Monday, January 28, 2013

Oh the Stories You Could Tell....

"In 1857, a day or two before preaching at the Crystal Palace, I went to decide where the platform should be fixed; and, in order to test the acoustic properties of the building, cried in a loud voice, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." In one of the galleries, a workman, who knew nothing of what was being done, heard the words, and they came like a message from heaven to his soul. He was smitten with conviction on account of sin, put down his tools, went home, and there, after a season of spiritual struggling, found peace and life by beholding the Lamb of God. Years after, he told this story to one who visited him on his death-bed." -Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Monday, January 14, 2013

What a busy few months its been! Wow. School work starting up, celebrating the birth of our savior and a new year, and some pretty intense book-writing. Wait, book writing?

Let me explain.....

This year, Piper, Ella and I participated in a popular event called NaNoWriMo. NaNo is an online program that challenges individuals of all ages to write a 50,000 word book in the 30 days of November. If you successfully complete 50,000 words in 30 days, you're dubbed a NaNoWriMo "Winner." Fun, right?

We filled this November with excitement, peanut M&M's, fuzzy socks, candles, word sprints, encouragement, viking hats, and an overall wonderful time. Not to mention a successful 50,000+ words and winners badges for all three of us!

(.....And you wonder why our blog posts have been lacking. *wink*)

NaNo is a one of a kind experience, and if you're an aspiring author (or pulling your hair out trying to finish that novel you started back in 2007), we urge you to attempt NaNo with us next year! Until then, you may come back in a few weeks to find a few excerpts from our books. But that's still a working progress. For the time being, I have a few things I'd like to share with you. A quote, a verse and a song. (does that sound repetitive to anyone else?)

The quote is something pretty special. 57 years ago on January 8th, 1956, Jim Eliot and his four companions were martyred for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. The quote below really stabs my heart. Jim Eliot wasn't just one of those smart people who could put words together in a way that pleased the ears of onlookers. He lived out exactly what he said.

The verse is also something very special. It comes from the Word of God and speaks of beautiful things. It is (for now) my favorite passage of scripture. (That is, until God reveals something else totally wonderful to me, and I have to debate myself. Scrap all that, the whole book is wonderful!) As for the song, enjoy it! We shall soon be back with some challenges, surprises (both for you and for us!) and book excerpts. :)

Have a fantastically wonderful day full of the Lord's blessings!


"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Eliot

"'Truly, truly I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.'
This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.So Jesus said to them again, 'Truly, truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from my Father."

John 10:1-18 (NASB)