Tuesday, August 31, 2010

From my Matthew Henry reading...

"..meeting with this ill usage
among them, he went up to his father's house. It were well
for us if the unkindnesses we meet with from the world, and our
disappointments in it, had but this good effect upon us, to oblige
us by faith and prayer to return to our heavenly Father's house and
rest there. The inconveniences that occur in our way should make us
love home and long to be there."

~ Matthew Henry on Judges 14

Monday, August 30, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - August 30th


Outside my window......sunny and warm, but thankfully much cooler than it was a few weeks ago.


I am thinking.....
that you know a little one is tired when she is willing to lie down and take a rest at 9 in the morning!


I am thankful for.......
the reminder in yesterday afternoon's sermon that Jesus is praying for us.


I am wearing........
a denim skirt and blue shirt.


Remembering.....
yesterday morning's sermon on Luke 14:25-35 -"And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
The points were, being consecrated to Christ, cross bearing, calculating the cost, and consequences....This was so good, afterwords I was thinking I don't want to let any of it slip away, I want to remember all of it....and thankfully with sermon audio we can do that. Please listen to this if you can - you will be blessed!



Listening to.....
sounds of the children



I am going.....
to do laundry, cook some meals, and whatever else needs doing...



Noticing that....
I have nothing but respect for homeschool moms!


I am currently reading.....
my Bible, Matthew Henry's commentary on Judges, and Thoughts Of God by Maurice Roberts. In a review I heard on this book recently we were told it was great for moms with young children, the chapters are short and self contained. Though I'm not a mom I've found that to be helpful in this busy season of life.


On my mind......
my reading in Matthew Henry this morning on Judges 13 where the angel comes to tell Manoah's wife that she is going to have a child. There was so much good stuff in this chapter, I'd recommend reading the whole thing, but here are a few quotes that stood out for me.


"Many eminent persons were born of mothers that had been kept a great while in the want of the blessing of children, as Isaac, Joseph, Samuel, and John Baptist, that the mercy might be the more acceptable when it did come. Sing, O barren! thou that didst not bear, Isa. liv. 1. Note, Mercies long waited for often prove signal mercies, and it is made to appear that they were worth waiting for, and by them others may be encouraged to continue their hope in God's mercy."


"The angel, in the message he delivers, 1. Takes notice of her affliction: Behold now, thou art barren and bearest not. Hence she might gather he was a prophet, that though a stranger to her, and one she had never seen before, yet he knew this to be her grievance. He tells her of it, not to upbraid her with it, but because perhaps at this time she was actually thinking of this affliction and bemoaning herself as one written childless. God often sends in comfort to his people very seasonably, when they feel most from their troubles. "Now thou art barren, but thou shalt not be always so," as she feared, "nor long so."


"As the promise tried her faith, so this precept tried her obedience; for God requires both from those on whom he will bestow his favours."


"God will not fail some way or other to guide those by his counsel that are sincerely desirous to know their duty, and apply themselves to him to teach them, Ps. xxv. 8, 9."


"And let those good Christians who have had communion with God in the word and prayer, to whom he has graciously manifested himself, and who have had reason to think God has accepted their works, take encouragement thence in a cloudy and dark day. "God would not have done what he has done for my soul if he had designed to forsake me, and leave me to perish at last; for his work is perfect, nor will he mock his people with his favours." Learn to reason as Manoah's wife did, "If God had designed me to perish under his wrath, he would not have given me such distinguishing tokens of his favour." O woman! great is thy faith."


Pondering these words...."I think this is the hardest part of all. You can take just about anything, if you know why. Everywhere I go, every meeting, I’m asked – ‘Why?...I’m going to tell you something: God will very seldom answer your question of Why. It is not that there are no answers, it’s just that you and I probably wouldn’t be able to comprehend the answer if God were to tell us, and besides that, we have to learn to trust Him without knowing why. We ask Him questions. What we’re usually doing is saying, ‘Lord explain yourself’, call God into account. Our responsibility whatever our circumstances is to keep on the path of duty. People are usually more anxious to get rid of the problem than they are to find the purpose of God in it. (Walking with the King, p. 173.)



Around the house....
children doing their school schedule, meals to cook, laundry to do.....



One of my favorite things~
a quiet evening at home.



A few plans for the rest of the week .....
just try to get everything done that needs doing!



From my photo journal ~
I love this candid picture I took at the baseball game last week.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Psalm 26

"Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.

Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.

For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.

I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.

I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.

I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:

That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:

In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.

But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.

My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD."




Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Thought of God

T he thought of God should be all the Christian's pancea. It should cure all his ills at a stroke. And what an infinity there is in the thoughts of God! Nothing can approach in beauty to the idea of a living and true God. That there exists a Being who is infinite in power, knowledge and goodness, that that Being cares for me with a perfect love as though I were the only one in existence, that he loved me before I was born and created me to enjoy him eternally and that he sent his Son to endure the agony of the cross to secure my eternal happiness - that, surely, must be a thought to end all sorrow. It ought to be and often it is.

The art of good thinking is to carry thought to its logical conclusion. Sir Isaac Newton is said to have claimed no more for his profound theories than that he took the lines of his thought farther than other men did and so perceived the hidden 'laws' which he formulated. That is a lesson which Christians can learn from. The mere thought of God should end all anxiety. Then why in my case does it not? Because I fail to carry thought to its proper conclusion.

If God be God then no insoluble problems exist. And if God be my God then no problem of mine is without its appropriate solution. There is in God what exactly is needed to solve every riddle of life. Such a Being is God that he comprehends in himself all that we could ever need to neutralize all evils, veto all temptations, negative all sorrows, and compensate for all losses....To be told 'All things work together for good' (Romans 8:28) to us is to have more than a cordial. It is to have the elixir of life.

It must follow from what has been said that the Christian's degree of peace of mind depends on his spiritual ability to interpose the thought of God between himself and his anxiety. When the dark cloud of trouble first looms up on the horizon of our thought, then it is time to apply our theology in downright earnest. For it is not outward circumstances that can drag us down, but our own reaction of despair to them, when we fail to perceive the hidden hand of God in all events.

There is no situation in life too hard for God. But many situations look too hard at first sight. These are ordained to give us room to wait on God for his deliverance. There is a blessing attached to waiting patiently on God in evil days...Let us remember God and take fresh courage. He who believes shall not make haste, and, conversely they shall not be ashamed who wait for God. (Isaiah 28:16, 49:23)

It is instinctive for the Christian in every time of fear or trouble to turn his thoughts to God....this is an act of faith and worship and highly pleasing to God. If God were only mental fiction, there would be nothing more to commend the practice of devout meditation on his excellence and glory than that it was pious optimism, wishful thinking which benefits the mind just so much as 'positive thinking' is said to do and no more. Since, however, God exist in reality and is not a spiritual medicine invented by our fears, it must follow that life's secret very largely consists in holding him in our thoughts as much as possible and especially in times of fear and need.
~ The Thought Of God by Maurice Roberts

Friday, August 27, 2010

Union and Communion with Christ

"The most amazing picture of all used by God to portray the believer's union with Christ is that of marriage. It is a figure which occurs again and again in the Word of God, notably in the Song of Solomon, in Psalm 45, in Ephesians 5, and in Revelation 21 where the church is referred to as "the Lamb's wife".

No greater honor could be given to us as believers than to be referred to as the "wife" of the glorious Son of God. It is a term implying a thousand comforting and reassuring thoughts to those who love Jesus. He and we are one...."Thy maker is thy Husband," (Isaiah 54:5). Christ will be our head and Husband long after the mountains and hills have been removed forever. (Isaiah 54:10). ..The Lord Jesus will not just be to us a Savior, but also a husband. As Savior he has delivered us from all our sins and miseries. As Husband he has lifted us up to the highest privilege conceivable; to be united in love eternally to One who is God.

As Christians we are on a journey which leads to our wedding day, and we would do well to remind ourselves of it frequently. This view of life will compensate us for the losses and crosses which are part of our present earthly experience. But we shall not care much about the occasional rainy day if we keep in view the warmth of Christ's embrace when the day of his espousals is come. If we suffer for and with him now we shall sit with him on his throne at last. It is easy to bear with the reproaches of men if we remember that all our detractors and persecutors shall give an account to our Lord in the end. Christ is not the husband to let his Bride lie under unkind aspersions forever."
~ Great God Of Wonders by Maurice Roberts


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Baseball Game Pictures

Monday night the the Es and I joined three other families from church at a baseball game in Greenville. We had a great time as you can see from the pictures!





Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Believer's Half Life

I f, as Christians we could read life from the end backwards, we should all be much happier than we are. We can do with this with the saints in the Bible, and count them blessed because they all come to their happy ending. The patriarchs had to go through their lonely wanderings, but in the end they all got to the 'better country' (Heb 11:16). The heroes of the faith went "through fire and water', but at length God brought them to a 'wealthy place' (Psalm 66:12). The prophets too, after delivering their heavy burden of prophecy and pronouncing their inspired oracles, all passed over to their place of rest. Like Daniel, they finished their course and stood 'in their lot at the end of their days' (Daniel 12:13). The Old Testament saints got safely home, and so, when we read of their many sufferings, we feel comfort for them because we know the end of their history and we remember that 'their latter end is peace' (Psalm 37:37).


The believer's life is a type of parabola in which the curve first goes down, but then goes up again at last. All God's people, more or less, have to go through this parabola experience. It is the life pattern of God's elect. They first suffer with Christ, and then they reign with him (2 Tim 2:12).


This pattern is seen in the life of our Savior himself. He expresses this fact to his disciples in this way: 'Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?' (Luke 24:26). Peter's way of stating the same truth concerning Christ is in the words, 'the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow' (1 Peter 1:11). James likewise explains this parabola experience in this way 'Take my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy' (James 5:10-11). Similarly, Paul declares 'that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us' (Romans 8:18). Christ and his people have a state of humiliation before they arrive a their state of exaltation.


The problem with us as Christians is that we regularly forget the last chapter of our life because we cannot read it. If we could read the last chapter of our life and then see our present miseries in thee light of it we should 'rejoice in the Lord alway' (Phil 4:4). The secret of present happiness is to see our life as a whole and not merely to see it a page at a time.


If the Christian is to live above his fears and above his feelings, he must learn the art of seeing his life in light of the last chapter. Well did a good old Puritan say, 'he who rides to be crowned cares not about the rain.' We are riding to be crowned with Christ. We ride on the King's highway towards privileges which beggar all our thoughts. If our path is rough and the weather rainy, it cannot spoil our hope of sitting on Christ's throne at last.


Though for a short season Rachel must weep for her children....she will at last know why the Lord has said, 'Refrain they voice from weeping, and they eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded....and there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord.' (Jeremiah 31:16-17). When Job said to his wife, 'Shall we receive good at the hand of God and not receive evil?' (Job 2:10), he was still ignorant of the good which the Lord planned to do him in this life. He spoke by faith, knowing that God can do us more good by our sufferings and miseries than by our outward blessings. Job's miseries and sufferings had to to still intensify before he got his eventual comfort, but his soul retained its grasp of the moral purpose in a believer's afflictions: 'But he knoweth the way that I take when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold' (Job 23:10)


It is not an accident that spiritual eminence is closely related to sanctified affliction. God sharpens our souls on the grindstone of pain and disappointment. Joseph's feet were in fetters, 'the iron went into his soul' (Psalm 105:18). These experiences were later preparatory to his later eminent service to God and his generation. Hannah's early disappointment served the same moral purpose. When God had later dried her eyes, she saw a divinely wise method in God's dealings: 'The Lord killeth and maketh alive; he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory' (1 Samuel 2:6-8)


God puts a thorn in the believer's nest to teach him to fly upwards on the wing of prayer. Those who have little affliction have little prayer.... The wrong way to look at the Christian life is to look at the things we now see, feel, and suffer....The believer's sufferings and labors for Christ are 'not in vain' (1 Cor 15:58).


In God's glorious and good providence there is a correspondence between the first and second half of the believer's life. Moses saw it to be so all those many centuries ago: 'Make us glad according to the days thou hast afflicted us, and the years wherein we have seen evil' (Psalm 90:15). The trials and tribulations of the 'first half' of our life are to be proportionately balanced by a comfort and rest which correspond to them."
Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Babies, babies, babies....


These days my life seems to be filled with babies and news of babies......and now I'm about to welcome two more!

We recently found out that Jenny is expecting another little one and are all looking forward to the arrival of "little E" :-) The children are all excited and are regularly pulling out the book with baby growth pictures to see how big he is this week.

Then Seth and Tara have also shared the big news that they will be welcoming their first baby this spring. This will be my second niece or nephew - the family continues to grow. Both babies are due in April!


Then speaking of babies....."my baby," Sammy, is not really a baby anymore - he just celebrated his second birthday. The little guy is growing up, but he still takes his naps on my lap at church:-)


This baby post seemed a good time to share some new pictures of my niece, Laura. Some of ya'll have been asking for them, you know who you are - enjoy! She sure is growing fast, is going to be all grown up by the time I see her.....




Monday, August 23, 2010

Godliness

I spent some time reading in Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts last night and was really struck by this section. As someone who tends to wonder, and ask, "why," frequently - well, it gave me plenty to think about. So far all I have read has been really good, I'll try to post more of my reading later....

A sure mark of true religion must always be godliness. Godliness is not easy to define in a word or two. It is a hunger in the heart of a renewed man for God. It is a strange consuming passion in the soul of a believer for a nearness to God. It was said of one of the philosophers that he was a "God intoxicated man". This phrase is worth using to at least show what godliness is in the soul of a true Christian...here is the essence of true holiness of life as it is always found, more or less, in all converted persons. With this yearning for God in the heart there is nothing to compare for importance in all the universe. The measure of man is the measure of this appetite for union and communion with the living God. Small appetite proves small grace; large appetite proves much grace; no appetite shows there is no grace at all.

There is something violent about a soul in love with God. The Bible witnesses to this fact. Abraham is willing to offer up his son as a sacrifice for no other reason than he hears this to be the will of God. The naked will of God is all that he lives by. Lesser Christians could scarcely bear such a test of Divine sovereignty. Most of us would ask God for reasons. But eminent, shining piety, like Abraham's, is ready to hazard all for the love it bears to God. It obeys even when it doesn't understand. It is God's glory to conceal His reasons from us. It is the mark of true godliness never to ask for them.

This is the essence of true love to God, "I delight to do thy will, O my God." Not always to understand it, but always to do it.....Godliness is anxious solely to do God's will, whether others see it or not. Godliness does the will of God so the right hand does not see what the left is doing.


It should be the thoughtful and conscious aim of the Christian to grow in godliness. Our books, our sermons, our communion seasons, our fellowship meetings of all kinds must be valued by us only as they lead us to a deeper knowledge of God himself. The aim is not personal pleasure, but personal godliness.
~ Great God of Wonders by Maurice Roberts

A thought for today....

"All these things are against me." Genesis 42:36
"It proved otherwise, that all these were for him, were working together for his good and the good of his family: yet here he thinks them all against him. Note, Through our ignorance and mistake, and the weakness of our faith, we often apprehend that to be against us which is really for us. We are afflicted in body, estate, name, and relations; and we think all these things are against us, whereas these are really working for us the weight of glory."
~ Matthew Henry


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Psalm 25

        "To thee I lift my soul:
O Lord, I trust in thee:
My God, let me not be ashamed,
nor foes triumph o'er me.
       Let none that wait on thee
be put to shame at all;
But those that without cause transgress,
let shame upon them fall.
        Show me thy ways, O Lord;
thy paths, O teach thou me:
And do thou lead me in thy truth,
therein my teacher be:
         For thou art God that dost
to me salvation send,
And I upon thee all the day
expecting do attend.
        Thy tender mercies, Lord,
I pray thee to remember,
And loving-kindnesses; for they
have been of old for ever.
        My sins and faults of youth
do thou, O Lord, forget:
After thy mercy think on me,
and for thy goodness great.
        God good and upright is:
the way he'll sinners show.
The meek in judgment he will guide,
and make his path to know.
       The whole paths of the Lord
are truth and mercy sure,
To those that do his cov'nant keep,
and testimonies pure.
       Now, for thine own name's sake,
O Lord, I thee entreat
To pardon mine iniquity;
for it is very great.
       What man is he that fears
the Lord, and doth him serve?
Him shall he teach the way that he
shall choose, and still observe.
       His soul shall dwell at ease;
and his posterity
Shall flourish still, and of the earth
inheritors shall be.
       With those that fear him is
the secret of the Lord;
The knowledge of his covenant
he will to them afford.
       Mine eyes upon the Lord
continually are set:
For he it is that shall bring forth
my feet out of the net.
     Turn unto me thy face,
and to me mercy show;
Because that I am desolate,
and am brought very low.
       My heart's griefs are increased:
me from distress relieve.
See mine affliction and my pain,
and all my sins forgive.
       Consider thou my foes,
because they many are;
And it a cruel hatred is
which they against me bear.
       O do thou keep my soul,
do thou deliver me:
And let me never be ashamed,
because I trust in thee.
       Let uprightness and truth
keep me, who thee attend.
Redemption, Lord, to Israel
from all his troubles send."


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Peanut butter granola recipe

I made this last night - delicious!

Peanut Butter Granola
Toast 16 cups oatmeal at 350 for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine:
3/4 cup honey
1 c peanut butter
3/4 cup oil
2/3 brown sugar
Pour mixture over oatmeal, toss. Can add sunflower seeds, nuts, etc.
Put back into the turned off oven and let sit 6 hours. Add raisins now if desired.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Tears...

"Into thy bottle put my tears: are they not in thy book?"
Psalm 56:8

T ears have a voice. Tears have tongues, and tears can speak. There is no noise like that which tears in secret make in the ears of God. A prudent and indulgent father can better pick out the desires and necessities of his children by their secret tears than by their loud complaints, by their weeping than by their words: and do you think that God can't do as much? Tears are not always mutes: "Their heart cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease... Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the LORD." Lamentations 2:18 -19 'Cry aloud', says one, 'not with your tongues, but with your eyes; not with your words, but with your tears; for that is the prayer that makes the most forcible entry into the ears of the great God of heaven'. Penitent tears are undeniable ambassadors that never return from the throne of grace without a gracious answer. Tears are a kind of silent prayer, which, though they say nothing, yet they obtain pardon; and though they plead not a man's cause, yet they obtain mercy at the hands of God."

~ Thomas Brooks

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Diary of David Brainerd

After hearing the sermon at the conference on David Brainerd (which I posted yesterday), I did some research on him and found his diary online. Below are some quotes that I came across in my reading today and wanted to share. I think it can be very helpful and encouraging to read about the lives of Christians who went before us. To see the way God used their lives, even in encouraging us many years later.

Another interesting site that I found on him shared his story written by John Piper - he summarized the story in these words - "Brainerd's life is one long agonizing strain to "redeem the time" and "not grow weary in well doing" and "abound in the work of the Lord." And what makes his life so powerful is that he pressed on in this passion under the immense struggles and hardships that he did."

"Oh!, that I could spend all my time for God!"

"I was resigned to God's will, to tarry his time, to do his work, and suffer his pleasure. I felt thankfulness to God for all my pressing desertions of late; for I am persuaded that they have been made a means of making me more humble, and much more resigned....I had no refuge but in God. Blessed be his name, that I may go to him at all times, and find him a 'present help.' "


"I prayed with him and two or three other Christian friends. We gave ourselves to God with all our hearts, to be his for ever: eternity looked very near to me while I was praying. If I never should see these Christians again in this world, it seemed but a few moments before I should meet them in another world."

"Saw much of my nothingness most of this day; but felt concerned that I had no more sense of my insufficiency and unworthiness.....In the evening I was visited by some friends, and spent the time in prayer, and such conversation as tended to our edification. It was a comfortable season to my soul: I felt an intense desire to spend every moment for God. God is unspeakably gracious to me continually. In times past, he has given me inexpressible sweetness in the performance of duty. Frequently my soul has enjoyed much of God; but has been ready to say, "Lord, it is good to be here," and so to indulge sloth, while I have lived on my enjoyments. But of late, God has been pleased to keep my soul hungry, almost continually; so that I have been filled with a kind of pleasing pain. When I really enjoy God I feel my desires of him the more insatiable, and my thirstings after holiness the more unquenchable; and the Lord will not allow me to feel as though I were fully supplied and satisfied, but keeps me still reaching forward. I feel barren and empty, as though I could not live with more of God; I feel ashamed and guilty before him. I see that "the law is spiritual, but I am carnal." I do not, I cannot live to God. Oh! for holiness! Oh! for more of God in my soul....It makes my soul press after God; the language of it is, "Then shall I be satisfied, when I awake in God's likeness," but never, never before: and consequently, I am engaged to "press toward the mark," day by day. Oh! that I may feel this continual hunger, and not be retarded, but rather animated, by every cluster from Canaan, to reach forward in the narrow way for the full enjoyment and possession of the heavenly inheritance! Oh! that I may never loiter in my heavenly journey!"

"This has been a sweet Sabbath to me; and blessed be God, I have reason to think that my religion has become more spiritual by means of late inward conflicts. Amen. May I always be willing that God should use his own methods with me!"

"A seasonable, steady performance of secret duties in their proper hours, and a careful improvement of all time, filling every hour with some profitable labor, either of heart, head, and hands, are excellent means of spiritual peace and boldness before God. Filling up our time with and for God, is the way to rise up and lie down in peace."

"....and went to bed resolving to live devoted to God all my days."

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Conference Sermons

I posted my favorite sermon from the Conference "A Challenge To Young People" on Saturday, but I wanted to share a few other favorites that were helpful to me too.



The message of this one to me, was a life spent for Christ is a life well spent, to live life in light of eternity. I wish the Lord would raise up a whole generation of young people like this.




I really liked this one as well. I'd never heard a sermon preached on this subject before and it gave me a lot to think about. He had us all laughing when he began by saying he had done an unofficial poll to find out just who he was preaching to -- according to the children it was for anyone over the age of 30! In all seriousness though, I think that it had something in it for all ages.



This was my favorite of all the sermons Pastor Roberts preached last week. I really liked how he ended by apologizing if he had inadvertently turned his back on anyone, ignored, or offended anyone over the course of the week. We sang Psalm 51 during this service which was so beautiful. A good ending for the week.



Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Conference Pictures

Here is a collection of my photos from the Conference last week. Thanks to Kerah V for sharing all of hers with me! The background music is the congregation singing Psalm 8. Enjoy:-)



Evening Psalm Sing at the Conference

Everyone who follows my blog knows that I love the Psalms, so it will come as no surprise to know that I looked forward to our late evening porch Psalm sings at the conference all year:-) Thanks to Kerah V, for the pictures, and Kara R for the video.

We began with just 3 people -- the circle grew quickly!



Singing Psalm 119 - the 13th part

"O how love I thy law! it is
my study all the day:
It makes me wiser than my foes;
for it doth with me stay.

Than all my teachers now I have

more understanding far;
Because my meditation
thy testimonies are.

In understanding I excel
those that are ancients;
For I endeavored to keep
all thy commandements.

My feet from each ill way I stayed,
that I may keep thy word.
I from thy judgments have not swerved;
for thou hast taught me, Lord.

How sweet unto my taste, O Lord,
are all thy words of truth!
Yea, I do find them sweeter far
than honey to my mouth.

I through thy precepts, that are pure,
do understanding get;
I therefore ev'ry way that's false
with all my heart do hate."


Monday, August 16, 2010

My Daybook

For Today - Monday, August 16th

Outside my window......a cloudy, humid summer day.


I am thinking.....
of these verses from Psalm 57 that we sang yesterday -
Be merciful to me, O God;
thy mercy unto me
Do thou extend; because my soul
doth put her trust in thee:

Yea, in the shadow of thy wings
my refuge I will place,
Until these sad calamities
do wholly overpass.

My cry I will cause to ascend
unto the Lord most high;
To God, who doth all things for me
perform most perfectly.


I am thankful for......
.unexpected words of encouragement..."A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver." Proverbs 25:11


I am wearing.....
.a pink shirt and denim skirt.


Remembering.....
how blessed I felt last week to be under such good teaching.


Listening to.....
the CD of the Psalm singing from the conference -- it's so beautiful!


I am going.....
to have a very busy day. Today Patti and the children leave for the airport to go back to the UK. We have to say our goodbyes:-(, then I'll be babysitting the E children this afternoon.


Noticing that....
I'm very ready for life to slow down a bit...in the past week we drove over 800 miles, to and from Virginia, spent days at the conference, spent a day at home unpacking, etc, then the following day had 41 people over...it's been just a little crazy, but all good memories:-)

Currently reading...
my Bible and Matthew Henry's Commentary on Judges. While at the Conference I managed to do a lot of reading during the quiet parts of the afternoons, part of Andrew Bonar's Diary, Behind A Frowning Providence by John J Murray (that one was really good!), and parts of Maurice Robert's books, Thoughts Of God, and Glorification and Sanctification. Now that I'm home I've started A Night Of Weeping by Horatious Bonar which so far is really good.

I am hoping...... that I can remember and apply all the good things I've been taught over the past week.


On my mind.....
.the great need to pray for our young people.


Pondering these words
~ a few quotes I came across last week ~

"I will charge my soul to believe and wait for Him, and will follow His providence, and not go before it, nor stay behind it."
Samuel Rutherford

"If any are inclined to despond, because they do not have such patience, let them be of good courage. It is in the course of our feeble and very imperfect waiting that God Himself, by His hidden power, strengthens us and works out in us the patience of the great saints, the patience of Christ Himself."
Andrew Murray

"Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have finished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake."
Victor Hugo

"Cast not away your confidence because God defers his performances. That which does not come in your time, will be hastened in his time, which is always the more convenient season. God will work when he pleases, how he pleases, and by what means he pleases. He is not bound to keep our time, but he will perform his word, honour our faith, and reward them that diligently seek him."
Matthew Henry


Around the house....
so much I want to accomplish that I'm trying not to feel overwhelmed.....


One of my favorite things~ babies. I was reminded last week to be thankful that God has put lots of little ones in my life right now.


A few plans for the rest of the week .....
I already said today's plans. Tomorrow I'll be at home and I plan to take advantage of high speed internet to upload a bunch of pictures, also relisten to one of the conference sermons that I was too tired to get much out of at the original preaching. Wed is church, Thur, shopping, school will probably start one of these days....and plenty more....


From my photo journal ~last night we had 41 people here for a time of fellowship, singing, talking, laughing, watching a slide show of conference pictures, and to say goodbyes to Patti and the children. Here are a couple pictures of our evening ~
Dinner for 41!

Let the sweet tea flow:-)

Ladies first...we lined up to fix plates.



Sunday, August 15, 2010

Psalm 24

"The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah."



Saturday, August 14, 2010

Travel Photos....

Here are a few pictures of our travels to Rockingham County Virginia. 400 plus miles with 32 people (friends and family from church) caravaning together. Definitely an adventure, a time to learn patience, and a making of memories! I'm thankful to say both coming and going we made it safely.
"The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore." Psalm 121:8

All packed and ready to go!


I loved the signs we made for the vehicles:-)

On our way!

A stop for gas.

I won't say how long it took to get our whole group through a bathroom break...

Busy children...

Lunch!

Patti sharing her music with me in an attempt to drown out some of the noise:-)


It was a beautiful drive.


We had 32 people in our caravan -- 9 adults, 3 teenagers, and 20 children......is it any wonder I was told to look on this trip as an opportunity for sanctification?!

Timmy

Emily

Hannah


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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