"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, THEY LABOR IN VAIN THAT BUILD IT"......Ps.127:1a
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

When God Calls

I've been wanting to tell everyone about the big change that has happened around here at Homespun Happenings.  Hubby has been trained for years to go into the ministry.  His heart was to be in ministry full time, but the Lord did not call him to go and be a Pastor.  He felt the Lord leading him to be a second man.  The opportunity has come for him to be an Assistant Pastor at our church.
This change has meant readjusting his heart to serve the Lord and minister to people on a full time basis vs. clocking in at a 9-5 job.  He loves it!  I think one of the hardest changes for me is the way people look at my family now.  As much as I just want us to be in the background serving the Lord, people don't see us that way.  We are not superhuman.  We are not trying to be better than anyone else.  We are just trying to please the Lord in all we say and do, and boy do we fail miserably sometimes.  You will find fault with us because we are only sinners saved by grace who have been given an incredible opportunity to serve at a level that has a greater responsibility. 
Commitment is huge.  Stepping up to the plate to anything means accountability.  Oh and don't we live in an age where no one wants accountability.  I have truly felt scared and yet I have a perfect peace about where the Lord has us in our lives right now.  I only fear when I get my eyes on man, but when I get alone with my Lord; He gives me perfect peace.

Here is a little reading I found on Facebook that expresses my heart perfectly.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Chance to Decorate a Mantle

If you know me, you may know that I would love to have a fireplace with a mantle in our next home.  
If there is a next home :)
The Lord provided land for our church, and on that land is this neat old home.
The home needs A LOT of work, but it has some great character.
Our Pastor wanted to have a victory celebration for what the Lord has done with giving us this property.  We were going to set up tables all throughout the empty home to eat in before we had our celebration service in the heated tent outside.  Pastor had asked me if I wanted to bring some of my craft things to help make the big empty house homey.
I decided to empty out some of my decorations in my home.
My goal was to decorate the mantles in the rooms.
I didn't realize that there was only one mantle that I could really decorate.  
The other mantle had some media stuff on it for a video presentation.

It was a bit overwhelming. 
 So I decided to just focus on two rooms.  
One had built in book shelves that we could place decorations on.  I really wasn't able to get pics of the little corners.
I did have a lady ask if she could buy all the decor on that table.
I loved the big landing in the middle of the stairway.
 I thought it perfect for a child's chair and mini quilt with a doll.
Finally here is the mantel I got to decorate.
I grabbed an old window and quickly tied a rusty star to it before I left my home.
It was perfect. 
I also hung two of the pallet signs above door ways, but I don't have pics of them.
It was so fun!
What a great and memorable day!  There are so many things that the Lord did in the whole process of purchasing this land.  When the Lord says go He means it, and He'll make it work.
It is so amazing to see the Lord work in ways that we don't expect.
I am learning to walk by faith and not by sight.
II Corinthians 5:7

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our First Broken Arm

On the eve of our 16th Wedding Anniversary, our third child broke his arm.  It is our first broken bone in 16 years--not bad. 
 It's not like our children are not active.  In fact, the one that broke his arm had a pretty good wipe out on his bike when he was 5 or 6.  When that happened, I thought for sure he broke a leg or something--he had just some cuts and bruises. 
This time the accident was nothing so terrifying as seeing him speeding down an asphalt road and skidding out in stones.  
No, he was just standing on a basketball and the ball rolled out from under him.  When he went down, he landed on his arm.

Our Pastor signed his cast:


 I thought it was pretty funny.

Our son has been doing very well.  He is not babying himself at all.  
He has enjoyed the challenge of using his left hand and becoming Independent again--coming down the steps and letting me know he has dressed himself completely, buttons and all.  He still can't tie his shoes yet.
He was practicing, two days after he broke his arm, writing with his left hand.  My honey and I went away overnight for our anniversary, and my son gave me this note the next day.


This was the "seal" on the letter.
Notice the Heart has a cast on his right arm.


Yesterday, he was a little sad that he couldn't just go out and ride his bike.  I told him that sometimes God gives us trials to grow.  We need to focus on what we can do and do it with all our might for the Lord.  I told him not to focus on what you can't do, but focus on what God has allowed you to be able to do.
Last night he wanted to paint his bird house.  




I was glad he was starting to focus again on what he could do.  
I love seeing that he was listening.  
I realize this is more than just a broken arm for him.  I think he is going to grow in trusting God more and depending on the Lord through this. 
 I pray he does.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, wither thou goest.  Eccl. 9:10






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Friday, December 3, 2010

Work Party or Just Plain Fellowship

Fridays can be very busy days for us.  We have school to do...


 grocery shopping.
Our church has work parties every other Friday night.
We don't attend every single work party.
Clearing the closet.  Seems like we still don't have enough storage space.
Working together to fill John & Roman bags for distribution.
 It just happens to also be Christmas play practice for the kiddos.  I am thankful for the doubling up of events because we live 40 minutes from church.

Dan going over his lines.  Don't laugh, but Dan and I are "Pa and Ma"  in the children's cantata.

We take turns making meals and desserts for the whole work party crew.  I have dessert tonight.  I would so much rather make dessert over a meal.  I'm always worried about making food that everyone is going to enjoy.  It is a crew of all ages from 8o years down to babies who eat solids.  
Any Ideas for my next meal????  I do need help in this area!
I decided to make a Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Tandy Kake, and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  
My kids have been drooling all day:)  Not to mention my husband too.

He had off today and is repainting the attic.  I can't wait for their bedroom to be finished.
I do enjoy the fellowship we have with our church family on Friday night work parties.  It is like a big family get together as we sit down to have our meal.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Empowered Youth

My two oldest children attended Fairhaven Baptist Church's Empowered Youth conference this past week. 
Don't pay attention to the date on the pics.  Bessy doesn't know how to change the date;)




 I was a little nervous about them traveling that far from home without us.  It was the first time they had ever gone on such a long trip without mom and dad.  I was also nervous about how they would behave.  What friends would they choose.  We got very good feedback from the Youth Pastor at our church about the way they behaved and the friends they chose.  Yes, there were a few learning lessons for them and the Youth Pastor:)  God is good.  I thank the Lord for the tender hearts Bethany and Wilson have.  They are moldable and that is what I pray they will always be.  Is that a word?  I've heard it before, but that doesn't really make it a word.
They also competed for the first time.  Bethany played the violin.  Wilson played the cello.  Bethany actually won 3rd place out of all the instrument solos in 7th-9th grade.   I was really happy for her!  She practiced a lot up in her room.
Not a good picture because it was taken by phone and sent to me as I eagerly awaited news about the competition. I was  so thankful for the update!
Another picture from a phone and sent to me.
They had a great week.  Thanks to all who made the trip possible for them.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Fall and Friends

I love this time of year!  The weather is perfect.  The trees are perfect.  I absolutely love it. 
We have some very good friends from our church who live on a farm.  They invited our family out for a hay ride and campfire.

Josh and Erin are such generous people.  They are special to Dan and I.  Erin and I taught Sunday school together for a good 3 years.  She is so sweet.  I miss having her as my helper.  She was so nice to be around every Sunday morning.  Josh and Dan also share Junior church class together.  We really appreciate their servant's hearts.
Tonight we had a great time.  Josh took everyone on a hayride.  The kids really enjoyed this part!


We cooked hot dogs over an open fire


And roasted marsh mellows and made smores.
Some people were real messy.


Our two oldest ones went home with our church secretary, Amy.  They are spending the night with some friends and working to earn some money so that they can go to Empowered Youth. They are really excited.


It was a bit chilly tonight.  This is where I spent most of my time.



 Thank you Josh and Erin for a great Fall Evening.  Josh could have gone on for hours, but Dan is getting old and can't hang out late anymore.  He is catching some zzzz's even as I type.  He does get up at 5:30am, so I don't blame him;)
Goodnight Everyone!
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