Sunday, April 25, 2010

Remember My Tears... based on Psalm 56:8b...



There are seasons of tears that seem too heavy to bear. There are days that seem to never end in their grieving and pain. But I can attest, by personal experience, that God is faithful. He said that He will never give us more than we can bear in His strength, and that He will provide "a way of escape." (Read 1 Corinthians 10:13 for more on that verse. And, if you are not sure how to use a Bible, email me, and it would be a pleasure to clarify on that.)

I was recently been reminded of a verse in the Bible that refers to a request by King David to God. David suffered a lot in his life, but he always sought to live for God and please Him in spite of his many mistakes and bad decisions. He was called a "friend" of God because of his willingness to be humble, open, and accept God's discipline.

The verse occurs in the middle of a conversation David is having with God, actually a request for relief from tormentors, which at the time of this prayer, were many. He is overwhelmed with grief, distressed, and he says in Psalm 56:8b...

"You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book?"


I was struck by the image of tears flowing into a bottle to be stored away. God sees our tears. May God help you, to turn your heart to Him, so that He can bring you, me, us, relief in our hard times. May He help us to surrender our hearts, wills, minds to Him so that He can work good things in us, and teach us to trust, love, follow, and serve Him with all of our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.

Trust in, cling to, rely on, and believe in Him, for He cares for you...

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Belated March 1-31, 2010 Home Improvements...

March 1























































































Working after the other men have left... in preparations for cement day tomorrow...


March 2



Making sure everything is stable and ready to go for pouring cement...






An eye and tongue metal format is used to keep the wood in place. (I am not sure of the professional name for them, but they were cool to me.) :-)This is at the top where another piece of metal was used to "lock" it into place.






An eye and tongue metal format is used to keep the wood in place. (I am not sure of the professional name for them, but they were cool to me.) :-) This is in the middle of a row of them.






They don't just pour in the cement, they put a vibrator machine inside as well to settle the cement.






View from the boys' window... broad perspective...






View from the boys' window...


March 3



Showing progress slowly but surely...






First floor support walls complete...






The view into the basement... at the far left end is where steps will go up.






Lupo has had a lot of excitment recently. Good boy!




















View from the upstairs window near my in-law's front door.


March 6










First and only REAL snow of this winter.






Sunset... Gorgeous Colors!! Great job, Lord!


March 20













Some perspective...


March 23



The hole left after the window was removed.






Our front door is to the left. This is the top view of what will be the second floor.






Under that covering is what will be our basement/kid's play room... (or at least that is the plan.)













What a mess, huh?






This perspective is not longer available.






The window is officially closed off...


March 29



First floor with support walls and second floor nearly ready to cement.






The upstairs window has been closed, the window removed. And, there I am!













Our "second floor"...













I think I see our front door... I think... Oh, there it is!






It is a jungle under here! (our first floor with supports at ceiling and second level)






Peek-a-boo!


March 31 Prototype Window!



Anthony's prototype window!! He is going to try to make the windows of the new addition. He did a great job.






The handle to Anthony's prototype window!!! I like!!

Belated March 2010 Random Pictures...

March 1



Game inventors...


March 6



Now this is recycling!!! We see this kind of thing often, as my father-in-law has the mind of an inventer and inovator...


March 15 Sheep Day Entertainment!



Here they are, coming up the street!!






Close-Up-And-Passing Entertainment!!






See the baby??? aww...






One of the sheep decided to snack on some of our hanging vines... :-)


March 25



Oops, she caught me...













Cheese!!! (Maybe my sweet dimples and cheesy smile will win mamma's heart over so she won't scold me about eating out the bread.) hahahah!!






Brothers...