Monday, January 31, 2011

twenty-five

Two very special people have a birthday today! Both of them are celebrating the 25 milestone...both of them being my beautiful sisters! One of them had to share a room with me most of her childhood years, the other has to share a last name with me for the rest of her life! They both are equally a blessing to me, just brought into my life at different times! ;)


To have a sister be your best friend is wonderful in so many ways! (see reasons here...;))
To be separated by thousands of miles is painful for so many reasons! God knew I had a void, and provided a sister-friend to bless my life in so many other wonderful ways!

I had the joy of throwing one of you a party to celebrate, but in my heart it was for both of you!



Wishing you both a blessed and joy-filled birthday! Thankyou for being your wonderful selves!!





Sunday, January 30, 2011

lessons


I'm always amazed at the workings of the Holy Spirit! I think having children, and parenting is sometimes more about what "HE" has for us to learn, rather than what we have to teach our offspring! We deal with a very frustrated toddler sometimes, as his nature is not typically laid back or easy going! ;) The amount of times he tries without succeeding is about 1 and a half before an eruption of emotion! Maybe this is an age stage or maybe this is a character trait of his little personality, but I find myself intervening these little incidents to try and teach him how to deal with them in a less violent way! It was during one of these interventions that I was encouraging him to calmly ask mommy or daddy for "help" with whatever he is doing instead of dissolving into shrieking, teary eyed, hysterics, because at that point we cant understand him enough to know what the issue at hand is! I went on to tell him that if he asked for help, we would gladly assisst him, and he would spare himself lots of frustration, grief and broken toys!
As i walked away from this encounter I began to think how much this very lesson applied to me!! I so often wait until I'm beyond frustrated and wallowing in a mess of emotion before I ask for God's help in dealing with some of the simplist situations. HE promises us that if we ask...we will recieve! Furthermore, we would probably spare ourselves the frustration, and the worrying, and the fretting, and the unkind words...if we'd simply ask for HIS help first! I know this is such a simply principal, but for whatever reason, it just seemed to be a gentle reminder to me, as I heard the words coming out of my own mouth...it was as though i was hearing them being said to me at the same time! Blessings to each of you, as you contiue to LEAN on HIM more daily!

Friday, January 21, 2011

organizing the ordinary

This week i realized how suddenly things have slowed to the "post-holiday" pace! It's lovely, in all it's foggy-winter day-fuzzy socks, kind of way! It's the ordinary kind of days that allow you to feel like you have a little extra time, and find you wondering what drawer, closet or cabinet can you drag out and re-organize?

The whole laundry room fell prey to my enthusiasm...but the ribbon drawer is the only one I documented! After all, it's probably much more glamorous to photograph than the light bulbs, and paper towel rolls!


yes, what started as a tangled up ball of a mess, from 5 years of collecting various sizes and colors of ribbon....became this glorious, pin-tucked, neatly wound boards of beauty!


not to be outdone by their sisters...the spools, all sitting in their tightly fastened ends, all straight in a row! ( i just realized how much better they would look all color coordinated...gasp...i may need to revisit this drawer!)


Well, that said....my sweeties are sleeping, the tea pot is whistling, and I've still got the scrap fabric drawer awaiting it's transformation! This one may be another photo-credited blog opportunity!



Speaking of sweeties, I'd get a whole lot more organizing done if I wasn't constantly interupted...but when there's pudgy cheeks to kiss, delightful squeals, and little innocent pleas to "help"....who really cares whats behind the closed doors?! ;)


(he's awaiting the sound of the "done" buzzer, so he can help fold the clean clothes....AND of course, put on his favorite pair of pajamas, all warm and snuggly!)



Friday, January 14, 2011

Four months and a Devotion.


Sweet baby C is four months today...and i find myself tug-a-warring between feeling like it's been 2 month or 6 months! He is such a joy, and has been a blessing by way of being an easy-going baby!
Easy going or not, most days have their challenges! I continually find myself crawling back to God, begging for more grace as a mother of two! In those moments, I remind myself that it's right where HE wants me! When I feel completely inadequate, and look at the mess around me that I've created...HE re-assures me! It's only when we've emptied ourselves of whatever effort we think we have, and hold our our hand in asking to be filled with HIM! And then our "cup runneth over"...
(But that's not the devotion that I had intended to write about...Here's what inspired me this morning! Taken from adisciplesnotebook.com)

“Oh God, be Thou exalted over my possessions. Nothing of earth’s treasures shall seem dear unto me if only Thou are glorified in my life. Be Thou exalted over my friendships. I am determined that Thou shalt be above all, though I must stand deserted and alone in the midst of the earth. Be Thou exalted above my comforts. Though it mean the loss of bodily comforts and the carrying of heavy crosses I shall keep my vow made this day before Thee. Be Thou exalted over my reputation. Make my ambitions to please Thee even if as a result I must sink into obscurity and my name be forgotten as a dream. Rise, O Lord, into Thy proper place of honor, above my ambitions, above my likes and dislikes, above my family, my health and even my life itself. Let me decrease that Thou mayest increase, let me sink that Thou mayest rise above. Ride forth upon me as Thou didst ride into Jerusalem mounted upon the humble little beast, a colt, the fold of an ass, and let me hear the children cry to Thee, ‘Hosanna in the highest.’”

A. W. Tozer

(one word: HUMBLING...that's all i have to say)

Monday, January 10, 2011

benefits of 2

If one is better than none, then TWO is better than one...right? ;) Well today I heartily agreed! No. 1 sits happily in his room playing with his new Legos....



And No. 2 sits happily watching! I had to smile to myself, as for the first time they chattered back and forth, sweetly enjoying each others company! No. 2 was fixated on the objects and actions that No. 1 busied himself with, and No. 1 seemed content to have No.2 keeping him company as he played! Who doest love a captive audience?


This created much joy in mama to watch her two boys play so pleasantly! Granted, No. 2 isn't much of a threat to No. 1 yet, so I know you say "enjoy-it-while-it-last". And I will...because i know all too soon the squabbling will begin...and there will be lessons to be taught, and lessons to learn!

But...today, I will soak up the sweetness of TWO!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Resolve in 2011



Happy New Year” is what we all excitedly wished each other as we began this week…but, at a little stone church, beside the crashing waves of the pacific ocean along the coast of Hawaii…we we’re given this challenge:

None of us are promised a “happy”, crisis free, year! Actually, all of us will deal with some type of crisis or another! In fact, God allows these crises for a purpose! As we encounter them, it is an opportunity for us to live out our faith and see the miraculous power of God displayed!






So, we each should resolve to:

1. Seize the Opportunity of Obstacles.



As the Children of Israel stood facing the Red Sea, with the Egyptian army behind them, they exercised their faith and witnessed God’s mighty hand work right before their eyes! What a challenge for us, as we face our obstacles, to have the faith and believe that He will show us favor and display His power! (Exodus 14)




2. Seize the Opportunity in Scarcity.



Jesus fed the multitude with just five loaves of bread and two fish! He look a situation where there simply wasn’t enough, and performed a miracle! (Matthew 14 ) Whenever we find ourselves in a position that seems like we don’t have enough _______ (fill in the blank….money, will power, etc…) it allows us to use our faith and depend on the grace of God to provide!









3. Seize Opportunity in Uncertainty or Opposition.



When Moses sent men into the Land of Canaan to spy out the land and it’s people! The report came back that the land “flowed with milk and honey” but the inhabitants were giants! How could the Israelite army go up against these great men and conquer them!? They wondered why the Lord had brought them out of Egypt all this way, just to die by the sword of these giants! (Numbers 13)


Sometimes we feel like it’s not “the will of God” when we are faced with uncertainty (giants) or opposition in our lives, but “the will of God” doesn’t always mean things are going to be easy in our relationships, work, church, etc…! Satan uses these devices to hinder us from doing the right thing! Don’t give up when things start getting uncomfortable!




2011 is going to be full of opportunity for the favor of God to flow as we exercise our faith!


Get the whole message here!



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Twas the "day" of Christmas...

Twas the morning of Christmas and here in our nest,
all the creatures were stirring, as not a time for rest...

The gifts were all wrapped and tied up with great care...


The baked goods sat waiting, for all who would dare...

The families, they gathered from far...
and from near, anticipating a time, assured to be dear....
The children were nestled all snug on the couch,
awaiting for Grandma to give the "go" shout...
And then in a twinkling the gifts were in sight....
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!






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