Sunday, April 29, 2007

Sunday Hymn

O The Bitter Shame and Sorrow

O the bitter shame and sorrow,
That a time could ever be,
When I let the Savior’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
“All of self, and none of Thee!”

Yet He found me; I beheld Him
Bleeding on th’accursèd tree,
Heard Him pray, “Forgive them, Father!”
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“Some of self, and some of Thee!”

Day by day His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! so patient,
Brought me lower, while I whispered,
“Less of self, and more of Thee!”

Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last hath conquered:
Grant me now my supplication,
“None of self, and all of Thee!”

(Theodore Monod)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Oh, Happy Day!!!

My husband is coming home tonight. Happy, happy! Joy, joy!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Today at Home

I have to say that my house has never gotten so bad that I wanted to burn it down but there have been times when I think it looks like a disaster area. Today was one of those days.

I didn't have to babysit so I got a lot done around here. I dusted and vacuumed the whole house except for our master bedroom. Seven loads of laundry done! I steamed cleaned the school room carpet. Made coleslaw, chicken salad and macaroni salad. All bathrooms cleaned except for the master. I even weeded a little bit but there's so much more to do outside. It's supposed to be cooler later this week so I'm hoping to get out there and tackle some yardwork.

I'm going to take a break right now to read and take a 20-minute nap. What's going on in your homes today?

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Where's my pictures????

I uploaded a bunch of pictures from my day but for some reason they have disappeared. Please visit here to see some beautiful flowers and friends.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Taken at Monticello, VA

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Sunday Hymn

Have Faith in God

Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely,
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God, He's on the throne;
Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God when your pray'rs are unanswered,
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the Lord, trust His Word and be patient;
Have faith in God, He'll answer yet.

Have faith in God, He's on the throne;
Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him,
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

Have faith in God, He's on the throne;
Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God tho all else fail about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own;
He cannot fail tho all kingdoms shall perish,
He rules, He reigns upon His throne.

Have faith in God, He's on the throne;
Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

(B. B. McKinney)


I just heard from my dh that he will away until Friday. (sigh)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

This Week at Home

Monday started out as a regular day--school, laundry, etc. My dh called around 10:30 to see if Julianne would like to go to work with him. He had a call to make about three hours south of us. Since she was finished school, except for math, I said it would be fine. After they had been gone about an hour or so, my dh called to say that he was being dispatched to Blacksburg. He works for a major news organization in the communications department. He didn't have time to bring Julianne back! I was trying to figure out how I could get her home but I was babysitting and couldn't leave. But God is good! We have friends that recently moved about 5 minutes from Blacksburg and they were gracious enough to keep her overnight.

Tuesday morning I drove out to pick her up and to take Michael clothes, toiletries, etc. The last word was he will be there until Wednesday of next week! I haven't seen him since Monday and I miss him. boo hoo!! Please keep him in prayer as he has many long hours ahead. Also that he would be able to witness to those around him. They have set his office up at the college newspaper so he is interacting with students on a regular basis.

Not much else has been going on around here. Amazingly I am all caught up on chores and laundry. And school! In math, we're still dealing with fractions and after talking with a friend, I think I'm going to invest in Key to Fractions. We can work on that now and during the summer.

The weather has been more winter-like than spring. The beginning of the week was very chilly and windy. Today it has been overcast and I just noticed that sprinkles are happening. There is good news! The weekend and next week are supposed to be warm. Also--we had lots of rain on Sunday and the pollen seems to be down. Jared is doing much better with his allergies.

Also on the school front, Jessica finished her English class and got an "A". Yeah--happy smiles all around. Today Jared came home with his graduation invitations, cap, gown and tassle. I cried. I can't believe his school years (except for college) will be over in two more months. Where has the time gone?

Lastly, a little poem from this mornings devotional from Streams in the Desert.

"Be quiet! why this anxious heed
About thy tangled ways?
God knows them all. He giveth speed
And He allows delays.
'Tis good for thee to walk by faith
And not be sight.
Take it on trust a little while.
Soon shalt thou read the mystery aright
In the full sunshines of His smile."

Monday, April 16, 2007

My Focus

Each week in my planner is a space for "focus". This week I've entitled it "Living for Jesus". How can I make every moment count for Him and eternity? What am I doing that is not bringing glory to God? Do I have a passion for the Lord? Am I showing it? Am I living a joyful life? Have I trusted Him in every situation?

Is HE my focus?

Am I "walking the walk"?

As I go through this day and this week, I hope to keep these questions to the forefront. Not only that but I pray that His Holy Spirit will enable to answer those questions in the affirmative at the end of each day.

How about you? What is your focus this week?

Friday, April 13, 2007

Living For Jesus

O Savior of sinners,
Thy name is excellent,
Thy glory high,
Thy compassions unfailing,
Thy condescension wonderful,
Thy mercy tender.
I bless Thee for the discoveries, invitations, promises of the gospel,
for in them is pardon for rebels,
liberty for captives,
health for the sick,
salvation for the lost.
I come to Thee in Thy beloved name of Jesus;
re-impress Thy image upon my soul;
Raise me above the smiles and frowns of the world,
regarding it as a light thing to be judged by men;
May Thy approbation be my only aim,
Thy Word my one rule.
Make me to abhor that which grieves Thy Holy Spirit,
to suspeact consolations of a worldly nature,
to shun a careless way of life,
to reprove evil,
to instruct with meekness those who oppose me,
to be gentle and patient towards all men,
to be not only a professor by an example of the gospel,
displaying in every relation, office and condition
its excellency, loveliness and advantages.
How little have I illustrated my principles
and improved my privileges!
How seldom have I served my generation!
How often have I injured and not recommended my Redeemer!
How few are those blessed through me!
In many things I have offended,
in all come short of Thy glory;
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

(Valley of Vision)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Honduras--March 2007

Finally, the update is here! I left for Honduras on Sunday morning, March 18. As you may remember, I had a cold and it wasn't getting any better. I did take Sudafed PE, which seemed to help since my ears didn't bother me.

When we arrived at San Pedro Sula, we were greeted by our van driver, Annibal. We were told his name was Hannibal, a rather frightening prospect! Well, he was very nice and ate regular food. :-) Our drive to Loma de Luz was uneventful. The speed bumps that were placed in the road as we passed through various villages were interesting. They looked like silver globes stick in the road.

The dirt road from La Ceiba to Loma de Luz was another matter. It had recently rained and it was so full of holes. I had such a headache by the time we arrived!

The first three days were pretty much a total wipeout for me. I was so sick! I did manage to cook all the meals, with Heidi's help--much needed help--but the rest of the time I was sleeping or suffering. My head was either clogged or my nose was like a faucet. Ugh! But I knew it was just a cold and nothing else and the Lord gave me the strength to persevere through it all

On Wednesday I was well enough to go with Heidi to visit at the hospital. We went to visit with a mom and her two-month old daughter, who only weighed 5.4 lbs. She had a cleft palate and also had a fever from pneumonia. She was being treated with high calorie formula to help her gain weight.

The mother did have any clothes other than what she was wearing so Heidi brought over some for her. Please pray for this mom and her baby. She needs to gain 10 lbs. in order to have any surgery. Please pray for surgeons to visit Loma de Luz who can perform surgery on her cleft palate. The hospital cannot do that type of surgery and she needs it in order to survive.

Later in the week Heidi and I visited a 17-year old girl who had Heidi had met in the hospital where she had given birth to her second son. While she was in the hospital Heidi had taught her to quilt. The girl had completed the top of her quilt and Heidi was going back to show her how to put all the layers together. She was a very shy girl and didn't talk much but she seemed to understand how to sew and I hope she continues with her project. Out in the poorer areas where there is no electricity (or water or anything), there is not much to do. After the cooking and laundry, most of the women just sit outside for hours at a time. Heidi is hoping to use these quilt-making times as a relationship builder to be able to share the gospel.

Driving out and cows on the path

Heidi making friends?

So sweet!

While I was doing all that and cooking, the men were busy working on the house. They painted, plumbed (is that a word?), did electrical work, tiled and grouted and lots of other things. By the time we left, Mark and Heidi could have moved it. (Their container did arrive a few days after we arrived home!!) Here's some various pictures of the guys hard at work:

More pictures of the house:

To be continued.........

A Must Read for This Afternoon

I know I have updates and pictures to post but this was to important to leave for later. Heather over at A Place of Quiet Rest has written a great post about teaching our children the proper way to apologize. Do pop over and read it--then print it out and start teaching your children today.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

He is Risen!

Happy Resurrection Day!

"He is not here, but He has Risen." (Luke 24:6a)
And he [an angel] said to them, "Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him." (Mark 16:6)
The angel said to the women, "D not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying." (Matthew 28:5-6)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Treadmill Days

I started reading "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World" by Joanna Weaver. At the end of each chapter, there is a Bible study that follows the outline of the book. One of the questions Joanna asked was "What inanimate object best describes how your life currently feels?" I wrote "a treadmill: lots of running but not going anywhere". That's what the days feel like right now. Somehow I have gotten on this treadmill of activity and I need to get off! Thankfully it seems to be slowing down. If you've read this blog for any length of time, you know that I don't like it when I have lots of busy days in a row. I like to be home!

This morning started off with phone calls. It seemed like the phone was ringing every minute. I let the answering machine take all the calls but they were all something that needed my attention right away. My cousin from Wyoming is coming to visit this weekend and we had to talk about a few things. The school nurse called and said Jared wanted to come home (he has severe allergies) and was it ok to release him. Today we served the homeless and a friend called about the hams that we serve. The next I know it was time to head out the door for the homeless ministry.

The problem was I didn't leave enough margin in my morning. I have tried to allow time for phone calls, lost keys or whatever but this morning I didn't and it caused me to have to rush with no time for error. Ugh! I hate that feeling.

Our associate pastor came with us to serve the homeless and it was a real treat for him. He had a great time and was very helpful to us. Our numbers were down today for some reason; we only served about 80. Afterwards was lunch and visiting a friend so it was a busy day.

So you can see, this was a treadmill day. Thankfully I have the Lord to rely on and to give me strength. As I work through the day, verses comes to mind that give me hope. Knowing that I am ultimately serving Him encourages me to press on whether it's the homeless ministry or ministering to my family. He is my strength and refuge. He is my shelter! I'm so thankful that I don't have to do this in my own puny power but can rely on His power--the Creator of the world! The all-powerful One!!!