Monday, December 08, 2008


This is gonna be a bit different, but this is me today! I walked around the neighborhood and viewed these orange trees. You should taste em! I have!

But against this background shines the extraordinary love of God. For it is true that whosoever believes-even men like these-can have eternal life. God sent me to prison to bring them to this Good News. 'a letter from a Russian Christian Prisoner'

Steel is strenghtened through a tempering process-heated to extreme temperatures, pounded into form, and cooled. Then the process is repeated again and again, heating and pounding the impurities away and the cooling so that metal can bonded. A similar tempering process strenghtens our faith. When we are heated by hatred from others, pounded upon by persecution, and then cooled by the gentle reassurance of God's presence, our impurities are driven out and our faith strengthened. Have you recognised the tempering process in your life? Don't resist any part of it. Learn from your brothers and sisters in the Hmong tribe. Your enemies don't realise you will be stronger as a result of their hatred. 'Southeast Asia: Hmong Christians'

During the last war we were taught that, in order to obtain our objective,we had to be expendable...We know that there is only one answer when our country demands that we share in the price of freedom-yet when the Lord Jesus asks us to pay the price for the world evangelization, we often answer without a word. We cannot go. We say it costs too much... Missionaries constantly face expendability. "Nate Saint, a missionary martyred in the Ecuadorian Jungle in 1956"
You yourself in your own conscience must feel Christ himself. You must experience unshakably that it is God's Word, even though the whole world should dispute it. As long as you do not have this feeling, you have certainly not yet tasted of God's Word. "Martin Luther"

"excerpts above from Extreme Devotion- a devotional from Martyrs"
"excerpt from "He chose the Nails'-Max Lucado"

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness
Kindness in giving creates love.


Old Lady Lincoln said...

Thank you for your visit. I bet those oranges are very good. Our son lives in the Jupiter-West Palm Beach area. And his in-laws had a tree and I remember how good those oranges were. So juicy.

Carver said...

Those oranges look so good on the trees.

To answer your question, the reservoir was made in part to control the flow of the Neuse River. There are falls along the river and before the area was essentially flooded when the lake (and dam to control it) were put in, there were falls in the area. The road leading to it is Falls of the Neuse road.

Kate said...

This is completely unrelated to your post, but I just wanted to say how nice it is that you've joined us on our Advent blog. Lovely to see you there and so involved.

Peace to you this season....

Kate xx

Craver Vii said...

"You should taste em! I have!"

Yes, sometimes we have news that's so good we just can't keep it to ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

Molly Malone said...

oranges in the neighborhood? i'm jealous!