Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Lord Reigns Over the Flood

Tonight as I was working at my desk I was listening to BBN Radio's program called "Building Blocks for the Family".  The featured speaker was Elizabeth George and she was talking about trusting God's promises.  In her talk, she referenced about a friend who went through a terrible tragedy but gave thanks in the situation.  I found a video about this woman, Ney Bailey, and here is her story.  It's about 16 minutes long but worth watching.

The Lord Reigns Over the Flood

Would I be able to give thanks in a situation like that?  I really like what she said about knowing she had to "choose with her will" to give thanks.  Even when we don't feel like it, we must choose to obey. It was a good reminder for me!  That phrase "choose with my will" is such a powerful reminder that I have a choice when it comes to sin.  I don't have to let it rule over me.  I can choose, with the Holy Spirit's power, to do what is right.

Elizabeth mentioned that Ney had written a book about faith so I looked it up on Amazon and ordered it on my Kindle.  I can't wait to start reading it!

Let's choose to obey!!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thoughts on God by John Piper

Before creation there was no void, no emptiness.  There was only God.  God was all.

God is utterly free from any constraints that do not originate from the counsel of His own will.

God consults no law for the right.  No almanac for facts.  No guild for excellence.  He Himself is the standard for them all.

God is not becoming anything.  There is no development in God.  No progress.  Absolute perfection cannot be improved.

The entire universe is utterly secondary.  Only God is primary.  All of it depends moment by moment on His thought.  

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy Independence Day!!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and are thankful for the freedoms we have in this country.  I'm not sure how much longer we'll have them!  I'm even more thankful for my freedom in Christ.  I am no longer a slave to sin!  "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)

We are having our annual cookout and then heading to the local baseball park to watch the game and enjoy the fireworks.  Every 4th of July we treat several families to the game and cookout; it's been a lot of fun over the years. As usual I'm making my mom's potato salad.  We will also have the great American food of hamburgers and hot dogs. My holiday menu has been the same for many years.  It makes it simple!

The heat index is supposed to be 100 today.  Lord willing, it will cool down a little before the game begins!

Monday, July 01, 2013

Downed Trees and Gazebos

For a long time now Michael has wanted to take down two trees on our property.  One was an oak in our side yard; and though it was on our property, most of it was leaning and hanging in our neighbor's yard.  The other was a tulip (poplar) tree in our backyard that is right off the deck. I knew these had to go but the cost was keeping us from doing it.  And I was not looking forward to seeing them cut down while they were still living.  But two weeks ago we got a great deal on taking them down and our neighbor said he would pay for half on the tree that was leaning toward his house.  So, down they came...and with a lot of tears from me.  We've lived in this house for almost 23 years and those trees were always there.  I was sad to see them go but knew it was necessary.

Now that the poplar was near our deck, we looked into getting a screened-in porch.  I was picturing something like this:

But when we found out the cost of building one, we decided not to go ahead with those plans.  Instead we decided to look for a nice gazebo that has screens all around.  After shopping at several places, we found this one:

Michael bolted it to the deck so it is safe from storms.  Of course, if a hurricane blows through we'll have to take the canvas off.  

Last night Michael strung little lantern lights inside across the top and they look so pretty.  This will definitely become my new place to sit and relax in the evening!  I absolutely love it.