Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The back steps...
Looks like hard work but he's having a ball...
I spent some time shoveling...I knew I wasn't really going to be able to clear much but I was able to uncover my car so I could get out to the store to pick up Malachai's birthday cake.
Yes I realize his name is spelled wrong. But hey they knocked $6 off the price of the cake because of it. Oh...it gets better. I thought I had candles at home but I didn't so I had to jury rig a zero and a five to make a one and a seven. Poor Mal had such a messed up cake but you know he never complained. Not once.
Happy Birthday my dear firstborn...
Sunday, December 27, 2009
I read these blogs and say to myself....this sounds simple but I rarely follow any of the suggestions do you know why?
1. Whether or not I love it or use it regularly I find it very hard to throw things away. I'm one of those "what if I need it again" people. You know you always need it right after you throw it out.
2. Everything doesn't have a home....probably because I won't throw anything away. It's hard to clear counters, tables or desks when there isn't a definite place to put things....I know throw stuff away.
3. The one thing that does work is the lists of "Things you can do in 15 minutes". I have found that in 15 minutes I really can.
- vacuum the living room (if there are not toys strewn all over the floor)
- disinfect the counter tops (after I move the crock pot and other small appliances that live on the counter,very little cabinet space)
-sweep the kitchen floor
-fold laundry (easy...it's putting it away that takes days).
All in all I think I like to live vicariously through these women who have it all together. My favorites are:
-Laura @ I'm an Organizing Junkie
-Aby @ Creative Organizing
Lara @The Lazy Organizer
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
I went to Borders and flipped through the book. I found myself previewing the devotionals wondering if I was willing to do all the exercises in the book. While flipping through I thought to myself...".what are you doing? Are you really considering not going through this challenge if some of the exercises are too hard or distasteful to you in some way?" I was actually ashamed of myself. If it were easy they wouldn't call it a challenge, would they.
After I got home I remembered a sermon I'd heard on Familynet radio where the pastor posed the question "Are you willing to do what God asks without reservation or do you need to know all the details BEFORE you decide to do what is asked?
That night I prayed that I would wholeheartedly embrace the 40 day challenge. I will even endeavor not to read ahead but focus on each day's challenge before moving on the next day.
Has anyone else gone through The Love Dare? Any suggestions for someone embarking on this journey?
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
There's a mix up with my paycheck this pay period and when I found out about it I immediately panicked and stayed in that panic state for a while. I shuffled around thinking how I might fix my problem then as I was getting into the car this morning it hit me. I hadn't prayed about my situation yet. How could I forget to do that? Why didn't I do that first? Immediately I said a quick prayer. I now feel a peace.
Dear Lord....Please forgive me when I forget to rely on you. Forgive me when I try to "do it all myself" I thank you for your provision for me. Amen.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I think this needs to become my new mantra for awhile.
I seem to be so focused on circumstances that there are times I forget that God has everything in control and I just need to trust him.
I must admit that there are times when the pile of bills on my desk, my aches and pains, everyday drama that comes with raising teenagers and everything else seems to easily come to the front of mind. I must push all that aside and I stop and close my eyes and say "God, you are in control." Also at that moment I begin to count my blessings. I can't focus on the negative when I'm praising God for cool days and evenings that have made it unnecessary to turn on the air conditioner (lowering my electric bill); or a picture on the wall of my cubicle drawn in bright Crayola colors by my 4 year old. Daily I thank God that I have my job. So many associates have been laid off and I actually found myself sitting at my desk praying for those around me who were leaving. "Lord, be with my co-workers please. Let them know you are God. Comfort them and watch over them and their families Lord. Amen" This is what I prayed.
Do you sometimes let focusing on your circumstances get in the way? If I'm not alone what do you do to help you refocus?
"So put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes you will be able to stand. When you have done everything to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist and the breastplate of righteousnes in place"
Okay so now I've looked at my Bible and I did miss a few words but I don't think I did too badly.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
I think I did that one right from memory. I might have gotten a word turned around. Oh yes..it should be "Tell God what you need...."
For the upcoming week I'd like to learn Ephesians6 6:13-20 The "Armor of God" verses. I really need to learn those by heart so I can use them each day.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I thank the Lord for a roof over my head, food to eat, and a job.
I thank the Lord for other Christians who are constantly praying.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I want to be wise. The Bible says if you want wisdom ask the Lord for wisdom. So I ask but I sometimes feel like I ask because I know that wisdom is something I should want but I think I'm fearful that if I get wisdom, what will I be expected to so with it. It frightens me that wisdom given by the Lord is so power and I know I'll be expected to do great things with it for the kingdom but sometime...ok...maybe most of the time I just want to sit in my little christian cubby and soak up the blessings and spend my time worshipping and learning.
I understand that if you fear something your fears can be quieted by learning so that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to research about wisdom and what God expects us to do with it. Do you think that might be too big of a task for a newbie like me?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Any message about the assurance of salvation I listen to very carefully.
I used to believe that the reason I examine my relationship with Christ so frequently is because I am not sure of my salvation. However, as I read my Bible I've learned that 2 Corinthians 13:5 tells us " Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you[a]; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith. " (NLT)
So I look for evidence in my life that I am a disciple.
John 8:31-32 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” [emphasis mine]
- You are saved if you believe in Jesus and all that he is. - Recognize that Jesus is the only way to Salvation. Believe that he is the Son of God and he died for our sins, was buried and resurrected.
- You are saved if you abide in Jesus' words - develop a desire to read and understand the Bible.
- You are saved if you know the truth. Knowing the truth makes us live for and serve Christ. Knowing the truth changes a true Christian. More confident in God. More loving. More humble.
- You are saved when you are free. Free from sin.
So the next question after "Are you saved?" is "How do you know?"
If I examine the evidence in my life I realize that I am not the person I once was. I want to do the right thing although I might not always do the right thing.
I must admit that I don't do things like calling in sick when I'm not all that sick (lying) or take an extra newspaper from the newspaper dispenser (stealing) anymore. Little changes like that in my opinion, add up to great changes in a person that others notice.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
- I still can't find some books in my Bible without looking in the table of contents
- I get a lump in my throat every time I say "Yes, I'm a Christian."
- I struggle with prayer, my walk, talk and work for Christ
- I'm still so enjoying the milk of the word and want to be fed daily. I struggle with how to feed myself and what to feed myself
But I'm growing just like you're growing in the Lord. That's what's important!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My mom, in SC and younger brother, in Texas, who were already believers were very happy that I had come into the family of God but at home, I am the only believer and I knew what a challenge that would be in my life. Actually that challenge was the thing that kept me from coming to the Lord years ago when I first heard his voice calling me. So what changed you might wonder....
About 3 years ago my mother gave my son a few books that were from the Left Behind: The Kids series by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B Jenkins. I discovered soon after that there were books for adults too and I read the entire series. While I read I admired those tribulation saints who were giving it all for Christ in the most terrible of circumstances but realized I did not want to be a tribulation saint. I asked a friend at work where she went to church and she invited me and I started going to church.
I liked the church. Everyone seemed so sincere and the messages on Sunday morning seemed applicable to my life. It didn't hurt that they had a very active youth program either. At the time I believed every person in service was a believer and I was so afraid that it would be found out that I was not. Well in childhood I had been to church A LOT. I knew all the catchphrases and idioms. I could talk church with the best. I knew all the songs and even had verses highlighted in my bible.
At some point I felt the love of God touch my heart or rather speak to my mind and I didn't want to be a pretender any longer.
One Sunday after service I asked to speak to someone and I told her how I'd done many alter calls and had several "conversions" but none of them had really took. I was ready for a real conversion.
Since my conversion I've been collecting books and other resources to help me grow. Every once in a while something I've been studying clicks and I get it and I'm so excited I want to share it with other newbies. I figure we can all learn together.