Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is our firstborn, Janet on her first Easter Sunday. Yesterday I got to
meet our great granddaughter, Morgan and hold her for the first time. Her
mom, Kristen, mentioned how a baby changes your life and they do!
It certainly gives you... "Someone To Live For"

Someone to live for
Someone to care.
Someone to live for
And always be near.

Someone to live for
As you awake each day.
Someone to live for
And show them the way.

Someone to live for
Someone to hold tight,
Someone to share dreams
Someone to kiss goodnight.

Someone to live for
And to teach of God's love.
Someone to pray for
And seek guidance from above!

Freda Fullerton
April 30, 2014


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
We certainly get a fresh glimpse of God's
glory when we see a child at play.

A fresh glimpse of God's glory
Is what we need, you see.
A fresh glimpse of God's glory
We need to see the victory.

A fresh glimpse of God's glory
Will put our minds at rest.
A fresh glimpse of God's glory
We need to face each test.

A fresh glimpse of God's glory
When we're filled with pain.
A fresh glimpse of God's glory
Should always be our aim.

A fresh glimpse of God's glory,
Christ has risen from the grave.
A fresh glimpse of God's glory
Praises, He will still save!

Freda Fullerton
April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is Sam and Nancy Shewmaker, who were missionaries in Africa
for many years and they are still involved in this work. "Walking With God"
sometimes involves being away from family and friends and at at times
can be risky... but those that have the courage to walk with God will find blessings
outweigh the hardships.

Walking with God
Seems easy to do
But when nights are long
And you're feeling blue

Walking with God
Can seem an impossible task
When you want some answers
And you're afraid to ask

Walking with God
The path is not always smooth
There are bumps in the road
When you're on the move

Walking with God
Takes courage you see
But He 's always there
Walking with thee!

Freda Fullerton
April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is my good friend Mildred Counts and I at a church pot-luck.
I miss her very much and today's poem was inspired by a devotional
in Power for Today written by Mildred. It was featured in the Jan-
Feb- March issue in 2005. Sadly it appeared after Mildred had been
called home to be with the Lord.

Every day matters,
To our loving God.
Every day matters,
As through this life we trod.

Every day matters,
In the chances that we take.
Every day matters
In the memories that we make.

Every day matters,
Start the day with prayer.
Every day matters,
For God will always be there.

Eery day matters,
And we only have today.
Every day matters,
In all we do and say!

Freda Fullerton
April 27, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is our granddaughter Katie, when she was small. She used to love to
paint with me. It takes patience to learn a skill and it takes patience to
teach a skill.

Lord give me patience,
When the nights are long.
Lord give me patience,
When things go very wrong.

Lord give me patience,
With the mistakes of others.
Lord give me patience,
With Christian sisters and brothers.

Lord give me patience
When things wear out or break.
Lord give me patience,
When I make a mistake.

Lord give me patience,
When I wait for answered prayer.
Lord give me patience
To know you're always there!

Freda Fullerton
April 26, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is the little cemetery where my baby brother
was buried.
There is a time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3:4

The need for tears
we all feel now and then.
The need for tears,
cleanses us within.

The need for tears
Softens each heart,
It relieves sorrow,
When loved ones depart.

The need for tears
Shows that we care
And will help others,
Their burden to bear.

The need for tears,
Our Savior cried
And in His great love
We shall abide!

Freda Fullerton
April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!

Finding our way
Is hard to do,
We tend to wander
From the path, tis true.

Finding our way,
Through the forest grim,
We sometimes...
Lose sight of Him.

Finding our way
Through the valley of pain or loss,
How often we lose
Sight of the cross.

Finding our way,
Is easy, you see
Just stand, look up...
And He will Lead thee.

Freda Fullerton
April 24, 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is a picture I painted of my maternal grandparents home,
the house where I was born... I painted it through the"eyes of love."

The eyes of love
Sees differently.
The eyes of love
For you and me.

The eyes of love
To faults are blind.
The eyes of love
Are always kind.

The eyes of love
Will heal each wound.
The eyes of love
Will help you bloom.

The eyes of love
Of our Savior, dear,
His eyes of love
Is always near!

Freda Fullerton
April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
The journey to the cross has ended, but our journey
through life is ongoing and God has prepared wonderful
blessings for us!

Counselor, Might God is He,
And it awes me to think,
That He loves, "even me!."

Is the beauty of His creation.
And the constant care He gives
To this very Nation.

Is the miracle of birth,
The spirit He puts within us,
That gives us self-worth.

And beyond our imagination
Will be our home-coming
That wonderful jubilation!

Freda Fullerton
April 22, 2014

No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived what God
has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9

Monday, April 21, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
I took this picture, just as the sun was coming up over the Sea of Galilee
We spent the night in a Kibbutz in Tiberias on the shore of the sea.
Some of us women had a wake-up call and went done to the shore of
the lake to watch the sun come up . We read the account where Jesus fixed
breakfast for His disciples, after they had spent a night fishing. John 21:2-11
We saw a lone fishing boat coming in from a night of fishing, and it looked
old enough to have been there during the days of Peter, James and John.

Today, I watched the sun
Come up over Galilee.
I thought of all that Jesus did,
Around this very sea.

I saw a lone fishing boat
In the early dawn.
I thought of how He called them,
Peter, James and John.

He prepared a meal for them,
On this very shore,
Declared that He had died for them
And would live forevermore.

I cast my eyes upon the water,
He walked on this very sea.
He called out to Peter,
"Come walk with me!"

He still the raging waters,
With the words, "Peace be still."
He drove the demons in the swine,
Just on that distant hill.

As I watched the sun come up
Over the Sea of Galilee...
All His words and deeds
Came alive for me.

Freda Fullerton
April 21, 2014

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
Happy Easter everyone. This week has been a paradox of
triumph to tragedy and then of victory!
The Sabbath is over and the women are anxious to get to
the tomb to take care of the body of their beloved Jesus.
Imagine their fear and surprise when they find two angels
and an empty tomb! (Luke 24:1-8

They hurried to the tomb
While it was early in the day.
The women met two angels
While they were on their way.

The angels said,
"Do not fear...
The One you are looking for,
He is no longer here!

He has risen, as He said,
Come see where he lay.
Then go tell His disciples,
Hurry, do not delay!"

The women hurried off
And it was very soon,
They found the disciples,
And said, "Come see the empty tomb!"

Freda Fullerton
April 20, 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
After the quick burial of Jesus, His followers took the Sabbath Day
off. and rested as the law required. It is hard for us as Christians to
come to terms with the concept that Jesus was a Jew, not only by birth,
but by faith. He kept all the Jewish laws, including the Sabbath.
This post card is of the city of Nazareth, the city where Jesus grew up and
was obedient to His parents and His Jewish faith.

The Sabbath, by law,
Was a day of rest.
Jesus followers sadly waited,
To finish with their quest.

They wanted only to attend Him
And rest was hard to bear,
For their Savior was in a tomb
And they wanted to be there.

They anxiously waited,
Until the Sunday's dawn,
To fulfill their duty,
To the tomb they were drawn.

They prepared all their spices.
As they each said a prayer,
They asked God to guide them,
For their Leader was no longer there!

Freda Fullerton
April 19, 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
Our journey to the cross has arrived. Today is what is known
As "Good Friday"and whether Jesus was crucified on Thursday
or Friday, is not important, but the fact that He was crucified is
I send this poem out every Good Friday. It is a reminder that God
works His best miracles on ordinary days!

In six hours one Friday
Just an ordinary day,
The people of Jerusalem
Went about their way.

Some were going to market,
Others tending sheep.
Thousands to the temple.
With sacrifices to keep.

While the city bustled
On an ordinary day,
History was changing,
In an extraordinary way.

Within six hours on that Friday
The earth trembled to the core.
The temple curtain became torn
From the celling  to the floor.

All around was darkness,
The sun refused to shine.
People groped about them,
As if they were blind.

On a distant hill,
They heard an erie cry,
From the center figure
That was about to die.

"My God, My God,
Why have You forsaken Me?"
Came the pleading call,
From the One upon the tree.

In six hours on that Friday,
God claimed a victory
Over death and Satan,
On a cross on Calvary.

But not all believe the story,
That it came about this way,
That God works His best miracles
On an ordinary day!

Freda Fullerton
April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
Day 5: After the washing of the feet and the Passover meal and Judas
left to betray Jesus, they left  the upper room. Jesus went to the garden of
Gethsemane. I have a feeling when He was troubled that this was His favorite
place in Jerusalem. It was peaceful among the olive trees. It was peaceful the day
I took this picture in 1984. I was awed that these same olive trees were there when
Jesus visited this garden.  Mark 14:33-36
Do you have a special, quiet, peaceful retreat, when you're troubled?

We all have our Gethsemane
With indecision, pain and loss.
We feel the weight of the world,
The burden of our cross.

But Jesus was comforted
By Angels that day.
We all have the comfort,
Of the One whose been that way.

Because Jesus suffered
Great drops of sweat as blood,
He has such mercy for us,
His love is like a flood.

It flows right to us...
Even when our life has sin .
He wants us to be restored
And feel His love again.

The agony He suffered,
In Gethsemane that day
Was for the restoration
Of a world that's lost its way!

Freda Fullerton
April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
Day 4
There is some controversy over whether the Lord's Supper
took place day 4 or day 5 I'm placing it at day 4, because I have
another poem for tomorrow. Jesus desired to eat the Passover
meal with His disciples and just before He ate, He taught them
another object lesson. He washed their feet, a Lesson in humility
He even washed the feet of Judas, a lesson in forgiveness,

Betrayal is heart breaking
Especially, if one you love and care
Has proven to be unworthy,
It seems so hard to bear.

You may feel the world is against you,
That you have nowhere to turn,
Your friendship has been rejected
And your love has been spurned.

Jesus must have had these feelings,
When one of His very own
Sold Him for thirty silver pieces,
He must have felt so all alone.

He did not seem to be angry,
Only sad, but He knew why,
His betrayal had  been predicted
And He knew He had to die.

Judas felt remorseful,
He took his life that day.
A lesson to be faithful
And never a friend betray!

April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden:
Day 3
This fig tree belongs to a neighbor up the street. And just as in Jesus'
day, it has no fruit on it, because it is not the season for fruit.
After Jesus cleared the temple, He spent the night in Bethany.
Early the next morning on the way back into the city Jesus
passed a fig tree with no fruit an cursed the tree, an object lesson
for His disciples. Matthew 21:18-22

Early in the morning,
To the city, on His way,
Jesus passed an unfruitful fig tree
And He cursed it that day.

It was an object lesson,
For the disciples, you see.
The fig tree wilted,
At His decree.

His disciples were astounded,
At all the things that He could do,
But He told them to have faith
And they could do great this too.

He felt the pressure,
That time was running out;
He had so much to teach them
And He knew they had some doubt.

He tried so hard to prepare them
For the coming event...
And tell them , for this reason,
To the earth He was sent.

Freda Fullerton
April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
In the temple court: All that's left of the temple court is the above columns
and the paved court area. Of course there is a mosque, where the temple stood.
The group picture is our tour group, all are from our church. (except our tour leader)
It was so nice to tour with our with church family. I'm standing in the back row,
second from the left, (wearing the rain hat)
After  His triumphal entry, into Jerusalem, Jesus angered the religious leaders by
throwing out the money changers.

Jesus watched the crowd
From the temple court.
He watched the money changers,
As they sold the people short.

They bartered and they wrangled,
For the price they would received.
Jesus yelled, "This is a house of prayer,
You have made it a den of thieves!"

He overturned the tables,
Let the sheep and doves go free.
He drove out the money changers,
Saying, "This should never be!"

Jesus angered the religious leaders,
Who had set up this little plot;
They now, reinforced their efforts
And His very life, they sought.

Jesus had set His eyes toward the city
And He knew that very soon...
The people who had sought His favor,
Would be calling for His doom!

Freda Fullerton
April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is the Damascus gate in the old part of the city of Jerusalem.
Today, is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Jesus was crucified.
Please walk with me this week in the footsteps of Jesus.
The Triumphal entry Luke 19 :28-44

"Hosanna," they cried.
"Here comes the King,
Let's gather an army,
Then let freedom ring!"

Sadly, Jesus watched the crowd,
As He rode into Jerusalem that day,
Knowing that they misunderstood,
His message and His way.

The crowd gathered all around,
There was much excited chatter,
Only Jesus knew their hearts,
They cared not for the things that matter.

Determined, He marched toward
The final week of His life,
Knowing He would leave behind.
Much sorrow and much strife,

"Hosanna," they shouted, loud and clear,
But the time was drawing very near,
That the same crowd would shout,
"Crucify Him, crucify Him, here!

Freda Fullerton
April 13, 2013

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!

Remember the point
Of Jesus' birth.
Remember the point,
Why He came to earth.

Remember the point,
He still lives.
Remember the point,
He still forgives.

Remember the point,
Of the rainbow in the sky.
Remember the point,
Of the cross and way.

Remember the point,
This Easter season.
Jesus arose from the grave,
The point and the reason!

Freda Fullerton
April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
In this cloud formation I see two hands,
what do you see?

What do you see,
When you look at God?
Do you see His purpose,
As through this world you trod?

Do you only see,
The ugliness and sin,
Or do you see Jesus.
In the face of a friend?

Do you see,
That He has a definite plan
Or do you just see bloodshed,
That has been spilled upon this land?

Do you see,
That God is alive and well
In all the beauty of nature,
That is beyond the tongue to tell?

Do you see,
That His promises are sure and true
And He will be returning,
Someday soon, for you?

Freda Fullerton
April 11, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
Gone from my presence, "always" in my heart.

Do the right thing
And you will be rewarded,
For the happiness it will bring.

To everyone be kind,
For you know not
What's on their mind.

Forgive, when you've been betrayed,
It will give you peace at night
And keep you from being afraid.

Love, even when it is hard to do,
For it is a command
And it will return to you!

Freda Fullerton
April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
One of my favorite pictures from my old King James Bible.

I Am Emanuel,
With you every day.
I Am the Light,
That lights your way.

I Am Wonderful Counselor,
Your comfort and your guide.
I Am the Bread of Life,
With you I shall abide.

I Am Everlasting Father,
That loves His children so.
I Am the Good Shepherd,
That's with you wherever you go.

I Am the Prince of Peace,
That calms your fears, it's true,
I Am the Resurrection of Life,
That brings hope to you.

I Am the Way, the Truth,
And it will set you free.
I Am the True Vine,
And eternal life is found in ME!

Freda Fullerton
April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!

Rest assured...
God is not dead.
Rest assured...
His words, still need to be said.

Rest assured...
God will still save.
Rest assured...
Christ arose from the grave.

Rest assured...
For you, He has a plan.
Rest assured...
He died for each woman and man.

Rest assured...
Christ's blood takes away sin.
Rest assured...
He's returning again!

Freda Fullerton
April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
I'm blessed to have had parents that taught me about

(From the sermon on the mount-Matthew 5)

Blessed are the pour in spirit,
For God they shall see.
Blessed are they that mourn,
For comforted they shall be.

Blessed are the meek,
And their walk on this earth.
Blessed are those with spiritual hunger,
For God shall quench their hunger and thirst.

Blessed are those who seek,
The word of God each day.
Blessed are those who see,
For God will show them the way.

Blessed are those who are persecuted,
For their unwavering faith.
Blessed are those who persevere,
For God will reward their wait!

Freda Fullerton
April 7, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is Remebrant's  panting of Jesus. One of
my favorites.
"Give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:8

Make known His wonderful deeds,
His mercy and His grace.
Make known His wonderful deeds
The love on His wonderful face.

Make known His wonderful deeds,
His forgiveness and His patience too.
Make known His wonderful deeds,
How much He cares for you.

Make known His wonderful deeds,
How He listens to each prayer.
Make known His wonderful deeds
How He is with you every hour.

Make known His wonderful deeds,
The home He is  preparing for you.
Make known His wonderful deeds,
That He will return, it's true!

Freda Fullerton
April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!

We hope so many times,
In so many ways.
"I hope you have a good day."
Is a familiar phrase.

We hope for safe travel,
When we're on the road
We hope for less trouble,
When we carry a heavy load.

We hope for the best,
In the life of each friend.
Many people hope,
But don't on Christ depend.

This kind of hope,
Is wishful thinking, you see.
When we put our faith in Jesus,
Real hope will come to you and me.

Freda Fullerton
April 5, 5014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!

This is me, about the age when I gave my life to the Lord.
Not all people realize that they need a Savior. But I need Him
each day and each moment of the day!

People need a Savior,
To save them from each sin.
People need a Savior,
On whom they can depend.

People need a Savior,
When life is filled with sorrow.
People need Savior,
To give hope for tomorrow.

People need a Savior,
To guide them each day.
People need a Savior,
To show them the way.

People need a Savior
And if it is not God they find,
They will seek another,
A very different kind!

Freda Fullerton
April 4, 2014

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is me, holding our granddaughter Katie, when
she was small. We were at a Halloween party at church.
She had on a "ladybug" costume her grandma, Jeannie
made for her. She felt secure in grandma's arms.

We all want security,
As we travel through life.
We want  peace and freedom,
And a life free of strife.

We all want security,
With money in the bank.
And an impressive portfolio,
That's security, so some think.

We all want security,
And we strive for good health.
We want the "good life,"
And think security is wealth.

 "The rich man and Lazarus,"
Does not convey,
That wealth is security,
It's just not done that way.

Security, for the Christian,
Is not found in all these things,
But is only found in Jesus,
And the security that forgiveness brings!

Freda Fullerton
April 3, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!
This is a country road in Amish country near
Lancaster, PA.

I love country roads...
That lead to...I don't know where?
But I always want to take the path,
Just to see what's there.

I love country roads...
With flowers blooming along the way
And sometime, I will take the time,
To follow one, one day.

I love country roads...
With a promise of surprise.
A pretty, shady lane,
That meets each sunrise.

I love country roads,
And I dream of far off places.
I wonder about the people I'll meet,
And hope it's friendly faces.

I love country roads...
And I hope God will prepare,
One for me to explore
When I reach heaven, so fair!

Freda Fullerton
April 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Freda's Garden:

Welcome to my Garden!

God has spoken,
Listen to His voice.
And though He has spoken,
He gives us a choice.

God has spoken,
He has told us what to do
And even though it pains Him,
He leaves it to me and you.

God has spoken,
And He will not change His mind
If we do not believe Him,
We shall be left behind,

God has spoken,
But He is patient and forgiving.
He wants us to know
That life is worth living.

God has spoken,
Through His word, you see.
And He spoke through the cross,
To set a lost world free.

Freda Fullerton
April 1, 2014