Wednesday, 25 November 2015
Day 25 - Four Weird Traits I have
Hmmm, I'm not sure I have 4 weird traits. Maybe my laugh is weird. I'll go with 4 flaws instead.
I procrastinate in certain areas.
I'm very often late by a few minutes.
I can be impatient and easily irritated.
I can be proud.
Good thing He's not finished with me yet!
Tuesday, 24 November 2015
I wouldn't necessarily turn back time if I could, but there are many things I miss.
I miss my dad.
I miss being pregnant (not the being sick part though).
I miss feeling the kick of a baby in my womb, knowing the miracle of life is growing inside me.
I miss snuggling babies and smelling their unique scent.
I miss holding a sleeping child.
I miss first steps.
I miss mispronounced words.
And right now, I miss summer :)
Monday, 23 November 2015
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Ha ha - as if I'm answering that one!
I love my family. Obviously, I love Nathan and the kids. But the rest of my immediate family and Nathan's, I mean. Many of us are very different from each other, and some of us have extremely different points of view about many things, including faith. But even though I may disagree with them, and continue to pray for them to see the truth - particularly for them to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, who He is, and what He has done for them - I still love them.
Sunday, 22 November 2015
Day 22 - Morning routine
What I wish my morning routine looked like....
Wake up early and read my Bible and Bible blog before the kids are up for school.
Read the kids a devotional while they're eating breakfast and get them off to school.
Exercise, shower, and get ready for the day.
What it actually looks like......
Sleep as long as possible, get up at some point while the kids are getting ready and finish getting them off to school - sometimes reading a devotional, but always praying with them before they leave.
Waste time on email, Facebook, and Candy Crush.
Eventually exercise, shower, and read my Bible and Bible blog.
Always room to grow! :)
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Day 21 - Your Zodiac/horoscope and whether you think it fits you
As a Christian, I don't believe in horoscopes or any other type of astrology. I don't believe that the stars and the planets influence my life - I believe that the Creator of the stars and planets is sovereign over my life and the life of every person on the planet whether they believe in Him or not.
The Bible forbids the practice of divination and sorcery of any kind, and any source of guidance outside of God and His Word, is not acceptable for a believer. Period.
I have no idea what my zodiac sign is, and I have no interest or faith in anything my horoscope would have to say about my life.
Friday, 20 November 2015
If I go to iTunes, and just press play, it's currently sorted by album, and the first 3 songs are...
What do I Know of Holy? by Addison Road - one of my most favourites!
Airwaves by Brett Kissel
Santa Claus (I Still Believe in You) by Alabama
So, there's that!
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Everyone has fears to a certain extent. I'm thankful that I don't battle fear on a daily basis like some people do!
Some fears I have or have struggled with in the past.....
I used to struggle with a fear of Nathan dying, because of my dad dying when I was young. Experience taught me that life was not guaranteed and I was fearful of the same thing happening to me. Thankfully, with God's help, I was able to release that fear to Him. I know that Nathan's life is not guaranteed, but I do know that God is sovereign and that nothing will happen that hasn't first passed through His hand, and that He works everything for good for those that love Him. Now, that doesn't mean that everything that happens is good, but that He is good and that He can work through anything, even bad things, to bring about good whether in this life or in eternity. Bad things may happen, but if/when they do, Jesus will never leave me or forsake me, and He will walk me through it, carrying me when necessary. And I have faith in the hope of heaven.
As a parent it is easy to struggle with fear for your kids - that they won't make right choices (particularly with huge ones like whether or not to trust Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and who to marry). Again, all we can do is teach them right from wrong; being open, honest, transparent, and intentional - and pray, pray, pray!
To completely change gears.....
As a kid I was scared of grasshoppers. And moths. And crickets. Snakes. Thunderstorms. Tornadoes (still a little scary). Pretty much anything outdoors. :)
Wednesday, 18 November 2015
Day 18 - Your favourite colour and why
My favourite colour is blue. I'm not sure why exactly. For clothes, it goes good with my eyes, which are also blue.
Although, if you'd look in my closet you could argue that in reality my favourite colour is black - because it's so versatile.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Day 17 - A quote you try to live by
There are two, and they are rather similar.....
The Golden Rule - do unto others what you would have them do unto you.
This means, that not only do you stop from doing rude, mean, or unkind things - you purposefully do kind, helpful, generous, and encouraging things. Do good, not just refrain from bad.
The next is from Matthew 22
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 Anda second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Love God. Love people. Simple, but certainly not easy!