Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Psalm 103

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle's!
The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly.
He revealed his character to Moses and his deed to the people of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry, and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For his unfailing love, toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a Father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.
Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
The wind blow, and we are gone- as though we had never been here.
But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children's children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there He rules over everything.

Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will!
Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom.
Let all that I am praise the Lord.


In Christ,
Elizabeth

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A New Home Remedy?!?!

Hi, everyone!

Well, to start, I got a bee sting on Sunday, and two days later it is still swollen and itchy. :( I tried everything I could think of to help the itch, because it was just driving me nuts. I tried multiple natural creams and such, I had done ice, but couldn't leave it on all day long, I tried Band-Aid Itch Relief (or something like that), and the itch would just not go away. Oftentimes, we make a paste with baking soda and water, and let that sit on it, but my bee sting is right in the crease between my finger and my hand, so the paste would just crumble off every time I tried to move my hand. So, on to the internet we went. :D And the ultimate remedy, that actually works, is... (drum roll please :)...


TOOTHPASTE!!


Yep. That stuff you brush your teeth with. It completely removed the itch and really reduced the swelling as well!! So there you go, a new home remedy for an itchy bee sting. And you don't even have to go to the store to buy it!!! :D

Try it out sometime. It really works!

Elizabeth

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A family breakfast and bike ride

This morning, (most) everyone slept in, which was really relaxing. I got up about 8:30, and then read my book for about a half hour, by which everyone was then awake. We decided to make pancakes and bacon! (We don't often have that kind of thing.) (Leah was the photographer, as usual.)I then went outside to do the chicken chores. It was such a beautiful morning, and it was not too hot or cold. Then Dad stuck his head out the slider door and told me to hurry up because all of us were going to go on a bike ride together! And this was no small ordeal, with a two year old and a 7 month old! We got the bike cart out, and put the little girls in it. It was Hannah's first time in the bike cart, and she seemed to like it a lot. And of course Naomi was excited to have Hannah in there with her! :) There is a boat access to a lake about 1.5 miles from our house, so we all rode there. Then Mom, Naomi, and Hannah went home. Dad and us older girls kept going for like 2 or 3 miles, then I dropped off and headed home after deciding six miles was plenty for me. :) Dad, Leah, and Abby kept riding, and actually rode 10 miles!! So that was our fun morning together! (We went to church last night, for those of you who are wondering. :)

Also, Abby put pigtails in Naomi's hair the other day, and it was SO ADORABLE!! Though it's hard to get a picture of her since she's always moving and doesn't really want to smile at the camera! :)


Elizabeth

Friday, June 4, 2010

God's AMAZING Work Through Daniel and Nebuchadnezzer

Hello, again!

For school, I have been doing an inductive Bible Study on Daniel lately. Just to brief you, there are 12 chapters in the book of Daniel. The first six I have not quite figured out the author yet, but they are kind of like a history of Daniel's life. The last six chapters are written by Daniel himself, and are about the various dreams, visions, etc. he's had. Daniel was born around 620 B.C., and when he was about 15 years old, he was taken into exile by the Babylonians, around 605 B.C. The first six chapters of Daniel are the story of what happened to him.

So, after doing an overview, I am now going through the individual chapters of Daniel in great depth. I have just finished Chapter 4, and these are some of my thoughts as I have been studying this the past few weeks...


~Soon after he arrives in Babylon, Daniel becomes a part of a three year program to enter King Nebuchadnezzer's personal service. Part of this was a daily ration of the king's own food. However, Daniel and his 3 friends stood up and dared to not be like everyone else. You need to realize this is not a guy in his thirties who's got everything going for him. This is a teenage kid who's been taken from his home, his family, and his country! Also, to understand why he did this, you need to know something. His home country (Israel) was taken into captivity because they had become like everyone else. Through Moses and the Ten Commandments, God had told the people they were the Chosen Ones and were to represent Him, and not be like everyone else. However, over those many, many years, Israel turned far away from God and became like everyone else. The Babylonian food Daniel decided not to eat could have be considered 'unclean', or another reason might be this: In Babylon, they often gave a libation to their gods, which is basically offering the gods some of the food and wine, so you could not eat the food without honoring the Babylonian gods.
"But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king's choice food or with the wine which he drank; so he sought permission from the commander of the officials that he might not defile himself." [Daniel 1:8]
One thing we can learn is to stand up for what's right. As Christians, we aren't going to be like everyone else. If we are, something's not right. God has called us to be different. To be His light in this dark world.


~The first four chapters of Daniel all take place during the reign of Nebuchadnezzer. After reading through them in depth successively, I have seen God at work through even King Nebuchadnezzer. In the first chapter of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzer definitely does not follow God, or have any interest in Him. He devoutly worships his own Babylonian gods. When the Hebrews were brought into exile, he even changed their names so the names no longer honored the One True God, but honored his own Babylonian gods. In chapter 3, King Nebuchadnezzer set up a golden image to his gods. He even made everyone bow down to it, threatening death by fire (in a furnace) if they did not worship the statue! By the end of chapter 3, however, God is starting to work. After Shadrach, Meshac, and Abednego come out of the fire unharmed, Nebuchadnezzer recognizes that there is a God who saved them from the fire. However, he does not go any farther. But then, in chapter 4, God really works. He gives Nebuchadnezzer this crazy dream, and the dream comes true. Nebuchadnezzer actually goes and lives with beasts, his hair grew long, his fingers became claws, and the mind of a beast was given to him! After a "period of time", he returns to sanity, and this is what he says:

"Now I, Nebuchadnezzer, praise, exalt, and honor the King of Heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and
He is able to humble those who walk in pride."
[Daniel 4:37]

Now if that isn't a change of heart, I don't know what is! Is that not amazing how he worked through this heard-hearted Babylonian king, and turned him into a servant of the Most High God?! God is amazing. Totally. There is nothing he cannot do!

WE SERVE A TOTALLY AMAZING GOD WHO CHANGES THE HARDEST HEARTS!!!!


I know this has gotten to be a really long post, but I thought those two points were just so incredible I had to share them!

Also, Mrs. Regan at Regan Family Farm is hosting a wonderful giveaway for a skirt pattern and fabric to go with it! So make sure you go to her blog and enter HERE!

~Elizabeth

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello!

I am very interested in knowing who reads my blog. Whether you follow it or not, or even if you just come here occasionally, or if you have never commented, or if you have, please comment on this post. I would like to know who reads my blog, (and I always LOVE comments :-)! If I don't know you personally, maybe you could just write like a sentence or two about yourself?? Also, I would like to know what I can do to make my blog more reader-friendly. All suggestions are welcome!

Elizabeth

Yes, I'm still working on our vacation post, but we were gone for a whole week, and we did a lot of stuff, so it's going to be a long post... :) On the other hand, I might just post a few things individually... :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Friends!!!

Hello!

No, for all of you who are wondering, I did not fall off the face of the earth! I am here, and doing well. I can't believe how long it's been since I last blogged! I have been so busy lately, and we were on vacation (which I'm working on a post of). So, I will tell you about my week, specifically two things.

Well, to start, we have some awesome friends the Q's who live in MO, and only come up to MI occasionally. Well, they were in MI! So we went to the beach with them and our other friends the S's yesterday. We had so much fun! It was like 85 degrees, and we spent a large part of the afternoon in the water. There was also a fairly large playground there, and we played Grounder multiple times. (Grounder is a game kind of like tag, except with some different variations, and you have to play it on a playground.) Gabe and I also kicked the soccer ball around for a little bit. Unfortunately, we forgot to take pictures. :( But I can tell you we had a super fun time!!!!
Next, our other awesome friends, the A's, happened to be in town today, and they came over for like most of the day today! (yes, I did get my school done. :) It was raining most of the time, so we had to stay inside. However, we got out the playmobil. :) We completely tore down all existing buildings. Then Jonathan and I designed a mansion. Actually, it was called Horse Manor. Maddie and Leah also helped build it, while Abby, Elise, and Rebekah dove through all the bins of playmobil and found the beds, desks, etc. Our Manor turned out so cool! And yes, we did totally design it by ourselves. There are pieces from the zoo, clinic, headquarters, farm, stable, and probably a lot more...that is all I can think of off the top of my head. :)

Now, Horse Manor:




L to R: Jonathan, Elise, Abby, Rebekah, Maddie, me (Elizabeth), Leah


So thanks friends for having so much fun with us these past couple days!!!


Elizabeth