Goodbye Ordinary

I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

Newport! September 21, 2009

Filed under: Family,Life,Photos,Quotes,Travel — Lori @ 10:17 pm

We just had a lovely four day vacation camping at Newport on the Oregon coast.  The girls love playing on the beach and they got to play in the sand and water to their hearts’ content!

IMG_9868We also spent time at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  There are so many great exhibits there.  My personal favorites are the jellyfish and also the exhibits on life you find in tide pools.  What I always think about as I look at these amazing and unique creatures, is what a creative and magnificent God Who made them!

We could not have asked for better weather.  It is always a gamble at the coast, but we have found that September and even October can be great months to visit the beach.

Here are some photos from the Oregon Coast Aquarium:

Strawberry Anenome

Strawberry AnenomeJellyfish

If you are interested in more pictures of our trip to the beach, you can see them here in my Flickr album entitled “Newport”.
I am reading a book entitled, “A Chance to Die, The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael” by Elisabeth Elliot.  It is a thought provoking book and I have many thoughts on it I intend to blog about.  But, for now I will leave you with a quote of Amy Carmichael from the book,
“Satan is so much more in earnest than we are – he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.”
It is now back to school and regular life!  Have a great week.  Lori

There is No Other Way August 10, 2009

Filed under: Books,Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 9:20 am

From Elisabeth Elliot’s “Keep a Quiet Heart”:

In order to get to a place called Laity Lodge in Texas you have to drive into the riverbed.  The road takes you down a steep, rocky hill into a canyon and straight into the water.  There is a sign at the water’s edge which says, “Yes.  You drive in the river.”

One who has made up his mind to go to the uttermost with God will come to a place as unexpected and perhaps looking as impossible to travel as that riverbed looks.  He may glance around for an alternative route, but if he wants what God promises His faithful ones, he must go straight into the danger.  There is no other way.

The written word is our direction.  Trust it.  Obey it.  Drive in the river and get to Laity Lodge.  Moses said to Israel, “I offer you the choice of life or death, blessing or curse.  Choose life and then you and your descendants will live; love the Lord your God, obey him, and hold fast to him: that is life for you.”

When you take the risk of obedience, you find solid rock beneath you – and markers, evidence that someone has traveled this route before.  “The Lord your God will cross over at your head…..he will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not be discouraged or afraid” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20; 31:3, 8, NEB).  It’s what the old gospel song puts so simply:

Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.
John H. Sammis


Keep a Quiet Heart August 6, 2009

Filed under: Books,Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 9:44 am

A quote:

I think I find most help in trying to look on all the interruptions and hindrances to work that one has planned out for oneself as discipline, trials sent by God to help one against getting selfish over one’s work.  Then one can feel that perhaps one’s true work – one’s work for God – consists in doing some trifling haphazard thing that has been thrown into one’s day – the part one can best offer to God.  After such a hindrance, do not rush after the planned work; trust that the time to finish it will be given sometime, and keep a quiet heart about it.

Annie Keary, 1825-1879

“Lord, give to me a quiet heart
That does not ask to understand,
But confident steps forward in
The darkness guided by Thy hand.”

Elisabeth Elliot

These are from Elisabeth Elliot’s book, “Keep a Quiet Heart“.

Have a wonderful day!


Quote – Charles Spurgeon July 26, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Grief,Quotes — Lori @ 6:32 pm

Deuteronomy 5:24  And you said, ‘Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. This day we have seen God speak with man, and man still live.

This is a portion of Charles Spurgeon’s devotion for July 19, from Morning and Evening that a friend sent me:

He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “do business in great waters,” these see his “wonders in the deep.” Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as he did his servant Moses, that you might behold his glory as it passed by.


The Gospel February 25, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 5:11 pm
Charles Spurgeon
The Instruction of Children
We testify that Christ is able to change man’s nature, and then good fruits will come as a matter of course; but I am afraid that in many Sunday schools the children are taught a different doctrine, somewhat after this fashion.  “Now, dear children, be very good, and obey your parents, and love Jesus, and you will be saved.”  That is not the gospel, and it is not true.  Often do I hear it said, “Love Jesus, dear children.”  That is not the gospel.  It is “Trust Him”, “Believe.” 
Not love, but faith is the saving grace, and that love of Jesus of a sentimental kind, which does not spring out of faith in Him is a spurious emotion, a counterfeit of love, not at all the love of God, shed abroad in the heart by the Holy Spirit.  The root of the matter is, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved;” and that is the gospel for a child of two years of age, and the gospel for a man of a hundred.  There is only one gospel for all that are born on the face of the earth “Believe in Jesus”.

The Christian Life February 16, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 5:27 pm

This is a portion of an article I found online written by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones.  If you would like to read the entire article you can find it here

The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first. That is how revival comes. That must also be true of us as individuals. It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christian, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be. Our ambition should be to be like Christ, the more like Him the better, and the more like Him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian.

Let me show you this in detail. The Christian and the non-Christian are absolutely different in what they admire. The Christian admires the man who is ‘poor in spirit’, while the Greek philosophers despised such a man, and all who follow Greek philosophy, whether intellectually or practically, still do exactly the same thing. What the world says about the true Christian is that he is a weakling, an apology for a man, or that he isn’t manly. Those are its expressions. The world believes in self-confidence, self-expression and the mastery of life; the Christian believes in being ‘poor in spirit’. Take the newspapers and see the kind of person the world admires. You will never find anything that is further removed from the Beatitudes than that which appeals to the natural man and the man of the world. What calls forth his admiration is the very antithesis of what you find here. The natural man likes an element of boastfulness, but that is the very thing that is condemned in the Beatitudes.

Then, obviously, they must be different in what they seek. ‘Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst.’ After what? Wealth, money, status, position, publicity? Not at all. ‘Righteousness.’ And righteousness is being right with God. Take any man who does not claim to be a Christian and who is not interested in Christianity. Find out what he is seeking and what he really wants, and you will see it is always different from this.

Then, of course, they are absolutely different in what they do. That follows of necessity. If they admire and seek different things, they very clearly do different things. The result is that the life which is lived by the Christian must be an essentially different life from that of the man who is not a Christian. The non-Christian is absolutely consistent. He says he lives for this world. ‘This’, he says, ‘is the only world, and I am going to get all I can out of it.’ Now the Christian starts by saying he is not living for this world; he regards this world as but the way of entry into something vast and eternal and glorious. His whole outlook and ambition is different. He feels, therefore, that he must be living in a different way. As the man of the world is consistent, so the Christian also ought to be consistent. If he is, he will be very different from the other man; he cannot help it. Peter puts it perfectly in the second chapter of his first Epistle when he says that if we truly believe that we are a people who have been called ‘out of darkness into his marvelous light’, we must believe that this has happened to us in order that we might show forth His praises. Then he goes on to say: ‘I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims (those of you who are in this world), abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation’ (I Pet. ii. 11,12). That is nothing but an appeal to their sense of logic.



Quote February 2, 2009

Filed under: Faith,Quotes — Lori @ 10:42 am

Among many marks that we are on the journey, and under sail towards heaven, this is one, when the love of God so filleth our hearts that we forget to love and care too much for the having or wanting of other things; as one extreme heat burneth out another.

Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ


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