March 30, 2013

HE is Risen!

The Lord Jesus Christ did not stay in the tomb.
He conquered death and sin ~ He is victorious!
HE is Risen!

He ascended up into Heaven where He now sits
at the right hand of the Throne of God.
One day, He will return to take His people to be with Him.

"And the angel answered and said unto the women,
Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus,
which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead;
and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee;
there ye shall see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre 
with fear and great joy;
and did run to bring his disciples word."  Matthew 28:5-8 

"And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them,
and said unto them, Peace be unto you.

But they were terrified and affrighted,
and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? 
and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: 
handle me and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones,
as ye see me have.

And when he had thus spoken, 
he shewed them his hands and his feet."

~ Luke 24:36-40 ~

"And he led them out as far as to Bethany,
and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

And it came to pass, while he blessed them,
he was parted from them,
and carried up into heaven.

And they worshipped him,
and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

And were continually in the temple,
praising and blessing God.  Amen."

~ Luke 24:50-53 ~

Christ is Risen ~ He is Risen Indeed!
May we be found worshiping Him in spirit and in truth
on this Easter Sunday, and always.

Many Blessings,

March 29, 2013

By His Stripes

"He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief:
and we hid as it were our faces from him;
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs,
and carried our sorrows;
yet we did esteem him stricken,
smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
and with his stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all."

~ Isaiah 53:3-6 ~

This prophecy was written about our Lord Jesus Christ
approximately 700 years prior to His birth.
It describes perfectly what He did for His people
when He suffered and died on the Cross.

This Good Friday may we rejoice in HIM!

Many Blessings,

March 25, 2013

Here I Raise My Ebenezer

If you click on the link attached to the statement
above, you will find the meaning behind this familiar phrase.
How wonderful it is to recount the ways in which
our Great God blesses us!

He is eternally Good.  He does all things well.
He leads, guides, directs and graciously provides.
We have nothing to fear when we belong to Him.
How precious He is!

Lately, there have been situations we have found
ourselves in that were perplexing and trying.
We literally didn't know where to turn.
So, we stopped and waited.
We prayed and considered.
We sought the Lord for direction.

Then, always at the time when a decision
was required, the direction to move in was made clear.
By the advice of a physician, through new information revealed,
through the reading of the Word of God and prayer,
through the closing of a door or the opening of another.
How precious it is to belong to our Great God!

We have had many blessings in the past few weeks.

We have endured sorrows and heartache.
We have been stretched and tried.
And, we have seen the LORD meet 
our every need moment by moment.

He is eternally Good!

So, today, I raise my ebenezer.

I recount some of the ways in which we have been blessed.
And, through it all, I give thanks ~
To the ONE Who gives all!

I give thanks for...

~ Sparkly shoes found in a bin of hand-me-downs

for our little miss

~ Many new outfits to enjoy from that
same bin of clothes...what a blessing!
(Thank you *E* and *S* for sharing).

~ Sunshine streaming in through the windows
after many wet and grey days

~ A Dad for my boys who is willing to teach

~ Letting them be men

~ Two up a ladder...
and the work they were doing and what it meant

~ My clothesline re-installed...
and new-to-Emma dresses (from the bin) drying in the sun.

~ More things to explore and implement for the treatment of Crohn's
(I cannot recommend all of this book;
there are non-Christian ideas put forward within its pages
that must not be adhered to.  However, it has merit, it would seem).

~ New life springing forth and the promise of Spring!

~ The best book ever (of course, the Bible is first)... 
Highly recommended!!

~ A little girl was continually looking for a pair of
AirWalks to purchase (for the last two years or so)...
however, her Mum said they must be on sale
before they would be taken home.
They never seemed to be on sale.

Wouldn't you know it?

The BIG bin of hand-me-downs had a pair of AirWalks in it!
It wasn't a need, but the LORD graciously provided anyway.
They will have to be grown into, but, Emma is happy to wait.  :)

It is a refreshing habit to stop and consider
all that the LORD has done this day and in the days gone by.
When we notice them all in detail and praise Him,
we bring honour to His Name.

May He continually open our eyes that we might see.

Many Blessings,


March 21, 2013

Homemade Fudgesicles

Homemade is always best, right?
I've always thought so.

My sweet friend *C* gave me this recipe last summer, 
but, I did have the appropriate equipment.
Namely...popsicle moulds.  When I searched for them,
they were all sold out.  So, popsicle making had to wait.

The other day at WalMart I spotted some popsicle moulds,
and, even though it isn't summer yet, I snapped them up.
You know what happened then, right?  You guessed it.
I whipped up a batch of these yummy chocolate treats.

Now it's your turn.  Grab your popsicle moulds and get going.
Everyone in your home will thank you.  Guaranteed.
That is, of course, if they like chocolate.
If they don't, I cannot help them.
However, that would mean there will be more for you.  
That actually might be a good thing.  Yippee!  :)

~ The Recipe ~

2 tsp Corn Starch
1 1/2 cup Whole Milk
1 1/3 cup Whipping Cream,  not whipped
1/2 cup Sugar 
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Bring all ingredients, except the vanilla,
to a boil in a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Boil 1 minute, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Cool completely and pour into 10 Popsicle moulds.
Transfer to freezer and wait until solid ~
approximately four hours.


Many Blessings,

March 20, 2013

Deep Waters

A couple of precious friends are going
through deep waters right now. 
Where do we turn in times like these?
God's Word is such a comfort to the soul that trusts in Him.
The following verses have been a wonderful encouragement to my heart ~
May they be used to bless each one of you this day.

"Fear not: for I have redeemed thee,
I have called thee by name; thou art mine.

When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; 
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

For I am the LORD thy God,
the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour."
~ Isaiah 43:1b-3a ~

May the LORD truly have His way in the whirlwind.
He is always and forever Good.

With Love,

**Image in this post courtesy of Calvin ~

Thank you my love.  XO

March 13, 2013

Thankful Thursday ~ Hidden Joys

If we slow down to listen,
to see and to hear ~
Life reveals its hidden joys.
They are there.

Sometimes they hide. 

By paying attention to the details,
and counting the blessings,
we give ourselves the opportunity to praise.
It's a good thing to notice. To take stock.

It's a good thing.

This Thursday, I give thanks for the hidden joys.
For the things sometimes missed.
For the evidences of HIS loving care.
I give thanks for...

~ The wooden railway set up on the office floor

~ The way it winds around Howie's desk and reminds me that
a little girl still lives here

~ The birch tree next door that was taken down
due to the fact that it was dead in places...
and, that it was cut into chunks and free for the taking!

~ Calvin's willingness to stack it

~ The shed that my Dad built and that it is full once again!

~ That there was space for *extra* wood under the trees

~ A letter from our girl...posted secretly :)

~ Two games of Monopoly laid out on the floor,
and enjoyed for days

~ A dozen roses *just because*

This Thursday, may you see the hidden joys 
our Gracious Lord has blessed you with.

With Love,

March 11, 2013

It's a Puzzle ~ An Update

This Crohn's thing ~ It's a puzzle.
Just when things seem to be coming together and making sense, 
something else comes along to throw a wrench in the mix.
It surely has brought me to the end of myself.
It's also been used of the Lord to show me my heart.

What am I trusting in?  Really.

Very often, I am ashamed to admit,
it's a method, a diet, a supplement, a medicine ~
All these things rather than in the Great Physician.
He alone has all the answers.

When we come to the end of ourselves,
we begin to see HIM.  Really.  See.
His provision.  His sufficiency.  His perfect plan.
Surrendering to Him is always best.
It's necessary.  It's good.

And, it's a relief.

We don't have to have all the answers.
We just need to turn to the One Who does.
He is faithful.  He leads and guides.  He directs.

How Great HE is!

At the end of it all, all that really matters 
is where we stand with God.
And, where our soul will be for all eternity.
And, whether our sins are all forgiven.  Or not.
And, if they are, we can rejoice.  Truly.  In HIM.
In His provision of Grace.  His Mercy.  His Truth.

What He has done.

Austin seems to be doing quite well heart-wise.

We continually are thankful for this provision ~ 
the Lord is to be praised.
Yes, He is.  And, we do praise Him for these mercies.
We thank Him for the time He has granted.  

It is precious.

On the Crohn's front, however, 

Austin has not been doing very well.
Obviously, the heart is of utmost importance.
It's been a focus, medically speaking, for quite some time.
Now that it seems to be stable, 
 Crohn's has shifted into a position of prominence.
And, here we are at a crossroads again.

Each day.  Each step.  The LORD is Faithful.
We look to Him for the help, strength, wisdom,
and grace in the midst of it all.
We pray that the means which He provides will 
work in Austin's body to promote healing.

If that does not come,

we must remind ourselves of the Truths we hold dear.
This life is not all there is.
Health and strength this side of eternity is not all that matters.
Relief from pain and suffering is not always best.
Yes, we look for it.  But, if it is not granted ~

HE is still Good.

God knows what is best.
Whatever that may be, is what we desire.
By His grace.  For His glory.  Alone.

There is more to life than the here and now.  

That *more* will not be fully realised until eternity.
May God give us all the ability to live our lives
in light of this wonderful Truth.
And, may we patiently wait for His timing in all things.

HE truly does all things well.

Many Blessings,

**Image in this post courtesy of Calvin ~

Thank you my love!  XO

March 9, 2013


How did it happen?
How did my baby girl get to be this old?
Eleven ~ tell me it isn't true! 

The day began with balloons and a birthday breakfast.

It's a tradition in our home to put balloons on the 
child's bed while they are sleeping.
That way, on their birthday morning they wake up to them.
One balloon for each year old they are is placed...
up to a maximum of sixteen.  :) 

After breakfast, which consisted of bacon,

eggs, hash-browned potatoes, and Sugar Crisp ~
Monopoly was continued (it's an ongoing game that takes days to complete).

While the children were occupied,

I decorated the cake.
Emma's request ~ Angel Food Cake with frosting, 
heart sprinkles, and Princesses.

Emma still enjoys the *little girl* things.
She is not growing up too quickly.
For that, I am thankful.

We like to do something special together as a family
on each child's birthday.
Emma chose to ride bikes over to a 
nearby park and play tennis.

 We all joined in on the fun ~
Calvin and Emma in the photo above...
Daddy and Fraser in the photo below.

 Austin and Emma.

L to R ~ Fraser, Austin, Emma, and Calvin.

 The bikes of the parents ~
MANY miles have been logged on these *old* mountain bikes over the years.  :)

The Birthday Girl!


 Handmade cards are the best, don't you think?

Emma enjoys the arts of home.
She is learning to sew and bake and clean.
She even comforts those who feel sick.
For these things, I am thankful.

Most of all ~ she loves the LORD.
HE is her Saviour.
For this, I am overjoyed.

Sweet Emma ~
We all love you so very much.
We could not imagine life in our family without you.
God loaned you to us.  May He help us to give you back to Him.
May your heart be full of love for Him always.
And, may you follow Him all your days.
He is Faithful.  He alone is worthy.

All our Love,
Your Daddy and Mummy


March 2, 2013

Even in the Dark

If we delight in the LORD alone,
then, everything is brighter.
Even in the dark.

Beginning to learn this truth here these days ~

Our delight ought to be found only in HIM.
It's easy when life is easy to delight in the gifts
rather than in the Giver.

Too easy.

But, when things are difficult, and life is hard ~
It's then that we come to terms with these things.
It's then that we realise what brings us joy.  

True joy.

Is it found in stuff?  Good health?  Happiness?  
Or, is it found in its completeness
in the LORD Jesus Christ?
In HIM alone?

It's a struggle.  Our hearts are deceitful.

But, when all is stripped away, what's left is what matters.
If we find nothing there, then we must refocus.
Regain our footing.  On the Rock.
In the end, all that matters is HIM.

Most of us will not be asked to live as those in persecuted lands do.
In prison for their faith.  Beaten for believing.
Torn from family, friends, and home.
They have been stripped of all that is dear.
But, have they?  Really?  No, not if their joy is found in HIM.
Oh, that this lesson would be learned without the suffering.

Too often, it isn't.

Suffering very often is exactly what we need.

It's what drives us deeper into the Saviour.
Deeper into His arms.  Deeper into His Word.
Only there will true peace and contentment be found.
Only in Him is lasting joy realised.

Not in stuff.  Not in health.  Not in happiness.

In Jesus Christ.  Alone.

Much Love,

**Image in this post courtesy of Emma ~

Thank you my little love.  XO