Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Salutes

Trees In Spring
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Jason tells us What Every Kid Needs to Hear, But Most Parents Aren't Saying.

Bunmi says I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical.

Alison shares 5 Ways to Become a Patient Mom.

Mrs. Chris has this Banana Puddin' Pie that I think my husband would love for me to make!

It's been a very good week at our house!  I want to thank those who prayed for my husband's back surgery on Tuesday.  He is recovering nicely and the nerve pain he'd been having for months is gone.  We are praising the Lord for His faithfulness and for the answered prayers!

Hope your Easter weekend is wonderful!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Is Your Heart Ready for Easter?

Kind of looks like the Easter bunny in there :-)
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We've got the Easter dresses and the mandatory chocolate bunnies....

The Easter baskets will be full and the egg hunt will take place as usual....

Easter dinner will feature ham and sweet potatoes and green bean casserole.

But the bigger issue is, are our hearts ready?

My favorite resurrection passage is Matthew 28.
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
There are so many players here - the women, the angel, the keepers, the disciples.  I love to think about how the scene unfolded from each of their perspectives.

Then there's Jesus, the One Who died for the sins of the world - for mine.  He gained the victory over death, which allows me and all who trust in Him to have that same glorious victory. 

Over this weekend especially, may I meditate on the love that drove Him to the cross, the sacrifice of Himself He willingly made, the power He demonstrated in His resurrection, and the place of honor He now inhabits in heaven.

Praise God; He is alive!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Remembering Nurtures Trust

"Trust is the bridge from yesterday to tomorrow, built with planks of thanks.  Remembering frames up gratitude.  Gratitude lays out the planks of trust.  I can walk the planks - from known to unknown - and know:  He holds.

Remembering is an act of thanksgiving, this turn of the heart over time's shoulder to see all the long way His arms have carried."  ~Ann Voskamp in One Thousand Gifts

Because of what God has done in the past, I can trust Him for the future.  Being thankful for all that He has done before cultivates a confidence that He will continue to perform His will faithfully in our lives today and in the future.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Perfect Mom

I was going to be a perfect mom today....then I overslept and rushed everybody out the door.

I was going to be a perfect mom today...then I corrected my children with loud, shrill tones instead of gentle words.

I was going to be a perfect mom today....then I let them eat chips and cookies at every meal.

I was going to be a perfect mom today....then I chose vacuuming the bedrooms over playing dolls.

I was going to be a perfect mom today....then she talked back and I lost my temper.

I was going to be a perfect mom today....then I got so busy reading blogs that I failed to listen while my child told me a story about the cat.

I was going to be a perfect mom today....then I asked God for His power to grant me self-control, His wisdom to parent my children according to their own bent, His forgiveness for my failure to obey His commands, His grace to guide me through the rest of the day, and His love to shine through me to these children.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Gift of Each Other

One evening last month, my husband and I were out walking in our neighborhood while the girls biked ahead of us.  They are currently fascinated with the Canada geese that are occupying the ponds in our neighborhood.  We first spotted one, now there are two.  They've assumed there's a male and a female and have named them (and their potential goslings) after characters in David Copperfield.

Our 11-year-old had brought my camera just in case they glimpsed them this night.  As my husband and I approached from behind our daughters, I stopped, wishing I had the camera, loving the look of them, both still, side by side, straddling their bikes.

They're so different, one taller and broader, brown-haired, quickly growing into a young woman.  The other, lighter-haired, and still girlish.

She had given the camera to her older sister, and I saw her looking up at her as she snapped a photo - looking up both literally and figuratively.  This younger one is very much her own person, yet I know she watches her older sister's every move.  

They have been given the gift of each other.  Okay...they don't always see it that way.  I pray that life will make them the best of friends, bond their hearts.  I try to remember this in those moments when it doesn't seem like that will ever happen.  Just two years apart, there's so much to tie them together.  They'll share so many memories of vacations and chores and holidays and everyday moments - like walking barefoot through the muddy backyard just yesterday.

They're learning so much about living with another person, respecting someone else's wishes, putting others first - and yes, how to fight and disagree and make up and forgive.  And on those days when I feel like just a referee, I need to remember my own brothers and sister and the relationships we have - and how they still seem to love me in spite of all the "bossing around" their older sister did! 

George Bernard Shaw said, "A happy family is but an earlier heaven."  May God give us the grace and the strength and the wisdom to build those happy families!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday Salutes

Tara has 106 Things to Put in Easter Eggs.

Ciara shares "The What To Do When I'm Bored Box" that she created for her kids.

I made these Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits for our Sunday School breakfast last week and they were tasty!  I put them together the night before and refrigerated them, so all I had to do on Sunday morning was bake them and top them with the glaze.  I'll definitely make these again!  (This recipe calls for Hershey's cinnamon chips; the only local store I found them in was our super Walmart.)

I also made this Easy Sausage and Potato Bake for supper on Wednesday night and it was very good!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, April 4, 2014

4 Lessons for My Trials from a Man Who Knows

Trials come to all of us.

In the midst of a trial we're currently facing, I ran to the book of Job.  If ever anyone faced trials, he did.  Surely I can learn from him.  And I am.

1.  Job 13:15  "Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him..."  Trust.  God is good, faithful, loving, and just.  Whatever comes into my life is for His glory and my good.

2.  Job 1:21 "...the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."  Praise.  Circumstances change, but He does not.  He is always worthy of our praise.

3.  Job 1:22  "In all this, Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."  Live righteously.  Going through a trial doesn't give me an excuse to sin.  I have access to the power of the Holy Spirit and He can give me strength to walk according to God's Word.  

4.  Job 2:10 "What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God and shall we not receive evil?"  Be grateful.  How many of God's blessings have I taken for granted?  I am so very blessed.

When I fail to heed this, I act foolishly.  Notice the end of 1:22, "...nor charged God foolishly."  And in 2:10, addressing his wife who has told him to "curse God and die," Job says, "Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh."

I hope I'm learning.  One afternoon this week, my husband reminded me that this is all part of a bigger plan, to which I replied "I suppose."  He corrected me - and rightly so.  Nothing takes God by surprise; He directs our steps.

I'm clinging to Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."  My understanding would have things going a different direction...but He knows the end from the beginning.