Sunday, July 16, 2017


One has to be chosen, the other has to be found.  
I Corinthians 2:9-10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
  Romans 8:27-28 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Daniel 9:7-10 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.

O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
  Oh Lord, to us belong confusion but take our mess and use it to bring glory unto your name. 

Esther 4:14 14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

For such a time as this, for such a place as this for such a reason as The Lord knows. God certainly knows. if we truly trust Him, tis a time of rejoicing and not of woe. 

We have heard the joyful sound: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Bear the news to every land, climb the mountains, cross the waves;
Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command; Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Waft it on the rolling tide: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Tell to sinners far and wide: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing, you islands of the sea; echo back, you ocean caves;
Earth shall keep her jubilee: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Sing above the battle strife: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
By His death and endless life Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout it brightly through the gloom, when the heart for mercy craves;
Sing in triumph o’er the tomb: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Give the winds a mighty voice: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Let the nations now rejoice: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Shout salvation full and free; highest hills and deepest caves;
This our song of victory: Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lord Look Upon My Need


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sunday, June 25, 2017

When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross 
On which the Prince of glory died, 
My richest gain I count but loss, 
And pour contempt on all my pride. 

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, 
Save in the death of Christ my God! 
All the vain things that charm me most, 
I sacrifice them to His blood...

Monday, June 19, 2017


"In the beauty of the lillies Christ was born across the sea, 
with a beauty in his bosom that transfigures you and me. 
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, 
while God is marching on."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hair Things

I spent the years of my youth fighting my hair to change it to comply with whatever was in at the time. Sometimes my poor hair was like an invading enemy atop my head that needed to be subdued no matter the high cost in time and money. I was not going to surrender and hesitated not to employ instruments and portions of all sorts to gain the victory. Not so, as a mom. With these girls, the Lord has walked me through repentance, re-education and endless honest conversation to raise girls who seem to love the hair The Lord gave them. Daily we have all three come to see the rich beauty and grace in our hair of a million tiny curls. We speak gently to our hair these days and the instruments of war are all but disappeared. The result has been love, ease, profound gratitude and rest in our locks—mysterious and liberating. As one of the girls takes hers down, I want to weep 😅😬😬 but mostly thank The Lord for girls who love the covering that He chose for us.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Propping Up Peas

a few flowers
mustard, beet, spinach and kale greens
bitter greens, green beans and peppers
propping up tomatoes and peas
strawberries, pumpkins and zucchini
bird, benjamin or bug bath

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Find Your Refuge in God.

There is only one Friend ever meant to be exclusively, exclusive, always and forever.

We do not NEED friends as the world needs them, we are thankful for fellowship and friendships but we can do just fine as long as Christ remains. 

Unlike the BFF models in the world, biblical friendship looks outside itself to find its purpose. And like everything else, that purpose should be the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Resolve today to be a friend who leaves exclusivity and romance for marriage, who consistently pushes others toward Christ and not yourself, and who finds your refuge in God, not in friends...Read More

Genesis 15:1  Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. 

It's Midnight and It's Flush

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

Art Class: Giotto di bondone: Justice and Injustice, 1306

Shakespeare: Othello: Act 5 Scene 1
Iago: He hath a daily beauty in his life That makes me ugly; 

Before ever considering the justice of God and how He exercises it, we must well consider that He is a Holy God. What happens when a Holy God meets an unholy people? Indignation happens. A Holy God who is indignant must needs judge. Sodom and Gomorrah and Jesus driving the money changers out of the temple are an example. Isaiah 6

As Anne of Austria once remarked to Cardinal Richelieu: "God does not pay at the end of every day, my Lord Cardinal, but at the end, He pays."

Hymn: Hail Sovereign Love that first began the scheme to rescue fallen man. by Jehoida Brewer
Indignant justice stood in view,
To Sinai’s fiery mount I flew,
But Justice cried with frowning face,
“This mountain is no hiding place!”

Poem: The Hound of Heaven by Francis Thompson
I FLED Him, down the nights and down the days;
  I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
    Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.        5
      Up vistaed hopes I sped;
      And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears,
  From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
      But with unhurrying chase,       10
      And unperturbèd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
      They beat—and a Voice beat
      More instant than the Feet—
‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.’

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Bible Study: The Holiness of God: Holiness and Justice examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. This series closely explores God’s character, leading to new insights on sin, justice, and grace. The result is a new awareness of our dependence upon God’s mercy and a discovery of the awesomeness of His majestic holiness. R.C. Sproul says, 'The holiness of God affects every aspect of our lives — economics, politics, athletics, romance — everything with which we are involved.'"

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bible Study: The Insanity of Luther

"The Holiness of God examines the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and
terrified by a holy God. From the series: The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul

And tulip tree blossoms!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

First Greens

Beets, mustards, spinach and kale

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Phase 10 @ Grandma's

  • I could be close or far or in the middle.
  • "No man shall see my cards"..."None of us is a man, Joshua!"
  • That chair is very lucky.
  • Help the poor and needy.
  • You are throwing away gold.
  • 'Sigh' sound like fans.
  • Give charity to him who hath won not.

Friday, May 19, 2017

At Home

Greens are growing
Window replacements

Sage boquet
Blooming sage!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Nothing But Leaves

Bible study today: Mark 11:12 - 12:12
Jesus found nothing but leaves. That fig tree was not building on the progress that it started ~Joshua
A thoroughfare: from the supermarket, here they came with shopping bags straight through the temple...for that had become a shortcut! This was the shortest way to the bus station.
You could buy this pigeon for one dollar out there, but in here it costs ten dollars.
Isaiah 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
Jeremiah 7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord.

Some years our locust tree blooms gloriously, other years it does not.  But today does it ever bloom!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Art Class: Giotto di bondone: Prudence - Foolishness, 1306

  • We watched the movie: 12 Angry Men
  • Read the article on the The Imaginative Conservative about examining the corrosive effects of prejudice, which is at heart a failure of the virtue prudence. The classical tradition considered prudence to be the leader or "charioteer" of the other virtues, setting their rule and measure...HERE
  • We scoured our upcoming summer schedule and in light of past summer time consumers, eliminated a lot of imprudent activities, regaining hours, days, weeks and, 'gasp' MONTHS!
  • We watched the PBS Frontline Documentary - Two American Families and discussed how quickly life tends to happen and why it is so very important to get off the 70mph life-train and think, look ahead and most importantly ask the question: "How has this worked out for me in the past, how am I doing now and where am I going, exactly." Proverbs 22:3 " A prudent man forseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished."
  • Proverbs 12:16, Prov 12:23, Proverbs 19:4, Proverbs 13:16,  Prov 14:15m , Prov 18:15,  Proverbs 14:18.
  • Abigail, Nabal and David...or as our Abigail would put it..."David attacks Nabal for a Vineyard"
  • Moses and his father-in-law: Jethro
  • Nehemiah oversees the building of the walls of Jerusalem
  • Rehoboam and the aged counsellors: Out with the old and in with the new.
  • David and Ahithophel.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Morning Star of the Reformation - John Wycliffe

...Many came to faith in Christ and began to learn the world of God for the first time in their lives. The local priests would have none of this and obtained a law to stop the evangelists. They waited to fall upon the preachers when the travelers entered a town. But the people often sided with the preachers, forming a strong ring around them to protect them form harm....
 "They burned his bones to ashes and cast them into the Swift, a neighboring brook running hard by. Thus the brook carried his ashes into the Avon, the Avon into the Severn, the Severn into the narrow seas and they into the main ocean. And so like his ashes the message of Wyclif has spread throughout the world."