Thursday, August 30, 2007

Thankful Thursday




8 Oh, give thanks to the LORD!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
1 Chronicles 16:8 (New King James Version)

Today is Thankful Thursday again.  There is so much in life to be thankful for.  God has done some amazing things in my life.

  1. This is our first week of school.  "M" (my oldest) is homeschooled (well, he's in a virtual academy), and "N" (my middle child...well, middle to me, I have 4 boys...but only 3 pregnancies, so he's my middle, but my 2nd child) went to first grade this year.  Both have been doing very well.  I haven't had any complaints regarding school!  I am Thankful that this week has went so well...and pray it continues to go well!
  2. I started a new Bible Study this week.  "I AM...so you don't have to be".  It is a wonderful study and I'm so Thankful that The Preacher's Wife has started Round 2 of this study!
  3. I have 4 boys...I was told at a very young age (16) that I may never have any children.  I'm so Thankful to God that he has allowed me to have children...and not just 1, but 4!  "M" just celebrated his 10th birthday, "N" will be turning 7 in September, "D" & "A" are 2 1/2.
  4. The Lord  has definitely blessed me with BOYS!!  Although I always thought I would love to have a little girl, I'm finding it harder and harder to imagine me dealing with a girl!  Praise the Lord for taking that longing for a girl away and just blessing me with a lot of boys!
  5. My 15 year H.S. Reunion is the end of Sept.  My wonderful husband decided that instead of staying in the hotel with all my classmates, we would go to a Bed & Breakfast nearby...the same Bed & Breakfast we went to when I was pregnant with my fist!  I am so excited!  We could have just came home since we aren't going too far for our reunion!
  6. This weekend we are going to Kings Island with my parents.  Last year we had a season pass to go, but didn't get one this year.  The company my mom works for is having their annual picnic there, so we are all going together!  Why am I thankful for that??  Well, my dad is going.  He has been so sick and had sore feet for a long time.  For him to actually agree to go is a HUGE blessing!  Oh and they are staying at our house for the weekend since we are close to Kings Island!
  7. I'm thankful for little things like Benedryl and Claritan...without those, I would be suffering so much with my allergies at this time of year.
  8. Because of those little things mentioned above, I'm ever so thankful for my coffee in the morning to help me wake up!
  9. This blog community that I have recently found is wonderful!  I can't believe how many others are out there just like me, trying to live their lives the way God has intended them to.  I'm so thankful for each and every one of them!
  10. And email...it may sound weird, but whenever an email comes in, I get so excited!  I absolutely love it!  That and regular mail.  Any type of mail really (as long as it's not a bill) I'm so excited!  You never know what's inside!

Thanks for reading my Thankful Thursday list today, for more Thankful Thursday posts, check out Sting My Heart's site!

Blessings

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I AM - Your Beauty



1. Are there any circumstances or relationships in your life where you can see God has intentionally placed you? What do you perceive may be at stake if you do or do not speak out for Him?
Yes, I have a few friends who constantly lean on me in their times of trouble.  I have also been placed here for my family as well.  To support and to stand up in my faith (not that I have been doing so well at times, but I know I'm supposed to).

2. Can you honestly describe yourself as a woman with a 'yes' in her spirit? If not, what keeps you from this?
No, because of fear.  Fear of the unknown, Fear of failure...which all boils down to Fear.  I need to step out in faith and not to fear.  God has not given me a spirit of Fear, but of power, might and of a sound mind!

3. Do you recognize any circumstances in your life which could be described as an 'unrecurring event'? Have you ever said 'no' to one and watched God use someone else instead?
I do, there have been times that I felt a crushing in my spirit when seen something done that I knew in my heart that I was supposed to do, but for some reason (probably fear) I didn't step up to do.

4. Are you in an emotionally and spiritually healthy place? If yes, how are you using this freedom to minister to others? If no, what do you feel is holding you in your Egypt?
Yes, some days.  I am taking steps to keep me Spiritually healthy.  Some days I fail, but I dust myself off and try again!  I have begun to commit to prayer.  Praying for those in need and those whom God lays on my heart.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Thankful Thursday




  • I'm Thankful for getting all the school supplies already!
  • I'm Thankful that school starts on Monday for both "M" & "N"!
  • I'm Thankful that I will be back into a routine starting Monday!
  • I'm Thankful my allergies haven't been bad this year!
  • I'm Thankful that I found a good deal on a Fitness Gym membership!




Saturday, August 18, 2007

Sunday School

I have been sitting here thinking about Sunday School...

As you know, I have volunteered to co-teach 1st and 2nd graders starting in September.  Our Curriculum has been ordered and I'm hoping it will be here soon so I can dive into it.  Our schedule is set in place...I'm on 2 weeks in a row, then off 2 weeks in a row.  But, knowing me, I'll probably study EVERY lesson in there.

Last Wednesday, I had a meeting with the Director of our Children's ministry and the other teacher that will be teaching with me.  The director showed us where all our supplies were at, asked us to check a few weeks in advance for any art supplies, in case we were low on supplies and she would order them.

We sat in our classroom and looked around.  The other teacher and I have been given the go ahead to do as we want with the room (posters on the walls, charts, extra incentives above and beyond the "rations" that are given for knowing your Bible verse and bringing your Bible, etc.).   I think she and I (I'll have to double check with her) are going to do a chart to help those children with their memory verses.  We both have boys in that class, so we have our own ideas of what we would like to see as parents of children in the class.

Rations...these are little slips of paper that are given to the elementary students.  Children get 5 rations for knowing their memory verse for the week, 1 for coming to Sunday School, and 1 for bringing their bible to class.  They can also earn more for knowing all the books of the bible (I think it's 40 for the OT and 30 for the NT).  Once a quarter, they open up a store so that the children can use their rations to purchase toys, candy, etc.

The other teacher and I discussed about giving the parents a list of all the memory verses that we will be going over for the fall curriculum at the beginning of September, but then also having that particular week's verse written out on their paper for them to take home with them and learn.  I do a lot of graphic stuff for a message board I'm a member of, so I have a bunch of graphics that I will probably work into our little slips for our memory verses.  What I'll do is probably get them all typed out week by week with graphics when we get our books and then we will have each verse ready for each week...we'd just have to copy them.

The other teacher has a tape of a song that goes over the books of the bible, so we are going to incorporate that into our lessons so that the children will learn the books of the bible.

I would love to do some special things for these children, but I don't know what.  I feel like there's something I NEED to do, but can't quite put my finger on what that is!

Do you have any suggestions and or ideas for us?  I'd love to hear how you do things in your Sunday Schools!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

People

This is the 3rd week of our Bible Study...

List 3 things you need from friends.

  1. Companionship
  2. Encouragement
  3. Listening Ear, someone to be there when I need a shoulder to cry on

Do you consider yourself a good listener?  Why?
I'd like to think so.  I do try hard to listen to what people are saying to me.  I know I need to work on interrupting people (it's a bad habit that I've acquired over the years) and I need to stop trying to "1 up" their story!

What are you missing most in your relationships (think about your friends, family, spouse, Christ)?
Closeness.  I have kept people at an arms length for so many years.  It's something I developed over all the moves to guard my heart from being hurt when we moved away.  Now that we are here and pretty settled at being in this general area, I'm starting to let my guard down.

Think of someone who could be your Spiritual mentor.  What would they be like?  What qualities or characteristics would they have?
Someone who is knowledgeable in God's word, gentle, loving, kind, supportive, and holds me accountable.  Someone who checks in on me from time to time.

How can you mentor someone else?
By being in prayer for that person daily.  Talking to them, checking up on them, making sure they are getting plugged in at church.  Spending time with them.

Praise

Week 2 of our Bible Study questions...

Describe a time when you were in deep communion with God...How were you feeling?  What were you thinking?  What was going on inside of you?
I feel an urgency inside my soul, urging me to pray ad to humble myself before God.  Even with the urgency, there's a Peace, knowing that He's there caring, talking and sharing with me.  I am weak and can not get up from where I am.  My thoughts are all consumed with God and His presence.  Nothing on earth could shake or distract me at that moment.  I am forever changed in that moment, never able to look back!  My heart leaps.  My body shakes...as if cold, yet I'm not.

How would you describe God at that moment?
How does one begin to describe God in that moment?  I don't know how to describe Him...he's Powerful, Kind, Calming, Peaceful, Comforting, Direct, Friendly, Loving, Warm, full of Mercy and Grace...the list could go on.

What 1 think could you do to Praise God?
Stop complaining about things and start praying about them instead!

Have you surrendered yourself fully to God?
At one point in my life I know that I have...but at this moment, if I'm being total honest (and that's what I want), I'd say that I'm holding onto something...I need to let go...I need to figure out what it is and why I think I need to hold onto it.

How will what you learned impact your worship?
I will focus my attention inward and search my heart for what it is that I'm holding onto.  I want to fully surrender to God

Lessons Learned...
Describe a significant event that happened in your life.
So, I went out and did what every 16 year old does with her friends (well in my little town that is), we went cruising!  We used her car since mine wasn't in any shape to be driving around outside of our little town (according to my parents)...Too unreliable.  After a night of driving around, I got into my little Chevette and headed back home.  On my way home, I see car headlights coming straight toward my car.  I slow down and pull closer to the parked cars.  Still that car comes at me.  I then realize it was going to hit me...I brace my arms against the steering wheel and prepare for impact.

I close my eyes and when I open them, I'm not facing the direction I once was.  I look around and there's a car not too far from mine all dented in as well.  As I glance around my little car, I see some part of the engine laying down in the passenger seat.  The steering wheel has been snapped in half.  Out of habit, I pull down the mirror and see that a tooth had been moved in my mouth...my reaction...push it back into place.

I reach for my door...it won't open...my seatbelt is completely stretched out and won't retract.  I can't get out...I'm trying and trying, but the door won't open.

A lady comes to my door..."Are you ok, do you want me to call your parents"

I manage to tell her yes, and sit there.  I just want to get out of my car.  Here comes the rescue...they come over to me, climb into my passenger seat and start checking me out.  He asks if I'm ok...I know this man, he was a Sunday School teacher I had once before.  I tell him yeah, but I think my foot might be broke..I can't move it.  I begin to tell him that my door won't open, I tried.  He says "Sit tight, we'll get you out of here."

Dad comes over to the car to see how I am...I tell him I'm scared, I want out.  He tries to help the rescue worker get me out, only to be told to STOP, Please don't move her, we'll take care of this.  The next thing I see is my dad talking to the cop (they are friends).

They start moving me, OUCH, my leg hurts...BAD!  Oh wait, it's not my foot that is broke, it's my leg!   With a lot of pain and work, they finally get me out of the car.  But not before cutting my door!

Now I'm cold, really cold.  I want so much to be warm, I'm scared...

They take me in the ambulance to the hospital...the guy that hit me is in the same ambulance...I don't like that.  I feel every little bump that the go over.

At the hospital, things are crazy...x-rays, needles, lights...where are my parents??  After a little while, they come in.  (This was told to me later, but apparently the guy that hit me had told the hospital staff that I was his daughter and we had been in a car accident and he wanted to know how I was...when my parents got there and told them they were my parents, there were some problems...they had to figure out who I belonged to).  I hear the doctor talking to my parents...I strain to see the x-ray, but I can't.  I hear him say, it's broke, she'll have to have surgery and a rod placed in her leg.  It has to be tomorrow.

They wheel me up to the 3rd floor to put traction into my leg.  My parents were told to stay down on the 1st floor and they'd come and get them when that was finished.

I'm in a room, it's all white, there are a bunch of nurses standing around me.  I know a couple of them from church.  They are going to put traction into my leg...I can't have pain medication yet...OUCH that hurts...I'm crying, I'm screaming...why can't they numb me?  The nurse starts pumping in the morphine, but it's not helping.  The nurse that I know leans in and tells me that this is almost over and that I can squeeze or bite her hand if I wanted...she looks really concerned.  She said she can't give me any more medication since I had hit my head in the crash.

Finally, it's over...No more pain...I'm tired...I want my parents.

I'll speed this story up a bit because so much of it is still fuzzy in my head.  I had a broken Femur in my right leg.  Apparently the break was clean, however, the bones were laying too close to that main artery in my leg and that's why they couldn't allow my dad to help them for fear that I would bleed to death.  Because of all the injuries I sustained (I won't go into all that, some of it is TMI, but you are getting the main of it) and all the x-rays that were taken, I was told that I may never be able to have children.  I was in the hospital for 1 week and out of school for 1 month.  I healed very quickly, the doctor was so surprised!  At the time of the accident (September), he didn't think I'd be able to play softball, but by the time February rolled around, I was well enough and strong enough to play softball!

Fast forward 5 years.  I am now married and we've already accepted the fact I may never have children, although we've never attempted to try and we did protect ourselves "just in case."  While in church practicing with the Praise & Worship team, we had a Hispanic Preacher come into our church and minister to us.  He was there that morning with an interrupter, but tonight, for whatever reason, the interrupter isn't around.  He begins praying for each member of our team.  I'm last, he looks at me (mind you I don't speak an ounce of Spanish), and asks if I want a baby (in his VERY broken english, I only understood the word baby).  I stand there shaking my head.  He begins praying over me and says it's not your fault and boy...those are the only thing I understand...along with the chuckles that come from him.  He keeps saying boy, boy, boy and chuckles.  I don't understand, but I know God is working in my life...I feel things happening in my uterus.  2 years later, I had my 1st boy...(3 others follow in time).

What did you learn from that event?  How were you impacted because of that lesson learned?
Even though I went through such a tragedy, my faith has grown so much over the years from the remnants of what happened to me.  I could have been so angry with the man that hit me, but I wasn't.  I could have died, but I didn't.  I could have blamed God for everything that happened, but I didn't, I clung to God!  I had a renewed faith and the seeds were beginning to grow at that time.  Then with the miracle of being able to have children, I don't doubt for one minute that I wasn't healed.  The doctors told my parents about me not having children as well, so it wasn't just something I thought I had heard.  After my twins were born in 2005, my mom said she was so proud of me and thought I wouldn't ever have any children, I looked at her and told her, I know, and reminded her of the Hispanic Preacher that prayed over me.

This event has helped me grow into the person I am today.  I am forever changed by the events that happened...not only physically, but Spiritually as well!

Passion

This is one of the first entries from the Bible Study I did at our church...

Describe the most Passionate person you know...describe their attributes.

D - she is passionate in her worship to the Lord.  There is a connection that you see when she worships.  She doesn't care what others think of how she looks or acts, it's just her and the Lord.  She is also passionate about the teenagers in her church.  She is a very gentle leader, but stands firm in her faith.  She knows the Word of God and knows how to apply it to her life.  She's sensitive to the Spirit of God, knowledgeable, loves singing and teaching.  This is someone I look up to and learn from.

She is my sister...the one who showed me that there was more to faith than just going to church on Sunday morning.  Because of her, I am a Christian today!

There were many people that I thought about describing for this study, but D was the one who came to mind first so I went with her!

What keeps you from living the Passionate Life that Lucy Swindoll talked about?
Pride...life issues...children.

Name 3 Things you'd like to do or change to be more passionate about your life?

  1. Start making time for myself to study and learn
  2. Get involved in the Children's ministry
  3. Become more organized...I believe that by me being organized, I won't scramble to do things that shouldn't take that long.

What did you learn about yourself?
I learned that I'm not as passionate as I once was.  This sounds bad, but since having children, my passion has diminished.  I have become unorganized and chaotic in my life.  I need to change to become more passionate.  I need to stop worrying about what others think of me, especially in worship.

How will that learning impact your daily living?
I have put things into motion already.  I am becoming involved in the Children's ministry.  Organization, well, that's a process that I need to begin...task by task...until I get things how I want them to be.

Personal Vision:
I would like to become more organized in my house.  Spend more time in the Word, become more knowledgeable.  Step up and begin working in the Children's ministry and getting more involved in church.

Goals:
Start figuring out what to do with all this AVON stuff so I can become organized!!  Step by step, work on this a little each day until it's accomplished
Step up and volunteer to be the 1st and 2nd grade Sunday School teacher
Speak with the Children's ministry leader about Directing VBS next year.

Bible Study

At our Monday night Bible study, we have been doing the Women of Faith videos.  They are great!  Passion, Praise, People, Purpose.

Each week we watch a video (Passion...Luci Swindoll; Praise...Thelma Wells; People...Marilyn Meburg; Purpose...Patsy Clairmont), have a discussion ran by our facilitator, then we are given questions to think about or journal about.

I have never been to a Women of Faith conference before, but from what I understand, they are great!  Hopefully some day they will come to a town near me so I can go!

Thankful Thursday




It's Thankful Thursday again!

I'm Thankful for...

  1. Becoming a Sunday School Teacher!
  2. Having a wonderful Children's ministry in our church!
  3. A wonderful lady who will be co-teaching with me!
  4. For wonderful ideas on how to get our children involved in memorizing scripture!
  5. For my FRIENDS!  Yes, friends that I have!
  6. For being able to go out with a friend this weekend for coffee...away from kids!
  7. For my laptop, so I can keep in touch with friends and family!
  8. For school getting ready to start.
  9. For being able to get a reservation at a B&B that we wanted!
  10. For healthy boys...all 4 of them...well let's make that 5 and add Kevin!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007



Today's Thankful Thursday again!  I'm starting to look forward every week to Thursdays just because I get to share with you all everything I'm Thankful for!

  • I'm Thankful for the warm weather, but the rain is good too!
  • I'm Thankful for my 4 boys being healthy, some children are always sick...mine are usually healthy (we have our moments though).
  • I'm Thankful that my husband has given me some money to go shopping for some new clothes!  I haven't had new clothes in a long time!!  I'm excited, last night I went out, got a Manicure/Pedicure and went shopping and bought an outfit!
  • I'm Thankful that "M"'s school stuff is coming in.  I absolutely LOVE mail (everything but the bills), so having the UPS guy deliver boxes to my door...I'm in Heaven (even if it means work to come).
  • I'm Thankful that I got to spend Tuesday with my friend, Kim!  Our children got along pretty well too!
  • I'm Thankful that my Appointment book turned out well!  I didn't like the cover of my book, so I Mod Podged it!  Now it's a brown color (sort of looks like leather) with Bible verse stickers on the front!
  • I'm Thankful that Renee (my friend in MN) and her family are all ok.  Her husband went over that bridge a few hours before it collapsed!
  • I'm Thankful for Christian music.  I don't know what I would do without it.  I love listening to it, and I don't have to worry about the lyrics when the children are around!
  • I'm Thankful for answered prayers!  I've had a few in the past couple weeks!


To see more Thankful Thursday posts, go here!

Monday, August 6, 2007

A camping we will go...a camping we will go...

On Friday we headed out in the morning for our camping trip.  This trip would be different than our usual camping trips.  Instead of pre-booking our site and having to set up/tear down a tent, we used my Aunt Carol's camper on her permanent site.  Kevin's brother has a permanent site 2 campers down from my Aunt's so we all got to camp together!

We had so much fun!  "D" & "A" fought over the play tractor they had at their camper.  "M", "N", and "K" (my niece) all played well together...only a few times we had to say "play nice".

Saturday, they had a car show at the campgrounds and my parents came over and had lunch and supper with us.  Later that evening, my sister and her 4 kids came over.  We went and played Hillbilly Golf (aka Ladder Golf), and Corn hole, while my sister's 2 girls took all the rest of the kids (minus my sister's boys) to the park.

Sunday it rained...it rained HARD too!  We were so thankful that we didn't have a tent to tear down in that rain!  We left that afternoon and stopped over at my parent's house before heading home!

We all had so much fun!  We got home and my boys were asking when we were going to go camping again!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Thankful Thursday




Today is Thankful Thursday!  This week is on Blessings!

1.  I'm Blessed with a wonderful family.  With a wonderful (loving) husband who supports our whole family and would do anything for me.  With 4 boys (I don't know if I would be able to handle a girl). With a sister who showed me the Love of the Father.  With a mother and father who would do anything they possibly could to help us out (even when they don't have much to give).

2.  I'm Blessed with a wonderful Church family.  Even when we were new members they helped us out in a capacity that I would have NEVER expected.  The friendliness in this church is something that is a blessing to anyone who walks into the doors.  The members know how to be hospitable!

3.  I'm Blessed to have a roof over my head.  I at times complain because we don't own our own place, but I do have a nice place that we live in.  There may not be a lot of room in the yard and we have to share with our neighbors, but we aren't living on the street.  We have a bed to sleep in every night.  Someday we will leave this place for another, I've decided to be content where I'm at now!

4.  I'm Blessed to have 2 vehicles.  Even if my car isn't working properly (it'll be fixed probably within a week), but we have 2.  I'm not stuck at home when Kevin goes to work.  I have the ability to go to the store if needed, deliver AVON products to my clients, go to a park (since we don't have much of a yard), go to friends' houses.

5.  I'm Blessed to a wonderful Savior!  One who stepped down from heaven, and spent time on this earth as a Man.  Just to fulfill his destiny of being crucified on a cross and to die for my sins!  Someone once told me (when I was young) that even if I were the ONLY person on this earth, God would have still sent His Son just for me!  It's that personal relationship that I'm so blessed with that has my heart leaping for Joy!

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Answers!

I have been so blessed to be asked over to a friends house not only 1, but 2 different friends!  This means so much to me!  I'm starting to feel connections!  I had been crying out to God for friends the past few weeks.  God Hears our prayers!

Thank you Lord for answering my cries!!



“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you." John 16:23