Monday, January 19, 2015

God Will Shew His Paths: Illustrated Quote

Who God is in the Book of Isaiah

(I found this in my drafts and remembered that I had never taken the time to arrange this properly and post it! This is speaking of 2014.)

I have started on a quest this year to highlight what God says specifically about himself, some of his names, and his character. Rather a daunting mission, once one begins to read Isaiah! I list here merely what is found in Isaiah alone. I have cut out of this list all references God makes of himself in relation to “Israel”, “Jacob”, “David”, etc. There still remain around 60 separate names, statements or characters. And that is in Isaiah alone. Try searching the entire Bible; then further consider that John stated that if all the works of Jesus had been recorded the world itself could not contain the books written; perhaps then we may begin getting a picture of the greatness of God.

  He that blotteth out thy transgression: Is. 43:25;
  He that will not remember thy sins: Is. 43:25;
  He that redeemed thee: Is. 44:22
  He that formed thee: Is. 44:24
  He that comforteth you: Is. 51:12;
  The Lord that is faithful: Is. 49:7;
  The Lord that hath mercy on thee: Is. 54:10;
  The Lord that created thee: Is. 43:1;
  The Lord that made thee: Is. 44:2
  The Lord that created the heavens: Is. 45:18;
  The Lord that maketh all things: Is. 44:24;
  Is. 33:22 “Our” o judge, o lawgiver, o king
  Counselor: Is. 9:6
  Holy: Is. 57:15 (whose name is);
  Holy, holy, holy: Is. 6:3
  Wonderful: Is. 9:6;
  The mighty God: Is. 9:6; Is. 10:21;
  Thy God: Is. 41:10
  The Living God: Is. 37:4, 17;
  Everlasting God: Is. 40:28;
  Everlasting Father: Is. 9:6
  Our father: Is. 63:16;
  God of truth: Is. 65:16 (twice)
  The God of the whole earth: Is. 54:5;
  God himself that formed the earth: Is. 45:18;
  God the Lord: Is. 41:5
  The Lord: [too numerous] Is. 41:8 “I am the Lord, that is my name.”
  The glorious Lord; Is. 33:21
  The Lord God: Is. 30:15; Is. 40:10; Is. 50:4, 5, 7; Is. 56:8;
  The Lord thy God: Is. 37:4 (twice); Is. 40:13; Is. 43:3; Is. 51:15; Is. 55:5;
  Jehovah: Is. 26:7
  The Lord Jehovah: Is. 12:2;

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Why Are You Following Jesus?

            “And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased.” (Jn. 6:2)
Why do you follow Christ? In the beginning of chapter 6, we see these followed him because of the miracles of healing he had done. Just a bit further on in the chapter, we find those who followed him because of the miracle of the loaves and fishes which fed the hungry. Does the reason one follows Christ matter, as long as one IS following him? What does it really matter? Read on in chapter 6; we see in verse 26-27 that Jesus rebuked them for their motive for following him. So it must matter. But why? Continue reading John’s account: as Jesus spoke, those who followed for the afore mentioned motives “went back, and walked no more with him.” Apparently, those motives were not strong enough to carry one through in following the Lord.
But, beginning in verse 67, when Christ asks his disciples if they would “go away also”, we see a proper motive for following Christ. Peter’s reply shows a different motive, a different focus in his following: “To whom would we go?” Art not thou the all in all? Is there any beside thee? “Thou hast the words of eternal life” and naught else can satisfy our hearts created for eternity. “We believe and art sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God”, the Lamb of God that cleanseth away our sins and maketh our sick souls well.
Christ himself is the only sure motive for following Christ; a knowledge that he is all in all, a longing for his words of eternal life, a belief in him as the Son of God. The motive must be hunger after himself alone, not merely a desire for what he can do for you.

So, why do you follow Christ?

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Way to Save Man: A Modern Parable

by Leah S. Carpenter

There once was a man who felt called to be a sort of savior for man and he set about his task with hearty good will, despite disparaging words and looks from all living that saw him.
His work was in the cemeteries among the dead. As he proceeded with his work, his reputation was sullied, to say the least; he was considered a lunatic by the kindest. It was difficult work, resulting in bleeding and blistered hands, a weary back and aching arms, but he bore all cheerfully for the sake of saving some—or even all, for such was his goal. His work was so important, and there was so little time!
He dug up the caskets, lifted them out of the hole or pit they were in, and proceeded to open the casket. He dug quickly, calling any and all to help him if they would; sadly, no one chose to help him.
When he had opened the caskets, he spoke to the dead within, saying, “I have set you free from death; all you have to do is will to live. Do you wish to remain dead, or will you choose life?”
There was no answer: silence reigned now as it did before the casket was opened. He proceeded to plead with them.
“I have done all the work necessary to free you from death! Will you make my work void? I have sacrificed my reputation, my comforts, my all, to set you free. I have left the good life I had to work for your salvation. Won’t you please choose life?”
Still silence. He continued to plead for a time, but there were others to be rescued, so he had to move on. Yet the scene was repeated each time, with no variation. And never did any of those whom he sought so diligently, and worked so hard, to rescue ever live again.
Doesn’t it seem strange that with so much of the work already done, the dead did not live? The man grieved so over their hardness of heart. Why would they not choose to live!? The work was already done for them. The gift of life had been given free; all they had to do was choose it. But they wouldn’t; none of them ever willed themselves to receive the gift of life he had given. Finally, he moved to a new field to work.
He decided to work with children and to adopt some children for his own. However, all the children available already had a father, and though the father may not be good, yet they didn’t seem to desire any better. Nevertheless, he sent word around that he wanted some children—mere babies to be born into his family, as it were, or such as would become as little children and be willing to be guided by him in all things, so that the marks of their first family would be erased. He wanted children that he could teach and train so that they would never be any but his children.
Oh, he wasn’t in the least cruel, and he would surely never forbid them to know who their first—that is, natural—father was, but he wanted to raise them so that they would never desire to return to their first father. But he wanted to give them the choice.
He, therefore, also made public a list of ten easy rules which they must all live by, so the children could make intelligent, informed decisions about whether they wanted to live with and for him. The rules were very simple, and only such as would make them into his nature, and add to their truest happiness. Besides that, he also listed what would be their inheritance,—and a goodly one it was—a portion of which they would receive as soon as they became his.
But, alas, he failed here, too, for the children who were old enough to think were content with who they were, and saw no need or reason to change. Besides, the family they were in allowed them to do anything and everything they wanted to do, and life was pleasurable. And what did this new father do but begin by giving a set of rules!?
No, none of them chose him as their father, for they couldn’t see, with their pleasure-blinded eyes, that the life he offered was better than the one they led. Even the inheritance meant nothing to them, for it was so goodly of an inheritance that they didn’t know its worth, nor how to desire it. And the babies were too little to understand and make a choice, so he failed there as well, for he wouldn’t take them against their will.
Some, indeed, he took, but as soon as they were old enough, their other siblings convinced them to join them in a life of pleasure, and they left his roof for their natural father’s house and ways, and so were never truly his at all.
Ah! what grief of heart was his. Was there none who would, under any circumstance, choose him and his life? But he never found any that would. His whole life had been wasted, his plans thwarted by man. He had lived, and sacrificed, in vain, for he would not make the choice for them, and none would choose him of their own will.
Finally, he looked around him to find any children that he would like to have as his own. Having found some, and offering to them anew what he had offered to all before, he found that they still rejected his adoption. By this time, however, he loved them so much that he could not let them go, so he began to work in ways to bring them to himself.
He first made them to see that their family—including themselves—was not only dead but doomed because of their family traits. The only escape was if they received his help and became part of his family. As they came to understand this, they were quickened enough to realize their need and to cry out for help from someone. He then worked by drawing them closer and closer to him so that they received an intense desire to be his, to have his traits and his new life, and they couldn’t help pleading with him to take them into his family.
When they asked, they were taken into his family immediately, given the family clothing and the family spirit, so that all old desires and loves were changed. Their new father ruled in their hearts by the new spirit, molding them into his image as if they were clay and he were the potter.
So they were given a choice, but they were freed from the bondage of their first father by the working of the new father in changing their will. Their hearts were forever humble and filled with love toward him who had rescued them from death, even as they rejected his offer of life.

Ah! here, at last, was the answer to saving man.  

(Special thanks to Sarah Kanz for editing :-))

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Necessity of Daily Prayer from J. R. Miller's "Living Victorious"

"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret, will reward you openly." Matthew 6:6
     In the Christian's devotional life, prayer has an essential place. The godly men of the Bible were all men of prayer. Jesus, who showed us in Himself the ideal Christian life--had regular habits of prayer. He who would live the Christian life well, must regularly commune with God!
     It is important, however, that we understand clearly what it is to pray. It is not enough that at stated times we go over certain forms of prayer. We only pray, when we speak to God what is in our heart as a desire, a longing, or a burden.
     Jesus teaches that we are to pray to God as our Father. We must come to Him, therefore, as His redeemed children--with the genuineness, the simplicity, the confidence of children. When we stand at God's throne of grace and speak the name "Father" and ask for a child's blessing--we are sure of instant welcome. 
     Many people think of prayer only as coming to God with requests. They only tell Him their needs. They never bow before Him nor speak to Him, unless there is something they wish Him to do for them.
     What would you think of a friend of yours who never came to you nor talked with you, except when he wanted to ask some favor of you? True friendship finds many of its sweetest moments, when there is no help to ask--but when only love's communion fills the happy time. It should be so in our relation with our heavenly Father. If we care to be with Him only when we have a favor to ask of Him--then there is something lacking in our love!
     We are not to suppose that when Jesus spent whole nights in prayer, He was making requests all the time. He went away from the trying, struggling, troublesome life of the busy days among the people--to find shelter, rest, and renewal of strength, in sweet converse with His Father. Just so, most of the time we spend in prayer should be given to communion with God.
    A minister relates that one Saturday morning, when he was in his study preparing his sermon, his little child opened the door and came in, stealing softly to his side. Somewhat impatiently, the father turned to her and asked, "What do you want, my child?"
"Nothing, papa," the child replied. "I only want to be with you."
     This is oft-times the only desire of the true Christian when he comes to pray. He has no requests to make--he just wants to be with his Father!
     The most profitable season of devotion, is that in which there is also meditation upon God's Word. It is related of a godly Christian who was known to spend much time in his prayer-closet, that a friend once secreted himself in his study to learn something of his devotional habit. The godly man was busy all the evening at his work. At eleven o'clock he put away his books and pen and opened his New Testament. For a whole hour he bent over its pages, reading, comparing, pondering the sacred words. Sometimes he would linger long over a sweet verse and his heart would glow with rapture. When the clock struck twelve, he closed the book and sought his bed. He was not once on his knees during all the hour. He offered no petition in words. He had spent the whole time in communing with God in His Word, breathing out his love, his adoration, his longings and desires--and receiving into his heart the assurances, the encouragements, the promises, the joys of the Father's love.
     There could be no better way of devotion than this! Praying alone, without meditation on the Word of God, meets only one phase of our need. We talk to God when we pray. But it is quite as important that God talks to us--and He will only talk with us, when we open the Scriptures and wait reverently to hear what He will say to us.
     What is the HELP that we are to receive from prayer? First of all, prayer holds us close to Christ. We breathe Heaven's air when we commune with Christ. Life in this sinful world is not easy. It has its struggles, its duties, its difficulties, and its sorrows--which exhaust our strength. Hence we need continually to return to Christ to have our grace renewed. We cannot live today, on yesterday's food; every morning we must pray for our daily bread. Nor can we be faithful, strong, happy and helpful Christians today--on yesterday's supply of grace. We need to pray daily. Thus our life is kept from running down, and we are held near our Master all the while.
     The true Christian life also grows--and it can only do so by daily communing with God. Our life should never run two days on just the same level. The days should be ladder rungs lifting our heart ever a little higher, nearer to God, into purer air, into loftier experiences, into holier consecration.
     Prayer brings God down into our life. It was when Jesus was praying, that He was transfigured. True prayer always transfigures! One who lives habitually with Christ, becomes like Christ. Our earthly affairs become means of grace, if Christ is with us. Prayer lifts all the experiences of our life and lays them in the hand of Christ--who makes them all work together for our eternal good!

Shared from daily devotionals.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Reading "Doctrinal" or "Bible Help" Books

      I have been enjoying some very worthwhile books the last two years, books that have blessed my heart and enriched my life. Books that have caused me to look more at Christ, and that have shown me more of God than I have seen heretofore. In the past, I didn’t like to read “religious” books such as those by Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, A.W. Tozer, etc., because I had the Bible, and shouldn’t be turning to man’s teaching. I had people in my life that nearly scoffed at such books, and certainly didn’t encourage reading them, because one ought to read the Bible! I do not recall what caused me to begin reading “such books”, but I “fell in love”, as the saying goes, with J.R. Miller (You that know me knew that name would come in sooner or later, didn’t you? :-)), and I have expanded my reading from there, especially after reading an A.W. Tozer book recommended to me by our assistant pastor. As my understanding of God and adoration for Christ increased through the readings, my love for, interest in, and understanding of, the Scriptures grew. I still had the slight niggling of worry because, after all, I didn’t need those books: I had the Bible. Let me say here that I never replaced my daily Bible reading with the other authors; I still faithfully read the Holy Scriptures. But I was enjoying these books, and learning from them. Then I began wondering…why was it not just okay but even necessary to hear the preaching of the Word when we could just read it? Why was it fine to listen to teaching on the Word when we ought (?) to “just read it”? Why was it fine to read articles in homeschool magazines and church-based papers, if it wasn’t fine to read books that taught the Word? Furthermore, God’s Word says he gave “some teachers”: so what is so wrong about writing preaching and teaching down, printing it, and passing it on in book form for the coming generations? Aren’t these books merely the preservation of the preached or taught word? Another argument against them was that “They are written by man, so you can’t trust them. Stick to reading the Bible”. True, one must take everything to the Light of Scripture, but we must do that with every sermon we hear. More than that, we must do that with all our own opinions and convictions of the Scriptures themselves. But by all means, be teachable! So now I thoroughly enjoy them, read them without a guilty conscience, and reap the good from them I can. Meanwhile, I’m growing in love for the Lord and his Word.
      Elementary? I know.
      I’m currently reading my first Andrew Murray book, “With Christ in the School of Prayer”, as well as listening to his “Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses”. Since January 2012, I’ve read many J.R. Miller books, “Discover Your Destiny” by Cary Schmidt, “Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will” by Kevin DeYoung (Not recommended without reservation!), “Because He Loves Me” by Elyse Fitzpatrick, “The Pursuit of God” by A.W. Tozer, “Better Not” by John Heyl Vincent, and others, while I’ve also listened to more than those. I also count the many, many, many A.L.O.E. books I’ve read, as they are so rich in lessons in spiritual life. So, what good books have you been reading lately?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Nevertheless Afterward By J. R. Miller

(I read this yesterday and was so blessed that I had to share it! :-) I hope it is a blessing to you as well, even though it may seem a bit long.)

"If we could see beyond to-day
As God can see;
If all the clouds should roll away,
The shadows flee—
O'er present griefs we would not fret,
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
For you and me.

"If we could see, if we could know,
We often say,
But God in love a veil doth throw
Across our way;
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to him the more.
He leads us till this life is o'er;
Trust and obey."

HINGS are not finished as we see them to-day. Tomorrow they will appear larger, greater. The bud you see one morning in the garden will be a full blown rose in a little while. The brown seed you dropped in your window-box will be a beautiful plant by and by. Wherever there is life there is growth. Every act has its consequences. We cannot foretell what results shall follow from any choice we may make. We must always take account of the afterward, whatever it is we are doing, through whatever experiences we are passing. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews has a suggestive passage about chastening. He quotes from the Book of Proverbs: "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." People sometimes chafe when they have troubles. They fret and blame God. "What have I done," they ask, " that God is punishing me so? " But God may not be punishing them at all. Chastening is not punishing. "All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit unto them that have been exercised thereby." The present is hard and painful, but there will be an "afterward." Chastening now; afterward, peaceable fruit.

The figure of pruning is used by our Master. He tells us that every fruitful branch of the vine the wise husbandman prunes—the fruitful, not the unfruitful, branch. It is a wonderful comfort to suffering Christians to know that pruning is therefore really a mark of approval. "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." There is a purpose also in the pruning. It is not any reckless trimming— the husbandman knows what he is doing. Pruning seems destructive. Sometimes it appears as if the whole vine is being cut away. But there is an afterward—that it may bear more fruit.

One tells of a visit to a great hot-house, filled with wonderful clusters of luscious grapes. The owner said, "When my new gardener came, he said he would have nothing to do with these vines unless he could cut them clear down to the stock; and he did, and we had no grapes for two years. But this is the result." Stems and branches cut, bleeding, almost destroyed; afterward, a marvellous vine bending under its load of fruit. It is only when we learn the truth about life that we are able to live with faith and courage. Because they have not learned it, many people fall into despair in the midst of present disappointments and sufferings. They see only the hard things
in their circumstances, and pains that make the days almost unbearable, the wrongs and injustices that are crushing them. They stand right in the midst of all the bitter trials and see no light, no hope, no comfort. We need to learn to stand away from the immediate present and get a view of the experience from a remoter distance. We see only part of the experience while we are in its midst. A visitor to Amsterdam had heard about the wonderful chimes of St. Nicholas—so the story runs. He was told that he must hear them, whatever else he might miss in the old Dutch city. The tourist did not know how best to hear the chimes, so he went up into the tower of the church to get as close as he could to the bells. He thought he would thus be best able to get the full benefit of his visit. There he found a man with great wooden gloves, like hammers, pounding on a keyboard. All he could hear was the crash of the keys, the harsh clanging and the deafening noise of the bells above his head. He wondered why his friends had talked so enthusiastically of the chimes of St. Nicholas. To his ears there was no music in them, nothing but terrible clatter and clangor. Yet at that very time there floated over and beyond the city the most entrancing music. Men in the fields a mile or more away paused in their work to listen. People in their homes and travellers on the highways were thrilled by the marvellous notes that fell from the tower. The place to listen to chimes is not close to them, but a distance away, where the clangor has softened into sweet music.

So it is with the experiences of life. When we are in their midst we hear only the jarring notes of pain, the bitter cries of suffering. "All chastening seemeth for the present to be not joyous but grievous." We are too close to it yet. But when we get farther away, when the sharpness of the pain is past, when the hardness is over and forgotten, the music grows sweet. Not until afterward comes with its comfort, its alleviation, its peaceable fruit, its new blessing, do we begin to understand the meaning of the discipline of the experience that was so hard. Afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit.

It is only afterward that the meaning of many of God's providences can be clearly read. Now we see through a glass darkly; afterward we shall see face to face. Now we know in part; afterward we shall know fully. The things we think destructive and calamitous are blessings yet in their first stage, fruits still green and bitter, not yet ripened and mellowed.

"Then be content, poor heart;
God's plans like lilies pure and white unfold.
We must not tear the close-shut leaves apart,
Time will reveal the calyxes of gold.
And if, through patient toil, we reach the land
Where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest,
When we shall clearly see and understand,
I know that we will say,' God knew the best.'"

Life is a school. All its experiences are lessons. God is educating us. School is not easy. All true education looks to the building of the finest, noblest character in the end. It is especially so in God's school, for he is the perfect Teacher. His purpose is not to give us an easy time at present, but to make something of us afterward. Sometimes we chafe and fret, saying that God is harsh and severe, perhaps that he is even unkind. We cannot see that good ever can come out of the painful discipline. But there are lives which only in the school of severity can ever reach their best. There are some plants that would die in the warmth of a conservatory. They must be kept in the cold if they would live and grow. One of the papers not long since told of a strange plant recently discovered in northern Siberia. It shoots up out of the ice and frozen ground. Its leaves grow on the side of the stem toward the north. Each leaf appears to be covered with little crystals of snow. On the third day the extremities of the anthers show minute glistening specks like diamonds. These are the seeds.

Is not this plant an illustration of many Christian lives? God seems to set them in beds of ice and snow, and yet they grow up out of the wintry cold into fair and wondrous beauty. We should say that the loveliest lives of earth would be those that are reared amid the kindliest influences, under summer skies, in the warm atmosphere of ease and comfort. But the truth is that many of the noblest developments of Christian character come from the wintry gardens of hardship, struggle, and sorrow. Trial, therefore, is not something meant to discourage us, to stunt and dwarf our life and mar its beauty. The snow plant would die in a tropical garden. There are lives that never could become Christ like and never could reach heaven without the discipline of hardness. No hardness is too severe which teaches us to live worthily. " To serve God and love him," says some one, " is higher and better than happiness, though it be with wounded feet,
bleeding hands, and heart loaded with sorrow."

"So much we miss
If love is weak; so much we gain
If love is strong. God thinks no pain
Too sharp or lasting to ordain
To teach us this."

We must guard against the dreading of the cost of life's best things. If we cannot pay the price we cannot get the blessings. We must have the sharp, biting winter if we would get, by and by, the genial spring with its bursting blossoms. We must have the ploughshare cutting through the ground if we would have the harvest of golden grain. There is no trial in our lives that does not come to us as the bearer of good. We meet a grievous loss when we are not profited by the hard or painful experience that comes to us. We cannot see this to-day. It seems to us in the keenness of our sorrow that nothing which may come in any afterward will make up for what we are now suffering. But if not in this life, then somewhere in the great eternal afterward we shall be able to say: "Now I understand." "All chastening seemeth for the present grievous; yet afterward it yieldeth peaceable fruit."

Remember Joseph. He was cruelly wronged by his brothers, torn away from his home, sold as a slave, maligned and cast into chains—a dark beginning, surely, for a young man's life. Yet afterward came honor, power, glory. It takes time to work out God's best things. There is a story of a rabbi who met a child carrying a basket closely covered. "Tell me, little maid," said the rabbi, " what you have in that basket." The child answered, " If my mother had wished that any one should know what is in this basket, she would not have covered it up." If God had meant us to know all his plans of love for us, he would not have covered them up under experiences of pain and suffering. We may be sure, however, that for all our times of chastening and trial there is an afterward, full of glorious good, waiting for us. We miss a great deal by living so entirely in the present and not having ourselves to think of the afterward. We are alarmed when we find ourselves in hard conditions and circumstances, forgetting altogether that these are only processes through which we must pass to reach fineness of character, sweetness of spirit, strength, courage, discipline, and all the qualities which go to make up the best life. We are too short-sighted when we are in trouble. We see only the suffering, the loss, the struggle, and think not of the mission of the trouble and what is coming out of it. We should widen our vision so as to take in the afterward as well as the present hour.

Life is all one piece. One experience follows another. God always loves us—loves us just as surely and as tenderly, when all things seem to be against us as he does when all things seem to be favoring us. When trouble comes, no matter what its direct and natural cause, it has a mission—it comes to make us better, to cure us of some fault, to cleanse us of some blot, to make us gentler, to teach us to be trustful and strong, to make us more thoughtful and more helpful. Instead of vexing and fretting ourselves with the question how God can truly love us and yet allow us to suffer, to endure loss, to be treated unjustly and wrongfully, we would better change our attitude altogether toward our trials and ask rather what errand this pain or affliction has for us, what it should teach us, what change it should work in us. There is no trial in our lives
that does not come to us as the bearer of a blessing. We meet a grievous loss when we are not profited by any hard or painful experience that comes to us. The other morning one told of an unhappiness which came from the loss of a friend—not by death, but by the friend's unfaithfulness. Well, it is hard when one has to lose out of one's life such a friend, who for years has seemed to be true and whose friendship has come to mean so much of strength, of companionship, of joy; but there will be an afterward, and we may be sure that when the afterward has opened its treasures into the lonely life, it will be seen that God is good and loving in just what he did. You do not know what poison was hidden in the cup you thought was filled to the brim with happiness. God took it out of your hand to save you from a deeper, bitterer sorrow than that which you are now enduring.

You cannot see this to-day. It seems to you in the keenness of your sorrow that nothing that may come in afterward will make up for what you have lost. But trust God with that. The future is long. It stretches away into the eternal years. If not in this life, then somewhere in the great eternal Afterward you will be able to say: "Now I understand."

"When the last day is ended,
And the nights are through;
When the last sun is buried
In its grave of blue;

"When the stars are snuffed like candles,
And the seas no longer fret,
When the winds unlearn their cunning,
And the storms forget;

"When the last lip is palsied,
And the last prayer said,
Love shall reign immortal

While the worlds lie dead!”

Friday, August 9, 2013

We Would Wreck Everything

Not only does God love us and desire our good--but His wisdom is infinite. He knows what is best for us, what things will do us the good we need. We ourselves do not know. The things we think would bring us blessing--perhaps would bring us irreparable harm! The things we dread as evil, and shrink from--perhaps are the bearers to us of divinest good! We would make pitiful work of our lives--if we had the ordering of our affairs in our own hands. If for but one day we could take matters into our own hands, out of God's hands--we would wreck everything!
J.R. Miller via

Monday, May 27, 2013

Small Thoughts on Memorial Day

    I know someone who thinks that it is unnecessary to thank veterans for their service: they are simply doing their duty. If I am not mistaken, I recall that this person is someone who has served in the military, which certainly entitles them to that opinion. However, I couldn’t help thinking about why we should thank veterans for doing their duty. The most obvious reason is because they served, therefore you don’t have to. Furthermore, they serve/served in your stead. Each citizen owes something to their country. Someone must serve in America’s military, therefore it is the duty of each citizen to serve. Not everyone is needed actually in the military, so some volunteer. Does it really matter why they joined? Yes, I’ve heard of many who have signed in order to get a bonus, or to get college money or other less noble reasons. The fact still remains that with them there, you needn’t be. And it is equally true that they have to go fight when called, while you remain safely at home. Those who didn’t plan to fight, but rather to be financially supported by you, are still protecting you, though that wasn’t their original plan. So they still deserve your thanks, for going in your place. What about those who were drafted? Do they not deserve our thanks simply because they didn’t volunteer? They still served in your place, or, if you weren’t even born then, they served to keep this country free so you may enjoy that freedom now. They still deserve your thanks. They are patriots regardless. And there are still those who serve because they choose to. They choose to leave their family behind, so that you can stay with yours. They choose to give up comforts so that you can enjoy them… They choose to give up so many things, and you get to enjoy all those things in your life, due to their sacrifice. They love your country, and are supporting in one of the most vital ways. They deserve thanks.

     Every veteran deserves our thanks. Remember those who have given.

Monday, December 31, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: December Edition

From “Turning Northward”: (Scripture reference for book is Deuteronomy 2:3)
     (From Introduction):
     • “While we live we must be moving on.”
     • “When we stop we begin to die.”
     • “Rest is necessary, but only to renew our strength that we may press on again.”
(From book):
     • “It would not be well if we were released from the daily round, though it is monotonous. We owe much to it. It trains us.”
     • “We must not let our life run forever and only in a little circle, but must reach out, learn new lessons, venture into new lives, leave our narrow past, and grow into something that means more.”
     • “We must not allow our narrow occupation to dwarf our souls.”
     • “Our work itself is valuable and noble, and we must never be ashamed of it and must do it with zest and enthusiasm.”
     • “We never can get on to higher things if we insist on clinging to our past and carrying it with us. We can make progress only by forgetting.”
     • “Some people keep compassing regretfully the mountains of their one year’s mistakes through all the following year.” (See Scripture Reference)
     • “Worry undoes no folly, corrects no mistakes, brings back nothing you have lost.”
     • “To err is human. We learn by making mistakes. Nobody ever does anything perfectly the first time he tries it. The artist spoils yards of canvas and reams of paper in mastering his art. It is the same in living. It takes most of lifetime to learn how to do work passably well.”
     • “There is a strange power in the divine goodness which can take our mistakes and follies, and out of them bring beauty, blessing, and good. Forget your blunders, put them into the hands of Christ, leave them with him to deal with as he sees fit, and he will show them to you afterward as marks of loveliness, no longer as blunders, but as the very elements of perfection.”
     • “Move entirely out of the past. It is gone, and you have nothing whatever more to do with it. If it has been unworthy, it should be abandoned for something worthy. If it has been good, it should inspire us to things yet better.”
      • “It is possible for us to have all the semblance of life in our religious profession, in our orthodoxy of belief, in our morality, in our Christian achievements, in our conduct, in our devotion to the principles of right and truth, and yet not have life in us.”
     • Discoursing upon one’s prayer to be “clean all through”: “It is to this we are called each New Year, for example, each birthday. We are summoned to leave our routine Christian life, the commonplace godliness that has so long satisfied us, and turn northward.”
      • “The true life within us should become diviner continually in its beauty, purer, stronger, sweeter, even when the physical life is wasting.”
     • “The hard things are not meant to mar our life – they are meant to make it all the braver, the worthier, the nobler. Adversities and misfortunes are meant to sweeten our spirits, not to make them sour and bitter.”
     • “We cannot fulfill our Master’s requirements for us as Christians unless we are ready for self-forgetful devotion to service.”

Monday, November 5, 2012

My Year in J. R. Miller Quotes: October Edition

From “Secrets of Happy Home Life”:
 • “[Home] is a resting-place whither at close of day the weary retire to gather new strength for the battle and toils of tomorrow.”
 • “One instrument out of tune in an orchestra mars the music which breaks upon the ears of the listeners. One discordant life in a household mars the perfectness of the music of love in the family. We should make sure that our life is not the one that is out of tune.”
 • “Christ’s peace is a blessing which comes out of struggle and discipline.”
 • “A happy home does not come as a matter of course because there has been a marriage ceremony, with plighted vows and a ring, and the minister’s ‘Whom God hath joined together, let no man put asunder,’ and a benediction.”
 • “Happiness does not come through any mere forms or ceremonies; it has to be planned for, lived for, sacrificed for, prayed for, ofttimes suffered for.”
 • “At few points in life is divine guidance more sorely needed than when the question of marriage is decided.”
 • “Wedded happiness depends greatly on reverent, prayerful, deliberate, wise choosing before marriage.”
 • “A true woman’s heart craves gentleness.”
 • “Love craves its daily bread of tenderness.”
 • “Love always serves, or it is no love at all.”
 • “We say we train our children; but they train us, too, if we think of them as we should – as immortal beings come from God to be prepared by us for their mission.”
 • “The modern tendency to put upon the wife and mother all the responsibility for the making of the home and its happiness is not sanctioned by Christian teachings.”
 • “The divine commands for the building of the home and the training of the children are given primarily to the man, although meant for both husband and wife.”
 • “Love’s first lesson is that of giving up one’s own way, denying one’s self, suffering in silence.”
 • “Another suggestion is, that we should not grow discouraged, even if our homes are not yet what we crave. There are some who feel that the battle is hopeless; that they can never grow into beautiful life and character in their present circumstances. That is a mistake. It is possible to grow into all the beauty of peace wherever we may be placed. A lily finds its home in a black bog, but blooms into perfect loveliness.”
 • “Criticism never fosters affection; you never loved any one better for criticizing you. Usually the best service we can do to a brother or sister is to live a sweet, patient, beautiful, Christly life ourselves, leaving to God the fashioning of their lives. If they are true Christians, He is teaching them and putting His own image on their souls. We might mar this divine work by our criticism.”
 • “The comforts of Christian faith do not reveal themselves to us in their richest light and peace till the darkness of sorrow rests upon our home.”

Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Year in J. R. Miller Quotes: September Edition

From “Mary of Bethany”:
    • “At Christ’s feet is the place of discipleship, where one learns the lessons the Master has to teach, where one’s soul receives the blessings He has to give.”
    • “We can give out to others only what God has given to us.”
    • “The first thing is, not what you shall do for Christ, but what you shall let Christ do for you; not what you shall give to Him, but what you shall receive from Him.”
    • “True refinement is not outside polish. It goes deeper, and penetrates the very foundations of character.”
    • “That which truly refines is purity of heart.”
    • “Is there no alabaster box of sacred ointment which you can bring out and break, to anoint the feet of your loving Lord?”
    • “There is constant danger that the duties which lie closest shall be overlooked while the eye is watching farther off for services conspicuous and large.”
    • “The Christian young woman who blesses her own home with her love cannot but be a blessing wherever she goes.”
    • “It matters little what the particular form of ministry may be. God knows what he wants his children to do. The important thing is to be filled with the love of Christ; then, wherever you go, you will be a blessing.”

Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Year in J. R. Miller Quotes: August Edition

From “Loving My Neighbor” (which is built on the parable of the Good Samaritan):
    • “We call it a sin for one to do another an injury; but we are not so likely to call it a sin when one fails to show another, suffering or in need, a kindness which it is in his power to render.”
    • “Forbearing to help when it is in our power to help is a sin of which God takes note.”
    • “The test of life is loving.”
    • “The only proof that we have the love of God in our hearts is our love to our fellow-men.”
    • “Sometimes love’s duties are crowded out by other seeming duties.”
    • “We shall be judged, not only by what we do, but quite as much by what we leave undone.”
    • “Some people are willing to pay for the care of those who are in distress, but are not willing to take any trouble themselves. Money does good service in many cases, but the love which is illustrated in our Lord’s parable gives more than money; it ministers with its own hands; it gives human sympathy and personal attention.”
    • “We add greatly to the value of whatever we do for others if we give part of ourselves in and with our serving.”
    • “We represent God in this world and we are to help as he helps, never niggardly, but always generously and abundantly.”

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: July Edition

From “The Blessing of Cheerfulness”
       • “One who speaks wholesome words which enter other lives, and influence, guide, strengthen, inspire, or enrich them, blesses the race”
       • “Every one carries an atmosphere about him. It may be healthful and invigorating, or it may be unwholesome and depressing. It may make a little spot of the world a sweeter, better, safer place to live in; or it may make it harder for those to live worthily and beautifully who dwell within its circle.”
       • “It is the privilege of every friend of Christ to be of good cheer, no matter what the circumstances of his life may be. Privilege makes duty.”
       • “All the fine things in Christian nurture and Christian culture have to be learned.”
       • “If we would learn the lesson, we must abide with Christ.”
       • “If we are truly experiencing the friendship of Christ, we shall find the inner joy increasing just as the outer lights grow dim.”
       • “There are blessings, rich, deep, and satisfying, which we never can know until we mourn.”
       • “The deeper the earthly darkness, the richer are the Divine comforts which are given to us, enabling us to be of good cheer whatever the tribulation.”
       • “But if we look at others through Christ-eyes, then even the things in them which cause us pain and sorrow become new chances of joy and blessing for us.”
       • “Every human sorrow or infirmity that makes its appeal to us is a new chance for us to do a beautiful thing, to grow in Christ-likeness.”
       • “Every new burden of care rolled upon us, demanding self-denial, sacrifice, or service, carries in it a new blessing for us, if only we will accept it.”
       • “He who carries about with him a cheerful spirit is a blessing wherever he goes.”
       • “We have no right to go among men with our complaints and our murmurings.”
       • “We have no enemy more to be dreaded than discouragement.”

Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: June Edition

From “A Cure for Care"
• “We need to learn to live. This is just what being a Christian is – learning from Christ to be Christlike.”
• “Surely it is not fitting that the children of the heavenly Father should worry!”
• “[Christians] are living in their Father’s house in which are stored the rich treasures of divine love. Yet many of them seem not to know of these treasures, and live in distress, as if no provision were made for their wants.”
• “There really never is any reason why a child of God should worry about anything.”
• “The mind must be centered before it can have perfect peace. It must have one motive, one aim, one allegiance, one ground of confidence. If it is divided between two interests, there will be distraction, and the peace will be broken.”
• “Anxiety is a sin, because it is not trusting God fully and wholly.”
• “Work is not part of the Adamic curse, as some people imagine. It was a divine ordinance for man from the beginning.”
• “A great deal of the worrying that is so common is over matters that we have no power to change.”
• “There are troubles or misfortunes which have already passed; why should we vex ourselves over these?...Worry will not retrieve it, nor give us back the old favorable conditions.”
• “Sadness only unfits us for duty.”
• “Regret never helps anything.”
• “We would better accept what is done and is beyond any power to recall, and take life just as it is now, working out our little duty bravely and with quiet faith.”
• “Hard work is made easier when we can sing at it. Burdens are made light when one’s heart is filled with joy.”
• “When we acquiesce in any unpleasant experience, we have conquered the unpleasantness.”
• “We should learn to put the emphasis upon duty, not upon care, for duty only is ours.”
• “We should keep each day with its needs shut off by itself. Tomorrow’s cares we must not bring back into today’s little hours. There is no room for them there, nor have we strength for them.”
• “No one ever finds one day’s load too heavy; it is when we try to carry the burden of other days in addition to today’s that we break down.”
• “He who learns the lesson – to live without anxiety – has mastered the art of living.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

New CD by my friend, Jamie Bird

Looking for a new Christ honoring music cd? Allow me to recommend "Behold Your God" by Jamie Bird with Jen Zimmerman. Here is a photo of the cover, and some clips of three songs on Jamie Bird's new cd. I love to hear her sing at church services!

Contact Mrs. Bird at:
Grace Baptist Church
960 Children's Home Road
Urbana, OH 43078
(937) 652-1681

Saturday, June 2, 2012

My Year in J. R. Miller Quotes: May Edition

From "In Perfect Peace"

  • "If we do not have [peace] we have missed part of the blessing of being a Christian, part of our inheritance as children of God. It is not a peculiar privilege which is only for a favored few; it is for every one who believes in Christ and will accept it."
  • "The Christian's peace is not found in a place where there is no trouble -- it is something which enters the heart and makes it independent of all outside conditions."
  • "To love is to weep some time in the journey."
  • "[The peace of God] gives us songs in the night. It puts joy into our hearts when we are in the midst of sorest trouble. It turns our thorns into roses."
  • "The life of Christian faith is not freed from pain, but our of the pain some rich blessings."
  • "If we would have unbroken peace we must have unbroken trust, our minds stayed upon God all the while."
  • "It is our privilege and duty to be free always from anxiety and to show the sad world only victorious joy."
  • "It is the duty of every Christian to have peace. Not to have it is to reject the Master's behest -- "Peace I leave with you...My peace I give unto you"."
  • "The will of God is to be done, not only suffered, as some people seem to think, but done in unbroken obedience and service."
  • "Peace is the music which the life makes when it is in perfect tune, and this can be only when all its chords are attuned to the keynote of love."
  • "We can stay our minds upon God only when the will of God has been done by us or endured patiently and cheerfully."

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day

A Day to Remember.
Pause today to think about the reason behind the "holiday", which isn't a holiday at all.
Thank a veteran for their sacrifice. It is a true saying that "All gave some, but some gave all". Remember that the group that "gave some" may not be "serving" still, but may well be still giving, unknown to you, dealing with their memories, their questions, their fears.

Memorial Day: Remember.

Monday, May 7, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: April Edition

From “A Gentle Heart”
• “We are strong only as we are gentle. Gentleness is the power of God working in the world.” (from introduction)
• “[Gentleness] is essential to all true character.”
• “No man is truly great who is not gentle.”
• “[Gentleness] is the crown of all loveliness, the Christliest of all Christly virtues.”
• “No wrong or cruelty ever made [Christ] ungentle.”
• “Home is meant to be a place to grow in. It is a school in which we should learn love in all its branches. It is not a place for selfishness or for self-indulgence.”
• “…but in all our occupations the real business of life, that which we are always to strive to do, the work which must go on in all our experiences, if we grasp life’s true meaning at all, is to learn to love, and to grow loving in disposition and character.”
• “Our Master manifested himself to his own as he did not to the world; but the world, even his cruelest enemies, never received anything of ungentleness from him.”
• “We must never forget that religion in its practical outworking is love.”
• “A good creed is well; but doctrines which do not become life of gentleness in character and disposition, in speech and in conduct, are not fruitful doctrines.”
• “The final object of all Christian life and worship is to make us more like Christ, and Christ is love.”
• “The way to acquire any grace of character is to compel thought, word, and act in the one channel until the lovely quality has become a permanent part of our life.”

Sunday, April 1, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: March Edition

From “The Master’s Friendships”
(From Introduction):
• Perhaps no short coming in good lives is so common as the failure to be a friend to those around us.
• We begin to be like Christ only when we begin to be a friend to everyone.
(From Book):
• Therefore [Christ] was a friend to the worst, that he might make them to be among the best.
• Christ never shut his heart on any one. He is ready to give love to every one.
• But are we ready and willing to be a friend to those who are unattractive and uncongenial, even disagreeable, who have nothing to give to us in return, who have only needs, cares and burdens to share with us, to those we have to lift and carry?
• Need is always that which attracts [Christ’s] attention.
• At no time do we more need divine wisdom in our experience than when we are deciding whether or not we shall accept this or that person as our personal friend.
• Always the friendship of Christ discovered the best that was in man. He saw possibilities in them that no other one had ever dreamed of. Then he set about to develop these possibilities.
• Concerning Romans 1:11 (“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;”): This was a lofty wish of friendship. It suggests what our longing for our meetings with our friends should be.
• No other culture is so fine as that which comes from communication with Jesus Christ.
• (John 11) Some day when you are in sorrow or trouble and send for Christ, he may delay to come, delay till it seems too late to come at all. Remember, then, that it is because he loves you and yours that he delays. We must learn to trust Christ’s friendship even when it seems to fail us.

Monday, March 5, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: February Edition

From “The Transfigured Life”:

· “To have a life whose power we cannot control is a fearful thing. The more magnificent the life may be, the more terrible it is not to be able to rule it.”

· “To know one person who is absolutely to be trusted will do more for a man’s moral nature – yes, and even his spiritual nature – than all the sermons he ever heard or can hear.” George MacDonald quoted by J.R. Miller

· “There is not an element in our nature that needs to be crushed or destroyed; everything is meant to be under control of conscience and will, and to be used to honor God and bless the world.”

· Definition of a life transfigured: “In a word, it is the beauty of Christ shining in a human life.”

· “In what measure Christ enters into us and fills us and abides in us, depends upon the measure of our surrender to him.”

From “The Face of the Master”:

· We cannot altogether hide our inner life from men’s eyes. What goes on in the depths of our being comes up to the surface in unmistakable indications and revealings.”

· We look for him where he is not, – we look for flashes of splendor, – and meanwhile we miss the glory of his presence where it shines in all its beauty in some lowly thoughtfulness and tenderness.”

· “But, as a rule, we find our best work, the things we are meant to do, our chance for being useful to others, in the line of our common duty.”

· “Do the duty that comes next to your hand, and you will find yourself near to heaven.”

· “If a Christian dwells remote from Christ he soon grows earthly and loses the spiritual loveliness out of his life.”

· On Romans 8:28: “That is, we must always believe in his love for us even in the most trying experiences, and must keep love in our hearts. If we lose our trust, if we rebel against God, if we grow disobedient, we miss the good that we might have received from “all things,” and take hurt instead.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

My Year in J.R. Miller Quotes: January Edition

I am planning on posting at the end of each month the quotes I have copied from The Transfigured Life: Selected Shorter Writings of James Russell Miller.

From "The Transfigured Life":
· [Christ] will possess us just as far as we yield our life up to him.

· Love sees in every other person one to be served, to be ministered unto, to be helped, to be patiently borne with, to be treated kindly in spite of his faults.

· Love transforms all conditions of life, all circumstances. Its’ business is to be sweet no matter the weather, or the wrong, or the suffering. Thus it takes the bitterness out of whatever would otherwise be bitter.

· The joy the Holy Spirit gives lives on in the heart when all earthly sources of gladness have failed.

· The lesson of peace is one that has to be learned in the school of life. It is not gotten by the changing of life’s circumstances so as to hide one away beyond the reach of storm. Nor is it acquired through the deadening of the feelings and sensibilities, so that life’s pains and trials will not longer hurt the heart. This would be paying too great a price even for peace. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It comes through the encircling of the life with God’s own peace.

· The true object of all education and discipline is to develop all the powers of the life to their highest possibilities, and then to hold them in perfect mastery.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stephen, M.D. by Susan Warner. A book recommendation.

I have read many books that have convicted me in various ways. Some have left me determined to leave off a sin it has brought to light in my life, or to begin to do something that I ought and hadn’t seen before, to love God more, to seek his will, on and on…but this book left me gripped with the desire for God! Before I could even come to the end of the story, I was gripped with the longing simply for God. My computer downloaded book was quickly filled with numerous highlights and bookmarks, and this book is not going to be thrown away, as most of them are when I finish reading them (I have too many on my computer to keep them all anymore, though they are excellent books and worth re-reading.). This boy’s life and testimony is such to make one long for more of Christ…and realize that it is not only attainable, but that every Christian should attain what Stephen had. Verses he quotes I have often read, but never seen in such a light as his life puts them, and yet leaving me shaking my head asking why I hadn’t…seen that before? No, actually believed just what God said. The hymns (“poetry”) he reads, and which are quoted in this book, are also a plus. Another top-of-the-list “based-on-fact” story from Susan Warner. Find it as a free Google ebook and read it!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Best Advice I Received in 2011

The best advice I received in 2011? “The goal is Christ”; it’s easy to get wrapped up in the work or plan He has for us, but that isn’t the goal. If we focus on the path, the way, the plan, we’ll lose it, but if we focus on Him, we’ll be right where we should be, right where He wants us.

My motto for this year was drawn from that advice and a comment from Pastor:

Destination: Christ.

Reading list I Just Finished

I thought I’d share my reading list for the past 4 months, as the new year begins. I’m really glad that I was able to meet my goals, and then some! So I’m ready to begin fresh and new in 2012!

Under the history/ more “serious” (that which takes more concentration for me) reading:

· The Swamp Fox: the life and campaigns of General Francis Marion by Robert Bass

· Mad Anthony: the story of Anthony Wayne by Rupert Sargent Holland

· The Hoosier Schoolmaster

· Jeb Stuart by John W. Thomason, Jr.

· For Name and Fame by G. A. Henty

Under the “lighter” (that which I enjoy, though it tends to be more character building and “religious” in nature, plus classics) reading:

· Sunshine Country by Kristina Roy

· The Three Comrades by Kristina Roy

· The Two Wealthy Farmers by Hannah More

· Sense and Sensibility (Not necessarily recommended to everyone, and to no one without Wite Out in hand.)

· Three People by Isabella Alden (Pansy) (found my own copy of this at Goodwill for $0.99!)

· The Sun Is Shining on the Other Side by Margaret Jenson (Loaned from a friend)

· Probable Sons by Amy LeFevre

· Peace Child (Loaned from a friend, I forget the author)

· My Desire by Susan Warner

· Hidden Rainbow by Christmas Carol Kauffman (An old favorite I needed to re-visit)

· My Little Corner by Mrs. O.F. Walton

· Nobody by Susan Warner (ebook; one of my favorites)

· The White Dove by Christoph von Schmid

· Wych Hazel by Susan Warner (ebook)

· The Gold of Chickaree by Susan Warner (ebook)

· The Courage of Nikolai by Mary Ropes

· The Betrothed by Sir Walter Scott (Glad it was a free ebook, for I threw it out all the more cheaply for that! J)

· Nothing Daunted: the story of Isabel Kuhn by Gloria Repp (church library loan)

· By Searching by Isobel Kuhn (I really enjoyed this one) (church library loan)

· Toys of Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Actually didn’t finish this one; I threw it away before I finished. Not recommended!)

· Crown of Success by A.L.O.E. (ebook)

· Rambles of a Rat by A.L.O.E. (ebook; I was rather disappointed in this one, feeling like it didn’t live up to her other works. Probably there was something there and I missed it.)

And still on my shelf for my Sunday reading, is “John Ploughman’s Talk or Plain Advice for Plain People” by C. H. Spurgeon.

I also listened to a few books thanks to

· The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth (Okay but not excellent.)

· The Missing Bride by E.D.E.N.Southworth (Not recommended unless you want a novel with nothing to it.)

· Little Fishers and Their Nets by Pansy (Isabella Alden)

And on the list for January thru April, thus far:

· General Douglas MacArthur

· To Herat and Cabul by Henty

· Guadalcanal Diary

· And I want to get more Henty through the library

Second part:

· Clean Hands and Circulating Decimals (KOF – maybe Alden)

· Princess in Calico (R&S)

· Thrilling Escapes by Night (R&S)

· An Old-Fashioned Girl by L. M. Alcott

· For One Moment by C. Carol Kauffman

· My Mates and I by O.F. Walton

And to finish John Ploughman.

I’m also looking forward to again following the Bible reading schedule that Pastor has brought to us, reading the OT through once, the NT through twice, and Psalms twice and Proverbs 12 times in a year.

Copyright by Leah S. Carpenter 2010 - 2011