Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Mr. Rogers also sent a gift. We are thankful for all our gifts. Why do some bring tears to our eyes? Maybe they humble us. Maybe they make us reflect on the things most important in life, people and relationships. Maybe we realize how unworthy we are of the love and generosity others give.
My prayer is that you will reflect on the most important gift, God's Son, Jesus. How His birth, bloody death on the cross, and resurrection gives you the greatest gift imaginable, eternal life. How unworthy we are that the King of Kings, Almighty God, Sovereign Lord, loves us in all our filthy rags. I pray that you are humbled. As He gave His life for our ransom, can we give Him any less than our own life? It won't cost you much, just everything. It won't be painful, it will just kill you, as scripture tells us to die to self daily. I pray that the King will draw you closer to Him as you celebrate His first coming in flesh and anticipate His second coming. Are you ready?
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!
statement by a young African pastor, found among his papers in Zimbabwe after he was martyred
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The next was when a large package came from UPS. The lambs go kinda crazy when a package arrives. The UPS man knocks on the door, The Boy looks out the window and points down, as to where he put the box. Boy yells, "UPS!" A stompede is heard through the house and you see the UPS man go running for the safety of his truck. Our mail man is kinda funny also. The lambs usually race out to get the mail. Well, if he doesn't see them outside, he gives a little warning honk that he is approaching. The he sits backs and laughs as they pile out the door racing towards the mailbox. This time of year there is ice on the ground and they usually don't have on shoes. For some reason, the mailman thinks this is hilarious. I guess it is a little excitement in his day!
But the best in the past couple of days was what was actually in the UPS box. The outside packaging stated that it was from Hershey's and from Aunt Annie and Uncle Davey (as they call him). Well, of course, 10 pounds of Hershey's chocolate in the mail is cause for a celebration. You should have seen them, there were 8 different boxes of chocolate and everyone was all smiles. No, we usually don't wait to open packages around here.
Unless it is a box of Lamplighter Books from Granny. Some of us hid while the others opened the box to see which ones came this month. Some of us will read them in secret before Christmas and re-wrap them for the ones who want to wait for the 25th.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The maidens have sewn their first dresses and I really hope I can get some pics of them up because they are just beautiful. We have been fishing, where everyone caught fish, and we are getting better at knife throwing. Trust me, it's a hoot! We would like to try tomahawk throwing next. We canned pounds and pounds and pounds of apples after our friends the Moores led us to some awesome apple trees.
Now that it is getting cooler outside, we will spend more time baking and sewing and soap making and such. Maybe, just maybe we will have a sale page up before long. If you would be interested in buying soaps, lotions, lip balms, aprons, from the maidens, leave me a comment or drop me a line, it may be motivational! Still milking Belle and we have added another Jersey to our herd. Speaking of adding to our herd...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Moral of the story: Be real, let those emotions flow!
Monday, September 1, 2008
Some of the young ladies over at Life in a Shoe are trying to help Matt Chancey, who is over in Africa right now, raise $1000. They are doing it by selling some fabulous products from Vision Forum at a discounted rate. Check it out!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Vanilla Ice Cream
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix all in blender or food processor and freeze.
We have also added straberries or coconut. Chocolate is next.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
When he was speaking this morning, he talked about us being dirt. I got to thinking about that. It is true. By washing us in Living Water or Sacrificial Blood, we become clay that He can fashion into a usable vessel for His service. Have you ever tried building anything with dirt? Really doesn't hold it's shape. Add some liquid and it becomes clay that will take on any shape the potter wishes. And become stronger as it is tried by fire.
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Monday, August 4, 2008
This morning as I was milking Belle, a lamb came up and asked, "Are these just plain pets or are we gonna eat 'em when they get bigger?"
"They probably won't have much meat on them," I answered.
With a tinge of disappointment in the lamb's voice, "I guess they'll just be plain ole pets then."
Not necessarily a disappointment to some of us.
P.S. The same little lamb inquired as to how we would skin the cats if we were going to eat them.
P.P.S. This lamb is not The Boy!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Ephesians 6:10-17 (KJV)
The sword is His Word, the Bible, scripture. What size is your sword? Do you have a pen-knife, paper-plate hat, grocery-bag breastplate, dental-floss belt, cardboard shield, and flip-flops? The battle is real and followers of Christ who are ready to stand need the whole armour of God.
Be prepared. Get into and study God's Word. Pray.
Don't be a chicken.
Friday, June 27, 2008
Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
He will answer you too. Trust Him.
Who is eligible for the BOOK IT! Program for homeschools?
Any student in grades K-6 (5 years old by September of current school year) that is homeschooled and does not attend any other educational facility.
What are the program dates for 2008-09?October 1, 2008 through March 31, 2009.
When will the 2008-09 materials be shipped to enrolled homeschools?Materials will arrive by early to mid-September.
I believe the deadline for signing-up is June 30. Happy pizza eating!
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I see betrothal as a covenant promise between a man and a woman to marry. It is a covenant commitment that should not be broken, except in the case of death or sexual unfaithfulness. To those with a secular postmodern mind, the concept of betrothal may seem foreign, archaic, and constricting. In a culture where marriage is redefined to include perverted homosexual unions, and couples divorce because they “fell out of love,” how in the world can the postmodern mind grasp the beauty and purity of faithfulness before marriage?
Against the postmodern mind stands the authoritative Word of God. As a Christian family, we strive to make sure that the way we live and think is directed by the Words of Scripture. Of course, we often fall woefully short, but God is gracious to help us learn from the mistakes and sins of the past - to live more faithfully today. And, Lord willing, our children will learn to live even closer to the mark than we have. Most of us did not understand courtship and betrothal when we were young. Perhaps, like me, you had never even heard of it. We grew up in the world. And in the world, after a period of dating, sometimes dating more than one person at a time, you may have become “engaged.” Now, from the world’s perspective, engagement and betrothal are interchangeable. Both may be viewed as a semi-commitment where an announcement is made of an intended wedding and “save the date” cards are sent. But it is not binding - there is no real commitment. It can be broken at any time by either party for any reason. Just as you can break a dinner engagement, you can break a marriage engagement. In fact, if the engagement is broken, most people breathe a heavy sigh of relief. The idea is that it is better to break things off before marriage, so you can save the lawyer’s fees in a future divorce.
Courtship and betrothal stand against this. In our home, courtship is a structured period where a young man and young woman learn about one another, within the natural setting of family and fellowship—in the midst of children, normal laughter, conversation, and even conflict (and how it’s resolved). One-on-one relationships are notorious for the “rose colored glasses” syndrome. A family offers background, conversation—and protection.
The young man must decide if he in fact can love this woman as Christ loves the church. Can his heart safely trust her? Is she indeed a virtuous woman whose worth is far above rubies? Will she make a good helper to him and a good mother to his children?
And the young lady must decide if she in fact can respect and submit to this man as unto the Lord. Will he be a faithful provider, protector, lover, and father to her children? Is he a wise or foolish man? What of his character? Are they theologically aligned? Are they likeminded in areas of importance? Are they in agreement on major life issues?
Courtship is not a time of fluttery romance and unrestrained emotion. That time will come soon enough. We encourage each party to remember that the other may in fact be someone else’s (future) husband or wife. Part of learning to love the other is to spur one another on to good works and self-control – faithfulness to the Lord. During this time, the couple prays for the Lord’s will and the emotions are held in reserve as much as possible.
And, should the young man decide that she is “the one” God has for him; he approaches the young lady’s father, asking for her hand in marriage. If Dad feels the match is a good one, he gives his permission to the young man to “win her heart,” the young man is then free to propose to the young lady. If the young lady has also come to believe that she can love and honor the young man as the church should Christ, she gives the young man her heart. And thus the betrothal begins—a time when they learn to love one another. They grow together emotionally and hearts are bound together. A commitment is made that is not to be broken. Yet still, it’s a time of physical restraint as they look ahead to that coming day of matrimony. That first touch of affection—that powerful moment is saved for the glorious day God has ordained for them—the day they begin their life together as husband and wife.
Again – this is the McDonald version of betrothal. It is our attempt to apply the precepts of the Word and be faithful to our calling as a Christian family. We willingly offer our understanding of Scripture and share our lives with you as a testimony of God’s grace in our lives, not as a “rule” or “burden” for you to follow.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008