Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of. ~Charles Spurgeon

Friday, December 31, 2010

Peter Pan

We get net flix streamed through our TV and my daughter Grace has found the Broadway Musical Peter Pan.  She has been watching it over and over and over again.  You should see her little eyes GLUED to the TV.  I've never seen her like this.   She said "mom, it looks so real.  Are they real people?"... "Yes honey those are real people who act on a stage.  We can go to a show like that and see it in person"... "Really!  Can I get on stage and do what they are doing?"... "Well, you would have to learn how to act first and then you could"..."Oh Please mom can I do that!" 

I always knew she had an artistic side to her.  She LOVES music.  Music reaches her.  I've always said, if I could teach this girl life through music she would learn well.  It's hard to get her to concentrate on her school work but if you put a tune to it she listens.  The problem is...I can't carry a tune to save my life!  

I am excited to see what the Lord does with all of this.  It is so fun to see you child's interests come out. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas Story the Facebook Version

Before watching this your gonna have to pause my video below...the John Piper one.  Sorry, it automatically starts.

Just in case you can't view the video...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Life at the Pond

My girls got these DVD's for Christmas and I LOVE THEM!  Each video has a great lesson like... loving thy neighbor, idols, being a good steward and more.  Even though they are children videos I love the fact that they use big words that I use with my children. 

Thanks Mom and Dad, the girls love them!!!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Blogs are great!  Especially the ones that challenge and encourage.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Construction...Electrical, Roof, Demo, Doors and Windows

The past 4 or so weeks have been CRRRAAAAZZZZYYYY!  A good crazy though.  We have done electrical, roofing (done by my amazing stud of a husband and an angel we found on Craigs list), demolition of the existing wall that stood between us and the new room, and installation of our new doors and windows.  Next up...AC unit, dry wall, stucco, and sealing my new concrete flooring and then.....WE MOVE IN!!!  YEA!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Olivia Anastasia (Ann)...Happy 6th


Olivia, I am so grateful for all the blessings of growth God has worked in me through you these past years.  You keep me turning back to the Lord time and time again.  When I look at you I see an amazing girl who loves to learn, has a zeal for life, and a desire to love the Lord.  It is a privilege each and every day to be your mother.   I love you and look forward to the many years of love and learning.

All my love Olivia Ann....Happy 6th

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Sovereignty is so comforting

It makes sense.  He is the Creator of all.  He created us, knit every detail in our mothers womb, created the way our brains would think, what and how things would influence us, what and when things would be revealed to us.  It places a desire in me to pray for wisdom even more.

Father, open my eyes.  Show me where I lack in understanding.  Increase my discernment.  Do not allow me to lean on my own understanding.  I realize I have a responsibility and that is to linger long and deep with You daily.  It is not natural for me to think like You.  And Lord, I pray that Your Word would not just be information to me but a love affair that would change my heart daily.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Ambassadors for Christ

In Church the other day I was reminded of my title in the family of God...An Ambassador for Christ.  It's a reminder Christians need to hear often.  I'm thinking we should have alarm clocks that wake us up saying...Remember, you are an ambassador for Christ today.   I speak for myself when I say this... we get so caught up in our titles weather it be a business owner, manager, employee, husband, father, brother, wife, sister, daughter, name it we all have our God given titles.  We forget these so called titles are vehicles, privileges He gave us so that we could do His good work and bring Him glory.  When we loose sight, our vehicles become vain and we begin to seek honor and glory for what our hands are doing.  Some of us let our titles go to our heads or we abuse our titles.  We desire to be noticed for what we are doing and how great we think we are doing it.   We begin to live under our own understanding and forget it is His yoke we carry and not our own.  "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:30 

Such a privilege that God would see fit that my vehicle (so far) would be a daughter, wife, mother, sister, auntie, and friend.  I can tell when I start to take those vehicles into my own hands, the burden becomes so heavy and  I am no longer content in life. When the burden becomes heavy I  loose sight of His victory and I feel distraught, frustrated, discouraged, prideful, and MY expectations in life fail and leave me feeling hungry sometimes starving.  And if I am hungry most likely the ones around me are hungry since my focus has been on myself and not letting God use me for His purposes.  

I am so grateful for our pastor.  I am grateful for where he causes my mind to go most importantly where my heart goes.  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

An Early New Years Resolution

I mentioned before that I am going through an Isaiah study...Well yesterday while I was at my study the lecturer said something that convicted me.  

God's victories are not partial, they are gloriously complete...yet a lot of us Christians live a partial victory...we walk around feeling depressed, defeated, over-whelmed, or discouraged.  It kind of  makes me think of the over dramatic type of person.

It was convicting for me being a mother and wife.  Often times, in my heart, I feel defeated trying to keep this small house organized, with little room to do it.  Not to mention I am not an organized person!!!!  I too feel discouraged at times raising toddlers.  It requires a lot of repeating, discipline and encouragement and they STILL DON'T GET IT!  Just trying to keep up with life feels overwhelming to me at times 

Funny cause one of my favorite songs is Victory in Jesus.  

Going to try to live more victoriously in Jesus.  It's a good new years resolution, don't you think!

Makes me think of this verse:

These things I have spoken to you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33