Thursday, June 13, 2013
I'm here, I'm here!
I know that almost all my blog entries start this way, but if you could be inside my brain, you would realize what a feat this is for me. Just for a quick example: While trying to get here, I :
Spent time with God and was informed I needed to pull out my new Bible... not sure what is wrong with the old one, (expect its falling apart, mostly. It is well handled by love, with marked up pages everywhere. It is like an old friend, greeting me every (most) morning, but ok.
Go to the bookshelf and grabbed the new one...whew! those shelves need serious help! The dog is whining at the door
Let him out
made a bottle of green tea
thought about breakfast but decided not to get distracted from my mission, time with God... saw my 6 yr old went back to sleep on the couch, covered him up
.... now the bible... whew.. these books need to be dusted and organized...fooooocus.... grabbed the bible quickly and raced to the couch to meet with God....
Here is what I got: (after reading a bunch of genealogical lines in Genesis... no idea what I am suppose to get from that... sigh... frustrated... flip the pages and landed here)
I am the Lord, this is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to idols,
See, the earlier things have come to pass,
new ones I now foretell;
Before they spring into being,
I announce them to you.
This under the section: Isaiah Chapter 42:8-9 labeled "The Servant of the Lord"
hmmmmmm I like that, "I announce them to you" part..... when I make an announcement to my kids, I try to make sure I have their attention first, otherwise, the message is totally lost....
Am I paying attention to God so I can hear the message He is sending me?
The second part of my readings today came from the introduction by the chapter, "The Revelations to John" (A side note here: I have read most of the Bible but this chapter, I don't think I have ever read. Every time I started it before, it scared me to death and I put it aside. I thought I would try again. being more mature now )
2nd message today from the chapters introduction:
"The Book of Revelation had its origin in a time of crisis, but it remains valid and meaningful for Christians of all times. In the face of apparently insuperable evil, either from within or from without, all Christians are called to trust in Jesus' promise,
"Behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Mt 28, 20)
Those who remain steadfast in their faith and confidence in the risen Lord need to have no fear." pg 1373, New American Bible
Wonderful message of hope.. in the very end, it is a happy ending for those who listen to God's words.
The dog was whining to be let back in , let him in
go back to the book selves (only 2 shelves) to straighten and organize ie "love these books", "need to read those", those "resources", "my extra of my very favorite book looking for a home." As I was doing this, I thought to myself, "If I had a friend that had these books on her shelf, I sure would like this chick!"
Heeeeey waaaaait a minute....
I certainly have gotten away from the person that I was when I bought these books... I think I have changed and maybe not for the better/???? ...who is this person I have become? How is that for a loaded question to myself? ::sigh:: That is why I have been unhappy, I have slightly morphed into some one other than the TRUE me. The-deep- down, below- the -surface, layers- of -living -gunk -piled -on -top, me. The light hearted-free spirited- joyfilled- natural loving, attachment parenting- positive attitude - happy-go-lucky- me. Where is THAT version of me? What happened to her? How did I get I here to this person? More importantly how do I get back to her? Can I, even if I wanted to? hmmmmm Maybe I am having a mid-life crisis (??)
Yes, all this from a trip to the bookshelves!
to my world! So you see why I celebrate every time I post a new blog?
Have a beautiful blessed day!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Good morning all,
Shocker, I am here, right??? I just wanted to pop in as I am gearing up for getting more healthy AGAIN! I have been giving myself a pep talk of, "It's not how many times you fall or stop, but how many times you get up (restart)i...." yida, yida, yida....
So why now?
Well its summer, which means IN THEORY, I should have a bit more time from homeschooling.
Secondly, Isabella aka Bella is 9 months old ALREADY. Here she is.
Thirdly, I need some stress relief!
I have been keeping closer track of the news lately and my blood pressure is probably sky high (don't even get me start!). I know my one of my options is to NOT pay attention, but really, I love my country too much and want my kids to have a wonderful country to live is soooo NOT paying attention isn't really so much of an option. Leaving me to...., I must manage my stress level, between the stress of the news, my kids, and our ever tightening budget ... well.... it sets up a scenario that COULD not be very pretty... so I need to be on a quest of health.. AGAIN... (ever time I state something like that.. the "AGAIN" keeps popping on to the end of it, which I am trying to ignore.)
Also on the agenda this summer, is getting back to longer than five minutes quiet time with God. I have been missing it and my faith and joy have been a bit suffering (see the above paragraph! Hence, why I am here today to share what I have learned or been reminded of)
I, also, have light summer school for my kids (just math, reading and speech therapy for 2 kids), schedule planning for this fall for FOUR children, lesson planning work, exercise and figuring out fun, CHEAP things to do with my kids to make summer special on little to no funds.
Anyway, I guess I had better share what I have learned today and get moving on the day before little ones get up.
I hope to start a new section of my blog called, "Sharing God's handiwork:" There is a verse that states something along the lines of teach the future generations the handiwork of God (sorry I can't find the verse address. If you know it, please share!!!) soooo here is the first one...
Sharing God's handiwork...
We haven't been going to church for awhile now. Kids were sick, then Dh was out of town, then not enough gas, then just got out of the habit, and enjoyed the relaxing Sunday mornings and getting prepped for the new week, so we just got out of the habit.
I have asked my dh a few times when we were going back to be met with grunts or frustrations about how we are the "freak show" because we keep our kids with us in church, all SIX of them, and not in put them in children church... so I was quiet, even though I know God told me it was time to go back... I put it squarely in HIS court, stating, "This is in YOUR hands, God. You have to change my dh's heart about going back to church." Mind you, I have been doing this for a month or so...
Last night, while talking to my dh on the phone, he said he had gotten a call from a sweet lady at church wanting to check to see if we were all okay and to let us know they had been missing us!
Thank you, God!
This weekends agenda: go to church!
He says, Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 NIV
"Is anything too marvelous for the Lord to do?....." Genesis 18:14
wahooo.... Sharing God's handiwork!
As I was getting ready to post this,when I went to flip my Bible closed, it fell open to the verse I was searching for! Here it is....
I will open my mouth in story,
drawing lessons from of old.
We have heard them, we know them;
our ancestors have recited them to us.
We do not keep them from our children;
we recite them to the next generation,
The praiseworthy and might deeds of the Lord,
the wonders that he performed. Psalm 78:2-5
Maybe we should start a trend... of "Sharing God's handiwork..."
Thursday, February 28, 2013
So I got up this morning with my husband as usual....
oh good morning! I'm here! Shocking, I know but this is too good not to share....
So I got up this morning with my husband as usual, 4:50 AM.. (yes that is early!) When dh went off to work and I started a project I have been weeks in the making (homemade training pants for my dd, who thinks pottying in the toilet is only for when she is "in the mood".. oy! Why homemade~ cheaper, cutier, and I have a 2nd dd coming up behind this one. That is how I justify time spent on creating ) Anyway, I am moving along as fast as I can, because I can be interrupted at any giving moment..when the needle on my sewing machine breaks (almost never happens). Frustrated at the delay, I grumble, "Great it's going to be that kinda day!" grumble, grumble, grumble.. and the kids are not even awake yet with their shenanigans to annoy me. Terrific!
Then I am struck with a thought - Julie's first rule of life: PRIORITIZE.
Am I sure that if I get NOTHING else accomplished today, these potty pants are the accomplishment I need to have assigned to this day.
I left my sewing machine on, in the midst of making a seam, plopped in the chair and grabbed my Bible with my usual prayer. God, you know I am ADD (although only self dx'ed), please send me your message before I get distracted! Amen!
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