Friday, April 30, 2010

In thy light shall we see light.....

Those of you who have been following my blog and facebook for awhile know how much I like the theme of light, so I wanted to share this section on it from my Matthew Henry reading.


"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, and say unto him, When thou lightest the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light over against the candlestick. And Aaron did so; he lighted the lamps thereof over against the candlestick, as the Lord commanded Moses."Numbers 8:1-3


"Aaron... as the people's representative to God, thus did the office of a servant in God's house, lighting his Master's candle; as the representative of God to the people, he thus gave them the intimations of God's will and favour, thus expressed (Ps. 18:28), Thou wilt light my candle; and thus Aaron himself was now lately directed to bless the people, The Lord make his face to shine upon thee, (ch.6: 25), The commandment is a lamp, Prov. 6:23. The scripture is a light shining in a dark place, 2 Pet. 1:19. And a dark place indeed even the church would be without it, as the tabernacle (which had no window in it) without the lamps. Now the work of ministers is to light these lamps, by expounding and applying the word of God. The priest lighted the middle lamp from the fire of the altar, and the rest of the lamps he lighted one from another, which signifies that the fountain of all light and knowledge is in Christ...... and that in the expounding of scripture one passage must borrow light from another. 2. To what end the lamps were lighted, that they might give light over against the candlestick, that is, to that part of the tabernacle where the table stood, with the show-bread upon it, over against the candlestick. They were not lighted like tapers in an urn, to burn to themselves, but to give light to the other side of the tabernacle, for therefore candles are lighted, Matt. 5:15. Note, The lights of the world, the lights of the church, must shine as lights. Therefore we have light, that we may give light."


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pleasing God

"And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Colossians 3:17

Moreover, put no difference between works; but whatsoever cometh into thy hands that do, as time, place, and occasion giveth, and as God hath put thee in degree, high or low. For as touching to please God, there is no work better than another. God looketh not first on thy work as the world doth, as though the beautifulness of the work pleased him as it doth the world, or as though he had need of them. But God looketh first on thy heart, what faith thou hast to his words, how thou believest him, trustest him, and how thou lovest him for his mercy that he hath showed thee: he looketh with what heart thou workest, and not what thou workest; how thou acceptest the degree that he hath put thee in, and not of what degree thou art, whether thou be an apostle or a shoemaker. Set this example before thine eyes. Thou are a kitchen-page, and washest thy master’s dishes; another is an apostle, and preacheth the word of God, for neither that nor this pleaseth, but as far forth as God hath chosen a man, hath put his Spirit in him, and purified his heart by faith and trust in Christ.
~ William Tyndale
( From our catechism class at church this past Lord's day.)


Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Anniversary!

I want to wish a very Happy Anniversary to my dear friends the Es! I have been so blessed by their friendship, and hope they have a wonderful day, and a good trip together.
Pictured at left is me with some of the family.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Blessing

"And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:  The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.  And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them." 
~ Numbers 6:22-27
Observe, 1. That the blessing is commanded upon each particular person: The Lord bless thee. They must each of them prepare themselves to receive the blessing, and then they should find enough in it to make them every man happy. Blessed shalt thou be, Deut 28:3 . If we take the law to ourselves, we may take the blessing to ourselves, as if our names were inserted. 2. That the name Jehovah is three times repeated in it, and (as the critics observe) each with a different accent in the original; the Jews themselves think there is some mystery in this, and we know what it is, the New Testament having explained it, which directs us to expect the blessing from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, each of which persons is Jehovah, and yet they are "not three Lords, but one Lord," 2 Cor 13:14 . 3. That the favour of God is all in all in this blessing, for that is the fountain of all good. (1.) The Lord bless thee! Our blessing God is only our speaking well of him; his blessing us is doing well for us; those whom he blesses are blessed indeed. (2.) The Lord make his face shine upon thee, alluding to the shining of the sun upon the earth, to enlighten and comfort it, and to renew the face of it. "The Lord love thee and cause thee to know that he loves thee." We cannot but be happy if we have God's love; and we cannot but be easy if we know that we have it. (3.) The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee. This is to the same purport with the former, and it seems to allude to the smiles of a father upon his child, or of a man upon his friend whom he takes pleasure in. If God give us the assurances of his special favour and his acceptance of us, this will put gladness into the heart Psalm 4:7-8 4. That the fruits of this favour conveyed by this blessing are protection, pardon, and peace. (1.) Protection from evil, verse 24,The Lord keep thee, for it is he that keeps Israel, and neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4) and all believers are kept by the power of God. (2.) Pardon of sin, verse 25. The Lord be gracious, or merciful, unto thee. (3.) Peace (verse, including all that good which goes to make up a complete happiness.
III. God here promises to ratify and confirm the blessing: They shall put my name upon the children of Israel, verse 27. God gives them leave to make use of his name in blessing the people, and to bless them as his people, called by his name. This included all the blessings they could pronounce upon them, to mark them for God's peculiar, the people of his choice and love. God's name upon them was their honour, their comfort, their safety, their plea. We are called by thy name, leave us not. It is added, and I will bless them. Note, A divine blessing goes along with divine institutions, and puts virtue and efficacy into them. What Christ says of the peace is true of the blessing, "Peace to this congregation," if the sons of peace and heirs of blessing be there, the peace, the blessing, shall rest upon them, Luke 10:5-6 For in every place where God records his name he will meet his people and bless them."
~ From my reading in Matthew Henry

Monday, April 26, 2010

Today's quote


"God hath something to say to us as a friend every day, by the written word, in which we must hear his voice, by his providences, and by our own consciences, and he hearkens and hears whether we have any thing to say to him by way of reply, and we are very unfriendly if we have not."

~ Matthew Henry

My Daybook

For Today - April 26th



Outside my window......it is cloudy.



I am thinking........about a conversation from Friday night with the Es and Pastor. So much to think about, my mind is tired!


I am thankful for....that Caleb and Adri finally have Internet:-)



I am wearing.....a khaki skirt and blue flowered shirt.



Remembering......the Lord's day, the sermons, and catechism class, conversations, etc.



Listening to.......quiet, I can only hear the washing machine. That will change soon once the children are up!




I am going...to take a walk.




I am currently reading.....my Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Numbers and A Lifting Up For The Downcast by William Bridge.



I am hoping....for several different things....too complicated to write down here! ("And I with expectation will hope continually..." Psalm 71:14)



On my mind......my hopes for the future....



Noticing that......the Lord works in mysterious ways....


Pondering these words...."We should not only ask, What must we do, but, What may we do, for the glory and honour of God?: ~ Matthew Henry



From the kitchen.....coffee, then pancakes for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and chili and salad for dinner.



Around the house...the day's work waiting to be started on.



One of my favorite things~ hugs and kisses from little Sammy.


A few plans for the rest of the week.....I think it is going to be a normal week, whatever that is! Working at the Es on Mon, Wed, and Fri, movie night on Tue, shopping on Thurs.I hope to finish a big organizing project at home on Tue as well.



From my picture journal~ I love this picture of Ariel and I helping Adri into her wedding dress. We're all laughing and had no idea the the picture was being taken:-)


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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Psalm 9


"I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at thy presence.
For thou hast maintained my right and my cause; thou satest in the throne judging right.
Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.
O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.
But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
And he shall judge the world in righteousness, he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.
The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.
Have mercy upon me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:
That I may shew forth all thy praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.
The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.
The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Selah.
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.
Arise, O LORD; let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in thy sight.
Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah."


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Random pictures from this weekend.....

I felt like baking on Friday....

...also made pecan pies.

Nothing like gathering fresh eggs to bake with!

Adri sent me this picture of my brothers and sister at a goat show in Georgia - they look like they are having a great time:-)




A Door of Hope....

"....The valley of Achor was the valley of great perturbation, trouble, and of great discouragement, when the men of Israel fled and fell before the men of Ai, for the sin of Achan (Joshua 7:26); yet it was an inlet to the land of Canaan, to the land of rest. Now, says the Lord, see how it was with them: though the valley of Achor was a valley of trouble and perturbation, yet it was the door by which the Israelites came into the land of rest: so shall it be with you; I will make your troubles and discouragements the very door of your hope. The valley of your discouragements shall be the door and inlet unto all your rest and comfort. God takes the same way with the members as He took with their Head; Christ's cross was an inlet of glory. His suffering time was the valley of Achor to His disciples, and was it not a door of hope unto them, and to all the saints? This is God's way; discouragements bring encouragements, the more discouragements the saints have, the more encouragements they shall have. Yea, their discouragements shall contribute to their encouragements and be a door of hope to them. Now if the valley of Achor shall by promise be a door of hope, why should we be discouraged whatsoever our valley of Achor be, whatever our condition be?"
~ From my reading in A Lifting Up For The Downcast by William Bridge

Thursday, April 22, 2010

From my reading this morning......

"Do not fear;
Zion, let not your hands be weak.
The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I will gather those who sorrow over the appointed assembly,
Who are among you,
To whom its reproach is a burden.
Behold, at that time
I will deal with all who afflict you;
I will save the lame,
And gather those who were driven out;
I will appoint them for praise and fame
In every land where they were put to shame.
At that time I will bring you back,
Even at the time I gather you;
For I will give you fame and praise
Among all the peoples of the earth,
When I return your captives before your eyes,”
Says the LORD."
~ Zephaniah 3:16-20

I love these verses and thought I would share a few thoughts from Matthew Henry on them from my reading.......

"Fear thou not, be not disposed to fear, do not easily admit the impressions of it; when things are bad, fear not their being worse, but hope they will mend; frighten not thyself upon every occasion. Let not thy hands be slack or faint; wring not thy hands in despair; drop not thy hands in despondence; disfit not thyself for thy work and warfare by giving way to doubts and fears. Pluck up thy spirits, and, in token of that, lift up thy hands, the hands that hung down, Heb. 12: 12; Isa. 35:3. Lift up thy hands in prayer to God; lift up thy hands to help thyself." Fear makes the hands slack, but faith and hope make them vigorous, and the joy of the Lord will be our strength both for doing and suffering."

"Let us now see what these precious promises are which are here made to the people of God, for the banishing of their griefs and fears and the encouraging of their hopes and joys; and to us are these promises made as well as to them ~

"He is the Lord thy God, thine in covenant, and he is in the midst of thee as thy God, whom thou hast an interest in and whose own thou art. He has put himself into dear relations to thee, laid himself by promise under obligations to thee, and, that thou may have abundant comfort in both, he is in the midst of thee, nigh at hand to answer both." "He that is in the midst of thee as thy God and King is mighty, is almighty, is able to do all that for thee that thou need and can desire.
God will take delight in them, and in doing them good.He will rejoice over thee with joy, will not only be well pleased with thee, upon thy repentance and reformation, and take thee into favour, but will take a complacency in thee, as the bridegroom does in his bride. I know not where there is the like expression of Christ's love to his church, unless in that Song of Songs 4:9, Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse, with one of thy eyes. O the condescensions of divine grace! The great God not only loves his saints, but he loves to love them, is pleased that he has pitched upon these objects of his love. He will joy over them with singing. He that is grieved for the sin of sinners rejoices in the graces and services of the saints, and is ready to express that joy by singing over them. The Lord takes pleasure in those that fear him, and in them Jesus Christ will shortly be glorified and admired."

"God will comfort Zion's mourners, who sympathize with her in her griefs, and will wipe away their tears (v. 18): I will gather those who are sorrowful for the solemn assemblies, to whom the reproach of it was a burden. See who those are whom God will rejoice in and make to rejoice. They are such as are sorrowful. Those only must expect to reap in joy that sow in tears. The sorrowful now shall be for ever joyful."
~ Matthew Henry


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Matthew Henry Commentary Challenge

Since the beginning of this year I have been involved in the Matthew Henry Commentary Challenge with some friends, and just finished going through Leviticus! I have enjoyed this reading so much as it is like having someone "teach" me through every chapter of the Bible, and he brings out things I may not have thought of on my own.

Leviticus was mainly moral and ceremonial laws, and I liked the way the book concluded....."The last verse seems to have reference to this whole book of which it is the conclusion: These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai. Many of these commandments are moral, and of perpetual obligation; others of them, which were ceremonial and peculiar to the Jewish economy, have notwithstanding a spiritual significancy, and are instructive to us who are furnished with a key to let us into the mysteries contained in them; for unto us, by those institutions, is the gospel preached as well as unto them, Heb. 4:2. Upon the whole matter, we may see cause to bless God that we have not come to mount Sinai, Heb.12:18. 1. That we are not under the dark shadows of the law, but enjoy the clear light of the gospel, which shows us Christ the end of the law for righteousness, Rom.10: 4. The doctrine of our reconciliation to God by a Mediator is not clouded with the smoke of burning sacrifices, but cleared by the knowledge of Christ and him crucified. 2. That we are not under the heavy yoke of the law, and the carnal ordinances of it (as the apostle calls them, Heb.9:10), imposed till the time of reformation, a yoke which neither they nor their fathers were able to bear (Acts 15:10), but under the sweet and easy institutions of the gospel, which pronounces those the true worshippers that worship the Father in spirit and truth, by Christ only, and in his name, who is our priest, temple, altar, sacrifice, purification, and all. Let us not therefore think that because we are not tied to the ceremonial cleansings, feasts, and oblations, a little care, time, and expense, will serve to honour God with. No, but rather have our hearts more enlarge with free-will offerings to his praise, more inflamed with holy love and joy, and more engaged in seriousness of thought and sincerity of intention. Having boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with a true heart, and full assurance of faith, worshipping God with so much the more cheerfulness and humble confidence, still saying, Blessed be God for Jesus Christ!"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happy 16th anniversary to Dixie-Does Alpines!

Sixteen years ago my brothers, sister and I brought home two little Alpine doe kids in the back of our station wagon. Fast forward a few years, and the goats had become a big part of our lives providing all of our family's milk, we were breeding and selling registered kids, and showing our does in all the surrounding states at shows and fairs. I have so many good memories of those days.....working together, camping out in barns, exploring at fairs, being silly to stay awake on late night drives.....a lot of fun! Now the goats are kept at my sister's place in Tennessee and though we live far away from one another we do manage to sometimes get together at a show. Here are a few old pictures of my memories of the goats ~


Baby goats.

Antoinette.


Caleb and Primadonna.


Primadonna all grown up.

My favorite goat, Gabby. We had to sell her a few years ago when we cut back on numbers, but she would be 10 now.


And this is why I say South Carolina seems flat! The view driving to a show in West Virginia.


Becky showing Monalisa at the Va State Fair.


No one who knows me will be surprised to know that I spent plenty of time at shows helping out with others babies and toddlers:-) This is Amber who I have fun memories of playing with and carrying around.

Shows can be tiring! Josiah fell asleep and I couldn't resist taking a picture:-)


Jacob in the back of the truck.


Monalisa, our first home bred champion, gets a hug from Becky after winning.


Milking after a show.


It's always fun when friends can get together at shows. Me, Karen, Becky, and Abigail in 2006, at Frederick, Maryland.


Becky and Tannith.

Showing at the 2006 American Dairy Goat National Show in Indianapolis was a really neat experience. Becky, Seth, Caleb, Cephas, and I had so much fun that week:-) We were happy when our Maire placed 8th out of over 60 entries!

"Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household."
~Proverbs 27:23-27

Monday, April 19, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - April 19th


Outside my window.......a beautiful spring day.



I am thinking........that good health is a blessing we take for granted till we get sick....hoping that I start feeling better this week.



I am thankful for....a good friend who is sewing some skirts for me - thanks Kerah:-)




I am wearing.....a flowered skirt and purple shirt.




Remembering.....our communion service yesterday and what a blessing it was.




Listening to.......I'm sitting in the schoolroom listening to Jenny and the Reeders talk.




I am going...to have a busy day, now I'm checking email, next is breakfast, continuing the laundry, and normal Monday work.



I am currently reading...... my Bible, I should finish Matthew Henry's Commentary on Leviticus this week, and I haven't picked up anything else since finishing my last book.



I am hoping...that I don't get sick again for a long time. Two colds in one month is way too many!




On my mind......how long it has been since I have seen my little brothers and sister. I miss them.




Noticing that......life is constantly changing......I made the comment last night that I wanted security, some changes can be hard......was told that what I want is Heaven, it won't happen here, probably true....!



Pondering these words.... "We must always begin with God, begin our lives with him, begin every day with him, begin every meal with him, begin every affair and business with him; seek first the kingdom of God." ~ Matthew Henry



From the kitchen.....bagels and yogurt for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, dinner? I don't know yet...



Around the house...lots of children - 13 of them! - running around playing and having fun together.


One of my favorite things~a new book to read.


A few plans for the rest of the week.....I'm at the Es today, home tomorrow, then a movie night, back at the Es and church on Wed, shopping on Thursday, maybe later this week doing some organizing and cleaning of our storage area at home. We are storing a friends library (lots of new books at my house!), but I still need to get it all set up and put away.


From my picture journal~ a picture of my little brother Elijah on a family vacation a few years ago.


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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Psalm 8

"O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth"


Saturday, April 17, 2010

A quote for today.....

"Here God gives His people some taste that they may not faint;
and He gives them but a taste, that they may long to be at home,
that they may keep humble, that they may sit loose from things below,
that they may not break and despise bruised reeds,
and that Heaven may be more sweet to them at the last."
~Thomas Brooks



Thursday, April 15, 2010

An update

I have just realized it has been more than a month since I posted an update on this blog......where does the time go?! Spring has come to South Carolina, I've enjoyed how much earlier it comes here than it did in Virginia. The pollen has also arrived.....I'm told normal bad pollen levels are about 120, but this year they are at 5,000! As a result we are all coughing, sneezing, itching, and I have laryngitis from coughing so much.

Life has been busy with plenty of excitement mixed in, a wedding is being planned; Seth and Tara are getting married next month! I'm looking forward to all the friends and family I'll get to spend time with that weekend. It is hard to believe that I am going to be attending the third one of my siblings' weddings, all in the space of less than a year!
I'm also looking forward to getting to spend a day with some of my siblings next month at a dairy goat show in Clemson.When we were all younger we used to spend most Fridays and Saturdays doing the show circuit in all the surrounding states so it feels like old times when we all get together at a show......
We've also been working on a move, Jenny's parents are moving in next door, so lots of hauling truckloads of stuff, unpacking, organizing, etc. It's great how the children can run back and forth between the two houses to help out:-)
Other excitement is that Jenny's sister and her five children will be coming from the UK to spend the summer here in South Carolina with us. With 11 children running around I think it is safe to assume that my summer is going to be very busy.
Of course I can't forget my first niece or nephew will be joining us this summer!

I am continuing to be very thankful for my church, Greenville Presbyterian. The Lord has blessed us, we have grown so much since I joined about a year ago, so much so that we have outgrown our meeting place. It is such a blessing to have such a good church to attend, to be under good preaching, and enjoy Christian fellowship.....an answer to many prayers! This week is our communion season so we are praying for the Lord's blessing on that. And while I'm counting my blessings I should also say how thankful I am for where the Lord has placed me, I've found the verse from Psalm 68, "God doth the solitary set in families," to be very true. I'm so blessed to have a second family to be with when my own family is so far away!

And now it is time to get to work which for today involves catching up on housekeeping for my brothers, and grocery shopping. I'll be spending the weekend with the Es helping with overnight guests, we have a communion preparatory service on Saturday, and communion season on the Lord's day. And there you have it, an update on what is going on in my life:-)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Today's thought....

"Here is my counsel; as your day so shall your strength be. One day at a time you live before the face of God, in His grace with the gospel under your feet and the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ at your right hand."
~I really liked this quote from Pastor McCurley's sermon this past Lord's day.

Monday, April 12, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - Monday, April 12th



Outside my window.......
pollen! I'm told this is the worst allergy season South Carolina has experienced in years....however all the new growth and flowers are so pretty!



I am thinking........I can't tell you how many times a day I hear the words, "Miss Stefanie, can I please have a cup of water?" That brought this verse to mind! :-) "And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water.. verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward." Matthew 10:42



I am thankful for.....that I have such good friends. I'm very blessed!



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



Remembering..... a good conversation I had with one of my friends last week about God's providence, tracing all the ways He has worked in my life over the past year, how He has provided.




Listening to.......quiet....I'm not feeling well and haven't started any work yet:-(





I am going... to take a walk, then make breakfast, I'll be working at the Es today.




I am currently reading...... my Bible, Matthew Henry's Commentary on Leviticus, and a couple other things, A Heart Aflame by John Calvin, and The Mystery Of Providence by John Flavel.





I am hoping... that the Lord will answer my prayers, that I can please Him.



On my mind......our upcoming Communion season.




Noticing that......that we are always waiting for something....




Pondering these words...."For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:34. I'm thinking about yesterday's sermon on the passage in Luke 12 about not worrying, but especially about the question Pastor brought up in the point on this verse. Where are our hearts? A hard question which we had good lunchtime conversation about.



From the kitchen.....haven't discussed meals yet.



Around the house....lots to be done, cooking, laundry, schoolwork, and more.



One of my favorite things~my quiet time in the morning with my Bible and a cup of coffee.



A few plans for the rest of the week..... I don't think we have anything special planned for this week so maybe I can use the "extra time" to catch up on my letter writing. I'll be at the Es on all the usual days, movie night with Jenny on Tue, church on Wed, shopping on Thursday, and our communion preparatory service on Saturday evening.


From my picture journal~ a picture of the blooming azaleas in our front yard at home. So pretty - I love flowers!


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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