Saturday, October 24, 2009

Praise You in the Storm

Storm on the Sea of Galilee, by Rembrandt

I posted this Casting Crowns song Praise You in the Storm a while back but because it is such a powerful and heart moving one, I felt inclined to post it again.
Take notice of the Bible verses at the end of the video...

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.
He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven.
Psalm 107:28-30
May you be blessed and encouraged by this once again.

You may also enjoy this Bebo Norman praise and worship song titled
I Will Lift My Eyes.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Show and Tell Friday ~ Vintage Pattern

My mom was an avid seamstress and a perfectionist. Every seam was over-locked and every button securely attached. Our little fingers would be sore pushing those buttons through the tight buttonholes but those babies were never falling off.

Her hard work paid off as the items she made lasted
through generations of use.
This Little Bo Peep pattern was originally made for my sister
(notice the 1952 date.)

Here I am wearing the Bo Peep costume with a neighbor ghost and a cousin wearing a pirate costume made originally for my brother in 1952. His grandson wore it last year.
Removing the cummerbund, adding a vest and big bonnet, a slightly different costume was created for the following year.

My daughter, Jill continuing the tradition.
Our thespian daughter, Jamie wore the costume in a school play.
Here is my sweet granddaughter, Keri Jill, feeling pretty special in
Mom-Mom's Little Bo Peep costume.
She even found her lost sheep ♥
This costume, along with many others my mom has made, has been loaned out to many cousins, neighbors and friends through the years. Though threadbare in places and less crisp than before, it is still making the rounds. This year, when my daughters friend told her that her little Gracie wanted to be Bo Peep for Halloween, she replied...
I have a costume!

Cindy at My Romantic Home has lots more Show & Tell Friday to share.

Memorizing Psalm 40

Our pastor reminded us of Psalm 40 and my sweet friend Phyllis, inspired me to memorize it. For almost twelve years, Phyllis has been seriously committing Scripture to memory. She shares on her blog On Wallin Pond a great way of helping accomplish this goal.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday ~ Eerie & Beautiful

Puttering in my home, I heard an eerie high-pitched drone growing louder and louder. The noise drew me outside. Filling all of the high branches of the trees were hundreds of squawking black birds. As I rounded the corner of the house they suddenly flew off. All of the clamoring sound was gone... that fast!

Then my eye caught the beautiful jewel-tone colors of the hydrangea bushes. The cooler days turned the fading bloom colors into vivid shades of autumn. I gathered three huge vase-fulls of these giant flowers and plan on enjoying them through the coming winter days.

I'm heading over to for more Outdoor Wednesday... want to come along?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesdays with Dorie ~ Sweet Potato Biscuits

Joining those baking with Dorie, this weeks recipe was was chosen by Erin of Prudence Pennywise.  I am not a big fan of eating or baking biscuits, so I was apprehensive about giving these a try.
The recipe uses canned sweet potatoes for convenience but says fresh ones can be used if desired.

Monday, October 19, 2009

His Eye is on the Sparrow

and I know he watches me.
~art work by Abbey~

Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely?
And long for heaven and home

When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He over watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He watches me

I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches (I know He watches)
I know He watches me

(I) I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
I know, He watches me
He watches me
He watches me
I know
He watches me.

[the song was originally written in 1905 by lyricist Civilla D. Martin and composer Charles H. Gabriel]

Civilla said this about her inspiration to write it based in the scriptures outlined below,
Early in the spring of 1905, my hus­band and I were so­journ­ing in El­mi­ra, New York. We con­tract­ed a deep friend­ship for a cou­ple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doo­lit­tle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle had been bed­rid­den for nigh twen­ty years. Her hus­band was an in­cur­a­ble crip­ple who had to pro­pel him­self to and from his bus­i­ness in a wheel chair. De­spite their af­flict­ions, they lived hap­py Christ­ian lives, bring­ing in­spir­a­tion and com­fort to all who knew them. One day while we were vi­sit­ing with the Doo­lit­tles, my hus­band com­ment­ed on their bright hope­ful­ness and asked them for the se­cret of it. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle’s re­ply was sim­ple: "His eye is on the spar­row, and I know He watch­es me." The beau­ty of this sim­ple ex­press­ion of bound­less faith gripped the hearts and fired the imag­in­a­tion of Dr. Mar­tin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Spar­row" was the out­come of that ex­per­i­ence.
-- Civilla Martin
Matthew Chapter 6:26
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew Chapter 10:29-31.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

his hands

He loves to hold my hand.

Sitting in the car,

Standing side-by-side in church,

Walking down the street.

I love his hands.

Big. Warm. Strong.

He holds my hand


He holds my heart.

I'm forever in love.
Happy 34th Anniversary to the Love of my Life

I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine
Song of Solomon 6:3


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