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Upcoming Topics

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I have realized that Sundays are the best time for me to be able to sit down and type up a blog post. We have church in the morning, then come home and have a quiet afternoon while Micah naps, before heading back to church in the evening. So, Sunday afternoons would be the ideal time for me to try and work on this blog. I’m not promising a new post every Sunday (since I am really bad at sticking to those kinds of promises) but I think you will see more posts, more often.

Here is a list of topics that I have been wanting to address for quite a while now. If any of you have other ideas or things that you would like to see me write about, feel free to leave suggestions in the comment section.

So, in no particular order:

1. Cloth diapering: I LOVE CDing and get a lot of questions about how it works, how much it costs, etc. This will probably require two or three posts to do it justice.

2. Going “No Poo”: this will also be a series dealing with eliminating the poo in our lives. I will detail some easy, practical ways to do this while saving money.

3. The problem with marriage: why so many marriages fail and what we can do about it.

4. Homeschooling: what does the Bible have to say about it?

5. Confessions: my testimony

6. Vaccines: what you should know beforehand

7. The problem with accountability partners, and another confession.

8. Confession: why I want to be a missionary, and why I would be really bad at it.

9. Amber Teething Necklaces: what’s all the hype about?

10. My room-a-day home cleaning schedule.

11. Some recipes we love.

That’s all I have so far but it will probably take six plus months to cover them all. Again, if you have any other topics you would like me give my opinion on, please leave a comment letting me know.

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Self expression

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One of the reasons I love having this blog (though I don’t use it as much as I would like), is the ability to clearly express myself and to describe and explain my beliefs and reasons for those without having to actually talk to people. Cowardly, I know but it is often easier to write it all out and put it out in the cyber universe for people to read than to stand and tell them to their faces how I feel. This is mostly because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and so I pull my punches and don’t say what I really want to say when I am face to face with someone. I have recently gotten into watching The Mark Gungor show on the iPad during the day as I go about my chores. This is really the whole premise of the show: he gives you brutal honesty, you are totally anonymous and he doesn’t have to deal with hurting people’s feelings because people email in their questions, he never actually talks to or directly interacts with these people in anyway so that his answers aren’t biased. Love his common sense approach to topics that most Christians ignore or are too shy or ashamed to talk about.

So, having said all of that I want to address a number of things that bug me and hopefully avoid hurting any feelings.

1. Christians who try to apply Biblical principles and rules for living to non-Christians: this is not the way to bring people to Christ! If you read the New Testament, and especially the letters from Paul, you will find a distinct pattern in the way he formats his letters. He always begins by stating what he believes, why he believes it, reminding the church he is addressing of what they claim to believe but seem to have forgotten, and THEN telling them how to live in light of what they believe. If they do not believe in or trust Jesus why on earth would they follow His rules? And yet we as believers feel obligated to point out to our heathen friends all the terrible decisions they are making and how wrong it is for them to live like they do, without ever taking the time to make sure they understand and believe the much more important stuff like who Jesus is, that he died to save them, how he rose from the dead…no, no we just skip right to condemning them for breaking rules which they have no reason to follow in the first place. If you are concerned about the decisions a friend or family member is making, do them a favor and share the good news and love of Jesus, that actually has the power to save their souls. The best you can hope for otherwise is making them a “moral” person who tries to do what is “right.” But, they really have no hope and no understanding of what “right” is if they do not know Jesus.

2. People who want everything: this is not possible. All the time, couples put off getting married or having kids because of money or school or the desire to travel. That’s fine, I don’t think it’s in their best interest, but that is their decision. Only, they finally do get married and decide to start a family and, low and behold, they can’t get pregnant because they waited so long! You can’t have everything people! If money and travel and education is more important than marriage and children, fine. That is your decision but don’t go complaining when you finally decide to put away your selfish ambitions if things don’t go as planned. If you are comfortable with and willing to take those risks, fine, but most people end up miserable and regretting the time they wasted on trivial things. They are fifty when their kid graduates from high school and seventy before they get their first grand kid. It sounds like foolishness to me. But we are like this with everything, not just kids. We want to have a good paying job, a skinny Minnie body, spend lots of time with our spouses and kids and still have time for a hobby. Real life just doesn’t work that way, or at least not for 90% of us. Working 40 hours a week is not conducive to spending a lot of time with your family unless you are willing to give up almost everything else. If your gym membership means that much to you, just accept that you probably won’t have time for that hobby and you may miss putting your kids to bed. We can’t have everything! You have to make decisions based on what is most important to you but don’t complain when you aren’t happy with the result…you made that choice!

I have a couple more, but that is enough for now. ūüôā

Allotments

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Today in Sunday school, we discussed Joshua chapter 17. At first glance this is one of thos boring Old Testament chapters listing people long dead and obscure, unpronounceable place-names. One is tempted to dismiss or skip over this chapter and the others like it. But the Bible is the inspired word of God. Paul teaches that all scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training (2 Tim 3:17), so that means that these obscure passages must have a purpose, something to teach us, right?

Joshua 17 is describing the land allotments for the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, in the promised land. It is very detailed, listing towns and describing landmarks and boundary lines. So, what relevance could this possibly have on our lives today?

Acts 17: 24-26 says:

The God who made the world and everything in it is the the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.

2 Peter 2:9 says

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

As you seeing the theme here? God not only is aware of your specific situation, he has a purpose for you and he has ordained that you should be exactly where you are, at this exact time, for the purpose of praising and glorifying him. I, for one, find this very encouraging.

Neighborhood, with a capital “N”

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When my parents were married, May 24, 1986, they began to build a house. It was completed in October of that same year and by the time I came along in May 1988, they were well settled. From the day they brought me home from the hosiptal, until August 19th 2006, that is the only house I ever called home. Not many people can say that, at least not anymore. But from August 2006 to today, I have moved 11 times. Most of these were very small moves across campus from one dorm to another, but they still involved packing up everything I owned and relocating. Now that I am married, I want to settle and be able to provide Micah with the kind of stable childhood I had. But I don’t know if that will ever happen.

I find myself reluctant to get involved or build relationships because I don’t know how long we will be living here. And the weird thing is, I have no reason to feel this way. One, we have no plans to move, and two, this is the same community that I myself grew up in, so you would think it would be easy for me to fit in, get involved and get to know people. But, for some reason, I just don’t feel settled. Maybe it’s a result of renting, or perhaps it is God’s way of telling me that He has something else planned for us, I don’t know. What I do know is that I want to get involved, build relationships and “settle down” at least for now.

One way I am trying to start doing this is by starting a babysitting co-op. I want to develop the kind of friendships that make a neighborhood, a Neighborhood, full of people who really know and care for each other and hopefully provide a safe and lovingI environment for Micah to grow up in with close friends and other adults we can trust. After all it takes a village…

Reflections on Psalm 37:4

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Yesterday, I met with some awesome ladies from Stony Hill Baptist Church. We met to discuss a book we have been reading titled: “What Happens When Women Say, “Yes” to God” by Lysa TerKeurst. The book is about radical obedience and always being willing to say “yes” to God, no matter what he is asking you do to do. However, one of the topics discussed is how do we discern what God is saying to us? How do we know if this is really God asking me to do something, or just a product of my over-active imagination? This discussion made me think of Psalm 37:4

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

I used to have this verse on a big poster in my bedroom as a teenager. At the time, I¬†saw it more along the lines of a prosperity gospel, I do what God wants, he gives me what I want. It took me a long time to realize, that what it’s really saying is that if you “delight yourself” in him, then your¬†desires and his desires will be the same.

There is an old song that¬†the contemporary¬†Christian music group, DC Talk, recorded titled,¬†“My Will.”¬†One¬†of the verses¬†says:

¬†I’m learning to give up the rights to myself

The bits and the peices I’ve gathered as wealth

Could never compare to the joy that you bring me

The peace that you show me is the strength that I need

The chorus then goes on to say:

It’s my will, and I’m not moving

Cause if it’s your will, then nothing can shake me

It’s my will to bow and praise you

I now have the will to praise my God

¬†If we are immersing ourselves daily in God’s word and actively pursuing him through prayer, we will come to desire what he desires. And he will give us the desires of our heart.

“Put good in, get good out.”

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“Put good in, get good out.” I just read this on the back of a package of Minute Maid fruit juice. At first it struck me as being very ironic, since the juice is “peach flavored” and only contains about 10% fruit juice, and that juice isn’t from peaches. I bought it, so I much not think it is too terrible, but it is not what I would put into the “good for you” category. However, the phrase then reminded me of the verse in James (which I didn’t stop to look up) which says, “from the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Put good in, get good out.

New Location

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This is my first post at the new WordPress location. So far I like it a lot better than blogger. Because I have a free account, I don’t get to customize the colors and things as much as I would like, but the option to have categories and tags, etc. is nice. I have copied all of the posts from the blogger location so that they won’t be lost with the move. They are found under the Blogger Post Archives category. I hope the new layout and tools available to me through WordPress will help me improve the overall quality of the blog. I think I am also going to move Quilt Like Crazy’s blog to WordPress and try to do more with it as well.

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