Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thankful Thursday - Describing God

Have you ever thought about the words used to describe God? Last night during our Ladies Bible class we looked at some passages that describe God..... here is just a few words we found...

dwelling place
shield and buckler

Don't you get a feeling of safety and awe of God's mightiness just looking at these few words...He is all these and more! We are told not to have fear in the midst of crisis for God is there to deliver us out whatever difficulties we find ourselves in. He is going to be right there to be our protector and our refuge!

Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. (2) I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (3) For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. (4) He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. (5) You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, (6) nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. (7) A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. (8) You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. (9) Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place-- the Most High, who is my refuge-- (10) no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. (11) For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (12)On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. (13) You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. (14) "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. (15) When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. (16) With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." (ESV)

I truly love verse 4 .... the writer says God will cover us with His pinions .... ever thought about what a pinion is? ... simply put its a feather.... God will cover us with His feathers .... and under His wings we can find refuge... but at the same time God will be our shield and buckler. For His children are found in the comfort and the tenderness of God's wing while he is a mighty defender of us outwardly protecting us as a shield and buckler. Is that not wonderful! God grants us so many blessing each moment and even when we face turmoil and crisis He is there to tenderly and lovingly protect us and fiercely defend us all at the same time! God never leaves us... we are always in His thoughts, He is ever ready to be what we need, a tender and loving refuge, a mighty shield and defender..... a deliverer. How great is God's love!

Today and every day I am thankful I can call upon God!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Okay..... here is my new project

......... making Books! Yes, I just had to try!

getting the supplies together....

then cutting the paper to size...

gluing the decorative paper for the cover....

and folding down the outer paper...

this is it! my first book! A cute little notebook.... It's made from recycled paper and cardboard inserts from the pharmacy.... so what do you think???

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday's Fixins ~ Roast Beef

Okay, so I just had to have the 10lb beef roast on sale at the grocery store last week.... it had been so long since I had cooked a good roast.... here is how I decided to fix it.....

Turned to oven on to 250* then got out the roast and put in my roasting pan. Poured 1 can of beef broth over it and let it fill the bottom of the pan. Then I added some left over chopped onion (about 1 good cupful ... ya'll should know by now I wing it and don't really measure, right?), then sprinkled on some seasonings .... garlic pepper, season salt, and actually some veggie grill mix. Put the top on the roasting pan and popped it in the oven .... leaving it there for about 6-7 hours at 250*. I did not sear it first, not did I start it out at 400* then bring down the temp... just left it at 250 all day... I did pull it out every couple of hours to dowse the meat with the broth mix from the bottom of the pan to help keep it nice and moist. And when I pulled it out to cut ... it was so tender and just fell apart...mmmmmmm! I gathered up the broth mix and made a nice gravy to go with the roast... had some homemade mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet carrots, sqwash casserole, and of course no meal around my house is complete with out some sweet tea according to my family! I had enough that we were able to eat on the left overs for a day or two! Nothing like homemade!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Good Thursday Morning

I do want to post a quick Thankful Thursday note....

I am so thankful for our children! Our kids amaze me sometimes. They have such servant hearts.

This week they have been volunteering for the District Senior Games .... you know, doing judging, score keeping .... encouraging the seniors in the surrounding areas in sports like shuffleboard, horse shoes, basketball free throw..etc... Well, this morning I got news from the Senior Center Director here in Lewis County (aka... my and she was telling me how the whole crowd of seniors ... not just the ones they see here in the county but those from all over just love it when my children volunteer. She also told me that the other judges (some that have been helping for 30 years) are so impressed with my children and have begged mom to have them at the State Senior Games in July this year! Goodness.... makes a momma not just thankful but a bit on the proud side too!

And what has our little Jed been up to this week while his brother and sisters have been gone... well, yesterday he spent the afternoon in the back fields with Momma Sue and Papa Rich as they were clearing out some brush .... and he even got to drive the truck in the field! He sure was excited about that!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday's Word ~

Romans 5:2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Is this not just a wonderful verse! If you have become a child of God then you stand in the grace of God (through Christ Jesus)..... it does not say we have stood or will stand but that we are standing... it is a perpetual present tense.... as a child of God we can continually stand in God's grace ... Jesus' sacrifice did that for us! We are able to rejoice in hope of the glory of God.... that makes me want to shout for joy... sing out loud... stand in awe of God's love.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Pics from Convention

Here are a few pics from Convention..... we had such a great time!

Here we are awaiting awards on Saturday night...... this is after a full day of competitions in Bible Bowl, Speech, and Song Leading/Songs of Praise

Jed and his buddies keeping themselves busy before and during Awards ......

Mia and one of her awards....

Travis placed First! in Song Leading! Whoohoo!

Mia and Amaris along with the other girls that got bronze in Second Language.... Russian!

We were so very blessed by the whole weekend! Thanks to Trent and Lori Hill (our leaders) who make this weekend and the whole Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program such a wonderful and uplifting program!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Good Morning ....

Hello Blog friends! Our weekend was great! The kids won several awards and had a great time..... I will give details and pics tomorrow! Just wanted everyone to know that I'm back and ready to blog!