DG Book Sale – results

After spending last week thinking about, talking about and blogging about the GINORMOUS Desiring God Book Sale you may be wondering, like I was, ‘just how big was it?’

It was truly GINORMOUS. Click here for the full results. I love that they say that they were not expecting to make money, in fact they expected to lose money. What a great perspective for them to have (I say as one who has received the benefit of their selflessness – kind of like when each of my kids expects their sibling to ‘consider the other as more important’). They ended up breaking even according to the blog post.

Our Dogs – Past & Present

Kelah-a black lab, was our first dog. She was a good dog, mother to Keely, and died at 13. Unfortunately, all of my pictures of Kelah are prints, not digital. Here are the rest of the canines:HARPER -THE BEAGLE 1993-2006
KEELY -THE LAB 1997-?
OTTO-THE GERMAN SHEPHERD (our foster dog)

Check out some other dogs that Kim is rounding up and add your own doggie pics here.

Great is Thy Faithfulness

The hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, is rolling around in my head today. First, we sang it at church after an excellent sermon by our faithful pastor and it was good! (one sidenote-I was happy and impressed that my 15 year-old niece who was visiting before going to Camp Tapawingo, knew all of the verses of the great hymn – yay for Amber!)

Then, Rebecca Writes selected Great as Thy Faithfulness as her hymn of the week. I posted over in her comments the following paragraphs and am including them here because I love Lamentations 3, which is a great encouragement. I love that Jeremiah didn’t wait until things were going his way to proclaim the mercy, love and faithfulness of God. Instead, he spoke it to his heart to remind and encourage him in the midst of his hard times. Don’t wait for things to feel better – Know God as He is, speak truth to your heart, and you will be able to endure, like Jeremiah, with great joy to the glory of God!

“But this I call to mind,and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,”therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:21-24

This hymn reminds me of one of my favorite scripture passages (above). Martyn-Lloyd Jones says in Spiritual Depression, It’s Causes and Cures, when in the depths to not allow your heart to talk to you but to speak truth to your heart. This is what Jeremiah does where he says, “but this I call to mind and therefore I have hope.” And what gives his downcast soul hope? The greatness of God, the abundance and newness of the love and mercy of God, and the greatness of His faithfulness! AMEN to that!

Morning Coffee…

“As for me,

I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake,
I shall be satisfied with your likeness. “

Psalm 17:15