Friday, August 27, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Friday, August 27, 2010

Outside my window…a very nice day; blue sky, puffy white clouds, and 84 degrees. An absolutely beautiful summer day!

I am thankful…for God’s Word, my instruction book

From the learning rooms…we are all signed up for co-op classes and I’m working on lesson plans for things at home.

From the up because I’m getting a new overhead light installed tomorrow!!

I am creating…cloth napkins; you can find the instructions here.

I am reading…on my Kindle: The Invisible Bridge

Scripture for the week: Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Prov. 19:21)

I am hearing…birds singing outside

Noticing that…I have a lot more free time now that I only watch TV one or two days a week

Around the mentioned above, I’m getting a new light fixture for over my sink. I’ve been without one for over a month and I have really missed it. I like a bright light while I work.

A few plans for the rest of the week: only one day left in the week and I will be working on the garden tomorrow—pulling weeds, etc.

Here is a picture I’m sharing of my backyard….just kidding! This was taken at Maymont Gardens; isn’t it beautiful? It’s so peaceful there.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Let Us.....

"Let Us" in the book of Hebrews:
  • be careful that none of you fall short of  it [the promise of entering His rest] (4:1)
  • make every effort to enter that rest (4:11)
  • hold firmly to the faith we profess (4:14)
  • then approach the throne of grace with confidence (4:16)
  • leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity (6:1)
  • draw near to God with a sincere heart (10:22)
  • hold unswervingly to the hope we profess (10:23)
  • consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good works (10:24)
  • not give up meeting together (10:25)
  • throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles (12:1)
  • run with perseverance (12:1)
  • fix our eyes on Jesus (12:2)
  • be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe (12:28b)
  • go to Him outside the camp (13:13)
  • continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise--the fruit of lips that confess His name (13:15)
The Lord gives lots of exhortations in the book of Hebrews but these are the "let us" ones.  The NIV Study Bible says the "main thrust of the letter is to to go on in Christian maturity and not fall away from Christ".  I pray I would always stay true to the Lord even in my old age.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tuesday at Home

Plans for the day
Yummy Cake
Clipping recipes and coupons
What happened when I washed the dogs' pillows

That's a lot of fluff!!
Carolina Wren through my kitchen window (and screen)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Maymon Park

Giant Hibiscus
Italian Gardens
Maymont Park
Morgan and Julianne
Tiffany Window.  I would love to have this!!
Kind of creepy but beautiful at the same time. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Summer Busyness

It seems the busyness of summer is continuing.   Michael was in New York City for two weeks and during that time I (sometimes with Julianne) served the homeless, had a deacon's meeting, worked in VBS for a week, cleaned the church, had lunch with two different friends, took Julianne to her dance class, went on field trips and went to a get together with everyone at church who had been to Honduras.  Whew!

Homeschool notes:
School starts in two weeks so I am starting to finalize lesson plans and also to purchase anything that's needed.  Most of the stores have had their school supplies out since July so they are getting picked over.  I'm thankful that I have stocked up on a lot of items over the years so I don't really need to buy much.  Julianne found a really nice backpack at Target today that has room (and padding) for her laptop.  She has a study hall at co-op and will be able to use her laptop there.  I think with her new writing class she will be using it a lot. 

This summer Julianne (and sometimes me) has been taking a lot of field trips with one of the teacher's from co-op.  So far she has gone to Tredegar Iron Works, Virginia Historical Society, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Maymont Park and the Dooley Mansion, Chimborazo Hospital, Oakwood Cemetery and the Richmond Canal. Still scheduled are Museum of the Confederacy, Hollywood Cemetery and Pamplin Park
We have really had a great time visiting these places and a lot of them are free!  I will post some pictures later of our field trip yesterday.

Homekeeping notes:
One of our projects this summer is to get all the new doors painted.  We still have a few weeks to accomplish this!  I did organize our master bedroom closet and by giving away a lot of old clothes and storing my purses in plastic containers, we now have a lot of shelf space that is empty.  Woo hoo!! 

My pantry needs a good purging and cleaning so that is next on my list.  Most of my homekeeping projects for the fall involve crafts.  I would like to finish up some sewing projects, work on rubber stamping some cards (for myself and for gifts), learn to do quilling as I think it will make a nice addition to my cards, and make some Christmas gifts.

One of the things I miss most is cooking.  It seems we have been so busy lately and all of us have been coming and going at different times that I haven't been in the kitchen much.  I plan to change that once we are back to our fall routine. I have so many new recipes I'd like to try.  When I do (and if my family likes them), I will post them on my recipe blog.

That's some of things that have been going on or will be going on in my home! 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Missionary Stories to Inspire Children

About five years I posted about missionary books that would inspire your children.  I want to repost that again here.  Our church is wrapping up a summer of mission emphasis.  We have had many of our supported missionaries visit and tell us about their work. It has been so encouraging to hear from these servants who are sharing Christ with others, some of them in places where it is very dangerous. 

I think these books will help children to get enthusiastic about missions!  Here's the list:

To Endure Hardships

Worth Dying For - Nicholas Stoltzfus
Deliver the Ransom Alone - Verda J. Glick
The Hiding Place - Corrie Ten Boom
God's Death Squad - Richard Belcher
Evangelists in Chains - Elizabeth Wagler
Coaks of Fire - Elizabeth Bauman
Trouble at Windy Acres - Mary Landis
In My Enemy's Camp - Josef Korbel
The Smoke of a Thousand Villages - David and Naomi Shirbley

To Be Brave At An Early Age And Stand Up For The Right

They Would Not Be Moved - Harvey Yoder
Little Daisy and the Swearing Class
Paula, the Waldensian - Eva Lecomte
Captive Treasure - Milly Howard
The Shining Sword - Carles G. Coleman
Courage of Sarah Noble - Alice Dalgliesh
A Father's Promise - Donna Hess
The Secret Church - Louise A.Vernon
Lost on a Mountain in Maine - Donn Fender
Run for your Life - Betty Swinford

To Be a Servant And Live For Others

Young Prince Hubert - Sidney Baldwin
Three Months under the Snow - reprint from Prism Publications
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Nobody Loves Me - O. F. Walton
Only A Servant - Kristina Roy

To Have a Zeal for Missions
Age 6-10 years

Miguel the Shepherd Boy - Edith Witmer
Mohan in the Jungle - Ella Grove
Sooky of the Philipplines - Mary Miller
Pedro - Marilyn S. Martin
Escape - Mona Dunckel
A Question of Yams - Gloria Repp
Missionary Stories with the Millers - Mildred A. Martin

Age 11-15 years

At Every Gate a Pearl - Shirley Boll
The Smoke of a Thousand Villages - David and Naomi Shibley
Paula, the Waldensian - Eva Lecomte
Seiko - Olga Abrahams
Forbidden Sunday School - Karin Moret
When Will We See Our Father Again? - edited by Margarete Schmidt
Dilek - Mollie Zook
Children of the Hills - Isobel Kuhn
Sammy Morris - Fern Neal Stocker
Gladys Aylward, Bold and Brave for God - Fern Neal Stocker
Gladys Aylward, the Adventure of a Lifetime - Janet and Geoff Benge
Amy Carmichael, Rescuer of Precious Gems - Janet and Geoff Benge
Hudson Taylor, Deep in the Heart of China - Janet and Geoff Benge
William Carey, Obliged to God - Janet and Goeff Benge
Nate Saint, On a Wing and a Prayer - Janet and Goeff Benge
Lottie Moon, Giving Her All for China - Janet and Goeff Benge
Tekko Returns - Alie Vogelaar
What Will Tomorrow Bring? - Betty M. Hockett
Young Man in a Hurry - Iris Clinton
On the Alaskan Trail and Other Missionary Stories - Margaret Jean Tuininga
Trail Maker, The Story of David Livingstone - Robert O. Latham
Friend of the Chiefs, The Story of Robert Moffat - Iris Clinton
Imprisoned in the Golden City - Dave and Neta Jackson
More than Gold - Evelyn Hege
These are My Peple - Mildred T. Howard
Marita - Evelyn Hege
The Smuggler's Quest - Lily A. Bear

Youth to Adult

The Lim Family of Singapore - M. H. Finlay
Vanya - Myrna Grant
The Shadow of the Almighty - Elisabeth Elliot
In My Enemy's Camp - Josef Korbel
Behind the Ranges - Geraldine Taylor
Awaiting the Dawn - Dorcas Hoover
Reaching Muslims for Christ - William J. Saal
John Paton - Benjamin Unseth
Eternity in Their Hearts - Don Richardson
Lords of the Earth - Don Richardson
Peace Child - Don Richardson
Ten Fingers for God - Dorothy Clarke Wilson
Totally Surrounded - Christine Davis
Tomorrow You Die - Reona Peterson Joly
Revolution in World Missions - K. P. Yohannan
Bruchko - Bruce Olson
Torches of Joy - John Dekker with Lois Neely
God's Smuggler - Brother Andrew with John & Sherrill
Through Gates of Splendor - Elisabeth Elliot
The Savage My Kinsman - Elisabeth Elliot
The Great Omission - Steve Saint
Ann of Ava - Ethel Daniels Hubbard
Deliver the Ransom Alone - Verda J. Glick
Mimosa - Amy Carmichael
The Condor of the Jungle - C. Peter Wagner & Joseph S. McCulloughAnswering the Cry - Kenneth Eagle
George Mueller - Basil Miller
Jonathan Goforth - Rosalind Goforth
John and Betty Stam - Kathleen White
Isobel Kuhn - Lois Hoadly Dick
M. A. Thomas The Man with the Heart as Big as India - Richard P. Belcher
God's Orphan Army - Richard Belcher
God's Death Squad - Richard Belcher
Blazing the Missionary Trail - E. Myers Harrison
Judith - N. I. Saloff-Astakhoff
Hidden Rainbow - Christmas Carol Kauffman
In His Name - Edward E. Hale
God Knows My Size - Harvey Yoder
And the Word Came with Power - Joanne Shetler
Daring to Live on the Edge - Loren Cunningham
The Indigenous Church - Melvin L. Hodges
Hudson Taylor's Spiritual Secret - Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
The Growth of a Soul - Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor
The Growth of a Work of God - Dr. and Mrs. Howard Tayor
The Man with the Bird on His Head - John Rush and Abbe Anderson
From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya - Ruth A. Tucker
Brother Andrew - Dan Wooding
Coffee on the Terrace - Bruce Grayden
The Torch of Triumph - Sally Laity
Child of the Crossfire - Alcyon Ruth Fleck
The Go Manual Compiled - Grahame Dryden and Anna Kim
John Hyde - Francis McGrawTouching the Untouchables - M. A. Thomas
Thirty Days of Prayer with Christ for India - M. A. Thomas
A Passion for the Impossible - Miriam Huffman Rockness
Slices of Life - Aretta Loving
Stronger than the Strong - Louise Morris
The Spirits of Mindoror - Catherine L. Davis
Where There is no Dentist - Murray Dickson

I would also recommend the books put out by Youth With A Mission publishing.  Some of their books are on this list but many are not. 

Monday, August 09, 2010

God, Our Savior

"I, even I, am the Lord, and apart from Me there is no savior."  (Isaiah 43:11)

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Jesus is Everything to Me!

The Lord Jesus is the subject of my meditations. Not a day passes but my
thoughts are occupied with Him. Forget whom I may--I never forget Him.
Nothing feeds, nothing refreshes, nothing delights my soul--like
vigorous meditations on Jesus. I dwell at times on . . .
the glories of His person,
the riches of His grace,
the merit of His blood,
the transcendent glory of His righteousness,
the tenderness of His sympathy,
the constancy of His love,
the vastness of His resources,
the greatness of His power,
the glory of His offices,
the prevalence of His intercession, and
the grandeur of His second coming--
until I am enamored with His beauty, and enraptured with His love!

My meditation of Jesus is sweet! I think of Him upon my bed, and
meditate on Him through the watches of the night.
Jesus is the solace and joy of my soul.
When all is dark within me,
when all is dreary around me,
when all is discouraging before me--

He fills me full of joy with His countenance.
One look from His eye,
one word from His lips,
one breath breathed on my soul--
relieves, restores, and makes me happy.

He is the river of pleasure--in which I sometimes bathe!
He is the Eden of delights--in which I sometimes walk!
Take away Jesus--and my soul droops, desponds, and dies!
Give me Jesus--and the enjoyment of His presence, and I can do without any other heaven!

He is the joy of my brightest days, and my solace in my dreariest nights!

A Simple Woman's Daybook

For Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Outside my window…a very nice day; blue sky, puffy white clouds, low 90’s

I am thankful…for God’s grace to me; I’m thankful He loved me while I was rebellious to Him.

From the learning rooms…not much going on these days but that will change in a few weeks. Julianne is still working on Spanish, history and algebra.

From the kitchen...anything cool! Salad, sandwiches, etc. I don’t want to heat up the kitchen too much. (I posted this last time but it’s still the same.)

I am creating…a peaceful home that is a haven from the hustle and bustle of the world.

I am reading…on my Kindle: Persuasion. This is my favorite Jane Austen book.

Scripture for the week: Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:18)

I am hearing…the dryer on a last load of towels!

Noticing that…some trees are already dropping leaves, the dogwood has developed berries, and it gets dark around 8:45 now…..summer is on its way to winding down.

Around the house...not much going on the inside; outside I’m just trying to keep everything watered as best I can. We had rain the other day but we really need a few good days with gentle showers all day long!

A few plans for the rest of the week: lunch with a friend tomorrow, Deacon’s meeting on Thursday night, clean the church on Saturday and a surprise party for someone, and VBS starts Sunday night!

Here is a picture I’m sharing of Julianne and a friend being goofy!!

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

My Wicked Heart

"The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  Who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9) 

I was amazed this week (although I shouldn't have been) at how easily my heart can deceive me.  I got on the internet to check the status of some of my books for sale on Amazon.  As the Amazon homepage popped open, there in all its glory was a picture of the *new* Kindle.  Smaller!  Lighter!  Larger memory!  At that very moment, discontent rose up in my heart.  I wanted this new Kindle.  Now, hadn't I just purchased one a few months ago and raved about how much I loved it?  Until that moment I thought the Kindle I had was all I needed.  Apparently not!  I actually started thinking how I could purchase this.  I had over $200 in change that I could use.  Or I could use the money from the sale of my books.  And then it hit me.  What was I doing?  I prayed right then and there for the Lord to forgive me of my wicked heart!  For my sin of discontentment!

I was reminded how sin can so easily entangle!  How quick it is to rise to the surface with just the smallest of promptings!  I needed to remember that I was a new creature!  I needed to remember this:  "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3) 

May my satisfaction be in Him alone!