Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
The Power of the Cross
Oh, to see the dawn
Of the darkest day:
Christ on the road to Calvary.
Tried by sinful men,
Torn and beaten, then
Nailed to a cross of wood.
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Christ became sin for us;
Took the blame, bore the wrath—
We stand forgiven at the cross.
Oh, to see the pain
Written on Your face,
Bearing the awesome weight of sin.
Ev'ry bitter thought,
Ev'ry evil deed
Crowning Your bloodstained brow.
Now the daylight flees;
Now the ground beneath
Quakes as its Maker bows His head.
Curtain torn in two,
Dead are raised to life;
"Finished!" the vict'ry cry.
Oh, to see my name
Written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death;
Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
15 lbs. 15 oz. 50th %
27 in. 90th %
27.25 in. head circ. 90th %
Friday, March 21, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Well, some of you that read this blog heard this message already this morning. I would encourage anyone to listen to this message.
Leading Children to a Solid Faith
scroll down until you get to this title.
Yes, those hands that are helping him partake of his most tasty mush belong to big sister Jeneva.
Yes, he is much too young to realize or even mind that the bib he is sporting is pink.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
10 Years Ago:
I was living in a really funky, old, yellow house in good old 'nordeast' with great roomies. We painted the kitchen bright blue. We had very 'loud' orange counter tops to match and some retro tablecloths for curtains. There were three interesting, odd, crazy fellows that resided in the upstairs living space. We had neighbors named Bob and Bunny. Their teenage son dressed goth and had a habit of backing into our vehicles. Every once in a while we would trap a mouse with a pan (or we would scream loud enough for the guys living upstairs to hear and come to our rescue.) We hung on the stoop a lot. Our rent totaled a whopping $400 a month. Divided by 4 that's a pretty killer deal! Our landlord gave us gift certificates to a hole-in-the-wall steak place every year for Christmas. This may have been around the time I came home from class one day to find a school bus had run into our house. Really. Truly. So, anyway, besides that, I was a junior at Northwestern and I think at about that time I retired from the Cross Country team. I also at that time retired my obnoxious bangs and layered t-shirts. I had a deep down crush on someone (I won't mention any names), but started dating someone else from....dare I say it....Bethel.
Things to do on my TO DO list for today (or tomorrow morning):
*Finish putting laundry away.
*Talk to Jenna about food for our small-group-to-the-cabin excursion this weekend.
*Do Fire and Reign Bible study before the weekend.
*Give Jeneva a bath.
*Cancel Jude's Physical Therapy appt.
*Figure out what's for dinner.
3 of my bad habits:
*Obsessively checking my e-mail.
*Jumping from task to task rather than focusing on one thing at a time.
*Hitting the button on my answering machine so that it stops blinking and then forget to listen to the message and return the phone call.
If I suddenly become a Billionaire:
I would pay off our loans and mortgage and put enough away for our children's education and for our retirement.
I would pray that pride and greed would not enter my life, because of this truth in Scripture:
23Then Jesus said to his disciples, "I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." Matthew 19: 23-24I would want to keep enough to live comfortably and modestly, but not lavishly. I would like to give a lot of it away and find creative ways to bless people. I would also like to travel with my family and re-decorate my house. I really have to check my heart on this one. I guess I would REALLY have to pray about it and ask God for wisdom and guidance. I would probably help to support organizations such as: Robbinsdale Women's Center, Desiring God, Here's Life Inner City, Hope Academy, Gospel for Asia...
5 jobs I've had:
*Walgreens cosmetics---you know me and makeup!
*ACR Homes (group home for people with physical and mental disabilities)
*2nd grade teacher
*Cutting hair for a wee bit of cash in the laundry room at NWC.
6 things people don't know about me:
*I was born with 6 fingers on one hand (passed that trait along to my son)
*I love to read, but rarely finish books.
*I like to eat the heart and gizzard from a chicken (yes, fully cooked)
*I have fat ankles (really, ankle bracelets don't fit)
*I've been to Montana 6 times.
*I like pants. I like to buy pants. I like jeans. I always notice what kind of pants others are wearing. If I go shopping because I need new shirts, I will probably come home with a pair of pants instead. (You can add that to the billionaire question. Yes, I would buy more pants)
Okay, that wasn't so bad. I am going to tag...Shari
Monday, March 10, 2008
Speak, O Lord
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow'r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we'll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we'll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
We had a super time. I am so thankful to God for blessing me with GREAT parents! They love Jesus and pray for their grand babies daily. That's one of the greatest gifts!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Yep, folks, hernia surgery. If you need hernia surgery you might as well tag along with Mr. Miller! We were visiting Ma and Pa Stutzman in Kalona, IA this week and I noticed this in the local paper. I used to joke about a front page headline in the Kalona News a few years back: "Library Gets a New Door." Only in small town, USA would that make the front page! Gotta love it!