Saturday, November 19, 2011

180

I've always considered abortion to be wrong.  All my life I've been pro-life.  Yet until I saw "180", a new documentary by Living Waters Productions, I was not as nearly against abortion as I am now.  Seeing how the Jewish Holocaust during WWII is so closely similar to the Holocaust going on at this moment in America, gave me a whole new prospective on what is actually going on right here in my own country right now.  It is a blot on our heritage that only God can wipe away-- if we ask Him to.  Watching "180" has given me a whole new determination to pray, pray pray and help all I can to end this deadly practice. 

Watch it for yourself, and share it with everyone you know.  Those who are 'pro-choice' need to be educated about what abortion really is: a matter of life and death... and they also need the Wonderful News which is God's Saving Grace!

Watch "180" Online for Free: www.180movie.com



Purchase and share the DVD: www.livingwaters.com 


Thursday, July 14, 2011

July Sale!

We are having a sale at our Etsy store, Day by Day Creations!  From now until July 23, get 25% off throughout the entire store!  (Use code JULSL at checkout.)

I am excited about the new products that we've added!

Send Me, Lord Jesus by Christina Grubb

Send Me, Lord Jesus by Christina Grubb is the story of her adventures in the Middle East- India.  From the first interest through reading Elisabeth Elliot's biography of missionary Amy Carmichael (A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael), to the unmistakeable call from God, Christina shares her story with honesty and humbleness.


The Land of Calais by Melody Grubb







The Land of Calais is an adventure based on the characters of Baroness Orczy's beloved The Scarlet Pimpernel.  But you don't have to be a fan of Orczy's books to enjoy (and be challenged by) this fast-paced story set in the era of the French Revolution!




Remembering Christ- The Full Quiver
Now you can purchase music by The Full Quiver at our Etsy store!  Remembering Christ is a beautiful reminder of Who the center of Christmas is and why we celebrate that holiday.  Including timeless carols such as "O Holy Night" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", this CD was a family effort in which most of the eight Grubb children participated.  We hope and pray you will be blessed and encouraged through listening to this CD!


Visit our Etsy store to view all of our newest items!  Remember, all profit from the store goes to a France mission trip I am taking in the near future.  Also, remember to use coupon code JULSL when ordering!

Sale ends at 11:59PM July 23, 2011 (Central time).  One code per order.









Thursday, June 9, 2011

France

The Lord has given me an opportunity to possibly go to France with a team from a local Bible Church, in July and August.  Ever since reading The Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness Orczy, my interest in the people of France has grown over the years.  They are a people who have forgotten their First Love and become widely an unbelieving country (in 2009, a study showed that 50% of the French say they are atheist.)  This trip to that particular country immediately caught my attention, and I have been praying about it a lot these past few months since I found out about it.
   Our team of about 10 people will be staying in Nice, where for the fist week we will assist the local ministry in teaching children at VBS-- such as songs, skits, and doing crafts.  This is a big witnessing opportunity for the ministry since many of these children will be unbelievers.  The second week will be spent ministering to new believers (ages 16 to around 24, roughly) at an Apologetics conference.  I greatly look forward to the second week, as it will be an opportunity to witness a new seed of French believers!  I pray I will be a vessel of God's power every minute of every day that I am there.
  So, I am saving up, preparing and learning the language (something I've been studying off and on for the past several years) as much as I can while our family band travels keep me on my toes.  As always, God will lead me in everything, including this.  Needless to say, I am excited!  I've never been to a foreign country before, so that too will be a new learning experience.  (I am accepting donations for this trip, as God leads those He wills to do so.)

Please pray that God's will be done by the team while in France, and that we would each of us be God's vessels for His glory.

In His Hands,
Melody

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Bulk Herb Store DVD Giveaway!!

Enter to win the "Making Herbs Simple" DVD from Bulk Herb Store, hosted by the blog "The Imperfect Housewife"! I've been interested in this DVD for a while now. Shoshanna, daughter of Mike and Debi Pearl of No Greater Joy Ministries, owns Bulk Herb Store with her husband James. BTW, they also sell the BEST Jasmine Green tea... hopefully I can find a giveaway for that! (I'll let everyone know, of course.:)

In the meantime, go enter to win the DVD(there are several possible entries) HERE!
It ends today, so hurry!

~Melody

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Interview with a Self-Published Author~ Sarah Holman

Sarah is a friend of mine who recently self-published her book, The Destiny of One, and has been on a "blog tour" for the occasion.  I asked her to visit my blog and to tell more about her book.  Enjoy the following interview with Sarah Holman, and then go purchase her book!  (Details at end of interview.)
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Melody: Hello, Sarah!  Welcome to "Day by Day".  I'm looking forward to talking about your new book, The Destiny of One, with you!
Sarah: Thank you for having me, Melody!

M: First of all, I'd like to let my readers know a little about you.  Sarah and I have known each other through a magazine I used to edit (and still help out with), His Wonders.  She lives in central Texas and has written several articles for HW.  Her writing has recently blossomed into a book, which we will talk more about in this interview.  Would you tell us a little more about yourself, Sarah?

S: Sure!  I live with of my wonderful parents and my four sisters and one brother.  When I am not writing (which is a lot), I often can be found reading, playing piano, scrapbooking, and taking long walks.  I have a part time job working for my local representative that I have really enjoyed as well.

M: Did you always have an interest in writing?  How early did you show a passion for the written word?

S: I learned to read by the time I was four and have been an avid reader all my life.  Biographies and historical fiction have been my favorites since I can remember.  I dabbled in writing but it wasn’t until I was eleven that I started writing in earnest.  At that early age, I started a book set in the Middle Ages and took off from there.

M: How did The Destiny of One come to be?  How did you get the idea for the storyline?

S: After watching a very popular science fiction movie, I was fascinated by the genre.  That very night, I wrote a synopsis of a book entitled Whosoever Bears the Mark about a young girl that is marked for her faith while trying to find the crown jewels of a long-ago kingdom.  From that morphed a story that ended up being The Destiny of One.  In the end, although the story did have a search for crown jewels and Christians being marked, it ended up being a lot about Maria’s search for her destiny.

M: Writing a book can take years for some, and months for others.  How long did it take for you to write The Destiny of One?

S: I started in 2007 and since I published it this year, bringing the project to completion, it took me about four years.

M: I know I've had many times while writing a book when I didn't have "inspiration", so to speak.  It can be pretty aggravating, but in my experience, it can also be a chance to ask God to write through me.  What is your experience with this aspect of writing?

S: Lack of inspiration or writers block is a common affliction among writers.  My problem is always in the middle of the book.  I usually have great idea about the beginning and the end but the middle can be hazy.  For me, the best thing to do is just keep writing.  Sometimes I have to go back and rewrite, but I have found that this is the best way for me.

M: I see that you went the self-publish route.  My sisters and I also use Lulu.com to publish our books and are pleased with their printing quality and prices!  Would you tell our readers a little more about self-publishing and what is involved for an author that is using this option to publish her book?

S: To be honest, I really debated between self-publishing and waiting for a traditional publisher.  In the end, I really felt like this was the way God was leading me.  Lulu publishing seemed like the best option and I have been very pleased.

M: What is the most difficult aspect of self-publishing, in your experience?

S: Editing, hands down.  The final edit of my book was very hard and there was no professional editor helping me.  Thankfully, I had a lot friends and my dad to give me pointers.  It is definitely something everyone should consider before they self-publish.

M: What was your favorite part about the publishing process?

S: It is the part yet to come, the reason I wrote my book.  It is when one person is encouraged to live their life to God.  It is when God uses my feeble words to touch someone’s life.  I can’t wait for that to happen!

M: Congratulations on releasing your book on May 13!  Where can my readers purchase The Destiny of One? 

M: Thank you, Sarah, for visiting with me on my blog.  I pray that your book is a blessing and encouragement to many. Sarah also blogs about giveaways and blog tours for her book at http://destinyofone.blogspot.com.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rabbits Anyone?

For a while now I have been keeping a couple or more rabbits in hutches outside our home in the country.  It has become a hobby of mine since the age of 10, but in recent years I wanted to make a little profit on the furry creatures.   After much prayer and research, I felt I was ready to start the project of raising babies to sell for pets and meat purposes.  This began a long trial-and-error experience of acquiring good breeding stock, mistaking males for females, and finally, breeding... which turned out to be an experience in itself.  But I won't bore you with that.
   Fast-forward to 2011.  I was excited about my rabbit's litter due in early April.  After numerous tries and no litters, and then a dead litter unexpectedly born in mid-March, I had re-bred her and prayed for success this time.  My experiments with food amounts had proved successful even when "Rowena", my only doe, birthed the dead litter, because now I knew what the problem had been with the previous non-existent litters-- underfeeding.  Needless to say, I felt pretty stupid but at the same time quite excited now that I had (hopefully) solved the problem!
John and I checking out the new litter of kits!
   I fed the pregnant doe generously with as much crimped oats, feed pellets and fresh alfalfa hay as she would eat during the 30- or so-day gestation period.  My brother, John, helped me build a nestbox which he attached to the side of her cage.  On April 10, when our family returned from home from a weekend trip, I found ten wiggling pink bunnies in the nest, a day early!  They were covered with fur (which "Rowena" had taken from her neck and made a nice burrow in the box with) and were as energetic as bouncy balls.  I learned from The Encyclopedia of Country Living* (among other useful bits of information) that to touch the babies in order to count them and make sure all were alive and well, I must first dab a little Vex rub on the mama's nose.  This, I read, prevents her from smelling my human scent on her kits "for a bit".  We had some eucalyptus essential oil in the house so I used that.   
 God's amazing creation of Life overwhelmed me with gladness as I touched the pink skin and held one of the tiny wiggling creatures in my hands.  For years I'd dreamed of this moment, and it was here at last!  Witnessing new life for me is both exciting and humbling. 
 In a week the kits were white with a thin layer of fur, and in two they were fluffy balls with long ears and  bob-tails.  On Easter Sunday we had great fun holding them in our arms and on our laps.  They are not so jumpy now as they were when young, and are becoming more adapted to human handling; which is something I want to make sure of-- I've had enough of skittish adult rabbits whose scratches are painful! 

The kits are now two weeks and a day old and growing fast.  It's amazing how much they've grown in two short weeks!  I feel so blessed to be able to witness this, and will be sorry to see most of them go when sold at four weeks.  At six weeks they will be ready to harvest for meat (or kept as pets, of course).  However, I plan on keeping a couple for breeding and look forward to raising many more litters like this one, Lord-willing.
P.S. I'm open to any advise on raising rabbits I can get my hands on!  Also, all comments are welcome and I love to read and learn from what you think of my posts. 
*The Encyclopedia of Country Living can be purchased on Amazon, and includes information on raising everything from pigs to goats.  It's a very informative book chock full of wonderful how-to advise from a life-long farmer/housewife!
 


 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Giveaway!

I love the old way of writing, and the deep moral lessons that are nearly always hidden beneath writings of yesteryear.   So I was excited when Shining Stars magazine announced a giveaway of the book The Basket of Flowers, a book written several hundred years ago.  It tells the story of a man, James, and his young daughter, Mary, to whom he teaches unique lessons through "simple agricultural truths."   I've never read this book, but any old ones are of great interest to me!  

Click here to learn more about the story and how you can enter to win it!  (The book is also available through Amazon, eBay, or Lamplighter Publishing.)



Monday, March 21, 2011

Raising Dairy Goats

Below is an article I wrote a couple years ago for a Christian girl's magazine.  Though we had to sell our goats shortly after, I still miss the cute, mischievous and affectionate creatures.  They are surely a delight to have around!

Dairy Goats: A Rewarding Enterprise

This morning I woke shortly after 7, anticipating the feeding of our first goat kid born this spring. This time of year is always exciting for goat keepers. I love to watch for signs on the does, make sure they have enough minerals and nutritious feed, and finally, be present at the birth.
   The first kid of the year, a buckling (male), was born two days ago. We failed to introduce him to the bottle soon after being born, so I had a tough time trying to get him to drink from it a day later. This morning I found him in his own little corner in the old chicken coop, and when I called to him, he stood up and walked toward me. He was pretty skinny because he’d not had much milk in several hours. I hoped he’d take this time.
"Angel"
After about ten minutes, he finally accepted it and sucked! I was thrilled; then I rediscovered the satisfaction of watching a baby animal nurse. His pink tongue curled around the nipple and a little bit of white foam formed around his mouth. The milk had just been extracted from his mother, and was warm and fresh.
   We’ve only been raising goats for about four years now. But I feel as if we’ve had goats all my life. They are such sweet, people-loving creatures; although at times I have wished we didn’t have them, as they can be very stubborn and a lot of trouble! But the good outweighs the bad.

Kidding
   The environment in which kidding takes place need not be sterilized, but the doe will need a small pen or area, with fresh, clean hay or straw on the ground. When we see signs of birth, we move her there with feed and water. Signs will include swelling of the vulva, and/or discharge.
"Arya" resting after giving birth to her first kid, "Sonatina"
   It’s an exciting and wonderful experience to witness a doe “kid”, or give birth—and even more exciting to help them! We try to record the day on which are bred, so that we can make sure we’re around when they kid. They are usually on time—at least one doe of ours kidded exactly five months to the day from when she was bred! I hadn’t looked at her due date, so she’d already given birth and her kid was nearly dry when we found them.
   Most goats kid easily; others need a little help, and in more rare cases, birth is complicated. The older they are and the more kids they’ve birthed, the easier they do—except for does who constantly birth with difficulty.  Our oldest doe kidded twins with no problems; it took her only about 10 minutes to birth. On the other hand, our youngest doe spent about 30 minutes on her first kidding. Eventually we helped pull the kid out. If it is in the birth canal too long, the kid can suffocate.
   After she has kidded, we give her a treat—molasses water and/or some Alfalfa (their favorite kind of hay) as a reward.

Feeding
   We decided to bottle-feed the kids for the most part, last year, because it is a good way to ensure that each one gets the amount it needs to grow to a good size. Also, sometimes the mother doesn’t like how her baby is nursing and will walk off before the kid has had enough to eat. Finally, they tend to be more docile when hand-raised. A friend who has raised goats for many years helped us organize the process of bottle-feeding, as it can become very overwhelming and confusing if not recorded properly!
   When a kid is born, we milk some colostrum—the first milk the doe produces which provides necessary nutrients for the kid to survive—from the doe first thing, and offer it in a bottle to the kid, so that it knows what a bottle is from the outset. Then it is allowed to find the doe’s teat and nurse at will for those first few hours.
   The amount of milk fed begins at 3-4oz., and goes up to 14oz. for the first month. They are fed four times a day in that period; then three times a day until 3 months old, then two times a day until the 4 months, and finally once a day until they are six months old and weaned.

Breeds
   The most popular milking-goat breeds are Alpine and Nubian. We started out with Nubians, and then tried out different mixes. This last batch of kids was mostly half Alpine, half Nubian. But we don’t hold to strictly two breeds.
One of our first Alpine does, "Lava", with her first kids, 
"Mocha" and "Java".
   Nubians have long floppy ears and a roman nose, and range in color from light brown to black. They are much attached to humans, and are quite vocal, too.
   Alpines are usually grey in color with a black stripe down the spine, and have upright ears. They are my favorite breed—nearly just as docile as Nubians, but a little spunkier and a little stubborn.:) Some other milking breeds are Oberhasli, Saanan and La Mancha.

Land is not an issue when raising goats.  In fact, goats eat mostly underbrush and less grass if they have the choice. I highly recommend goats to anyone who is interested in starting farming in a small way. They are certainly worth the effort!








Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg

Day by day and with each passing moment
Strength I find to meet my trials here
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear

He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best
Lovingly, it’s part of pain and pleasure
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

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I could not recall the name of the writer of this beautiful hymn, one that has been dear to my heart for years and one that God has used to reassure me of His wondrous love and compassion for each of His children countless times.   However, when I searched for the hymn on Cyber Hymnal (our family's first stop for hymn history, tunes and lyrics) and came upon Karolina Sandell-Berg and read her story, I suddenly remembered having read it before.  It again gave new meaning to the spirit-filled words that speak plainly of the link between our daily existence and God's sovereign will in our lives.  A main theme that runs through the hymn, that of a quiet, trusting spirit, recalls to mind the verse in Psalms:
Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him:
God is a refuge for us.  Selah.
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In this beginning post I would like to take a moment and look at the writer of this hymn that is to be the theme of my blog.

   Lina Sandell, the name by which she was known in her country, was nicknamed the "Fanny Crosby of Sweden"; though she did not write near as many hymns as Miss Crosby did, she is said to have been as popular among her people as was the famous American hymnwriter. However she wrote anonymously, always signing her poems simply with "L.S."  It was Oskar Ahnfelt who brought her hymns to the public, arranging music to them and singing them (while accompanying himself on guitar) around Scandanavia.
   On a trip with her father when she was 26 years of age, as they were crossing a lake in a boat, her father was suddenly thrown overboard and drowned before her eyes. The accident impacted her greatly for the rest of her life. At age 33 she penned the words of "Day By Day", just one of the 650 hymns she wrote in her lifetime before and after the accident; hymns that "mightily influenced the revival that swept across Scandanavia after l850".
 The words of Lina Berg's hymns were all the more popular because of the simple, beautiful melodies written for them, especially those of Oscar Ahnfelt who played his guitar and sang her hymns throughout Scandanavia. Lina Berg once said that Ahnfeld sang her songs "into the hearts of the people." 2
   Read and sing the hymn to the beautiful tune (which can also be found at Cyber Hymnal), and recall it to  mind when you are feeling down or stressed.   Whatever you are going through at the moment, or if you simply need a refreshing of the soul, I am sure the words will resonate with you as much as they did with me.
Every day the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour
All my cares He wants to bear, to cheer me
He Whose Name is Counselor and Power.

The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid
“As your days, your strength shall be in measure”—
This, the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord.
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.

Help me Lord when trial and trouble meeting
E’er to take as from a Father’s hand
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting
Till we reach the Promised Land.

Notes: 1. Psalm 62:8  2. Christian History Institute, "Lina Sandell Berg: Songs Out of Tragedy"