April 12, 2012

Get Over Yourself

And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart. And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.  For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name's sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. 1 Samuel 12:20-22

His purposes and plans are far greater and stronger than any human agenda or evil. Obsession with anything besides the living God, even my own shortcomings, is empty--an idol that can not profit or deliver. Sin has been dealt with, indeed it is finished. He will never forsake me, whom He has chosen. But the Lord did not choose me because of me. He chose me in spite of me. He loves me not primarily for my own sake, but for the sake of His great name. What Samuel was so graciously saying to these ignorant people and now to an equally ignorant me is this:



April 5, 2012

April Flowers

I've always wanted to have a window box of flowers. Dreams really do come true! This one is right outside my kitchen sink window with a humming bird feeder hanging just above. Such a joy to look out that window! I just have to avoid looking down...into the sink full of dirty dishes. :)

We planted this "Show-off" rosebush last year and it did so well (AKA: it survived the chickens and the summer of  2011) that we planted another. Love them!

I've seen all the creative cutting and painting of tires to make planters. I guess this is the lazy version, but I still think it is pretty!

It's been fun planting things around the house. The extreme heat hasn't come yet, so we're still going outside to water. Maybe I will do better with tending all of this than in years past.

This is a sweet journal entry from Jonah:

Happy Easter!