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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Win Twins

Earlier this week Ben and I went to the Twins Game with Mom and Dad P. We took the Northstar Train down to the game and had 6th row seats behind the 3rd baseline. Awesome seats! It was a cool night so mom and I enjoyed some nice hot chocolate under a warm blanket. It was so much fun to spend time with them plus it was mom's birthday too! We shared lots of laughs and enjoyed some good food too. To top the night off; the Twins actually won :)

Friday, May 25, 2012

While I wait

Do you ever wonder why God isn't answering? I do all the time. But it isn't because he isn't answering. He may be saying yes, no or wait on me. I love when he says yes or no because its a definte answer but this waiting thing just doesn't work for me.
I have started to realize lately that God wants me to wait on him and be faithful in doing so. I have been praying a specific request for a long time period and have felt that God is not answering me but I know he is wanting me to just wait on him. Its very difficult for me to do this. Its hard to realize its not our timing but his.
Waiting requires us to seek him, trust in him and know that he knows what is best for us. God's delays doesn't mean God's denial... he's preparing something bigger and better for us. He may have something planned that far exceeds our imagination. God will answer me eventually about this but in the meantime I have to wait on him.

God is faithful. He will answer us. He hears our every cry. There is no time lost in waiting, if you are waiting on the Lord

Some verses that really helped encourage me today and a wonderful song by John Waller "While I wait" that encourages us to keep serving him while we wait:

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Who do I please?

Lately, I have been searching to see who I am in Christ. At times in the past few months I have thought about getting a job or getting my masters degree. All of which I eventually want to do.

However, the reason behind seeking these things isn't coming from the right place. As a stay at home mom, sometimes I feel guilty not adding to the financial responsibility that my husband bears each day. Then the negative thoughts just go down from there about myself.

With the way our culture perceives women and stay at home mom's it is hard to do right in "their" eyes. I have spent so many days reasoning with myself why I should be at home and defending it to myself. I have even at times said maybe I am just not cut out to be this stay at home mom.

But yesterday, on Mother's Day, I was reminded just why I am a stay at home mom and that it is ok. I worry too much about "the people on the outside" think of me and not remember whom I really serve.

Raising kids isn't easy and when you are fighting yourself about it; its even worse. During the sermon at a church we visited (we went to watch my sis in law sing with her quartet) yesterday the Pastor spoke about how women in general are  "life-givers". He went to speak about how women are tough, tender and teachers...and that only women can give life to these wonderful beings we call our kids. That is a BIG responsibility.

After this sermon, I realized I really sell myself short...moreover I sell God short on what he is doing with my life. So going forward instead of worrying about what pleases others and what others do...I am going to just serve HIM. The guilt and negative thoughts that flow through my head---aren't from him.

I know I will still have days where I just don't feel like I am enough. I will remember that God thinks I am enough. He gave me Addison Rose for a reason and I have a big job ahead to steer her in a way to bring HIM glory.

Some verses that really spoke to me yesterday and one give to me by my cousin, Emily....

Ephesian 4:29
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Colossians 3:23-24
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Proverbs 31:28-30
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

It's amazing what God says about us and how much faith he truly has in us. I am reminded daily of what a godly mother is supposed to be like; I see it in my mom and mother in law. Without these women in my life, I would be nothing.

So I am going to strive to live by these 3 verses. Does that mean I won't fail? Absolutely not. Each day I fail but knowing who I am serving each day and the true reason for having a child is to lead her to Christ. Addy is not mine, this is our temporary home. I just hope that I can truly live up to Proverbs 31:28-30. Let HIM be praised!

My sis in law, Amanda gave me this wonderful quote....

“Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” -Marion C. Garretty

May you be able to catch yourself doing the impossible today.-Amanda

Friday, May 4, 2012

First Beach Day of the Year

There is nothing like a little beach day in our own back yard to bring a smile to a 2 year olds face. Lots of fun in the sun yesterday!