Saturday, November 30, 2013

What's on your dinner menu?

by Gary Brookins

This year dining at our house has been different.  You would think I was trying to kill us!  In January I discovered that most of the pantry was full of dry goods about to expire or had expired! Thankfully, most of it has been consumed as this year is ending.

Even when your meals consist of what must be eaten before the expiration date…you can make them interesting~~~although, sometimes rather odd.  After all, "survival food" in the  pantry isn't necessarily what we would normally choose to eat.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I will joyfully sing of Your righteousness!

Psalm 145

I will extol You, my God, O King,
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.

On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.

Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts,
And I will tell of Your greatness.

They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness
And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.

The Lord is good to all,
And His mercies are over all His works.

All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.

They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord sustains all who fall
And raises up all who are bowed down.

The eyes of all look to You,
And You give them their food in due time.

You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He will also hear their cry and will save them.

The Lord keeps all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.

Underneath you are His everlasting arms

Happy Thanksgiving!

As His children we can be happy even in our depths of despair. He is our great God!

“Wait in hope for my arm.” Isaiah 51:5

In seasons of severe trial, Christians have nothing on earth in which to trust, and we are therefore compelled to cast ourselves on our God alone. When our vessel is tilting so far over it is in danger of capsizing, and no human deliverance can avail, we must simply and entirely trust ourselves to the providence and care of God.

Happy storm that wrecks us on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone!

There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when we are so poor, so friendless, so helpless that we have nowhere else to turn, we fly into our Father’s arms, and are blessedly clasped therein!

When we are burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that we cannot tell them to anyone but our God, we may be thankful for them; for we will learn more of our Lord then than at any other time.

Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives you to your Father! Now that you have only your God in which to trust, see that you put your full confidence in Him.

Do not dishonor your Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that your God is worth ten thousand worlds to you. Show the wealthy how rich you are in poverty when the Lord God is your helper. Show the strong how strong you are in your weakness when underneath you are the everlasting arms.

Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord your God shall certainly, as surely as He built the heavens and the earth, glorify Himself in your weakness, and magnify His might in the midst of your distress.

The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye.

May the Holy Spirit let you rest…

Morning and Evening, August 31, morning, Charles H. Spurgeon


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Our lives are worth living when He is our King!

by Gary Brookins

Psalm 148
Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights!

Praise Him, all His angels;
Praise Him, all His hosts!

Praise Him, sun and moon;
Praise Him, all stars of light!

Praise Him, highest heavens,
And the waters that are above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.

He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;
Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.

Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.

And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.

Praise the Lord!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sweet Autumn

We are in for a spell 
of perfect weather now, 
every day luminous, 
every night brimmed with stars.  
Picnics at noon, 
supper by the applewood fire at night, 
a walk in the cool moonlight before bed.
Gladys Taber

New Fallen Snow

Calvin and Hobbs
by Bill Watterson