Sunday, January 29, 2012

"Marching to Zion"

Sunday Hymn Post

Come, we that love the Lord,
And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord,
Join in a song with sweet accord
And thus surround the throne,
And thus surround the throne.

Let those refuse to sing,
Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King,
But children of the heavenly King
May speak their joys abroad,
May speak their joys abroad.

The hill of Zion yields
A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Before we reach the heav’nly fields,
Or walk the golden streets,
Or walk the golden streets.

Then let our songs abound,
And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground,
To fairer worlds on high,
To fairer worlds on high.


We’re marching to Zion,
Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion,
The beautiful city of God.

by Isaac Watts

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Friday, January 27, 2012


kid stuff

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Big Littles has an intense personality and burning curiosity is the driving force for him. Apparently, the fairy godmother accidentally dropped the entire carton of curiosity sprinkles upon our firstborn child when she visited. I keep telling myself that one day this will be a positive thing if we can channel it for good. Still, when I am at my wits end dealing with this tumultuous force of curiosity in a preschooler, I am reminded of the wise words of a dear friend:

"Eleanor Roosevelt had nannies."

~The Deputy Headmistress

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"Consider Your Ways!"


Haggai 1:5-7

Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways!
You have sown much, and bring little;
You eat, but do not have enough;
You drink, but you are not filled with drink;
You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;
And he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes."

Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Consider your ways!"

The prophet Haggai was commanded by the Lord to bring a message to God's people that were recently returned from captivity. The people were happy to be back home and were busy beautifying their houses, but were not taking time to repair the temple which was still lying in ruin. Basically, they were so caught up in the busy tasks of life and making their living that they were neglecting the most important things: God's things!

I think this is just as much a temptation for women today. We become so busy making our homes and taking care of all of the busy tasks of life that we neglect our spiritual temple, which is our relationship with the Lord.

"Consider your ways!"

Have you felt like you are just spinning your wheels? Do you feel spiritually cold and empty? Does this verse ring true: "You looked for much, but indeed it came to little..." (vs. 9)

Perhaps you need to invest more time in building God's temple, strengthening your soul in His Word.

"And be strong... and work; for I am with you, says the Lord of hosts"
(2:4) "And in this place I will give peace" (2:9).

Take a moment today to pause and reflect. "Consider your ways!"

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

'Tis So Sweet...

Sunday Hymn Post

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

by Louisa Stead

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Scalloped Potatoes

Yummy and frugal, this is another family favorite! It's a great way to use up leftover bits of ham. This takes a lot of time in the oven, so plan accordingly. This is my own variation on the version in my Betty Crocker cookbook.

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes
3 pounds of potatoes (about 9 medium)
3 tbs. butter
3 cloves minced garlic
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 tbs. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 c. milk (I actually use rice milk)
Cubed or sliced ham (opt.)
2 c. grated cheese

Cook the potatoes by either boiling them or baking them. I usually bake potatoes in large batches. I fill a 13x9 pan with potatoes scrubbed clean with holes poked in them all over. Drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle with some salt, and bake at about 300* until they are done. This usually takes about an hour and a half. Wait until they are nice and cool and slice them up rather thin, putting the slices right back into the 13x9 pan they came from. I cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until I'm ready to make scalloped potatoes for dinner. If I have extra potatoes we usually eat them for lunch or I make home fries or hash browns with them.

Get a large-ish saucepan and saute the onions and garlic in some butter or olive oil. Sprinkle the onions and garlic on top of the potatoes. Add your cubed ham sprinkling it on top also.

White sauce: Using the same saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Whisk in the flour, whisking constantly until it bubbles. Stir in the milk and heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir about 1 min. Pour the white sauce evenly on top of the potatoes, cover with foil, and bake in a 350* oven for about 45 minutes. Uncover, add the cheese and bake another 30 minutes or so. Enjoy!

Serves 6-8 as a main dish - you can leave the ham out and it can be more of a side.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Nursing, As Seen in the Bible

I have never even heard a Ladies' Class where we discussed what the Bible says about nursing babies, which is why I appreciate this article so much. The Bible has many scriptures that can be so encouraging to mothers, so I hope this article will encourage you.

We see in Titus 2 that older women are to teach younger women how to love their children. One way to love our children is to nurse them as seen in 1 Thessalonians 2:7 - "But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her children." In Isaiah 28:9-10 we are to teach knowledge to "those who are just taken from the breast", "order on order", "line upon line", and "a little here, a little there" and are commanded in Proverbs 22:6 to "Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." 

In addition to nourishing our children emotionally, and with God's word, we are to nourish them physically. God designed our bodies in an amazing way. Psalm 139:14 - "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well." God gave women breasts. It is a part of his design. He gave them to us to entice and satisfy our husbands as we see in the Song of Solomon. He also gave them to us to nourish and comfort our babies. Isaiah 66:11-13, “that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance…” “and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” I find this verse incredibly beautiful. The warmth of a mother's arms and body, being cradled in her arms, her soothing smell and voice, and the warmth of milk all give the comfort that babies need. 

Nursing a baby is a beautiful thing, and we can thank God for the gift of the ability to do so. God causes infants to long for milk (1 Peter 2:2), but God has also designed a benefit for women. Nursing produces a cocktail of hormones that is released during breastfeeding that causes women to fall in love with their babies. This is not necessarily seen in the Bible, but has been studied scientifically in addition to the observation of women since creation and it is one of the "Blessings of the breast" (Genesis 49:25). One of the most compelling things that happens during breastfeeding is seen in Psalm 22:9 - "Yet You are He who brought me forth from the womb; You made me trust when upon my mother's breasts." The bond and the trust that results is so strong, that it is not easily broken. Isaiah 49:15 - "Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you." 

Some nursing mothers in the Bible - Sarah nursed in her old age (Genesis 21:7-8) , Hannah (1 Samuel 1:23-24), Moses' mother Jochebed (Exodus 2:9), Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 11:27)

The last verse that I found was a rather sad and unpleasant one, but it is in the Bible nonetheless, so I will share it. Lamentations 4:3-4 - "Even jackels offer the breast, they nurse their young; But the daughter of my people has become cruel like ostriches in the wilderness. The tongue of the infant cleaves to the roof of its mouth because of its thirst; the little ones ask for bread, but no one breaks it for them..." From this verse we can learn that infants nurse not only for food, but also for thirst, and that it is "cruel" (this is God's term here) to deny a hungry/thirsty child.

Breast milk is a living substance that varies in composition at every feeding (another part of God's marvelous design), but is generally about 90% water. Infants need milk for more than just food. From these scriptures, we can see that breast milk provides for their comfort, their thirst, their emotional needs (trust), and that it is God's gift.

~ By Heather Bunting

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

White Chili

White Chicken Chili

It's Potluck Saturday!

This is a family favorite that has been well-loved by company too. I love that this soup is so delicious and simple. It is also gluten/dairy free if you use the recommended low-sodium Better Than Bouillon. This makes a big batch that fills my 8 qt. stock pot, so if you don't want quite so much, cut the recipe in half. You can also freeze any leftovers.


White Chili
- olive oil
- a family pack of bone-in chicken breasts (my package was almost 5 lbs.)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 fresh poblano peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped (optional)
- 12 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 tsp. chicken bouillon (I recommend organic or low sodium Better than Bouillon)
- 4 teaspoons whole cumin seeds (ground will not withstand long cooking)
- 2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano leaves, or 2 teaspoon dried
- 2 lbs. dried great northern beans - cooked and salted to taste

Optional garnish: cheddar or monterey jack, tortilla chips, avocado slices, or diced tomato

Lay the chicken breasts out on a cookie sheet or baking dish and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Bake at about 325* until done - took a little over an hour for mine. Let them cool, then pick off the meat and chop it into chunks. (Save the bones for stock!) Mix the chicken in with the cooked beans. Saute the onions and peppers in a pan in a little olive oil. When the onions and peppers are getting brown, add in the minced garlic and saute a few more minutes. Mix the onions, peppers, garlic, spices and chicken bouillon into the pot. If the chili needs a little more liquid, add some, but I find that it has plenty from the beans. At this point, you can either simmer it a while on the stove, or transfer it to the crock pot. Everything is cooked at this point, but I like to let the flavors meld for a little while, so simmer for at least 30 minutes.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

A Mystery

I've been joining my friend Lori at In My Kitchen, In My Life doing a January house clean out. It's fun! She gives a small, manageable task each day and I derive much satisfaction in getting these little jobs done.

So my fun for a Friday...

I was dutifully cleaning out my freezer when I came across this:

Mystery in the Freezer

Any guesses what it is?

The first person to guess can have it mailed to their home! HAHA! Just kidding!

Have a happy Friday folks!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crock Pot Hot Wings

We're not big sports fans, but this is a nice time of year to have a recipe for hot wings in pocket. These are also wonderful for potlucks and baby showers. Wait... did I just say baby showers? Yes, I took these chicken wings to a baby shower once. My excuse was that pregnant mothers need protein, but really it was because I didn't have much else in the house and the week was way too busy to plan anything more complicated. I was slightly embarrassed by bringing hot wings to a baby shower instead of a Super Bowl party, but I did it anyway. And the ladies LOVED them! They were completely cleaned out and I had several ladies asking me for the recipe! HA!

Anyway, these are so simple to make, and they are really delicious without being overly hot. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.
  • 4 lbs. chicken wings**
  • 1 c. Frank's Red Hot sauce***
  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 1/3 c. water
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
**I sometimes see those large bags of chicken wings on sale and I always pick up a bag or two to make these for gatherings. Updated to add: a commenter says she has made these with drumsticks for half the cost and you get more meat. I'm going to have to try it!
***This is a great time of year to find Frank's on sale for $.50 a bottle or even FREE with a coupon!
  1. Place the first 4 ingredients in a crock pot on low heat for about 8 hours. (Or on high for 3-4.) I just dump them in still frozen. Don't overcook them or your wings will be falling apart!
  2. Gently remove wings from crock pot with a pair of tongs and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Pour sauce into a saucepan and reduce by half. (This will take a little while. Whisk frequently.)
  4. Add minced garlic.
  5. Spoon sauce over wings and broil for 3 minutes.
A note on food allergies: More and more people are having issues with food allergies. Our family being one. We have a dairy allergy in our family and it seems like cheese is the very thing that adds that special spark to everyone's favorite potluck dish. It is really hard going to a potluck with a food allergy. It is depressing seeing tables full of delicious food that you just can't eat. It is embarrassing to sit down to eat the three items on your plate, all of which were brought by you. It just makes an extra challenge. On my part, I try to bring a full meal to gatherings and be pleasantly surprised if someone else brings food that I can eat. We also have a couple of people with celiacs disease in our circle of friends, so when I possibly can, I try to make food that is both dairy free AND gluten free, taking extra care to avoid possible contamination. Anyway, this recipe for hot wings is both dairy and gluten free, which is another reason why it is one of my favorites.

This post is a part of the Four Moms linkup on Snacks and Appetizers for a Crowd.
My sincere apologies to Kim from Raising Olives for doing a very similar recipe! I already had my post ready when I saw that she also wrote up a post on hot wings. I think our recipes differ enough that you can benefit from both though. Her recipe includes tips for preparing them ahead of time and freezing.

Blessings to all!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

"Feed My Lambs"


John 21 -

15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him,
“Feed my lambs.”

He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him,
“Tend my sheep.”

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him,
“Feed my sheep."

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chore Charts

We instituted chore charts for the first time last week. They've been a long time coming. We're going through a transition period in our household, and I originally thought I'd just wait until all of that shakes out before starting up something new, but we got to a point with Big Littles where we just couldn't wait any longer. He is the kind of kid that needs a purpose in life. He needs to be kept very busy doing good, productive things or he very quickly spins out into destruction/provoking everyone in the family mode. :( The kid needs lots of good work! He's much happier as a result!

I used photos for our charts for several reasons. One, it's easy to modify the daily chores and add new ones to the rotation. Second, I think it is a great method for non-readers and early readers, which is where both of my Littles are at this time. Third, it was cheap and simple and I like that. :)

So here's a picture of our charts with the names whited out for privacy:

Chore Chart 2

Here are instructions on how I made them:
  1. Take photos of various chores and have them printed. Label the pictures with a simple description. I recommend taking pictures of the way the job will look when it is completed. This way if you child comes to you saying the job is done, but they've done sloppy work, you can ask if their work matches the picture.
  2. Cut out a piece of poster board measuring 14"x18". I laid out the photos on the poster board to get an idea where I wanted to put the name and wrote it on there.
  3. I cut another piece of poster board measuring 4"x6" for the pocket. I wrote a Bible verse on it. One has Ecclesiastes 9:10 on it, the other has Proverbs 22:29.
  4. Laminate and trim the poster board, the pocket, and the photos of the chores.
  5. I used sticky-back velcro for attaching the pictures because I have a lot of it around, but you could probably come up with a way to use magnets or some other adhesive method. Looking at the picture below, you can see the way I attached the velcro into long strips, which I admit uses a lot more velcro, but it also makes it much easier for little people to affix the photos. Put the opposite side of the velcro vertically on the back of the laminated photos for ease of use.
  6. Attach the pocket. I used pieces of clear packing tape.
Chore Chart 1

A close up of some of the photos:

Chore Chart 3

So far, so good! We have a couple of happy workers and a happy mama and the system is working well!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Cranberry Chicken

It's Potluck Saturday!

Cranberry Chicken

If my house were on fire, and I could only take one recipe with me, this is the one I would grab! Seriously! This is a heavenly skillet dinner! It is a very impressive dish to serve to company. I love serving it with hot yeast rolls, steamed broccoli and glazed carrots. We actually ate this for Christmas dinner one year! If your family likes it, be sure to stock up on cranberries this winter, they freeze very well!

Cranberry Chicken
1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts*** (I've used thighs too, trim them well though!)
1/4 c. butter
1 c. fresh/frozen cranberries
1 c. water
1/2 c. brown sugar
dash ground nutmeg
1 tbs. red wine vinegar
cooked rice

In a shallow dish, combine flour, salt & pepper. Dredge the chicken in the mixture. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Brown the chicken on both sides. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, add the cranberries, water, brown sugar, nutmeg & vinegar. Cook and stir until the cranberries burst (about 5 min.). Return the chicken to the skillet. Cook and simmer for 20-30 min. or until chicken is done in the middle, basting with the sauce occasionally. Serve over rice.
Serves 4-6

I have also doubled this recipe and finished it off in a 13x9 pan in the oven. It doesn't turn out *quite* as perfect, but it is still very, very good, is definitely company worthy, and you can feed more people this way.

*** The boneless, skinless chicken breasts I see most of the time are HUGE, so if this is the case, I recommend using only three and cutting them in half to achieve the correct ratios in this recipe.

(From an old Taste of Home recipe card I found at a garage sale at least 8 years ago.)

What is your "if my house was on fire..." recipe? :)

Linking up with the Four Moms sharing Favorite Fruit Recipes.

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"Oh Be Careful Little Eyes..."

Psalm 119:36-38 -
Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
And not to covetousness.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.
Establish Your word to Your servant,
Who is devoted to fearing You.

Can you tell that I have edited this book?


I can hardly tell myself and I am the one that did it!

This subject is debatable, I'm sure, but Preacher Man and I feel it is important to help our children learn from a very young age that we ought not to look at worthless things, including pictures of unclothed people, and in this case, "fairies". We ruthlessly take a sharpie to anything deemed inappropriate that we feel is still worth keeping. In this instance though, the pictures were so lovely and ethereal, Saint George and the Dragon won a Caldecott afterall, and I didn't want to end up calling more attention to what were rather subtly unclothed fairies. The book sat on my desk for several weeks until I remembered my silver paint pen! You can hardly see where I painted clothes on the fairies, and most are very subtle in the border.

Anyway, just wanted to be an encouragement to others. If something just doesn't sit right with you, don't be afraid to pitch it altogether, or take the liberty of editing for the sake of your children. This extends to books that we feel send the wrong message (and there are so, so many out there!) or language that we don't appreciate. You may have to take the long way around in the mall (or just avoid it altogether) or be protective of their eyes in the check out line at the supermarket. You may think a pre-school child is too young to notice such things, but believe me, they are not! They are sharp and often, I am the one that doesn't notice such things! And no matter how much you try, you won't be able to shield them forever, and lots of talks will need to take place to adequately equip these little souls to take on the world. Protect them, yes, but don't fail to arm them!

What are some ways you help your children learn to be careful with their eyes?

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thankful Thursdays

I'm thankful for giraffes in my dishwasher.


I'm even more thankful for the Littles that put him there and made me smile with the pretend games he played while helping me unload the dishes. You know, the whispered dialogue, narrating his play, accompanied by various sound effects.

I'm so deeply thankful. These are blessed days indeed.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Orangey Oranges

Speaking of fruit...

Cranberry Orange Relish

Oranges are abundant (and cheap!) this time of year. Oranges are such a nice cleansing food being rich in vitamin C and sweet, but not overly sweet like all of those holiday treats. My favorite part of the orange is not the flesh, but the zest! I love the intense flavor and nice texture of orange zest, and it is a key component of my Granola, Cranberry Orange Relish, and Sugar Cookie recipes. Zest is a nice addition to quick breads and muffins and if you use the zest of lemons, you can make some amazingly delicious pan fried or broiled fish, roasted chicken, or my all time favorite, lemon garlic chicken.

Got your mouth watering yet?

Ok, back to oranges...

The best way to get all of your money's worth out of an orange is to first use the zest, and second, cut it up or carefully section it to eat the flesh. (An orange with the peel removed is also much, much easier for the littlest tots to eat.) If these techniques are new to you, here is how you do it.

This is a zester.


I use the tiny holes, though you can use the single large side hole if you want large chunks of zest. Gently scrape off all of the peel, but don't scrape off the white layer underneath. That part is bitter.

To section your orange, cut the ends off.


Lay one of the cut sides down and carefully cut away wide strips of peel all the way around


Your orange will look like this:


I usually just cut this part up into chunks for the littles, but if you want pretty orange sections (these are nice in salads), you can just use a sharp knife to cut as close to each side of the white membrane separating the sections as possible. The sections should slide right off into your bowl.

Having an orange gives you a taste of sunshine in midwinter. Enjoy!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Yielding Fruit


I think my favorite song lyric of all time (excluding the Psalms) would be this song by John Dowland: "Must I praise the leaves where no fruit I find?" ***

So... reflecting... I reflect continually almost to a fault, but this is the time of the year for reflecting, so I will share some of those reflections.

Reflecting on fruit bearing...

God wants us to "bear fruit"... good fruit too! If we are not bearing good fruit, God will not praise our leaves. In fact, He warns us in Luke 3:9 that "even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” But we are not left to fear and wonder about our fruit. Jesus gives us a good lesson on fruit in John 15. Verse 5 says,

"I am the vine; you are the branches.
Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."

Abiding in Jesus is the key to bearing fruit, and in fact, it is the only way we can!

So aside from the usual resolutions about being more frugal, washing all of the dishes after every meal, drinking more water and taking my vitamins every day, I'm resolving to make this a year for fruit-bearing, and I hope that you will too.

Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on His law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Colossians 1:9-14
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


May 2012 be a fruitful year for you and for God's kingdom!

*** It's from "Can She Excuse My Wrongs?" written in the late 1500's. You can hear Sting do a fabulous version here.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Whiter Than Snow


"Whiter Than Snow"
by James Nicholson

Lord Jesus
, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain,
Apply Thine own blood and extract ev’ry stain;
To get this blest cleansing, I all things forego—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice.
I give up myself, and whatever I know,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, bless├Ęd Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
By faith, for my cleansing, I see Thy blood flow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, Thou see-est I patiently wait,
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee, Thou never saidst “No,”
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

The blessing by faith, I receive from above;
O glory! my soul is made perfect in love;
My prayer has prevailed, and this moment I know,
The blood is applied, I am whiter than snow.


Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow.
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Isaiah 1:16-20

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression;
bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.

“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

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