Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"How deep the Father's love for me, how vast beyond all measure. That He would send His only Son to make this wretch His treasure."
I can't get this video to post to my blog, so please take a look on your own! Be sure to share it with your friends!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sam played golf this past week with 3 other guys and their youth pastor. what an answer to prayer. Tom used to play golf with friends when he was about Sam's age, and we have prayed and longed for similar friendships here in AZ for Sam. He came home from the round and told me, "Mom, I really liked these guys. They were the same with "just the guys" as they are all the time." People of integrity are not so easy to come by these days. What a blessing that God would answer our prayers and bring some new friends into Sam's life at just the right time! I talked to one of the mom's yesterday at church and told her what an answer to prayer her boys' friendships were. She told me, "Oh, don't think you were the only one praying about this!" I love to think about God having already answered this prayer long ago, and us just having to wait for His timing!
"In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live - time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time to know each other." - Peter Marshall
Sunday, October 26, 2008
i couldn't explain the underlying pressure i was feeling. every time i sat down to spend time in prayer, i felt overwhelmed...too much, too many, what if i leave out something important...i've been all about "praying without ceasing" for a long time, but i had no peace.
then i was reading from a book a good friend lent me, The Salt House. it's the story of a summer on the dunes of cape cod. surely this would bring me peace. i love the ocean! then i read "i always feel a chill as i approach this spot, haunted by birds and deerflies. how tenuous our hold here seems, even in this green valley shining in sunlight, even on such a bright spring morning. i look at the boathouse covered in vines, its interior filling up with sand, and i feel my life slipping away under me, the sand blowing over, covering everything i know..." that was it! that was how i was feeling!
then today at church we sang "mighty to save" and the pastor read to us from hebrews. "but Jesus remains a priest forever to save everyone who comes to God through Him. HE LIVES FOREVER TO PLEAD WITH GOD ON THEIR BEHALF."
you know, i knew this, but i needed reminding. so much to pray for, so much to hope for, so much for which to be thankful...
we also sang amazing grace (my chains are gone) and "your word my hope secures" jumped out at me...
the pressure gone...the peace i was seeking found again...my great high priest has it covered! i can rest, abide and enjoy Him.
"The most significant lesson that desert dwellers can learn is to regard themselves not as exiles from some better place, but as people at home in an environment to which life can be adjusted." Forrest Shreve
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
"For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike." (mt.5:45b)
"The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best book for regulating the concerns of men...The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys the divine aurthority of that book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer." -Peter Marshall-
O that the common grace rained down on our land by the presence of God's Word, however diminishing its presence may be, would not be removed! May we "let our lights so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven." (mt.5:16)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
"You live in a world where your soul is inconstant danger. Enemies are round you on every side. Your own heart is deceitful. Bad examples are numerous. Satan is always laboring to lead you astray. Above all false doctrine and false teachers of every kind abound. This is your great danger.
To be safe you must be well armed. You must provide yourself with the weapons which God has given you for your help. You must store your mind with Holy Scripture. This is to be well armed.
Arm yourself with a thorough knowledge of the written word of God. Read your Bible regularly. Become familiar with your Bible. . .
Neglect your Bible and nothing that I know of can prevent you from error if a plausible advocate of false teaching shall happen to meet you. Make it a rule to believe nothing except it can be proved from Scripture. The Bible alone is infallible. . . Do you really use your Bible as much as you ought?
There are many today, who believe the Bible, yet read it very little. Does your conscience tell you that you are one of these persons?
If so, you are the man that is likely to get little help from the Bible in time of need. Trial is a sifting experience. . . Your store of Bible consolations may one day run very low.
If so, you are the man that is unlikely to become established in the truth. I shall not be surprised to hear that you are troubled with doubts and questions about assurance, grace, faith, perseverance, etc. The devil is an old and cunning enemy. He can quote Scripture readily enough when he pleases. Now you are not sufficiently ready with your weapons to fight a good fight with him. . . Your sword is held loosely in your hand.
If so, you are the man that is likely to make mistakes in life. I shall not wonder if I am told that you have problems in your marriage, problems with your children, and problems about the conduct of your family and about the company you keep. The world you steer through is full of rocks, shoals and sandbanks. You are not sufficiently familiar either with lighthouses or charts.
If so, you are the man who is likely to be carried away by some false teacher for a time. It will not surprise me if I hear that one of these clever eloquent men who can make a convincing presentation is leading you into error. You are in need of ballast (truth); no wonder if you are tossed to and fro like a cork on the waves.
All these are uncomfortable situations. I want you to escape them all. Take the advice I offer you today. Do not merely read your Bible a little - but read it a great deal. . . . Remember your many enemies. Be armed!” - J. C. Ryle
Saturday, October 11, 2008
do you ever go through those "dry spells" in your heart? this week i have been out of my regular routine a little. i had my first ever root canal! i'm such a baby about anything "dental" beyond a good cleaning! anyway, it has just kind of thrown me for a loop. i sat in the chair trying to hold my mouth open way beyond how long it wanted to stay open. the pressure was building and building, and when the kind dr. told me i could close, all my emotions welled up and came pouring out! it was such a relief just to stop the pressure! life is like that sometimes, don't you think? the pressure builds and we just need an outlet! i think that pressure is building for many of us right now. we watch as our 401k value goes out the window, we have no idea what the dollar value of our homes are, the Godly foundations on which our country was built seem to be going the same way. who can we trust? who has the answer? who really cares as we hurt and the pressure builds?
Acts 17 tells us, "the God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. and He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. from one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him, though He is not far from each one of us. for in Him we live and move and have our being."
be encouraged...He is not unaware of the pressure we are facing...He is right here with us!
Sunday, October 5, 2008
isn't the coolness of the nights a blessing! it's really bringing out our longings for fall which to me means pansies, falling leaves, the smell of wood burning, clear, cool skies, and even a little football!- i baked a homemade applesauce cake (my grandmother's recipie)on saturday. the house smelled so yummy. i was inspired to go through my recipies and pick out some favorites i haven't fixed lately...sweet potato casserole, daddy's red wine chicken, jen o's apple muffins, tomato sage chicken, a crockpot version of swiss steak, daddy's honey mustard chicken, and a pot roast with veggies! i love comfort food when the weather turns!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
"finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." - phil.4:8
eden string quartet: beautiful music made by 4 beautiful homeschooled girls.
my precious friend leslie bowerbank recommended this book Soaring On High by mary wlechel. it's about the lives of eagles. how they choose a mate. how they raise their young. many words of wisdom!
"cultivate my heart, Lord, so i may catch every word that falls from heaven - every syllable of encouragement, every sentence of rebuke, every paragraph of instruction, every page of warning. help me to catch these words as the soft, fertile soil catches seeds." - ken gire (from patches of godlight-j.karon)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
o for wisdom to know when to step in on behalf of my children, when to help, when to let them fall...may i never get in the way of God working in their lives...
"God gives us the vision, then He takes us down to the valley to batter us into the shape of the vision, and it is in the valley that so many of us faint and give way. Every vision will be made real if we will have patience...God has to take us into the valley, and put us through fires and floods...until we get to the place where He can trust us with the veritable reality...Let Him put you on His wheel and whirl you as He likes, and as sure as God is God and you are you, you will turn out exactly in accordance with the vision." -Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost for His Highest"