Monday, December 31, 2012

A prayer for the year's end.....

"Thou art good when Thou givest,
when Thou takest away.
When the sun shines upon on me,
when the night gathers over me.
Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love Thou didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust,
Thy goodness has been with me during another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back to make sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
With Thee as the blessed Pilot of my future
as of my past.
I bless Thee that thou hast veiled my eyes
to the waters ahead.
If Thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
Thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution
and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I shall see Thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify Thyself in me whether in comfort
or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always
for Thy use."
~ Valley Of Vision

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Psalm 123

"Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud."

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Favorite blog posts from 2012....

Today I'm looking back at  memories of 2012 and decided to share some of my most visited posts of the year (in no particular order). Thanks to all of you who follow, read, visit.....hope you enjoy and have a blessed day!

"A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself......

Our Courtship Story
The Mission of a Godly Woman

A Virtuous Woman

The Teacup

Stepping Heavenward

Update From Wisconsin

Wedding Pictures

A Meek and Quiet Spirit

Premarital Counselling

All The Days of Her Life

Heavenly Matchmaking

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

A mother's work.....

Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is placed in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse into the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it’s soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny, –she would see that in all God’s world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her.” 
-JR Miller

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Psalm 122

 "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.
 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:
 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.
 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.
 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.
 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good."

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Six months ago.....

Six months ago (tomorrow) was our wedding day. I can't believe I've been married  for half a year :-)!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holy days.....

This week seems like a good time to again share my Pastor's sermon from last December 25th -

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Psalm 121

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lord's day preparations....

Source: via Stefanie on Pinterest

"If a prince were to come to your house, what preparation would you make for his entertainment! You would sweep the house, wash the floor, adorn the room with the richest tapestry and hangings, that there might be something suitable to the state and dignity of so great a person. 
On the blessed Sabbath, God intends to have sweet communion with you; he seems to say to you, as Christ to Zacchaeus, ‘Make haste and come down, for this day I must abide at thy house.’ Luke 19: 5. Now, what preparation should you make for entertaining this King of glory? 
When Saturday evening approaches, sound a retreat; call your minds off from the world and summon your thoughts together, to think of the great work of the approaching day. Purge out all unclean affections, which may indispose you for the work of the Sabbath. Evening preparation will be like the tuning of an instrument, it will fit the heart better for the duties of the ensuing Sabbath."

~ Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

25 weeks...

25 weeks!

"Your little grower’s physical proportions are pretty much birth-ready and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and a ton of nervous system development.
The good news is: if your child were to be born premature, they’d likely survive without much trauma as their lungs started producing “surfactant” last week, which means their tiny respiratory system is getting stronger with each passing day.
Yes, now’s a good time for a minor sigh of relief and a quick pat on the back. All that hard work and conscientious living is really getting your child prepared for a healthy delivery.
In mobile-fetus news: your baby should be scootching slowly out of the breech position (head upright, with their butt-n-legs down by your pelvis) and start rotating around for a head-first exit through the birth canal.
If all goes well, and your little one isn't a contrary one, they'll be locked-n-loaded in the next few weeks!
Time is short (or really long, depending on who you ask) — just (still!) 14 weeks left before you can go back to being a single-resident human... with one tiny brand-spankin' new family member!"

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Monday, December 10, 2012


"Oh the weather outside is frightful....but the fire is so delightful....:-)" 
First winter snow in Wisconsin.

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A great sermon from yesterday - the teaching we get from our church is such a blessing! Be sure to check out GPC's you tube channel where the full worship services are being archived.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Psalm 120

"In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
 Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!
 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war."

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sticky buns.....

Our breakfast this morning - find the recipe here :-)
Hope ya'll have a great weekend!

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Take this child and bring it up for Me....

...she exults in the hope that [her]dear babe will be a holy, useful, happy Christian on earth—and then a glorified immortal in heaven. Such reflections ought to be sometimes in the mind of every parent. All should realize the sublime idea that their houses are the schools for eternity; their children the scholars; themselves the teachers; and evangelical religion the lesson. Yes, with every infant born into the family comes the injunction from God, "Take this child and bring it up for Me!" God sent this child into the world, to be trained up in the way he should go—that is in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

24 weeks.....

We've reached 24 weeks! I'm getting bigger - I can see it and feel it. Nearly every time I sit down and relax I can feel lots of kicks and movements. The other evening Hunter saw me jump and I explained that the baby was kicking me. He got a big smile on his face and said, "kicking you? That must mean it's a boy."  :-)
For the record though I'm still thinking girl - just a few more weeks and we'll know! In the meantime I'm ready to start thinking clothes, and diapers....and getting ready for this little one.

"It's another week full of exciting developments for your magical growing baby!
Just take a look at the checklist for this week: 1) ears: done; 2) fingernails: done; 3) (if you have a boy) testicles: taking their 3-4 day trip from the abdominal wall to the scrotum; and 4) lungs walls: secreting “surfactant”.
What’s surfactant? It's basically what it sounds like: a surface-activated fat that helps your baby's little lungs inflate (where inflate = fill with air not get more expensive for no understandable reason).
In the meantime, your submerged baby is still breathing in their amniotic fluid (and a bit of pee), preparing and rehearsing their lungs for an oxygen-filled life outside the womb.
By the end of this week, your wee womb-squatter will be weighing in at a whopping 2 lbs and 14 inches long.
All this new weight means your tiny baby is actually starting to fill out their skin, but they're not anywhere near their adorable fat-baby potential.
Most of the fetal “filling out” is coming up in that long awaited (and slightly dreaded?) third trimester. Woo-hoo! Get ready!

My Joy-Filled Life

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Free Christian calender

A friend of a friend shared this printable calender on facebook and asked people to share.....I love all the quotes!

Dear Friends, I have created a calendar called "The Christian Sabbath" which has a new quotation for each month from one of our forefathers in the Reformed arena. Here is a picture showing what each page looks like. The calendar is available for download at the following link:

Feel free to "share" this photo so that more folks will know about the calendar!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Lord's day sermons....

Two excellent sermons we were blessed with yesterday-

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Psalm 119 part 22

"Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.

 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments."

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Saturday, December 1, 2012


From my devotional this morning-

"All obedient believers are near akin to Jesus Christ. They wear his name, bear his image, have his nature, are of his family. He loves them, converses freely with them as his relations. He bids them welcome to his table, takes care of them, provides for them, sees that they want nothing that is fit for them: when he died he left them rich legacies, now he is in heaven he keeps up a correspondence with them, and will have them all with him at last, and will in nothing fail to do the kinsman's part (Ruth iii. 13), nor will ever be ashamed of his poor relations, but will confess them before men, before the angels, and before his Father."
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