Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day 280: I don't know what happened to the background color on the last post.

The title of the post has nothing to do with this post. I'm just saying. I don't know what happened, and I don't know how to fix it.

(subject change)

Today as I was about to leave to take my children to AWANA, they worked together to sing a song:

My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there's nothing my God cannot do...

Yes, little ones. Hold on to that truth. Live by it. Cling to it in life's most difficult days.

Praise the Lord for his might, his glory, his strength!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Day 279: Spurgeon Quote

"Even life is a gift of divine bounty to such undeserving ones as we. Only the Lord can keep us alive, and it is his mighty grace that preserves the life we have forfeited by sin."
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Time and again, we are justified in naming our son after this "Prince of Preachers." Some may read this quote and think it too critical of man, but I read it, and find it magnifies God's grace.
Lord thank you for sustaining my every breath, and for giving each breath life more abundant. It is to you that I owe everything I have- which is nothing that I have earned.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Day 278: Pot Roast!

The weather has turned to be more cool and rainier. I welcome the change, and am glad to have weather that makes me want to cook! I have missed wanting to bake something, but not be willing to heat my home by even 2 degrees. Now, that it's cooler, of course I welcome the warmth of an oven. I relish the opening of the door to let all the warm air out while cooling the oven down.

I also love the return of comfort food, like pot roast. Ah, the first pot roast of the season! And to make it even better, we had our dear friends over for dinner. Our kids were so excited, they could barely get to bed.

It was such a nice evening, and it was exactly what we needed. I love hosting people in my home, and I really like to have opportunities to get better and better at it.

Lord, thank you for simple things in life like pot roast, cool weather, and warm friends. 
All of these are good blessings that only come from you.
Thank you

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 277: I finally got to make an appearance...

... at our Bible study.

Okay, maybe the word finally is a little melodramatic, but it felt like it took forever for me to join in. I mean, it was the l o n g e s t week. Well, okay, it felt like the longest week.

Really, though, I'll be reasonable now. To put it simply, I was blessed. I was blessed to be there and sit under my husband's teaching. I was reunited with people who I love, and we were able to laugh and talk about things of the Lord. And it was a great time.

Now I just have to wait two weeks before I can go back because we'll be gone.

Ugh. That's forever!

Thank you Father, for the fellowship of friends. 
May we come together again, to study your Word and bring you glory.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Day 276: Alligator

Haddon is my kiddo who is not like other kids. He doesn't speak as well as others. He doesn't think like others. He doesn't act like others. He doesn't play like others.

That's okay with me. I like Haddon for who he is. What that doesn't mean is that I don't want him to grow and learn and change in certain ways.

The other day, he unloaded his backpack from pre-school, and pulled out an alligator puppet. He had colored it in a scribble-like manner, but generally staying around the lines, and he proceeded to say, "Ay! A-a-a alligator!"

He's learning.

I like that about Haddon.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Day 275: Second Turnaround

My daughter's classroom needed a turnaround. There was no doubt about that, and the class is on its way to a lesser level of chaos. A huge weight has been lifted off one shoulder.

But one weight remained.

The Upward weight.

Things have been pretty rough for me in this coaching season. I've had difficulty controlling the girls and getting them to listen. Parents haven't been too involved, and it's been a struggle to get them to commit to helping out. It's just been an overall discouraging season, and to be honest, I've been counting down the weeks until it was over.

I sought out some help though. I got some good ideas from some people, and sent an e-mail to parents detailing what I needed to happen at tonight's practice.

Finally. It was a practice that went well. The girls listened, and parents jumped in where I needed them to, and we got so much accomplished.


I needed this second turnaround. A lot.

A lot.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day 274: In which I went to the movies

So a few days ago I saw this movie (trailer above), and I found it to be so encouraging. There was hardly a dry eye in the house, and it is a great challenge out there for men to stand up and be leaders of their homes. To be a godly husband, father and leader truly takes a lot of courage. Every day we are tempted to be less than what God has called us to be, and men have a truly high calling whether it be leading their home, leading at work, or leading the church.

These are challenging times when men are tempted by so many things to take their hearts away from what it right and true. Pornography is way too easily accessed. Promotions are easier to acquire through less than honorable means. Jobs are very demanding. Video games are addicting, and sports are very appealing. All of these things can draw a man's heart away from God and his Word. All of them can sneak into the place of a wife and children.

Families suffer when fathers aren't present or do not lead.

This film brings that to light is a dramatic way, and I am thankful that it was made.

Even more than that, I'm thankful for my husband who is courageous in standing for the truth, leading his family and loving us.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 273: A Good Day

At the risk of seeming like a moody person, I will say that this has been a very challenging week that has ended just the way I have needed it to. I have been emotionally drained. The weight of Norah's class, and the discouragement from how the cheerleading season were taking their toll.

Yesterday was a very good day for Upward. The girls responded better, and I have some hope that I can help get things going in a better direction.

Friday night I also got to have a date night with my husband, which I will write about later.

Today, was such a nice Sunday. Sunday school was so fun. The kids had a blast with their craft, and it seems like having the high school students teach for the second hour is really starting to get into a groove. From what I could tell, they had a very good morning as well.

Our pastor began a new series in the book of Hebrews, and he gave such an encouraging message, one of his best, about who Christ is. It was truly a blessing to hear Christ preached.

There was a baptism in service, and that will never cease to move me. Whenever I see someone step out in obedience and declare their love for God, it moves me deeply and brings joy to my soul. I love baptism!

I enter into this next week with hope. I needed that so badly. I was getting so worn down and discouraged.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Day 272: Turnaround

What a difference a day can make!

Yesterday I experienced a turnaround. I got a phone call from a parent from Norah's class, and she told me that things were very different in the classroom today. There was a system for managing behavior, and the class was better than any other day.

I didn't even want to take Norah to school. I didn't want her to be there. I was so discouraged about the way the class wasn't monitored and the chaos of the day that I just didn't want my daughter subjected to it anymore. But my girl came home lighter than I have seen her. She told me all about how they now have new cards and that she needs to keep hers green by behaving and staying on task. She told me how all the kids were better and how everyone was able to get their jobs done!

I don't know what happened in the heart of the teacher. I don't know if it was the e-mails she got or if it was just time for her to be fed up as much as the parents were, but something turned around. I actually look forward to going into the class on Monday now.

Praise the Lord!