Saturday, January 30, 2010

~more Oswald Chambers~



"Speak,Lord"
That is the mindset Oswald Chambers encourages. Facing my circumstances, encounters, pressures in light of God speaking to me through all of them. He says,"Make time to listen...as we listen, our ear gets acute, and, like Jesus, we shall hear God all the time." Do we really get it? The providence of God ~ as the world pushes randomness...


"Gratitude of mind for the favorable outcome of things, patience in adversity, and also incredible freedom from worry about the future all necessarily follow upon this knowledge (of God's providence)...Ignorance of providence is the ultimate of all miseries; the highest blessedness lies in the knowledge of it." ~ John Calvin

Isaiah 30:21
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship,created in Christ Jesus for good works,which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

Friday, January 29, 2010

longing for more...



take me to the quiet place
where i can be with You
speak,Lord,to my very heart
as only You can do



the world sometimes is just too loud
it swirls with busy days
slow my heart and free my mind
and give me time to gaze

upon Your face, please fix my eyes
oh let me know You more
for i am weary of this pace
i just want to explore

the very depths of You my God
is all that will fulfill
the longing in this heart of mine
help me to be still

early in the morning,Lord
i wake to be with You
meet me in that quiet place
fill me and renew

my thoughts,my heart,my time,oh Lord
i place them in Your hands
water,prune,and teach me Lord
and help me understand

what in my life You're doing,Lord
where You want me to grow
then make my roots go way down deep
much more of You to know

*jb*

Matt.11:28-30
Then Jesus said,“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”


Colossians 2:7
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

His plans...

someone asked me the other day if i thought we would move back to tennessee if the Lord leads sam to go to college over there. i realized i've never thought of that! i want so much for my heart and mind to be so tuned to Him being in control, that i just know He will take care of my heart if He takes our son far away ~ if He leads sam to the south, wonderful, but that will be sam following God and at some point~not that it will just be easy~ but we must let him follow the Lord's calling for him, even if it’s in a different direction than His calling for us. will i just easily send our son off to the other side of the country (even with my sweet sister and parents over there!) no, i’m not so naive as to think it will be easy, but if we know that is where our Lord has led him, who am i to stand in the way or to think i need (or sam needs me) to go with him.

this is good to think about now ~ while sam is in 10th grade. we are praying that the Lord will make clear His desires,His designs for our son,and that sam will more and more sense His leading for himself. i pray we will always, always submit our lives,our futures to His plans and i pray we will have the courage to trust our children and their lives and futures to His plans.

Jer.29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

struggling...


oh how thankful i am for men like oswald chambers...wonder if he knows up in heaven how he continues to bless us here?

today's entry~
vision & darkness

Whenever God gives a vision to a saint, He puts him, as it were, in the shadow of His hand, and the saint's duty is to be still and listen.There is a darkness which comes from excess of light, and then is the time to listen...When God gives a vision and darkness follows, wait. God will make you in accordance with the vision He has given if you will wait His time. Never try to help God fulfill His word...Have I any confidence in the flesh? Or have I got beyond all confidence in myself and in men and women of God; in books and prayers...is my confidence placed now in God Himself, not in His blessings? (WOW!) "I am the Almighty God" - El Shaddai. The one thing for which we are still being disciplined is to know that God is real. As soon as God becomes real, other people become shadows. Nothing that other saints do or say can ever perturb the one who is built on God. ~from My Utmost for His Highest~


*posted for my sweet friends ~you know who you are~ who needed to hear this as much as i did today!

our cooking class continues...

we are about to move into the section of our class where we will learn about sauces! we've already "mastered" the white (béchamel) sauce and we've made hollandaise too, but before moving on, we slipped in a day of making homemade pasta ~ oh soooo yummy and LOTS of fun too! we made the dough, let it rest, then used a pasta maker to roll it out to the perfect smooth, silky (and we thought quite beautiful) texture for delicious pasta! we decided to cut some into fettuccine noodles and to hand cut some into raviolis. we made alfredo sauce for the fettuccine and stuffed the raviolis with a cheese filling and topped it with homemade marinara. we added salad and garlic bread to complete the meal. it took most of saturday afternoon ~ but the reward was our 2 families enjoying a great meal together saturday night!















Saturday, January 16, 2010

friends...


blue on a canvas
red and then some green
colors start to mingle
but the plan is yet unseen



the Artist's gentle strokes
guide the colors where He wills
He's painting something lovely
that in time He will reveal

something we had asked for
yet none of us knew how
this thing He would accomplish
we start to see just now

but He has been there painting
on the canvas of our lives
every stroke intentional
sometimes hidden from our eyes

but now He lets us see
a mere glimpse of His plan
He's bringing it together
with the brush of His hand

here He moves a family
there He prods a heart
bringing it together
this lovely work of art

step back for a minute
remember where we've been
the masterpiece He's painting
looks just like our friends

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

this burden...


i'm reading My Utmost for His Highest this year in the mornings. it's funny how i ask the Lord what i should read in this time with Him & then He lays something on my heart & then some days the entry for that day is the perfect thing i need to hear!

today was such a day ~ here is little of what oswald chambers had to say:

"when God gets us alone by affliction, heartache or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship - when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are dumbfounded, and cannot ask one question, then He begins to expound...if you are going on with God, then the only thing that is clear to you, the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. your brother's sorrows and perplexities are an absolute confusion to you. we imagine we understand where the other person is,until God gives us a dose of the plague of our own hearts...Jesus can expound nothing until we get through all the noisy questions of the head and are alone with Him."


my heart, o Lord, is heavy
i'm weary of this load
is there a place to lay it down
somewhere along this road?

this burden that i carry
it seems too much for me
how do i surrender
and leave it, Lord, with Thee?

i have no understanding
of what is going on
the hurt sometimes so painful
i feel i am alone

my heart says You are with me
i can trust You through this way
You will not ever leave me
but guide me day by day

and now a revelation!
i've looked at this all wrong
searching for a way out
not Your plan all along

this burden You have given
it's not to be laid down
but carried through the fire
i'll be quiet, You expound...


*jb*
deut 31:6
be strong and courageous.do not be afraid or terrified...for the LORD your God goes with you;He will never leave you nor forsake you.


mal 3:3a
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify(and refine)like gold and silver.