Tuesday, March 30, 2010

God is Love

"Heavenly Father, thank you for Your grace. Your forgiveness is SO good that I struggle believing it at times. Thank you for rescuing me from myself and giving me Your Holy Spirit. Your love is better than life." Crazy Love - Francis Chan

"Because when you're wildly in love with someone, it changes everything."

Friday, March 26, 2010

My New Favorite Book



Fill a Bucket
A Guide to Daily Happiness For Young Children
By Carol McCloud and Katherine Martin

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

W.O.W by Lucy Swindoll

1) Tithe off your gross income. Remember all that God gives and say thank you.

2) Live within your means.

3) Take care of what you have. It's too easy to be a a throw-away society.

4) Wear it out.

5) Do it yourself.

6) Anticipate your needs.

7) Consider multiple use.

8) Make gifts when you can.

9) Shop less.

10) Buy used.

11) Pay cash.

12) Do without. God blesses sacrifice, not fullness.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Love Dare

"Husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it." Ephesians 5:28-29

I have been doing The Love Dare. I am on DAY 11. As I read the "Dare" part, I realize that much of what they ask me to do, I am already doing. That's good. That means I learned from the first time around and placed it in my life...not just a dare that I had to complete that one day. The most important part however is the two pages that describe the unique aspect of love.

Day One - Love is patient
Day Two - Love is kind
Day Three - Love is not selfish
Day Four - Love is thoughtful
Day Five - Love is not rude
Day Six - Love is not irritable
Day Seven - Love believes the best
Day Eight - Love is not jealous
Day Nine - Love makes good impressions
Day Ten - Love is unconditional
Day Eleven - Love cherishes

Today's "Ah, Ha" moment:
"When your spouse goes through a tragedy, both of you feel it. When you find success at your job, both of you rejoice. But somewhere along the way, you experience disappointment, and the sobering reality that you married an imperfect person sets in".

However, "when you are looking at your mate, you're looking at a part of you. So treat her well. Speak highly of him. Nourish and cherish the love of your life."

Answering him, Jesus said, What do you want Me to do for you?" Mark 10:51

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Joyful OHM

I haven't talked about my food addiction since February 22nd. I haven't been good. I've been eating a lot of donuts lately and I'm not sure why. I love the Boston creme type with white creme (which isn't Boston then, is it?). But today I thought I'd just get on the scale out of curiosity. Curiosity always kills the cat. (Blame the cat!) And I was surprised to see 116.6.

Tonight we went to Ruby Tuesday's with the children. My love was being spontaneous. I love when he is. It's so rare. It was a wonderful time. The children sat at the table like human beings. Well, they should since they are seven and a half and eleven and a half. We don't go out to eat for many reasons. The first reason is always money. I can't justify spending that much on one meal. After tip, the bill was $85. That's groceries for the ENTIRE week. The second reason is that the children would never sit. They would be under the table or wanting to run up and down the aisle.

Anyway...I had the white cheddar potatoes, steamed broccoli and the crab cake. I had a small salad and a raspberry ice tea. Amanda got an appetizer sampler so I ate the 4 little spring rolls also.

We all decided not to get dessert and go to Rita's. I got NOTHING. I feel that I was definitely following the Lord by making this decision.

All in all, I think it was a pretty good night, calorie wise and patience wise. What a Terrific Tuesday it was!

Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Psalms 119:1 NLT

Monday, March 15, 2010

A Child's Ten Commandments to Parents

From Raising Rock Solid Kid's in a Pleasure Driven World by Dr. Kevin Leman

1. My hands are small; please don't expect perfection whenever I make a bed, draw a picture, or throw a ball. My legs are short; please slow down so that I can keep up with you.

2. My eyes have not seen the world as your have; please let me explore safely: don't restrict me unnecessarily.

3. Housework will always be there. I'm only little for a short time-please take time to explain things to me about this wonderful world, and do so willingly.

4. My feelings are tender; please be sensitive to me needs; don't nag me all day long. (You wouldn't want to be nagged for your inquisitiveness.) Treat me as you would want to be treated.

5. I am a special gift from God; please treasure me as God intended you to do, holding me accountable for my actions, giving me guidelines to live by, and disciplining me in a loving manner.

6. I need your encouragment, but not your praise, to grow. Please go easy on the criticism; remember, you can criticize the things I do without criticizing me.

7. Please give me the freedom to make decisions concerning myself. Permit me to fail, so that I can learn from my mistakes. Then someday I'll be prepared to make the kind of decisions life requires of me.

8 Please don't do things over for me. Somehow that makes me feel that my efforts didn't quite measure up to your expectations. I know it's hard, but please don't try to compare me with my brother or sister.

9. Please don't be afraid to leave for a weekend together. Kids needs vacations from their parents, just as parents need vacations from kids. Besides, it's a great way to show us kids that your marriage is very special.

10. Please take me to Sunday school and church regularily, setting a good example for me to follow. I enjoy learning more about God.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Information Overload

I feel like I need to be here more than I really am. I started journaling a little in my "prayer" journal.

I am on information overload...and I love it. I am learning so much about children, relationships and the Love of Christ. But I am overwhelmed a little. Jeannette, how do you do it all?

I am involved in three classes, programs, trainings...whatever you want to call them. The first is the CDA or Child Development Associate. I will be an Associate when I finish the program. I have 84 hours of training to complete by May 1st, to qualify for October's bonus. I broke it down and it is something crazy like two hours every day for the next six week. As I lay in bed this morning, I know that this is not a realistic possibility. I would never want to push myself just for the motivation of money. I have been given permission to finish it by August 1st.

Positive Behavior Support is the second program I am involved in. The goal is to determine the behavior problem and target the reason for it. (Was it right before lunch? Was the child hungry? Was it right before nap? Was the child tired?) Actually it is center wide but I am on the core team, which means I have a leadership role, in a sense. I go to meetings with the Director and bring back knowledge to share with my classroom teachers.

"Mind in the Making" is the newest training. We are looking at ways people learn. Not everyone is doing this, but I know that if it can make me a better teacher (and a better mother) than I want to be part of it. It's a fun class. I love learning when you have to interact with others instead of just sitting and being lectured at. (Jeannette you would hate this). Last week, I had to dance with a partner. I led and she followed. Then in the middle without speaking she took the lead and I followed. What I discovered is that it is much easier to follow than to lead!

Raising Rock Solid Kids in a Pleasure Driven World is a class that I take Sunday nights from 6-8pm. It is led by my pastor and his wife. IT IS SO AWESOME.

Esther has been a challenge to me. The Women's Bible Study is held at the same time as Amanda's dance class. Last year, both classes fell on Thursday night but the times were different. This year, BOTH classes have adjusted the time so it is a huge effort to get to class. I also have to ask My Love to help. I only go every other week for the video and a lot of times, that doesn't even work out. I have to be disciplined to read the study and do the homework on my own.

Discipline = Disciple... WOW! Someone pointed that out last Sunday.

Last week I learned that I am such a child. I may have celebrated my Forty-Second birthday, but I have learned very little in the last nine years since I came to know Christ as my Savior and Lord. I am a baby Christian who just wants to drink the milk. It's time for me to GROW DOWN (rooted in the Word), UP and OUT.

"As missional believers, we intentionally focus on growing down in our relationship with God, growing up in community with believers and growing out in our witness locally, nationally and globally."

With that said, I am doing The Love Dare, AGAIN. I am self-centered and I need to know how to love so that I will reap the benefits of being a Christian. I learned that taking the Lord's name in vain doesn't mean saying OMG. It means calling myself a Christian and not acting like one!

Day One - Love is patient
Day Two - Love is kind
Day Three - Love is not selfish
Day Four - Love is thoughtful
Day Five - Love is not rude

Last Sunday - MY BIRTHDAY - when I realized what God needs to work on in me (not what I need to work on), the person that I sit next to (occasionally) asked me if I would do a one-on-one bible study with her. YES. I didn't even hesitate to answer. That night I share the information with my mentor and she prayed about it and said we should do Breaking Free.

Oh My Goodness. I had been on the phone the night before with a friend who said she was doing that study. We talked about how God puts the right study in our lives and I said Esther and the love of women is where I am. Guess what? God thinks I need Breaking Free also or why would that young lady ask ME to do a bible study with her.

God is good, all the time!

Is all of this busyness to distract me from my bible? NO! That is the most important thing that I need to read. Everything else can enhance my life and relationships. But God's Word is the starting point, always!

So, where do I fit My Love and My Children in to this busy life of mine? Well, they come first and all the other stuff is what is getting fit in. I need to get up early instead of laying in bed on this rainy morning. So I did! I read Chapter Five of The Love Dare and looked up different versions of James 1:2-3. This was one of those "A-ha! moments when I read it.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (NIV)

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
KJV


Remember Friends, there are many "translations" of the bible. The King James version has the "ye" and "th" on the words and is harder to understand. God wants you to search His word. Be a Berean!

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

I am on information overload. And I AM LOVING IT!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

W.O.W

"Every one of us who embraces the glory of God as our purpose will end up doing great things precisely because we do God-things." Beth Moore

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

W.O.W

"To live for the greatness of God is to live the great life." Beth Moore