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!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Stifled: Now set free!

Stifled

Choked


Suppressed


see:  Manipulation, control, abuse...

I often ponder what I am doing.  I question my motives and I wonder.

My desire, my heart, has always been to aim women to the LORD in their sufferings, in their grief——I have known many sorrows, agonies, and I have learned, and I have known that in all of these--all of my hope and my comforts are from the LORD.

Parts of my sorrows have come from controlling, manipulative, cold, legalistic——scary people. Leaders who bully to get their way, who threaten and seemingly win their way in their little kingdom, and who even, to this day, believe they can still control and manipulate me.  

This year, I have become stifled, choked, and even paralyzed with fear because of their pernicious threats. I live in freedom, but for whatever reasons they had to prove they control me even though they have no control over me.  

Why? 

They seemingly have “won”—they believe to have “won” everything from us.

But are they winners?  

Beware! 

Sinners in the hands of an angry God!

My conscience is free.  I have only lived around their destruction and I have more than survived—— even though we, like Uriah, who had his “lamb stolen”.  He, may have lost his life to the one who stole his only lamb, but he is most probably with the LORD in glory.  

We have walked with God in our freedom from them.   We have drawn closer to Him, showered with His blessings which they can not ever take from us.

After months of fear, I now praise the LORD who has set me free once again from this new anxiety I felt because they still believed they could control me.

My desire and my heart is still to reach other women who grieve, who weep, who are in pain, and now even more so because I have been revived again by my One and Only, the LORD God Almighty!  I will use the agonies in life for His gain.  If I am harassed again as to try to stifle me, to paralyze me, I will recognize their manipulations and just plug on joyously for the LORD.

I am free in Christ!

*Precious sisters in Christ, If you have been beaten down, harassed, silenced, paralyzed in fear from a controller, a manipulator, an abuser of any kind, you also can find comfort and freedom in Jesus.

Praise the LORD God Almighty who saved us through His Son from these sneaky, evil people, even if we must live among them on this earth.  

*Do your job for the LORD, do what He has set before you, and glorify His name daily. 

You can not do their job for them, they are the only ones who can do their job and they are the ones who will be held accountable for their own behavior before Him. This is not your business, it is God's business. Let the LORD do His business with them.

The LORD will have His day, The LORD will have His way with them.

Praises to my God and Father! 

Psalm 28:6-9

"Blessed be the LORD
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.

The Lord is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.

Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever."

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Monday, September 17, 2018

The Best Loved Doll







































One of my happiest memories as a child was this precious book.  Such a sweet story to touch hearts.

My precious mother planned my "one and only" birthday party when I was seven, inviting my friends.  She used some of the ideas from this book as I also have done. 

A treasured classic!


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Who am I?

I may not look like much, 
but the power of the Holy Spirit indwells me.




Romans 5:1-5
"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."

Romans 15:1-13
"... Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, 
so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Come, Christians, Join to Sing

Come, Christians, join to sing
Alleluia! Amen!
loud praise to Christ our King;
Alleluia! Amen!
Let all, with heart and voice,
before His throne rejoice;
praise is His gracious choice:
Alleluia! Amen!

Come, lift your hearts on high;
Alleluia! Amen!
let praises fill the sky;
Alleluia! Amen!
He is our Guide and Friend;
to us He'll condescend;
His love shall never end:
Alleluia! Amen!


Praise yet our Christ again;
Alleluia! Amen!
life shall not end the strain;
Alleluia! Amen!
On heaven's blissful shore
His goodness we'll adore,
singing forevermore,
Alleluia! Amen!

—-Christian H Bateman


Thursday, September 6, 2018

I don't understand---but the LORD understands my pain.


1 John 4:7-21

"Beloved, let us love one another, 
for love is from God; 
and everyone who loves is born of God 
and knows God.

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

By this the love of God was manifested in us, 
that God has sent His only begotten Son 
into the world so that we might live through Him.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and 
sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, 
we also ought to love one another.

No one has seen God at any time; 
if we love one another, 
God abides in us, 
and His love is perfected in us.

By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, 
because He has given us of His Spirit. 

We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son
 to be the Savior of the world.

Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, 
God abides in him, and he in God.

We have come to know and have believed 
the love which God has for us. 
God is love, and the one who abides in love
abides in God, and God abides in him.

By this, love is perfected with us, 
so that we may have confidence 
in the day of judgment; 
because as He is, so also are we in this world.

There is no fear in love; 
but perfect love casts out fear, 
because fear involves punishment, 
and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

We love, because He first loved us.

If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; 
for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, 
cannot love God whom he has not seen.

And this commandment we have from Him, 
that the one who loves God 
should love his brother also."

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lord, with Glowing Heart I'd Praise Thee

Lord, with glowing heart I'd praise thee
for the bliss thy love bestows,
for the pard'ning grace that saves me,
and the peace that from it flows.
Help, O God, my weak endeavor;
this dull soul to rapture raise;
thou must light the flame, or never
can my love be warmed to praise.

Praise, my soul, the God that sought thee,
wretched wand'rer far astray;
found thee lost, and kindly brought thee
from the paths of death away.
Praise, with love's devoutest feeling,
him who saw thy guilt-born fear,
and, the light of hope revealing,
bade the blood-stained cross appear.

Praise thy Savior God that drew thee
to that cross, new life to give,
held a blood-sealed pardon to thee,
bade thee look to him and live.
praise the grace whose threats alarmed thee,
roused thee from thy fatal ease;
praise the grace whose promise warmed thee,
praise the grace that whispered peace.

Lord, this bosom's ardent feeling
vainly would my lips express;
low before thy footstool kneeling,
deign thy suppliant's pray'r to bless.
Let thy love, my soul's chief treasure,
love's pure flame within me raise;
and, since words can never measure,
let my life show forth thy praise.


—-Francis Scott Key


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Home Place







































Another precious picture book for the family. The artwork, the legacy, and the love of family infused in the telling of this sweet story is wonderful to read and reread.


Saturday, September 1, 2018

Who is our help?









Psalm 18:6-19
"In my distress I called upon the Lord,

And cried to my God for help;
He heard my voice out of His temple,

And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Then the earth shook and quaked;

And the foundations of the mountains were trembling

And were shaken, because He was angry.


Smoke went up out of His nostrils,

And fire from His mouth devoured;

Coals were kindled by it.

He bowed the heavens also, and came down
With thick darkness under His feet.

He rode upon a cherub and flew;

And He sped upon the wings of the wind.


He made darkness His hiding place, 
His canopy around Him,
 
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.


From the brightness before Him passed His thick clouds,

Hailstones and coals of fire.


The Lord also thundered in the heavens,

And the Most High uttered His voice,
Hailstones and coals of fire.

He sent out His arrows, and scattered them,

And lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.


Then the channels of water appeared,
And the foundations of the world were laid bare

At Your rebuke, O Lord,
At the blast of the breath of Your nostrils.

He sent from on high, He took me;

He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy,

And from those who hated me, 
for they were too mighty for me.


They confronted me in the day of my calamity,

But the Lord was my stay.


He brought me forth also into a broad place;

He rescued me, because He delighted in me."


Psalm 46:1-3,8-11
"God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, 
though the earth should change
And though the mountains slip 
into the heart of the sea;

Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.
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Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations in the earth.

He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.

“Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold." 

Psalm 91:14-16 
“Because he has loved Me, 
therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high,
because he has known My name.

“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.

“With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation.”

Hebrews 4:14-16
"Therefore, since we have a great high priest 
who has passed through the heavens, 
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 

For we do not have a high priest who 
cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, 
but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, 
yet without sin. 

Therefore let us draw near
with confidence to the throne of grace, 
so that we may receive mercy 
and find grace to help in time of need."

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Today I will sing a new song to the LORD!

Psalm 144

Blessed be the Lord, my rock,

Who trains my hands for war,

And my fingers for battle;


My lovingkindness and my fortress,

My stronghold and my deliverer,

My shield and He in whom I take refuge,

Who subdues my people under me.


O Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him?

Or the son of man, that You think of him?


Man is like a mere breath;

His days are like a passing shadow.

Bow Your heavens, O Lord, and come down;

Touch the mountains, that they may smoke.


Flash forth lightning and scatter them;

Send out Your arrows and confuse them.


Stretch forth Your hand from on high;

Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters,

Out of the hand of aliens


Whose mouths speak deceit,

And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

I will sing a new song to You, O God;

Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,


Who gives salvation to kings,

Who rescues David His servant from the evil sword.


Rescue me and deliver me out of the hand of aliens,

Whose mouth speaks deceit

And whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants,

And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;

Let our garners be full, furnishing every kind of produce,

And our flocks bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields;


Let our cattle bear

Without mishap and without loss,

Let there be no outcry in our streets!


How blessed are the people who are so situated;

How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

So very thankful!! Jesus Paid it All

I hear the Savior say,
"Thy strength indeed is small,
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all."

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy pow'r and Thine alone,
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone.

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Where-by Thy grace to claim;
I'll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb. 

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And when, before the throne,
I stand in Him complete,
"Jesus died my soul to save,"
My lips shall still repeat. 

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

--Elvina M. Hall

Monday, August 27, 2018

We must raise our heads in joy and honor!

“Homemaking—

being a full-time wife and mother— 

is not a destructive drought of uselessness 

but an overflowing oasis of opportunity; 

it is not a dreary cell to contain one’s talents and skills 

but a brilliant catalyst to channel creativity

and energies into meaningful work.”

- Thank you to Dorothy Patterson
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Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Hope we need

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

In a believer’s ear!

It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,

And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole

And calms the troubled breast;

’Tis manna to the hungry soul,

And to the weary, rest.

Dear Name! the Rock on which I build,

My Shield and Hiding Place,

My never-failing Treas’ry filled

With boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,

My Prophet, Priest, and King;

My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,

Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,

And cold my warmest thought;

But when I see Thee as Thou art,

I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim

With every fleeting breath,

And may the music of Thy name

Refresh my soul in death.

--John Newton

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Comment problems


This is the Piper - Jill's husband.  I have discovered a glitch with comment posting, which is why if you've commented you haven't been posted!

A few months back I discovered that blogger isn't working correctly and notified blogger about it but never got a response.  Comments go to moderation as supposed to, but then we receive no notification that comments have been posted.  I started checking the comment moderation part on my blog so as to stay up with them, but today I received an email wondering why comments weren't being posted on Jill's blog.  I discovered comments from May!  So I will go through them and make sure they are "postable" and then get Jill to check them frequently



Friday, July 20, 2018

Cleaned and organized once again





















My thread drawer is used a lot and it can get pretty messy after a while.  It is always a joy to sit and reorganize it again.

Years ago I moved to a second drawer my whites, blacks, grays and creams so that everything would fit better. An orange treasure has been in my original drawer for years now. 

When I helped clean out my mother's home 2 decades ago, I discovered the pin cushion I had made for her as a gift when I was very young.  She had kept it as all mother's do---so very sweet.  I had cut out of orange corduroy a simple cat, used embroidery floss (all six strand at once), embroidered the face and collar, and then sewn together the two pieces on the outside with more floss, finishing it with sawdust from my father's workshop.

My mother was a student of each of her children, watching who each of us were, and always aiming to encourage us in what direction we thrived.  I always say that she could tell I was to be an artist in fabric from when I was very young as she often had handwork for me to keep my creative mind busy. What a treasured memory.

Praising the LORD for my precious mother!

Proverbs 1:1-9
"To know wisdom and instruction,

To discern the sayings of understanding,

To receive instruction in wise behavior,

Righteousness, justice and equity;

To give prudence to the naive,

To the youth knowledge and discretion,

A wise man will hear and increase in learning,

And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel,

To understand a proverb and a figure,

The words of the wise and their riddles.

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."
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Monday, July 2, 2018

Love beyond degree

Alas! and did my Savior bleed

And did my Sov’reign die?

Would He devote that sacred head

For such a worm as I?

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!

Was it for crimes that I had done

He groaned upon the tree?

Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!

Well might the sun in darkness hide

And shut his glories in,

When Christ, the mighty Maker died,

For man the creature’s sin.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!

Thus might I hide my blushing face

While His dear cross appears,

Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,

And melt my eyes to tears.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!

But drops of grief can ne’er repay

The debt of love I owe:

Here, Lord, I give myself away,

’Tis all that I can do.

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,

And the burden of my heart rolled away,

It was there by faith I received my sight,

And now I am happy all the day!

I do believe, I do believe
That Jesus died for me;
And through His blood, His precious blood
I am from sin set free.

--Isaac Watts: hymn
--Ralph Hudson: refrain
--Unknown: camp refrain

Thursday, June 21, 2018

He paid for our sin

“Man of Sorrows!” what a name

For the Son of God, who came

Ruined sinners to reclaim.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Bearing shame and scoffing rude,

In my place condemned He stood;

Sealed my pardon with His blood.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Guilty, vile, and helpless we;

Spotless Lamb of God was He;

“Full atonement!” can it be?

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Lifted up was He to die;

“It is finished!” was His cry;

Now in Heav’n exalted high.

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When He comes, our glorious King

All His ransomed home to bring,

Then anew His song we’ll sing:

Hallelujah! What a Savior!

--Philip P. Bliss

See, Hymns that Preach, Ralph M.Petersen