Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
What a comfort to know that we don't have to fear anything, be it actual raging rivers and fiery furnaces or situations that are just as menacing. Beth talks about how God can choose to deliver us from trials in three ways: Option 1-He can deliver us from the fire, and we will be thankful that we don't have to go through that trial. Option 2-He can deliver us through the fire, and our faith will be strengthened and refined as we trust in Him more. Option 3-He can deliver us by the fire into His arms for eternity. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were delivered through the fire, but they were unharmed. In fact, the Bible tells us "...there was no smell of fire on them." (Daniel 3:27) Even more than that, the ropes that bound them were gone. Doesn't God sometimes use trials to not only strengthen our faith, but to burn the ropes of the enemy that hold us captive? Ropes of self-righteousness, doubt, fear, insecurity, and many others can be burned away, leaving us free to live for Him. That lesson really got me thinking about the ropes that are holding me captive. I pray that I will be able to come through my trials without my ropes and not smelling of smoke.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
You can designate on each box whether it is for a boy or a girl, and what age range. They ask that you include at least $7 to cover shipping costs. Also, Samaritan's Purse encourages you to include your picture and address, so that the child could write to you if he or she wanted, and so they can put a face on the person who wanted to share the love of Jesus with them. I would love to hear what you put in your boxes!
-little stuffed animals and other toys
-hygeine items like soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste
-hard candy (nothing that will melt)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
How can you expect to keep your powers of hearing when you never want to listen? That God should have time for you, you seem to take as much for granted as that you cannot have time for Him.
Convicting, isn't it? How precious our time is, and how important it is that we spend it with Him.
On a totally different note, yesterday we had our bathroom scale in the kitchen (I have no idea why), and I told Kyle to step up on it. I said, "Whoa, Kyle, 25 pounds!" I didn't get an actual picture of him then, but this is the smile he gave me:
He was so proud of that 25 pounds!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
I found these at a dollar store in Arizona when I was visiting my grandparents last winter. And since it was in January, they were on clearance for 11 cents!
Nanny and Bop gave me these for my birthday. I think they found them in an antique store.
Amy gave me these last Christmas, before I had started my collection because she knew I would love them.
I also got these ones for my birthday from Nanny and Bop. Nanny said when she was a little girl, every lady had a tomato salt and pepper shaker set.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
"God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason."Not knowing his personal relationship with God, I guess I can't say for sure this "steady radiance" he mentions is the Light of God, but it applies, doesn't it? It is amazing how we wilt without His Light as our focus. Another one:
Give me a pure heart - that I may see Thee, A humble heart - that I may hear Thee, A heart of love - that I may serve Thee, A heart of faith - that I may abide in Thee.This next one is probably my favorite. It is a prayer, and the wording seems a little odd because it is translated from Swedish, but I think it also makes it seem more thoughtful and eloquent.
Thou who art over us, Thou who art one of us, Thou who art - Also within us, May all see Thee - in me also, May I prepare a way for Thee, May I thank Thee for all that shall fall to my lot, May I also not forget the needs of others. Keep me in Thy love, As Thou wouldst that all should be kept in mine. May everything in this my being be directed to Thy glory. And may I never despair, For I am under Thy hand, And in Thee is all power and goodness.I have these three on my wall by my desk at work, and they inspire me every time I read them. Like I said, without knowing more about the guy and really studying the theology behind his faith, I don't know exactly where his heart was, and I don't think it's my place to know exactly where his heart was. If you ever get a chance to read his book, there are some interesting things in there.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Hope these brought a smile to your face! - Julie
Monday, October 5, 2009
This cake I made just because I wanted to practice. I think I brought it to a Bible Study I was doing this past summer.
This one I made for the birthday of a lady in our mom's Bible Study. I was practicing my roses.
They all tasted very good, but I think this one was my favorite to eat, being that it was ice cream. All summer at work, Ogema and Rob, the other two guys here besides my dad and his partner, kept saying they didn't think I could make an ice cream cake as good as Dairy Queen. By their own admittance, I proved them wrong!
When our friends came back from a missions trip to Poland this summer, we had a picnic so they could tell us all about it. I was asked to bring the dessert.
My aunt asked me to make a birthday cake for a co-worker of hers. I was excited to try out my new pastry tip for making the chrysanthemums.