Saturday, November 28, 2009
Freedom from Want by Norman Rockwell
the world today wants to steal away tradition!
as an unnecessary practice to impart
it tells us that it's a worthless mission
to instill tradition in our children's hearts
but the Lord says differently when we read His Word
tradition was His original intention
the Israelites were to keep their memories stirred
through feasts and festivals and frequent mention
of things the Lord had done in years gone by
He knew it was important to remember
the blessings to each family applied
traditions fanned to flame the glowing ember
so as we sit around the Thanksgiving table
and eat Grandmother's dressing another year
it's more than just a story or a fable
the lessons deeper than they first appear
our children learn tradition is a blessing
that we do things as we do from years ago
we teach them and we pass along the lessons
so future generations continue to know
that the God we worship is The One True God
traditions remind us of His guiding hand
they show the path our forefathers trod
and lead our descendants on in His plan
They will be my people, and I will be their God. And I will give them one heart and one purpose: to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.
“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
face to face is how i like it
visiting ~ i mean!
friends & family just stopping by
a treat too seldom seen
nowadays people carry planners
everywhere that they go
"let me check our schedule"
leads to the response so often "no"
"somebody's got this on Tuesday
Wednesday we're running around"
calendars filled to the maximum
families riding all over town
and then there are we who stay home
at the edge of the maddening fray
but we mostly keep to our own selves
hoping for few interruptions in our day
what happened to spontaneity?
to people just dropping in?
a surprise knock at the front door
bringing to faces a happy grin!
have we lost the art of visiting
all so focused on our "to do" lists?
i fear in all we're "getting done"
simple blessings are being missed!
blessings of sitting & sharing
a cup of tea or a glass of lemonade
slowing down & just enjoying visiting
precious time & attention paid
i hope to hear unplanned knocks at my front door
to invite friends at short notice home
so i'll encourage diligence in the time given
when we are at home alone
so that when the opportunity rises
and visitors call face to face
we'll be ready to set ourselves aside
our loved ones knowing they are welcome in this place
...they broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I added a new blog to my "blog list". Joyfully Home is the blog of Voddie Baucham's daughter, Jasmine. What a wise and gifted young lady she is. Take a few minutes to spend some time hearing what she has to say...you'll be blessed!
Posted by simple living at 7:11 AM
Monday, November 23, 2009
have you read the Manhattan Declaration?
read and sign on if the Lord leads you...
"Because we honor justice and the common good, we will not comply with any edict that purports to compel our institutions to participate in abortions, embryo-destructive research, assisted suicide and euthanasia, or any other anti-life act; nor will we bend to any rule purporting to force us to bless immoral sexual partnerships, treat them as marriages or the equivalent, or refrain from proclaiming the truth, as we know it, about morality and immorality and marriage and the family. We will fully and ungrudgingly render to Caesar what is Caesar's. But under no circumstances will we render to Caesar what is God's."
-from The Manhattan Declaration
Posted by simple living at 8:24 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
the turn of century brought new ways of life
new inventions popped up everywhere
to some the new ways caused their thinking strife
as they determined what might be a snare
they did not want to lose their simple ways
yet time was moving to a faster pace
how would the amish choose to keep their days
from being lost to the ever moving race
the horseless carriage with its speed to go
might make their families lives much easier
the bishops must determine how to know
if this would only make them busier
they gathered for a meeting of the minds
the people were committed to their ways
this new invention sure might save them time
but just what might it also take away?
the boys, they all gathered by the door
for they had seen the horseless carriage’s speed
they were thinking a “yes vote” was for sure
to help each amish family with their needs
for life on amish farms meant lots of work
and traveling by buggy took much time
the boys all remained on high alert
until the bishops’ decision they’d find
deliberations went both ways of course
the bishops seeking wisdom all the way
who knew this choice of giving up a horse
would stretch their minds to think of future days?
so on and on ‘twas best they sought to know
the boys growing worried as time passed
preserving all their simple ways ~ no show
the hope of every bishop’s vote ‘twas cast
and as emerged they from the final choice
the fate and future of their ways in hand
the amish fathers spoke as with one voice
deciding horseless carriages to ban
the boys may have disagreed at first
what harm could modern helpers ever do?
but wiser minds could look beyond the burst
of new machines attempting to intrude
the simple ways of life that most led then
were left behind for stressful,fast-paced times
oh that our Christian fathers way back when
had had the wisdom of those amish minds
for here we find ourselves pulled to and fro
the auto just the start of my remorse
and what for all these busy years to show?
but simpler times left behind with the horse
this is for my dear friends longing for simpler times along with me!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
today audrey's little sister, ruth, joined us for our class! she was soooo good! we made applesauce cake - it smelled really yummy! ruth ran the hand mixer. she broke one of the eggs, she scrapped down the sides of the bowl as we mixed, and her cake turned out beautifully! and on top of all that...she said,"yes m'am" almost every time i asked her a question!
thanks ruth for being such a sweety-pie! you are welcome to join the big girls and me anytime!
1 peter 3:4
You should clothe yourselves with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.
Posted by simple living at 6:41 AM
Saturday, November 14, 2009
it's happening again
the early christmas push
shop now!on sale!get your tree!
and i love christmas
maybe more than lots of folks
but i like november just to be
a time to slow down
a time to reflect
a time to cultivate a grateful heart
i love to imagine
a simpler way of life
where each in the family knew his part
one gathered wood
to make a roaring fire
another quietly slipped through the trees
hunting the bird
that on the special platter
perfectly roasted was sure to please
another gathered acorns
a small pumpkin or two
and magnolia leaves for a centerpiece
while mother in the kitchen
filled the home with scents
as anticipation of the meal increased
then finally the time
began to draw near
close family & friends had arrived
young eyes filled with wonder
as the table they beheld
filled with bounties from the earth derived
all gathered 'round
clasping hands,grateful hearts
as daddy's voice spoke familiar words
"we thank Thee for these
and all Thy blessings received
from Your hands alone given,Lord"
simple ways,simple days
my heart longs for those times
but here & now is His place for me
so may i take november
and with a thankful heart remember
simply grateful is what He wants me to be
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
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.