Saturday, February 27, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 7

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey: Praying the Psalms

Psalm 7
O righteous God, You are my refuge and my shield.  You are my protector and my hiding place.  I thank You for the many times I have hidden beneath Your wing this week to receive peace and comfort.

Only You can search my mind and heart and judge rightly.  I invite You to do just that.  I will not cover up my inequity from You anymore but ask You, Jesus, to cover my sins.  By Your spirit, search me and convict me and empower me to repent.  

Remind me to trust You, to turn to You and away from fear and shame.  Lord, I thank You for the privilege of approaching You, a Holy God, with my petitions and for the assurance that You will answer!  

In Jesus' Name.  Amen.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Holy Snow, Batman!

Wow, we got clobbered again!  It's been snowing since yesterday morning and it's still falling.  Poor hubby snowblowed/snowblew???  and shoveled for an hour and a half this morning.  He said it was about a foot and a half already.  Needless to say, we are having another snow day accompanied by another To Do list courtesy of my eight year old :)  We even have daddy (working from home) here today- a RARE treat!  Here are some pics of the snow so far.  (I was too chicken to go out for pictures but sledding is on the To Do list for this afternoon so it's only a matter of time.)

Inspired by my dear friend Andrea, the kids and I just mixed up a batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins  and popped them in the oven.  It smells so good in here!

If you are hunkered down like we are, I hope you are surrounded by family and sweet stuff and love!

I have a more serious post I have been working on little by little, with the Lords help.  Hope to have it posted over the weekend or early next week.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook- February 25, 2010

From Natalie's Daybook... February 25, 2010

Outside my window...  rain, sleet, slush, cold- yuck!

I am thinking...  about how to lighten my load and slow down my hectic schedule

I am thankful for... the free access to sound teaching from the Word

I am wearing...  back to the sweats :)  Off to workout this morning!

I am remembering...  If I ask according to His Word and His will, it is done!!!

I am going...  to the supermarket and then Jazzercise

I am currently reading...  A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place and the Bible in a Year(ish)

I am hoping... to continue to catch up on my reading (see above)

On my mind... where I can find a nice but cheap, white pedestal table for the homework room project

Noticing that...  my house is so neat and tidy because my mom was visiting yesterday :)

Pondering these words... "Cover up my heart, cover up my soul... Cover up my heart and every part of me."  Cover Me by Bebo Norman

From the kitchen... hmm, not sure yet

Around the house...  I am working on getting the paperwork piled sorted

One of my favorite things... uninterrupted adult conversation

From my picture journal...  

You can read more daybooks here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Room With(out) a Purpose

If you happen to pop over here to read my musings about my walk with the Lord, I hope you don't mind a diversion from that today.  You see, I am really loving this blogging thing!  It helps me sort my thoughts out more than I ever imagined.  And one of the things on my mind of late is what to do with a little room we have that is right off our living room.  The problem is there is no furniture in there and no function to the room.  There is a piano in there that we inherited but no one plays it.  We have a relatively small house when you consider that 5 people live here, the idea of wasted space makes me a little cuckoo!

Right now, whenever the kids draw or do crafts or homework, it is at the dining room table.  This means that my dining room sideboard houses not only china and tablecloths but also markers, glue and scissors.  The dining room table, where we eat all our meals, always needs to be cleared of artwork or scraps of paper before meals.  We do have a very small breakfast nook off the kitchen but it has been repurposed into a tiny office space.  In my master bedroom is a computer armoire that does not fit in the breakfast nook.  It basically just takes up space in our bedroom and houses stuff that I have picked up and thrown in there in an effort to make the house look neat in a jiffy.

It did not take me long to come to the conclusion that a craft/study room is just what we need and that room would be perfect for it.  The only problem is that the room only has one wall without a window.  The other two walls have large picture windows and the last is open to the living room.  So, that means the piano has to move and the only place with space for it is the dining room.  Not ideal, I know, but not so bad that we continue to let precious square footage sit unused.

So here are some pictures of the room as it is right now.

Since the budget for this project is pretty close to nothing, almost everything in there will have to be pulled from other rooms.  Here's my preliminary plan:

  • The piano moves out to the dining room and the computer armoire goes on that wall.
  • The desktop and all its accessories move out of the breakfast nook and into the armoire.
  • Buy the legs for an oak table top that was given to us by some friends and place that in the center of the room.  Place some buckets atop the center of the table with pencils, markers, etc. I want to make sure it looks like a craft/study room at first glance and not an eating area.  (I would prefer to have a white, circular pedestal table in there so I will keep my eyes open for a find like that.)
  • Buy 4 chairs for the table in fun, whimsical colors again going for the craft/study room look vs. an eating area.
  • Pull in from the dining room a small china cabinet my dad made for me many years ago and repurpose it to house school and art supplies.  I have recruited my mom to make some simple curtains to cover the glass panels so the supplies are hidden from view.
  • Buy or make a prayer bench to place under the windows on the back wall.
  • Depending on how much space is left, possibly move one of our armchairs from the living room to a corner in this room for a cozy reading nook.
  • Eventually purchase a small area rug to warm up the space.  
I am so excited about this project because we will not only gain a functional room but it will clear space in some other rooms to make them more comfortable and practical.  I am pretty excited about getting the breakfast nook back to it's intended purpose, too!  I'll update the blog as the redo progresses :)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

Here are some of the things I was thankful for this week:

  • 157. Praying the Psalms

  • 156. Last minute plans for dinner and a movie with a friend

  • 155. Dancing in the kitchen with my little girl

  • 154. Playing Monkey in the Middle with the Boys

  • 153. Saturday Afternoon Crafts

  • 152. No BIG surprises from the tax man

  • 150. Watching my bible study online since I was away this week

  • 149. Receiving forgiveness from my children

  • 148. Spending time with parents, grandparents and neice

  • 147. Arriving home safely from our mini vacation

  • 146. 7 children aged 3 to 9 getting along!

  • 145. Afternoon cuddles in front of a fire

  • 144. Little girls playing dress up dolls

  • 143. Arriving safely at our mini vacation destination

  • 142. Indoor swimming in the winter

  • 141. Fun plans for vacation week

You can find my running list of 1,000 gifts in my sidebar and ready why I got started here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 6

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey: Praying the Psalms

How appropriate for me to pray this psalm as the content lines up so well with my current Bible study this week.  And it lines up with my personal journey with the Lord of being uncovered before Him in confession, pouring out my heart to Him to receive His healing, His comfort, His power, His restoration!

Psalm 6
My Lord,
You are so good to me
You do not rebuke or discipline me in your anger
But correct and convict me gently in your justice and love!

Have mercy on me God,
for I am so weak.
Heal me, God, for my soul is in anguish.
In Your unfailing love, deliver me from my own internal enemies-
my selfishness, my sins, my weaknesses.

I am worn out from groaning;
I pray now for Godly sorrow so that my weeping
will align with Your heart and not my own selfish desires;
I want to taste the sweet victory You have promised.

You have heard my cry for mercy;
Accept my prayer!
In Jesus' Name, Amen. 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook- February 18, 2010

From Natalie's Daybook... February 18, 2010

Outside my window...  lots and lots of snow

I am thinking...  about taking the kids to visit my mom, dad and grandma today

I am thankful for... coming home again after a mini vacation with the kids

I am wearing...  jeans and a sweater (yay! no sweats today :)

I am remembering...  the fun, three days the kids and I spent with friends at their country home this week

I am going...  to grandmother's house we go???

I am currently reading...  A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place and the Bible in a Year(ish)

I am hoping... to start to catch up on my reading

On my mind... how to handle the jury duty notice sitting on my countertop *sigh*

Noticing that...  my carefully planned days have not been panning out lately

Pondering these words... "His anger lasts only for a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime."

From the kitchen... turkey chili, brown rice and steamed veggies

Around the house... lots of laundry piles from our mini vacation

One of my favorite things... sleeping late (haven't done THAT in awhile)

From my picture journal...  

You can read more daybooks here.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience
April 29, 2010.  That's the date I set as the goal for giving thanks for 1,000 gifts.  I'm a little behind ;)  I need to pick up the pace in order to meet that goal but I don't want to rush through it just to get to 1,000.  I want to arrive at 1,000 with a changed, more appreciative heart, a grateful spirit and the ability to see God's hand more clearly in my days.

Here are some things I was thankful for this week:

  • 138. Valentine's Dinner at church

  • 137. Taking my eight year old to my alma mater for a basketball game- just the 2 of us!

  • 136. Harlem Globetrotters with the family and some friends

  • 135. Coffee with friends

  • 133. Winter recess

  • 132. One on one time with my 5 year old - even if it is at 2 am

  • 131. Access to quality medical care

  • 130. He carried the cross for my shame

  • 129. Circumstances that force me to forgo the schedule and do what is right in front on me in the moment

  • 126. 125 Gifts :)

  • 125. Living Room Soccer Tournament

  • 123. My 5 year old's TO DO list

  • 122. My 8 year old's TO DO list

  • 121. Snow Days

  • 120. Antibiotics

  • 119. Access to good medical care

  • You can find my running list of 1,000 gifts in my sidebar and ready why I got started here.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 5

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey: Praying the Psalms

Psalm 5
Father God,
I thank You that You are attentive to my words,
That You consider my sighing,
That You listen to my cries for help.

I thank You for developing in me the discipline
to seek You in the morning.
When I lay my requests before You, Lord
help me to wait in expectation.
Increase my faith!

Lord, I praise You for your holiness and your righteousness!
Oh, and for Your great mercy and grace!
Only by these can I enter Your presence.

Lord, lead me along the paths of righteousness.
Make straight the way before me.
Give me clarity and the power of Your Spirit,
So that I may walk in Your truth.

Thank You, O God, for being my refuge and my protection.
May my lips sing for joy and my mouth be full of Your praise.
Bless me, Lord, and surround me with Your favor.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Carried for My Shame

I began my quiet time yesterday morning with this song.  It is such a beautiful song that captures the heart of worship.  But the part that made me catch my breath yesterday was this simple lyric, "Carried the cross for my shame."  Of course, for the believer this is not new information but doesn't it still just make you catch your breath when you slow down and meditate on it?  Since I have been musing about being uncovered before God to trade my shame and fear for His covering, these words just really spoke to me.

I wish I were more eloquent at times like this!  I am so glad to know that He can hear past my feeble words and hear my heart crying out in thanksgiving that HE IS SO GOOD!  God Himself suffered and died, not only for my sins but also to remove my shame!!!  He could have set it up that we are saved from the wages of sin because of His death yet still had to bear the effects of shame but NO; He set it up so that His substitutionary death not only paid the wages of sin but also removed our shame.
"So, I'll stand, with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the One who gave it all."

Thank You for your perfect plan of salvation and restoration, O God.  You are so very good, loving and compassionate to us!  Help me to honor Your sacrifice by refusing to live ashamed and condemned.  Empower me to live an uncovered life before You.  Give me true repentance that not only expresses sorrow for my sins but results in a changed life!   Make me to walk in power and faith that Your Word is true and that I already have the victory.  Help me to put off the old woman and her shame and fear and put on the new woman with a new attitude and Your righteousness and holiness.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

What's an 8 year old TO DO?

I simply had to share the TO DO my eight year old created yesterday morning to ensure a Snow Day o' Fun! They kept pretty close to it, too- lol.  So cute!

In case you have trouble reading it:
7:30 - 8 Wake up
8 - 8:30 Morning Chores
8:30 - 9 Breakfast
9 - 10 Toys
10:00 - 10:15 Snack
10:15-10:45 Wii
10:45 - 11:30 Soccer Tournament 1
11:30 -12 Lunch
12 - 12:35 Valentine Cards
12:35- 1:30 Read
1:30 - 2 Wii
2 - 2:30 Study for Wordly Wise Quiz
2:30 - 3:15 Soccer Tournament 2
3:15-3:45 You Tube Videos
3:45 - 4:15 Read
4:15 - 5:00 Soccer Tournament 3
5 - 5:30 Dinner
5:30 - 6:15 Soccer Tournament 4
6:15 - 7:15 World Cup
7:15 - 7:30 Read
7:30 - 7:45 Pray
7:45 - 7:00 Sleep

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook- February 10, 2010

FOR TODAY... February 10, 2010

Outside my window... is a steady, mounting snowfall

I am thinking... about how to balance this day so the kids are entertained and I can still get the work done that need to get done

I am thankful for... a consistent and sufficient energy level throughout the day (see Noticing that below)

I am wearing...  comfy sweats (do you see a pattern here? lol  it's getting embarassing)

I am remembering... little messes scattered throughout the house can be seen as an inconvenience or as sweet reminders of our three little blessings having a productive day

I am going...  to enjoy this snow day

I am currently reading... A Woman's Heart God's Dwelling Place and the Bible in a year(ish)

I am hoping... that my five year old is going to be ok today- he was up sick last night and the docs office is closed due to the snow- so we have to wait until tomorrow to be seen

On my mind...  how long, O Lord, will these children be singing in the Karaoke machine?  lol

Noticing that...  Sub lingual vitamin B-12 is a "miracle drug"

Pondering these words..."Correct me LORD, but only with justice- not in Your anger, lest You reduce me to nothing."  Jeremiah 10:24; thinking about how they apply to my relationship with God and how they also should guide how I correct my own children

From the kitchen...  Turkey Burgers, Oven Fries and a Salad tonight

Around the house... three little ones are reveling in the unexpected free time

One of my favorite things...  hearing about children coming home to friend's via adoption!

From my picture journal...  not from this storm but I am sure we will be out sledding after this one, too

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


"The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame."  Genesis 2:25
As I mentioned before, I am taking a fabulous new Bible study at my church and I have not been able to stop thinking about a portion of Session 1 of A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling Place in which Beth Moore discusses Genesis 2:25.  She starts, "nakedness in Genesis 2 was not about life with no clothes."  (Of course, Adam and Eve were not wearing clothes before the fall but they did not know any different at that point so that is not the important point in that verse.)  Nakedness, to paraphrase Beth, meant also, and more importantly, that they felt no shame, no fear.  

Beth continued to teach that the Enemy despises anyone who is transparent and out there before God.  When Adam and Eve fell to temptation, they also fell to shame and fear.  And that is when they began doing what we continue to do to this day- covering.  Of course, it is impossible to cover up ourselves from God but that doesn't stop us from trying.

One of Beth's prayers for this Bible study is that we learn how to quit covering in front of Him.  To be out there in confession before Him so that He can cover us.  Just as He did for Adam and Eve.  He covered their shame.  Oh, they tried to cover themselves and hide from God but it was not enough.  It never could be.  Not for them and not for us.  It left them afraid and ashamed.  In the end, He found them hiding, He forgave them and He covered their nakedness, their fear and their shame.

Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, 
whose sins are covered.  Psalm 32:1

Who will we believe, Beth asks pointedly- the Enemy who urges us to cover?  Or God who says, "I've got you covered"?  Oh, how I want to believe Him!  I want to stand before Him uncovered- confessing and receiving His covering every day.  I want to exchange my shame and fear for His forgiveness, grace and blessings!  I want to let Him into the darkest corners of my heart and the lowest points of my emotions to do His work.  Why don't I do this more consistently, I wonder all week?  I know He sees and knows it all already!

Well, I think I found my answer in Session 2, which focused on the Israelites in the wilderness whom God fed with manna.  Beth emphasizes how God requires we come to Him each day for our spiritual nourishment.  Just as the Israelites had to gather the manna each morning, we are required to gather our daily bread each day.  Beth notes two objections we have to God's insistence on daily fellowship for our spiritual sustenance- pride and fear.  The objection based on pride is one of self sufficiency and the idea that I can and should take care of myself.  I think the humbling journey of motherhood has beat this particular objection out of me at this point :)  

But fear?  Here is where I heard God's Spirit gently convicting me.  The fear that He won't come through when I need Him to or worse that I won't have the victory that those around seem to have.  Yes, Lord, I confess that I am afraid to be naked before You, to receive Your nourishment, because I am afraid I will be the one Christian You won't bring into victory!  

Our fear, Beth exhorts, is God's invitation to faith.  And what is faith?  
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."      Hebrews 11:1
So how will I respond to my fear, to His invitation?  I pray it will be a response of faith.  I am purposing to meet with Him daily in private confession and prayer.  I am believing He will cover my trangressions and bless me with His grace, forgiveness and eventually, the victory I long for in certain areas of my life.
"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him."

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him"  Lamentations 3: 19-25

Monday, February 8, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

Here are a few of the things I was thankful for this week:

  • 118. Dinner out to celebrate hard work
  • 117. Excellent report cards for the boys
  • 115. Friends who pray for me and my family
  • 114. Friends who give Godly counsel

  • 112. Sleeping past 6 a.m. on Saturday :)
  • 111. Getting up on time ALL WEEK
  • 105. Blog readers and comments
  • 104. Getting to Day 25 of my Read the Bible in a Year(ish) Plan
  • 103. The joy of the Lord
  • 102. Progress in learning to be still
  • 101. A peaceful and smooth morning after two crazy ones!
  • 97. No condemnation!
  • 95. Words of encouragement from my husband
  • 94. A caring pastor
  • 93. A great, mood lifting workout
  • 92. Practicing a Thankful Spirit
  • You can find my running list of 1,ooo gifts in my sidebar and read how and why I got started here.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 4

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey: Praying the Psalms

Psalm 4
Heavenly Father,
I am so grateful that this week has been one of answered prayer.
You, O righteous God, have given me relief from my distress,
You have been merciful to me and have heard my prayers.

I thank You for Your reminders not to sin in my anger.
And for Your forgiveness when I do!
Help me to continually search my heart and confess my sins before You.
Help me to be silent and still in order to hear Your voice.

Lord, I want to offer You the right sacrifices of a broken spirit and a contrite heart.
I want to put my trust in You, Your Word and the things You whisper to me personally.

You have filled my heart with joy unspeakable
and let me lie down in peace and sleep.
And I am eternally grateful!
In Jesus' Precious Name.  Amen.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Bible says...

I just had to share this.  My three year old daughter has developed an unbecoming new habit of sticking the tip of her little tongue out at the corner of her mouth.  She does it all the time and besides being unsightly it's just plain unsanitary.  So I have been reminding her to put her tongue in her mouth ad nauseam these days.  Well, over lunch today, quite out of the blue, she says, "The Bible says no stick your tongue out you mouth."  I about cracked out right there!  Hope it puts a smile on your face, too!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook- February 3, 2010

For today..February 3, 2010

Outside my window... fresh fallen snow
I am thinking... there are not enough hours in a day
I am thankful for...a peaceful quiet time this morning
I am wearing... comfy sweats
I am remembering...  I can't do it all!
I am going... to take a shower and then run my daughter to dance class
I am currently reading... A Woman's Heart God's Dwelling Place and the Bible in a year(ish)
I am hoping...  for peaceful interactions between my children this afternoon
On my mind...  how to make the mornings go more smoothly and peacefully around here
Noticing that...  my muscles are pretty sore from working out
Pondering these words..."There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  Romans 8:1
From the kitchen... left over pizza (just keepin' it real!)
Around the house... chores that will have to wait- it is a day on the run!
One of my favorite things...  uninterrupted, adult conversation :)
From my picture journal...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Great Expectations???

I've been thinking about something recently that I know I need to change if I want to keep moving forward on this journey with the Lord.  As I've said before, He has gently revealed things to me this year as I've been open to hear them and grow and I hear Him speaking again.

One of the times in our home that tends to be hectic and stressful for me is "homework time"-  that hour or so after the kids get home from school, have a quick snack and delve into homework before it's time to get dinner ready.  In the past, I would allow the kids an hour to settle in, snack, rest, play a little, etc. before hitting the books.  But I have seen that that simply does not work for our family.  It is just too draining for me to get everyone back into work mode after the hour's rest.

So, after the snack, the books come out.  My eight year old is basically independent with his work at this point, although he does need help from time to time and he most certainly needs my attention.  My five year old usually needs help to get started on his written work and then we have to review his sight words and phonograms together after his written work is complete.  I have done different things with the three year old during this time such as having her play in the playroom alone, having her sit with us and color on her own or having her sit with us and review concepts with her such as colors, shapes. etc.

I almost always bring some work of my own to the table, too, like bills to pay or mail to sort through.  And this, I realize is the crux of the problem.  I come to the table (pun intended :) with the expectation that I will get something done during this time, too.  I have a genuine difficulty just being still.  I am not a high energy person who is always on the move, but I seem to always be seeking to occupy my mind with a task.  And when I get my mind set on something, I do not like to be interrupted.  And, yes, though I am ashamed to admit it, I do sometimes see my children's wants and needs as interruptions- even during a time I have set aside for them!   That's when I get short-tempered and just plain nasty.

I was sharing this dilemma with my husband this weekend.  The thing is, I know that I should just come to the table (pun intended, again :) with no expectations.  I should come with the intention of just being still and at the ready to help the children.  But this is NOT my nature.  Like many moms,  I am a "Martha" and look to accomplish tasks whenever I can.  My husband shared that having the ability to be still is a sign of inner peace.  I agree wholeheartedly!
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."  
I want the peace that comes from God!  But the hard truth is I am just not there yet all the time or in all situations.

On Sunday morning, a friend from church and I were talking about these scenarios that seem to bring out the worst in us.  This is a mom of many children, a homeschooler, a hard worker, a Godly woman I admire, yet she too struggles with similar issues.  We both wondered aloud how to change our expectations so that we can have peace and in doing so model how to do so to our children.

In writing this post, God brought this passage of Scripture to mind, as I am not the first believer to have struggled with my flesh.  As I read this familiar chapter, He highlighted for me the answer to the dilemma.  And though, of course, I have read these words many times, they were like a fresh word this afternoon.
"So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members.  What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!"  Romans 7: 21-25
Maybe it is because I am on this journey that those words stood out to me today.  Yes, He is going to rescue me from this war between my spirit and my flesh!  I think I will drop my "great expectations" about being "productive" during homework time and instead practice giving thanks to my Jesus for each of these precious "interruptions" He has so freely given me!

And I will pray for God's grace and power because I know from experience that this is not a battle that will be easily won.  No, I will have to train and I will have to fight!
 "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." 1 Corinthians 9:25-27 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Multitude Monday

holy experience

Here are a few of the things I was thankful for this week:

  • 84. Praying the Psalms

  • 83. Down time on a Saturday afternoon

  • 82. An impromptu living room soccer game

  • 80. Spending a few hours alone with my husband

  • 79. Cheering on my son's basketball team

  • 78. Wonderful, encouraging teachers

  • 75.  The opportunity to make a photo slideshow for a ministry I love

  • 68. Weekly Bible study

  • You can find my running list of 1,ooo gifts in my sidebar and read how and why I got started here.


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