Thursday, January 29, 2009

Right Now....

This was on a friend's blog a few weeks back. I liked it so I thought I would share with you my "right now".

Right Now:

Out of my window: Actually sitting in a Starbucks. Lot's of cars out the window:)

I am wearing: Jeans and Underarmour - Is there anything else?????

I am hearing: Latte's and Mocha's being made and the sweet sound of many conversations going on at once. Kinda reminds me of home.

I am thinking: about a million things at once(as usual). Mostly about life and my family. Thinking about Bible study and my sisters who I have the privilege to be with each week. Also wondering about some things that are going on and how God is going to work them all out.

I am thankful for: Salvation and grace. My man and my kids. The many friends I have been blessed with. My electric blanket. Jeans and the invention of Underarmour.

I am creating: some new devotional blog entries in my head(now if I could only get them written down)

I am going: to pick up Cayla at Bible quizzing in 15 minutes. She is just about the sweetest thing in the whole world.

I am hoping: for a "faith filled" year. I want to believe God with everything I got this year and stop doubting. I want to take captive ALL those thoughts.

I am reading: about 5 different books right now and am hoping start 2 new ones(Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and I'm Not Good Enough...and Other Lies Women Tell Themselves by Sharon Jaynes).

Around the house: Not there right now. Hope all is well. We have had the stomach virus going around. UGH!

One of my favorite things: Having my man's arms around me - It is the safest feeling I have ever had in my life. Breathing in my children. Bible study. Reading and writing. Women's ministry. Wearing comfortable jeans and my "cold gear" Underarmour(I know, I know this is getting old already!). Country music. I also love a good worship song, you know the ones that you just want to open the sunroof so you can lift your hands and praise Him. Peppermint Mocha Lattes (maybe thats because I am sitting in Starbucks drinking one) I guess that is more than one thing. What can I say? I am very, very blessed..

A few plans for the rest of the week: Co-op. Mall with Cayla. Clean Greg's office. Church. Sleep. Eat. Exercise(due to the eating). Maybe post on the blog. Dream.....

Well that is a glimpse of my "right now". Hope your "right now" is going well. If not, lift it all up to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. Have a blessed weekend!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Spiritual Lessons from my dear boy CoCo!

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.

Psalms 24:3-4


Ok. This one is for all my co-op ladies who love to hear this story. It is a story that involves my second to last child whom we affectionately call CoCo. I decided I will retell the story and let’s see what lessons we can glean from it.

It all started one day like many other where I was having a not so good day and a not so good attitude. Cayla had softball. Greg was coaching and we were all going along so as not to be stuck in the house any longer with my not so good attitude. We got there and the conversation between Amber and I went something like this:

“Mom, I can see you’re having a bad day. Why don’t you go somewhere for a while I will watch the kids for you” (Another words I am really sick of listening to you complain so please go give us all a break.)

“Oh no Amber I am fine” Teeth clenched.

“No really mom, please go.”

“OK…….I will go shopping for a little while. Somehow new handbags always seem to make things seem better”

One hour later…..New handbag in tow, I return to the softball field to find my dear children all lined up on the bleachers. They look so angelic. They are so cute. I can’t even remember why I would possibly be having a bad day. Conversation with Amber:

“Hey Amber the kids are being so good. Thank you.”

“Ok mom you might want to sit down…Everything was good. We just had one little problem.”

I hesitate….wondering if the handbag was really going to be worth it. I take a deep breath…..”Yes what happened?”

“Well, the boys had to go to the bathroom.”

“There is a port-a-potty so what was the problem?” I asked this with some more hesitation in my voice.

“Abijah went potty and came out. Coco went in after him. Abijah was fussing because he couldn’t wash his hands. I was reassuring him when you got back we would use the hand sanitizer but just as I was telling him that Coco came out and said he found soap and he was rubbing it all over his hands. IT WAS THE URINAL SANITIZER!!!!!!!”

After taking a few deep breaths so as not to pass out I washed the poor boy down with a bottle of hand sanitizer. We scrubbed the poor child for days and for days no one really wanted to hug the dear lad.

So what spiritual lessons can be learned from this port-a-potty mishap you might be asking……

Well for starters, be careful when having a not so good attitude and trying to make it better by shopping. We usually end up spending money we don’t have and we don’t ever address the real problem so it is a fun yet sad to say temporary fix. And you never know what you might come back to…..

Next, Coco thought he was doing a good job of cleaning himself only to find out he was really infesting himself with many, many germs. How often do we reach for the wrong things to feel better about ourselves when to truly cleanse our heart we need to reach out for God’s forgiveness and the cleansing power of Christ’s blood.

And finally remember things are NOT always as they appear. What looked like soap had actually been urinated on by many strangers. Don’t be deceived. Be in God’s word and seek his wisdom so satan cannot deceive you.

Hope you all have a blessed day and never have to learn these lessons the hard way like Coco.

Prayer:

Lord, Thank you for loving us even when we mess up. Give us wisdom and discernment to not be so easily deceived. When we do mess up convict us quickly Holy Spirit so we can have the grace and forgiveness bought by Jesus. We love you Lord and we blees your name.

Amen


Thursday, January 22, 2009

A perfect morning......



This is a picture of what a perfect morning looks like to me. We are getting a bit back to "normal"(what is that anyway....)since my grandmother went into to the hospital on Saturday. I had my first Esther Bible study on Tuesday and could not wait to crack open the pages of my book this morning. Don't you just love Bible study? The title Is "Esther...It's tough being a woman. Isn't that the truth? This week we are talking about it being tough being a woman in another woman's shadow. I thought I would start composing my list of things that are tough for me at the moment as a woman. So far since Tuesday my list has looked something like this:

1. It is tough being a woman when the dog has gone to the bathroom on the floor and it ran under the refrigerator(you know the dog EVERYONE wanted but no one cleans up after)

2. It is tough being a woman in a size 4 pair of jeans in a seemingly no longer size 4 body.

3. It is tough being a woman when you are needed by so many and you desperately want to do the right thing.

4. It is tough being a woman when you spend time with someone who is nearing the end of their life and you so want to keep them here with you and then when you come home you need to smile and love on your kids even through your sadness.

5. It is tough being a woman.......

The list could go on and on. I'm so glad that God already knows how tough it is. I am so glad He cares and He knows our pain. I can not wait to see what happens over the next nine weeks of this study. I am sure it will be a wild ride. Have a blessed day!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Memory Verse #2

Ok ladies I just posted my 2nd memory verse for 2009 on the Living Proof blog. I think this has been a really cool way to challenge myself. It is not too late if you want to join! Over the next two weeks I will be memorizing 2 Corinthians 10:4-5. These verses have special meaning to me but I never committed them to memory, so I am excited to jump in and get this memorized. I will post them here to help me get started:

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

Have a blessed night!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Reflecting.....

I have been wanting to post all week. I have good intentions....but life happens. I have been thinking a lot about that in the new year. We set so many lofty goals and before we can even get them down on paper it happens. Life. Circumstances. Messy stuff. Plain old being "too busy". Praise God that there is no condemnation in Him. I think it is good to reflect and to set goals but don't set yourself up to feeling overwhelmed and condemned. Take baby steps and rejoice in the small victories. If you have no quiet time, start with 5 minutes each day. Nothing more and nothing less. Work into bigger things. Trying to be healthier? Cut one thing from your diet - not everything! I am a goal setter and a goal failer. That used to upset me until I reminded myself His mercies are new EVERY morning. Praise you Jesus! I joined a scripture memory challenge this year. My goal is two scriptures a month. Not unattainable. Not overwhelming. Actually this small goal is fun and at the end of the year I will have joined over 3000 women to memorize 24 scriptures. My first was Philippians 3:12-14. I think I have it down and will soon be searching for what God wants me to memorize the end of this month. So remember set some new, small, attainable goals for this new year. Talking about reflecting, I love to write. I love to look back over things I have written. I thought I would leave you with something I wrote over 2 years ago. It made me chuckle. I was writing to the newspaper in defense of large families. Thought it might make you smile.


So you want to hear from a large family! You asked for it, here goes. My husband and I have seven children ranging in age from 18 years - 18 months. No, we are not Catholic, Amish, Mennonite or crazy for that fact, although we have been asked. We are happy, blessed, full of life, and yes -sometimes loud. We average 20 loads of laundry a week and buy chicken in 50lb boxes. I drive a large 12 passenger van and didn't sleep through the night for what seemed like years. My husband and I start our day out at 6:00 am and if we are lucky the last person has knocked on our bedroom door by 11:00 pm. I home school and am home full time while my husband is off at work selling insurance. Is it tiring you ask? Yes. Is it loud you ask? Yes. Is it chaotic? Most of the time. Would we do it differently? NEVER, absolutely not. They make our world go round. We laugh a lot. Cry sometimes. Fight occasionally. Love each other deeply. There is no greater feeling than seeing your older children love on your little ones. There are many sacrifices on every one's part. I don't think anyone would change it if they could. There are 4 girls and 3 boys. We did not "plan" it. God had greater plans for us. Maybe we are partial but we think big families are the way to go. Hope this helped give you insight into large families. Thanks for asking!


Though reading this made me chuckle I realize how quickly things are already changing. Don't blink - you might miss something!