Friday, December 7, 2007

Our Great God

Here's a great song I just love by Todd Agnew with Rebecca St. James.

 

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

LisaWhelchel.com

Lisa Whelchel Do you remember Blair from The Facts of Life? I have to confess I was not a fan of the show, and Blair was the person I would have had the least in common with. It was interesting to me some years back to find out that Blair, Lisa Whelchel in real life, and I have much in common. I will let you get to know her on your own if you care to and just say that I love her web site, Lisa Whelchel.com. I receive her newsletter by email and it is always a joy to read. She is so open, so generous and real. Her family took a trip to Israel this past summer. Check out her Weekly Journal in the Coffee Talk section to read about it and see lots of pics.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Flywheel

flywheel We did watch this movie, Flywheel, since I last mentioned Facing the Giants. We loved Flywheel too, very much. It spoke to me more, personally, than Facing the Giants, but I loved them both. I really hope you will have an opportunity to see both movies. As I mentioned, they are low-budget films, but the Kendrick brothers tell a story so well it will draw you in and leave a lasting impression. I sure hope they have a new movie in the works.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lessons I Learned in the Dark by Jennifer Rothschild

I am reading a new book called Lessons I Learned in the Dark by Jennifer Rothschild. This book is really timely for me right now, and it is always comforting when you know that the Lord is supplying you with things designed to meet you where you need. There was one part early in the book that got the color crayon treatment which is how I highlight my books.  "We don't lean on God until fear makes us feel shaky and weak."  Isn't that so sad but true? I am always thankful that God is there, am always mindful that He is there, but I get busy and overwhelmed and forget to lean.

I don't know if I have ever read a book that has been so completely where I am at this moment in time. Page after page has been exactly what I needed to read, needed to learn. I'm only half-way through it, but this is a book I recommend very highly.

She writes:

"When we have memorized God's Word, it becomes real to us... Never forget that the important things sealed in your memory are never lost. So spend time memorizing what matters, and maintain what you have memorized. When it's dark and you can't see, God will become your vision if His truths are hidden in your heart. Most of all, remember the Lord, for He never forgets you. You are always on His mind and in His thoughts. He remembers what matters -- you! So by day or by night, make Him your best thought, and make sure you always remember to thank Him for His Word and His goodness to you."

I would love to put excerpt after excerpt here, but I wouldn't know where to begin or end. I'll just share this with you. She wrote about being thankful for difficult gifts, things that God allows in our lives to help us to grow, to learn, to grow closer to Him, to strengthen our faith.

One reason many people struggle with bitterness and ungratefulness is that they've never learned to receive difficult gifts. Blindness is just one of many such gifts. Illness, broken relationships, wayward children, and financial strain can be very hard to receive, much less be thankful for. But the interesting thing is that God expects us to be thankful anyway."

And then she said,

". . . some things that God allows to come into our lives are genuinely hard to be thankful for. But if we fix our eyes on God, we can see beyond the difficulty of the gift into the heart of the Giver. Regardless of whether we asked for it or want it, it's a gift of God's grace, and our response should always be to receive it with thanks. Is your response to a difficult gift based on your feelings about the gift itself or on your desire to honor the Giver and do His will? Is your closed fist extended in anger, or is your open hand lifted to Him? Only an open hand receives the blessings that accompany difficult gifts, and sometimes it's only in a package wrapped in heartache that we receive the fullness of God's grace."

Friday, August 10, 2007

Facing the Giants

Facing the Giants We watched this movie last night as a family. It was timely and wonderful. So wonderful! I have been going through such a difficult summer and it just warmed my heart to watch a story show me, let me see visually what I believe in my heart. It was just such a great story. If you click on the picture you can read about the movie and here also is another link, another movie by Kendrick Brothers Productions called Flywheel. I haven't seen this one yet but it sounds good too.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Selah Concert and Pure Springs International

selah270x195p-8 I recently went to a Selah concert which was just a fabulous experience. Click on this link Pure Springs International to read more about a ministry Selah has founded to bring fresh water and Bibles to the people in Congo, Africa. They will be digging wells so the people have fresh water to drink.

On this site you will read:  "Todd Smith (of Selah) grew up in Congo, Africa where his parents are still missionaries in a state called Bandundu, which is roughly the size of Texas. Bandundu has no fresh water sources, so the women and children are forced to walk a mile to a water source, fill up large tubs with unclean water, and carry them a 1/2 a mile back uphill to their village . . .  We also have committed to helping Todd's parents fulfill their goal of providing every hut in Bandundu with a Bible in their native language of Kituba. We are so very excited to be a part of something that will change so many lives."

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Who Would Love You Enough?

I had the very great pleasure for a short amount of time to be a part of Darylynn's My Homework group.  I am not a poem writer.  Not even sure this is a poem. Winking But for the Valentine's homework assignment I needed to write something about love, to pay tribute to someone dear to me.

When I tried to decide who I would write about for this assignment, an idea came to mind and stayed. I thought perhaps I would write about my grandmother who I miss so much and had so many fun adventures with, or my husband who I adore, but when it came time to decide my original thought remained.  So I jotted down some things and this is what I ended up with.

 

Who Would Love You Enough?

 

Who would love you enough . . .
to woo you with relentless pursuit
and yet never force his way into your life?

 

Who would love you enough . . .
to keep every single promise he's ever made,
and be quick to forgive every one you break?


Who would love you enough . . .
to think of you more times in a day than
the number of grains of sand on every beach?


Who would love you enough . . .
to want to take your hurts onto himself,
to carry your burdens, to cry when you cry,
to go so far as to keep your tears in a bottle?


Who would love you enough . . .
to remain faithful even when you are not?
to love you unconditionally, no matter the offense
still want you every time you leave,
every time you turn your back,
every time you fail?


Who would love you enough . . .
to come after you time and time again
even when you feel you don't deserve it?
to love you no more or no less according
to how much you love or do in return?


Who would love you enough . . .
to go to the length, breadth, height, and depth
it would take to actually die in your place?


after all of this . . .
who would love you enough to let you choose
whether or not you want Him?

 

John 3:16
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written for His Praise, to share the wondrous and limitless,
endless love of my Savior

 

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You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8


How precious are your thoughts about me, O God!
They are innumerable! I can't even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand! Psalm 139:17-18


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Thursday, February 1, 2007

Desktop Wallpapers

I've uploaded just a few desktop wallpapers.
I am going to offer just one size 1280 x 1024. If your resolution is larger than that and your desktop settings are set to "stretch" the quality will suffer a bit, a little less crisp a picture.

There is an exception.
Some of my photos were smaller to begin with.
Those sizes are 1024 x 768.

Terms below wallpapers

Flower Photos

Hepatica americana
Click the link below to download
Hepatica americana - 1280 x 1024



Landscape Nature Photos
(with a bit of "oil painting" effect)

Streams of Water
Click the link below to download
Streams of Water - 1024 x 768



Splendid and Majestic
Click the link below to download
Splendid and Majestic - 1024 x 768



Morning Sun
Click the link below to download
Morning Sun - 1280 x 1024


All photos and desktop wallpapers are copyrighted by me. They are free for personal computer use ONLY. Spread the word if you like them but don't spread the wallpapers. Winking Under no circumstance are they to be offered for download anywhere else. They cannot be bundled up and offered elsewhere, and absolutely no profit is to be made from them. Under no circumstance can you use the wallpaper photo to make something new to display online. It must be used as is and only as a desktop wallpaper. I retain all rights to the photos and the desktop wallpapers.
Thanks for understanding.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

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Or you can email me at:
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