Sunday, November 12, 2017

All Creatures of our God and King

All Creatures of Our God and King
By: St. Francis of Assisi
 
 All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice and with us sing, Alleluia! Alleluia!
Thou burning sun with golden beam, thou silver moon with softer gleam, O praise Him!
O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

Thou rushing wind that art so strong, ye clouds that sail in Heaven along, O praise Him! Alleluia! Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice, ye lights of evening, find a voice! 
O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! 

 Thou flowing water, pure and clear, make music for thy Lord to hear, O praise Him!
Alleluia! Thou fire so masterful and bright, that givest man both warmth and light.
O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

And all ye men of tender heart, forgiving others, take your part, O sing ye! Alleluia! 
Ye who long pain and sorrow bear, praise God and on Him cast your care! 
O praise Him! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Let all things their Creator bless, and worship Him in humbleness, O praise Him! Alleluia!
Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son, and praise the Spirit, Three in One!
O praise Him, Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Psalm 146:2
While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

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Hebrews 13:15
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

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Revelation 19:4-6
And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts that fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bound Book Review and Blog Tour

A cheery hello to you all! Happy Tuesday! 
Today is the first day of Victoria's blog tour for her second brand new book, Bound. 
About the Book:
  Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident. ~Jorge Luis Borges~

Levi thought he was making this journey alone. But when he meets an eight-year-old girl at the train station, that plan is turned on its head.

Casey is running away and finds out that Levi is too. They decide to journey together and their lives are suddenly bound together in a journey they will not soon forget.

Both children come from abusive situations and are running from the dangers of their previous life. Levi is confident he can handle this on his own, but when Casey is injured on the journey, he must seek help from the first person that comes into his path, or rather people. Mr. and Mrs. Bellworth are simple farm folk with a heart for kids and a passion for serving God. When their unconditional love and gentle care surrounds Levi and Casey, the troubles of their previous lives melt away and they start to flourish. But when Casey is dragged back into the abusive world she came from, the emotional trauma, pain and distrust resurfaces. Will they be forever bound by their past? Or will God answer their prayers?
My Thoughts:
 I first read Bound last year when Victoria posted weekly snippets on her blog. (You may remember she released her first book, London In the Dark, earlier this year.) I love her writing style, and she did a great job of creating this whole, somewhat mysterious story.The beginning has a fantastic attention grabber and this is one of those books that will keep you turning the page. It's a well-written book with a great message. You won't want to put it down! I will warn you, though, Bound is a sad (and real) book; you might even shed a tear or two while reading. It's about a little boy and girl who come from two abusive backgrounds. There are a few places where physical beatings are mentioned, but Victoria did a great job of writing those scenes and didn't go into too much detail.
 The main characters find they aren't only bound by their hurtful backgrounds, but end up also being bound by the saving power of Christ. And they find forgiveness, hope, and peace, which can only be found in Jesus.  Bound is a book that I really enjoyed reading (and will re-read), and would recommend to ages 13+. 

*Victoria, congratulations on publishing your second book, and thank you for allowing me to read, review, and be a part of your tour! Keep writing for the Lord, girl!*

Giveaway! 
 Victoria is having a giveaway to celebrate Bound being published. Just type in your name and email into the widget below to enter. (She's also giving away a couple e-books.) Click here, on this link, to view more details about the giveaway.


You can find Bound on Amazon, or you can contact Victoria to purchase a signed copy. 
Click here to purchase on Amazon. (It's available in both kindle and paperback forms.)  

About the author:
 Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she's not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name

All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name
By: Edward Perronet 

All hail the pow'r of Jesus' name! Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem, and crown him Lord of all. 

Ye chosen seed of Israel's race, ye ransomed from the fall. 
Hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all;
Hail him who saves you by his grace, and crown him Lord of all. 

Let ev'ry kindred, ev'ry tribe on this terrestrial ball,
To him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all;
To him all majesty ascribe, and crown him Lord of all.

O that with yonder sacred throng we at his feet may fall! 
We'll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all;
We'll join the everlasting song, and crown him Lord of all.
 Edward Perronet was born in 1726 in the English town of Sundridge. He was the son of a well-known and respected vicar (priest) in the Church of England, so he grew up in the parish church. As the evangelical movement headed by John and Charles Wesley swept across the English countryside, the elder Perronet became a trusted counselor to the younger preachers. Often, John Wesley would ride up to the parish on horseback, anxious to discuss with the vicar some matter of doctrine or administration. It was during these visits that Edward developed an admiration for Wesley and his determined efforts to break from the traditional forms of the Anglican church. Edward Perronet broke with his traditionalist background and joined the Wesleys. If it was adventure he sought, he was no to be disappointed. Shortly after his association with John Wesley, Perronet was involved in incidents of persecution where, according to Wesley's diary: "he was thrown down and rolled in mud and mire. Stones were hurled and windows broken." Edward was inspired by his mentor to preach, but had determined never to do so in front of John Wesley. So Wesley surprised Edward. One Sunday morning, John Wesley announced to the congregation that the following day, they would hear a wonderful message from Edward Perronet. Edward was quite shocked and irritated that Wesley would put him in such an uncomfortable position. He did not wish to cause public embarrassment by refusing the evangelist's request, but neither did he feel prepared to present the new day's sermon. In the morning, Edward announced: "Although I have no sermon of my own to give to you, I promise you I shall deliver the finest one ever heard." He then opened his Bible and proceeded to read the sermon on the mount. When he completed the reading, he closed the book and sat down without comment. Several years later, Edward Perronet left the Wesleys and became the pastor of an independent church at Canterbury, England. As he pastored his little flock of country folk, Perronet saw the need for new hymns. He wrote three small volumes of hymns, published in 1756, 1782, and 1785. "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" was included in the second volume, having been previously published in a 1779 issue of Gospel Magazine. The hymn reflects Perronet's conviction that God ought always to be worshipped in great glory and honor, with an emphasis upon his holy kingship. Paired with a beautiful melody written by Edward Srubsole, the hymn became popular across England. However, when it was first introduced in America, a Massachusetts carpenter composed the tune, "Coronation," for the stirring words and it is to this tune that the hymn is best known in the United States. It has been said that whenever Queen Victoria had the hymn played, she would direct that her jeweled crown be removed in deference to the hymn's message that Jesus should be crowned Lord of all. 

Have a blessed week, friends.

Blessings in Christ,
Ashley

Psalm 95:1-6
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thankful Tuesday

On this beautiful Tuesday afternoon, I am thankful for: 




*the new baby calves next door

*the cold weather we've had for the past couple days

 *my prayer notebook that I created last week

*Martin Luther and the Reformation
(By the way, today marks the 500th year since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church. Happy Reformation Day.)

 *educational/inspiring books

*the first pepper from my pepper plant :) 

What are you thankful for today, dear friend?

Psalm 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A September Tea Cup Exchange

Hello,
In September, I participated in Stephanie's annual tea cup and mug exchange.
I sent Payton a tea package and Karina was the one who sent me a tea cup. She also included a couple other goodies. She did send me some coffee, but I forgot to add it in the picture.

Isn't this tea cup gorgeous
If you'd like to be notified next year about when the tea cup and mug exchange is happening, you can sign up here.  
Thank you again, Stephanie, for hosting such a delightful swap. 

And just to let you know, there are some new goodies in my etsy shop. Please stop by and take a peek. :) 

Enjoy your weekend, friends.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Enjoying God ~ Book Review

Enjoying God
 By: R.C. Sproul
About the Book: 
Confused, angry, and hurt after the death of his father, a young R. C. Sproul began his personal search for ultimate truth with these piercing questions: Who are you, God? And why do you do the things you do? 

In Enjoying God, you'll journey with R. C. Sproul to discover the nature of God through his marvelous and often surprising attributes. In this warm, personal account, Dr. Sproul communicates deep wisdom of God as he shares his earnest, lifelong passion to know God and the profound hope he ultimately found in the attributes of God. He encourages each one of us to dig deep and seek the God who is alive, who is real, and who is love.

My Thoughts:
Enjoying God is the first book I've read by R.C. Sproul, and it is seriously so AMAZING!!!! (I know I say that about every book, but this one is now on the top of my "favorite books" list.) I loved how Mr. Sproul explored and scrutinized the many attributes of God. It is such a neat study and one I am excited to read again. Theologically, I found it to be very accurate and informative. Christians, both new and long-time, could learn a wealth of information about God, as Mr. Sproul shares, by studying His characteristics. There were just a few places that were a little difficult to understand, but re-reading the section a couple times helped. I would say that teenagers and adults would benefit most from reading this book, and would eminently endorse it. 

I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review. 


I hope you all have a blessed week. 

Rejoicing in the living, just, and faithful God of truth and love,
Ashley

Psalm 89:1-8
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens. I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,Thy seed will I stablish for ever; and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah. And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O Lord: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee? 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Meet Stormy and Thunder!

Meet Stormy and Thunder!

 Deborah bought Thunder (a male Yorkshire/Hampshire Crossbreed) and Stormy (a female Yorkshire/Hampshire Crossbreed) on September 16th. When she first brought them home, Thunder weighed 119 pounds and Stormy weighed 70 pounds. Debbie is auctioning Stormy off at the South Florida fair in January, and Thunder is getting auctioned off in the local county fair in February.

Last week their pen was flooded from all the rain we had, so Thunder and Stormy were moved to the old garage. Last Sunday was so hot out, Stormy took to laying in the water bucket to cool off. Unfortunately a few days ago, the pigs were super hungry so they broke a few boards in the door and ran around the yard. 
 Don't worry-Thunder's head isn't stuck in there...He's just eating food. :)

Okay. Let me just say that it's incredibly hard to take a picture of the pigs looking at the camera. They always have their heads down rooting or are constantly moving. 
I was going to show a video of them playing in the pond, but alas, it won't upload because of length, so I guess I'll have to film another one. 

Enjoy your day! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday

This Thursday, I am thankful for:
 ~gorgeous flowers
 ~beautiful skies and sunsets
 ~delicious scones
 ~homemade fall decor 
(available here for purchase)
~this darling baby I get to babysit 

~ sweet promises from the Saviour in His word

What are you thankful for today? 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

31 Hugs ~ October 2017

Hey friends!

I wanted to share something with you all that I'm planning on doing. Jessica from Apples of Gold is hosting a "31 Hugs" challenge for the month of October. 
31 Hugs: A one month challenge to share hope and joy, appreciation and gratitude, and be a light. 
It's a challenge to make an extra investment in someone else's life every day in October. It's about looking into the meaning behind a hug, and conveying that to someone every day for the month of October. Anyone and everyone can join the challenge! If you miss one or two days, don't fret...just continue the following day. 
Click here to read more about it, and if you'd like some suggestions for ideas, click here

Who'd like to join the challenge? Let's work together to love people to Jesus!

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before me, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Consider the Prairie Lupines, How They Grow

Today's Creation Moment:
Consider the Prairie Lupines, How They Grow
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; ~Luke 12:27a
The remarkable recovery of flora and fauna around Mount St Helens, since the devastating eruption of 1980, was aided in large measure by a seemingly insignificant little plant, called the Prairie Lupine. It grows no taller than 24 inches, but is usually much smaller, with tiny blue flowers. Today, it grows in abundance in the areas most affected by the eruption and landslide.
Consider the Prairie Lupines, How They GrowLike all lupines, it is a legume. This means that it makes its own nitrogen compounds – an essential mineral for plants to grow. We say that it fixes nitrogen. The volcanic soil is deficient in this mineral, so the value of the plant is obvious, as it fixes more than enough for itself, and provides extra nitrogen for other, neighboring plants.
To be exact, it is not the plant itself that does the fixing. This is done by soil bacteria, called rhizobia, which reside in nodules in the roots of the lupine. What is even more interesting is that these bacteria cannot fix nitrogen, without attaching themselves to a suitable host plant, such as the lupine. So, the lupine needs the rhizobia, and the rhizobia need the lupine. This interdependency is known as a symbiotic relationship. A problem for the evolutionist is to explain whether the rhizobia evolved before the lupine, or vice versa. A far more scientific explanation is that both were designed by God for just such interdependence. Once again, the area around Mount St Helens, and the plants that live there, reveal the magnificence of God’s creative work.
Well folks, this is the last day of creation moment month! I hope you all enjoyed reading each article article every day and hope you learned something new about God's wonderful creation. 

Enjoy your weekend!

Sincerely in the Lord,
Ashley