Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
I WANT THE COW BELL! Every neighborhood has "one of those moms". You know, the mom who blows the whistle or horn or RINGS THE COW BELL when it is time for the children to come in! I never thought that mom would be ME! But it is! I have become "one of those moms"!
Now, I do NOT have a cow bell....yet. I am resisting the urge, but my heart so wants the cow bell.
We live in small neighborhood at the crest of a cul-de-sac. Our children play in our yard, the yards of a few of our neighbors or in the big field behind our home. Or they ride bikes and the such in the cul-de-sac. Our rule is that our eyeballs always have to be able to see them and/or I have to be able to hear their voices. Usually, this happens. However, occasionally if they are in a neighbor's backyard....I WANT THE COW BELL to get their attention. I don't want to holler their names (how unseemly) and I don't want to leave the steaming broccoli unattended on the stove to walk over to the other back yard, so I have found that I WANT THE COW BELL.
I'm not, I'm not, don't worry. I'm not going to do it. At least I don't think I am. I really don't want to be "one of those moms". Perhaps a sweet, gentle wind chime would work...but they are not loud enough. I could sing, but that would embarrass the kids. I need something more bold, like a cow bell....but not a cow bell.
Hmmm....a great idea just came to me! Maybe I'll blast out the song "Hoe Down Throw Down" by Miley Cyrus when I want the children to come in for dinner! That's it! I think that's what I'll do! Not only will the children come-a-runnin' for dinner...the entire neighborhood will learn the Hoe Down Throw Down dance! I can see it now...our cul-de-sac filled with families doing the Hoe Down Throw Down! What fun!
I've been inspired here. I'll let you know how it goes! Cow bell...be gone! We're doing the Hoe Down Throw Down at dinner time! (Turn up your volume to sing and dance along here!)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Happy Father's Day, Daddy! We love you! You are the best Daddy ever!
Mommy says: "A scripture paints a thousand words", so we are painting a beautiful portrait of you and for you with God's Word.
"We rejoice and delight in you." Song of Solomon 1:4
"The man of integrity walks securely." Proverbs 10:9
"A good man obtains favor from the Lord." Proverbs 12:12
"A patient man has great understanding." Proverbs 14:29
"...walk before me in integrity and uprightness..." 1 Kings 9:4
"...acknowledge the God of your father and serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind...be strong and do the work."
1 Chronicles 28:9, 10
"I will be his father, and he will be my son, and I will never take my love away from him."
1 Chronicles 17:13
"You are beautiful..." Song of Solomon 6:4
We love you, Daddy!
Happy Father's Day!
We are looking forward to a fun day together!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
God has given me such a love for His Word. As I read it daily, I am always overwhelmed at the depth and richness of His truths in scripture. His Word is so real, so alive, so deep. It is timelessly relevant and applicable.
Just this morning as I was reading Wendy Blight's new book "Hidden Joy In A Dark Corner", I was saying "amen" out loud when I read what she had written (page 34):
Monday, June 15, 2009
I often wash our children's sneakers and footwear on the gentle cycle of our washing machine. It cleans and freshens up the shoes, and they look like new. We don't have to replace their shoes as often because we try to take good care of them. "Shoe Stewardship" as we call it.
Recently, after a day at the park (after a full day of rain the day before) with Gabrielle's class for an end-of-the-school-year picnic, our flip flops and sandals were filthy. The mud and wet playground mulch had seeped deep into the porous material of our footwear. When we got home, I put our footwear in the washing machine on the delicate cycle with some other delicate items.
When the delicate load of laundry was complete, I opened up the washer to hang the clothes and to put the shoes out in the sun for drying. As I pulled out our footwear, I was surprised that they were still dirty. The delicate cycle was not strong enough to do the deep cleaning they needed. I put the shoes back in the washer (in a laundry bag) with a heavy duty load, which included high agitation, high spin and an extra rinse. After the heavy duty load was complete, our footwear came out clean!
I felt God whisper to my heart as I stood in the laundry room finishing up the day's laundry. "Sometimes, Sharon, I need to run the heavy duty cycle on your heart to get out the dirt that has seeped in." Recently, I had been through some "heavy-duty cycles with high agitation, high spin and an extra rinse" of my heart. The heavy-duty agitation I experienced and the high spin and extra rinse were just what my heart needed at the time. It wasn't comfortable; it was downright painful at times. But I knew God was doing a necessary work in my heart.
He met me personally in our laundry room. The powerful wash and extra rinse by the Living Water through the water of His Word was just what I needed to shine more brightly for His glory and purposes. While I'd often prefer to keep my heart on "The Delicate Cycle" for cleansing, I fully realize that any significant growth in my walk with the Lord would not occur with out the deep cleaning my heart needs at times. And as only our amazing God can do, He is gentle with us even during the heavy-duty cycles of life. He rules over the surging seas. He stills them with a whisper. "And after the fire came a gentle whisper." 1 Kings 19:12
Friday, June 12, 2009
"...so the next generation would know...then they would put
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
The first verse the Lord gave me all those years ago when I began doing this was Philippians 2:3: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Hello....NOTHING out of selfish ambition! That is still a moment-by-moment surrender and prayer.
As I reflect back on all the Annual Verses He has given me over the years, I see His perfect design: ALL HIM. Less me.
"He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30
"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen." Romans 11:6