Sunday, July 31, 2011

Two Former Orphans, Two Continents, One Great God

Our Cassandra (adopted from Russia in 2001) with 4-year-old Meddie Grace (adopted by the Nordstroms from Ethiopia this April)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

What is Holiness?

"Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgement, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His word...

"A holy man will shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment. He will have a decided bent of mind towards God, a desire to do His will, a greater fear of displeasing Him than of displeasing the world, and a great love to all His ways.

"A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus...

"A holy man will follow after meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, kind tempers, government of his tongue. He will bear much, overlook much and be slow to talk of standing on his rights..."

J.C. Ryle, Holiness, pgs. 34, 35

Friday, July 29, 2011

My Goal: To Encourage

My reason for creating a new blog is that through the craft of writing I can be reminded of important Truths. In the process, I hope to encourage myself...and perhaps others.

So often as I'm reading God's word or a book, I come upon a passage or a quote that stirs my soul. As my heart responds, "Yes, yes yes!", I want to share my exultation. This blog will give me the opportunity to record the thoughts that come, sometimes as conviction and sometimes as vessels of hope.

Our God is good and He does good (Psalm 119:68). I long to glorify and exalt Him through the words and photographs I share here.