Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Prepare for Take Off

Corbyn, leaving for Cambodia with his Uncle Darryl who is going on a missions support trip with Children's Camps International. They will be gone from March 30 - April 15, 2010.

Corbyn left for Cambodia on March 30th @ 6:00 AM. He's getting there on April 1st -- 26 hours after leaving Winnipeg airport. He's flying over the date line and missing his birthday on March 31st.

What a memorable trip right from the get go!

The two of them are going to encourage the believers in Cambodia - distributing blankets & clothing as well as helping at various VBS camps numerous Churches are hosting.

This is just a short trip around the world ... are you prepared for THE flight? When Christ sounds the trumpet to call His loved ones home, will you meet Him in the air?

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."
I Thessalonians 5:9

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

Monday, March 29, 2010

These 20 Years

It has been our joy to know & nurture this young man for these last twenty years. They've been good years together. We are so grateful to God for sharing him with us.

It was our privilege to celebrate his 20th birthday on Monday, March 29th though his actual birthdate isn't until the 31st. Read more here.

Special note: I was very thankful to finally find my missing recipe for chiffon cake (Thanks for the recipe, Margaret!) Can you believe this hightop cake was made with whole wheat flour? It was delicious with whipped cream & cherry sauce!

I'll post the recipe in a later post. Watch for it!

Monday, March 22, 2010


This came to my inbox ... I just thought I'd share it with you:


The secret of praying is to PRAY.

We go to seminars on How to Pray and yet still do not pray. We read books on How to Pray and yet still do not pray. I believe that there is only one way to learn how to pray and that is to PRAY. We must open our mouth and speak to God.

It is sad to find believers who are reticent about praying. They don't open their mouths in a prayer meeting. Many don't even want to come to a prayer meeting. What is wrong? We should be known as the people who "call upon the Lord." Praying should be second nature to the believer
Pray out Loud!

Don't just pray in your mind in your prayer time. There will be times when you will do this because prayer should be a habitual part of our lives. But when you have your specific times of prayer, pray out loud. Get used to hearing your own voice in prayer. It can be strange when you first start but it is the way to get used to praying.

I have always prayed out loud in my personal times of prayer and found it a great blessing. Firstly, if I pray out loud, I know when I stop praying! And that can often happen. When you pray in your mind it is easy to go into dreamland and soon forget what you are praying about. When you start to do this when praying out loud, you come back to prayer with a jolt when suddenly there is silence! It also keeps your mind on what you are doing. It also gets you used to praying out loud in corporate prayer meetings.
Teach your Children to Pray out Loud!

Teach your children to pray out loud so they get used to praying. Praying should be normal to them. Encourage them to pray out loud in their personal praying. Encourage them to pray out loud at Family Devotions.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He didn't go into a great discourse on how to pray. Instead, He prayed a prayer. He showed them how to pray by praying. We learn to pray by praying. Your children learn to pray by praying.

I am frustrated when I go to a prayer meeting and have to listen to a long message. I thought we had come to pray! Why don't we get stuck in and pray? The need is so great. The nation is in peril. Our only hope is to call upon the Lord. Let's do it.

We all know 2 Corinthians 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and hear another sermon..." Ooops! Did I get it wrong? Sorry. But isn't that what we do? We come together for another sermon. Prayer is the last thing on our minds! But God won't save our nation by another sermon. He will save our nation when we pray.

Let's get it right, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Pray out Loud at Church!

My husband was convicted about this Scripture. Therefore, we no longer have church as usual. We don't have a prayer meeting before the service where about three or four people turn up. We pray when we come together as a body. We spend, sometimes up to an hour, praying together as believers before we open the Word of God. Guess who is first to pray. The moment my husband says, "It's time to pray," the children run to the front. They get in line to pray for our nation and the different nations of the world. They are learning to be intercessors as they are given opportunity to pray.

Fellow believers, let's get praying.

Pray individually.

Pray together as husband and wife. Faithfully pray together each day for each of your children and their needs.

Pray together as a family. Encourage all the children to pray.

Get involved in a prayer meeting where people love to pray. Or start one in your home. Gather neighbors, friends or whoever you can together and incorporate your whole family. Pray for the nation. Pray for Israel. Pray for the nations of the world. Pray as God leads you.

For the last ten years we have prayed faithfully every week with folks who live around us here in the Tennessee woods--people from different denominations who normally would not see eye-to-eye. But we don't come together to discuss doctrine. We come together to pray. Consequently, God has drawn our hearts together in love and unity.

Now you know the secret! You don't need to read any more books or hear any more sermons on prayer. Just start praying--and remember to pray out loud.

Start today.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Changes & Learning Curves

Whew, what a week!

Monday - Molly arrived and threw us into learning curves with milking by hand. Hey, we're not the only ones, she had to learn with the guys what hand milking is all about. Apparently the milker we have has issues - we're trying to get those resolved.
- Corbyn's ticket was bought for his trip to Cambodia, March 30-April 14, 2010. He's going with his Uncle Darryl on a ministry trip for Children's Camps International. Please pray with us for them & those they seek to serve through this great opportunity!

Tuesday - we finally located and brought home 50 new laying hens. They're as hard to find in Manitoba as the proverbial "hens teeth", lol! From now on, we may just hatch our own in an incubator. Wouldn't that be fun??

- Corbyn started part-time work @ Rosehill Woodcrafters Ltd., but when he came home after his first day he was already full-time. Having him gone all day everyday has really made a huge change in all of our lives!! Of course, he has learning curves to go through at work, but we do too ... changes in schedules & responsibilities etc.

Wednesday - made our first batch of yummy yogurt. Whoohoo!
- Faith Mattaya decided it was worth it to learn how to walk with boots on so that she can go outside, see the animals & play with the kitties.

Thursday - A Happy 6th Birthday for Benjamin & Bronlin. It is so hard to believe that they're already six!! We really celebrated their birthday already on Sunday when Grandpa & Grandma Wiebe were here for a wonderful visit.

again a long day of baking & preparing for Farmer's Market on Friday.
- we made our first butter ... with great success!

Friday - Farmer's Market & shopping in Brandon.
- failed our first attempt @ making cottage cheese ... much to the delight of the cats & dog!

Saturday - resting up and preparing for Sunday & company (house cleaning).
- made our second batch of cottage cheese with success! Yay!

Thank you, Lord, for creating a Day of Rest!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Meet Molly

Our new resident registered Brown Swiss. She's so gentle & patient. She makes this place a real farm!

... notice the llamas are "meeting" her too? They are very curious creatures -- and protective! They have lived here at Klasse Woods longer than we. I guess you could say we "inherited" them with the farm. It is taking a long time for us to win their confidence though, they are still very wary of us.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Health Habits - Oxygen

Oxygen is necessary for life - our life. In fact, without it we die! I know, that's not news to you ...

But did you know that cancer causing free radicals DIE in the presence of oxygen? Since every body has free-radicals, it is in our best interest to give our bodies the optimum edge in the battle to stay on top of that internal situation.

So, how can we get more oxygen into our bodies so that they can function with better efficiency, sustaining quality life and eradicating those pesky errant cells that threaten to take over?

One simple, inexpensive way to get more oxygen is to breathe deeply. Most of us use only about 10% of our lung capacity, there is lots of room to expand that:

- inhale a huge breath slowly through your nose. Let it fill your lungs and then take conscious note of filling your abdomen with air as well.
- exhale slowly, blowing through your mouth.
- try to exhale for longer than you inhaled.

Why? Because when we exhale we are not only releasing carbon dioxide, but also the extra, unused oxygen ... AND TOXINS. The toxins are what you really want to discard.

- once you've noticed how much more air you can get into your lungs try holding your breath for 10 seconds or so.
- when you've mastered that, try increasing the length of your hold.

Why? Because we breathe out so much unused oxygen - this is a conscious plan to use as much as you can. While you can't do this with every breath, the extra oxygen you do get each and every time you do this exercise will promote your good health.

Make your lungs work FOR you.

Do this exercise before you rise and when you retire - and whenever you think of it in-between.

Make it a daily health habit!

Monday, March 1, 2010


About a month ago we saw robins already - yeah, I know it seems terribly early for that.

Today the guys spotted horned larks and bluebirds.

Add to that these warm temperatures that really do make it feel like spring. May be it is just around the corner -- it will likely get colder yet and a couple more storms may blow, but it is still a fact that we're almost through another winter.