Thanks for visiting! We'll be back to blogging in 2009! Happy New Year!
Thanks for visiting! We'll be back to blogging in 2009! Happy New Year!
The familiar story of Mary and Martha, two sisters from Bethany, told to us in Luke 10, is constantly ringing in the hearts of Christian women everywhere this time of year. Can I hear an "Amen"? Nancy DeMoss writes:
"Jesus reminded Martha that Mary had made a choice to cultivate her relationship with the Master. Developing intimacy with the Lord Jesus requires a conscious, deliberate choice. It is a choice to spend time sitting at His feet and listening to His Word, even when there are other good things that are demanding our attention. It is a choice to put Him first, above all our other responsibilities and tasks.
Mary's choice was not made out of obligation, but out of devotion. She was not sitting at His feet out of a sense of duty but because she cherished her relationship with the Lord Jesus.
I can almost hear Jesus saying to Marsha, 'We don't have to have a five-course meal tonight. It's OK with Me if we just have soup and crackers. It's OK if dinner's late, if the rolls get burned, or even if we don't have dinner at all. None of that really matters. What matters is My relationship with you. That's why I came to your house. That's why I came to this world. Your company means more to Me than your cooking. You are more important to Me than anything you can do for Me.'"
Our relationship with Him. That's why He comes to our house. That's why He came to this world. That's why He comes to our hearts. Let's meet with Him today.
Now, pardon me, I have to run....I think the rolls are burning!
"But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
The stage looked beautiful. (You need to tilt your head to look at this picture. For some reason, Brie was leaning on Josh.)
Our little family.
Thanks for stopping by! We'll be baking Christmas cookies today. What will you be doing?
We are still enjoying the warm afterglow of yesterday's planned splurge and special afternoon of Tea with Alice in Wonderland at The Four Seasons. This nostalgic Christmas tradition lingers in our hearts so much so that we already start planning and saving for next year.
If you live in the area, we recommend this special treat! And my dear friends who are reading this and think you'd enjoy this, you are invited and welcome any time! (I make the reservations in October on the designated day, so just mention it to me!)
Would you care for some tea? What nostalgic traditions do you enjoy? We'd love to hear!
Welcome to all, and especially to those personally chauffeured here by "Mr. Linky". What fun to participate in the "Cool Christmas Give-Away" with the Quintessential Blog Give-Away Hostess herself....Lysa TerKeurst! I hope you enjoy your visit to our blog. Grab a mug of your favorite hot beverage and linger a while! We pray you are refreshed during your visit here.
Joy In The Truth is giving away some cool nourishment for your soul -- your choice of either:
1.) "Jesus Calling" - by Sarah Young; or
2.) "Pierced by the Word" - by John Piper.
These are two of my favorite devotional books, which are now offered through Proverbs 31 Ministries.
Also, you will receive some cool chocolate treats for your taste buds (just in time for Christmas!) from our great home state of PENNSYLVANIA, such as HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE, PEANUT CHEWS, and TASTYKAKES.
For your opportunity to win, just simply leave a comment! Also, if you haven't already had your quiet time with the Lord today, commit to spending ten minutes in His Word today. If you have spent time in the Word today already, let me know what verse(s) you read. Share the encouragement! Time sitting at His feet will never be taken away! (Luke 10:42)
It's been a pleasure having you visit us here at Joy In The Truth! Stop by and visit again. I'll be by to visit you as well! The winner will be announced on Monday, December 8th.
As we celebrate our Savior's birth this Christmas season, we pray our hearts are continually yielded to the One we celebrate: The Prince of Peace.
In one of my favorite devotionals, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, she writes this:
"I AM THE PRINCE OF PEACE. As I said to My disciples, I say also to you: Peace be with you. Since I am your constant Companion, my peace is steadfastly with you. When you keep your focus on Me, you experience both My Presence and My Peace. Worship Me as King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and Prince of Peace. You need My peace each moment to accomplish My purposes in your life. Sometimes you are tempted to take shortcuts in order to reach your goal as quickly as possible. But if the shortcut requires turning your back on My peaceful Presence, you must choose the longer route. Walk with Me along paths of peace; enjoy the journey in My Presence."
May the Prince of Peace be illuminated in and through our hearts. May we always follow His precious paths of peace and not cheapened shortcuts. May we be thankful His purity can wash over us and cleanse us through His precious blood. May we surrender our lives to Him so He can bear fruit through us for His glory.
Let's let our Light and lights shine!
"For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Joshua and Gabrielle help me set the dining room table. Our "fine china" was covered up by their hand-made notes and place cards, which suited me just fine. Our centerpiece was a cornucopia made by Gabrielle.
Jim took good care of the turkey (thankfully he cleaned it out too!) and it turned out perfectly browned and delicious!
Are you asking which one of the three is the turkey?
My mom (Nan Nan) is the gravy queen! Delicious!
The Thanksgiving Feast!
The wishbone...a favorite tradition for the cherubs!
Thanksgiving weekend is our favorite weekend of the year. We happily honker down at home, enjoy our time together with family and friends, play games, enjoy good food and prepare the house for Christmas.
We hope you enjoyed a warm-hearted and delicious Thanksgiving celebration! Do tell! :) We'd love to hear your favorite part of the Thanksgiving weekend!
"Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness." Psalm 97:12
I have been studying 1 Samuel with with a precious Precept Ministries Bible Study Group. My heart has been moved by the quintessence of friendship exemplified through Jonathan toward David.
Beginning in 1 Samuel 13, we read of Jonathan's amazing commitment and love as a friend. We see it contrasted with Jonathan's father, Saul, who poised himself against David (to put it mildly).
My heart is saddened for Saul, who went looking for donkeys one day and returned as a king. (1 Samuel 9) Had he yielded his heart to the Lord with this position of honor and responsibility, wonderful fruit could have come forth. Had he obeyed the Word of the Lord, his legacy would have been different. Had Saul honored God, God would have honored him.
Studying this touching account of friendship in 1 Samuel, I have prayerfully purposed in my heart that I want to be a Jonathan kind of friend. By God's grace, love, Spirit and strength. God has been teaching me so much about friendship and calling me to be a better friend, a Jonathan kind of friend. He is showing me how He wants to define the kind of friend He wants me to be before Him, yet I am not to define the kind of friend others should be to me. Love, His love, is the only sure foundation.
Jonathan loved David as himself. Jonathan's relationship was founded in love.
Saul's relationship with David was rooted in jealousy and insecurity.
Jonathan obeyed the Word of the Lord, and he honored God.
Saul disobeyed the Word of the Lord, and he dishonored God.
Jonathan wanted the best for David and helped him achieve that.
Saul was envious of David and tried to kill him.
Jonathan was loyal and committed.
Saul was selfish and wanted to use David for his own benefit.
Jonathan rejoiced in the truth, and he trusted.
Saul followed his own ways. He was suspicious and not trusting.
Jonathan was a servant.
Saul wanted to be served.
Jonathan spoke well of his friend and greatly delighted in him.
Saul cast blame and tried to pin David to the wall with a spear.
Jonathan protected and defended his friend in truth.
Saul put David in harm's way, was critical of him and did not keep his word.
Jonathan was for David. Saul turned against David.
Jonathan desired peace for David. Saul intended harm toward David.
Jonathan was loyal and committed, even in the heat of battle and rough terrain.
Saul wasn't willing to go through the heat with a friend.
Jonathan made a vow of friendship before God. Jonathan revered and loved God.
Saul did not reverence God with his whole heart. He did not honor God through his relationships.
As I continue my study of these precious chapters in 1 Samuel, I am going to keep my heart before the Lord and ask Him to show me how to be more of a Jonathan kind of friend.
My heart is thankful for the Jonathans in my life. How precious is the gift of a Jonathan kind of friend. May we nourish and care for our friendships with great love and thanksgiving to God, the giver of all good things.
"After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself...And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt." 1 Samuel 18:1-4
Whatever the news is tomorrow morning, God is the anchor of our hearts, our family and our friendships. May we always act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God.
"He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8