Psalm 103

I’ve been digging deep into Psalm 103 recently.  The first 2 and last 3 verses are calls to praise and basically set the tone for the entire Psalm.  Included in the body of the Psalm are celebrations of personal benefits, God’s mercies to His people and declaration of the vastness of His love.  There is so much to meditate on in this Psalm… stick with me!

I made a list in my journal of who is called to bless the Lord according to Psalm 103.  According to this Psalm David says if you serve the Lord then you are called to bless Him.

  • my soul (verse 1)
  • all that is within me (verse 1)
  • His angels (verse 20)
  • His hosts (verse 21)
  • those doing His will (verse 21)
  • those doing His works (verse 22)

Then I made a list of all the phrases  that include the word ALL.

  • …all that is within me bless His holy name (verse 1)
  • …pardons all your iniquities (verse 3)
  • …heals all your diseases (verse 3)
  • …judgments for all who are oppressed (verse 6) (this does not always happen here in this life but God will deliver those that are oppressed.
  • …sovereignty rules over all (verse 19)
  • …all you His hosts (verse 21)
  • …all you works of His (verse 22)
  • …all places of His dominion (verse 22)

Verse 1 says to bless the Lord with all that is within me… ALL.  I thought about what ALL that is within me: my will, my affections, my desires, my hopes AND my thought life.  How can I kneel down before the Lord and show Him reverence in all of these areas?

My will – how can I bless the Lord with my will?  Perhaps being in His word daily as that is where I will learn what His will is and can make it my will.

My affections – how can I bless the Lord with my affections?  How about by loving those He loves?

My desires and hopes – do I desire what the Lord desires for my life?  Or are my desires worldly?

My thought life – this is a big one!  I can easily get caught up in thinking about things that take time and energy away from things the Lord wants me to ponder.

I have found that the more time I spend in the Word of God the more I can bless the Lord with my thoughts, desires, affections and actions.  I am not perfect in this… not even close.

One last note, in verse 2 it says forget none of His benefits.  I like to read this as remember ALL His benefits.  There’s that ALL word again.

I find great comfort and peace when I remember ALL His benefits.

Intolerance

As my tag line says I can blog about anything that fits my fancy and today my frustration lies in the word intolerance.

I’ll start by saying I believe the Bible is the word of God from the front cover to the back cover.  I believe every single word in the Bible is truth.  I’m not someone who thinks this set of chapters or this or that book is truth or just stories.  Either it’s ALL the word of God and therefore truth or none of it is.  I believe the Bible is crystal clear on marriage and what God intended for marriage: one man and one woman.  PERIOD.

I get so tired being labeled as intolerant, homophobe, hateful, mean or any other label the LGBT community comes up with.  I believe our Lord designed marriage between one man and one woman and I will stand up for that truth.  I will teach my children what the Bible says on this topic.  HOWEVER, this does not mean I hate gay people, nor will I teach my children to hate gay people.

According to the Webster dictionary the definition of phobia is: an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation.

I am not scared of nor have a fear of gay people.  I am not a homophobe.  When I worked outside the home I worked with many gay people and I guarantee if you asked any of them how I treated them they would answer the same as I treat anyone.  And, I would never teach my children to treat gay people with hate.

Test:  which of the following sentences are hate speech?

A) Your lifestyle is gross, disgusting and completely unnatural and I hope you burn in hell because of your sin.  All the gay people should be tortured and killed.

B) I believe the Bible is clear on marriage and God’s plan for marriage is one man and one woman.  I believe the Bible says that homosexuality is a sin.

Hmm… I would say A is hate speech and I have NEVER, let me repeat, NEVER said that to someone.  And, of all the Christians in our lives none of them have said hateful things either.  Are there those that treat people this way?  Of course, we are sinners.  People treat other people terribly for all kinds of reasons.

Why is it the left and the LGBT demand I be tolerant (not just tolerant but it’s rammed down our throats in so many aspects of life) of their belief yet they do not have to be tolerant of my belief?  Why is it when I stand up for what I believe is truth I get labeled a hater or a bigot yet those in support of homosexuals can say whatever they want and I have to keep my mouth shut.

We live in such a messed up world and I pray daily for our Lord’s return. In the mean time, I will stand up for truth and I will teach my children to stand up for truth.  We will do it in love but we will not waiver.

Gaylene

Whales, Piano, China and Baby

Pictures from where we take piano lessons and where we meet for church.

The view from where we take piano lessons AND where we meet for church!

The view from where we take piano lessons AND where we meet for church!

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We’ve been studying whales with Apologia Science and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science just happened to have a whale exhibit.  Great timing!  The girls have never been to an IMAX movie so we decided to stay for the showing of the PANDA movie.  The girls were amazed and, of course, loved wearing their 3d glasses.

Ready for the field trip with our science workbooks.

Ready for the field trip with our science workbooks.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Waiting for the IMAX movie to start.

Waiting for the IMAX movie to start.

In geography we’ve been studying China and one of the projects assigned was to build a model of the Great Wall of China.  Originally, we were going to use sugar cubes but instead I found a 3D puzzle on Amazon.

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Building the Great Wall of China.

Building the Great Wall of China.

And finally the latest pictures of our sweet Katherine!  My goodness she’s such a happy baby!

Love this face!

Love this face!

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Daddy and Katherine sleeping.

Daddy and Katherine sleeping.

 

First Measurable Snow Fall = Outdoor Play!

We’ve finally had our first measurable snowfall of this season!  It isn’t a huge amount but enough to play in and even though the temperature outside was only 3 degrees it didn’t seem to phase the kids any.   Jonathan had to wear his sisters snow boots that she grew out of because his were too small for him.    Hopefully, the kids will have lots of outdoor play time in the snow this winter.  It’s a really good thing their daddy doesn’t mind the cold, otherwise, they might not be outside except to go from the house to the van!  Daddy and the 2 oldest shoveled the snow into piles for fort making but I didn’t get pictures of the forts.

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Our Version of Halloween and Random Pictures

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’m not a fan of Halloween.  Last year we went to a play (The Princess and the Pauper) that several homeschool groups put on and opening night was on Halloween – YAY!  This year we weren’t as lucky to have a play to attend so I decided to throw our own little family party for Halloween.  I put up several strings of orange and purple lights around the basement.  I set up our long folding table with a pumpkin tablecloth and set up a station for each kiddo to make a popsicle stick scarecrow.  We will use these scarecrows as fall decorations next year.

Jonathan working on his scarecrow.

Jonathan working on his scarecrow.

Popsicle Stick Scarecrows

Popsicle Stick Scarecrows

After dinner we played bingo with homemade bingo cards and M&M as the tokens.  Whichever kid won they got to eat a couple tokens.

Playing Bingo!

Playing Bingo!

Our pumpkin village watched the festivities :)

Pumpkin Village!

Pumpkin Village!

It was a fun evening and the kids are already looking forward to next year!

Below are just some random pictures I thought I’d share.

All Smiles!

All Smiles!                                                   

Our littlest Bronco fan!

Our littlest Bronco fan!

Our girls!

Our girls!

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Cakes

These are just pictures of cakes I’ve done over the last several years.  I’ve done more but will add them once I find the pictures.

Belle's 9 year birthday cake.

Belle’s 9 year birthday cake.

Belle's  9 year birthday cake.

Belle’s 9 year birthday cake.

Gymnastics cake

Gymnastics cake

Gymnastics cake for family friend.

Gymnastics cake for family friend.

Natasha's 10 year cake.

Natasha’s 10 year cake.

Baby Shower Cake

Baby Shower Cake

Natasha's 9 year cake.

Natasha’s 9 year cake.

Natasha's 9 year cake.

Natasha’s 9 year cake.

Alex First

Alex's First Birthday Cake

Alex’s First Birthday Cake

Fishing Halloween Harley 2 Harley

Fondant bows

Fondant bows

Practicing Roses

Practicing Roses

Mickey Mouse Cake for Alex

Mickey Mouse Cake for Alex

Baby Shower Cake

Baby Shower Cake

Baby Shower Cake

Baby Shower Cake

My first cake

My first cake

My First Tiered cake

My First Tiered cake

 

Fall Festival and Pumpkins

Thanks to my friend Jodi (who is a fabulous real estate agent if you ever need one! She will work hard for you!) a few of us spent a fun morning at the Remax Fall Festival.  I took Jonathan, Alex, Belle and Natasha to Clement Park to enjoy a pumpkin patch, balloon rides (we didn’t take a ballon ride… I’m hoping next year), face painting, pancake and sausage breakfast and funny shaped balloons.  It was a bit chilly at 8am but by 9:30 it warmed up quite a bit.

Natasha, Belle, Alex and Jonathan at Fall Festival

Natasha, Belle, Alex and Jonathan at Fall Festival

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Many of you know that Halloween is my least favorite holiday.  If it was just 5 year olds dressing up as lady bugs and dinosaurs it would be no big deal.  But it’s such a dark holiday.  The decorations and the costumes are just…. terrible!  I don’t get the interest in death.  The heads chopped off and blood and cuts.  Why is that appealing to anyone?  Anyway, we don’t typically celebrate Halloween around here but we did decorate pumpkins.  I’m planning a special Halloween party for my family for that evening. Instead of trick or treating and coming home with a bunch of junk I have a couple special games planned and something fun to create!  Here are the kids pumpkins!  They are sitting on our front porch now enjoying the crisp fall weather.  Thanks to my mom for her desire to do the pumpkin thing with my kids.  If it wasn’t for her they wouldn’t know much about pumpkins other then eating them!

Alex's pumpkin is decorated as a fairy!

Alex’s pumpkin is decorated as a fairy!

Jonathan's pumpkin is a pirate!

Jonathan’s pumpkin is a pirate!

Belle made her pumpkin into a cat!

Belle made her pumpkin into a cat!

Natasha transformed her pumpkin into a mouse!

Natasha transformed her pumpkin into a mouse!

 

Happy Fall!