Sunday, September 30, 2012

Psalm 119 part 13


 "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way."



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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lovingkindness....

" All the streams of mercy that flow down to us must be traced up to the fountain of God's lovingkindness. It is not owing to any merit of ours, but purely to his mercy, and the peculiar favor he bears to his people. This therefore we must think of with delight, think of frequently and fixedly. What subject can we dwell upon more noble, more pleasant, more profitable? We must have God's lovingkindness always before our eyes (Ps. xxvi. 3), especially when we attend upon him in his temple. When we enjoy the benefit of public ordinances undisturbed, when we meet in his temple and there is none to make us afraid, we should take occasion thence to think of his lovingkindness."
Matthew Henry's Daily Readings on Psalm 48      


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Your Rock is Christ....


‎"Believe in God’s love and power 
more than you believe in your own feelings and experiences. 
Your Rock is Christ, 
and it is not the Rock that ebbs and flows, 
but your sea of feelings.”

~Samuel Rutherford



A friend posted this quote on facebook today and I wanted to share.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Happy third blogoversary....

Source: images.google.com via Stefanie on Pinterest

It's hard to believe that it's been three years since I started this blog! Perhaps even harder to believe.....all the changes that have taken place since it began. Just since my last blogiversary, a new niece, and two nephews have been born, I got married, and last, but not least, am expecting a baby of my own! I'm thankful for the Lord's mercies and blessings and for being able to remember them here on my blog ~

"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

"Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad."
Psalm 126:2-3




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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Psalm 119 part 12


"For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.
 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad."




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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Raspberry Crisp recipe

We've been getting tons of raspberries from our garden lately - I've been picking probably 1-3 quarts three times a week. Great for this pregnant woman who can't get enough fresh fruit to eat :-) Anyway along with eating fresh, and freezing for later, I've made this yummy crisp for dessert a couple times. You simply can't go wrong with brown sugar, oats, and butter - yum! Plus it's very easy and fast :-). Enjoy!


  • 4 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
Directions
  • In a large bowl, gently toss raspberries with sugar and 3 tablespoons flour. Transfer to a greased 9-in. square baking dish.
  • In another large bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar and remaining flour; cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over berries.
  • Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Yield: 6 servings.



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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Pearls....

Source: etsy.com via Ariel on Pinterest
‎"I would, brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate the pearl oyster. A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot eject the evil, and what does it do but cover it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl. Oh, that we could do so with the provocations we receive from our fellow Christians, so that pearls of patience, gentleness, long-suffering, and forgiveness might be bred within us by that which else had harmed us.
 Charles Spurgeon



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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Wilt thou go with this man?

Recently I've been reading in Matthew Henry on the story of Isaac and Rebekah. I've always loved what he wrote on them, and we even used a quote from the chapter in our wedding invitation :-), but lately I've been thinking on it because I have something in common with Rebekah who traveled a very long way from home to marry.....I loved these sections that I shared below below on them meeting each other.




 "Rebekah behaved herself very becomingly, when she met Isaac: understanding who he was, she alighted off her camel, and took a veil, and covered herself, in token of humility, modesty, and subjection.
She did not reproach Isaac for not coming himself to fetch her, or, at least, to meet her a day's journey or two, did not complain of the tediousness of her journey, or the difficulty of leaving her relations, to come into a strange place; but, having seen Providence going before her in the affair, she accommodates herself with cheerfulness to her new relation.
Those that by faith are espoused to Christ, and would be presented as chaste virgins to him, must, in conformity to his example, humble themselves, as Rebekah, who alighted when she saw Isaac on foot, and must put themselves into subjection to him who is their head (Eph. v. 24), as Rebekah, signifying it by the veil she put on.


 They were brought together (probably after some further acquaintance), to their mutual comfort.....She became his wife, and he loved her; there was all the reason in the world why he should, for so ought men to love their wives even as themselves. The duty of the relation is then done, and the comfort of the relation is then enjoyed, when mutual love governs; for there the Lord commands the blessing."
Matthew Henry



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Monday, September 17, 2012

From my devotional...

"The Lord taketh my part with those that help me. 
There are some that uphold me, and God is one of them; he is the principal one; none of them could help me if he did not help them."
Every creature is that to us (and no more) that God makes it to be. 
He means, "The Lord is he that upholds my soul, and keeps me from tiring in my work and sinking under my burdens." He that by his providence upholds all things by his grace upholds the souls of his people. God, who will in due time save his people, does, in the mean time, sustain them and bear them up, so that the spirit he has made shall not fail before him."       
Matthew Henry on Psalm 54



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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Psalm 119 part 11


 "My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.
 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?
 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.
 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?
 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.
All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.
They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.
 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth."



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Our wedding reception....

A video of our wedding reception that a good friend just sent us - enjoy :-)



John and Stefanie Cunnington's Reception from Gilbert Broyles on Vimeo.



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Friday, September 14, 2012

As your days — so shall your strength be.....


"As your days — so shall your strength be." 
Deuteronomy 33:25 



"God does not give grace — until the hour of trial comes. But when it does come — the amount of grace, and the nature of the special grace required, is granted. My soul! do not dwell with painful apprehension on the future. Do not anticipate coming sorrows; perplexing yourself with the grace needed for future emergencies; tomorrow will bring its promised grace — along with tomorrow's trials."
~John MacDuff




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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Update from Wisconsin....

Today's post is a mix of random pictures and bits of news from Wisconsin. What I'm most excited about is that today I've made it to 12 weeks and have reached my second trimester!!!!! Over the past few weeks of feeling so yucky, John and I made some observations on pregnancy. Such as we figured out why husbands gain sympathy weight.....mom is craving ice cream, but with nausea can't possibly eat a whole serving....'somebody' has to help her out and eat it....;-) Then 'they' tell you that you're eating for two, but no one ever mentions the fact that you need to sleep for two, too.....I calculated that that means I should sleep for at least 18 hours a day, LOL. That might explain why I have dreams about how tired I am, and why I have to be woken up to be told it's bedtime every evening! Ok, so maybe I'm kidding....a little :-) Also exciting is starting to have bits of time where I feel like myself again, and have more energy. Babyton is doing well, and Lord willing later today I have an appointment to meet my midwife and have a prenantal.

Also exciting was getting all of our wedding pictures in the mail. It's amazing just how much of the wedding and reception passed by in a blur so it's great to have such beautiful pictures, and to be getting a DVD of the ceremony and reception :-) This is probably our favorite picture and it's definitely going to be hanging on the wall somewhere in our home. I hope to share a few more tomorrow, or one day this week.



It's cooling down quite a bit up north, it's pretty normal to wake up to temps in the 40s, and one day this week the high is only 62! This southern girl (who doesn't even own boots, and has never driven in snow) is just a little nervous about a Wisconsin winter....it will be an adventure for sure....

John and I have had fun doing a couple projects in the kitchen lately. One was attempting grilled pizza. While we had a few issues with remembering to flip the crust (I blame it on pregnancy brain;-), we did get two yummy pizzas, and some good laughs out of it which I considered a success. Some more practice should perfect our skills.....hopefully.


We also tried our hands at watermelon wine - we're turning several watermelons from our garden into 6 gallons of wine. The process included chopping and squeezing juice out of about 4 big melons, then adding sugar, yeast, and a couple other things, scrubbing watermelon juice off of most of the kitchen surfaces, and then letting it ferment for a couple months before we can bottle it. After tasting the juice part I'm guessing it's going to taste wonderful!


Here is a picture of some bread I baked yesterday -



Last of all I wanted to share an excellent sermon from this past Lord's day. It was a blessing.





Hope ya'll have a great day!


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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Psalm 119 part 10


 "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.
 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.
Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.
Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed."



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Friday, September 7, 2012

A good marriage...

Source: heacts.com via Brit on Pinterest

"There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage." 
Martin Luther







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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Homemade Salsa

Last weekend we made some salsa with peppers and tomatoes from our garden and I thought I would share the recipe. The only change we made is that we left out the cilantro since both of us hate it, and if I made it again I think I would add more tomatoes. We used cayenne peppers and it turned out pretty spicy (at least in my opinion!), but delicious. I just need to eat it with sour cream :-)

Ball Blue Book Salsa
  • 10 cup Tomatoes; peeled and chopped
  • 5 cup Green peppers; chopped
  • 5 cup Onion; chopped
  • 2-1/2 cup Hot peppers; chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic; minced
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro; chopped
  • 1-1/4 cup Cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Hot pepper sauce; optional

Preparation:

Mix everything together in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Ladle into hot pint canning jars, put on lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
NOTES: This uses about 6 pounds tomatoes, 2 pounds green pepper and 1 1/2 pounds onion. Depending on your tastes and how hot your peppers are, you may want to use less hot pepper. 3/4 cup finely chopped jalapeƱoss, with no hot pepper sauce added, makes a mild to medium salsa.
You could also drain off some of the tomato juices before mixing everything together.
Servings: 6 pints



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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Marriage....

Source: google.com via Stefanie on Pinterest
"One of the ends which every believer must propose to himself, on entering the state of marriage, is to secure a faithful friend who will be a helpmate to him in reference to the world to come, assist him in the great business of his soul’s salvation, and pray for him and with him. One that will affectionately tell him of his sins and defects, viewed in the light of a Christian. One that will stimulate and draw him by the power of a holy example and the sweet force of persuasive words. One that will warn him in temptation, comfort him in dejection, and in every way assist him in his pilgrimage to heaven." 





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Monday, September 3, 2012

A Heritage of the Lord....

Our sermon, from yesterday, on Psalm 127 had great thoughts and points for this expectant mom, but I think it would be helpful for anyone who has a covenant child(ren) in their life to listen to.



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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