Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fishing With Floss

{Picture from Pinterest}

"Trying to figure out God
 is like trying to catch a fish in the Pacific Ocean
 with an inch of dental floss."
- Matt Chandler

Monday, October 27, 2014

You Are Loved

"What you do is not who you are. What you experience is not what gives life value. What others think of you does not determine what you're worth or not worth. And who you think you could become will never be what makes you happy.

God created you. And much like an artist who stands back to admire his painting, his artwork has value because he created it, and it comes from him. Others can offer up their opinion, they can dislike the painting or think it doesn’t compare to other artwork. But that doesn’t matter, the artist sees the worth in his work, and loves it because it belongs to him.

It’s for this very same reason you have value in God’s eyes. You matter because you belong to Him. If it doesn't seem fair, that's because it isn't. But trying to be fair and earn your value will leave you emptier than before.

Despite all your failures and successes in life, your value stays the same as it’s always been. God says that you are His, and that you are loved."
- Brian Lawes

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lead and Follow

{Picture from Pinterest)
“The important thing for you, as a man, to remember is that a woman cannot properly be the responder, 
unless the man is properly the initiator.
He must take the lead in order that she may follow, as in a dance.
The willingness of each to “perform the steps” that have been choreographed, gives the other freedom.”
- Elisabeth Elliot, The Mark of a Man

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Mini True Woman Conference!

Friday we spent the morning and part of the afternoon at a friend's home listening to some sessions from the 2014 True Woman conference that our hostess and her daughter went to a few weeks ago. It was a lot of good encouragement. =)  Afterwards we ate lunch and visited together.
The lovely lunch table!

Little Mr. Derek =)


Almost all of us!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dove Brothers Concert!

 Last night we went to a Dove Brothers concert at church!
 Where I was sitting I couldn't get a picture of all of the singers and band members, but here are most of them. =)

The baritone and bass singer.

 They sang "Daddy Sang Bass" and had people in the audience sing parts of it!
It was a fun evening!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Seeing God's Hand...

“The soul that has learned the blessed secret of seeing God’s hand in all that concerns it, cannot be a prey to fear, it looks beyond all second causes, straight into the heart and will of God, and rests content, 
because He rules.”
- Susannah Spurgeon

Friday, October 10, 2014

Silas and Maggie

Amy and I have been doing some tutoring for a family from church two mornings a week.  We really enjoy our time with the kids!  This is Silas and their dog 'Maggie' reading with Amy. =)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Find the Wonder...

"Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. 
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness. 
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life. 

Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. 
Show them how to cry when pets and people die. 
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. 

And make the ordinary life come alive for them. 
The extraordinary will take care of itself." 

~ William Martin 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The 2014 Desiring God National Conference!

The Desiring God conference this year was called "Look At the Book" and focused on reading, studying, and memorizing the Bible.  John Piper focused on Romans chapter 8 in is talks. (Go HERE to listen to most of the talks from the conference.) =)

(Also, go HERE to the see a really neat way to learn more about a passage of scripture! There are several LABs up already, and they plan on releasing two a week. John Piper used this method as he went through Romans 8 at the conference.)

We are thankful we had a warm sunny weekend! (Apparently some people who came to the conference from the south were disappointed that it was so warm since they were looking forward to cool weather...they should have stayed a few days!)
The book store area in the vendor hall. So many books!!
(Caleb and Ana were volunteers this year and worked together at one of the checkout lines.)

One of the vendors had a display of some of Charles Spurgeon's personal books, and one of his desks.

Open area between the auditorium and the vendor hall/book area.

Listening to Jerry Bridges speak on "The Gospel for Real Devotions" - he is one of my favorite authors and it was a treat to hear him in person.  

 Thousands of voices raised in praise!

One of my favorite songs!

John Piper giving the Sunday sermon.
(Our pastor, Matthew Molesky, did the devotional Sunday morning before John Piper's sermon, but I didn't get a picture of him since I was helping with graphics.)

 After the sermon in the building...
..and outside before we left. =)