Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Only Through God's Grace

Dear blog readers,

I've tried to avoid doing this post for a long time, but I feel now to share it.
For a year and a half, we were homeschooling our friend, Rachel. What I'm
trying to say is...is that...last October, we had a crisis, and now Rachel is
staying with us, she's been placed in our care right now. Readers, PLEASE
do not ask us questions regarding the circumstances!!!!! Legally, we are not
permitted to discuss it, plus it's personally so hard. Please don't ask us what
 happened. Rachel's doing good, and that's what's important. But the changes
and other things have been so difficult for us and so painfully sad, it hurts so much!
Being involved in a trial like this is nothing I ever, ever imagined! I wanted you to know,
so that if you see pictures of Rachel in our home or anything, I won't have to explain it.

If you readers, do think of us, PLEASE pray for us! This has not been an easy thing
to do, and it still isn't. Please JUST pray for us. You can ask how Rachel's doing,
but any comments asking information of the situation will be deleted, as we're not
allowed to talk about it.

But please do pray for me and my family!

Rebecca

"When the way is dark, and I am afraid,
And don't know what to do,
Help me take my eyes off me, Lord.
And keep my eyes on You!"
-Trusting You

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Good Friday and Ressurection Sunday (Easter)

I know it's been a couple days. Sunday morning was bright, colorful, and beautiful! Just
perfect for celebrating that Jesus is alive! Beautiful day! I wanted to share some verses
 and songs that I like, I know their gruesome, but they tell of what He did.

"Then He said to the,'My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. 
Stay here and watch with Me.' He went a little farther and fell on His face,
and prayed, saying, 'O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me;
nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will'...Again, a second time, He went
away and prayed, saying, 'O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from
Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.' " (Matthew 26: 38-39, 42)

"Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being
in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops
of blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:43-44)

"Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it
again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to
lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received
from My Father." (John 10: 17,18)

Nailed Upon Golgotha's Tree

1. Nailed upon Golgotha's tree-
Faint and bleeding. Who is He?
Hands and feet so rudely torn,
Wreathed with crown of twisted thorn.
Once He lived in heaven above, 
Happy in His Father's love,
Son of God,'tis He,'tis He,
On the cross at Calvary.

2. Nailed upon Golgotha's tree-
Mocked and taunted. Who is He?
Scorners tell Him to come down.
Claim His kingdom and His crown.
He it was who came to bless,
Full of love and tenderness.
Son of Man,'tis He, 'tis He, 
On the cross at Calvary.

3. Nailed upon Golgotha's tree-
As a victim. Who is He?
Bearing sin, but not His own,
Suffering agony unknown.
He, the promised sacrifice, 
For our sins has paid the price.
Lamb of God, 'tis He, 'tis He,
On the cross at Calvary.

4.Throned in glorious majesty,
Lord triumphant-Who is He?
Even the same Who came to die,
Now in heaven exalted high;
With adoring hearts we now
At His blessed feet would bow.
Lord of all, 'tis He, 'tis He,
Throned in glorious majesty!


 This next one is my personal favorite.

O Christ, What Burdens Bowed Thy Head!

1. O Christ, what burdens bowed Thy head!
Our load was laid on Thee;
Thou stoodest in the sinner's stead-
To bear all ill for me.
A Victim led, Thy blood was  shed;
Now there's no load for me.

2. Death and the curse were in our cup-
O Christ, twas full for Thee!
But Thou hast drained the last dark drop,
'Tis empty now for me.
That bitter cup-love drank it up;
Left but the love for me.

3. Jehovah lifted up His rod-
O Christ, it fell on Thee!
Thou wast sore stricken of Thy God;
There's not one stroke for me.
Thy blood beneath that rod has flowed:
Thy bruising healeth me.

4. The tempest's awful voice was heard, 
O Christ, it broke on Thee!
Thy open bosom was my ward;
It bore the storm for me.
Thy form was scarred, Thy visage marred;
Now cloudless peace for me.

5. For me, Lord Jesus, Thou hast died,
And I have died in Thee;
Thou art risen: my bands are all untied,
And now Thou livest in me.
The Father's face of radiant grace
Shines now in light on me.


I learned this one years ago, but almost never hear it sung.

I Saw One Hanging on the Tree

1. I saw One hanging on a tree,
In agony and blood;
He fixed His languid eyes on me,
As near His cross I stood.

2. Sure, never 'til my latest breath,
Can I forget that look;
It seemed to charge me with His death,
Tho' not a word He spoke.

3. My conscience felt and owned the guilt,
And plunged me in despair;
I saw my sins His blood had spilt
And helped to nail Him there.

4. Alas! I knew not what I did-
But now my tears are vain;
Where shall my trembling soul be hid?
For I the Lord have slain.

5. A second look He gave which said,
"I freely all forgive:
This blood is for thy ransom paid,
I die that thou mayest live". 

What Love It Was

1. What Love it was that brought Thee down,
Down to the depths in which I lay,
That made Thee leave Thy glory-throne,
In Servant's form to tread Thy way;
Yet lower still to death to go,
That I might never judgement know.

2. My place is now in Thee above,
By virtue of Thy precious blood,
Before Thy Father's face in love,
Made now my Father and my God.
Oh! That my feeble voice might swell
The praise of Him who loves so well.

3. 'Tis love that cannot be explained,
It is too wonderful, too vast,
The heart of God alone contained,
Such thoughts divine in ages past.
But oh! I know it rests on me, 
And will throughout eternity.

4. Oh! fill me, Lord, yet more and more,
So that my heart even here below,
From Thy love's rich and boundless store,
Be satisfied and overflow,
Full with the blessing Thou hast given.
The foretaste now of what makes heaven.


This one is one our family's top favorites.

One Day!

1. One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men, my example is He!

2. One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected,
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!

Refrain:

Living, He loved me; Dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He's coming-oh, glorious day!

3. One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down over His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Saviour is He!

4. One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He has conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!

5. One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glory will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Saviour, this Jesus is mine!

Living, He loved me; Dying, He saved me;
Buried, He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever:
One day He's coming-oh, glorious day!

"Then He arose, over death He has conquered; Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!"



 
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world." (John 16: 33)

"Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me."
(Isaiah 49:15, 16)


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Heads Up

Okay, people! We're still alive!

All right, I apologize for lack of posting. I suppose I could've just informed what we were doing,
but I like to share pictures. Anyway, I guess that's what I'll have to do for now, just can't share
 pictures yet, that is from the passed 2 months anyway.

I'm planning to do a series of posts on some of my favorite things: things I'm crazy about, things
 I like just because, and such.

Anyway, I'm planning to not be so silent again. Oh, and I'm planning on a special cooking project
 to make for Sunday. It's not really that special, but it's been around for decades and I've never
 made it before. I really want to try my hand at it. Lord willing, I'll let you know how it comes out.

Rebecca

Monday, March 10, 2014

HB

I still can't really download pictures yet onto the computer, but...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my MOM!!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Just Make It Go Away!

I just wanted to share a thought that's been on my heart lately. I read this quotation
from a book in my collection of many books. It is by the author. In fact, the post title
and verses are from his book too. Sometimes life stings and brings us bruises, physical,
emotional, or spiritual. Sometimes all we can do is just cry out to God saying,"Lord, I
can't do this alone!! You are the one I need. It's only on Your strength that I can go on
or even do this. Lord, I'm so weak! I cannot do this by myself! Oh, please, Lord God,
help me!" Sometimes our burdens don't just appear that way, but they are heavy, so
terribly heavy, and there are other moments that it feels like extra weights are being
placed on it or that bashing problems are hitting us from every direction!
 The Bible says,"...casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you."
 (1 Peter 5:7)  There are times in life when we feel,"Lord, if I do this, it is going to
kill me! I feel like I could die from this sadness. This is too heavy for me, too
painful, especially to bear alone! Lord, help me! Oh, please, help me!"
When you are extremely burdened, whether it's a hassling day, or
some deep pain that is making your heart just bleed, cry out to God! Call on
Him for help! Fall at His feet. Weep, if you have to. But come to Him with
your hurts, big and little! (Those were my own thoughts.)

"He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, 
'O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me;
nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will."
(Matthew 26:39)

" Sometimes we can see the road ahead, and it frightens us. We
want to find another path, another journey, another ending.
Sometimes, no matter what we do, no matter how hard we
struggle, we can't change our destination."
-Robert D. Lesslie, M.D.

 "Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My
righteous right hand."
(Isaiah 41:10)

  
Friend, if you are reading this post and are feeling pressed down and heavy-laden,
I hope what I've shared here will give you something to think about and I hope
be able to use.

Rebecca

Thursday, February 20, 2014

We're Still Here!

Hello, everyone!

I know the blog's been very quiet for a while. I haven't had much of anything to report, plus
we've had some computer changes and I'm still getting used to the new program, that's part of it.
I'm hoping to share pictures later of the beautiful red roses Dad gave me for Valentine's Day. He gave
each of us some, and mailed our cards to us!

That's all for now. Plus it's been cold. I'm planning to share other pictures too, hopefully later.

Rebecca

Sunday, January 26, 2014