Thursday, March 26, 2009

A meeting with the Lord

As I lay in bed trying to wake up this morning, this song by Ten Shekel Shirt ("Meet with Me") was playing over and over in my mind. I LOVE it! My favorite words in the song are:

I'm here to meet with you
come and meet with me
I'm here to find you
reveal yourself to me

I thought, What great words to say when I am starting my time of worship, whether it be prayer, reading the Bible or singing to Him.

I truly hope that this song brings at least one of you feelings of JOY and the desire to worship and praise God this morning!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

What a Sweet Surprise!!!

Beth (One Blessed Nana) at An Instrument 4 His Glory has made me feel like one blessed mama! :) She has given me this fabulous award, my first blog award! (Is it legal to send it back to the person who sent it to you? I have learned so much from you, Beth, and am truly inspired to be a better woman because of you!)

Two rules accompany this award:

1. Confess 5 things you are addicted to.
2. Pass the award on to 5 deserving bloggers.

Five addictions:

1. Seeking the Truth through His Word (and seeking to make it more and more of an addiction all the time!)
2. Time alone with my husband. LOVE connecting with him and laughing, laughing, laughing!
3. Cuddling with my kids, especially at night when they are sooooo talkative.
4. Coffee with my girlfriends. (I get to meet with them tomorrow morning. . .yay! It's always so uplifting and FUN!)
5. Chocolate!

(Now, here's the hard part!! I have been blessed and have learned so much from so many of you!!!!!)

Five deserving bloggers:

1. Miss Charlene at Bring on the Rain.
2. Julie at Jewelz Sightings.
3. Yolanda at Higher Grounds.
4. Cricket at A Simple Girl's Life.
5. Deanna at Inside Deanna's Diary.
6. Mimi at He & Me + 3.

What? I can't count? I know, I broke the rule and chose six instead of five. There are so many wonderful women of God out in blogland, and it was so hard to choose. Thank you to all of you teaching me, uplifting me, praying with me.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Please Pray with me

My aunt Sheila (my mom's twin sister) was diagnosed with liver cancer yesterday.
She just finished chemo and radiation for breast cancer in November of 2008. She is 59.

Please lift her up in prayer.

And more frightening than anything, she is not a believer. So even if it's not God's will to heal her at this time, I will pray fervently that He will open her eyes and her heart to receive Him.

As the Spirit leads, will you pray with me, please?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Teaching Typing to Your Kiddos

I found a great link on Latte Lady's blog to a FUN typing website that my son is having a blast with! It is called Dance Mat Typing. It's an easy and fun way to learn typing.

For all you homeschoolers out there, Latte Lady's website is loaded with great information. She speaks of her personal experiences and also has many links to a very wide variety of topics. Hop on over there some time! :)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

You're Gonna Miss This

Last night my dear hubby was snoring like a bear with a bad case of sinusitis, so after almost two hours, I got up and snuggled into bed with my sweet daughter, without her knowing. Well, when she woke up this morning, she crawled out of bed (as I kept my eyes closed), and she got her softest little teddy bear (aptly named Soft) and put it right next to my cheek on the pillow.

Then she hopped back into bed laying on her side facing me, my back to her. And she started to softly rub my back with her sweet little hands. Then she went under my shirt and rubbed my back with a gentleness that about made me cry. It was something a mother would do to her child. I still pretended to sleep, just enjoying her precious love.

Lord, thank you for this loving, giving little girl that you have trusted me to watch over.

Pam at You're Gonna Miss This has this ongoing meme every Saturday. Check it out and join in!

Interview with Naomi Lynn

And here is the interview with my almost 5-year-old daughter:

1. What is something Mom always says to you?
Yuv you.

2. What makes Mom happy?
When I do good things.

3. What makes Mom sad?
When I whine.

4. How does Mom make you laugh?

5. What was Mom like as a kid?
Hmmmm. . .eating ice cream. (Hey! I resemble that remark!)

6. How old is Mom?
13? (ter-teen) :)

7. How tall is Mom?
14? (por-teen) :)

8. What is Mom's favorite thing to do?
Read the Bible

9. What does Mom do when you're not around?
Read the Bible and eat. (I'm sensing a food theme here.)

10. If your Mom becomes famous what will it be for?
Doctor. (okay!)

11. What is Mom really good at?

12. What is Mom not good at?
Oh. I'm tinking. . .What is Mom not good at? I wish you could give me a hint. (I said, I don't know.) Mom, you're not good at doing a somersault. (the girl's got a point there.)

13. What is Mom's favorite food?
Helfee tings (healthy things. . .she doesn't see what I eat when nobody's watching!) ;)

14. What do you and Mom do together?

15. If your Mom was a TV character who would she be?
A cook and cook yummy treats!

16. How are you and Mom different?
Because you're bigger and I'm smaller.

17. How are you and Mom the same?
We yuv the same books.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Interview with Brandon Thomas

I got this great interview idea from 50s Housewife. It sure was fun to see me through my kids' eyes!

Today I will post my interview with my son who is 7 1/2:

1. What is something Mom always says to you?
I love you.

2. What makes Mom happy?
When I hug her.

3. What makes Mom sad?
If you be mean to her.

4. How does Mom make you laugh?
By tickling me. Cuz try it. (brief tickle break was taken)

5. What was Mom like as a kid?
You liked your mom and got fun stuff.

6. How old is Mom?
34 1/2, almost turning 35 in June. Right, Mom? Yep.

7. How tall is Mom?
5'4" (5'5 1/2", thank you very much!)

8. What is Mom's favorite thing to do?
Hmm. . .let's see. Chores. (okay then.)

9. What does Mom do when you're not around?
Clean. (Sure. We'll go with that.)

10. If your Mom becomes famous what will it be for?
Singing because I think you're a good singer.

11. What is Mom really good at?
Hmm. . .what ARE you really good at? Washing the dishes. You are good at that. (wow.)

12. What is Mom not good at?
Tic Tac Toe

13. What is Mom's favorite food?
Green smoothies with spinach, especially if they're frozen.

14. What do you and Mom do together?
Play games.

15. If your Mom was a TV character who would she be?
Mommy the GREAT! (pointer finger went enthusiastically straight up in the air for effect.) :)

16. How are you and Mom different?
We're different ages. We're different sizes. I'm a boy and you're a girl.

17. How are you and Mom the same?
We like the same people. . .like Kyle! (his best friend)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday!!

I've read several "Thankful Thursdays" over the months, so I thought I'd join in!
Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

* I am thankful for my Comforter, my Encourager. He has encouraged me this morning in a way that was not expected at all! He is so good to me, even when I am not good to myself, others or even Him. Praise God!! What a wonderful, faithful God we serve.
* I am thankful for my husband. He is such a wonderful father to our children, sitting with them, playing all the board games (that I don't like to play!), reading to them.
* I am thankful for my son Brandon Thomas (7 1/2). He is one of the most sensitive boys I've ever known. It used to bother me, his sensitivity. I thought he should be tough, but I have learned to appreciate his tender heart. And, boy, does he LOVE the Lord! He gets EXCITED to read and memorize Bible verses.
* I am thankful for my daughter Naomi Lynn (will be 5 next month!). She is so caring and compassionate. When someone is hurting or struggling, she runs to them to pat them on the back or to help them. My stepdad has a walker that he uses, and whenever he gets up, she gets up and holds on to his walker, walking slowly beside him, "guiding" him. Such a kind heart she has.
* I am thankful for my health. I have treated my body poorly for almost my entire life. The Lord has recently been healing me from the inside out. It has been an amazing journey. This body He created is more amazing than I'll ever fully realize. To go through what I've put it through and then still be able to function is amazing! And not only is it functioning, it is reversing some of the damage I have done to it. I stand in awe of HIM!!!
Happy Thankful Thursday!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A FUN way to bless others!!

One of our local Christian radio stations (Life 101.9) does this thing called The Drive-Thru Difference (once a month, I think). This is their explanation of it:
The Drive Thru Difference is a random act of kindness in Jesus' name, where you pay for the order of the car behind you in a drive thru line.
This has been so much fun for me and my kids to do. The first time we did it, I printed off the note that the radio station's website offers. Now we just do it whenever we feel led. I have written my own note before as well, and most of the time, I just do it with no explanation.

The great thing about printing off the note from the radio station's website is that people call the radio station and tell how they have been blessed by this, both the givers and the receivers. I remember one specifically where a woman called in and said that someone just paid for her van full of her and her siblings. Their dad had just died a few days earlier, and they just felt so uplifted by it.

Another story that actually makes me laugh is that a woman called in, and she was the one who paid for the car behind her, and that car chased her down to thank her, sharing that she had a horrible morning, and this just made her day. :)

I did this yesterday and had a nice surprise. I was at Starbucks, paid for my drink and then said, "And just for fun, I'd like to pay for the people behind me." The sweet gal said, "Are you serious?" I said, "You bet! I just hope it cheers them up and puts a bright spot in their day." And here's where the unexpected response came. She said, "Well, you have definitely made MY day!" How sweet! I never thought that the "middle man" would feel blessed too! :)

Anyway, if you feel led next time you're going through a drive-thru place, try it out! It's thrilling!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Make 'em wonder what you've got!!

If you listen to Christian radio, you've probably heard the song "Shine" by the Newsboys (click on my Playlist to the left if you want to hear it!). As I was listening to it in the van today, I thought, I'm going to make a concerted effort as I go through this coming week to SHINE for Jesus!!!!! Yes, indeedy, I should be doing that always, but I'm going to be particulary vigilant this week. I am going to carry a note with me that will include:

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. Isaiah 60:1

Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12:3 NIV

And also the chorus to the "Shine" song:

Make 'em wonder what you've got
Make 'em wish that they were not
On the outside looking bored
Let it shine before all men
Let 'em see good works, and then

Let 'em glorify the Lord!

Won't you shine with me this week? :)