Fasting

Yesterday my 1 Peter 3 online group fasted and prayed again.  I did this a few weeks ago and it was amazing.  This time was a struggle in many different ways.  I woke up hungry, and in two hours I had fixed 3 breakfasts and packed 2 lunches.  My husband was home sick with the flu.  I sat down to write a prayer and my pen died.  I started to pray and a telemarketer called twice.  I had an annoying ringing in my ears that would not stop.  Ironically it is gone today!  And I just didn’t feel well.  My stomach hurt, I was queasy and light headed to boot!  I was under attack, both physically and mentally.  But I persevered and called on the Lord for my strength, and He provided.  He sustained me all day, until around 8:40 last night when I was able to eat.  I know that satan was scared of all the praying I was doing, and that’s why he was trying to pull me away.  It was hard yesterday, and I really struggled.  I was surprised to get online last night and find messages from several others in the group who struggled as well.  It is proof that there’s power in prayer.  I prayed for everyone that I prayed for last time, and added 8 more to the list.  I really prayed for a breakthrough in my family.  In the afternoon I got the chance to just sit and listen for Him after I prayed.  That was hard for me because of the distractions, and I just kept interjecting with more prayers and thoughts.  What I got from it was the number 6, and I kept hearing/singing a song we sang at church last week called On My Cross by Ffh.  Another song that was playing both times I got in the car to pick up my kids was Casting Crowns  East to West.  I thought both of the songs reflect working on me spiritually, and I was unsure what the number 6 meant.  A friend from 1 Peter 3 did some research on the number 6, and it is really interesting.  I’m having trouble uploading it, so I’ll have to post on that later.  The overall impression of yesterday’s fast was Faith, Obedience and Discipline.  God is at work, and He’s changing me too.  More later on the fast and meaning of number 6.

Works for Me Wednesday

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We don’t have city water, we have a well.  Yeah, we live in the suburbs!  Our water is so hard and rusty.  We used to have a water softener, and then my husband had to disconnect it for some reason, I can’t remember why.  Anyway, it hasn’t worked for a while now.  We have a drip in the kids bathtub, and it leaves a really nice round rust stain.  I’ve tried all the recommended rust removers, and out of frustration one day I squirted a little of the Sno Bowl toilet cleaner on a toothbrush.  Ya know what, it worked really well.  Very little scrubbing and the stain was gone.  Be sure to read the label to see what you can use it on, but it works for me.  For more great ideas, check out Rocks in My Dryer.

Scrapbook Saturday

This past Saturday I had so much fun with my friend Deb.  For over 12 hours we scrapbooked, shopped and talked.  It was my first time to go, and the place was amazing.  So much stuff to shop for….hhmmm, sorry, I was just envisioning it all!  I’m one of those scrappers that loves the beautiful and elaborate pages but doesn’t want to take the time to make them.  Every now and then I will, but mostly it’s all about the pictures and the journaling.  Well, you can’t go to one of these places without being so totally intimidated into taking the time to make some of those pages.  I think we’d been there for around 7 hours when one lady calls out that she had 2 pages done.  What!?  I had 2 pages done before lunch!  At the end of the day, I had finished 23 pages, and am ready for Christmas of 2004.  Yes, I said 2004!  All in all, it was a good time and I have some “amazing” pages for my daughter.  (her word). 

I’m also excited to say that Creative Memories is coming out with true 12 x 12 pages!  No more trimming the scrapbook store paper to make it fit. 

“Moore” Monday #13

LIKE EVE, WE WANT TO FEEL SMART,

BUT NOTHING IS MORE IGNORANT

THAN CHOOSING

MAN’S INTELLIGENCE OVER GOD’S.

Lord God, when You asked the woman in the Garden, “What is this you have done?” her response was, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate”  (Genesis 3:13).

Just as Eve was decieved by the serpent’s cunning, the minds of even those with a sincere and pure devotion to Christ can be led astray (2 Cor. 11:3).

Please help me always be aware that the enemy will be up to his old tricks.  Even the devout believer can be led astray if not held continually on the path by Your Word and keenly aware of Satan’s schemes.  Help me not be deceived by the serpent’s cunning.

Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word Day by Day

Instant Gratification









We complain about the cross we bear but don’ t realize it is preparing us for the dip in the road ahead that God can see and we can’t.
Whatever your cross, whatever your pain,
there will always be sunshine, after the rain.
Perhaps you may stumble, perhaps even fall;
But God’s always ready, to answer your call.
He knows every heartache, He sees every tear,
a word from His lips, can calm every fear.
Your sorrows may linger, throughout the night,
But suddenly vanish, by dawn’s early light.
The Savior is waiting, somewhere above,
to give you His grace, and send you His love.
God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
 I’ve been reminded so much lately that God never promised my cross wouldn’t be heavy, but He has promised me the victory and that I would not walk alone. I hope this makes you stop and think, and cause your lips to praise Him even if you are in the valley or in the midst of a raging storm. You are not alone.

President anyone?!

Please excuse me as I jump right off my soapbox before I even share my frustrations with you about the presidential candidates.  I just feel the need to pray for our country. 

Dear God,

I come to You now to celebrate this nation and surrender its destiny to You.  Thank you for giving us this country.  I thank You and ask You to bless the souls of those who founded this nation, this ONE NATION UNDER GOD.  Fill us with Your love and righteousness, so that we can bring healing to our country.  May we be cleansed of all our destructive thoughts.  May judgement of others, such as bigotry, racism, and intolerance be taken from us, wash us clean, O Lord.  Let our minds be filled with thoughts of You, and Your unconditional love and acceptance for all peoples.  May you forgive us, this nation, of our transgressions, and bless us.  Help us to learn from our mistakes.  Use us for Your good.  Turn our lives into instruments of resurrection, that the sins of our fathers might be reversed through us.  May the beauty of this land burst forth in the hearts of the people.  May the dreams of our forefathers be realized in us, so that we might live in honesty, integrity, and excellence with our neighbors.  Make our country a light for all nations, a light of hope, goodness, peace and freedom.  Cast darkness and violence out of our midst Dear Lord.  May hatred no longer grow here.  May we all feel Your grace upon us, and the spirit of truth in our hearts.  May we be forgiven, repaired and renewed My Lord.  May You bless our children.  May You bless our government leaders.  O Lord, please bless America.

It’s snowing

It started about two hours ago, right as we had to go pick up Brooke from school.  Snow and freezing rain!  I was going through the intersection and someone, a dark haired lady in a maroon altima with license plate #575* to be exact, ran through her red light and came right at me into my lane of traffic.  Did I mention the snow and freezing rain?  Yeah, not a good mix.  Tires screeching, me swerving into the other lane to avoid her, and only the hand of God was in between us.  Then she sped off, leaving me in shock that we actually didn’t hit.  Thank You Lord for saving us!

Thankful Thursday

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Iris is hosting Thankful Thursday again, so please go visit her.  You’ll leave remembering how blessed  you truly are!  Here’s what I’m thankful for this week. 

God’s grace and love is sufficient for me.  No matter what I’m feeling, He is feeling it with me.  When I feel like I can’t, He carries me throught it.

Brian and Brooke took a ski trip together and had a wonderful daddy & daughter day.  (No broken bones was a plus too!)

Zach has a good group of friends and is actively attending bible club now.

Matthew is the light of my day.  He just comes up and gives me a hug or kiss right when I need it!

More snow and ice in the forecast for tonight, maybe we’ll get a 2 hour delay and sleep in….  Maybe?

God is at work in my family, and He’s making visible changes.  I am so blessed.

Works for Me Wednesday

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Do you suddenly become overwhelmed and short of breath after the Christmas or birthday gifts have been opened and your floor is covered up with pretty paper?  I do, but I’ve found a great way to recycle this paper.  I just run it through the paper shredder and store it in a bag or box in the basement.  When I have a gift for someone special, or one of the kids friends or teachers…it seems like we’re always needing something for someone…back to the subject!  When I have a gift, I go to the box of shredded wrapping paper and grab a handful to fill in the bag.  It saves money on tissue paper, and I can never make that look right anyway.  Now that I’m clipping coupons, I can also do this with the cutouts from the coupons.  The shreds are so small you really can’t tell what it is.  That’s what works for me! 

A Franciscan Benediction

May God bless you with discomfort

at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships

so that you may live deep within your heart.

May God bless you with anger

at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,

so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with tears

to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger and war,

so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and

to turn their pain into joy.

And may God bless you with enough foolishness

to believe that you can make a difference in the world,

so that you can do what others claim cannot be done

to bring justice and kindness to all our children and the poor.

Grieving

Have you ever lost something that you didn’t even know you had?  Yet you are sad and grieve for that loss like it was your greatest treasure?  That’s what I’m feeling right now, sad for not knowing it was there, and then for losing it before I even knew I wanted it.  But I didn’t really want it, and that makes me even sadder.  Because had I known, then I would have wanted and loved it, but I didn’t even have the chance.  This is just the moment that I’m in and I know it doesn’t make sense.  I can’t even make sense of it really. 

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“Moore” Monday #12

OUR PART IS TO BELIEVE GOD.

HIS PART IS TO BE GOD AND

DO WHAT IS ULTIMATELY AND

ETERNALLY BEST.

God, You made the world and everything in it.  You are the Lord of heaven and earth,

and You do not live in temples built by hands,

as if You needed anything, because You Yourself give all men life

and breath and everything else.

From one man You made every nation of men,

that they should inhabit the whole earth. 

And You determined the times set for them and the exact places where

they should live.  You did this so that men would seek You

and perhaps reach out for You and find You,

though You are not far from each one of us. 

For in You we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:24-28).

Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word Day by Day

Sunday Scripture 12

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 Proverbs 16:1  To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.  2 All of a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.  3  Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. 

As Brooke and I head out to the first dance competition of the season, we always pray that she uses her talents to glorify God and witness to others the love of Jesus Christ.  I think that’s something we should all strive to do.  Have a blessed Sunday.

Lost?

OK, I admit, I love Lost.  This season is the best yet, and there are so many twists and turns that I can hardly follow.  Did anyone else miss the part where Sayid is working for Ben?  Was this in the last few minutes, because my DVR cut it off short and I missed the last part.  I don’t know, somehow I missed it and had to discover it on blogdom.  Sayid is working for Ben and killing people on some sort of list.  He romances a woman and ends up killing her after she shot him.  Strangely enough, she was wearing the same bracelet that the now dead Naomi was wearing.  Who is R.G.?  Is she Naomi’s sister that she referred to with her last breath?  And Miles, I don’t think I like him, but I’m not sure yet.  I know I don’t trust him. 

So many questions, but we do know a few things for certain.  Four of the oceanic six are Jack, Kate, Hurley, and Sayid.  Who are the other two?  Well, we haven’t seen Sun and Jin, but we know she has to leave the island because she’s pregnant.  I look for them to be in an upcoming episode soon. 

This show has me stumped.  I can’t wait for more.  And now that the writers strike is over, we will have at least 5 more episodes after the original 8.  Part of me just wants it to be over, and on DVD so I can have a marathon viewing of it.  What do you think?  Are you lost too?

Random thoughts

Tuesday night and Wednesday morning we were pelted with freezing rain and ice, so we had hoped for a 2 hour delay in school, but no such luck.  I just have a problem with scraping the ice off of my car, while little pellets of ice hit me in the head, to drive my kids to school.  Apparently the school board isn’t as concerned as I am.  It wasn’t better at the end of the day picking them up either because it had continued to sleet most of the day.  I took a few pictures to share with you, and obviously that didn’t happen. 

Yesterday was Valentine’s day.  I hope everyone had a great one, and felt totally loved.  I fixed a great meal for everyone, and even dessert that was red to match the theme.  It was the best meal I’ve made since Thanksgiving, and it was a whole lot less work.  That made it even better!  It was pork tenderloin and roasted veggies, angel food cake with strawberries, glaze and whipped topping.  Again, I took pictures to post, and it hasn’t happened. 

Today Brian and Brooke are together on a ski trip (a school field trip).  This was one event that I passed on to Dad to do, as I really didn’t want to be in traction for the next 6 weeks!  Field trips sure have changed since I was a kid! 

I talked to Brian earlier and they both still had all bones intact.  He was on the lift watching Brooke go down.  I’m sad sitting here knowing that I’m missing such a big event with her!  I took a picture this morning, and sent the camera with instructions for them to take lots, LOTS of pictures.  (Do you see a theme here with pictures?  I’m starting to think I should change the title of this post to something like, ” I took pictures but didn’t post them!)  Well, I can just imagine her and all her friends laughing ang having  a blast together.  She deserves it too.  I’ve been a little worried about her.  She’s been complaining of a headache and stomachache a lot lately, and I’ve been trying to get out of her what’s bothering her.  The typical pre-teen, she likes to keep things to herself.  She told me that she’s being bullied by someone at school, someone who we’ve had problems with in the past.  It hurts me to think about the pain she’s felt, and kept it to herself because she knew I would call the school to try and fix it, but then she would be a tattletale.  Brian and I both talked to her, and yesterday she nicely asked the girl to stop.  We’ll see what happens next.  I’m praying about it. 

That’s about all the random thoughts I have for now.  Maybe I’ll post some pictures soon…. 

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“Moore” Monday #11

WE ARE WISE TO REMIND ONE ANOTHER

NEVER TO FORGET WHO

WE ARE AND NEVER TO

FORGET WHO WE’RE NOT.

Father, Your Word says You will break down stubborn pride and make the sky above the proud like iron and the ground beneath him like bronze (Lev. 26:19). 

Lor, Your Word is drawing a vivid picture of the arrogant life.  Prayers lifted to heaven will seem to hit a ceiling of iron, and life beneath the feet will be hard.

Help me to be humble before You, Lord, because the life of the proud will eventually and undoubtedly become very hard.

My Savior and Redeemer, help me to take Your yoke upon Me and learn from You, for You are gentle and humble in heart, and I will find rest for my soul (Matthew 11:29).

From Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word Day by Day

Sunday Scripture 11

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Psalm 8:1-9

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens. 

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise

because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him,

the son of man that you care for him? 

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands;

you put everything under his feet:

all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,

the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,

all that swim the paths of the seas. 

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! 

90 Day Bible Reading-Psalms 1-25

The book of Psalms covers many different emotions and prayers over a thousand year period.  God is worthy of praise and the wise will trust Him.  Some key verses include.. Ps. 8:1  “how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  Ps. 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”  and one that most people know is Ps. 23:1-6  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.