Peeking In

I tend to be quiet here when I am going through something{s}. Really, I have a lot to say but need to say it in real life before I can go blabbing about it on my blog. Plus, I am sick.  After a night in the ER with two bags of fluids, a really strong pain killer and a nurse that seemed to enjoy digging around to start an IV, I am feeling {slightly} better.  The doctor told me today, at a follow-up appointment, that my sample {I will leave what they sampled to your imagination} is growing a pathogen and that Monday he will have results to let me know what antibiotic I need to start.  Basically, I have bad bacteria in my gut? Who knew. So, in an attempt to keep you updated on my oh-so-glamorous life {ha!} here are some pics from my phone this week: Sitting at the DMV on a Saturday was … [Read more...]

Reading the Bible in One Year- Want to Join Me?

God's Word is always fresh to me.  No matter my circumstance, mood or situation; God uses His Word to speak to me. The Bible is God's love letter to us and I am a hopeless romantic. In 2010 I read through the Bible in 90 days with Mom's Toolbox.  I LOVED that method and can't recommend it enough! In 2011, I didn't make it all the way through.  God and I spent a lot of time in James and Isaiah. This year, I am reading The One Year Chronological Bible NLT (One Year Bible: Nlt). Most of us know that the books of the Bible are not in chronological order.  Job is, in fact, one of the oldest known books of the Bible but in a traditional Bible is somewhere near the middle. I love delving in to the Word and looking at it through a different lens.  I am obviously only into day 3 of this … [Read more...]

The Story that Changed my Life

My first Bible was a purple Precious Moments Bible.  I loved it and I loved that my name was written on the inside. I grew up listening to Psalty sing praise songs and Adventures in Odyssey play on the radio on Saturday mornings. But I was an adult before I learned the true story of what Jesus sacrificed to save me while I was watching an Easter play in 1998. The story came to life with the actors and choir and I was moved to the core of my heart by the story of the cross. Jesus won me to Himself that day.  And, I have never been the same. I have tried to be much more intentional about sharing the stories of the Bible with my children.  We open the Word for wisdom, guidance and direction.  When my boys were small, they loved hearing the story of Daniel and the lion's den and the three … [Read more...]

Little bit of everything

Hi friends: I have been a busy bee this week!  I wanted to let you know of a few places you could find me: I was honored to be interviewed by LaTara Ham-Ying about the Bible study I recently wrote, Cutting Through Money Clutter on her blog talk radio show.  You can listen to the show anytime by clicking here.  I would love to know what you think. I also am continuing my monthly series, Tackling The Talk, over at The M.O.B Society this week. Then, I never thought I would do this EVER!!! but I joined Sarah Mae's Frumps to Pumps challenge.  For 31 days I am going to get up and get dressed {for myself, for my husband and to see if it increases my productivity}.  I have to admit I spend way too much time in yoga pants and sweatshirts. So, just for your viewing pleasure {and … [Read more...]

Biting my tongue

"but no man can tame the tongue.  It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison". James 3:8 Sarah Mae wrote a post several months ago that featured a story from the movie, Doubt.  I can think of no better way to address the topic of gossip and slander than to send you to read that post. Over a year ago, a friend of mine gave several of us in a ladies Bible study a challenge about the fresh water/salt water spoken of in James 3.  We talked about our words to our spouses and our children and whether or not we were speaking fresh water words or salt water words into their lives.  To help us keep this in mind, she gave us all a handful of paper clips and a handful of gems {like you would see on costume jewelry}. The challenge was for us to begin our day with the jewels and paper clips in one … [Read more...]

James (Chapter 1)

As we delve in to the book of James, I get excited.  It may be a short book of the Bible {relatively speaking} but it is chock full of life application for the believer.  {Then, my co-leader of an upcoming biblical community (you might call them small groups or cell groups) asked me what I thought of starting off with James?  I love it when God does stuff like that} This week, we are supposed to share the things that stood out for us in the first chapter of James.  I could write three posts but to avoid boring my readers, I narrowed my comments down to 4 key verses that speak to my heart. Verse 4: "Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything". (NIV) The Message says it like this: "So, don't try to get out of anything prematurely.  Let … [Read more...]

My Bible in 90 Days Journey

Image by Wonderlane via Flickr Putting this last ninety (ninety four if you want me to be perfectly honest) days into words is proving more difficult than I thought it would be. Renewed passion for the Word of God. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  II Timothy 3:16-17 Renewed conviction for the sin that so easily creeps in. The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  Galations 5:19-21 Renewed gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice. But He was pierced for … [Read more...]

What do you say?

Image by Glen's Pics via Flickr I would have wanted to mull it over with a friend too. Clear my thoughts. Have someone to talk about all that had occurred in the last three days. To discuss what it all meant.  And then there were the rumors from the women who had visited His tomb and found it empty. Then, when confronted with the power of what had happened in the last three days, from the One that had led them for the last three years....what do you say? How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.  Luke 24:25-27 What do you say? The … [Read more...]

Marriage Tips for Beginners

Image via Wikipedia Mike and I will celebrate our 13th anniversary in July.  Every year we celebrate the fact that we have beat the odds, particularly for how young we were when we got married.  Today Sheila encouraged us to look back and think about what we wish we had known when we first became husband and wife.  By sharing those things the hope is that couples who have not been married for quite as long can benefit from the things we have learned in the trenches of marriage. Here is my (by no means conclusive or exhaustive) list: Love is a verb not a feeling.  I do not always "feel" in love with Mike.  I hope that doesn't sound mean because it's not.  Most of the time those feelings have little to do with him and more to do with me.  With how busy I am, where I am in relationship … [Read more...]

Multi-Tasking Monday

I am starting my own theme for Mondays as I have so much to share... First, my vlog for Monday Mingle, hosted by Eighty MPH Mom. The questions this week were: Do you have siblings?  Did you want more or less siblings when you were growing up? What was your wedding song? Did you do anything special for Valentine's Day? Tell us something special about your spouse/partner Here are my answers: Then I need to give you my Mamavation update.  I am down another 2.3 lbs this week (which is absolutely amazing considering all the awesome food we had at Blissdom).  I have not been able to walk outdoors because there is 4 feet of snow on the ground but the hubby and I did a lot of unpacking/cleaning so I am assuming that is where I burnt off most of the calories.  I continue to drink ice … [Read more...]

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