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.