Kneel At The Cross – hymn

Do you know this one? Do you do this? Do you “kneel at the cross”? I guess it kind of comes down to semantics for whether you do this or not but for me, it is a heart thing. Do I go to God when things get me down? Do I spend time with Jesus? Do I read God’s word? Do I see God, hanging on the cross, taking all of my sin – these things I mess up every. single. day. – taking my burdens, and dying in my stead, allowing me to one day be with him in heaven for eternity, if I have followed His commands?

Do I allow Jesus to intercede for me? That is what He does. He interecedes. He is the high priest and He “goes between” for me. He meets me there, at the foot of HIS cross, wanting me to give up those things that pull me away from Him and remove my focus from his commands.

So what are those commands?

In Matthew 28 verses 36-40, Jesus tells us those commandments:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and prophets are summed up in these.

But if that is as far as you go in understanding God and His word, you have missed so much of God’s mercy and grace and judgment. Yes, judgment. God promises that there will be a judgment day and if we have not followed all of his commands, we will not be granted the seat we so desire. Remember Matthew 28:19-20? This is just one of many places where loving God takes on a specific action. We are to go out into the world and baptize others in the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit and teach them to obey ALL the commands of Jesus. (emphasis mine)

So I go to the cross. I Kneel at the Cross in singing or prayer or silence, where there is room. Place your anchor at the foot of the cross and Jesus will meet you there.

I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.

At Home.

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Kneel At The Cross

Words and Music: Charles E. Moody (1924)

1 Kneel at the cross,
Christ will meet you there,
He intercedes for you.
Lift up your voice,
Leave with Him your care
And begin life anew. refrain

Refrain:
Kneel at the cross.
Leave every care.
Kneel at the cross.
Jesus will meet you there.

2 Kneel at the cross,
There is room for all
Who would His glory share;
Bliss there awaits,
Harm can ne’er befall
Those who are anchored there. refrain

3 Kneel at the cross,
Give you idols up,
Look unto realms above.
Turn not again
To life’s sparkling cup;
Trust always in His love. refrain

Five – Five Minute Friday

Today’s prompt word – Five. There is a beautiful story from the host of this link-up, Kate from Heading Home, about the choice of the word FIVE for today’s prompt.

START:

Five. I don’t know where to start. Five somethings? Five minutes? Five ? ? ?

Five minutes to myself. To feel sorry for myself. To get the frustrations and the tears out. To just be done with it.

Five verses from God’s word to help me find my strength. My encouragement. My hope. My perseverance.

Five days have passed and we are through that window of fear that I had. I had acknowledged those five days and thought getting through them would help. It didn’t and I think that is what is hardest for me. I thought those five days would pass and I would not feel the stress anymore or the worry or the wondering. Those five days passed, and while I am thankful they passed without incident, they didn’t bring the relief I had expected.

Five weeks to come. Five more week of post-surgery. Five more weeks of At Home Dad not being able to do much. I knew these weeks were coming and I knew they would be hard. But today? Five weeks seems like a lot. Especially when that isn’t really the end but the beginning of the next phase.

Five weeks.

Five days.

Five verses.

  1. Jeremiah 29:11
  2. Psalm 23
  3. Psalm 56:3-4
  4. Psalm 118:24
  5. Proverbs 3:5-6

Five minutes. Kids are in bed so I just spent my five minutes writing.🙂

STOP.

 

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At Home.

Cranberry-Peach Relish Recipe

Cranberry peach relish

Last week, I shared a recipe on the blog of a friend for Cranberry-Peach Relish. It was something we came up with a while back but was able to use the recipe to help her out in the weeks after the new addition to their family. Please head over to Thou Shalt Not Whine for this yummy, easy recipe that is refreshing all year round.

At Home.

Story Cubes Story Time

 

Miss J was given a new set of story cubes the other day and decided to use them this afternoon to create a new story. Here is her fun story:

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There was a little girl and she was using a map to find treasure in a cave. Her name was Ezil and she saw the treasure. It was a key. She was puzzled. Then she saw a door. But it was locked. Then she saw that there were two pictures that were the same on the door and on the key and unlocked the door. There was a new world with planes that were always full! And apples with notes in them! And canes that were made out of sugar cane! And clocks that were just on time to tick-tock! And it snowed there but it never did get cold! And the best thing of all is that there are NO LOCKS!

 

Hope you enjoyed reading about her new land! Story Cubes are a fantastic way to prompt some creative writing and allow tons of freedom for the student. This is not a post that is sponsored. It is a product we love. We have three or four sets of story cubes, as each set has different characters. If you don’t have any, I highly recommend them.

At Home.

Needle Work is Finished – Middle School Monday

She did it! She finished her cross stitch and decided to gift it to her best friend for a birthday gift. She finished the stitching and then chose fabric to turn it into a pillow. She cut and sewed the pillow herself and it turned out really sweet.

The finished product:

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At Home.

Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand – hymn

There are times when things move really slowly. And other times, things seem to move faster than the speed of light. Recently, we have been in one of those super-fast times. Lots of things have been happening and while we knew they were going to, they just happened a whole lot faster than we expected. At Home Dad needed shoulder surgery and we expected that. What we didn’t expect was under 3 weeks from the time of mentioning it to our primary care physician to the actual surgery. Fast!

During times of this fast moving life, we have to hold onto something. Something of importance. Something of strength. Something that can get us through when the world seems to be spinning. God is that Something. God is in control so while things seem to move super-fast to me, God has had this in his hand the whole time. God’s hand is unchanging and he will provide the strength we need through the sleepless days and night of recover and rehab ahead. God’s hand will provide the care to handle the pain and the worry that goes along with these things. But, most importantly, God’s hand is unchanging and will guide us through whatever he places in our paths until at last he brings us to heaven to live with him for eternity.

Hold to God’s unchanging hand. It is all you need to make it through.

At Home.

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Hold To God’s Unchanging Hand

lyrics: Jennie Wilson (1904)
music: F. L. Eiland (1904)

1 Time is filled with swift transition,
Naught of earth unmoved can stand,
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

Refrain:
Hold to God’s unchanging hand,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand;
Build your hopes on things eternal,
Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

2 Trust in Him who will not leave you,
Whatsoever years may bring,
If by earthly friends forsaken
Still more closely to Him cling. [Refrain]

3 Covet not this world’s vain riches
That so rapidly decay,
Seek to gain the heav’nly treasures,
They will never pass away. [Refrain]

4 When your journey is completed,
If to God you have been true,
Fair and bright the home in glory
Your enraptured soul will view. [Refrain]

 

Listen – Five Minute Friday

This week’s Five Minute Friday post is on the word  . . . LISTEN. I am posting on Saturday because we were too busy with family requirements yesterday to do any writing.

GO!

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Listen. Are you? What does it mean? How do you listen?

The obvious answer is with our ears but really it is more than that.

We have to listen with our hearts and our minds. Listen doesn’t mean to hear the words. It means you have to understand the meaning behind the words. What is in the speaker’s heart and in their experiences. If we don’t give those things credence, then we do not listen to the person.

This is so obvious when we see what is going on with our families. How often do I as a parent begin to formulate my response to a child’s cry before I hear it out? How often do I make up my mind before I have discussed with a child what went wrong in a sibling fight? How often do I jump to conclusions?

I need to listen. I need to stop and slow down. I need to understand.

God does this for us, his children. He listens. In fact, he waits for us to talk before he even begins formulating his plan. Because he is LOVE. So to listen is caught up with love. God is love and he listens to us. All we have to do is come to him in prayer. Prayer is out way to talk to God and he loves us. He listens to us. And then he answers us in His word. And we have to listen to Him.

You know that verse that says “Listen to Him.” God is talking about listening to his son. Listen to Jesus. He talks to us through his word. Listen to Him.

Listening will help you find your way. Listen to God.

END.

At Home.

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