Friday, February 17, 2017

Katharina & Martin Luther - Book Review

Hello readers. 
Today I have a book review to share with you. 

Their revolutionary marriage was arguably one of the most scandalous and intriguing in history. Yet five centuries later we still know little about Martin and Katharina Luther's life as husband and wife. Until now. Against all odds, the unlikely union of a runaway nun and a renegade monk worked, over time blossoming into the most tender of love stories. This unique biography tells the riveting story of two remarkable people and their extraordinary relationship, offering refreshing insights into Christian history and illuminating the Luthers' profound impact on the institution of marriage, the effects of which still reverberate today. Together, this legendary couple experienced joy and grief, triumph and travail. This book brings their private lives and their love story into the spotlight and offers powerful insights into our own twenty-first century understanding of marriage.
My thoughts: 
When I first started reading this book, I thought it might be a little uninteresting and hard to get through. In fact, it was the complete opposite! It was fascinating to read and it kept me spellbound the whole way through. It was hard to put it down! I  also learned a wealth of new information about Martin Luther's views on different issues. 
Before Martin nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the doors of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, he had earned his doctorate along with the official title "Doctor of Biblia" (which is translated as "teacher of the Bible.") Because his mentor made him the official preacher to the Augustinian monks, Martin was required to preach  several times a week. He began to dig into Scripture, beginning with the Psalms, and soon realized that salvation is through grace alone. During this time, Luther's views on marriage changed drastically. His nailing the Ninety-five These to the doors was the single act that set everything else in motion. 

  Martin Luther left his life as a monk, married a runaway nun, and reformed marriage in the process. The Christian weddings of today, as you know them, generally follow a standard protocol. A man and woman become engaged, spend a few months wedding planning, then the couple is marred in a church by a minister or priest. A reception follows the church ceremony. We have Martin Luther to thank for this tradition. Before his alterations came about, we would say that marriage back then was a little unusual or weird. 

I really enjoyed how the author depicted the backgrounds of Martin and Katharina. She not only showed what life was like for nuns, and in Katharina's case runaway nuns, and monks, but also what married life was like for them. I appreciate that the author paid great attention to detail, and obviously she did much research to write this book. I think there could have been a little more said about the Ninety-five These, but other than that it was well written. Katharina and Martin Luther was the first book I've read by Michelle DeRusha and hopefully it won't be my last. I give this book 4.5 stars. 

*Because of some of the content discussed, I wouldn't recommend this book to those under age 15.*

About the Author:
Michelle DeRusha is the author of 50 Women Every Christian Should Know. She publishes a monthly column on religion and spirituality for the Lincoln Journal Star and writes about faith in the everyday on her blog, www.michellederusha.com.  She lives with her husband and their two boys in Lincoln, Nebraska.  

**I was given a free copy of this book from BakerBooks and all thoughts are my own.**

Sunday, February 12, 2017

How Wonderful Is God's Love!

Greetings to you all!
I hope you had a sweet Lord's day. Since Valentine's day is 
coming up, this post is going to be a collection of hymns and 
Scriptures about the best kind of love that has been given, and 
the best kind there is: God's love. 

"O Love That Will Not Let Me Go"
O love that wilt not let me go, 
I rest my weary soul on Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe, 
That inThine ocean depths it's flow
May richer, fuller be. 

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav'n to earth come down;
Fix us in Thy humble dwelling;
All Thy faithful mercies crown. 
Jesus, Thou art all compassion, 
Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation; 
Enter ev'ry trembling heart. 

*"O Love That Will Not Let Me Go"*
~~~~~
Once my way was dark and dreary, 
For my heart was full of sin,
But the sky is bright and cheery,
Since the fullness of His love came in. 

I can never tell how much I love Him,
I can never tell His love for me; 
For it passeth human measure,
Like a deep, unfathomed sea; 

'This redeeming love in Christ my Savior, 
In my soul the heav'nly joys begin; 
And I live for Jesus only,
Since the fullness of His love came in. 

*"Since the Fullness of His Love Came In"*
~~~~~
Of Jesus' love that sought me, when I was lost in sin;
Of wondrous grace that brought me back to His fold again;
Of heights and depths of mercy, far deeper than the sea,
And higher than the heavens, my theme shall ever be.

Sweeter as the years go by, sweeter as the years go by;
Richer, fuller, deeper, Jesus' love is sweeter, sweeter as the years go by.

*"Sweeter As the Years Go By"*
~~~~~
Yes, sweeter are Thy mercies, O Savior divine, 
In tender compassion Thou modest me Thine;
With Thee will I journey till life's day is done,
And all thro' the ages give praise to the Son.

O wonderful love that saved me from sin,
O wonderful love that cleansed me within; 
His Spirit bears witness with mine that I'm saved,
All glory to Jesus, I'm saved, I'm saved, I'm saved!

*"O Wonderful Love"*
~~~~~
1 John 4:19- "We love him, because he first loved us."
~~~~~
Christ Jesus my Lord from heaven came,
To save me from guilt and sin and shame;
His death on the cross of Calvary
Brought pardon and gave me liberty.

I love Him because He first loved me, 
He first loved me, He first loved me;
I love Him because He first loved me,
And died on the cross of Calvary. 

*"I Love Him Because He First Loved Me"*
~~~~~
1 John 3:1 - "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."
~~~~~
Jeremiah 31:3- "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me,saying, Yea, I have loved the with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee."
~~~~~
Have a wonderful, good and godly week.
Happy Valentine's Day.

In the love of Christ,

Ashley 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace

 Have you ever thought about what a great privilege we, as God's children, have? We are invited to come boldly to the throne of grace. To obtain God's forgiveness of sins in the Old Testament, a priest had to make atonement for the people.

Leviticus 16:30-34 ~ For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statue for ever. And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting statue unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.
 
Hebrews 9:6 ~ Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people.

So once a year, the high priest went into the holiest place of the tabernacle, but not without blood. For remember, without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins. And that high priest, the mediator between the people and God, offered the blood as an atonement for his sins and for all the sins of the people. 

Hebrews 9:11-14 - But Christ being come a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building, Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctified have to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  

Hebrews 9:28 ~ So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;...

Hebrews 5:14-16 ~ Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Now we don't have to have an earthly priest making intercession to God on our behalf for mercy and salvation.  Jesus was offered once for all as the perfect sacrifice, and now sits at the right hand of God interceding for you. What a wonderful thought it is that anyone can come to Jesus and receive forgiveness for sins and eternal life! 

Hebrews 5:4-5:8-9 ~  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee." "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;


~A believer in the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort,
Ashley

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Little Humor For Your Day

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening to you all, wherever you may be. 
This is a slightly different type of post than what I normally write. I found these 
quotes on Pinterest...see if you can relate to any of them. :) 


haha! I can relate to that!

So true...so true...


My thoughts exactly....except there needs to be some iced coffee as well. 

hahahahah! *so relatable* 







Amen! 


  
 “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Yep......


Hope you have a wonderful week, friends. :) 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Going Once....Going Twice.....Sold!!!!!!!!!

Good afternoon to all of you!
If you have been wondering what's happened to me, yes I'm still alive, and no, I'm not planning to stop blogging. :)  I just took a very long break is all.   By the way, happy new year.   :)
I have quite a few pictures to share, so without further ado, here are some snapshots from December and this month. 














The middle of this tomato looks like a dove with its wings spread out. 
Do you see it?







 This is the first fresh tomato picked this year. 

As you know, Deborah raised a pig for the South Florida Fair. 
Sarah, Deborah, Lauren, and I went to the fair in the early afternoon
on Friday (the 20th). Since the showmanship was that evening, Deborah
washed Cookie, and then Sarah helped her prepared herself. Enjoy these
photos taken at the fair.


































Now that is some pig!
Here's Cookie, all ready to be auctioned off. (Do you like 
the red bow in her ear? :)

In our family, it always seems like the camera batteries 
die on us at times when we need to take a picture or video, so I 
brought two new ones with me to ensure that wouldn't happen. Well,
the auction started and I began videotaping. Wouldn't you know it, I 
accidentally switched the new batteries out with the old ones, so the camera
died a few seconds after the auction started. After quickly changing back to the
new batteries, I was able to capture the last few seconds of the auction. Sadly, the last
video won't upload. But all in all, it was a fun evening up until the time we had to say 
goodbye to Cookie.  (Deborah, Gretchen (Deborah's friend) Lauren, and I were able to 
go on the rides for free since we had livestock passes. 😃

Cookie weighed 296 lbs. and was bought by U.S. Sugar for $4.50 a lb.

What have you been up to lately? I would love to hear from you!