Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The children have been praying faithfully since we heard she was not well just a few days ago. The news of her death was hard for them since it came so suddenly from their perspective. They had really wanted to hop in the car and make the 12 hour the trip to visit her. After a short time of weeping they recalled the verses that they have been learning about heaven and started to rejoice! They were wondering if Miss Barb had met with their GaGa yet (their Daddy's mother). They got along so well when GaGa came to visit us in Elmvale, so the children are quite sure they are going to have a sweet time praising the Lord together with the angels in heaven. They both loved to sing!
Thankfully, this day also brought some very happy news which blessed our hearts!
At 2 am this morning, a sweet baby girl named Elysha was born. She has some very special needs due to serious multiple heart defects discovered at her 20 week ultrasound. Here's what her Daddy reported today:
This sweet family has a long road ahead with their very special first born blessing from God. They have many wonderful friends and family members praying for them, I know, but we are planning to pray too. That is just one of the wonderful benefits of belonging to the family of God - for though we have never met this young family, we know that God is well acquainted with their lives and is particularly interested in working everything out for their good and His glory, and in His perfect time.
Saturday morning 2 AM, Elysha Elizabeth was born a little
over 5 lbs! Mother is resting (much needed...what a trooper!)
and Dad is about to follow Elysha to Sick Kids (transport tunnel). We now embark on another new phase of our family’s life.
Her oxygen levels were stable and the Dr’s kept commenting at how much she looked like her 3D photos (which we had ’proudly’ shown them earlier), they kept asking for them and holding them up to her.
Our AMAZING nurse got K. out of bed (not even an hour after giving birth ~ and still totally numb with the epidural) to
go see Elysha in the Intensive Care Unit. They took ’family’ photo’s of us with her! :) We’ll update with more details and photo’s soon.
We have the privilege of spending time in prayer for this precious wee baby and her family, knowing that the God of the universe truly hears our prayers. Not only is He able to change our hearts and deepen our faith as we pray, but we know from His Word He is amazingly affected by the petitions of believers. We look forward to seeing Him at work in the lives of all those who come in contact with this special little girl.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tonight a friend sent this warning concerning the soon to be released Nicole Kidman film, 'The Golden Compass'. Thank you so much Mrs. B! Naturally, this will not be a movie that will pass our Family Protection Policy criteria.
If you find this information helpful, please spread the news. So many lies are so prettily packaged. It's good to be awake, aware and on the alert.
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You're not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It's the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won't last forever. It won't be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.
Check out this link for more insight:
This week the wait has ended! Big fat cookies fill both cookie jars, and they are wonderful. Our favorites so far are 'super-sized ginger chewies' and 'totally chocolate chocolate chip cookies'. We shared some with friends this afternoon and I think they agree - yummy! Lest you think we are going into massive cookie production, each batch only makes 12 big cookies. I am limiting myself to 1 per batch - eaten very slowly with a big glass of ice cold milk or a hot cup of tea.
When I think of all the expensive mall cookies I once bought, they pale by comparison! They weren't baked with love, after all. It really makes a difference!
Edited: The Historian says my title choice is a bit braggy and boastful, but I didn't mean it to be - it was just for fun! Since the recipes are not my own, and I am humbly passing on information about some really yummy cookies that we are enjoying thanks to the fine work of Mrs. Elinor Klivans, author of my new favorite cookie cook book, I'll leave it with this note. Just smile, please!
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Over the weekend I had some quiet time to listen to wonderful uplifting ministry on our Christian radio station and have a little fun with silk flowers. And, yes, for those of you with excellent memories, I was once again attacked by the hot glue gun and bear the fresh blisters to prove it!
Are you hungry? I've just pulled another batch of maple leaf shaped tea biscuits out of the oven and there is soup simmering on the stove. I enjoy making food fun for our family - even if it is just tea biscuits!
The Rooster Family will be looking over our shoulders as we eat,
but don't worry, they are quite tame!
I call this my '30 second' center piece! A tray, 3 candles, a bunch of buckeye and hickory nuts picked up from the ground, and a packages of paper leaves! What could be simpler? The children have re-arranged them a few times already! They have found the nuts to come in handy for math problems! Imagine that!
Have I shown you our 'prayer rocks'? We 'borrowed' the idea from Kelli at The Sparrows Nest who 'borrowed' it from someone else! That's what happens with good ideas! We were always loosing, or accidentally recycling our printed prayer list, so this is ideal. Mum found the cute container at Hobby Lobby and the river rocks are from the dollar store. We use a super fine sharpie marker to write the names on, and everyone picks 2 or 3 each meal to pray for. The children just love this and it is helping to develop their prayer life, as well as making them more sensitive to the needs of others.
Speaking of the children, their happy faces greet you at the front door.
I've added a vintage postcard and a few 'fall' touches to my 'favorite things' collection here. This old black dresser is quite the painted lady and lends itself to odd little curiosities. I love the old books, spectacles and gloves, and those shoe stretchers make me smile!
Well, thank you so much for stopping by! I'd love to show you more, but Blogger is having trouble just now, and this has taken way too much time to download as it is! I really enjoyed my time with you though, and I hope you did too!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Redeemed, and so happy in Jesus,
I think of my blessèd Redeemer,
I know there’s a crown that is waiting,
Saturday, October 20, 2007
In case you are wondering, the video was 'Surf's Up' and it sounded kind of cute for the kids, with a good moral lesson. My husband is having a hard time finding anything that lines up with our family values on the shelves of our local video store. We should have logged on to Plugged In Online first and checked it out. This would have been enough to keep us from popping it in the DVD player:
"Cody clearly dodges responsibilities other penguins his age have to
shoulder. He complains about having to work, and he can't see why desire to go surfing instead is a big deal. All in all, he exhibits a rebellious, self-centered attitude and never experiences any real repercussions for it. A flashback to Glen and Cody's youth shows them fighting over who'll get to eat the tuna that Mom just regurgitated for them. "
I personally had a problem with the attitudes and disturbing family dynamics right from the beginning, but was willing to give it a chance for 10 minutes or so. It didn't get better. I wasn't altogether happy with the cross dressing chicken, but that's another story. Usually my husband manages to find something worth watching, but everyone picks a dud once in a while. We forgave him!
I should say that we don't watch much t.v. at our house. It's partly because I have a problem with t.v. and my utter lack of self control in that area. Long ago God showed me that I am easily lured into setting many 'unclean' things before my eyes when it comes in the guise of 'entertainment'. We tried a satellite company once that promised we could pick and choose which channels we could receive. I think we were the only customers ever to block more than 80% of the 'basic' package. We eventually used their '90 day money back guarantee' - a first for the company as well, since it was apparent that no one seemed to know just how to give us our money back! I've already confessed to my vacation t.v. habit - HGTV addiction and all. If we had that channel at home - well, I'd have a lot of great ideas, but my house would be a shambles, I'm sure.
Another reason is our view of time. Our days are numbered by God - and they are fleeting. No one can take back the hours spent in front of the t.v. - they are just gone. Sure, we can relax, laugh, and maybe even learn a thing or two. We can also be swayed into thinking happiness involves a new car, fabulous house, perfect diamond or supermodel body shape. Personally, I find a lot of discontentment creeps into my heart when I watch t.v. - my reality just does not measure up! So, do I really want to spend my time in a pursuit that makes me forget to 'be content with such things as I have'? I don't think so!
We do have a t.v. that we use for videos - nothing fancy mind you, but it is 17 years old and is still working, most of the time. We also have a tiny 5" t.v. in our bedroom and sometimes watch the news together there after the kids are in bed. I think we get 2 or 3 channels clearly. In the summer we can go weeks without ever turning it on, since we both prefer a good book!
The most important reason we don't have more t.v. is our family 'protection' policy - and it's not just for the kids! We are seeking to live holy and blameless lives, set apart for God purposes. We base our 'protection' policy in God's Word and we have taught the children this handy 'measuring stick' verse:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever
things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on
As far as I can see from the commercials for the new fall season of t.v. shows, not too many of the programs for grown-ups or children fit this criteria. Perhaps I am mistaken, but I'm not willing to fill my mind with something ungodly just to find out. I know myself because I have fallen into the trap before - if I start watching and get into the storyline, I'll find a way to justify the loose morals, graphic violence or disturbing storyline. "It's not too bad, it's just a show!"
The thing is, if it doesn't fit, it doesn't fit! We have the measuring stick clearly laid out. We are looking for truth, honesty, justice, and purity. We are seeking loveliness, goodness, virtue and praiseworthy deeds. Yes, even in our entertainment! We are looking for ways to keep on meditating on the Word of God, focusing our hearts on prayer, and enjoying knowing the One who seeks intimacy with His creation. We love to laugh and relax, but if it doesn't line up with God's plan for our leisure time, is it really worthy of our time?
We have been accused of being 'over-protective' by some, sheltering our children from 'real life'. We also have been told that our kids have been exposed to excessively 'violent' stuff'. It's a bit confusing.
Our kids love A Visit With Mrs.G and some of those Bible stories can be very disturbing. We have endeavored to make sure that the first listening of each new tape was supervised, and those stories that are too graphic for bedtime are reserved for afternoon listening time. They are learning so much from God's Word and they astound us daily with their recall of the details of these amazing stories. There is a lot of blood, war and sin in the Bible, but we are not going to stop reading it with our children. In our opinion, Mrs. Griffiths is truly a gifted storyteller who is using her ability to the glory of God.
We all really enjoy Adventures In Odyssey from Focus on the Family, but some of their story lines have been sad, violent or disturbing. We make the choice to listen to them with the children and use them as a teaching tool and discussion springboard. We appreciate that Focus gives parents ample warning when a sensitive topic is being discussed, and have often withheld the story from the children until we had a chance to preview it, or until it was more age appropriate.
Even those fondly remembered 'Little House on the Prairie' episodes have been carefully screened in our home. Not all of them have been appropriate for our family - some were just too dramatic for our children at the time, and we may allow them to watch them later on as they mature. We'll see.
God calls us to be discerning. As parents we are charged with the responsibility of teaching, guiding, disciplining and protecting our children and ourselves. What we 'set before our eyes' is obviously included in that. We're making these choices for our family, and not judging others for making different choices. We don't pretend that our family protection policy is perfect, or even that we have always followed our own guidelines. It's a tough thing, being strangers and aliens in a world we were not made for. It is hard to be set apart, and to guard our hearts and minds.
With God's help, we are trying. He is the One Who guides our steps and protects us from harm. He is the One Who sets His angels guard over us. He is the One Who teaches us to listen to the still small voice and be guided away from temptation. We are just doing the 'watch and pray' part - seeking to be faithful in turning away from that which would hinder our children, and ourselves. Seeking to live praiseworthy lives, so that others may see and know that God alone is worthy of our worship.
I'd enjoy knowing about the truthful, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous and praiseworthy entertainment you find for your family!
We still don't have the heat on in the house but every one is cozy. The Dreamer is cuddled in bed with a book, The Storyteller has 'Prince Caspian', one of the Narnia c.d.'s playing, and The Historian stayed up really late finishing a job in his office, thus earning the right to sleep in. I awakened to a lovely sunrise coming up over the trees and streaming into our bedroom windows, spent some time praising the Lord and promptly went back to sleep! The Storyteller has a stuffy nose and a bit of a cold, and The Dreamer is also coming down with it I think. I have had a sore throat on and off this week, but nothing serious.
I think we better start to get a bit more motivated this morning so that we don't 'waste' the day, but it certainly is a refreshing change to have a day open and unpressed. I really do believe that God intends for us to have these kinds of 'margins' in our weeks so that we have time to 'be still' and know that He is God, at work in our lives. We often fill up our days with so much busyness that we don't have time to listen and wait upon the Lord. I hope to spend some time just doing that today and tomorrow.
This week has had it's ups and downs. The podiatrist replaced my 'defective' cam walker with a new one - which I am to wear. For the next while I can wear good supportive shoes for a couple of hours at a time each day, but the cam walker is still my best friend. I have tried my runners for a couple of hours, and it a difficult adjustment - more uncomfortable than I expected. I will keep trying, but slowly since I don't want to get into great pain like I was before!
We were able to find shoes for both children - good sales at Kohl's, but very few sales people to help out. We also found some pants for The Storyteller - they are all washed and ironed and ready to be hemmed! It wasn't too painful - we got 3 pairs of good leather shoes, 4 pairs of pants, and 4 tops in about 2 hours of shopping - that works for me.
On Thursday I went to have my varicose veins looked at, had an ultrasound and found out that they can't fix them until they fix something the doctor called 'arterial reflux' in both legs. It just means that the valves in the secondary arteries do not close and open - they are 'stuck' open allowing the pooling of blood in my legs. We wait upon our insurance company for approval, but hopefully they will choose to 'cover' it since can be a real problem. I will wear support stockings for a few weeks after the 'procedure' which is now a miner laser correction. It used to be surgery, so I am thankful for medical advancements.
After I am completely healed I will go back and have the varicose veins taken care of - subject to our insurance company's approval, of course. I guess it helps that my legs are at times very painful, not just ugly! Also, though I am young to have so much trouble with my legs, it is definitely inherited. My great grandfather died because of his varicose veins, my grandmother had them badly and often suffered with ulcers that would not heal, and my mum has them also, but thankfully not as badly as I do.
Well everyone is up and wanting some breakfast, so I'd better go for now. We have a few things that must get done, but I'm hoping to have some time for crafting and creating, as well as a bit of tidying and cleaning!
I'd love to hear about the ways you are spending this day - hopefully with those you love! Do take some time to enjoy the beauty of it, even if it is pouring rain in your part of the world!
Monday, October 15, 2007
1 ¾ cups unbleached all purpose flour
½ cup white sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup raisins
2/3 cup milk
¾ cup pureed pumpkin or yam (canned works well)
1/3 cup canola oil
1 beaten egg
2 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
Grease muffin tin or spray with Pam. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and sift together. Add raisins and stir. In a separate bowl combine beaten egg, milk, oil, and pumpkin until smooth. Add to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Fill each muffin tin cup ¾ full. Top with a generous sprinkle of brown sugar. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out cleanly. Makes 10 nice sized muffins. Best eaten the day they are made - no trouble at our house! This makes a light tender muffin that is not too sweet. The (big and little) kids all love the crunchy topping!
My mum made these muffins a lot when I was a girl and I always loved them - I have changed the recipe a bit since she had really reduced the sugar (my dad is a diabetic) and I found that the spices 'bit' without the sugar to mellow them - plus my family has a sweet tooth! I also added more pumpkin than she does - by accident the first time! I got rave reviews for the 'extra pumpkin' batch and so I've been doing that ever since. I didn't add any more flour, so they take longer to bake, but are lighter and really yummy! When I cook pie pumpkins and puree them to freeze, I always freeze some 3/4 cup portions just for this recipe!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
~ new help in the cleaning department
~ a thoroughly clean home and gleaming woodwork
~ the celebration of 16 years of marriage, thanks be to God
~ my husband, who loves me more today than he did on the day we said ‘I do’
~ a family field trip and the joyful exploration of our two delighted children
~ a taste of this and that at the chocolate factory
~ the final soccer game of the season
~ lunch with the coaches and other home schooling families
~ enough energy to go and cheer on the coaches as they played soccer
~ glorious sunshine and cool fall air
~ cozy warm sweaters and snuggles
~ Sunday morning worship
~ Sunday afternoon nap - a little longer today since it’s been quite a weekend!
~ supper out side in the glooming by candle and firelight
~ building precious memories
~ gooey, sticky, sweet and delicious s’mores with Hershey chocolate, if you please
~ lullaby’s and sweetly sleeping children
Thursday, October 11, 2007
I thought about the great science and math lessons that would be lost in just purchasing dough. I guess it would be a bit quicker, but it only takes about 5 minutes to make dough, and a whole lot longer to go shopping! Then I thought about the cost of those cookie rolls and all of the chemicals graciously included! Definitely not something our children should be eating!
In our young married years, I struggled a bit with rolled out cookies. I had a horrible rolling pin and it stuck to everything, no matter how much flour I used. It took me a couple of trys to find this fool proof, super easy to roll out, no chilling required, always delicious cookie dough recipe. If you are looking for a basic cookie - this is it! Maybe if everyone had this recipe, the packaged cookie dough company would go out of business!
Creamy White Cookies
Grease or line baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
½ cup soft butter
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar, packed
1 large egg
½ cup cream (whipping, heavy, half and half - anything works!)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour (robin hood , five roses or some other good quality flour without a bunch of additives)
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon sea salt
Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Roll on floured surface to ¼ thickness. Cut out. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Make 2 1/2 dozen satisfyingly thick and soft cookies!
1. Make your favorite icing and ice after baking.
2. Sprinkle with colored sugar before baking.
3. Use lemon or almond extract in place of the vanilla.
4. Use for Date Filled Cookies
Combine 1 ½ cups of coarsely chopped dates, ½ cup water and 1 ½ tsp lemon juice in heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Cool. Cut Creamy White Cookie dough into 3 1/2 inch rounds and place 1 teaspoon of filling in the middle. Fold in half to form a ½ moon shape. Press edges lightly to seal. Bake 12-14 minutes. Dust with icing sugar while warm. Cool completely and smile sweetly when your husband tells you that they taste just like his grandma’s cookies! Best eaten the day they are made.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Album: Go West Young Man (1990)
Monday, October 8, 2007
My Daily Snippet made me smile this morning:
I can easily see how easy it is to 'love sleep'. When I am discouraged or in pain, sleep is really my friend, but I don't get anything else accomplished, and that leads to more discouragement! It's great to see how practical God's word is in my day to day life! Time to start setting the alarm early again and getting the day started at a better time!
With all of the sitting around, I am getting to do a bit more light reading than usual. I'm also gaining weight - but let's try to focus on the positive here!
My Bible study is still very much keeping my interest, and it has been a real blessing. I think I mentioned it is a Beth Moore study entitled A Woman's Heart, God's Dwelling Place and it is a study of the tabernacle. It has really been enjoyable and I'm learning things each day, though I have read the passages before. She has done all of the 'hard work' for us, comparing commentaries and digging into the original language, and she brings a refreshing perspective.
I also really enjoyed Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola. It has inspired me to enjoy nature study on a regular basis with the children, it has introduced me to more of the ideas of Charlotte Mason and added some classic poetry to my files. I found the story to be heartwarming and encouraging, so all in all it was well worth reading.
The Parting by Beverly Lewis made me happy-sad, and left me waiting for the next book in the series. It was light and easy to read, but also inspired me to get out my Amish cookbook and hunt for some pumpkin recipes. It also has some little morsels of history and Biblical truth that warmed my heart and made me smile.
I don't usually take to much time with catalogues, but the Thanksgiving Pottery Barn catalogue is simply pretty. Catalogue stylists can really be inspiring - after all their job depends on how nicely they decorate. It has me hunting through my fall decorations and other household pretties to put together my imitation of the 'look' and I even have a page pulled out to match a paint color. It's always a bit of fun to add up the cost of all of their products and see how much I save by using something I have at home to achieve a similar look.
I finished another Grace Livingston Hill classic entitled Unto The End. I hadn't read this one before and it was a bit of a departure. There were less delightful homemaking scenes, and more thrift and economy. The heart of the book is a young woman, who realizing too late the shallow character of her husband, hastily chosen, makes a decision to stick with him come what may. She artfully shields her children from her husband's lack of moral character, successfully thwarts his baser instincts and saves her family from disgrace and financial disaster. Quite an inspiring heroine.
My thirst for all things lovely was satisfied with another library find entitled The Pantry: It's History and Modern Uses by Catherine Pond. Lots of lovely pictures to look at and be inspired by and also a good bit of interesting history.
I did mention it was light reading, didn't I? My brain isn't really able to absorb much else at this time, and I have been looking for reading to inspire as well as take my mind off my discomfort. There are about 4 more books on my nightstand, but all unfinished, so I'll share them another day!
I'd better end with a blessing also - this blessing is for you! I would like to wish you a very Happy Canadian Thanksgiving today! Usually I would have a turkey in the oven and some friends come for supper to share an early Thanksgiving with them, but my foot isn't up to that today. Never the less, it is a day to be thankful. God's blessings are abundant and His mercies are new every morning!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Lightly grease a 6 cup bundt pan or tube pan. If you would like to omit the lemon glaze, dust the pan with 1 tablespoon of sugar and you will get a dark crunchy sweet 'crust' without the extra glaze step.
Of course, she has a real live doll in her little brother! What a monkey!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
It must be true because we have been on a 'parade of sweets' since Friday. That's when we baked for the soccer coaches lunches - with a few to spare for the home cookie jars! After soccer, Mum baked two perfect pumpkin pies since that was what Dreamer requested for her birthday. I felt that we had way too many sweets in the house and thought that we would end up throwing them out stale! Alas, the brownies are gone, the oatmeal cookies are a faint memory, the snickerdoodles have left a trail of cinnamon sugar, and the pumpkin pie has vanished without a trace! You'll find them somewhere around my hips!
That's the biggest reason that when I bake I need to give it away quickly! Sometimes I look to food to comfort through the rough patches of our family life, and I guess I've been doing that for the past few days! I hope the scales won't show it! It's time to get back on track, and eat healthfully again! Keeping my feet up doesn't burn many Brownies!
We had a quiet family birthday party for Dreamer on Saturday night, and then my mum and dad left for home Sunday morning after we headed to church. We rested a lot Sunday and prayed for their safe travel. I have some nice books on my night stand right now that are keeping me company and helping me to keep my foot up more. We took the kids to the park Sunday and let them run and climb for a couple of hours while I sat and enjoyed the sunshine and the Historian threw the football around with the children and and pushed them on the swings.
Monday was the Dreamer's official 10th birthday and she wanted to go to a museum. Most in our area are not open on Mondays and it was raining, but we found one that was, and it was close by too. Inside there were wonderful interactive displays and a room with an 1850's house, classroom and barn represented that were all hands on and kid friendly. They put on period style clothes and had a great time. There was even a penny candy store - more sweets! The sun came out and we explored a barn and met the chickens and roosters, 7 three day old piglets and their mother, two very friendly calico cats and some wonderful horses, sheep and a goat. I wasn't able to see everything because walking around on uneven ground is difficult, but we had a nice time as a family and plan to go back as soon as I am able. I love that my hubby makes every effort to take the day off for the children's birthdays - he only went in for a few hours in the evening.
Last week, knowing mum was needing to get home to her own responsibilities, the Historian began to look into some time off work to help out at home. He was able to get some time off and has been home most of the day. He will bring some work home to keep current, but he is doing all the driving, errands, and he also supervised homeschooling today. He plans to be home for this week and maybe next, so I hope I heal quickly!
We have been really struggling with terrible attitudes and un co-operative children for many weeks now, so we are prayerfully going to go 'back to the basics' and requiring first time cheerful obedience and respect. We have been slack and tried to give grace (we are soft spoken, non confrontational type people), but the end result has been disrespect and stubborn disobedience. I have been lacking the strength to carry through with consequences, the mental acuity to be creative with my discipline, and the consistency required to be effective, so needless to say, we've had a downward spiral of behaviour. Not something that I really like to admit here!
I pray that this with the Historian at time at home will be a time to get us back on track and also to give us some insight into the hearts of our children and where we need to make changes and work to correct the character issues they are struggling with. The Historian and I are on the same page in this and I hope we will be able to affect some lasting changes. We are seeking wisdom from the Source, since we surely find ourselves greatly lacking!
As I was working on my Bible Study this week I read a passage that reminded me again that suffering has it's part in refining my character. Beth Moore calls this the 'classic free will offering'. Nothing can make me give my difficulties to God as an offering, but I may choose to, and be blessed.