Monday, April 30, 2012

Plans....

My latest effort at playing with photo editing ♥  




A very good morning, and thanks to everyone who stops by my blog :-)

This is just a short post to let you all know that I will likely not be posting or linking as usual over the next little bit of time. Lord willing I leave for VA to spend time with family tomorrow, then on the weekend a certain special someone who will be my husband in just 54 days :-) will be joining my family and I there. As you can imagine, lots of wedding plans, and projects are planned, not to mention talking, and having fun together :-) I'm just a little bit excited about our plans! All that to say that I don't expect to spend a lot of time blogging, but may pop in now and then to share pictures.....and I do eventually plan to share our courtship story on here as well.


I hope you all have a good Monday and a blessed week, and Lord willing I will 'see you' later!



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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Psalm 109

"Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise;
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue.
They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me without a cause.
For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.
And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.
Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.
When he shall be judged, let him be condemned: and let his prayer become sin.
Let his days be few; and let another take his office.
Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow.
 Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg: let them seek their bread also out of their desolate places.
 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.
Let there be none to extend mercy unto him: neither let there be any to favour his fatherless children.
Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out.
Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered with the LORD; and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out.
Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.
 Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart.
As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him.
As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
 Let it be unto him as the garment which covereth him, and for a girdle wherewith he is girded continually.
Let this be the reward of mine adversaries from the LORD, and of them that speak evil against my soul.
But do thou for me, O GOD the Lord, for thy name's sake: because thy mercy is good, deliver thou me.
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
I am gone like the shadow when it declineth: I am tossed up and down as the locust.
 My knees are weak through fasting; and my flesh faileth of fatness.
 I became also a reproach unto them: when they looked upon me they shaked their heads.
Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to thy mercy:
That they may know that this is thy hand; that thou, LORD, hast done it.
Let them curse, but bless thou: when they arise, let them be ashamed; but let thy servant rejoice.
 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame, and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a mantle.
I will greatly praise the LORD with my mouth; yea, I will praise him among the multitude.
 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul."

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Precious in the sight of the LORD......


"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.
I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the LORD.
I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
In the courts of the LORD's house, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 116:15-19




These verses have been on my mind through the week as I've watched very dear friends go through the process of losing a loved one unexpectedly - they are a comfort, as is knowing that the Lord is doing what is best  for those that love Him.



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Friday, April 27, 2012

Comfort for our hearts....

 "Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,  Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. "
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17     



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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Premarital counselling....


Today I thought I would share with you all what John and I are using for our premarital counselling. I would guess ours might look a little different than most since we're doing everything very long distance.....anyway we are listening to these four classes our Pastor put together, along with going through the extensive outlines that can be printed out at each link. Each outline contains dozens of scriptures, and lots of good conversation starting questions to ask your spouse, or spouse-to-be. We're still working our way through the first class,  have had hours of good conversation, and both feel like we've learned a lot, so I wanted to share them with you all. I think you'll find them to be helpful and a blessing as we have!


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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Blessings...


"Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer, and worn with thanks."

Thomas Goodwin




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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What shall I render to the Lord for all His gifts to me?




For the past months, through our courtship, and now engagement, John and I have been reading  through the same Bible books, and talking over our reading each day. Yesterday we came to these verses in 1 Thessalonians 3 which I thought was a beautiful prayer for us.....


"For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another...."


"He prayed for them night and day, evening and morning, or very frequently, in the midst of the business of the day or slumber of the night lifting up his heart to God in prayer. Thus we should pray always. And Paul's prayer was fervent prayer. He prayed exceedingly, and was earnest in his supplication. Note, When we are most thankful we should always give ourselves to prayer; and those we give thanks for have yet need to be prayed for. Those whom we most rejoice in, and who are our greatest comforts, must be our constant care, while in this world of temptation and imperfection."
Matthew Henry


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Monday, April 23, 2012

God's love...

"Is there such breadth, and length,
and depth
and height in God for us?
And is there towards us love in Christ
that passeth knowledge?
Then this shows us, not only the greatness of the majesty
of the Father and the Son,
but the great good will that is in their heart
to them that receive their word...
Yea, no words can sufficiently set forth
the greatness of this love of God
and his Son."
~John Bunyan



Sunday, April 22, 2012

Psalm 108

"O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

 Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early.
 I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth;
 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me.
 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph.
 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies."


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Saturday, April 21, 2012

All the days of her life....

"She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life."
Proverbs 31:12



Lately I've been thinking a lot about this verse in Proverbs 31. It struck me awhile back when reading this chapter that  'all the days of her life' refers to even  now before I'm married.... Obviously there has been a lot written and said on this for the married woman, but how does it apply to the single woman, or the woman who finds herself where I am today - engaged? How can I live it?

One thought that immediately came to mind was of course purity.....and there's been plenty written on that topic by others so I'm speaking more of the heart here, not giving my heart away to different men in various relationships, but waiting to give it to the man whom the Lord has chosen to be my husband. Actually what I just shared was a prayer of mine for years......Another would be to simply be praying for him, even if you don't know who he is yet, he can still be prayed for. I think started praying for my future husband when I was about 15.

Then I went on to see what Matthew Henry said on the subject. He puts it much better than I ever could so I'll share some of his thoughts below and I hope they'll be helpful to all of you no matter what place in life you find yourself today -

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"She makes it her constant business to do him good, and is afraid of doing any thing, even through inadvertency, that may turn to his prejudice. She shows her love to him, not by a foolish fondness, but by prudent endearments, accommodating herself to his temper, and not crossing him, giving him good words, and not bad ones, no, not when he is out of humour, studying to make him easy, to provide what is fit for him both in health and sickness, and attending him with diligence and tenderness when any thing ails him; nor would she, no, not for the world, wilfully do any thing that might be a damage to his person, family, estate, or reputation......


And this is her care all the days of her life; not at first only, or now and then, when she is in a good humour, but perpetually; and she is not weary of the good offices she does him.


 He conducts herself so that he may repose an entire confidence in her. He trusts in her chastity, which she never gave him the least occasion to suspect or to entertain any jealousy of; she is not morose and reserved, but modest and grave, and has all the marks of virtue in her countenance and behaviour; her husband knows it, and therefore his heart doth safely trust in her; he is easy, and makes her so. He trusts in her conduct, that she will speak in all companies, and act in all affairs, with prudence and discretion, so as not to occasion him either damage or reproach. When he goes abroad, to attend the concerns of the public, he can confide in her to order all his affairs at home, as well as if he himself were there. She is a good wife that is fit to be trusted, and he is a good husband that will leave it to such a wife to manage for him.

He thinks himself so happy in her that he envies not those who have most of the wealth of this world; he needs it not, he has enough, having such a wife. Happy the couple that have such a satisfaction as this in each other."


Matthew Henry




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Friday, April 20, 2012

What does the Lord require?

"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Micah 6:8

Micah 6:8
We must do justly, must render to all their due, according as our relation and obligation to them are; we must do wrong to none, but do right to all, in their bodies, goods, and good name.

We must love mercy; we must delight in it, as our God does, must be glad of an opportunity to do good, and do it cheerfully.

We must take the Lord for our God in covenant, must attend on him and adhere to him as ours, and must make it our constant care and business to please him. Enoch's walking with God is interpreted as his pleasing God. We must, in the whole course of our conversation, conform ourselves to the will of God, keep up our communion with God, and study to approve ourselves to him in our integrity; and this we must do humbly (submitting our understandings to the truths of God and our will to his precepts and providences); we must humble ourselves to walk with God; every thought within us must be brought down, to be brought into obedience to God, if we would walk comfortably with him.

This is that which God requires of us.
Matthew Henry



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Joy.....







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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Heavenly matchmaking...


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".....God, as her Father, brought the woman to the man, as his second self, and a help-meet for him. When he had made her, he did not leave her to her own disposal; no, she was his child, and she must not marry without his consent. Those are likely to settle to their comfort who by faith and prayer, and a humble dependence upon providence, put themselves under a divine conduct. That wife that is of God's making by special grace, and of God's bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a help-meet for a man."



"....The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved."


"That wife that is of God's making by special grace, and of God's bringing by special providence, is likely to prove a help-meet for a man. From God, as his Father, Adam received her: Now I have what I wanted, and which all the creatures could not furnish me with, a help meet for me." God's gifts to us are to be received with a humble thankful acknowledgment of his wisdom in suiting them to us, and his favour in bestowing them on us."



"He desires that his master's wife might be humble and industrious woman, bred up to care and labour, and willing to put her hand to any work that was to be done; and that she might be of a courteous disposition, and charitable to strangers. When he came to seek a wife for his master, he did not go to the playhouse or the park, and pray that he might meet one there, but to the well of water, expecting to find one there well employed."


"It is the comfort, as well as the belief, of a good man, that God's providence extends itself to the smallest occurrences and admirably serves its own purposes by them. Our times are in God's hand; not only events themselves, but the times of them."


"God, in his providence, does sometimes wonderfully own the prayer of faith, and gratify the innocent desires of his praying people, even in little things, that he may show the extent of his care, and may encourage them at all times to seek to him and trust in him."


"Providence sometimes wonderfully directs those that by faith and prayer seek direction from heaven in the choice of suitable yoke-fellows: happy marriages those are likely to be that are made in the fear of God; and these, we are sure, are made in heaven. "
Matthew Henry





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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