Showing posts from July, 2012

New Mercies

I love new beginnings--and every day we have just that with God.  And I especially love the beginnings of new weeks.  Starting fresh--His faithfulness and mercies are overwhelming to me.
Have a great week and enjoy your new mercies!
Love, Dianne
P.S.  I am loving this new memorization system that I am using.  Hope you will give it a try.  And thanks to all of you who wrote saying that you are memorizing scripture.  It will NOT return void but will accomplish what He intends for it!

Do You Have An Extra 10 Minutes a Day?

About a month ago I started working with the guys at Renewal Ranch on scripture memorization.

We covered "Why Should I Memorize Scripture?" I used references from John Piper's site. You can access it here.

We have also studied "How to Memorize Scripture"--good interview with John Piper here. We have talked about developing a love for God's Word and how we do that.

It seems to me that the more we come to understand the depth of God's love for us and what His Word provides for us, the more we will love it--loving God's statutes, His Word, His commandments, His ordinances, His precepts will make memorization easier and more fun--that is my personal opinion.

We have covered a lot of ground in the last month but I stumbled upon a memory system that I want to share with you. 

It is called the Charlotte Mason Memorization System--everything about it appeals to me. For the first time in my life I really think I am going to be able to memorize scripture and…

Unfailing Love


Weekend Worship in Pickensville, Alabama

We made a wrong turn not too far from Aliceville, Alabama and saw this beautiful old church off to our right.  It is in Pickens County and I'm pretty sure it was in Pickensville.  We didn't have to go back far--only a block or so.  It seemed that every time we made a wrong turn, we found an incredible old church.  How blessed can you be?
Remember when I went to North Carolina a couple of months ago?  This church is from that trip.

It didn't look like anyone was meeting at the church at this point in time but showed some signs of refurbishing--

On the outside looking in through a window--

Karen finally tried one of the doors and it was open--

This old attendance board brought back many memories--

This church is too beautiful to die--I pray that it will be revived inside and out--the souls and the physical plant--oh how I wish someone or a group would see the beauty in restoring this ole soul--

Just a little update!

Hi precious friends,
Wow!  Here I am well into retirement and the days seem to get busier and busier.  I know that cannot be but it does seem like it.

My husband and I traveled with Renewal Ranch to Tulsa, Oklahoma last weekend.  We had such a great time visiting with our son and his family who lives there.

We went in a day early to visit with them and then spent Saturday evening and Sunday with the guys from the Ranch and South Lakewood Baptist Church.

Thank you so much, Lakewood, for hosting us and being such a blessing to us.  Your hospitality was just off the charts.

 We are in the middle of a master bathroom remodeling--it was a spur of the moment kind of deal so we have been in a big mess dealing with "stuff everywhere" and out of place, sheet rock dust--all that goes into a remodeling job-- We are getting down towards the end of it so I'm looking forward to getting everything back in place again.

Tonight we attended prayer meeting at the Ranch--it is suc…

The Dust of His Feet

The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;    the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,    and clouds are the dust of his feet.
from Nahum 1

Weekend Worship at Union United Methodist Church, Dillard, Georgia

If my people who are called by my name,

will humble themselves and pray and seek my face,

and turn from their wicked ways,

then will I hear from heaven

and forgive their sin,

and heal their land.

1 Chronicles 7:14
So my friend, if you are one of God's people, it looks as if it is up to us to humble ourselves and pray and seek God's face and turn from our wicked ways, then God will come and forgive us and heal our land.  What a wonderful promise from God!

The Lighthouse

Surely, your Word searches me out when I am in troubled waters.

Your divine beacon shines through the fog of my disgrace

to give my spirit new hope, new joy, new life.
Your Word, Jesus Christ, is a strong and mighty tower,

a lighthouse that stands strong, steady, and sure amidst turbulent waters.

Your voice floats over the waves of my being,

giving strength as it travels until in mighty crescendos

it cascades over the polluted sands of my sinful soul,

cleansing each stain in its wake,

and speaking peace and calm to a troubled sea of thoughts, angsts, and emotions.

I turn and walk towards the sunset leaving each empty shell of remorse

on His shore of forgetfulness. ___________________________________________
Photograph-the Oregon coastline 2001

The seas have lifted up, LORD,    the seas have lifted up their voice;
   the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,    mightier than the breakers of th…

No Less Days

Isn't it interesting how sometimes we want time to slow down, to halt, to beckon us back and forth to the same moment--and other times we want time to fly, to say sayonara to this moment and hello to the next as fast as we can--the Sunday morning sermon that God surely meant for someone else--the waiting room while appointment is pending--the college class with the oh so boring lecturer for an instructor--
Today I am pondering: How can I slow down, how can I wait upon God?
As I sit and think about this, I wonder, "Lord, how do I wait upon you?--what do I do to ensure that I am conserving time for you to show yourself to me, time for me to commune with you, time for us to be together?"
Yes, there is always the morning time--time that I need, time that is heavy with desire for your validation upon my day, time that has become a lifeline for me. "But more than that, Lord, I want more than that. How do I wait upon you? Show me Lord. Please show me Lord. How do I wait for y…

Explosive Joy to You!

This photo I took several years ago was featured on Pioneer Woman's blog a couple of years ago under the photography section. Click here to view it there.
After my husband had helped a neighbor get some mulch, she brought us dinner and this bowl was one that she used. The next morning before returning the dishes, I used them as props for a July 4th picture for my blog. I thought the dark blue and stars on the bowl would be a perfect complement to the red apples.
I'm so glad P-Dub liked it.

Happy 4th of July!

John 15:9-11

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Sure Will Be Glad When Those Collard Greens Come Up

From time to time since starting this blog, I have thought of sharing the story of Billy. For various reasons I have chosen not to until today.
This morning I breathed a prayer that God would give me something to share with you today. Later, tending to some chores, I walked out to the garage and noticed some boxes up on a high shelf and decided to go through at least one today.
How coincidental?? I came upon the box that had the notes and story about Billy in it. This is my humble attempt to share this incredible story with you.

...............Once upon a time, well, actually in the early nineties I was teaching fourth grade in a public school. This school was in the heart of the projects and was a "tough" school to teach at. I had myriad experiences there that looking back upon are almost beyond comprehension.

However, I loved those kids with a passion and they were some of the sweetest, most gifted children I have ever taught. You cannot judge a book by its cover. Boy, did tha…

Thank You!

In my last post I asked you to pray for our family reunion and the circumstances surrounding it--i.e. extremely high temperatures, people with health problems that the heat exacerbates.  Thank you so much. We had a wonderful reunion which turned in to a surprise birthday party for my husband who turned 70 on Friday the 29th. He is the tall guy in the pink shirt and I am right in front of him. We had a breeze and some clouds by the afternoon. It was hot but we were fairly comfortable most of the day in a pavilion with lots of fans. Once again I can never say thank you enough to those who prayed for us.

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PHOTO CREDIT-my niece, Mika Beth Edwards, an incredible photographer…