I started a book by John Angell James called “A Help to Domestic Happiness”. It is a book that discusses the high importance of the family as it relates to the here and now and as it relates to eternity. It was written in 1828 and first published in 1883. I shouldn’t say that I am surprised at its relevancy in this culture because the family was established by God and the attacks have always come against it as a result of the fall, satan and specific curses in man (Adam) and woman (Eve). However, the problems then, mirror the problems now, and that is a little bit surprising to me.

I am only partway into the text. Here is a quote that reminded me of the seriousness of my duty and call as a wife and mother, as a woman…

Every member of every household is an immortal creature; every one that leaves the circle by death, goes into an eternity of torment or of bliss. Now, since all the institutes of God look to another world as their chief and ultimate reference, surely, surely, that institute which is the most powerful of all in the formation of character (family), must be considered as set up with a special intention to prepare the subjects of it for ‘glory, honor, immortality, and eternal life.’

I am enjoying this book. It is grounded in an eternal perspective and permeated with a high view of the call of the family institution and a higher view of God.

Morning Coffee…

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

Colossians 3:16

Morning Coffee…

“Therefore let us be grateful
for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,

and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship,
with reverence and awe,”

Hebrews 12:28


The very breath with which we complain
is a blessing.

Richard Allestree
from The Art of Contentment

So last night Al mentions that it’s time to add the extra blanket to the bed.
TonightPartlyCloudyLo 23°F
SundaySunnyHi 41°F
SundayNightPartlyCloudyLo 14°F

What is that monstrosity above???

Well, I would say that I’m ashamed to say it’s a cake I made, but if I was truly ashamed, I wouldn’t post it here where my few blog readers and random google searchers would see it.

This is probably the fourth cake that has been baked for Andy, aka Ranger Andy, for his farewell. The other cakes were for farewell get-togethers

Morning Coffee…

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter,

and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,

‘The LORD has done great things for them.’

The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad.”

Psalm 26:2,3