Sunday, March 30, 2014

Something to Think About . . .


"One act of thanksgiving, when things go wrong with us, is worth a thousand thanks when things are agreeable to our inclinations."
- Saint John of Avila


"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving." 
Psalm 69:30

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Newborns

This past week my family and I have been rejoicing in the birth of two baby goats. We've witnessed our goats having kids last year and it was an awing experience. This year we weren't actually home when the mother had her kids, but it was a joy when we did arrive to see that two healthy newborns had entered this world.

   

These kids have been a delight to be around. With their playful, frolicsome spirits, they've been keeping us all cheerful. :)


{ What a jewel }

 



{ Precious newborns }


We're looking forward to our 2nd goat birthing more kids within the next week or so. *grin*



{ The expecting mother }



"But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth."
Jeremiah 9:24a

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Quotes for the Day

A long and busy week has kept me from updating with any lengthy posts lately. I don't have the time to upload any right at the moment, but for now, I will list some favorite quotes with photos I took over the week. :)


"Life is made up of ordinary days. 
It's how you live your ordinary days that makes a difference."


"We have to pray with our eyes on God, not the difficulties."
Oswald Chambers


"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; 
it is something you design for the present."
Jim Rohn


"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
but by the moments that take our breath away."


"He is the God of wholeness and restoration."
Stormie Omartian


{ Have a great week everyone! }


"In God we boast all the day long, and praise Thy name for ever."
Psalm 44:8

Monday, March 17, 2014

That I May Know Him


God freely created us so that we might know, love, and serve Him in this life and be happy with Him forever. God's purpose in creating us is to draw forth from us a response of love and service here on earth, so that we may attain our goal of everlasting happiness with Him in heaven. 
All the things in this world are gifts of God, created for us, to be the means by which we can come to know Him better, love Him more surely, and serve Him more faithfully. 
As a result, we ought to appreciate and use these gifts of God insofar as they help us toward our goal of loving service and union with God. But insofar as any created things hinder our progress toward our goal, we ought to let them go.

 Ignatius of Loyola

~*~

"Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of is resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:8-14 

{ Rejoicing in this glorious knowledge today :) }

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Isaiah 57:15

"Mine eyes have seen Thy salvation"
(Luke 2:30)


"Lord stamp my eyes with eternity!"
- Jonathan Edward


"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
Isaiah 57:15

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Puritan Prayer


"O God of the highest heaven,
occupy the throne of my heart,
take full possession and reign supreme,
lay low every rebel lust,
let no vile passion resist Thy holy war;
manifest Thy mighty power,
and make me Thine forever.
Thou art worthy to be praised with my every breath,
loved with every faculty of soul,
served with my every act of life.
O help me then to walk worthy of Thy love."


"Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: 
for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
Revelation 4:11

Thursday, March 13, 2014

For His Glory

"The proper understanding of everything in life begins with God. No one will understand the necessity of conversion who does not know why God created us. He created us "in His image" so that we would image forth His glory in the world. We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God's glory into all of life. Why God should want to give us a share in shining with His glory is a great mystery. Call it grace or mercy or love -- it is an unspeakable wonder. Once we were not. Then we existed for the glory of God."
- John Piper


"Even every one that is called by My name: for I have created him for My glory, 
I have formed him; yea, I have made him."
Isaiah 43:7

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Forgiveness

One of the toughest tasks we have today as Christians is the seemingly cumbersome act of forgiveness.
It is not easy to have a forgiving spirit. In fact it is a real step of courage and will; having to acquire the task to forgive those who have wronged us in the past.
There are some who may have hurt you more than others, and it may seem nearly impossible to forgive that person. But one thing we need to realize is that when we are bitter and unforgiving, we are held captive to the wounds of our oppressor. And unless we choose to forgive, we will remain a prisoner to those wounds.

"He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven."
George Herbert

In Ephesians 4:31 Paul tells us to "let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice."

And in the book of Hebrews we are warned that bitterness can negatively affect our lives and the lives of those around us.
We have been given the simple advice to "forgive as Christ has forgiven us" (Col. 3:13).
Is this not a small task to carry out in return for what Christ did for us?

C.S. Lewis states: "To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you."

Forgiveness is an act of will - not of feeling.
Neil Anderson writes: "Don't wait to forgive until you feel like forgiving. You will never get there. Feelings take time to heal after the choice to forgive is made."

Did you read that correctly? He states that forgiveness is a choice. 
We are in charge of making that decision to forgive. We do not rely on waiting around for the time when it feels right to forgive.

Anderson continues to say that "if your forgiveness doesn't visit the emotional core of your life, it will be incomplete."
We need to acknowledge that it hurt, but choose to extend forgiveness to those who hurt us. Only then can we truly be released from the captivity of the enemy.


"Forbearing one another, 
and forgiving one another, 
if any man have a quarrel against any: 
even as Christ forgave you
so also do ye."
Colossians 3:13

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Redeemed


O’ Lord, my Redeemer
My Savior and my King
What a lovely price You paid,
Sacrificing Yourself for me

‘Twas a gift not worthy of receiving
A debt we won’t have to owe
Why You’d give up Your life for me
I’ll never really know

Not one that trusts shall be desolate
No, Lord, You redeem them all
Our righteous cries, You always hear
You save us from the fall

I will hearken unto You, O’ Lord
My soul will gladly boast in You
For I have been wonderfully redeemed
Your Spirit will see me through


- Cryslyn Brewster © 2014



- Matthew Simpson

 "In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, 
according to the riches of His grace."
Ephesians 1:7

Monday, March 03, 2014

Living Water

God is the Living Water
An Ever-flowing Tide
The steady Rock of Ages
An Ocean, vast and wide.
He restores my fleeting spirit
Puts spring into my step
Adds a bit of sunshine
Where Godly things are kept.
He is a Sure Foundation
Removes the doubts and fear
When I am overcome by life
His voice, I often hear.
He is the Rose of Sharon
The Keeper of my Soul
The Lily of the Valley
The One who makes me whole.
He is a Gentle Current
A River, running free
My Refuge at the harbor
An Anchor on life’s sea.
He is the Living Water
The Fruit upon the Vine
The Grapes when I am hungry
The Essence and the Wine.

                                                                       
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, 
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
John 7:38

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Stand In Faith

Stand in faith 
Even when you can’t see your way 
Stand in faith 
Even when you feel like you can’t face another day 
Stand in faith 
Even when the tears want to flow from your eyes 
Stand in faith 
Knowing that our God will always provide 


Stand in faith 
Even when you feel that all hope is gone 
Stand in faith 
Knowing that He is always there for you to lean on 
Stand in faith 
Even when you feel like giving up 
Stand in faith 
Because He is there ... saying, "Just look up" 

Stand in faith 
Even in those times you feel so all alone 
Stand in faith 
Hold on and be strong, for He is still on the throne 
Stand in faith 
Even when it’s hard to believe 
Stand in Faith 
Knowing that He can change your situation, suddenly 


Stand in faith 
Even in those times you feel it’s hard to pray 
Stand in faith 
And believe that He has already made the way 
Faith ... is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen 
So stand in faith 
Because you already have the victory!



"And Jesus answering saith unto them, 
have faith in God."
Mark 11:22