Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Simple Hymn


My Hope is Built
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain

The homes of this world are temporary, our bodies but a shell; our houses but a temporary resting place; school, jobs, buildings...everything is temporary.  But...Jesus is not!...He is a constant that never changes, His sacrifice was for us, His Father the ultimate foundation.
Jesus paid it all for us...we can do nothing to repay that debt, it was paid for us and is now 'free and clear'.  

What do we do every day to show our faith...to show the hope of Heaven...to show someone with no hope that being a child of God is a hope that never ends?

My faith cannot be disturbed by the things of this earth.  I sometimes sway a little bit because of depression but I will never, ever falter, nor will I fall...all because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for me....a lowly sinner unworthy of even a small morsel of the mercy He showed by dying on that cross.  Such a horrible, terrible, painful death and He did it for me.  To say I'm unworthy is not enough, I know I'm undeserving but He withstood the pain and agony...
for me...and for you.
Do you know Christ?
I would love to tell you about Him....Jesus, the sweetest name I know!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Simple Reminder


 Hymn: Jesus Paid It All

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

Refrain
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

Refrain

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Refrain

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

Refrain

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

Refrain

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

Refrain

Just words chosen and put together in song.  It's amazing what happens when you put those words together and read them.  Now we must simply believe them and live them.  His promises remain forever and ever.  God is the same now as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow and His promises always stand.  He never, ever goes back on His word.  Pretty wonderful, huh?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday April 26, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...cloudy, drizzly, everything is wet from the rains all weekend.  It is all truly green and lush and beautiful.

I am thinking...of how blessed we were with a cool sunny week last week.  We worked for 4 days at my parents home.  We scrubbed and power washed the house, cleaned windows inside and out, power washed their deck (which is huge, we call it the runway!) and got some other things done for them also.  It's always a treat because they're so appreciative.  Years ago we would do the same for Dan's parents and even today when we help out his sweet little momma she is so very appreciative.  Makes you want to do even more!


I am thankful for...like minded friends that understand and uplift me when I'm so very low.

I am remembering...a nice calm quiet and restful weekend after working hard outside all week, it was rainy outside and perfect to just enjoy my sweet little family!

I am currently reading...yet another Travis Thrasher book, excellent author!

I am hoping...for lots of energy this week to accomplish all we have to do.  This was my answer from last week and applies for this week also.  I was blessed with plenty of energy last week to do all we needed to do for my sweet little parents.

On my mind...the closeness we have with our grown children and how close they are to one another.  Such a blessing!
Noticing that...when I get my lowest the Lord seems to pull me closer.  Such wondrous love!

Pondering these words...
Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.  Benjamin Franklin

From the kitchen...Katie's brewing up something in there but won't let us know what it is.  Supper will probably be Cheeseburger Soup.

Around the house...busy kitchen, vacuum running, washer running, plenty of indoor chores to do today!

From my picture journal...
 This is a cute little dress and jacket I made for Katie years ago.  She was photographing things in her hope chest for a friend and this was one of the items.  She was probably 7 or 8 when she wore it.  Sweet memories and I love that she's kept all of the dresses I made her when she was young.  She's my sweetheart!!! 

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Simply Living for Him


Lately I've been feeling very low, I know it's a mixture of hormones *yeah I'm almost 50* but I think I've had a bit of depression sneaking in with it.  I find that at times like this I want to just turn off all communication with the outside world, it isn't that I don't realize everyone goes through hard times, it's just that I sometimes find myself living for the next day...you know, tomorrow will be better.  Sadly that better day just hasn't been coming lately and I know it's just because of my age and things that go with it plus a bit of depression....but mainly it's because life is a bit complicated for us right now.  Things are kind of up in the air over some issues and until that gets settled I'm just feeling in limbo.
Why is it that when we get to a certain age we feel like we should have accomplished this or that?  I've always said that age means nothing to me but I do notice that I tend to look around and think that I should have done better with some things.  You know:

   *I should have lost the extra weight a long time ago....
      *I should have done much better teaching algebra to the kids, my oldest was a whiz at math and helped me through it also since I was never good with algebra...
         *maybe I could have done better with finances so we could have our farm we so hope to have....
             *maybe I should have kept up friendships that I let go by the wayside....
                 *maybe I should color my hair so my young looking husband doesn't have a gray haired wife (he doesn't care, his is getting a bit gray also!)....the list goes on and on.

After praying and searching through the scriptures for answers and hope to get through these times I realized that all of the things I worry about not doing were simply the way things were and I can't change them now and some of those things I now see were meant to be such as:

    *I can still lose the weight, it's up to me to work on that!
       *My kids have learned a lot since they graduated, what I did give them was a thirst for knowledge and to always be learning something new....to me life's all about learning and experiencing new things, He gave us such a wonderful world to play in!!!  Such beauty all around us!
           *Dan worked out of town for 3 years to advance with Delta and I worked 4 jobs while he was gone and also raised the kids....I've truly done the best I can but I can work harder to trim spending even more, just because I'm turning 50 doesn't mean I can't still move to a farm, maybe that's my next 'season'!
               *Some of the friendships I had to let go....they were using me as a dumping ground for complaining about their husbands and gossiping.  I cannot listen to either of those things, a Christian has to guard themselves from sinful tongues or they might just join in.  Don't want to go there as I detest gossip....such a horrid thing!
                    *Dan doesn't mind my gray and I really truly have worked hard at getting our home as chemical free as possible.  Also, if I'm going to teach Katie about being a godly woman a big part of that is to pound down an feelings of vanity whenever they come to the surface.


My point in all of this is that I don't like to blog when the words are not pretty words but I need to quit that, life isn't always pretty and the point of blogging is to share with others and learn from the feedback...right?


Now, I'm back on track and am going to make myself blog daily.  I've found that it has really helped me just sitting here typing it all out.  Things don't look nearly as bleak as I thought they were 'in my mind'!


This blog is called Living Simply for Him for a reason...that's the most basic and the ultimate goal every minute of every day!

God bless you my dear friends!



Monday, April 19, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday April 19, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...sunny, a bit chilly today only up to 68.

I am thinking...of the fun we'll have today with my sweet little parents.  What a joy it is to be with them!


I am thankful for...so many things!

I am remembering...visiting with our Tommy!!!  Life doesn't get much better!

I am currently reading...another Travis Thrasher book, excellent author!

I am hoping...for lots of energy this week to accomplish all we have to do.

On my mind...the joy of being a parent, you truly never know until you experience it!

Noticing that...time seems to slip by so very quickly, wish I could slow it down just a bit!


Pondering these words...'turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face...and the things of the earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace'.


From the kitchen...lasagna, salad

Around the house...showers in preparation for all we have to do today.


From my picture journal...

 A picture Katie took last week, just beautiful!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A New Beginning with Kefir and Kombucha!

Awhile back we had to let go of our Kefir grains and Kombucha scoby.  We had nurtured them but just had to give them up for awhile, life just didn't allow us to keep up with them.
Well, I found a source for some new kefir grains and a scoby and am really excited about getting back to having our smoothies and kombucha.
The package arrived today and we've already got the kefir rinsed, drained and a new batch brewing in the cupboard.  Tomorrow we'll get the kombucha going and make good use of those pretty scobies!

They really look great and sometimes it's just kind of nice to start something anew and I'm just not so sure about the source I got the first grains and scoby from, I just felt we needed to start anew with a new batch and we're looking forward to having them brewing again! 

Sometimes we just get way to used to convenience items and as my sweet hubby would much rather have burgers and fries every single night!!!...I just don't pay as much attention as I should to what's going in our bodies.  Now that the markets have some many beautiful fresh fruits and veggies now I'm really looking forward to lightening up our menu!  Sweet hubby will just have to fill up on fresh stuff and skip the 'junk food' he so loves!

I love reading all the blogs and learning about different healthy meals in different parts of our country and the world!  Such a wonderful variety and it's very inspiring to have all the fresh new ideas!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday April 13, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Warm and sunny, beautiful day!!!  Dan is cutting the grass (mostly dandelions!!, no chemicals on this yard and it shows!!!)

I am thinking...How nice it is to be back to blogland!!!  I didn't mind the hiatus because I there's always something to keep you busy but it's nice to be back in the loop!
 
I am thankful for...the Lord giving us 'just enough', we need nothing more.  Thank you Jesus!!!

I am remembering... fun night last night with Christopher and Katie, we played Trivial Pursuit and it is unbelievable to me how much I do NOT know!!LOL  It was fun thought, we always have a great time playing games together, no competitiveness at all, just fun!
 
I am currently reading...some books by Travis Thrasher, they are good but a lot of different folks to keep up with.  I prefer to follow along with just one character but these are really good, he is an excellent author.


I am hoping...to get some clothes on the line this week, I've so missed my clothesline!

On my mind...he choice to be happy, so many times we let the things of this earth keep us bogged down so far that we can't find the joy...that's just crazy and I'm telling myself today to 'stop it!!!'.  I will find and hold onto the joy in this journey!!!  Being joyful and love the Lord with all my heart, He is everything to me.
 
Noticing that...the more we let go and let God, the more peace there is.  Thank you Lord.

Pondering these words...if we keep our eyes on Him, always looking to Him, we will walk in the light and shadows will always stay behind us.

From the kitchen...Smoked sausage, corn flake potato casserole, a nice big salad and sweet tea!

Around the house...washer and dryer humming along, Katie is making Boxty in the kitchen.  Christopher is busy, Dan is cutting grass, and I have been busy also.  Always lots to do in the spring.

From my picture journal...
 This is Chastity and Michelle (Chas and Mitzy are their nicknames).  Katie has had these two for almost 20 years and we just found them when she was transferring items over to her hope chest.  When our kids were in school (until Katie was in 3rd grade) I had to take Chas and Mitzy everywhere with me in the car.  Katie never wanted them to be at home alone so I wrapped them up and they went on my errands with me...no I did not take them in places with me...lol!  Mitzy is the one with her eyes open, one of her eyes kept trying to fall back so I had to use 'eye drops' (superglue) to help her eyes, that's why they're a bit gunked up!
Such sweet, sweet memories!!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Lonestar Homecoming - Colleen Coble


I received this book from Thomas Nelson publishers to review. I love Christian fiction and this is a really great read.  I love Colleen Coble and have read most of her books, she is an excellent author.
This book didn't disappoint and was just as great as the rest of her books.

A brief synopsis:
'With nothing but five dollars, a train ticket, and the wedding dress she’s wearing, Gracie Lister escapes with her daughter to the West Texas country where her family fell apart years ago. There, Lieutenant Michael Wayne—devoted single father, dedicated soldier—gives Gracie the hiding place she needs, and a job caring for his two children. Michael and Gracie aren’t looking for love, but it finds them right away.'

I quickly came to know Gracie and was a champion for her and wanted her to be successful in life after the problems she has dealt with.  We learn that although she's been through so much and is so concerned that in her sin she has just gone too far to ever be forgiven by Christ.  We know better of course and you'll hope along the way that she sees this also.

This was well worth the read and truthfully once I started I couldn't put it down.  I love the choices of authors available through booksneeze.com and Thomas Nelson has so many incredibly wonderful Christian authors to enjoy!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Simple Hiatus

All is well but need to take a break.  Be back soon :O)