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Blogging Through the Alphabet: Y is for Yikes! #grow4christ #abcblogging


Read about what Y is for for me - Y is for Yikes!

 

I know it’s not real deep and probably not even really inspirational but for my Blogging Through the Alphabet for letter Y I chose Yikes.  I’ve had a few yikes! moments the last few days weeks and thought what better way to remember them by writing a blog post and also because I just don’t want to try to figure out another Y word. 😀

 

So we’re still getting situated into our new house – there are boxes everywhere and so things are a little stressful, such as I’m missing a couple review books which I think are in a closet that is surrounded by boxes and cannot be accessed right now.  Yikes!  Not to mention I can’t find my USB cord for my camera so I can download our pictures from an Underground Railroad safe house field trip.  If you’ve never moved then you cannot understand this yikes moment – it is and can be totally overwhelming.

 

So is “yikes” really a word with a real definition?  I went to find out.  Mirriam-Webster online dictionary defines yikes as a way to express fear or astonishment and it’s more than likely an alteration of the work yoicks and was first known to be used in 1957.  Yoicks, in case you’re interested is used as a form or encouragement to foxhounds on a hunt and it’s first known use was in 1774.  So a bit of word history (I’m sure there is a technical term for that but I’m too tired to find out).

 

So anyway – some people might think yikes is slang or even derogatory but I’ve used it a lot lately – like when I was on the highway last night and my lane ended (speed limit was 45 since it was a construction area and I was the only one doing 45) and a semi wouldn’t let me over (even though state highway patrol was guarding the stretch not one seemed to care about little ol’ me with my mom and daughter in the car) I had to run up partially on a construction barrel, thankfully another driver took pity and stopped so I could get over (many thanks to him for risking his life too).  Yikes!  We took the back way home and avoided the highway on our return trip.

 

So while yikes can be used to express fear like it did for my two examples above it can also be used for astonishment like “yikes! our bed is finally here!”  trust me that is good thing since I haven’t had a bed in 5 or 6 years.  Or like when I found out some local history and the sadness that it will be torn down in the next year or so.  There are a lot worse words to use and so I chose yikes to show my astonishment when something surprises me – it’s not used as much today – people choosing to use the Lord’s name in vain or use cuss words to show their fear or surprise, which is sad.

 

Have you had a “yikes” moment lately?  I’d love to know.

 

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: W and X are for….. #grow4christ #abcblogging


I apologize for once again getting behind – it’s been a long couple of weeks.  We are finally moving into our new house, we still have some stuff to get to my mom’s new place and some stuff to get out of our old place but we are moving along.  I’ve had a friend help me strip the wallpaper off the ‘dining room’ walls so I can paint and put my bookshelves up.  My husband spent some more time in the hospital and we gave up our dogs after walking in our house to find that one or both of them (not sure which) had killed my daughter’s guinea pigs.  So I’m behind…..again……but I’m here to bring you both W and X (and I thought Q was hard!)

W is for Worthy…..

In the King James Bible the word worthy appears 68 times in 66 verses – and don’t we all at times feel unworthy?  I think we get so caught up in what the world thinks that we forget what God thinks, and that He is the one who considers us worthy, He loves us and He wants us to belong to Him.

Even John the Baptist felt unworthy – because Jesus was following and He would be the Lamb – it’s not a sin to feel unworthy.  None of us were worthy of such a significant gift that God gave – the death and resurrection of His Son – but He loved us so much that before we were born He made a way that we could seek Him and become worthy, we can accept His gift of life and call on His Son and be worthy.

In Matthew 8 we read of a Centurion who felt he was unworthy, “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” (Matthew 8:8)  But Jesus’ didn’t seen him as unworthy – He healed the Centurion’s servant because he had faith to ask.

Am I worthy of Heaven?  No, not in my own power – not by my works.  If I tried to be worthy of Heaven by my own self, I would fall short, very, very short but I have hope, I have faith.  Do I fall short everyday?  Yes, I’m human but again I have hope, I have faith.  Some would tell me it’s vain or pride (which can be a sin) that I can know that I’m worthy of Heaven, that I’m worthy of God’s love versus His wrath – but no,

When I called upon Jesus to save me – I made a conscious choice to be redeemed, to become worthy of all that He gave – His life, His death, His resurrection and His love.

The only thing I was worthy of before was death and suffering – now I have the hope, I have the faith that when I die I will be found worthy – even with my shortcomings that I strive to repent and die to daily – that I will and am worthy of Jesus’ sacrifice and that makes life worth living.

And, now I change course a bit…..

X is for Xenial (yes, I didn’t know that word existed either until I found a site called, Phrontistery)

Xenial means having hospitality towards guests.  There is a city near me named Xenia and they derived their name from the Greek word for hospitality or Xenial – which is an interesting side note.

Even the Bible has some to say about hospitality (a lover of hospitality is philoxenos and given to hospitality is philoxenia) a bishop is encouraged to be hospitable.  The body of Christ is to also to be hospitable (Romans 12:13).  We should do it without grudge (I Peter 4:9).

This is one area of the Christian life I’ve lacked in – I always felt our old house was unworthy of hospitality, it was too small, too much was wrong with it, and on and on….now that I’m moving into a bigger house I look forward to showing hospitality to others and my husband is even thinking of having a small Christmas gathering and it’s only March!  I guess I should get to work.  My new house is much better suited to entertaining and hosting others – I’ll have more room to welcome others and while it’s not thoroughly cleaned just yet it is in much better shape than our old house.

My children will be able to have sleep overs with their friends and we’ll even be able to have birthday parties for them in our own house versus having to rent a place with space large enough to accommodate!  I’m so very excited.  While my house will never be totally cleaned (we live in it after all) I know that I am called to be Xenial to others, whether they be family, friends or even people who come knocking from other religions and wish to tell me about it – maybe, my hospitality to them will open their hearts to the Truth and love that Jesus so wants me (and all Christians) to extend to others through hospitality.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: Q and V is for…. #grow4christ #abcblogging


I had a hard time coming up with words to use and since unknowingly I got behind I had to come up with two words for two hard letters – U and V.  I chose Unity for U and Victory for V – my Facebook friends helped and I also turned to my in Bible concordance to come up with something.

There are so many things that need unity – families need to be united in what they want to accomplish, co-workers need to be united in how they work together to maintain a peaceful work environment, and churches are to be united to – no divisions, sadly that is where we find the most dis-unity which then leads to breakdowns of unity in other facets like the family and more.

“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!”  Psalm 133:1 ESV

“….eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:3 ESV

“….until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the same stature of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:13 ESV

“Finally all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.  Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” I Peter 3:8 and 9

Of course, there is also united and unite – we should unite our hearts and mind to Christ’s so that we can live like He would want us to and when we are out of unity with Him we can tell by our actions and our words.  By these verses above one can see that if we having unity with Christ there will be peace and if we have unity with one another then we will be blessed.  Looking at the verse prior to Ephesians 4:13 it tells us that God gave us the body of Christ so that we could have unity of faith – not all the divisions that occur today (that is man made and part of the dis-unity that many feel within the church).

When one witnesses a discord, a fight, or a division there is usually a non-united group somewhere in all the mess.  Did your church split?  Did you divorce a spouse?  Are your children always fighting?  There is not unity – the Lord wants us to have unity.

I think, personally, that the Lord wants us to be in unity with everyone – that isn’t to say that we will always agree with everyone else, we can disagree with someone and still keep a sense of unity, of peace.  I think it’s especially important for those of us who call ourselves Christians, if those outside see the discord that happens why would they want anything to do with us?  Unity within the church not only benefits us as it gives a like minded church family (I’m speaking of Salvation issues, not non-Salvation issues here), a place that should support us in times of need and rejoice with us in the good times.  Of course that also means we can share the light of Christ with others, as people are drawn to peace and unity and then that glorifies our Father.

I have no way of linking these two words together, I’m sure if I thought on it long enough I could but I’ve already gotten behind and had a hard enough time coming up with these words. 🙂 So it’s on to Victory.

I think we’ve all had victory over something – I know that I’ve had victory over abuse by a boyfriend, victory over depression – and I know now, even if I didn’t then, that the Lord is the one who gave me that victory.

“….a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory.” Matthew 12:20 ESV (this was a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by Isaiah)

“When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on the immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?’ ” I Corinthians 15:54 and 55 ESV

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 15:57 ESV

“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.  And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” I John 5:4 ESV

So we can all have victories – even those who aren’t Christians can have victories in their life – but what about the ultimate victory?  The victory that Christ won on the cross at Calvary?  I like to think about the verse above from I Corinthians – I was mortal and now I’m immortal – how cool is that?  You can have your vampires and zombies, I’ve got the real deal – if you are a Christian and have fully accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior and live your days for Him you are immortal.

That’s better than any vampire story!

When you accept Christ you’ve put on the imperishable, the immortal.  Yes, physically here on earth you’ll die, your loved ones will mourn you – but you, your spirit will be with Christ.  He’s always won victory and conquered death, all we have to do is accept that gift.  Most of us don’t want to think about death, and even my husband says he’s afraid to die – honestly I’m not.  When one has a secure faith and knows with assurance that when they leave this world they will be present with Christ, how can one be afraid?

I can be afraid of how I’ll go – will it be painful or peaceful?  Sudden or drawn out?  Who will care for my children if they are still young?  But I also know that being afraid and having a fearful spirit is not from Christ it is from Satan, himself and if I wallow in being afraid I won’t get done the work that needs done for the Kingdom.  Don’t get me wrong I want to live a long, long life – I would love to see my great, great, great grandchildren – but I also know that I will have victory over death.

So lets celebrate or little victories – a successful recovery from a surgery.  Another pregnancy after years of infertility (just and example here, people). A marriage. A new house.  Because as we celebrate these little victories we get a taste of just how great the victory over death will be, and it will be even greater than what we have on earth!

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: T is for Timeline #grow4christ #abcblogging


I had several words I wanted to use for T but decided to stick with something simple and came up with T is for Timeline.  When we first started homeschooling I didn’t think timelines were great things but now I truly enjoy them and we enjoy seeing our progress through history through the year – we started with Mystery of History Volume I (only my oldest 2 fully completed that volume) but did not take the time to make the timeline.

You can read more about our timelines here and here.

Anyway – we’ve almost completed our 2nd full timeline which is for Mystery of History Volume 3 – we have only about 12 more figures to add.  I was planning to be finished with Volume 3 by now but we’ve had a lot of things come up so it’s taking us longer to finish what I wanted too in regards to history as well as science.

Our Mystery of History Volume 3 timeline folded up.

We makes ours following the suggestions in the Mystery of History curricula, using a folding sewing board, which I then cover with the help of a child and my husband with decorative contact paper (I try to find a pattern that complements the book or somehow the theme of that text) and then we add duct tape strips inside and I use the free figures on the yahoo groups that other moms have kindly made and shared (hopefully a mom will do that for Volume 4 as well).  It takes probably and hour or so to get it covered and the strips put on and it’s well worth it.  I didn’t add a tie to it this year and I ran out of ink when copying the text cover for the front 😦

Our next time line will be for my middle daughter’s communication American Heritage Girls badge in which she will make a timeline depicting the history of communication such as writing, telephones, morse code, telegraphs, etc.  The problem with this is finding a good source that is based on our worldview and not millions of years (most secular time lines don’t show language developing as soon as we believe it really did).  For that timeline I’ll be printing blank sheets off the internet and we’ll put them in a folder or three ring binder for ease of transporting to our AHG meetings when she has to share her timeline.  I’m excited for this one.

Almost finished timeline for Mystery of History Volume 3.

Timelines are great so that children (and adults) can see how one event coincided with another or where someone or an event is placed in history.  Want to know what was going on in a certain Dynasty in China – take a look at a timeline.  Not sure which explorer was exploring America before it was America – take a look at a timeline.  There are many uses for timelines and they are really good in helping everyone ‘see’ history and put it into context – and how it fits into His story.  Of course you don’t have to do how we did there are many ways to do timelines – I’ve seen them in three rings binders, index cards stored in boxes, I even have a friend who uses a wall to make their timeline.  This one works great for our school though with limited space and even more limited wall space – we can pull it out at will and fold it up and put it away when needed.  Even once we get moved I like the idea of being able to fold it up out of the way.

I’m actually looking forward to hopefully cycling back through Volume I again and making at timeline for that one because we didn’t do that the first time around, of course at this point it will only be my youngest doing it because we need to get through Volume 4 – or I have my oldest do Volume 4 on her own making a three ring binder time line and my middle and younger children doing Volume I with me.  We’ll see.  One note – I do not make the figures.  I use the free ones and I print them out and allow the children to decorate them – this is their timeline and I want them to feel a sense of ownership, plus I realize they don’t learn as much if I do it.  I have had to overcome my want of perfection when it comes to the figures – I tell them briefly what ideas Mrs. Hobar has for each event or person and let them color and design their figure.  The only thing I do is cover it and then tape the figures on (I’ve found out gluing does not work).  With a 7 year old boy, a 9 year old girl and a 12 year old girl – there are varying levels of artistic talents and abilities and it makes for quite a timeline but I know one of these days we’ll all look back on them with fond memories.

If you’d like to comment I’d love to know if you do timelines, how do you them?

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: S is for…… #grow4christ #abcblogging


It’s time for another Blogging Through the Alphabet and since the letter this week is S I chose, S is for Sleep…..

You know that time of day where you can finally put up your feet and release the tensions of the day with some reading time (for my hubby it’s T.V.) and nod off to la-la land…… or not.  I’ve been feeling very tired lately – I can’t say how much better I slept when I was working out and watching what I ate, I slept so great and could even rise early and go to sleep late and not feel exhausted.

Lately all I think about is how many more hours till I can go to sleep again.  I’m just tired – with everything going on I’m worn out and even with 8 or 9 hours of sleep I still feel like I could sleep for 8 or 9 more but that could be because I get up several times a night to make a trip …… well you get the idea.  When I chose sleep I had no idea that even God talks about sleep in His Word – who says the Bible doesn’t have something to say on everything?

Psalm 121:4 ESV “Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.”

Our Lord doesn’t sleep, He who protects us will never slumber or sleep!

Proverb 6:10-11 ESV “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber and want like an armed man.”

Well this sleep isn’t the kind we want or need, this Proverbs tells of the sluggard, the lazy person, who doesn’t want to do anything but rest and then poverty, and not just financial poverty will come to the lazy.  It’s not that we aren’t to sleep, or even relax, but when it comes at the expense of working, providing then it becomes a sin.

Proverb 20: 13 ESV “Love no sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes and you will have plenty of bread.”

Uh oh!  I love my sleep, I mean it’s so great to snuggle in my warm bathrobe and curl up with a good book and fall into a sound sleep.  Again, we’re not being told not to sleep but only to not make it an idol – remember my I and J are for post?  If we make sleep an idol (as it could become for me if I let it control each and every thought) then when we wake there will be nothing of value but if we wake up and don’t let sleep become an idol then we will be blessed – if we work we will have food, shelter and clothing.

Ecclesiastes 5:12 ESV “Sweet is the sleep of the laborer, whether he eats little or much, but the full stomach of the rich will not let him sleep.”

Ah, so to work makes our sleep sweet…..how awesome is that?  If you don’t work, no matter how much food you have your sleep will stink…..maybe that is why I slept so much better when I was daily working out? and I was limiting my intake of food?  Was my sleep sweet because not only was I working at home but I was also giving my body a rigorous workout as well.  I’m starting to see a trend of what the Lord has to say about sleep…..

I Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold! I tell you a mystery.  We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.”

What!? We won’t be sleeping…..if I read this right and in context, it means we won’t just be sleeping in our graves but will be raised up into new bodies – bodies that won’t need sleep, we will be able to worship and praise the Lord all our days.  No more worries about illness, finances, what’s for dinner.  Think how fast a blink is, a twinkling of an eye, it’s faster than a second – that fast we’ll be made into heavenly bodies that will no longer have need of sleep but only of worshiping our Creator!  How wonderful is that?

A lot of this is hard for me – if I want to sleep longer than I need then I’m lazy – no one wants to be called lazy or a sluggard, but those extra 5 minutes in bed???  Well…..I know that if I made myself get up and out of bed and back into a workout routine within a couple weeks I won’t feel like I need or want or love sleep and I know the sleep I do get will be sweet.  Oh how the Bible and God’s Word are like a balm to a weary soul.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: R is for…… #grow4christ #abcblogging


I wasn’t sure what to write about for R but as of yesterday I knew!  Re-check!!!  Why re-check?  Well if you’ve been reading my blog you’ll know about my daughter’s scoliosis, if you don’t and want to catch up see the page on the right side bar.

Yesterday was her over due 3 month post surgical re-check (the doctor has been very sick) so when we arrived we were told that the office had been calling up to tell us we needed to reschedule, I very kindly told her the only call I got was the one to remind me of the appointment and they still need to see us.  So the partner of my daughter’s doctor kindly agreed to see us, we drove in snow and ice to get to the appointment, of course we waited an hour to be seen.

Once in the room they take Hannah to get her x-rays done out of her brace, she has been in her post surgical brace since November 6th all day except for when she freshens up.  So almost 24 hours a day she’s worn this brace for over 3 months!  She’s been a trooper.  As of yesterday she has been cleared.  The doctor said her x-rays looked great and that she no longer needs to wear the brace.  He said she can wean off it if she prefers – but she can go without, initially we were told 4 to 6 months,  she can even go back to full dancing, she was a bit limited when she went back in January.

The plan is to have her bring her brace to dance in case her back starts hurting without the support and she is to take occasional rests as needed and she has decided to keep wearing it at night for the time being.  We go back in two months to hopefully see her regular doctor (please pray that he gets well soon, it seems it’s quite serious).  In the mean time we are very happy and excited about this next step in her healing and recovery.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: Q is for…… #grow4christ #abcblogging


Q is a hard letter to chose something to write about – I was thinking quiet but then I already did quietude last year, then quench came to mind (there are a lot Scriptures about quenching)  but I did that back in 2012.  So I went with Quicken – the definition of Quicken from the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition that I have is:

“to make alive; revive. to cause to be enlivened. to cause to burn more intensely. to make sharper”

and there are more – such as relating to the movement of a child within the womb but I’m focusing on the above definitions.

Often we grow weary, either as women, as moms, as wives or just in life all together – we become tired and we no longer feel vibrant, alive, renewed but God wants us to feel alive, He wants us to be renewed (Ephesians 4) – when we are tired and weary we are more susceptible to the ways of the enemy, Satan and his demons – so we always need to be renewing our minds and our spirits with God’s Word and so that brings me to quicken, as it means to make alive, revive, make sharper, or burn more intensely.

So in the words of Psalm 119:40 KJV “Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.”  my ESV says “Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!”  so we can have life in His righteousness, He will quicken us – or make us alive!  When we are tired the Lord will quicken us – He alone will revive us – not a book, not a movie, not a good long sleep but Him and only Him, He wants to give us life, He wants to be the One to revive us.

Psalm 143:11 in the KJV says: Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.” and the same verse in the ESV reads “For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble!”  again we see the Psalmist, David, calling out to the Lord to give him life, to keep his soul out of trouble.  We can look to the men of old as examples and call out to the Lord so He can protect us from the Devil and his henchmen – and we can use their Psalms as we do so.

Another use of quicken (but not the last) is in Romans 8:11 which says in the King James Version “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” and in the English Standard Version says: “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”  So, this means that to those of us who belong to the Lord He will give life to our mortal bodies through His Spirit.  Even as our mortal bodies die, we know that He will also give us eternal life – if we rely on Him to make us alive now!

How great it is to know that when my body and mind is failing I can come to the Lord, the Life-giver, and He will quicken me.  He will give me life, energy, make my mind sharper and more clear and make me burn for Him!  Let’s face it there are days where you want to just hide under the covers, let the children duke it out among themselves and ignore it all – but those are the days that the Lord is calling us, “Come to me all who are weary.”  If we continue on, look to Christ for our strength and tary on through our weariness then there will be much to reap in the end (Galatians 6:9).

It’s hard.  Some days near impossible to feel that quicken.  If we let our weariness, our doubts, our vibrancy, our renewal to fade and let that light go out then we’ve let Satan win.  We must not grow tired, our flesh tells us to stay under that blanket, to hide and ignore but even Job kept on and his faith was stronger in the end, sure he could have gave in to his ‘friends’ his wife but he didn’t, he looked to the Lord – even after losing his children, all his livestock, everything – how much more can we continue on?  So, ladies take heart and know that Lord welcomes us to His feet where we can rest our heads and cry out our tiredness, our frustrations and where we can find that quickening we need to continue on, or even to get out of bed in the mornings!

I want to stress that I’m not saying a good book or a good movie can’t relax and give us enjoyment – I’ve read many a book and watched many a movie that gives me entertainment and even inspires me in my faith but we shouldn’t be seeking these things as our sole form of quickening – we should be looking only to the Lord for that renewal.  If all you’re reading is the next Christian fiction novel, no matter how great, it’s no replacement for the Bible and for prayer, where you’ll find true life!  If you’re weary then look around you to see what it is that is giving you ‘life, reviving or making you sharper’ and if you can’t honestly say “God’s Word” then please, Sister, re-evaluate what is first in your life and I pray you find the renewal you need.

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Blogging Through the Alphabet: O and P is for…. #grow4christ #abcblogging


Of course I’m late again but if you read my post about my mind going blank, you’ll know that we’ve been under a lot of stress lately and so my O word is Opposition and my P word is Packing.   In the last few weeks we’ve met with opposition such as naysayers but it feels like a spiritual battle is being fought in our house – Satan is using his wiles to really make our house feel like a battleground and he wants nothing more than to tear apart families.  Satan is using the stress of the last few months to wear us down – I’m so tired lately and I know that exercise would help with that as well as the stress but it’s hard fighting those who fight against me.   We’ve had people who are not supportive of us and the choices we’ve had to make and I think too Satan is using these people to make us feel beaten, but you know what?  We have Someone stronger, Someone who has already won the battle and even though I’m tired and feel beaten down I know that Jesus has me and my family in His hands.  So while we are battling opposition I know that we are going to win this battle, that we will come out stronger in the end and once again God will get the glory!   As for P and packing well, we’re packing – and we have a lot to pack with five people and 13 years of marriage we’ve accumulated a lot.   We’ll also be donating quite a bit – our attic is full…….   I’m so happy though as we’re going to have more room which means I’ll be able to be more organized and maybe even have a place where I can do my crafting – in fact the dining room will be our piano, school, library and crafting/sewing area.   My oldest has been great in getting things packed up neatly in boxes which I so appreciate, and I’m glad we don’t have babies because the whole process would be so much more tedious – not that I don’t want babies but moving and in the circumstances we’re in right now is not pleasant, although the thought of a baby is pleasant 😀   So under much opposition we’re packing and trying to make the best of things, there is a light at the end of the tunnel and if you’d please join us in praying that the offer my mom made on another house is quickly accepted and it won’t take till March 21st for her to move out and for us to move in, it’d be greatly appreciated.   Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Well I had intended to write this a few days ago but having been displaced from our house made my whole writing goal non-existent.  In short N is for New Year – I was so ready to get rid of 2013 and get on with 2014.  2013 wasn’t all bad but the bad outweighed a lot of things like my oldest daughter’s scoliosis surgery and then my husband’s illness which saw several hospital stays and finally a procedure.

Now that we’re 14 days into 2014 I’m ready to see it go too.  We had some major plumbing issues in our very old house, which was built for returning veterans after WW2.  A plumber came out, we paid him and the problem wasn’t fix then on Saturday we called another and paid even more money and my kitchen then my bathroom flooded.  It’s been crazy and with 3 children and two adults you need access to a bathroom 24 hours a day.  So we’ve been finding stuff to do during the day and returning to my husband’s parents at night to sleep.

So this year is off to a big mess!  One thing I’ve been trying to focus on is that God is going to get me us through this even though it’s been exhausting.  We’ve taken the week off school and are instead taking in some sites like a couple Children’s Science Museums, a local county history museum, and libraries so that we have access to restrooms and are still doing educational things.  My mom gave us some financial support, which has definitely helped out – and I have to say God has definitely been working in small but very noticeable ways…..

like, we took some items in to sell to get some extra cash and were told they’d give us a certain amount but we felt no peace and left and went somewhere else the next day where we got more and felt peace about it.

or when we were going to get a cheap hotel room for a night, it just so happened one of the rooms was open so we could see in (we were going to ask to see one first anyway) but it was timed right that we just kept going – the rooms were funky.

God is taking care of us and carrying us – He allowed me a decent’s night sleep which I needed as I was feeling so mentally exhausted and I feel refreshed and renewed this morning and I’m praying it lasts.  Keeping things in perspective is hard, and keeping God at the focus is sometimes even harder, but unlike what some people think being Christian is not easy and nor does life become a bowl full of cherries but we have the Lord who never leaves us, doesn’t turn away in our time of need and continues to love us despite our struggles and fears.
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Blogging Through the Alphabet: M is for……. #grow4christ #abcblogging


If you caught my last Blogging Through the Alphabet post it was about love – just scroll down a bit!  Anyway seeing as today, yes, 1-1 – is my anniversary I thought it’d be fitting to say my M word is for Marriage.

I don’t have any great words of wisdom to make a great or a perfect marriage – the Lord knows that I’m far from being a great wife.  I mean the husband and I don’t even have our own bedroom so no romantic nights here – so I’m not sure why I’m writing about marriage, except it seemed that is what the Lord kept putting in my mind when I thought about what to write this week.

For me, marriage was a huge adjustment – I mean HUGE!  I never thought I’d get married, at least not until I had a lucrative career as an attorney – my dream career since I was in the 5th grade and after having read John Grisham – but even when you don’t acknowledge the Lord or even believe there is a god – there is One and He is working and calling to each of us, some of us listen and some of us ignore Him.

I listened.

I met my husband in the summer of 2000 and things proceeded fast and not really how a Christian should do things – but then again I wasn’t a Christian (well I was baptized at 12 but if I had died then I would not have been going to Heaven) – and we were married on 1-1-01 at 12:01 a.m. (yes, we have a funny wedding story for the grandchildren someday).  I was not prepared to be a wife – my parents were divorced and my mom was and is a career woman and there really wasn’t any Titus 2 women in my life to mentor me.

Our first years of married life were fraught with yelling, name calling, things being thrown and doors being slammed.  Then I got pregnant (our first died from a miscarriage) again, and my heart began softening – it took 2 more years before I told my husband that I wanted to go to church.  To say he was shocked is an understatement.  I ended up re-dedicating my life to Christ and desired  at that point to be a better wife.

A submissive wife.  A loving wife.  A Titus 2 wife.  A Proverbs 31 wife.

I fail.  I succeed.  I fail.  I fail.  I fail.  I succeed and then the cycle keeps repeating but one thing I’ve learned in regards to my marriage is that there is a Potter, one who is molding me constantly – my failures and successes are what He uses to bring Him His glory and I’m okay with that.

We don’t have the perfect marriage, who does?  But we have the Lord and He is doing His work.  I pray that my children can see Him through us and that they learn what a marriage is and what a marriage isn’t and that through it all my husband and I are bringing glory to the Lord.

The Lord loves me.  My husband loves me.  I’m a wife.

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