February 25, 2009
It's been one of those days.
But Thank God for His Love for me. His love that is not wishy washy or just a feeling - His love that is powerful!
1 John 4:9-11
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My Jesus is alive, He is Victorious, He intercedes on my behalf, He sits at the right hand of the throne of God. He despised the shame of the cross - yet endured it. The love of God is in HIM. The love of God died for me.
And so, I wait for Him and tuck my children into bed, and listen to well meaning and sometimes not-so-well meaning criticisms, knowing that if My Great Jesus could endure the cross, I can, through Christ, endure "one of those days."
But it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the
making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done
there, and till it is well done she has no right to go outside to take up other
duties. She is to be a “worker at home.” She must look upon her home as the one
spot on earth for which she alone is responsible, and which she must cultivate
well for God if she never does anything outside. For her the Father’s business
is not attending Dorcas societies, and missionary meetings, and mother’s
meetings, and temperance conventions, or even teaching a Sunday school class,
until she has made her own home all that her wisest thought and best skill can
make it. There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’ work outside have
neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts
for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither
eye nor heart for the work of live close about their own feet. The result has
been that while they were doing angelic work in the lanes and streets, the
angels were mourning over their neglected duties within the hallowed walls of
their own homes. While they were winning a place in the hearts of the poor or
the sick or the orphan, they were losing their rightful place in the hearts of
their own household. Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the
first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities
in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure
there ~ Homemaking by J.R. Miller
Me in my work dress. I like working in this dress because it has pockets, easy to move around in, stain/wrinkle resistant, and if I have to run out to the store or the library I look presentable.
We lived for about 3 months without a washing machine (3 years ago). During that time I was toting the children and the laundry to the laundromat in the rain or the night (we only had one car-so had to be when the Mr. came home). What a blessing and a convenience we often take for granted.
And of course, everything is more fun with three happy munchkins around to pitch-in.
February 24, 2009
February 23, 2009
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad
One of my favorite movies! So beautiful to watch - the clothes, the scenery, the Glad Game.
I just bought a box of 60 avocados for $25.00 - what a savings. Can you believe I usually pay $1.79 each!? So we will have avocados with our eggs in the morning, avocados with red bean soup in the afternoon, avocados with feta cheese and salsa in the evening. Thank you Lord for creating avocados.
What are some of your favorite things?
February 21, 2009
Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. James 5:17
1 Corinthians 12:17-26 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Here is an excerpt of a great article by the sweet Mrs. MacDonald:
Instead of wishing you could have a “really godly family” like that
spit-and-polished family at church, consider the great gift of your own family
and pray together that God would use you to serve one another, and others, to
the glory of God. Each family has its own flavor or scent, spiritually speaking;
and your family is no exception.
to read the whole article click here
February 18, 2009
We have read and loved this book for a long time...since my oldest was a baby. It seems to be more relevant to us lately - what the Santos Times has been struggling through. It seems we've been passing out a lot of grey dots - so much so it is becoming a bad habit. Now we are trying to keep track of this by calling it what it is.
Every time one of the kids or I say a negative thing about someone or something, we call out "Grey Dot!" and we become aware of how we are using our words.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: ~ 1Peter 3:10
Charity...beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:7
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. ~ Proverbs 10:12
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. ~ 1Peter 4:8
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
I apologize for any bad language you may hear in the clips. I still think they are worth watching. We don't have to live tired, sick, and suffering lives. This is the TRUTH...and the TRUTH shall set you free.
Food Matters Official Trailer from foodmatters on Vimeo.
I get goosebumps all over! I have seen people with allergies, acne, arthritis, autism and adhd experience relief and healing just by adding whole food nutrition to their life. And those are just some of the "A's" - not to mention the rest of the alphabet! If we give our bodies what it needs, it WILL (as it was designed to do) heal itself. So what does our body need? It all depends on the body and how depleted it is.
Like a car that needs gas to run, our bodies need nutrients to run. It is only a matter of time before we need to be refueled. If we run our car on fumes for too long it starts to break down. If you put the wrong kind of gas in, it starts to break down. If you don't change the oil regularly, it starts to break down.
So where are you at? Do you have a full tank? Do you have reserves for an emergency? Are you on empty, or do you consistently fill your tank up with a couple gallons just to have to stop again and again for refueling? Is your car constantly in the shop for repairs?
Maybe this is a clearer picture for you. Like a house needs a firm foundation to withstand the weather, our bodies need a firm foundation to get through all that life throws at us (toxins, germs, stress). The problem is, most of us live in run down, neglected shacks. It may have a nice paint job, perhaps even a good roof, which CAN do good for protecting a house. But a flood, or an earthquake, or heavy winds can send a house without a firm foundation to the ground. We live life thinking those things will never happen. It is not so much what good nutrition does for us now - at this moment - but also what it prevents in the next five or ten years.
That foundation is built with the following:
essential fatty acids
February 14, 2009
Christian, obey the Lord. Christian, hide God's Word in your heart. Christian, Pray and humble thyself in the sight of the Lord.
I'm doing it - the war is over - the sun is shining - the bombs cannot reach me. God's grace is great and mighty. I don't deserve this...this goodness from God.
February 13, 2009
February 05, 2009
There were countless forks along the trail.
Don't we live in a beautiful neighborhood? We grabbed some more books from the library and went home to finish up those German chocolate brownies. A great day!
February 03, 2009
Unless you are filled with pride.
I came across this poem today that reveals the true state of my suffering.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.I cheat you of your
God-given destiny...because you demand your own way.I cheat you of contentment...because you "deserve better than this."
I cheat you of knowledge...because you already know it all.
I cheat you of healing...because you're too full of me to forgive.
I cheat you of holiness...because you refuse to admit when you're wrong.
I cheat you of vision...because you'd rather look in the mirror than out a window.
I cheat you of a genuine friendship...because nobody's going to know the real you.
I cheat you of love...because real romance demands sacrifice.
I cheat you of greatness in heaven...because you refuse to wash another's feet on earth.
I cheat you of God's glory...because I convince you to seek your own.
My name is Pride. I am a cheater.
You like me because you think I'm always looking
out for you. Untrue. I'm looking to make a fool of you.God has so much for you, I admit, but don't worry...If you stick with me You'll never know.
This is the pile that costs the most.
This is the pile that will leave me at the computer with my glasses on and my brow furrowed for an eternity.
February 02, 2009
About Mrs. Santos:
- My feet are always cold.
- My favorite color is red.
- My family loves me in spite of all my faults (my sisters, my aunties, my uncles, and cousins, my grandma and my parents, my kids and my husband)- they tell me all the time and show me with phone calls and gifts and hugs and kisses. Sometimes this amazes me and fills me with a comfortable warmth.
- I don't like knick-knacks or clutter.
- We eat every meal with our fine china.
- The entire Santos family has bushy eyebrows - even me who married into the family.
- My husband and I met and married in less than two months.
- There was a blizzard on our wedding day.
- I love floral embroidery - though I can't embroider a stitch.
- My weirdest job involved selling steaks door to door. LOL
- Another strange job I had was working in a fishery in Alaska - cutting fish and pulling out worms. 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Why oh why?
- I didn't learn how to cook or clean until I got married.
- I love truth and hate deception.
- I enjoy painting with oils.
- I've been to Scotland.
- I dream of having my own lemon, orange and avocado trees. I think I will have to move away from Washington for that.
- My favorite people in the whole world are my three kids. I can't imagine a day without them. In fact I don't think I have ever had a day without them.
- Pride is my worst fault.
- I like to go for silent walks - no talking, just walking, looking at the tops of the trees.
- My favorite comfort food is tea and toast.
- I have chronic back pain.
- I am scared to death of roller coasters - sometimes even my husband's driving.
- All my favorite things and memories include flowers - I love flowers.
- I do not drink coffee or soft drinks.
- My favorite music is flamenco guitar.
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