Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Reformation Day!


"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times."
~ Martin Luther

"I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen".
~ Martin Luther

"To whom, save thee, who canst alone for sin atone, Lord, shall I flee?
~ Horatius Bonar, 1857

Alive in Christ
I once was rebellious, corrupted by sin, pursuing the devil's dark path, -
Oblivious, dead to the state I was in, an object of God's dreadful wrath.

But God who is rich in compassion and love, not leaving my soul to the grave,
Has given me life; born again from above, by God's sov'reign grace I've been saved.

God lifted me up to the heavenly realms where seated with Christ I am free;
In ages to come he will show me more grace -- so great is his kindness to me.

Since grace is the source of the life that is mine - and faith is a gift from on high --
I'll boast in my Savior, all merit decline, and glorify God 'til I die.

Yet now I am living with work to be done for I am God's workmanship too, -
Created in Christ with a race to be run, which God has ordained me to do.

~ James Montgomery Boice, 2000


"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God . . . " Ephesians 2:4-8

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Excited!





This week's challenge at I Heart Faces is "Excited".
I was "excited" because I thought I had the perfect photo.
Then I realized this morning that it was more of a "surprised" look and didn't really fit the "excited" theme.
Bummer.
But then!
In His mercy . . .
God made it rain here this morning!
And the Miles family LOVES rain . . .
because that means we get to stop what we are doing
and fix hot chocolate or "cozy cappacino".

I also stopped what I was doing
and grabbed the camera
and sent David out back
to see what we could get if we played a little.
It was really fun!
He is a natural goof,
but he also gets really excited about rain.
It doesn't rain often here in Southern CA.
It's not necessarily a truly "excited" look,
but we had fun,
and that's what it's all about.
Right?

Click on the button above to check out all the awesome photographers!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Our Boy Turned 10 - EDITED!

Oops!
Did I say "turned 10"?
Ahemm . . .
he actually turned 11.
Yeah.
Our boy is now 11.

I usually don't post about birthdays,
but I wanted to show off the wonderful work a friend of mine does.

She has a site called "Precepts and Promises" where she creates beautiful overlays to use in PS - all with a Scripture basis.

She helped me create this for David's birthday last week:



Isn't that cool?
You have to go visit her site and see her other works!
And then share with me how YOU used them.
She's doing a theme right now on Martin Luther in light of
Reformation Day this month.

I am so new to PSE and really know nothing yet,
but am loving learning little by little.
This was sooo fun to do as she walked me through it on
speaker phone one night.

My friend is mainly in the "digiscrappering" mode,
but I would LOVE to use PSE to make beautiful framed wall art with my photos.
Or greeting cards.

I sent it to Sam's to be printed
and then finished it off with a cool frame
that a friend just happened to be giving away.

I'm very limited in my creative talents,
but David LOVED it,
and that's what counts, right?


Thanks again, Barbara!

And Happy Birthday, David.
May you grow to be a godly man just like your daddy!
w e . l o v e . y o u

A Soul's Meditation


Today I am home from gathering with the Church
because our little Jonathan just can't shake this cold he has been fighting and woke today really coughing as well as contending with nasal congestion.
So we're resting and watching Steve Green's "Hide 'Em in Your Heart" videos, blogging, reading and snuggling.

I have been listening lately to some great teaching . . . Carolyn Mahaney, Martha Peace, and some speakers from the Women Discipling Women conference at John MacArthur's church.
My heart has been challenged, rebuked, encouraged, and refreshed.
It has been good.

This morning, for my devotional time,
I read through Psalm 119
and verse 165 struck me:

"Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble."

Lately, there has been much to rob me of peace and joy,
and the temptation to give in and not fight back with the Truth has been great.
But God's word remains my comfort and my security and my vision.

From my journal:
"My 'peace' will not ultimately be found in an ordered environment, or in living with sinless people, or in participating in fun recreational activities, or in whatever else my heart may long for at the moment apart from God Himself. My peace will be found as I devote myself to the Word of God . . . meditating on it day and night . . . and the fruit of that peace will be a straight, well-lit path leading to many victories."

I heard a quote this week that wasn't new, but I liked the wording of it.
"If you want to be like the Son of God, then you need to give attention to the Word of God."

The Word of God tells me that my season right now, as a biblical woman, is to be devoted to my husband as his helpmate,
to work diligently in training and discipling my children in the few remaining years I have left with them,
to keep my home in such a way as to bless those who dwell here and who may visit,
and to love the body of Christ through my good works.

It is a season of sacrifice and giving.
And honestly . . . does that season ever truly end as I grow in my pursuit of biblical womanhood?

My peace is lost when I try and fight for "my time" or time to pursue "my interests", and try and convince myself that my children are becoming more independent and don't need me to train and disciple them as much anymore. (Is that a lie straight from the pit, or what?! If anything, their need for discipleship and guidance is growing greater, and the time needed to invest in them is increasing . . . and it should be looked at as a joy and privilege!)
The Word of God reminds me that it IS in my best interest to serve those around me,
relying on the strength and the grace He provides (and abundantly, I may add!).

So, as I meditate on those truths,
and as I rise in the morning and look forward toward the day ahead of me,
I can say with the psalmist,

"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing (instead of grumbling and complaining). Know that the Lord Himself is God (and submit yourself to His will); It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise (not with downcast eyes and dejected spirits). Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the LORD is good (He is not withholding any good thing from me, or preventing my happiness or fulfillment.); His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations."
Psalm 100

(Italics added from my own thoughts.)

Blessings on you as you meditate on His Word and apply the gospel to your own path He has set you on.
Great joy and victories
await those whose hope is in the Lord
and who are resting
in His righteousness alone!

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