Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Bible Study thoughts

Today is Tuesday, time to take James to Speech Therapy. It is an hour appointment and nothing but time on my hands. I used my time today continuing my Bible study in Mark. I was in chapters 7 and 8. While reading the Bible truth of the Mom who sought the Savior to cleanse her daughter of the demons. The Saviour gives her what I see has a "test" of her true self. We see she is a Greek and it even mentions her "city". This allows us to see the true history of the woman. She is from a place that was not thought highly of or a race that wasn't either. Yet, she comes to Jesus feeling her request is as worthy as anyone elses. The Saviour compares her, in all honesty to dogs. Now she could have let her pride get in the way and left receiving no blessing but her heart was right. She willingly accepted the comparison and still let the Master know that even the dogs do get crumbs from their master's table and are thankful. I believe that the Bible shares this with us that because she was not prideful her request was answered. Her daughter was cured of the demon not because of who she was but how she came to the Saviour with a humble and willing heart. How does this relate to us? I feel it relates to us in two ways... First of all we should never let people, attitudes, feelings or pride get in our way of seeking the Lord's will for our lives. We should be willing to except not only others short-sightedness or short-comings but our own as well. I know it is nice to listen, and helpful to listen to others give us advice, we need the interaction, but I feel sometimes we seek people's opinion first and then the Lord's will second(and only seeking the Lord because we are "suppose to"), not because it was our first thought. I know this Greek woman may have heard that she should not go, that the Lord would not help someone like her, and that her journey was pointless. Yet she was determined, despite everything, to get to the Lord--like we should be. The second thing that really touched my heart was that she asked and received even though the Lord was nowhere near her daughter, yet she was healed. We tend to see God as being so far away and that there is no way He will do great things for us, because He is not physically on earth or it doesn't seem as if He is near enough. We tend to limit God...we allow our waning prayer life and our unfaithful, stressed-out hearts to show it. We need to be more like this Greek mom and ignore all the nay sayers---those that want to limit our Lord because He is not here. Those who would say that we are not worthy of the Lord's time. We need to seek God first then once we have talked with Him, seek Godly council. Not what the latest fades are or the latest pop christian cultural has out there. Just go straight to God's Love Letter to us, the Bible (by the way I think you ought to use the King James Bible, not just anything). Understand the Lord has all the answers and it is not that He doesn't want us to have them all...it is that WE don't want to seek and listen.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Weekend

Well today was a good Saturday. Elisabeth got to go to the "grogery store" with her daddy. She came home happily with her cheese and crackers (aka lunchable) and her peaches. She love to go to the grocery store and actually cries when we pass it and don't need to stop. Most kids want toys...Elisabeth is all about the food. ;) When she got in she let everyone know she was back from the store and she sat to eat. Then she just spent the day hanging out with her brothers and helping mommy do the laundry. (you know the kind of help that really isn't). The boys studied their Bible verses for school and Philip his MACS competition memory work. So we got a bit done and it was a good family day.

Elisabeth is now standing at the bottom of the stairs yelling, "bubba", (which is how she says Philip) come det me to doe up the stair so I am not scared." He came to get her...the great big brother he is, she got peaches and brought them down stairs with a spoon. A tablespoon that is. Daddy traded her for a teaspoon, and she took it with a smile and a "tank you daddy, I lub you!"

Family is such a blessing from the Lord.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Quick Post

Today I spent THREE HOURS cleaning the upstairs!! Now I know that makes it sound like my family has been living in a pig pin, but no they haven't. I just got the "it's time to clean EVERYTHING and throw things out" bug. I feel good that the upstairs (or top level) is cleaned but when I come down to the bottom level, I feel so defeated. I will tackle the lower level tomorrow after school or Friday, my day off. Maybe I am the only wife who feels like she spends all day getting things in order only for it to feel like you've spent the whole day standing still. Yet, I do feel good to have gotten done what is done. :)
I got to talk to a dear friend today and it was nice just to have someone to just talk to. I miss that. We are heading out to church tonight, but wanted to blog. Nice and warm today but it looks like we will be getting colder by Friday. I am looking forward to a nice blizzard, yes, I said blizzard. ;)

Love you All!!

PS....Heather, in Japan, if you read this...please e-mail me.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Thoughts


Thought today how crazy life gets.
Thought today how much there is to do.
Thought about the New Year resolution I made.
Thought how I can't wait to start a new chapter of our lives in the ministry.
Thought about all the blessings we have.
Thought about all the heartache the Lord saves us from daily.
Thought about how long it will be till my children start to move on.
Thought about those whose husbands are deploying or are deployed.
Thought of the loved ones that have passed away.
Thought of the friends I may never see till eternity.
Then I bowed my head and heart and prayed. I think of you all, my family and friends(who are like family);I am not great with the writing but that does not mean you are not close in my THOUGHTS and prayers.


Verse today that spoke to me:
Hebrews 13:5-6

"Let you conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have: for he hath said , I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Blessings at Christmas time!

It is hard to believe that it is the New Year already. We have been on school vacation, but really have gotten nothing done but the laundry (that is an accomplishment all on its own). The Lord however has blessed this December with snow and it is beautiful.
We had a tragedy on Thursday, December 28, 2007. Our kitten, Denver, was being curious and that saying.."curiosity kills the cat" almost came into play. Denver was climbing up the speaker and pulled it down and somehow when she was falling she hit her head really hard. I heard her yowl and ran to see her. When I got there she was surrounded by blood. The person of panic I am, I called for Martin. He came and got her, cleaned her and the area up and took her to the hospital. I am so happy to say that the Lord has allowed her to make a full recovery. She still stumbles when she gets to tired but she is doing good. Elisabeth is happy to have her kitty back. She has been really good with letting her be. When she sees Denver sleeping she will take her blanket (a pillowcase she uses for a blanket) and covers her up. Then she spends half the time telling everyone to "be quiet please" because Denver needs to get better..... "Jesus wants her to rest."

This is funny, at least to me... Elisabeth got a new, bigger dollhouse for Christmas. She keeps it in her room, but last night she wanted to play with it down stairs. She asked me and I said she needed to to ask daddy. So she asked daddy if "Jame could bring down her dollhouse?" Martin asked if she wanted to bring her dollhouse downstairs to play with (just to be clear) She said "No daddy." He asked her again if she wanted to bring down her dollhouse. She said, "No, daddy it is too heaby, Jame bring it down for me, I to little." Then we started to laugh. The literal two year old had told her daddy she did not want to bring her dollhouse down when he asked, but she did want it down, just wanted James to bring it downstairs because it was to heavy for her to do on her own. Maybe you had to be there but it was funny at the time.

The boys don't have to many cute moments anymore...but watching them do the exercise tape with their mom, is cute.

Romans 14:19