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

Saturday, November 1, 2008

My Hope is Built



My Hope is Built

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Chorus

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.


When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Chorus

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

Chorus

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Chorus

by Edward Mote



Taking time to join others in fasting & prayer for our nation. See you on November 5th.

In Him,

Julie

On My Heart, On My Knees...

I've debated back and forth what to post on my blog. Some of the "big" bloggers, the mega-bloggers who have thousands of readers have suggested it is not good manners to talk about politics and religion.

Well...for today, I am going to lay the manners aside. So if you don't want to talk about politics you won't hurt my feelings. Come back on Wednesday or Thursday of next week and we'll move on to some more "joyful" pursuits.

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Okay...Is everyone gone who wants to steer clear of the big red, white and blue elephant and donkey dancing in the corner of the room?











If you are still here, you may or may not want your children to read with you.

So for today...

I kept trying to NOT write this. I kept thinking that someone else would do a much better job. But the burden of silence physically hurts these days.

My heart is so heavy with the upcoming election. America is at a turning point. The mainstream media has become a propaganda tool. I graduated with a degree in advertising and public relations from the College of Journalism at my university. So there were lots of news-writing classes, along with marketing, ad writing,and publicity classes. Had I or any of my classmates turned in articles most journalist today are publishing we would have gotten a big fat "F."

I totally get pundits, op-ed pieces, slants and endorsements. I get advertising. I know what the PR people for the candidates get paid to do. But only a few times before in history have we seen media sliding down a slope with potential leaders. And the outcome hasn't been pretty.

Thankfully the internet has provided some balance (and I know that is slanted,) too!! But there are questions unanswered and topics untouched by MSNBC, NBC, CBS, CNN and ABC. FOX is dependent on the show's host. One thing the mainstream media does not want to talk about is abortion. Basic human rights.

So I've decided to share links and videos that deal with the issues of abortion and the rights of unborn children. Feel free to click on the links, please be kind if you disagree with anything. I'm betting I am preaching to the crowd (if anyone's still reading). But, you never know.



What if we substituted the word "slavery" for the word "abortion"?

Renee posted a video.

Margaret posted a most poignant piece before her fast.

Barabara at Mommy Life has so many good posts, her latest is a suggestion of things to "google" if you want information.

40 Days for Life

Elizabeth at In the Heart of My Home has a thoughtful article.

Forcing Pro-Life Doctors Out of the Baby Business?

And finally, can Gianna Jessen be ignored? She survived an attempted saline abortion. She is vocal about the right to life.



The first ad Gianna Jessen did for BornAliveTruth



God is in control. There is nothing that happens without His knowledge. Why should I bother? One person is not going to change anything. Alone. But one person standing with another, and another...well we can move mountains.

Really the subject is not funny, but sometimes a joke will illustrate as well as something more serious.

A man was sitting on his front porch when it started to rain. The rain came down harder and harder and the man realized that it was a flood. So the flood waters were rising and when the water started to spill over the porch, a man in a rowboat comes by. And the man in the rowboat says, "Need any help?"

But the man said, "Nope, the Lord will take care of me!" A few hours later, the man was standing on a chair on his front porch and another rowboat comes by.

And the man inside yells, "Need any help?"

But the man smiles and says, "Nope, the Lord will take care of me!"

A few hours later, the man is on his roof and a helicopter comes by and the pilot inside yells, "Need any help?!"

But the man just says, "Nope! The Lord will take care of me!"

A few hours later, the flood gets to be too much for the man and he drowns. When he enters Heaven, he asks the Lord, "Lord, why didn't you take care of me?"

The Lord says, "Well, I sent you two rowboats and a helicopter!"


First and foremost our prayer and then our vote are our rowboats and helicopter.

Friday, October 31, 2008

A Year Ago Today--A Halloween Reprise

Today's been kind of nice. Ballet was canceled and we had no where to go. It seemed like the weekend--only a little early. So, since we are boring today I will share what happened one year ago today:

(Originally posted 11-01-07)
So I woke up yesterday morning to no water.

Nice.

AmazinglyReally the bill had been paid. But somehow the water department had not credited customers who had paid on line.

So they had shut off several of their customers. The paying kind. Oooops. Their bad.

Ummmm…my mad.

The good news was no one here was in need of a shower and the kitchen was only mildly disgusting a little messy. We had plenty of clean clothes, because I got motivated for once am such a good housekeeper.

The bad news was Boo was sick. Chicken noodle soup was the lunch order of the day. His appetite is still good. That is more good news.

I did an easy stir-fry last night. One dish included a Toad Food I mean Tofu. Because Roo hates dislikes has requested an alternative to chicken.

Yeah, whatever. It is a good thing he looks a lot like me and acts like me in other ways (well sometimes he should NOT act like me--but that is another story that I will never share), because I am still shaking my head saying, “That is SOOOOOO not my child, eating Toad Food I mean Tofu. The Cave Geek and I are all about carnivorous eating here.

Then I needed to run to the grocery store last night.

So I walk out the door of my duplex last night to be greeted by forty something man. (Who I didn't know.) With two or three days beard growth. Dressed in a fairy outfit with a tutu (and boxer shorts under). Smoking a cigarette.

Apparently my neighbor was having a party. I hope it was a costume party. I'm just saying...

Well alrighty then. Halloween…ya never know what is going to happen.

And if you have any good Toad Food recipes for Tofu, could you let me know because it seems Roo is becoming a vegetarian. And I am such a supportive parent. Really.

This Is the "Day of Dumb Tests!"


Forgive me for being silly. If you are feeling silly too, scroll down!


Pretty Accurate

I've seen these personality labels around and always wondered what they would say about me. Now I know. The results weren't too surprising.

INFP - "Questor". High capacity for caring. Emotional face to the world. High sense of honor derived from internal values. 4.4% of total population.
Free Jung Personality Test (similar to Myers-Briggs/MBTI)


Introverted (I) 78.13% Extroverted (E) 21.88%
Intuitive (N) 58.62% Sensing (S) 41.38%
Feeling (F) 66.67% Thinking (T) 33.33%
Perceiving (P) 62.86% Judging (J) 37.14%


There are several different tests that can be found here. Let me know what you came up with & tell me if you posted results on your blog. I'll come check it out.

How Long Could You Survive Chained to a Bunk Bed with a Velociraptor?

I could survive for 51 seconds chained to a bunk bed with a velociraptor

The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test

Your result for The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test...

The Prioress

You scored 5% Cardinal, 72% Monk, 53% Lady, and 41% Knight!


You are a moral person and are also highly intellectual. You like your solitude but are also kind and helpful to those around you. Guided by a belief in the goodness of mankind you will likely be christened a saint after your life is over.


You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you can be happy that you're an individual.

Take The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test at HelloQuizzy

Which Crayola Box of Eight Colors Are You










You are most like:

Black


You are bold with a dark side. You make clear lines wherever you go, though you color outside of the lines. Many people may just see the surface of you and think you are merely plain, but you have a lot of depth to you as well.


Take this quiz: Which Crayola Box of 8 Color Are You?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gobble Gobble

A friend of mine was making a little dessert/craft to take to a book study group. She was trying to explain them to me and I must have had a puzzled look on my face. So when she made them she shared a few of her labors with the boys and I.




Be warned!!

I have to tell you that they are really sugary and one of the cookies alone would have been plenty, but "I can't believe I ate the whole thing!"

"Gobble, Gobble, indeed!!

I will probably try these for Thanksgiving but they are cute just for autumn!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Fall into Reading 2008--Update

I've finished Category 7 and A Bride So Fair from my Fall into Reading 2008 list.

I've posted reviews on them over at my Joyful Days Reviews & Recipes blog. I started a new blog to cut down some of the clutter over here. Hopefully some improvements will be noticed as time goes on and definitely after the first of the year. There are a few other reviews over there already. The recipes aren't getting posted as fast as I wanted. But that's me just me...behind again.

Fall into Reading 2008 is hosted by Katrina at Callapidder Days check out other participants and their book reviews!

I Refuse to Turn the Heat On!!!

Much stamping of feet and temper tantrum throwing!

Global warming, indeed! That is a joke.

We've had three nights of frost with daytime highs in the 40s. Today is a bit warmer, at 55 degrees(F). While this duplex is not my most favorite of abodes, it does have one very good feature. It was built solid and insulated well. In the summer it is hard to get a cross breeze, so opening up windows isn't an option often. But when the weather cools down we are able to leave windows open and heat off much longer than most.

But the last few nights below freezing have sent us below 60 in the house at night. With my hot flashes, that's not a big deal for me. But the boys who like to run around barefoot and in t-shirts are complaining a little bit. Mean ole Mama's answer is, "Put socks on, get a blanket and put a sweater on." While we miss him greatly, it is probably a good thing my honey is traveling again. He likes things toasty and although he's very frugal, we'd be bickering about the thermostat. The weather is supposed to warm up just in time for his return this weekend. That's a good thing!

The leaves are still on the trees. I am soooooooo not ready for winter! Fall is just starting as far as I am concerned. The boys and I took a fall walk so I could get some annual photos. Here's a glimpse.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Memory Meme

Renee at 2 Peas in a Pod tagged me for a meme. I am just getting round to doing it--running behind as usual.

The rules are:

* Go to your Sixth Picture Folder then pick your Sixth Picture.

* Pray that you remember the details.

* Tag 5 others.

This is the back of Roo's head in 2004--Christmas time. That's my niece's arm and head in there too. I am lucky that most of my photos are labeled somehow because I would not have been able to put a date on this one.



Just for contrast I ran across this photo the other day. The two"children" by the goats are Roo and my niece, taken this summer. (That's my curly-headed Boo in the corner.) Four years later she is taller than I am, he had this head of gorgeous hair long enough to put in a ponytail. He's since had his hair cut, but the contrast of these makes me see, in no uncertain terms, just how fast and much they have grown.



I'm going to skip tagging this time. If you choose to play let me know & I'll come visit!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Grains of Gratitude...Running Behind Again

While I always start off feeling sorry for myself when I get overloaded, I quickly remember that it is because my life is so full of blessings that running shoes seem to be a necessity these days. At least I try to. Sometimes it takes a cup of coffee or four to get the old brain cells firing again.

I am grateful the boys are feeling better. There is no time I feel more like a rotten mommy than when my children are sick. And even if it is just simple thing, I always feel there should be something more I could do. So when they bounce back--Yay!! They are back to using furniture as diving boards and leaping t.v. trays in a single bound.

The boys are thrilled that they are in rehearsals already?? finally. Friends!!! Seven days a week! Who worries about socialization? I am grateful for one mom in particular who is a joy to talk to. She keeps my perspective pointed the right way. We pray for each other and our kids and I know she is a huge blessing in my life.

Last night the boys and I went to the cathedral downtown. I am so grateful that we were able to do so. We didn't know that the choir, organist and chamber orchestra would be there for Mass. How awesome to have our worship led by them. I spent a lot of time with tears running down my cheeks. It was just that beautiful. Praise the LORD indeed!!

For sunshine--chilly, but still sunshine! We had lots and lots and lots of rain last week. Yesterday we had WIIIIIIINNNNNNNDDDDDD!. Today seems to be breezy, but not too bad and the sky is gorgeous and the sun is out and shining away.

My list is long for this week. Everything really needs to be done now. But at the same time the roof won't cave in if something gets put off a little bit. Seems like I should get in gear, get off the computer, start prioritizing and "just do it!" LOL!

Does anyone remember the old Veggie Tale song "Busy"? Archibald Asparagus and the Doctor sing it to Larry Boy. It has been running through my head since I got up. I can't find a video of it, but here are some of the lyrics:

Cause we're busy, busy, frightfully busy
More than a bumblebee, more than an ant.
Busy, busy, horribly busy
We'd love to help, but we can't!


I'm grateful for busy! What are you grateful for?

Brady's Bunch, home of the busy Christine is where Grains of Gratitude started.