Saturday, January 31, 2009

Preschool

On his birthday, Caleb woke up and announced to David and myself, "I am 3. I will go to preschool this morning." After explaining to him that isn't exactly how it works, we told him we would look into him going to preschool in the fall. I have begun the process of looking into preschools near our home, but I am also praying about teaching him here at home. While I do not feel that God has called me to homeschool my boys, I think preschool could be different.

So, all you experienced parents, what do you think?

1. Is there a big difference in home preschool/out of the home preschool? Any advantages or disadvantages in your experience?

2. Is 3 too young to have something every weekday morning? (We have Bible Study on Tues and Thurs and he would be in preschool MWF.)

3. Do you know of any awesome preschools near our home that we should check out? Any to stay away from?

Thanks for your input and for any prayers you might say for our discernment in this issue!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wasting Grace

Last night, we had a bear of a time getting Nathan to bed...2 hours of screaming baby is no one's idea of fun. On top of that, I got into a huge snit because David did not want to do things MY way. Later, after trying to explain to David why I was in snit, I got into an even bigger snit because he did not respond in the way which I wanted. This morning, I added to my snityness when again I did not get a response that I desired. One could easily say that on the way to Bible Study this morning, I was one big ball of snityness.

During the lecture at Bible Study, the question was asked "Are you wasting God's grace by going your own way or doing your own thing?" Warning bells went off in my soul and a conversation similar to this ensued:

Me: God, that was for me, wasn't it?

God: Yes, My dear.

Me: Did I waste Your grace when I got upset that I did not get MY way with Nathan?

God: Yes, My dear.

Me: Did I waste Your grace when I got upset that David did not respond in the way I wanted?

God: Yes, My dear.

Me: Did I waste it further when I did not get the response I wanted the second time?

God: Yes, My dear.

Me: It isn't a good thing to waste your grace, is it?

God: No, My dear.

Me: God, I am sorry. You have done so much for me...I don't want to waste anything given to me by You.

God: I forgave you long ago.

Me: Thank you, God. Thank you for not thinking Your grace was going to be wasted on me.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Caleb's Pastor Michael Impersonation

Check out this Pastor Michael wannabe. A baptism and freedom in worship! In case you need an interpreter, he is singing "Jump Up and Worship!" "Jump Up and Worship!""Jump Up and Worship!"

video

Monday, January 26, 2009

Real Clothes for Nathan

Nathan, like Caleb, has spent the majority of his first three months of life wearing footed sleepers. Great for the winter, sleepers keep him warm and are easy enough to get on and off. This week, I noticed that the sleepers were getting a little short on him and decided to go ahead and pull out my 3-6 month box of clothes. Going through the box, I kept looking for the footed sleepers, but found mostly "real" clothes, that is clothes that require socks.

It is hard to believe, but my baby is taking his first big step in growing up. Now moving from footed sleepers to "real" clothes, tomorrow moving from home to college. The cliche of "they grow up so fast" is only too true. Generally I am not the overly sentimental type, but even I get a little sad putting up the small baby clothes that both my boys wore. (Yeah, my eyes teared up typing that sentence.)

Here is something that can only make me smile though:

Even Nathan is amazed at how quick he is growing up!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Reaping and Sowing

"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap." Galatians 6:7

Recently, I have had the experience of watching individuals reaping consequences that are a result of poor choices. It has been really hard and my heart aches for them and for those their choices have impacted. Still, I would be wrong not to tell you that there is also a good deal of anger toward those who have repeatedly made poor choice after poor choice. I have been working and praying through this anger, trying to keep it from turning into bitterness. I also have to be careful that my frustration and my anger do not lead me to sin (Ephesians 4:26-27) or to inspire anger in others.

Even while dealing with the anger and frustration, there is a large part of me that wants to step in and help. You see, I could easily help lessen the consequences being faced. The fact is, in the past, I have stepped in, hoping things would be different the next time. This time, I truly feel like God is calling me to stay out of the situation and this tears at my heart in many ways. I have been told that my standing by shows a lack of compassion...but you see, after praying through this, I wonder if it is the most compassionate thing I can do.

Scripture says over and over that God is compassionate and slow to anger. Still, God allows us to learn by living through the consequences of our sin. I can only imagine how much I have hurt Him each time I fail Him; how much He wants to rescue me before I reap the fullness of my sins. I can only imagine how His heart breaks each time I make a poor choice. Still, in God's compassion, He stands by and allows me to learn through my choices and in His kindness, He leads me to repentance (Romans 2:4) and He in His faithfulness and righteousness, He forgives and cleanses me (1 John 1:9).
Psalm 107
17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways
and suffered affliction because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food
and drew near the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress.
20 He sent forth his word and healed them;
he rescued them from the grave.
21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings
and tell of his works with songs of joy.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Its Coming!

Spring is coming! Here it is at the end of January and already I am beginning to see new life peeking through in our yard. YAY God for the return of warmth and life each year! It still might be a while, but it is coming! Here is the proof:

Peach Tree Fuzzies
Beautiful smelling purple flowers
Tulips peeking through

Daffodils to be






Thursday, January 22, 2009

Theology and Fishing

On the way into Bible Study this morning, Caleb asked me "What is salvation?" I had been singing the song "Jesus is the Rock of my Salvation" and his always working mind wanted to know about that which I was singing. Surprised by the question, I began to mumble some theological answer involving reconciliation, sin, and the goodness of God. Bored with my answer, Caleb interrupted with another question, "But, what is fishing?"


Now on the surface, this might seem totally unrelated. Still, what you might not know is that Caleb learned about fishing in Sunday School this past week. I don't know the exact story they taught, but I do know it involved a fishing game with magnets and taking turns. Caleb thought this was a truly fabulous way to spend a Sunday morning.

So what does theology have to do with fishing? Just this...I need to be able to explain this thing called faith to my 3 year old, to the 5th graders we teach on Sunday, and to my neighbors who might not know God. Speaking to the men of Athens, Paul says "From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each of us." (Acts 17:26)


We need to be able to meet people where they are, whenever they are ready to ask the most important questions of life. For I know as we seek Him and perhaps even reach out to Him, we will find Him.

As for Caleb learning what salvation is, hopefully I will be more prepared to answer his question the next time. Anyways, on the way home, we were on to a completely different subject as he informed me he was going to put the garden hose through our window to fill our living room with water. Why, you might ask...so it will be easier to "bapatize" people. Now, only to explain baptism to a 3 year old and to make sure the garden hose stays out of my living room...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cabin Fever

Have you seen the show Mythbusters? In one of their episodes from last year, they tested the myth of "Cabin Fever" by locking the two hosts in separate small cabins for a short period of time. The myth was confirmed after the two began to act strangely. I have recently come to the conclusion that the show got this experiment wrong.

The true measure of cabin fever is not an individual isolated in a small enclosure, but a mom, an infant, a toddler and a dog, who barks loudly at random things she alone hears/sees, being isolated in a normal sized home for a series of days. Absent of church on Sunday, we have not left the house in a week due to cold temperatures and the blizzard of '09 (which was only a dusting of snow)...and could I feel that this evening!

Even the reinforcements at the end of the day are acting a little cooky:





The natives are restless!

Thank goodness for Bible Study tomorrow!





Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January 20, 2009

In case you didn't already know this about me, I am a self-confessed political junkie. I get it very honest, as it was passed down to me by both my Maw-Maw and my mom. I am one of the weird ones who enjoyed the presidential election season, watched all the debates, read numerous articles and had conversation after conversation with my husband about all of it. (He is not as much as a junkie, but is kind enough to divulge in this one vice with me.) This being the case, I had to write something about this momentous day in American history.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with President Obama, it is impossible not to see the amazing transformation our country has taken in the past 50-60 years. We have come from a nation of legalized racism and oppression to the election of one of those oppressed. In the span of a single lifetime, hearts and minds have been radically transformed. To me, that is simply amazing and speaks of God's power all over it.

The other thing that struck me as I sat watching the inauguration with Caleb is the great choice that our nation now faces. We are facing a dire moment in history- economically, physically and morally. The great energy and mandate with which President Obama takes power leads me to believe that there is an amazing potential for good to come out of his administration. Whether the leaders of America will tap this energy for their own good or for the greater good of society will be determined in the next few years.

Also, I wonder if we as the church will pray for this new president as faithfully as we did President Bush. I became a Christian while Clinton was president and I do not remember people praying for him. It seemed to me, as a young Christian, that it was only with the election of an evangelical Christian that prayer for our leaders became important. I hope these prayers do not fade with the marine helicopter carrying George W. Bush away.

Finally, as I started my day today, I sat down at the computer and glanced at my husband's Bible which lay open on the computer desk. It was opened to Proverbs 21. Verse 1 reads "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever He pleases." May this be true of all of America's leaders, especially the new President and Vice President and may we also be assured of Who is truly in control.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Why Richly Supplied

When I began to think about starting to share life through a blog a couple of weeks ago, I knew just the title I would use: "The Rich Life." It was a take off of our last name and spoke to the many blessings I felt we have been given. Well, lo and behold, I quickly discovered someone beat me to that great idea and I began to brainstorm again. During this time Phil 4:19 kept coming up in various venues... "And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Truly, I have been richly supplied, but it goes far beyond the material items I take for granted each day.

I have a wonderful, WARM home...very important on a bitter cold day like this. But spiritually, God has richly supplied me with an eternal home and a Savior who has gone to prepare a place for me to join Him there. (John 14:1-4)

I have a closet full (and then some) of clothes, shoes, etc. (Only some of which still fit post baby..ugh!) But spiritually, God has richly supplied me with the clothing of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and above all these love. (Colossians 3:12-14)

I have a pantry full of food. But spiritually, God has richly supplied me with the fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Still, when Sky throws up all over the living room floor, Nathan wakes up hungry, crying and Caleb announces he has had an accident in his pants all within 90 seconds of each other, am I putting on God's clothing of kindness and producing the fruit of patience? I can assure you that most often, I am not.

So here is the challenge for me...Knowing that God has richly supplied my life, how can I better take Him up on all that He gives?

Friday, January 16, 2009

This thing called blogging...

So I have decided to come out of lurkdom and to join in this thing called blogging. I have really enjoyed sharing in the lives of others through their blogs and can only hope that I have something worthy of sharing every once in a while. David asked me if I have "blog envy," but I think it is more like "blog inspiration."
Now the real question is, do I have the guts to share this with others yet? hmm...yet to be determined. Is it a little prideful to think that others would even want to share in my life through this blog? hmm...yet to be determined. So here it goes...this thing called blogging.
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