Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The tree of good and evil.

..Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked… {Genesis 3:5-6}

I wonder if still do that…. See something that looks good to eat or to have, that is pleasant to our eyes, and we think it gives us wisdom, when in truth its nothing more then an illusion or something that can only bring us despair and possibly death.

I wonder if there are things in my life that bring me knowledge of good and evil. Sometimes just evil. Maybe some TV shows don’t bring me any good knowledge but only evil? Or some books? Magazines? Anything else? Just a question that popped into my head as I started to read Genesis again.

There are a lot of things in this life that may seem pretty and satisfying when in truth are only there to make us think that we are satisfied and happy. Or they give only temporary relief and enjoyment. I am here to find the long lasting satisfaction that only comes from the Lord who has the water of life, and we will never thirst again.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkin pie and Thanksgiving.

I am eating cherry pie with vanilla ice cream tonight for desert. I believe ice cream doesn’t really go with this kind of pie... but the pie was hot, and I wanted cool it down... I just had a craving for pie for the past few weeks, it must be nearing the time for Thanksgiving, and pumpkin pie... We took the girls to the pumpkin patch and I wanted to share a few pictures...

Leona wasnt sure if she liked the pumpkins, she couldnt put them in her mouth...:)

All three girls enjoying the view. With funny faces, they just make me laugh when I look at this picture.

And this one is even better, laughing at each other... wonderful memories to enjoy.

I believe Odelia got tired after a bit... wanted to take her nap right there... The girls were so happy on our little trip that Odelia couldn’t seem to stop saying 'thank you' to us, and 'thank you' to God... especially after we had some lunch and had delicious apple pie for desert. Its precious when our children’s hearts are thankful for every little thing that we as parents provide for them. Are we as thankful to our heavenly Father for every little and big thing that he supplies us with? Every year we go around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and ask what everyone are thankful for. You can really feel the gratitude of some people who cherish each moment we have on this earth, for each little blessing, for even every tear. For tears bring us closer to the love of God and to His everlasting presence.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The rules to live by.

Delight yourself in the Lord like you delight yourself in your favorite things that you love doing.

Hear God everyday when you take a walk, in the whisper of the wind.

Confide in him every moment; tell him your secrets, your fears, your struggles.

Be still and wait on him in the quiet of the night, as well as in the middle of a busy day.

Cry to him like a small child wanting comfort, understanding and forgiveness. Be redeemed as he washes your soul clean.

Ask Him to restore the joy of your salvation…

Enjoy the fullness of his love, joy, and mercy.

Thank Him for the everyday pleasures that he provides for you to see, to hear, and to feel… have you noticed any lately?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Let the light shine...

I am driving to work in heavy traffic, people try to cut in front of me, I let them… I am called to be gentle not aggressive, even in my driving. There are so many people who are not gentle, who are rude, mean, or bitter. We as Christians should be able to shine the light, to show Jesus in our life. To shine through the love we have for him. It’s hard to do that when you don’t have the love of god in your soul; it’s hard to bring something you don’t feel. To give something you don’t have to give.

God gives us joy, love, peace and a place to rest our weary souls in our daily walk of life. He is here for me and for you so we can be here for others and afterwards we can spread it to all and show them our light that comes from within.

So let the light shine forth from our face and heart, into others. When we are driving, when we are taking a walk, when we are cooking and our little ones are distracting us, and when we just don’t agree with our husband… let the light of Jesus shine through.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Going shopping with wild animals...

I went to Target with my two oldest girls on Sunday. They like to shop and were running around like a bunch of wild animals. Then they made fun of the bras that were hanging in the lingerie department, laughing hysterically and pointing, while I was looking at some bras and panties. So I bought a new camisole and new underwear for myself. :) Also I bought a hat, a skirt and new pjs for ariana. When we got home ariana started to try things on. She put on my underwear, my camisole over her pj, and her hat and walked around like she was some kind of a gangster, a bag lady or I don’t even know... it was funny and awful...I wanted to scold her but it was too funny, but seriously where do they get their silly ideas from I have no clue…

Sometimes we need to be like children, to enjoy the moment, to laugh about little things that are funny. So smile and watch how funny our children can be.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I give thanks....

I bring the offering of my mouth to the throne of our Lord.

I thank you for the early chilly hours when my little one wakes me up, and we get to snuggle under the warm blankets in peace and contentment.

I thank you for the first steaming hot cup of coffee, to the sound of the teapot as it whistles, and the easiness of turning on the stove.

I thank you for the sweetness of my children, with all their bickering, nagging, and whining my ears get to hear.

I thank you for the easiness in doing my family's laundry, for I used to live in an apartment, where I had to go outside up and down the stairs to use a public laundry facility. Sometimes I had to wait for someone else to take their laundry out before I could do mine.

I thank you that I live in this country where everything is so much easier, like going shopping, for food, clothes, and not worrying that someone will rip you off, sell you damaged goods, or just take your money away. My parents lived through that in their country of birth... that was hard for them.

I thank you for this amazing opportunity of talking to You, for hearing me, for knowing me, for carrying my burdens. I am so happy that we can go through life with Jesus by our side... just think if He wasn’t there for would be so empty and sad.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The fruit of our lips...

We have such power in our hands, I mean in our mouths to be exact. By what we say and how we say it, our life will either improve and prosper, or will get discouraging and sad.

‘From the fruit of his mouth a man’s {or women’s} stomach is filled, with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.’
Proverbs 18:20-21

‘From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things’ Proverbs 12:14

‘Reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing.’ Proverbs 12:18

‘The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.’ Proverbs 15:4

There is power in our words. What we say to our family, our little ones will either bring healing or will crush their spirit. Amazing isn’t it? I believe with our words we can either bring Gods blessing into our house or evil cursing. In everything we say there is an invisible thread that sprang from our mouths. If its good, it will come back as good things. If its bad, criticizing words, evil words, angry and upset words it could bring destruction to your house. Be careful in what and how you say things. Even if you did slipped and said something. You can bring it back by apologizing and taking your words back. In every word try to plant a blessing, a lovely idea, a good thing, and the good, the lovely and blessings will follow you, and come into your home, to abide in us.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Food for the soul.

It is very important for Christians to study God's word, the bible. Its like bread to a starving soul. Our soul needs food to stay alive and be strong. To eat once a week at church is not sufficient for anyone to survive. Would you survive if you ate once a week at a buffet, and starved yourself the rest of the week? Of course not, and it is the same with reading Gods word. The most simple thing to do is just to start reading from the beginning of the old testament, and the beginning of the new testament, that way you get the new and the old at the same time. This is the most trusted way I enjoy reading my bible. Also you can invest in an study guide, which could turn into a lot of interesting, and simple ways of learning about the bible.

I am trying to find a way in how to read the bible from Genesis to Revelations in a year. I tried for a few years now, but the most I can finish is like 10 books. And its not because I am a slow reader, its more like a distractive reader. I start with Genesis, then after a little while I get bored, and jump to Psalms, after that I start Mathew, and go to the Romans… Don’t get me wrong, I love the bible. it’s the best book there is for inspiration, for guidance, and its an amazing living word from God.

There are so many ways people study their bibles, so many different study guides. As many as there are Christians, there is as many courses and one would be just the right one you can use. In trying different ones, I get to read a lot of the bible in a more interesting way. One of these days I will get to finish the bible in a year, but really its not how fast you finish, or how much you read in a day, its how much you take to your heart and how much of what you read you implemented to your life.

I always wonder how others read their bibles, how they navigate through the whole book. I know it’s a personal experience and it’s a spiritual journey for every Christian who wants to grow in the Lord and a personal way of feeding your soul. I wish you an awesome experience in getting to know the Lord.

Monday, October 12, 2009

So strange....

Isn't it strange how a 20 dollar bill seems like such a large amount when you donate it to church, but such a small amount when you go shopping?

Isn't it strange how 2 hours seem so long when you're at church, and how short they seem when you're watching a good movie?

Isn't it strange that you can't find a word to say when you're praying but…you have no trouble thinking what to talk about with a friend?

Isn't it strange how difficult and boring it is to read one chapter of the Bible but how easy it is to read 100 pages of a popular novel?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants front-row-tickets to concerts or games but they do whatever is possible to sit at the last row in Church?

Isn't it strange how we need to know about an event for Church 2-3 weeks before the day so we can include it in our agenda, but we can adjust it for other events in the last minute?

Isn't it strange how difficult it is to learn a fact about God to share it with others; but how easy it is to learn, understand, extend and repeat gossip?

Isn't it strange how we believe everything that magazines and newspapers say but…we question the words in the Bible?

Isn't it strange how everyone wants a place in heaven but…they don't want to believe, do, or say anything to get there?

Isn't it strange how we send jokes in e-mails and they are forwarded right away but when we are going to send messages about God, we think about it twice before we share it with others?

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Fall is in the air...

It smells like fall now, the dry yellow leaves and grasses. We went to the apple orchard and the smell was delicious... apples, pumpkins, grapes. The smell of warm cider and apple pie... The vineyards we drove by had the leaves turning red. This is my best time of the year.

Came home late after taking pictures at the pumpkin patch, riding the horses, eating lunch, sitting by the pond watching birds and geese, went to the organic apple orchard where we picked some apples and walked through a flower patch. The kids were tired and cranky on our ride home, and after the first mile the little ones fell asleep.

I will have to post some pictures later when I get some, since I don’t own a digital camera yet, and it takes awhile to develop film. Now I still need to finish laundry and finish cleaning my kitchen... and then I will join my girls in the land on dreams.... :)

Friday, October 9, 2009

I need You.

I need you Lord. When it’s dark outside as I drive to work and only stars glister in the black sky. When it’s dark inside my soul and I can’t seem to find a way.

I need you Lord today, for you to touch me and hold me close. I need you when I feel sad and empty, when I feel confused and not sure how to make the right decision.

I need you Lord, when my little ones are sleeping peacefully in their beds and when they are jumping up and down on the couch. When they are whining, crying, and complaining.

I need you Lord, when my house seems like a hurricane of little bodies went through it. When my body is tired from a long day and my soul is weary from the lack of being close to you. I need you Lord. Come and save me.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Abundance of joy.

Finding joy in my everyday life could be a challenge sometimes. I look for it everywhere I go, in everything I do. Today I found it in the warm sunshine, the fresh breeze, in the tiny, green-blue dragonfly that was flying in the nearby bushes-where I parked my car at lunch. I found joy in listening to a beautiful song... in a newborn's baby sweet face.

I tried looking for joy after work, when I had my sink full of dirty dishes, my house in a mess, with toys all over the floor. Its an amazing accomplishment if you can find joy in everyday life, in the lowliest time, in the busiest hour. Finding joy is a daily task we should strive to live by, because to live your life in a constant fear, unhappiness, or waiting for a better period in your life to happen, is a waste of precious time. Time will not come back, your life will not repeat itself. This is the life that you are living in now, this is the only time you can be decide to be happy. There were periods of my life where I was waiting for better things to happen to me, before I decided I could be happy. A better, bigger house. A nicer car, being a stay at home mother. Now I live in a better bigger house, I have a nice car, but did my outlook on life change? Am I happy? Do I find joy in my everyday life? I try. I choose to live in joy and be happy no matter the circumstances. No matter what is going on in my life, no matter what health problems I have, no matter the family issues I may be having. I don’t say its easy, in fact it could be a struggle everyday, but the main step is choosing to let yourself be happy no matter what....

Monday, October 5, 2009

Listen to your heart.

Last week I felt a coworker’s sadness. I thought he was going through something personal. His usual nature is an outgoing, always joking personality. So when he was quiet and withdrawn I noticed but wasn’t sure what was happening. My heart told me to pray for him. I did, but I could have done a better job of it.

Sometimes we don’t know what someone is going through; don’t have the compassion, or the caring. Someone is hurting; someone is going through a hard- dark time. Sometimes we are so wrapped in our selves that we don’t feel others hurt.

Today I found out that my coworker’s father passed away. He was very close to him. So sad makes me want to cry.

This sure is teaching me a lesson. When I see someone hurting, I need to offer my help or support. I need to pray with my whole heart for God to comfort them when they are going through hard times. I need to listen to my heart, sometimes it feels more than our minds may know.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Are you a pro at parenting? I am not..

When I woke up this morning, I felt the chill seep in through my blankets, it really got cold during the night. When my 5 year old woke up, she said “why is it so cold, who turned the air conditioner on?” to which I replied, ‘God turned the air conditioner on… its fall now, it gets colder.’  To which my 2 year old said, “so if its raining, it means God is watering his plants?” Funny how our little ones catch up on everything so quick.

When I was making breakfast of buttermilk-apple pancakes, and my 2 year old was helping me, she asked what I was doing. I told her that I am making pancakes, to which she replied… “Wow, how cool is that?”, which shows me that she is copying her older sister and that made me laugh.

Our children are precious, and sometimes they say things that are so funny, or unexpected that we don’t really know how to react. Lately my five year old is being a little ‘know it all’, and in many instances I look at my husband and he looks at me not knowing how to respond to something she said or done. There has been a lot of one on one talks with her, a lot of disciplinary action taken in trying to change how she misbehaves in church, being rude to an adult, or talks back to me or my husband.

I talk to other moms to find out if maybe they have a special way to handle five year olds, but mostly they just laugh, and tell me that all kids are different, what works for one, will not work for another. Some say they don’t discipline their children, some say they are clueless like me.

I have a stack of books on discipline that I am reading, maybe something I will be able to implement on how to handle the stubborn five year old. For her behavior is affecting my 2 year olds behavior as well, since she copies everything her older sister does.

I know that no one is born to be the greatest parent, somehow we all learn on our children in having an individual approach to each child in disciplining them. Some days I feel frustrated with my oldest child, and her stubborn ways, while some days she amazes me with her loving, sensitive heart and helpful nature. I am hopping that by the time I am done with having children I will be a pro in being a perfect parent. Or close to it. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Who said that wearing a hat is stylish?

Wearing a hat is not my idea....

I dont know why mom thinks it a good idea... I believe I am going to take it off.

Much better, now my hair can breathe....