Many are asking,”Who can show us any good?”

Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord.

You have filled my heart with greater joy

than when their grain and new wine abound.

I will lie down and sleep in peace,

for you alone, O Lord,

make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 4:6-8

Just let this passage soak in for bit.  Meditate on the words and meditate on what it’s saying to us!

This passage embodies the full meaning of peace for me.  The warmth of God’s light, the great joy and the peaceful slumber.  Do not worry your self to sickness.  God is there to be your refuge.

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This challenge is working for me!

 

squat challenge

I completed my 100 squats this morning for day 9 and it was really not that bad.  Yesterday on my “rest” day I was kind of dreading the big 100!  I am so glad I am sticking to this.  Day 1 I was 190 pounds and Day 8 I weighed in at 183.5.  I didn’t think I was losing any weight at all.  I do a little cardio and some elliptical along with this through out my day, but nothing regimented, just when I have time.  I hope that you find something that works for you if your desire is to be fit and lose some weight!

 

Joyce Meyer’s Reduce me to Love

bible

I am reading Joyce’s book about a love walk and I came to a verse that really struck me.  I thought I would share it.

Psalm 37:5

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and he shall bring it to pass.

Lay it all out for Him and then let it be.  He sees fit for what your life should be.  We of course have free will and may choose to go our own way, yet if we lay it down for Him to take over He will certainly lead us where we are supposed to go!

 

nativity-scene

We can so easily forget what the meaning of Christmas is. Do we really know? Read Luke 2 and find out! It is now that we need to instill the knowledge of Jesus birth in our children. We can’t let them live the fairy tail for a few years and then let them decide what to believe. With Christmas programs in full swing I pray that your church teaches the story as it happened and doesn’t glamorize the night that Christ came to this earth. Be joyful and thankful and loving everyday, because Christ came to this earth to bring that to YOU! Accept it and live it.

I need to take my own advice. With our Christmas program and everything else going on the last couple of weeks I have not been full of joy. Full of anxiety and stress, yes, full of joy, no. I pray that your family will take the time to sit and enjoy one another this Christmas season. Leave the fighting and bickering outside in the cold where it belongs.

The Letter Writer

I have just watched a fantastic heartwarming movie. The Letter Writer. I hadn’t ever witnessed a preview previously, but caught a glimpse on Netflix. It looked good, so gave it a try. It is so sentimental and symbolic. If you are wondering why you exist you should watch this movie, pray and listen for God to tell you! You are here for a reason you just have to stop being so stubborn and listen for the path that God wants you on. And remember to bless someone else during the course of your day.

The Christmas Tree

It’s name has changed, in my mind at least, to the giving tree.  It’s true we do adorn a pine tree with shiny bulbs during the Christmas season, but I think the trees give us beauty all year long.

A stunning green backdrop against a stark white winter.

A twinkling bright steady monument while sticks of brown begin to bud in spring.

A gorgeous array of multi green splendor in the summer sun.

The darkest shade of fall color set as an anchor with bursting orange, yellow and red surrounding them.

Remember the real meaning of Christmas is Christ’s birth which blesses us each day, not the decorations we unpack once a year.

Don’t judge.  You just never know what someone has gone through in their life or even in that day!  The prettiest, the richest, the poorest, the most deformed people have stuff going on in their lives that they may not have any control over.  Love them.  Help them.  Give to them.

Ben

We went to Detroit Lakes last weekend to meet Tricia and Christian.  The boys played and played and played and talked and talked and talked.  Oh and we googoo and gaagaaed over the baby to of course!  It was so much fun.

The boys played in the pool and had a blast as well.  Ben is just learning to swim.  He still uses his floaties on his arms, but he is getting so brave it’s great!  He still gets a little nervous when his head goes under the water.  I always tell him not to panic and just take deep breaths.  Well he started to jump in the water in the deep end.  One time he came up gagging and flailing his arms, so I ran over to him.  I told him to stop panicking and take a deep breath, to which he replied, “Mom I am not panicking I was just afraid I was going to drown!”

Ha!  Well there you have it!

Great News!

Well I guess it’s official now.  I had my ultra sound and there is a baby in my tummy!  I am so excited!  I can’t even believe it’s happening and until my ultrasound yesterday I have been hesitant to get too excited.  But now my baby is 2.26 cm long and has a heart beat of 167! 

I have been out of practice for so long I am going to have to read all of those baby books over again.  Benjamin just turned six years old!  He is more excited than I am I tell you!  That boy can’t wait for the baby to come. 

So now we have to shift gears from the adoption of a toddler or preschooler to diapers and formula.  Just what Mitch was excited about avoiding:)  Oh well – I will take the poopy, pukey, paranormal smells of a new born.  It will be an adventure!

My Mom

My mom has a look about her when she is concerned about one of her little chicks.  She is so caring and loving and has such a gentle touch.  She is always willing to help out when she can. 

At the drop of a hat she will fly to rescue one of her injured chicks.

My son and her share a wonderful smile/grin and I laugh when they both show it off to the world.  I can’t imagine what my life would be like without her. 

She has always been there for me and my family now to hold our hand, to cry with us, to laugh with us and just be with us. 

As I grow older I am finding that we are such similar creatures.  I think we are even beginning to look a little like one another:)  Certainly I am beginning to act more like her:)

I want to say thank you to my mom who, even though I don’t show it all the time, has a special place in my heart and whom I love very much!

Thanks mom for teaching me what unconditional love is!