Monday, August 18, 2014

Need of Jesus

I have appreciated The Valley Of Vision - A Collection of Puritan Prayer and Devotions to lead me in my morning prayer time.  I'm sharing a beautiful reminder today of our need for Jesus.  When you get a quiet moment read and pray over these words:

Need of Jesus

LORD JESUS,
I am blind, be thou my light,
        ignorant, be thou my wisdom
        self-willed, be thou my mind
Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit's voice,
  and delightfully run after his beckoning hand;
Melt my conscience that no hardness remain,
   make it alive to evil's slightest touch;
When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds,
   and there cease to tremble at all alarms.
Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word,
   and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts.
Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly gales
   may ruffle the calm surface of my soul.
Thy cross was upraised to be my refuge,
Thy blood streamed forth to wash me clean,
Thy death occurred to give me a surety,
Thy name is my property to save me,
By thee all heaven is poured into my heart,
   but it is too narrow to comprehend thy love.
I was a stranger, an outcast, a slave, a rebel,
   but thy cross has brought me near,
                         has softened my heart,
                         has made me thy Father's child,
                         has admitted me to thy family,
                         has made me joint-heir with thyself.
O that I may love thee as thou loves me,
    that I may walk worthy of thee, my Lord,
    that I may reflect the image of heaven's first-born
May I always see thy beauty with the clear eye of faith,
   and feel the power of thy Spirit in my heart,
   for unless he move mightily in me
       no inward fire will be kindled.

~ Excerpt taken from The Valley of Vision - A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions page 102





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Thursday, August 07, 2014

Weekend Nuggets - Is Being a Stay at Home Mom Enough?, Announcement of our Newest Grandbaby, The Gift of Time, How to Really Get Living, Biblically Communicating with Our Children & Much More!



Is being a stay-at-home mom enough? - "Is just being at home with my children today satisfactory?
If so, why the tension, and what’s with “just” entering the conversation? (When’s the last time you heard someone say, “I’m just a teacher,” or “I’m just a doctor”?)"

How to Get Really Living Instead of Merely Existing - Take the time to read this one out loud to your family.  

The Gift of Time - A Mother's Treasure - "The best gifts in life are made up of minutes and seconds. It is the time and energy you give to your children."

Biblically Communicating with Our Children - "How can we effectively and biblically communicate with our children in order to lead them in wisdom and instruction?"

My Abortion Story - If you missed it earlier this week Haven Today was so gracious to share my abortion testimony on their radio program.  The link is to their blog post with my testimony in shortened form (you can read my whole testimony on my blog here) but there is a short clip from the interview on the post and a link to the whole radio interview.  Here is the direct link to the full interview here too.  Please be in prayer with me that the Lord would be glorified through this testimony of His faithfulness in my life and that many would hear the proclamation of the Gospel and come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. 


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We are the proud grandparents of our third grandchild (first grandson) - Liam Douglas born to my daughter Amber and her husband Ruben at home on July 20th.  You can read his birth story here and I am thankful to report Mom and baby are doing so good and he is just beautiful.  Praising the Lord for the blessing of another baby in the family - what a special gift!!




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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Jesus is the Center



A simple title - Jesus is the Center - and a basic theological point we all know as Christians but the question I'm asking myself today, and I hope you will ask yourself too is, "do we really live our lives with Jesus at the center?"

How many times throughout the day do things like my selfishness, pride, self-centeredness, busyness and a myriad of other obstacles and sins get the focus of my heart and mind off of Christ and onto myself?

I have lived a good majority of my life missing Jesus as a non-believer and sadly even being a Christian for many years,  I still miss Him and don't live life in the fullness and joy and love of my beautiful Savior.

"Sometimes we miss Jesus because we miss the completeness of what we have in Him."
~ Janet Morris - Missing Jesus

Please come and visit me at Haven Today where I had the joy and honor of sharing with Charles & Janet Morris my testimony on what the Lord has done and continues to do in my life.  Their radio program is truly a haven of rest for the weary traveler and their focus is to point us to Christ - It's not all about us.

Sweet friends, please come grab your cup of coffee (or tea) and sit and listen as I share the work of the Lord in my life and I pray it will encourage you to not miss Him but to keep your eyes on Him - He is the only one worthy of all our praise.  May we be reminded that we have full rest if we are in Christ - "It is finished".



"We’re like the solar system without the sun. The sun is so massive it can hold all the planets in their orbits, but we’re not the sun. We simply don’t have the gravity to hold our lives together even when we expend a lot of effort trying. What we need is the good news of Jesus Christ, the good news that we can look outside ourselves at last because God has provided everything we need in Jesus. God has sent his glorious Son into the world to be everything for us, to be the center of our lives, to draw us into fellowship with the living God. And it’s all by grace." ~ Charles & Janet Morris - Missing Jesus

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Related Resources:
Haven Today
Missing Jesus - (This week only if you order the book from Haven Today you get a free study guide with your purchase.)
My Abortion Story and an additional sound clip at Haven Today's blog - All About Jesus
My Abortion Story and Why I Sidewalk Counsel at Abortuaries
Pro-Life Resources
The Importance of the Gospel in the Life of a Believer



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Can We Offer Grace to One Another?


Today and the days following:

Can you offer grace to your sister in the faith and not make your standard her standard?  The Bible is our standard and we are all in different stages of being sanctified.

Can you remember that we are all called to different paths in this live?  We have different lifestyles, different budgets, different interests, different opinions on matters of personal preference and no one way is right in those areas the Lord has given us freedom.  

Can you offer grace when someone says something you don't agree with and you take a strong personal offense?  We have become a culture of overly sensitive people who can't handle when someone disagrees with us we are ready to cut them off or cut them down.  

Can we take the time to encourage and spur one another in our roles as women instead of cutting one another down?  If we spent half the amount of time encouraging as we do gossiping or slandering one another what a difference it would be in our relationships.

Can we humbly learn to take criticism and learn from each other without feeling someone is cutting us down?  So many times we can learn and grow from others and we just shut down and don't listen or take to heart their correction.  May we not be prideful people but remember the Lord did not leave us alone on this earth but gave us brothers and sisters in the faith who are here to help us grow in His ways.  

Can you remember you are not the one called to be the judge of the world and your standard is not the one we are called to meet.  We are called to live our lives before an audience of One as Christians and Jesus Christ is Who I am to live my live to please.  (See Avoiding Improper Judgments)

Can you live a life of transparency before others and not be afraid to share your struggles and the sins you are dealing with.  Many times that person needs to know they are not alone in their struggles  and shame on us for being too prideful to share our weaknesses with others.  No one is living a perfect life - don't live your life with a mask on.  

Can we remember if we are Christians and have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ through our repentance and faith in Him that we are now children of the God of the Universe.  We have much to be thankful for and much to be joyful about.  We have been saved from the wrath of God and the Lord is preparing a place for us in heaven right now.  If Jesus isn't enough - nothing will be. 

So today let's live our lives to the glory of God.  Let's not compare ourselves to one another but let us compare our lives against God's standard - His Word - the Bible.  May we remember not to be concerned what other people think about us if we are living our lives to serve the only One who's opinion matters - Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

If we took more time getting to truly know one another instead of assuming we know one another it would make a world of difference in how we see and treat and respond to one another.  


But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.  There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?~James 4:6-12

"We all want grace, but we cannot enjoy grace when there is an attitude of comparing."
~ Jerry Bridges ~




Related Posts:
The Blemishes and Faults of Others
Are Your a Hypocrite?
Encouragement Along the Way



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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Capture Your Journey - Camping Just the Two of Us


My husband and I have been married over 28 years and we camped this year for the first time alone.  We are eager to make this an annual adventure.  There is something to the quiet of the campsite in the early morning, a cup of coffee and not really having to be dressed to go anywhere.  I wore the same jeans for four days and it felt really good.

We camped close to home since my daughter is due soon with her little one and I didn't want to be far away in case the baby decided to come a bit early.

We kept our menu simple with some grilling and foil cooking so clean up was easy.  We used Starbucks instant coffee packets instead of taking the french press and even took a drive for an ice cream on a stormy night to get a relief from the rain for a bit.  Not really roughing it but truly enjoying our time together.

Our son Josh, Doug's dad and my daughter's family came for dinner one night and you can visit her post on that here.

The hiking, fishing and walks along Lake Michigan were such a joy to do together.  Holding hands, long walks and lots of time to just talk and be together.  I so love this man the Lord has gifted me with.  Just when I think it can't get any better or I couldn't find myself more in love with him - It does get better and I do find myself more in love with him than the day before.

Here's a little peek at our campsite and time.  We've came across the term "glamping" and I kinda like it - I do take quite a bit of home with me for comfort and making a home away from home.

Everything - including the kitchen sink

We love using the two room tent we used with the kids because it gave us a "family room" sitting area

I'm not fond of eating with bugs and this screened room goes up in minutes and makes it a joy to linger over our dinner together minus the mosquitoes.

From Starbucks Instant Coffee (which is pretty tasty) to hot chocolate my tea kettle from home comes in handy.  I am thankful for the propane stove to cook eggs, pancakes or heat up chili quickly and easily.  We have quite a bit of rain so our fire was pretty non-existent.

My kitchen sink ;)

This one has been a favorite read - I highly recommend it.  

A Campsite favorite Banana Boats - Slice a banana and toss in chocolate chips, marshmallows and some peanut butter if you would like.  Wrap in foil and set over the hot coals for a bit.


Just some simple foil packets - One with Chicken and Veggies and the other with Potatoes, onions and cheese.  Love the easy clean-up.

Doug has been fishing since he was a little guy - I love just sitting and watching him.

Beautiful hike along the lakefront

So peaceful

Favorite spot in the mornings.



The more I study nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. ~Louis Pasteur





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