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Archive for December, 2011

To Follow Him

 

 

A Christ-follower.

Years passed as my feet splashed puddles; Glimpses -refreshing sprays- of glory.

A woman. I am flesh. I am a sinner.

But I am thirsty. My soul is open as He pours.

All I can drink, He gives.

This water of life, this spirit, this Savior that fills me.

It is pure, it is joy beyond understanding, it is my God.

 

A Christ-follower.

I am washed. I drink as I am plunged. What joy is yet to come in this covenant?

Without Him I am stripped. I crack. I am a sinner without hope.

Empty me of what I am. Fill me with His glory. 

He pours in-out life. He is all in all.

What fills me is deep, this Spirit washes over me, my Savior has given me new life.

It is pure, it is joy beyond understanding, it is my God.

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My Favorites in a Musical 1, 2, 3!

I’m not a huge contemporary Christian music fan. I do listen, but find I have a short attention span for most kinds of music. Lately though, oh, how I’ve been loving this guy: BTD Album Covers

Bebo Norman! His music is spiritually deep and his vocals are powerful. I also love that he is a huge Compassion Advocate!

http://bebonorman.com/

 

Corrine May is my musical gold mine. Her voice is beautiful, soothing, and we must have been born under the same star because her song choices suit me to a tee! I love this quote from her biography page: “In her songs, the scars sustained through life’s challenges become the fertile soil in which the seeds of hope are sown. “ And what is not to be enamored with about this, “To reflect about the sanctity of life, the reality that we all begin life, in essence as a ‘seed’, and the difference one person’s life can make.  For, as (Corrine) writes in the song “Beautiful Seed” : “There is hope in every heartbeat/ Tiny as it seems/ You’re a beautiful seed”.”

Her version of “Be Thou My Vision” is so rich in beauty, thick in worship. Be Thou My Vision – YouTube

 

Third in this list is Secret Garden. http://www.secretgarden.no/lowband/fs_facts_feeling.html

Their Irish themed, violin led music is so pretty.

 

 

 

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The decorations, food and gifts looked so pretty!

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Since I can’t decorate a cake to save my life (you should have seen last year’s Mickey Mouse disaster!) I bought a $10 re-usable cupcake tier and these super cute cupcake decorations. I thought it turned out so pretty!

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She was all grins and adorableness for her Princess Birthday!

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Oh the pink colored sugar overload!

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Dean got in on the pink cupcake eating action, boy style!

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Anna and Dean have been leapfrogging each other with fevers and pitiful runny noses all month.

 

Mary Poppins knew exactly what she was talking about, “A spoonful of sugar!”

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The concoction of goodies that I mix up for the babies on almost a daily basis lately.

 

This recipe helps soothe sore throats, calms coughs and hydrates feverish little bodies. Mix in some healthful vitamins and voila! A less sick, sick baby!

 

Hot Lemonade:

A Sippy Cup with warm water

A 1/2 Tsp. of 100% Lemon Juice

A Tablespoon of honey

A 1/4 Tsp. of Primal Defense Kids Probiotics

A 1/4 of a broken capsule of Echinacea and Golden Seal

 

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Out of This Nothing

His presence fills me deep.

A joy, a praise, a breathlessness seizes me.

Why choose this child, Lord?

Why choose me?

I am so awed at what He has called me to be.

Out of this nothing…this incomplete.

From the empty I hear Him speak.

A spirit whisper: Nothing is not what I have in store for you.

My heart-soul bursts.

What a Savior I am able to serve.

It is Him.

It is only Him.

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Christmas Baking: Let it Begin!

Miniature loaves of yummy pumpkin bread all tied up with string. A doubled recipe made 18 of these!

Triple Chocolate Cookie Balls/ Jello-Holiday

A reminder to myself to absolutely make these this Christmas!

WHAT YOU NEED

1 pkg.
(3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding

1/2 cup
cold milk

36
OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)

1-1/2 pkg.
(8 squares each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate (12 squares), melted

1 square
BAKER’S White Chocolate, melted

 Triple-Chocolate Cookie Balls 1:19

  • 1Beat pudding mix and milk in medium bowl with whisk 2 min. Add cookie crumbs; mix well.
  • 2Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip in semi-sweet chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
  • 3Refrigerate 20 min. or until firm. Drizzle with white chocolate; refrigerate 10 min. or until firm.

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The subject of words has been on my mind enough lately that the topic has begun to feel a bit like having Mexican jumping beans bouncing around in my head.

I’m not talking about just words in general, of course. I am talking about how words can be used, taken for granted; the careless use of words and how people can be so heavily influenced by them in positive and negative ways.

I have also been considering how God intends for us to use words.

I find that it is one of the more difficult things I struggle with on a daily basis, to control the use of my words. But the struggle is a battle I must choose to win, because I firmly believe that God desires us to drastically control how we use words. I will explain why I hold this belief in just a moment.

I have really noticed lately how the world around us promotes the careless use of words and actually seems to condone expression in an uncontrolled manner. I would venture to say that nearly anything is permissible to pass from our lips as long as it is somewhat politically correct. I know I am being a bit vague here and I will try and explain a little more carefully. It just seems as though it is completely acceptable for people to state exactly how they are feeling at any given time, regardless of whether this statement is worth listening to, or if it is hurtful and offensive to someone. Sometimes it even appears as though there is a certain amount of pride that goes along with one’s ability to “hold nothing back.”

Granted, it is so much easier sometimes to just vent what we are feeling. I will use myself as an example. I regularly dig up bones from the past and the present (a habit I am praying God will help me break). If given the right leeway, I can really open up a can of worms and start spewing things out of my mouth about how so and so did this or that and how it affected me. Not only do I believe that it is not pleasing to God for me to allow myself to give into vocalizing these hateful things, I am completely convinced that it is harmful to my own spirit. Spouting angry words only seems to make me more angry and victimized.  “A foolish man gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds back.” (Proverbs 29:11)

“Oh!” You might say, “But this person harmed me in such a way that my venting to them, or about them, is entirely justified!” I think this attitude is wrong, but incredibly difficult to control. However, there are gentle ways to express to someone how they have offended you without ripping their heart out in return. Also, there are times when wrongs do need to be expressed. However, this must be done in as absolutely careful and  prayerful manner as can be attained. “Like a gold ring or an ornament of gold is a wise reprover to a listening ear.” (Proverbs 25:12) I also understand that is also necessary to speak out if someone is being harmed and needs to be defended. “Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” (Psalms 82:3)

Again, I realize how much, much, much easier it is to vent and spew things out of our mouths than it is to control our tongues. Often I even feel jealous of someone who is expressing themselves negatively and saying exactly how they feel.”When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.” (Proverbs 10:19) Part of me often wants to shout out from the rooftops (social media is handy for this), without sparing any detail, my feelings about things that absolutely do not need to be vented. But I must stop myself and here is why: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matt 12:36-37) That scripture hits me like a ton of bricks every time. Jesus did not sugar coat His warning to us on the use of our words, did He?

It will probably take me a lifetime, but I pray that God gives me the grace to learn control over my words so that I may use “words of life and not of death…” (Proverbs 18: 21) and in doing so, fulfill this scripture: “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” Proverbs 25:11

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