Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Play Time

On Sunday we had a "picnic" with the in-laws. I say "picnic" because we cooked and played outside but we ate inside in the air conditioning.

I have lots of pictures but for some reason I never seem to get many of the kids with their grandparents. I'm going to have to work on that.

Liza and Jason just love to grandma and papa's house. As soon as we get there they are looking for Papa. They want to go out and play.

And play they do!

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Liza had seen that I was taking my camera and decided she wanted hers. I couldn't find it real quick so I took my point and shoot and let her try that out. She took a few pictures and then was done.
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Mike rode a bike around the yard and Jason just followed him around. It was cute.
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And then something clicked for Jason and all he wanted to do was play on the tractors.

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Jason insisted that Papa get on a tractor too... and whoever was on the little one had to wear the ear things. Awesome.
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While Jason rode the tractors Liza rode the big wheel. She loved that thing.
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It was a nice day and a nice visit. :)

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Examples of Forgiveness

If you've missed what I've been writing on forgiveness already you may want to start with the previous posts. I'll be posting on this topic for a while still. There is a lot of good stuff to learn about it.

Forgiveness Defined
Why Do We Forgive
What Does Forgiveness Say
Forgive Us As We Forgive Others

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Examples of Forgiveness

Jesus

Luke 23:33-34
When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals--one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

While they were mocking and murdering him, Jesus forgave. In the midst of the wrong being done. He didn’t even wait until they were done hurting him. He didn’t wait for an apology. He waited for nothing and turned to his Father and asked Him to forgive the offenders.

He didn’t shout out to his offenders “Hey you! Yeah. You. I’m forgiving you!”

In that moment it was between Jesus and God.

That is our example of what forgiveness looks like. Unconditional and free. Immediate.


Stephen

Acts 7:59-60
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he fell on his knees and cried out, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Again, Stephen did not wait for them to offer up an apology. He didn’t wait until he “felt” like he was ready to forgive. He didn’t tell them he was forgiving them. He just forgave. “While they were stoning him.”

He followed Jesus example.


70 times 7

Matthew 18:21-22 (The Message)
At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?” Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy time seven.”

Forgive every time. If the same person continues to hurt you, continue to forgive.


From these examples I learn to forgive immediately and to forgive every time. Forgive with or without an apology. Forgive without conditions.

Simply forgive.

Quickly.

Every time.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Made To Crave

I have a little online book club going on with a few friends. We just started so if it sounds like something you want to do you could easily get caught up to where we are.




The book we are reading is Made to crave by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa begins by telling us about her struggle with food... strangely it sounded very much like the same struggles I have. Stuck in a rut. Wanting more. Wanting to make better decisions... but continuously failing. She shares how she finally overcame all that.

In the book Lysa is talking about how God was challenging her to surrender to his control. She says:

"Really surrender. Surrender to the point where I'd make radical changes for the sake of my spiritual health perhaps even more than my physical health."

Lysa then asks "Is it possible we love and rely on food more than we love and rely on God?"

Guilty.

I'm guilty. I rely on food... too much.
Sad? Food.
Angry? Food.
Empty? Food.
Alone? Food.
Victory? Celebrate with food.
Tired? Food.
Bored? Food.

It's always food. But the food only makes me feel better for a (very) short time. And often it leaves me feeling worse.

I guess it's time to make some changes--radical changes. It's time to put my spiritual  health first. It's time to surrender. Fully.

We will crave whatever we fill ourselves with. If I am always running to food and filling up on that then food is what I will crave. But if I take Lysa's advice and use my food cravings as a prompt to pray I will start filling up on God... and I'll begin craving God.

Crave- to long for, want greatly, desire eagerly, and beg for.

I hope that someday soon that list above will look more like this:
Sad? God!
Angry? God!
Empty? God!
Alone? God!
Victory? Celebrate with God!
Tired? God!
Bored? God!

And then I can say with the Psalmist "How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God." (Psalm 84:1-2)

We were made to crave.

Crave God!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Continue Praying for Kellie (God is Good!)

Happy Saturday friends! With all the rain we've been having I'm more than happy to be seeing lots of sunshine and 88 degrees in the ten day forecast! Woo hoo!

Anyways... that's not what I really want to talk about right now. I want to talk about Kellie and a wonderful group of people from Leander, TX. 

I've told you about Kellie and her accident. You can read about it here.

Kellie has been moved to someone's home because she has no insurance and no rehab place will take her without insurance.

All of her friends have come together to be her "nurses, doctors and therapists." It's truly an amazing story of faith, hope and love.

Kellie and her friends have searched youtube to find videos on what kind of therapy to do. And then they do it. Kellie is getting stronger and stronger every day and even though the doctors told her she would most likely be a quadriplegic she is using her arms, feeding herself and sitting on her own.



People from all over the country are collecting and sending money to help Kellie out. 


Medical stores are donating all kinds of things... including a bed and wheelchair.

God is all over this situation and it often brings me to tears. Our God is sooo good and He loves us so much and it's all about HIS glory! 

Last night Kellie was on the news.


My hope is that people (including you!) would continue to share her story. The story needs to be heard by the people that can continue to fill in the needs that her friends and family can't. Kellie still needs an accessible van and it would be great if she could get connected with a therapist. Post the video to your blog, post it on facebook or simply just link to my posts. Doesn't matter how you share it... just please take a moment and do it.

And keep praying... for Kellie to gain more and more strength and movement throughout her body. Also pray for everyone else involved. For her friends and family that are so selflessly working with her to do the therapy that they can that they do no wear out because this could be a long journey for everyone. Pray for Jeanette who is the woman who has opened her home to Kellie and all of her friends.

You can continue to get updates and information about Kellie at http://teamkellie.weebly.com/index.html. There is also a link at the top of that site where you can send a card to Kellie and there is a way on the home page to send in donations. Every penny helps.

Don't forget about Kellie... it's not over yet.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Forgive Us As We Forgive Others

Many of you know and say the Lord’s Prayer.

Matthew 6:9-13
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Do you understand what you are truly saying when you pray “forgive us as we forgive others”?

Think about it.

If I only half forgive someone what am I asking God to do? To half forgive me.

If I withhold forgiveness from someone I am basically asking God to withhold forgiveness from me.

If I forgive freely, unconditionally and immediately I am asking God to do the same for me.

Forgive for you will be forgiven as you forgive others.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Look what I made!!!

I like to do a little bit of all kinds of crafting. I'm far from a pro at any. But lately I've been enjoying making myself take the next step and see what I can do.

Today's project was a sewing one. I haven't had the machine out lately and I never make anything that isn't square (I make rag quilts and curtains) and I've never really followed a pattern.

And I've never made any kind of clothing.

However, while browsing around the web I came across a blog with some really awesome tutorials and saw a skirt that I just had to try for Liza. It seemed simple enough so I ran and got the materials and came home and made it.

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Not too bad! Ok... I got her measurements a little big. Probably didn't help that I measured her waist when she had a full, bloated stomach. (I need to measure her in the morning.) And I made it a little long because that way I had room to make errors.

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I was able to make it work though by taking in the sides just a little. It stays on her now! :) And the good news is that she will be able to wear this dress until she is ten probably. Ok... a little exaggerated but you get the point. It's going to be in her wardrobe for a long time.

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Liza loved it immediately and had a great time spinning and making it fly out.

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She wants to wear it tomorrow. And probably every day after that.

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What I love most about Liza and a new dress is that every time she gets one she actually lets me take her picture and she poses all cute.

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I love her!

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Underwear!
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Here is the link to where you can find the pattern and tutorial... really quite easy. I'm seriously very much a beginner at sewing. If I can make it you can too!

Circle Skirt Tutorial


Next time the fabric goes on sale I'll be buying more for more skirts!

Girls Night

Last weekend was lots of fun but I think the highlight was girls night!

My friends Rainey and Danielle both have a birthday this month so Kim decided to have a get together in their honor. It was a GREAT decision!

I took my hula hoop along and convinced all the girls to head outside and give it a try. That was another brilliant decision! It gave us sooo many laughs! I'm working on getting a second hoop so more than one person can hoop at a time.


DANIELLE!
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RAINEY!
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RACHEL!
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KIM!
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This is what the people watching do while some is trying to hula hoop...
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It was such a great time!
Apparently Rainey got some pictures of me but I haven't seen them yet. (hinthint Rainey!)


After we had enough hooping we headed inside for some Apples to Apples. It's amazing to me how fun this game is. I remember the first time someone explained it to me all I could think was "what a stupid game" and I didn't play haha. Now I love it! It's so simple but I laugh harder than when playing any other game.

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(I think this was something about a senior prom being touchy feely??)

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I had such a great time! I think it's one of my favorite nights out in a long time.

What do you like to do for girls nights out?

What Does Forgiveness Say?

Forgiving someone does not say that their actions are right.

What forgiveness does say is “God, this is yours now. I don’t want to be the judge of this. I’m releasing this wrong into your hands for you to deal with. I want to be free from it.”

Forgiveness says “I will no longer treat him as guilty. I cancel the debt.”

It says absolutely nothing about the person who has wronged you. Forgiveness doesn’t really have a lot to do with the offender. But it does have everything to do with your heart.

We are to forgive every offense, big or small. Immediately.

We are to forgive as the Lord forgave us.

Colossians 3:13 (NLT)
Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

When we forgive we remember grace and extend grace.

Grace-
1. Favor; good will; kindness; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as an act of grace.
2.  Appropriately, the free unmerited love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from him.

I also find it interesting that another part of the definition of grace is “favor, mercy, pardon.”

If you remember back to the definition of forgiveness it says “the pardon of an offender.”

God extended grace to us and so we extend it to others.

We forgive.

And when we do we say “I no longer call in the debt you owe me for the offense. I pardon you. I am unlocking the chains and walking away from the wrong done. I want to be free. I’m forgiving because Christ forgave me… a sinner… when I was so undeserving of it.”



“Forgiveness doesn’t make the other person right, it makes you--free.”
~Stormie Omartain

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Why Do We Forgive?

When I hang on to hurts and refuse forgiveness the only person I’m harming is myself. If someone hurts me and walks away and never looks back it is likely that they don’t even know that I have not forgiven them. My unforgiveness will not affect that person in any way. That person moves on. I remain in chains.

I remain in bondage as I wait.

What am I waiting for? A debt owed to me. Perhaps an apology or an admission of wrongs. Perhaps some reconciliation. Perhaps to see judgment come to the person who has wronged me.

When I don’t forgive I put myself in place of judge. My unforgiveness says “You were wrong and you must pay.” As long as I stay in place of judge I will never find freedom.

As long as I believe that something is owed to me I keep myself bound to all those hurts. To all the pain. To the debt I believe is owed. My heart is chained and I have given the key to release it to the offender. I may end up waiting a lifetime and never receive the payment of the debt I believe is owed to me. And even if I do eventually receive that from the offender it wouldn’t be what is necessary to free me.

The truth is that most times that thing owed to me will never come. I may remain in my bondage forever.

So I forgive.

I forgive so I can find freedom.
I forgive so I can move on.
I forgive so I can also be forgiven.

Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

I forgive because it is not my place to judge.

Matthew 7:2
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Forgive. Do it for yourself.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Forgiveness Defined

I've been doing a little study on forgiveness and thought I would share what I found and is my understanding of what it means to forgive. I'm going to post a little bit each day for the next two weeks or so. My hope is that it makes you think, causes you to have conversations about it, changes your heart and leads you to freedom if you have been withholding forgiveness.

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Let’s pick apart the definition of forgive and find out what it really means to forgive an offender.

Definitions from American Dictionary of the English Language- Noah Webster 1828


Forgive- 1. to pardon; to remit, as an offense or debt; to overlook an offense, and treat the offender as not guilty. The original and proper phrase is to forgive the offense, to send it away, to reject it, that is, not to impute it [put it to] the offender. But by an easy transition, we also use the phrase, to forgive the person offending.
2. To remit as a debt, fine or penalty.

Forgiveness- 1.the act of forgiving; the pardon of an offender, by which he is considered and treated as not guilty. The forgiveness of enemies is a Christian duty.
2. The pardon or remission of an offense or crime; as the forgiveness of sin or of injuries

I like to continue defining until I exhaust all words and come full circle so I am going to continue defining words in the definitions above.

Impute- To charge; to attribute; to set to the account of

Pardon- Forgiveness; the release of an offense or of the obligation of the offender to suffer a penalty, or to bear the displeasure of the offended party.

Remit- To forgive; to surrender the right of punishing a crime; as, to remit punishment.

According to these definitions then, to forgive means to no longer call in a debt owed and treat the offender as not guilty. You release the offender from the obligation to “settle matters.” You release the offense. You no longer charge the person for their “crime”.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Frazzled

I would like a do-over of my morning.

I heard the alarm go off and I was soooo tired that I almost slept through it. Mike got up and turned it off and I was thinking it was Monday and he was up to get ready for work and I was going to continue sleeping. Then I realized it was Sunday and I needed to get up and get ready for church.

I got up. I got the kids up. Everyone started getting ready. I usually save the last ten minutes before leaving to finish getting myself ready. So I hurry up and get Liza in the bathroom to fix her hair. I have to wet it, part it and then dry it so that it looks decent down every morning. As I was drying her hair I felt something and knew without looking that it was a tick.

So I have ten minutes to get myself ready but I need to get this tick out of Liza's head. I call Mike in to help and we always start with putting a bunch of rubbing alcohol on the tick because many times that has made one back out on it's own quite a ways. So I put some on Liza's head and don't realize that it's running all down her hair. We get the tick out but Liza smells of rubbing alcohol. Mike is getting ready and finishing up with Jason. I have Liza over the side of the tub while washing her hair... less than ten minutes to go and I don't even know what I am wearing.

I'm cranky by this point. Totally pms-ing. (Hi guys.) My moods are insane and I'm running around frantically trying to get my family out the door on time because I hate being late. I throw on an outfit that I know I loved two weeks ago but today I decide I hate it and it looks awful. I end up in the usual jeans and t-shirt. I don't even know why I bother trying to add nice things to the wardrobe because I always fall back to the basics.

We get out the door and have to take two cars because I have people to meet after church. Thankfully we somehow make it and get the kids checked in and get in the sanctuary just as the service is starting. But I'm in such a sour mood that I'm having a hard time wanting to be there. I'd rather be back in my bed by this point.

I'm just starting to come out of my mood when this girl walks in and stands right in front of us. (She is supposed to be standing and is in the row in front of us so that wasn't the issue.) She's wearing this ridiculously tight, ridiculously short dress. Ugh. That just put me over the edge. I was so angry. I just wanted to yell "Don't you know what that does to guys!?!?! Don't you know that the guy you are standing in front of used to have a porn addiction and you're just a big bundle of temptation dressed like that!?!" And then of course my mind is all "Is Mike looking at her? Mike's probably looking at her. Ugh. This is a disaster."

Of course Mike is smarter than that. He saw her when she came in, thought "are you kidding me!?" and then looked else where. But please girls... try on some modesty... especially at church.

I eventually got over it all and the message today was good. I talked with some friends after church. Worked out some details for a photoshoot I'm going to do. And then I headed to the car because I needed to meet up with a friend for lunch soon. I get in the car, turn the key and nothing happens. And once again I'm completely angry. Thankfully I had the cell phone and thankfully we only live a mile and half from church. I called Mike to come back so he could jump the battery. I hadn't turned the lights off. Blah. The car doesn't ding when you get out of the car but leave the lights on. I've killed the battery like that far too many times. I'm never taking that car again.

And then I got to meet with my friend. And thankfully that went well.

I'm feeling a bit more positive now. Of course we have some friends coming over in three hours and I have a ton to do so let's hope that I can manage to stay in the positive while frantically cleaning my house and getting dinner ready.

Don't you know that Life Happens on the days that you most need to be normal!?

Saturday, May 21, 2011

With the same measure you judge...

Last night I went out to do the grocery shopping. I know, exciting way to spend a Friday night. I have a lot going on this weekend so I decided to get it out of the way.

I got to Walmart shortly before 7:00 and started about my business of checking things off the list. At five minutes to seven someone came over the speakers with "We have a CODE ADAM. We are looking for a three year old boy, long dark curly hair, blue jeans and tank top." Immediately I saw lots of Walmart workers set out walking the isles looking for the boy.

It was nice to know they were on top of it.

But my heart was sick. I couldn't imagine losing a kid in walmart. What a nightmare!

And I found myself looking too as I shopped.

It was probably five to ten minutes later when I realized the workers were STILL looking and they announced the CODE ADAM again. I began to pray... for the boy, for the parents, for those looking. Ten minutes lost in Walmart is a long time. He should have been found by then with that many people looking.

I was ready to start crawling on the floor looking under racks and stuff. Where was this boy? The poor parents! They were probably sick with worry. Frantic. And the boy might just be terrified. Or gone. Did someone snatch him up? You never know.

And so I continued to look as I shopped and I found myself thinking that if that was my kid I would be going crazy! I would be tearing the place apart. Demanding to see security video. Running in to the men's bathrooms unannounced. I couldn't imagine what the parents were going through.

And I couldn't believe what I was overhearing!

I heard some workers say in a "this is ridiculous attitude" that "I heard that this is the second time this person has lost their kid." And while I was at the checkout the people behind me had their judgements too. All better-than-that with their comments of "how does someone just lose a kid!?" And they actually had a little laugh over it.

Really!?!?

SOMEONE HAS LOST THEIR CHILD!! And you want to make jokes and laugh and talk like you are so much better?

Well I say be careful how you judge others.

Be careful when thinking you are so much better. Especially if you have never had small children!

They are small! They are often not in your peripheral vision. They are quick and can sneak away from you in an instant. And once they are around that corner... they could be gone.

And we don't know anything else about the parents. Did they have a cart load of other small children? What was going on in their lives? If someone close to them had died recently that would definitely have you distracted in a Walmart... but kids gotta eat so one has to shop.

WE DON'T KNOW! So why do we judge so quickly!?

I was sick to my stomach. I left Walmart about 35 minutes after the first CODE ADAM announcement and they still had not found the little boy. This was not a time to judge a parent. This was a time to find a little boy.

It could honestly happen to anyone.

My parents are great parents. Always have been. But one time we were at a large church for a baptism and my one brother decided he was going to hide. He hid himself in the pews and didn't come out. As things were ending we all loaded up in the van and headed home... without  him. That means that Mom, Dad, me and my other brother and sister ALL left him behind without realizing it. IT HAPPENS.

TO GOOD PEOPLE.

Get over it. Stop thinking you are soooo much better than everyone else. And start offering something helpful.

Ok. I just had to get that out because it really bothered me. I really hope the boy was found last night. And I really hope that none of us every has to experience what those parents did last night.


Matthew 7:2
For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Got wisdom?

I've often been told that I have so much wisdom. Honestly... I don't see that as a very big deal because as far as I can tell anyone can have wisdom.

James 1:5 says "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."

Anyone can get wisdom. All you have to do is ask. It's what I do. It's my most prayed prayer.  "God I need wisdom for this decision/situation/my role/the next step/etc."

And it comes.

It is not hard to get wisdom.

It's not always easy to make the wise choice. But it is easy to find out what the wise choice is.

Wisdom is available to every one of us. And the more you seek wisdom the more wisdom you get.

Proverbs 1:23 says "If you had responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you."

This is wisdom speaking and I think it is safe to turn that around and say...

"Because you respond to my rebuke I will pour out my heart to you and make my thoughts known to you."

Ask for wisdom. Get wisdom. Respond to wisdom. Get more wisdom.

Wisdom is not something that is out of reach. And I love what Proverbs 1:33 says. "Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease without fear of harm."

Sounds good to me!

I just started reading Proverbs. I want more wisdom! I NEED more wisdom!

Are you seeking wisdom?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Life Lessons from watching my Children

This morning the kids and I slept until 8:00. It was glorious. Most days I wake up without an alarm or the kids around 7:00. But I was tired.

When I woke up I just felt like the right thing to do was to do something special for the kids today instead of going to the gym. We got up, got ready and had some breakfast. Then we headed to the mall so they could play. It's the smallest little play area and there isn't a lot but the kids love it and they had a blast. For over an hour they ran and ran and ran and went up and down the slides. They were nice to the other kids and I was actually able to just sit and read a bit while they played.

Somewhere in the middle of a paragraph Liza's voice comes through the story and I hear her yelling "I'm too busy!"

I look up to see what is going on.

Another girl Liza's age had come to the play area and she just wanted to talk to Liza. Liza just wanted to run and play.

So the girl followed Liza around wanting to talk and Liza kept turning around and saying "I'M. TOO. BUSY!"

It was kind of cute.

That is until I relayed the story to Mike when he got home and as I told it I got this huge feeling that God has been following me around wanting to talk and I just keep saying "I'm too busy."



Hmmm...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Never Let Go

There is a lot going on in my heart right now.

I have a lot I want to share but I have to get it all in order first. One of those things is the topic of forgiveness. I have a lot to say about it and recently I have been challenged to truly back up what I believe. I've been studying, reading, taking notes, praying and really searching it out. In a few days, once I make all my notes make sense together, I hope to start sharing with you what I have learned in my life about forgiveness. It's some good stuff!

In the meantime I'll leave you with a song that has a message I need right now...

Never Let Go by David Crowder Band


When clouds veil sun
And disaster comes
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
When waters rise
And hope takes flight
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul

Chorus:
Ever faithful
Ever true
You I know
You never let go
You never let go
You never let go
You never let go

When clouds brought rain
And disaster came
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
When waters rose
And hope had flown
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul
Oh, my soul

Chorus:

Oh, my soul
Overflows
Oh, what love, oh, what love
Oh, my soul
Fills hope
Perfect love that never lets go

Oh, what love, oh, what love
Oh, what love, oh, what love
In joy and pain
In sun and rain
You're the same
Oh, You never let go

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sunshine... and a lack of it.

This is the five day forecast...
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And the ten day doesn't look any better.

Thankfully we had loads of sun last week! And we got spoiled with outside play time. Now all the kids want to do is go outside to play... but it's cold and rainy. And it doesn't help that we just picked up a wagon and the kids are just dying to get a ride in it.

Anyways... last week we got to go to the park. When there are no leaves on the trees we can see the park from our road. We had noticed not too long ago that they were working on it... lots of tractors and stuff happening. They finally finished and it was finally sunny so we went to check it out.

There was some new stuff and Liza and Jason had a blast... even though most of the new stuff was for younger kids.

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They always love the swings but this time they insisted on using the new kids ones.

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And then we went over to the bridge so they could throw rocks in the water.

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But eventually Liza discovered the field of dandelions and set off to pick as many as she could.
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Of course I had to bring all those "flowers" home and put them in a cup on the table and keep them forever. Good thing I like dandelions!
And hopefully the sun comes out again sometime soon because we like going to the park!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Commit to Memory

Back at the beginning of April I wrote about memorizing scripture. I had been convicted and knew that I needed to start. I knew I could no longer go on with the excuse that I wasn't good at memorizing.

Well... I am here today to say that I am doing alright with that. :) I'm pleased with my progress. I now have seven verses. I don't have them all memorized perfectly but they are there. And I know more than I did seven weeks ago because of it.

I've mostly used the suggested memory verses from my Bible study (Becoming a Woman of Prayer by Cynthia Heald) but there was a week or two where it just didn't seem like the verse was one I needed to memorize at this time... so I picked one from my Bible reading that week that I liked.

Here are my verses I am committing to memory...

Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you. I'll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own. (MSG)

James 1:5-7 If any of you lacks wisdom he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord.

Romans 8:26 The spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 23:1-2 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.

Psalm 116:1-2 I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.


SO... I was convicted and I challenged myself. And I am glad that I did!

Liza got her memory verse down too!

They really do love each other.

Liza and Jason are 17 months apart in age.

Sometimes I have to remind myself that Jason is quite a bit younger. They just seem so much the same.

I love that they are close in age because even though they do fight a lot (what siblings don't!?) and can make a lot of work for me they really do love each other...

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And they are quite lovely little things...

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And I just keep thinking "my babies aren't babies anymore." That's what being done with diapers will do. We are ending one chapter and beginning the next. It's kind of exciting!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Boy stuff

There has been construction going on on the main road that we live off of. We can hear the trucks from our house. Jason is in love with it... so of course we had to go out and watch for a while yesterday. :)

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We also just bought Jason his big boy underwear today!!

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Jason is growing up! He is such a big boy.
 
A week or so ago Sarah asked if I was planning on having more kids. The answer... no. No I am not. I've recently begun to go through some baby stuff and I've been getting rid of the big items. (Anyone in town or my hometown want a crib? Great condition. Few teeth marks. Transitions to toddler bed. Honey color. Free.) It feels good to be giving stuff away to people who can use it. I had so many things given to me and giving is so much fun!

I also said that once I had kids out of diapers that I wouldn't have any more. I just can't see myself going back to that. And well... Jason got his big boy underwear today soooooo. :)

No... I don't plan on having more kids. That said... nothing has been made permanent because I'm only 98% sure about it. That means there could be more kids in the future and I would adjust and love on those babies. But I don't plan to have more. I didn't plan on Liza either though haha.

Yeah. I'm done with babies. Don't wish anymore on me please.

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