Monthly Archives: October 2015

In Your Hands – Unspoken

Yes there is nothing that we cannot leave in the hands of our Almighty Father!   We can trust God with everything.  He is always there for us. Always! Always! Always!  This is a beautiful song that reminds us that He is a caring God.

http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/unspoken/inyourhands.html

“In Your Hands”

The dawn is breaking and I can hear Your whisper in the breeze
The world is waking and I am here to meet You on my knees
When I’m with You my soul finds rest
Cause I can leave it in Your hands

The day keeps coming pulling me a different million ways
I’m always running but never seem to catch the things I chase
When I’m with You my soul finds rest
Cause I can leave it in Your hands

Every sorrow, I leave it in Your hands
Every sickness, I leave it in Your hands
All my failures, I leave them in Your hands
Amen, I leave it in Your hands

So I am laying the weight of all these burdens at Your feet
No more waiting, cause You’ve already won my victories
In Jesus my soul finds rest
Cause I can leave it in Your hands

Every promise, I leave it in Your hands
Every healing, I leave it in Your hands
And my future, I leave it in Your hands
Amen, I can leave it in Your hands

It’s Your hands that form the mountains
Your hands set boundaries for the seas
And in Your hands You hold tomorrow
The same hands that took the nails for me

Every sorrow, I leave it in Your hands
Every sickness, I leave it in Your hands
All my failures, I leave them in Your hands
Amen, I can leave it in Your hands

Every promise, I leave it in Your hands
Every healing, I leave it in Your hands
And my future, I leave it in Your hands
Amen, I can leave it in Your hands
I can leave it in Your hands

Noticing the Goodness in Infant/Baby Stage

At our MOPS meeting today, the steering team had a panel with each Mom talking about the goodness of the stage.  There was infant/baby stage, toddler stage, elementary stage, middle school, and high school.  Since I am the only Mom on the steering team that currently has a baby, I represented that stage.  I do not do well just talking from the cuff in front of a crowd, so I prepared a poem.  Please know that there are still times in my humanness that I do get frustrated and forget these things.

 

From the very first cry,
I thanked God for you.
The scary meconium poops,
I thanked God for coconut oil.
During the midnight wakings,
I thank God for one-on-one quality time.
The hours it takes to get you back to sleep,
I thank God I have a baby to get to sleep.
The power of your smile and laugh,
I thank God for your love.
The joy of watching you bring smiles to others,
I thank God for your pure heart.
When you scream as I am making dinner because you want me to hold you,
I thank God to make me take the time to enjoy you because dinner can wait.
When I see how your sisters adore you,
I thank God for blessing you with sisters.
While I watch you observing the world and taking it all in,
I thank God for allowing me to see the world differently along with you.
When I have changed your diaper or outfit for the tenth time,
I thank God for the ability to have diapers and clothes for you.
When I watch Daddy hold you on his knee listening to music with you,
I thank God for a husband who loves his children.
When I see you turning your head to see me,
I thank God for the bond we share.
While I watch you peacefully sleep,
I thank God for sweet baby dreams.
While you kick in your bath,
I thank God for your strength.
Witnessing all your firsts,
I thank God for allowing me these experiences as a SAHM.
As you learn to talk my dear,
I thank God for helping your voice be heard.
As you learn to walk,
I thank God for soft carpet & hard heads.
As you grow more independent,
I thank God for entrusting me with your life.

Pray Like No One is Watching

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On If Equip, they have started talking about Hannah today.  She has dealt with years of being barren.  What makes this even harder for her is that Penninah’s fertility is flaunted in front of her over and over.  This deepens Hannah’s sadness about her wanting her own children.  Hannah prays vigorously in the temple.  I imagine her on her knees, possibly crying, arms outwardly reaching up towards God, and she is saying her prayer with no words coming out of her mouth.  Hannah is praying for a son.  Her prayer is, Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”   Eli, the priest thinks she is drunk.  As he gets closer he realizes this is not the case.   Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”  God blesses Hannah with a son who she names Samuel.  Once he is weaned, Hannah brought Samuel back to Eli and gave him to the Lord as she has promised.

After reading this, I was pondering about praying like no one is watching.  Prayer when it is just a person pouring their thoughts to God can be individually.  However, there are times when people prayer in groups together.  I have been on my knees, tears rolling down my face, hands raised to God, asking for assistance or thanking Him for his help.  But what would that look like if I did this in public not just in my war room/ prayer room?  What if I began to pray like this on my front porch, at church, at a MOPS meeting, what affect might it have on someone else?  I should not let other people’s opinions about me praying get in the way of me praying to my God.  This is just something to think about.  What are your thoughts?

Beauty Without Cruelty

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In 1963, Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients. The driving force behind the project was Katherine Long, a dedicated, life-long animal welfare activist, a cosmetician, and a vegetarian. Together with Noel Gabriel, Katherine developed the first, full line of cruelty-free color cosmetics.It was brought to the US in 1989.

I have used several of Beauty Without Cruelty’s products.  I am not a person who wears makeup often.  In all honesty, I am a plain Jane.  When I wear makeup, it usually is mascara, maybe eyeliner, blush, and lipstick.  When I feel like using it, I enjoy a good lipstick.  I have fallen in love with the Beauty Without Cruelty line.  I love their Silver Rose lipstick pictured above.

When I make time, to do my nails, I like to use the Reckless Ruby.  I top it off with their clear.  The nail polish lasts as long as any of the other vegan company’s  nail polish I use.

I have used the Beauty Without Cruelty Volume Plus Shampoo and Conditioner.  Though I use these, there are other shampoos I use too.  Currently, I am on a mission to find a Vegan shampoo and conditioner that I love.

 

Thank You to Wonderful Teachers

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Teachers have an extremely important job. They wear many hats throughout the day. They are responsible for our precious children for about 7 hours. Know that once the students leave, their job is not complete. Often, they stay late or bring home their work. They write lesson plans, plan activities, prep activities, grade papers, complete report cards, etc. I will not even discuss the mounds of paperwork that a Special Education teacher is responsible for. I have had teachers call me at night to discuss my child. Teachers come in during the summer before the school year starts, to prep their rooms and be ready for the first week of school. Please remember as they have to bring their work home, they have their own families they need to tend to. Yes they get a planning period, however often that is used to make phone calls and respond to emails or notes from parents or talk to guidance counselors about their students. A half hour to forty-five minutes is not enough time to complete everything that is required of them. In my opinion they are highly underpaid! Can you imagine being responsible for twenty to twenty-five students for a whole day? At the middle school and high school level it is even more students they are responsible as they have multiple classes. I know many people are saying, “No way. I could not do that.”

Know that I do not believe teachers are babysitters per say. I use this for an example. They are so much more. If teachers were paid per hour per student a flat rate of $5.00 an hour and let us just use 25 students, then their salary for the year would be around $146,250 ($5.00 * 25 *6.5 *180). However, that is not even close to their actual salaries. The lowest starting salary is Montana at $27,274 a year and the highest being New Jersey at $48,631 (http://www.teacherportal.com/teacher-salaries-by-state/). I did not even include the time teachers are at the school before students arrive and after students leave. Do not forget that there is lots of faculty meetings they attend that is not part of the total from above. Here is where I get upset, professional athletes make tons more than our teachers who are the ones that are really shaping our future. The average NFL player makes $1.9 million,  MLB players average is $3.2 million, and NBA players average is $5.15 million.  The lowest paid NFL player makes $420,00 a year.  It is probably a huge reason why I could care less about professional sports. I would rather not waste my time watching overpaid athletes who are not making a difference in this world.

I ask you to think back when you were in school. Is there one teacher or perhaps more than one that really made a difference for you? Did you ever tell them? Is there a teacher in your child’s life that made a huge impact on them? If so I encourage you to tell that amazing teacher how wonderful they are/were. Know that although you move onto higher grades, students always still remain a special part of a teacher’s heart.   Teachers do wonder how their past students are doing.  Teachers, who work hard for their students often our children, deserve to be cheered on and uplifted. I challenge you to reach out to those teachers today!

1 Peter 2:2

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As Christians we are “born again” (1 Peter 1:23) as a spiritual baby.    We come to God humbly like a baby.  A newborn baby must drink milk to survive.  As a spiritual baby, we must get our nourishment from the Word of God (Bible).  A Christian cannot grow without studying the Word of God.  We should have a desire to study his Word for ourselves.  At salvation, all believers experience how gracious the Lord is to those who trust Him.

This verse is a reminder that I need to make time every day to be in the Word, to read the Bible.  I have to be intentional about the way I schedule my time and what I am doing with my time.  I know the importance of reading His word and feeling his peace.  May we as followers strive to read the word of God daily.  This may look differently and be at a different times for each person based on their circumstances.  If Jesus Christ gave his life for me, then I will and can make time for Him.

“Cinderella”

I hear this song all the time on 99.1 FM.  I thought it was so beautiful.  I never knew the story behind it.  On May 21, 2008, Stephen Curtis Chapman along with his wife Mary Beth lost their five year old daughter Maria Sue.  She had been hit and run over by a car.  Shortly, after the accident he released this song, a tribute to Maria Sue.

Here are the lyrics: http://www.metrolyrics.com/cinderella-lyrics-steven-curtis-chapman.html

She spins and she sways to whatever song plays
Without a care in the world
And he’s sitting here wearing
The weight of the world on his shoulders

It’s been a long day and there’s still work to do
She’s pulling at him saying, “Dad, I need you
There’s a ball at the castle and I’ve been invited
And I need to practice my dancing, oh please, daddy, please”

So he’ll dance with Cinderella while she is here in his arms
‘Cause he know something the prince never knew
Oh, he’ll dance with Cinderella, he don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone

She says he’s a nice guy and he’ll be impressed
She wants to know if he’ll approve of the dress
She says, “Dad the prom is just one week away
And I need to practice my dancing, oh please, daddy, please”

So he’ll dance with Cinderella while she is here in his arms
‘Cause he know something the prince never knew
Oh, he’ll dance with Cinderella, he don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone
She will be gone

But she came home today with a ring on her hand
Just glowing and telling us all they had planned
She says, “Dad, the wedding’s still six months away
And I need to practice my dancing, oh please, daddy, please”

So he’ll dance with Cinderella while she is here in his arms
‘Cause he know something the prince never knew
Oh, he’ll dance with Cinderella, he don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone

Purity Ball

I am reading and thoroughly enjoying Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson. In Chapter 11 Cinderella at the Ball, he discusses a Purity Ball. This is totally foreign to me as I have never heard of it. Randy Wilson is the founder of the concept of the Purity Ball. “The Father Daughter Purity Ball is a memorable ceremony for fathers to sign commitments to be responsible men of integrity in all areas of purity. The commitment also includes their vow to protect their daughters in their choices for purity. The daughters silently commit to live pure lives before God through the symbol of laying down a white rose at the cross. Because we cherish our daughters as regal princesses – for 1 Peter 3:4 says they are “precious in the sight of God” – we want to treat them as royalty.”

At a Purity Ball, a young lady can have her father, grandfather, uncle, step-father, neighbor or any other man in her life who will commit to taking on the responsibility of helping her stay pure. Participants partake in dancing with their escorts. The males read a covenant over their daughters. “I choose before God to cover my daughter as her authority and protection in the areas of purity. I will be pure in my own life as a man, husband, and father. I will be a man of integrity and accountability as I lead, guide, and pray over my daughter and family as the high priest of the home. And this covering will be used by God to influence generations to come.” The fathers sign the covenant and the daughters sign it as witnesses. The fathers present swords at the cross to show the determination to protect their daughters. Then both daughters and fathers kneel, and the girls lay a white rose under the cross symbolizing their commitment to stay pure before God. Microphones are setup so that fathers can bless their daughters and daughters can bless their fathers.

This night, is a way to reestablish the father-daughter relationship. He discussed how a woman in her forties who had a broken relationship with her father asked him to escort her. Her father asked for her forgiveness and they have since reestablished a relationship as daughter and father. This to me is so beautiful and it must be so powerful to witness. It really is never too late to have a broken relationship healed.

I do not know any girl/woman who would not desire their fathers to make them feel special, loved, cherished, and worthy. This event gives men an opportunity to achieve that. If fathers treat their girls as young ladies / princesses, then the girls have a better chance of growing up acting like young ladies. They might be apt to make decisions in their future to protect their purity.

Sometimes you just have to ask

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Sometimes you just have to ask people the hard questions.  I just found out today that a distant relative had been assuming about feelings I had toward the individual.  The individual had thought that I looked down on him.  He thought I was upset about something he did to another family member.  I had not known what he did and I do not judge him for it.  No one is perfect and we all make poor decisions sometimes.  Luckily we have an Almighty Father that gives us grace and loves us unconditional.  On the contrary, I recognize his sweet, compassionate spirit.  Does he have issues with some things?  Maybe but who does not have some kind of issue? I am hoping that he realizes that he is accepted and loved not only by me but by Jesus. Praying he can see himself as God sees him.

Everyone Needs A Friend

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Everyone needs a friend at times. I am talking about a true friend that you can open up to, that you can tell anything to without judgment. Some people are lucky to have this kind of friend or several of them. It does not matter how you communicate with your friend whether via. Email, text, or phone. Humans are made to communicate with others. We are supposed to have relationships. Let’s face it a life being a Mom, is not an easy task at times. During these overwhelming times, we need to lean on God and those friends he placed in our lives. I am grateful for my friends that I can be true with, who give me words of encouragement, and who I can pray for them and their families. I know they pray for me too. Thank you my dear friends. You know who you are.