Thursday, January 31, 2013

Baby shower pictures....

A few pictures from the baby shower that my SC friends and family threw for me. It was a special fun time!




























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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Psalm 127

"Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate."



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Friday, January 25, 2013

A bump photo shoot.....

Yesterday my friend Caroline, of CornBread photos, took some pregnancy pictures at 31 weeks. Here are a few favorites -














My Joy-Filled Life



 
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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Psalm 126

"When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
 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.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."



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Thursday, January 17, 2013

A letter to mothers...

Source: google.ca via Catherine on Pinterest

O dear mothers,

Please understand that you have a very sacred trust reposed in you by God! He has in effect said unto you, “Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages”. You are called to equip the future man of God, that he may be “thoroughly furnished unto all good works”. If God spares you, you may live to hear that pretty boy speak to thousands, and you will have the sweet reflection in your heart that the quiet teachings of the nursery led the adult man to love his God and serve Him.

Those who think that a woman detained at home by her little family is doing nothing think reverse of what is true. Scarcely can the godly mother quit her home for a place of worship. However, dream not that she is lost to the work of the church. Far from it, she is doing the best possible service for her Lord.

Mothers, the godly training of your offspring is your first and most pressing duty. Christian women, by teaching children the holy scriptures, are as much fulfilling their part for the Lord as Moses did in judging Israel, or Solomon in building the temple.

Charles Spurgeon 

 Spiritual Parenting, by C. H. Spurgeon. 




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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

30 weeks!

30 weeks and all was well at today's prenatal! I feel like we've entered the home stretch.
The baby is head down, and it's new favorite activity is pushing off on mom's ribs. One of my favorite's when relaxing is watching and feeling all the movements :-) He/she is a busy little one!

If Babyton  is a girl this will be her blanket.....I plan to make a white one, and maybe a blue too in the next 10 weeks.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Psalm 125

"They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
 Do good, O Lord, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts.
 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel."


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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Delight....



"Husband and wife must delight in the love and company, and lives of each other. When husband and wife take pleasure in each other, it unites them in duty, it helps them with ease to do their work, and bear their burdens; and is a major part of the comfort of marriage. [Prov 5.18,19] " 
~ Richard Baxter 





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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Baby things....

Some things I've been knitting and crocheting for the baby, and I still have a few more projects to keep me busy for the next 11 weeks or so!






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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Bible reading plan....

Today I wanted to share a link to the Bible reading plan we are going through this year. It's based off of Robert Murray M'Cheyne's plan and  at least some of our church family is using it as well. Below I shared some of the advantages he gave of using such a plan:
(1.) The whole Bible will be read through in an orderly manner in the course of a year. – The

Old Testament once, the New Testament and Psalms twice. I fear many of you never read the
whole Bible; and yet it is all equally Divine, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness, that the
man of God may be perfect.” If we pass over some parts of Scripture, we shall be incomplete
Christians.


(2.) Time will not be wasted in choosing what portions to read. Often believers are at a loss to
determine towards which part of the mountains of spices they should bend their steps. Here
the question will be solved at once in a very simple manner.

(3.) Parents will have a regular subject upon which to examine their children and servants. – It
is much to be desired that family worship were made more instructive than it generally is.
The mere reading of the chapter is often too like water spilt on the ground. Let it be read by
every member of the family before-hand, and then the meaning and application drawn out by
simple question and answer. The calendar will be helpful in this. Friends, also, when they
meet, will have a subject for profitable conversation in the portions read that day. The
meaning of difficult passages may be inquired from the more judicious and ripe Christians,
and the fragrance of simpler Scriptures spread abroad.

(4.) The pastor will know in what part of the pasture the flock are feeding. – He will thus be
enabled to speak more suitably to them on the Sabbath; and both pastor and elders will be able
to drop a word of light and comfort in visiting from house to house, which will be more
readily responded to.

(5.) The sweet bond of Christian love and unity will be strengthened. – We shall be often led to
think of those dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, here and elsewhere, who agree to join with
us in reading those portions. We shall oftener be led to agree on earth, touching something we
shall ask of God. We shall pray over the same promises, mourn over the same confessions,
praise God in the same songs, and be nourished by the same words of eternal life.
Robert Murray M‘Cheyne. December 1842





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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

God's precious gifts....

I liked this section of a book I read awhile back. In context a woman is concerned and asking what she and her husband would have to offer a child if they were to have one -


We are at a farm-house. Everything is plain, but neat and nice. I asked Mrs. Brown, our hostess; the other day, if she did not envy me my four little ones; she smiled, said they were the best children she ever saw, and that it was well to have a family if you have means to start them in the world; for her part, she lived from, hand to mouth as it was, and was sure she could never stand the worry and care of a house full of young ones.

"But the worry and care is only half the story," I said. "The other half is pure joy and delight."

"Perhaps so, to people that are well-to-do," she replied; "but to poor folks, driven to death as we are, it's another thing. I was telling him yesterday what a mercy it was there wasn't any young ones round under my feet, and I could take city boarders, and help work off the mortgage on the farm."

"And what did your husband say to that?"

"Well, he said we were young and hearty, and there was no such tearing hurry about the mortgage and that he'd give his right hand to have a couple of boys like yours."

'Well,' says I, supposing you had a pack of, 'em, what have you got to give 'em?' '

 'Jest exactly what my father and mother gave me,' says he; 'two hands to earn their bread with, and a welcome you could have heard from Dan to Beersheba.

"I like to hear that!" I said. "And I hope many such welcomes will resound in this house. Suppose money does come in while little goes-out; suppose you get possession of the whole farm; what then? Who will enjoy it with you? Who will you leave it to when you die? And in your old age who will care for you?"

"You seem awful earnest," she said.

"Yes, I am in earnest. I want to see little children adorning every home, as flowers adorn every meadow and every wayside. I want to see them welcomed to the homes they enter, to see their parents grow less and less selfish, and more and more loving, because they have come. I want to see God's precious gifts accepted, not frowned upon and refused."
Stepping Heavenward




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Monday, January 7, 2013

Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place....


"Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations."
Psalm 90:1


"...Ye are going to a country where the Sun of righteousness shines not so clear as in this kingdom; but if you would know where He whom your soul loves doth rest and where He feeds....wherever you be, go forth by the footsteps of the flock.....Ask for some of the Watchmen of the Lord's city who will tell you truly, and will not lie, where you shall find Him who your soul loves. Be not discouraged to go from this country to another part of the Lord's earth: "The earth is His and the fullness thereof," This is the Lord's house and we have no assurance to lie forever in one chamber, but must be content to remove from one corner of the Lord's house to another, resting in hope that when we come to the Lord's upper city, "Jerusalem that is above," we shall move no more because then we shall be at home. And go wherever you will if our Lord go with you, you are at home as long as He who is Israel's dwelling house is your home."
Samuel Rutherford's Letter 5




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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Psalm 124


"If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say;
 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us:
 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
 Then the waters had overwhelmed us, the stream had gone over our soul:
 Then the proud waters had gone over our soul.
 Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth.
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.
 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth."




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Friday, January 4, 2013

An update in pictures...

I haven't shared a bump picture on here in awhile.....so here is one I took today at 28 weeks, then I put it alongside another of me in the same outfit taken at 20 weeks. Just look at how the bump is growing! I feel very big and pregnant. The baby is doing well, kicks all the time and we can sometimes see kicks from the outside now :-)


We've been getting lots of snow - so far up to 22 inches this winter. I'm trying to get used to highs that never seem to climb out of the 20s....and sometimes don't even go so high as 20. 


My husband snowblowing. 


I'm also trying to get used to driving on white roads.......I drive slowwwwwly.....:-)

Those of you who have been reading my blog for very long will remember my second family the Es. I was  so happy for them as they welcomed a new little one to the family late last month. I can't wait to meet him :-)


This cold weather has been good for knitting and crocheting. Here is the beginning of a girl sweater that now is almost done.

......and here is what became a sweater for a little boy. We'll see which one we need :-)
I'm also hoping to get some hats and afghans done in the next 12 weeks or so....



I've used a devotional the past few years, but this year have decided to go through Samuel Rutherford's Letters seeing as he conveniently has 365 of them. It's been years since I picked this up and thought it would be good to go through again.


I hope ya'll have a great day!




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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Storms.....

Walk
"Let us mark well this lesson. If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven. We must count it no strange thing, if we have to endure sicknesses, losses, bereavements, and disappointments, just like other men. Free pardon and full forgiveness, grace by the way and glory at the end,—all this our Savior has promised to give. But He has never promised that we shall have no afflictions. He loves us too well to promise that. By affliction He teaches us many precious lessons, which without it we should never learn. By affliction He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning we shall all say, "it is good for me that I was afflicted." We shall thank God for every storm."
-J.C. Ryle


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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