Friday, September 30, 2011

Revelation to a Writer

God spoke to me tonight at a Releasing Kings Conference.  A business conference... imagine that.  I'm just about as far from business and entrepreneurship as anyone I know.  But, I'm not far from God.  He had a message for me in this unlikely for me place.

The Revelation:

I don't have to know what to write to be a writer.
I have to be willing to be used by God...
willing to write what He gives me to write...
willing to exchange the fear, the worry, the anxiety that someone might not like what I write, the memories of red and green ink all over my papers that I worked so hard at writing in college, the rejection of my youth, my natural focus on me me me.

I have to be willing to give, willing to be a channel for God's blessing to flow through.  My source of what to write is God himself and what His Holy Spirit reveals to me.  In His Word, in His presence.
All life flows from Him.

Flow through me, Lord God.
So be it.

P.S.  A sweet gal named La Vada just stopped by to share a word with me, "HE is the author and the finisher of our faith."
~~~~~
May I suggest...
~~~~~


Questions to Ponder

???

The garage is half empty. 
Garage sale this weekend. 
Why do we accumulate so much stuff?
Is it failure to make decisions?
Is it fear that we won't have what we need in the future?
Questions to ponder as we move on to the next step in conquering stuff.

???

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Don't You Love to Stay at Home of Evenings?

"Don't you love to stay at home of evenings?
Don't you love a cushioned seat
in a corner, by the fireside,
with your slippers on your feet?"

~Oliver Wendell Holmes~


I'm busy this week sorting, culling, and generally going through as much as I can to get ready for a little nesting next week.  I'm going to have a yard sale with my girlfriend, Joyce.  It's going to be hard work; but, it will pay off with a little extra money and a lot of good fellowship.  Then, after I finish cleaning up after myself ~grin~, I'll be ready to finish decorating for this brilliantly beautiful season.

Have a terrific week.

Laura

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It Takes a Woman


"A hundred men may make an encampment,
but it takes a woman to make a home."

~A Chinese Proverb~

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review: The Harvest of Grace



I know I know-
there are cobwebs and dust on the ceiling fans.  I know, I know-
I need to get back to decluttering. 
I know, I know-
I need to peg more laundry up on the line;
but...
just one more chapter...
please?

   Don't you just love the books that just draw you in?  The ones where you feel like you're part of the story not just an invisible observer?  The Harvest of Grace was like that for me.  I felt like I was part of the family just looking on.

   Sylvia is the eldest in a string of daughters unbroken by sons born to her Old Order Amish parents.    They are dairy farmers; and, Silvia tends and nurtures the herd with diligence and confidence.  She's in line to inherit the farm; but, a moment of weakness with an old boyfriend causes her to flee temptation and leave home.  She moves far away and helps to revive a struggling dairy farm.

   Aaron Blank is a recovering alcoholic who returns from rehab to try to convince his parents to sell the very farm that Silvia is trying to revive and move to town.   Sparks fly as the two strong willed characters pursue opposite goals.  Throw in a few sparks between Aaron and his father, Michael, and you've got tension that mounts throughout the book.

   There is an array of characters that are deeply developed and who live in community.  These are characters who have been cental to the earlier books in the Ada House series.  The Harvest of Grace is the third in the Ada's House series.   It is terrific story as a stand alone; but, I'm tempted to go back and read the first two books- The Hope of Refuge and The Bridge of Peace.


   I reviewed the book Plain Wisdom by Cindy Woodsmall with Miriam Flaud recently also. 

   Five stars because I didn't want it to end.

Blogging for Books gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.
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My Computer's Broken... Again.

I wish I had a photo of a chair smashed through my computer.  I don't.  I'm not that kind of girl.  My husband says we've spent enough money fixing the old thing (pre-dinosaur model) that we could have bought a new one.  So, I guess a computer goes on my prayer list.  Dare I pray that it will be red?

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Just kidding!
You laugh or you cry.
I choose to laugh.

In God's hands,
Laura

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A Few Things I Love About Not Going Back to School...

A Few Things I Love About Not Going Back to School:

1.  Missing the bus
2.  Missing the socialization
3.  Christ in the "classroom"
4.  The world is our classroom.
5.  Really knowing my children.
6.  My children love to read.
7.  Writing comes naturally to kids who love to read.
8.  Education happens outside typical subjects
9.  Lots and lots of choices... and we make them.
10.  Finding products that make learning fun- even Latin!

and my personal Autumn and Winter favorite-
Cuddling up on the sofa with cocoa, slippers, and a good read-aloud.

Whether your children are going back to school or not, trust in the Lord and pray.  He is able to protect the children whom you have entrusted to Him. 

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
~Romans~

Please don't think that you're not a good parent if you don't homeschool.  Homeschool parents have to depend just as heavily on God as parents who choose other educational avenues for their children.  Love God, love your children, and teach them His ways.

My little sermon for today~

God bless you all,
Laura





Saturday, September 17, 2011

I'm Back in Action.

 New keyboard!  Thank you God!


It's a cold and rainy day...


a perfect day to do a little knitting...


and a little reading.




The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall (ch. 1 excerpt)

Too Good Not to Share

I'm not really one to read all the "forwards" people send in e-mails; but, my husband sent this to me.  It seems one of his friends sent it to him.  I do not know who this old saint is or if it was he who wrote the this, but it was just too good not to share.  I have to admit, I thought of Billy Graham as I read it.

Enjoy!

Laura


I watched a church on television in Atlanta honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time and I wondered why the church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age.
After a warm welcome, introduction of this speaker, and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gait to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak....

"When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50-odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my  life  and sustained me through all my trials.. The one thing that I could always rely on when tears and heartbreak and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me...the only thing that would comfort was this verse........ .....

"Jesus loves me this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
we are weak but He is strong.....
Yes, Jesus loves me....
The Bible tells me so."

The old pastor stated, "I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best."

"Here for you now is a Senior version of Jesus Loves Me":

JESUS LOVES ME

Jesus loves me, this I know,
Though my hair is white as snow
Though my sight is growing dim,
Still He bids me trust in Him.
(CHORUS)
YES, JESUS LOVES ME.. YES, JESUS LOVES ME..
YES, JESUS LOVES ME,  FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.

Though my steps are oh, so slow,
With my hand in His I'll go
On through life, let come what may,
He'll be there to lead the way.
(CHORUS)

When the nights are dark and long,
In my heart He puts a song..
Telling me in words so clear,
"Have no fear, for I am near."
(CHORUS)

When my work on earth is done,
And life's victories have been won.
He will take me home above,
Then I'll understand His love.
(CHORUS)

I love Jesus, does He know?
Have I ever told Him so?
Jesus loves to hear me say,
That I love Him every day.
(CHORUS)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Just a note...

Somebody spilled soda on my keyboard...
Don't know who it was...
Can't sign in because I have no L key!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage on Blogspot.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Home... Emily Dickinson


Karen Tribbett art.com

Where thou art,
that is home.

~Emily Dickinson
~~~~~
May I suggest?
Spread Love
~~~~~

Monday, September 12, 2011

Emily... Fourteen

~Emily~
Industrious and full of grace



Emily
Dedicated to Jesus Christ
Worshipper of God
Psalmist to the Lord
Musician
Singer
Encourager
Sister
Daughter
Friend
Dependable
Beautiful
Courageous
Leader
Bold
Hopeful
Thankful
Writer

Loved
FourteenEmily
Happy Birthday Sweetheart!
Love,
Momma

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Book Review: A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston



I think I've fallen for an author. This is the second book I've reviewed by Amy Clipston. I enjoyed A Plain and Simple Christmas so much, I couldn't wait to read A Gift of Grace. I was not disappointed. Instead, Mrs. Clipston left me wanting more! A Gift of Grace is the first book of the Kauffman Bakery Series. You can be sure that I will read more of this series.
From Zondervan -
Synopsis: 
When Rebecca Kauffman’s older sister, who left the Amish community when she was a teenager, dies in an automobile accident, Rebecca is left custody of her two modern non-Amish teenage nieces, Jessica and Lindsay. Will she be able to reconcile the two worlds in her home—or will the clash of cultures tear her world, including her marriage, apart?


My thoughts -
I didn't want to put this book down!  I stayed up way too late more than once.  I put off things I should be doing - like laundry.  (I hope my husband isn't reading this!) 

Each character was described in superb detail.  I enjoyed the depth of feeling that was expressed and not expressed from each of the main characters' point of view.  I really like how Mrs. Clipston put emphasis on listening and hearing God and how difficult and yet simple that can be. 

I didn't want it to end...and yet I did.  I was so wrapped up in the story, I wanted resolution.  I was surprised and happy with the ending. 

I definitely give this book five stars. 
I also give Mrs. Clipston five stars.
She was kind enough to comment on my review of A Plain and Simple Christmas.


Zondervan gave me this book in exchange for an honest review.  The opinions expressed herein are my own.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fearlessly Feminine My Day 2


This is a lightweight rust colored crepe dress.  The top is embroidered with shades of moss green and light tan.  The sweater covers the fact that it is sleeveless.  I don't mind wearing something sleeveless at home; but, not in public.  Once again, it was a gift; and once again, I am wearing my black Mary Jane Crocs.  

I'm sorry that I'm not getting these posted on the right days.  I do wear dresses every day; I just don't get things transferred from the camera every day. ~smile~  See what other ladies are wearing by clicking the button below.

Laura


Monday, September 5, 2011

Fearlessly Feminine Challenge My Day One



Fearlessly Feminine Challenge...a week of wearing dresses and skirts.  I'm afraid it's not so much a challenge for me.  I wear dresses every day.  I thought I'd just share a bit anyway.  I missed Sunday; but, here is Monday for me.


The dress is Land's End - a gift from a friend.
The shoes are CROCS' Mary Janes in black.
Hair in a bun.  That's my summer style.
It was in the seventies today. 
After temperatures around a hundred last week, I was chilly!

Unfortunately, I ruined the dress today by brushing up against some white paint.  Unfortunately, I didn't notice it until it was dry.  : (

Oh well, such is life with a young artist in the house.
: )



Labor Day Defined


Labor Day is a day when your mother-in-law, your brother-in-law, your sister-in-law, your niece, and two of your nephews come to visit you.  They watch you closely every time you have a twinge or Braxton Hicks contraction; because,  you were due on August 30th.  All day long you are under the scrutiny   watchful eyes of your family...sixteen eyes to be exact.  Labor Day ends with no labor in sight and is followed by another week and a half of non-labor days.  Finally, two weeks after your due date, the doctor takes pity on you and induces labor.  A certain little miss refuses to come out because it's warmer inside.  This results in a 9/12 rather than 9/11 birthday. 
Happy Labor Day!






The Art of Homemaking

Sunday, September 4, 2011

My Oldest and My Youngest


Matthew 20 and Amy 10.
Yes, they're both mine.
Yes, they're both my husband's.
We've been married 25 years.
These are just two good reasons
to live and love together forever.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Seek Home



"Seek home for rest,
for home is best."

~Thomas Tusser~


Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!
~~~~~
May I suggest...
I Believe
~~~~~


Thursday, September 1, 2011

HOPE FOR JOPLIN Miracle in the Heartland



Emergency Relief 
This Is The List Of Items That Our Resource Center Is In Need Of.
This List Is Updated Daily As Our Needs Change And Supplies Need To Be Replenished.

Vehicles     New or Used in excellent working condition


Gift Cards    
   $25 Gas Cards
    Walmart/ Sam's Cards
    Target Cards
    Sears Cards
    Lowe's Cards
    JC Penny
    Kohl's
    Home Depot    



Food
   
Canned Goods
    Non Perishable Items
    
    Noodles
    Rice
    "Hamburger Helper"
    Peanut Butter & Jelly
    Condiments
    
    Tea & Coffee
    Bottled Water
    Juices
    Bottled & Canned Soda
    Gatorade (Bottles & Individual Powdered Packs)



Furniture   
   Beds (all sizes – Mattresses, Box Springs, Frames)
    Couches & Love Seats
    Dining Room Table & Chairs
    Dressers
    End Tables
    Lamps



Appliances   
  Refrigerators
   Freezers
   Stoves
   Window A/C Units
   Box Fans
   Microwave
   Washers & Dryers
   Toasters
   Can Openers



Cleaning Supplies  
  Bathroom Cleaner & Disinfectants
   Buckets
   Mops
   Brooms
   Vacuum Cleaners
   Dish Soap
   Bleach
   Garbage Cans 

   Trash Bags


Linens
   
Sheet Sets (all sizes)
    Pillows
    Blankets & Comforters
    Towels & Wash Cloths



Paper Products    
    Paper Plates
    Paper Cups
    Paper Bowls
    Napkins
    Ziplock Bags (all sizes)
    Facial Tissue
    Bathroom Tissue
    Paper Towels



Pet Supplies   
    Dog Food
    Cat Food
    Kitty Litter
    Pet Carriers



Items For Resource Center
    Large Tents for Storage
    File Cabinets
    Shelving
    8 ft Collapsible Tables
    Folding Chairs
    Hand Carts
    Tractors
    Generators
    Lawn Mowers
Pantry Staples
   
Flour
    Sugar
    Salt & Pepper
    Spices
    Cooking Oil


Toys
    NEW Toys
    NEW Bikes
    NEW Books
  
Baby Items   
   NEW Car Seats
    Pack and Plays
    NEW Baby Clothes
    High Chairs

    Baby Formula
    Diapers
    Baby Wipes
    Baby Toiletries (powder, shampoo, etc.)


First Aid Items    Bandages
    Tape & Gauze
    Triple Antibiotic Cream
    Sun Screen
    Insect Repellent

Toiletries (NOT Travel Sizes)   
   Shampoo & Conditioner
    Bar Soap & Body Wash
    Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
    Deodorant
    Men & Women's razors
    Shaving Cream
    Feminine Items


Clothing (ONLY items listed)
    NEW
 Men's Socks & Underwear
    NEW Women's Undergarments
    NEW Men & Women's Shoes

    NEW Maternity Clothes
    NEW Extended Sizes & Plus Sizes 


Household Items    
    NEW Dish sets
    NEW Silverware
    NEW Serving Utensils
    NEW Pots & Pans
    NEW Cooking Utensils
    NEW Computers & Laptops

Misc. Items   
    Batteries (all sizes)
    Tarps & Rope
    Gas Cans
    Rain Ponchos
    Duct Tape
    Box Cutters
    Work Boots 

    Work Gloves
    Exerosorm Wrap


Laundry Items
    Laundry Detergent
    Bleach
    Dryer Sheets & Fabric Softener
    Laundry Baskets

For latest list, or to make a financial contribution, go to Joplin Family Worship Center Relief Resource .

Thank you for helping Joplin, MO recover and rebuild!