Thursday, December 30, 2010

And He walks with me...

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto man His Son hath given;
While angels sing with tender mirth,
A glad new year to all the earth.
~Martin Luther

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

How is your walk with the Master? He gives us each new day to begin again with Him. He wants us to talk to Him, praise Him, and love Him. He wants to talk to *us* as well! The main way He does that is through His Word. If your Bible is not being opened and read enough...how can you know what He is trying to tell you?

This new year is the perfect time to begin, if you don't already, to spend time with Him *every* day. For me, it is in the early hours of the morning, before the rest of the house wakens. Maybe for you, the best time is at night...or during naptime in the afternoon. Start small and work your way up. Don't overwhelm yourself with trying to read too much or pray for an hour. That may happen for a few days (or even weeks) but eventually, you'll putter out. Start with reading a few verses...ask God to show you what you can learn from these. Praise Him and love Him. Lay your worries and needs at His feet.

You will find that your relationship with the Father grows and grows... as each day, then each week, then each month passes. You will find yourself craving more of His word and time with Him. :) You will find yourself desiring to walk with Him and talk with Him every moment of the day...consulting Him in everything you do.

This is the best way to live your life...in constant communication with God. It doesn't mean your life will be *easy*...but it does give you a peace and security that you are walking the path that God has for you. You belong to Him and oh, how He loves you.

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.
~Romans 8:28

So no matter what the trial you are facing, the Creator of the universe is right there with you. He will make any situation, as bad as it may be, be used for good.

Have you read books by Corrie Ten Boom? When her sister, Betsie, and she were in the concentration camp from the Nazis...they kept a New Testament hidden with them to share Jesus with the other prisoners. They had room checks...but because their room was infested with terrible fleas, their bunks were skipped from room checks...allowing them to keep God's Word and share it with more people. It was miserable and torcherous there...but they were grateful for the fleas so they could share the Good News with more people!!! Can you imagine? When you suffer...remember:

"There is no pit so deep that God's love is not deeper still."
~Betsie Ten Boom

Just keep walking with God...and know He is using you for good. :)

Things have been cold here in PA, although we were not hit by the major snow storm many others were slammed with. We are blessed that our wood stove is keeping us warm and toasty in our home. **Although some upcoming weather predictions say that we may get into the 40 or 50 degree temps for the next few days!!

A couple of the *girls* enjoy some scratch. This scratch was put in by Xavier...he doesn't sprinkle it all over properly for them to "scratch" for it ;)...

Jack-the-cat (he always visits me when I go out to tend to the stove!)...

Stu...

She's getting a bit bigger and her coat is getting nice and thick to keep her warm through the cold winter!

Inside is warm and holds nice, light fragrances throughout the house...

The children love drawing and coloring...

A painting by Madelyn...it is of Cookie Monster. I think she did such a great job with it!

The latest book I have been reading is The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot...

I am really enjoying it. It teaches a lot and is enjoyable overall to read. I whole-heartedly recommend it. If you have already read it, I would love to know what you thought of it! :)

I hope you have a lovely New Year's Eve and Day! Ours will probably be spent quietly....playing games together and eating popcorn...maybe watch some movies as well. Thank you for visiting and I look forward to talk to you again, in *2011*!

Warmly,
Katy :)

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. ~Ephesians 3:16-20

13 comments:

  1. Oh my I need self discipline in this area big time!!! But it's so so true, when I make the time or rather grab the snippets of time to read his word and pray I do crave it more....and PEACE fills my heart. PEACE is what everyone on this planet is after and we have ti right at our fingertips. Isn't it amazing and so simple?
    One very enjoyable way to settle down for the night is to read in bed and write a little journal about how what I've read spoke to me. That's a peaceful way to fall asleep!
    There are many ways really...like you mentioned. For busy moms (like me!) it's best to just grab snippets of time here and there and work with that one verse as you go along your day.
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    Your animals look content ont heir little farm:) And as always, your children are adorable and I love the candlelight!

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  2. Glad you are keeping nice and warm, and that is a wonderful drawing of cookie monster! I think you may have passed along your artistic talent Katy:)Enjoy the day!!!

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  3. I've been following your blog for a few days and find it a place of warmth, peace and encouragement. We are a homeschool family too. Of course our daughters are grown and gone, but plan to homeschool their children, which I consider one of the successes of homeschooling... passing it on. Please visit me when you have a chance and keep on sharing a Christ-filled daily life with everyone. A blog can be a powerful tool.

    Hugs, Debbie

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  4. i just love stu, such a cute little thing..
    have a happy new year my friend..

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  5. That is a great New Year's goal, reading the Bible every day. One I need to do and hopefully plan to do!

    Madelyn did a great job on her cookie monster drawing!

    Thank you for mentioning the Carrie Ten Boom book. I noticed it on one of your previous post and wondered what it was about. I will have to see if the library has it.

    Thank you for sharing the gospel and your family/home life. It is such a joy to read every day! I hope you and your family the best in the new year!

    Melinda

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  6. A wondeful good painting of cookie monster. Stu is beautiful. I visited a small chicken house this week & the chickens were sweet. I think I want some for sure now. I enjoy your animal photos much & share your thoughts of reading the Fathers word. We are having weather like yours here. I wish you the littles & your hubby a happy & blessed year! Blessings!

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  7. While out grocery shopping today I picked up The One Year Bible. I have tried a few times reading the Bible from cover to cover and I never suceed. I am so looking forward to getting started.

    See you in the New Year!

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  8. Hope that you and your family have a blessed New Year. I'm looking forward to seeing what the new year brings.

    Nicki in WV

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  9. jack the cat is so adorable up against the snowy backdrop. i just popped outside to drape some plants before bed. it is freezing tempuratures over here and i don't want the pencil cactus to go south. i read every word. great way to end my day. oh and by the way the stars are bright out tonight.

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  10. Katy!

    Yet God spoke to me AGAIN...The last few months I have felt God pulling at my heart strings to reread The Hiding Place. My heart has a VERY difficult time with the holocaust. I can not watch movies regarding it, etc. To say it disturbs me GREATLY is a huge understatement. Thus, I have been dragging my feet in rereading it.

    Christmas morning I opened an audio form of the book that my dear, precious husband gave me (I had not shared with him God's prompting and my disobedience to reading the book.). I have no idea (other than God placed it on his heart) why he bought it for me. I have the book and it is highly unusual for him to spend money on a duplicate purchase.

    Then I read your blog today, 1/1/11...I don't know why I am such a dunce sometimes! I never cease to be amazed at how patient God is with me and how much He loves me. Obviously He is gently and lovingly nudging me to read Corrie's book in 2011. I'll keep you posted as to my success. I am excited about discovering what God is wanting to teach me through Corrie...what He is preparing me for.

    Thanks for allowing God to speak through you. Praying for your lovely family in the new year.

    Blessings.....Heather from Illinois

    PS Heading to PA in March to visit my soul sister in Christ. Love the snow, but I will be driving with my daughter and am praying to have clear roads by then. :)

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  11. Thank you for these great words ad your blog. Happy newyear from Holland. Corrie ten boom museum is in my town.

    Greatings Eveline

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  12. I was raised on Pennsylvania winters. :-)

    Love the Martin Luther song at the top of your blog post.

    Your home looks warm and inviting.

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  13. I pray God will richly bless you and your family this new year.

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I am always so grateful to read your comments! I thank you for the time you took to visit and share your thoughts with me. :o)
May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy