Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Healing and A Break!

Hi everybody.

I, like most of you, haven't had a lot to say in the last week. Also, like all of you it's been quite busy around our house. Christmas was wonderful of course. We had my hubby's family here for the day and we had a great time and our celebration even included a birthday cake for Jesus. Which our girls loved. Our daughter's all three got new baby dolls from Santa. Our oldest got this one. I wasn't happy about her wanting it and still am not too happy that we have a doll that can stain the carpet of the parsonage..... However, she loves it and I suppose that makes it worth it.......maybe. Everyone had a big day and hubby and I ended the day talking with the girls about the REAL reason for the season one more time......less they missed it along the way.

The rest of the week has been a busy one of taking down all the Christmas decorations. That is a big job and I still have to take down the stuff on my front porch today. On Friday, I went to see a new cardiologist. I decided to change doctor's because this particular doctor's office serves one of the top 10 Heart Center's in the United States. I figured they must know what they are doing.

A year ago, I visited a different cardiologist and was diagnosed with Mitral Valve Regurgitation of a level that needed to be watched. So, on Friday they did a new Echo cardiogram to check on it, and I am here to tell you girls that I have been healed. The new doctor said my Echo looked perfect and there was nothing to see on it.

I honestly believe the Lord has healed me and I praise him for it!

I am still having palpitations with no real reason why but my heart is healthy in regard to the Regurgitation. I gotta make time to exercise and cut out my 2 cups of 1/2 caf. coffee a day.......that is a big challenge for me. The doctor saw no reason to even schedule me another appointment at all! Praise the Lord!

I was planning on posting my 100th post last week, which is started but not finished. And in honor of my 34th birthday - which was Christmas Eve and the day my 100th post was to be done, I was going to do 34 things about me. Hubby was actually going to do it, but hasn't gotten around to it yet.
And since we are headed out of town today for two weeks, it'll just have to wait. We are going to visit my family in Georgia for a week and then on Jan. 6th we are going on a 4 night Disney Cruise. We are all SO excited.
Ya'll have a Happy New Year and I will return sometime after the 12th of January!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Thanks and a couple of video's

Hi everybody.
First, I want to thank you all for your prayers. I can really feel them this weekend and I cannot thank you enough. Please keep them coming and I know the Lord will deliver me from my fears!

Second, there are a couple of video's I want to share with you:

First, while visiting my friend Cyndi, at One Day More I found this and it is just MORE FUN!!!

Second, while visiting BigMama there was this and I hope that it touches you as it did me and that you all have tears streaming down your face, too.

See ya soon!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Coveting Your Prayers

Hi ya'll.
I really intended to get back here on Monday and do my Christmas Tour of my Home.
Sorry it never made it. Maybe some other time.
It's been crazy busy as I am sure you all are at this time of year.
Also, this week my anxiety and fear of death have really reared their ugly heads.
I do have some things that are medically contributing to my fear but I shouldn't be afraid like I am.
I am just posting today to ask that if you stop by here today, that you will pray for me.
This spiritual warfare (and I believe this battle is even more spiritual than physical) is kicking my butt.
Please pray for deliverance from the fear for me. And an added prayer that God would heal me physically will also be appreciated, too!
Thanks everyone.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Hardest Thing!!!!

The hardest part of ALL of my holiday season is trying to take pictures of my girls for the Christmas cards. THEY are impossible.
I always end up frustrated and they are frustrated and mad and maybe even crying.

A lot of the pictures turn out like these next few with NO ONE looking!!!!

And then some turned out like this one. My middle daughter said she couldn't smile. She didn't know how.

WE did finally manage to get a few that will be usable if not the most picturesque in the world.

Hope you are all having a great Monday and I hope to go over to BooMama's place and join the tour of homes later today maybe. I hope -- if I can get everything else that I need to get done -- done in this day.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Pray for Kate

I was visiting Heather at Especially Heather and she is asking for prayer for her friend Kate.
Go on over and check it out and pray for this family.

Have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Play Along

I love these things because I love getting to know people. SO, play along if you like!!!

Okay, here's what you're supposed to do and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy this entire email and paste into a new blank e-mail that you can send.Change all the answers so they apply to you. Then, send this to a wholebunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person who sent it to you. It's the season to be cheerful!!! :-)

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags wrapping paper!

2. Real or Artificial tree? REAL - it smells so good!

3. When do you put up the tree? as soon as I can after Thanksgiving

4. When do you take the tree down? This year it will be on Dec. 29th since we are leaving for vacation and will be gone for two weeks.

5. Do you like Eggnog? No

6. Favorite Gift you received as a child? my pink pucci dog.....

7.Do you have a nativity scene? Yes

8. Hardest person to buy for? my mom

9. Easiest person to buy for? ???

10. Worst Christmas gift ever received? I don't know.

11. Christmas Cards...Snail mail or E-mail? snail mail

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? This year it was at 3:30 AM the morning after Thanksgiving

14. Have you ever 'recycled' a Christmas present? not as Christmas gifts but I have given things away that I couldn't use.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? the things I remember from being a kid. Peanut butter kisses.....

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? CLEAR

17. Favorite Christmas Song? O Come All Ye Faithful,

18. Travel at Christmas or Stay Home? we usually travel

19. Can you name Santa's Reindeer? yes

20. Do you have an Angel or a Star on top of your tree? Right now we have an angel that needs desperately to be replaced. She has seen better back in the 60's when she was new.

21. Open the Presents Christmas Eve or Morning? Well - for me it's a tie. Christmas Eve Service is always the best but then the kids are so much fun on Christmas morning. Plus - Christmas Eve is my birthday.....

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? people who don't remember the reason for giving gifts.

23. Shopping...Mall or online? both

24. Do you decorate outside for Christmas or just inside(or at all?) both

25. Favorite Christmas cookie? ????

26. Do you own Christmassy clothing or jewelry? I used to when I was a is the required uniform.

27. Do you believe in Santa? Absolutely.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Worn Out and please pray

The Open House was what I would call a success! Many, Many people came and ate and saw the home that they provide for their pastor's family.
But, ya'll - I am slap worn out. So, I will try and post later in the week when I can think more clearly.
I would like to ask you to go on over to For Such A Time As This and pray for this family.

Have a great Monday.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Conversations with children

For supper last night, I made pasta. But, because it served it in bowls my girls thought it was soup. I kept telling them it was pasta and not soup.
After they had said "I'm eating my soup!" for the 867th time, I said in my exasperation

"It's NOT soup!"

My husband then said, "Mom takes offense to you calling this soup. Do you know what offense is?"

A. (6 years old) said, "A gate."

My two year old is sick so we took a trip to the pediatrician yesterday. She has had a cough now for about two weeks and a fever (not too high) off and on and yesterday morning took a long nap and spent her waking time whimpering.
So, off to the doctor we went. They said that everything looked good but since she had been coughing for two weeks, it was probably a sinus infection. So, we have medicine. She did take her medicine at bedtime last night but spent the entire night whimpering and crying in her sleep. I am assuming that she is in pain, though she hasn't been able to tell me where except that every once in a while she says her belly hurts. I am frustrated by all of this because she seems to be in a great deal of pain but refuses to take any Ty*lenol.
Please pray for us and her. I hurt to see her in so much pain.

Ya'll have a great Wednesday

Monday, December 3, 2007

The List

I am a list maker.

I have a "to-do" list each and every day and I really enjoy marking things off my list and being able to see what I've accomplished each and every day.

This Sunday, we (my family and I) will be hosting an Open House here at the parsonage for our church family. I am not exaggerating (ok - maybe a little) when I tell you that I have a million things to get done this week.

Here is today's list. It has many of the mundane things I need to get done anyway on it -- PLUS the extra's of this week.

1)'s laundry day at my house and this will have to be done.
2)Call the eye doctor
3)Call Fabric Company about the fabric that was ordered months ago that has yet to arrive.
4)Call about picture order that wasn't delivered to my house.
5)Call bookstore about a Jesse tree book. We are behind but I WILL catch up!
6)Deep Cleaning of Kitchen - including but not limited to: clean out fridge, clean cabinets inside and out, Move and sweep/ mop behind appliances, sweep/ mop the rest of the floor, clean stove and oven, sweep ceiling and clean baseboards.
7)Go get some groceries so my family won't starve this week.
8)Go to Walmart for: buttons for girls bedding and mail them, Oasis and floral wire, white lunch bags for luminaries, poinsettia's, whatever else comes to mind while I am there.
9) Take A. to dance
10) UMW dinner at 6PM.
11) OH yes, and take two toddler's to Story Time at the Library in 40 minutes. And drop off Preschool app. on the way for next year.

So, that is just today's list. There is much much more for each and every day this week.
So, why am I sitting here posting about it instead of doing it? I'm stressed to the point of being paralyzed.......I don't even know where to start......
Hope ya'll have a good Monday.
And I don't know how to go back and cross things off this list so ya'll can see my if you know how, let me know =) and maybe I can do that later on.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

ALL Girl!

I found this while visiting another blog. It looked like fun so I thought I'd try it.

I could have told you what this quiz would show about me!

It is very much the truth.

Your Brain is 93% Female, 7% Male

You have the brain of a girly girl

Which isn't a bad thing at all

You're emphatetic, caring, and in tune with emotions.

You're a good friend and give great advice.

Just as I expected. I am definately a girly girl. And pretty proud to that God made me this way.
Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Missed Opportunity

Do you believe that God places angels in your path to see how you will respond to them?
I do.

And I missed out on the opportunity to glorify HIM this morning. And I am devastated by it!

Here is what happened. I get my girls in the van to take them to school. After pulling out of my driveway, I see a little old lady walking down one of the side streets toward me.
It was FREEZING cold (literally) this morning. The lady has on a small sweater coat (you know the sweatshirt kind that older women wear alot), and her purse on her arm.

These are the thoughts that went through my head.

"It is way too cold for her to be walking down the street this morning. I wonder where she is going!"

"Maybe I should offer her a ride"

"But, if I don't get these two to school, they are going to be late"

Then the Lord added,

"Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me." (Matthew 25:40)

By this time, I've long since passed her up and have turned onto the next road. I even turned on my blinker to turn around and go get her. BUT again the nagging.

"The girls are going to be late for school"

So, I reasoned in my head that I would hurry and drop the girls off at their classrooms and go back to pick the little old lady up and take her to where ever she was going.

I mean, she couldn't go far! She was elderly and couldn't walk that fast. So, I would just find her and take her on to where she was going.

SO - I fussed at my girls to hurry and get out of the car and ran them to their classrooms and leave fully intending to go back and get the lady.

She was gone. I searched every which way she could have went and she wasn't there.

I am totally ashamed. NOT only did I miss the opportunity to do for the least of these, but I was also ugly to my girls. Clearly, I deserve the award for Preacher's Wife of the Year!

I have asked for forgiveness.

Hebrews 13: 2 "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


This morning I was doing my bible reading. Right now I am reading in Judges and today I read chapter 3. I read about the very 1st judge that the Lord sent to bring the Israelites back to Him - Othneil.

Then I read about the 2nd judge. His name was Ehud. And he was left-handed. When I first read that, I kind of laughed. It is amazing the things in the Bible that are funny. It is so refreshing to know that God has a sense of humor! The first thought I had was that the people who think that left handedness is of the devil are wrong and HERE is the proof. The Lord was using this left- handed man to save his chosen people. If you haven't guessed already, this struck me because I am a south paw. And I'm the only lefty in my family so I'm always happy to find that that is a good thing.

Then when I read the notes on Ehud in my Life Application Bible (GREAT study bible, btw) it spoke of the fact that Ehud's left handedness made him unique. And God used this uniqueness to deliver the Israelites from captivity.

I'm in a season in my life where I am desperately trying to figure what comes next. Next year I will have two of three children in school and my youngest will have two years of preschool before starting Kindergarten. That might not mean a lot to some folks but to me -- it means it is time for me to figure out what I am going to do with the rest of my life.

Before having children, I was a public school teacher. I taught exceptional children in grades 3 - 5. And while I really enjoyed working with these kids, and I do have a passion for this population of people , I KNOW that going back to work for the school system isn't what I am supposed to be doing.

The trouble is that I'm struggling. I don't really know what I am supposed to do. I think that God is calling me to be a christian counselor. But then my self - doubt kicks in and I begin to wonder......

Is God really calling me to do this? Or is it just my wishful thinking?

How will I go back to school and get a biblical counseling degree when the only schools that offer it aren't near me and cannot be completed on line?

Is this really what God wants? If so, shouldn't it just all work out and not be so hard?

So when I attended the Women of Faith preconference and Dr. Henry Cloud spoke on our dreams and God's dreams for our lives, I bought both of the books he had to offer. I've begun to read 30 Days to Your Dreams. I have finished day 2. Day 1 was all about Acknowledging that our dreams come from God. That is difficult enough for me (see about question about is this from God or from me?) but I am accepting that God gives me dreams for my life.
Day 2 was about seeing myself as God sees me. That He wants to give us our desires for our lives (if they are in His will) -- GOT this one!!!!
Then comes what I am to read and work on tonight. I glanced at it last night and it has set me in to a tizzy.......Because Day 3? It's all about Uncovering Your Dreams..........
I looked over the questions and I don't have answers for them.
I cannot answer what I did with my free time as child or what was my favorite toy and why. And the biggest ones I can't answer are -- if I had to chose one thing to do for the rest of my life what would it be.............AND to be quite honest I don't know what activities come easily to me.

I am usually a pretty self -reflective person -- but this is so hard for me for some reason. I cannot figure it out. I don't know whether it is that God is telling me to wait on HIM some more. Then I would KNOW my problem is patience. OR if the devil is just trying to get in the way of God using MY uniqueness. I want to be like Ehud. My greatest desire in life is to fulfill God's purpose in my life. To be and do all that HE is calling me to do. I want to use the gifts, talents and dreams God has for me. I just don't know where to start.

Anyone out there got any advice for me?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

4 Things

I found this over at my friend, Elaine's place and since I have nothing notable to say today -- and since I love these sort of things and hope (hint hint) you'll all play along, I thought I would try this today.

SO, here are 4 things that you more than likely don't know about me.........ok - maybe some of you do.

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. babysitting for lots of people
2. Sales girl at Victoria's Secret and Guess! at different times
3. Camp Counselor and various other jobs there
.4. Exceptional Ed teacher - 3 - 5th graders - Self Contained Classroom

Four movies I Have watched more than once:
1. Grease
2.The Sound of Music
3. The Christmas Story (at least once on Christmas Day - since they run it for 24 hours)
4. Step Mom

Four TV Shows I Watch Faithfully
1. Survivor - when I'm home
2. Lost - when it returns in Feb
3. guess that is it - I really don't
4. watch that much TV......

Four Places I have Vacationed
1. Charleston, SC
2. Disney World
3. Alaska - actually a mission trip but it was beautiful
4. Ecuador -- also a mission trip.....

Four of my Favorite Foods:
1. Mexican
2. A good steak once in a while
3. Chile's Chips and Salsa
4. Paninis

Four Places I would rather be right now:
1. On a weekend retreat with hubs
2. A girls day out shopping - without kids
3. ON a trip with my family
4. Camping with my family

Four Things I am looking forward to this year
1. Christmas
2. Disney Cruise in January
3. Disney World -- Dec. 2008
4. The wonderful and exciting things God has planned for us this year!

Four Hobbies I have:
1. decorating.
2. reading
3. scrapbooking ---- if I ever catch up
4. Learning about God

Friday, November 16, 2007

Another Pitfall of Parsonage Living

OK. SO - today is Friday. Obvious I know, but what you don't know is that Friday is my down day.

I do not babysit on Fridays, so I revel in having hubs take A. and M. to school while I stay with L. and sit in my pj's, robe, and slippers drinking my coffee. I like to check in with all of you guys and enjoy some down time. You know what I mean?

Well, this morning at exactly 8:46 AM, while I am sitting at our computer in my pj's, robe and slippers with my coffee with hazelnut creamer catching up with all of you guys, I hear someone pull into our driveway.

I look out the window to see the the pest control man in his truck.

Can I tell ya'll that I have NEVER been more mortified in my life. Besides being in my leopard print pj's, my blue robe and my fuzzy pink slippers -- I must also mention that I lacked the appropriate underwear to be receiving company.

AND - my house looks like a tornado blew threw this morning and left a ton of wreckage in it's wake. There are a million dishes in the sink from breakfast and from the popcorn snack hubs and I had last night and I didn't even wipe off the table after we ate breakfast......
NOT to mention that we got home late last night so the girls didn't have the change to clean up their rooms and play room after playing all afternoon in them.

Literally, a bomb could have gone off in this house and there would be less mess.......

I also, in my great genius, opted to call up my husband at his office and hiss at him that no one told me that the pest control man was coming to our house this morning instead of putting on the proper underwear before opening the door. Probably a bad decision all around.

Needless to say, pest control man was so embarrassed that he asked for my number so that next time he is to come to this parsonage --- he will call here first.

Honestly, I don't think I am ever going to be able to see that man without being utterly humiliated ever again.


what a way to start a Friday.
hope it gets better.

now, if ya'll will excuse me -- I gotta go get showered and dressed and ready for the day before someone else shows up around here.

Chalk it all up to living in a parsonage I suppose. The fishbowl doesn't take my embarrassment into consideration.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Retreat

Hi everybody. I just wanted to post a little bit about my trip to the mountains last weekend.

First of all - it was B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.

Because of the dryness this year, I was really afraid that the leaves weren't going to put on much of a show. BUT I was wrong. They've been brilliant this year! Just look how pretty this picture is from the Blue Ridge Parkway. It really doesn't do the leaves justice - but just trust me. They were awesome!

We had a great time shopping at the shops in Blowing Rock, eating fabulous food at the Mellow Mushroom and at Tijuana Fats.

We studied a chapter in our book - Shepherding A Child's Heart that could certainly stimulate a lot of debate. It was all about realizing that as parents God calls us to "be an authority" over our children. It was a great chapter and even though we were all exhausted we had lots of good discussion.

We spent one evening playing board games -- it was tons of fun playing cranium without the element of competition there (which is usually there when playing with the men I know) =)

We laughed and talked and worked on solving the worlds problems -- or just the problems in our own little worlds -- It was awesome girl time!

We even got to worship together as we attended church there in Blowing Rock on Sunday morning. We missed our families but we also dawdled as long as possible on Sunday afternoon before heading home.

It was much needed refreshment. We set out for home looking forward to seeing our children and hubby's again.

So, on this Thankful Thursday --

I just want to say Thank you so much to my VW girls. If you are reading this, you all help keep me grounded and sane! I cannot wait for another weekend retreat. I love you girls!!! I'd post a picture of us all together but I don't have everyone's permission to do so.....maybe some other time.

Have a very great day and go on over to Crystal's for more thankful thursdays!
We are headed out of town again tomorrow -- so see ya next week!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Free Pie for your best Cold Remedy!

Well, all this going and going has FINALLY caught up with me I suppose. My throat is scratchy. My head has been hurting. My nose is stuffy and runny --at different times of course. I have a bit of a cough. My body aches.
Yes, it seems I am coming down with a cold. yuck!!!!
So, I am asking all you girls out there in blogland to give me your best remedies for a quick recovery ---- like back to 100% in 4 days.
I gotta go out of town again on Friday. All the help you can give will be greatly appreciated.

And of course the cold is here on a day when all of my girls are here since it is Veteran's Day and there is no school. I am glad they are here -- just wish I wasn't feeling so out of sorts. But God is providing humor for me through them.

While fixing their lunches, they asked for some banana.

I said "These banana's are rotten. I will have to get more soon and throw these away."

M. (age 4) responds, "I know what you can do with those banana's. You can make Rotten Banana Pie."

"I don't think anyone is gonna want to eat Rotten Banana Pie."

"Uh-huh, my teacher told me. "

I'm wondering a bit what she is learning in her Pre - k class at this point. =)

Do we have any takers on the pie?

Anyway - ya'll have a good Monday! Looking forward to your remedies - so hit me with your best shot!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Thankful Thursday

HI everybody.....

I am so busy and so stressed that it will be a wise thing for me to stop and be thankful for a bit today. So here goes:

***I bought these Amaryllis for my Open House I am doing in December. I bought them in early October because the box said it would take 9 -12 weeks for them to bloom. Well - here we are about 5 weeks later and look at these blooms. Even though they probably won't make it another 5 weeks until the Open House. OH well ---- I am thankful for the beautiful blooms!

*** Last weekend while I was away, our church had their Sparkle N Spice Winterfest. They had a silent auction and hubs got me this chair. He was so sweet to get this for me. I just love the shape of it. I am thankful for such a sweet hubby!

***I am going out of town this weekend with a great group of girls. We are going on a retreat to the mountains. To here and here. I cannot wait. We will do some learning about raising children biblically using this book and we will have lots of fun together doing some shopping and just hanging out together. I cannot wait. I am very thankful for this!

***I am thankful that the Lord watches over and sees me and will see me through it all!
Have a great weekend everybody! For more thankful Thursday's go on over here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007



I know that I am absent around here these days. I have been so busy that I haven't been able to even stop to say hi! It has been so crazy that last week I didn't even fix one meal from my menu plan........that says alot, because I usually stick to my menu even if nothing else goes as planned.

I spent Monday afternoon decorating at church for our fall festival. Then, my sweet great-uncle passed away last Tuesday morning. So, I spent Tuesday cleaning house and getting ready to leave for Georgia for the funeral. Wednesday was our Fall Festival at church. Everyone had a blast. I had a cowgirl, a cheerleader and Sleeping Beauty tagging along with me. Check them out!
L. hasn't stopped being Sleeping Beauty since!

On Thursday, the girls and I loaded up and headed to Georgia and we returned on Sunday night.
I am just now starting to feel like I am able to catch my breath.
Not for long though.
I am going out of town again on Friday.......and then again the next weekend........and then the third one also...........Frankly, I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

Hope you all are having a blessed week and hopefully I will catch up with you all soon!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Monday Meanderings

I found this while I was working on my Monday Menu Plan and I thought I would try both.

I have for a long time been a planner like this but have really gotten slack about my zones over the last year.

SO - since I am having an open house in December, and I really need to get back to my zones, I thought I would join the fun and get back to my better planning self.

Thanks to Tiany for hosting this. It is awesome!

Here are my Monday Meandering plans for this week.....

1. Devotional/Bible Time - I *try* to get up each morning between 5 and 5:30 AM so I can have some prayertime/bible time with God. And then I also do some sort of bible study work each afternoon about 1PM while L. and S. have naptime/resttime.

This week:

AM Time - Joshua - Chapters 9 - 14
Luke- Chapter 8 - 9
Power of the Praying Mother/Wife/Woman by Stormie O'Martian

** In the OT I do 1 chapter a day (sometimes 2 if I get up in time) and use an online commentary to study with. For the NT, I do the same except it usually takes a couple of days to get through one chapter because they are so full of things to really think about and study on.

Afternoon Time - I do a myriad of different things in the afternoon. Different studies I am leading or attending and different books I am reading. Currently these are the books I am working through.
*To Live is Christ by Beth Moore (attending at my friend Deidre's church)
*Grapple (kids study I lead on Wednesdays)
*30 Days To Your Dreams by Dr. Henry Cloud (got this a Women of Faith
and I can't wait to get started this week)

2. "Must -Do" List -

*Decorate for Fall Festival Wednesday Night at church (Monday)
* Decorate for Sparkle & Spice event (thurs/fri)
*Get materials for luminaries for S&S event this weekend
*Home Blessing
*Have A. do thank you notes from her bday.
* Other thank you's

*Do week 1 and 2 of Get ready for Christmas list.

3. Zone - Holiday Grand Cleaning - Master Bedroom and Bathroom

4. Train Them Up - I am currently reading and trying to implement the things I am learning
in Shepherding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp

5. Menu Plan Monday -

*Monday - out to eat

*Tuesday - Crockpot Beef Stroganoff - thanks to Adventures with the Provosts for
this recipe

*Wednesday - FEAST at church for Fall Festival

*Thursday - Cilantro Lime Chicken Cacciatore, Black Beans and Spanish Rice

*Friday - Homemade Pizza

*Saturday - Sparkle & Spice Church event

*Sunday - leftover's day

Have a great day and I hope that you'll visit Tiany and Laura for more Menu Plan Monday and for Monday Meanderings.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Missing Church

My youngest daughter woke up with some sort of stomach bug this morning, so we aren't at church today.
Hubs came and got the older two but L. and I stayed home.
I just hate missing church. It seems to mess up my whole week. BUT we certainly didn't want to take the chance of passing on any germs to anyone else so here I sit.....Still in pj's at 11:39 AM on a Sunday......
What about ya'll? Do you hate it when you have to miss church or is it just me?

Have a great Sunday ya'll!
Hopefully I will be back tomorrow to tell you all about really was awesome!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

What do ya think?

I cannot believe that I am about to post a picture of myself for the whole wide world to see, but really there aren't many of you who read my blog (thanks for those of you who do!) so here goes.

I got a new haircut this morning.......I've never had my hair this short or this.........umm.....assymetrical. But what can I say? I am all about keeping up with the latest fashions. Can't you tell by the striped turtleneck I'm wearing? And what is more in vogue right now than the POB cut?!!?

Check it out.

Here is the 'do from the front

From the right side:

And from the left:

What do you think?

Ya'll have a good weekend.
Me and my new 'do are heading to the big city to the Women of Faith Conference today.
Yeah, I know it doesn't start til tomorrow but a few of us are going early to go here to eat tonight.
Never been but I have heard it is delicious so I am excited!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Hi everyone.
Well - we made it back from our camping trip. It was fun! Hopefully I will find time this week to upload some of the pictures we took and share a bit about the trip.
It was one busy weekend and I am gearing up for another busy week/weekend to come.
Here is my Menu plan for this week! I leave for the Women of Faith Conference on Thursday afternoon so Hubs will be doing the cooking Thursday and Friday.

Monday: Spaghetti with garlic bread
Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Wednesday: FEAST at church
Thursday: Hotdogs and FF
Friday: Lasagna (that I will premake and leave in the fridge for him to cook)
Saturday: depending on when I return we will go out to eat - hopefully
Sunday: leftovers

Have a great day!
Hopefully I will find time to post and check in again this week sometime! Go on over to Laura's for more MPM!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

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Monday, October 15, 2007


HI all!
I feel like I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off! I love the month of October, but somehow it is also the busiest month for my family......right up there with December......
So, if I don't get a lot of posting done, here is why. Our weekend was FULL to the brim of activities. I went to bed last night thinking that this was the fastest weekend I've ever had!
Friday night we attended the local football teams homecoming. We had 3 of our high school girls on the homecoming court and 1 guy who plays for the team. This was the first time we had ever taken the girls to a football game. They had fun - I think. Even though M. thought they were playing tag. We have obviously been neglectful parents in allowing our girls to go to sporting events.....what with football being tag and soccer being kickball!
On Saturday, " Hook" was on TV and since my girls had never seen it, we all sat down as a family in our pj's and watched the movie. They loved it. Then, the little girl I keep, S. had her first birthday party. It was a lot of fun on her grandpa's farm. There was lots of room to run and play and lots of animals to look at. And what could be better than pink cupcakes, pink m&m's and pink cookies. The girls were on a sugar high all evening!
Yesterday of course, was church and then the local community theatre is doing Cinderella right now. So, the girls and I went to see the production. It was a lot of fun and we even had 3 friends who were part of the production - it was great seeing them on stage, the girls really enjoyed that.
That brings me to today and I don't even know where to start. I have the regular house cleaning chores of course, but this week is just more business! Tonight I have bible study - which with all the business I still have two days worth of work to finish before tonight. Hopefully I will get it done (sorry Deidre!). Tomorrow night hubby has a meeting at church, Wednesday is FEAST and our regular Wednesday night activities. We are going to offer our girls another new experience this weekend. We will leave Thursday afternoon to go camping in Blairville, GA. Lots of our family will be joining us on this trip and my mom even did some early Christmas shopping and got us a new tent, some air mattresses, and a heater (she doesn't want her girls getting cold)--Thanks Grammy and Granddaddy! While we are there we may even visit this festival. Should be fun. My oldest, A. turns 6 on Saturday. We will drive home that day and attend a church wide picnic. On Sunday afternoon after church we will do cake and ice cream with the family. I hope - I haven't even found time to send out her invitations yet or planned a cake or anything!!!. Hopefully today............. And sometime this week I need to fit in a hair cut and decide (for sure) if I want to grow it out or cut it indecisiveness is maddening!
That sums up this week for us but the business just continues on right through...........well - maybe sometime after January 15th I can settle down some.
I am usually not this disorganized, nor am I usually this busy. I know the devil is trying to use this business to get me distracted from spending time daily with my Lord and growing closer to Him. Will you pray for me this week that I will be mindful of that and MAKE time for Him?
I know that each of you are as busy as I am so I will be praying for all of you too!
Have a great week and maybe I will find time to post sometime before 2008!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Staying Changed

As most of you know, weekend before last, I went on the Walk to Emmaus.
Now, a lot of people would call this a retreat.....and it is a retreat - of sorts I guess but I prefer to call it a spiritual renewal weekend. Which is what it really was for me.
I've shared before that never have I felt God's love more than on this walk. It was amazing. I came back a changed person I believe.
Well, here is the thing I have been thinking about and that I am concerned about.
I want to remain changed! I want to live as a disciple and true follower and servant of Jesus!

I know lots of folks who've gone on this walk to Emmaus and have had what they might call "Life Changing " experiences. And maybe they came back "on fire for Jesus". But then you see them later on...........a few weeks, a few months or (maybe if they are lucky) a few years later and life in the real world has hit. They seem to have lost it. We get back to being self ISH instead of self LESS!
They no longer are concerned with the "What Would Jesus Do" mentality. Lots of us say we want to be disciples of Christ and remain changed but do we really? We might go on this Walk to Emmaus, or whatever other spiritual renewal event we have attended, and come home just absolutely fired up for the Lord. Promising to be selfless like Jesus. Promising we are going to put other's first and really BE a servant. But the first Sunday morning that we go to church and find someone sitting in our pew then we are just out for the count.
How can we possibly worship when someone has taken OUR seat?
How can we possibly worship when they are playing drums and singing that awful loud music?
How can we possibly worship when that woman was so rude?
How can we possibly worship when we weren't allowed to stand up and announce the things that are important? It is imperative, isn't it that we get to say what we need to during the service?

I don't want this to happen to me. I don't want a "me" church. I want to stay a changed person.
To truly be selfless like Christ and to remain a servant of the Lord. Putting others first and not being concerned with me, ,myself, and I.
It is so disheartening to me to see these people and hear their testimony that the Walk to Emmaus changed this lives (or whatever retreat they've gone on) and then see them return to their same old ways. Ways that do not glorify God. Ways that do not make him famous to others. AND boy does that ever hurt their testimonies......
So, here is my question for you all......

How do I remain changed? I know that no one is perfect and neither do I expect other's to be. BUT I do expect to see effort being made. Evidence of growth and maturing spiritually.
How is done? Obviously, not without the help of the Holy Spirit, but how do we keep that desire to continue being a servant? And not let this world bring us back around to the "me, me, me" syndrome?

In today's society I feel an overwhelming desire to really walk my walk and talk my talk. I want my girls to see what it really like to be a follower of Christ and not just be a person who gives lip service to being a disciple but then goes on about life as they want to.

What do ya'll think?
I'd love to know and discuss as I work through these things.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Hey girls.

My menu plan for this week will seem a bit (a lot) weak, but here it is anyways.

Monday - Spice Rubbed Sauteed Salmon, Mustard Greens and Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday - Crockpot Chili

Wednesday - FEAST at church

Thursday - Hubby and girls will have pizza (I have my once a month bible study meeting)

Friday - Out To Eat

That is all I have for now as I plan to go grocery shopping on Saturday morning for the following two weeks.

Hope you all have a blessed Monday.

Go on over to Laura's to see more menu's!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Thankful Thursday already

WOW. Hard to believe another week has come and gone. So, here I am at Thursday again and it is time for a thankful post. And if ever there was a day when I needed a reminder to count my blessings this is it. SO, here goes.

**I'm thankful for the rain outside. Yes, it is a little dreary but we need the rain so I am thankful for it.

**I'm thankful for the gift of this past weekend. It really was a gift in the truest sense of the word.

**I'm thankful for the 3 little girls God has entrusted to my care to raise. They are also gifts in my life and they remind me to focus my sights on the LORD above.

**I'm thankful for the innocence of them. My two year old has been reminding me lately about who creates each day for me. She told me one morning when she woke that "God hadn't turned on the daylight yet so it wasn't time to get up." What a blessed reminder that HE creates each day.

**I'm thankful to have this day to live for HIM.

**I'm thankful HE will see me through all of the trails in my life.

**I'm thankful for His grace. I don't deserve HIM AND HE loves me anyways.

**I'm thankful for friends who love me and don't mind sharing that with me.

**I'm thankful for the group of 4th and 5th graders that HE has entrusted to my guidance on Wednesday nights. I pray that I might make HIM famous with them!

Blessings everybody. I will be reading your thankful lists. I need reminders this day!

Go on over to Sting My Heart for more thankful Thursdays!

Monday, October 1, 2007

My Walk to Emmaus


I just want you to know that my walk to Emmaus was INCREDIBLE!!!!
I grew up in church. Always being told how much Jesus loved me. I knew all the right answers. BUT it wasn't until this weekend that I really FELT how big HIS great love is for me.

It really was an amazing weekend. Nothing could prepare me for it. It was something I had to experience. And I really don't have adequate words to describe to you what it really meant to me!!!

I just began a new bible study "To Live Is Christ" a study on the life of Paul (by Beth Moore) with Deidre.
I realized yesterday as I was doing my study, that I had been a bit (a lot) like Paul when he was still Saul. I have been a Pharisee. I knew the law and tried to obey but I just didn't get the LOVE that was supposed to go with it as I should have.
Well, God blessed me this weekend in a way that I NEVER imagined. I know how much HE loves me now. I hope to bring that love to everyone around me and stop being a Pharisee.....
I hope you all are having a great week so far.
I have A LOT to catch up on!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Honestly, I am shocked that it is already Thursday again!
WOW. Time does fly, doesn't it?
Well - I have tons to be thankful for this week so here goes.
* I am thankful for the opportunity that has been given to me to go on The Walk To Emmaus this weekend.
*I am thankful that the LORD will be with me and will see me through.
*I am thankful that this is an opportunity for me to just get away - and get closer - to HIM this weekend.
*I am thankful for sweet friends who agreed to take our girls for the weekend so hubs doesn't have to get everyone ready and to the church on Sunday by 6:30 AM..........because that (obviously) would be a time filled with wailing and gnashing of teeth and would leave everyone in a foul mood!
*I am thankful that hubs gets to go to the Hockey Game with his Dad this weekend.
* I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to study the life of Paul with a new group of ladies who I don't know yet but whom I'm looking forward to meeting.
*I am thankful that I got to meet a new friend this week. I already feel blessed to know you, Deidre!
*I am thankful for all of you, who will pray for my weekend and my anxiety as I go.
*I am thankful for my great Deliverer, who can and will (in his time) deliver me from this anxiety/fear problem because I KNOW he didn't give me a spirit of fear!
*I am thankful for the sweet Godly woman who sent me lots of scriptures to pray and steps to take to break free of this spirit of fear.
Hope you all have fabulous Thursday and if you think of it, please pray for me this weekend.
See ya on Monday! For more thankful lists go visit Lynn!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Last night I was flipping through the TV channels, while doing laundry, and came upon Dr. Phil. Now, I don't think Dr. Phil is bad - I actually believe he has some worthwhile things to say most of the time. But, it isn't a show I normally watch.
Anyways - TD Jakes was on the show last night. So, since he was on there to help "counsel" the people on the show - I was very interested in hearing what he would say to people. I figured that this man who pastors a church of 30,000 members would be "representin'" for the faith!
I was sorely disappointed!
He helped counsel a husband and wife on the brink of divorce. The wife thinks the husband should be making more money to provide her the kind of lifestyle she desires. Both TD Jakes and Dr. Phil told the husband that he needed to really pay attention to what the wife was asking him for.
He helped counsel a man who was angry at the world. And he helped counsel a couple whose son had shot himself accidentally with a gun from their home.

None of the advice given to these people was bad really, but here is what disappointed me. I never once heard him ask these people if they had a church or christian counselor to go to. Nor did he mention the bible -what God would say about the situation. Or even mention that God was the way to healing for these people......

I suppose, maybe, he wasn't allowed to say anything because it was the Dr. Phil show?
And to give him the benefit of a doubt, he could have talked to each one of them about God AFTER the show......
I just was sorely disappointed. I thought for sure that TD Jakes would be turning these people to the LORD. Not just aiding in giving them the clinical psychology answers to their problems.
Anyone else see it? Here is a link if you want to check it out.
Any thoughts?
Hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

We are going to be very busy this week -- well - I am. SO, I will only be cooking twice this week but I thought I'd share with you all anyways. Here is my menu plan for the week.

Monday - Fish Taco's with Chipotle Cream Sauce, black beans, spanish rice

Tuesday - 40 Clove Garlic Chicken - done in the crockpot!, green beans, roasted sweet potatoes

Wednesday - FEAST at church

Thursday - Hotdogs and FF for Hubs and girls. I am heading out of town for the Walk to Emmaus. (Pray for me!)

Friday - Girls go to friends for the weekend and hubs fends for himself for the weekend with everyone gone.

I do have a question for you great ladies out there. I have ordered The Master's Diet. Does anyone else subscribe to this diet or have your read it? What are your thoughts?

Any nutritionists out there who would like to share your thoughts on it?

I feel the need for my family to eat healthier.....what do ya'll think about this diet?

Thanks and go on over to Laura's place for more menu plans!
***UPDated to add: Sorry! It is the Maker's Diet. Here is a link!***

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Thankful Thursday

HI all! It is Thursday again and now is the time to share my list of things I'm grateful for this week.

*I'm thankful for all of you who pray for me and my anxiety and don't make me feel silly. Unfortunately, I'm made to feel silly a lot.

*I'm thankful that my dentist appointment yesterday is over with and I did make it through.

*I'm thankful that God was with me through the dentist appointment and that He is always with me whenever I ask!

*I"m thankful for my sweet girls. Even when they are whiny (like today because we all have colds) --because they are GIFTS from the Lord!

** And I am thankful (jumping for joy thankful) that the weather is starting to cool off. Fall is my favorite of all seasons and I cannot wait to wear my sweaters!

Blessings on this Thursday to all of you.

If you wanna join thankful Thursday, go on over to Sting My Heart.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Anxiety/ prayer request

HI Girls! This is petty I know it is, but humor me please. This is where I am today.
I haven written before about my anxiety problems and today I stand in need of prayer.
I have a dentist appointment in T-minus-2 hours and 4 minutes and counting!
I have 4 (yes I said 4) cavities that are being filled today.(*In my defense - 3 of the cavities are old fillings that have leaked* - don't know why I feel the need to justify.(
Thus the anxiety........or at least part of it. It has been a LONG time since I've had cavities and have had to get shots in my mouth. Therefore I'm nervous about that.
Here is the other part.
I have mytral valve regurgitation. Which basically means my mytral value leaks. SO, whenever I go to the dentist - I have to take antibiotics just in case they introduce any bacteria into my system. Because if they did add bacteria - it could set up an infection around my heart- and cause life-threatening problems.
NOW - for most people (sane people?) this isn't that big of a concern. They take the antibiotics which is 4 - 500 mg of Amoxicillin knowing that will get rid of all the bacteria one might have and there is no need to worry about infection.
BUT - for me - with this anxiety stuff going on - 1000 mG of Amoxicillin isn't cutting it.
My anxious mind worries:
What if it doesn't work?
What if I have a reaction to the Novocaine and my already speeding heart rate goes up even more?
What if I have a panic attack while he is working on my teeth?
Yada...yada....... and this list goes on and on.
I can already feel my anxiousness starting to rise up within me. The shaky, clammy hands. The heart palpitations. The anxious spirit.
Will you pray for me this day? That I will remember what Paul said to the Philippians in chapter 4 verses 4 - 9? That I will do ok and have no reaction to the shots in my mouth?
And please do continue to pray as this day continues because my fear of infection won't stop this morning............Just pray that God will see me through!
THANKS everyone!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday's In Other Words

"They gave our Master a crown of thorns.

Why do we hope for a crown of roses?”

I often wonder why we Christians always think our lives should be easy and go just as we think it should. I am embarrassed to admit that I, also, have had expectation of "the good life" from time to time. There was a part of me that thought when I became engaged to a pastor that my marriage would be just the! And that hubs
and I would just get along famously all the time and our marriage would never be
any work at all.


I've learned that isn't so. Marriage is hard work no matter what. And I think that life is designed that way on purpose. I think God allows the things in our lives to be difficult on us so that we learn to lean on him at all times!

It amazes me how many times I hear people say "God will never give you more than you can handle". I hear it all the time. When someone is sick in a family, the people say "But, HE will not give us more than we can bear". This is a comforting statement - but it isn't what the bible says really. We are all usually looking for a reason to believe that God really does want our lives to be a bed of roses.

When people use this statement, they are usually referring to 1 Corinthians 10:13 which reads:

13"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.".

This verse really isn't about God giving us more than we can handle in our lives, instead it is really referring to the temptations in our lives. It clearly states that none of our personal temptations are anything other than what is common for all of us. It does say that He will never allow us to be tested beyond what we can bear but go on and read the rest of the you see it? It says that when we are tempted (BECAUSE we WILL be tempted) that He will provide a way out so we can stand up against the temptation.

See, I believe that God does give us more than we humanly can handle in life so that we will turn to HIM. Otherwise - we would be able to boast of our own strength and how we "made it through". If we can handle it on our own - then we wouldn't need to depend on God and then it is just us making it through on pure human will and determination.

I believe God gives us MORE than we can handle because it is an opportunity for us to make HIM famous and be HIS glory revealed. If we are going through something that is humanly impossible and yet, through HIS greatness we are able to handle it and can share that with the world, then WOW! We are making him famous. And isn't that what life is really all about? Knowing God and making him known to others?

If Jesus, our LORD and Savior, wasn't given life on "easy" street, why should we think we deserve that? God never promised us that life. He did promise that HE would always be with us and see us through. As hard as it is, I am trying to be thankful when God gives me more than I can handle because it gives me the opportunity to lean on HIM. And with HIM, I can make though whatever comes my way. Maybe not with a crown of roses - living it up and easy street, but I will take the hard street anytime if it means I am growing closer to my maker!

Blessings on each of you today. Go on over to Sting My Heart for more IOW.>

Thursday, September 13, 2007

ThankfuL Thursday

It is time for me to count my blessings again. Always a good thing to do and this morning is such to be the encouragement that I need it to be!

**I'm thankful for my family. God has given me a wonderful husband and three sweet girls and each of them are a gift from above!

**I'm thankful for God's provision in my life. That HE is my Bread of Life.

**I'm thankful for God's Word! He always speaks to me though his word and this week has been no exception.

**I'm thankful for God for WHO he is. He is my creator, my Jehovah Jirah, my all in all. And I am just grateful that he loves me enough to save me.

**I'm thankful for my VW's group of girls that I will get together with tonight to discuss the first chapter of this book. It is always a refreshing time and I look forward to it each and every month.

**I'm thankful for you all who read and leave me such sweet encouraging comments! You can never know how much it means to me!

Have a great Thursday everybody! For more thankful thursday's go visit Iris at Sting My Heart.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Fasting and Prayer

There are a few things going on in my life right now that I feel the Lord is calling me to fast over.

However, I am a little bit afraid to fast. With all the health issues I've had lately it is a bit scary to think about going without food totally for 24 hours.

And then there is the whole leaving off the coffee for 24 hours part of it. Even though I drink only 1 cup of 1/2 caff. coffee in the mornings, I don't think it will be good. The last time I went without my morning cup of java - my head was hurting by 9:30 am. AND stayed hurting all day until I drank some dr. pepper. I need to tell you that I don't even drink carbonated beverages usually. BUT I had no coffee and I needed the caffeine. BAD - I know but I am worried about this part of it. I don't know how well I can focus on praying with my head pounding. That is a pickle.

I have been researching this topic and see that there are many kinds of fasts. People fast from many things.

*There are literal fasts. Fasting totally from food and water for different lengths of time. I do not think that I can start with this one at all. I'm afraid health wise, this would be an UN wise decision!

*There are liquid fasts. This is fasting from all solid foods. Drinking PLENTY of water and juices. Juices being fruit and vegetable juices.

*There are partial fasts. This is when someone fasts from certain types of food. This reminds of Lent in some ways. When Christians give up a certain food or certain types of food for the season of Lent. In order that when they crave that particular food, they are reminded to pray.

*NOW, I can also see that there can be other kinds of fasting. Fasting from things like making negative comments, or having a bad attitude or even whatever bad habit one might have.

Well, I got to wondering what ya'll think about this.

Do any of you spend time in fasting and prayer?

If so what kind of fasting do you do?

Do you think it has to be a full on TOTAL fast?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Prayers Needed

Please go over and pray for Amy. She and her family need your prayers today!

Prayers and Menu Plan Monday

Hi Ladies.

I first want to thank you ALL for praying for me and my girls this past weekend. God answered your prayers in a big way. I had decided I was going to "tough it out" and work through being here alone with God's help. He had help in a different way. On Friday afternoon, late, ,my sweet mom who lives 5 hours away from me called and asked if she and her husband could come visit us for the weekend. They drove all the way here after work on Friday and got here about 12am on Saturday. They stayed until yesterday morning. I was so happy for have them and have been so grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his answers!

I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to update you all before now. We stayed busy. Thank you again for your prayers! You don't know how much your sweet comments and prayers mean to me!!!!

So, on to other business. Here is my menu plan for this week!

Monday - Boston Butt Pork Roast with Cornbread/Sausage Stuffed apples (Southern Living Sept. 2007 issue) and possibly a green salad.

Tuesday - Layered Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday - FEAST at church

Thursday - Pizza (for girls and hubby) I will be at a bible study so I will grab something on the way.

Friday - I am hosting a Chez Ami party (Children's Clothing Trunk Show. You can order something through me if you like =)) . I will be making various appetizers so hubby and kids will have that too!

Saturday - BBQ Ribs, mac and cheese, and green beans

Sunday - leftovers

If you want to see more menu plans this week, go on over to Laura's.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Prayer Request & a couple of pics.

HI all! I wanted to ask a prayer request for me and my girls this weekend.

Hubby is going to be out of town and I am a BIG chicken so say a prayer for us this weekend.

Specifically pray that I don't have an anxiety attack about being here alone and start thinking I'm having a heart attack......As well as for our actual protection..........AND lastly that I will remember that God is in charge and to trust HIM!!!! I am so thankful to be able to call on your wonderful girls to pray for us!!!

And lastly, I wanted to share some pics. of my girls we did this past weekend!

I am going to put a chair rail up in our den and put pictures all along it. The problem is that I took 171 pictures (literally) and I have to choose which ones to pick!!!! These are a few of the ones I really like.
Have a great weekend girls and thanks for the prayers!

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Win this!

Hey. I was over at Lisa's place and saw that we could all win this. Some of you might now care about owning something like this but I sure would LOVE it.

Check it out and sign up to win! Go to now. The grew September giveaway is awesome!

I AM - Lesson 14

Well, here we are again! Time for lesson #14 . It is hard to believe that the whole thing is almost done. What will we post about and discuss on Wednesdays?

Here are the burning questions of today.....

1. We talked of the importance of encouragement when God has called us to task. Has a lack of encouragement or even ridicule ever taken you back to a place of insufficiency you thought you had conquered? I have to say that I don't think I've been driven back to a place of insufficiency because I think I am still working to a place that I don't feel insufficient. That is one of the devil's easiest ways to get to me and I think one of the ways he tries (over and over) to convince me that I'm not "saved" -- because he knows that I already feel insufficient and so he tries to keep me there. I am working with the Lord to get out of this "pit" and become more than a conqueror IN HIM!!!

2. Is there someone you know right now who is attempting a new ministry that could use a world of encouragement from you? Why do you think this thing may be scary for her? Will you commit to write a note, make a call, or send an email with a dose of courage inside? I don't know about this one. I will have to think about it. I don't know many folks who are starting new ministries......Actually the Lord just brought someone to mind and I WILL promise to send an encouraging word her way!

3. Read Moses' song in Exodus 15:3-18. What line speaks to you most? Why does it touch you? Today it is verses 11 - 13 that touch me most --

"Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? You stretched out your right hand and the earth swallowed them. In our unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling."

WOW!!! I love these words! I even have the last part(vs 13) already underlined in my bible. It is an awesome promise isn't it? There is NO ONE like HIM and he leads ME with his unfailing love and guide ME with his strength. What a promise to hang onto!!!!

4. Based on the applications of living either inside or outside the Promise, where would you now say you currently reside? I am just going to be REAL here and say I'm a little unsure. I do struggle with unbelief and my prayer almost daily is "Lord, heal my unbelief". While I do believe that I accepted the salvation of the Lord long ago....the devil tries to keep me from believing it. And, unfortunately he has had (and continues to have) some success in telling me this lie. Which means that maybe I'm just in the desert and not in either place.........because the unbelief problem would mean I'm outside the promise and yet the devils lies that are keeping me from my full effectiveness would be living inside the promise? I'm just a little confused! =)

5. If you are 'Somewhere in the Middle' between the girl you were and the one you want to be, how do you plan on changing that? Is there a barrier you feel you can't climb? Knowing God is for you and this study group is for you, is there a way we can help? From what I said in the last question, I think we all know I am somewhere in the middle....My plan for changing that ? Continue to press on with the Lord, praying -studying - learning -- TRUSTING- choosing those things each day. My barrier is trust but I think I am climbing it - inch by inch--- or somedays millimeter by millimeter.... How can you help? PRAY that the Lord will heal my unbelief and heal my anxiety and fear that go right along with it!

THANKS prayer warriors!!!

Have a blessed Wednesday!!!! Gotta go get to the housework of the day!

Monday, September 3, 2007

Labor Day

Labor Day is supposed to be a day of rest for most I think. The last hurrah of summer complete with cookouts and all.
But, alas, in this household that is not to be today.
Today I have a list of things a MILE long to get done.
Including, but not limited to,

1. I have a Dentist appointment at 10AM. Not real sure why the dentist is open today but he is.
2. I cannot do a Menu Monday post until I actually make the menu. SO - Making a menu and a grocery list are next.
3. Actually go to the grocery store so my family can eat.
4. I had an order for 50 cheer bows that are due tomorrow. I have made all of them except for putting the hardware on them but that will take a while. And, since I've only put the hardware on about 7 that leaves me 43 more to go -- TODAY. That is probably where I will spend most of my time today and just pray I will get it done.
5. My girls are getting haircuts today. A friend is coming over to do it.
6. Laundry day at my house. Which IF I was having an actual vacation day - I would skip. But with everything else on my list- I just might at well go ahead and get it done.

Maybe I will be able to get back to you all with the Menu later today (I know you are waiting with bated breath).
We will see!

I hope you all have a fabulous, RESTFUL, last hurrah of summer!

Blessings on each of you!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Making It!

I took two of my girls and dropped them off at school this morning for their first day. M. (my 4 year old) is in a 5 day a week pre-k program. A. (my 5 year old) started Kindergarten today.

Ironically, I didn't have a hard time leaving M. but I teared up quite a few times in leaving A. -- I think it is because pre- K still gives me images of M. being little. But, A. - well she is now in "big kid" school, complete with an agenda and homework.....I cannot believe that she isn't little anymore. I feel like we have closed a chapter in her life and have started a new one......sad but also so exciting.

Leaving them at school and thinking about all of this stuff got me to thinking about something else.

I got to thinking about what I am teaching my girls and really how little time I have to really influence my girls. The most important thing I can do for my children is teach them to love the Lord. I feel a real sense of urgency to do this!

Time flies.

I've always heard this saying but today I believe it more than ever. I feel such a need to make sure my girls love the Lord and really have a desire to serve him and learn about HIM.

And I know one way that I am going to be better at what I teach them. I have a group of ladies I meet with once a month, we call ourselves VW's, to do bible study with. I cannot tell you what a precious group of women these are to me. (Sidebar: If you don't belong to a small group of women who study God's word together and love on one another --find one. I repeat -- FIND ONE NOW! If you are near me, you are welcome to join mine! A group like this one is a REAL blessing from above) In our group, we are starting a new book to study together called Shepherding A Child's Heart by Tedd Tripp.

I am so looking forward to getting started on this book and really learning how to shepherd them the way Jesus shepherd's me.
If you have any interest at all in reading this book with me, let me know and maybe we could set something up and talk about the questions together out there in cyberspace somewhere.....
I don't know about you, but disciplining my children is one of the hardest things for me. It isn't that I don't have ways of doing it, I am just wondering how effective they are and I think this book is going to teach me new and more importantly, *BIBLICAL* ways to discipline my girls!

So, for those of you out there who knew this was going to be a difficult day for me -- sending a child to Kindergarten, know I'm making it. I am looking so forward to them coming back home though so I can hear how much they loved (i'm hoping) school!

Blessings ya'll!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Go see what you can win!

But I really hope I do. (sorry).

I was visiting at Come To The Table and found this link to win this adorable bag! I LOVE the chocolate and blue together! Beautiful!

GO here and check it out! You will want to sign up to win too!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Quiet Times

Hi girls!
I was over visiting Deidre, at For Such A Time As This, and she was talking about her quiet time this morning and that got me thinking about my own quiet time.

I have, in the past, gotten up at 5am to do my quiet time ( as it is the only true QUIET time in my house). I LOVE getting up that early as it REALLY DOES make my day better! I usually have a bible study that I am working on that I do during my quiet time. I usually also spend some time in prayer and also pray for hubby using The Power of a Praying Wife book by Stormie O'Martian. (Which I HIGHLY recommend if you don't have it).

Right now though - I am not doing a certain bible study. SO, I've been reading through the bible which I intend to continue but I was wondering about your quiet times with the Lord.

What do you do?
What books do you use? Besides the Bible of course.
How long does it last?
What time of day do you do you quiet time?

I'd love to hear from as many of you as possible because along with reading my bible, I'd love a study book that is good for quiet time reading!

Thanks everybody and thanks Deidre for getting me thinking!

Monday, August 27, 2007

Menu Plan Monday

Well, we made it back safely from Georgia yesterday. EXHAUSTED but safe! Thanks for all the prayers girls!

Since I have so much housecleaning to accomplish today after being gone for 4 days, I decided to post my menu. I am always looking for new recipes for my family. I am especially on the lookout for crock pot recipes that are healthy to do each Tuesday since we have such a tight schedule on Tuesdays......if you have any great ones, please share!!!

Monday - Chicken and bowtie pasta, garlic bread

Tuesday - Crockpot Italian Beef (from Anne's Cafe- go check it out!) with sweet/white potatoes

Wednesday - FEAST at church

Thursday - Almond-Crusted Tilapia, green beans, and cous cous

Friday - out to eat

Saturday - I'm not sure but maybe chicken taco's, Spanish rice and black beans

Sunday - leftover buffet

Have a great Monday everyone and for more great menu plans go on over to Laura's place.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

One Last Trip

My girls and I are making one last trip to Georgia for this weekend. School starts next week for 2 of my girls so it's back to the daily grind then but for now we are headed out!
My best friend growing up, S got married in Aruba last week and is having a party this weekend to celebrate with everyone. It should be lots of fun! Maybe I will even have a few pictures to share next week.....
Hope you all have a great weekend and please pray for traveling mercies for my girls and I today and Sunday when we start back home.
Blessings on you all!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I AM - Lesson 13

Ya'll. Lisa has really done it this time! Lesson 13 of the I AM (so you don't have to be) study is the best one yet (in my humble opinion). It has really spoken to me today, so run, RUN, RUN on over to The Preacher's Wife and join in!

Here are the burning questions and my answers for this week!

1. Do you struggle with a sense of self-worth? How do you perceive this has affected the way you are able to 'keep your head upright'? If not, do you know someone who suffers in this area? I would be lying if I said that I didn't struggle with a sense of self-worth. To be honest, I think it is the biggest struggle of all for me! It seems ALL of my other , hm-hum, "issues" can all be traced back to a lack of self- worth. The biggest being the trust issues I have. I do think, though, that I have made some improvement in the area with time. So, I have days when keeping my head upright is not a problem and then there are days when all I can do is hang my head and cry.

2. What are you most afraid of? Does this fear affect the way you move through life? (Ex. Are you overprotective with children? Afraid to take risks?) Oh goodness. I've had a trial as of late with the fear of death. That it will hurt. That I will leave my kids and husband alone without me. And really - it isn't that I don't think they will be OK without me - it's just I don't want to miss it all! This has been a HUGE struggle and has for the past year really affected my life. I've been to more dr's than I care to admit. BUT - I am beginning to work through it all and by leaning on GOD - I will be victorious!

3. What is one of the most marvelous ways God has provided a need? I can't wait to hear your stories on this one! One of the most marvelous ways God has provided for me is by allowing me this outlet of blogging. New friends, that I may never meet, some that I might - but having real friends who love you no matter what your issues are was a need and HE has provided that...........maybe that isn't what you are looking for. In a more "NEED" way - this happened for my family this year -- Our 4 year old gets to go to pre-k for free because this year we qualified for the program where as last year we did not. And that was God's provision because our insurance is going up too and we really aren't expecting a large raise in salary this coming year.

4. Steve Brown, a Moody Broadcasting Bible Teacher, is one of the first people I ever heard teach the concept that God was not mad at me. I grew up in a denomination that led me to believe He was in a continuous state of disappointment over my failures. How about you? Though in your heart you know God says He loves you, does Satan in your mind ever try to convince you otherwise? OH yes, the devil tries his hardest to make me believe that Jesus is keeping a tally of my "score" and if the good doesn't outweigh the bad then too bad for me. And he whispers things about how bad I am and that I can't possibly be going to heaven.........I've learned not to let him win though.

5. How close are you to your own Promised Land? Not at all, 1/2 way, almost there? By this I mean the place of abundant living and effectiveness here on earth, not the ultimate fulfillment in Glory! Though I hope you are going to heaven, I don't want it to be today! :) I tend to be a pessimist but as I look at this realistically, I'd say I'm at least 1/2 way. I'm learning more everyday and do feel that God is calling me to a certain purpose. I'd love it if you'd pray with me that I receive a feeling of certainty toward this calling and that if it is so, then God will begin to open the doors! There is NOTHING I want more that authenticity in HIM - to be and do what He has planned for me.

That's it! Hope you all have a fabulous day!