Friday, May 28, 2010

God is teaching me about this...

There are 147 million children worldwide who have lost one or both parents.
Approximately 88 million orphans live in Asia.
Approximately 45 million orphans live in Africa.
Approximately 14 million orphans live in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Approximately 1 million children live in public care facilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
More than 800,000 children cycle through the foster care system in America each year.

There are 2.1 BILLION Christians in the world. 

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.   James 1:27

I am not saying I am obedient to that James 1:27 truth...I am just saying this is what God is teaching me.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh the faces we see each day!

And we see this sweet face too.

And unfortunately...this face.

And boy are we smitten with this face.

Always this face...

Oh wait, here's a different one...her Blue Steel/Sweet Potatoes face.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Faith Without Deeds is Dead...

God is drilling this into my head and heart right now. I know what it means, but I don't know what this is REALLY going to look like in my life. And I know that I am not LIVING this out the way God desires me to. God is expecting more from me right now. He is calling me to be a "lion chaser" (read the book In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day), truly obedient, a NO EXCUSES, faithful servant! 

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.    James 2:14-17

By doing nothing for those in need, I am basically saying, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed."

"Hang in there, ok."

Right. There are MILLIONS who are not well and not fed! 

Faith without action is DEAD.

Lord, what will you have me do?

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day!

Ten things you won't learn from the "Mommy Manual."

1. There is no manual.
2. You will use an ungodly amount of wipes - for just about everything. After that, you will use more.
3. You will say things you never thought would come out of your mouth, including "Please don't put that on your penis" and "we don't eat poop."
4. Pirate's Booty isn't just for kids.
5. What Pirate's Booty is in the first place (or "Booties" as Sawyer calls it).
6. Your car will serve as SO much more than just transportation including a changing room, a changing table, a dining room, a nursing room, a concert hall and timeout step.
7. Some days your children may get more servings of Veggie Tales than veggies. (And that's ok, especially when you make yourself feel better by throwing some diced broccoli into the mac & cheese.)
8. That when you tell your child to "Have a happy heart," you need to do so as well.
9. You will not bathe your second child as often as you did your first. That, and you will allow your second child to eat off the floor - all the while thinking it's probably not that sanitary, but really, how harmful could it be.
10. Nothing else will bring you so much frustration and so much joy! 

I'll take it!

Today was a special day as my sweet family celebrated me, the mom. I woke up to wonderful (and a few snotty) kisses from everyone! (Does it get much better than that?) At church, my sweet boy gave me beautiful flowers that our church had gathered for all the mothers. After that, we went to brunch with an amazing mother, my friend Jenny, and her precious family. It was so beautiful outside (contrary to now as the snow is only hours away) that we got to sit outside on the patio at Windy Ridge! The boys were able to run around while the rest of us got to sit and relax - sort of. We still had to run interference so the boys didn't throw rocks at each other or any of the patrons sitting nearby. We stopped by the bakery behind the restaurant for some delicious goodies including my favorite, their chocolate dipped coconut macaroon! Yummy! After a short nap and a walk on the trail behind our neighborhood, my husband and kids gave me sweet cards and my gift - a new driver! That's right, I got a golf club for Mother's Day! I am VERY excited about the rest of the gift, which is golf with my sweet husband! 

Thank you, my sweet family, for loving me very well! I love that you make the job of mom extremely worthwhile! And thank you, God, for blessing me with such an amazing family and for giving me the gifts and the strength - and the honor, to be mom! You are so good to me! 

For whatever reason, blogger will not allow me to upload anymore photos right now. I was able to do one, but it's a cute one!


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