A little break….

As you have probably noticed, I have been taking a little break. We have been incredibly busy this week.

 Hopefully, normal postings will resume next week.

 To tide you over until next week, here are a few of my favorite blogs:

My Mom at Lines From The Vine

Simply at Simply Stork

The Cole Sisters at Polished Cornerstone and Pure In Heart

Sarah at Simply Sanctified

Cheri at Joyful Handmaiden

 Autumn and Jade at Handmaidens With A Mission

Until next week,

~*~Courtney~*~

Monday Musings – The Service of The Lord

The Service Of The Lord 

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I love being in the service of the Lord.

I may not be a missionary,  a Bible study leader, or a prophet.

but, I love being in the service of the Lord.

My ministry consists of my home and neighbors,

and I love being in the service of the Lord. 

I may not be a minister to the poor or the mentally distressed,

but I love being in the service of the Lord.

I love to encourage others as they walk along the same path.

and I love being in the service of the Lord.

I thrive from moments spent in His loving word,

and I love being in the service of the Lord.

 Wherever He places me, I shall go, joyfully pondering each monent along the way.

And,  I love being in the service of the Lord.

                                                           –Ellie Arnatt

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

 “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

  He makes me lie down in green pastures,
       he leads me beside quiet waters,

  he restores my soul.
       He guides me in paths of righteousness
       for his name’s sake.

  Even though I walk
       through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
       I will fear no evil,
       for you are with me;
       your rod and your staff,
       they comfort me.

  You prepare a table before me
       in the presence of my enemies.
       You anoint my head with oil;
       my cup overflows.

  Surely goodness and love will follow me
       all the days of my life,
       and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
       forever.”

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Thursday Thoughts: Fruits Of The Spirit: Joy

Galations 5:22-23 reads as follows: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

~Joy comes from the Lord, as we can see all through scripture. It tells us of how we are filled with joy because Christ has saved us, or how we are filled with joy with the thought of Him, or sharing with others His blessings- clearly, joy comes and is given from the Lord.

 ~He is freely ready to give it to us, if we only ask! One of the things that I have been working on lately is finding God’s joy in the simplest of things, for I often find that by overlooking those little things, I miss the bigger picture.

Psalm 16:11– “You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

~ One of the sources of joy comes from knowing what is right and rejoicing in it. Jesus has told us in John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

~ We should be joyful and rejoicing in the Lord and the path that He has given us.

 ~We should also be joyful in praising the Lord and telling others about Him and His works, because the Bible says:

Psalm 95:1 “Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.”

Psalm 98:4– “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,  burst into jubilant song with music;”

Psalm 107:22 -“Let them sacrifice thank offerings  and tell of his works with songs of joy.”

Psalm 126:3-“The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”

Joy is one of the most precious gift that God has given us. I highly encourage you to find and show joy every day!

Many blessings! 

~*~Courtney~*~

Monday Musings: A learning experience with hail…

We have had some of the oddest weather here lately.

 A few nights ago, we had hail raining upon our roof. At 3:00 A.M. Yes- that was 3:00 a.m. That is quite the thing to wake up to!

 My bedroom is situated across the hall from the kids bathroom, and I thought there was a hole in the roof where the water was pouring in…. although in actuality, there was no hole and no water pouring in.

It was a simple(ha ha) case of a hail storm. Needless to say, I woke up, and decided to go check on the littles that sleep on the other side of my home, and I saw that my Mama was up and watching the news. “Look outside.” she told me. So I did. The hailstones were as big as ping pong balls!

Enter Joshua and Jacob.  We all sat and watched the news until the hailstones stopped. My Mom described the silence after the hail stopped as “eerily silent”.

I have never been in a house during a hailstorm before. It was quite the experience.

 As I laid in my bed thinking about the storm, I found myself thinking about the glory and majesty of our Lord. With one word He can silence the storms of life. He can make the ocean stay behind a certain barrier, and place beautiful rainbows in the sky. What a wonderful God that we have!

 Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

~*~Courtney~*~

Happy Birthday Flibby!

Today is <a href=”http://www.blogger.com/profile/16650634985547373449″ mce_href=”http://www.blogger.com/profile/16650634985547373449″><b>Flibby’s</b></a> birthday!

 I have known Flibby for several years now, and look up to her as a great example of Godly daughterhood. She is always serving others and ministering to people- I can’t wait to see how God uses her this coming year! 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Time for Everything

 “There is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
       a time to plant and a time to uproot, 

a time to kill and a time to heal,
       a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
       a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
       a time to keep and a time to throw away,

 a time to tear and a time to mend,
       a time to be silent and a time to speak,

 a time to love and a time to hate,
       a time for war and a time for peace. ”

Happy Birthday Flibby!
~*~Courtney~*~

I’ve Been Tagged……

I’ve been tagged by Autumn and Jade from Handmaidens With A Mission!

Here are the rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.

4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

7 Facts about me:

1. I LOVE coffee- all flavors and creamers are included! My brother and I share a cuppa every Friday! :)

2. I danced in the Nutcracker when I was 7.

3. I have 7 pen-pals

4. I am a huge perfectionist… to the point that I drive my family nuts sometimes! :)

5. I prefer to sew without patterns

6. I love to travel! I would love to go down route 66 sometime, but I don’t know if I will ever make it! :)

7. The most important fact, is that Jesus gave me a precious gift. The gift of salvation through Him.

Okay, I am tagging:

My Mama at Lines From The Vine
~Simply~ at Simply Stork
Bethany at Polished Cornerstone
Katherine at Pure In Heart
The other girls at Stay-At-Home Daughters
Sarah at Simply Sanctified
and last but definitely not least is the

Wilkinsons at Simple Living Alaska

 Have fun!

~*~Courtney~*~

A Fresh Day

I just love that feeling of having a new day- a clean start and a fresh beginning. It is a wonderful thing!

This morning, I am up before almost everyone, and our house is still very quiet.

I am watching the sun come up over the trees and listening to little birds singing at our bird feeder. All those things make for a joy-filled day.

The most exciting part of today however, will be enjoying our newly finished floor. I will post a picture of that in a bit, but for now, here is some scripture to start your day:

Psalm Chapter 20

“1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.

4 For you have upheld my right and my cause;
you have sat on your throne, judging righteously.

5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

6 Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.

7 The LORD reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.

8 He will judge the world in righteousness;
he will govern the peoples with justice.

9 The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.

10 Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

11 Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.

12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.

13 O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,

14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of the Daughter of Zion
and there rejoice in your salvation.

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.

16 The LORD is known by his justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
Higgaion. Selah

17 The wicked return to the grave,
all the nations that forget God.

18 But the needy will not always be forgotten,
nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

19 Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.

20 Strike them with terror, O LORD;
let the nations know they are but men.
Selah”

Wishing you a lovely day!

~*~Courtney~*~

Tuesday Talks!

It is time once more for Tuesday Talks, hosted by Stay-At-Home Daughters!

My review today is for “Pocketful Of Pinecones”, by Karen Andreola.

This wonderful book is written in the form of a Mother’s journal through the new task of homeschooling.

She describes the children and her plans for their schooling, especially in the subject of nature study. She journals about each success and failure, and about her hopes and dreams for their future through homeschooling.

It is such a sweet book!

Mrs. Andreola’s introduction reads as follows:

“Do you ever feel frazzled faced with all the many little details of a busy homeschool day? Some days can be disquieting, I know. This is one reason I wanted to encourage you in your homeschooling endeavors by way of a story – a quieting story. Although it is fiction it is based on my own experience. It seemed most natural to write it in the form of a diary.

Carol is the main character. In her diary, Carol pours out her secret hopes, joys, and disappointments. Does she get frazzled? Yes. She is on her feet a lot, caring for the needs of her family. Her heart is full of service, so it is no surprise that come nightfall she is frequently fatigued. How does she manage? Carol feeds her soul by reading in snatches. Her sister-in-law sends her a copy of Miss Mason’s Home Education and she decides to put Miss Mason’s principles to the test. On her new homeschooling adventure not everything works out smoothly, yet she is happy her children find their new books interesting. She also takes joy in the simple things she considers to be God’s blessings. She goes on nature walks with her children each Wednesday afternoon. Together they observe God’s marvelous creation and record their findings into their Nature Notebooks.

Meanwhile, Carol copes with the late hours her husband, Michael, must keep at his workplace. Difficult choices must be made. Although it is her inclination to worry Carol is admonished by Michael to trust God with their circumstances. And because I am too fond of my characters to let anything really terrible happen to them the story has a happy ending.

Pinecones is not just a story. It is a teacher’s resource filled with practical ideas. The story will gradually introduce you to ideas for all four seasons. Sprinkled throughout are nature poems and verses, and Latin names for the over 200 living things observed by the characters. One or two study questions are at the end of most chapters. Some my favorite passages by Charlotte Mason are referenced. These are the same ones that standout in her Carol’s reading of Home Education. The back of the book is a discriminate list of our some of our favorite nature reading. The last words of Pinecones are candid look at of our family’s own experience with nature in the various neighborhoods where we have lived – in city, town, suburb and the woods of Maine.

I wrote Carol’s diary with chapters short enough to minister to the busy mother who, like myself, has only snatches of time in which to nourish her soul. May those who read Pinecones receive much encouragement to keep serving the ones they love.
272 pages with over 75 pencil illustrations. Softcover.”

I know you will love this book! For more reviews, you can visit Stay-At-Home Daughters!

~@~Courtney~@~