Wednesday, March 31, 2010

3 years old...Wow.

My child is 3 years old now. The years go by so quick, and it seems like yesterday that I held a newborn baby in my arms. This first picture is when she was two. Its amazing that in one year she grew so much.
Then she is a little older...2 1/2, growing like a flower.

And finally she is 3 years old. My baby has grown up, but still plenty of 'babiness' left in her. She still loves to cuddle, to kiss, and hold. Still tells me that she needs to be fed and dressed once in a while. While other times she is NOT a 'baby', but a BIG girl!

I just love little girls. God has blessed me with 3 of them. I just hope I will be able to train them and guide them to love the Lord, and to hate evil. May God bless you my little child and keep you safe forever and ever.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Happy Spring to you.

The best part in living here in California, is that spring arrives here very early, with summer right behind it. Which is very nice and well, except when the summer heat hits with such long dry spells, that nothing green would ever survive this unless we water our garden every single day. Which makes me really love spring and autumn. The fresh air, warm, crisp is just perfect to go on a nice stroll. Here are some spring pictures I wanted to share with you, to bring some flowers your way, knowing that not everyone gets their spring so early....

I love spring. The flowers blooming, the green grass- for as soon as summer gets here, the grass will turn yellow, dry and lifeless. I hope you are having a wonderful day, sit in the sun and enjoy the warm sunshine, its so easy to be low on vitamin D.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Focus on Gods truth.

I was reading a post about how hard it is for girls and teenagers in this time and age, and this post really bring everything to light from  It teaches even me, and I am far from being a teenager, but the simple wisdom of Gods truth never fades and never changes. So mostly this is for myself to remind me to not focus on myself and my problems, but to see a larger picture.

• Stop focusing on yourself.

• Look to the big picture

• Stay focused on the goal

• View their situation as an opportunity, not an excuse

• Be grateful for what the Lord has given you.

• Embrace hardship, trials and hard work

• Don’t Become Bitter and Compromise. God did not fail you.

We may not be responsible for our circumstances, but we are responsible for how we use them, and we are responsible for our attitudes

There are principles in Scripture that suggest that we should be distinctively feminine, honoring parents and authorities, trying to serve God within a home-and-family context, preparing for wifehood and motherhood, praying for a God-honoring marriage and a godly husband with whom to build a better future for your daughters, building up men, and seeking after a useful education. Simply living with your biological parents or doing homemakey things, however, doth not a biblical daughter make. You can discourage your family, dishonor your parents, serve no one but yourself, run men down, waste time, neglect the needy, cultivate personal uselessness, and prepare yourself for a wretched marriage, while living self-righteously at home baking muffins in a feminine apron you made all by yourself.

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children; to such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them. (Psalm 103:17,18)

• Don’t Judge Others and Assume that They are Judging You.

If you have been given a challenging situation, and are using it in faith, perseverance and integrity, you will be pleasing to God, and have the respect of His saints.

Don’t Break the 10th Commandment

Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s.” (Exodus 20:17)

Eat the Rich, P.J. O’Rourke writes, “A liking for fairness is not that noble a sentiment. Fairness doesn’t rank with charity, love, duty, or self-sacrifice. And there’s always a tinge of self-seeking in making sure that things are fair.”

Here’s the other lesson the 10th commandment teaches. The tenth commandment is not about squelching desires and aspirations for a better life. It’s not telling us that it’s wrong to desire houses, livestock, wives, husbands, beauty, success, skills, gifts, or any of the other things that the Bible tells us are good things Gnostic or self-righteous pietism. The message of the 10th commandment is this: Don’t begrudge others the fruits of God’s blessing and their hard work – get out there and work towards those for yourself.

Coveting can consume our thoughts and eventually our life. If we give in to it, it will:

• Kill our gratitude

• Kill our incentive to work for what we desire

• Kill our ability to rejoice in other people’s good

• Kill our love for God, who clearly is ‘not fair’

In the same way that God designed all of creation in its undeniable perfection and beauty, He handcrafted each person’s situation with exquisite precision. He chose the exact parents, position, and opportunities that would best fulfill His purposes for your life and bring Him glory.

This does not mean that there won’t be trials and tests, not even for the seemingly “more fortunate.” We are all tested. “The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous…” (Psalm 11:4,5) The very trials He gives us are signs of His love for us in the advantages they ultimately produce.

After all, we’re not the only one struggling. All over the world women are being thrown out (and worse), wives are being abandoned, widows are being neglected, and another generation of daughters is being raised by women who married in desperation to escape an unhappy situation – perpetuating the cycle. Those who have had more personal experience with these kinds of problems will know better how to help. They will know better how to raise their sons to be responsible leaders and protectors. They will know better how to raise their daughters to be strong and full of faith. As women face their situations by re-hauling their attitudes and actions, in faith, they prepare themselves to be warriors in the work of re-hauling a broken nation.

We can’t promise anything – but God does promise some things to women in difficult situations. In His loving mercy, He promises that He will be “a Father to the fatherless, and a Judge of the widows” (Psalm 68:5). He promises that He makes “all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28). He promises that if we “seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness… all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33). And He promises that if we “do not be weary in well doing,” “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9)

Amazing promises for sure. Our God is an amazing God.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Separation is painful.

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
"I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."

"Therefore come out from them

and be separate, says the Lord.

Touch no unclean thing,

and I will receive you."

"I will be a Father to you,

and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 1 Cor. 6:14-16
Such strong words. Such amazing promises! It's hard to separate ourselves from this world and all the sinful things this world is offering us. All the glitter and jazz. I was thinking about this and was discussing with my husband how hard it is to know if someone is a Christian or not. For instance if I am in public, will someone know right off that I am different, that I am a Christian? One day I was passing by a lady in a doctors office, and saw that she was reading a Bible.... Wow! That’s really one of the ways we can know that she loves the Lord, if we see someone reading or praying or just portraying that light and goodness. Its an amazing sight... I am sure God loves it too.

I may be wrong, but maybe the way we do things that’s what separates us from people who don’t believe in God?

1. Going to church as often as we can.

2. Reading the bible as our book of choice. Our living bread and water.

3. Praying constantly, speaking of God.

4. Portraying the words of God all around us.

5. Dressing modestly.

6. Speaking wisely, avoiding gossip, and lies.

7. Being filled with Gods peace and love, which means we wont get easily angered.

8. Forgiving others and not repaying in evil.

9. Knowing that we are not perfect but striving to be like Jesus.

I am sure there are a lot of other characteristics of being a Christian that I forgot, and maybe some of these things you may not agree with, but God will ask me and you personally to account for how you believed in your own heart, if your conscience is not clean, seek yourself and find guidance in the bible.

I love reading this website… there is so much guidance in there for young girls, and for older women. You may like it too…:)

May God bless you and keep you in His guidance and strenght.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wait for His strength.

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
Fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Fret not yourself, it leads only to evildoing.
For evildoers wil be cut off,
But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.
Yet a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for his place, and he will not be there.
But the humble will inherit the land,
And will delight themselves in abundant prosperity.
{Psalm 37:7-11}

It's good to know that our God is for us, even when everyone else is against us. Or sometimes it just seems like that. In knowing that we have a heavenly Father who watches our every faltering step is a comfort indeed. In knowing that my Lord will keep my children safe even when I am not there to watch them or to guide them is a relief. But often I forget that God is there for me at my every breath and every moment, I rely on my own strength and my own abilities, and how often I fall with exhaustion with not being able to make everything go just right.

Forgive me Lord for being impatient, for not relying and waiting on your strength and power. Help me learn as I watch You walk through my everyday life… and I thank you, for You fill me up with light and hope.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Fun in the sun.

We went to the park on the weekend. It was such a pretty, warm day. We all enjoyed the freedom and the fresh air. The girls sure got tired afterwards.... Just look at all the things they did.
Jumping up and down in trying to catch the limbs of a tree.
Walking up and down an old white bridge.
Running up and down the hill.

Then there was this fat old goose that the girls wanted to touch, but he hissed loudly, and we all ran away..:)

Ariana wanted to climb a tree.

And Odelia wanted to smell a flower, until she saw a black bug in it, then she changed her mind.

The baby did very good, as she sat in the stroller and watched her wild sisters run up and down the hill.

All in all it was a beautiful day, I believe spring is here!!! Especially looking at the last picture.

I hope you are getting your spring where you live, and if you dont.... Well dont despair, it will get to where you live sooner then later.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What does your book say about you?

Sometimes we fill our hours with empty things. I do a lot of that. The things that don’t really fill me up, the things that don’t let me grow, just empty calories, like junk food. The time is ticking, an hour gone, a day has passed, what do I have to show for it? What will be written in the book of Life, when I die? If every hour is an empty breath, and every day is a lost dream, what will I show to HIM, the Owner of me, when I come before Him? Empty promises? Unsolved problems? Unfulfilled dreams? Buried treasure of my soul?

Every time we do a good, kind deed, its like a flower in bloom, the fragrance of it will reach the heavens, and it will bear fruit. Also, every time instead of replying to someone in a mean, sharp way we choose to use a kind, loving way we are doing a beautiful, kind thing. Your book of life will not be empty. So lets be more kind to each other, more loving to our husbands, more forgiving to strangers, and teaching our children to be nice, and kind, and helpful, then our day will not go in vain. Then it means that this day has left a mark, maybe on someone’s soul, but mostly in your book of life.

Lets be like this tree.... blooming, the smell of spring in the air.

To Do List From God

I ran my life in search of worldly things;

My time and will were firmly in control.

I thought I had no need for what God brings;

I gave no heed to murmurs from my soul.

“You’re planning, doing all the time,” it said,

“But something else is missing deep inside.

Your mind is whirling, but your heart is dead,

So turn to God and let go of your pride.”

I did, and God said, “Here’s My plan for you:

Give your life to Me, and just let go.

Have faith and pray, and read the Bible through,

And you’ll have blessings more than you can know.”

So simple, yet it brings me perfect peace,

Living life for God the way I should.

Direction, purpose, fullness and release—

Life with God is very, very good.

By Joanna Fuchs

Friday, March 5, 2010

A favorite saying.

Life without Christ is like a brook without water; a cloud without rain; a well which mocks the traveler; a tree twice dead, plucked up by the root; a sky without a sun; a night without a star. O Christian, we must have Christ! Do see to it that every day when you wake you give a fresh savor of Christ upon you by contemplating his person. Live all the day, trying as much to submerge in Him, to season your hearts with him, and then at night, lie down with him upon your tongue.