June 26, 2014

Content?

Godliness with contentment is great gain.

GAIN: to obtain, to receive, to win, to profit.

So, think with me on this. Godliness with contentment is great to obtain, is great to receive, it is a great win...it is profitable.

Sigh.

But what if you have what you don't want? What if you want what you don't have? Where is the gain? The gain is in the Godliness with contentment.

~oOo~

For most of my Christian life I had a hard time identifying with Christ, even being grateful for Him. Yes, I was grateful for my salvation. I believed that Jesus died on the cross for my sins, rose from the dead and because of His perfection I could go to heaven. But I was resentful about Jesus. I didn't like how perfect He was.

In Sunday school I heard "Jesus is our example. He came to earth and lived a perfect life showing us how we should live." I sat 'crisscross-applesauce' and watched my teacher point to the flannel-graph picture of a man feeding the five thousand. In my heart I knew what she said was impossible. I could NEVER be like Jesus. Around every corner was opportunity to sin and if I didn't willingly choose sin I fell into it without thinking.

Then one day, the Lord helped me to understand the perfection of Jesus. It wasn't what I thought! I didn't understand Jesus because I didn't understand sin.

Sin is not "doing bad things." Sin is doing your own will apart from God. Is eating fruit wrong? No. Adam and Eve ate fruit all the time. They were, however, NOT to eat the fruit from one tree. Why not? Because God said so.

They reasoned with themselves and the devil, "Ah! But it looks good, and besides it will make me wise. I will do what I want and not what God says." They chose their own will over God's will...that is sin.

There are so many "good" people in the world. They love people, they give generously, they don't drink or smoke or sleep around. In their hearts they believe that is enough, it is acceptable to God. They may even go a step further and be an active member in a church, praying, singing, and performing miracles.

Jesus never chose His own will, He came only to do the will of His Father. This humility, this submission is what made Him acceptable to God. This was perfection. He humbled himself even to death on the cross, forsaken of God.

That is His example. Following His example in doing God's will might look like this:

"Father, I want that...I don't want this!"

~ I know what you need, my child. Wait on me.

"Father, I am afraid. This is too hard and painful!"

~ Do not be afraid, I will never leave you. Give it to me, let me take care of it. I am with you always, even in this.

"Father, I don't know where to go or what to do!"

~ My Word is a lamp unto your feet and a light unto your path. I have shown you to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Me.

Unfortunately, some of us go our own way convincing ourselves we are doing God's will. It might look like this:

"I want that...not this! I'll just do what I can to get it. After all, God wants me to be happy!"

"I am afraid. This is too hard and painful! I will give up and do something else, something easier, something that makes more sense. If God was in this, it wouldn't hurt, right?"

"I don't know where to go or what to do. I would benefit the most by...All my friends say...I have a right to..."

~oOo~

Do I really want to obtain? to receive? to profit? Do I really want great gain?

Godliness with contentment is great gain. Perhaps we don't have contentment because we don't know what godliness is? We think godliness is doing right. It is doing right, only not our right, rather God's right.

Perhaps we're not godly because we don't know God. Why would we do the will of someone else, especially one we don't know or trust?

Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.

June 24, 2014

Tuesday Tour


Peter Rabbit has been a regular visitor. He likes to come early in the morning, have a little breakfast then head back across the street to his waiting family. I guess the food is better at our house.


This lovely girl also visits regularly. Sadly and thankfully I don't have any roses for her to nibble on.

The raccoon, the coyote and the many hummingbirds that visit do not like to have their picture taken.


Thanks to a generous friend (Sarah-Bo-Barah) who shares her horses, 
I went riding with Naomi Baloney.


Me and my horse girl. She is fearless...




...and in love!


The home school choir has wrapped up for the year.


That's my man in front...the handsomest.
Naomi is in there somewhere too...can you find her?


Sophia shared the history behind "Nearer my God to Thee." 
She did so well...such a confident, lovely young lady.



Singing at a nursing home.


There's my handsomest again.



End of the year picnic.




Only a glimpse of the forty kids that zoomed by me playing "sharks and minnows"


Building houses and setting up towns is what you do when 
Mom removes internet and movies from the home. 


Working on some blog posts...slowly. 

We no longer have Internet access in the home. 
It is a different life: much more focused on reality, love, and God. 

I am visiting the library to do this post. 
Whaddya think?

Could you...would you...get rid of Internet from YOUR home?

June 12, 2014

Glimpses IV



Went strawberry picking to get the first of the season.

Naomi Baloney inspecting and testing.


Can someone tell me where my little girl went? 
This young lady thinks she's my daughter.


I love this photo for two reasons...Sophia Lou, of course, and the silkiness of the water...makes me want to get the paints and brushes out. Hey, maybe I will.


~ Are you hungry? What do you want to eat?
~ Nothing really, how about a fried egg?

Her version of a fried egg...fresh herbs, chopped tomato, juice and tea.

Some people just have a knack for making all things beautiful.


He was supposed to wear a black t-shirt and jeans. 

He came out of his room to say,

"Heelllooo Ladies!"

(and he did NOT remove his hat for the end-of-the-year orchestra concert)


Spinach, three types of peppers, bacon, and just a smidge of cheese

Lovely with a cup of jasmine tea!


My hangout while kids are in choir.


June 8, 2014

A Sunday in June

FOR TODAY

Sunday June 8th, 2014

Outside my window...

several little birds eating the seeds I tossed out on the deck:
chickadees, juncos, warblers...such sweeties!

I am thankful...

to have a purpose, to be loved

In the kitchen...

Must there always be something coming from the kitchen?

Can't we just have a 'cuppa tea' and call it good?

Ok, Ok, I'll get you some leftover spaghetti and meatballs. How about a small salad? Sorry, no garlic bread...we're out. There is chocolate fudge ice cream with fresh strawberries for dessert.

I am wearing...

A burgundy blouse with a white skirt and my mother's pearls...I love this outfit, feminine and Summery.

I am creating...

No, I'm not creating (unless you count the writing I do every day)...but the kids are.


Naomi creating another fairy house. 


Sophia creating scrapbook pages.

Noah recently made (out of branches he cut in the forest) his own bow and arrows...and spears...and knives...and other long sharp dangerous, don't-bring-them-in-the-house weapons. 

I am going...

To miss my cousin's wedding, sadly.
I love you, Kady and Silas!

On my mind...


The tough things God calls us to do. 
What makes them so tough? 
My own will. 

I am reading...

Good friends, Tozer, Spurgeon, Chambers and MacDonald.

They keep me grounded, my fathers in the Faith.

I am hoping...

That my family from California will come and visit me.

We eagerly await your arrival! 

I am remembering...

these words...

Give as ’twas given to you in your need,
  Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
  Unto your mission be true.

Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
  Make me a blessing to someone today


~oOo~

What if that "helpless" is someone you don't like? 
someone you try to avoid? 
someone who has hurt you?

I sang this hymn at church today and saw in my mind such a person.
"No, Lord. I don't want to be blessing to him."

"But I want to bless him, through YOU," I hear in my heart.

How can I say no? Yet, it makes me want to spit to say yes.

(**UPDATE in the comments)

Around the house...

so many blessings!
A place to sit,
a place to sleep, and to eat,
books to read,
music to enjoy,

We are so rich!

I am hearing...

The quiet of a large house waiting expectantly for the return of three happy souls to make it small and cozy again.

A quote for today...

"Father, I will be content with what you give me, and with what you deny me."
~ Laura Santos

One of my favorite things...

green apple candy

A few plans for the rest of the month:

I don't know...I suppose I should check my calendar.
My secretary is not home.

A picture thought to share...




This guy landed on my shoulder the other day...only for a second...
but he took my breath away.

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