Sunday, November 27, 2011

"Black" Friday Indeed

Greed! Materialism! Gotta have it at any cost! That is what Black Friday is really all about. It's I'm going to get what I want and if you get in my way, watch out mentality.
I just can't believe the terrible things I've been hearing about that's happened at some stores on Black Friday. A shopper pepper sprays customers so she can get ahead of them to get some cheap game system. Really lady? Is a game worth losing your family possibly forever because you will be in prison?
The guy  who shot a shopper who refused to give up his purchases, because he was too lazy and/or cheap to go and buy his own stuff and the granddaddy of all chutzpa is the poor man who collapsed at a store and died while shoppers stepped over him instead of  helping him. Did they think perhaps he was drunk and had passed out? At least some nurses finally came to his aid but by then it was too late.

This is what happens when people store their treasures on earth. Jesus warns us against such behavior.  You can't take it with you folks! Wouldn't it be awesome if the popular stores like Walmart, Target etc refused to participate in Black Friday? Wouldn't it be great if all the stores did this?
They could do Cyber Monday instead or even just open at their regular hour and close a little later without having a gynormous sale. But unfortunately that will never happen :(


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful for so many things. I'm thankful for my family. My husband and children are such blessings to me. I'm thankful for my father in law even though I don't always have patience with him due to his dementia it's always good to know the Lord has given him another day on earth.
I'm especially thankful for the Lord Jesus Christ for without Him I would probably be a mess.

Even though Thanksgiving is a day to say thanks, we need to be thankful everyday not just one day out of the year.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

20!

Jim-Bob and Michelle have announced they are expecting their 20th blessing and I'm totally excited for them. The Lord has been so good to them by bringing baby Josie out of a life-threatening premature birth and now she is almost two. What a precious doll she is!

There are critics who complain about "overpopulation" and that we have too many people on the planet even though sadly people are dying everyday so I don't see how in the world they claim the world is over populated.  I guess when Joe wants to propose marriage to Mary will he have to tell her they need to wait until they are senior citizens to get married so they don't have children? Will this make the population control "experts" happy?

Anyway, the Duggars are awesome role models and I wonder how many people have come to the Lord due to their ministry on the show? I know I have been inspired to have a calmer spirit when it comes to my children. I have learned to trust God in all things like they have done and know that God causes all to work for good. Even when things are hopeless God is there working to bring things to His glory.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Haven't Posted Lately

I apologize for not posting lately. I especially apologize for not posting the weekly hymns. So many things have been going on in my mind. I think I had posted that I have started to having singing as part of my morning devotional time with God. Some of the songs I have been singing involve bringing the lost to Christ and revival.

My heart yearns especially for all those of Hollywood who are lost. So many of them are counting on their money, looks and success to bring them happiness but unfortunately these people are truly unhappy. If only they would just turn their hearts towards God and repent of their sin.

Then there;s the OCCUPY movement who aren't making their cause any better by breaking the law. Such a fallen world we live in.

On a postive note our family through a $1.00 off coupon has been introduced to Nutella. Nutella is a hazelnut/cocoa spread that I told myself I would never buy such a product because I thought it was taste terrible. After seeing a commercial for it I thought I would give it a try. I got the coupon for $1.00 off and it happpened to be on sale so I bought it and my children were the first to try it. Can I say it was love at first taste? I tasted and so did my husband and we are now hooked on Nutella!
You use it on toast, crackers, whatever. My daughter Miranda said you can use it on a spoon! Yes I did take just a tiny bit with the sppon and ate it straight from the jar but because it has a lot of sugar we really won't be doing that. And though we really like the Nutella nothing beats good ole peanut butter!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hallelujah Praise Jehovah

I also sang this during my devotion time. I had never thought about singing during my devotion time with the Lord. Just this week I decided to add singing as part of my prayer and Bible reading.
This is a beautiful hymn
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/p/r/hpraisj1.htm


Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,


O my soul, Jehovah praise;

I will sing the glorious praises

Of my God through all my days.

Put no confidence in princes,

Nor for help on man depend;

He shall die, to dust returning,

And his purposes shall end.



Happy is the man that chooses

Israel’s God to be his aid;

He is blest whose hope of blessing

On the Lord his God is stayed.

Heaven and earth the Lord created,

Seas and all that they contain;

He delivers from oppression,

Righteousness He will maintain.



Food He daily gives the hungry,

Sets the mourning prisoner free,

Raises those bowed down with anguish,

Makes the sightless eyes to see.

Well Jehovah loves the righteous,

And the stranger He befriends,

Helps the fatherless and widow,

Judgment on the wicked sends.



Hallelujah, praise Jehovah,

O my soul, Jehovah praise;

I will sing the glorious praises

Of my God through all my days.

Over all God reigns forever,

Through all ages He is King;

Unto Him, thy God, O Zion,

Joyful hallelujahs sing.

Covered by the Blood

I had to share this song. I sang it during my devotion time and I'm so glad my sins are covered by the blood!
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/c/o/v/covblood.htm

Once in sin’s darkest night I was wand’ring alone;


A stranger to mercy I stood.

But the Savior came nigh

When he heard my faint cry,

And He put my sins under the blood.



Refrain



They are covered by the blood;

They are covered by the blood;

My sins are all covered by the blood.

Mine iniquities so vast

Have been blotted out at last,

My sins are all covered by the blood.



From the burden I carried now I am set free,

For Jesus has lifted my load.

O the love and the grace I received in its place

When he put my sins under the blood.



Refrain



I can ne’er understand why He sought even me,

Why His lifeblood on Calvary flowed.

But sufficient for me,

Since He died on the tree,

He hath put my sins under the blood.



Refrain



Now He comes to my heart and removes ev’ry care;

He bears all my cumbering load.

In a pathway replete

With His love are my feet,

Since He put my sins under the blood.



Refrain


Friday, October 7, 2011

Husband's Take

My husband just finished Ornament of a Spirit and his opinion is about the same as mine. He saw all the pictures of the various styles of hanging veils and kapps and was surprised there were so many. His only frame of reference as far as coverings are the hanging veil I wear which is worn by our Conservative Mennonites friends and one style of kapp worn by my friends in PA.

We both came to the conclusion that if we were part of a conservative Anabaptist church then perhaps it would matter. We both realize that the kapp identifies them as Anabaptists but isn't it better be known as a Christian first and Anabaptist second?
Would the early Anabaptist martyrs be happy with the debate over whether a kapp is acceptable or a veil?
Do we veil wearers want to argue that the kapp is wrong?

Sunday, October 2, 2011

And Can It Be

I'm sure I have posted this hymn before but I love it and we sang it at church today. The verses don't seem to be in the same order as we sang in church but it is still a beautiful hymn. Thank you Jesus!

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/a/c/a/acanitbe.htm


And can it be that I should gain


An interest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain—

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?



’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:

Who can explore His strange design?

In vain the firstborn seraph tries

To sound the depths of love divine.

’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,

Let angel minds inquire no more.

’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;

Let angel minds inquire no more.



He left His Father’s throne above

So free, so infinite His grace—

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam’s helpless race:

’Tis mercy all, immense and free,

For O my God, it found out me!

’Tis mercy all, immense and free,

For O my God, it found out me!



Long my imprisoned spirit lay,

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.



Still the small inward voice I hear,

That whispers all my sins forgiven;

Still the atoning blood is near,

That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.

I feel the life His wounds impart;

I feel the Savior in my heart.

I feel the life His wounds impart;

I feel the Savior in my heart.



No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;

Alive in Him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Bold I approach th’eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

One More Thing

The book also mentions that some ladies find the kapp diffucult to sew. Perhaps one Saturday a month or more perhaps the ladies could get together for a sewing session to learn how to make the kapp. It is so much more fun to learn to sew with other ladies. It can be a special time for the sisters of the church to bond together.

Book Review- The Ornament of a Spirit

 I just finished reading Cory Anderson's  book The Ornament of a Spirit and frankly I was a bit offended. I know that's not his intention but he almost made it sound as though the cap coverings are the only acceptable coverings for sisters in the Anabaptist churches. He seems to think the hanging veil which some of the Mennonite and Amish-Mennonite groups have started using have become "smaller,more transparent or more stylish" I guess he figures the caps or kapps as they are sometimes called are being tossed out because some churches think they are " Old-fashioned or too plain"

Now I'm going to have to disagree with this notion. I see pictures of ladies with the kapp coverings and I personally find them more "fancy" if you will, than a hanging veil that is just a plain white no fancy stuff added. My veils are certainly "boring" compared to the caps although I do have a couple with  tiny scalloped edges.

Personally I think the Anabaptist churches that want to allow the hanging veil could have some sort of guidelines so that there isn't any problems with size, color etc. If they want veils to be opaque then they need to decide that what they want to do.

Our friends in Gorman and Frazier Park,CA are Mennonite and the sisters there wear white hanging veils. Does this make them less of a Mennonite because they don't wear kapps? Most importantly does this make them less of a Christian?

I Corinthians 11:1-15 doesn't say what style of covering to wear. When people start making man made rules about what is a covering and what isn't then it becomes  a "Thus saith Brother So and So" or  the scripture because " An Anabaptist woman who prayeth with her kapp off her head dishonoreth her head" making it seem that only like only Anabaptist women should obey I Corinthians 11 or even wear a kapp covering.
I don't know what your Bible says but my Bible definitely doesn't say that!

Having said all that I think Mr.Anderson's book is interesting but I think he has put too much emphasis or the style of covering and I think he should be thrilled that there are congregations whether they are Anabaptist or not who are obeying the scripture.



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Continuing From Yesterday

 We also need to pray with and for our children. There is nothing like the power of prayer. It's good for our children to see us praying because it encourages them to do the same.My mother prayed for us when we were little and it is because of those prayers I am where I am today.

 Have you ever heard little ones pray? Oh their prayers are so sweet! It encourages us parents to watch our children's prayer life grow.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Oh the Joy of Harvest and More

Yesterday Kaitlyn and I harvested some of our mini pumpkins and we are so excited. This is our first year doing pumpkins and we have many other plants to harvest such as peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes.
We are grateful for the harvest of our first year of gardening. God is good.

I wish it were time for our orange tree but it won't produce fruit until next year. We are definitely excited about that! Our family loves oranges and I can see smoothies in our future!

Lately in our neighborhood I've seen an increased numbers of skateboarders and bicycles. It would appear that with the high cost of gas many people are using alternate modes of transportation. Many of these boarders are older dads in their late thirties and early forties.

I honestly don't blame these people. If it were possible for us, we would definitely use bikes or skateboards to get around. It would look rather funny though for a family of skateboarders to show up for church on Sunday mornings. LOL
Our pastor and his family live just a few blocks from church so they cut down on their gas usage by walking to church except when the weather is bad.

Awhile back I posted about my faith being tested about an issue that I and a family member share.
She assured me that we were correct about what we believe because the Bible confirms it.

My concern was about children and their salvation. I do not believe that a young child who dies is going to hell because he or she didn't accept Christ into their heart as their Lord and Savior before they passed away. We as Christian parents however are to instruct our children about the Lord and what He did on the cross. We need to be godly examples to them.

To be continued...

Monday, September 26, 2011

I Like to Think

Okay I was sitting in church yesterday morning. We were visiting our friends and we went to their church. There church is Conservative Mennonite so I was looking at all the various coverings the ladies were wearing. Mostly I saw white hanging veils and there was one blue hanging veil. I thought of the book "An Ornament of a Spirit" by Cory Anderson which I will be borrowing from one of my blog followers and I saw absolutely nothing wrong with these coverings.

One might even argue that kapp coverings are wrong which I don't believe is true not one bit. I hope by reading Cory's book I hope to understand why he has a problem with churches switching to hanging veils.




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Ramblings from Me

My daughter is watching a movie called "The Conspirator' which is based on the true story of Mary Surratt who was accused of helping to plot the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. She was found guilty and was hung though she maintained she was innocent. She was the first woman to be executed by the U.S. federal government.
Today there is a man in Georgia on death row Troy Davis who is set to be executed tonight unless he gets a stay of execution. He says he innocent of killing a police officer in 1989 and so do many of his supporters say he is innocent.
He has supporters from all over the globe including the Pope, former President Jimmy Carter and a former FBI director to name a few. So what is the point of my post today?

I don't know if Troy Davis is guilty or if Mary Surrat was guilty. Only they and God knows what really happened. I often wonder how many prisoners over the years have been put to death who were actually innocent?
What does Jesus mean when he tells us not to kill? If someone killed one of my loved ones, would I want the wrong person executed? Would I want the right person executed? Would Jesus want him executed?
Just some thoughts I was having and I just read that the State Supreme court has denied Troy's request for a stay so he will be executed tonight.
May God have mercy on his soul and that of the executioners souls for that matter.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Faith Being Challenged

My faith is being challenged these days. I'm wondering about some issues and it's rather hard to know what is right. We will be visiting our Mennonite friends soon and I have many questions for them regarding a particular subject I won't go into right now.  Pray that God will speak directly through them to my husband and me and my questions will be answered.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

I Stand Amazed at His Presence

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.
Refrain
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!
For me it was in the garden
He prayed: Not My will, but Thine.
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.
Refrain
In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.
Refrain
He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.
Refrain
When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.
Refrain

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Random Thoughts

 I was listening to a CD message today called Ornament of a Spirit-Why Covering Styles Change. By covering I'm referring to women's headcoverings.(See 1 Cor. 11:1-15) The speaker Cory Anderson has a book by the same title and in it he is addressing mainly the Conservative Anabaptists and speaking about how they have changed  the coverings over time in some of their churches. Currently as far as churches that practice the covering there are only a few such as the Coservative Anabaptists(Mennonite, Hutterite,Amish etc) Apostolic Christian, German Baptists and a few others.

Anyway, getting back to Cory's book in it he addresses how many of the Conservative Anabaptist churches have changes in their covering styles. I guess many of these churches use the kapp style coverings but some churches are either allowing smaller coverings or the cloth veil.

Now I haven't read this book yet so I'm really not sure what the big deal is about. I guess the kapp has always been identified with the Conservative Anabaptists and perhaps the veil is confusing to people?
I don't know. I plan to order the book and after I read it for myself, I will post my thoughts about it.

We visit friends once in awhile who are Mennonite and the ladies wear a hanging veil like the one I wear. By the way, I'm not Conservative Anabaptist but the Lord convicted me on the headcovering issue sevral years ago and I feel it is a scripture I need to obey. It is not a Conservative Anabaptist teaching either.

We went to a Mennonite baptism and there were families from out of CA visiting  for the ceremony and the  those ladies wore kapps. They didn't seem bothered by the veils and the veiled ladies didn't seem bothered by the kapps.

Personally, I don't think it matters whether a woman wear a kapp or a hanging veil. If she wants to cover her head according to scripture, then it really doesn't matter. Of course if she is part of a church that has a preferred covering, then she should go with that church's standard.

Switching gears, I can't believe fall is almost here! Our pumpkins are all mostly in and more or coming. We are growing miniature pumpkins but we have so many that  we will need to give some away.
I need to put up some cranberry sauce for all the holidays that are just around the corner. There is just something about homemade cranberry sauce that you just don't get in a can. (Sorry Ocean Spray!)

Well that's my rambling for today!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Eternal Father, When to Thee

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/e/f/efw2thee.htm

Eternal Father, when to Thee,
Beyond all worlds, by faith I soar,
Before Thy boundless majesty
I stand in silence, and adore.

But Savior, Thou art by my side;
Thy voice I hear, Thy face I see:
Thou art my Friend, my daily Guide;
God over all, yet God with me.

And Thou, great Spirit, in my heart,
Dost make Thy temple day by day;
The Holy Ghost of God Thou art,
Yet dwellest in this house of clay.

Blest Trinity, in whom alone
All things created move or rest,
High in the heavens Thou hast Thy throne;
Thou hast Thy throne within my breast.

Spanking From the Lord

Nothing hurts more than a spanking from the Lord and boy did it sting! It doesn't really matter what I did but basically God closed the door to something but I really didn't seem to hear it.
I tried to make something happen this week that my husband had already said no to. But I didn't hear it because I really thought this particular thing was the Lord's plan but God had said no too.
As a result of my trying to usurp authority my husband was hurt by my actions and I had to ask him and God for forgiveness.
I had never felt so miserable in my life! I'm doing better today. I'm so thankful that my sin is forgiven! God is so good even when he disciplines us it is for our own good and we learn from our mistakes.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just Pondering

Last Sunday New York held several gay weddings and this triggered many Christians many Christians to come out to protest. Personally I think instead of spending their Sunday protesting I think the time would have been better spent at church services praying and worshipping the Lord.
Many Christians are anxiously awaiting and hoping for Christ's return soon but fail to remember all the scriptures that point to signs of Christ's return.

Rom 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.






Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:





Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.





Rom 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:





Rom 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.





Rom 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;





Rom 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,





Rom 1:30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,





Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:





Rom 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.


These are the things that have to happen before Christ's return. And there are many more scriptures besides these that point to signs of Christ's return. So instead of getting all up in arms we Christians need to be rejoicing that soon our blessed Savior will be returning. Yes we have to deal with some unpleasant things in this life but God is in control and He knows what He is doing!

I'm sure people will be offended by this post considering those who know me know I'm very quiet and soft spoken. It is not my intention to offend but to share from God's Word.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

So Tragic :(

You know I  don't know anything about Amy Winehouse's music. I didn't even know really what she looked liked but I had heard of her because of her troubling life.

Now she is gone into eternity and at only age 27. It's always such a tragedy when such young celebs pass away because oftentimes it due to addiction and even more tragic when they die without Christ. I'm not going to speculate what happened to her but right now her family could really use some prayers. There will be a lot of gossip, half truth and all out lies surrouding Amy's death and her family will need lots and lots of prayer support to get them through the coming days.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

No Subject

I'm rebelling and refuse to put a title on my blog entry : D
I really don't have a title because my entry isn't about anything particular. I guess that's the beauty of blogging. It doesn't really need to be about anything.

So my cucumber plants have grown cute little "cucumber babies" that will grow into full size cucumbers in a few weeks. We are looking forward to a nice harvest and will share because the plants are producing many  of these babies. I also noticed out tomato plant is finally in the stage to bloom flowers. Tomatoes with cucumbers sprinkled with a little salad dressing! Yum Mo!

Tim and Miranda worked on the side yard today digging up weeds. We are the weeds family because the weeds are taller than I am! We really have no excuse for allowing the weeds to get so out of control.  It's just sheer slothfulness and it doesn't make for good Christian witness I'm afraid.

Perhaps we can get it done enough to be able to get to our fruit trees which are done for the year. We had a decent harvest enough to make jam and some fruit to put up for fall and winter.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Who Are We to Judge??

So many people are so upset over the not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony. Who are we to judge whether she did it or not? Only she and God knows the truth of what happened to Caylee and if she is truly guilty she will face God's judgement. If she is truly not guilty then we need to pray the real person is found. So what should Christians be doing now? We need to be praying for Casey. She is very hated right now and the media is having a field day with this whole thing. She was found guilty of some lesser counts so will probably still face jail time

The media was obsessed with the case and as one angry reporter on CNN said Casey has become a "celebrity" and she compared the case to OJ Simpson, Robert Blake and a couple of other high profile celebrities who were aquitted of crimes. The woman kept going on and on about Casey being attractive and she a celebrities and blah blah blah.

The sad truth of the matter is the media couldn't stop talking about  it. They are the ones who made her a "celebrity". Even that horrible gossip show 'Showbiz Tonight" was talking about it. Since when does a baby's murder trial become entertainment? The media seemed more obsessed with this case than they did with Susan Smith the woman who drowned her babies nearly 17 years ago.
Okay I just needed to vent a little. This whole case is so sad.

Monday, July 4, 2011

CVS Extreme Couponing Experience

A couple of weeks ago CVS had ZhuZhu pets hamsters on sale at 5 for $10 which two of my girls have gotten into since they bought a set at our annual used curriculum sale last month.
I noticed CVS had a bunch of deals where you get EBs(Extra Bucks) for buying certain items which we needed such a body wash, deodorant etc. By the time I had purchased all the items I had earned $17 dollars in EB's plus a 30% off coupon for our next purchase so the next time we went to CVS we got the five hamsters, some iced tea and a magazine and after using all the EBs and 30% off coupon my grand total was 55 cents! I couldn't believe it! I'm like where is the TV camera!
So my advice, watch and save those EBs from CVS. You next purchase could be free!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Hymn- For One Imprisoned for Righteousness Sake

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/f/o/r/foroneim.htm

Father of everlasting grace,


Thy awful providence we own,

Holy and just are all Thy ways,

Thy name be praised, Thy will be done.



Thy wise permissive will be bliss

Which lets the sons of night succeed,

With lawless might Thy servant seize

And trample on his guiltless head.



By Satan into prison cast,

His bonds Thy Gospel shall proclaim,

And Thou shalt bring him forth at last,

In honor of Thy glorious name.



Lord, we believe against his foes,

Thou soon shalt laugh their rage to scorn,

Confound who Thee and Thine oppose,

And all their hellish strength overturn

Please Pray for This Family

 Some of you who are on Conservative Anabaptist/ Mennonite Yahoogroups or are part of a Conservative Mennonite church might have heard the news story regarding Timothy "Timo" Miller.
The details are to complicated to put here so I will post a link to Timo's page. Please read the story and be sure to sign up for updates on his case.
http://www.timomiller.org/index.htm

Please pray for Timo and his wife and children. This has got to be a very difficult time for them and they need Christian prayer warriors who will commit to prayer each day. And pray for Lisa Miller one of the parties involved in the case( no relation to Timothy Miller) and her daughter Isabella that the Lord will protect them wherever they are. As you will read they have fled the U.S.
If you have ever read  the book A Song for Your Honor( available at www.clp.org) you know what Lisa is going through and what Timo is experiencing.

I would recommend not reading the secular news versions of the story because we know the press has a way of twisting the truth and making us Christians look like brainwashed, bigoted idiots.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Entry With No Name

I really couldn't think of a title for today's entry. I know it's been awhile since I wrote anything about my life. I even missed the hymn for the week.
Life has been an adventure seems like it. But I suppose the Christian life is an adventure of sorts. You never know what's around the corner and you don't know how you are going to react when the unexpected happens. Just know that God is there to get you through the storms of life.

I recently started reading The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Ormitian(I probably spelled that wrong) and I must confess it is a hard read. Hard because it's so convicting and her words are straight from the Bible. I think every Christian wife or wife to be needs to read this book.

Another book every Christian man and woman needs to read is The Kingdom That Turned the World Upside Down by David Bercot. Bro David doesn't beat around the bush in his words. I think some Christians might be offended because they don't want to hear the truth about conforming to the world which is exactly what many Christians (myself included) have done. It is not an easy thing to admit but it is so easy to allow little things in your life that are of the world and then a little more compromise and then a little more.

I know there are things in my life I need to deal with in order to lead a more godly life. I don't want anything in my life that is displeasing to the Lord.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hymn- And Can it Be

This hymn is also known as Amazing Love! How Can it Be. The Cyber Hymnal has the hymn as it was originally written by Charles Wesley so you might not know the other lyrics.  I didn't recognize the song at first yesterday when I was searching for it. Most hymnaIs use the last two lines in the first verse has the refrain now. We sang this at church yesterday and at a hymn sing later in the day  too. I just marvel at God's love for us. This song just speaks volumes of God's love for his children.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/a/c/a/acanitbe.htm



And can it be that I should gain


An interest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain—

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?



’Tis mystery all: th’Immortal dies:

Who can explore His strange design?

In vain the firstborn seraph tries

To sound the depths of love divine.

’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,

Let angel minds inquire no more.

’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore;

Let angel minds inquire no more.



He left His Father’s throne above

So free, so infinite His grace—

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam’s helpless race:

’Tis mercy all, immense and free,

For O my God, it found out me!

’Tis mercy all, immense and free,

For O my God, it found out me!



Long my imprisoned spirit lay,

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quickening ray—

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

My chains fell off, my heart was free,

I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.



Still the small inward voice I hear,

That whispers all my sins forgiven;

Still the atoning blood is near,

That quenched the wrath of hostile Heaven.

I feel the life His wounds impart;

I feel the Savior in my heart.

I feel the life His wounds impart;

I feel the Savior in my heart.



No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;

Alive in Him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach th’eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Bold I approach th’eternal throne,

And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

I Love to Tell the Story

This is a wonderful hymn I heard fopr the first time about a year or two ago. I hope you like it as much as I do.
http://www.biblestudycharts.com/HH_I_Love_To_Tell_The_Story.html

 I love to tell the story of unseen things above,


Of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love.

I love to tell the story, because I know 'tis true;

It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.





I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.





I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems

Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.

I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;

And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.





I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.





I love to tell the story; 'tis pleasant to repeat

What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.

I love to tell the story, for some have never heard

The message of salvation from God's own holy Word.





I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.





I love to tell the story, for those who know it best

Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.

And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,

'Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.





I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory,

To tell the old, old story of Jesus and his love.


Friday, May 27, 2011

What I Have Been Up To

I had problems with our computer monitor and I hadn't been able to post. We finally picked up a nice flat wide screen monitor at the thrift store. We all really like it because it's so wide. I saw a wide screen monitor at Best Buy about a month ago and was thinking how nice it would be to have a wider screen. It is much better on my old eyes!

Lately I've been thinking about how to say money on groceries so I have been trying to use coupons alot. With Tim not working regularly we really have needed to watch our spending.  We have been watching Extreme Couponing on TLC to learn how to save money. Some of the shoppers on the show seem to buy things they don't need or won't use while others shop and buy extra items to donate to charity. On TLC's Extreme Coupon page there are links to blogs of some of the shoppers who have or will be on the show.
I found blogs for two Christian moms who extreme coupon and they buy enough items to donate to their food banks, shelters etc.

So I've found several coupon sites and I try to find the best deals. Today was my first day at trying to use as many coupons as possible for the items we buy all the time. We still ended up spending just over $200 but it was at $280 before the coupons so I guess it's better than nothing.
I just need to learn more skills like the shoppers on the show. If you have never seen it before you must watch it on TLC on Wednesday nights from 9-10(two half hour episodes). I thought these shoppers were crazy because some if not all keep their coupons in a binder with pockets. When I saw this I thought that was over the top but DH and I were talking about it and it makes so much more sense. No more hunting around for the coupons you cut out on Sunday.
I bought a photo album with pockets from the thrift store a couple of days ago, attached post it dividers (I got these free from a friend!) and added my coupons.

I really want to be a good steward of the money that God has blessed us with. This is the reason why I want to save at the grocery store. I also want to be able to bless others with the money we can save if we shop wisely.

My husband was just here and he reminded me of the free money we got from CVS today. We earned $5 in bonus bucks for buying two bottles of Advil  at $7.98 each for which I had a $4 off two, another $5 for two packs of Therma Care which I had a $1 off coupon, and another $5 because we bought two bottles of Irish Spring deodorant plus they added another $5 for a total of $20 in bonus bucks and they can all be used at the same time. I was looking at my receipt and I guess they call them ExtraCare Bucks now instead of bonus bucks but thy are definitely a bonus for us :-)
So I guess I just need to learn how to save like I did at CVS.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Is it Worth it??

Once in awhile, well actually yesterday I was wondering if trying to raise godly Christian daughters is worth the fights and hassles that a Christian parent has to go through. Perhaps if we had raised them differently, listen to the Lord more and less to what other so called Christians do.

I'm having a battle with one of my teenage daughter over an issue and right now I'm feeling like the bad guy in the family. All I want is for all my children to be totally on fire for Jesus and not listen to the world's twisted ideas.

I'm in Yahoogroups and there are mothers who share about their heartbreak over their wayward children and I fear that will happen with mine.
How does one raise their children and not have any issues with them especially during their teen years?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

O Worship the King

This is a wonderful hymn that we sang at church today. We don't always sing hymns and so I was happy when we sang this today.
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/o/w/t/owtking.htm

O Worship the King

O worship the King, all glorious above,


O gratefully sing His power and His love;

Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days,

Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.



O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,

Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,

His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,

And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.



The earth with its store of wonders untold,

Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;

Established it fast by a changeless decree,

And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.



Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?

It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;

It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,

And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.



Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,

In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;

Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,

Our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend.



O measureless might! Ineffable love!

While angels delight to worship Thee above,

The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,

With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Hymn-Mother's Prayers Have Followed Me

I know this is late but I was busy today. I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. This is a wonderful hymn I found and I dedicate it to mothers who have prayed for their children into adulthood.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/m/o/t/mothersp.htm

I grieved my Lord from day to day


I scorned His love so full and free,

And though I wandered far away,

My mother’s prayers have followed me.



Refrain



I’m coming home, I’m coming home,

To live my wasted life anew,

For mother’s prayers have followed me,

Have followed me, the whole world thro’.



O’er desert wild, o’er mountain high

A wanderer I chose to be,

A wretched soul condemned to die,

Still mother’s prayers have followed me.



Refrain



He turned my darkness into light,

This blessèd Christ of Calvary,

I’ll praise His name both day and night,

That mother’s prayers have followed me.



Refrain

Monday, May 2, 2011

So Sad Indeed!!

As a Christian I find it rather sad when someone dies and if they weren't following Christ and living a godly life they will be doomed in eternity. Even if a person is evil and dispicable, God loves that person and wants him or her to repent of their sin.

Hymn of the Week-Joyful, Joyful

We sing this at church sometimes and it is so pretty!
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/j/o/y/joyful.htm

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love;


Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.

Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away;

Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!



All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,

Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.

Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,

Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.



Thou art giving and forgiving, ever blessing, ever blessed,

Wellspring of the joy of living, ocean depth of happy rest!

Thou our Father, Christ our brother, all who live in love are Thine;

Teach us how to love each other, lift us to the joy divine.



Mortals, join the happy chorus, which the morning stars began;

Father love is reigning o’er us, brother love binds man to man.

Ever singing, march we onward, victors in the midst of strife,

Joyful music leads us sunward in the triumph song of life.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen Indeed!!

I met to get today's hymn up earlier so here it is Christ is Risen Today http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/c/t/l/ctlrisen.htm
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!


Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!

Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!



Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!

Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!

Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is o’er, Alleluia!

Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!



Vain the stone, the watch, the seal, Alleluia!

Christ hath burst the gates of hell, Alleluia!

Death in vain forbids Him rise, Alleluia!

Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!



Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!

Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!

Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!

Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!



Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!

Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!

Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!

Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!



Hail, the Lord of earth and Heaven, Alleluia!

Praise to Thee by both be given, Alleluia!

Thee we greet triumphant now, Alleluia!

Hail, the resurrection, thou, Alleluia!



King of glory, Soul of bliss, Alleluia!

Everlasting life is this, Alleluia!

Thee to know, Thy power to prove, Alleluia!

Thus to sing and thus to love, Alleluia!



Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!

Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!

Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!

Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!



But the pains that He endured, Alleluia!

Our salvation have procured, Alleluia!

Now above the sky He’s King, Alleluia!

Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!



Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!

Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!

Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!

Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday- The Old Rugged Cross

What can I say?  Satan was defeated that day when Jesus died on that cross. Thank you Lord for your sacrifice!
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/o/l/d/oldruggc.htm

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,


The emblem of suffering and shame;

And I love that old cross where the dearest and best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.



Refrain



So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it some day for a crown.



O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above

To bear it to dark Calvary.



Refrain



In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

A wondrous beauty I see,

For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

To pardon and sanctify me.



Refrain



To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;

Its shame and reproach gladly bear;

Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,

Where His glory forever I’ll share.



Refrain

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday

This day represents The Last Supper. Here is today's hymn marking that day,
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/b/h/o/bhonthee.htm
Bread of Heav’n on Thee we feed,


For Thy flesh is meat indeed:

Ever may our souls be fed

With this true and living Bread;

Day by day with strength supplied,

Through the life of Him who died.



Vine of Heav’n, Thy blood supplies

This blest cup of sacrifice,

Lord, Thy wounds our healing give,

To Thy cross we look and live:

Jesus, may we ever be

Grafted, rooted, built in Thee.



Con­der’s orig­in­al text:



Bread of Heav’n! on Thee I feed,

For Thy flesh is meat indeed.

Ever may my soul be fed

With this true and living bread;

Day by day with strength supplied,

Through the life of Him who died.



Vine of Heav’n! Thy blood supplies

This blest cup of sacrifice.

’Tis Thy wounds my healing give:

To Thy cross I look and live.

Thou my life! oh, let me be

Rooted, grafted, built on Thee.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Palm Sunday Hymn- Hosanna Loud Hosanna

This hymn is my favorite Palm Sunday hymn
http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/h/l/h/hlhosann.htm

Hosanna, loud hosanna, the little children sang;


Through pillared court and temple the lovely anthem rang.

To Jesus, who had blessed them close folded to His breast,

The children sang their praises, the simplest and the best.



From Olivet they followed mid an exultant crowd,

The victor palm branch waving, and chanting clear and loud.

The Lord of men and angels rode on in lowly state,

Nor scorned that little children should on His bidding wait.



Hosanna in the highest! that ancient song we sing,

For Christ is our Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven our King.

O may we ever praise Him with heart and life and voice,

And in His blissful presence eternally rejoice!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hymn of the Week- It is Well With My Soul

This hymn was written during a very difficult time in the hymn writers life. It has ministered to me many times and I hope it will do the same for you.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/i/t/i/itiswell.htm


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,


When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.



Refrain



It is well, with my soul,

It is well, with my soul,

It is well, it is well, with my soul.



Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.



Refrain



My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—

My sin—not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!



Refrain



For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.



Refrain



But, Lord, ‘tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh trump of the angel! Oh voice of the Lord!

Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!



Refrain



And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so—it is well with my soul.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Verse

Papa Richard Mummau posted this on the Amish/Mennonite Yahoogroup regarding idols and I thought the verse goes along with my previous post.
Colossians 3:5 (KJV)


5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,

uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and ***covetousness,

which is idolatry***:

The word "Covetousness" just means "to always want more". The

opposite is "contentment".

Senseless!!

I am not a sports fan at all. I found sports like baseball, football etc very boring. But what happened to paramedic Bryan Stow is just plain evil. Apparently these two Dodger "worshippers" attacked him after a Dodger vs SF Giants game (in which the Dodgers won by the way) severely beat him just because he is a Giants fan. He didn't instigate anything just walking with his friends after the game.
If a person can put their favorite sports team(or anything for that matter) over a human life then that person is has basically made that object an idol and their god.

There is a website set up for updates on Bryan's condition here: support4stow.blogspot.com
He needs a lot of prayer and as hard as it might be to do this, pray for those two guys who did this. Bryan's website has a composite sketch of the attackers so hopefully the reward being offered will help bring them to justice.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Hymn of the Week

Each week on Sunday, Lord willing each week I will post a hymn from The Cyberhymnal with a link to hear the song.
This week's hymn is Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus which is one of my favorites.

http://www.hymntime.com/tch/htm/s/t/a/standufj.htm


Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;


Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.

From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,

Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.



Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;

If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;

Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,

Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.



Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;

Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.

Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;

Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.



Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;

The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.

Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;

Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.



Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,

Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:

Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,

And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.



Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;

This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.

To him who overcometh a crown of life shall be;

They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

In Memory of the Esh Family

It's hard to believe it has been a year since the tragic accident that took so many members of the Esh and extended family members.Sometimes when I listen to their music I get teary eyed but I know they are rejoicing with the Lord.
They touched so many lives and they continue to be missed by so many people. If you never knew the Eshes you can learn about them here. You can't get the music from the website anymore but they have a number you can call to order CDs.
http://eshfamily.org/
I hope you are blessed by their music as I have been.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

So Much Sadness

The earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan is just absolutely horrendous. The loss of so many souls to eternity. It just breaks my heart that so many people have lost their loved ones. Earlier this week a couple in PA lost seven of their eight children in a fire.
The only One who can comfort all these families is the Lord Jesus Christ.  The couple who lost their children are believers and I know that having their faith will get them  through this terrible tragedy as well as  the believers in Japan. My heart is so heavy right now.

Monday, March 7, 2011

More on Apostle Paul

As you might remember from my last post we are going through the book of Acts and the more I read Acts, the more intriguing I find Paul to be. He is one of the apostles it would have been great to meet because one could learn a lot from him. We finished up the end of chapter 20 where Paul is saying goodbye to his friends before he sails again who they knew they would never see him in this earthly life again. The emotions rain high that day I'm sure.

He was beheaded under Emperor Nero who was a very wicked man. I read a little about him in Martyrs Mirror and I just don't see how anyone could could be so evil but he was. Reminds me of some of the modern day rulers and dictators who are in the news nowadays.
One day, these men will have to answer to God for their actions and they won't have the legions of supporters to protest or protect them from God's judgement. They will face the Lord alone. Oh the thought just causes my heart to tremble.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sorry It's Been Awhile

I can't beleive how lax I am when it comes to updating my blog. I really have no excuse so anyway, life here at the Shea Homestead has been good. We have had several colds go through our house but for the most part the Lord has been faithful.

I'm crocheting a shawl for a sister at church who lost her husband. It's taking me awhile to finish it but hopefully it will be done before the end of the month. I have two others I need to crochet or I might get brave and knit them.

I wish you all could join us on Sunday mornings for church. Our pastor is doing a wonderful teaching on the book of Acts. We get study guides to go with the sermon he will preach on for the Sunday.
In my studying of the book of Acts I'm thinking Paul must have been a very interesting person and probably a bit long winded. Oh but to have been there when he was preaching about Jesus Christ! Can you imagine being there when Paul was doing this? I can hear him now giving testimony of the Lord and people getting saved!  Oh that would have been glorious!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Eating Healthy

One of my goals this year which I don't think I wrote in my last post is to eat healthier and lose wait. I tried over the holidays but it proved to be the wrong time. I did however eat less over the holidays than I had in previous years.

I'm praying about having a membership at the YMCA. Our family is doing a there class called Healthy Family Home that our health insurance is paying for. It involves palying active games with the family and learning ways to eat healthier. It only goes for six weeks but I hope we to make some improvements in our lifestyle.

Our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit and we need to treat it properly.
I plan on taking brisk walks with my family more often. There is an elderly lady about 70 or 80 who power walks in our neighborhood. I hope to join her some morning.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year and 2011 Goals

I can't believe it's 2011 already! It seems like we were just celebrating 2010.
Each year I try to list goals for the year. I don't always succeed but I hope to accomplish what the Lord wants me to do. I don't make New Year's resolutions but I make goals instead.
So here are  at least 10 goals and they are not in any particular order.
  1. Read my Bible and devotions each day.
  2. Read few pages of Martyr's Mirror each week.
  3. Pray daily for my family and extended family members.
  4. Encourage my children to read their Bible more.
  5. Sew at least two items for gifts.
  6. Sew a dress for myself.
  7. Not to get so shy when sharing about why I  wear a head covering in obedience to 1 Cor 11:3-15.(that is a hard one)
  8. Have the study guide lesson for the Sunday sermon that Pastor teaches on completed each week
  9. Share Christ with several people throughout the year.
  10. Truly commit to prayer a particular desire of my heart that I just haven't spend as much in prayer about as I should.
I don't know how well I will do with these goals especially number 10 because I am being hit with resistance with some family members and I'm not sure what the Lord's will is for this particular desire. I will really need to seek the Lord in all these goals and be willing to accept His will and not my own.