Thursday, November 30, 2006

Once again


Ahh another picture of Schwitzer, there is Tallis finally reaching the top. He is using the snowshoes I got Schyler for Christmas last year, but even with those to help him it was a long climb I think.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Schweitzer

Here is a picture from the top of Schweitzer, Schyler and Tallis climbed up to a part of the mountain that doesn't have a lift but did have good powder. They had an exceptional ski down and just might do it again.

Snow

Here we go with the first mighty snow of the year. We have about a foot and half down here on the lowlands and about forty five inches up on the ski hill. The ski hill is the important one, yesterday we went up for the first time (well for us girls at least) it was WONDERFUL. Powder snow all over the place, although I didn't get into that untill the end of the day when I was so tired I just fell down the hill. But all in all it was a good day, however I'm paying the price for not doing my squats and lunges like I did last fall. My thigh muscles are very much there if you know what I mean and I also have a couple of muscles in my back that I didn' t know I had. Ouch, ouch, but in an effort to better my self I shoveled the driveway, an hour later it is almost done and I'm taking a break with a cup of tea.

Here is a Psalm that I enjoying signing, it is quite encouraging and a good reminder of what we as Christians are to do.

Psalm 89:1
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever,
I will sing, I will sing.
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever,
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord.
With my mouth will I make known,
His faithfulness, His faithfulness,
With my mouth, will I make known
His faithfulness to all generations.

May we make know His faithfulness to all generations!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Old china in Amsterdam


This is one of my favorite pictures I took, there is something about white on white with the china poised on the carved wood.

Lovely glass in the Czech



Here is another example, more wonderful stuff. Hmmhm

Stained glass in the Czech


Well it isn't the best picture I have, but this is the only church in the world that has Art Noveau in the windows. Amazing church, it also had a room that was made entirely out of semi precious gems. WOW. This was wonderful to look through and both Jodi and I loved it. If you are ever there check it out, it is the church in the castle across the bridge and up the hill.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Work and things

Today we worked in the yard, I now have a blister and a voice that is not working right. Have you ever tried keeping four children all under the age of nine busy with raking leafs for three hours? And don't forget the fifteen month old and the two and a half year old, someones got to watch them to make sure they don't fall in the pond or go out the gate. It takes a lot of talking and hollering to keep everyone together long enough to get a pile built and bagged. Leafs in the wind do not roam around as much as these kids do. But all in all the day was good, we got a lot of work done and Dad ordered pizza so there was a bonus. My voice with a cup of lemon and honey tea will come back and my blister will go away. Now all we need is for the steaks to defrost and we will be cooking with gas.

Also it came to mind this week while reading Judges that if we choose other gods besides the Lord God, he will leave us to our weak and easily toppled gods when we are in trouble. When the Istaelites cried out to him, asking him to save them he said "When the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines, the Sidonians, the Amalekites and Maonites oppressed you and you cried out to me for help, did I not save you from their hands? But you have forsaken me and served other gods, so I will no longer save you. Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them save you when you are in trouble. Judges 10:11-15

Let them, the gods you have chosen, save you! Yikes, you are stuck with a god who obviously can't save you because if he could you wouldn't be in trouble in the first place. And the real, true God isn't happy that you turned your back on him. The Israelites got out of this one by getting rid of the foreign gods. Then the Lord had pity on them and saved them.

What things or people have we made into gods in our 21 century? What is blocking people from knowing the one true God? Because something sure is, our whole "christian" culture is as messed up as the pagan one. When it should be a light in the darkness, a fragrant offering to God, it is a sordid, crawling mess that eats up peoples lives, burns families to its god and makes the Lord Jesus Christ a stench to the nations. Oh that men and women would stand up and be like Gideon son of Joash, who broke down Baal's altar and cut down the Asherah pole. And may our parents be like Joash who spoke for his son when the hostile crowd came. "Are you going to plead Baal's cause? Are you trying to save him? Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning! If Baal really is a god, he can defend himself when someone breaks down his alter" Judges 6:31.

Stand up and fight now for tomorrow may be to late.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Conquerors

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died-more than that, who was raised to life-is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:

"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Chirst Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:33-39

Today I was happy to think that I'm more then a conqueror through Christ. In him my death has already happened and when I go from this world I pass from life to life, or into real living. And unlike the ghost in C.S Lewis's, The Great Divorce, I will be fully solid when I reach that kingdom.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Another day is past.

I was reading last night in If by Amy Carmichael and came across this.

If my interest in the work of others is cool:
if I think in terms of my own special work:
if the burdens of others are not my
burdens too, and their joys mine,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

How easy it is to not put others first, even in the simple form of our prayer life. I have been thinking of late that my prayers tend to be more about me and less about fellow believers and their struggles or work. Where do I get off the train? I want others to pray for me so why then do I not pray for them? Hmmm or at least I shouldn't tack them on at the end just before I drift off to sleep. Perhaps they should be first and I last.

Because in the end the first shall be last and the last first anyway.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

For all who travel.

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with weary feet,
Until it joins some larger way,
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.
J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hmm cookies

All right it has been all of five seconds since my last post, but I couldn't help put on here that I just made cookies. Eat your heart out blog world, peanut butter and chocolate chip hmmm, and the kids are getting their naps. That may not sound like a big deal, but when the oldest is eight and the youngest two months things can get really hairy if naps are forgone for other pleasures.

*Note*

That post was written while the kids slept however they woke up, I'm now just getting around to finishing it. Enough said.

Well I'll be heading home soon for Thanksgiving, looking forward to the long drive spending time with my friend Lisa and my friend Tolken. Oh and Wodehouse ahhh can life get better? I submit that it can not. And then home sweet home where the ski hills soar and this nanny can take on the black diamonds again.

So it begins

And yet another blog is sent spinning out in that vast world of the internet. Will it be worth coming to and reading? Who knows? I, as yet sure don't.

Well I know at least two people will read it and at least one of them will tell me where I'm off with my grammer and spelling. But unless my pride gets in the way then that won't be a bad thing will it?

So anyway welcome to the world of Liesl.