Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Crystal and a sunset

Mama put a crystal vase in the window because when the sun hits it just right it sparkles beautifully! The picture I took does nothing to show how beautiful it can look, but it shows it little bit! And speaking of sun, the picture of the sun is from a few seconds after I took the picture of the vase! Isn't it just amazing?! The little blob of sun light must have been a water drop on the window. :) Sorry about that.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Snow flakes!!

Standing outside with my camera I snapped these way cool pictures of snow flakes. Mind you I did crop them. :) So they are closer then they were when I took them. But isn't God amazing?! It is so tiny and detailed at the same time!!! And there are so many of them!! Don't we serve an amazing, wonderful God?! Enjoy!!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

A light in the darkness

The Bible tells us we are the light of the world. What does that mean? If we're the light of the world, then the world is dark, correct? But what does it look like to shine in the dark? Playing with my candle this evening shows how bright a light is in the dark, and how we're supposed to shine for Christ in a dark world. How different we're supposed to be. Notice how the light illuminates what the darkness once hid!? That is how we're supposed to be for Christ, showing our light to the world. Don't hide the light, be different! Be as the Lord calls you to be! A light in the darkness.

Rejoice in the Lord

Thinking today about trails and tests, after talking to a dear friend of mine, I just had to share this song. For some of you it's nothing new, for some it may be, either way, drink in the words. Let them settle in your mind, and believe them, don't just think about them and push them off. Let them draw you closer to God and trust Him more!

Rejoice in the Lord

1) God never moves without purpose or plan
When trying His servant and molding a man.
Give thanks to the Lord though your testing seems long;
In darkness He giveth a song.

C) O rejoice in the Lord. He makes no mistake.
He knoweth the end of each path that I take.
For when I am tried and purified,
I shall come forth as gold.

2) I could not see through the shadows ahead;
So I looked at the cross of my Savior instead.
I bowed to the will of the Master that day;
Then peace came and tears fled away.

3) Now I can see testing comes from above;
God strengthens His children and purges in love.
My Father knows best, and I trust in His care;
Through purging more fruit I will bear.

Let us remember, God does everything for our good. No matter what it is! Whether it be taking things away, or not giving us what we think we need. Watching someone else get what we want or watching others do without. God does all for the good of His people and we can rest in His hands knowing what's happening now is the best way things could happen! Let us remember God loves us and what He does, He does to make us like Him and isn't that what we all want? If it is, let us rest in His strong, able, in control hands and trust!

Saturday, January 27, 2007

More random shots

<--- Decorative window!!! Love the picture in the left hand corner!!

<---- A painting a friend gave to me!!! He painted it himself!! Isn't it wonderful??!!!

<--- Warm Rainbow Granny-square quilt I made myself!!! Keeps me very warm on cold nights!!!

< --- Lace curtains and roses!!!! It's beautiful when the sun shines through it!!!!

<--- A very small portion of my very large book collection!!

<--- A good book and a cup of tea!!!

<--- And if you're gonna have tea, why not have a beautiful tea pot from your sister to go with it?!

Encouraging reminder

I've finished reading Hebrews in my Bible and was so encouraged with chapter 12 that I just had to share it with you. I'm sure you all know what is says, but I must share anyway!

Hebrews 12:3-11~
"3) For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4) You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5) And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6) For whom the LORD loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives." 7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9) Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10) For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11) Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it."

Dare I say more? Simply trust this to be true and call it to mind when trial and chastening comes! What a joy! Let us thank the Lord, wholeheartedly, for our trials and chastening!

Friday, January 26, 2007

Random shots

Talking to my sister-in-law recently she reminded me that we find peace and joy in God not only in the things we read about Him, but in the things He gives and shows us. They show to us His love for things that are good and beautiful. And thus, we can take pleasure in things we find beautiful as long as they do not draw us away from God! For example: Roses and the sweet smell they offer. A beautiful sunset on a winter day. A house, a family, and so on and so forth. So here are somethings that I find joy in and that make me happy!

<- Beautiful Rose petals!!!!

<-- More beautiful rose petals!!!!

<--Pretties on my sheets!!!

<----Fresh new sheets to sleep in!!!!! Well, that's all for now. Stay tuned for more. :) Keep looking to Christ in all that you do, whether it be making a bed, cleaning a room, or sipping your tea!!! Include Him in everything and you will find joy in strange, but wonderful places!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Hawk indentity

After I posted my last blog, a friend of mine looked at it and then informed me of what it was. :) It is a female (not male, thus the "he"'s in the last post are incorrect) Marsh Hawk or also known as a Northern Harrier Hawk. Anyway, this is a short post, I just wanted to share the info I received. :) Thank you Will for the info! Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Oh, and don't forget to check out Katya's (My sister-in-law) blog and see her way neat-o fire picture (when she posts it ;)!!!

Monday, January 22, 2007

A hawk in my backyard?

As I was laying on the couch this morning (recovering from an illness) my little brother came running into the room and said there was a hawk on my mom's birdbath. I didn't believe him right away, since we are in the middle of town. But I pushed to my feet and followed him into the kitchen to look out the window. And sure enough, I stood corrected. There was a hawk on my mother's birdbath! He was nice and big and when he flew (I was unable to capture that with the camera) his wings were huge! Here are a couple of pictures I snapped before he flew away. Isn't the Lord amazing!? I will never understand how He can make so many different kinds of birds and none of them like another!!And speaking of different kinds of birds, on Sunday I looked out the window and the Lord had brought Cardinals to our backyard! The first time that I can ever remember! They are so beautiful! In case you didn't know, the boy is the bright red one, and the girl is the one off to the left with the bright redish-orange beak! Hope you enjoyed looking at God's creation as much as I did!!!

Sunday, January 21, 2007


I am reading another book, since I finished "Shadow Of The Almighty", called "Young Lady's Guide To The Harmonious Development Of Christian Character" by Harvey Newcomb. And although I do not agree 100% on everything he has to say, there are many, many things I have gathered that I would love to share with you. As I said, I do not agree with everything, but I will quote from his book and then explain what I don't agree with, if the need be. :) This quote is taken from a part in the book going through the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

"Love is something that can be felt. It is an outgoing of heart towards the object loved, and a feeling of union with it. When we have a strong affection for a friend, it is because we see in him something that is lovely. We love his society, and delight to think of him when he is absent. Our minds are continually upon the lovely traits of his character. So ought we to love God. The ground of this love should be the infinite purity, excellence, and beauty of his moral perfections. He is infinite loveliness in himself. There is such a thing as feeling this love in exercise. In the Son of Solomon, love is said to be "strong as death." Surely this is no faint imagery. Is it possible for a person to exercise a feeling "as strong as death," and yet not be sensible of it? Love takes hold of every faculty of soul and body. It must, then, be no very dull feeling. Again, the warmth and the settled and abiding nature of love are represented by such strong language as this: "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it." Surely this can be no fitful feeling, which comes and goes at extraordinary seasons. It must be a settled and abiding principle of the soul, though it may not always be accompanied with strong emotion. We may sometimes be destitute of emotion towards the friends we love most. But the settled principle of esteem and preference is abiding; and our attention needs only to be called to the lovely traits in our friend's character to call forth emotion."

Now here I would have to say, although love can be a feeling, it is a choice one must make. We choose to love our enemies, obviously we do not love them because of their beauty. :) Love is not just a feeling, it is a choice and as we choose to love something, or someone, the feelings will follow. :) So we can apply this paragraph but we must remember love is not always a feeling, at first. :) Hope your Sunday was filling with joy in the Lord and worshiping Him wholeheartedly!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Recommended reading

I have been away from the computer for a couple of days so I apologize for the long time in between posts. But in that time I have finished reading "Shadow Of The Almighty" by Elisabeth Elliot! I highly recommend this book to any one who wants a challenge in their Christian walk! It was such a good book! I loved it. And it amazed me the way Jim looked on everything with a God-centered focus. What really struck me was his willingness to die at any given moment for the Lord. A couple of quotes give you an idea of what he was like but you must read the whole book to understand what I mean!

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

"God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus."

"Father, take my life, yea, my blood if Thou wilt, and consume it with Thine enveloping fire. I would not save it, for it is not mine to save. Have it Lord, have it all. Pour out my life as an oblation for the world. Blood is only of value as it flows before Thine alter."

~Jim Elliot

This is a short post, I must run out the door. But think about the words and ask yourself, "Would I truly be willing to die and leave my family, my life and live in eternity with Christ at any given moment?" Also, read this book any chance you get!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Encouraging verses

Hello all! I have just finished reading 2 Timothy in my Bible reading and am now going to start Titus! But reading through 2 Timothy I came across some verses to encourage us and to push to our goal.

2 Timothy 3:12~
"Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution."

2 Timothy 4:7~
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

So first of all when people persecute us let us not be surprised and shrink back. Let us rejoice! Why? Because we can be assure that if we were not trying to live a godly life, there would be no persecution! It is because we're doing as we are told, we are following Christ, we're trying to be Christ-like, and because of that we suffer persecution! Let us stand for what we believe, persecution or not! And with that, when we come to the end of our lives, or if Christ comes, will we be able to say with Paul "I have fought the good fight, ..." Will we be able to say, "I suffered persecution for Christ and "have kept the faith"? Will we be able to stand in that day of judgment and stand knowing we "fought the good fight, ... finished the race, ... have kept the faith"? Let us look forward to being able to say those things in truth. Let us be careful how we live now, in persecution, in trials, in hard times, in good times, so that we are able to stand before Christ, in His day of glory, and say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith"!