Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday Scripture, Sayings, and Suggestions: April 16, 2016

What a difference a week makes!  Last weekend was cold and snowy and this weekend the sun shines in blue skies and the temperatures are in the 60s!  Looking at the forecast for the next week, it does appear that spring has finally sprung here in upstate New York!  This weekend will find me fellowshipping with friends, young and old, our first bonfire of the year, and our final meeting for our daughter's upcoming high school graduation.  Definitely a good way to begin this bright season.  

A gracious woman retaineth honour...
Proverbs 11:16
Desire honor?  Have grace.

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that should be written.  Amen.
John 21:25
Just think...He's done so much more since those words were written!  Think on the things He has done just in your life alone!

He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
Proverbs 15:27
Are you greedy?  Do you go into debt in order to gain material things?  That only brings trouble to your house.  Simplifying and not desiring more brings life.  Preaching to myself here!


I read this book some time ago, but the message still sticks with me.  True love doesn't give up.  Ian and Larissa were a happy young couple with an entire future ahead of them.  Then, one night, Ian was in a terrible car accident that changed him forever.  Larissa could have walked away, but she didn't give up.  This is the true story of true love.

YouTube: The Story of Ian & Larissa
If you are not a reader, then this sweet video about the true love the Murphys share, will inspire you today.  What about you?  Would you stay? Will you stay, no matter what the challenges?

App: FamilyLife
I remember first listening to the radio broadcast of Family Life Today as a young bride in Vermont twenty years ago.  A couple of years ago, I found the broadcast on a podcast and have listened regularly since.  It is through this broadcast that I have been introduced to various contemporary Christian heroes of the faith, as well as have been challenged to live Biblically.  They have recently updated their app, but all of their broadcasts can be found and listened to - on your walk, on your elliptical, in your kitchen, or as you lay down for the night.  Check it out!

Music: Glory by Michael W. Smith
If you were a Christian teenager in the late 1980s and 90s, you probably listened to Michael W. Smith (or heard at least one or two of his songs).  My high school graduating class chose his song, "Friends" to sing at our ceremony.  While I am personally not a fan of his singing, I have recently been introduced to his works of the new millennium.  Smith is now recording using his gifts as a pianist and composer and, teaming up with the London Symphonica, this album is reminiscent of the "Gettysburg" soundtrack.  Truly a beautifully dramatic and inspiring audio experience.

Children's Book: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
Oh, this book!!  I read this story to my older children years ago and fell in love with it.  I am currently reading it to my younger children and they are now falling in love with the tale of a china bunny on his journey to learn what love is.  Belonging to a little girl, Edward begins the story full of self.  Then, as the story proceeds, he is lost and passed from one owner to another, his heart learning to feel (and to break) along the way.  We have laughed and cried along with Edward as he comes to learn to care for and, yes, love those who enter his life.  Get this book out of your library this week - even if you don't have young ones to read it with!

Well, I must be on my way to pick up some milk for my daughter's orphaned goat.  This day is beautiful and I am hoping to get my first bike ride of the season.  How about you?  What are your plans?  Whatever they are, may you enjoy your family and the beauty of spring this weekend!

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