Wednesday, November 9, 2016

No matter who wins the elections......


Psalm 9

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

 A Psalm of David.

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
When my enemies turn back,
    they stumble and perish before[c] your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
    you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
    you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.
But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his deeds!
12 For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
13 Be gracious to me, O Lord!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
16 The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands.Higgaion.[d] Selah
17 The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.
18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
19 Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
20 Put them in fear, O Lord!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! 

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Friday, November 4, 2016

The weather here in early November is.....gorgeous.
We had some appointments in Minneapolis and took an hour to walk around Lake Harriet.  Here we are at the Lake Harriet bandshell.  My walking partners (pictured below) walked the whole lake with me on this lovely day ~ a pleasant 2.75 stroll.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Garden Gifts

Yesterday, I asked TJ to "pick every last apple off of the tree." Most were imperfect, many had holes and spoiled spots, and some were beyond usage for us.
However....we filled up two large crockpots with the salvageable apples and they made for us 7 quarts of perfectly good, unsweetened applesauce!

I also had a few willing helpers to pile the spoiled windfalls in a wheelbarrow and whisk them away to the compost.

Finally, we uncovered at least 6 zucchini that were playing hide-and-seek under the frost-covered plants. Also harvested were many butternut squash, now resting peacefully in our basement :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Spurgeon's Morning and Evening

Reading from CH Spurgeon's Morning and Evening devotional today.

"While prayer is an application to divine wealth, it is also a confession of human emptiness."

I felt that as I prayed this morning.

Monday, October 10, 2016

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Monday, Monday, Homeschool Monday

We had a nice school day, with TJ reporting on last week's PSEO government class to us. 

He talked about media bias, "framing", and how the media sometimes twists appearances and influences public opinion.  

I am better at sudden ideas than future planning.  

I guess it's because when I plan ahead, things often change, so it's less stressful to think on my feet.

So my sudden idea was to assign everyone to re-write an Aesop's fable in such a way that it twists the reader's idea of the characters-- making the hero seem like the villain, and the villain seem less wicked.

They came up with some good ideas and I am attaching one here. ❤ Lisa

The Grasshopper and the Ant

An adaptation of the fable by Aesop

By MP -- October 2016

Through most of the summer, the grasshopper had been prancing happily along the paths,

singing of his joy to be alive. Part of the summer, however, was spent in readying for the cold

winter months: gathering vegetables, grasses and leaves. Then one day arose (an extremely

windy day I might add) and everything the grasshopper had stored up blew away ad the

grasshopper could not gather anything.

Moreover, a crabby ant took anything gatherable for herself. Alas,when the cold months arose

the grasshopper had nothing to eat. Finally, when he could take it no longer,he visited the ant

and asked the grinchlike ant for some food and lodging.

However, as soon as his plea was uttered, it was immediately rejected.

*I would never ever give YOU anything!* said the ant and she slammed the door in the face of

the formerly jolly grasshopper.

The sad creature (half-dead) trudged pitifully down the cobblestone path that led to his sorry,

humble home.
An easy Monday lunch of leftovers

Moral: Never turn away someone in need.