Trying to raise my kids the best I can

Saturday, September 30, 2006

God can use you

I didn't make this up (though I did tweak it) but I had to share it. I think it's really cool and I put it on my refrigerator.

The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...
Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses was not eloquent
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a player
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was a whore
Zaccheus was too short
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer...AND
Lazarus was dead!

No more excuses now. God can use you to your full potential.
Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Quiverfull, and trusting in God

I have come to believe in a philosophy called Quiverfull which basically means you trust God for the timing of your pregnancies. (Not necessarily that you conceive as many children as is humanly possible). The past few months we've been hoping and trying to get pregnant, but we haven't. I took an ovulation kit test and I didn't even ovulate this month. So our Quiverfull beliefs are being tested in that we really have to trust that God is in control and this isn't the time he wants us to be pregnant.

"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward." Ps. 127:3


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Today was the yearly library booksale, AKA the highlight of my year . It's in a well off town in a wealthy part of the country and so basically it's HUGE. There are thousands of like new books to peruse. I bought the usual boxful for $35. I mostly buy books for the kids. But I buy some for me too. Here's a picture of the boys enjoying a Paddington pop-up book.

I also wanted to share with you a really cool idea I got from my sisters at Gentle Christian Mothers- from the big families forum. Hanging toothbrushes up with velcro. You should have seen what a mess this cabinet was before I did this. Notice my nephews toothbrushes on the side (they often spend the night).

Sunday, September 10, 2006

When I go to heaven

When I go to heaven I want to be greeted by the Monday night football theme song - with the full trumpet section of the angelic choir. I get the chills thinking aobut it. It makes me want to die now. :-) Maybe you should play that at my funeral so you know how happy I am. I hope God is taking notes.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Live in the moment

Living in the moment is so hard to do in this society. I think it is particularly hard for mothers of preschoolers because you are always rushing to the next activity... feed the kids, wash the kids, clothe the kids, change the diapers, go to the park, ok let's play so we can go home, clean the house, make dinner... you get the idea. I remember when Brandon was a toddler, sitting by the sandbox at the park and telling myself to calm down and enjoy the moment.

Paul talks about this in the Bible when he says he has learned the secret to being content in all situations. It's what God calls us to do, so it's something we need to diligently practice.

Here's a quote that I think is apropos: "List-Consiousness is a state of mind that is entirely future-oriented. With a subtle but constant quality of rushing, it operates on the premise that life will happen once everything is crossed off The List... When you are in list consciousness you are leaning into the future and completely missing the present. Practicing presence punctures the fantasy that somehow life will begin when the kids soccer season is over or when I lose ten pounds or even when I take that meditation course and learn how to be more present! Practicing presence is brining ourselves to the recognition that life is happening right now- and is inviting us to wake up and notice." Abby Siexis, in FINDING THE DEEP RIVER WITHIN.

Oh what the heck, I'm on a roll. Heres a quote from Henry David Thoreau "Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each."

Whew, I can cross "blog" off my to do list. Now I can go do my school work and then cook.
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