Friday, March 28, 2008

::Humility::

God is looking for broken men. For men who have judged themselves in the light of the Cross of Christ. God uses people who have come to an end of themselves, and whose trust and confidence is not in themselves but in God. -Unknown

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 14:11

Monday, March 24, 2008

Lord, Give Me Love Like This

Many crowd the Savior's Kingdom,
Few receive His Cross,
Many seek His consolation,
Few will suffer loss
For the dear sake of the Master,
Counting all but dross.

Many sit at Jesus' table,
Few will fast with Him
When the sorrow-cup of anguish
Trembles to the brim.
Few watch with Him in the garden
Who have sung the hymn.

Many will confess His wisdom.
Few embrace his shame,
Many, should He smile upon them,
Will His praise proclaim;
Then, if for a while He leave them,
They desert his Name.

But the souls who love Him truly
In woe or in sweet bliss,
These will count their truest heart's blood
Not their own, but His;
Savior, Thou Who thus hast loved me,
Give me love like this.

~Author Unknown

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24

Thursday, March 20, 2008

First Day Of Spring

Happy Spring! :)

...Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons.....

Daniel 2:20b-21a

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Bird Watch-The first Robin of Spring

Birdwatching has been something I've enjoyed for a long while and the American Robin has aways been one of my personal favorites. As Spring fast approaches it brings back memories of seeing the first robin of the season. When we were still living in central Illinois I remember that the Winters always seemed so long and how exciting it was to see the first robin which indicated that spring had finally arrived. :) After moving to the South I was delighted to find that though the robins don't arrive in Spring, (our winters are mild anyway) we have them in the Winter. For the past few months we have enjoyed having the Robins here, one time I counted more then 50 robins in our front yard at one time! I have not seen any for a few weeks, so for those of you who live up North they are probably on their way! :) Below is a little information about Robins that I found interesting.
A Little about the American Robin:

The American Robin is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. It is widely distributed throughout North America, wintering south of Canada from Florida to central Mexico and along the Pacific Coast. It has seven subspecies, but only T. m. confinis in the southwest is particularly distinctive, with pale gray-brown underparts. It is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and The American Robin is active mostly during the day and assembles in large flocks at night. Its diet consists of invertebrates (such as beetle grubs and caterpillars), fruits and berries. It is one of the first bird species to lay eggs, beginning to breed shortly after returning to its summer range from its winter range. Its nest consists of long coarse grass, twigs, paper, and feathers, and is smeared with mud and often cushioned with grass or other soft materials. American Robin nest

-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Song:

A musical whistled phrase,
"cheerily, cheer up, cheer up, cheerily, cheer up."
Call note a sharp "chup."

Description

large thrush.
Back and wings gray.
Underparts red.
Dark head with white eye crescents.
Size: 20-28 cm (8-11 in)
Wingspan: 31-40 cm (12-16 in)
Weight: 77 g (2.72 ounces)


And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. Genesis 1:20

Monday, March 17, 2008

Blogging With a Purpose

I was honored when I learned that Vanessa from My Sustaining Grace had given me the blogging with a Purpose award. Thank you Vanessa! The rules for this award are as follows:

1. Awarded parties must nominate five people who have not received the award.
2. The blogs that receive the award must serve some purpose.

That said, I will pass the award along to the following blogs :)

~Lydia from Pearls Gleanings

~Sarah and Leah from Follow In His Steps

~Bethany from Bethany's Blog

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I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. Psalm 9:1-2

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

~Psalm 111~

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion. He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure. They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

~Psalm 111

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Hidden Rainbow

Christmas Carol Kauffman is the author of eight books. Of the seven book by Mrs. Kauffman that I have read, Hidden Rainbow probably ranks as my favorite. :) It is the true story about a family living in Yugoslavia who, after receiving a "forbidden" New Testament, are led to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

From the back cover:

Hidden Rainbow is not an imaginary story, nor one dub out of antiquity. It is an actual story about real people, the Olesh family of a solid Catholic community in Yugoslavia, and their encounter with the New Testament in the early twentieth century. Through the eyes of John and Anna Olesh the reader is taken into the intimate life of a Yugoslavian village. John is severely censured for seeking economic opportunity in America as he leaves his family behind. Upon his return the family is visited by an evangelical missionary for which they are also censured. Though they are forbidden to communicate with the missionary, they cannot forget his radiant personality and his message. While John is away from home Anna fearfully accepts a "forbidden" New Testament. The reader shares in the consequences and feels the deep loyalties of tradition hanging in the balance, and shares finally in the doubts and triumphs as John and Anna find the power of God.
You can purches a copy for $5.95 when you go to this link

Saturday, March 8, 2008

-Cherry Nut Bread-

This bread is very easy to mix up and it taste wonderful hot or cold. This recipe originally came from my grandpa on my mom's side of the family. :)

-Cherry Nut Bread-

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1 c. milk
3 tsp. baking powder
3 c. flour
1 c. chopped nuts
1 jar maraschino cherries
(cut into 1/4's & add some juice too)

Mix together the sugar, egg and milk. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder. Stir in wet ingredients. Blend in nuts and cherries. Pour in a greased loaf pan. Let stand 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cold. :)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

:::Bible Book Puzzle:::

This is a puzzle that I found recently and my sisters and I had a lot of fun trying to find all 30 names, it took awhile but we finally did find them all. It was interesting how well some of the names were "hidden.":) Have fun! Probably the easiest way to do it is to copy and paste and then print it out, which is what we did. :)

Can you find 30 books of the Bible in the paragraph below?

"This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in a n airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much he passed it on to some friend. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That 's a fact. Some people however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new sales record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, "The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight." Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus; there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God Bless."