Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I've been listening to Jon Courson...my online pastor from Applegate Christian Fellowship in Oregon....and I'm loving his clarity! He reintroduced me to my new favorite Proverb #15....I love it so much I'm going to dedicate two days to this Proverb this week.......so for now check out the first 17 verses down at the bottom of this post and you can tell me which is YOUR favorite verse for today!
There are some doozies as far as convicting me of how I SHOULD react to things....but also some rays of sunshine.....reminders of God's mercy to me just where I'm at.
I just love how God wove so many of my hats into these 33 verses....my mom hat, my teacher hat, my nurse hat, dang I think v. 1 works for my wifey hat too!....
v. 13, 14 & 17 Hollered at me
13A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
Application for me as a mom/wife/friend: Smile more.....and FEEL that smile from way down deep in my toes.....if I'm not smiling then WHY not? I have SO much to be GLAD for.....it should show on my face.... I am no longer lost without hope and mindlessly wandering this earth....there is SO much purpose in life, I can't let myself get bogged down with worries, or frustrations......
14A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.
Application for me as a person: Um, what am I eating? I read this note in a friend's Bible: "What we hungry for ....that is what we worship"..... is it that show, that snack, that hobby, what is my distraction.....where is all my time/energy going? Am I feeding on trash- the things that are NOT beneficial to growth in my life, be it spiritual, physical, or mental?
17 A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
Application for me as a mom: I can treasure even these sickie days....because a cold WILL pass (praise God!)....I can't even list all the things that are worse than this fleeting nurse duty time......but getting to snuggle my feverish little ones for a few days....having the opportunity to serve them at their humblest......that's actually a gift. And yes, I can say that I'm grateful for days like this! I was created to love and be loved and right now that love is being tested by oodles of soiled laundry, batches of soup, cold compresses and tepid baths, medicine and countless games of cards.
So that's just the tip of the iceberg for me.....feel free to comment on which verse in Proverbs 15 talks Right OUT LOUD to you!Pro 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.
The wise person makes learning a joy; fools spout only foolishness.
The LORD is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good.
Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Only a fool despises a parent's discipline; whoever learns from correction is wise.
There is treasure in the house of the godly, but the earnings of the wicked bring trouble.
Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.
The LORD hates the sacrifice of the wicked, but he delights in the prayers of the upright.
The LORD despises the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue godliness.
Whoever abandons the right path will be severely punished; whoever hates correction will die.
Even the depths of Death and Destruction [fn] are known by the LORD. How much more does he know the human heart!
Mockers don't love those who rebuke them, so they stay away from the wise.
A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.
For the poor, every day brings trouble; for the happy heart, life is a continual feast.
It is better to have little with fear for the LORD than to have great treasure with turmoil.
A bowl of soup with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Mental note: look for more bugs, play chase and tell more stories while we walk by the canal....ah, The Enforcer will work on her diversionary tactics tonight....
Sunday, January 18, 2009
The details will be covered from food to lodging. Just come as you are…..be ye pirate, lost boy or fairy (ah, costumes ARE required)
My Happy thoughts are:
1)Smiling kids....snuggled in their pjs after a long and amazing day!
2) Homemade goodies like cakes and food labels.
3) Parties, parties, parties!!
I just need a little fairy dust and I'd be able to FLY to my room!
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
"We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe the truth, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and particularly of those who believe." (1 Timothy 4:10)
"Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don't need to hope for it." (Romans 8:24)
"So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Monday, January 12, 2009
If you do decide to check out the site, remember, this is ART.....fully open to partial nudity and interpretation...the graphics are often melancholy .......This one is called the Soundtrack of My Life...how sad, huh? I want to hug this teddy and tell him that Jesus can mend his brokeness:and then there is: When Fear turned to Frolic...which I liked but I thought might scare my daughter....I really liked the next one. And I'm noticing a theme here...I prefer mellow yellows......at first I loved the design - an organic touch with a cartoon feel.....it was cute.......but the title threw me; it is called Jealousy.....it's just TOO sad after you know the title, right?And then you run into the irreverent. This one is called the Flying Spaghetti Monster:
They also reproduce a print or two from artists like Monet, van Gogh and even Klimt. So there really is something for everyone. Jarrod and I definitely feel like our ipods are protected from scratches...but this isn't a thick, bouncy rubber coating...so it's not going to keep it from a good thud on the ground!Without sounding further like a Gelaskins commercial......I MUST comment on their fantastic Customer Service. When I received one of the skins for my ipod I discovered it had been cut crooked. I figured I would have to take a picture of it, package it back up, send it to them and then wait for a new one. But this is a very small company, so the guy I talked to was one of the designers and he took my word for it that it was bad and sent me a new one in the mail That Very DAY! No hassle, no fuss...and SO trustworthy! I was wowed...you just don't find that much anymore!
So needless to say I was thrilled to give them business again when I was ordering for my laptop. It's a luxury item...but such a happy thought for me....doesn't she just make you smile??? (Yes, I've decided it's a girl)
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I've always wanted to do one of these workshops...and maybe I did it wrong, but I answered:
2.) Ask a loved one to use 6 descriptive words to describe you and report your findings. How well do they know you?
Since my hubby is working long hours, I asked a friend....we share a love thing too right? So here from my dear bloggy/real life friend is her list....unedited and with her definitions....I swear I didn't bribe her either....though one bottle of Diet Pomegranate 7up could go a long way...on her own she wrote that I am:
Reflective: meditative…constantly thinking about how she can improve as a person…mom, wife, friend; not willing to settle for comfortable
Goodhearted: friendly, warm-hearted, caring, considerate…genuinely cares about those important to her; wants everyone to feel welcome and included
Supportive: carries the weight of others…the friend who is there the moment you need her, puts herself aside to support you when you are in need and does so without judgment
Warrior: one who is in battle…goes to battle for those she cares about, covering them in prayer and lifting them up; spiritual encourager
Genuine: free from dishonesty, true…sincere with who she is, open and upfront about her strengths and weaknesses; honest and truthful; a loyal friend