Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Little help here

I have found that my time on the computer is making me a better homemaker, a better shopper and just wiser at the small things. I have a few blogs to thank for that. One is Home Sanctuary By Rachel. She is the one that is doing Company Girl and helping me keep my house nice and clean. Another is Organized Junkie. I am going to put there links up in my side bar. There are a few more but I am not sure of their names. SO I will just put them in the side bar also. So all that said to say I want to start sharing the love so I have resolved that when I come across an idea that helps me I am going to share it. No more will I be an idea hog!!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

His Word Is So Good

Isaiah: 62:1-5
Because I love Zion,
I will not keep still.
Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem,
I cannot remain silent.
I will not stop praying for her
until her righteousness shines like the dawn,
and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.
2 The nations will see your righteousness.
World leaders will be blinded by your glory.
And you will be given a new name
by the Lord’s own mouth.
3 The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—
a splendid crown in the hand of God.
4 Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City”[a]
or “The Desolate Land.”[b]
Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight”[c]
and “The Bride of God,”[d]
for the Lord delights in you
and will claim you as his bride.
5 Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
Then God will rejoice over you
as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

So How Is January Going?

Well, let's see!!!

I have been to the Y once :) Just 7 more times to go before the month is up! Do you think I can do it?

I have been studying 1 Thessalonians. I have finished it. At least I think I have. There is usually a good chance when I try to move on to something else that God will lay it on my heart to keep studying and praying through it more.

I have four pages left to do in my scrapbook for this month. This book is one for my two-year-old.

I have started writing down some prayers for my family. I really want to make a prayer scrapbook but that may have to happen next month.

I am praying more for my husband but we have not increased our time praying together. I spend more of my focused time praying at night. Night is not good for him. He likes the morning time. So maybe we can work something out that will work.
We have not gotten our books from our school yet but we are working on school assignments that I am putting together. I am really eager to get our materal.

No gift for a friend yet, but I am really looking forward to doing this :)

So that is where I am.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Becoming A Student of His Word

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

"Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You've heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts. We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends."

The other day I was talking to my husband on the phone. He was letting out some steam about something that had really gotten under his skin that day so his voice was... well, a little loud. Right as he let out a "loud sound" (if you know what I mean :), his phone went dead. The first thing that came to my mind was, "Oh, no! Something is wrong! Did he get in a wreck?" My 10 year old looked at me and could see the concern all over my face. She said " Okay - let's just don't freak out now. Let's stay claim."

Oh, how I need that on a loop on a big speaker in my house.

It turned out that he was fine and there was no need to freak. However, that's what I often do. That is why I picked the translation from The Message for today's study. I love how it starts off with the words, "STAY CALM."

Staying calm, minding your our business and doing your own job can be hard things for us women to do. I know that on some days staying calm just does not happen to me. I wake up freaking out and go to bed freaking out. This is the day I need my loud speaker playing really loud! Or is it that I need things to quiet down and listen to the ONE in me? He can control all things if I let Him. The problem is letting Him.

"Mind your own business!" has been said across playgrounds and homes for years. Don't be a person that can be called "The 411." Don't be know as the person that knows everything about everyone - there is no glory in it. It will make you become more focused on their flaws than the things in your life that you need to work on.

Lastly, "do your own job." God has a call for you and your call is not the same as mine. There are times I dream of an out-of-the-home job but that is not what God has called me to do. So when friends are talking about how they stop by Starbucks before they went to work then later took a lunch break with a friend, I remind myself that if I was doing that I would not be fulfilled because God did not call me to do that. So I choose to be happy with where God has placed me for this season of my life.

By these thing you will find favor with people and people will find Jesus. So go be YOU today and feel good about it.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Lift me out of this pit

" Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

So many times I drown myself in my feelings. "I feel anxious. I feel out of control. I feel abnormal. I feel like something is wrong with me. I feel like a bad mother. I feel selfish. I feel, I feel, I feel..."

I tell my inner man this all day long. In my dialogue with myself I am persistant on pushing myself futher down. Do I want to do this to myself ? NO WAY! So why do I?

Why do I do it? Because there are days that I live by feeling and not by the Word of God. In the end it leaves me at the bottom of the pool trying to find my way back up for just one more life-giving breath. I have a desperate need to find freedom from my drowning feelings.

It's days like this that I bend my knee not to the one that can save but to the one that leaves me in a mess - myself and my feelings. Yes I bow to the idol of my feelings. How can I make it an idol? My feelings become an idol because I have made them bigger than God. Not that I mean to - one thing just leads to another and there I am on my knees saying "Poor me!"

So God, I must repent for I have been anxious for many things. Your Word does not say "Don't feel anxious." It says "Don't be anxious." The problem is when the feeling turns into a meditation, then an action. God, renew a right spirit in me. I turn from my feelings and turn to you and on my knees I go!

slow down and just be

slow down and just be