Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
"A Father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be."~Author unknown
"Thank God for the iron in the blood of our fathers." ~Teddy Roosevelt
"It is a wise father that knows his own child." ~William Shakespeare
Thank you Andy, Papa, and Poppy for caring and loving us so well! You are each AMAZING fathers! Happy Father's Day! Thanks for traveling over here to spend the weekend with us!
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
"Here is what I've started thinking: All the wonder of God happens right above our arithmetic and formula. The more I climb outside my pat answers, the more invigorating the view, the more my heart enters into worship."
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Andy has felt a little helpless as he has watched me struggle. I know it must be hard for him. It's always hard to watch someone find peace with God, knowing that you can't do a thing but pray and wait. Sunday night he told me again, to let him know if he could help. Some time in the middle of the night I tapped him and asked if he was still awake. Not sure if he would remember the next morning, I told him I figured out what he could do.
Yesterday he took a sick day off of work at my request. I asked him to give me the majority of the day to catch up on all the things that I have neglected lately. And while I was gone, I requested for him to pray for me and write down all the verses he could find on fear.
It was a healing exercise for both of us. The thing is, God never promises us comfort in this world. He never says that a big library, fun kid programs, nice parks, or plentiful restaurants are symbols that our children will grow up well-rounded and educated. He never says that suburbia equals safety. I am realizing that the "American dream" has become an idol in my heart. Somewhere deep down in my mind, below the surface where our secrets lie, I have equated programs and places with happiness. I have put comfort and ease ahead of service and love.
What I rediscovered in our quest to tame my fear yesterday is that following God is scary. What I mean is, faith almost always requires boldness and action. I couldn't find a single man or woman mentioned in the Bible who wasn't asked to leave his or her comfort zone. I have been selfish and self-seeking. Because boldness + action=inconvenience and difficulty. Thank God I am married to a man who has a crazy, passionate, irrational love for Christ. It pushes me to a life of faith, as well.
We are all scared of something God has asked us to do. I can think of four or five mountains God has set before me over the course of my Christian life (the past 17 years) that literally put the fear of God in me. Here are a few of mine: being made fun of for my faith, having a budget so tight that purchasing a snack from the gas station would throw it off, having a child with a disability, extending forgiveness to someone that required deep sacrifice, parenting the children alone due to my husband's work schedule, losing a baby, dealing with family members with addiction problems. Living in a broken world is excruciating sometimes. If you are facing something that stretches your faith to the point of suffering, maybe these verses will encourage you, too.
Monday, June 14, 2010
*Love this picture of Papa. Want to be like this before Jesus today. Total surrender.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
We took some frames leftover from a birthday party, our sea shells from the beach, my glue gun, paint, and ribbon for our first project. All we need is our beach pictures to fill the frames, and they will be complete! Here's Lydie's frame:
2 hours of quiet fun for FREE!
Monday, June 07, 2010
~Patient, kind, humble, and hard working husband. Oh, and funny.
"Mommy, I figured out how babies got in your tummy. First you got married. (Mommy gulps.) Then, Daddy kissed you and his DNA passed over his lips and into yours. Then it went into your tummy and got all mixed up with your DNA. Then Jesus added skin and all the body parts. Then we grew and later we were born." ~Toot, 7 yrs. old, in the car on the way home ~Cousins that are so precious and sweet! (Including Clay who is not in this picture!)
~My daughter's way of dancing through life and into the hearts of those who are around her.
Lydie was whining about having to leave mini-golf and go back to the beach house. Suddenly, in mid-whine, she stopped and said, "I think I'm gonna change my attitude." (I don't even use this phrase with the kids, but I assume she picked it up somewhere.) And she smiled and did just that and has done it again many times since. ~Three sweet children who love each other! (Although admittedly I did pose them for this picture!)