Sunday, August 28, 2011

Christ has us covered.

There are so many beliefs out there in terms of what it "should" look like to be a Christian.  Some think Christians should be poor, some think Christians should be rich.  Some know that how much you have or don't have is no indication of where you are in your walk with God.  I was reading this scripture today (Philippians 4:12,13) and Paul said that he has learned to both abound and to suffer need and then he goes on to say that he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.  This scripture really caught my attention because of the context in which it was used.  Did you ever think this scripture would be used in the context of when you're rich, rolling in the dough and you need Christ to strengthen you so you can do it.  I guess we do.  I guess when we abound, we need Christ to strengthen us against the temptations that come along with that, so we conduct ourselves properly in the Lord.  I imagine Christ can strengthen us so that we don't overindulge and practice moderation in all things.  I guess just like we don't have to be scared to "suffer need" we don't need to be scared to abound either because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  It just shows that we don't need to fear any circumstance or situation because for those of us in Christ, He has our back.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Processes

My daugher started her first day of her "full-time" school schedule today.  Up until now she has only been going 2 days per week, now she is going 5 days and she seems super excited!  I thank God for confirming beyond a reasonable doubt that this was the time for her to begin this particular new stage in her life.  As she is beginning a new stage in her life, I am also beginning a new stage in mine.  A stage that I am feeling surprisingly confident about.  I am going from having a preschooler at home with me most of the time, preparing learning activities for her, coordinating fun things to do and playdates; to being at home all week without her.  I'm handing over some of the reigns of my daughters development to someone else.  But she is truly blessed to be going to the school where she goes and the people there are loving, compassionate and engaged in the children there.  I know God has placed this school in our  lives.  I'm also in the process of looking for work myself.  I am trying to get back into the administrative field.   I have over 8 years experience and that field has been really good to me.  During those 8 years, I have had many exciting opportunities to grow and spread my wings.  So I'm turning back to the field hoping God will show the same grace and favor He has in the past.  So I'm starting this process of looking for work and I'm not looking for things to happen overnight, I'm just excited about what kind of work God is going to do in me through this process.  I have this weird confidence.  Like I walked into 2 different company offices today, introduced myself, told them I was looking for administrative work and gave them my resume'.  I didn't feel shy or anything; and I've never done that before.  In that past I use to want God to show me where everything is going to end up, but right now I'm genuinely in a  place where I just want God work in me.  Another "process" our family is going through is looking to buy a house.  We have been looking for quite some time.  Just haven't found the right place.  Another thing different about me is that I would normally be overly eager to find something.  But again I'm really excited about what this "process" will reveal to us about ourselves and what we really want and what is really going the be right for our family.  Again, I actually want God's will with no conditions attached.  I'm just waiting for his will to be unveiled slowly but surely and again I look forward to what will happen with our walk with Him as a result.  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saturdays

Saturdays are my "Don't take life too seriously" day.
Saturdays are my "Don't worry how much T.V. my daughter watches" day.
Saturdays are my "Avoid cleaning like the plague" day.
Saturdays are my "Don't worry about my family's nutrition" day.


Saturdays are definitely my sabbath days.  See on Friday things are kind of tapering to go into my Sabbath day.  Like I normally don't cook on Fridays, but I do clean and make sure Noah is occupied with fun productive activities.  Sundays are like my jumpstart for the week.  I jump back on the cleaning bandwagon on Sunday, the cooking bandwagon too.  I'm back to doing activities with Noah and I'm thinking about the week ahead.  As God would have it, I do only has 1 day a week for a day of rest and thank God for it. 



TGIS

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cleaning tip - Microwave

I just tried this and it is wonderful.  Take 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar and place it in a microwave safe bowl.  Then mix 1/2 cup of water with the vinegar.  Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it to a rolling boil.  It will loosen any caked on food and remove any odor.  Afterwards just wipe down with a clean rag.  It took me all of about 4-6 minutes. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Staying Connected

Staying connected with friends helps you to know that you are not in this thing called life all by yourself.  Everybody has trials and tribulations that they are going through right now, but the worst thing that people do is isolate themselves when they are going through.  The devil loves it when people do that.  Because is makes them think they are all alone and even worst it creates a mindset that says "I'm the only one that struggles with this".  Both lies.  When the devil gets you alone, he can then fill your head with all sorts of crap.  Being a full-time homemaker, it is much opportunity to feel lonely.  But connecting with my friends and getting together in the morning for coffee and conversation helps me to start my day with others and go through it knowing that I have friends on this journey with me. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kids Stuff

The GoodBook.com is a company that sells Christian Devotional Products for children and adults.  Below is the devotional I've been using for Noah




 
She loves this devotional.  The devotional is written for the bible below:
 You can get this bible used on Amazon for real cheap and the devotional is about $10.00.  They are very short devotional and the questions are simple but engaging enough for your child to remember some key points about the bible stories

Quick Tips

I have been reading some posts recently on people having problems keeping their granite counter tops clean.  Well, one particular post had a lady that said it seems she has to go over them with a rag several times before the feel smooth and clean.   Well I had the same problem.  Today I figured it out.  After dinner I took a clean damp rag and wiped over my granite counter tops to get all the crumbs and spills up. Then once I got the crumbs and spills up I went back over them with a dry paper towel.  They were smooth after that.  I feel like when you let them dry on their own they don't get as clean and also the paper towel not only gets up the water so they are dry but also any extra residue you may have missed.

Another easy thing to do at night, like if your sink is looking a bit dingy and you want it to shine.  After you do your dishes and rinse any food down the drain, put some baking soda around you sink and in your drain.  Wipe the baking soda around the surface of your sink with a wet rag then rinse with hot water.  Not only will your sink shine, but the baking soda will eliminate any strong odors that might have come out of the drain later.


New stage

My daughter Noah will be starting the Fall going to her school 5 full days a week.  The weird thing is that I have a have this unshakable heavy peace about it.  Although I have plenty to keep me busy, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with 3 extra days a week that I'm use to being with Noah.  Even though I have plenty to keep me busy, life is not really about just being "busy".  It's weird because I'm kind of excited.  And it's not like "Oh, I'm finally free" type of excited because I love being home with Noah. It's more like "I wonder what God has for me" kind of excited. Even though I'm tempted to do a little schedule for myself.  I'm not going to do that just yet.  Don't want to get ahead of God.  I'm going to start off next week with the same schedule I've been keeping and then just see what kind of flow I fall into and how God leads me.  I'm excited.


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Just want my coffee

I woke up this morning and "I just wanted my coffee".  But before that could happen I had to get my daughter's shows on, get her juice in her hand and get her breakfast on the table.  I dragged my foot through the normal motions of the morning, tired be ever so grateful for my life.  Noah went through a spell this week of waking me up in the middle of the night and last night was the first night that we were back to normal.   Although I feel like it's been a long time before I actually woke up rested.  But I'm not complaining because once I get going I'm ok.  I've been trying to eat healthy breakfast.  Oatmeal this morning.  I'm trying to start our morning slow and a little lazy this morning.  We will be going to the pool with friends at around 11am. Normally I would of planned some activities for Noah this morning, but Reggie and I had a long day tomorrow and I just didn't have the energy to prepare.  So I'm getting myself I "Get out of activities, to rest" card.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Mondays

Mondays are actually the only day of the week where I intentionally focus the majority of my attention on Noah.  It's kind of "Spotlight on Noah" day.  I was a little tired today, so I wasn't as energetic as I normally am but we were still able to get out to our new, neat little place we found, that has like 12 swingsets inside a showroom with 2 big trampolines.  It's this company that sells swingsets and slides.  They have a freeplay twice a week in their showroom that's free for kids 8 and under from 10am -1pm.  I'm keeping it a secret, because as of now not many people know about it.  We made it to that, which gives me a chance to run around with Noah a little bit and jump on the trampoline with her and stuff.  Then we went to the Vitamin Shoppe.  We vacuumed the car and came home.  She had a little T.V. time, ate lunch, bathroom Then we hung out in her room reading books and going over her sight words.  Then we designed an invitation to give to her daddy for the fashion show that we are doing for him tonite at 5pm.  We got the idea from one of her barbie books.  I like to do special stuff with her on Mondays.

Can we "hurt" God?

I believe the answer is "yes".  I mean didn't it hurt Jesus when He was nailed to the cross? Although He was God, He had taken on human form.  It hurt Him just as bad as it would hurt any of us.  Didn't it hurt Jesus while He suffered for our sin.  He was without sin.  He was the only perfect man that walked the face of the earth.  But He was a man and it hurt Him.  If God was not hurting for His people, why would He send His only son, Jesus Christ to die for us.  God took action and these actions had to come from a place of grief and compassion for His people.  So yes, we have hurt Him and continue to hurt Him when we reject Him.  He does hurt because He loves us.  See, God is the inventor of love.  He is the source of true love, the only source.  God has made us the object of his affection.  It was a love affair that started in the garden of Eden long ago,  God didn't just want to "create" something, He yearned for a relationship with His creation.  Even though you can experience the results of some of the attributes of God through nature, He did not make "nature" or "animals" in His image.  He said "Let us make man in our image".  "In the image of God He created him.  Male and Female He created them."  According to His likeness. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

A Gift

Once upon of time there was a girl and God gave that little girl a violin and she enjoyed that violin and played very well.  When she got older, God came to her and said "Remember I gave you a violin, won't you play it for me?"  The girl said "I don't feel like playing it, plus it's not that important to anybody.".

On night the same young woman was sitting on the couch and she heard a tune in her head.  She thought "Maybe I should get up and write down the notes to this tune" Then she said "No, I don't feel like it and it's not that important to anyone."

On another night, the same young woman had a particular feeling of joy in her heart and she wanted to express it in music but she thought to herself "No, I don't feel like it plus it's not that important to anyone".  Then God said to her "It's important to me.  I want to hear it.  Would I have given you this wonderful gift of being able to play the violin, if I didn't want to hear it."

God has given gifts to us.  Not all gifts are public gifts that are going to be broadcast all over the world, some are very private gifts, meant for the communing of you and Lord.  I think those of us who are not in the public eye can tend to make light of the gifts that God has given us.  Maybe we shouldn't do that.
  

Monday, August 1, 2011

Peace w/God

It's funny how people will believe these author's of all these "Self-Help" books but won't believe what the bible says.  I know it's hard to believe someone that you can't see.  But God is more "real" then any person I've ever seen with the naked eye.  I would surely believe Him over anybody else.  Not only is He my Father, but my closest friend.  We live in a fallen world and it has invaded our family structure, so we don't always have good examples of what fathers should be to their children.  We do have a Father in heaven and if we let Him he will take authority over our lives and guide us along a path that will always lead to Him.  Everyday we can find comfort and peace in Him because it is His to give to us.  We can't find peace anywhere else.  Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace, you can't find it with anyone else.  Thank God that I am at peace with Him now and I am no longer at enmity with Him

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