Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The future of not just our Nation...



...but the lives of so many babies!


I was visiting Stacy McDonald's blog Your Sacred Calling and was impressed with her comments on a post she did on Barack Obama, and his views on babies, and abortion.
I actually heard the audio clip of Barack making these statements, and they can still be heard by clicking here. It is frightening to think this man could sit in the seat of the highest office in our land.
Stacy did a remarkable job touching on this and I would recommend a visit to her site.
Also there is a site Hand of Hope (not for children) that brings home the stark reality of what this man stands for.

On that note I would like to share the words to a song I heard many years ago by Ray Boltz.

What Was I Supposed to Be?

Jesus walked upon the earth,
On the shores of Galilee,
He'd say to His disciples,
Let the little children come to me,
I wonder if up in heaven,
Do you suppose we'll see
little children asking
what was I supposed to be.

Chorus:
What was I supposed to be,
What were my eyes supposed to see,
And why did I taste of death
before I even drew a breath,
Laid my head at my mother's breast,
to sleep.
Oh Jesus,
What was I supposd to be?

Chorus:
Was I to be a prophet
used in the ministry,
A doctor who would find a cure
for some terrible disease,
Even if I'd been born imperfect
why couldn't my parents see,
That I'd have been made perfect
when you came back for me.
Oh Jesus,
What was I supposed to be?

Chorus:
Oh Jesus, what was I supposed to be,
Oh Jesus, what was I supposed to be.






What's new around the house?



This is my little project. I needed something for over
the sofa in the first floor parlor. I picked this unfinished pine shelf up at A.C. Moore's and stained it with a mahogany gel stain. Frank was kind enough to let me use his wood shop, (it makes me feel real professional).


I was very pleased with how it turned out, the gel stain
was the perfect finish. Sometimes pine grabs stain in a very unevenpattern. The gel was very easy to work with also.


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This is Frank's latest project. He has been working on this for awhile since real life keeps him quite busy. He really is such a craftsman. He asked what I wanted and he built it. I just love it, and him for building it for me!


Thanks, Honey...good job!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

I Got Mail...


... the best kind!, I can't wait to get into these. I just finished Aunt Jane's Hero by E. Prentiss and decided to read a little on the author.

and...

I love the ladies who have the Girl Talk blog, and visit that site just about every day. Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters are such a blessing. I am looking forward to reading Carolyn's, Feminine Appeal. I was surprised and pleased to see the forward was written by Nancy Leigh DeMoss!

I am however determined not to neglect the other books "on the reading table".
I hope to do a little review on each when I finish. I am having such fun.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

In Reading & Review

I've had my eye on this book for sometime, and found it popular among many on the blogosphere as a favorite read, so I decided to put it off no longer.

Although I am presently in other titles and don't usually juggle my reading attentions, I decided "what's one more".

As I was able to find this 1912 edition on the net, (I always enjoy a book so much more when I can get a hold of an antiquarian edition), I jumped right into it. I am so thankful I did not put it off, and finished it inside of a week.

What an incredible piece of work, following this young woman's life from her sixteenth birthday, until the twilight of her life was an amazing journey, I truly could not put it down.

Elizabeth Prentiss created a lifetime masterpiece when she put her hand to this work, and it should be read by everyone. I was especially taken with the candid day to day struggles this young woman faced in her daily Christian life.

Nothing could be more encouraging these days than realizing you are not the only one who still struggles with the old man, that this life is a school of learning what sinful creatures we really are, and how great our Saviors loving kindness, and long suffering is for us.

It depicts each of the joys and trials that our Saviour sends our way as ordained in such love, and for our very best, that we cannot help but thank Him for each and every one of them.
All of the little unseemly battles of attitude, and flesh are met with in the life of this young woman who desires to live a life for Christ, and yet struggles with her own thoughts of self righteousness, the sinful flesh that keeps manifesting itself in her, (which she so despises and longs to overcome), and the battle to lay down her life, and die daily, for her Saviour.


This book is a wonderful minister for young women still under their parents instruction, and authority, as well as young women who have embraced being a wife and mother. I can tell you that after 20 years of marriage, and three children, this book deals with every thing women experience in their journey to be a woman after God's own heart.

You won't find any easy answers in this young woman's journey, as every battle that is fought finds it's victory in mortifying the flesh, and yielding to the Spirit.


What makes this story so endearing is that is is written in journal form, and therefore brings you into the very trials, and tears, as well as the joys and victories this precious girl faces. You will find yourself sympathizing with her, scolding her, and rejoicing with her. But most of all you will see yourself, and your Savior in ways you never have before!


This is one of those rare books that you will want to read again, and maybe even again after that!

Friday, May 16, 2008

I Corinthians 13:7




Love bears all things...


In Reading & Review



I'm in the middle of reading several books right now, not the usual for me, I mainly stick to one until I see it through. However, I am having a lot of fun mixing it up.
I just recently purchased this book for Kaitlyn and Frank, "Do Hard Things" by Alex, and Brett Harris,
the creators of the site "The Rebelution" .
The book arrived in Tuesday's mail and I decided to read it first, as I was intrigued by the reviews I had read, and I wanted to see what kind of 'hard things' this book was about.

I am surprised to say I am more than half way through it, and I am very impressed at the challenge this book presents to our next generation to rise above mediocrity. Anyone, regardless of their age, would feel challenged reading this book.

They are able to present the battle we face in life with the mediocrity of "good enough", and the complacency of living life in our "comfort zone. They unmask these issues in an incredible thought provoking way, and uncover snares that we fall prey to set by a common enemy whom we all have, who would like nothing more to see us miss out on all that we could become in Christ.


Alex and Brett encourage young people to make the very most of their lives for Christ now, not someday, not when they "grow up".

The Harris' draw from present day youth and their determination to be their best for Christ, in overcoming their flesh and the "status quo" , as well as giving historical examples of young lives that God used.

Definitely a book for those who want to break free of the mold of "trying to be like every one else" and be the individuals God created, and purposed for them to be...for His glory!





Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Honorable Title of "Mother"

and the most beautiful reasons the Lord has allowed me to call it mine...


Keriann

Frank, & Kate




You know what guys?
I'd do it all again!
I love you, Keriann, Frank, and Kaitlyn!
Mom

Her children arise up, and call her blessed...Proverbs 31:29

This is my dear mother, Joan, with Keriann, and Kaitlyn Michelle.



My "mother-in-love" Carol, with my grandson, Seamus

The two ladies the Lord has chosen in my life to hold the honorable title of "Mother".

It is very hard to look back over so many years of your life and try to put into words how much someone means to you. I have learned so much from them both, and I am thankful for the Lord's providence in placing them in my life.
I am very thankful for the examples they have set for me, of giving, and sacrifice, for all the love, laughter, tears and memories we share.

But most of all, I am thankful for their faithful love!
God bless you both!
I love you!