Thursday, December 13, 2007
We are moved into our house, but the spare room where my computer will be set up is the holding area for boxes needing to be unpacked. Thus, my computer is still set up here at my parent's house. I'm really, really hoping to have it home with me by this weekend...we'll see!! Until then, any blogging and regular emails will be few and far between. *sigh* I'm not enjoying being disconnected from my friends.
Don't forget about me while I'm away!! :)
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
I also have two sick boys, a sick husband, and little energy due to more middle-of-the-night calls from Brandon. He's absolutely miserable with a runny nose and general cold symptoms. Do you know how hard it is to nurse when you can't breathe through your nose??? Poor little guy! I wish there was something I could do to make him better faster or at least alleviate his symptoms, but there's nothing that I can buy at the store to help him since "they" pulled all the baby meds off the shelves the last few months. I suppose the doctor could prescribe something, but I'm really trying to avoid that for now. But if he's not better by this time next week, we're for sure going in...maybe before that if we get desperate. Any tips on how I can help him to breathe better or something I can give him to help him feel better and dry up his nose? Anything would be appreciated!
Well, I'm off to turn off the chicken cooking on my stove and try to get a shower while I can. (Yes, it's VERY late to be taking a shower, but a lack of hot water combined with my fussy boys has kept me from an early shower today.)
Hopefully, if all goes well, the next time I'm able to really blog, I'll be doing so from my new house!!! YAY!!!!
Monday, November 26, 2007
As I was perusing blogs today, I read this wonderful post by Crystal over at Biblical Womanhood. It was an encouragement to me to keep on in my ministry to my husband and my boys, for it is the calling placed upon me by my God. I hope you will check it out when you have a spare moment. Here's a few lines to get you started!
In answer to a question regarding seeking ministry opportunities outside of our homes, Crystal writes,
I love to reach out to others from our home as I'm able to in the little cracks of leftover time I have. This is one reason I blog and write during nap time, pray for missionaries or needy people while I'm washing dishes, or find a spare moment here and there to write an encouraging letter to someone going through a difficult time.
We're also constantly seeking ways we can minister as a family to others by having people into our home, visiting the elderly, or reaching out to our neighbors. I want to instill a servant's heart in my children by having them work alongside mommy and daddy to reach out to a lost and dying world or to hold up the arms of those who are weary in the Body of Christ....
At this point in my life, however, I don't feel like it would be right for me to regularly leave my children - even for a few hours each week - in order to reach out to others. My husband and children are my greatest outreach.
To read more, click here!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I had WAY too many items to take the time to break it all down specifically, but I will tell you that between three transactions, I only spent $1.17 out of pocket!!!!! Not to shabby! :)
Nearly everything I bought earned me more ECB's. I don't know that exacts of what I had when I started, but I ended the day with about $68 in ECB's for next week. I also have the following to add to my collection of household goods and goodies!
3- 100 oz Laundry Soap (Last week I paid, $9.99 for one of these at HEB. We found them for $3.50-$3.98 on sale!!! Great deal for me, especially since my ECB's paid for them!)
4 tubes of toothpaste(all ECB earners)
3 Feminine Wash(ECB earners)
1 2-pk CVS bar soap(ECB earner)
2 bags of holiday peanut M&Ms(ECB earners)
3 boxes Hershey's dark chocolate(ECB earners)
Excedrin PM (on sale, don't remember if it earned ECB's)
Advil PM (ECB earner)
Softsoap Body Wash(ECB earner)
Johnson's Softlotion(ECB earner)
Enviga Sparkling Green Tea(ECB earner)
2 Sunmaid Raisin(Good deal on sale and MFC)
Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer(A favorite product that I haven't been able to find at Wal-mart. Paid for it with ECB's, so it was GOOD price!)
Candy Canes(Just because my hubby wanted them!)
Nova Max Blood Glucose Monitor(On sale, used $50 coupon and earned $20 ECB!!! GREAT DEAL!! FREE out of pocket.)
All I can say about CVS is I LOVE IT!!!! It has been wonderful to be able to stockpile without using up all my grocery money before getting other necessities. My husband is having as much fun as I am seeing all that I'm getting for so little money. It's nice to be able to share this with my mom too. I'm hoping that I can start to shop with some of my other friends as well. I want to share this with everyone!!! :)
Thursday, November 22, 2007
THERE ARE SNOW FLAKES FALLING ON THANKSGIVING DAY IN CENTRAL TEXAS!!!!!
Never before have I experienced anything close to a "white Christmas", much less a white Thanksgiving! But there it is, right outside my window--snow flakes falling!
Ryan is beside himself with excitement. Ever since the 5-6 inches of snow we had Easter weekend, he's been aware of the fun that snow brings. He's bundled up and waiting for daddy to take him out. True, there's only flurries right now, but maybe in the morning there will be enough to build a snowman!!
The smell of baking turkey is in the air. The counters are lined with fresh-baked pies and dinner rolls. Our small group is settled in around the warm fireplace. How GOOD my GOD is to bless this unworthy soul with so many blessings!
I hope that you all are having a wonderful time with family and friends today, celebrating this day of thanksgiving and praise. May the God of all grace bless each of you with thankful hearts, full tables and homes filled with love and laughter!
Friday, November 16, 2007
My sister-in-law just called, letting us know that my DH's dad may have bypass surgery within the next couple days. Please pray for him and for the whole family. As many of you know, my mom-in-law hasn't been doing well for a while now. The Lord is greatly testing them! Pray for their strength and peace.
Yesterday was CVS shoping day! It was my first successful trip on my own. hehe I'm loving this! One of the best parts though is that my husband is as awed by the savings as I am. It's great to know that my simple efforts are such a help to him and to our family. I'll post pictures and details later. Stay tuned!
We are still in limbo around here. Because of our two trips to San Antonio the last two weekends, we haven't been able to finish moving into our new house. I'm beginning to think that we just aren't going to get over there until after Thanksgiving, especially if we have to be gone again for my father-in-law's surgery. We'll see.
I'm SERIOUSLY missing my home church!!!! It's been three Wednesdays and two Sundays since I've been able to meet with them. Times like these remind me that we truly are a body, a family--and I miss them greatly! Lord willing, I'll still be able to be back with them in a few days.
Well, my Brandon has fallen to sleep (finally!!), so I'm going to go put him down and get to laundry. If we do leave for SA tonight, we'll need clean clothing! Signing off for now....
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Follow this link to "Portfolio", click on "Commercials", and watch the first two commercials to see what he does every day for a living. It's neat!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I made somewhere around $130 today. Doin' what you ask? SHOPPING!!! Yes, you read it right! SHOPPING!
I excelled at my second attempt at CVS shopping. :)
Nichole went along with me and helped me out. (Thanks, girl!!!)
Let me see if I can put it all down here for you to look over. :)
I did four separate transactions.
1 Blood Glucose Monitor $30.00
1 Ameal Blood Pressure Med =$29.99
Used 1 CVS Coupon $2.00 and
1 Manif. Coupon $50.00
Got back $29.99 ECB
1 Blood Glucose Monitor $30.00
1 Ameal Blood Pressure Med =$29.99
2 Vitamins BOGOF = $14.99
4 Covergirl BOGO1/2OFF =$14.61
3 CVS Cotton Swabs =$9.57
Used 1 CVS Coupons $2.00
Used $53.00 in Manif. Coupons
Used $29.99 ECB from First transaction
Got Back $35.99 in ECB
Third--Returned Covergirl from Second Transaction because they were the wrong items.
Got back $15.77
Fourth--1 Blood Glucose Monitor $9.99
1 Ameal Blood Pressure Med =$29.99
2 Covergirl BOGO1/2OFF =$12.98
2 Cvs Cotton Swabs = $6.38
Used Manif. Coupons =57.99
Got back $33.99 ECB
I still have a total of $69.98 in ECB to use in the coming weeks!
And I spent a total between all four transactions (including the return) $7.74
getting $70.00 back from those!
So for a total of $7.74 I ended up making $132.24!!!
And I have all the items above!
Now, since I personally don't have diabetes and have no need for the glucose monitors, I took the opportunity to give all three to my sister-in-law who is a dialysis nurse. She will take them to her clinic to give to some needy patients. I think this is an awesome way to save money and bless someone else in the process!!!
I don't know if I'll ever have such good success at CVS shopping again, but as I had been getting pretty discouraged at all this shopping to save, today was just what I needed to get motivated once more to keep trying. Of course, I plan to utilize Nichole's help as much as possible until I can get the hang of doing it on my own and really searching out the good deals. Hope you're prepared! hehe
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Also, I know you all can see the ads I have posted on my blog. This is a fairly simple way to get started bringing in some money. I like the site http://www.cj.com/ and am set up with them. I haven't started making money yet, but I'm very, very new to this "getting your blog noticed" thing! My friend Nichole turned me on to this company and has already had good success with them. They advertise for big-name companies, so you can be choosy about who and how you advertise to maintain that family-friendly atmosphere we all enjoy on "mom blogs."
Well, my two minutes of computer time for today are finished, and laundry is calling. I'll leave you to check out these few tips and start working them for yourself! Have fun!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
We did get moved out of our storage on time! Thanks to all the GREAT help we had, the guys were finished before noon! Absolutely nothing is out of a box, but the back bedroom is full to the ceiling, waiting patiently for me to tackle it.
I've had several vacuum cleaner issues that are keeping us from being able to set up the house, beginning with our vacuum pulling a disappearing act. Whether it was stolen or misplaced in the great store things here, store things there fiasco, it's just gone! We will still need one at some point--sooner I'm thinking, than later--so I'm in the market for one, preferably a canister. Any of you ladies have suggestions about a good brand/inexpensive price that will work well?
Well, that will have to be it for now. Brandon has nursed himself to sleep, and I need to lay him down and take advantage of the quiet. I have lots to do today, but I've gotten a slow start.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Here's an excerpt from the article written for No Geater Joy by Debi Pearl in 2001.
Soybeans! Healthy, right? Full of vitamins? Full of protein? Yes, everyone knows that. Not according to new research. It is common knowledge that soybeans are loaded with plant compounds that mimic estrogen, a female hormone. Many post menopausal women use soy products to help control hot flashes and other problems caused by hormonal imbalances. And soy is very effective in supplying the hormones needed! Think about it. If soy products supply sufficient hormones to balance out older women, what are they doing to newborn babies fed soy formula? What is this female hormone doing to men who have a constant diet of tofu and soy milk? What about younger women who already have a full supply of estrogen; how does a diet of estrogen rich soy affect them? Research is now strongly pointing to some very disturbing facts....read more.
(For some reason, my link is not working. Try to click on or copy/paste-- http://www.nogreate rjoy.org/ topics/general- view/archive/ 2001/october/ 10/soy-alert/ )
Pearl provides several links for beginning your own research into this issue. I believe we, as wives, mothers, daughters and friends, need to be informed and take steps to protect our families!
This is another site to study for more information
Please share this information with others. You may link back here if you'd like.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Some scientists in Canada have "discovered" that if you put the rub on the soles of your feet (yes, that is what I said, the SOLES of your feet!) you will experience relief from even the severest night-time coughing!!! How awesome is that!!!??? They determined that it was even more effective, especially in children, than powerful prescription drugs. You simply put a good layer of the product on the bottom of your feet, cover with socks and get into bed. It's supposed to give long-lasting relief.
Now, I haven't tested this out myself yet, but I plan to!!! The next time one of my boys or my husband gets that annoying, sleep-depriving, wracking cough, I'm going to slather it on and see what happens.
Has anyone ever tried this? Or if you try it, leave a comment and let us know how it works for you.
Santa Fe Soup
2lbs. hamburger, browned and drained
2 pkgs. ranch dressing mix
2 pkgs. taco seasoning
2 cans of corn
1 can of chicken broth*
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans**
1 can black beans
Mix all ingredients in large pot and heat through. You can also put this into a crock pot on low for several hours.
Serve topped with cheese, sour cream and corn chips.
*If you don't have canned chicken broth on hand, you can substitute 2 tsp. of chicken bouillon(2 sm. cubes) and 3 cps. water.
**I didn't have pinto beans on hand, so I used a can of Ranch Style beans. It worked fine!!
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Monday, October 22, 2007
Click here for Christ-centered messages for ladies given by Carolyn Mahaney!
Well, I'm going from a small house with two large closets and an attic that I could use to store boxes (Rubbermaid tubs.) I also had a fairly large kitchen with a lot of counter space and cabinets. The house we will be moving to has only small closets and the kitchen has only one wall of counter space, with few cabinets.
I will need a place to store canned/boxed/dry food, as well as my boxes of extra clothing (i.e. maternity, post-maternity, baby clothes, seasonal clothing). I'm beginning to stock up on household items, so I need ideas on storing that as well.
We're painting the inside of the house and planning to get some of the flooring replaced as well. The whole painting process has not been without its complications, but so far so good. The major part is done, leaving only the tedious, detailed work--cabinets, trim, insides of closets, bathrooms.
I was hoping to be able to jump right in and work along side my hubby, but for some reason my almost-six-month-old won't stay happy long enough for me to paint anything to completion. Of course, there's also Ryan who wants to "paint" too. Can you imagine the condition of things if he were to get hold of a paint brush. I shudder to think of it!!!
We have to have everything moved out of our storage by the 31st, or we have to pay for another month's rent. If you were watching us from afar, I fear we would look like crazed people right now, flying around trying futilely to accomplish everything!! :)
Just to show you how not on top of things I am, I haven't even started to consider going through things and packing things here at the house. Obviously, since we've been staying in my parent's house for the last year, we don't' have that much here to pack, but it is amazing to me how much stuff accumulates in a relatively short amount of time. Ryan's toy collection, for example, has grown exponentially since last June. I plan to go through them and donate them to a good cause (i.e. the trash or a garage sale) but you can only imagine the uproar that is causing. The thought that Mommy would give away my toys, even though I haven't played with half of them in who know how long!!!! Any suggestions here, people??? How do you separate a three-year old from his beloved collection without triggering a melt-down????
OK, I'm now being LOUDLY paged by Brandon. He's in dire need from the sound of his calling! Gotta run....more to come later, I hope.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
SENSE TO SAVE
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
We're going to be doing some work on a house that my dad owns over the next few weeks. We hope that by the end of this month or the beginning of November, we can move in!! It's going to be nice to have our own little space again. :)
Needless to say, I won't be able to blog too often because of all the constraints of time and the work that goes into any move, especially with small children in tow!
I'll probably be asking one of the other ladies in my church to take over posting on our church's blog for a few weeks. I don't want it to lack for new posts while I'm busy with moving!
So, the few of you who visit here regularly, think about me and pray for me over the next month! I'll try to post some updates if I am able.
Signing off for now!
Friday, October 05, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Welcome, Kimberly Rose Jordan!! She weighed in at 7lbs, 11oz and is 22 1/2 inches long!
Mike and Mary, we can't wait to meet your newest daughter! May God bless your family as you continue to love and enjoy each other!!!
I have to blame my recently acquired love for coffee on my friend Nichole. Before I started hanging out with her, I had NO interest in anything java related. Now, I can't drive past a Starbucks without my brain telling me that I smell that intoxicating aroma of COFFEE!!!
I wouldn't say that I'm addicted because I've yet to experience that all-consuming urge to have a cup of coffee every morning, but I can say that I've developed a taste for the brew.
I love it hot.
I love it cold.
I love it plain.
I love it creamed, sugared and flavored!
Do any of you share this love of coffee?
Monday, October 01, 2007
Hey everyone. Yes its getting closer. Just 3 more weeks.
We have been riding. Although not as much as we would like to. This last Wednesday, I rode 25 miles. The Sunday previous was also 25 miles.
The Saturday of the prior weekend.
Tom and I rode our "circuit".
70 miles round trip from Portland, to Portland. We start over the Harbor bridge, down Ocean drive thru Corpus Christi, down S.P.I.D. over the J.F.K. causeway. From there we rode to Port Aransas across the ferry, riding thru Aransas Pass and finally back to Portland. All in less than 6 hours.
Tom has made great improvements since 2 years ago. We had to stop every 10 miles for 20 minutes to let him rest. Took us almost 9 hours.
Was planning on riding yesterday. However, the weather was terrible. Heavy rains, wind and some really strange beautiful lightning. Unfortunately, the same problem today.
I have ridden in the rain before.
The 2nd year I rode,we had rain for the first 50 miles at an average of 2 inches an hour. I don't mind riding in the rain. But, I hate training in it. lololololol.
But, we have been working out at the Community Center (tread mill, stationary bike, weights etc.). We have also been working out at home almost daily with the program "P90X". So, as you can see, one way or another we will be ready for the ride on October 20th and 21st.
In total this year. The MS 150 will actually be 160 miles long. Due to route changes. On Saturday, we will ride 100 miles from San Antonio to Beeville. Than on Sunday a much shorter ride of 60 miles, from Beeville to Corpus Christi.
Tom rides for a friend of his with MS.
As most of you know. I am riding for 2 people this year. And yes, I did ask Maggie first, if it was alright that I ride for Cindy also. Maggie, is a long time family friend that I have ridden for the last 2 years. I am also riding for Cindy Walker.
Cindy is my nieces mother-in-law. She was diagnosed very recently.
Both are FANTASTIC, WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL people, that live with MS everyday. Also, 2 of the most loving, caring people you will ever meet.
Tom and I, along with thousands of others ride and train to do a 150 mile bike ride every year. Sounds like a lot.
But, people like Maggie, Cindy and thousands of others live with the effects of MS everyday.
I can give you all these reasons to pledge.
But, it is for Maggie, Cindy and everyone else that lives with MS.
We do not have a minimum or a maximum amount that you can pledge. It is a 150 mile bicycle ride (bicycle not motorcycle).
You can pledge a set amount. You can pledge an amount per mile. You can pledge an amount on how long it will take me.
Please remember, we as riders not only pay the entry fee for the bike ride. Riders are responsible for transportation costs to San Antonio, the cost of the hotel Friday night, the cost of a hotel if we do not stay at the college in Beeville Saturday night, the cost of meals and the cost to return home if we do not live in Corpus Christi. Because we do get our bicycles inspected prior to the ride. IF we break down on the ride, we are not charged for labor. BUT, we are charged for parts.
We as riders must have $300.00 in donations. If we do not receive at least $300.00 in total donations. We are responsible for the difference.
THANK YOU again for everyone that have already donated. THANK YOU in advance for those of you that will be donating.
As much as Donations are very much needed and appreciated. Prayers and Support are just as much wanted, needed and appreciated.
All pledges are tax deductible.
The following is the electronic link that will take you directly to my donation sight for this years MS150.
You can also donate by check. Make checks payable to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Please if you donate by check, put my name, and/or e-mail address on the check so I will get credit for the donations....
For an accurate rider account, please mail all pledges to: Valero MS 150 National MS Society P.O. Box 4125 Houston, TX 77210
For correspondences with staff, please mail/deliver to: National MS Society, Lone Star Chapter 9830 Colonnade Blvd., Suite 130 San Antonio, Texas 78230
PLEASE, FEEL FREE TO SEND THIS EVERYONE ON YOUR ADDRESS LIST!!!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Ryan's coming home tomorrow!!! He's been gone for two weeks now, and boy, do I miss him!
He's been having so much fun though. He's staying with his Aunt Erin, visiting with her and Jeremy. He's been over to Grandma Cindi's house to see her and Grandpa Casey. He's been to the zoo, bowling, golfing; he's baked cookies with Grandma, played with play dough(something that NEVER happens at home!) and he's had a BLAST!!!!
But it's time for him to come home. Mommy's MORE than ready to get her little guy back! I've missed our nighttime talks before bedtime when he tries to squeeze in as much talking as possible to keep from having to go to sleep. :) I've missed tucking him in and praying with him before he goes to sleep, whether for his nap or bedtime. *Sigh* I miss snuggling up with him to read his good-night books. Oh, it's going to be good to see him and hug him and love on him again! Phone conversations just DON'T CUT IT!!!
And we're taking him first thing to the park when he gets here! YAY!!! Family time is awesome! It's wonderful to watch him and Steven playing together. I usually just sit back and watch them, thinking about how wonderful it is to have a loving husband and two beautiful boys to share my life!
I can't wait for tomorrow! But I have lots to do before then, so I better get to it.
Bye Y'all!! ;)
Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
That they will adorn the doctrine of god our Saviour in every respect.
Titus 2:10 (NASB)
It is undoubtedly true that if you are steadily determined to walk this path--to endeavor that your household may thus serve the Lord, worshipping Him in spirit and in truth--you will have need to use all the grace, all the courage, all the wisdom which God has given you. for you will find such hindrances as only the mighty power of God can enable you to break through.
You will have all the saints of the world to grapple with, who think you carry things too far. You will have all the powers of darkness against you, employing both force and fraud. Above all, is the deceitfulness of your own heart which, if you will hearken to it, will supply you with many reasons why you should be a little more conformable to this world.
But as you have begun, go on in the name of the Lord and in the power of His might. Set the smiling and the frowning world at defiance! Follow reason and the Word of God, not the customs and fashions of men.
Keep yourself pure. Whatever others do, let you and your household adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour. Let you, your yokefellow, and your children be all on the Lord's side, sweetly drawing together in one yoke. Walk in all His commandments and ordinances, till every one of you shall receive his own reward, according to his own labor (I Corinthians 3:8).
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Tuesday, September 18, 2007
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Friday, September 14, 2007
Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you wil find it again.
Eccl. 11:1 (NIV)
You have taught your children from their early infancy in the plainest manner you could, omitting no opportunity, and persevering in it. If you presently do not see fruit of your labor, you must not conclude that there will be none. The seed which has long remained in the ground may at last spring up into a plentiful harvest. Whatever the effect meantime, your reward is with the Most High.
Yet, this is not all. Pious parents must take into account where their children are to be sent to school. The best thing is to send them to a private school, kept by a pious person, who endeavors to instruct a small number of children both in religion and learning.
When they have completed their schooling, you doubtless thinking of some business for them. Before you determine anything in this matter, see that your eye is single. Is your view to please God? In what emplyment will they be most likely to love and serve God? And do not regard if they get less money, provided they get more holiness.
When your son or daughter is of age to marry, you will have great need of wisdom from above. Aim not at what the world calls a good match but simply at the glory of God and the real happiness of your children both in time and eternity.
Daily Devotional Insights
Renew My Heart
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Daniel 11:33 (NIV)
We prepare our household to serve the Lord by instructing them. We take care to see that every person under our roof has all such knowledge necessary to salvation. It is our responsibility to see that our spouse and children are taught those things which belong to their eternal peace. Plan, especially for the Lord's Day, that all may attend the public services for instruction. And take care that they have time daily for reading, meditation, and prayer. Neither should any day pass without family prayer, seriously performed.
You should particularly endeavor to instruct your children early, plainly, frequently, patiently. Whenever a child begins to speak, you may be assured that reason has begun to work. From that time, lose no opportunity of speaking of the things of God.
But speak plainly, using such words as little children understand--such as they themselves use. Do this frequently, lifting up your heart to God that He would open their understanding and pour His light upon them.
But all this will not avail unless you persevere in it. Never leave off until you see the fruit of it. To do this, you will find the absolute need of being endued with power from on high. Without this, I am persuaded, none will have the patience sufficient for this work.
Daily Devotional Insights
Renew My Heart
Anyway, there's a few sites I'd like to share with everyone. These are places you can go to get good ideas, advice, recipes, and lots of other resources for living frugally and honoring God with your money and your time.
Living On A Dime
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
2 Tbsp. baby bath or shampoo
1 Tbsp. baby oil1 roll paper towels
Mix the water, baby bath and baby oil in an empty round baby wipe container. Cut the paper towels in ½ using an electric knife. Remove core from the center. Place paper towels in wipe container. Let the paper towels soak up the water solution. Turn every few minutes to allow the solution to reach the middle of the paper towels. If there is still a dry spot in the middle, add a little more water and turn until soaked through. Pull the wipes from the middle of the roll through the top of the wipe container.
I haven't tried this yet, but it sounds neat. I want to try it!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Hebrews 12:6 (NIV)
What can we do that all our household may serve the Lord? May we not endeavor, first, to restrain them from all outward sin--from taking the name of God in vain and doing needless work on the Lord's Day? Those you hire may be restrained by argument or persuasion, but if they will not yield, they must be dismissed, be it ever so inconvenient.
(Note: While I am absolutely not an advocate of divorce over any little thing, I do believe that Scripture allows for divorce in other cases beside adultery. I do not wish to get into that subject here, but wanted to add that side note for clarification.)
Your spouse cannot be dismissed, except for adultery. In other cases, what can be done if open sin is habitual? All that can be done is done partly by example, partly by argument or persuasion, as dictated by Christian prudence. If evil ever can be overcome, it must be by good. We cannot beat the devil with his own weapons. If this evil cannot be overcome by good, we are called to suffer it. When God sees it to be best, He will remove it. Meantime, continue in earnest prayer; in due time, He will either take the temptation away or make it a blessing to your soul.
While your children are young, you may restrain them by advice, persuasion, and reproof, and also by correction. Only remember, this means is to be used last--after all others have been tried and found ineffectual. All should be done with mildness and with kindness. Otherwise, your own spirit suffers loss, and the child reaps little advantage. Only do not think yourselves wiser than God. He said, "Chasten...while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying" (Proverbs 19:18 KJV).
Daily Devotional Insights
Renew My Heart
Joshua 24:15 (NASB)
Every real Christian will say, "I and my house will serve the Lord." Who are included in the expression "my house"? The one in your house who claims your first and nearest attention is your spouse, seeing you are to love each other as Christ loved the Church. You are to use every possible means that he or she may be freed from every spot and walk unblamable in love.
Next to your spouse are your children--immortal spirits whom God has entrusted to your care for a time that you may train them up in all holiness and fit them for the enjoyment of God in eternity.
This is a glorious and important trust, seeing one soul is of more value than all the world beside. You are, therefore, to watch over every child with the utmost care, that when you are called to give an account of each to the Father of spirits, you may give your accounts with joy and not with grief.
Those you engage for longer or shorter periods of time, who voluntarily contract with you for hire are, in a measure, delivered into your hands. For that period of time, they are committed to your charge as one that must give an account. And it is not the will of your Master that these should go out of your hands before they receive from you something more valuable than silver or gold.
Daily Devotional Insights
Renew My Heart
This is an area I've been thinking and praying over the last many weeks. The Lord has been dealing with me about my responsibility to train up my sons in the knowledge of His Word and keep before them their need for salvation. I've contemplated how exactly to go about that on my own, how to fit it into each day, and where to begin.
To pick up this book "by chance" today was anything but chance!! The Lord was reiterating what has become such a burden for me. As a mother, it is my main duty in caring for my children to direct their hearts, as young as they are, to the Lord Jesus Christ as the One and most blessed Friend of sinners and as the only Refuge for their souls. I hope that these devotions will be a help to you, as they were to me.
For starters, I plan to post some of the excellent and convicting exhortations our pastor has been sending out. Some are more lengthy than others, but all are worth the time it takes to read them. You might even consider them a devotion you can add into your daily quiet time.
As I am able, I may be posting daily verses and other short devotions, as well as, significant church news/events. Nothing posted there will be personally from me, as I believe anything associated with our church should be led by the men. I am simply the "secretary" of the blog! Any questions can be addressed to Pastor Audey Shepard, whose email can be found on Grace Baptist Coleman, Texas.
I'd ask that you pray for me as I undertake this endeavor. I seek to be a help to our church in such a way that will glorify God and be wholly honoring to Him.
So, stop by the blog regularly, and if you'd like, add us as a link on your own website!
By Robert Spencer
Monday, September 10, 2007
"I invite you to embrace Islam,” says Osama bin Laden in his latest videotape. Most analysts take this as pious window-dressing and focus on what they believe to be the more substantive points of his message: his comments on the war in Iraq , his critique of capitalism, the similarity of much of what he says to Democratic Party talking points, and the like. But in fact the invitation to Islam is the heart, and the most revealing aspect, of bin Laden’s entire statement.
The chief reason for this, of course, is because in traditional Islamic law, the invitation to Islam must precede an attack on non-Muslims. The Islamic prophet Muhammad makes this clear, directing Muslims to issue this invitation first, and if the unbelievers refuse, to invite them to enter the Islamic social order as second-class dhimmis, and if they refuse both, to go to war with them:
Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, do not embezzle the spoils; do not break your pledge; and do not mutilate (the dead) bodies; do not kill the children. When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them....If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya [the poll tax on non-Muslims]. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them. (Sahih Muslim 4294)
Is, then, a major attack imminent? There are numerous indications of that – suggesting that one of the primary audiences, at least for this part of Osama’s message, is the Islamic world. If such an attack comes, Osama has by means of this videotape attempted to forestall criticism by Muslims, and has laid claim to Islamic legitimacy for Al-Qaeda’s actions.
But there is also a still wider significance to Osama’s invitation to Islam. He offers in this videotape a cultural critique of the Judeo-Christian West. This critique doesn’t focus on the exportation of its immoral pop culture, which some think is the primary, if not sole, grievance of the Islamic world against the West; Osama doesn’t mention that at all here. Rather, he concentrates on its religion: “You believe with absolute certainty that you believe in Allah, and you are full of conviction of this belief, so much that you have written this belief of yours on your dollar. But the truth is that you are mistaken in this belief of yours.”
Why? He lists two reasons: “you associate others with Him in your beliefs and separate state from religion.” Both of these criticisms focus on Christianity: Islam regards the divinity of Christ as an unacceptable and polytheistic association of a partner with God, and rejects the sacred/secular distinction that is ultimately derived from Christ’s directive to “render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21). Bin Laden charges the West with “manifest polytheism,” criticizing its making laws “in contradiction to [Allah’s] Law and methodology.” This is an integral part of his invitation to Islam: since Islam is a political and social system as well as a religious faith, to accept it is not merely to change one’s religious affiliation: it would fundamentally alter the nature of Western society.
The call to implement Islamic Sharia law in its fullness as an antidote to the ills of society is resonating throughout the Islamic world, with severe challenges to relatively secular regimes being mounted recently in Malaysia , Turkey , and Pakistan . Jihadists base their appeal in the Islamic world on the purity of their Islam, and on the proposition that obedience to Allah brings worldly success, as Osama says: “And our holding firm to this magnificent Book is the secret of our strength and winning of the war against you despite the fewness of our numbers and materiel.”
Six years after 9/11, and a year and a half after Donald Rumsfeld observed that “We need to find ways to win the ideological battle as well,” the jihadists’ ideological challenge is not being answered adequately. Osama’s challenge to Christianity and advocacy of Sharia is an opportunity for Western leaders to stress the aspects of Judeo-Christian civilization that Sharia law denies: notably the equality of dignity of men and women and the freedom of conscience. But no Western leader will do this, because it would contradict the multiculturalist dogma that no civilization or culture has any virtues that any others do not possess. The centrality of the jihadists’ cultural challenge to the West, and Western unwillingness to respond to this challenge, is a chief theme of my book Religion of Peace? Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t, but it is getting little attention elsewhere; even conservative media figures are hesitant to discuss the cultural conflict. The ideological challenge that the jihadists are making to the West remains the single most misunderstood aspect of the war on terror. As Osama invites us once again to accept Islam, probably very few Americans would be able to articulate why they wouldn’t want to accept the invitation, and yet talk of Sharia and how it contradicts basic Western understandings of human rights remain taboo.
As Al-Qaeda attempts to follow up on Osama’s invitation, and Europe becomes increasingly riven by strife between Muslims and non-Muslims, it will become clearer why we ignore this aspect of the jihadist challenge at our own peril.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
He sleeps, yet he "stands ready to do violence."
Crowds part when he walks the streets.
He rushes in as the bullets and the bombs and the blood rain down.
Enemies tremble at his name;
He haunts their dreams.
The dead have felt his burning fury-
The living know of his kindness.
He cries for the ones he has lost.
He knows the price of Freedom;
He understands the cost of Peace;
He is the keeper of Liberty;
He sacrifices his youth so that many can live to be old.
He is my hero.
He is my brother.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
He was just a little boy,
Friday, August 17, 2007
If you do, then go to www.butyoudontlooksick.com and read the article entitled, "The Spoon Theory." You will find it on the left-hand sidebar.
It will open your eyes to what every day is like for that person.
Thank you, Aunt Mary, for sharing this with me.
Monday, August 13, 2007
My parents have begun their preparations for returning to the mission field. This time they'll be gone about two months. The Lord willing, they'll be back here in the states in time for Thanksgiving. Pray for them for safety and strength as they endeavor to minister to the people God has placed upon their hearts.
My brother in law is supposed to be able to come home from Iraq at the beginning of October. He's been over there since August of last year!!! He's been through so much and needs time to recover and rest. We continue to keep him in our prayers and thoughts. He's hoping to get out of the Army and be back in San Antonio sometime after New Years. We hope so too!!! We all miss him so much!
My younger brother is still doing over there. He's really busy (read: in constant danger) but his spirits are up and he's doing what he's been trained to do!! Like David, we're praying for him constantly!! I do love that boy!! and I miss him!!
I have realized recently that my life is totally about my husband, my boys and our home. Some would say that I'm wasting my time and have no purpose, but I'm coming to realize more and more that my daily duties are FAR from mundane!! Making a sandwich for Ryan, sitting for an hour to nurse Brandon, taking the time to make dinner, changing diapers-- these things are my calling. This is what God has called me to do, and it's what is the most important thing for me right now.
Our pastor has been preaching on the importance of a Christian living a life of total and complete committment to Christ and a life defined by love for God. I have thought about these things and wondered if I was doing all that I should be doing for our church and for the ministries we have. Should I try to do more, take on a more active role in some way?
Well, the Lord has reminded me that what I do as a wife and as a mom is EXACTLY what I should be doing! My husband is my ministry. My children are my mission field. My home is my calling. A "keeper at home," called to love my husband and my children for the glory of God!!!! There is a rest in these truths for me. I don't have to worry about being involved in every outreach opportunity or in even one! I just have to take care of what God has given me- my family.
I don't always do a good job of being a wife and a mother, and I definitely have moments of failure! But I know that, like with all things in a Christian's life, God alone is my strength. He alone gives me grace to be what He has called me to be, and He alone will enable me to continue on and fulfill this role He has given me. Through much prayer, the Lord will help me in these areas to bring Him glory and be a blessing to my family and to my brethren at church.
I have had so many thought rolling around in my head the last few weeks. This is my poor attempt to share them with you all. I hope that you will pray for me and with me about these things. I want my priorities to be HIS priorities for me! My desire is to do all that I can for the furtherance of God's kingdom through the ministry He has given me!
Until the next time I have a few minutes of quiet....
Friday, July 20, 2007
Either the day we got home from the hospital or the second day we were home
All strapped in and ready to head home from the hospital!
Sleeping through it all
Too precious to not take a picture!
Need I say more?