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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

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From Mother To Mom

The other day while I was looking around the net, there was a comment left on a site asking for advice for a mom who wanted to go off and do what she wanted to do in life.  This was her first child and she claims that she knows the importance on staying at home with her child but she wanted “me” time and was really asking for permission to go to work and do what she wanted to do.  She was feeling guilty and wanted the ok from someone so that she could justify it to herself. All I could do was just sit there stunned at the thought of her putting her child on the back burner and placing herself of higher priority.

Unfortunately, this happens all the time.  Woman thinks she wants a husband, woman gets her husband.  Woman thinks she wants a baby or two, woman gets a baby or two.  Woman thinks she wants a job, woman gets a job.  Woman doesn’t understand that “her time” is gone from the moment she said the ” I do’s”.  She has then committed to sharing her life with her husband.  She has then committed to sharing her life with her baby.  If the woman had taken the time to find out what she really wanted in her life in the first place then these three or more lives wouldn’t have to live without her.

When we (men and women) don’t find what makes us happy on our own first, then they will never  be happy, or have the ability to make others happy.  People are too willing to rush through life trying this trying that to find their inner happiness.  They are just grabbing at every idea that comes to them instead of really looking for themselves.  I know women who work outside of the house.  They trust other people, people that they really don’t know, to take care of their children.  I thought that was called parenting, now a days it’s called daycare, childcare, babysitters, nannies, or live-ins.  All the while the true parents tell themselves that if they didn’t work then they couldn’t live.  What a load of CRAP.  We live and have lived on one income for over 16 years.  Is it tough; yes.  I’d be a liar if I said that life has been a bed of roses.  We’ve had a lot of up’s and down’s financially over the years.  But through out it all we have had to trust on only God to see us get back up.  Our kids do not get everything that they think that they should have.  Joe and I do not get everything that we think we should or want to have.  But when we look around at what we do have we are so grateful.  We all have learned to appreciate these things and each other more and more.  When I was younger and I had our first child, I just kept saying that at least I became a mother.  Now that I am a little older, I can say, at least I became a mom.  There is a difference.  I wonder what I will be able to say in the years to come.  I pray that my commitment to this role in my life only becomes stronger and stronger.

Woman…What Have You Given Today

Have you praised the Lord today?  Did you say an encouraging word to your husband by the nights end?  Have you set the priorities of your life on the other people in your life rather than yourself?  Jesus said, God first then others, Mark 12:28-31

Women tend to feel as if they sacrifice a great deal each and every day.  And I would not ever say that women don’t.  But women also tend to complain about each and every sacrifice.  Not realizing that when they do, they have just lost their blessing that God wanted to give them.  They also do not realize that eventually that complaint will get back to the person that you have complained about.  Whether it comes by your attitude, or a loose tongue by anger or another person. When we (both men and women) keep God first in everything that we say or do, it will never feel like you’re being taken advantage of or as if you are the only one making sacrifices.  We see this when we look at the life of Jesus.  He always placed God first and then made the ultimate sacrifice.  No one can make more of a sacrifice than he did.  So you making sure that you got all the laundry done by staying up all night so that your kids have the right clothes to wear for the next day is nothing in the big scheme of things.  Going to the store to pick up milk so that the kids have it for their morning breakfast after you have already put in a hard day should be a joy not a chore.  

Ok, so my hubby might be a little embarrassed by this but I shave his socks.  He tends to get these fabric pellets on his socks from the way he walks making the socks rub against his shoes.  Now he could really care less if they are there, but I care how he looks and I don’t want him to get a sore on his foot because of them.  So I shave them.  This is just one of the little things I do to let him know that not only do I love him, but that I am willing to help in taking care of him.  As a wife and mom, I might not be able to get to everything that I think needs to get done during the day.  However, most of the stuff that I do my family feels is extra stuff anyway.  I try my best to keep in mind that I am making my house that God has given to us to live in, is truly His house and not ours.  As I have written before, my family loves music.  Usually you will find us listening as we clean, do homework, or writing posts.  If you try, you just might find that when you worship God as you do anything, it never feels trying, or stressful, or even dreadful.  I have been trying for at least 18 years to teach my kids that no matter what you do, if you do your best that is all that anyone could ask for.  That if you don’t know how to do something then find someone or something that can tell or show you how.  I’m going to tell you to do the same.  If you go through and try to make more of an effort in being a helpmate or mom and you feel as though you don’t know how.  Then pick up your Bible.  For God is the one who will tell and show you how.

The Taking Over Of God And Man

Warning:  This is a very sensitive subject against the roles that women have taken in the world.  If you read this, all I ask is that you go over the scriptures and meditate on them before yelling at me.

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This is going to be a very touchy subject for a lot of people to swallow.  However, truth is truth.  Moreover, because we have been raised for many generations now that the way things are, is the way they are supposed to be.  At the very beginning of man, we were given instructions as to the order of leadership for all of mankind.  God, man, woman, children.  In Genesis 1 and 2 God laid out that order.  In chapter 2 verse 16, 17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest there of thou shalt surely die. Keep in mind that this was told to the man and was commanded before God made woman. It was told to him because he was to be the leader of his house above the woman and children.  But in Genesis 3 we can see the fall of man.  We are not told who told the woman about the tree of knowledge, but one can assume that it was Adam.  A serpent comes to the woman and starts double talking, confusing the woman, and questioning the word of God.  She tells the serpent We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  God did not tell Adam that he couldn’t touch it, although we can assume that maybe Adam did tell Eve that.  In verse 4 the serpent then makes a statement about how wrong God is and then makes the tree sound too good to be passed up on.  Here it is that they had a whole garden around them, allowed to eat of anything except of one, and greed and lust of the flesh won over.  They were unwilling to give up “one tenth” of the garden to God.  They were unwilling to keep the commandment of God and instead listened to the devil.  Eve listened to the serpent and then Adam listen to Eve.  Neither one of them kept God’s words in their spirit, soul, and body.  Has that happened to you?  Have you ever seen something and wanted it so bad that it didn’t matter what the cost?  Whether it meant, not having enough to pay your house payment, or putting other bills back a week.  Costing you family and friends.  Costing you the best relationship you could have in the world, with God Himself.  Because of their actions consequences came into their lives. God had every right to have done away with them and start over if he chose to do so.  But instead he forgave and treated them as children.

Since Biblical times, I have noticed that women have blamed all their so called “problems” on God and man.  Women wanted the right to vote, the right to have the jobs that man has always had, to be in politics, to be in the military and so on and so on.  We, women, want to be in charge.  Praising ourselves and wanting everyone else to praise us as well, instead of praising God.  We, women, want to “Do it All”.  Instead of realizing that only God can do it all.  Instead of going along with the order that God has already laid down in his word.  Now we have young women coming of age and they don’t know how or care how to take care of their families.  They don’t know how to cook.  And why should they with all the fast food that’s around.  They don’t know how to clean; they can pay someone or expect the man to do it.  They don’t know how to love, because they weren’t shown how.  Women haven’t learned to be satisfied with the life that God gave them.  They don’t know who they are supposed to be.  They don’t know how to be content with what they have or with what they don’t have.

Now we have men wanting to be women and women wanting to be men.  They see what the others have and think that this is the only way to get it.  Women want to climb up into every role that has any look of power.  Always wanting more and more.  Women are overstepping their bounds.  When we don’t try to understand who we are supposed to be and why we are to be that way, we are no better than Eve herself.  I am a mom who would turn into the worst beast if I knew someone was trying to hurt my children.  But that doesn’t mean that I would want or should want to be in the front lines of the military.  I can debate about religion and politics with a lot of people.  But that doesn’t mean I should be in the pulpit, or government. I have a lot of abilities.  These abilities are to glorify God not to become my own God.  These abilities are to help my man, not take him over.  Women need to stop looking at their lives through the eyes of the world and start looking through the eyes of God.  For it is His will and not ours that should be done.  Matthew 6:9–13

Update

Hey there gang,

Well, life has started to settle a little around here.  I have been busy with homeschooling the two younger boys.  We got Joey off to college and he has been home once during “Fall Break”.  That is one thing that these kids get now that we (my hubby and I) never had.  He probably won’t be home for Thanksgiving this year due to his time off being so short.  However,  I insist that he is here for Christmas.  I felt like a piece of me died the night we left him.  There was a part of me that was a little angry too.  I didn’t like having to let go.  I had tried for months to prepare myself, but it really didn’t do any good.  On the way home, Sierra asked hubby and I what was the best part of the visit.  Mine was when we were leaving and I was hugging Joey goodbye and I let go and he didn’t.  I wanted to just shove him back into the van and take him home.  But I didn’t, I walked as fast as I could and did not look back until I got seated and buckled.  Yea, me.  Joe was lucky enough to be in Tulsa to pick him up for his fall break and then me and the kids met them both at a truck stop.  Joey got out of the truck and came running to meet me.  All I could see was a grown man with a little boy’s face… all smiles.  The only thing I could do was cry and  thank God for this.  I still am to this day.  I thank God for giving me the opportunity to experience all of this.  All the up’s and all the down’s.  It has really helped me grow inside.  I think it has also helped me with the other kids as well.

The day we took off for ORU!

Speaking of other kids, Sierra decided that she wanted to stay in school and since I haven’t had problems with her teachers and the fact that she is a excellent student, we decided that it was ok for her to do so.  I haven’t had to “teach” any of my kids in a long time, so getting use to new schedules and the subjects has been a little tough.  But we are getting through it and Wil actually said that he likes it better than going to school.  I was a little worried about him and being at home.  However, he is doing great.  Sam on the other hand has been trying to get away with everything under the sun.  I might look old in his eyes, but I’m not so old that I forget how kids try to trick others so that they can get out of things.

Last month I fell.  I was upstairs on my computer and I was looking at a crocheting video and trying out a new stitch.  All of a sudden I hear Sierra yell……”Mom, there is a fire!”  I jumped up ran down the stairs and through the living room toward the kitchen where she was.  It was at that point that my feet got tangled in my yarn that had followed me all the way. I fell on my hands and knees.  I fell with such force that I could not move for several minutes.  I had to have Sierra help me get up.  For those of you who do not know, I had my right knee operated on about 2 years ago this next summer.  Oh and there was no fire.  Something had gotten under the burner while she was cooking and it sparked up.  I had a nasty looking bruise for a couple of weeks on my right knee and I have been getting pains in both of them off and on since.  My hands were for the most part fine. Just a little red the first night and a little stiff the next day.  But they are doing good now.  Yea, me.

My surgery

As most of you know I use to live in Indiana.  Well, I am still  registered to vote in Indiana.  So on the 6th., I gave the boys a half day of school and we drove over.  All the while I was trying to explain to them all about election.  Sam still can’t understand why it is that we the people won’t let God be in charge of us and not have a President.  They watched me cast my vote and thought it was “neat”.  We then went to the mall that we use to go to all the time and then got a bite to eat.  By the time we were coming home it was getting dark.  I don’t drive on the highway.  When I was younger, I did.  But the older I get the less I like it. So we were on the back roads coming home and getting close to crossing the State Line when all of a sudden a huge buck came out and ran into us.  If I had had a few more seconds, I could have missed it.  I called Joe almost immediately after.  He has a great way of calming me down.  I didn’t stop to see just how much damage was done because where I was, there was not enough light to have done so.  I figure, once I was home I could use the large lantern and see everything.  Well then the engine started getting hot.  So I had to stop and let it cool off.  Then we would start down the road again.  She would get hot again and we would stop again.  It wasn’t until we crossed the State Line and was in Ohio that a car stopped.  The man inside asked if we needed any help and I asked him if he had any water.  He said no but he had some antifreeze.  He got it out of his trunk and opened my hood and used the entire gallon.  I offered to pay him back and wanted to thank him for helping us.  He would not hear of it.  He just looked at me and said,”Just do something nice for someone else.”  He asked me if we had far to go I told him where and he said that he would follow me into town because he was on his way to the hospital.  That man was no ordinary man, he was an angel.  We would not have made it home had God not sent him along that road to help us.  When Joe was able to come home he said that the pictures did not do justice to the damage.  Deer can really tear up a van.  I am officially an animal road killer.  During the past year I have killed birds, ducks, and now a deer.  Big or small they should stay off the road when I am driving.  I told Joe that there needs to be some kind of scent coming out of the exhaust to warn the animals that I am on the road.  Yea,me.

Rejoice

Do you spend your days rejoicing?  We live out such hectic lives. Day by day our simple thoughts turn into things of evil when we don’t rely on the One to see us through.  And on those days when we do, do we really rejoice in all that He has done for us.  From the minute to the overwhelming huge.  In a little over than a week the most important and ultimately huge event will be celebrated.  Christmas.  The party of all parties should be happening all over the world.  If not psychically then spirituality.     For where would we be if this birth did not take place.  We would be exactly where we deserve to be.  Dead.  We would be dead in every sense.  I implore you to rejoice!  Rejoice that you have the ability to go through those hectic days.  Rejoice that they are not every single day.  Rejoice that you have a day.  Rejoice that you have a Father who loves you so much that He was more than willing to allow His one and only son to die for you.  That He found a woman here on Earth that was worthy enough to birth such a son.  That He handed him over for all.  Rejoice that He sits at His right hand.     Rejoice so that God gets the glory.  I read the other day from a pastor’s sermon, that the reason we exist was that we are to be Christ like.  I do agree that we are to be Christ like,1John 3: 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and t has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. however I believe we are here to give God the glory that he so rightly deserves in all things that we do here on Earth.  Jesus rejoiced for the glory of God to be reveled.  He rejoiced even on the cross, after He had been beaten and beaten and beaten. Mark 15:17-19 And they clothed Him with purple; and twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, Hail, King of the Jews! Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.  And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him. He didn’t even look human anymore Isaiah 52:13-15   Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.  Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man.  And His form more than the sons of men; So shall He sprinkle many nations.  Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.and He was happy that the Lord’s will was being carried out.    So when you think about how bad your day has been remember to rejoice.  For it could be so far worse.  You could find true persecution for who you are.

I Do….Well I Did Part 2

A good rule of thumb when explaining something is to start at the beginning.  So let us look there, Genesis 1:26, 27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  We have been designed and created by God Himself.  He decided that man should not be left alone throughout his life; Genesis 2:18 And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”  This shows us that women were the idea of God and not the idea of man. So then, woman is the completeness of man. It is not supposed to be looked at as though the cultural or our upbringing is what makes us a woman.  There are those who try, but you can’t deny who God made you to be.  He did not create a genderless being. We are women because God created us a woman.  Now, not only did he create us as a woman but he also created us in His image; refer back to Genesis 1:27.  Think about that for a while, in the image of God.  What does that mean to you?  For me, it is stating that God has given me a spirit after him, His image.  As women, we should be embracing our femininity whether we are married yet or not.  The problem is that women think that they won’t have complete happiness in their lives unless they take on the male role.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If you want complete happiness in your life then you must abide in the word of God, for the glory of God.  John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. We have been living in a post Christian culture for decades now.  Women seem to have a self-indulgent, self-gratifying attitude about life.  Look around, women are trying to make a name for themselves instead of realizing the truth that man already named them; Genesis 2:23 And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Many women see staying at home, honoring their husbands and nurturing their children as form of slavery.  Another sad point to this is that young girls are being taught this every day.  Throughout their households, all of primary school, universities and their own communities, girls are shown that those who stay at home rather than have a career, is a demeaning life.  They are taught that “true fulfillment” in life lies outside the home in a career.  Women you will only find true fulfillment when you turn from the world and glorify God.  You can only do this by following His word, and what He has laid out before you. Are you afraid that you might be seen as less than a woman if you stay at home?  Women want their lives to be their lives.  But no matter how you might try to feel as though it is, it never has been and never will be.  You should ask yourself who’s will you truly want to follow.  If you have made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savor you know it to be true.  For He bought your life with a costly price.  His one and only Son.

We will look over more tomorrow.

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