Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My God, with His lovingkindness, will meet me.
-Psalm 59:10, Revised Version of 1901
To some of us, there often comes a sense of the vastness of things and of our own significance that it can be a shaking ting. It can even shake our faith in the truth that our Father regards with compassion even the fall of a single sparrow. (Matthew 10:29)
To me, one of the proofs that God's hand is behind and all throughout this marvelous Book we call the Bible is the way it continually touches upon this very fear in us-the fear that we are so insignificant as to be forgotten. That we are nothing. Unconsciously, His word meets this fear and answers it- not always by a direct statement, but often by giving a simple, loving little story.
Daniel. for instance, was so overwhelmed by his supernatural vision of the vast majestic march of history and the glory of the Lord that his physical strength vanished - until "a hand touched me" (Daniel 8:8-10)
John, looking through the thin veil of time into eternity, saw his Lord - the Lord he had seen pierced - now holding in His hand seven stars. John declares: " I fell at His feet as though dead." Immediately - just as though this fallen one mattered more than the seven stars - "He placed His right hand upon me" (Revelation 1:16-17).
Isn't it beautiful that there was no rebuke at all for their human weakness? And their never is a rebuke at all for our weakness either. "The soul of the wounded calls for help, and God does not regard it as foolish" (Job 24:12, Rotherham)
He comforts. He lays His right hand on the soul wounded by weariness, or fear, of any kind of weakness at all. And He says, as if that one were the only one in all the universe:
"O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee. Be strong - yea, be strong! (Daniel 10:19 Rotherham)
Thou Givest - They Gather: pp20-21
My Father, as if I am the only one in Your universe right now...as if You are all that matters in mine...Forgive me the days I thought meeting with You was insignificant compared with all I had to do.
I come quietly to meet You, Father...needing to be loved...and needing to love You.
Amy Carmichael - I Come Quietly to Meet You
Sunday, June 15, 2008
My own Kaitlyn Michelle at I Stand Redeemed tagged me for a book Meme, I am sure I broke the rules in my answers. It is so hard to pick just one :)
Who is your all time favorite author?
This is a difficult choice for me, as I many of the books I read vary in genres. Spiritually Phillip Doddridge and Oswald Chambers are easily my favorites! I have also enjoyed many of the writings of William Wilberforce.
As far as biographies go I would have to say David McCasland and Kevin Belmonte,as for World Views that would be C.S. Lewis.
My favorite novelists are Elizabeth Prentiss ,Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and L.T. Meade.
Who is the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?
Elizabeth Prentiss, definitely. Stepping Heavenward is a priceless work, and definitely made this dear Christian lady a first class author in my opinion. She has such an ability to inspire one to godliness, and she captures life in it's truest reality.
Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her to be among your favorites?
Definitely Beatrix Potter! I'm sure she is!
If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?
Phillip Dodderidge, and Elizabeth Prentiss
*I decided to add a question to this little Meme...
List your favorite books from the following genres:
1. Spiritual - The Rise & Progress of Religion In The Soul
2. Novel- Stepping Heavenward
3.Biography/Autobio- Oswald Chambers, Abandoned To God
Hilda Rebecca at Promise Christian Academy
- Link to the person that tagged you.
- Post the rules somewhere in your meme.
- Answer the questions.
- Tag people in your post.
- Let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.
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Friday, June 13, 2008
I'm looking forward to getting started on a blanket for the new baby as soon as we confirm if the baby is pink or blue:)
I feel kind of challenged as I never used an actual pattern, I made them up as I went along. I may do a pattern this time. (I just hate following directions, as I tend to lose my place, and I hate going back and counting everything). Anyhow I'm truly a novice, and knit and crochet simply for fun, and love. I think these sweeties are inspiration enough and I think they actually make my work look good. Thanks boys!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
We were very excited this past week that Keriann was going for her 20 weekultra-sound. This meant we were going to find out who our next little blessing was going to be.
I was very excited because I've been waiting to start a blanket, and was anxious to know whether to get pink, and lavender, or blue, green and yellow yarn.
Kate, Frank and I went down to sit with Seamus and Declan while Keri and Casey went of for the test. (It seems I always end up watching those two, and I can't tell you how all that hugging and kissing them can wear one out!) I figured I'd run right out for the yarn when they got back.
Well as it turns out, Keri's OB is going away for several weeks and sent her for the ultrasound a few weeks early. That means the sex of the baby is questionable at this stage. They said what they believed the baby was, but I'm not going to mention it as it is still up in the air so to speak. I'll wait until Dr. Z get's back and does another one. Until then, no yarn.
This must be one of my lessons in patience!