Tuesday, December 27, 2011

5 Things to do when you find yourself home alone!

I’m not talking about when you know you’re going to be home alone because whenever that happens you’ve most likely planned your day in advance.  I’m talking about when your husband appears in the doorway with the kids and says “Hey babe…going to (does it really matter) and I’m taking the kids with me (Yippee!!!).  We should be back in a few hours (music to my ears!)

Immediately, I’m like…What do I do with myself!?  Well here’s some ideas, in case you’re thinking of grabbing a mop and bucket or cleaning out a closet!

  1. A long soak in the tub complete with bubble bath (be sure to have some on hand for just such an occasion).
  2. Watch a wonderful tear-jerker, girl-empowerment film, or some other chick-flick you can’t watch when everyone is home.  Don’t forget the popcorn!
  3. Write – blog, journal, recipes, doesn’t matter!
  4. Read – a blog, recipes, novel, Bible, trashy harlequin, doesn’t matter!
  5. Phone a friend – be totally understanding if she seems distracted, after all she might not have your good fortune of having the morning or afternoon to herself.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I Found It!

It's back...I knew it was somewhere in the house and finally I found it.  My watch has been missing for about 3 weeks...I think it disappeared right after Malachai left for Virginia, so before Thanksgiving.  I've felt absolutely naked without it.  It's such a pain to pull out my cell phone every time I need to know the time (I mean when out and about...at home there's usually a clock within sight).
My watch is NOTHING special to look at but it is special to me.  My Timex has been with me for 17 years!  My wonderful husband gave it to me when we were dating and I just keep buying new watch bands and replacing the batteries!  Back when he bought it for me, the Sun/Moon cutout was popular and I mentioned to him that I needed a watch and that I wanted one with the cutout. He being a good boyfriend complied.  Awww...dating!  Anyway, It's found and I'm so happy!  Just in case you're wondering, it was in the flatware/napkin caddy we used for Malachai's coming home party...I was putting away the pasta maker and while up on the step stool I saw the watch in the caddy. I squealed in delight and put my watch on...Hooray.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I Won!

A few weeks ago I discovered a new blog...Easy Recipes by Donna.  Donna's site has excellent recipes and cooking tips for those of us who are kitchen challenged like myself.
I entered her November giveaway and won the grand prize - A 10 inch Lodge cast iron skillet.  If arrived just yesterday and I'm using it to fry chicken tonight.  Thank you so much Donna.  I love my new skillet!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saying “I Love You!”

There it was…the dress in her mothers hands.  It was just as beautiful as she remembered when she saw it in the store.  She looked at the dress then to her mother and back at the dress.  She gasped and brought her hands up to her mouth.  “Mom!  I can’t believe it…I never expected”..”Well go try it on” Mom says handing her the dress.  She runs to her mom’s arms and plants kisses all over her face…”Thanks Mom…I love you…I love you … I love you!”  She grabs the dress and squeals with delight.

“I love you” come easy and frequent when we’re receiving what we want or being surprised with something we didn’t even know we wanted.

When life is going along without any bumps in the road I remember to tell God how much I love him….I stop during the day and think to myself “God is so good.”    When there are trials and life gets a little difficult the questions come.  “Why me God?”…”What did I do?”  “Are you there God?”

A week after receiving the dress she didn’t get permission to go to a party “everyone” is going to.  “Why are you ruining my life?” She asks her mother “Don’t you want me to be happy?” “How can you do this to me!?”

God loves us always.  Jesus says he will never leave or forsake us.  We must remember to love God always in times of plenty and in want.  When there are trials and when God is growing us up through trials.

There’s a line in Mercy Me’s “Bring the Rain” that goes “Can circumstances possibly change who I forever am in you?”  The answer to this question is “No”.  As the song continues …

“And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain”

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Whew…what a relief.


If you’re a mom you’ve probably said these words at least once “Don’t eat that now….you’ll spoil your dinner.”

If my 6 year old eats a bag of chips, cookies, strawberries, whatever… it fills his little tummy and there is less room for the meal I’ve prepared.

The weakness of our hunger for God is not because he is unsavory, but because we keep ourselves stuffed with “other things”. John Piper A Hunger for God


So If my hunger for God is being satiated elsewhere….that has to stop.  So here’s what I’ve decided to do….

1. Ask God to show me what in my life is taking time away from a relationship with him.

I will pray but I already have an idea of what is in the way…I watch way too much TV!

2. Set a tangible goal to move away from the world and toward God.

For example: Schedule TV viewing. I have very few favorite TV programs.  If I set a goal to only watch my favorites it will greatly reduce the amount of time I spend in front of the TV…freeing up time for other things

Find an interesting Bible study and do it!

3. Tell one of my sisters in Christ about my goal and ask them to hold me accountable.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Am I the only one who …

Am I the only one who has trouble reading through the book of Exodus?  The other day I was watching “Moses” on TBN.  It was the standard from bulrushes to the promised land story but I must admit that there were parts of the movie where I wasn’t sure if the movie makers took some poetic license or if the events were biblical.  So I picked up my Bible and started with Exodus 1:1.  I was doing great with reading.  I still can’t seem to name all the plagues, much less name them in order…sort of reminds me of trying to name the 7 dwarfs because I ALWAYS seem to forget Bashful.  Anyways I reading along and it’s all pretty exciting reading until I get to….can you guess…yes..Exodus 21.  It’s right after the Ten Commandments.  Then comes the rest of laws and they go on for quite a few chapter.  At first, very interesting reading, laws about how to treat slaves, laws about property, laws about justice.  I found it all fascinating.  Got me thinking about the way our justice system works today.  Then I turned the page and BAM! It’s all about the offerings for the Tabernacle and building The Ark. 

Maybe it I were into carpentry and the like I’d find this all fascinating but this is about where I lose interest and move on to another book.  I’ve heard Leviticus and Numbers are equally riveting so I usually skip over to Joshua.  I do realize that you can’t read through the entire Bible by skipping books in the Bible so if anyone has any suggestions for making it through the mind-numbing details found in the rest of Exodus please let me know how you get through it.   

Friday, March 18, 2011

Still the baby?

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”  Hebrews 5:13-14

I’ve been a Christian for years now…I wish I could give you an exact date but I can’t because I can’t remember.  There are those that tell me that I should know.  It’s an important date after all.  It’s my spiritual birthday so why don’t I know the date?  Perhaps at the time I didn’t think my commitment would last or perhaps I felt it was something I’d always remember.  I mean, I can recall the moment very clearly and I know it was on a Sunday.  I know who prayed with me and who was in the room as I prayed to recommit my life to Jesus but the month and date escapes me.  I do know the year..at least I’m pretty certain it was 2007.  How do I know that…well here’s how I figured it out.

In 2006 I went to a girl’s weekend with my friends in Vermont!  It was a memorable weekend with drinking, drinking games, getting drunk , board games, lots of food and fun.  I was NOT a Christian when I attended that weekend getaway.  Well, in April of 2008 I visited my mother and we spent time reading our Bible together and praying together.  We had another girl’s weekend which was pretty much like the weekend in 2006 but this time I didn’t do much drinking (yes, I was doing some drinking but I wasn’t getting drunk…didn’t feel like it.)  I spent time getting up early to pray and read my Bible.  Based on those two events I know I became a Christian sometime during 2007 and I think it was in the fall.  Before Christmas I think.  You know what’s funny.  My mom sent me a book of devotions for new Christians right after I told her that I became a Christian.  Usually she writes in the books she sends me and dates them but not this time…when it matters most.  Huh?  Anyway I’m rambling…thank you for hanging in there with me because I do have a point and here it is.

I’m a 4 year old Christian…so I’m not a baby anymore.  Seriously…ask any 4 year old if he/she is a baby and they will tell you emphatically “No!  I’m not a baby!”  So if I’m not a baby, why do I feel the need to tell people “I’m just a baby Christian?”  I have 2 ideas.

  1. Babies don’t have to know the things someone who is older knows.
  2. Babies don’t have the responsibilities that someone older has.

As a baby Christian I think I have an excuse when I struggle to find a passage in the Bible…who is Joel?  Haggai? If anyone else is in the same boat here’s something I have learned…..if you don’t recognize the name it’s probably in the Old Testament and it’s near the back, between Daniel and Malachi!    Little children in Awana can recite the books of the Bible in order!  There’s no reason a 5 year old Christian shouldn’t at least know the names of all 66 books.  I’ve had plenty of time!

I don’t have many Bible verses committed to memory either…after all babies can’t memorize stuff like that!  Can they?

As a baby Christian I can’t possibly witness or teach!  I don’t know enough! Remember I don’t have verses memorized.  Mature Christians can handle those tasks, I’m still learning.  Really?  After 5 years I know what Jesus wants me to tell others (1) All need to be saved (2) Jesus and only Jesus can save you.

So it’s time to grow up!  It’s time to make the choice to make the time (create opportunities)  because I’ve had plenty of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc) to grow.

There is great blessing in growing up in my relationship with Christ.  As I grow in my relationship and God is able to use me I will be blessed.  God wants to bless me but I have to make the effort to move ahead and mature.

Dear Lord…I want to grow and mature.  I want to learn your will for my life and have you use me.  Forgive my laziness.  Amen

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's so true.

BizzieMommy posted a few days ago about the raw deal loyal AT&T customers are getting concerning service. I read her posts then went online to see what kind of situation I'm in because I've been with AT&T since it was SBC Global! Below is the transcript of my chat with Customer Service.

"Thank you for your patience! An AT&T sales representative will be with you shortly.
You are now chatting with Michael, an AT&T sales representative.
Michael: Welcome to AT&T online Feature Sales. How may I assist you with your features today?
Stacey: I was just checking out my data plan against one that was mentioned on a blog.
Michael: Sorry not sure what you mean?
Stacey: She basically said if we have unlimited data bundle we can't tether so I was just checking
Stacey: Seems to be true.
Michael: I am sorry but that is not true.
Stacey: So If I want to tether I can keep my unlimited smartphone bundle but then I have to pay $45 a month to tether?
Michael: No you can.
Michael: Sorry, can not.
Michael: If you change to the $45.00 data pro with tethering your unlimited data plan will be removed.
Michael: And you would not be able to change back to it.
Stacey: That's what was mentioned on the blog and I couldn't believe it so I had to check for myself.
Stacey: Thank you. You've answered all my questions
Michael: You're very welcome.
Michael: While you're online today, what else can I help you with?
Stacey: I'm find for now. I think my plan that I have now is still in effect for a while longer....oh..when it's time to renew will I be able to keep my unlimited data plan or do I need to start shopping around.
Michael: Yes you can keep that if you upgrade to another smart phone or iPhone device.
Stacey: okay. Thank you very much. Have a great day Michael"

Michael was very polite.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

31 Days

Photo courtesy of Tou Touke

It's March!  March has 31 days and the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters.  Read with me everyone!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Not in the Bible

I've been thumbing through You Mean That Isn't in the Bible by David A Rich.  In the book David discusses 10 popular beliefs that simply aren't true (the subtitle of the book).  The one I was most surprised to find listed was "God helps those who help themselves".  It's just not in the Bible, but many people make this statement as fact.  I'd heard it all my life and believed it.

Photo courtesy of Enrico Maria

I thought it meant that you can't just wait around for help and not only that, but you shouldn't ask for help.   The person who can take care of their problems by themselves is a virtuous righteous person...or so I thought but it's just not true.

We as humans created in the image of God crave relationships.  A healthy loving relationship allows us to lean on others and especially God.  We should cry out to God first when we are in trouble.  Slowly I'm learning that no problem is too small for God. 
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. NIV

Typically when something throws me off balance the first thought I have is "What am I going to do now?" Feel free to imagine a whining tone it would be correct. Then I go about trying to fix what is wrong. I make phone calls, research on the internet, ask friends for advice, etc but very seldom do I remember to stop, pray and ask God for a solution and then wait for him to reveal his solution to me.

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  ESV
I'm not typically a private person but my whole life isn't an open book either.  I don't think anyone wants to share with someone else when they're hurting, frightened or discouraged.  During those times when I do remember to ask God for help, he reminds me to seek comfort and assistance from my brothers and sisters in Christ.  This I think helps me in two ways.  First, it humbles me.  It forces me to let others know that I need help and I can't handle EVERYTHING on my own.  Second, it allows me to give others the opportunity to obey God.

I Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  NIV

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Real Christians

When I was a baby christian I was listening to Todd Friel back when he was was on Way of the Master. He was telling a story of how he went to a service once without a bible.  The minister as he started his message told everyone to open their Bibles and if someone did not have a bible they should slide over on the pew next to a REAL christian. Todd remarked that after that he never went anywhere without his bible.

That story had a great impact on me.  I will confess that I carry a small bible in my purse.  It's a little purple FaithGirlz bible and it's wonderful for keeping up on reading, if I'm stuck waiting somewhere or for a quick reference....I used to take great pride (goes before destruction) that I a1ways had my Bible with me.
I also knew that real Christians read their Bible daily.  Well even though I had a Bible with me always I wasn't reading it.  Too many distractions.  TV, computer, housework.  I felt so guilty about not reading my Bible.  I agonized about it...or if I did read in the back of my mind there was self talk that went like this..."So you're reading...you'll never memorize any of those verses"..."You've only got time to read for about 10-15 minutes tops...why even bother"..."Reading during your lunch break doesn't count...Real quiet time with the Lord is first thing in the morning, while you're alone, in the quiet"

As I've grown I now realize Bible in my purse or no Bible..it's all about God's word in my heart.
Beating myself up and negative self-talk is just want the evil one wants.  Daily bible reading has been one of the hardest Christian disciplines for me but I'm getting stronger each day...

What about you?  Did you have ideas about what made a perfect Christian?