October 23, 2012

Cast all your Cares on Him

Grey skies today. And a bit of rain, too.

But Sunday the sun was shining. I drove home from church amidst the bright orange and red trees, the sky a bright blue with puffy white clouds gathering. What a lovely Fall Day it was.

I should have been rejoicing and praising God, but instead tears rolled down my cheeks.

I complained to the Lord because of the conviction I felt from the message given at church.

"But Lord! Your hand is so heavy on me! Again, you are pointing out where I am wrong.  Again, I see my sin, but what about THEM? They are so mean! They think it is O.K. to treat me cruelly.  They are unreasonable."

"Do you really want me to turn the other cheek? Do you really expect me to pray for them and love them?"

Hate threatened to bubble to the surface as I thought, "The injustice of it all!"

How Patient and Kind my Lord is with me.  He reminded me of what He endured on the cross.

"Yes, Lord."

I made a pot of tea and a piece of toast when I got home. The house was a cluttered mess around me.  A little butter, a little blackberry jam.  I warmed my hands on my mug and noticed the worn copy of "My Utmost for His Highest" on the side table.

Opening it, I read:
We do not need the grace of God to withstand crises—human nature and pride are sufficient for us to face the stress and strain magnificently. But it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed, and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is ingrained in us that we have to do exceptional things for God—but we do not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things of life, and holy on the mean streets, among mean people—and this is not learned in five minutes. ~ O.C.

While this settled my mind to obedience, I still felt overwhelmed with the heaviness. 

How Patient and Kind my Lord is with me! He gently comforted me with the reminder that He is coming soon.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  1 Thess 4:16-18

I thanked Him for the reminder and set myself to cleaning up the house.  Soon after, I came across this little bit from "Streams in the Desert."

The words often on Jesus' lips in His last days express vividly the idea, "going to the Father." We, too, who are Christ's people, have vision of something beyond the difficulties and disappointments of this life. We are journeying towards fulfillment, completion, expansion of life. We, too, are "going to the Father." Much is dim concerning our home-country, but two things are clear. It is home, "the Father's House." It is the nearer presence of the Lord. We are all wayfarers, but the believer knows it and accepts it. He is a traveller, not a settler.  ~ R. C. Gillie

Sometimes life is overwhelming because I am seeking satisfaction in the here and now.  But this is not my  real home and the trials put me in remembrance.

Whatever your cares are today, cast them upon the Lord. He cares for you and will answer all your questions.  Trust Him!

October 13, 2012

October Daybook

(click on the picture above for more daybook fun)


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Outside our window...

yellow, orange and brown leaves all over the yard; a gentle mist falling, and my colorful zinnias still hanging on to bring a little cheer.

I am thankful...

for the lovely visit I had with my Auntie Rhoda this week. What an unexpected pleasure!

I am wearing...

A "foresty" green plaid skirt with a wine colored long-sleeve tee and a "foresty" green cardigan. I have on matching pumps and a cameo necklace to tie it all together.  When I walk out the door, I will also wear my wine colored wool coat.

"looking good, Mom!" from the lovies.

From the kitchen..

Fresh salsa from our garden produce.  What will I do with all these cherry tomatoes?

Also, a sweet mandarin orange cake full of walnuts.  It is perfectly paired with Jasmine tea on a cool Autumn day.

I am learning...

That insight or understanding is sometimes meant to produce in us long-suffering - PATIENCE - and not necessarily an opportunity for speaking our mind.

Some verses on my mind...

"Measure thy life by loss and not by gain,
Not by the wine drunk, but by the wine poured forth.
For love's strength standeth in love's sacrifice,
And he who suffers most has most to give."

 ~ Streams in the Desert, Oct 10

I am creating...

An organized closet! Yeah!

I bought a few pretty storage boxes to put my papers and pictures in. Now I can take them out of my ugly plastic bins. Also, sending a big bag of unused clothes to Goodwill. It is nice to clean things out.

I am going...

to make a big batch of meatballs for freezer.

I am remembering...

The children trying so desperately to fly their kite earlier this week.

Not a breeze to be found, yet they never gave up. Finally, running with all her might, (and me praying at a distance) Sophia got that kite up in the air.  It stayed up for about 5 seconds - a GLORIOUS five seconds.

You would have loved the shouts of excitement.  Can't wait for a windy day to really see that kite fly.

I am reading...

My Bible, and some children's books by Patricia St. John. Going to start soon her biography on her father.

Around the house...

The lights are on during the day now.

The sounds of Christmas carols are being practised on the children's violins.

Some of my favorite things...


Warm sweaters

A place for everything and everything in its place

A few plans for the month:

Continue with my neck and back treatments.  They are making a difference. Little Naomi has been diagnosed with scoliosis so she will be doing regular therapy with me.  This is a big part of our schedule every week.  Lots of time and money being spent, but it is necessary.

We have found a board game we love - Blokus.  And the children have discovered Charades. Two fun things to do in the quiet evening hours.

Pray about how the Lord would have us celebrate the holidays this year.

October 06, 2012

Saturdays Seekings


Get wisdom, get understanding:
forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee:
love her, and she shall keep thee.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom:
and with all thy getting get understanding.
Exalt her, and she shall promote thee:
she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace:
a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Proverbs 4:5-9


For the LORD giveth wisdom:
out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous:
he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
He keepeth the paths of judgment,
and preserveth the way of his saints.
Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment,
and equity; yea, every good path.
Proverbs 2:6-9


Say to wisdom, "You are my sister,"
And call understanding your nearest kin.
Proverbs 7:4


If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God,
that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not;
and it shall be given him.
James 1:5


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10


October 02, 2012

Hello Again

It has been a lifetime since I've blogged at The Times. Spiritually speaking, I have climbed a few mountains, nearly drowned in deep watery pits, burned hot and long in a fire.  Just when I thought I was lost forever in a dense jungle, the Lord "leadeth me beside the still waters and maketh me to lie down in green pastures."

I am so glad that I don't "run the race that is set before me" alone. He walks with me and talks with me along life's narrow way.

The pain of the last few weeks has been deep. But, the result has been real change in me and my relationship with my Lord. He gives us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning. I'm sorry I can't share with you more specifically all that I have been going through. It will probably come out in drips here and there throughout the future Times. Surely though, and only because of our loving Lord Jesus, I can say confidently,

"It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes."  Psalm 119:71


What's going on now?

Back to school doing our Math, Reading, Writing, and Music

Children are busy memorizing scripture.  When they have reached their goal, then they get to take lessons.
Noah wants to take Karate, Naomi wants to take Horseback riding, and Sophia is undecided.  She wants to learn everything.

I have started cooking again. I'm sure the family is happy about that. Went grocery shopping the other day and thought, "Guess I should do something with all this food!"

I started seeing a new chiropractor using the Pettibon system. Interesting.  I'll let you know about any progress.

Fall is coming. I guess it's here already. I'm not looking forward to it and yet it is a season I love.  I think I don't want it to come because it is such a family time and with family comes SO much.  A heavy much.

Biscuit (our chicken) is still alive and kicking and being spoiled with fresh veggies and tid bits from our table. We, in turn, thank her for her fresh egg every morning.

Mr. Santos continues to work hard. He is doing much better from his injuries earlier this year.

I am at the library. We took internet out of the house for a while. It has been a different life without it. I don't know if it is good or bad.  Anyways, the timer is about to go off so I can let someone else use the computer.  I'm off! "See" you again soon.  Leave me a comment. I miss you all!


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