Monday, November 30, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Monday, November 30, 2009

Outside my window... it is storming!!!

I am hearing ... the kids at my school practice for their Christmas program.

I am praying for ... direction and guidance for next, healing of Alec's autism, and self-control for Bailey

I am much easier it was when I didn't have to get the kids out of the house in the morning everyday for school.

I am wearing... black pants that make me look very skinny and a pink sweater and black dressy flip flops!!

I am going... to Lowe's and maybe Target after school - depending on the weather

I am beat my record in the Reindeer run on Friday night!!!

On my mind... my relationship with Christ, making my home a haven, my kids relationship with each other, my church, my friends who are struggling with the same things I am struggling with, my mom's cancer, money...

Noticing that...God's grace is sufficient every single day, He is Sovereign, and He is the Peace that passes ALL understanding!!!

Pondering these words... "No matter your age, stage, or lifestyle, you can make your home a haven from a chaotic world." Quote from Making Your Home a Haven by Cyndy Salzmann

From the kitchen... shrimp and spaghetti on whole wheat pasta

Around the house... I am eager to finish decorating for Christmas, I can't wait to finish organizing Bailey's room - again, and can't wait till Friday when my cleaning lady will come and REALLY clean!!

One of my favorite things... books - God's Word first and foremost, but there are so many great books out there. Francine Rivers is a fabulous author.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Middle School is Brutal

I am just beginning to realize why in my old age I am becoming so much more somber. A pleasant way to say it would be sober minded!!! It is because I have two children in middle school and our lives are forever changed. Changed, first and foremost, because my daughter will never again be a little girl. She is now a teenager and we can never go back. All the missed opportunities are just that...missed. Her desires are changing, her attitude HAS changed, and all I can do is hope and pray that the Lord draws her to Himself sooner than later, and that she wholeheartedly gives her life to Christ.

For my son Alec, things are a little more complicated. His autism shows up so much more now that he is in middle school. In changing classes, in fitting in, in sports, etc. He will never be the cute little non--verbal kid that acts a little quirky. Now he is a 12 year old boy who truly stands out as being different, that people have to more tolerate, than try to understand.

The world is a whole different place for our family now, and I am so thankful that through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus. Through it all, I know I can depend on His Word. That through it all, He pours out His grace and mercy on my family everyday, and even will I fall so short, He is always there to pick me up, re-fill my cup, and give me the strength I need to get up and try to do better tomorrow. Praise God for tomorrows!!

I had the privilege of making a memory (which will lead to another post) with my mom last night. We attended a Gaither Homecoming singing last night - (again, for old people). One of the singers sang this song and I felt like she was singing it for me:

I've had many tears and sorrows, I've had questions for tomorrow, There've been times I didn't know right from wrong: But in every situation God gave blessed consolation That my trials come to only make me strong.

Through it all, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all, I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I've been to lots of places, And I've seen a lot of faces, There've been times I felt so all alone; But in my lonely hours, Yes, those precious lonely hours, Jesus let me know that I was His own.

Through it all, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all, I've learned to depend upon His Word.

I thank God for the mountains, And I thank Him for the valleys, I thank Him for the storms He brought me through; For if I'd never had a problem I wouldn't know that He could solve them, I'd never know what faith in God could do.

Through it all, through it all, I've learned to trust in Jesus, I've learned to trust in God;
Through it all, through it all, I've learned to depend upon His Word.

In Christ Alone,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Living Simply

I am reading this book by a fellow blogger, Joanne Heim, and I am trying desperately to apply these principles to my life. This sections is pretty easy because God has blessed me with so many godly friends!!!

Believing Friends - This section is talking about being "unequally yoked" in regards to friendships. A "simple" friendship begins with a believing friend. Proverbs 27:17 "...Iron sharpens iron..." I want believing friends who will sharpen me, who will challenge me and gently help me to see those things in myself that need to be changed. I want friends who will challenge me to continue to grow in Christ. I want friends who are walking down the same path, not pulling me in another direction. I want friends whom I aspire to be like. And as importantly, I want friends that Bailey will admire and emulate.

I know the day is coming...I mean really, the day is here, when Bailey (my daughter) will seek advice from other people. I know that Bailey will not always come to me first. I know that she will go to her friends (and oh, how I pray for those friends) and to my friends. I am so thankful to have so many women in my life with different backgrounds and experiences that pray for her and take the time to talk with her and share God's Word, love, and grace with her.

My friends are some of those women, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for loving Bailey and for praying for her. I am glad she has so many godly examples in her life. Thanks to the godly women God has placed in my life to be my friend and Bailey's too. I love you Guys!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY(November 16, 2009)

Outside my window...well, actually I am in my classroom with no window. That being said, I am looking forward to next year at this time when I will be at home looking out the window and hopefully it will be a beautiful fall day like it is today!!

I am thinking...of how blessed I am as well as what we are going to do over the Thanksgiving break.

I am thankful church and its heart for missions and the fact that I had a part in helping to raise $8,000 for an orphanage in China.

From the learning rooms...I am constantly learning as I read, talk with other women, and watch and pray

From the kitchen...I am thinking of how tired I am of cooking and wishing someone would invite us to dinner!!

I am wearing...gray pants (size 8-which is really good for me!!) and a blue top and black flip flops.

I am creating...a game plan for homeschooling for next year.

I am the library after school then home to catch up from the weekend.

I am reading...Living Simply and trying my hardest to apply these principles to my life - (I haven't actually started yet - LOL)

I am hoping...that I will be able to instill honor, order, and peace in my home ASAP!

I am hearing...the sounds of my students who are apparently finished with their rough drafts for their how-to papers.

Around the house...things are quite a mess, but for good reasons!!

One of my favorite knowing that I have a church family to serve and love and who serve and love me back!!

A few plans for the rest of the week: re-group, read, my Thanksgiving feast at school, a homeschool meeting for next year, and my mom's 4th chemo (only two left after this!!)

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...I would if I only knew how!!!!