Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Day I Took Two Naps...



My sister and brother in law took my kids to Miami Seaquarium today. So I had a whole day to myself! (The 2nd day this week by the way!!!) I resisted the urge to go to the stores and shop which left me with not much to do! My house was basically clean-sure I could have rearranged a closet or organized a cabinet but I decided against that (of course!). So I did what any mom with a free day would do-I took a nap!! After the 1st nap (yes, I said the 1st ;) I decided I should do something. So I put in a load of laundry and ran to Blockbuster to rent a chick flick and then ran in to Publix and got some sushi and edamame for lunch. When I got home I watched the movie and ate lunch then took nap #2. I resolved again that I needed to do something more. So I put in another load of laundry and folded and put away more laundry. Wow, this was a lot of excitement for one day. Without a doubt, a day of relaxation and nothingness is a welcome treat. I recommend it for all moms, wives, and working women. I feel refreshed and ready to take on our camping trip tomorrow. But I did realize that my life would certainly be empty and boring without my children. I will look back on the day that I took 2 naps with fondness as I'm sure it will be a LOOONG time before it happens again. Right now it's 10 til 6 and while I don't take my FREE day for granted, I can't wait for my cuties to get home!!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Monday Meanderings


As I pondered (one of my new favorite words after studying the Christmas story this season!) 2009 and look forward to 2010, God gave me this verse:
II Cor. 5:7 We live by faith, not my sight..
This is an exciting verse for me. So many times I see things wrongly or don't see them at all. So I'm thankful to live by faith. If I focused on what I see in the world we live in today, it would be a depressing life!! I'm amazed by the hope that I have in Christ.
Of course, when I think of 2010 I think of the dreaded New Years Resolutions-of course I have the same 2 as many-read my Bible through and lose some lbs. I am working on both but don't want to be discouraged when I'm not meeting my goals as quickly as I hoped. I also would like to set some other goals that may get pushed aside because I'm so focused on the other 2 resolutions like:
1. Praying for my children and husband regularly-not just when things are going on...
2. Praying for my students regularly-again...not just when they're making me crazy!
3. Continuing to be frugal-we have made great strides in our finances with spending wisely-I want to continue to be good stewards of all God has blessed us with.
4. Be more consistent with our family devotions.
5. Be a good housekeeper...I have developed great habits with being on top of laundry and keeping the house tidy,(my tidy habits sometimes make my family crazy!) but I need to stay on top of it because it gets away from me so quickly!!
6. Use a soft voice with my children. I hear Dylan talking to Holly sometimes and I hear the tone I use with my children! sometimes it's scary! I need to continue to reinforce first time obedience and then a consequence-If I am consistent that process eliminates me having to get frustrated!

God showed me a fantastic "goal" verse for 2010. May this be my prayer...
II Corinthians 5:9 So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Favorite Christmas


When I was a little girl I LOVED Barbies. And I played with them until I was ...I'm embarrassed to say 12! Of all the Christmases at my home growing up I hardly remember any of the gifts that I received, BUT I vividly remember the "Barbie" Christmas. I was in 4th grade and we had moved to Tallahassee to take care of my grandmother who was not doing well. My dad left behind his air conditioning business, also leaving behind income. My little brother who was 1 1/2 at the time had been sick and in the hospital until Christmas Eve. I'm sure, to my parents, Christmas looked grim that year. But as a child I was clueless to the stress and worries that I'm certain my parents must have experienced. It turns out that Christmas was the best, most memorable ever! I still have the gifts I received that year! My daughter and my nieces now play(and fight) over them!
My Mom and Grammie made pillows and cushions for Barbie furniture, and lots and lots of Barbie clothes. My Dad and Granddaddy made solid wood Barbie furniture. It's amazing that we didn't receive the "must have" gift of the season, or the newest technology-(which I'm sure was like a walkman with an Andy Gibb cassette at the time), but it is THE most memorable Christmas of my childhood. The lesson for me here is that I want to raise children that are content in the Lord, not in things. It doesn't matter whether or not we have the means to give them the newest or best or most. I don't want to do that. I believe if we did we would be doing a terrible disservice to our children! Those gifts and the labor of love that went into them are priceless. I hope that my children will have at least one memorable Christmas (and hopefully many more) as I did that year!

This was the living room furniture. Some of the cushions have since gone missing!


This is the dining room table.


This is the wardrobe. It was filled with beautiful clothes.


This is the bed. My favorite piece! Notice how the headboard is carved with Barbie's name. My mom has since made a new mattress and linens.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mary's Song


As I try to ponder all aspects of the Christmas story in an attempt to have a Christ-filled Christmas I came across Mary's song. I have been a student of God's Word for 25 years and I don't ever remember reading this! It just goes to show how the Holy Spirit can enlighten as you read God's Word.
I am in awe of Mary. Now, let me say that I know that Mary is not a god and she is not to be worshipped. Mary was just an instrument used by God. Perhaps that is what draws me to her...I want so badly to be an instrument used by God. Luke 1:46-55 gives a glimpse into Mary's servant heart. What an example for those who strive to be godly women!! Here are a few verses:

And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me-holy is his name..."

My Favorite Ornaments


My Christmas tree is simple-about 7 feet, white lights, a few red bows and bulbs. But what I love about our tree is the precious ornaments that bring back memories as we look at each one and hang them.


Most years my mother in law has bought us personalized ornaments. This one is the first ornament after we had Dylan. Now that Holly can read she asked why her name is not on some of the ornaments!


This is an ornament that Dylan's Sunday School teacher made. He was a 1 1/2. So squeezeable!!!


This ornament was given to us when I was pregnant with Holly.


This was our first ornament as a family of 4.


This is an ornament that Holly made in Sunday School. Of course I love any ornaments with pictures in them!


This one is a picture of my mother in law and father in law. My father in law passed away about 4 years ago.

What are your favorite ornaments on your tree??

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

101 Goals #53



#53 on my 101 Goals was to go camping. Scratch that one off!! We went to River Ranch with our dear friends the Sophie's. It was a super family time. It was in the 40's at night which made the campfire and hot chocolate that much more fun! Our days and nights there consisted of petting zoos, visiting horses, flashlight tag, campfires and lots of yummy food. We were able to go to the campground chapel Sunday morning for worship. We thought we would see fellow campers at the service...instead we found not one other camper, only a sweet church family. We were the youngest by about 30 years! It was a down home, sing from the hymnal, solid preaching from the Word of God-service. I personally loved it! It reminded me of the church I grew up in-Griffin Road Baptist Church. I wasn't sure how my kids felt about it-but later Dylan suggested we bring canned food for the shut-ins to the Mustang Center-he was listening! Well it was a great time...we are in the process of planning our next trip on New Year's weekend. Can't Wait!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Randomness


You’re feeling: tired because it's Friday, yet energized to have a week off for Thanksgiving!
To your left: a coke, my cell phone, my Christmas planner
On your mind: our camping trip and what I'm going to bake for Thanksgiving
Last meal included: Scruby's ribs and okra!
You sometimes find it hard to: keep my priorities straight...read my Bible THEN, get on the computer...
The weather: is glorious...warm
Something you have a collection of: dirty clothes? j/k! I don't really collect stuff, but I guess I could say pictures!
A smell that cheers you up: coffee
A smell that can ruin your mood: maybe a burnt meal that I've slaved over...not that that EVER happens! lol
How long since you last shaved: 5 days-scary...
The current state of your hair: ponytail and messed up bangs, roots in bad shape
Your skill with chopsticks: I confess that I eat my Asian food with a fork, knife, and spoon, that way my food actually ends up in my mouth and not on the floor
Which section you head for first in a bookstore: usually the kids section
Something you’re craving: sleep
How many times have you been hospitalized this year: none...I've only been hospitalized when I was with child
Favorite place to go for a quiet moment: my big comfy bed
You’ve always secretly thought you’d be a good:high school teacher
Something that freaks you out a little: being a parent of a teenager...2 years to go
Something you’ve eaten too much of lately: spinach dip
You have never: gotten a tatoo
You never want to: jump out of an airplane

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday


I am thankful for...
*pizza for dinner from Sam's
*that tomorrow is the last day of school for 10 days!!
*Dylan having no homework tonight AND no tests to study for.
*having a job that allowed me to go to Holly's Thanksgiving party today.
*Being able to keep up with my Bible:365 Personal Challenge (so far!)
*being able to pray for friends and family in need AND knowing that God hears!

Psalm 116:12 How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me??

What are you thankful for??

Saturday, November 14, 2009

T.H.I.N.K.


I often have a problem... I say things, they come out wrong... Then I think... wow, I really should think before I talk. I found this today...

Is it ...

T rue?

H elpful?

I nspiring?

N ecessary?

K ind?

This is a reminder for myself and maybe it will inspire you too.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Weigh Down Wednesday


After seeing Holly's (my friend, not my daughter) 6lb. weight loss, I am inspired to jump on the weight watcher bandwagon! It worked miracles before and I know it is the way to go for me. So I signed up for WW online tonight. I've already logged and planned my meals for tomorrow...so here we go...!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bible: 365


#19 on my 101 goals is to read my Bible all the way through in 2 years. After getting a great idea from a friend this weekend, I'm going to try to read it through in one year...starting today! Instead of following a mandated number of chapters per day, she suggested taking the number of pages in your Bible and dividing it by 365. Then, reading that number of pages per day. She has read her Bible twice using this method. It sounds alot more manageable that way. She also suggested using a Bible that has large print to make it easier as well. So I will map out my readings for the week as well as adding any notes that I feel led to share. The Bible I'm going to be using is my favorite Ryrie Study Bible in the King James Version. It has 1,951 pages. This comes out to 5 pages per day. Here's the plan for this week:

Genesis 1/12/10
Exodus 2/2/10
Leviticus2/7/10
Numbers 2/12/10
Deuteronomy
Joshua
Judges
Ruth
I & II Kings
I & II Chronicles
Ezra
Nehemiah
Esther
Job
Psalms
Proverbs
Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Isaiah
Jeremiah
Lamentations
Ezekiel
Daniel
Hosea
Joel
Amos
Obadiah
Jonah
Micah
Nahum
Habakkuk
Zephaniah
Haggai
Zechariah
Malachi
Matthew
Mark
Luke
John
Acts
Romans
I & II Corinthians
Galatians
Ephesians
Phillippians
Colossians
I & II Thessalonians
I & II Timothy
Titus
Philemon
Hebrews
James
I & II Peter
I, II & III John
Jude
Revelations
And I did it in 4 months!! To be honest-Can't wait to start it again!

Mission: Impossible?


Have you ever tried to run a mile without stopping? Now I'm not talking to my fit friends who eat right and exercise like they should. I'm talking to my friends who are more like me-with meat on their bones (that shouldn't be there) and who flirt with exercise every now and again but never consistently. Well, I decided I was going to try it...yea, right! I started running and within about 2 minutes I thought I would die! So I stopped running and began walking until I caught my breath and then I ran a small spurt again until I had to go back to walking. So I completed the mile probably only actually running one-fourth of it. Who knew it would be soooo hard?? But now I'm on a mission....

Thursday, November 5, 2009

100 Things About Me

1. I am closer to 40 than to 30.
2. And it bothers me ALOT.
3. I am a 2nd grade teacher
4. And I would be even if I didn't get paid (o.k. maybe only part-time!)
5. I love scrapbooking-though I don't find the time for it like I wish.
6. I love to cook and try new recipes.
7. I like my coffee with french vanilla creamer and 3 heaping teaspoons of sugar.
8. I am not naturally blonde.
9. My son's middle name is Ray-he's named after my dad.
10. My daughter's middle name is Mae-she's named after my and Brian's grandmother-both had Mae in their name.
11. Grammatical errors bother me.
12. I love to read.
13. I prefer nonfiction over fiction.
14. My most memorable Christmas was when I was in 4th grade and my parents had no money. So my parents and grandparents made all our presents that year.
15. My sister and I still have all the homemade gifts we got that year.
16. Our daughters now play with those gifts.
17. I have 4 sisters and 1 brother.
18. I have like 65 first cousins.
19. I hated high school.
20. If it wasn't for my 2 best friends (which are still my best friends now) I would not have any good memories of high school.
21. I loved college.
22. This month will mark 18 years since my husband and I started dating seriously.
23. 24 is my favorite show.
24. I don't like popcorn because it gets stuck in my teeth.
25. I talk to my mom on the phone almost everyday.
26. Potato chips and french onion dip is one of my favorite yummy snacks.
27. I like organizing.
28. My spiritual gift is administration.
29. I'm not a morning person.
30. But wish I was.
31. I think flowers are a waste-but don't tell my husband because he likes buying them for me!
32. I love being a mom more than anything in the world.
33. I like to dip a peanut butter sandwich in tomato soup.
34. I drive a minivan.
35. I would love a short, sassy haircut-but I'm not brave enough!
36. I don't like to travel.
37. I'd rather be home.
38. I love that my kids are past the toddler and preschool stage.
39. I'm loving this stage of life-they're still young but not babies any longer.
40. We just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary.
41. I will not spend more than $20 on a purse.
42. I have no use for cats.
43. The dog I bought for my husband 15 years ago is still with us.
44. His name is Dallas.
45. I love roller coasters.
46. I love ridiculous scary movies.
47. I have never bought a lottery ticket.
48. The only time I have ever gambled was playing bingo with my mom once.
49. I won $25 and decided to quit while I was ahead.
50. I have decided this school year that I would love to teach Kindergarten.
51. A year ago-I would have said I would never want to teach Kindergarten.
52. I only get my hair done once a year
53. Because I can't stand spending the money.
54. I love reading about women in the Bible.
55. I have a hunger for God's Word
56. that I don't feed like I should.
57. My favorite restaurant is Melting Pot.
58. My favorite store is Target.
59. I can find everything I need there.
60. I could care less if I ever visit another mall.
61. I love bike riding with my family.
62. I'm not allergic to anything.
63. My favorite shower scent is warm vanilla sugar.
64. I don't like perfume.
65. I love new clothes.
66. I would buy a new outfit daily if I could.
67. I love playing scrabble
68. because I usually win :)
69. I wish we could take a real family vacation every summer.
70. but I'm thankful just to be able to be home with my kids all summer and hangout by the pool with friends.
71. I love banana splits from Dairy Queen.
72. I love that my mom and dad live 2 streets away
73. I have the best sofa.
74. I love getting pedicures
75. But once again can't stand spending the money.
76. I want a new vacuum for Christmas.
77. I love my church.
78. because God is doing great things there.
79. I love afternoon thunderstorms.
80. I live in comfy pajama pants at home.
81. My family is going on our first camping trip after Thanksgiving
82. and I can't wait.
83. I just recently gave away 7 bridesmaid dresses that were in my closet.
84. I grew up in South Florida with a pool in the backyard,
85. but I am not a good swimmer.
86. I hate cold weather.
87. I don't like talking in front of groups of people.
88. I worry about being a parent of a teenager.
89. I want to paint my bedroom grey.
90. and get a new comforter to match.
91. I try very hard not to spoil my children
92. by not buying them things that are not necessities except as gifts (birthdays/Christmas).
93. I love watching Funniest Home Videos with my kids.
94. I'm thankful that so many people love my children-aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends
95. I think having grandchildren will be awesome!
96. By the time we're 50 both of our children will be grown
97. And we can partaee!!
98. I love Jesus
99. And I’m going to heaven when I die.
100. Because He saved me.

Thankful Thursday


I don't need to worry about what I will eat, or what I will wear...God is in control of the little details of my life...I am so thankful.

I have a husband who loves the Lord more than he loves me and two healthy happy children...I am so thankful.

I have a comfy, cozy home and a dependable vehicle...I am so thankful.

I have a career that I love that also provides an environment where my kids can grow and be discipled...I am so thankful.

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song." Psalm 28:7

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Celebrity Moms

Top Ten Ways Motherhood Makes You a Celebrity



1. Someone's always hounding you for your autograph. Even if it's just on a permission slip for the class trip.
2. You travel with an entourage. Okay, so two of them are fighting over a bag of Doritos and one of them has a crusty nose, but STILL.
3. You spend your days club-hopping. How else would your kids get to Brownies?
4. You're front and center at every awards show. Because your 10-year-old would never forgive you for being absent from awards chapel.
5. You change clothes three times a day. And it's much more fun if you pretend it's because you're being stalked by the paparazzi, not a messy toddler.
6. You're on a spa diet. Your kids only leave broccoli on their plates for you.
7. You've flashed your boobs in public. Hey, it's not easy to juggle a hungry baby in one hand and unhook a nursing bra with the other!
8. People beg to sleep with you. Well, only because there's a monster under their bed.
9. You're covered in tattoos that your kid got in a birthday party goody bag and plastered on you when you were too pooped to resist.
10. Hassled as you feel right now, in 20 years you'll miss all the chaos.
Are you feeling like a celebrity yet?

Friday, October 30, 2009

101 Goals

It's been sooo long since I've even looked at my goals! So I decided to update them and get motivated again! Here's the ones I've recently accomplished:
Revised #1 and #2, Completed #16, 33, 55, 58 & 74.
Click the 101 goals title above to see the many left that I have to accomplish!!

Caffeinated Randomness



1. What is your favorite thing to snack on while blogging?
Well, I never thought about it before, but I don't ever eat while I'm blogging

2. What is one thing you wouldn’t want to live without?
my family pictures


3. Beach, mountains or farm? Where would you live if you had a choice?
Beach-although I'm not a beach goddess (to say the least), I love South Florida and the warmth!
Although my husband and children would say mountains or farm...of course I'll go wherever they go!

4. What’s your least favorite chore / household duty?
Dishes and cleaning the floors

5. Who do people say you remind them of?
Good question-No one famous-people do say Rhonda (my sister) and I are alike.

6. Prefer parties and socializing or staying home with the family?
Actually kind of both-I like being home with my family, but I love to have friends over and socialize at home!

7. What’s your all time favorite movie?
Can I pick 2? Fugitive and While You Were Sleeping

8. Do you sleep in your make-up or remove it like a good little girl every night?
Honestly? I only take it off about 50% of the time-that probably would explain the wrinkles...

9. Do you have a hidden talent or a deep desire to learn something that you’ve never had a chance to learn? What is it?
Hidden talent? I have no hidden talents...I'm boring that way...but I always wanted to learn to play the piano and never followed through with it


10. What’s one strange thing that you’re really good at?
Okay, I was really good at giving birth. I had fast, easy labors. I literally felt like I could do it again right away. And I didn't have epidurals. The pregnancies were a different story!

11. What first attracted you to your spouse?
I would say his blonde hair and smile. I always thought he had nice teeth! He definitely was handsome...and 18 years later, he is still so handsome! <3

12. What is something you love to smell?
Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice and laundry fresh from the dryer


13. Tell something about you that you know irritates people.
Probably that I like to control things. Maybe it's the teacher in me. But sometimes I want things the way I want them and on alot of things I'm unwilling to compromise-though I'm not outspoken, but I annoy myself with my unwillingness to compromise! I wish I could be more easy going sometimes!

14. When you have extra money, what’s the first thing you think to do with it?
extra money? what's that?

15. Are you a silent laugher or a loud laugher? What makes you laugh the hardest?
I'm not a silent laugher but I'm not a loud person. My kids definitely make me laugh. Jay Leno's Headlines crack me up.

16. Where is your favorite place to shop?
definitely Target!

17. What’s one thing you’d do more often if you had more time?
Pray. Sleep. Just sit and think. Scrapbook. Plan awesome activities for my class...

18. Are you a big spender or frugal?
I'd say frugal-maybe not by choice...but if I don't have cash for it then I don't need it!

19. Who is your favorite character of all time?
Cinderella...duh!

20. Would you want to be famous?
Never! Especially after seeing families like "Jon & Kate".

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dilemma-Solved!


I serve a very, big God! A God who cares about the tiny details of my life. Dylan will not be doing intramural baseball this fall. Now the reasoning is not cause to rejoice-it's because his grades are poor...and we decided that since apparently, he still has not adjusted to our new school and academic demands, it would not be wise at this time to give him something else on his plate. It's funny though, how I was struggling with this decision because of time...then he brought home his papers from the week and it was a quick, easy, very obvious decision that the baseball dilemma was off the table! Yay, God. I covet your prayers for Dylan as he has always been a good student, but the academics are just a step above what we came from at our other school (which I feared would happen). God is in control!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fall Reading


I finished Crazy Love (and loved it!) and preceeded to look for a new book. Checked the library site, amazon and ebay for some titles that I had been thinking about reading. But I decided I didn't want to wait for books to get shipped to me so I had a brilliant idea... Why don't I check out the bookshelf upstairs for a book that I haven't read yet? I'm a genius! I found 2 that I decided looked good. So, today I am starting Sunrise by Karen Kingsbury.

If you're looking for a good book, check out the link on the right of some of my faves.
Happy Fall!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Dilemma


Our new school has intramural baseball. Dylan said he would like to participate in it. And Brian and I discussed that it would be especially good to help him warm up for spring baseball since last season (and the season before) Dylan's confidence was lacking. He has had such a hard time hitting the ball since kid pitch started 2 years ago. But, he LOVES baseball and has since he could walk and carry a little plastic bat. So here's the dilemma...I just found out today that the intramural baseball is on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 5 o'clock. "Big deal", you may say. This means that we probably would not get home until close to 6. That leaves only 2 hours for homework, making & eating dinner, making lunches, and bathtime. When are the kids supposed to play and have downtime? I have always been against filling every waking minute of my children's schedule with activities. We enjoy being home on the weeknights with our family and not rushing around from one thing to the next. I have always had a "one activity" rule in our house. (Holly has yet to have an activity during the school year. We have kept hers limited to summertime thus far.) I enjoy being able to come home, help my kids with homework in an unhurried way, sit at the table as a family and enjoy dinner and maybe some t.v., a game or bikeride before bathtime and 8 p.m bedtime. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying anything negative about other families who manage extracurricular activities...I'm just not good at juggling too many things at once like other moms are...the bottomline is the craziness and running is not what's best for MY family. Also, I am a working mom so my time at home is valuable. I need to have calm evenings and a clean home. However, I am aware that as my children get older and approach middle and high school, schedules will get busier. Ultimately, Brian and I are in control of our children's schedules. We want them to be well rounded, rested and happy. And so far I feel like we have succeeded at that. So...do I let him do this activity even though it may make chaos at our house? I WILL NOT allow any activity to interfere with church on Wednesdays, or family dinners, or schoolwork...it is my job as a parent to keep my kids' priorities in check...but if we can manage it...maybe we can fit in 10 weeks of intramural baseball???? Who knows....

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Little Behind...


I've been a little behind this week since I had to be home 2 days unexpectedly with Dylan. Thankfully, I'm not behind on housework since I was home for those 2 days! But I was behind at work...turning in stuff at the last possible second...which I despise, since that is so not me! But that's o.k. It's not the end of the world. What's important is that Dylan is feeling better this evening. He has Saturday and Sunday to recuperate. And I'm so thankful for Mondays (sure, I can say that on a Friday evening...)but only because I can start fresh and be "with it" once again. It's so nice after a crazy week to be home. I just love being in my cozy little house with my family. My heart is so full this evening. I hope I never take these little joys for granted. I know before too long my kids will be teenagers and not want to be home with us on a Friday night. For the rest of the evening I get to be home with my sweet Holly while the boys go to a softball game. I think we'll cozy up in the bed and watch t.v. God is so good to me in spite of how truly rotten I am. I love my God so much... <3 <3 <3

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Crazy Love 10


10 things that captured my attention as I read ch. 2-6...
1. Worry implies that we don't quite trust that God is big enough in our lives.
2. Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.
3. Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it's okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance.
4. The point of life is to point to Him, Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.
5. "Thank God We are Weak"...If life were stable, I'd never need God's help. Since it's not, I reach out for Him regularly.
6. The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time.
7. Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.
8. If life is a river, then pursuing Christ requires swimming upstream. When we stop swimming, or actively following Him, we automatically begin to be swept downstream.
9. Following Christ isn't something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.
10. Chapter 7's title: "Your Best Life... Later"

Friday, October 9, 2009

Fun Friday


"No Excuse Sunday” coming soon to a church near you.

The following accommodations will be made for your convenience:

Cots will be placed in the foyer for those who say, “Sunday is my only day to sleep in.

There will be a special section with lounge chairs for those who feel that our pews are too hard.

Eye drops will be available for those with tired eyes from watching TV late Saturday night.

We will have steel helmets for those who say, “The roof would cave in if I ever came to church.”

Blankets will be furnished for those who think the church is too cold, and fans for those who say it is too hot.

Scorecards will be available for those who wish to list the hypocrites present.

Relatives and friends will be in attendance for those who can’t go to church and cook dinner, too.

We will distribute “Stamp Out Stewardship” buttons for those that feel the church is always asking for money.

One section will be devoted to trees and grass for those who like to seek God in nature.

Doctors and nurses will be in attendance for those who plan to be sick on Sunday.

We will provide hearing aids for those who can’t hear the preacher and cotton wool for those who think the music is too loud!

The sanctuary will be decorated with both Christmas poinsettias and Easter lilies for those who never have seen the church without them.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Crazy Love Ch. 1 Tidbits


I just finished chapter 1 of Crazy Love. I'm only stopping long enough to type this and then I'm getting right back to chapter 2! I'm listing a few of the things that captured my attention as I read chapter 1.
1. Before the first page was this prayer: "Heavenly Father, thank You for Your grace. Your forgiveness is SO good that I struggle with believing it at times. Thank you for rescuing me from myself and giving me your Holy Spirit. Your love is better than life." WOW! This was straight from MY heart!
2. The ultimate realist=someone who believes that God is really who He says He is and that the true reality of this life is to follow Him wholeheartedly.
3. Could someone look at my life and name me a Christian? A humbling question for sure.
4. To just read the Bible, attend church and avoid "big" sins-is this passionate, wholehearted love for God?
5. God never begs us to give Him some small part of ourselves. He commands everything from His followers.
6. His art, His handiwork, His creation all echo the truth that He is glorious.
7. God is all-powerful. Colossians 1:16 tells us that everything was created for God. Don't we live instead as though God is created for us, to do our bidding, and to bless us, and to take care of our loved ones?
Food for thought for sure!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Fall Into Reading


Usually I set a goal to read a certain number of books over the summer. Last summer I read 8(my goal was 10). I love reading so much. So why should I limit my reading to summer??? I have time to watch the new shows in the fall line up...so I will make time for reading this fall! The first book I'm going to read is Crazy Love.
Will you join me in some fall reading? I would love to know what your reading!

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