Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Blizzard of 2009

The Blizzard of 2009 hit Connecticut on December 19th. Winter Storm Albert arrived in my neck of the woods around 8pm and didn't stop dumping fluffy snow until Sunday afternoon. Below are a few pictures.


The back steps...


Mike's Mustang....


Sammy...


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

Organizing Blog Junkie

Yes, I'm an organizing blog junkie! I love reading about how to tame clutter and how much housework I can do in 15 minutes. I especially love to look at photo journals of cleverly organized desks, pantries, closets and laundry rooms.

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
-scrub toilets
-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

Preview love?

I've been considering going through The Love Dare after the first of the year. My husband is not yet a Christian and I feel the Lord urging me to be more proactive concerning our relationship. I need to love him more and I know this exercise will help me focus on that.
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?

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I Blew It

I've had some financial difficulties lately. They have me stressed out but I'm trying to get better at leaning on God.
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

"Be merciful to me Lord, for I am faint; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony." Psalm 6:2 (NIV)
If I would have had knowledge of this verse this past Sunday this would have been what I would have prayed but instead I simply prayed "Help me God. Please help me. I want to die!"
Have you every had a migraine headache? I had my first when I was 23 or 24. I'd never heard of migraines before so when I woke up with my head hurting so badly I thought I must have a tumor or something and I'm dying. As a matter of fact I called my husband at work and told him. "You have to come home right now. I'm dying." I'm not kidding. That's what I said. Within minutes he was home. When he came in I was in a heap on the floor. He immediately knew what was wrong and closed all the blinds and put me in bed. The movement of the bed made my nausea worse so I moved to the floor. It was hours before I got relief. Any meds he tried to give me I couldn't keep down so I just lay as still as possible and waited. Unfortunately, that was not my last experience with migraine.
My mom doesn't get them and so she asks me what if feels like. I told her I wouldn't wish this kind of pain on anyone. If there were a gun on the table I'd be tempted to blow my head off. The pain is so bad you can't think about anything else. The pounding and the nausea are exhausting. Every sound makes your head feel like it's going to explode. When it's all over you're spent.
I don't have as many migraines as I used to. I've learned my triggers so if I'm careful about what I eat and I proactive with my meds when I know the weather is going to be stormy I'm OK but I'm learning that I must be much more vigilant because
MSG IS EVERYWHERE
Ok, It's not really everywhere but it's in places I never thought to look and I found out it's lurking in one of my most favorite snacks. Lays Kettle Cooked Mesquite BBQ flavored chips.
I can safely have a handful or maybe two but Saturday night I think I ate close to half the bag (yes I know I'm supposed to be watching my cholesterol and dieting) . So that's why I woke with a migraine Sunday morning.
It was a pathetic sight really. I couldn't even lay down because my head hurt worse. My 4 year old was sleeping over so I sat up in his bed (it's close to the bathroom) and tried to be as still as possible. The slightest movement would send me running for the bathroom. Sweat was pouring form my forehead...everywhere really. I couldn't keep medicine down. I whispered. "God help me. Help me please"
I waited and I'm not sure when but I did realize that my head wasn't pounding and that my stomach felt better. I gingerly slid down to put my head on the pillow. Ahhhh......relief. I prayed "Thank you, God. Thank you so much for taking my headache away. You take such good care of me. Thank you...Amen" I closed my eyes and went to sleep. I've been relaying this story to everyone who will listen ever since.
God answers prayers!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Crying

" Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray." Psalm 5:2 (NIV)
"In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears." Psalm 18:6 (NIV)
"I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills {his purpose} for me."Psalm 57:2
The other day I was so stressed out. As I sat alone, my circumstances came to the forefront of my mind and I suddenly felt overwhelmed. Karen at Living LIfe in God's Truth and Grace had listed a tweet that morning featuring 2 Peter 1:3. I read it and felt a little better but my circumstances made me weepy all day. I had problems concentrating. I fought back tears all day, everytime my situation came to my mind. I couldn't wait for the work day to end so I could go home. Perhaps a little nap would be all I'd need to set everything right.
I got home and told my husband that I needed a nap and then went upstairs. As soon as I entered the room I shut the door and intended to lie on the bed but instead I ended up on my knees and wept. I was bawling and sobbing and crying out for God to help me. I wanted him to make me feel better. I wanted him to "fix" it and make it "better". As I cried I felt as though I were curled up in the Lord's lap telling him all my troubles. Afterward I was exhausted, I climbed onto the bed but couldn't close my eyes and sleep. I lay in the quiet listening. I wanted God to talk to me. I didn't hear anything but I still felt very calm.
I'm so glad we can literally cry out to God when we are troubled. I'm so thankful that he listens.
He's always listening. He's always there.

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful today for God's patience! I have so much to learn and it seems to be taking such a long time but God is faithful and patient.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Thankful Thursday

So It's Thursday again and I'm sitting here feeling so full of love and blessing. I am so thankful that my husband and I can get together with family and friends frequently. Our children have their cousins close by for fun. We all might not agree all the time but we always know we can count on each other. I am so happy when we get together for impromptu potlucks and sit up into the night enjoying each other's company. I'm thankful for family.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Romans 8:28 New Mantra

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." (NLT)


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?

Late Memory Monday

So I did spend the week attempting to memorize a few verses but I didn't finish it. I intended to learn Ephesians 6:13-17 but did not make it all the way through. I will work on the other part this week so here it goes

Ephesians 6:13-14
"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

Praising God "makes my heart want to sing". I am thankful for my healthy ,loving sons.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Memory Monday - Philippians 4:6-7

Do not worry about anything ; instead pray about everything. Ask God for what you need and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

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

Thankful Thursday

I thank the Lord that I have the privilege to come to him in prayer.

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

Wisdom is Sweet to your Soul

"Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off" Proverbs 24:14 (NIV)





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

Assurance of Salvation - Am I Saved?

"Salvation happens at a moment in time but it is demonstrated over time" from Dr. James McDonald's message "Are You Saved?"



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

Are you a newbie too?

I've been a committed believer in Christ for just over 2 years and I'm a newbie. I consider myself a newbie not just because of the amount of time I've been in the family of the Lord but because:


  1. I still can't find some books in my Bible without looking in the table of contents

  2. I get a lump in my throat every time I say "Yes, I'm a Christian."

  3. I struggle with prayer, my walk, talk and work for Christ

  4. 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

Welcome

I'm a new Christian. I recommitted my life to Christ about 2 years ago. I say about because I don't have the exact date but although I don't know the exact date I can remember every detail about that moment. Of course I remember...my life changed forever from that minute on and I have never looked back. The Lord Jesus Christ offers salvation to all of us and all we must do is receive the free gift of life he offers. So after I received this gift I must admit for a day or two, I was actually numb. I have talked to others who describe how they were so blissful and happy and filled for joy. I think I was very solemn. I took a long time coming to the Lord and spent time reflecting on the changes and the cost of my new relationship with the Lord.

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.