Archive for January, 2013


Waiting

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I really don’t enjoy waiting.  Does anyone?  But waiting can be a good thing.

This week I taught my Good News Club kids about something very important, but a bit difficult.  You see, the story was about David and Bathsheba.  How do you teach a group of five to eleven year old boys and girls about David and Bathsheba?  Purity and God’s plan for marriage are very important topics that these kids may never hear about except for being in this club, so I had to be very wise in how I presented this lesson.  I ended up spending a lot of time waiting.  Waiting on God to give me wisdom and direction.  And He did.

I was reminded again about the importance of waiting even during that very club.  The children are so excited to come to club and so many of them have things to tell me as soon as I greet them at the door.  And this week many of them wanted to tell me the Bible verse that they memorized.  I gave them a new Bible verse memory challenge last time and was excited to see so many children memorize their verse.  So when one child came and told me he had to tell me something, I was expecting the usual “Look at what I made in school today!” or “I memorized the Bible verse!”  But it wasn’t.  I kept looking at him, waiting to hear what he had to tell me.  He started and stopped.  Started and stopped again.  And I thought about the kids waiting for me to begin club.  He kept looking at me.  Then, the news.  His pet had died.  It was so sad.  And I remembered about how I had learned that week about the importance of waiting.  What if I had not waited on God for direction for this lesson?  What if I had not waited for this child to tell me about the loss of his special pet friend?

Waiting.  We were never meant to do ministry without God.  It’s important to read God’s Word and talk to Him, and also to spend time just waiting to hear His voice.  Waiting is a good thing.  James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him,” (NIV).  I am very thankful for a God who gives us wisdom when we wait on Him.

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NOTE:  I wrote this post several months ago and titled it “Waiting” and never added a picture or posted it.  So it’s been waiting here for me to publish it until I just saw it now.  Waiting.  Yep.

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Mac & Cheese Mistake

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Have you ever rushed through the grocery store, quickly checked off the items on your list and then headed home only to find that you picked up the wrong kind of one of the items that you needed?

My youngest son recently got braces.  Having been through this process before with two older children I stocked up on a week’s worth of applesauce, chicken noodle soup and macaroni and cheese.  Only this time when I went to make the mac and cheese it was different.  Ugh.  Instead of picking up the original box I bought the “thick and creamy” kind.  Oh well, we would give it a try.

It turned out that the thick and creamy mac and cheese is way better than the original mac and cheese.  Who knew?

So maybe Romans 8:28 works even with grocery shopping.  And macaroni and cheese.  Paul wrote to Christians in Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose,” (NIV).

In all things – even things that seem like mistakes – God works for the good of those who love Him.  Even in the little things like mac and cheese.

Cookie Contentment

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We made cookies for after-school snack the other day.  As we often do, we placed the cookie sheets right from the oven onto the table, sat down, ate cookies and talked.  As we enjoyed our warm cookies I did something that made me laugh.  And think.

I don’t remember now what we were discussing, but I do remember looking over the cookies that were left on the sheets and deciding which one looked the best to eat next.  Then I took the pancake turner, slid it under that wonderful cookie, picked it up and placed that cookie on my plate.  Then I realized that I still had a cookie on my plate.  That’s when I laughed.  And then my kids laughed.  I had to admit to them what I had done.  I had a perfectly good cookie right there in front of me –  half-eaten, but perfectly good – while I was looking for another cookie to eat.  That’s what made me think.

How many times do we already have what we need, but we aren’t content with what we have.  So often we look for more or for something better when what we already have is perfectly fine.  Just like my half-eaten cookie that I so quickly forgot about.  And the chocolate chips were still warm and melty!  How did I do that?!

Then I thought about this summer when I played Risk with my kids.  It’s a long game so we set it up on our dining room table and played whenever we had time.  We all had a good laugh then, too, because when we began playing that game I told my kids that I was content with what I had.  I had plenty of troops in several countries and I didn’t want to battle them to get more.  Then I as my troops began to dwindle I learned that I had to be more aggressive if I was going to win that game, which I didn’t, but I held on for a long time and it was a fun.

Anyway, that cookie reminded me that God wants us to be content with what we have.  To do the things we are called to do and work hard, but at the same time to be content and trust God, knowing that He cares for us.

Paul wrote, “…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV).

Screen Shot 2012-12-31 at 11.12.05 PMThank you to Jill at http://gegebearbear.wordpress.com for giving me the Versatile Blogger Award!

These are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you’ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Here are 7 things about myself.  Not sure how interesting they are!

1.  My husband and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary this year, in the spring of 2013!

2.  I’m reading “The Hobbit” right now because my son told me that I should.

3.  Teaching my Good News Club is one of my favorite things to do.  We have a lot of kids and every one of them is awesome!

4.  I don’t like coffee.  Or tea.  I do like water with lots of ice.

5.  I saw “The Avengers” twice when it came out.  We didn’t stay till the end of the credits the first time so we had to go back and watch the movie again.

6.  One of my favorite adventures was snorkeling in Hawaii with my husband and our kids.  The fish just swim right up to you!

7.  I bake chocolate chip cookies whenever my kids’ friends come over.  And they know it. 🙂

Now I get to share the love.  Here are 15 blogs, in no particular order, that I believe deserve the Versatile Blogger Award.

1.  http://jennifershopeblog.com

2.  http://plantingpotatoes.wordpress.com

3.  http://terry1954.wordpress.com

4.  http://triciajots4jesus.wordpress.com

5.  http://followhislight.wordpress.com

6.  http://pennykeepingitreal.wordpress.com

7.  http://seventhirtyjourney.wordpress.com

8.  http://craigmotor.wordpress.com

9.  http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com

10.  http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com

11.  http://sewawesomeness.wordpress.com

12.  http://mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com

13.  http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com

14.  http://boyslumber.wordpress.com

15.  http://youcanbesaved.wordpress.com

Thanks again to Jill for thinking of me for this award.  Blessings to you all!

Never Late

Okay.  I admit it.  I like “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.”  You have to see this scene from “The Fellowship of the Ring” where Frodo tells Gandalf that he has arrived late at which time Gandalf informs Frodo that “a wizard is never late” and that he “arrives precisely when he means to.”

I think I’ve always liked this scene because it reminds me of God.  Not that God is a wizard, because He is not.  But sometimes we can feel like God is late.  We can feel like God is not with us or is not taking care of a situation in our life that is important to us.  But then we realize that God’s timing is perfect.  God is never late.  He is always with us and always knows what is going on and what is important to us.  And He “arrives precisely when He means to.”  Because He is God.  And we can be joyful just as Frodo and Gandalf were at the end of this scene.

Even more than “The Lord of the Rings,” I like God’s Word.  The author of Hebrews told us, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you,'” (Hebrews 13:5b NIV).  And that we can count on.

Screen Shot 2012-12-31 at 12.26.29 PMThank you to Jill at http://gegebearbear for giving me the Super Sweet Blogging Award.  What a fun award!  I have to say, I love the colors and the cupcakes on this award! 🙂

In order to earn my treat, I need to answer some questions:

  1. Cookies or Cake?  That depends on the cookie and the cake, but probably cookie because I don’t like frosting.
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  Vanilla.
  3. Favorite sweet treat?  Chocolate chip cookies (thus the poem that I wrote on a post a while ago).
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most?  Well, this fall I was at a very cold football game and I thought that some hot chocolate would be very nice and then I found out that they had hot chocolate.  Mmmm…That was so warm and good!
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?  I don’t know.  How about Sweetie?  I hear that one a lot.

The last requirement for receiving the Super Sweet Blogging Award is to name a baker’s dozen (13) of my favorite bloggers.  So now I get to share the sweetness!

1.  http://jharrygumabon.wordpress.com

2.  http://lbtk.wordpress.com

3.  http://craigmotor.wordpress.com

4.  http://sewawesomeness.wordpress.com

5.  http://jesusmyjoy.wordpress.com

6.  http://triciajots4jesus.wordpress.com

7.  http://followhislight.wordpress.com

8.  http://learning2hear.com

9.  http://pennykeepingitreal.wordpress.com

10.  http://cyndidenotter.wordpress.com

11.  http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com

12.  http://inspiredandblessed.wordpress.com

13.  http://futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com

Thanks again to Jill for thinking that my blogging is super sweet.  Hope you all have a super sweet day!  🙂

Shine On Award!

Screen Shot 2012-12-31 at 11.10.56 PMThank you to Jill at http://gegebearbear.wordpress.com for giving me the Shine On Award.  I’m very honored to be thought of for an award about “shining on” because I always want to shine with the love and light of Jesus in my life.  Thanks, Jill!

The Shine On Award requires you to nominate other blogs To Enjoy Posting this Award on Their Own Blogs( list of 15 is below) and suggest other blogs that tickle my fancy.

Here is my list of 15 blogs to nominate for the Shine On Award:

1. http://lbtk.wordpress.com

2.  http://nissiknows.wordpress.com

3.  http://greenlightlady.wordpress.com

4.  http://terry1954.wordpress.com

5.  http://triciajots4jesus.wordpress.com

6.  http://followhislight.wordpress.com

7.  http://pennykeepingitreal.wordpress.com

8.  http://craigmotor.wordpress.com

9.  http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com

10.  http://inspiredandblessed.wordpress.com

11.  http://sewawesomeness.wordpress.com

12.  http://futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com

13.  http://jharrygumabon.wordpress.com

14.  http://cyndidenotter.wordpress.com

15.  http://theothersideofugly.com

Thanks again to Jill.  I appreciate you thinking of me!

Screen Shot 2012-12-31 at 11.10.21 PMThank you to Jill at http://gegebearbear.wordpress.com for giving me the “One Lovely Blog Award.”

These are the rules for The One Lovely Blog Award:

  • Display the Award Certificate on your website
  • Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
  • Present 15 awards to deserving bloggers
  • Drop them a comment to tip them off after you`ve linked them in the post
  • Post 7 interesting things

Here is my list of 7 interesting things:

1.  Teaching a room full of elementary kids is fun and energizing!

2.  In 2012 I read several books.  The authors I can think of right now are Max Lucado, Francis Chan, Kyle Idleman and Beth Moore.  Oh, and me.  I read my book to lots of kids in 2012!

3.  GO BIG RED!  If you know what that means, then you understand.

4.  I’ve never been a big fan of microphones, but I seem to keep finding myself behind them.

5.  I don’t like bubble gum, but the bubble gum clap with kids is very fun.

6.  Since my daughter’s wedding, my niece, my nephew and two of my cousins have become engaged.  And I LOVE giving showers!

7.  I wrote a children’s book, “Papa’s Plan for Buddy Bee.”  The illustrations are super cute!

Now I get to give out 15 awards!

1.  http://seventhirtyjourney.wordpress.com

2.  http://lbtk.wordpress.com

3.  http://followhislight.wordpress.com

4.  http://craigmotor.wordpress.com

5.  http://greenlightladywordpress.com

6.  http://cyndidenotter.wordpress.com

7.  http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com

8.  http://sewawesomeness.wordpress.com

9.  http://pennykeepingitreal.wordpress.com

10.  http://jharrygumabon.wordpress.com

11.  http://futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com

12.  http://terry1954.wordpress.com

13.  http://momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com

14.  http://inspiredandblessed.wordpress.com

15.  http://nissiknows.wordpress.com

Thanks again to Jill for thinking of me for this “lovely” award!

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I received some exciting news on New Year’s Eve.  I was given the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award.  Thank you to Jill at http://gegebearbear.wordpress.com for giving me this award.  What a fun way to end the year!

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award –http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/   and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

7. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

So now I get to share the fun!  Here are some blogs, in no particular order, that I think deserve the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award.

lbtk.wordpress.com

planting potatoes.wordpress.com

greenlightlady.wordpress.com

terry1954.wordpress.com

chiefofleast.com

cyndidenotter.wordpress.com

triciajots4jesus.wordpress.com

followhislight.wordpress.com

pennykeepingitreal.wordpress.com

craigmotor.wordpress.com

momtoldmetowriteabook.wordpress.com

inspiredandblessed.wordpress.com

diasolifeontheborder.org

morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com

boyslumber.wordpress.com

timothyshockleysr.com

mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com

youcanbesaved.wordpress.com

settledinheaven.wordpress.com

yomicfit.wordpress.com

futureflyingsaucers.wordpress.com

These are some of the blogs that I have found to be encouraging and inspiring.  Happy New Year to you all!