Thursday, November 09, 2006


One more quotation.:-) this from an out-of-print book, The Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart.

Says one who was her assistant for some years,

"She delighted in seeing her plan upset by unexpected events, saying that it gave her great comfort, and that she looked on such things as an assurance that God was watching over her stewardship, was securing the accomplishment of His will, and working out His own designs. Whether she traced the secondary causes to the prayer of a child, to the imperfection of an individual, to obstacles arising from misunderstandings, or to interference of outside agencies, she was joyfully and graciously ready to recognize the indication of God's ruling hand, and to allow herself to be guided by it."

Friday, October 06, 2006


The Johnson Family is extremely excited and can not wait any longer to tell you all the great news. We are expecting!!! The baby is expected June 7 2007. We announced our wonderful news on Sunday to the grandparents and many aunts and uncles. They are all rejoicing with us. :-) We are tremendously grateful to the Lord and are rejoicing in this marvelous gift.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

First Appointment By Woodrow kroll

O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.

How amazing it is that finite creatures such as you and I may have fellowship with the infinite God. Yet this is our privilege as Christians; it is our right. But rights always bring responsibilities.

Psalm 63 is a gem of a morning psalm. The eloquent preacher of the fourth century, Chrysostom, testifies, "It was decreed and ordained by the primitive fathers, that no day should pass without the public singing of this psalm." It is easy to see why the early Christians sang this song aloud at the beginning of every day. They would start their song, "O God, Thou art my God." This is easy to say, but difficult to live. To say that God is our God conveys a great deal of benefit. Because He is our God, all that He has is ours as well. We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17). Ours is not an empty relationship with God but one filled with great blessing, great benefit, great privilege.

But all of us who claim the Lord as our God don't just receive special favors from Him; we return special services to Him. This is why in Psalm 118:28 David says, "Thou art my God, and I will praise Thee: Thou art my God, I will exalt Thee." Because He is our God and because we have special rights it is incumbent upon us to exercise certain responsibilities. This David recognizes when he says, "O God, Thou art my God: early will I seek thee" (Psalm 63:1).

While as servants of God we may claim interest in Him, we also must exhibit our duty toward Him. Before all things, at the dawn of every day, before we seek anyone else, before we have our breakfast, "early will I seek Thee."

There seems to be a direct relationship between seeking God in the morning and success throughout the day. Dr. Andrew Bonar once wrote in his diary: "Tonight I gave myself to a time of waiting upon the Lord. I had not been much in the spirit of prayer, but now several things have become clear to me. I realize I have not communed enough with the Lord, nor come to Him as often as I should. Little forethought has been given to the requests I've made. There has been much conversing and outward engagement with men, but I have not been occupied enough with God Himself. I also realize that a closeness to Him gives abundant strength and is like sunlight shining through the clouds on a gloomy day." Bonar recognized that had he sought the Lord early, at the beginning of his day, and walked with Him consistently throughout the day, his evening time of waiting on the Lord in prayer would have been much more productive. The same is true for each of us.

Satisfaction for the soul cannot be found apart from fellowship with the Lord. David the psalmist sought to maintain his companionship with God from early morning until late at night. He made a practice of being in the "presence" of God throughout the day by the blessed privilege of prayer.

When our souls thirst for the Lord as our parched tongues thirst for water, when our appetite for righteousness equals our appetite for food, then we will make it a habit of rising early in the morning to make our first appointment of the day an appointment with God. He will be the first one on our minds in the morning, and the last one on our minds at night.

When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries;
May Jesus Christ be praised;
Alike at work and prayer
To Jesus I repair;
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Quote for thought...

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest. -Mohandas K.Gandhi (1869-1948)

Role in Ministry

I read this, this morning and thought I would share it with everyone.

Hope you enjoy it!

Friday, August 25, 2006

Word of the month... ;-)

tarantism (TAR-uhn-tiz-uhm) noun

An uncontrollable urge to dance.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Happy Birthday to my Husband

Today is my husband's (Matt's) birthday. He is 25 today and in a great mood. :) If you have a moment then stop by his side and wish him a great b-day. He is the most wonderful and loving husband. He is full of wisdom, knowledge and kindness. I love him with all my heart and could not be more in love and more proud of him.

To the most wonderful husband...Happy Birthday!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Wow! Life stays busy. :)

I had thought that life would slow down and I would have written those posts about our courtship. I have not written them yet, and I have not forgotten (how could I with all the encouragement to get them written and posted?). :) Anyway, life is still wonderful and busy. Things are slowing down in many ways, but others things are just picking up. Two very good friends of mine and my husband's are getting married in August and we are honored to be involved in that, as well as her bridal shower. It is so much fun!!! I love planning out what it will look like and getting things ready for the shower as well as the wedding. They are coming over to our home tonight to talk and let me work on her hair style, for the wedding. She asked me to do her hair for the wedding, so I have got to figure out what exactly she would like and how I can make sure it is like that on the wedding day. :-) Exciting, but a little scary too. My husband has been very busy with work and I have been very busy with work, the house, my husband and our family. :) Life just keeps on going. God is so good though. I am enjoying it completely and entirely. He keeps showing me His hand and love all around my family (husband and I).

Anyway, I am going to start on the post of our courtship and engagement. Matt and I want to get those up before too long. We are going to try to sit down this week and work on them, so we will see what we can do and get them posted as quickly as we can. :)

Monday, July 03, 2006


I thought this was a fascinating word.

scintillescent (sint-uh-LES-uhnt) adjective

Sparkling or twinkling.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Psalms 66
1 Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Thoughts for today

Good Day!
It is a beautiful day full of new life and sunshine. When I wake up to days like this and take the time to stop and really look at them I am amazed and full of warmth. The Lord is so good to us. He gives us days to enjoy, if we will take the time to see the beauty He has left us here on earth. I think it is sad when I miss the beauty around me. I am too busy with life in the fast lane and I miss the small things in life that can show me another piece of God's magnificence. On my way to work today I got to see some rabbits in a field, birds along the side of the road on the telephone wires, squirrels in the trees, and the flowers showing off, for all who will look. All of these little things are showing off their beauty for the glory of the Lord. Psalms 29:2 - Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalms 90:17 - And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
There is so much beauty in the things of the Lord. We need to slow down and see it around us occasionally. Just some thoughts for the day. :)
Hope you are able to stop and see the good and the beauty in what the Lord has left around you today. It may be something outside, inside, or in a person that you are ministering to or with today. Psalms 34:8 - O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him

Friday, June 02, 2006

A Chance to Die

A Chance to Die
By Elisabeth Elliot

To be transformed into the image of Christ I must learn his character, love his obedience to the will of the Father, and begin, step by step, to walk the same pathway. For Christ the pathway of obedience began with emptying Himself. I must begin at the same place. He rejoiced in serving the Father's purposes.

He "made Himself nothing." (Phil 2:7 NEB)

"You must arm yourselves with a temper of mind like His." (l Pt 4:1 NEB)

"If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, he must leave self behind." (Mt 16:24 NEB)

What does this mean? Is it mere words? How can one leave self behind, make himself nothing? The answer will not come in a vacuum. If a man or woman honestly wishes to be a follower, the opportunity will present itself. Christ will say, "Here is your chance. Now, in this situation, you must make your choice. Will it be self? Or will you choose Me?"

An older missionary said something to Amy Carmichael when she was a young missionary that stayed with her for life. She had spoken of something which was not to her liking. His reply was, "See in it a chance to die."

Thursday, June 01, 2006

I'm Back

We are back home and both of us are working again. :) Married life is wonderful and I am enjoying it completely and entirely. We had a great honeymoon and have been home for 3 days now and that has been lots of fun as well. We have gotten to see both of our families a few times and have enjoyed talking to them and catching up. It was fun hearing all the little things that have happened while we've been gone.

Anyway, I am back and starting a life with my husband in our house...:-) Wow, I love the sound of that "our house". : )

I will try to blog again soon.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Only 4 more days and counting.....

Wow! Only 4 more days till the big day and boy is it going to be busy. This week so far has been very busy and I am very glad for it.

My Mama sent this to me this morning and I thought it was very good, so I am passing it on.

Philippians 2:5-9 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:"

" When God notices that Adam is alone,
when He affirms that it is not good
for Adam to be alone, He does not
then create Eve to solve his loneliness
or to be a source of happiness for him.
God did not say, I will make a friend or
a toy suitable for him. Instead He said
I will make a helper suitable for him.
A wife is to be a helpmate for the husband,
a co-laborer in the great task of exercising
dominion over God's creation. It was true
then and it is true now."
"To put it more plainly, marriage is more work
than fun.

Of course work can be fun as well!
But if we expect it to be fun,
if we believe that we are due all the emotional goodies
if we think that the principle function of a
spouse is to meet our felt needs,
we are prime candidates for adultery.
*If we start with the assumption that we have
a right to be happy, to have fun,
we won't let things like
solemn vows
stand in our way.
The difference between
a cultural and biblical view
of marriage is:
culture presents marriage as a way to be served,
and the God of the Bible presents marriage as a way in which to serve!

It is not important that we score high
on a compatibility test, but that we are
working together to build the kingdom.
There is your excitement.
There is your romance.
To go off together slaying dragons,
even if we slay dragons through
the mundane work
of overcoming thorns and thistles.
For servants of the King,
the joy comes in the service;
in faithful service!"
~R.C. Sproul Jr.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Walking in the Rain....:-)

I just walked to the mail box to get the mail. I felt like a little girl all over again. I love walking in the rain. Feeling it fall down around me and on me and getting to see the ground covered in the little droplets of water. As they hit you can hear the plink, plink, drip drip sounds. It is wonderful! It makes me think of all the times that my brothers and I played in the rain when we were littler. We got soooo dirty and always had such a fun time.

The memories are many and full of love and fun!!!

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Neat Word...:-)

I thought this was fascinating.

orihon (OR-ee-hon) noun

A book or manuscript folded like an accordion: a roll of paper inscribed on one side only, folded backwards and forwards.

I know this really does not constitute a post. :-) I have been busy and I haven't really had the time to think of something interesting to post, or write the things I want to post. Our story, courtship, engagement and all the little things that go along with that. You will like it when we get a chance to write it, but it has not happened yet and I am not sure when it will. We are trying, I promise. :-)

Thursday, March 23, 2006


Be thou my Vision

1. Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
2. Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
3. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High king of heaven, my treasure Thou art.


For the Beauty of the Earth

1. For the beauty of the earth,
For the glory of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.
REF: Lord of all to Thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
2. For the wonder of each hour,
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flower,
Sun and moon, and stars of light.
3. For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.
4. For the church, that evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Offering upon every shore
Her pure sacrifice of love.
5. For Thyself, best Gift Divine.
To our race so freely given,
For that great, great love of Thine,
Peace on earth and joy in Heaven.
O ruler of all.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Traveling Quotes~

The world is a great book...they who never stir from home read only a page.

St. Augustine

My favorite thing is to go where I have never gone.
Diane Arbus

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Friendship Quote~

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Northanger Abbey

If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.
Lois McMaster Bujold A Civil Campaign, 1999

It’s the friends you can call up at four a.m. that matter.
Madame de Tencin

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Smile :-)

As you may have noticed. There's a new section on my side bar... ;-)

I am now engaged to Matt and we are working on getting everything ready for our wedding. (jumping up and down, very excited!!!) Our wedding date is May 13th. Exciting I know... We have been engaged since the first of March, but he was going out of town and I did not want to announce it with out him. Go figure. :) I will be blogging in more detail later on, about how things happened and what has been going on. The Lord has been so good to both of us. We have been working on wedding plans for just over two weeks and we already have so many things done. Church, pastor, dress, tuxes, bridesmaids, groomsmen, their outfits, and lots of other things underway. We are also shopping for a house to call our own. That is so much fun! I don't have time to go into detail, but I had to blog a little about it. :)

The one link if my fiancé's. The other one is ours, we don't have much on it yet, but we are working on it.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Hard to believe it is really a word....

mulligrubs (MUL-i-grubz) noun

1. Grumpiness; colic; low spirits.

2. An ill-tempered person.

It sounds like a word that you would read in a Dr.Seuss book, or in a fantasy book. :)

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Another fascinating word...

discommode (dis-kuh-MOD) verb tr.

To put to inconvenience.

"Much art today has abandoned the ambition to please the viewer
aesthetically. Instead, it seeks to shock, discommode, repulse,
proselytize, or startle."
Roger Kimball; Art Without Beauty; The Public Interest (Washington, DC);
Apr 15, 1997.

This quote is true, sadly. I liked getting to see this new word used as well.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Worth waiting for

I had my first Valentines Day dinner with some one other then my father or brother. I had Valentines Day dinner with Matt (Pensive Prince) ,the man that is pursuing me. It was so much better then I ever thought it could be. He lavished me with gifts, words of affirmation, and with his time. I was not sure what it would be like, but I would have never thought it could be this wonderful. He gave me beautiful roses, candles, and two beautiful hand cut crystal candle holders. They were all perfect. I could not have picked better if I been asked to. He has great taste!!! We think a lot alike on colors, styles, and candle smells. The candle holders were amazing. I am posting a picture of them if I can figure it out. :) We were talking about how wonderful it is to have never had a Valentines day like this one before, which made this one all the more special and beautiful.

I have never felt so blessed and surrounded by love. The Lord has done a good job and I know He will continue. He has promised good to them that love Him and follow His commandments. He has done so much more then I ever hoped for and it is WONDERFUL!!!

I want to encourage all that are out there waiting for that perfect person that is going to complete them and be the one that they share their lives with ; It is worth waiting for. We may not always understand the Lord's ways, but they are always the BEST. The Lord holds the best out for us in the right time, if we can only be patient and willing to see what HE is doing.

May the Lord Bless you all.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006


M J sent these to me a while ago and I have heard the song a few time since. I really like the words. It shares hope to us that have stumbled and gotten back up. God has shown us grace. He does not hold our faults over our head, but he forgave us of them. This song shares that. Also when I hear this song I think of M J. :)

There is no guilt here
There is no shame
No pointing fingers
There is no blame
What happened yesterday has disappeared
The dirt has washed away
And now it's clear

There's only grace
There's only love
There's only mercy and
believe me it's enough
Your sins are gone
Without a trace
There's nothing left now
There's only grace

You're starting over now
Under the sun
You're stepping forward now
A new life has begun
Your new life has begun


And if you should fall again
Get back up, get back up
Reach out and take my hand
Get back up, get back up
Get back up again

repeat chorus

Monday, February 13, 2006

Rantings and Ravings

I heard a Christian DJ this morning talking about evolution and creation. To my infuriation he said that he saw truth in both evolution and creation. I was so upset! I listened for a little while trying to figure out if I was hearing him incorrectly and to my continuing frustration he was saying exactly what I had first thought he was saying. What has happened to our Christian body, that an older man could say on the radio that he saw truth in something unscriptural. Not only did he say he saw truth in both, but he saw problems with both. There are so many different angles to go about saying that he is wrong. Scripture is complete, God said, thus it is, and if you believe some of what God is saying the only way you can stay consistent is to believe all of what He says. I was so upset that this man was speaking on the air about such a thing to people that would be highly influenced by what he said, and that he could actually think such a thing. What have we done that our Christians don't know what they believe, why they believe it and why they need to believe something?

Devotional for today.

Morning Verse
"And David enquired of the Lord." 2Samuel 5:23

When David made this enquiry he had just fought the Philistines, and gained a signal victory. The Philistines came up in great hosts, but, by the help of God, David had easily put them to flight. Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring of the Lord. Once he had been victorious, and he might have said, as many have in other cases, "I shall be victorious again; I may rest quite sure that if I have conquered once I shall triumph yet again. Wherefore should I tarry to seek at the Lord's hands?" Not so, David. He had gained one battle by the strength of the Lord; he would not venture upon another until he had ensured the same. He enquired, "Shall I go up against them?" He waited until God's sign was given. Learn from David to take no step without God. Christian, if thou wouldst know the path of duty, take God for thy compass; if thou wouldst steer thy ship through the dark billows, put the tiller into the hand of the Almighty. Many a rock might be escaped, if we would let our Father take the helm; many a shoal or quicksand we might well avoid, if we would leave to His sovereign will to choose and to command. The Puritan said, "As sure as ever a Christian carves for himself, he'll cut his own fingers;" this is a great truth. Said another old divine, "He that goes before the cloud of God's providence goes on a fool's errand;" and so he does. We must mark God's providence leading us; and if providence tarries, tarry till providence comes. He who goes before providence, will be very glad to run back again. "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go," is God's promise to His people. Let us, then, take all our perplexities to Him, and say, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Leave not thy chamber this morning without enquiring of the Lord.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Tag your turn...:-)

Okay all, I am tagging you. The list of questions is linked to the header. Enjoy and I look forward to reading your answers.

Aspiring Agrarian
Blog with no name
Eph 16
Joyful Spirit
Nameless Blog
Pigeon Master
Taking Dominion

Neat Word....

cancrine (KANG-krin) adjective

1. Reading the same backwards as forwards, palindromic. For example,
"A man, a plan, a canal: Panama." (letter cancrine)
"So patient a doctor to doctor a patient so!" (word cancrine)

Thursday, February 02, 2006


I keep having to stop and pinch myself to believe this is really happening. As all who have read the post 'Weeeee!' know, I have entered a courtship and been blessed by the Lord through it already.

I've been spending time with his family, which has been fun. We've played games, legos, dolls, tickled little girls, played Uno & talked to everyone for hours. :). It's been fabulous.(See! I can use words other than 'wonderful' .). :)

I got to play racquetball this last Saturday, it was fun! I was horrible! :) My eye, hand coordination has never been great, and when something small and blue comes flying at me my first instinct is to duck! I'm sure its amusing for those watching. Matt helped me to run after the ball and actually hit it, even if I didn't hit it correctly. He said that I did look better by the time we left. I must have looked really bad when we started, because it didn't look good at the end. This is going to take lots and lots of practice! I'm grateful he's a kind and patient teacher.

Our younger sisters came to play with us. It was great when we all played together. It was a good thing no one was keeping score! I have proof that I actually did play.. My arms and shoulders hurt as well as the bruise on my hand. That ball hurts when it hits you but it was a blast! I had sooooo much fun and I look forward to playing again!!!
Later that day we went to Starbucks.( How can you go wrong there?! :)) I have converted another innocent victim to coffee. Our sisters were almost as much fun to watch as we were.

Then we met my brothers and went to see a movie. After the movie the guys decided it would be a challenge to go play Air Hockey and see who'd win. M J won every match! ; }

We've also gotten to spend some time with my family.We got to have his older brother, his wife and baby over one night with the rest of the family.We played games and told stories. The stories have been very educational. :). The families enjoy one another. I've even been able to keep my family up to date for the most part. Neither M J or I have gotten a lot of sleep because we try and catch our respective parents, family and friends up after we stop talking on the phone. ;-) .

My parents took us out to dinner for the first time the other night & I got to watch them all interact, share stories and joke.My parents, whose opinions I value highly, are enjoying getting to know Matt.
I can see the Lord's hand every time I turn around. I am so excited!!! MJ is becoming my friend and this new friendship is blessing me to better trust our Lord's leading, and the promises He makes to us in His Word!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tag Questions by me~ a_victoria

My Beloved Is Mine asked me to come up with my own list of tag questions. Here they are, so enjoy. :-)

#1 List between 3 & 7 books or authors that have influenced you greatly, and explain why.

- Bible, it keeps me focused on my Master and love (charity) should look like lived out.
-James & Philippians, 2 of my favorite books of the bible. Both talk about what our walk should be like and where our joy is found.
-To kill a Mockingbird, it reminds me of childhood by narrating the story from the child's viewpoint. I also love the way the author writes. Her story helped me to realize some of the issues that are out in this world, & we could talk about what the Lord said our response to them should be.
- Passion & Purity, talks about loving the Lord first and when you find that one meant for you how you incorporate your relationship with them into your walk with the Lord. Also that it is normal to struggle; that our struggles just needs to be handled properly with the Lord's Word.
-Boy Meets Girl byJoshua Harris, gives some good advice on how to build good and fruitful friendships that honor our Lord and later on a marriage relationship based off a friendship.
-Elizabeth Elliot, doesn't pull punches and says it like it is. She also has a heart for those that are lost and those that need encouragement. Wonderful example.
-C.S. Lewis, Authors imaginative stories that allow the mind to explore and develop Christian themes. He also has very good allegories and instructional books.

#2 List some of your favorite place to go? (vacation or just relaxing)
- To sit by the fireplace, relaxing...
-To the nature center or a wooded area to walk or sit and think, or talk. :)
-Colorado, mountain, crisp cool air, friends and family
-Silver Dollar City, great fun and can be relaxing if you want it to.
-Anywhere with my family
-Anywhere with him. ;-)
-Anywhere new, you never know what you might learn or see while there.

#3 List your greatest accomplishment, or a few great accomplishments.
-Getting my black belt at 17 years old. I was so excited!
-Starting my first bible study, it went really well, even though I was scared to death. :-)
-Starting my first self-defense class with out one of my instructors to help.
-Choosing to rejoice in the Lord everyday; a blessed pursuit, not an accomplishment strictly speaking!

#4Favorite food
-Bread sticks
-Baked potatoes
-waffle fries from Chick fil A
-Italian food
-Mexican food, ummm...
-oriental food, especially Thai and Japanese
-Fried Mushrooms
I know there is a pattern here. :-)

#5 Give a short testimony of how the Lord found you.
- I was four year old and I heard our pastor talking about hell and what it was like. I don't remember a lot about what else he said. 2 days later I remember finding Mom and asking her to tell me about heaven and what it was like. I knew if hell was going to be horrible, heaven & God had to be better, but I wanted to know how much better. After Mama and I talked for a little while and I asked child like questions about God and His character. I told Mother that I wanted to ask Him into my life so I could be His girl, His child and please Him. I remember kneeling beside my bed and asking Him to take away my sins. I have had ups and downs through out the years, but I have seen Him always be faithful and loving. No matter how big or how small He has always shown Himself powerful in my life.

#6 List 7 of your favorite songs, artists, groups, hymns, or composers

- Yo Yo MA
-Brickman, a new favorite piano player, amazing feeling when he plays. I am not sure the rest of his name or if you find him in stores near you. :-) You would need to ask M J...
-Blessed be the name of the Lord-Tree63, I think, but I am not sure. :)
-I love you more - Matthew West
-Moonlight Sonata
-Only Hope, sung by Mandi Moore
-Harry Connick Jr.
- Nat King Cole
I could think of a lot more, but I have to stop somewhere.

#7 List 7 of the bible verses you seem to always go back to.
Philippians 1:6
Psalm 91
Psalm 20:7
James 1
Eph 6:10 -24
2 Peter 1:5-11
1John 5:14-15


"It is one of the maladies of our age to profess a frenzied allegiance totruth in unimportant matters, to refuse consistently to face her wheregraver issues are at stake." -Janos Arany, poet (1817-1882)

Sunday, January 29, 2006


M J:
Beginning a new year never seemed quite as significant as this one. Last year the Lord allowed me to better understand the depths of my relationship with Him, and how He completes me. As I entered the New Year I was given the opportunity to meet with the father of the wonderful young lady that I am pursing towards marriage. Her father has helped me understand what it is to become a leader in this pursuit. Two weeks have now passed since I made my intentions known to the young lady, and we are working towards building a solid friendship. Through the process of this relationship we would cherish your support in prayer, that we seek Him, and that our walk with the Lord would be the central focus of our relationship. I am EXCITED!

A Victoria:
The last two weeks have been amazingly wonderful. I have agreed to a courtship with a man of great and Godly character. He came to my father the first of the year and after much questioning, deliberation, drilling, and consideration, he was given permission to pursue me. Almost two weeks have past since he came to me on a Sunday night and handed me a letter with his intentions and desires. I can not express in words how much this meant to me. I have always wanted the right man, this "pensive prince" (see mybelovedismine's blog) to give me a letter and then verbalize his reasons for choosing me. Through the hours we have spent sharing our hearts we have begun to realize how the Lord has already been working in both of our lives, drawing us closer to Him. Our goals are to bring glory to the Father through this and to build each other up in the Lord, while we head towards marriage. We ask that you pray for us, that we have wisdom and discernment as we continue to get to know each other and proceed in this glorious courtship.

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Day in the Life of a Victor

1) Acknowledge His authority
When you first awake, acknowledge His lordship. Confess any thoughts,
words or deeds performed outside the realm of His authority.

2) Abound in His presence!
Empty of self and fill the void with the presence of GOD.

3) Ask to see His glory and power!
Have your eyes opened to see what He does and Who He is. If we seek Him,
He said we would find Him. (Jer. 29:13)

4) Adore Him with your mouth!
Pray for a mouth that glorifies Him.

5) Approach Him with praise!
"I will praise you as long as I live" (Ps 63:4). Sing songs or listen to
praise music throughout the day.

6) Attribute all satisfaction to Him!
Be satisfied with God alone, not things in the world. Seek Him first and
His righteousness.

7) Audit the manifold blessings!
Recount God's faithfulness and write down ways you have seen Him that
day. Keep record of His activity in your life.

8) Allow yourself to rest in His arms!
When the day is done, cast your cares at His feet and crawl up in His
everlasting arms and rest.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

New Site

I have a friend that has started a website to encourage young ladies in their daily walks. I have linked her to my blog. If you are a young lady and would like some Godly encouragement you should visit She has just gotten it underway so it is still a work in progress, but it already looks very good. Hope that you enjoy it. I am sure if her heart comes out on the website it will bless those that read it.

Lord Bless you!


Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Though He slay me....

I got this from my father and thought I would pass it on to you all.

Job 13:15

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."

Total Trust

Years ago a military officer and his wife were aboard a ship that was caught in a raging storm at sea. Seeing his wife’s fear, the man tried to comfort her. Suddenly she grasped his sleeve and cried, "How can you be so calm?" He stepped back and drew his sword. Pointing it at her, he asked, "Are you afraid of this?" "Of course not!" she answered. "Why not?" he inquired. "Because I know you love me too much to hurt me," she said. He replied, "I also know the One who holds the winds and the waters in the hollow of His hand, and He loves us too much to fail to care for us!"

Job had that same trust. He had lost his children, his wealth and his health. Even his wife had turned against him. He had only one more thing to lose—his own life. Yet Job declared that even if it were to come down to that final loss, he would continue to trust that God had a purpose in everything that happened to him. In Job’s eyes, the important issue was not what was happening but whose hand was behind it. If God did it, Job knew he could trust it.

Often our trust is based on the "what" rather than the "who." We focus on the event rather than the One who controls that event. Consequently, when trials and tribulations come crashing down upon us, our faith is shaken. We can’t understand why a loving Heavenly Father would allow such grief to enter our lives. Yet if we truly believe that He is loving, we can say with Job that even though He slay us, we will believe He intends it for our good. In His infinite wisdom and goodness, He will take the most difficult circumstances and use them for our good.

When you are facing life’s most severe trials, focus on the character of God. Build your trust on who God is, not on what is taking place. When you know who He is, you never have to worry about what He will allow to happen.

Trust is based on character, not circumstances.

Friday, January 13, 2006

The Tale of Custard The Dragon

The Tale of Custard The Dragon

Belinda lived in a little white house,
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse,
And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon,
And a realio, trulio, little pet dragon.

Now the name of the little black kitten was Ink,

And the little gray mouse, she called her Blink,
And the little yellow dog was sharp as Mustard,
But the dragon was a coward, and she called him Custard.

Custard the dragon had big sharp teeth,

And spikes on top of him and scales underneath,
Mouth like a fireplace, chimney for a nose,
And realio, trulio, daggers on his toes.

Belinda was as brave as a barrel full of bears,
And Ink and Blink chased lions down the stairs,
Mustard was as brave as a tiger in a rage,
But Custard cried for a nice safe cage.

Belinda tickled him, she tickled him unmerciful,
Ink, Blink and Mustard, they rudely called him
They all sat laughing in the little red wagon
At the realio, trulio, cowardly dragon.

Belinda giggled till she shook the house,
And Blink said Week!, which is giggling for a
Ink and Mustard rudely asked his age,
When Custard cried for a nice safe cage.

Suddenly, suddenly they heard a nasty sound,
And Mustard growled, and they all looked around.
Meowch! cried Ink, and Ooh! cried Belinda,
For there was a pirate, climbing in the winda.

Pistol in his left hand, pistol in his right,

And he held in his teeth a cutlass bright,
His beard was black, one leg was wood;
It was clear that the pirate meant no good.

Belinda paled, and she cried, Help! Help!
But Mustard fled with a terrified yelp,
Ink trickled down to the bottom of the household,
And little mouse Blink was strategically

But up jumped Custard, snorting like an engine,
Clashed his tail like irons in a dungeon,
With a clatter and a clank and a jangling squirm
He went at the pirate like a robin at a worm!

The pirate gaped at Belinda's dragon,
And gulped some grog from his pocket flagon,
He fired two bullets but they didn't hit,
And Custard gobbled him, every bit!

Belinda embraced him, Mustard licked him,
No one mourned for his pirate victim
Ink and Blink in glee did gyrate
Around the dragon that ate the pyrate.

Belinda still lives in her little white house,
With her little black kitten and her little gray
And her little yellow dog and her little red wagon,
And her realio, trulio, little pet dragon.

Belinda is as brave as a barrel full of bears,
And Ink and Blink chase lions down the stairs,
Mustard is as brave as a tiger in a rage,
But Custard keeps crying for a nice safe cage.

Linell Nash Smith and Isabel Nash Eberstadt

"Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death."- Omar Bradley

"I'm very brave generally, he went on in a low voice: only today I happen to have a headache." - Lewis Carroll

My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened." ; }

Without faith it is impossible to please God.
The Holy Bible

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Morning and Evening

Morning Verse
"These have no root." Luke 8:13

My soul, examine thyself this morning by the light of this text. Thou hast received the word with joy; thy feelings have been stirred and a lively impression has been made; but, remember, that to receive the word in the ear is one thing, and to receive Jesus into thy very soul is quite another; superficial feeling is often joined to inward hardness of heart, and a lively impression of the word is not always a lasting one. In the parable, the seed in one case fell upon ground having a rocky bottom, covered over with a thin layer of earth; when the seed began to take root, its downward growth was hindered by the hard stone and therefore it spent its strength in pushing its green shoot aloft as high as it could, but having no inward moisture derived from root nourishment, it withered away. Is this my case? Have I been making a fair show in the flesh without having a corresponding inner life? Good growth takes place upwards and downwards at the same time. Am I rooted in sincere fidelity and love to Jesus? If my heart remains unsoftened and unfertilized by grace, the good seed may germinate for a season, but it must ultimately wither, for it cannot flourish on a rocky, unbroken, unsanctified heart. Let me dread a godliness as rapid in growth and as wanting in endurance as Jonah's gourd; let me count the cost of being a follower of Jesus, above all let me feel the energy of His Holy Spirit, and then I shall possess an abiding and enduring seed in my soul. If my mind remains as obdurate as it was by nature, the sun of trial will scorch, and my hard heart will help to cast the heat the more terribly upon the ill-covered seed, and my religion will soon die, and my despair will be terrible; therefore, O heavenly Sower, plough me first, and then cast the truth into me, and let me yield Thee a bounteous harvest.

More Fun Poems

I figured it was time for some more fun poems. :)

Lines written by A Bear of Very Little Brain
A.A. Milne

On Monday when the sun is hot
I wonder to myself a lot
Now is it true or is it not
That what is which and
which is what?

On Tuesday when it hails and snows
The feeling on me grows and grows
That hardly anybody knows!,
If those are these
and these are those!

On Wednesday when the sky is blue
And I have nothing else to do
I sometimes wonder if its true
'That who is what
And what is who?

On Thursday when it starts to freeze,
And hoar frost twinkles on the trees
How very readily one sees
that these are whose,
but whose are these?!

"Furry Bear"
If I were a bear,
And a big bear too,
I shouldn't much care
If it froze or snew;
I shouldn't much mind
If it snowed or friz--
I'd be all fur-lined
With a coat like his!

For i'd have fur boots and a brown fur wrap,
And brown fur knickers and a big fur cap.
I'd have a fur muffle-ruff to cover my jaws.
And brown fur mittens on my big brown paws.
With a big brown furry-down up to my head,
I'd sleep all the winter in a big fur bed.


Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Called to be Light

I have been thinking a lot about all of the people that I have been blessed with as friends, family members, & brethren. I know I have probably written something about this before, but I am so consciously grateful I want to 'say so' and give thanks to our Lord who blessed me. The Lord has brought many wonderful people into my life and I am thankful. When I was younger I prayed for good fellowship. God has given me wonderful fellowship! These people love the Lord, want to do His will, show His glory to the world, & their brothers & sisters in the Lord. They are not hiding the good news from those that need to see God; they are willingly stepping out and obeying the Father in heaven. We (God's children) are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people. We were meant to be Holy as our Lord is, acting as He did moment by moment, listening to His heavenly Father and being willing to be considered peculiar. Certainly we shouldn't aim at being different for the sake of being different! That kind of drawing attention to our 'wise self' is just a type of foolish pride. The scripture says we're intended to focus on our Father's will and obey. This will often cause us to be different from the world's system. I pray that when I step out of my house that the Lord prepares me for those that I come in to contact with and that when they look at me they don't see me, but my God.

May He be glorified in everything we say and do!

Matthew 5:14 - 15 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.- Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 6:33- But seek ye First the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added unto you.

Luke 8:16 - No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

Luke 11:33 - No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Driving to work on a Wintery Day

Or at least we thought it was going to be a wintery day. I fell asleep last night to the sound of rain falling on the windows & roof. I woke up this morning in anticipation of snow and was rather surprised to see that it was still raining. I could hardly believe my eyes! What happened to the snow that was forecasted for our area?!!!!!! I was not snowed into my house! I got to go to work!
:-) All the way to work the rain poured and I was thinking about how much I like rain and how amazing rain is, even if it is not snow! During a rain it is usually over cast, which I actually like. I always think of reading a book by the fire or sitting around the table playing games. Of course I am not sitting in front of a fire today I am sitting at a desk, but that is okay. I still like the over cast, foggy, rainy look. After it rains the smell of the earth and tree seem so much more fresh and clean. Of course that could be because water has been falling on everything for many hours. I was walking to my car after dropping off something this morning and the rain was drizzling all over me and it made me want to laugh. It is January and it is raining. We are being told that it could snow this afternoon, but it is not likely. I personally would love that. I miss the snow, ice, cold and fun that comes with it. Snow men, snow ball fights, sledding, sliding while traveling down the snowy road! ;), and bundling up for the cold in sweaters, scarves, mittens, and hats. I love hats! They are so much fun and give you a completely different outlook. Anyway, back to the subject....:)~
I am sorry for all of you that do not want it to snow, you are more then welcomed to post a comment saying so. I want it to snow. While driving here I was thinking of the poem by Robert Frost. Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know,

His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.

But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Even though it is not snowing I am going to post this poem. It was one of the first ones that I memorized as a child and said in front of a group. It has a dreamy, another land feel to it. You can almost hear it as you are saying it to yourself.

Enjoy this rainy weather

Friday, January 06, 2006

Wisdom & Discernment

In Pursuit of Wisdom

Ask God for wisdom (James 1:5) and make diligent use of the means He gives us for securing His wisdom, especially knowing and doing the Word of God (Matt. 7:21*29). It is not enough merely to study; we must also obey what God tells us to do (John 7:17). As we walk by faith, we discover the wisdom of God in the everyday things of life. Spiritual wisdom is not abstract: it is very personal and very practical.

As we fellowship with other believers in the church and share with one another, we can learn wisdom. Reading the best books can also help us grow in wisdom and understanding. The important thing is that we focus on Christ, for He is our wisdom (1 Cor. 1:24) and in Him is hidden "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col. 2:3). The better we know Christ and the more we become like Him, the more we will walk in wisdom and understand the will of the Lord. We must allow the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our hearts so we can see God in His Word and understand more of the riches we have in Christ (Eph. 1:15*23).

My father sent both of these devotionals to me the other day and after reading them I wanted to pass them on. (I did not type the verses out so you will have to look them up like I did.) I loved the section that started with "As we fellowship with the believers in the Church and share with one another we can learn wisdom." Amen. We learn wisdom from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Every one that knows the Lord has been given the gift from God, Himself. When we take that gift and let it become a part of our leanings, interests, passions, and love, we share Christ with others. We show a different piece of Christ to those around us. It is amazing to watch a group of people and see them all be themselves and share Christ with one another. It blesses the entire group. We can not be ourselves though if we focus on ourselves, we have to focus on our Creator and Lord. When our focus is there and we are ourselves He can use us as the vessels He created us to be. We must keep shared wisdom in its proper place though. "My or someone else's feelings or experiences are not necessarily truth!" Nancy Leigh Demoss. We must take everything we hear and read and place it next to the Word. When you place something next to the Word it will build your knowledge of the Word as well as help you decide what you believe. Shared wisdom is needed, but even more needed & important is knowing what the Lord says and then obeying it. When we can trust what the Lord is saying and obey His instruction we are blessing those around us.

Acquiring Spiritual Discernment
1 Corinthians 2:10-14

Sadly, some Christians go through life without realizing two important facts about God:
1) He has a personal interest in our decisions, and
2) He offers us the ability to discern His will regarding those choices.

However, spiritual discernment isn't automatic. After receiving Christ, we don't suddenly understand every complex theme and principle in Scripture.

Discernment must be diligently sought. Many people, believing their own wisdom is sufficient to guide them, never look for the Lord's. But our human minds, while rational, are incapable of seeing the true nature of many situations and events. What is good may not always be best, and what is presented as truth is sometimes a lie. Pride in our own judgment hinders access to godly wisdom.

In contrast, recognizing our need for God's Spirit and yielding to Him develops our insight. Besides illuminating biblical meaning, providing spiritual gifts, and sealing believers as children of God, the Holy Spirit provides discernment. This is why He is called the Spirit of Truth. Through Him, we have a direct link to God's mind*He willingly reveals the next step God intends for us to take.

Discernment does not come with out much practice and perseverance. I think everyone is working on this area of life multiple times in their lives. We are constantly faced with decisions to make and questions about those decisions. As I look over my life, I would not want the Lord to take away those times when I was crying out to know what He wanted me to do next. Those were my "practices runs" for the decisions that I need to make now. As I grow I have a feeling I will look back and feel that these areas of life now were also practice runs for the decisions and trails then (or to come). It is an on going process from what I have seen and heard. Praise the Lord! We get to keep learning discernment and when we fail He does not give up on us. He gives us more situations in which we can try again and learn something new. :) I was so encouraged by the last sentence as well "He willingly reveals the next step God intends for us to take". He does not hold the answer and taunt us with it, when we ask, He desires to give it to us. What a blessed thought. I know a sweet elderly woman & she once told me "He wants to tell us even more then we want the answer, so don't you give up."

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Questions from MyBelovedIsMine

QUESTION#1:What is your favorite dance?

-Posties Jig(I hope that is spelled the right way)
-The Formal Virginia Reel

QUESTION#2: What would a perfect day be like for you?

-I like mybelovedismine's answer. It is perfect.

-Also a perfect day would be a day in which I was meeting new people and getting to see the Lord in a new way.

There are so many other perfect days that I can think of, but I am only going to put these...:)

QUESTION#3:Name 8 of your quirks!

1.I love to hear people read out loud
2.I drink too much coffee & tea
3.I always slide across the living room floor (it is a wood floor)
4.I like to listen to my music loud when in the car alone (especially things I can sing with)
5.I have to hold a baby if I "sort of" know the parents.(they are just too cute not to hold)
6.I love poems by firelight
7.I like to take walks at night time under the stars
8.I only like pop when eating pizza & popcorn

QUESTION#4:What was one of the most vivid dreams you have ever had?

I once dreamt that I was living in Africa (it was right after I got home from Africa), so the picture of Africa was fresh in my minds eye still. I dreamt that I was living there, helping in an orphanage full time and traveling from hospital to hospital helping with the children.

QUESTION#5:Quote your favorite childhood prayer.

I don't think I have one...

QUESTION#6:List 8 items that you would put in a time capsule to be opened by your
great, great, great grandchildren.

1.Their 3 greats grandma dancing on her wedding day with her father
2." " dancing with their 3greats grandpa on their wedding day
3.My 3-greats Grandchildren's parents when they first learned to walk and do the little things every child learns
4.Their 3greats grandma (& grandpa if he does it) going sky diving
5." " going to a "barn dance"
6.All of us having Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as a family through the years
7.Their 3 greats grandma & grandpa on our 50 anniversary (assuming we live that long)
8.Their parent's weddings

QUESTION#7 List 8 things you do to relax!

1.reading my Bible with a cup of coffee(or a book with coffee)
2.when I am praying house
4.folding clothes
5.going on a walk
6.talking to someone that I trust about what we are interested in
7.working out
8.baking(especially cheesecake, cookies, and pies) :)

QUESTION#8 Finish these 8 incomplete sentences.

1. Some people think it is amusing when I....make a fish face (which I only do for children under a certain age).
2. Compared to me, most women/men.....are taller
3. I get excited when.....I hear about something great that has happened in someone's life, or a gathering of my brothers and sister, that I get to be part of.
4. I would like to make myself....remember scripture...
5. Mothers can', all I could think of is one of my younger brothers when we were little saying "mama's can't ride bikes".
6. My friends don't understand why.....I believe what I believe
7. I am confident that.....someday I will look back on this time of life and be very glad that I was here doing this right now.
8. If people only knew how......much I wanted to say and how articulate it is in my head...:)

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


I have been tagged...:) Thanks to RS. I was very excited that she tagged me and she is now coming up with some original questions as well.

QUESTION #1: Seven things I hope to do before I die

-Know the Bible more in depth
-To understand what I believe and why I believe, so I can tell others about the Lord.
-Marry a Christian man
-Get to build a house together
-Have a large family
-Raise children to be lights in this dark world
-Learn a foreign language

QUESTION#2 Seven things I cannot do well:
-Speak publicly -Memorize scripture
-parallel park
-Go to bed at a reasonable hour (I liked this one of Naddy's and would have to agree)
-Finish reading a book with out starting 2 more before I am done with the 1st.
-not be too sympathetic (I am too sympathetic, I am told.)

QUESTION#3:Seven things that would attract me to my spouse.

I think that I will decline to answer this one. :)

QUESTION#4:Seven things I say often:

-That is interesting...
-Oh bother -really???
-that is precious
-I don't know

QUESTION#5:Seven authors, books or series I love

-The Bible
-Chronicles of Narnia
-Dorothy Sayers
-Josephine Tey
-The Hobbit
-To Kill a Mockingbird
-Charles Dickens (but there are so many more....:))

QUESTION#6:Seven movies I watch over and over again:
-Last samurai
-Pride & Prejudice (old & new)
-Master & Commander
-Big Fat Greek Wedding
-Jane Eyre
-Return to me (with a TVG on:)

QUESTION#7:Seven people I want to do this: Anyone that would be willing, but I think I will tag some people soon. :)

I am working on the other set of questions and when I get them done I will post them as well.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

* Be strong and of good courage ... Fear not, nor be dismayed; for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.1 CHRONICLES 28:20

* But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.ROMANS 7:6

* Help us, O Lord!
behold we enter
Upon another year today;
In Thee our hopes
and thoughts now centre,
Renew our courage for the way;
New life, new strength, new happiness,
We ask of Thee;
Oh, hear, and bless !
Johann Rist

* The year begins; and all its pages are as blank as the silent years of the life of Jesus Christ. Let us begin it with high resolution; then let us take all its limitations, all its hindrances, its disappointments, its narrow and common-place conditions, and meet them as the Master did in Nazareth, with patience, with obedience, putting ourselves in cheerful subjection, serving our apprenticeship. Who knows what opportunity may come to us this year? Let us live in a great spirit, then we shall be ready for a great occasion.
George Hodges

* Every day is a new page in your "book of my life." Write something that will make a difference in eternity. "Don't let yesterday use up too much of today" "Forgetting those things that are behind" Phil. 3:13The good-commit it to the Lord. The bad-confess it to the Lord and leave it there.Now, "Press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Phil 3:14. "It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!!!!!"
C.Sumner Wimp