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Cloud of Witnesses: Amy Carmichael

Truly, before I began blogging, I had never heard of Amy Carmichael. After reading posts from women bloggers who referred to her writings and life, my interest was sparked. I began looking for a book by her and asked around online. And then sweet Gina at Chats With An "Old Lady" sent me one! Edges of His Ways- Daily Devotional Notes by Amy Charmichael, is the book she sent me...and it has touched my heart every day as I read it. (Here's a link to a bio on Amy Charmichael)

I wanted to share this excerpt from the July 23rd entry:


Matt.20:23: Ye shall indeed drink of My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with.



These words have been the food on which I have fed during the last three days. Some of the Lord's followers have the greatest of all surprises of joy. They are like James, who with one stroke of the sword was with the Lord. Others, like John, have set before them the long road of life. To these two for whom such contrasting experiences were appo…

We're builders- Part 5: Pausing on Psalm 127

Thanks and 7 Brillante Weblogs

Mari at Out of Deep Waters, a new instant friend in the blog world for me, gave me a sweet award the other day, the Brillante Weblog award.
Thanks Mari!
Also, Natalie at Married to the Preacher, another new friend in blogland, also blessed me with an Arte Y Pico.
Thanks Natalie!
You know, as much as I love writing, and really enjoy the fellowship I get to have with other women in blogging, it really doesn't compare to a nice get together. I'd sooooo love to have all you ladies over to my house for some tea or coffee, cookies, and a time of worship and sharing.
Maybe in heaven there'll be a special meeting place for blogging buddies :)
Anyway... I'll be passing on the Brillante Weblog award but not the Arte Y Pico, just because I just finished passing on the Arte Y Pico at the same time Natalie bestowed it upon me. I'll pass along Natalie's soon though, just not on this post. So stay tuned :)
For the Brillante Weblog award I'd have to pick: Buffy's Salon. A c…

We're builders- Part 4: Offered to be consumed

I'm in 2 Chronicles in my journey thru the Bible this year (or as long as it takes- I love to stop and camp out so it'll probably take me 10 years). Yesterday I was really struck by 2 Chronicles 7:1, which says:
As soon as Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple.
In 1 Chronicles 29:14-16, David prayed, looking at all he and the people were offering the Lord, and cried, "But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have providedfor building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own."
In all that I give, whether by money or time; whether in making thi…

We're builders- Part 3

I just realized that the "In Other Words" quote today was on being builders as it pertains to women! Wow! What a "coincidence"- NOT! This is a God thing! He's totally been speaking to me as I study this ministry God has charged me with as a woman, and now to find it being discussed at In Other Words. So I'm turning this post into an In Other Words contribution.

You can also read Part 1, or Part 2 of my series called "We're Builders." For more blog posts on this topic head over to Chelsea at Joyfully Living, the hostess for In Other Words. Today's quote is:“We as women, think of ourselves as mothers, teachers, nurses and son on, but God says that we are builders. We usually relegate this role to the men, but we are building with something far great than brick and timber.” Nancy Campbell, The Power of Motherhood: What the Bible Says about Mothers. In this series I want to focus on what it means to be a builder as a wife, but I do want to use a p…

Don't forget this Sheila

I don't want to forget what the Spirit of God is so obviously confirming to me today through the message at church. Has this ever happened to you? Everywhere you go whatever you read the same message is coming through? I'm sure it has happened. For me this week it's this message:


Give yourself to serving Jesus right where you are. From The Normal Christian Life, "...the Lord Jesus was laying down one thing as a basis of all service: that you pour out all you have, your very self, unto him; and if that should be all he allows you to do, that is enough...So there is your problem. You feel that were you to follow in that other brother's steps- were you, shall we say, to consecrate yourself enough for the blessing but not enough for the trouble, enough for the Lord to use you but not enough for him to shut you up- all would be perfectly all right. But would it? You know quite well that it would not. Take your eyes off that other man! Look at your Lord, and ask yourself…

Can ya'll help

I got an email the other day from Stacy at the Persecution Blog. She was updating us bloggers who blog for the persecuted Church on the goal of VOM to give away 1000 FREE pray for China Olympic arm bands. Last email I got from her only 107 had been given away. I know I don't have 893 readers here but I wonder if any of you who have a blog who read this one would consider ordering a free bracelet and praying for China and also posting a blog post on your own blogs asking others to order a free bracelet (or buy one from China Aid) and pray for our brothers and sisters in bonds over in China.

Here's the link to order a free bracelet from the Voice of the Martyrs.

Here's the link to buy a bracelet from China Aid.

We're builders- Part 2

So much for next week, I'm just going to keep posting on this topic till I stop scribbling notes in my journal at home.

What does it mean to be a builder as a wife?

First I must remember that it's not just wives who are called to be builders in the kingdom of God. All of us who are in the Body of Christ are being built up by Christ and are used by Him to do His building work. I think that passage in Isaiah 58:12 says it so well, "Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In." Those from among the Lord are builders.

So why the distinction at all for the wife? Why doesn't scripture just lay out the character of faith in a believer's life without distinction to roles? Why is there a Proverbs 14:1 or a Titus 2:4-5, or any other passage directed particularly to a wife? I believe the answer lies in the examples of th…

We're builders

"The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands."- Proverbs 14:1

I can't help but think of Bob the Builder when I see, hear or say the word build. It's my little guys. Whenever we drive past a construction crew or a guy on a bulldozer they shout out, "Look mom! That guy's a Bob the Builder!" I usually respond with, "Yeah, they're building like Bob the Builder aren't they. Jesus is a builder you know! He was a builder like that when He walked on the earth and He's still building. He's building a new heaven and a new earth for us."

That usually spawns all kinds of conversation, "When's Jesus gonna be done building it mom?... I want to be a builder mom!... When I grow up I'm gonna drive a big machine like that mom!..."

And I always think of me when we have this little conversation about being a builder. Why? Because of Proverbs 14:1, "A wise woman builds..."

As I was thinkin…

A Hebrews Thirteen Three post: Pray for China

August 8th is the beginning of the Olympic games in China, but a much more arduous race has already begun in China... a race of endurance and of faith.

The Voice of the Martyrs along with China Aid is using the spotlight opportunity that is shining on China in these Olympics to call us Christians around the world to attention and to prayer.

I don't want to be a spectator in these Olympics, for I have brothers and sisters in China who, "Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops." (2 Timothy 2:3-6)

Won't you join me to do more than sit and watch in these upcoming Olympic games. Join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in China who suffer simply for the name of Christ and for loving others to Him. And let us …

Thoughts on being wasted for Christ

The Cloud of Witnesses post in reference to Watchman Nee contained a section of the book (The Normal Christian Life) which really spoke to me (the whole book did but even more this section).

The reference in what Mr. Nee was talking about in this last chapter of his book was from Mark 14:1-9:

It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people. And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor. And they scolded her. But Jesus said, 'Leave h…

Meditations and Confessions of a Homemaker's Mission

Well first I went to look up the word mission. What does it really mean? I was thinking of it in terms of defining my purpose or goal in writing on this blog. But I was surprised and actually more clarified in my reasoning when I went and looked it up in good ole Webster's.

Here's what I found at Merrian-Webster Online:

1 obsolete : the act or an instance of sending

"mission." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2008. Merriam-Webster Online. 14 July 2008

It's obsolete apparently, but the original meaning of the word is the definition I'm going with here...the act or an instance of sending.

So...Meditations and Confessions of a Homemaker is sent out:

To be acceptable to God. "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer."(Psalm 19:14) That means what I write here I write by faith, for without faith it is impossible to please or be acceptable to God (Hebrews 11:6). So what I write here …

I'm heading to the mountain

I'll be away for awhile just seeking the Lord's face...
See ya soon...

"Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, Seek my face. My heart says to you,Your face, Lord, do I seek." Psalm 27:7-8

So that there be no division

I just wanted to be sure to leave no room for divisiveness with me reference to *** in my post about choosing the crossroads.

I gleen much wisdom and great tools and encouragement from *** Ministries, yet as with any ministry or pastor, teacher or site I may refer to on this blog, I take what I hear or learn from various teachings and check it against God's word and then seek the Spirit's application of His word to my own life.

So I just wanted to put that out there.

May we be like the Bereans, "Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so." (Acts 17:11)

And may we edify each other despite our differences, "Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another." (Romans 14:19)

I choose the cross road

I just wrote a lengthy email to a dear sister in the Lord (you know who you are S), and after reading it I thought, "There, finally! I got it out!" And I prayed over it and knew the Lord heard my heart and that He is and will answer my cries. I truly think I even pray better writing than I do with my mouth.

But after I sent it I felt a nudge to share some of it. I didn't want to. I still feel very exposed doing so. I know there are family and friends who know me who read this blog once in awhile and I truthfully didn't want to take a chance on them not understanding. But then the Lord brought this to mind, "For not even his brothers believed in him." (John 7:5)

There came a time when obeying the will of the Father for Jesus meant loosing the affection and understanding of even His own family. And I'm not saying my family will reject me because of this post, probably not, they probably won't even know what I'm saying this for. But this is the strug…

Cosolidating

con·sol·i·date, verb- 1. to bring together (separate parts) into a single or unified whole; unite; combine: They consolidated their three companies.

Well, I'm consolidating. I have several blogs, all of which I'd like to post on but don't seem to find the time or have anything to say. I thought rather than having a seperate blog I just need to simplify or consolidate and bring together under the one ministry of homemaker these other blog subjects. They are, after all, part of what God calls me to do in service to Jesus as a homemaker. So here's the plan:

I'll be posting (with no specific time schedule) on the following topics to replace the following blogs: Hebrews Thirteen Three. I'll just keep the title of the blog as the title for my posts. If you'd like to go here you can read about my heart for the persecuted church and my previous postings there.
Learning as We Go Homeschool. I started a homeschooling blog, but I don't really have much to write out th…

A cloud of witnesses

"Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and patience."- Hebrews 6:11-12
This is my first installment of A cloud of witnesses- quotes from finishers in the faith. I have read some compelling books from giants of faith in Christ who are at home with the Lord now and some from men and women of God who are still among us and I wanted to share some of what I read- hopefully motivating you, as it is me, to endure to the end too!This week from The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee. First, here's a little bio on our brother Nee:Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watc…

What I believe

(image by Lori at All You Have To Give)
If you stumbled upon a homemaker's blog you may or may not be expecting to come upon a woman who talks a lot about Jesus and the Bible. Maybe you were hoping more for frugal tips, canning recipes, and gardening suggestions. I'd love to learn ALL of those things, so if you know someone...let me know. But that's not primarily what I talk about here. My life as a homemaker is just the place I currently walk out my faith, my belief, in Christ. And since that is the service I commit my life too- living by faith in Christ as a homemaker and in everything I do- I think it is fitting that I should tell you what it is I believe very clearly. I believe this life is eternally effected by a fact that is more real than gravity- that God so loved the world that He sent His ONLY Son that whoever would believe(put all their confidence in the fact of Him being the only Savior) in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! (The beautiful 3:16 pas…