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Monday, March 26, 2012

When God Says Wait

If we're honest with ourselves ... the most attention we may pay to God is when we need something.

We pray ...God I really need that raise... or God...take away the cancer.  And in saying this, I by no means am saying there is anything wrong with that.  God wants to hear our desires and needs!
When we're in crisis or desperate for something to be filled for us, it's important to relay our needs to our heavenly father.

But what about those times when everything is going smooth?  How much time do you spend glorifying his name for the blessings we all take for granted?  How many raise up each morning looking to our Bible and spending time with him?  This is the most important part of our relationship with him!!!

I have to admit, I don't read the Bible as much as I should.  Each day, I have so much going on so quick - that I start my day and off I go.  During the day, I do pray continuously.  It's like ongoing communication, even when I drive.

So here's what God showed me today.  I was rushing to get through a red light, trying to get somewhere on time.  And of course I didn't make time for my Bible today, like I should have.

I was the very last person to inch up to the intersection, hoping the yellow would stay a bit longer, which of course it didn't.  As I sat there, it was if I could hear him in my heart.

Look at this picture and then I'll tell you the words I felt...

He said,  "Just wait a minute and let me show you how much I love you.  You can spare a few more seconds for this."

Now this picture doesn't do the sun's brightness justice, but it may give you any idea of just how beautiful the scene was in person.

Sometimes in life, were is such a rush.  The only time we take time to stop and pray is when we need something.  And in our hurry we miss so much that God has for us in every day situations.

I challenge you this week to wait for God.  Wait and take him in everyday...by just listening and watching for what he has for you, like this little private moment he waited for ... just for me.  He'll do the same for you.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Kid Rocks

SO my little guy turned 9 this week. Sigh ... 9! It's the last year before double digits. And each year has been a new lesson for me, as a mother. Some of the most important ones I've learned from my child.

Like when he was 7 and we had the 'talk' or when he was 4 and he told me to cancel all his appointments for a full year, because he was angry from getting shots.  I have learned that my son has a strong backbone, a bright mind, and a deep heart.  I've learned more about me as a person, through watching and rearing my son.

Friday I learned that I wasn't the only one that held respect for my son is such a 'big picture' way.  I know God has big plans for my son, but I never thought that He'd be using my son in such big ways now, in his life at age 8 to 9.

Friday I took cookies to my son's school during the lunch hour, to celebrate his birthday with all his classmates.  The teachers there have a wonderful tradition, which is allowing each child around the room to say something or express something to or about the birthday child. 

So in tradition, the teacher invited the children to express their thoughts about or to my little T.  I saw most of the arms around the room shoot up.  She patiently picked them one by one.  I heard comments that every mom or parent loves to her.

I heard things like, "I like him because he's so kind."  or "He's so intelligent."  (I heard that a few times.)

But toward the end of these thougthful and sincere comments one child, who had been waiting patiently finally was chosen to speak.

I heard a soft raspy voice say, "I am glad T is in our class because at recess, when someone's picking on you, he makes them stop.  And he makes everything okay again." 

That brought tears to my eyes.  That my guy, who is small for his age and often gets mistaken for someone a couple years younger than he is, would have that big of an impact on another child. 

My strong willed, stern minded, and big-hearted guy is tiny but mighty.  And he doesn't like bullies.  He's come home before telling me how he doesn't like it when he sees the 10 year old students pushing the younger kids around on the play ground.

And to hear that a child is so grateful to him for that.  Well that was a big moment for me as a parent.  I still tear up about it. 

Not many people, adults included, take up for people when they should.  And my little T is obviously making an impact on those around him...to stop the threats of bullying at his school.

Go lil' T.  You rock.  My kid rocks!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Zac Efron All Grown Up!

Okay I admit it.  I'm almost 40 and I watch High School Musical movies.  It wasn't because my child wanted to - because I had to make him sit through one the first time I watched it.  After that - my little guy (he was 7 or 8 at the time) was not in for any more of his mommie's movies.

Why did I enjoy them?  And why did I have to see 17 Again ?  Um  ... Hello!  Zac Efron that's why!  I think a little part of all of us, women over the age of 30, secretly still have a crush on the ideal quintessential boy next door.  Except this one happens to also sing and dance.

Well ladies take a look.  Zac's next film shows him all grown up! And I have to say I'm pretty impressed with his next project, The Lucky One.  This film is adapted from the book, by Nicholas Sparks, another one of my favorites.

As a military brat, I love most flicks that show the heart of a hero and the struggle to overcome.  So this movie has everything I need to sit back and enjoy... a special message, a love story, and a handsome hero.  I think this one will be really good!

Take a look at the trailer and let me know what you think ...

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive—a photograph he found of a woman he doesn’t even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

I Survived!!

After mass chaos & sugar crazed maniacs ransacked my home, I'm happy to report all are alive and well.

My husband and I survived our son's first sleepover, after a huge party. 15-20 hyper 9 year olds were running in, out, and around my home for two hours. Afterwards I was crazy enough to invite 3 to stay over.

I finally fell asleep at 3 am and was promptly awake at 6:45 am, when I heard laughter and giggles coming from the main living area. I thought, "Didn't I just get them to stop that and get to sleep?"

...Apparently not.

It felt like an eternity for parent pick up time at 9:30-10:00 am. But it's something I'd be willing to invest my time in again, as my son had his best birthday party yet.

So here I am...craving birthday cake to stay awake...with droopy eyelids and a silly smile on my face.

Not only did my husband and I survive, but we gave him a really great gift. We gave him the gift of time to be with his best buds and be a kid.