August 24, 2016

One Mind

"Holiness" has been a challenge, an encouragement,
and a blessing to my heart as I have considered the words
written within its pages.  I have found it to be just as applicable
to life today as it must have been nearly 150 years ago. 

Once again....a quote from
 "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle page 34.

"Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God,
according as we find His mind described in Scripture.  
It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgement, hating what He hates,
loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world
by the standard of His Word.

He who most entirely agrees with God,
he is the most holy man."

With love,

**Image credit goes to Calvin ~
Thank you, my love.  xo 

August 22, 2016

The Quotidian (22. 8. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.

See the eyes?

And the boys?

One more....for good measure.

Daddy's little girl ~ growing up too quickly.

My bench in the park...

...where I enjoyed some quiet.
(Emma and a friend were at Playland and I was their chauffeur.)

My view.

Happy Monday!
With Love, Camille

August 17, 2016

Nothing Solid

In recent days, I have been reading "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle.
It's been a blessing to my heart as I ponder the things he wrote
nearly 150 years ago!  I am finding that his words are timeless.

"It (so-called Christianity) neither exercises influence on daily 
conduct, nor comforts in life, nor gives peace in death;
and those who hold it often awake too late to find that they
have got nothing solid under their feet.

Now I believe the likeliest way to cure and mend this defective
kind of religion is to bring forward more prominently
the old scriptural truth about the sinfulness of sin.

People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live
 like pilgrims, until they really feel that they are in danger of hell...

...We may depend upon it, men will never come to Jesus
and stay with Jesus and live for Jesus, unless they really know 
why they are to come and what is their need.

Those whom the Spirit draws to Jesus are those whom the Spirit
has convinced of sin.  Without thorough conviction of sin,
men may seem to come to Jesus and follow Him for a season,
but they will soon fall away and return to the world."  

Quoted from "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle p. 9-10

May our Christianity be of the sure and solid sort
that will stand the test of time.  At the end of it all, may we be found in Him.
By His grace and for His glory and in His strength.  Our Lord Jesus Christ is the reason
for the hope we have.  He is our foundation.  Our rock.  Our everything.

With Love,

August 15, 2016

The Quotidian (15. 8. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.

Practicing without coercion.

Finishing up.
(See the beginnings here ~ 3rd photo down.)

What they were and what they are.

Living room in the kitchen ~ for carpet cleaning.

Cousin time.


Lone bloom.
(See what it was ~ 8th photo down on this post.)

Bride and Groom.

Another demolition.

The yard where Howie got these roses from.

Happy Monday Y'all!
With Love, Camille

August 11, 2016

Whirlwind Week

It's been a teeny little bit crazy around here.  In a good sort of way.
Back in the spring, when this time of year seemed so far off,
I concocted a plan with two long-time blogging friends.
We met via our blogs shortly after I began my online journal in 2009.
Jackie and Stacie thought it a grand idea to make the journey 
via a road trip to stay with us in our home for a few nights.
It was incredible to think that they would take me up on it, but, they did!
 Meeting up in person began heading in the direction of becoming a reality.

Our mutual blogging friend, Jennifer, agreed to join us.  We were thrilled.
She booked her flight in anticipation of our face-to-face blog party.
And, we all looked forward to the dates circled on our calendars.

In thinking and planning ahead, it occurred to me that it
might be nice for Emma to have a cousin thrown into the mix...
just for good measure.  I was was wonderful to have her.

Before long, my brother-in-law and nephew were added to the roster.
And, that's when the serious planning began.
And, the laundry and re-arranging.  And, the meal planning.
In the end, it all came together beautifully.  What a sweet blessing from the Lord!

Jennifer arrived on Saturday.
Wednesday afternoon, my brother-in-law and nephew flew home.
The girl cousin stayed on.  Wednesday afternoon, the twins arrived.

Saturday morning, bright and early, Jennifer flew home.
Jackie and Stacie crossed the border and began their homeward journey
shortly afterward.  We had a couple of hours turn-around before
attending a family wedding on Saturday afternoon.

And, just like that, the whirlwind week came to an end.
The days just flew by, and I was sorry to see everyone leave.

Thank you, Jackie, Stacie, and Jennifer for making the effort to gather in our home.
(Kevin, Alex, and Chelsie...we were so glad you were part of the week as well.
Janine...we missed you!  Maybe next time?) 
We are so thankful that it worked out for all of you to come!

   How good and gracious our Great God is to give these precious moments to us.
Truly, He does all things well.  His ways are always best.  His gifts are always good.

Happy Thursday!
With Love, Camille 

July 28, 2016

In the Moment

By God's grace and enabling, we are to
to live in the moment...not for it.

What a freeing, liberating, truly wonderful thing to ponder.
May the Lord give us the grace and strength required to live this out.
And, may He be glorified in all that we do.  Moment by moment.  Day after day.

"And God is able to make all grace abound toward you;
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things,
may abound to every good work."  2 Corinthians 9:8

Just wanted to let y'all know that I'm
 taking a little break from all things bloggy.
I hope to be back in the swing of things here in a week or two.

Happy Thursday!
With Love, Camille

July 18, 2016

The Quotidian (18. 7. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.

Yippee for Frog Tape!


Paint magnet.

Transplanted (with permission) ~ from a neighbour's property.

Rescued ~ from the same neighbour's
abandoned-and-soon-to-be-demolished back yard.

On display ~ warms my heart.

Calvin's photo in Howie's office ~ from their flight.


Summer reading for my girl.

Perfect spot.

Fresh in from tennis.

Bringing up the rear.

Forging his own path.

With three of my treasures ~ a family ride.

The two of us.

Made with love...for me.  :)

Happy Monday Y'all.
With Love, Camille

July 14, 2016

A Heart Issue

There are times when words come too quickly and without much thought.
It ought not to be this way, but, too often it is.  At least, it is for me.
We are exhorted in God's Word to think before we speak.
To use our words to encourage, exhort, and point others to the Truth.

"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."  Colossians 4:6

We are in this battle with sin and will be until the day we die.
It's a heart issue.  The only remedy for it is found in the Saviour.

"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing...
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do...
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord."  Romans 7:18a, 19, 24, and 25a

What a precious blessing it is to know that we can run to
the Lord with all our failings and He will pick us up and mend us.
His blood cleanses.  He heals our imperfect-ness with His sinless-ness.
The only way to be made clean and right and pure is by coming to Him.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."  John 14:6

I rejoice in the Lord Jesus' cleansing power.  His perfect life.
His payment for my sin.  His living and dying and rising again.
I rejoice in the fact that He is all sufficient.  And, that He forgives.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  1 John 1:9

How wonderful it is to rest our hearts in our Saviour's
finished work on the Cross.  His perfect and complete sacrifice.
May we live our lives to bring glory to His Name.
He is worthy of all our praise.  Now and forever.

Happy Thursday!
With Love, Camille

July 11, 2016

The Quotidian (11. 7. 16)

Quotidian: daily, usual, or customary;
everyday; ordinary; commonplace.

Chattering away.

A wonderful surprise!

A summer project ~
 click here to see its beginnings.

The finished product.

Kayaking with my Sweetie ~ he did all the work.  :)

Enjoying the view.

42 stories up.

My Sweetie on our anniversary.

Ground level.
(The restaurant is at the top of the building shown above.)

Three of our treasures.

Happy Monday!
With Love, Camille