Monday, May 31, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - May 31st


Outside my window...... goats, chickens, a dog.... pouring down rain.

I am thinking...... that I have too much on my mind! Mostly though about something we talked about yesterday, what is more important than bringing God glory, and how can I do that?



I am thankful for.....that God is in control of all things and makes no mistakes.



I am wearing.....a black shirt and black print skirt.


Remembering.....well I have been remembering Becky's wedding all weekend long since I have been working on her wedding scrapbook.


Listening to.......conversation in the next room, the sounds of a thunderstorm outside




I am going.....to spend the day with friends, plus there is unpacking, cooking, shopping, laundry....always plenty to do around here:-)




I am currently reading.....my Bible, and Matthew Henry's commentary on Deuteronomy.




I am hoping...that this week will be quieter than last week!



On my mind..... a number of different verses are running through my mind today ~
"Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day." Psalm 25:4-5

"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it." Isaiah 30:21

"Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings." Psalm 61:1-4
"I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people ...Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good." Psalm 85:8,12

Noticing.....that I often can't have things as organized and planned ahead as I would like, the Lord keeps rearranging my plans.


Pondering these words...something I read in Matthew Henry the other day that was comforting."And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house"...In the name he gave, he owned the divine Providence giving this happy turn to his affairs, and he was made to forget his misery, Job xi. 16. ...We should bear our afflictions when they are present as those that know not but Providence may so outweigh them by after-comforts as that we may even forget them when they are past."



From the kitchen.....the challenge of figuring out 3 meals to feed a crowd of people:-)

Around the house.....lots of laundry and unpacking to do after last week's trip.

One of my favorite things~holding a sleeping baby.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....I don't know! I think we will be getting onto our normal schedule again this week, whatever normal is these days...movie night on Tue, church and a meeting on Wed, I don't know what else.....

From my photo journal ~ a picture of one of the scrapbook pages I created Saturday





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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Psalm 14


The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD.

There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge.

Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.



Friday, May 28, 2010

From Rutherford's Letters....

The last few evenings I've pulled out my copy of Rutherford's Letters and read through it, mainly just favorite parts I had marked in an earlier reading......it is always an encouraging book to read so I thought would share some of it.

"For I trust that you did first contract and bargain with the Son of God to follow Him upon these terms, that by His grace you should endure hardship, and suffer affliction, as the soldier of Christ. They are not worthy of Jesus who will not take a blow for their Master's sake."


"For your afflictions are not eternal; time will end them, and so shall you at length see the Lord's salvation. His love sleeps not, but is still working for you. His salvation will not tarry or linger; and suffering for Him is the noblest cross that is out of Heaven. Your Lord hath the the choice of ten thousand other crosses besides this to exercise you withall; but his wisdom and his love have selected this one for you besides them all; and take it as a choice one and make use of it."


“When ye are come to the other side of the water, and have set down your foot on the shore of glorious eternity, and look back again to the waters and to your wearisome journey, and shall see, in that clear glass of endless glory, nearer to the bottom of God’s wisdom, ye shall then be forced to say, ‘If God had done otherwise with me than He hath done, I had never come to the enjoying of this crown of glory’. It is your part now to believe, and suffer, and hope, and wait on; for I protest, in the presence of that all-discerning eye, who knows what I write and what I think, that I would not want the sweet experience of the consolations of God for all the bitterness of affliction. Nay, whether God come to His children with a rod or a crown, if He come Himself with it, it is well."

"And as to what are your fears.....lay them upon Christ's shoulders: let Him bear all. Loose your grips of them all; and when He pulls let them go with faith and joy."

"It is enough that the Lord has promised you great things, only let the time of bestowing them be in His own carving. It is not for us to set an hourglass to the Creator of time.....Do not argue with your gracious Lord about the fulfilling of your joys. His day is better than your day."

"You are now yourself alone, but you may have, for the seeking, three always in your company, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I trust they are near you."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Today's quote....

All the spirit's operations,
however rough some of them may appear,
are always useful to believers,
and tend to make them fruitful.

To this end the most sharp influences
contribute as well as the more comfortable.


Neither place, parts, nay, nor graces,

will exempt any man from falling.


O believers, what need is there



to be watchful



and humble.



~James Durham



Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Psalm Sing

"Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms." James 5:13

It is no secret to anyone who follows my blog that I love the Psalms, so I was happy when a couple weeks ago Pastor McCurley announced a Psalm Sing. Here are a few pictures from a special evening of singing, eating, and fellowship, and a quote on the Psalms from Calvin.

"Moreover, although The Psalms are replete with all the precepts which serve to frame our life to every part of holiness, piety, and righteousness, yet they will principally teach and train us to bear the cross; and the bearing of the cross is a genuine proof of our obedience, since by doing this, we renounce the guidance of our own affections, and submit ourselves entirely to God, leaving him to govern us, and to dispose of our life according to his will, so that the afflictions which are the bitterest and most severe to our nature, become sweet to us, because they proceed from him."

–John Calvin

The bulletin.

Arrival.....Jenny's sister and her 5 children from the UK are visiting us and this was their first time at GPC. It's easy to see that baby Katie was quite popular:-)

Lily Anne showing off her baby sister to all the little girls at church.

Two pretty sisters!

We gathered for a time of singing.

Another quote from Calvin ~ "Now what Saint Augustine says is true, that no one is able to sing things worthy of God unless he has received them from Him. Wherefore, when we have looked thoroughly everywhere and searched high and low, we shall find no better songs nor more appropriate to the purpose than the Psalms of David which the Holy Spirit made and spoke through him."

Part of my church family.

Sammy looks on from my lap.

Setting out refreshments.

It seems that nearly every GPC gathering includes brownies:-)

A time of fellowship.

Cousins.

Little friends - Daniel and Sammy. The little guy is growing up....he would rather hang out with the other children than be held....a little sad:-(
I did have a triumph though in that I finally got him to say my name - we've been working on it for weeks!

They found a stack of bulletins to play with.

Sharing....so cute! And this wasn't their only sharing....I caught them breaking a cookie in pieces, then feeding each other:-)



Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Strawberries....

Last Saturday the Keepers at Home group gathered for a meeting on food preservation and we all learned how to make strawberry jam.

We met together, made jam, picked strawberries, ate jam and bread, and enjoyed visiting together. I was asked to take pictures......I hope you all enjoy my documentation of the day:-)



Strawberries waiting to be processed.


The Meeting ~

Gathering together.


Mrs. Vernon, our hostess.

Cousins.

The girls.

Preparing to make jam~

Every girl got a basket (which later was to be filled with fresh berries), two jars to fill with jam (one to keep, and one to give as a gift), and a lovely apron that Kerah had made!

Pretty.

The girls loved their aprons:-)

Giving instructions...

Receiving instructions....

Serious little faces.

Hannah and Martha look on.

Adorable.

Making Jam ~

We used LOTS of sugar.

Geneva slicing berries.

Hard at work.

Pureeing berries in the food processor.

Who says work can't be fun?!

Measuring.

Stirring.

All our fingers were stained red:-)

Filling jars.

Even the little ones each filled their own jar.

Emily.

Sophia.

Evidently putting on lids requires a lot of concentration:-)

Labelling...

Each girl put her name on her jars.


The fruits of our labor.....and our snack. Delicious!

Beautiful.

Heading to the Strawberry fields ~
The children were allowed to ride to the field in the back of the truck - they were thrilled:-)

Kerah kindly rode with them.

An adventure!

Emily.

Little friends.

I love this picture - and no, it was not posed:-)

Strawberries.

Picking. This job always results in an aching back or knees......

All done, crashing with cold drinks.
The end of a fun day:-)

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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