Thursday, July 30, 2009
Last year, as a newbie to Proverbs 31 Ministries, I decided to sign up for Women's Ministries presentations. They were fabulous! God has really been doing some amazing things in my heart this year, and I have felt the gentle push to step out of my comfort zone this weekend. I have signed up for the Speaker's Track. Now, I am not feeling the call to speak--especially since I tend to babble! But, I thought this would be a great opportunity to try to learn to stay focused on one topic...and hopefully, it will transfer over to my facilitating Bible Studies! So, I have been preparing.
She Packs is a little more difficult!! Hubby will tell you that it takes me days to decide what to pack for a simple one night trip! He can pack a suitcase for a week in under 5 minutes! No lie! (He does travel some and has more practice than I do!). It's not like I have a million different clothes to chose from...I just can't decide what I want to wear from Friday to Sunday! I want to take only one pair of shoes--in addition to my running shoes, of course! (They go everywhere, people!) Do I take the black ones or the brown ones? Or, can I just wear my ugly but most comfy Crocs? That leads me to what clothes will match with the shoes. And that, of course, leads to what jewelry to take!! I usually just dump it ALL into my handy dandy suitcase and have all options ready and waiting!! But, I am trying really hard this time to make decisions! I have until 8:30 am Friday morning!
"She Speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue." Proverbs 31: 26
I will be speaking and listening and praying and eating and running! I will be making new friends and hugging the necks of old friends. I cannot wait to hear what God has to say to each of us this weekend. I will be listening for His small quiet voice to give me that wisdom and instruction that comes from spending time with Him and in His Word. During this conference, we have the time and opportunity to be in prayer. It's not just rush, rush, rush like so many other conferences. This is very special, and I am so thankful that the P31 team has incorporated this into the ministry.
I will take a gazillion pictures--promise! I'll post about our time next week. If you think about us over the weekend, we all would so appreciate your prayers! The Proverbs 31 Team has put hours of planning and prayer into the next few days. Please lift them up as they share and encourage others. There are some ladies who are traveling far distances alone. Some have never traveled without their spouses. Others are seeking peace; others answers from God. Still others don't have a clue as to what to expect.
Just remember, when you invite God to a party, He will show up in a mighty big way!!
Ready to Party!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Child #2 couldn't wait, so he was sneaking some morsels before we ate!! To the left is our precious aunt Mil, Munder's sister--they are a hoot!!
Love this! There wasn't enough room at the kitchen table, so the boys got to eat on the back porch! Do any of y'all remember being put at the kids' table for big family meals? I do! My grandmama would spread newspapers out under the table in case someone spilled something on the rug!!
And this....this....beautiful slice of strawberry swirl cheesecake with a fruit topping of strawberries and powdered sugar and Heaven knows what else was the creme de la creme!! This was a Paula Deen recipe that took hours to prepare! And bless her heart, Munder did it! That is her gift--hospitality! I, on the other hand, would have called my sweet little friend Lori-who bakes--and asked her to make this for me!! I don't bake--it turns out yummy but ugly! It is not a gift of mine at all! But, that's ok!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Look at the other side of the coin. Have you ever been on the receiving end of forgiveness when you had done a wrong to someone....either on purpose or by accident? It's hard, and it hurts no matter what you age!
In Wendy Blight's book, Hidden Joy, she writes "Scripture teaches that forgiveness is not optional. Jesus died on the cross to save you from you sin. You did nothing to deserve His forgiveness. He gave it freely with no conditions attached." Hmmm....not optional. It is expected because we have been forgiven.
This makes me remember a question that a friend asked one day. She wanted to know how to forgive someone if they had already passed away. I was not expecting this, and was not prepared to answer as God would have wanted me to! This, my friends, is an area of weakness of mine that I am truly working on! I need to be spending more time knowing God and His Wonderful Word than other things that I chose to do! Guilty as charged! I have experienced growth, but I have a long way to go!
Please take time to visit Wendy's blog today and as we discuss forgiveness. Some of the comments have just melted my heart! This book is simply wonderful! I received my copy in the mail right before we left for the beach in June. I settled down with it on the beach and began reading. By Wednesday, I was still reading! Y'all, I've said it before--I am a speed reader! Even Hubby asked me if I was almost done with this book. I told him that I wanted to really think about each chapter--to let it resonate within my heart. God so used it to speak to me! I highly encourage you to order this book for your collection! Wendy did a beautiful job sharing her heart and story.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Two posts ago, I showed y'all the little coffee table that I painted for a friend whose daughter is in a sorority at college. I got it to her this week, and they both loved it-wheew!! So, I figured that this little bedside table that I paid a whopping $2.00 for could also be turned into a cutesy collegiate table! That's my plan....a few weeks from now. I have a few canvases that I have to finish first. I'll show it to y'all when I finish.
In addition to yard saling and running, we FINALLY finished our summer sport--swim team! We've been doing this for 11 years now, and we love it! Both boys did a great job during the season and at this last meet. Child #2 is diving into long freestyle which is 100 meters--top pic (he is STILL working on his dive!!!). The bottom pic is Child #1 in the black swim cap doing backstroke--obviously :). We were almost late to the meet due to the fact that Child #2--so like his mama, bless his heart---couldn't find his goggles! He had to borrow some at the meet. Hubby loves to be on time, and well...we weren't!!! Such is life!
I'll be posting again on Wednesday. Have a beautiful day!!
Friday, July 17, 2009
I love this scripture! It teaches and reminds us so much in just 3 sentences. "Blessed is the man/woman who takes refuge in him." The Hebrew word for refuge is chacah. It means "to flee for protection." Do we flee to the Lord first when we are upset or fearful? Some turn to food or even a lack of food. Others escape with extreme exercise. Or, some simply vent about it to husbands or BFF's . After telling them about our issues, do we finally take them to God as an after thought? God truly wants us to go to Him first. We need to lay our burdens down. He is so good. He is ready to comfort us if only we will tell Him our fears or issues. Y'all, He ALREADY knows what we're upset about! He's Omniscient!!
Since the beginning of the scripture tells us to "taste and see," I wanted to see what you have tasted lately that was just delicious!! Please include the recipe!! That way, those of us struggling with what to cook over the weekend will have some ideas!! Thanks so much!! This should be fun!!
1 can refried beans
1 block of cream cheese (fat free is fine!)--I cut mine into slices to cover the beans
1 jar of salsa
1 can chopped green chilies
grated cheese on top (I use a 5 cheese Mexican blend--or whatever is in the refrigerator!
I place these in a 9-13 pyrex dish coated with Pam. Bake on 350 for 20 minutes or until bubbly. This dip is great with chips or alone--heehhee!!! Feel free to add ingredients or take away according to what your family will eat!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I purchased some black paint from Lowe's--they now have the sample cans of Valspar for $3.99!! Love that!! I slapped on a few coats to TRY and smooth out the bumps and bulges--remembering that this was going in a dorm room, not a living room!
Then, I took my regular dinner plate and traced a perfect circle in the center of the table. I added the fun details and then, the polka dots! I took a round sponge brush (Wal-Mart) and painted a plethora of dots using her room and sorority colors. Y'all, this project was simply TOO fun!!! After it dried, I put a sealer on--Minwax, of course!! This is a semi-gloss for the table. Hopefully, it will keep stadium cups that sweat from dripping onto the cute lion's face!!
(Yes, I worked on it outside just in case the fumes were a little strong!!) So, my table for this precious girl is done, and I just need to deliver it!! I will now have a few dollars to spend at She Speaks...which is in just a few weeks!!! I am so excited about going this year. I attended last year, and I have to say, it was one of the BEST conferences I have ever attended!! Prayerfully consider this for next summer, y'all.
Monday, July 13, 2009
And this, my prize!! This adorable punch bowl and matching cups was a mere $6.00!! I did try to contain myself! I was doing a happy dance on the inside!! I proudly showed these finds to Hubby when I got home. All he did was shake his head!!! Bless his heart! He didn't see the value in it!! And yes, I could quote some scripture here and have a great mini lesson on treasures on earth as compared to those stored in Heaven, but I won't! You get the picture!!
Hop over to Rhoda's today for more fun finds! I doubt I'll be doing anymore yard saling this summer. Saturday mornings are prime time for my long runs. But, if I see another mid-weeker, I'll link up to share!!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I am studying John's account of the Samaritan Woman (John 4 1-42). I was overwhelmed at some of the insights gleaned last night while reading. I wanted to share some of these with you and would LOVE to hear your thoughts!
I'm reading from Anne Graham Lotz's book, Just Give Me Jesus. Her teaching has shown me some things in the Bible that I sorta overlooked. I simply didn't read beyond the words to the deeper meaning. I tend to do that!! Yes, confession time! One of these was the fact that the Samaritan woman was dissatisfied spiritually because she didn't know the TRUTH. You see, the Samaritans worshiped the true God, but...the Samaritan Bible only contained the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch contained only the first five books of the Old Testament. That's all this Samaritan woman knew!
But first, take a look at her. She was a woman without any girlfriends! She had no Kelly's or Lee's or Wendy's to go to the well with early in the morning. She missed out on chit chatting with the other women in town. She didn't know who had gotten married or had babies or had redecorated their homes...no one would talk to her. Bless her heart! She had been through five husbands and was living with a man now that she was not married to. Can you imagine what she went through each time she had to go out in public --whether to draw water or to get food from the market? All alone and knowing that others were pointing fingers at her? And now, she's met a Jewish Rabbi who is actually talking to her! Her little world has been shaken up today!
After Jesus asked her for some water from Jacob's well, conversation ensued. Can you imagine what was going on in her head? When Jesus told her about the "living water," her heart must have leaped for joy! Not ever having to draw water again because she would never be thirsty again! She asked him for some of this water. Jesus told her that the water He gave would "...become a spring of water welling up to eternal life." All she had to do was to confess her sins and be forgiven. Y'all, she was so excited...she heard the TRUTH from the ONE and ONLY, the Messiah himself! Never before had she experienced so much joy! She had been set free to have everlasting life. She is one of those that I can't wait to talk to when I go to Heaven! She was no longer spiritually dissatisfied.
OK, what keeps us from being satisfied spiritually? Think about this one. For me, it's setting aside time to spend in God's Word each day? BUT... I don't always process what the scriptures say. I am a speed reader, and in college, that was great! But now, I need to slow it down in order to hear every little thing that Jesus wants me to know. I don't want to be thirsty again.
Friday, July 3, 2009
As I mentioned last week, I am going to do a give-away for this post! Do y'all remember this cute little canvas that I put in my Etsy shop?
Well, you can't have this one!!! It's mine and adorns my little antique chest of drawers in the study!!! But....I would LOVE To make one for you!!! You pick out your two colors (I'll use various shades of them.) and your scripture verse that you'd like. Just don't make it as long as the 23rd Psalm! It needs to be a relatively short verse, PLEASE? We will draw your name, and I'll email you to find out your colors, verse, and mailing address. And, we will do this the old fashioned, kindergarten teacher way!! I will put all of your names in a hat and one of my kids will draw out one name ! None of this fancy shamnsey computer generated stuff--no siree, Bob! Just don't forget to leave me an email address on your comment, please. And, if you would kindly mention that Runner Mom is having a give-away on your blog, I would so appreciate it!! I will draw names next Friday and let y'all know the winner then. Oh, I hope that you like this little painting! I love mine!
I hope that all of you have a wonderful 4th of July!! I would love to know your plans! We're going down to my friend, Phebe's house for fun, food, fellowship, swimming--and fireworks! I'm trying to figure out what side dish to take!! Any ideas? Let me know!! Be safe, and God bless our wonderful country!