...Life lately.

...lots of studying! Whether that be multiple personal Bible studies, world history classes for older brother, tons of grammar guides to get a better grasp on grammar + writing, Spanish/Portuguese/German, and in-depth looks into many aspects of WWII... 

This is what my room will generally look like when I go into my "studying-craze" at any given moment during a week. 

Though I'd hardly say that my life is filled with only studying! A more updated list will be coming shortly, including some pictures! 


[4:28 pm - April 9, 2015]

Playing with the little girls... and on to play a game of chess with my younger brother. =) Hopefully, he doesn't beat me too badly. ;)


[4:47pm] A Quote on Prayer

"It is prayer that lies at the root of the spiritual life and power of the Church. The measure of God's giving the Spirit is our asking."

-Andrew Murray 
from ~ The Ministry of Intercession: A Plea for More Prayer 


Becoming Happy in the Lord | Nehemiah 8:10

"While I was staying at Nailsworth, it pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, irrespective of human instrumentality, as far as I know, the benefit of which I have not lost, though now…more than forty years have since passed away.

The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever, that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day, to have MY SOUL HAPPY IN THE LORD. The first thing to be concerned about was not, how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit.
Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as a habitual thing, to give myself to prayer, after having dressed in the morning. Now I saw, that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God and to meditation on it, that thus my heart may be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, whilst meditating, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord. I began therefore, to meditate on the New Testament, from the beginning, early in the morning."

-George Muller

I read this from one of George's Muller's books several months back, and was recently reminded of this practice that Muller kept each morning. An excellent point is made within his writing - it is the most wise thing to do to have your spirit in the right place before you start about the Lord's activities each day. How can you do the things the Lord desires of you, if you have not yet received the strength to do so each morning? As the Word says... God's joy is your strength in this world. 

"...for the joy of the Lord is your strength!" -Nehemiah 8:10b 


4:32 pm | 3.27.15

Spending time with my little sister, Faith. =) 


Be Still, My Soul

Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev’ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end. 

Be still, my soul: The hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul; When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last 

-Kathrina von Schlegal 

[first 2 verses]


True Freedom

"Absolute surrender to the perfect will of an omniscient and loving God is not slavery, but freedom."

-Paul Washer