Monday, April 30, 2007

The Mercy of God, by Andrew Murray

"Oh give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy endureth forever." -Psalm 136:1

This psalm is wholly devoted to the praise of God's mercy. In each of the twenty-six verses we have the expression:"His mercy endureth forever." The psalmist was full of this glad thought. Our hearts too should be filled with the blessed assurance. The everlasting, unchangeable mercy of God is cause for unceasing praise and thanksgiving. Let us read what is said about God’s mercy in the well-known Psalm103. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies’ (ver.4) Of all of God’s other attributes, mercy is the crown. May it be a crown upon my head and in my life! “The Lord is merciful and gracious, and plenteous in mercy” (ver.8). As wonderful as God’s greatness is, so infinite is His mercy. “as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him” (ver.11) What a thought! As high as the heaven is above the earth, so immeasurably and inconceivably great is the mercy of God waiting to bestow His richest blessing.
“The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him” (ver.17). Here again the psalmist speaks of God’s boundless loving-kindness and mercy. How frequently we have read these familiar word without the least thought of their immeasurable greatness Be still, and meditate until the heart responds in the word of Psalm 36: “Thy mercy, O Lord , is in the heavens” (ver.5) “ How excellent is Thy loving-kindness, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Thy wings” 9ver.7). “Oh continue Thy loving-kindness unto those who know Thee” (ver.10). Take time to thank God with great joy for the wonderful mercy with which He crowns thy life, and say: “Thy loving-kindness is better than life.”

By Andrew Murray
Taken from:The Secret of Adoration

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thursday's Recipe

I've been wanting to try to make crepes (crepe is a French word that means a very thin pancake) for awhile now. We have a excellent old book called "Crepe Cookery" that is full of interesting ideas and delicious recipes. It's amazing how versatile they are, they can be made into main dishes, desserts, served with meat, vegetables, fruit, fish, you name it! We used our leftover crepes for dessert simply using cherry pie filling and whipped cream.


All-Purpose Crepe Batter

4 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups flour
2 cups milk
1/2 cup melted butter

In a medium bowl, combine eggs and salt. Gradually add flour alternately with milk, beating with an electric mixer or whisk until smooth. Beat in melted butter.
Refrigerate batter at least one hour. Makes 30-35 Crepes


HOW TO COOK CREPES:

Heat pan over medium heat. With one hand, pour in 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter. At the same time, lift pan above stove with your other hand. Immediately tilt pan in all
directions, swirling the batter so it covers the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Work fast before batter cooks to much to swirl. Put the pan back on the stove.
Cook until bottom is browned. carefully turn with a spatula. Brown the other side until it is lightly browned. Remove crepe from pan.

Quiche Lorraine Cups


12 cooked crepes
4 slices bacon
1 cup grated Swiss cheese
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt
3 eggs beaten
1 cup milk


Line greased muffin pans with cooked crepes. Cool bacon until crisp; drain and crumble. Sprinkle in crepe shells. Top with cheese. Mix flour, salt, and eggs with milk; pour over cheese. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until firm. Serve hot. Makes 12 quiche cups.

NOTE: In this recipe I used sausage in place of the ham, and also a mixed cheese. You can substitute your favorite meat and cheese, or even add onions, peppers, etc.



A crepe with cherry pie filling and whipped cream.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rejoice and be Glad


"This is the day which the LORD hath made;
we will be rejoice and be glad in it."

Psalm 118:24

Monday, April 23, 2007

Bird watch: Brown Thrasher

The baby birds

Sitting on the nest.

Interesting Facts about the Brown Thrasher:
  • Brown Thrasher chicks leave the nest at only 9 to 13 days old.

  • They are aggressive defenders of their nest, and have been known to attack and strike at people and dogs hard enough to draw blood.

  • The Brown Thrasher is known to be one of the best and most beautiful singers with the largest variety of songs of all the North American birds. It is a elusive bird, so the chance of anyone seeing it is smaller than that of hearing it sing. It sounds similar to a Mocking bird. Some Brown Thrashers (like the Mocking bird) are very good imitators of other birds songs.

    Description:
  • Size: 9-12 inches long
  • Wingspan: 11-13 inches
  • Mostly brown on top including tail, the underside is white or buff colored with dark brown streaking. It has yellow eyes and legs. The wings have two bands of
    white across them.



Saturday, April 14, 2007

Kind Judgement


Oh, be kind and understanding,
When you judge an others acts,
For you may not know his problems
Or be sure of all the facts.
Let the law of love control you,
Do not hastily decide;
Breathe a prayer for those who stumble,
Lift the fallen; Don't deride.


-Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

True Repentance

'Tis not enough to say,
I'm sorry and repent,
And then go on from day to day
Just as we always went.
Repentance is to leave
The sins we loved before,
And show that we in earnest grieve
By doing them no more.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Contentment

"Every child of God is where God has place him for some purpose....You have been wishing for another position where you could do something for Jesus: do not wish anything of the kind, but serve Him where you are. If you are sitting at the King's gate there is something for you to do there, and if you were on the queen's throne, there would be something for you to do there; do not ask either to be gatekeeper or queen, but whichever you are , serve God therein. Brother, are you rich? God has made you a steward, take care that you are a good steward. Brother are you poor? God has thrown you into a position where you will be the better able to give a word of sympathy to poor saints. Are you doing your allotted work? Do you live in a godly family? God has a motive for placing you in so happy a position. Are you in an ungodly house? You are a lamp hung up in a dark place; mind you shine there......Our wisdom is not to desire another place, nor to judge those who are in another position, but each one being redeemed with the precious blood of Jesus, should consecrate himself fully to the Lord, and say, "Lord, what would Thou have me to do, for here I am and by Thy grace I am ready to do it." Forget not then the fact that God in His providence places his servants in positions where He can make use of them..."



Excerpt taken from: C.H. Spurgeon's Sermons, Metropolitan Tabernacle pulpit. Providence-As Seen in the Book of Esther.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

The Praise of God.

"Praise is comely for the upright." -Psalm 33:1



"PRAISE will ever be a part of adoration. Adoration, when it has entered God's presence, and had fellowship with Him, will ever lead to the praise of His name. Let praise be apart of the incense we bring before God in our quiet time.

It was when the children of Israel, at their birth as the people of God at the Red Sea, had been delivered from the power of Egypt, that the song of Moses the joy of redemption burst forth in the song of praise:

"Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like Thee, Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?"

In the Psalms we see what a large place praise ought to have in the spiritual life. There are more then sixty psalms of praise, becoming more frequent as the Book draws to its close. See Psalm 95-101, 103-107, 111-118, 134-138, 144- 150. The last five are all Hallelujah psalms, with the word "Praise ye the Lord" as the beginning and the ending. And the very last repeats "praise Him" twice in every verse, and ends, "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord."

Let us take time to study this until our heart and life be one continual song of praise: "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." "Every day will I bless Thee." "I will sing praises unto my God while I have my being."

With the coming of Christ into the world there was a new outburst of praise in the song of the angels. The song of Mary, the song of Zechariah, and the song of Simeon.

And then we find in the song of Moses and the Lamb (Rev.15:3) the praise of God filling creation: "Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty, Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou only art holy"; ending (Rev. 19:1-6) with the fourfold "Hallelujah" amen! "For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth."


Excerpt from: The Secret of Adoration, by Andrew Murray


Thursday, April 5, 2007

Thursday's Recipe

I thought I would share my favorite roll recipe. They are absolutely delicious! :) They're best eaten the same day they are made, and are wonderful warm from the oven.

Herb Dinner Rolls (makes 16 rolls)

1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. each: dried basil, oregano, thyme and dried rosemary crushed
3 1/4 cup bread flour
coarse salt, optional

In a large bowl put water, yeast, and sugar stir until yeast is dissolved. Add the salt, egg, melted butter and herbs stir until combined. Gradually add the flour. Knead the dough adding more flour if the dough is to sticky. Place in a greased bowl. Let rise for one hour or until doubled in bulk. Punch dough down. Shape into sixteen rolls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and let rise for 35 minutes, or until doubled. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Brush with butter and sprinkle with coarse salt. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Weaver

My life is but a weaving,
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors,
He worketh steadily.
Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Not till the loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weavers skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

-Author Unknown

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

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