Saturday, November 15, 2014
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
That's not exactly how the scene played out the last time J and I had a date night--ha! He had a fund raising event for a Board that he sits on, so it was a chance for us to get gussied up and hit the town.
Sunday, November 2, 2014
What do we do with it all?! I know that some families donate it to a dentist and the kids get paid a certain amount per pound. Other families take it to a local drop-off center and it is shipped to troops stationed oversees. I've even heard of a "switch-witch" who comes to the house after a few days and switches out all the candy and in its place, leaves a desired toy. All good ideas, but as I said here, I've been feeling pressed upon to be a bit more intentional.
10%. That is all the Lord requests. The first 10%--not the leftovers, or the 10% after I've paid all my bills, or if I have money left over at the end of the month, but 10% right off the bat. And then watch and wait. Watch how I will pour out my blessings. Watch and see the overflow I will provide if you trust in me. Interestingly enough, this is the only place where the Lord challenges his people to test him. Everywhere else in the Bible we are specifically warned "not to put the Lord your God to the test"--Deuteronomy 6:16.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Whew...Halloween has come and gone and we can catch our breath! Can you guess what the Noodle went as? Mei Mei was her side-kick ;)
We had already discussed how the candy she got on that day would be donated. I had a feeling we would be overrun with sugary goodness by the time all was said and done. I was right!
Mei Mei went up with me to watch the parade and loved seeing all the costumes. Not surprising were the number of Elsas that were spotted. There was only one paleontologist though, the Noodle!
Now, about all that candy................
Monday, October 27, 2014
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Intentional. This word has been rattling around in my brain for a while now.
Perhaps it has been our sermon series at church. Perhaps it has been an ever growing, on-going awareness of my role as a parent. Whatever it is, I feel like the Lord keeps whispering to me "Be intentional".
Be intentional as you look around your neighborhood. Sure everything seems fine behind the pretty facades but is there someone who could use a kind word. A prayer. A bowl of warm strawberries freshly picked. A loaf of homemade bread so that they know they aren't alone. An extra act of kindness.
Be intentional as you play with the girls. Be fully present and aware. These times are so fleeting and they grow so quickly. Notice the small things.
Be intentional with your time. Use it to bring me glory. It is a gift--use it wisely.
Be intentional with your instruction. The world is only too willing to exert its influence on you and your family. "Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."--Deuteronomy 11:18-19