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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our immutable God






Life is full of changes and nothing ever stays the same. I have never liked the idea of change, because the unknown has the potential to be frightening or unsettling. When I read God’s Word, He constantly reminds me that He never changes. He is always there for us, His children. It is a wonderful truth! I came across the word immutable in my Bible reading recently. Do you know what it means? I didn't. Here it is as defined in Webster's 1990 Dictionary:
Immutable: (adj.) not capable of or susceptible to change. 
"For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 
 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,  that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. 
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
-Hebrews 6:13-
I watched the lunar eclipse on Tuesday morning and was inspired by God’s majesty and creativity in creating the solar system. I had found a live stream of the event also, in case it wasn't visible here. It was interesting to see how many viewers were watching the event on Youtube. (107,099 at one point.) I wonder how many countries were represented. It seems like this will be a subject that many have on their minds, and what a great opportunity to share with people that the God who created the moon, also loves and cares for them. 
Boldness is something I desperately need, to be an effective light for Christ in this world. I need to overcome my shyness of talking with strangers. I am still learning how to do this. What is your favorite method of sharing with others about Jesus Christ? By gospel tracts, talking, blogging, or sharing Bible verses on your facebook? I would be encouraged to hear from you in the comments section below. 






Monday, March 17, 2014

The Well is Deep [Poem]

           The Well is Deep
             (John iv.)

                 "The well is deep."
Look back into the purposes of God,
And scan Eternity. Trace to their source
His wisdom and His power. Fathom, if thou canst,
His everlasting mercy. Should thy brain
Grow dizzy, and refuse to sound such depths,
Confess thy feebleness, and meekly say-
                      "The well is deep."

"The well is deep."   Take for thy longest line
The cords of vanity- the rope of sins
Unnumbered. Choose then the heaviest weight;
Take thee thine own poor hardened heart of stone:
Now plumb the depths of God's unbounded love.
They lead seems light- thy lengthened line run out-
E'en with such instruments thou hast but plunged
Beneath the surface of the tide.  Below,
Far, far below, in depths unfathomable,
Springs undisturbed, the ceaseless flow of love,
Embosomed in eternity.    Here rest,
And humbly bend the knee, and own again,
                  "The well is deep."  

"The well is deep."   Mark now the wounded side
Of Him who hung upon the tree. Haste thee
To hide within that cleft; and, as the springs
Of living waters from the riven rock
Gush freely forth, ponder the depths of woe
From whence they rise.  Behold that broken heart!

Drink ! stranger, drink ! and quench thy thirsty soul,
From out of depths which ceaselessly abound.
The more thy need, the fuller still the fount;
The more thy thirst, the deeper still the spring;
No sealed fountain this; no spring shut up;
But, flowing forth to every child of want,
It cries, Come unto me and drink- invites
The heavy-laden to repose- cleanses
Whist giving life, and gladdens whist it heals.

The thoughtless sinner, who, at Jacob's well,
Tasted the living waters fresh from God,
Has yet to learn, through all eternity,
The truth of words she ignorantly spake
Touching Samaria's failing earthly spring:-
                   "The well is deep."



from: "Things New and Old" Vol. XIII  
                 London:
G. Morrish, 24, Warwick Lane,
Paternoster Row, E.C.
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              1870


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dec 2013-Jan 2014 update

Hi everyone,

How is 2014 going for you so far? I am sorry it has been so long since I have blogged. Here is some of what has been going on in my life since my last post.   I was challenged and encouraged by a Bible conference that I attended in Tennessee. Then we had good friends from Colorado visit us. We also hosted a wonderful concert at our books and coffee shop last week. http://www.lifehouse.org
The musicians were the Wissmann Family from Nebraska. Check out their blog for more info. http://wissmanns.blogspot.com/

Here is one of my favorite songs of theirs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9O3HRO4aAc

That's all for now.

~Elizabeth


I pressed these leaves in between the pages of one of our Encyclopedia Brittanicas. The leaves are from our Bradford Pear Tree in the back yard.

      I like polka dots.

We had an ice storm. Then it was sunny and warm for a few days. Then the next week it was snowing. Talk about crazy weather. :)




 The trees looked especially pretty when the sun was shining through the ice.


 I flew to Nashville, TN for a Bible conference.

    A magnificent sunrise in Nashville.

 Another sunrise.







 The Theme of the conference: Fight the Fight  
                                                 Finish the Course    
                                                 Keep the Faith

New friends I met at the conference.  They flew all the way from Japan! 






Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tuesdays Unwrapped blog event

These are some pictures from a family walk we took on Thanksgiving evening. I always enjoy capturing the late warm sunlight glowing through leaves.




I have been enjoying reading the book, "Graceful" by Emily P. Freeman. She is hosting a fun blog link up event called "Tuesdays Unwrapped." If you want to join in go here: http://www.chattingatthesky.com/tuesdays-unwrapped/



Here are a few of the guidelines from her blog, chatting at the sky.

               Why Tuesday?
Tuesday is the most sensible day of the week. It is a perfectly ordinary, no-fuss, introverted day. This blog is titled Chatting at the Sky because of a line in a song called Tuesday written by Sarah Masen. What happens on our Tuesdays is usually not very extraodinary. Which is exactly why it is so important. Here is where you keep time, in this home with these people and this skin on. Here, on this ordinary Tuesday, is where we learn to be human.

What should I write in my post?

Anything that causes you to pause and celebrate the moment. Not what will be or what is to come, but what is real and true this day: the messy, the lovely, and the unexpected. Share a photo, a story, or anything that offers a glimpse into your own journey of discovering the gifts in the midst of the ordinary.

Can anyone join?

Yes. Anytime. Anyone. You don’t even have to have a blog. Just unwrap that Tuesday gift right there in the comments. But if you do have a blog, link up in the inlinkz by putting your name and then the permalink to your Unwrapped post. They may ask you to choose a photo to go with your link. Then link back to Chatting at the Sky so your readers will be able to read/join as well, if they would like.



Monday, November 4, 2013

Be still and know that I am God



         The five sisters.



Today's Choice Gleanings reading: 

And the Lord God answered me and said.    Habakkuk 2:2

Habakkuk took his burdens and his doubts to the Lord. From his watchpost, his vantage point high above the city, and above the people, the problems and the voices, he waited with a hearing heart for God’s revelation. And the Lord answered Habakkuk. That statement alone is staggering. It is worth inscribing at the top of our prayer lists. Habakkuk asked, not shaking his fist with demands, but with a heart eager to better know and understand his God. And God answered him.    —M. MacMullen

Be still and know that I am God;
Come find your strength in the quiet place;
Be still and know that I am God.
—R. Hamilton



Friday, October 18, 2013

Family Portrait Session -October 2013-

    Another family portrait session. I really liked their idea to take the picture of their matching Converse shoes.
We were able to take some pictures outdoors which turned out beautifully.