Monday, November 29, 2010

A Repost- The Fulness of Time

Allow me, please, to repost a former blogging today...this is from last year, about this same time. The Christmas Crunch is coming upon us! and I do not want to start posting new blog material until December The First! (I did go ahead and dress up my page for this new season)  So, thanks for letting me do this the easy way...Hope you enjoy this again, or if this is a first time read for you, Great! The pictures are all from Google Images, and I have permission to use the material from this book on my blog. Here goes.........




"It is a good thing for a hurried modern man to come up against something he cannot hurry, for so many of the best things in life are like that. If we limit our lives to the things we can control and hurry or retard at will, we limit our lives to things that are very shallow and unimportant. In one of the great teachings of our Lord, He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear" (Mark 4:26-28). After the farmer has his crop in the ground and has done his part, he might just as well sleep at night. The outcome of the harvest is in hands much greater than his, and not one thing can he do to hurry the grain to appear in the fullness of time. He might as well trust the processes of God and take time to be sociable with his neighbors, kind to his wife, and interested in his children. No amount of worry will hurry the quiet, ever-active processes of God.


How much peace and joy would increase in the world if we would all remember that things depend on the fullness of time. We take so many things into our own hands and believe our hands must always be active or the world will stop. We seem to think if we stop to enjoy the world, the world itself might stop. One cannot really live without faith that he can plant and cultivate, and then leave the harvest in the hands of God.  When we hear newscasts and wonder what the future holds, what comfort to know that in the midst of all man's meanness and cruelty there is another stream of events flowing silently along. God is letting His seeds grow, and He will bring about his purposes in "the fullness of time, we know not how." One of the great passages of the Old Testament is in Genesis 8 after the flood, the promise that "while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease." God is fulfilling His plans regardless of what men do.

One day in the fullness of time, you will stand on the step of eternity, ready to walk into the glorious presence of the Father. You may pause and look back on the road you have traveled, and say, "If I had only known when I faced....(whatever), if I had only known how God was working out His purposes and His marvelous design in all of this, that His seeds were growing even while men slept, I would not have been so troubled. I would have been more calm and cheerful and much easier to live with.
When we become too wrapped up in the doings of man, it is time to go out at night and look up into the sky and compare man's satellites with the great satellite God has put in orbit- the moon. It is time to ponder the mystery of the seed, and the kingdom that comes in the fullness of time...as surely as springtime follows winter, and birds build nests and sing even when we have not shown them how to do it."

from the book "By the River of No Return" by Don Ian Smith



Wednesday, November 24, 2010

National Bible Week

I am "cutting and pasting" for this blog post...from townhall.com columnist Janet M. LaRue comes this information, and scathing reproof to our nation's president, who falls in our US esteem more every day.



Ramadan got a White House banquet. “National Bible Week” hasn’t gotten a mention, much less an honorable one, by its Honorary Chairman Barack Hussein Obama. National Bible Week, founded by the National Bible Association, has been celebrated during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 21-28, since its beginning in 1941. According to the National Examiner: December 8 through 14, 1941 was set as the very first National Bible Week. President Roosevelt agreed to host celebratory events at the White House. A media campaign was planned. Civic and fraternal organizations pledged their support, along with many members of the faith community. To launch the week, a national radio broadcast on the NBC radio network was scheduled for December 7th. That first Bible reading broadcast was interrupted with news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soon every radio in the nation was tuned to NBC for news on the attack. In between reports network executives asked National Bible leaders to continue to read the Bible throughout the day. … The President of the United States is the Honorary Chairman of National Bible Week and he issues a White House message.

Americans at war wisely turned to God’s word for guidance and comfort. Obama would do well to follow the example of President Roosevelt and subsequent presidents by encouraging Americans to read the greatest source of moral and spiritual guidance known to man. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were Honorary Co-Chairs in 2008.

President Ronald Reagan proclaimed 1983 the Year of the Bible, stating:   The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers' abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible's teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.

President George H. W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring 1990 to be the International Year of Bible Reading, stating:   More important, our moral tradition has been shaped by the laws and teachings it contains. It was a biblical view of man -- one affirming the dignity and worth of the human person, made in the image of our Creator -- that inspired the principles upon which the United States is founded.

According to a Pew Research Center survey in February 2008, 71.4 percent of the United States population identifies as Christians, 1.7 percent as Jews, and 0.6 percent as Muslim.   Incredibly, Obama claimed in 2009, “If you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.” Despite the fact that 71.4 percent of Americans identify with Christianity, Obama said, “[W]e’re no longer a Christian nation.”   Since Obama has expended so much presidential capital extolling the tiny Muslim minority in the United States, you’d think that as Honorary Chairman of National Bible Week he’d show recognition and respect to the Book on which this Judeo-Christian nation is based.  Obama concluded his Ramadan remarks praising Islam by saying, “The writ of the Founders must endure.” Apparently, he needs a refresher course on some of writ of the Founders about the Bible and our Founding, available with citations at Wallbuilders.com:

John Adams: “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God. … Suppose a nation in some distant region should take the Bible for their only law book and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited. . . . What a Eutopia – what a Paradise would this region be!”

Thomas Jefferson: “The practice of morality being necessary for the well being of society, He [God] has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain. We all agree in the obligation of the moral principles of Jesus and nowhere will they be found delivered in greater purity than in His discourses.”

John Jay: “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”

Noah Webster: “[O]ur citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion.”

Daniel Webster: “[T]he Christian religion – its general principles – must ever be regarded among us as the foundation of civil society. … Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens. … [T]o the free and universal reading of the Bible… men [are] much indebted for right views of civil liberty.”

Joseph Story: “One of the beautiful boasts of our municipal jurisprudence is that Christianity is a part of the Common Law. There never has been a period in which the Common Law did not recognize Christianity as lying at its foundations.”

Roger Sherman: “[I]t is the duty of all to acknowledge that the Divine Law which requires us to love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves, on pain of eternal damnation, is Holy, just, and good. . . . The revealed law of God is the rule of our duty.”

Benjamin Rush: “[T]he only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government is the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by means of the Bible.”

And there’s then Sen. Obama who ridiculed using the Bible as a “guide for our public policy.” So it’s not surprising that he ignored National Bible Week while honoring “National Farm-City Week,” Nov. 19-25, in a 438 word presidential proclamation.


It’s not hard to understand why the “writ of the Founders” is preserved in marble and the writ of Obama is fit for an Etch A Sketch.



Here is the original posting if you want to visit. http://townhall.com/columnists/JanetMLaRue/2010/11/23/obama_oblivious_about_bible_week
 
Happy Thanksgiving Tomorrow! I'm still thankful the majority of Americans acknowledge God and Christianity, no matter how much SOME deny it with all their puny strength. America, you are in my prayers DAILY, and Mr Obama, you need to think about what will happen when you have to stand before Almighty God to give an account of yourself. I would not be in your shoes for anything. I do pray for you, and if you do not CHANGE you have a lot of reaping that won't be pleasant.
 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cold November


"In old agrarian calendars, the first of November was the beginning of the new year. Gray and cold, the air is charged with the coming frost. Soon the ground will be frozen solid, the grass covered with early snow.

Could we take that leap of faith that NOW is when gardening begins? - with an approaching end?

Everything will grow quiet in the cold's embrace...

Winter is a chance to stop, to turn our backs on effort. We can let ourselves rest.

This is true for great losses in life. A clean acceptance of them is finally freedom. The slow recovery from grief is a winter season of sleep, of rest, and allowing things to be. It is trusting that "what is" just now will move us to "what can be." Joy and loss are together. Loss cauterizes, and grief, when fully accepted, opens us to new life, to a mysterious, inexplicable JOY."

-adapted from A Mystic Garden by Gunilla Norris




(Pictures from Google Images)





Thursday, November 18, 2010

Life Is Good

Oh, the wild joys of living!
The leaping from rock up to rock.

The strong rending of boughs from the firtree,

the cool silver shock
of the plunge in a pool's living water,

the hunt of the bear,

and the sultriness
showing the lion is couched in his lair.

How good is man's life, the mere living!
How fit to employ
all the heart and the soul and the senses
forever in joy!
-Robert Browning







 






Monday, November 15, 2010

Hearts for God

Give us, O Lord,
STEADFAST hearts,
which no unworthy thought can drag downwards;
UNCONQUERED hearts,
which no tribulation can wear out;
UPRIGHT hearts,
which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.

Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God,
UNDERSTANDING to know Thee,
DILIGENCE to seek Thee,
WISDOM to find Thee,
and a FAITHFULNESS
that may finally embrace Thee.

-Thomas Aquinas







Friday, November 12, 2010

Apron Strings



When children persistently tug at our apron strings, we become skillful at sweeping them aside in spite of the fact that they are our reason for making a home. Likewise we develop the skill of sweeping God aside and ignoring His presence. He is nearer than breathing, closer than hands and feet, and we were created for fellowship with Him. He is persistently eager to guide us, to show us how to find joy in the humblest task, to release us from the monotony of things, and to introduce us to the eternity of life abundant. God's tug is firm, constant, and difficult to ignore. Only the insensitiveness of our hearts can keep Him distant.

If we admit Him into our consciousness, He will transform us from housekeepers into His Handmaids. We are released from the monotony of tasks no one seems to appreciate or even notice to the freedom of performing each small task "as unto Him." Allowing God to make Himself known to us in our homes rewards us with divine companionship, eternal purpose, peace that passes understanding, and a joy no one can take from us.

Today, reach out to God and invite Him into your consciousness.

- Martha Meister Kiely, Devotions for Women at Home, 1959



Prayer: "Behold thy handmaid, O God,
and be it unto me according to thy will. Amen"




Mother's Prayer
Oh give me patience when wee hands
Tug at me with their small demands.
And give me gentle, smiling eyes.
Keep my lips from hasty replies.

And let not weariness, confusion, or noise
Obscure my vision of life's fleeting joys.
So when in years to come my house is still,
No bitter memories its rooms may fill.
-author unknown


(the first picture in this post features 
Patrice at Mom's Best Bets blog
all other photos are from Google Images)


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans' Day 2010

















Go to this link to read "What America Means To Me"
There's some great pictures also...




Wednesday, November 10, 2010


In honor of the United States Marine Corps’ 235th birthday, I am happy to post the traditional message from the commandant. This year, the honor falls to Gen. James F. Amos, who took over as the Marine Corps’ 35th commandant on Oct. 22. Gen. Amos served at Camp Lejeune as the commanding officer of II Marine Expeditionary Force from July 2004 to July 2006.



SIXTY YEARS AGO, the United States Marine Corps — as it has throughout our history — demonstrated its vital role as America’s Expeditionary Force in Readiness. Just weeks after North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the “Fire Brigade” at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in our Corps’ history — the Chosin Reservoir. As we pause to celebrate our 235th Birthday, we pay special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War and recognize their contributions to our enduring legacy.

This past year marked the end of Marine Corps combat operations in Iraq. Beginning with the invasion in March 2003 and through the next seven years of fighting, our Corps acquitted itself valiantly in the Anbar province and throughout the country. Locations such as Fallujah and Ramadi have taken their place in the illustrious battle history of our Corps. Our efforts in defeating the insurgency helped to build a brighter future for all Iraqis.

For 235 years, at sea and ashore, Marines have succeeded in every clime and place … where hardship and adversity have often been the common thread. Today, in the rugged mountains and valleys of Afghanistan — and recently in earthquakedamaged Haiti… in floodravaged Pakistan… or off the coast of Africa — we continue to protect our Nation, just as we did 60 years ago in Korea.

To the Marines and Sailors deployed overseas, to those training and preparing for their next deployment and to the warriors who no longer wear our uniform… we honor your selfless service to the Nation. To our loved ones who endure the many difficulties that come with being part of the Marine Family, I want to extend my sincerest thanks for all you have done and all you continue to do.

Happy 235th Birthday, Marines!

Semper Fidelis,
James F. Amos
General,
U.S. Marine Corps



Please pray for the members of the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment called "Darkhorse" - they have lost 13 members in Afghanistan since October, including 2 killed by a sniper and 4 killed in a bombing within the last week. The 3/5 is made up of  H&S Co, India Co, Kilo Co, Lima Co, and Weapons Co. My son was in Kilo Co...he was able to find out some of the names of the fallen. Pray for the families of the KIA Marines, and their brothers-in-arms still in harm's way.


And if you have room for more prayer, please pray for my son Ben- he has to struggle with the knowledge that the men he trained with are in Afghanistan and he is not...And I remember in prayer virtually every day his other Marine buds from our church, Gerald Sorrell and Steven Sallee. May they come safely home soon.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Simmer Down

This devotional is from my new little treasure book that's old, Devotions for Women at Home, by Martha Meister Kiely.


"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Any good cook turns the heat down when the pot begins to boil. She knows that nothing good is accomplished by uncontrolled boiling. Either the mixture being cooked sticks to the pan and burns, or it bubbles over the side and is lost.



Some of us are better cooks than we are Christians! We know enough to keep our meals from burning and boiling over, but we have not learned how to control the boiling within our souls. We often allow resentments or jealousies to burn high within us until they boil over and make a mess of everything. How many home-comings have been ruined by a "boiling housewife" who "blows off" at the wrong time!

A good cook learns to turn down the heat and keep her cooking under control. In this manner she reserves all the goodness and the very best flavor. This demands watchfulness and patience, but the results are worth the effort.



Today, allow the warmth of love to replace burning passions.

Prayer: Oh God, forgive me that I often make a fuss about nothing. Help me to be warm, gentle, and kind even to those who are unkind to me. When I am tempted to be impatient, remind me of Thy fatherly patience with me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

I have edited this only slightly...and the pictures are my selections from Google Images!




This reminds me of the Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme (!):
Needles and pins
Needles and pins
When a man marries
His trouble begins.

(Oh Dear! I'd be afraid to go home!)






Now here's what we want to see in our kitchens!
This is a vintage SOS magazine advertisement

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Go Play In The Leaves!

Here are some beautiful, fun pictures that I found on flickr.com - enjoy this lovely time of year!




























(all pictures in this post are from flickr.com)














Thursday, November 4, 2010

Let Your Light Shine

I recently purchased a little devotional book from our Public Library- the library has an ongoing book sale, and for a time was offering a special of "buy a bagful  for 2 dollars" - they provided brown grocery bags, and you could stuff all the books you could into one bag for only 2 bucks! I got several children's books, some religious books, and some fiction...I figure at a price like this, if you get a book you don't like you can throw it away, and you have helped the Library a little bit. This little book is one of my New Treasures! I have really enjoyed reading it and plan to share bits from it here...



I guess you can tell from this title that it was written many years ago...1959 I think. I have tried to contact the author but so far unsuccessfully...


Here is the original devotional from page 102.

The Light of One Lamp
"In the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, you shine as lights in the world." Phil. 2:15.

Two hundred years ago Philadelphia was a city of blackness as soon as the sun went down. Although the city had grown to seven thousand, no honest person would venture out at night for fear of robbers and scavenger dogs that lurked in unlighted streets. John Clifton, a quiet man, did the one thing that one man could quietly do about it. He fitted a lamp to a post near his door, and every night the lamp was lighted. People saw the difference a lamp could make, and soon hundreds of lamps pushed back the darkness.

What a lesson for our world, cringing in the darkness of fear and despair! We can each light our lamp of hope and courage. Those who see these lights will know that God is the source of power for our lights and that he is sufficient for every need. Today glorify your Father by doing the best things in the worst times.

Prayer:  O God, when those about us are paralyzed by fear and despair, give us the courage to stand up and be counted for the cause of righteousness. Make us as lamps that show forth Thy light. Through Christ. AMEN.




I did some online research to try to find this story's background, and found some of Benjamin Franklin's writings that give a little more information that validates this story. He wrote that some people were crediting him for lighting the city (of Philadelphia) but that the honor belonged to the late John Clifton. He was the first to demonstrate the usefulness of public lamps by lighting one and placing it at his door after dark. Benjamin Franklin did say he changed the design of the lamps to enable the smoke to escape, thus keeping soot off the glass and helping the lamps stay bright until morningtime. He said, "The solution was so simple it's a wonder to me that the people of London put up with such poor lighting. Then again, Londoners love nothing more than to sleep all day, stay awake all night, and complain about the high price of candles." (from the book Ben Franklin: America's Original Entrepreneuer by Blaine McCormick)

Dosen't that last bit about Londoners sound just like Franklin?! The book goes on with a few more remarks "Some readers might think smoke and dust to be trivial matters not worth relating in one's life story. Certainly, dust blown into the eyes of a single person or a single shop on a windy day is but a minor irritant. Yet this happens frequently in a city as large as Philadelphia, and dust blown into the eyes of the entire population can shut down a city. So think carefully before you turn away from those who give attention to small matters such as these. Human happiness is not so much a result of lucky events that rarely come our way. Rather, happiness is more often a result of the little advantages that accumulate every day."


actor Burdette Parks as Benjamin Franklin


Whale oil lamp from
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia
image may be used to promote Philadelphia and
the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary,
1706-2006