Friday, April 27, 2012

How Firm a Foundation

  1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
    Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
    What more can He say than to you He hath said—
    To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
  2. “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
    For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
    I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
    Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.
  3. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
    The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
    For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
    And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
  4. “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
    My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
    The flame shall not harm thee; I only design
    Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
  5. “The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
    I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
    That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
    I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

Thursday, April 26, 2012


"When your heart rests in the amazing wisdom of the choices of a powerful Creator, you have given yourself reason to continue."

~ from What Did You Expect?? by Paul David Tripp

Friday, April 20, 2012

It is wicked to snack on sugary stuff. And yet...

And yet, we all do it at some time or another. And some more frequently than others. But do you realize the guilt a body feels when she is responsible for PROVIDING that sugar for her family members?? It's downright disgraceful. 


The recipe.

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites.

Easy. Yummy. These things are a tasty combo of Reese's and Take 5. 

MAKE 'EM. =)

build fires!

{Horace Traubel}

"I have all and abound."

"And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be."
(Genesis 15:5)

We are profoundly impressed with the unlimited resources of the God of the Bible. He never does anything small. When He makes an ocean, He makes it so deep that no man can fathom it. When He makes a mountain, He makes it so large that no one can measure or weigh it. When He makes flowers, He scatters multiplied millions of them where there is no one to admire them but Himself.
When He makes grace, He makes it without sides or bottom and leaves the top off. Instead of giving salvation with a medicine dropper, He pours it forth like a river.
When God sets out to do a thing for us, He does it with a prodigality of love-prompted abundance that fairly staggers one who reckons things by the coldly calculating standards of earth.
Whatever blessing is in our cup, it is sure to run over. With Him the calf is always the fatted calf; the robe is always the best robe; the joy is unspeakable; the peace passeth understanding; the grace is so abundant that the recipient has all sufficiency for all things, and abounds to every good work.
There is no grudging in God's benevolence; He does not measure out His goodness as the apothecary counts his drops and measures his drams, slowly and exactly, drop by drop. God's way is always characterized by multitudinous and overflowing bounty, like that in nature which is so profuse in beauty and life that every drop of the ocean, every square inch of the forest glade, every molecule of water, teems with marvels and defies the research and investigation of man. Well may we cry with the Apostle,
"I have all and abound."

~ from Springs in the Valley by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

Saturday, April 14, 2012

A Day With Laura

Several weeks ago one of my best friends, Laura, and I went out to the Promenade in Bolingbrook. We stopped in several different stores that neither of us had been in before, and one was Charming Charlie's. This is a big store of (mostly) gaudy accessories and little whatnots, but it was SO fun to look around in!! We just couldn't resist trying out some of the hair accessories....

Some vintage, peut etre?

Love you, Laura! Thanks for a day of fun. Can't wait for you to get back from college so we can do it again! ;)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I'll forfeit all of earth's treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear. 

   O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand'ring sinners to find. 

O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save. 

O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th' anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine. 

O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve. 

O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
    Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
    Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
      Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart. 

~ Thomas Chisholm