Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Genesis 1:4-5

Genesis 1:4-5

God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day", and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day.

I wish I had included this with my last post, so we could be done with light. I'm much more familiar with darkness. Is anybody else ready for daylight savings time to end? It's very hard to get up in the morning with it being so dark. There's a reason why God called the light "day", and the darkness, "night." We're supposed to sleep when it's dark! I also find it interesting that He made a point of saying that there was evening and morning the first day. After all, everybody makes a big deal about whether or not He's talking about a literal day. I think this is trying to make it obvious that it was ONE actual literal day. The man with the pen may not have known that it would become an issue, but God knew.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Getting Ready For A Busy Weekend

Well, it's going to be a weekend of Halloween parties, with church sandwiched in-between. Jeremiah's out selling popcorn in our neighborhood right now. I hope he sells lots. Angela wants to sell raffle tickets, but not right now. I have got to do some laundry before Christie's annual pumpkin carving party tonight.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Cardboard Testimony and Day Six Without Josh

This is going to have to be quick since my kids will be home any minute. I'll be doing a cardboard testimony on Sunday at my church, so I have to try to fit something on this piece of cardboard I have. If you don't know what a cardboard testimony is just look up "cardboard testimony" on utube. You'll find all kinds of examples. I'm not very good at lettering, so I'm having a little trouble. Also, I have to take my kids to both services on Sunday by myself, I think. I'm pretty sure I have to do both services. Celebrate Recovery is doing the services this Sunday and I volunteered to do one of these testimonies. I know what you're thinking. I've completely lost my mind. You're probably right, but it's too late to change my mind. It's going to be especially hard, since my children are used to sleeping in until 9 or so on Sunday mornings. Not this Sunday. We have to do the first and second services. The first service starts at 8:30. I'm tired just thinking about it. Or maybe it's because I'm just usually tired anyway.

Nobody had to come home early from school today! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Too bad it's now the weekend. Jeremiah and Angela got postcards from their dad in Dallas. I can't wait to see the looks on their faces when they see them. I just hope Chloe doesn't feel left out. I'm sure he's sent her one too, but it just hasn't arrived yet. I hope it didn't get lost. That would be terrible. I talked to him today. He was getting ready to go to Six Flags with the rest of the Boy Scout guys and gals. Yes, there are girls who work for the Boy Scouts, too. They're paying for food and everything at Six Flags for them. No fair!!! Oh, well. I'm glad he's having fun. I just hope Angela doesn't get too jealous. He told me not to tell her, but I don't know if I can do that. Anyway, they should be home in a few minutes, so I'll talk to ya'll later. Oh, no! He's already rubbed off on me!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Josh in Texas

Okay, guys. I would love some feedback on my devotional/journal entry sort of things. I like getting feedback on anything really, but especially those. I like the interaction that occurs on blogs, but mine has not provided much.

Anyway, this week has been really crazy. Josh left for a training in Texas on Sunday morning. Me and the kids went to church. Afterward, we invited Angela's best friend, Maggie, to come over and play. Monday morning I had a step study to begin co-leading. The kids missed the bus, so I was a little rushed to get ready, run them to school and then head to the church early, to meet with my co-leader, KO, to go over how we're going to run the study. She'd been through the training online. I haven't. So, I guess you could say she's training me. On Tuesday, I got a phone call from the school that Angela wasn't feeling well and needed to be picked up. Unfortunately I had to drag her to the grocery store with me, cause I needed to get a few items. Wednesday went well, but then this morning I got a phone call from school again. This time Jermiah had fallen asleep in class and had a scratchy throat, so they were worried that he might be getting sick. So, I had to go get him from school. It's been quite a week. Hopefully next week everyone will stay at school and not miss the bus or anything.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Genesis 1:3

Genesis 1:3

And God said,"Let there be light," and there was light.

Wow! I'm starting a lot of these post this way, aren't I? I really wish I could do this with my children. "Let there be obedience," and there was obedience. Somehow it just doesn't have the same affect. I guess it's a good reminder that I'm not God.

It does bring me great comfort to know that when God says something it's done. I don't have to wonder if He's really going to follow through. I know He is, because what He says ALWAYS comes to pass. Praise you, Lord!

Thank you, Jesus that what you say you do!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Genesis 1:2

Genesis 1:2

Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

These are some tough concepts to grasp since we have never seen a "formless and empty" earth. It seems to need further explanation, but how do you explain what no one's ever seen. It's like trying to describe a flavor of a food to someone who's never tasted anything even similar to it. Weird things usually end up being described as tasting like chicken. Well, what if you had to describe it to someone who'd never eaten chicken. How do you describe what chicken tastes like? I'd be like, "Well, I don't know. Chicken tastes like chicken." We don't have any english words to describe what chicken tastes like. It's such a common food that we just assume people know what chicken tastes like. But the situation God is in is like trying to explain what chicken tastes like to people who will never taste chicken. Now, that makes me a little confused about the next phrase.

darkness was over the surface of the deep

It seems to be their wouldn't be a "surface of the deep" if it's formless and empty. I do think this is emphasizing how dark it was and empty.

and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

Now, I would have thought with it being formless and empty that there wouldn't be any waters, but apparently there was. Maybe it was all water. Who knows? Only God. But I do want to point out that here we see the involvement of the Holy Spirit in this process. After all, we do all understand that all three persons of the Trinity were part of the creation, I hope. That is very important to understand.

Dear Jesus, thank you for creating our beautiful earth for us to live on and thank you for your word.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Am I Insane To Want My Kids To Stay Active and Involved?

Wow, it's been a busy night. I had to take Jeremiah to football practice, then the girls to McDonald's cause I didn't have time to make anything at home and not many choices left anyway, since we haven't done any grocery shopping in a while. Then, I took Angela to AWANA, returned to pick Jeremiah up from football practice, to my prayer meeting, back to pick Angela up from AWANA, and then finally heading home almost ran out of gas, so went to the gas station, and, phew, finally home.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now, my plan is to lead you through Genesis all the way through chapter 11. For now I do not plan to use any other books besides the bible for my inspiration. Probably some of that comes from stuff I have read or studied in the past that relates to the subject matter, but I am not going to quote directly from other sources. At least that's my intention for now. Of course, on this blog there will be posts in between about what my family is doing. I will not neglect that purpose for this blog. I just would like it to be more and encourage you all in your faith. I do not know that I will do it one verse at a time, but if it happens that way, hey, we only have the rest of our lives to learn more about God. I just feel that verse 1 of Genesis chapter 1 is a loaded verse all by itself. I probably won't even be able to tell you all that I see in this verse in one post, but I will cover what I can. I will not continue discussing this verse after this post. I will continue on to the rest of the chapter.

So, let's get started:

First of all, In the beginning God...

We learn here that God was in the beginning. In fact, I have been reminded a lot lately that God is the only person or thing that has no beginning and therefore will have no end. At least that's how I see it. Everything that has a beginning has an end, and since God has no beginning He will have no end. Even our earth will have a beginning and no matter what we do to try and save it, it WILL have an end. There's something to think about as you consider where to invest your time and money and other resources.

Now, for the next part, created the heavens and the earth.

Wow! He created it! All of it! None of it was here. As we stare into the heavens, God created all of that, and as we look at the earth, He created all of that, too, out of nothing. Nothing! Any of you ever created something out of nothing. Even if you've had children, you started with you and your husband. It wasn't out of nothing. It came from already established DNA that God already created. He started with NOTHING but He Himself. No artist in the world has anything on God! He's the ultimate Artist! The Artist to begin all art. Think about it. Even the art others create was inspired by something He created!

Just this one verse makes me want to want to dig deeper! You, too? We truly do serve an awesome God!!!

Monday, October 5, 2009

A Busy Day for Jeremiah

Talk about a busy day for Jeremiah! The poor child is out there doing his thing and he hasn't even had dinner. Don't worry, I'm going to let him stay up long enough to put some food in his tummy! He was selling popcorn after school until 5:30, when he had football practice and now Josh has picked him up and he's on his way to a Cub Scout Den meeting! I'm not sure, but I think I'm going to forgive him if he has homework that isn't done tonight. Usually his teacher assigns all their homework for the week on Monday (at least most of it) and they have until Friday to turn it all in. So, he'll have to do extra to catch up tomorrow night.

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Jeremiah's now selling popcorn for Cub Scouts and I'm selling raffle tickets for Moscow Charter School. My kids' school. I feel like we are trying to take everyone's money! They are both for a good cause, but I also understand that there are a lot of good causes and people have to pick and choose what they support with their money. Doesn't mean they don't care about the causes they don't give to. Just means they don't have enough money to give to all of them. Right at the moment I don't have any money to give to any of them, but I will eventually. I'm almost obligated to buy popcorn and of course, Chloe will be selling Girl Scout cookies in the spring. I'll bet she'll make a killing! Who could resist that blonde-haired, blue-eyed doll! Girl Scout cookies are impossible to resist anyway, without her selling them!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Kids School Open House and Book Fair

I hope you all enjoyed my recent post. I hope it gave you something to think about. It wasn't as good as I had hoped. I'm sure my head feeling three times too big for my body when I wrote it didn't help. I need to work on my thoughts on that subject some more so I can come up with something that could be publishable.

In case you hadn't figured it out I'm getting over a cold. I enjoyed the Open House at my childrens' school. Also, the book fair they had at the same time. We met Angela's twin, a cardboard cutout of herself with measurements and all. Also, some wonderful artistic crafts by Chloe with the highlight being a rather decorative cat. Jeremiah had, of course, lots of good grades on all of his papers. Although, I could definitely see some room for improvement. Both girls will be in the Title I reading program this year. I also met Chloe's new Special Ed. teacher. She is wonderful and of course, loves my little Chloe. She's got some wonderful new ideas about how to help Chloe learn to read. It should be a good year.

At the book fair I got some incredible deals on books me and the kids agreed on. Disney's version of "A Christmas Carol" (not the movie, the book), Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia, and a book about Demi Lavoto and Selena Gomez, two pop stars that my daughter is really into.

We took lots of pictures, since Josh was unable to make it to the open house and got to bring Angela's "twin" home. Oh, and Jeremiah's shield of virtues. Did you know that baseball is a virtue? Apparently it is in Jeremiah's world!