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Monday, December 31, 2007

Update






It's hard to believe that the end of 2007 is here! The older I get, the faster the years go by. Pretty soon they will just be flashes LOL!

We had planned to go to a party tonight with some friends but it was cancelled due to illness. But we are indeed having a party--here at home. Over the weekend, Jessica was visiting Matt's grandparents (who are on their way back to England soon) and she feel down the steps at his sister's house. She ended up having to go to the hospital (via ambulance!) because she had severely bruised her tailbone. She is home now and doing better. So, we are going to have a little party here with the family. I don't have any hornblowers or anything but it will be fun!

I'll update later with some Christmas pictures.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Incarnation Day!!


One of our elders called Christmas "Incarnation Day" and I really liked it. So...............Happy Incarnation Day! The day that God became man! Fully man and fully God! Amazing!!!


Monday, December 24, 2007

Friday, December 21, 2007

Christ, Not Feelings

“Do you want to know supreme joy, do you want to experience a happiness that eludes description? There is only one thing to do, really seek Him, seek Him Himself, turn to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

If you find that your feelings are depressed do not sit down and commiserate with yourself, do not try to work something up but go directly to Him and seek His face, as the little child who is miserable and unhappy because somebody else has taken or broken his toy, runs to its father or its mother. So if you and I find ourselves afflicted by this condition, there is only one thing to do, it is to go to Him.

If you seek the Lord Jesus Christ and find him there is no need to worry about your happiness and your joy. He is our joy and our happiness, even as He is our peace. He is life, He is everything. So avoid the incitements and the temptations of Satan to give feelings this great prominence at the centre. Put at the centre the only One who has a right to be there, the Lord of Glory, Who so loved you that He went to the Cross and bore the punishment and the shame of your sins and died for you.”

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression, 117-118

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Mark Your Calendar


The new Narnia movie, Prince Caspian, arrives at theatres on May 16th! Here's a sneak peek:


Sunday, December 16, 2007

He Leads Us On


He leads us on by paths we did not know;
Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,
Though oft we faint and falter on the way,
Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;
Yet when the clouds are gone,
We know He leads us on.

He leads us on through all the unquiet years;
Past all our dreamland hopes, and doubts and fears,
He guides our steps, through all the tangled maze
Of losses, sorrows, and o'erclouded days;
We know His will is done;
And still He leads us on.

(N. L. Zinzendorf)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dasher Diary

Julianne is at art class this morning and I'm in charge of the new puppy, Dasher. I raked leaves earlier and had her out there with me. She was so cute romping around and chasing after fallen leaves. Now I'm at my desk trying to work and it's like having a toddler at my feet! She is into everything!!!

She's in her crate now so I can get some work done. She is cute, though! (More pictures later).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Sunday Hymn (on Monday)

I Am Not Skilled to Understand

I am not skilled to understand
What God hath willed, what God hath planned;
I only know that at His right hand
Is One Who is my Savior!

I take Him at His word indeed;
“Christ died for sinners”—this I read;
For in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior!

That He should leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die,
You count it strange? So once did I,
Before I knew my Savior!

And oh, that He fulfilled may see
The travail of His soul in me,
And with His work contented be,
As I with my dear Savior!

Yea, living, dying, let me bring
My strength, my solace from this Spring;
That He Who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior!

(Dorothy Greenwell)
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I love the version by Aaron Shust. BTW, if you go to his website, you can download two Christmas songs for free!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Our New Puppy!


Meet the newest member of our family, Dasher!! She is Julianne's Christmas present. Isn't she just the cutest?? She was born on October 9 and is a miniature Dachshund.
Please be aware that there will be more puppy pictures in the next few days (or weeks). LOL!


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Contentment


Ever since I found The Blazing Center, I've been exploring it and finding I like it very much. Here are a few posts on the secret of contentment which have been very helpful to me. I hope it will bless you also.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Hints for Better Bible Reading

Mark Altrogge has a very good article on his blog entitled, "8 Ways to Get More Out of Your Bible". It's worth a look!