- We didn't have to buy all new sheets
- It didn't take up the whole room
- We didn't want our sweet children to have enough space to actually stay in our bed
- and I wanted to be able to find my husband
Well...three out of four isn't too bad.
Well...three out of four isn't too bad.
Laughter counts as exercise, right????
Thank you for the day, help me to have a good night's sleep. Help
me to have good dreams and not bad dreams; to have good books and not bad books;
to have a good mommy and not a bad mommy; to have a good daddy and not a bad
daddy, in Jesus' name, Amen
Made me wonder if I had been a good mommy or a bad mommy today.
I know I don't walk enough to account for the extra 400 calories, but at least it is something!
I reached a plateau with my weight loss and really don't have the motivation to try something hugely different headed into the holidays. I'm just gonna stick to the things I know to do and hope to keep those extra calories at bay. Of course I've already blown that with the doughnut I had for breakfast this morning. So in good Scarlet O'Hara fashion...
Tomorrow is another day!
Titus 3:1-2 says, "Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people."
Ephesians 4:29, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
No details yet, except that the driver got out of his car on his own and was not seriously injured.
The interesting thing to me is that I was relieved that it wasn't anything wrong with our neighbors. Unfortunately, it didn't seem strange to me that the police would be in front of their house. It made me wonder if I should be doing anything more to reach out to them - to show Jesus to them - to love on them.
I've really been thinking a lot about seeing with eyes like Jesus. I have found myself driving around town almost in tears as I look at people. People are so lonely, so sad, so scared, so hopeless.
When Mike said he felt called to be a pastor, I went along. After all, I was called to be his wife. But I really didn't feel like I was called to be a pastor's wife. I'm still not sure about that one, but I am catching his passion to introduce people to my friend, Jesus. To the one who doesn't take away all our problems or consequences, but promises to be with us always - even in our consequences.
With that in mind - two cool "Yeah God" stories.
I met a gal online a couple of months ago. I know that in itself sounds a bit creepy and I'm sure some in my family are quite alarmed. Let me reassure you that I operate under two assumptions. One, everything she says is a lie and two, never give out personal information. Okay, so I told her I lived in Montana, but it is a big state!!! (side note: it is amazing how much information people give out when they chat. I was actually able to locate where she lives - if she is telling the truth and not just pretending to be the person I found.)
Okay...I am so off track! Anyway, she has three children - two of them preschoolers. Her family recently moved and she was talking about how lonely she was and how she didn't have any friends. I asked her if she would be interested in a MOPS group. I explained what MOPS was and she agreed to give it a try. I asked for her zip code only and then looked up the nearest group. I talked to the coordinator and found out that the group is acting in line with MOPS mission (not a bible study, but not a gossip group either). I then passed the info on to my new friend. Well, long and confusing story shortened, she went to MOPS yesterday and loved it!!! She said the ladies were wonderful. She got to chat with other adults, drink coffee, and her girls had lots of fun too. When I got online to check in with her, she started by just saying, "ty, ty, ty, ty!!!" It was kind of neat to know that God connected us and hopefully will connect with my new friends as well. "Yeah God!"
We have been without a full paycheck for about 4 weeks. The paycheck is coming, but there were details to be ironed out first. So while there is hope on the horizon, things have been a little tight. As much as I complain about Dave Ramsey, I really am grateful for his financial wisdom. Because we were budgeting, when our vehicle registration came due this week to the tune of $335.00, we had $335.91 in the transportation account to pay the bill. "Yeah God!"
When we received a partial paycheck, we followed another principle and took care of the necessities - paid for groceries and gas in the vehicles, the electricity, the gas, the phone. We had money to pay for choir for Mikalah and $10.46 left over. Usually that would freak me out, but it isn't. God has provided for exactly what we need. "Yeah, God!"
Now there was the small detail of some credit cards and a loan that needed to receive their payments as well. Before they were due, we called the companies and explained that we were going about four weeks without a paycheck. Those crazy, money-hungry credit card companies were so nice. The gave us two months off. We still accrue the interest, but they will not charge us any extra fees and will not raise our very low interest rates. The only bad thing, they say, is that it will close our account. Oh well, what they don't know is that as soon as it is paid off we were closing the account anyway! And I suspect that they will contact us after the new year offering us to come back - that we are valued customers. I've received that offer before. I'm not falling for it this time! "Yeah, God!"
I am so thankful that God is always with me!!! He leads the way, and stays with me when I fall off the path, gently leading me back, mending my cuts and bruises along the way. Thank you, God!
That should explain everything - now hopefully I will set aside my perfectionism and just document what is going on in our life. It may not be pretty, but it is our life.
The new test includes six statements, for which individuals answer on a
7-point scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree:
- My closet has unopened shopping bags in it.
- Others might consider me a "shopaholic."
- Much of my life centers around buying things.
- I buy things I don't need.
- I buy things I did not plan to buy.
- I consider myself an impulse purchaser.
Now I just want to know where I can buy this test.
See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice.
Each man will be like a shelter form the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.
The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.
No longer will the fool be called noble nor the scoundrel be highly respected.
But the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.
all refer to God - we will be evidence of God in our own circle.
No matter where you are, you are here to be a benefit to the lost!
The point is not to be good, but to do good!
We've all had a lot of stuff happen and none of it is wasted - makes us a shelter, refuge, etc.
Do we live with regret over dumb decisions? A refuge is sanctified regret - it ways I understand (U2ME2) let me tell you how Jesus transformed me.
Without that failure we would think we are the great rock.
Word of caution: don't force shelter on people who want to stay in the storm!
(I love how Beth pulls the Greek and Hebrew out - reminds me of Greek in college - only Beth is so much more interesting to listen to)
Noble: "ndb" or "nadab" - to be willing - free - to be a willing volunteer - uncompelled free movement of the will for divine service or sacrifice.
3. All it takes to be noble is to be a willing volunteer.
Nothing paralyzes us like perfectionism. God uses us as we are. (Judges 5:1-9)
Humility - don't wait to be great to do what God wants us to do.
We can only make our outer body behave for so long - then we go back to what we want to - that is why we need to want to want Him.
4. The opposite of a noble is a nable.
Fool - "nbl" - "nabal" - stupid
Isaiah 32:5 - paraphrase - no longer will fools become celebrities.
Sometimes we need a hand over the mouth.
5. Any nabal can become a noble.
Eyes that see - develop God eyes
A nabal just doesn't get it - still living in a messed up mindset.
Abuser - even if told what they have done wrong - just doesn't get it. Sometimes we don't even get ourselves.
Thankfully, God looks beyond and sees our need - He "gets it" even when we don't. He knows everything & heals.
I don't have to understand - I just need to know He heals and gets it.
When He becomes King in our lives, then we can have ears that really listen. The most important part of counselling is the listening. (look people in the eye and give them your full attention).
The mind of the rash will understand - a nabal is always rash or reacts with impulse.
Understand - "bin" - to discern, to perceive, to observe - how to use the information you get wisely.
6. Any noble can become a nabal.
You are never too spiritual to blow it. (2 cor 11:2&3)
When you are a willing volunteer, you become a threat - be warned - be aware.
Satan wants to take a pure motive (being a shelter) and turn it into darkness. (Gal 6:1)
Don't become a refuge for sin - people need the knowledge that they can be different. We need to repent and have real authenticity.
If God put you in a position to lead - LEAD!!!!
7. The power of a noble trumps a nabal.
1 Sam 25 - heading, David, Nabal, & Abigail. Abigail was noble.
Abigail helped David avoid vengeance. Result: Nabal had heart attack (left alive for 10 days - was God giving him an opportunity to repent?) Abigail was still respectful to Nabal, but followed God's wisdom.
Hosea 14:4 - God voluntarily loves us - no one makes him - he is a willing volunteer - he is noble.
OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL! PROCLAIM HIS GREATNESS!
and in true Southern eloquence...
"scare the dogs under the bed!"
** So much for not being long-winded and please forgive any nabal errors in my grammar or typing abilities.
I'm still planning on recapping, but here is the video.
The photographer is a very nice man, named Rich, whom I'm sure thinks I am some crazy girl.
When I told my girlfriend, Mandy, that I was going to Beth Moore last weekend, she told me that her friend, Jill's cousin, Gretchen, was marrying Rich next weekend. I know, sounds like some bad country song.
The bad part is that Rich was standing near me several times that weekend and finally, I told him that my friend's friend's cousin was marrying him next weekend and I just wanted to say congratulations.
He said thank you, gracious man that he is, but I'm pretty sure he had security watching me for the rest of the conference.
Those are some easier ones that Mikalah brought home from school today. However, I think she inherited my confusion when it comes to analogies because this was one of hers as well...
Happy Birthday, Mikalah, I love you, and I'm sorry you inherited that part of my DNA.