"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" 2 Corinthians 12:9

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

God’s Grace



T
here once was a man named George Thomas, pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit. Eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak.... 

"I was walking through town yesterday Gracewhen I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. 

I stopped the lad and asked, "What do you have there, son?"

"Just some old birds," came the reply.

"What are you going to do with them?" I asked.

"Take 'em home and have fun with 'em," he answered. "I'm gonna tease 'em and pull out their feathers to make 'em fight. I'm gonna have a real good time."

"But you'll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?"

"Oh, I got some cats," said the little boy. "They like birds. I'll take 'em to them."

The pastor was silent for a moment. "How much do you want for those birds, son?"

"Huh?? !!! Why, you don't want them birds, mister.

They're just plain old field birds. They don't sing. They ain't even pretty!"

"How much?" the pastor asked again. 

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, "$10?"

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten dollar bill. He placed it in the boy's hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars persuaded the birds out, setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story:

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. "Yes, sir, I just caught a world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you are done with them?"

Jesus asked. "Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you. You don't want those people!!"

"How much? He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, "All your blood, tears and your life."

Jesus said, "DONE!" Then He paid the price. 

The pastor picked up the cage and walked from the pulpit. 

Hebrews 7:25“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

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Cindy

Monday, April 25, 2011

Multitudes on Monday 4-25-11



H
appy Monday ya’ll.


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Today I am sharing my list for “One Thousand Gifts”, it is where you come up with 1000 things that your are thankful for (gifts in your life). It is to help you better recognize just all the little blessings we have each day that we take for granted.


one-thousand-gifts_thumb3_thumb Ann Voskamp has written a book called just that. She also has a lovely and well written blog “A Holy Experience” if you aren’t reading you are missing it folks. I love reading her blog, many hours have been spent hours there. And she is the most delightful person to listen too. (No, I haven’t met her personally, but I have watched via vblog her series on the book)

One Thousand Gifts

 


31. Date night with hubby
32. My plush red robe on cool mornings
33. being available to share a hug with my daughter
34. long walks with hubby
35. hearing my kids laugh
36. seeing their father in them
37. sharing stories of the past
38. Holiday dinners
39. spring flowers all a bloom
40. Sunday afternoon naps



Colossians 1:27-28“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.”

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Cindy

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter!


Did you know that The Easter Story is   told from four different perspectives in the Bible:Matthew 26:47-27:61, Mark 14:42-15:47, Luke 22:47-23:56, and John 18-19.


1 Peter 1:18-19“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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Cindy


Passion of Christ


What are you doing tomorrow?…After my church services and family meal, we will settle in to watch this.


How bout you?



This film opens in Gethsemane in medias res as Jesus prays and is tempted by Satan, while his apostles, Peter, James and John sleep. After receiving thirty pieces of silver, one of Jesus' other apostles, Judas Iscariot, approaches with the temple guards and betrays Jesus with a kiss. As the guards move in to arrest Jesus, Peter cuts off the ear of Malchus, but Jesus heals the ear. The temple guards arrest Jesus and the apostles flee. John tells Mary and Mary Magdalene of the arrest. Peter follows Jesus at a distance. Caiaphas holds a trial of Jesus over the objection of some of the other priests, who are expelled from the court. When questioned by Caiaphas whether he is the son of God, Jesus replies "I AM". Caiaphas is horrified and tears his robes and Jesus is condemned to death for blasphemy. Three times Peter denies knowing Jesus, but then runs away sobbing. Meanwhile, the remorseful Judas attempts to return the money to have Jesus freed, but is refused by the priests. He is later approached by two children who offer him help. He refuses it and the children thinks he is cursed. They bully him while more children join the fun. Tormented by demons, he flees the city and the bullying children and hangs himself with a rope from a dead donkey.

Caiaphas brings Jesus before Pontius Pilate to be condemned to death, but after questioning Jesus, Pilate sends him instead to the court of Herod Antipas, as Jesus is from Herod's ruling town of Nazareth. After Jesus is returned, Pilate offers the crowd that he will chastise Jesus and then will set him free. Pilate attempts to have Jesus freed by giving the people an option of freeing Jesus or the violent criminal Barabbas. To Pilate's dismay, the crowd demands to have Barabbas freed and Jesus killed. In an attempt to appease the crowd, Pilate has Jesus brutally scourged and mocked with a crown of thorns, yet the crowd continues to demand that Jesus be crucified. Pilate is left with no choice but to reluctantly order Jesus' crucifixion.

As Jesus carries the cross along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary, Seraphia wipes Jesus's face with her veil. Simon of Cyrene is unwillingly pressed into carrying the cross with Jesus. Jesus is then crucified. As he hangs from the cross, Jesus prays forgiveness for those who did this to him and redeems a criminal crucified next to him. After Jesus gives up his spirit and dies, a single drop of rain falls from the sky, triggering an earthquake which destroys the Temple and rips the cloth covering the Holy of Holies in two, to the horror of Caiaphas and the other priests. Satan is then shown screaming in defeat. The story ends with Jesus rising from the dead and exiting his tomb.




John 3:16 -

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.





Cindy


Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekly Roundup 4-22-11–Easter Week


Greetings on Good Friday



B
ack again this week with some great little DIY projects for Easter.


A nice little project from Kindra @ At Home with K    I think these are wonderful just the way they are, but they would also be adorable in pastel, soft colors.



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Beth @ The Stories of A to Z  made this Asparagus Vase.  She gives you a tutorial on how to make this, and although she uses fresh asparagus, this could be done with artificial.

asparagus vase

Jen @ Scissors and Spatulas made these adorable Easter Egg napkin rings…take a look.

easter egg napkin ring

Alicia @Thrifty and Chic made these chalkboard eggs…who would have thunk? 

chalkboard paint eggs

Rachel @ The Rachel Berry Blog has the cutest personalized eggs evah.  Definitely have to make these.  She shares a tutorial on how to make these fabulous gems.

   Thanks Rachel!



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Romans 1:20“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”

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I hope you all have a very blessed  Good Friday!


Cindy

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thankful Thursday 4/21/11

 



G
ood Morning friends, this week as I have been thinking about what I am thankful for I am jesus on the crossreminded that this is Easter and Holy week. And have much to be thankful for.  Jesus going to the cross for my sins….is there any greater love.  Thank you, God!

And as much as I am thankful to God for sending us his son, Jesus, and I am….. I’m also thankful for some of the traditions that go along with it.


The one that I am so giddy over this week is “Our Family Easter Meal”.  Mainly because it is a time for our family to come together and share a meal. And make more memories. Which is a rarity these days, unfortunately….so I have been combing through recipes books, and blogs looking for a new menu item to try, making sure I keep the “old favorites”.  




I can’t tell you how thankful I am that I  will get to share this day with ALL my children this year.  I am so excited I’m like a little kid in a candy store.   

If you would like to see what others are thankful for this week join us.

Today I am linking up to Thankful Thursdays. Feel free to join us. 

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John 10:28-30“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.””

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Cindy

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Daydreaming about Laundry rooms

Here I am again daydreaming….yep…. seems lately I have been doing a lot of that (you got to be kiddin me, laundry rooms)….thinking about our next home.  For me on of the things that make “moving” easier, is the thought that I get to decorate another home.  Ooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh la la.  I love that part.



While combing the internet I ran across a few rooms I have put in my “save Laundry Room folder”.  Do you do that to?  I have to, or else I will forget all about it when the times comes to start my planning.  Sometimes I will pull something from one picture and then another to come up with my own style, but I do need the inspiration.


Photos below courtesy of Country Living unless otherwise stated

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For large families with lots of laundry, consider doubling up with two stackable units that save time and space. An oversize table makes a pleasant spot for folding laundry, ironing, sewing, or even working on crafts.













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Not ready to invest time and money in a major renovation? Try this simple fix that has big impact: Place a vintage table between the washer and dryer for additional storage.












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Put things that you love but no longer use, such as this doll house, to playful yet practical use. Anchored to the wall with decorative brackets, it becomes the highlight in an otherwise understated room. Each room of the doll house makes an easy-to-access cubby for laundry supplies.
















1055139_rooster-and-apples-hidden_xl This utility closet has been turned into a built-in piece of furniture that looks good and works hard, masterfully hiding the washer and dryer. Upper cabinets hold detergent and supplies. On the bottom, bifold doors access the machines. Molding between the units and on the bottom of the cabinet is separate and can be easily removed in case the machines need repair.

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Photo by Domino


So now, which was your favorite and why?  If you have any tips or hints why these wouldn’t work let me know.  Because we all know when something looks good, it might not be practical or will work for us. 



Need to scoot, I hear my washer washing, and the dryer drying….and it’s time for the beeper to go off. 

 



1 Corinthians 15:55-57““Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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Cindy


Monday, April 18, 2011

Multitudes on Monday



H
appy Monday ya’ll.


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Today I am sharing my list for “One Thousand Gifts”, it is where you come up with 1000 things that your are thankful for (gifts in your life). It is to help you better recognize just all the little blessings we have each day that we take for granted.


one-thousand-gifts_thumb3 Ann Voskamp has written a book called just that. She also has a lovely and well written blog “A Holy Experience” if you aren’t reading you are missing it folks. I love reading her blog, many hours have been spent hours there. And she is the most delightful person to listen too. (No, I haven’t met her personally, but I have watched via vblog her series on the book)

One Thousand Gifts

1.Jesus
2.My salvation
3.The love of my family
4.My marriage
5.Wonderful hardworking husband
6.Seeing hubby's smile
7.Having him bring me morning coffee
8.Praying for loved ones
9.Enjoying a great book on a rainy day
10.Daydreaming


11. good morning kiss from hubby
12. when he tells me how young I look
13. waking up to blue cloudless mornings
14. the opportunity to purchase my hubby a anniversary card
15. feel good music
16. wearing the first short sleeve shirt of the season
17. having the warm fuzzy feeling of being in love with my husband
18. conversations with my children
19. lunch with a long time friend
20. memories

21.reading the bible with new eyes
22.being loved by God
23.seeing God working my life
24.the chance to go to church without persecution
25. feel good laughter
26. Singing praise songs
27. Jesus' blood that washed away my sins
28. a quiet night home with my husband
29. the birth of a new baby
30. knowing that goodbyes on earth aren't forever.

Romans 10:9-10“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

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Cindy

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Will you be watching

I know I will be, if not, the recorder will be. 

Katie Lapp is known in her Amish community for not always adhering to the strict rules of the religious township. When she discovers her parents have long kept secret the fact she was adopted and that her birth mother is trying to contact her, she brings great shame to her father by refusing to marry the town’s bishop. Shunned by her community and family, Katie struggles between the only home she has known and the outside world.

The Shunning by Beverly Lewis




Romans 13:8“[Love Fulfills the Law] Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.”

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Cindy

Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekly Roundup

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh please forgive me for just getting this out. Normally I will work on putting this post together throughout the week when I run across something on a blog that I have enjoyed…but not this week…and now, this morning I’ve been swamped with other “personal” things to tend too. 



But I really don’t want the week to get away without my contribution to my weekly roundup. I would have had more to show you, however I blew spent WAY to much time at each of these blogs, making notes, bookmarking, etc.…you get the point. 

Anyhow, I hope you will spend some time drooling looking around.  And will find some inspiration too.



Michelle @  Sweet Something Designs kitchen redo.


Michele'l kitchen

Michelle @ Sweet Something Designs also had these….lovin it, lovin it…..



numbered bottles

Okay, one more project  from Michelle @ Sweet Something Designs

numbered stool

Amanda @ Reloved Rubbish made  some wonderful numbered pails to use for spring decorating.

numbered pails

Leigh Anne @ Your Homebased Mom  made these adorable Easter goodies.



Peeps

Romans 13:6-7“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

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Cindy

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Simple Pleasure and Thankfulness 4/14/11

Hello friends…..at this time of year there are so many little things on my list to be thankful for and so many little pleasures in life.  But the one I chose for today is. Old friendships.



“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”

You see this week, I met up with a girlfriend I hadn’t seen in over 15 years. Oh we have been talking about getting together for the last 3 years…yep, that’s right.  Due to schedules and life, it just never happened.  At the moment we live about 1 hour apart so we decided to meet half way in the middle.  Oh and am I glad we did. We had the best time.

It’s like we have never been apart.  We picked right up where we left off.  However, after 15+ years you know there is a lot of “catching up” to do, talking about our children….where they are all at now and what they are doing.  Plus I had one that is married, which we had to discuss. 

 



We became friends years ago when I was living in Germany.  We had moved there when my ex was in the Navy, and she was there due to her hubby’s job. We met on the ball field.  Our sons played baseball together and we became fast friends.  Being a veteran of living overseas, and she was a “newbie”, I enjoyed helping her along. 



Eventually we were in Sunday school, church, bible study together. She had such a magnetic personality, and people loved her. She was a wonderful dear Christian woman who loved the Lord and aspired to “serve him”.  I really miss those days of growth in our Christian walks.  

We were together quite often..  whether at a church function or ballgame or just dinner.  We shared, cared, wiped tears, laughed, the list goes on.  However, once returning back to the states in ‘93 we got together and that was the last time I saw her….albeit we sent the Christmas cards.  So seeing her still looking as young as ever was such a treat.
 
She and I both are now in new marriages. What is it about men deciding after 20+ years, you aren’t worth the effort to make it work?  Oh that’s another post I am sure…. anyway, we caught up on our new marriages. Mine of 3 years and hers of just 6 months. 

And we decided we would get together again soon so that our new hubby’s can meet.  Plus she and I plan to make this a once a month gift we give ourselves.  I am already looking forward to the next luncheon.

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Today I am linking up to Simple Pleasures and Thankful Thursdays.  Feel free to join us. 

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1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4“[The Resurrection of Christ] Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,”

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Cindy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Imagine my surprise



W
hen I opened up my Windows Live Writer this morning since my update.  WOW, does things look windows live writerdifferent here.  This might take me a little bit to get use to it.  Do you use Window’s Live Writer for your blog post?  I do and have for several years now and I absolutely love it.  It is the one tool I can’t stand to be without when creating blog post. 

Windows Live Writer makes it easy to tell your stories like a professional blogger. You can create beautiful blog posts including photos, videos, and formatting, and see what it will look like online before you publish to your blog. Writer works with most major blogging services, including WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, and many more, so you can compose your blog post while offline, and then publish directly to your blog in minutes.

If you think you would like to try it, you can download it by clicking here. If you do try it, let me know your thoughts on it.

It’s already Wednesday and this week is flying by.  Today I am staying home and trying to catch up on some “house duties”.  I have really been bad the last couple of days and it’s time to get back on my schedule.  Yesterday I took the day and met up with a friend that I haven’t seen for at least 15 years. 
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We met years ago when I was living in Germany.  We had sons about the same age and they played ball together.  This was her first time overseas and it was a joy showing her the ropes so to speak.  Our families became good friends, and spent many hours together. 

She and I shared the love of God and enjoyed bible study together and numerous church functions.  Yesterday, while sharing lunch we picked up right where we left off.  After many changes in our lives over the years, our friendship still remains and is real. 

I really need to start my day, I hope you will stop by tomorrow as I will be sharing my “Simple Pleasures and Thankful Thursday” post. 


Romans 3:23-24“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

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Cindy


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I Do! I’d do it all over again

today is my 3rd year anniversary, and yes I would do it all over again. 

 



Happy Anniversary to my hubby and may we have many more. I Love you Michael!

It’s hard to believe that it has already been 3 years.  Time sure has flown by. 


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Our Wedding Song
Amazed by Lone Star



Every time our eyes meet
This feeling inside me
Is almost more than I can take
Baby when you touch me
I can feel how much you love me
And it just blows me away
I've never been this close to anyone or anything
I can hear your thoughts
I can see your dreams
I don't know how you do what you do
I'm so in love with you
It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you
The smell of your skin
The taste of your kiss
The way you whisper in the dark
Your hair all around me
Baby you surround me
You touch every place in my heart
Oh, it feels like the first time, every time
I want to spend the whole night in your eyes


Every little thing that you do
I'm so in love with you

It just keeps getting better
I want to spend the rest of my life
With you by my side
Forever and ever
Every little thing that you do
Baby, I'm amazed by you

Luke 9:23-24“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”

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Cindy



Monday, April 11, 2011

Multitudes on Monday


 H appy Monday ya’ll.  

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Today I am sharing my list for  “One Thousand Gifts”, it is where you come up with 1000 things that your are thankful for (gifts in your life).  It is to help you better recognize just all the little blessings we have each day that we take for granted.


DSC_1784 Ann Voskamp has written a book called just that.  She also has a lovely and well written blog “A Holy Experience” if you aren’t reading you are missing it folks.  I love reading her blog, many hours have been  spent hours there. And she is the most delightful person to listen too.  (No, I haven’t met her personally, but I have watched via vblog her series on the book)

One Thousand Gifts

1.Jesus
2.My salvation
3.The love of my family
4.My marriage
5.Wonderful hardworking husband
6.Seeing hubby's smile
7.Having him bring me morning coffee
8.Praying for loved ones
9.Enjoying a great book on a rainy day
10.Daydreaming


11. good morning kiss from hubby
12. when he tells me how young I look
13. waking up to blue cloudless mornings
14. the opportunity to purchase my hubby a anniversary card
15. feel good music
16. wearing the first short sleeve shirt of the season
17. having the warm fuzzy feeling of being in love with my husband
18. conversations with my children
19. lunch with a long time friend
20. memories

21.reading the bible with new eyes
22.being loved by God
23.seeing God working my life
24.the chance to go to church without persecution
25. feel good laughter
26. Singing praise songs
27. Jesus' blood that washed away my sins
28. a quiet night home with my husband
29. the birth of a new baby
30. knowing that goodbyes on earth aren't forever.

Romans 10:9-10“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”

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Cindy


Sunday, April 10, 2011

“It is well with my soul”


For more than a century, the tragic story of one man has given hope to countless thousands who have lifted their voices to sing, It Is Well With My Soul.  This by far is one hymn that ALWAYS speaks to my soul. 



The story behind the song":

Horatio Spafford (1828-1888) was a wealthy Chicago lawyer with a thriving legal practice, a beautiful home, a wife, four daughters and a son. He was also a devout Christian and faithful student of the Scriptures. His circle of friends included Dwight L. Moody, Ira Sankey and various other well-known Christians of the day.

At the very height of his financial and professional success, Horatio and his wife Anna suffered the tragic loss of their young son. Shortly thereafter on October 8, 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed almost every real estate investment that Spafford had.

In 1873, Spafford scheduled a boat trip to Europe in order to give his wife and daughters a much needed vacation and time to recover from the tragedy. He also went to join Moody and Sankey on an evangelistic campaign in England. Spafford sent his wife and daughters ahead of him while he remained in Chicago to take care of some unexpected last minute business. Several days later he received notice that his family's ship had encountered a collision. All four of his daughters drowned; only his wife had survived.

With a heavy heart, Spafford boarded a boat that would take him to his grieving Anna in England. It was on this trip that he penned those now famous words, When sorrow like sea billows roll; it is well, it is well with my soul..

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When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, 'tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Horatio Spafford



Romans 5:6-8“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

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Cindy





Saturday, April 9, 2011

Recipe for Contentment

I am posting this as a reminder today. I really needed this.

Godly-contentment

Recipe for Contentment

time required: Hebrews 10:35-39
preheat at 1 John 3:1-3

Ingredients: 
Matthew 6:8, 32         Matthew 5:45
Matthew 7:9-11          1 Corinthians 10:13
1 Timothy 6:6-8         Romans 8:28-39
Hebrews 13:5-6          Proverbs 31:25
Philippians 4:11-13   1 Peter 5:10-11
Job 2:10

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Directions:
Matthew 6:9-21, 25-34   1 Peter 4:19
Matthew 7:7-8                    1 Peter 5:6-9
Proverbs 3:5-6                   1 Timothy 6:17
Proverbs 19:23                   Exodus 20:17
Hebrews 13:5-6
Philippians 2:14-15
Romans 8:24-25

Serves All: O taste and see that the Lord is Good! Psalm 34:8

*Can be made under all circumstances according to Paul’s not-so-secret recipe! Philippians 4:12*

Hebrews 1:3“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekly Roundup 4-8-11

Good Morning, I decided that I wanted to get back to doing my weekly roundup so here we go again.  Alot of people enjoyed when I did this before, but due to so many obstacles and little detours in my real life, I haven’t had the time to devote to reading and “loving” on blogs.  So here are some of my favorite things I “loved” this week.

 




You know that monograms are the “thing” now.  But boy can monogrammed goodies add up.  At mugs at around $6.00 a whack or more you can’t afford to many.  This might be a option.

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How cute are these monogrammed mugs?  These are a DIY project I found @ Design Mom



porcelain pens You can find the porcelain pens for this project @ DickBlick 

Just think of all the things you can write on with these pens. 

I can feel the wheels turning in my head already with all the fun things I could do with these little babies.  “Could these be as dangerous as paint?”  Nah, surely not! 

 




With Spring here or in most places, I wanted to share something that I am in love with. This next little do it yourself project is to die for.   Stephanie Lynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming shares with us how to create this.  I {HEART}this.A  Make sure you allow yourself some time when visiting Stephanie, as she has lots and lots of wonderful things to see.  It’s fabulous.



galvanized bucket flower pot  

 



With Easter on the way, folks are getting crafty with their accessories. I have spent time this week searching for some fun and creative ideas for Easter. Something that is new to me.  Isn’t  this a adorable Easter Egg Wreath.  Who would of thought to use yarn this way.  Now I might could use do this one. Check out Trisha @ The Sweet Survival.  {I think this could be a adorable wreath for a baby’s room} 



easter egg wreath
 

Or how ‘bout her Moss Balls

  I really like this too, they bring a touch of earthiness( is that a word) to the room.  Definitely want to make some of these.




moss balls

Another fun Easter wreath.

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This Easter wreath with made with  pussy willow and grapevine.  Love this, and how simple is that?.  This creation is by Good Housekeeping.

 



Although there are lots of things to look at out there in “blog land” these are a few things that I tucked away in “my do” file.  What do you have tucked away in yours?

 




Cindy
 




Romans 5:10“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Simple Pleasure 4-7-11

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Good Morning Ladies, I hope you will join me in sharing your Simple Pleasure today.  Dayle host our party each week.  Check it out.

 



Today my simple pleasure is really quite simple but one I enjoy immensely. 

My Simple Pleasure today is a hot bubble bath.mom-bubble-bathTo me, after a long, stressful day nothing feels quite as good as running a hot bath full of bubbles and maybe even lighting a candle of too.  Turning down the lights and just relax.

 


 


So, what would be your simple pleasure today?  Wanna share, then join us today at Simple Pleasures! 


Quote of the Day:
I was so hungry I could have eaten a horse. But only pigs were available.
--Anonymous

Devotions to make you think

This is a devotion that I received via email and thought it quite appropriate for “Thankful Thursday” posting as I have been thinking alot lately about how thankful I am for these little reminders that show up in my mailbox.




 

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Thoughtful Living

PSALM 25:8-15



Psalm 25:8-15 (New International Version, ©2011)

8 Good and upright is the LORD;
   therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
   and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful
   toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, LORD,
   forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the LORD?
   He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[a]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
   and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The LORD confides in those who fear him;
   he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD,
   for only he will release my feet from the snare.



Are you living thoughtfully and intentionally—or automatically? It's so easy to get up each morning, do our work, enjoy some relaxation or entertainment, and fall into bed each night without giving any thought to God's involvement in our lives. But to be ignorant of how He has blessed, guided, protected, and warned us is a foolish way to live. Just consider the benefits of keeping our spiritual eyes and ears open throughout the day.

Those who are aware of the Lord's presence during their daily activities enjoy the peace of knowing that He is always in control and working to accomplish His good purposes. Every day's experiences with Him teach them to know and love Him more.

When we learn to see God's footprints in our days, we will become aware of the scope of His involvement in our lives. Maybe He strengthened you for a task or opened a door of opportunity. Perhaps He guided your decisions or helped you respond in a godly way to a difficult person.

If our ears are open to the Lord's warnings and instructions, we won't repeat the same mistakes again and again. But those who are deaf to His voice will continue in unhealthy thought patterns, negative emotions, and foolish responses.

Each night before you go to sleep, take some time to reflect on the day's activities. The Lord is constantly with you, guarding and guiding your way. He wants you to see Him in everything and understand life from His perspective as you rely on His wisdom and power to face any challenge.

 

 

 



I’m always so thankful for anything that makes me sit back and reevaluate myself and my Christian walk. How ‘bout you?

I hope you will join us for Thankful Thursday.  Thanks Lynn for being a gracious hostess.

Galatians 2:20“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Getting there, slow but surely

Oh my, I have spent the better part of the yesterday and early evening working  on getting everything transferred and updated, etc.  It never ends specially if your me, cause I am always wanting to add something else.  I keep saying “one more minute” and those minutes can turn into hours. My poor hubby.  But most of the technical stuff is done now  but I might do a little bit more “playing”. 



“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

 

 

 

 



daydreaming


So why the move you ask?  For awhile now I have wanted a new name for my blog. Although I am a firm believer that it is the little details in life that make it what it is, hence the old blog name “Life is in the Details”.  I’m a girl born and raised in the country and I love my country roots. I am a bit old fashioned and my dream is to someday own a big ole farmhouse.  So this is how the new name came to be. This is where I am today.

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rainy

Anyway, yesterday was a perfect day for spending in the house and working on the computer, it was such a gloomy, dreary day here after having such a beautiful Monday.  Our temps on Monday got up to 80+ but yesterday our high was in the 50’s, with the rain stopping in the afternoon and skies became clear but the winds were high.  Our forecast for the next week or so is about the same alot of rain and cooler (cold) temps.  I am so ready for warmer weather and sunny days. 




buttercups 


Oh and the flowers, oh the flowers.  Seeing all the pretty colors  scattered one the ground. 

Right now we have  buttercups coming up everywhere in town.   This is one of the times I miss my yard.  I miss all the crocus and tulips blooming in the yard.   



Some pictures from my yard last spring. F





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Daisies starting to come up

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My clematis starting to grow up the trellis
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My Lilacs blooming, I miss the way my yard smells when these are in bloom.
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The Bradford Pear trees in bloom.

 

 

 


1 John 3:16“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

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