Treasuring His Word
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
Monday, October 5, 2009
How exciting the day will be when we will meet our glorious Savior! There will be no more pain, no more suffering, and no more tears! After reading the above quote I was freshly reminded of what our call as Christians is on this earth. Christ died to save wretched sinners as I to bring glory to Him in all we do. As I was reminded last night at my church singles meeting, “Biblical discernment involves critical thinking.” We must take some time in everything we do to ask, "Does this glorify God? Is He honored by this decision?" The race to the finish line isn’t always easy. It takes much strength, but God is ready and willing to help us. All we must do is ask and it will be given. He will provide the grace we need to get through anything.
When you think about tomorrow, what comes to mind? Are you living in light of eternity?....
Troubled soul don’t lose your heart
Cause joy and peace he brings
And the beauty that’s in store
Outweighs the hurt of life’s sting
There will be a day with no more tears,
no more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place,
will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to you always
- Jeremy Camp
Friday, October 2, 2009
-Valley of Vision
Isaiah 53:5- “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.”
“My heart is filled with a thousand songs
Proclaiming the glories of Calvary
With every breath Lord how I long
To sing of Jesus who died for me”
Monday, September 28, 2009
“I believe that God, who has appointed it, has also measured your trouble, set its bounds, and will bring it to an end. His gracious design is in all your difficulties. Do not think that God deals roughly with His children and gives them needless pain. ‘He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.’ (Lam. 3:33). ‘He has torn, but He will heal.’ Has God not helped you out of one trouble after another? Do you suppose that He will leave you in this trouble?
This particular water in which you are struggling, is intended and included in this promise, ‘When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers; they shall not overflow you’ (Is. 43:2).
Ask for grace, that you may believe while you are still under the cloud. Regardless of how dark the cloud, it contains blessings. ‘If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth’ (Eccl. 11:3).”
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Chocolate Cake with Mint Whipped Frosting
1 Package (18.25 oz) devils food cake mix with pudding
1 cup sour cream
¾ cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 ½ cups chilled heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
½ tsp peppermint extract
1. Place cake mix, sour cream, water, oil, eggs and vanilla in large mixing bowl. Blend with electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes. Divide batter between 2 pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 28 to 32 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly pressed with a finger. Cool 10 minutes in pans set on wire racks. Run dinner knife around edges of cakes and invert onto cooling rack.
2. Prepare frosting: In large bowl combine whipping cream, confectioner’s sugar and peppermint extract. Using electric mixer, beat until stiff peaks form. Place 1 cake layer right side up on serving plate. Spread top with frosting. Add second layer, right side up, and frost top sides of cake. Place cake in saver or cover with dome; refrigerate.
-Just for fun I always add a few drops of green food coloring in the icing so it looks like mint.
-If you really like chocolate, we like to take a Hershey’s bar (or any kind of milk chocolate) and shred it all over the cake with a cheese grater.
If you try it, be sure to let me know what you think!
Friday, September 18, 2009
For I am your God, I will still give you aid;
I’ll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
Upheld by my gracious, omnipotent hand.
When through the deep waters I call you to go,
The rivers of sorrow will not overflow,
For I will be with you, your trials to bless,
And sanctify to your deepest distress.
When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
My grace all-sufficient shall be your supply
The flames shall not hurt you, I only design
Your dross to consume and your gold to refine.
-Charles Spurgeon from “Beside Still Waters”