Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Spurgeon Quote

"Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial
had they not found a friend."

~Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Seventeen things I'm thankful for...

1. The amazing, saving grace of God

2. My family

3. My church

4. The Webb family

5. The Neal family

6. Friends who encourage and exhort

7. My dad, who has faithfully trained us in the fear and admonition of the Lord. If only I could express in words how thankful I am for my dad!
8. Music (especially my violin)

9. Cold days... well, as cold as it gets in Houston.
10. Learning about natural medicine
11. Books

13. A three month movie/TV fast (more about that later)
14. The joy and blessing of children

15. Trials

16. The many blessings of hospitality
17. A kind friend who reminds me to blog :).

In Christ,

Friday, January 8, 2010

Coming out of hiding...

I realized last week how much we haven't posted in December but I decided not to do anything about it until now :). Probably the best way to briefly sum up what we did is with pictures. The newest are at the top. Enjoy! I will post later with more words than pictures :).

John and Elena.
Hope, Luke, and I the day the Neals left... very sad day :(.

We celebrated mom's birthday by surprising her (again)! We had some of her closest friends over for coffee and biscotti.

Lunchtime with the Neals!

We had the Vaughns and Hoods over for Christmas dinner.

John had his fifth birthday while at our house. We had mac n cheese with hot dogs on the side for dinner... his request.

I had my first violin recital... it went well :).

We were privileged to have the Neals stay with for a bit. This is Faith, or Elisabeth... as she insisted we call her when playing dress-ups.

And I got my haircut the day after my birthday by Ms. Amy. I love it!

We celebrated my birthday with the Webbs, who were the best birthday presents!

Elena enjoyed a weeks vacation with the Bauchams in Florida.
We Christmas carolled in our neighborhood with friends from church and then we all met back at our house for refreshments and fun :).

In Austin with Dominic.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Few thoughts On: Consolation

A few nights ago during family worship, we read Psalm 94, and this small section stood out to me:

"If the Lord had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
When I thought, 'my foot slips,'
your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.
When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul."

And as I thought more about it, I realized how often I don't practice this.

Generally, when I feel anxious or nervous about something, I tend to read a magazine, garden, or really do anything to get my mind off of that certain thing.
Right now it is taking the driving test to get my license. But it could be anything.
Actually, I get pretty nervous when taking any test.

You can put me in front of the whole world and I won't feel anything but excitement.
Tell me to socialize with a stranger and I'm off learning their life story.
But ask me to go to the creepy DPS office, and I feel the butterflies the minute I walk outside.
This past week, my parents and I have been driving down to the office nearly everyday to try and get my license, and nearly everyday the line is ten people out the door. Obviously I'm not that worried about getting it done :) Each time we drive there I have to mentally calm myself down and concentrate on the yummy LaraBar I put in my purse as an incentive for passing.
Is that silly?
However, after reading that section, particularly:

When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.

Instead of trying to forget or push something to the back of my mind, I ought to be going to the Lord in prayer.
And not only for the "weighty" matters, but also the seemingly trivial getting taking a driving test.
Now I can't say that I practice this all of the time now, but thankfully the Lord is always sanctifying me. My prayer now is that He would bring me into different testing circumstances so that I might be able to be consoled by Him. Which really is so much better than reading a book or trying to forget.

"There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still."
~Corrie Ten Boom


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