till You found Your way out? I keep hitting dead ends. I know God would never leave Me stuck. I just don’t know which way to go.

Juggling Family, Home and Work is hard! I keep hearing my Momma say.. “Be still Terri. Wait for God to show You what to do.” Well…. That’s what I am doing but waiting can sure be hard sometimes.

Psalms 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

I am so glad and happy its Fall now Yall! I just love this time of year. Its always a busy time but always a fun time too. My sewing machine is going to get a work out this month. I have a lot of Christmas presents to begin working on and I am also going to make a few things to sell for some extra Christmas money. I need to get some more material for my quilting too. My stash is looking kinda low.

1 Peter 4:10 Use Your God given gifts to serve others.

I am very happy I put My sewing Room right next to My Kitchen. I can sew and bake all at the same time. Going to start taking orders for My Christmas Mice and Pies and Cakes early this year and oh Yes My Grandmamma’s Nanna Puddin! I get excited just thinking about baking all those goodies.

I’m going to do Homemade Critter Treats too! We can’t forget Our Fur and Feather Babies! So if You want anything for the holidays just let Me know.

Yall don’t know this but I really love visiting with You! Every week Your visit makes me feels so good! And I really love when You write in and tell Me about Your Family and Your life. In this hurry up and rush, rush, rush World We live in its just so nice to slow down, sip coffee and enjoy spending time together on Our Front Porch. We do hope Yall can come back and visit with Us again real soon!

~Love from the Ranch~

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The Ugly Side of the Storm….

Hey Yall!! Boy its so good to see Yall here today on Our Front Porch. Glad to see Yall made it through the storm of Hurricane Florence! I tell Yall the truth I was so scared there for awhile. We did a whole lot of Praying I can tell You that! We were so very thankful to see all the Prayers from Our Neighbors on Facebook and Twitter too! I think that really help to turn things around. Only God can take a devastating Category 4 Hurricane and turn it into a Category 1 before landfall! God is so good Yall!!

Matthew 8:23-27
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Did Yall happen to see any of the fake weather reports? I know they were all over Facebook.

Like the one where the guy was fighting to stand up in the wind of the Hurricane and then 2 teenagers walked by in the background very calmly and with no trouble at all!

Or the one where the two reporters were standing in the ditch with water up to Their waist and the camera man with water hardly above His ankle….. Life is bad enough with out faking things.

I guess the title of this Blog kinda gives away what I want to talk to You about today. So often what We see of others on the internet is picture perfect. Most Folks don’t want Their Friends, Family, Coworkers and Acquaintances to know Their not so perfect things, failures, faults or hardships. The reality of Their life gets disguised into something They have in Their heads of what Their life should be (but isn’t). They only show the best parts Of Their lives to the World.

Now I was taught that You don’t put Your dirty laundry out on the Front Porch but I might as well hit on this subject while I have Your attention.

John 8:4 Let He who is without Sin cast the first Stone.

Take for instance the Ranch…. Now Yall I dearly love My Home. But its not perfect. There are lots of things that I need to fix but just don’t have the money to yet. Since my divorce I have very little money. The Refrigerator went out during this Storm and the washer a few months ago and then the dryer went out a few months before that. But I am working hard and I trust God and believe that He will provide a way even though I do not see a way. He has given Me a Big Dream with this New Ministry and I know it has and will grow daily. His plan is bigger and better that anything I could imagine.

Proverbs 3:6 Seek His will in all that You do and He will show You which path to take.

Take for Instance My Relationships…. Most of Yall know I have had 2 long relationships in My life time that I spent the better part of them doing exactly what I said….disguising them into something I thought they should have been to Everyone else. Funny thing is the harder I tried to make them work, the worse they became. Now I am in a new relationship and engaged and trying very hard to not disguise anything ever again.

Psalm 46:10 Be still. Let Go and Let God.

Take for Instance My Job. This job I prayed so hard to get even though it was over an hour drive from the Ranch. I was on the verge of losing everything. I needed this job desperately for Me and the Kids. It was hard and stressful from day 1. I ended up having a Stroke at work that I still have not fully recovered from. But MY GOD is good! Im still there. I am still working. And even though it takes Me away from the Ranch and the Kids, it provides a way for Me to keep it and to be the sole support of My children.

2 Corinthians 12:10 When You’ve done everything You can do, that’s when GOD will step in and do what You can’t do.

Take for instance Me, Myself and I….. I am not perfect. I have lots of faults and I have learned a lot of Lessons the hard way. I like to think about it this way…. I spent a lot of years working on My Sermons. How can I teach or help Anyone else, how can I understand what You are going thru if I never sinned. No I was not perfect. I am still not perfect. I will never be perfect. But I strive each day to be a Better Person than I was the day before.

I guess the point I am trying to make here is Everybody is going through something. Whether They put it on Their Front Porch or not. We all have problems. Big Storms or small ones, there is no need to exaggerate Them. They are bad enough on Their own. But with God’s help We can make Them better. We can Pray together. We can check on Each Other and help Each Other out. During the Everyday Storms of life We can lift Each Other up in Prayer and in Actions. That is the way God meant for Us to be. God loves Us all.

Proverbs 11:27 Anyone can find the dirt in Someone, be the One who finds the Gold.

I want to stop and take a moment to encourage You to email Us or message Us on Social Media with Your prayer Requests and Concerns. We love Yall and We have a wonderful Group of Prayerful Folks in Our Front Porch Friends Group that would be happy to Pray for You and Your Loved Ones. Prayer is such a powerful thing. A truly wonderful way for Us All to get closer to God.

I am thinking of planning a small Get Together for Coffee somewhere in the Georgetown Area next month if Anyone would be interested in Meeting for Prayer and Praise, please email or message Us. I will let Yall know more when We find a place to meet.

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three gather in My name, there I am also.

Thank Yall so much for stopping by to check on Us and visiting a spell. Always a special treat to see Ya on Our Front Porch! Be sure to come back and visit Us again real soon and tell the Family We said Hey!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Times Flying

Well Hello there and how are You today!? So glad You stopped by to spend some time with Us today on Our Front Porch!! Always so good ta see You! Work going well? Hope Your job is going great and Your Family fat and sassy! Slip Your shoes off and have a seat. We always love a visit from Yall!

We had a short four day work week away from the Ranch that went by pretty quick. Unfortunately the weekend seems to be going by just as fast. I was hoping to get so many things done and just don’t have time to get it all finished. We spent most of Saturday working on my car and doing the wash and a few other little chores. Most of the Ranch Family did managed to watch the Carolina game and the Clemson game on TV together. Win or lose, that’s always a fun time!

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a Man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

I am going to work on some embroidery I am doing for a real sweet Friend of Mine this evening. I am using one of the bedrooms at the Ranch House for a sewing\craft room. I usually do all My embroidery by hand but I have gotten an embroidery sewing machine a few months ago and I am finally going to take the time to try and use it. I remember when I was just little thing, Grandmama gave me a piece of fabric with My name written in chalk and a needle and thread to sew over it with. That’s how I learned to spell my name before I even started school. Yall she would make the most beautiful quilts out of mere scraps! I always think about Her when I sew.

I wanted to show Yall the Fall wreath I made for the front door of the River House. My Momma could make the most beautiful flower arrangements and wreaths and was so crafty. I did not inherit Her skills for flower arranging at all but I did put this wreath together, My first one! I don’t think I did too bad with it!

I wanted to show Yall the tiles We did in the kitchen at the River House too. I think they turned out real pretty and I just love the pretty colors.

Oh yes and here is the marble flooring I helped Brian put down in the Foyer at the River House. I think it turned out real pretty! Next I am going to learn how to put down wood flooring. I can”t wait.

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord, Your God, who takes hold of Your right hand and says to you, do not fear, I will help you.

Hopefully this week I will have time to bake some homemade bread. We have Hurricane Florence paying Us a visit towards the middle or end of the week I think, so I am going to try and get the bread baked before then for the Ranch Family.

Isaiah 43:2 The Lord will carry You through the storm.

We have had a few Prayer Requests come in that We are Praying for daily and trusting God for healing and comfort of Our precious Friends. And speaking of Friends, We are so happy to announce Our TilluRide Ranch Front Porch Friends Group on Facebook is up to 152 Members. What a blessing that is!! If You haven’t joined yet, please do or if You have and know someone else who would love to join Us in Praise and Fellowship please add Them to Our Group!

Ezra 10:4 Rise Up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you. So take courage and do it.

We are working on some ideas for a few Events and some Get2gethers in December, if anyone has some suggestions please email or message them to Us. We are always looking for new and creative ideas to share with Yall!

WeLL, We sure have enjoyed Your visit with Us here on Our Front Porch today! Yall be sure and come back to the Ranch and see Us again real soon and be sure and tell the Family We all said Hey!!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Happy Hallothankistmas Year

Well Hey there and a big welcome to You! So good to have You visiting today with Us on Our Front Porch! Always so glad to see Ya! I made some fresh lemonade this morning and I always got some sweet tea in the fridge. Help Yourself, You know Your always at Home here at the Ranch.
Hope Your week went by good. Ours flew by so fast. We all been looking forward to the long 3 day weekend together. Football and Sloppy Joe lead off on Our fun list of things for this Labor Day weekend.
Now Our chore list is just the least, tiny, little bit longer. We have a water pipe that busted going into the new pump in the well house that has to be fixed and we are still working on the yards. I wanted to get the backyard done so We can put up the new clothesline and since its September I wanted to go ahead and clean out the diary house too. And I can’t forget We still have to get to work on the chicken coop and get it finished. Always something to do.

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Jake has decided to start Him a little business of His own. My brother Gregg wanted Him to start a landscaping business with Him when He retired from the paper mill. He was just 1 year away from retiring when He passed. He had worked there 39 years.
Well Jake has decided to go ahead with the idea and Im gonna try and get Him some equipment to do it with. He has His pick up truck and My old wood trailer and I have a old riding lawnmower I am going to get runnin and fixed up for Him. I am saving up for Him a chainsaw. He is going to sell fire wood this Winter too. I am so proud of Him.

Ephesians 5:21 Be willing to help and care for each other because of Christ. By doing this you honor Christ.

I wanted to show Yall a picture of My poinsettia from last Christmas. It was used on the table at our Office Christmas party and one of the girls that worked in the office with Me had it on Her filing cabinet for the longest time. It started looking pitiful bad and She was getting ready to toss it in the trash when She asked Me if I wanted it. I had just had My stroke and gone back to work in February and I said yes. It gave me something to take care of, something to take My mind off how awful I felt Myself. What a blessing the little plant became to Me. God knew I needed something small to take care of, when I could barely take care of Myself.
Wont be long now till the holidays are here. Happy Hallothankistmas Year if You listen to all the hype from the big chain stores. They can’t get the stuff out quick enough to get You to buy it so They just put it out all at once hoping to make the most money out of whatever mood the customer is in. Kinda takes the “special” out of it. I was talking to a Friend of Mine just the other day about this.
Call Us old fashioned (and a lot 0f people do), at the Ranch, We like to take the holidays one at a time. Cause after all, We are just making Memories. And that’s the really important stuff. Its who Your with, Family and Friends, not what You get… that’s the good stuff, that’s the “special” We are all looking for.
And speaking of special… I wanna thank You for dropping in and visiting with Us some today! Always a real treat to get to spend this time with You. Come back and see Us again soon and tell the Family We said Hey!

~Love from the Ranch~

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A New Dream….

Well look who is here!! Hey Yall!! We haven’t seen you for awhile. So glad You took some time to visit with Us here on Our Front Porch. Welcome to all Our new Visitors too. So glad to have You with Us today. Always extra good to see Yall! How has Your Family been? We hope Your work is going good and Life treating You well!

I got to tell Yall. Since I have been working outside of the Ranch I surely miss it all the time. I recon I miss the Farm Life with the Family and all the animals the most. Well Yall know how good God is!!! There is a little pond right outside the office where I work and when I first started there it was drying up. Well Sir We got all this rain and the pond filled back up. It is looking so good now. I like to look at it before I go in to start work. Its just so peaceful. Well a couple of days ago When I went to work, to My surprise, I counted 18 Canadian geese in the parking lot. They had been swimming in the pond! Oh they were so beautiful I wish You could have seen Them! It was such a unexpected Blessing! Even tho I can’t have My own geese and pond right now God sent Me these to let Me know everything was going to be alright. What a beautiful blessing it was!

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above.”

Speaking of gifts, its almost September and that is traditionally the time of year when I start working on making My Christmas gifts for Everyone. I really want to start working on my quilts again. I haven’t done much with them since I had My stroke back in January. I been wanting to try and do some crocheting too. I have an idea for some pretty little snowflakes for one of the Victorian Christmas trees this year. (Yes we still put up a Christmas tree in each room). Maybe this year we will do a Front Porch Friends Coffee Party Bible Study and Yall can come see them all.

Matthew 18:20 “Were there are two or three gathered in my name, there I am among them.”

Yall God keeps pulling Me toward this…Most of Yall have heard Me talk about the Ranch house. It was built in 1905. 11 foot ceilings and a fireplace in each room. It was built long before internet, computers, cell phones, television, public radio and even before electricity became popular in most households. I hear a lot of people talkin about “getting unplugged” for awhile. The Ranch has always been a sanctuary to Me and My Family and Friends. And Our little Town is just that… little. Not a lot of noise and commotion going on. I think this would be a great place where Folks could come and get back to the basics of life, gather Their thoughts and direction and to get closer to God.

1 Chronicles 28:10 “Take heed now, For God has chosen You to build a house for the Sanctuary. Be strong and do it,”

I have always been thinking of ways I could share the Ranch with Yall, that’s one reason I started this blog. And lately God has put this on My heart. God has blessed me so many times. I have thought of about a dozen different things We could do with the Ranch But I really like the idea of this unplugged Christian Gathering Place with Everyone gathering to share and grow in God’s Word. A place to reconnect with a much more peaceful and simpler time. This just seems Heaven sent to Me Yall. Maybe We could build a small Hall for music and fellowship and with some work and elbow grease even open up the Ranch House for small gatherings and some weekend retreats.
Folks could come visit the animals, fish in the pond when we get it dug, pick vegetables from the garden and relax and unwind in the courtyard. Eat homemade biscuits with honey and drink sweet tea on the Front Porch. Sit around the fire in the evenings and sleep under homemade quilts at night. A comforting place to just clear Your head and make the time to get closer to God.

Psalm 94:19 “When Anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”

I think this is such a wonderful idea. Please join Me in praying about this. I know God will lead Us in the direction We need to follow for His plan. You know as much as We plan Our lives, God has a way of surprising You with unexpected things that will make You happier than You originally planned. That’s what You call God’s Will.

We sure have enjoyed Your visit with Us today on Our Front Porch. Yall be sure to come back and see Us again real soon. Drop Us a line at terri@tilluride.com and let us know how your doing. And please be sure to tell the Family We said Hey!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Magnolias and Blessings

Well Hey Yall! So glad You got the chance to come by and spend sometime with Us today on Our Front Porch! Always so good to see You! I was thinking just the other day that We haven’t had a visit in awhile. I got some coffee left or I could make a fresh batch if Ya like or I got some sweet tea in the fridge and I cut up some fresh lemons this morning. Hope You have been doing extra good and Your Family fat and sassy. How is work going? Ours is going good too. Slip your shoes off and have a seat and lets visit a spell. You know You can’t be in a hurry when Your visiting at the Ranch.
I always get kinda antsy this time of year. It is so close to fall You can almost smell it in the air. Makes Ya want to start watching Charlie Brown and Yall know I do love Me some Charlie Brown ever since I was a little bitty thing. Lots to do this time of year. We got to start filling the woodshed for Winter soon. And We need to get the new Chicken house built. Like my Grandma Ola use to say…” All in God’s time.”

Gensis 8:22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, will never cease.

I have been thinking about something…We have a little Duck pond in the court yard but its not very big. I posted a picture of it in last week’s Blog. I put Alissa Marie’s Statue by it. I just felt like it belonged there. But I would like a little bigger pond maybe with some fish out behind the Ranch House. I miss the big pond we had at the old place. Uncle Gregg and the kids fished in that thing all the time. Once I get the Ranch fenced in all the way I want to get a couple of geese. A pond would be so nice for them too. But I don’t know if I could afford it. Do Yall know anyone that would dig the pond for the dirt?
Before I forget, when it gets time to transplant trees this fall, I have some baby Magnolia Trees if anyone would like one or two. I may have some baby Cedar Trees as well. I will have to look and see but Yall are welcome to some of those too Just let Me know and I will get Jake to help Me dig them up for You.
I have been working on a couple of short Sermons this week. One is finished but I am still working on the second one. I love working on them and spending that time studying God’s Word.
I wanted to take just a moment to say Thank You to all of You who took the time to like Us on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. And a big Thank You to Yall that joined our Facebook Group and shared Us with Your Friends. It is so wonderful to get a chance to speak with Yall. Your Love and support is such a blessing to Me and the Family, The Ranch and most important, this new Ministry! I pray daily for abundant Blessings for each of You and Your Families!

Proverbs 11:25 Those who bless others will be abundantly blessed themselves; those who help others are helped.”

Well We sure have enjoyed Your visit with Us today on Our Front Porch. Please come back and see Us again real soon. Be sure to spread the word and tell Your Friends and Family to check Us out on Social Media. We are growing everyday in God’s Words and We want to bring You all right along with Us. What a wonderful adventure God created for Us to grow and learn. Yall have a fantastic week and tell the Family We all said Hey!!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Forgive and Let Go

Good Morning Front Porch Friends! So, so glad You took some time to spend with Us today. Slip your shoes off and have a seat. We are always so very glad to see You!
Hope You had a wonderful week and weekend at work and with Your Family. We had a busy and rainy week at the Ranch. We spent a couple hours yesterday morning learning to put down marble tile flooring. I am really excited about actually getting to do it! I have so many projects now that I want to try with tiles.
We got to spend all yesterday afternoon with Our Sheila doin nothing important and having a marvelous time at it! Anytime We get Family time is so precious. I know Yall go through the same thing juggling work and home life as We do! There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do!
Yall I drive almost an hour (sometimes more depending on traffic) to and from work everyday. I use that time to spend with God, to pray and reflect on the things that are going on in My world and in the lives of My dear Friends and Loved Ones. God put it in My heart to talk to Yall about forgiveness today….
In my life experiences I have done some good works and some bad. And Like everyone I have done things I am not proud of. But you know God has a way of using everything. I now look at those times as Me working on My Sermons for You.
Along My path I have encountered People who were always loving and supportive and then there were some folks of course who were not.
This is what I want to talk to You about today….

Mark 11:25 “Forgive them even if they are not sorry.”

Sometimes this is not an easy thing to do. Especially if it is a family member, spouse or a friend. Someone that is suppose to love you or care about you.

Luke 6:28 “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

We are to forgive those who are against Us. We are to pray for those who are against Us. God does not mean for Us to stay in any situation or to keep anyone in Our lives that is continually harmful to Us. If they are not for you, if they are looking for ways to bring you down and come against you… it is ok to let them go.

Numbers 6:26 “The Lord turns his face toward you and gives you peace.”

Faith is seeing light with Your heart when all Your eyes see is darkness. Trust in God. He truly loves You and is always there for You no matter what the situation or circumstance.

And We Love Ya too!

I can here the thunder rolling across the field again. Looks like the rain is back and falling. Even the Ducks are wondering when its going to stop. Our little duck pond here at the Ranch is over flowin.
Well We sure have enjoyed Your visit with Us today on Our Front Porch. You come back and see Us again real soon. always a special treat to get to spend some time with You. Hopefully next week We will have Our Sermon Videos up and rolling. Yall please stay safe and tell the Family We all said Hey!!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Learning Lessons….

Good Morning Dear Front Porch Friends! So good to have You drop by and spend some time on the Porch with Us today! I was hoping You would come by.
I made a big pitcher of Sweet Tea, its in the frig and I just emptied and refilled the ice trays so We have plenty of Ice! You can help Yourself. Your always at Home here with Us.
I do hope You had a good week since We talked last. I have had a “too busy” week to say the very least. With My trying to make a living working outside of the Ranch, and squeezing in time for the Family and Chores there is just not much time left over for anything else. It feels like I am going non stop a lot of the time. I know a good many of Yall understand what I am talkin about there. I am sure You have to juggle Your schedule as well. I have been doing ALOT of Praying about that lately. I sure hope I get better at it. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done sometimes.
As I write this I realize its almost Dog Days….last week of July, all of August and the first week of September. Hottest and most humid part of the year. I can hear Granddaddy saying that little poem…

Dog days bright and clear
Indicate a good year;
But with gray clouds and rain,
We hope for better times in vain.

Our Bible says..

Isaiah 41:13 For I am the Lord your GOD who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

I think this is one of My very favorite verses. I can look back at all of the difficult times in My own life and see God’s touch and know He helped me thru it all. Through pain, sorrow, disappointment and anguish He was there. He has and does give Me courage to face the unexpected times in life. Times when I just feel swept away in the situation. GOD is always there.
Since I became a Pastor everyday has become a new learning experience. I believe the best sermons are lived not just preached. Everyday God has shown Me something new. Sometimes in My own life and sometimes in the lives of the people I meet. I hope to continue to share this wonderful experience with each of You. Thanks to all of You who have prayed for Us, written in and left such wonderful messages of encouragement by email, or on social media or in Our Prayer Basket. It means so much!

Well Yall I sure have enjoyed Our time on the Front Porch today! Sure hope You get a chance to come back and vist with Us again real soon. If You can find the time please write in and let Us know how Everyone is doing, We would sure love to hear from You! And tell Your Family that We said Hey!!

~Love from the Ranch~

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Windchimes and Wishes

Well Hello! So glad to have You visiting with Us today on Our Front Porch. I got a big pot of coffee perking on the stove and some fresh cream to go in it. Hope You and Your Family have been doing good since Our last visit.
I got up extra early this morning. I always get up early for work or chores. But I could have actually slept a little longer this morning since I didn’t have to go into work. Don’t get Me wrong…the body was willing but My mind was just to full. You ever get that way? I think We all do at one time or another.
When I was younger it was because I worried constantly about everything. Took me along time to realize that You just can’t please everybody no matter how hard You try. In my adult years I worried about everything I couldn’t fix. Now adays I don’t so much worry as much as I am just trying to hold on for the ride, excepting GOD’s decisions and trusting in His plan.
The Bible says…Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)
I know Blessings are coming.
I worked most of yesterday trying to get the video to work on the Blog for Our Front Porch Meetings. I still have some work to do on that. I also added a Prayer Basket so Yall can send in Your Prayer Requests or Praise Reports in.. ( We love hearing from You! ) and also If Yall have anything you would like to have Us put on the broadcast…like your church events, we would love to do that as well. Email Us at terri@tilluride.com
The Morning has started off so nice and cool today, too bad it won’t last throughout the day. It kinda looks like we might get a little rain. I love sitting in the porch swing on the Front Porch and watching the rain fall and feeling the breeze.
Yall know I love wind chimes. I have got one over yonder on the far end of the porch that was My Momma’s. It hung on her front porch for a lot of years. My oldest daughter Sheila and I had gotten it for her one Easter when Sheila was just a itty bitty thing and when Momma went home to Heaven We brought it home and hung it on Our Front Porch. I think about My Momma a lot lately. Hard to believe she has been gone nigh onto 10 years.
Looks like the Dandelions are trying to take over the yard. When Jake was tiny he got out of the truck one day and said “Momma!! Look at all the wishes!!” lol
I think I am gonna get the kids to help me do a little yard work today if the rain holds off a spell. I need to start working on the fence again too. Always something to do…
Well I sure have enjoyed visiting with You again. Hate You have to go already. And be sure to come back and see Us again as soon as You can. And tell the Family We said Hey! God Bless!
~Love from the Ranch~

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