Thursday, November 27, 2008

Quote to Start the Day

Let our confidence be uniform. In all thy ways acknowledge him (Proverbs 3:6). Take one step at a time, every step under divine warrant and direction. Ever plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self-idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel. He loves to be consulted. Therefore take all thy difficulties to be resolved by him. Be in the habit of going to him in the first place—before self-will, self-pleasing, self-wisdom, human friends, convenience, expediency. Before any of these have been consulted go to God at once. Consider no circumstances too clear to need his direction. In all thy ways, small as well as great; in all thy concerns, personal or relative, temporal or eternal, let him be supreme.
-Charles Bridges (1794–1869), from A Commentary on Proverbs (Banner of Truth, 1846/1968) pp. 24–25.


I woke to read this quote on one of my favorite blogs this morning. What an appropriate word to start my day. This is my struggle...to be self reliant and desire control.

You can read the entire post at Sovereign Grace Blog.

Have a blessed and dependant day on the Lord!

I am actually posting in the morning because Eli slept from 11pm to 6:30 am this morning.Go Eli!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Little Peek at my Morning

What does my coffee table tell you about my life?

We also did a victory dance to Harry Connick Jr.'s Sleigh Ride this morning because my five year old finished Book B in his phonics program.
As a very BIG side note, he also read his first book this week.
Can you tell I am beaming from ear to ear!
FYI the coffee table was not staged :o)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Busyness

Lazy? Not me. I’m busy. Up early, up late. My schedule is filled from beginning to end. I love what I do and I love getting stuff done. I attack a daily to-do list with the same intensity I play basketball. Me lazy? I don’t think so! Or at least I didn’t think so. That is, until I read about the difference between busyness and fruitfulness, and realized just how often my busyness was an expression of laziness, not diligence. I forget now who first brought these points to my attention. But the realization that I could be simultaneously busy and lazy, that I could be a hectic sluggard, that my busyness was no immunity from laziness, became a life-altering and work-altering insight. What I learned is that:

Busyness does not mean I am diligent
Busyness does not mean I am faithful
Busyness does not mean I am fruitful.........

Read the rest of the post at CJ Mahaney's blog


"The realization that I can be simultaneously busy and lazy, a hectic sluggard".....OUCH!

A hectic sluggard keeps ringing in my ears. This post hits home on many levels. I am always fighting for efficiency but often while running in circles. I so quickly forget the true priority and calling I have, which is God first and them my family. Even when I am serving my family I can be lazy which then causes a hectic scramble later that I will blame on everyone else. I also see where I lack love in how I do things because I was a sluggard and now need to catch up. Definitely plan to spend more time thinking and praying through this (while taking the fact that I have a newborn into consideration). I long to be fruitful not just busy and efficient. I always thought doing things in the fastest way was fruitful....not so sure anymore.

Does this ring true with anyone else?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Randomness

Articulating anything in writing lately has not been my strength. I am thinking many things to post but either can't find the time or when I do, can't get it out. I am SO tired but thankfully so. I forgot after 5 years how intense these early weeks are with a hungry growing newborn. So cute and so hungry :o) We are slowly finding our ebb and flow and did I mention he is really cute.

Some things I have been reading:

  • I am also overjoyed for my friend Stacy who is having a baby soon. Her journey in building her family has been such a testimony of God's grace and an encouragement to me. She recently posted ultrasound pictures.


"It is faith that enlivens our work with perpetual cheerfulness. It commits every part of it to God, in the hope, that even mistakes shall be overruled for his glory; and thus relieves us from an oppressive anxiety, often attendant upon a deep sense of our responsibility. The shortest way to peace will be found in casting ourselves upon God for daily pardon of deficiencies and supplies of grace, without looking too eagerly for present fruit." Jerry Bridges

Read anything interesting yourself lately?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Please Pray

I just read this post on a my dear friend Cara's blog. Her care group leaders lost their five week old baby unexpectedly. Please go read her post and pray for them. Their baby was a few days older then our Eli.
While I know God is good in all things, loosing a child is SO hard. All of sudden not having to get up in the middle of the night to feed their little girl.....explaining the loss of their baby sister to a four year old and two year old is one of those things nobody teaches you how to do.

My heart is breaking for them.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Traditions


We don't do Halloween...in the traditional sense. Though we do it differently there is no loss of excitement in our house on October 31st. The week before Halloween we go to the pumpkin patch and pick out the biggest pumpkins we can find plus a few gourds for decoration. This year we opted for a baby pumpkin for Eli :o) The kids and my husband spend the afternoon carving faces and we roast the seeds for munching. One of these days I plan to use the guts of the pumpkin to make pie. The day of Halloween we remind ourselves of Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses and we remember to be grateful for grace alone and not our works. We head out to dinner and do something as a family. The last few years it has been ice skating with our church.
The morning after Halloween is when the fun really begins. We go out to the store and pick out new dress up clothes for 50-75% off. We also buy our candy for 50% off. Though I am thinking the box of candy tradition would be better left out. Each year we all get excited about what costumes we will get to enjoy all year long.

Princess

Lizard Dragon boy


Can't leave out little cutie pie Eli....no need for a costume!