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Since I'm not going to be completing any more today... here's March's list.

15. Josefina Learns a Lesson, Valerie Tripp. 67pp

With my credit from Jan's Books I went and started fleshing out my AG book collection. They had books 1-5 of Josefina, so I got all those and started reading them. This one was okay but felt a little bit scattered, like it didn't know where it was going.

16. Josefina's Surprise, Valerie Tripp. 67pp
I liked this one better, but I always did like the Christmas AG books a lot.

17. Happy Birthday, Josefina! Valerie Tripp. 67pp
Didn't go for the "healer" aspect in this one. Otherwise okay.

18. Josefina Saves the Day, Valerie Tripp. 67pp
This was a fun one. And involved a violin. :-p

19. A Song for Grandfather, Jean Boonstra. 96pp
I'm not quite sure how Jean Boonstra managed to pull off what is so clearly an Adventist version of the American Girl books, but manage she has. They're not illustrated, which I think is really rather unfortunate, but the font and layout is pretty much identical to the AG books.

Anyway, when I saw Jan's Books had two of this series I snapped them up so I could see what they were like. Not really very deep (again, think American Girl), but for the age group it's meant for it would be grand. This is the first of 4 books about Sarah. I liked it.

20. Sarah's Disappointment, Jean Boonstra. 96pp
4th book in the series about Sarah. Pretty good.

21. Testimonies for the Church Volume 2, Ellen White. 712pp
Slightly more tedious than volume 1 for a couple of reasons, but primarily because a large chunk of the book was dedicated to addressing issues with the ministry and other stuff that was less personally applicable than in volume 1. There were, however, still a lot of good things to think about.

One quote in particular stood out to me toward the end of the book: "I saw that all should search their own hearts and lives closely to see if they had not made the same mistakes for which others were corrected [in the Testimonies] and if the warnings given for others did not apply to their own cases. If so, they should feel that the counsel and reproofs were given especially for them and should make as practical an application of them as though they were especially addressed to themselves."

This is how I have felt many times so far whilst reading these volumes. I am so far short of the goal of perfection in Jesus, and I am thankful that His righteousness is sufficient and that He is full of grace and help to me as I strive daily to become more like Him. I'm becoming more interested in healthful living not just as a duty but as something that I'm seeing to be of much benefit, for instance. I'm coming to understand more how much prayer needs to be part of my daily life. Since Molly was born, I've really been faily at keeping in touch with God through prayer, and I want to change that.

*Book I started and didn't finish: The Shadow of Kilimanjaro by Rick Ridgeway. It wasn't a horrible book, but neither was it that interesting. It was a week overdue and it seemed no matter how much time I spent reading it I was making no headway at all, so I decided to skip it, return it, and pay my fine.

Year-to-date totals:
Page count for March: 1172
Total page count: 4609
Nonfiction: 12
Juvenile fiction: 8
Juvenile nonfiction: 1
Rereads: 1
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"God does not compel men to give up their unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which they will accept. The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong. God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture."
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We do not know what great interests may be at stake in the proving of God. There is no safety except in strict obedience to the word of God. All His promises are made upon condition of faith and obedience, and a failure to comply with His commands cuts off the fulfillment to us of the rich provisions of the Scriptures. We should not follow impulse, nor rely on the judgment of men; we should look to the revealed will of God and walk according to His definite commandment, no matter what circumstances may surround us. God will take care of the results; by faithfulness to His word we may in time of trial prove before men and angels that the Lord can trust us in difficult places to carry out His will, honor His name, and bless His people.

(Patriarchs and Prophets, p621-2)
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From Shiloh, Hannah quietly returned to her home at Ramah, leaving the child Samuel to be trained for service in the house of God, under the instruction of the high priest. From the earliest dawn of intellect she had taught her son to love and reverence God and to regard himself as the Lord's. By every familiar object surrounding him she had sought to lead his thoughts up to the Creator. When separated from her child, the faithful mother's solicitude did not cease. Every day he was the subject of her prayers. Every year she made, with her own hands, a robe of service for him; and as she went up with her husband to worship at Shiloh, she gave the child this reminder of her love. Every fiber of the little garment had been woven with a prayer that he might be pure, noble, and true. She did not ask for her son worldly greatness, but she earnestly pleaded that he might attain that greatness which Heaven values--that he might honor God and bless his fellow men.

What a reward was Hannah's! and what an encouragement to faithfulness is her example! There are opportunities of inestimable worth, interests infinitely precious, committed to every mother. The humble round of duties which women have come to regard as a wearisome task should be looked upon as a grand and noble work. It is the mother's privilege to bless the world by her influence, and in doing this she will bring joy to her own heart. She may make straight paths for the feet of her children, through sunshine and shadow, to the glorious heights above. But it is only when she seeks, in her own life, to follow the teachings of Christ that the mother can hope to form the character of her children after the divine pattern. The world teems with corrupting influences. Fashion and custom exert a strong power over the young. If the mother fails in her duty to instruct, guide, and restrain, her children will naturally accept the evil, and turn from the good. Let every mother go often to her Saviour with the prayer, "Teach us, how shall we order the child, and what shall we do unto him?" Let her heed the instruction which God has given in His word, and wisdom will be given her as she shall have need.

(Patriarchs and Prophets)
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"When one clearly sees a duty, let him not presume to go to God with the prayer that he may be excused from performing it. He should rather, with a humble, submissive spirit, ask for divine strength and wisdom to meet its claims."

This really popped out at me tonight. I am reading about Balaam in my Bible reading and Patriarchs and Prophets, and it's easy to brush over him because, of course, we would NEVER curse or practise divination or take bribes, right?

But what about the deeper root of his sin? It was covetousness, which is idolatry. He craved the material rewards of performing a questionable act. Surely we have all been tempted to sacrifice principle to satisfy a selfish desire of some sort. Think about it. I know I have.

There are/have been/will continue to be things in my life I would rather not do that God might ask me to. But this is why I am convicted by this quote. I need to be very careful, when seeking God's will, to forbid my own desires from affecting my enquiring of Him, and to remember He will never ask me to do something He cannot empower me to fulfill.

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Jehovah is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He guideth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil; for thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou hast anointed my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of Jehovah for ever.


I really shall not want. I have a house to live in, my husband has a job, and we are - for the moment - secure. My cup really does run over. I have so much fruit in the house I could make a smoothie that literally did run over the edge of the cup. And I could make more if I wanted to. We are rich - not so much in money, perhaps, but in love and peace and in always having enough food in the cupboards and clothes in the closet.

Even if we had this world's goods taken from us, our God will still be watching over us and providing for us.

I am thankful. I am glad we can share what we have with people who need it.
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How far-reaching in its results was the influence of that one Hebrew woman, and she an exile and a slave! The whole future life of Moses, the great mission which he fulfilled as the leader of Israel, testifies to the importance of the work of the Christian mother. There is no other work that can equal this. To a very great extent the mother holds in her own hands the destiny of her children. She is dealing with developing minds and characters, working not alone for time, but for eternity. She is sowing seed that will spring up and bear fruit, either for good or for evil. She has not to paint a form of beauty upon canvas or to chisel it from marble, but to impress upon a human soul the image of the divine. Especially during their early years the responsibility rests upon her of forming the character of her children. The impressions now made upon their developing minds will remain with them all through life. Parents should direct the instruction and training of their children while very young, to the end that they may be Christians. They are placed in our care to be trained, not as heirs to the throne of an earthly empire, but as kings unto God, to reign through unending ages.

Let every mother feel that her moments are priceless; her work will be tested in the solemn day of accounts. Then it will be found that many of the failures and crimes of men and women have resulted from the ignorance and neglect of those whose duty it was to guide their childish feet in the right way. Then it will be found that many who have blessed the world with the light of genius and truth and holiness, owe the principles that were the mainspring of their influence and success to a praying, Christian mother.
-PP 244
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Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear,
It is not night if Thou be near;
O may no earthborn cloud arise
To hide Thee from Thy servant’s eyes.

When the soft dews of kindly sleep
My wearied eyelids gently steep,
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest
Forever on my Savior’s breast.

Abide with me from morn till eve,
For without Thee I cannot live;
Abide with me when night is nigh,
For without Thee I dare not die.

If some poor wandering child of Thine
Has spurned today the voice divine,
Now, Lord, the gracious work begin;
Let him no more lie down in sin.

Watch by the sick, enrich the poor
With blessings from Thy boundless store;
Be every mourner’s sleep tonight,
Like infants’ slumbers, pure and right.

Come near and bless us when we wake,
Ere through the world our way we take,
Till in the ocean of Thy love
We lose ourselves in Heaven above.

On idleness

Jan. 6th, 2010 09:40 pm
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"There is a class of young ladies in this age who are merely useless creatures, only good to breathe, eat, wear, chat, and talk nonsense, while in their fingers they hold a bit of embroidery or crochet. But few of the youth show real sound judgment and good common sense. They lead a butterfly life, without any special object in view. When this class of worldly associates get together, about all you can hear is a few silly remarks to one another about dress, or some frivolous matter, and then they laugh at their own remarks which they consider very bright. This is frequently done before older people, who can but feel saddened at such lack of reverence for their years. Such seem to have lost all sense of modesty and good manners. Yet the way that they have been instructed leads them to think it the height of gentility.

"This spirit is like a contagious disease. God's people should choose the society for their children, and teach them to avoid the company of these vain worldlings. Mothers should take their daughters with them into the kitchen, and patiently educate them. The constitution will be better for such labor. The muscles will gain tone and strength, and their meditations will be more healthy and elevated at the close of the day. They may be weary, but how sweet is rest after a proper amount of labor. Sleep, nature's sweet restorer, invigorates the weary body, and prepares it for the next day's duties. Do not intimate to your children that it is no matter whether they labor or not. Teach them that their help is needed, that their time is of value, and that you depend on their labor.

"I have been shown that much sin has resulted from idleness. Active hands and minds do not find time to heed every temptation the Enemy suggests; but idle hands and brains are all ready for Satan to control. The mind, when not properly occupied, dwells upon improper things. Parents should learn their children that idleness is sin. I was referred to Eze. xvi, 49. 'Behold this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness, was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hands of the poor and needy.'" (1T, Chapter 74)

***

I have to say, I'm really looking forward to having Molly help me in the kitchen. Not like I'm in a rush for her to be that big or anything yet. But my point remains. It will be fun to help her learn to be a good little cook. :-)
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Sometimes, things happen that, were I not absolutely confident of God's love and grace and the protective presence of angels in our home, would send me over the edge Very Fast Indeed. I'm not going to divulge what exactly happened, because some things are just better put behind one, but I was very thankful last night that Dan was beside me and that God was only a prayer away. God has promised, "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper", and this I cling to in faith.

Today was the first time in two weeks that some semblance of normalcy returned to our lives. We had breakfast together and yours truly actually put on her glasses and went for a walk as per her regular routine. Dan came along with Molly in the Baby Bjorn and it just felt so good to get out and move. When we got back, I emptied my sewing closet seeking the stroller seat and found it, but as soon as I sat down to start working on it, my stitches got angry at me.

So I had to give up and go lie down. I thought I would have to stay home while Dan went shopping and this made me really sad, but then I decided to just go anyway because I just *had* to get out of the house. I stayed in the car at some stops. Molly did quite well. She slept in her carrier the whole time we were in Fred Meyer and constantly freaked me out because she seemed determined to suffocate herself. I'd move her face out of my clothes only to have her stuff her fingers up her nose or something. *sigh* She decided she was hungry as soon as we pulled out of the FM parking lot, though, and had to wait until we got to Mega Foods in Lebanon to have her snack. Made for a noisy ride.

Got home and unloaded all our junk and had some dinner and then I sat in the bath for a while because I was so ouchy. Molly has been sleeping in her bouncy chair downstairs. I think I hear her starting to whimper though.
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"To be clothed with humility does not mean that we are to be dwarfs in intellect, deficient in aspiration, and cowardly in our lives, shunning burdens lest we fail to carry them successfully. Real humility fulfills God’s purposes by depending upon His strength." [Ellen G. White, Christ's Object Lessons]

***

Molly is slumbering peacefully in her bouncy chair while I lie here. I hope she's warm enough because I'm actually on the chilly side. Next time Dan wanders by the door I shall ask him to turn on the heater, unless I get up to go to the bathroom or something and can do it myself. I'm thoroughly enjoying being lazy today... for now. Can't guarantee I will not become super bored in a couple hours, though. Contemplating watching White Christmas... I think... I think I will. Then I will be up to turn on the heater, too.
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"In the parable of the lost sheep, Christ teaches that salvation does not come through our seeking after God but through God's seeking after us. 'There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way.' Rom. 3.11, 12. We do not repent in order that God may love us, but He reveals to us His love in order that we may repent."
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Inspirational thought for the day:

"No outward observances can take the place of simple faith and entire renunciation of self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can only consent for Christ to accomplish the work. Then the language of the soul will be, Lord, take my heart; for I cannot give it. It is Thy property. Keep it pure, for I cannot keep it for Thee. Save me in spite of myself, my weak, unchristlike self. Mold me, fashion me, raise me into a pure and holy atmosphere, where the rich current of Thy love can flow through my soul."

***

I am mightily confused that when I got up the temp was 39 according to Dashboard, and now it is 35. It didn't feel that cold when I went out on my walk - more like in the low 40s.

I did have all the heaters on for a little bit though. I'm not usually the cold one, but I sure was this morning. I couldn't believe Dan had no heater going yet downstairs when I went down there. Brr.

I'll be going to the Lebanon church this morning, both because the Oregon Adventist Men's Choir will be there and also so I can just come home afterwards while Dan stays for potluck at Albany and goes door-to-door. I can rest and get our stuff together for going to Dan's parents' place this evening. Here's hoping GooGoo will not decide to come at, say, 5 in the morning tomorrow when we're far from home.

Monday evening or Tuesday would be nice. How about it, GooGoo? I want you out.

***

I don't think I ever posted about the What the Baby Will Be discussion that was taking place at my shower. Susana first of all apparently can Usually Tell and is Usually Right, but when she felt my hips she said she wasn't sure.

The general consensus is that it's a boy. Out of all the many people I know, Frances, Kylie, Andrew, Ginny, and Mel are the only ones who think it will be a girl. We shall see. :-p
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  • 09:32:55: had a good night's sleep, by the way. Thanks God.
  • 11:28:11: @jacquelynfisher Overseas sounds so fun right now. Can I come too? LOL
  • 13:31:17: Spot is an armless, furry slug on my pillow. Wish my camera was handy. It's hilarious.
  • 20:18:54: has a houseful of folk and one of them is playing the guitar. Life is good.
  • 21:13:37: [This is] the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
  • 22:17:08: ready for beddybye. So glad it's Sabbath. WHEEEEEEEEEEE REST! I CAN HAS! and maybe another shoulder massage from Mr Baldwin

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Current stats:
2 books total
.5 books average per week
326 pages (.086 pages per day)

Genres:
Nonfiction: 1
Fiction: 1

Bible books read:
Daniel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Hebrews

Ya know... I just have not been in a reading mood this month. At all. I have books to read... just absolutely no inclination to do the reading part.

However, something I have really enjoyed about reading the minor prophets? No matter how bleak and dire the punishments predicted, there is always a ray of hope. In fact, almost all of them seem to end with some beautiful promises that start, "in that day". Referring to the new earth and the perfect peace we will experience there if we are faithful.
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My song is love unknown:
My Saviour's love to me.
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O, who am I, that for my sake
O, who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take frail flesh and die?

He came from Heaven's throne
Salvation to bestow,
But they refused and none
The longed-for Christ would know.
This is my Friend, my Friend indeed,
This is my Friend, my Friend indeed,
Who at my need His life did spend.

Sometimes they crowd His way
And His sweet praises sing,
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King.
Then "Crucify!" is all their breath,
Then "Crucify!" is all their breath,
And for His death they thirst and cry.

Why, what has my Lord done
To cause this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run
And gave the blind their sight.
What injuries, yet these are why
What injuries, yet these are why
The Lord most high so cruelly died.

'Mid angry shouts they have
My dear Lord done away.
A murderer they save;
The prince of life they slay.
Yet willingly He bears the shame,
Yet willingly He bears the shame,
That through His name all might be free.

Here might I stay and sing
Of Him my soul adores.
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Yours.
This is my friend, in whose sweet praise
This is my friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days would gladly spend.
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  • 06:29:16: just levelled up in Pet Society. Yay. It is a good morning so far.
  • 07:07:08: Spot is making me feel guilty but I'm not sure what he WANTS.
  • 07:07:47: After all, I DO feed him and water him.
  • 09:51:14: listening to Fernando with GooGoo and hanging out downstairs so she doesn't forget to put the vinegar in the laundry rinse water.
  • 10:42:47: fuzzy kitten on lap=content Jael. God=good. Happy tears. "Hast thou not seen all thy desires e'er have been granted in what He ordaineth?"
  • 12:04:13: is making a soupy concoction from leftovers and a sample eFoods packet. And a new biscuit recipe that uses yeast and no oil...
  • 15:03:52: sleepy
  • 15:07:08: browsing around ravelry.com
  • 20:47:51: so. so. exhuasted. can't eve n spell right. but my baby hat=adorable
  • 21:15:08: has just around one month to have last-minute Prenatal Panic and scramble everything together

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So I'm reading through Hebrews. I'm trying very, very hard to make sense of it. It's always been a difficult book for me, but bearing in mind James Rafferty's thoughts on it is helping a little.

This is the thing I'm puzzling over at the moment:

Hebrews 7 talks about "a better priest", comparing Christ to Melchisidec, and contrasting Christ's priesthood with the Levite priesthood.

The Levites were priests because of the law (7.11). Christ, being of the tribe of Judah, was therefore not a priest in the same way they were. He was a priest because of God's oath. (7.21, 22)

What's the difference?

LAW is defined as "rule of conduct or procedure established by custom, agreement, or authority."

OATH is defined as "solemn formal declaration or promise to fulfill a pledge". Or, from a legal dictionary, this definition: "any type of attestation by which an individual signifies that he is bound in conscience to perform a particular act truthfully and faithfully".

In other words, it appears that God's ultimate plan was never for the Levite priesthood. That was used merely as a figurative lesson pointing to the real thing, which had nothing to do with an established custom, but rather a promise to perform a particular act. Jesus was our sacrifice and He is our High Priest.

"The law appoints as high priests men who are weak; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever." (7.28)

I feel like there's more I should be getting out of this, something more profound, yet I can't seem to get to it.
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Joel 3.16-18

16 And Jehovah will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but Jehovah will be a refuge unto his people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

17 So shall ye know that I am Jehovah your God, dwelling in Zion my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down sweet wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the brooks of Judah shall flow with waters; and a fountain shall come forth from the house of Jehovah, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

***

I decided to start reading through some of the minor prophets, because I'm really not very familiar with most of them (I've read Micah quite a bit, but that's about all).

This passage really struck me. I love how, at the end of a book that deals with some terrible things to fall upon the people, there is this promise that troubles will not last forever, and that God will deliver His faithful ones at last.
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Book 64: The Great Controversy, Ellen White. 678pp

What can I really say about this book that I haven't already said (albeit mostly in my old LJ)? It is, seriously, one of the most profoundly moving pieces of Christian writing I've ever come across, and I'm very glad that I made a conscious effort to stick to it after having set it aside for months during a dull place fairly early on.

When I sit and contemplate the battle that is going on for our souls, the simplicity of what God has ever required of His people, and the glorious promise of victory to those who endure to the end, I'm overwhelmed.

Yet there's a definite solemnity about all this, too. In very vivid language, mincing no words, does the author expound on what we can expect if we are of the final generation to live on this earth (which I'm inclined to believe we are). It's not going to be a picnic. In fact, I tremble at the very thought of what awaits us and pray the more earnestly that I personally through the grace and strength of Christ can make it through that time.

More than anything else I want to be with Jesus, and I am so thankful that through prophecy we are told what will happen so we need not guess what's what. We can know if we really care to know.

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