Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite little friends! Yesterday was Beka's ninth birthday, and I was invited to her family party.

We enjoyed a special meal on the good china, including a beautiful fruit tart (yes, I said fruit......), and lots of laughter:-)

Beka was given an American Girl doll, by her grandparents, which was the big excitement of the evening. I can remember memorizing that catalog when I was a little girl, though the industry has grown quite a bit since then. After checking out the catalog Joshua commented we need to find someway to capitalize in on it, haha. Anyway I was told I can have a turn playing with her next Wednesday.................just kidding! I remember my 9th birthday was the last time I was given a doll.

Happy Birthday (a little late) Beka! I know you already had a special day, but hope you also have a wonderful year.

The Village

Have any of you all watched this movie? It is a favorite of mine, so the other night I got Jenny to watch it with me. It was funny, she wanted to know what it was about, but those of you who have seen it know that it is pretty much impossible to describe it without giving away the story! So she thought we were sitting down to a "chick flick" (since that is the kind of movie we often watch together). What a surprise! As with anytime I have watched this thought provoking movie, it always starts a serious conversation. What do you think they should have done, how would you have handled this...........There are some good analogies here too, we can't hide from sin, it will always find us, because it is within us.

All that being said, I must admit my favorite part of the movie is the love story within it! I think the "porch scene" is one of my all time favorite movie scenes.........I love the way the two characters who love one another show their love by their actions, caring for one another, sacrificing, etc, so different than your typical movie love story. Other nice things about "The Village"? No language, and beautiful music. Ok, so I admit, it is scary..........But, maybe I have convinced someone to watch it!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Christ Draws Me, Dwells In Me, and Delights In Me......

I was listening to David Murray's sermon series, from the conference in August, as I did my housework this morning, and thought I would share it with you all!

"Draw me, we will run after thee." Song Of Solomon 1:4

"The king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in him, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee." Song Of Solomon 1:4

"Oh my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance; let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." Song Of Solomon 2:14

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Verses for today......

".....These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city." Hebrews 11:12-16

Monday, October 26, 2009

Consecration To Christ

"And He said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged if he gains the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?..........And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9:23-25,62

My Sister's Visit.

This past week my sister, Becky, and her husband, Bill came to spend a couple days with us. It was great to see them again since we hadn't seen each other since the wedding this summer. The main purpose of the visit, besides seeing us:-), was to attend our church's Psalm Sing/ picnic, which sadly got cancelled due to a bad weather forecast. Still we managed to keep busy, eating, talking, playing games, playing on the computer(s), shopping, and having lunch with friends.It was a good visit and we all hope they can come again sometime soon.......maybe for the rescheduled Psalm Sing in two weeks?!

I made roast chicken, stuffing, gravy, rosemary bread,
and salad for dinner, Becky brought a pumpkin cheesecake with
whipped cream - a feast!

Talking over dinner.

Family Worship.....we just began going through Isaiah
and sang Psalm 20.

Let the games begin! Becky and Bill brought along Tribond for us
to play which was a lot of fun, and made for lots of
laughs! We divided into unique teams, Seth and I against Becky
and Bill, with Joshua helping both teams......I said it was
unique:-) Can anyone guess which category Joshua excelled in?

Playing Tribond......can I mention my team won?
Honestly though, no thanks to me, I was too sleepy
to be of much help to my team mate.

Must have been having serious thoughts, conversation.....

Joshua finding us a song on YouTube. A common question this
evening, "Have you No, well I'll find it for you
on YouTube." My contribution to the music was playing the
clip of Psalm singing from the Conference (I love that video, don't
laugh, A!)

More computers.....I should apologize for some of these photos being
blurry. I was using a borrowed camera and I think the settings were

Seth, Becky, and Bill.......what more can I say?!
I don't think they are instant messaging.....

I find this picture vaguely disturbing.......:-)
No, I don't think they are on facebook!

"And I Will Constantly Go On In Strength Of God the Lord.....

Recently a friend and I were talking about going through trials in our own lives, and then about how much we enjoy, and are encouraged by stories/history where people go through difficult things, yet they keep going, and don't give up. My friend pointed out that we see the whole story, how everything worked out, and often we can see why the bad stuff happened, that it really was for good. Yet in those stories the characters didn't know why, or how it was going to end.They struggled with the same pain, fear, loneliness that we do, yet kept going. A helpful thought!

That conversation brought to mind my very favorite part of The Lord Of The Rings movie where Frodo thinks it is too hard and wants to quit, and his loyal friend Sam won't let him......"Those are the stories that stay with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand. But I think now I do understand. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't - they kept going because they were holding onto something...."(and as a disclaimer let me just say this is from a story I found encouraging, I'm not saying that we should just be holding onto the hope of good in this world!)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

More On Prayer.......

"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"
Luke 18:1-8
All God's people are praying people. Here earnest steadiness in prayer for spiritual mercies is taught. The widow's earnestness prevailed even with the unjust judge: she might fear lest it should set him more against her; but our earnest prayer is pleasing to our God. Even to the end there will still be ground for the same complaint of weakness of faith. ~ From Matthew Henry's Commentary

" And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons? So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD. And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD. "
1 Samuel 1:6-19
Hannah mingled tears with her prayers; she considered the mercy of our God, who knows the troubled soul. God gives us leave, in prayer, not only to ask good things in general, but to mention that special good thing we most need and desire. She spoke softly, none could hear her. Hereby she testified her belief of God's knowledge of the heart and its desires. Eli was high priest, and judge in Israel. It ill becomes us to be rash and hasty in censures of others, and to think people guilty of bad things while the matter is doubtful and unproved. Hannah did not retort the charge, and upbraid Eli with the wicked conduct of his own sons. When we are at any time unjustly censured, we have need to set a double watch before the door of our lips, that we do not return censure for censure. Hannah thought it enough to clear herself, and so must we. Eli was willing to acknowledge his mistake. Hannah went away with satisfaction of mind. She had herself by prayer committed her case to God, and Eli had prayed for her. Prayer is heart's ease to a gracious soul. Prayer will smooth the countenance; it should do so. None will long remain miserable, who use aright the privilege of going to the mercy-seat of a reconciled God in Christ Jesus. ~Matthew Henry's Commentary

Let Me Be A Woman.....

I just finished reading this little book which is a series of notes written to Mrs. Elliot's 21 year old daughter. The book is all about what it means to be a Christian woman, really good and helpful. I had forgotten how much I like her books, maybe it is time to reread some of the ones I have sitting on my shelf.........The line that struck me the most in my reading was actually from the Bible, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, let it be unto me according to thy word." Mary's words, but something that all Christian women should say, and yet another reminder of what I am learning more and more, the Christian life is all about submission........
Another quote is, "We are called to be women. The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman. For I have accepted God's idea of me, and my whole life is an offering back to Him of all that I am and all that He wants me to be."

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Virtuous Woman.......

This was sent to me, by a friend, this morning, so good!

This is the description of a virtuous woman of those days, but the general outlines equally suit every age and nation. She is very careful to recommend herself to her husband's esteem and affection, to know his mind, and is willing that he rule over her.

 1. She can be trusted, and he will leave such a wife to manage for him. He is happy in her. And she makes it her constant business to do him good.

2. She is one that takes pains in her duties, and takes pleasure in them. She is careful to fill up time, that none be lost. She rises early. She applies herself to the business proper for her, to women's business. She does what she does, with all her power, and trifles not.

3. She makes what she does turn to good account by prudent management. Many undo themselves by buying, without considering whether they can afford it. She provides well for her house. She lays up for hereafter.

4. She looks well to the ways of her household, that she may oblige all to do their duty to God and one another, as well as to her.

 5. She is intent upon giving as upon getting, and does it freely and cheerfully.

 6. She is discreet and obliging; every word she says, shows she governs herself by the rules of wisdom. She not only takes prudent measures herself, but gives prudent advice to others. The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, and shows itself in the tongue. Her heart is full of another world, even when her hands are most busy about this world.

7. Above all, she fears the Lord. Beauty recommends none to God, nor is it any proof of wisdom and goodness, but it has deceived many a man who made his choice of a wife by it. But the fear of God reigning in the heart, is the beauty of the soul; it lasts for ever.

 8. She has firmness to bear up under crosses and disappointments. She shall reflect with comfort when she comes to be old, that she was not idle or useless when young. She shall rejoice in a world to come. She is a great blessing to her relations. If the fruit be good, the tree must have our good word. But she leaves it to her own works to praise her. Every one ought to desire this honour that cometh from God; and according to this standard we all ought to regulate our judgments. This description let all women daily study, who desire to be truly beloved and respected, useful and honourable. This passage is to be applied to individuals, but may it not also be applied to the church of God, which is described as a virtuous spouse? God by his grace has formed from among sinful men a church of true believers, to possess all the excellences here described.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Proverbs 31:10-31:

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook.....

Would you like to linger on the simple things...then join me and many others in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those who are focusing on of the 'everyday moments'

I got this from a friend's blog.......reminds me of one of those facebook notes/quizzes!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Outside my window - cold, clear, beautiful fall day. The sky is bright blue, leaves are falling....

I am thinking of......lunch, and all I need to get done this afternoon.

I am thankful for - the Lord, my friends, my church, my family, lots of things.......

From the kitchen - applesauce slowly cooking.

I am wearing - a pink shirt and denim skirt, no shoes (I know it is kind of cold to go barefoot, but I put off wearing shoes as long as possible!)

I am remembering - our communion season this past Lord's day.

Pondering........the words of the Psalm 130, "I wait for God, my soul doth wait, my hope is in His word....", and the sermon I just listened to on that Psalm, "Why God Makes Us Wait" , preached by David Murray. Click here to listen to the sermon.

I am creating.......applesauce, hard boiled eggs, spaghetti sauce, a grocery list........and letters, I wrote to my parents and aunt this morning.

I am going to.......vacuum, put clean sheets on beds, fold laundry, cook dinner.....

I am reading - Esther, Romans, The Psalms, and "Let Me Be A Woman" by Elizabeth Elliot.

I am hoping ........for things I would rather not talk about here.....

I am hearing........Psalm 71, "And I with expectation will hope continually......" playing on a Cd.

Around the house.......I am alone, so it is peaceful and quiet.

One of my favorite reading a good book.

I am looking forward sister's visit this week.

A few plans for the rest of the week..........babysitting tonight, working at the Es tomorrow, church tomorrow night, grocery shopping, housecleaning Thur, getting ready for, and enjoying company Fri, church picnic/Psalm sing on Sat.

A picture to end with.....

Here is a link to Peggy's blog, where this came from!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Secret Prayer....

I have been wanting to read this book, "The Secret Key To Heaven" by Thomas Brooks, since I heard Pastor Humby review it, and preach on Secret Prayer at the conference in August, so was glad when a friend loaned it to me.
I just finished reading it, and copying some of my favorite parts out of it. At this point my library is mainly quotes copied from borrowed books:-)! I hope others will find these as helpful as I have......

"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:6

"Secret duties have open rewards,"And thy Father which seeth thee in secret shall reward thee openly," - Ah, Christian, did you really believe this, and seriously dwell on this you would,

  1. Walk more thankfully.

  2. Work more cheerfully.

  3. Suffer more patiently.

  4. Fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil more courageously.

  5. Lay out yourselves for God, His interests, and glory more freely.

  6. Live with what providence has cut out for your portion, more quietly and contentedly.

  7. You would be in private prayer more frequently, more abundantly.

"God never lacks an eye to see our secret tears, nor an ear to hear our secret cries and groans, nor a heart to grant our secret requests, and therefore we ought to pour out our souls to Him in secret. "Lord, all my desire is before thee, and my groaning is not hidden from thee." Ps 38:9 As a Christian is never out of the reach of God's hand, so he is never out of the view of God's eye."

"Jacob by prayers and tears did so prince it with God as that he carried the blessing. Jacob's wrestling was by weeping, and his prevailing by praying. Prayers and tears are not only very pleasing to God, but also very prevalent with God."

"As blood has a voice, and as the rod has a voice, so tears have a voice. Tears have tongues, and tears can speak. There is no noise like that which tears in secret make in the ears of God. A prudent and indulgent father can better pick out the desires and necessities of his children by their secret tears than by their loud complaints, by their weeping than by their words: and do you think that God can't do as much? Tears are not always mutes: Lam. 2: 18 'Cry aloud', says one, 'not with your tongues, but with your eyes; not with your words, but with your tears; for that is the prayer that makes the most forcible entry into the ears of the great God of heaven'. Penitent tears are undeniable ambassadors that never return from the throne of grace without a gracious answer. Tears are a kind of silent prayer, which, though they say nothing, yet they obtain pardon; and though they plead not a man's cause, yet they obtain mercy at the hands of God."

"Either become frequent in closet duties as becomes a Christian, or else lay down the name of a Christian.

"In the great day of account, when the secrets of all hearts shall be revealed, and God shall call all men to a reckoning before angels, men, and devils, for the neglect of private prayer, all guilty persons will be found speechless: there will not be a man or woman found, that shall dare to stand up and say, "Lord, I would have waited upon you in my closet, but I had so much business to do in the world that I had no time to enjoy secret communion with you in a corner."

"Private prayer is a work of absolute necessity, both to the bringing of the heart into a good frame, and to the keeping of the heart in a good frame. It is of absolute necessity both for the discovery of sin, and for the purging away of sin. It is of absolute necessity both for the discovery of grace, and for a full exercise of grace, and for an eminent increase in grace.It is of absolute necessity to arm us both against inward and outward temptations, afflictions, and sufferings. It is of absolute necessity to fit us for all other duties and service. For a man to glorify God, to save his own soul. and to further his own everlasting happiness, is a work of the greatest necessity.

"If grace be weak the omission of private prayer will make it weaker. Look, as he who will not eat will certainly grow weaker and weaker, so he that will not pray in his closet will certainly grow weaker and weaker.

"Consider that you cannot have too frequent communion with God, you cannot have too frequent conversation with Jesus, you cannot have your hearts too frequently filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory, and with that peace that passes understanding, you cannot have heaven brought down to frequently into your hearts, and you cannot have your hearts carried too frequently up into heaven. And therefore you cannot be too frequently in closet prayer.

"Let all your closet duties lead you to Jesus, and leave you more in communion with him, and in dependence upon him, and then thrice happy will you be. Let all your closet prayers and tears and fastings be a star to guide you to Jesus, a Jacob's ladder by which you may ascend into the arms of eternal love, and then you are safe forever.

"When the soul is separated from the body the man is dead; and so when the heart is separated from the lips in prayer, the prayer is dead."

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance." Eph 6:6 Calvin makes this difference between 'praying always' in the beginning of the verse, and 'praying with perseverance' in the end of the verse: 'By praying always', he says, 'he exhorts us to pray in prosperity as well as in adversity, and not to quit the duty of prayer in a prosperous estate, because we are not driven to it by outward pressing necessities and miseries; and by praying with perseverance, he admonishes us that we be not weary of the work, but continue instant and constant in its performance, though we have not presently what we pray for.' So that 'praying always' is opposed to a neglect of the duty in its proper times and reasons, and 'praying with perseverance' is opposed to a fainting in our spirits, in respect to this or that particular suit or request that we put up to God. When God turns a deaf ear to our prayers, we must not fret nor faint, we must not be dismayed nor discouraged, but we must hold up and hold on in the duty of prayer with invincible patience, courage, and constancy."

"Oh my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let me see thy countenance; let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely." Song Of Solomon 2:14

Friday, October 16, 2009

Apple Picking At Sky Top Orchard

On Tuesday several ladies from church, and a number of the children, got together for a day of apple picking! We drove up into the beautiful mountains of North Carolina to Sky Top Orchard, and had a fun day together that included apple picking (and eating), cider, doughnuts, lots of walking, talking, a petting zoo, and a hayride. A fun day for everyone.....

Sorting through the "seconds". Being a bargain

hunter I was happy to get a bushel of seconds at half price!

Juanita and Meghan also stocked up on seconds,

here we are discussing applesauce.

Kerah and Daniel.

Daniel and I. I had to have a baby picture:-)

Sammy didn't come on this trip....

Daniel and Juanita.

Kerah and are you getting

the idea this guy was popular....?!

Me, Daniel, Juanita, and Susannah.

Kerah and I.


Hannah, you are actually supposed to put

apples in it..........

Enjoying an apple, there is nothing like an apple just

off the tree - delicious!

What next?

Heading to the petting zoo....

Daniel made a new friend.

The goat was so patient with the children....

The children had a wonderful time playing.

Heading back, we walked miles, mostly uphill.....

Last of all the Moms and children went on a hayride.

The rest of us relaxed with cider:-)

The end of a busy, fun day!


I couldn't resist putting up yet another picture of this little guy.
He is so cute in this one!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Waiting On The Lord

Recently a friend and I have been talking about how much of the Bible, and how much of the Christian life is about waiting on the Lord. I decided to do a search for verses on waiting, and copied a number of them here, thinking others might find them helpful too.

"I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord." Gen 49:18

"Let none that wait on Thee be put to shame at all" Ps 25:3

"Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me; for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day." Ps 25:5

"Wait on the Lord, and be thou strong, and He shall strength afford unto thine heart; yea do thou wait, I say, upon the Lord." Ps 27:14

"My times are wholly in Thy hand, do Thou deliver me." Ps 31:15

"Our soul doth wait upon the Lord; He is our help and shield. Sith in His holy name we trust, our heart shall joyful be. Lord, let Thy mercy be on us, as we do hope in Thee." Psalm 33:20-22

"Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Ps 37:7

"And now, O Lord, what wait I for? My hope is fixed on Thee." Ps 39:7

"I waited for the Lord my God, and patiently did bear; at length to me He did incline my voice and cry to hear." Ps 40:1

"And I forever will Thee praise, because Thou hast done this; I on Thy name will wait; for good before Thy saints it is." Ps 52:9

"But Thou, O Lord, shall laugh at them, and all the heathen mock. While he's in power, I'll wait on Thee; for God is my high rock." Ps 59:9

"My soul, wait thou with patience upon thy God alone, on Him dependeth all my hope and expectation. He only my salvation is, and my strong rock is He, He only is my sure defense, I shall not moved be."Ps 62:5-6

"These all wait on Thee, that Thou mayest in due time give them meat" Ps104:27

"Behold as they eyes of servants do look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until He have mercy upon us." Ps 123:2

"I wait for God, my soul doth wait, my hope is in His word. More than they that for morning watch, my soul waits for the Lord." Ps 130:5-6

"The eyes of all things wait on Thee, the giver of all good." Ps 145:15

"Blessed is the man that heareth Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth Me, findeth life, and shall obtain favor of the Lord."Proverbs 8:34-35

"And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth His face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for Him." Is 8:117

"And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God: we have waited for Him, and He will save us; this is the Lord, we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation." Is 25:9

"Yea; in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have we waited for thee: the desire of our soul is to Thy name, and to the remembrance of Thee." Is 26:8

"And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted, that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him." Is 30:18

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagle; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Is 40:31

"...and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me." Is 49:23

"Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Art not Thou He, O Lord our God? Therefore we will wait upon Thee: for Thou has made all these things." Jer 14:22

"The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord." Lam 3:25-26

"Blessed is he that waiteth.." Daniel 12:12

"Therefore turn thou to thy God: to keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually." Hosea 12:6

"Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me." Micah 7:7

"I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved." Hab 2:2

"Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the Lord.: Zeph 3:3

"But if we hope for that what we see not, then do we with patience wait for it." Romans 8:25

"For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith." Gal 5:5

"And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ." 2Thess 3:5

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

A Christian's Life...

I found this on a friend's blog and wanted to share it here....

Dear Christian,

Did you ever think that after conversion life would be simple and challenges few? Far from it, the Christian's life is much like a salmon swimming upstream. Thomas Watson, preaching his farewell sermon on August 17, 1662, about to be ejected from his pulpit for nonconformity, said:
If you are living fish, swim against the stream, dead fish swim down the stream. The Christian is holy but the world in which we live, where God has posted us, like a soldier at an outpost in the wilderness on duty to serve in his kingdom, though it is created good and belongs to him who made it, is not. We can no longer float downstream in conformity to the world's ways. We now live for him and daily die to ourselves, and that is to be conformed to him and to resist following the multitude in the ways of sin, or as Watson puts it, to "walk [as] antipodes to the corruptions of the times," which often results in persecution. In fact, that is promised to us (2 Tim. 3.12), for we where our Master has walked, there must we walk too. Though renewed in the pure image of Christ, we find in ourselves corruption which works against us. We have responsibilities to God, to our families, church and society, and to ourselves. We have a command to work six days a week, and even on the other day we have works of piety, necessity and mercy to perform. We must always be on guard against the world, the flesh and the devil. Idleness only works in Satan's favor. Man was made to work even in the Garden of Eden, and Christ bids us "Occupy, till I come" (Luke 19.13). But the good news, friends, is that it is Christ who is our strength, who gives us the Spirit without measure, who enables us to live, to live as we ought. It is the bondage of sin which is the hard master; he who puts his yoke upon us promises that his "yoke is easy and "his "burden is light" (Matt. 11.30). Therefore, after instructing us to "work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" the Apostle adds for our comfort "[f]or it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2.12b-13). "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2.10). In the strength of Christ then, we are called to "gird up the loins of your mind" (1 Pet. 1.13) and put on his armour (Eph. 6), trusting that duty is ours but events are God's, and "therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor. 15.58).

Richard Sibbes, Divine Meditations and Holy Contemplations, in Works, Vol. 7, p. 204:

Christianity is a busy trade. If we look up to God, what a world of things are required in a Christian, to carry himself as he should do: a spirit of faith, a spirit of love, a spirit of joy and delight in him above all. And if we look to men, there are duties for a Christian to his superiors, a spirit of subjection; to equals he must carry a spirit of love; and to inferiors a spirit of pity and bounty. If we look to Satan, we have a commandment to resist him, and to watch against the tempter. If we look to the world, it is full of snares. There must be a great deal of spiritual watchfulness, that we be not surprised. If we look to ourselves, there are required many duties to carry our vessels in honour, and to walk within the compass of the Holy Ghost; to preserve the peace of our consciences; to walk answerable to our worth, as being the sons of God and coheirs with Christ. He must dispense with himself in no sin; he must be a vessel prepared for every good work; he must baulk in no service that God calls him unto: and therefore the life of a Christian is a busy trade.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Days....

Early this week I thought I would sit down and write an overview of what happened this week, thinking friends and family could get an idea of what my days are like now.......however this week has brought to mind the line, "Man makes his plans, but God directs his ways." It turned out completely differently than I expected it to!

Our Lord's day was good. This is the high day of the week, my favorite day. We finished a series we have been doing on the Sabbath, the final sermon was on "Delighting In The Sabbath" Another special part of the day is the Christian fellowship we enjoy, and of course getting to spend a day with little Sammy:-)

Monday my week took an abrupt turn when I was asked to go help out my friends, the Es. Jenny had been stung on her foot and was having trouble getting around. Suddenly I was dashing around packing a bag, figuring out food for my two guys to eat while I was away, writing a note, etc. The next three days were busy ones filled with children, laundry,housework, sorting through seasonal clothes, and all the many things that need to be done to keep a large family going........Staying with the the Es feels like old times since I lived there for two months this spring, I enjoy being there, and being a part of family life again!

Wednesday night was church, we continued the series that Pastor has been preaching on the doctrine of adoption. This has been such an encouraging, helpful series, I recommend checking it out. After church I went home again......

Thursday was filled with all the things that needed to be caught up on, cleaning up the house, grocery shopping, cooking, laundry, mail....... Keeping a house is more work, and more time consuming than I expected it to be when I started this spring. I like my job of keeping a home :-) and am glad to have a home to care for.

Friday we were invited to dinner at the home of some friends from church. It was good to get to know them better, and we enjoyed a delicious meal. I especially liked when we all sang Psalms together in the evening.

Saturday I got the good news that my sister, Becky, and her husband, are going to be spending a weekend with us at the end of the month. It is always exciting to get to visit with family, it has been too long since I have seen many of my family.......

We have enjoyed some beautiful weather this week, along with a couple rainstorms. Over the past couple days it seems that fall has finally come to Sc, temperatures are a bit cooler, and the leaves have finally started to turn. And so you have it, a brief overview of my week.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Verse For Today...

"It has been fully reported to me all that you have you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge." Ruth 2:11b-12

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Psalm Sing Video

The best part of this summer was being able to attend the FCC Conference in Va. One of the best parts of the Conference, was our impromptu Psalm sings, on the front porch, in the evenings. A couple people would sit down, with a stack of Psalters, and start singing, before you knew it the porch was crowded with singers! Those were such special times as we all sang and praised God together!

Here is a video of all of us singing Psalm 98, and see a post below with pictures from one of our Psalm sings.

Psalm Sing Pictures

Someone is preparing for a Psalm sing!
Carrying the Psalters out to the porch:-)

The circle started small, a stack of Psalters waits for more singers:-)

The singers spread from one end of the porch to the other!

We quickly ran out of chairs.....

The circle grew.........all of us singing together!

Christ's Provision

Over the past couple months at church, on Wednesday nights, we have been studying the doctrine of adoption, which has been very helpful to me. The sermon last night was on Galatians 4:7 "Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then a heir of God through Christ." Pastor McCurley talked about how as sons, and daughters, God provides all our needs, and he used an example that I really liked. He said that a child can always go to the fridge, expecting food to be there, he doesn't think of making a list, grocery shopping, meal planning.....the food is just there! We can be just like that child knowing that as our Father, God will provide all of our physical, and spiritual needs. Very comforting!

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" Matthew 7:11

Here is a link to Pastor McCurley's sermons.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Currently Reading -

I have been reading this excellent book over the past couple weeks. When it was recommended to me, I was told it was a life changing book, I can see how that would be true, if one were able to learn and apply the principles taught here. Here are some of the parts that made an impression on me.

"It is but one side of a Christian to endeavor to do what pleases God; you must as well endeavor to be pleased with what God does, and so you will come to be a complete Christian when you can do both, and that is the first thing in the excellence of this grace of Christian contentment."

"Perhaps God sees it is better for you to live in a continual dependence upon Him, and not to know what your condition shall be on the morrow, than for you to have a more settled condition in terms of comfort of the creature. Christ does not teach us to pray, "Lord, give me enough to serve me for two or three years," but, "This day our daily bread." This is to teach us we must live upon God in a dependant condition every day."

"Contentment is freely submitting to, and taking pleasure in God's disposal."

"By all your discontent you cannot help yourself, you cannot get anything by it. Who by taking care can add one cubit to his stature, or make one hair that is white to be black? You may vex and trouble yourself, but you will get nothing by it. Do you think that the Lord will come in mercy one whit sooner because of the murmuring of your spirits? Oh no, but the mercy will rather be deferred the longer for it; though the Lord was about to send mercy before, yet the disorder of your heart is enough to put Him out of His course of mercy, and though He had thoughts that you should have the thing before, yet now you shall not have it. If you had a mind to give something to your child, yet if you see him in a discontented, fretting mood you will not give it to him. And this is the very reason why many mercies are denied to you, because of your discontent. You are discontented for want of them, and therefore you do not get them. You deprive yourself of the enjoyment of your desires, because of the discontent of your hearts, because you do not get your desires, and is this not a foolish thing?"

" All that a Godly man receives, he receives as a pledge of God's love to him; therefore when he comes into an afflicted condition, God says, "Return to me as a pledge of your obedience, what you had from Me as a pledge of my love." We should cheerfully come to God and bless God that we have anything to render to Him as a pledge of our obedience, and should say, "Oh it is your love, O Lord, which has given us everything, which enables us to be able to render a pledge of our obedience to You."

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Those of you who have been following my blog, and facebook, have probably noticed that I have become quite a fan of The Letters Of Samuel Rutherford.......when I got home from my trip Saturday night I was surprised to find a package in my mail pile, I knew I had not ordered anything.......Imagine how happy and surprised I was when I opened it and found my own copy of the book! I had been planning to get a copy of this eventually, but will treasure this so much more because of the way I received it. Thank you so much, Amanda!

An Answer To Prayer....

I am happy to report our prayers were answered. Seth started working full time at his new job yesterday! It is even daytime hours, unlike another job that was a possibility, and only about 5 miles from our house! It is definitely a blessing to find work quickly these days......

"...And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knows that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:29-33

Monday, October 5, 2009

Visit with friends.....

On Saturday Seth and I made the trip up to Va to visit friends. It was a beautiful day, one of those perfect fall days where the sky is bright blue, and everything is crisp and clear. As we went north the leaves started to change color, so pretty! A perfect day for travelling.

I was so excited to finally get to meet my friend, Adri. We have been writing, talking, and listening to sermons together:-) since July, so it was great to finally meet face to face and hug! Of course it was good to meet the rest of the family too, and see my brother, Cephas, who was also visiting.

We had a fun day together, activities included, talking, watching football (ok, so the guys watched football, and the girls talked!), having a picnic at a beautiful park (pictured above), hiking, eating, drinking coffee, looking at the jewelry Adri and her mom sell, talking, did I mention eating?

Adri and I.

Photo Shoot.....there always has to be one picture where everyone is squinting into the sun!

Ariel, Adri, and I.

Seth and I.

Cephas and I.


Me again, trying to get a good profile picture.....

I'm not so sure about this lighting......

Drinking coffee:-)

Cinnamon can almost smell them.

Ready to eat, just needs coffee!

Did I mention our visit included lots of eating?!


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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1