Thursday, May 12, 2016

He'll Give Rest

Recently our pastor taught a series on sharing the gospel, and the importance of being prepared to do so. He went through a few 'plans', such as The Roman Road, The New Testament Road, and The Six Step Plan. The last plan was taken completely from the book of Isaiah. It's beautiful to see how God has woven the gospel throughout the Bible, and specifically in the book of Isaiah.

In Acts 8: 26-40, we see how Philip was able to use the book of Isaiah to preach Jesus to the Ethiopian Eunuch.

And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

 As I was taking notes, I could see a song taking shape. Given that I haven't written a song for well over a year, I started to get excited. The next morning, I took out my Bible, and my notes, and started writing. Our pastor had seven points, The People, The Prophet, The Problem, The Provision, The Plan, The Pardon, and The Peace. I didn't use all  seven points, but combined them into four: 1. The Problem, 2. The Plan,  3. The Provision, 4. The Pardon. 
 By 2 pm, I had the lyrics finished. Below, I've shown the lyrics, with the corresponding scriptures. Some phrases are taken directly from the Bible, while some are paraphrased or my own wording.

He'll Give Rest  ©Deborah Bolack 2016

V. 1     The Problem

57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot find rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
1:4a Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children, that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, 
53:4a Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:

 Like a troubled, swirling sea, 
 that cannot find rest or peace.
Laden down with the weight of sin                           
No relief from your burdens and grief.                

Chorus    The Plan

55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
55:1a Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.

Seek the Lord while he may be found.                      
Call upon him while he is near.
If you're thirsting, come to the waters.                       
He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.   

V.2     The Provision

53:4b yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:3a He is despised and rejected of men
53:5a,b, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
53:10a,b Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
53:12c because he hath poured out his soul unto death:

He was smitten of God and afflicted.                         
Despised and rejected of men.                                     
Wounded and bruised; made an offering for sin,     
Jesus poured out his soul unto death.  
Repeat Chorus

V.3    Pardon

1:18 Come let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
55:7a Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:

The Lord says come let us reason.                                  
Forsake wicked ways you have known.                         
Though your sins are like scarlet and crimson,             
they shall be white as snow.

Repeat Chorus

I have the music typed into my Coda Print Music program, and once I have a Band In a Box rendition, I'll add a link to my Lyric Devotions site. 


Friday, April 29, 2016

The Greatest Sin

A powerful thought...paraphrased from a message preached by Evangelist, Jim Van Gelderen, at our special meetings.


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Patio and Planters

I'm a little late posting this, but considering I rarely post anything, it's not likely anyone is going to notice! Anyway, on with the post....
One of our projects for the summer of 2015 was to finish the patio in front of our house. For the past few years, it's just been gravel and weeds, and it's nice to finally have it looking nice.

Patio blocks laid

Started building planter beside retaining wall

Planter finished  with fence boards along the front

Planter beside deck

Planter beside the deck

Planter filled with petunias

Planters finished, filled,  and planted.
Staining planter started


Friday, January 1, 2016

My Verse For 2016

In my search for a verse for 2016, I reviewed my verses from previous years. each verse can be represented by a single word. Starting in 2011, these words have been SEEK, GO, SERVE, HOPE, and TRUST. In looking at these words, I see a progression. In SEEKing God's will, we followed when he said, GO. As we watched other Christians falling away, we reaffirmed  that our home would SERVE the Lord. That commitment led to renewed HOPE and TRUST.
The word that comes to mind today is SURRENDER. All of these other words are good, but if I haven't fully surrendered I am going to continually succumb to my own fleshly desires. I know there are areas of my life that I struggle with, and until I give them completely to God, I will not have victory.
I didn't have far to look for my verse.

I want this verse to be more than words...I want it to be real in my life. I don't want to start out the year committing to 'doing' or 'being' better, only to find that somewhere along the way, I've lost that zeal, and I've slipped back into old habits....whether physically or spiritually. What I want is to truly be transformed...and unlike most years, I have no plan, no program, no idea really...exactly how that is going to happen; how this year will be different from any other year. And maybe that is the difference...maybe that is the first step toward surrender. All I know for sure is that HE is able, and I'm trusting in him to do a work in my life. 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reflecting On 2015

Continuing my tradition of looking back over the past year....even though I haven't posted all year!

1. What were the highlights or accomplishments of 2015?

This year hasn't been one of big highlights, but more of steady progress, continuing in the direction we believe God has for us.
Brian has now been back to work at the Royal Oak Inn for almost a year and a half. It's been a busy time for him, but hopefully things will settle into a routine soon,,,,well, I can always hope.
The main highlight was becoming members of our church in June. We'd been attending for about 9 months, and knew it was time to take that step and become more involved in the ministry.

2. What were the major themes of the year?

I think the main theme of this year could be described as just putting one foot in front of the other and doing the next thing. It's been good to be a part of a church again, and to have opportunities to serve, whether in VBS, Ladies Conference, or the ongoing ministries of nursery, cleaning and yard care. Hearing the word preached regularly, and participating in Bible studies has brought back a stability and purpose that was lacking in my life, and in my family.

3. What disappointments or regrets did you experience?

Last year, I wrote, "I can learn from my regrets, and I can commit to a better today and tomorrow. With that thought in mind, I look forward to the changes that 2015 will bring, and pray for the strength to embrace them," This year I can say, I have no regrets, and have indeed embraced the changes in 2015, and am looking forward to what 2016 will bring.

4. What was missing from the year?

Last year I said, "We are closing out the year with a much clearer vision of God's will for our family, and the accompanying peace (that has been missing)." That continues to be true; we're following the direction we believe God has given, taking steps to bring our family closer to him. I know that I'm in a better place spiritually than I was last year, and believe the same is true for my family. But I also know that I still lack the self discipline needed to have a close relationship with the Lord. I was challenged by last nights message on TIME. What is required to be close to God is time...time in his word, and time in prayer, will result in a desire for time in worship. I'm lazy, plain and simple. I know this is something I struggle with and need to change.

5. What did you learn from the past year?

I think this year just reaffirmed what I learned the previous year. We need to be a part of a church to live this Christian life in a way that brings glory to God. I know that our time away from church was so detrimental to all of us. I also know I have a long way to go to get where I need to be, and I need  the church to help me get there....we're not in this alone. 

Once again...looking forward to the coming year!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Times Of Refreshing Ladies Conference

The following pictures are from our ladies conference. I had the pleasure of being part of the decorating committee. The theme was "Times of Refreshing", and we went with a beach house coffee shop decorating scheme. I spent a lot of time researching, and created a Pinterest board to pin ideas, as well as pictures of items as I put it together. 
To see close ups of these individual items, you can visit that board here- Times of Refreshing.

Times of Refreshing Ladies Conference

View of the coffee shop, showing pallet divider

Our beach house coffee shop

Centerpiece featuring candle, shells, and painted rocks

Centerpiece featuring candle, shells, and painted rocks

Centerpiece-silver tray, candle, shells, painted rocks

Decorating with pews and throw pillows

Church pew with blanket and pillows

Church pew with blanket and pillows

Beach House Coffee Shop

Beach house chinese checkers with shells

Beach House Coffee Shop

Pallet divider, beach house theme

Pallet shelf, beach house theme

Pallet shelf, beach house theme

Pallet shelf, beach house theme

Pallet shelf beach house theme, tea pots candles

Shell swag across stained glass window

Shell swags, stained glass window


Monday, October 26, 2015

Lilac and Frozen Theme Bedroom

Danica was given some Frozen wall stickers for Christmas a couple of years ago, and then we gave her a purple bed spread for Christmas, so I had to paint her room to match! Danica picked the two shades of purple herself.
 I painted all of the walls with the lighter shade, then painted part way up with the darker shade. For the sponge painting, I mixed the two colors to create another shade. I taped off a strip around the middle, then started sponging on the new shade I had created. Then I went around again, and sponged on a layer of the lighter shade. I think it turned out nice. From a distance, it almost looks like lilacs.

3 Shades of Purple bedroom

Frozen Castle Wall Sticker

Olaf Wall Stickers

Anna Wall Sticker

Elsa Wall Sticker

Danica and our granddaughter against 'lilac' wall
After the painting was finished, we switched to a white bed. As you can see on the little cabinet at the end of the bed, Danica's previous decorating scheme was horses!

Purple bedspread on white bed

And that is the Lilac and Frozen themed  bedroom project!