Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Staying in the light....

lampost at night
Today I'm sharing a repost from a year ago today.While it was originally written on the subject of prayer, the reason it was on my mind and I decided to share is that today is a day where so many are celebrating darkness and being drawn to evil, so I love how in this story we are drawn to look to the light of Christ and see Him in all we do through the day. 

"A number of ministers were assembled in the home of one of them for the discussion of difficult questions, and it was asked how the command to “PRAY WITHOUT CEASING” could be complied with. Various suppositions were stated; and at length one of the number was appointed to write an essay upon it to be read at the next meeting; which being overheard by a plain sensible servant girl exclaimed,

 “What! a whole month waiting to tell the meaning of that text? It is one of the easiest and best texts in the Bible.

“Well, well,” said an old minister. “Mary, what can you say about it? Let us know how you understand it. Can you pray all the time?

“Oh, yes sir!”
“What, when you have so many things to do?”

“Why, sir, the more I have to do, the more I can pray”

“Indeed! Well, Mary, do let us know how it is; for most people think otherwise.”


“Why sir,” said the girl, “when I first open my eyes in the morning, I pray that the Lord open the eyes of my understanding; and while I am dressing I pray that I may be clothed with the robe of Christ’s righteousness; and when I have washed me, I pray for the washing of regeneration; and as I begin to work, I pray that I may have strength equal to my day; and when I begin to kindle the fire, I pray that God’s work may revive in my soul; and as I sweep out the house, I pray that my heart may be cleansed from all its impurities; and while preparing and partaking of my breakfast, I desire and pray to be fed with the hidden manna, and the sincere milk of the Word; and as I am busy with the little children, I look up to God as my reconciled Father in Christ, and pray for the Spirit of adoption that I may know myself more assuredly as His child; and so on all day; everything I do furnishes me with a thought for prayer.”


“Enough, enough!” exclaimed the old divine, “These things are revealed to babes, and often hid from the wise and prudent. Go on, Mary, pray without ceasing; and as for us, my brethren, let us bless the Lord, for this wonderful practical exposition, and remember that He has said, “The meek will he guide in judgment.”

After this, the essay was considered unnecessary."

"Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18



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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Psalm 119 part 17


"Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law."




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Monday, October 22, 2012

South Carolina....

This week I'm on my vacation in South Carolina with my family. We drove down through the night  Friday and are enjoying spending time with family, friends, worshiping with church family, enjoying WARM weather :-) and having a great time together. Pictured above is the Bonnie Blue Sc flag John bought me to fly in our yard at home and Lord willing I'll share more pictures later.....until then, hope ya'll have a great day!



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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Psalm 119 part 16


"I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.
 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way."



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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Youngster's Cake recipe

I was craving this old family favorite today so baked it up for dessert. Hey, it has oats, peanut butter, and milk in it....practically a healthy cake :-)

Youngster's Cake 
1/3 c butter 
2/3 peanutbutter 
1 1/2 c brown sugar 
2 eggs 
1 1/2 c flour 
1 tsp b powder 
1 c milk 
1 c oats 
1 c chocolate chips 

Beat together the fats, sugar and eggs. Stir in dry ingredients and milk, mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour in a greased 13x9 pan and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. 

For the icing combine - 1/2 c peanut butter and 1/3 c milk in a saucepan, cook over medium heat until smooth and well blended. Stir in 1/2 c brown sugar, 1 1/3 c coconut, and if desired (we always do, but the original recipe does not call for this) add another 1 c chocolate chips. Stir over low heat till chips are melted. Then spread over warm cake. Broil until icing becomes bubbly. Delicious:-)




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I wasn't feeling well this past Lord's day, and as always at such times was thankful to have the option to join in the worship service from my bed or the couch :-). Go here to watch our services live, or to call and listen from your phone. It's a blessing for when you are unable for, whatever reason, to go out, and this sermon was a blessing as well. I hope you can listen!







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Monday, October 15, 2012

God provides...

To make us thankful let us consider, That God not only provides for us, but for our servants. The cattle that are of use to man are particularly taken care of; grass is made to grow in great abundance for them, when the young lions, that are not for the service of man, often lack and suffer hunger. Nay, the divine providence not only furnishes animals with their proper food, but vegetables also with theirs: The trees of the Lord are full of sap, not only men's trees, which they take care of and have an eye to, in their orchards, and parks, and other enclosures, but God's trees, which grow in the wildernesses, and are taken care of only by his providence; they are full of sap and want no nourishment.

 We may apply this to the trees of righteousness, which are the planting of the Lord, planted in his vineyard; these are full of sap, for what God plants he will water, and those that are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.

 He takes care that they shall have suitable habitations to dwell in. To men God has given discretion to build for themselves and for the cattle that are serviceable to them; but there are some creatures which God more immediately provides a settlement for.
 The birds. Some birds, by instinct, make their nests in the bushes near rivers: By the springs that run among the hills some of the fowls of heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. They sing, according to their capacity, to the honour of their Creator and benefactor, and their singing may shame our silence. Our heavenly Father feeds them, and therefore they are easy and cheerful, and take no thought for the morrow. The birds being made to fly above the earth (as we find, they make their nests on high, in the tops of trees: it should seem as if nature had an eye to this in planting the cedars of Lebanon, that they might be receptacles for the birds. Those that fly heavenward shall not want resting-places. The stork is particularly mentioned; the fir-trees, which are very high, are her house, her castle.
The smaller sort of beasts: The wild goats, having neither strength nor swiftness to secure themselves, are guided by instinct to the high hills, which are a refuge to them; and the rabbits, which are also helpless animals, find shelter in the rocks, where they can set the beasts of prey at defiance.

  Does God provide thus for the inferior creatures; and will he not himself be a refuge and dwelling-place to his own people? 
Matthew Henry's Daily Readings on Psalm 104      





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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Psalm 119 part 15


"I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
 Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments."




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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Memories...

Six months ago (tomorrow) John asked me to be his wife.....happy memories :-)



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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Nieces and nephews....

My nieces and nephews on my side of the family (I have 4 more nephews on John's side!). This picture from my sister in law reminds me so much of  pictures of my siblings and I when we were little. Six more months, Lord willing and there will be another little one in this group - does anyone think it needs another girl? :-)



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Monday, October 8, 2012

A Song of Deliverance




"He is my fortress, in which I am safe and think myself so—my high tower, or stronghold, in which I am out of the reach of real evils—the tower of salvation, which can never be sealed nor battered, nor undermined. Salvation itself saves me. Am I in distress? he is my deliverer—struck at, shot at? he is my shield—pursued? he is my refuge—oppressed? He is my Savior, that rescues me out of the hand of those that seek my ruin.  "Am I burdened, and ready to sink? The Lord is my stay,  by whom I am supported. Am I in the dark, benighted, at a loss? Thou art my lamp, O Lord! to show me my way, and thou wilt dispel my darkness," (For thou art my lamp, O Lord: and the Lord will lighten my darkness. If we sincerely take the Lord for our God, all this, and much more, he will be to us, all we need and can desire."
~ Matthew Henry on 2 Samuel 22






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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Psalm 119 part 14


 "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.
Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.
 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
 The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
 I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end."




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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Babyton and Squash...

I've been asked to share another 'Bump Picture' on here - here is Babyton at 15 weeks!  I'm glad to be into the second trimester with the worst of the nausea behind me. Still dealing with migraines and tiredness (which explains less frequent posts!) but we're doing well and I can't wait to find out what this little one is :-)


Our garden is all finished up - a September killing frost was a little bit of a shock to this southern girl......but anyway when all was said and done we picked 38 winter squash from 3 plants! Not bad considering we had a hot dry summer.

.....So have been making lots of 'pumpkiny'/squash things lately. This yummy skillet cake was a success which was enjoyed by my family.

with whipped cream - delicious!

We've also had pumpkin muffins, one night I cubed up two of them and roasted them along with cubed potatoes, onions, chicken, and rosemary, and I really want to try this pumpkin latte recipe sometimes soon too! What are your favorite pumpkin/squash recipes?


Sharing with Homemaking Link Up.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Woman's influence...

“Every woman whether rich or poor, married or single, has a circle of influence within which, according to her character, she is exerting a certain amount of power for good or harm. Every woman, by her virtue or her vice, by her folly or her wisdom, by her levity or her dignity, is adding something to our national elevation or degradation. A community is not likely to be overthrown where woman fulfills her mission, for by the power of her noble heart over the hearts of others, she will raise that community from its ruins and restore it again to prosperity and joy.”




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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Promises......

Some verses/promises from our worship service this past Lord's day that have stayed with me....

"Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."
Jeremiah 3:14-15



     "God in his glory shall appear,
        When Zion he builds and repairs.
    He shall regard and lend his ear
        Unto the needy's humble pray'rs:

     The afflicted's pray'r he will not scorn.
       All times this shall be on record:
     And generations yet unborn
        Shall praise and magnify the Lord.
             Psalm 102:16-18




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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