Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What A Difference One Year Can Make!

What a difference one year will make.  In my case, a three thousand-mile difference!

     Oh, to time travel...I was just recently going through my older posts, from last year actually, to see what I had written.  Re-reading them stirred emotions in me that I had not experienced for some time.  Though the intensity of those emotions are not as they were when those articles were written, I remember them very well.  It has, after all, only been a year.

     Last year, I dwelled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest; but, was in a spiritual desert.  This year, I am in the humid Bayou Country, and feel like I am blossoming again!  Yes, differences indeed.
     I do not know what all the Good Lord will have for Dear and I to do in our new abode.  I do see many possibilities.  I do know that there are many opportunities for maturity in our lives out here.  I do know that there is an adventure awaiting us!
     Part of this "adventure," will be/is evangelistic.  There are so many opportunities to reach folks, in ways in which we but tasted previously.  Dear is quite excited to be back into the battlefield, as an active duty soldier for Jesus Christ!
     Another part of this "adventure," will be/is fellowship with other believers...Regularly.  After being in a situation that greatly hindered our abilities in this area, save for small snippets, we are experiencing a flood of fellowship!  We have been able to spend much time with our brethren in this new congregation, within and without services.
     Another part of this "adventure" is life.  I know that seems obvious, but after living as we did last year, you would understand.  Unless the Lord changes things, we shall be getting our first Bayou duck soon.  :)  It will be a Muscovy, I believe.  We had two of them, two years ago; for a few months.  We absolutely enjoyed the ducks!  So, we are greatly anticipating getting back to being "duck farmers." :P
     We also have more room in our new home, than we have ever experienced in any abode prior to this one!  So, we are happily looking to be opening it up for visits.  Already, we have had a few!
     Speaking of the double-portioned home, we are experiencing the pleasures of filling it with the necessary, as well as beautifying, items.  God has seen fit to bless us in so many different ways in this regard.  I look forward to seeing how He has me make this house a home. 
     We also are learning how to live with all the different creatures, geography, and weather out here.  Quite different from Washington state!  Yet, there are a few similarities to my homeland of Buckeye country...So, I have some help! 

     Dear is learning a whole new trade.  He has never worked harder in his life.  He has never felt more accomplished in a job.  There are so many opportunities for him there, and he is grateful every day for them.  God has seen fit to give him a Christian boss:  who is also a fellow church member, neighbor, and quickly becoming a dear brother!  
     I am enjoying getting back into the swing of things as mistress of the home.  I am learning how to keep a better schedule, though I do admit I still struggle in this area.  However, I get to sweep my floors; I get to clean our laundry in our machines; I get to cook in my kitchen, (**ALL GIVEN BY GOD--HE CAN GIVE, AND HE CAN TAKE AWAY--I AM GRATEFUL THAT HE IS ALLOWING ME TO HAVE "MY" OWN THINGS, AGAIN!**).  I may end up visiting Miss Candy's site to download the Homemaker's Binder printouts, to assist me in my new abode.
     I feel like I have some wind beneath my wings.  I feel like God has revived our battered hearts, restored our spirits...And, we are truly grateful.  We learned much last year, and pray we ne'er forget the lessons He taught us.
     I look forward to seeing what this year may hold.  Being where the Lord wants us, is peaceful.  It is comforting.  It is invigorating.  It is exciting!  It is joyful.  Knowing that we are walking in the path He has set for us, brings happiness to our souls.  
     All these peripheral things, are blessings.  Yet, they cannot come close to the joys of being in a sweet fellowship with the Saviour.  Even in the midst of our turbulent year, we were seeking to stay close to Him, by HIS grace.  Though broken, bruised, and downtrodden, I had sweet peace with Christ.  I think one of the best things I came out of that time with was "a closer walk with Thee."
     So, let us come see what He has in store for us!  He is faithful and good.  May we keep our sights upon Him.  May He be well-pleased with our earthly behaviour!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Book Of Proverbs Study, Chapter 17

     Today, I wanted to get out of my routine study.  I finally left Genesis, and entered into Exodus.  However, sensing that I needed something upon which to mentally chew, I decided the book of Proverbs was in order!  Seems fitting, as I had purposed to do a chapter a day...A few months ago!
     Today being the seventeenth of the month, I decided to...you guessed it...Read the seventeenth chapter.  Oh my, were there some things upon which to think!  Let us take a gander...

"Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife." 
Proverbs 17:1

...Ahem.  Seems like the Lord was pulling no punches; just getting down to business.  "Yes, Lord, I admit, today, and what seems like too frequently, I create an abode wherein Dear would prefer a dry morsel.  Forgive me, Father."

"He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends."
Proverbs 17:9

     Oh, yes.  I have been all too guilty of repeating a matter, rather than leaving things be.  Surely, there are times when matters need addressed; but, not to every mailbox!  "Again, Lord, Thou art right and I am wrong.  Father, may I have a discerning, charitable heart; not one given to gossip. Forgive Thou me."

"A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a fool."
Proverbs 17:10

     "Heavenly Father, please grant unto me a heart that is given over to wisdom, rather than foolishness."

"He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD."
Proverbs 17:15

     "Father, truly Your ways are right.  Lord, may I never, never, never, never, never, never, NEVER, be found guilty of this sin!  May my heart and mind be toward the just and the wicked, as You would have it to be."

"A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
Proverbs 17:17

     How true, (as if there were ever a question!), this verse is.  I have found out a depth to this verse throughout this past year.  How precious, indeed, are those friends that stayed beside me (and Dear), through one of our roughest journeys so far.  The Lord revealed to me whom He desired for me to hold close to my heart.  He also showed me with whom it was time to have my heart release.  "Precious Saviour, thank You for teaching me some very difficult lessons.  Thank You for being with me every step of the way.  Thank You for refining my "friends list," and adding new ones to my life.  Thank You for teaching me how to be a truer friend/sister/wife/daughter...Thank You."

"He that hath knowledge spareth his words:  and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.  Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise:  and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding."
Proverbs 17:28, 29

     Oh, my.  Again, the Lord gets right to my heart.  How many times have I "opened mouth, insert foot?" How many times have I became a fool???  "Yea, Lord, again I must confess Thy righteousness and my foolishness.  Father, control my heart, my mind, my mouth.  May I be becoming as a daughter of the One, the True, the Living God!"

     I am so thankful that the Scriptures are alive!  I am so thankful for today's spiritual food.  Indeed, much upon which to meditate. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Until I Went Into His Sanctuary...

Psalm 73
"A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.  (2)  But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  (3)  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  (4)  For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.  (5)  They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.  (6)  Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  (7)  Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.  (8)  They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.  (9)  They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.  (10)  Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.  (11)  And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?  (12)  Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.  (13)  Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.  (14)  For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.  (15)  If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.  (16)  When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;  (17)  Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.  (18)  Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.  (19)  How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.  (20)  As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.  (21)  Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.  (22)  So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.  (23)  Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.  (24)  Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  (25)  Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.  (26)  My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.  (27)  For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.  (28)  But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works."

Saturday, April 5, 2014

2014 April Day Book

Outside My Window:

Is our "Gospel Truck." ;-)

I Am Thinking:

Of how blessed we are, to be in our new home:  the church, the job for Dear, the house, the property...And SO much more! 

I Am Thankful For:

Being saved!

I Am Learning:

That it seems that God has us make "bad" decisions for His glory, and our good.

From The Kitchen:

Is going to be some yummy chicken thighs!

I Am Wearing:

Some comfy Saturday garb. :-)

I Am Creating:

Oh, this and that...

I Am Going:

To enjoy this day off with Dear!

I Am Reading:

The book of Exodus.

I Am Hoping:

To see revival in the hearts of believers.

I Am Hearing:

Dear speaking with one of our Christian brothers.

I Am Noticing:

The peace that is here.

I Am Wondering:

What tomorrow's church service will be like.

I Am Realizing:

Meekness is not easily offended.

Pondering These Words:

"Don't play games with God."

Around The House:

Is a slow progression into a hospitable abode. :-)

One Of My Favorite Things:

Is the joy of sweet Christian fellowship!

A Few Plans For The Week:

1.  Attend church services;
2.  Cook;
3.  Clean;
4.  Spend time in God's Word;
5.  Research all sorts of stuff online...
**Not in any particular order!**

Here Is A Picture Thought I Am Sharing:


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