Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Outside my window…very gray, rainy day; I’m sure all the trees and new growth are very happy!

I am thankful…for the privilege of teaching a ladies’ Bible study.  I pray that I will correctly handle the Word of God!

From the learning rooms…I’m still selling my books on Amazon and also getting ready to sell some curriculum at our local sale in May.

From the kitchen...I’ve been trying new recipes and so far they’ve been good!

I am creating…nothing at the moment!!  I need to work on some more birthday cards soon.

I am reading…Jane Eyre (again). 

I am hearing…Julianne talking; heater running (it’s quite chilly today)

Noticing that... I cannot stay up as late as I used to do, which is sad because I enjoy the quiet evenings to myself  :- )

Around the house...I found a nice collage picture frame that I want to hang in our bedroom.  I’d also like to get three such frames, one for each child, and hang them in the hallway.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Ladies’ Bible study tonight; Third Day concert on Friday!!!  My girlfriend and I are driving up to Northern Virginia on Friday night, checking into a hotel, going to the concert and then coming back on Saturday.  I.cannot.wait!!

Here is a picture I’m sharing…..Here's Mac Powell, from Third Day.  This was taken in 2009, the last time I saw them.  I don't think I'm going to take my camera this time.  

If you like this post and would like to read more like it, then please visit Peggy's site, A Simple Woman's Daybook.   

Monday, March 21, 2011

Margin--FREE for Kindle Users

This book has been such a blessing to me; I wrote about it here.  Remember you don't need a Kindle to read this book or any other Kindle eBook.  You can download the Kindle app to your phone, laptop or computer.  For a limited time, this book is free so head on over to Amazon and download  ;-)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Hymn

You are beautiful beyond description

Too marvelous for words
Too wonderful for comprehension
Like nothing ever seen or heard
Who can grasp Your infinite wisdom
Who can fathom the depths of Your love
You are beautiful beyond description
Majesty enthroned above

And I stand I stand in awe of You

I stand I stand in awe of You
Holy God to whom all praise is due
I stand in awe of You

You are beautiful beyond description

Yet God crushed You for my sin
In agony and deep affliction
Cut off that I might enter in
Who can grasp such tender compassion
Who can fathom this mercy so free
You are beautiful beyond description
Lamb of God who died for me

(Mark Altrogge) 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Exercise Motivation

I finished my hour of talking myself into it, so I'm off to the gym.    :-)  Have a blessed day!!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Weekly Schedule

Everyday is not the same and I've learned to hold my schedule lightly. Proverbs 19:21 says, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails."  That has really put interruptions and changes in "my" plans into perspective.  I have this little note written on a card that is on my planner:

Lord, help me to be satisfied with Your plans today.  I have my own plans but help me to be satisfied with what You have planned for me.

It has helped me to remember that God planned those interruptions in my day and I need to see them as coming from Him.  I have learned how I respond to interruptions can make all difference.  I can look at those interruptions as blessings...obviously God has a much better plan for me or I can look at them as a nuisance. And if I look at them that way, what am I saying?  I am telling God that MY plans are better than His; if I grumble and complain, I'm saying I don't want this in my life and see it as an intrusion into MY day.  Do you see the sinfulness of that attitude?  

To that end, here's how my weekly schedule is planned:

Monday:       laundry, clean kitchen, letter writing
Tuesday:       finish any laundry, clean living/dining room  (out)
Wednesday:  clean family room, baking (out)
Thursday:      clean bathrooms (out)
Friday:          clean office, work at desk (bills, lesson planning, etc.)
Saturday:      yard work, menus, shopping lists, coupon cutting

The (out) after certain days is when I have to be out of the house, usually driving to co-op or other activities that Julianne has planned.  It will be nice when she can drive on her own.  

In the evenings I am have a schedule also but it is definitely different each week.  Right now I'm teaching a weekly Bible study and also doing a Bible study with a friend so my evenings are mostly spent in working on those studies.  I'm trying to work on my embroidery projects each day but lately that hasn't happened.  

I have always been one to work on routines and not schedules.  Now I know that some things need to be scheduled like appointments, activities, etc. but I don't think we need to schedule our days down to the very minute!!  I tried this and it just didn't work for me.  When the kids were little, our routine was something like breakfast, chores, school, lunch, room time, etc.  We followed that routine as best we could but I could not be confined into breakfast at 8:00, chores from 9 to 9:30, etc.  Every day brings different challenges and it was easier to be flexible and follow through with our routine than to "get behind" in our day.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Workout Details

I went to the gym today and had a session with a personal trainer.  We talked about my goals and what would be the best way to approach them.  I will be going a minimum of 4 times a week!  So far the afternoons have been working out for me (and Julianne).  I will be switching up my workout every other day.  One day I will do 45-60 of cardio.  Ha!  When she said this, I was like "oh".  But I have been doing about 30 minutes so as of now I'm upping it to 45 minutes.

On the next day I will be doing a 30-minute workout on the weight circuit followed by 20-30 minutes of cardio.  Ha again!!   I wonder if they have one pound weights??  I'm not sure I can do more than that.  :-)  I will be meeting with her again on Friday so she can go over all the equipment with me.

After our session, I walked the treadmill for 45 minutes.  At first it was slow going and then I decided to stop listening to an audio book and started listening to some music.  So. much. better.  I'm going to make up different playlists that last 45-60 minutes.  It was so much easier (not sure easier is the right word!) to keep going when I had music playing.  I only wish I could sing out loud!!  That would definitely get me going...but probably empty out the place.

So....there you have it.  I think I'll take a nap now.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

John Piper's Prayer for Japan

Father in heaven, you are the absolute Sovereign over the shaking of the earth, the rising of the sea, and the raging of the waves. We tremble at your power and bow before your unsearchable judgments and inscrutable ways. We cover our faces and kiss your omnipotent hand. We fall helpless to the floor in prayer and feel how fragile the very ground is beneath our knees.

O God, we humble ourselves under your holy majesty and repent. In a moment—in the twinkling of an eye—we too could be swept away. We are not more deserving of firm ground than our fellowmen in Japan. We too are flesh. We have bodies and homes and cars and family and precious places. We know that if we were treated according to our sins, who could stand? All of it would be gone in a moment. So in this dark hour we turn against our sins, not against you.

And we cry for mercy for Japan. Mercy, Father. Not for what they or we deserve. But mercy.
Have you not encouraged us in this? Have we not heard a hundred times in your Word the riches of your kindness, forbearance, and patience? Do you not a thousand times withhold your judgments, leading your rebellious world toward repentance? Yes, Lord. For your ways are not our ways, and your thoughts are not our thoughts.

Grant, O God, that the wicked will forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts. Grant us, your sinful creatures, to return to you, that you may have compassion. For surely you will abundantly pardon. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus, your beloved Son, will be saved.

May every heart-breaking loss—millions upon millions of losses—be healed by the wounded hands of the risen Christ. You are not unacquainted with your creatures’ pain. You did not spare your own Son, but gave him up for us all.

In Jesus you tasted loss. In Jesus you shared the overwhelming flood of our sorrows and suffering. In Jesus you are a sympathetic Priest in the midst of our pain.

Deal tenderly now, Father, with this fragile people. Woo them. Win them. Save them.

And may the floods they so much dread make blessings break upon their head.

O let them not judge you with feeble sense, but trust you for your grace. And so behind this providence, soon find a smiling face.

In Jesus’ merciful name, Amen.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dying to Self

Dying To Self

When you are forgotten or neglected or purposely set at naught and you do not sting and hurt at the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ,
~that is dying to self.

When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rise in your heart or even defend yourself but take it all in patient, loving silence,
~that is dying to self.

When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance, when you can stand face to fact with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensitivity, and endure it as Jesus endured it,
~that is dying to self.

When you are content with any food, any offering, any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God,
~that is dying to self.

When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation or to record your own good works or itch after commendation, when you can truly love to be unknown,
~that is dying to self.

When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding no rebellion or resentment rising in your heart,
~that is dying to self.

~author unknown

Thursday, March 10, 2011

John 21

John 21
1.   Jesus is the Word, the Lamb, who paid the price so dear
2.   He turned water into wine; the temple He did clear
3.   To Nicodemas He told at night, “You must be born again.”
4.   And to the woman at the well, He cleansed her heart from sin

5.   The Father and the Son are one, this is what He said
6.   He fed 5000 men and more for He’s the Living Bread
7.   The unbelieving Pharisees are blind and do not see
8.   That Jesus came to save and His truth will set them free

9.    Sight was given to the blind man to which nothing can compare
10.  And we, like sheep, would go astray without the Shepherd’s care
11.   Jesus raises Lazarus from the grave so still
12.  And rides into Jerusalem—a prophecy to fulfill

13.  Jesus, at the last supper, shows His humility and love
14.  And that He is the only way to come to the Father above
15.  He is the vine, we are the branches and in Him we must remain
16.  So when trouble comes, take heart!  It was He who overcame

17.  Jesus prays for all the saints so that we won’t be left alone
18.  Peter denies the One he loves while Jesus stands before Pilate’s throne
19.  Jesus dies alone on the cross so sinners He can save
20.  But Hallelujah—look—He is not there!  It is an empty grave

21.  Now Jesus did eat breakfast with the men of Galilee
       And restored Peter to the fold as they walked beside the sea

So now you know of Jesus and I hope that you are smitten
As His love and works would fill more pages than man has ever written!

(Years ago at a Precept Bible study the class was asked to write a poem or song about the book of John.  This is what I wrote; the numbers correspond to each chapter in the book.)

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Praying for Your Husband

How to Pray for Your Husband

-----That he might become a holy man, a man of prayer, mature in the Lord, growing in his knowledge of God. (I Thes. 5:23, Col. 4:12, Eph. 6:18, Eph. 1:18-19, Eph. 3:16-19).
----That he might daily seek God with all his heart, walking in the Spirit moment by moment, growing in his dependence on Him (Ps. 119:1-2, Ps. 27:4, Prov. 3:5-6), John 15:5).

-----That he might learn to take every thought captive, to not be conformed to the world's thinking and to think scripturally (Rom. 12:2, 2 Cor. 10:5).
-----That he would learn to not depend on his circumstances for happiness but on God alone (Hab. 3:17-19).

-----That he might have new strength in the midst of his busy schedule and that the Lord might infuse him with His strength (Is. 40:31, Eph. 3:14-19).
-----That his self-image might be a reflection of the Lord's thoughts toward him (Eph. 1:17-19, Rom. 12:3, Ps. 139).

-----That he might become a called man, not driven, with well thought-through and prayed-through goals in life (I Cor. 9:24-27).
-----That the Lord might give him wisdom to lead his family physically, emotionally, mentally, and
spiritually (Eph. 1:17-19, Js. 1:5-7).

-----That he might stand firm against the schemes of the devil and resist Satan in all circumstances. (Eph. 6:10-18, Js. 4:7)
----That he might not be deceived into unbelief or sin (Gal. 6:7)

-----That the fruit of the Spirit might be exhibited more and more in his life (Gal. 5:22-23).
-----That he might learn to love as God has commanded (I Cor. 13:4-7, Rom. 12:8-10).

-----That the Lord might protect him, guarding his course (Prov. 2:8)
-----That he might learn to manage his time well (Eph. 5:15)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

ABC's of Prayer


The following is a alphabetic list of key points to help you learn
how to pray for fellow believers.

A - Anointing - Ask God for the anointing-empowering-filling-
directing-maturing of the Holy Spirit so that the person will operate
in the Spirit's power.

B - Boldness - Pray that the person speaks the word of God with
boldness, confidence, & articulative cross-cultural effectiveness.

C - Comfort - Ask God for the comfort when one is discouraged, broken-
hearted, or stressed out. Trust the Lord for the comfort of the
Spirit's song, strength, & succor.

D - Direction - Ask the Lord that the person will sense God's
specific direction in one's personal life & ministry activities.
Wisdom for discerning the best decision not just the one that is
least objectional to everyone concerned.

E. - Encourage - Ask God to send someone to encourage the person & to
allow the person to be a blessing to many. Trust the Lord for the
renewing of the Joy of the Lord

F - Family - Pray that the person will guide one's family in the way
of the Lord's will

G - Glory to God - Pray that the person will live each day to glorify

H - Humility - Ask that the person will develop a sense of humility &
reject pride.

I - Insight - Ask the the person will see people & things from God's

J - Joy - Pray that the person will be full of joy of the Lord in all

K - Knowledge - Pray that the person will desire knowledge of God's
word & apply it consistently. Trust in the Lord for wisdom, ideas, &
insights into all problem areas.

L - Love - Ask the the person will labor from Godly motives, not to
please other people or live hampered by a fear of men

M - Motivation - Pray that the person will be a vessel of God's love
to others

N - Needs - Pray that the person will realize that in Christ all
needs will be met according to His riches in glory. Trust that the
Lord will provide in all areas of life.

O - Open doors - Pray that the person will recognize opportunities to
share the gospel.

P - Prayer partners - Ask God to provide prayer partners who will
intercede on a regular basis for this person. Trust God for a
community of believers in each domain.

Q - Quiet Time - Pray that nothing will keep the person's life so he
or she will experience personal renewal & maturity in all dimensions
of life.

R - Revival - Ask God to work in the person's life so they may
experience personal revival in all things. Trust the Lord to help the
person spend quality time in devotions

S - Servanthood - Pray that the person will do one's work with a
servant spirit as Christ came not to be serve but to serve. Trust for
an attitude to serve God before men

T - Thankful heart - Ask God to give the person a thankful heart,
even in difficult situations. Pray that one would see the positive
even in negative situations.

U- Unsaved - Pray that the unsaved will develop a hunger & thirst for
Jesus Christ in their lives and that the Lord will use certain people
to bring many to Christ and see that many new churches are planted in
unreached areas

V - Victory - Pray that the person will know victory in spiritual

W - Weariness - Pray that the person will not get bogged down in
having too much to do and will remember the promises of God for
strength, courage, & help in trouble.

X - X-Ray vision - Ask God that the person will have a discerning
mind into the heart felt needs of people & be able to deal with root
cause problems rather than superficial symptoms. Pray for an ability
to analyze without being critical or judgmental.

Y - Yieldedness - Pray that the person will be completely yielded to
Christ & willing to die to self and take up their crosses, pains, &
disappointments daily surrendered completely to Him in everyway,
loving Him with all their being.

Z - Zeal - Pray the person will have a renewed zeal to share the
gospel. Grace to you & gratitude.

Saturday, March 05, 2011

New Recipes

I've finally updated my recipe blog:  extra-easy lasagna, chicken in potato baskets and more.   You can find these recipes and many more at Serving Recipes at Home by clicking here!  Enjoy!