Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sammy

I spent a few hours babysitting Sammy today - it's always fun to spend time with the little guy:-)

We played...

Sammy and his teddy bear.

We read books together...



A tired little guy.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Dessert!

Emily helped me make dessert this morning! We are getting ready for guests - family is coming to visit this weekend - a great excuse to make a special meal that includes dessert:-).


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ladies night out.....

Last night a group of friends and I enjoyed a "ladies night out" - we met at Chick Fil A for dinner...

Katie, the youngest member of our group, enjoyed the fries we shared with her.

Talking to Katie.

So cute!

Kara joined us when we got to Cato.

Abigail - one of the younger members of our group.

Good times!

Mirror, mirror on the wall...

Mrs. B watched Katie and was the "fashion police" for us as we tried things on:-)

My favorite kind of shopping.

Sisters being silly together:-)


Having fun...

Talking by the dressing rooms...

Shopping...

I went to Jenny, and trying to act serious, told her I needed help choosing which pair of earrings to buy:-)

We had fun trying on cute shoes....


Pretty!

This picture is hilarious - me trying to balance in a pair of stiletto heels. I felt so tall, was probably 5 foot, 6 or 7, and gained a new respect for women who can actually get around in them.

Lining up to pay...

Kara took this group picture in front of the store.

All of us together - we got Abigail to take this one. The end of a fun night!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Faithfulness

"When the Lord comes to reward, He does not examine what work men and women have been exercised in, but what their faithfulness has been. "Well done, good and faithful servant," said the Lord; he does not say, "Well done, good servant, for you have been faithful to me in public works, ruling cities and states, and affairs in kingdoms, and therefore you shall be rewarded." No, but, "well done, good and faithful servant." Now you may be faithful in a little as well as others are in more, by going on and working your days labor.....you may be as faithful in this as those who rule a kingdom. God looks to a man's faithfulness, and you may have as great reward for your faithfulness who are a poor servant in the kitchen all day, as another who sits upon the throne all day....the Lord does not so much look at the work being done, as as the faithfulness of our hearts doing it. Then why should not every one of us go on comfortably and cheerfully in our low condition, for why may I not be as faithful as another? It is true I cannot come to be as rich a man and as honorable as others; but I may be as faithful as any other man: every one of you may reason thus with yourselves. What hinders you who are the poorest from being as faithful as the greatest? Yes, you may have as glorious a crown in Heaven, and therefore go on comfortably and cheerfully in your way."

~ Jeremiah Burroughs


Monday, July 26, 2010

Comfort in Sorrow

This afternoon during nap time I read this little book, Comfort In Sorrow by Robert Murray McCheyne. It was really good, going through the story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus in John 11, verse by verse. I shared a few parts below that "stood out" to me....


"Lord, he whom thou lovest is sick"
John 11:3
They lay the object at his feet and leave it there. They do not say, "Come and heal him, come quickly, Lord." They know His love, they believe His wisdom. They leave the case in His hands: "Lord, He whom thou lovest is sick." They did not plead, but let their misery plead for them. Learn that urgency in prayer does not so much consist in vehement pleading, as in vehement believing. He who believes most the love and power of Jesus will receive the most in prayer.

"This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." John 11:4
It brings out graces that cannot be seen in a time of health. It is the treading of the grapes that brings out the sweet juices of the vine; so it is affliction that draws forth submission, weanedness from the world, and complete rest in God. Use afflictions while you have them.

"When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was" John 11:6
He sees the end from the beginning. Known unto Him are all his works from the foundation of the world....He saw when Lazarus died, but the future was before Him as well. He knew what he would do, that the grave would yield up his dead, and that He would soon turn their weeping into songs of rejoicing. Therefore He stayed where He was, just because he was God. So, when Christ delays to help His saints now, you think this is a great mystery, you cannot explain it, but Jesus sees the end from the beginning. Be still and know that Christ is God.
If Christ seems to tarry past the time that He has promised; wait for Him, for He will come, and will not tarry. He has good reason for it, whether you can see it or not. And never forget that He loves even when He tarries. He loved the Syrophoenician woman even when He answered her not a word....Wait on the Lord, it is good to wait for Christ.

"Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." John 11:11
Learn to search patiently into the meaning of Christ's words.....and go to Him for light. When you are reading in a dark room, and come to a difficult part, you take it the window to get more light. So take your Bibles to Christ.

"And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him." John 11:15
Christ orders all events for his glory. Learn that if you are His, He will work all things together for your good and His own glory. Learn to trust Him, then, in the dark, in the darkest frowns of providence, in the most painful delays. Learn to wait upon Him. "It is good for a man both to hope and to quietly wait for the salvation of God." He is good to the soul that waits for Him.

"Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God." John 11:27
This shows how faith and love spring up in the heart. Some of you seek for faith much in the same way as you would dig a well. You turn the eye inward upon yourself and search your heart to find if faith is there; you search amid all your feelings at sermons and sacraments to see if faith is there; and still you find nothing but sin and disappointment.
Learn Martha's plan. She looked full in the face of Jesus....she drank in His word: "I am the resurrection and the life'" and in spite of all she saw and felt, she could not but believe....Faith comes by hearing the voice of Jesus.

"And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always." John 11:42
Get alone with God. Spend as much time alone with God as you can every day; and then, in sudden temptations and afflictions, you will be able to lift your heart easily even among the crowd to your father's ear.


My Daybook

For Today -July 26th

Outside my window......another hot summer day. It's been so hot and dry here.

I am thinking......about this verse from Psalm 4 that we sang in family worship recently,"Upon my heart, bestowed by thee, more gladness I have found Than they, even then, when corn and wine did most with them abound."

I am thankful for.......working internet!....and I spoke too soon. Right after I wrote that I lost my connection:-( But overall it has been working much better lately.

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

Remembering.....this verse we talked about last night, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly...for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him." ~Matthew 6:6,8

Listening to.....the washer and dryer, the sounds of the children watching a movie.

I am going....to be tired today, I stayed up talking till almost midnight last night.

Noticing that....I feel in the mood to do some cooking.

I am currently reading.....my Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Joshua, and The Glory of Christ by John Owen. Last Tuesday I had the fun of going on a "book hunt" out in our shed.....I'm storing two different friends' libraries right now and am free to borrow and read any of the books. I was thinking the Lord really does provide all our needs, even giving me access to so many good books to read!

I am hoping......"According as the days have been, wherein we grief have had, And years wherein we ill have seen, so do thou make us glad." Psalm 90:15

On my mind......a thought brought up in family worship and in a conversation recently. We read in Matthew 21 about the multitudes crying, "Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest", then at least some of those same people, just a short time later were saying, "Crucify Him." The question that brings to mind is, do our actions match what we say? I can post great stuff on here, but what good does it do if I'm not living it?

Pondering these words.......a quote from Matthew Henry we talked about when we were driving home from church yesterday -- "...here Solomon shows the hand of God in all these changes; it is he that has made every creature to be that to us which it is."

Around the house....I'm doing laundry, and about to go take my walk.

One of my favorite things~my church.

A few plans for the rest of the week .....it's going to be a busy week! A normal day today, as far as I know, tomorrow is my day off at home, then in the evening instead of our normal movie night Jenny and I are meeting up with several other ladies from church at Cato for some shopping. I'll try to post some pictures on here later:-). Then all our normal work, piano lessons, church, menu planning, grocery shopping.....Mr E's parents are coming to visit at the end of the week, and we have a birthday party on Saturday.

From my photo journal ~I've been "playing" with some photo editing recently and made this wallpaper for my computer using a favorite verse.


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Psalm 21


"The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.

He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.

His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.

For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.

Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee.

Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them.

Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.

For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.

Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power."



Saturday, July 24, 2010

Keepers at home - cake decorating

Today was the monthly Keepers at Home meeting which I try to go along and help out at when I can. This month we had the opportunity to learn about cake decorating from Jenny's sister Patti. Jenny, Patti, and I had baked several batches of little cakes the day before -- all ready for the girls to try their hand at decorating. I was chosen as "official photographer" for the day (and babysitter:-) so the picture at left is of me with my camera taken by our hostess, Kara. She, with her husband, opened up their home not only to us, but to the church's group for boys, Contenders of the Faith, as well. The guys met in the front yard (see some pictures further down in this post), then we all got together at the end for cake and some time for the adults to visit, and children to play. We had a fun time together!

Cousins in the van ready to leave. There are no words to describe our van trip, 11 children, 2 moms, 1 grandmother, and me, curvy country roads, lots of noise, and carsickness....yet in the midst of all that I was thinking, someday we'll look back on this as "the good old days!"

Gathering for the Keepers at home meeting.

Most of the girls!

Kara, our hostess.

Patti, the teacher.

Icing.

Colored icing.

Hannah.

Emily.

Genna.

Zoe.

HannahGrace.

Icing a cake with a little help.

Another Hannah:-)

Lily-Ann.

Abigail.

This picture needs no caption...

Hannah gets some help.

I watched Katie along with taking pictures - here she is after getting into the icing - so cute.

Decorating cakes.

I caught Emily licking icing:-)

Grace shows off her finished cake to me - so pretty.

The girls' hard work....all finished.

All eleven cakes!

Contenders of the Faith meeting

Pastor teaching the Contenders self defense, fighting, or something like that....

I'm not sure what is going on here...

I must admit taking pictures of their class was far more interesting.....:-)

A favorite little contender:-)

Robert.

The cake Patti made for our snack!

Everyone -Keepers and Contenders - got together for cake at the end...and this is the last of the pictures because I was too busy helping little ones eat to take anymore:-)


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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