First Week

Well, folks. We made it our first week, how'd you do?! Were you able to carve out time to meet with Jesus? To read His Word and to talk to Him? I had a few rough days, including one day that I didn't do it first thing and then planned on doing it later and later and later...until it was too late and I was crawling into bed. Remember, it is not about being perfect, it is about being intentional -even when we don't "feel" like it. Lindy usually sleeps until 8:30 or 9. One morning, I got up at 7am and guess who came walking down the stairs at 7:15? Little miss Lindy. Up a whole hour early. I finished the book of Job and have moved onto Daniel. I have a friend who is going through a rough time right now, she said earlier this week, since she started the challenge, she has felt her heart soften. I understand completely. That really stuck out to me, that my heart has softened too. To God. To Dale. To my kids. To the bitterness inside me. I even found myself wanting to spend more time in prayer -there is SO MUCH to pray about. Anything stick out to you as you were investing your time? … [Read more...]

HOLY COW!

Just gave Ruby her new medication, Prevacid and within 20 minutes SHE FINISHED AN ENTIRE BOTTLE WITHOUT FUSSING, ARCHING, CRYING OR IRRITABILITY!!!! That is 100ML folks!! HALLELUJAH! In other news. Do you think it is ironic that no one can comment on my blog mysteriously after we started our challenge? For the first time in 8 years, my blog has a big problem that I cannot fix. I'm going to have to hire someone to do it for me. I have no idea what happened to it. Every comment on my blog is gone. wow. It would be easy to say it is coincidence...but we all know better than that don't we? … [Read more...]

Day 1 & 2

Well ladies, we have jumped into our challenge and I already have stories to tell. So good to have some of you joining me in this challenge! I have a little 12lb 11oz alarm clock. We woke up at 7am on day one and after Ruby ate, we settled in on the couch. I think I need a Bible with larger print. Am I getting older? Right now I have a Bible that Dale bought for me a few years ago, it fits in the palm of my hand. Must.get.bigger.one.soon. I thought it was cool. But squinting is not so cool. My eyes must have changed a bit after Ruby was born. As I was planning for my 30 day challenge, I kept thinking that I'd read from the book of Job. It had been a long time since I read the specifics of Job's trials and I wanted to dig into it. A few verses really stuck out at me. "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" (Job 2:10) struck me hard. It is VERY easy for me to accept all the good that comes from God and praise Him during those times in my life. When the trouble comes...I haven't been so quick to praise Him. Now, sometimes I get stuck on the "Did God cause my son to die" vs. "Did God allow this to happen?" Then today, Job 9 brought me to tears as I was reminded again that my God is so amazing. I in my feeble mind do not NEED to know His ways. I can just trust and rest in the fact that he is God. That "even though, I am innocent, who am I to talk to God and I should only plead to Him with mercy" (Job 9:14-15). The verses in 9 were powerful and made me sit in awe. I have been so me-focused, that I have forgotten how I should be focusing on such a powerful God -not the stuff that we really don't have answers for. "His wisdom is profound... He moves mountains... Shakes the earth... Speaks to the sun... Maker of the constellations" And these two passages again, show how I am not worthy of His love or his mercy or grace. Why do I think so much that I am?!! It puts it all back into perspective. I am nothing without his love and mercy. When He passes me, I cannot see Him When He goes by, I cannot perceive Him Powerful stuff. Day 2 started out rough. I didn't go to bed until 1am (bad move) and then Ruby was up 3 times that night. Come 7am, I did NOT want to get out of bed. So, I didn't get to my "time" until 7:30pm!! Gotta keep reminding myself to not be legalistic about this. The point is to be intentional about scheduling that sacred time with our beloved. I have also pulled out my prayer binder. I hadn't been using it since Ruby was born. I LOVE the idea of the prayer binder. I bought a fun looking binder and inside, I have broken down the things I want to talk to God about by category. One page for Dale, one for Lindy, I had one for baby #3, one for family, friends. I have to write things down or I don't remember. If someone stops me in the hallway to share something on their heart, it has got to go down in the journal or I won't be as committed to praying for … [Read more...]