Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
I'm also thankful for prayer. I am far away from those most dear, but I can pray for them. God is with them as well and knows what they need. I'm so thankful that I have the privilege of taking everything to the Father because of Jesus. We have no idea what a privilege this is. In the old testament, God dwelled in the Temple. A regular woman like me would have no possible access to that sacred place. I could only stay in the court of the women and hope that somehow God would hear me even though I was so far away (not that He couldn't, of course, but the Israelites didn't understand this). To be able to approach the throne of God freely because Jesus opened the way with his death on the cross is a feat that is beyond comprehension to me, but I'm so very thankful.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I'm also thankful for grocery stores. I've spent too much time in them lately, but oh how thankful I am that food is just 15 minutes away.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Today Fred, Peter and Chris played flag football with the youth group, so Ben, Sam and I were at home together. Instead of cleaning up the kitchen and reading the paper, we played cards--spoons and golf, and then we played knock-out (basketball). It was so much fun to just play and not worry. Last year I couldn't have done this because of my hip and lower back, but this year I was right there with them. I was so out of breath that my lungs were burning. It felt so good. I'm thankful that I agreed to play and that I could play with them. We had such a fun time together. Everyone playing flag football had fun as well. I'm so thankful for these good times.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
When I was younger, I used to go sit on our porch and stare at the stars. There is something mysterious and magical about the night sky. Fred calls the stars out now the cold stars. It seems that they are so much brighter and more vivid in the winter. It's as if God is rewarding us for braving the cold. I love the verse in Isaiah that says that God knows the names of each of the stars and that He calls them out one by one. When we are sitting out at the edge of night, it does seem that they come out one by one. To think that God created all of them, that they go on and on for farther than we can imagine, and He did it for us, is awe inspiring. I'm thankful for the night sky.
Friday, November 21, 2008
clementines. I got them at the store yesterday. I just love that they are so easy to peel and eat. Sam and Peter eat them like candy. They are sweet and good and a wonderful winter time treat.
heat. It takes a while to get used to being cold all of the time. The heating system was added to our house after it had been standing for a while, so the vents are in the ceiling. Heat rises. Upstairs is toasty, but downstairs is a bit chilly, especially on the floor. So I'm thankful that when I come in from the cold outside I have a warm home.
the elementary school. We have such a wonderful elementary school. All of the parents, it seems, are very involved. The school, teachers and PTO offer so many things for our children. Last night the PTO sponsored dinner and a movie so for $2 each, we all got to have a hotdog, cheeze-its, a drink, and Wall-E. It was fun being together and doing something different. Popcorn was only $0.25! What a deal!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
...my camera. I loved taking these pictures of them. We had so much fun doing these pictures. It reminded me how much I love them and how adorable they are! (mother's bias, I know). I'm also thankful for the amazing digital technology that makes this process fun and possible.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Ben had just 5 boys spend the night. It was an interesting night. Since we don't have a basement in which to put them, we tend to be pretty serious when it comes to sleep. We all need it! They did finally settle down and I think some of them even slept. I know I did. And for that I am very thankful!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I'm also thankful for my hairdresser! I got my hair cut yesterday. I just love the feel of someone else washing my hair. It is a luxury. My hairdresser also is a friend, so I'm thankful for the good conversations that we have while I'm there.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
As I sang "Ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers," all of the hard things of the day came flooding in. In that moment, I understood how all of my sins added to the voices that day when He died on the cross. That for those sins that come so quickly and easily, Jesus took the punishment. I'm moved again today as I read the words, His wounds have paid my ransom. I will never suffer the penalty of my casual and not so casual sin because Jesus finished that payment on the cross. The word thankful is truly inadequate.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
the good conversation I had with my husband at lunch today.
God's heart of love toward me even when I am not lovable.
Enough food in the pantry to feed 4 growing boys.
I am in a rut about food. Sometimes I don't have enough days to make all of the recipes I'd like to try. Then there are times like these, when it seems like we have the same thing all of the time. The boys have the same thing in their lunches. I don't know what else to get. I'm working hard to stay in my food budget, but they keep eating! I get so frustrated sometimes with all of that. Today while I contemplated my rut and what we would have for lunch and dinner, I thought of an e-mail I received from a friend the other day. She asked us to pray for the families of two women in their Bible study. They are in Kenya in a camp where they are starving to death. There is no food. None. They are praying that God will rain down food from Heaven. Time for a perspective check. Even though sandwiches rule the day, there is food. And if there isn't, I can go to Bloom, just 15 minutes away, and buy more. Thank you, God for food, and forgive me for my myopic point of view.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I'm also thankful for sleep--especially today when I haven't had enough. I couldn't safely drive to the conference for lack of sleep, so I'm home instead of with the kids today. Right now, I'm thankful that bedtime is not that far away. I'm also very thankful for my husband who offered to drive me up to the conference and then come to get me when my part was over.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I'm so thankful that we have the privilege of going to our polling place and voting without fear of reprisal. We so much take this for granted, but it is an amazing privilege. No one wants to shoot me for voting. No one will burn my house down for casting a ballot. I think of the Iraqi's when they had their vote. People walked tens of miles to stand in line all day with smiles on their faces. I heard complaints yesterday from people who had to stand in line for 20 minutes! I remember the grins on the faces of the women who showed their inked fingers, a miracle in our time. I hope that we remember what an opportunity we have each time we go behind that curtain.
Monday, November 3, 2008
This is what was left of the gluten-free chocolate cake I made to celebrate Fred's Academic Achievement award today. It goes to those who maintained a 3.5 through their freshman year. If they do it again this year, then they recieve an academic letter. We are so proud of him!
I'm thankful for Fred's hard work and diligence at school, and that we could celebrate his accomplishment.
I'm thankful for chocolate cake.
Mostly today I'm thankful that, "Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God" (Romans 13:1). isn't that a comforting thought as we move toward election day tomorrow?
Now get out and VOTE!