Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What we love we love to think of....

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I recently reached Psalm 119 in my Matthew Henry reading and spent several days going through it, picking up and reading on when I had time....I've always loved reading through this Psalm, but found it especially helpful and encouraging to get MH's thoughts on it. I think there must be something for someone in every circumstance somewhere in these verses and I don't know how you could read it without being made to love the Lord and the Bible more! As MH says in the introduction:

 "He that shall read it considerately, it will either warm him or shame him." 

Below I shared some of my favorite quotes from my reading. I hope they'll encourage others and maybe inspire you to pick up the commentary as well:-).



"He was despised and abused for his strictness and zeal in religion; so that it was for God's name's sake that he suffered reproach, and therefore he could with the more assurance beg of God to appear for him. The reproach of God's people, if it be not removed now, will be turned into the greater honour shortly."

"In every doubtful case let me know what thou wouldst have me to do, let me hear the word behind me, saying, This is the way, walk in it."

"We must never shrink from any duty, nor let slip an opportunity of doing good, for fear of the reproach of men, or their revilings. The traveler goes on his way though the dogs bark at him. Those can bear but little for Christ that cannot bear a hard word for him."

"No care nor grief should drive God's word out of our minds, or hinder our comfortable relish of it and converse with it. Nor must we ever think the worse of the ways of God for any trouble we meet with in those ways, nor fear being losers by our religion at last, however we may be losers for it now."

"He did not affect to be seen of men in it, but gave thanks in secret, where our heavenly Father sees. He had praised God in the courts of the Lord's house, and yet he will do it in his bed-chamber. Public worship will not excuse us from secret worship."

"Those that have read, and believe, David's Psalms and Solomon's Ecclesiastes, cannot but prefer the word of God far before the wealth of this world."

"It is easier to own, in general, that God's judgments are right, than to own it when it comes to be our own case; but David subscribes to it with application, "Even my afflictions are just and kind."

"Whatever our outward condition is we must not cool in our affection to the word of God, nor let that slip out of our minds; no care, no grief, must crowd that out. As some drink and forget the law (Prov. xxxi. 5), so others weep and forget the law; but we must in every condition, both prosperous and adverse, have the things of God in remembrance; and, if we be mindful of God's statutes, we may pray and hope that he will be mindful of our sorrows, though for a time he seems to forget us."

"His converse with God's law, and his meditations on it, were his delightful entertainment in solitude and sorrow. A Bible is a pleasant companion at any time if we please."

"What we love we love to think of."

"Though our eyes fail, yet God's word does not, and therefore those that build upon it, though now discouraged, shall in due time see his salvation."

"This is our comfort, when we pray in the night, that we can never come unseasonably to the throne of grace; for we may have access to it at all hours. Baal may be asleep, but Israel's God never slumbers, nor are there any hours in which he may not be spoken with."

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Serving Christ....

At family worship yesterday morning (I join the Es when I'm with them) the subject of hospitality and Christian service came up, not only doing it, but how it needs to come from the heart, we can't give but do it with a grudging attitude and still please the Lord. .....That got me thinking, not about the big important jobs that everyone sees and we get noticed and appreciated for doing, but the little stuff. The things that nobody really wants to do, or maybe even notices unless if it doesn't get done. The stuff that everyone thinks somebody else can do it. Or the jobs that take us out of our comfort zone, something we would really rather not have to do.

The thing is I've found in these situations that when I do try to help to the best of my ability that the Lord is there to help. He doesn't leave us! It's also so encouraging to remember that when I'm struggling that He is praying for me. And when I say try, I don't just mean physically doing the work, but squelching mental complaints, and not allowing self pity. Another helpful thing piece of advice I've received especially for when I'm doing something for someone who may have hurt me and I don't particularly want to be helping them is to be mentally doing the job for Jesus. Washing Jesus' dishes, or emptying his trash.....and the list could go on. You get the idea. Don't think I've perfectly achieved this, I'm talking at myself here. But just to clarify, most of the time I am glad to help where I can - I'm thankful for the opportunities of service that the Lord has given me. It's good to be useful and in a small way helping build his kingdom. This post was not so much about every day work, but the times where we would rather be anywhere else......

I love this section from Hind's feet On High Places that I shared below - it's encouraging!


Public Flower Garden in downtown Seattle


"I must tell you a great truth, Much-Afraid, which only a few understand. All the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories and achievement are those which no one knows about...every conquest over self-love is a new flower on the tree of love.....Many a quiet, ordinary, and hidden life, unknown to the world is a veritable garden in which love's flowers and fruits have become a place where the King himself walks and rejoices. Some of my servants have indeed won great visible victories and are rightly loved and reverenced by other men, but always their greatest victories are like the wild flowers, those which no one knows about.... they offer themselves so willingly, sweetly and confidently, even if it seems there is no one to appreciate them.... Learn this lesson now, down here in the valley, Much-Afraid, and when you get to the steep places of the mountains it will comfort you." 





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Monday, August 29, 2011

Being sifted.....


Today I wanted to share our sermon from yesterday on these verses from Luke 22:
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."

It encouraged and helped me so much. I've felt like I've been going through some sifting myself recently and it was so encouraging to be reminded that nothing can happen to us unless if the Lord allows it. Satan had to ask to sift Peter - he couldn't just do what he wanted. Then that the whole time Jesus was praying for him - and for you - and for me. Lastly that the sifting was for his good, it would strengthen him to be able to help and encourage others. It made me think of the verse from Job, "When he has tried me I shall come forth as gold."

 "If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me" 
Robert Murray M'Cheyne

 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Psalm 76

'In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel.

In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.

There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah.

Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.

The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands.

At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep.

Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?

Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,

When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.

Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

Vow, and pay unto the LORD your God: let all that be round about him bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.

He shall cut off the spirit of princes: he is terrible to the kings of the earth."



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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Walking by faith.....

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."
2 Corinthians 5:7

"Faith is for this world, and sight is reserved for the other world: and it is our duty, and will be our interest, to walk by faith, till we come to live by sight."
Matthew Henry

Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

On my mind today is walking by faith...waiting on God's time, believing He is doing what is best. As I go through trials I'm reminded of something I recently heard in a sermon that stuck with me -

Pastor said that when we are going through something difficult we are tempted to say to the Lord, "If I only knew when this was going to end, how it was going to work for good, then I could bear it." But he pointed out that when we say that we are wanting to walk by sight, rather than being willing to walk by faith as we are called to. True faith and submission to the Lord will say, "Lord, I'm willing to endure as long as You see fit." As Andrew Bonar said in his diary:  "God does not ask us to feel that everything is for the best, but He does ask us to believe it. “

I know I've said/thought the first many times, too many times, and those who know me in real life know how I struggle with worrying and stressing, so today am praying for grace to be able to say the second and mean it. Ending with this comforting quote from Samuel Rutherford:


"Believe God's word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea."





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Friday, August 26, 2011

Winter.....

French Alps "winter scene"
"It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit because there is no winter there."
John Bunyan

"Humility is a strange flower; it grows best in winter weather, and under storms of affliction."
Samuel Rutherford

"After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn. After every storm, there comes clear, open skies." 
Samuel Rutherord





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Thursday, August 25, 2011

From my reading.....

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Today I'm thankful for good books! This picture made me laugh when I found it on a friend's blog -  I love book tables and I had no idea the picture was being taken:-). Lately I've been reading in Pilgrim' Progress with with notes by Thomas Scott (this one I've been picking up and reading bits and pieces of here and there, I'm mainly interested in the notes which I'd never read before). I've also been going through Mute Christian Under the Rod by Thomas Brooks, which is good. If you click on the link you can read it online. Then I was given a set of Calvin's Institutes by friends:-), and of course I'm continuing to work on Matthew Henry - as I type this post I've worked my way up through Psalm 116. Below I copied several quotes that I especially liked and recently shared on the Matthew Henry facebook page.



"God's people are never brought so low but that everlasting arms are under them, and those cannot sink who are thus sustained."

‎"The Lord has been mindful of us, and never unmindful, has been so constantly, has been so remarkably upon special occasions. He has been mindful of our case, our wants and burdens, mindful of our prayers to him, his promises to us, and the covenant-relation between him and us. All our comforts are derived from God's thoughts to us-ward; he has been mindful of us, though we have forgotten him. Let this engage us to trust in him, that we have found him faithful."

‎"Those that have been long barren are sometimes, on a sudden, made fruitful,This may look back to Sarah and Rebecca, Rachel, Hannah, and Samson's mother, or forward to Elizabeth; and many such instances there have been, in which God has looked on the affliction of his handmaids and taken away their reproach. He makes the barren woman to keep house."

"God's mercy is better than life, for it will out-live it."

‎"When God will work deliverance the greatest difficulties that lie in the way shall be made nothing of. Gates of brass and bars of iron, as they cannot keep him out from him people (he was with Joseph in the prison), so they cannot keep them in when the time, the set-time, for their enlargement, comes."

 



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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Obedience....


Fly Fishing At Haddon Hall.Nr Bakewell .Derbyshire.England The other day I saw a copy of one of the Chronicles of Narnia sitting out which brought back memories of reading them when I was younger. One part that always stood out for me is 'following the signs' from the The Silver Chair. I'm assuming most of you are familiar with the Narnia stories and will remember when Aslan calls Eustace and Jill to Narnia to rescue the Prince. To do this task they are given signs or rules to follow by Aslan himself:


"....But, first, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs. And secondly, I give you a warning. Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia....the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters. And now, daughter of Eve, farewell....."

Does that wording sound a little familiar? What makes me think though is later in the story when they are in a dangerous situation being begged by a man who seems to be a dangerous lunatic to untie his bonds and set him free from the silver chair: he cries out to them' in the name of Aslan' to set him free - the words of one of the signs they are to obey. The children and their companion, Puddleglum struggle with what to do, it's the sign, but should they obey?

"It was a dreadful question. What had been the use of promising one another that they would not on any account set the Knight free, if they were now to do so the first time he happened to call upon a name they really cared about? On the other hand, what had been the use of learning the signs if they weren't going to obey them? Yet could Aslan have really meant them to unbind anyone even a lunatic - who asked it in his name? Could it be a mere accident?

'Oh, if only we knew!' said Jill.

'I think we do know,' said Puddleglum. 

'Do you mean you think everything will come right if we do untie him?' said Eustace.
'I don't know about that,' said Puddleglum. 'You see, Aslan didn't tell Jill what would happen. He only told her what to do. That fellow will be the death of us once he's up, I shouldn't wonder. But that doesn't let us off following the sign.'" 

I won't tell you what happened.....but this made me think the first time I read it and is still thought provoking. Things aren't always the way they appear, as Aslan told Jill in the beginning. That is so true! There have been so many times for me personally where I can't see how good can come out of circumstances, how God will be glorified through them. I'm reminded by this story that that isn't my job to figure out. My responsibility is to obey, to do what I know is right before the Lord even if I am afraid of what the consequences might be..... and trust that He will bless and bring good from it. I love a book that gets me thinking - and I guess I must have even when I was much younger:-)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A pilgrim's life...

Then said the visitor, "Christiana, the Bitter must come before the Sweet, and that also will make the Sweet the sweeter. You must pass through troubles, as Christian did, before you can enter the Celestial City. Follow the light which you see dimly in the distance.....Keep to the straight and narrow way."
(John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress)






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Monday, August 22, 2011

Security.....

Today I'm reposting something I shared over about a year and a half ago. This is comforting and encouraging for me - and a good reminder.


 Consider how great security God has given to His people in the promises, that no man shall lose anything by self-denial for His sake. He has told us, 

"Verily, I say unto you: There is no man that has left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my sake and the gospel's; but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions and in the world to come, eternal life." 
Mark:10:29-30 

Thousands and ten thousands have experienced this promise, and do at this day stand ready to set their seal to it. God has made it good to His people, not only in spiritual things, inward joy and peace, but even in temporal things also. Instead of natural relations, who took care of them before, hundreds of Christians stand ready to assist and help them, so that though they have left all for Christ, yet they may say with the apostle: "As having nothing, and yet possessing all things"  
2 Corinthians 6:10.
 Oh the admirable care and tenderness of providence over those that for conscience's sake have left all and cast themselves on its immediate care! Are there not at this day to be found many so provided for, even to the envy of their enemies and their own admiration? Who does not see the faithfulness of God in the promises that has but a heart to trust God in them! The word of promise assures us that whatever wants or straits the saints fall into, their  
"God will never leave them nor forsake them." 
Hebrews 13:5,
"that He will be with them in trouble" 
Psalm 91:15.
Consult the various providences of your life in this point, and I doubt not but you will find the truth of these promises as often confirmed as you have been in trouble. Ask your own hearts, where or when was it your God forsook you, and left you to sink and perish under your burdens?" 
The Mystery Of Providence by John Flavel






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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Psalm 75

"Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly.

The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars of it. Selah.

I said unto the fools, Deal not foolishly: and to the wicked, Lift not up the horn:

Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck.

For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them.

But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted."


Stop by my friend Jenny's blog, A Mother's Heritage where she also shares a Psalm each Lord's day. I hope you all have a blessed day!


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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Pray without ceasing

 It seems like lately I've been reminded so much of perseverance in prayer, from the pulpit, in books I read, in my devotional (shared below), and even in circumstances I find myself in......

"...use your health while you have it, do not cast away peculiar opportunities that may never come again. You know not when your last Sabbath may come...live for eternity... remember it is God and not man that must have the glory. It is not much speaking, but much faith that is needed..."
From a letter written by Robert Murray M'Cheyne

                                                          "Pray without ceasing"
100_10911 Thessalonians 5:17

To pray without ceasing is not to be engaged in the duty of prayer at all times so that other duties are swallowed up in its place. It is to be in prayer at regularly set times and seasons (Genesis 8:22), and to observe a constant source of prayer at fixed and appointed times. To pray without ceasing is also to pray with importunity and emotion (Acts 12:5). The church was very earnest and persevering in praying for Peter. To pray without ceasing is also to take every opportunity through the day to send up a holy meditation. We may do this when we hear or read the word, or in whatever duty we are engaged, even in our earthly employments. If our heart and affections are heavenly, they will force out a prayer through the crowd and tumult of worldly business. There is a holy mystery in directing our employments through heavenly arrows of prayer. A Christian can be withdrawn and private, in the midst of a multitude. He can turn his shop or field into a closet, and he can trade for earth, and yet get heaven also in the bargain. Praying without ceasing is keeping our hearts in such a praying frame that we are always ready to pray. This is probably the most general sense and natural sense of the words of the apostle here: to have the habit of always freely and sweetly breathing out our requests unto God. It is to take all occasions to prostrate ourselves before the throne of grace. To do this we must certainly do two things:

 1.) be not too much in the business and pleasures of this life. The world with its affections must not be allowed to stifle and extinguish the holy flames ascending to heaven.

(2.) If we would maintain a praying temper, be careful not to fall into the commission of any known and presumptuous sin . The guilt of sin lying upon the conscience will exceedingly deaden the heart for prayer.
Ezekiel Hopkins
(Voices From the Past)



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Friday, August 19, 2011

Hidden in Christ.....

Woman reading in garden
 "A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him first to find her."

Last night this quote was on my mind. I don't even know who said it originally, but it made me think of something a wise friend once told me - that learning to prize Christ above any person is an essential part of being (or preparing to be a godly wife).


"For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called."

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Antiquing.....

For fun today I thought I would share a few pictures that my friend Caroline took when I went antiquing with  friends on Saturday - as you can probably see we had a lot of fun. I'm thankful for good memories!

Mrs. B found a straw purse.

Caroline resembling a Russian princess....

Brittnay wearing her pretty new bracelet.

Pastor Woods found a Confederate hat.

Yvonne modeling gloves.
And me - modeling a hat.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ebenezer stones

Remembering is on my mind today. How many times does the Bible tell us to remember, remember, remember what the Lord has done for us? For me writing things down is a way of remembering rather than putting up a stone......but however you choose to remember it is encouraging to be able to look back and see former mercies, and I think helps us to go on in strength of the Lord God.

"Then Samuel  took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying Hitherto hath the Lord helped us."
1 Samuel 7:12

Samuel erected a thankful memorial of this victory, to the glory of God and for the encouragement of Israel, He set up an Ebenezer, the stone of help. If ever the people's hard hearts should lose the impressions of this providence, this stone would either revive the remembrance of it, and make them thankful, or remain a standing witness against them for their unthankfulness.Samuel himself took care to set up this monument. He had been instrumental by prayer to obtain the mercy, and therefore he thought himself in a special manner obliged to make this grateful acknowledgement of it.  The reason he gives for the name is, Hitherto the Lord hath helped us, in which he speaks thankfully of what was past, giving the glory of the victory to God only, who had added this to all his former favours; and yet he speaks somewhat doubtfully for the future: "Hitherto things have done well, but what God may yet do with us we know not, that we refer to him; but let us praise him for what he has done." 

The beginnings of mercy and deliverance are to be acknowledged by us with thankfulness so far as they go, though they be not completely finished, nay, though the issue seem uncertain. 

Having obtained help from God, I continue hitherto, says blessed Paul, Acts22:22.
Matthew Henry

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children....

Teaching children may seem like a funny thing for someone who has no children to blog about.....Yet those of you who know me know that I love them and hope and pray someday the Lord will give me some of my own. In the meantime for most of my life He's put me in places where I'm surrounded by them. I was blessed to grow up as the oldest in a large family, then been able to spend time staying with and/or helping different families, so have thought and learned a lot about how I would like to raise my own children someday......Though I have to tell you that I've given my friends some good laughs when I say things like "there will be no battery run or noise making toys in my house." I know, "never say never," but it doesn't hurt to dream:-). In all seriousness though I was blessed and encouraged by a conversation recently where I was reminded that though I'm not raising children of my own I'm helping in a covenant home and in a small way contributing to the building up of God's kingdom through my work and involvement in these children's lives.....that the Lord will bless that. I know in my head that is true, but it's nice to be reminded and encouraged sometimes!

One thing that I was introduced to in the past couple years was a mom reading the Bible with her children and praying with them. Sounds so simple, maybe not always easy, but something I look forward to doing in my own home someday. Children need to know their parents love the Lord, and depend on Him daily for grace. In my home I was familiar with the father leading in family worship (and that could be a whole 'nother post, which is equally important to me, it's just that today mother's responsibilities are on my mind), so I decided to read up on what God's word, (and Matthew Henry) said about mothers teaching their children. I shared some of what I found below though most of it applies to fathers and mothers.

 
"The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him."
  Proverbs 31:1
 
It is the duty of mothers, as well as fathers, to teach their children what is good, that they may do it, and what is evil, that they may avoid it; when they are young and tender they are most under the mother's eye, and she has then an opportunity of moulding and fashioning their minds well, which she ought not to let slip.Those that have grown up to maturity should often call to mind, and make mention of, the good instructions they received when they were children, for their own admonition, the edification of others, and the honour of those who were the guides of their youth."
 
"...I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."
2 Timothy 1:4b-5
Observe, The entail of religion descended upon Timothy by the mother's side; he had a good mother, and a good grandmother: they believed, though his father did not. It is a comfortable thing when children imitate the faith and holiness of their godly parents, and tread in their steps...It was the matter of Paul's thanksgiving that Timothy inherited the faith of his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois, and ought to be ours whenever we see the like; we should rejoice wherever we see the grace of God.


"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother."
Proverbs 1:8
He takes it for granted that parents will, with all the wisdom they have, instruct their children, and, with all the authority they have, give law to them for their good.


"My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee."
Proverbs 6:20-22
We must receive it as our father's commandment and the law of our mother,  It is God's commandment and his law. But,
(1.) Our parents directed us to it, put it into our hands, trained us up in the knowledge and observance of it, its original and obligation being most sacred. We believe indeed, not for their saying, for we have tried it ourselves and find it to be of God; but we were beholden to them for recommending it to us, and see all the reason in the world to continue in the things we have learned, knowing of whom we have learned them. 
(2.) The cautions, counsels, and commands which our parents gave us agree with the word of God, and therefore we must hold them fast. Children, when they are grown up, must remember the law of a good mother, as well as the commandment of a good father.


"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up." 
Deuteronomy 6:5
"Those that love the Lord God themselves should do what they can to engage the affections of their children to him, and so to preserve the entail of religion in their families from being cut off. Thou shalt teach them diligently to thy children; frequently repeat these things to them, try all ways of instilling them into their minds, and making them pierce into their hearts; as, in whetting a knife, it is turned first on this side, then on that. "Be careful and exact in teaching thy children; and aim, as by whetting, to sharpen them, and put an edge upon them. Teach them to thy children, not only those of thy own body","but all those that are anyway under thy care and tuition."


 Last of all ending with this thought on Proverbs 31:
"Her children arise up, and call her blessed."
"Her children grow up in her place, and they call her blessed. They give her their good word, they are themselves a commendation to her, and they are ready to give great commendations of her; they pray for her, and bless God that they had such a good mother."

Before I end this post I'd like to say to any readers who may be teenagers, or single with time on their hands, that helping out a family with younger children may be something you would like to consider. I'd venture to guess most churches have families that would love the help, and that you will be blessed and learn a lot through the experience. I've done this the past couple years and am sure I will be a better mom for it someday - not to mention the joys of being included in family life if you are on your own! And there are you have my random thoughts for the day....hope everyone's day is good!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

What Manner of Love

Today I wanted to share this sermon from church yesterday. Our church was so blessed to have Pastor Woods preach for us, and I was even more blessed to get to spend time getting to know him and his wife over the past week. I feel like I made some very good friends - it was hard to say goodbye. Anyways you might get tired of me using this word, but I have to say it again, this sermon was a blessing! It was a good reminder of God's love for us, and I hope stirred everyone who heard it to love the Lord more, and to strive even more to live a holy life to please Him. I hope you all can listen! As the week goes on I plan, Lord willing, to post sermons and pictures from the conference week - I look forward to sharing my memories and blessings from the week with you all:-)


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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Psalm 74

"O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.

Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.

A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.

They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.

They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.

O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?

Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.

For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.

Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.

Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.

The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.

Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O LORD, and that the foolish people have blasphemed thy name.

O deliver not the soul of thy turtledove unto the multitude of the wicked: forget not the congregation of thy poor for ever.

Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.

Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily.

Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the tumult of those that rise up against thee increaseth continually."



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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