Sunday, May 24, 2015

Prepare For The Saving of Your Household

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear (reverence), prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
 Hebrews 11:7
I heard another powerful message this Sunday as our preacher preached a message about faith from Hebrews chapter 11.  As always, I eagerly awaited to see if what might jump out at me.  Sometimes it's a verse, and other times it is a thought that comes to mind during the sermon.  This Sunday it was Hebrews 11:7.
 First of all, chapter seven says that Noah was warned of things not seen as yet.  However, he trusted God. God has also given us a warning, or should I say several warnings.  We can and should be seeing His word being fulfilled each day.  Can't we see the storm clouds forming?
But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Matthew 24:37
So, what did Noah do after God's warning?
He moved with fear (reverence), prepared an ark to the saving of his house.  
What are we doing?  Are we regarding, with reverence, the warnings from God to save our household.  Noah also pleaded with others year after year while he built the ark.  Today, there is A Cry For Revival! (Click to read this post)
The storm clouds are gathering.  Are Heaven's angels holding  shut the flood gates of the wrath to come?  How long before the Lord says, "Son, go get your children."? 
Are we sheltered inside the Ark?  Is our family inside? Are others there because of our witness? How many of us think it's okay to run in and out of the Ark? We don't need to say, "Lord, hold my spot, and I'll be right back." just so we can go indulge in sin. Have we obeyed God's instructions? 
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thess. 5:9
Hebrews 11:7 goes on to say that by obeying God, Noah condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Meaning, that Noah didn't care about the things of this world, or what others thought.  Instead, he trusted God, obeyed God, prepared, and tried to save countless others. 
And when that day came,  Noah and his family were saved from the wrath.  
You may find it interesting to know that Noah's Ark, The Ark of The Covenant, and the Mercy Seat were all made from Gopher wood. The interesting point to this is that the Ark of The Covenant represented God's presence among His people.  Pitch was used to seal Noah's Ark, and the Hebrew word for pitch is actually “atonement.” What a great analogy. The Ark was sealed and the door closed by God Himself, which is indicative of the fact that salvation is fully a work of God and we have to enter in through faith believe in Christ.  
In the following chapter, Hebrews 12, we see what lesson we can learn from Noah and many other heroes of the faith.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses(such as Noah), let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. Heb. 12:1
Keep in mind that as it was in the days of Noah...

there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Friday, May 15, 2015

No More Night

This is a slideshow that I created a few years ago.  The quality isn't that great because I recorded it from my television using an Ipod.  I hope to upload a better one on YouTube a little later, but I love this amazing song by David Phelps!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Link Up Party #44

 Welcome back  to another 
Link Up Party!
The last link up party was an extended one because I was busy with the preparations for my daughter's Homeschool Graduation Celebration! The party was so lovely and special.  Our family has been so blessed.
So much has happened over the past two weeks.
  Guess what!
  I met Cheryl from Homespun Devotions! It was such a wonderful and memorable day!  
I am glad to be back at my blog.  Seems like I have so much to share.
I want to thank everyone who linked up on the last party.  Here are the featured posts!



Harvest Lane Cottage

Please link up as many posts as you'd like. Please remember that this is a Christian blog and posts contrary to Christian beliefs will be deleted.
Other than that, have fun and post away!
God bless each and every one of you.
~Please grab my button from the top right side of my blog and share it so others will know where to link up. Thanks.~

Blog Authors Finally Meet

Finally, Chris (So Much At Home) 
 and Cheryl (Homespun Devotions) 
come face-to-face and join together in prayer, Christian love, and faith!
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:19-20
First of all, I thought it was pretty awesome for the authors of two Christian blogs to become so connected and finally get to meet!
What a joyous moment it was meeting Cheryl and the godly young man she is so blessed to call, son.
Cheryl and I met through our blogs.  I guess you could call us kindred spirits.  One thing's for sure, we are both sisters in Christ.  Cheryl is a prayer warrior!  Because of her love, so many prayer requests are posted on her blog. After reading one of my posts about Connie,  Cheryl felt the need to pray with her.  Her family drove several hours to pray for Connie. However,  this was during the first month of Connie's hospital stay, and she was sedated and unaware of any one's presence.  
Cheryl continued praying for Connie during the seven months of her illness, and I continued telling Connie about Cheryl and the other Christian bloggers who were sending up prayers on her behalf.  Needless to say, Connie was excited, as I was, when the opportunity arose for us to meet Cheryl. 
Cheryl was driving several hours our way to pray for someone in the hospital, so we decided to head her way and meet up. 
One of Connie's daughters and my daughter also went with us.  We spent a lovely time saying hello, and we all joined in prayer for Cheryl's loved one in the hospital. 
I can't exactly explain how I felt that day.  Even though I had talked with Cheryl on several occasions, it was not until that day that I didn't feel the long distance between us.  No longer was she my "online" blog friend and prayer partner, she was family. 
It made me think of how the early church must have been with believers going out  sharing the gospel, welcoming each other, sharing testimonies, and praying for others. 
The "church" needs to be the same today!
 I just wish we had more time that day.
I asked Cheryl to write about us meeting so that we could combine our thoughts together into one post.  Here is what she had to say:
Oh, my, I hardly know where to start, because as I recount the events surrounding our meeting, I have to break down and cry. This whole situation of meeting Chris and Connie was one of those special moments that you just really can't put into words, because there just are none to convey the preciousness of it all. When I first found Chris’s blog last year, I was instantly drawn to her and her posts, the things she writes about, and the spirit in which she writes them. As Chris said, we are absolutely kindred spirits and share a lot of the same concerns and values, and I could just sense that right away. When I saw her post about Connie, I cannot really describe the heavy burden that came over me for her. It went straight to my heart, and I just felt the need to really help to intercede for her healing. As I was in prayer one day shortly after learning about her, God spoke to me and told me to go pray for Connie. I had no idea where Connie or Chris lived, and I told the Lord that in prayer. As if I needed to tell Him anything! Later that day, Chris emailed me to tell me that they were moving Connie to another hospital, and she mentioned the city where it was located. My mouth literally dropped open, as I read her words and realized that this could actually happen…that she wasn’t clear across the country, as I had earlier told God she may be. He knew all along where Connie was, and He knew this would be possible, otherwise He would never have asked me to do it. He made me a promise right then and there and told me again to go pray for her. Right away, I felt an urgency to go, and I told my husband and son. They were instantly on board, and we began to make plans to make the drive there that weekend. As Chris said, Connie wasn't aware that we were there, but Connie’s sister was there, and she and I joined in earnest, fervent prayer over Connie, begging God to heal her and spare her life. As time went by, Chris kept me posted about Connie, both through our phone calls and emails, and also the updates on her blog. There were so many times that I questioned whether I had heard God’s voice giving me that promise, because, at times, Connie’s condition was so serious, it didn't seem possible that she would ever be well again. But, all of us clung to faith, and we kept praying, and God, once again, proved just how faithful and true He really is to His Word when He raised Connie up from her sickness and allowed her to go home!! He never breaks a promise He makes to one of His trusting children. As Chris, Connie, and their two girls arrived to meet Zachary and me face-to-face for the first time, I stood there in awe of our awesome God and how He had orchestrated all of this. My heart was completely overwhelmed, and tears forced their way through as I hugged them and felt a fresh, new appreciation and thankfulness to God for His faithfulness. He answers prayer. He does what He says He will do. I feel like Chris and I have known each other our whole, entire lives. She is a true friend and as real and genuine and precious as you have found her to be on her blog, “So Much At Home”. She is right, we didn't have near enough time that day. Schedules were tight, and we had to say good-bye way too soon. I hated to part ways with these dear ones who have worked their way into my heart, but as I watched them walk away, I couldn't help but feel that this parting was not the end, only the beginning of a bigger part of God’s plan for each one of our lives and future. I don't know what He has in store, but, all glory be to God, just look at what He has already done! 
Until we meet again, Cheryl...
Love ya!


Monday, May 11, 2015

Homeschool Graduation Celebration

May 2, 2015 was one of the most
delightful, lovely, special, and memorable
evening our family has ever enjoyed!
Not only was it my daughter's graduation celebration, it was also a night commemorating the end of our family's homeschool journey.
To God Be The Glory!

Here are a few pictures from that enchanting evening.

 Written on the teal hanging frame was Zech. 9:17 For how great is His goodness, and how great is His beauty! 
We had 5 guest tables set up.  Framed Bible verses and candles were on each table.  Lights were strung through the trees, and teal paper lanterns and peach fans hung from the light strands.

 The chandelier from Lea's Dressing Room gave this beautiful area around the garden pond a Shabby Chic look.
Can you spot the chandelier?

Here are the other two guest tables.  The large TV was set up for Lea's DVD slide show.

Even before dark, the lights were beautiful. However, not one picture captured how beautiful the evening really was. 
I am so blessed to be the mother of these precious two.
~Thank You, Lord!~ 

Lea with her Mawmaw and Aunt Kay. They were both a big help that evening.

 Lea's sisters from Florida came for the celebration!

I was so upset that I didn't get a family picture, but here is one with me.  I was so busy taking pictures and working that I didn't think to include myself or get a picture of our whole family! 

This is my Aunt Patty and Uncle Clark.  Patty worked so hard wrapping candy bars and doing all she could to make Lea's night special!

Here is a picture of my parents with Lea. I was glad that my father was able to make it to Lea's party.  He stayed for just a little while.  Mama stayed and helped me with everything, as usual.

 A special table was set up for Lea's
diploma, Senior picture portfolio, Kindergarten photo, retro print, candy bars, and a photo book from Shutterfly that everyone signed.
Each page of her photo book from Shutterfly contained her Senior pictures and scriptures.
We had so much delicious food including:
a cupcake tower containing 96 cupcakes, French Macarons, a chocolate fountain with strawberries & rice krispy treats, fruit tray, meatballs, pigs in a blanket,  little smokies, several dips, chicken balls, and several sandwiches.

 So many sweet people from our church and community helped to make this a special evening.

 Lea's slideshow was beautiful, sweet, and a little bit of a tear jerker.

This picture was taken during the first dance when Lea  and her daddy danced to My Girl.

We had many lovely songs for the evening.  Most were instrumental.  Here is a YouTube video of the evening and one of my favorite songs that we danced to during the night.

Family and friends danced under a most beautiful night sky.  The moon was full, and God sure blessed us with beautiful weather.
Thank You, Lord.

The evening was full of smiles!

Look who was able to make it!
 Connie and I both have so much to be thankful for. 
 We serve an AWESOME God!

It was such a beautiful night enjoyed by so many!

 Lea's cascade braid AFTER the party.

I used two old doors to decorate the side entrance.  I strung lights and a banner to welcome our guests.  I also used a rope light to mark the walkway.

We were blessed with a beautiful and special evening.  It was an occasion that will always be remembered.  The door to over fifteen years of homeschooling was closed, and now God has opened another one.  May we be mindful of His blessings and faithfully walk with Him.

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