Saturday, September 15, 2012

{devotion} who am I to judge?

How many times a day do I look at her and judge? I'm obviously superior. Right?

Wait, what makes me any better than her? My clothes? My truck? House? Family?

HE pricks my heart with a verse.

Romans 15:7 Therefore,accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.

Christ received US to glory. He accepts US. (everyone!) If I look at her and I through HIS eyes, I see sinners saved by grace. Equals.

How many times is HE going to prick my heart about this before I truly learn?

accept one another It's a command, not a suggestion!

I must stop looking at her with my sinful-human eyes. I am no better than she.

 Lord, cover my eyes with your love and grace! Let me see others through YOU.

 Soli Deo Gloria Women in the Word Wednesdays WIPWednesday  Life: Unmasked iFellowship

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

{devotion} exploding eggs and His voice

Beep, Beep Beep.

I heard the timer. I'll get it as soon as I finish this, I thought. Obviously, scrolling through Pinterest is way more important than the eggs boiling on the stove.

The next thing I hear....BOOM!


All of the water had evaporated causing one of the eggs to explode.


I hear His soft, gentle whisper. But obviously, whatever I'm doing at the moment is more important than what He is telling me to do, right?

If I don't heed His voice, He will eventually get my attention. BOOM!

Whatever I'm trying to get done on my own will explode. I turn and finally obey His commands.

Why does it take an explosion? Why don't we heed His voice the first time?

We would end up with such a beautiful, perfect product instead of burned, dry eggs!

Psalm 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you
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Saturday, August 18, 2012

{devotion} the fullness of JOY

She never seems happy. She talks constantly about that thing. That one thing she wants so badly. She will finally be happy, content!, when she gets it. Only when she gets that thing.

Will it really give her joy? It's material. I can't help but wonder if she will really be happy when it happens, even though I know the answer.

Habbakuk 3:17-19
     Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,  
      yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
    The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
he enables me to tread on the heights. 

Psalm 16:11 
      You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand. 

In HIS presence is the fullness of joy. Search for HIM. Despite the circumstances, the bad days, the good days, only HE can pour out true joy.

I pray she finds that. This thing won't help her, I know it. HE will.
What are you looking to for joy?

Friday, August 10, 2012

{devotion} like squirmy first graders...

They're like first graders arguing over who gets to be the line leader.
Each child has a reason why he is best fit in front.

As the new school year begins, many things are calling my name. Each priority has a reason why it should be number one. The hard part is getting them in line and keeping them there. Yet, like first graders, priorities are squirmy. They continue to plague me with reasons, vying for my time.

How do I keep them straight? What is most important? What comes first?

Searching answers today with prayer and 1 Timothy 2:1-2
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.
How do you deal with priorities? Are yours in line?
   Beholding Glory 

Monday, August 6, 2012

christian priorities?

convicting, no?

 Soli Deo Gloria What I Learned This Week 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

{recipe} The Perfect (addicting, non-healthy) Peanut Brittle

The Perfect (addicting, non-healthy) Peanut Brittle

1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. raw peanuts
1 tsp. butter
1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1)  In a 2 quart microwavable glass bowl, mix together sugar, peanuts, syrup, and salt. Microwave for 4 minutes.
2) Stir in the vanilla and butter. Microwave 4 minutes.
3) Stir in baking soda. Pour out onto a silpat or lightly greased cookie sheet.
4) After in hardens, break into pieces, and eat!
*I love to do this with nuts other than peanuts, like almonds or even a mixture of all nuts. Delicious.
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Thursday, July 26, 2012

the unsafe question

Are you pregnant?
The question caught her off guard. Was her friend joking? She looked down. She knew her uniform was a little tight-it had been a year since she last had to wear it-but did she really look pregnant?

No, of course not, she told her friend.
The seemingly harmless question plagued her all day. Feelings of insecurity, shame, guilt, and ugliness flooded her. With no one to turn to, she had to bear this burden all alone.
This is a true story. The girl that told me this could not tell it without crying. We barely know each other, yet it was tearing her apart so much she just had to get it out; it didn't matter who, she needed someone to listen.
It is surprising just how many women struggle with insecurity and the "shame" of not being pretty.

Everyone is beautiful. We look at man's standards of beauty, but what about God's standards? Shouldn't we be looking at ourselves (and others!) through God's eyes?

Below are favorite posts on the subject

Come Away With Me at SimplyHis.
A Love Letter to My Body at Joy in this Journey

As God Sees at Faith and Simplicity

beauty that cannot be captured in ESPN magazines at To Overflowing
 Life In Bloom Found the Marbles
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Monday, July 23, 2012

homeschool chaos

My mom is an expert in the homeschool world. At one point in each of our lives, she has homeschooled every one of her 6 children. When I was a lot younger, she wrote a short story about the life of a homeschool mom, and I want to share that with you today! Enjoy =]
A Day of Homeschooling

The children get up, get dressed, make beds, have breakfast, then do chores and we have devotion.
We make it to school on time if we are not interrupted by phone calls and discipline problems.

We go upstairs. John Z. and Sarah Ann play in the playroom while Steven, Meagan and I go to the schoolroom to begin their lessons. While I am giving instructions on how to do page 6 in English, I hear fussing from the playroom. John Z. and Sarah decide that they want to play with the same toy at the same time. After I get that settled, I go back to Steve and Meagan. They are waiting on me to explain the instructions again. I explain again, trying to remember that they are 5 and 7 and they will  not understand everything the first time. Well, now they understand. They complete page 6, 7, and 8. Now, it's time for a spelling test. Did I hear them groan? As I call out the second word, I hear John's voice from the bathroom, Mom, I need help!!! So I tell Steven and Meagan to read a story in their reader, wanting them to stay occupied until I get back. As I walk to the bathroom, I see Sarah standing there crying, saying I need to go potty. Her being in the potty training stage, she really means Help, I'm all wet. Please put a diaper on me! I look at her and say Sarah, I'll be right back. Wait, what do you have on your face?
I don't know, she says.
Sarah, where did you get that paint? Who left out the watercolors? Sarah, stay right there. John, I'm coming!

So, now, John is settled and asking for a snack. Just a minute please.

As I pick Sarah up to take her downstairs to get changed, I tell Steven and Meagan to stop talking and get out their tablets to practice writing their alphabet. After Sarah is clean and dry again, we go to the kitchen. I notice that the washer has stopped so we reload the washer and dryer, get a snack, and head back upstairs.

John and Sarah are happy again. Back in the schoolroom, I wonder what Steve and Meagan have been doing. They are only on the letter M. One doesn't want to get ahead of the other so they write slowly so they can stay together.

Now, where were we? Oh yeah, a spelling test. We finish the test without any more distractions. We even get through another subject!

The lessons are going well. Who's coming through the door? John Z. and Sarah are saying We're hungry. I look at the clock, it's lunch time.

I tell Steven and Meagan to help John Z. and Sarah Ann clean the playroom while I fix lunch. While walking through the playroom, I step over dolls, tinkertoys, toy cars, crayons, and books. They sure did have a good time. After the room is clean, they can come downstairs to eat. If you don't work, you don't eat.

That is a typical day before lunch. Of course, I left out some things. School is easier after lunch, because John Z. and Sarah Ann still take afternoon naps. Praise the Lord!

If you are thinking about homeschooling, don't let this discourage you! We have good and bad days. Everyone has those anyway.

Homeschooling is worth it when you see your child sitting there reading a library books and you are the one that taught them. You get to hear the oldest child teaching his younger brother how to count.You get to see excitement in their eyes when they learn something new and can't wait to tell Dad when he gets home.

It's a challenge, but there is a feeling of accomplishment when you put away the books at the end of the school year.

I thank the Lord for the opportunity to homeschool.  
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