Wednesday, March 25, 2015

All the Way My Savior Leads Me


All the way my Savior leads me,
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.



All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.



All the way my Savior leads me,
Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.



By Fanny Crosby

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Horse Sense

A horse can’t pull while kicking.
This fact I merely mention.
And he can’t kick while pulling,
Which is my chief contention.

Let’s imitate the good old horse
And lead a life that’s fitting;
Just pull an honest load, and then
There’ll be no time for kicking.


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Spring has begun....but.....










by Patrick McDonnell


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Happy Spring!





























Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.
Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!
Psalm 150
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We are called children of God!

 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, 
that we would be called children of God; 
and such we are. 
For this reason the world does not know us, 
because it did not know Him.
1 John 3:1
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When we claim the name of Christ it is an honor to call ourselves Christians.  

We "bear the stamp of His character and His reputation.  When people find out that you are a Christian, they should already have an idea of who you are and what you are like simply because you bear such a precious name.

If you were asked to describe yourself, what titles would be first on your list?  

That you are married or single, employed or unemployed?  

Would you then list your hair color or height? 

Or would you immediately respond, "I am a Christian...."?

I'll tell the world that I'm a Christian,
  I'm not ashamed Your name to bear.  
I'll tell the world that I'm a Christian,
  I'll take You with me anywhere. 
I'll tell the world how You have saved me, 
and how You gave me a life brand-new, 
I'll tell the world that I'm a Christian, 
eternal life I'll live with You.

by Baynard L. Fox
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excerpt from Joni, Diamonds in the Dust, March 17. 
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Our Lips and Ears


If you your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak, 
And how and when and where.

If you your ears would save from jeers,
These things keep meekly hid:
Myself and I, and mine and my,
And how I do and did.


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A significant old Puritan prayer

"There's nothing like an old Puritan prayer for true confession:

Merciful Lord, pardon all my sins of this day, week, year, all the sins of my life, sind of early, middle, and advanced years, of omission and commission, of morose, peevish and angry tempers, of lip, life and walk, of want of bold decision in the cause of Christ, of deficiency in outspoken zeal for His glory....Pardon all my sins, known and unknown, get and unfelt, confessed nd not confessed, remembered or forgotten.  Good Lord, hear; and hearing, forgive."

Bennett, Arthur, The Valley of Vision, The Banner of Truth Trust, Pennsylvania, 1975, p.87.

From Joni's Diamonds in the Dust Devotional


For those who do not drive










Calvin and Hobbes
by Waterson

Here is the Sweetness

“…here is the sweetness of my lot:  
I am a stranger with You.  
You are my co-sufferer, my fellow traveler.  
Oh, what joy to wander in such blessed society!  

My heart burns within me 
when You speak with me along the way and, 
though I am a sojourner, 
I am far more blessed than those who sit on thrones, 
and far more at home 
than those who dwell under the ceilings of their houses.

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“To me remains nor place, nor time:
My country is in every clime;
I cam be calm and free from care
On any shore, since 
God is there."
author unknown

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“Hear my prayer, O Lord, 
and give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with You,
A sojourner like all my fathers."
Psalm 39:12

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excerpt from Morning and Evening by Spurgeon, March 16 a.m.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Tapestry Weaver




Let us take to our heart a lesson, 
no braver lesson can be,
From the ways of the tapestry weavers, 
on the other side of the sea.

Above their head the pattern hangs, 
they study it with care,
And as to and fro the shuttle leaps 
their eyes are fastened there.

They tell this curious thing besides, 
of the patient, plodding weaver;
He works on the wrong side evermore, 
but works for the right side ever.

It is only when the weaving stops, 
and the web is loosed and turned,
That he sees his real handiwork, 
that his marvelous skill is learned.

Ah, the sight of its delicate beauty! 
It pays him for all its cost.
No rarer, daintier work than his 
was ever done by the frost!

Then the Master bringeth him golden hire 
and giveth him praise as well,
And how happy the heart of the weaver is, 
no tongue but his can tell.

The years of man are the looms of God, 
let down from the place of the sun,
Wherein we all are weaving, 
till the mystic web is done.

Weaving blindly but weaving surely, 
each for himself his fate;
We may not see how the right side looks, 
we can only weave and wait.

But, looking above for the pattern, 
no weaver hath need to fear;
Only let him look clear into Heaven 
— the perfect Pattern is there.

If he keeps the face of the Saviour 
forever and always in sight,
His toil shall be sweeter than honey, 
and his weaving is sure to be right.

And when his task is ended, 
and the web is turned and shown,
He shall hear the voice of the Master; 
it shall say to him, “Well done!”

An the white-winged angels of heaven, 
to bear him thence shall come down,
And God shall give him gold for his hire 
— not coin, but a crown!


Anson G. Chester
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In all that  you are doing for the Lord, dear ones...
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Is this what I deserve?!








Hagar the Horrible
by Chris Browne
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James 1:2-4
"Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 
knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 
And let endurance have its perfect result, 
so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
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Joni shares in her March 9, 2015, Pearls of Great Price devotional:


"Christians have no reason to be miserable or pessimistic. 
There is no room for gloom and doom when you're a believer. 
If your heart is troubled by pessimism or doubts, 
repeat several times today's verse, especially the part, 
"Consider him who endured... so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." 
This is the secret to finding joy. ConsiderHim.

Lord of Joy, I delight in Your gladness today, 

and I want to honor You by taking up my cross 
and joyfully following You."
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Dear ones....in this evil world....do not lose heart....you are not alone.
The Lord God is with you!

Hebrews 12:2-3
"...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, 
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, 
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, 
so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
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God's incredible creation!

Today I watched a dear friend’s Echocardiogram (Cardiac Ultrasound).  In her frailness she lay there while the Sonographer gently performed the test.   I watched the monitor and marveled at the LORD’s design.  Amazing!   

My thoughts eventually considered our intricate brains and our marvelous minds.  All of the medical advances through time have gotten us to where this non-invasive test can help my friend.

Later I was driving home after “tucking” my friend in for the rest of the day.   Our temperatures are above freezing, and our mountains of snow are melting like rushing rapids.  Everywhere I looked along my path homeward, I saw rushing rivulets of melted snow.  Exciting!

The same God who created the heart, in all of its intricacies, created water in all of its amazing attributes.

Praising God with you!


“In the beginning God created….”

Our Creator God is able to do far more than we can imagine.  

Precious sister in Christ...if you are struggling in any way, take comfort at His feet.  He is our strength and our comfort.   Allow yourself to draw nearer to Him.  He can lift your head, He can work in your difficult situations, He can hold you through whatever you are going through.

Praise His name! and live in His joy!



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

He is able

I thought of you today… as I so often do.

Today it was the innocence you had which has been lost.  All your childhood was protected and nurtured.  Your love of life, the way you embraced it. 

Much was given to you in the LORD and yet you turned away. 

Legalisms now control you. God is somewhere in your mix, but you can’t and won’t be “confused” with His truth.  Legalisms are your leaders no matter how they contradict the LORD God Almighty.

I will never understand what happened, how it all came about, how you lost your first love, and instead, grasped human legalisms while shunning God’s truth you knew and loved.  

All the analyzing, all the thinking, it only leaves me at the LORD’s merciful feet. 

I trust You, my God and King! 

You who raise the dead! 

You who can carry the walking wounded through a life embroiled in chaos! 

I have seen it! 

I live it! 

So...why do I doubt that You can certainly do more than I can ever imagine in these impossible circumstances?  

LORD, Your mercy over me is precious!
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...when the storms come, it’s important for you and I, not to look back or around or ahead, but to look up! 

We need to pray for God to give us a fresh vision of Jesus, seated on the throne, in control of everything that’s happening. 

Ask Him for His peace in the midst of the storm, His power to make it through, and His perseverance as we remain focused and faithful until we make it through. 

One day the storms of life will be over. We will come to the end of life’s journey, and we will enter into our Heavenly Home where Our Father will welcome us with a long, loving embrace. And we will be safe. Forever.
--Anne Graham Lotz

Ephesians 3:20-21

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.



Crabby










Calvin and Hobbes
by Waterson

A laugh to share:

My travel plans for 2015:

I have been in many places, 
but I've never been in Kahoots.
Apparently, you can't go alone.
 
You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I've also never been in Cognito.
I hear no one recognizes you there

I have, however, been in Sane.
They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. 

I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt.
That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.
 
I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

God created amazing water droplets






















Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, 
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving 
let your requests be made known to God. 
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The same God who created the Heavens and the Earth, and, for example, 
created the ability for water to “bead up” and reflect His creation better than 
any manmade mirror, is the same Almighty God who can love you,
comfort you, lift you up, hold you tight, and understand ALL that you are going through and thinking.  He is always with you.

He will not abandon you! He is with you!  

He is FULL of compassion!  

Psalm 62:5-8

My soul, wait in silence for God only, 
For my hope is from Him.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
On God my salvation and my glory rest;
The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God.
Trust in Him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before Him;
God is a refuge for us.

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Walking alongside each other

A friend is someone 
who knows the song in your heart 
and can sing it back to you 

when you have forgotten the words.
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thank you, Teri
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy belated Valentine's Day




















Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Waterson


The Red Flag Game

A few weekends ago we attended an Intelligent Design Conference with three different speakers.  It was excellent. The Speakers were, John Stewart,  J. Warner Wallace, and Frank Turek.

One of them said at their home they play “Spot the Lie” when they watch TV.  In this way they are teaching and honing everyone’s Biblical discernment skills of what is true and what is a lie.

The next time we were watching a movie it was “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, 1951, black and white.  As I have stated in previous posts, I have walked beside many women who have dealt with all levels of abuse from their husbands or boyfriends, so the game I began to play was, “The Red Flag Game”.  

Patricia Neal’s character plays a WW2 widow with a preteen son who is now dating (Hugh Marlowe).  Practically every time the boyfriend of Patricia Neal's was on the screen, he was exhibiting classic abuse qualities which spelled ABUSER!  He was definitely not a good man to ever marry—-which the movie plot had her find out—thankfully!

We all need to play the Red Flag Game or Spot the Lie in our everyday lives.  If we would do this, it would keep our Biblical eyes open for falsehoods in every area of life.

























"Gort, Klaatu, Barada Nikto"


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Two Temples

A Builder builded a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
“It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O Builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye.”

A Mother builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the Mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.

Gone is the Builder’s temple,
Crumpled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the Mother builded
Will last while the ages roll, 
For that beautiful unseen temple
Was a child’s immortal soul.


by Hattie Vose Hall, from The Best Loved Poems of the American People

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Dear Christian sisters...do not be dismayed if the children you have raised up have become wayward, and your efforts have seemed to be worthless!  

Your efforts are still in your children---in their inner person, even if you can not see it.  
Continue to cry out to the LORD and never give up on them. He is working.  He is working in you, and He is working in them.  

Our God is mighty!



A little bit to warm our hearts!

It is 5 degrees with 25 mph winds, but sunny! 

This picture is a little bit of what is to come in spring:


















Enjoy!


Stop complaining









Rose is Rose
by Brady

Correct Biblical Submission


Thought provoking!

From "Women, stop submitting to men?" by Russell Moore, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission:

...Your beauty is found not in external (and fleeting) youth and “attractiveness” but in the “hidden person of the heart” which “in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Pet. 3:3-4). And it will be beautiful in the sight of a man who is propelled by the Spirit of this God.
Sisters, you owe no submission to Hollywood or to Madison Avenue, or to those who listen to them. Your worth and dignity cannot be defined by them. Stop comparing yourselves to supermodels and porn stars. Stop loathing your body, or your age. Stop feeling inferior to vaporous glamor. You are beautiful.
Sisters, there is no biblical category for “boyfriend” or “lover,” and you owe such designation no submission. In fact, to be submissive to your future husband you must stand back and evaluate, with rigid scrutiny, “Is this the one who is to come, or is there another?” That requires an emotional and physical distance until there is a lifelong covenant made, until you stand before one who is your “own husband.”
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands as unto the Lord. Yes and Amen. But, women, stop submitting to men.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Abuse is not romance



After years of knowing and walking alongside women who are abused, I am shaken by what will come from the acceptance of sexual violence in mainstream culture.  

Great commentary by Landon at Entreatingfavor on "50 shades" and the effects of this type of violence in even our Christian culture.

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Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, 
to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, 
acceptable to God, 
which is your spiritual service of worship. 

And do not be conformed to this world, 
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, 
so that you may prove what the will of God is, 
that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

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From Landon's "50 shades" blog post:

NOTE: The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) has launched an aggressive national campaign against the controversial film, Fifty Shades of Grey. NCSE’s new webpage, fiftyshadesisabuse.com, highlights 50-plus ways that Fifty Shades harms and provides various actions that the public can take, including signing a boycott petition and joining the #50DollarsNot50Shades campaign, which calls on patrons to forgo the film and donate to women’s shelters instead.

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