Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Choice


Clothe yourself with humility toward one another because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

Pride is so sneaky. I was cleaning my bathrooms the other day and I noticed that there was a section of my shower that had been hiding behind a shampoo bottle that was starting to mildew. It’s interesting to think that over time, in hiding, this spot had grown into a digesting problem and one that was going to be much harder to get rid of than if I had kept up with cleaning that area and not let that spot get so gross. 

I see pride much in the same way. It can creep into my life so subtly and if I don’t recognize it and nip it in the bud, the problem grows. The verse above says God opposes the proud, literally meaning "God rages in battle against". This thought is scary to me. I do not want the God of the universe to oppose me, instead I want what the other half of this verse says, His grace in my weakness and humility. 

Everything in my flesh opposes humility. I want to think I’m important; I want to think of myself and what I want constantly. I want to have everything under control and not need help with anything. But, my God is no where in those things. 

When I only think of myself; I am quenching His spirit that lives in me. His spirit allows me to serve and see the needs He wants me to meet for others. His Spirit allows me to see the people around me as more important than me. His Spirit battles my entitlement and allows me to be unassuming. His Spirit helps me to see that I need Him every second of every day; that the control I want is just an illusion and that me controlling things will never make me happy…. I honestly do want to live in the Spirit because if I don’t, I know what is left is a void life of intense selfishness. 

I have the choice. “Clothe" is the very first word in this verse. The definition of this verse means “to tie around you.”  When I see that pride creeping in, when I start to notice that I am focusing too much on me, I can make a conscious choice to instead put on humility. I can chose to stop and pray for someone who has a need to take my mind off of me. I can write out verses about humility and read them over and over again in the day asking God to change my heart and make it more like His. I can plan a time to serve in some capacity asking God to give me His heart of humility in my service. 

I love that my God never leaves me where I am; He is always stretching me, always showing me things about myself that don’t please Him and I know He is always thinking of my good. He wants me to be His hands and feet on this earth and He knows I cannot be those things if I am living in a world of self consumption. I am ever grateful that He never gives up on me.He truly is the "LORD  who longs to be gracious to me, so he can show me his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God." Isaiah 30:18


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nashville


The last part of Fall Break Adam and I had the privelage of taking the girls to Nashville. Abe stayed behind with Marmie so we could focus on the girls. We all loved it so much! It was fun just to have the older girls and to take a break from the responsibility of a baby.

We went to the Opryland hotel and the mall. We are at the Rain Forest Cafe and the Aquarium Restaurant and we saw a movie! I'm so thankful for this quality time we had togethet! Ad wants to go back in Decent when the decorations are up in Nashville; I cannot wait! 

Fall Break


We had an amazing Fall Break! We took trips to the park, the zoo, went to church, jumped on the trampoline, made pancakes, got Abe off of the stairs again and again and again, had a mommy-daughters date night to chipotle, we had a whole lot of "come to Jesus" moments. I had a girls night and the girls had a slumber party and we topped it all off with a cousin slumber party!! 

And then, on Friday, we took the girls to Nashville! :) 

What a great break! Don't get me wrong, there were moments (if you know what I mean) and lots of throw up, lots and lots, but there were wonderful moments and quality time spent and I'm thankful to God for these good times we had over the break from school.


Abraham's 11 Months Old!


My baby boy is 11 months old! He is such a big boy with a big personality. He is trying to say all kinds of things but the most understandable words are outside, banana, mama, dada, and that.

Abe has had a little bit of a rough month with another double ear infection. I'm praying they stay away or we get tubes soon!! Abraham has had two bottom teeth and now four top teeth are poking through the skin. I cannot believe he got four teeth at once. Ouch! 

Abe has basically cut back to one nap after lunch. He still likes to be held most all of the time (or me sitting right beside him.) If I leave a room he's in he screams until I come back. 

Abraham is a picky eater. He only really likes star errors and bananas and my smoothies but will occasionally have other things like carrots and broccoli. 

Abe is such a sweet fun little boy! I'm so thankful God gave him to me! 

Menagerie Farm Field Trip!

Me and my girl had a blast at the farm for her kindergarten field trip! And since its Thankful Tuesday I'll just go ahead and say I'm so thankful I could go with her and that Abe was great! 
We got to pick pumpkins and go on a hay ride. We fed fish and listened to a speal about wild life. It was all a blast! I still cannot believe she's in kindergarten! Time flies! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Annabelle's 6th Birthday Party!





























Annabelle turned 6 on the 27th of September! In some ways I cannot believe she is 6 and in some ways I totally can! Six years ago I became and mom and it rocked my world! I am so thankful for Annabelle and her strong will and independent spirit. We just did a big party at the park with all of Annabelle's cousins and friends! It was pretty low key and she loved it! I'm thankful it was a perfect day for a party and that Annabelle had a blast!

Annabelle,
I pray every day that you will come to know the Lord in a real and personal way and that you would love Him with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength! I know God can do amazing things with that brain of yours! You are so smart and can be so loving and caring. I am incredibly thankful that I get to be your mom! I love you!
Mommy