Wednesday, June 30, 2010

More Heavenly Springs

"If you are filled with the Spirit God will use everything about you, the tones of your voice, even the putting out of your hand."

"Always follow your work with believing prayer."

"Have we not sometimes prayed for blessings then forgotten all about them? Long afterwards the answer to these prayers came. God did not forget them, though we did."

"God is not ashamed to be called our God, but over and above that He hath prepared for us a city, and we may be a sure this city is worthy of God. It will be a city that will make us say, 'Behold how He loved us!'"

" "God gave His only begotten Son.' He gave up the half of His own joy for a time for us."

"It is natural for us to think if we could do some great exploit, or carry through some great piece of self denial, we should be high in the kingdom. But it is not so. It is doing something that nobody sees but the Master Himself, and no one knows but He."

"We say if we could but know something of what Christ did and said these thirty years in Nazareth! Why did He keep silence? To teach us the real nature of obedience. Is it not doing everything under His eye and for Him? He was teaching us not to mind the honor that cometh from man, to be content with the Father's approval. Do we seek to please the Lord thus, not asking, 'What does man think?' but, 'What does my Father in Heaven think?' Is His approval enough for you, though all men should ignore you, or even despise you?"

"If God sends us to do anything for Him we have power, whether we know it or not."

"The Lord never asks us to go where He Himself is not going."

"I think there might be written over every Bible, 'With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.' "

"When Israel reached the other side of the Red sea how surprised must they have been. No river like the Nile flowing through the land, no palm trees laden with dates, no gardens of cucumbers and melons! What was to become of them? They were to learn that God could take other ways and use other means to lead them onward. He took from them all visible means of support, and then He stepped in with the wondrous manna from the skies. When the Lord takes away from His people anything that they used to have, He does not mean to make them unhappy. He wants to make them happy in some other way. He gives them manna instead of bread. Corn is never called, 'The bread of the mighty,' but manna is."

"Sometimes in prayer we are vexed because we have forgotten something. But God allowed us to forget. He wanted us perhaps to attend to something else."

" A believer is not very holy if he is not very kind."

"I think it is a very poor kind of holiness that does not make us care for others."

"Never be perplexed as to the next step; that is the Lord's work."

~ Andrew Bonar

Monday, June 28, 2010

"He is not ashamed to call them brethren.....

"Are the ways of God with you a great deep? Is He enshrouding your path with mystery? Does He in His transactions make Himself strange? Are your expectations blighted, your plans crossed, your purposes baffled, and, on these broken waters, do the fragments of wrecked and disappointed hopes float around you? "Be still! and know that He is God!"

Let this one truth be engraven on your heart- Christ's full, personal, minute knowledge of you, and you have found the secret of all happiness in adversity, joy in sorrow, succor and support when heart and flesh fail you. Jesus knows His brethren. Let me first remind you that Christ's knowledge of His brethren is an eternal knowledge. It is not a knowledge arrived at in time, attained since they had a being. The knowledge of Christ is an eternal knowledge of His Church. He knew them when they were chosen in Him before the foundation of the world. He knew them when the Father gave them to Him to be His peculiar treasure. He knew them wen they were intrusted to His hands to be redeemed, ransomed, and saved. He knew them when He wrote their names in His book of life. He knew them in the everlasting counsels of eternity, when He loved them with an everlasting love.

"He remembers us in our low estate, for His mercy endures forever." "I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinks upon me."
Oh, you have not a desire after Christ, faint though it is, your heart goes not out after Christ, longs for Christ, and rests in Christ, but Christ knows it, and rejoices in it with exceeding great joy. And is it not a delightful thought that Christ is cognizant of the work of His own Spirit in the soul? You may not at times be able to discern that work yourself; so concealed is it by infirmity, unbelief, and the mists that exhale from inbred sin and corruption; nevertheless, here is a truth worth untold gold- Jesus knows His own work, recognizes His own image, and calls us His brethren. The saints may not know it, your dearest friend may not know it, you may not know it yourself, enough that Jesus knows it; He sees the flickering spark which nothing can extinguish, traces the lineaments of His own image which nothing shall efface, and interprets as none other can, the language of our groans, tears, and desires.

It is also a blessed thought that, Jesus knows His brethren individually. Christ does not, as we too frequently ourselves do, lose sight of our individuality. We too imperfectly deal with Jesus personally. We too little bring our individual sorrows, needs, and circumstances to Christ. And yet what a comforting truth is this, and not comforting only, but deeply sanctifying- Christ knows me personally, has my name on His heart, has my position in His mind, has my circumstances in His eye, is acquainted with my individual state in society, with my trials, temptations, sorrows, and wants. Such is His individual and discriminating knowledge, He knows me as if I were the only brother He owns and acknowledges on earth. If you retire to your chamber to brood in solitude and silence over your lonely griefs, perhaps, with the sad thought, "no one knows me, no one sympathizes with me, no one is acquainted with my case, I am like a sparrow alone on the house-top, I pray, and sigh, and groan in lonely places, and no man cares for my soul," oh, beloved, there is One who knows you, knows your name, your position, your griefs, your temptations, your loneliness, who says, "I know their sorrows," it is Jesus, your Joseph, your brother."
~ Octavious Winslow

My daybook

For Today - June 28th

Outside my window...... early morning bright sunshine. While it is not right outside my window, I'm loving all the beautiful Crepe Myrtle that is blooming in SC now.

I am thinking......about the sermon series we just began on the book of Leviticus. I think Pastor got us all excited about going thru this book, I know after reading through Matthew Henry on it that I'm looking forward to it.

I am thankful for.......
that I have good friends I can go to for godly counsel.

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

Remembering.....a conversation I had yesterday with friends about the importance of resting on the Lord's day. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Listening to....conversation in the next room.

I am make breakfast, and do laundry, tho really I am multitasking now, laundry is started, bagels are toasting....

I am currently Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Deuteronomy, and I've been reading in a book I borrowed from a friend, The Fullness of Christ Unfolded In The History Of Joseph. I've just been reading about Joseph in my Bible reading, and he has been on my mind lately so I'm enjoying reading this. Also Heavenly Springs by Andrew Bonar, a book filled with quotes from his diary, letters, and sermons - I really like this one!

I am hoping......that I can get details of my travel plans finalized very soon.

On my mind......"Rejoicing with those who rejoice."

Pondering these words....."There is reward for thinking upon His name (Malachi 3:16). That is a quiet way of serving God that is open to everyone."

Noticing that.....actions speak much louder than words.

Around the house....
.another busy Monday.

One of my favorite things~
when someone notices a need for help and pitches in without being asked.

A few plans for the rest of the week .....This is going to be such a busy week! It should begin as normal, but I have two trips to prepare for, helping the Es get ready to go to Arkansas, and I'm going to spend a few days in Virginia and Maryland visiting friends and relatives. So much to do, but it will be fun:-)

From my photo journal ~ I love this picture I took of Katie.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Psalm 18 part one

"I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.

The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.

Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.

There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.

And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.

The LORD also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.

Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.

Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.

He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.

They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.

For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.

I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.

Therefore hath the LORD recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;

With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.

For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks."

Saturday, June 26, 2010

What a way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Living Forever

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" ~ John 11:25-26

At our Wednesday night services we have been studying the doctrine of Heaven which has been so good! I've learned so much at our prayer meetings over the past year or so as we have studied different doctrines, sin, faith, adoption, etc, etc. Anyway I wanted to share this sermon which I found to be very encouraging, and would recommend going back and listening to the first three in the series as well.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Heavenly Springs

Yesterday I picked up this book that I borrowed from a friend and read through almost half of it in one sitting! Here are a few quotes from my reading....

"All we get is not got by praying. We often get a great deal we never ask for. There are some blessings which are altogether His giving."

"The more you have of the wisdom and knowledge of God, the more you will attend to duty."

"There is reward for thinking upon His name (Malachi 3:16). That is a quiet way of serving God that is open to everyone."

"Live one day at a time, no more. It is the burden of one day that the Lord carries. 'Give us this day our daily bread.'"

"We are to be rewarded not only for work done, but for burdens borne, and I am not sure but the brightest rewards will be for those who have borne burdens without murmuring."

" 'This is my beloved Son, hear Him.' It was worthwhile opening Heaven to utter these words."

" 'They that feared the Lord spake often to one another, and the Lord...heard.' He listened, and He marked down the attendance, to be put in His book of remembrance. A congregation of true worshippers is just a congregation of those who think upon the Lord."

"God fills our hands with work, but He does not overburden us. When we are overburdened it is time for us to stop."

"I see that faith is high just when thoughts about our Lord himself are high and great and satisfying. It was thus with the centurion, and he went away with his prayer fully granted."

"Some anxious souls may wish that Christ had given us a definition of faith. But He does not. He says, "Have it,' but He does not explain what it is. He wants us to look up, and not in - to look at the object of faith, and not to the act of faith."

"Those who have real love to Christ always wish they had more."

My new computer!

I am happy to share the news that I now finally own my own computer! Something I have been looking forward to for awhile now... Last night while doing our regular weekly grocery shopping Jenny and I fit in a not so quick visit to Best Buy. At first glance the decisions were overwhelming, but after looking at price tags it got simpler..... I ended up choosing a Dell Inspiron which seemed to be the best option for what I needed in my price range. Then the fun of bringing it home and setting up (or maybe I should say headache, getting virus protection on certainly was). It's too bad we didn't get a picture, I was on the couch with my laptop downloading programs, and Jenny's laptop checking my email since I didn't want to wait;-)

I really am very happy to have a computer, and one I can easily transport between both houses. And now I'm going to go back to setting up......Hope you all have a good day!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hannah and I.....

Hannah and I were taking pictures of each other as we left for church this week:-) She is so cute - I love taking pictures of her.

Hannah's photography:-)

Below are a few pictures of Hannah's new haircut ~

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning....

Usually when God intends the greatest mercy to any of his people he brings them into the lowest condition. God seems to go quite across and work in a contrary way: when he intends the greatest mercy to his people he usually first brings them into very low conditions. If it is a bodily mercy, an outward mercy that he intends to bestow, he brings them physically low, and outwardly low, if it is a mercy in their possessions that he intends to bestow, he brings them low in that and then raises them; and in their reputations, he brings them low there, and then raises them; and in their spirits God ordinarily brings their spirits low and then raises their spirits. Usually the people of God, before the greatest comforts, have the greatest affliction and sorrows. Now those who understand God's ways think that when God brings his people into sad conditions, he is leaving and forsaking them, and that God does not intend any great good to them. But a child of God, who is instructed in this way of God, is not troubled, "My condition is very low," he says, "but this is God's way when he intends the greatest mercy, to bring men under the greatest afflictions." When he intended to raise Joseph to be second in the kingdom, God cast him into a dungeon a little before. So when God intended to raise David and set him upon the throne, he made him to be hinted as a partridge in the mountains. (1 Samuel 26:20). God dealt this way with his Son: Christ himself went into glory by suffering (Hebrews 2:10); and if God so deals with his own Son, much more with his own people. A little before daybreak you will observe it is darker than it was any time before, so God will make our condition a little darker before the mercy comes.
Be instructed in this course and the way God is accustomed to walk in and that will greatly help us to contentment.

~ The Rare Jewel Of Christain Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Walking with God

"It should be the great care of a Christian to observe what are God's ways towards him: What is God about to do with me at this time? Is God about to raise me, to comfort me? Let me accept God's goodness, and bless His name; let me join with the work of God, when He offers mercy to me, to take the mercy He offers. But again, is God about to humble me? Is God about to break my heart, and to bring my heart down to Him? Let me join with God in this work of His: this is how a Christian should walk with God. It is said that Enoch and Noah walked with God - walked with God, what is that? It is, to observe what work God is now about, and to join with God in that work of His, so that, according as God turns this way or that way, the heart should turn with God, and have workings suitable to the workings of God towards him."

~ Jeremiah Burroughs

Monday, June 21, 2010

My daybook...

For Today - June 21st

Outside my window......home, I'm back from after a week down in Augusta.

I am thinking......of this verse in 2 Thessalonians that I read in my Bible reading the other morning. "Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ."

I am thankful for.......that one year ago this week I joined Greenville Presbyterian - I'm so blessed to be a part of this church.

I am wearing..... a jean skirt and pink shirt.

Remembering..... my crazy van ride home from Augusta with the Es on Friday night, all being silly trying to stay awake!

Listening to.....Emily vacuuming.

I am going..... change out my earrings, I've finally finished out 6 weeks with my starter pair. Though if you want to get technical, I cheated and changed them yesterday:-)

I am currently Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Deuteronomy, and I've been rereading some in The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. As a side note let me just say that I think everyone should read this book, it will change the way you think.....

I am hoping...... that my prayers will be answered. That I can "Trust God and do the next thing."

On my mind...... These verses I came across in my reading on contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs. It makes you think about how much the Lord hates a complaining, bad, unthankful attitude."Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee: Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things." Deuteronomy 28:45,47
Pondering these words

Around the house..... laundry to be done, and much more.

One of my favorite things~organization!

A few plans for the rest of the week .....Probably just normal work, though I hope to get in a visit with a friend, and I have a letter to write, I'm going to spend a day with my sister in law getting our hair done, etc, then there will be a movie night, church, shopping.....Maybe I can even get back to my scrapbook which I haven't touched in weeks.

From my photo journal ~ this picture speaks for itself!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Psalm 17

"Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.

Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.

Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.

I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;

Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness."

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Verses from Psalm 71

"But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.

My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.

I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.

Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!

Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.

My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.

My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt. "

Thursday, June 17, 2010

A quick update.....

Hello from Augusta, South Carolina! I'm spending the week staying with Mr. E's aunt who just had surgery. This has been quite a change of pace for me, going from a household of sometimes 6, sometimes 11 children, and all the needs, noise, etc, produced by those children, to a house with only two adults! I'm enjoying the chance to relax, visit, read, write letters, watch the food network, and even do some's been fun, but I'm sure I'll be glad to see the Es again tomorrow evening when they come to take me home.

The week had an interesting beginning. Monday morning Jenny, Joseph, and I headed off on the couple hour trip to Augusta. I was yawning and sleepy because I had stayed up too late the night before, then got up early to pack and get a couple loads of laundry done before I left. Jenny was yawning even more than me.....thinking back it occurred to her that she had accidentally taken her sleeping medicine that morning! The two of us couldn't stop laughing when we realized that and decided a stop for coffee was a priority:-) I'm happy to say we stopped for coffee, and made it safely here! Since then all has gone well.....Thanks for driving me, Jenny!

I'll end with some verses that have been running through my mind this week, and hopefully, Lord willing, will be back to more regular posts next week.

"Ye that fear the Lord praise him, all ye the seed of Jacob glorify Him; and fear Him all the seed of Israel. For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid His face from him; but when he cried unto Him, He heard. My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear Him. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek Him: your heart shall live forever. All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee....they shall come and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done this."
~Psalm 22:23-27, 31

Monday, June 14, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - June 14th

Outside my window...... a warm summer day that is going to be hot later. We should hit the mid 90s today.

I am thinking......about the trip I am planning on the 4th of July weekend - I'm looking forward to spending time with friends and family.

I am thankful for.......that I got to go to church yesterday - my travel plans got switched and I'm leaving today instead of Saturday, as originally planned. Also for friends who take the time to listen and give me good advice, I'm very blessed.

I am wearing.....a jean skirt, and pink shirt.

Remembering..... the movie we watched on Sat night. It was on the teen channel and mainly set in a high school which all seemed so foreign to me after being homeschooled. It made me feel even more firmly than before that if the Lord gives me children I want to homeschool them!

Listening to.......the washer and dryer, and coffee brewing. I love being up early when the house is still quiet:-)

I am leave in a little while for Augusta where I am going to be spending a few days with Mr E's aunt who is recovering from surgery. Also going to say goodbye to you all as I am going to be without a computer for the next few days....Yes, I CAN do it, and it will probably be good for me:-) But I will miss you all!

I am currently Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Deuteronomy, and I've been rereading some in The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs.

I am hoping...... that I can get my own computer soon.....does anyone have any suggestions for what would be good for me, good deals, etc? Thanks!

On my mind...... These verses from Joel 2 that we read in church yesterday ."Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things....And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten...And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed."

Pondering these words....."Let me consider what is the duty of my present circumstances, and content my heart with this, and say, 'Well, though I am in a low position, yet I am serving the counsels of God in these circumstances where I am; it is the counsel of God that has brought me into these circumstances that I am in, and I desire to serve the counsel of God in these circumstances.' "
~ Jeremiah Burroughs

From the kitchen..... I have laundry going, we probably will pack up some food for our trip, and I think leftovers for dinner.

Around the house..... right now it is pretty quiet, but soon there will be all the commotion of getting ready for our trip. Jenny is driving me to Augusta.

One of my favorite things~ when we all eat dinner together:-)

A few plans for the rest of the this point I don't know what my week looks like. I'm leaving in a little while, and will probably be back mid week, but don't know for sure. It's all Lord willing....

From my photo journal ~ a picture of my brother and I.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Psalm 16

"Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;

But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.

I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Making jewelry....

This afternoon we had a girl time where we, Jenny, Patti, Beka, Lily, Emily, Hannah, Katie, and I got together and I taught them how to make memory wire bracelets. The guys were all surprised to find out that I own a pair of pliers, of course they are girly pink jewelry making pliers, but still pliers.....:-) We had a lot of fun designing our own jewelry, and everyone made at least one bracelet. Patti and I even made me a couple pairs of earrings! Fun:-)

Thanks to Jenny for helping me load these pictures on her computer. I haven't figured out how to edit on here yet, but at least I put up some pictures again!

Cousins, beads, and jewelry designing.....

Katie looks on and wishes she was big enough to join in on the fun. Her cousin Hannah made her a bracelet of her own though:-)
Jenny trying out the wrapping memory wire around her foot method....this was how my little sister always did it:- )

Beka, Hannah, and Patti.

Hannah showing me her bracelets:-)

Lily and Emily working on bracelets. Lily is wearing her first one she made, for some reason we all forgot to get good pictures of the finished product:-(

"Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?"

I pick up this book again sometimes to reread sections of it, and this is what I came across last night......

"When things don't fall out according to expectation, when the tide of second cause runs so low that we see little in outward means to support our hopes and hearts, then the heart begins to reason as did he in 2 Kings 7:2 "If the Lord should open the windows of heaven how should this be?" We never consider that God can open the eyes of the blind with clay and spittle, He can work above, beyond, and even contrary to means. He often makes the fairest flowers of men's endeavors to wither and brings improbable things to pass, in order that the glory of the undertaking may be given to Himself. Indeed, if His people stand in need of miracles to bring about their deliverance, miracles fall as easily from Gods hands as to give His people daily bread. God's blessing many times is a secret from His servants so that they do not know from which way it is coming, as "Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain, yet the valley shall be filled with water" (2 Kings 3:17). God would have us to depend on Him thought we do not see how the thing may be brought about; otherwise we do not show a quiet spirit. Though an affliction is on you, do not let your heart sink under it. So far as your heart sinks and you are discouraged under affliction, so much you need to learn this lesson of contentment."

                                                ~ Jeremiah Burroughs

Friday, June 11, 2010

From my reading....

"He has great possessions. Heaven and earth are his, and all the hosts and stars of both. Therefore he is able to bear us out in his service, and to make up the losses we sustain in discharging our duty to him. And yet therefore he has no need of us, nor any thing we have or can do; we are undone without him, but he is happy without us, which makes the condescensions of his grace, in accepting us and our services, truly admirable. Heaven and earth are his possession, and yet the Lord's portion is his people. Consider the goodness and grace of God, and therefore love him, and from that principle serve and obey him. His goodness is his glory as much as his greatness.  He is good to all. Whomsoever he finds miserable, to them he will be found merciful: He executes the judgment of the fatherless and widow. It is his honour to help the helpless, and to succour those that most need relief and that men are apt to do injury to, or at least to put a light upon. See Ps. 68: 4, 5; 146: 7, 9.  But truly God is good to Israel in a special obligations to him: "He is thy praise, and he is thy God. Therefore love him and serve him, because of the relation wherein he stands to thee. He is thy God, a God in covenant with thee, and as such he is thy praise," that is. "He puts honour upon thee; he is the God in whom, all the day long, thou mayest boast that thou knowest him, and art known of him. If he is thy God, he is thy glory."
~ Matthew Henry

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Currently reading....

                                "Even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Peter 3:4

 Now the way prescribed for the attainment of meekness is to ask for it. Ask it of God, pray for it. It is a fruit of the Spirit; it is given by the God of all grace, and to Him we must go for it. It is a branch of that wisdom which he that, "lacketh must ask of God" and "it shall be given him" (James 1:5). The God we address is called "The God of patience and consolation" (Romans 15:5), and he is therefore the "God of patience" (for the more patient we are, the more we are comforted under our afflictions), and as such we must look to Him when we come to Him for grace to make us like-minded, that is meek and loving towards one another, which is the errand the apostle there comes upon to the throne of grace. God's people are, and should be, a generation of seekers, who covet the best gifts and make their court to the best giver who never said to the wrestling Jacob "Seek in vain." Rather He has given us an assurance firm enough to build upon, and rich enough to encourage ourselves with: "Seek and ye shall find." What would we more? Seek meekness, and ye shall find it.
                                                         ~ Matthew Henry

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A quick update....

This picture sadly explains why there have been no new pictures posted on this blog recently.The computer I have been using at home is "locked up" and won't work:-( I'm still waiting it find out if it can be fixed, and looking forward to the day when I can have my own computer.

Other than that all is well here. Joshua has left to spend the summer in Tennessee working with my sister and brother in law - Greenville misses him.

We're waiting on the news of Becky's baby - it's due in just a week!

I'm keeping busy going back and forth between my house and the Es, though I never know for sure which house to call home:-). Having a baby here for the summer is a fun change; little Katie is adorable!

I also want to wish a happy birthday to my youngest brother, Elijah. He was 7 years old yesterday. I miss you!

And there is a quick update for you......I hope everyone has a good day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Praising God....

"It is good to sing praises unto our God (Psalm 1471)

It is bad when the tongue (that organ of praise) is

out of tune and jars by murmuring and discontent.

But it is a good thing to be thankful. It is good,

because this is all a creature can do to lift up God's name;

and it is good because it tends to make us good.

The more thankful we are, the more holy.

While we pay this tribute of praise,

our stock of grace increases.

In other debts, the more we pay, the less we have;

but the more we pay this debt of faithfulness,

the more grace we have."

~ Thomas Watson

Monday, June 7, 2010

Some thoughts from my reading this morning...

"It is very good for us to remember all the ways both of God's providence and grace, by which he has led us hitherto through this wilderness, that we may be prevailed with cheerfully to serve him and trust in him. Here let us set up our Ebenezer."

"God suffered them to hunger, and the fed them with manna, that the extremity of their want might make the supply the more acceptable, and God's goodness to them therein the more remarkable. God often brings his people low, that he may have the honour of helping them."

"He proved them, whether they could trust him to provide for them when means and second causes failed. Thus he taught them to live in a dependence upon Providence, and not to perplex themselves with care what they should eat and drink, and wherewithal they should be clothed. Christ would have his disciples learn the same lesson."

"This they must consider in their heart, that is, they must own it from their own experience that God had corrected them with a fatherly love, for which they must return to him a filial reverence and compliance. Because God has chastened thee as a father, therefore thou shalt keep his commandments. This use we should make of all our afflictions; by them let us be engaged and quickened to our duty."

"Those that bear the inconveniences of an afflicted state with patience and submission, are humbled by them and prove well under them, are best prepared for better circumstances."

"But we are basely ungrateful if the better God is to us the worse we are to him. "Forget not God's former dealings with thee. Thy deliverance out of Egypt. The provision he made for thee in the wilderness, that great and terrible wilderness."

~ Matthew Henry on Deuteronomy chapter 8

My Daybook

For Today - June 7th

Outside my window...... sunny and warm.

I am thinking...... about the trip I am trying to plan.

I am thankful for.....God's promises....."Surely that which concerneth me the Lord will perfect make." Psalm 138:8

"Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me." Isaiah 49:15-16

I am wearing.....a brown and blue print skirt and blue shirt.

Remembering.....past mercies....this sermon and how it got me thinking and turned my life around nearly a year and a half ago.

Listening to.......quiet, everyone else is asleep.

I am take a walk, make a phone call, get the children breakfast, do laundry, the list goes on......

I am currently Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Deuteronomy, and A Quest For A Meek and Quiet Spirit by Matthew Henry.

I am hoping...that the Lord will make what I should do very clear to me.

On my mind..... .....these verses we sang yesterday from Psalm 106, "But soon did they His mighty works forget unthankfully, And on His counsel and His will did not wait patiently.....He gave them what they sought, but to their soul He leaness sent."

Pondering these words.....from my reading the other day on Moses asking to go into the promised land....."he was touched with an earnest desire to go over himself, which expresses itself not in any passionate and impatient complaints, or reflections upon the sentence he was under, but in humble prayers to God for a gracious reversing of it. I besought the Lord. Note, We should never allow any desires in our hearts which we cannot in faith offer up to God by prayer; and what desires are innocent, let them be presented to God. We have not because we ask not. God quieted the spirit of Moses under the decree that had gone forth by that word. Let it suffice thee. With this word, no doubt, a divine power went to reconcile Moses to the will of God, and to bring him to acquiesce in it. If God does not by his providence give us what we desire, yet, if by his grace he makes us content without it, it comes much to one. "Let it suffice thee to have God for thy father, and heaven for thy portion, though thou hast not every thing thou wouldest have in this world. Be satisfied with this, God is all-sufficient." He put an honour upon his prayer in directing him not to insist upon this request: Speak no more to me of this matter. It intimates that what God does not think fit to grant we should not think fit to ask, and that God takes such a pleasure in the prayer of the upright that it is no pleasure to him, no, not in any particular instance, to give a denial to it." ~ Matthew Henry

From the kitchen..... I'm doing meal planning and cooking since Jenny is on non food diet for 10 days. I think we are going to do chili tonight, and I'm putting together lasagna for tomorrow night too.

Around the house..... plenty of work to do.

One of my favorite things~ Lord's day evenings.

A few plans for the rest of the week..... my week is kind of up in the air right now. I should be here on my normal schedule for the beginning of the week, I have a phone date on Tue, then I may be spending a few days down in Georgia.

From my photo journal ~ Katie! She's so cute:-)


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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