Thursday, May 31, 2007

Holiness

:: True holiness is cultivated in the context of a relationship with God. His love for us moves us to reject all lesser and all the fleeting delights sin can offer.

:: Those who tolerate sin in what they think to be little things, will soon indulge it in greater matters. (Charles Spurgeon)

:: To resist holiness or to be halfhearted about its pursuit is to forfeit true joy and to settle for something less that the God-intoxication for which we were created.

: There must be nothing, absolutely nothing, in my daily conduct that, copied by another, could lead that one into unholiness. (Helen Roseveare)

:: Our lives are to make God believable to our world.

:: What makes all sin so heinous and grievous is that it is against God.

:: The more ground you concede to sin, the more you dull your capacity for truth.

:: The serene beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world next to the power of God. (Blaise Pascal)

:: What others most need is to see in you a reflection of what God is like.

:: Your progress in holiness will never exceed your relationship with the Word of God.

Excerpts and quotes all taken from Nancy Leigh DeMoss' book: Holiness

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Romans 6:16

"Do you no know that...you are that one's slaves whom you obey,
whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to rightesouness?"


The key to godliness is not more knowledge of God
but more obedience to Him.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Remembering


O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years.
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
-Katharine Lee Bates

Memorial day -- a day to remember those who have fought for the liberty we so enjoy in this land.

One of my grandpas served during World War II, and the other one fought in the Korean War. I'll never forget the day we were able to go see the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. with Grandpa and Grandma. To hear his stories and realize all that a soldier sacrificed, not to mention the sacrifice of the loved ones back at home.

Some soldiers came home, many didn't. But they all fought for one purpose: freedom. Scores have been written about the soldiers bravery, how blessed our country is, and even many stories recounted! But one things seems to stand out above all the rest: on a huge marble wall at the Korean War Memorial, the words were carved--

Freedom is not free.


May we never forget that. If any of you reading this have fought in some war, have a loved one who served, or is maybe currently serving -- I want to say a heartfelt "thank you" to you. It is due to your sacrifice and service that America is still "the land of the free, and home of the brave."

Caleb & Abby

This weekend I had the opportunity to take engagement pictures for some friends. When I woke up Thursday morning to pouring rain (knowing they wanted outdoor portraits!) it made for some excellent prayer time! The rain stopped by noon, things dried up, and by evening the weather was just beautiful -- perfect for picture taking. Isn't God good? I love seeing how he cares about the little details in life!

Here's a small sampling of the nights pictures:









Congratulations Caleb and Abby!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

A night out

"He brought me to the banqueting table..."
Song of Solomon 2:4

Our church hosted a father/daughter banquet last night for dads and their older daughters. What a joy it was to have a special night out and time with Daddy!

My brothers were asked to help serve the tables -- they did such a great job and were perfect gentlemen.
All dressed up -- with somewhere to go!

I love you, Daddy!

For fun

If you are tired of pictures, just skip this post....but a girl can't get all dressed up and not get her picture taken, can she?


Rachel

Ruth
(with one of the handsome waiters)

Even I got in on the other side of the camera!

Elizabeth

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I Chronicles 29:14

Who am I? ...that I should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own I have given You.

I cannot give God anything
that He has not first given me.
Jerry Bridges


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Seconds of Branson

Rachel already posted the best pictures from our family's weekend in Branson, Missouri, (doesn't she do a wonderful job of updating our family blog?! Go Rachel!!!)

Instead of posting those pictures all over again, I thought I'd give you a few other candids...

Does this picture need a title?! [grin]

-- the "Powder Keg" rollercoaster --
(...and you should see the wild ones!)
-- a self portrait with Andrew --

our all time favorite group to see while we were there!



Some of the all-time best food there was their stuffed pretzel. Hm-mm-m. Just seeing the picture makes me hungry for one! These soft pretzels were filled inside with cream cheese...you won't find anything like them anywhere! (Or if you do, be sure to let me know!!!)



-- one of the waterfalls in Marvel Cave --
So incredibly amazing!

Betch'a didn't know that! [grin]

-- You mean one gets wet on water rides? --
(And does that sign say you 'may?' or 'WILL?')

"Let my mouth be filled with Your praise
and with Your glory all the day."

Psalms 71:8

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

As unto Him

"Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus."
Colossians 3:17

To 'do all things in the name of Jesus' is the lesson of a life; do not be angry with yourselves, nor despair of ever learning it, because thou art slow to learn the first few syllables.

When thou hast learned to do all things to Jesus, it will shed pleasure over all dull things, softness over all trial and woe and suspense. Then will life be glad, when thou livest to Jesus; and how sweet death, to die in Jesus; with Him, and to Him, and in Him, to live forever more.
-EB Pusey

Monday, May 21, 2007

Random photo


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

On the lighter side


Why do you have to "put your two cents in" but it's only a "penny for your thoughts"? Where's that extra penny going?

What disease did cured ham actually have?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why is it that people say they "slept like a baby" when babies wake up like every two hours?

If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?

Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?

Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?

Why did you just try singing the two songs above?

Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?

Do you ever wonder who comes up with these original questions?

Monday, May 14, 2007

Touched




Take my heart and make it Your dwelling place,
so that everyone I touch will be touched also by You.

-Alice Joyce Davidson

Who knows?


What happens when...
  • we've been given some fabric?
  • I pull out two tones for a quilt?
  • and try to design my own crazy pattern, of sorts?
I'm not sure yet...Stay tuned to find out!

Sunday, May 13, 2007

A tribute to my mother

A builder builded a temple;
He wrought with care and skill.
Pillars, and groins and arches,
Were fashioned to meet his will.
And men said when they saw its beauty;
"It shall never know decay,
Great is thy skill, O builder,
thy fame shall endure for aye."

A mother builded a temple;
She wrought with skill and care,
Forming each pillar with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None saw the unceasing effort;
None knew of the marvelous plan;
For the temple the mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.


Gone is the builders temple;
Crumbled in the dust,
Pillar and groin and arches,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the mother builded
Shall endure while the ages roll.
For that beautiful, unseen temple
Was a child's immortal soul.
-author unknown

Thank you for all your prayers and patience, Mommy, and for leaving me a beautiful example to follow. Only eternity will tell the complete story of the influence you have had in so many lives, including mine. I love you!

Happy Mother's Day!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Filled with Him

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."
John 15:5

Too much taken up with our work, we may forget our Master; it is possible to have the hand full, and the heart empty. Taken up with our Master we cannot forget our work; if the heart is filled with His love, how can the hands not be active in His service?
-Adolphe Monod

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

My Father's world





"The world is MINE,
and all its fullness."
Psalm 50:12

Monday, May 07, 2007

Pictures gone awry




Saturday, May 05, 2007

Hugs from God

One of my favorite things about spring is the blooming of the lilac bushes. Nostalgic reasons, really. On the farm place we lived at years and years ago, there was the biggest, best-est lilac bush ever. You know, the old-fashioned kind.

What a special treat it was to find one of these special bushes blooming just down the street from where our bus is parked this weekend. Hm-m-mm....as I close my eyes and smell them, I can imagine I'm back on the farm, a little girl in pig tails. The joys and simple pleasures in life! Live for eternity, but savor today!


Oh the goodness of my God! So often He does such special little (and big!) things, that make me feel like He reached right down from heaven to give me a hug. Have you had a hug from God recently?

"We have thought, O God,
on Your lovingkindness."
Psalms 48:9

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Psalms 45:11



"The King will greatly desire your beauty;
Because He is your Lord,
WORSHIP HIM."


God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our lives.


-John Piper

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Of laundry mats and...Toby

This morning the cry went up “I’m out of socks!” and “I can’t find any clean clothes!” as the laundry hamper burped open and overflowed into all corners of the bathroom.

Thus dictates another laundry day on the road.

So, doing the all-American thing, we typed ‘laundry mat’ into our GPS. Trusty ol' GPS. She never lets us down. [ahem…]

Driving into a small Montana town, our eyes are glued to the windows searching for this desired (and necessary) establishment. Off to the left, we saw it. Well, there wasn't much of ‘it’ but knowing a washer and drier were inside, the outward appearance was discarded. We knew clean clothes were mere hours away.

Now from my earliest years, I have learned that the place to start a project is at the beginning. After gathering dirty clothes…and gathering…and gathering…and gathering…and gathering…and…you can just imagine how it might be in a bus where items of clothing are stored in various cupboards and closets! Sizing up the situation, I realize this would take teamwork. Recruiting various members of my family to help carry the multiple garbage bags of dirty clothes, we made our way to this down-home establishment. Very, very, 'down home'.

As I walked in to this tin-roof-shack-of-a-building, the first thing I saw was a table with a few old parts on it, showing signs of use by the grease that still remained from the unknown piece of machinery they used to belong to. Price tags were on them, but as clean laundry was my purpose, I didn’t linger over them long. I began to open our bags of clothes.

The arrival of dirty clothing for fifteen persons must have created quite an aromatic stir as it quickly alerted the attention of Toby.

Toby sauntered over to inspect our labors, and we quickly discovered that we had a second odor vying for dominance. His dark eyes were kind, though, so I didn’t feel threatened in the least. Apparently content that our mission was progressing, Toby soon left us to our work.

Susanna, Alaythia and I began the familiar task of loading washers and inserting our shiny quarters. Suddenly I was alerted by Alaythia’s horrified whisper -- “Bethany, Toby’s in the bathroom drinking out of the …” …er…porcelain throne. (To more delicately state the facts).

Now, lest you think I am being awful rude here, Toby is a creature of the four legged type, his height reaching my waistline. I furthered discovered that Toby most affectionately belonged to the store owner.

With all these things to entertain us, time quickly passed and it was time to load the driers. Things were going without a hitch until I came to the last drier. After it ate my precious quarters, it refused to start. The proprietor came over to see what was wrong, quickly commenting, “I’ve been having trouble with this drier…”

Opening the drier back up, he began to spin the drum by hand. After getting some movement going, he quickly slammed the door and pushed start…and it kept going! I carefully observed how he did it so I could repeat the process next time. [grin]

As the clothes finished drying, we quickly folded it and bid farewell to Toby and the laundry mat.

With that, our clothes are all clean, we’re back on the road, and the adventures of unfamiliar laundry mats is over....until next time!

Indwelt

Not merely in the words you say,
Not only in your deeds confessed,
But in the most unconcious way
Is Christ expressed!

Is it a beatific smile?
A holy light upon your brow?
Oh, no! I felt His Presence while
You laughed just now.

For me 'twas not the truth you taught.
To you so clear, to me still dim,
But when you came to me you brought
A sense of Him.

And from your eyes He beckons me
And from your heart His love is shed,
Till I lose sight of you -- and see
The Christ instead.
-Anonymous
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy
[...where? how?]
IN YOUR PRESCENCE
[being ONE with the Father].
Acts 2:28