Oct 31, 2017

Day Thirty-one

Happy Reformation Day
The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.

The Five Solas are:

  1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

Oct 30, 2017

Day Thirty








To the cross, I look, and to the cross, I cling
Of it's suffering, I do drink, of its work, I do sing
On it, my Savior, both bruised and crushed
Showed that God is love and God is just
At the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I'm sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
Yeah, yeah, oh Lord
What a priceless gift, undeserved life
Have I been given through Christ crucified
You've called me out of death
You've called me into life
And I was under Your wrath
Now, through the cross, I'm reconciled
Ooh, and at the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I'm sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
At the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I'm sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
And in awe of the cross, I must confess
How wondrous Your redeeming love
And how great is Your faithfulness
At the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I'm sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
At the cross, You, You've beckoned me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I'm sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
Yeah, yeah, I'm broken for you
I'm broken for you, my Lord, yeah
Jesus, Your love is there
I am sweetly broken
Songwriters: Jeremy Riddle
Sweetly Broken lyrics © Music Services, Inc

Oct 29, 2017

Day Twenty-nine

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 
(Colossians 1:9-14 ESV)

Oct 28, 2017

Day Twenty-eight

 Christ's Friendship: Its Intimacy

No Longer Do I Call You Servants; for the Servant Knows Not What His Lord Does: But I Have Called You Friends; for All Things That I Heard From My Father, I Have Made Known Unto You - John 15:15
The highest proof of true friendship, and one great source of its blessedness, is the intimacy that holds nothing back, and admits the friend to share our inmost secrets. It is a blessed thing to be Christ’s servant; His redeemed ones delight to call themselves His slaves. Christ had often spoken of the disciples as His servants. In His great love our Lord now says: "No longer do I call you servants"; with the coming of the Holy Spirit a new era was to be inaugurated. "The servant knows not what his Lord does" - he has to obey without being consulted or admitted into the secret of all his master’s plans. "But, I have called you friends, for all things I heard from my Father I have made known unto you." Christ’s friends share with Him in all the secrets the Father has entrusted to Him.~~ Andrew Murray

Oct 27, 2017

Day Twenty-seven

Abide in My Love

Even as the Father Hath Loved Me, I Also Have Loved You: Abide Ye in My Love - John 15:9.
Abide in My love - We speak of a man’s home as his abode. Our abode, the home of our soul, is to be the love of Christ. We are to live our life there, to be at home there all the day: this is what Christ means our life to be, and really can make it. Our continuous abiding in the Vine is to be an abiding in His love. ~Andrew Murry

Oct 26, 2017

Day Twenty-six

Apart from me ye can do nothing. - What a plea and what a call every moment to abide in Christ! We have only to go back to the vine to see how true it is. Look again at that little branch, utterly helpless and fruitless except as it receives sap from the vine, and learn that the full conviction of not being able to do anything apart from Christ is just what you need to teach you to abide in your heavenly Vine. It is this that is the great meaning of the pruning Christ spoke of - all that is self must be brought low, that our confidence may be in Christ alone. "Abide in me" - much fruit! "Apart from me" - nothing! Ought there to be any doubt as to what we shall choose? ~ Andrew Murray

Oct 25, 2017

Day Twenty-five


 I am weary...wife full time ,mom full time and going to school full time...  I shall wait for the LORD! 





He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. 

(Isaiah 40:29-31 ESV)

Oct 24, 2017

Day Twenty-four

How many eyes have gazed on and admired a great vine with its beautiful fruit. Come and gaze on the heavenly Vine till your eye turns from all else to admire Him. How many, in a sunny clime, sit and rest under the shadow of a vine. Come and be still under the shadow of the true Vine, and rest under it from the heat of the day. What countless numbers rejoice in the fruit of the vine! Come, and take, and eat of the heavenly fruit of the true Vine, and let your soul say: "I sat under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste." ~Andrew Murray.

Oct 23, 2017

Day twenty-three

God’s power is like Himself, self-existent, self-sustained. The mightiest of men cannot add so much as a shadow of increased power to the Omnipotent One. He sits on no buttressed throne and leans on no assisting arm. His court is not maintained by His courtiers, nor does it borrow its splendor from His creatures. He is Himself the great central source and Originator of all power (C. H. Spurgeon).

Oct 21, 2017

Day Twenty-one


ir·re·vers·i·ble
ˌi(r)rəˈvərsəb(ə)l/
not able to be undone or altered.
"she suffered irreversible damage to her health"
synonyms: irreparable, beyond repair, irremediableirrevocablepermanent



Oct 20, 2017

Day Twenty

This is such a comfort! His ways are higher than our ways!

Oct 19, 2017

Day Ninteen


        I Love the fact that He is Faithful and True!

Oct 18, 2017

Day eighteen

In Christ Alone
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand
I will stand
I will stand, all other ground is sinking sand
All other ground, all other ground
Is sinking sand, is sinking sand
So I'll stand
Written by Andrew Shawn Craig, Donald A. Koch • Copyright © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group

Oct 17, 2017

Day Seventeen

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi


Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace!

That where there is hatred, I may bring love.

That where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness.

That where there is discord, I may bring harmony.

That where there is error, I may bring truth.

That where there is doubt, I may bring faith.

That where there is despair, I may bring hope.

That where there are shadows, I may bring light.

That where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort, than to be comforted.

To understand, than to be understood.

To love, than to be loved.

For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.

It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

—Saint Francis of Assisi—

Oct 16, 2017

Day Sixteen

God’s Kind Care
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways, all our lives thro’;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.
God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing not guide;
Never a mountain, rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep:
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
--Annie Johnson Flint.

Oct 15, 2017

Day Fifteen

Today we were presented to our church for membership. It was a good day! The last church we attended closed in April, 2016. We have been at our new church for about a year and a half now. I am blessed by our new family and can't wait to get to know everyone even better as time goes on.

For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!
(Psalms 84:10-12 ESV)



Oct 14, 2017

Day Fourteen

 Today we went to an apple orchard, They had  everything apple of course! Apple fritters ...oh was it yummy!   Apple Cider donuts, these were heavenly! Yes we bought apples too!   My favorite was the Apple cider slushy!!  Absolute fun  was had shooting apples out of an apple cannon!




on the way to the orchard









Oct 13, 2017

Day Thirteen

              We hiked up to the Hickory Nut Waterfall today! It was awesome!


           




















Oct 12, 2017

Day Twelve

James and I are on fall break, so we traveled to chimney Rock to do some sight seeing and hiking. It is so nice to get away and do something different.
Hickory Nut Waterfall.
This waterfall was in the movie Last of the Mohicans.

Oct 11, 2017

Day Eleven


 I found this beatiful poem, I wanted to share. This is for you James!


j goss poetry
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Oct 10, 2017

Day Ten

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light. There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
(John 1:1-13 ASV)
Photo COPYRIGHT ©  2017 Leslie Wilson

Oct 9, 2017

Day Nine

Today I was on the front porch enjoying the end of the day for a few moments and I felt a sting on my foot. I looked down and found a long line of fire ants making their way across the porch. I just wanted to relax and I was mad at this stinging inconvenience of the little pest.
 The sting really burns and hurts for a good while. I was not near their mound. I realized then sometimes we have little or  big inconveniences in life. How do we respond? With grumbling or with grace?

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
(Philippians 2:14-16 ESV)

Oct 8, 2017

Day Eight

I love this Poem! 

The Lamb
Little lamb, who made thee?
Does thou know who made thee,
Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
By the stream and o'er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing, woolly, bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice?
Little lamb, who made thee?
Does thou know who made thee?

Little lamb, I'll tell thee;
Little lamb, I'll tell thee:
He is called by thy name,
For He calls Himself a Lamb.
He is meek, and He is mild,
He became a little child.
I a child, and thou a lamb,
We are called by His name.
Little lamb, God bless thee!
Little lamb, God bless thee!

William Blake (28 November 1757 – 12 August 1827

Oct 7, 2017

Day Seven

The Red Wheelbarrow


so much depends
upon

a red wheel
barrow

glazed with rain
water

beside the white
chickens.

Oct 6, 2017

Day Six


Nothing in my hands I bring. 

Simply to the cross I cling. -Unknown



    Nothing in my hands I bring:

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Isaiah 64:6



                                                                   Romans 3 (BSB)
1 What, then, is the advantage of being a Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision? 2 Much in every way. First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.

3 What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? 4 Absolutely not! Let God be true and every man a liar. As it is written:

“So that You may be justified in Your words,
and prevail in Your judgments.”
5 But if our unrighteousness highlights the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unjust to inflict His wrath on us? I am speaking in human terms. 6 By no means! In that case, how could God judge the world? 7 However, if my falsehood accentuates God’s truthfulness, to the increase of His glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner? 8 Why not say, as some slanderously claim that we say, “Let us do evil that good may result?” Their condemnation is deserved!

There is No One Righteous
(Psalm 14:1-7)
9 What then? Are we any better? Not at all. For we have already made the charge that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin. 10 As it is written:

“There is no one righteous,
not even one;
11 There is no one who understands;
no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away;
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
13 Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit;
the venom of vipers is on their lips;
14 their mouths are full of cursing and of bitterness;
15 their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 ruin and misery lie in their wake;
17 and the way of peace they have not known;
18 there is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it says to those who are under the Law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. 20 Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin.
 Simply to the cross I cling:
Righteousness through Faith
21 But now, apart from the Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22 And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

25 God presented Him as an atoning sacrifice through faith in His blood, in order to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance He had passed over the sins committed beforehand. 26 He did this to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and to justify the one who has faith in Jesus.

27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of works? No, but on that of faith. 28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

29 Is God the God of Jews only? Is He not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is One God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith.

31 Do we, then, nullify the Law by this faith? By no means! Instead, we uphold the Law. 

Oct 5, 2017

Day Five

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
     Worship the Lord with gladness;
    come before him with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.

    It is he who made us, and we are his;
    we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving

    and his courts with praise;
    give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
    his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

Oct 4, 2017

Day Four

Mums and Pumpkins  are on the porch now.  I love this time of year. I am very contemplative this time of year. This time of year seems to bring trials. I do not know why. Its all in Gods Hands. He allows this to happen to build us up and to strengthen us.  So with this knowledge, I just need to trust Him.
  • Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 2 Samuel 7:28 
  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6 
  • Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

Oct 3, 2017

Day Three


We do not always understand what God's plan is, but we can know what His character is.We can trust Him no matter our circumstance. We can take joy in the God of our salvation.


Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
(Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)

Oct 2, 2017

Day two


I have only sadness from the porch tonight. A childhood friend that I grew up with in my home town lost her life in the shooting in Las vegas.   May our souls find rest in God alone. I am praying for her family and friends.