Friday, October 29, 2010

Our Fall Road Trip

A few weeks ago Dave and I took a trip north to see our grandchildren, and their parents. We had a great time!
We went to a 4H dinner with Rachel, Dave and their children. They all received an award or two. We are proud of all they do in that organization.
We went to the lake, and played at the school, the weather was wonderful considering it was October.

We spent some time with Robin, Dennison and the boys ~ we went to the zoo,

pretended it was Jude's birthday,
and enjoyed seeing our kids as parents.
(I don't know how Dennison avoided the camera)
Carter wanted to wear the chicken suit one more time before it got handed-down.
to cousin Ike

Scott's boys were working hard getting ready for winter

we love being with our darling grand children

and seeing the fun things they do, like building a bike jump.
We love our family and are so proud of the good things they are doing.

Monday, October 25, 2010

I Stand Amazed

We are studying Isaiah in Sunday School right now; there so much material there to cover in only a few weeks. How blessed we are to have our own scriptures; we can sit down and feast on the words of God whenever we choose. I love the imagery of Lehi's vision in the 8th chapter of 1 Nephi where we see that the iron rod ~ the word of God ~ leads us to the tree of life, which is the love of God ~ Jesus Christ. Yesterday we were in Isaiah 40 - 49 where we read about and discussed the characteristics of our Savior and the results of following or failing to follow Him. There are beautiful passages there, messages of hope and peace that comes to us only through Jesus.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Isaiah 49:15-16
In Sacrament meeting we sang one of my favorite hymns: I Stand All Amazed (text and music by Charles H Gabriel)
I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.

I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.

I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.

Oh, it is wonderful
That he should care for me
Enough to die for me!
Oh, it is wonderful,
Wonderful to me!

I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of Jesus and his mission to save us. This knowledge comes to me through the scriptures, the words of the prophets, and through the sweet whisperings of the Holy Ghost.