Thursday, November 8, 2012

Anchor to the Power of the Cross

Anchor to the Power of the Cross
Aimlessly floating, spiritually withdrawn
Life's winds and waves and rising tides, have left you forlorn
You say your ship can't stand another storm, and the final wave seems near
Just anchor deep to the solid rock, let the captain handle your fears
Anchor to the power of the cross
Anchor to the power of the cross
Keep your eyes on the Master when drifting and storm tossed
Anchor to the power of the cross
We're troubled on every side but not crushed and broken
Perplexed but not desperate, so all is not hopeless
I know God has not forsaken, though cast down, we're not destroyed
For the captain stood the test of time, and He is still Lord
To the solid Rock of Ages, I'll hold my ground
When changing winds blow again and toss around
I've set my sails and attached my soul to a source that will never fail
So stand firm, weather the storm, for the cross will prevail.

I have loved the words of this song for many years. The last couple of
days the words just keep running through my head and heart.

I have to admit...Tuesday election was a disappointment. My emotions
have run the gamut. I feel angry, hurt, disappointed, fearful, sad...and then
it all starts again. When I awoke yesterday, I almost felt numb with the grief
of it all. (not because my candidate wasn't elected...some people just don't get it
if that's what they think "the other half" is angry about) but because we truly
understand that our nation is no longer a CHRISTIAN nation. Our president
himself said that we don't consider ourselves a christian nation. And the voters
who voted FOR him Tuesday proved he's right. However, yesterday when I got up
the only thing that I could do was get in the Word of God and let it bring peace
to my troubled soul. And it did!  Verse after verse, the Lord used it to help me.
I still hate the results of the election,but my hope is not in this world. Mr. Romney
did not have all the answers. He might just have been a brief reprieve for a world gone crazy.
And we understand, our world is not going to get better. We know the Lord
is soon coming, and we are seeing prophecies coming to pass before our very eyes.

I have heard some say...well it's just the Lord's will for him to be president at this
time. That MAY be's not for me to say, I guess. But, I DO know this.
It was NEVER God's plan for Israel to have an earthly king. HE was to be
their king! But, they would never quit whining until He gave them the thing
that they thought they wanted. And it was destruction for that nation. Sometimes, I think,
the Lord gives us what we think we want...not what was HIS best for us.

I am so glad, though, that I have the Lord for strength...that I am looking for
Him to soon return...and that someday soon, we'll be in His presence and this
will all be behind us. I am also glad that when we DO face terrible disappointments
in this life, that He is an ever present Help and Strength.

So,  I leave you with this scripture...

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;   2 Corinthians 4: 8 and 9  KJV

Monday, October 29, 2012

A Passion for Thee

Set my heart, O dear Father, on Thee, and Thee only
Give me a thirst for Thy presence divine
Lord, keep my focus on loving Thee wholly
Purge me from earth; turn my heart after Thine.
A passion for Thee; O Lord, set a fire in my soul, and a thirst for my God.
Hear Thou my prayer, Lord, Thy power impart
Not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart.
Father, fill with Thy Spirit, and fit me for service,
Let love for Christ every motive inspire;
Teach me to follow in selfless submission,
Be Thou my joy and soul's one desire.
Words and Music by Joe Zichterman
Bro. Ryan sang this song last night. What beautiful words and what
a  beautiful message! I am afraid that sometimes we (I) get so lost in the
busyness of serving that we forget the most important thing...
to love Him with all our hearts.
This just kind of puts it all into perspective. There will always
be much to do. But our soul's desire, our PASSION, should be
on loving Him.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Hike to Coyote Point

A few of our church folk took a hike on a trail that is just up in the mountains above
our church. It was approximately 9 miles round trip. It was tough in places but definitely
worth it. Once up there, before heading back down the mountain, we prayed, collectively,
for our community. These are troubling times that we live in and if we ever needed to be
a praying people, it surely is now.
Here we are...BEFORE our hike began...eager and ready to go!

I am not in this picture but rest assured, I DID make the hike! lol
And along the way...
Stopping for a little break...

 The view was unbelievable
 My sweet honey and I...he was almost smiling...;)

And here is a pic of our group at Coyote Point (Peggy's daughter Joy was able
to go with us on the hike and she graciously offered to do a group pic)
And, here is one of me...I may never get to go back up there,
and besides...some might not believe I really made it! lol
(not sure why it is b&w--my honey took it for me)

The hike was fun...and tiring...but I am so glad that we
were able to go.
Lots of busy days week our church
is hosting the Wings Bearing Precious Seed yearly conference
so there is much to do to get ready for it.
There is always something going on 'round here!  :)

Saturday, September 22, 2012


Today is the birthday of my best friend and the greatest husband in the world!
He has been a wonderful spiritual leader, he has had more of an impact on my
life than I could ever express. I am not sure where I would be today without him.
I love him with all my heart and am so thankful for him.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Emily Earns Her First Belt

Emily earned her first belt in karate. She received
an adult white belt at class last night. She's only been in a few classes
but I can tell you...she DID really earn them. The exercise
she is getting is great. I am excited that she is enjoying it
so far. And because she is in the adult class, much
of what she is learning is self defense-which is invaluable
to a young lady in the days we live in.
Here she is...tired and sweaty...just after we got
home last night. But wearing a happy smile
having accomplished her first milestone!
Congratulations, Emily!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's been almost SIX weeks since my last post. I haven't been very
good at updating lately (or ever?) Oh well...

We've been busy --AS ALWAYS--. Getting the garden stuff wrapped up. We ended up
having a pretty good harvest, for which we are very thankful. What with grocery prices
going up so much, it will be very helpful. We've always (ever since we
have been married) shopped at Save-A-Lot (because we have pretty much always been on
a tight budget) But, even with shopping there, I am not getting near as much for my money.
However, the Lord is good, and He meets our needs more than sufficiently. I am NOT
complaining, just explaining... But, it makes our garden stuff all that much more a blessing!

Emily and I have gotten back into the school groove. I was determined this year that we were
not going to get started so late. (hate that getting out in June stuff) Next week will be our 5th week. She is doing very well. She is an excellent student--for which I am ever so grateful. She is a great reader and she has an amazing comprehension for the things she learns. This makes our homeschool experience go very well.

She has also gotten to take back up with her violin lessons.--STILL TAKES PIANO LESSONS--(Her previous violin teacher got married and moved off--how RUDE) lol ... But, we have another teacher--sister of the previous teacher--and she is doing pretty well. Her sight-reading is better now so she seems like she is progressing a little more. Plus, she is learning to play some by ear as well. (which should make cousin Daniel happy) lol. We have also enrolled her in a Karate class this year. She can take the classes two nights a week and she is getting LOTS of exercise. She seems to be enjoying it so far. She has also been learning some sewing, thanks to a dear sweet lady in our church who has so kindly offered to teach her. So, every other week or so, we take about half a day for that. She is learning all kinds of new things. And, hopefully, we will be able to take up the ice skating
lessons again sometime in the near future. We'll see.

Our church is doing well. We're working on expanding our nursery area...dividing into toddlers
and babies...we simply need a little more space. That is our work in progress...

We've got some upcoming stuff...
1) Youth Sunday in a couple of weeks
2) Our church is hosting a mission conference for one of our missionaries in October
3) A hike (also in October) for any of our church family who want to go (approx. 9 miles round trip)
4) A revival meeting in November with Bro. Andy Wells)
5) And, of course, there will Christmas play and cantata practices coming up VERY soon...

So, these are BUSY days...but I've heard a saying for years that is sums it up nicely,
"I'd rather wear out for the Lord than rust out for the devil"!

There you have it!

Have a great day, Ya'll!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Canning Beans

Just thought that I would update since my last I am canning.
Bean tally so far...39 jars of beans canned.
21 quarts
18 pints
5 quarts in the freezer (those that were not quite enough for a canning)

So thankful...the Lord has surely blessed our little garden.
Even with the extrememly dry weather earlier in the summer.
My tomatoes are just now ripening so I may get
to can a few of those.
I love summer...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Busy, Busy, Summer Days

                             I've not much time for posting. As usual, our summers are BUSY.
So far, I've put over thirty jars of pickles, around twenty jars of
squash relish, and yesterday...I put up 95 ears of corn! That's not
even counting the 30 ears we've picked and eaten earlier in the week.
Plus, there are still a few dozen growing in the garden. Thank the
Lord for His great provision. We've had a terribly dry summer too.

We've not had many beans yet to speak of...but there are
some blossoms on the vines so we may have a few yet.
Love those fresh summer veggies!
It's a lot of hard work...but so worth it.

Monday, June 25, 2012

FBC Revival June 2012

We are in revival this week. Bro. Brady Rochester is our guest preacher and his family
are going to be singing all week. They are always such a blessing. If you are in our area, we'd
love to have you come out and visit.

Here is a little sample of what you will hear if you can join us.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

VBS Bug Zone Night Three

Last night, in the skit, Emily (our bumbling exterminator) was supposed to be disguised as an aunt because she didn't want any ants to recognize her.

I didn't manage to get the complete video of the skit last night but I did get a video of the kids singing. It's so cute!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

VBS "Bug Zone" Night Two

Our second night of VBS went great! We had almost the same number of kids. Here are just a few pictures.

Here is a picture of "Bee", our bumbling, nervous, very "afraid of bugs" exterminator.

A couple of pictures during craft time.

 The junior boys class have been making model cars.

 Here are a couple of pictures of the table decorations Mrs. Barbara
did in the fellowship hall. Each table has it's own bug.

The snack for the evening was jello--adorned by WORMS!
Looks gross, I know! But the kids LOVED it!

The looks on their faces were priceless...especially the girls.
Still, they ate those worms up just as well as the boys. lol

Here is a silly 13 year old with a worm hanging out of her mouth. ;)

 Here are a few of our older teens who have been assisting this week.
So far, so good. I have a couple skits to post too, but didn't
get time to upload them yet.
Pray...if you will. Pray for these precious little children
that we have the privilege to be a blessing to this week.
May they never forget the week they spent here and especially
never forget about the One they have learned about.
Each one is special, each loved by the Savior, and
we are grateful to be able to tell them about Him.

Monday, June 11, 2012

VBS 2012

VBS! It's that time of year again! Can you believe it? Here are a few pics from our first night. We had a decent number--44 children in attendance. I'll try to share more as the week progresses.

First a few the decorations. Our teachers do a great job of working with the theme. This year, our theme is "The Bug Zone".

We usually open up with a word from my husband and then prayer.

After that, we usually have a visit from a silly character
who needs to learn some lessons during the week. This
week we were joined by "Bee" as she is known by her friends.
(Actually, the skit was written for "Buzz" but Emily
thought that a little too boyish) ;)
So, here is a link to the video of her and Bro. Jonathan.

After the skit, we had music time. The students learn some
very cute little songs. They usually remember them for a long time after VBS
is over.

 We were so happy to have Mrs. Kristan to help with the music this year.

 Bro. Ryan always does a fabulous job with the direction of the songs.

 The kids have fun learning new songs and learning to
do the motions that go along with them.

Here are the words of the main theme song.

Next, I went to the individual classrooms to get a group
picture with them.

 Mrs. Michelle and Mrs. Carla's 4 & 5 year old class

 Mrs. Tonia and Mrs. Helen's 6,7, & 8 year old class
(with their helpers-- Westley and Sherry)

 Mrs. Peggy and Mrs. Kristan's 9-11 year old girl class

 Bro. Randal and Bro. Wendy's 9-11 year old boys class

 Mrs. Teresa's 12 & up girls

 Bro. Jonathan and Bro. Ryan's 12 & up boys

They ended up having to move to a corner in the fellowship hall because
of noise and through-traffic where they were at first.

 And, of course, there are always the hardworking ladies who
prepare the snacks.

Craft time is always a favorite among the children.

This year, it was decided to have a snack time for ALL the children at once
at the end of evening. It seemed to work out pretty well.

And, at the end, there were prizes! One name was drawn from each class
and they could pick a prize from the prize table.

Here are a couple of lucky winners.

And the finale of the evening... the children get to find
out the winner of the contest between boys and girls for the offering.
(This year, the offering is to go the Wings Bearing Precious Seed for to
help send a container of Bibles to another country)
We always have a contest between boys and girls...just to make it interesting.

Drum roll please.......and the GIRLS have it! But, the
boys will have four more nights to catch up! :)

And last but not least, our sincere thanks must be given
for Mrs. Amy. She is our VBS director and she puts
many, many hours into getting it all planned and organized.
She does a great job.