Friday, January 25, 2013

My Little Princesses







{Sorry, the bottom pictures is messed up}

Friday, January 18, 2013

Prayer

Prayer is a very important part of the Christian life. Yet we sadly do not pray as much as we ought to. Here are some passages and questions for you to think about.

Matthew 7:7-11
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who is evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him.

Luke 18:1-8
"And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, 'In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, "Give me justice against my adversary." For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, "Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming." And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"'"

Philippians 4:4-7
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6-8
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.

Psalm 5:1-3
Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

Mark 1:35
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.

Do you see similarities between these passages? Why is prayer so difficult for so many of us (i.e consistency, desire, etc)? What is/are the main points of each passage above? What principles about prayer can we draw from these passages? How should these principles affect our prayer or how should we apply them? What other passages have you found to be important regarding prayer? Why?

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Daily Life


Reading, studying, mediating and memorizing the Word of God
Journaling a lot


Doing a LOT of school (I'm trying to graduate early...we'll see how that goes with Bible Bee :D)


Playing Electronic Snap Circuits with siblings...you build different things such as radios, kazoos, alarms, etc...


Playing UNO ATTACK with siblings 


Working on lots of projects...one of which is this paint by number


Playing lots of piano...right now I am working on learning "On the Meadow" by Heinrich 

What have you all been up to recently?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sugar Cookies

Ingredients

*1 1/2 cup butter softened
*2 cups white sugar
*4 eggs
*1 tsp vanilla extract
*5 cups all-purpose flour
*2 tsp baking powder
*1 tsp salt

Directions

*In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.
*Cover and chill dough for at least one hour.
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out dough and use cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
*Bake for 6 minutes. Cool completely. Decorate your cookies.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book Reviews : : A Tale of Two Cities



Charles Dickens has written many books but of all the books I have read my favorite is still "A Tale of Two Cities".

A Tale of Two Cities : : Charles Dickens
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness." Thus Charles Dickens opened his gripping book of one of the most frightening times in all history...The French Revelation. He weaves together the stories of many people into one story... Lucie Manette, who shows devotion to her father she had not seen in 18 years and has come back completely changed. Charles Darnay, a young Frenchman who flees to England. Monsieur and Madame Defrage, who own a wine shop in France and becomes a leader in the revolution. Sydney Carton who drinks way to much but reforms in the end in the act of courage and sacrifice. 


This book was VERY interesting! It has a very involving plot line and was very suspenseful. I did not like that Sydney Carton drank so much. This book showed the reality of the French revolution  It showed the cruelty of the French people to the aristocrats and many other innocents. I really enjoyed this book but because of the VERY involved plot and because of Sydney Carton's bad habit of drinking I would only recommend this book for older readers. I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

There Is A Fountain : : William Cowper


There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.


The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away;
And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.


Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.
Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.


E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.


When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave, 
then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing Thy power to save. 
I'll sing thy power to save, I'll sing thy power to save.
Then in a nobler, sweeter song I'll sing thy power to save.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Quote of the Week : : Charles Spurgeon

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."

Friday, January 4, 2013

Devotionals : : January 4

"Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." - 2 Peter 3:18

"Grow in grace" - not in one grace only, but in all grace. grow in that root-grace, faith. Believe the promises more firmly than you have done. Let faith increase in fulness, constancy, simplicity. Grow also in love. Ask that your love may become extended, more intense, more practical, influencing every thought, word, and deed. Grow likewise in humility. Seek to lie very low, and know more of your own nothingness. As you grow downward in humility, seek also to grow upward - having nearer approaches to God in prayer and more intimate fellow-ship with Jesus. May God the Holy Spirit enable you to "grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour." He who grows not in the knowledge of Him is to increase in happiness. He who does not long to know more of Christ, knows nothing of Him yet. Whoever hath sipped this wine will thirst for more, for although Christ doth satisfy, yet it is such a satisfaction, that the appetite is not cloyed, but whetted. If you know the love of Jesus - as the hart panteth for the water-brooks, so will you pant after deeper draughts of His love. If you do not desire to know Him better, then you love Him not, for love always cries, "Nearer, nearer." Absence from Christ is hell; but the presence of Jesus is heaven. Rest not then content without an increasing acquaintance with Jesus. Seek to know more of Him in His divine nature, in His human relationship, in His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present glorious intercession, and in His future royal advent. Abide hard by the Cross, and search the mystery of His wounds. An increase of love to Jesus, and a more perfect apprehension of His love to us, is one of the best tests of growth in grace. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Devotionals : : January 3

"I will give thee for a covenant of the people." - Isaiah 49:8

Jesus Christ is Himself the sum and substance of the covenant, and as one of its gifts He is the property of every believer. Believer, canst thou estimate what thou hast gotten in Christ? "In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." Consider that word "God" and its infinity, and then meditate upon "perfect man " and all his beauty; for all that Christ, as God and man, ever had, or can have is thine - out of pure free favour, passed over to thee to be thine entailed property for ever  Our blessed Jesus, as god, is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent. Will it not console you to know that all these great and glorious attributes are altogether yours? Has he power? That power is yours to support and strengthen you to overcome your enemies, and to preserve you even to the end. Has He love? Well, there is not a drop of love in His heart which is not yours; you may dive into the immense ocean of His love, and you may say of it all, "It is mine." Hath He justice? It may seem a stern attribute, but even that is yours, for He will by His justice see to it that all which is promised to you in the covenant of grace shall be most certainly secured to you. And all the He has as a perfect man is yours. As a perfect man the Father's delight was upon Him. He stood accepted by the Most High. O Believer, God's acceptance of Christ is thine acceptance; for knowest thou not that the love which the Father set on a perfect Christ, He sets on thee now? For all that Christ did is thine. That perfect righteousness which Jesus wrought out, when through His stainless life He kept the law and made it honourable, is thine, and is imputed to thee. Christ is in the covenant. 

"My God, I am thine - what a comfort divine! What a blessing to know that the Saviour is mine! In the heavenly Lamb thrice happy I am, And my heart it doth dance at the sound of His name."

Verse of the Week : : Psalm 119:105



Your Word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path ~ Psalm 119:105

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Snow




Devotionals : : January 2

"Continue in prayer." - Colossians 4:2

It is insteresting to remark how large a portion of Sacred Writ is occupied with the subject of prayer, either in furnishing examples, enforcing precepts, or pronouncing promises. We scareccely open the Bible before we read, "Then began men to call upon the name of the Lord;" and just as we are about to close the volume, the "Amen" of an earnest supplication meets our ear. Instances are plentiful. Here we find a wrestling Jacob - there a Daniel who prayed three times a day - and a David who with all his heart called upon his God. On the mountain we see Elias; in the dungeon Paul and Silas. We have multitudes of commands, and myriads of promises. What does this teach us, but the sacred importance and necessity of prayer? We may be certain that whatever God has made prominent in His Word, He intended to be conspicuous in our lives. If He has said much about prayer, it is because He knows we have muc need of it. So ddep are our necessities, that until we are in heaven we must not cease to pray. Dost thou want nothing? Then, I fear thou dost not know thy poverty. Hast thou no mercy to ask of God? Then, may the Lord's mercy show thee thy misery! A prayerless soul is a Christless soul. Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watch-word, the comfort, the strength, the honour of a Christian. It thou be a child of God, thou wilt seek thy Father's face, and live in they Father's love. Pray that this year thou mayst be holy, humble, zealous, and patient; have closer communion with Christ, and enter oftener into the banqueting-house of His love. Pray that thou mayst be an example and a blessing unto others, and that thou mayst live more to the glory of thy Master. The motto for this year must be, "Continue in prayer."

~Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Devotional : : January 1

"They did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year."
Joshua 5:12

Israel's weary wanderings were all over, and the promised rest was attained. No more moving tents, fiery serpents, fierce amalekites , and howling wildernesses: they came to the land which flowed with milk and honey, and they ate the old corn of the land. Perhaps this year, beloved Christian reader, this may be thy case or mine. Joyful is the prospect, and if faith be in active exercise  it will yield unalloyed delight. To be with Jesus in the rest which remaineth for the people of God, is a cheering hope indeed, and to expect this glory so soon is a double bliss. Unbelief shudders at the Jordan which still rolls between us and the goodly land, but let us rest assured that we have already experienced more ills than death at its worst can cause us. Let us banish every fearful though, and rejoice with exceeding great joy, in the prospect that this year we shall begin to be "for ever with the Lord." A part of the host will this year tarry on earth, to do service for their Lord. If this should fall to our lot, there is no reason why the New-year's text should not still be true. "We who have believed do enter into rest." The Holy Spirit is the earnest of our inheritance; He gives us "glory begun below." In heaven they are secure, and so are we preserved in Christ Jesus; there they triumph over their enemies, and we have victories too. Celestial spirits enjoy communion with their Lord, and this is not denied to us; they rest in His love, and we have perfect peace in Him: they hymn His praise, and it is our privilege to bless Him too. We will this year gather celestial fruits on earthly ground, where faith and hope have made the desert like the garden of the Lord. Man did eat angels' food of old, and why not now? O for grace to feed on Jesus, and so to eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan this year!

~Charles Spurgeon

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

It is January 1, 2013. The beginning of a new year! 

At the beginning of a new year I always write down some goals for the coming year. Here are some of my Bible goals:

*Encourage someone daily (Hebrews 13:3)
*Read the Bible for at least 30 minutes every day
*Pray for at least 20 minutes every day
*Memorize 3 verses of Matthew every day until BB starts
*Review 2011 and 2012 Bible Bee verses, and review Matthew 

What are some of your goals?