Mirrors…Reflecting (upon) God\’s Grace

E S:T!!
March 22, 2008, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Blessed Again!, Marriage, Verse of the Day

“[The Armor of God] Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”- Ephesians 6:10-11

Ephesians 6:10 is the verse for my husband.  It has tremendous meaning for us.  HooYa!

February 29, 2008, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Blessed Again!, My Life

Well, I got over the pink eye in time to get a rip-roarin’ bout of the flu!  Sneezing, chills, sweats, fever, congestion the likes of which I have never experienced, the whole nine yards!

But, the blessing is:  the Babies and my grandparents don’t have a sniffle.  Praise God!  I have prayed that He would keeps the germs away from everyone else.  So far, so good.

You’re Never Gonna Guess What Now…
February 19, 2008, 2:21 am
Filed under: Blessed Again!, My Life

Let’s see… two weeks ago, I had the stomach flu that lasted for 4 days.  Last week, I had the sore throat/congestion/cough that lasted for 3 days, with the cough continuing even now.

Drum roll, please!  Today, I have pink eye!  Pink Eye!  AUGH!!  This is beyond ridiculous at this point.  My grandmother & I just laugh, because it is just funny.  My friend calls me “Cootie Queen”.

Although, I will admit, not going to work is something that I can get used to.  LOL!  I don’t know what is next, but I hope I get over pink eye before it happens.

I’ll keep you posted.

The Wisdom of Children
February 15, 2008, 11:16 pm
Filed under: Family, Marriage, Parenting

Driving home from work today, the Babies were lamenting how they miss Daddy and such.  My son said that we need to find out where Daddy’s new house is, so we can go see him.  My daughter said “Mom, I miss my Dad.”  I said “I do too.  It hurts my heart.”

Then my son, 4 years old, says “Daddy shouldn’t have run away in the first place.”

Ouch!DangItDangItDangIt!Ouch!  That one really hurt.

Where Am I?
February 14, 2008, 3:19 am
Filed under: Blessed Again!, Family, My Life, Random Stuff

A few friends from the online world have been wondering where I have been, since my last post was Christmas Day.

I’ll admit, that is a pretty long time between.  To be quite honest, I have been spending a lot of time reading other blogs (especially Paul Peterson, Prodigal Jon, & Rindy), reading Max Lucado, and I have to tell you, that I surely don’t measure up to what I see.  I have so many questions, comments, thoughts, that if I started writing about them, that is all that I would get done!  🙂

 To add to all of that, we have been fighting a losing battle with the flu for the last two and a half weeks.  My son started with a sore throat.  Two days later, my daughter had the stomach flu.  I got that two more days later, and it hung on for 4 days.  Then my son came down with a really bad case of the cold & flu – high fever, the works.  Now, my daughter & I have the really bad colds – cough, sneezing, runny nose.  Not very much fun.

But, I think that we will be fine.  I am concerned that my grandparents are going to get it.  I would much rather that they stay healthy.  They don’t bounce back like they used to, and it scares me.

So, that is what is going on.  I will say that I am blessed to have friends who wonder where I am.  It is good to know that there are people who notice.

Love to All!

The Good News!
December 25, 2007, 12:58 pm
Filed under: Blessed Again!, Verse of the Day

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”- Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas!

Teachable Momemts……..By God
December 4, 2007, 2:25 am
Filed under: Blessed Again!, Family, Parenting, Revelations

I have wondered how to teach my children about God – in the everyday sort of way, the way that I am learning about Him myself.  Not just the next installment of the “God Performs a Miracle” that I used to get in Sunday School when I was a kid.  Let’s face it – I haven’t seen any giants hit with slingshots, nor seas parted to cross on dry land, so those stories, while they portray the LORD’s majesty & sovereignty, didn’t really sink in for me, up until now.

So, I have thought about it, and pondered how do I use the Bible in real life examples.  And wouldn’t you just know that He provided the perfect lessons, not once, but two days in a row!

Friday morning, my daughter was not well, so I stayed home with the Babies.  As they were waking up, they came into my room, and my daughter looked out the window and saw the sunrise and exclaimed “Mom, look at the colors that Jesus painted!”  You know, that is our little bit routine.  I grabbed my Bible and flipped through the concordance real quick, and gathered them beside me, to show them.  It was beautiful.

Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
       the skies proclaim the work of his hands

I had the opportunity to tell my kids that the wondrous sunrise is a proclamation of God’s work.  Even better – they got it!  It was great.

 Saturday morning, we woke up to a light dusting of snow.  My son looks out the window and is immediately hopping up and down, he is so excited.  He then turns to me and says “Mom, what does God say in the Bible about snow?”

Knock me over with a feather, I was so proud!  My first gut instinct was to use Isaiah 55:10-11:  As the rain and the snow
       come down from heaven,
       and do not return to it
       without watering the earth
       and making it bud and flourish,
       so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
       It will not return to me empty,
       but will accomplish what I desire
       and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

But, then I thought about where in the Book of Job, how Elihu described God’s power, and I like this more:

Job 37:1-7:

1 “At this my heart pounds
       and leaps from its place.

 2 Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice,
       to the rumbling that comes from his mouth.

 3 He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven
       and sends it to the ends of the earth.

 4 After that comes the sound of his roar;
       he thunders with his majestic voice.
       When his voice resounds,
       he holds nothing back.

 5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
       he does great things beyond our understanding.

 6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
       and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

 7 So that all men he has made may know his work,
       he stops every man from his labor.

My kids loved it.  They have learned in Sunday School that God made them, God made everything, and here it is, right in the Bible, that God tells the snow “Fall on the earth.”

Thank You, LORD, for teaching me by allowing me to teach them. 

How to Bring People to Jesus
October 24, 2007, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Blessed Again!, Musings, Thoughts & Quotations

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”.

–Antoine de Saint Exupery

Monday Morning Pick-Me-Up
October 15, 2007, 10:41 am
Filed under: Verse of the Day

“How great you are, O Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.”- 2 Samuel 7:22

Obnoxious for Jesus – The Rest of the Story…
October 2, 2007, 10:31 am
Filed under: Blessed Again!, Church

I wanted to call the mom of the young man who came to help with Angel Food, (read all about him here.) and tell her what a great help he was, and how much we enjoyed having him and such.  I have only ever talked to her on the phone, but she seems really nice.  She was quite pleased that I called to “brag” about her son.

During the conversation, I spoke about him coming to church, and she told me that when he got home, he was all smiles and he said “It sure was nice to be back in the House of the Lord.”

Knock me over with a feather, I am so excited!  Here I am trying to make sure that he gets to meet Jesus, and he already knows Him.  And to make it even sweeter, he said “Mom, wouldn’t you like to go to church?”  I could just burst!

I did extend the invitations for her and the rest of the family to come and give our church a try.  I do hope that they come.  It was a complete joy, talking to her, and building up the Body. 

Dearest Lord, I lift up this family to You.  They are new in town, and might not have very many friends, and surely seem to be looking for a church home.  They don’t have to choose my church, but we surely would love to have them.  Father, I ask for Your Hand of Blessing upon them, that they would hunger and thirst for You, regardless of the place of worship.  Your Awesomeness it too much to behold.  In the Name of Jesus, Amen!