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Friday Faves

I thought I would end the week with a few of my current favorites –

Book – I am currently reading, “Loving Your Kids On Purpose” by Danny Silk. LOVE this book so far! It has been convicting, challenging & encouraging – and I am only on Chapter 4!

Blog Post – This one is actually from a few weeks ago, but I started using the Bible reading guide she mentioned & I love it! And I think many of us can relate with what she says – The Hardest Thing To Do Is Open Your Bible

“Mommy” Moment – Sitting outside yesterday with Michael & Kate, watching them play in the dirt – Such innocent, childlike fun. Who needs toys when we have dirt?!?

“Me” Moment – Monday night my sweet hubby played with the kids & put them to bed so I could go out with a friend to eat dinner, shop at the mall, and eat frozen yogurt! Of course at the mall I bought clothes for my daughter, but still – freedom! 🙂 I highly recommend that each of you put a “Me Moment” on your calendar, ASAP!!

Recipe Pioneer Woman’s Beans & Cornbread – Easy, makes a lot, cheap, great to eat right away, or freeze & eat later, or put in other recipes…need I say more??

Bible Verse – Joshua 5:12 – “No manna appeared on the day they first ate from the crops of the land & it was never seen again. So from that time on, the Israelites ate from the crops of Canaan.” When I read this verse during my Bible study time earlier this week, it really jumped out at me. God provides for us PERFECTLY. He knew exactly when to provide the Israelites with manna & he knew when they had crops & didn’t need manna anymore. He is SO good to know exactly what we need and what we don’t…just at the right time.

Happy Weekend!

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Peace

Last night as I was trying to go to sleep, the endless prayer requests I have learned of recently were scattered through my mind – heavy, life stuff. And I thought of one word. Peace.

For my dear friend who is grieving the loss of her dear friend. Peace.

For my friend who’s husband just lost his job & they have their second baby coming in March. Peace.

For my friend who’s Dad was just diagnosed with cancer. Peace.

For the family grieving the loss of their wife/mommy. Peace.

For a 37 year old woman that I don’t know (I read her blog) who has suffered a severe stroke. Peace.

For my friend who is struggling with tummy issues & just wants relief/answers/healing. Peace.

We are in desperate need of God’s peace. This world is crazy. It is hard. It is unfair. It can knock your feet out from under you. It can bring you to your knees, screaming, why??? But God said He doesn’t give as the world gives. He said His peace surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). His peace isn’t of this world.

John 14:27 – (I love it in the amplified) – Peace I leave with you; My own peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.

I looked up peace in the dictionary and found it kind of humorous that I really didn’t like any of the definitions. Sure, they were correct – correct as the world defines and understands peace. But peace is so much MORE when it refers to God’s peace – His Perfect, Holy Peace cannot be discribed with words.

His Peace is full, complete & whole. It can wrap around us like a warm, cozy blanket on a cold day. It can still the mind and bring rest, even in the midst of chaos. It can bring comfort to the hardest day, situation or news. Thank you Lord for your Peace. Colossians 3:15 has always been a favorite – Let the Peace of Christ RULE in your hearts.

So for each one of you that I mentioned, and also many others that I didn’t, I am praying that God’s peace will surround you and fill you. That in the middle of your sadness, pain, frustration, hurt and lonliness, you will find refuge in His peace that will never change or go away. Peace isn’t just something God gives, it is WHO He is – HE is the Prince Of Peace. So I pray that you will feel and know the Prince of Peace tonight – he is sitting right there with you. He knows your pain, your struggle, your frustrations. Reach out to Him and let Him comfort you and meet your needs in a way that NO person or thing on this earth can. May God’s perfect peace RULE over EVERY thought in your mind tonight.

Blessings,

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Drama, Drama, Drama

It is never a dull moment with preschool children. Oh, the DRAMA! Today my son (nearly 4) has had several “breakdowns” about the most insignificant things (but not to him, I try to remind myself). #1 – at breakfast I gave Kate the “bottom” of the banana & Michael the “top.” This was NOT ok. “I wanted the bottom!!!!” “Lord, help me,” I muttered under my breath. “Help me have Your self-control & grace as I parent.” Trying to explain to him that the entire banana tastes exactly the same would have been a waste of breath.
#2 – Next came the missing Tonka truck & trailer – 2 small toys that could be anywhere. This was a catastrophe in my son’s little mind. Nothing else could be done until they were found. I asked Michael to brush his teeth and then we would find them. Wow, NOT what he wanted at all. Fortunately, he cooperated with the teeth brushing & then our search for Tonka truck & trailer wasn’t too long. Ironically, after we found them he didn’t even play with them!
#3 – Last but not least, at the Dr. office after lunch – Michael asked me when we got there if he could have a sucker. “Yes,” I responded, “as we leave.” He said he wanted a blue one. (This is another topic completely – but do any other moms get annoyed that these gross, food-coloring filled suckers are everywhere?? Especially weird to me that they are always in places supposedly promoting health – doctor & dentist offices!) Anyway, as we got ready to leave I got the basket of suckers for Michael and of course, there were no blue suckers. I suggested he choose another color, but NO, he wanted blue!!! Oh. My. Word. You would have thought the world was coming to an end. I guarantee that EVERY office heard my son screaming as we left the building.

To keep it all in perspective, I try to remember that his little world is still very small. And he’s still trying to figure out self-control too. (As are all of us but that again, is another topic 🙂 These things – bananas, toys, suckers & the bottom line, getting his way – are important to him. Of course! Who doesn’t like getting their way?  I write this post for several reasons – Reading stories like these about other children can be encouraging. It helps us remember that we are not alone in this parenting journey & that all of us have days when our children test our sanity, our self-control, & ‘our’ ability to be a Godly parent. Thank you Lord, that YOU equip us with the ability to be Godly parents with wise responses and words. I also write this post to document it so that in just a few short years I will be able to look back & laugh. And hopefully, reading this made your children look like angels today – because hopefully your day didn’t have any preschool drama in it 🙂

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A Favorite Quote

“The Days are Long, but the Years are Short.”

I heard this quote a while back & have loved it, reciting it to myself when I’m having a “moment.” You know, a moment – when you’re about to pull your hair out – because toys are everywhere, you’ve wiped snot off your child’s face 50 plus times, you’ve cleaned food off the floor over & over again, you just finished loads of laundry yet the basket is full…you get the idea 🙂 We all have moments when our external surroundings are overwhelming, when the daily stuff of life is exhausting, when we are so tired we feel like we could fall asleep standing up.

It’s moments like these that this quote nourishes my soul. I recall the speed of time & how yesterday I was bringing Michael home from the hospital & today he is about to be 4. And I am reminded to soak in every moment & focus on what is really important. Think back to last year at this time – January 2, 2010. Do you remember what messes you cleaned up? Do you remember how tired you were? What meals you cooked? What errands you ran? Or what sibling fiasco you helped resolve? Probably not, and neither do I. Because they aren’t significant in the big picture. Of course they are part of daily life & can’t be ignored. I’m not at all saying to bury your head in the sand & avoid cleaning, organization, taking care of yourself, etc. Of course all these things are necessary! But I am suggesting we take a step back & make a choice at times. For me it may look like this – instead of being stressed about my kitchen counters not being clean, I will sit down with Michael for 15 minutes & play a game with him. Then I will clean the kitchen.

What is my focus? What am I most passionate about? What is my priority? – my kitchen counters OR creating precious memories with my kids?

So in this new year, 2011, let’s press on towards what is eternal – creating moments with people that we will remember a year from now. I want to make an impact. I want to be intentional. I want to spend more time with those I love, invest in people, and above all, know God more deeply. Another favorite from a Charlie Hall song – “All of life comes down to just one thing ~ that’s to know You, oh Jesus, and make You known.”

Happy First Week of January!

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This poor blog has been neglected. My original goal with ‘MOM, Be Encouraged!’ was to post once a week – but with 2 small children, another one on the way, and just life-busyness, this blog has been moved to the bottom of the list most days. So when I saw this postaweek2011 challenge that WordPress is hosting, I thought it would be fun to participate!

Sooo, I will be posting on this blog once a week for all of 2011! (Except give me grace in May when Baby #3 is due! 🙂

I know it won’t be easy, but hopefully it will keep me motivated & consistent in posting! I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way. So, start watching for weekly posts on ‘MOM, Be Encouraged!’

Happy New Year & Blessings to you for a wonderful 2011!

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