Monday, November 28, 2011

Attempting & Chewy

My prayer for the week:




Wordless Wednesday and Imperfect Prose
Attempting  


I wrote a poem last week that did not post
I lost my time the most
A hectic week now saying with friends
Settling and making amends

Thanksgiving came and when in a blast
Black Friday shopping came at last
No good deals for me this year
No place to keep them my dear

All we want for Christmas is a home
Our stuff from storage is our goal.
But till then I will try to blog
Hoping my readers clear the fog

The Christmas season is fun
I thank God for all He has done
Looking forward to 2021.

Taming the Tongue



I am half way through 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue and I wanted to share some thoughts.


1. There are many ways in which we miss use the gift of language. I was convicted by all the ways I had not even considered. We have a responsibility to use this gift with wisdom and discernment. It is one of my convictions for the coming year to take my use of words more seriously.


2. One of the ways I can struggle with words is responding or committing in haste. I will say to the boys give me two minutes, without considering how much time I really need. Or just in the course of the day, with so many things going on, not really giving my attention to the question before answering. Decision making should never be done on the fly. My new rule which is working well is "I need time to think about that" followed up with "I will let you know when I decide." These two have been working better for me.


3. How often do we use our tongue to be decisive rather than to united those we come in contact with? When speaking I try to consider how my words will effect those I speak with, seasoning my words with grace. We have all had situations in general conversation where someone has mentioned another person in a not so pleasant light. We should see this as an opportunity to help unified them and not as an opportunity to destroy the relationship.


4. I love debate. A good argument  brings out my pride. But, how practical is it living on a debate team. When we are argumentative we are training our children to love arguing. We are also lacking in the fellowship of peace and not creating the unity we are commanded too.  
Proverbs 21:9 & Proverbs 25:24 both say
   Better to live on a corner of the roof
   than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
 Consider what is more important your relationship or having a good argument.


5. No one is perfect, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Only He is perfect. We are all here for his glory and so when we self-depreacate with our words. We are denying the glory of God.
Proverbs 18:8
 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
6. Gossiping and here I do not mean talking about our friends and family or spreading rumors. Television shows live TMZ only serve to bring us gossip. We cannot check out of supermarket without seeing the latest gossip new. I often found my self wondering why. I am not big on spreading celebrity gossip but I am big on not seeing it as gossip. When I look at celebrity gossip as sin it takes on a whole new conviction about not partaking even small bites.


7. Do I meddle in the lives of others? Do I pry in the lives of others? This is called being nosey. Are we asking the question out of a sincere desire to help? We should always pray and check our motives before we meddle in the lives of others. For all you moms out there, once our children reach that age we must resist the urge to meddle.


8. Belittling can be a hard one to nail down. It is those little extra comments we add at the end. That little reminder of past mistakes used to hurt the offender.  Belittling can be over come by forgiving whole heartily and accepting other as they are.


9. My youth was cynicism, I am a natural cynic. I tend to think people are motivated by self-interest, aren't we all. But, the question I fond my self asking more and more. Was it my job to judge peoples motives? I came to the conviction that only God knows what people have in their hearts and his word judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12) I am now a reformed cynic and you can choose to be one too.


10. We only have people in our lives for a season and our goal should be to encourage and build them up with our words. Let us all choose to choose our words.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Fun

1 Timothy 4:4
4 For everything God created is good, 
and nothing is to be rejected 
if it is received with 
thanksgiving,
So let us in turn receive everything with thanksgiving because everything God created is good.


1. There's a Time Genie. She can put you back in time to relive a day that you loved. If you could turn back the hands of time, what day would you relive if given this opportunity?
The Wisdom of Pinterest.

2. What did you do yesterday? 
Played with my children

3. You've been given 3 parachutes, but there are 4 people who need them. Who will you not give one to: Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Kim Kardashian, or Simon Cowell? Why?
Seriously, none of them, although I should not be judging them. They are just........ 

4. Where are you going and where have you been? 
Taking each day as it comes.
  

5. They say that books read as a child make more of an impact on a person than books read at any other time in life. Are there any books that you particularly loved, that shaped the way you think when you were little? 
The Complete Anne of Green Gables Boxed Set (Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne's House of Dreams, ... Rainbow Valley, Rilla of Ingleside) I think had the most impact on me. I loved her spirit.

6. What do you look forward to most in the next six weeks?
Getting a house, I guess I am being a bit of a Christmas Grinch but we are all just longing for and waiting for our house.

7. What was the last text message you received? 
I do not text :)

8. Do you prefer to call or text? 
I call, it is important to maintain human contact.

9. What were you doing at 9PM last night? 
Got a migraine, so I was in bed happily sleeping.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Let's Celebrate



1 Timothy 4:4
4 For everything God created is good, 
and nothing is to be rejected 
if it is received with 
thanksgiving,
So let us in turn receive everything with thanksgiving because everything God created is good.

Thank you for reading


Gifts From Friends

First things First, My scripture for the week:

Sharing with Wordless Wednesday and


Mosaic Mondays

Thanksgiving Top Ten

Here is a list from the frivolous to meaningful:

 1. I thankful for for the promises of God and how faithful He has been to me in 2011.


 2. My husband has thanksgiving off this year and we will be celebrating together.


 3. For the support of great friends, always needed and never too far away.


 4. I thankful for all that God has shown and taught me through my 3 handsome and wonderful boys.


 5. For the conviction in January to start living with less, because now that our household goods are in storage I am handing things pretty well. After months of training I can live with less.


6. For the scriptures that guided me this year which bore fruit:  

Romans 5:5
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Philippians 2:3-4 
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 
I can say that I am choosing to let go of my perspective and my desire to be right, so that your spirit of peace will prevail in all circumstances.


7. For having a place to say where our entire family can be together while we waiting for housing and also for how quickly we seem to be moving up the list.


8. For beautiful place settings

9. For this charmed life I continue to live, I am so grateful for all forty of them.

Ecclesiastes 3:12-14 
 12 I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, 13 and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor—it is the gift of God. 
14 I know that whatever God does,  It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it.  
God does it,

10. That thanksgiving is the official start of the christmas holiday so I can:
So this week begins the holiday season, a time of reflection, celebration, family, and hope as we plan for the new year. Remember that we have the power to choose to be great examples of Philippians 2:3-4 for our family, friends, and those we meet during this hectic season.


Choosing

My Scripture to mediate on this week is:
The message when we draw near to God with a true heart and hold fast with out wavering He is faithful to us. What a great thanksgiving promise. As I try to follow God's calling for my life, I realize that He sends in messages in many forms but we do have to draw near to God and hold fast to hear them.


My not about me plans for the week are:
1. Continuing with my fasting
2. Praying for God intercession in my circumstances
3. Reading and spending time in the word. I am enjoying learning from 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue: What You Say (and Don't Say) Will Improve Your Relationships this week. It is good reading of all the different ways our tongues lead us from the narrow path. 
4. Counting my blessing

My semi-planned week On The Road Again edition
1. Homeschooling is taking an unexpected break   

2. Working on my prayer list.
  • Praying for friends who have needs.
  • Praying that we have a home to move into by January first, if not sooner. Also for our current living arrangement. 
  • God to open my eyes to the learning and growing opportunities before me.
  • The continual softening of my children's hearts
  • For the new relationships that we are all building and that we are all open to sharing our hearts and lives.
4. I will aim for any blog post week. Our transition is making blogging consistently is becoming a bit of an issue. I am hoping that after the holidays I can return to being more consistent.  
Posting the week of November 12:
5.  Blessings
6.  Plans
7. Missed my seventh post this week, after my scary night, I am still mentally struggling to adjust. 


Posting for the week of November 15:
1. On The Road Again
2. Lesson One
3. Just Fun
4. Reboot Migraine
5. I also contributed @Homemakers Challenge an article called Sharing Thanksgiving.


5. I am still maximizing my mornings during the fall session. It is so fun having an extra incentive to get up early. I like having the scheduled God time.
6. We will be working intentionally on helping our boys build new friendships.

What are my current blessings?

  • Are great friends who took us into their home when the boys and I really needed a break from New York. 
  • Being back together this past week as a complete family. I had really began to forget the peace of all being together.
  • A great day of worship as a family.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Reboot Migraine Edition



Next Time


1. What has someone done unusual to make you feel their love?
Totally out of character, my husband got me a Valentine card that had this little adorable bear that says love; it now hangs from my cell phone. Not sure what happened to the card, but I love my bear.
2. Do you own a smart phone? If yes, is it everything you wanted? If no, how seriously have you considered a purchase of the new smart phone?
I have the smartest of cell phones, I love my phone, could not live without it and no its not an Iphone. It is definitely the personal assistant I needed. I cannot even grocery shop without it.
3. Have you ever camped out to purchase something?
Only if it involving, room service and central heating and air. Nothing is worth camping out for. Experience plus time spent on this is zero cost value.
4. What is your worst habit?
Yelling, I am not sure how I started but I have gone over to the dark side. Working on remembering the baby whisper.
5. What is your best habit?
I am borderline OCD. Positively addicted to order and having things organized, just so. Remember even a negative has its positive. The neurotic in me is very good at organizing things, which I manage to turn into a strength.  
6. In your opinion, what is life's greatest mystery?
My 12-year-old son is the greatest mystery. But all children are mysteries. We can never understand the depths of them. Why they do the things they do? Two children in the same circumstances will make completely different choices in life and we are all left wondering why.
7. Are you one of those people who is constantly busy with projects, social outings, etc. or do you just like to lay low and stay home?
I walk a thin line, which depends on who you ask. I would like to think that I just lay low and stay at home but I try to maintain a balance because my life is very busy.
8. Whether you're busy all the time or like to just chill, have you always been that way?
No, I use to be very over scheduled but then I discovered baby time, and Indian time. Then I kind of figured that somethings are important to schedule others will happen rather you schedule them or not. Sometimes you just have to give it up to God and the universe.
9. Is there something you'd like to change about how you spend your time? If so, what is it? If not, why not?
I would like to no longer be an overseer; I spend most of my time over seeing that things are being done. With three boys at home all day, I have learned that when the Rooster is looking the other way the hens will play. I am still looking forward to the day when The Boys are self-disciplined and willing to oversee themselves. Right now I keep telling The Boys that when they take advantage of my distraction they are making me sad. I am hoping they will become more self-discipline so I have more free time to read and pursue my writing once again.

Now's your turn to answer the Saturday9...........

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Just Fun

I am just loving the comfort of this scripture. God loves us even when we do not love ourselves or Him. He loves every human being, no matter what we have done. Nothing in all creation can separate us from His perfect love.

Of the books you own, what’s the biggest category/genre?
Is this also the category that you actually read the most?

The biggest category is History. Why? Not because I read them but I home-school. Having the books on hand just makes home-schooling three boys a lot easier. In this season of my life, I am reading a lot of spiritual and parenting books.




Imperfect Prose Kids Edition
This was just too funny not to share. 



8 year old: Mom, I am going to have to memorize my bible better.

Mother: Why

8 year old: The Teacher calls out Bible verse and you have to look them up and read them.

Mother: Oh you mean you will have to start bringing your Bible to Church.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lesson one


This week the impact of not having our own space, as a family, really hit. Transitions are hard but this one seems epic.

The thing I am most grateful for is my children’s hearts.

Colossians 3:13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

We all know how boys can be. He hit me first. He was being mean to me. They seem to wrestle and hit for the littlest of offences.

Yet, once the dust settles, they dust off and all is forgiven. How did my children shock me with their ability to forgive and move on?

Our current living situation has allowed me to see my boys through different lens. God created a situation that showed me the blessing of teaching forgiveness. When we are in the thick of training our children, we must never become so focus on what they are doing wrong that we neglect to see and compliment what they are doing right.

I always had the conviction and called the boys to obey: Matthew 5
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

As a family we are called to turned the other cheek, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,”{Luke 23:34} we do not repay evil with evil.

I choose to write this post to remind us that in our struggle to raise strong men and women of God. We are not to let the day-to-day events prevent us from seeing what God is doing with our children.

I am thankful that God has giving my boys such forgiving hearts and allowed me to see them. 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Always Choosing


Such a comforting thought. Remember that we may choose to leave God but He chooses to never leave us. 


1. Have your discovered a betrayal? If so, did you ask, “How long has THIS been going on”? "If God is for me who can be against me?" No one can betray me. 
I've Got Jesus

2. What is the longest line you've ever stood in? Would you do it again? 
I make a habit of not waiting in line.
3. Someone has hung a sign around your neck, and you have to wear it all day long. What does it say? 
Next

4. As the Christmas season approaches, what song is it that you just can't wait to hear? 
5. What Christmas song do you dread to hear?
Non-Christmas music. Regular music get about 11 months, I should not be played during Christmas time.  

6. How often do you read the last chapter of a book first? 
It is wired that I have never done this, since with most TV shows I fast forward to the end and then decide if I want to watch the rest.

7. Do you have a favorite movie that you just love to see each year during the holidays? 
The old Frosty The Snowman cartoon. I do love most Christmas movies. I never miss Scrooge.
 
8. Do you enjoy winter in the area that you live?
I have moved around so much, I can only say that having it cold outside can be nice.

9. At holiday I think we all show more kindness. In your opinion, is this a “concept” that has value (like money or other tangible things) or does it exist as simply emotion? Why? 
It is simply an emotion motivated by the guilt excess of the holiday brings.



Thursday, November 10, 2011

Scary Night



E-readers like the Kindle and iPad are sweeping the nation … do you have one? Do you like it? Do you find it changes your reading/buying habits? If you don’t have one, do you plan to?

I guess the biggest thing I love about the is the lightness of it but I can still carry my two hundred or more books with me where ever I go. The connivence is great. It also makes reading in bed easy as you do not have lighting issues as with a book. We also recently discovered that our library loans Kindle books. How cool is that?






Recovering from a really bad dream, 
you know the kind 
where wild horses trample you,
so vivid, so real
Why does my soul wander so
finding no rest near or far
my soul mate is gone away
the warm and comfort no longer near
I am missing my heart
and really scared 
will sleep ever find me here.


Honestly just had a really scary dream, hope my response at 4 a.m. was to read Proverbs 3 and then do today's blogging. Hoping I can return to sleep.