Thursday, May 31, 2012

Courtship days....

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Time goes on and a long awaited day is here....well a day I've been waiting for for almost three weeks. Not the long awaited day - that will be June 23rd, our wedding day :-)!

Anyway today my fiance John is flying down for his final weekend visit before he returns again for the wedding. This will be our last courtship visit, and best of all, the last time we have to say goodbye.....the next time he comes, I'll be going with him!

So as before on past visits, I'll be taking the next few days off from blogging to spend time with John, to talk, laugh, work on wedding plans....and enjoy this special time. I hope you all have a blessed weekend, and should be back again next week, Lord willing. I'll leave you with these verses from Ecclesiastes 4, that have been on my mind this week......

"Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

In Shadow of Thy Wings I'll Joy......

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"In the shadow of Your wings will I make my refuge." 
Psalm 57:1

What comfort the shadow gives, and what a refuge is thus provided!"
That passage had for me a specially personal interest, for I had chosen it as the motto-text for the anniversary of my beloved's birthday—June 19; and on that date I wrote thus concerning it—

"Today's text is a very precious one to me, for though my dear one enjoys the full blaze of the light of God's countenance, while I am only "in the shadow of His wings," yet how blessed is it to rejoice in such a refuge—"Until the storm of life be past!"

It is very gracious of the Lord to use the homely illustration of "wings" and "feathers" in His Word, for the comfort of His people. The most simple, as well as the most sorrowful, can understand the beauty of it. Many a time have I profitably watched the feathered folk of the farmyard, and been taught by them that, in every time of trouble, be it little or great, the safest place in all the world is, "under the wings."

How well the wee chicks know this! When the least thing alarms them, or the drops of rain come pattering down, then fly quickly to their mother's wings for shelter and safety, and you can see nothing of them but a collection of legs, tiptoeing in their eagerness to press very close to the warm breast which covers them!
Sometimes, I have dared to claim even such an experience! Not content with the blessed fact that I was hidden "beneath His wings," my faith nestled up, as it were, to the loving heart which brooded over me, and found such a glow of everlasting love there, that all outside ills and evils were as if they were not. Oh, that such times were less rare!

But if any timid, afflicted souls read these few lines, let me whisper to them to run at once to their God, "when troubles assail, and dangers affright." We are so safe when "covered with His feathers," so cared for, and comforted, and welcomed, so defended from everything that could harm us.

In one place, the text reads, "Hide me beneath the shadow of Your wings." The hen effectually conceals her brood from any passing enemy—but God is an impenetrable hiding-place for His people. Surely this is the meaning of the psalmist when he says, "I will trust in the covert of Your wings" (Psalm. Lxi. 4).

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Heaven on earth....

"But, oh! I am so selfish, and it is so hard to practice the very law of love I preach to the children! Yet I want this law to rule and reign in my home, that it may be a little heaven below, and I will not, no, I will not, cease praying that it may be such, no matter what it costs me." 
Stepping Heavenward

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Thanksgiving street.....

"Whoever offers praise glorifies Me." 
Psalm 50:23

"The time of the singing of birds is come," and from early morning until the sun sets, their sweet notes are a constant reminder of the duty and delight of thanksgiving. Out of the joy of their hearts they trill forth their gladness for the sunshine, and the opening flowers, and the unfolding leaves; and I have heard the same tender song when the rain has fallen, and cold winds have blown, and dark clouds have swept across the sky. Many a time have the birds in the garden sung a lesson in my listening ears, and rebuked my dullness or my unbelief, by their gleeful carolings.

Ah! dear friends, some of us do not praise our God half enough. We "raise an Ebenezer" now and then; but we pitifully fail to obey the command. "Rejoice in the Lord always." Yet, how much we have to bless Him for, and what sweet encouragement is given to our gratitude by His assurance, "Whoever offers praise glorifies Me!" How often are we told, in His Word, that He takes delight in our thanksgivings and songs! The praise we render is dearer to Him than that of angels—for they cannot bless Him for redeeming love, for pardoned sin, and the blessed hope of resurrection glory.

Oh! is it not to the eternal praise of a covenant-keeping God, that poor pilgrims, wandering through a wilderness, and having to wage constant war with the world, the flesh, and the devil, should yet be enabled to sing gloriously, as they put their enemies to flight, and overcome by the blood of the Lamb? It is the overcoming ones who learn to praise. The fingers which can most adroitly use the sword, are the most skillful in touching the harp. Each time God gives us the victory over sin, we learn a new song with which to laud and bless His holy Name.

Does it not make your heart leap to know that your Lord takes pleasure in your praise? In His ears are ever sounding the eternal symphonies of the universe—that majestic chorus which began "when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy;" but He turns from these to you, and with infinite tenderness and love, bends to listen to the grateful songs of His redeemed ones, as they bless Him for all His benefits.

The feeble notes uttered on earth by a truly thankful and sanctified heart must, I think, swell into anthems of glorious melody as they rise to the throne of God!

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

A new baby!

A new member of the family is here! I'm happy to share that my brother Isaac and sister in law Ashley, had a little boy early this morning! All is well, the Lord answered our prayers for a safe delivery. Ashley shared this on facebook -

"Isaac and I are happy to announce the birth of our son, Nathaniel Riley Dilella born 1:22, 7 lbs 4 oz!"


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Psalm 113

"Praise ye the LORD. Praise, O ye servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be praised.
The LORD is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
 Who is like unto the LORD our God, who dwelleth on high,
Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD."

Stop by and visit my friend Jenny's blog, A Mother's Heritage, where she also shares a beautiful Psalm each Lord's day. 

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hold on until the end....

“We are made partaker of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end” (Heb. 3:14)

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 It is the last step that wins; and there is no place in the pilgrim’s progress where so many dangers lurk as the region that lies hard by the portals of the Celestial City. It was there that Doubting Castle stood. It was there that the enchanted ground lured the tired traveller to fatal slumber. It is when Heaven’s heights are full in view that hell’s gate is most persistent and full of deadly peril

“Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” 

“So run, that ye may obtain.”

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Near his heart to be loved....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My cup overflows....

My cup runneth over ...
"Are you very thankful? You know the difference between gladness and thankfulness. Gladness looks at the kindness and take it all, but thankfulness looks at the giver and loves Him for it all."
Andrew Bonar

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Godly wife....

Today I'm just sharing a couple thoughts that have stuck with me from the past couple evening's premarital counselling sessions. We've worked our way through the sections on the priority of unity, and the godly husband, and are now talking through the session on the godly that I share the link for below. There's a lot of excellent material here that can provide hours of conversation :-), so I'm just giving you one thought that was very convicting for me -

"Obedience to the husband, like to Christ, is to be willingly, cheerfully, quickly, fully from the heart.

The motivation for obedience is not duty, but love for the husband (and Christ)."

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Psalm 112

"Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish."

Stop by and visit my friend Jenny's blog, A Mother's Heritage, where she also shares a beautiful Psalm each Lord's day. 

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Friday, May 18, 2012


Yesterday I edited my About Me Page, then decided to share on the main page of my blog for those who might miss it otherwise.....

Me with my fiance, John

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, 
and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14 

When I began this blog two and a half years ago it was for the purpose of letting my family and friends who are far away keep up with what was going on in my life. Somehow it is much easier to change a facebook status or put up a blog post than to constantly write personal emails - though I try to do that too! Anyway at that time, everyone who followed knew me, so I never felt it necessary to "introduce" myself. Now as time has passed, with thousands of visitors from all over the world, the time may have come to share a bit about myself. So there is your long introduction to my introduction.......

Up until recently my blog was about all bout my walk with the Lord from the perspective of a single woman who worked as a mother's helper. Most of my posts were filled with things I was reading or listening to that encouraged and helped me, and sometimes I would share things that I wrote.......then this winter life changed very quickly when a godly friend from Wisconsin came to visit, and soon afterwards asked to court me. It's been a wonderful happy time as we see how the Lord has answered obviously all this comes from Him. We feel so blessed and happy to be a planning a wedding, then our lives together, and have no doubt that we can serve the Lord better together than alone.

What does all this change mean for my blog?  I'm not, and some of my priorities have changed, and come the end of June my work will become being a wife, mom, and keeper at home and of course those things will come first. At this point I don't know what that means for blogging. I do know I want to continue to share pictures and updates for friends and family that live far away, but what direction it will take after that.....well we'll see where the Lord leads.......

Me with the E family. I've worked for them as a mother's helper for 3 years and am blessed to have  them as a second family. I love them very much!

Wherever this blog may go in the future though, as always the main purpose of it will be to glorify the Lord, as I 
share my life, whether that is what I am reading, a sermon that helped me, or a post full of pictures and news! I hope you'll be blessed spending time with me as I seek to follow the Lord and wait on Him. Thanks for visiting!

"It may be of good use to Christians to preserve in writing an account of the providences of God concerning them, the constant series of mercies they have experienced, especially those turns and changes which made some days of their lives more remarkable . Our memories need this help.....that we may 'remember the way which the Lord our God has led us in the wilderness.'"
Matthew Henry

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Give Thanks....

Sitting at Starbucks this afternoon addressing wedding invitations I feel overwhelmed with thankfulness for God's goodness to us - this quote came to mind.....

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"Thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better."

"The more we taste of the loving-kindness of God in every providence the more will our hearts be enlarged to love him and live to him, and that will be the life of our spirit. Thus our souls live, and they shall praise him."

Matthew Henry

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It's gonna be ok....

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Something I've discovered while planning a wedding is that there is a need to be flexible, to realize it's not going to be perfect, and that Plan B is ok.....often turns out even better than Plan A! And I have to say that so far it's gone very smoothly and  been fun to work on :-)
As we've made plans though, John and I have said to one another more times than I can count, "It's gonna to be ok," which then got shortened to this acronym. When I found it online it made me laugh and I had to share :-)

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Engagement pictures...

On Saturday my very good friend, Caroline took these engagement photos for John and I.

A family ♥  John and I, with his son, Hunter. 

I love this one  ♥  



Another favorite...... ♥  

Happy times....


Thanks so much to Caroline for these beautiful pictures of such a special, happy time.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Psalm 111

"Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever."

Stop by and visit my friend Jenny's blog, A Mother's Heritage, where she also shares a beautiful Psalm each Lord's day. 

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Time flies....

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I can't believe how fast this past week flew by. It seems like I just got to Virginia and now it's time to say goodbye! It was a special week - lots of fun with family, laughing, eating, talking, visiting, wedding planning.......and now back home to South Carolina for a busy weekend which includes a church picnic, a Psalm sing, more time with family, and of course wedding plans......only 44 days left till our wedding day!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls

I'm up in Virginia now visiting family, and one visit tradition is that I always have to bake these cinnamon rolls for my brother, Caleb. They're his favorite, and no one else minds helping to eat them either :-) I posted this a long time ago, but have had so many requests for the recipe, I thought I would repost. Lord willing, this will be our evening snack/dessert after another busy day of working on wedding plans :-)

Overnight Dough

2 packages yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp salt
3 eggs
5 cups flour

Mix all ingredients, beat till smooth. Cover and chill overnight, then shape, let rise till doubled, and bake as desired. (This makes great bread or rolls too. Put in the fridge early in the morning, and bake for dinner. Super easy!)

Roll out the dough in a large rectangle, about 12" X 15" (bear with me here, this is my own recipe and I am writing from memory, I just do quantities by eye!). Then brush with about 1/3 cup of melted butter, sprinkle with sugar, and cinnamon, as much as you like. Roll up the dough, slice, and place the rolls in a 13 x 9" pan. Makes 12 to 15 depending on how thick you slice them. Let rise in a warm oven until doubled, about half an hour. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Then mix 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, and enough milk to make a glaze. Pour over the hot buns and serve. Yum:-)

Here is another variation to the recipe -

Brown sugar syrup

Boil together 1/4 cup of butter, 2 tablespoons of water, and 1 cup of brown sugar for 1 minute. Pour into a 13 x 9" pan, sprinkle with nuts if desired, then place buns in the syrup. Let rise, bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, then invert onto a platter (Skip the powdered sugar glaze). I don't know which of these variations is my favorite!

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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