Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's Still August!

"Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart."

Fully in Love, by Jon Thurlow:  

"The love that You have for Jesus
Put it inside of me
Burn it on my heart like a seal, like a seal
That in the famines of Your presence
Or in the floods of persecution,
Or in the comforts of the culture, it's still real."

I am thankful for quiet moments of children beside me, with their comforting, soothing sounds, etching my day.

"I never realized what a big deal that was. How amazing it is to find someone who wants to hear about all the things that go on in your head."

Nina LaCour, Hold Still

Quote by Brecquel, with a soft voice to me:  "Ashley, are you a mother?" (as I was looking at pictures of my friend's baby)  Me: "No, Brecquel, that's my friend's baby."

Friday, August 2, 2013

“A true Christian must not be a slave to what’s currently ‘in-fashion,’ if he wants to train his child for heaven. He must not be content to teach them and instruct them in certain ways, merely because it is customary, or to allow them to read books of a questionable sort, merely because everybody else reads them, or to let them form bad habits, merely because they are the habits of the day. He must train with an eye to his children’s souls.

 He must not be ashamed to hear his training called odd and strange. What if it is? The time is short—the customs of this world are passing away. He that has trained his children for heaven, rather than for the earth—for God, rather than for man—he is the parent that will be called wise in the end.”

-J.C. Ryle, The Duties of Parents
(19th century preacher)

As of tonight, tomorrow morning I will be headed to my family reunion!  5 A.M. peeps!

Thursday, August 1, 2013


What if what we did today impacted our tomorrows?  Well, that is true.  What we do today we will sow later.  God does reward those who earnestly seek him.  Will we choose kindness?  Will we choose to abide in Christ now, spending time with the Lord in prayer instead of wasting it, like the man with the talents who was afraid and said that God reaps where He has not sown?  Could a person choose to set aside that pointless videogame they're convicted about (I know, kind-of a weird/out there one, maybe for some person who exists somewhere who EVER reads this and it's for them)?  Could they choose to clean a room up even when it's hard?  Could we choose to pray for that man we pass by at the grocery store?  But the goal of all this is to abide in Christ.  With Him, we bear much fruit, like raspberries blooming so much that bucketloads come in the house from the raspberry patches in the backyard...