Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Hiding Place

My Hiding Place

Hail, sovereign love, which first began
The scheme to rescue fallen man!
Hail, matchless, free eternal grace,
Which gave my soul a Hiding Place!

Against the God who built the sky
I fought with hands uplifted high--
Despised the mention of His grace,
Too proud to seek a Hiding Place.

Enwrapt in thick rebellious night,
And fond of darkness more than light,
Madly I ran the sinful race,
Secure--without a Hiding Place!

But thus the eternal counsel ran:
Almighty love:  arrest that man!
I felt the arrows of distress,
And found I had no Hiding Place!

Indignant Justice stood in view;
To Sinai's fiery mount I flew;
But Justice cried with frowning face,
This mountain is no Hiding Place!

Ere long a heavenly voice I heard,
From God's own holy, precious Word.
He led me by His matchless grace
To JESUS as a Hiding Place!

On Him almighty vengeance fell,
Which must have sunk a world to hell!
He bore it for a sinful race,
And now can be your Hiding Place!

Should sevenfold storms of thunder roll,
And shake this globe from pole to pole,
I've trusted Christ's amazing grace,
And now He is my HIDING PLACE!

You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.--Psalm 119:114 (ESV)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

February Ending Soon

Another week has gone by and February is coming to an end.   I noticed today that there were buds on my maple tree and the tips of my tulips were poking through the soil.  Can spring be far behind?  One of the things we really need is rain and we're supposed to get a lot on Friday.  I'm sure all the new growth will appreciated it.

The robins have been coming to visit.  I forgot how big they are compared to all our finches and sparrows.  I've been putting water in bowls for them and was thinking about starting up the water fountain again during the warm days.  BUT--a cat climbed on it the other day and broke it.  So.....that will have to wait until Michael can fix it.
Julianne has been doing very well with her homeschooling.  Last week she got an "A" on her Algebra test.  She has been having a hard time in that class but she persevered, studied and worked out and it paid off.  I'm thankful and she is also!

It's hard to believe she only has three more months until she graduates!!  This past week we've been looking at old photographs that she can use in her graduation memory book and also in a PowerPoint presentation that will be at the ceremony.  It's been fun to remember what she was like when we first homeschooled and to see her papers and how her handwriting looked!!  I even found one of her preschool books.  So cute!!
This past we I finished memorizing Isaiah 40:28-31.  Whew!  It has been such a blessing to be memorizing these verses.  I think about them all the time!  God's Word is truly getting into my heart.  This coming Sunday Trish and I will be reviewing all the verses we've memorized and then starting on our next one.  Mine is Isaiah 41:10.  You'll have to look it up to see what it is.  :-)
My times at the gym have been a painful way.  Haha!!  I've made it up to 30 minutes on the treadmill and 25 minutes on the bike.  I am so tired when I finish; my legs feel like noodles.  Next week I'm going to add some strength training to that.

It hasn't been easy to get out the door to go but once I'm there, I'm glad (sort of).  One of things that has really helped is listening to my iPod.  Some days I'm listening to music;  Skillet is at the top of the list right now because they get me moving!  Other days I'm listening to audio books.  Right now it's John Piper's Don't Waste Your Life.  I'll be able to "read" through quite a few books this way!
I'm leading a Bible/book study that started tonight using the book, Damsels in Distress: Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face.   I'll tell you more about it next time as I'm tired and heading for bed.

Have a blessed day (or evening or whenever you read this)!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Love--A Variation on a Theme

Love—A Variation on a Theme

If I live in a house of spotless beauty
With everything in its place,
But have not love,
I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing,
And decorative achievements,
But have not love,
My children learn of cleanliness, not Godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh,
Love smiles at the tiny fingerprints
On a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears
Before it wipes away the spilled milk.
Love picks up the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through trials.
Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.
Love crawls with the baby,
Walks with the toddler, runs with the child,
Then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.
Love is the key
That opens Salvation’s message to a child’s heart.

Before I became a mother,
I took glory in my house of perfection.
Now I glory in God’s perfection in my child.
As a mother, there is much I must teach my child,
But the greatest of all is love.

Author Unknown

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oh Boy!

Michael, Julianne and I decided to join a gym.  There is one that is right up the road from us and it's only $10 a month.  So we took the plunge.  Today was our first workout.  I did 20 minutes on the treadmill, 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and then tried their 30-minute workout, which is a series of weight-training machines that you do in a circuit.  I'll let you know how I feel in the coming days.  Julianne and I are working out a schedule of when to go during the day.  Michael will go in the evenings and I hope to get to do with him a few times also.

Pray for me!  It's been a long time since I've exercised.  I need encouragement and prayer!!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

This and That

The days seem to fly by quicker and quicker each month. February has been typical, weather wise.  We did have a 60 degree day on Monday.  The temperature has gone right back to normal but it was a preview of things to come.  Tonight we're supposed to get snow but just a dusting.  Once those warmer temperatures come around, I'm ready for spring!
My Scripture memory is coming along well!  I have memorized Psalm 25:4-5 and Romans 8:25.  For the next two weeks, I'm working on Isaiah 40:28-31.  I've got the first two verses memorized and almost the last two.  It is definitely the Lord's grace in helping me remember these verses.  It has been a good exercise for my brain and even better for my soul.  I am not trying to memorize one a week or anything like that; just plugging along until I get my list completed.  You can find my list on the pages sidebar in the upper left-hand corner.  Next to some of them I have put how many weeks it should take me to memorize.  Those are just estimates!
I served the homeless last Tuesday and we had a good crowd.  The 1st Tuesday of each month, we serve hot sliced ham, corn, roasted potatoes, a green salad and a fruit salad, rolls and dessert.  We have been averaging about 70-90 men (and some ladies) each month.  We have a group of 5 people who make and serve the meals and we have a total of 4 teams so each team serves 3 times a year.  I always look forward to it.  After we serve, our team usually goes out to lunch and that's a fun time of fellowship!
Tomorrow I'm having lunch with a friend who suffers from a chronic illness.  We have been trying to get together for weeks now.  Either she has been out of town, I have been out of town, she's been too sick, it has snowed or something has derailed our plans.  Lord willing, I will see her tomorrow and we'll have the afternoon to catch up on things.  Julianne will be gone on a field trip all day so I won't need to pick her up from co-op.
Tomorrow night is my weekly Bible study with a friend and we always meet at Panera Bread.  We have a wonderful meal together, a time for sharing of the things in our lives and a time to study.  I can't think of a nicer way to pass the evening.
That's about all from here.  I'll leave you with my memory verse for the next two weeks.  It has been such an encouragement to me to memorize this verse and to know that the Lord is the one who will help me when I'm weary and tired...and He will never fail!!

Isaiah 40:28-31:
Do  you know know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not be faint. 

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Books for Snowy Days

Since it seems most of the country is covered by snow, was covered by snow or is going to be covered by snow, I thought it would be fun to give you some book ideas to read on snowy days.  All of these are from our home library and they are dearly loved.

I'm linking through my Amazon Associates program but you can easily find most of these at your local library.  But it might be a good idea to buy some of them for when you can't get out to the library!  ;-)

Gather the children around, pop some popcorn and heat up the hot chocolate and enjoy these wonderful picture books!