Monday, November 26, 2012

Everyday duties....

A friend recently shared this quote on facebook -

Learn to commend thy daily acts to God. So shall the dry, everyday duties of common life be steps to heaven and lift thy heart thither.

Edward B. Pusey 

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Psalm 119 part 21

"Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee."

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
Psalm 100:4-5

"....Meditate upon His mercies to you from birth. Look at the dangers you have been delivered from, the journeys you have been protected on, the seasonable help He has sent you, the suitable support He has afforded you in distress, the counsel He has given you in doubts, and the comforts He has provided you in sorrow and darkness.....Every breath in your life is a gift of mercy. Do not forget the former favors bestowed on you and your family. An empty perfume bottle still smells when the perfume is gone. Meditate on your present mercies. How many do you enjoy? Your house, family, body, and soul are full of blessings. Think of them particularly, spread them out like jewels to your view. Meditate on how freely they are bestowed, on their fullness and greatness. Your whole life is a bundle of mercies. These stir us up to bless the Giver."

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

His appointments...

One of my friends posted this quote on facebook today -
"It was a pretty remark I read, the other day, of a Christian man who said, '"I used to have many disappointments, until I changed one letter of the word, and chopped it into two, so that instead of ‘disappointments,’ I read it, ‘His appointments.’” That was a wonderful change, for “disappointments” break your heart, but “his appointments” you accept right cheerily." 
C.H. Spurgeon

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Cheese and chocolate...

Some pictures of the yummy food John and I had for my birthday dinner at The Melting Pot on Saturday. Cheese and chocolate - delicious :-)!

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Psalm 119 part 20

"Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Birthday thoughts....

Source: via Stefanie on Pinterest
Today is my birthday, well sort actually falls on the Lord's day this year so we're celebrating today. It's  also the first day of gun hunting season in Wisconsin so my husband is out hunting for the day. I'm sitting her typing and listening to gun shots...As you can see below, I've found a couple books to keep me busy while he's gone, once I finish my housework. Yes, I've been reading a lot on pregnancy and child birth lately! What are your favorite books on the topic? Later on today I get a dinner date with my husband for my birthday :-)

Speaking of birthdays....I don't know about you, but for me it always seems to be a time to look back and remember all that God has done for me, or maybe simply looking over the changes since my last birthday. I have plenty - this is my first as a wife and mom - plenty of changes, and plenty to be thankful for. God has been very good! This quote from my devotional this morning seemed very appropriate for today -

"When we give thanks for some one particular mercy we should take occasion thence to remember former mercies and so to show forth all his marvellous works."
Matthew Henry on Psalm 9

Source: via Angela on Pinterest

Source: via Maria on Pinterest

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Friday, November 16, 2012

A happy home...

"It is an unquestionable truth, that if a man be not happy at home, he cannot be happy anywhere; and he who is happy there, need be miserable nowhere. 'It is the place of all the world I love most,' said the interesting author of  'The Task,' when speaking of home. And he may be felicitated who can say the same. Any attempt, however feeble, to render the domestic circle what it ever should be - a scene of comfort - is at least benevolent. The secret of happiness lies folded up in the leaves of the Bible, and is carried in the bosom of Religion. The author knows of no other way to felicity, and therefore does not profess to teach any other.

Let the two parties in wedded life be believers in Christ Jesus, and partake themselves of the peace that passeth understanding; let them, when they become a father and a mother, bring up their children in the fear of God; and if happiness is to be found upon earth, it will be enjoyed within the hallowed circle of a family, thus united by love, and sanctified by grace."

The Marriage Ring
John Angell James

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

First things first....

 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment."
~ Matthew 22

This was an excellent sermon from church last Lord's day that I wish every single Christian voter would watch!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

It's a......

....boy, girl? I don't know! Yesterday we had our ultrasound and it was one of those times where the technician could not really get a good enough look to be sure. From what we did see, we're thinking it's probably a girl, but I don't feel sure enough to go shopping for girl clothes yet. It looks like I'll be be going for mostly unisex baby stuff for now.

However, most importantly, everything looked great! Our baby weighs a pound now, is growing well, has all the right parts - we're thankful! It was fun to watch 'her' wiggling, squirming, and kicking around and it surprised me that I don't feel more of those movements.

Below are Babyton's first pictures. The top is my favorite - isn't he/she cute? :-)

My Joy-Filled Life

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Yummy recipes....

There is no spectacle on earth more appealing than that of a beautiful woman in the act of cooking dinner for someone she loves.
Thomas Wolfe

I loved the quote above that I came across the other day (though not so sure about the beautiful part, LOL). I also love pinterest for finding new recipes to try, and simply for storing and organizing all my recipes online. Here are a few pinterest finds we've tried and enjoyed -

We just tried these potatoes last week and they were delicious! No leftovers....

Source: via Stefanie on Pinterest

My sister in law made this for us when we visited last month- very yummy!

My sister in law made me these for my last birthday. They were so good - I need to make them for my family sometime!

I'm planning to make these soon though I'll use tomatoes I froze from 

our garden last summer. I love artichokes!

We had this using winter squash from the garden and it was delicious!

These peanut butter pancakes were so good - I'm not sure why we haven't had them again!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Psalm 119 part 19

"I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.
 I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.
They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever."

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

True love...

“The Puritan ethic of marriage was first to look not for a partner whom you do love passionately at this moment but rather for one whom you can love steadily as your best friend for life, then to proceed with God’s help to do just that.” 
 J.I. Packer

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Making a house a home....

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The goodness of God endureth continually.....

‎"Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully. Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah. Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah. The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him: Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness. But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever. I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints."

Psalm 52

 "God is continually doing good, and those that therein are like him have reason to glory in their being so; but thou art continually doing mischief, and therein art utterly unlike him, and contrary to him, and yet gloriest in being so."

 "Thou thinkest, with the mischief which thou boastest of (so artfully contrived and so successfully carried on), to run down and ruin the people of God; but thou wilt find thyself mistaken: the goodness of God endures continually for their preservation, and then they need not fear what man can do unto them." The enemies in vain boast in their mischief while we have God's mercy to boast in.....Those wretchedly deceive themselves that think to support themselves in their power and wealth without God and religion."

 "I will wait on thy name; I will attend upon thee in all those ways wherein thou hast made thyself known, hoping for the discoveries of thy favor to me and willing to tarry till the time appointed for them; for it is good before thy saints,

"Turn thou to thy God; keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually."
Hos. xii. 6.       
Matthew Henry

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Halfway to the finish line!

"God hath my supplication heard, My pray'r received graciously."
Psalm 6:9

This post is written with a thankful heart - it's almost hard to believe after so many prayers, and waiting on the Lord that I'm a mom and am halfway through my pregnancy! Sometimes it's also hard to wrap my mind around the fact that there is a real little person in there....though little kicks and movements are helping remind me :-). All is going well, I'm happy to say that I haven't had a headache bad enough to send me to bed in two weeks, and in just one week Lord willing, we find out just who this little person is!

Bump pictures from the first 19 weeks ( I know I missed getting pictures a couple times)......

.....And what I look like today at 20 weeks. People keep telling me I'm small, but I feel huge. LOL.

And what Baby Gaga has to say about what our baby looks like and is doing now.....

"This week you're carrying around 10.5 inches and 10.5 ounces of solid magical baby goodness!
Your fantastic fetus' fragile tiny bones continue to ossify and toughen while their itsy bitsy finger and toe pads (and unique finger prints) are finishing up.
Your little womb-dancer also has teeth buds sprouting beneath their gum line.
And finally! Your wee one's limbs have reached their relative proportions — no more bobble-head!
Their little pink lips are more defined, and might be helping out in a bit of prenatal thumb-sucking.
If you have a little boy: their tiny testes are descending, though they have not yet passed the abdominal wall.
And in a final anti-alien development: the first of their tiny eyelashes and eyebrows are now present.
Essentially, your little one really does looks like a miniature baby — and we do mean miniature - your little swimmer currently weighs a mere eighth of their birth weight.
Good work mama! You're bakin' a beautiful baby and you're already half-done!"

My Joy-Filled Life

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Monday, November 5, 2012

An old favorite...

This was one of my favorite books as a child so one afternoon while staying with my brother  I spotted it on his shelf and decided to take a trip down memory lane and read through it again. It's basically an abridged version of the original book. As far as I can tell they don't leave out any parts of the story, but it's written in a more modern and easy to read English, and about half of every page is a picture illustrating what's happening. My only objection is that there are a couple pictures of Jesus, but you could cover those like my family did. Otherwise I think it's a great read for children who might find the older English hard to follow.

I grew up loving allegories such as Pilgrim's Progress, or The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and really do still like that sort of thing as you can see by how much I've shared from Hinds Feet on High Places. Someday, Lord willing, I'd like to read them with my own children. Books like these are encouraging and helpful to me...but I appreciate any book that encourage me to, "run with patience the race that is set before us."

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Psalm 119 part 18

"Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments.
Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
 I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
 Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live."

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Biblical view of magistrates....

"We believe that our gracious God, because of the depravity of mankind, hath appointed kings, princes, and magistrates, willing that the world should be governed by certain laws and policies; to the end that the dissoluteness of men might be restrained, and all things carried on among them with good order and decency. For this purpose He hath invested the magistracy with the sword, for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. And their office is, not only to have regard unto and watch for the welfare of the civil state, 
but also that they protect the sacred ministry, and thus may remove and prevent all idolatry and false worship, that the kingdom of antichrist may be thus destroyed, and the kingdom of Christ promoted. They must, therefore, countenance the preaching of the word of the gospel everywhere, that God may be honored and worshipped by every one, as He commands in His Word."

I liked this section of the
Belgic Confession of Faith
that I found on this blog  this morning. If only we had that kind of man running for office!

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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