While living in the NC Mountains, we attended a little independent Baptist church on the side of the road…what wonderful memories we have!  During those years, our family sat in three different areas of the sanctuary: my husband and Caleb sat on the front row of the right section, Stephen and Joshua sat up front on the left side in a pew where the back was up against the side wall (the “amen corner”) and the girls and I sat three rows back on the left side. In order for this momma to get the attention of a misbehaving child, she needed an attention-getter. It didn’t take too long for our children to learn that a clearing of the throat meant someone was in trouble. As six pairs of eyes turned to momma, the guilty party was given “the look” (if you’re a momma, you know exactly what I mean – the “straighten up or else” look) and then all eyes turned back to the front.  The guilty had been warned.

Attention getters. My siblings and I have a childhood memory of a shoe being thrown across the living room to get the attention of one of us kids who was talking while Daddy was praying.  I honestly can’t remember WHO was guilty that time but apparently a clearing of the throat was not enough.

So often, our Heavenly Father needs to get the attention of a misbehaving child. How tragic for a child to ignore those warnings. Consider this from Amos chapter four –

vs. 7-8, “…I have withholden the rain from you…yet ye have not returned unto me, saith the LORD.”

vs. 9, “I have smitten you with blasting and mildew…yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.”

vs. 10, “I have sent among you the pestilence…yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.”

 vs. 11, “I have overthrown some of you…yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.”

What does it take for God to get our attention? When we ignore the Holy Spirit’s nudgings…His “ahem, that is wrong”…we are allowing our heart to begin hardening. The longer we regard that sin instead of confessing, the less sensitive we become to His warnings. Now, instead of a mere “clearing of the throat”, a louder warning must be given.

The remedy for this hardened condition is to restore fellowship with the Lord by confessing any unconfessed sin. And then, maintain that close fellowship by responding to the “ahems” with immediate confession and/or obedience.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9

~ Rachel ~

Rest – Hudson Taylor

“To every toiling, heavy-laden sinner, Jesus says, Come to me and rest. But there are many toiling, heavy-laden believers, too. For them this same invitation is meant. Note well the words of Jesus, if you are heavy-laden with your service, and do not mistake it. It is not, Go, labor on, as perhaps you imagine. On the contrary, it is stop, turn back, Come to me and rest. Never, never did Christ send a heavy laden one to work; never, never did He send a hungry one, a weary one, a sick or sorrowing one, away on any service. For such the Bible only says, Come, come, come.”  ~ Hudson Taylor ~

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

Peace Like a River

(Anna is “guest-posting” this evening. The following was taken from her Bible journal.)

“Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:”  Isaiah 48:17,18

In these verses, the Lord is speaking. In the second verse, He is crying out to the people of Jacob and Israel in how He wished that they would have obeyed Him. He goes on to say that if they had obeyed, they would have had peace like a river. Doing right brings peace to us. If we’re not doing right, it could be that we’ve got sin in our life. You know how we felt when we disobeyed momma or daddy? We felt guilty, miserable, etc. We knew we had done wrong but we were afraid to tell them. We didn’t feel peaceful at all. That’s how some people live their life. They try to pretend that everything’s okay but inside, they feel terrible. Why would we want to live like that? When we do obey God or when we get that sin in our heart confessed, we’ll have peace like a river! So, when we don’t feel a peace in our heart, we need to ask God to search inside and see if there’s anything that we need to take care of. The Lord will show us. Then, we will just have to take the next step by taking care of those things. By doing this, we will have peace like a river!!! Can we sing this song truthfully?

~~~~~~~~~~~~I’ve Got Peace Like a River~~~~~~~~~~~~

I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river,
I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

~ Anna ~

Without the Word

“Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”  I Peter 3:1

Any time I read these verses in I Peter 3, I am reminded of a message we heard preached several years ago by Br. Johnny Pope on “Bringing the Spirit-Filled Life Home”.  Br. Pope brought out a very important truth concerning a wife’s responsibility toward a husband who is either not saved or is backslidden. His point was: A husband who is being disobedient to the Word of God (either unsaved or backslid), will NOT be won by a wife’s words. In fact, the continual pleading and (can I say it)…NAGGING…will only drive a husband further away from Truth. The book of Proverbs warns of the nagging wife –

“…the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.” Proverbs 19:13

“A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.” Proverbs 27:15

“A continual dropping”…drip, drip, drip…nag, nag, nag. THAT is what our continual “words of wisdom” and “mini sermons” and “whining” and “angry words”…etc…sound like to our husbands.

Are we “winning” our husbands to the Lord; are we drawing them to Truth when we handle situations in this manner? No. In fact, we are driving them further and further away. We also read in Proverbs –

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” Proverbs 21:9

“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.” Proverbs 21:19

The corner of the housetop and yes, even the wilderness sound much more inviting to a husband whose wife is constantly confronting him concerning his spiritual condition.

NEWS FLASH – Wives are not their husbands’ Holy Spirit.  

Think about that for a minute. If we have a husband that is not right with God, what would we rather take place in their life? Would we rather them comply with our wishes just to get us off their back or would we rather GOD speak to them? Would we rather GOD get hold of their heart and thus produce LASTING changes in their life?

So, what is a wife to do? The end of I Peter 3:1, as well as verses 2-5 tells us:

“…they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:”  I Peter 3:1-5

The word “conversation” speaks of our behavior, NOT our words. How is a husband who is living in disobedience to God’s Word won to Truth?  Through the godly behavior of a wife who has adorned herself with a meek and quiet spirit (not a contentious spirit) while being in subjection to her husband and trusting GOD to do the work that needs to be done in his heart. Some may argue, “That is just not me…I am just naturally an outspoken person who tells it like it is.”  Well, the above verses tell all wives to “adorn” themselves with a meek and quiet spirit. This Godly characteristic may be more of a challenge for some than others, but, just as we would adorn ourselves with a necklace, or just as we would adorn a tree at Christmas time with ornaments, so should a Christian wife adorn or “put on” a meek and quiet spirit. Did you notice what God thinks of this quality in women? The above passage says, “…which is in the sight of God of great price.”

A good question for each of us wives to ask ourselves from time to time would be, “How valuable is my behavior in GOD’S sight? Would my daily conduct be considered one “of great price” to God?” May we allow these verses in I Peter to be a continual reminder to us, as wives, of the VALUE to God as well as EFFECTIVENESS in our home of a meek and quiet spirit.

“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” Proverbs 31:26

~ Rachel ~

Busy Weekend!

Mother/Daughter Luncheon



Love them so much!

We had a good turnout!

A missionary family out of our church, singing at the youth meeting we were able to attend this past weekend.


Love Valley Youth Choir


Yesterday evening, Bethany and another young lady were presented new Bibles and heard a special charge preached from the life of Joseph…


The graduates


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Back to work today…our tomato plants are getting big!


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