This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Friday, September 28, 2007

Scripture and Song

Praise the Name of the LORD. For His Name alone is excellent; His glory is about the earth and heaven. Psalm 148:13

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name.

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease;
’Tis music in the sinner’s ears,
’Tis life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,
He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood availed for me.

He speaks, and, listening to His voice,
New life the dead receive,
The mournful, broken hearts rejoice,
The humble poor believe.

Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.

In Christ your Head, you then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Glory to God, and praise and love
Be ever, ever given,
By saints below and saints above,
The church in earth and heaven.

On this glad day the glorious Sun
Of Righteousness arose;
On my benighted soul
He shoneAnd filled it with repose.

Sudden expired the legal strife,
’Twas then I ceased to grieve;
My second, real, living life
I then began to live.

Then with my heart I first believed,
Believed with faith divine,
Power with the Holy Ghost received
To call the Savior mine.

I felt my Lord’s atoning blood
Close to my soul applied;
Me, me He loved, the Son of God,
For me, for me He died!

I found and owned His promise true,
Ascertained of my part,
My pardon passed in heaven
I knewWhen written on my heart.

Look unto Him, ye nations, own
Your God, ye fallen race;
Look, and be saved through faith alone,
Be justified by grace.

See all your sins on Jesus laid:
The Lamb of God was slain,
His soul was once an offering made
For every soul of man.

Awake from guilty nature’s sleep,
And Christ shall give you light,
Cast all your sins into the deep,
And wash the Æthiop white.

Harlots and publicans and thieves
In holy triumph join!
Saved is the sinner that believes
From crimes as great as mine.

Murderers and all ye hellish crew
In holy triumph join!
Believe the Savior died for you;
For me the Savior died.

With me, your chief, ye then shall know,
Shall feel your sins forgiven;
Anticipate your heaven below,
And own that love is heaven.

Words by Charles Wesley
Music by Carl G. Glaser

The gracious Sheryl at Taking the Challenge is hostess for Faith Lift Fridays. For inspirational thoughts to start the week visit her and all who join her to begin the weekend with faith.

Pay It Forward Book Exchange

Edited to add: Blue Momma is the winner of the giveaway. Let me know how to get this book to you.

Thanks for all of you who entered. Please check back I will be giving away more books very soon.

Pay It Forward Book ExchangeOverwhelmed With Joy originated the Pay It Forward Book Exchange. I participated a little while ago and had so much fun that I am giving away another book!!

The book I am giving away is the first book I won!! And I received it from Overwhelmed, herself. I am giving away The Road by Cormac McCarthy. This is a well written and well conceived book. I will warn you it is bleak, stark and gray. A man wanders “the road” with a young boy. All life as they know it is devastated. I wasn’t able to start this book immediately after I received it, but when I did start it I blew through it in less than two day. It is hard to put down. It will be one I will not forget.

The Road by Cormac McCarthyTwo things the winner will need to do: to win, you need to agree to give this book away, “Pay It Forward” when you are done. The other thing is leave me a comment between today and Friday, September 28th, noon, central time. I will announce the winner Friday evening. As much as I love comments don’t comment here unless you want to win this book—leave me a comment somewhere else. If you comment be prepared to e-mail me your mailing address so I can send you the book.

Visit Overwhelmed With Joy to learn about other books that are being given away. If you want to let your friends know about the giveaway here, feel free to share, but it is not a requirement to win.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

What is it about fall that makes me feel like baking, cooking and most of all eating? Flavors are so important, what would food be without them. How thin would I be if eating didn’t have such appeal—note to self, “quit using flavorful food & flavorings.” No, that’s not right…I just need to learn the ever so important word—MODERATION.

So I give you:

Thirteen flavors with which I wish I did not have to worry about moderation:

coffeeCoffee—the nectar with which I start my day. An IV would be faster, but I’ve decided that it would not be near as fun.
Coffee flavoring is wonderful to find in candy, baking or liqueur. Add some instant coffee to your brownies, just a dash and they will be even better. Flavored coffee my favorite, much to my husband’s dismay. So much so that we have to have separate coffee pots. So my sissy coffee does not contaminate his “real coffee.”

Chocolate—second only to coffee. Even better when found with coffee. Or alone or with many of the following flavors. Chocolate brownies, cupcakes, Ghirardelli, Godiva…dark, milk, semi-sweet, bitter…chocolate is wonderful. chocolate

vanillaVanilla—not simple or plain at all. Vanilla is not as bold as other flavors. Vanilla enhances the flavors it is added too. Vanilla is a good and gentle friendly type flavor. Tastes good with coffee and/or chocolate. Not just for ice cream anymore, although is my favorite kind.

caramelCarmel—oooh, lala Caramel. Caramel is sticky as well as tasty and you know it just lingers. Caramel in coffee, with chocolate, in chocolate coffee, in brownies, in candy, as frosting...Yum. Caramel to me is a fall flavor also for some reason—OH wait!!! I know Caramel Apples!!

applesApple—A was an apple pie, B bit it, C cut it…well you know the rhyme. Apple pie, apple danish, apple cider, apple butter, apple cake, apple turnover…what can you not do with an apple?

Cinnamon—did you know you cannot swallow a teaspoon of cinnamon? Or so I am told. I am not trying it. Although I do take cinnamon capsules, supposed to be good for blood sugar levels and I am not one to turn down a natural opportunity for that. I’ll get back to you on the effectiveness. Cinnamon candy—Red Hots!! Cinnamon fudge which I made last Christmas—ohhhhh so good. Cinnamon in my coffee, cakes, apple pies, oatmeal, cookies. Cinnamon leads fall into winter. Cinnamon goes into PUMPKIN PIE!cinnamon

pumpkinPumpkin—a gourd like no other, can be copied but not well imitated. Can be a vegetable but at the same time a dessert. And pumpkins are cool to look at. I am especially enamored with pumpkin cheesecake recipes, but am fond of pumpkin bread, bars, butter and I would really like to join Harry Potter or JK Rowling and have a glass of pumpkin juice.

lemonLemon—Says summer to me, but I still love it. Lemonade, lemon pie, lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemon frosting, lemon ice. Clean with a bite, citrus with a jolt…Lemony fresh lemons.

tomatoTomatoes—end of summer bliss. Off the vine, red, yellow, purple, green. Big Boy, Best Girl or Cherry or Grape. Look here for heirloom varieties. Tomato sandwiches—who needs the L and the B??? Just the tomatoes!! Salad sauce, salsa, warm cold. You say toe-may-toe—I say toe-mah-toe, they are still delicious, nutritious and oh so fine. Goes with basil and garlic.

basilDid I say basil?? Cinnamon, lemon, sweet, Italian—how many varieties of basil are there? In a salad, in a sauce, pesto, meat or vegetarian…Basil is adaptable and easy to grow.

Garlic—there is NO such thing as too much garlic. I’m just saying. You have been warned. Heart healthy and flavorful, in sauce, meat, on veggies, baked solo and if it can get past me, as a spread. One of my dear wishes is to visit the restaurant to die for—The Stinking Rose. Be still my heart. garlic

feta cheeseFeta Cheese—an acquired taste that no one else in my family has acquired. So more for me. I buy it in a brick. Salad, sauce, topping. You will never misjudge the fragrance.

cheddar cheeseCheddar Cheese—is a work horse, sandwiches, soups, salads, casseroles, hors d’oevres. I love all cheese in general, but cheddar is a comfort flavor for me. Common and unpretentious is cheddar.

Care to share your favorite flavors?

THE PURPOSE BEHIND THE THURSDAY THIRTEEN:The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. What do you do? Write Thirteen things about yourself, summarize your week in one entry, make it easy for other bloggers to get to know you on a weekly basis. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged!

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is being given away here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday

Progressive Apple Peeler

WFMWWell, really it works for Grandpa (my dad). The last few days we've been blessed with a visit from Grandpa. The boys have been hitting balls at the driving range, visiting a historical farm, and making apple pies.

Grandpa wanted to make pies with his boys! So he figured we'd have what he wanted in the big city to make them...well all but one thing--he packed his apple peeler.

apple peelerMy father is one for gizmos, gadgets and cool tools. He always manages to find neat stuff that really works! And this one is a doozy. I am sure some of you really good cooks already know about this, but I was impressed. My husband was really impressed--he used it to slice pototoes for hobo potatoes and mashed potatoes this week--I guess we could call him the "Potato Guy" or Mr. Potato Head--but I might be pushing it there...BLUSH...welll...ahem & anyway...This was really a helpful kitchen tool.

I looked online and came up with this website that also features more nifty, handy, dandy things. Worth a look.

For more Works for Me Wednesday tips, tricks and smart ideas visit Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer.

Also giving away a book here!!

Wordless Wednesday

A Good Day

For more WW see here.

My Pay It Forward Book Giveaway is here.

Prayer Request

I will be leaving this up top for a bit just to ask & remind people to pray.
Sweet Ashley desperately needs our prayers. Would you please remember her and her family. Prayer requests include healing for Ashley, wisdom for the doctors and discernment for her parents and comfort and courage for her siblings.

Lifting up precious Ashley.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Children's Book Monday


Tornado by Betsy ByarsBetsy Byars has written a superb chapter book for early readers (grades 1-3) that would certainly make a great read aloud also. I stumbled on this story while looking for appropriate readers that discussed real tornados for Boo.

Tornado is a black lab who finds himself deposited in a farmyard by (how’d you guess?) a tornado. The dog’s story is told during another tornado by Pete who found him. Pete is now a grown man and a hired hand on another family’s farm. The family gathers in the storm cellar when a tornado threatens. Pete tells the stories about his dog to give the children something to focus on besides the storm.

Boo read this not too long ago and enjoyed it immensely. He recounted the story to me during car rides and meals. We both liked Doron Ben-Ami’s black and white illustrations.

Children’s Book Monday is home at Elise’s A Path Made Straight. Visit her and all the readers who share a love of children's books.

Menu Plan Monday

My menu includes feeding company this week!! Grandpa came to visit his boys and we will be joined for an evening by a couple of much loved cousins. We still have all our activities, but Grandpa is as good as Daddy for helping in the kitchen, so we will eat well.

—chili and cornbread
Tuesday—beef roast, carrots, potatoes and gravy. The crockpot is my friend and there was a nice sale on roast. This is the night we will have three extra people at the table. Comfort food is good for company food.
Wednesday—tacos (the meat is already made and in the freezer!)
Thursday—baked chicken, broccoli and rice
Friday—stir fry that we didn’t have last week because we went out for dinner. That was a nice surprise.

For more Menu Plan Monday visit Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Grains of Gratitude

This week has flown. The weather decide to act like summer a little longer. I suppose that's okay, but I was excited for fall. The trees, however are showing signs of redecorating themselves. How I love to see the tapestry of autumn.

We were blessed because my dad decided to visit us. The boys are tickled to have Grandpa to show off for. Dad and I have had chances to sit and talk which is always a good thing. The boys took Dad and Grandpa out to the driving range for a few pointers. This golf thing just might be fun. I've wanted for them to get the bug. I think it would be a nice family activity. I used to golf quite a bit & my husband used to golf, but we really have only golfed together once or twice!! So it is our goal to do more next year.

Results from the boys auditions are still not available, but Boo may have a chance for a different audition. A touring ballet company needs a little boy who can "jump, run across the stage & fall down." Ummmm...yeah. He can do that!! He does it at home quite a bit. So that might be some fun.

My husband has had a lot of stress at work lately. I am grateful that some of his work can be accomplished from home. It's not a perfect job, but a chance to sit in his own office and stay out of some traffic is always a good thing.

I am grateful for my hobbies. Even though I don't get a lot of time to indulge in them, they provide a nice chance to decompress and be creative.

We are grateful for so much this week. What are you grateful for?

Grains of Gratitude began with the busy but grateful Christine at Brady's Bunch.