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Sunday, July 29, 2007

A Pricless Treasure

Scripture is a priceless treasure. It is seed for new life and healthy growth. It is spiritual food that makes you strong and comforts you in days of difficulty. It is the undefeatable weapon Christ used against Satan. God's Word will transform your life, revitalize your soul, and bring you into closer fellowship with God.
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Begin to nourish yourself with God's Word; even small scraps of Scripture are rich in spiritual vitamins. Jesus said, "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt. 4:4) Trying to live a godly life without the Bread of Life is like feeding your body a constant diet of junk food. Replace the messages of our empty culture with the life-giving words of Christ. Make memorizing Scripture a lifelong pursuit.

~Scharlotte Rich (Growing By Heart)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

An Unwelcome Guest

This afternoon when I went to get the mail, there was an unwelcome guest in my mailbox. A black widow! Eeeek!! It was big and I could clearly see the red hourglass on its abdomen. I ran into the house to get bug spray (and Julianne) and when I returned, it was gone!!!! I got a long stick (very long) and used it to pull out each piece of mail and fling it on the ground. I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy.

There, in the back of the mailbox, was the spider. I used the stick to bring it closer to the front and then sprayed it. This thing was covered with bug spray because I wanted to make sure that it was d.e.a.d. I will now be very, very careful when I get the mail each afternoon.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Difficulties

"Giving thanks always for all things unto God." (Eph. 5:20)

No matter what the source of the evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him as by an atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you. Therefore you can thank God for everything that comes, not for the sin of it, but for what God will bring out of it and through it. May God make our lives thanksgiving and perpetual praise, then He will make everything a blessing.

We once saw a man draw some black dots. We looked and could make nothing of them but an irregular assemblage of black dots. Then he drew a few fine lines, put in a few rests, then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes. On sounding them we were singing,
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below."

There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted them to come. But if we let God come into our lives, and adjust the dots in the proper way, and draw the lines He wants, and separate this from that, and put in the rests at the proper places; out of the black dots and spots in our lives He will make a glorious harmony. Let us not hinder Him in this glorious work! (CHP)

"Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter's work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?

Would we know the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright,
If we'd never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark of night?"

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties.--C. H. Sprugeon

When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ, the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the instrument he must touch them all.--Selected.

(July 23 entry in Streams in the Desert)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Quick Update

Since arriving home from camping I've been very busy. Laundry, cleaning, Mailbox Club, spending time with family, etc. We have out-of-town guests coming later this week so I'm trying to get ready for them. This morning I woke up sneezing and haven't stopped. I'm not sure what's going on there.

The camping pictures are still in my camera and I hope to be able to update everything this weekend. Until then.......may the Lord bless your days as you serve Him at home!

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Trying to Beat the Heat


The heat is on here in Central Virginia. We are going to be in the high 90's all week. Tomorrow we are packing up to go camping until Thursday. I just checked the forecast and it will be a few degrees cooler during the day but the nights will be about 5-7 degrees lower. We're going back to the KOA in Verona, VA, where we went with our church two weeks ago.

I'm looking forward to getting away and enjoying the time in God's beautiful creation. Right by the campsites is this beautiful waterfall:


It is so peaceful to fall asleep each night listening to the sound of the rushing water. I can't wait!

The campground also has a pool so we won't have any problem staying cool. We're planning on tubing one afternoon and the other days we'll be in the pool. Michael will most likely be spending his time fishing in the river.

I took my camera with me last time but didn't take many pictures. I will do better this week and hopefully get a chance to post them when I return.

Have a blessed week!

Friday, July 06, 2007

Halcyon Days


The last week or so have been very pleasant in our family. Nothing out of the ordinary, just pleasant, peaceful days. Julianne is assisting in our church's backyard Bible clubs this summer and this week was her first club. She enjoyed it very much and it was encouraging to see her taking on this responsibility. Every night she studied the lesson and worked hard on the games for the memory verses.

Michael was home this week (and next) on vacation so our days haven't been as organized as they usually are. But that's ok! We enjoy having him home! We decided to go camping next week and are really looking forward to it. Today we got the camping stuff out (that we just put away a week or so ago!) and checked everything. We bought a new camp stove and a small grill. Cooking on the grill will free up the stove for other goodies like corn and baked beans :-).

Michael and I went to the Goodwill store and picked up some things for camping. He found a large Tupperware container for only a few dollars and I got a new set of bbq tools for .35 cents each! I also picked up some melamine plates and bowls that were on clearance at Target. They were only .75 cents each so I was a happy camper (pun intended!!)

The weather has been so nice for this time of year. Warm but not hot and not too humid either. We enjoy sitting out on the swing each evening after dinner. On the 4th of July we went over Matt's apartment and had a great time swimming in their complex's pool. We had a delicious dinner made by Jessica and watched The Fellowship of the Ring on his new plasma TV. What a treat that was!

Jared took his placement tests at the local community college and did well. He has his courses figured out and is waiting to register at the end of this month. His car will be getting fixed in the near future also. It is now in our backyard where he, Michael and a friend will be doing all the body work on it. I can't say I enjoy looking at a car in our backyard but at least I know it's not up on blocks and won't become a permanent fixture!

It's hard to believe that it's almost the second week in July. The days are slipping by at a fast pace. We haven't done nearly as much school as I thought we would but we are all enjoying being together and are learning a lot more about life than fractions. There's always time for that.

So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

Wednesday, July 04, 2007