to have Courage....In Family Life, In Spirituality, In Health, In Living Simply

I'm on a journey...... as we all are. Learning, remembering, re-discovering about health, spirituality, relationships, emotions and the mind.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Affirmations for a Christian Business

I put this video together yesterday and wanted to share it.

Like the other 2 video's I've posted (Pregnancy, and Financial) they were made by using the Creation Kit I purchased from
http://www.MindMovies.com/vid4/?13810 or you can click on the banner for Mind Movies on the right side. video

Question for You: Have you ever made a video like this for yourself?

Sleeping on the Floor Update

One more night and Danaka and Maret have accomplished their 30 days sleeping on the floor. But they are all excited about continuing the practise. They both find it more comfortable now then laying on the couch even for watching a video! At this point Maret has no intentions of going back to sleeping on a bed.

They started by sleeping on a thick sleeping bag. They are now just sleeping on a thin blanket.

A few days after the girls started, Rauchelle decided to give it a try. After 2 days on the floor, she was having such fantastic sleeps! She was using a mattress topper, and decided it wasn't working in her best interests as it caused her to sleep in too long!! She was far too cozy. So she took up sleeping on a thick sleeping bag on the floor. She also has no intentions of going back to sleeping on a bed, and sees the simplicity of that as a lifestyle choice.

Rauchelle is going to be camping/tenting for her Canadian Nationals for her Air Rifle competition in a couple weeks, and she's looking forward to having a much better sleep than her camping friends since they likely aren't used to sleeping on the hard ground, and when camping most people seem to have crummy sleeps at least the first couple nights till they adjust. She's confident that she won't have that adjustment to make! Time will tell.

Anyways, just thought I'd update the sleeping 'test'. I'm still sleeping on a mattress!

Question for You: Have you ever tested out sleeping on the floor for longer than just a couple of days?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Tall Ships



These were docked in a nearby city for 2 days, and Everette took some of the children and Kevin for a tour. They all loved it.





Today we actually saw them off in the distance, under sail. Cool.


Question for You: Have you ever been on a tall ship?

Acadian Days

A Celebration of the French Canadians who settled here in the Maritimes.


This Acadian couple came up from Halifax to put on a show of songs she wrote of her upbringing, and how the Acadians were helped out by the MikMaq, etc. The gentleman played a variety of percussion instruments including a suitcase they fondly called the "So Long".





The children had opportunity to play wooden spoons and other instruments, dress-up in period costumes, and sing along when prompted. There was also face painting.
It ended with free ice cream and a cake decorated with the acadian flag.





Here's 3 of our girls that dressed up, and their friend Daniel M.

Question for You: Does your town celebrate special days applicable to that specific location?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pregnancy Mind Movie

videoIt probably needs some tweeking still, but its a good start. I hope to make one for laboring and delivery also.

Motivation -- Are You Living in the Past?

Reminds me of why the windshield is much larger than the rear-view mirror.

Click on the Title above to read the article by Kerry Sullivan, or watch his video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt-9McMnDWI

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Beautiful Birth slideshow

If you want to watch a beautiful and decently discrete b&w slide-show of a homebirth, this is great. Even my dc watched with me.

Question for You: Are you a pregnancy and birth junkie like me?

Monday, July 20, 2009

My First Mind Movie

video

Cheap Wine



Rauchelle sketched this picture, prompted by a sign hanging on her aunt's wine cellar door which says "Life is too short to drink cheap wine."

She explains: "Life is but a vapor, a moment in time. The world has many different kinds of wine, all of which are "priced" differently. Drugs, anger, lust, murder, alcohol, etc. But there is one wine that is precious beyond measure. It is priceless. It was paid for at the highest cost possible. Death. It is the wine of the Lord, His love.

Life IS too short to drink cheap wine!"

It might be hard to see all the details. But you'll notice the Light is coming from the corner where the pitcher is....where the crown of thorns and 3 nails are. The cost for that was His Life.

Thank you Jesus.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

In her glory!



Maret worked really hard last year helping Aunt Joanne with the new house construction, and as 'payment' Aunt Jo has paid for some private horse-riding lessons. Today was her final and glorious lesson. She loved it.

Question for You: Have you ever met a child who isn't fascinated with horses?

Taste and See


Have you heard: Taste and see that the Lord is good!

When we taste something, and find that it tastes really really good, then we want more and more of it. That's what we'll find with the Lord. If we've tasted religion, we won't like it. But if we've truly tasted of the goodness of God, we'll desire more and more of Him.

Lord, make me thirsty for You. And You'll be the Living Water and the pure Wine that I drink.
Lord, make me hungry for You. And you be that Bread of Life that feeds me. Mmmmmm!


Question for You: What does "Taste and See that the Lord is good" mean to you?

5 Ways to Minimize Mediocrity

5 Ways to Minimize Mediocrity

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Sunlight

Mike Adams interviewed Dr Michael Holick, who years ago got fired from his job because he was advocating safe sun exposure . This is the transcript of the interview, plus at the end are some notes by Mike Adams (of Natural News).

I'm going to enjoy some sunshine today!!! and go barefoot!

Question for You: Do you think that you get enough sun exposure without using sun screen?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mitchell's Birthday today



Our first born son is 11 years old today.

He is an incredible fella, with a passionate heart for God. He one day wants to preach like Heidi Baker!!!






His family is so blessed to have him, and he's a blessing to the World.







WE LOVE YOU, SON

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kisses with Jesus

Little Laars (2yo) sleeps with Everette and I, over on my side of the bed. Throughout the night he often moves around until some body part of his is touching some part of mama's body. He seeks me out, not for the warmth, but to know that mama is still near. He finds comfort in me.

Come morning, he isn't content just to touch me with a foot or a hand. He purposes to come snuggle right beside me. His head must be on my pillow alongside of my head. He takes his hands and either pulls my ears or my chin towards him so that he can plant a sweet pucker on me. Well, he virtually never stops with just one kiss. He likes to cover me with kisses.

Oh, to be that way with Jesus. I want to always be in His presence, to know that He is near me, to feel Him. But there are those times when I just can't seem to get enough of Him. I'm overwhelmed with His beauty, His goodness, His love.

I want those moments more than just once a day. I want them more. I need them more. Just like Laars......always wanting more of the good stuff!!


Question for You: If you have had a family bed, what are some of your favorite memories of it?

Monday, July 13, 2009

Mind Movies & Health

I so agree with David Wolfe.

Vaccination Warnings

If you trust the gov't to take care of you, you probably wouldn't like to read this article.

At the bottom of the article are some videos you can check out.

Some trust in horses, and some in chariots, but I trust in the Name of the Lord God Almighty.


Question for You: Are you confident that all pertinent information regarding the safety and the ingredients used in vaccinations is clearily revealed to the public?

Sunday, July 12, 2009

MTV: "True Life: I'm Homeschooled"

MTV Series - "True Life: I’m Homeschooled"
Are you a homeschooler with a story to tell? If so, MTV would like to hear from you. Over a million American young people are home learners. But for those who aren't, homeschooled kids can seem mysterious, and often what's unknown about homeschoolers gets filled in with myths and stereotypes. On this episode of "True Life" we'll show what it's really like to be homeschooled and
we'll help break some of those misconceptions. Are you an athlete who has to do twice the work to get recognized? Or maybe it’s a challenge to get into the college of your dreams because your class rank is "1 out of 1"? Are you about to start or stop homeschooling? Whatever your situation or story is, if you or someone you know might be interested, we’d like to hear from you. Please include your name, age, location and phone number and email us at:
TLhomeschool@gmail.com

Our goal -- as with all episodes of “True Life” -- is to help MTV’s young audience understand why many young people, and their parents, choose to homeschool. We will treat the people who participate in this documentary -- and whatever educational, philosophical or religious beliefs they possess -- with respect. “True Life” is a documentary series that’s been on MTV for more than 10 years.

It chronicles the stories of young people in all kinds of situations, from global and political issues like conflict and natural disasters to personal achievements and family matters. "True Life” is not a reality show. Our producers follow strict ethical guidelines and carefully avoid influencing our subjects’ stories. It is also not a news show – there is no host, reporter, or narrator. We allow our subjects to tell their own stories in their own voices.

For more on “True Life,” visit: www.truelife.mtv.com.


Question for You: Do you enjoy Reality Shows?

Friday, July 10, 2009

Using a Boar Bristle Brush






The family has used a boar bristle brush over the years, but never as the sole means really of our hair care. But we're trying it out now.

Click on the title above and you can read about using a boar bristle brush, and going product-less (other than the brush) for haircare.

We've been doing it for a few weeks now, and I guess because we were using baking soda and vinegar rather than shampoos and conditioners, we haven't suffered the greasy look while changing over to just washing with water. It might not be such a pleasant change over if you were using store products because of 'the junk' that's built up on your hair from using the stuff.

I'm always interested in simplifying, and eliminating more and more chemicals out of our lives. I'm not fanatical at all, and should probably be more consistent. But if we can get our hair looking more and more shiny and healthy by using less and less 'stuff' on it, then Yahoo!! It's one or two less containers to worry about packing in our luggage and hoping they don't make a leaky mess!

Question for You: Have you ever tried using a boar bristle brush?

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Quickening

I know its really early in the pregnancy, and I've had a doctor previously say that women don't feel quickening even as early as 14 weeks (because at that time I was claiming that at 14 wks I could feel my baby moving)......but I'm sure I felt this baby flutter yesterday. I was 12 wks + 4 days yesterday.

Anyways, I always absolutely adore this stage. I love to feel that life within. Like a little tickle from the inside. Better than having 'butterflies'.

Question for You: What's the earliest you've ever felt 'quickening'?

Wealth and Creative Miracles

With God NO-THING is impossibel!!!!

http://www.xpmedia.com/I142TCzlv00o
http://www.xpmedia.com/wTQEXkXtlVSJ

Visitation of Wealth

I love Patricia King. Spending the winter in Maricopa and hanging out with Extreme Prophetic was an excellent experience for our family.

What you see is what she is really like. This lady is full of love. She loves to talk about Jesus. She wants to see 'on earth as it is in heaven'.

In this video, Visitation of Wealth, Patricia deals a bit with Christians who have a difficulty with the idea of wealth. If you don't like 'Prosperity' teaching, it might be worth listening to.

I personally don't see godliness in poverty. I see God as a God of MORE than enough, a God of multiplication, of abundance, of no-lack.

Question for You: Do you have issues with 'Prosperity' teaching?

Bogus Medical Research ???

I know that I don't whole-heartedly put my faith in scientific research.
This is partly why.

The other reason.........Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

Raw Foods

Yesterday my brother-in-law watched a television program about a guy who weighed 400 lbs, and then in 1 year he lost 200lbs by eating a raw diet. Half his body weight!!! In one year. That's incredible. And he rid himself of ailments and disease along the way.

I've been reading about the raw food diet for years now, and although I'm not 100% raw-eating myself, I totally support the rawfood diet. I don't believe that in the long-run one needs to stay 100% raw, but it is certainly known to heal alot of different diseases in a short period of time, like diabetes, arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Not to mention the positive changes it brings to ones life with lost weight and renewed energy and vitality.

There's lots of great sites and blogs to check out. Some suggestions I have are listed on the bar to the right of this blog, under RAW.

Any day that I feel good, I have stayed away from cooked foods. It's that simple. The days I eat cooked foods, I tend to be more lethargic, more irritable, more sleepy. That isn't very helpful when I'm a mom to little ones who always have an abundance of energy.

Try raw for yourself. See the difference.

Question for You: Do you get very much raw food in your daily diet?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blind Eye Seeing

Everette & I met this Todd White personally in Florida last year. He's the for-real deal. Check out the video.

Question for You: Do you believe in miracles, or do you think its bogus?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Reversing Diabetes

People are so fearful of the swine flu, but way more people die of diabetes every day. I really recommend you check this video and program out. It could change your life. (click on this posts title)

Also, here's an interview you can listen to with Dr Gabriel Cousens about the program.

http://www.rdnmovement.com/gabriel-cousens-on-reversing-diabetes/

The audio is more informative than the youtube video, but both are interesting.

Question for You: Diabetes is rising at astronomical rates in America. What do you think is the main cause for the rise?

Raw 'Eggnog'


This feeds my rich, creamy desire for a treat, but is fairly healthy, depending on your personal criteria as to what makes something healthy.

I put a handful of almonds into a blender with about 1.5 cups water. I blend to make an almond milk. You can put it through a fine sieve to clear out the fine almond particles which would make it smoother, but I don't. I just keep all the goodies in there.

I add about 2 frozen peeled bananas, sometimes a raw egg, a splash of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.

Top with or gently mix in whatever spices you like (eg allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg). I'm not sure that 'eggnog' would be eggnog without nutmeg.

Enjoy! I do.....guilt free.


Question for You: What's your favorite smoothie?

Supersize me - mothers of large families share the joy

Supersize me - mothers of large families share the joy

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I can identify with the mother who wrote this article. Particularly about the joys of having a big family. I have a few things that irk me about how the world negatively views large families, and is truly discriminatory when limiting family rates to family size of 5 (usually 2 adults and up to 3 dependent children). We experienced that quite a few times when traveling with our larger-than-average brood.

But I must trumpet that having a big family is AWESOME!!!! The free entertainment afforded by the creative individuals is priceless.

Question for You: Do you have, or come from, a large family?

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sleeping on the Floor

In passing I mentioned to some of my dc that the Boutenko 'Raw Family' all sleep on the floor, and that it is supposedly healthy for your back. Victoria Boutenko says that the first few nights you'll likely awaken with achy parts of the body, but she sees them as signs of detox. She says that if someone becomes used to sleeping on the floor and then sleeps on the bed, they will also suffer 'detox symptoms'.

Anyways, in my quick research online the opinion seems to be....if it works for you, great. Go for it.

So, by choice, Danaka and Maret have set up their own 30-day challenge to sleep on the floor. First morning they woke up with aches, and it had been a bit of a tossing-night. Second night went much better, and they figured out on their own the most comfortable positions. I think they've now done 5 nights, and they are having great sleeps.

I chuckled the other day when I walked by Rauchelle's bedroom, and I saw her bed-topper on the floor along with her quilt and pillows. She has joined the floor-dwellers!! And like with camping, she says the first night is the worst and it improves after that. She intends to keep sleeping there, at least for the time being.

In the back of my mind I keep thinking that if the whole family didn't require beds anymore, and happily slept on thin mats or a quilt on the floor, that would simplify our life even more, and make moving from place to place even that much easier.

Ok, I haven't tried it yet. I haven't been a fan of 'camping' for years now, and always favored sleeping on my own bed in a cozy bedroom. But I won't say "Never".

Question for You: What radical thing do you do that others think you're crazy to do?

Get Grounded

Listening this past week to David Wolfe on-line I was really interested in what he had to say about getting grounded. I am not real knowledgeable in the sciences, and electricity is something I use without really understanding it. But what David had to say made sense to me.

Particularly since the invention of rubber soles and our houses being built off the ground and being furnished with carpets, etc., we have been suffering from a separation from the earth. Add to that all the appliances, wiring, computers, tv's etc that introduce EMF (electic-magnetic fields) that constantly bombard us, we should expect that there is something negatively affecting our own body's electric field.

I'll put some links here so if you are interested you can research some stuff on your own. I encourage you to. But I'm not really wanting to discuss the science stuff behind it, nor the controversy of whether EMF effect our health. Decide for yourself.

http://www.esdjournal.com/articles/cober/ground.htm
http://www.earthcalm.ca/
http://www.dirtyelectricity.ca/health_canada.htm
https://secure.eznettools.net/D305742/X367201/science/health-issues/magnets.html

But I've been reflecting on some past experiences when I clearly remember a revitalized feeling when I was connected to the earth. Like walking for 4 days barefoot on Caye Caulker Island in Belize. Walking barefoot in the sand and the waves at any beach. Sleeping on the cool grass under a tree on a summer day. Swimming in lakes. Dangling my feet in the water while sitting on a wharf. Stresses seem to melt away. Creativity seems to flow.

Many people work in the garden because they recognize the therapeutic effects of getting their hands into the earth. Rauchelle says she greatly prefers running along trails where the tree branches hit her bare arms. Layne says she walks barefoot on the White Rock beach when she's stressed. I find solace soaking in a tub of water. Think of all the stories you've heard of people getting downloads of great ideas while standing under the water in the shower.

I don't remember hearing that God made sandals for Adam and Eve when he gave them clothes to wear. And I wonder what they slept on in the Garden? Likely, the earth, or something natural to make a little cushioning for themselves, like branches.

There's a few products one can use to help eliminate the effects of EMF in your house or workplace, or on your body. I'm not vouching for any of them. Currently we aren't using any of them. But I do have a suggestion that's free.

Especially since its summer in the northern hemisphere (except here on Cape Breton where we are), every day get outside in your barefeet, go for a walk at the beach barefoot, or work in your garden without work gloves. Encourage your dc to go barefoot in appropriate places where you are fairly confident that there aren't needles, glass, etc.

Question for You: Can you identify with that feeling of being grounded?

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Worship Part II

Look at some things that happen when we worship!!!

Isa 45:5
I am the Lord, and there is no one else; there is no God besides Me. I will gird and arm you, though you have not known Me

Acts 16:22-26
The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.


Psalm 8:2
From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.


from Psalm 9
I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonders.
I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish
before you.
For you have upheld my right and my cause;
you have sat on your throne, judging righteously
.
You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
Endless ruin has overtaken the enemy,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.

The LORD reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
He will judge the world in righteousness;
he will govern the peoples with justice.

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the LORD, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cry of the afflicted.
O LORD, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may declare your praises
in the gates of the Daughter of Zion
and there rejoice in your salvation.


Arise, O LORD, let not man triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
Strike them with terror, O LORD;
let the nations know they are but men.
Selah


What kind of power is in our Worship?
Why do we not take it serious?????

This is part of my what I ask the Lord for. Note, 'the house of the Lord', 'his temple', 'the courts of the Lord', 'the house where you live', 'the place where your glory dwells'.....that's you and me!!!! That's not one physical place, for its where His Spirit is. His Spirit lives in each of His children. He takes up residence in His people. GLORY!!!

Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask of the LORD,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to seek him in his temple.


Psalm 84:2
My soul yearns, even faints,
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and my flesh cry out
for the living God. 8 I love the house where you live, O LORD,
the place where your glory dwells.


Oh my, I am just so excited even reading these scriptures right now. What a priviledge I have to commune with Him, personally, wherever I may be. In spirit and in truth.

Psalm 5:11-12
But you'll welcome us with open arms
when we run for cover to you.
Let the party last all night!
Stand guard over our celebration.
You are famous, God, for welcoming God-seekers,
for decking us out in delight.


Psalm 148
Hallelujah! Praise God from heaven,
praise him from the mountaintops;
Praise him, all you his angels,
praise him, all you his warriors,
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, you morning stars;
Praise him, high heaven,
praise him, heavenly rain clouds;
Praise, oh let them praise the name of God—
he spoke the word, and there they were!

Question for You: Where do you feel most free to worship?

Worship Part I

So, the Lord had one-at-a-time given me 3 words. Life. Freedom. Victory. The fourth and final one was Worship.

I had been feeling this word for some time, knowing that there was so much bound up in this activity. I got the feeling that this was really the pinnacle, the thing that held so much truth, so much simplicity. Life & Freedom & Victory all bound up in one aspect.


In Luke 4:8 Jesus said, "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only."

Why should we worship the Lord our God?

Psalm 104:1
Praise the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, you are very great;
you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 8
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants
you have ordained praise
because of your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!



Rev 4:11
"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."

Rev 4:8
"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."

Rev 4:11-14
I looked again. I heard a company of Angels around the Throne, the Animals, and the Elders—ten thousand times ten thousand their number, thousand after thousand after thousand in full song:

The slain Lamb is worthy!
Take the power, the wealth, the wisdom, the strength!
Take the honor, the glory, the blessing!

Then I heard every creature in Heaven and earth, in underworld and sea, join in, all voices in all places, singing:

To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.

The Four Animals called out, "Oh, Yes!" The Elders fell to their knees and worshiped.


Isaiah 6:3
And they were calling to one another:
"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory."



Deuteronomy 32:1-5
Listen, Heavens, I have something to tell you. Attention, Earth, I've got a mouth full of words. My teaching, let it fall like a gentle rain,
my words arrive like morning dew,
Like a sprinkling rain on new grass,
like spring showers on the garden.
For it's God's Name I'm preaching—
respond to the greatness of our God!
The Rock: His works are perfect,
and the way he works is fair and just;
A God you can depend upon, no exceptions,
a straight-arrow God.

His messed-up, mixed-up children, his non-children,
throw mud at him but none of it sticks.


And how were we to worship Him?

In John 4 it says that "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

The Message says, "It's who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That's the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself—Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration."

What does that look like? There are lots of things that worship entails.


Psalm 105: 1-6
Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what he has done!
Sing him songs, belt out hymns,
translate his wonders into music!

Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,
you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works;
be alert for signs of his presence.
Remember the world of wonders he has made,
his miracles, and the verdicts he's rendered—

O seed of Abraham, his servant,
O child of Jacob, his chosen.

from Psalm 149
Praise the LORD.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the saints.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with tambourine and harp.

For the LORD takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with salvation.
Let the saints rejoice in this honor
and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,



Psalm 146:2 (NIV)
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.


Psalm 34:3 (This was at the top of Everette's and my Wedding Invitations)

Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.


Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.


Psalm 106:1 Praise the LORD.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2 Chronicles 7:3
When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the LORD above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying,
"He is good;
his love endures forever."

Exodus 34:8
Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped.

2 Chronicles 20:18
Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the LORD.

Worship isn't necessarily still, or quiet, or well-behaved. It isn't necessarily solemn, or organized, or pretty. It is being raptured in the awesomeness and holiness of the presence of the Creator of the Universe. It is being abandoned, being undone, losing oneself in the beauty of Him, the Savior of ones soul. The Giver of Life. The Freedom-giver. The Victorious One. WOW!!

Question for You: What does worship look like to you?

A Funny

Anders, who is 3yo, had to go potty. But when he got there he discovered a 'floaty' was left from some previous user. He flushed the toilet so he'd get to do his work in a clean toilet bowl, but that floaty was determined to stick around.

Anders summoned mom to the washroom to evaluate the situation. I confidently told him that the poop wouldn't hurt him, and that he could relieve himself with the floaty still in the bowl. He looked intently into the bowl and announced, "It don't got any eyes!". Then confidently he said, "It don't got any eyes, and it doesn't got a mouth!"

Yep, so it can't hurt you!


Question for You: Got a funny bathroom story that isn't rude to share?