Tuesday, January 31, 2012
"2.I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron: 3. I will give thee the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel."
Now flip over to Mark 7:37
"37. And [(they)---read the verses before to see what happened] were beyond measure astonished, saying, 'He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.'"
Now, thank Him for His Word and Promises.
He will be with us in the fight. He will give us treasures. Why? So we will know that He is God, who calls us by name, and that He is the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
And, don't worry if you think it's not gonna work out, or that He doesn't do everything just right. He has done all things well.
How much do we really know our Savior, our King?
He knows us.
I think we are really missing some of what God has to tell us. And what God has to give us.
Am I a preacher.....no. Am I a prophet.....no.
Do I love God with all of my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength? Absolutely.
Do I make mistakes? Sure! He has new mercy for me everyday though.
Do I try to learn from them, do better, and help others? Yes indeed.
I don't want to focus on the little things that aren't important. It's not about me. It's about Him in me. It's not who I am, it's Who's I am!
It's time to see who we are in Christ. Not defeated, not a number.
He calls us by name and does all things well.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
And, D had me at "Roll Tide" when he came home Tuesday with that Bama Girl shirt for me!!!
But, never fear, for next time I sign in, I'll be posting a regular post about a cute little basketball player Mr. Noah, and his team, The Wolverines!!!
And, please be in prayer about a couple of *big* decisions we have to make soon. We really need God's direction on a couple of things, including perhaps a different kinda blog, the kind that would pay a little...which would be awesome! And, I am also hoping to return back to school in the fall at Faulkner to finish out the degree I once started there, but I am torn between 3 majors, and I really need any financial aid I can get! We aren't poor by any means, but we live on one income, and have a family of 4, so ya know, it gets tight sometimes!!!
Thanks for the prayers! Be back soon!!!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
December came and went....just like that! We had so much fun, with so much family!
This is Noah at church, playing the part of a shepherd.....D, Nicholas, and I were Joseph, Jesus, and Mary, but I neglected to get any pictures!!!!
Nicholas was delighted to get a swing for out in the yard from Santa!
I joined Mom at Midnight Mass again this year (Dad was there too!) and here's our annual 1 am on Christmas photo, after Mom played the organ for an hour and a half!
My sister's kids are in Saints attire, my brother's little boy in Bama outfit, and of course our boys in their Bama gear!!!
We celebrated my mother-n-law's birthday, 12-23!!!
Sat up like a big man and watched some football with the guys!
And enjoyed time together....just the four of us!!!!
And I have been reading many "New Year Resolution" blogs and facebook updates....well, here I go with mine!!!
1. Simplicity. I am tired of always bending over backwards to be at every event, every party, and to make everyone else happy, at the loss of my own family. Many times, I have been known to be superwoman, even if it means my kids or hubby has to sacrifice. Not anymore! I'm not just going to be an old shrew, but I sure am going to tone it down a little. It's just not worth it! Less is more!
2. Organization. I used to be really organized, but when you put packrat Derrick, packrat Tiffany, and packrat Noah in one house, that one house is overflowing with "stuff." Derrick still has baseball caps from when he played little league (around 1978), clothes from high school (c/o 1989), and things from adult hood. I have stuff from high school (c/o 2003), stuff from my childhood (b'day cards from every year-born 1985), and stuff from when Noah was born that I can't part with (Noah's Ark gift bags?!?!). Noah wants to keep all arts and crafts he ever made (stuff from 4 years ago!) and all of his toys (saving for Nicholas!!!). Poor Nicholas doesn't even stand a chance!!! But, there has to be a neater way to hold on to our valuables, as well as having room for our "now" hobbies and things (legos, cross-stitching, Alabama memorabilia!)! And I'm gonna find out how this year!
3. Dedication. In most all things I put my hands to, I am faithful. But some of the most important things (the way I eat/exercise, tending to house work, following through on organization!!!) I tend to let those go. Like I said, it goes back to simplicity. If I didn't have so many unnecessary obligations, I'd be able to get the more important things taken care of. We'll see how it goes.
4. Routine. With two kids (one of them in school, and one being a baby!) it's more important now than ever to have a daily routine. I used to have a really good one when Noah was little, but after he got older, and started school, it dwindled down. Now, if I'm ever going to have time to do anything, time management will be the key! And I think that my children, and even my husband after a hard day at work, would appreciate a comfortable schedule, to establish peace and rest after the outside world of chaos! Again, we'll see.
5. God. I spend a part of every day praying and reading the Bible (most every day I read it!). But, I really want to make sure I sorta "keep this up" as well as add a little extra, because God deserves it. If He never does anything else for me ever again, he deserves my entire life. After all, all of this is His, we are just using it. I heard that a recent study conducted said that the average person prays less than one minute a day, and the average minister less than 3 minutes a day. Moses wasn't average, Noah wasn't average, David wasn't average, Daniel wasn't average, Jesus wasn't average, Paul wasn't average, and I sure don't intend to be average! It's the very least I can do for Him. And I want to be a better example in spreading the love of Jesus, not in a condemning way, but in a way that will make me salt and light.
6. And of course, as lots of my blogging friends mentioned, I would like to blog more. If you are still reading this, after all of the above mish-mash (everything after the pictures!) then you are a faithful reader who knows that I have good intentions. I remember when I first started this blog, I always had a creative outlet, which I mainly started to share events from our family with folks who don't live right here, or who would be interested in seeing it. But, again , back to resolution #3, after time, I just sorta let it go. Not on purpose. Just having two children and all of the things (refer to resolution #1) going on, I just haven't made time. But, I do feel I have things to share that could be helpful to others at time, cheerful to others at times, and maybe even, dare I say "interesting" to others at times. So until God tells me to quit, I will keep blogging along! Or, as my Na-Na asks, "Have you done any blops lately?!?!!?"
Also, I forgot to mention, Derrick and I just had our 8th wedding anniversary on 01-01-12!!! We didn't celebrate it yet because our whole family has had the crud...even baby Nicholas had RSV! So when everyone feels better, we will probably spend a day together, or maybe just sit around and have a movie day. It's so hard for me to believe that I am old enough to have been married for 8 years! But I am thankful for all 8 of them! I have a wonderful husband, and he has been blessed....right?!?!?!?
Here's to 2012!!!