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Friday, October 31, 2008

Friday at Home

I had lots of errands to do today and some of them didn't go as planned. Nothing major when compared with the problems of the world, just annoying to me. I prayed for a calm heart, and I took C. J. Mahaney's advice in Living the Cross Centered Life. Instead of listening to myself complain and whine about my piddly little problems, I talked to myself. Here's what C. J. says: On a daily basis we're faced with two simple choices. We can either listen to ourselves and our constantly changing feelings about our circumstances, or we can talk to ourselves about the unchanging truth of who God is and what's He's accomplished for us at the cross through His Son Jesus.

Amazing what a little talk can do! I realized that my day that wasn't going the way I planned wasn't really that big of a deal in the scheme of things. He arranged the day and the circumstances and, at first, I didn't respond biblically. But God is faithful! When I prayed (and sent a text for my husband to pray [pray for me. bad day]), the Holy Spirit reminded me of the words I had read in C. J.'s book. Thank you, Lord! Thank you for reminding me that "nothing else--not even things that are biblical and honorable--are of equal or greater importance than this: God sent His Son to the cross to bear His wrath for sinners like you and me. If there's anything in life we should be passionate about, it's the gospel. And I don't mean passionate about sharing it with others; I mean passionate in thinking about the gospel, reflecting upon it, rejoicing in it, allowing it to color the way we look at the world at the world and all of life."

If you haven't read Living a Cross Centered Life, I urge you to read and re-read it. It will have a life-changing effect on your life!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

Best Friends, Fellow Bible Study-er, Sisters in Christ, Keeper of Secrets Extraordinaire












Shooting corn cobs at a target!









Julianne's pumpkin
















Wednesday, October 29, 2008

What This World Needs

What This World Needs by Casting Crowns

What this world needs is not another one-hit wonder with an axe to grind
Another two-bit politician peddling lies
Another three-ring circus society
What this world needs is not another sign-waving super saint that's better than you
Another ear-pleasing candy man afraid of the truth
Another prophet in an Armani suit

What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them in their time of need
A Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love--
That's what this world needs

What this world needs is for us to care more about the inside than the outside
Have we become so blind that we can't see
God's gotta change her heart before He changes her shirt
What this world needs is for us to stop hiding behind our relevance
Blending in so well that people can't see the difference
And it's the difference that sets the world free
Jesus is our Savior, that's what this world needs
Father's arms around you, that's what this world needs
That's what this world needs

What this world needs is a Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love them in their time of need
A Savior who will rescue
A Spirit who will lead
A Father who will love--
That's what this world needs

(Mark Hall, Hector Cervantes)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Stamping



Last night Jessica and Matt came over for dinner. I made Impossible Cheeseburger Pie, corn, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese, apple pie and ice cream. It was the perfect dinner for a chilly night!
After dinner Matt watched the Monday Night Football game while switching to the Phillies so I could keep up with the score. It ended in a tie around the 5th inning because it was called for rain. Go Phillies!
Jessica and I worked on stamping cards. Actually Jessica made a bunch of Christmas cards and I made a few get-well ones. I wasn't in the mood for stamping because I was so tired. We had company Saturday night (fellowship group), Sunday after church (new-ish family from church), and Jess and Matt last night and I had cooked all three times! So I mostly sat and talked which was a lot of fun.
It is very windy here today as a cold front came through yesterday. We're supposed to get in the lower 30's tonight. The trees are mostly green but I can see patches of red, gold, and yellow popping up! I think with the lower temps this week we should have more color.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sunday Hymn


O, How I Love Jesus

There is a name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music to my ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus--
because He first loved me!
It tells me of a Savior's love,
who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner's perfect plea.

O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus--
because He first loved me!
It tells me what my Father hath
In store for ev'ry day,
And, tho I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.

O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus--
because He first loved me!

It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe,
Who ineach sorrow bears a part
That none can bear below.

O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus,
O, how I love Jesus--
because He first loved me!

(Frederick Whitfield)

Mid-Afternoon Snack



Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies


2/3 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup Craisins
2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips


Preheat oven to 375* F. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda, and
salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in Craisins and white chocolate chunks. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Box for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes about 2.5 dozen. Try to each just one!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Love


I love dogs! I just had to say that. Continue on to the next blog on your list. ;-)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tonight



We have a frost advisory this evening. It's supposed to get down to 33*. I brought all my houseplants in that were on the deck. I guess this means Autumn is officially here!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sunday Hymn (after a nearly year's absence)


Safely Through Another Week

Safely through another week, God has brought us on our way;
Let us now a blessing seek, Waiting in His courts today:
Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest;
Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest.

While we pray for pardoning grace, Thro' the dear Redeemer's Name,
Show Thy reconciled face, Take away our sin and shame;
From our worldly cares set us free, May we rest this day in Thee;
From our worldly cares set us free, May we rest this day in Thee.

Here we come Thy Name to praise, may we feel Thy presence near:
May Thy glory meet our eyes, While we in Thy house appear:
Here afford us, Lord, a taste Of our everlasting feast;
Here afford us, Lord, a taste Of our everlasting feast.

May Thy gospel's joyful sound Conquer sinners, comfort saints;
Make the fruits of gace abound, Bring relief for all complaints:
Thus may all our Sabbaths prove, till we join the Church above;
Thus may all our Sabbaths prove, till we join the church above.

(John Newton)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

My Birthday/Anniversary Present

This is my birthday/anniversary (they're 9 days apart) present from my sweet husband. I love it!

Thanks, Michael! xoxoxoxox








Isn't it pretty? I named it Scarlett O'Hara!

By Popular Request



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why Dogs Are So Much Fun!

video

This is what we do for entertainment around here!!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Live All Out




In Fear Factor I read this sentence: If your main priority in life is getting people to like you or think well of you, you won't be able to live all out for God.

Live all out. Ever since I've read that phrase, I've been thinking about what it means to live all out for God. What I think it means is trusting Him in everything. It means to realize that He is sovereign and in control of all that is going on.....in my life, in my church, in the world. He does everything for His glory and our good and I can rest in that. I can rest in the knowledge that nothing is out of His control. Stock market plunging, economies failing......all this has been planned by a loving Father for His glory and my good. How does it work for His glory? I don't know. How does it work for my good? I don't know. I do know that He is faithful. I do know that He wants the best for me. I do know that I can trust Him and I can go to Him with any fear, anxiety or trouble and He will be there--ready to listen, always able to understand. I do know that I can go to His Word and find words of encouragement there. I can find comfort there. I do know that "His divine power has given us everything we (I) need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us byHis own glory and goodness." (2 Peter 1:3)

In these days, and every day, I want to Live All Out for the Lord by trusting Him, obeying Him, loving Him, following Him. Will you join me on that path?

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Psalm 119:133

I've been meditating on this verse all day and wanted to share it with you:

Direct my footsteps according to your Word; let no sin rule over me~Psalm 119:133

This is the desire of my heart!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

A Birthday Funny

Saturday was my birthday and we were all together in the living room just talking and having a good time when Jessica looked out the window. She said a man was coming up the walk with a basket of flowers. Of course, we all thought they were for me and wondered who could have sent them. I opened the door, ready to take the basket, when the deliveryman said, "These are for the lady across the street but she's not home. Could you hold these for her?" LOL!! Well, my bubble was burst!! Everyone in the room sighed disappointedly.

We all had a great laugh over that!! :-) :-)