Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Friday, November 30, 2007
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This just got me to thinking about a comment my friend made to me today. She was saying that even other Christian women sometimes make it hard to do what is right. She had made the choice to step out of some ministries so that she could devote more time to her husband and her family. I think this is a wonderful thing. Unfortunately not everyone feels this way. She has had other well meaning ladies trying to pull her in another direction. It is much like peer pressure. It is hard to stand firm in our decision to devote more time to home and family when you have other women encouraging you to do the opposite. They mean well and some may say it is a shame to waste your gifts but they may not realize that our homes are our primary mission field! We have little ones and husbands not to mention other family members that need us. When the time is right there is nothing wrong with volunteering for church activities and ministries but it is important that your priorities are in order.
It is so important to encourage each other to do what is right. By doing that we can build strong marriages and families that serve the Lord together.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Yesterday I had to go a city about 45 minutes away for some tests with a specialist. I had to be there at 7:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. appointment. This wouldn't have been any problem except that we got what the weather people were calling "the first winter storm of the year". It started with freezing rain, then ice pellets, and then snow. The roads were VERY icy. I am just so grateful that my wonderful hubby had taken the day off to drive me there. He is an amazing driver and isn't bothered by bad weather conditions. There was much prayer going on as we slid around quite a bit on the ice. However God is faithful and answers prayers and we made it -on time even! However the result of the testing was that I didn't feel up to do doing much for the rest of the day so today has been a busy day of catch up.
The mother of one of my friends from church passed away yesterday. She was 1 day past her 100th birthday. She is now home with the Lord. What a comfort to family and friends left behind to have that assurance.
I was so glad that I had gone crazy in the fall and made way too many cabbage rolls for the freezer. This enabled me to take some out and take them over to my friend so that she and her husband will have a quick meal ready for lunch or dinner today and not have to worry about what to have or what to cook. It is a blessing to have foods that are quick to make on hand or prepared foods in the freezer for when someone is ill or there is a death in the family. I often have cooked chicken cut up in the freezer and other ingredients on hand so I can make a chicken pot pie quickly for someone. Or I make a ground beef pie by browning ground beef adding a can of mushrooms and gravy I saved in the freezer from past roasts. I mix it all together and put it in a pie crust and bake until the crust is golden. Quick and easy but welcome. One of my friends has lasagnas ready in her freezer. If she has surprise company, or someone needs a meal she is ready.
Today I have beef stew going for dinner and have caught up on many of the neglected chores from yesterday. My little monkeys are all down for a nap thank goodness! It has been a bit of a trying morning with them.
Tonight I need to cut my hubby's hair and iron clothes for tomorrow night when we go to his Christmas party at work. We get to dress up, have a wonderful meal and perhaps I'll even get in a slow dance or two with my husband. ~smile~
I better get back to my busy day!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Cinnamon Swirl Bread
Well, it is gloomy, rainy kind of day here but that is o.k. because today is playgroup day. The little ones are over joyed, they look forward to Wednesday's all week. Playgroup is run by the Early Years center and they provide all kinds of wonderful toys, crafts, activities, songs and stories. It is also a great opportunity to meet with other moms and caregivers for some adult conversation! We can discuss issues and offer advice as well as just visit - I enjoy it almost as much as the children. ~smile~ I am especailly looking forward to it as my friend Lisa will be there today!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I talked with a man once who was recently divorced and asked him what happened. He couldn't pin point any one thing but he said one of the things that hurt him the most was that his wife had never seen him off or greeted him when he got home.
Wow! That seems like a small thing and yet it hurt him the most. He said he felt like she didn't care if he ever came back and when he did come back he felt unappreciated and unloved.
Strive to see your husband off to work, go to the door tell him you love him, tell him to be careful and kiss him goodbye. No matter what you are doing it can wait 2 minutes while you do this. Is your husband not more important than any chore?
For some of you your husband may leave while you are still asleep. Set your alarm, get up and see him off. How he will appreciate knowing how much you care. 2 minutes that's all it takes then you can go back to bed or get a head start on your day. It will be worth the effort.
I always think what if the unthinkable happens will I have to regret not making time to tell my hubby I love him and send him off properly. So many people wish they had told loved ones they loved them one more time - don't take that chance.
Here is a good time to mention another key to a happy marriage that fits in with this. Settle arguments right away. Don't let them stew and ferment and turn into something bigger and uglier than they should. It is so important that you and your spouse do not leave the house without settling things and parting on good terms. If you do then it just carries on. It taints both of your days and when you come together at the end of the day it's become harder to resolve.
Now when he returns home stop what you are doing, get up and go to him. Let him know you love him, that you missed him and give him a hug and a kiss. Ask about his day, be sweet and loving. He will always look forward to coming home if he is greeted this way.
I'm sure that the couple I mentioned earlier had a lot more problems than this but it would only have taken four minutes out of her day to make her husband feel loved, appreciated and cared for. Who knows the difference that could have made.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I must live under a rock. I say that alot and sometimes I am glad that I have no idea what is going on in the world, but I say that now because I never realized that Stepford Wives was a feminist book. I know, I know, like I said I must live under a rock. ~smile~
I have this book and the original movie and I always thought it was the complete opposite. I thought it showed the unhappiness that results in husbands when their wives neglect them and their home. I am not saying that what the men did was right in any way shape or form but I always thought about why they did it. What drove them to a place where the thought of this seemed like a good idea?
When you see what the women were like before you see why the husbands are so unhappy. After they are stepford wives you see what the husbands felt was lacking in their marriage.
I think that to spite the weirdness of it all there are lessons to be had here. What things would your husband like to see you do? Are you neglecting your home in favor of other activities? Are you neglecting him? Are there things he asks of you that you just don't do? Have you let yourself go?
I admit I am overweight and in the evening you will find me in comfy and not so attractive clothes but during the day I make the effort to dress well and have my hair and makeup done though I am at home most of the time. I am also trying to lose the weight...however chocolate is just so tasty! ~wink~
I make the effort to have the house clean and organized for my hubby but I have fallen short in this area lately with too much going on. So I need to get back on track there as well.
This falls under neglecting your home in favor of other activities. I have also resorted to convenience foods more and more often as I am busy and to be honest sometimes just lazy. I am commited to preparing meals and snacks myself and stocking up the freezer for those times when I just don't have the energy to make it.
I have also failed to always be there for my hubby and look after the things he asks me to. ~sigh~ It is hard to admit when you fail but I think it is important to be honest and therefore be accountable to get my act together.
Perhaps because I live under a rock I learned things from this story weird and creepy though it may be.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
But they were filled with a New York Cheesecake filling! Does it really get any better than that? It does actually because each package of 5 (they are bigger than normal kisses) was only 44 cents! I thought that some of the ladies at church that I know LOVE chocolate would love these so a grabbed a few extra packages and wrapped them in a band of scrapbook paper and put their names on them. Here is a picture of them....
I hope they enjoy them as much as I did!
Last night I was blessed to attend the renewal of vows ceremony and dinner of friends of ours. It was beautiful but made me miss my hubby even more! He comes home today! Yippee!
Now this morning we have a guest speaker at church and my son is playing guitar for praise and worship and I have some work to do before the service starts so I better get moving!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
We were reading 2 Corinthians 5 this morning and this verse really stood out for me....
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
When we accept Christ we are a new creation. We are fresh and new!
That put me in mind of this scripture.....
Psalm 103:11-12 (New International Version)
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
They are gone! You can't get further away than east is from west. God is so very good.
I am just praising the Lord today for all He has done for me and enjoying the beauty outside!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
I am just thrilled, what a blessing! Thank you to Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald for your generosity!
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Monday, November 5, 2007
Here is a picture of her with a few of our girls and some pictures from the candle light banquet Saturday night.
Kathy, Liz Curtis Higgs, Amy and Leanne
Wilma, Anne and Carmen
Jen, Leanne, Kathy, Nancy, Pat, Eunice and
Kathy, Nancy, Pat, Eunice and Lynn
Amy,Leanne, Kathy, Wilma and Eunice.
Wilma and Leanne sporting their Sunday bonnets.
Leanne, Jen and Wilma
Leanne and I with our new friends!
Friday, November 2, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Sorry, I am new to blogging and can't seem to get my pictures lined up!
Things are awfully fragrant here this morning and I am just waiting for the vet to open so I can get some special skunk shampoo for the dog. I washed her once with her regular shampoo and locked her in the mudroom. I just opened the door and nearly got knocked over by the smell. Poor baby. She looks so sad in there.
I have some helpful tips on getting the smell out of the house but am told it may take a few days. ~sigh~ I was also told that our dog is the fourth one people have heard about getting sprayed in town recently. I have tons of sympathy for the other three families that have dealt with this!
Life in a small town....I still wouldn't trade it for anything!
Thank you to everyone who prayed for her, please continue to pray for a full and speedy recovery.