Sunday, February 24, 2013

What's in the drain???

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have for instance." -Franklin P. Jones

Here is a very unhappy me, but looking great in my favorite Varsity sweatshirt.
(ooo, an orange Varsity would be so good right now)

An hour of working very hard, Ryan comes home to help.

And wouldn't you know that my awesome man can fix anything!

So the drain is now clean!  And the kid got sent to bed an hour early!!!  It's a win win situation!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Eph. 4:2

I find that the downfall to many families or relationships is pride.  When it's all about "me, me, me," you can't see the other person's needs.  And after a while, you begin to not hardly see the other person at all.  Life will not be very fun when you only see "your wants" "your needs" "your hurts" "your joys" etc. Life is enjoyable when you are sharing your life with someone and they are sharing theirs with you.  I was reading Philippians 2 today, and I was really convicted by verses 3-5.

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus."

I asked myself do I always make sure I humbly count others more significant than myself?  Let's just take it to my inner circle of my family who I love the most in the world.  Are their interests always first?  Am I showing them daily the kind of sacrificial love of Christ?  Some days I do, but there are still days that I am consumed with myself.  To be the best wife and mother I can be, there has to be no selfish ambition.  I'm not serving my family to get them to love me more, but I am serving them just because I love them.  I want them to be happy.  I want them to know they are loved!

One of my greatest fears is that I would be so prideful that I would make my family miss out on a blessing. What if God is trying to lift us up in His time, and I miss it because of pride. 

1 Peter 5:6, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time."

To fix my fear, all I have to do is humble myself.   And guess what?  God wants to help me be humble.  Ps. 25:9, "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way." He will teach me the right way to love people.  All I have to do is bow my heart to God.  Deny myself, pick up my cross, and follow Him.  Isn't it great that when I am weak, He will make me strong!  I become strong by being humble.  I can become the strong Christian woman He has called me to be by getting rid of pride. 

Who doesn't want their family to be the best they can be?  Who doesn't want good relationships with co-workers?  Who doesn't want their ministry to all about bringing glory to God?  What is stopping us?  Pride!  As all good southerners say, "It doesn't have to be my way or the highway."  Just stop. And really look and listen to what is happening to those around you.  Then look out for their interests.  And when needed, be like Jesus and scrub some dirty feet (scrubbing feet is my equivalent to cleaning a toilet). Do whatever needs to be done.  Humble yourself.  Be COMPLETELY Humble and Gentle...not just kind of or on some days. Always be completely humble and gentle. Bear with one another in love!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Do Not Worry

Brody said, "Look at me Mom!  I'm relaxing."

Brody has always been a worrying kind of kid.  Be here lately I see him more relaxed.  I've been praying for a long time that God would give him peace...a peace that passes all understanding.  I desire for him to just be able to enjoy the moment he is in at the time.  Don't worry about "what's next?"  Rest in the right now.

Matthew 6:25-34
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.