My Fortress

cropped-dscf5766.jpgYou are my fortress; You are my hiding place.

In time of trouble, I run to the rock and seek Your face.

Though others fail me, My dearest Friend is always true;

O, how I love You.

You are my fortress; I trust in You.

~Ron Hamilton

The sands of time are sinking, the dawn of Heaven breaks;

The summer morn I’ve sighed for—the fair, sweet morn awakes:

Dark, dark hath been the midnight, but dayspring is at hand,

And glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.

Charleston, SC

 O Christ, He is the fountain, the deep, sweet well of love!

The streams of earth I’ve tasted more deep I’ll drink above:

There to an ocean fullness His mercy doth expand,

And glory, glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land. 


O I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved’s mine!

He brings a poor vile sinner into His “house of wine.”

I stand upon His merit—I know no other stand,

Not even where glory dwelleth in Immanuel’s land.

Isleofpalms1715 The Bride eyes not her garment, but her dear Bridegroom’s face;

I will not gaze at glory but on my King of grace.

Not at the crown He giveth but on His pierced hand;

The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel’s land.


~Anne R. Cousin

*pictures taken in Charleston and Isle of Palms, SC




I know I am supposed to be on a blogging break, but just had to share.  I am working on memorizing John 15 as my summer memorization project along with Do Not Depart.  I am also working my way through the Taste for Truth Bible study with a private group.  The Lord has brought these two projects together in an amazing way in my life.  I love when He does that!  One of the ladies shared the excerpt below.  I read this book in the past, but may have to pick it up again soon.  I trust it will be a blessing to you!

Excerpt from “Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray:

“And if you ask what exactly it is that you now have to believe so that you may abide in Him, the answer is not difficult. Believe first of all what He said: “I am the vine.” (John 15:5) The safety and the fruitfulness of the branch depend upon the strength of the vine. Do not think so much of yourself as a branch, nor of the abiding as your duty, until you have first had your soul filled with the faith of what Christ as the Vine is. He really will be to you all that a vine can be – holding you fast, nourishing you, and making Himself every moment responsible for your growth and your fruit. Take time to know, set yourself heartily to believe, “My Vine on whom I can depend for all I need is Christ.” A large, strong vine bears the feeble branch and holds it more than the branch holds the vine. Ask the Father by the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what a glorious, loving, mighty Christ this is, in whom you have your place and your life; it is the faith in what Christ is, more than anything else, that will keep you abiding in Him. A soul filled with large thoughts of the Vine will be a strong branch and will abide confidently in Him. Be much occupied with Jesus, and believe much in Him as the True Vine.

And then, when faith can well say, “He is my Vine,” let it further say, “I am His branch; I am in Him.” I speak to those who say they are Christ’s disciples, and on them, I cannot too earnestly press the importance of exercising their faith in saying, “I am in Him.” It makes the abiding so simple. If I realize clearly as I meditate that now I am in Him, I see at once that there is nothing lacking except just my consent to be what He has made me, to remain where He has placed me. I am in Christ: this simple thought, carefully, prayerfully, believingly uttered, removes all difficulty as if there were some great attainment to be reached. No, I am in Christ, my blessed Savior. His love has prepared a home for me with Himself, when He says, “Abide in My love,” and His power has undertaken to keep the door and to keep me in, if I will but consent. I am in Christ. I have now but to say, “Savior, I bless You for this wondrous grace. I consent; I yield myself to Your gracious keeping. I do abide in You.”

We had a wonderful time showing guests from America around our home away from home.

We had a wonderful time showing guests from America around our home away from home.

I’ve missed being here.  Summer activities are in full swing.  My husband had his second hip surgery last Friday.  He is doing well.  This has been a trying time in our lives, but the Lord has used it for so much good.  Sunday was an extra-special day to be in the house of the Lord as the nationals stepped up to the plate in the services.  The message brought by a guest speaker was a blessing to the people.  God is so good to encourage our hearts when we need it the most.

I often listen to podcasts here.  One of my favorites is by Nancy Leigh Demoss.  This week I listened to one for ministry women that the Lord greatly used in my life at this particular time when I needed it the most.  I’m sharing it below and I have added it to the resource page for missionary women.  It is worth the time it takes to listen.  I’d love to know how the Lord used it in your life, if you listen.

I must continue my blogging break for now.  I’ll update you again soon.  Thank you for your prayers on our behalf.


Potential Pitfalls of Ministry~This is a 3-part radio broadcast from Revive Our Hearts.  “Being in ministry has many joys and blessings, but it also makes us vulnerable to unique pressures and difficulties. Nancy identifies pitfalls that can cause the Lord’s servants to falter or even to be sidelined. She also provides practical, biblical insight on how to stay faithful all the way to the finish line.”


Blogging Break

IMG_1744I’ll be taking a much needed blogging break.  I’m not sure exactly when I will be back.  Summer activities are in full swing as well as my husband’s second hip surgery coming soon.  I’ve also doing some housekeeping here, sorting through old posts, pictures, etc.  I’ll try to keep you posted about what’s going on here from time to time.  In the mean time, please feel free to browse through old posts and pages.  Thanks for your patience and understanding, but most of all for your prayers.


My etsy shop is finally open.  Hope you’ll stop by and let me know what you think.  I will be adding items regularly.

A New Challenge

My posting has been very sporadic.  As furlough draws closer, I find that my time is flying right out the window.  So much to do before we depart.  Not to mention that someone else will be living in my house while we are away.  That has led to a lot spring cleaning and organizing.  My hubby’s second surgery is coming up soon. AND we have guests coming from the USA in June.  Whoo!  I’m tired just typing that.  =)

I’ve been plodding along with memorizing Ephesians and it is not going so well.  I need a break from it.  Do Not Depart is starting a new challenge with John 15.  I decided to join in.  I memorized the few verses many years ago and spent some time studying those verses.  It was such a blessing.  I memorize out of the KJV.  I posted the first letter verses for the chapter here if you are interested.

If you are memorizing Scripture, what is your current project?  I would love to hear from you in the comment section.


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