Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring Fever

I've been having spring fever and after a few weeks of thought and a bit put into it here and there, our newly designed blog is up and running. :-) The old was just getting a bit too old and drab. It needed a bit of reviving. :-) I noticed that several other bloggy friends caught it too and re-vamped their blogs.

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

When Ignorance is Not Bliss

I have often heard it said even of things relating to the word of God that "ignorance is bliss" but I beg to differ! Ignorance is not bliss!

I dare say we will be held accountable for the times when we had the opportunity to know the truth but chose to remain ignorant or refused to hear it (As is stated in Proverbs 1:22-33).

Oh, I pray we will love the truth and seek for it as for hid treasure and never say "ignorance is bliss". For truly, the truth is a blessing and a treasure most precious!

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)

Willful ignorance will make you a prisoner where as knowledge will make you free!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Amazing Things

I was curled up on my bed with a blanket and a book in my hands. Looking up from my reading and out into the gray world outside; my mind quickly changed gears. Millions of snow flakes were falling from the sky and it amazed me. It was the fact that every single flake is different in size and shape and to think of them just, just falling out of the sky from no-where! It's often such common things that all of a sudden strike me as so amazing. As I pondered the unique and intricacy of design in the snow flakes, I thought about even more amazing things.

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.

"Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky."
~ Rabbi Mayer

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Little Children

“Daaaaaaaaaa Daaaaa Da daaaaaa, daa da da da....” (Joy to the world, the Lord is come) the two year old cuteness sang. She was almost perfectly on tune and in timing. Oh how I wanted to just smother her in hugs and kisses, but I didn't think she would have liked being interrupted all the time for such “nonsense”. Actually, I would have like to have done it to all 5 sweetness'! But, I contented myself with just doing other things with them and enjoying ever single minute. One thing I really enjoyed was making cookies with them. I set up the table that's about 1 foot high and we made the cookies there, where they all could reach. They got to take turns measuring, mixing, and forming the cookies. It didn't matter that we used more dishes than normal, nor did the little mess they made matter. We had fun!! Those cookies were extra special, because of little helping hands.

It didn't matter that there were toys all over the floor and on the stairs. We all had fun! And besides, how often do we get to have toys all over the floor and hear the fun playing of little ones? Not often enough. So it really did not matter. They were some of the most adorable sweet kids you'll have ever met! When it was time for bed, there wasn't any complaining and each one dutifully picked the toys up and put them away to the best of their knowledge – and without being asked! Never once did they fight or scream or yell or get angry. They were so unselfish, so patient, so loving, so kind, so tender, so supportive, so happy, so giggly, so sweet and absolutely adorable! They would break out and laugh and laugh until I couldn't stop laughing because they were laughing at nothing! You couldn't stop smiling either... Oh, oh, I was captured. How could those beautiful, adorable smiles and sparkling eyes just not capture anyone's heart?

Though you may never see this, sweet ones, my prayer for you is that you will forever have those beautiful character traits that you possess and that they will only grow stronger as the years go by.

The innocence of childhood and babyhood...

How much there is to learn from little children!

Thank you Father, for allowing us the time to spend with such beautiful children. Thank you for the fun we had and for the lessons learned. Thank you for the inspiration they were. Thank you for the crumbs on the floor, for the toys here and there... They have been such a blessing to me... Thank you for all the little children in the world. They are all so precious!

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Church Walking with the World

The Church and the World walked far apart
On the changing shores of time,
The World was singing a giddy song,
And the Church a hymn sublime.
“Come, give me your hand,” said the merry World,
“And Walk with me this way!”
But the good Church hid her snowy hands
And solemnly answered, “Nay,
I will not give you my hand at all,
And I will not walk with you;
Your way is the way that leads to death;
Your words are all untrue.”

“Nay, walk with me but a little space,”
Said the World with a kindly air;
“The road I walk is a pleasant road,
And the sun shines always there;
Your path is thorny and rough and rude,
But mine is broad and plain;
My way is paved with flowers and dews,
And yours with tears and pain;
The sky to me is always blue,
No want, no toil I know;
The sky above you is always dark,
Your lot is a lot of woe;
There’s room enough for you and me
To travel side by side.

Half shyly the Church approached the World
And gave him her hand of snow;
And the old World grasped it and walked along,
Saying in accents low,
“Your dress is too simple to please my taste;
I will give you pearls to wear,
Rich velvets and silks for your graceful form,
And diamonds to deck your hair.”
The Church looked down at her plain white robes,
And then at the dazzling World,
And blushed as she saw his handsome lip
With a smile contemptuous curled.
“I will change my dress for a costlier one,”
Said the Church, with a smile of grace;
Then her pure white garments drifted away,
And the World gave, in their place,
Beautiful satins and shining silks,
Roses and gems and costly pearls;
While over her forehead her bright hair fell
Crisped in a thousand curls.

“Your house is too plain,” said the proud old World;
“I’ll build you one like mine;
With walls of marble and towers of gold,
And furniture ever so fine.”
So he built her a costly and beautiful house;
Most splendid it was to behold;
Her sons and her beautiful daughters dwelt there
Gleaming in purple and gold;
Rich fairs and shows in the halls were held,
And the World and his children were there.
Laughter and music and feasts were heard
In the place that was meant for prayer.
There were cushioned seats for the rich and the gay,
To sit in their pomp and pride;
But the poor who were clad in shabby array,
Sat meekly down outside.

“You give too much to the poor,” said the World.
“Far more than you ought to do;
If they are in need of shelter and food,
Why need it trouble you?
Go, take your money and buy rich robes,
Buy horses and carriages fine;
Buy pearls and jewels and dainty food;
Buy the rarest and costliest wine;
My children, they dote on all these things,
And if you their love would win
You must do as they do, and walk in the ways
That they are walking in.”

So the poor were turned from her door in scorn,
And she heard not the orphan’s cry;
But she drew her beautiful robes aside,
As the widows went weeping by.
Then the sons of the World and the Sons of the Church
Walked closely hand and heart,
And only the Master, who knoweth all,
Could tell the two apart.
Then the Church sat down at her ease, and said,
“I am rich and my goods increase;
I have need of nothing, or aught to do,
But to laugh, and dance, and feast.”
The sly World heard, and he laughed in his sleeve,
And mockingly said, aside—
“The Church is fallen, the beautiful Church;
And her shame is her boast and her pride.”

The angel drew near to the mercy seat,
And whispered in sighs her name;
Then the loud anthems of rapture were hushed,
And heads were covered with shame;
And a voice was heard at last by the Church
From Him who sat on the throne,
“I know thy works, and how thou has said,
‘I am rich, and hast not known
That thou art naked, poor and blind,
And wretched before my face;’
Therefore from my presence cast I thee out,
And blot thy name from its place.”

~ by Matilda C. Edwards
The Best Loved Poems of the American People

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Grateful

"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.

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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

Reading Challenge 2011: March Update

Wow, it's hard to believe it's been two months since I wrote about the reading challenge! I suppose it's about time for an update.

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.

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