Monday, December 26, 2011

SMILES

The other night we were watching Princess #1's Sunday School Christmas Program - She chuckles and says, "Mom, I had all those smile in my head and that was the only way to get them all out". 

I guess she must have noticed that through the whole program she was smiling from ear to ear. 

LOL!!!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today the opportunity presented itself… (Meaning…my girls were still for longer than 20 seconds…) for me to tell my girls a Bible story.  This weekend Bro. Brown was talking about his childhood a little bit and mentioned that when his family got saved that his mother began to read them a chapter out of the Bible every night before bed.  That really pricked my heart because I should be doing a lot more.  I should be teaching me children little tidbits throughout the day.  Taking the chances when they come around to plant these truths in their little hearts.  So…back to my story.  It just so happened that they were still :o) so I asked them if they wanted me to tell them a story.  They said yes so I thought for a second and began to tell them about the story of Noah building the Ark.  When I got to the end I told them that the rainbow was a promise from God and then asked them if they knew any promises that the Lord has given them?  They both said no so I began to name a few…
He promised to never leave you or forsake you.  He promised to always love and watch over you.  He promised that if you will love and serve Him that you can reign with Him someday. 
I really felt the Lord back me up and I knew that this was something that the Lord wanted me to take more time to do for them while they are young. 
As they went off to play I still was thinking about those promises and this phrase kept going over and over in my head…”To him that overcometh…to him that overcometh”.  Now we have all heard these but they encouraged me so much today that I thought I would share them with you.  He has given us for sure…without a doubt promises…if we continue in obedience. 
Revelations 2 & 3

2:7 – To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
2:17 – To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that recieveth it.
2:26 – 28 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of the potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.  And I will give him the morning star.
3:5 – He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
3:12 – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

3:21 – To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in His throne.
3:22 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cold Winter Night = Warm Memories

Tonight as the wind whipped around our little house and the cold settled in for the night our family sat around the dining room table sipping hot cocoa and eating yummy cookies.  Reminded me of tons of movies I had seen as a kid...where someone stands looking into the window of a house.  They're cold and lonely outside while the little family inside is warm and cozy.  You always here some sort of happy little Christmas tune playing in the background and you see everyone inside smiling; and having such a grand time.  Depending on the story of course it usually made me smile.  How great it was tonight to be that little happy family...wrapped in the warmth we felt...with all the wonderful memories being made.  My girls first sip of hot chocolate and the fun of filling your cup with marshmallows.  Yes they had just had a bath and yes they got cookie and sticky all over them; but oh how I wouldn't trade those memories for a clean kid :0)  I so much would rather see the light in their eyes as that warm yummy chocolate hit their little mouths for the first time.  Or the giggles at the mustaches the marshmallows left behind!!  It may be *35 degrees outside; but it was a snugglie *80 inside :0)  Thank you Lord for my little family!!!








Yum yum yum :0)


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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One Day at a Time

After spending time being discouraged because of my faults and failures I decided today that I have to repent and then move on.  I have to let go and trust that the Lord is going to forgive me for my failures and choose to start again.  I think I must have felt that I needed to pay some sort of penance by dwelling on them...worrying about them...and beating myself up.  The thought occurred to me today that doing this is not profitable anymore.  All that does is keep me beaten down and in the same place.  This doesn't allow me to grow.  I learn and grow by making the mistake...repenting...and turning from my ways.  Dwelling on it keeps it there in front of me and more often than not I tend to go right back to doing what I repented for. So...I am trying something different..."One Day at a Time Sweet Jesus".  So TODAY I started over :o)  TODAY I will take everything one step at a time...then before I go to bed I will thank the Lord for the victories won and repent for the battles lost...I will go to sleep and start again tomorrow. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Good Guy Club

To all my Family…and those that might as well be.


I was sitting and thinking Sunday about Matt and Annie’s wedding. I was soooo happy for them. I thought to myself “well good…another one joins the good guy club”.

As I thought about it these words started coming to me:

I would like to raise my glass today to all the good guys. What do I mean you ask? Well, it takes a very special man to love the women in this family. Now before you get offended let me explain!! :D

It takes a very special man to understand, love; and even at times admire the unique breed that we are.

We are a strong, passionate, opinionated, loyal; and headstrong group of women. You know I’m right…why because I of course, am one of you :o) We are more than happy to admit that we are wrong and ask for forgiveness…when we really are. We fight with a passion; and love with that same or even a greater passion. If we are behind you…we are behind you 100%. No backing down; but unfortunately if we are against you…you better pray :o) The Lord is working on this in all of us I am sure. We believe what we believe and we will stand for it against the strongest of opposition.

Now the gentle side…we are loving and gentle. We are thankful, honored; and yes even proud to be wives, mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters; and grandmothers. We take our job seriously and will do our very best to do everything we can to make sure our family has what they need and want. We will stand by our men and defend them to anyone that deems them less than adequate. We don’t have many qualms when it comes to calling on the Lord in a time of need; but sometimes do have to struggle against self-sufficiency.

I could go on and on; but you get my point. It takes a strong, confident; and unique man to love and appreciate the women that we are. They are MANLY men. Not afraid to voice their opinion or authority when needed; but also willing to be a quiet and calming influence for each of us. They are confident in their leadership and not afraid to BE leaders.

You see I have one of these special good guys!! His name is Phillip Wyrick. He is my rock. My strength. My comfort and my joy. I know that you may think WOW he must be something special…well…HE IS!! He has loved me in the good and stayed true even in the bad. When I have been unfair and hurtful, he has forgiven. When I have not thought and said things I didn’t mean he has let the words roll of his back and not held a grudge. And on and on and on…

So, if you are one of these women I am talking about; or if you don’t actually share the same DNA but seem to have the same “specialness” as we do, would you join me today and take a moment to wrap your arms around your good guy? Let him know that you appreciate him loving you and standing by you…even in the midst of all your special quirks!!

Here’s to all the good guys out there!!!

Friday, November 18, 2011

One thing at a Time

One thing I have a hard time doing is focusing on ONE thing. What I mean is for example:


I decided that today I was going to wash, fold; and hang up EVERY single piece of laundry. I decided that I was going to focus solely on the stuff in the laundry baskets and the stuff I left on the couch. I started working and washing and then I walked into my closet…I have a few skirts that needed to be hung up in there as well…which turned into “hmm I really need to organize my closet”. This would not be a big deal except that if I allow myself to be distracted by one thing it just turns into another and then another…then I NEVER get anything done at all!!!! So…for today I am focusing on ONE project, then when I get finished with that one I will move onto the next one. Lord help me as I try to tame this wild brain of mine!! :o)
Thankful for the times I get to sing with my kids...and then the times I get to watch them "play" church :0) Thankful that the Lord slowly plants Himself in their hearts so when they are older and begin to seek for Him they find that He has been with them all along.

Monday, November 7, 2011

We've Come This Far By Faith



The Cathedral Quartet





The Rocks Will Not Cry Our For Me



The Collingsworth Family

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Thankful Again

A while back our family had an experience that I felt like I wanted to share.

My youngest daughter a few weeks ago woke up one morning saying that her ear was hurting.  When I checked there was dried blood around the inside of the ear.  This needless to say freaked me out so I immediately called the doctor and made an appointment.  We took her and they said that there was something in her ear; but were unable to get it out.  They sent me hone with some drops to decrease the inflammation in her ear in hopes that whatever it was would just fall out.  If not then more extensive measures would have to be taken.  They asked me to make an appointment to come back in 3 days.  I spent the next 3 days trying to figure out what in the world she had put in her ear.  No telling!!

While all of this was going on my husband had to leave for Fire School.  He is on the fire rescue team at the plant that he works at; and they have to go for training a couple times a year.  All this was going on and I was so wishing he was at home.



Every night we prayed for Daddy to be safe and for Maya's ear...

Friday was the day...we got to the doctor and she looked in Maya's ear.  She still saw the object in there; but she decided to do an ear wash before she tried anything else.  An ear wash for those that don't know is a spray bottle with a tube attached.  They insert the tube and squeeze water into her ear.  This washes out whatever is in the ear.  She started and low and behold it worked.  She said that whatever it was...she still couldn't tell by looking at it...was gone!!  Praise the LORD!!!

Well...I left the doctor and proceeded to call Phillip to tell him the news.  He answered and then gave me some news that scared me to death...

He said "I'm okay!!" which to me meant prepare yourself...what I'm about to tell you is gonna be bad.  I am driving down the road and he says I got a little burned today.  I said WHAT!!!??  He told me that he was in a burning building (training exercise) and the fire was to hot.  It was hotter than the regulations are for the suits they were wearing.  He said that he could feel the fire burning his hands and the heat on his arms.  He said when the air in his tank got hot  he decided that it was time to get out.  He told the guy behind him to take the lead and he got out.  When he came out his helmet was melted and he had 2nd and 3rd degree burns on his hands.  The on site EMT's treated him and then he headed home. 

 
Phillip holding his helment

Fire

Building on fire

Helment

 
Helment Melted


When I hung up the phone all I could think was THANK YOU LORD!!!  While I was focused on Maya's situation the Lord had his eyes on the big picture.  He answered a prayer I hadn't even known needed to be prayed.  He kept his hand on my husband!!! 

That day I felt like the Lord really had his hand on my little family!!  He takes care of us even when we don't know that He is taking care of us!!  What a mighty mighty God we serve!!!

12 Years Down...50 more to go!!

Sunday my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary...well kind of ;o)

Sunday morning our daughter woke us up coughing so hard that she got sick.  We thought that she would be fine since she was just really congested from the weather changes.  She was not running a fever or exhibiting any other symptoms so we all got ready for church and went on.  As the band began to play we got about 10 minutes or so into the service and she got sick again.  Poor baby!!!!  Mommy didn't have any changes of clothes so we went home...gave her a bath.  By that time she had gotten sick again and was now running a slight fever.  I was giving a talk to the young ladies in our church that afternoon so Phillip volunteered to stay home with her so I didn't have to cancel. 

I gave my talk and rushed home.  On the way I stopped and bought each girl a balloon and Phillip a card, a balloon; and one of his favorite candy bars.  (Sadly this was to be his only gift that day.) 

As the night progressed she got worse and so we put the girls to bed early.  I finished up some laundry and then we just sat on the couch watching football together. 

As we sat there I thought...out of all this chaos the day ended on such a wonderful note.  Us just spending some time together doing nothing.  Sitting together...remembering a little what it was like before kids.  Don't get me wrong...I wouldn't trade my kids for anything; but sometimes it's nice to just sit.  No words necessary...just sit and hold each other. 

Today...Monday I am thankful for my wonderful...strong...confident man!!  He helps me stay focused and present.  Without him...well...let's not even bother thinking about that!!  He is after all...the man who has exceeded my very dreams!! 

New Section

Check out my new section I am adding.  I hope to add a section of music that inspires me soon.

Check back in a few days to see what I have posted :o)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Story to tell the Grandkids

Well...yesterday I had an extraordinary learning experience.  My Oldest and I both did :o)

We were leaving Old Navy (Dept. Store) and I noticed that my oldest little darling was walking a little behind me.  I told her to come on and she ran to the other side of her sister and held her hand which for her it was weird for her not to hold my hand.  As I we walked I glanced over to see her hiding something behind her back.  I asked her what she had (NOT thinking anything about her stealing something).  I thought she may have picked up something off the ground.  When she showed it to me I saw that it was an unopened package of gum.  I stood there in utter disbelief!!!  She immediately said, "I'm sorry mommy". 

I didn't blink, I don't think I even thought for a second.  I wheeled right around and marched her right back into the store.  I know that at 4 she didn't even really understand the gravity of what she had done; but I was hoping to scare the whits out of her enough that if she ever thought about doing it later on she would remember the experience.  Not sure that she really will; but I didn't want to let it go and try to re-teach her later. 

There we stood...her on the verge of tears...and me as well as she handed the gum back to the cashier.  I felt so awful about her being afraid and embarrassed that I truly understood the phrase "this hurts me more than it hurts you".  Never really got that before.  N-e-ways, even if she doesn't remember and we have to go through it all again I know that I will never forget it the look on her face or her quiet desperate voice calling out "I'm sorry mommy, I'm sorry mommy" all the way in the store.  My poor baby  :o)  This will definitely be a story for the grand kids!!    

Monday, October 31, 2011

What I am feeling today…


After such an encouraging and sobering weekend I awoke with so many things going on in my head.

It seems like so many people are going through things. Not just the little everyday things; but BIG major things. In the midst of that we have been having some…out of this world services. Not just in the worship; but in the words coming across the pulpit. Strong words. Words that make you consider. Words that are asking you for a choice. Decide. Commit.

I kept hearing the Lord say today…”I’ve given you a glimpse of things to come…”.

I feel like He’s showed us a glimpse of the types of things we could be facing on a smaller scale. Not so much the pressure from the outside yet; but as was said this weekend the pressure from within. Not just from others; but the Lord is turning up the fire in our own individual lives. Causing things to happen to push us closer to Him. To get plain with it…He wants us to give up COMPLETELY. Ashamedly I admit to not doing that. Telling the Lord He can have this much…and even that sometimes comes with an IF attached.

I kept thinking Lord you’ve given us a glimpse of the power, the glory, the joy; and yes the victory that’s ahead for your people, now am I ready to jump in with both feet? No reservations. He’s showed me what freedom really looks and feels like, now do I want it bad enough to GIVE UP myself, my goals, my dreams, my ideals to have Him? Am I ready to close my eyes and give Him my hand? To REALLY let Him lead???? To really walk in the spirit. Not just worship in the service; but to REALLY let it lead us. In our daily lives. Working on our jobs. Raising our children. In our marriages. Am I ready to let go and let HIM??

I was talking to a good friend this weekend and I said you know you don’t just make this decision once a day…every time you come to a situation (which may be 5,000 situations a day) you have to stop…consider…and follow the Lord. If you fall on one get up and confront the next situation. It is a DAILY…hourly…and yes sometimes minute to minute struggle; but as seen this weekend He has given us the power to do it. To overcome in those steps if we will take that spirit we all like to wade in and put it to use as it was really meant to be used.

For most of my life I think that I have worshipped and drank of the Holy Ghost; but have failed to USE it as the tool that it really is. It is to help us…give us power to overcome our very nature!!!! To change the person that we’ve always been into the person He has always known we could be.

Read: Romans 8!!!

Zechariah 4:6 “Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This [is] the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”

The Lord is so near right now. Helping, wooing, encouraging. He’s giving so much grace and so much help to those that are willing to call on Him. Those willing to step on in and finally overcome those areas in their lives that have been holding them back for years. I can tell you it’s hard to sit in a service and not feel the victory in people’s lives. It’s almost like you can reach out and grab onto it. It’s that obtainable!!! It’s THAT real!!!! It’s right here!!!! Reach out and grab it!!!

Lay hold on your salvation the glory of the Lord is at hand!!!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Power of Prayer

Something I've been thinking about tonight.  I overheard a younger woman asking a little bit older woman what bit of advice they would give a newly married couple.  As she was speaking my heart screamed out within me LEARN HOW TO PRAY.  Not that marriage is all difficulties (some parts are); but it is so important to develop that relationship with the Lord so that when the hard times come you know right where to go.  I felt like shouting it from the roof tops.  Don't be timid about calling on the name of the Lord.  He is the one that can make the difference between a marriage surviving or failing.  I know this for a fact.  I have failed to use this tool as often as I should and have lived to regret it severely sometimes!!!  You may not always have time to take an hour to pray; but if you've spent time doing that when you DO have time you will be able to tap into that strength and connection at a moments notice.  I wish I could get over how important this is by just writing it.

PRAY   PRAY   PRAY   PRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

I love to read and have gained a lot of knowledge about life from books; but I have also found in marriage and in parenting that if I will take the time to talk to the Lord He will without fail lead me in the right direction.  He will give me the answer I need if I will go to Him.  When all else fails ask the Master.

Monday, October 17, 2011

My Little Bit turns 4

Today I have been reflecting a lot.  My oldest has turned 4 today and I am just thinking how blessed and thankful I am she is in my life.  I am not the greatest parent and she has been very patient with me while I learned; but when she tells me I Love You Momma...melts my heart.  I literally have 10,000 pics; but here is a little review in pics. 

Nana

PawPaw








Mamaw

Papaw

On the road home


Her foot to Phillip's thumb





Today at 4.


Well ain't God good!! 
To give us so many blessings
Undeserved that's what we are.
We ought to praise Him
Love and thank Him.
A little more today
And a whole lot more tomorrow!!!

She spent 17 days in the hospital.  It would take a year to tell everything that happened in those 17 days; but suffice it to say the Lord watched over our little girl and has continued to watch over her.  I ask the Lord often to make her a pillar in the house of the Lord.  I think He does have a special place for her someday.  As well as her little sister :o)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

I've made up my Mind

{Can't get this song out of my head}



I've made up my mind (Commitment)

I've counted the cost (Putting Him first)

I'll take the way with the chosen of the Lord (Chosing a path)

Why should I worry or fret (Chosing to believe)

My God has never failed me yet (Standing on your faith)

I've made up mind I've counted the cost (Determination)

And I must go on (VICTORY!!!!)

Time Slipping Away

Tonight I was wrestling around with my little ones and the thought hit me..."how much time I have wasted worrying about trivial things".  Yes a clean house, clean clothes, etc...IS important; but how that I have allowed myself to become so frustrated in this area that sometimes I have forgotten to just ENJOY my children.  Sometimes just shoving them out of the way so I can have "ME" time.  The contrast to tonight playing and laughing with them was so glaring!!  As we rolled around on the floor laughing and playing I thought about how much fun I was having. 

I tend to get so caught up in the "The first five years are the most important years of your child's life" complex that I forget to have fun with them, hold them, love on them, play with them.  Instead of trying to make them into perfect little robots I need to just relax and LIVE.  Opportunities to teach them will present themselves.  Life will see to that...the Lord will see to that.  WOW!!!  It's a shame I am just realizing this as my oldest will soon be turning 4.

As I held and prayed with my kids tonight I thought what perfect little jewels I have been given.

My oldest is so loving and craves nothing; but my attention.  Yes this can be exhausting at times; but what an easy thing to give her.  Doesn't require money or some big to do!!  The things that make her happy are when I reach out and grab her hand or take the time to hold her tight.  How precious a gift to be given someone that loves to just be with me.  How fortunate I am to have the chance to love and be loved.

My youngest is loving as well; but instead loves you to play with her.  She loves to wrestle and tickle and read and play.  She also loves to spend time with me; but in a different way.  Setting up the table and playing tea party or dress up or babies makes her face shine with joy.  This also can be something that takes up a lot of my time; but what better use of my time then watching my children grow and learn.  How blessed the Lord has made me to give me someone to play with and learn from.

Tonight as my children sleep in the other room I feel my need ever more to lay down my life for them and my husband.  To put aside my "ideas" about life and just LIVE the wonderful life I have been given.  Help me Lord to take it one day at a time and hold onto the moments I have been given.  Not to stress out about "making" them into good girls; but instead to realize that they "ARE" good girls and take the teaching opportunities as they come.  To understand that my job is to teach, to guide; and to encourage WITH LOVE.  
Tonight marks Day 6 of Potty Training "Camp" for my baby.  She is 2 years and 5 months on the 5th. She has gone for 2 Days with no accidents and is waking up completely dry.  WooHOO!!!!

I am so proud of her!!!  After pottying in my shoes (yes you read that right :o)  on Friday I had about given up hope and then it seems that something clicked and she got it.  Thank you Lord :o)

My babies are growing up.  Tonight I feel the time slipping right through my fingers. 
It's not her actual birthday yet but: 

My little bit was 3 lbs and 3 ozs when she was born and will be four in a couple of weeks and I am realizing how that time flies so quickly. Even though it seems so long ago I can still close my eyes and I am immediately transported back to her room in the NICU. Holding her in my arms…singing to her hymns…and encouraging her to keep pushing on!! Oh how the Lord carried me through those times and blessed me with a beautiful, smart; and loving little girl when it seemed that all hope was gone!! Thank you Lord for the hard times that have taught me to cherish the good times!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 1 of 3 Day Potty Training for My Last Little One

Well today is my baby's first official day of potty training.  She is 2 years and 5 months old.  She really hasn't shown a lot of interest; but I thought I would try it anyway. 

She woke up this morning and I told her "No more pull ups".  At first she fought me a little about having to go without a diaper...she said her hiney was cold LOL!!!  After I put a pair of leggings on her she was fine.  I then proceeded to pump her full of juice.  Some say to limit their juice intake; but I have found that they learn what it feels like to need to go quicker when it is happening more often.  It worked for Sophia so why not try it again.  She had about 4 accidents and each time I would holler RUN TO THE POTTY...RUN RUN RUN!!!  :o)  I'm sure we looked quite ridiculous; but there she would go...full speed... going potty all the way with mommy and big sister close behind!!!!  LOL.
After a few times of this she shocked me by just jumping up...she said she had to go potty...took off running...and made it to the potty!!!  After which she received a special "Potty Dance" courtesy of her mom and big sister!!!  She then got a couple M&M's after for doing such a good job. 

She has sense gone #2 as well today.  I did have to take her and encourage her to do it when I could tell she needed to; but we'll worry about her feeling that tomorrow.  For now I wanted her just to go since I know some kids are a little scared of that part.

She is down for a nap (which I am sure she probably will not make it through without an accident; but she may surprise me) and so far so good. 

I did pray for both of us this morning...that I could be patient and that she could get the concept down.  Thank you Lord for hearing my prayer in the little things :o)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Today has been a good day!! Lastnight we heard about the promises of God and that if we believe on them He promises not to fail to reward. We sang "He That Overcometh", "He That Believeth", and "I Believe In a God". I don't remember ever feeling the Lord back something up so strongly. It seemed like He was telling all of us "You CAN do this!!! Just believe in the promises I have given you. They ARE true...I WILL NOT fail!!!" Then to back that up Bro. Brown gave a WONDERFUL message!!!! Words can not even describe how much I gained from this service. As he walked us through the Bible I felt my mind just open up and take it all in!! It was...life changing!! Then today I felt the Lord saying "Keep believing." I would come to a situation and the words JUST BELIEVE echoed in my heart!!! He helped me every step of the way!!! I also had this song come to me as I was praying.


"We have a wonderful Savior. He's on His throne. He will never forsake us. Nor leave us alone. He gave a wonderful promise. HE CANNOT FAIL. And by His SPIRIT we SHALL prevail!!!!!"

I recommend ordering the service - Humble 9-25-2011

Sis. Laura Walters can help you out :o)

When you know the tricks used against you, then you know just what weapon to use to fight back with. Today I used Reading, Prayer, and Songs.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Climb Up a Little Bit Higher

Sometimes the Lord lets you know in His own special way that He is on your side.  At 2:00 am on my birthday 9-11-2011 the Lord gave me  this little chorus.  I thought it was significant that He says two times "He is with you"...I felt like He was making this point to me to keep on going :o)  Thank you Lord for my little birthday blessing :o)

"Climb up a little bit higher
Lay down your heavy load.
For He is with you
And you are not alone.
The way may be narrow
And the travelers are few;
But the Lord is with you
And He will see you through."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Was asked at a wedding if I had any advice for the new couple.  I thought to myself YES let me write you a book of all the lessons I have learned from the things I have done wrong in 12 years; but one thing struck me as very important. 

Learn to stop and listen and to be willing to say your sorry when needed.  Try not to discuss things in the heat of the moment.  Give the Lord room to deal with you and try to listen for his leading in any "discussion" you are having. 

Phillip and I are both very hot tempered and sometimes just fly off the handle at each other.  That is when darts are thrown instead of charity being practiced.  We both fail at restraint sometimes (a lot of the time); but are learning that when we really slow down and do our best not to injure each other in the process we get a lot more accomplished.  Things, issues; and misunderstandings can be resolved when both parties are willing to stop and really listen to the words the other person is saying...without injecting our own feelings into the situation. 

When you can admit to each other when you've done something wrong and really trust that they wont use it against you, your walk is so much sweeter :o)  You love each other.  You are both doing your best to serve the Lord.  Sometimes it is easy to be "ALL YOURSELF" with the one you love and you forget that he/she is also your brother/sister in the Lord.  If there is anyone that you are to do your best to show charity with...to practice the things you've been taught on how to treat someone it should be your best friend...your traveling partner...your spouse.

We of course are NOT there yet at all; but we are learning together.    

Monday, September 5, 2011

WHY I Fight

Sometimes I ask myself “why do I even try”?

Today I was thinking about that and some answers started coming to me…

WHY I Fight?

I am fighting for:    A marriage that this world says that I don’t even have to if I don’t want to.

I am fighting for:    Children that this world says their generation isn’t even worth it anymore.

I am fighting for:    A salvation that this world says doesn’t exist and the devil tries to convince me daily that I will never obtain.

I am fighting for:    A life that this world does everything it can to destroy by promoting and pouring corruption into every aspect of our daily lives.

I am fighting for:    The right to worship the Lord in everything that I do.


I am sure that there are many more; but these are some of the reasons why I get up and try again every day. These are reasons why I bow my knees in prayer for strength to be what the Lord has asked me to be. These are reasons why I take the time every day to open my Bible and search for the nourishment that will help me make it that day.

Day in and day out these are the reasons why I try.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A soft answer turneth away wrath...think before you speak.
If your Bible is falling apart; your life is probably staying together.
I have been known to say to new wives

"Don't make a habit of anything
you don't want to be expected to do for the next 50 years".

I would like to change my philosophy if I may...

"Start and work on these habits when you're first married
so fifty years from now they will not seem like habits;
but instead special acts of love".



Friday, August 12, 2011

Friends

I would like to take the time to say something about friendship. 

I have been very blessed in my life to have some amazing women in my life.  These women walk in the same shoes as I do so to speak (or have in the past).  They are all striving for a prize that cannot be measured by man.  They do this while working, or staying at home.  While being wives, or preparing to be wives.  While raising children, or once again preparing to raise them.  These women are the cream of the crop.  They are called, chosen; and becoming faithful to things that the Lord requires in their lives. 

I say that I am blessed to know these women because they encourage me to be a better person.  They are there when I need to talk and they are not afraid to talk when I need to listen.  Even if they don't agree with everything that I do or say...they are still THERE.

Even if we don't speak EVERY service for lengthy amounts of time, just seeing them across the room sometimes gives me the very strength I need. 

They are strong, steady; and true friends.  I get to work beside them in this life and someday WHEN we get to see Jesus I know that they will be standing there beside me.  Ready to work in the next!!  :o)

So to you...my friends...I say thank you.  Thank you for being a friend to me and hopefully I can be a friend to you.   

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Walkin' Out of the Valley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tizwr1BF6mM

Sometimes when you’re in the valley you can get so comfortable that you can’t get out. You may SEE that you’re in the valley, and KNOW that you should get out; but you’ve tried to get out before…you know how hard it is and you just would rather not try.


I know what it is like to live there. You are absolutely miserable and you know because you’ve been taught how to get out of the valley; but you just don’t have the energy anymore to do the work. You are spiritually iron deficient :o)

I recently had some health issues that required some blood work to be done. You see I was having some symptoms that were making me sick and I couldn’t diagnose it on my own so I had to go see the doctor. (Literally; but I am using this experience to get across a spiritual point) The doctor ran several tests to determine what was wrong. A little bit like the candle of the Lord searching out the very inward parts of our soul. When the results came back I was extremely low on iron. He began to explain my symptoms:

Weakness, fatigue, or lack of stamina.

Shortness of breath during exercise.

Headache.

Difficulty concentrating.

Irritability.

Dizziness.

I was shocked to find that this deficiency in one little area had caused all these little symptoms. Who knew that something so simple could make so much of a difference in the way I felt and acted.

(Are you getting the picture yet?)

The same thing can happen to you spiritually. You can be lacking in an area…prayer, fasting, reading, faithfulness etc…and it can have extreme side effects. This is why if you are in the valley sometimes it is just easier to give up. You are lacking in the areas that give you the strength to fight.

What did my doctor prescribe? A supplement that I have to take EVERYDAY to replenish and maintain what I have lost. Eventually my health will be back to normal; but if I fail to maintain my supplements I will be right back in the same condition.

I was sitting and thinking about this today and it occurred to me that you have to DECIDE to do the work. You can’t just say “Oh yes…that is what I need to do and not do it”. My iron will not be assimilated by osmosis…it must be ingested!!

If you turn to the Lord and take that one step…ask Him to help you find the strength you lack…then He will meet you. I just read this today:

Psalm 34:6-7

- This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

- The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

Psalm 34:15

- The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

What does this mean? That if you are trying to do things right the Lord WILL hear you. One thing I keep trying to instill in my girls is that mistakes happen. Our ultimate goal is to no longer make them; but while you are learning they will happen. The key is to be like David and when you have made a mistake, fall on your face before the Lord and repent. Acknowledge what you’ve done and get up.

Several times the Lord pleaded with Israel and told them that if they would repent and TURN from their wicked ways that He would restore them. First we must repent; but then we must turn away from those old habits and desires. If we do that then He has promised to give us more than those things could ever bring. Joy, peace, happiness; and ultimately ETERNAL LIFE!!!

I could give you several examples in my own life where the Lord has dealt with me in a church service, and then blessed me abundantly; but then when I get home I automatically start the same routine. For me it’s not what you call an big bad obvious sin; but it's something that the Lord is asking me to limit my exposure to. He is asking me to quit filling my mind up with things that are not Him.

I testified a couple weeks ago about that little voice inside you that says “No No” when you’re about to do something He doesn’t approve of. It was mentioned about walking in the spirit and I thought how do you do that?? You learn to walk in the spirit by listening to that little voice and obeying it. That voice is the spirit of the Lord trying to direct you, and when you learn to listen and obey that voice (even in the little things that seem silly) you will be walking in the spirit.

Be encouraged and turn your eyes to the Lord. He will help you :o)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In the Midst of It All...

I LOVE THIS SONG!!!! 

I can feel the Holy Ghost everytime I listen to this. Isn't this what it's all about. Looking past everything and raising our hearts in praise for the fact that HE IS!! So encouraging!!  He never promised that we wouldn't have to endure; but He did promise to never leave us in the midst alone.  Thank you Lord.  Bless your Holy name!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBg8ekzaUuo

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I Will Follow Thee

I will...I will follow thee!!! 
Over mountains high
And through the stormy sea.
And when I hear your voice Lord
NO MATTER HOW I FEEL
I will lay my burdens down
And I will follow thee.

No matter how I feel...

No matter if I am tired...I will keep a good attitude...
No matter if I am frustrated with my children...I will still gather them in my arms and hold them tight...
No matter if I have a right to say something...I will keep my mouth shut...
No matter if I have told them a thousand times...I will tell them one thousand and one more...
No matter if the world says I can't make it...I will still strive...
No matter if I feel that I can't go another step...I will take one more step...He'll take two...
No matter if I have fought this battle over and over...I will fight it again until I overcome it...

I will lay down all the feelings and thoughts that oppress me and I will follow the Lord!!

I CHOOSE to follow the Lord. 
I CHOOSE to overcome my flesh.
I CHOOSE to fight the good fight.

It is my CHOICE to follow the Lord.

Help me Lord to say yes.

Confessions of a Burnt Out Momma with Renewed Conviction

Well...here I am again.  It seems like it has been a long time since I have written anything.  It's not that I didn't have anything to say; but more like I was working on a testimony :o)  Still am.

I wrote a post a while back about trying to juggle...well even as I wrote that post I still was doing my best to maintain everything. 

Recently we went out of town for a week and left our children at home with their grandparents.  Were we ever in for a surprise.  I know that my children are just children; but it seems like the Lord has been magnifying some things for me that are developing in their character.  I feel like He gave us an object lesson so that we can re-evaluate our parenting strategy.  I know that our parents may dispute this; but I was shocked at the way that our children treated them.  They were down right disrespectful at times.  Grant it my children are only 2 and almost 4; but I can see patterns that are developing in them that if we don't start working on, they will shape their very character. 

As I commented on another friends blog I don't want my children to grow up and have no respect for authority. 

Monday a week ago was our first day back with our children and I tell you what...they tested and pushed and then did it some more.  This made for a very difficult week.  We both felt like we were losing a battle with them. 

Sunday night as we drove home from a day at church and dinner with friends I started to talk to Phillip about the things we had been observing.  That day had been especially eye opening.  It seemed that our eldest daughter ignored everything we said or else argued with us consistently every time we told her to do something.  As we were heading to dinner that night she proceeded to explain to us how that we were NOT her boss.  I don't have to tell you that I had to count to 10 (a couple of times) before I could respond.  As we talked I told Phillip that I wasn't sure what to do about it.  I felt like she had absolutely no respect for our authority; and that I was worried if we didn't do something it would only get worse.

By the time we arrived at home I felt like the Lord had given us some direction.  Here is a little of what we will be working on.

1)  CONSISTENCY:

Failure:  We both get tired of telling them the same things over and over and over.  Sometimes it feels like 100 times a day on one thing.  So what do we do...sometimes we just let it slide so we don't have to deal with it.

Result:  We have a child who knows that one if she pushes us enough we will give in and two that if we don't give in this time she can ask again and we will most likely give in the next time.  She learns that what we say doesn't really matter.

Solution:  Stop being lazy and go to work.  We are the parents and nobody ever said it would be easy or fun all the time; but none the less IT IS OUR JOB!!  We chose to have these children now it's up to us to accept our responsibility and do it right.  We are not just raising people; but we are trying to raise Godly children that the Lord can use in His kingdom.


2)  TOO MANY CHANCES:

Failure:  "Go do _____________!!!"  "Did you hear me?"  "So and so, GO do ____________________!!!"  "If you don't do ____________, you're going to get in trouble."  This can go on and on and on.

Result:  We now have a child who knows how to stall for time.  She knows that if she waits us out we will most likely eventually give up.  Later down the road, we have a teenager that when told to do something just stares at us with a blank look on her face or worse yet walks off and ignores what we or any other authority (youth leader, pastor, elder in the church, police, teachers, etc...) has said.  Later on the possibility is that we have an adult who refuses council or instruction from anyone...even the Lord.  Why should they care it's been "THEIR" way all their life. They don't believe in consequences because there were never any there.  Sobering!!

Solution:  Teach them that every act of disobedience or disrespect has a consequence; and then act on that consequence as soon as the offense is committed.  This also ties right in with your consistency.  We have to follow through or our consequences are just empty threats.  I know this is so exhausting at times; but if we fail to do our job right now we will be whining about it later when our children our too old to be taught and we have lost complete control.

Lord help us.

I've added some links to some things I am going to start trying along with the two mentioned above.
They are a chore chart and a discipline chart.  Also, there is an idea I saw somewhere for something that can be used for older children.  It's called a consequence jar.  In it are things that no one likes to do like cleaning baseboards, cleaning the toilet, shining the silverware, pulling weeds...etc... To me it sounded like a really neat idea.  It shows them that they are ultimately in control of whether not they behave; and that there WILL be a consequence for every offense even if they are too big to spank .  If they commit an offense then they must go and pick their own consequence.  That's just a little food for thought.  I may even try this on my oldest with things that she can do.  So far I am in search of the thing that works for her.

Also, if you have any suggestions or comments on this subject I would greatly appreciate it.  I am trying to find the Lord's guidance for us in this area right now and welcome any heavenly inspired advice :o)

Hope the following links are useful to you.

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={D90864D9-EE84-45C9-83BD-6438D293F001}

http://www.parentingministry.org/component/content/article/14-main-menu/150-parenting-is-a-ministry-video

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2011/01/chore-chart-cards.html

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2011/05/chore-chart-discipline-cards.html

http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2010/02/super-mom-vs-abiding-mom.html

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The reason I'm in this church...
I don't want to be lost...
The reason I'm in this church...
I don't want to be lost...
The reason I'm in this church...
I don't want to be lost...
I don't want to be lost when Jesus comes!!!!


Alt. Verses: 

- The reason I sing and shout...
- The reason I testify...
- The reason I speak in tongues...

Monday, July 4, 2011

Prayer Warriors In Training

I had a neat little experience this morning that I told several of you about already; but I wanted to write it down so that I never forget. 

Sometimes you wonder if anything you are doing is sinking in with your children...at 3 and 2 do they even understand the concept of church...God...worship...etc...

As I was sitting in service this Sunday morning (we had an exceptional sermon on being salt of the earth and how to be a light.  Also on living what we're preaching.  It was sooooo needed by me.)  n-e-who.   :o)  As I was taking all of this in and listening to the song being sung I began to cry and worship the Lord.  I had my eyes closed; but felt both my girls gather in close to my lap.  They were sitting very still so I kept on praying.  Pretty soon I felt a little hand on my wrist and she (Sophia) raised my hand off my lap a little and began rocking it back and forth.  She was praying for me :o)  Almost instantly Maya took my other hand and followed suit. :o)  The were helping their mommy.  At that moment of course I couldn't concentrate for smiling; but I was thankful that they had felt comfortable to do that.  For the most part I tend to scare the whits out of my children when I pray so it was so sweet that they just stood and held my hands.  I thought later as I was telling their Dad about this that you know...they may not KNOW per say about the Holy Ghost...and they may not understand everything that is going on around them yet; but still they FELT something that made them want to come over and hold my hands as I prayed.  I closed my eyes and prayed a little more because I didn't want them to feel weird or awkward about what they had done.  I never want my kids to feel uncomfortable doing things for the Lord.  I want them to always feel free to learn how to move when they feel the Lord deal with them.  Who knew that they can learn some of the baby steps to this at such a young age.  They (regardless of what others may think) allowed the Lord to move them today.  They may not understand anything about what they did.  They may even think they were playing a little game (they do this at home...praying for each other); but mommy knows...mommy knows that if she continues to cultivate this in them and allow them to practice that someday they will feel free to let the Lord move them here and there as He pleases.

I needed that today :o)

Thankfulness

A few words the Lord let me write down tonight...


V.

Lord I can't see around the bend
Or what I'll face ahead
But for today
Tonight Dear Lord
I thank you for
Right where I am.

Ch.

You've saved me
You've touched me
You gave me eyes to see
You placed me in your people Lord
Nowhere else I'd rather be
You filled me with the Holy Ghost
And said come go with me
Now let my life be worthy Lord
A friend of yours to be.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Take it to the Lord in Prayer

Today as I was going over some things in my mind and I kept coming back to the thought...

"Lord, I just don't know what to do..."

Over and over and over!!!

As I was sitting there this thought crossed my mind...

"Take it to the Lord in prayer."

I thought yes, that is what I need to do.  Our services lately have hinted at our need to really pray for our circumstances.  This is something I struggle with.  Not really with having to pray; but for remembering that it is necessary.  A lot of times I take it for granted that if I take my hands off a situation that the Lord will just take care of it.  For the most part this is true...we are to have that kind of trust in Him to take care of our situations.  He will meet ALL our needs so we don't have to worry; but I think that sometimes He does want us to pray for our situation. 

He will take care of us.  He will have His will.  He will lead and guide us.  We never have to question this; but what if the prayer is for us.  I thought about when we pray and take our burdens to Him what do we receive in return??  Peace...comfort...joy...all of these come through prayer.  The Lord doesn't necessarily "need" for us to tell Him what we need; but I think that when we take it to the Lord it helps us relinquish control of that situation and really give it to Him.  Lord help me let you have my burdens and stop trying to carry them all on my own.  Your shoulders are so much stronger than mine. 

I have been singing this all day after having this experience and the words ring so true to me...   



It was funny...as I was giving the girls a bath tonight my oldest daughter began singing a little song she learned in VBS this week...

"Count your blessings name them one by one.
Count your blessings see what God has done.
Count your blessings
Name them one by one.
Count your many blessings see what God has done."

Out of the mouth of babes...thank you Lord :o)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stand Still - The Issacs

Can't get this song out of my head right now.


Thought for today 6-21-2011

I was sitting in VBS today and had this thought...

"You never know
what God can help you
do until you try." 

That's all I have...no big sermon...

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Come ON...You can make it if you try!!!

I had already turned off my computer this evening and was headed to bed when these thoughts began to come to me...

I am so encouraged by what is happening in the church today.  I am seeing people really begin to lay down their lives for the Lord.  Really get in line with His will for their lives.  Old, young, middle aged: whomever, the Lord is really talking to His people.  One thing that was said tonight that I really took to heart was that the Lord has knocked now we have to respond.  (My words - Not exactly what was said)

I feel like saying...if the devil is fighting you right now and telling you that you can't do this I want you to remember that the LORD HIMSELF brought you here!! 

You may say well "I just decided it was time".  I don't believe that.  I do think that you have to make a conscious decision to follow the Lord; but you can't do that on your own.  I believe that the Lord has to give you the desire to even do that.  What person is going to just DECIDE to lay down their own flesh??  It is not something that our flesh wants to do!!!  The Lord had to fill you with the desire to want to change before you could even make that effort.  You have to see your need for Him. 

I know that one way that the devil seems to talk to me (and has had success I am sad to say) is by making me feel like I am all alone.  I know it's hard to believe; but you can be as loud and crazy as I am and still feel like you are all alone!!  I feel like tonight the Lord has given me a weapon against this...

You hear the phrase all the time "you didn't come this way by chance"...

Do you really believe that?  I think I do.  I was born and raised in the Body of Christ; but I don't believe that it is only because of those things that I am still here.  I know that there has been mercy laid up for me and I don't minimize that at all; but I also know that the Lord had to call MY NAME one day.  If he hadn't then I would not be here. 

If the Lord has taken the time to give you a desire to change and to make you uncomfortable in your life to do so then HE WANTS YOU HERE!!!!  He still has a place for you.  Respond to the Lord. 

DAVITA ARE YOU LISTENING!!!!!!!

I don't believe that He would take the time and effort to make you miserable if He didn't care about you.  He is knocking, pounding, kicking in your door!!!  He loves you and wants you to make it. 

Fire that back at the devil...HE WOULDN'T HAVE CALLED YOU IF HE DIDN'T WANT YOU!!!! 

If the Lord has bothered to deal with you and has given you a desire to change then He is there with you.  You may not know the plan yet.  He may not have discussed all the details with you yet; but HE has a plan!!!  You...I...just need to relax and take it one step at a time.  If the Lord says do this...do that and then wait for the next instruction.

Sometimes I look at the whole Bible and see this BIG MONSTER of a task that I have to accomplish and I give up.  It's to hard.  Well yes it's too hard!!!  When you look at it like that perfection is impossible; but what is the Lord asking you to do right now??  Do you feel Him asking you to do one thing?  Try a different approach...do the one thing He is asking you to do right now and then I bet it will lead you to the next thing.  Little by little...Day by day...Jesus is changing me!!!  Ask the Lord to clear your mind and let you see that one step He's asking you to make today.  Ask Him to block out all that other noise going on and open your eyes a little more.  One step...two steps...and one day you'll look back at that impossible task and realize that by following the Lord step by step by step He has brought you through it. 

So...be encouraged in the Lord.  All is not lost.  He STILL is calling your name.

   

   


My Dad:   Sam Perry - I find myself watching him more and more. Studying how he does things. Responds. I am learning more by watching him than I ever have. I love to watch how he is with my girls. In leading by example he is teaching me to be a better parent.
I love you Dad!!


My Father in Law:   Michael Wyrick - I will never forget standing in their living room showing off my wedding dress and him bawling like a baby. I knew in that moment that he really loved me. :o)
I love you Dad #2 :o)

My Husband:   Phillip Wyrick - One of the many reasons I fell in love with him is because I knew he would be a great father and he would love any children we were blessed to have. He would and does lay down his life for them everyday.
I love you honey!!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Lesson in Communication

Tonight as we were sitting in church I leaned over and asked Sophia if she would like to go sit with her Mamaw Perry who was seated in the row in front of us.

She nodded yes and smiled so I put her down.  As she walked to her I was looking down writing in my notebook...

When I looked up she was making her way to the front of the church.  I sat rather stunned trying to figure out what she was doing.  I called her name and she did NOT stop.  She walked quietly up to the platform where my father was sitting on the FRONT ROW and climbed up into his lap.  I know for sure that my face was the same color as the pews!!!! 

It struck me as very funny because most of the men on the platform were in dark colored suits and there she sat like a sore thumb in her bright salmon colored dress with bright green furry socks.  Pretty as a princess. 

In her mind I guess she was going to her Papaw and I thought she was going to her Mamaw.  I had apparently given her permission without realizing it.  LOL!!!  Oh well...you live and learn. 

I learned tonight that is VERY important when dealing with someone that you make sure you are on the same page...or else they may just go wondering off to your amazement :o)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Preparing Your Spirit for your MAN

http://www.parentingmiracles.net/2011/06/preparing-myself-to-honor-my-husband/


A few thoughts on this article...

I agree with all the things she lists; but I thought of one more...

I have to prepare my spirit to meet my husband...

What do I mean by this?  Well some days you have really BAD days.  Who do you want to share those things with???  Your best friend.  Your husband. 

It would be so easy when he walks in the door ( I really have to work on this one) to unload all that baggage we have been carrying all day on him so that I can feel better; but how is that fair?  After all...he has come home with his own baggage too.  

When my husband came home last night we both had really bad days.  Me because of myself; but his day was filled with problems at work.  When he walked in I said "hey babe".  The kids hugged him and then he sat down on the floor and played with them.  I asked him how his day went and I could tell by his answers that he really didn't want to talk about it.  I left him to play with the girls and went about fixing dinner.  I noticed that how having him home...get this...made me feel so much happier than I had been all day.  (If you follow my blog you know that this is major growth :o)  I didn't unload all my junk and he left his outside the door and we had a really pleasant evening.  He didn't enter into a home full of chaos; but a home that welcomed him in.  Whispered softly..."sit down, take your shoes off; RELAX"!!

I know that we are to be able to share everything with each other...and I feel that we can; but sometimes you just need to leave it all outside your house and enjoy being.

On those days that I have really BAD days it would do me well to take some time before he comes home to prepare my spirit for him.  Analyze all the "drama" I have had and leave what is not important unsaid.  He doesn't have to know EVERY TIME I yelled at the kids or put them in time out through the day.  He NEEDS to know that even though we both have had long days that he can sit down on the couch and feel peace.  After all the hustle and bustle of the day the only thing he wants to do is be with us.

Take a little time out today before your man gets home and prepare your spirit to greet him.  It may require a little prayer sometimes; but it will make your home a lot more peaceful.  After all one of the things I try to remember (and fail at a lot) is that YOU control the atmosphere in your home.  YOU are there day in and day out.  YOU have a chance to choose war or peace!! 

Lord help me to choose peace!! 

The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 14:26-27

...In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge...

...The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Choleric

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choleric?show=0&t=1307657025

Reading the definition for Choleric and wondering how there could possibly be Godly qualities to this temperment...Lord help me!!!

Getting Rid of Why

Just thinking tonight...

Sometimes things happen that we just don't understand.  In our mind there is just no reason why.  We try to think "well maybe God is doing this" or "maybe He is asking this" or "something I have done has caused this"; but I feel like sometimes spending too much time on the why can be a stumbling block.  It's trying to find comfort in something other than the Lord.  We can get lost in all the why's and why not's and lose sight of the who can and the who is...  I don't know why some go through loss; but I know the comforter.  I don't understand mean people; but I do know the deliverer of the righteous.  I don't fully enjoy the process of laying down self (yet); but I do know that those that endure shall remain.  So in looking at my life and those around me I am trying to climb out of the pit of the why's that have no answers; and plant my feet on the rock that will stand.

[Side Note:  Tonight we had a good service talking about being thankful and then went into bitterness...I just had a thought that the path of why's can lead you into the pit of bitterness.  You can end up there and not even realize that you are headed that way because in some ways you have a "right" to be upset; and to question some things.  Huuummmmm...I think the Lord's letting me see my path.  Ouch!!  If you spend too long on the path of why's you can end up in the pit of bitterness; and that is a looonnng walk back to the road of forgiveness and the way of freedom.  Have to stop why in it's tracks!!]

Take it in stride...one at a time; and instead of spending so much time worrying about the process start praying for the grace to go through it.

Lord give us all the grace, that when we are confronted with our chance to give in and give up on you; help us to fight.  Cause that spirit that is within us to rise up and rebuke doubt, and fear; and worry.  Those things cause us to lose our joy and without joy we are then in danger of losing our hope.  That hope that lies deep within us.  That hope that is renewed day by day by the feeding of God's word; and by walking in His spirit. 

So many scriptures going through my head...action scriptures...

1 Timothy 6:12   Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:19  Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Hebrews 6:18   That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Hebrews 6:19   Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

Hebrews 10:23   Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)

GRAB AHOLD of these verses and DON'T LET THEM GO!!!!!  Memorize them!!!  I am writing them down for myself.  When doubt arises or fear or the flesh shoot it down with some of these!!!  We do NOT have to live in defeat!!  It is up to us to pick up our weapons and fight.  We can have our guns and we can have our bullets; but if we never take the time to put the bullets INTO the gun we are still defenseless.  Kinda like dying of thirst surrounded by water.  Sometimes it takes a little action on our part.  Get rid of the why and why not's and pick up your CAN and HE WILL!!!

Sorry I know I am preaching; but I am really preaching to me!!  :o)

If Jesus said I can I CAN!!!!

"If Jesus says I can I CAN!!
If Jesus says I can Oh I KNOW I CAN!!!
Satan tries to tell me that I can't make the Bride;
But if Jesus says I can I CAN!!!!" 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Games My Girls Play

I was thinking about the games that fill my little girls' days...

Sometimes they are beautiful princesses dressed for a ball.

Sometimes they are a mommy taking care of their babies.

Sometimes they pretend to cook me meals.


Sometimes they dance about with the wildest of energy.

Sometimes they pretend to worship the Lord.

Sometimes they put on a show.  Singing EVERY song they know.

Sometimes they testify for me. 

These are all common everyday games that children play; but it dawned on me that these are not games that I have taught them.  They are games that they have "invented" on their own. 

I did not sit down and teach them how to be a mommy...they have learned it from watching me.

I did not sit down and teach them how to cook a meal...they have learned it from watching me.

We did not sit down and "practice" how to worship the Lord...they have learned that from being around those doing it. 

Etc....

What other things have they learned by just watching?  This can be a blessing; but also very scary.  They learn right now by watching, seeing; and hearing what is going on around them.  What are they exposed too?  I know that there are some shows that we watch that I think "well, they are too little to get that yet"; but does that make it ok??  I have learned that they pick up a lot more than I "think" they do.  I have even seen my girls pick up attitudes without even realizing what they are doing.  They don't know right now; but that seed has been planted to grow into a giant oak later on.  Lord let me look at the things I bring into my home through the of a child; but with the wisdom of an adult. 

Daddy's Belly

When our girls are eating sometimes if they are piddling instead of eating we ask them to let us feel there belly.  We say "nope...not quite big enough yet...".  They giggle and go on eating a little more.  Today we were eating lunch and the conversation went as follows:

Sophia:  Mom I am finished.

Me:  I still see a lot of food.  I don't think your belly is quite big enough.

Sophia:  Daddy's belly is reeeeeeeallllly big.

Me:  Oh yeah?

Sophia:  Yes it is.  And mom?  Why does it just stay that way?

Me:  Well...it just does.

Sophia:  I want a belly as big my daddy's.

Me:  Ok.

I was trying very hard not to laugh because I knew that she was very very serious :o)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cozi Calender

A little organization tool I stumbled on today...and it's FREE!!!

http://www.cozi.com/family-calendar.htm