Friday, November 9, 2012

Breakfast of Champions?


Me to Elijah this morning: Hey, buddy, are you hungry? Do you want some breakfast?

Elijah: I already ate.

Me: Really? What did you eat?

Elijah: Toast and peanut butter.

Me: What kind of breakfast is that?!

Elijah: Not a man's!



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And that folks, is how I break my blogging slump.








Saturday, May 5, 2012

We're All Just Baby Zebras...





I'm sure most of you have seen this video...



After seeing it on Facebook and hearing some of the comments, my brain started picking up speed.

The basics of what we see in this video are:

• A small child wearing a very zebra-like jacket sitting by the lion habitat at a zoo

• A lion very interested in eating that child (perhaps thinking the child is a tasty baby zebra?)

• A child completely at peace and looking at his mother

• A mother completely confident of her child's safety

What my friend, Ann, pointed out on Facebook, is that this is a picture of 1 Peter 5:8 which says,

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."

Now my momma heart isn't comfortable with a child being that close to a hungry lion no matter how thick the glass, but truly, this child was never in danger.

And that thick glass serves as a wonderful picture of God's invisible, protective hand between us and our Enemy.

I was reminded of this passage from John 10:

"Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.

But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep" (or baby zebra :) "as I said unto you.

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.

I and my Father are one."

Safety glass is firmly in place... we are safe!

Here is where my brain picked up speed-- let's hope it doesn't crash ;)

I was thinking about how the little kid was dressed.  Because of those bold black and white stripes, he was "marked" as prey for the enemy.

We, as believers, are covered by the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and as part of the body of Christ, are marked as prey for the enemy.  Hence, the "seeking whom he can devour" thing.

But as Jesus' words assure us, we are safe in the hands of God.

As a believer, am I confident in God's hand to protect me?

Do I continue to delight in Him, giving my attention to who He is and what He has done? 
Or, do I get so distracted by the lion's gaping mouth and incessant pawing that I distrust the Father and lose faith?

Sometimes my brain thinks, "Lord! What are you doing??? There is lion and he's trying to eat me! Please do something about it!!!"

How silly of me to forget that He has already accomplish it on Calvary's hill. 
He defeated sin and death.  He paid my debt and set me free. I belong to Him.

But I also thought about this verse from James 4:

"Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

What if that child happened to be dressed in a little lion costume?

Of course, we'll never know for certain, but I'm guessing the lion's reaction wouldn't be the same.

I don't think that lion would have tried so hard to eat him!

Instead of an enemy, perhaps the lion would have recognized one of his own?

But the question occurred to me, do we doubt the love and power of the God who died to save us and determine instead to camouflage ourselves with the world in hopes of escaping his attacks?

Can you imagine a zebra dressing up like a lion in hopes of keeping itself safe?!

As believers, perhaps we have tried to look like the world, but we have been washed by the blood of the Lamb and would not pass a "sniff test" by our enemy.

And how confusing we would be to the other "zebras" around us.

My prayer is that we would be content and joyful to be set apart as belonging to the Lord and that we would have faith like child.
  
I love how at peace this little kid was with his situation. He had complete confidence and joy in his mama and his heart wasn't troubled.

May we keep our eyes on our defender, Jesus Christ, being identified with His death and resurrection, living a Spirit-filled life of victory in Him and for Him and by Him believing by faith this:

"But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for Himself: 
the LORD will hear when I call unto Him." Psalm 4:3










Monday, March 19, 2012

Permission Granted


So.....

Subtlety has never been a strength of mine.

On that note, I'm just going to jump right in and start unpacking my brain.

Buckle up... it may be a bumpy ride ;)

source


I miss blogging.

I haven't blogged in a really long time and I look at my blog and 
I want to share all the things that are going on over here. 
But when I look at my blog I feel *obligated* to blog about homeschooling.

The thing is-

I don't want to blog about homeschooling.

This blog didn't start out as an
*exaggerated finger quotes here*

"homeschooling blog."

It was just a "this is me" kinda blog.

But somewhere along the line-- when homeschooling occupied a large portion of my life-
this blog reflected that.

Do we still homeschool?

Yes.

But it is different.

Having one high schooler, one middle schooler, and one grade schooler means that
a large portion of our homeschooling is independent work.

I mean really, how many pictures could I possibly post of Abby reading at her desk??!!

To quote my daughter,
"I sit in the { high school } room all day."

She isn't complaining (usually). 
She is simply stating a fact.

Half of the time, Charlotte is sitting up there with her doing her independent work.

Elijah is drawing pictures and playing with Legos by the fireplace...

in his pajamas...

while we're trying to complete
math and spelling.

This, my friends, is life in all of it's ordinariness. 

If you want to know what we're doing in school-
imagine us sitting with you 
and it probably looks remarkably close to that.

Whew.
Even talking about school this much is making my head spin.

This post did have a point, right?

Oh yes!

Permission Granted.

I am hereby giving myself permission to blog about whatever I want :)

Imagine that.

If it happens to be school related- fine.

But really, I just need a place to unpack my brain.
It's getting full in here.

I just wanted to warn you that we are shifting gears a little.

Getting back to the "old days," so to speak.

I would love for you to join me on this ride.

And thank you to Marsha for her post today because it lit a fire to write this and get the ball rolling.

So, enough about me and my drama!
How are you??



 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My Husband Made Me Cry

Today is Abby's birthday...

15.

High school.

Driving Permits.

Growing up.


The teenage years, in many ways, remind me of the toddler years.

Everything seems in a great flux again.
The challenges sometimes seem daunting.
I never know what to expect from day to day.

But while we struggle with ridiculous things like going to bed at a reasonable hour
so we (she) can wake up, you know, before noon.

I get affirmation that things aren't as bad as our late bedtime makes me feel.

I knew that Abby's iPod only played sound through one earbud.

I asked her last year if she wanted a new iPod and 
she declined stating it was too much trouble to re-do all her playlists.

I asked her again this year.

"Would you like a new iPod?"

She replied, "No."

Me- "Why not??!!"

Abby said, "Mom, it's a luxury.  It still works.  It's only for my personal enjoyment.
I'm fine with only having one earbud that works."

At times like that, she puts me to shame.

***

She approached me a few months before her birthday and did ask for something.

She said, "Mom, I know it may be expensive. But, the only thing I want for my birthday this year is a purity ring.  But here's the thing.  I don't want some cheap $10 ring that says, "PURITY" across the front of it.  I want a real ring, with real, you know, diamonds or something.  A ring that truly represents that I value my relationship with Jesus and that I want to stay pure until I am married. I want to pick out a ring that I love and is beautiful."

And by our gracious Lord's provision, this winter Nana worked as temporary help at the Zales outlet store.

She found her ring.


So tonight, at Olive Garden, we played paper telephone and laughed loud enough to disturb tables around us.

And after desserts were brought out, my sweet husband got up from his chair...

and kneeled down in front of his baby daughter...

and said these words,

"Dearest Abigail, 
I kneel before you now as your earthly father and 
representative of your Heavenly Father 
to present you with this ring.  
This ring represents a covenant that you 
have made between Your Holy Bridegroom, Jesus, and you, His Holy Bride.

This represents a covenant of purity, of sanctification, of longsuffering, 
to keep God's Holy Temple which He has created in you, pure and undefiled.

God has already chosen an earthly husband that He has created just for you. 
This man will be your earthly covering, provider, best friend, 
and he will cherish you with all his heart.

This ring represents a place holder until the day 
your husband replaces it with your wedding ring.

You will know when God brings you this individual because you 
will have peace that surpasses all understanding. 
And God will easily communicate this to you if you stay in communion with God.

Enjoy the purity this rings represents.

We (gesturing to all of us) are your family and witnesses in this covenant.

Happy 15th Birthday."






 

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