Thursday, January 31, 2008

Computer Woes

As I was working on my computer the other, the screen suddenly went black. I'm not a whiz at computers but I know that's not a good sign. I called my husband and he said, "It crashed." I wasn't too worried because I have external hard drive that backs up my files everyday. It turns out that the back up drive had somehow been unplugged and hadn't backed anything up since the end of December.

Everything for the month of January is gone: pictures, music (I should be able to get this back from my iPod), and all the updates I've done to my Palm, Homeschool Tracker, etc. I have to load everything again. :::sigh:::

I'm just grateful it was only a month's worth of data and not everything. It could have been much worse.

So today I've been reloading all my software. Whoopee.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Sovereignty of God

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law--Deuteronomy 29:29

My study this week in "Trusting God" has been a difficult one but encouraging also! The chapter was entitled, "The Sovereignty of God". I should have stopped then, LOL! It is a hard thing for a mere mortal like myself to comprehend how God controls all things and yet we have free will--or do we? Trish and I had a lot to discuss tonight at our weekly get together. By the time we were done, there wasn't anyone (that we could see) in the store!! Our conclusion of how to explain and understand all this? "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." (Is. 55:8-9). We have no conclusion other than this: trust the Lord! Everything that comes into our lives is for our good and His glory.

Here some excerpts from the chapter:

Confidence in the sovereignty of God in all that affects us is crucial to our trusting Him. If there is a single event in all of the universe that can occur outside of God's sovereign control, then we cannot trust Him.
No detail of your life is too insignificant for your heavenly Father's attention; no circumstance is so big that He cannot control it.
~*~*~*~ believe in the sovereignty of God when we do not see His direct intervention--when God is, so to speak, working entirely behind the scenes through ordinary circumstances and ordinary actions of people--is even more important, because that is the way God usually works.
No plan of God's can be thwarted; when He acts, no one can reverse it; no one can hold back His hand or bring Him to account for His actions. God does as He pleases, only as He pleases, and works out every event to bring about the accomplishment of His will. Such a bare unqualified statement of the sovereignty of God would terrify us if that were all we knew about God. But God is not only sovereign, He is perfect in love and infinite in wisdom.
I realized anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.

The trust we must believe is that God is sovereign. He carries out His own good purposes without ever being thwarted, and He so directs and controls all events and all actions of His creatures that they never act outside of His sovereign will. We must believe this and cling to this in the face of adversity and tragedy, if we are to glorify God by trusitng Him.
Whew! See why this was such a hard study? I don't understand how it all works together but God hasn't called me to understand. He has called me to trust. He has called me to obedience. And, praise His Name, He has given me the Holy Spirit and His power to do it!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday Night at Home

Saturday night we had more snow! Almost .08 inches. LOL! Pitiful, isn't it? Oh well, there's still lots of winter left and who knows what can happen. Let it snow!!

Last night Jessica's boyfriend, Matt, came over for dinner. I made sloppy joe's, homemade French fries and a salad. We had ice cream sundaes for dessert. Matt had never had sloppy joe's before! He really liked them. So far he has liked every meal I've made him. ;-)

After Matt went home, the girls and I played Phase 10. It's one of my favorite card games. Julianne had to quit before we finished because it was time for her to go to bed but Jessica and I stayed up until we did all 10 phases. I caught up with her at the end but it was too late. She won!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Snow and Muffins

I know in most places that the above hardly qualifies to be called snow but hey, here in Central VA it's enough to close area schools and cause numerous accidents on the highway!! Not to mention emptying the local grocery stores of bread, milk and toilet paper. :-D


It's snowing!! It's not much, it won't last long, and it will turn to rain in a few hours but for now we're enjoying it!

Co-op classes were cancelled today so there is rejoicing here. :-) It looks like a good day for baking cookies! And maybe some blueberry muffins.

He gives snow like wool; He scatters the frost like ashes--Psalm 147:16

Monday, January 14, 2008

An Actual Update!

I know it's been a while since I've been on here but there really hasn't been all that much going on in our household.

Life goes on without Squirt but we all miss her a lot. I wonder if Snickers misses her? Or what she thinks about her not being here. She's top dog now!! Puppy training is still going on and Dasher just doesn't quite get the hang of house training. Julianne is very good and patient with her so I'm hoping that patience pays off soon.

School is going well. I did lesson plans today all the way to the end of February. Yeah!! I'm so happy! It feels so good to get that all on the computer and to be able to print out a week's worth of lessons each Monday. I use Homeschool Tracker Plus and it has made my planning so easy! There is a free version you can download if you want to try it and then upgrade to the plus version. If you like planning on the computer, then I recommend Homeschool Tracker Plus.

Trish and I are reading Trusting God Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges for our Wednesday night Bible study. We have only gone through the second chapter so far but they have been wonderful. Here's a few examples of the truths in this book.

In the arena of adversity, the Scriptures teach us three essential truths about God--truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity. They are 1. God is completely sovereign; 2. God is infinite in wisdom; 3. God is perfect in love.

Someone has expressed these three truths as they relate to us in this way: "God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about."
It is coming into a deeper personal relationship with Him as a result of seeking Him in the midst of our personal pain and discovering Him to be trustworthy. It is only as we know God in this personal way that we come to trust Him.
God's providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for HIs own glory and the good of His people.
If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe that just as certainly as God will allow nothing to subvert His glory, so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.
If we are to trust God, we must learn to see that He is continuously at work in every aspect and every moment of our lives.
I'm looking forward to working through the rest of the book. Life is full of times when I need to trust God because I cannot see the big picture of all that is happening. This book and God's word will equip me to handle those times better.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Squirt: July 1, 1995--January 4, 2008

She was a good, good day for our family and we will miss her very much. We love you, Squirt!!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Christmas Pictures

Dasher in the covers
Christmas tree on my desk. A present from Trish.
Jessica unwrapping gifts
Christmas morning; Jared and Michael
One of my favorite Nativities
What can it be?
Christmas candy--yummy!
Christmas Eve; we can each open one gift
More Christmas Eve
My living room table
Deer; last year's gift from Trish
We had a wonderful holiday this year. The Christmas Eve service at church was wonderful and really put my mind and heart on the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of my Lord and Savior. God coming down to man. How wonderful is that???