LESSONS FROM A KINDERGARTNER

(Out of the Mouths of Babes)

Don’t you hate when you get reprimanded by one of your own kids. God can use anybody including your children to get a point across to you. I think sometimes He really drives the point home through your children.

A few weeks ago I picked up the boys from their Kids Rock class at church. Jennifer went on to tell me how much Matthew just cracked her up so much that morning. This particular Sunday they were learning about saying kind words to others. Well Matthew, who is six, decided to tattle on his Momma about her saying ‘bad’ words. I was never really told exactly what was said, but what was said to me made me feel about an inch tall. Now I will admit to the world that occasionally I say some bad words. But my kids also think idiot, moron, and stupid are cuss words. And unfortunately those particular “cuss” words come out of my mouth frequently when driving around this town, and no I don’t have a cross on the back of my car. Now grant you I’ve come a long way from when a lot of other words would come flying out of my mouth. But still, even the minor ‘cuss’ words are not good.

We are to lead from example. What kind of example am I setting? Not a very good one. It wasn’t too long ago Thomas had to write 20 times I will not say bad words. And yet here I am saying the exact words he had to write about. How fair is that? Do as I say not as I do… that doesn’t work in this day and age.

I’m a work in progress no doubt. I’ve come a long way. I used to sound like a sailor talking several years ago, you didn’t want to get into an argument with me I would hurl the foulest words at you in a second and not think twice about it. But I still have a long way to go. Sometimes I wish the process of progression didn’t take so long. But at least I can look back and see some progress. And you can sure bet I am biting my tongue more now while out on the road.

So I asked Matthew…“Matthew, why did you tell on your Momma“? His reply, “because I love you”. Awww. Isn’t that the same thing God says to us. How awesome.

By the way, if you were one of those people that I may have called (even though you couldn’t hear me) a jerk, moron, or whatever I am very sorry, please forgive me.

If you see me out there on the road and I have a very distorted looking facial expression you’ll now know why…..I’m doing my best to bite my tongue!

My Kindergartner Matthew:

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American Idol, Baby!

Ok, I admit it, I love American Idol. I’m not much of a TV person but I have a few favorite must see shows and AI is one of them. I think it’s fun watching the first auditions, some of it is really hysterical. Tom and I laugh so much we hurt at the end of the show. Sometimes we just wonder what in the world some of these folks are thinking.

Anyway, we are down to the final 20. And here are two of my favorites so far. Of course this could change at any time.

Asia’h Epperson, I liked this girl from the first audition. She is the one who’s Father died a few days before her audition. She has strength, she’s bubbly and cute. I really like her singing style.

For the guys I liked this one….

Michael Johns, I also liked him from the first audition. He’s laid back and I love his voice.

Ok, don’t go hating on me if I didn’t pick the one you liked. I actually like several. These two are just my favorites right now.

So do you watch American Idol? And if so who are your favorites?

I want this…..

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2009 Chevrolet Camaro 

Ohh Yeah! I’ve always been a fan of the Camaro. I owned a 1976 and a 1978. My favorite is the ’69. Can’t wait till this hits the showrooms. Go check it out here.

What are some of your favorite cars?

The Quest for the True Meaning of Love

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Everyone wants to love and be loved. But what is love? I am on a quest this year to come to the full knowledge and understanding of the love of Christ towards me. I want to know the length, the depth, the width and height of His love. I want the truth of love. No more human reasoning, no more thinking that I know what love is, no more worldly love, but true love.

Don’t I know Christ, you may ask. Well, yes I do know Christ as my Lord and Saviour. But I have always had somewhat of a distorted view of my God. I didn’t grow up in a God fearing nor God loving home. As a matter of fact I was pretty much taught that there was no God and no such thing as hell. I don’t know if I was told or just overheard it but I remember knowing that hell was living here on Earth. The very mention of God in our house usually wasn’t in a good way.

I have been a Christian for many years but have never understood and grasped fully the love of Christ. I know in my head that He loves everybody but have so doubted in my heart that He loves me. I have struggled so much in this area of my life. I’m sure my upbringing and things that have happened in my past have a lot to do with how I perceive who God is. I learned at a very young age not to trust anyone. My thought process through out the years has always been if you can’t trust your own family than you certainly can’t trust anyone else. I have always relied on and counted on myself. Submitting to God fully has been an issue with me over the years. I still at times think I know what’s best for me.

You see, I am a work in progress. I have come a long way and I try to remind myself of that. But I certainly have a ways to go. This year I have made it my quest to lose some of those shackles and chains that have me bound in my relationship with God. It is my heart’s cry to be loosed from fear and doubt, to really know and understand God’s love for me in a way that will stick for good. I’m tired of struggling with doubt and fear and all those other hinderances when it comes to my relationship with Christ. I want to be free! Free to love, free to be loved, free to live in peace, free to receive, free to give. I am hoping and praying that by the end of this year I can say without a doubt that I AM FREE!!

I WISH…….

I HAD A MAGIC WAND!!!!

Being sick last week and having two kids sick after me put me a little behind (ok WAY behind) on things. It doesn’t help that I run our business from this very place. (Well, I run my whole life from this very place). Luckily, I am my own boss so I can’t get fired for it!! 🙂

This is my project for the week..to get this mess cleaned up and organized! Anyone wanna help???

If you’re feeling a little frazzled, just remember..it could always be worse. Just look at the following! It actually looks worse today, this picture was taken Monday evening. The rest of the office is just as bad. I’m too embarrassed to show that.

 My Desk

Have a happy day!

Round #..who knows..of the Crud

I am feeling much better these days. A far cry from what I was feeling last Wednesday – Friday! I don’t ever want to have a sore throat like that again in my life!! I was miserable…but I am SO much better now.

 Unfortunately, in a house our size (5 people now) guess what happens… Things like this spread like a wild fire! I actually caught this virus from Matthew. He had it the previous week. Same symptoms, aches, fevers, chills, sore throat. I started to feel better by Friday night, but by Saturday morning Jenna was complaining of chills and aches and it went from there. She is home from school today. As well as Matthew.

 Matthew woke up last and woke up the rest of us around 2:00 am crying and screaming. Nothing makes a Mother jump completely out of the bed from a dead sleep like a crying screaming child! His ear was hurting him. He had been complaining off and on Sunday of his cheek hurting. His cheek was red and he was running a low-grade fever. I couldn’t figure out the cheek thing though. Well at 2 am I figured it out. It was his ear. Did you know that in young children the eustachian tube is shorter, straighter, and horizontal? Those facts make it easier to get blocked and cause infections. Been through this a few (ha! lots!)  other times so know a little about it. So he has some remnants left from his virus run. Ear infection, upper respiratory infection and impetigo. Yes, impetigo and it may have been passed to me because now my chin/lower lip is broke out like his. Yeah! Doctor prescribed an ointment, let me add a $60.00 tube of ointment. They first quoted me $95.00. Luckily I needed the ointment not the cream!

So, here we go again, another round of sickness. I’m already watching out for signs in Thomas. The last round of sickness we had lasted about 6 weeks. It was not good!! It left me pretty exhausted, discouraged, and broke! I’m praying this round doesn’t last as long and is not as severe.

I am ready for spring, nice weather, and healthy people!!! Amen?! Ohh and our vacation to here, only 49 more days.

Why?

So why is it when you feel so bad physically that you have to feel so bad emotionally too? Does anybody else deal with that or is it just me? Like emotionally I cave in and I know it’s partly because I just feel so bad physically but I still cave into it. Aghhh! I hate that. I obviously do not do well being sick. O tough one turns into a big baby when she’s sick. Great!

I’m Sick

Ok, like I am really sick again. This is the third day of chills, body aches, and a terrible sore throat. I can barely talk it hurts so bad and forget eating! It hurts just to swallow my own saliva. I’m standing in faith for complete healing and was hoping I could get some of you to do the same for me.

We went through a bad round of sickness in November and December. I am praying we do not go through another round like that. Will share more on that another time, for now I’m off to the couch…again. This really stinks! I do not like being this sick!

Thanks for your prayers they are greatly appreciated! 🙂

2008 is Going To Be GRRREAT!!!

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Some personal declarations I have made for this year…

* 2008 WILL BE GRREAT

* I will not allow fear to hinder me anymore

* I will elevate in my walk with my heavenly Father

* I will not allow insecurities to prevent me from doing new things

* I don’t have a spirit of fear but of power love and a sound mind

 * I am who God says I am

* I am the head and not the tail, above and not beneath

* I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

* I will not be ruled by my emotions

* My past does not dictate my future

* I am FREE

* 2008 is My year for FREEDOM in many areas! 

* The peace of God reigns in my heart and mind

* I am being changed from Glory to Glory

* The self made shackles and chains are coming OFF

* NO more fear, fear of people, what they think, fear of rejection, fear of trusting

* I will accelerate in my knowledge and understanding of the love of God

* I will Dream Big

* I will Dream On…..

There are many more this is just the start.

It’s been entirely TOO long since I have blogged!