Tuesday, 07 June 2011
I didn't heed my own advice to leave margin in my day and I paid the price. I'm so tired!! This morning was my team's day to feed the homeless and that is always a busy day. Actually a busy two days because I shop for all the salad ingredients the day before and do a lot of the prep work.
We finish serving and cleaning up around 1:00 and then we all go out to lunch together...and then head home. But, today, for some reason I thought I should just add a bunch of extra errands into the mix before we went home. By the time we got everything accomplished and returned home, it was almost 5:00!!
When I don't allow enough margin in my day, then I feel rushed and irritated because I'm trying to get a lot done in a little amount of time. If there's not enough margin, then there is no room for mistakes....and no room for ministry. I won't be able to talk with the bank clerk or cashier. Margin is something that's very important to my sanity!!
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Sunday, 05 June 2011
Julianne and her friends getting ready to go to the Christian Alternative Prom Julianne and Morgan Lovely Ladies Friends over for Julianne's 17th Birthday. They were supposed to watch a movie but decided to just sit around and talk!
Friday, 03 June 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Here's some pictures from Julianne's graduation last week. Click on the picture if you want to see it larger.
Graduation Day! It turned out to be a beautiful day. Michael handed Julianne her diploma; she gave me a rose. It was really very special. It's official!! Julianne and I with some crazy people behind us! Morgan and Julianne Jared and Julianne Me and Julianne Morgan and Julianne Me and my handsome husband, Michael. Proud parents! My mom and I. She drove down from NJ to celebrate with us! My wonderful family. Me, Jared, Julianne, Michael, Grandma , Jessica My favorite three children in the whole world! Jared, Julianne and Jessica Julianne's school ring Dancing at the Senior Banquet with a friend, Luke At the Senior Banquet the night before graduation. It took place after graduation rehearsal. Julianne and her Daddy
Thursday, 19 May 2011
This week has been very busy preparing for Julianne's graduation and party. Tuesday I went grocery shopping and picked up most of the items I need for her party. My fridge is now full of 192 hot dogs!! Tomorrow my husband and I will be picking up charcoal, etc. for the grills and also water bottles for the party. I decided to go with water instead of soda because it's healthier and it won't attract bees! (But I guess the hot dogs aren't healthy. Oh well!)
Speaking of healthy, I have not drank a Dr. Pepper since May 9th. Woo Hoo!! I have to say that I look longingly at the bottles when I'm in the checkout lines at Target or the grocery store. Actually, I haven't had any caffeine drink since then. I'm trying to drink more water but truthfully it is hard! Pray for me!
This afternoon Julianne and I went up to the local community college to take their placement test and apply to attend in the fall. She did very well on the reading/writing part and "ok" on the math part. But we expected that so it was fine. Tomorrow I have to call to make an appointment to see the dean and give him some paperwork since she is only 16. After that we can pick out her course of study and then wait until July to sign up for classes. It's amazing to me that this time has already come. The years have literally flown by and we are entering a new phase in our lives.
I still haven't put together Julianne's scrapbook. I asked a friend to help me tomorrow night. I hope she's available. I haven't a clue how to go about putting it together. Well, I can put it together but need help making it look nice!!
That's about all from here. Things should get back to normal around here next week and I hope to be able to post more. Until then may you have a blessed day!!
Wednesday, 09 February 2011
The days seem to fly by quicker and quicker each month. February has been typical, weather wise. We did have a 60 degree day on Monday. The temperature has gone right back to normal but it was a preview of things to come. Tonight we're supposed to get snow but just a dusting. Once those warmer temperatures come around, I'm ready for spring!
My Scripture memory is coming along well! I have memorized Psalm 25:4-5 and Romans 8:25. For the next two weeks, I'm working on Isaiah 40:28-31. I've got the first two verses memorized and almost the last two. It is definitely the Lord's grace in helping me remember these verses. It has been a good exercise for my brain and even better for my soul. I am not trying to memorize one a week or anything like that; just plugging along until I get my list completed.
I served the homeless last Tuesday and we had a good crowd. The 1st Tuesday of each month, we serve hot sliced ham, corn, roasted potatoes, a green salad and a fruit salad, rolls and dessert. We have been averaging about 70-90 men (and some ladies) each month. We have a group of 5 people who make and serve the meals and we have a total of 4 teams so each team serves 3 times a year. I always look forward to it. After we serve, our team usually goes out to lunch and that's a fun time of fellowship!
Tomorrow I'm having lunch with a friend who suffers from a chronic illness. We have been trying to get together for weeks now. Either she has been out of town, I have been out of town, she's been too sick, it has snowed or something has derailed our plans. Lord willing, I will see her tomorrow and we'll have the afternoon to catch up on things. Julianne will be gone on a field trip all day so I won't need to pick her up from co-op.
Tomorrow night is my weekly Bible study with a friend and we always meet at Panera Bread. We have a wonderful meal together, a time for sharing of the things in our lives and a time to study. I can't think of a nicer way to pass the evening.
That's about all from here. I'll leave you with my memory verse for the next two weeks. It has been such an encouragement to me to memorize this verse and to know that the Lord is the one who will help me when I'm weary and tired...and He will never fail!!
Do you know know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not be faint.
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Last night I was reading the chapter entitled "God's Power over Nature" in Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts. It reminded me to not forget that God is in control over nature and not to complain about it. As a weather junkie, I am up for any kind of weather, especially snow. We have had some snow this winter but we have also missed a lot of storms by as little as 40 miles. I didn't think I was complaining about the weather because I was wanting snow when most people were glad we didn't get it. I don't usually gripe about snow or cold or things like that. BUT---I realized after reading this chapter that I was complaining. I was complaining because I wanted snow and didn't get it. It's still complaining!!
Here's two excerpts that hit hard for me:
"But when we complain about the weather, we are actually complaining against God who sent us our weather. We are, in fact, sinning against God (see Numbers 11:1)."
"We as Christians need to stop complaining about the weather and instead learn to give thanks for it. God, our heavenly Father, sends us each day what He deems best for all of His creation."
I am thankful the Lord showed me my sin in this area. In the future I will give thanks for the rain, sleet and snow....even when I don't receive it!
Thursday, 20 January 2011
I recently discovered an album called For All the Saints: Indelible Grace III. They have been around for a while but I've only just found them. They take ancient hymns and put them to new, contemporary music. It's not rock, more folk than anything. I've really enjoyed listening to this uplifting and doctrine-filled music. I only have one of their albums but I'm definitely going to be purchasing more.
If you click on the link above, you can listen to a preview of some of the songs. I'm usually a little leary about picking out new music but I'm glad I took a chance on this one!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011
A friend of mine wanted to memorize Scripture this year and asked if I would memorize with her. I was excited! I have memorized lots of Scripture but not lately so I was up for the challenge. At first we were going to memorize Philippians but then decided to each pick verses instead of a whole book. It was fairly easy to pick which verses I wanted to memorize. The hard part was deciding how I wanted to go about it. Instead of just writing down the verses and getting down to the memorizing part, I had to make everything complicated. Ha! This is my life story!!
First I was going to write them in a book, as suggested at this website. Then I thought I would buy a new journal and put the verses in there. So I went to Barnes and Noble and as I was looking at the journals, I realized I had many blank ones at home that I could use. (I ended up by picture books in Spanish to send to our missionary in Honduras!). When I got home, I got out all my journals and literally spent an hour trying to figure out which one I was going to use and how I was going to arrange the verses on the page. Realizing that I didn't really want to put the verses into a book or journal, I decided on 3x5 cards. But--should they be white? colored? lined? graphed? blank? should I hand write it or print out the verses? Would I use them separately or buy the spiral kind??? Then it hit me---what in the world was I doing? Did it really matter? Did I really need to spend all this time on such nonsense? Wouldn't my time be better spent on memorizing and meditating on the verses instead of how I was going to display/carry them?My mind was distracted with all the trappings of the world instead of the Word. I was more concerned about how my verses would look rather than getting them in my mind and heart. What did I finally decide? I wrote out my memory verse for the week on three 3x5 cards (colored/marbled ones that I already had in my desk drawer). One for at my desk, one for by our bed and one to take with me. That's it. Nothing fancy....but something useful and needed.I pray that I will learn to keep things simple and get down to the business of putting the Lord first in everything I do. May I learn to delight in Him and in His Word.From Psalm 119:I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. (16)Your statues are my delight; they are my counselors. (24)Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. (35)For I delight in your commands because I love them. (47)Let your compassion come to me that I might live, for your law is my delight. (77)If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. (92)Oh, and my memory verse this week? Psalm 25:4-5: Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
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Who Am I?
I am a Christian wife and homeschooling mother seeking to serve and glorify the Lord in all I do. My passion is to live a quiet life while serving Him by serving my family.