Friday, September 23, 2011


These touched my heart this morning and thought I would share it with you all.  May be it will be an encouragement to someone somewhere!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Sing, O barren." --Isaiah 54:1

  Though we have brought forth some fruit unto Christ, and have a joyful hope that we are "plants of His own right hand planting," yet there are times when we feel very barren.  Prayer is lifeless, love is cold, faith is weak, each grace in the garden of our heart languishes and  droops.  We are like flowers in the hot sun, requiring the refreshing shower.  In such a condition what are we to do?  The text is addressed to us in just such a state.  "Sing, O barren, break forth and cry aloud."  But what can I sing about?  I cannot talk about the present, and even the past looks full of barrenness.  Ah! I can sing of Jesus Christ.  I can talk of visits which the Redeemer has aforetimes paid to me; or if not of these, I can magnify the great love where with He loved His people when He came from the heights of heaven for their redemption.  I will go to the cross again.  Come, my soul, heavy laden thou wast one, and thou didst lose thy burden there.  Go to Calvary again.  Perhaps that very cross which gave thee life may give thee fruitfulness.  What is my bareness?  It is the platform for His fruit-creating power.  What is my desolation?  It is the black setting for the sapphire of His everlasting love.  I will go in poverty, I will go in helplessness, I will go in all my shame, and back-sliding, I will tell Him that I am still His child, and in confidence in His faithful heart, even I, the barren one, will sing and cry aloud.
  Sing, believer, for it will cheer thine own heart, and the hearts of other desolate ones.  Sing on, for now that thou art really ashamed of being barren, thou wilt be fruitful soon; now that God makes thee loath to be without fruit He will soon cover thee with clusters.  The experience of our barrenness is painful, but the Lord's visitations are delightful.  A sense of our own poverty drives us to Christ, and that is where we need to be, for in Him is our fruit found.  --C. H. Spurgeon

Exciting NEWS!!

Well, Josiah got word from his recruiter yesterday and she said that the waiver was approved and he is going down to MEPS on Friday to get sworn in!  So happy for him.

I am still struggling with all this.  You could pray for me in this area.  As a wife I want to be supportive of any decisions that my hubby makes (in the case that the decision is not sinful).  And I would like to be excited,  but sometimes I am not, and that makes it hard for him.  I love him and I want him to be proud of me and I do not want to make his life hard for him.  I am happy for him to be a solider, but it is the going away for so long that I have a hard time with.

Monday, September 19, 2011


Josiah is not in the National Guard yet as he is waiting for a dependency waiver to be approved.  It has been almost 4 weeks since it got submitted.  You could pray for him.  He is getting restless about it.  Just pray that God's will be done.

In other news, our little girl, Ursula Joy, turned 3 yesterday.

Here are pictures so you can see how much she has grown up.

Josiah holding her an hour after she was born.

Here she is 9 months old.

Here she is at 1 year.

Here she is on her 2nd birthday!

Here she is at 2 1/2, holding her new brother, Carl!

And here she is at three!!

I cannot believe that my precious little Ursie Joy (as we like to call her) is already three.  I pray that she  grows up to be a godly woman who loves God, desires to do His will.  I love you, my little girl. more than you can ever know.  You so far are my only girl and you hold a very special place in my heart.  I look forward to training you up to be a happy and joyful young lady!  God bless you!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

I'm a auntie again.

My sister Alicia and her husband Rick, had their little girl on Sept. 6. Her name is Lillian Ruth Stelling.  She was 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 19 in. long

Here is a link to a picture of the happy family!

I have not gotten to see her in person yet, but, Lord willing we are going over on Sunday after church to see them.  I cannot wait!