Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
A day to honor those who have given their lives for their country. For our country.
Praise the Lord for freedom! Not only freedom here in America, but ultimately for freedom from sin. Freedom is not free. It comes at a price. Men died for the blessings we experience today. Christ died for the joys we will experience through all eternity.
"...One died for all...and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again."
II Corinthians 5:14-15
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
"Clear prop!" my brother Josiah shouted as we prepared for take off.
It was a beautiful Friday afternoon and Andrew, Elizabeth and I were headed out with Josiah, flying to Illinois for the weekend. Josiah needed some more flying time, and so we were excited to be taking a trip with him, heading out to our cousin's high school graduation.
We arrived safe and sound, and had a wonderful weekend with our extended family. The graduation ceremony was that night, and then they had an open house on Saturday night.
Helping my cousin Rebecca arrange flowers for her open house
In order to make it back to Nebraska for a church service, we got up at 3:30am Sunday morning.
Josiah fueling up the plane
We had a wonderful flight back to Nebraska, landing about 9:30. And sixty minutes later we were dressed in our matching clothes, sound checked, and praying as a family in preparation to minister together.
Ahh....it is good to be back!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Monday, May 22, 2006
Stand still awhile, and seriously consider the noble end for which thou wast created, and for which God hath placed thee in this world! Thou wast not created for time and the creature, but for God and eternity, and to employ thyself with God and eternity.
And thou are in the world, to the end that thou mayest again seek God, and His countenance which giveth blessedness, from which thou hast turned thyself away by sin; in order that thou mayest become thoroughly sanctified and enlightened, and that God may have joy, delight, peace, and pleasure in thee, and thou in God.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Sorry I haven't blogged for a while -- I've been to busy enjoying 'home responsibilities,' which would include practicing harp and piano in preparation for lessons, trying to keep up with our laundry pile, taking a small turn in the kitchen, working on my Bible college correspondance course, reading through a photography course, and preparing for the children's camp coming up next month. And now I finally get to the computer to blog again!
And I've been wondering...
#1. How did you come to start reading blogs?
#2. What led you to start your own blog (if you have one)?
#3. What is your favorite subject (or subjects--feel free to name more than one) to read about on someone else's blog?
#4. What do you hope to accomplish by having your blog?
#5. What have you learned from blogging?
#6. How did you find my blog?
I know some of my readers don't have blogs, but I'd still enjoy hearing the questions that do apply to you!
My answers are as follows:
#1. - The Biblical Womanhood blog was the first one I read (or was aware of), and the rest is history! (grin)
#2. - I started my own blog primarily to post my pictures on the internet so my grandparents/friends could see some of my photography, but has also grown to include what the Lord continues to teach me, and quotes that have made an impact on my life.
#3.- I enjoy reading a variety of things -- what others are learning, spiritual lessons, homemaking, photographs of God's creation, and about virtuous womanhood and the like.
#4. My goal is to glorify God, as well as to encourage others to meditate on that which is lovely and pure. (Phil 4:8)
#5. I have learned so much! Not only does it help me articulate my thoughts, I also find myself evaluating 'why' I blog -- trying to remain "approved unto God," not approved unto man's opinion.
#6. - And since this is my blog, the last question doesn't apply to me!
Monday, May 15, 2006
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
I cheat you of your God-given destiny...because you demand your own way.
I cheat you of contentment...because you "deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge...because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing...because you're too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness...because you refuse to admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision...becasue you'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of genuine friendship...because nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love...because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven...because you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory...because I convince you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking out for you. Untrue.
God has so much for you, I admit.
But don't worry...
If you stick with me, You'll never know.
-Broadman & Holman
Oh Lord, forgive my prideful attitudes and actions. I am so undeserving of Your grace. I'm trying to follow you and walk in your ways, but it isn't always easy. Before I know it I am walking in pride, losing the blessings you would have for me. And when I am prideful, You resist me! And if You resist me, Heavenly Father, then all the world might as well be against me.
Help me to be completely broken and usable for Your service and glory. I love you Lord!
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Saturday, May 13, 2006
for His wonderful works to the children of men."
-mentioned multiple times in Psalms 107
When was the last time you thanked the Lord for something? This morning I am thankful for lots of things! Things I rarely stop to think about, but at the same time I can't imagine life without them.
What are some things that you are thankful for today?
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
One of the best things about having sisters is that I always have a friend.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
I told you before my family and I left on our last trip that the Lord seems to teach me one big lesson during our various trips. This past time was no exception. Maybe I should have taken a hint from what I posted the day I left: "My blessed task from day to day is humbly, gladly, to obey." That is what the Lord impressed on me the past two weeks -- obedience.
The past several years my prayer has been from Psalms 25: “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me.” How does one know which way to go? With so much to do, I don’t want my days to be filled with stuff, but rather that which God has ordained, that which will prepare me for His future work.
The past month, I’ve been feeling like I lost my vision. I didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing (yet had PLENTY of time fillers). I didn’t know what path I should walk, losing all focus. I continued to cry out to God, yet didn’t seem to get anywhere.
And the Lord showed me why.
For what parent will lay further responsibility on a child that has disregarded their prior commands? What master will entrust much to a servant who hasn’t been faithful in the little things?
The Lord showed me areas in my life where I have not obeyed His commands. Therefore, He can’t give me any new directions when I am not following what He has already asked of me.
But it begins with taking that first step. Obeying. Look at Paul's praise of Philemon:
Sometimes I look so intently toward the top of the mountain that I stumble over the steps leading to it. The journey begins just where I am, with blessings in every step.
He sees beyond the dessert land,
Monday, May 08, 2006
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
I haven't blogged for a whole week! But be assured that just because I haven't blogged, my life hasn't been quiet. (grin)
For the latest news, check my family's blog. Due to a lack of internet time, our family blog gets top priority whenever we do get online. I have gotten lots of pictures and lots of ideas to blog, but due to being on the road, they will have to wait until I get home!
So stay tuned...I should be back to the 'blogging world' by Monday!