Monday, March 31, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Here is my menu plan for this week -- that is IF our days go as planned. Things never seem to go exactly as we plan - but that is alright, too.

Monday - Taco's, black beans and spanish rice

Tuesday - Stir Fry Chicken and veggies served over rice

Wednesday - FEAST at church

Thursday - heading out of town to a friends house for a couple of days.....

Friday - out of town

Saturday - Hubs and I are working Parent's Night Out at church. We will order pizza for all the kids.

Sunday - leftovers/ sandwiches

Yes, I know - last week was Spring Break around here but for some reason there is a Teacher Workday this Friday so our kids are out of school again. So, we are going to visit some friends for a day or two. For more Menu Plan Monday go on over and visit Laura.
Have a great Monday everyone.
Now it is back to my mounds of laundry that need to get done!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Birth Control - Christian or not?

As I am 17 weeks pregnant with my 4th (and probably final) child, I am coming to a point where I am questioning some of my belief systems from the past.
I've always just accepted that birth control was ok and really no big deal to God one way or another. Matter of fact, I've been on birth control off and on since shortly before I married. Again, I have never really thought much about it. Everybody does it. Everyone decides how many children they want and then do what it takes to keep it that way.
I thought I had this all figured out. Actually, I was just blindly following those who've told me it was ok in the past and have never really met too many folks who disagreed.
I figured we would get to the end of having the number of children that we wanted in our family and then hubs would go and have a little surgery and that would be that.

But, as that gets closer to being a reality in my life, I have begun to wonder where did I really get these beliefs?

What does the bible have to say about birth control?

Since God is sovereign, shouldn't HE be in charge of the number of children we have instead of us controlling it in any way?

But then, since God is sovereign, isn't He bigger than birth control anyway and if he decides we will have more kids, then we will- right?

And a myriad of other questions following the same line of thinking! SO, that's the question girls!
What are your thoughts on birth control as Christians and how does it line up biblically?

I'd love all the help I can get while I am working through this issue in my life!
Thanks everybody!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Should've known better!!!

When I am 16 weeks pregnant and have been working through a fear of dying for a year now, and I come upon an article entitled, "More American Women Dying During Childbirth", you'd think some common sense would set in. Common sense would say -- DON'T READ IT!

What did I choose? yep - I read it.

I have a feeling my truth cards with my scriptures on fear are going to be prevalent again for a while.

Should've known better.........

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Questions from a 4 year old

Last night, after bath time, the girls were watching a little t.v. with Daddy before bedtime. They were watching The Andy Griffith Show.
My 4 year old asked: "Do they always wear grey?"
I just love questions like that! So sweet!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and A Menu Plan

Yesterday at church we celebrated Palm Sunday , as most of you did , I am sure. Our service was one of music from the adult choir and some readings mostly. The children did a processional with the palm branches during the hymn, "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna." From there we had 3 or 4 other songs and readings.
What I'd really like to share with you all though is that we ended our service in a very somber mood. The last hymn, was "Were You There?" I had a hard time even singing the words I felt so during that song......"I so don't deserve what he did for me."
As my hubs said yesterday, yes - we really all were there on that day, weren't we? It was for ALL of our sin that Jesus died on that cross.
And praise be to HIM that come Easter we will have a big celebration at our church because we will all know - HE IS RISEN!!
Some people probably don't like the idea of being left in such a sad place at the end of a worship service. But I for one - think it is the perfect thing to set the tone for this Holy Week.

I hope that each of you can take the time this week to walk with Jesus through His last week.
Here are some scripture suggestions my husband gave our church yesterday.

Monday - Jesus at Bethany and Jerusalem - Read Matthew 26: 1 - 35

Tuesday - The Garden of Gethsemane - Read Matthew 26: 36- 56

Wednesday - Jesus Before the High Priest - Read Matthew 26: 57- 75

Thursday - Jesus Before Pilate - Read Matthew 27: 11- 31

Friday - The Crucifixion of Jesus - Read Matthew 27: 32-61

Saturday - The Guard at the Tomb - Read Matthew 27:62- 66

Sunday - The Resurrection - Read Matthew 28: 1- 20

And lastly, since I am beginning to get back on track and plan menu's for my family - I'd like to share it with you.

Monday: BBQ Ribs, Mac and cheese, green beans, bread

Tuesday: Cheesy stuffed turkey burgers and homemade french fries

Wednesday: FEAST at church

Thursday: Italian Veggie soup and bread, salad if anyone wants one

Friday: out to eat

Saturday: leftover's night

Sunday: Salmon, Rice, Zucchini & Tomatoes

For more MPM, go on over and visit Laura!
Have a blessed Monday everyone!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Please pray for this family

I was visiting my friend, Tracy, today and found this link and after reading this family's story, I HAD to ask you to please go and visit Cynthia Walking On. She and her family really need your prayers.
I was going to post a Thankful Thursday post today and I do have ever so much to be thankful for! Please, please go and offer your support and prayers for this family.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Looking Back to Believing God

Hi everybody. I am finally starting to better. The iron is kicking in and doing it's job I think and taking your advice and resting between activities is helping too. So, maybe I will be able to find time to write more than one post a week now......We will see.

I have been hinting at writing a post about this for some time now.

I am leading Beth Moore's Believing God study at church right now. If you haven't done this study, it is a wonderful study and I highly recommend it! And if you click on that link, you can actually register to do the study online which is pretty cool if you ask me. Which nobody did......but anyway. The study is all about Believing God for all that he is and all that he says. NOT just believing IN God. Well, I am here to tell ya'll that God has been preparing me to lead this study for the past two years and I had NO idea that is what was going on. I believe that God was saying to me that if I was going to lead this study I better, by golly, get it this time! I better be believing HIM!
See, I've have led this study once in the past and I, obviously, didn't get it the first time around. AH, but this time, this time, things are different.

From where I sit today, I can look back at my life over the past two years and know that God has been preparing me to lead this study.
If you've visited my blog very much at all, you know that I have struggled with a season of great fear and anxiety in my life in the past couple of years. I have had huge battle's in mistrust and unbelief. I have had big battle's with worry and fear.

I have struggled and fought and battled and been beaten down, BUT God has seen me through and unbeknownst to me -- has intended all of this stuff for good in my life. I should've known -- I mean Romans 8:28 says it plainly that God works all things for the good of those called according to his purpose, right?
Anyway -back to my story. That battle isn't completely won, but oh, just look at the work God has been doing in my life!!!

Way back last May, when my bible study group had finished studying Beth Moore's Breaking Free, (again - another fabulous study) they wanted to do another study and we ended up doing Beth's The Patriarch's. It is amazing how even then God led me to Hebrews 11 to find that study and - oh, are ya'll ready for this? It is just so exciting to see God at work -- Hebrews 11, which is the Hall of Faith, fills two whole weeks of study in Believing God. Can you stand it? God knew I was going to need some background and rich understanding of the Patriarch's to fully "get it" when time to lead Believing God rolled around.

AND then! Back in September, I had the opportunity to go on the Walk to Emmaus and really learn what God's love and grace are all about. See, if you don't know God's love and grace - you cannot believe him for all that he is and all that he does! I can't tell ya'll how many different times in the past 7 years that I have been married that the chance to go one the walk to Emmaus was discussed for me - but it just never happened. It never happened because last September? THAT was when God wanted it to happen!!!

One of the weeks in this study is all about believing that God still does miracles. Can I just tell ya'll that I got mine and I KNOW God is still in the miracle business?!!?

Girls, my heart is just so full when I see that God has been really there and preparing me for this study. I still have days when worry and fear get to me, but I also know that GOD is in charge and that HE is preparing me for something and I believe that it is more than "just" this study. I have learned so much this time around about believing God and his promises. And I know he has more for me in the future. TO end, I find it only fitting to state the 5 statement Pledge of Faith from Believing God.

This is what I believe:

1. God is who He says He is.
2. God can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God's word is alive and active in me.


Hope ya'll are having a great Monday and I will talk to ya'll soon!

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Pregnancy Update

Hi everyone! Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it!
I did go to the doctor this week and it isn't my sugar. Well, I really don't think they checked my sugar because the first time they checked it - it was like 77 even after eating.
However, they did run some blood tests and came back with Anemia.
So, I am not taking extra iron two times a day. Hopefully, it will get rid of all the weird symptoms.

Of course, I don't expect it to get rid of the pressure and I will take all of your advice and try and rest in between activities!

On another note -- the baby's heart rate was 167 - so I officially believe that it is another girl. =)
My other three had heart rates that high.

Hope you are all having a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Pregnancy Advice? Anyone? Anyone?

Hey girls!
Let me just first say that I know this post is going to sound like a LOT of complaining and really I guess it will be -- so go ahead and stop reading if you don't want to hear it.

BUT - if you can take a little complaining, I'm in need of some advice.

You'd think I have this pregnancy thing all figured out. After all, it is my FOURTH time. But ya'll.
This pregnancy in just 14 weeks has been so different from all three of my other ones. And I an in need of some help!

First, I don't forget that I have had "the crud" that everyone else has had for the past three weeks. Including two different days in two different weeks that were filled with vomiting. I still have tons of congestion in my head and lots of coughing going on.

Now, here's the rest of the story.

1. I have had a headache EVERY DAY of this pregnancy. Seriously. And since I've had the crud, it has only offered me brief reprieves from the pain.

2. I have also been incredibly thirsty during this pregnancy so far. To the point that I wake up in the mornings so thirsty I can't hardly stand it. Couple that with not being able to drink a lot of water at once because it makes you nauseous, and it becomes a problem.

3. I already have huge amounts of pressure from this baby. I mean the kind of pressure one usually feels in their nether regions and behind area after the baby has dropped and is about to be born. Literally, if I spend my mornings doing house work, by 1PM I have to spend the rest of the day on the couch because I ache so badly.

All this combined and I am beginning to wonder if something is wrong.
Yesterday morning I called my dr.'s office to ask they thought I should come in and have my blood sugar tested because of the thirstiness and headaches.
The nurse asked a lot of questions about things and decided that since my blood pressure runs about 100/56 that my headaches probably weren't from that. She sent a note back to a dr. who decided that he thinks I am fine right now not to have my sugar tested but if I start having any of the "other symptoms of diabetes" that I should call back. Here is one questions -- what are the other symptoms of diabetes?
The thing here is -- ya'll know my battle with fear in the last year. Ya'll know that the devil is so using all these symptoms to really get to me. I am trying to BELIEVE like I am learning in bible study that God is still taking care of everything.
But, I am also trying to discern whether or not I should be calling the doctor back and just going on in since I don't go back for two more weeks.

SO, here are my questions? For any of you out there who have knowledge about this stuff? What do you think? Is it just fear or should I be more concerned and be setting an appointment?

Also, anyone out there with 4 children, is this much pressure normal the 4th time around?

Here's hoping ya'll can help me! If you can answer any of my questions, I SO look forward to some responses!
Thanks everybody!