Monday, March 29, 2010

"There shall be heard in this place, the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride....

As I sat down to work on this much awaited post and thought about what to call it various ideas went through my mind....there was always the standard, but somewhat boring "Caleb and Adri's Wedding", then another idea was "The facebook world converged on Basset VA," (I can't tell you how many times on Sat I said, "Oh, I recognize you from facebook," to people I had never met before:-), another thought was "Caladri" (I have to thank my sister for that one.....more on that when you get down to the bottom of this post),.....also it seemed hard to do a post on meeting up in Basset without somehow working "D- Day" into the title! Finally I settled on using the beautiful verse from Jeremiah 33 that was on the wedding program... Anyway before I go any further I want to say what a beautiful wedding it was! The ceremony was lovely, simple, beautiful, and God honoring. One of the highlights of the day for me was the Psalm singing in the ceremony; I think it exceeded all of our expectations! Another was getting to help Adri get ready for the ceremony, and to pray together - I'm so happy that my dear friend is now my sister. Of course it was also wonderful to see relatives and family, to talk and laugh together. In conclusion, a very special day - congratulations Caleb and Adri, we are so happy for you!

And so it begins.....ironing for the wedding...

Mr. E kindly drove Travis, Joshua, and I on the long trip to Virginia along with the rest of the family...an adventure.....!

The passengers - Joshua and Jenny...

....the girls...

....the boys....

.....and me.


Figuring out directions.

The Gladus graciously fed all of the family, and some friends, lunch before the wedding!

A special part of the day for me was joining joining Ariel in helping Adri get ready for the wedding.

Leah, the photographer, arranging the dress for a picture.

Ariel, the beautiful maid of honor.

Beauty!

Doing hair...

The veil.

Putting on sandals....

Joy.

Four brothers and a bride!

Brothers and sisters.

The family is growing!

Brothers, sisters, and aunts.

The reception....coffee, cookies....

....cookies....wedding favors....

Joshua always seems to be surrounded by children:-)

Cutting the cake - I love this picture, it is so Adri:-)

Cutting the cake.

....so happy....

The lovely cake.

Talking at the reception.

We were so happy our Aunt Amy and Aunt Alice could join us!

Caleb shows off his ring:-)

Conversation.

Visiting, mingling..

Caleb taking his duties seriously - already carrying his wife's purse:-)!

"Sisters"

Waiting to say goodbye.

Waiting with birdseed and bubbles.

Goodbye....

It was awesome to see Caleb's Blazer that I have ridden in so many times all decorated...

:-)

Can I say that I see Becky's hands all over this?!

Love this - hilarious!


From my reading this morning.....

"....by his strength he [Jacob] had power with God: Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spake with us; Even the LORD God of hosts; the LORD is his memorial.Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment and wait on thy God continually."
Hosea 12:3-6

My Daybook


For Today - Monday, March 29th



Outside my window....... too dark too tell, hopefully last night's storms are over.


I am thinking......... that life is changing so fast for my siblings......



I am thankful for..... my new sister!



I am wearing..... a skirt and t shirt.


Remembering...... my brother's wedding on Sat. It was beautiful! Lord willing I can put up some pictures on this blog when I go home tomorrow.


Listening to...... quiet.



I am going... to go out and take a walk, then start in on the day's work. I've already got the laundry going....I'm also going to start piano lessons this week - a friend is going to teach me. I hope I can figure it out!

I am currently reading...... my Bible, Matthew Henry's Commentary on Exodus, and a couple other things, A Heart Aflame by John Calvin, Taking Heaven By Storm by Thomas Watson, and The Mystery Of Providence by John Flavel. The last one I am only a chapter or so into but it already has me really thinking about how many blessings I have taken for granted.



I am hoping... that the Lord will answer my prayers.



On my mind......a conversation I recently had with one of my brothers about going through trials, he commented how much better it is to know we belong to the Lord and suffer, than to not believe and maybe have an easier life.....it made me think of this quote from a book I recently read - "Here is strong consolation to the violent Christian: thou art in the way to the kingdom. Though perhaps thou hast not the joy which some meet with yet it is happy that thou art in the way. Bless God that while some lie in the total neglect of duty, God hath given thee a heart to seek him, Psalm 105:3. 'Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.' Nay, God hath not only given thee a heart to do duty, but to do duty mixed with love...Though we wait long, and have not the thing waited for, yet let us continue doing our duty."...... "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Hebrews 12:11-14



Noticing that......
I am so very tired.




Pondering these words.... "Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.... For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God..... For I am ready to halt, and my sorrow is continually before me. For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.... Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me. Make haste to help me, O Lord my salvation." ~ some verses in Psalm 38 from my reading yesterday.



From the kitchen.. coffee!



Around the house... plenty to keep me busy......



One of my favorite things~ seeing friends and family I haven't seen in awhile, hugging and catching up!




A few plans for the rest of the week... . this is another busy week coming up. Mon, Wed, and Fri here at the Es, a visit with a friend on Tue, movie on Tue night, church and a meeting on Wed night, getting ready for company on Thur, friends from Pennsylvania staying with me Thur night, Sat? I don't know yet......



From my picture journal~a picture of the afghan I just crocheted for Becky's baby. They are convinced it is a boy so I went out on a limb and did something blue.....sure hope I made the right choice!


For more daybooks go to Peggy's blog.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Psalm Five


"Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield."


"I will direct my prayer, as a marksman directs his arrow to the white; with such a fixedness and steadiness of mind should we address ourselves to God. Or as we direct a letter to a friend at such a place so must we direct our prayers to God as our Father in heaven; and let us always send them by the Lord Jesus, the great Mediator, and then they will be sure not to miscarry. All our prayers must be directed to God; his honour and glory must be aimed at as our highest end in all our prayers. Let our first petition be, Hallowed, glorified, by thy name, and then we may be sure of the same gracious answer to it that was given to Christ himself: I have glorified it, and I will glorify it yet again. (4.) That he will patiently wait for an answer of peace: "I will look up, will look after my prayers, and hear what God the Lord will speak (Ps. lxxxv. 8; Hab. ii. 1), that, if he grant what I asked, I may be thankful—if he deny, I may be patient—if he defer, I may continue to pray and wait and may not faint." We must look up, or look out, as he that has shot an arrow looks to see how near it has come to the mark. We lose much of the comfort of our prayers for want of observing the returns of them. Thus praying, thus waiting, as the lame man looked stedfastly on Peter and John (Acts iii. 4), we may expect that God will give ear to our words and consider them, and to him we may refer ourselves, as David here, who does not pray, "Lord, do this, or the other, for me;" but, "Hearken to me, consider my case, and do in it as seemeth good unto thee." ~ some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this Psalm

Friday, March 26, 2010

A quote for today

"Because man is so welded to the world and dotes upon his lust, all the arguments that we can use are commonly unsuccessful. Therefore I shall add one more upon this sort of motives drawn from the qualifications of Him whom I would fain have you acquainted with...

Consider that He is altogether lovely; He's made of love, goodness and all excellencies...
Ask of them that by faith have seen Him."

James Janeway

"My beloved is... the chiefest among ten thousand......he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend." Song of Solomon 5:10, 16

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Heaven taken by storm....

Some thoughts from the book I just read.....

"...the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
Matthew 11:12

"Jesus Christ went more willingly to the cross than we do to the throne of grace. Had not we need then provoke ourselves to duty?"

"Prayer is a lifting up of the mind and soul to God, which cannot be done aright without offering violence to one-self. The names given to prayer imply violence. It is called wrestling, Gen.32:24. and a pouring out of the soul, 1 Sam. 1:15. Prayer without fervency and violence is no prayer; it is speaking, not praying. -- Lifeless prayer is no more prayer than the picture of a man is a man."


"Faith holds the promise in one hand, and Christ in the other."


"A Christian has no time to lie fallow. He must be either praying or watching, either upon the mount or in the valley, on the mount of faith or the valley of humility."


"Such madness is it to hear men say they are so taken up about the world that they have no time for their souls -Could God find time to think of thy salvation? Could Jesus Christ find time to come into the world, and be here above thirty years in carrying on this great design of thy redemption, and canst thou find no time to look after it? Is the getting a little money that which obstructs this violence for Heaven? Your money will perish with you. Canst thou find time for thy body? time to eat and sleep? and not find time for thy soul? Canst thou find time to use for thy recreation? and no time to use for thy salvation? Canst thou find time for idle visits? and no time to visit the throne of grace? It may be the last time that God will ever speak to us in His word; it may be the last sermon that ever we shall hear; and we may go from the place of hearing, to the place of judging. Did people think thus when they come into the house of God; perhaps this will be the last time that God will counsel us about our souls, the last time that ever we shall see our minister's face, with what devotion would they come! how would their affections be all on fire in hearing? We give great attention to the last speeches of friends. A parent's dying words are received as oracles. Oh let all this provoke us to diligence in hearing!"


"Here is strong consolation to the violent Christian: thou art in the way to the kingdom. Though perhaps thou hast not the joy which some meet with, yet it is happy that thou art in the way. Bless God that while some lie in the total neglect of duty, God hath given thee a heart to seek him, Psalm 105:3. 'Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.' Nay, God hath not only given thee a heart to do duty, but to do duty mixed with love...Wait a while, and thou shalt be possessed of a kingdom. When Moses went up to receive God's commands, he staid six days on the Mount, and on the seventh day God called him Exod. 24:16. Though we wait long, and have not the thing waited for, yet let us continue doing our duty; shortly, God will call us from Heaven, come up hither, and we shall go from the mount of faith to the mount of vision, and behold those glorious things which 'eye hath not seen, nor can it enter into man's heart to conceive.'"

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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