Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Afternoon Sink


This afternoon I faced the daunting task of hand washing two pans. I know, I lead such a horrible life of unending chores! Yet, this mundane task contains great joy when the sink is not seen as a task, but as a bubble station!!!

When my discovery was announced, both toddlers and teenagers joined me in the kitchen for bubble blowing, bubble popping, bubble squishing. A reminder for this mom to look for the joy in everything....

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cease Striving

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalms 46:10 NASB)

During a time of the year when we are being told to make resolutions, start new commitments, and be more organized, it is hard to read this verse. We are surrounded with voices that tell us to "be the change." Perhaps we are not supposed to "be" anything except still and ready to see God's work of change in our lives and the lives of those around us. He is more than able!

So, I want to resolve to be still more and to cease striving to do things God already has under control.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

His Faithfulness

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. (Psalm 37:3 ESV)

Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. (Psalm 37:3 AMP)

As I read the two versions of this verse, I was reminded that I have to accept His faithfulness, His goodness. I have to make it my nourishment and my friend. How often do I deny His faithfulness and deny my own soul food?

And it seems that this verse gives me the way to His faithfulness - His food for my soul. It is received by trusting Him and doing His commands. All through the Bible, these two simple instructions are given as the path to a righteous life, a life of peace.

How I desire to walk a path where His faithfulness is my nourishment and my friend!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Nesting, Part 2

If you are like us, you have wondered how you will make room for babies. How many things really need to be prepared as a set of two? We chose to just prepare for the first few months, and play it by ear after that. I had so many friends offering strollers and cribs and toys. We were very blessed!

Of course, I browsed through the catalogs and made a wish list online using Amazon's registry button. But, we didn't know if the babies would even have a room! So, we set up one crib in our bedroom, and I am so thankful for that insight!

At the hospital, our twins slept together, and we were able to continue that at home for a couple of months. Having the crib in our bedroom allowed us to sleep at least part of the night!

Another thing I did was set up two changing stations. One was in our living area and another was in our bedroom. These two changing areas gave helpers immediate access to baby needs and kept us from running all over the house all day changing diapers and locating burp cloths.

Another helpful tool was a hanging closet organizer to keep layette items within easy reach. Do try to have these things in order and even labeled BEFORE you come home with babies. This allows helpers to quickly locate a onesie or a pair of socks.

We had two bouncer seats that we borrowed from friends that were perfect for those early days. The baby swings were bulky and were not used as often, but I was thankful to have had one in our living area. Two swings were not necessary for us.

Be careful to not load your house with stuff at this point. Diapers and wipes are great to have stockpiled (a great shower idea by the way), but you really don't need double the baby toys. Keep it simple and add on as the babies grow and needs change.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012


Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14 ESV)

Today is not Easter...yet, and it is not Good Friday either. It is that day in between. It reminds me of a waiting room, a waiting place. The Bible doesn't give us much insight into what happened this day, except the work of the Jewish leaders to make sure the tomb was guarded. It seems that those who opposed Jesus were more aware of His teaching and were more concerned that His claims would somehow be Truth. They made every effort to pervert that Truth and to deceive.

We don't know the thoughts of His disciples. We don't even see them declaring Truth. They are quiet and still. They seem to be numb with pain and shock.

It is a time of waiting. It is a time of Sabbath. It is a time of laying down plans of how it should be done and finding hope in the fact that God will do it His way.

All we can "do" is wait....

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