Thursday, September 13, 2007


I am just finishing up the busiest 10 days I have had in a while. My husband has been traveling for work the past 7 of 10 days and to say the least I am a little tired from going it alone with my two little children. I have been preparing for a bible study this week and preparing for work tommorrow and inbetween taking my little ones to all their activities. Needless to say I am due for a little rest.

How convenient that I am in the book of Matthew and Jesus clearly provides an answer to my fatigue: Matthew 11:28,29 and 30- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you....For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Here I thought rest would come when my husband returned and all my preparations were done, but God was there all along waiting to provide me rest.

Thankyou Lord that is just that easy to recieve rest. I am so thankful for your word and that it never changes. Help me to seek you first rather then lean on my own understanding(or lack of).

Sunday, September 9, 2007

College Football

I love College Football season, it is truly the most exciting of all sports and my husband and I enjoy hours of entertainment when the season finally starts. It is so great to turn on the TV and see multiple games at one time(unless you don't have the big ten network). We are huge Buckeye fans and so far it seems as though the defense will save our hides each game or so I hope.

We unfortunately do not have access to the Big Ten Network so we packed up the kiddies and headed to a local restaurant to catch the first half of the game. Although the Buckeyes were not stellar, we had a great time being surrounded by Buckeye fans and our kids were really good which is always a simple blessing in itself.

I am thankful that God allows us to relax and enjoy something like college football just because. It's true that athletes at times can be inspiring and that sports can be a platform to present the gospel(ex: FCA) which is great but I think God just wanted us to enjoy ourselves. To be in awe of the athletic talent that God has afforded some people, to provide excitement and suspense in a last minute touchdown or overtime victory and even slightly enjoy an unexpected defeat(sorry michigan) Sometimes there is no greater meaning behind something, God just does it because he loves us and wants us to experience joy in a thousand different ways.

So enjoy the simple blessing of college football or whatever sport, activity you enjoy and enjoy it because God provided it for you. God loves us in many ways, some show up big and others show up small but thank goodness God always shows up.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wet Wipes

Today was my daughter's first day at gymnastics class. She is taking the class with her best friend so I knew she would have a great time. Her best friend has a brother the same age as my son and they were playing together in the tiny playroom provided there. I was chit chatting with a mom and thought, the boys seem quite so I will go peak on them. I get to the little playroom that is just behind me and to my suprise my son has poop on his hands and on the floor. Somehow his pricey pull up had not done its job and my son's diaper contents were now all over the floor and continuing to leak out. I couldn't believe it, what was I to do!!!!

Luckily I had two packets of wet ones wipes and was able to wipe up my son, clean all the toys and scrub an already gross floor with the wet wipes to make the place as clean as can be. I know it seems silly to praise God for a simple blessing like wet wipes but they get me through alot of "Sticky" situations. However the real blessing was getting through the whole incident without raising my voice at my son, snapping at him in frustration or crying. Thankyou God for the patience and sense of calmness I was able to have despite a not so typical and very uncomfortable situation. I am not sure that God was thinking of this type of situation when he breathed the words of Phillipians 4:13, but I sure took them to heart. Thankyou that my son continued on the rest of the day not the least bit concerned about the days earlier events and that my daughter was able to complete the gymnastics class without any interruption and had a blast. Thanks also that kids do eventually stop wearing diapers!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Father's Love

The other night as I went to bed I picked up my son out of his bed and brought him into mine for a little snuggle time. He was pretty much oblivious to the fact but I just wanted to be near him. As I laid there with him I prayed about how much I love him and how thankful I am to God for him. I also began to pray about how I know I get frustrated with him sometimes but that was nothing compared to how much joy he brings me. Then it hit me, how much more does my Heavenly Father love me and even though I frustrate him often, his love is always there.

I was so amazed at how great God's love is, when I am down because I know I am not serving God the way I should be I must be reminded that his Love is ever present and NEVER FAILS. I love how God has given me the gift of my children and how our earthly relationship somewhat parallels God's relationship with his children. If God can be as patient and loving as he is with me, shouldn't I be able to extend that love to my children and others. It was really a special moment last night when I remembered that as much as I love my children, God loves me more, how amazing.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Good Kick in the Pants

This may not sound like a simple blessing but it can be. I have been struggling lately to be reading my Bible on a more regular basis during the summer. Throughout the rest of the year I am in a great Bible Study and in his word on a regular basis, but when summer comes I tend to slack off. What if God decided to take summers off, boy would I be in trouble.
I attended a wonderful luncheon yesterday where a very nice lady spoke about why we don't use the key that God have given us in our everyday life, the key being the Bible. She went on to state all these reasons we choose not to read the bible or use it in our everyday life such as being lazy, it is boring, people will think we are Jesus Freaks. It was so refreshing to recieve that push that I need to get reading my Bible.
It is so frustrating to myself when I know what the right thing to do is but I drag my feet for several but no good reasons. I got a swift kick in the pants yesterday via this lady's speech and I had no idea what the topic of the luncheon would be when I attended it. Thankyou God for knowing what is on my heart and giving me that push I needed as I allowed other things to occupy my time. Thankyou for placing me a the right place and the right time. It was so simple, I just showed up and you were there.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

I love you

Its funny how three simple words can completely change your mood. I am in the middle of potty training my son and it is not going as smoothly as I remembered with my daughter. What ever the reason may be it just isn't a priority for my son right now, so I am a little frustrated with the progress.
Today we had two "accidents" and I was a little peeved by the time the second one occurred and my son picked up on this. We had a talk about needing to be a big boy and using the potty and I told him I was sorry for getting so upset and he looks at me and says "I love you so much". I laughed so hard, because he was so cute when he said it and the timing couldn't have been better for either of us. He needed to get out of being in trouble and I needed forgiveness for getting so upset and that little phrase did the trick for both of us.
Thankyou God for loving me and allowing me to love others. What a gift to recieve love and give love. Its amazing that God's love is unconditional no matter what I do, or don't do, but sometimes its hard to see that in real life. My son's ability to love me so much even when I am having a bad day is God's way of showing his love for me as well. Lets not forget the power of these three, or sometimes 5, little words