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My Children’s “Thomaston grandma” or “Mimi” as she would like to be called. She comes every Wednesday afternoon at 3 to read to my children for 30-45 minutes or do special projects that she wants to do with them. They love it and always look forward to Wednesday afternoons. Here she is making Thanksgiving cookies with them. Image

A few cresant rolls raising before the fire for our Thanksgiving lunch with Gary’s. Before Thanksgiving Day we had already had 2 thanksgiving meals, so we didn’t go “all out” on Thanksgiving day, although we did have another wonderful meal. Titus spent the morning helping Gary do some remodeling at their deli and then we ladies took lunch over for them. I took the cresant rolls, candied carrots, and baked corn. Laura and her girls provided the all the other yummy food.

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Over Thansgiving week vacation from school, my 2 oldest 8 and almost 7 were introduced to “The Farming Game” and played it for many hours. My son especially thrived on figuring out the money. Cassandra and Andre’ are in the same grade level in school. I never really thought about it that Andre’ was a wiz at math in his school work, but WOW did he ever get a hang of figuring out all the money figures in this game. He learned how to double his hay harvest or cut it in half. He was wiz. It made me happy, happy, happy. Image

We have all those happy memories of a very low key Thanksgiving vacation.

THEN: Life hits with a bang through out the night last night and this morning. One of my children complained of a sore throat and by this morning ALL 4 of them have a BAD cough deep in their chests. Hadassah has a fever to go with it. She has occupied the couch all day long so far. I had the three oldest sit under a tent with the warm mist vaporizer with vicks. Thanks, Maria. I have used that so many times already since you gave it to me. 

Eliana, my dear sweet 16.5 month old has become a terror. Ok, I never did like the saying the “Terrible Twos”. I have always thought that my 2 year olds are soo sweet. They have such cute words and behaviors. They make everyone around them laugh. BUT. . . from about 14 months – 20 or 22 month old are my dear little ones “Terrible Twos”. They are literally in to EVERY thing. They are still learning what “no” and “come” mean and what obedience is all about. She is still the sweetest thing, but her little fingers are everywhere and into every cupboard, especially those that contain many little pieces. So this morning that was extra busy with sick little ones, plus spending extra time with Cassandra and Andre’ to get them to memorize their addition and subtraction facts, my little one was everywhere. She was happy, but wow what a mess. Enjoy the mess. 🙂 What you can not see, but is there is a big puddle of water between the cup and rag and cracker crumbs all over the floor. That water mess was the third I had to clean up this morning. Dominoes are her newest favorite toy to carry with her everywhere she goes. I am finding dominoes in every room of the house. Oh, yeah another thing she was found doing this morning is stirring tissue around in the toilet with her daddy’s razor.

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Learning to find JOY and to THRIVE even in the midst of these times is an on going process. Thanks so much for a friend that babysat for us last evening, Titus and I were able to go on a date. I feel rejuvenated to keep going. To keep loving my children, to keep thriving right where God has me planted. My prayer is that I can give and give and give some more to my children. To teach and train in the midst of life, to give them the best that I can, and  To NEVER GIVE UP, no matter how weary I get.

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We have some fun filled times in the last few weeks. Because of Eliana’s close call with choking on a lego, I have:

1. Called and signed up Titus and I for a Basic First Aid and CPR class. Titus has never taken a class before and I took one 10 years ago, so I really need to brush up again. 

2. Stopped to laugh with my children.

3. Gone geocaching with my children

4. Initiated “fun project time” in the afternoon

5. Started my children on some string art, the “project” we are dong right now in number 4.

6. Took time to enjoy my children playing in the sprinkler and in their “swimming pools” aka tubs.

7. OK and yes I also Panic every time I see Eliana with something in her mouth. She is a fast moving vacuum cleaner. 

8. We also took a trip to PA last weekend and on the way home we took the time to go a “beach”, it was really just along a river and also went to George Washington’s Birth Place National Monument. They had a farm set up with gardens and animals like back in the day of George Washington. Also you could go into some of the buildings (kitchen and blacksmith shop) and see the tools that they would have worked with. (no pictures)

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Andre’s lego city!ImageShe’s WALKING. Her looks are changing. SHE is changing from a baby to a toddler before my very eyes. She is soo cute. ImageImage

The string art the children are working on. Cassandra’s will be a 3 leaf clover when she is finished. I think it will be beautiful when she is finished. Andre’s is a very intricate and complicated. Thankfully Hadassah picked a fairly easy design because it was still much complicated for her to do on her own. 🙂 ImageImage

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“Giving All Diligence” or “Living Intentionally”

2 Peter 1:5-10

v.5,6,&7~How do we give all diligence to add to our faith, virtue and so on. v.8~How do we give all diligence to make sure that we have these things in us, so that we can “abound” and be neither “barren nor unfruitful”? v.10~ How can we give all diligence to make our “calling and election sure”. He says that “if we do these these things, we shall never fall”.  I really think that this is what we ALL want. We want to be fruitful. We want to make sure we are in God’s will. We would love it if we wouldn’t fall and stumble. But How? Is the question. The Bible gives the answer a couple of times in these very verses!!!!

GIVE  ALL DILIGENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!

How do we give all diligence??

This is where the living intentionally comes in. We need to be INTENTIONAL about the way we live. Intentional means: 1. A course of action that one intends to follow.  2. An aim that guides actions  3. An aim or purpose

So the next question is how do we begin to live intentional? How do we get that course of action? How do we decide what our aim or purpose is? Or what we want that aim or purpose to be?

First I think we need to stop and take inventory and see where our priorities lie. What are our priorites? What do we WANT our priorities to be? Are they the same? I think they need to be the same for us to be living intentionally.

I think one of the things we need to do or the key to living intentionally is to simplify our lives. We need to declutter our surroundings, our schedules, and our minds. I find it much easier to be intentional about my day if my house is in order. It is much easier to sit down and have my quiet time with God if there are not stacks of papers and books lying around and if things are at least in a semblance of order. It seems that when chaos abounds I can’t be intentional about anything. That’s the surroundings part of decluttering.

We also need to declutter our calendars, freeing up more time the most important things/people in our lives and that is God and our families. I don’t think we should have something going EVERY night of the week. At least one or two evenings a week the whole family should be at home and together. As we look at our calendars, I think we tend to get the important things and the urgent things mixed up. The urgent things can so often take precedence over the important things. Try to sort those 2 things out.

We also need to declutter our minds. This area is one of my biggest struggles personally. It is easy to see that I need to declutter areas of my house. The calendar isn’t too hard to declutter because I don’t have teenagers that all have their things they want to do. It so far is mainly Titus and I. But decluttering is my mind is different. I like to be “connected” to as many people as possible. I like to read as many different blogs as possible. I like to know about what is happening in the world around me. All of this is not wrong in itself. BUT the most important relationships in my life can suffer because of this NEED to be connected. We need to step away from the computer and “SEE” our children and our homes. We need to see the important things in our childrens lives and our husband’s life.   We need to find a way to disconnect from this world, a way to clear our minds and focus on the one thing we are doing at the moment.  Even our prayer times, our times with God can be affected by this. We can be praying one minute and the next minute thinking about something else and we need to remind ourselves to get back to praying. We need to take every thought captive. Somehow!! I have not gotten this figured out at all. Like I said I really struggle with this one.

another thing that happens is that many times life gets busy and our private times with God is one of the first areas to be neglected. But when we neglect this most important relationship, every area in our lives WILL suffer. One way to live intentionally is to set a specific time for God, set aside time every day to be alone with him. Read his word often.

Living intentionally is not easy!! Being an intentional Christian is even harder. It goes against everything our flesh desires. We need to choose the Spirit life over the flesh life every time. Way to often I choose to live in the flesh rather than in the Spirit. It is easier to do that. The hard choice is to live in the Spirit. We need to give ALL diligence that we make those hard choices every day.

Let’s make God a priority. Let know who we are living for. Our lives are not our own. Everything we do needs to bring glory to God. Are you, am I, living that way?

St. Teresa of Avila said “Christ has no body on earth, but yours, no hands, but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.

Living intentionally as a Christian means we need to live as Jesus lived. Also as we are trying to figure out how to live intentionally, we can try to intentionally live with patience or temperance this week. Then as we do that we will be neither barren nor unfruitful. We will be adding to our faith virtue to virtue knowledge temperance patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity.

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Why is it difficult to continue growing and maturing in the things and ways of the Lord, when there is no difficulty or trial in your life? This is a question that I am asking myself and have been pondering for a while. Why do I find it difficult to love my times with the Lord and to get excited about reading His word, when my life is going well?

I am troubled by this lack of enthusiasm. I have been praying about it for a while now. That God would give me a heart and a passion for Him and His Word again. I don’t like feeling passionless. I want a heart that is on fire and hot for God. I want a heart that is longing to reach the unsaved around me with His gospel. I want a heart that hurts and cries out to God when I think of the many that are not saved and on their way to hell. I want a passion to teach my children about the things of God. I want a passion to be the best mother that I can be, but without a deep passionate relationship with God, I can not be on fire for the lost or even my own children.

Where do you begin to read when you feel passionless and want more fire and passion for God? I want to give all diligence to this area of my life. I don’t the fire to go out or even be lukewarm. God would rather have us be COLD than LUKEWARM. We will be SPEWED out of his mouth if we are lukewarm. I see soo many lukewarm Christians/people around me today. I long for more and deeper relationship with God.

I find that lukewarmness affects every area of my life. If I am lukewarm in my relationship with God, I will only half-heartedly serve my husband and children. I only half-heartedly teach my children, half-heartedly do my housework,etc. A deep love relationship with God is VITAL to EVERY area of my life.

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O, Lord, you are so good, gracious, and merciful. Because of Your mercy I am not consumed. I have failed miserably again. I feel gloomy, grumpy, unpleasant to be around, my husband and children are tiptoeing around me. Take away these ugly, dark feelings and replace them with your JOY. You have said in your word “Rejoice alway and again I say Rejoice.” I want to do that. I want to rejoice even when I feel hurt, even when I am not able to go to my own brother’s wedding. I am missing so much by not being able to go. I want to grieve that loss without becoming bitter. Lord, I need YOU! I need your grace today. Grace to release the person that feels like is responsible for me not being able to go and as I release that person, my own heart will be released. Grace to not take my disappointment and struggle out on my children. Grace to allow You to work in my life. Grace to not dwell on the hurts. Grace to sing…

Sweet Will of God

1. My stubborn will at last hath yeilded; I would be thine and Thine alone; And this the prayer my lips are bringing, “Lord, let in me Thy will be done.”

Chorus: Sweet will of God, still fold me closer, Till Iam wholly lost in Thee; Sweet will of God, still fold me closer, Till I am wholly lost in Thee.

2. I’m tired of sin, footsore and weary; The darksome path hath dreary grown; But now a light has ris’n to cheer me: I find in Thee my Star, my Sun.

3. Thy precious will, O conquring Savior, Doth now embrace and compass me; All discords hushed my peace a river, My soul a prisoned bird set free.

4. Shut in with Thee, O Lord, for ever, My wayward feet no more to roam; What pow’r from Thee my soul can sever? The center of God’s will my home.

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Once a month, I have a Saturday morning all to myself. My husband watches the children for the morning and makes lunch.  I spend a lot of time in reading the Bible, praying, journalling and thinking over my last month and the coming month. Each month I try to make a list of goals for the following month. Some of these goals have to do with my relationship with God, my relationship with my husband, my relationship with friends, and giving all diligence in being a homemaker. I just noticed that I don’t have any specific to my relationship with my children. I don’t always even try to get all these categories though.

1. Establish an hour of prayer every day

2. Glorify God in all I do.

3. Create a special date night for my husband and I .

4. Weigh in the _____’s – Rigid South Beach Diet.

5. Clean out Andre’s closet. 

6. Continue to blog and write articles offline.

7. Have a ladies day. Make doughnuts.

8. Get a daily check list going again. (this checklist is homemaking things that I should do each day and each day it is a little different.) I work better when I have a list to check off. It keeps me going.

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My Yellow Patches Journal continues:

8. A God who has the ultimate victory

9. An organized, quiet Sunday morning

10. being with my children as they play in the yard

11. Seeing the joy and delight shining out of their eyes

12. Health for myself and family

13. coffee

14. A husband who cares about meeting my needs

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