Spring is here! And I am in full-step with the beauty and the blooms and the warm sunshine or refreshing rain. Why is this a big deal? Well, last spring (our first spring here in our new city), I distinctly remember taking walks in the neighborhood on beautiful afternoons in March and April and feeling like I was carrying around a perpetual winter in my soul. I was sad. I was lonely. I was in a hard place that felt like it was here to stay. Today, I am so encouraged as I see the beautiful trees in bloom. And when I see the sun shining on green grass and hear birds chirping their hearts out every morning at the break of dawn, I am reminded that seasons of life do indeed change. The fog lifts. The darkness gives way to to light. The birds will find their song again. It is not according to our timetable or the timing of earthly seasons that hearts are relieved of their heaviness. And in truth, much of our circumstances are quite similar to one year ago, YET I have grown in my walk with The Lord. I have put faith to work and have gotten in return, more faith. I have put one foot in front of the other on days I would have rather stayed in bed. I have chosen truth over lies. I have let go of control in so […]
Molly has been singing in the youth band for almost as long as we’ve been a part of First Baptist Charlotte. This was not something I saw coming. She did teach herself the guitar and enjoys playing the piano from time to time. She also likes to write music, but I didn’t foresee her singing with the youth band. I […]
The other morning I read Judges 6 and 7. Gideon was chosen as the “valiant warrior” as he beat out wheat in an old wine press (hiding!) in order to save it from the Midianites. As the story progresses, we see Gideon with a massive army, ready to fight against the Midianites. This massive army gets whittled down to 300 men. The first group that decided to leave the army and return home were ones who were afraid and trembling. 22,000 to be exact. As I reflected on the Word of God and what it said about these people, I asked myself if there was anything I was currently afraid of. Am I living in fear of any person or any real circumstances or imagined circumstances… all the “what ifs” that can easily press their way to the front of my mind from time to time. Is there anything God is asking me to do, but in fear, I am being disobedient and turning away from? That same afternoon I was reading Psalm 11. David is re-hashing some bad advice he got from his friends and answering them with the truth of Who God is. v1- 3) In the LORD I take refuge; How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to the. mountain; For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string to shoot in darkness at the upright in […]
Mack has had a banner year as a ten year old. He spent many hours begging for a dog and to play tackle football. Seriously, if he wasn’t asking me why he couldn’t have a dog, he was asking me what I had against tackle football. It was non-stop. The boy is determined. I have to admit, it so […]
Spring showed up early for a couple of weeks and then ran away to hide, leaving us with rain and cold temps. We are sitting around a fire doing school work today. I haven’t blogged about school work lately–it’s just a lot of math, grammar, spelling, some history and science, reading, choir practice, lots of taking care of the dog, […]
Today the kids didn’t have to do science or their math facts– a little valentines treat from their teacher. Their teacher also took them to Chick-fil-a for lunch and let them get milkshakes AND had some surprises for them when they woke up. Mack got football cards, of course. He got the girls a stuffed animal and wrote them a funny valentines card. He is a little comedian. “Dear Ruby, Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you like your gift. Now act like I’m saying something meaningful.” “Dear Molly, Molly-Girl I bet you still have your hair like a unicorn. Now take this moment of silence….” Molly puts her hair in a bun in the evenings and then after sleeping like that all night, the bun scoots to the front of her head and she looks like a unicorn. So he found a stuffed unicorn for her. Cracks me up. Rolo got a treat from the PetPeople store. They were giving away a pound of dog biscuits with every purchase today. She gets a haircut on Friday. This is her first time at a groomer, and I am hoping she does well. I also hope we can see her eyes after Friday! She is a funny dog. Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day! We sure are! Edited to add: Molly did NOT get out of the car. She was just along for the ride and the milkshake! haha!
I am trying to post once a week on this-here blog, so before this first week in February comes to a close, let me take some time to post some photos and keep things updated. First of all, the dog. Rolo is a sweet dog. I have had to move my quiet times to my room where I can be […]