My Lowell and I have been married twenty-nine years. I wouldn’t trade my man for anyone in the world. It’s been a rough ride at times, but we have taken it together. I’m a blessed woman.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and all that He says. He is our salvation for eternity and our salvation in life’s hard times.
Marriage is a lifelong covenant between three people— one man, one woman, and the One True God.
Advent is a personal thing.
Perhaps you attend a denomination that celebrates with certain liturgical rituals. That’s great. Rituals bring meaning and reverence to our worship. Perhaps your church doesn’t celebrate Advent. Perhaps you’ve never even heard of Advent.
Advent is simply a way to focus our thoughts and our hearts on Jesus and the celebration of His birth, death, resurrection, and His offer of salvation to us. It’s a time of reflection and heart searching. It is a personal, holy thing. What you do isn’t as important as what you do in your heart.
We light candles on an Advent wreath each night in December, read our Advent Book, pray, and on good nights, sing a carol. Do we do it every night? No. We miss a few, but that’s okay. We just pick up the next night and keep going.
I encourage you to focus on Jesus as the excitement of Christmas continues to mount.
Christmas Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage,
I heard some mothers talking the other day about how their children were disappointed when they didn’t receive a lot of gifts for Christmas. It saddened me. I have a word that has guided my gift giving with my children.
Precedence…. What does that word mean to you?
I looked it up on http://www.dictionary.com/. As I was looking for definitions, most were related to law precedents. That tells me it’s a pretty strong word. I am most interested in the first definition that the American Heritage Dictionary presented:
During the year, I look for gifts that I think they will enjoy. I put them away in a box until their birthdays, Christmas, or an I Love You day. Because I don’t give big gifts, they don’t expect them. Because I don’t give them often, they are thrilled when they receive one.
Does this mean my children are disappointed with their Christmas gifts? On the contrary, they are happy with what they receive. Thrilled in fact.
When we don’t set a high precedence of expectation, our children are free to be grateful for the gifts they do receive. They can truly enjoy their gifts without thought of cost or quantity.
I love my children. I am not required to give them gifts. I want to give them gifts. They know that. They are thankful and enjoy the gifts because they know I am giving them out of love.
Just something to think about…
Blessings from Harvest Lane Cottage
Keeping it simple for our Savior
All our thoughts, words, and acts are seeds. They have in them a quality which makes them grow where they fall, reproducing themselves. This is true of the good we do. The mother’s teachings enter the mind and heart of her child as mere germs; but they reappear in the life of the son or daughter, in later years, in strength and beauty, in nobleness of character, and in usefulness of life. Not only is this strange power in the mother’s words; her acts, her habits, her tones of voice, the influences that go forth from her life, are also seeds, having in them a vital principle. Where they lodge, they grow.
You never can lose your mother. She may die, and her body may be borne out of your sight, and laid away in God’s acre. You will see her face and hear her voice no more; no more will her hand scatter the good seeds of truth and love upon your life’s garden. But you have not lost her. Your mind and heart are full of the seeds which fell from her hand along the years. These you never can lose. No hand of death can root them out of your life. They have grown into the very tissues of your character. They reappear in your habits, your dispositions, your feelings and opinions, your modes of thought, your very phrases and forms of speech. You never can lose your mother; the threads of her life are woven inextricably into your life.
The Seeds We Scatter
“Every true wife makes her husband’s interests her own. While he lives for her, carrying her image in his heart and toiling for her all the days, she thinks only of what will do him good. When burdens press upon him she tries to lighten them by sympathy, by cheer, by the inspiration of love. She enters with zest and enthusiasm into all his plans. She is never a weight to drag him down, she is his strength in his heart to help him ever to do nobler and better things.”
~ Homemaking ~
“She does him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
12. Pray while you iron.
13. Invite someone over. It’s great motivation; and, God tells us to be hospitable. It’s also fun!
14. Make time in your day for doing something you enjoy…knitting, sewing, crocheting, writing, reading, whatever it may be.
15. Place your favorite chair near your husband’s favorite chair. Reach over and hold his hand.
16. Seek friendships with ladies who enjoy homekeeping.
17. Try new recipes regularly.
18. Make useful things for your home and for your family.
19. Make things homemade as often as possible. There’s such satisfaction in it.
20. Take time for tea!
21. Use it up; wear it out; make it do; or do without!
Just Something to Think About….
Blessings to you all from Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ….
Learning to Enjoy Homemaking More and More
You know, sometimes we just don’t feel like praising God. The drain’s clogged, your kid has poison ivy, a black snake is eating your chickens’ eggs, what you plant doesn’t grow, the kids track dirt or whatever in, the car won’t start, the air conditioner is broken, it can be any number of things. There’s always going to be something, isn’t there? It’s just one thing after another. Ever wonder why?
We truly have had a rough time for the last few years. BUT GOD has brought us through every single trial. In fact, He has shown himself so faithful, I just don’t get as upset or angry or worried as I used to. I know that most of the things I worry about are out of my control. They are totally in God’s control. He WILL take care of the problems one way or another. My job is to pray and let Him be in control.
So we pray, we give it all back to him to carry, and we praise the Lord even when we don’t feel like it through Jesus!
It all began in Genesis.
Of course, it did! I was just going to read a chapter or two ahead of our Pastor who was and is teaching in Genesis. Then, I thought, maybe just a few more chapters. The next thing I knew, I wanted to read more and more. I even read through the Books of the Law and all the books right up to my current chapter, 2 Chronicles 9. Periodically, as I was reading, I came across a word that I didn’t understand. It was concubine. I kind of got the gist of what it was and didn’t have a dictionary handy; so, I would just read on. Well, today, I looked at the on-line version of Webster’s 1828 Dictionary.
Here’s the definition as copied from the on-line version at www.1828-dictionary.com:
n. [L., to lie together, to lie down.]
Wow, I thought it was some old testament thing that didn’t happen anymore. I have known many concubines! I wonder what they would say if they knew that they fit the definition? If they were called by the title concubine? Think of how common it has become for men and women to live together, to cohabitate before marriage. In some circles, it’s even approved and encouraged. God forbid! In fact, God has forbidden it!
In the beginning, there was Adam. God saw that it was not good that he be alone. God made one woman to be his wife, Eve. Eve and no others! That’s God’s perfect plan.
Many women have fallen into the trap of living together or doing other things prior to marriage that ought not to be done. Perhaps they realize that they have sinned and are perhaps still sinning. It’s not too late! God is a god of forgiveness. That forgiveness and new beginning comes through shedding of blood. Jesus Christ, God’s one and only Son, shed his blood on a cross to pay for our sins.
Jesus Christ shed his blood so that we can approach God as righteous. That happens when we repent of our sins. We are truly sorry and promise not to do it again. We also have to trust in Jesus as our Savior.
1 John 1:9 states, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
My friend, perhaps you have fallen into this type of sin at some point in your life. You can be cleansed. You can be forgiven. You can. Do it now. Then, trust it to be under the Blood of Jesus and go and sin no more.
Just something to think about….