Monday, January 28, 2008

More Money Matters

Judah continues to make me out to be more money hungry than I really am! lol
He loves to come to me, asking if I'd like him to make some lemonade for me, but he always insists that I pay him (usually he settles for a dime or a quarter, so I give in). Well, last night, he thought he'd make a bargain, and offered to make me one cup of lemonade last night, and then another one today, for 99 cents. I worried about trying to search for a bunch of pennies, so I offered him a dollar instead (yes, he does know a dollar is worth more...which makes it more confusing). No, he insisted. He wanted 99 cents. After a little arguing, I finally consented to his price, and while he ran off to make me some lemonade, I tore my room apart searching for 99 cents. I came up with all of it but one penny. One penny! How sad is that?? Everyone else was laughing at me, and when I tried explaining the really complicated situation to Daddy, he said, "Well, just go get a penny off my dresser." (I seriously think he thought I had totally lost it [my mind, not the penny!!]) Anyways, to make a really long and complicated (but funny) story short, I now find myself in debt to my nine year old brother Josiah (who was all too ready with a penny to spare, and some jokes), for .01 cents.

After you guys get done laughing your heads off at how silly that was, I dare you all to try your hand at arguing with Judah over the price of lemonade! :P

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

"So that all may see"

"Josh. 4:8-9: 'And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua...and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood.'
One heap of stones was covered over by the waters of the river; the other heap was set up in the open for all to see.
Have you passed through some new experience of the power and love of your Lord? It helps if you write the date beside the verse in your Bible which helped you, or write a word or two of reminder in a private notebook, lest you forget. That note will be like the heap of stones set up in the river. Nobody will see it but your God and you. It is a private heap.
But don't forget the other heap which wasn't private. Your children shall time to come, saying, What mean these stones? (v. 21). The children you look after, the sick you tend, the people you meet, will notice something that will make them ask questions. Take them into your confidence. Tell them what has been done for you, not long ago, but perhaps an hour or two ago, or yesterday, or last week.
Set up your heap of stones to the glory of your Lord, so that all will see that He is indeed a God of Deliverances, a splendid, loving, joy-giving Lord whom to serve is the greatest joy in all the world."

~Amy Carmichael in Whispers of His Power

"In honour preferring one another"

"Rom. 12:10: In honour preferring one another.
Preferring-this word means "to lead before." To prefer another in honor is to lead another before oneself-to be glad that another can do what one cannot do oneself. It is a word that goes very deep. It cuts straight across the self, the flesh, the I (all three are one really). It asks for something which we cannot do of ourselves. It casts us upon the Strong for strength and the Pure for purity of desire and the great Love of God for love.
We shall have opportunities today to say to the I in us, "In the name of the Lord, go back," as in our inward heart and soul we lead another before. Let us refuse to listen to the I that clamors within us as we set another before ourself. The Lord help us live in honor preferring one another."

~Amy Carmichael in Whispers of His Power

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Promised Post...

And I bet you all were beginning to think I'd not post today. :P Random pictures from the past three or so weeks. :)

Karah has been falling asleep well before bedtime lately...this time, she had a kitten! :)
Yesterday we painted in the hallway. This was at the beginning of the job, of course. ;)
The darker color is the color we painted it. It's a little lighter now that it's dry, but still about the same. :)
Dad replaced the "hideous" (in his and Mom's words...not mine. I thought it was gorgeous) light fixture with....
A white fan. :) There's quite a bit more light in the kitchen now...
I've been practicing guitar again, consistently. :)
Micah thinks his duckies are for eating.
And his book too....Princess just thinks my leg was comfortable. :)
Micah kisses. :)
My painting attire. I think Chantel will like that sweatshirt. ;)
"Oh great! She got evidence that I like kittens!!"
"And the corner of the sofa" :)
Judah lost his first tooth....and we had a struggle to get a picture of his new smile. :D
I think that's about 3 or 4 people trying to hold him down, and open his mouth. :)
Princess was being held prisoner in Moriahs' guinea pig cage (note: for all you guinea pig lovers [and I'm not one of them...yet] there wasn't a guinea pig in the cage at the time. Moriah doesn't have any guinea pigs yet)
Karah played in the leaves with the puppies
AAAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!! It's a Black Knight!!!!! :P Nope...Just Jeremy
The kittens love the tortilla chip box...Princess especially likes to pop out of the sides. :D
Micah loves sitting up!
And sitting next to Karah. :)
One of my porcelain dolls...this one is Rose. :)
Another of my dolls...this one is Hannah. :) Moriah and I have "twin" dolls (her's has a pink and cream colored dress) that are both named Hannah, given to us by our grandpa. :)The wall hanging Katie D. gave me for my birthday. :D
The sky... :D
Sammie is really good at sitting....and that's about it! :P Nahh....she can "stay" and "sit" but we still need to work on some other commands...
Annie is very sweet. Now if only she'll figure out what "sit" means. :P
Sarah and I redid our room. Again. :P I can't get one picture of the whole room, so I did several shots. This is what is at the foot of my bed:
Over to the right, Sarah's bed. :)
Random shot: Rocky likes to sit on that seat!
At the end of Sarah's bed, my desk:

Mine and Moriah's dresser, and the mantle.....
And my bed. :) I really need to finish my quilt so I can have fewer layers of blankets at night! lol
A few weeks ago, we made this dessert...chocolate chip cookie dough, chocolate, caramel....need I say more? :)
Bunches of leaves....almost all of them are gone now. :D

Dad found a tiny field mouse! :)
Mom started feeding Micah baby cereal, since he was getting up at night to eat so much. He took to it like a duck to water. lol Well....after a few bites.... ;)
"Let me feed myself already!!"Seriously, I really want to know what breed our puppies are! :( I know they're part Border Collie, and I'm fairly certain they're at least part Rottweiler, because Annie's face definitely looks like one....I have no idea what else though. Any ideas???
And that's all. :D

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Berries

Earlier this afternoon, while Mom was holding Karah in her lap (she's got the stomach bug, unfortunately), somehow they got on the subject of how many children Karah was going to have when she grows up.
"I'm going to have four," she announced.
"You're gonna have four children?" Mom asked.
"What will their names be?"
"Uuuummmmm....Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and...."
"Cherryberry?" I offered, trying to hide my grin.
"Yep. Cherryberry."
"What about your husband?" Mom questioned. "Who's your husband going to be?"
"Hey, Blackberry!" Sarah exclaimed.
"Ok, sure. Blackberry!" Karah grinned.

The Berry family: BlackBerry, KarrieBerry, StrawBerry, BlueBerrt, RaspBerry, and CherryBerry. :P

She's got so much of her future planned out, she even knows what her last name will be. ;)

Please pray for Karrieberry...she's got a fever, a bad cold, and the stomach bug!

God's Jewel Mine

"Job 28: 3: He setteth an end to darkness.

These words are spoken of the miner who is searching for precious stones, which are buried in the dark mine. He goes into these dark places and lights them, and so ends the darkness--and he finds the jewels hidden there.
We are here to do that very thing, We have for light the presence and promises of God. There may be someone whom we are trying to help; we are trying to bring out of the dark mine of that personality precious jewels for our Lord. Perhaps we are terribly tempted to despair, because of continual disappointments and what seems like hopeless weakness of character. But we are not alone. The search, the long effort, is lighted by the presence of our God. He is not baffled by personality. His promises are light.
So let us go on, despairing of no man, for the jewel mine is His. He died to purchase it. Behold, all souls are mine is His word (Ezekiel 18:4)."

Amy Carmichael in her book Whispers of His Power

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


In my reading of the book "A Lamp for My Feet" by Elisabeth Elliot, recently two passages caught my attention that I wanted to share:

The Glory of God

"When God's power is manifested in the world, in his creation, or in his people, God is glorified. When we pray that our lives may glorify Him, we are asking that the self may be put down, for it is not possible to show the power of God and at the same time to glorify what George MacDonalad called "the bastard self." We must be prepared to lose ourselves, whatever that may entail, that God may be all in all. Losing an argument for His sake, losing something we held dear, losing "face," reputation, a position of power or superiority, losing a claim on someone or on his affection or respect-can these be a part of the answer to our prayer to glorify God in our lives?

Assuredly they can, for assuredly the Son Himself laid aside all such assets when He came to do the will of the Father. "I have glorified Thee on earth"(Jn 17:4 AV), He said- and that glory was manifested through weakness, loss, suffering. What a privileged position we are called to share.

Lord, lift up our eyes, away from ourselves and our small losses, up to that glory yet to be revealed. Teach us that it is only out of weakness that we are made strong, only as we suffer that we may reign, only as we lose that we may gain."

A Bondslave of Christ

"Abraham was a very wealthy man who had many servants. He himself, knowing very well what makes a good servant, was a faithful and obedient servant of God.
Nowadays most of us have never had servants and therefore have almost no notion of what it means to be one. It means first of all to have a master-that is, to belong to someone else. He can do what he wants with you; you are there to do for him. You are at his disposal. It is not for you to reason why he asks something of you; it is yours only to do it. So long as you are in his service, you are not your own (1 Cor 6:20).
Abraham was a man full of faith, obedient to his Lord, readily at his command.
Master, help me to live today according to your desires, and when I reach home may You be able to say, 'Well done, good and faithful servant.'"

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

A Living Sacrifice

"And Abraham built an altar . . and bound Isaac his son." Genesis 22:9

This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing God wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What God wants is the sacrifice through death which enables us to do what Jesus did, viz., sacrifice our lives.
Not - I am willing to go to death with Thee,
but - I am willing to be identified with Thy death so that I may sacrifice my life to God.
We seem to think that God wants us to give up things! God purified Abraham from this blunder, and the same discipline goes on in our lives. God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having - viz., life with Himself.
It is a question of loosening the bands that hinder the life, and immediately those bands are loosened by identification with the death of Jesus, we enter into a relationship with God whereby we can sacrifice our lives to Him.
It is of no value to God to give Him your life for death. He wants you to be a "living sacrifice," to let Him have all your powers that have been saved and sanctified through Jesus.
This is the thing that is acceptable to God.
~Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

For HIM alone

When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point— He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only— my utmost for His highest. I am determined to be absolutely and entirely for Him and Him alone.

~Oswald Chambers-My Utmost for His Highest

Happy New Year

It's 2008, now....2007 went by sooooo quickly!!! I did stay up until it was officially '08, but not doing what I was hoping to be doing, which was watching movies. We started back to school yesterday, so we had to go to bed by ten. I ended up not falling asleep until after midnight, because I was listening to music on my mp3 player. :D Me loves it!
I need to get back to my school work, but here are some of the pictures I promised:
He loves his tongue. :)

Big Grin!

This was taken by Mama on my was before I started my nap. :)

The front of the scrapbook Sam made me...It's soooo beautiful!!!!

The first page...

And the last pages... :D
I just love it!!! :D I love your scrapbooking style Sam! :D
Me modeling the scarf, hat, and gloves Katie sent me...I didn't get a picture of the wall hanging yet, because the camera died. :(
I just realized I never posted this picture!! Penny had poked her head out from behind my curtain, and Princess climbed behind the curtain to go after her...Moriah just happened to take a picture at just the right moment! We've got a really long kitty. ;)

Argh! Some of the pictures got messed up....
Here's the huge pile of leaves we've's tons bigger than this: that's just a small portion of it. :)

"We Three Kitties" :)
See my quilt!!!!! :D It is soooo nice and warm, and I love it! Thanks Sam!!! Our camera doesn't do it justice.. :(
I love the butterfly squares! :D

Off to do my school work!