I couldn't wait to get Nathan from day care and just see his little face smiling at me. I knew it would make me forget the horrible practice we had just had.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I couldn't wait to get Nathan from day care and just see his little face smiling at me. I knew it would make me forget the horrible practice we had just had.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Nathan has been "teething" for a while now . He has been constantly chewing on EVERYTHING, drooling like crazy going through 3 or 4 bibs a day (right Tiffany :) ), and the dreaded diaper findings that go along with it. On Wednesday, while I was at basketball practice, I got a message from Nathan's day care teacher, Tiffany, that his bottom tooth FINALLY broke through!!! YAY NATHAN!!! I was so excited, I could hardly wait to get home so I could see it, and take LOTS of pictures.
When I got out of practice, I hurried as fast as I could to see his tooth. I am not sure what I was expecting. I guess I was expecting a full grown tooth to be popped up where all could see it. Much to my surprise, as soon as I opened his mouth, I could see NOTHING. I was so disappointed. I had to look twice, but I finally saw the cut in his gum where his tooth had gone back down. I just wanted to cry, and so did Nathan, because it has been so painful to him. I took a few pictures that night of his cut! You can't see his tooth, much less the cut in his gum, but here is one of him from that night.
The next morning, when I woke him to get him all ready for the day, I saw it for the first time!!! It was so small, but I could see a little white thing coming out. I could also feel it. I was so excited!! It has not gone back down since the first night. He won't let me take a picture of it clearly, but here are few that I took tonight. If you look really close, you may see it. If you can't see it, trust me, its there!!
Friday, October 23, 2009
The waiting game is probably one of the hardest games we play. Why? What makes it so hard? I have asked a few people their thoughts on this and some of the answers I received were:
"because we live in a world that wants "it my way" and RIGHT NOW"
"because we don't know how to wait. we live in a "microwave" world.....instant gratification."
I totally agree with these two. We want answers, and we want them NOW! I think our society is partly to blame for this. We live in a "now" world. The other part, I believe is Satan. He knows how to twist our thoughts and make us question God.
Really? We question God??
Yes, unfortunately we do, ALL the time. The bible tells us in Romans that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and we know that HE is going to do what's best for us. We also know that we need to fully trust him. But why don't we?
Maybe we are focusing on the wrong things. Instead of worrying about why we can't wait, lets focus on why we should! Some of the promises the bible tells us about waiting on the Lord are :
"But they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles. They shall walk and not faint. " Isaiah 40:31
"since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait on him " Isaiah 64:4
"Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you: he rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait on him" Isaiah 30:18
"In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation." Psalm 5:3
"Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD." Psalm 27:14
"I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O Lord my God." Psalm 38:15
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1
"I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob. I will put my trust in him."
There are several more, but those were my favorite. They all have the promise that if we wait patiently for the Lord, good things will happen!
I read an article the other day on how parents sometimes get discouraged because their kids become angry with them and do not understand the reasoning behind some of the things their parents do. The parents know what is best for their child in the long run and will protect them in whatever way they can. Even if it means not letting them go somewhere, or have something they really want. Parents know what is best for their children and can see the big picture. Their kids cannot see the big picture, and cannot see the consequences that could happen.
The same is true with our God. He knows what is best for us, his children. We cannot understand why he chooses not to give us things, why he chooses to take things away from us, why he chooses to give other people whatever they want. But he can see the big picture, that we can't. He is not going to give us something, no matter how badly we want it, if it is not the right timing. I know this is SOOOO hard to understand. We don't understand, we can't. We CAN however trust that he knows best. We CAN have faith in him. We CAN hope in him.
Psalm 130 says:
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel
from all his iniquities."
Two times the words "more that watchmen wait for the morning" are stated in this chapter. Coincidence? I think not! The watchman's job was to sit and wait for the morning. That's all they did. We are supposed to wait on the Lord, more than watchmen wait for the morning! That is a lot of waiting!
My dear friend Annette sums it up like this:
"Waiting on God can be a struggle but we have to remember that He strengthens and sends blessings our way. This could be a time in our lives that God is refining us. It will let us reevaluate our lives, see answers to prayers, and see what God is trying to teach us I have to remember that God has a plan for each of us. So often we want things right now we have to learn that our God is on time God like the song says. He is never late or wrong with his decisions. While we wait we must use this time wisely to see what God has for us."
If you are in a time of waiting right now, do not lose heart! Trust that God knows what is best for you. Even if you don't understand it. Because guess what, you can't see the big picture that God can. While you are waiting, try to focus on the blessings that he has given you and tell him how much you COMPLETELY trust him, and that your soul WILL wait on him.
Thank you Jesus for protecting us from our own desires. I praise you for being able to see the big picture, that I cannot see.
Matthew was working tonight, so I it was just Nathan and I at the pep rally. He wasn't loney though, there were a lot of pretty girls that got their hands on him. Here are some pictures:
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. " Proverbs 31:28-30
Do you ever wonder what legacy you are going to leave? When you pass away, what will people say about you? In today's world, it is so easy to get caught up in materialistic things. We get upset with ourselves if we aren't a certain size, have a certain hair color, have the latest gadgets. I don't think that we necessarily mean to get stuck on these things, it is just all around us. This has become very important to me over the last few months. I think mostly because I now have a son. I want him to know that his mom feared the Lord. I want to show him how to live. I also want to be the best wife that I can be to my husband. Everytime something happens in our lives, we have a choice. WE make it what we want. What are you making out of your situations? I want to try to be a blessing to everyone I come in contact with. How can I help them, instead of, how can they help me? I want to choose to show them the love that the Lord has for them. Sometimes, we are the only Jesus they see. How are we portraying him to them. The scripture says "her children rise up and call her blessed, her hunsband praises her" That is the legacy I want to leave! So how do we do this? Well, I am still trying to figure this all out, and I am working on it everyday, but I do know that I cannot accomplish any of this if I do not love the Lord, and put him first in everything that I do. If he is first, then everytime a situation arises, HE will be on mind, and I can be a blessing through the situation. It is that simple! So why is it so hard to do?? We get so easily distracted by the tangible things of this world, and Satan knows it. My prayer tonight is that I totally fix my eyes on Jesus through every situation in my life. If he is first, then I can show my son, my husband, and everyone else that I come in contact with, that Jesus is number one, and I can be blessing to those people. The love I have for my son is so incredible that I cannot even put it into words. And just think, we are God's children. He loves us that much. So what legacy do I want to leave? I want to be the Proverbs 31 woman!
As I am writing about this and thinking about it, I can't help but think of the song by John Waller. The Blessing. Here is a link to it:
I choose to be a blessing for life!!!
Let me know your thoughts on this, or any ideas you have on how to leave a Proverbs 31 legacy!
Monday, October 19, 2009
1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 says:
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prohetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
What a great passage. It really brings love to life, and emphasizes how important it is. I am so glad that I have made a commitment to the one I love. When things get hard, and they always do, I can cling to the promise found in these verses.
This weekend, Matthew's brother made the marriage commitment. Danny and Kelly were married October 17, 2009. It was a great ceremony and reception. I am so thankful for my new sister-in-law. She is a beautiful person inside and out. Danny is very lucky to have found her. Their story is very interesting. I will give you the shortened version. Danny is from east Texas and Kelly is from Connecticut. They both were vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with friends when they met. They hit it off right from the start. Neither knew if a long (and I do mean long) distance relationship would work out, but they decided just to stay in touch and see if anything came of it. Before we knew it, Danny was flying up to Connecticut to see Kelly and meet her family. Then later, she flew down to Texas to see Danny and meet his family. This went on for a while, then Kelly decided to move to Texas!!! There was a lot of stuff in between, but basically, they fell in love, and are now Mr. and Mrs. Danny Skinner!!! We celebrated their love for each other this weekend. Here are few pictures from the weekend.
The beautiful bride
Friday, October 16, 2009
Last Night when I took this picture I couldn't help but think about how much it demonstrates how we should be reaching for our heavenly father. The more I thought about it, the more I asked myself, "when do I reach for my heavenly father?" Do I only reach when I need something? Don't get me wrong, it is definitely not wrong to reach for him when we need something, but do I ever reach for him, just because I love him? It is so easy to reach for him when we are struggling. But once he carries us through the storm, do we continue to reach for him, or do we wait until the next storm comes along?
I decided to look up how many time the word reach was in the bible, and to my surprise, it is in there 157 times!!! WOW! I was impressed. The more I searched, the more I realized that most of the verses involving the word reach were used in the way that Jesus is reaching for us, ALWAYS! All we have to do is lift up our hands and reach to him, he is waiting. In all times of our lives, whether we are happy, sad, disappointed, excited, etc., we need to reach to him, because he is waiting for us to. Some of my favorite were:
"He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters."
"Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth." Jeremiah 1:9
"Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy." Matthew 8:3
"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 one of us." Acts 17:27
"Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached?"
1 Corinthians 14:36
This next verse was probably my favorite, and it was written three different times in the bible!! Must be pretty important!!
"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies." Psalm 36:5
"For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies."
"For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies."
I couldn't help but think of the third day song: Your Love Oh Lord
This concept is an easy one, but one that we seem to forget when times are going good for us. My prayer today is that I reach for him in all areas of my life. In hard times, I will reach for him to give me strength, comfort, encouragement, and so much more. In good times, I will reach for him to thank him for all that he has done and praise his name. I will reach for him so that I stay completed focused on him. Thank you Lord for all you do, and all the times you reach for me.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
What a great day it has been! Very stressful/busy day at work, but when things got hard, I remembered to let my light shine and my day was so much easier and more peaceful. I am just amazed at how our God works.
Tonight, while Matthew was at work, Nathan and I had a visitor! We love having company to play with us. Our friend Taylor came over to spend the evening with us. I had to fix one of my all time favorite dishes! (Thanks Aunt Laura!!) Magic surprise is what she calls it. Here is the recipe:
1 1/2 to 2 lbs hamburger meat
1 can tomato sauce
salt and pepper to taste
12-14 crackers (crushed) or 1 cup of bread crumbs
1 onion, chopped
grated cheddar cheese
Mix first six ingredients and bake at 400 for about 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven, drain the grease.
Cover the top of the meatloaf with ketchup and put back in oven for about 15 minutes
Remove from oven again and cover with mashed potatoes
Top with grated cheese, put in oven until cheese melts
While I was busy cooking, Taylor helped out with Nathan, and he loved it!
He had to have his own bowl of mashed potatoes before I topped the meatloaf with them. Here is a picture of the finished product! (It wass so good)
Once we were ready to eat, Matthew came home for his dinner break. Nathan LOVES his daddy!
After dinner, Nathan played with his Tay Tay, while I made some yummy halloween cookies!
It was a great evening!
I wanted to share one more thing tonight, I got this email today from my mom and thought it was awesome. Here it goes:
THE LORD'S BASEBALL GAME
Freddy and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game The Lord's team was playing Satan's team.
The Lord's team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped up to the plate named 'Love.'
Love swung at the first pitch and hit a single, because 'Love never fails.'
The next batter was named Faith, who also got a single because Faithworks with Love.
The next batter up was named Godly Wisdom. Satan wound up and threw the first pitch.
Godly Wisdom looked it over and let it pass: Ball one. Three more pitches and Godly Wisdom walked because he never swings at what Satan throws.
The bases were now loaded. The Lord then turned to Freddy and told him He was now going to bring in His star player. Up to the plate stepped Grace. Freddy said, 'He sure doesn't look like much!'
Satan's whole team relaxed when they saw Grace
Thinking he had won the game, Satan wound up and fired his first pitch. To the shock of everyone, Grace hit the ball harder than anyone had ever seen! But Satan was not worried; his center fielder let very few get by.
He went up for the ball, but it went right through his glove, hit him on the head and sent him crashing on the ground;
the roaring crowds went wild as the ball continued over the fence . . for a home run!
The Lord's team won!
The Lord then asked Freddy if he knew why Love, Faith and Godly Wisdom could get on base but couldn't win the game. Freddy answered that he didn't know why.
The Lord explained, 'If your love, faith and wisdom had won the game, you would think you had done it by yourself. Love, Faith and Wisdom will get you on base but only My Grace can get you Home.
'For by Grace are you saved, it is a gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.' Ephesians 2:8-9
Psalm 84:11, 'For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.'
How lucky are we to have the grace of God???!!!???
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The Lord has been working in my life so much lately. He has been making his presence known to me through scripture, songs, and people throughout the day. Isn't our God awesome! In particular, one verse is really standing out to me.
"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16.
Am I really letting my shine before men? At all times throughout the day? It is extrememly difficult sometimes to do this. For example, being swamped at work, feeling so overwhelmed that you barely have time breathe, then something or someone comes up and needs you to do something else. How brightly does my light shine to that person? I laugh at the thought of my fake smile nodding and politely saying "sure!" There are many instances throughout the day that I could go through where I need to be letting my light shine more brightly. What about when you just have the case of the "I don't want to's?" Or what about when you have had a fight with someone you care about, or when someone says something ugly about you. The list goes on and on. The truth is, no matter what our situation, or what is in front of us, we need to be shining our light so that people may see.
I love the song The lost get found by Britt Nicole. Her song talks about this very thing. One line that plays over and over in my head throughout the day is:
"Don't let your lights go down, Don't let the fire burn out, because somewhere, somebody needs a reason to believe. Why don't you rise up now? Don't be afraid to stand out. That's how the lost get found!"
WOW! This is so true. I am working everyday on letting my light shine, so that somebody who needs to see it, will. Hide it under a bushel? NO! I'm going to let it shine!
Here is a link to a video on this song: