Archive for September, 2007

Humility and the Fear of the Lord

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

Humility is the candid acknowledgment of our absolute need for the Lord to work comprehensively in our lives day by day. The fear of the Lord is respect and reverence toward our great God. It is not a fear involving terror or apprehension. Rather, it is based upon profound admiration and dependent devotion.

These succinct definitions of humility and the fear of the Lord are from Bob Hoekstra’s Daily Devotional for today, found at the Blue Letter Bible site. Recently he has had an excellent series dealing with the Lord’s hatred of pride and love of humility. I find the devotionals to be like mini Bible lessons, easy to remember and apply to my life.

If you are looking for a little something more to read after reading your Bible, you might want to check this out.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day!

A Favorite Fall Recipe

Saturday, September 29th, 2007


Make enough pumpkin pie filling for 2 pies. Here’s the recipe for the pie filling first:
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
4 large eggs
1 can (29 ounces) pumpkin
2 cans (12 fl. ounces each) condensed milk

Mix sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves in small bowl.
Beat eggs in large bowl. Add the sugar-spice mixture to the beaten eggs. Stir in the canned pumpkin. Stir in the milk, one can at a time.
Pour the pumpkin pie filling into a 9″x13″ baking pan.
Sift one package of yellow cake mix over the unbaked filling.
Sprinkle 2 cups chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans) over the cake mix.
Drizzle 3/4 cup melted butter over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for one hour.
Let cool at room temp., and then refrigerate. Serve with whipped cream. Yummy!

Some Funnies

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

I have ever so much to do this morning before Rick’s clients come this afternoon, but . . . My brother sent me one of those funny joke e mails. Two of the cartoons really tickled my funny bone. Hope you enjoy them, too.



The dialog box is really convicting, since I always seem to find one more thing to read or do online. 😛

Another thing I love about Autumn

Thursday, September 27th, 2007

Like many people, when I think of Autumn, I think of a special time of Thanksgiving to the Lord for His blessings. So, when I feel the crispness in the air, look at the brilliant foliage, and smell the fragrance of wood-smoke, I also feel a swelling of thankfulness in my heart. The words of the following hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, express this thankfulness much more eloquently than I can:

1. For the beauty of the earth,
for the glory of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

2. For the beauty of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale, and tree and flower,
sun and moon, and stars of light;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

3. For the joy of ear and eye,
for the heart and mind’s delight,
for the mystic harmony,
linking sense to sound and sight;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

4. For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

5. For thy church, that evermore
lifteth holy hands above,
offering up on every shore
her pure sacrifice of love;
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

6. For thyself, best Gift Divine,
to the world so freely given,
for that great, great love of thine,
peace on earth, and joy in heaven:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our hymn of grateful praise.

Text: Folliot S. Pierpoint
Music: Conrad Kocher; Arr. by W.H. Monk
Tune: DIX, Meter: 77.77.77

Some things I love about Autumn

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007


The nippiness in the air. It’s not really chilly yet, but cool enough to be invigorating.

The smell of smoke from the wood stoves which are being lit once again.

The fragrance of over-ripe blackberries, leaf mold and ripe apples.

The coziness of shorter, cooler days, inviting one to cozy up with a good book in the evening.

The tradition we have of baking fall goodies, such as cinnamon rolls, apple dumplings and Pumpkin Yum.

The harvest moon, especially when it’s SO orange. (What causes that? I never have found out.)

The morning and evening fog, so mysterious, and yet part of the general autumn coziness.

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. – Genesis 8:22

Autumn Meanderings

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007


Autumn Colour in Wensleydale, Sept. 28, 2004, by Ian Britton of (I cropped the photo a bit.)

I was searching Google Images looking for an autumn-ish picture for a post I had in mind when some nice shots credited to caught my eye. Since I sometimes worry about whether or not it’s OK to use some of those Google images, I was eager to check out the site. It’s pretty nifty. So . . . It’s OK for bloggers to use their great photos, as long as credit is given to FreeFoto. And . . . This post ended up being about, so I’ll do another one about autumn. 🙂

Three More Sweeties

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


In this photo, probably taken in 2001, we see the remaining two younger children with their dad, Debra (then about 11 years old) and Seth (then about 5 years old).

Three Sweeties

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007


This photo is from 2001, and features Rebecca (then about 9), Lydia (then about 7) and Kayla (then about 13).

Kayla is our smack-dab in the middle child, the baby featured in all the previous postings such as Little Family. Though she is one of the five older children, she is so very important to the younger children, whom she has loved and nurtured and enjoyed all these years. Kayla is in process of moving closer to college and work, so the girls are treasuring the time they still have with her at home.

And back again

Sunday, September 23rd, 2007


This photo takes us back to 1989, when we had been living in our current home about 6 months. As you might notice, there is no siding on the house at that time, no front porch, no concrete driveway. What you do see is a rare picture of Rick at that time, the hard-working builder of the house. Off to the side you see our classic 1964 Ford Falcon, with “three on the tree”, which Rick very much enjoyed driving.

And, since it’s Sunday, here’s a “family” psalm for your reading pleasure and edification, Psalm 128, A Song of degrees.

1 Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.

Now . . .

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007


Laura suggested that after seeing a picture of the five older children as they were so many years ago, people would enjoy seeing them as they are now. So here you have it. In the back row you see Philip, Sarah, Michael, Rick, me, Kayla, and Laura holding Diederick. In the front row you see the children who were not yet born in the old photo: Rebecca, Lydia, Seth, and Debra. These four children were all born right here in the home Rick built almost 19 years ago. 🙂

Early this past summer our high school art teacher, Mr. Scott Conner, in his guise as professional photographer, took this picture of the family. That means, really, that I shouldn’t be copying this picture, but I hope it’s OK, since I’m kind of advertising for him this way, right?