Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Tore My Bible

Last Sunday while in church as I was turning to a passage in the Bible, I tore a page and I was glad! I have had my "new" Bible for over a year now and I have been babying it. This is the nicest Bible I've ever owned. You will laugh but I had such a hard time making a decision about this Bible. What version? What type of leather? Wide margins? Concordance? Study Bible? I finally decided on a NIV Wide Margin with goatskin leather. No study notes but an awesome concordance and beautiful wide margins all around. The goatskin is amazing; it is so soft it almost feels liquid. Everytime I pick up, I just love the feel of it.

But I wasn't using it. Oh, I would read it, of course, and write notes in it but I was still treating it like a prized possession. It is prized but it's also meant to be used. I found that a lot of times I would get out my old Bible, which I had since 1984. I would leave my new Bible in my church bag and take out my old. A few weeks ago I put my old one away permanently and now that I have a little rip in my new one (or I should just say my Bible) I feel like I can settle down with it and it make "mine" for good.

Has anyone else had a hard time switching to a new Bible....or am I the only crazy one??

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Respectable Sins

Our fellowship group is going through the book, Respectable Sins, by Jerry Bridges. I wanted to share with you some quotes that I have been reading and that have been on my mind lately.
Stepping forward to accept my place as a sinner in need of the gospel each day drives a dagger into my self-righteous heart and prepares me to face up to and accept the reality of the sin that still dwells within me.
It is the gospel that motivates us to seek to be in our daily experience what we are in our standing before God.
To walk by the Spirit is to live under the controlling influence of the Spirit and in dependence upon Him.

Practically speaking, we live under the controlling influence of the Spirit as we continually expose our minds to and seek to obey the Spirit's moral will for us as revealed in Scripture. We live in dependence of Him through prayer as we continually cry out to Him for His power to enable us to obey His will.
As we seek to walk by the Spirit, we will, over time, see the Spirit working in us and through us to cleanse us from the remaining power of sin in our lives. We will never reach perfection in this life, but we will see progress.
The Holy Spirit works in us to convict us and to make us aware of our subtle sins. He then works in us to enable us to put to death those sins. Then He works in us in ways of which we are not conscious. And then He uses the circumstances of our lives to exercise us in the activity of dealing with our sins.
Jerry advises to pray for these things:
~that the Holy Spirit will enable me to see the hidden, subtle sins in my life
~that God would give me a heart that longs to be in intimate relationship with Him--and to promptly confess my sins as His Spirit makes me aware of them

Last year while studying Holiness by Nancy Leigh DeMoss, she urged us to ask the Lord to show us more of His holiness and more of our sinfulness. This is what Jerry is asking us to do also. What a hard thing that is to do! To face up to those little sins that don't seem so big compared to what the world does. As if they don't matter to a perfect and holy God. I pray that He continues to show me those sins and that I continue to rely on His Spirit and power to overcome them.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

My Morning Adventure

While filling up the dogs' water bowls this morning, I heard a loud thud. I looked around the yard and TWO squirrels had fallen out of a tree! I couldn't believe it. I went over to them but they weren't moving. Oh no! I ran in the house to get my cell phone (to call Michael) and when I got back they were gone. Yeah! But....then I saw one of them a little ways away and it wasn't moving....only blinking its eyes. I didn't know what to do.

I talked to it for a little while and it just keep looking at me, blinking its eyes. It was so pitiful!! I knew I couldn't let the dogs out!! Finally, I moved really close and it jumped up and ran away, although limping. I was rejoicing!!

So, I think everything is ok and I go in the house to let the dogs out. I put them out too soon! As soon as the dogs were out, I see the squirrels on the fence. Arwen runs over and got a hold of one! I then chase Arwen who drops the squirrel and it runs up a tree. It appears to be fine. I'm thinking the other squirrel ran away also but, no, there it is in the neighbor's yard--frozen to one spot and the dogs won't stop barking at it. Dasher was furiously digging under the fence to get over there. I tried everything I could to bring them in, even shoving a treat right under their noses haha. Finally, I went in, got their leashes and brought them in.

I just checked a minute ago and the squirrels seem to be gone. What a crazy morning!!!

PS: I am so thankful I was out there when they fell; otherwise I would have just let the dogs out and those squirrels would have been dead. God is good!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Today's Daybook Entry

FOR TODAY September 21, 2009...

Outside my window...the street is very quiet; most of the children are at school and the moms are at work

I am thinking...that I really need to weed out the front garden and get it ready for fall

I am thankful for...God's faithfulness, mercy and grace

From the learning rooms...Rosetta Stone Spanish is going very well. It's amazing how much Julianne has learned in a week or so!

From the kitchen...I'm working on menu plans for the next few weeks

I am wearing...shorts, shirt and slippers

I am creating...order out of chaos from all the paperwork on my desk

I am run some errands this afternoon

I am reading...information on our mail order prescription plan; so many details!

I am hoping...for cooler autumn weather; we're in the 80's this week

I am hearing...a blue jay screaming at something, probably our neighbor's cat

Around the house...we hung up the living curtains this weekend; what a difference!

One of my favorite reading the Sunday paper cover to cover~bliss!

A few plans for the rest of the week: lunch out with friends, clean the church, fellowship group on Saturday

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing:

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Having Fun With Dasher

Michael's new toy. Dasher will never be the same.

Friday, September 18, 2009

All Things Home

I was supposed to have lunch with a friend yesterday but she cancelled because she wasn't feeling well. It was cool and cloudy which made it a great day to stay home! As always, my favorite place to be. I like when it is cloudy because I put out my a lot of my candles. They make a cloudy day cheery!

I did the deep cleaning of the upstairs bathroom that I mentioned on Monday. It's *really* clean!! I also did a much-needed thorough cleaning of our master bedroom. Besides the boxes that have yet to be put away, it is all nice and neat. I spent a lot of time going through my jewelry box and giving/throwing away some items. There were earrings without a match, broken pins, etc. that had been taking up too much room. It's all organized now. The only thing I didn't get to was the closet but I hope to do that next week.

I'm going grocery shopping and on my list is a lot of ingredients for stews and soups. It's that time again although next week it is still going to be in the low 80's. Is it too early to start?

Speaking of grocery shopping, I reorganized the pantry last week. With my permanent marker in hand, I added the expiration date to all my canned goods. I have to admit that I was not very diligent about rotating them as I should. This will definitely make it easier. I saw some areas where I needed to stock up and some where I had too many of one thing. I now have a checklist of everything in there and can see at a glance what is needed.

As I mentioned back in July, I felt I had lost my focus and wanted to change that. I have been doing just that! I have been putting most of my energies into our home and homekeeping. I am back to making meals from scratch. Back to a routine in my cleaning. Back to where the Lord wants me to be: a keeper at home!

I will leave you with some homekeeping thoughts:

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
~Robert Montgomery

"When we traded homemaking for careers, we were implicitly promised economic independence and worldly influence. But a devil of a bargain it has turned out to be in terms of daily life. We gave up the aroma of warm bread rising, the measured pace of nurturing routines, the creative task of molding our families' tastes and zest for life; we received in exchange the minivan and the Lunchable." ~ Barbara Kingsolver

“The homemaker is a servant who is ministering for the LORD as much as any preacher or evangelist- the future of her family and therefore, society does indeed rest in her hands and the results will be eternal.” ~Unknown

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Psalm 32:1-2

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not
count again him.

Monday, September 14, 2009

My Daybook Submission


Outside my window...are lots of birds at my feeder. I changed over to a different kind and was wondering if they would like it. They do!

I am thinking...about the coming cool weather

I am thankful...that I am able to be a stay-at-home mom

I am wearing...jeans, red blouse and no shoes

I am remembering...25 years ago as I was beginning the countdown for my wedding

I am creating...a list of fall recipes to try

I am lunch on Thursday with a friend

I am reading..."Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges and knowing there is a lot the Lord wants me to change

On my mind...that each day I want to be more intentional in my relationship with the Lord

From the learning rooms...this will be our first full week of school. Home on MWF and co-op on Tu and Th. I can't believe my baby is in 10th grade!

Noticing that...there seem to be an usual amount of acorns starting to fall.....does that mean something?

Pondering these words...Psalm 33:20--We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. This reminds me that the safest place for me to be is following Him, which sometimes includes waiting...but always with hope.

From the kitchen...I had a coupon for a free homemade casserole at the local grocery store so there was no cooking tonight!!

Around the craft room is slowly taking shape.

One of my favorite sitting on my swing in the late afternoon

A few plans for the rest of the week: deep clean upstairs bathroom, finish up history and Spanish lesson plans

No picture because Blogger is not cooperating now!

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Washington, DC Zoo

Footwear of choice for the day.

We did see the panda but I couldn't get any pictures of him (her?). This will have to do!

Washington, DC Trip

The last weekend in August we had a chance to go up to Washington, DC for a few days. Michael had to go for business and we didn't see much of him because he was in meetings most of the time. Julianne and I went to the International Spy Museum and the Zoo. We also went out to the Hard Rock Cafe one night. We didn't do a lot of the monuments or museums this time; this was a very laid back trip. After all that has happened this summer, it was nice to get away and relax. Our hotel was very nice and right down the street from the Capitol. It was really special to go out each day and see it rising above the trees. We were also a few blocks away from Union Station so we had fun looking at all the shops in there and riding the Metro to the Zoo.
We did get to see Michael one night when everyone he was with had dinner at B. Smith's in Union Station. Very nice! Julianne was able to get vegetarian ribs, which she said were very good.
Pictures of the zoo to come later.....

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

A Time of New Beginnings

To me September is the start of the new year, not January. The month is open to so many possibilities and changes. Although our summer has been mild compared to previous years, I'm still looking forward to the cooler weather and fall foliage. My maple tree is green now but in a few weeks it will start changing to a glorious yellow.

This weekend Michael and I finally tackled our "spare" room. During the makeover last summer we used this room to store well, everything! I knew there was a lot in there that could be given away, put away and/or consolidated...and that's what we did. It is now home to my sewing machine and stamping materials. We brought in a table and file cabinet that now holds all my craft paper. We also brought in my chair and side table from our bedroom so I read in there at night and not disturb anyone. We didn't have to buy anything new except a bulletin board. We had all the furniture and I used the old living room curtains. Now that's a bargain makeover!!
I'm starting my 13th year of homeschooling. Julianne will graduate, Lord willing, in 2012! What will I do with all my free time?? Today we looked over all our books, decided on a schedule, made sure we had all the supplies she needed for home and for her co-op classes. Thankfully, over the years I have stocked up on lots of supplies during the clearance sales at the end of September.

We're trying Rosetta Stone software for Spanish I this year. I was hoping to have Julianne take Spanish from a friend at church but she is offering the classes the same time as the co-op so that doesn't work out. Rosetta Stone looks like a good alternative. I'm thinking of learning it also. I had four years in high school but that was many, many years ago. You know, when we had to use stone tablets and chisels!!

For history I'm breaking away from our living book approach and going textbook. Gasp! I'm going to be using Streams of Civilization (I always want to say Streams in the Desert; haha!). On Donna Young's website I found lesson plans and bookmarks for vocabulary. What a great resource. I also found vocabulary bookmarks for the Apologia Biology. Yeah! If you don't know about Donna's site, you have to check it out. It is so full of wonderful resources for the home and homeschooling.

I'll be updating our homeschool schedule and reading lists later tonight.
Another beginning this September is our Fellowship Group. We will be studying Jerry Bridge's Respectable Sins. Sounds like a happy read, eh? Maybe not but one that is definitely needed in my life. It's so easy to overlook those little sins while concentrating on my big ones BUT God calls me to holiness in all areas of my life. I'm looking forward to getting into this study....although with some trepidation!
I have a lot of pictures from this summer that I will be posting later this week. Be sure to check back!

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A Disciple is a Learner

"Our society has become very dependent on external motivation to precipitate change or learning. We think we must attend seminars and classes, and if the schedule conflicts or money is short, we excuse ourselves for not learning or growing. But a disciple is a learner. God is our teacher. He has given the Holy Spirit to indwell and tutor us. We need not depend on organized resources and experts to stimulate and nurture our spiritual life. Pray for help. Seek help. Search out people who can help establish you in your relationship with God, for He does indeed use people. But if help is not forthcoming, God will assist you as you train yourself in godliness."--Jean Fleming, Finding Focus in a Whirlwind World