Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fathers Day w/ Johns Dad Ken

Tonight we went to spent the evening with Johns Dad Ken for Fathers day. We had such a great time! Mama of coarse made a great meal, then we headed to the back yard to watch the kids swim. After that we headed in for some karaoke...yes karaoke. Johns parents bought a karaoke machine and we all had a blast singing (or in my case watching others sing). I have video to post as soon as I learn how to. It is a MUST SEE!

In this picture John is paying back his Dad for past chest pokes when he was a boy. Theses two were like little kids today...wrestling, singing and poking each other. Good times! Good times!

Of Coarse Our kids had to get in on the action. It was 3 against 1. No Fair!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Bath time may soon be extinct at my house

Last night we had the privilege of having some friends over for dinner. After they left, I cleaned my kitchen, made lunch for my Hubby and went to get ready for I thought. I went to brush my teeth, only to find that my bathroom was a mess from Trenton's bath. Jacob "helped" me out by bathing Trenton earlier that day. Now normally this scene would send me into my CraZy MaMa fit, but not this time. As I sat there and sighed the Lord so graciously drew my attention to the bathtub. As I looked down I saw this little action figure hanging from the tub spout. The sight of that made me laugh out loud. I could see that my baby boy enjoyed his bath time. I was no longer overwhelmed with the fact that I still had some more cleaning to do before bed, I was happy to clean up after him (this time). I realized then that my two oldest now take showers, and are pretty independent. Bath time may soon be extinct at my house. I just wished that I took more time to watch each of them enjoy playing in the bath, instead of worrying about how clean my bathroom or house was. Time is short, why do I waste so much of it fretting over my house or other unimportant things.
Lord, help me live my life like a child, where I enjoy the simple pleasures in bath time :) Help me to see things threw your eyes (as you see them) and enjoy these special days as my children grow. Amen!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Zoe's Dedication

This past Sunday our Niece Zoe Grace was dedicated to the Lord at Bethel Christian Center. Zoe is a gift from the Lord, given to Johns little Sister Sara and her Hubby Frank. Zoe also has a Big Sister - Serenity (who absolutely adores her). Zoe is such a sweet baby and has brought so much joy to our family already. I look forward to seeing her grow. Please pray with us that she will one day turn her eyes to Jesus and make Him Lord of her life. May that be sooner than later. Amen!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Being a servant of God

Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God.
On Being a Servant of God by Warren Wiersbe

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Give me a Heart of Praise, Please!

Isn't it funny how sometimes we can do something with such a joyful heart, but then a few weeks down the road we are murmuring and complaining about that same chore we enjoyed a few weeks earlier? Well that has happened to me (again) this week. I recently was blessed with a washing machine. The place we live in only has a hook up and power for a Washer, not a dryer. So that left me with two options for drying...Laundromat  or clothes line. I chose the laundromat... until I realized (after my 1st two loads of laundry) that I had a lot of wet clothes lying around in baskets. How was I going to get 4-5 baskets of wet clothes into a car with my three kids. Not gonna work! So I opted for a clothes line. It's cheaper and good for the environment, right? Well, at first I love it. I even took pictures to blog about how much I loved it, but then the fun wore off and it became just another chore.
Now you know it doesn't just stop here. No, the Lord wouldn't allow that. Yesterday as I did my laundry I happened to get a call from my Sister Nina. As we were talking I must have grumbled or sighed while I was putting my wet clothes on the line. She laughed and said something like ~ "not as fun as it used to be?" When she said that I realized that at one point this was fun to me, but now I have lost my joy. After I hung up from that call the Lord gave me a Scripture about joy. I realized then that my prospective had changed, and this had become a chore instead of a blessing like it was at 1st. I was so convicted of my attitude so I repented and began to praise the Lord that my family had clothes to wash, and money to buy laundry soap. What a change it was to my heart. My complaining heart became a heart of Joy and praise. What an awesome God we serve! He doesn't just leave us in a pit of self pity and grumbling. He shows us a way out and gives us Joy! So I pray today that I can look to Him and praise Him as I clean my house, teach my children, make dinner, and even as I hang my laundry. May those things not be chores today, tomorrow or ever, but instead be a time of Praise and Thanksgiving!
*Philippians 2:14 -Do everything without complaining
*Psalm 71:23 - My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You;And my soul, which You have redeemed.
*Psalm 98:4 - Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.