Monday, November 29, 2010

Many Thoughts

.....few words.

But missing these little curly Q's on my babies head.

Curls all gone :o(

Monday, November 22, 2010

Daily Risk

Been spending alot of time in this book.

"It is impossible to risk your life to make others glad in God if you are an unforgiving person. If you are wired to see other people's faults and failures and offenses, and treat them roughly, you will not take risks for their joy. This wiring - and it is universal in all human beings - must be dismantled. We will not gladly risk to make people glad in God if we hate them, or hold grudges against them, or are repelled by their faults and foibles. We must become forgiving people.

Don't start raising objections about hard cases. I am talking about a spirit, not a list of criteria for when we do this or that. Nor am I talking about wimpy grace that can't rebuke or discipline or fight. The questions is, do we lean toward mercy? Do we default to grace? Do we have a forgiving spirit? Without it we will walk away from need and waste our lives."

John Piper

This is my 500th post! Hard to believe I have written that much and hard to believe there are people still reading :o)

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Little Book Discovery

We have recently discovered the Piggie and Gerald books by Mo Willems. Isaac is slowly starting to read more easily. These books have helped him cross the threshold. They are FUNNY. I find myself sneaking off when we return from the library to read them ahead of time because I don't want to wait for Isaac to read them to me aloud. Not only are they funny but they deal with friendships and relationships, which is nothing but good for my Aspie boy who struggles with both of those things. It's like a little social story that is hilarious to him.

I can't express how much I LOVE watching him enjoy reading and laughing as he does.

Doesn't get any better then that.

Reading has been an uphill climb for us. He voluntarily read three of them yesterday on his own initiative. If we get interrupted he just keeps reading himself.......never happened before these books. He still gets a marshmallow too, but hey, at least it's per book now and not per sentence :o)

Thank you Mo Willems.

This is one of my favorites.

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Camping Out

I haven't fallin" off the face of the earth....though that actually sounds appealing right about now. The view would be beautiful and the sensation of fly and floating is right up my alley these days. :o)

Journey and I had a fantastic mama daughter weekend. A much needed time for both of us.

Things are intense to say the least right now. Getting help seems to have turned into being more work and stress then I could have imagined.  So far it feels like so little of this is about getting help and more about everybody else. I had no idea what I signed up for. God is at work it's just not all that smooth of a ride.

Would appreciate your prayers over the next little while. Many decisions to make and the resolve to stick with our convictions and priorities for our family.

This is where I am camping out.

And here too.

A guarded heart and mind is what I need right now.

Thankfully I have one who can provide that.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Away We Go

This beautiful girl and I are going away on an overnight mama daughter date this weekend.

We are swimming, reading, playing games and just hanging out...girls only.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So I Write

I have been reading every where I go lately about blogging for the glory of God through telling your story. Instead of that being freeing it has made me reluctant to write. It truly is a brave thing to put yourself and your story out here for all to see (to a certain level).

I guess I am still battling with judgement and not even the overly critical kind. I often feel like I don't fit. I would probably be considered Calvinist by label but I think anyone who loves Jesus is great. I prefer to be called a Calvary-ist as my pastor recently shared. I have very strong convictions but have no problem with yours. I think theology and doctrine is pretty central but would never choose it over people and loving and listening to them. I think diversity shows the beauty of God's creation in people and nature yet I have my own distinct ways of appreciating both. I like simple ways, quiet days and kind intense discussion. I have thick skin and a soft spot for the underdog and feel very strongly. I am very passionate (emotional) and logically practical all at the same time. I tend to adapt to who I am with because I see that as preferring my neighbour. It can be perceived as not being true to oneself or honest and I disagree.....I want to be true to Him and in doing that I am being true to myself.

Ultimately, I think it is fear. It is one thing to criticize someone's theology or belief but totally different thing to judge someone's story.

So to step out in this I plan to finish Jonah's story The Sovereignty Chronicles. It gives me a place to start.

His work in each of us is for His glory. That's what makes the story valuable.

So I write my story.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Weekend Fun

This is what we have been up to this last week.

The kids and I have had a blast filling our Operation Christmas Child boxes.

We've also offically starting listening to Christmas music.

We took our family picture today...with the timer...and a two year old....and a squirmy seven year old.
It was eventful. Pictures to come. :o)

Heart Thoughts This Morning


This life therefore is not righteousness but growth in righteousness;

not health but healing;

not being but becoming;

not rest but exercise.

We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it.

The process is not finished, but it is going on.

This is not the end, but it is the road.

All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified.

Martin Luther

Friday, November 05, 2010

Negotiable Convictions

Judgement has been on my mind lately.

Partly, because I have been the recipient of it and the dispenser of it in my heart.

Matthew 7

What I am struggling with is this slight, sly and non-threatening thing called legalism. It creeps it's way in ever so easily. It is the enemy of liberty and steals the joy from each story that God is writing in each life. When we take the liberties we are given as Christians and turn them into law we destroy relationship, which is the vehicle of the gospel. Him glorified is the priority not the method in which he is glorified.

There is definite and clear non negotiable truth but why do we take those areas of choice and turn them into do's and don'ts.

Why do we size up other peoples lives based on our own opinions and convictions (negotiable convictions)?

Why do we act as if God can only be at work when it looks like (fill in the blank)?

In my experience, I have found that those who have suffered much judge little and offer much grace. I know that what I have faced in my own life has made me far less critical of others. We have no idea the work that God is doing in a life or family that looks entirely different then our own.

Is there someone you know who needs grace today? Someone you may differ with in method but not principle. God is glorified when we prefer others over ourselves and our negotiable convictions.