Monday, October 28, 2013

The Sunshine Award!



Bekah over at His Princess awarded me the Sunshine award. Thanks so much Bekah! The sunshine award means "bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere." Below are the rules.

1. Thank the blogger that nominated her and link to her blog
2. Nominate other bloggers and let them know on their blogs
3. Answer a list of ten questions
4. The Sunshine Award button must be posted on the blog

So here are my answers (you can either answer these questions or make up your own 10 questions and answer those):

1. What is your favorite color?
Definitely a dark, dark, dark blue or red.

2. What is one of your favorite books?
Well, the Bible is definitely my favorite! But I REALLY like "In the Shadow of the Almighty".

3. What book are you reading right now?
Well, actually I've not been reading any book right now....because of the National Bible Bee. Hopefully after nationals I will be reading a lot more! Two of the books that I want to read are "Do Hard Things" and "Start Here" by the Harris's. 

4. Do you have a pet?
Nope

5. What is your favorite hobby(s)/or talent(s)?
My favorite hobby is reading!!!! But I also really like being outdoors...whatever that consists of :)
6. Do you play an instrument?
Well, I play piano. I can't say that I'm good at it though. After nationals though I will be starting to learn the autoharp!!

7. What is your favorite Scripture verse?
Ohhh...I have so many favorites!! Right now though one of my favorites are Isaiah 43:1-2. It is such an encouraging passage!

8. Do you play an sports?
No :( I wish though that I could...I just don't have the time too....

9. What is your favorite Christian music group?
Ummm...."Soundforth Singers and Orchestra" and the Steve Petit Evangelistic group.

10. What is your favorite hymn?
I have SO many favorites!! I really like "The Solid Rock", "I Need Thee Every Hour", "And Can It Be", and "He Leadeth Me". Of course those are just a few. I have so many more!

And now here are the people who I nominate:

In Christ,
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Godly Man's Picture :: Some Quotes

The other day I started reading "The Godly Man's Picture" by Thomas Watson. It is one of the Puritan Paperbacks and a wonderful book. Here's a few quotes from this great book:

"When the Lord pardons a sinner, He does not pay a debt, but gives a legacy."
"A man has no more power to change himself than to create himself."
"He who has only a painted heaven shall have only a painted happiness."
"Many take Christ as Jesus, but refuse Him as Lord."


And, on a side note, Happy 1st day of October!!!
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Local Pictures

I know this is really late but I'm just now getting around to it...and as people say "Better late then never!" So here are just a few pictures from locals...August 24.


All Contestants at our 2013 Local Bible Bee



Our annual Bible Bee picture by our plum tree



A silly picture of us



Daddy Speaking



Us four Bee's :) 


Because of HIM!
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Thursday, September 12, 2013

9/11


The head of a company survived 9/11 
because his son started kindergarten.


Another fellow was alive because it was
his turn to bring donuts.

One woman was late because her
alarm clock didn't go off in time...

One was late because of being stuck on the NJ Turnpike
because of an auto accident.

One of them
missed his bus.

One spilled food on her clothes and had to take
time to change.

One's
car wouldn't start.

One couldn't 
get a taxi.

One man put on a new pair of shoes that morning and took the various means to get to work, but before he got there, he developed a blister on his foot.
He stopped at a drugstore to buy a Band-Aid.
That's why he's alive today...

Now when I am
Stuck in traffic,
Miss an elevator,
Turn back to answer a ringing telephone...
All the little things that annoy me.
I think to myself,
this is exactly where God wants me to be
at this very moment...

Next time your morning seems to be going wrong,
You can't seem to find the car keys,
You hit every traffic light,
Don't get mad or frustrated;
It may just be that
God is watching over you.
May God continue to bless you
With all those annoying little things 
And may you remember their possible purpose.
~ Unknown Author ~

Because of HIM!
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pilot and Co-Pilot

{Sorry for the not so great pic....it was a phone pic}
 
David and I -- At a Airline History Museum
 
 
Keep Smiling!
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nationals...Here We Come!

On Wednesday evening we all gathered around the computer eagerly awaiting our scores and National Placements! Amidst much excitement and screaming we found out that Bethany, David, and I all qualified for nationals! Sadly though, Ellia did not advance :( I came in 39th place with a total score of 771. ALL GLORY TO GOD!!!

I now have to memorize 750 more verses and study the book of Ephesians before Nationals...which is November 20-23, 2013.

Praise the LORD for His goodness!!!!!!

Because of HIM!
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Over...

It's hard to believe that locals is all over! It sped by so fast!! We all had a great time...it was SO much fun!

Early in the morning we got up and prepared for our big day...we made sure that we had everything, grabbed a quick bite to eat and then headed out. We went through the registration line and registered then we headed into the sanctuary to wait for the opening ceremony. After instructions, a song, and prayer the juniors and seniors headed downstairs to take the written test, while the primaries went for their oral rounds. After finishing the written test all the juniors and seniors headed back up for their oral rounds. After all tests were completed everyone headed back downstairs for lunch. We had a great time fellowshipping with others! With lunch finished we all went back to the sanctuary where each family went up on stage and shared a little bit about their Bible Bee experience. When each family had shared the top five finalists in each division were announced. Our host announced the primaries first and we were greatly delighted to hear "3rd place in the primary division...Ellia"!!!!!!! Ellia did very well considering that she had just recently learned to read and having to take the written test! Then the juniors were announced and the 1st place winner was....David!!!!!! Then the Seniors were announced! She announced 5th place and then 4th place and then 3rd place as Bethany!!!!!! Then they announced 2nd place and then "And 1st place in the senior division...Carissa"!! I was in total shock! ALL GLORY TO GOD!!!

We had a very wonderful and special day! Scores are posted on Wednesday and I can't wait!!!!!

Sorry I don't have any pictures...contestants weren't allowed cameras :)

Because of HIM!
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Only 1 Day?!

Just thought I'd pop in to say "ONLY 1 DAY TILL LOCALS!" It's so hard to believe that Bible Bee Locals is already almost here! I've had a great summer studying 1 John and memorizing different passages from the Bible! I'm so excited for locals!!!

Just thought I'd let y'all know...here are some test taking tips for Saturday!! Click HERE to see them!

Because of HIM!
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

25 Years Ago!

On August 6, 1988 two people were joined together in marriage...my parents. They have now been married 25 years!!

On August 8 we had a surprise party to honor them on their 25 years of marriage! It was a very special evening to think back over my parents marriage. They are a wonderful example of Christian marriage!!


The beautiful cake that Amy made

A close-up :)



The Refreshments


Pretty flowers


Their look when they walked in and we all shouted "surprise"


Bethany serving the punch

A cute little 25 heart that David made for them


Mommy

Another picture of the refreshments :)

Daddy

Daddy and Mommy

Daniel Speaking

David reading Ephesians 5 about wives and husbands

Cutting the cake

Feeding each other

Drinking with linked arms

Our Family

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Live for Eternity ~ A Sermon Jam by Paul Washer


This is a great sermon jam by Paul Washer. It is taken from his sermon "10 indictments against the modern church in America".

Keep Smiling!!
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Thought Provoking Quote


"The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for." ~ Unknown

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Thankfulness


"You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled." ~ Charles Spurgeon



"We can always find something to be thankful for." ~ Albert Barnes


Each day contains many blessings. But so often I just pass over them. The Bible tells us to "come into his gates with praise and his courts with thanksgiving."

I am thankful for:
*Reading the word with different ladies at the nursing home today
*Having lunch with a dear lady in our church
*Being able to participate in the National Bible Bee
*Our Air Conditioner :)
*Beautiful flowers
*Our vegetable garden
*For my wonderful family and sweet friends
*Pretty music to play on the piano

What are you thankful for today?

(I'm sorry I've been absent for so long. I'm going to start blogging more often :D)
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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Review : : The Triumph of John and Betty Stam



The Triumph of John and Betty Stam was a very challenging, moving and encouraging book. John and Betty Stam were missionaries to China during the time of the Chinese Civil War while Communists were in control. Betty went over to China in 1931 and two years later in 1933 John also went over to China. They were married on October 25, 1933 and on September 11, 1934 their little daughter was born, Helen Priscilla Stam. On December 8, 1934 while still both in their late 20's they were both executed by the communists. Miraculously their little daughter Helen was rescued by a Chinese Pastor.

This is such a wonderful book. It shows why Betty and John went over to China. It tells about their life beforehand and how they were able to face everything.

One lady, when she heard of of the execution, said, "Oh, why did they go there?" Mr. Stam answered, "Because the Love of Christ constrained them. We were glad to see them go and would gladly have let them go again, because we look not at the things that are seen. They were not after money or comfort but after souls."

John and Betty Stam knew that this life is not about comfort and happiness for the flesh but that they needed to serve the Lord. They knew that their life was not their own. There is a cost to following Christ and they knew that. Because of their supreme sacrifice God used it to inspire others to follow Him in the same way. When the world heard of the execution they said "What a waste." But was it really a waste? God does not waste his people. He uses us for his glory and he used the Stam's for his glory. It is not a waste to use our life for our glory and the Stam's sacrifice was not a waste.

Below is a poem written by Betty at the age of 18:
Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes,
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all
Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt.
And work out Thy whole will in my life, at any cost,
Now and forever.


John included this poem in a letter to his father. Though he did not write the poem it still expresses his thoughts:

Afraid?
Afraid?  Of what?
To feel the spirit’s glad release?
To pass from pain to perfect peace,
The strife and strain of life to cease?
Afraid—of that?
Afraid?  Of what?
Afraid to see the Savior’s face,
To hear His welcome, and to trace
The glory gleam from wounds of grace?
Afraid—of that?
Afraid?  Of what?
A flash—a crash—a pierced heart;
Darkness—Light—O Heaven’s art?
A wound of His a counterpart!
Afraid?—of that?
Afraid?  Of what?
To do by death what life could not—
Baptize with blood a stony plot,
Till souls shall blossom from the spot?
Afraid?—of that?

Below are some quotes of John and Betty Stam's:


“I think, sometimes, we excuse ourselves when we fail, because we realize that the flesh is weak. If we could really see sin as God sees it, what a fight would be put up!” ~ John Stam ~

"It’s as clear as daylight to me that the only worthwhile life is one of unconditional surrender to God’s will, and of living in His way, trusting His love and guidance.” ~ Betty Scott Stam ~

“When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice, and doing lots for Him, when really we are only letting go some little, bitsie trinkets we have been grabbing and when our hands are empty, He fills them full of His treasures.” ~Betty Scott Stam~

“We do not know where they (the soldiers) are going, but we are going to Heaven.” ~ John Stam ~
This book was very moving and it brought tears to my eyes but it was also eye opening. I would highly recommend this book.

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Update on Bethany #3

I just had to post again and let you all know some great news. The doctor told us she wouldn't be able to smile for a while but she is actually starting to smile again!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!!

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Update on Bethany #2

Bethany is now home! Also she doesn't really have any pain and she is not having nausea! Praise the Lord! Thank you so much for all your prayers and sweet comments. They are greatly appreciated.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Update on Bethany #1

Bethany had a rough night. She can't keep her liquid medicine down and when she drinks anything she gets an upset stomach. Nausea is being a big problem right now.  She will not be allowed to come home until she can keep her liquid medicine down. This is very troubling to Bethany so please continue praying.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Bethany's Surgery

Bethany's jaw surgery went well this morning and she is now in the recovery room. Please be praying for her and for all of us. Thanks.

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

I was Awarded and Tagged!

Liebster-Award



I was awarded the Liebster award by Jessica. Thank you Jessica!


What is a Liebster Award?
The Liebster Award is an award given to rising bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
Thank You...
I want to thank Jessica for awarding me the Liebster award. I really enjoy reading your blog, Jessica. Press on!
Award Rules:
1. You must thank the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator
3. Pass on the award to 11 new recipients
4. Pose 11 new questions to your bloggers

Now to answer the questions posed by my nominators…

1. What holiday do you cook/bake the most food? Probably Thanksgiving
2. Cookies or Cupcakes? Cookies
3. What is a family recipe that is passed down through generations? Um...I can't think of any right now
4. What is your favorite food to cook/eat? Chicken Enchiladas
5. What is your favorite kitchen tool that you absolutely can't do without? I really like our big mixer
6. When did you start your blog? I started it in November 2010
7. What's your favorite part about the Oreo cookies, the cookie or the cream? The cream
8. Ever had a birthday without a cake? Yes
9. Are you a travel bug? Though I don't travel much I really enjoy it
10. Sweet or Salty? Sweet
11. On a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you like cinnamon? 4

I Award:

Eden @ Eden's Evaluations
Elanee @ Elanee's Endeavors
Lauren @ Lulu Belle's Place
Desiree @ Ransomed Princess
Elizabeth @ Joyful Jewels 4 Jesus
Annie @ Daughter of His Grace
Lily @ Lily In His Field
Kaylee @ Written On My Heart
Payton @ Dwelling in the Secret Place
Marie @ Radiant Sunshine 4 Him
Moss Family @ Moss Farm

11 Questions to Those I Award:

1. What is your favorite Bible Verse and why?
2. What is your favorite month and why?
3. Do you like email or letters, why?
4. What is your favorite time in history?
5. Stripes or polka dots?
6. What is your favorite holiday and why?
7. Turkey or Ham?
8. What is your favorite kind of ice cream?
9. When did you start blogging?
10. What is your favorite store to go to?
11. What is your favorite type of weather?

I was tagged by Rachel @ Jewels of Jesus

The Rules:
*Tell 10 random things about yourself or 10 favorite Bible Verses
*Tag 10 people (and make sure they know!)

10 random things about me
1. I am really interested in family history...are any of you, my readers, interested in it as well?
2. I am very introvert
3. I am an avid reader
4. I so like Scotland and Ireland...though I have never been there before :D
5. Piano is the instrument I play and I have been playing since I was 5
6. I really enjoy writing but I am not good at it
7. Missionary biographies are what I have been reading a lot recently...just finished "The Triumph of John and Betty Stam." Great book!
8. I enjoy learning about history...it is just so fascinating!
9. I might...just might be getting my permit in July!!!!
10. Bible Bee is what I do for 6 months of the year and it is amazing!!!!!! 

Well...I am going to break the rules...
Instead of awarding 10 different people I would really like if you, my readers would tell me 10 random things or 10 favorite passages of Scripture in a comment.

Thank you once again Jessica and Rachel!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

More Quotes Please

I am working on compiling quotes and if you have any please share them with me by way of a comment. Thank you!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Missions Quotes


"God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him" — Hudson Taylor

"God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him." — Hudson Taylor

"If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?" — David Livingstone

"Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." — C.T. Studd

"Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible." — C.T. Studd

"The mission of the church is missions" — Oswald J. Smith

"We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first." — Oswald J. Smith

"If God calls you to be a missionary, don't stoop to be a king"

When James Calvert went out as a missionary to the cannibals of the Fiji Islands, the ship captain tried to turn him back, saying, "You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages." To that, Calvert replied, "We died before we came here."

"You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." — Amy Carmichael

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

: : Psalm 19:1 : :



"The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork."