Sunday, March 31, 2013

Psalm 136

"O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever."

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Free cloth diaper podcast.....

Free podcast today! I'm planning to cloth diaper my baby so was glad when my sister in law shared this with me. Enjoy!

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If you've been thinking about using cloth diapers for your baby, this topic is for you! Find out why Genevieve Pazdan from Mama Natural believes cloth diapers are very easy to use. They are cheaper, less stinky, better for the environment, and better for your baby:  

"I'm in it for 2.5 years now and I love it! It's so easy, I feel so good about doing it...and, as long as you do a good setup for yourself, it's really not a big deal at all!"

Have you used cloth diapers? What has your experience been? 

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If you've been thinking about using cloth diapers for your baby, this topic is for you! Find out why Genevieve Pazdan from Mama Natural believes cloth diapers are very easy to use. They are cheaper, less stinky, better for the environment, and better for your baby:

"I'm in it for 2.5 years now and I love it! It's so easy, I feel so good about doing it...and, as long as you do a good setup for yourself, it's really not a big deal at all!"

Have you used cloth diapers? What has your experience been?

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Monday, March 25, 2013

From my reading.....

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"I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."
Ephesians 4:1-3

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Psalm 135

"Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the name of the Lord; praise him, O ye servants of the Lord.
 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God.
 Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.
For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.
 For I know that the Lord is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.
He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.
 Who smote the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.
 Who sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his servants.
 Who smote great nations, and slew mighty kings;
Sihon king of the Amorites, and Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan:
 And gave their land for an heritage, an heritage unto Israel his people.
 Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, throughout all generations.
For the Lord will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.
They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;
 They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.
 They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.
 Bless the Lord, O house of Israel: bless the Lord, O house of Aaron:
 Bless the Lord, O house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, which dwelleth at Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord."

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

GPC's new blog

Today I wanted to share a link to my church, Greenville Presbyterian's new blog. Our Pastor is now on a mission trip in India and I've been enjoying reading his posts about the experience. Enjoy!

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

39 weeks....

39 weeks and hoping this will be the last bump picture I share with you all!

Your Baby in Week 39 of Pregnancy

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon.

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Happy First Day of Spring!

I braved 9 degree cold and high winds to go get some pictures of our first day of Spring.  Have to say I've never seen a spring that looks like this!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Psalm 134

"Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord.
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.
The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion."

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Friday, March 15, 2013


I found this on facebook and yes, that's pretty much how I feel.  It's been snowing all day here and I'm ready for spring :-)

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Take heart....

“Take heart: your struggle is surely no less noble simply because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, or because no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.” 
Robert Louis Stevenson

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

For Women Near the Time of Child Birth.....

When we pray with or for those women that are near the time of travail or in travail ~

"Lord, thou hast passed this sentence upon the woman that was first in the transgression, (1 Timothy 2:14) that in sorrow she shall bring forth children. (Genesis 3:16). But let this handmaid of thine be saved in child-bearing, and continue in faith and charity and holiness, with sobriety.(1 Timothy 2:15). Enable her to cast her burden upon the Lord, and let the Lord sustain her; Psalm 55:22 and what time she is afraid, grant that she may trust in thee (Psalm 56:3) and may encourage herself in the Lord her God. (1 Samuel 30:6.)
O let not the root be dried up from beneath, nor let the branch be withered or cut off; (Job 18:16) but let both live before thee. Be thou her strong habitation, her rock, and her fortress, give commandment to save her.( Psalm 71:3). And when travail comes upon her, which she cannot escape, be pleased, O Lord, to deliver her;( 1 Thessalonians 5:3). O Lord, make haste to help her; (Psalm 40:13) be thou thyself her help and deliverer, make no tarrying, O our God. (Psalm 40:17). Let her be safely delivered and remember the anguish no more, for joy that a child is born into the world, is born unto thee.( John 16:21.)"

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Praying for our children...

One of our sermons from yesterday and a prayer from Matthew Henry that it brought to mind -

"O Lord our God, the God of the spirits of all flesh! All souls are thine, the souls of the parents and the souls of the children are thine, and thou hast grace sufficient for both.
Thou wast our fathers’ God, and as such we will exalt thee; thou art our children’s God, and also we will plead with thee, for the promises to us and our children; and thou art a God in covenant with believers and their seed.
Lord, it is thy good providence that hath built us up into a family: We thank thee for the children thou hast graciously given thy servants; the Lord, who has blessed us with them, make them blessings indeed to us, that we may never be tempted to wish we had been childless.
We lament the iniquity which our children are conceived and born in, and that corrupt nature which they derive through our loins.
But we bless thee that there is a fountain opened for their cleansing from that original pollution, and that they were betimes by baptism dedicated to thee, and admitted into the bonds, and under the blessings, of thy covenant; that they are born in thy house and taken in as members of thy family upon earth.
It is a comfort to us to think that they are baptized, and we humbly desire to plead it with thee. They are thine; save them; enable them, as they become capable, to make it their own act and deed, to join themselves unto the Lord, that they may be owned as thine in that day when thou makest up thy jewels.
Give them a good capacity of mind and a good disposition, make them towardly and tractable and willing to receive instruction; incline them betimes to religion and virtue. Lord, give them wisdom and understanding, and drive out the foolishness that is bound up in their hearts.
Save them from the vanity which childhood and youth are subject to, and fit them every way to live comfortably and usefully in this world. We ask not for great things in this world for them; give them, if it please thee, a strong and healthy constitution of body, preserve them from all ill accidents, and feed them with food convenient for them, according to their rank.
But the chief thing we ask of God for them is that thou wilt pour thy Spirit upon our seed, even thy blessing, that blessing of blessings, upon our offspring, that they may be a seed to serve thee, which shall be accounted unto the Lord for a generation: Give them that good part which never shall be taken away from them.
Give us wisdom and grace to bring them up in thy fear, in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, with meekness and tenderness, and having them in subjection with all gravity. Teach us how to teach them the things of God as they are able to bear them, and how to reprove and admonish, and when there is need, to correct them in a right manner, and how to set them good examples of every thing that is virtuous and praiseworthy, that we may recommend religion to them, and so train them up in the way wherein they should go, that if they live to be old, they may not depart from it.
Keep them from the snare of evil company and all the temptations to which they are exposed, and make them betimes sensible how much it is their interest, as well as their duty, to be religious; and, Lord, grant that none who come of us may come short of eternal life or be found on the left hand of Christ in the great day.
We earnestly pray that Christ may be formed in their souls betimes, and that the seeds of grace may be sown in their hearts while they are young, and we may have the satisfaction of seeing them walking in the truth and setting their faces heavenwards. Give them now to hear counsel and receive instruction, that they may be wise in their latter end; and if they be wise, our hearts shall rejoice, even ours.
Prosper the means of their education; let our children be taught of the Lord, that great may be their peace: And give them so to know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent, as may be life eternal to them.
O that they may betimes get wisdom and get understanding and never forget it. As far as they are taught the truth as it is in Jesus, give them to continue in the things which they have learned.
It is our heart’s desire and prayer that our children may be praising God on earth when we are gone to praise him in heaven, and that we and they may be together for ever, serving him day and night in his temple.
If it should please God to remove any of them from us while they are young, let us have grace submissively to resign them to thee, and let us have hope in their death.
If thou remove us from them while they are young, be thou thyself a Father to them, to teach them and provide for them, for with thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
Thou knowest our care concerning them, we cast it upon thee; ourselves and ours we commit to thee. Let not the light of our family religion be put out with us, nor that treasure be buried in our graves, but let those that come after us do thee more and better service in their day than we have done in ours, and be unto thee for a name and a praise.
In these prayers we aim at thy glory. Father, let thy name be sanctified in our family, there let thy kingdom come and thy will be done by us and ours, as it is done by the angels in heaven; for Christ Jesus’ sake, our blessed Saviour and Redeemer, whose seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. Now to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, that great and sacred name, into which we and our children were baptized, be honour and glory, dominion and praise, henceforth and forever. Amen."
Matthew Henry

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Psalm 133

"Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

37 weeks!

It's been awhile since I've posted on here - mainly due to busyness, and sickness, but here I am at 37 weeks pregnant. I'm so excited to be full term now - the baby could be born safely at any time! Though if I follow family tradition I'll be late and most likely have an April baby - we'll see........

As for busyness.....I've been freezing meals to eat after the baby is born, and working on washing and setting up everything for the baby. Here's the crib. 

And some lovely quilts. We're prepared for a boy or girl, but I have to admit the  pink is my favorite :-)

Nursing supplies and blankets waiting in the crib. We're actually going to use a bassinet at first so the crib is making a handy storage space.

Every baby needs a rocking chair.

The changing table, diaper pail, and wet bag.

The drawers hold my cloth diapers.

Some of  "my stash." I can't wait till it's time to start using all this!

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Psalm 132

"Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions:
 How he sware unto the Lord, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
 Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
 For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish."

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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