My husband and I had a date night last night and it was so great. We had a friend come over and watch the kids so we could go out and watch a movie on opening night. I haven't done that since before we had kids with The Lord of the Ring. Anyway, we went to see the movie Fireproof and let me say everyone who is married needs to see this movie. Actually anyone who is even considering getting married needs to see this movie. It is a great movie and very encouraging. Ladies, I will tell you that you need to take some tissues. I am not going to say anymore other than get to the theater and watch it. Then come home and apply it to your marriage. They reference a book "Love Dare" and I would encourage every spouse to read it and apply it to your life. I know that I am going to buy it this weekend and work on it for me and my husband. I hope you go and see this movie and are as blessed by it as I am!
Have you ever woke up with a song on your heart and you just can't wait to bust it out in the shower? I do this all the time. I love to sing, especially when it is praise songs to Jesus. Well this morning during my quiet time with the Lord, I learned that Jesus sang too. I do not think I ever really read this verse before, or if I did, I sure didn't see this part. Mathew 26:30 says "And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." Okay, so leading up to this, Jesus just celebrated Passover with the disciples and washed their feet. Now they are headed out and Jesus and the disciples are singing a song of praise. How cool is that. To think that Jesus sang a hymn, I wonder which one it was? Psalm 60:16 "But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble." So this morning and I woke up with a song in my heart, and then I read that Jesus sang I couldn't help but get excited. So Lord, "I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning"!
So, my four year old son came to me the other day and said "Mommy, the dirt just jumped onto the floor and I have no idea how it did that." He was very animated too while telling me this. So I asked him where the dirt jumped onto the floor and he told me it was by the front window. Well, my husband recently brought in a plant and put it in our front bay window. My son loves to play in this window and I didn't think anything about it because it has been plant free all summer. Well, after I figured out what Tra was saying I went and looked and yes, the plant was on its side with most of the dirt out of the planter and onto our tan carpet. Well, the bummer of it was that our vacuum cleaner was in the repair shop for maintenance, so I was with out a good sweeper. Anyway, I managed to get it all cleaned up and you can't even tell there was any dirt on the carpet. The great thing about this is for a little boy, he came and told me right away instead of trying to cover it up and hide it. Not that he could hide all that dirt. I was so proud of him for telling me, and I praise God for showing me that instead of becoming really upset, like my flesh wanted to. Anyway, I wrote this down in his journal this morning and decided I wanted to share it with anyone else who reads this because it is just so precious what our children say to us and the grow up so fast. I want to cherish every moment I have with them. Thank You Lord for blessing me with my children and may I never take them for granted.
John 10:10 says " The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." I have read that verse and claimed that verse many times, but last night the Lord explained it to me in another way and I would like to share it. When you look up some of the words in this verse it puts a new meaning to it. So when you look at the definitions for thief, steal, kill, destroy, life and abundantly and then apply it to this verse this is what I come up with. The one who wants to take advantage of me does not come except to leave me empty, to slaughter me, to render me useless and declare me to die. Jesus has come that I might have vitality, possessed with strength and wholeness of soul, and that I may have it extravagantly beyond measure. Wow! What a new way to look at this verse. To think that the enemy will steal anything from me that he can and if he has to he will destroy me or try to kill me in the process. However, Jesus is my savior and His blood covers me so as long as I don't come into agreement with the lies of the enemy than he cannot harm me. Oh, not only did Jesus come to give me life, but an obsessive amount of life. How cool is that. To think that we can have life super abundantly more than Jesus had here on earth. Wow! Thank You Lord for giving me this life to live for You!
Thank You Lord for such a beautiful day! I can't wait to see what You are going to do in me and through me today. When I think of all that You have done for me it overwhelms me. When I think of all that You want to do in me and through me is excites me. Lord, I want to be in the place where I am in Your presence all the time no matter what is going on in my life. Today, I pray that I can be a light for You and that Your strength comes through so I can do what You want me to do when You want me to do it. Thank You Lord for the opportunity to raise the children You have blessed me with. May they grow up to love and serve You with all of their being. Lord You are so amazing! I love You Lord and I praise Your Holy Name!
I took my kids on our first field trip for school on Wednesday. We went to the apple orchard and picked apples with our friends. We had so much fun. The kids really got into picking the apples, even our youngest. He was fun to watch under the trees trying to stand with out falling on the apples that had fallen on the ground while trying to pick his apples. Now we are enjoying all of the apples. They are really juicy and the kids love eating them. We had a great time and can't wait to go on our next field trip.
Have you ever thought about how Jesus didn't pass through anywhere and not get involved. I wonder how the disciples felt about that? I have been out with people that always seem to be busy talking to other people they run into and don't seem to have time for me. I know that is frustrating to me and so I wonder how the disciples felt when ever they went into a new town and people came up to Jesus and wanted Him all the time. To think that when they entered a town people would come and line the road just to get a glimpse of Him. They didn't go anywhere unnoticed. I mean Zacchaeus climbed a tree just to get a glimpse of Jesus. And then can you imagine the feelings he had when Jesus stopped under the tree, looked up and told him to come down because He was going to come over to his house. Wow. I know my heart would have been pounding really hard with excitement and probably some concern too. Now, here is Jesus sitting in Zacchaeus's home, I can't imagine what was going through his mind. To think that Zacchaeus was inviting Jesus to come and take a load off and in his house sat the very one who could take away all his troubles. I think that is pretty amazing! Then Zacchaeus told the Lord he was going to give half of his stuff away to the poor and if he cheated anyone he would pay them back four times the amount. I think that is so cool how he was willing and eager to do what he knew in his heart was the right thing to do. There seemed to be no resistance on his part. I know that is hard for me sometimes to do what the Spirit asks me to do the moment He asks me to do it, but I get encouragement from Zacchaeus this morning.
I'm back! I have started school and things have been a little crazy adjusting to my new schedule. I am home schooling two of my children and trying to get into a new routine with school and keeping up with my daily house duties. So far things are going great. I am getting up at 4:45am and having a great time with my Lord. Then my daughter is up and ready to go by 6am. We get almost all of her school done before the boys get up and really get things moving in our house. We have breakfast and then finish school. After that we have the rest of the day to do our house duties and play. It is so nice. This frees up my afternoon when we have quiet time to work with my oldest son on his preschool stuff or do anything extra with my daughter. Sometimes I find I am just enjoying my quiet time too because I am still adjusting my body schedule to getting up so early. I am really excited to see the Lord moving in me and my family and can't wait to see how He is going to change us and what He is going to have us do next. I am trying to figure out when to put the computer back into my schedule, but I think I have figured it out. I have missed being on here and am looking forward to catching up on my reading and talking with all of you! I hope you are having a Blessed Day in the Lord!
I am a princess! I have been married to the love of my life for 17 years. We have been blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am able to stay at home with them and train them in the ways of the Lord. I throw some school in there too ;) I never thought I would be where I am at today, but would not trade one moment of my life. My kids are teaching me to slow down and to enjoy the little things again. I love reading, and am learning to dance like David danced!