Hospitality, Friendship, Encouragement

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Note Card Party

Having fun with Vee's Note Card Party!  If you don't already participate or follow this monthly party, you should give it a try!

I am longing to see the beautiful flowers in my garden, so I decided to make cards with photos from the past few years.

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed a taste of Spring and Summer!

Rainy Day!

Enjoying a day at home.  Rain, school, Chicken and Pasta for lunch, tea.  Auntie playing with Kamryn, legos, plastic bowls and blocks.  Lots of play.  Now it's resting time and Tim is reading The Two Towers.  

Now I need to look for Note Card Party photos.  I'm thinking of old Spring flower photos.  See you tomorrow!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scenes From A Week

 This past week flew by.  I'm beginning to feel too busy again, but I think with 20 days of school left, and my real foods class ending this week, things will settle down soon.

Our weather has been beautiful as well and we are all soaking up the sunshine and delightfully fresh air.  We also are holding our noses as we drive by the Amish farms - the manure is not making the air all that delightful.

I took the younger kids along this week when I took Rachel to her cello lesson.  The parking is an issue but there is this little community park just up the street!  The 30 minute lesson time went by so quickly as they played.  It was three o'clock in the afternoon and we had the whole place to ourselves.  

 The sky is gorgeous, isn't it?  I love late Spring!

I was able to clear out the front garden this week too.  Signs of Spring are everywhere.

 The poor garden is in need of mulch.  We didn't do any care of this area last year, because we thought my parents house was going to sell, and this spot was going to be torn up and a porch added.  So we have a bit of extra work to do in here!

 These are mini daffodils, that the previous owner planted.  They come up faithfully every year.  We've owned our cottage 13 years this Autumn.  

See those dark red shoots?  My favorite peony is coming up!

On Saturday, my parents requested the help of the younger kids to give them a hand with their yard work.  So we rounded up the chickens and put them in the dog run.
 This is Mariah and Charlotte Lucas.

 My Mom and Dad's house.

 Kamryn had spent the night with her Daddy, so she was there too! She loves to 'help.'

Tim and I ran some errands while the kids helped.  We went to one of the farms in a private growers group we've joined.  Organic produce, grass feed meats, and raw dairy is available.

We also were on the look out for a mower battery, and a local paint store had buy one, get one free on gallons of paint!  Yes, we did chose a color, but I'll show you in another post!

It was so delightful out I took photos while we were zipping along in Tim's truck.
 I love old farmhouses!

 This is a cool house.  You can see the original log cabin on the end and then the farmhouse attachment - both are old.

We hadn't had a day to be out and about together for a very long time!  It was so fun!

How was your week?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ladies Book Study

Have any of you read this book?

The ladies of my church are reading right now, and getting together once a month to discuss it.  Last night we discussed chapter two "My Life Is In Your Hands."  So very good.  This chapter discussed Humility and Submission in relation to God.

In Isaiah God says of Himself:

I Am God.
I alone explain the past and the future.
My purposes will stand, unaltered by any force.
I will do what I please.
I will do what I said I would do.
I will accomplish what I have planned.

The author says, "This is where humility and submission begin: we leave God to act in everything.  We acknowledge that our lives are in his hands.  This is the threshold from which we step into discipleship."

God is bringing this message over and over lately.  I am wondering what He is preparing me for, perhaps just to pass along this encouragement and challenge.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Great Quotes

"God is more willing to forgive your sin, than you are to confess them."  Charles Spurgeon

"Thirty seconds in confession…what inspiration is there with our heads remaining in the trash can of our sin."  Joseph Carroll

New hydrangea bought at Costco!

I really love those quotes.  How many times do we stay in the pit because we keep dwelling on our sin.  Confess it and then thank Him for his forgiveness.  He remembers it no more.

I am still pondering all I heard this weekend and trying to put it into practice.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Prayer Conference - Part One

Tim and I haven't been to any kind of conference except of the Home Education kind, in the last 20 years probably.

Our good friends asked us if we would like to go with them to a prayer conference, at the Bible school that their son attends, and where our daughter Emma is planning to attend this fall.  We agreed and Friday we set out together on a 10 hour drive to South Carolina.  

The time flew and before we knew it we were arriving, got settled in, had supper and the first session of the conference - which I wrote about on Friday.

Saturday morning, which is what I want to write about today, one of the speakers shared with us the "one liners" that he has collected over the years that lead him into worship during his prayer time.  This conference was not about corporate prayer, though that is important, it was about personal, daily time in communion with the Lord.  It wasn't a conference about how to have quiet time - read this - pray for those on your prayer list - done.

No, it was about getting before the Lord to seek His face in worship and fellowship with Him, to hear His voice.  The focus was on worshipping the Lord personally.

Here are a few that were meaningful to me.

"Your thoughts of God are too human" - Martin Luther

"Jesus doesn't come to put us in jail, He comes to rescue us!" - Ken Davis

Psalm 103 is the Believers Hymnbook - He forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and executes righteousness.

"The truest expression of trust in God will always be worship" - RC Sproul

We may open the Word, but God must open the understanding.

Do you know this chorus?

"My redeemer is faithful and true

Everything He has said, He will do

And every morning His mercies are new

My Redeemer is faithful and true."

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Weekend Away

We are away for the weekend.  Tim and I, and our friends John and Bonnie.  A double date of sorts.

We are in South Carolina for a prayer conference.  The first evening is over and it was so good.  

The Lord was speaking to my heart tonight - He is the reward for those who diligently seek Him.  HE is enough!

Hebrews 11:6 -
  • But without faith it is impossible to please Him , for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Our faith, our trust pleases Him, and in turn He rewards us by revealing Himself to us.

Looking forward to all that the Lord has for us this weekend!