Loving family

Today’s devotional from the NLT (New Living Translation) site quoted Romans 12:10

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.

Heart Hug by Morang on flickr

Heart Hug by Morang on flickr

I can’t stand my family sometimes…that’s the honest truth.  There are times when one of them might say something that makes me want to put duct tape over their mouth.  Other times, they’ll do something so outrageously obnoxious that all I can do is look up and pray for divine intervention.  But, regardless of their actions, I love them dearly.  I know that if they weren’t present in my life, it would feel incomplete.

The immediate family is easy to love though.  What about the church family?  That’s a little more difficult – at least for me – and I’m one who seeks the positive and the beauty in everything and everyone!  Don’t get me wrong, there are some that I genuinely adore.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t apply to every one of them.  So, I have to ask myself why my heart is selective.  It’s probably because it remembers the way a person has made me feel in the past.  After all, it has a memory.  There, issues raise up a wall and don’t allow those connections with others to strengthen.  But, is it easy to re-record the memories of the heart so that the negative feelings don’t interfere?  I don’t know, but I am praying for God to work it out.  He’s in the business of construction and renovation and the only one that can knock down walls and renew our strength and spirit.  Thank you, Lord…

Today, my Daysies calendar says:

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Amen!  I guess that’s where I’ll focus – the inner me…

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Shiny Penny

penny shadow - by ladymohan on Flickr

penny shadow - by ladymohan on Flickr

If you have kids, you’ve probably had one of those moments with your little one that just made you want to squeeze her cheeks and give her a big hug when she does or says something really beautiful that brings a warm and fuzzy feeling to your heart?!  I had one of those moments earlier today.

My daughter found a shiny new penny on the ground.  This is the conversation that followed:

HER: “Mama, did you know this penny says, ‘In God We Trust’?”

ME: “Yes, all money says that to remind us that we should trust in Him and not in money.”

HER: “Even the dollar says that.”

ME: “That’s right, God is everywhere.  Even money wants us to remember that it comes and goes, but God is forever.”

HER: “Yeah, and when He gets really old, he just gets young again.”

That just made my heart melt!  Kids aren’t complicated, they just know what they know!  What’s OUR problem?!  We over analyze and always need answers – answers we probably wouldn’t comprehend even if we actually used 100% of our brains!

God’s gentle reminder today could not have come at a better time.  As I’m sure many out there are struggling financially, my family is also getting through some challenging times.  We’re taking it day by day.

Thankfully, I had just enough cash from hubby’s paycheck this week to cover:

  1. the overdue telephone bill (service is restored!!!)
  2. last month’s water bill (this way service goes uninterrupted – we need our daily showers!!!)
  3. get a money order for a very old debt that must be paid or we end up in court
  4. charitable donation to a guy on a street corner
  5. leftover cash for a little bit of gas.

So there’s hope.  When we put our trust in God, He makes everything work out.  Regardless of our circumstances, He comes through.

Today’s Daysie says:

THIS IS MY COMMANDMENT – THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.  John 15:12

AMEN!  I had a funny feeling He would show up in my Daysies calendar too!  That’s definitely a message we should all remember!  =)

Summer break is coming to a close

School’s just around the corner again. Where did this summer go?

When school let out in June, I read somewhere that sometimes kids go through some type of “separation anxiety” during the summer break. I can understand how that can happen with the change in atmosphere and normal day-to-day activities. Thankfully, my kids didn’t experience any of that. I wonder if me staying home with them has anything to do with it. Probably.

We haven’t done a whole lot this summer – it was pretty lazy compared to others. However, we did manage to:

go grape stomping for the very first time…


have a yard sale…

discover and appreciate nature…

redecorate…


organize…

do crafts and spread some joy at the same time…



cook and bake…


and (of course) sleep a lot!

The kids are, however, excited to return to school. One of them has gone as far as getting the school list, gathered items listed (if we already have it) and given me a list of what’s missing! No procrastination allowed here! Again, I’m grateful for that because procrastination was a challenge. It’s very refreshing to know that God is helping me break that off so it doesn’t affect my kids!

I have been preparing as well. This weekend, for example, I put together a shopping list of school supplies after going through all the sales circulars in the Sunday paper. Walmart, Walgreens, Target and Office Depot have deals priced under $1, with most under 50 cents! Stock up time!!! I’m sure I’ll be doing it for weeks after school begins. Hey, God calls us to be good stewards and so we should be. With the economy the way it is, we’re being forced to be much thriftier than ever before. But, we can do it! Creating a list helps – organization in everything brings peace of mind. And I’m looking forward to a much more peaceful existence all the way around.

Today’s Daysie says:

“It is not so much the power of God but the love of God that conquers in the end”

Thank you God! John 3:16

Books, Camping, Buttons

What do these things have in common? Not a whole lot by themselves. But, they’re things that are happening in my life today.

BOOKS:

  1. I have several to return to the library today.
  2. I started reading the book “Five Love Languages” by Dr. Gary Chapman with my Friday night bible study group.
  3. I continue to read the Bible daily.
  4. I WON A BOOK!!! The ‘Christian Work At Home Moms’ site had a contest a couple of weeks ago and the winner or winners (I can’t recall if it was one or many that could win) would get the book titled: Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture” by Mary DeMuth. I don’t typically win anything I enter, so I’m excited about this!

CAMPING:

  1. My boys went camping this week!
  2. For most of the week, our home will be boyless. Well, there’s the BIG boy, but you know what I mean! 🙂 Dad and I cannot wait to see them come home and hear about all the things they learned and experienced!!!

BUTTONS:

  1. I love to create and so I love crafts! When I received my newsletter from ‘Clean Home Journal’ and saw ‘Button Boy’, I had to share! It looks like a very simple project!
  2. Click HERE* for instructions on how to create him.

* 05.05.08:  Oh, oh!  I just realized this link is no longer active – sorry!  I’ll attempt to find that little ‘Button Boy’ wherever he’s hiding and post again.  Thanks for your patience!

* 08.29.09: I found Button Boy! But, he’s become a man! LOL  Check him out below, and click on his photo to view instructions on how to make him.

 

Button Man

Button Man

 

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday Thirteen is supposed to be thirteen things about me, but because this is my “first 13”, I would like to share with you (not in any particular order)…

THIRTEEN THINGS THAT I LOVE THE MOST

1. New York Style cheesecake
2. Bible study
3. Crafts
4. Breakfast in bed (especially when made by my kids)
5. Taking pictures
6. Fonts (Check out www.abstractfonts.com
for FREE ones!)
7. Chinese food
8. Learning
9. When my daughter tells me she loves me all the way to God
10. Organizing
11. Flowers (more so when my honey brings them home)
12. Girlfriend time
13. Lists (of course!)

Here are links to other Thursday Thirteens…enjoy!
1. missprofe’s blog: “It’s A Hardknock Teacher’s Life”
2. One of the Two Happy Moms’ blog: “InsParenting.com”
3. Imma (Alice’s) blog: “I Was Born2Cree8”
4. amy’s blog: “Amy’s Random Thoughts”
5. Midas’ blog: “Mother, Wife, Etcetera, Etc…”
6. Angela Giles Klocke’s blog: “creative…with purpose”
7. elusivek’s blog: “Escapades of the Elusive Kat”
8. (leave your link in the comments and I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!
The purpose is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday.

Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! It’s easy, and fun!

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