Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Four Maidens Baking




Peanut Butter Kisses by Sarah************************** Stained Glass by Rachel



Strawberry Crispys by Lily********************************Homemade Decorated Marshmallows






Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wish I was There!


We have pre-ordered the CDs, but nothing like the real thing!
This would make a fabulous gift for yourself, or anyone else seeking to honor God.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Free Quilt


Aren't these too cute! Enter to win at marie-madelines. While your there, check out the adorable aprons and skirts. These ladies are fun!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Delirious

Baby didn't sleep well last night, I think it was teething. By about 6am I was delirious. I heard a child sneeze. "Bless you," I tried to say, but nothing came out. I tried again. Nothing. I decided to holler it to see if I could force the sound out. "BLESS YOU!" All I heard was some mumbles. I tried once more, "BLESS YOU!" Mumbles again. At this point I started laughing because I realized I was in that "you-think-you-are-awake-but-you-are-not" zone. Ever been there? Well, I laughed myself awake with a befuddled husband and son staring at me like I had lost my mind. One of them politely asked, "What are you doing, Mom? You sound like a dying cat." "Just enjoying the morning, son. Just enjoying the morning."

Dockers Anyone?


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

From Paul Washer

Now, I have been called by God into the ministry to preach. I have been called to preach…there is a sense in which I have been called and that calling is irrevocable. It is not based upon me, I did not make the decision. God called me into the ministry. Now, if it goes good in the ministry, wonderful. If it goes terrible, I am not going anywhere. Why? Because I did not get into the ministry for the sake of the ministry or for some benefit to myself. I got into the ministry because God called me to go into the ministry.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Shine

I love the mexican people. When we were down there in March, I really appreciated the beauty in the women's long, black hair, even amongst the small villages. Long, black and shiny. Mine is dull and brown, and tends toward the frizzy. Well, I saw in the store a small bottle promising shiny, sleek hair. I decided to try it. Brown shiny hair would be lovely, healthy and radiant, right? I used some on Wednesday before church and let my hair dry naturally. It controlled some of the frizz. The bottle said for 'best results' blow dry. We had a funeral to attend this morning so for time's sake, and 'maximum results' on the shine factor, I used the blow dryer. Did you know that gray FAR outshines brown? I was shinier than the silver bells that are out this time of year. I pray that Jesus shines in me far more than my hair color.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quote

"I believe one the the greatest crutches in the church is the nursery. Parents who have neglected to train their children have very little encouragement to do do when there is a place to hide them. The father who should be up in arms by the time he gets home from church because of the embarrassment to which his child subjected him ends up going home with a clear conscience while the nursery worker takes a handful of aspirin." Voddie Baucham

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Fire

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

We are Moving

Praise the Lord! The Ram was unanimously called to pastor Higgins FBC in NE Texas. We are very excited about the ministry before us and looking forward to life in a small country town. We are trying to get everything packed up so we can move this week so it may be a little hectic around here, but with the Lord's strength, we will persevere and shine!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Josiah Luke

He was born on June 14, at 11 lbs, 10 oz. and 23 inches long. We are all so in love with him as he is so cuddly! On arriving home, my computer will not read my camera card, so no pics to upload, however, I did manage to get a few loaded to my facebook page while in Houston. Everyone here is doing well and enjoying God's goodness and mercies.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Lily Mae and Lida Mae


Lily is such a cuddle-bug, and she loves Big Granny!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Five Waiting for Sixth

Museum Scenes




Baby Cake


Not yet, but soon!

Young Eagles








A little too young to actually fly. One landing, one taking off!
Some of the lambs had the opportunity to fly in (and actually control) a few small planes this past weekend. Here are some pics of them in their planes, and then with the pilots. Smiles all around!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Others May, You Cannot

OTHERS MAY, YOU CANNOT
by G D Watson

G.D.Watson (1845-1924) was a Wesleyan Methodist minister and evangelist based in Los Angeles. His evangelistic campaigns took him to England, the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Korea. He also wrote several books.

If God has called you to be truly like Jesus in all your spirit, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility. He will put on you such demands of obedience that you will not be allowed to follow other Christians. In many ways, He seems to let other good people do things which He will not let you do. Others who seem to be very religious and useful may push themselves, pull wires, and scheme to carry out their plans, but you cannot. If you attempt it, you will meet with such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely penitent. Others can brag about themselves, their work, their successes, their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you to do any such thing. If you begin to do so, He will lead you into some deep mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your good works. Others will be allowed to succeed in making great sums of money, or having a legacy left to them, or in having luxuries, but God may supply you only on a day-to-day basis, because He wants you to have something far better than gold, a helpless dependence on Him and His unseen treasury. The Lord may let others be honored and put forward while keeping you hidden in obscurity because He wants to produce some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can only be produced in the shade.God may let others be great, but keep you small. He will let others do a work for Him and get the credit, but He will make you work and toil without knowing how much you are doing. Then, to make your work still more precious, He will let others get the credit for the work which you have done; this to teach you the message of the Cross, humility, and something of the value of being cloaked with His nature. The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch on you, and with a jealous love rebuke you for careless words and feelings, or for wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed over. So make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign and has a right to do as He pleases with His own, and that He may not explain to you a thousand things which may puzzle your reason in His dealings with you. God will take you at your word. If you absolutely sell yourself to be His slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and let other people say and do many things that you cannot. Settle it forever; you are to deal directly with the Holy Spirit, He is to have the privilege of tying your tongue or chaining your hand or closing your eyes in ways which others are not dealt with. However, know this great secret of the Kingdom: When you are so completely possessed with the Living God that you are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this peculiar, personal, private, jealous guardianship and management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have found the vestibule of heaven, the high calling of God.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fishin' in the Bay






Yes, they were delicious the next day thanks to Uncle Billy and Aunt Nicole!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New on Sermon Audio

Voddie Baucham is now on Sermon Audio! Happy Mother's Day to me! If you have never heard this man speak, go listen now. Really, go ahead, you will not regret it! We were blessed to attend worship with them for about a year and he is an awesome proclaimer of God's truth. Thank God for servants willing to proclaim truth, no matter the opposition from the world.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Afraid?

From Tim Challies:

The poem, entitled "Afraid?" was written by Presbyterian missionary E.H. Hamilton following the recent martyrdom of one of his colleagues, J.W. Vinson, at the hands of rebel soldiers in northern China. A small Chinese girl who escaped from the bandits related the incident that provided the inspiration for Hamilton's poem.

"Are you afraid?" the bandits asked Vinson as they menacingly waved a gun in front of him.

"No," he replied with complete assurance. "If you shoot, I go straight to heaven."

His decapitated body was found later.

Afraid? Of what?
To feel the spirit's glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
Afraid to see the Saviour's face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace,
The glory gleam from wounds of grace,
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
A flash - a crash - a pierced heart;
Brief darkness - Light - O Heaven's art!
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To enter into Heaven's rest,
And yet to serve the Master blessed?
From service good to service best?
Afraid? Of that?

Afraid? Of what?
To do by death what life could not -
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid? Of that?

E.H. Hamilton

Thursday, April 30, 2009

A New Site!

I am so excited to introduce our new site for missions: SGTs for Christ. SGT stands for Sing, Give and Tell, some commands God gives us in Psalm 96. We are sergeants in the Lord's Army as we seek to obey and follow His commands. This new site will showcase the work God is doing through these broken vessels named Barcak on the mission field.

Submission...As Unto the Lord

Submission. I know, it's not a popular term. I mean, who really wants to give up their wants desires so someone else can have their way? But our goal should not be to live as we see as right, but to see how God would have us live. Scripture tells us in Ephesians 5:22:


Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.

We are submitting to God by submitting to our husbands. Let me rephrase that, by not submitting to our husbands' authority that God has placed over us, we are being disobedient to God. By not submitting to your husband, you are in sin. OUCH!

But I hear you saying, "But what if he wants Burger King and I want Shrimp Fried Rice, after all, I am the one 35 weeks pregnant." Okay, maybe that was my voice, not yours. You are probably not as rebellious as me. But you get the idea, it is still sin. If you husband asks you to do something, you do it, as unto the Lord. Would you gripe and complain if God asked you to do something? He put your husband in authority over you. Now, clearly, if your husband asks you to sin, you obey God and not man, but we are talking about non-sin issues here.

Here are a few questions from Doorposts' publication As Unto the Lord that you may want to ask yourself today:
  • Did I submit to God and His plan for me by humbly respecting and submitting to my dear husband (dh)?
  • Can I, without shame, give an account to God for every word I have spoken to my dh?
  • Is God pleased with the way I have treated my dh? Have I shown Godly love, patience, and forgiveness?
  • Have I earnestly prayed for my dh today?
  • Have I shown proper gratitude to God and to my dh for the headship that has been provided for me?
  • Am I aware of my dh's good qualities?
  • Have I chosen to cheerfully obey my dh's commands today? Have I openly rebelled against his authority?
  • Am I being loyal to my dh and his leadership? Have I treated him with pride or scorn?
  • Have I supported and built up my dh as the leader of our home?
  • Can my dh delight and be proud of my attitudes and actions?
  • Have I been negligent, lazy, or resistant in fulfilling my duties toward my dh?
  • Have I been discontent or angry today under the God-ordained headship of my dh?

How far do you go in your submission? What if it makes you uncomfortable? What if it leads to physical harm or even death? Who is responsible? God's Word clearly indicates that He puts the husband in the position of authority. Your dh will have to answer to God for his actions, just as you will have to answer to God for your actions. Were you submissive, as unto the Lord, even unto death, as Christ was submissive unto the Father, even unto death?

Lest you think otherwise, this is an issue I struggle with as a Christian wife. Die to self? For Christ, okay, I am fine with that. But for my dh? What about equal rights? Remember, Adam was created first, then Eve, to be his helper.

Conviction is painful, but I thank God that He continues to mold me to be more like His Son.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Diapers, diapers, diapers

I love using cloth diapers. They are so soft and cuddly! And really, not that difficult to care for. It is so much easier (and cheaper) to do a load of laundry than run to the store if you run out of diapers! Some have asked what we need for the newest blessing, and it would be cloth diapers in size small.

This is a pic of Fuzzi Bunz diapers. They are pocket diapers (about $18 each new) and are so fun and easy to use on baby. You use just like a disposable, but wash instead of throwing away. These are our favorites as anyone can change a diaper. Awesome! You can find them all over the internet, even Amazon, or at The Young and Restless over on Ella. I love that store as they have new and used cloth diapers.

Can you tell my nesting instinct is kicking in?

Thursday, April 9, 2009

John 10:10

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."

Monday, April 6, 2009

A Secret

While in Texas, we stayed at Granny's one night (yummy Mary Lee's ham and cheese croissants!) She took us to our new favorite thrift store, Value Village. Now, I usually don't give away such secrets, but this place is great for clothing and there are several locations around Houston. The best part is they put out a coupon for 1/2 off your entire purchase. I think Granny got hers out of the Chronicle, and they are good for 2 weeks. I love thrift store clothing for several reasons: 1) the clothes are pre-shrunk (although we do find alot with the tags still on); 2) there is a much better selection than a department store; 3) you get quality clothing at a fraction of the price; 4) I don't feel so bad when clothes get ruined or outgrown so quickly because I didn't pay top dollar (going shopping with Granny, we don't pay anything, thanks Granny!). Last trip, we even got a Spanish hymnal for $0.50. We couldn't find one of the lambs sandals and she really needed some for Mexico, so I ended up at Target and they were $15. That is outrageous to me for a pair of sandals in a children's size 11! Besides, saving money on clothing leaves some cash for my book addiction. Speaking of such, I am searching for one with good Mexican bread recipes...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Thoughts on Mexico

We left for Texas on Monday and visited with Grandma and Grandpa. We headed to Santa Fe and were blessed to have the Ram bringing the Bible Study Wednesday evening at church. Thursday was a prep day for Mexico. We are thankful for Hermano Benito and Hermana Rosa for sharing their casa with us. We left for Mexico Friday morning around 4:00 am. By the time we got to the border crossing around noon, I was having contractions and praying they were just Braxton Hicks. The first border crossing took the longest, as they would not permit the trailer we were pulling. We stopped and unloaded most everything that was in the trailer into the already packed van with us. The Fronteria border crossing was not a problem as we basically sailed past. We got into Ciudad Mante around 9:00 pm and I was looking forward to the hotel as my feet and ankles were swollen and contractions were not comfortable. There are very few stop lights in Mexico and traffic seems to be semi-controlled with speed bumps, lots of speed bumps. Lots! However, we went to a family's casa for an excellent dinner. Excellente! The children played ball you would never know that there was a language barrier. By the time we got to the hotel, everyone was ready for sleep.

Up Saturday morning bright and early on our way to Limonal. It was about a 3 hour drive over some of the most scenic mountain ranges and valleys we had seen. Again, the roads were bumpy, but thankfully some of my swelling had gone down and the contractions had stopped. We stopped and visited a couple of missions along the way and were blessed by the people and the Spirit of God was evident. Services were held Saturday evening under the trees and afterwards we had a dinner of tamales and pan dulce (sweet breads) at Hermona Ava's. They insisted that we stay with them instead of going to a hotel. These people take hospitality seriously as we found out later that some slept in their car so that we could have their room. Talk about humbling!

Sunday morning was another delicious meal and a few of us took a walk around town. Sunday was service at Limonal from about 10 am to 3pm then back to Hermana Ava's for lunch of chicken mole. YUM! After visiting for awhile, we headed back to Mante. Again, I was thinking of an early night in the hotel resting. Silly me! We went back to Hermano Goya's, services at Monte Horeb, then back to Hermano Goya's before going to the hotel. The Mexican children were always so excited to see us, running up to the van as soon as they saw it bouncing down the dusty road.

Monday morning saw us departing Mante for Santa Fe, and no problems with any border crossings. The border crossings really surprised me. We were never asked to get out of the van, they did not search any suitcases, they did not even open the doors. We shopped some at the market in Progresso, but it was expensive. Hermana Rosa bought Lily a precious tea set and Hermano Udiel bought each of the girls a beautiful bracelet.

Up in the mornings around 6am, to bed somewhere past 11pm, and we loved it! We were exhausted when we got back to MO, but excited about the work in Mexico and ready to go again at a moment's notice! Some of us cried upon leaving Limonal, as they definately made an impact on our lives. Even looking at the pictures makes some of us tear up still.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009