Monday, May 26, 2008

A busy day with a reminder from the Lord

Today is a holiday for most schools and jobs but I guess not so much here in SC, because it seems everyone was still doing their day to day...me included. We had a Memorial Day cook out planned with our church family and this included an open house at the church parsonage. Well, of course this included the white glove cleaning for company...for some reason, I feel everyone is coming over to look behind the toilets...has anyone ever thought of even looking there on your visit to a friend's home...NO! I am just crazy this way.

Anyway while in tunnel vision mode, I had to run to the super Wal-Mart and get the items for the cookout. The lesson for today was, "do not get so focused you forget to smile and be sweet, showing a Christian attitude--someone is always watching." This man and his wife stop me in the store and said, "hello, I met you in the parking lot, do you remember me?" I got that deer in the hidelight look and said,"Sorry no." (did I mention I was suffering from tunnel vision and instead of smiling I was trying to figure out this person's face). Well, he explained that we left a track on their car in our church parking lot (they park there to commute to work about an hour away), so we left tracks on all of the cars and I was able to actually meet and talk to a couple of them once when they were getting off of work. So you know how it is trying to put a face in place that you can't remember when you're in a mood trying to do 100 other things?! Yeppers, I got caught in a bad moment...silly tunnel vision. I then apologized for being so overly focused on getting my shopping done and hoped they would come visit us at church and forgive my lack of smile and not remembering them. I can say I wasn't rude, I just wasn't has friendly as I should have been. They were kind and said they understood and would come visit soon. So, God and I had a long talk (or was it a scolding?), you know the one where we're kindly reminded that we must remember the world around us is watching and we are to always be a Christian example and smile--even in tunnel vision mode.

The Lord did bless the day and all our wonderful church family came out and we had such a wonderful time of food and fellowship. Everything is wonderful when spending time with Christian family and friends. I am so thankful to the Lord for bringing us here...so many new blessing everyday!! Looking forward to tomorrow.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Friends who know one's heart

I took the kids strawberry picking this morning. It was so much fun! The one who got the most mess on them was James...maybe the other two did too but they were wearing red.:) However it got me to thinking about all my homeschooling moms and all the friends I have made from all of our duty stations in California, North Carolina, Florida, Japan, and of course our first full time ministry in Massachusetts, and now our new friends here in South Carolina. They are all wonderful women who have loved me at face value. We have shared times at lunch, watching a movie on the t.v., taking our kids to the park to play, or on a "field trip" to explore. You are the friends who have taken time to know my heart and to realize that I do not just lash out in anger or hurt. You have watched me grow and even lift me up in prayer every day. We may do things that the other does not always agree with or maybe doesn't even understand completely, but the bond is never broken.

To all my wonderful friends that have truly taken the time to know each others' hearts, as the Apostle Paul said, "I thank God upon every remembrance of you." You have opened your homes to me and my family, on Holidays or just because we needed a place to spend the night. You have shown your true Christ-like heart and today the Lord brought you to mind and know I think of you with love, a smile, and a prayer...you mean more than you know and more than my words can describe!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Trip to the dentist

So it is about 8 pm and I hear James calmly say, "Mom my tooth fell out!" My first response was "okay, who hit you?" We had the cousins (Jeff's family) over and Philip was there...they were all on the trampoline playing. Well no one hit him...he got his brace caught on the net! Yep, I said "caught on the net" while jumping around he bounced opened-mouth right into the net and it pulled the already loosed tooth out of the socket. Okay before you all run to take down your trampoline nets or not allow your children with braces to not play on anything ever again, let me give you the back story.

As most of you know from my earlier post, we went to Pensacola for a friends graduation. We got invited over to one of our former Okinawa-military friend's house for dinner and all the kids went to play outside. Well, for some reason all the times their mother said,"Don't throw sticks or play with them" was conveniently forgotten. About 30 minutes after arriving and just when the adults are hanging out in the kitchen chatting, in comes Philip running. He sheepishly says "Come outside, I threw a stick and James turned into it with his mouth and he is bleeding!" Of course, James comes in a half-minute later and his bleeding from the mouth, trying to catch his blood with his cupped hand, his braces look like they were in a car crash, the wire that connects his top teeth has sprung hanging out of his mouth, and his front tooth is knocked substantially lower than the other front tooth. After getting him calmed down and realizing that we have to wait until we return to South Carolina to get him to his orthodontist we lay down the rules for his acceptable activity and we share "parental looks of future punishment" with Philip.

Once we arrived back home, we immediately go to the dentist, who said everything looked fine and that it should heal fine and then if needed the lower front tooth will be repaired in a couple of weeks when his braces are adjusted.. no problem, right? The dentist obviously did not know my sons. So catch back up to last night, we are back at the dentist's office with the previously crooked tooth now completely out. The dentist had to "hard wire" his mouth. I was impressed that he was not screaming but James is my "grin and bear it" child. They did get the tooth back in the socket, reattached his brace wire, added another supporting wire to the front two teeth. After maybe 40 minutes, we are on our way to the Pharmacy to get some pain med, since James' trauma has caused a bit of pain to his mouth.

Through it all, the Lord blessed and today James is not in a lot of pain and we had insurance that covered this emergency. My brother and sister in law were here, for Martin was gone with our only car (at the monthly Low Country Pastor's Fellowship about 2 hrs away). And Praise the Lord, the dentist we see has emergency hours, one thing that I never really considered before last night. The Lord is such a God of details (Luke 12:6-7) and He knows what we need before we ask (Matthew 7:11). Hallelujah!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Getting finished

My brother in law and his family are here, helping us to finish up on the house. It is coming along wonderfully. I am so thankful everyday for all the wonderful things the Lord does and gives us. I know that He is in control of everything we do and say and how we live. Sometimes it is hard to understand the lessons we must learn but it is a must for the youngest child and the oldest adult, to be taught the lesson God has for us.

In other news, I do not know how many of you have done a Bible study with a book called, "Lies Women Believe and The Truth That Sets Them Free" by Nancy DeMoss. A good friend in Massachusetts recommended this book and let me tell you it will change the way you see things...or it should. A great quote from the book today is, "Regardless of the immediate source, anytime we receive input that is not consistent with the Word of God we can be sure Satan is trying to deceive and destroy us. What we read or hear may sound right, may feel right, may seem right--but if it is contrary to the Word of God, it isn't right." I have really taken a look at myself, I used to just let my husband correct from the pulpit but then I started to think, "If my friend or neighbor were in a burning building would I wait for the firefighter to come or would I want to help them escape the flames?" I know that I would want to help them myself. I will not mix words to let a fellow Christian women be fooled by the devil's lies. Yes, sometimes people may be offended and only want to hear the nice things from day to day, but ladies we must get out there and be the soul winner, the witness, and the Godly example God expects...no, God commands us to be! I will tell you this much that even though we are to have a sweet spirit, we are also to reach the perishing and those Christians who may be struggling with sin...sin is not pretty so helping those deal with it will not be either---turning a blind eye, ear and heart is NOT ACCEPTABLE!

Martin preached Sunday Evening on "Presence"...meaning the way that we are with others around us or when others are watching. He asked us "Who's Watching?" But he explained that "Presence" is more than just being good because someone is looking, it is being good period! He pointed out 4 areas of 'who's watching' whether we acknowledge their presence or not. First, Who is In Us is watching. Second, Who's Around Us is watching. Third, Who's Following is watching. And finally, Who's In the Crowd is watching. So it is with this double confirmation (through my personal studying and the preaching I hear) that I am motivated and determined to share my experiences and the 'Truths of the Bible' with my fellow ladies and anyone else the Lord brings into my life! God bless you, Ladies...I love you!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Children keep trips fun!!

We just got back from Pensacola,It was such a blessing to see one of our dear friends graduate from College. It was wonderful to catch up with friends that we had not seen for a while. I will share with you a funny thing that happened on the way home...

Picture this, you are traveling with a 3 year old who is potty trained and not wearing a pull up. We had just stopped for gas and asked all to go potty. All went and we were on our way. We get about 5 miles down the road and we hear, "I got to go bafroom." "Okay, Elisabeth let me find a potty." We get to the next exit...no anything. Go down to the next exit, no bathroom there..this happens at the next 2. So daddy says, "baby, I will take you potty behind a tree." All the sudden there is a BIG outburst of tears. Thinking that there had been an accident, we stop and get ready to clean her. She says, "I not go pee pee in my pants." Martin asked, "Baby what is wrong?" Elisabeth responded with "I am not a puppy! I not go potty in the trees!" and more tears. So getting back on the road, daddy calms her down and we finally get to an exit with a bathroom. Martin and I did have a good laugh...but not where she could see.

So this was just another fun chapter in having children. I have ended with a poem a friend sent...pray you all have a wonderful Mother's Day!!


A newborn's conversation with God:

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being that I am so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "Here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy; Please tell me how will it be there?"
God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you; And you will feel your angel's love and be very, very happy."

The child continues to ask,"How am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"
God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"
God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"
God said, "Your angel will defend you, even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."
God said, "I will always be next to you, and your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way back to Me."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."
God said, "You will simply call her 'Mom'."