Sunday, October 30, 2011

Psalm 91

1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

2I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

3For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

5You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

6Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

7A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

8Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

9Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,(A)

10There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

11For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

12They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

14Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness--trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

15He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.


God is still God and it is this most dependable, reliable, truthful, and just God that I serve.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Pictures

















I have started saying that when they are both in a picture that this is success. Well, this photo shoot was kind of a bust but if they were sitting perfectly smiling that would soooooo not be real life! :)


It is amazing to see how much they have changed since last year!!


Happy Fall ya'll!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Race of Life and Motherhood/ Thankful Tuesday

 Life is a race. I think we would all agree. One second you are in a peaceful state when the next moment a huge storm comes, then middle ground, back to peace and the cycle continues. I guess lately, I have realized that motherhood is much the same way. The peaceful moments (at least for me) sometimes are few and far between. Some days are good but most bring about pretty difficult challenges and tests in my patience and endurance in life.


The Lord keeps bringing this scripture to mind, 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly...."

The last sentence commands us in these verses not to run aimlessly. I think the Lord has been trying to teach me since I moved to Ohio that life is full of a lot more surprises than I thought it was. Storms are going to happen in life in general and in motherhood. In fact, for me sometimes, storms are way more common than peace, and so I have to learn how to depend on the Lord and learn from what He wants to teach me from storms. If I whine through them or just make it through them without trusting Him, the storm has not taught me anything and I have not pleased God.(Hebrews 11:6) My goal on this earth is to be sanctified by Him through and through. (1 Thes 5:23) so how do I do that?

Well, first I think it comes from being in His word. A scripture He brought to light last week is in James 1. It is says "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." "Perseverance" or in some versions "patience" in the greek means steadfastness, constancy, endurance, in the New Testament it is the characteristic of a person who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty, faith and piety in even the greatest trials.

I know storms are going to come in life and in motherhood. May I be a woman who doesn't expect peace but is aware that God is in the business of proving my faith genuine (1 Peter 1) and giving me the perseverance I need to finish this race (James 1) so that He can complete His good work in me. (Phil 1:6)


After reading over that, it sounds depressing! ha! I have so much joy in life and today is Thankful Tuesday so let me turn a corner and talk about Thankfulness!



My baby doll looked so cute today as she went to school. I can't wait to get Adelyn in her shirt too so I can take some pictures of the both of them by the pumpkins! :) Hopefully, I will do that today! Also, I need to complete Adelyn's 22 month post. I think I am avoiding it a bit because I don't want her to be so old but I am so thankful and honestly couldn't say or type it enough that for the most part she is such a happy child when we went through such hard times with her for so long! God is good!

I am still so sick. I don't know why I just can't kick this stuff and Adelyn has it too but despite all of that we had a great time for just a bit getting some fresh air yesterday at the park. I am so thankful that just for a little while being outside made everyone feel better and that Annabelle has not gotten what Adelyn and I have which means she is still able to go to school! Please pray for us if you are reading this. We need to get better.

On this Thankful Tuesday I just have to take the chance to thank God for His continual goodness to me. I just finished the most amazing book I borrowed from a friend. God really used it to teach me so much and I pray that it sticks!!

That's all for now. I know I have been random today. If you made it to the end of this post,
"May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace."
Numbers 6:22-27ish

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sweet Annabelle 's Ballet










Beautiful Annabelle and her precious love for ballet. Love her to death.

Patience

Love is patient.

Seems pretty self explanatory right? Well, when thinking of Love being a gut reaction and patience and kindness being the definition of love, I have to conclude that my gut reaction must be patience and kindness as well if I am going to love as I am commanded to, or in other words, if I am going to "walk as he walked." (1 John 2:6)

Patience in the greek goes far beyond getting angry on the inside but controlling oneself enough not to explode on the outside. I am instantly and momentously reminded that NOTHING good comes from me. These things, love and patience must flow from the Father into my life and then out to others for me to even have a chance of truly displaying these characteristics. Because you see, there really is also a way to "fake" these things. There is a way to muster these things up on our own, in a way in which people can believe we are really loving. But again, nothing that we are "faking" even matters in our spiritual journey because God only cares about the condition of our heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

And so on with patience, patience as defined in the original language is: not losing heart, bravely enduring misfortunes and troubles, being patient in bearing offenses and injuries, long suffering, slow to anger, and slow to punish. When I see patience for what it really is, I am again instantly drawn to Christ, realizing that nothing in my flesh is patient. I need Him to work through me, not for the fake stuff but for the genuine gut reaction patience that I desperately need for my family, friends, and again even my enemies.

I think the part of the definition that "gets me" the most is "being patient in bearing offenses and injuries." This means when someone hurts me in whatever way, I am to bear patiently what has happened to me, even if I don't get an apology, even if the other person doesn't even care. Do you see why I say these things must come from Christ alone?!

And kindness. Well, that one will have to wait. Until then, I pray that I can abide (John 15) in the Father to have the hopes of receiving His patience that I may pass on to others around me. By His grace alone (1 Corinthians 15:10)....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Adelyn's Prayer

video


So Adelyn has picked up on how to pray. It is adorable to say the least and Adam is reading a coupon magazine. Priceless!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Christmas Card Fun 2011!

I received an e-mail from Shutterfly that they were offering another promotion for 50 free Christmas cards to the bloggers that registered and blogged about Shutterfly.
 I was so excited because honestly I didn't know if I was going to send out any cards this year but if I can get them for free...why not?! Right?! Plus, I have used Shutterfly on several occasions including my card from last year. I love their matte option, their thick card stock material and I know Shutterfly is dependable because I always receive my products in a timely manner.
The cards I am displaying on this post are some of my favorites from this year. They have really come up with  some great cards this year!

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Now, I know it's a little early for Christmas cards in some people's opinions but you know, the least amount of things I have to do closer to Christmas, the better, so I'm all about ordering my cards early if only I can figure out which one I want with which pictures. :)

Also, I said this last year but just had to post it again...Christmas is really about Christ and how He came as a little baby to be the Savior of the world. Yes, Christmas presents and cards are so fun but I need to tell myself not to forget the true reason for Christmas. :)
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Love

Love.

The more I feel like I know Christ, the more I realize how desperately wicked my heart really is. (Jer 17:9) I can say that I love, but honestly, when I study the original language on 1 Corinthians 13 about love I realize how far away I am from loving the way I should, and in return it shows me my need for dependency on the one who really does know and give love without reserve.

I want to dissect the verses in 1 Corinthians 13 but I can't start without first looking at the word LOVE. I felt like I knew what Love meant. If you grew up in church you know that our word love is divided into many different words with different meanings in the original language including epithumia, eros, storge, phileo, and agape' and my mind starts to go , "blah, blah, blah." Wrong attitude, I know, but you know your like me, when you have heard something over and over again it just doesn't have the same pazaz, not that is the right attitude, but it is true.

I prayed this morning as I was having a hard time loving, I prayed, God change my outlook on this word love. Help me to love, and boy did He change my outlook. In the love chapter, Paul writes about agape love. In Greek, agape means so much more than I ever knew and so much of what I have been praying for myself. I feel like that happens a lot where I get an inkling to pray for something and then find it in the bible! Anyway, agape' is brotherly love, affection, goodwill, benevolence. Well, being the scholar I am, (ha!) I wasn't sure on the definition of benevolence so I looked at the definition from Webster and it is disposition to do good. I then searched for the definition of disposition and found that it is the inclination or tendency, the inherent qualities of the mind or character. Wow! This is what I want for my life! I want for my inclination, my first gut reaction, and the ingrained qualities of my mind and character to love. to love my husband, my children, my friends, my church, and my enemies.

 I can't continue this now because I have other responsibilities in life :) but I want to finish writing this out sometime because you see, this is only the beginning. To know I need to love and that it needs to be my gut reaction is one thing, but what about the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians explaining exactly what love is......

In the meantime,  I am asking God to search my heart, test me, see if there is any anxious way in me and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23) I am asking that He show me and forgive my hidden faults (Psalm 19:12) and teach me how to love as He does. (John 15:13) May Christ be in the forefront of my mind today! (Colossians 3:1-4)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thankful Tuesday





Well it's Thankful Tuesday and a bout of sickness has hit our house! Today me and the girls all had fever at different times if the day! :( But the ironic thing was


I woke up so thankful that I get to stay at home with the girls and that we could just chill all day! Annabelle went to school and was fine
but when she came home she said she was really cold and then I knew, she prob had fever too! Let me just insert an "I am thankful again for preschool!" It has been a huge blessing!


Despite all my being lazy, I managed to make the girls some Halloween shirts. I just love doing crafts as silly as it may sound and it makes me extra happy to do them for the girls. It's just a simple pleasure of mine and again, I'm thankful that I get to stay at home so I can do these kinds of things.


We ate chili tonight. Mine was suburb! I am thankful for a yummy, filling, somewhat healthy, fall dinner with my family! It's so special for me when we all get to eat together at the table. I just love it!



I know it may sound cheesy or whatever but I am so thankful for God's word!! I found this pic of part of ps 91 and I looove it! Ps 91 is so dear to me right now!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Apple Chips






Y'all, you know I'm not good with recipes but with these ingredients: apples, cinnamon, butter (just for the apples not to stick to the pan), and sugar (optional) you can make healthy and easy snacks for you and the kiddos. I've made them with and without the sugar and can barely taste a difference.








Spread thinly sliced apples on a buttered pan and sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top, flip apples and do the same.








Bake at 200 degrees for two hours or until the apples are to your liking crunchy-wise. :)

(I borrowed the last pic off of pinterest because it was much prettier than mine :) )

This is an Annabelle and Adelyn approved snack!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Annabelle & Adam Date Night







Adam and Annabelle decided they were going on a date tonight to see the Smurfs movie at the dollar theatre. Annabelle said she wanted to wear a dress like mommy. (She thought this was a purple dress.) She was hilarious in her outfit with her coat on upside down. By the way, it's freezing here but she insisted on wearing this and we just gave in! Don't be fooled by Adams t-shirt below, he wears t-shirts all year round and after this pic put on his northface.)






Annabelle was soooo excited to be able to go on a "gate" with daddy. Adam said she did great and sat through the whole movie! It was 3d! He said she sat on his lap part of the time and then by herself the other part. He had a coupon for free popcorn so he said that was fun! Annabelle came home feeling so special! I could tell! I'm so thankful for a husband who wants to date the girls! Love them and so glad they had fun!!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Overwhelming Joy

Everyone to whom God has given wealth, and possessions, and the power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil-this is the gift of God. For he will not so much as remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart." ecc 5:19



"Blessings like children, are not weightless. But if you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil, God will give you the kind of overwhelming joy that cannot remember the details.


Motherhood is hard work. It is repetitive and sometimes menial. Accept it. Rejoice in it. It is your toil. Right here. These are their faces. Enjoy them. The days of life are supposed to be filled with things like this. Joy is not giddy.


It's is not an emotional rush-it just happens when you accept your lot and rejoice in your toil. So rejoice in your children. Look them in the eyes and give thanks. You will not even remember the work of all of this planting when the harvest of joy overwhelms you!"
-Rachel Jankovic



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Thankful Tuesday/ Annabelle's First Field Trip

Today we had the chance to go on a field trip with Annabelle's preschool to Leed's farm pumpkin patch.

 I am very thankful that Adam could come with us today. It wouldn't have been the same without him for sure!

 I am thankful that Annabelle had such a great time and enjoyed all the special attention she got while Adelyn was not there!

 I am thankful that she tried new things that I never thought she would do like sliding by herself

 and zip lining. I totally had her pegged that she would be way too scared and I was so wrong. She had a blast!

 She asked to do the swing over and over and over again!


 I am super duper thankful that it was sooooo wonderful outside today! It was simply perfect!

 I am so thankful that God gave me this sweet little girl who I get to do these kinds of things with! What an amazing blessing!

 I am thankful that she has a little friend in her class that she enjoys a lot, Luke!

I am especially thankful today for the year the Lord has brought me through and the many blessings and things he has taught me. He is so good.

Lamentations 3:22-33
22 It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender]                                                    compassions fail not.
    23They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.
    24The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.
    25The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word].
    26It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation (the safety and ease) of the Lord.
    27It is good for a man that he should bear the yoke [of divine disciplinary dealings] in his youth.
    28Let him sit alone uncomplaining and keeping silent [in hope], because [God] has laid [the yoke] upon him [for his benefit].
    29Let him put his mouth in the dust [in abject recognition of his unworthiness]--there may yet be hope.
    30Let him give his cheek to the One Who smites him [even through His human agents]; let him be filled [full] with [men's] reproach [in meekness].
    31For the Lord will not cast off forever!
    32But though He causes grief, yet will He be moved to compassion according to the multitude of His loving-kindness and tender mercy.
    33For He does not willingly and from His heart afflict or grieve the children of men.