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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Five Solas of the Reformation

Sola Scriptura: scripture alone.
The Bible is the only inspired word of God. It's understandable, and self-interpreting.

Sola Fide: by faith alone.
Justification (being declared right with God) is by faith alone, not good works.

Sola Gratia: by grace alone.Salvation comes by His grace- unmerited favor- only God acts to save the sinner.

Solus Christus: Christ Alone
Christ is the only mediator between God and man, there is salvation in no other.

Soli Deo Gloria: the glory goes to God alone
All glory is due to Him.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

An Update


It's been a while since I've posted an update. Last week and this week have been busier than usual but in a good way. I have pictures to go along with this post but they're still in my camera and will have to wait for another day.

Monday, October 15, two friends and I went to the local pumpkin patch for an afternoon of hay rides and pumpkin picking. Our oldest children spent an hour in an 8-acre corn maze. It was a beautiful day, althought a little warm, and we had a wonderful time.

That Friday, three ladies and I attended a Precepts Bible Training Workshop at a church in Richmond. We were all taking training to be leaders. Precepts had sent us homework to do ahead of time (in 2 Thessalonians) and our workshop used our homework as the basis of our study. We were there from 9-5 each day and at times the information was overwhelming. Our church doesn't have the room for a separate ladies' class so we won't be doing this any time soon. The preparation and time commitment involved was a little scary! I can see now why Scripture tells the older women to teach the younger. Your children would have to be older, and possibly on their own, before you would have the time to devote to this. But, a lot of what I learned is very useful for my own time in the Word and I'm looking forward to putting it into practice.

This week I decided not to go to the quilt class on Monday. At the time that night was the only one all of us would be home together so I cancelled in order for us to have dinner together. As it turned out, Julianne didn't go to karate on Tuesday and Thursday so I was home more than I thought I would be. Yeah!

I still haven't decided what to do about the class. I love taking it but I just don't have the time to work on my quilt at home. Between homekeeping, homeschooling and babysitting, I. am. tired. I suppose I could be doing it right now..........:-)

Tonight our small group met for dinner as part of our Mission Conference this weekend. We had our former pastor and his wife join us for dinner and we got to hear all about their new life in Mexico City. He is now teaching local pastors in a seminary. It was great to see them and hear all about the work that the Lord is doing down there. Exciting.

Tomorrow morning we had several mission-oriented workshops to attend and Sunday night we have a question and answer session with some of the missionaries we support. They are coming from Honduras, Peru, Asia and Mexico! I can't wait!! It is so exciting and encouraging to hear all the Lord is doing in other countries.

In honor of all the rain and the falling temperatures, I made Pumpkin Puff cookies last night. I think there's a few left!



Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Rain


Rain, rain!! It has been raining all day and it's still continuing. This is such an answer to prayer as it's been a long time since it's rained. The forecast is for rain everyday until Saturday.
Thank you, Lord!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Prayer

“Thy paths drop fatness.”
— Psalm 65:11

Many are “the paths of the Lord” which “drop fatness,” but an especial one is the path of prayer. No believer, who is much in the closet, will have need to cry, “My leanness, my leanness; woe unto me.” Starving souls live at a distance from the mercy- seat, and become like the parched fields in times of drought. Prevalence with God in wrestling prayer is sure to make the believer strong—if not happy. The nearest place to the gate of heaven is the throne of the heavenly grace. Much alone, and you will have much assurance; little alone with Jesus, your religion will be shallow, polluted with many doubts and fears, and not sparkling with the joy of the Lord. Since the soul-enriching path of prayer is open to the very weakest saint; since no high attainments are required; since you are not bidden to come because you are an advanced saint, but freely invited if you be a saint at all; see to it, dear reader, that you are often in the way of private devotion. Be much on your knees, for so Elijah drew the rain upon famished Israel’s fields.

There is another especial path dropping with fatness to those who walk therein, it is the secret walk of communion. Oh! the delights of fellowship with Jesus! Earth hath no words which can set forth the holy calm of a soul leaning on Jesus’ bosom. Few Christians understand it, they live in the lowlands and seldom climb to the top of Nebo: they live in the outer court, they enter not the holy place, they take not up the privilege of priesthood. At a distance they see the sacrifice, but they sit not down with the priest to eat thereof, and to enjoy the fat of the burnt offering. But, reader, sit thou ever under the shadow of Jesus; come up to that palm tree, and take hold of the branches thereof; let thy beloved be unto thee as the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, and thou shalt be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. O Jesus, visit us with thy salvation!

Spurgeon, Charles H.: Morning and Evening : Daily Readings. Complete and unabridged; New modern edition. Peabody, MA : Hendrickson Publishers, 2006, S. October 18 AM

Monday, October 15, 2007

God Is My Defense

From this morning's Daily Light:

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior. # The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise Him.

When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him. # We may boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever. # Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

For your name's sake, lead me and guide me.

(Ps. 59:9; 2 Sam. 22:2-3; Ps. 28:7; Isa. 59:19; Heb. 13:6; Ps. 27:1; Ps. 125:2; Ps. 63:7; Ps. 31:3)

Friday, October 12, 2007

Better Blog Reading

Abraham over at Desiring God has a good post on better blog reading. If you are struggling with too much time on the internet, this article will be a blessing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A New Project


A dear, sweet lady at our church, who has been teaching quilting for 22 years, has formed a class for nine of us who want to learn to quilt. We meet on Monday nights in the church building. I am having a wonderful time. I took a quilting class years ago before Jessica (21) was born but never finished it because I got pregnant and then very sick! A lot has changed since then. I remember having to cut out each individual square and piecing it all together. Now there are rotary cutters and it is soooo easy.

I chose Christmas colors for my material since we should be finished before the beginning of December. Our teacher actually thought we might have time to do two of them. She said we were very good students. I know some of the ladies are as they are accomplished seamstresses. I'm just thrilled that I am keeping up with them! We already cut out a lot of the strips and one section is sown together. Our homework is to cut the sewn section into strips and to make our checkboard center.

I will post updates as this project progesses!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Today at Home

Today (October 6th) is a very special day! Michael and I were married 23 years ago in Clementon, New Jersey at Laurel Hill Bible Church at 10 in the morning! Last night we went out to a great Italian restaurant and a movie. We also spent some time at Barnes and Noble. It was a very special evening.

Tonight we had small group and everyone was teasing me that I had done very well to last 23 years with Michael. LOL! He does have a weird sense of humor but that is one of the things that I love about him.

Speaking of small group, Julianne had her first paid babysitting job tonight. Our small group isn't quite small and we have about 7-12 children (depending on how many attend). Our hosts decided that they wanted a babysit to watch the children so Julianne is now in charge. She's thrilled and hopes this will get her name out there as a babysitter. She would like to start earning some money of her own.

I hope you all have had a great week in the Lord and that you have seen His Hand at work in your life. Have a blessed Lord's day tomorrow!!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Thumb Update, Part Two

At 11:45 this morning, as I was driving to babysit, my doctor's nurse called and asked if we could do the surgery at 3:00. Yikes! I wasn't supposed to finish babysitting until 3:30 (which is actually an hour earlier than normal). I called Jane and she was able to find someone to come at 2:30. Julianne didn't know any of this until Trish dropped her off at 2:15. I'm glad because didn't have to spend a lot of time thinking about it!

So....at 3:00 we went to St. Francis and Julianne had the surgery done on her hand. Michael was able to meet us there and we were in the room while she had the procedure. Everything went really well. The whole granuloma was taken out and they didn't have to cut into her nail at all. She has a bandage for about 24 hours and then she is good to go! She will miss bowling and karate this week but can do all that next week.

Thank you for all your prayers! The moral of this story is....................don't bite your nails!!!!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Thumb Update

Last week I posted about Julianne's thumb and I wanted to give an update. It has not been healing as it should so I took her back to the doctor today. Her "granuloma" is still growing so the doctor wants to cut it out but he didn't want to do it! He is going to schedule her to see a surgeon. We don't have an appointment yet but it will either be Friday or sometime next week. The good news is that it is not infected. That is a praise!

She is disappointed that she will miss bowling again this week. If the surgery is done late next week, she will probably miss it again. Thankfully, she has been able to continue with her karate lessons. And to her dismay, we are still continuing with school.

I will keep you updated on any changes and let you know the date of the surgery. Thanks for praying and continue to keep her in your prayers. Thank you!!