Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Check out this 2 year old

This is a neat rendition of Abraham Lincoln's famous words.....Gettysburg.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sweet Peas

Is there anything quite so lovely, delicate, and resilient in the wind as Sweet Peas?? (okay spider webs are quite fascinating too...) The Lord has definitely created some incredible and wonderful and tender things for us to marvel at... and for which to worship Him. :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Zucchini Drop Cookies

It's the season for zucchini!! This year our garden "experiment" is not producing the expected copious amounts of zucchini, at least, not yet. However, a generous friend gave me 2 large ones to enjoy. The first squash was made into a raspberry sauce/add-in for the homemade yogurt we expect to make and eat in the winter. The second squash is likely to be made into these delicious cookies. I usually grate up the whole zucchini with my Kitchen-Aid. Then I bake one batch of cookies and freeze the remaining vegetable for use later. This recipe can also be adjusted by substituting 1/2 butter and 1/2 yogurt (or sour cream) for the 1 cup I usually use chocolate chips instead of nuts. Try it and let me know how you like it!!

Zucchini Drop Cookies
1 c. margarine
1 c. sugar or 3/4 c. honey
1 egg
1 c. zucchini, peeled and grated (although I often leave the peel on)
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. flour (1 c. white, 1 c. whole-wheat)
1 tsp. connamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. oatmeal
1 c. raisins
1 c. walnuts

In a large bowl, cream margarine, sugar, and egg.
Then add the zucchini and soda.
Mix in the flour and spices.
Add the oats, raisins and nuts.
Drop by teaspoons onto lightly greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375ยบ for 12 to 15 minutes.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Scrapbooking Freebie

I love freebies!! Here's one from for some Digital Scrapbooking software.... just note it's not compatible for Mac computers..... Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

What Do Your Walls Say?

Just came upon Fruitful Vine Creations which provides lettering to adorn your walls at home. I've often wondered about putting up all the pictures of my beloved and beautiful babes.... questioning whether or not it is breeding vanity or self-centeredness, but not taken them down yet. I've also wondered about photos of God's creation, as a breaking of the 2nd commandment. I know the Amish are very clear about what they put on their walls - nothing but the word of God. Apparently my great-grandmother had the same convictions, though her daughter (my dear Oma) did not continue to hold such thoughts, as she loved decorative items, particularly lovely plates.

I guess I have a few questions to be sorted out in my head still.
1. Is it wrong to place anything on our walls that could take our eyes off the centerpiece of our minds - the Lord Himself??
2. What would be helpful to place on our walls, as even the Old Testament talks about "writing on doorposts"?

Well, just some ponderings. I welcome your comments and insights and wrestlings with such a topic.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Gotta Say Something....

Ok.  So I haven't blogged in a loooooong time.... But I need to start again, and why not today.
I came upon Holy Experience and her post today is striking such a chord in my soul.  Bong.  I also struggle with living in a home of sinful and redeemed people.  Clang.  I also get frazzled by daily dinner plans and lost wallets, lost keys, lost shoes, lost purses, lost cell phones, lost.... you get the picture.  Ding.  I cling to the cross of Christ, trusting His blood to make all clean.  Dong.  There is nothing that captures my heart like hymns being sung by a family at peace - that includes the family of God gathering corporately.  (BTW, why is it that there  is something so special about sharing in music by the joining of voices?)

So take a peek at Ann's post and let me know what chords are ringing in your heart.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Is Anybody Listening - Haiti

As a memory from just weeks ago, here's an inspiring song about Haiti

Monday, February 08, 2010

Lord, Teach Me to Pray- Ch.5

-Chistians cannot grow unless their lives are characterized by praise.

-Proud people don’t praise God- they are too consumed with themselves.

-Praising God gives Him glory.

-According to the Bible, praise involves three elements:

-naming God’s attributes

-naming God’s works

-offering thanks


-Scriptures powerfully and extensively reveals the character of God enabling us to praise HIm better.

-It is a good habit just to review God’s character when you pray and remember that He is a God of infinite love, glory, grace, majesty, mercy, and wisdom. He is invincible!


-God’s attributes are manifest in His works.

-The psalms are filled with the record of the great things God has done.

-Whenever we have a problem we don’t know how to solve, we should praise God for His wisdom and might, as demonstrated in biblical history.

-As we recite the many things God has done, we affirm HIs worthiness.

-Praise bolsters confidence in God because He has proven Himself trustworthy in the past.


-Naming the attributes and works of God easily leads to thanking Him for all He has done, is doing, and will do.

-At the heart of all praise is thanksgiving.

-Thanksgiving is the antidote to worry.

-God’s providence- which is His sovereign overruling and arranging of all of life’s contingencies into a divine plan for the blessing of believers - should cause us to be thankful for anything that happens in our lives.

-Because God actually uses all difficulties for our good, there is nothing we cannot thank Him for.

-Give every situation over to God’s sovereign control, trusting Him because you know His history of wisdom and power and you understand His promise to supply all your needs (Phil.4:19).

-Nothing about you escapes Him (Ps.139:3)

-You know He cares about you (1Pet.5:7), and He has the power to overcome every difficulty (Ps.62:11)

-But He uses suffering to perfect you to be like Christ (Phil.1:6), and His power and understanding are infinite (Ps.147:5).

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Lord, Teach Me to Pray- Ch.4

-Without doubt the most important element in prayer is confession of sin.

-”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”(1John 1:9)

-The original Greek words express continual confession as an essential characteristic of true holiness.

-The forgiveness and cleansing are continual. As the Christian continually confesses, God continually grants pardon and purification.

-But the daily forgiveness Jesus taught us to pray for is a familial forgiveness. It is the remedy for God’s fatherly displeasure when we sin (Heb.12:5-11)

-the forgiveness we seek in our daily walk is not pardon from an angry Judge, but mercy from a grieved Father.

-So the primary feature of confession is agreeing with God that we are helplessly guilty. In fact, the Greek word for confession is homologeo, which literally means “say the same”.

-Confessing our sins therefore means acknowledging that God’s perspective of our transgressions is correct.

-You have not honestly confessed your sins until you have longed to be rid of them.


-Confession is a healthy beginning for prayer because it provides a reminder that we do not deserve anything God gives us. A materialistic perspective on prayer gets eliminated when we go before God with the brokenness and the contrite heart of people who confess their sins.

-In Isaiah 66:2 the Lord says, “On this one will I look; on him who is poor and contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.”

-When any believer confesses his sin, God can chasten (discipline) him without being though of as unfair.


-First, a right view of sin is the recognition that sin deserves judgment.

-A right view of sin also recognizes an urgent need for cleansing.

-Another crucial part of having a right view of sin is accepting full responsibility for it.

-When we take personal responsibility for our sin, we will advance toward spiritual maturity.

-A right view of sin also recognizes that we sin because it is in our nature to do so.


-God is not concerned with external behavior but with the thoughts and motives of our hearts.

-David recognized God’s holiness.

-David also referred to God’s authority over sin: “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. “(Ps.51:7)

-David also recognized God’s compassion: “Make me hear joy and gladness, that the bones You have broken may rejoice.”(Ps.51:8)

-Finally, David understood God’s mercy: “Hide Your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities” (Ps.51:9)


-David understood that he needed to turn from his sin and live a godly life for 3 reasons

-For the sake of sinners

-To glorify God

-For the sake of saints

-Only when we are in a right relationship with God can we intercede for others.

Lord, Teach Me to Pray- Ch.3

  • I think of prayer as living in continual God-consciousness, in which everything we see and experience becomes a kind of prayer, lived in deep awareness of and surrender to our heavenly Father. Whatever happens, there is a Godward response.


-When you pray for something, keep at it until you have an answer.

-Luke 11:5-10

-If such a reluctant and sinful friend will honor persistence, how much more will our holy, loving, sympathetic heavenly Father respond to us?

-If we don’t get an immediate answer to our request, or if events don’t turn out exactly or as quickly as we hoped they would, our Lord’s word to us is to not lose heart (Luke 18:1)

-God longs to respond to His chosen children who are persistent in prayer - even though He often, for good reasons, makes us wait longer than we wish.

-We can never, by our persistence, force God to do what we want against His will; but we do need to demonstrate to Him a heart of compassion and the genuineness of a concerned and caring soul.


-Several times Jesus told the disciples to “watch and pray” (Matt 26:41; Mark 13:33; 14:38; Luke 21:36)

-We cannot pray intelligently unless we are alert to what is going on around us.

-We need to keep our eyes open- to be alert to the spiritual needs of others.

-We are to be looking outward, not inward.

-through God’s answers to specific prayers we clearly see Him put His love and power on display.

-If we are not alert to the specific problems and needs of others, we can’t pray about them specifically and earnestly. But when we do, we can watch for God’s answer, rejoice in it when it comes, and then offer Him our thankful praise.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Lord, Teach Me to Pray- Ch.2

  • “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (John 14:13)
  • “If you ask anything in My name, I will do it” (John 14:14)
  • To understand the meaning of prayer in Jesus’ name, we need to understand how the word “name” is used in the Bible. In Scripture, the name of God embodies all that He is.
  • So when Christ commands us to pray in His name, He wants us to pray consistent with who He is- His person His will, and His purposes.
  • So how do we know the will of Christ? Scripture gives us “the mind of Christ” in a very large measure (1 Cor.2:16)
  • But the fact is many times we don’t know His specific will on an issue. At that pont we simply need to ask God for His will to be done (Matt.6:10)


  • If you don’t believe God’s promises, the Bible says you make Him a liar (1 John 5:10). As Christians, we dishonor God when we doubt Him.
  • The Psalms will build your knowledge of God’s person; the Law reveals His righteous character; and the historical books recount how He displayed His power on behalf of His people. That is the right foundation on which to build your faith. As your faith grows stronger, you can proceed with life in peace even before God answers each specific prayer, because you will believe that He is going to answer in His own time for your good and His glory.


  • Offer prayers that are consistent with the Spirit’s prayers so that you are committed only to God’s will.
  • Praying in the Spirit is the same as praying in the name of Christ- praying in a manner consistent with who HIe is and what His will is.
  • As our lives are filled with the Spirit, as we walk in obedience to Him, and as we are constantly communing with God, the Spirit of God will govern our thoughts so that our prayers will be in harmony with Him.


  • What James is saying (in James 5:16) is that if you expect God to answer your prayers, you must be committed to living a righteous life.
  • “Whatever we ask and receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight” (1 John3:22)
  • “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear” (Psalm 66:18)
  • “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15)