Monthly Archives: May 2009

Scenes from home.

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Pan #1 to start off scrambled eggs for breakfast.

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A little company for daddy while he puts the trailer hitch on our new van.

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Squash planting.

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Blossoms are coming out all over the property. :)

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New bouquets inside almost every day.

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Chats with Twink. And he really did talk to her… for quite a while.

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My new most favourite toothpick holder of all time. Thanks mom! :)

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Hope you are having a nice weekend!

BRF: Summer in the Psalms (29-36)

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If you don’t know about Book Review Friday, please check out my sidebar. It’s a scary thought to me that most people who call themselves Christians do not read their Bibles often, definitely not every day. No wonder we’ve lost our passion and we’re confused, and totally messed up. Seriously, read your Bible. And I, along with a bunch of other people, love this method. Read up on it and join in if you up for it. :)

The next week we’ll be reading Psalm 37-43. Read a Psalm every day and keep your notebook with you so you learn more. That’s how it works. If you can’t explain it to someone else, you didn’t learn much.

It’s late for me to be getting this up here. I can’t help it. I have a life. I have a family & a mini farm that isnt’ leaving much computer time these days. We’re having a great time and I have lots of posts in my head. Maybe I’ll get around to letting you in on them someday soon.:)

Anyway, I have had one verse from this weeks reading that has been kind of ‘haunting’ me… in a good way. I’ve pondered and thought and meditated on it. I’ve been convicted many moments throughout many of my days because of it. I’m just going to type word for word from my binder notes simply to save brain cells and time.

Psalm 29:2 “…worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” No one cares about holiness anymore. At least it seems like it. Most days it’s a matter of survival for me and all thoughts and desires for holy living are forgotten and trampled by daily routines and nuisances. Living a holy life (something different than legalistic living) is a form of worship. without it our worship, my worship, loses it’s sweet smelling savour to the Lord. Holiness isn’t a once in a while thing – it’s a life lived in the Lord’s strength.

That is what has been going through my head. How can I say that I worship Him in the beauty of holiness when I’m not in the Word more, when I’m a grump or discontented at some point every day, when I am not totally absorbed in living my life – every moment of it- in constant communion with Him? My thoughts, attitudes, activities, entertainment, relationships, are not where they should be. I cannot say that I have worshipped Him in the beauty of holiness in a long long while. Showing up at church Sunday morning and feeling spiritual but not involving the Lord in every moment of my life throughout the week is nothing more than fake Christianity.

I’m convicted. God is working.

I’m hoping that you are all still patient with me and don’t mind BRF being up a day late. I’m hoping that you all have read and are excited about a writing a review. I’m excited about reading any that you do.
If you do a review please leave a link to it in the comments so we can all find it real easy like. :)

A poem for my sons.

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I recently found this poem and decided to make it a memorization assignment for my oldest this summer. I love it. :)
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If-
by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there in nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ work of distance run –
Your is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

BRF: Summer in the Psalms

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Moving right along in the Psalms, we’ll be reading Psalm 29-36 until next Friday. Read a Psalm each day (a few times a day if you can) and come back here to share a bit of what you wrote in your notebook.

I’ll be back to add my review tomorrow I hope. Life was nicely busy with other things today and it passed without me realizing I needed to get BRF up here. :)

*** My review:

I was shocked & ashamed to look into my binder and find no notes from this week. No notes!!! I read each Psalm for the day, but never had my binder beside me. I always thought I’d find it and jot some stuff down and obviously never remembered once I stood up.

I’ll just touch on a couple that are my favourites from way back, like all of 7 or 8 years ago. I loved Psalm 25 the first time I read it through. I love practical things. I started praying Psalm 25: 4, 5 often way back when. I wanted to know His will for my day to day life and wasn’t sure how to go about knowing what it was. Then I read those verses, I was reminded just to ask.  “Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me,  For You are the God of my salvation; On you I wait all the day.”  So I asked the Lord to show me, teach me, and lead me. I concentrated on getting into the Word to give Him some ammunition too. I came back to this Psalm a lot.

I found it interesting this time reading through 25:8-9 that the Lord first teaches a sinner about His way. We’re lost without God showing us that we’re sinners in need of Him. Then, He humbles us so that we can be guided and taught. Just read it… “Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.”

The last thing I’ll mention is from Psalm 27:4. I think I need to memorize this verse. I don’t live with this as my whole focus and joy. “One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord  All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.”  I get too caught up in the day to day tasks and my own disappointments or cares to think much about this. Reality check.

Okay, two things from Psalm 27. :) Vs. 13,14 come to me in times of personal struggle. Let’s face it, we all deal with icky circumstances. We get hurt, we feel like giving up, we mess up big time, we’re just tired or life just seems too hard to deal with. I’ve felt like giving up and just doing what I wanted instead of what I knew to be right from time to time. But this is the kind of verse that sticks with you and encourages you to stay on the straight and narrow no matter how little heart it seems you have left for it. “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” It’s amazing just how powerful a simple verse or two can be to change the course of ones life. This has been one of those verses for me on more than one occasion.

That’s all I’ll write for now. I’ve commited to doing better with my notebook this week. At least BRF is doing it’s job. It’s a weekly reminder to me when I’ve fallen off the wagon. This was a crazy busy week that I could have blogged a million times over about, but who had time?!! 

 I’m off to read your reviews. :)

If you did a review, or when you do it, come back here and leave a comment so everyone knows. It’s even better when you add the link to your review. :) You should go back and check the other reviews, some have been added later and it’s great to go back and see.

Spring so far.

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This pregnant belly mamma needs to sit down for 15 minutes and rest, so why not blog? :)It’s Spring here. It’s so exciting to see the sun and put short sleeves on!!! But warmer weather means outside work. When we can get our mowers working the grass is getting cut and also a bunch of work around the garden needs to be done. All my chillins are out there right now digging out weeds before daddy tills it all up again.

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The willow tree is filling out quite nicely and the kids were having a grand time playing in the branches one very windy day last week.

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Twink, our favourite cow, has been let out to pasture after being cooped up in the barn for the winter. Isn’t she purdy!?

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She is now a happy happy cow and giving a little extra milk. We’ve been making up a lot of milkshakes.

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And, of course I didn’t drink a whole pitcher full of milkshake by myself in the span of 30 minutes last night. Why would you ask a thing like that? :{

I’ve also been making lots of whipped cream lately. Our cream is the best. Seriously. It’s pretty much as thick as sour cream when we skim it off the top of our milk. Whip it up and pile it on some gingerbread. Drizzle caramel sauce over the top and you’ve got yourself one tasty dessert. :)

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Well, that’s all I have time for right now. More news to come another day.

Happy Wednesday!

Getting together

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It had been a week since we had a party, so it was time. Family & a couple friends were invited for an evening at Watch the Sky farm. :)  Since we like taking pictures I thought I’d share a bit of our ‘get together’ with you.

We set a table outside for the multitude of kids. It was so nice and warm we just had to take advantage of the beautiful weather.

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My daughter found some rocks she had painted in years past to hold down the tablecloth.

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To make the table cozy in the kitchen we put together a simple centerpiece. Pedestal cake plate, mason jars, rice, candles, and fun confetti. So cute!

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Supper was so good. We ate potluck style and everyone brought very yummy stuff.

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Dessert was yummy too. That whipped topping dessert was a hit. Thanks Jenn!! :)

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We introduced everyone to some new chicks.

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Everyone had a million turns on the new zip line in the backyard.

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And we ended by having a bon fire.

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Marshmallow faces and tired out kids. Gotta love summer. :)

BRF: Summer in the Psalms

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If you would like to find out what Book Review Friday is all about please look it up on my sidebar. Feel free to join us wherever we are at! :)

For this coming week we’ll be reading through Psalm 22-28. Read a Psalm each day. Read it a few times each day if you can, and make notes on the things you see and that speak to you. Next Friday come back and feel free to share as much or as little as you want. Everyone knows we can go short n’ sweet or long n’ deep around here. :)

I’ll just share a couple random things from my binder notes. First thing is from Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.”I was wondering what some practical ways are that I can set the Lord before me. Here are just a few I wrote down:
*Read and meditate everyday (I love having ladies that are doing this right along with me!)
*Leave my Bible open on the counter and refer to it all day.
*Listen to sermons (or really good music when I can’t concentrate on a sermon)
*Make it a habit to pray as I go about my day.
If I disciplined myself to do all 4 of these things I’m sure it would have a dramatic affect on my life.

I’ll just have to tell you that I have 1 1/2 pages of my loose-leaf filled with stuff I wrote from Psalm 18 (and I was in a rush), so I guess I really liked that one. My favourite part is taken from vs.28-36. In those verses I have myself pulled out of darkness into the light, running through the battle, leaping over walls that are in my way, running so fast and getting to good and nourishing places, and I can even bend a bow of bronze because of the strength God provides. While all this is going on and I’m looking so swift and strong and graceful with all I’m battling and doing, it is God who is shielding and protecting me. He is the one giving the strength and grace to overcome human weakness and get to those higher, more nourishing places that I can find rest in.
I love how it is put in the last part of Psalm 18:35, “…thy gentleness hath made me great.” Everything God had done in my life amazes me. It’s a good thing to remember all that God has saved & brought me from. It was much gentleness that brought me to this place. He gently broke a few bones, he gently held my head above the raging waters more than once, He gently led me through still waters, He gently brought me back to Him each time I began to stray. He gently works and brings grace & joy.

Things I made note of in learning about all that God is:
Protector, Strength, Gentle, Perfect, Pure, Righteous, just to name a few. :)

Thanks for going along this journey through the Psalms with me. Every day that you bring out your Bible and notebook it’s nice to think about the others out there making a point to do the same. Keep reading. :) If you have a review of your own please leave a comment. Just last night I finally found the time to read all the reviews from last week. It’s been busy. They were great. :)