Saturday, December 31, 2011

1228 - 1237, Psalm 115

1228. Sleeping in
1229. Daddy waking up with the kids (without us even talking about it)
1230. Myself and 3 kiddos snuggled in Blake's bed (when I finally did wake up)
1231. My mom helping me organize my kitchen
1232. Saturdays
1233. Trust filled friendship
1234. Being "caught" at a drive through
1235. Baskets fitting perfectly on an old shelf
1236. Empty sinks
1237 "Our God He IS, our God He WAS, our God He's ALWAYS GONNA BE"

Quick thoughts/prayer on Psalm 115:
So thankful for Your LOVE and FAITHFULNESS, Lord. May we not put other "gods" before You Lord.  Thank you for the reminder that if we do we will be like those gods - with mouths that can't speak, eyes that can't see, ears that can't hear, noses that can't smell, hands that can't feel and feet that can't walk.  As we continue to learn how to put you first, Lord - give us mouths that speak, eyes that see, ears that hear, noses that smell, hands that feel and feet that walk.  How can we even begin to thank you for the endless blessings you pour upon us?  THANK YOU - again Lord, give us eyes to see all that You give us.

Psalm 115
1 Not to us, LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory,
 because of your love and faithfulness.
2 Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. 
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see.
6 They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell.
7 They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk,
 nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 
8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
9 All you Israelites, trust in the LORD—
 he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the LORD—
 he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD—
 he is their help and shield.
12 The LORD remembers us and will bless us:
He will bless his people Israel,
 he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the LORD— small and great alike.
14 May the LORD cause you to flourish,
 both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the LORD,
 the Maker of heaven and earth.
16 The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
 but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the LORD,
 those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the LORD,
 both now and forevermore. Praise the LORD.[a]

Thursday, December 29, 2011

1216-1227, Psalm 114

1216. Blake laughing till he cries
1217. Cole - "daddy does bean bags"
1218. Grandma, the smiles she brings, and...the help that she is to this tired momma
1219. A new toilet seat
1220. Knowing you made a right decision though it was a hard one
1221. Laughing with friends
1222. My friend Jess - a wonderful hostess
1223. Compliments
1224. Long drives with good friends
1225. The funny things other people's kids say like "its a match" (long story).
1226. "We ask God for patience...and we want it now" - a fellow "momy".
1227. The fact that God is at work in me - be it ever so slowly

Quick thoughts on Psalm 114 -
Lord, may we see you as you really are...POWERFUL, SOVEREIGN, WORTHY OF PRAISE.  May we not take You or Your name lightly, but learn to LEAP and even TREMBLE in Your presence.  May we BELIEVE Lord that you turned a rock into springs of water, and KNOW that you are the same God yesterday, today and forever.  You still move mountains.  May we allow you to MOVE us.

Psalm 114
 1 When Israel came out of Egypt,
 Jacob from a people of foreign tongue,
 2 Judah became God’s sanctuary,
 Israel his dominion.
 3 The sea looked and fled,  the Jordan turned back;
 4 the mountains leaped like rams,
 the hills like lambs.
 5 Why was it, sea, that you fled?
Why, Jordan, did you turn back?
 6 Why, mountains, did you leap like rams,
 you hills, like lambs?
 7 Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord,
 at the presence of the God of Jacob,
 8 who turned the rock into a pool,
 the hard rock into springs of water.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

1202 - 1215, Psalm 113

1202. Unexpected mall trips
1203. Grandma buying our boys perfect bath toys
1204. God working through ALL THINGS
1205. Reading 1000 gifts with my mom
1206. Getting lost, and actually finding my way home with a map (that is quite miraculous for me)
1207. Being reminded the importance of praise and thanksgiving, both through 1000 gifts and Psalm 113
1208. Having a bad dream, and waking up incredibly thankful it was just a dream
1209. Perfect timing
1210. Finding a lost cat
1211. My sister
1212. Being, and continually learning how to be a HAPPY MOTHER OF CHILDREN.
1213. Sprouted Ezekiel English Muffin Pizzas with tomato paste and fresh farm cheese
1214. Matt actually eats them, likes them & requests them
1215. Out of town friends that I get to see tonight :) :) :)

Psalm 113
 1 Praise the LORD.[a] Praise the LORD,
you his servants;  praise the name of the LORD.
 2 Let the name of the LORD be praised,
 both now and forevermore.
 3 From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
 the name of the LORD is to be praised.
 4 The LORD is exalted over all the nations,
 his glory above the heavens.
 5 Who is like the LORD our God,
 the One who sits enthroned on high,
 6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?
 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; 
 8 he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.
 9 He settles the childless woman in her home as a
happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1192 - 1201, Psalm 112

1192. Remembering that though we celebrate Christ's birthday on earth, He has always been
1193. Our kids taking their time opening presents (wanting to play with each one before opening the next one)
1194. Celebrating Christmas with three kids and three grandparents
1195. The kids playing with the least expensive gift more than any of the others - punch balloons
1196. Breakfast out
1197. Matt cleaning our entire basement
1198. Listening to Tammy Wynette with my mom
1199. Watching Matt tune a fiddle
1200. Trusting God in situations where I used to get so frustrated that I couldn't trust Him
1201. Knowing I'll have another chance to record my countless blessings soon (cuz three kiddos are ready for their momma)


Psalm 112[a]
 1 Praise the LORD.[b] Blessed are those who fear the LORD,
 who find great delight in his commands.
 2 Their children will be mighty in the land;
 the generation of the upright will be blessed.
 3 Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.
 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
 for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
 5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
 who conduct their affairs with justice.
 6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
 they will be remembered forever.
 7 They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast,
trusting in the LORD.
 8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
 in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
 9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
 their righteousness endures forever; their horn[c] will be lifted high in honor.
 10 The wicked will see and be vexed, they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

1172 - 1191, Psalm 110-111

1172. Blake and Cole enthralled by the birds outside Avi's window
1173. A precious video (taken by Matt) of Cole and his "doggie"
1174. The way we are able to capture precious moments on film - so that we may treasure them forever
1175. The Lord providing at the last minute
1176. His Sovereignty (this one will probably make the list a million times...as does His GRACE)
1177. Family
1178. Friends that feel like family (even ones that don't know they do)
1179. Free Wi-Fi in public places
1180. Hope of getting our Christmas card (well, maybe New Years card) printed today
1181. Precious photo cards of family and friends all lined up on our wall
1182. Counting down the days till Christmas with our construction paper chain (thanks for the idea Jamie & Trish)
1183. Blake, out of the blue  - "Mommy, why did God tell Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit on the tree" I answered (afraid to write my answer here in case it isn't entirely theologically sound). Then he asked, "Why did the big ol' mean snake tell them to eat it anyway" I answered.  Then "Why did they hide behind the bushes?" I answered.
1184. Child like faith
1185. Knowing that God's word is sharper than a double edged sword - even the parts I don't understand (yet)
1186. The fact that the Messiah wasn't an afterthought - and we have access to the prophecies that prove it
1187. Learning (a little more each day) to praise him with ALL MY HEART
1188. PONDERING His GREAT WORKS & Learning to DELIGHT in them
1189. The reminder (can't ever be reminded enough) that He is GRACIOUS and COMPASSIONATE
1190. His PROVISION, POWER, FAITHFULNESS
1191. REDEMPTION


Hmmm, I know the following Psalm is referring to Christ and is probably supposed to bring encouragement (being that it is the word of God)...but, I must admit at this point in my walk with the Lord (thankfully it is growing and I am learning more and more to trust Him whether or not I understand) I don't find much soul comfort in it.  So, I've decided to include Psalm 111...I find it a bit (putting it lightly) more encouraging.  If anyone has any thoughts of encouragement regarding Psalm 110, feel free to leave a comment.  I'd love to read them.

Psalm 110
1 The LORD says to my lord:[a] “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”
2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
 3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb.[b]
 4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
 5 The Lord is at your right hand[c]; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
 7 He will drink from a brook along the way,[d] and so he will lift his head high.

 Psalm 111
 1 Praise the LORD.[b] I will extol the LORD with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.
 2 Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.
 3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.
 4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate.
 5 He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
 6 He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations.
 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
 8 They are established for ever and ever, enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
 9 He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever— holy and awesome is his name.
 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1155 - 1171, Psalm 109

1155. That we can come before God with open and honest hearts whether our attitudes are right or wrong - see the Psalm below
1156. David's example of coming to God with praise an prayer when he was struggling... rather than blaming and/or running from Him
1157. So thankful I don't feel like this towards anyone at this time (and hopefully never will)
1158. That though each of us deserves punishment (as it is clear that David's enemy did...not to mention David), God continually pours out His love and grace.
1159. God's SOVEREIGNTY, GOODNESS & LOVE
1160. Multitasking - listening in on a parenting conference call & getting Mount Foldmore folded
1161. Blake playing quietly and with a good attitude while the Cole and Avonlea rested.
1162. A whole week at home (and the fact that I LOVE being home now...that is a miracle in and of itself)
1163. Matt starting a load of laundry every morning - so at least I only have Mount Foldmore - instead of Mount Washmore :)
1164. A few hours to myself (yeah, Auntie Mel!)
1165. Chubby baby and toddler legs
1166. Not so chubby mommy legs (finally beat my sugar addiction...that I didn't even know I had)
1167. Friends that love me enough to read this
1168. Couch forts - Daddy turned both couches upside down, covered them with blankets and played with the boys - they were in high heaven
1169. Homemade play dough from a sweet and thoughtful friend...and boys who played with it right away.
1170. Picturing Avonlea playing with the boys in couch forts and with play dough in no time
1171. Treasuring time


Psalm 109
 1 My God, whom I praise,  do not remain silent,
 2 for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me;
 they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
 3 With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause.
 4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.
 5 They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship.
 6 Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser stand at his right hand.
 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him.
 8 May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
 10 May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.
 11 May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.
 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.
 13 May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.
 14 May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD;
 may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.
 15 May their sins always remain before the LORD,
 that he may blot out their name from the earth.
 16 For he never thought of doing a kindness,
 but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.
 17 He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him. 
He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him.
 18 He wore cursing as his garment; it entered into his body like water,
 into his bones like oil.
 19 May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
 20 May this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers,
 to those who speak evil of me.
 21 But you, Sovereign LORD, help me for your name’s sake;
 out of the goodness of your love, deliver me.
 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.
 23 I fade away like an evening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust.
 24 My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt.
 25 I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
 26 Help me, LORD my God; save me
according to your unfailing love.
 27 Let them know that it is your hand, that you, LORD, have done it.
 28 While they curse, may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame,
 but may your servant rejoice.
 29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame as in a cloak.
 30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the LORD; in the great throng of worshipers I will praise him. 31 For he stands at the right hand of the needy,
 to save their lives from those who would condemn them.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

1143 - 1154, Psalm 108

1143. Pajama days
1144. Avonlea's expression when she sees daddy
1145. Frequent flyer miles - mom is coming for Christmas!
1146. Ugly/Beautiful - our messy house/the blessings that make it messy
1147. Unexpected evenings with daddy (he was too exhausted to play basketball)
1148. The children's book - Circus Ship
1149. Cole sitting in the middle of a big group of kids (listening to Circus Ship) and raising his hand when the author asked a question (imitating the bigger kids)
1150. Cole's "performances"
1151. The way my heart melts when I watch my children in public places
1152. Realizing that God's heart probably melts in the same way (probably even more) when he looks at us.
1153. The life long search for "bear" (Blakes special stuffed animal that we never can find)
1154. The reminder of Gods GREAT LOVE and FAITHFULNESS found in Psalm 108 (below)


Psalm 108
1 My heart, O God, is steadfast;
 I will sing and make music with all my soul.
 2 Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
 3 I will praise you, LORD, among the nations;
 I will sing of you among the peoples.
 4 For great is your love,
higher than the heavens;
 your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
 let your glory be over all the earth.
 6 Save us and help us with your right hand,
 that those you love may be delivered.
 7 God has spoken from his sanctuary:
 “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
 9 Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
 10 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom?
 11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?
 12 Give us aid against the enemy,
 for human help is worthless.
 13 With God we will gain the victory,
 and he will trample down our enemies.

Monday, December 19, 2011

1124-1142

1124. Singing Christmas music in the true spirit of Christmas
1125. My husband who woke up at 4:30am to fill bean bags
1126. Bean bag sales
1127. Ephesians
1128. Blake's teaching spirit (always teaching Cole)
1129. A potential last minute visit from my mom
1130. The train around our Christmas tree
1131. The smiles it brings our boys
1132. Cole - "mama, hugs pease"
1133. A surprise gift for the boys from an old friend - a magnetic nativity scene
1134. The boys fighting over the baby Jesus :)
1135. An anonymous financial gift - THANK YOU - whoever you are!
1136. Discussing the future with Matt
1137. Being used (hopefully) by God despite our weaknesses
1138. My "heart & home" friends who inspire me in and around my home
1139. Friends who love our bean bags - sounds silly, but it makes my heart smile
1140. Avi playing with a green balloon
1141. Joy in the simple things
1142. Playing and giggling with Avonlea

Saturday, December 17, 2011

1107 - 1123, Ephesians 1:17-21

1107.  Avonlea - both our precious daughter and the "town" of Avonlea
1108.  The Belfast Maskers presentation of "Anne of Green Gables"
1109.  My soulmate arranging a babysitter so we could go (and on his basketball night)
1110.  Being surrounded by dear friends as we enjoyed the show
1111.  Learning more and more about the incredible blessings of children - both the joy they bring and the refinement that comes from raising them
1112.  Cole singing - "Jesus loves mommy, bang bang goes the hammer, Jesus loves daddy, bang bang goes the hammer, Jesus loves Blaker, bang bang goes the hammer".
1113. Avonlea's contagious squeal of laughter
1114. Ugly/Beautiful - Tinsel - beautiful on the tree, ugly everywhere else :)
1115. Finding hope and encouragement from other M.O.M.Y.S. (mothers of multiple young siblings)
1116. The anticipation of a fun evening with friends - celebrating the biggest gift we could ever receive - our Savior.
1117. Photo Christmas cards - whether or not we actually get ours done...I love everyone else's :)
1118. Falling in love with the word of God
1119. Surprising a friend
1120. A house full of boys (babysat 3 boys + my 2 yesterday afternoon).  Avonlea was there too - she and I bonded :)
1121. The opportunity we have to - KNOW HIM
1122. The HOPE, RICHES, and INCOMPARABLY GREAT POWER He offers
1123. The fact that as believers, we have access to the same STRENGTH HE EXERTED WHEN HE RAISED CHRIST FROM THE DEAD!

Ephesians 1:17-21
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And Zondervan (2010-12-26). Holy Bible (NIV) (p. 1066). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

1081 - 1106, Psalm 107

All these gifts...in one Psalm!

1081. God speaking through his word & His...
1082. Enduring love
1083. Redemption
1084. Deliverance
1085. Unfailing love
1086. Wonderful deeds
1087. Satisfaction in Him
1088. Subjection
1089. The ability to cry out to Him
1090. then...HE SAVES
1091. He breaks away chains
1092. He heals
1093. He rescues
1094. He fills us with songs of joy
1095. He brings us out of distress
1096. He stills the storm
1097. He guides
1098. We exalt
1099. He blesses
1100. He increases our numbers
1101. He humbles us through oppression, calamity & sorrow
1102. He lifts up the needy
1103. He increases our families
1104. We see and rejoice
1105. We heed these things
1106. We ponder the loving deeds of the Lord



Psalm 107 (Emphasis Mine)
1 Give thanks to the LORD,
for he is good;  his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
 from east and west, from north and south.[a]
4 Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
5 They were hungry and thirsty,
 and their lives ebbed away.
6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
 and he delivered them from their distress.
7 He led them by a straight way
 to a city where they could settle.
8 Let them give thanks to the LORD
 for his unfailing love
 and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
9 for he satisfies the thirsty
 and fills the hungry with good things.
10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness,
 prisoners suffering in iron chains,
11 because they rebelled against God’s commands
 and despised the plans of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
 they stumbled, and there was no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
 and he saved them from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness,
the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.
15 Let them give thanks to the LORD
for his unfailing love    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
 and cuts through bars of iron.
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 out 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 mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings
 and tell of his works with songs of joy.
23 Some went out on the sea in ships;
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the LORD,
 his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
 that lifted high the waves.
26 They mounted up to the heavens
and went down to the depths;
 in their peril their courage melted away.
27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards;
 they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,
 and he brought them out of their distress.
29 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
 the waves of the sea[b] were hushed.
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
 and he guided them to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks to the LORD
for his unfailing love and
his wonderful deeds for mankind.
32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people
 and praise him in the council of the elders.
33 He turned rivers into a desert,
 flowing springs into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,
 because of the wickedness of those who lived there.
35 He turned the desert into pools of water
 and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
 and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards
 that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their
numbers greatly increased,
and he did not let their herds diminish.
39 Then their numbers decreased,
and they were humbled by oppression,
calamity and sorrow
;
40 he who pours contempt on nobles
 made them wander in a trackless waste.
41 But he lifted the needy out of their affliction
 and increased their families like flocks.
42 The upright see and rejoice,
 but all the wicked shut their mouths.
43 Let the one who is wise heed these things
 and ponder the loving deeds of the LORD.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1070 - 1080

1070. Listening ears
1071. Loving hearts
1072. God working in me and through me - right through my mistakes and/or sin
1073. Brokenness
1074. God's word
1075. The emphasis of praise in His word
1076. Missing friends
1077. Holding back
1078. Recognizing fear
1079. Wise counsel
1080. Unconditional love

Psalm 106

Psalm 106
 1 Praise the LORD.[a]
   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
   his love endures forever.
 2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD
   or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,
   who always do what is right.
 4 Remember me, LORD, when you show favor to your people,
   come to my aid when you save them,
5 that I may
enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,

   that I may share in the joy of your nation
   and join your inheritance in giving praise.
 6 We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
   we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
   they
gave no thought to your miracles;

they did not remember your many kindnesses,
   and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.[b]
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   to make his mighty power known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
   he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
   from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
   and sang his praise.
 13 But they soon forgot what he had done
   and did not wait for his plan to unfold.
14 In the desert they gave in to their craving;
   in the wilderness they put God to the test.
15 So he gave them what they asked for,
   but sent a wasting disease among them.
 16 In the camp they grew envious of Moses
   and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the LORD.
17 The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
   it buried the company of Abiram.
18 Fire blazed among their followers;
   a flame consumed the wicked.
19 At Horeb they made a calf
   and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
20 They
exchanged their glorious God
   for an image
of a bull, which eats grass.

21 They forgot the God who saved them,
   who had done great things in Egypt,
22 miracles in the land of Ham
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
23 So he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him
   to keep his wrath from destroying them.
 24 Then they despised the pleasant land;
   they
did not believe his promise.

25 They grumbled in their tents
   and did not obey the LORD.
26 So he swore to them with uplifted hand
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
27 make their descendants fall among the nations
   and scatter them throughout the lands.
 28 They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor
   and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;
29 they aroused the LORD’s anger by their wicked deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them.
30 But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
   and the plague was checked.
31 This was credited to him as righteousness
   for endless generations to come.
32 By the waters of Meribah they angered the LORD,
   and trouble came to Moses because of them;
33 for
they rebelled against the Spirit of God,

   and rash words came from Moses’ lips.[c]
 34 They did not destroy the peoples
   as the LORD had commanded them,
35 but they mingled with the nations
   and adopted their customs.
36 They worshiped their idols,
   which became a snare to them.
37 They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to false gods.
38 They shed innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
   and the land was desecrated by their blood.
39 They defiled themselves by what they did;
   by their deeds they prostituted themselves.
 40 Therefore the LORD was angry with his people
   and abhorred his inheritance.
41 He gave them into the hands of the nations,
   and their foes ruled over them.
42 Their enemies oppressed them
   and subjected them to their power.
43 Many times
he delivered them,

   but they were bent on rebellion
   and they wasted away in their sin.
44 Yet he took note of their distress
   when he heard their cry;
45 for their sake he remembered his covenant
   and out of his great love he relented.
46 He caused all who held them captive
   to show them mercy.
 47 Save us, LORD our God,
   and gather us from the nations,
that we may
give thanks to your holy name

   and glory in your praise.
 48 Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
   Let all the people say, “Amen!”
   Praise the LORD.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1057-1069

1057. Asking Cole what he wants to talk about - his answer - Jesus :)
1058. Cole finishing my sentences
1059. Knowing my Savior has experienced all types of pain, and I can come to Him daily
1060. Learning how to walk with Him and allow Him to lead
1061. Knowing He loves me no matter what and that there is absolutely NOTHING I could ever do (or not do) to lose his love.
1062. Hope in Him
1063. Grace. Grace. Grace. Grace.
1064. Knowing He's not finished with me yet
1065. Connecting with family despite the miles between us
1066. Hope and trust in situations that seem hopeless (especially in regards to sickness of loved ones)
1067. A down day - for some reason I enjoy my children even more on down days (perhaps because I don't strive to get much done...I just lounge around with my kids)
1068. A relationship with my husband that is continually growing in depth (despite our weaknesses)
1069. A relationship with God that is continually growing in depth (despite my weaknesses)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

1047-1056

1047. Resilience of young children - turns out Cole broke his Collar bone, but he is doing amazing
1048. All of my children have all of their limbs (sounds silly, but watching Cole go about his day with one arm has reminded me once again how much we have to be thankful for)
1049. Blake helping his little brother
1050. An understanding doctor - the first thing he said was, don't worry about what I think (or something to that effect), I have 6 boys and I have been there
1051. Time with family, both immediate and extended
1052. Cousins (and Aunties)
1053. Cell phones
1054. My friend, Victoria Crain, and all she is doing for Avonlea
1055. Daniel 11:33 "Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless"  Isn't it INCREDIBLE, that God is at work even through our mistakes...by the way I am not insinuating that I am wise (I have a feeling it works across the board :) )
1056. Daniel 11:1 "I took my stand to support and protect him" - This is Daniel speaking about King Darius - who, by the way, had thrown him into a lions den.  God's forgiveness and the forgiveness he helps us have towards others is so amazing and miraculous!




Friday, November 25, 2011

1036 -1046

1036. Protection - Cole has taken a few rough falls lately, but is doing just fine.
1037. Peace in scary situations
1038. Feasting at the Lord's Table & at Matt's mom's table - yum!  So thankful for her hard work.
1039. Picking my husbands brain
1040. Learning from what he's learned
1041. God helping me find a balance between goal setting and Holy Spirit leading
1042. Early Christmas presents
1043. Blake's coloring pages - complete with his name
1044. Cole's admiration for Blake
1045. Avonlea's growth & her new found talent (sticking out her tongue)
1046. Snail mail from someone who cares


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1025-1035

1025. Learning more about God's sovereignty
1026. Making changes in a spirit of obedience rather than a spirit of fear and/or control
1027. A friend taking the time to reach out and ask how I am doing - really.
1028. Being able to answer her honestly that I am doing well (even through times of sadness), because God is truly at work in my heart, soul and mind...and then learning so much from her words of wisdom and encouragement.
1029. Sacrifices that aren't really sacrifices
1030. Avonlea "catching up"
1031. Enjoying Blake, Cole and Avonlea more every day
1032. Being truly hungry for the word of God
1033. Being truly hungry for wholesome food
1034. The beauty of snow falling - and the reminder that with Christ we are truly - white as snow
1035. Knowing that I am not alone in my journey

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Humilty & trust

1 Peter 5b - 7
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”[a] 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 

I started to write out my thoughts regarding this scripture (which are many), but because I have so little time this morning I am going to write it as a prayer.  What does writing it as a prayer have to do with time?  Well, if I solely write my thoughts I may or may not come away in a spirit of hope.  If I pray (and even ask you to join me) I can almost guarantee I will come away in a spirit of hope.  If you are reading this and are a believer, I'd like to ask you to read it in a spirit of prayer...for me (and for yourself if you ever struggle with anxiety).  If you are not a believer, thank you for caring enough about me to continue reading.


Father God, thank You that we can come before You in SO many ways.  Thank you that I can be totally alone and yet praying with a multitude of believers (as they read this).  Lord, I can't believe that the word humility is coming up in this scripture.  I NEVER would have put pride and anxiety together.  But, after reading through this a number of times, I am seeing that it is connected.  My guess is because when we are anxious we are not trusting in You but thinking/feeling/believing that we can and should be in control of whatever particular fear we are struggling with.  Father God, parenting is such an amazing and wonderful gift and I am so incredibly glad that you have entrusted my three precious children to me.  Please forgive me Lord for questioning Your decision at times.  Thank You Lord that You have more faith in me than I have in myself.  I don't feel capable Lord.  I want so much for them.  I want them to be healthy in body, spirit and soul.  I do believe that I have a very active roll in each of those areas, however Father when I slip into anxiousness and worry, I am actually defeating those very goals (how can they be healthy in body, spirit and soul when they are surrounded by anxiousness). Father God will you please help me to trust in You.  I know in my head that you are God - that you "have the whole world in your hands" and yet I often try to rip my children out of your hands.  Show me how to trust you first Lord - and then, in Your strength do my best.  I can not and will not ever be perfect...and that is ok.  You, Lord, are.  May I entrust my every decision to You - my perfect God.  Father God, I repent.  I am so sorry that I picture you so small and me so big.  Please Lord Jesus, forgive me.  I am so incredibly thankful that even as I type this I KNOW the answer to the question.  You have forgiven me.  Your son has paid the price.  I am hear now "laying all of my burdens down at Your feet...and anytime I don't know just what to do - I will cast all my cares upon you."

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

1010 - 1024

"1 Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; 
 make known among the nations what he has done.
 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him; 
 tell of all his wonderful acts." 

1010. That God works - even through consequences 
1011. A healthy, happy little girl, who knows what she wants 
1012. Trying my best, my best not working - God still working 
1013. Experiencing some of the good things God has to offer when I "open wide my mouth" ( "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things" Psalm 81:10.) 
1014. My precious husband who keeps picking up the multiple balls I'm dropping 
1015. Realizing (as I typed the last line) that I am not necessarily dropping balls, I'm just a mother of 3 young kids who can't do all our culture says I can 
1016. A friend's thankful list - and her taking the time to share it with me. 
1017. Rocking & singing Cole to sleep (well, almost asleep) 
1018. Blake asking me to do the same for him...and then letting me 
1019. Avonlea saying "Hi" 
1020. Avonlea's progress 
1021. Matt's dedication to our bean bag business and all the work he's doing on our website 
1022. God's forgiveness. A husband's forgiveness. A child's forgiveness. 
1023. Realizing that parenting is often God "training up a parent" rather than the other way around 1024. My hungry baby - Lord, may I look for the blessing in the next half hour (rather than wishing I had more time to pray/read/blog)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Psalm 105

Somewhere along the line I fell into the belief that most things that seem good must come from God and most things that seem bad must come from the enemy.  However, I never really focused on the WONDERFUL gifts that God pours out every day. I also thought quite a bit about all the seemingly negative things in this life.    However as I am growing in my faith and getting in the word more I am seeing more and more that God is the author of all things. He gives uncountable good things...and sometimes painful things.  It sure is neat to look back in the word and see how even the painful things were all a part of an overall plan to bring good things for His people.

How do you see God?  Do you see the wonderful things He gives every day?  Do you trust Him through the painful things?

1 Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name;
 make known among the nations what he has done.
 2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
 tell of all his wonderful acts.
 3 Glory in his holy name;
 let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
 4 Look to the LORD and his strength;
 seek his face always.
 5 Remember the wonders he has done,
 his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
 6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
 his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
 7 He is the LORD our God;
 his judgments are in all the earth.
 8 He remembers his covenant forever,
 the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
 9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
 the oath he swore to Isaac.
 10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
 to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
 11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
 as the portion you will inherit.”
 12 When they were but few in number,
 few indeed, and strangers in it,
 13 they wandered from nation to nation,
 from one kingdom to another.
 14 He allowed no one to oppress them;
 for their sake he rebuked kings:
 15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
 do my prophets no harm.”
 16 He called down famine on the land
 and destroyed all their supplies of food;
 17 and he sent a man before them—
 Joseph, sold as a slave.
 18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
 his neck was put in irons,
 19 till what he foretold came to pass,
 till the word of the LORD proved him true.
 20 The king sent and released him,
 the ruler of peoples set him free.
 21 He made him master of his household,
 ruler over all he possessed,
 22 to instruct his princes as he pleased
 and teach his elders wisdom.
 23 Then Israel entered Egypt;
 Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
 24 The LORD made his people very fruitful;
 he made them too numerous for their foes,
 25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,
 to conspire against his servants.
 26 He sent Moses his servant,
 and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
 27 They performed his signs among them,
 his wonders in the land of Ham.
 28 He sent darkness and made the land dark—
 for had they not rebelled against his words?
 29 He turned their waters into blood,
 causing their fish to die.
 30 Their land teemed with frogs,
 which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
 31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
 and gnats throughout their country.
 32 He turned their rain into hail,
 with lightning throughout their land;
 33 he struck down their vines and fig trees
 and shattered the trees of their country.
 34 He spoke, and the locusts came,
 grasshoppers without number;
 35 they ate up every green thing in their land,
 ate up the produce of their soil.
 36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,
 the firstfruits of all their manhood.
 37 He brought out Israel,
laden with silver and gold,
 and from among their tribes no one faltered.
 38 Egypt was glad when they left,
 because dread of Israel had fallen on them.
 39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,
 and a fire to give light at night.
 40 They asked, and he brought them quail;
 he fed them well with the bread of heaven.
 41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
 it flowed like a river in the desert.
 42 For he remembered his holy promise given to his servant Abraham.
 43 He brought out his people with rejoicing,
 his chosen ones with shouts of joy;
 44 he gave them the lands of the nations,
 and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—
 45 that they might keep his precepts and observe his laws.
 Praise the LORD.[a]

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

1001-1009

1001. God's tender mercy
1002. The way He continually pours out good things whether or not we take the time to fully receive them
1003. Being overwhelmed, begging Him for help...and, Him providing it in so many ways
1004. Learning that I can not pour out unless I receive
1005. The words of an old hymn running through my mind regularly "I know whom I believed and He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day"
1006. The story behind the hymn.
1007. Tea and prayer with a friend - via skype
1008. Mothers Milk Tea and Steel cut oats
1009. The precious gift of Avonlea who is more than worth cutting this blog short (as she is hungry).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Psalm 104

1 Praise the LORD, my soul.
 LORD my God, you are very great;
 you are clothed with splendor and majesty.
 2 The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment;
 he stretches out the heavens like a tent
 3 and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters.
 He makes the clouds his chariot
 and rides on the wings of the wind.
 4 He makes winds his messengers,
[a] flames of fire his servants.
 5 He set the earth on its foundations;
 it can never be moved.
 6 You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
 the waters stood above the mountains.
 7 But at your rebuke the waters fled,
 at the sound of your thunder they took to flight;
 8 they flowed over the mountains,
 they went down into the valleys,
 to the place you assigned for them.
 9 You set a boundary they cannot cross;
 never again will they cover the earth.
 10 He makes springs pour water into the ravines;
 it flows between the mountains.
 11 They give water to all the beasts of the field;
 the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
 12 The birds of the sky nest by the waters;
 they sing among the branches.
 13 He waters the mountains from his upper chambers;
 the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work.
 14 He makes grass grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to cultivate—
 bringing forth food from the earth:
 15 wine that gladdens human hearts,
 oil to make their faces shine,
 and bread that sustains their hearts.
 16 The trees of the LORD are well watered,
 the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
 17 There the birds make their nests;
 the stork has its home in the junipers.
 18 The high mountains belong to the wild goats;
 the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.
 19 He made the moon to mark the seasons,
 and the sun knows when to go down.
 20 You bring darkness, it becomes night,
 and all the beasts of the forest prowl.
 21 The lions roar for their prey
 and seek their food from God. 
22 The sun rises, and they steal away;
 they return and lie down in their dens.
 23 Then people go out to their work,
 to their labor until evening.
 24 How many are your works, LORD!
 In wisdom you made them all;
 the earth is full of your creatures.
 25 There is the sea, vast and spacious,
 teeming with creatures beyond number
— living things both large and small.
 26 There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan,
which you formed to frolic there.
 27 All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. 
28 When you give it to them,  they gather it up;
 when you open your hand,
 they are satisfied with good things.
 29 When you hide your face,
 they are terrified; when you take away their breath,
 they die and return to the dust.
 30 When you send your Spirit, they are created,
 and you renew the face of the ground.
 31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
 may the LORD rejoice in his works—
 32 he who looks at the earth, and it trembles,
 who touches the mountains, and they smoke.
 33 I will sing to the LORD all my life;
 I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
 34 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
 as I rejoice in the LORD.
 35 But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more.
 Praise the LORD, my soul. Praise the LORD.[b]

Monday, October 24, 2011

957-1000!!!

957. A friend who MIGHT join me in blogging her gifts when I get to 1000 (and the fact that I'm almost at 1000!)
958. A pretty severe cold slowing me down and taking the pressure off (something about being sick helps me give myself permission to get less done)
959. An ALMOST two year old little boy!  We celebrated Cole's birthday with his Grandaddy, Ollie, Grammy & Grampy &  (GD & O were visiting from out of town)
960. Cole playing with a Blue balloon for almost an hour - while laughing hysterically
961. A WONDERFUL evening out with Granddaddy and Ollie - if you haven't tried Delvino's in Belfast, it is YUMMY!
962. Beautiful weather
963. Happy, healthy boys.
964. Second chances (I re-read through this list and realized I skipped 964, but that still had time to edit it)
965. Avonlea - my cuddle bug
966. My "Heart & Home" friends (an online to do list that inspires us to grow spiritually and domestically)
967. Our very own ABC song...bet you can guess the first three (Avonlea, Blake, Cole)
968. Cole's love of music
969. Our kitties cuddling
970. The collage full of blessings that hangs above our couch
971. Knowing that "His love endures forever"
972. Procrastination - sometimes its fun (like when writing this list instead of doing dishes)
973. Laughter - and learning that Blake's laugh is just like mine was when I was his age
974. A huge tractor outside our living room window (and 2 very happy little boys)
975. Feeding our neighbor's ducks
976. The beautiful pond that fills our kitchen window
977. Realizing a little bit more each day how much the Gospel applies to my every day life
978. All of the things that I am "behind" on (I wouldn't be behind if I couldn't afford clothes, dishes and a computer)
979. Train Coloring books
980. Bright orange baby girl crocs
981. Ollie, who picked both out :)
982. Blake and Granddaddy playing with legos
983. Avonlea sound asleep on Ollies shoulder (in her bright orange socks & crocs...Avonlea, not Ollie)
984. Realizing that I might make it to 1000 in THIS POST!
985. A friend who reaches out to me regularly, even when I am unreachable
986. Pumpkins, and looking forward to carving them with 2 excited little boys
987. Traci's Diner with our family of 5
988. Lego tractors & a very sweet, thoughtful Grammy & Grampy
989. Alone time with Cole
990. Fall in Maine
991. Matt picking out a new clock and painting for our living room (that he admitted he really likes the layout of)
992. Conversations with my mom
993. Learning that often the very things that cause frustration in my life end up being gifts from God
994. Soft scrambled eggs with cheese (though, this week I'm trying...once again...to lay off the dairy)
995. A home made cho-cho train brownie cake (pictures soon)
996. Things coming together at the last minute (along with the goal to start planning ahead)
997. The layout of the new blog
998. Have I mentioned God's grace?  I will never be able to mention it enough.
999. The book "Respectable Sins" by Jerry Bridges - and the dear friend who lent it to me
1000. One Thousand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Psalm 103

1 Praise the LORD, my soul;
 all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
 2 Praise the LORD, my soul,
 and forget not all his benefits
 3 who forgives all your sins
 and heals all your diseases,
 4 who redeems your life from the pit
 and crowns you with love and compassion,
 5 who satisfies your desires with good things
 so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6 The LORD works righteousness 
 and justice for all the oppressed.

 7 He made known his ways to Moses,
 his deeds to the people of Israel:
 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, 
 slow to anger, abounding in love. 
 9 He will not always accuse,
 nor will he harbor his anger forever;
 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
 or repay us according to our iniquities.
 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
 so great is his love for those who fear him;
 12 as far as the east is from the west,
 so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 13 As a father has compassion on his children,
 so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
 14 for he knows how we are formed,
 he remembers that we are dust.
 15 The life of mortals is like grass,
 they flourish like a flower of the field;
 16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
 and its place remembers it no more.
 17 But from everlasting to everlasting
 the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
 and his righteousness with their children’s children—
 18 with those who keep his covenant
 and remember to obey his precepts.
 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
 and his kingdom rules over all.
 20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
 you mighty ones who do his bidding,
 who obey his word.
 21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
 you his servants who do his will.
 22 Praise the LORD, all his works
 everywhere in his dominion.

 Praise the LORD, my soul.

Emphasis mine.
Click Psalm 103 for more insights into this scripture (by Matthew Henry)

Monday, October 17, 2011

931 - 956

931. A dear friend spending an entire day (and more) helping and encouraging me as I redesigned (and renamed) Grace in the Midst
932. Letting the boys stay up later than usual one night because I was enjoying them so much
933. Reading books to Blake, Cole & Avonlea in our big blue rocking chair
934. Singing
935. Spontaneity
936. Looking forward to a visit with my Dad and Stepmom
937. Cole falling asleep on Krissy's lap during church (and all of her help on Sunday mornings!)
938. A room full of children singing praise to God
939. Finally finding the perfect place for all our living room furniture - and Matt actually agreeing!
940. An evening of encouragement with dear friends
941. Letting Go and letting God
942. Blake - "Daddy, these leaves are for you...you can keep them all day"...He had filled a cup with fallen leaves - Somehow children realize that the simple things truly are gifts
943. Talking on the phone with my soulmate for almost an hour
944. Learning that a bad morning doesn't have to equal a bad day
945. Forgiveness
946. Avonlea loving veggies - I CAN'T BELIEVE my little princess is already eating solids!
947. Blake and Cole riding around our living/kitchen circle on their tricycles
948. How much being a parent is changing me
949. Matt making the time to start watching the Parenting Matters videos we got at the conference
950. Judy, the owner of Aunt Judys Uniforms, watching the boys for me while I brought Avonlea to her hip ultrasound
951. Ugly/Beautiful - the car breaking down in the hospital parking lot/kindess of strangers and friends
952. The servant hearted people at our church who go out of their in the kitchen and beyond (thank you for 3 Sundays of meals...it is such a gift to have a break from cooking!
953. Cole and Blake being really good during worship practice
954. Worship
955. Learning how to make even the simplest tedious tasks into acts of worship
956. The fact that my God, my family and my friends love me despite my imperfections.