Friday, February 14, 2014

Being Jesus' Valentine

Isaiah 24:5 "For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is His name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall He be called."

Jesus is and gives the ultimate love... Valentine's Day might not be of Biblical origins, but it is such a special day to remember the abundant love of Christ!

John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

He loves you....

With an everlasting love - Jeremiah 31:3
As the Father loved Him - John 15:9
Because He is love - 1 John 4:8, 16
So that you can be filled with all His fullness - Ephesians 3:19
While you are still a sinner - Romans 5:8
So much that God gave His only Son for you - John 3:16
So that you can be called His child - 1 John 3:1
And you are now His friend - John 15:15
Not because you first loved Him - 1 John 4:19
With a love that surpasses knowledge - Ephesians 3:19
He will not forget you - Isaiah 49:15
And nothing can seperate you from His wondrous love - Romans 8:38-39

Are we not beholding the most beautiful "Valentine" gift ever given? An act of obedience, sacrife, and utter love. Thank You Jesus that you loved us so much that you forgave all of our sins by your humble death on the cross! You continue to love us each day with your gentle guidance, so please help us to give others around us all of this love also.

John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

Happy Valentines Day! Or should I simply say, "Happy Love Day!" :)

In all sisterly love,

P.S: Thank you dad for the lovely rose! Putting a dime in your vase (or glass, like me!) helps the flowers to stay fresh and bright longer. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sunshine Award - 3 Nominations!

Ecclesiastes 11:7 "Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun."

Phew! There seems to be a "sunshiny" party going on in Blogger lately. How fun! I am so grateful to Julia, Sarah, and Abigail for giving me a Sunshine Award!!! Thank you sisters! :) There are so many questions to answer, therefore go make yourself a nice cup of tea, sit down, and have a pleasant time! 

Julia's questions:

1. What is your favorite chore?
Cleaning the bathroom. It sounds awful, but I find the sight of sparkling mirror and squeaky-clean bathtub very cheerful!
2. What is your favorite book?
That’s not fair! Can I give you 4? :) God's Word, “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom, “The Basket of Flowers” by Christoph von Schmid, and "The Family Daughter" by Sarah Bryant.
3. Do you like making pies?
Yes, but it’s not my favorite thing to make. I prefer making frosted cakes! Although sugar pie is very easy and delicious! 
4. Have you ever been on a train? And if so, where were you going?
No, I haven’t... We intended on taking the train when we thought of moving across the country, but the Lord's plans changed wonderfully! 
5. Would you rather be cold or hot?
Good question! I think I would rather be hot, because when you are hot you can drink iced tea and swim in the river! :)
6. What is your least favorite chore?
Once I make up my mind to it, nothing is too bad, but my least favorite chore would probably be shovelling snow or ... cleaning our dog's "business." Haha!
7. Have you ever gotten a ripped up letter in the mail? If so, who was it from?
I don’t remember getting a ripped letter, but I once received a beaten-up package from my aunt. Don’t worry, the present inside survived!
8. What is your favorite birthday that you ever had, and why?
Definitely my 14th birthday. No doubts about that! We visited a 1800’s working village, with old flour mills, broom making businesses, etc. Then, we dined at a replica of what a true Victorian restaurant would be like. It was amazing!!! Thank You Jesus for giving me such a beautiful day with my family!
9. Did you like the last meal you ate and what was it?
I loved it! It was shrimp Scampi fettuccine. How mom, can you make such delicious dishes!?
10. When was the last time you laughed and why? 
Just a few minutes ago when my dad dipping his huge fingers in the bowl of peanut butter muffin batter... Sorry dad, I just had to say it!
11. What was the first thing you did this morning?
Opened the blinds and let the absent sun shine on my face! And I also read from "Each New Day" by Corrie ten Boom and sleepily whispered the Scripture verses that I am memorizing. :)

Abigail's questions:

1. What is your most used article of clothing?
Either my camisoles, or my half-circle denim skirt!

2.What is your favorite quote?

"Wondrous as it is, how simple this mystery! To love Christ and to know that I love Him-- this is all" 

-Elizabeth Prentiss
3. If you wear nail polish, what is your favorite color?
I don't wear nail polish... I grew weary of spending time painting my nails when it would chip off the next day... :P
4. If you had to choose, would you rather read a book, or watch a movie?
Read a book! It is as having a 360° television in your mind to imagine what you're reading!
5. Do you have a favorite hobby?
I think I have too many! My favourite is crocheting or cross-stitching (I finally learned how!)
6. Can you play an instrument? If so, what is it?
I can't... Does playing on my grandpa's organ (piano) when I was younger counts? :)
7. What is your favorite movie?
The Book of Esther (2013).
8. Have you ever made soap?
Yes! I do it often.
9. What did you do before you read this blog post?
Listened to mom tell about a great blessing that just happened to her!
10. What is your favorite color?
11. What is the best thing you ever did?
(Besides loving and accepting Jesus in my life) Mounting and trotting on horseback! That or moving out of a crazy province... :)

Sarah's questions:

1. How long have you had a blog?
It has been 2 ½ months! It's still a youngster. :)
2. What was the last thing you did before reading this blog post?
Eat supper.
3. What is your most favorite way to do your hair and why? 
Braid them the night before while they are damp so that it makes them curly, and then either wear them fully down, or with a half up-do. :)
4. What is your favorite food?
Sushi and chocolate mousse!
5. Do you like cheese?
Uh-uh, no cheese for this gal! It's been 11 years since I last ate some, and I am aiming for another 11+ years!
6. What is your most favorite bible verse and why? 
Matthew 10:19 "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given in that same hour what you shall speak." A year ago we had to deal with a very harsh administration, in which I had to be interviewed. I didn't have a clue how I would handle this (what if I said something wrong?) and the night before while tossing and turning, the Lord told me this verse. It was beyond reassuring to know that He was going to speak for me. I didn't even have to think, much less worry about it!
7. Why did you choose your blog name?
Many verses inspired me, such as, Psalm 40:16 "Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: let such as love Thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified." or Deuteronomy 4:29, Job 5:8-9, Matthew 6:33, and many others!
8. What is your most favorite time of the day and why?
I love the air of hope that morning brings! To cuddle in a blanket with the rays of sunshine coming through the window, in silence, and read from the Scriptures... :)
9. What is your most favorite kind of cookie? 
Peanut butter, raisin, oatmeal, and chocolate chip! Yes, that's in just one cookie!
10. How often do you play outside?
Normally everyday in the summer, but now the winter cold has kept me inside for much too long!
11. What is your most favorite thing you have ever made and why? 
Crème brulée! Don't let the fancy name fool you, it's as easy as pour, mix, and bake! It's tastes ridiculously good, and it makes people think you've spent hours on it! ;)

The lovely people whom I nominate:
Sara <--- My sister! She does not have a blog, but she still deserves every award... :D

Here are my 11 questions:

1. Which colour do you try to incorporate the most in your wardrobe?
2. If you could own a wild animal from nature, which one would it be and why?
3. Which is best for you, morning or evening?
4. What is your favourite summer sport?
5. Would you consider coming to Canada? :D
6. Which one if your favourite letter from the Apostle Paul (Corinthians 1 or 2, Galatians, Philippians, etc.)?
7. What is your favourite hand craft (crochet, cross-stitch, sewing)?
8. What is the next birthday on your calendar?
9. You've been running errands all day, it's late, and you have to make dinner. What would you quickly make?
10. Do you prefer country/bluegrass, classical, or modern music?
11. What is your favourite thing to do when Spring comes around?

 I'd love to get your answers whether you are nominated or not! :) I look forward to reading them!

1 Peter 3:15
 "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:"

In all sisterly love,