Monthly Archives: February 2014

Planning Your Life

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In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Do you have dreams? Have you planned out your life from graduating high school, to college, to getting married, to having 2.1 kids, to having a perfect job? Who out there has had their plans go perfectly? I can’t imagine much of anyone. In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. I love this Proverb. It piggybacks on Proverbs 16:3 and is such a fine reminder that we are just a small part of this whole thing called life.

Some might want to say that we are just pawns being manipulated by a God who gets his thrills over his power to control us. But that is not it at all. God gave us free choice. We are free to choose how we live our life and to put our faith and trust in Jesus. We are not marionettes dangling on strings being jerked this way and that. We are creations, made by a God who loves us dearly. A God who loves you dearly.

In his heart a man plans his course,” are the things you think might be best for you and your wants, needs, and desires. “…but the LORD determines his steps” are the things that God knows are best for you and your wants, needs, and desires. Personally, I think a book with some key things laid out just for my life would be useful! But, we don’t get one of those at delivery do we? No, instead we have to put one foot in front of the other. We have to try this and that. We need to fail and succeed. It’s called life.

So if you find yourself stumbling around, rest assured you are not alone. There’s a whole mess of us out there who are stumbling along trying to plan out things, when really we need to trust God. Talk to God, pray. Listen. He will give you the answers you need not just to plan your course, but to know your course.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Lego Movies

So, here we are with another snow day! But, wait, the freezing rain never came and it is sunny outside. We’ll be going to school until July. Oh my. But, the time was not wasted as my boys worked on some new Lego movies.

Owen did most of the movie creation himself. He’s got to learn sometime seeing as how it’s not going to happen at school!

 

I helped Ethan with putting his together, but the pictures and words are his.

 

So here you have our “Snow Day” Lego movies!

 

Make the Commitment

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Commit to the LORD whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Have you ever had someone promise to be there, pencil you in, get you all excited about an outing and then back out? Do you find yourself hemming and hawing about helping with that PTO activity, meeting up with friends or saying someone can count on your help?  Commit, commitment, committed, whatever version you use, it’s a big word if you’re committed to keeping your commitment. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

I’ve been at that point in my life where you ask yourself, “What am I going to be when I grow up?” or “What am I going to do for the rest of my life?” for a while. Sure, I’ve got a job that pays the bills, but it’s not like I’m a ‘die-hard if I don’t do this my life will have no purpose kind of person’. It’s a job. It’s not who I am. Now being a Mom, that’s where it is at for me. I am committed to doing the very best I can at being a mom and wife. But, in my eyes I fail at these jobs frequently. Will my kids only remember me yelling at them to pick up their room? Will my husband only remember all the times I rolled my eyes at him, turned away, and said “whatever, I’ll just do it myself”?

So how can I be a better mom and wife? How can you be a better whatever it is you want to be? We all need to commit our plans to God. You don’t need to be making promises to others; you need to be promising, committing all you do to the only One who is not going to back out on you!

This is the deal. In this life time here, I want to be the best wife and mom I can be. I’m going to commit this to God because it is my plan. I can control what I commit, but I need to depend and trust God that these plans will succeed. Maybe your plan is to start your own business, travel around the world, or raise $100 for the next charity race. Fill in the blank yourself:

In this lifetime here, I want to _______________________________________. I’m going to commit this to God because it is my plan. I can control what I commit, but I depend and trust God to fulfill these plans with His will, in His time.

I encourage you to think about your commitments that you make to others. But even more importantly, I want you to think about your commitments to God and the plans you make. Remember He is the only one who can help you succeed.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

The Tree of Love

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The Tree of Love

I’m a big supporter of showing your love everyday, not just on a man-made money-making holiday. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to have a little fun! I see all these beautiful Valentine ideas and decorations out there, however it’s just not me. It’s just not my family style. And so, the Tree of Love.

My daughter and I bought the pink garland and beads after Christmas. Fortunately I remembered it was there so we got it out and had a grand time weaving it through the tree. The lights stay on all year so there is always a little twinkle if we want it. We also made some heart decorations. See the big purple heart below? She ripped all those pieces and made a face.  You just can’t buy that at the store! It was so much fun working on this while the brothers were at school. These items do not make this the Tree of Love. The messages do.

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All of those clothespins are holding messages written by everyone in the family to each other. I told everyone they had to write why they love someone or about something they like to do with another person. No two can be the same. (In other words, my 4th grader can’t write the same thing 5 times!) No blanket statements here, you have to think.

This was fun to do with my little girl as she told me how she likes that her brother lets her watch him play on his Kindle. And I liked how my youngest son put up a shield around his writing space so I wouldn’t see what he wrote to me. I’m so excited to find out.  What do my kids perceive as loving actions from me? The one I wrote for my husband is a little silly, but I can’t write it here because he’ll see it 🙂

So while this wouldn’t be a “pinnable” moment in many people’s eyes, it is in mine. Because come Valentine’s Day, after enjoying a meal of heart-shaped hamburgers with heart-shaped buns, and a special dessert (I’m torn between red velvet cake or chocolate bowls filled with ice cream) everyone will get to open 5 special messages of love.

If you don’t have a tree, use a vase. Put some pencils in it and tape a note on each one. Or hang the notes on the fridge. Or just put them in a bowl on the table. It’s never to late to make your own Tree of Love. Love your family, love your kids and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Righteousness and Love

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Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21

Remember the path of the righteous from last week? Are you shining? Have you beamed your life as a forgiven sinner over someone else’s darkness? Keep at it; I know you can do it.

This week, the verse says, “Whoever pursues righteousness”. Pursues righteousness. Sounds a little snooty to me. But again, this righteousness is not an “I’m better than you” situation. It is a recognition that you have chosen to recognize your sin, ask for forgiveness, and trust the Lord in your life. Are you going after that relationship? Are you pursuing it? If you pursue something, you go after it with determination. You’re not sitting on your butt!

Wait, I almost missed it…righteousness and love. Who wouldn’t want love? Please, love your kids, your husband or wife, your family, friends, and even your co-workers. Pursue love and give out love. It’s as easy as letting someone go in front of you in line, smiling at a co-worker you pass in the hall, grabbing your kids and squeezing the stuffing out of them, or saying thank you.

Ok, so once you are on track to going after righteousness and love, then you will find God’s promises. He promises life, prosperity, and honor.

The promise of life: You might get sick, you might get married, or you might not even though you want to. Your family may be close or there might be a falling out. But, you have life.

The promise of prosperity: So this means you’re going to be a mega million dollar superstar, right? Wrong. God has a plan for you to prosper that is just right for you. This will look different for everyone. Try to embrace how you prosper. It’s hard. There are things you will want and not be able to have, but you will be okay. Trust God in this.

The promise of honor: For all that you do which glorifies God you will gain honor. Others will notice your actions and words. They will respect you. (Although, sometimes that respect will be hard to see under the gruffness, but it will be there.) Honor those you love and those you don’t want to because it is a two way street.

This is a lot to think about and recognize in your life. Why? Well first, because in a world where sin, lust, and evil seem to be glorified, it is hard to stay on the righteous path. Second, because as you pursue righteousness and love you may find that God’s promises might not look the way you think it should look.

Before I met my husband, he went to an acting school in NYC. That’s right, he was going to be famous. Let’s just say, it didn’t work out. Well, a few years ago we are watching TV and he sits forward and goes, “That’s my roommate from college!” Yup, his roommate is on an Emmy award winning TV show, glammin’ it up. And here we are 13 years, four kids, 5 houses, and about 9 jobs later, livin’ it up! Sure I’m envious in my daydreams about the life of being rich and famous, but feeling so blessed for the real dreams that play out in my life each day.

Remember you’re not in charge! So pray, listen to God, be faithful and pursue righteousness and LOVE.

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. Proverbs 21:21

 

 

Proverbs 4:18 Be a Beacon of Light

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The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18

When you are around so much negative talk, I find myself needing something uplifting. After talking about hatred, trust, and realizing how small I am, I looked through my Bible of underlined Proverbs and found this one. You see, morning is my favorite time of day. I can get a lot done before 7am. Of course, look for me at 9pm and I’m completely useless and more than likely asleep. I just feel gung-ho at the beginning of the day. The blog is called Morning Came Quickly. And I’m ever so glad that it does come.

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18

So, the path of the righteous is for the holier than thou, I can do no wrong people, right? Wrong. It’s for you and me, sinners, who know that’s what we are.  You and I are creations of God who can never be perfect. And at the beginning of the day we need to treasure that refreshing feeling and be ready to be a beacon of light to those whose mornings are not going down the right path.

Have you watched the sun rise? I can see it out my back door. It creeps up over the rooftops and tree line. One moment it is a line of orange and purple and then boom, it’s streaked with vivid pinks, reds, and purples. It’s amazing. Before you know it, the full sun streams into the room and that means it’s time to get going. Take a morning and notice the sunrise.

Today I encourage you to not stop at the first gleam of dawn. Take on your day and shine “the full light of day”. People around you will try to pull you down, put on sunglasses to keep you out, and do whatever they can to dim your light. Don’t let them. Know that you are loved by Jesus and He loves that your days’ glow is on the path of righteousness.

Share with us here how you shined or someone’s light shined on you to make your day brighter.

The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18