Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Why?

Satan is attacking. I don't know why but all I know is that it makes me cling to My Father even more. He is my strength as we deal with this very profound and disturbing issue in our homelife right now. Thank you, Jesus for carrying me today and honestly most days.

From the song "He is" by Mark Schultz and my prayer this morning:
"Father, let the world just fade away. Let me feel your presence in this place. Lord, I've never been so weary. How I need to know you're near me. Father, let the world just fade away. Till I'm on my knees. Till my heart can sing."

A few hours later, God answered with the Key's for Kids verse:
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own". Matthew 6:34

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Loud and Clear

Sometimes God whispers, and sometimes He comes through LOUD AND CLEAR. I was watching the 700 Club this morning. Don't ask me why. I never do. But I was killing time (10 minutes) before we went to a doctor's appointment.

Jimmy Needham was the guest. I wasn't sure if I knew who that was but once he started singing I recognized his voice. He quoted his favorite verse, Romans 8:1. Then he sang this song.

About a half hour later, while waiting for the doctor, I pulled out my "Proverbs for Teachers" book that I got for Christmas from my employers. The title is Repeat Offenders: The greatest fool of all is the man who fools himself.

"Just about the time Christians feel truly sensible in the proverbial sense, reality slashes the soul with guilt. How often do you practice the same pet sin? If practice makes perfect, you would think you would have mastered that sin by now. Which commandment is it? Second? Fourth? Eighth? More than one? Yes, it's easy to be a repeat offender - a fool acting like a fool."

Good thing you have a Repeat Defender. While the devil is quick to point out your repeat offenses - to others, to your conscience, even to God - Jesus remeinds all who care to listen that he took away those sins when he died. God your heavenly Father always listens to your Savior's testimony. Others many be reluctant to forgive, and forgiving yourself can be even more difficult. But before the throne of God, "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1)


I almost fell off of the chair. Wow! That's the message that I heard in the 10 minutes I watched that show. I guess that is what God wants me to hear today...to KNOW today.

He's just great like that!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

"Lord, grant me the courage to walk on ...when adversity is around the corner. Lord grant me the faith to walk on ...when the way is dark and I am lost. Lord, grant me the strength to walk on ...when my legs falter and my body fails. Grant me these things, Lord, and I will fear nothing."
~Thomas D. Willhite

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Reilly






And finally, my favorite, which seems to say....NO MORE, PLEASE!


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

Patches



Amanda loved her the entire time we were at Aunt Evia's. We travelled over 600 miles with her. She was a Krier for three nights. I bonded with her. Me, yes, me, the animal not-lover. I can't say hater because I don't hate animals. I just don't like smelly creatures in my house.

Each morning, Patches and I would sit in the kitchen at 5 am and play. She would fall back to sleep and when she woke again, the children were awake to take care of her. We were struggling to figure out what to do with this baby but loving her the entire time.

However, a certain cat named Reilly was not happy. She would get close to Patches and hiss, which is nothing new. She does that to people that she is not comfortable with as well. But on Wednesday morning, we found poop in front of the litter box. We were not sure if the dog had done it as we carried her to the bathroom for her bath. Oh well, not a big deal. I just flushed it.

But then a little while later, we saw some more at the bottom of the steps. Reilly was making her feelings known loud and clear. I told the children that they would have to choose between the cat and dog. We were all crying when I called my mother. She told me to bring Patches over. Amanda really wanted to get rid of her cat, which was heartbreaking. But she knew no one would take a mean six year old cat. She was sobbing in the shower.

I cried the twenty minutes that it took me to drive. But she is better off. Living in a cage while I am at work is not good for a little one like her.

We played and said good-bye and told her we would be back on Friday. This gives us a pressing incentive to visit more often. When we got home Daniel said it was just empty without her. Yesterday, I heard a dog barking outside and just got so emotional. I was in tears as I folded the laundry. Me! Over a silly puppy!

But how can you not love that little face?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

W.O.W - Purpose Driven

"You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having 'wealth' from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California"

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:

People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.

We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your= character than your comfort.

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.

I used to think that life was hills and valleys - you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don't believe that anymore.

Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it's kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.

No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for.

You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

If you focus on your problems, you're going into self-centeredness,'which is my problem, my issues, my pain.' But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.

It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.

Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72

First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.


Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.


Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.

Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?

Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God's purposes (for my life)?

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.


That's why we're called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
God's Blessings on you today.


"Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up." Proverbs 12:25

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hands

January 3, 2009



This is a picture of my mom, Amanda and my hand. I just love it. I got the idea to do this from an email that I received. When we visit my grandmother in Kentucky this summer, I will take another photo of the four generations of "Baker women". (We'll do your hands too Jeannette!)

Grandma's Hands - Author Unknown

Grandma, some ninety plus years, sat feebly on the patio bench. She didn't move, just sat with her head down staring at her hands.


When I sat down beside her she didn't acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK .

Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. "Yes, I'm fine, thank you for asking," she said in a clear voice strong.

"I didn't mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK," I explained to her.

"Have you ever looked at your hands," she asked. "I mean really looked at your hands?"

I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.

Grandma smiled and related this story:

"Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.

"They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.

They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off to war.

"They have been dirty, scraped and raw , swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.

They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse.

"They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn't understand.

They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.

"These hands are the mark of where I've been and the ruggedness of life.

But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ."

I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my grandma's hands and led her home.

When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.

I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.

When you receive read this, say a prayer for me , and watch God's answer to prayer work in your life. Let's continue praying for one another.

Passing this on to anyone you consider a friend. It will bless you both.

Passing this on to one not yet considered a friend is something Christ would do.

Kentucky Pictures





Kentucky Part 1 (of about 50!)

Here are possible posts about our trip to Kentucky:

1. Roadtrip: In short, almost run out of gas but at the correct exit, but not knowing that, go 80 miles out of our way to end up back at the same gas station an hour later. Nah.

2. Looking for my aunt's house and driving up a stoney steep drive-way, getting stuck, having my uncle push the rental van out. Owner of the house glaring at us. Nah.

3. Daniel and Kayla wade in the creek and then decided to take off and get lost in the hills (yes, not the creek) of Kentucky. Uncle to the rescue again, but aunt finds them just in time. Nah, maybe later.

4. Family crisis - Mom's one of twelve. I read Proverbs 17-19 this morning. That's all I have to say about that.

"The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts." Proverbs 18:8

5. Family reunion - I just can't put this in to words in fear of hurting feelings, ok maybe just one word...stereotype.

6. Driving back from the family reunion, following same uncle (now favorite uncle). Here are three words...Dukes of Hazzard.

7. Puppies, Puppies, Puppies. Meet Patches

8. Pictures

9. Driving home...pretty uneventful but I am sure Jeannette could spice this up.

OK, so there are not fifty possible posts, only about nine. Now between Jeannette's nursing, work, Kayla and my family, work and new puppy, when are we going to blog?

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

W.O.W. - 5 Simple Rules to Be Happy

1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5 Expect less.

No one can go back and make a brand new start.

Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.

Disappointments are like road bumps, they slow you down a bit but you enjoy the smooth road afterwards. Don't stay on the bumps too long. Move on!

When you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight and be happy, because God has thought something better to give you.

When something happens to you, good or bad, consider what it means. There's a purpose to life's events, to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard.

You can't make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved; the rest is up to the person to realize your worth.

It's better to lose your pride to the one you love, than to lose the one you love because of pride.

We spend too much time looking for the right person to love or finding fault with those we already love when instead we should be perfecting the love we give.

(Again, author unknown to me)

"Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up." Proverbs 12:25

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Love is worth fighting for

Love is not a place to come and go as we please. It's a house we enter in then commit to never leave. As I prepare to travel over 1,200 miles in the next five days, I am missing my Love already. We have come a long way in the last twelve months. We are in a good place, not because of our circumstances but because of our committment, our covenant to one another. It's been raining for a long time but God has been holding the umbrella. Without the rain would we ever have a rainbow? So, please keep Jeannette, Kayla, Amanda, Daniel, Mom and me in your prayers as we travel to Kentucky.

"Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better." Colossians 1:10

I hope you enjoy this.


Love is not a place
to come and go as we please
It's a house we enter in
then commit to never leave

So lock the door behind you
Throw away the key
Work it out together
Let it bring us to our knees

Love is a shelter
in a raging storm
Love is peace
in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave;
May God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight
but its something worth fighting for

To some love is a word
that they can fall into.
But when they're falling out
keeping that word is hard to do

Love is a shelter
in a raging storm
Love is peace
in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave;
May God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight
but its something worth fighting for

Love will come to save us
If we'll only call
He will ask nothing from us
but demand we give our all

Love is a shelter
in a raging storm
Love is peace
in the middle of a war
And if we try to leave;
May God send angels to guard the door
No, Love is not a fight
but its something worth fighting for.

Cause I Will Fight For You
Would You Fight For Me
It's Worth Fighting For.

Warren Barfield

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August 9, 2002










Dear Daniel,

Happy Seventh Birthday, my dream come true. Oh how I prayed that God would bless us with another child. I so wanted a little boy. I promised that I would honor Him in all ways and the child would know that I loved him as much as Jacob loved Isaac. Do you remember that story?

I love you the Reddest, "the color of the sky before it blazes at night." I love you the color of a winter hat that warms my body and heart. I love you the color of a ripe cherry as sweet on a summer's day. You are the smell of a rose. The taste of a chili pepper. The sound of a rainy storm.

I am amazed at how quickly the time has passed. You are becoming such a young man. Most recently, you have gone off on your own to become a true fisherman. Many times Daddy has told me the stories of how he will just watch you. It's been four years since you caught your first fish but there are many fishing trips that you will be going on in the future.

Soon you will be starting second grade. Then driving. Then graduating. Then moving out and on. But the good news is, you will be as strong as your name. You are my God-loving, God-fearing child. You are the one to ask "to do devotions" in the morning. You are the one to answer my questions with such thought-provoking responses.

Words cannot really describe the emotions that I have for you. You are a good boy, a thoughtful boy and a funny boy. Your honesty is so innocent and appreciated.

I have loved you from the moment I found out that you were mine. I promise to do my best to help you shine your light on the path of Jesus. Happy Birthday, my beautiful boy.

Love Mommy

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Next Food Network Star

Have you ever watched that show on Food Network? Amanda and I love it. This season had some drama. I guess they need to throw that in to keep people on the edge of their seats. I personally didn't need to see that side of it. I chose Jeffrey and Melissa right from the beginning so I was very happy that they were the final two. I will definitely watch Melissa's show on Sunday afternoons. She is an inspiration to the SAHM's.

Anyway, a few weeks ago, my friend's husband came and cooked dinner while we visited in the other room. Every once in a while, he would call Daniel out to help chop something or...something. I really don't know because not once did I walk in the kitchen to see what was going on. Not once in the two and a half hours of cooking. Not once!

When dinner was finally served, Daniel said he had to eat "his" chicken. There was nothing fancy about it but he was excited because he helped make it. That's when it occurred to me that if I involve the children then maybe they would try more foods. Amanda has been a cooking fiend. Last week, Amanda made Rachael Ray's Mac and Cheese, Paula Deen's Chocolate Banana Pie and Beth Moore's buttermilk pancakes.





This week she made a recipe that I have changed to make it my own. It is a Weight Watcher's recipe for bread. But I threw in mini-chips (and changed a couple of other things). I call it Banana-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Muffins. It is a no-fail recipe that you have to make with your children.




Today we are going to make Daniel's birthday cupcakes from SCRATCH. I grew up with boxed cakes...and loved them. But I am changing that tradition.

"For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?..." Isaiah 43:19

Yes, my baby is having a birthday. He will be seven on Sunday. I can hardly believe it.



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Now, changing the subject...has this been the nicest summer or what? There have been many days that I am wearing jeans or capris. This morning it is in the 60's. I am loving it. Our electric bill was under $100 in July!. That's huge in this house. I hope the weather is this nice in Kentucky. Our road trip begins in just four days. I am so excited.

Have a great weekend, Friends

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

W.O.W. - Promise Yourself

To be strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and to happy to permit the presence of trouble.

(Author unknown to me)

Monday, August 3, 2009

Killing Time

Stole this from Renee last night:

My roommate and I once: This was tough. We bailed on a mid-term (actually it was my ceramics) to watched Gone with the Wind. We lived together two years as college roommates and two years after college so we did MANY THINGS but I can't really share them. (Way before I knew the LORD).

Never in my life have I: Sky dived. And never do I intend to.

High school was: Disappointing when I look back. I wish I had been more actively involved.

When I’m nervous: I get the Big D, if you know what I mean.

My hair: Has a life of it's own. It's never been colored and the curl is natural.

When I was 5: I had the chicken pox.

When I turn my head left: The pain is unbearable. Can you say adjustment!?

I should be: Doing something constructive but I am wasting time while Amanda showers. We are going to watch The Next Food Network Star together.

By this time next year: Who knows what God has planned for me?

My favorite aunt is: Oh no, can't answer this one since I am just 10 days from visiting them. My mom is one of twelve so I have many!

I have a hard time understanding: Why obedience is so hard but disobedience comes so easily.

You know I like you if: I hug you.

My ideal breakfast is: Cheerios and applesauce but I love Eggs Benedict!

If you visit my home town: You find a quaint (that's the only word to describe it) maybe adorable place that you will fall in love with.

If you spend the night at my house: You may be awakened by a crying cat. Don't ask me why.

The animal I would like to see flying besides birds????? Who thought up this question?

I shouldn’t have been: An Art Major. Elementary Education, maybe.

Last night I: Went to bed at 8:30 and slept like a rock.

A better name for me would be: I like Theresa. You tell me!

I’ve been told I look like: "Someone I know" but I don't usually know them. But lately "your sister" has been the answer.

If I could have any car, what would it be? I'm not really a car person. As long as it's reliable. But my next car will be a color of my choice. My current car is "bachelor beige".

Sunday, August 2, 2009

I asked for it!

After about an hour and a half of sheer frustration during my errands yesterday, I laughed out loud when I remembered my prayer in the morning. "Help me to slow down". It was one speed bump after another. LOL.

I got on-line and checked the bowling alley's hours. Daniel will be having a party next Saturday to celebrate his SEVENTH birthday. The website said they opened at 9:00am. It was 10:30 so I thought I'd stop by before I went to Target. Well, no one was there but I heard a great song (which for the life of me can't find. I'll get back to you on that) along my travel. From the bowling alley I went to Target to drop off film. Remember that? Film. Anyway, there were important fishing pictures on the roll and my husband wanted it processed in an hour. The CSR said that it wouldn't be picked up until Tuesday and then it takes 7 days to process. Try Walgreens. Strike Two (no pun intented but I have to say it's funny now that I think of it...bowling theme and all, didcha-getit? Strike. NEVERMIND!)

Off to the mall to pick up my flip-flops at the shoe repair place.





I dropped off the broken one last weekend to have it repaired. Yes, we live in a disposable society but these are high quality Target shoes that I have had for over 7 years. You cannot buy these at Target anymore. I've tried. And I love them! So you can only imagine my disappointment when the shoe was not fixed and the little Asian man says "Tag says can not fix".




I proceeded to a bench to call my love and tell him that three strikes I was out and possibly on my way to Starbucks. I walked the mall and went in to three stores, I guess you could say four because I went in to the first one again on my way out just to make sure. There are two reasons why I have shoes that are almost ten years old. One, they were great quality and two I have a size 5 foot. So buying shoes is a difficult task. It has to be the right quality, color, style and size.

(This was really stressing me out. I know, I know! It's just a shoe. It can't love me the way I love it. But I was so bummed!)

I left the mall with my Frappacino which was outstanding with the whip cream and caramel peeking through the hole in the lid (you had to be there). Finally something had gone right! I decided to go to one more store, Famous Footwear, a store I have never been in. Payless is usually my first and last stop.

Before I went in, I prayed. If there were the right ones for me, I would buy them. If there were not. I would just leave with nothing and see the sign!

I went right to clearance because that is just how I shop. There was a shoe for $30 that was my size. But it was brown. I asked the CSR if there were any other colors. She said no, just that one shoe in that size and style. I didn't love it so I put it back. And left disappointed.

Off to Walgreens As I approach the shortcut to make a left, the road is closed for construction. That's when it hit me! Slowdown or I will slow you down, said Jesus. YOU ASKED FOR IT, REMEMBER? I had to laugh in my car, stuck in traffic. I love when you see those moments when you just know it's God.

Walgreens was hour processing, and there was a $5 off coupon this week, whoo hoo! I came home and picked up the family and off we went to see G-Force (silly but entertaining in a way. The children loved it.)

But the summer shoe thing was still on my mind. It is only August 1st, I kept thinking. What am I going to do on Sundays, wear sneakers to church? God doesn't care really but I do. I searched on line for 40 minutes and finally decided on a pair of crocs. Don't laugh. They are so comfortable and I have feet issues (oh another factor in finding shoes that I forgot to mention). I was on the same screen for FORTY MINUTES because the ones I wanted were not BOGO. The BOGO ones didn't have my size or color preference. UGGH! I finally went with the ones that were not on special. On the sunny side of life, I found an on-line coupon (which I've never done before!) and got 10% off and free shipping.

I hope these come in time for our Kentucky vacation on the 11th. So there's my story of how God is currently working in my life.

I went to bed happy because we started the day with devotions and that is one thing I wanted to change. This morning we have Woship service at 9:15 that I am looking forward to.

How's God working in your life?

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”- James 1:22

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Change around here

Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?" declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:24

I've been hiding. I have not been sleeping very well either. I am exhausted when I get to bed but then I just lay there for HOURS. I can't seem to drag myself out of bed before 6:30 am. Last night I layed in bed and confessed many things that I have been feeling. The quiet does that you know, convict you. I think that is why I have Food Network on or praise music. When I am listening to the music, I think I am fellowshipping with the LORD, but I'm not.

In the beginning of the summer, I decided to commit to morning quiet time. But my journal is dated June 14. I know that once we left for vacation, the backsliding began. I did not attend church in June that I recall. My initial thought was to be an example that Jesus is not in a building. Church is not about going somewhere. We are the church of Christ. But it just turned in to another lazy day. I need to be fed so I can feed my children. Tomorrow we will be starting over. (Change #1)

Yesterday was our last day of work/camp. August will be a fun month yet a productive one. I haven't worked out a schedule yet. It will be a loose one but one with structure. I can't have them watching too much t.v. while I waste time on the internet. (Change #2)

I dont' feel like I am helping my children grow. I intend on finding a daily devotional that we can do together. AWANA will start in September as well as Sunday school. Daniel needs that. Amanda will have Breakaway also. (Change #3)

My degree is in art education. I always say that I am not an artist, but a teacher. I can teach you to tie your shoes, use the potty or sound out a word (math, now that's another story). I want to do more art projects with the children. We were at AC Moore last night during the rain storm. I bought a few things for the children to work on. I want to finish Amanda's blanket that I have been crocheting for over a year. (Change #4)

My friend and her husband came to visit and he cooked dinner. He involved Daniel while making the chicken to the point that Daniel thought it was HIS chicken. Well then Daniel had to eat it. It occurred to me that maybe Amanda would try more things if she made it herself. So this week, she made homemade mac and cheese, chocolate banana pie and buttermilk pancakes. Cooking is something I CAN do but don't prefer to do it. It's quicker to open a box. I say that my husband is the cook and I am the preparer. But that's going to change too! (Change #5)

Father God,
Thank you for this wonderful day. Please bless us as we busily move through our day, most of the time forgetting about You. Let me be loving and kind to my family and all those I meet along the way. Help me to slow down and be quiet so that I may remember that you have put me on this earth for your delight not mine. Help me be purposeful.
In Jesus name. AMEN


"When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do." Rick Warren