Quotes and "Give of your Best to the Master"

Give of Your Best to the Master

Give of your best to the Master;  Give of the strength of your youth;
Armed with the sword of salvation, Join in the battle for truth.
Jesus has set the example, His life for others He gave;
Give Him your loyal devotion, Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master; Give Him firt place in your heart;
Give Him first place in your service, Fully surrender each part.
Give, and to you shall be given; God, His beloved Son gave;
Gratefully seeking to serve Him, Give Him the best that you have.

Give of your best to the Master; Naught else is worthy His love;
He gave Himself for your ransom, Gave up His glory above:
Laid down His life without murmer, You from sin’s ruin to save;
Give Him your heart’s adoration, Give Him the best that you have.

Words by Howard B. Grose, 1851-1939


“Oh, what a sweet couple, what a glorious yoke, are truth and grace, Christ and a young man.”  ~ Samuel Rutherford, “the Saint of the Covenant”

I am reading a book titled, Makers of Puritan History, by Marcus L. Loane.  It has four biographies in it:  Alexander Henderson, Samuel Rutherford, John Bunyan, and Richard Baxter.  I am currently on the chapter about John Bunyan and I have been absolutely blessed and mesmerized by his life!  Here are some quotes:

On Focusing on Christ instead of Self:

“Oh, methought, Christ! Christ! there was nothing but Christ that was before my eyes. . . .Now I could look from myself to Him and reckon that all those graces of God that now were green in me were yet but like those cracked groats and fourpence half-pennies that rich men carry in their purses when their gold is in their trunks at home.  Oh, I saw my gold was in my trunk at home!  In Christ my Lord and Saviour!  Now Christ was all; all my wisdom, all my righteousness, all my sanctification, and all my redemption!”

So you don’t have a Bible degree?  Neither did John Bunyan:

“He had no book learning on which to draw, but he knew the Bible as few men do.  He knew that he could not always claim to be right, but at least he had not ‘fished in other men’s waters.’  His sound common sense was second only to his knowledge of the Bible and made him an acute judge of what a preacher should say and do.  He chose plain and simple words that would hit the mark where more learned ones would only pierce the air;  and he argued that the preacher who strives to be learned often fails to be understood either by his hearers or by himself.”

John Bunyan’s Wise Prayer:

“He lifted up his heart to pray that he might be kept from all that would DISHONOR GOD or DISCOURAGE the church.”

Some Beautiful Words by John Bunyan:

“Christians are like the several flowers in a garden that have upon each of them the dew of heaven, which being shaken with the wind, they let fall their dew at each other’s roots whereby they are jointly nourished and become NOURISHERS OF ONE ANOTHER.”

Hold Opinion Loosely:

“It is strange to see at this day how, notwithstanding all the threatenings of God, men are wedded to their own opinions beyond what the law of grace and love will admit.  Here is a Presbyter, here is an Independent, and a Baptist, so joined each man to his own opinion that they can not have that communion one with another as by the testament of the Lord Jesus they are commanded and enjoined.  What is the cause?  Is it truth?  No!  God is the author of no confusion in the Church of God.  It is because every man makes too much of his own opinion.”  John Bunyan, 1684

Bright Gems for His Crown

Motherhood Matters.  It is what I am right now.  I am important, I am valuable.  What I do counts for eternity.  God has a job for me to do.  I am a MOTHER.  Lord, help me to keep my focus.  Help me to mother my children as unto you and for your glory.  Help me to count my blessings, I have so many.

“For life is short, the years rush past.  A little boy grows up so fast.  No longer is he at your side, His precious secrets to confide.  The picture books are put away.  There are no more games to play.  No goodnight kiss, no prayers to hear–That all belongs to yesteryear.  My hands once busy now lie still.  The days are long and hard to fill.  I wish I might go back and do the little things you asked me to.” ~ Anonymous

“Everyone knows that a good mother gives her children a feeling of trust and stability.  She is the one they can count on for the things that matter most of all.  She is their food and their bed and their extra blanket when it grows cold in the night; she is the one they want to be near when they cry.  She is the only person in the whole world, or in a whole lifetime, who can be these things to her children.  There is no substitute for her.  Somehow even her clothes feel different to her children’s hands from anybody else’s clothes.  Only to touch her skirt or her sleeve makes a troubled child feel better.”

         “Each day I love you more. . . . . today more than yesterday. . . And less than tomorrow.”  Rosemond Gerard

There are little eyes upon you
and they’re watching night and day.
There are little ears that quickly
take in every word you say.
There are little hands all eager
to do everything you do;
And a little boy who’s dreaming
of they day he’ll be like you.

You’re the little fellow’s idol,
you’re the wisest of the wise.
In his little mind about you
so suspicions ever rise.
He believes in you devoutly,
holds all that you say and do;
He will say and do, in your way,
when he’s grown up like you.

There’s a wide-eyed little fellow
who believes you’re always right;
And his eyes are always opened,
and he watches day and night.
You are setting an example
every day in all you do,
For the little boy who’s waiting
to grow up to be like you.

“Jacob’s half grown!”  ~ remarked my Mom, innocently, not knowing the pain I would feel. . . . . .It keeps ringing in my ears!  It can’t be . . .   My firstborn. . . . I know him so well. . . .everything he’s done since he was born was and still is such a new, exciting thing for me as a mother.  It is bittersweet to think that his first 9 years have quickly come and gone and that surely the next 9 years will, as well.  There are so many hopes and dreams I have for each of my children.  God, give me the faith to journey on.

Yesterday I found a fingernail in the toaster,
today the dryer yields just seven socks.
Ah, mysteries of life:
Whence fingernails?
Where socks?
Where are the mates?
And why not six or eight?

I long to search for Holy Grails
Or even joust at windmills. . . . .
Instead, I rewash glasses
Left less than spot-free
By eager childish hands
And hang sheets out on windy days
And never do catch sight
of one brave armored knight.

But when a little boy thanks God at night
For “the best mommy in the world”-
Strange windmills lose their charm
And I’m content
to fetch a grail of water
before he goes to sleep.
Quintote, wait another year!
I still am needed here.

by Joy Jacobs

My verse

I came across this verse the other day and drew so much love and comfort from it:

Keep me as the apple of the eye;
Hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
Psalms 17:8

Drinking from my Chartreuse Fiesta Mug

I just sighed because I want so much for my blog to be more inspiring to everyone.  I JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO GIVE RIGHT NOW!   A “what I did today” entry is much easier and doesn’t take much thought.  I still want to develop those ideas that I had weeks ago, I just haven’t done it.  I wonder if I ever will?

Anyways, this is what I did today (sigh):  I went grocery shopping with my five children, at Costco.  It wasn’t too bad.  Ethan got hurt right off the bat, though.  Jacob was getting the stroller from the back of the van and when he was shutting the trunk, Ethan got it slammed right on the top of the head.  It hurt.  So, we stood in the parking lot for a while until he regained his composure.  I had some digital pictures developed for the first time.  They did a good job, I was very happy.  I was able to get them developed w/a white border around them like Ritz camera does.  They were 17 cents a picture.  After Costco we went to Wendy’s for lunch.  Drive-thru dollar menu.  We ate outside, Caleb slept in his carseat in the van.

Came home.  Everyone wanted more food and I had a trunk full of groceries to unpack and Costco doesn’t bag anything.  Ethan helped w/out me even asking.  (He gets Mom points for that).  Caleb woke up and needed attention.  It’s been busy but fun, I like having the kids all around me.  Sometimes I don’t.  But right now, I do!   Kathy called me a couple of times today, too. 

The kids are watching a dvd and Caleb is asleep.  I am going to make dinner soon: fish and potatoes from Real Simple magazine.  Oh!  That reminds me.  The May issue of Real Simple is great!  I loved it.  There was a section about 100+ year old women (very interesting), a section that readers wrote in explaining their mother’s best advice, ideas on how to wear white, and other stuff that I can’t remember right now.  I usually read it and pass it along to Kathy, who bought me the subscription, and I told her I wanted this one back when she was done with it.

The guy across the road came over because someone put a bunch of garbage in his can and he wanted to know if it was me.  It wasn’t.  He wondered who it was and asked me if I had the phone # to the garbage company.  I didn’t. 

We’re supposed to have a tree removal guy come at any minute to look at our dead tree and tell us how much it’s going to cost us to remove it.  It took me a year to convince my husband that he shouldn’t do it himself.   Not when it’s THAT close to the house and garage!

Lea Ann, Bev has been cleaning over at your old place and she found little army men all over the place.  She WASHED THEM all carefully and put them in a baggie and gave them to my boys.  Now they have Gian souveniers!   Jacob was playing with them this morning in the living room, setting them all up carefully, until the DESTORER came!  (Caleb).

Well.  That’s all for now!

Love, Shan

Next Year I’m Takin’ the Older Kids!

Hi Everyone!  I’m back from my trip to San Antonio, TX!! 

Saturday was spent traveling.  We got to our gorgeous hotel, “La Mansion”, late that night.

Sunday Rich had golf.  I went out in the morning and stayed outside, walking along the beautiful riverwalk.

San Antonio Riverwalk

When Rich got back, we went out walking again.  We had dinner outside that night.

Monday was spent in basically the same way.  Rich had a meeting all morning, so I went out with Caleb, who stopped traffic everywhere we went with his cuteness.  I’m not being an overly-proud mother, either, ~ he got more attention than I have ever experienced.  One lady went on and on about how cute he was, and when I said, “Thank you!”, she said, “Thank YOU!”  Made me feel so good. . . .  Anyways, Monday was a little rough toward the end because I completely wore myself out.  We were outside walking all day.  I did get to see beautiful gardens and water was everywhere, it was such a treat to see such beauty.  We saw the Alamo, too.  The boys were thrilled with the little gifts I bought them from the giftshop.

Tuesday was spent saying goodbye to San Antonio and hello to Dallas.  We drove all morning and arrived at the Garfias home at 2:00.  (For those of you who don’t know–the Garfias’ are from our church and just moved to TX in March.  Lea Ann and I are close friends)  Lea Ann was waiting for us and rushed out the door into my arms as soon as I got out of the vehicle.  I don’t get that kind of warm welcome very often!  Our visit was sweet and too short.  Her house is beautiful, open and bright.  Lots of space.  She’s done an amazing job arranging each room and decorating.  I took pictures of the kitchen, my favorite room in her house, you all know why:  FIESTA! 

Rich and I had to leave at 10pm.  By the time we drove into downtown Dallas and into our hotel it was close to midnight.  Our flight was early in the morning and so we were up at 5am.  Caleb was an absolute perfect baby, believe it or not, no problems whatsoever with traveling.  Thank you to those who prayed for that specifically!   Unfortunately, Caleb is sick now, with a fever.  And I am going to the doctors today for a sore throat that I have been ignoring for too long. 

Things I learned from my Trip:  Even though I wanted to see and do as much as I could in a day, I neglected to take care of myself and rest.  I was a big grouch for half a day because I didn’t relax until it was too late! 
Also, I want to take more of my kids next year when Rich has his next yearly convention.  It will be in Naples, FL.  I get upset because I am spending a lot of time alone and I start feeling lonely.  If I had some of the older kids, they could experience travel and it would be more of a family time.  There would be less pressure on Rich to free up his schedule for his lonely wife. 
Travelling with a baby isn’t that bad.  Don’t forget to take a stroller, like I did.  But, if you do take one, take a light umbrella-type stroller.  It’s much easier to handle.  I had to carry Caleb in it up and down stairs, which I never would’ve been able to do with our regular one.
Visiting a long-distance friend is such a special thing to do.  Meaningful memories are made and relationships are strengthened.  Get ready, Joanna!

Thanks for reading my rough report of my trip!  Forgive my lack of development, I have lots to do today but don’t worry, I’ll take some time to rest at some point! 

P.S.  More Advice:  Don’t ignore a sore throat for 2 weeks.  I just got back from the doctor’s and he wasn’t very happy with me.  I have a sinus infection. . . . .