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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

View

 What a view to behold!  Autumn is in full color.....Behold the changing leaves, and enjoy the crisp breeze. Breath it all in and allow your eyes to fully delight in the bursts of color. No other time in the year do we get to witness transformation so clearly before us!
Loving all the hope in the air!

 Enjoy my view and these "Fall Quotes" I found~
 
"Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns."

George Eliot

"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air."

Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Even if something is left undone, 
 everyone must take time to sit still
and watch the leaves turn."
Elizabeth Lawrence
 
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."        Albert Camus

"Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?"
                               Hal Borland
In all your wanderings these crisp fall days, find the beauty and rejoice in the transformation that is happening all around you.

And inside of you.........

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.  Romans 12:1-2 The Message

Monday, October 10, 2011

Thanksgiving

It has been over a week now when I first challenged my ladies in Bible Study to practice thanksgiving everyday.  I challenged this because it changes your life........  brings the joy that we long for in our days.
I know this because it changed mine.

Reading a book titled 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp helped me take a hard and real look had my life- my pain, my stress...to find joy.  This recapturing started with the simple act of counting the little things.  Choosing to find what brings joy in the moments. What is so astounding to me is that what I before thought to be the simple-the little, stuff I wasn't even giving much attention to, as turned into the immeasurable!    
So I ask you, those who took the challenge- How is it going?  Are you counting?  Listing them out--  the simple on paper.....in your heart.  Would love to hear how it is going!

Ann Voskamp has her own blog that I follow and she posted this video today that I thought was so fitting and very powerful for what we are studying in Philippians and on Sunday's as Pastor Dale has been preaching on marriage and family.  Be sure to watch to the end.........such a lesson here.
*pause this blogs music so you can enjoy........ 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

I am....

A viewpoint from my gazebo
Outside my window... while it has been rainy on and off the last couple of days- I can see blue breaking through the clouds.  But there is definitely something different about the air and the way the light hit the field behind us that means fall is here.

I am thinking... about how I never expected to already have made good friends here, soul connections.  Love the unexpected gifts He Gives!

I am thankful... to be the wife of a man who is still in love with me and that I am deeply in love with.

In the kitchen... homemade lasagna last night (got rave reviews from my critics :), taking the night off tonight and eating with friends at church.

I am wearing... jeans, a t-shirt under a black sweater and scarf that my mom graciously allowed me to confiscate while we were living there!  Thanks Mom :)

I am creating... a new space, an idea for a new ministry, and organizing pictures FINALLY!

I am wondering... when and how I can get myself back into some semblance of an exercise routine, I have gotten a bit lazy.

I am reading... The DNA of Relationships again- because it has crucial and practical ways to better your communication in all areas and I am all about that!  Also a book with Hannah called Rules.

I am hoping... to get some writing done this week on our next bible Study.....and on my own personal quest to write a book.

I am looking forward to... my parents coming to visit soon- hopefully at the end of the month.  They have never been to Oregon before!

I am hearing... the hum of the furnace because it finally got fixed yesterday!  The quiet is nice especially since my first comes home any minute!


Around the house... our make-shift chairs are failing so soon we need to get something for our family room!

I am pondering... this past year and how my heart has found joy and peace....gone is the stress of finances- and I don't have a job!  On paper I should be stressed but I am trusting! Healing is a great thing.

I am.... determined to live fully..... right where I am.........wherever that maybe.

I am encouraging you.....
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.       James 1:2-4 The Message

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Today

My 3, the ones who carry a part of me, struggled out the door with heads down, each with their complaint.  Of why life simply wasn't measuring up and or how staying in bed was a much better option.
Yes, my loves, I know.  I understand.  But you must soldier on!
 One stating how much they hated school and was never going to find friends.  One with aches and pains and how awful it was going to be walking around all day.  One who doesn't utter a word........but doesn't have to.  The pain behind his eyes is almost more than I can bear.

As a mom, you so want to just make it all better, all good, all fun and laughter.....and pain-free.

I plopped into my chair here after pouring myself another cup of coffee.  Thankful for finally getting them out the door if for no other reason than a breather from the drama- and the complaining.

I know that so much of this is the sheer fact that they are 12, 14 and 15 and a half and this is our battleground.  This is where we are digging it out everyday.  Teaching them how life goes with all of it's ins and outs.
There is a delicate balance between pushing your children forward.......and pushing them away.  Between the "pulling up your bootstraps" and holding them through hard days.

Sometimes I long for the days when they crawled in my lap and just wanted me to read to them or share with me a secret or funny story.  When going to the park and pushing them on the swings, playing in the sand made for a most special day.  Closing my eyes I can see their sweet faces and hear their laughter.

And today I will hear their laughter again.....  different though.  After they settle in from school, give me the latest, play a few video games, eat a snack, grumble (cause that is what they do), and probably argue about something, however ridiculous it is..........  we will laugh.  I will make sure of it. 
And try to connect with them if only for just a moment,
to love them just where they are.........


and never stop pointing them towards all they can be.

   Love never gives up.
   Love cares more for others than for self.
   Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
   Love doesn't strut,
   Doesn't have a swelled head,
   Doesn't force itself on others,
   Isn't always "me first,"
   Doesn't fly off the handle,
   Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
   Doesn't revel when others grovel,
   Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
   Puts up with anything,
   Trusts God always,
   Always looks for the best,
   Never looks back,
   But keeps going to the end.
 ~a portion of 1 Cor. 13 from The Message