Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Have You Been to Goldfield Ghost Town Yet?

Superstition  Mountains

Arizona sure has some beautiful country to explore. Monday my Hubby and I were blessed to be able to get out in the midst of it and explore God's creation! This isn't the first time we've been here, and it won't be the last, but if you haven't found it yet let me introduce you to Goldfield Ghost Town.

This little gem is nestled almost at the foot of the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, and has authentic looking western stores, fun activities, and does include the occasional gunfight or two. For full information, here's the link... Goldfield Ghost Town

The rest of this post is going to be mostly pictures, and I gotta say, my little iPhone did wonders with the view!

Just a little bit before you reach Goldfield, there's a little museum called, "The Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum".  It's got a little store, old western attractions, and even the 'Elvis Memorial Chapel!" (So named because the building was actually in the movie 'Charro' with Elvis Presley!) Here's the link for that... Lost Dutchman Museum 

Here's a few pictures from that...

This had an official plaque, but I forgot to get a photo. But I LOVED it, so here it is.

Couldn't resist! ha ha - This little prairie dog was posing, and I obliged!

He thought he was hiding! What a cutie!

Just a beautiful old cactus! Amazing.

Property of Jacob Waltz - I'll let you get your own peek into his humble cabin! ;)

The next batch of photo's are from the Goldfield Ghost Town...enjoy!

Entrance. Just behind us is the Train Station. No photo of that this time.

The underground Mine Tour. It's a fun thing to do, the kids will love it.

Headed to the Mercantile to get our pound of fudge! It truly is delicious!

I managed to catch a bird in the top left of the photo! Another beautiful shot.

Main Street

The church is straight ahead, at the end of Main Street.

How do you do?

This is the sign just outside the church doors.

Standing in the church.

The 'old' mine.

Obligatory selfie.

That's a LOT of Cacti!

Trying to find the bird hiding inside.

There he is! Look closely and you'll see him near the fan.

The outhouse is occupied!

Striking a pose!

After we meandered through town for a while, we decided to head out. All that exploring made us hungry, so we stopped in at a restaurant we had never visited before, The Mining Camp Restaurant My Hubby and I both agreed it was one of the best burgers we've had. 

The rest of the pictures are from  both outside, and inside the restaurant. Including a short drive past the restaurant to get some really beautiful shots of the Superstition Mountains.  

Before the pictures, let me just say, this is a definite must-do on anyone's list of stuff to see in Arizona.  


Just one picture from inside the restaurant.  Isn't he cute???

Another picture that captured a hawk! Beautiful!

Close-up of the Superstition Mountains!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
that saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost, but now am found,
was blind, but now, I see...

Wow.  Are there any more powerful words than those? So true, so right to the point, so...convicting?

Yes, I said convicting.

When was the last time you really thought about the words to that famous hymn, took the time to meditate on them and let them wash over you with their anointing power and love?  So often we Christians sing the words and smile at each other, never allowing them to reach down and take root in our souls.  We are content in our shallow knowledge, our (can I say it?) shallow Christianity that allows us to meet together on Sundays and then live like the devil during the week.

This hymn convicts me.

I am guilty of glossing over not only the words, but the deeper meaning the author was trying to get across.

Just the thought that Jesus Christ died a horrible bloody death so that I can live with Him forever because, get this, He loves me, is enough to cause my heart to brim over with tears of awe and love and unspeakable joy at His mercy and GRACE.  Even though I am the chiefest of sinners, He loves me, and that brings sweet music to my soul, for I was and am a WRETCH, full of sin and evil thoughts and deeds from birth and I don't deserve the mercy He gives me.  I was BLIND to my sin, stumbling around, LOST in the darkness, hands outstretched looking for mercy and peace and satisfaction but never finding it until He came and FOUND me.  He took my outstretched hands and pulled me to Him, cradled me close, washed my eyes and my heart and at last I could SEE.  I saw my sin for what it was, I saw the love He offered to me, I saw that no matter what the world said was good it was nothing in comparison to the AMAZING GRACE that Jesus offers!

Do you see the passion behind these words?  The heart that created more than just words on a page, but an act of Worship to the only One who deserves it!!?

When you think about it, truly think about it, it changes everything.



Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dear Christian…You are Not a Failure

The liberal, the media, and the religious would have you believe that due to your political choices you have failed the country, humanity and God. In their world-centered logic and reasoning they’ve painted you with narrow brushstrokes of bigotry and hatred.

I’ve seen the posts. I’ve heard the rhetoric. I’ve read the long winded blogs that accuse Christianity of failing, that claim that you do not care about women or women’s issues because you value life at conception, that accuse you of intolerance because you refuse to swallow the world view of open borders, and change your stance on what defines marriage. I’ve seen them accuse you of having no love because you don’t agree with either their viewpoint or their lifestyle. I’ve seen the media, and the religious, favor those who agree with the liberal agenda while viciously attacking those of us who don’t.

I want you to know, dear Christian, you are not a failure.

What the liberal, the media, and the religious have forgotten is that as Christians, our political choices do not define us.

You are not a republican.

You are not a democrat.

You are a Christian, a Christ follower, your identity is in Jesus, not the world.

It is that very identity in Christ that should shape your political and world view, not the other way around. It is your identity in Christ that should guide your opinions and beliefs. Your identity in Christ should govern the way you speak, the way you act, and how you react. It is because of your identity in Christ that you can love them regardless of what they say, or do, no matter how much they judge you for your faith, (Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4).

What they don’t understand is this…as Christians we are called to live our lives according to what God’s Word says. We cannot cherry-pick Scripture to fit our world view, or to justify our sin, or the sin of others. They don’t understand that we cannot claim to love Jesus while we are embracing the world’s standards and culture, (James 4:4).

This is the reality that the liberal, the media, and the religious cannot understand. Because we are Christians we cannot agree with anything that contradicts the Bible.

Dear Christian, you are not a failure.

It does not matter if the liberal, the media, or the religious agree with your doctrine. It does not matter if the world paints you into a corner, labels you, and sticks you in a box of their own making. Their hate is not really, truly, aimed at you, (John 15:18-25).

The Bible says this…

“Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping.” ---1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (MSG)

So, dear Christian, never let the liberal, the media or the religious tell you you are a failure, because, in the end, the only opinion that matters is the opinion of the One you follow.