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).