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Meditating on Psalm 130

 29.6.11


Psalm 130: 1-6

My Soul Waits for the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleas for mercy!



If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
that you may be feared.




I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.


O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.


Under His sun and by His grace,

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From Melissa's Kitchen to Yours - Fresh Yogurt Popsicle with Fresh Fruit-

 28.6.11

My friend Melissa shares with us a summer recipe that will sure make our summer days brighter!

Katie Lloyd Photography



The alarm clock rests silently. School clothes give way to bathing suits. Sunlit evenings stretch before us. Summer has finally arrived. A recent stretch of brutally hot weather brings to mind my own childhood summers. Long days of playing until lightning bugs began to speckle the twilight sky. Drawing hopscotch boards on the pavement with the sharp edge of a rock, dancing under the water hose, and riding bikes to the store down the street. And the counting down of days until the ice cream truck would make its weekly appearance in the neighborhood. The colorful truck was full of enough sticky, sugary concoctions to tempt any child's palate.

We don't see the ice cream truck around here anymore. What I do see these days are grocery store aisles of frozen treats filled with sugar and preservatives. My family - your family - deserves better. I found this basic popsicle recipe online, and use it all the time. Homemade popsicles are simple and delicious. Best of all, they are packed with nutrition.

The basic recipe:

2 cups vanilla yogurt (or plain with a tsp. of vanilla extract)
1 cup fresh or frozen fruit of choice (or any combination)
1 Tbsp. honey

Blend well (I use an immersion blender, but a regular blender or food processor would also work great) and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze for at least 4 hours.


This recipe is adaptable for any taste. So far, we've tried strawberry, blueberry*, and strawberry/banana. Each flavor has been a hit. Up next - peach.

*I would recommend blending the blueberries alone before adding the yogurt and honey. The skins need to be broken down quite a bit.

Thank you, Melissa, this is already making my mouth water!


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Psalm 89: 8-10

 27.6.11




"O LORD God of hosts,

who is mighty as you are, O LORD,

with your faithfulness all around you?










Be still and remember that in the midst of your storm our God the Lord of Hosts never ceases to be mighty; His faithfulness never fails; He rules over all with wisdom.


Under His sun and by His grace,


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Summer Children's Art Gallery -Marco T.-

 25.6.11

Welcome to the grand-opening of the Summer Children's Art Gallery!

Today I am very proud to show you what my nephew Marco has drawn: Achilles Hit by an Arrow.


Marco is 12 years old and lives in Canada with his beautiful family and a big dog. He loves to draw in his spare time and is ready to enjoy his summer.

Thank you Marco, for participating in this virtual gallery today. Your drawing made me think of these words of Spurgeon, that we all need to remember and consider carefully:

"A cunning enemy we have to deal with; he knows our weak points; he has been dealing with men for these last six thousand years; he knows all about them. He is possessed of a gigantic intellect—though he be a fallen spirit; and he is easily able to discover where our sore places are, and there it is he immediately attacks us. If we are like Achilles, and cannot be wounded anywhere but in our heel, then at the heel he will send his dart, and nowhere else."



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Saturday, We Have a Winner!

Dear friends, I am happy to announce the winner of the book Prayers of an Excellent Wife by Andrew Case.




Jessica blogs at By Grace Alone, be sure to head over and share some love with her today!

Remember that this book is also available for free as a PDF here.




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Giving Grace to Difficult Children

 23.6.11

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This Thursday of Borrowed words I want to share with you a quote from a book I am now reading, Give Them Grace; Dazzling Your Kids With the Love of Jesus by Fitzpatrick and Thompson. I have read many books on parenting, but I think this is the first time I encounter an encouragement like this for parents whose children are not walking in the ways of the Lord, whose children are "difficult children". (As soon as I finish reading this book I will share with you my review). 

"We think that compliant children will best teach us about his grace and the gospel, and they can. Compliant, believing children are frequently reflections of his great kindness. But the Lord also teaches us of his grace and the gospel through difficult children. We learn what it is like to love like he loved. We learn how to walk in his footsteps, and it is there, in our personal “upper room,” where we learn how to wash the feet of those who are betraying us. It is there, kneeling before our rebellious children, that the real power of God is demonstrated. The compliant child’s life lies to us, assuring us that she is good because we’re such good parents. Difficult children tell us the truth: God loves his enemies, and he can infuse us with grace that will make us lay down our lives for them too. Their rebellion is a verification of the gospel: we produce sinful children because we are sinners, but God loves sinners. God’s power is displayed through our failures when we tether ourselves to the gospel message of sin and forgiveness, no matter how desperate the situation becomes."

Let us remember in prayer today those families whose children are walking astray. Let us not look at them with a prideful and judgmental eye. Let us have compassion for them and a heart that reaches to them through prayer.

Let us not forget, not  even for a second, that if our children are walking in the Lord it is because of His Amazing Grace, not because of our abilities as parents, or our methods; it is in spite of us, in spite of our sinfulness, in spite of our shortcomings, in spite of our wrong and selfish motives, that they are where they are now.


Under His sun and by His grace,


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Thinking as Christians so that We Can speak as Christians

 21.6.11



Today I am sharing about the connection between our thoughts and our words over at Desiring Virtue.

Read my contribution here...

"Maybe you will see what I have seen: The thoughts we think affect the words we speak."

Thank you to Jessalyn for giving me the opportunity to share in your wonderful blog today. I have been truly blessed by your desire to bless God in all.

Under His sun and by His Grace,


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From Christina's Kitchen to Yours - Amaretto Cake -

Today my dear friend Christina Lum, shares with us her wonderful recipe for Amaretto cake. Can you just imagine that? Perfect for a nice dinner this summer, what do you think?

Thank you, my dear friend for your generosity!



Amaretto Cake

350º F (180ºC) 1 hour (ovens vary)
Christina’s oven 325 º for 45 minutes.

1 box cake mix (yellow or butter)
1 small instant vanilla pudding cake
4 eggs
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup water
½ cup Amaretto (Disaronno)
1 cup chopped almonds (slivered work too)

Combine ingredients well and pour in well greased and lightly floured bundt pan.

Glaze
¼ cup butter
½ cup water
¾ cup sugar
4 Tablespoons Amaretto (I always put more)

When cake is finished baking, before removing from pan, poke holes in top and pour ½ of glaze in the holes with a spoon. Then turn over onto a cake platter to remove from pan and repeat process of poking holes and putting in the glaze.

Note: Keep in an airtight cake pan for a few days before serving. The glaze should make the cake very moist -- that’s what you want! Oh, it’s sooo good!

Enjoy,
Christina

p.s. This cake is a welcoming birthday and Christmas gift. I usually give it in a glass cake pan and tie it with a beautiful ribbon!

And just so you know... Christina recently won the latest giveaway we had for our facebook friends of Doctrines in the Kitchen; she is now enjoying The Pioneer Woman Cookbook! Please, give her a handclap! :) (hey, be sure you "like" us on fb too!)

Thank you Christina, I am blessed to call you, my friend!

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*Have you interceded for your husband today? Let our prayers for our husbands by a constant in our lives. (Read the post and enter the giveaway here)

*Do you have a summer recipe that you would like to share with us? Email it to me at: dailyonmywaytoheaven (at) yahoo (dot) com

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A Prayer for my Husband and a Giveaway

 20.6.11



He is my man, I love him and I praise God for giving me to him, and for giving him to me. His embrace is all I want, and being with him is a gift from the Lord.

Today I am specially grateful for my man, and for the privilege God has given me to intercede for him every day. He goes to the world every day,  and faces thorns and whistles and fights for us, while I wait in the quiet of our home, longing for his coming at night.

This is my prayer for my husband today. (adapted from Prayers of an Excellent Wife  -p.68- 69)

O thou Giving God,
Be gracious to my husband today, for to you do I cry all the day. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up his soul.

Teach him Your way that he might walk in Your truth; unite his heart to fear Your Name. Turn to him and be gracious to him; give him strength, and save him.

O beloved, sing with me of the steadfast love of the LORD forever; with your mouth make know his faithfulness to all generations!

Glorious God,

Let your favor be upon my husband. Establish the work of his hands.

Be his dwelling place, Most High, and be his refuge, so that no evil shall be allowed to befall him. Command Your angels concerning him to guard him in all his ways. Because You hold fast to him in love, please deliver him; protect him because he knows Your Name.

When he calls to You answer him; be with him in trouble; rescue him and honor him. With long life satisfy him, and show him Your salvation. Satisfy him with your beauty.

In the name of my Lord and Mediator Jesus, whose name is above all other names,

Amen

I would love to bless you with a printed copy of this book, if you are interested in participating in this giveaway, just leave a comment (please be sure to leave some contact information). I would appreciate if you pass the voice around by sharing this on facebook or twitter. (only USA, Mexico and Canada addresses)















The winner will be drawn Saturday June 25.

Under His sun and by His grace,



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I will Arise and Go to My Father.

 19.6.11




My Father!

(James Smith, "Daily Bible Readings")

"My Father!" Jeremiah 3:4

This is a child's cry!

It is full of meaning.

It is full of love.

It is full of comfort.

It is a title which the Lord loves to hear us use!

Lord, give us the Spirit of adoption this morning,
and let us see and feel, that we are Your children!

Believer!
To whom will you repair in trouble?
To whom will you look in difficulty?
To whom will you cry in danger?
From whom will you ask when in need?
Surely I hear you say, "My Father!"

Who speaks to you in the Bible?
Who tries you by His providence?
Who chastens you with His rod?
Who purifies and cleanses you?
Who humbles and reproves you?
Again you will say, "My Father!"

Who supports the world?
Who controls the nations?
Who chains up Satan?
Who comforts the believer?
Who pardons the backslider?
Again you reply, "My Father!"

Then I exhort you to . . .
trust your Father's Word,
abide in your Father's house,
expect from your Father's hand,
and say in every trial:

"I will arise and go to my Father!"

May you find rest and comfort in the Father's arms this Lord's Day.


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Summer Children's Gallery

 18.6.11



I am sure that your children (or grandchildren), just like mine, love to paint, create, craft, model with clay, design with cardboard boxes, cook, or even write throughout the summer; and I am also sure they like to show the world what they have created.  That is the reason why I thought it would be a wonderful idea to invite YOUR children to display their art every Saturday during this summer in this place, in the Summer Children's Gallery.

If your children (or grandchildren) want to participate, it is very simple:

1. You must be a friendly reader of this blog (a "follower", or a subscriber)

2. Email me a picture (or two or three) of their art work, or culinary abilities (including their recipe), and I will display it here. Be sure to include their age, the media they used, and maybe a note written by them.  (dailyonmywaytoheaven (at) yahoo (dot) com)

3. Please, pass the voice and share the fun!
 
I would love to see what your children are creating; I am sure we will be surprised.


Soli Deo Gloria






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Summers are for Finding Inspiration

 17.6.11



This summer I am planning to make time to paint, draw and color.

What about you? Any special plans for the summer?


Under His sun and by His grace,



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When Living in the Moment may Distract you from Living for the Eternal

 16.6.11



It has been some years now that with the help of the Lord, I have been learning how to live fully every day, every minute. I remember when my children were little and we were in that season of our lives when we ran all day to all those extra classes. We used to live under the pressure of the clock, the constant tic-tac that steals away moments of joy.

But living in the moment, enjoying the minutes, living fully each one of them, is not necessarily a godly thing to do. Actually, it may keep us from seeing beyond the minute and into eternity.

When our children were little I had to teach them about time, time-lines were hanging all over our walls, and we had to teach them about the calendar, the months, days, hours, minutes. Now they are older and we must teach them to live with their eyes fixed on what is not in that time-line. We are teaching them that what matters the most is not the moment, per se, but eternity.

Before I keep on going, please don't get me wrong, I firmly believe that how we live every minute counts. I believe that our lives are made of minutes, and for the life we live in that sequence of minutes we will give an account to God.

But when we live only with eyes for the moment, we may find ourselves believing that we are the main character in God's story.

Remember Martha and Mary and how they responded when their brother Lazarus was ill and then died (John 11 please read it all.). They were living in the moment, and for a moment they thought that because they were Jesus' friends, and Jesus loved their brother, they were the main character in the story and Jesus had to come and help them. But Jesus didn't live for the moment, He lived with His eyes fixed on eternity, on his Heavenly Father; He says on verse 4:

"This illness does not lead to death, It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it"

Having this goal in mind "when he, {Jesus}, heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was". 

Michael Horton says,

"In terms of the unfolding plot, Lazarus is a character in Jesus’ story, not vice versa. The glorification of the Son as the Messiah is the real “show” here, as was the case with all of the miracles. They are signs, not ends in themselves."
"Lazarus had to die in order for the greater miracle to occur. There is something more important than the healing of his friend. Jesus knew the great work he would accomplish in the power of the Spirit when he came finally to Bethany. It is like Elijah pouring water on the fire pit, just to make sure God’s glorious power will be obvious. As the greater Elijah, Jesus was engaged in a cosmic contest between Yahweh and the serpent. That was the larger story behind all these other stories. "

How many times do we live "in the moment", forgetting that each one of those moments, good or bad, are not an end on themselves? All those moments are part of a larger story that has not been unveiled before our eyes, a story that ultimately will bring glory to our Triune God. He is the main character of the story.

When I give thanks for the little things that make up my day, when I see a beautiful sunset, or beautiful bees playing in a fountain; when I see my sister carrying a baby in her womb, and my son coming from behind to kiss me; when I see how my husband loves me every minute, and how blessed I am to have a full pantry, I need to raise my eyes and look beyond the moment, beyond the time-line and remind myself that all these blessings come to me, not because I am the main character, but because in all these, God will be glorified. It all happens "so that the Son of God may be glorified through it".

And the same is true, when the moments we are going through are more like those moments that Martha and Mary went through, moments of confusion, pain, uncertainty. When we expect Jesus  to come because He is our Lord, our Saviour, our friend, and He doesn't and we don't know what to think. Let us keep in mind, sisters, that those moments are only part of a whole story that is beyond our sight, beyond our minutes. Those moments are part of God's grand plan to bring all things subject to Him, and to bring glory to His name. We are not the main character. Our moments, our times are in His hand.

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A New Way to See and Browse this Blog

 15.6.11

I just found that there is a new, fun and creative way to see and browse this, and many other blogs powered by Blogger. You can choose one of five different views: Flipcard, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot, or Timeslide.

These are screen shots of two of my favorite view options:

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Or the Flipcard view


In this last option, you can click on one of the options on the left upper corner (Recent/ Date/ Label/ Author) to find the post you are looking for.

To see other blogs, click the "Daily On My way to Heaven" title and enter another URL.

You can read more about Dynamic Views here.

Hope you enjoy this new feature.


Under His sun and by His grace,


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From Christina's Kitchen to Yours -Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting-

 14.6.11

Summer is a good time to try new recipes. So I will be sharing with you every week a recipe from the kitchen of some of my friends.

This week Christina shares with us her recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese topping.




This is, hands down, the moistest Red Velvet cake recipe I’ve ever made. I discovered this recipe, adapted from the New York Times Heritage Cook Book, a few years ago on a blog called Pinch my Salt. I’ve done it a few times and my only variations, if you will, are that I use shortening (as the original recipe calls for) instead of butter.

Red Velvet Cake


2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour (Sift once before sifting again as per directions below with other dry ingredients)
1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz. red food coloring

1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar

2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup buttermilk @ room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
2. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.
3. In a small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder and set aside.
3. In a large bowl (using a hand mixer or stand mixer) beat butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until light and fluffy.
4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go.
5. Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk.
6. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then the second half of buttermilk.
7. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
8. Make sure you have cake pans buttered, floured, and nearby.
9. In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda. Add cake batter and stir well to combine.
10. Working quickly, divide batter evenly between the cake pans and place them in a preheated 350 degree oven.
11. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
12. Cake is done when toothpick comes out clean.
13. Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
14. Remove the cakes from the pan.
15. Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting (I like to double the ingredients below & add a little more confectioners sugar to make it extra sweet!)

16 oz. cream cheese (2 packages) softened

1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick) softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
sifted
pinch of salt

1. Blend cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until smooth.
2. Turn mixer to low speed and blend in confectioners sugar, salt and vanilla extract.
3. Turn mixer on high and beat until light and fluffy.

Thank you, Christina!

May your day be sweet, dear friends!

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Being Specific in our Gratitude - Why it Matters-

 13.6.11

Stones of Diverse Paths


What a wonderful thing it is to continue, after the Lord's Day, praising God for all His benefits and graces!

It is my joy to share with you what the Lord has been doing here, in me, with me, around my family and friends; so that you may be moved too, to praise Him, and see His hand even in those little things that happen in our lives, and make our days, our life.

I have learned that being specific on my gratitude towards God, helps me grow in contentment. It is definitely, much easier to say "Thank you, Lord for all you give me"; than "Thank you, Lord for this and this, and this, and that..." And the same happens with our confession of sin, it is easier to say, "Lord, forgive all the sins that I have committed today", than to stop and take the time to search my heart and lay it open before God and say, "Lord, forgive for me for this, and that, and this thing that I should have done and I didn't..."

Another important thing I have learned, is that we are so "physical" oriented, so bound to all the things on earth, that if we are to grow in contentment, we must raise our eyes beyond the things that we enjoy in this world, and not only give thanks for them, but also for all the spiritual graces that we enjoy. It is, when we give thanks to our Heavenly Father, for all those spiritual graces, that our gratitude looks different than that of the unbelievers who are also trying to live in gratitude.

Today I am grateful, my heart is overflowing with gratitude because...

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He has given me faith. And as the Puritan prayer reads, so I pray today:

"My God
I bless thee that thou hast given me the eye of faith,
to see thee as a Father,
to know thee as a covenant God,
to experience thy love planted in me...

Be pleased to live and move within me,
breathing in my prayers,
inhabiting my praises,
speaking in my words,
moving in my actions,
living in my life,
causing me to grow in grace"


I am grateful because I can read my Bible. I can feed my soul with the bread of life, and drink from the Word to satisfy my thirst.

I am grateful that the Lord is helping me to memorize the epistle of James; and for all the practical, day-to-day challenges to live the Christian life found in this epistle.

I am grateful for my friend, Elizabeth Hankins. The Lord has brought our paths together to encourage one another to memorize, meditate, and study the Word of God. You are a precious gift to me!

I am grateful, for my sons, see them playing, laughing, spending hours together is nothing else than the grace of God working in our family.

I am grateful for my daughters, their sweet spirit, and gentle heart blesses my soul every day.

I am so grateful for the gift of a new life! A baby, all complete, still in her mom's womb is getting ready to be borned in a covenant family. It blesses my heart! The prayers, expectations, all the joys, the tiny clothes, and the big brothers awaiting with a heart full of love. Those are blessings from our Heavenly Father!

I am grateful for all the summer plans ahead of us; but mostly, because we can rest knowing that God holds our times in His hand and He knows the longings of our hearts. To be able to rest in His Divine Providence is a gift of grace.

I am grateful for my son, who is willing to laugh with me and have fun with mom, as I took a series of pictures of him tasting a bacon and dark chocolate bar. Just wonderful memories!

I am grateful for my son's  friend visiting our family for a month. What a joy to share our home with this godly young man!

I am grateful for this day, for the errands, and the provision to buy all we need at home. His faithfulness never fails.

Praising God with you today.


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Praying the Psalms - Psalm 119: 1-8-

 12.6.11



Psalm 119

Aleph

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!

Lord, it amazes me how you have blessed my life.
How you have called me blessed when I deserved nothing but death.
You have blessed me by setting my feet to walk on the narrow way.
By forgiving all my sins.
It is a miracle.
It is the greatest blessing any woman could have.
I hated your ways, even today, my ways are not blameless;
yet you give me your Word to guide my steps,
to cleanse me.

Lord, help me walk in your ways,
blameless...
yes, blameless.
That is my heart's desire.
Help me, Lord,  to keep your testimonies,
in a world that is twisted and calls my name.
Lord, that I may seek you with my whole heart.
Every day, every minute, wholeheartedly.
Deliver me from all unbelief,
from my own heart.


4 You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!

Father, I thank you, that through the power of the Holy Spirit in me
I can walk diligently in your ways.
Thank you that through the atonement of Jesus,
I have been delivered from the bondage of sin,
and can walk freely, keeping your statutes!


6 Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart,
when I learn your righteous rules.
8 I will keep your statutes;
do not utterly forsake me!

Father, hear my prayer today,
when the evildoers come against me,
when temptation finds me,
help me that I may not be put to shame,
but that I may stand firm;
fixed my eyes on all your commandments;
praising you with an upright heart.

Lord, help me to study your Word,
to abide in it.
To learn your righteouss rules,
and love and keep your statutes.

Father, hear me!
Do not utterly forsake me!
Be with me as I grow in grace
in a world that hates You.

This I pray,
in the name of my Mediator,
Jesus Christ,

Amen



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When the Sound of the Bagpipes Made Me Cry

 11.6.11



This story started six months ago, when our son started to learn how to play the chanter (the instrument you first need to learn how to play before start playing the bagpipes). He was very diligent, every day we would hear him making music, and we'd smile. He has making such a big progress. So one day, dad bought him the real thing: professional bagpipes. His instrument traveled many, many miles. It made it home, however,  a piece was broken, so our son had to wait few more weeks until the replacement came.

He still spent many hours behind the chanter. He really wanted to be ready to play among his friends at the End of the Year Gathering in PA.

The bagpipes were ready only a week before our trip. Four hours a day seemed not to be enough to practice, but we were all surprised. It sounded beautiful! The night before our trip, he calls me, and plays for me, I smiled and breathed thanks. He felt he was ready, he would definitely bring his pipes to the trip. His dream was about to come true.

To our surprise, on the first checkpoint at the airport in Mexico, they wouldn't let him bring his pipes on board, and we did not have enough time to check them in; so we just handed them to our friends who (thank God!) were still waving us good-bye from the other side of the checkpoint.

I cried and my son hugged me. We just couldn't believe it... all those hours, all those dreams. For a moment I almost forgot that I am living in the Sacred.

My Beloved held my hand, and said to me "This is God dealing with our son. He has a plan."

We made it to the EOTYG safely, we even tried to forget about it. We were with our beloved friends, and we had so many reasons to be happy and grateful.

Until one evening, in the lobby of our hotel, we had the privilege to meet a wonderful family, whose son also played the bagpipes and had brought them with him.  We smiled, and of course, shared our story with them.

Few days later, on the open mic night, all of a sudden, with out expecting it, our son had some bagpipes in hand and started to play. I turned around and looked into the eyes of the mom whose son had brought bagpipes. We were both crying, while our sons were smiling.

This was God dealing with my son's heart. He had a plan, a lesson to teach him and I was just an spectator.

Moments like this, help us see that at the end it is God who deals personally with each one of our children. At the end of the day, it will be Him and each one of our children alone. We watch as spectators, and give thanks.

It is in moments like this that we are reminded that God is sovereign over all things.  That we are living under His sun and by His grace.



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If I am happy it is because of God! God, in His sovereign grace, has called me out of darkness into His Admirable light. He has opened my eyes and has shown me the way to Eternal Life. He has set my feet on a journey, and now I am walking Daily on My Way to Heaven. I did not find Jesus, He found me. I did not seek Him, yet He called me. I did not love Him, yet He loved me. I deserved death and He gave me Life. This is the place where I keep a journal of my life under His sun and by His grace!
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Borrowed Words

"It becomes us to spend this life only as a journey toward heaven... to which we should subordinate all other concerns of life. Why should we labor for or set our hearts on anything else, but that which is our proper end and true happiness?"

Jonathan Edwards

"I am still pondering God's greatness in His creation. I have so many questions that I would like to ask the Lord about the universe, creation, the fall of man... But when I'm in heaven, I wonder if I will even remember them. At that time, being in the presence of God will be enough. I'm thankful that I can look forward to that day."

-Persis

“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”

- Elisabeth Elliot, Keep a Quiet Heart



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