Thursday, June 28, 2007

Cleaning House

For the last three weeks I have been tearing apart our house cleaning and redecorating. Enjoy the pics.

This is our new bed. It is sooo much better than what we were sleeping on before. (Thanks to Mike and Lindsay) We also bought another bookcase to hold our growing library.

This is our reading corner. We bought the chair on clearance ($7) and painted an old bookcase that we had. It gets great sunlight.

We used the paint ($10) on the coffee table too so now it matches the couch.

We bought this cabinet from the thrift store ($10) and just painted it to match the other furniture. Now we can finally put out our family pictures and Willow Tree figures.

We also cleaned out all the rooms and donated a ton of stuff we didn't need. And then we rearranged everything so that we can actually live in our house without stepping on anyone's toes. (We were having some space issues.) I am so glad that it's done....almost. :)

**Special thanks to my wonderful husband who put up with all my craziness for the past few weeks. I really appreciate all your love and support....especially when I am a little spastic.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

New Blogs

We've added some new blogs over on the side. Check them out.

Simple Living

Suggestions for Simple Living

Simplicity is voluntary, free, uncluttered, natural, creative, authentic, focused, margined, disciplined, diligent, healthful.
Simplicity is not easy, legalistic, proud, impoverished, ascetic, neurotic, ignorant, escapist.

Relationship
Cultivate a closeness with God.
Practice regular hospitality.
Help each other, emphasize service.
Always speak the truth.
Develop a habit of plain, honest speech.
If you consent to do a task, do it.
Avoid flattery and half-truths.
Make honesty and integrity the distinguishing characteristics of your speech.
Don’t judge.
Reject anything that breeds the oppression of others.
Consciously seek to identify with the poor and forgotten. Start by visiting hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes.
Schedule “simple” dates with your spouse.
Teach your children.


Activities
Make your commitments simple.
Don’t overwork.
Fast periodically from media, food, people.
Elevate reading, go to the library.
Reject anything that is producing an addiction in you. Cut down on the use of addictive, non-nutritional food and drinks such as alcohol, coffee, tea, soda, sugar, chocolate.
Simplify Christmas and other holidays.
Develop the habit of homemade celebrations.


Pace and Atmosphere
Slow down.
Do not exhaust your emotional bank account.
Lie fallow.
Say no.
Restrict/eliminate television watching. Turn off or mute advertisements.
Learn to enjoy solitude.


Possessions and Finances
Cultivate contentment, desire less.
Resist covetousness and consumerism.
Buy things for their usefulness, not their status.
Learn to enjoy things without owning them.
Benefit from places of “common ownership” (parks, museums, libraries, rivers, public beaches).
De-accumulate. Develop the habit of giving things away.
Offer others the use of your possessions.
Develop a network of exchange.
Avoid impulse buying.
Don’t buy now, pay later.
Avoid credit cards if they are a problem.
De-emphasize respectability.
Simplify your wardrobe—give away excess.
Learn how to make do with a lower income instead of needing a higher one.


Appreciation
Be grateful for things large and small.
Emphasize a joyful life.
Appreciate creation.
Send cards of encouragement and appreciation when others are not expecting it.


Spiritual Life
Make the Word central.
Meditate and memorize Scripture.
Pray.
Encourage simple worship.
Shun anything that distracts you from seeking first the Kingdom of God.


*From Word Made Flesh newsletter, The Cry

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A great post at Holy Experience.

40 Days

-Noah's life was transformed by 40 days of rain.
-Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai.
-The spies were transformed by 40 days in the Promised Land.
-David was transformed by Goliath's 40-day challenge.
-Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from a single meal.
-The entire city of Nineveh was transformed when God gave the people 40 days to change.
-Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the wilderness.
-The disciples were transformed by 40 days with Jesus after his resurrection.

What can God do with you in 40 days?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Father's Day!!

I am blessed to have such a wonderful man as my children's father. He loves, plays, nurtures, teaches, and guides them in life and in God. No matter how his day has been or how he is feeling he takes the time to be their daddy. He is a great father and I thank God every day for giving him to me and the kids. We love you Daddy!!


Father of Mine

Father of mine, some years ago
You showed me the way I ought to go;
You led my feet past the treach’rous sand
By the gentle clasp of your own strong hand.

Father of mine, let me thank you for
The prayers you prayed and the burden you bore.
Like a guiding star thro’ the tempests’ strife,
All your precepts have shone on my path of life.

Father of mine, when the time has passed
And the work of my life is complete at last,
When I step ashore on the glory strand
With a grateful heart I will clasp your hand.

The Patriarch

More noble than the valiant deeds of shining knights of yore,
More powerful than earthly plights that make the rich man poor,
More kingly than a royal throne or a lion with his pride,
Is he whose babes sleep well at night sure Daddy will provide.

There is a spirit in this land and Jezebel’s her name.
She’s calling you to leave your home for power, fun, and fame.
She wants your wife, your children too — she’ll never compromise,
Until your house is torn in two by listening to her lies.

But though a hundred thousand million men may fall prey to her lures,
And wives en masse leave home in search of “more fulfilling” chores,
Though preachers praise, and friends embrace, her pagan plan of death,
Stand strong and quit you like a man with every blessed breath.

Stand strong and rise, O man of God, to meet this noble call,
The battle is not new you see, it’s been here since the Fall.
Your wife is your helpmeet, my friend, and not another man’s,
So care for her and keep her far from Mistress Jezi’s plans.

Protect, provide, and give to her your undivided life,
This is the dear one of your youth, your precious bride, your wife.
And rally to those tiny ones who trust you for their care —
A lifetime spent discipling them’s a lifetime pure and rare.

For when they put their hand in yours and know a Daddy’s love,
You’re showing them a picture of the Father from above.
Look not toward worldly goal or gain, or for your liberty,
Look only into their sweet eyes to find your ministry.

Devote your heart and sacrifice and make your manly mark —
There is none so great as he who finds his call as patriarch.

—Douglas W. Phillips

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hey guys It's Robert IM BACK!!

OK so I was never really gone, just haven't blogged in a while. I have a few minutes so I thought I would rant really quick.
I have a confession to make. Sometimes I think about Liberals and the democratic party and I just end up in awe. I'll tell you why. Democrats are firmly against the Death penalty. They don't believe in paying death back with death. They'll suffer enough in prison so the death sentence is definitely unreasonable. So are you getting this, (if the liberals get their way) a murderer who killed 35 people and is on death row will live the rest of his life in a cell, 3 square meals a day, TV, free food,clothes and a bed to sleep on until he dies from old age. Here is where I stand in awe. They are adament opposers to the death penalty, yet are FIRM supportors of abortion. Instead of killing the person who's murdered our mother,father,sister,brother,wife,son,daughter,cousin,best friend, or anyone else we hold value to in our lives, they want to kill the baby who hasn't done anything yet. The one who is completely innocent inside the mothers womb. The one who has a heartbeat who can't defend itself. I mean it is the mothers choice since it is her body right? (NO! ABSOLUTLY WRONG!!!!)

When I become in "awe" of the liberals, it's not awe at all. It is a disgusting feeling knowing that people with these ideals could be elected into power and have even more power to decide the fate of literally millions of babies.

Just so you do know (as of 9:00 MST June 14) on 44,408,152.24 babies have been brutally murdered since the inception of Roe vs Wade in 1973. Check out Number of abortions for your up the the minute update.


This is a Tee shirt for sale on Thoseshirts.com. Some of their stuff is very distasteful. However what a statement to put out there. This is an incredible statement.

Seriously all, it's time to fight for those babies lives. If we don't do it who will? It is up to us to stop that ticker on that website.

"I can do all things through Christ who give me strength"

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Children See

This video made me really stop and think about what I am teaching my children on a day to day basis. I do my best to make sure that they are learning how to read and write, about the God and the Bible, manners. But what am I teaching them through my actions? Am I telling them how to act one way and then showing them how to act a different way by my behavior? It was extremely convicting....it made me think twice about my actions. Hopefully it will for you too.

Click on the link to see the video:
Children See, Children Do

Creation Museum Opens!!



The Creation Museum has finally opened!

The Creation Museum presents a "walk through history." Designed by a former Universal Studios exhibit director, this state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot museum brings the pages of the Bible to life.

A fully engaging, sensory experience for guests. Murals and realistic scenery, computer-generated visual effects, over fifty exotic animals, life-sized people and dinosaur animatronics, and a special-effects theater complete with misty sea breezes and rumbling seats. These are just some of the impressive exhibits that everyone in your family will enjoy.

It is a ministry of Answers in Genesis which is a non-profit that helps to answer questions about creation vs. evolution and many other topics. What a wonderful ministry!

Power of a Praying Wife

I have started a fantastic Bible study with a group of ladies here on base. It is called The Power of a Praying Wife. There are 30 chapters and each one deals with some aspect of your husband's life, like his wife, work, faith, finances, etc. I would encourage anyone--no matter how long you have been married--to do this study. It is great!

*You can buy the book or both the book and workbook together. The workbook has some questions and Bible reading to help you get more out of your prayer for that day or week.*

The following is an excerpt....

I Don't Even Like Him—How Can I Pray for Him?

Have you ever been so mad at your husband that the last thing you wanted to do was pray for him? So have I. It's hard to pray for someone when you're angry or he's hurt you. But that's exactly what God wants us to do. If He asks us to pray for our enemies, how much more should we be praying for the person with whom we have become one and are supposed to love? But how do we get past the unforgiveness and critical attitude?

The first thing to do is be completely honest with God. In order to break down the walls in our hearts and smash the barriers that stop communication, we have to be totally up front with the Lord about our feelings. We don't have to "pretty it up" for Him. He already knows the truth. He just wants to see if we're willing to admit it and confess it as disobedience to His ways. If so, He then has a heart with which He can work.

If you're angry at your husband, tell God. Don't let it become a cancer that grows with each passing day. Don't say, "I'm going to live my life and let him live his." There's a price to pay when we act entirely independently of one another. "Neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 11:11).

Instead say:
"Lord, nothing in me wants to pray for this man. I confess my anger, hurt, unforgiveness, disappointment, resentment, and hardness of heart toward him. Forgive me and create in me a clean heart and right spirit before You. Give me a new, positive, joyful, loving, forgiving attitude toward him. Where he has erred, reveal it to him and convict his heart about it. Lead him through the paths of repentance and deliverance. Help me not to hold myself apart from him emotionally, mentally, or physically because of unforgiveness. Where either of us needs to ask forgiveness of the other, help us to do so.


If there is something I'm not seeing that's adding to this problem, reveal it to me and help me to understand it. Remove any wedge of confusion that has created misunderstanding or miscommunication. Where there is behavior that needs to change in either of us, I pray You would enable that change to happen. As much as I want to hang on to my anger toward him because I feel it's justified, I want to do what You want. I release all those feelings to You. Give me a renewed sense of love for him and words to heal this situation."

If you feel you're able, try this little experiment and see what happens. Pray for your husband every day for a month using each one of the 30 areas of prayer I've included in this book. Pray a chapter a day. Ask God to pour out His blessings on him and fill you both with His love. See if your heart doesn't soften toward him. Notice if his attitude toward you doesn't change as well. Observe whether your relationship isn't running more smoothly.

If you have trouble making that kind of prayer commitment, think of it from the Lord's perspective. Seeing your husband through God's eyes—not just as your husband, but as God's child, a son whom the Lord loves—can be a great revelation. If someone called and asked you to pray for his or her son, you would do it, wouldn't you? Well, God is asking.

There is a time for everything, it says in the Bible. and it 's never more true than in marriage, especially when it comes to the words we say. There is a time to speak and a time not to speak, and happy is the man whose wife can discern between the two.

Anyone who has been married for any length of time realizes that there are things that are better left unsaid. A wife has the ability to hurt her husband more deeply than anyone else can, and he can do the same to her. No matter how much apology, the words can not be erased. They can only be forgiven and that's not always easy. Sometimes anything we say will only hinder the flow of what God wants to do, so it's best to, well, shut up and pray.