Tuesday, June 30, 2009

GratiTuesday: June 30th

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This week is going to be an easy Gratituesday. I am SO thankful I was born an American. I am SO thankful for the brave men and women who have gone before us making the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for the cause of freedom.
The honest leaders in our history that dedicated their life to keeping our nation a holy nation before God.
For the honest men and women who are earnestly praying right now for God's will in their life, to learn if it is His will for them to run in the local elections this fall, and the fall of '10.
I'm thankful for all of the conservatives in this nation who are taking note of what is going on in our nation right now, and answering the call of activism to further the conservative cause that is brewing like a revolution throughout our country.
I'm thankful for my Tea Party friends!!
I'm thankful for the mighty things that are going to happen in our nation as Christians and conservatives alike become more involved in their communities and aware of the political landscape. With knowledge, there can be action.
May we all realize our role in what is happening to our nation right now as non-involved citizens, totally unaware of what was really happening in the political atmosphere therefore not doing anything to stop it-- and right the wrongs we have committed by FIGHTING for our country!
God Bless the United States of America!!

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Grab a button

Woman pleads guilty in drunken breast-feeding case

You can read the jist of the story here. There was actual debate this morning on the news as to whether the punishment was too severe for this woman. I heard this story last week on the radio, and the story goes, she was not only drunk, she was drinking *while she was nursing*.

Your Thoughts? Is the punishment too severe or just right?

Post your thoughts in the comments section below, or write a post on your blog, include the QOTW button, and share your link here. I'm interested in hearing what CavaryGirl readers think about this case. This is a subject very near and dear to my heart.

Building stronger families: part 3

Part One
Part Two

3) A daily practice of serving:
a) Submitting to one another

Ephesians 5:21
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

b) Love one another:

John 15:12
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

c) Serve one another:
Galatians 5:13
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

d) Praying daily in humility, as our examples in scripture:

Acts 10:
1There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
2A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.

In Conclusion:
Our three tools to help us have stronger families:
1) Recognizing the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit
2) Having a biblical perspective of our selves
3) Forming a daily practice of serving God, and one another.

"An exhaustive study shows that no woman has ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes" ;o)

"That in ALL things he might have preeminence"
Sunday School Notes from April 27, 2008 (outline was provided)

Friday, June 26, 2009

This affects ALL Americans

Normally I try not to make blatant political posts on this blog, but this is a topic that affects each and every American: Cap and Trade. I'm going to copy and paste an email I received that explains Cap and Trade much better than I can, and I want to encourage every reader to contact your representative. YES- this affects YOU. This is the lie our current administration told in that he would not TAX anyone making under a certain income. He IS, through this, and he knows it.

You can go here- http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp to find out your 9 digit zip code, and go here- http://www.house.gov/writerep/ to find out who your rep is and be able to write (email) them. This is a very simple, yet effective action to make your voice heard!


It's become clear that HR 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 aka "Cap & Trade" will go before the House of Representatives for a vote sometime this Friday, June 26.

It's also become clear that those who are elected to represent us are not taking or intending to take any immediate or appropriate dramatic action, such as announcing a walkout or even a visible press conference denouncing the bill, its size, or the speed of the vote. There is no visible presence of opposition outside of a few sending emails to their constituents.

It is also clear that this bill will have devastating consequences to our general economy, but also to every area of our lives. The cost of fuel, electricity, to industries and businesses that produce goods, food, etc., will all increase. Some estimates project that the average household will experience a $3100 per year increase in the costs of utilities alone. Charles Rivers Associates projects that our gross domestic product will decline and unemployment will rise because the green jobs created will not be enough to cover the jobs lost by the implementation of this bill.

The most recent version of the bill is 1,092 pages in length, with 300 of them having been added yesterday.

This back door, speed of light vote and lack of action by our elected representatives compels us as citizens to come to the aid of our country. Clearly, we cannot depend upon our elected representatives in the U.S. Congress.

YES! It's last minute, but this information only came to light in the last 48 hours.Take action now and help preserve your freedom and prosperity by telling your representative in the U.S. House that you are strongly opposed to the cap and trade 'tax' increase bill, H.R. 2454!
Contact these NC representatives today. Tell them to vote NO on
HR 2454 American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

The Honorable David Price
DC Phone:202-225-1784
DC Fax:202-225-2014
Email David Price

The Honorable Mel Watt
DC Phone:202-225-1510
DC Fax:202-225-1512
Email Mell Watt

The Honorable Brad Miller
DC Phone:202-225-3032
DC Fax:202-225-0181

The Honorable Heath Shuler
DC Phone:202-225-6401
DC Fax:202-226-6422

The Honorable Bob Etheridge
DC Phone:202-225-4531
DC Fax:202-225-5662

The Honorable Larry Kissell
DC Phone:202-225-3715
DC Fax:202-225-4036

Nathan Jones
NC Tea Party

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Downfall of being a political junkie

1) Your ten year old knows about Dr. Tiller from watching TV with you, and recognizes his name when the announcement is made that he has been shot dead... in his church. Since nothing happens without God's knowedge beforehand- did God allow Tiller to be killed, because he killed babies? You must answer questions.

2) Going down the road with your seven year old daughter, you are hearing a VERY sad press conference, hearing a man publically confess having a relationship with a woman that is not his wife, and you hear someone yelling out loud "nooooooooo!!!". Then you realize it is coming from YOU finding out it is Mark Sanford. Your seven year daughter starts asking questions- hers being the most prceptive of ANY that was covered- did he break up with that other lady? You must answer questions.

3) After having a wonderful day out with friends, you get in your car to go home and turn up the radio. Since you are a political junkie, your satellite radio is set to a news channel, and you hear the news that Michael Jackson had just been pronounced dead fifteen minutes beforehand. Your seven year old wants to know who this person is. You must answer questions.

How would you approach these questions?

Building stronger families: part 2

Part One
Building Stronger Families series

2) We must have a biblical perspective of self:
Galatians 5:17
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Whatever we feed the most will win: be it flesh or spirit. If we continue to fight the spirit to hold onto our worldly things, then the flesh will win. Likewise, if we concentrate on God and His will for us, and what he wants, and what is holy, good, and true, then the spirit will win and we will grow closer to God as a result of that. But if we continue to allow our flesh to win, then we will continue to grow further away from God and lack that fellowship we so desperately need.

a) Pride is a destroyer of relationships:
If God is in the right place with both people in the relationship, the people will be in their right places within the relationship. If their sights are set on God, then they will not be set on each other's faults and worldly desires.

Proverbs 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 29:23
A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

b) Pride is defeated by appropriating scripture:

Romans 6:6-7
6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Whenever we give into the power of our flesh, then we resurrect our prideful attitudes. Do we really want that? Or do we want to break our prideful spirits and be contrite before the Lord?

Proverbs 8:13
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.

Psalm 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

"feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming " *

To Be Continued: Stay Tuned!

"That in ALL things he might have preeminence"
Sunday School Notes from April 27, 2008 (outline was provided)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Boycott Jon & Kate: For The Kid's Sake

My heart is broken. Jon and Kate Gosselin have divorced. On the show "separate" was used, but to be clear from news reports, the translation is DIVORCE. You see, in North Carolina, you have to "separate" for a year before you are granted a divorce by the courts. I don't know what other states do this as well, but to hear "separate" to be is "cooling off", "regrouping", possibly going through counseling. They have not done this.

I can no longer support this family through watching their show and buying their books, letting them think it is ok to make the decisions they have. When our Christian brothers and sisters are sinning, we lovingly confront them with their sin. In an effort to get the point across, because they are Christians in the national spotlight (bringing reproach to the name of Christ)- I have created a Facebook group Boycott Jon & Kate: For The Kid's Sake. No participation is required, only that you join. This is just a collective voice of concerned people sending the message to Jon and Kate that this is not acceptable.

Upon joining feel free to express your thoughts, and let them know you will be praying for them. and Please, share this group with others. As many people who have talked about this, it would be nice for them to be able to see that YES, people DO care, yet we DO hold them accountable for their decisions, too.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Prayer request for my family

Hi everyone. Yesterday my uncle passed away. He had been sick for a long time. I do not know what his relationship with the Lord was at the time of his passing. If you could remember his wife and (grown) children during this time I'd really appreciate it.

Also, yesterday, mom went to her appointment with her surgeon. They are doing surgery TODAY- Tuesday! Yes! The next day! (She has a herniated disk). Please pray everything goes well today and she has a short recovery time.


GratiTuesday: June 21st

I've been pondering on a good number of things recently as we have been getting into summer. One of the greatest among my list of thoughs has been how blessed we are to be in the church we are in. To be plugged in to the wonderful church family we have, is such a tremendous gift. We were saved as a result of this church's ministry, and it is the only church we've ever attended. So how do I know I have a GOOD church?
From hearing of other churches- other good churches and the differences and similarities the two have, and other not-so thriving churches. I can look at everything our church does, and apply biblical doctrine or principle behind it. The doctrine is taught as doctrine, and the principles are not taught as such, but are grounded in the Word of God.

We have, to this date thankfully, not had a specific earth shattering thing happen in our family that has caused this revelation of just how great our church is. I will say, when Jordan died last year (well, that was shattering), the amount of support that was showered not only upon me, but my family, was so encouraging. It just reiterated the fact to me that I had a wonderful church. I had a blessed church. More than that, I am thankful to be in a church that is biblical, and takes following God's Word seriously. and we know how to have fun, too :o)

I love my church family!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Building stronger families: part 1

Proverbs 24:1-4
1Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
3Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

There are three tools available to help our families. How can we have strong families? Everything we need is found in the Word of God. He has offered to provide us with the wisdom we need:

James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Here are three powerful tools that God gives to build and strengthen our families:

1) The guiding presence of the Holy Spirit:

a) Because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we can have unity. God brings believers together, moving towards their commonality- GOD. If two believers are even opposite natures or personalities, if they are yielded to God, they will still always be going in the same (and right) direction- towards God and living a life that glorifies Him.

b) The purposes of the Holy Spirit:
1) He is our Comforter - John 14:16
"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;"

2) He is our teacher: John 16:13-14
13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

3) He glorifies Jesus Christ - our lives should life up and exalt Christ; and they will if we will allow the spirit to guide us and we determine to be yielded to the spirit.

To Be Continued: Stay tuned for part two!

"That in ALL things he might have preeminence"
Sunday School Notes from April 27, 2008 (outline was provided)

465 Raising Foodies: Trying new things pt 2

This is part two in the series about children trying new foods. I left you with a video of Jackson trying sushi with raw tuna. Did you like it?
We love going to Whole Foods and eating off their hot bar and salad bar. It is an excellent opportunity for both kids to try out new foods without us being committed to an entire dish and risk wasting food. They have a sushi section with a great variety of kinds to try- vegetarian, cooked fish, raw fish, brown rice or traditional white sticky rice. If you try it and do not like it, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on their products, which is GREAT!

So this week, we have Jackson trying a (raw) salmon roll. A recent conversation had been about other people we knew who liked sushi, too. He was impressed that one of our "international" friends was a real sushi lover, which you'll observe in this one. Will he like the salmon? Lets see!

Friday, June 19, 2009

464 Family Friday: June 19th

It's Family Friday time again! Family Friday is hosted by HomemakerBarbi.com, thank you Danielle!

Last week we covered a foodie update and how things are going cooking for mom and dad, the end of soccer season and some parenting ponderings.
On Monday I reposted a devotional about cultivating the fruit of the spirit- love. As a parent I often ponder the notion of God's love toward me, and how I can show that towards my children. Going a step further, my challenge as a Christian parent is to bring my children to where they each have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Both have professed such a relationship, so not only are they my children, they are my brother and sister in Christ (they think that's cool). Not only am I now their first look at how they see God as an authority figure, I am also to be that example of how Christians are to treat each other. It's a good devotional, I believe. I hope you'll read it and let me know what you think.

Tuesday I was pondering laziness. That is something that truly affects me as a parent, and wife. How has society affected out perception of laziness in recent decades? Have we actually come up with a way to excuse it? It really got me to thinking because how we perceive laziness ... or the complete opposite- will reflect how our kids will look at it. Check it out. I have to say since I wrote that, more things have gotten done in the house this week!

I transferred a ton of pictures this week, and got an awesome one of the kids. It was so great I was going to enter it into the iheartfaces.com contest this week, but my internet went wacky. Therefore, the picture become my Wordless Wednesday. I shared the story behind it yesterday for Tell Me Thursday. I started a Raising Foodies series yesterday, as well. It's on adventurous eaters. I've spent a good amount of time concentrating on Hannah and her pickyness with food, I wanted to highlight Jackson, who is the opposite. He's an adventurous eater. His motto: "If it doesn't eat me first I'll eat it". I also went to court, yesterday, too.

I hope you all had a great week, and I look forward to seeing all of your posts! Be sure to leave your links for me! :)

Blessings on Thursday

Ok I confess, I did not check it either. In the spirit of not nagging, I did not do it. What's that? Keep a lookout on when our license plate tags were due to be renewed. As a result, I got a ticket back in April when I was chaperoning a field trip for Hannah's class. Yesterday was the court date. I waited in line about an hour or so, not bad, they were moving right along. I just knew I would be charged the full $146 because of the news stories coming around about our city loaning some $1.7 million dollars for the minor league baseball stadium to get built.

While in line I look up to see a fellow looking at me.
me-"I know you."
me-"we're related"
me-"you're my nephew!"

Now before you tilt your heads, understand Jay just got back in touch with his four half siblings three years ago, and we've only seen the "whole" family at Christmas, and back in October at Grandmother's funeral. So really I've only spent time with this fella on five or six occasions. I am actually surprised he recognized me!
So I let him cut in front of me and we got to visit for twenty minutes or so. That was very nice. A nice, unexpected blessing.

I go in after him to "appear", I give them the ticket with cash in hand, and they wave me on! At first not understanding the gesture in that context I ask "how much?" and he said "Nothing, you can go". WOW!

I knowingly parked in the parking deck where I knew an old friend's mom worked ... (I get to see her every time I go to court .... are you tilting your heads yet? Now how many times do you think I go to court?)
I guess now that I'm an adult she's my friend, now, right? When we're young parents are just "so and so's mom/dad" and that's the relationship- what's the social protocol on that? Do they automatically morph into your own friends through extension once you are grown and have your own kids?
So on the way back we walked around the block where I could walk up and say hi. We (dad went with me) got to visit for a little bit, which was really nice. I gave her my blog link so I hope she comes by. If she does- thank you again C for covering our parking fee! :O) I was not expecting that, another unexpected blessing!

Besides court, seeing our nephew, visiting with my friend, mom feeling good enough to go visit an ailing uncle 30 miles away, and Hannah not having a fit (Jackson's still at his grandma's) ...
Thursday was a good day.
Thank you Lord!

Thought for the day: June 19th

From a twitter-friend, Keith @klong00:

"Isn't it time that those who call themselves Christians stop trying to change the Word of God and instead let the Word of God change them?"

My friend Karen once said, when seeing others advise someone confessing spiritual weakness at the time to read a number of spiritual themed books:

"Maybe if we stop reading books ABOUT the bible, and start reading THE bible, we won't feel as weak as some do!"

(more of a paraphrase, point being, though ...)

How's your bible reading going?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

461 Raising Foodies: Trying New Things pt1 (series)

Jackson is my adventurous eater. He will try anything and likes most everything. He draws the line at tofu, and he done that after eating it twice. He prides himself in his adventurous food spirit. So we went to Whole Foods one week to grocery shop. (No, its not as expensive as you think it is, either, trust me!) We had not had lunch so we hit the hot bar there. We love eating at Whole Foods! The hot bar and salad bar is a very good way to introduce your kids to new foods without committing yourself to preparing whole dishes. When Hannah tries new things I get just a small spoonful, enough for a couple of bites. If she likes it and wants more, we'll go get more.

So Jackson is a sushi lover. Sushi is something we'll be making at home in the next couple of weeks if things work well. He always gets a California roll, which contains cooked crab meat. This time, he wanted to try RAW fish. so I agreed. This is how good Whole Foods is: if he did not like it, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and the cashier said he did not like it we would get our money back. That's customer service, my friends!!

So how did he do? Lets see ... we bought a pack with two different kinds of fish. Here is Jackson trying raw tuna:

Stay tuned to find out how raw salmon and pickled ginger worked out!

Do you have a recent post about kids and food? If so, please feel free to comment and leave that link so we can see!

Tell me Thursday: Unexpected Places

Tell Me Thursday is hosted by tellmethursday.com , be sure to hop over and see other participant's posts!

June 2nd was "Happy Jackson Day", and dad and I decided we would surprise the kids with lunch at The Mellow Mushroom. We love that restaurant! It is SO tastey. Each month we try to do something special for the kids on their birth-date. Jackson's birthday is on the 2nd so each month on the 2nd we try to do something special for him, and on the 20th for Hannah. Coming back to the car the kids went to check out the fountain we parked next to on the street one block down from the restaurant. Needless to say, I started snapping pictures.

They were acting like strong guys standing next to the big columns.

I was really happy to see how well the new camera done with the moving water.

This was my Wordless Wednesday pic. The original pic was done in sepia because I intended on submitting it to this weeks IHeartfaces.com contest. When I tried to get there my internet started acting wonky and I was tired and not feeling good, so I went to bed. (Still not feeling very hot)

They were having such a good time. I've always loved going by that fountain. I used to walk by it waking to said restaurant when I was working a few blocks away. Very peaceful.

It warms my heart to see them actually happy together. They were having a good time being all silly.

Like I said, silly! Then I got to looking around, wondering what company was actually in the building we were having such a good time in front of.

Well no wonder! ;o)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Yes, it affects me!

Since the last election I have started paying more attention to politics on my local level. It can be confusing and a lot to figure out at times. I used to think things that happened at my state's capitol did not affect me, and I had no effect on it. I was SO wrong. Yes, as an "everyday Josephine" MUST pay attention to what their local politicians are doing, or they're going to get bit in some way. I just recently got set up with Amazon.com as an affiliate with hopes of some extra cash flow in the future, but thanks to the North Carolina General Assembly, that will not happen (emphasis mine):

We regret to inform you that the North Carolina state legislature (the
General Assembly) appears ready to enact an unconstitutional
tax collection scheme
that would leave Amazon.com little choice but
to end its relationships with North Carolina-based Associates.

... because the new law is drafted to go into effect once enacted –
which could happen in the next two weeks – we will have to terminate the
participation of all North Carolina residents
in the Amazon Associates
program on or before that same day. After the termination day, we will no longer
pay any referral fees for customers referred to Amazon.com or Endless.com nor
will we accept new applications for the Associates program from North Carolina
The unfortunate consequences of this legislation on North
Carolina residents like you were explained in detail to key senators and
representatives in Raleigh, including the leadership of the Senate, House, and both chambers’ finance committees.
Other states, including Maryland, Minnesota, and Tennessee, considered nearly identical schemes, but rejected these proposals largely because of the adverse impact on their states’

The government is not looking out for our best interests anymore, we need to pay close attention from this point on!

Wordless Wednesday: Unexpected places

Tell Me Thursday is going to be great this week! :O)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Letterman joke controversy

"Laughter incited by sexually perverted comments made by a 62-year-old male celebrity aimed at a 14-year-old girl is not only disgusting, but it reminds us some Hollywood / NY entertainers have a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands: That acceptance of inappropriate sexual comments about an underage girl, who could be anyone's daughter, contributes to the atrociously high rate of sexual exploitation of minors by older men who use and abuse others."

- Governor Sarah Palin

This is the kind of leader our country needs- one that is going to boldy step up for what is RIGHT and speak out against the wrongs of our society!!

I'll speak more on this in the future. Stay tuned.

Is it type A, or the old way?

I've been thinking about this amazing woman the past couple of days. She's one of the most organized people I know. She's a full time working (outside the home) single mother to soon to be 12, 14, and 15 year old girls. She drives 25 miles one way to work each day, round tripping over 50 miles each day after taking and picking up the girls from school- add another twenty if the youngest has softball practice. She travels every weekend for travel (soft) ball, and is in her third season now doing this. Aside from the working and traveling, her house is always amazing. A classy flair for decorating, but not overboard about it. Everything has a place, and everything is in it. "Clean lines", no clutter.

She's my best friend.

You would think I was the same way, but I'm not. I have always admired her neatness. We vacationed together, her and the girls, Jay, myself and our kids, last summer. I saw why her house is always neat. She never sits down. She is always moving, doing something. We have loosely established she has a "Type A" personality (quiz). Her world is a routine of getting things done and fighting clutter: Kate Gosselin has nothing on her! However, she's not a hostile person. No really. Unless she's late. (No I'm just joking! and I don't believe Kate is, either, for the record.)

She's on vacation right now and yesterday I went to water her flowers for her. She's so independent- on the way to her house (27 miles from my door to hers) I got to thinking, she's only asked me to do something for her three times, counting yesterday, in the last five years. Dad went with me because he'd been wanting to see her new house (she moved back before Christmas, we've been best friends since we were 14, known each other longer than that!). Dad, by habit always makes note of whether a person could benefit from his house cleaning services. We got into a conversation about how clean her house was as he peeked through the windows (and shes going to die laughing when she reads this!) and it made me think about something I wrote on Saturday.

On Saturday I mentioned Jays grandmother:
"You can eat off her floors- she's one who doesn't go to bed until every dish is cleaned and put in it's place- nothing left in the dishwasher."
There's no difference between my best friend and Jays grandmother. I got to thinking about how people tend to look at ladies of grandmama's generation and lift them up to "heavenly homemaker" status, and they look at my generation, like at my best friend and attribute her same homemaking success to "survival".

Is there really a difference? The older generation had to survive, too. The necessity for neatness was the same when grandmama was our age, as it is now. Her habits of having a clean house and no dishes left (at the end of the day) started when she was our age. The difference is, she's had the drive to keep it going. I look at grandmama and her specific ways of doing things, and can easily see my best friend in fifty years. Why am I different? In grandmama's generation, if a homemakers house looked like mine, they might be silently accused of drinking during the day while their husband was at work! That's the change in our society. Sin has become explainable.

Yes, I said sin. How many excuses do we make for sin each day? It's not that we don't have time to do something: it's that we won't. The bible says:
1 Corinthians 10:31
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

How does wasting an excess of time to the detriment of our homes, fit into "whatsoever ye do"? It doesn't, really, does it? Our society has become so acceptable of sin, it actually encourages laziness to a degree, would you agree? All too often you'll see moms online telling each other "go ahead and ______, you deserve it!", but do we really? Does that mom actually know, that we truly deserve anything? I'm willing to bet in grandmama's time, if they were on the phone talking and mentioned wanting to do something, the friend's response would like be "well when you finish ____ maybe you will have time this evening"- the priority was the home, the job. I'll be the first to admit, right now, the way my house looks, if I was my housekeeper, I would be FIRED.

Excuses. They are so easy to make. This brings me back to my best friend. I said earlier we established she was a "Type A" personality. Some people call it OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which often is identified first by a strong desire for things to be neat and orderly). We see these neat, organized, orderly women and excuse OURSELVES by saying "Oh she's Type A ...." "She must have OCD ....". Maybe she has it right, and we need to start acknowledging "Wow, I need to get a move on!" "I need tips from her!" "I need to get more sleep so I can have more energy!". She is really no different than grandmama, except that way of handling life and home has become the exception instead of the norm.

The bottom line is, we can have a neat and orderly house if we choose to have one. It might just be the feeling of inability we have is really months and possibly years of our excusing our sin for something else and not addressing the issue at hand: our own natural tendency to laziness. Some people can quit smoking and have no problem with it- others (like myself) have to fight a serious spiritual battle to overcome that problem. Some people tend to not struggle with the sin of laziness (or distraction), while others of us do. {Distraction in and of its self is not a sin, but the result of distraction can be.}

So what do we do about it as Christians? Confess your faults (and sin) to the Lord and get it right. Pray about it. If you are comfortable, ask a trusted friend to pray for you concerning this.
James 5:16
"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

If you would like, leave me a comment and I will pray for you- we can pray for each other :-)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cultivating the fruit of the spirit

Galatians 5:22-23
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Fruit is visible; it reflects it is produced through us, not by us. Fruits of the spirit are not separate, but one fruit, with nine different flavors. Fruit reflects the one that produces it.

Fruit is valuable; it exists for the enjoyment and benefit of other people, as it will edify others who are around you.

Fruit is viable; it is capable of growing. Love produces more love. What is love? It is not just a feeling, like we tend to think it as. Love as a fruit is agape love, like God's love for us- it is unconditional. It is divine love, it is sacrificial love.

1 John 4:11
11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Matthew 22:37-40
37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38This is the first and great commandment.
39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

If we love God like we should, then we will be able to love others, as he wants us to, as we should, according to him. We are under the "law of grace", and should be living in love. Not the fuzzy feelings we feel in a new relationship or like when we met our spouses, but living in agape love.

John 13:35
35By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Love as a fruit of the spirit shows a proof of sonship. The Greek gods were hateful, but our God is of love, is loving, and loves unconditional, though he is just, as well.

John 13:34
34A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

Colossians 3:14
14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

1 Peter 4:8
8And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Love keeps no records, and is the permanent virtue of a Christian.

1 Corinthians 13:13
13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

The demonstration of love, love is an action word! Love is a choice, you choose to love, sometimes it comes easily, but sometimes it's hard to show love towards some people. Love is giving, not taking. In a marriage, if both people are giving, then you need not worry about being taken from, because you are continually receiving as you are giving. Selfishness in marriage can be likened to two ticks on a dog, both keep taking, and sucking from the relationship until there is nothing left. Agape love, however. is unconditional and free flowing. The closer we are to God, the easier it is give love, because we are receiving it from Him.

1 John 4:9, 11

9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Saints must love sinners with the love that God loves them with, We as saints are the only link between the unsaved world and God, would it not be pompous of us to act anything other than lovingly as possible towards the unsaved? Shouldn't the world be able to see in us the love that God has given us, coming through us towards others?

How can we show the unsaved world God's love? I challenge you to post a comment and share a way God's people can show love towards the unsaved world on a regular basis. If we do not show them God's love, who will?

Notes from Sun pm sermon by Pastor Broyhill, April 20, 2008
Originally posted on CavaryGirl 8-25-08

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The ants go marching one by one ...

You won't hear a "hurrah" from me when they're in my kitchen!! Every summer without fail, we get a critter problem in the kitchen. I used to have such a complex about it thinking I was not cleaning good enough because "obviously" if you have ants or gnats you have a dirty house. They might be in dirty houses, but they're in clean houses, too. I learned that a few summers ago when we visited Jay's grandmother in Alabama. You can eat off her floors- she's one who doesn't go to bed until every dish is cleaned and put in it's place- nothing left in the dishwasher. That summer, she had ants too. By the time we left, Jay had found the root and taken care of it.

Ants are looking for food. So naturally if you have any sweet residue on your counters (think wiping up chocolate syrup from making a glass of milk) and you didn't get the counter good enough because you were being stretched in four different directions- all it takes is ONE ant to find it. (I've witnessed this, but if you have a "garbage bowl" from cooking, that's an obvious culprit!). The ant knows how to get back to the food, and it lets out a pheromone for the rest of the ants to come along and get the food. All it takes is ONE. They follow ant #1's trail and voila! There's your infestation.

So how do you stop it? Stop the trail. Jay went out the other day and sprayed air freshener (that's what was within reach) around the window seal to the kitchen, and on the ground for good keeping- and the ants are GONE. He interrupted the trail outside- now they're looking elsewhere for food. Anything to throw the scent off- I'm sure vinegar water will work, too.

He said he'd leave the cut up lemons I had strategically placed outside the window seal up so the next time we had friends from church over he could mention that was my plan to ward the evil spirits away. Hey, I read in an article citrus was supposed to work- I was on the right path!

Happy Saturday!

Do you have big plans for this weekend? Later today the kids, Jay and I will head down to his mother's house. The kids will stay with her while we meet his brother down at the fishing pond. He took the kids fishing with his brother yesterday at his brother's house, they aren't missing their chance to fish, trust me! Not sure what else is planned beyond that. Jay just finished fixing our fallen topsy turvey. He is thinking they plants didn't make it. I hope it wasn't my heirloom tomato plant that got crushed! Guess what? We have a trip to Lowes planned to buy another heirloom tomato plant just in case. I cannot imagine not having those this summer and if I can grow my own and save $3.99 a pound, all the better! I yearn for the day we have another huge garden ....

Tomorrow is church day of course. It is also nursery move up day (I teach three year olds). I'm losing 18, and gaining 14 this year (and keeping 10). That's of course on roll, but out of those 18, 14 were regulars. I'm not sure what my upcoming class will be like as far as attendance. I'm excited though. We get to start "the cycle" all over again, training them for the four year olds! It always feels weird after move up day because the moves we've had for so long, well, have been four a couple of months or are about to turn four. Then we get "the babies" in, and wow! They're all recently turned THREE (as were the three year old class), or about to turn three. What a difference a year makes!

Do any of you work in your church's nursery? What age group do you work with?

Friday, June 12, 2009

452 Family Friday: June 12th

It's Family Friday time again! Family Friday is hosted by HomemakerBarbi.com, thank you Danielle!

Last week I left you with a quick page, stories of my parents, and my thoughts on the challenge of a picky eating mother and what to prepare for them while she is out of commission. I'm happy to report some good news.

First, I've fixed two batches of meals for them. Batches being enough to last dinner, lunch the next day and maybe another dinner, depending on how hungry they were. The first was a chicken soup from the crockpot. No special recipe, just chopped celery, carrots, a potato, and garlic. I made my own stock by cooking the chicken in the larger crockpot and the veggies separate- then putting them together after deboneing the chicken. That was a great attempt at frugality. I had a ton of broth which hit the freezer in 2 cup portions for future use. The only seasoning was a packet from a pack of ramen noodles, diluted in three cups of water. I added the noodles to the soup, too. It worked very well and mom ate a lot of it sources say.

The next was a deer roast fixed with celery, carrots, bell pepper chunks, onion, and garlic. This was thicker than the soup but had some natural broth to it as well. They didn't know it was deer, only that it was good. Last I heard, that was finished. Today, pork chops and apples are on the menu.

Tuesday after picking dad up from work, (he's retired, but cleans houses) he said mom wanted him to get some KFC (aka Kentucky Fried Chicken) ... "okay". So this was my test because I had recently become aware that KFC has MSG in their chicken, and MSG is known to cause migraines. It's been forever since I'd had KFC, and I had often wondered just how sensitive I was to it, so this was the test. When we got home I fixed what sides I could come up with at their house (I was not planning on all that, we had leftover deer roast in the fridge!). I'm glad to report, no migraine from KFC!

Just an upset stomach- Jackson said "mama the breading on that chicken was where the meat should have been, and it tasted like liquid seasoning". I think my healthier cooking is rubbing off, praise the Lord!

As for how mom is doing, she's "doing". I got her an appointment with her surgeon on June 22nd, so we'll see how it goes from there. She's still in pain, but claims her 5/500mg hydrocodone is the "only thing that works". If someone can help me understand how 7.5/750mg of the same thing, morphine, and percoset "won't do anything", please do. It bewilders me to no end.

Don't miss the devotional / passage study from the book of Job, it's a good one. It blessed me, anyway :o)
Soccer season ended last Saturday. Jackson's team placed second in the tournament, and he played his best game to date as goalie. We're trying to decide whether to do camps or go with a summer league. I'm leaning towards camp, but there's also the expense. I need to do more research on that. I get the impression they are better off to stay with the outdoor leagues than going to an indoor league when they're still first learning the game, does anyone have some input concerning this?

My nephew graduated from vocational high school this week, it was awesome. We are so proud of him.

I've been thinking about writing down some of the conversational highlights Jackson and I have been having over the last week since the shooting of abortionist, Dr. Tiller. Jackson is no stranger to watching the news, and feels very strongly about abortion. He had already seem Dr. Tiller in the news and remembered who he was when he saw the clip about his shooting. When he saw the clip, it immediately led to some serious conversations, a lot of it spiritual ones to boot, considering Dr. Tiller was shot at his church. Talk about a challenge- try to find the right words to answer the questions that can fly out of a ten year old's mouth on a subject like that!!

It goes along the same spiritual lines that Hannah was asking about after watching the movie Kit Kitteredge. Hannah (7): "Mommy, is it ok to steal from the rich if you are giving to the poor, like Robin Hood did?" Jackson (10): "NO! That's SOCIALISM!". Who knew you could get into a political conversation about the state of our country from the mention of a novel in a rated G, children's movie? Have you seen this movie yet? How did you like it? As parents, do you think this movie hits home for dads more than it does for moms?

I've found a new life motto. My dad raised me with the saying "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is." While I'm telling my kids this as well, I've found another saying coming more and more out of my mouth recently:

"Just because you CAN, doesn't mean you SHOULD."
Do you have a motto you tell your kids a lot?
I look forward to seeing your answers! Please leave your Family Friday links with me, or if you are not participating in Family Friday, a link to your favorite family related post (or update) from this week.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

My nephew graduated last night

My 22 year old nephew graduated from vocational (high) school last night. We're so proud of him, he was so happy last night. Stephen has a "deformed gene" as it was explained when he was little, which caused him to be "handicapped"; so his diploma is ike that of a special needs equivalent to a high school diploma. As you can see from the video he's a happy fella.

Congrats Stephen!!

He also received special recognition during the ceremony for progress, attendance, activities, and the such. We got tickled with him receiving his:

WOW! Whatta guy ...

Glenn Beck is going to be on 20/20 this week, and I was just looking at one of the clips from the interview segment at home, with his wife present.

"My favorite time of the week is coming home and we'll sit on the couch and I'm not even watching the show as much as I'm just watching her and listening to her. Just hearing her laugh, that is my favorite thing to do in the world."

That's love.

Tell me Thursday: The Last Game

This edition of Tell Me Thursday comes from "The Last Game: Wordless Wednesday". Last Saturday was the kid's last soccer game for the Spring season. Jackson's age group was having a tournament, with three teams participating. Of course these are the same three teams we've played all season. The "green" team was undefeated, with five fifth graders, and more fourth graders- translate that into a much more experienced team than the other two. Our team ("blue") had five'ish fourth graders and the rest third graders. I think the "yellow" team had more of a balance.

We played yellow first, and ended up in a kickoff. That's a lot of pressure on a kid when you're in a tournament! Bless their hearts. Jackson (goalie) done so good, I was so proud of him. We won the first to go on to the "final" round with the green team. They were so hyped. They played their little hearts out. It was a great game. They ended up in a kickoff. Their goalie has apparently played goalie in a prior season, the boy was good. JACKSON, was good! He was so focused, it was amazing to watch. The silence when he missed that ball- breathtaking. Side note: mom needs to learn to be shocked silently and not gasp ;)

It touched my heart to see his coach pull him aside and give him a little pep talk before the last kickoff. We were very blessed to have this couple coaching us. His coach had told the kids if they won they could pour the cooler of ice (and water) on him, after the game he told them to do it anyway they were so proud of their sportsmanship:

Although it was hot that day- I'm sure he was a bit chilly right after that!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

We won't be seeing Transformers 2, sorry Shia

Note: THANK YOU to everyone who has Retweeted this post on Twitter! Please keep RT'ing, more conservatives need to know what is essentially being said about them. If you don't follow me already you can find me on Twitter @CalvaryGirl.

As much as I loved the first one, and love Shia Labeouf's work, I will NOT pay to support a movie of one Megan Fox:
When asked what she would say to Megatron to keep him from destroying the world (for the July issue Total Film UK):

“I’d barter with him ... and say instead of the entire planet, can you just take out all of the white trash, hillbilly, anti-gay, super
bible-beating people in Middle America?”

While I realize as a young actress she is probably trying to impress Hollywood with Hollywood type hate speech, she is saying this while promoting her new movie. While doing so, she has promoted the type of person she really is. I would have rather NOT gotten to know her better, but since I have, I'm able to make an educated decision on whether I will support someone who can say such vile things towards the MAJORITY of America.

Sarah Knoploh made a good point: "Although nobody asked her who she would like Megatron to obliterate, she volunteered it anyway... How tolerant". Maybe she forgot that middle America is who mainly pays her paychecks and makes or breaks a movie's success?

I can't speak for all of Middle America, but this middle American will NOT support such a person, sorry Shia and others. Raise your hand (comment) if you agree.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The mightiness of God: digging deeper

Really, the words speak for themselves, but I'm including cross references and word translations for this quick devotional so we can gain a greater understanding and appreciation for what is being said in this Old Testament passage:

Job 37
22 Fair weather (in golden splendour he comes) cometh out of the north: with God is terrible (awesome) majesty.

23 Touching the Almighty, (1) we cannot find him out: (2) he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of (abundant) justice: he will not afflict (oppress).

24 Men do therefore (3) fear him: he respecteth not any that are (4) wise of heart.


(1) "we cannot find him out":
1 Timothy 6:16
"Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen."

(2) "he is excellent in power, and in judgment,"
Job 9:4
He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered?

Job 36:5
Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.

(3) "... fear him"
Matthew 10:28
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

(4) "... wise of heart"
Matthew 11:25
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.


I have seen the verse before that had the point that God does not respect men (and the reference leaves me now, do you know which one I'm thinking of?), but I have never seen a passage that drives that point home more than this one. You think reading the Old Testament that it's a about God coming in judgement of those who do not follow him, but this is completely applicable to us, as the wise in heart. Yes, we have His wisdom if we are born again, but even with the wisdom He allows us as his children, we will never have his "respect" like we would from another human.

It is humbling to think of the sheer holiness of the God Almighty, don't you think?

Friday, June 5, 2009

444 Cool Verses: Acts

This is some powerful stuff! You could do a study session just cross referencing the wording in this passage.

Acts 17
22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.

24God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

25Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

26And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

27That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:

28For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

443 Family Friday: June 5th

It's Family Friday time again! Family Friday is hosted by HomemakerBarbi.com, thank you Danielle!

Last week I left you with the vision of a thirty something daughter getting a crash course on caring for an aging parent, and what new adventures we've been experiencing in that arena. I shared on Saturday the next part of that story, which, was the other, well parent. I updated you yesterday on how that venture is going. (Hint: surgery)

If you are an aspiring digital scrapbooker to capture memories (and enjoy quick pages), check out this one and grab it if you like it. I hope to be offering more on the future (sans disclaimer). You can see what I have done with my desktop wallpaper here. What do you usually have on your desktop? Pictures of your kids, or something else? I have no pattern, but have noticed the kids really like it when their pictures are there so I think I'll roll with that idea for the summer.

I have taken to writing down the "-isms" of the children, you are going to love some of the stuff they have been blurting out. I started twitter-ing their sayings in a contest a few weeks ago that @plumkeeper was holding, and I've just kept it up. They have highlighted two or three of their quotes on their Facebook page: Kids Say the Darnest Things, too! (Cool!)
One day I might do a scrap page for everything they've said that month. Here is one Jackson said this week. More to come. Stay tuned.

I've been lacking in my bible reading in the past month so Ive been playing catchup with that. The kids just started the "Pastor's summer pals" club this Wednesday at church, and devotionals are part of the points system. I already have it all in place, we just need to do it. My goal this summer is to UNPLUG them. I've been writing out a plan on how to accomplish that. Routines are in order more now than I think they were when the kids were in school. Summer in our house can equal chaos, how about yours? It doesn't take long for these natives to get restless! Today, we're going to go to the Children's Museum in the next city, that's going to be fun.

Lastly, I've decided to double up on some meals and cook for mom and dad, so dad won't worry about what's going to be for dinner each day. He doesn't have his license (has never drove), and doesn't really "cook food" (he can scramble eggs and fry bacon, I remember that from my childhood and mom working at night!). He has a routine he's pretty set to, and I can empathize with the anxiety caused by the unknown and one's routine getting unsettled. He's 68, he doesn't need that unnecessary stress.
The challenge, however, is finding meals that my mother will eat, that is compatible with my family. She says how her stomach is sensitive, except she has no problem eating fried, fat laden- smothered in oil and butter type meals from the local restaurants they tend to frequent. (See my frustration?) The idea of adding a teaspoon of Italian seasoning to something at home sets her into a tailspin! Oy. Pray for me :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Trying to meal plan

Since mom is down, I've taken her brand new, still in the box from a year ago- 7 quart crock pot with the intentions of cooking for them. Thing is, my mother is a pickier eater than Hannah- so I must approach this venture with much care lest I end up wasting food and my time and energy! So I thought I had a pack of chicken breasts in the fridge, but that pack should have been put in the freezer (my how time flies). So the kids and I will be heading to the store, likely Aldi, shortly to pick up something for tonight.

I'm trying to come up with some ideas for them- what do you think about this? Do you have any ideas for feeding picky eaters?

Rotisserie Style CP Chicken Ranch vegetables

CP Chicken and Dumplings

Sweet potatoes COTB

Ha- this will be good- layered dinner - sides included!

I have some purple sweet potatoes, and a garnet yam I want to cook for the kids and I, I think I'm going to try them in the CP. I'll let you know how that works out.

(think I'll do chicken adobo for us! that looks quite frugal)

Looking through Stephanie's site that never ceases to amaze me I just found a post that will be helpful with my Deceptively Delicious quest, too (yay!)

Whoa nilly! not again!

Tuesday started out pretty normal. Since mom is down with her back (still), and dad doesn't have a drivers license (never has, by choice), dad needed me to take him to work. (He cleans houses ...) Had my carpool kids at school by 8 and headed to mom and dad's house, to have dad at work at 9. I asked mom when her MRI appointment was because I knew last Thursday when we were at the Convenient Care Clinic (aka CCC) the Dr had ordered one. She said she had not made it. I had not thought about it since when I had to have an MRI appointment for when I broke my nose, the appointment was some two weeks out. Knowing it needed to be made if that was the case, when I dropped dad off I drove across town to her Dr office to make the appointment. (It's one large building with multiple departments, including radiology).

They said they could do one in an hour, or two hours, or later in the day. WOW! I chose the two hour one and flew off to my house. I cut apples, oranges, packed notebook paper, markers, got the "Bag of Barbies", a book I've been encouraging Jackson to start .... I got three large bottles of water, my notebook, my magazine, a Fiber One bar (I had not had breakfast!)- I was going to go prepared! It was enough surviving five hours with Hannah, but we had Hannah AND Jackson that day ;)

They could not complete it because when they got started her pain level was so high she could not lay in the machine. The tech said they got one image and it was enough to know she really needed to get it done, that she needed to have it done at the hospital where they could sedate her and get it done. Leaving mom and the kids in the foyer waiting room, I:

Go to the radiology department to find out what we needed to do, to make the hospital (aka FMC) MRI happen. Need to go to CCC and have Dr C change the order for it to reflect FMC / sedation. She's not there, but Dr H changed it. Go back to radiology department to make the appointment. Learn the nearest appointment was June 10th (this was the 2nd). Make the appointment, but what about her pain?

Go back to CCC and tell them the appointment is June 10th, ask about pain (she was at a 8-9 sitting still). They said that was ridiculous, check her in CCC to consult with Dr H, see what he can do. Dr H cannot do any better than what I accomplished, but he did say I needed to be with mom at her appointments from now on, "it's that time ...". He says we can try her neurosurgeon, or go to the ER/ED. As far as meds, they've done all they can, she has the best they can do. (ER can do better).

Go to neuro, he's at hospital in surgery, going out of town the next day. (Mom says he's always out of town.) Nurse says best bet is go to ER, maybe with her being there they'll go ahead and go the MRI. It's a coin toss.

Are you still with me?

It's after 2 by now, we're hungry, so we go eat. I start calling to explore childcare arrangements, cause the kids are off the hook by now. "To the ER they will not go" says Yoda. My aunts pick them up at the restaurant, and agree to get them to soccer practice that night too (WHEW). We head to the ER, and within an hour and a half of being there, the Dr has ordered the MRI, and they have her hooked up on IVs with morphine. (Yay!)

She indeed has a bulging disk, so shes looking at surgery, this will be #6. She's 68. (I'm wondering with Nationalized Health Care if she would be denied this surgery? Lets pray we don't go down that road, that's scary!!). They sent her home with 5 days of Percoset, which is what I had when I broke my nose, after that surgery. It works. (If mom says that doesn't help I'm going to start thinking part of this might be in her head!)

So please pray for her. I'd really, really appreciate it. She tends to be really hard on dad when she's not doing well, that's just unnecessary, ya know?

I sure am glad I'm getting a break today to clean house *g*
Yesterday we weren't home either, you'll have to stay tuned!

440 Cool Verses

Job 33
26He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.

27He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;

28He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.

Acts 16
29Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Judges 3
15But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab.

Job 34
31Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:

32That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.

36My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.

37For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.

Job 35
13Surely God will not hear vanity, neither will the Almighty regard it.

14Although thou sayest thou shalt not see him, yet judgment is before him; therefore trust thou in him.

15But now, because it is not so, he hath visited in his anger; yet he knoweth it not in great extremity:

16Therefore doth Job open his mouth in vain; he multiplieth words without knowledge.

Monday, June 1, 2009

#440 The things kids say

Seven year old Hannah is mad because her brother got the paid membership the Club Penguin. She's been grounded from her own TV and computer for three weeks now, recently getting limited time with both. Jackson, ten, says "Hannah you're grounded what are you going to do with a Club Penguin membership anyway?" to which I say "exactly".

Hannah storms out the door as Jackson says "I just felt like a politician for saying that".

Chid Advocate speaks out

Child Advocate speaks out on America's Newsroom the Pennsylvania Child Labor investigation concerning the reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8.