Spring Garden Sale

Winter did not want to let go in Northern Virginia this year, but it seems spring is finally here. There is a great place to enjoy its beauty at the annual Spring Plant Sale at Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, Virginia. You will experience beauty in color and fragrance from hundreds of annuals, perennials, aquatic plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, fruits, vegetables and hanging baskets.

Be sure to visit our new “Wellness Center” where you can find many items to help you look and feel healthy with laughter. We are offering;

Aromatic soaps, donated by Tammy Mar, and custom made 3D soap holders by Chris Mar to protect your soap for health and longevity. Chris has also brought back his popular and best selling, Pokémon, bulbasaur holders for our air plants with a few new designs added for joy. We are offering companion essential oils and aromatherapy plants to partner with our soaps and holders.

So, come and enjoy! Students and volunteers will be ready to help you wearing purple T-shirts by Custom Ink. Check out our new Bulletin Board on your way in or out to get to know friends of our community. Looking forward to seeing our return friends and meeting new. Please look for Debi and introduce yourself.

Sale days and times are Wednesday, April 25 from 10-8pm; Thursday, April 26 from 10-6pm; and Friday, April 27 from 10-5pm.

Monroe Technology Center is located at 715 Childrens Center Rd, SW in Leesburg, VA.

Photos by DC Wedding Photographer Emily Clack

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Mary Grace Henry

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Today, our good friend, MG Henry, was laid to rest in Pea Ridge NC. She was greatly honored as Piney Grove Freewill Baptist Church, Pastor and Mrs Reber lead the service. MG’s special friends Lois Krawczyk and Tammy Holton planned, sang, videod and Lois hosted a grand lunch.

The weather was beautiful and God was truly there.

 

 

 

 

Psalm 91:1,2

Sometmes I read a scripture and it feels like I just had a refreshing swim on an isolated island where a songbird  delivered a note from their beak. This happened just a few moments again. I think I have discovered these times of refreshing my soul comes from ‘being in the moment.’  I’m infused by The Holy Spirit offering me the opportunity to welcome the presence of Christ into my consciousness. I just need to be there.  This scripture has tripped my engine to restart the joy of being in God’s presence without my agenda. Try it!:

“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

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A Choice

By Rena Oynes © April 3,  2018

The powerful eagle gently calls her chicks to awake, awake, awake.

They will need food to grow into fledglings, and be ready for take off.  

They will need strength, courage, and faith to fly high.

Our powerful, Almighty God calls – Awake, awake, awake.  You sleepy ones, I’m coming soon. Eat of the food of the Word that you may be equipped to fly like the fledging you are to become.  Pray for strength and great faith to fly like the eagle.  Pray and God will be with you.

Are you now ready for take off?  Are you ready to soar?  Jesus is waiting. With confidence and Jesus you begin your flight. Know you may fail to soar in the beginning, but know the Master Lord Jesus Christ is there to take you in His hands to release you again on your adventure with Him. With faith, further training in the Word, encouragement you will fly higher and higher with Jesus.

Oh people of the earth, do not fall into the Fowler’s trap.  He is looking for whom he can entice to eat of His earthly poisons which trap and then kill, steal, and destroy. With glee he says, “You silly fool, you’re trapped forever!

A choice is made.  Flying high with Jesus or caught in the Fowler’s trap.  Which do you choose?

 

FORGIVEN

   By Rena Oynes © March 25, 2018

Two donkeys walked down the road on Passover Day.

Celebrations abounded in the city of Jerusalem as many people had amassed for the week long celebration. Many either kept their distance or teemed around one called Jesus.  Some were Pharisees who didn’t want others to note their allegiance to King Jesus.  Others boldly proclaimed Jesus was King, the Messiah prophesied in the scrolls given to prophets (Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”)

The priest were astounded by the crowds.  They were much heavier than usual.

They came to see the man they opposed and to see what all the fuss was about.

The path took on a heavenly welcomed glow for Angels surrounded the special one, the chosen one of the most high God who was called to save all.

On the path were thrown cloaks of every hue (2 Kings 1:19 They quickly took their cloaks and spread them under him on the bare steps. Then they blew the trumpet and shouted, “Jehu is king!”). Rich men cloaks and poor man’s cloaks were thrown were intermingled and unrecognizable as with joy they paid homage to Jesus.

Palm branches were thrown across the path (symbolizing submission).)

Others waved their palms to exult Jesus.  Many among them had gathered to hear Jesus. Like sheep they followed their shepherd.

The masses formed as they had heard Jesus was coming on the path soon. They had already planned the words in their hearts to sing as soon as He appeared: “Hosanna!” Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord – the King of Israel!!”  They could hardly wait to hear His voice of Hope once again.  Others gathered out of curiosity.  Still others were like vultures waiting to catch  some word or wrong doing of the law.  They were in their attack mode.  

Those who followed their King from place to place hearts began racing, they only hoped they could catch a glimpse of Him this day.  Thank goodness it was a sunny day with sunbeams filtering through the palm trees.  Having arrived early, people started stripping palms leaves from the the trees and throwing them on the path along with their cloaks.  Anything for their King.  Some palm leaves were retained to wave when Jesus past by.   Joy was mounting and songs arose among the people.  Tears rolled down the cheeks of many as they stood and waited.  

Straining their necks, they saw a mature donkey leading the way. What, no Jesus.  Their King should be riding this donkey who had held many kings and royalty before.  

Eyes searching, they saw Jesus riding on a foal. (Ezekiel 9:9 …See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a foal of a donkey.)

The mature donkey walked ahead with no one on his back.  Some people thought the Lord in the scrolls would be a warrior king to destroy the enemy, their enemy, Rome. .  That type of king would have ridden the mature donkey as many had ridden in times past.

Jesus, was a different type of king, who touched the sick and healed everyone who believed.  Jesus who performed the miraculous.  One example was multiplication  of five loaves and two fish to feed thousands.  Jesus who turned around lives who were outcast due to their sin.  Jesus who forgave their sins.  People who had had no hope, now filled with hope.  They became like their master, Jesus, always serving God, always giving Him the praise.  One example was the woman at the well, a woman of ill repute.  She believed in what Jesus spoke and He forgave all her sins.  She ran back to her village and told everyone about Jesus.  She a women who no one wanted to have anything to do with became one of the first evangelist.  Forgiven! Forgiven!

People who were forgiven were anxious to tell everyone around about Jesus, the one who saves people from their sins!  The one who gives life and life eternally.  “Go tell everyone you know about Jesus” became their calling.    

That day the many who had had their lives changed by Him and were forgiven  their sins were at the the celebration to honor their King.  No longer was an animal, a spotless animal needed to carry the sins of the people and be killed.  Before the people stood Jesus who would bear their sins on the cross in a few days.

Are you the ones who are forgiven and “Tell people everywhere you go about  Jesus” or are you the ones who yet need to be forgiven by Jesus?  He’s waiting!  Are you ready to hear the word, “Forgiven”.

KING JESUS

By Rena Oynes © March 25, 2018

The rustling in the trees

The birds excitement mounts

The plants lift up their leaves to announce

The coming of the King

       King Jesus,

       King Jesus

       Is HERE!

The white clouds cushion each step

As the King comes for those who heard the shepherd’s CALL

In His Presence love falls

In excitement they shout, King Jesus, King Jesus is HERE!

     They bow to the one who cared enough

To come from heaven to earth to save

and pay a debt they couldn’t repay

A whispered silence crescendos to majestic heights

        King Jesus, King Jesus Is HERE!

   Now heaven’s hall was finally complete

With ALL who had called Jesus Lord of Lords

Each person took their rightful place

As King Jesus walked through that majestic hall

welcoming each one

They then cried King Jesus, King Jesus Came for Us!

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Rocking With Jesus

By Rena Oynes – (c)3/23/2018

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

The pain of brokenness was unbearable

Tears flowed as I bent in prayer

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

You promised you’d never abandon me

Your hand reached down and strengthened me

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

You hide me in your arms

And reminded me you would guide me.

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sat with Jesus in my old rocking chair

You bent down and heard my pleas

That you would never turn away from me.

Your love gave me hope to get through another day.

As I sit with Jesus in my old rocking chair

I give you all the praise Jesus

For your love has brought healing to my brokenness

Your love will always get me through all my days.