Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jesus Paid it All

I hear the Savior say,
"Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all."

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim,
I'll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calv'ry's Lamb.

And now complete in Him
My robe His righteousness,
Close sheltered 'neath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power and Thine alone,
Can change the leper's spots
And melt the heart of stone.

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
"Jesus died my soul to save,"
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I'll lay my trophies down
All down at Jesus' feet.

Psalm 42

1 As the deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God.
When can I go and stand before him?
3 Day and night I have only tears for food,
while my enemies continually taunt me, saying,
“Where is this God of yours?”

4 My heart is breaking
as I remember how it used to be:
I walked among the crowds of worshipers,
leading a great procession to the house of God,
singing for joy and giving thanks
amid the sound of a great celebration!

5 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and 6 my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged,
but I will remember you—
even from distant Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan,
from the land of Mount Mizar.
7 I hear the tumult of the raging seas
as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.
8 But each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me,
and through each night I sing his songs,
praying to God who gives me life.

9 “O God my rock,” I cry,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I wander around in grief,
oppressed by my enemies?”
10 Their taunts break my bones.
They scoff, “Where is this God of yours?”

11 Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Grace and Mercy

Grace and mercy... mercy and grace. They are not the same and they are not interchangeable. If asked many have a hard time describing one without using the other... yet, they are not alike in any way. Without grace we would not have Salvation in Jesus and without mercy we would all go to hell.

What does grace and mercy mean to you by definition and in your life? How are they different from each other?

Grace~ Favor or kindness shown without regard to the worth or merit of the one who receives it and in spite of what that person deserves.

Mercy - Compassionate or kindly patience shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one's power

~~A common quote says that Grace gives us what we DO NOT deserve, like eternal life; while mercy withholds from us what we DO deserve, like eternal punishment.~~

Measure a Western Saddle Seat

Western saddle seat sizes are easy to measure accurately. Above is an illustrated photo showing how to do it. Using a tape measure or ruler, measure from the front of the saddle's cantle (shown in the photo as the left-hand end of the blue line) in a straight line to the front of the seat (shown in the photo as the right-hand end of the blue line).

Don't make the common mistake of touching the tape measure or ruler to the saddle pommel to get the seat measurement. Many saddles have a pommel that slopes forward, and measuring all the way to the pommel will result in an inaccurate measurement. Be sure to measure in a straight line, and stop measuring at the front of the seat, which is illustrated in the photo by the red line.

Honey Biscuits

2 c. flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tbsp. salt
1/3 c. shortening
2/3 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. honey

Sift flour, baking powder and salt together into a mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add milk gradually, blending until well combined. Place dough onto floured surface and pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle.

Cream butter with honey and spread a portion of this mixture on dough. Roll up as for jelly roll then cut into 1 inch thick slices. Arrange on baking sheet with 1/2 inch space between each biscuit. Spread remaining honey-butter mixture on top of each biscuit. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

Cinnamon may be added to honey-butter mixture. Chopped raisins, nuts and/or candied fruits may be sprinkled over biscuit dough before rolling, if desired.

Psalm Scripture

Psalm 41

1 Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the LORD delivers him in times of trouble.

2 The LORD will protect him and preserve his life;
he will bless him in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.

3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness.

4 I said, "O LORD, have mercy on me;
heal me, for I have sinned against you."

5 My enemies say of me in malice,
"When will he die and his name perish?"

6 Whenever one comes to see me,
he speaks falsely, while his heart gathers slander;
then he goes out and spreads it abroad.

7 All my enemies whisper together against me;
they imagine the worst for me, saying,

8 "A vile disease has beset him;
he will never get up from the place where he lies."

9 Even my close friend, whom I trusted,
he who shared my bread,
has lifted up his heel against me.

10 But you, O LORD, have mercy on me;
raise me up, that I may repay them.

11 I know that you are pleased with me,
for my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 In my integrity you uphold me
and set me in your presence forever.

13 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and Amen.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Music Monday - Twila Paris ~ The Days of Elijah

Psalm 40

1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.

2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.

4 Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods. a]">[a]

5 Many, O LORD my God,
are the wonders you have done.
The things you planned for us
no one can recount to you;
were I to speak and tell of them,
they would be too many to declare.

6 Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but my ears you have pierced b]">[b] , c]">[c] ;
burnt offerings and sin offerings
you did not require.

7 Then I said, "Here I am, I have come—
it is written about me in the scroll. d]">[d]

8 I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart."

9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly;
I do not seal my lips,
as you know, O LORD.

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.

12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to save me;
O LORD, come quickly to help me.

14 May all who seek to take my life
be put to shame and confusion;
may all who desire my ruin
be turned back in disgrace.

15 May those who say to me, "Aha! Aha!"
be appalled at their own shame.

16 But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
"The LORD be exalted!"

17 Yet I am poor and needy;
may the Lord think of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
O my God, do not delay.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Psalm 39

1 I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
when the ungodly are around me.”
2 But as I stood there in silence—
not even speaking of good things—
the turmoil within me grew worse.
3 The more I thought about it,
the hotter I got,
igniting a fire of words:
4 “Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
5 You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”

6 We are merely moving shadows,
and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
We heap up wealth,
not knowing who will spend it.
7 And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
My only hope is in you.
8 Rescue me from my rebellion.
Do not let fools mock me.
9 I am silent before you; I won’t say a word,
for my punishment is from you.
10 But please stop striking me!
I am exhausted by the blows from your hand.
11 When you discipline us for our sins,
you consume like a moth what is precious to us.
Each of us is but a breath.

12 Hear my prayer, O Lord!
Listen to my cries for help!
Don’t ignore my tears.
For I am your guest—
a traveler passing through,
as my ancestors were before me.
13 Leave me alone so I can smile again
before I am gone and exist no more.

Oh Happy Day!

Today a friend of mine from work is getting married. My prayer for her this morning is that God will touch her and her future husbands life deeply. That He will twine them together, children included, in an unbreakable bond. That the Lord will draw them into Himself. And, that for the remainder of their days they will not only desire to serve Him, but will actively serve Him.

Friday, June 25, 2010

How to Cool Out a Horse in Hot Weather

Cooling out after a workout
  1. Step 1

    To prevent your horse from overheating when you ride during the hottest part of the year, ride in the early morning or late in the evening when it is coolest. If the temperature and humidity are both high, avoid hard riding.

  2. Step 2

    You may want to add electrolytes to your horse's feed to help offset those that he will lost through sweat.

  3. Step 3

    You can help keep your horse cool during your ride by hosing his chest and legs down before you ride and by sponging water on him during your workout.

  4. Step 4

    Once you are done working your horse but before you dismount, walk him for a few minutes to begin cooling him out.

  5. Step 5

    Dismount and loosen the girth or cinch. Walk him for a minute or two before untacking him.

  6. Step 6

    After removing his saddle and bridle, give him a drink of water. It is a myth that horses cannot drink when they're hot - they shouldn't drink unlimited water, but a few drinks will help cool them off.

  7. Step 7

    Hose your horse off, starting with his legs and working up his body. Be sure to hose under his tail and hose his face if he will let you. If you do not have a hose, use a sponge and bucket and sponge him down.

  8. Step 8

    If your horse is especially hot, you may want to scrap the excess water off of him and hose him down again to aid cooling. On your final hose-down, do not scrap the water off and leave him wet. As the water evaporates, it will help him cool off.

  9. Step 9

    Some people like to use lineament on their horse after hosing him down to help ease muscles.

  10. Step 10

    Walk your horse slowly until his breathing and heart-rate return to normal. You can walk him next to you or put him on a hot walker. Once he's cooled down and breathing and heart-rate have returned to normal, you can put him in his stall, pasture or paddock. It is best to not feed him for at least one hour after a hard workout.

Cooling off an Overheated Horse
  1. Step 1

    Although horses can generally adapt well to varying temperatures, sometimes they overheat. Very old, very young, ill horses or those with anhydrosis are particularly at risk. Observe your horse. Is he breathing heavily or panting? Is he sweating profusely? Take him temperature. Is it elevated? If so, he may be overheating.

  2. Step 2

    Hose your horse off with cold water immediately. Start at his legs and work your way off. Be sure to hose under his tail and hose his head (if he will let you). Scrap the water off and repeat. You can also sponge cold water mixed with rubbing alcohol over the horse's large muscle areas to encourage evaporation.

  3. Step 3

    Let your horse drink some water. Contrary to popular belief, drinking water will not cause a horse to colic or founder.

  4. Step 4

    Keep your horse out of the sun. If possible, put him in front of a fan.

  5. Step 5

    Monitor his vital signs.

  6. Step 6

    If his breathing and temperature do not return to normal following cool water baths, call your veterinarian.

Psalm 38

1 O Lord, don’t rebuke me in your anger
or discipline me in your rage!
2 Your arrows have struck deep,
and your blows are crushing me.
3 Because of your anger, my whole body is sick;
my health is broken because of my sins.
4 My guilt overwhelms me—
it is a burden too heavy to bear.
5 My wounds fester and stink
because of my foolish sins.
6 I am bent over and racked with pain.
All day long I walk around filled with grief.
7 A raging fever burns within me,
and my health is broken.
8 I am exhausted and completely crushed.
My groans come from an anguished heart.

9 You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails,
and I am going blind.
11 My loved ones and friends stay away, fearing my disease.
Even my own family stands at a distance.
12 Meanwhile, my enemies lay traps to kill me.
Those who wish me harm make plans to ruin me.
All day long they plan their treachery.

13 But I am deaf to all their threats.
I am silent before them as one who cannot speak.
14 I choose to hear nothing,
and I make no reply.
15 For I am waiting for you, O Lord.
You must answer for me, O Lord my God.
16 I prayed, “Don’t let my enemies gloat over me
or rejoice at my downfall.”

17 I am on the verge of collapse,
facing constant pain.
18 But I confess my sins;
I am deeply sorry for what I have done.
19 I have many aggressive enemies;
they hate me without reason.
20 They repay me evil for good
and oppose me for pursuing good.
21 Do not abandon me, O Lord.
Do not stand at a distance, my God.
22 Come quickly to help me,
O Lord my savior.

A Response~!

I just wanted to take a moment and say THANKS to Rae who commented on one of my blogs yesterday. It's wonderful to hear some feedback from someone~ Rae, I hope that you come by often! God bless!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Secrets of the Heart

Psalm 44:21 ~would not God have discovered it, since he knows the secrets of the heart?

Isn't it amazing to realize that God knows our every thought, every secret, every word spoken and every deed done in our lives? Even more amazing to me... is that He also knows from this point forward until the day I die ~ all the thoughts, secrets, words and deeds to come in my future~ before they happen. God's grace is mind-blowing. It is sufficient for us in that when we give our lives to Him he blesses our lives with undeserved love and protection. He loves us! We are fearfully and wonderfully made! The secrets of our heart are no surprise to him. If they are sinful secrets, we need to take them to him in prayer. He knows what they are, after all. Let's surrender to his ways today.

Horse Fragrances

“Rosie loved spending time in the barn with the horses. Once she had overheard someone at the fair complaining about the smell of the horse barn. She couldn’t understand what they were talking about. She loved everything about her grandmother’s barn: the worn and faded white boards, the smell of the leather and grain in the tack room and the hay stacked in the hayloft, but most of all, the smell of the horses themselves.”

These words come from the book, Sonrise Stable, echoing sentiments about horse-related odors. Now, if you haven’t cleaned your barn all summer, that’s a different story, but in general the fragrance related to horses is a pleasant one for me. Others find the same odors unpleasant and try to avoid them.

The bible describes something very similar in 2 Corinthians 2:14-16.

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.

It’s not talking about horses obviously, rather it describes us as being the fragrance of Christ. Are you being a “fragrant” Christian? Do those around you pick up the scent of Christ from you? I have a friend who is allergic to horses and can tell immediately when anyone has been around them. Just the same, people should not be around us very long without being able to tell that we have been around Christ.

Just as some people can’t wait to get out of the horse barn, there are people who can’t stand the fragrance of Christ. The Scripture says that we are the aroma of death to them. They are reminded of their sinfulness, that they are “dead” in their sins. I hope that that aroma eventually becomes a pleasant one to them and leads them from death to life.

Psalm 37

1 Don’t worry about the wicked
or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.

5 Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
6 He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

7 Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

8 Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—
it only leads to harm.
9 For the wicked will be destroyed,
but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear.
Though you look for them, they will be gone.
11 The lowly will possess the land
and will live in peace and prosperity.

12 The wicked plot against the godly;
they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs,
for he sees their day of judgment coming.

14 The wicked draw their swords
and string their bows
to kill the poor and the oppressed,
to slaughter those who do right.
15 But their swords will stab their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.

16 It is better to be godly and have little
than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the Lord takes care of the godly.

18 Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent,
and they will receive an inheritance that lasts forever.
19 They will not be disgraced in hard times;
even in famine they will have more than enough.

20 But the wicked will die.
The Lord’s enemies are like flowers in a field—
they will disappear like smoke.

21 The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
22 Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand.

25 Once I was young, and now I am old.
Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned
or their children begging for bread.
26 The godly always give generous loans to others,
and their children are a blessing.

27 Turn from evil and do good,
and you will live in the land forever.
28 For the Lord loves justice,
and he will never abandon the godly.

He will keep them safe forever,
but the children of the wicked will die.
29 The godly will possess the land
and will live there forever.

30 The godly offer good counsel;
they teach right from wrong.
31 They have made God’s law their own,
so they will never slip from his path.

32 The wicked wait in ambush for the godly,
looking for an excuse to kill them.
33 But the Lord will not let the wicked succeed
or let the godly be condemned when they are put on trial.

34 Put your hope in the Lord.
Travel steadily along his path.
He will honor you by giving you the land.
You will see the wicked destroyed.

35 I have seen wicked and ruthless people
flourishing like a tree in its native soil.
36 But when I looked again, they were gone!
Though I searched for them, I could not find them!

37 Look at those who are honest and good,
for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
38 But the rebellious will be destroyed;
they have no future.

39 The Lord rescues the godly;
he is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them,
rescuing them from the wicked.
He saves them,
and they find shelter in him.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Snickerdoodle Bundt Cake

Yield: 10 servings

Time: 25 minutes prep + 60 minutes to bake

2 t ground cinnamon

1 C white sugar

2 1/2 C flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

1 C butter, softened

1 C sugar

1 C brown sugar

3 eggs at room temperature

2 t vanilla

1 C full-fat sour cream at room temperature

1. In a small bowl, combine 1 C sugar and 2 t cinnamon. Mix it together well.

2. Generously grease the inside of your bundt pan with shortening, or spray heavily with Pam Cooking Spray With Added Flour.

3. Gently dust the entire inside of your pan with the cinnamon sugar mixture. Be sure you get inside all the little nooks. You will most likely only use about 1/3 C of the mixture. Set aside the leftovers to use in the middle of the cake.

4. In a mixing bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set the good little mixture aside for later.

5. In a Kitchen Aid mixer or using hand held beaters beat the softened butter on medium speed for 1 minute.

6. Add the white sugar and mix for 3 minutes.

7. Scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula and add the brown sugar. Mix for 2 minutes.

8. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing for a full minute after each one.

9. Stir in the vanilla.

10. Grab your good little dry mixture and add it alternately with the sour cream. When both sour cream and all of the dry mixture are added continue to mix for 2 minutes.

11. Spread 1/2 the batter into your pan. Pour the leftover cinnamon and sugar over the top. Spread the rest of your batter over the top.

12. Bake at 325 degrees for 55-65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

13. Cool for 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

The Bottom Line of the Beattitudes

I wonder about the crowds of people who came to the mountainside to hear Jesus preach. What were they hoping to discover through the words they hear? Did they think Jesus could show them how to get closer to God? Did they want to know how to have personal peace of mind and soul?

Jesus most famous sermon flows beautifully. Jesus calls blessings on individuals who portray certain characteristics and reveals specific rewards for particular behavior. A lot can be lost in the flow of the language. That's why I want to offer this list of bottom line of the beatitudes.

  1. Be powerless. When you are poor in spirit it means that you are admitting that there is nothing in you that can fulfill God's instructions for your life. You realize that you are powerless to please God apart from His help. When you are powerless you will be fit for the kingdom of heaven.
  2. Be aware of your pain. When you mourn you will receive comfort. Jesus said to stop trying to avoid your pain by numbing yourself with addictions, busyness, etc. It is only through becoming aware of your pain that you can receive the comfort Jesus wants to give you.
  3. Be humble. When you are meek, you are aware that you possess certain God given strengths, but they need to be exercised under His power and direction. Rather than seeking whatever glory you can bring to yourself, you seek to bring glory to God and you inherit the earth–everything you could ever need.
  4. Be obedient. Hunger and thirsting for righteousness is about being obedient to God. Obedience breeds satisfaction and contentment. Your spiritual hungers will be filled through obedience.
  5. Be merciful. You will have ample opportunities every day to show mercy–unmerited favor. Perhaps your first opportunity will be when you pull onto the highway and are met with uncourteous drivers. Your reward will be mercy that you are so much in desperate need of yourself.
  6. Be focused. To be pure in heart means to be totally focused on loving God. You will be rewarded by seeing God. There is nothing like seeing God, feeling His presence in your life as a reward for being pure in heart. It is the most important reward you could receive.
  7. Be a peacemaker. How do you make peace in a world set on war? Everywhere you look there are people in disagreement with one another. A true child of God will be one who attempts to be a peace with all men and doesn't allow wars to continue in their homes, at work, or in their neighborhood.
  8. Be joyful in persecution. Lastly, if you are ever in the privileged position of being persecuted, put down, or made fun of because you are a Christian, throw a party for your soul. You are one of the special ones. You get noticed big time in heaven.

Do you get what you came for when you think on the Beatitudes? You will never know until you start applying them to your life. It's then that you will have your answer.

Psalm 36

1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts.
They have no fear of God at all.
2 In their blind conceit,
they cannot see how wicked they really are.
3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful.
They refuse to act wisely or do good.
4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots.
Their actions are never good.
They make no attempt to turn from evil.

5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.
6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your justice like the ocean depths.
You care for people and animals alike, O Lord.
7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God!
All humanity finds shelter
in the shadow of your wings.
8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house,
letting them drink from your river of delights.
9 For you are the fountain of life,
the light by which we see.

10 Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you;
give justice to those with honest hearts.
11 Don’t let the proud trample me
or the wicked push me around.
12 Look! Those who do evil have fallen!
They are thrown down, never to rise again.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The New Middle Road - Francis Chan

Psalm 35

1 O Lord, oppose those who oppose me.
Fight those who fight against me.
2 Put on your armor, and take up your shield.
Prepare for battle, and come to my aid.
3 Lift up your spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Let me hear you say,
“I will give you victory!”
4 Bring shame and disgrace on those trying to kill me;
turn them back and humiliate those who want to harm me.
5 Blow them away like chaff in the wind—
a wind sent by the angel of the Lord.
6 Make their path dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
7 I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.
8 So let sudden ruin come upon them!
Let them be caught in the trap they set for me!
Let them be destroyed in the pit they dug for me.

9 Then I will rejoice in the Lord.
I will be glad because he rescues me.
10 With every bone in my body I will praise him:
“Lord, who can compare with you?
Who else rescues the helpless from the strong?
Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”

11 Malicious witnesses testify against me.
They accuse me of crimes I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good.
I am sick with despair.
13 Yet when they were ill, I grieved for them.
I denied myself by fasting for them,
but my prayers returned unanswered.
14 I was sad, as though they were my friends or family,
as if I were grieving for my own mother.
15 But they are glad now that I am in trouble;
they gleefully join together against me.
I am attacked by people I don’t even know;
they slander me constantly.
16 They mock me and call me names;
they snarl at me.

17 How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?
Rescue me from their fierce attacks.
Protect my life from these lions!
18 Then I will thank you in front of the great assembly.
I will praise you before all the people.
19 Don’t let my treacherous enemies rejoice over my defeat.
Don’t let those who hate me without cause gloat over my sorrow.
20 They don’t talk of peace;
they plot against innocent people who mind their own business.
21 They shout, “Aha! Aha!
With our own eyes we saw him do it!”

22 O Lord, you know all about this.
Do not stay silent.
Do not abandon me now, O Lord.
23 Wake up! Rise to my defense!
Take up my case, my God and my Lord.
24 Declare me not guilty, O Lord my God, for you give justice.
Don’t let my enemies laugh about me in my troubles.
25 Don’t let them say, “Look, we got what we wanted!
Now we will eat him alive!”

26 May those who rejoice at my troubles
be humiliated and disgraced.
May those who triumph over me
be covered with shame and dishonor.
27 But give great joy to those who came to my defense.
Let them continually say, “Great is the Lord,
who delights in blessing his servant with peace!”
28 Then I will proclaim your justice,
and I will praise you all day long.

Monday, June 21, 2010


Tomorrow night at Round Up Cowboy Church at 7:00 p.m. we will be starting on a new Ladies Bible Study~ at our last meeting we finished up the book of James. Our new subject is going to be GRACE. Come and bring a friend~ I hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Psalm 34ps

1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.

4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.

8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.

11 Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

19 The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;
not one of them is broken!

21 Calamity will surely overtake the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Jars of Clay

Friday, June 18, 2010

Just Searching for Friday

Goodness. I was just on Google Images.. and all I wanted to find were some cute Friday graphics. Well, believe me I "found" graphics... and they had the word FRIDAY on them, but they were terrible. It's a shame that when we punch just simple words in our search engines that we have to be careful with what comes up. It's unfortunate that the world seems to think that Fridays are all about scantily dressed women or alcohol. Yes, we are in the world... but not of the world. Sometimes having the world right in your face takes your breath away, like a calf looking at a new gate, and causes you to sit back and wonder... if it's like this now, how will it be in 5 years or 10? We must take care to protect our children from all that we can. We must also take care to keep our eyes, ears and mouths clean as well. Join with me today in making a difference, in choosing to do right......
Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

1 John 2:15
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

John 15:19
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

James 5:16

Psalm 33

1 Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord;

it is fitting for the pure to praise him.
2 Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre;
make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
3 Sing a new song of praise to him;
play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.
4 For the word of the Lord holds true,
and we can trust everything he does.
5 He loves whatever is just and good;
the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth.

6 The Lord merely spoke,
and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word,
and all the stars were born.
7 He assigned the sea its boundaries
and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
8 Let the whole world fear the Lord,
and let everyone stand in awe of him.
9 For when he spoke, the world began!
It appeared at his command.

10 The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations
and thwarts all their schemes.
11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever;
his intentions can never be shaken.

12 What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord,
whose people he has chosen as his inheritance.

13 The Lord looks down from heaven
and sees the whole human race.
14 From his throne he observes
all who live on the earth.
15 He made their hearts,
so he understands everything they do.
16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king,
nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.
17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—
for all its strength, it cannot save you.

18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
those who rely on his unfailing love.
19 He rescues them from death
and keeps them alive in times of famine.

20 We put our hope in the Lord.
He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.

RUCC Youth Rodeo

Were you able to come to Round Up Cowboy Church's Youth Rodeo Wednesday night? We had a blast! We had several baptisims, a sermon on mule-back by our pastor and a lot of fun events such as barrel racing, heading and heeling, break away roping and goat tying. We hope to see you there next time!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I've Got more to go to Heaven for...

This is a song I've known since I was a young child. I just wanted to share the lyrics today........

Verse I

I’ve been on my way to Heaven, for a long, long time

And many things have happened, that’s clouded up my mind

But I am more determined to walk the narrow way

I’ve got more to go to Heaven for than I had yesterday


There’s a golden street to walk upon, a bell I’m gonna ring

A brand new angel in the choir, and I’m gonna hear her sing

There’ll be a lot of friends a waiting when I walk through the gate

And, I’ve got more to go to Heaven for than I had yesterday

Verse II

I’ve been through the lonesome valleys, I’ve climbed the highest hills

I’ve known the joy of living, in the center of God’s will

I’ve watched the angels come and take my loved ones home to stay

And, I’ve got more to go to Heaven for than I had yesterday

Repeat Chorus Twice, then;

Yes, I’ve got more to go to Heaven for than I had yesterday

Psalm 32

1 Oh, what joy for those
whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,b]">[b]
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3 When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

6 Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.

8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”

10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the Lord.
11 So rejoice in the Lord and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

What to do with Summer Squash

Oh goodness... I've been given a lot of zucchini and yellow crook-necked squash this year and I'm loving it! I've been baking up a storm and eating salads every night! I thought I would share some recipes that I have and use and if you have some tried and true recipes, post yours in the comment section and I'll post them!

Baked Zucchini with Tomatoes

3 zucchini, medium sized
2 tomatoes, medium sized
1 Sweet green pepper, medium
1 Yellow onion, medium sized
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon of pepper, black
1/4 cup of olive oil

Preparation:10 min Cooking: 25 min Calories per serving: 170

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Core, seed and chop pepper. Peel and finely chop onion. Trim ends off the zucchini and remove the stem end from the tomatoes. Cut both vegetables into 1/2-inch slices and arrange them in a buttered 1-or 1 1/2-quart baking dish with their edges overlapping slightly, alternating the tomato with zucchini. Scatter the green pepper, onion, salt, and pepper over the slices. Drizzle the oil evenly over the vegetables. Place the dish in the oven and bake, uncovered, about 25 minutes, or until the squash is crisp-tender. Yellow squash may be used as substitute

Zucchini Carrot Bread

3 eggs
1 cup of vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups of dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup of grated zucchini
1 cup of grated carrots
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1/2 shredded bran cereal
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 cup of chopped unbalanced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 ºF. Grease and flour a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan or two 7 1/2x3 1/2 x 2 inch loaf pans. IN a large mixing bowl, beat eggs with oil. Stir in sugar, zucchini, carrots and vanilla. Mix together flour, bran cereal, salt, baking soda & cinnamon. Stir into zucchini mixture. Add almonds and mix well. Bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until a pick inserted in center comes out dry. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in an, then invert & cool on wire rack. wrap well to store. This bread stays moist for several days. It also freezes well. 1 large loaf or 2 small loaves

Yellow Squash

4 yellow squash
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

1.Slice and steam or boil squash until tender. Pour off any remaining water.
2.Mash the squash slightly. In a medium size pot place mashed squash, onion, butter, milk, salt and pepper. Mix well and heat over a medium flame. Serve warm.

Cheese Summer Squash

5 medium yellow crookneck summer squash, sliced
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons bacon drippings or butter
2 tablespoons chopped Vidalia or sweet type onion
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 stick butter, melted
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces diced pimentos, drained
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup Saltine Crackers Crumbled fine
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 325degrees F.. Boil the squash in a very little bit of water with lid on until almost tender. Remove lid, add butter or bacon drippings and let water cook out of squash. In a bowl, combine squash, onion, eggs, butter, sugar, salt, pepper, pimentos, milk and cracker crumbs. Pour into a greased 8-by-8-inch baking dish. Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Dot with butter and cover with cheese. Cook for 10 more minutes

Psalm 31

1 O Lord, I have come to you for protection;
don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.
2 Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.
3 You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.
4 Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.
5 I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.

6 I hate those who worship worthless idols.
I trust in the Lord.
7 I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
8 You have not handed me over to my enemies
but have set me in a safe place.

9 Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am in distress.
Tears blur my eyes.
My body and soul are withering away.
10 I am dying from grief;
my years are shortened by sadness.
Sin has drained my strength;
I am wasting away from within.
11 I am scorned by all my enemies
and despised by my neighbors—
even my friends are afraid to come near me.
When they see me on the street,
they run the other way.
12 I am ignored as if I were dead,
as if I were a broken pot.
13 I have heard the many rumors about me,
and I am surrounded by terror.
My enemies conspire against me,
plotting to take my life.

14 But I am trusting you, O Lord,
saying, “You are my God!”
15 My future is in your hands.
Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.
16 Let your favor shine on your servant.
In your unfailing love, rescue me.
17 Don’t let me be disgraced, O Lord,
for I call out to you for help.
Let the wicked be disgraced;
let them lie silent in the grave.a]">[a]
18 Silence their lying lips—
those proud and arrogant lips that accuse the godly.

19 How great is the goodness
you have stored up for those who fear you.
You lavish it on those who come to you for protection,
blessing them before the watching world.
20 You hide them in the shelter of your presence,
safe from those who conspire against them.
You shelter them in your presence,
far from accusing tongues.

21 Praise the Lord,
for he has shown me the wonders of his unfailing love.
He kept me safe when my city was under attack.
22 In panic I cried out,
“I am cut off from the Lord!”
But you heard my cry for mercy
and answered my call for help.

23 Love the Lord, all you godly ones!
For the Lord protects those who are loyal to him,
but he harshly punishes the arrogant.
24 So be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord!

Youth Rodeo & Service Tonight

Please join us tonight at Round Up Cowboy Church at the arena at 7:00 p.m.. We will be having our youth rodeo and at intermission we will have a sermon and several baptisms. We hope to see you there!

Proverbs 16

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Keith Green - Sheep and the Goats

Being Transparent

I was just about finished up with this posting when I hit something and deleted the whole blog! I will start it again, because I beleive for some reason the enemy does not want me to post this today. So, here I go....

How transparent are you as a person to people in your world? I listened to a speaker on the radio a couple of days ago that touched on the subject of transparency. He said that he used to be a college professor. As he spoke to his students at the beginning of each sememster he told them that they could ask him (with permisson from his wife) any question about him or his life at any time and that he would be willing to answer truthfully and honestly. And, he was true to his word. Is that something that you would be willing to do? Not many of us would, yet it has been the desire of my heart lately. To be open and honest with the ups and downs in my life, with my true thoughts and feelings... with everyone. That is one reason, other than sharing the Salvation of Jesus, that I blog. I am more open at times than others, but I truly desire to be totally open and transparent all the time.........

Philippians 4:18 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Like Him in this World

"Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world." 1 John 4:17

"Because as He is, so are we in this world." The New Living Translations says, "Because we are like Christ here in this world." Christians are suppose to be like Christ in this world. This means that if He is loving, kind, merciful, compassionate, peaceful, then we are suppose to be loving, kind, merciful, compassionate, and peaceful here on earth. Why? So that others will see a true picture of who Christ is. Our lives are to be a mirror image of who He is in this world. He is in the restoring business- we should be too. He delights in showing mercy- so should we. People are important to Him- they should be to us also. He takes time to listen to us- we ought to take time to listen to others as well. Whatever we see Him do, we should do also. When Phillip asked Jesus to show them the Father, He replied that when they saw Him they had seen the Father. Why? Because Jesus only did those things that He saw His Father do. Therefore, He was a true representation of who the Father is.

This world needs to see who Jesus really is, and the only way they are going to see Him is through us, and only then if we are "as He is in this world."

Have a blessed day. Are you living your life like His so that they may see who He is?

Psalm 30

1 I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
3 You brought me up from the grave,a]'>[a] O Lord.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

4 Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
5 For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning

6 When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
7 Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

8 I cried out to you, O Lord.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
9 “What will you gain if I die,
if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O Lord.”

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!