Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Outside my window...a sunny day after a few days of rain

I am thankful…for my “servants” that make my life easier…..washer, dryer, bread maker, vacuum, etc.

From the learning rooms…Spring break this week!

From the kitchen...made a egg and cheese sandwich for Julianne; one of her favorite things!

I am pondering…the Lord’s sacrifice on my behalf. It truly is “the great exchange”.

I am creating...the bib is finished and just in time! I found out Sunday that a couple in our church is adopting and the baby is due in late April. I need two more bibs by June.

I am reading…still working through “A Praying Life”.

I am accomplish all my spring cleaning in the next few weeks

I am hearing…”Super Nanny” on TV; this show is pretty funny

One of my favorite things…dogs! All kinds!!

Around the house...I need to start working on the yard. It’s supposed to be in the 80’s later this week so I think I’ll spend a day outside!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Dasher to the groomers, grocery shopping, yard work, Fellowship Group

Here is a picture I am sharing... Monticello in the Spring

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Still here!

I'm still here but have been quite busy this week! There is my usual homekeeping duties plus it's been so nice out I've been trying to get outside to do some yardwork. I had Lunch Bunch on Tuesday, dinner with Trish last night and Friday night Julianne and I are going to see "Emma" put on by a local homeschool theatre group!

I read Psalm 146 this morning and wanted to share it with you. It was such an encouragement to remember that the Lord is in control of everything! He is our sovereign King!!

Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.
I wil praise the Lord all my life.
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes,
in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea, and everything in them--
the Lord, who remains faithful forever.
He uphold the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoner free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,
the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the alien and sustains
the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever,
Your God, O Zion,
for all generations.
Praise the Lord.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

To See and Know Him

To See and Know Him

My heart said unto Thee:
My face would seek Thy face;
O Lord, grant me this grace:
Shine down on me.
Myself would cloud my skies.
Let self be crucified;
Let love be fortified;
Anoint mine eyes.
Thee would I see and know;
All else would I forget.
Let Thy fair beauty set
My life aglow.
(Amy Carmichael)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Prayer of Saint Patrick

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Outside my window...a partly cloudy day with bits of blue sky peeking through

I am thankful…for a church that stays true to God’s Word

From the learning rooms…I’m learning some new embroidery stitches for my next project

From the kitchen...need to bake some more goodies for the family

I am pondering…this quote by Arturo Azurdia: “Had the Son of God been forced into this world — driven to His death on the cross — our amazement at His love would not have been nearly as grand. But when we become acquainted with His willingness, that He voluntarily surrendered Himself as a substitutionary sacrifice, we are overwhelmed: amazed at the intensity and infinite capacity of such love.”

I am creating...the thread arrived for my bib so I’m finishing that. Finally!!

I am reading…still working through “A Praying Life”. I finished “The Last Jihad”. Recommended if you like political thrillers.

I am hoping...that each day becomes warmer and warmer. It is a wonderful reminder of the Resurrection to see all the trees and flowers coming back to life.

I am hearing…finches at my feeders. I love the little “peeps” they make!

One of my favorite things…my quiet time with the Lord

Around the house...almost all my weekly chores are done. I dedicated yesterday to cleaning and laundry. I was tired after dinner but the house looks great!

A few plans for the rest of the week: errands this afternoon, spending time with a friend on Thursday, Fellowship Group on Saturday

Here is a picture I am sharing... sun streaming through the dining room window

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Monday at Home

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands..... (1Thessalonians 4:11a)

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Here at Home

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Central Virginia. The temperature is in the high 60's!! Rain is expected later this week so I'm enjoying each day.

Not much new and exciting has been going on here. I'm trying to remain faithful to my work here at home.

It seems even before the month started, the days were filling up with activities. Maybe the warm weather has something to do with it. Julianne is volunteering to work with Cinderella Dreams this coming Sunday. She will be with others from her homeschool co-op and will help set up and organize the gowns.

Speaking of gowns and proms, Julianne may be going to one of the local homeschool proms. Some of her girlfriends are planning this now. So, we might we back at Cinderella Dreams looking for a dress!!
I took Julianne and two of her friends to see the midnight premiere of Alice in Wonderland. In 3D, of course. We had a good time but I was tired the next day.
On the homeschooling front, I am planning next year. Julianne's junior year!! How crazy is that? Our co-op posted the new schedule so I've been deciding which classes she should take there and which ones we should do at home.

Julianne met with a tutor for Algebra and it went very well. Her tutor helped her with a lot of the concepts she was struggling with and she came away with a better understanding and also a confidence in her skills.
I am reading "A Praying Life" by Paul Miller and it has been so challenging. I can see that this is one of those books that need to be read a few times. In the chapter on continually praying, the author talks about prayer being a habit so that he created "a rut between my soul and God." He says that we "don't need self-discipline to pray continuously; you just need to be poor in spirit." He challenged me with this: "A praying life isn't simply a morning prayer time; it is about slipping into prayer at odd hours of the day, not because we are disciplined but because we are in touch with our own poverty of spirit, realizing that we can't even walk through a mall or our neighborhood without the help of the Spirit of Jesus."
Last night at church we had a ladies' craft night. Some ladies learned to crochet, knit, stamp and decoupage. Others, like me, brought their current project to work on. I finally received the thread I was missing for my bib so I was able to work on that. I'm almost finished.

I was thinking on embroidery a blanket to make a bird quilt but I've decided against that. I would like to be able to give all handmade gifts this Christmas so I need to get started on those. Only 9 months left!!

That's about all from here. Have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Build Up or Tear Down?

Ephesians 4:29 not only tells us what kinds of speech to put off, it also tells us what to put on. It is only such speech that builds up and gives grace to those who hear it. Therefore, when we are tempted to gossip, we should ask ourselves, Will what I'm about to say tend to tear down or build up the person I'm about to talk about? -- Jerry Bridges (Respectable Sins)