Saturday, September 23, 2017

Weekend Daybook

Outside My Window...
Someone mowing the lawn next door. May be getting new neighbors soon. The realty sign is gone.

Noticing the sound of...
Thunder in the distance

My brother, who was in the Air Force in Vietnam, was visiting a few days for Dad’s 91st birthday and took him to see the B-17 bomber Sentimental Journey while it was at a nearby airport on the Flying Legends of Victory Tour. Dad was allowed to get up into the plane (with help), and he and my brother spent some time reminiscing about their military days. It was a good day for them both. 

Brought a smile...
Thinking about my dad getting into the Sentimental Journey B-17
The fruit of my hands...
Took the meal for Dad's birthday. We had planned to have the party here, but My Beloved hasn't been doing well in the evenings for awhile.

That it will be a blessing to have Dad's devotional journal for the grandchildren when he completes it.

Hoping to...
Find out why My Beloved has been feeling bad for the past several weeks. Should be getting the report from his CT scan in a couple of days.

How to find public domain images. The site I had been using had allowed use of their images with link backs, but it appears they've changed ownership and that has changed. I noticed that the site was functioning differently recently and dug deeper. I began to wonder why it was okay for people to pin the same images to Pinterest. Hmmm. Seems that's not so. Found this article. I've used some of my blogging time to replace some images. I think images enhance the message, but it's slow going.

"A durable yearning for learning characterizes all those who are truly wise."
Donald S. Whitney in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. p.279

Tomorrow is our last class in this book. Much food for thought.

In the Kitchen...
White Bean and Ham soup simmering on the stove

In the Sewing Room..
Began a new pattern this week for a little girl dress. Don't really care for the sleeves, though, so I'll look for something different.

Around the house...
Not much going on except for typical keeping the pathways clear.

Reading... the hearts of children isn't just for parents. This is a great resource for parents, grandparents, and anyone who has the privilege of touching a child's heart with gospel principles. If you click on the image, you can read the introduction and first chapter.

Friday, September 22, 2017

From One Generation to Another

Our Sunday School class had talked last week about the spiritual benefits of keeping a journal. Talk turned to letters and journals that some in the class have from family members passed down through the years and what a blessing they are. I got to thinking about my own parents and grandchildren and that I have many letters and a couple of my mother's journals from years past, but I don't have anything written by my dad.

So yesterday was my Dad's 91st birthday, and I gave him a devotional journal with a letter tucked inside. I began: Happy 91st birthday, Dad! I've been thinking about your life and faith and how God has been faithful to you through these many years. I've also been thinking how Elijah and Anna and Daniel could be encouraged by your example as they would learn how God has been faithful.... As they grow older they will face difficulties and challenges, as you have, and I'm sure that knowing how God has been faithful to Grandpa would be an encouragement to them as they face similar times....  

I know that whatever Dad may write in his journal will be a blessing to those who will read and ponder its pages. And his words will be treasured for generations to come.

One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
Psalm 145:4

Monday, September 18, 2017

But God...
A young friend and I were talking yesterday about the joys and challenges of parenting. She's one of those I've mentioned who finds joy in telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.  I've heard some mothers say that they don't like their children, and they'll be glad when they grow up and move out. That's a sad condition to be in, but I think most of us truly want what's best for our children. I know that there were times, though, when I fell into default mode of self, times when I didn't make good choices, or I simply didn't know what the better path was. But God does know the pathway. He laid it out.

"But God." That's the truth my friend and I rejoiced in as we talked about His faithfulness in our uncertainties or weakness, that in Him we aren't stuck with just what we ourselves know or can do. I came across that phrase again in my Bible reading today. But God, being rich in His mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us ... (Eph.2:4).

And who knows better how life is to be lived than the creator of life?! He is rich in mercy to redeem us from ourselves, from our mistakes, from our weaknesses. Why does He want to do that? Because of His great love with which He loved us. Awesome, isn't it?!

I know that I love my children and my grandchildren far beyond anything I could have ever imagined before they came along. If you're a mother or grandmother, you probably feel the same. Our love isn't perfect, though, but God's love is. So I prayed that God would give wisdom to train up my children in the [path]way they should go, and I now pray the same for my grandchildren. We don't see them often, but when they are with us, we want to be wise as we're entrusted with their care. I pray, too, that God would fill their parents with His wisdom as they live in a city that this day marks the 500th homicide in a little over 8 months. Much wisdom is needed.
For the Lord gives wisdom, out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity. 
Proverbs 2:6-7
I do hope, dear one, that you are intimately acquainted with the giver of life. What a privilege and benefit to be able to seek His wisdom as we do this thing called parenting and grandparenting!

Painting ~ Goose Girl, Seymour Joseph Guy 1824-1910
US and country of origin public domain
I Am A Child: Children in Art History  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Then What?

The Letter, William K. Blacklock
The Letter, William K.  Blacklock
We know that the dread of what might happen is often worse than what actually does happen. But sometimes what we dread does come to our doorstep. Then what? Charles Spurgeon gives such good counsel that I want to share his words with you today. I hope it encourages you as it did me when I read it this morning, to look upon what arrives with a lively hope.
Psalm 112:7
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings.
Christian, you ought not to dread the arrival of evil tidings; because if you are distressed by them, what do you more than other men? Other men have not your God to fly to; they have never proved His faithfulness as you have done, and it is no wonder if they are bowed down with alarm and cowed with fear: but you profess to be of another spirit; you have been begotten again unto a lively hope, and your heart lives in heaven and not on earthly things; now, if you are seen to be distracted as other men, what is the value of that grace which you profess to have received? Where is the dignity of that new nature which you claim to possess? Again, if you should be filled with alarm, as others are, you would, doubtless, be led into the sins so common to others under trying circumstances. The ungodly, when they are overtaken by evil tidings, rebel against God; they murmur, and think that God deals hardly with them. Will you fall into that same sin? Will you provoke the Lord as they do? Moreover, unconverted men often run to wrong means in order to escape from difficulties, and you will be sure to do the same if your mind yields to the present pressure. Trust in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Your wisest course is to do as Moses did at the Red Sea, "Stand still and see the salvation of God." For if you give way to fear when you hear of evil tidings, you will be unable to meet the trouble with that calm composure which nerves for duty, and sustains under adversity. How can you glorify God if you play the coward? Saints have often sung God's high praises in the fires, but will your doubting and desponding, as if you had none to help you, magnify the Most High? Then take courage, and relying in sure confidence upon the faithfulness of your covenant God, "let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
~ from C.H. Spurgeon's Morning and Evening Devotionals
You can read more of Spurgeon's Devotionals here

Painting ~ The Letter, William Kay Blacklock 1872-1924
US and country of origin public domain 
Wiki Commons

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday ~ Some Young Women I Know
Thankful today for some young women I know who are seeking God with all their heart, all their soul, all their mind. I hear them saying they are wanting God in all they do, through the joys and the struggles.

They are such an encouragement to me as I see their energies being poured out in telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.

I thank God for them, and pray that He will give them a spirit of wisdom through knowing Him. I pray that the eyes of their heart will be more and more enlightened in His ways, that they will find joy and gladness in their journey (Eph. 1:17-19).

I hope you know the God of their salvation, too, dear one, and that your days are being filled with joy and gladness through His power.

Painting ~ Not Too Much To Carry (1895) 
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)
US and country of origin public domain
Wiki Commons

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As Families Must Do I mentioned the book, The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired sometime last year. I picked it up again today as it caught my eye in my sewing room. I'm not a farmer's wife, but I have a dear friend who is, and she had sent me the book, knowing I like to quilt. She loves being a farmer's wife, and whenever I see it, I think of her. It includes letters from women who share the good things they experience about being a farmer's wife.

I think many of us share the same sentiments in regard to our own homes and desires for our children, be it on the farm or in the neighborhood. Sharing a brief excerpt with you today. I do have modern conveniences, but I still relate to this thought. I think you might as well. If you'd like to know more about the book, just click on the image.

We live in one of those much-talked-about homes where folks do not have all the modern conveniences but we do have good books, good music and a wealth of flowers and growing things about us. Above all else, we live together, working and playing and planning together, as families must do, if the love and unity of that family are to become an inspiration to its members and to the community in which they live. 

~C. McD. B., Marion County, Indiana in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt: Letters from 1920s Farm Wives and the 111 Blocks They Inspired

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Changed Vantage Point
When my mind begins to spin with anxiety, one of my go-to verses of scripture is Philippians 4:8--Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Oftentimes this is helpful because, for example, I may be thinking wrong thoughts. I'm imagining things that may not be true about a situation, and my imaginations bring about my anxiety.

But oftentimes, and today was one of those times, there is more that is needful. I could not think my way out of my anxiety. Sometimes when I feel anxious, I need to back up to verses 6-7: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. There are times when I need to do more than cling to a Bible verse for my anxious thoughts. I need to talk to Father God about it.

I struggled today with something that I was asked to do, a situation that I thought would be stressful. I was anxious and uptight about it. I've been growing some in this area, to just do what needs to be done as if I'm doing it for Jesus, to give that cup of cold water. And I pray and ask God to strengthen me. 

But today he did more than that. He asked me if I would be a willing instrument in his hand to show his loving care to someone, if I would work alongside him to meet that need. That cast an entirely different light on the situation. What a privilege! My thoughts were no longer on what I was about to face, but rather on working alongside Father God. The situation was still somewhat stressful, and I came home tired, but He had changed my vantage point--from mine to his.
Painting ~ Girl Reading in An Interior c1900
Carl Holsoe 1863-1935
country of origin public domain
Wikipedia Commons

Monday, September 11, 2017

Recommending ~ Drive By Church History
My Beloved and I began listening to these mini lectures on church history in the car as we drove to the Red River Gorge about a month ago to meet up with our daughters and their families. We've continued to listen to them for a few weeks in the evenings after we settle down for the day. Finished them up last evening.

There are 47 15-minute "lectures" that are, basically, fast-paced discussions between host Todd Friel and his guests, Pastor R.W. Glenn and Dr. Peter Hammond. It's sort of a crash course filled with bits of historical context that I had no clue about and was done in a way that easily kept our attention. These are definitely not stuffy lectures. If you give a listen, be sure you aren't distracted, or you'll miss a thing or two at the bat of an eyelash.

As our thoughts turn toward the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, these lectures have been extremely helpful to my own understanding of the history of the church from the Resurrection of Jesus through the past 21 centuries. They've also given me a greater appreciation for those who have stood strong in the faith amidst persecution and conflict.

The "lectures" are chronologically organized into four "Acts":
Act 1: Establishing the Foundation (Centuries 1-5)
Act 2: Wandering from the Truth (Centuries 6-15)
Acts 3: Reforming (Centuries 16-18)
Act 4: Defending the Truth (Centuries 19-21)

You can also find some video clips on YouTube, if you're interested. Todd Friel also has a TV and radio program, so just google Drive By Church History if you'd like to take a listen, or click on the image and it will take you to Answers in Genesis where you can purchase it. But I remind you, do turn your listening speed up. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Weekend Daybook

Outside my window... 
As I looked out the upstairs window one morning recently, I saw this trail of who-knows-what coming from the brush between our back yard and the railroad grade beyond, leaving its trail in the dewy grass. The trail came to our back porch, wrapped around the house, and across the side yard to the sidewalk. Apparently, it was on its way across the street to the creek down the way a few yards. Possibly an armadillo dragging its tail behind him. I've not seen a live one since we've been here, just those who didn't quite make it across the road at night. I don't know much about them, but do know that they're not liked very much here because they can carry leprosy and they root around in people's gardens. 

Noticing the sound of...
Our neighbor's teenage son mowing the neighbor's lawn between us who moved. The house sale is pending, so we may be getting new neighbors soon.

About these few weeks with three consecutive hurricanes coming into the US, and others active around the globe. Some have suggested God's judgment. I don't know, but certainly we all need to seek God's protecting hand and consider how quickly life itself can be taken away from this earth. Then where will we go? I'm headed Upward and Homeward. I hope you are as well, dear one. If you aren't sure about where you'll be going, you learn how to be headed for safety at Revive Our Hearts.

In the Kitchen...
Lemon scones for my mother's tea party tomorrow afternoon. Made a double batch.

That the friends Mom invited are all able to come.

That my mother has been feeling strong enough to plan and prepare for her tea party.  

In the Sewing Room...
Spent Monday watching sewing videos from Craftsy. They had a 24-hour span of free all-you-can watch viewing. 

Around the house...
Hung a picture by the stairs that we'd had at the foot of the stairs back home. Wasn't sure for awhile if it would go well here, but I think it does. :-)

Brought a smile...
A young mom out jogging with her three little ones early this morning, one in a stroller. Whispered a prayer for their day, that it would be filled with joy and gladness. I thought of my own years with my little girls. Sweet thoughts.

More about the Reformation and its upcoming 500th anniversary.

How do the Disciplines of silence and solitude help with Christlike tongue control? ... When you practice silence and solitude, you find that you don't need to say some things you previously thought necessary. In silence we learn to rely more on God's control in matters where we would normally feel compelled to speak, or to speak too much. We find out that He is able to manage situations in which we once thought our input was indispensable. (Donald Whitney, in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life)

And learning about astonishing animal migrations. If you're interested, you can read the article by clicking on the image.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Just A Fidget Spinner ~ With Lights
Sisters, Frederick Morgan
I took my sister to a medical appointment today, and we stopped for lunch and did a little shopping afterward. I've mentioned before that she can go nowhere unless someone in the family takes her. She is dependent on those who love her, and when I picked her up, she was eager for the day.

Our first stop--a shoe shop for me to look for a pair of flats, and I asked if she needed any shoes. No, she got a new pair of walking shoes when she was out with Jeanne. So off we went to look for a plate rack for re-organizing one of my kitchen cabinets. I had commented to her that if she saw something she'd like to get, just let me know. Her first thought was getting something for our Dad for his upcoming birthday (91!), but we didn't see anything at Bed, Bath & Beyond for him.

Then her eye caught sight of a Fidget Spinner as we were leaving. She had seen one that we had gotten for our Elijah when he was visiting a couple of months ago, and she wanted one herself. But, alas, these were smaller and didn't light up. She really would like to have one like Elijah's that lights up. So we were on the look-out the rest of our shopping trip.

I've seen them practically every place I've been the last several months, but there were none to be found in the stores where we were stopping. When it was time to admit defeat and go home, she just said, "That's okay. Would you get me one for my birthday?" My heart was pricked. The only thing she wanted on this shopping trip was a Fidget Spinner with lights. I remembered that we got Elijah's at Walmart, so her spirits rose again as we headed there on our way home. Up and down the toy aisles we went. There they are! But they don't have lights. Maybe they have some near the check outs. Let's go see. Oh, yes! And they have lights, and her favorite color blue! So ended a happy shopping day for her. Satisfied. Content. Thank you, Father God, for your faithful love and provision.

Just a Fidget Spinner with lights is all Dorothy wanted. How different than the gal I saw this week wearing a t-shirt that said, "Enough is Never Enough." Yes, my sister is simple-minded, but I think she is probably more content with what she has than most of us are. So we came home with her Fidget Spinner with lights and my two pairs of shoes. And I felt so extravagant.

Painting ~ Sisters, Frederick Morgan (1847-1927)
EU public domain, Wiki Gallery


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