The Proposal to The Princess

The Prince Proposing to the Princess

The prince proposing to the princess

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived two humble servants in the kingdom reigned by the King, the One called the Great I Am. The King entrusted this couple with five of His most priceless gifts- His princesses. The humble servants bowed before the King in thanksgiving, that He would trust them with such a royal honor.

From the time of their conceptions, the weight of raising this Kings’ Daughters became all-encompassing. The couple prayed night and day for them.  They prayed that the daughter’s hearts would be enthralled by the King- and for their future princes. For they knew, that their time of raising them would be pivotal in their future in the kingdom.

The daughters grew up to be beautiful princesses.  The King impressed upon the servants’ hearts the necessity of each daughter to only choose the prince whom He had groomed- specifically for them. The intensity was great, for there were many in pursuit of the royal ones.

One by one, the daughters started to present potential princes to the servants for approval.

As each suitor was presented, the King  would immediately speak to the inner chambers of the couples’ hearts. The answers were quite clear.  It was either “Yes” or “No”- but never “maybe.”

Three out of the five daughters received their prince and married him.  These three received the prince that the King  had groomed especially for them.  It was quite a fairytale, except for the fact that one of the daughters was missing her prince.  He was nowhere to be found. The servants questioned the King and begged him for knowledge of where this prince might be found.

The King spoke to the inner chambers of their hearts, “the prince is still being groomed.”

Then the day that the servants had prayed for all the days of her life- came to be. The prince arrived!

The princess presented him before the servants of the King, to ask if he indeed was the one that the King had selected.

The King (the One called the Great I Am) spoke in the inner chambers of their hearts and said, “Yes, this is he.”  The servants smiled at Jennifer and gave her His approval.

On March 2, 2014 in a land far, far away (NYC), the prince, Alex Craig proposed to Princess Jennifer Glasgow. She cried, “Yes, I will marry thee.”

The consummation of this fairy tale will take place in June of 2014 at the home of the humble servants of the Most High King, Dale and Sharon Glasgow.  The King gave this precious princess to them, and now they will give her hand in marriage to the one He ordained for her.

The humble servants, her parents- haven’t stopped crying for joy.  For you see, every day (since the time that they knew she was conceived) have prayed for this little princess- that one day she would find her prince in shining armor.  What an honor to be entrusted with a child of the King.

We bow before Him today, thanking Him for this honor and weeping with grateful hearts.

The youngest of the five princesses, remains, and the servants pray for her night and day. . .

Winner of last weeks drawing for books and Target gift card is Christine who posted  2014/03/01 at 10:06 AM.

 

The princess at age four

The princess at age four

The Princess and me at the engagement party! This was taken after we composed ourselves from tears of JOY!

The princess and me(servant of the King) at the engagement party!

Alex(prince), Jennifer(princess) and Dale (humble servant of the King)

Alex(prince), Jennifer(princess) and Dale (humble servant of the King)

Our five princess's plus one

Our five princess’s plus one-at Rachael’s wedding last year

Is “Date Night” Mandatory for a Happy Marriage?

A cozy  campfire in our backyard

Date Night-talking by the campfire in our backyard

If you’re visiting from Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotions, welcome!

When Dale and I were raising our five children, we maybe had three official ”date nights,” ever. I know, it’s hard to believe.  There were a lot reasons why we didn’t. I don’t think we ever discussed these things. It was just what we did because. . .

~ The cost

~ Where do you find a babysitter for five children- that you trust? (Family didn’t live nearby)

~ At home date nights were more romantic

~ He worked hard all day, he didn’t need to go out to be fulfilled- he just needed his wife-happy

~I just needed him fully present and my basic needs were met

~ I didn’t like leaving our kids-(I know, it’s crazy but true)

When we went out to eat, or saw a movie, the kids came with us. When we went anywhere, they were with us. But everywhere we went, Dale and I were always on a continual ”date night.” Even while feeding and talking to all five daughters, Dale and I were totally engaged with one another. Always touching, watching each other, and listening intently to the others’ every move and thought.

Some nights after the kids went to bed we had work to do. We did it together. I sat right next to him and we worked, side by side.

Many nights after the kids went to bed (with phones, television, and computers off) we talked for hours on end. We never ever got tired of talking and we still haven’t.

Some nights we watched movies together, side by side. Often one of our girls would get out of bed and come to us because they couldn’t sleep and lay in our arms. We  loved it–aren’t they adorable when they’re sleeping?

Some nights we went to bed early and had a better ”date night” than if went had gone to the finest restaurant and walked the ocean shore at sunset.

I never once regretted not going out on scheduled “date nights.” Raising a family is a lot of work. There are stresses that constantly threaten the family. So, believe me, you need date night but maybe just not the world’s idea of going out for your ”date night.”  The greatest need of a happy marriage is Christ in the center.  Then living together with a oneness mind set, being romantically engaged, and loving each other extravagantly- every day.

Here are a few Date Night Ideas:

1. Make a campfire and talk about the deeper things of Christ (oh yeah)

2. Stargazing on a blanket (spring and summer) talking about future dreams

3. Read a book to each other in front of the fireplace (fall and winter)

4. Make your favorite desert (great cake recipe) and eat by candle light

5. Listen to worship music and worship Him together

6. Pray together

7. Write a letter telling him all the reasons why you fell in love with him and how he has fulfilled your dreams and read it to him.  (Then you can discuss how you’re going to pay the credit cards off… just joking or not!)

8. Cook his favorite meal, make it special and enjoy after the kids go to bed

9. Wear his shirt as a nightgown, then watch a good movie in bed.

10. Tell me your idea!

What would be your perfect date night? Tell me in the comment section below,  it will enter your name in the drawing to win my downloadable marriage message called Extravagant Love and a $20 gift certificate to Target for your date night!

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Susanna Wesley’s Prayer Apron- Powerful Life Story

My vintage aprons hanging on clothesline

My vintage aprons and the winners aprons hanging on clothesline- behind the aprons a few  butternut squash, cucumbers and tomato plants

Hidden behind the door of many homes is the reality of hardship.  Secret things happen that few want the world to know.  Yet, from some people (presently and historically) we are given the inside story, whether they want it told or not.

A devastated home isn’t always apparent on first impression, is it? Susanna Wesley was married to a preacher.  They had 10 children of which, two grew up to bring millions of souls to Christ. That would be John and Charles Wesley.  It’s a powerful story if you stop there, isn’t it?

But, behind the door of her home, hopeless conditions were the norm.  She married a man who couldn’t manage money.  They disagreed on everything from money to politics.  They had 19 children.  All except ten died in infancy.  Sam (her husband) left her to raise the children alone for long periods of time.  This was sometimes over something as simple as an argument.

One of their children was crippled.  Another couldn’t talk until he was nearly six years old.  Susanna herself was desperately sick most of her life.  There was no money for food or anything.  Debt plagued them.

Sam was once thrown into debtor’s prison because their debt was so high, which doubled their problems.  Twice the homes they lived in were burned to the ground, losing everything they owned.  It was assumed that their church members did it because they were so mad at what Sam preached in the pulpit!  Someone slit their cow’s udders so they wouldn’t have milk, killed their dog, and burned their flax field!

When Susanna was young, she promised the Lord that for every hour she spent in entertainment, she would give to Him in prayer and in the Word.  Taking care of the house and raising so many kids made this commitment nearly impossible to fulfill. She had no time for entertainment or long hours in prayer!  She worked the gardens, milked the cow, schooled the children and managed the entire house herself.  So, she decided to instead give the Lord two hours a day in prayer!

She struggled to find a secret place to get away with Him.  So she advised her children that when they saw her with her apron over her head, that meant she was in prayer and couldn’t be disturbed.  She was devoted to her walk with Christ, praying for her children and knowledge in the Word no matter how hard life was.

One of her daughters got pregnant out of wedlock and the man never married her.  She was devastated, but remained steadfast in prayer for her daughter.

In the end, she knew that one day her hard life would be over and she alone would stand before the throne of God and give an account of how she lived her life.

We can be the best mom, wife, friend, person in the world and still have untold hardships.  We need to take Susanna’s example, flip our apron over our head and pray in the middle of it all.

Back to the beginning of my story…

Her son’s John and Charles were powerhouses for the glory of the Lord.  John Wesley preached to nearly a million people in his day.  At the age of 70 he delivered the gospel message of salvation to 32,000 people- without the use of a microphone!  He brought revival everywhere he traveled!  His brother Charles wrote over 9000 hymns, many of which we still sing today.

Hidden behind the door of my home, I want our children to find a mom who prays diligently- no matter how busy or how hard the circumstances.  I want to raise up John Wesley’s out of our family line!  Where’s my apron?

I’m giving away two Susanna Wesley inspired Prayer Apron’s.  Leave a one word comment below about what you need prayer about in your home to enter the drawing. (The book I read on John Wesley is mentioned in this blog post)

Flip your apron over your head- begin your prayer and close it with this verse from Philippians.

Get your apron out, flip it over your head–begin your prayer and close it with this verse

This is one of the aprons I'm giving away in the drawing. Tell what you need prayer for in your family in the comment section--that enters your name to win one of the two aprons.

This is one of the aprons I’m giving away in the drawing. Tell what you need prayer for in the comment section to enter your name to win one of the four aprons. Winner drawn Wednesday!

This is the second apron. This one is hand stitched, "

This is the second apron., it is hand stitched and fits a large

This is the biography about Susanna Wesley that I read. Moody Press is the publisher.

This is a good  biography about Susanna Wesley,  Moody Press  publisher

 

The Pink Couch–Disciplining Your Children

  We’ve raised five amazing daughters in the past 30 years. They’re a huge spiritual blessing, I can’t even tell you how much! The hardest part of raising kids is often the discipline part.   Most of our discipline took place on The Pink Couch in the living room. I want you to meet our  five daughters (on the pink couch!)as they talk about being disciplined when they were growing up.

If you’re visiting me from Crosswalk or Proverbs 31 Ministries devotion Parenting can be Exhausting, welcome! I’m glad you stopped by! If you haven’t read it, click the link!

What is or has been your greatest struggle in raising children?  Leave a comment to enter your name in the drawing to win my favorite book on parenting, marriage and homemaking– Home-Making by J.R. Miller-originally published in 1882. The tagline–What the Bible Says About Roles and Relationships In A Harmonious Christian Household. You’ll love this book! I’ll draw the winners name Friday at noon. Check back to see if you’ve won or subscribe to my blog!

Click here to read post-High Calling of Motherhood.

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No discipline is enjoyable while it is happeningit’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.” Hebrews 12:11 (NLT

The Good Wife Bridal Shower

 Rachael with all her sisters, niece and me at her Good Wife Bridal Shower

Rachael with all her sisters, niece and me at her Good Wife Bridal Shower- Everyone was asked to wear an apron, bring a favorite recipe and piece of wife advice

We had a wonderful bridal shower this past weekend for Rachael(daughter). We had so much fun all together, I wish we could do it every weekend! Every time there’s a wedding or bridal shower I think about how important wedding festivities have been throughout the centuries. Back in Jesus’ time whole towns and villages would celebrate a marriage.  One of Jesus’ first miracles was at a wedding feast–just imagine Jesus coming to your shower or wedding! How powerfully amazing that would be! Isn’t it beautiful that the beginning of His miracles He did at a wedding? He manifested His glory at a party(John 2). . .let’s never forget to bring His glory to every party we attend and everywhere we go.

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Cupcakes made in large cupcake pans with 1/2 pound of frosting on each! A sweetaholic's dream come true!

Cupcakes made in large cupcake pans with 1/2 pound of frosting on each! A sweetaholic’s dream come true! For Party Cupcake recipe click here!

Buckeyes streaked with white glaze and topped with pink frosted rose

Buckeyes streaked with white glaze and topped with pink frosted roses- Brought by sister-in-law Marianne

Homemade cupcakes made in large muffin pan with  1/2 pound of frosting on  each one! A sweetaholic's dream come true!

Homemade cupcakes made in large muffin pan with 1/2 pound of frosting on each one! A sweetaholic’s dream come true! Made by mother of the bride-me

Fresh flowers Hannah got from Trader Joe's and then arranged in tea pots

Fresh flowers Hannah got from Trader Joe’s and then arranged in tea pots

Homemade mint patties under glass dome-made by sister-Jennifer

Homemade mint patties under glass dome-made by sister-Jennifer

Chocolate covered strawberries and fresh flower arrangement- both made by sister, Hannah

Chocolate covered strawberries  made by sister, Hannah

Bridal Shower cookies- made by Grandma Marilyn

Bridal Shower cookies- made by Grandma Marilyn

Truffle cake pops-made by Chris

Truffle cake pops-made by Chris

Vintage tin cans Rachael found at thrift/antique stores

Vintage tin cans Rachael found at thrift/antique stores

 

Antique frosting decorating kit- I've had it for years and still use the kit! The donut maker broke a couple  years ago--I used to make donuts with it.

Antique frosting decorating kit- I’ve had it for years and still use the kit! The donut maker broke a couple years ago–I used to make donuts with it.

Guacamole mountain w/ organic chips, sliced veggies and dip and an organic rice casserole made by sister Heather

Guacamole mountain w/ organic chips, sliced veggies and dip and an organic rice casserole made by sister Heather

On the back table; Grandma Shanaberger's chicken salad sandwiches and Heather's organic party meatballs

On the back table; Grandma Shanaberger’s chicken salad sandwiches and Heather’s organic party meatballs – whoops where did the meatballs go? Punch on the buffet- Made by Mother of the Groom, Barbara Curry. Good Wife Bridal Shower Poster created and printed in our home the night before the shower

Pink and Cream colored truffle cake balls- seriously amazing

Pink and Cream colored truffle cake balls- seriously amazing- made by Chris

Vintage Aprons

Vintage Aprons- Dales great grandma made the one with pink embroiderer on it and his grandma made the yellow one

Game #1- Hannah had 20 kitchen items on her. She walked around the room pretty quickly letting everyone see her then she left and everyone had to write down the items they remembered. Who ever remembered the most won- Dawn won!

Game #1- Hannah had 20 kitchen items on her. She walked around the room pretty quickly letting everyone see her then she left and everyone had to write down the items they remembered. Who ever remembered the most won- Dawn won!

Everyone was asked to bring a recipe and a piece of wife advice

Game #2- Rachael told her and Jonathan’s love story and then everyone was given a piece of paper and asked questions to see who got the most answers correct. Chris won!

recipe card 2                                                                      Everyone was asked to bring a recipe and a piece of good wife advice

Game #3-Bridal Bingo- Everyone was given a bridal bingo sheet and stickers. They had to write items they thought Rachel's gifts would be in each box. Every time one of the things they wrote down was opened they got to put a sticker on it. First person to get a row finished called bingo-winner was Kim!

Game #3-Bridal Bingo- Everyone was given a bridal bingo sheet and stickers. They were asked to write items they thought Rachel’s gifts would be in each box. Every time one of the things they wrote down was opened they got to put a sticker on it. First person to get a row finished called bingo-winner was Kim!

 

 

Grandma Marilyn(dale's mom) and Grandma Shanaberger(my mom) with Rachael

Grandma Marilyn(dale’s mom) and Grandma Shanaberger(my mom) with Rachael

Mother of the groom to be-Barbara and Mother of the bride to be- me

Mother of the groom to be-Barbara and Mother of the bride to be- me

Present opening time

Present opening time

Present opening time!

Present opening time! Ellie is taking notes on who gave what presents

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Rachael and Bethany have been friends since they were 2 years old- Her mom (Beverly Toves) did  all the photos at the shower!

Rachael and Bethany have been friends since they were 2 years old- Her mom (Beverly Toves) did all the photos at the shower!

 

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Rachael with cupcake

Party Cupcake recipe here!

Jonathan had been working outside but came in for an appearance

Jonathan had been working outside but came in for an appearance

The Supper Table

Post written by our daughter Hannah Glasgow Easter. I took it off her blog today, enjoy! You can find her at http://hannaheaster.blogspot.com

“It’s time to eat!!!” My mom would cry as she clanked the cowbell with her sturdy spoon. By the third time, she could start to make out the barefooted tornado of dirt, curls, and laughter migrating towards her. As hard as it was to pull ourselves away from playing, we knew even as kids, the next part of our day was worth it.

With a fussing baby on her hip, my mom flawlessly flung potato soup into seven bowls. As my dad thanked the Lord for our meal, everyone seemed to breathe a sigh of relief. Seated at this table, all was right in the world. This was our safe haven from every storm of the day. As each daughter recounted her day, my parents would intently listen and ask questions. They encouraged us to create and work hard, always inspiring us to use our gifts and talents. The most important thing that happened at that table was how they taught us to trust in something bigger than our family. They told us in how they lived their lives and their words, that Jesus was bigger and even better than these moments together and one day we will all be seated with him at his table.
Mealtime is somewhat magical. Amidst the craziness of the day, every person on the face of the planet must stop and take a moment to refuel. It reminds us of our mortality and forces us to rest. In the Bible, God makes a point to show Himself to His people over meals. When the Israelite s cry out to God to deliver them from slavery in Egypt, God sends plagues to make Pharaoh want to get rid of them. When Pharaoh doesn’t, God sends a final plague that will really shake him up. God sends the angel of death to kill every firstborn child, including Pharaoh’s son. He instructs the Israelites to kill a lamb and spread its’ blood over their doorposts so that when the angel came to kill, He would see the blood and pass over their home. The Israelites had to believe that the lamb was killed in place of their firstborn child and only then would the angel skip their home.
God instructs his people to eat a “Passover” dinner that night, which included the lamb and bitter herbs to represent their slavery. The Israelites left Egypt that night. God commanded the people to eat this meal every year to remind them that it was He who had delivered them from slavery. The people made it a tradition to eat this same meal once a year and tell their children the story of “Passover.”
Fast forward  to when Jesus was on earth. The night before He died, He was celebrating the Passover meal with His friends. They thought He would not leave them. But Jesus knew the reason He came was to die and rise again. As they ate the meal that reminded them of the night when the angel passed over Israel’s homes, Jesus gave them a new dinner tradition. He took a loaf of bread, broke it and told them that it represented His body. He told them to eat it and remember. Then He held up the cup of wine and told them to drink His blood. Yes, that sounds a bit creepy if you didn’t grow up hearing it, doesn’t it? Jesus went on to say that his blood represented the new promise between God and people. No longer was the blood of a lamb needed to pay for their sins. His blood would be the perfect sacrifice for everybody who believes.
The next day, like a lamb he was led to His slaughter, yet he did not open His mouth to protest. And just like the Passover lamb, He was killed.
“But He was pierced for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,
and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Jesus said something during the Passover dinner that I hadn’t noticed before until now,
“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 22:15
Fulfillment in the Kingdom of God? What’s that about? I flipped over to Revelation and got butterflies in my tummy.
“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come…Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:7-9
Another meal! This meal will definitely top all the others. I love getting a glimpse of heaven. It is at the wedding supper of the Lamb that we will find completeness in Christ. No longer will we be bound by our brokenness and tendency to sin against God. At this meal we will celebrate our redemption as sons and daughters. What a meal that will be as we find our names at the table with God, celebrating that His son, the Lamb, has adopted us into His family forever.
By Hannah Glasgow Easter 

Ellie, Jennifer, Hannah, Sharon, Rachael and Dale –Heather is  missing here

The Living Easter Basket & other Easter Traditions

The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses- John 11:25-26 
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.

This past weekend was filled visiting with family, preparing for our daughters wedding and Easter! It was SO much fun!

I  put our permanent Easter egg collection out,  made our living Easter basket and  pickled eggs (You gotta have’m on your Easter table) .

The Living Easter basket is made with wheat grass, pansies and a vintage chick.  Easter baskets in the Glasgow family have always been all natural. I  fill them with homemade marshmallows cut into the shape of chicks, , homemade truffles and candies ordered from The Squirrels Nest. When the kids were little there was  always a bottle of bubbles, silly putty, the paddle with the rubber ball attached and other little toys that kept them enthralled all Easter Day. As they got older we  gave them things to help in their walk with Christ; Christian music, a Bible,  book or game that would challenge them, etc.

If you think you would want to make a living Easter basket, you should get the seeds right away. It takes 10-15 days to grow the grass depending on whether or not you soak them in advance.

I used wheat grass.  Mine cost  $1.69 and planted a 6 inch square. It grows fast and strong. You can use wheat grass to make smoothies or juices. Wheat grass is gluten free as long as you don’t let it go to seed. It must be juiced in order to get the nutrient packed ingredients assimilated into your digestive system.

Pansies are also edible and beautiful for the Easter basket.  Multi-colored petals in a spinach and spring mix salad is a sight to behold. Only eat organic pansies, as the ones you buy in the store are laden with chemicals. They’re easy to grow from seed.

I’ve only found a few sources that sell organic pansies.

Artfully arrange a vintage chick in the basket.  Add homemade chocolate eggs, all natural goodies and the treasures on Easter Day. Wrap the basket in yellow, pink or purple cellophane and complete it with a beautiful ribbon.

Don’t forget to cut your grass when it is the desired height, or it will over power your basket! My grass needs to be cut.

Have you been keeping up with your nightly Bible reading by candle light in preparation for Easter?

The Living Easter Basket

 

Felicity, our adorable granddaughter was quite entertained by the vintage chick in the basket

Homemade marshmallows cut out with chick cookie cutter

Recipe for Homemade Marshmallows

The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses

The Easter egg basket- These are blown eggs decorated by our children and in our permanent collection- some of these are  17 years old

Link for-Directions to make The Empty Tomb and Three Crosses center piece and a  permanent collection of  Easter eggs to enjoy for the rest of your life 

Gathering my eggs for the pickled eggs–fresh eggs are harder to shell

Put 2 1/2 dozen boiled and shelled eggs in jar, Warm 4 cups apple cider vinegar, 2 cups beet juice, 1 cup sugar(I use organic, remember regular sugar has GMO’s), 2 tsp salt and 2 tsp whole cloves until sugar dissolves and pour on top of eggs. Refrigerate. Ready to eat as early as the next day or three weeks later (Easter day). BEAUTIFUL,MEMORABLE and YUMMY!

I divided the large batch into smaller jars- they’ll be on the table for Easter

 

The High Calling of Motherhood

Heather and her family in front of the barn

I’ll never forget that morning.  I woke up and my spirit quickened within me that I had conceived a baby.  An immortal soul was within my womb.  I jumped out of bed without telling Dale because of course I needed confirmation. I went to the store as quick as I could, got a pregnancy test, and rushed back home. Within minutes it was confirmed what God had already revealed to me- I was pregnant.

I got light-headed and tears filled my eyes over the magnitude of such a high honor.  An immortal soul was within me I repeated to myself.  This is one whose days and eternity I would influence greatly.

Dale was as excited as I.  Our life changed that day.

I knew that when much is given, much is required. So that day I went into intensive training with the Lord. I asked Him to show me how to live in a way that would draw this child to Him; to be pure and holy.  With tears I asked Him to keep this divine awe struck reverence over me all the days of my parenting.

Our first child, Heather was born 30 years ago today.  I can barely type these words right now because I can’t see through the flood of tears.  All 9lb and 3ounces of her, was perfect.  I wept looking at her and I weep over her today- 30 years later.  She is even more perfect today than she was that day. How can this be?

She is the picture of a Proverbs 31 woman.  She is pure and lovely in every way.  She is led by the Spirit of God and is in active pursuit of more of His presence and power every day. Thank You God, You have answered abundantly.

God has been overwhelmingly faithful to give me more than I could ever ask or think in parenting.

He has indeed kept my heart in that divine awe struck reverence toward parenting the immortal soul.

A mother’s day can be long and hard but when we put it into perspective that every day is shaping the destiny and eternity of an eternal soul, what sacrifice is that not worth that?

I pledge to God almighty that until the day I take my last breath on earth I will never ever lose the awe of raising immortal souls.

When I’m 100 years old I expect this passion to be even greater. . .

Proverbs 31:26-31, “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all.’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gates.”

A Thanksgiving Tradition -The Children Dress like Pilgrims

When we visited the grandparents the girls would perform a
Thanksgiving Play (Heather and Jennifer )

When the girls were young I used to dress them up like little pilgrims for Thanksgiving. They loved it until they got too big for it. By the time Ellie (our youngest) was old enough to be an adorable pilgrim, Heather protested and wouldn’t be one anymore. So, I never got a picture of all five being pilgrims at one time (photos are from various years).   Each one got to make a desert of their choice to bring to the grandparents’ house for the big Thanksgiving dinner. Then, after the  meal and the dishes were washed, the girls would present their Thanksgiving Day play.

Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. . .The girls’ getting their deserts ready to take to Grandparents’ houses. Rachael (smallest), Jennifer in center and Hannah (big smile). Each child got to make one desert to bring on our trip.

Ellie in her pilgrim clothes at the close of Thanksgiving Day. She’s having left overs from the big meal.

I love vintage cards. I love Thanksgiving.

This is a recipe from the year, 1671. I thought it was interesting to see that there are almost no measurements included.  I haven’t tried the recipe yet…but I’m going to!  I’ll let you know how it goes! There wasn’t even a name for the recipe. Go figure! It’s a pumpkin dessert.

Take about half a pound of Pumpion (pumpkin) and slice it, a handfull of tyme, a little rosemary, parsley and sweet marjorum slipped off the stalks, and chop them small, then take the cynamon, nutmeg, pepper and six cloves, and beat them, take ten eggs and beat them, then mix them and beat them all together and put in as much sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froize*, after it is fryed, let it stand till it be cold, then fill your pye, take sliced apples thinne round wayes, and lay a rowe of the froize, and layer the apples with currents betwixt the layer while your pye is fitted, and put in a good deal of sweet Butter before you close it, when pye is baked, take six yelks of eggs, some whitewine or vergis*, and make a caudle* of this, but not too thick, cut up the lid and put it in, stir them well together whilst the eggs and pumpions be not perceived and so serve it up. www.pilgrimhall.org

*froize = a kind of pancake or omelet *vergis = verjuice, juice from unripened grapes or from crab apples or other sour fruit *caudle = a warm spiced and sugared drink

Our beautiful turkey’s in our field.  Sad to say, they both got killed by a fox in the night. The good news is…Dale killed the fox the next night!

 

 

Sorcery, Mediums and Witchcraft

Standing at my door was a girl I had known since 1st grade. At 8 years-old she had a fascination with magic, mediums and consulting the dead in séances. As a child I had never heard what God thought about these things, it just wasn’t talked about in my church. I didn’t know for sure that it was wrong but I felt it wasn’t right and never participated in her lifestyle.

 

By the time we were teenagers she had gone much further in her quest for magic and power. I prayed for her all the time and told her my desire was that she would someday come to Christ. She smiled at me and said, “You’re so naïve Sharon, you just don’t see who I am, do you?”

 

She looked like death, her body near skin and bones, her hair matted to her face and dark circles around her eyes. What started out to her as innocent magic or “white witch” power, devastated her life. In all my years of knowing her I had never seen her cry, but today she was crying. “Sharon, can I stay with you for the night? It’s horrible.” Immediately I said, “Yes!” Surely this is the night the Lord will use to bring her to Him I thought.

 

Ignorantly I invited her into my home. It was probably the darkest night I’ve ever experienced as I battled in prayer against the forces of darkness that gripped her, and were now taunting me.

 

Before that night, I never realized the intensity of spiritual warfare – of demons and angels and how they operate in the spiritual realm. God led me to pray in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and evil was forced to obey me when I did. What Satan meant to harm or scare me that night, God used for good to strengthen my faith in Him.

 

Satan and his angels (demons) will try to make you think they are all-powerful, but at the name of Jesus Christ they are rendered powerless. Our kids need to know this truth. Read Luke 10:17-20 to them and talk about how they should handle situations like the one I found myself in when I was a teenager.  Tell them they can rebuke evil in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

That one night radically shaped my parenting. I want to make sure that I teach our children that God has strong opinions about dabbling with the enemy’s games – things like ouija boards, tarot cards, or fortune-telling.   God instructs us to have no part of them. I also watch out for books, movies and TV shows about sorcery or mediums. Many people think these things are harmless entertainment but they are not according to God.

 

This Halloween, check out the activities your children plan to participle in. Pray over your home and children in the name of Jesus Christ. Ask Him to protect your loved ones from evil and to shine His light of love and truth through them – He’ll do it!   We can rejoice because all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Christ our Lord and He gives believers this authority–in His Name!

In tomorrow’s post I will answer the question: What are Ghost’s?

 

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 “Let no one be found among you who. . . who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. . .” (NIV)

 

Galatians 5:19-21  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in the time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. “ (NKJ)

 

Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (NKJ)

Ephesians 1:18-21, “the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” (NKJ)

Our Perfect Weekend in New York City

Ellie, Jennifer, Hannah, Sharon, Rachael and Dale in Central Park

Dale was appalled when he saw my pile of stuff stacked high by the front door for our trip to NYC. A five gallon stock pot filled with all the trimmings to make chicken & dumplings, a large rice maker (rice included), a trifle dish (with all ingredients in separate bags ready for assembly), homemade coffee cake, batch of flourless peanut butter cookies, banana’s, farm fresh eggs , butter, milk. . . are you getting the picture?

He was appalled because he had just stuffed the largest suitcase we own with a queen size air mattress, sheets, blankets, pillow’s. . .Then the girl’s had their bags of clothes. . . two of them had homework to do over the weekend so they brought computers. . . Oh my. Dale said, “Sharon, you have to take something out of this pile!” I parted with the rice maker only.

Finally we were all loaded into the Toyota Echo, each with a boiled egg and homemade pumpkin doughnut in hand. Dale prayed for our trip and we were off for the big city.

We made it there in five hours and on one tank of gas, $31.50 plus $35 in tolls, pretty impressive.

Jennifer’s apt was amazing, we could have stayed there all day but she wanted us to take in the highlights of NYC. So, we ventured out onto the subway with our picnic trimmings (forgot to mention that in above list, pasta chicken saladhttp://sharonglasgow.com/2012/04/basil-chicken-pasta-salad/ and large jar of cucumber saladhttp://sharonglasgow.com/2012/05/best-cucumber-salad/) in hand headed straight for Central Park. It was glorious, the leaves were breath-taking and the fellowship together sweeter than anything. After our picnic we just walked and enjoyed conversation until we decided to visit the Metropolitan Art Museum.

It was late so we headed back to the subway for Jennifer’s place. After dinner we served her birthday desert, strawberry trifle!

It was late so we all turned in for the night. The next morning we were supposed to eat the coffee cake and scrambled eggs but plans changed. Her roommate works the third shift; she had only been in bed for two hours when I was ready to make breakfast. So, we changed our plans and decided to go out for breakfast.

We enjoyed a wonderful breakfast at The Spotted Pig in West Village, it was divine. We then spent a few hours shopping for Jennifer’s birthday presents. Shopping in NYC is fun. Then we went our separate ways for just a while-Rachael and I went to the largest wedding dress consignment shop in NYC. Jennifer, Hannah and Dale went back to the apt to pick up Ellie (who couldn’t be with us all day because she had so much homework!).

Then we all met back at five for Jennifer’s church service at Trinity Grace http://trinitygracechurch.com/. It was the most amazing church. If you’re ever in NYC and want to go to church, go there! The worship was over the top powerful, the sermon was right on, we had the Lord’s Supper, and three people were baptized (it was so POWERFUL) and the fellowship afterwards was rich.

After service we met a deaf homeless man on the street. He wasn’t just any homeless man, he really touched our hearts. We huddled all together and prayed for him (he read our lips), it was such a sweet time. He received our prayer and told us he had a home in two weeks and told us about his reading the Word.

After that it was time to say goodbye to Jennifer so with tears we hugged and left.

On our trip home Ellie still worked on her homework that needed to be turned in by midnight through an internet connection. So, we stopped at three places looking for connection. Just to let you know in case you ever need it, Red Roof Inn has free access outside their building, no code needed. Some of the Starbucks on the NJ Turnpike don’t have internet access. She made all of her deadlines!

Rachael had an animation due for a 9:00AM class Monday. So, she worked the whole trip home getting it done. Sandwiched between her sisters in the backseat she finished this https://vimeo.com/51930859 .

We drove into the driveway at 2:20AM. The trip home took longer than the trip there, still one tank of gas, a lot lighter, all the food gone. We were exhausted, our feet and legs hurt from all the walking but we were happy that the trip had been everything and much more than we ever anticipated.

It was a perfect weekend in New York City. Happy birthday Jennifer!

Picnic in Central Park with Gluten free pasta chicken salad and cucumber salad. Dale’s mouth is full:)

We walked and talked–It was wonderful

Trip to Metropolitan Art Museum (MET)

Metropolitan Art Museum

Dale likes to study large master pieces

Jennifer blowing birthday candles out on strawberry trifle

Breakfast at The Spotted Pig in West Village

The Spotted Pig

Going into Trinity Grace Church for Sunday night service

Saying goodbye to our baby

 

 

 

The Farm Wedding/Reception-Preparations Commenced this Past Weekend

 

Rachael, Hannah, Heather and Felicity(me taking photo) at another vintage shop looking for wedding dress and brides maid dresses.

Our 4th lovely daughter Rachael has never asked for much. She’s always been a hard worker, had a job in high school to help buy the things she wanted and has held jobs in-between college semesters. So, when she came to me and asked this vast question I didn’t know how to respond.

“Mom, what’s the budget for my wedding?”

I wanted to be able to say, you’ve worked so hard and your dad and I love you so much, we’ve got $10,000 sitting in the bank just for your wedding. But truth be told, we don’t, and most weddings cost at least $20,000…

So, I humbly said, “Umm… Do you mean today? Well, today there is no budget. Meaning, we don’t have money for it today (we still have two in college). However, if we are frugal and wise with the little we acquire along the way, it will be the wedding of your dreams-I’m sure of that.”

Rachael didn’t seem to be concerned in the least. She’s discerning and wise in money matters and immediately set her mind to be creative with her resources and find a vintage wedding dress for the least amount of money.

It’s actually exciting and fun to be thrifty with your spending. God blesses our efforts and we never miss out on the pleasures of life—it seems as though they’re even more intensely pleasurable!

Back in the day many weddings took place on the family farm with all the family and friends decorating, picking flowers from your fields and cooking for the big day.

Our wedding preparations began this past weekend. The men worked in the fields preparing it for the reception festivities. The girls and I went vintage shopping for the wedding dress and bride’s maid dresses.

Oh the fun we had!

Sparky (our border collie) and Dale survey what needs to be done in the field.

I made pancakes, french toast, eggs and bacon to start the day off right

Jonathan and friends started working in field early Sat morning. Chopping trees and clearing brush for reception festivities

Guys clearing the area–chain saws, axes, tractor, hand tools and muscles were required

After breakfast Ellie, Rachael and I made sandwiches for the guys lunches, put them in the refrigerator, put dinner in the oven and then left for a day of shopping. This vintage wedding dress was in a shop just outside of Washington, DC. Rachael didn’t find her dress here, but had fun trying some on. We didn’t want to take a full view because we don’t want Jonathan seeing her in any wedding dress until the big day!

We drove through DC, past the Capitol building. Ellie took photo’s for me.

Rachael, Hannah, Heather and Felicity(me taking photo) at another vintage shop looking for wedding dress and brides maid dresses.

Baked chicken fell off the bone and melted in our mouths after being in the oven all day. Green beans cooked in the pan with the chickens, so all I had to do was cook and then cream five pounds of potatoes when we got home. Served with the cucumber salad and finished the meal off with banana spilt cake(Ellie helped me make) and coffee. Wonderful fellowship continued into the night.

Early  Sunday morning on Glasgow Farm, started new day. Dale and the guys rested from labor. Hannah convinced Dad to come along for an antique’s shopping day.

Rachael found this china set, 42 pieces for $20!! It will be our bridal shower present for her. Thank You Lord!

Check out the price for yourself! Rachael had to go ask the shop owner if the price was correct. We thought the price could have been for one piece!

Felicity taking a nap on our way home. She was an angel for our adventure.

Last weekend to enjoy our freshly cut Zinnea’s from yard. Temperatures dropped Sunday night. Zinnea’s like heat not cold.

It was a wonderful weekend. The only thing missing was our daughter, Jennifer who was busy painting for a big art show she was debuting in yesterday in New York City. It was a huge hit. The Lord was glorified big time! The girls left Sunday night and Dale and I watched the 1966 movie A Man for All Seasons. It was very good!

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Proposed to Our Daughter, Rachael, in the Barn Saturday night

 

 
 

Jonathan proposed to Rachael in the Glasgow Barn, where they first fell in love.

From the time Dale and I knew we were pregnant with each of our five daughters, we started praying for their spouses.

This past Saturday night, our fourth daughter Rachael was engaged to the man of her dreams and the one we had prayed for from the time we conceived her.

Just a few months before we met him for the first time, I had taken a class on the book of Ephesians. Jonathan’s father was the teacher, Bowie Curry.   One night while telling Rachael about my Ephesian’s class, the thought came to me to look on Facebook and see if Bowie had any Godly sons available.  We found Jonathan, and Rachael’s interest was perked.

But that was as far as it went, because we never saw him!

Then the big day came. Our family will never forget it.  Jonathan had heard that helpers were needed to work on our barn, so he signed up to help (he was aware that our family had five daughters). I saw him walk onto the property. I didn’t know who he was, but I went out to meet this young man who had come to help on the barn.

Immediately while talking, I knew this was Rachael’s husband. I couldn’t finish my conversation with him soon enough, so that I could run and tell her. I ran into the house and squealed, “Rachael, your husband is walking to the barn right now!” We all stared out the kitchen window.  I couldn’t contain the excitement. Rachael was apprehensive to believe me.  No more than 30 minutes passed, and then Jake, Hannah’s husband to be at that time, came in the house. He immediately took Hannah to the side and said the same thing I had said. Jonathan was gaining favor fast.

Then our next son-in-law, Jeffrey (Heather’s husband) came in and announced that Rachael’s husband was outside. Rachael hadn’t even met him yet! He hadn’t been on our property for more than a couple hours at this point. At the close of the day, Dale came in the house. We stared at him waiting for him to say the same thing everyone else was saying…and he did.

Within a month of working everyday on the barn, he asked Dale’s permission to date Rachael. Dale gave his permission, and soon they went out on their very first date. I wish he could have invited the whole family, because we could hardly contain ourselves sitting at home waiting for their return!

She told us every detail when she got home.

This past Saturday night, he confessed that it was love at first sight for him, and she confessed the same. The marriage is set for next spring, and the date is to be announced. It will be here on the Glasgow Farm.

 

He proposed upstairs

Mood was set with candles

Jonathan’s best friend Matt and Kayla bought flowers, candles, cheese, crackers and fresh fruit for the table. Rachael’s sister Hannah helped decorate too.

They came in the house to tell us all about it! To Rachael’s surprise, our family and the Curry family were all waiting in the house!

Potential ringbearers playing while the story is being told

Grandma Shanaberger, Heather and Jake

Jonathan and Matt (his best friend). Hannah and Ryan in background

The two fathers, Bowie Curry and Dale Glasgow

The mother of the bride to be and the mother of the groom to be, Sharon and Barbara

Steven (Jonathan’s brother) and his girlfriend Lauren. Giving Rachael a hug!

Jonathan’s sister, Laura.  And brother, Steven and Lauren

 

Jeffrey and Lochlan in background of the two love birds

Ellie and Rachael’s excitement over the ring!

 

Hannah, Jake, Ryan, Ellie, Heather, Lochlan, Jonathan and Rachael

The evening came to a close around 1:30AM. It was a perfect day!

 

 

 

 

The Sweet Secret to Hospitality

If you are visiting me today because you read the Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome! If you haven’t read the devotion and want to here it is http://www.proverbs31.org/devotions/midst-dirty-dishes-2012-09/

I’ve always had a hard time being perfect like other people—I guess it just wasn’t my calling.  So, when I visited the missionary mentioned in the devotion today I was more than pleased to meet someone who didn’t have a perfect kitchen but had the sweetest gift of hospitality–and  brought many to Christ in it.

I’ll never forget this one time years ago. . . I worked so hard to be perfect for a women’s planning committee that was coming to my house for the first time. The day came; the house was immaculate, the food I prepared gourmet, the atmosphere serene, our five daughters wore matching dresses with aprons and their hair all curled in ringlets.

The ladies arrived and the luncheon went perfect. Not one detail failed me. As I cleaned up the table the ladies finalized plans for their next meeting and it was concluded.

All 5 daughters were perfect angels and my hosting etiquette flawless!

A month passed, and one early morning there was a knock at the kitchen door. I wasn’t dressed to open the door, but they could see me standing there—you can’t just run at this point. It was the ladies planning committee! I had been so busy at the last meeting that I missed the plans for our next meeting—at MY house!

I graciously welcomed them in. I stood there  without make up on or my hair brushed. They walked through the kitchen; the sink was stacked with dishes and the trash full and rolling over into the floor. About that time my three youngest children ran through the kitchen in a parade like fashion. They only had their underwear on and had drawn with ink pens all over their bodies. They were strutting their new art work for our guests.

About that time I gathered my humility off the floor, gracefully led our beloved children to the bathroom to clean up and asked the company to make themselves comfortable.

The committee actually had a wonderful visit  that  day, even though everything wasn’t PERFECT! We laughed, cried, prayed for one another, we ate together and praised God together. It was actually the perfect visit.

Entertaining isn’t about our house, our decorating, our cooking or how perfect our children are. Hospitality is when you open your home to all those who come, invited and uninvited and minister the love of Christ no matter what your circumstances are. The Lord fills our home with His presence and ministry becomes the sweetest fragrance when we surrender our human abilities for His supernatural ones.

Our kids are all grown now. This past weekend they were home and they brought guests with them.  We all sat around the table, prayed and talked. One guest later said to our daughter, “I’ve never been to a home like yours, sharing Christ and fellowshipping with one another, it was the sweetest!”

Um the sweet secret to hospitality is found in the scripture I gave in the Encouragement for Today devotion,I Peter 4:7-11. Have fervent love for one another.. . Be hospitable to one another. . .if anyone ministers, let him (her)do it with the ability which God supplies; that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the doominion forevery and ever, Amen.

I promised you 3 recipes in the devotion today.

The missionary made us wonderful pancakes, here is the recipe: http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/09/best-pancake-recipe/

At her luncheon she made coddled eggs for the guests.  I’ve added coddled eggs to a wonderful brunch salad http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/09/the-ultimate-brunch-coddled-eggs-maple-glazed-bacon-crumbled-cheese-candied-pecans-and-fried-potato-salad/

And for dinner she made Orange Chicken http://sharonglasgow.com/2012/09/orange-chicken/

Thank you Stella! I love you!

 

Our Last Chick Flew the Coop

Our last baby chick flew the coop this past weekend.   Dale and I haven’t been without one of our girls at home for more than 2 days in almost 30 years.  We always wanted them with us.  We never took a trip without them.  Even if we went out to eat, we went together.  We were one.  I loved making hot breakfasts, talking in the kitchen, and tucking them in at the end of the day–every day.

You’ll think I’m silly for this…and I am!  Even to this day, I call Rachael and  Ellie my newborn babies when I hug them!  They don’t seem to mind.  As a matter of a fact, one day just a couple of weeks ago Rachael heard me say it to Ellie and said, “Hey, I’m your newborn baby!”  I smiled and said, “Aw, Rachael, you are my newborn baby, too.”  It seems it was just yesterday that they were my  babies.

Taking Ellie to college and leaving her on VCU’s campus was hard, but the good news is she’s living with Rachael (our 4th daughter).  And Hannah (our 3rd daughter) and her husband, Jake, only live 5 minutes away.

Yesterday will be permanently engraved in my mama heart.  Hannah had us all over for lunch after church in their adorable apartment. She  invited a gal who didn’t know Jesus or anything about the Bible to come, too. We ate homemade pot roast, talked about the love of Jesus, and prayed together. It was the greatest  ever. The lunch was over, and Hannah took her guest back to her home while we washed the dishes.

It was time for us to leave for home, but Rachael wanted to show us her new studio. Her church had bought an old beautiful church building and given a few artists studio rooms.  Hannah, Rachael, Ellie, Dale and I all went to see it.  As we were walking down the hall to get to it, we were having so much fun laughing that someone came to see what was going on.  The studio was large and  stunning: old hardwood floors, tall windows, two adjoining rooms for storage, and a possible sound studio attached to the big room.  While we were all talking, all of a suddden as I looked at Hannah, Rachael and Ellie I could feel inexpressible joy pounding my heart–the fruit of many years stood beautiful in front of me. They walk with Him, and it is good.

Dale and I drove home blessed.

I missed making Ellie’s breakfast this morning, talking to her in the kitchen, and even seeing her clothes on the floor.

The nest is empty.  I’m not going to lie…I am lonely for her.  But God confirmed to me yesterday: It is good.

Ellie moved in with Rachael. Their apt is next door to the VCU music dept, you can hear them practicing instruments. It is beautiful.

Ellie and Rachael