Thursday, March 31, 2011
As spring approaches and we get spring fever to clean, garden, re-design blogs or any number of things I hope and pray we have a reviving and spring fever in our hearts for everything that is good, pure and righteous and for a deeper walk with God.
Oh, that we may have spring fever to be mirrors reflecting the perfect image of Jesus!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
How amazing is the design of plants to absorb water and nutrients from the ground and to transform carbon dioxide into oxygen.
Think about the human body and it's functions. The bones, the muscles, the organs, the cells etc... Just look at your hands, the skin, the finger nails, the fingers that move and think about how much weight just one small finger can hold. It's totally amazing.
The heart pumps millions of gallons of blood during a life time. A healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels a day.
Your eye is composed of over 2 million working parts and it can process 36,000 bits of information every hour. The eyes can be different colors, blue or green, brown or hazel and yet it doesn't affect the function! Just think about it, isn't it amazing?
The brain processes so many thoughts and commands the body, both consciously and subconsciously. Isn't it just amazing when you think of even just a fraction of what the brain does?
Oh, we are surrounded by millions of things that are so amazing, yet, the most amazing thing of all is love - God's love and Jesus love!
Yes, even in this world where sin and Satan cause so much suffering and disasters his love is still there, his grace is still there.
Yes, that is the most amazing thing of all to me - God's tender love and his grace! It thrills me through with awe and wonder.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
"I'm so grateful for the life we live!" I announced to Mum.
"Oh, I want to hear more, when I get back," she replied with a smile.
We were in the garden and she was getting some implement.
The sky was a beautiful navy blue. Heavy clouds made an arch, like a rainbow almost, with clearer lighter blue behind.
"It's like a beautiful archway to heaven," we all decided. My younger sister was helping too.
Why do I love it? It's the simple life.
There is goats that vy for our affection (and time. :-))
There is my sister: she's my dear companion.
The garden: to watch the miracle of plant life.
There is a cosy, little house: with a piano, kitchen, woodstove and lounge area, all in one little room.
There is donkeys to ride and attempt training. To laugh at there craziness.
Then there's my education. Which I get in all different ways. I can have the satisfaction of getting book-work done. Or seeing the wonder of things in real life.
There is the scenic and peaceful, two kilometre walk three times a week to the mailbox. Sending all the letters... and the anticipation and excitement of getting them.
There is the time and places to go for walks. It is a walk to the garden even. Another two kilometres.
There is the excitement of my brother coming home for the weekend. And sending emails on his laptop. (Our's is in for warranty, so weekly is the way.)
There is the days of learning the nuts and bolts of beekeeping and farm maintenance with Dad.
I treasure the close relationship with my Mummy too.
There's the wonder of stepping out the door at night... looking up and seeing: a sea of stars. Everywhere, innumerable, and dazzling.
Then there is my siblings near and far, who love and care about me so much. I love them.
And I'm constantly reminded of the value of how my parents trained me. Without their training, I don't know where I'd be. Really.
There is the breathtaking nature that makes me smile and sing.
Then... there is my God and Father. Who I come to appreciate and love more and more everyday. I'm so glad He's won my heart. So thankful for letting me experience knowing Him. I couldn't return. I can't wait to meet Him.
And in the meanwhile....
I'm so grateful!
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I have mainly been trying to finish some books that I started reading in 2010 so I haven't gotten much more than one new book read this year. Not to say I haven't been reading a lot, because I have but just not necessarily books.
I read one book called "The Family Nobody Wanted" by Helen Doss. It is about a ministers family who could not have children but who adopted in the early 1900's. They adopted children who were considered un-adoptable because they were of mixed race. It was really interesting and one of those types of books that is hard to put down! :-)
Last week, I finished two books that I started reading in 2010 and put those away and then I tried to pick one or two out of 6 books that I wanted to read but I really couldn't decided so I put only one back and decided to read some from all of those books. So anyhow, if you look at the picture to the right, that is what my nightstand looks like currently. I guess I have quite the book addiction, don't I? Ahh.... But I just could not choose which book seemed more important to read first!
My current list of books I'm reading:
The Third Angels Message 1893 - by A.T. Jones
History of the Sabbath - by J. N. Andrews
The Story of the Seer of Patmos - by Stephen N. Haskell (And for those who don't know, this is no witch book!!! It is a book on John and Revelation)
Bible Adventism - by James White
That I May Know Him - by Ellen G. White
Testimonies for the Church Volume 3 - by Ellen G. White
The Elements of Style - by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White (This is referring to the elements of style in writing)
The Life of Washington - by Anna C. Reed
And of course the Bible. :-)
I will probably be working on all those books for a couple months at least. So Anyhow, that is my 2011 Reading Challenge update. :-) Oh, and my goal is to read as many books as I can and still understand and be blessed by them.