Tuesday, August 30, 2011

719 - 751

719. Safety through a storm
720. Freedom
721. Bad dreams - and the fact that they are dreams and not reality
722. Figuring out where I've met someone who seemed really familiar
723. Sharing things I love with friends
724. Decluttering & organizing
725. Catching up around the house
726. New babies
727. The times God works us through our fears instead of around them
728. Not going anywhere
729. The boys doing the "daddy dance" through the church nursery window
730. Avonlea "talking" more and more
732. Nursing Avi (wasn't able to nurse Cole as long as I would have liked)
733. The many gifts I forget to write down
734. The playroom/laundry room in our basement
735. Sunday drives
736. Motivational blogs and speakers
737. Julie Ann Jones - direct sales blogger (but she's effecting all areas - especially organization)
738. Steam vac-ing while listening to J.A.J.
739. 3 am desk clean ups
740. Vision (referring to excited ideas...but thankful for my eyesight too :)
741. The song "God is so good. God is so good. God is so good, He's so good to me"
742. Believing 741 (& realizing that I haven't always)
743. Singing with all of my heart
744. Starting to write a song with a friend
745. Garage band (the mac program)
746. The visual analogy of a "gremlin" - little mean guy who whispers lies in your ears - things like - "he or she doesn't like you" - "they haven't called you because they are mad at you" etc...
Congrats to our good friend Gremlin, The Icelandic Prince, for reaching 6000 raves
747. Saying goodbye to the "gremlin" and replacing him with Truth
748. Breakfast with Matt
749.Celebrating Matt's bday - soooo thankful for him!
750. Quiet walks across the Belfast footbridge
751. Prayer chats in Gmail



Friday, August 26, 2011

Psalm 90

A prayer of Moses the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
5 Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death—
they are like the new grass of the morning:
6 In the morning it springs up new,
but by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.
8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.
10 Our days may come to seventy years,
or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.
11 If only we knew the power of your anger!
Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor[a] of the Lord our God rest on us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Psalm 89

A maskil[b] of Ethan the Ezrahite.

1 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
2 I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.’”[c]

5 The heavens praise your wonders, LORD,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6 For who in the skies above can compare with the LORD?
Who is like the LORD among the heavenly beings?
7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8 Who is like you, LORD God Almighty?
You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

9 You rule over the surging sea;
when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
you founded the world and all that is in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, LORD.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
and by your favor you exalt our horn.[d]
18 Indeed, our shield[e] belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Once you spoke in a vision,
to your faithful people you said:
“I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
the wicked will not oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down his adversaries.
24 My faithful love will be with him,
and through my name his horn[f] will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, the Rock my Savior.’
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as the heavens endure.

30 “If his sons forsake my law
and do not follow my statutes,
31 if they violate my decrees
and fail to keep my commands,
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
their iniquity with flogging;
33 but I will not take my love from him,
nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
or alter what my lips have uttered.
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness
and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;
37 it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.”

38 But you have rejected, you have spurned,
you have been very angry with your anointed one.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant
and have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have broken through all his walls
and reduced his strongholds to ruins.
41 All who pass by have plundered him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 Indeed, you have turned back the edge of his sword
and have not supported him in battle.
44 You have put an end to his splendor
and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with a mantle of shame.

DID YOU REALLY, OR DID HE JUST FEEL THIS WAY?

46 How long, LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how fleeting is my life.
For what futility you have created all humanity!
48 Who can live and not see death,
or who can escape the power of the grave?
49 Lord, where is your former great love,
which in your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, Lord, how your servant has[g] been mocked,
how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,
51 the taunts with which your enemies, LORD, have mocked,
with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.

52 Praise be to the LORD forever!

HE FELT ALL THESE NEGATIVE THINGS - AND YET HE PRAISED!!!
Amen and Amen.

Psalm 88

A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth.[b] A maskil[c]of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 LORD, you are the God who saves me;
day and night I cry out to you.
2 May my prayer come before you;
turn your ear to my cry.

3 I am overwhelmed with troubles
and my life draws near to death.
4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am like one without strength.
5 I am set apart with the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
who are cut off from your care.

6 You have put me in the lowest pit,
in the darkest depths.
7 Your wrath lies heavily on me;
you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.[d]
8 You have taken from me my closest friends
and have made me repulsive to them.
I am confined and cannot escape;
9 my eyes are dim with grief.

I call to you, LORD, every day;
I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
your faithfulness in Destruction[e]?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

13 But I cry to you for help, LORD;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Why, LORD, do you reject me
and hide your face from me?

15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;
I have borne your terrors and am in despair.
16 Your wrath has swept over me;
your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood;
they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor—
darkness is my closest friend.

Psalm 87

Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm. A song.

1 He has founded his city on the holy mountain.
2 The LORD loves the gates of Zion
more than all the other dwellings of Jacob.

3 Glorious things are said of you,
city of God:[a]
4 “I will record Rahab[b] and Babylon
among those who acknowledge me—
Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush[c]
and will say, ‘This one was born in Zion.’”[d]
5 Indeed, of Zion it will be said,
“This one and that one were born in her,
and the Most High himself will establish her.”
6 The LORD will write in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born in Zion.”

7 As they make music they will sing,
“All my fountains are in you.”

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

1 Hear me, LORD, and answer me,
for I am poor and needy.
2 Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; 3 have mercy on me, Lord,
for I call to you all day long.
4 Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust in you.

5 You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
6 Hear my prayer, LORD;
listen to my cry for mercy.
7 When I am in distress, I call to you,
because you answer me.

8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made
will come and worship before you, Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
you alone are God.

11 Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
they have no regard for you.
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
16 Turn to me and have mercy on me;
show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
just as my mother did.
17 Give me a sign of your goodness,
that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
for you, LORD, have helped

Monday, August 22, 2011

700 - 718

Listening

700. Raindrops
701. The clock ticking
702. Avonlea's breathing
703. Avonlea's sighs
704. Matt crunching cereal
705. Avonlea swallowing
706.Wind
707. Cats purring
708.Footsteps
709.The turtle trying to escape
710.Rustling pages of Matt's bible

Yesterday
711. Friends singing to the Lord
712. A friends real (rather than superficial) words
713. Children laughing
714. Matt's voice
715. My voice - meaning the words I was singing
716. A sweet compliment
717. Blakes silly sounds and his interpretation of them (when I said - English please)
718. His whispers


Friday, August 19, 2011

683 - 699

683. Two very SWEET and ENCOURAGING phone calls regarding my Ugly Beautiful list
684. Having an outlet on "ugly beautiful days"
685. The dirtiness of my house leading me to a very productive day
686. Appreciating clean counters and empty sinks (since they were far from empty all day yesterday)
687. Getting all of Blake's puzzles organized
688. Blake being old enough to discuss the word of God
689. Blake's drawing of the world
690. The boys eating oatmeal
691. Blakes love of puzzles
692. Cole copying Blake
693. Getting bills paid
694. Impromptu evening plans
695. Impromptu evening plans changing
696. Blake - "can we go eat at that house with lots of colors"
697. Family dinner dates at Dos Amigos
698. Boys in sumbreros
699. Me - "Blake, this is a special kind of rice that they eat in a far away land" Blake - "But we don't eat it here"


Post from Tanja

August 19, 2011

GOD STOP! (Savoring His observable presence) God , I thank you for mist!
I just saw this walking out into our lawn this morning:
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Can you see the rays of light through the mist? Like Holy ground. It remind me of that verse in Isaiah 44: 21 ....I have swept away your sins like the morning mists.
This was the devotional I read this morning. God confirming His presence in the day.
Spurgeon pg.458 "Morning and Evening"
"Isacc went out to meditate in the field as the eventide" (Genesis 24:63)
If those who spend so many hours in idle company, light reading, and useless pastimes could learn wisdom, they would find more interesting engagements in meditation than in the vanities which now have such charms for them. We would all know more, live nearer to God, and grow deeper in grace. Meditation chews the cud and extracts the real nutrition from the mental food gathered elsewhere (the Word).When Jesus is the theme, meditation is sweet indeed. In the field we have innumerable texts for thought. From the cedar to the hyssop, from the soaring eagle to the chirping grasshopper, from the blue expanse of heaven to a drop of dew, all things are full of teaching. When the eye is divinely opened, that teaching flashes on the mind far more vividly than from written books. Let us count nothing common or unclean but feel that all created things point to their Maker, and the field will at once be hallowed. The glory of the setting sun excites our wonder, and the solemnity of approaching night awakens our awe. If the business of this day will permit (pause and slow down and give thanks) it will be well, dear reader, if you can spare an hour (or less) to walk in the field morning or evening. Let your heart go forth to meet Him.

Psalm 85

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 You, LORD, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people
and covered all their sins.[b]
3 You set aside all your wrath
and turned from your fierce anger.

4 Restore us again, God our Savior,
and put away your displeasure toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your unfailing love, LORD,
and grant us your salvation.

8 I will listen to what God the LORD says;
he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.
9 Surely his salvation is near those who fear him,
that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness meet together;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness looks down from heaven.
12 The LORD will indeed give what is good,
and our land will yield its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 84

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD Almighty!
2 My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God.
3 Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
4 are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.[c]

5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
6 As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.[d]
7 They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.

8 Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty;
listen to me, God of Jacob.
9 Look on our shield,[e] O God;
look with favor on your anointed one.

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.

12 LORD Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.

Psalm 83

A song. A psalm of Asaph.

1 O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
2 See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
3 With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
4 “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

5 With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you—
6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
7 Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
8 Even Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot’s descendants.[b]

9 Do to them as you did to Midian,
as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who perished at Endor
and became like dung on the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession
of the pasturelands of God.”

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God,
like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest
or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your storm.
16 Cover their faces with shame, LORD,
so that they will seek your name.

17 May they ever be ashamed and dismayed;
may they perish in disgrace.
18 Let them know that you, whose name is the LORD—
that you alone are the Most High over all the earth.

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the “gods”:

2 “How long will you[a] defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?[b]
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.

5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’
7 But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.”

8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

673-682

My entire list this morning is an Ugly Beautiful list. My house is disgusting and I'm having a hard time feeling "blessed"...but I'm going to try. First I am going to write all the things that I find discouraging. Then I am going to go back and come up with something beautiful about it.

673. I can hardly walk across my living room because so many toys were left out
674. All my dishes are blue and covered with wax because one of the boys put a crayon in the dishwasher
675. I can not see the surface of my desk because it is covered with unopened, unpaid bills
676.The boys are up WAY earlier than usual
677. Their is a layer of grime in my toilet
678. My floor is dirty
679. There is no food in my fridge - and barely any in the pantry because I haven't had time to go
680.There are piles of Avonleas "organized" clothes in the hallway that need to be put away in her room shopping
681.I don't feel like writing this list
682.My husband is nagging me about turning off lights

673. I can hardly walk across my living room because so many toys were left out
- I have three beautiful children who love to play
- Our friends and family love us and have given us wonderful toys
- We have had so much fun yard sailing as a family
674. All my dishes are blue and covered with wax because one of the boys put a crayon in the dishwasher
-My boys will sit down and color for long periods of time
-They are talented (at least in my opinion)
-I have plenty of dishes
-I have a dishwasher
-I have running water
-My grandmother and step mother picked out most of my dishes especially for me
-The blue willow dishes they gave me remind me of my wedding
-I love being married
-I have a wonderful, loving, hard working husband
-I have served many true, dear friends on my dishes
675. I can not see the surface of my desk because it is covered with unopened, unpaid bills
-I have the money to pay them
-We have three businesses
-Because of the businesses I am able to stay home with my kids
-The bills represent - lights we can turn on, phones we can talk on, heat and air conditioning...I could go on and on
676.The boys are up WAY earlier than usual
- They read books quietly in their room
- They interact with each other and entertain each other
- Nap time wil be earlier than usual
- They are simply precious
677. Their is a layer of grime in my toilet
-We have plumbing
-We are all healthy and have no digestive problems
-Their are lots of cleaning tools that make cleaning it easier
678. My floor is dirty
-The crumbs represent food we can afford
-I have a sweet steam vac that my mom and I got on sale for $30
-I don't have to go anywhere today so perhaps I'll have time to get it clean
679. There is no food in my fridge - and barely any in the pantry because I haven't had time to go shopping
-I have the money to go shopping
-We have a wonderful grocery store with lots of healthy choices
-I have learned so many new things to make at the Food for Life cooking class
680.There are piles of Avonleas "organized" clothes in the hallway that need to be put away in her room
-I have a little girl!!! She gets to wear dresses and boys :) :) :) :)
-My friends have been so gracious in passing down beautiful clothes
-I love Avonleas' room
681.I don't feel like writing this list
- My husband encouraged me to do it anyway
- Adding the "beautiful" aspect to the list has truly reminded me how AMAZINGLY blessed I am. I could add thousands of more items to the list (that stem from the so called ugly) if I had extra time
682.My husband is nagging me about turning off lights
-He turned them on for me so that I could see
-He loves me
-He will always love me even if I never remember to turn them off
-His love reminds me of our Fathers love - unconditional and forever!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Post from Tanja

August 24, 2011
61) Listening to a new Sherri Underwood CD. Great worship.
62) The sound of a guitar
63) The wind today
64) Re-blooming roses. The smell!
65) The clouds today. Whispy lovely clouds.
66) A monarch flying by
67) The colors of tall phlox
68) Kids playing happily on the lawn
69) The changing angle of the light in the kitchen- fall coming!
70) The wonder of airplanes.

August 16, 2011

51) flapping butterfly wings
52) large fields to walk in
53) mist in the morning
54) Nathan's face
55) Elizabeth's hair
56) growing lemon seeds
57) growing baby chicks
58) the rising sun
59) butterfly chrysalis;the gold wrapped around the top
60) making bows for elizabeth's hair
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The butterfly hatched yesterday 8/16/2011
Butterfly birthday party planned for tomorrow when our other hatches
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Lemon plant sprouts from our fresh squeezed lemonaide!
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Our chicks hatched last month. Bantam cochins. So pleased with these guys!
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A chrysalis that should hatch in a few days. Look at those gold beads! What an awesome design by our Creator.
648. Learning to put God first
649. The peace that God bring despite circumstances
650. Blake's highly expressive faces and manerisms
651. Diaper/Undie only days
652. The boys playing in a mud puddle in their rain boots
653. Avonlea's digestion getting better
654. Getting a tiny bit more creative in the kitchen
655. Blake and Cole interacting with each other more and more
656. Cole's connection with Avonlea
657. A friend motivating me to get things done
658. A friend and I working through challenging situations that stretch us
659. Midnight "chats"
670. Productive late nights
671. Compliments from my husband
672. God changing me a little bit more every day

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

630. Second chances
631. Matt's Journal
632. Forgiving Spouses
633. Undeserved Blessing
634. Remote Control Trains
635. Inspirational Books
636. Fresh Perspective
637. The happy game
638. The Lord's love
639. Avi's laughter
640. A friends help
641. A friend's growth
642.Successful evenings
643. A daddy's love
644. Blake's communication
645. Dirty Diapers
646. Quit time in a loud room
647. A new day.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

613. Life
614. The boys helping me clean
615. Cole "swimming" - Laying down in an inch of water and kicking his feet
616. Avonlea's first pony tail
617. Cole getting into his car seat by himself (and his booster seat too)
618. Getting Avonlea's Clothes organized
619. Last minute change of plans
620. God's perfect timing
621. Giving a friend a Jockey Catalog for his family - and his mom scheduling a party
622. Blake and I discussing God's goodness
623. Playing the happy game with blake
624. Finding things that were lost
625. My monkey wallet/cell phone holder/key chain
626. How much more relaxed I am with my 3rd baby - not to mention how relaxed she is
628. Looking forward to a visit with an old friend
629. Going to a picnic with new friends

Friday, August 12, 2011

603 - 612

603. The way Avonlea stares at me - especially while feeding in a dark room
604. The boys turning their sippy cup lids into trumpets and marching around the house
605. God's goodness
606. God's patience
607. Carpooling
608. Compliments
609. Blake and Cole's reaction to live Horses and Cows - back and forth between scared and excited
610. Our sign shop printer breaking, but Matt being able to fix it
611. Matts dedication and loyalty to everything he does
612. Blake comforting Cole and/or Avonlea when they cry

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

598 - 602

598. Prayer & fellowship with dear friends
599. Gods plans ALWAYS being bigger than ours
600. Encouraging phone messages
601. Blake coloring in the bathroom while I am in the shower  - just to be near mommy
602. Friends & a God who NEVER give up on me.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Psalm 80

1 Hear us, Shepherd of Israel,
   you who lead Joseph like a flock.
You who sit enthroned between the cherubim,
   shine forth 2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might;
   come and save us.
 3 Restore us, O God;
   make your face 
shine on us,
   that we may be 
saved.
 4 How long, LORD God Almighty,
   will your anger smolder
   against the prayers of your people?
5 You have 
fed them with the bread of tears;
   you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.
6 You have made us an object of derision[b] to our neighbors,
   and our enemies mock us.
 7 Restore us, God Almighty;
   make your face 
shine on us,
   that we may be 
saved.
 8 You transplanted a vine from Egypt;
   you drove out the nations and planted it.
9 You cleared the ground for it,
   and it took root and filled the land.
10 The mountains were covered with its shade,
   the mighty cedars with its branches.
11 Its branches reached as far as the Sea,[c]
   its shoots as far as the River.[d]
 12 Why have you broken down its walls
   so that all who pass by pick its grapes?
13 Boars from the forest ravage it,
   and insects from the fields feed on it.
14 Return to us, God Almighty!
   
Look down from heaven and see!
Watch over this vine,
 15 the root your right hand has 
planted,
   the son[e] you have raised up for yourself.
 16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
   at your rebuke your people perish.
17 Let your hand 
rest on the man at your right hand,
   the son of man you have 
raised up for yourself.
18 Then we will not turn away from you;
   
revive us, and we will call on your name.
 19 Restore us, LORD God Almighty;
   make your face 
shine on us,
   that we may be 
saved.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Post from Tanja

August 1
"Morning & Evening"
Charles Spurgeon pg. 431

"Thou crownest the year with thy goodness"Psalm 65:11
God blesses us richly every hour of every day. When we sleep and when we wake, His mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us a legacy of darkness, but God never ceases to shine upon His children withbeams of love. Like a river, His lovingkindness always flows with a fullness that is as inexhoustible as His own nature. Like the atmosphere which surrounds the earth and supports the life of man, the benevolence ofGod surrounds all His creatures. Rivers are swollen at certain seasons by the rain, and the atmosphere itself is sometimes filled with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than usual. It is the same with the mercy of God. It has its golden hours and its days of overflowing joy, whenthe Lord magnifies His grace before the sons of men. The psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crownig of the year. Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us offer thanks by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be wramed, and let our spirits remember and meditate upon goodness of the Lord. Let us glorify God by yielding our gifts to Him.


This caused me to generate my list today!
31) Thinking of Autumn, I thank you ahead of time for the beauty stored in the leaves hanging on the trees.
32) Pumpkins
33) Apple pie
34) Cool nights, AHHHH
35) Hot apple cider
36) The fact that God waits for me
37) God shines on us. I feel it even now.
38) Thank you for Charles Spurgeon
40) Model airplanes (Ed just brougt one home to build with Nathan)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Psalm 79

1 O God, the nations have invaded your inheritance;
   they have defiled your holy temple,
   they have reduced Jerusalem to rubble.
2 They have left the dead bodies of your servants
   as food for the birds of the sky,
   the flesh of your own people for the animals of the wild.
3 They have poured out blood like water
   all around Jerusalem,
   and there is no one to bury the dead.
4 We are objects of contempt to our neighbors,
   of scorn and derision to those around us.
 5 How long, LORD? Will you be angry forever?
   How long will your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out your wrath on the nations
   that do not 
acknowledge you,
on the kingdoms
   that do not call on your name;
7 for they have devoured Jacob
   and devastated his homeland.
 8 Do not hold against us the sins of past generations;
   may your mercy come quickly to meet us,
   for we are in desperate need.
9 Help us, God our Savior,
   for the glory of your name;
deliver us and forgive our sins
   for your name’s sake.
10 Why should the nations say,
   “Where is their God?”
   Before our eyes, make known among the nations
   that you 
avenge the outpoured blood of your servants.
11 May the groans of the prisoners come before you;
   with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.
12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times
   the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
13 Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
   will praise you forever;
from generation to generation
   we will proclaim your praise.

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

Gifts of God's nature    -    Gifts He offers us    -   Gifts he asks of us