Friday, November 13, 2009
Well, this week Raising Olives has a giveaway on her blog, as she does each week. This week however, is something I really enjoyed and wanted to share with you. Hop on over to her website RaisingOlives to check out the aprons from Sasha Sews.
When we think about love we tend to think of romance movies or novels, weddings or Valentine's Day. But, do we ever think of the Greatest love ever given to us? God? I will probably bet that He is the last to come to mind when we think about love. However, God's love is perfect and he longs for us to love Him in return. If you have children, think about this; you wake up in the morning and your child comes into your bedroom and smiles and asks if you are ready to play for the day or when you come home from a busy and tiring day of work and you walk into your home and your child is grinning ear to ear and runs at you with arms wide open so happy to see you. That is love. It sure makes me feel great when Bean welcomes me home like this. I truly love those moments. This is the kind of love that our Father in heaven has with us. We are His children and He longs for us to come running at Him with that huge hug.
Francis Chan said in his book, Crazy Love, "The irony is that while God doesn't need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don't really want Him most of the time. He treasures us and anticipates our departure from this earth to be with Him -- and we wonder, indifferently, how much we have to do for Him to get by" Page 61. The thing is, we cannot or will not ever earn our way to Heaven by being a good person or by doing good deeds. We have to truly love our God and know Him as our Saviour and Redeemer. "The greatest good on this earth is God. Period. God's one goal for us is Himself" Page 62. I read this and actually heard Chan preach on it and I can't help but ask myself if I believe that God is the greatest thing that I can experience in the whole world? Being a Christian, my immediate answer should be yes, but also being a sinner I know that my answer is sometimes no. While I know that God's love is the greatest gift and and I am so thankful to know God and to one day be with Him for all eternity, I know that I do struggle with desires that would fulfill my earthly time here. I love my house...it is beautiful and my husband (and Father-In-Law) worked so hard to provide me with it, but I also look forward to the next house. Why do I need a next house? Because the world tells you that you need bigger and better! I should just be thankful for the home my Lord provided me with and if I ever NEED a bigger house...He will provide then too! So, therefore, brings me to another question, am I in love with God or with what He can do for me? I am slowly learning to simply be in love with God. He is the one and the only. The only one I should have a desire for. This life on earth will end, so the kind of clothes I wear or the type of car I drive will never matter when I get to Heaven. What will matter is how I lived my life loving God, talking to others about God and how I spent my time representing God.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
During this second chapter of Crazy Love Francis Chan opened my eyes to the fact that I could be the next person in my family to die. Wow! I mean, you know you are going to die one day. One out of every one person does! But, to actually think "I could die today" can really make a difference on how you view what you do with your time. Chan says, "You could be the next person in your family to die. We have to realize it. We have to believe it enough that it changes how we live. We need to stop living selfish lives, forgetful of our God." Pg. 50-51. I am realizing that I need to regroup how I spend my days off. This actually was my prayer request last night during small group. To find the balance between housework and schooling Bean on my days off. I need to have a better schedule and I need to include on that schedule ways to incorporate God in my (and Bean's and Rock's) daily routine...I need to include it so greatly that it becomes so natural for me. Out of everything in life shouldn't God be the center and most important? I mean 'He is everything'! He created everything and can take everything from us at any moment.
All praise and glory go to Him!
Friday, October 23, 2009
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." Psalm 19:1-4
Chan tells us that God is Holy, God is eternal, God is all-knowing, God is all powerful, and God is fair and just (even when we don't see it). "God never excuses sin. Whenever we start to question whether God really hates sin, we have only to think of the cross, where His Son was tortured, mocked and beaten because of sin. Our sin" Page 34. Think about just how big God is; that is how much God loves us too and He truly cares when we sin - it hurts Him like we hurt our mom's and dad's when we disobey. This chapter and the video both have me thinking about my significance in life. Everything that I do in life is so insignificant when you think about how HUGE God is compared to us. Just how big the sun is compared to the earth, and so forth. It is like almost contradicting of itself, because there are things in life that I can do, like spread the word of God, or invite a friend to church, that are very significant to God, but when you sit back and think about how puny our lives are and that we are but a vapor on God's timeline, that significance is really shrunken down quite a bit! How Humbling!!!
Tell me your thoughts - please. I am interested to see how you view God and how you love Him!
Friday, October 2, 2009
The change starts here...right now! (Help me!)
But seek ye first his kingdom and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given to you as well.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Bean broke his arm the early part of June. We were very blessed that is was a clean break and he only had to wear his cast for 4 weeks. Not too bad and he didn't miss too much of summer since this was one of the coldest ones I can remember. He did not do well with his cast for the first couple of days, but after I told him that only the doctor can take it off, he seemed to stop asking me to and began to accept it and get used to it for that period in life.
Family life is great! Bean is almost three years old. That time has just flown by. He is so loving and amazes me every day. He has learned his first Bible verse, "God's way is perfect" Psalm 18:30. It is so cute to hear him quote it. He is learning how to count, the sounds and names of his letters and how to use scissors. It is amazing how fast kids can learn, but it is also amazing how much we parents need to teach them. The things that we simply do every day, well a three year old needs to be shown how! But, it is a fun learning process! Love this age!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I have started an accountibility for losing weight with some friends and I am so thankful for them because I am really caring about what goes into my body and how much I am eating.
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. 4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
7 Hear my voice when I call, O LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, "Seek his face!" Your face, LORD, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, O God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, O LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence. 13 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
Saturday, January 31, 2009
So, not that I want to ramble on about this, but I continue to be convicted of this and I know that this is an area in which changes are needed. So, please pray that I have the desire even on my most tired mornings.
Bean does like to keep my spirits up, however. I took this last night. He is just too precious. The clip is a couple of minutes long, but he is playing with his cars and then he begins to count them. He is only two and he is counting...I love it!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I know that I will be working on praising God more and complaining a lot less!!!
Here is the poem and tale....ENJOY!
A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump out of the pit with all of their might. The group of frogs kept telling them to stop because they were as good as dead.
Finally, one of the frogs took heed to what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell down and died. The second frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs kept yelling at him to stop the pain and just die. He jumped harder and finally made it out. You see this frog was deaf, unable to hear what the other frogs were saying. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
There is the power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift him up and help him make it through the day. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill him. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words...an encouraging word can go such a long way. May your words be a blessing to someone today.
-- Author Unknown