Monday, December 17, 2007
At the Home of Martha and Mary
Luke 10:38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
41"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42but only one thing is needed.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
-From 2004-2007, I spent well over $1400.00 alone in gas and tolls driving to see my family
-During that same 3 year period, we put over 10, 000 miles on our minivan driving there.
-Each trip is 500 miles there, 500 back, equaling 1000 each trip.
-After the majority of these trips I do not take long road trips for months.
-I realized that the cost of plane tickets, and minivan rental once we arrive is not worth the expense.
-If we were to fly we would have to carry luggage, 1 infant carrier, 1 car seat and 2 boosterseats-Not worth the hassle.
- We managed not to hit any squirrels.
-I only drove home twice.
-One of those trips I was the only adult in the car.
-I prefer driving at night.
- I can count on one hand the number of times I thanked my husband for doing all the driving on the majority of those trips.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Here is my Holiday wish list:
1. All people would walk in a crosswalk and not dart across streets.
2. Unsolicited fruit cakes would become a felony.
3. The Salvation Army would get a church bell and ring it until everyone gives donations
larger than 3 cents.
4. No one would re gift.
5. That we would pick a cause or charity and bless them through out the year not just at Christmas time when we feel compelled to show love and good will toward men.
6. That we would break down our facades, surrender our hang-ups and stop putting on a selfish show so that others that do not know Him, (Jesus) May know Him.
That about wraps it up. How many shopping days til' Christmas?
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
One of the most annoying things as of late has been the silly comment "oh, you've got your hands full" or "aren't your hands full?" Among all the things my old sinful nature would like to say to them, I often give a fake smile and go about my business.
Some woman last week said the same corny thing "Oh, your hands are full". Why did this comment get to me so much?
No one on earth can dictate or limit our fertility but ourselves. I can't even imagine what my life would be like if I didn't have Dolly laughing in my face all the time. Or if I didn't have Noahkeem asking "You okay Mommy?" after I cough. All the pleasure and all the joy I would miss if I didn't have Rocco & Cookie having a jam session on the drums and Cookie ad libbing these incredible lyrics.
Is my life perfect? Of course not. Is any ones? Are my children perfect? Not at all. But one thing I do know is that I am walking in a level of wealth and freedom that I never thought I would experience 8 years ago sitting in a cubicle, punching a time card, with a headset on, reading someone else's script.
So you tell me are my hands full? or is my heart?
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
And why all the hoop la about protecting our children from watching stuff they shouldn't at the local theatre. Isn't this our job, aren't we suppose to be vigilant caretakers of their souls? But yet we allow them to read books and listen to music that no more glorifies God than a hole in the wall all in the name of innocence and education. I say we get real. And clean house from the parents choice of media to our children. When was the last time we purchased a film or watched a film that pointed straight to the Throne? Why not try your local Christian bookstore's film section orchristianbook.com or franklinsprings.com/films/ Or does our allegiance lie with Pay Per View? Am I against TV and Movies ? NO. I take my chickadees out once and a while to see a Rated G movie. We even use it in Home school. What I am against is belly aching and thinking our responsibility begins and ends with a petition/and or boycott. Go out and support Christian Films. Attend a play/performance by an up and coming Christian Playwright. How about http://tylerperry.com Purchase Christian Films for your library and for heaven's sake make sure your local church gets a larger offering than you give your cable company.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Part of organizing my home includes a chore chart that breaks the chores down by days. Each day I also throw in a load of laundry-which reminds me there is a load still wet in the washer. : (
Today's chore was vacuuming and we accomplished mostly all of it except for my room and the girls room. The kids got a kick out of sucking up the cobwebs and spiders with the vacuum cleaner. Then it turned into, "Suck my hand up", "Suck my arm up", "Do that again!" Yes, I did put the vacuum cleaner on their arms and hands so they could feel the suction. Before I knew it it was almost lunch time.
- Monday - Vacuum & Iron-which I almost never iron
- Tuesday- Dust
- Wednesday- Mop Floors
- Thursday-Change Linens, Clean Baths
- Friday-Clean Car, Yard/Garden,Dust if needed, Vacuum again if needed
Friday, October 5, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Below I'm reaching in and cleaning out the residue left after the old sand/dirt was poured out
Today is the day we will do art. Maybe A little Drama-that's an art form. We will talk about how Mary & Joseph had Jesus in a Stable and how the stable was no doubt smelly and cold. And how the hay in the feeding trough (manger) must have felt on Jesus' newborn body. And they didn't have a fleece blanket for Jesus so they had to wrap him in swaddling clothes... Pieces of cloth and place him there. Then as a project we will cut up 2 old t-shirts I set aside when decluttering my dresser drawers. And Cut them up into rectangles and wrap up our dolls and Spiderman like Mary & Joseph wrapped Jesus. We will then talk about salvation and give prayer requests. And finally put the cloths away and use them for cleaning the bathrooms-Which is Thursdays chore. Look at that! We Just covered Speech/Public Speaking, Drama, Home Ec, Scissor Safety & Bible and we didn't open one text book. Isn't Homeschooling Great?
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
This post has been in the making for quite some time so here goes:
Its very late and I'm past tired and I expect to hear the pitter patter of little feet in about 6 hours. so this will be short and sweet.
This evening I realized that no ones life is perfect. You might say "Duh, of course not". But often we thing that the grass is greener on the other side. We think that the 10 minute blurb of life we see as we observe people in public is the essence of their relationship. We may know people or have mentors we look up to and wish to emulate but they too have flaws, all of us do. The flaws in others that bother us the most make us want to cry out, "Why don't you change?"
The truth of the matter is that we can read all the self centered or God centered self help books we want, attend millions of seminars and retreats, but the only thing that will prove true to lasting change is applying Gods word to your life. And to your relationships. The Bible says-believe it or not, that "Whatsoever a man believes in his heart, so is he". So if you think you are not smart, then you are not smart. If you think you ill thoughts about people, especially those we claim to love, then we will reap the benefits of those ill words.
It's so easy to become bitter over the inactions of others that we think effect/infect our lives.
The problem with reconciliation is that first, we don't realize it can be a process and secondly, we always want the other person to change first (which reflects spiritually immaturity in our hearts). We say and hear it said, "If he/she changes, then I'll change" Or "If he/she says sorry, then I will" . Do we not get tired of the emotional turmoil and strength the reconciliation war taxes on us? Is there a point in our lives when we stop pointing the finger and making excuses and free ourselves by taking that first step?
The best thing you can do to change another person is to change yourself. And trust with all your heart that God will be faithful to his Word. But it's hard to believe even that if we don't know what his Word says.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I found myself-Better yet Bid D found me sitting staring off into space as I sat on my son's bed and he put his arm around me and asked me what was wrong. And without sounding like a broken record I simply replied I wasn't feeling good. (and I was still in my PJs). He decided to give his wife the night off and treat for dinner.
At the end of the day there is a smile in the 100 acre wood.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I decided last fall to start giving a slow yes and a quick no to all things that were not life giving. Although I recognize some jobs that have to be done will not be life giving, there are many things that we may feel pressured to do that do not give life to us. Those are the things that we can do with out. Although you may be the likely candidate to run the board, organize the field trip, and feed the homeless, sometimes you just need to say no, not at this time. You will find in your quest to bring harmony and balance to your life, those around you, (usually those who want your services, skills, time and expertise) will cop an attitude and venture to spiritually manipulate you into thinking that you are doing it (not participating) to the least of these. Be ware and do not be decieved, God has called you to Himself first, your spouse second, your children third, and your local church last. Don't be so busy doing the work of the ministry that you forget to do the work of the ministry. Take care of your love relationship with the Lord, your spouse, and your children... that is your first calling. And although it may take others a while to see, there is someone to fill in for the man who lost his job and the mom who just had a tender babe.
Its okay to say no.