Wednesday, January 27, 2010
"Dear Jesus, please come down, put your hands on me and pray for me."
Ella - "I want to pray for Jesus Mommy." Me - "Okay Ella, what would you like to pray?" Ella - "God, please take care of Jesus. Please take care of the Shepherds and the sheep. Please take care of all the people down here and up there. Please take are of the farms and farmers down here and up there. Please take care of Israel. Please take care of Mary & Joseph. Please take care of my family and help my Daddy find a job. "
Keith - "...that dadblamed stuff." Ella - "Daddy you always call stuff dadblamed" You shouldn't say that. Keith - "Okay, but why not Ella?" Ella - "I want people to think we are happy and a good family. Not a family that says dadblamed."
"I sure love my Daddy."
"Can't we just sell our house and move in with Grammy? I really like it there, it's special to me."
Ella - "Daddy did you find a job yet?" Keith - "Not yet Baby." Ella - "We'll you could rake leaves or wash cars you know." Keith - "Yes, I guess I could." Ella - "You should be a race car driver. You drive very good, so you'd be really great at it."
Ella - "Mommy, Matt has a job!" (we've been praying for Matt to find a job for a while now) Me - "Yes, he's working a part time job. That's really great, but he is still looking for a full time job." Ella - "What is he doing Mommy?" Me - "He's working at a garage fixing cars." Ella - laughs and says, "He used to fix race cars didn't he? And now he's fixing regular cars?." Me - "Yes, that's right." Ella - shaking her head, "Oh that Matt, he's really something."
"You're right Mommy! Practicing does help me be better. You teach me the greatest things! Mrs. Sarah (her teacher) didn't EVEN tell me that."
Ella - "Mommy, I want to go to church with you." Me - "Why Baby, you always enjoy your class." Ella - "Because they always teach me things I already know and when I go with you I learn things I never heard before."
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday afternoon (9th), Mammaw & Pappaw and Grammy & Poppa came to visit (they blessed us by going in with us on the swingset) and we gave Ella her big surprise. It was lots of fun playing and eating pizza with them all.
So, Happy Birthday my sweet girl. I love you sooooo much!!
Here are some of the pics...
Monday, August 10, 2009
(2) Ziploc Freezer Bags (quart)
(2) Hefty Ziploc Bags (quart)
(1) Oral B - Children's Toothpaste
(4) Rubbermaid Containers - Small
(1) Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes
(2) Borden Cheese - Sliced/Ind. wrapped - (8 count)
(2) Kelloggs Shredded Bite Size Mini Wheats
(1) Alexia Waffle Fries Snacks
(2) Cascade Dishwashing Detergent
(1) New England Coffee (1 lb)
(1) Kikkoman Teriyakki Sauce
(2) Rib Eye Steaks (3/4 lb ea)
(2) Ground Beef (2lbs ea)
(1) T. Marzetti Supreme Caesar Salad Dressing
All in all a GREAT week of shopping. I'm looking forward to the Triple Coupons I here are coming soon!!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
(2) 1" Binders
This week they are also offering a Kodak picture movie DVD for $9.99 and you get $9.99 back in ECB's. I'll be going to get mine before the weeks out! That will leave me $9.99 to start next week with which will mean much less OOP for me next week. YAY!!!
If you're not CVSing, YOU SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY!!
Monday, June 1, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
“He (Jesus Christ) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” Romans 4:25
According to the Merrian-Webster Online Dictionary, the following is the definition of justify, justified, justification (the act of being justified)…
transitive verb1 a: to prove or show to be just, right, or reasonable b (1): to show to have had a sufficient legal reason (2): to qualify (oneself) as a surety by taking oath to the ownership of sufficient property2 aarchaic : to administer justice to barchaic : absolve c: to judge, regard, or treat as righteous and worthy of salvation 3 a: to space (as lines of text) so that the lines come out even at the margin b: to make even by justifying
An easy way to remember the definition of justification is this simple statement…just as if I never sinned.
I encourage you to read the entire passage (Romans 4) that comes before this scripture so you will have an understanding of the context of the scripture. The heart of the passage is this…
Abraham was justified by faith. He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. David said, “Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will NEVER count against him.” (Ps. 32:1,2; Rom. 4:7-8). Abraham’s promise came by faith out of grace and is guaranteed to all his offspring. The awesome part is that according to scripture, “He is the father of us all.” (Rom. 4:16)
Even though Sarah’s womb was dead and Abraham was ~100 years old, he believed against all hope and became the father of many nations. “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness”. The words “it was credited to him” were not written for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness – for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” (Rom. 20-24)
How incredible it is to know that we don’t have to strive to earn grace, to be righteous and worthy of salvation – our belief in the work of Christ has justified us and that belief is credited to us as righteousness. Therefore, WE ARE ALREADY RIGHTEOUS IN HIS EYES!
My prayer today is…
Lord help my unbelief. Help me to never waver regarding your promise. Help me to be strengthened in my faith and give glory to you in all things. Help me to act with the resolve of being fully persuaded that you have the power to do what you have promised. Thank you for crediting my belief as righteousness. Thank you that I do not have to strive to be worthy of your salvation. Thank you for this incredible gift of fresh, new, beautiful LIFE you have given me. I rejoice in the hope you have poured out to me. Use me to be a voice of that hope to others today and always!
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Yes, Halloween is fun, especially for our children - and the candy - YUM! But there has to be more to this decision than fun & candy. Our belief system has to take us deeper than that.
I grew up with strong, very active, Chrisitian parents. We were highly involved in the church from as early as I can remember. As young children, we dressed up and went trick or treating every year. As we grew a little older and my parents grew in their faith and began to experience a more charismatic lifestyle, they chose for our family not to participate in the holiday. We were part of a church that led families in that direction and also took the stance that the church would not participate by having trunk or treats, fall festivals, etc. So, I've lived at both ends of the spectrum.
In reflecting on that perspective, one huge thought keeps coming to mind. What is our role as "the church"? We have been commanded to "Go & make disciples". Where are disciples made? We (believers in Jesus Christ) are "the church". We come together for Sunday celebrations and small groups to be a family (at it's deepest level) to one another and to be equipped to follow the command we were given to "Go and make disciples". Staying within the confines of our comfortable church environment does not disciples make. The word says, "GO"... Where? Into "ALL THE WORLD".
The bible also says we are to be a "light in the darkness". What is the purpose of light if there is no darkness to dispell? or better yet...If God desires us to be light, doesn't that somehow require us go into the darkness?
We "christians" spend great time and energy on producing the best Easter & Christmas services possible. Why? Because we are told these are the two times of the year that people who would not normally walk in the doors of a church will come. I do not disagree with this philosophy. These services are important and people certainly come to know Christ through these services and productions. My thoughts are simply this...If we are willing to pour so much into a "Christian" holiday in an effort to present hope to the few nonbelievers that might show up, what if we poured the same kind of effort into a holiday that we know great numbers of nonbelievers will definitely be participating in? Why is it that we leave this pagan holiday so wide open for the enemy? In the spiritual realm, don't we agree that the battle is great on this night? Is this not a night that hope and life need to be most greatly exemplified in opposition to death & despair? Is this not the darkness our light is designed to illuminate? Shouldn't "the church" individually & corporately embrace this opportunity? Why is it we sit back and expect nonbelievers to come to us for the light rather than taking our light to them? We desire so greatly to see people come to know Christ, yet we fear stepping outside our doors to facilitate this great change.
How does "the church" make the biggest difference on this night? Is it through corporate church events like trunk or treats, individually going out in our neighborhoods and building relationships with those around us, or praying as the Holy Spirit leads for the people we encounter? I don't know the answers, I simply believe this night is about more than a choice whether or not to participate. The question to ask ourselves is, Will I be a light? and How/where can our family be best used by God on this night?
I have not forgotten the responsibility we have to our own children in this. Children understand good & evil at a young age, an ability God has built into them. We expose them to it over and over again in so many ways, without much thought. Whether we choose to participate in Halloween or not, they are bombarded with the Holiday in every store we take them into, at school, etc. With Ella, I want her to love Jesus and desire to share him with others. I want her to have a heart for the lost. I want her to know that the enemy is real and does not want them to know Jesus. I want her to understand that the enemy has already lost the battle and she has absolutely nothing to fear. I want her to be so confident in her faith & knowledge of Jesus, that she can walk into the darkness in the strength and power of the Holy Spirit and command the enemy to leave. I want her to so desire... (Wow, I just got challenged by the Spirit on this one, so I'll hold that thought for another post : )
How will Keith & I use the Halloween experience to help facilitate this kind of heart in her? I'm not sure...that's a conversation we as parents need to sit down and have. What I do know is I want to grow her in the spirit and don't want it to simply be a holiday about playing dress up and getting candy. As her parents, everything we choose to celebrate as a family has to be centered around our lives in Christ, for without him there is no life!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
So, Thursday nights are now considered "Devine Family Fun Nights"...the plan is to find ways as a family to have some serious fun together, while being frugal and respecting our budget at the same time. So, were talking movies at home (generally from the Mooresville library or the Andersen library) , games, and anything else that seems to be exciting to Ella at the time.
Our 1st Family Fun Night was this past Thursday. We had planned movie night, but Ella decided she was not interested in a movie. Seems she figured since she had our undivided attention, she would make it worth her while. So, we started our new tradition with play dough, Candyland, Go Fish, and Memory Match. Then we ended our night with Oreo's and milk...YUM! We had a great time and Ella was obviously thrilled to have our undivided attention for several hours.
Here's to Family Fun Night!! Can't wait 'til next time...
Check out the slideshow of our night.