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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!!

It's a day to be thankful for all that the Lord has given us......the most important is the giving of His Son to die on the cross, to take my place, so that I might live for Him.  Thank You, Father!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our Glad Thanksgivings


Thanksgiving

Once again our glad thanksgivings
Rise before our Father's throne,
As we try to  count the blessings
Of the year so swiftly flown;
As we trace the wondrous workings
Of His wisdom, power, and love
And unite our "Holy! Holy!"
With the seraphim above.

As we gather round our firesides
On this glad Thanksgiving Day
Time would fail to count the blessings
That have followed all  our way.
Grace sufficient, help and healing,
Prayer oft answered at our call;
And the best of all our blessings,
Christ Himself, our All in all.

He has blessed our favored country
With a free and bounteous hand;
Peace and plenty in our borders,
Liberty through all our land.
And although our sins and follies
Oft provoked Him to His face,
Mercy still restrains His judgments,
And prolongs our day of grace.

While  we love to count the blessings,
Grateful for the year that's gone,
Faith would sweep a wider vision,
Hope would gaze yet farther on.
For the signals all around us
Seem with one accord to say,
"Christ is coming soon to bring us
Earth's last, best, Thanksgiving Day!

(A. B. Simpson)

Monday, November 22, 2010

How Many Have You Read?


Stephen Altrogge over at The Blazing Center has a great post today entitled, "30 Books Every Christian Should Read".  I've read 8 on the list but I hope to be able to say someday that I've read all 30.  As I was looking over the list, I realized our church's small bookstore has almost every title!  Now I know where to buy them.  :-)

The new year is coming up in about 6 weeks and I know a lot of people make new year's resolutions.  Wouldn't reading all the books on this list be a worthy goal? 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tonight.....



Tonight I will be going to a lecture by Eric Metaxas at the Richmond Center for Christian Study.  Eric will be speaking on the book he wrote about Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  I'm about halfway through listening to unabridged audio book.  I'm looking forward to learning more about this incredible "pastor, martyr, prophet, spy".  

Friday, November 19, 2010

From my craft room......








(Click on each picture to see a larger view)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Humility

In our last Fellowship Group meeting, we went over several chapters from the book "Humility" by C. J. Mahaney (see link at the bottom of the blog).  It was all about beginning and ending our day with the Lord in order to attack pride and cultivate humility.  I really liked some of the ideas and wrote them on 4x6 cards so I can refer to them frequently.

1.  Reflect on the wonder of the cross of Christ
       -it is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size
2.  Begin my day by acknowledging my need for God
        -purpose by grace that my first thought of the day will be an expression of my dependence on God, my need for God and my confidence in God.
3.  Begin my day by expressing gratitude to God
        -greet the Savior with gratefulness, not grumbling
        -am I a thankful observer of the countless indications of His provision, His presence, His kindness and His grace??
4.  Practice spiritual disciplines
       -prayer, study of God's Word, worship
5.  Seize my time in the car (or your commute if you work)
       -use the time in the car to memorize and meditate on Scripture
       -there are other "mundane moments" throughout the day that can be seized as opportunities to experience God's transforming grace by memorizing and meditating on Scripture
                 -use those moments to allow Scripture to transform my thinking
6.  Cast my care upon Him
7.  Review the end of my day and carefully assign all glory to God for the grace I've experienced that day
       -this is a humble way to end each and every day
8.  Receive the gift of sleep from God and acknowledge His purpose for sleep
        -be thankful that we have a God that never sleeps or slumbers!
        -if possible, make my final thought each night an expression of gratefulness for the Savior's sacrifice on the cross as my Substitute for my many sins
       -seize this opportunity by setting apart sleep as a holy gift from God, as a reminder of my full dependence on Him and as an occasion to examine my heart before Him

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's Really Happening

Last night was the first meeting for parents and students for Julianne's graduation.  It's really happening!  In the past few years the graduation has been held at various churches but they were small and so tickets were limited.  This year the steering committee found a new, much larger, church that holds about 2,000.  We aren't even going to print tickets!  As of last night, there were 39 graduates. 

Julianne was excited to see many friends there; she wasn't sure she was going to know many.  The graduates picked their school colors (to be used for their graduation gowns, invitations, etc.):  light blue for the girls, black for the guys.  They decided they did want to have a banquet, which is probably going to be catered by the church.  They decided they did want to have a memory book.  I was glad they wanted this but it will be a great memory later on.  And lastly, they picked their class verse:  "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity."  (1 Timothy 4:12)  Julianne also decided that she would like a class ring so we're going to order that soon.  I was surprised she wanted one but she is always full of surprises!

All the parents have to be on one committee and I'm on "flowers".  Each one of us on the committee has to research flowers prices and get back to our leader in December.  After that, our work is done until a few weeks before graduation when we have to pick up the flowers, distribute them, etc.  Never having seen or worked on a homeschool graduation, I was very pleased last night with how smoothly everything went and how professional it was.  Our state convention holds a graduation but with almost 300 graduates it can be rather impersonal and rushed.  I'm looking forward to Julianne's.  It's going to be May 21, 2011.  Mark your calendars!!
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For those of you who follow me on Facebook (are there any of  you who do??), I have deactivated my account for the next two months.  I have lots of projects I need to work on, not including Christmas gifts, and FB was just taking up too much of my time.  Never fear, I will be back sometime after the holidays!  (I know you can't wait; hahaha!!!!)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Trees and Heat Pumps

The autumn season is finally here.  The trees are all starting to turn although the maple in the front year is still mostly green with touches of yellow and red.  We had our first frost and freeze last week but the temperatures have gone back up.  All this week we will be in the 60's during the day and 40's during the night....and it will be brilliantly sunny.  There is nothing like the bright blue sky in autumn!

Remember this summer that we had a fence put in our backyard?  Apparently when it was installed the contracters cut through part of the electrical cable.  It caused our electricity to go out one day in the summer.  The electric company came, worked on and all seemed well.  Until last week.  Again our lights were out but only in half the house.  We finally turned off the power to the whole house to prevent a surge.  Again the electric company came to restore power but too late....our heat pump had seized.  We have it working now temporarily (thanks to our wonderful neighbor) but it will definitely need to be replaced...the whole thing.  All $4500 of it.  Merry Christmas everyone!! 

Thankfully it is working today.  Last night we didn't have any heat and it was cold.  I'm glad we have lots of blankets!!  The temperature in our room was 61* this morning.  Brrrr......I didn't want to get out of bed.  It's now up to 68*, which feels tropical.  Haha!

Please pray that we get the situation resolved soon and that our temporary fix will last until we can get a new heat pump installed.  Thanks so much!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Fall Baking Time


This weekend we're having a marriage conference at church and Saturday morning is a special session for the ladies.  I'm making pumpkin bread to share!  It's always good when you make it a few days ahead.  You can find the recipe at Serving Recipes at Home

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


For November 2, 2010

Outside my window…yellow, brown, red and green leaves against a brilliant blue sky

I am thankful…that I am secure in Christ

From the learning rooms…lots of studying on Julianne’s part; this year has been somewhat intense

From the kitchen...not sure, haha! Michael is working late tonight because of the election so we may send out for pizza. I have a 50% off coupon from Papa John’s!

I am creating…on Christmas gifts….still

I am reading…a book on quilling; now to put it into practice

Scripture for the week: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)

I am hearing…the heater running; it’s that time of year

Noticing that…a lot of trees are still very green; it seems late in the year—I wonder if our dry summer has anything to do with it

Around the house...two major projects this week and next: cleaning out the craft room and reorganizing the pantry

A few plans for the rest of the week: dentist appointment for Julianne, deacon’s meeting Thursday night and then our church’s marriage conference all weekend

Here is a picture I’m sharing…..Michael and Julianne on a recent outing


 
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