Thursday, March 31, 2011

~Sarah's birthday party~

My birthday was in December and I celebrated with an icecream cake and family. We were too busy to have a party for me then. So, Mommy let us have a triple birthday party in Jan. after we got into our own home. Here's my fun pink table in our living room.
My table and I
My friends and I
It was a lot of fun and I'm glad that I got to have a party. Thank you, Mommy and Daddy, for having a party for me. =)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Prayer gains much!

Salvation is gained through prayer.
Full Salvation is gained through prayer.
Growth in Maturity, Wisdom, and Love is gained through prayer.

Apostasy is gained through neglect of prayer.

Abiding in the presence of God Himself is the reward of prayer.
So pray on! Pray on!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Your Saviour held His peace

The day when Jesus stood alone
And felt the hearts of men like stone;
And knew He came to atone --
That day "He held his peace."

My friend, have you far, far much less,
With rage, which you call righteousness,
Resented slights with great distress?
Your Saviour "Held His peace."
- L.S.P. in Guide Lamps for God's Lambs

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Popular Exposition of Methodist Theology

First part of February I finished A Popular Exposition of Methodist Theology by Charles O. Eldridge. Don't let the name bore you. Eldridge stimulated my thinking and highly edified me spiritually in a simple but eloquent way. I do plan on reading this book again. This book is a perfect introduction to sound theology and has been reprinted by Schmul Publishing Co., Inc. Good thing because the original was published in 1899. Here are some quotes from this book with likely more to come:

"Prevenient grace," i.e. the grace which comes before we ask for it. p 41

If we welcome this light, its brightness increases; if we turn from it, the darkness deepens: so the condition of each accounts with his treatment of the grace he has received. This accounts for the great difference observable between sinners, as well as for the degrees of life and power among believers. p 41-42

Those who reject the sin of the first Adam and embrace the righteousness of the Second Adam find in Him "more riches than their father lost."

[In part] sin is failing to respond fully to the divine command …as when the archer has taken a faulty aim, or not drawn his bow with sufficient strength. p 48

Perfect holiness implies a full and hearty agreement of the human nature and will with the divine. It is not mere submission. It is the... hearty co-operation with, the whole will of God: not only once for all, as in the great decisive experiences of conversion and entire sanctification, but day by day in all the ordinary affairs of life. Thus the will is constantly gaining strength through its activity side by side with the divine will. p 49

Friday, March 25, 2011

Is it innocent or sin?

Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.
- Susanna Wesley

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

~Kimberly's cake~

Right after we moved into our new home here in Colombia, Kimberly wanted to make and decorate a cake for Bro. Jimmy, Sis. Farly and family and their parents. She wanted to do this as a small thank you for their kindness in keeping us for 2 weeks while we looked for a home. Bro. Jimmy LOVES our jello that is what she made. I thought she did a great job decorating the top.
(They don't like sweet icings here, so she just used coolwhip and colored it. =)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

~My French Bread~

Bro. Jimmy's sister Judy is 8 months pregnant and has to have eye surgery on Tuesday. (Please pray for her.)
Mommy wanted to make some French Bread to take to her, so I asked her if I could make it. (And Mommy was my coach!=) It was so fun to make bread. It was my first time. Thank you, Mommy, for your help. I love French bread. For those who don't know me as well...I Love bread. Ok maybe that was a slight exaggeration but I really like it.

I miss my family and friends in the U.S. but it's fun to see people here too. Please pray for my cousin Natasha for she has to have surgery. Thank you.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

~Fun to decorate, fun to eat!~

My sister Kimberly made this cake for our family to eat, but she let me decorate the top. It was late Saturday night and we didn't have a lot of icing, nor time to make more. I would've liked having more colors to work with, but I had fun decorating anyways. =)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

~A Kimberly Quote!~

Back in 2004 when we told our Kimberly that we were called to go to Colombia as missionaries she was only 6. She was going to have to say goodbye to both sets of Grandparents (Who attended our church), and her beloved puppy, Bridget. One day she was VERY SAD and told me that God hadn't called HER but us to the mission field, so she would stay in AZ with Bridget and Grandma. =) But now 7 years later she's glad that she came too!
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