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Thursday, June 30, 2005

To Him Belongs Eternal Praise

Why do I question God's care for me sometimes?

I received an e-mail from a friend this morning all about God's care for us. It was a PowerPoint presentation and one of the little clips said: Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn't ask for, like money in the mail, a debt that had mysteriously been cleared or a coupon to a department store where you had just seen something you wanted but couldn't afford....that's God. He knows the desires of your heart.

I read the e-mail and thought it was nice but didn't think anymore about it until this afternoon. I was waiting in the doctor's office and reading the catalog from Tobin's Lab. As I was reading the section on space science fun, I saw the neatest kit to make your own glow-in-the-dark solar system. I thought it would be fun to do but money is tight right now so I put the thought out of my head.

My doctor's office is in a shopping center and whenever I am there I always stop at a little thrift store called The Thrifty Quaker. They have a lot of neat things in there, especially games. Almost everytime I go, I purchase a game. As usual, I went to the back of the store to see what they had and there, hidden under some toys, was the exact kit I was just looking at in the catalog! I checked the contents and most of the pieces were there including the paint. The only things missing were some hooks and the instructions. I'm going to check on the internet to see if I can find replacement parts for it but even if I don't find them, it's still very usable.

Isn't God good? He delights to give me the desires of my heart! And He does it even though I sometimes forget how much He loves and cares for me.

Psalm 111
Praise the Lord.
I will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are His deeds, and His righteousness endures forever.
He has caused His wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He provides food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever.
He has shown His people the power of His works, giving them the lands of other nations.
The works of His hands are faithful and just; all His precepts are trustworthy.
They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption for His people; He ordained His covenant forever--
Holy and Awesome are His Name.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding.
To Him belongs eternal praise.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Press On

For those whose lives are linked to thee,
Whose hearts seek e'er true faith to see,
For allwho'd stumble if you should fall,
Stay faithful to the upward call.

When fears assail to turn thee gack,
When courage you most sorely lack,
Look onward, upward to thy King,
and from that glance thy heart can sing.

Be pressing onward for their sake,
And from thy God thy courage take.
For though thy struggles weigh thee down,
Thy perseverance wins thy crown.

So be found faithful for those you love;
Keep fixed thy heart on God Above;
And ne'ver look back tho' the night be long
But look to Christ and still press on!
~Shelley Hendry

Sunday, June 26, 2005

How Firm A Foundation

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

"Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.

"When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient shall by thy supply:
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

"The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no, never, no never forsake!"

The foundation of God standeth sure.....The Lord knoweth them that are His--2 Timothy 2:19

Thursday, June 23, 2005

De-Cluttering Paper!!

As usual I had lots of papers to go through. I have a basket in the living room that I keep mail and other papers in. Well, it finally reached the top so I thought I'd better tackle it since I'm in this cleaning mode. I did two things: filed and tossed! The basket was empty in no time and then I cleared out my desk. More papers were filling the trash can! Yeah!! My desk is clean now and, Lord willing, I hope to keep it that way. It's so much nicer to work on a clean space. Easier on the eyes and brain!
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My son had lots of laundry to do so I offered to do it for him. I also had a lot of our own to do. So, here it is 10:00 and I'm on the last load. BUT--everything is folded and put away. Huzzah!
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Galations 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. (NASB)

Lose heart....become weary. That's how I have been feeling lately with a situation in our home. But the Lord reminded me to not give up; to not grow weary. There are times when I want to; when I feel like there's no hope but in my reading of the Word, I find these promises:

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength--Philippians 4:13

Why are you downcast O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.

I will put my hope in God.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Blessings!

It has been such a blessing to me to de-clutter and get rid of things. I have sent a few e-mails out of things that I really don't want to take to Goodwill. I would rather someone at church use them. It has been nice to see our Duplos go to a family with four small children. I know they will get years of use out of them--as we did. (It's kind of sad, too, to know that we no longer play with Duplos.) Today another family requested a 29-volume set of Bible stories that I had. What joy to know their children will be reading the same stories we did!!

My family room is getting bigger and bigger now that we're clearing out. I'm also trying to clear out bookcases in the school room. Tomorrow I'm taking an old (20+ years) encyclopedia set to Goodwill. I'll have a whole shelf empty--well, for a few minutes anyway!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

De-Cluttering

I spent most of this morning and early afternoon in our family room getting rid of stuff! We're having bookcases and a mantle built in soon and the room has to be ready. For the past few months it has been used as a catch-all because there's no couch or anything in there.

I also needed to clear out one double bookcase. Most of the books I took to the convention but there were still quite a few to get rid of. I took four bags to the Goodwill this afternoon. I also went through the toys and games and weeded those out. All our games (except two) now fit in a four-drawer dresser. I took the boxes out and just kept the boards, which I labeled, and put all the pieces and instructions in plastic bags. Everything looks so nice and neat!

JK took some of the old games pieces and boards and made her own game. We played it tonight and it was a lot of fun. It's wonderful how creative she can be! She spent most of the day in her room, working on her board game and listening to the Jonathan Park CDs that I picked up at the convention. She asked when we can get volume 3 but I'm not even sure if it's out yet. I'll have to check. She's almost finished listening to them. I guess she'll move on to the Jim Weiss CDs.


De-cluttering makes for a peaceful home. Peaceful to look upon and peaceful to be in.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

Dad's Greatest Job

I may never be as clever as my neighbors down the street,
I may never be as wealthy as some other men I meet;
I may never have the glory that some other men have had,
But I've got to successful as a little fellow's dad.

There are certain dreams I cherish that I'd like to see come true.
There are thiungs I would accomplish ere my working time is through;
But the task my heart is set on is to guide a little lad
And to make myself successful as that little fellow's dad.

I may never get earth's glory; I may never gather gold;
Men may count me as a failure when my business life is told;
But if he who follows after is a Chrisitan, I'll be glad
For I'll know I've been successful as a little fellow's dad.
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(And a little girl's dad, too!)

Monday, June 13, 2005

One Day at a Time

I started a new devotional in my quiet time today called Come Away, My Beloved by Frances J. Roberts. Here's what I read:

One Day at a Time

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34

O My child, have you not known the way of the Lord and can you not trust Him now? Nothing shall befall you but that which comes from His hand. No one shall set upon you to hurt you for your God has built around you a wall of fire.

Be content with what each day brings, rejoicing in your God, for surely He shall deliver you. He is the One who has brought you here.

His way is discernable to the eye of faith. His heart is surely your strong tower. In His affection you have security. In His love are your hope and your peace.

Do not question and do not doubt. Each day holds some small joy that shall escape you if you are preoccupied with tomorrow.

Nothing daunts your Father. Nothing can restore the past and nothing can bind the future, but today you may live in the full blessing of the Father's smile. Hold to His words for they are like a nail driven into solid wood. All else may seem shifting and transitory, but His Word is firm. It is a rock that shall not be moved. It is a firm place to stand.

Do not walk in the path of human reason, and resist the pressure that would project you into conjectures about the future. Live one day at a time! Simply striving to bring joy to your Father's heart is enough to keep you occupied. For you know that He loves you and you will find your peace as you rest in Him.

I really need to be reminded of this today. As our homeschooling is headed more toward a lifestyle of learning and I implement more Charlotte Mason ideas, I am definitely not walking in the path of human reason (or the world's reason I should say). I needed to be reminded that I'm following His lead and He knows what's best for our family. I can rest in Him!!

Today

I was able to get quite a lot done today. All the laundry is done except for towels, which I'll do tomorrow. It's even folded and put away!! The living room is dusted and vacuumed but I didn't get to the stairs.

We even went to the pool this afternoon and when my husband came home from work, he grilled Italian sausages for dinner. We walked in and it was on the table. What a blessing. I didn't mind cleaning up after that!

Right now I'm taking a break from working on the used book sale stuff. I finished two more crates. I'd like to finish all the crates tonight so I can just tape on the labels tomorrow. I don't think I'm being too realistic, though.

I'll let you know tomorrow what I accomplished.

Tomorrow (Today) will be busy at home

Monday morning means laundry--just like the Pilgrims. They did their washing on Monday and a lot of people still follow that example.

Beside laundry, I need to straighten up from the weekend. It always looks like a tornado went through here after the weekend is through. Why is that? Whatever the reason, I need to pick up. I also have the usual Monday chore that is always on my PDA: living room and stairs. This means vacuum and dust those areas. JL usually does that for me but now that she is working full time I guess it's me. I think I'll make this a chore for JK!!!

My other major project is to do all the paperwork for the Used Curriculum Sale. I've done three crates already. Only seven more to go. And that doesn't even include taping the labels on. I've only written out the labels and master sheets.

I'm headed off to bed now.......I'd like to get up early so I can get a lot of this done. I want to go to the pool :-). I don't know if that will happen, though. I'm tired.

Almost forgot--we need to do school somewhere in there, also!!

Saturday, June 11, 2005

A New Recipe

I have a three-ring binder of recipes that I've been collecting and want to try. The problem is I've hardly tried any! I picked a few out today that I hope to make soon. I'm not sure if I'll get to them this week because of the convention.

Here's one I'd like to try:

Rice Croquettes
1/2 C chopped onion
2 T butter
1 C uncooked long grain rice
2 1/4 C chicken broth
2 T chopped fresh parsley
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
1 t dried basil
1/4 t pepper
1/2 C dry bread crumbs
Cooking oil
Additional fresh parsley, optional

In a large saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add rice; saute 3 minutes. Stir in broth and parsley; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool for 30 minutes. Stir in egg, cheese, basil and pepper. Moisten hands with water and shape 1/4 cupfuls into logs. Roll in crumbs. In an elecric skillet, heat 1/4" of oil to 365*. Fry croquettes a few at a time for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and golden, turning often. Drain on paper towels. Garnish with parsley if desired.

Yield: 16 croquettes

Thursday, June 09, 2005

A Simple Pleasure

I finally got around to writing my pen pals tonight. I have two of them and had not written to them lately so tonight I wrote two long letters. I enjoy writing to them and I especially enjoy hearing from them. It's such fun to receive a letter addressed specifically to me! Not a bill, not a credit card application, not an advertisement but a real letter that someone took the time to write. A simple pleasure.

I have been getting to know these two ladies in a way I couldn't from an e-mail or from the forum in which we all participate. I wanted to have snail mail pen pals because I think the art of letter writing is dying. Not many people do it anymore and I didn't want one of those people to be me. A simple pleasure.

Pleasant words are as honeycomb, sweet to the soul--Proverbs 16:24

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Wives and Daughters

My summer reading this year is probably going to be one book. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell. A friend's daughter recommended it and I picked it up at the bookstore tonight. It's 644 pages!! That's a lot of poolside reading :-).

JK and I went to a local pool with some friends today. We had a nice time except for all the daycare kids that were there. The kiddie pool and one big pool had to be closed 3 times because of a "brown alert" as a friend called it. Yuck! Some friends from church are going to the same pool next week but I think we'll pass. We'll just stick to the pool we joined.

I came home today from our outing and was exhausted. I told JK I was going to rest for a few minutes. Three hours later I woke up! Can you believe it? My head hit the pillow and I was out. It felt good but it has messed up my evening as I can't sleep right now. Hopefully I'll be back on track tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Others

Once a month a friend from church hosts a stamping club where she teaches whoever wants to attend all about rubber stamping--specifically how to make beautiful cards. She and her daughter are so talented. I took both my girls and we had a great time. It is so nice to sit around a big table with family and friends! We had such nice fellowship tonight. And we came home with 21 new cards.

Another friend and I were talking about how this is a useful skill for a girl to learn. It can be such a blessing to be able to send a homemade card or note to someone. I know it would certainly brighten my day.

I want my girls to use their talents and skills to bless others first. Our Keepers at Home book has a badge called "Others" that can be earned. Here's what it has to say about serving others:

Living for and loving others is a major key to a joyful Christian
life. A wise girl often asks herself the question "How can I show the love
of God toward others today?" If she follows through in a personal way, she
will find the sweet peace and contentment that comes from obeying God's command
to love our neighbor.


One of the requirements to earn the badge is to memorize this poem called Others:

Lord, help me live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way,
That even when I kneel to pray,
My prayer shall be for others.

Others, Lord, yes, others,
Let this my motto be:
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true,
And know that all I'd do for You
Must need be done for others.

Let "self" be crucified and slain
And buried deep: and all in vain
May efforts be to rise again,
Unless to live for others.
~Charles D. Meigs

Now wouldn't a girl be beautiful if she lived that out in her life daily? Wouldn't we all?

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Great Faith Must Have Great Trials

"For Abraham, when hope was gone, hoped on in faith. His faith never quailed."--Romans 4:18, 19.

We shall never forget a remark that George Mueller once made to a gentleman who had asked him the best way to have strong faith.

"The only way," replied the patriarch of faith, "to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings." This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails.

Dear one, you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity; if you are passing through great affliction you are in the very soul of the strongest faith, and if you will only let go, He will teach you in these hours the mightiest hold upon His throne which you can ever know.

"Be not afraid, only believe." And if you are afraid, just look up and say, "What time I am afraid I will trust in Thee" and you will yet thank God for the school of sorrow which was to you the school of faith.--A. B. Simpson.

"Great faith must have great trials."

"God's greatest gifts come through travail. Whether we look into the spiritual or temporal sphere, can we discover anything, any great reform, any beneficent discovery, any soul-awakening revival, which did not come through the toils and tears, the vigils and blood-shedding of men and women whose sufferings were the pangs of its birth? If the temple of God is raised, David must bear sore afflictions; if the Gospel of the grace of God is to be disentangled from Jewish tradition, Paul's life must be one long agony."

Take heart, O weary, burdened one, bowed down beneath thy cross;
Remember that thy greatest gain may come through greatest loss.
Thy life is nobler for a sacrifice, and more divine.
Acres of bloom are crushed to make a drop of perfume fine.

Because of storms that lash the ocean waves, the waters there
Keep purer than if the heavens o'erhead were always fair.
The brightest banner of the skies floats not at noonday warm;
The rainbow traileth after thunder-clouds, and after storm.
~Streams in the Desert/June 2

Is it really a week?

I can't believe it's been over a week since I've posted! Time flies when you're having fun :-).

Actually I was getting ready for our regional support group's annual used book and curriculum sale. I am getting rid of so many books. I emptied two large bookcases in the family room and will be giving those to a friend. I just don't have room for any more books and I don't want to make room for any more. Even though I would love to rescue books from the fate of the dumpster, I just don't have the time or room. I'm sure if I see something really great, I'll pick it up but I'm not actively book hunting like I was a few years ago. How things change!

I did sell almost all the Landmarks that I picked up at the other book sale a few weeks ago. A half-hour before closing this afternoon, I marked most of my items half price. That cleared away some of my stuff. I sold over $300 worth of books and some curriculum. A big seller was all the Feature Films for Families that I had and the Illustrated Classics ($1 each!). I had two empty crates when I was done. Yeah!

Next week I'll start getting everything ready to go to the used curriculum sale at the convention. This sale requires more work because you have to use specific labels and categorize everything. The last two sales I just had to put a price sticker on everything.

De-cluttering is so freeing! I'm so happy to see these things go, go, go away!!!