Monthly Archives: November 2008

Month: November 2008 Thankful for the Thorns (and the storms I never see)

   I’ve been thinking about Thanks giving and have been thanking the LORD for His timing, for His intervention, for His wise provision and for the storms I never see.  I was browsing my mails and as I was reading a few lines from a list mail from Nancy Lee DeMoss – I read a quote that was familiar to me: My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn! I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but never once for my thorn. Teach me the glory of the cross I bear. Teach me the value of my thorns. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbow. —George Matheson (1842–1906) I was reminded of a story I received by email several years ago…  (this is quoted in the following story as well)  it, too, touched my heart as I had gone through a particularly trying year and was probably wondering what beauty would come from all those thorny spots.  But, when the thorny times come — when the tough times leave me feeling scraped up, I’ve tried to remember that the beautiful continue reading

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Month: November 2008 Thanksgiving prepping…

The Thanksgiving preparations are underway at our house… the different breads have been cooked and cubed and are drying in preparation for the dressing in a couple of days.  I made cranberry relish (finely chopped cranberries, oranges and sugar) and it’s in the fridge melding.  Yep, melding… it’s the key to most all good soups and sauces (and people, too).   Next, I have put the bread ‘n butter pickles in the fridge to chill — these are the pickles I made at the end of August… mmm, mmmm, mmm!!  I got the freezer jam out of the freezer and set it in the fridge so that it’ll be ready to serve on Thursday, too.  The chickens are thawing and I’ve gathered the garlic, herbs and onions from the garden — these will go into the chickens I’ll be roasting. Can you start to see the theme of this year’s Thanksgiving meal?  Yes – as much as possible, we’re using things that grew here on the land or that we raised here.  We didn’t grow Jello — so that Jello pretzel salad I’ll be making didn’t grow here – but the raspberries, which will be part of it, did. ;o)  continue reading

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Month: November 2008 You just gotta wonder… that 7 day challenge

I don’t know about this one.  I mean, I know about this – and read the article and listened to the challenge and I think I ‘get’ what he’s trying to accomplish and the point he’s trying to drive home – but I’m just really wondering about the sheer lack of godly wisdom there… and I’m really wondering what it’ll be like tomorrow morning when the church meeting begins – will there be snickering, will everyone be looking around at the other folks?  Will they be self conscious?  Will there be chiding and joking or will this very sensitive and private matter just be left alone. Texas pastor, Ed Young, challenged ‘his congregation‘ to 7 days of intimacy – says he thinks his church will have been the happiest place in America after this.  But what of all those for whom the challenge was a challenge?  Over the years I’ve received many letters from women for whom this challenge would be totally over the top – women who have longed for the intimacy but the “programming” of it or the demand just sends them to the edge. I wonder if there’s been any help or hope for whom this challenge continue reading

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Month: November 2008 a conversation

  So, tell me about you.  And thus began a very long conversation.  Have you ever asked someone that?  I mean asked them and really meant to be asking the question bcz you really wanted to know — and not for information’s sake but for love – that’s all, just for love.  Well, that’s how my conversation with my cousin began.  Just for love, that’s all. I loathe actions done for anything else. That’s been a character quality that has brought me both great peace and great anguish.  Great peace bcz I’m a what-you-see-is-what-you-get person.  Great anguish bcz what you see is not necessarily what you see — tell you why.  When you see a seemingly confident person, chances are very good that what you see is not what’s really going on.  O, you may see happy – but happy is learned, happy is a decision… you may see confidence – you may think you see a self assured person, but underneath is a very un-self-assured person.  That’s not to say that seemingly self-assured person is not confident in what they are saying – but that the person is very confident in what they’re saying but not confident being the continue reading

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Month: November 2008 O, what is upon us?

I’ve been pretty wrapped up these past days.  Our grandchildren had been with us for ten days and then this week has brought an amazing reuniting with a cousin I haven’t seen for over 40 years — I cannot even believe it though I’ve had a couple of days to consider it.  For a couple of days now I haven’t been able to keep thoughts straight as I have been thinking of our long conversation – things that never get talked about, family patterns, memories, tragedies and God’s wonderful redemption – beauty from ashes. So…….. here I am browsing the news, catching up on mails and marveling over the events of these days.  O, truly, these surely must be last days.  O, I pray we will redeem the time – for these days – these days truly are evil days and the peril of this nation is evident.  O, for a remnant that will speak the Truth of God, stand up for the Word of God, His salvation and call to repentance. Remember my ‘what if it’s true?‘ questions?  Well, what if it’s true?  What if it’s true that BObama is not genuinely a US born citizen?  What if it’s continue reading

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Month: November 2008 What’s on your schedule for this week…

I have a sweet friend who routinely asks me: What’s on your schedule for this week?  and I usually proceed to tell her something like: Hmmm… just the usual;  housekeeping, gardening, baking and schooling… and then I may tell of the significant event of the week or whatever.  And, that’s pretty much how weeks go.  The dailies and some event or another — always keeping in mind the time-tested reality that the week will never go how I thought it would — that I will look back and marvel that the days each seemed long but the week just flew by. That’s pretty much how life’s gone over the years and now, instead of saying the days were long but the weeks flew by, I say: the weeks are long but the months just fly on by.  Every week seems to have sort of a character of its own and this week looks to be no different.  Here’s this morning’s snapshot of what our week might look like: This is a static chart… updates every 6 hours or so… here. So, yeah… I’m ironing today… gardening… thinking of painting a room and I’m laughing.  A lot.

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Month: November 2008 boys.

So,I forgot that on election night our boys had a soccer (I know, Timothy:  futbol!!) game and Sam was playing and in a close and exciting match there was a bit of fancy footwork and an ensuing fall… and he came up with a broken finger.  I attempted to call Wes so that he could take Sam to the ER – but Wes was with Hannah at the obedience school for her new dog (yes, that’s another long story!).  Well… in the midst of groaning over the very sore hand and the groaning over the election results – Wes returned home to take Samuel in to the ER – and to add to the excitement of the evening, in a play after Samuel fell – Stephen (playing goalie) was kicked in the hand and so – just for an added dimension, Wes took him along to the ER, too.  It was a bit of comic relief as several of the kids came over after the soccer game to celebrate Stephen’s birthday — yes, that was in there, too… anyway, they were eating ice cream cake and comparing injury play-by-play’s. I know I’m sure going to miss these days someday…  Someday, continue reading

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