Thursday, September 27, 2012


Raw & real -this book is all about grace. I had to read this book twice to capture it. It is blunt and to the point, so much so that I was not sure what to think at first. It almost felt crass, but the back of the book is recommended by Paul David Tripp, Jerry Bridges, and Tim Challies. Written by two friends the theme is, "Wherever real grace flows, real brokenness was there first."

"Practicing Affirmation" by Sam Crabtree. Here is a book that I wish that I had read years ago. As CJ Mahaney writes,
"Too many of us most of our words each day for criticizing and complaining. If you find that your communication lacks encouragement, if you want to grow in affirming others, if you plan to say any words at all today- please read this book!"
This book teaches what Biblical affirmation looks like following words spoken from Jesus. Encouragement gives hope for the future, affirmation points out a Christ-like quality in a person's character.

At the young age of 2, over 80% of Joel's body was burned in a car accident. Now 30 years later, Joel writes about his child hood, the many operations that he had to endure, and the obstacles that he had to overcome. Everytime he comes out of his home he encounters people constantly staring at him. Some are so rude that they will want to touch him to see if he is wearing a mask! What I loved about this book is how he uses his story to share the Gospel with others. I especially admire his parents, who were the same age as I am now when this accident occurred. They showed much wisdom and maturity in dealing with this on- going trial.

I didn't know a thing about Gladys Aylward until I read this book. An inspiring lady who left the comforts of her home in England to become a missionary in dark China. She was a lady who was passionate about prayer and never rested for the sake of the Gospel. She didn't feel like she had any talents, but used her gifts of hospitality and engaging in conversation with complete strangers to bring the gospel to many. Gladys Aylward led 100 children over the dangerous mountains in China in order to escape war from Japan.

This book shares the brief life of Keith Green, singer and song-writer. It tells of the years of searching for peace during the hippie years and how he and his wife came to a saving faith. Gripped by convictions, they took action and became stewards of their time and resources. As the back of the book reads, "Keith challenged believers to break out of their status quo Christianity and embrace a put-it-all-on-the-line life of faith and action."

I love to read anything about Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
She was a little lady who shook the United States with her moving novel about slavery. As president Lincoln put it, " a small lady who started a big war." The Beecher family had 7 sons all who became ministers, one of them being the famous Henry Ward Beecher. This book was well done.

I have been reading this book to the boys about the pilgrims. With it's colourful illustrations, and quick walk through the pilgrims' story, it is a wonderful book.

Who can go too long without reading a Gordon Korman book?! You are never too old for a good story about Bruno and Boots! Just a warning - do not read in public because you might be seized by fits of laughter no matter how many times you have read it, and do not read it in bed when your husband is trying to sleep:} Even if you try to keep your laughter inside, little giggles burst out and they sound more like snorts - not a good thing.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

God's Care for Us

"The Hand of God: Finding His Care in All Circumstances"
Right now I am reading this book by Alistair Begg and it is a wonderful book that I highly recommend. He takes the life of Joseph and applies it to our lives. This book shows that the darkest moments that we may go through are not driven by some blind and impersonal force but are filtered through God's Almighty and Caring Hands.

We have started our Ladies Bible Study again this year and it is so good to be back in fellowship with everyone and study God's Word together. During prayer time there are many requests and it reminded me of the struggles that are out there.
Perhaps you are in a situation right now where you are struggling with grief, loneliness, financial difficulties, bitterness, low energy, dealing with a non-communicative teenager, running after toddlers, infertility, or suffering with physical illnesses. Maybe you are crying out to God and you feel distant from Him. There are so many struggles and people hurting all around us. The book of the Psalms is always a huge comfort.

Alistair Begg paraphrases Psalm 139  by putting it in the Lord's voice rather than the psalmist. Put your name in the blank and read it. Meditate on it. Say it out loud and thank the Lord for His absolute unfailing love.

"N....., I have searched you and I know you. I know when you sit down and when you stand up. I know your thoughts from afar. I discern your going out and your lying down. I'm familiar with all your ways. Before you say anything, N..., I know it completely.
"N...., I have hemmed you in, behind and before. I have laid My hand upon you. Where can you go from My spirit? Where can you flee from My presence? If you go up to the heavens, N..., I am there. If you make your bed in the depths, I am there. If you rise up on the wings of the dawn, if you settle on the far side of the sea, even there My hand will guide you. My right hand will hold you fast.
"N... if you say, "Surely the darkness will hide me, and the light will become night around me,' even the darkness will not be dark to Me. The night will shine like the day.
"N... I have created you. I knit you together in your mother's womb. You have every reason to praise Me because you are fearfully and wonderfully made.
"Your frame wasn't hidden from Me when I made you in the secret place. I wove you together in the depths of the earth. My eyes saw your unformed body. All the days ordained for you were written in My book before one of them came to be.
"N..., the sum of My thoughts toward you is vast; they out number the grains of sand."

God is so gracious and good to us.

Monday, September 10, 2012

from the homefront

The boys were happy to start school again and we fell into routine very quickly.

This little lad has started kindergarten. How fast the time goes. On Andrew's first day of school, I was doing devotions with the boys in the morning and when I started praying especially for Andrew as he would be starting school that day - I got so choked up that I had to stop. Andrew just loves to cuddle and follow Adam around when Adam is working from home - but the good news is that Andrew is loving school - the social aspect of it!

On Labour day we went for a hike at Morning Star Mill with my parents. We have always lived in this area but have never visited this neat place.

Way back in July we celebrated my brother-in-law, Bret's 30th and nephew Zachary's 13th birthday.
Before they came we filled up a basket of water balloons and attacked uncle Bret when he walked into the back yard. The nephews and nieces were thrilled with this idea and I love the look of anticipation on these little boys' faces.

Here are our three nieces from Adam's side:
Eve, Michaela, and Bethany
This "no-climb" fence that we bought should of been tested on Tyler. This troublesome-two year old is something else. As someone so rightly put it "he has wickedly cute eyes." We are going to take the bottom piece of wood off of the gate and hopefully that will keep Tyler away from the pond. It will also help me from having a nervous break down:)