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Break Time

It wasn’t my intention to take a blogging break right now, but I need one.  I have a lot of things going on and need to eliminate a few things from the schedule.  Feel free to peruse past posts.  =)  I’ll be back as soon as I can!  Have a great day!

Spring at my alma mater...a little touch of Japan!

Spring at my alma mater…a little touch of Japan!

Under His Wings

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

IMG_2618Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

IMG_2620Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.

IMG_2621Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

~William O. Cushing

Remembering…

…it still makes me hurt to think about 4 years later.

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Jesus Loves Even Me

I am so glad that our Father in Heav’n

Tells of His love in the Book He has giv’n;

Wonderful things in the Bible I see,

This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

IMG_9063If I forget Him and wander away,

Still He doth love me wherever I stray;

Back to His dear loving arms would I flee,

When I remember that Jesus loves me.

photo[1g]Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing,

When in His beauty I see the great King,

This shall my song through eternity be,

“Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!”

IMG_0061Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him;

Love brought Him down my poor soul to redeem;

Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree;

Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me!

Fuji Flower/Wisteria

If one should ask of me, how can I tell?

Glory to Jesus, I know very well!

God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,

Constantly witnessing Jesus loves me.

from year's past...

In this assurance I find sweetest rest,

Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blest;

Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,

When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.

Fuji Flower and the Flower ParkI am so glad that Jesus loves me,

Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me;

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

Jesus loves even me.

~Philip B. Bliss

Can you tell spring is on my mind? =)

Taste for Truth

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Day 4:  Not Even One Bite

I haven’t forgotten about this study.  This is my second time through it and I’m taking it slow.  In the meantime, I have discovered Barb Raveling’s new book, The Renewing of the Mind Project.  I’ve started going through it as well.  I am learning to renew my mind on a whole new level.  I am so thankful for this new book!!!!  Sometime in the future, I may go through that here on the blog as well.  We will have to wait and see what the future holds.  Back to day 4 of Taste for Truth…

“Unfortunately, it’s not an accepted belief that we need boundaries. Maybe that’s because we aren’t able to say, ‘Not even one bite.’ We’d starve to death. But we can say, ‘Not even one bite outside our boundaries.’ The question is, what kind of a person needs to set rigid boundaries with food? I can think of three types of people: 1) those who love the taste of food, 2) those who turn to food for emotional reasons, and 3) those who think it’s fun to consume large quantities of food.”

One of the Bible study questions is “Read 1 Timothy 4:7. One of the current worldly fables is the idea that we’re happiest when we do what we want, when we want. The less rules the better.  Do you think this is true on a practical level? Why or why not?”  This made me stop to think not only about this philosophy in the world, but where this philosophy might be prevalent in my own life.

 “But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

~I Timothy 4:7

*Raveling, Barb (2013-12-23). Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study(p. 19-20). Truthway Press. Kindle Edition.

For more Taste for Truth, click here.

I’m not a good book reviewer.  I only know what has helped me.  If you would like to read an excellent review on this book, click here.

A New Tool

I’ve been plodding my way through, trying to memorize Ephesians.  I am about half-way through chapter two.  When I think about how long it took me to get there, I get discouraged.  Part of the problem is that I’m not really understanding some of what I am trying to memorize.  My Sunday School is using the Wiersbe BE commentary series when we go through a specific book of the Bible.  It dawned on me one day as I was asking the Lord for that “spirit of wisdom and revelation” that I should get the one for Ephesians.  Be Rich (Ephesians): Gaining the Things That Money Can’t Buy has been so helpful!!!!  I wish I had thought of it earlier.  Here are a few quotes for you to think about today:

“We inherit the wealth by faith and invest the wealth by works.  Without this balance, our spiritual riches do us no good.”

“…election is always unto something.  It is a privilege that carries a great responsibility.”

“…the better we know Him, the more satisfying our spiritual lives will be.”

Let’s pray for one another the words of Ephesians 1:17-23.

“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”

The Snow is Coming…

…to my part of the south.

IMG_3647The library book is checked out.

craftA craft is in progress.

FullSizeRenderThe soup is on.

I’m ready!

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