He is, He IS, HE IS!!

>> Sunday, March 31, 2013

In Genesis, He's the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He's our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He's Moses' voice
In Joshua, He is salvation's choice
Judges, law giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He's sovereign
In Ezra, the true and faithful scribe
In Nehemiah, He's the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He's Mordecai's courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song
In Proverbs, wisdom's cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover's dream
He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He's Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He's the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire
In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He's the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He's the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He's the great missionary
In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He's pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain
In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings
He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He's the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin
Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servant's heart
In Colossians, He's the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He's our mediator and our faithful Pastor
In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM
He's the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more...
He is, HE IS!



To See the King of Heaven Fall

>> Friday, March 29, 2013

To know God wanted relationship with mankind badly enough to send a part of Himself ~ His only Son ~ to die to pay for sin and make communion possible is absolutely unfathomable.
I have never wanted something that badly.
He did.
To know Jesus loved me enough to be willing to take my place, to suffer MY punishment, in order that I might spend eternity with Him confounds me.
I have never loved anyone that much.
He did.
To know God valued me as an ambassador for His Kingdom enough to leave a part of Himself behind ~ the Holy Spirit ~ to help me, strengthen me, reprimand me, console me, encourage me, and stick by me despite my failings and my propensity for sin so that others might also spend eternity together with us blows my mind.
I have never valued something so highly to invest myself so totally.
He did.
Truly, if He was small enough for us to really understand, He would not be big enough for us to worship.
And indeed, He is worthy of our worship and all our praise.
He IS.


Practicing Gratitude

>> Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thankful Thursdays hosted in March by Laurie @ Women Taking a Stand  How is it Thursday again??  I envisioned a relaxing, do-what-I-want-whenever-I-feel-like-it week since bringing the girls away last weekend to stay with their grandparents in The Big City for Spring Break, but NOT SO MUCH!

We were only in the City from Friday night to Sunday noon, so it was a whirlwind.  Like, more than usual!  We did supper and the first night at The Man's parents' house; had brunch and then visited friends of ours at the hospital (they're from up here, but had a newborn in NICU down there, so they lived there till she was released just yesterday ~ definitely something to be thankful for!!); went to my parents' place for supper and the second night and headed home sans kids Sunday after brunch.  Whew!

Monday I had planned to catch up on our company bookkeeping in the evening after a full day of work, but The Man had other plans and we had some people from our church over for coffee instead.  In his defense, he looked after supper and tidying up the house before our guests arrived, but I still had to get the bookkeeping done, despite the interruption visit.

I'm thankful for a husband willing to make it as easy as possible for me to have people over.  I'm grateful even having fist-time visitors in my home is getting easier and easier.  I'm thankful God helped me change my attitude on my way home after work so that I didn't make my husband pay for inviting people over when it really didn't suit me.  And I'm thankful I still got all the bookkeeping done!  :)

Tuesday I worked from 8 till noon and then The Man and I took a roadtrip to a town 4 hours away to look at a fifth wheel camper.  We left town at 12:30 and didn't get back home till almost 11:30pm!  Needless to say, the cold I'd been fighting since Sunday on our way home from The Big City gained a distinct advantage.  :P

I'm thankful we could enjoy the day together like that ~ even though it ended up feeling like a VERY long day!!  I'm thankful for a "new" camper and am looking forward to hopefully enjoying camping a little more.  I find I like the IDEA of camping, but when it comes down to it, I find it almost always feels like more work than it's worth.  I won't have to struggle for an hour to set this camper up just in order to pack it, and it doesn't need duct tape to hold it together, so that's a huge step in the right direction.  Oh, AND I won't have to squat in the bush or traipse across the campground to get to the outhouse in the middle of the night anymore!!  ;)  I'm thankful we talked some sense into ourselves and decided to be content with something older and less glamourous that we could actually pay cash for.

On Wednesday, I felt pretty cruddy and my voice wouldn't work, so thankfully, I only had to work 4.5 hours.  And then I came home and basically just lay on the couch for the rest of the day.

It's been a wild week, but I'm thankful for all the goings on in my life and make my life... MY LIFE!

And I'm thankful for a long weekend in which to celebrate the Reason for the hope that I have... and my sister-in-law's birthday, AND being reunited with my children!!
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Practicing Gratitude

>> Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thankful Thursdays hosted in March by Laurie @ Women Taking a StandArgh, I missed last week again!  It's amazing how working just three days a week has really cut down on my recreational computer use.

In a way, I quite like that, but at the same time, I miss regular blogging.  I had planned to at least maintain this particular weekly post because there's no pressure to come up with "original" material ~ it's just a list of praise and thanksgiving ~ but even that gets forgotten on a regular basis!  And by that I mean I've just forgotten to write a post, not that I've forgotten to be thankful!!  I still keep a daily gratitude journal, and over the last two weeks, these are some of the things I've listed being thankful for:

  • the feeling of SPRING in the air! (however temporary it may be!!)
  • I actually had a family over for supper fairly last-minute without panicking!
  • the girls had a great time sliding and snow-boarding at the school after supper with their dad and some friends
  • my husband is always on my side, even when he's helping me see an error in my thinking or suggesting I correct my behaviour or attitude
  • it's light out till 7:30-8:00 in the evening these days!!
  • which means I can easily get in a walk after supper now on work days (if I don't have a bunch of other things that need doing, that is)
  • my moods have not been contingent on the weather at all this winter
  • a great evening with friends over...
  • and again, not being at all anxious about it and actually enjoying the prep work and tidying!
  • mom's remaining adrenal gland has FINALLY kicked in three years after the other one was removed (a growth on it was causing Cushings Disease) and she's off meds!!
  • people from our old church in The Big City are helping us care for a young family from up here who have a month-old baby in NICU.  She has been there since right after she was born.
  • there are way worse ailments than a headache that doesn't go away overnight.  And I don't have any of them.
No matter the weather or what happens today,
No matter the work to be done,
I choose to be grateful, joyful, content
From dawn till setting sun.
                             (~ LaughingLady)
I am a blessed woman!  Do YOU keep a gratitude journal to help you see and keep track of the blessings in your life?

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They say it's here...

>> Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring, that is.

But I dunno.  Despite what the calendar says,

with mountains of snow and -30 (-22F) this morning,

Spring still feels awfully far away.

(But at least the sun has started to make a noticeable difference these days.
It warmed up to -8/18F and I thoroughly enjoyed a walk this afternoon.)


Redeeming the Ride

>> Monday, March 11, 2013

"There is no season such delight can bring,
As summer, autumn, winter, and the spring."
                                                ~ William Browne

I love the seasons.  I love that they come and go every year and yet that their comings, goings, and duration are never the same.  Obviously, some seasons I'm happier to see GOING than coming, and the opposite is true of about the other half, but for the most part, I just love the changes my world goes through over the course of a year.

Life, too, has its seasons.  Many seasons, for most.  And almost never cyclical like our calendar year.  Many times that's a good thing; sometimes we wish for repeats of the good times.

Last year, when I started working during tax season, I almost resented not being able to go for a walk every day.  I struggled with feeling I couldn't start my day off "right."  I felt cheated of my time with God.  That 30-40 minutes had been my prayer time for the last two years and it took me almost the entire tax season to feel like it was okay that I didn't get a solid half hour daily in which to talk to God for those months.  That I didn't need to feel guilty.

And better still, I found there was something else I could for a time in its place.  I could redeem my driving time (my round-trip commute amounts to about the same as one walk) by memorizing Scripture.

I have struggled over the years to add this discipline to my life with very little success.  They say one of the best ways to memorize something is to be able to link it to a particular activity in your normal routine, but even though pretty much every weekday during the school year I have the house to myself, nothing in my routine has successfully been linked with memorization.  Either I have to concentrate too hard on the memory work and I can't perform the task at hand, or whatever task I'm doing isn't conducive to constantly checking my little notepad when I forget the next word.

Interesingly, praying while driving doesn't work for me either.  (I guess if my legs and arms aren't moving, there's nothing to keep my thoughts on track!) Amazingly, driving and memorizing together work really well!  I work on roughly 2-3 verses at a time.  Last year I didn't have them posted anywhere, but this time around I have a small paper with the passage I'm working on slipped into a slot on my console.  (which wouldn't have worked in my old van's console, but works very nicely in the new Journey, which has a sloping console instead of an almost-concave one)  Depending on how long each verse is, I figure about a day per verse and then tack on an additional day or two to review previous work, especially if it's continuing work on the same passage.

Last year, in about seven weeks (I started a couple weeks into tax season), I memorized Psalm 1, Psalm 19, and Habbakkuk 3:17-19.  Right now I'm working on Psalm 27, and hope to tackle at least one more, or maybe a New Testament chapter or two.  We shall see.
I want to make sure it's something I can realistically fit in between whenever I finish Psalm 27 and May 1st, which will most likely be my last day of work again.

Because then my daily "Father/daughter" time on my mile road will resume.

I don't know why I can concentrate on memorizing and not praying while driving.  I don't know why I can't memorize but I can pray for half an hour while walking all the other days of the year.

But hey, this way I get the best of both of these particular seasons in my life.  :)


Practicing Gratitude

>> Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thankful Thursdays hosted in March by Laurie @ Women Taking a StandHappy March!!  Are you as thankful for the end of winter as I am??!  Actually, I have to admit, I haven't thought ONCE this year about how long and dark the season generally is/feels.  I have revelled in the beauty that comes only with this season and managed to look past the Canadian prairie winter's less attractive features.  I'm grateful God has given me these "corrective lenses" with which to view my least favourite season.

That said though, I am still very happy with the melting and warm sunshine that's been goin' on around here lately!  We've still got a LONG way to go (with likely a few more blizzards yet, too), but the temperatures are climbing and that's all that matters!

I'm thankful I love my life.  I didn't used to.  I don't think, in my quietest moments when I'm most honest with myself, I really could have truthfully said so for much of my adult life.  It might just be the sunlight through the windows talkin' these days, but I've discovered that I really do LOVE MY LIFE!  God has blessed me with so much.  You might not think so, judging by our material possessions, but just the fact that my fridge is overstuffed with food, some of which will end up thrown out because it went bad, reminds me that a) not only is it HIGH TIME to go through it, but b) I have the blessing of always having enough food, and c) I have the added luxury of being able to buy far more than what I need to survive each day.

And that's just one tiny example.

On top of the blessings I can see and count, there are so many I take for granted ~ some simple, seemingly negligible; and some huge, like God's grace and His call to holiness ~ and so many that, because they are God's providence, I don't even know about.  I am trying to remember to thank God a little more often for the gifts I don't even realize I've been given, the extra moments I've narrowly missed losing without even noticing.

I feel very gushy and that there's a million other things I could include, but I think this will suffice!

Have you missed some little blessings in your busy day today?  Take a moment to slow down and be thankful.  Take a deep breath, ask God for corrective lenses (maybe a magnifying glass if you tend to feel like there's really nothing significant to be thankful for), and smile because spring is almost here!

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created spring.
                                                                ~ Bern Williams

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February Recap

>> Friday, March 1, 2013

Wow.  I cannot BELIEVE it's MARCH already!!!!!  This winter has just FLOWN by.  I guess it helps to be busy.  I haven't spent a whole lot of time online other than to check emails and Facebook updates, and to periodically peruse Pinterest.  I've missed blogging, commenting, and ~ pathetically enough ~ I've missed updating my OWN FB status. But at the same time, it feels good to be a little more driven for a change.

Basically right after Christmas break, I went back to work for the same accounting firm I worked for last spring.  Last year I did just tax return printing from the end of February to May 1st, but this year their payroll assistance clerk quit unexpectedly over Christmas holidays and they badly needed someone to help with T4 preparation before tax season began. (not sure what Americans call it ~ it's that document from your employer which summarizes your gross income and all the deductions from your salary that you attach to your tax return)  So I started six weeks earlier than last year and right off the bat, I was working 25-28 hours a week.  That probably sounds like very little to some of you, but it's a pretty big chunk of time when you maintain you're still a stay-at-home mom!!

That particular job is over now ~ the deadline for T4 filing is February 28 ~ and so my hours will slack off fairly significantly until tax season heats up in a couple of weeks.  Not that there isn't other things for me to do there!  I have an employer who's constantly finding work for me and who bugs me every few days about agreeing to work permanently.  I haven't QUITE caved on that one yet, but he's wearin' me down!!  It's a fun place to work and I enjoy it, but I'm just not comfortable with the idea of having to find childcare for summer.  If it wasn't for that, I'd be completely on board with working half-time year round.

So that explains my absence from the blogosphere lately.

In the meantime, over the last month we enjoyed a little family getaway,


the girls' team won their division at a local junior curling bonspiel with Mack delivering a PERFECTLY PLACED winning rock when the final match came down to a shoot-out,


and we traded off and upgraded our family vehicle.  (no more mini-van!!)


In addition to these events, The Man's parents also came out for a visit on the girls' bonspiel weekend, and The Man and I celebrated our 16th anniversary.  Well, I use the term "celebrated" quite loosely... we didn't actually do anything. Unless you call going out for an impromptu fast food supper the day before while the girls were at a party in town, and then buying a new vehicle the day after, celebrating.  Then maybe we did!

In any case, it's been a full month.

And I'm happy to be kicking March and tax season off with a 4-day weekend!  :)


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