Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tomorrow at 3:00 we will host 14 little daughters of the King. We will dress-up, have tea & cake, dance, make jewelry, color and play games. I am so excited!!
“Where I am today the Lord is molding me for his purpose and his glory, so don’t misinterpret the molding hand of God as misfortune, rather see the events of today as a refining process, a blessing, and an answer to prayer.” ~my best friend, Lizzie
"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Thanks for the prayers, friends. We are thankful for the meal that was brought tonight, our neighbors, and Mimi for holding down the fort here at home. God graciously gave us a warm, sunny day today. Not one drop of rain fell on our house! The company that was coming to dry up the basement is running behind due to flooded roads and such. So we decided this afternoon to rip up the carpet ourselves. Then we took our shop vac and slurped up all the water. Bucket after bucket. We were going to take 20 minute shifts...the boys, me, and Andy. But once I got down there I couldn't give up the job.
It was so gratifying to see the mess slowly gone. And I had time to spend with Jesus, singing every hymn I know (especially enjoying "Great is Thy Faithfulness"). I prayed, "Give me trust. Give me hope. Give me the joy of my salvation." And he is working against the sin that entangles me and slowly giving me a softened heart, His heart. I found myself wondering, like Peter, who else would I love? Where else would I go, but to Jesus my Savior? I am thankful to remember where my treasure is, no matter what the cost. I am thankful to have a loving God whom I can trust.
Monday, September 21, 2009
My daughter turned 3 today. She was all decked out in a pink dress with a big chocolate cupcake in the center. She sang happy birthday to her self all day. She was such a little bubble of delight. She had a good day. We shielded her from understanding our own frustrations. But I will wait until sunnier days to post about her day. We are tired and feel defeated. Just last night Andy and I talked late into the night about the deep joy he is finding in sharing in the suffering of Christ with a certain area of his life. And already tonight, I can not find that joy that was so fresh and real just 24 hours ago! Time for prayer, His Word (clinging to the fact that it "doesn't return void"), and rest. Praying for sunshine tomorrow.
Below are the words that gave us so much hope last night (typed in pink for hope). I am praying it will take root tonight in this weary soul.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This banner was fun to make. I used all scraps and did not invest a penny! It will go on our front door for the party. Sort of a "Welcome to our castle!" kind of decoration. I put the "W" on with sticky felt and plan to change it to an "L" later and put the banner in Lydie's room. It didn't take that long to make, but still. Besides, pink still thrills my soul. I had so little of it for so long. I agree with Audrey Hepburn,
"I believe in pink."
And there will be plenty to go around this Saturday at our house!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Picture study of Etruscan art
And some good books, too!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
We recruited the children to pitch in. We only have one child who really embraces sweat and hard work. It's more difficult for the other two. But we encouraged one another and made it to the end. There was a little bickering, but we made it. My parents were always very, very aware of the importance of hard work. Through projects like these, my Dad's upbringing in the country with hard manual labor, and my experience with dancing I learned to push through pain. It's nothing I taught myself, but something that was encouraged and took root, by God's grace.
So we will keep dragging the kids out to join us on these projects, hoping that as they push themselves to do these little tasks they will reap the benefits of being adults that don't quit at the first sign of defeat. And more than that, we hope that they will physically be able to push beyond what they think they can do to accomplish what God calls them to do (and enables them to do). His work takes wisdom and patience first, but also physical strength and determination. And even in these little bodies, I can see glimpses of two men and a lady that are being formed with each passing day! May they use every moment, with all their strength (as well as hearts and minds) to purposefully serve the Lord.
"It is always too soon to quit." ~V. Raymond Edman
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” ~Hebrews 12:1
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Jaybird (age 9): (During family prayers) "God, I just pray that my Great Granddad is doing well in heaven. I know he must be happy. I pray that you took away his brain cancer. I pray you gave him a boat in heaven cause he was in the navy and loved to fish."
Lydie (age 2): (Randomly all day long) "God loves me and takes me care of." And her prayer request tonight : "That Alabama loves Jesus."
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
The giggles and newfound adventures that I heard from my bedroom were worth the mess. Toot taught Lydie about sinking and floating, among other things. Lydie gave Toot a good lesson in patience, as she was not in a sharing mood (see picture above). But eventually, big brother Jaybird came in and set them both straight.
It's really the little things, isn't it? (Meanwhile, four new, unopened birthday presents for the boys are collecting dust in the play room. I guess when they run out of mud and water they will get to the new toys. Winter, maybe?)l
Monday, September 07, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Honestly, it's the most lovely list I've ever read. It's Jesus' love letters to me and to anyone else who knows Him as Savior. Just reading the words fills me with humility and gratitude beyond measure. What an undeserved phenomenal thing to be loved by Jesus! My childhood friend Tiffany wrote a beautiful post on the same topic. She discovered and shared so many beautiful images from just one Psalm. I used many of her words, among others. And I was also very inspired by my best friend's testimony that she shared at our Women's Ministry brunch last week. She spoke of three gifts that she received before birth (believing she was predestined to be His): innocence, righteousness, and intimacy. Those are words that I didn't even include on the collage! There are too many to fit on the canvas, praise God!!
The best thing about the collage is that there was really only one place for it- the door that leads to the basement. We go through this door every time we begin or finish school. But this door also is in plain view from my bedroom (I can sit on my bed and see most of the words). It is in the hallway that we all travel when we enter and exit the house. And, it is in a spot that can be seen from the kitchen. These are the rooms that I frequent most. I am so excited to have the words as reminders all throughout the day!! I look forward to noting how this little collage has a big impact on me by reminding of the gifts of my salvation secured through the work of Christ. (And the robin's egg blue is definitely a picker-upper, as well. I've had dreams of blue for months.)
I think I will call this little piece of artwork "Basking". It makes me very happy! More than happy, it makes me grateful, rich, alive...the list goes on and on! I hope to be less likely to forget these gifts! And more than that, I hope to be even more often drawn to prayer and moved to live a life with and through Him that is worshipful, purposeful and obedient.