Friday, June 30, 2006

Happy Independence Day!!

Are you ready for this long holiday weekend? What are your plans? What kind of traditions does your family have to celebrate the 4th of July?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

The Personal Touch

A prayer from The Valley of Vision.

The Personal Touch

Thou Great I AM,
I acknowledge and confess that all things come of thee--
life, breath, happiness, achievement,
sight, touch, hearing,
goodness, truth, beauty--
all that makes existence amiable.
In the spirtitual world also I am dependent entirely upon thee.
Give me grace to know more of my need of grace;
Show me my sinfulness that I may willingly confess it;
Reveal to me my weakness that I may know my strength in thee.
I thank thee for any sign of penitence; give me more of it;
My sins are black and deep,
and rise from a stony, proud, self-righteous heart;
Help me confess them with mourning, regret, self-loathing,
with no pretence to merit or excuse.
I need healing,
Good physician here is scope for thee,
come and manifest thy power;
I need faith;
Thou who hast given it me, maintain, strengthen, increase it,
Centre it upon the Saviour's work,
upon the majesty of the Father,
upon the operations of the Spirit;
Work it in me now that I may never doubt thee
as the truthful, mighty, faithful God.
Then I can bring my heart to thee
full of love, gratitude, hope, joy.
May I lay at thy feet these fruits grown in thy garden,
love thee with a passion that can never cool,
believe in thee with a confidence that never staggers,
hope in thee with an expectation that can never be dim,
delight in thee with a rejoicing that cannot be stifled,
glorify thee with the highest of my powers,
burning, blazing, glowing, radiating, as from thy own glory.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Sunday Hymn

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea-billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
"It is well, it is well with my soul".

Though Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin--O, the bliss of the glorious thought,
My sin--not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so"--it is well with my soul.

It is well (with my soul)
It is well (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul

(Horatio G. Spafford)

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Big Day Has Arrived!

Tomorrow we will worship in our new building! We are so grateful to God for His abundant provision of our new meeting place. May He always be glorified there!!!

Our website is
here with details about our church and a lot more pictures. You can also listen to our adult Bible class lessons and morning worship.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Flashes of Lightning, Rumblings and Peals of Thunder

Storms rolled in about 5:45 this afternoon and lasted almost two hours. The lightning was all around us and that made for some very loud thunder. Our dog, Squirt, was very, very nervous. Poor thing! She sat by me the entire time. After the major part of the storm passed us by, we could hear thunder for a long time. It was the deep, rolling thunder that always shakes the house. It reminded me of the awesome power of God. King of Kings and Lord of Lords. To Him belongs all power!!!

From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.--Revelation 4:5a

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

James 1:2-8

Trish and I have started doing a Precept study in the book of James. Our assignment this week has been to memorize James 1:2-8. My brain is not as sharp as it used to be (if it ever was! ) and so I have been plodding away each day to hide these verses in my heart. It has been good to meditate on these day and night!!
Consider it all joy, my brethern, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a doubled-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (NASB)

The Contented Woman

While I was at the used curriculum sale of our state convention a few weeks ago, I picked up a book entitled "The Contented Woman" by Blanche Rouintree. I haven't been able to find much information about so I don't really know the background or the author. I have finished reading "Calm My Anxious Heart" and I thought this would be a good follow-up. I read a few chapters last night and came across these gems I wanted to share:

The opposite of contentment is a restless spirit. A spirit that is always wanting to do something other than what you are now doing--wanting something other than what you now have. How depressing to be around such a person! Even though this spirit is repugnant, if you are around it very much, it will get on you. It is very contagious. Children are very susceptible, but adults also become contaminated with it.
Discontentment comes from an ungrateful heart. We need to have our eyes opened to appreciate those around us and, also, to be thankful for what God has already provided for us.
Contentment is living in the moment--not for the moment.
Somewhere along the road to maturity, this characteristic (living in the moment) is lost. From then on, it is a constant struggle to just settle down and enjoy the present moment. We become so consumed with our daily schedules and plans, that we are blinded to the many little joys that God sends our way. These joys are usually unplanned and often come to us at unexpected and inconvenient moments. However, if we can capture them, these will be the moments that we will remember and cherish as the years go by.
We have a tendency to become rigid in our own plans. We ARE going to accomplish them, regardless of what happens! So, with such a mind-set, we have already blocked out the tender little surprises and joys that God has sprinkled for us along our path of the routine day!

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sunday Hymn

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 be 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."

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Cleaning House

This morning was spent in my kitchen with scrub brushes, buckets, mops and assorted cleaning tools. I scrubbed (and scrubbed) my kitchen floor and put on a new coat of wax. It looks pretty--although I just noticed an area I forgot! I'll have to fix that tonight after everyone is in bed!!

I did a lot of other scrubbing also: outside cabinets, baseboards and walls. It feels so good to get all that accomplished. While I was doing that, JK was at the dining room table doing her school work. We are on our summer schedule so there isn't that much to do. Last night after she went up to bed she came back down and got her math review sheet! She hadn't finished it earlier in the day and wanted to get it done. That was quite a surprise.

I still have laundry to do and some vacuuming. And I need to eat lunch. It's almost 2:30! I had planned to run some errands this afternoon but I'm not sure if I'll have time since I need to take JK to karate this evening. My dh is picking her up so I just might do them tonight when I have more time.

It's a beautiful day here after some much-needed rain yesterday. I have lots of birds at my feeders and every once in a while I glance out to see who's visiting. Today's visitors: goldfinch, chickadee, sparrow, cardinal, blue jay, tufted titmouse, nuthatcher and a flicker. Oh--there's a purple finch right in front of me! I have a feeder that is in front of my window here at my computer. It is wonderful to watch these little birds go about their business.

Well, I need to go about my business also of keeping my home. What are you doing today? How are you keeping your home?

Monday, June 12, 2006

Cranberry Bog Bars

Cranberry Bog Bars

1 1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar, divided
3 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, divided
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 can (16 oz.) whole-berry cranberry sauce
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

In a large mixing bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 1 cup brown sugar; stir in 1 1/2 cups oats and flour. Press into a greased 13x9" baking pan. Spread with cranberry sauce.

In a micowave-safe bowl, melt remaining butter; sitr in the pecans and remaining brown sugar and oats. Sprinkle over cranberry sauce. Bake at 375* for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cook on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Makes 3 dozen

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Wedding Pictures

Well, I am back home in the land of green and trees! Nevada is a very beautiful state but I missed the trees and green hills! My sister just sent me some pictures from the wedding that I wanted to share here.
My sister, Norma; Beth and her daughter, Lauren.

Beth and Tom

My niece, Beth

I haven't uploaded my photos yet but will get to that probably next week. This week I'm working on organizing my books for the HEAV convention, which starts this Thursday night!