Thursday, June 27, 2013


Today at piano lessons, I got to hear some of my favorite hymns played!! I love hymns. Especially the good old ones that are lacking in the chorus department. I mean, I love a good chorus as much as the next person......but after seven gets a little tiring.

I was recently telling a friend about why I loved hymns so much, and how one of my favorite things to do, especially when I am tired, or stressed, or discouraged, is go to our charmingly out-of-tune piano in our school room, shut the door, and just play hymns and sing. There is something about it that is just refreshing, and it helps put things into perspective. My friend said to me though, "Do you even feel like you are worshiping God when you sing these songs?" To answer very concisely-yes.

I love that hymns-especially the really really old ones, are so full of meaning. The lyrics are filled with melodious language, and you can imagine the author penning the words from their different situations that caused them to sing to the Lord.

But modern people don't relate. Do they? We don't have time to look up why Horatio Spafford wrote "It is Well With My Soul", when from the outside it seemed that it was anything but.

So. I have decided to share some of my favorite  things about hymns, and a few random lines interspersed throughout. Because I am really good at only remembering part of a song.  And it may make you chuckle a bit. But I am not making this up.Really. I'm not.

Here we go!

  • When you are feeling a little lost, you could try: "He Leadeth Me" 
  • When you are feeling really lost you could juts repeat that one line from " Down to the River" You know-the one at the end : "Good Lord-show me the way." It happens to be really comforting-especially if you just ran over a squirrel and you have no idea where you are.
  • Really any Christmas hymn works for doing the dishes. Because bubbles = snow. It also takes away that grossed-out feeling you get when you find unidentifiable things in the sink. Because you can't sing "Joy to the World" and feel gross. It is impossible.
  • You will ALWAYS win the "Song Game" *pretty sure the homeschoolers have a monopoly on this one* if you know a lot of hymns Also if you can manage to start the game on "What Wondrous Love is This" it is best because all the words in that hymn are in pretty much every other hymn.
That's all for now-thanks for stoppin' by!


Friday, June 21, 2013


Have you been through the Terrified series by Wretched?!!

They are seriously awesome.

Mr. Friel has an amazing sense of humor, and he mixes it in with the tools 
that Christians need to confidently share our faith. 

I loved listening to these, and our family listened to them several times,
along with the Herman Who? series of lectures (also put out by Wretched).

Basically, if you listen to them, and then apply what you hear (there's the rub)
you will, with much prayer and a righteous heart,  be able to share our
faith with the people who frighten the wits out of you.

Hence the clever title, Terrified.

John 4:35


*This post is not endorsed in any way by the Wretched Ministry*

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Painted saws

Flowers are NOT my strong suit when it comes to painting.

But it seems like every time I do paint them, I am just in awe of the details that they have.

Even the smallest flower has so many intricate details, and they all seem to point to 
our Creator. God made so many beautiful things.

And while everything may not look beautiful around you right now,
know that somewhere, there is beauty.  

I am reminded of Isaiah 61:3 
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified."

Here is the latest project, that recalled this verse to me.

(In case you can't tell, it is a field of bluebonnets on the long saw. My dad kind of thought it was the ocean at first. The small saw on the right has an Indian Paintbrush on it.)

Um. yes. I accidentally painted on my table. Fortunately it will come off. 

Thanks for stopping by, and God Bless!