Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Celebrating Resurrection Sunday with Family & Friends

"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, 
not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime." 
~ Martin Luther

Our Resurrection Sunday began early. We all rose before dawn to get ready for the sunrise service at our church. We spent the morning in worship, breakfast, fellowship and then more worship and learning during the regular service. 

After coming home to lunch, playing and naps...we then journeyed to Chris's sister's family's house for fishing, playing, baseball, food, and fellowship...


Xavier, fishing with Petey-the-dog...

Chris did some fishing as well (and caught two!)...

Madelyn and Chris's Uncle Will fishing...

Jaxson wasn't in to fishing. He played with his best-buddy cousin, make-believe and all those fun things little boys play...

I was there too...really I was. But this is the only picture I have of me...

Xavier with Ma (Chris's mom) and Chris...

Bike riding...

Jaxson *loves* the trampoline...

Then it was time for baseball!

(You will start to notice I sure have a way of taking an awful lot of photos of my husband...especially when he is playing sports. He still makes me smile...a lot!)...

We are so, so thankful for the beautiful weather we were given that day (and Monday as well). Warmer temperatures, sunny skies and a slight breeze. It was wonderfully enjoyable! I pray your day was blessed and spent with your loved ones as well....with a spirit of gratitude for Christ's sacrifice for us (done willingly and intentionally for His sheep). :)

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.
 I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. 
~ Jesus, John 10:18

Thank you for stopping by. I hope your week is blessed!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What I am Reading ~ Spring 2014

 A Book
Emily Dickinson

He ate and drank the precious words, 
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings.

My latest reads (in addition to Scripture, of course) have been...

Unseen Realities: Heaven, Hell, Angels & Demons....

and Freedom and Boundaries: A Pastoral Primer on the Role of Women in the Church...

I highly recommend both books. Especially the Freedom and Boundaries by Kevin DeYoung. It is a great book on complementarianism, highlighting the value of women but our proper roles in the church. :)

"I believe in role distinctions for men and women not simply because it is right, but because I believe it is best."

"God's word is precious wisdom, a choice jewel, and sweet honey to our lips.His will is always right, always trustworthy and always good."

"...a complementarian view of gender roles should be embraced not only because it is biblical, but because it brings glory to God, blessing to the church, and the full, divinely ordained meaning and purpose to manhood and womanhood."

~ Kevin DeYoung, Freedom and Boundaries

Right now, I am reading: What Did Jesus Do? : A Call to Return to the Biblical Gospel. Ray Comfort has been gifted with evangelizing people and teaches us how to do it too. You may have watched his videos on youtube HERE.

Yesterday, at church, a sweet lady who also homeschools brought a bunch of curriculum for us other homeschool moms (most of the families at our church homeschool) to go through. She let us just take whatever we wanted! I went a little bonkers and got some great things! Although they are a little older, they will work wonderfully for us! *I just want to add that whenever I type the word homeschool, my computer tries to tell me it is a misspelled/unknown word! I suppose it should be two words...but they just seem like they should go together when describing home education...don't they?

What are *you* reading lately? Anything you recommend (although I have so many books to read through here, I really don't need to find any others...but I would still love to hear about what you are enjoying!)

I pray your celebration in Christ's resurrection was joy-filled and enjoyable.
Thanks for stopping by today! If you haven't seen it yet...HERE is my post from the weekend!


*Links in this post will benefit me if you click on them and order. Just a way I can help our family with a little extra! :)

It's all about Jesus Christ being first....
and second and third and fourth and fifth. 
 What I'm saying is, don't put Jesus first. 
 Jesus is everything. 
 He's not just first in the rank,
 He is everything.
 ~Paul Washer

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sunday's Coming!

"Are you tried by your sin? Jesus Christ rose again from the dead for your justification. Does Satan accuse? Jesus rose to be your advocate and intercessor. Do infirmities hinder? The living Christ will show himself strong on your behalf. You have a living Christ, and in him you have all things. Do you dread death? Jesus, in rising again, has vanquished the last enemy. He will come and meet you when it is your turn to pass through the chill stream, and you shall ford it in sweet company. What is your trouble? I care not what it is, for if you will only think of Jesus as living, full of power, full of love, and full of sympathy, having experienced all your trials, even unto death, you will have such a confidence in his tender care and in his boundless ability that you will follow in his footsteps without a question. Remember Jesus, and that he rose again from the dead, and your confidence will rise as on eagles’ wings."

~Charles Spurgeon
April 9th, 1882

Today is Good Friday. We pause to remember Christ's sacrifice and death as a propitiation, by His blood, for us on this day. It saddens the heart to think of Christ going through beating after beating...being spat upon, nailed to a cross in humiliation and suffering the torment of the Father turning away from Him....all because He bore the sins of His people. He died to save us...because we could not save ourselves. He was and is our only hope. He didn't just die and stay dead though! We rejoice because we know Sunday's coming! He lives! His body was destroyed and in three days, He raised Himself up! 

"Dear friends, the rising of Christ from the dead proved that this man was innocent of every sin. He could not be held by the bands of death, for there was no sin to make those bands fast. Corruption could not touch his pure body, for no original sin had defiled the Holy One. Death could not keep him a continual prisoner, because he had not actually come under sin; and though he took sin of ours, and bore it by imputation, and therefore died, yet he had no fault of his own, and must, therefore, be set free when his imputed load had been removed. Moreover, Christ’s rising from the dead proved his claim to Deity. We are told in another place that he was proved to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead. He raised himself by his own power, and though the Father and the Holy Spirit were cooperative with him, and hence his resurrection is ascribed to them, yet it was because the Father had given him to have life in himself, that therefore he arose from the dead. Oh, risen Savior, thy rising is the seal of thy work! We can have no doubt about thee now that thou hast left the tomb. Prophet of Nazareth, thou art indeed the Christ of God, for God has loosed the bands of death for thee! Son of David, thou art indeed the elect and precious One, for thou ever lives! Thy resurrection life has set the sign manual of heaven to all that thou hast said and done, and for this we bless and magnify thy name."

~ Charles Spurgeon

So as you spend time quietly meditating on the fact that this day remembers our Lord's death and burial....know that Sunday's coming and then we celebrate His glorious resurrection! Praise Him!!! What joy we can have in knowing Him...even through the trials and sufferings we face ~ He's alive and knowing this, believing this puts everything into perspective! What can this world offer that is better than knowing our Savior, our Creator, our All-in-All? I bask in the knowledge and pray for those who don't know Him... because His resurrection happened, ours will one day too! I hope you are able to rejoice with me!! :) 

We were afraid we may miss another Sunday of church this weekend coming up. Jaxson still has been trying to get past this cough (and overall run-down feeling). Madelyn has gotten it some too (as has my mom)....and frankly, it just seems as though it doesn't want to leave. We have been using cough medicine, essential oils and making them get a lot of rest. It seems that they are finally on the upswing of it all...but we'll see (I thought that before too...and then Jaxson plummeted to feeling lousy again Wednesday). Sleepy head...

After getting some rest, Jax was feeling much more energetic though and did some crafting...

Madelyn, piano-lover-extraordinaire, is always tinkling the ivories whenever she gets a chance...

Xavier has been around here too...keeping us on our toes (my crazy, tender-hearted boy). Unfortunately, I don't have pics of him this time around. Because he hasn't felt as under-the-weather as the other two, he has been able to help Pa down at the meat market and such. X loves to stay busy!

I am just loving all the sunshine pouring in the front room...

Ruthie is loving it too!

 Jaxson's lego figures...always in a pile somewhere. Most of these are Lord of the Rings figures (of course) and a few Star Wars...

I have been knitting in my free time (as well as reading...I plan on sharing my most recent reads with you soon!). I have been adding to my spring dishcloth pile (which I will use as gifts)...

I am also working on a ladybug dishcloth...

They are simple knits that I love whipping up. Simple knitting and purling. No stress...no fluff. Basic, easy, enjoyable. :) Sometimes I am up for a challenge when I am knitting...but these dish cloths are just fanastic for keeping your hands busy while watching a movie or visiting with your family while everyone is in the living room together! :) Madelyn has been knitting a bunch too...although she gave her dishcloths away before I could get pics! 

I'm not sure if you have had the chance...but if you have some time, you may enjoy my latest post on Simply Organized Homemaking. I talk about my favorite pens. They are just fantastic (and erasable too!). 

I pray your weekend is blessed...and focused on Christ. Thanks for visiting me here today!


It's all about Jesus Christ being first....
and second and third and fourth and fifth.
 What I'm saying is, don't put Jesus first. 
 Jesus is everything. 
 He's not just first in the rank,
 He is everything. 
~Paul Washer

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Quiet Thoughts

My family really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy and also the first Hobbit movie. I preordered the second Hobbit movie so we would get it as soon as it came out! When it got here, cheers and shouts of glee could be heard within a mile of our home (the kids were even excited too...haha!). We popped up some popcorn and watched it....and enjoyed it! :)

After a long (and I mean long) winter, the temperature is now hitting 60's (and in the 70's this weekend!). The nights can still get chilly...and the mornings as well...but we'll take it! It is so wonderful to enjoy that sunshine! Those days of freezing temps were getting a bit much for us (and my poor Aunt Jo who now lives here in PA...she lived most of her life in Florida! These colder temps were not her favorite either!). With the sunshine comes the continual use of the clothesline (which makes my heart quite happy!).

We'll still be setting aside days through this warmer weather, though, to prepare for the next winter season...

Our hens have been laying wonderfully for us and have really been enjoying the weather too...

Pearl is loving it as well (although look at how the grass looks...blech. I am really looking forward for it to be green and grow so I can mow it! Remind me that I said that when it is 90* outside and I have to be out there push-mowing it! ha!)...

Xavier picked me a couple flowers from outside...the first few blooms we have had!

An older pic of Chris and me when we were dating. This was on his 21st birthday (I was 18). Little did we know that in 6 months from when this was taken, we would be getting married!!! Truly, I am a blessed woman...

Soft candlelight always makes me happy...

Do you see that? Our huge, quilted calendar says APRIL!!! Can you believe it is the middle of April? Although I felt like we would never get out of this past winter...I am still amazed at how fast time goes by...it's shocking really. When I was younger, in school, I felt like the days, weeks, months and years went by so slowly. Now that I am grown, I feel like it's all passing by much too quickly!

In the schoolroom...

There's only a little over a day left on my homeschool curriculum that I am selling on ebay if anyone is interested (HERE). I have a lot of Christian Light Education workbooks/teacher guidebooks and also a few other things as well. I hope you will check it out! 

Jaxson and I stayed home from church today. Poor guy is coughing terribly. I have been rubbing essential oils on his chest and feet and also giving him cough syrup and pineapple. He is so run down but wishes he could be out playing and enjoying this beautiful weather. We watched a John Piper sermon and just enjoyed quiet together. 

Chris, Madelyn and Xavier all went to church and enjoyed the worship and fellowship of other believers. :) It's such a blessing (and important) to go to a church that is doctrinally sound and has good fellowship! 

I got a phone call just a little bit ago from an older gentleman that we used to attend church with. He and his wife had been married for decades and were such a sweet couple. She had a stroke and could no longer speak. He would go into the nursing home and sit with her and talk to her...and he would bring her to church. She would just love on people, smiling always...kissing their cheeks. It blessed me, truly. I had taken some time to make them cards....little notes of love and encouragement for them for a whole month. There was one card for every other day to open. I had them labeled with the dates they could be opened. It was just a small way for me to bring them some love and show them gratitude for the example they led through their marriage. It's absolutely beautiful to see a couple, together through it all.
 After some time, the man's wife passed away. He misses her terribly. He has daughters (who have children who have children) who care for him and help him. But oh how he misses his wife. It breaks my heart because I know that my heart would shatter if something happened to Chris. I think of and pray for him often. We don't attend the same church anymore so I don't see him much but he calls me every once in a while and thanks me, still (years later) for those cards. It's funny...he thanks me for blessing him....all the while, I am so grateful that he calls me to check in with me and it actually blesses *me*! You never know how the Lord can use you to show love to others. There is *so* much more I could be doing to bless others and this gentleman's phone calls of appreciation (after all this time) is always such a great reminder to me to take the time to do things for others...no matter how insignificant they may seem. I am really going to pray on this and hope that the Lord uses me in some way. I simply must get out of my comfort zone....I battle some extreme anxiety about some things...but that will be for another time/another post. :)

Right now I plan on enjoying this evening with my family. I hope you can enjoy yours with the ones you love most too! So glad you could stop by and visit me here.