Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Bring JOY to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. Psalm 86:4
We just began a new Bible study this morning in my home
The study is called Lord, Change My Attitude by James MacDonald.
One of my friends told us that at the end of the day she asks each of her children to tell her
"the 5 JOYS of the day."
(maybe this will interrupt their complaining about my "fear factor" menus...)
And so today, I stop, tip head heavenward,
1. waking up healthy
2. first cup of coffee
3. clean water from my tap
4. laughing with friends
What joys has God given you today?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
*UPDATE: the 5th grader is winning! the 5th grader is winning! Go figure.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
lately i've been having a blogging identity crisis
after i re-read this post, i thought to myself...
wow. every party needs a pooper and i'm it
and then i visited a new blog...she was talking about feeling blue in that day's post and her anecdote being God's amazing Word...
but she had a majorly cool dance tune playing
that's more like the real me! i thought
a little bit funky. fun. refreshing. (at least that what's my friends tell me)
chippy paint. scripture. family. shopping. jesus. flowers. good books. great music. poetry. entertaining. prayers. alaska..........
this is you life, are you who you want to be*?
yea, pretty much.
but who am i as a blogger?
who have you decided to be?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
no, not the Rolling Stones
kidney stones (they don't deserve a big font size)
i spent yesterday in bed, not writhing in pain (the usual drill) but uncomfortable
i am so glad we live in an age where I could take these pills
but those stones are little devils. i saved one once. how could anything so small feel like a broken, jagged Chilhuly chandelier traveling through me?
but the bright spot to being down...
...i got to gaze at these all day. my undeserved blessings.
and the two boyish ones couldn't do enough for me. so sweet! chicken noodle soup (without asking for it), checking in on me with the intercom, crawling in bed with me to watch a movie ("you get to choose, mom").
feeling much better today. and grateful for the ugliness of stones in my life
so that i can clearly see and experience the beauty that surrounds me
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have...
"Sell everything you have," undress yourself morally before God of everything that might be a possession until you are a mere conscious human being, and then give God that." (Oswald Chambers)
"Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself?" (Chambers)
yes. it is far easier for me to be devoted to your causes, Lord, than devoted to you. i am so sorry... but i know you know.
my head drops.
i am naked before you.
I am hearing a hard word this morning. The same hard word was drowning out crickets and katydids the other night as I finished a book about a rich man losing his life to finally live. The hard word could be heard above the din of children singing in Alaska and I started dumping. But I am lazy and have filled myself back up with me.
"Empty yourself. Follow me."
"The great solution is the simple one -- "Come to Me." The depth of our reality, intellectually, morally, and spiritually, is tested by these words. In every degree in which we are not real, we will dispute rather than come." (Chambers)
here i am, Jesus.
weak and wounded sinner, lost and left to die. raise your head for love is passing by. come to jesus. come to jesus. come to jesus. and live.*
*come to Jesus, by Chris Rice
Monday, August 17, 2009
"Still Life With Bananagrams"
(bananagrams are the best kid birthday gift ever)
laughter, hugs, eating, drinking, merry-making, stories, candlelight, presents, Ace-of-Cakes copycat cake by Angela, kids playing football/badminton/air guitar, tanned faces, soft music, midnight goodbyes.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
But the roofing? Right up these monkeys' alley. Other than my husband yelling "stay away from the edge" 794 times in 2 days, they had a blast. Our garage roof never looked so handsome. And those hard-working roofers were nice to watch, too.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Have been meeting with some favorite women from church because I signed on to be a part of an incredibly wonderful ministry called "Women of Titus 2". (The picture doesn't do us justice). Older women mentoring younger women. They totally blessed my socks off 2 years ago, so I'm honored to be a little part of passing the blessing on.I started another blog! It's for our friends in Alaska. Even in such a remote area, most people have computers and internet access. So, thinking of Paul and his letters of encouragement to the churches he helped establish, but then had to leave, I decided to start a little blog. We'll see how God might use it. Knowing God, He may have given me the idea to help ME grow closer to Him. Go figure.
I flipped on the tv yesterday while I was rearranging and cleaning (truly, two of my favorite things to do!) and watched a little of Something's Gotta Give. I had forgotten how much I enjoy that movie. And the sets? Divine. This is the beach house living room. Swoon.
Speaking of movies, Mrs. Dunbar ...did you know The Time Traveler's Wife is now a movie?! It will be released on August 15th.
Looking at my schedule and beginning to think about which Bible Study we'll do this fall in my home. I have been feeling so sentimental about my friends lately! I have been reminded this summer of how much I take my deep and abiding friendships for granted. Looking forward to Card Club tonight (we stopped playing cards long ago) with 3 friends I met when our oldest kids started kindergarten (and one friend was their teacher). Our oldest are starting 11th grade in a few weeks.
Found a lovely new blog this morning called Humble Pie and this cool song "Koop Island Blues" was playing. It makes me happy.
Have a delightful weekend everyone. You are loved. (Jeremiah 31:3).