One of Those Moments

As a mother, there are just times when your heart swells with pride, and you think you are going to burst because of this overwhelming love for your children.  Yesterday was one of those times.

She’s a genius right =) At least in this momma’s eyes!

Summer Slump

What is it about summer that just relaxes you?  All schedules are thrown out the window.  Spontaneous actions are frequent. Life just seems carefree during the summer.

This undisciplined, carefree attitude makes summer a blast and creates tons of fun memories; unfortunately life can’t always be lived this way.  And even more unfortunately, the Lord has made it clear that my free spirit has bled over into my walk with Him and its time to put some structure back in my life.

This summer I’ve been sleeping until 6:30am and spending time with the Lord later in the day.  Not really a problem until God opens my eyes to how easily frustrated I’ve been since I made that choice.

This summer I’ve also enjoyed the laziness of watching a TV show or two during naptimes or in the evenings instead of reading a book , getting some housework done, or spending quality time with Brent.  Again, not really an issue until the Lord begins to reveal to me a connection between these activities and how I haven’t really felt rested in awhile.

Sleeping in and watching TV are not sins.  But yet, they have begun to pull my focus away from God.  I would rather sleep and watch a show than chase after God.

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

Startling words to speak aloud.

True words, but startling all the same.

Then I read Psalm 66 on Sunday

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

I knew the minute I read that verse the Lord was speaking to me and calling me back into a stronger devotion with Him.  I can so easily be drawn into a story that TV, fiction books, pretty much anything with a storyline (even old 80’s mystery shows!) suck me in and consume me.   This summer, I have just lounged and consumed life instead of pursued Christ wholeheartedly.

But I refuse to cherish iniquity in my heart. The Lord has made clear the path He desires for me and so I must choose obedience.  This means my TV  and sleeping in days are through for awhile.  At least until I get my life back in the proper balance.

I’m thankful the Lord gave me this summer to just relax, and I’m even more thankful He has opened my eyes to the root of my restlessness and frustration.  For truly, refreshment and love come only through living in the presence of the Lord.

Love You More

I have this secret obsession to learn everything I can about adoption.   I just love reading the stories of families being completed through adoption; families who God has called to an incredible journey; a journey I admire and am a little bit jealous of.

So when I was offered the book Love You More by Jennifer Grant in exchange for a review, I eagerly jumped at the chance to read this adoption journey.  Read might be to light of term; I devoured the book in 24 hours.

Jennifer Grant is a great writer who does an excellent job narrating her life before, during, and after adoption.   She had me hooked and sympathizing with the first paragraph of the first chapter when she writes, “With three children born within three and a half years, we were in constant motion, changing diapers, filling sippy cups, and snapping and unsnapping the shallow little snaps on baby clothes…we could not remember what it felt like to sleep late or to spend a whole Saturday morning drinking coffee and reading the paper.”   Yes I can definitely relate to that!

From here she takes you through life as she raised her first three children and then felt a calling from God to adopt.   Her views on adoption are refreshing and her journey as they waited throughout the adoption process, brought their daughter home, and then adjusted to life with four children is truthful, eye-opening, and inspiring.

This book is a great and easy read, and I truly enjoyed reading it.  Overall, if you are looking for a good book to dive into, I highly recommend Love You More.

Elliana:  “Is that the type of chicken that is a cock a doodle do Chicken?”


Elliana:  “That’s disgusting.  I. am.not.eating.that.   EVERYONE, that chicken used to go cockadoodledo and now its DEAD.  Do Not eat it.”


Looks like we’ll have lots of left overs this evening.

My Man

Husbands are such a unique gift from God.

The last few months have been a rough portion of life.  Health issues, personal issues, life issues, the list could go on and on.

There are moments when disengaging from life would be much easier.   I could easily disengage into my computer, my phone, the TV, a book, or any other nearby device.

But then there’s my gift.

Eight years ago today, God gave me this gift knowing I needed a gift to help me draw closer to God. The Lord knew I needed a man who wouldn’t let me disengage when life got tough. I needed a man who would continually remind me to put my eyes heavenward.

This man is my gift from God.

Over the past eight years, we have loved a lot, laughed a lot, cried a lot, and had a lot of babies.

Life has changed since we first said “I do”.  Who knew eight years later we would be growing gray and think sleeping until 6am was sleeping in? But the one thing that is still the same is how incredible my gift from God is.

So today, on our anniversary, I want to stop and acknowledge Brent and what a vital point he is in my relationship with the Lord. He has encouraged me, prayed for me, given me the proper perspective, found books for me to read, loved me unconditionally, and taught me so much about what it means to chase after God. I love you Brent Minter. Thank you for marrying me eight years ago!

Gratefulness

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:6

171:  Strong medicine

172: Being able to eat

173: A little boy who thinks its funny to sing me to sleep at various time throughout the day

174:  Freshly cut grass

175: Excitement for a new school year

176: Catching up with old friends

177:  Spending the day with friends at a pool…no naps and lots of sun = an incredible day

178: Kids who love to have fun

179: Grocery shopping with my husband

180:  Watching the kids snuggle up to a friend’s dog

181: Pictures made for a friend starting chemo today

182: Bedtime prayers that remind me of the girls’ sweet spirit and love for others.

183: A dear friend watching my kids while I work

184: A new nametag that signifies a new job that is just beginning

185: A husband who loves me, provides for me, supports me, encourages me, and who I have been married to for 8 years!  Wedding Anniversaries are so special to me.

 

 

Summer Fun

My kids informed me that in Texas it was a rule to have a popsicle before, during, and after playing outside.  As long as they’ll go outside and burn off some energy, I’ve decided to enforce that rule.

The toys are so hot that EVERY thing the kids touch has to be soaked with water first.

The slide

The steps

Their face

Everything

We’ve even found a way to use the trampoline.

Plus, lets face it.  Life is just more fun when you are playing in water.  27 days of 100+ degree heat and counting.  Bring it on Texas.

When the House Gets Quiet

The house had been quiet for a good ten minutes when we first noticed he was missing.

Silence is usually a good indicator that something in the house is being destroyed.

At least he looks cute painted in black mascara.

Rice

Opening the fridge only increases the hunger pains. I desperately search for something, anything to eat that will stay in my stomach. Then I see the rice and know that is the only option, but yet I rebel.

I shouldn’t have to eat just rice. I’ve eaten it for for weeks. It sounds and tastes gross, and I’m just plain tired of rice.”

When my temper tantrum finishes, the Lord whispers in my ear

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”

“But God”, I start to say, but am quickly interrupted by the question, “do you think you can be his counselor? His ways are inscrutable.  Are yours?”

I quickly close my mouth, my thoughts, my eyes, and sit in silence.

How often I have read the story of the Israelites and judged their grumbling spirits. For goodness sakes“, I think to myself, “be thankful the Lord gave you manna.  You could have starved in that desert“.

And then I reread Numbers 11

Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic.  But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.

I’ve uttered those words.  Those same, grumbling words  “oh if I could only have some protein to eat, then I wouldn’t be so hungry.”  As I grumbled, I forgot the pure blessing of rice.  Beautiful, filling rice that my stomach was not rejecting.   I’m painting beautiful pictures of what life would be like “if only” and so continue to live wanting more instead of accepting I have enough.

And for some reason, rice wasn’t enough for my spirit; I still wanted more, and I look at the Israelites and see how God supplied them with the food that was enough for them and yet still they wanted more, and suddenly I see.

I see into my heart that is filled with the longing for more.  More food, more friends, more house, more room, more, more, more.  My heart is full of dissatisfaction that though I clearly have enough, I am not thankful.  My heart is full of pride that says I deserve more.

I weep and give thanks for the rice I get to eat for a meal.  I give thanks that the Lord would use these stomach issues to strip me of the idol of dissatisfaction.  I give thanks that I can walk this road of poor physical health so that I can live a life of pure joy.

Doctors will continue to be seen, and I’m confident my health will eventually be healed, but even if its not,  I praise the Lord he allowed my health to be removed and gave me a glimpse of my heart so that He could refine me more.  Holiness is the end goal.  Whatever it takes to get it, is well worth the pain.

 

(I’ve taken a bit of a break from my Tuesday Spiritual Journey posts this summer.  Beginning today, the break is now over)

 

Exciting News!

Guess what?!!!!

I just found out I’m a blogger for the Women of Faith conference coming to Dallas on August 26-27!  To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Anyone out there want to go with me????

Here’s a little sneak peak of what the weekend is all about.

 

Sometimes we just need a weekend like this to recharge us before the hectic school year begins. Click here or on the banner on the side to get to the event website. Register today and join me in this life changing experience!

Who’s coming with me?

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