Friday, April 11, 2014
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Thursday, April 03, 2014
I haven't been able to post photos since that last post... blogging on a phone stinks! I kinda think it's a bummer to post without pictures, but that's my only option right now. Oh, well.
I'm back on the running bandwagon...training with a friend for a 5k on the 4th of July. I'm doing the Couch to 5k program (c25k), which is a slow and steady running program for non-runners. :) First couple of weeks were pretty easy-peasy, and now I'm in week 3. Since we live on the top of a hill, running is quite a bit more challenging than I'm used to. I'd show you a photo, but...you know...
I've lost about 13 pounds since we moved up in August. I've come to realize that the battle I have with food is a spiritual one. With the Lord's help, I hope to get back to a healthy weight, but more importantly, He is showing me how I have allowed food to control me. I'm seeing the tight grip it has had on me, for many years now, and I've been stunned and sobered by the strength of that stronghold. But God is very kind! I never want to laugh at the sin of indulgence... i.e., "I'm addicted to chocolate, haha!" But if it grieves God (and it does), then I want it out! I'm grateful for this work He is doing. It isn't about being fat or thin, but about having mastery over my body and its cravings. I may never battle drug or alcohol addiction, but getting victory in this area? Seems just as daunting and difficult sometimes!
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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
I really am!
I left y'all for a fling with Facebook, which is easier than blogging but not necessarily better.
It is really difficult to blog from a phone, so posts probably won't be lengthy or regular until we get a working computer and internet. But I will do my best!
In August we moved to northern Michigan. Nate took a promotion, and we relocated to this spectacularly beautiful part of the state. We love it here, even though the winters are colder and longer.
God in His great provision sold our home in a timely fashion and provided a super temporary housing situation. We're in a country, small-town setting with acreage and water close by. We added a furry new member to the family in October. Maizey is typical. Naughty, adorable, energetic.
The girls are doing well, growing and changing every day! We continue to homeschool and enjoy it.
Olivia turned 7 in September. She's in 2nd grade and reads everything she can get her hands on.
Ellia will be 6 this June. She's an excellent reader, too, so she breezes through her Kindergarten lessons.
Brienna was 4 in September. She does a modified Kindergarten with Ellia but mostly plays and draws.
I'm learning and growing so much in this new setting. The Lord is a precious Friend way up here, during these times when I experience loneliness or fear. We thank Him for His continued direction and provision!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Is there anything in the world sweeter than a child with a heart for God?
I think not.
Trusting faith in Him and a love for His Word--these are always gifts, but they're exceptionally precious when He plants them in the heart of a child.
It's late. 8:48 p.m. on a Wednesday. We don't do much at bedtime, since they've just spent the evening at Wednesday night Bible study. It's quick kisses and hugs, and lights out.
Tonight she asks, "Can I read my Bible to my sisters for a couple minutes?
(We've been making our way through Proverbs together at bedtime. Just finished chapter 2.)
"Sure," I say. "Six minutes, okay? Read a few verses and pray, and then lights out at 8:55."
I sit at the bottom of the stairs, unseen, as she reads through verse 10, giving simple explanations along the way. My mama heart swells as she tells her sisters, "...that means God will be pleased with your actions... and this means God will help you through all your life... shun evil means--well, it must mean not to do wrong things."
And her prayer sent me running for the Kleenex box.
Thank you that you give us wisdom. Thank you that all we have to do is just ask you for wisdom, and you give it to us. You are mighty and strong, and you can give whatever you want. Thank you for always taking care of us. Help us to honor you.
In Jesus' name,
Liz Curtis Higgs is the award-winning author of the Bad Girls series.
Higgs places each of these women in one of 4 categories:
- Bad for a good reason (Jael & Tamar)
- Bad, but not condemned (the adulteress & the bleeding woman)
- Bad moon rising (Bathsheba & medium of EnDor)
- Bad, and proud of it (Athaliah & Herodias)
Friday, February 22, 2013
A big drink of cold water, that's what she was yesterday, and she's just a little thing.
A busy little mama to 5 kids 8 and under, who invited us in for 3 hours. We kept her baby from napping and got out every single toy and toppled the tee-pee over.
We ate up her mini-muffins and I slugged her coffee and asked her one question after another about her home school, her chickens, her garden, and those precious kiddos.
She's just the kind of friend I need, and the kind you need, too. She's the kind of friend I want to be.
It's been a long time, and many things have changed. We do make a little small talk, but life looms large and in every corner of it is God, after all. There is no small talk. The Lord's been teaching her, patiently leading her to trust Him and to obey Him in all areas of life. She says it over and over, "God, He's been so gentle with me."
There is so much I don't know, so many ways in which I need to grow. She is gentle, too. She must sense the hunger I have for deep fellowship and friendship, because she asks a couple of times with concerned eyes, "Do you have anyone?" Goodness, I must seems like a woman dying of thirst. But I know what she means. Iron can not sharpen itself. It is not so easy for one lone flailing mama to pick herself up and go on.
What a messy job this is, motherhood. In all its elation, ugliness, wonder, and challenge, it is rewarding and messy work.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
"No one will marry you if you don’t ever brush your hair and it looks like a bird’s nest back there. And never get married when it’s dark, because you might not see the groom, and marry the wrong person. When you have found your Own True Love, you must ask permission. 'Can I marry you please?' you say. 'Yes, please,' he says."
We will soon be walking into our library not with a tote bag, but with a giant Rubbermaid tub and a dolly. These girls are voracious readers, and I couldn't be more thankful!
**Sally Lloyd-Jones doesn't know me, and she didn't pay me to promote her books. We just love 'em!