April 06, 2009

Sunny days



This is a picture of my monkeys climbing the trees in the back yard just this past weekend. What a nice weekend it was! We made teepees, stayed outside the ENTIRE day and even ran through the sprinklers yesterday. Today is a hot 73 degrees. I can't believe that we woke to snow only five days ago, on Sophia's birthday. I guess you never know what a day may bring. Thank you Lord, for the sunshine - and the rain. :)

Now if only I had a clothesline like my friend mamapua. I'll just have to put one up if this sunshine holds.

Giving when it hurts

I made a new years resolution this year in faith. I didn't necessarily want to make it. I had asked the Lord, eager to please Him and follow the path that He would have me on, "what should I resolve to do or be this year?" He made his suggestion and I said "O.K. I resolve to do that." I would practice 'sacrificial giving' this year. I would give - even if I had nothing to give. I would learn to give out of my need.

HA!

Well, it turned out to be too difficult so I gave it up.

But the Lord, He just loves us so. He knows what is best for us and He is ever making us into something glorious. "Nope. I will finish the work I have begun in you." So, I am back to learning.

At times I am sick and tired, overwhelmed with all that has to be done. My children call out. They have conflicts with friends and siblings and need direction. They have schoolwork that is too difficult to understand. They want to PLAY with me...play? Are you kidding me? They are disobedient and need discipline. I have nothing to give - no ideas, no energy, no desire.

But then this resolution comes back to my mind. I see the widow give her mites and hear Jesus praising her for giving out of her need. I want to please the Lord and I want to be a good example for my children.

2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The husband is busy. He has been busy for a long time. It has been a million years since we've had a good conversation. In fact the last time we talked for more than 10 minutes was full of commands and a few criticisms. At first, I feel hurt and lonely. If I continue on the selfish path I become irritated, then angry and bitter. I feel I have nothing to give, especially intimacy. We've all been there, but God's Word is clear.

Let no man seek his own, but every man another's [wealth]. 1 cor 10:24

Love... Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 1 Cor 13:5

Philippians 2:4-7 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,

A sick family needs a meal. The neighbor kids ask if they could stay for dinner - AGAIN. The church is having a bake sale and needs contributions. There are weddings and birthday's to attend and I wonder how on earth we will come up with a suitable and loving gift.

The Lord is Great and Mighty - Powerful to save and to give to us. What do we have anyway, but what He gives us? Will I trust Him or will I just try to satisfy myself? Will I look at what I have and say - sorry, I have nothing to give? Or, will I be like the boy with his sack lunch? If God can turn a small lunch into enough to feed thousands, then He can take my efforts to provide for my husband and children and neighbors and make it abundant.

Stand firm in the faith!

April 01, 2009

Happy Birthday Sophia Ysabella! (aka Sophia Lou)

What would our life be without you? Dark and empty. You are the best friend and protector of your brother and sister. You are such a good example to them - the way you take care of your things and work so diligently and act so ladylike. You have such wonderful and fun ideas at playtime - with all the skits and shenanigans you plan. And yet, you are cautious, always making sure brother and sister are safe and helping them to make wise choices. We are so PROUD of you.


Wherever I am, there you are. What a pleasure and privilege that is for me, your momma. I know there are times that I shoo you away, and for that I am so sorry. I like having you near me and I can't think of anything that I would want to do without you.

We can't believe you have lost EIGHT teeth this year! You are changing so much: becoming a beautiful young lady. It has been hard to see you grow up because it is happening so fast. We remember bringing you home and all of your firsts: first tooth, first haircut, first steps. You were, after all, our first baby.

What an adventurer you are! We know that the Lord has a great many adventures in store for you. We pray that as you travel with Him, you will stay on the 'ancient paths' and enter in at the narrow gate. Sure, those paths may be a little harder, but there is greater treasure there - and we know how you love to treasure hunt. Of course, as we've told you before, your daddy and I named you "Sophia" because it means wisdom. How beautiful you are as we see you growing in wisdom and understanding.
Proverbs 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
Proverbs 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
Happy Birthday, Sophia Lou.


Two little songs for Sophia
Sophia Lou
my bugga boo
off to the zoo
just me and you
Sophia Lou

~oOo~

Sophia Lou
I'm loving you
You're my baby girl
You make me happy always
You make me happy always
Sophia Lou
I'm loving you,
My baby girl

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