Sunday, February 28, 2010

Whac-a-Mole- My Life


Have you ever played this game? It's a great stress reliever-you should try it! My Pastor gave a great illustration this morning that I really related to, so I thought I would share. Sometimes I feel like my life is an ongoing game of whac-a-mole..."if only I could whack those extra pounds, than my life would be as it should, if only I could whack that bill, if only I could spend x-amount of time in the Word each day, if only I could get that room organized, if only I could get along with that person...if only"...you get the picture. But this is life. Life on this side of heaven is never going to be perfect or anywhere close. All I can do is be obedient to God's plan for my life and let Him do the whacking! Now, that doesn't mean I can sit back and eat all I want, spend all I want, say all I want, mess up all I want because it will never be perfect anyway. That's a recipe for disaster! But in my obedience by prayer, reading God's Word and letting Him grow His fruit in me I can have peace on this side of heaven. Isn't that all we ultimately want...is to be peaceful? I thank God that I have peace through Him...even when those pesky moles keep popping up and I just can't get them all whacked, I still can have peace.
It's all summed up in John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekly Plans


Bible Study:
week 2 of Esther by Beth Moore, also working on 90
Bible Journey, studying Philipians Ch. 4

Memory Verse:
Joshua 23:8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now.

Husband Encouragement:
I kind of felt like I took advantage of Brian this weekend. I layed on the couch while he fed the kids Sunday night. He also helped alot last week while I headed out to 2 separate Bible studies. He hasn't complained. And I know that I work too, and am legitimately tired. But he works sooo much harder than I do. He deserves to come home to a hot meal and a vibrant wife. I will work on that this week!

Train Them Up:
Dylan is grounded this week for forgetting an assignment on Friday. I will try to keep this a positive punishment, by encouraging him to read or be productive in other ways when he's bored. I will not throw out scolding remarks constantly like, "well you should have done your homework..." No sense beating a dead horse and being discouraging. He knows what he did and why he's being punished.

Must Do:
-do our taxes

Zone:
-still didn't do this one last week-wash the curtains in my room
-scrub my shower

Personal: I will continue with the Healthy choice meals this week-better choice health wise and financially speaking than buying lunch at school. I confess that I did not do my workout dvd once last week. I need to change that this week. Pray for my motivation!

Weekly Menu:
Monday - leftover lasagna from mom's
Tuesday - pork roast, mashed potatoes, cornbread
Wednesday - Night out! Sonny's BBQ for kids eat free night, kids buy lunch
Thursday - bbq chicken legs, baked beans, corn
Friday -pork chops, rice
Saturday - breaded chicken, pasta
Sunday - eat out at the Orange Blossom Festival, frozen pizza if they get hungry later in the day

FUN THINGS!
-Orange Blossom Festival on Sunday
-Girls Night/Bible study Friday night

3 things I'm thankful for today:
-4 free evenings this week
-A sweet husband that texted me today, "How's my girl today?"
-a low stress job that I love...my biggest stress is ,"Oh no! I didn't grade the spelling tests today!"

90 Day Bible Journey Week 4


I start this week a little behind. I'm only on I Samuel 5. But I read today during my lunch hour and I plan to do the same all week so I can stay on track.
Here's the weekly questions from Blessing Amid Chaos.
1. So if you fell behind this week or have fallen behind and are back on schedule, how do/did you catch up?
I did fall behind, but I read all of Judges yesterday to try and catch up. I will not be discouraged and give up like I might have in the past. I can't believe I've already read so much-more than I ever have before (in its entirety).

2. How is your perception of the Bible changing as you are doing the daily readings?
I just love the lessons. I've been highlighting meaningful phrases as I read. Some that I've highlighted are:
Judges 8:4 Gideon and his 300 men, exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit, came to the Jordan and crossed it. ..."exhausted yet keeping up the pursuit"...that's how I felt about my Bible reading this week!
Judges 5:31 So may all your enemies perish, O Lord! But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength. And I certainly need HIS strength!
Joshua 24:23 Now then, said Joshua, throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel. My prayer is that I may yield my heart to the Lord. This 90 day journey has helped me to see how many foreign gods have been in my life-they have kept me from reading the Word so many times before!
Joshua 23:14 ...You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled not one has failed. This truth gives me such hope!
Joshua 23:8 But you are to hold fast to the Lord your God, as you have until now. I love the word picture here...clinging to the Lord.
I could go on and on. If you haven't already, read Joshua! There are such valuable nuggets in this book! Who knew!
3. What questions evolved from your reading this week?
I think I have to agree with Patrice. How could the Israelites keep turning from God time and time again? But I know that I have done the same in some form or another daily. Maybe it's not worshipping graven images, but I certainly disappoint Him and He delivers me time and time again.

This week's chapters:
Monday: 1 Samuel 28:20 through 2 Samuel 12:10

Tuesday: 2 Samuel 12:11 through 2 Samuel 22:18

Wednesday: 2 Samuel 22:19 through 1 Kings 7:37

Thursday: 1 Kings 7:38 through 1 Kings 16:20

Friday: 1 Kings 16:21 through 2 Kings 4:37

Saturday: 2 Kings 4:38 through 2 Kings 15:26

Sunday: 2 Kings 15:27 through 2 Kings 25:30

Monday, February 15, 2010

WhataWeek!


Bible Study:
week 1 of Esther by Beth Moore, also working on 90 Day Bible Journey, studying Philipians, and reading Captivating.

Memory Verse:
II Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self discipline.

Husband Encouragement:
I feel like my husband should be very encouraged at this point! We had a wonderful valentines weekend. But, I don't want to get complacent! He's asked me several times to make some goodies for him to take to work for the guys on his job. So I will do that this week.

Train Them Up:
We have started "blessing" each other. When one member of the family is unkind to another (this includes me raising my voice!) we have to bless the person we were unkind to. Dylan spoke harshly to Holly last night and so this morning he had to bless her by helping her clean her room for 20 minutes. It was wonderful! I listened in on them and they worked together to get it done. So far so good!

Must Do:
-plan a Black History unit for my class
-shop and prepare for snacks for my Bible studies on Wed. & Thurs. night

Zone: (I did neither of these last week so here they are again...)
-clean the globes on the dining room light
-wash the curtains in my room

Personal:I bought Healthy Choice meals to eat for lunch this whole week. I really like them (they come with dessert he he). I also will resolve to do my cheesy Leslie Sansone workout dvd 3 times this week.

Menu:
Monday - kielbasa, pasta, and corn souffle
Tuesday - Tacos, pack lunch for the kids
Wednesday - Night out! Sonny's BBQ for kids eat free night, kids buy lunch
Thursday - Frozen pizza night, pack lunches
Friday - Boys will be leaving to go camping so I don't have to plan meals for the weekend! Yippeee! pack lunches
Saturday -
Sunday -

FUN THINGS!
-Holly has Faith's sleepover Friday night
-Brian and Dylan are going camping this weekend
-I will be FREE on Friday night!

3 things I'm thankful for today:
-A day off from work today
-My friends from my Esther Bible study that I'm looking forward to seeing Wed. night
-My house is clean! What a great way to start the week!

90 Day Bible Journey Week 3


Week 3 has gone smoothly. I am 3 chapters behind as of today, but with the day off today I can easily catch up...if only the kids would stop interrupting me!

I have to say that I am loving Deuteronomy! My Bible described this book as a dieing Father giving his children last instructions for life. Moses is giving the Israelites final instructions for how to live. He's doing it in a loving way, rather than a legalistic way as found in Exodus and Numbers. I also love how he is reminding them constantly of where they came from and how God delivered them. I think for those of us who have been Believers for a long time we forget what God has delivered us from! Such words of wisdom that are practical for us even today.
Deut. 5:32-33
So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will posess.

Deuteronomy is full of this kind of guidance. Even if your not doing the 90 day thing I encourage you to read Deuteronomy!

Here's the weekly questions from Blessings Amid Chaos.

1. Are you reading the Bible instead of other things in your life or in addition to other things?
I have definitely replaced some tv time! I had been trying to get up on LOST since I'm only on season 3. But disk 2 has been sitting on my dresser for 2 weeks! I'm also doing it in addition to. I have several studies going right now so it has been challenging juggling them all!

2. If you are struggling with your reading, are there activities that you can replace with Bible reading rather than reading in addition to your current activities? What activities can you eliminate?
I wouldn't say I am struggling (yet). Ask me these questions in about a month!

3. What advice can others reading with us give to those still trying to find their Bible reading rhythm?
It really is about priorities. I read on someone's Twitter today "My actions change my feelings." Maybe you don't feel like reading your Bible but if you just do it you'll discover how fulfilling God's Word is!

Here are the verses for the week:

Monday: Deuteronomy 23:12 through Deuteronomy 34:12

Tuesday: Joshua 1:1 through Joshua 14:15

Wednesday: Joshua 15:1 through Judges 3:27

Thursday: Judges 3:28 through Judges 15:12

Friday: Judges 15:13 through 1 Samuel 2:29

Saturday: 1 Samuel 2:30 through 1 Samuel 15:35

Sunday: 1 Samuel 16:1 through 1 Samuel 28:19

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Valentine for My Sweetie


I made Brian a scrapbook for Valentine's Day. Now, you might be saying, "Oh, I bet he loved that!*sarcasm*". Well, the scrapbook was not the real gift. It was about the gesture. I made a scrapbook with a page for each month. I titled it "Date Nights 2010". With the scrapbook came the promise that we would have a date night each month this year. Though we try to make this happen, well... alot of times it doesn't. I already added the pic from our date night for Valentine's Day.

Here's a couple of other pics.


I gave it to him last night when we went to the Ark for date night. He loved it! He loves our date nights-when we can devote time to each other separate from the kids. (what husband doesn't love that!) He told me he's already looking forward to March!

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Well Balanced Mind


As I was doing some Bible study tonight, I read this verse:
II Timothy 1:7 NIV
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.


This verse immediately captured my attention and I loved it! I decided to dig a little deeper and used my new favorite tool: Bible Gateway. I don't know why it took me so long to use this site, especially because I love "all things computerish". I knew about it but never used it.
sidebar: You should know that I have this thing with different versions of the Bible. I am not a fan. I am a "King James" kind of girl. I'm sure it's thanks to my good ole fashioned southern Baptist upbringing and my Dad. In recent years, I have "gotten over it" and began using the NIV. Well, I have gone really crazy and I have began studying verses by looking at different translations in Bible Gateway. It really has shed some light on the verses I have been studying.
So I looked up II Tim. 1:7 in the Amplified Bible. It said:
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear) but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Wow!! This really struck me. We (women) tend to give in to so many un-Christlike attitudes because of fears, insecurities, hormones, mood swings...you name it. And though these are legitimate feelings and realities, because we are women does not give us a license to not be self-controlled. (Unfortunately, our families experience the brunt of this.) God has given us a calm and well-balanced mind!! Do you feel calm and well-balanced? I know I have my moments when I certainly do not feel that way! But those feelings are not from God. He has not given us fear and insecurities. This is spiritual warfare, my friends!
The Message Bible says "...God doesn't want us to be shy with His gifts, but bold and loving and SENSIBLE."

I want to cling to this verse when timidity (fear), and a lack of love, and self-discipline rear its ugly head in my heart and life. I will claim this verse in my life daily!!
II Timothy 1:7 will certainly be my memory verse for next week!


Good (for you) Stuff

This is for my "trying to eat healthy and lose the lbs." friends. Though this recipe would be great to sneak some veggies into your kids' diets as well. The original recipe came from my fellow blogger Gourmet Mom on the Go.
Here's the ingredients:

-a handful of ice
-a handful of fresh spinach
-a cup of frozen peaches (I may try mangoes next time if I can find them)
-1 frozen banana (though mine wasn't frozen and it wasn't a problem)
-1 c. of pineapple juice

The result:

Yumminess!! Try it! It's not as scary as it looks!!
I figured this would be about 2 WW points per serving (2 servings per batch).

Monday, February 8, 2010

My Weekly Plans



Bible Study
Redoing Esther by Beth Moore, also working on 90 Day Bible Journey

Memory Verse
Matthew 6:14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Husband Encouragement
I will text Brian every morning this week to see how his day is going. Also, I will plan a special Valentine evening for us (not sure what yet). I will faithfully pray for Brian each day this week as he considers whether or not to accept the deacon nomination.

Train Them Up
We will continue doing our dinner family devotions. We have started our devotion time during dinner and it is working wonderfully. We have started strong and I want to continue to be consistent with our family devotion time.

Must Do
-plan for my class for Valentine activities
-make cupcakes for Dylan's class on Tues. nite

Zone
-clean the globes on the dining room light
-wash the curtains in my room

Menu -
Monday - sloppy joe, kids buy lunch
Tuesday - pork chops in the crock pot, kids buy lunch
Wednesday - Night out! Sonny's BBQ for kids eat free night, kids buy lunch
Thursday - spaghetti, Holly buy, I will pack lunch for Dylan
Friday - ribs, No school so I can make a new dessert recipe as well!
Saturday - Night out for Bri and I for V Day
Sunday - Valentines Day-maybe a special dinner for the whole family?? will plan on Friday

FUN THINGS!
-100th Day of school on Tuesday
-Maybe Rodeo Wed. night? if Dylan doesn't have self defense class at church
-family movie night Thurs. night since there's no school on Friday!

3 things I'm thankful for today:
-My 2 great kids! They can be so sweet sometimes!
-Brian prepared dinner tonight!!
-I already have Holly's Valentines ready to go for Thursday!

Click on Mcklinky below and link to your blog with YOUR weekly plans! I would love to read them and be encouraged by them!

My Bible in 90 days Week 2


My first week was awesome! I am still ahead but after looking at next week's reading schedule, I see that the gap is closing quickly! I really enjoyed my reading each day. I purposed to pray before each section asking God to reveal to me what He would have for me to glean from each section. My Sunday school teacher spoke about the pros and cons of reading through the entire Bible in a specified time. A pro in reading in 90 days is that you can remember more than if you read in a year. By the end of a year you probably will forget the first half of what you read! A con in reading in 90 days is the tendency to just plow through without even paying attention to what you are reading. One way I am trying to avoid this pitfall is by sharing something I have read that day with my family, kind of a "comprehension check". And of course, as I mentioned, just praying for God's revelations as I read. One of my motives for doing this 90 day adventure is really about a time offering to the Lord. I want the way I spend my time to show the Lord that He is my priority not the tv shows or the computer, etc. (aka-actions speak louder than words!).
So, here are some questions posted by Patrice (the fellow blogger who introduced me to the 90 Day Bible Reading).
1. Have you tried to read the entire Bible before? Why or why not?
Yes! This has been my New Year's Resolution for probably 20 years!!

2. If you have tried to read the Bible in its entirety, what challenges did you face in fulfilling your desire? Where did you start? If you did not finish, how far did you get? I have read Genesis probably 20 times!! I just would never discipline myself to offer that time to the Lord everyday.

3. What have you found to be difficult and what have you found to be rewarding in your attempts to read the Bible in 90 days? It was difficult to read Leviticus. I enjoyed Genesis and Exodus because there were "stories and characters". But Leviticus is all rituals and legalistic explanations. It has been rewarding to spend that time with the Lord each day.

4. For those who may be struggling, what advice can you give to help encourage them to stick to the goal? This is a hard question. Because we all know reading God's Word is the right thing to do. But it's kind of like dieting, it has to click and you have to be ready for the commitment. But it's also about obedience. So my 2 words of advice would be: 1. Just do it 2. Pray

5. What excites you most about reading the entire Bible in 90 days?
Probably what excites me the most is knowing that I am being obedient to my heavenly Father and He is pleased by that!

Here are the verses for the week:

Monday: Leviticus 1:1 through Leviticus 14:32

Tuesday: Leviticus 14:33 through Leviticus 26:26

Wednesday: Leviticus 26:27 through Numbers 8:14

Thursday: Numbers 8:15 through Numbers 21:7

Friday: Numbers 21:8 through 32:19

Saturday: Numbers 32:20 through Deuteronomy 7:26

Sunday: Deuteronomy 8:1 through Deuteronomy 23:11

If you haven't started yet, but want to start this week...You can do it!

Friday, February 5, 2010

You know you live in 2010 when...


1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave..

2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.

3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.

4. You e-mail the person who works at the desk next to you...

5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends and family is that they

don't have e-mail addresses .

6. You pull up in your own driveway and use your cell phone to see if

anyone is home to help you carry in the groceries.

7. Every commercial on television has a web site at the bottom of the screen.

8. Leaving the house without your cell phone, which you didn't have the first 20 or 30 (or 60) years of your life, is now a cause for panic and you turn around to go and get it.

10. You get up in the morning and go on line before getting your coffee.

11. You start tilting your head sideways to smile. : )

12. You're reading this and nodding and laughing.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Word to the Wise...


...don't read Leviticus while eating lunch!!
I've been eating lunch in my classroom this week so I can get all of my Bible reading done each day. Today I read Lev.1-6 and it was yucky!! I had the pleasure of reading things like..."the priest is to take some of the blood with his finger and put it on the horns...He shall remove the fat...the fat that covers the inner parts, both kidneys and the fat on them near the loins and the covering of the liver, which he will remove with the kidneys..."
Appetizing stuff! The good news? I probably ate less then normal...then again maybe I should read Leviticus during all my meals!
Needless to say Leviticus has not been my favorite book so far! But it has made me soooo thankful that I do not have to give sin offerings to the Lord! I'm so amazed that my sins are paid for! Hallelujah!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Bible in 90 Days


I'm going to start this! We'll see how it goes...
It will mean turning off the t.v. and getting off Facebook, but what's more important here??!!
I'm actually already ahead of the game since I'm in mid Exodus anyway, so that should help me from getting behind!
Please let me know if you're doing this with me!
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Monday, February 1, 2010

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