Monday, December 29, 2008

12/29/08 - I am alive

I know I've not been around for awhile. I am dealing with some pretty intense morning sickness and I am on the computer for about 5 minutes a day.

Please read my personal blog for info.

Monday, December 22, 2008

12/22/08 - Being Content

This week my son's verse for Sunday school is: I have learned to be content in all circumstances.

Hearing him repeat this over and over has been so helpful. After I wrote that last post my morning sickness started to kick in. Thankfully I am not flat on my back like I was with my last pregnancy, but feeling nausea all day long wears on ones attitude and mind set.

I desire contentment even in the midst of sickness. There is much going on in my body right now. By four weeks, my baby has a head, tail, backbone and limb buds - which will eventually become arms and legs. The beginnings of ears and eyes are also visible. Its heart is already beating, and the other organs are forming fast. Yes, a lot is going on and even though I feel like I have the flu (minus the achy body and fever) I will be content knowing that I am hard at work on the inside!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

12/18/08 - Too Rushed

One thing I am very intentional about doing is keeping my schedule pretty free and not bogged down! I work hard and not planning too much...but this time of year, there's no way around it!

When you get too busy, what is the first thing that goes?

For me, it's been that quiet bible time in the morning. I hit the floor running in the morning and think, "I'll get to my bible later!"

Does this only happen to me?

We are so easily sidetracked with our quiet time. This week I've gotten to my quiet time, but it's been in the afternoon when I am not as fresh. Thus I feel a little "dry".

Here's to getting right into the word tomorrow when I wake up!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

12/17/08 - New Year's Resolution

We only have 14 days of 2008 left! This year has flown by!

I know I have activities planned 11 of the next 14 days, so the New Year seems far off, but it really isn't!

Most people make some type of New Year's Resolution. Most people break their resolution by the second or third week of the new year. But this coming year I want to challenge you to read through your bible.

Our church has set forth the challenge to read the bible cover to cover in 2009. They are hoping the whole church reads and each Sunday the sermon will cover something we've read that week.

I will be reading the bible cover to cover this year. This will be the third time I've read straight through and I am looking forward to reading again.

There are lots of ways to read through the bible. I've read cover to cover with the help with Bible Pathway, a daily devotional to give you perspective on what you will be reading. I've also read the Chronological Bible, which is a fascinating way to read through.

You could also buy the bible on MP3 or CD's.

Here is an on-line reading schedule to read cover to cover. Or you can read a little bit of Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day.

If you've never taken the time to read through the bible, make 2009 the year you commit to read the bible cover to cover!

(If you're interested, our pastor has spent the last three Sunday's sharing the importance of reading through the bible. You can listen to past sermons: HERE!)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

12/16/08 - Parental Rights

Do you know there is a battle in America for the rights of parents? Do you know there's a growing disregard for the rights of the parents in courts all across America? Do you know there is a UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that, if ratified, will radically change the role of government in the lives of our children?

With the new administration, democrat run congress and senate, the threat is even more looming that parents will lose rights with their children!

Thankfully God is in control.

Please check out the website: www.ParentalRights.org

Even if you don't have children, support the cause for those of us Christian parents who desire the best for our children and who know that God gave us our children....He didn't give them to the government!

Monday, December 15, 2008

12/15/08 - Purity with others




Today I am the host of "At the Well". Please feel free to join the discussion!

One of the qualities a Titus 2 woman is to posses and pass along is the quality of being pure. The Greek word used is: hagnos, which means:

Pure from every fault
Clean
Free from sin
Innocent

Often we think of physical and emotional purity when we hear the word pure, but how does this play out in our relationship with others? How do we have a pure conscience with others?

God has been impressing upon my heart lately the need for me to walk in such a way I never fear "being caught". How does this play out in my life?

Well, I'll be painfully honest. A few months back someone shared something with me. In casual conversation, I shared it with someone else. It involved a family conflict and one party had no idea the other party felt that way.

I knew as soon as I said it, I shouldn't have said it! (Anyone know this awful feeling?!?) The second party told me that they were going to confront the person who originally told me this and I asked that they don't use my name.

After I hung up the phone, my heart was pricked. I felt God say, "Own up to it, Heather. You said it, now pay the consequence of speaking when you should have been silent." Ouch!

So I called right back and told the second party to use my name if they need to. That was not an easy conversation.

Later I called the first party and explained what had happened and asked for forgiveness.

This to me was living my life with a pure conscience before God and man. It meant that I could look at both parties involved and know that, although I should have avoided the gossip, I may the situation right and took ownership of my role. There was great freedom in this honesty.
Had I not dealt with this in my life I'd have shame and guilt anytime I saw these friends. There would be an uncomfortableness on my side. I would not have a pure conscience with them!

In the devotional book: Seeking Him, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss on page 149 there is this quote: A clear conscience means to have no unconfessed sin between you and God.

As Titus 2 women we are called to live our lives in such a way that we are free from sin. This would include, as Paul shared in Acts 24:16 "So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man"


What are ways we exhibit this type of purity in our relationships with others?

What are some of the roadblocks we run into when having a "clear conscience" with God and man?

Would you like to share a story of how God has called you to have a pure conscience and the outcome of your obedience.


Friday, December 12, 2008

12/12/08 - Bless His Name

This song always speaks to my heart. I know I've posted it before (at least I think I have), but my goal is to bless His name in the sun and rain!

Enjoy this video!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

12/10/08 - Throwing off

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

What sin is clinging closely to you?

Discontentment
Anger
Bitterness
Impurity
Unforgiveness
Envy

We are called to lay aside these weights. They weigh us down. They cling to us! Keep us bogged down with earthly things.

When you're swimming and someone is weighing you down, you can't move freely to swim. It's frustrating to not be fluent in your movement.

That's what sin is in our spiritual life.

How do we get rid of the weighty, clingy sins in our lives?

Look to Jesus! Practically, what does that look like in daily life?

For example if I am working through forgiveness, I get into scripture, I write it on 3x5 cards, and I read it all day long! When I find myself going over the situation in my head, I stop my thoughts dead in their tracks, and I meditate on God's word.

I look to Jesus, or as it says in the NASB, "fixing our eyes on Jesus." I make every effort to put all my energy into Jesus and not whatever sin is weighing me down!

Today if you find yourself with some clingy sin, throw it off, and fix your gaze upon the only One who can make a difference!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

12/09/08 - Prayer Requests

Thank you all for your kind words about our new baby. We're pretty excited!

If you've followed my blog for awhile, you'll know that we miscarried our first baby, so we ask for your prayers that this baby will be protected and grow healthy. I also would ask that you'd pray that morning sickness would be manageable.

Thanks again!

Monday, December 8, 2008

12/08/08 - Baby on the way

Yes, that's right! We found out over the weekend that we're expecting our third baby next summer!

YIPPEE!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

12/05/08 - Fear

What fear grips your heart?

Maybe the idea of an unfulfilled expectation or desire. Maybe the fear of losing someone close to you. Maybe not living up to the expectations of your family. Maybe your past keeps your future in constant state of fear.

We all have fears. But what you do with your fears and how do you respond to fear?

At the very core of fear is lack of trust in God. It's not trusting the goodness of God. It's not trusting that He's got it under control. It's all very basic, but can be hard to walk through.

John Piper said at True Woman: "Wimpy theology makes wimpy women."

If you have a "wimpy" idea of God, lifes curve balls will throw you off track. If you have a "big" idea of God, you'll know it's all under His control!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

12/04/08 - 40 Years

40 years ago today my parents started to "go steady". Sure "going steady" is not a common phrase today but was back in the 60's. My dad said he'd never ask a girl to "go steady" unless he was going to marry her. On December 4, 1968 they exchanged class rings and became each others "steady" at the ripe old age of 17! Two and half years later they were married!

Thanks mom and dad for your commitment to Christ, to each other, and to your family! Here's to many more years!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

12/03/08 - Negotiables

In my past post I shared what were three items on my short list of non-negotiables, but I want to say that those were not the only thing I was looking for when picking a mate.

When you think of a bulls eye, that first inner ring would be those non-negotiables. Again, I don't believe this list should be long.

The second ring would be some of your top desires in a mate. Things that would be close to non-negotiable, but you would be willing to work with. As you work through your own list, they may include: sexual pure or not addicted to pornography.

Again as you move from your "must haves" (inner circle) to your "I'd love this crazy quality to be in my mate" (outer circle), think about what is really important.

Now, let me say, that my goal in posting these is to just get you thinking. Often when you find yourself in a relationship, you can't think as clearly and it's helpful to have this "list" in your head. You may notice that I believe those non-bendables are on the short list, and those totally bendables on the long list.

Often when people are asked, "What qualities do you want in a mate?" They say, "sense of humor" or "great personality". I want to help move you beyond those to examining deeper issues. Maybe some of you have done this, but my goal is to just be helpful!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

12/02/08 - Non-Negotiables

Non negotiable things are the deal breakers in a relationship. They are the things you are not willing to compromise on.

When I was single a couple of my non-negotiables would have included: authentic, real relationship with the living God, he would want to have children and would not have been divorced. These would have been deal breakers.

Without question I would have not married someone who was not solid in their walk with the Lord. Who loved God and His Word above all else!

I would not have married someone who did not want to have children (of course the Lord is in control of that, but would have wanted to have the heart for having children). I also would not have married someone who was divorced.

Thinking through this list before you become emotionally involved can be helpful in sorting through your ideas of what you want and what you can work with! I do think this list doesn't have to be a mile long, if so, you may never get married ;-)

Monday, December 1, 2008

12/01/08 - Kindness

The third quality my dad said was important to find in a mate is to observe how he treats his mom and sister(s) (or other important women in his life). He would say, "However he treats his mom is one day who he'll treat you." So true!

When I think of this quality, kindness comes to mind. Is he is kind and gentle to the women closest to him, or is he disrespectful and rude?

This is yet another quality you can observe without becoming emotionally attached. It's easy to watch how a young man treats his mom from afar. Does he roll his eyes at her? Is he short with her? Does he talk bad about her? Does he disrespect her? Is he pushy with his sister(s)? Is he physically abuse with his sister(s)?

Those three qualities: teachable, hard working, and kind were on the top of my list when looking for a mate and yes, my husband is extremely teachable (more so than me!!), a hard worker, and is kind and gentle with his mom and sister. These were all things I saw in him long before we became "official!"