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Friday, May 20, 2011

I Choose

"Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! (Deut 30:19)

I am learning more and more about choices. The verse above is a perfect illustration of the fact that God has laid before every person free will, blessings, and curses. He desires that we choose the blessings through obedience in his word, but it is our choice to do his word or not. He will not force his will on us.

So, today I choose...

faith over fear.

thankfulness over self pity.

humility over pride.

trust in God over worry.

God's plan for my life over my own.

hope over despair.

What are you choosing today?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Vision

When a man has a vision, determination, and God on his side, not much can stand in his way.

My man had a vision of a cozy house...

that his children could grow up in...

that his family could enjoy...

that wouldn't be complete without a hammock in the backyard...

and a happy wife...

And God has brought it to pass. Ain't God good?

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4-5)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm a list maker.

I've come to accept that I cannot function without a list.

I've always been one who learns and remembers by writing things down, but my dependency on lists has gone to another level. I think its because of the voices.

See, there are so many voices talking to me at the same time. And no, the voices are not in my head! They are real voices coming for four real little people! At this point in my life, if I do not write it down on a list, its doomed!

Everything depends on my list. Our bills getting paid, diapers getting changed, meals getting made, my hygiene, my sanity, my very survival, and that of the ones around me, depends on my list! My list is my new brain. It was difficult at first, but now that I have come to terms with this, I have moved on to new and improved methods of list making!

For example, a couple of my mentors told me about the "If-Then" chart some time ago. Now that I have embraced the fact that my children's best chance of being consistently and lovingly trained, rests upon my ability to make a list dedicated to that effort, this chart seems like the perfect buy!

This 8.5x11" colored, laminated "If-Then" chart by Doorposts is designed to help you be more consistent in disciplining your children.

When they disobey, it will help you know what you need to do, and it will help your kids to know what to expect. It is an excellent tool at helping the husband and wife to be more united in their efforts to discipline and raise their children for the Lord.

When children can visually see the problem with their behavior, it helps them to respond more favorably to the consequence.

Are you a list maker too? What helps you remember things?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ms. Smiley

Halle has the most contagious smile!

See for yourself...

She looks up at me at the most random times and cracks one of these big smiles. No matter what is going on at the time, I just can't help but to smile and laugh back at her! She is truly a blessing.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Easter Day Glam 2011

Here we were having a classic "We have way too many people in our family to get a shot with everyone looking right" moment. Hey, we tried.