Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Pastor Paul's message yesterday was great. To sum it up he said, "God simply wants us to Trust Him, Believe Him, Worship Him, Have a Relationship with Him." One thing I appreciate about Pastor Paul is that he makes it simple. I also appreciate how he shares his struggles with us and his victories. One of his quotes is, "Dream Big Dreams, Ask Big Things."
Think about God as "I AM." Our pastor is right; we need that revelation. Exodus 3:14 (God's Word) God answered Moses, "I Am Who I Am. This is what you must say to the people of Israel: 'I Am has sent me to you.'"
"I AM" really needs no explanation. He is!
Here are some points he made yesterday. He paralleled each of these to an event in the Bible.
While taking notes, I personalized it for myself.
(1) Do everything God tells me. - Noah and the ark
(2) The Lord will fight for me. - Moses and the Red Sea
(3) God will provide for me. - Moses and the desert
(4) Don't go without the presence of God. - Moses
(5) Don't be afraid, those who are with me are more than those who are against me. - Elisha and
(6) The Lord is with me. - Gideon and the Midianites
(7) God is able to save me - Fiery Furnace
(8) I serve the Living God; His kingdom will never be destroyed. - Daniel and the lions den
He also talked about "your Goliath" and how a situation can seem insurmountable and words can cause us to fear. On the upside he reminded us that (a) our abilities are not a factor (b) don't fear the size of the problem (c) recognize who the enemy is coming against, and (d) stay faith positive. As usual I have an opportunity to see if I really believe God or if I am going to look at a particular situation and my feelings. Isn't it encouraging how God sometimes gives us the answer before we run head on into something? Now I have a choice: am I going to believe my feelings and emotions and past experience in this situation or am I going to believe God has a way of escape? It's definitely going to be a struggle today to keep focused on the positive, but it is possible because......
You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I really have the Christmas spirit. I've decided it's because I've already started shopping and have several gifts underneath the tree. Seriously though I am so far ahead of myself this year. Usually about the middle of December I realize I need to start thinking about it. Maybe it's because I live life so much differently now that I used to. I used to have to be prepared and plan forever before anything. There's much less stress this way. Or maybe it's just combined into one frantic frenzy instead of spilled out over many days. I prefer it this way.
I have been singing "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas".......and am thinking about Christmas Vacation. I love that movie~! Chevy Chase is great as Clark Griswold. Maybe it's because of family holidays we've experienced that I love this so much. I can just relate to the whole scenario. I hope a squirrel doesn't fly out of our artificial tree and I'm holding my breath that the cat doesn't get inside and get fried underneath a chair. I think the reason I love it so much is because it makes me laugh every time I see it!
We always watch a Christmas movie Thanksgiving night. We only have Miracle on 34th
Street on VHS and last year the sound was really bad. You can't buy it in town or at least the kids couldn't find it. So I've ordered it online and hopefully it will be here soon. We opted for While You Were Sleeping and decided to add it to our list of have to watch movies at Christmas. It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas have to be viewed also.
I've been thinking about making Caramel Popcorn. That sounds pretty good right about now. We had chicken, onion, sweet pepper, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese fajitas for lunch. It's about time for dessert. Guess I'll go pour some popcorn in the hot air popper and go from there. Either way you can't miss with popcorn.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Our family loves Thanksgiving, yet we don't always have the traditional turkey. We prefer brisket, but since a grocery store had buy a spiral ham and get a free turkey we are having turkey tomorrow. (If I ever get it in the oven to cook that is~!) We will probably eat the ham and I'll use the turkey for turkey salad sandwiches. I'll just substitute the turkey for chicken and add lots of mayonnaise and pickles and my family will go for it. Last year I let everyone choose one thing they wanted me to fix and that's what we had for our meal. It doesn't matter whether it goes with anything else or not.
This is our menu for tomorrow along with who wanted what: Donald wants dressing and angel eggs (when our kids were little I called "deviled" eggs angel eggs). I guess he gets to choose two things since he's.......well, Donald. Rebekah wants homemade rolls. Bethany wants, as usual, broccoli casserole. Benjamin wants fresh green beans stir fried with olive oil, garlic, lemon pepper, etc. Daniel couldn't come up with anything that he wanted that hasn't been mentioned so I'm going to make him a chess pie. Hannah wants fruit salad and whipped cream (not cool whip) like my mom makes. We all agreed on mashed potatoes because I'm making egg gravy. I don't call it giblet gravy because I only put boiled eggs in it; not whole mind you, chopped boiled eggs. Since I only have one small oven holidays can be a challenge if I don't think ahead and plan on when to bake what. What do I want? Someone to clean up after we've eaten.
The kids usually watch the Thanksgiving Day parade while I cook. Later will be football for Donald. Then tomorrow night we'll put up the Christmas tree and exclaim over each other's decorations while we listen to Christmas music. After we're finished with the tree we turn off all the lights and ooh and aah a few times. We are always quite smug and satisfied after the tree is up and decorated. Then there's the Christmas movie to watch along with Chex Mix and egg nog or apple cider. Somewhere along the way we'll raid the refrigerator and have leftovers. This is our holiday tradition. It's great~!
I really do need to get busy. I have to go to the store again today, because Walmart was out of white cornbread mix and their bananas were really nice and green yesterday. My planning ahead always means another trip to the store.
We are so blessed. Happy Thanksgiving everyone~!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I have a choice in how I look at things.
Laughter is good medicine.
No matter how long I wait to mop the kitchen floor the day I do something sticky will be spilled.
Don't buy anything that says "hand wash only" because after the second or third time it will go into the washing machine regardless.
Don't be too hard on myself.
My bad attitude affects everyone in the house. On the other hand a good attitude and kindness works wonders.
God REALLY does love me.
It's okay to take some time for myself.
The glass is half full.
Don't take myself too seriously.
God can and does use me.
God speaks to me, too.
It's okay to like myself.
Monday, November 19, 2007
You can have fun on purpose!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands- and then eat just one of the pieces.
-- Judith Viorst
Monday, November 12, 2007
I have finally finished reading "Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado. It is an excellent book; I just got sidetracked from it while painting our bedroom and bathroom. Here a few quotes from this book that I really like.
1. The God who guided David guides you.
2. We all need a nevertheless.
3. Humility doesn't mean you think less of yourself but that you think of yourself less.
4. God examines hearts. When He finds one set on Him, He calls it and claims it.
5. Forgiveness is choosing to see your offender with different eyes.
6. A reverent heart and a dancing foot can belong to the same person. (I really like this one!)
7. What do you do with the "but God" moments in life?
8. See your struggle as God's canvas. On it He will paint His multicolored supremacy.
9. Never give up.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Aristotle Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
George Burns US actor & comedian (1896 - 1996)
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, August 27, 2003
Real Live Preacher, RealLivePreacher.com Weblog, January 4, 2003
Saint Jerome (374 AD - 419 AD), Letter
Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2003
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
How can I get this thing in my mouth???
But why is the dog in the house and I'm out here??
A dog's life. If I can't get on a bed then the tub will have to do. (Wait a minute, that's our tub!)
He really was little once~!
Let's see. Which bed do I prefer??
Once we were strangers, now we are adopted brothers.
"But this one is so tiny!" (Bright with Sarah J.'s kitten.)
He's so cute~!
If you park at our house more than likely you'll have a cat on your car.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord!' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the person who does what my Father in heaven wants. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in your name? Didn't we force out demons and do many miracles by the power and authority of your name?' Then I will tell them publicly, 'I've never known you. Get away from me, you evil people.'
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life."
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Bright having a much needed bath. Now did they remember to clean their tub??
Donald's dragon from Thailand. Doesn't Rebekah find neat gifts?
My kitchen that I redid summer before last.
The corner of our living room suits our computer just fine. Rebekah found this picture at Bed Bath and Beyond and Donald told me to buy it.
My color washed walls that Vicki did for me. The pictures were my Mother's Day gift. They say Faith, Hope, Love with scripture verses. You can see the hall that leads to the back two bedrooms and bath. This addition was what made our house work for our family.
My pretty flowers that Bethany brought me last night. She loves flowers~!
My new comforter from Rebekah and my color washed walls that I did.
This is the only thing I have on my walls. Nothing I had matches. I kept trying to convince Rebekah that "something" would work with my new colors. Nothing does~! These are gifts from Bethany. Our children love to give.
I am so incredibly blessed. I have a wonderful husband, five incredible kids, a dog who adores all of us, a comfortable home, and so much more. But the most incredible thing of all is to be known by God. More on this later.