Tuesday, February 24, 2009

02/24/09 - "Mental Pictures"

The best advice I received before my wedding was from a girlfriend who had gotten married the year before. She said, "Take lots of mental pictures. Pause, take in what's going on around you and be intentional about seeing, feeling, and enjoying what's happening."

To this day, I have about five or six "mental pictures" from my wedding. I can tell you small details about who I was talking to, the sound of the kids playing kick ball, the slight breeze, the color of the sky, looking at John as my husband, and other misc. details of my wedding day. I treasure these details and memories. They are the most precious to me!

I am so thankful that my friend shared this advice with me. I took time and paused throughout that busy day to enjoy the day.

I have not only taken "mental pictures" of my wedding day, but of moments with my boys. I'll never forget holding each of them as newborn babies, over my shoulder, with them fast asleep. I felt their bodies, how tiny they were and how sweet they smelled. Even now, when I hold them, I remember how they felt in my arms as a newborn.

Yesterday my mom reminded me of the "mental picture" advice I received. She told me that, although this pregnancy has not been easy (sickness and tired wise) that I should stop, take a "mental picture" and enjoy this stage of this pregnancy. It's good advice!

Do you stop and take "mental pictures"? Do you pause in life to look around and just remember what you're doing, seeing, smelling, touching? Sure life might not be what you want at this moment, but trust me, it will change! So, as much as it is a challenge to myself, I challenge you with stopping, taking some "mental pictures" of your life, and years from now you'll look back and see all that has changed.

Friday, February 20, 2009

02/20/09 - Entitlement

Do you think we live in a society where people feel entitled to things they are not willing to work for?

Good grades, money , job promotions, and nice houses all come to mind. We've lived in prosperity for over 25 years here in America. We've all experience the benefits of living in a country where we have a lot of stuff.

Then this "economic crisis" happens and people begin to realize they are not entitled to everything and anything...they have to work for it. Work for money, food, good grades..etc.!

Have we lost sight of what hard work is because so much has been handed to us?

I watch the news and people are panicking over this crisis...I think, "Good!" We all need to live within our means, stay out of debt, and work for the things we want in life. God created work and it is a good thing!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

02/17/09 - Not Passing

Do you ever feel like you fail every test handed to you? I don't mean math and science, but tests of your character?

Before we knew we were pregnant I prayed that I'd be able to walk through my season of morning sickness with grace and ease. Well, that didn't happen! I feel like I failed this test over and over. Each day was a challenge to just see God's hand in the whole thing and not complain.

Even now, as I deal with being really tired, I am not passing the "patience test" with my children.

It's times like this that I beg God to show me more of Himself to me and to give me that fresh perspective I need.

This was a main reason I was not blogging much. My attitude stunk and when I sit to type all I could think of was to complain about being sick! Even now, I just want to write about how I am so tired.

So you can pray for me. Pray that I'll start passing more tests!

Monday, February 16, 2009

02/16/09 - Trusting

We've all seen God work in our lives. We've seen Him provide amazing things for us. We enjoy life, breath, and the ability to live. God is faithful.

How often do we doubt Him though?

As our church is reading through the bible this year, we've come to the book of Numbers where God tells His people to go into the Promised Land. But what is their response: fear and doubt!

It's easy to forget what God has done when we are facing a new challenge. It's almost as if we have memory loss.

In order to combat this it's helpful to recount all that God has done for you. When you sit, with pen and paper, and write out all He has done, your faith will be renewed and as you face a new set of circumstance or challenge...you'll be reminded that He is big enough to get you through whatever may come your way!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

02/14/09 - The Fog

The fog of morning sickness has finally lifted!

Next week I'll be back in full swing blogging almost every day!

I've missed you all!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

02/03/09 - Leaning

When you have seasons of difficulty, sadness, trials where do you lean? What keeps you going?

The song, "Leaning on The Everlasting Arms" comes to my mind.

In these times of economic trouble, personal issues, and a host of other things I know you're dealing with, we should be leaning on Jesus.

What does it mean to lean on Jesus?

For me it has been a constant reminder that He's got it under control. That He knows my suffering. He knows my battle. He's been here. Nothing is too big for Him.

We are "safe and secure from all alarms". Praise God for His faithfulness.

What trials are you facing? What areas in your life are you leaning?

(Those of you following my pregnancy, I'll be 12 weeks tomorrow. In past pregnancies, I normally am almost back to feeling good by week 13! Seven weeks down, one to go! Thanks for all your prayers!)