Showing posts from February, 2011

Falling Like Snow

The largest snowflakes I have ever seen fell in swirling, whirling masses for hours and hours today.

Like grace.
We sat gathered in the kitchen just this morning, grieving, weeping together over the rubble of yesterday's grief,  this whole last week's grief.  It followed us everywhere,  We could not shake it. We desired to escape it, somehow.  We all felt the need to get away from it. We could not GO anywhere, for the season's worst blizzard was upon us,  the van is broke down so that we can not all travel together, and there was work to be done at home.  We could not GO.  As if Going would help. 
What we really needed was grace to fall upon us,  and to worship in it as it fell,  like our son Jim who, with uplifted face greeted the huge snowflakes in enraptured delight.

We listened to music, we read, we were quiet.   And then, gathered at the family table for dinner once again, the grace piled up deep,  like the snow outside, knee deep and then some. What pure JOY to sit down together…


Imagine years ago living in  a teepee or well ventilated cabin in below zero weather such as this.    I am very thankful for a warm home.
Weathermen are predicting another foot of snow on the way over the weekend. That will put us at well over three feet. The children think it is wonderful fun.   The wildlife, not so much. Sounds like a good excuse for another mug of hot cocoa.
What a glorious relief when the storm is over. It is astoundingly beautiful when the sky clears,
and the sun sparkles so brilliantly you can hardly take it in. You celebrate with another mugful, and again, give thanks.

What a wonderful maker.   What an awesome Creator. All creation declares His name, power, and majesty.

May you and yours be warm and snug, May you witness His majesty today.

The Heart God Revives

When I was cleaning, I found a bookmark behind the furniture.   What timing.
He who formed my soul calls me back to Him, draws me to Himself, loving me enough to show me how sinful I really am,  in my heart, where only He sees.
On the bookmark, Nancy Leigh DeMoss has contrasted characteristics of proud, unbroken people who are resistant to the call of God on their lives  with the qualities of broken, humble people who have experienced God’s revival.
I encourage you to read each item on the list as you ask God to reveal  which characteristics of a proud spirit He finds in your life.  Confess these to Him, then ask Him to restore the corresponding quality of a broken, humble spirit in you.
Proud People: 

Focus on the failures of others                                           A critical spirit , fault finding                                               Self-righteous                                                                   Independent, self sufficient spirit����������������������������…

Grace for Today

I awoke this morning, slowly, after a night full of wheezing,  to snow falling thickly against the pines that stand resolute outside my bedroom window.  A full foot of fresh snow erased the mud and lingering ice patches, leaving a glistening winter wonderland.  After the usual prayers and supplications to our Heavenly Father to guide and protect us this day,  to infuse me with His strength, to be fully praised on our lives,  I wrapped Olivia up in soft pink blanket  and set out in search of my husband’s wonderful coffee.

 Although I am not yet well, I am, “just right” as a friend used to say.   Sometimes it is good to spend a day mourning over a friend,  or contemplating how that sermon Sunday should affect your life.  Or, perhaps, both.  It was a day for thinking, crying, processing, and finally, moving on.  A spiritual birthing day, really, where you labor through the difficult issues at hand, and  fresh faith emerges,  leaving you tired but content.
The snowstorm continues, silencing the woods that …


It is hard to believe it has already been a year.  It seems to have gone quickly, and yet, much has happened, we have changed, grown,  discovered.
A year ago we moved into our dream home,  our miracle of miracles, the house that God provided.
How did it happen, you may wonder.  How does the pastor of a small rural church have a large log home of his own?   He has a big, thoughtful, gracious God, who loves to give his children good gifts, that's how.
Seven years ago, oh my, seven!  Yes, seven years ago we were outgrowing our parsonage. (chuckle) We thought.  The church board desired to do something to provide more space for us.  But we were land locked. Then a member stepped forward and said, my wife and I want to  GIVE you 10 acres of land 2 miles from town  where you can build your own home.
Then a friend said, I know a way to build a cheap log home that might work for you.  And we said, Really, we always wanted a log home!  Could we really do it?
So we began, knowing nothing, having nothing.   We built it t…

Father Teaches Mother


I especially love being a mother when the 2 year old makes a request with head tilted sideways and a charming look on his chubby little face as he says, “PEEEEEAS, Mommy?”
Or the sweet little baby has fallen asleep with her tiny fingers wrapped around my one.
When the boys enthusiastically quote their Bible verses to me.
Or Ben spends the day, or week, dressed up in cowboy gear being Tel Sackett.
As Bethany sits near me trying out her reading.
In late night visits with the older children,  or shared smiles at one of the little one’s antics.

And of course, when any one of them instantly reply to my request by obediently saying, “yes mama” with a happy heart.

God lovingly sanctifies us through our parenting.
Just as I desire my children to be obedient,
my Heavenly Father asks me to respond in obedience to him.
Sometimes I may not understand why he asks something of me,
but I must trust Him, because he is ultimately ALL loving
and ha…

Femininely dressed

My daughters and friends:

Chocolate, Anyone?

These scrumptious cookies may be the very best chocolate cookie of all time.  A man once asked the woman who brought them to the potluck  to marry him, because they were so good.
Debbi's Chocolate Cookies
3/4 cup butter 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla cream these together then add: 2 eggs 1 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup baking cocoa 3/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt Stir well, then add  1 cup white chocolate chips Roll into balls and place on cookies sheet. Bake at 375 for 7 minutes


This is from a devotional titled, "An Invitation to Prayer for Mothers"
"Rejoice the soul of Your servant, for You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.   For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive,  and abundant in mercy to all whose who call upon You."  Psalm 86:4-5
Oh, Father, how wonderful You are.  Your love is endless, and Your abundant mercy is new every morning.  My heart is filled with praise for your lovingkindness.   Help me as a mother to share Your abundant love with each of my children.  May Your Spirit give me the wisdom necessary to guide the precious gifts You have given me.  I confess that I cannot live without You in my life.  Give me the power to live each day for You, my Lord and my Savior.  Amen.

Day Journal 5

Today, Anna is cleaning and organizing the girl's room. The boys are studying WW II for a report, Gabe alongside  writing in his notebook. Bethany took a super long nap, wherein I checked to see if she was still breathing. Rose was taking pictures. 

 Olivia was very cooperative.  I believe she likes being the center of attention.

 When daddy came home,  Gabe charmingly asked him to draw a "daddy roar" (T-Rex), with that impish smile, head cocked..."Peas daddy?"  Who could resist!

This is my favorite tea cup, a gift from friends for my birthday years ago. Today, Brian and I found a moment for a relaxing cup of Preacher's Passion tea before he went to church this evening.  This our standard tea. I buy the herbs from The Bulk Herb Store, equal parts passion flower, peppermint, oat straw, and chamomile.  Each herb relaxes a specific system in the body for an overall calming.  We let the children drink as much as they want.  :-)

The last few days have been unusually busy, and I…

I Then Shall Live

This beautiful song was written by Gloria Gaither, to the melody of Be Still My Soul.  The words, a prayer really, are very moving.  I can rarely get through the song without shedding tears.  
I Then Shall Live
I then shall live as one who's been forgiven. I'll walk with joy to know my debts are paid. I know my name is clear before my Father; I am His child and I am not afraid. So, greatly pardoned, I'll forgive my brother; The law of love I gladly will obey. I then shall live as one who's learned compassion. I've been so loved, that I'll risk loving too. I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges; I'll dare to see another's point of view. And when relationships demand commitment, Then I'll be there to care and follow through. Your Kingdom come around and through and in me; Your power and glory, let them shine through me. Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor, And may Your living Kingdom come in me. The Bread of Life, O may I share wit…

Get Your Football Pants On

My husband has a certain sermon that he is well known for.   It has appeared and reappeared numerous times over the past 12 years,
always inspiring no matter if you have heard it before.
In our BC years, (Before Children) we were great NFL fans.   He has been on the coaching staff of various football teams  during our married life,  and football has been a favorite sport since high school.   Thus, the illustration of football pants came easily and naturally.
The gist of this favorite sermon seems appropriate for Superbowl Sunday, although I think it is much more fun to have a young man  attempt the illustration in person, as Brian has done in the past.   You will just have to use your imagination.
In Colossians chapter three Paul encourages believers to “put on”  the godly virtues of compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience… bearing with one another, and forgiving one another as the Lord has forgiven us.  But then, in verse 14 he ties the clincher…  “And above all these put on lov…

Homeschooling Flexibility

One of the things I so love about homeschooling is the flexibility.  Second semester, I like to add a new courses on top of the basics, something interesting to perk us all up from the winter doldrums.   This year, I chose World War 2 history and Piano.   Both are subjects I have been quite remiss in in the past.  We are really enjoying both,  although I do not recommend starting 4 children in the same piano lesson at the same time,  because that means you have to listen to it  (the 30 minute lesson) 4 times!!!  AAACKK.

Bethany has taken up piano too,  in a way only an exuberant 4 year old can.  She likes to sing while she plays.  The other day she was playing away, when she burst forth in song; "I LOVE THE SMELL OF AIR...."  (to the tune of Amazing Grace.)

The hilarity of having preschoolers in the house is that they often want to do everything the bigger children are doing.   In Gabe's case, he trots after the others, desiring to be included arms outstretched toward them say…