Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Vacation Part 1: Traveling South

We woke the children up early Saturday morning with a surprise that we are leaving a day early.  We started out around 5:30 am heading South.  We made it to Chattanooga, TN around 2:00 pm where we drove up a mountain and visited Rock City.














 We stayed the night in Chattanooga and then left the next morning heading for Ocala, FL where we met up with our good friend Chuck and his wife Barb.  They graciously and bravely invited us to stay with them and were very hospitable. 








We praise the Lord for the opportunity to behold more of His creation and for the safety He granted to us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Knowing Christ

"Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience.  And such experience requires a whole life devoted to it and plenty of time spent at the holy task of cultivating God.  God can be known satisfactorily only as we devote time to Him."

"The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has cultivated the knowledge of God."

"A thousand distractions would woo us away from thoughts of God, but if we are wise we will sternly put them from us and make room for the King and take time to entertain Him.  Some things may be neglected with but little loss to the spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it."    A.W. Tozer - The Root of Righteousness


"But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead."  Philippians 3:7-11


Tozer says of the apostle Paul, "He devoted his whole life to the art of knowing Christ."  That, that is the life I desire to live.  I long to be a Mary and choose what is most important; to sit at my Saviors feet and feast upon His every word.  May my heart echo what the Psalmist says, "My heart yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God." Psalm 84:2  



I looked out our window this morning at our field of sun flowers, most of them facing eastward, waiting in expectancy for their source of life to arise.   Their heads follow the sun throughout the day gaining more strength and nourishment.  Our source of life is found only in Him who created the Sun and gave it it's power.  May we rise each morning in expectation of meeting with the Living God and keeping our eyes and minds focused on Him throughout the day gaining more strength and nourishment.




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Meekness

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:  and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:28-30

The word meek in this passage is the Greek word Cognate: 4235 práosmeek, i.e. the necessary balance of exercising power and avoiding harshness. See 4236 (praotēs).

Ancient Greeks used this word to describe a stallion that was broken and could be ridden.  One commentator writes, "The horse was perfectly trained and ready, it would obey the master, the rider, no matter what was going on around it, so that it could be trusted in the heat of battle not to do something stupid or foolish;  once the rider knew that he could trust the animal, and it would obey him no matter what, he called it a meek horse even though it could have been a powerful, thoroughbred stallion, capable of killing enemies in battle."

I've heard others describe a meek war horse as one that can be ridden without a bridle.  With just a nudge of the knee to direct the horse into battle so the rider or master could easily carry more weapons instead of having to hold onto the reigns.



In the above passage, Jesus is declaring himself as being meek.  We see his meekness as we read other passages like these;

"I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does."  John 5:19

"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me."  John 6:38

And just as the war horse was trained for battle and even to march forward possible unto his death, so was our Redeemer.

"My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will."  Matthew 26:39

The only other person mentioned in the bible as being meek was Moses {Numbers 12:3}   One verse that sticks out to me showing Moses' meekness is found in Exodus 33 after Aaron had made the golden calf for the Israelites to worship and the Lord had said He would not go with them any further.

"Then Moses said to him {The Lord},"If your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here." Exodus 33:15

Moses knew that the Lord was his master, the rider that was guiding him into battle.  He also knew that the Isrealites and himself were nothing without their master, only a wild stallion not prepared for the battle that lied ahead.


Meekness is not weakness!
Meekness takes great strength.
Meekness is trusting in our Lord even when it seems hopeless.
Meekness is finding rest in the Creator of our souls and submitting to His will.

'This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength."  Isaiah 30:15
The Lord told the Isrealites that they will be strengthened as they trust in Him.  I believe the same is true for us today.


Oh Father,  my desire is to fully TRUST You, the one who knit me together.  To find rest in your loving arms knowing that You are in control and the master of my life.  Lord if there are still areas of my life that I am holding onto the reigns, please show me.  I don't want to live as a wild stallion but as a meek horse ready for battle fully trusting in my rider.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

First Day Pictures

It's official.  We are back to our formal studies.  The children were begging to start, so we did.  ;)  I personally love being back to a regular routine.  It seems we all work better under structure.  Here are our 'First Day of School' pictures.  

Opps...Lets try that again.  ;)
 




 

Jeff built 2 desks with a total of 4 computer stations.  This year the children are using the computers for math, Spanish, typing and spelling games.
 



Bailie's pastel chalk art creation.  Her favorite subject.  ;)
Everyday as we pull out our books and we expand our minds, I must remind myself that our main purpose in educating our children is to "...make ready a people prepared for the Lord." {Luke 1:17}.  

Dear Father,  Thank you for the opportunity to keep our children home and to learn together wisdom from books and more importantly wisdom from your Word.  Prepare our hearts, Lord, so we may pour You out like water onto the lives of our children.  May Your power be perfected in our weaknesses and help us to hear Your still small voice as we face the challenges of each day.  Father, I thank you that Your lovingkindness and compassions that never fail, that your mercies are new every morning, and that You abound with Grace.  Teach us, Father, to pass along this grace to our little ones, souls that you have entrusted in our care.  Father, equip us and our children, through Your word, to do every good work You call us to and to work heartily at whatever task is before us.  Draw us closer into Your presence.  May we be strengthened by You as we learn to trust in Your perfect will and way.  We Thank you in advance for the mighty work and growth You will do in each of our hearts this year.
Your ever learning daughter,
~Jennie

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Valiant For TRUTH

"The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."  Daniel 11:32
 Oh, that we may know our God:  His power, His faithfulness, His immutable love, and so may be ready to risk everything in His behalf.  He is One whose character excites out enthusiasm and makes us willing to live and to die for Him.  


Oh, that we may know our God by familiar fellowship with Him; for then we shall become like Him and shall be prepared to stand up for truth and righteousness.  


He who comes forth fresh from beholding the face of God will never fear the face of man.  If we dwell with Him, we shall catch the heroic spirit, and to us a world of enemies will be but as the drop of a bucket.  A countless array of men, or even devils, will seem as little to us as the nations are to God, and He counts them only as grasshoppers.  Oh, to be valiant for truth in this day of falsehood."  Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

So Thankful For Summers


"For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  The Lord loves righteousness and justice;  the earth is full of his unfailing love."  Psalm 33:4-5


Building a deck for our pool out of recycled wood.





Welcoming our dear friends home from Indi* and their new son.



Finding creative ways to use the bountiful fruit of our labor.
Bailie's first black raspberry crumb pie.
Bridget made a gluten free fruit pizza.
 
Jack made black raspberry ink and had fun for a few days.

Bailie made a fruit pizza.

Rylie made lunch for the kids yesterday.
 
Rylie and Lillie made watermelon cake for supper.  Yummy!



Lillie's lego creation.  She was so proud of herself.

"Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him.  For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm."  Psalm 33:8-9