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Welcome to my personal weblog! I have many areas of interest as a Christian wife and home schooling mother of 6 girls: writing, poetry, website design, digital photography, a home business (sewing); however, this blog will focus more on the wonderful journey the Lord has brought our family through and what the Lord has shown me in His Holy Word.


I know that my devotionals don't often speak of specifics in our lives, but I want my readers to know that what I write comes most often from what the Lord is doing in our lives, or has done. I don't just repeat words by this preacher or that one. My devotionals are often written through a haze of tears, sometimes in grief, sometimes in peace at God's goodness for what He is doing for our good. At other times, after a flood of tears over my lack of faith in His great plan for us, especially after I've seen Heaven's gates open in another miraculous answer to prayer. What I write is what God shows me through those trials which He brings because of His great goodness as He works out His perfect plan. - Angela.


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IED Up Close

We hear about road side bombs (IEDs), but did you ever really stop and imagine what it is really like for our military. This video gives a brief glimpse of what they go through almost daily in Afghanistan and other war zones.

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Fall Update

Well, I started this post before fall was here, but I find myself working on it well into fall and a month or so before winter. From September up until the first day of fall, we’d been enjoying a beautiful Indian summer here in the Okanagan. With temps. ranging from 20 t o30C (68-86F), it has been wonderful, especially compared to a cold last few weeks of August (5-10C or 41-50F) that felt more like the end of October. It was wonderful to have a nice bit of weather before, what the Farmer’s Almanac is calling, a long cold winter. I’ve yet to see anything serious though.

Our family is back into the swing of the school year with a few glitches to iron out, but nothing unusual: Making sure children get all the work done and within a reasonable amount of time; keeping the “wandering” and unnecessary talking down; ordering my sewing jobs to fit into our time squedule; keeping the almost 4 year old happy while everyone is unable to play with her. The usual.

I am no longer doing slipcovers for the Okanagan Slipcover Co. as the pay per slipcover simply did not cover my full wages, but have replaced that with contracts for Kelowna Flightcraft. The first aircraft job was making a pattern from an exhisting rudder curtain (for a Convair 580 – this pic is the first prop-jet that KFC ran 20 some odd years ago), make new ones for quality control purposes, Canadian Government of Transportation, a rush for a customer in Africa, and then make 10 curtains at a time from here on. I think there is a total of 50, but I’m not sure if that includes the elevator curtains that need done as well.

It has been fun working on aircraft parts again. I did quite a bit of that for our sewing business in the Arctic, and have actually missed doing it here. I will usually have to make my own patterns, but I actually enjoy that! It’s a challenge.

Between the work we do for the dry cleaner, Homestyle Cleaners, other contracts – like radio bags for FieldHawk Radios, and regular customers, this should keep us nicely busy. I say “us” as our daughter, Sarah, is now working diligently with me and is rapidly gaining basic skills. She did almost all the dry cleaner repairs last week, and she’ll have 20 hours of cutting for each set of 10 rudder curtains alone, even if she does no sewing on that job.

Lord willing, tomorrow, Sarah and I will be heading to Armstrong, BC, to pick up a ton (litteraly) of wood pellets at Armstrong Pellets for our pellet stove. Sarah gets to drive our 15 passenger van down, but I’ll drive it on the way back as that extra ton is a challenge to an experienced driver, let alone a new driver.

We’ll also be attending the Rememberance Day memorial at our local cenotaph to honour our veterans. This is a special time of year for our family. The sacrifices that men and women of the armed forces have done to protect our freedoms, and to give freedom to others, should never be forgotten!

It reminds me of some of my favorite verses:

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

But this man, (Jesus) after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:12

Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. Hebrews 7:27

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1

I’m so thankful my Jesus paid the ultimate price for my sins, so that I don’t have to!

A few years ago, I made some special computer wallpapers to honour the sacrifices of our military personel. Please view them on the main page of my wallpaper & prints website: Looking Unto Jesus Backgrounds and Prints. Here’s also the link for the Canadian Armed Forces website.

I’ll close my post with a beautiful signature that a dear friend, Jennifer, did for me. The photograph is one she found on the web from a park here in Kelowna, one we’ve been to many times. Aptly, the picture is taken in fall.

Autumn Siggy

For Such a Time as This

Our daughter, Sarah, my website partner, Jerry Bouey, and I wrote this song a few years ago. It was used for our church’s mission conference last fall.

For Such A Time As This
(To the tune of So Little Time by John R. Rice)

1. Esther was called to plead for her people.
Fear gripped her heart; Mordecai reminded her:
Twas her life too that now hung in the balance,
And she was given the king’s ear for this cause.

Despite her fears, boldly she went before the throne,
To plead the cause of her people before the king.
As she drew near, his favor was extended,
Grace was given, for such a time as this.

Chorus:
For such a time as this we have been called,
To preach the Gospel to a dying world.
How will they hear, except that we obey Him?
For such a time, for such a time as this.

2. Stand in the gap, petition for the lost world.
Snatch from the fire, rescue souls bound by their sin.
Break the chains of darkness that’s enslaved them.
Proclaim the truth in Jesus’ blessed name.

So as you stand in the place that God has given you,
Do not fear, He’s standing by your side,
And He will give the grace that you require,
As He promised, for such a time as this.

Chorus:

3. So little time, the day of grace is fading.
The sands of time are slipping through our hands.
Hold forth the Word, the Gospel of Salvation,
Lest you have their blood upon your hands.

Have compassion, our loved ones need the Saviour.
Let it not be said, “No man cared for my soul.”
Lift up your eyes, the field is white to harvest,
For such a time, for such a time as this.

Last Chorus:

For such a time as this we have been called,
To preach the Gospel to a dying world.
How will they hear, except that we obey Him?
Oh will you go, for such a time as this?

Sarah & Angela Trenholm and Jerry Bouey
April 2005

For Such A Time As This

(To the tune of So Little Time by John R. Rice)
(Missions Conference Version)

1. Esther was called to plead for her people.
Fear gripped her heart; Mordecai reminded her:
Twas her life too that now hung in the balance,
And she was given the king’s ear for this cause.

Despite her fears, boldly she went before the throne,
To plead the cause of her people before the king.
As she drew near, his favor was extended,
Grace was given, for such a time as this.

Chorus:

For such a time as this we have been called,
To preach the Gospel to a dying world.
How will they hear, except that we obey Him?
For such a time, for such a time as this.

2. So little time, the day of grace is fading.
The sands of time are slipping through our hands.
Hold forth the Word, the Gospel of Salvation,
Lest you have their blood upon your hands.

So as you stand in the place that God has given you,
And you hold, God’s Word in your hands;
Do not forget, all those who’ve yet to see it,
Do what you can, to place one in their hands.

Chorus:

4. Step out by faith, to see what God would have you do,
For the priceless worth, of even one lost soul.
And He will give the grace that you require.
To be exchanged for riches up in glory.

Stand in the gap, petition for the lost world.
Snatch from the fire, rescue souls bound by their sin.
Break the chains of darkness that’s enslaved them.
Proclaim the truth in Jesus’ blessed name.

Chorus:

Final Chorus:

For such a time as this we have been called,
To give the Gospel to a dying world.
How will they hear, except that we obey Him?
Oh will you go, for such a time as this?

Sarah & Angela Trenholm and Jerry Bouey
April 2005

He Is my All Sufficiency

Sitting at my laptop with barely enough energy to type (from low blood sugar), I feel quite useless as the rest of the family buzzes around getting things done. Our youngest doll – Carolyn – piggy tails and all, was first doing a puzzle and chattering away, but now is helping Abigail and Melissa with the laundry, folding tea towels and such; Cynthia and Sarah took over from me making lunch; and Brianna is practicing guitar. It just seems the norm lately: doing a few hours work then having no energy for the rest of the day. It has been very frustrating. We start the school year on Monday; I resume sewing for customers the following week, and I honestly have no idea how I am going to get everything done like I did before.

Still, in the midst of all this frustration and seemingly impossible schedule, I have a peace knowing that my Saviour is my all sufficiency. He will get me through, as long as I remember to lean on Him. I know I cannot do all that needs done without Him, and it may mean re-organizing our squedule and/or eliminating some things, but I also know He is always faithful to help me.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew 6:34 

Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 2 Corinthians 3:5 

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 

 

Yes, I’m alive!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I am indeed still alive. And I thought the homeschooling year was busy! LOL This summer has been utterly crazy! I hope to update everyone soon and get to writing my devotionals out too.

God bless!

Proper Christian Attire

MODESTY

Proper Christian Attire

By Bill Mosley

Modesty, decency, virtue, chastity, wholesome, proper, etc. are terms that have been used by parents for centuries as they attempted to teach their children moral excellence. These terms are likely still used as many parents continue to teach their offspring proper standards. This is no surprise when parents seek to bring up their children by biblical criterion. However, the idea of modest behaviour that is taught in the Bible has somehow taken on a relative meaning by worldly standards. But then these words (modesty, decency, virtue, chastity, wholesome, proper, etc.) have always had a relative point by which they obtained an established meaning. The Word of God gives the definition and the level of requirement established by God if the condition of modesty, decency, virtue, etc. are to be achieved. The world today, as always, has set a different standard for modesty, decency, virtue, and chastity. And once again the church has picked up on the standard set by the world and are busy defending their position on action and appearance not only in the world but also at worship services.

Legalism is generally cried out when this subject is approached. However, strict adherence to the law is not an undesirable quality. Law is an established rule that must be observed if society is to have any resemblance of a high quality of life. Even civil law is established by our all wise God and is beneficial not only for those who observe and respect the law but also for the disobedient (Rom. 13:1-7). Just as surely as God required Israel to follow the ceremonial law in their worship, just that surely the moral law of God was given not only to Israel but to all mankind and His requirements have not been repealed. God does not haphazardly introduce His commands. Each command of God has it’s own divine purpose and morality and decency is a divine requirement.

Several months ago there appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal a photo of a woman in the nude standing partially hidden behind what appeared to be a pulpit stand in a church. Enough of her body was exposed to reveal she was totally naked. Both the caption and the article was to draw attention to make the religious gullibles believe that she could be as spiritual in her nudist church as anyone else and could fellowship with God feeling neither restraint nor remorse. The first woman that found herself naked ran and hid in the trees and there were no other folks around at that time other than her husband. Of course her Maker was watching and her awareness of that caused her embarrassment and fear. Wouldn’t it be great today if those who bare their bodies would as quickly take steps to get out of sight of public view. Yet hiding from God remains impossible. Now as before it should be an embarrassment to be seen even partially naked. However, carnal eyes have a way of adjusting to the dark and it seems that society no longer has the propensity to feel embarrassed. But God has not changed!

Even when the ceremonial law was being follow and sacrifices were being offered in their proper order and for specific purposes God did not ignore decency. When the blue-print for the altar of stone was given not only was the proper material required but also the manner in which it was to be constructed. One of those requirements was for the purpose of decency. They were to approach the place of worship in a proper manner. (Ex. 20:26) “Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon.” If decency did not matter why would the Lord direct them to be careful about their approach to the altar. Not only was the approach to be proper for the sake of decency, their attire was for the sake of modesty. Aaron and his sons were to wear proper clothing as they ministered to the Lord. One of the requirements of the priest’s garment included modesty. (Ex. 28:42) “And thou shalt make them linen breeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:…” It is obvious that the God of heaven was taking care that His stand on modesty apparel would not be neglected. The act of worship they were performing was ceremonial…but their appearance as they worshiped was moral. Although the act of worship for believers in Christ is much different than then the believer’s moral appearance in worship has not lessened in the least. The sad conclusion of the church today seems to be that Sunday evening and Wednesday evening services are not as demanding spiritually as Sunday morning services and casual (often immodest) apparel is in order.

God was concerned about the moral issue of nakedness outside the ceremonial worship of Israel. Outside of marriage the eighteenth chapter of Leviticus explains the rule of modesty to be followed by the closest of relatives and the nearest of friends. The end result of disobeying these moral rules is the severe displeasure of God. He calls such disobedience an abomination in His sight.

The stupidity of arguing that the Gentile church is no longer under the law in an attempt to exempt so called Christian activity from moral excellence is so full of holes that it wouldn’t even get damp at “Wet and Wild” in Dallas. To say we are no longer under the law but under grace only enhances responsibility. Hear our Lord on this matter. (Matt. 5:27) “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Why would any Christian want to give another person a reason to commit adultery in their heart? Yet many men and women of all ages who call themselves Christians `unclothe’ themselves donning modern swim attire, that only the most worldly can possibly call modest, and bathe together without any apparent shame. It is immoral in the sight of God! Once again listen to the inspired Word. (1 Tim. 2:9,10) “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.”

One of the requirements for the bishop (pastor) before those who look to the man in that position as an example is “good behaviour” (1 Tim. 3:2). Those words are translated from the same word as is translated “modest apparel” in (1 Tim. 2:9). God is as interested and His requirements are as noble concerning the modest appearance and good behavior of men as that of women. Few if any would argue that a pastor has no responsibility to keep the requirement of good behavior. (However, some that claim to hold the position of pastor will strip to a modern swim suit and bathe with the boys and girls they should be setting a moral example before.) By inspiration from God Paul gives this bit of advice to the Corinthian church: “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). What a mockery it is of the word of God to claim the sacred position of leadership and throw modesty aside.

Modern swim suit attire cannot be called modest dress by any stretch of the imagination. Yet many church and denominational leaders plan fun trips for youth that includes donning skimpy swim suits that leave little to the imagination. This is true whether it is men/women or boys/girls. The Bible does not give the size or shape of the garments Adam and Eve invented but I am sure it covered more than the garments many church members wear today even on the streets of America.

No pastor or preacher can expose his views on the matter of modest apparel without being aware of opening himself up for criticism. The opinion of man amounts to nothing at all apart from the direct command of God. However, when God leaves no doubt concerning His feeling about modesty it would do all of the human race good to heed His word and do His will. Especially those who name the name of Christ. God’s word does indeed direct in the area of modesty, decency, virtue, and chastity. It would do every believer good to examine their appearance in the light of God’s word. This is doubly true for all with the responsibility of leadership whether they are called of God or chosen by the church. May God help us as believers today and members of the body of Christ to separate ourselves from the world in appearance and apparel; in fashion and fellowship. Paul was not simply passing the time of day when writing this corrective message to Corinth: (2 Cor. 6:17,18) “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

Article from:
Tabernacle Baptist Church
E. L. Bynum, Pastor
1911 34th Street Lubbock, Texas 79411
Used with permission.

Modesty

 

It is not my desire to hurt anyone by posting these studies. They are very controversial for this day and age, but I am constantly reminded in God's Word that He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and this also includes the matter of modesty. If it was right in "Biblical times", then it's right now. It is my hope that they will be an encouragement and a blessing to all who read them.

 

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 1 Timothy 2:9 (modest apparel means loose and flowing).

 

Although it is Biblical for a woman towear modest (loose and flowing) garments, it is not a sure sign of salvation, nor is wearing immodest clothes a sure sign of a person being lost. I've met women who wear modest dresses only and are lost, and I've met women who flaunt every bit of flesh they can and profess they are saved. God looks on the heart, but a heart surrendered to the Lord will seek to please Him in every area.

 

Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

1 Timothy 5:14b "…  give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully."

 

My Culottes pattern is copyright free, that is to say, it may be freely distributed in adobe  .pdf form or by print to anyone and you may use it to make culottes for others even if you charge for the culottes, just don't claim the pattern as your own. I have made it to be a help to others.  …freely ye have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8b

 

Making Your Own Culottes Pattern by Angela B. Trenholm By just measurements, or by modifying an existing pattern. Available for download as well.

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Discouragement: Satan’s Most Valuable Tool

Part II of Victory in the Christian Home

One of the hardest things in life to admit is "I have failed", or "I will fail", but it is essential if we are to be victorious! Just like the sinner cannot be saved if he/she does not admit their sin merits punishment in hell, the first step to victory as a Christian is admitting our failures, or rather, that we can fail.

The "Sinless Life (Lordship Salvations), the "Prosperity Gospel" and all the false doctrines that go with them are lies straight from the pit of hell. The Bible tells the Christian:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8

 Those falso doctrines are designed to discourage the Christian in believing they could never be victorious in their Christian life, but not only that: Satan would have you believe that every failure you have is a clear sign that you are not saved, are not a Christian, have failed as a parent, etc.

Let us never forget that:

"… the devil . . . is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

If Satan can discourage you, he has won a great victory, as discouragement is probably his greatest tool since it can be applied in so many aspects of our lives.

Wether he can discourage us in our wrong doing or in not doing right, he will do it! If you have not done so, now would be a good time to read "Tools for Sale", and then continue with this lesson.

Here are just some of the lies he's probably already tried on you. These are presented in the form Satan would use. Between each, I have given at least one Scriptural answer.

1. "The children are not being obedient because you slacked off in your discipline. You are a total failure as a parent." – So, you get discouraged.

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again… Proverbs 24:16

2. You are so tied down with supporting your husband, the home, and training children that you can't go soulwinning like you should. They are preventing you from doing the Lord's work. " – So, you get discouraged.

Yet, a woman's main purpose:

And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. Genesis 2:18

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. Psalms 127:3

Never forget that God has given you those precious souls that need to be saved and discipled!

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 1 Timothy 5:14

3. "You're resenting your children for "tying you down". What Christian parent would be resentful of those precious gifts the Lord has given you?" – You get discouraged.

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

Do you see how Satan will twist whatever he can to discourage us? Let us not be "ignorant of his devices" (2 Corinthians 2:11b), and break the effectiveness of his greatest tool by "putting on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:10-18), and remember that "…the devil….is a liar, and the father of it." John 8:44

And keeping our focus on the Lord:

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

 

Part II – Discouragement – Satan's Most Valuable Tool

Keepin’ Up With the Trenholms

Okay, coffee break time.

Busy, busy busy….The life of the Trenholms.

But that’s okay. If I’m busy, I stay out of trouble.

Anyway, on to the update.

Last week was busy with Grandpa’s visit, making a slipcover for a wingback chair, a little bit of stomach sickness in everyone except me, but then I felt “off” all week, but it was still a good week.

The girls got lots of time with Grandpa, as did Lowell. I spent time here and there, but the sewing took precedence as I had a deadline before we knew Grandpa was coming. We did head out to see the Kettle Valley Trestles on Friday, and all except me went to Big White Mountain (I went to bed to nurse my migraine.)

Melissa really “took” to Grandpa this time. His leaving seemed to hit her the hardest. Poor little dear.

My parents, Mémère and Pépère, arrive this Friday for a 2 week visit. We are all very excited. The girls haven’t seen them since 2003, but I did got to visit them last June for 2 weeks. That was really nice.

We might do a Trail, BC to Calgary, AB trip when they are here. It would give us a chance to visit friends, family, and see some great scenery that my parents have never seen. We might even be able to combine a business trip in there to St. Albert, AB.

Besides the touring, some shopping will be in order as well as maybe showing Mom how I do slipcovers. She is an awesome sewer, but has never seen slipcovers done.

Well, my time is up, as Cynthia and Abigail’s piano lesson is done. Time for some weekly shopping.

Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!

Did you ever have that nagging feeling the Lord is trying to tell you you shouldn’t do something,  or maybe it was a case of all doors being closed to a particular event happening.  Sometimes we listen and sometimes we don’t, but praise the Lord we listened this time!

For a week or so, we’d heard an odd “bang” in the back end of the 15 passenger van. We just figured it was something loose on the muffler, tail pipe, etc. or something loosed under a seat. However, the light “bang” turned into a full blown “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” on Monday. It raised Lowell’s alarm bells so heavily that he brought it right into Okanagan Engine Rebuilders, and put a major hold on our planned trip with Grandpa into the mountains to Trail, BC, till we knew what happened.

Issue #1 – Lowell was very concerned there was some kind of tranny issue, and there was. Although minor, if it had been left, it could have torn the tranny apart.

Issue #2 was where it was made abundantly clear that God either did not want us going on this trip or  wanted it postponed: We had less than 40% of our brakes left! Not a good thing for going up and down the Canadian Rockies!!!!  Wake up call!!!!

We needed to leave this morning to make this trip work, but we only got the van back mid-day today.

Okay, Lord, we are really awake now !!!

Issue #3 – As I drove it, the brakes felt very soft, but I forgot to tell Lowell as he had to go to a meeting using the car. When he drove the van this afternoon, he brought it back to the shop only to find out the master brake cylinder was failing. The old brake fluid was about the only thing keeping it together, but when new stuff was put in, it started to fall apart. That would have been really bad in the Rockies!

So, OKER replaced it in about an hour, even with the time it took to speed ship the cylinder from a local supplier. Thanks guys!!!!

So, all that to say:

Praise the Lord for reviving “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang!”

The Lord used that to most likely save our lives.