Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Preach to Yourself Some More

Spent most of last evening sick as a dog.    Got out of bed really, really late for me (like 10:00)!!  Ate a handful of chex cereal trying to decide if I was going to toss my cookies again or not.   My daughter Cindy, my grandchildren and my friend Cindy came by.   Three children went to play frisbee golf at Patriot's park while John Russell's friend (a.k.a. as another brother to the little guys) Phillip visited.  I ate baked ziti for lunch (thanks Jennifer) and then took a zofran quickly after in hopes I won't get ill today.   I'm super tired and have a gross taste in my mouth but NOT hugging a commode so life is good.

Blessings to be thankful today:  my husband has work, my children have been helpful, children, grandchildren, friends, family, warm fire to sit by while I type and play Words with Friends, and a faithful God.

What am I preaching to myself today?   The Spiritual Blessings in Ephesians

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earthIn him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Amen and Amen!

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