Thursday, 31 December 2009
Saturday, 26 December 2009
I just wanted to take a minute real quick to say . . .
PRAYING YOU HAD A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND THAT YOU MAY KNOW A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!!
Monday, 9 November 2009
As I was reading my book today, I realized at the top that it said . . . Day Three, it clicked!!! This just isn't a book, duh, it's a 1 month devotional. How slow, I mean really.
Anyway . . . . . . this book (devotional) is really good. I'm enjoying it tremendously, although I will need to read it over and over to get out of it what all the Lord would have for me, but nonetheless, I like it.
". . . I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." --Phil. 3:12
More than one admits that it is a sacred duty and a blessed privilege to abide in Christ, but shrinks back continually before the question: Is it possible, a life of unbroken fellowship with the Saviour? . . . . .The more they hear of this life, the deeper their sense of its glory and blessedness, and there is nothing they would not sacrifice to be made partakers of it. But they are too weak, too unfaithful -- they never can attain to it.
Dear souls! how little they know that the abiding in Christ is just meant for the weak, and so beautifully suited to their feebleness. It is not the doing of some great thing, and does not demand that we first lead a very holy and devoted life. No, it is simply weakness entrusting itself to a Mighty One to be kept -- the unfaithful one casting itself on One Who is altogether trustworthy and true. Abiding in Him is not a work that we have to do as the condition for enjoying His salvation, but a consenting to let Him do all for us, and in us, and through us. It is a work He does for us -- the fruit and the power of His redeeming love. Our part is simply to yield, to trust and to wait for what He has engaged to perform.
And if ever doubts again arise, or the bitter experience of failure tempt you to despair, just remember where Paul found His strength: "I am apprehended of Christ Jesus". In that assurance you have a fountain of strength. From that you can look up to the whereunto on which He has set His confidence that the good work He hath begun He will also perform. And in that confidence you will gather courage, day by day, afresh to say, " ' . . .I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus'. It is because Jesus has taken hold of me, and because Jesus keeps me, that I dare to say: Saviour, I abide in Thee".
Taken from 'Abide in Christ" ~Andrew Murray
Until the Shout,
Sunday, 8 November 2009
It is a powerful book. I've only read the first 2 chapters (which are only a few pages long) so far. You know how them old fashioned preachers are, they write very deeply and I like to be able to take my time and read; many times reading and rereading certain parts until I have comprehended them and taken them in. I find it helpful to read them out loud also.
I thought I'd leave you with just a nibble of what the Lord has blessed me to read. I will most definitely find it hard to condense, as there are soooo many wonderful truths written in these pages to help along life's journey.
"Come unto me ..." -- Matt. 11:28
"Abide in me ..." -- John 15:4
And it may please Thee, blessed Saviour, indeed, to speak to us; let each of us hear Thy blessed Voice. May the feeling of our deep need, and the faith of Thy wondrous love, combined with sight of the wonderfully blessed life Thou art waiting to bestow upon us, constrain us to listen and to obey, as often as Thou speakest: "Abide in me". Let day by day the answer from our heart be clearer and fuller: "Blessed Saviour, I do abide in Thee".
"Come unto me ... and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me ... and ye shall find rest unto your souls" -- Matt. 11:28,29
Entire surrender to Jesus is the secret of perfect rest.
Giving up one's whole life to Him, for Him alone to rule and order it; taking up His yoke, and submitting to be led and taught, to learn of Him; abiding in Him, to be and do only what He wills--these are the conditions of discipleship without which there can be no thought of maintaining the rest that was bestowed on first coming to Christ. The rest is in Christ, and not something He gives apart from Himself, and so it is only in having Him that the rest can really be kept and enjoyed.
Blessed rest! The fruit and the foretaste and the fellowship of God's own rest! Found of them who thus come to Jesus to abide in Him. It is the peace of God, the great calm of the eternal world, that passeth all understanding, and that keeps the heart and mind. With this grace secured, we have strength for every duty, courage for every struggle, a blessing in every cross, and the joy of life eternal in death itself.
O my Saviour! if ever my heart should doubt or fear again, as if the blessing were too great to expect, or too high to attain, let me hear Thy voice to quicken my faith and obedience: "Abide in me"; "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me ... ye shall find rest unto your souls".
Until the Shout,
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I have been very busy this week. I was trying to catch up on laundry, keep the house tidied up and do some sewing. I know next week it will be a lot more difficult as we will be back to our normal schedule. I didn't schedule school for this week as I knew we would all be exhausted. Our time clocks have not fully adjusted yet but we are working on that, too.
My sewing skills have drastically improved (it must have been all the curtains that I made for church :) . Anyway so far I've made 2 Bibles bags, 3 skirts, a hair scrunchy and a little purse to match one of Rebekah's skirts. Not too bad for a sewing illiterate!!!!! Whoooohoooo!!!! Go Me!
Although in saying that, I must give honour where honour is due. The Lord put His hands on mine and did a lot of guiding I know and then my mother is very skilled with a sewing machine (thanks mama!).
Anyway, I still have about 4-5 left to make. PRAY!!!!! I get nervous when things are going so well. LOL LOL
You all have a nice evening and God bless,
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
We are here in the States for just over 3 weeks. We had a church buy us tickets to come to their missions meeting. What a blessing. We are staying right now with the founder of our mission board. They are a real blessing, we appreciate them opening their home to us and all the help they have been. Their experience is most valuable in the ministry and we are grateful to be able to glean from them.
The children did great on the long flight, from Gatwick to Charlotte was about 8 1/2 to 9 hours. When we originally booked the flight we had a 2 hour lay over in Charlotte, then they changed it to where we only had 50 minutes to change planes. NOT a lot of time. We were afraid we couldn't make it so they changed it to go out on the 8:00 flight instead of the 2:50 one. I didn't fancy a 5-6 hour lay-over.
We had to change our luggage over in Charlotte because it was our first entrance into the U.S. and immigrations didn't open until 2:00. NOT GOOD. They let us off the plane at about 10 past 2 we got through immigrations by about 15 past and was ready to change our luggage over. We asked if we could make the 2:50 flight (did not even want to sit in the airport for 5 1/2 LONG hours with 2 restless children). They said if we hurried. We had 20 minutes to get to the next plane.
WE MADE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!! With very few minutes to spare, and I mean VERY FEW!
The only problem was they got 3 out of 5 suitcases on the plane. Go figure!! I had to wait until Tuesday for my things to get here so I wasn't well pleased, but Praise the Lord it is here and I have clean clothes and all my toiletries. Amen.
The children have been enjoying the freedom of being in Mississippi. So different to where we live. I constantly have my eye on them outside and they DO NOT go far from the house. Here, Bro. Jenkins has 3 acres and 4 dogs and they are having a blast. I've rarely seen them since we got here, but they have been so good and mannerly. Yes, I'm a bit amazed. As you know, children will be children and that oftentimes means unpredictable! LOL
I pray you all are well and the Lord is blessing. I shall endeavour to write more frequently.
Until the Shout,
Monday, 20 July 2009
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 unbaked pastry shell (9 inches)
In a large mixing bowl, beat the first seven ingredients just until smooth.
Pour into pastry shell.
Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350°; bake 25-30 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 8 servings.
One piece equals:
6 g fat (2 g saturated fat)
3 mg cholesterol
334 mg sodium
42 g carbohydrate
3 g fiber
8 g protein
2 starch, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat.
Enjoy this great all-American dessert with less calories and fat, but same great taste.
Until the Shout,
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Luke 9:28-36, "And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen." (empahsis mine)
If you were put on the spot, could you say concisely what the central fact of your faith is?
Monday, 29 June 2009
First off, our church has merged with another church (of course IFB) and my husband has taken over the pastorate. Which means a lot more responsibility as we have more folks and a building that has to be taken care of.
The inside of the church has to be repainted (requirement for lease renewal) and we are going to be working on that in July. All the walls, doors, baseboards, etc. have to be wiped down before we can even start to paint. I believe we are going to start on that next Friday. The last week of the month my husband and two other men from the church are going to start the painting. Then we are having a scheduled work day the last Saturday of the month to try and finish it all off.
As many of you know we are doing school throughout the summer so we can be done by April of next year to take a short furlough (VERY short), so I'm doing all that as well. No rest for the weary, right?
August is busy also. We are going to youth camp for a week. This should be interesting. Would you like to know how long it has been since I've been to youth camp? Probably a good 15-17 years ago. As we live in one of the wetter countries, please pray that it WON'T rain!!! LOL LOL
September is even busier than August. The first weekend we are having a short revival meeting with one of our supporting pastors. I'm looking forward to it. They are not that common over here (although my husband tries to make sure we have one once a year even if it can't be for a whole week) and I think that is what makes them so refreshing. It isn't like in the States, you know. If you get discouraged over there you can just hop in the car and go to a meeting somewhere. I mean somebody, somewhere is having a meeting you can go to to get encouraged. NOT HERE. You remember that verse where it says, "and David encouraged himself in the LORD"? Well, it's either that or nothing many times; so for us to have a meeting is such a blessing.
The second week in September we are having a CRB class. This is something that is being required by the government in order to work with children. If you have not been cleared, as of October you CANNOT work with children. My husband and I went to a class in May and we have both received our clearance checks, PTL. But we do need others to take the class because if not, there will be NO Sunday School class if we are away.
Then the third weekend we are having our Harvest Service. This a British tradition and what they do is have a special message about the harvest (both spiritual and agricultural) and then they have a proper sit down dinner (of course). Sometimes churches will collect food and things to give to maybe a needy family or something like that. It is a wonderful time to thank the Lord for His bountiful blessings.
The last week of September we are all busy with the children finishing up the PACE they are working on and me trying to get the house ready to be in the States for 3 weeks. We have a church that wanted to fly us in for their missions meeting, so we will be gone for the first 3 weeks in October.
Are you tired yet? I am and all I did was write about it! HA! HA! HA! This is just a quick update. Hope to post again soon.
Please keep us in your prayers as we unite as one with the merging of these two congregations. We have known the former pastor and wife for 13 years and they have both been a great blessing and encouragement to us through the years. He has felt the call to Evangelism, etc. Bro. Pavitt is now the Director of Lifegate Baptist Missions. He is still serving in the church in whatever area he is needed, but he is also preaching in missions conferences and etc. Bro. Pavitt has a deep desire to see his own people reached for the glory of God. And who better than a national man. He has been busy preaching around England and also doing much tract distribution and street evangelism, including open air preaching. Pray for him, that the Lord would use him in a might way. We count it an honour and a privilege, as well as humbling to be serving at Lifegate.
Until the Shout,
Monday, 8 June 2009
God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”
In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?
First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.
“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” “ . (Lev. :11)
". . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).
“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.
My friend, “God . . . commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.
In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . .’ " Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.
“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).
Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.
Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!
God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.
You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.
If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this over and over, without leaving, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.
God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:
Pray -- you talk to God.
Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
Witness -- you talk for God.
You should be baptized in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord . . . .” (2 Timothy 1:8)
“Whosoever therefore shall confess [testify of] Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32).
It is my prayer that if you don't know the Lord, you will come to know Him today.
Saved to the Uttermost,
Friday, 22 May 2009
Caleb finished school on Tuesday and Rebekah finished yesterday. WHOOHOO!!!!!!!!!! Only for 2 1/2 weeks though, then we start back the new school year since we need to be finished by the end of March beginning of April to go on a short furlough.
I was able to get some semblance of spring cleaning done the last 2 days though. Caleb's room is sooooo small that it doesn't take long for him to run out of room for things. Praise the Lord he isn't a pack-rat! God above is the only one that really knows how glad I am of that. Rebekah on the other hand tries to be, but she went through her room yesterday all by herself and did an excellent job. She was rather ruthless. Good job, Sissy!!! I had them help do base boards (skirting boards if your in the U.K.), wipe down walls, etc., etc. They are such good little helpers.
Today, they were dusting and washing walls and base boards again. Rebekah took the hoover (vacuum) attachment and went around the edges of the carpet. All this while I cleaned down the walls and etc. in the downstairs bathroom and many other numerous things. We worked hard and got a lot done. PTL!!
I thank the Lord for my children. They are not perfect by no means, and I'll be the first to tell you so; but they ARE hard workers and like to help. What a blessing!
Even Daddy got some jobs done. He mowed the grass and has cleaned out the garage (he is this minute at the tip (dump) getting rid of some junk) and run a lot of errands. We've all been busy bees. Better busy than bothering! Amen?
Oh also, the children and I have been to the dentist today. My husband goes next month. AND, we have guest coming for dinner tonight. Talk about a crazy, busy day. Oh, my! I'm glad I'm making something easy for supper. Just having Baked Boneless Pork Steaks (cheap beef version! LOL), jacket (baked) potatoes, mixed veg. (caul./broc./carrots [steamed]), with fruit cobbler to finish. I can put the meat and potatoes in to bake and the veggies in a steamer. While we eat I'll bake the cobbler. Talk about easy! Thank the Lord!
I'll give you this cobbler recipe real quick as it's is really quick to make.
2 cans any type of canned fruit or Pie filling (if using canned fruit make sure you drain it and set the juice aside)
1/4 cup butter
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375.
Put butter in a dish and let melt.
Mix flour, sugar and milk together and pour into the dish with melted butter.
Drop fruit in the batter and bake for about 40 minutes.
If using pie filling it might be better to put it in first and pour over top the batter. This is good and I make it often, just vary the fruit used.
Oh, well enough about us. I pray everyone has a lovely day.
Until the Shout,
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
(X) Gone on a blind date -- With a friends fiance's brother. Oh boy!
(X) Skipped school
(X) Watched someone die
(X) Been to Canada
(X) Been to Mexico
(X) Been to Florida
(X) Been on a plane
(X) Been lost
(X) Been on the opposite side of the country -- Yes (The U.K. isn't that wide! LOL)
(X) Gone to Washington , D.C
(X) Swam in the ocean ... Or just waded
(X) Cried yourself to sleep
(X) Played cops and robber
(X)Recently colored with crayons
( )Sang Karaoke
(X) Paid for a meal with coins only
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn't
(X) Made prank phone calls
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone you care about ---Does traveling to a meeting on Deputation or Furlough count? If so, most definitely.
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
( ) Been skinny dipping outdoors
(X) Gone to the movies
1. Any nickname? TERBY-- My initials were T.E.RB. (Tammy Elizabeth Ranee Buck), so my family just added a Y. I know, TOOOO much info.
2. Mother's name? Jaqualine (goes by Jackie)
3. Favorite drink? Code Red Mountain Dew, how I miss it. OR Fountain Coke with the cherry syrup. OH MAN, my mouth is watering!!!!
4. Tattoo? NO
5. Body Piercing? Does having your ears pierced count as the same?
6. How much do you love your job? It's a full time 24/7 job, but also a GIFT from God.....I love being a mom!
8. Favorite vacation spot? So far, I've enjoyed Greece the most.
9. Ever been to Africia? No
10. Ever eaten cookies for dinner? Not that I remember
11. Ever been on TV? I don't think so
12. Ever steal a traffic sign? no
13. Ever been in a car accident? yes
14. Drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? 4
15. Favorite salad dressing? Ranch
16. Favorite pie? Cherry
17. Favorite number? 5 (Grace)
18. Favorite movie?
19. Favorite holiday? Christmas
20. Favorite dessert? Mostly anything chocolate! LOL
21. Favorite food? Is chocolate a food? HA! HA! HA! HA! (remember I'm a weight watcher girl)
22. Favorite day of the week? Saturday
23. Favorite brand of body wash or soap? Bath & Body Works' Cherry Blossom
24. Favorite toothpaste? Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
25. Favorite smell? The smell of Sunday Dinner cooking when I open the front door after church on Sunday morning.
26. How do you exercise? ummm....and that is?
28. What do you do to relax? a good book and a nice hot bath with Bath & Body Works smell goods.
29. Furthest place you will send this message? Blog world-- and that is everywhere!
The things we learn about folk from all these lists! Kind of scary isn't it? LOL
Until the Shout,
Saturday, 16 May 2009
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
1 can (14 ounces) fat-free sweetened condensed milk
4 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 can (16 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons cornstarch
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, oats, brown sugar and butter; mix until crumbly.
Press 2-1/2 cups of the crumb mixture into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish.
Bake at 350° for 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in the milk, egg whites, vanilla and remaining flour.
Spoon over prepared crust.
In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce and cornstarch.
Spoon over cream cheese mixture.
Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until the center is almost set.
Cool on a wire rack before cutting. Yield: 3 dozen.
One serving bar equals:
4 g fat (2 g saturated fat)
11 mg cholesterol
67 mg sodium
24 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
3 g protein
1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.
Pastries with cream cheese-based frostings and fillings should always be refrigerated.
Until the Shout,
Friday, 15 May 2009
This is amazing and brought tears of laughter to my eyes. I wonder how often we take for granted that children understand what we are teaching???
Thursday, 14 May 2009
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
1 cup miniature marshmallows
24 whole graham crackers, halved
5 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes.
Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set.
Fold in whipped topping and marshmallows.
Spread over half of the graham crackers; top with remaining crackers.
Place the chocolate chips in a shallow bowl.
Press edges of each sandwich into chips.
Wrap individually in plastic wrap; place in an airtight container and freeze.
Remove from the freezer about 5 minutes before serving.
Yield: 2 dozen.
One serving (1 each) equals:
3 g fat (2 g saturated fat)
0.55 mg cholesterol
143 mg sodium
18 g carbohydrate
1 g fiber
2 g protein
For a delicious change of pace, try using chocolate pudding mix and peanut butter chips in these Grahamwiches. Find other delicious options by mixing and matching different pudding and chip combos!
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
"But without faith it is impossible to please him . . ." Hebrews 11:6a
". . . without shedding of blood is no remission." Hebrews 9:22b
The wise philosopher of the ages has no answer to the sin problem. The modernist has no answer; the intellectual has no answer. Religion has no answer. ONLY GOD has the answer to man's sin, and that is the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.
No one has ever been saved apart from the Blood. Before Calvary, people were saved by looking forward to the cross and the death of the Lamb. Now, men are saved by looking backward to the cross.
The preaching of the blood is a demonstration of the power of God. "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God."
(I Cor. 1:18). The blood and the blood alone can bring peace to the human heart. "And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven." (Col. 1:20).
The blood is the difference between the world and eternal life. It is the difference between life and death; the difference between freedom and slavery; the difference between a fiery judgment and eternal bliss. The blood of Jesus Christ is the difference between sin and salvation. The blood takes away sin, judges sin. ". . . but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself." (Heb. 9:26b)
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
250g butter cookies or shortbread cookies - crushed
Mix together and form a crust (also may use a graham cracker crust-we just don't have those here, well we don't have graham crackers period!)
1 large cream cheese
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together until smooth
1/3 cup lemon juice (bottled)
Add to above mixture and stir with a spoon
Pour into crust and refrigerate for about 15-20 minutes.
1 can of cherry pie filling
Spread on top.
Monday, 11 May 2009
It is now May as you all know, but I have not had a chance to start on my spring cleaning yet because we have been trying to push 9 weeks of school into 6 so that we are finished by the time we leave to visit friends on the 25th of this month.
I would love to start it when we get back, BUT we arrive home on Saturday afternoon or early evening and company comes on Monday until either Wednesday or Thursday. We then have more company arriving on Friday to stay for 3 weeks.
In the midst of all this we will start the new school year back up the second week of June because we are going on a short furlough next summer and we are leaving in April. Therefore, I want school done before we go.
Now, my dilema is this . . . when on earth am I suppose to have time to spring or rather summer clean as it is turing out to be? Soooooo, all you organized, got it all together, creative, energetic, wonderful ladies out there I will take all the advice I can get!
I think I should have titled this: HELP NEEDED, PRONTO!!! LOL
Until the Shout,
Sunday, 10 May 2009
I've read up quite a bit about Shingles. Most of the articles have stated that the pain could last for quite some time, but he has not had any pain in almost a week. Amazing! What a wonderful Lord we serve. I know that it could have been much, much worse. The Lord truly spared him from a lot and we are very grateful for that.
I pray all are doing well and looking forward to a wonderful Lord's day tomorrow. God bless and remember, "THIS COULD BE THE DAY!"
Until the Shout,
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Thursday, 30 April 2009
"Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. . . . . . . . . . Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not." Luke 12:37-38, 40
The part that stood out to me most was the very first line, "Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching. . ." Now I know that this particular verse is not necessarily in reference to our Lord Jesus Christ, but it is still applicable.
Are we truly:
- Longing for
- Ready for
our Lord's return? Are our thoughts and minds stayed on Him? Would you be surprised if He came today?
My pastor's wife said once that she tries to go about her day with the thought that THIS could be the day the Lord returns. The Bible says (Luke 12:40) that we are to be ready because we don't know when the Lord will come. As one preacher says, "We need to keep short accounts with God!" Leave no known sin unconfessed. I wonder how many of us would have different attitudes and actions each day if we were to think this way?
Is this our attitude?
Wake up with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Work with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Witness with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Worship with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Love with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Serve with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Praise Him with the thought: THIS COULD BE THE DAY!
Lay down our head at night with the though: THIS COULD STILL BE THE DAY!
I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of getting my eyes off of what is important. I needed those verses this morning. They were a wonderful reminder of my purpose in this life.
"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." Titus 2:13
Until the Shout,
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Pray that the children don't get chickenpox. That would be a mess! YUCK!!!
It's about time to relax for the evening, so I won't keep you all.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
It was confirmed by the doctor this morning. What a mess! Let's just say we are beginning to be experts on the subject. Thank the Lord for access to useful information.
This is what we have learned so far:
- You had to have had chickenpox in order to get shingles. What happens is, once you've had chickenpox a part of the virus lays dormant in your body and can become active at any time after that. Resulting in shingles.
- Any one that has had chickenpox can get shingles.
- You CAN NOT get shingles from some that has it.
- You CAN get chickenpox from someone that has shingles if you've never had them.
- It is very painful and that pain can last for quite some time after the virus has disappeared.
Well, that's the long and short of it, anyway. The important facts! LOL Although my husband does not find it very funny!
There are a few more bits to it than that, but I figure if you wanted to know badly enough about it you could just look it up. Saves me repeating it all, and then I wouldn't have to worry if I got something wrong! HEHEHE
I pray you all have a wonderful mid-week service. God bless!
Friday, 24 April 2009
Beatitudes For The Home
BLESSED are the husband and wife who continue to be affectionate and considerate, loving after the wedding bells have ceased ringing.
Friday, 17 April 2009
Once I got home the children had fun helping me fill the pots with the compost. They filled them and I put in the flowers. I think they just enjoyed playing in the dirt myself, but . . . . . . we had a good time anyway.
My dad is trying to talk me into getting them a tomato plant or something to mess around with. I might have to think about it. I know they'd like it. Our yard isn't big enough for a proper garden so that is out, but a pot or two could be workable. Anyway, it's something to think about.
I pray you all have a lovely weekend. Ours is actually suppose to be nice, but in England I'll believe it when I see it. LOL
Until the Shout,
Friday, 10 April 2009
One of these days our Lord is going to split that eastern sky and we will get to be together forever. The Lord told us to comfort ourselves with these thoughts in I Thess. chapter 5. It seems thoughts like this are so much more prevalent when you've just had to say good-bye to someone that is very dear to you. But, I'm glad we have God's Word and what a comfort it is. Amen!!!!
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words."
1 Thess. 5 v.16-18
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."
Revelation 21 v.4
UNTIL THE SHOUT,
Saturday, 4 April 2009
As some of you might recall, I wrote about our best friends moving back to the States for good. Well, I had not seen my best friend for nearly 2 years, although her husband was back in September to finish packing things up and trying to get the house ready to sell. In that time frame I hadn't been able to talk to her on the phone for about a year or more because they only had cell phones and it cost us both alot of money to talk, sooooo . . . . .
While my husband was in the States he got to go see them and used his phone card for me to talk to her. As soon as I heard her voice on the phone I started crying. I hadn't realized just how much I'd really missed being able to talk to her (not just via e-mail). Needless to say I think I cried throughout the whole conversation. It was soooo good to hear her voice and be able to carry on a proper conversation. What a blessing that was, and since they have found a cheap plan through the Internet that they can use to make long distance calls we will be able to talk as often as we like. Praise the Lord!
Anyway, back to my story . . . . I had absolutely NO IDEA who might be coming to visit. But, we drove to the airport and there she was. MY BEST FRIEND!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't know whether to shout or cry or both!! LOL LOL LOL
My friend, Kelley, and her oldest son have missed England terribly. She never had the opportunity to say a proper good-bye to her beloved England, so this was a combined trip. Although, I did threaten to steal her passport. LOL I told her husband if he wanted her, he'd have to come get her! LOL
We have had a wonderful time. God has been so good to allow us this time. We've been very busy, but having a blast. I'm not used to running this much, so I'm exhausted! LOL I'll give you a quick run down of her trip thus far:
*Wednesday - Ms. Kelley arrived in UK
*Thursday - went into Kettering town, ended up scoping out all the Charity shops (goodwills)
*Friday - Went to Peterborough (where they worked for about 10 years), shopped there for in the morning, the church in Peterborough had a get together for her so that they could all have a chance to see Ms. Kelley and say their good-byes. Also, we had Youth Rally that night at the church in Peterborough. Left home around 9 or 9.30 a.m. and didn't get until about 10 or 10.30 p.m. A VERY LONG DAY!!!
*Saturday - We left home around a quarter past 10 in the morning to meet up with Jessica,
a real sweet lady in the church and did some charity shopping in Northampton. We had a lovely Chinese Buffet (THANKS JESSICA, it was a blessing). Then we charity shopped some more. I would never have known there were so many if it weren't for Jessica. Thanks!!
*Sunday - Church. Bro. Constantine was back with us again. He works for IBM out in
California and he was doing some more work in the UK. It is always good to have him in the services. I believe we've just about made him and honorary member. LOL
*Monday - Ms. Kelley and I collapsed. Didn't do anything we didn't absolutely HAVE to do.
*Tuesday - We went to Leicester (pronounced lester). Did some looking around and had a
good time looking around and seeing how much the town has changed in the last few years.
*Wednesday - I had school and Ms. Kelley went with the others on outreach. They were passing
out tracts in the town center. It was one of the highlights of her week she says. Went to the national pastors church that night.
*Thursday - Didn't do much. Just kind of hung around home and got ready for our services.
*Friday - Left home a little before 9.30 a.m. and headed towards Moulton where William
Carey pastored, then went to Olney and visited the church where John Newton pastored and saw the house where he penned "Amazing Grace". We actually sang it in the church. Great accustics! LOL In the same town is where William Cowper lived. We saw the summer house where he wrote many of his poems and hymns. After that we headed to Bedford and the town of John Bunyan. We were telling the folks a Bunyan's where we had been and they had never heard of William Carey. Isn't that sad? Such wonderful history in this great land, yet folks
don't even know about it. Heartbreaking!! Had FISH-N-CHIPS for supper
*Saturday - Just hung out at home and then I took Caleb to Karate.
Sorry if I bored you to tears. I thought that as long as I'm writing this it would be a good way for me to also keep track of what we've done as sort of like a journal. Sorry you had to suffer through it all.
Needless to say, it has been great having Ms. Kelley here. She flies out on Tuesday. Pray for me. It will be hard to see her go. She is the sweetest Christian woman I know. Such a wonderful example of what a Christian wife, mother, pastor's wife and friend ought to be.
I pray you all have a wonderful Lord's Day tomorrow.
Until the Shout,
Monday, 23 March 2009
I went tonight not sure how things would turn out, but I lost 4.5lbs and am sooooooo excited. I couldn't believe it and Roger lost 4lbs. Amazing! That really gives you a boost, if you know what I mean. If you've been struggling and things it makes you want to just get on with it and do a good job the next week. I wish I could bottle this focus! LOL
I pray you all are doing well and the Lord is blessing you. We've been extremely busy since my husband has been home. But, then again it seems like we are always busy. :-) I bet you all feel that way at times, too.
Well, my beloved it home with our dinner so I'd better go and eat it while it's hot.
God bless and have a lovely, LIGHT week!
Until the Shout,
Saturday, 21 March 2009
I put on 2 pounds this week. BOOOOOOO! It must be all the goodies my wonderful hubby brought home with him. I have walked twice this week and it would have been more but it was really windy on the first day and I ended up with a head cold. YUCK!!!!
Roger has been busy playing catch-up with all his mail and errands. I'm glad he's home. I'm not used to doing all his running and you want to talk about being busy? I think I met myself a few times as I was out and about and keepin' things going with the house, too! LOL LOL
Today has been a crazy day. Caleb had a lesson this morning in karate so we were there at 11:00. While we were there we found out that one of the guys' wife (Will and Candy) was trying to go into labour. He had been up most of the night with little progress. He wasn't sure if he was going to get to grade today. Caleb's grading was scheduled for 4:00 so we got there at 3:00. This way he could get changed and warm-up. Good thing, too because they went in about 15 minutes earlier than planned. Anyway, all this time Will's family (his brother and his family are all in the same class) were texting back and forth keeping tabs on Candy's progress hoping Will would still be able to get there to grade. He was going to be going for his Brown/Red belt, which is one step away from his black belt. Well, to make a long story short . . . . . .he left her at the hospital in the deliver suite (5cm dilated) just to try and get there in time to grade, but the hospital called him back while he was en route. So, he didn't get to make it. Brooke should be here by now, Lord willing. I can't wait to see her.
One of the women in the class, Margaret, buried her mother yesterday. I felt really sorry for her. She was struggling so much while trying to grade today. You could tell that she wasn't with it. The main instructor wasn't going to pass her, but one of the other women told him about her mother and he said that she passed, but just barely. She was in tears, poor thing.
Talk about a whale of a day. So much going on. I'm tired just thinking about it. Oh well, I know that I've bored you enough and probably caused some confusion with all that's been happening so I'd better get going for now.
I pray you all have a wonderful and glorious Lord's day tomorrow.
Until the Shout,
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Well, I had put on a little bit which put me at only about 11 lbs. lost. Last week I lost 2lbs. and this week I lost 1. I only have 1 more to go to get back to where I was and I really was hoping it would have happened last night, but . . . . . . there is always next week.
I pray I loose more than a pound next week. I want to highlight another square on my graph chart. You probably want to know what that is right? Well, what I did is I found free graph paper on-line and fit it to how many squares (each square represents a pound) I needed to get to goal. As I loose, I highlight or mark off either a half or whole square. It is kind-of an incentive to keep going as I put it on the frig. LOL And it has been some time since I've been able to mark one off. Now that I'm back in the game I want to keep going.
Goal is a long weigh (pun intended) off, but I'll keep it up little by little. And too all you out there in diet land remember . . . . .
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
We are not together for our anniversary this year, the first time ever. He was flown into the States for a special meeting and will be there until the middle of March. I miss him and look forward to having him back home. Needless to say, I'm very busy with school and keeping the wheels turning while his is away.
Please pray for his safe travel mercies. He took a young man from the church with him for the first two weeks. From what I hear they are having a blast. You know the old saying, "While the cats away the mice will play!" LOL
Honey, I just want to say,