Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Traumas around the Holidays

The LORD is with His children always.

"The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit."

It seems like traumas should not happen, ever, but they surely do.  When they happen around our special days we are even more shook up, on edge, anxious, disappointed, saddened...

Our world is fallen, unspeakably sinful, and every day points this out to us even more.   

"We know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. 

And so the traumas come, and they tend to hang on to us, even "control" us. 

Life goes on and we seemingly stand still. 

We love the LORD! so we can not stop, but must continue to live our lives full and rich in Him even as we grieve!  

We can not allow our short or long-standing traumas to control our lives. Yes, we can acknowledge our agonies, they are a fact, but then we pick up our sheaves and continue for the LORD.

"Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.  He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him."

**If you, precious child of God, are in a time of traumas, agonies, grieving... I certainly understand your pain and sadness'. Do not give up, but run to the One and Only who can easily carry your agonies, remind you of His marvelous joy in His grace and mercies, in which He showers us generously, even during our holidays!

"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him."

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Psalm 34:15-18
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
And His ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Romans 8:18-25

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it."

Psalm 126
"When the Lord brought back the captive ones of Zion,
 We were like those who dream.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter
 And our tongue with joyful shouting;
 Then they said among the nations,
 “The Lord has done great things for them.”

The Lord has done great things for us;
 We are glad.

Restore our captivity, O Lord,
 As the streams in the South.

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.


He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him."

Lamentations 3:21-26
"Remember my affliction and my wandering, 
the wormwood and bitterness.

Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.

This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.

It is good that he waits silently

For the salvation of the Lord.

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Never Trust a Wolverine














MUTTS

We decided not to have a tree again this year to avoid the inevitable. Too tempting for wild wolverines!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

You know you are raising a wolverine when*:

Photo by I. Shpilenok, The Wolverine Way, by D. Chadwick


-His paws were as big as his head as a baby.

-He is always foraging for food.

-He thinks your toes, fingers, and elbows are prey.

-He knocks everything off your walls.

-He thunderously lopes through the house murmuring "ers" and "erps".

-He can't be found in the morning.

-He can scale the heights of every piece of furniture you own.

-He uses you as a spring board to get to the heights.

-He pulls out his dry food and pitches it all over the house like prey.

-He shreds every paper product in your home.

-He is always on the hunt for illegal prey, such as foil, earrings...

-He walks around in stealth mode so we do not notice him.

-He runs at top speed from one end of the house to the other.

-He lays and stretches, practically touching wall to wall.

-He never sleeps through the night, thus, you are sleep deprived.

-He doesn't recognize your authority, so "no" is not in his vocabulary.



You know your wolverine is becoming domesticated when:

-He sits on the heat register.

-He curls up in your lap every night.

-He LETS you hug him.

-He hardly ever notices the toilet paper roll.

-He sleeps through the night.

-He sleeps in the same room with you.

-He purrs when all you do is talk to him.

-You arrive home and rarely find a disaster waiting for you.



*this is all, of course, hyperbole.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Always be Nice!










1 Timothy 5:1-2
"Do not sharply rebuke an older man, 
but rather appeal to him as a father, 
to the younger men as brothers, 
the older women as mothers, 
and the younger women as sisters, in all purity."

Proverbs 1:7-10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction. 
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction

And do not forsake your mother’s teaching; 
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head

And ornaments about your neck.
My son, if sinners entice you,
Do not consent."


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The Wonderful Shrinking Shirt




A spectacular story for everyone!

The wife suggests a new shirt for her husband 
which he just loves and so does everyone else.

When the wash days come and go, the adventures continue!
A very silly, very sweet story!

The illustrations are done in ink with some purple and yellow.
Very unique!
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Remembering...


...how my loving mother raised me...
and then, how I raised my precious children.
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This is another sweet, treasured book:

"My mother gave me warmth, security, freedom, room to grow, sweet surprises, friendship, faith, a sense of wonder, dreams, the courage to believe them, childhood, pure and joyful...and long before anyone else did, my mother showed me what love really is."
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A book to treasure!
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*Praising the LORD for my mother*

Roberta Louise
1928 to 1996
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Monday, October 22, 2018

Life is Short: Make it Right and Apologize









Charles Schultz could write so many moral dilemmas for us to watch play out.

I am thankful for this story where Peppermint Patty has terribly hurt Charlie Brown's feelings.  She tries to solve the situation her own way by just acting tough, which only makes the hurt worse.  Finally Marcy steps in to point out what must happen to make things right again.

Moral Lesson: If you have chosen wrongly and thus hurt another person's feelings, you need to turn around, repent, and change what you have made wrong, and then truly apologize to those you have hurt.

Life is short.  

Do the right thing 
and glorify the LORD God Almighty.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

An Autumn story with a bird watcher




Another lovely story with wit, wildlife, beautiful art work, 
and a happy ending.

The Audubon Cat is really Hilda who is an avid bird watcher.

And...
this is why we named our first calico, Audubon, 
as she loved to watch the birds.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

The Him in #Metoo

Excellent blog post at A Lady of Reason, titled #HimToo, countering the "witch hunt" mentality which has sadly become the norm in our culture. 

This is just another form of manipulation and control by certain peoples.

"...Women, like men, are simply human, for good and for bad. To think anything else, is to put women on a very condescending pedestal, treating her as childlike, instead of seeing her simply as a fallible human...."



Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Autumn on a misty day




Praising the LORD for the beauty of His creation!

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Psalm 147:7-11
"Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,

Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.

He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry.

He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.

The Lord favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness."

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A very special something to Him!

God Meant it for Good

"But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God."
Genesis 45:7-8

Whenever I become troubled by crazy things that happen to me, I turn to the story of Joseph in the Bible. There was somebody who really went through bizarre circumstances! But think about it…

If Joseph had not been sold to those caravan traders by his wicked brothers, he would not have been sold as a slave to Pharaoh. 

And if Joseph had not become Pharaoh's right-hand man, no one would have thought to build giant grain silos to ward off the seven-year famine. 

And if the famine hadn't happened, Jacob and his family would never have come to Egypt for food and safety. 

And if Jacob's family weren't in Egypt, there would have been no slave laborers. 

And if no slaves, no Exodus. And no Mt. Sinai and the giving of the law to Moses. And no Promised Land. And, finally, no line of Judah from which the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would come.

***It is enthralling to see how the troubles of one young man named Joseph could kick-start a whole chain of earthshaking events which would ultimately lead to our salvation. Oh, the wisdom and knowledge of God!

Joseph's story could be yours. Only heaven will reveal the incredibly complex intertwining of events in which you have played a pivotal role. Like Joseph, you may not be able to discern it at the time,

***but God has it all in hand...He has it all in control...and you, dear friend, are needed in His marvelous plan to spread His kingdom in your corner of the world.

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thank You for the awe-inspiring lessons about Your sovereignty which You teach us through the story of Joseph. 

Thank You for Your dominion and rule, not only in his life, but mine.

—-Joni Eareckson Tada, Pearls of Great Price, 2006, October 5
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***Praise the LORD!  All that we go through in this fallen world is known by the LORD and He is our strength to keep going for Him! Do not ever believe the lie that you are a “nothing”—-because each of us is a very special “something” for Him! 
--the Piper's wife


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Year at Maple Hill Farm







































Another excellent picture book written by the Provensens.  This one is just as wonderful with what it is like on a farm through each month of the year. Very sweet, with special humor. 

A treasure!  Search for it, and you will be thankful you did!


Monday, October 1, 2018

Our Animal Friends








































This picture book is one of our most favorites. 

Wonderful illustrations with the story full of descriptions of farm animals with plenty of opportunities to laugh.  You can easily imagine what it is like on this farm. 

A special treasure worth seeking out. 


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Some people truly believe God revolves around them













Without being self-righteous and arrogant about it, how can a person know if God is please with you?

"God demonstrates His own love toward us, 
in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

Romans 5:1-11

"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;  and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.


For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 

For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 

And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.


Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

The Beauty of His Creation


Psalm 19
"The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.

Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,

Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.

They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;
In keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not rule over me;
Then I will be blameless,
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer."

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Pride produces more and more arrogence

In life I have met and I have known many arrogant and prideful persons.  These people have issues, maybe even major issues, but they are nothing, nothing, like pernicious people who are uber-prideful with their evil desire to control and manipulate others for their own devises, their own little kingdoms.  

With every conquest their own pride grows.  You can actually visually see it in them as they believe they have gained even more control over you or others.  How ugly, how gross it is to witness, and it only becomes worse as their prideful, arrogance grows.

A huge issue with people like this is that they are not happy or joyful in life, and it shows on them, in their faces, their postures, their body language.  Their whole being seems to be consumed and aimed at controlling and manipulating others. Their number one job is to be "on top" of whatever is happening so that they never lose control.

Prideful, arrogant people will deny this vehemently. They will argue that they are more joyful and happy than you, they will even preach how godly they are, saying, of course, that they are joyful, but their demeanor betrays their words. Bitterness becomes intertwined in their pride as they become even more ugly on the inside and out.

I have seen bitterness. It is putrid and gross, ugly and offensive, so much so that it makes a person recoil from them----unless you happen to be one of their controlled and manipulated people. If this is you, then you always agree with them, and you help them "back up" on their pedestal of pride. 

Prideful, arrogance.  Can you imagine living like this? It is horrid and gross to think of it.

If this describes you---then quit it! Cry out to God for forgiveness, accept His grace! and apologize to everyone for your sins!
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***If you find that you are one who has been "caught" by a controlling, manipulating, deceitful, prideful, arrogant person, Cry out to God to help you escape! Never fear! He always gives a way to escape!!!! 
1 Corinthians 10:12-14, "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.  Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry."
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Hebrews 12:12-15
"Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble

 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.


Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled"

James 3:13

"Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 

But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 

For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 

And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."

Ephesians 4:25-32
"Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 

and do not give the devil an opportunity. 

He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. 

Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you."

Proverbs 26:24-28
"He who hates disguises it with his lips,
But he lays up deceit in his heart.

When he speaks graciously, do not believe him,
For there are seven abominations in his heart.

Though his hatred covers itself with guile,
His wickedness will be revealed before the assembly.

He who digs a pit will fall into it,
And he who rolls a stone, it will come back on him.

A lying tongue hates those it crushes,
And a flattering mouth works ruin."

Galatians 5:13-26
"For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 

For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,

idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 

envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 

gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 

Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another."

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Oh, LORD God, save!


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

How appropriate for today


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If you care, pay attention!

"For by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved!" 2P2:19b
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2 Peter 2
"But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.

Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned; 

and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment; 

and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 

and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;

and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 

(for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds),

then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,

whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.

But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,

suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you, 

having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children; 

forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 

but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.

These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved. 

For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, 

promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved. 

For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first. 

For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them. 

It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire.”
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LORD, have mercy and save!