Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Reading Challenge book list and Announcment for Reading Challenge 2011!

  • Ready to Answer - Joe Engelkemier 158 pages
  • A Trip into the Supernatural - Roger J. Morneau 125 pages.
  • Rungs For Life's Ladder - W.B. Ochs 224 pages.
  • So Much More - Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin 333 pages.
  • Feminine By Design - Scott T. Brown 85 pages.
  • Testimonies for the Church Volume 1 - Ellen G. White 758 pages.
  • Letters from Mother Naomi - Answers to Questions Girls Ask 128 pages.
  • His Robe or Mine - Frank Phillips 158 pages.
  • Pastor Bob's Confession - Bob Habenicht 80 + pages.
True life, missionary stories

  • Taught By a Tiger - Norma R. Youngberg 111 pages.
  • Nyla and the White Crocodile - Norma R. Youngberg 128 pages
  • Clever Queen - Eric B. Hare 100 pages.
  • In Step With Christ - James J. Aitken 84 pages
  • Pioneers Together - Josephine Cunnington Edwards 238 pages.
  • Heartwarming Stories of Adventist Pioneers - Norma J. Collins 188 pages.
  • Lotus Blossom Returns - Sandy Zaugg 191 pages.
  • Singing Tree and Laughing Water - Sylvia Hardwick 128 pages.
  • Tiger of Biter Valley - By Norma R. Youngberg over 100 pages.

I was going to rate my list, but I decided not to as each book was really worth reading. They each have blessed me and impacted me in a special way.

Lest you think I don't read my Bible, that is part of my daily life and it is so much more than other books that I didn't list it. :-)

I am looking forward to joining in the 2011 reading challenge, it sounds like it will be wonderful and I'm sure there is a blessing in store. Check it out by clicking on the Reading Challenge 2011 banner above or visit: Please join us if you'd like! :-)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Is It Possible?

...When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt, when His law is most despised, then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few--this will be our test. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason...
~ E.G.W (5T 136)

Is it possible?

Is it possible to gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason?

By God's grace you can, I can. It is when it's the darkest that you can see the light and in the cold that you can feel the warmth.

When you feel the most alone, dejected, unloved, uncared for by humans, it is then that God is the closest to you. He hurts with you, He holds you, He comforts you, He understands you, He strengthens you, He protects you, and greatest of all He LOVES YOU!

As I look back over some of the circumstances of my life, from the time I was born till now I am awed to see that every time God was there for me. Recently, when I felt alone in my convictions, He sent someone to encourage me in a quiet, unspoken way. Only God knows how much it blessed me and how much it encouraged me and it was only He who would have planned that. Over and over again, in little things as well as large things I have seen God's hand and God's love and care in ways I imagined and in ways I never dreamed. There have been so many times, so many circumstances especially in the last several months that have showed me that yes, it is possible to gather warmth from the coldness of others, courage from their cowardice, and loyalty from their treason.

God is a friend that I do not want to lose.

I am decided. He is the One I want to love, He is the One I want to serve, He is the Friend I want to have, He is the One I want to stand up for, He is the One I want to be willing to die for. Why? Because He first loved me.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Thoughts of a Overwhelmed Aunt

I talked and prayed about wanting a niece.
A family had to have one girl at least!
There's one thing I know without a doubt.
'Cause there are things I know about.
God truly had a miracle in His hands.
A baby girl was in His plans.

He picked a time not easy,
But He chose the best time really:
Because He sees all, and knew what was best.
With a precious baby they were blessed.

I have a darling niece!
The awesomeness of it doesn't cease.
We feared throughout too, it'd be another boy,
But with this little one,
He's filled our hearts with joy.
God's wonders are so beautiful, they stun.

Thank-You Father, for dear Hannah-Joy Jana!
She truly is, Your Gracious Gift.

P.S. I love you Hannah!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Family Camp

Bethany and Ben went to America a few years back, and went to a family camp. The Nebbletts were one of the speaking families there. Bethany sent back a music cd of their's. It's beautiful! We've gotten to more know more about them ever since. And now I've met them.
What were the blessings from family camp? I'll tell you...

  • Ways to have an alive Bible reading time.
  • An evening in the kitchen with young people, gave me new friends. Fun memories and stretched my cooking skills.
  • Hilariously engaing true stories told and re-enacted by the Nebblett youth. Along with back-to-back mystery drawings, (ask me to explain if you want.) A treasure hunt. Hearty singing. A wonderful children's meeting.
  • Tips for a more peaceful, happier home.
  • Got hot. Family freeze tag. Catching, running and being caught - that was exhaustingly fun! "All in denim to this side. Beware of the others! You're their targets." Or "Those born from January down to June, go to the right of the field. Chase anyone who runs away!" Slipping, sliding, rolling, running. Solid recreation.
  • Answers to questions. That was youth forum.
  • Kings and queens, defeat and victory. Combining secular and Biblical history. The inside story about Queen Esther. The miraculous survival of newborn Cyrus the Great. Delivered through a chain of events from a jealous and murderous grandfather. God had an amazing plan for him. He even named him over 100 years before his birth!
  • To be a good soldier. What devastation happens when I only serve God half-heartedly. To take heaven by violence. The rewards are so huge!
  • Songs ranging from a bell orchestra to a youth chior I was part of.
  • Fresh ideas for family traditions. Such as all sleeping outside, the night after the first frost. (That way the mozzies are all dead.)
  • Watching love. Cherith and her Ben.
All-in-all, camp was amazing! I wouldn't have traded it for anything. If you ever get the opportunity to go to one of them - go! and you won't regret it!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Comforter

"I'll see you when you get back from the goats. Mum'll be waiting for you there." my visiting sister and I parted after having fun on the swing.
Confidently, I found the nearly-hidden-by-the-flash-flood-waters, stepping stones over the creek. So cold and fast! Tracking through the mud I soon got in sight of the pines and shed. No car. And no Mother. Oh well, I'll check the goats. I peaked my head inside the door. All inside! Back outside, I wondered what to do. Wait? Pray! Perfect alone time. I leaned against a solid pine tree. My talk with God was quickly interrupted. Ouch! Slap! The mosquitoes had taken advantage of my inactivity. I headed on back to the house. I'd see where Mum was.
I resumed my conversation. My thoughts recounted my blessings....
"Thank-You Father. I'm so grateful for what You are teaching me. Particularly yesterday, when I felt so hurt. Discussing it with Mum didn't help. It was too painful. I felt like I had to talk to someone else. I thought of calling my big sister. That's when I felt it. Tugging. I remembered. That You're the best to talk to. I wanted to rationalize the situation. Deal with it in myself. But You reminded me.... 'give it to Me.' I left it with You. And that's what amazes me.
Next thing I knew, I had peace. And happiness! I wasn't even so happy before I'd found out. But You changed it all. My disappointment and sadness, You replaced completely with a song and smile that I couldn't hold back! Only You could do that. I didn't realize what joy comes from surrender. And now I've learned too... in a tangible way - that You are my Comforter."
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