Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What is His Will?

Recently, my eyes were opened to a few truths from Scripture that I wanted to share.

I was, first of all, inspired by past thoughts and wonderings about what the will of God for us is. I know that we each have our own separate callings, but I knew that there were at least two things that the Scripture said was specifically the will of God for everyone. I came across three things that are the direct will of God for us.
  • Our sanctification -  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)
  • To give thanks - In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
  • To silence the ignorance of foolish men by our witness - For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: (1 Peter 2:15)

As if that wasn't fascinating enough, there were some other verses that contained other special things about the will of God.
  • When we fulfill His will, we become part of His family - For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. (Matthew 12:50)
  • There are rewards for doing His will - For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10: 36)
  • We are to be living no longer in sin, but instead, TO the will of God! - Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. (1 Peter 4:1-2)
  • Whoever does the will of God abides forever - And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:17) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

You know you love coffee when...

Courtesy of Yahoo Images
You think of it every day.

You wish you could drink an iced mocha more than once a day.

You take every opportunity to go to the local coffee shop, even if the coffee is w-a-y below par.

You look wistfully out the back of the car when you drive past a coffee shop.

You thought you saw the word 'coffee' when it was really the word 'office'.

It comes up in a bunch of your conversations.

You start paying more attention to the kinds of coffee there are.

You wish you could have a Tully's Coffee in your own town.

You being to get more dignified tastes (something better than Starbucks, please!).


Are you a coffee fan? What's your favorite kind?

Disclaimer: Not all of these are true of me. It was a semi-joke. ;D

Monday, September 22, 2014

Leah's Photos


Spunky // Smiley // Silly // Loveable // Sweet // Gift-giver // My "trampin'" friend // Older sister // Snuggler //
 Limited options of places to take pictures...
 Thus three photos in one location.
And as always... which is your favorite? Why?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In the morning...

I think the Lord sees the morning as an important time of the day.
Morning was the second thing God created:
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. ~Genesis 1:4

The Lord's ear is open:
 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. ~Psalm 5:3

It gives a fresh start:
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5
The Lord's mercies are new:
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~Lamentations 3:22-23

Good for private prayer:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.  ~Mark 1:35

Jesus is the Bright and Morning Star:
I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. ~Revelation 22:16

We got to experience the morning at a beautiful location in our area. That meant getting up at 5:15 (not too much earlier than normal, but we had to leave by 5:30), and getting everyone together and in the car, and leaving!
We went with some dear friends, and experienced the sunrise together. What a blessing!

This was a neat picture, I thought, because it looked like a giant bird across the sky! It reminded me of Jesus' baptism, and when the Spirit of God descended in the form of a dove, then the voice of God came from heaven, declaring to all the people, that Jesus was His Son, and HE was well-pleased with Him.

May we seek the Lord in the morning, and all the time so that He can be well-pleased with us!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bay of God's Mercy

"On Map 14, label all the blessed places there are to label in Canada - each and every island, each and every town, each and every city, each and every sea, sound, bay, inlet, strait, gulf, river, lake, pond, creek, and each and every everything." That's what my history-become-geography assignment said.

Or at least that's what it seemed to say.

Okay - time for confession.

I. do. not. like. to. label. maps.


I'd gotten pretty fed up with all this map business from all lessons past, but to be a faithful student, I plonked down on the floor, got out Rand McNally's Atlas, and started scratching away.

I labeled all the territories, and all their capitals, and I was labeling islands and gulfs and things, when suddenly, my world stopped.

Up in Southampton, there was a place that caught my attention. "Bay of God's Mercy?" I thought aloud. From the moment I saw it, I knew I had to find out about it.

Well, one doesn't come by that information easily, apparently. I googled "Bay of God's Mercy Southampton Island". My results came up with information that basically, it existed.

Okay, I already knew that (thanks Wikipedia)... what else do I look up?

"Bay of God's Mercy story" was my next search.

One site looked promising! I clicked on it, and of course, what does it say?



Now, don't ask me where I found it, because I can't, going back now. (Thankfully I saved it in my bookmarks!) But yes, I found the story, buried deep in the hearts of a Google book called The Sea: Its Stirring Story of Adventure, Peril, & Heroism by Fredrick Whymper. The story behind the name of "Bay of God's Mercy" on Southampton Island, Canada.

IN the year 1824, Captain George F. Lyon and a faithful crew were sent to explore the regions of northeast America. They arrived at Sir Thomas Rowe's Welcome when terrible fog overtook them. They could no longer trust their compasses, and sorely so, for they were coming upon shallow waters. The waters began pitching them, and overrunning the deck again and again. This went on for quite some time before a low beach was sighted. There, a huge swell was awaiting them, and if they would have driven upon it, there would be no saving them. All of a sudden, the ship was lifted with a great wave, and the keel struck the water with such force that all on deck expected the end. But alas! The Griper survived the blow... only by God's mercy. However, the frightening experience lasted for three more days. The crew wrapped up in their warmest clothing, and worked the ship, hoping to survive the terrible storm. At last, on the third day, the captain spoke to the crew, and said, "And now that everything in our power ha[s] been done, I call... all hands aft, and to a merciful God offer... prayers for our preservation." He then thanked his crew for their faithful duty and warned them all that they would soon enter their Maker's presence. He admonished them to be sure to enter God's presence as "men resigned to their fate". The crew then laid down on the deck, one against another, and talked peaceably among themselves. Captain Lyon, when asked about this experience, says, "...I am firmly persuaded that the resignation which was then shown to the will of the Almighty was the means of obtaining His mercy. God was merciful to us..." There, the tide almost fell no lower, and they were spared. The weather soon cleared, and they found that they were now in the center of the Welcome. The spot that they endured such a terrible storm, but were saved, they named, "Bay of God's Mercy".

I don't know about you, but I enjoy history. I was blessed to hear that story, and that they recognized God as the reason they were spared. May we acknowledge God in all our ways... THAT is when He will make our paths straight.

Now I wonder why this story hasn't been published on... say, Wikipedia? :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Gone for the weekend...

Most of our family is off for the weekend - thought ya'll should know. ;) I may or may not be online, depending if we have internet connection. I'll be back soon, though!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hidden Surprise Cake

Have you ever made a tie-dye-hidden-number cake? :) Well, this was too amazing to not do for Leah's 7th birthday this year. The idea and recipe came from Hungry Happenings over at tablespoon.com.

Although mine did not turn out as vibrant and beautiful as her's, it still turned out. (Isn't that the way it always goes??!! They must do major photoshopping or something!!) So, here's the cake (and DON'T pay attention to the photography... all photographers have point and shoots, right? And sometimes they're allowed to take terrible pictures!):

 The outside - a perfectly normal cake (sorta!)...

 The birthday girl with the cake (and don't look long at the cake - it looks terrible!)
And the inside! See, I told you it was too cool to pass up! My Grandma was absolutely amazed and had to know how it was done!

So, I encourage you to head over HERE to get the how-to!
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