Saturday, March 30, 2013

Walk in Love

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Chapter 9, Walk in Love

Ephesians 5 tells us, “Be imitators of God.”
 How would one imitate God, look like God?  What is the defining characteristic of God that would identify one as an imitator of God? 

Reading on in Ephesians 5 there is the answer, “And walk in Love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us.”

Love is the identifying characteristic.  Could this then be true then, that an absence of love is at the root of every sin that I commit?

Elyse says this in chapter 9 of Because He Loves Me   “Every sin we commit, either by omission or commission, is a failure to love as we have been loved.”
and this
“Covetousness is the belief that one hasn’t been fully loved in Christ”

These are words I have pondered for the past week. 
Unbelief that I have been fully loved produces covetousness. A failure to love as I have been loved means my love has been misdirected.   My love has been focused wrongly, and my affections are given to an idol, leaving me empty, short tempered, self abosorbed.

What does it take to put on the love that identifies one as an imitator of God?  Consistently I have found an answer in God’s Word.

Give thanks.

Romans 1:21 ~…although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as Go, nor were thankful

Giving thanks always for all things to God…Ephesians 5:20

Ephesians 5:4 ...but rather giving of thanks.

Colossians 1:12  … giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.


1 Timothy 2:1  Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,


Hebrews 13:15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.


To my current understanding, recognizing the love of God produces gratitude, which then enables a person to walk in love, becoming an imitator of God. 


Has anyone else noticed a constant theme of gratitude coming up in their life?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reading in March

This month I've done a lot of reading.  Really.  But somehow only two books are completed, besides the second book of the Bible.  That was a surprise when I sat down to look at my list;

Exodus (as I'm working though a plan to read through the Bible this year)
Tales of the Defended Ones
Sweet Sanctuary

And I am still working on;
Because He Loves Me, you can read my thoughts here, here, here and here
The Peacemaker
Peacemaking for Families

And added to the list;
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
The Last of the Mohicans


Hopefully in April I'll wrap up a couple of those.  It will take some discipline to not add any more until a few of these are completed.

 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Goals Week of March 25-30

We started the week off strong, but I just didn't get the things on this list completed.  Many other big and small things were accomplished though.  There is an interesting thing I have learned from posting these goals.  Having them written down here put my mind at rest.  While other must dos appeared, there was only a momentary wrestle with stress.  Remembering that I would just pick back up after the flurry of "this season" wrapped up. 

This next week looks like it might be a little more routine and I have hope that I'll stay focused on my list.

Last Week's Goals

Family/Mothering Goals

One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
Family Movie or Game Night
Start a New Read ~ Tales of the Defended Ones
 
Personal
Memorize Psalm 91:14-16
Exercise 4 Times ~ Only made the time for 2 workouts, but during the first one I tied on High Green belt at Karate. 
10 More Lessons in Math Book, brushing up for College Algebra
Read and journal 1 chapter each of Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me
Read Tales of the Defended Ones and  The Last of the Mohicans

Homemaking
Morning Freezer Cooking Session  (pancake mix, quick wheat baking mix)
Finish binding on cousin quilt

Community
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Finish Ephesian 6 Memory Copywork Book

Business
Bottle Vanilla Extract


This Week's Goals

Family/Mothering
One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica
Family Movie or Game Night
Read, finish ~ Tales of the Defended Ones

Create Photo Book for Petal Rose
Support Mae as she plans her Compassion presentation

Personal
Memorize Psalm 91:14-16
Exercise 4 Mornings
Finish current math book, brushing up for College Algebra
Read and journal 1 chapter each of Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me
Read  The Last of the Mohicans


Homemaking
Morning Freezer Cooking Session  (quick wheat baking mix, crockpot bags)
Finish binding on cousin quilt

Community
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Finish Ephesian 6 Memory Copywork Book
Prepare for Compassion Sunday

Business
Bottle Vanilla Extract

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review & Giveaway, Purex Natural Elements


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Purex Nature Elements Tropical Splash laundry detergent arrived last week.  It's one thing for cereal to have a tropical splash, and quite another for laundry detergent to smell so fruity.  Thankfully the towels only had a hint of sweet smell out of the dryer.  That is very different than a sweet scent of clean.


My sweet granddaughter was hanging out in the laundry room with me while I switched the laundry between machines and folded some towels.  She is much more interesting and cute than the stack of towels.


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

WINNERS Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance

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An Act that Produces Sanctification



Chapter 8 is titled "Realizing How God's Love Transforms Your Identity and Life."  My thoughts this week come from this question;

Is every failure in sanctification a failure in worship?

Romans 12:1 "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."

This verse appears to say that the mercy of God motivates us to present ourselves for sanctification, to become holy and acceptable to Him.  And that this is worship. 

Worship isn't something done on Sunday morning.  Worship is yielding one's life, believing in the mercy of God.  Belief, faith, in a merciful God produces a grateful pursuit of holiness.

So in looking up at Him, we see mercy, motivated by  His love for us, and we in turn are motivated to worship, which is an act that produces sanctification.
 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Goals, Week March 18-23

Last week's Goals

Family/Mothering Goals

One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica, Sunshine and JoyNess
 
Personal Goals
Memorize Psalm 91:12-16 ~ Made it through verse 13
Karate Belt Test
Swim 4 Mornings
10 Lessons in Math Book, brushing up for College Algebra
Finish reading Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me




Homemaking Goals
Morning Freezer Cooking Session (oatmeal packets, pancake mix, quick wheat baking mix)
Finish binding on cousin quilt

This Week's Goals

Family/Mothering Goals

One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica, Sunshine and JoyNess
Family Movie or Game Night
Start a New Read Aloud
 
Personal
Memorize Psalm 91:14-16
Exercise 4 Mornings
10 More Lessons in Math Book, brushing up for College Algebra
Read and journal 1 chapter each of Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me
Read Tales of the Defended Ones and  The Last of the Mohicans

Homemaking
Morning Freezer Cooking Session  (pancake mix, quick wheat baking mix)
Finish binding on cousin quilt

Community
Write 2 letters of gratitude/encouragement
Finish Ephesian 6 Memory Copywork Book

Business
Bottle Vanilla Extract

Giving Thanks



counting the gifts of 2013 ~ #35-56

Seeing the fruit of admonishment sow seeds of the truth heard
Certification!
Worship, pure and loud and precious, from the backseats
Mom of 4 courageously living life as well as possible while her husband is deployed
Rough and tumble boys
Tight hugs
Sheetrock Dust
New Old Friend, sharing the grace that has fallen during out time apart
Flannel softness
Painted Daisies on Petal Rose's birthday
The faces of children in the background
Hope for new life, to observe for nature studies
Remodel under budget
Laughing children, eager to learn
Joy over  review games
Science in her free time

Joyness swinging peacefully in the baby swing
Laughter replacing frustration
Gift carved ~ my heart flesh nearly 10 years ago,stitched together in flesh and spirit
Bathrooms gutted to the studs, cleaning out decades of rust & old paint
New sheet rock, crisp grey paint and smooth tile




Saturday, March 16, 2013

Preventing Child Abuse, Compassion International





The best way to stop child labor

to stop child neglect

to stop child prostitution

is to PREVENT IT.

Compassion International is working with children in areas where they are at risk of being exploited.  You can take part by sponsoring a child, writing letters and speaking life into the child, and praying for the child.

Visit Compassion International for more information.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Becuase He Loves Me, Chapter 7





Because He Loves Me Book Study


In Chapter 6 the focus was on setting our gaze upon Jesus, believing with whatever small measure of faith we possess, that HE IS.

In Chapter 7 the author, Elyse Fitzpatrick, introduces the concept of the indicative and imperative in Scripture, using Colossians 3:1-3.  Indicative is what has already been indicated or declared.  Imperative is a command or direction. 

Some of the indicatives, or declarations in Colossians 1:1-3 are:
You are raised with Christ
You are the elect of God
You are forgiven by Christ
You are holy, beloved.

A few of the imperatives are:
Seek the things that are above
Set your mind on things that are above
Put to death fleshly deeds
Put on tender mercy, kindness, humility, forgiving others as Christ has forgiven you.

Throughout the Bible the imperatives are usually paired with an indicative, and there seems to always be a "put on" for every "put off".

Now before we jump straight to the imperatives and start making the "to do" list, adding "how to" books to the shelf or blog reader, STOP.

Look Up.   Go back up to the indicative/declaratives. 

What happens if we focus on the indicative?  What God in Christ has done, has given, has called?  And here, again, our eyes are taken off self and what self can and cannot do.  Instead attention can be focused on the Author and Finisher of our faith, our very salvation. 

Then in gratitude we can set out to obey, resting in the imperatives, knowing that it is God who is really at work in us.  "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them." Ephesians 2:10.

For Christ, by Christ, through Christ.

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Review & Giveaway!

Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance.  Now Crystals fragrance is available in a laundry detergent.  Purex plus Fabric Softener combines the fragrances of Purex Crystals with the proven performance of Purex detergent.
 
In 2013, it is reported that the entire family of Purex detergents will have the power of DIRTLIFT Action with works deep into clothes to get out dirt.

As it is not "outside" time in our area, we don't really have "dirt"y clothes in the hampers.  But sweaty GIs and dirty  kitchen linens we have. 

The kitchen linens are coming out clean and fresh smelling, the GIs too.  I am looking forward to trying out the rest of the bottle of detergent later this spring on our gardening clothes, to see how the DIRTLIFT works.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WINNERS

The Winners of the Dial Coconut Water Body Wash, Review and Giveaway are


#4 Donna
and
#27 Aunt Maggie

Thank you for participating.  Check back often, we have more reviews and giveaways to share later this month.

 

Monday, March 11, 2013

This Week's Goals

Last week’s goals:

Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals

One on one time with each girl ~ this week was an eye opener for me.  Life naturally gives me a little one on one time with some, but I found at the end of the week, I hadn't been intentional to make sure I spent it with each one.

Personal Goals
Memorize Psalm 91:9-13 ~ Was able to recite 1-12 today!
Karate 3 Times,
Exercise each morning
Begin work in new Math Book, brushing up for College Algebra
Finish reading Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me

Homemaking Goals

Do a Morning Freezer Cooking. (Swiss Steak & Stew Bags for Crockpot)
 
Made 2 Bags of Beef & Veggies for Stew, 2 Bags of Beef & Veggies for Swiss Steak, Also chopped this lovely bag of purple cabbage for easy additions to salads.  This will make the next 4 Wednesday's dinner so much easily, and more healthy!  All I will need to do is wash & chop potatoes (for stew) or open 2 cans of tomatoes & start the rice cooker (for the swiss steak)
I found spending an hour & a half in the kitchen one morning produced a lovely hot breakfast for my family, that day's dinner in the crockpot, these dinner bags in the freezer and a clean kitchen.  Clean until the kids hit the kitchen anyway.

Finish Flannel Wash Cloths
 
 
We had this cheerful flannel in the scrap box.  It made more than a dozen simple wash cloths for the diaper changing station.  As we are avoiding bleach, using borax, or vinegar, I figure these will hold up fine.
 
 
 
This week’s goals:

Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals

One on one time with Mae, Petal Rose, Chica, Sarah and JoyNess
 
Personal Goals
Memorize Psalm 91:12-16
Karate Belt Test
Swim 4 Mornings
10 Lessons in Math Book, brushing up for College Algebra
Finish reading Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me

Homemaking Goals
Morning Freezer Cooking Session (oatmeal packets, pancake mix, quick wheat baking mix)
Finish binding on cousin quilt
 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Because He Loves Me, Chapter 6





Because He Loves Me Book Study


"Faith is the gaze of the soul upon a saving God...Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues.  It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence....faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pay no attention to itself at all." Elise Fitzgerald

Reading this chapter illuminated the bronze snake in the Exodus desert brilliantly for me.  As I continue to ponder the significance of looking at the bronze snake for the Israelites in the desert, and the above quote, I'm left knowing my faith is indeed very weak.  All one has to do is to look to Christ, simply believing that He Is.  This is where faith begins.


Here is where GRACE enters in my understanding.  I can't pull myself up by my bootstraps (not that I am wearing boots).  My faith is truly as small, or smaller than a mustard seed.  But Christ is the author and perfecter of my faith.  He is the author, the giver, of faith.  And He promises to perfect it. 

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

This book study is fantastic.  As a self loathing sinner, so often in the past I have found Biblical teaching a reason to increase that unrighteous self abuse.  But as is continually happening these days, true Biblical teaching is soaked in the knowledge that it is by grace we have been saved, through faith.  GRACE.  FAITH.

Fix our eyes on Jesus.

Through Christ, For Christ, By Christ. 
 

New Book Release! In the Hall of the Mountain King

 
Exciting News!  A dear friend of mine, actually her family is dear friends with my family, has a new children's book available for preorder this month! 

Please visit Allison Flannery's website to learn all about this wonderful musical adventure In the Hall of the Mountain King.

 

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 
 

Linking with SouleMama

 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today...

A crazy morning of "Mom/Wife...I need...will you...ARGH" And then a not so quick trip to the phone store to take care of transferring Beloved's work number to our personal account.  That didn't work out quite how we hoped, but we walked out of the store believing that in an hour, at store number 2, we'd get it all resolved.

That didn't happen.  So we get to try again tomorrow.  Turns out that even if a store has a Verizon sign, it isn't necessarily a VERIZON store.  To save you some time, make sure that the store with the Verizon sign really is.

Next I took Sweet Mae to piano lessons.  Listening to the music that flows from that girl's fingers often calms my frazzled nerves, other times it just sets me to singing.  Her teacher

Afterwards Mae and I ran a few errands, found her 2 new pairs of pants & a couple of other items that she was needing.  I'm so thankful for the budget habit we put into place about a year ago.  Each month money gets put into designated folder in my budget wallet.  And on this day, there was no stress to let my girl get the floral jeans along with one pair of plain denim.  A small splurge with no guilt or worries.

We finally arrived home and this afternoon I've enjoyed the chatter of 2 lovely ladies embracing the warm sunshine and playing outside.  Baby JoyNess has added her own music, and Grandpa Ben rescued her from the swing.  I love listening to his tender words to this little babe.  Warm smiles all around were beaming as Grandpa and JoyNess headed outside to visit the chickens and see the blue sky.

Miss Sunshine (mother of JoyNess) is helping Petal Rose to create a Jolly Roger flag for her ship.  Chica is asking to start an astronomy course and looking very cute her in twin braids, pink heart earrings and cranberry colored dress.
 
All the stuff of life has been going on since I woke this morning, and a glorious life it is.  Giving thanks to God, for He is good.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Dial Coconut Water Body Wash, Review and Giveaway



This month we are starting out with a review of NEW Dial Coconut Water Body Wash.  Honestly, I was skeptical about this product.  Most soap leaves my skin very dry and itchy, and a lot of scented products are quite irritating to my family.

What a pleasant surprise.  First, the coconut scent is enough to be smelled, but very light and fresh.  And even better, after a couple of days of washing with the Coconut Body Water, I haven't reached for the lotion once.

Now for your opportunity to try this new body wash for your self.  We have Two Coupons for Dial Coconut Water Body Wash to giveaway this week. 

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Goals March 4-9


This week’s goals:

Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals

Write a love note to Ben.
One on one time with each girl

Personal Goals
Memorize Psalm 91:9-13
Karate 3 Times,
Exercise each morning
Complete 10 Lessons in Math 87.
Finish reading Peacemaking for Families and Because He Loves Me

Homemaking Goals

Do a Freezer Cooking in an Hour session. (Swiss Steak & Stew Bags for Crockpot)

Finish Flannel Wash Clothes

Counting

This month a major remodel is taking place in our 60 year old home.  Two of three bathrooms have been completely demo'ed, down to the studs.  Drywall dust and wood shavings over everything.  Seven people, one bathroom.  One bathroom, in the basement.  One bathroom with holes in the ceiling, waiting for new pipes.  And 10 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, 20 and 40 something year old ladies in the house!

But you know something?  It's been challenging at times, it's been very hard work, especially carrying 60 year old rusty gross cast iron pipe pieces up the stairs and out the door.  But every time we walk through another one of these "hard" inconveniences I am struck by how very blessed we still are.  It is truly easy to find the gifts raining down upon us.



counting...

Youthful exuberance, Cat snuggles, Warm tea, Encouraging words, Tough nights, Auntie’s doing storytime with the littlest one, Snow sparkling in the warm sunshine, Teamwork, The late to bed Moon, Quiet drive together, Giggling ballerinas, Birthday celebration, Pink and purple balloons, Sister messages of love, Surprise time with a dear friend, A pair of 13 year old gigglers,  Couldn’t be more different, yet sweet friends, A triplet of younger actresses, each with a touch of director in her, Romans 1:22, Juicy oranges
 

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Winners!


The winners of the Soft Scrub giveaway are Renee G and one frugal lady.  Emails have been sent.

a roaring lamb

Always on the look out for young roaring lambs, and each time I see one my hope is strengthened.



Be encouraged!  In every dark place the Lover of our Souls is sending in salt and light.

 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Becuase He Loves Me, Week 5

 
 
Because He Loves Me Book Study</


Joining in this week because, life has given me this little space of time.  Here are the pondering points from GraceLaced.

1) What is the most comforting aspect of your inheritance? What are you resting in today?
2) How do you respond to your own sin? Are you tempted to believe that God is punishing you? What is the difference between punishment and redemptive discipline?
3) What struck you the most about this chapter?
 
 
This was a great chapter for me, because while I don't really "get it" all, I've enjoyed seeing some of what my loving Father has done in me.  The most comforting part of my inheritance, at this point, is the hope I have.  The hope that I am not what I was, and I am not what I will be.  And, as the Spirit continues to work in me, and as I continue to follow or "work" this relationship with God will deepen on my side.  This hope is what I am resting in.  The blessed hope that is nourished by the daily evidence of GRACE.
 
In the past, and sometimes still, my sin is a cause for self loathing.  But here is the word again, GRACE has saved me.  The grace of God has washed me clean, the admonishment of God often wakes me at night to deal with me, and then the love of God sings over me.  That redemptive discipline builds more into that wonderful hope that continues to grow within me.
 
As I am a serious reader, always looking to learn and grow, this chapter was a sweet refrain.  The reminder to me to work out my faith because the work of grace has redeemed this life of mine.  What sweet rest is available in the hope created by grace.
 
Are you interested in joining Grace Full Mama and GraceLaced as a community reads Because He Loves Me?  Just pop on over to either of their blogs to read more.