January 2010

 Being – Doing, J. R. Miller

There is a silent personal influence, like a shadow, that goes out from everyone, and this influence is always leaving results and impressions wherever it touches. You cannot live a day and not touch some other life. Wherever you go your shadow falls on others, and they are either better or worse for your presence. Our influence depends upon what we are more than upon what we do. It is by living a beautiful life that we bless the world. I do not under-estimate holy activities. Good deeds must characterize every true life. Our hands must do mighty works. But if the life itself is noble, beautiful, holy, Christ-like, one that is itself a benediction, an inspiration, the worth of the influence is many times multiplied.

In Green Pastures

My prayer for today:  Heavenly Father, Please let the shadow that I cast upon my husband and children be one of thankfulness, joy, contentment —  and a reflection of You.  Amen.



The Simple Woman’s Daybook

January 18, 2010


outside my window . . .
blackbirds fussing * patches of snow * mist

i am remembering . . .
Sunday worship * productive homemaking time * the “Christian” bookstore

i am thankful  . . .
when God interrupts my plans with His
(although not ‘feeling it’ at that moment!)
from the kitchen . . .
lasagna soup ala Tastefully Simple * Ezekiel bread mix  ala Sister-in-Law * a complete week of menus planned

I am thinking . . .
welcoming our daughter back home and its blessings

around the learning rooms . . .
puppy crate * compound bow * spilled book bag * learning cabinet in transition

I am reading . . .
Think Biblically!: Recovering A Christian Worldview
John MacArthur & Master’s College Faculty

 Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it
Ken Ham & Britt Beemer

my favorite things . . .
a day at home

a few plans for the rest of the week . . .
eye appointments to schedule * catch up on Laundry

simple solutions  . . .
15 minutes a day cleaning up the attic for our daughter

a verse of Scripture . . .
“it is written”
Matthew 4: 1-11

Here is a picture thought I am sharing . . .

Happy New Year! A lovely discovery for 2010:  J.R. Miller Archive . Bookmark and enjoy!

In Green Pastures by J. R. Miller
Daily Readings

Write deep in your heart this New-Year’s day this word of sublime confidence, JEHOVAH-JIREH. It tells you that you can trust God always; that no promise of his ever fails; that he doeth all things well; that out of all seeming loss and destruction of human hopes he brings blessing. You have not passed this way heretofore. There will be sorrows and joys, failures and successes, this year, just as there were last year. You cannot forecast individual experiences. You cannot see a step before your feet. Yet Jehovah-Jireh calls you to enter the new year with calm trust. It bids you put away all anxieties and forebodings — “The Lord will provide.”