Friday, February 22, 2008
It was a beautiful snowy day today, and I just love to be home on a snowy day! I woke up with a nasty cold, but thanks to hot tea, and meds the day shaped up so fine. Biddy just loves going out to run like a nut, and bark at Toby next door. As you can see she has had all of her furnishings shaved off, for a puppy look. I hated to do it but her hair was really tired and just needed to go. I am hoping by early
summer she will be nicely furnished again.
Kaitie made homemade granola bars to have with tea, and I was finally able to finish a scarf that Frank had asked me to make to match his jacket. I was glad for the uninterrupted time to finish as I was afraid it would be spring before it was done. Sometimes the smallest things take forever and it seemed that I was always laying it aside to do something else. I'm thankful it turned out really well.
We also made time to watch one of my favorite movies"I Remember Mama". This is great movie about simple family life, the mother is such a wonderful character. It is actually based on a book written from a young woman's real life experiences, and how dear her mama was to her.I took time to read the book after seeing the movie the first time, and enjoyed it also. Irene Dunn has the leading role. It made me think about the impressions we make as mothers, and how I would want to be remembered.All in all it was a very relaxing uneventful day, I am very thankful for. I hope your day was as sweet.
Lord bless. Lisa
Thursday, February 21, 2008
...to praise his name!
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless His holy name forever and ever.
- You can't get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.
- -C.S. Lewis
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
- Proverbs 21:25-26
- The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
In reading this scripture during my time with the Lord this morning, the thought struck me that we need not only to be diligent in our physical laborings, but in our spiritual laborings as well. It is very easy for us in these days, to glean from the labor of the work others have done in God's word. Notice Mathew Henry's comment here, that the slothful are "as fit for labour as other men."
I can't help thinking that becoming one's own enemy is a great convenience to the devil in the declension of our souls.
Henry says "their slothfulness starves them." The sad thing is, we can go about our daily lives with a lean, starving spirit. However, it will manifest itself in our lives and effect the lives of others around us. Notice the scripture says they do not cease to covet, riches, pleasures, and honour. You will find in these people the crying out for what they don't have, yet won't work for. It does work the same in our physical life as well. They want the those blessings Henry speaks of as seen in Psalm 16:11 ..."in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand are pleasures forevermore." (KJV)
When we covet we always want something we don't have. It is either that God has seen fit not to give it to us, or we won't work for it. Have you ever noticed when you covet you only desire the finished product, the cream off the top if you will. Not the ill, someone has, or what it cost them to get it. You only desire the thing that is good in your eyes. Coveting is selfishness! This scripture says they covet greedily (selfishly) all the day long.
Now, notice what the scripture, and the commnentary have to say about the righteous. ..."the righteous giveth and spareth not." Henry says "they have their desires satisfied, they enjoy that satisfaction, and have even further satisfaction in giving to others." How wonderful, for their labour their cups are flowing over, and they not only have blessing to spare but he says, "they are always contriving to give." The scripture says "he giveth and spareth not." They are not afraid of loss, they know their Father's coffers are full and all He has is theirs, and theirs to share.
There are two diametrically opposed attitudes here. It is my prayer that we may laborers not only for the Lord, but in the Lord as well, that we might have that spirit of always contriving to share and to give what we have received so freely, that is so priceless.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. (Pr. 4:18)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I watched Amazing Grace a few months ago, and would recommend it to everyone. I ordered it before it's release in November. While I was waiting for it to be released I decided to research Wilberforce and discovered what an amazing servant of God he was. A British MP who led a 20 year battle to abolish slavery in his country, he has been referred to as "the greatest reformer in history". The distinguished historian G.M. Trevelyan described this accomplishment as " one of the turning points in the history of the world."
I decided to read his biography and also did much of web research which led me to so many other interesting saints as well. When the movie finally arrived I enjoyed it so much more than I'm sure I would have without the research. His was a life that could not be readily captured in 90 min. (not to mention the "artistic license" that screen writers take with some one's life. I've always said if a movie was made on my life I hope they take the liberty of making me taller and thinner!)
William Wilberforce had some pretty amazing contemporaries, such as John Whitfield, John Newton, poet William Cowper, Phillip Doddridge, and so many others. Each of these people became an interesting research journey, and deep source of blessing to me.
Since I presently home school my 16 year old, Frank, we were able to do these things for his schooling. I hope many take the time to research this man's life and see how powerfully the Lord used him. There is so much to glean from these lives, so many untapped blessings.
The biography I chose was A Journey Through The Life of WilliamWilberforce by Kevin Belmonte ( leading Wiberforce scholar & consultant for this movie)...excellent reading. I was very impressed with the degree of history this talented author was able to pack into this little gem. It is just filled with beautiful photographs, and covers in just over 100 pages an incredible amount of Wilberforces life as well as touching on the lives of others who influenced him. This work would definitely be a great addition to any home library.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Last evening we had the privilege of celebrating my husbands parents 50th wedding anniversary. What a wonderful evening spent with our family and their close friends. What a milestone!
We surprised them with a cake showing a photo of what else,
the two of them cutting their wedding cake 50 years ago.
Later in the evening after a WONDERFUL meal we
presented them with a wall clock and a blessing from
Numbers 6:24-26. It seemed like such an appropriate
thing to give a timepiece to two dear people who have
shared the better part of their lives with each other.
Frank wrote a beautiful tribute to his parents, not
only were they blessed by it, but I was as well. I thought
I would share it .
We all join here together
with friends and family dear,
to celebrate whom God hath joined,
and preserved throughout the years.
Perhaps not alway easy;
nothing worth having is,
to sacrifice and work so hard
for those they hold so dear.
Yet not neglect to offer
response to help or plea,
to first think of others always,
and lend help in time of need.
How proud would be your parents,
to see you as today
How proud would be your parents,
You chose a narrow way.
For marriage is a sacred thing
not made for jest or game
for two to come together,
to bond and share a name.
From God who is forever
ten times eternity
did bless us with these marriage vows,
proclaiming all to be.
So we celebrate together
what happened long ago,
as decade met each decade;
your commitment it did grow.
For vows to last these 50 years
old words now ours to wonder;
"what God hath joined together,
let no man put asunder.
And now we lift our glasses,
with occasion to be glad,
for collectively we say to you-
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.
I'm so proud of this tribute, and so very proud of you. I know how blessed your parents were, and I can see in each stanza where your thoughts were as you meditated on this milestone your parents are sharing. Love you.
Friday, February 15, 2008
"Fret not thyself" (Psalm. 37:1).
Do not get into a perilous heat about things. If ever heat were justified, it was surely justified in the circumstances outlined in the Psalm. Evil-doers were moving about clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day. "Workers of iniquity" were climbing into the supreme places of power, and were tyrannizing their less fortunate brethren. Sinful men and women were stalking through the land in the pride of life and basking in the light and comfort of great prosperity, and good men were becoming heated and fretful.
"Fret not thyself." Do not get unduly heated! Keep cool! Even in a good cause, fretfulness is not a wise help-meet. Fretting only heats the bearings; it does not generate the steam. It is no help to a train for the axles to get hot; their heat is only a hindrance. When the axles get heated, it is because of unnecessary friction; dry surfaces are grinding together, which ought to be kept in smooth co-operation by a delicate cushion of oil.
And is it not a suggestive fact that this word "fret" is closely akin to the word "friction," and is an indication of absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God?
In fretfulness, a little bit of grit gets into the bearings--some slight disappointment, some ingratitude, some discourtesy--and the smooth working of the life is checked. Friction begets heat; and with the heat, most dangerous conditions are created.
Do not let thy bearings get hot. Let the oil of the Lord keep thee cool, lest by reason of an unholy heat thou be reckoned among the evil-doers. --The Silver Lining
Dear restless heart, be still; don't fret and worry so;
God has a thousand ways His love and help to show;
Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.
Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God's own smile,
His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile;
Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.
Dear restless heart, be brave; don't moan and sorrow so,
He hath a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow;
Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow.
Dear restless heart, repose upon His breast this hour,
His grace is strength and life, His love is bloom and flower;
Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.
Dear restless heart, be still! Don't struggle to be free;
God's life is in your life, from Him you may not flee;
Just pray, and pray, and pray, till you have faith to see.
--Edith Willis Linn
I was so blessed by this reading today I thought I would share it. It speaks to fretting over evil doers, and we all have situations around us were Satan has his outposts, situations we can't budge. They can be terribly troubling, however what spoke to me is the sneak attacks of those fiery darts we don't see coming. There can be many days where we go about thinking waters are calm and peaceful and suddenly a situation presents itself that throws us. I think the greatest advantage the devil has in these is of course the element of surprise, we don't have time to think, or even send up our "prayer flare".
How important is that time with the Lord early in our day, when we can humbly come before Him and say "Lord I don't know what today holds, maybe it will all be smooth and routine, maybe I'll see a trial coming, maybe I won't. Please heavenly Father whether I've got high hopes and great things planned or not, help me to remember that Your word says we plan our ways "but the Lord directs out steps" Anoint me now with your oil for this day, lest I behave in such a way to grieve You or give cause to Your enemies to blaspheme Your name."
How merciful is our God to go before us, thank you Lord.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
May I introduce you to Biddy, our sweet little Scottie. She is the daily entertainment at our house. She's been with us from the time she was 9 weeks old, and I can hardly believe that is 7 years now. She is the ruler of the back yard and garden. (Above) She saw a chipmunk go in this drain pipe a few years ago and she checks for him regularly, spending summer afternoons "on watch". I really don't think he frequents this spot since her bark probably made him deaf. I just don't have the heart to tell her so, therefore summer after summer she camps here, it seems to keep her happy, and occupied.
One thing is for sure she will miss our neighbor's Golden Retriever, Sara, her backyard buddy, who lost a battle to cancer this fall. She was Biddy "fence friend", as they share the fence dividing our yard with the neighbors. A new fellow has come to live next door, " He's Toby, Biddy, what do you think...hmmm..no, huh?"
Sara & Biddy this past summer
I had an opportunity to share a little of my Valentine's Day with my sweet grandsons, Seamus 2, and Declan 10 mo. You can't beat an armful of loving like this. What could be better...except maybe one more? (What do you think Keriann?) We shared some of Aunt Kate's Valentine cookies, and hugs and kisses....now that's valentines! Thank you Lord.
led by grace that love to know,
Spirit breathing from above,
Thou hast taught me it is so.
O, this full and perfect peace!
O, this transport all divine!
In a love that will not cease,
I am His, and He is mine!
His forever only His;
Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss
Christ can fill the loving heart
Heav'n and earth may fade and flee,
First born light in gloom decline;
But while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine.