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

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Training Up A Child

I LOVE seeing children in our church!  We don't have any young families, so mostly the children we have attending off and on are grandchildren coming with their grandparents.  We had one of ours with us today, too!

The admonition in Proverbs 22:6 to train up a child in the way he should go is not just for parents.  I believe that godly grandparents need to also do the training every opportunity they get to spend time with their grandchildren.  What better way to continue the training of the parents!  What if the training is not happening at home with the parents?  Then, definitely, godly grandparents need to give godly training as often as possible!

So, this sight at church today was such a blessing!  Joy, Sharon and Bobby sang a special and baby Ellie joined them.  She is normally quite talkative, but she didn't make a sound.  She just grinned!



We taught Noah how to play "A Different Kind of Rummy" this weekend.  Of course, he had "beginner's luck" and beat the snot out of us!  We had a couple of more hands before he actually won, but we knew we were not going to catch him, so we gave him the game and went to Dairi-O for some ice cream before church.  I hated that we went after we got there because they did not have any sugar free ice cream that Mark could have, even though the older menu we had at the house said they did.  So he ended up with ice water while I enjoyed pumpkin spice praline pecan and Noah had chocolate.  I felt bad eating it in front of Mark!  I offered him some of mine, but he said it would just make him want more, so he didn't eat any, which I know was hard for him to do!

And that was our Sunday.  We have a BUSY week ahead!  Tuesday, FINALLY, Lord willing, I get my teeth!  Plus that night we are going to a special meeting at the Wayside Baptist Church in Lexington.  Thursday - Saturday we are having Revival services.  If you live close enough, we would LOVE to have you come!
Have a wonderful week!

Work, For the Night is Coming!

Yes, that is a great hymn of the Christian faith!  Mark 13:34 - 37 is an admonition for us to work for our Master like you would work for Him if He were still here because we do not know the hour or the day when He will return.  John 9:4 Jesus told the disciples, "I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work."  He was all about doing and completing the work the heavenly Father had given Him to do.  And He was also our example of how we are to live and work in the time the heavenly Father gives us.

Mark worked at the fire pit area today (among other things) with Noah's help.  Noah came to spend the weekend because I was supposed to be out of town and watching the kids while Jessica and Terry took a trip alone this weekend.  I woke up Thursday sick.  Mark was not feeling great either, so I don't know if we picked up a bug from somewhere or what the deal was.  But when I was not better by Thursday evening, Jessica and Terry decided to take the kids with them as they were going to a Notre Dame game.  It was the first time for the kids!  Anyway, my stomach is still messed up today, so I'm glad I stayed home.  My headache is finally gone today.  Mark was better by Thursday evening, so I'm thinking my IBS was a big part of my problem!

So, Noah was going to be keeping Mark company this weekend, along with helping him with the roof of the shed and other stuff out in the woods.  And, after they finished working, we decided we needed to roast hot dogs and corn on the cob out at the fire pit and also have some S'mores!  We didn't wait for the night to come, but it came soon enough anyway!

Noah helped Mark get that new beam up along the outside
to hold the roof beams.  Now that it is up, Mark will be
able to work on the roof even when he doesn't have help.

Out at the fire pit area, Mark taught Noah how to
split wood.  It is a hard job!


WOOHOO!  Finally seeing a few changing leaves!



Piper crashes on the cool grass after Mark runs her
with the 4-wheeler.

Waiting for the coals to begin their work on the corn.
They were hungry after a hard day's work!


The stack of wood on the pallet to the left is the wood Noah
split today!



There's something peaceful and relaxing about watching
a fire and listening to the snapping and crackling of
the wood.

Time for some S'mores with flaming marshmallows!

Noah fixing his S'mores sandwich!

After eating we cleaned up the area and headed to the house for showers and bed time.  Hope you have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow!

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the morning hours;
Work while the dew is sparkling,
Work 'mid springing flowers.
Work when the day grows brighter,
Work in the glowing sun;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man's work is done.

Work, for the night is coming,
Work through the sunny noon;
Fill brightest hours with labor,
Rest comes sure and soon.
Give every flying minute
Something to keep in store;
Work, for the night is coming,
When man works no more.

Work, for the night is coming,
Under the sunset skies;
While their bright tints are glowing,
Work, for daylight flies.
Work till the last beam fadeth,
Fadeth to shine no more;
Work while the night is darkening,
When man's work is o'er.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A Woman's Work is Never Done!

I have decided that  the reason a woman's work is never done is because she can't leave well enough alone!  You may remember the wall of books I packed into my craft shed?  Well, I mentioned moving a lot of the books to the church to share with the ladies of the church since I am not reading them.  So, that left me to rearrange the shelves.....again!  These shelves are only 4" wide, so the larger books don't fit very nicely.  I moved mom's 6' book shelf from one of the other sheds and put some of the larger Christian fiction books in it.  But, I still have quite a few over-sized books to deal with, most of them being Bible studies, devotionals, etc.  I worked on the rearrangement all afternoon and into the evening.  I'll show more pictures when I get finished.



It was about 8 o'clock before Mark finished adding the additional ten tiki torches to the fire pit and play area.  We added 2 lanterns, but they really don't give off any more light than the tiki's do.  So, we are going to get a Coleman lantern or two.  He came to the house and we took some hot dogs, bread and mustard and a grill fork and drinks to the fire pit to roast the hot dogs.  Boy, were they ever good!


This is currently my favorite tea to buy from the grocery store.  It comes in gallons and is half the price of the sweet tea you get at some of the fast food places.  I will be spending the weekend at Jessica's to care for the kids while she and Terry takes a trip, so I gave her my order.  :D

That's it for me today!  Enjoy your Wednesday!  Thank You, LORD, for all we were able to accomplish today!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Gas Prices

The fluctuation of gas prices is aggravating!  It seems they always go up right before a holiday and then drops back down (trickle-down) after the holiday.  The Labor Day weekend is when it jumped up "over night" the last time to $2.45/gal.  That seems like price gouging to me!  Today I paid $2.28 for it at Walmart's Murphy USA in High Point.


I got 10 more tiki lights for the fire pit area.  Plus I got 3 lanterns, more oil, tons of citronella "bracelets" and spices for cooking at the fire pit.  I also got hot dogs and hamburger today!  I'm going to try and find some pots and pans at the thrift.

Mark and I rode the bike to Mallard Ridge tonight.  The weather is still reaching the 90's here in NC.  I am soooooo ready for some fall weather!  I sure pray it doesn't go from summer to winter over night!  I love the fall season!

Lovely clouds on the drive to Mallard Ridge tonight!



If you have been following my blog for several years, you know I used to collect Christian fiction books at the thrifts.  I put them all in the craft shed.  But, I haven't read any of them since before Tim died.  So, I decided to take them to our church's "ladies'" library so someone could benefit from them, at least!  I kept the Bible study books but I may eventually put those over there, too.  So, tomorrow I'm going to begin rearranging things in the craft shed.  I REALLY want to begin spending time out there working on projects during the day!  I'm itching to get my fingers dirty with paint!  :D

Thank You, LORD, for a good day!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

A Beautiful Sunday!

It was a beautiful day here in NC.  I hope you had a beautiful one, too!  It was warm, but the humidity was low!

I fixed breakfast and we ate on the deck.  I saw movement in my peripheral vision and looked to see some activity in a spider web at the other end of the carport.  The spider was wrapping its victim.



Since the weather was so nice we rode the bike to church tonight.  It was a beautiful ride going.....



.....and coming back.  We had taken jackets in case it cooled off, but it didn't.




The sun was still pretty high in the sky after church.  Fortunately, it was to our backs.



Mark made some fire starters this weekend using cardboard egg cartons, dryer lint and wax that I found at the thrift store last week for $2 a bag.  He wanted to see if they worked, so we packed up some pimento cheese sandwiches, drinks, cards and a table and headed to the fire pit in the woods.








We took Piper with us.  She is always full of nervous energy.  She is constantly looking for something to do.  Mark was going to add this wood to the fire but decided not to.  So, Piper chewed on it instead.  She is our watch dog while we are out there.  She will let us know if an animal (like a coyote or fox) comes near.

I can tell we are going to get lots of use out of the fire pit area.  It was so nice and peaceful out in the woods.  We could hear owls hooting and the crickets chirping.  The fire kept the mosquitoes at bay!

Praying you have a great week!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Glorious Dust!

Mark was going to have a work day on the shed today to repair the roof, etc. but it just wasn't meant to be because 1/3 of the help couldn't come because of a family emergency.  But, the other 1/3 and his family decided to come anyway so the kids could play in the woods.  I would say they had a wonderful time by the amount of dust that covered their faces and clothes, LOL!

Brad letting Abby get some more driving in.
Brave fellow he is!

Ryan driving Ashton, his friend that came with him.

Hannah on "her" 4-wheeler

 Brad hanging on
 


Mark working on more trails. 

Enjoying a walk in the woods, eating the riders' dust, lol!


 Ashton driving Hannah and Ryan by himself.

Abby and I playing UNO Attack!  She got in lots of good games!


Well, Ashton was initiated into the "hall of fame" in the woods.

Closeup of his damages.

One of the neighbor's goats came for a visit.  Abby named him Gary.

Mark worked on some benches for the fire pit area.

He stacked some fire wood by the fire pit.

As Liz and I walked down the main road, the kids flew by, stirring
up the dust as they passed.  And the dust in the sun's rays looked glorious!

So beautiful, except when you tried to breathe!

Glorious Dust!

Liz and Brad ended the day buying supper from KFC!  It was so good!  Thanks for  coming today!  Mark loves that the kids love to spend time riding through the woods!  That's why he spends so much time working on keeping the trails free of tree branches and making new trails!

Thank You, LORD, for giving me another good man!
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