Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pray for your children 7x7

I got this off of Angie Smith's blog Bring the Rain.
It is such a great idea, and I wanted to pass it along!

Each day pray these prayers over your children, and the different times specified. Write them on notecards and do it for 7 days!

1. When they wake up: "Let the morning bring (child's name) word of your unfailing love, for she has put her trust in You. Show (her/him) the way (she/he) should go, for to you (he/she) lifts up her soul." (Adapted from Psalm 143:8)

2. When they are getting dressed: "Therefore, as God's chosen child, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Lord, help (him/her) bear with others and forgive whatever grievances (he/she) has against others. Help (him/her) forgive as the Lord forgave (him/her). And over all these virtues, help (him/her) put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." (Adapted from Colossians 3:12-14)

3. While they are eating: "Teach (child's name) the secret of being content in any and every situation whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Teach (him/her) that (he/she) can do everything through him who gives (him/her) strength." (Adapted from Philippians 4:12-13)

4. When they go out of the house: "(Name of child), do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will." (Adapted from Romans 12:2)

5. While they are taking a bath: Lord, give (name of child) clean hands and a pure heart, and let (him/her) not lift (his/her) soul to an idol or swear by what is false. Let (him/her) receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God (his/her) Savior. Let (him/her) be part of the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. (Adapted from Psalm 24:4-6)

6. When they are going to bed: "The Lord Your God is with you; he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, be will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17)

7. While they are sleeping: "I pray that (name of child) will do everything without complaining or arguing, so that he/she may become blameless and pure, a child of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which he/she shines like a star in the universe as he/she holds out the word of life-in order that he/she may boast on the day of Christ that he/she did not run or labor for nothing." (Adapted from Philippians 2:14-16)



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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Couch to 5K

Week one is DONE. It went really well...and I'm not focusing on speed, just taking it nice and easy! The podcast I downloaded to go along with this program is brilliant and makes it SO much easier! Any of you that have run before or NEVER run at all...this program is GREAT and I guarantee it!

http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181.shtml

Beth Moore..woohoo!


Okay, I am SUPER excited about this! I follow Beth Moore's blog which is updated several times a week by either HER or her two daughters! It is so cool, because it's totally personal and casual. You feel like you really know her and the other "siestas" (check out the blog to find out what that is!)
So, her new book is being released on Tuesday! Blog members who wish to do so are going to read along together and do discussion questions that she will assign weekly! It is awesome to think about doing this with a group of women spread all over the U.S. and beyond, and with Beth Moore leading it! I pre-ordered my book and I am excited about starting! The blog is open to all and I highly recommend you checking it out! There is still time to get in on this as well! The book is called:
So Long Insecurity...you've been a bad friend to us
She says it's great for the beliver and non-believer as well! So invite a friend to do it along with you! The link to her blog: http://livingproofministries.blogspot.com/

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Books.....


So, I just finished The Deathly Hallows. Wow...I REALLY liked it. It took me a bit longer to get into it, obviously the tone of it all had changed so much from the previous books. But once I did, I couldn't put it down and I must say that it is one of my favorites now! I feel like I really just earned "nerd" status...but I'm okay with that. I can't believe I have to wait until November to see the movie. This is the first HP book that I have read BEFORE seeing the film...so we shall see! My hubby wants to watch the movie first (he hasn't read the books YET) and so I can't share with him ANYTHING about it....it's killing me! Soooo I have to find a book/books/lots of books to read in the mean time. I have Persuasion by Jane Austen in the bathroom (hehe) but I'm looking for suggestions. I will list my favorites so you can get a feel for what I like and then post what you think I could keep busy with! Thank ya!

Favorites:
Emma by Jane Austen
Pride and Predjudice by Jane Austen
The Zion Chronicles by the Thoenes
Anything by Francine Rivers
WWII books
John Grisham

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wow is it WINDY!! Here are some fun quotes about wind...just for fun!


A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
Catherine the Great

Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.
Winston Churchill



Being married means I can break wind and eat ice cream in bed.
Brad Pitt

To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Monday, January 18, 2010

Comforting Arms


My poor lil goob has a double ear infection. :( It's so sad to see him mope and whine around the house, hardly napping or eating. I feel so helpless, my child is in pain and they only thing I can offer him is snuggle time, comfort. But that indeed is what it seems he needs the most.
Isn't it like that with us? In the midst of pain and hurt, we are miserably wandering around seeking something to ease it. And there HE is, open arms. Offering one thing, offering His peace and assurance, a little "snuggle time" if you will. And while we may want things to be "fixed" instantly, or some tangible "antibiotic" ...in reality what satisfies us the most is when we are comforted by Him. When we fall in His lap, lay our heads down and rest in His arms. I love that I would have never seen this parallel had I not become a mother. I'm so thankful for each moment that my son, his very existence, beckons me to look back up to the Lord who gave him to me. Thank you Jesus!

I think I'll go snuggle Jack some more....

This is my person....my bestest friend.





Since about 7th grade....we've been through all of the thin stuff together. LOTS and LOTS of thin....and in the past 5 or so months we've been through the THICK of it. Really thick stuff. I'm so proud of her, her faith and her strength. She is an amazing person and I'm so honored to be a part of her life.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hello Handsome

He's moving...I can feel it.


God has laid some things on my heart, and I feel like they are coming to a head. I can feel Him moving in me....something is stirring. It's exciting and scary....I have made some contacts and hope to not have to wait too long to hear from them. You know when you feel like God has called you to something, you cannot WAIT to get started?!?! I know I have to be patient, and as always wait on His timing. But I want to jump in!

Coffee, Blessings and Faith




I'm just sitting here, sipping on my carmel blondie from Black Rock, thinking about how blessed I am. It's overwhelming at times to realize what God has done for me and what He's given me. I'm listening on the monitor as my son is talking himself to sleep, watching my cat roll around on the ground like a weirdo and knowing the love of my life will be home in about 2 hours. I feel at times I will explode with thankfulness and gratitude.

These past few weeks (4 to be exact) have been extremely difficult. An emotional roller coaster of fear, anger, overwhelming sadness and grief. But never doubt....I have not once doubted God. Why? Because I believe that He is always faithful and that His timing is perfect. It's not easy to believe this, it's not easy to follow through on what you are taught and what you know. But there is no other choice. You can still be angry at Him for the things He allows you to go through. I have told Him time and time again that I was mad, upset, angry, hurt and fearful. But I kept talking to Him, I kept telling Him how I felt. And because of that, He has heard my cry and has comforted me in this valley. The verse below is one that Trevor and I have felt has spoken to our hearts and is a reminder that although we don't know what He's doing, He is still guiding and He's not left us alone. It is such a comfort to know that, beyond a shadow of a doubt....He's still there.

"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them."
Isaiah 42:16

So, I guess we'll try this out


Well, this is my first attempt at "blogging" although I'm not sure it's for me or not. I am a private person, and most of the stuff I've seen on blogs have been things that, well....people should have kept private! That being said, I've also been encouraged and informed by other blogs. So, maybe I can be one of the latter! If anyone actually reads these..........Oh and mostly I will be bragging about my son, and posting pictures. :)