Friday, December 30, 2011

My One Word

I was reminded by my sweet Sister and fellow blogging mommy friend Shay about My One Word "resolution." Last year my word was REST. I prayed about what God wanted for me throughout the year. (I was looking for the post and I can't find it of course. So I will bring you up to speed.)


I found 'rest' be a funny word because money was on my mind at the beginning of 2011. Anyway...this turned out to be the verse:


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 


I have also memorized verse 30:


"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light" (verse 30)


Verse 29 is not something that I have memorized. I wonder why? I guess I should.


"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (verse 29)


These words turned out to me my life verse. It is something that I go back to often. I have to remind my heart of these words. 


My verse for 2011 turned out to be Galatians 6:9.


"Do not grow weary in doing good for in the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up"


I typed that from memory. I guess I need to work on it a little more. But not too bad for this old brain.


This is how the NIV reads:

"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."


And it truly was what I needed to get through the end of the year! God knows. So for 2012, I have already decided on my word. It is SIMPLIFY. I have been doing this for about two weeks in my clearing out of our house. I can't stand "stuff". 


I am also simplifying our meals by planning. I am simplifying our budget as well. So what will my verse be? I went to bed with an unsettled heart. I guess I was weary and a little discouraged. The "simple" phrase that came to mind was "cast your cares":


"casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)


"Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)


The Amplified Bible always explains words in parenthesis:


Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns,once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.


OK then. 













Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Meal Planning for the Month

One thing I am changing in the new year is how we spend money...or how "I" spend money. I can go to the grocery store for 3 things and $45 later, well you get the point.

I will make a list, meal plan and STICK WITH IT! That's the key, you know. Making goals is not the hard part, it's actually following through and being disciplined.

The Proverbs 31 woman is excellent at this. (Remember, she is my role model).

So the other night, I sat down with my large calendar and just started planning. I asked Curtis if he would get tired of having the same things. He said no. He just wants something when he gets home.  I am going a step further and having the same type of foods on a specific night. For example, Tuesday is Pasta Night.

One of my favorite books is called Today is Monday, by Eric Carle. Each day is a different food. Tuesday is spaghetti.

I am going to go Meatless on Mondays. I had to clear that with the man first, of course.

So here is what I have come up with so far:

Sundays in January (Five)


New Years Day - Curtis is cooking


Steak twice (Curtis does that also) and Roast twice (crock pot).




Mondays in January (Five)

Egg salad sandwiches, Quiche, Soup, Tuna Casserole and Eggplant Parmesan.




Tuesdays in January (Five)


Lasagna, Ravioli, Manicotti, Spaghetti


The last day of the month we will have breakfast regardless of what night if falls on. 




Wednesdays in January ( Four)


Chicken legs, Roasted Chicken, Mexican Chicken and Chicken Salad


Thursday Nights are Mustgo. Everything in the refrigerator MUST GO!


Fridays in January (Four)


Burgers twice (Curtis will do this also. He does all the grilling) and Frozen Pizza twice




Saturdays in January (four)


Meatloaf, Ham and Sausage with Gnocchi 


The fourth Saturday we have three events on that day so we will just eat on the go. 




Hold me accountable, please. Keep asking me how it is going. I can get extremely lazy because I am fine with eating lunch and nothing else for the rest of the night. (Maybe that's how I keep my weight under control.)  But that's not good for my health or my family's health.

Now with a Meal Plan, I can have a list and stick with it!

What changes will you be making in 2012?




Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Eve Music

While You Were Sleeping - Casting Crowns (Click that to listen)

Oh little town of Bethlehem
Looks like another silent night
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
A giant star lights up the sky
And while you're lying in the dark
There shines an everlasting light
For the King has left His throne
And is sleeping in a manger tonight

Oh Bethlehem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
For God became a man
And stepped into your world today
Oh Bethlehem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

Oh little town of Jerusalem
Looks like another silent night
The Father gave His only Son
The Way, the Truth, the Life had come
But there was no room for Him in the world He came to save

Jerusalem, what you have missed while you were sleeping
The Savior of the world is dying on your cross today
Jerusalem, you will go down in history
As a city with no room for its King
While you were sleeping
While you were sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night
As we're sung to sleep by philosophies
That save the trees and kill the children
And while we're lying in the dark
There's a shout heard 'cross the eastern sky
For the Bridegroom has returned
And has carried His bride away in the night

America, what will we miss while we are sleeping
Will Jesus come again
And leave us slumbering where we lay
America, will we go down in history
As a nation with no room for its King
Will we be sleeping
Will we be sleeping

United States of America
Looks like another silent night

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Think About Success

What makes us successful in this world, in this world's standards. Is it our big house? Our awesome job? That huge paycheck? Or the double income we have? Is it our physically fit bodies? (Well, not mine?) Is it the way we handle our money?


I borrowed this from my friend's facebook page.


"Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family. He never went to college. He never put His foot inside a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness. He had no credentials but Himself...While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. One of them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies. He went through the mockery of a trial. He was nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He was dying His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend. Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and today He is a centerpiece of the human race and leader of the column of progress. I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, all the navies that were ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that one solitary life."  


Happy Birthday, Jesus!






This essay was adapted from a sermon by Dr James Allan Francis in “The Real Jesus and Other Sermons” © 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia (pp 123-124 titled “Arise Sir Knight!”)


Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Gift For Jesus

I am sorting toys. All of Daniel's little things are thrown in one box. I have Tech Decks, Legos, Crazy Bones, Army men etc. I am sitting on the living room floor enjoying the time alone. Tomorrow the children will be on vacation for the next eleven days. I need to do this today. We are going to donate the toys that Daniel doesn't want to our Christmas Eve Service. Our gift for Jesus. It is His birthday!

I have KLove on in the office and the DJ read this "A Night of Nights" from Beth Moore's "JESUS: 90 Days with the One and Only".

I LOVE it. Now I need to get this book!

Then she played Breath of Heaven.

I am waiting for a dear friend. We are going out to lunch. Then it's back to cleaning. Have a Thankful Thursday!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Accountability

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 
Matthew 5:8

I wrote a post about the God and Family metal that Daniel was earning. You don't have to search for it. I deleted it. I was convicted not once but TWICE of sin.

I offended two people. It is never my attention to do that. I actually try to go out of my way not to do that. I want to think of others as being higher than me. I am a pleaser.

The fleshly part of me wants to say...then don't read my blog if you don't like it. But that is not correct. I want to live like Jesus. I want to bring God glory in all I say and all I do. This place is a place where I want to honor God. So please, if I offend you or you recognize sin in my life, tell me!

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2

Tonight I talked to a dear friend for a long time about appropriateness. It's been the topic over the last two weeks. Music and television are monitored and censured in my home. But I cannot control what is going on outside of my house. However, if there is something that is inappropriate at school, I am on it!

I am the Appropriate Police. And that is when the topic of being "oversaved" came in to conversation. The person who shared that with me was a Christian. I thought it was funny. I shared it with others. Until someone shed light on the fact that the comedian most likely was making fun of Christians.

That led to another topic of when we see or hear something that is sin, we need to speak up. Something happened and I was uncomfortable. I found it to be inappropriate. But when everyone else is laughing, your flesh seems to override your spirit. I just let it go.

When my friend brought this to my attention, I immediately prayed about it. I then again thought about it a little while later while driving. That's when I asked God to forgive me and help me change.

We all make mistakes. It is very difficult to live in this world and not be of this world. Curtis and I talked about how "tolerated" just about EVERYTHING is now days. It's all just so "normal". You can pretty much do and say whatever you want and get away with it. You can watch and listen to whatever you want and there are no repercussions.

Entertainment has taken on a new definition with reality T.V. Other people's drama is what people want to watch. (I was so pleased when the children chose to watch Myth Busters this morning over the Disney Channel or cartoons. They chose that on there own!)

 So I decided to see what God has to say about inappropriateness. This is what I found:

Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall. 1 Corinthians 8:13


Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1


However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Romans 4:5-6



What do you think?









Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Giveaways

Please stop by Laura's blog for some beautiful homemade items that she is giving away. All you have to do is leave a comment!

Thanks Laura!

(And please don't pick #5. That's the one I want for Amanda).

And today is the last day to enter the giveaway from Laura's daughters. They have a blog called 3 Sisters soaking up the Son. Check them out and the beautiful jewelry they made!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Prayer


This is from a Girlfriend's in God devotion that I read this week. Actually the prayer is from today. The devotion was two parts. Part One was called How to Have a Joy-Filled Christmas. The second part is called Gifts that Matter. They both are written by Mary Southerland.

I love this and will be borrowing this!

May God grant you the light in Christmas which is faith; the warmth of Christmas, which is love; the radiance of Christmas, which is purity; the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice; the belief in Christmas, which is truth and the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.

Monday, December 5, 2011

God and Family Metal


Daniel has had to attend classes on Sunday nights called "God and Family" through the cub scouts. All the other boys are going through the Catholic program. The ones who are not Catholic are doing it too because they don't know enough to make that decision. I was the only one who said no to that. We met with Pastor Matt for an hour for about six weeks. I thought this was going to be so easy, so fun. You know me. Why wouldn't Daniel be the same way? 

It was the worst part of my week. I dreaded it as it approached. By week three, I was about to quit until I found out that quitting wasn't an option. Can you even imagine me quitting something that had to do with God?

At Week Four, I asked Pastor Matt if I could open in prayer. Why we didn't do that each week I don't know! It got a little better. Then the next week was better! Then the next week was great because Daniel had learned the 10 commandments! 

Last night was the last one. We had been building a pizza. The foundation being Christ, then the sauce being people around us. Then the toppings being our family and their strengths. Then the cheese being the 10 commandments. We stopped at Dominos and brought cookies also. When Pastor Matt showed up, his children (ten and twelve year olds) were with him and frozen pizza! Between the six of us, we ate two pizzas and ten cookies (I had two cookies of course!)

I wrote a thank you card and gave him a gift card. I told him that I am one of those people who only listen to Christian music. I LOVE God and everything to do with him. I love Christian books. I love Christian movies. I love Bible studies. I LOVE my church. I love retreats. I love Ladies tea parties. I love anything that has to do with God! 

Matt told me about a comedian who talks about being over saved. It's hilarious and it's me! What prompted this conversation was that I told Matt that I actually told my pastor that instead of a sermon about how to share Jesus with people, could he give one on how to shut my mouth about Jesus. Then Matt quoted Francis Assisi "Preach the Gospel always. Use words if necessary." That was mentioned in service yesterday. Yes, that's me exactly. Use words if NECESSARY. 

For several weeks, I struggled with disappointment. I struggled with the fact that all of the other boys were doing the program at home with their families and then they will meet with the Priest at the end for a Q&A session. Then why did we have to go to classes? Why was my kid singled out? After week four, I boo hoo'd to a friend. Daniel was making me look bad, I told her! It's at that point when I share my frustration and recognize it as sin, that I realize that none of this is by accident. We had the opportunity to be blessed by Pastor Matt and we blessed him. 

The first few sessions were agony. I said I would rather have needles stuck in my eyes. The next few sessions were discussion, conversation and enjoyable. 

Daniel finished strong. And I survived too!


Saturday, December 3, 2011

My Baby Girl!

This is the text I received this morning. This is exactly how it was typed...a few typos and lack of punctuation but just perfect. I asked Amanda who sent it to her and she said she wrote it. I asked when. And she said, in the last 15 minutes. What did I ever do to deserve a daughter like this? I am blessed!


When I opened the text, this song was playing.


There was a picture of a heart that said " I (with a heart) Jesus". You know, like "I love New York". I couldn't find a picture to show you. Sorry.


"On December 25 a virgin by the name of mary gave birth to a perfect child named Jesus Christ he lived a perfect life without sin so he could take the punishment on the cross for your sin so you may have eternal life in heaven and not suffer in hell like the other before you. many of you are going to read this and think it is just another dumb christian FWD but its not because Jesus lived and he died and he rose on high! if you believe that Jesus was and is the saviour of the world fwd this to 10 other people spreading the word that Jesus saves and send this back to me if you think Jesus is your saviour!
John 3:16
for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only so that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."


My daughter loves Jesus. My daughter knows Jesus!

Just found this!

I never finished this so I am posting it just as it was typed on September 26th

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To Know You was the title of my post on September 18th, 2010. On September 22nd, I wrote about Love Never Failing (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) and on September 25th, 2010, my post was entitled "For the Sake of My Marriage" and I posted the entire chapter of 1 Peter 3.

On Sunday, we were given an open mic to talk about how the potter is changing His clay. With my wing man (woman, actually), I got up and read 1 Peter 3:1-2 and talked about what has been going on in the last year of my marriage. It was tough. Amanda was sitting there. She was sad, shocked and I believe angry too. Uh, yeah, not the way I wanted my daughter to find out.

I used the NIV Bible to read. When I read my Bible the next morning, I decided to look up 1 Peter 3. There was the date...Sept. 25th, 2010. Sunday's date just happened to be Sept. 25th!

God has been so good to me. It's hard to put it in words. That seems to be such a small statement for my Big God. He has turned our marriage around, 360 degrees. It's been such an amazing transformation. It's a road that I would never wish on anyone. And it's a road that I had to walk in order to grow in Christ. It's only through our trial can we help others who are going through the exact same thing.

My college friend lost her father when she was only 22. It was something that I couldn't help her through. In the last year when I was grieving my father's death, my friends who have not experienced that could not help me. It's like the expression about about "walking in my shoes" or something like that. LOL

September 19th, 2010 I got baptized. I was thinking a lot about this last week and especially in the last three days. Reflecting is a better word. Praying is really the best word to describe my actions. And thankful. To God and to my girlfriends. The support of your friends is priceless.

There was so much junk that I had added in the last 14 years. These ladies have loved me through it all! I know that I am difficult at times but I am thankful for being loved through the good, the bad and the ugly. My heart is so joyful.

I decided that I needed to send an email to my support group. My friend summed it up beautifully:

It is not easy going through everything God wants us to go through so He can refine us, but as we abide in the true vine (Jesus Christ) He will strengthen us and our roots will go deep into His.

Amanda woke while I was composing this. We did the Keys for Kids together. I was only half listening because I was typing. But this was the message today:

Do your actions match your words? It's great to speak up and tell other kids that you're a Christian. That's an important part of witnessing for Jesus. But the way you act is equally important. In fact, it may even be more important. Have you heard the phrase "Actions speak louder than words"? If you claim to be a Christian, do your actions say you are one, too? A testimony for Jesus involves more than T-shirt advertising. It involves living for Jesus. Be sure that others see Him in the things you do.

Then I thought about a song called The Change  by Steven Curtis Chapman (love his music!) I told Amanda this is why we don't get Christian tattoos. For when we are human, people will not think "oh they are just human". They will think, "oh and they call themselves a Christian!"

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It's been 14 months since I have been baptized. A lot has changed in that time. Mostly me!

My husband is awesome!

I was reading a magazine this week, which I never do. The article was called "What is the best advice your Dad gave you?" One thing stood out. "Don't complain about your husband to anyone". I thought about that. Venting is such a human thing. But if I chose to capture my negative thoughts after they leave my heart BUT BEFORE they make it to my lips, then the Holy Spirit can deal with me and the thoughts. It doesn't sound like such a big thing. But it is really a huge thing.

Again, my husband is awesome! He does still throw his socks in the middle of the floor and leave them there for four days (I've left them there that long). But then I pick them up and put them in the washing machine. They aren't going to grow legs and walk there so someone has to change. Why shouldn't I be the first to change? I am the one who knows Jesus personally.

He took off yesterday. He completed my Honey-Do list AND added a few other things, AND Christmas shopped for the children AND cleaned the kitchen AND living room. AND finished the laundry.

He is awesome. You don't need to know all of the "not awesome" parts of my husband. I shared the socks thing. That's enough. Joyce Meyer has helped me get over the little things so that I could Enjoy Everyday Life. Heck, I am not going to let dirty socks steal my peace with my husband and marriage. NO WAY.




Take Lots of Pictures!


This is the last picture I have of the children with Dad. It was taken in August of last year. Daniel just turned eight.
These are the last pictures I have of Dad. They were taken in October of last year.