December 7, 2011

Wait


Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

~Psalm 27:14

December 6, 2011

Trust

Man has always been beset by worry, and the pressures of modern life have aggravated the problem. To men of all time Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow . . . but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33–34). Many of you are filled with a thousand anxieties. Bring them to Jesus Christ by faith. He will bring peace to your soul and your mind.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

–Psalm 34:4

Knowing You hear me, Lord, as I talk with You brings me peace in the midst of any storm.

Hat Tip: A Thousand Anxieties

How appropriate and applicable Sunday’s Sermon was. This “Don’t Worry” theme has been popping up all around me.

I am putting my focus on Him and concentrating on what’s important to me: My Family. I don’t have time for negativity, drama, gossip or innuendo. I am busy making peace in places where I know peace will flourish.

God will do the rest because I am not in control. I can only control myself. I am not responsible for the choices other people make and will no longer allow it to rule over my life.


Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

–Matthew 6:25-34

December 1, 2011

Hopelessly Entangled

If you’ve had a relationship like Sally’s or Sarah’s, you know how conflicted it makes you feel. You love but you hate. You trust but you suspect. You enjoy but you want to get away. You understand but you just can’t excuse. You embrace but you want to push back. You know you are needed but you feel abused.

You can’t put your finger on the problem. You know there is one, but if you ever bring it up with the other person, very quickly it is turned into something that is all about you and what you’ve done. You are told in so many words, “If you were different, there wouldn’t be a problem.” Your accuser works to produce guilt in you and evoke pity for himself. You are left to ponder, What can I do to make this better? I must be doing something very wrong.

Over the years, I have talked to so many people entangled in this kind of relationship. Usually they are quite candid about their own faults. They chew their fingernails or tap their feet while telling me, “I am willing to correct what I can, but for the life of me, I don’t know what to do.” They remain baffled because no matter what they do to alter their shortcomings, the relationship stays chaotic and tense. Often they assume they’re the only one in the world with a relationship that is so insane! They feel like a wart growing on the face of a smooth-complected society. They don’t want to talk about the pain because they have been told so often that they are the reason for it. They have almost come to believe it. Since they care about the difficult individual, they feel like a betrayer to mention the problem to anyone. So they keep on keeping on in hopeful desperation, always believing thing will be better tomorrow. But when their tomorrow comes, they are usually disappointed.

My heart hurts for you if you are in this kind of situation. I know how it leaves you crushed in spirit although you look intact on the outside. These things I know about you because the symptoms of a person entangled with a fool are fairly universal:

  • You can’t figure out why this relationship just can’t work.
  • You fear losing what you think you have with this person, whatever that might be (you may not be able to define it!).
  • You feel guilty for failing to find a solution to the ongoing pain.
  • You are afraid to face the truth and possible consequences. The unknown is very threatening to you.
  • You know you have to do something to change the destructive dynamics, but you don’t know what you need to do.

The reason you remain in turmoil is that you are trying to relate to someone who has some wonderful qualities mixed with a perplexing set of destructive characteristics. In the beginning you may have admired this person, but soon you found yourself mired in the chaos that seems to characterize the relationship. One minute you hear your own laughter, and you hope against hope that all is well. The next minute you’re on the defensive in response to some inane comment or emotional jab made at you by this one to whom you are trying to relate. If you protest, invariably the person denies he has said or done anything inappropriate. In a few twists of the facts, he tries to convince you that you’re a bitter person or just “oversensitive.” When you have been labeled with all other conceivable insults, there sometimes comes the appellation you hate more than any other: “crazy.” It leaves you bleeding. What can you possibly do or say to counter that one? By the time the encounter is over, you are kicking yourself for even mentioning that you have feelings.

Hat Tip: FOOL Proofing Your Life

FOOL Proofing Your Life


Many years ago Jan Silvious came and spoke at our church. It was a fabulous event, I purchased her book, stood in line for her autograph, came home and placed her book on the shelf never to be read...UNTIL yesterday.

I am still reading The Ragamuffin Gospel but recently received affirmation that I should put that book down and come back to it at a later date. FOOL Proofing Your Life was screaming at me to pick her up and R.E.A.D. Why didn’t I read this book before now?

I believe I was not supposed to read that book until now. I also believe that I’m not supposed to read The Ragamuffin Gospel until AFTER I read FOOL Proofing Your Life. Someone upstairs is looking out for me in a BIG way! Everything happens for a reason, right?

CHAPTER ONE: Raising Your Relational IQ really GRABBED my attention. I had never really thought about the quality of my relationships in an in dept way before now. This book really breaks it down and explains it detail by detail. Much of this book is bible based for those that look to God for comfort, peace and joy.

Right now I am on Chapter 3. I will admit that I am having a hard time putting this book down. My next post will be an excerpt from the book that I think you will come to appreciate.

November 28, 2011

Happy 6th Birthday to Our Kinsley!!!


I have written your name on my hand. ~Isaiah 49:16


You knit me together in my mother's womb. ~Psalm 139:13


He cares about you. ~1 Peter 5:7


It is not our love for God; it is God's love for us in sending his Son to be the way to take away our sins. ~1 John 4:10


The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. ~Psalm 104:31

November 26, 2011

I Like Frogs



This 60 degree weather is confusing the flies and the wasps. I do not like wasps. I am ready for snow! Last night I walked into my bathroom and the biggest wasp I had ever seen was floating around my sink. Don squashed that bug pretty quick after he heard me calling him. I don’t think he was too sure about what he was going to find. The whole thing reminds of when Lauren was born and I brought her home from the hospital. When I went to lay her in the crib I turned around and right in front of my eyes was a spider hanging from the ceiling. I don’t like flies, wasps or spiders! Bring on the SNOW!

We have been thoroughly enjoying our time together as a family. This has been a wonderful holiday for us. We are thankful for all our many wonderful blessings. We enjoyed a beautiful day on Thursday with our family, great weather and yummy food. At one point I found my mind wondering what our family might look like this time next year. It’s something we will be praying about. It will be neat to see what God has planned for us.

Be courageous when you pray. You never know what God will do with your request. Often it is not what you think it should be. That is how we get molded into the people we are supposed to be...I believe that wholeheartedly. He has great plans for us that go beyond mediocre. Sometimes it’s good that God pushes us out of our comfort zone.

Today we are going to see the new Muppet Movie. I hear it’s very funny. Kinsley and Fiona are super excited to see it. This movie will bring back lots of great memories from when I was a kid at school. I don’t know too many people who don’t know the song: The Rainbow Connection.

We are also cleaning our house from top to bottom! This is the busiest time of the year for our family because not only do we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas but we have two special birthdays. Kinsley’s is in November and Fiona’s is in December. This year we are having family over for Kinsley’s birthday. On Monday we will take cupcakes to her kindergarten class to share with her friends.

Fiona will be celebrating her birthday at P.E. 101 this year with her classmates and her cousins. We decided to combine family and friends at this one. I like that we are having it out somewhere because it allows me to start decorating our entire house for Christmas a lot sooner than normal. BUT…not before I get Fiona’s room painted. I need to suck it up and get it done. It’s long overdue. I really don’t know why I’ve been avoiding this projected. I wish there were a way to avoid taping all of the trim. Today after we clean the house I will work on washing the walls. I’ve got all the holes and imperfections cemented and sanded. I need to finish taping and get it done once and for all.

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!



My Kindergartner's Thanksgiving Art















Happy Thanksgiving Kinsley! Our little sweetheart! We Love You!

My 2nd Grader's Thanksgiving Art










Happy Thanksgiving Fiona! Our cutie patootie! We Love You!

It's Thanksgiving


But enough about the relatives!

... ♥

We’ll be passing this around tomorrow for everyone to sign. We miss you so much. We know you miss us too. We Love you so much! We can’t wait to see you. Happy Thanksgiving Lauren!

November 23, 2011

A Good Idea

We are thinking of fostering kids in emergency situations.

We are feeling a nudge from heaven to at least consider going in this direction.

Kinsley thinks fostering is a good idea.

Fiona thinks we should do it tomorrow. ♥

"God places the lonely in families" ~Psalm 68:6a (NLT)

November 14, 2011

So Proud of You!



The Tooth Fairy Mix Up


My nephew J lost his 4th tooth at our house Friday night. He was super excited to pull that sucker out! We tried to get him to wait but I think he wanted to see what our tooth fairy was like. LOL!


J & Princess F (cousins) have been busy losing teeth this year!


Aunt Budja was able to convince J that a note to the Tooth Fairy would straighten everything out. Princess F had told him the Tooth Fairy might think it was her tooth. LOL!

November 11, 2011

11-11-11 Happy Veterans Day!


Happy Veterans Day: Thank you!

11-11-11 Veterans Day

If you live in a free country, thank a Veteran.

“I will give thee thanks with my whole heart.”

Happy Veterans Day!!!

Thank You for Your Service and Sacrifice!!!

So proud of you Lauren!

Thanks for your service to our country!!!!!

November 5, 2011

Prayer Request


I have a prayer request. (Yep – I do!)

On Qualification Day all recruits are trying to shoot their best and are striving for the coveted “Crossed Rifles” of the Rifle Expert badge. Recruits can also earn the Rifle Sharpshooter and Rifle Marksman badges, and in order to qualify with the M-16A2 service rifle a recruit must shoot a score of a minimum 190 points out of the possible 250 points.

Let’s pray our RCT earns the “Expert” badge.

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween









Trick Or Treat...Smell My Feet...Give Me Something Good To Eat!!! :))