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“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalms 119:103

New recipe on the cooking blog this blustery spring afternoon! Had fun in the kitchen while watching my 2 youngest siblings on Friday and created a rather delightful frosting recipes: Chocolate Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting! Just add sprinkles. ;)

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servant of righteousness || rejoicing in Romans 6

4.13.14.2 I have a random post coming, a million pictures to catch-up on, and even a recipe to blog but tonight I am rejoicing in Romans 6. :) My heart swelled with gratitude this afternoon as I read Romans 6 again…. No longer a slave to sin but a slave to righteousness!! {Phil 3:9}  Thanks be to God, He paid the ultimate price, died a painful death to set me{chief sinner} free from sin & hell and made me His bond servant forever! Nothing I have done or can ever do will deserve this title. It is by His grace alone! “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.”

But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:6-18,22

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Romans 11:33

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let us therefore cast off the works of darkness…| Mid-day meditations

“ Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.”
Luke 12:51-53

“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”
John 15:18-20

“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light”
Ephesians 5:8

“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.”
Romans 6:21-22

“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1″13-16

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“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
Romans 13:12

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I have both tasted and seen that the Lord is good || Random ;)

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.”
Psalm 34:8-10

“O taste and see”. What awesome splendor is wrapped up in those 4 words! “O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.” He is good! :) We often stop at verse 8 with “O taste and see” and completely forget the promises & command wrapped up in the verses that follow. As promised in His Word, there is no want for those who fear & seek Him. Through times of peace or war, through trial, rejoicing, temptation, famine, prosperity, persecution, and even death the Lord promises to never leave nor forsake His saints{Deut 31:6}. He promises to be “our guide even unto death.”{Ps 48:14}! We truly don’t need any more than that, do we?! :)  I have tasted and seen the goodness of the Lord. [:

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
Hebrews 13:5

Well, it has been quite a busy 4 weeks around here and running off of espresso has become a norm. ;]  My mind has been left somewhat cluttered with “loose-ends” that I need to shore up! ;) By the grace of God alone, 2,500 photographs taken, edited,  and prepared for our Garlands of Grace Spring release, long nights working, and a few major work-related hiccups have added to the beauty of a somewhat crazy and very busy month! Hence, blogging has been randomly non-existent.  But here I am, finished with a few major hurdles and life should return to a  moderate level of busy! Or not? ;) We shall see what the Lord has in store for the days ahead and I look forward to seeing His plan continuing to unfold before me but for now, how about randomness in pictures from my iphone and a few from the camera? Keep on trusting the Lord, friends! He is worthy and He is faithful. :)

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“And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:13

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How does your garden grow? :)

Just happened to catch this adorable sight on the way in to make dinner. :) Keeping her garden well watered in style! ;)

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“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”

Colossians 2:6-7

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“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

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Consider the lilies how they grow…

 they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?


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And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:27-32

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Consider the work of God….

“Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?”
Ecclesiastes 7:13

“Can you by searching find out God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty?”
Job 11:7

“Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.”
Psalm 145:3

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“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9

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Well, hello Spring! :) || a random post

 “For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land”
Song of Solomon 2:11-12

“Winter is past”! :) The country is slowly starting to melt after a lengthy freeze, windows are open, a fresh breeze is flowing through the house, and [yep] birds can be heard chirping their lovely song. Seeds are being planted, after-dinner walks enjoyed, and icecream becomes a household staple. ;) YES, it is finally Spring! With the beginning of each new season, there is so much hope and anticipation{whether it be nature’s seasons or life’s seasons}! What lies ahead, only the Lord truly knows{and really, isn’t that in itself extremely exciting?!} :) But one thing we can be confident of, in any and every season of life[whether a season of joy or sorrow or health or sickness, whether there be mountains or valleys], The Lord’s promises are true and He promises to be our Strength our Shield{ps 28:7} our Guide{ps 48:12} our Peace{eph 2:14} our Portion{lam 3:24} our Provider{phil 4:19}. In ever season, every single day, every second of the day, He truly is Jehovah Jireh! Every breath breathed, every beat of the heart, every step taken is a tremendous miraculous blessing provided from the Lord! Each season is a gift from Him…. Yes, even the cold winter or hard seasons of life!! I am extremely excited to see what the Lord has in store this spring and thankful for the tremendously cold winter and all the Lord taught me through & in it. :)  Seek the Lord diligently{heb 6:11} & trust Him with all your heart{prov 3:5} ALWAYS. He is Jehovah Jireh and He is faithful! Happy Spring y’all! (:

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
Psalm 28:7

randomness from the camera and iPhone! :)

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“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he comes and rains righteousness upon you.”
Hosea 10:12

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♧ Leprechaun deterrent ;)

Shrieks and screams and giggles and [yes] a few groans could be heard around the breakfast room table this morning as half of my siblings showed up without green on. Pinches were parsed out by those who remembered to put their green on as those without green scrambled to their rooms after bible study to find something with the slightest semblance of the lovely emerald-green color! For those without a green article to put on, Lydia offered up her services to make “Leprechaun deterrents”. ;) Quite handy and they seem to do the job! Though a few in my family would love to claim some Irish heritage I will be the first to admit we are 145% gypsy. ;] A friendly & random reminder to put your green on today! ;)


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And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.”

Colossians 3:10-12

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Cute Little Artist ❥

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 ”Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength”
Isaiah 26:3-4

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Teach me Thy will and Thy rich promises in me fulfill….

“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”
Psalm 40:3

“For He is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us”
Ephesians 2:14

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.


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“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:1-3

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Bread Baking with Mom ♥

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Proverbs 22:6

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“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst.”
John 6;35

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will not return void! :]

“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

The Word of God is “alive and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword”. It is “given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”! It’s to be our meditation day and night{ps 1:2}, it is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path{ps 119:105}. It is called “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart”{Heb 4:12}! It is  pure true & by it we are sanctified{John 17:17}. The Lord promises  His Word “shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper whereto I sent it.”{Is 55:11} “How shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Soak up the Word of God, don’t neglect it, hide it in your heart, delight yourself in it, meditate on it, for it will not return void! :]

“Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.”
Psalm 119:1-2

Side note: due to an unkind head cold {which is making me a little light headed & more typo prone than usual ;)} and a busy month of work this post is via the iPhone and very abridged. ;) I have a million and two photos to post and ,Lord willing, I will post extremely soon. :] until then hop over to my cooking blog for a new recipe!

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I will sing unto the LORD….

“I will sing unto the LORD, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.”
Psalm 13:1

“O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.”
Psalm 96:1-2


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“They shall abundantly utter the memory of Thy great goodness, and shall sing of Thy righteousness.
The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless Thee.”
Psalm 145:7-10

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By the breath of God frost is given…

“He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold”
Psalm 147:16-17
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“By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.”

Job 37:10

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My Cleaning Crew :)

It is Saturday which means everyone reports first thing for cleaning duty at my house! The morning is spent cleaning out dressers, vacuuming, mopping floors, and yes occasionally even cleaning peanut butter and jelly fingerprints off the wall. ;) Once everyone finished their designated spots and made their way outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, I started mopping the kitchen and quickly found myself with 2 very eager helpers! Made mopping so much more enjoyable. And of course, all that cleaning works up quite an appetite so a little picnic was quite necessary! ;) Love my little moppers.  :)

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings: that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Philippians 2:14-16

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“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Colossians 3:17

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a random post for y’all :)||plenteous redemption

“Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”
Psalm 130:7

Plenteous redemption! :) I have thought often on how there is no such thing as one’s “cup” being half-full. As a child of the King we have been freely given plenteous redemption, what more could we ever ask for?! Even when there are “mundane” or hard times{which there are} and things seem “messy”, life is beautiful. When the cup seems half empty or even dry, it truly is overflowing with blessings{2 Cor 4:17}! I am reminded of the 23rd Psalm where it says “my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Then I go to Psalm 145 and am overjoyed in the promise that “Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.” What a promise! His greatness truly is unsearchable{Ps 145:3}, His mercy abundant{1 Pet 1:3}, redemption plenteous{Ps 130:7}, and way perfect{Ps 18:30}! “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart”. He is faithful! :)

Well, how are y’all? Posting has been really random lately! Still alive, just busy. :)  God has graciously blessed us with a large influx of orders to fill which is keeping everyone extremely busy here! My sisters{ even my Dad and brothers} have been busy preparing inventory for wholesale orders, keeping seamstresses in line, ordering materials, etc.. It is always so fun to see how the Lord has given each of my siblings unique talents that helps out in the business! Quite a site. :) And today is{*looks up at the clock* or was ;)} Thursday!! My favorite day of the entire week. Today consisted of grocery shopping, dinner making, and a random stop at a new bakery which had CUPCAKES {yes, I really and truly enjoy cupcakes… too much, perhaps?!} ;) To end off a perfect day I thought, “how about a random post?!” So, here I am. :) I, Lord willing, will be a bit more regular in blogging if the Lord gives me inspiration and time to do so but until then I will leave you all with a  bundle of photos from the last week. So many little blessings all bound up in a week, all we have to do is stop and count them! Until we meet again! (:


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 ”I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.”
Psalm 145:5

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Before-bed Story Time with Dad :) || I ❤ the Little People

“The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.”
Proverbs 20:7

“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them…”
Psalm 127:3-5

 

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“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth Me.”
Matthew 18:5

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I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.”
Psalm 130:5-6

 ”Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.
I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.”
Psalm 119:57-58

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Herein is love || A Post-Valentine’s Day Post ;)

 

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
1 John 4:10

Herin is love! :) Pause, reflect, rejoice. “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.” What an awesome God we serve! I have been reflecting on the word love the last month or so. I am constantly going back to 1 Cor 13 and reciting what exactly love is and what it really isn’t. “LOVE suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,  doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  {a favorite>>}LOVE NEVER FAILS”! :) Then I am reminded of Colossians 3:14 where we are commanded to “above ALL THESE THINGS put on LOVE, which is the bond of perfectness.”  The bond of perfection…. :) Quite a title, isn’t it?! Love is not a fleeting feeling, it’s not conditional, love is an action and it does not fail. God’s love is faithful, steadfast, unfailing, rich, pure, unmeasurable, and strong. Jesus Christ set the perfect example of greatest love by laying down His own life for you and me. Herin is love! We have so much to celebrated ever single day, don’t we?!

I have been asked by half a dozen little people where my Valentine’s Day post is. So, here I am! :) I just happen to have a thing for “hallmark holidays” especially Valentine’s Day. (;   And with so many younger siblings, it tends to be an extremely festive day at my house filled with lots of chocolates, varying shades of pink or red, and all things hearts! The little people{and older siblings/parents} blessed me way beyond what I could ever deserve today{as they always do}. I was showered with cute little valentines all day long receiving 3 delicious heart suckers{thank you Bekah }, 3 reeces hearts & smarties{thanks Ruth}, a paper snake{thanks Abel!;)}, & lots of hugs{thanks to Emmi & Bekah}. Micah made mini donuts for breakfast, Lydia made her special “Texas turtle” chocolates, and my Dad & Mom took all the ladies out on our annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. It was delicious! I truly am blessed! The kids had their yearly Valentine’s Day school Pizza party with my Mom and, though I was working, I was able to take a break for a few pictures of their fun…. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words so how about I stop talking and give y’all a million and ten words via pictures? ;)  Happy Valentine’s Day y’all ❥

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.”
1 Cor 13:1

And a song requested by Ruth. :) Just for you, Ruthie! Enjoy ;) ♥

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“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Cor 13:13

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Swiss Miss Cupcakes || Recipe

Yes, there will be 2 posts posted within 1 hour’s time. :) I will try not to make this a habit! ;) My sweet Washington friend was married today but due to distance and work we sadly couldn’t attend the wedding. So, we celebrated here with cupcakes! I have often day-dreamed about opening a coffee & cupcake shop but until then I will just have fun filling my Saturday afternoons with cupcake baking. (;

Swiss Miss Cupcakes on the cooking blog. :)

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“How sweet Your word is to my taste– sweeter than honey in my mouth. “

Psalm 119:103

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Saturdays…|| Video

In the land where cacti grow wild, winter weather is about as predictable as life. :) Frigidly cold Fridays blow through only to be followed by wildly warm Saturdays! Windows are opened to let in the fresh springy air, and after a morning of chores the little people turn their jeans into capris and the remainder of day is spent outside skipping rocks, climbing trees, and picnicking. Mid afternoon naps are a necessity for a particular little girl and cupcake baking with the warm breeze floating through the window adds the perfect touch to an already splendid day. :) The little people invite you to take a look at how they spend a warm Texas Saturday afternoon and you can do it from the comfort & warmth of your own home! Rejoicing in this day and the goodness of the Lord. His handiwork is constantly before me, all creation testifies His glory, and He truly does all things well! :)

 ”Thou sendest forth Thy spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth.The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.”
Psalm 104:30-31

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World’s Greatest Invention…

Just happens to be big & brown, works wonderfully for shipping, storing…. and{according to Emmi} playing in. ;) You could give her the option of a rather pricey toy or a big box and she would instantly choose the big box! :)

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

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“I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Philippians 4:12-13

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True Love Warns || Thought

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
1 Cor 6:9-10

“True love warns” <–I have had this thought on my mind quite a bit lately! We so casually throw around the word “love” and don’t really take time to understand the depth it holds. I recently read  a somewhat disheartening article from the Christian post where a  professor at a Christian College stated:

“homosexuality is not an issue to be wrestled with but a people to love…There’s so many complexities that the conservative church absolutely has to wake up to and learn how to dialogue. We’ve taken the ‘Duck Dynasty’ approach far too long. We need to be much more thought out and nuanced and compassionate”.

I believe we do need to be deeply compassionate and love but my thought of the evening is true compassion & true love warns of the destruction that lies ahead.  If we love the sinner we will warn him/her of eternal separation from God, of hell, and of the need to repent and turn from his/her sins{Acts 3:19}. I believe we, “conservative Christians”, need to dialogue with the lost and dying world through the infallible inerrant Word of God{Heb 4:12}! God’s Word is powerful and, yes, it is sharp piercing the heart and convicting man of his sin. I am a Christian and I believe homosexuality is a sin{Rom 1:25-32}. But there is hope for the sinner because Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners of whom I am chief{saved?}! Warning or proclaiming truth isn’t always the “easiest” or most popular thing to do nor is it the most welcome form of  love for the world {we are warned that the world will most likely hate us for it John 15:18-19} but tonight I want to encourage y’all{and more so myself} to continue to all the more boldly proclaim the truth in love & stand for righteousness. To be a light in the dark world{Matt 5:14-16}! :) I am reminded of James 5:20:

“Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.”
James 5:20

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Saturdays are for… || a Random Post! :)

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2-3

Isaiah 12:2-3 have been my verses of the week! :) It’s true! The Lord Jehovah is my strength & my song and He has become my salvation! I am reminded in Ephesians 2:12 that when we were without Christ we were without hope {“Having no hope”} BUT He does not leave us hopeless! Ephesians 2:14 is one of my favorites, “For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” :) What joy we have in Christ and what abundant mercies He pours upon us! “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 55:12 quickly comes to mind “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace“. He is our source of joy & peace and each new day is a day to bless His holy name! (: “Glory ye in His holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.” Psalm 105:33

Housecleaning, rock skipping, picnicking, & cupcake baking. That’s what Saturdays are for! ;) Saturday mornings at our house are spent mopping floors, cleaning out the refrigerator, and whatever else finds its way into the cleaning realm. :) I put an apron on first thing this morning and didn’t take it off until dinner…. Not a bad way to spend a day if you ask me!! ;) The afternoon came along and the little people talked me into taking them on a walk to the river. We just happened to arrive in time for rather large group of people who were slowly making their way to San Antonio on horseback! :) It was really a lovely day and here I am! The house is quiet{perhaps too quiet?!}, I have yet to feel tired{I’m a night-owl}, and I have too many pictures from today that need to be edited and posted!  So, how about a random post with a few too many pictures?  :) As busy as this last week has been, God has demonstrated{once again!} His abundant mercy and grace, giving strength for each new day, and faithfully leading us every step of the way!

Oh!! Exciting news of the week is Micah learned how to use the espresso machine. :D She makes a superb Caramel Latte! Bravo Micah ;) As always, hover for description.


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“and this is His name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Jeremiah 23:6

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He makes ice cream sandwiches!! :) || Recipe

Infectious smile, big blue eyes, and he makes ice sandwiches from scratch…. Yep, I think he is a keeper! ;) A new recipe courtesy of my little brother! Nathanael’s famous Ice Cream Sandwiches are on the cooking blog this evening. :)

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.
O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him.”
Psalm 34:8-9

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Happy Birthday Lydia ❥

It’s hard to believe! :) Still remember the day my parents brought her home from the hospital… She was a little butterball of cuteness! Lydia is officially the middle child, the only one of us with beautiful hazel eyes, she has the loveliest smile, and classiest style{she can pull off sparkles like no other}!  She is well know for her happy disposition, exquisitely  handcrafted jewelry, tiny origamis, muddy-buddies, enthusiasm for lattes, and love for all things purple. :) AND today is this lovely lady’s 18th BIRTHDAY!!

Future plans for Lydia? :) As always, I am so glad you asked. ;) Well, she enjoys the moment instead of waiting for the future to happen buuuutt one day she hopes to perfectly whistle Carol of the Bells which I believe she will accomplish quite grandly sooner than later….. annnddd my brothers have announced that she is now old enough to get married! :D So, I am pretty sure some extremely lucky blessed fellow will find her{if my brothers don’t find him first} and sweep Lydia off her feet! As always, I am taking applications  for Lydia’s future husband{only stipulation is you don’t mind eating muddy buddies for dinner and a house that is painted purple. ;)} Whatever may be, I am extremely excited to see what the Lord has in store for Lydia’s future and so blessed to have her for a sister! Happy Birthday Lydia. May the Lord bless you this next year and all those to come!! :)

“May He grant thee according to thine heart’s desire, and fulfill all thy purposes.”
Psalm 20:4

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“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.”
Proverbs 31:30

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Yes, I can scream ;) || Blessed by Kindness

I wasn’t planning on blogging tonight but I couldn’t help myself, sleep can wait. ;) Came home after a long day in town, looked on the table, and practically screamed! A package for me{yes, I love receiving mail} but from who? Noticed the name in the return address and then really did scream! A thousand and ten thoughts went through my mind as I opened the envelope. Then I saw the packaging and gasped! “she used persimmon lace!” {If you know me you know I LOVE persimmon:)} I soaked up the beautiful packaging for 6.245 seconds{I lack patience ;)} and then carefully yet quickly opened the parcel. Yes, another scream came out of my mouth as I looked at the contents of that lovely parcel! :) It was the pouch I had so much admired on moriahmade.etsy.com. What a huge surprise and beautiful act of kindness! It has truly blessed me.  I love seeing people around my age who have started or are starting their own business and was excited to see Amanda’s store open. So, everyone hop over to moriahmade.etsy.com and take a look! Her quality is superb and creations are beautiful. :) I’m excited to see how The Lord prospers the works of her hands in 2014 and beyond!

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.”
Psalm 90:17

I always thank the Lord for those daily random acts of kindness, whether it be the words of encouragement/exhortation I get from my parents/siblings or a “hello” via email or a blog comment or notes in the mailbox from friends{many friends who I have yet to meet}! Thank you all for being a blessing. :)

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”
Philippians 1:31

 

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for He comes to judge the earth || freelensing

“Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.”
1 Chron 16:33

 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.”
Jer 23:5-6

Playing around with freelesning today. :)

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“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.”
1 Chronicles 16:31

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