Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, The Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, that so I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, "Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away." Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wondered so long. In Jesus' name. Amen
Excerpt: The Pursuit of God, The Human Thirst for the Divine, A.W. Tozer

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

We Wish You And Yours A Very Merry Christmas!

Good tidings I bring for you and your kin!
God is still on His throne! He is still in the soul-saving business! And my prayer for you is that salvation comes to your house in 2019! Maybe to you, your spouse, your child/children, your mom and/or dad, your aunt or uncle, your grandparents.....ANYONE who wants salvation can have it! There's no secret club to join. Nothing to do but believe:
1. that you are a sinner headed to hell when you die.
Romans 3:23, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory ofGod."
Romans 6:23, "For the wages is sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
2. that Jesus died for sinners.
Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth (showed) His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
3. that when you repent and ask for forgiveness of your sins God will save you.
Romans 10:9-10, "That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

Romans 14:11, "For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." If you are going to have to bow before Him anyway, why not do it this side of heaven so you have the benefit of eternal life with God? Because if you don't, you will hear the saddest words ever spoken to man....."depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." Matthew 25:41

I wouldn't, couldn't wish that on my worst enemy, but God will and is the only One who has the righteousness to be able to condemn someone to hell. Please trust the Lord as your Savior before it is eternally too late!

This morning, Mark and I took presents to two of his grandchildren who live about 5 minutes away from us. It is a beautiful day but pretty nippy.

This old iPad of Tim's won't let me scroll down to the pictures I'm posting past the first one, so I'm going to just make a few comments. You may have to click on each picture to see them better. Sorry about that!

The next 2 pictures are the baby blanket I'm knitting for Mark's granddaughter coming in February. The meal was breakfast I fixed for us Monday morning. The last picture is of us playing Sequence which we are fairly addicted to.

I'm praying you had a blessed holiday. Ours ended abruptly due to sickness....fevers, nausea, vomiting....yeah, the fun stuff! NOT! But I'm happy to report that those who didn't have it still don't at this point and those who did are better! Thank You, Lord!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Snow Day

I don't mind snow days so much when I get to see Elisabeth, Hannah, Ryan and Abby!  We had so much fun today!  We played games inside, went to lunch at Wendy's, came back to the house and went to the woods to do some sledding.  Then we went back to the house to dry our clothes, wait for Papaw Mark to bring supper home and then go back to the woods for some more fun!  We will ALL sleep well tonight!

Heading to the woods

Ryan being goofy

Abby climbing the hill for another ride

Hannah is ready to go

Abby and Mamaw

Hannah taking a break

Lots of OOPSes today

Ryan trying to catch some speed down the hill

That's not a snowball!  It's a boulder!

Didn't quite make it to it's intended destination.....Ryan

Ryan getting ready to toss a snowball at Papaw Mark

Piper getting a lick of Abby's snowball.

A fun time was had by all!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Books and Snow

With the holidays approaching and visitors coming, I really wanted to get all the boxes of books out of the hallway.  So we began working on the "office."

Here are some of the boxes of Tim's books that I wanted stored in the office, last door on the left down the hall.  All of these books (and more) came from the church office.

We cleared the toys and race cars off of these shelves and have stored the games in the kids' room and the cars in tubs down in the basement.

Here are most of the boxes after I emptied them and stored the books on the shelves.

They need a bit more organizing, but the shelves are full!  I'm not sure what I am going to do with the degrees and certificates of Tim's.  I may remove them from the frames and put them in scrapbooks.


Wow! We got almost 13 inches of snow when Mark measured this morning!  It has continued to snow all day and it has changed over to sleet.  Church was called off.  Mark's work for tomorrow has been called off.  My dentist appointment was rescheduled.  The widows' meeting for December has been canceled.  I'm sure the Mallard Ridge services will be canceled.

Four-wheelers have been up and down the road in front of the house all day today.  Not much other traffic, except snow plows and a few brave souls!

Taken at 1:20 a.m.

Taken at 8 a.m.

So peaceful-looking!

So pretty!

You can't tell in this picture, but the neighbor across the road had her metal car port to collapse under the weight of the snow.  It was laying on top of her car!

Asher had trouble coming back up the steps with the layer of ice on top.

Mark went to the woods with Piper around 10 a.m.  Piper had fun frolicking in the snow.  He tried to ride the 4-wheeler but the snow was too deep!


Thank You, Lord, for the beauty in the snow!  And now I will thank You to begin the melting process, I pray!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Time Stands Still.......

........for no one but God!  Can it really be December already???  OY VEY!!!

December's calendar looks ridiculous!  Looks undo-able!  Looks expensive!

So far, the EXTRAS on the schedule include (but not limited to):

3 dental appointments (knocked one out today)
Christmas activities with family (conflicts have already ensued)

Speaking of conflicts, I've had to re-schedule one church function for our ladies.  Another monthly church activity has been canceled due to the holidays.  Tis the season!  Fa-la-la-la-la.......

Something GREAT began on the first day of December, however................

I've moved enough stuff into the #craftroom that I only have a small pathway down the middle.  So, I decided it was time to start working on the organization of it all!  I still have craft stuff to move from the parsonage, but I can't do it until I get some of the floor space cleared.  So, I decided the best way would be to begin with the books.

So, I took my coffee (in my Pioneer Woman's RED thermos), some screws, a sanding block, a drill and the L-brackets Mark made for me; got a comfy chair and began installing shelves between the studs of my storage building..............

WOOHOO!!!  One down, LOTS more to go!

WOOHOO!!!  Two down, still LOTS more to go.................

I decided to put the books on the shelves as I went along for three reasons.  One (the main one) was to get the books off of the floor!  Two was so I could measure the height needed for the shelves depending on the height of the books (subject to change later).  Third, so I could know how many more boards I'm going to need cut and whether the 4" would work on the wider, taller books.

I decided to put the books all in one area.  I originally was going to take the books down only four shelves (as in the very first stud area far left in above picture).  Below that would be craft storage under sections of "counter" that could be lowered by folding up the legs (kind of like in the following picture found on pinterest).

But, I decided it would be better to contain the books all in a group, no matter how many studs are required.  I'll run the books the entire 6' height of the walls and put a reading light, a small table, and a chair in that corner. 

Then I plan to divide the rest of the #craftroom up into sections.......arts and crafts, sewing, knitting/crochet, etc.  Each section will have it's own "counter" for work-in-progress.  I won't be doing any painting or anything.......at least, not now.  I'm too anxious to get everything in working order!


Guess what?  I felt comfortable enough with the house situation being what it is (still boxes lining the hall and a wall in the living room) to invite guests over for dinner!  I loved it!  There is still LOTS of work to be done, but I cannot put my life on hold until the last box is unpacked!  I don't think that will happen in this lifetime!  It is what it is!  😉

Mark and I worked our first puzzle on the coffee table that we brought from the parsonage that was in the man cave.  The table top can be lifted up and pulled to you for the purpose of eating at the couch, which is what Tim did a lot on the weekends, especially while watching the TV.  It worked great for working on the puzzle while watching TV!  (I see many more puzzles in our future, Mark!)  😁

I'm debating whether to hodge podge this one and framing it for the wall.  LOVE buying puzzles at the thrift for dirt cheap and finding ALL of the pieces are there!  WIN!! 

More later!  Thanks for stopping by!