March 28, 2013
March 26, 2013
1. Candy Crush Saga is super fun.
2. Candy Crush Saga is super irritating.
3. Candy Crush Saga is a great puzzle adventure.
4. Candy Crush Saga characters are cute-to-boot.
5. I’ve been to Candy Town, Candy Factory, and Lemonade Lake.
6. Now I need a ticket to get on a plane.
7. I cannot connect to Facebook. I gave it up for lent – Hello!?
8. I can’t afford to pay $.99 to come on board.
9. I want to keep playing this game – ACK!?
10. And now I’m craving Gobstoppers!?
March 25, 2013
March 20, 2013
Fiona: Christina Aguilera
me: Oh, that's nice.
Fiona: Hope she wears something appropriate!!!
Fiona: I wonder if she knows kids will be sitting in the audience?
me: I think she will.
Fiona: I hope!!! Because she didn't do that on The Voice.
March 14, 2013
"I will walk by faith even when I cannot see. Because this broken road prepares Your will for me." ~Jeremy Camp
March 13, 2013
- Assert yourself: No one can respond to what you don't say.
- Be teachable: The ignorance you won't admit will catch up with you.
- Find confidants: Friends double your joys and divide your sorrows.
- Contribute something: Takers end up empty-handed.
- Live today: Anyone can be strong for twenty-four hours.
March 12, 2013
Chapter 31 - The Return of Christ: When and How? When and how will Christ return? Could he come back at any hour?
Chapter 32 - The Millennium: What is the Millennium? When does it occur? Will Christians go through the great tribulation?
Chapter 33 - The Final Judgment and Eternal Punishment: Who will be judged? What is hell?
Chapter 34 - The New Heavens and the New Earth: What is heaven? Is it a place? How will the earth be renewed? What will it be like to live in the new heavens and the new earth?
Who knows? Maybe I will do the written work on these last four chapters. I guess it just depends on what the questions are like at the end of each chapter. Perhaps it would be wise to do the written work during spring break in case I need to ask questions on this section in class? Who knows? Maybe it will come to me as I am reading and completing each chapter. Or maybe I will pick four chapters that have already been covered. I have no idea what I will do. I guess I had better get started.
March 11, 2013
March 10, 2013
One of the very best ways to hang on to low self-esteem is to hang on to a resentment. Resentment is always about pain. It is about being cheated, being "done unto," being victimized. And victimization always makes its presence felt in negative definitions of ourselves~definitions like "I don't have any rights" or "You can't trust anyone" or "I will never be loved."
To foster a resentment fixates us at the point of our pain. Happiness, then, becomes like a butterfly transfixed with a pin. Because resentments and freedom are mutually exclusive, no one can have both. To insist on carrying around a resentment is to insist on retaining the source of our low self-esteem.
Often the hardest thing about giving up resentments is that we feel such a right to them. We may well have been cheated. We may well have been lied to and treated shabbily, perhaps even criminally. If that doesn't justify resentment what does! The truth is, however, that resentment is a self-defeating entitlement. We have a right to a stomachache too, but who wants it?
To harbor a resentment is to harbor an enemy.
H/T: Believing In Myself
March 9, 2013
March 8, 2013
March 7, 2013
Normally I would bite my tongue, let it go, consider the source, choose the high road, not give such blanket statements the time of day. Who do you think you are to tell me that I’m not a “Bible-living Christian” because I don’t homeschool my children?
Why does Christianity have to be so legalistic and complex? Do you not realize how unattainable you make Jesus out to be when you try to put Christianity in a box with a bunch of man-made rules?
Homeschooling does not equal any sort of godliness. Homeschooling does not make you less of a sinner in need of a Savior. Homeschooling is not the be-all end-all for attaining a good foundation or a Christian education. Homeschooling is not one-upmanship or some sort of who's-the-better-parent competition. A person’s worth or value in this life as a Christian or even a Human Being is not defined by where your children go to school. Homeschooling is just another educational option. Homeschooling is a personal choice and it’s not one-size-fits-all.
(Quote) I’ve been given an awesome responsibility raising my son. I will teach him to fear the Lord by example. I will trust in God to guide me. For we all stand alone on the Day of Judgment. (End Quote)
God said we are to train up our children in the way they should go. We can do that no matter where they go to school. God never said, “Thou shalt homeschool.”
Let’s talk about Salvation – Everyone who knows me understands that I do not nor will I ever believe in works-based Salvation. Legalism is slowly chipping away at the freedom and Salvation that only comes from Christ. Believe it or not there is nothing you can do to earn your way to heavenly fellowship in the presence of God. Christ’s death on a cross was enough.
What’s next? You don’t read the right version of the Bible? You don’t go to the right Church? You don’t live in the right neighborhood? You don’t go to the right school? You don’t stay home with your kids? You don’t homeschool your kids?
Let’s be clear – God doesn’t need us in order to be God. He wants our participation but no matter what we do He will always be God. He doesn’t need or require us to do anything in order to bring our children to Him. He can draw them to Him in spite of us. He doesn’t need our help. He is God!
For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? (Romans)
The most useless phrase in the English language may be "If only I had . . . " What's done is done. Dwelling on past errors or missed opportunities is a terrible mistake. Some of our self-blame simply isn't justified: What happened wasn't our fault in the first place. And even when the failings were truly ours, the constant replay exaggerates and distorts what really happened way back then.
Guilt eats up a lot of energy that could be better used elsewhere. Most of us have already punished ourselves many times over. Isn't it time now to climb down off the rack, step away from the whipping post, and consider the debt settled? Enough is enough. We deserve a reprieve.
Self-esteem demands that we admit our mistakes and take responsibility for them. But it also demands that we accept and forgive what can't be relived. Endless self-recrimination has no place in recovery.
As my self-knowledge increases, my self-recrimination decreases.
H/T: Believing In Myself
March 6, 2013
This week's homework is to read chapters 26, 27, and 28. If I start today I will be finished by the weekend. I may work on next week's Hebrews homework so I can start working on the questions for application assignment. I'm supposed to pick four of the chapters I have read out of Grudem and answer those questions. I would like to have that completed before my kids are on spring break from school. I haven't selected the chapters I will do yet. I'm still thinking about that one.
Chapter 26 - The Nature of the Church: How can we recognize a true church? What are the purposes of the church? What makes a church more or less pleasing to God?
Chapter 27 - Baptism: Who should be baptized? How should it be done? What does it mean?
Chapter 28 - The Lord's Supper: What is the meaning of the Lord's Supper? How should it be observed?
I just know this is going to be a good read. I have a feeling I'm about to learn something new. I'd better get started if I'm going to finish my homework. I Love this class.
March 5, 2013
March 4, 2013
We wound up being Winter Jam Rejects - no joke! There were a bunch of us who showed up at the concert on Friday a bit late. To be honest, we didn't expect the Civic to sell out at the door! I'm pretty sure there were about ten thousand people from Omaha inside of the Civic enjoying themselves.
Well, they wound up letting us inside of the Civic, too...we just couldn't go upstairs or inside with everyone else. Instead, our show was free and some of the artists came down to the corridor to put on a little show for us. I felt sorry for the peeps that drove four or five hours to get to Omaha. Oh well...we still had fun.
We were probably in the hall jamming out with Toby Mac's drummer, the dude in my picture (I really want you to guess who that is), and some young brothers (I can't remember their names and I'm too lazy to go look at the CD we bought. I think their names are BOB or BBO or something like that), and then some dude from American Idol sang for us as well.
Afterward, the fire marshal said the corridor was at max capacity; so, we had to leave. But, before we left Don picked up some Christian music for only $5 bucks a piece. They were full on CDs without all the mark-up. Nice!!
We had a lot of fun. The girls had a blast and we ran into some peeps from church who wound up being Winter Jam Rejects, too. :)
Next year if TobyMac comes back we will leave for the show as soon as our kiddos get out of school. We will hit a drive through and then be on our way. We won't be Winter Jam Rejects next year.
You know...the whole entire experience got me thinking about when Jesus talks about the first being last and the last being first. We got to be pretty up close and personal with the artists. Had we been able to get inside the Civic we would not have had a chance to be so close to them. We were right there...right next to them...many got to talk to the artists personally. It was great!!
If only we could get Taylor Swift to lower the price on her tickets...:) :) :)
Before I get into trouble, before I open my mouth to react, or get lost in obsessive analysis of another person's behavior, or worrying about the future, I can Stop. Then I can Look at what is going on and my role in it. Then I can Listen for spiritual guidance that will remind me of my options and help me find healthy words and actions.
So when something unkind is said to me, I don't automatically have to get into a loud and vicious argument. Instead, I can take a moment to "Think." I can Stop, Look, and Listen. Then I might be able to engage calmly in discussion or simply walk away. If I do choose to enter the argument, at least I am now making this decision consciously, rather than letting life decide for me.
- Knowing myself.
- Asking for help when I need it and acting on my own when I don't.
- Admitting when I'm wrong and making amends.
- Accepting love from others, even if I'm having a tough time loving myself.
- Recognizing that I always have choices, and taking responsibility for the ones I make.
- Seeing that life is a blessing.
- Having an opinion without insisting that others share it.
- Forgiving myself and others.
- Recognizing my shortcomings and my strengths.
- Having the courage to live one day at a time.
- Acknowledging that my needs are my responsibility.
- Caring for people without having to take care of them.
- Accepting that I'll never be finished~I'll always be a work-in-progress.
Talk about guilty pleasure! What a joy it is to learn that building self-esteem doesn't require us to please anybody but ourselves. Can it really be? There must be a catch somewhere. It sounds too good to be true, or at least true for us.
Many of us have spent most of our lives in the service of other people. In our growing up years, we learned that that was our ticket for love and approval. Want to be loved? Make someone else happy. Want a pat on the head? Do their work for them. That's how we learned to look outside ourselves for our self-esteem. That's what made us virtual slaves to the wishes and needs of others.
Now that we're adults, old knee-jerk reactions will still tempt us to reach out for that brass ring. But now that we know better, we're going to be much less comfortable about giving away all that power. As we take it back little by little, so do we take custody of our self-esteem.
My self-approval no longer depends on other people's responses.
H/T: Believing In Myself
The search for self-esteem is a search for truth. It involves trying to see ourselves as truly as we can~and learning to appreciate what we see. As we move along, the mirrors that reflect back our true selves often pop up in the most unlikely places!
Irritating people can be such mirrors. All of us know people we'd just as soon avoid. Somehow they just get under our skin and make us crazy. Yet if we are willing to figure out exactly what bothers us about them, we may find great insight into our own hearts.
The person who talks too much may irritate us because we miss the chance to monopolize the conversation with our own stories. The braggart may irritate us because we feel we should have accomplished more. The person who is always upbeat may make us jealous that we're not happier ourselves. Some insights are less flattering than others but no less valuable for that.
My own flaws and frailties are usually at the bottom of my trouble with other people.
H/T: Believing In Myself
March 1, 2013
The kids are excited. We are excited. We get to see some of our favorite Christian singers perform tonight. TobyMac, Casting Crowns, and Sidewalk Prophets are some of our favorites performing tonight. I forgot about 5 o'clock rush hour traffic. I'm pretty happy we are driving North vs West.
(Yes, I'm blogging from my phone.)
Don took the day off from work. We got our taxes filed (Yay!!), had a nice quiet lunch out, and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon being together and watching Argo. What a great movie! I see why it won for best picture. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I am thankful we do not live in Iran.
Have fun tonight friends!!