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Friday, January 28, 2011

Humility


In our Fellowship Group we are reading Humility: True Greatness.  It has been a very challenging book and one that I have definitely benefited from greatly.  Today, I found this great blog post, The Fifty Fruits of Pride.  It's a self-diagnostic test....but be careful.....some of  these will really hit close to home.  Or at least they did with me!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Complaining?




Last night I was reading the chapter entitled "God's Power over Nature" in Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts.  It reminded me to  not forget that God is in control over nature and not to complain about it.  As a weather junkie, I am up for any kind of weather, especially snow.  We have had some snow this winter but we have also missed a lot of  storms by as little as 40 miles.  I didn't think I was complaining about the weather because I was wanting snow when most people were glad we didn't get it.  I don't usually gripe about snow or cold or things like that.  BUT---I realized after reading this chapter that I was complaining.  I was complaining because I wanted snow and didn't get it.  It's still complaining!!

Here's two excerpts that hit hard for me:

"But when we complain about the weather, we are actually complaining against God who sent us our weather.  We are, in fact, sinning against God (see Numbers 11:1)."

"We as Christians need to stop complaining about the weather and instead learn to give thanks for it.  God, our heavenly Father, sends us each day what He deems best for all of His creation."

I am thankful the Lord showed me my sin in this area.  In the future I will give thanks for the rain, sleet and snow....even when I don't receive it!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New Music Recommendation


I recently discovered an album called  For All the Saints: Indelible Grace III.  They have been around for a while but I've only just found them.  They take ancient hymns and put them to new, contemporary music.  It's not rock, more folk than anything.  I've really enjoyed listening to this uplifting and doctrine-filled music.  I only have one of their albums but I'm definitely going to be purchasing more.

If you click on the link above, you can listen to a preview of some of the songs.  I'm usually a little leary about picking out new music but I'm glad I took a chance on this one!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For  Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Outside my window…a gray, rainy morning which started off with everything covered in ice.  Julianne’s co-op started 2 hours late.
I am thankful…for space heaters, since one is currently warming my feet.

From the learning rooms…I finished Julianne’s transcript and had it approved.  Woo hoo!!

From the kitchen...tacos tonight, everyone’s favorite.
I am creating…I’m making some more cloth napkins.  This website taught me how to make mitered corners.  They look so nice!

I am reading…Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption  I highly recommend this book!

I am hearing…only me typing on my laptop and the space heater running.

Noticing that…when the Lord wants me to learn something, I keep hearing about it in many different ways:  blog posts, sermons on the radio, etc.  He is very creative that way!

Around the house...it seems kind of dull after the Christmas holidays.  I think I’ll make some paper hearts and put them around to cheer up our home.  The lack of sunshine hasn't helped either.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  normal household duties and errands; a game night for the ladies at church on Friday night; clean the church on Saturday and also have Fellowship Group that night.
Here is a picture I’m sharing…..soda bottles lined up (from Julianne's NYE party)


If you would like to read more entries like this or know how to participate in the Daybook, please visit Peggy's site here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Odds and Ends

I recited my memory verse to my husband this week.  Who, by the way, is back home after being away for two weeks!!  The reason I didn't recite it to Trish was because I wasn't in church yesterday.  My ocular rosacea was bothering me again and it is not a pretty sight.  Next week I will say both verses, Lord willing.

This week looks to be a quiet one.  I'm trying to tackle homekeeping items that only occur once in a while.  Today I took down all the shower curtains and washed them.  If you throw them in the washer with a bunch of towels, they scrub the curtain clean.  I also dry it in the dryer.  I've never had a problem with it; I just dry it on low heat and it comes out looking so nice!

Next on my list is organizing the two top shelves in my pantry.  I have to admit that I haven't looked up there in a while as they are fairly high.  I know I need to get rid of some old crockpots and other dishes that I haven't used in a while.

As far as my calendar looks right now I will be home most of the week except when I pick up Julianne from co-op.  The only night I will be out is when I take Julianne to That Dance Thing and attend a Women's Fellowship at church.  We haven't had one in a long time and I'm really looking forward to it.

The verse I'm memorizing this week is Romans 8:25.  It's a good for me to remember this because I can be impatient to see the Lord work in my life and in others' lives.....especially my children.

"But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Scripture Memory

A friend of mine wanted to memorize Scripture this year and asked if I would memorize with her.  I was excited!  I have memorized lots of Scripture but not lately so I was up for the challenge.  At first we were going to memorize Philippians but then decided to each pick verses instead of a whole book.  It was fairly easy to pick which verses I wanted to memorize.  The hard part was deciding how I wanted to go about it.  Instead of just writing down the verses and getting down to the memorizing part, I had to make everything complicated.  Ha!  This is my life story!!

First I was going to write them in a book, as suggested at this website.  Then I thought I would buy a new journal and put the verses in there.  So I went to Barnes and Noble and as I was looking at the journals, I realized I had many blank ones at home that I could use.  (I ended up buying picture books in Spanish to send to our missionary in Honduras!).  When I got home, I got out all my journals and literally spent an hour trying to figure out which one I was going to use and how I was going to arrange the verses on the page.  Realizing that I didn't really want to put the verses into a book or journal, I decided on 3x5 cards.  But--should they be white?  colored?  lined?  graphed?  blank?  should I hand write it or print out the verses?  Would I use them separately or buy the spiral kind???  Then it hit me---what in the world was I doing?  Did it really matter?  Did I really need to spend all this time on such nonsense?  Wouldn't my time be better spent on memorizing and meditating on the verses instead of how I was going to display/carry them?

My mind was distracted with all the trappings of the world instead of the Word.  I was more concerned about how my verses would look rather than getting them in my mind and heart.  What did I finally decide?  I wrote out my memory verse for the week on three 3x5 cards (colored/marbled ones that I already had in my desk drawer).  One for at my desk, one for by our bed and one to take with me.  That's it.  Nothing fancy....but something useful and needed.

I pray that I will learn to keep things simple and get down to the business of putting the Lord first in everything  I do.  May I learn to delight in Him and in His Word.

From Psalm 119:

I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.  (16)
Your statues are my delight; they are  my counselors. (24)
Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I  find delight.  (35)
For I delight in your commands because I love them.  (47)
Let your compassion come to me that I might live, for your law is  my delight.  (77)
If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.  (92)

Oh, and my memory verse this week?  Psalm 25:4-5:  Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Christmas Day

Jared and Julianne being silly!!

What brothers do to sisters......
Jessica

Julianne.  Go Eagles!!

Jared and his Kinect.  Score!  :-)

Jessica being goofy

Christmas Pictures??

Trying to get all three of my children together to take a picture.  Hilarious!!  Somewhere in all these is a decent one of Jessica, Jared and Julianne :-)














Friday, January 07, 2011

Still Here....

I'm headed out the door in about half an hour but wanted to stop and say HI!  I will be updating tonight or tomorrow but wanted to leave you with this quote from one of our elders who spoke on Sunday.

"How much we long for the Word of God show how much we long for the God of the Word."