A New Week

Glad this weekend is over.

Hubby and son are still working on the roof. During the tear off of the shingles Hubby determined that the last roof job wasn’t done right. After the tear off he saw the result…lots of rotted wood and rafters. That has meant lots of unexpected repair which also means lots of unexpected money. Also unexpected was the rain we got while they were working. Thankfully there were no leaks into the house, but we did have some in the garage and had part of the ceiling fall. After taking a week off of work to do this, hubby is only half done with roof repairs and is back to work this week. So the rest of the repairs will be done when he gets home from work. It is going to take him a while to finish, but it will get done.

I’ve been doing what I can to help outside, but my health gets in the way. So I have been trying my best to make sure they are fed well, hydrated well, and rested well. Yesterday while making breakfast we found that our refrigerator stopped working. Another unexpected expense. Well, we lived without a working stove for quite a while before we could afford a new one, we’ll live without a working fridge also until we can afford a new one. Thankfully the weather is getting colder and we have two deep freezers to keep us in ice.

I did clean and vacuum the fridge well, even cleaned under it to see if it would help. It did not. If we were more knowledgeable about fixing things like this we could probably figure it out and get it working again. Since we aren’t, we’ll just muddle through and do what we can.

I cleaned out the fridge and freezer and moved what I could to the deep freezers. I moved what needed to be cold up into the freezer area because it is smaller and will be easier to keep cold. We have jugs of frozen water in our deep freezers to take up space so they’ll run more efficiently, and we’ll rotate those into the fridge to keep things cold. It will be like a big cooler. Once the weather is colder, we’ll be able to use the garage to keep things cold as well.

And while cleaning the fridge, I pulled the chicken parts out that I had been saving in the freezer to make stock. I ended up canning eleven pints of chicken stock and three pints of chicken. I still have pork and beef bones to make stock from, but I’ll wait on that.

Step by step, right? We’ll get through this, it will just take time. God has been very good to us and even when things are hard He never lets us go through it alone. My faith is in Him and I trust Him to bring us through what ever comes our way…to His glory. His mercies are new every morning…

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Sunday Hymn Sing: Jesus Paid It All

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Words: Elvina M. Hall, 1865. Music: John T. Grape

I hear the Savior say,
“Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.”

(Refrain) Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

(Refrain) Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered ’neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

(Refrain) Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone.

(Refrain) Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
“Jesus died my soul to save,”
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

(Refrain) Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus’ feet.

(Refrain) Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

What We’re Up To

I won’t be spending much time online this week…we have a HUGE DIY project going on right now and I’m helping as much as my health will allow.  I’m also trying to decide what subject to classify this as for homeschooling.  *grin*  I’ll share some more pics soon.  Grace and peace!
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Colossians 3:23-24 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

Sunday Hymn Sing: Fairest Lord Jesus

hymn-bookFairest Lord Jesus

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,
O Thou of God and man the Son,
Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,
Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown.

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,
Robed in the blooming garb of spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Fair is the sunshine,
Fairer still the moonlight,
And all the twinkling starry host;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels heaven can boast.

All fairest beauty, heavenly and earthly,
Wondrously, Jesus, is found in Thee;
None can be nearer, fairer or dearer,
Than Thou, my Savior, art to me.

Beautiful Savior! Lord of all the nations!
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, praise, adoration,
Now and forever more be Thine.

The lyr­ics above are the ones shown in most hymn­als. How­ev­er, Seiss’ orig­in­al trans­la­tion is some­what dif­fer­ent; he titled it “Beau­ti­ful Sav­ior.” It is found under this name in ma­ny Lu­ther­an hymn­als.

Beautiful Savior, King of Creation
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I’d love Thee, truly I’d serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my joy, my crown.

Fair are the meadows, Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in the flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer,
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

Fair is the sunshine, Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer
Than all the angels in the sky.

Beautiful Savior, Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor, Praise, adoration
Now and forevermore be Thine!

The Last Harvest

It’s kind of sad pulling the last of the vegetables out of the garden, pulling the plants out and getting the garden ready for winter. I do still have spinach, broccoli and one tomato plant, but everything else is done. The weather folks are calling for a hard frost this weekend, so it was time. The one tomato plant is in a hoop house up by the kitchen door so it should be fine. I normally use that for lettuces in the fall and spring but the tomato was a volunteer and took over. It makes hubby happy. 🙂

 

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The last of the beans. Some seeds for our garden next year, some seeds to trade and give away.

 

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The last of the bell pepper and sweet banana peppers.

 

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After getting chopped and ready to freeze, over 8 pounds of sweet peppers.

 

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A whole basket of hot! Pablano peppers, hot banana peppers, and chili peppers.

 

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Our first harvest of fall spinach.

John 4:35-36 – Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.

Christians and Politics

Colossians 3:2 – Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

mybibleI don’t get political very often but I personally think many Christians are way too political. Clear as mud, huh? Let me explain. Our purpose as followers of Christ is to be sharing God’s love and His Gospel with everyone we meet, not our political views. And when we do happen to share our political views, they should be seen through God’s Word. You see, we do not live, but Christ lives within us. Even our thoughts should be captive to His obedience…

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 – For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

We should be standing up for the Gospel, preaching the Gospel so that all will hear, and lovingly holding those accountable who say they are Christians yet go against the Gospel. John MacArthur says “America’s moral decline is a spiritual problem, not a political one, and its solution is the gospel, not partisan politics.” Christ said His kingdom is not of this world, and in Christ ours isn’t either. We shouldn’t be out to reform our government, we should be out to reform hearts and souls of citizens for Jesus Christ. Does that mean we shouldn’t be involved in politics at all?  No, but being about our Father’s business is to be our priority in every aspect of our lives, including voting.  Politics doesn’t save anyone’s soul regardless of who is elected.  The message of the Gospel does.  That alone will have more impact on our government than anything we can do politically. I think politics actually drives a wedge between Christians and non-Christians…and even between Christians and Christians.  I finally felt God convicting me.  “Are you working harder to gain votes for a particular person or push a political agenda or are you working harder to gain souls for My Kingdom and push the Gospel message?”  Pray for our country, not that we become a Christian nation, but a nation full of Christians.  There is a big difference.

For the longest time I’ve felt pretty awkward when it comes to the subject of politics because I just couldn’t put beliefs into words. While I lean Anabaptist, I don’t agree with everything they do. I recently came across a sermon series from John MacArthur that pretty much summed up what I believe politically according to the Bible. Even if you don’t agree…I’d love to know what you think.

The Christian’s Responsibility to Government Part 1
The Christian’s Responsibility to Government Part 2
The Christian’s Responsibility to Government Part 3
The Christian’s Responsibility to Government Part 4

My Cleaning Schedule

Happy Monday!  I am highly unorganized so one of the things I’ve done to try and get better organized is to get into a cleaning routine.  It is much easier for me to have a guide to keep me focused than trying to decide what needs to be done each day.  So I scheduled a different cleaning routine each day to focus on.  Mondays is my kitchen and laundry day.  Now, there are things that I do EVERY day regardless of what room it is in for example dishes.  But focusing on one room or one section of the house each day allows me to clean deeper and more efficiently.  And for someone who is scatter brained and unorganized, it really helps me.

It starts with a plan.  Take the kitchen for example.  I made a list of things that must be done each day like dishes and sweeping.  Next I listed things that I could do once a week like mopping and cleaning out the fridge.  Then I made a list of things that I’d like to do each month like washing curtains and cleaning the top of the fridge.  Lastly I made a list of things that need to be done less frequently like pulling out appliances to clean under and behind.  You can be as general or as detailed as you like.  Mine are fairly general.  What ever works for you.

Once I had all these I put together a schedule.  You don’t even have to have a full list, you could start with a few things and add as you see something that needs done.  So, every day (for example, every Monday) I’ll do this list of things.  I divide the monthly tasks up between the first Monday, second, third and fourth etc. each month.  Once in a while there will be a fifth Monday in a month and those are the days I’ll schedule the less frequent tasks.   As you go you will find things that you need to change.  It’s flexible and easy to adjust to suit your needs.

So my Monday schedule looks like this:

Daily:
Make Beds
Clean toilets/wipe sinks
Sweep floors
Clean dishes
Declutter/tidy table

Monday:
Mop the floor
Empty trash
Wipe down appliances
Wipe down cupboards
Wipe down trash can
Clean out fridge