Saturday, April 25, 2009

Good/Bad

As much as I HATE having garage sales, I love having extra money at the end of the day. Wednesday, Kent decided we needed to clean out our garage and make a little extra money. Friday, he started setting up tables and putting stuff from the garage shclves on them. I came in that evening and put some pre-priced stickers on things. Saturday, Garage Sale! Kent was so great, the work for me was pretty easy. We ended up getting rid of a lot of stuff, and made a little money! Great!

As we sat down to dinner, we did our "Go around the table and tell good and bad part of the day". I couldn't help but think how blessed we are that there were more "goods" than "bads". Almost everyone had extra "goods" to share! I was thankful as I realized that the "bads" really aren't that bad!

How often do we spend too much time thinking about the "bads" that we close our eyes to the GREAT things that God has placed in our lives? I am thankful that God will even turn the bad things in our lives to good so that we can glorify Him more!

Even though my kids are getting older, I still love these times at the dinner table. I hope that somehow they might be 'getting' that it is much more than just what's gone on in their day. It is learning that it's all important, but it's the good that out-weighs the bad most of the time, and that we are all here for each other all of the time!

Romans 12:9-10
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Big Decisions


Pray for Jared. He's making some pretty big decisions right now. I'm really proud of him. It's really hard, I want to make the "easy" decisions. I want what is easiest for him. But I've always prayed that God would do mighty things through him. It takes mighty steps to follow God in mighty ways.

Here's what I really want to talk about...last night, Maci and I were driving home. She told me that she wished there were more guys out there like Jared. She said that Jared is what gives her hope that she will find a Christian guy who really served the Lord. She said that she didn't look to "just have a boyfriend". She was waiting to find someone who really was a great guy. Someone like Jared. How proud does that make me?? Not only in my son, but in my daughter. I am so proud that they are both looking to God more than themselves. And there's Molly. I hear often from Molly's small group leaders and moms of her friends, what an influence she is on her peers. Last night, after I prayed with her, I told her I was proud of her. She said, "Do you just say that out of habit?" I was a little surprised. But I told her that everyday, I think of how proud I am of her character and how she stands up for what she believes. I am proud that she chooses to follow Christ and be an example to her friends. Molly is so service gifted. She will do anything for anybody. I truly am proud of her.


I don't mean to brag on my kids. But they are at an age, that I can say, these are all things that I have NOTHING to do with. These are all choices they have made and are making daily. Yes, it all could change, tomorrow. But today, and no matter what tomorrow holds, I am so proud of my kids.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Storms!

Storms...today there were several tornadoes that touched down in Murfreesburo. For those of you who don't know, Murfreesburo is in our county, about 10 minutes from my house. Many homes were destroyed and lives were lost. The devastation made me think of our everyday lives.

Storms...Jared is trying to decide what to do next year. He has several really tough decisions to make about college and ministry opportunities.

Storms...Sarah is trying to figure out where she belongs and we are trying to follow God's leading in how we are supposed to be involved in that.

Storms...we are all involved in them in one way or another at almost any given time in our lives. Sometimes they can be severe. Sometimes they roll through barely noticed.

Luke 8:22-25 tells us about Jesus and the disciples being out on the boat in the storm. The disciples got scared. Jesus rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm, "Where is your faith?" Jesus asked.

Storms...so often, I just need to read this over and over, and remember that JESUS, Himself, rebukes the storms for me! He goes before my Father and all is calm.