Saturday, August 31, 2013

What?!


Wait! Why are the children moving the vehicles?!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

As You Wish Others Would Do to You, Do So to Them

Sometimes church feels like being on an airplane. When a parent with young children, a toddler, or infant boards a plane, he/she gets the, "Please don't sit near me!" look from many (if not most) passengers.

There is a group of young ones at church (two of which are mine) who LOVE to sit next to each other. They stand during praise and worship, they keep their voices down, and (mine) pray when it is time to do so. They sit relatively still, there are no loud outbursts, and giggles are kept to a minimum. Yet, they are children and do not act, function, process information, engage, etc. like adults...not because they do not WANT to but rather it is developmentally impossible.

The parents of each of the members of this posse take turns supervising. Sometimes two or three of us (one on each end and the third behind them, in the middle) monitor things. I have to say, the distractions (to me and my hearing the message) are few...which shows me a lot because I get annoyed easily when my kiddos draw me away from what the pastor is saying.

Now, there used to be this man (who I have not seen in a while, come to think of it) who generally sat on the side where this particular crew sits but one day he moved and took a seat in the middle of the sanctuary. But, the most challenging for me was just this past sabbath, when an elder woman behind me said (loud enough I could hear it clearly), "Those [children] are terrible. Playing those games. They really annoy me!" Come to find out she had been visually upset, fanning through the pages of her bible. (The people sitting behind her are friends of mine.)

Hubs, of course feels it is none of her business. I felt I had done something wrong...failed in some way. But, the truth is this...when I was a child (sure!) we did not have the electronics we do today however, we did doodle, nap, etc. during a sermon. I used to daydream and (when I was older) check out guys. Until, the day I didn't. I believe my former youth pastor put it best. He said, "When it matters to him/her, he/she won't." Will not what? You name it...draw, color, doze, play games, wear a hat, listen to music, etc. during the message.

That is the bottom line! I love my family dearly, but I do not control their hearts...whether it is my young bloods playing on my iPhone/iPad, or hubs messing with his (checking email, etc.). God's word NEVER returns void...even if the listener is not consciously engaged! He/she is there!!! I am SO thankful for that! So, please excuse me if the whole "airplane" attitude of someone else offends me. At a service I want to feel like I am with family...not on a vessel full of strangers. Besides, I believe these young ones deserve a little grace!

And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. (Luke 6:31 ESV)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Scheduled My Interview


What happens to a homeschooling mom once she is no longer teaching her children at home?  She applies to become a teacher's aide (and gets an interview)!  Yep!  Which also means adding another class to the load...for Early Childhood Education credits.

I'm Speechless


Table for One

In the mornings, I like to sit where I can see the DOJ buildings, courthouse, etc.  That (and the lawyers roaming around here) remind me why I am studying hard and want my degree.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Another Hallelujah by Lincoln Brewster



(verse 1)
I love You Lord with all my heart
You've given me a brand new start
And I just want to sing this song to You
It goes like this the fourth the fifth
The minor fall the major lift
My heart and soul are praising
Hallelujah

(chorus)
Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujan, hallelujah

(verse 2)
I know that You're the God above
You're filling me with grace and love
And I just want to say thank You to You
You pulled me from the miry clay
You've given me a brand new day
Now all that I can say is
Hallelujah


© 2005 Integrity Music

Studied this morning.  Beat the bag for 20 minutes, volunteered at the school this afternoon, and now it's back to studying.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Unstoppable Pic: Day One


Kirk Cameron is the ONLY celeb for whom I will do this!

http://www.unstoppablethemovie.com/ #unstoppable924

A Threefold Cord is Not Quickly Broken

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. 

But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 

Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 ESV)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A New Season

A new season has begun and is moving forward with or without me. The kiddos started attending a private school, my Bachelor's Degree education began yesterday, and a job opportunity has maybe become available. But just eight days ago I was still going to homeschool my children. It amazes me how quickly God opens one door and closes another...how He orchestrates things in advance yet I am oblivious to it until after the fact. (I saw all of this coming together months ago.) I am excited, scared, sad, hopeful, etc. all at the same time.

It is an adjustment. I am not going to lie. The kids and I are challenged, greatly, by the new arrangement. However, because God went before me and paved the way, I have faith this is the path I am (/we are) to take. As I walk I notice everything is different. I do not recognize a thing. None the less, He is trustworthy, and to be praised! He sees all the angles and dictates what is truly best...not just for me (and my limited vision) but for all parties involved, even the ones about which I do not know.

I cannot wait to see how this all pans out. Where am I going to be one week, two weeks, three weeks from today?! So much can happen in such a fragment of time. Being a stay at home mom (teaching young ones and working on commission) to learning full time and maybe going back to work, immediately, to boot! It is kind of like exercise, in a sense. I can train one way (i.e. kickboxing, wrestling, etc.), work hard, and become good at it. However, when I start doing a different kind of workout (running, swimming, softball, etc.), no matter how decent of shape in which I am, it is tough. I get winded,discouraged, maybe even a little overwhelmed. Switching up the schedule and duties is a HUGE imposition. It annoys me but I must do as I preach to my kiddos...I need to be thankful!

God provides. He gave me the means to put myself through college (in the form of federal loans). He choreographed the Little Chef and Little Leaguer going to private school (and quite possibly --- though I am not there yet, so I do not know for sure --- a way for me to pay for it)!

I must walk carefully and keep in mind,
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21. ESV.)

Studying Together

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Steps of a Man are Established by the Lord

Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 

Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. 

The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever; they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance. 

The wicked borrows but does not pay back, but the righteous is generous and gives; for those blessed by the Lord shall inherit the land, but those cursed by him shall be cut off. 

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. 

For the Lord loves justice; he will not forsake his saints. They are preserved forever, but the children of the wicked shall be cut off. 

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip. 

The wicked watches for the righteous and seeks to put him to death. The Lord will not abandon him to his power or let him be condemned when he is brought to trial. 

Mark the blameless and behold the upright, for there is a future for the man of peace. 

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him. (Psalm 37:3-6, 16-19, 21-24, 28, 30-33, 37, 39, 40 ESV)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The More That You Learn, the More Places You'll Go


Ready for my Bachelor of Business Management classes to begin!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”

― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Teach Them Diligently

The tides have changed...and I'm not quite sure what I think about it. The most difficult decision has been made to transfer the young bloods from "independent study" (homeschooling), with me, to a private school. Why, exactly? Well, it all just sort of fell into place, so to speak. It was not MY plan! Mine was to continue as usual...keep marching along to the beat of our own drum. I would teach them and do my own work, too, during our instruction hours. But, Monday, revealed something different entirely.

I met with their assigned "teacher". All was going according to plan...until a redirection of attitude was in order. There it was! The hurtle, the blockade, that hindered student from instructor. Those words...out of the overflow of the heart, "I can't do it! I won't do it!" The year had not even begun and already there was push back from them! "Nope! I am not going to tolerate it." So, I contacted my friend who (as God would have it) now works at a local private school.

There is room for new students. I should come for a tour. Which, we did. And, amazingly enough, it is the same school at which we looked when the Little Chef was going into Kindergarten. What does all of this mean?! So many correlations. Everything coming together, nicely. It is the tell tale sign of God's orchestration. His going before and paving the way. So, they are to go to private school now, is it? What if that idea is met with rejection? Animosity? It is the will of the Lord that stands.

Yes, there was debate. Much contention. What makes THIS school right? There is no guarantee! None at all! But, I rest in that my friend works there...and if there is ever an issue, she will contact me, immediately! Besides, #1 family participation is required and #2 I need a job to help pay tuition. (Currently, I work on commission. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in a fitness challenge, please contact me and visit www.beachbodycoach.com/Matt5verse6 !) So, I can help out (maybe work) at the school.

I think this adjustment is going to be harder on me than them. My time with them is so precious, to me!

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9 ESV)

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ESV)

How Long Must I Have Sorrow in My Heart

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?


Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him,"
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.


But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me.
(Psalm 13:1-6 ESV)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

O Men of Blood, Depart From Me

I love my family and friends! Truly, I am blessed! And, above all, Lord, is You who I love with all my heart!

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' (Mark 12:30 ESV)

Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain!
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
(Psalm 139:19-22 ESV)

I echo the Psalmist's words, "Oh men of blood, depart from me," I pray! "Your enemies take your name in vain! I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies." Lord, you know my heart. You know my "enemies", and Yours. But try as they might, they cannot touch me! You are in my corner! You are for me, who then can stand against me? NO ONE! No matter how proud!

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
(Psalm 139:23, 24 ESV)

Your adversary taunts me and calls me names. The words are meant to tear me down, make me doubt my sanity, my health, my character. "Oh serpent, your venom cannot harm me, you fool! Try as you might, I am a daughter of the King!"

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
(Psalm 139:1-6 ESV)

Do not allow the mouth of the snake to open against me anymore. Silence the flicking of the tongue and poison words. Give me strength (and self control) to stand in silence and allow the hater to reveal true colors to all. Keep the helmet of salvation tight on my head so nothing can penetrate to my mind. Loosen the coils of control. Steady my grip on the "shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one" and his servant. Thank you, Sovereign Father, for my loved ones! "O men of blood, depart from me!" Now!

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (Ephesians 6:13-17 ESV)

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


At a Stockton Ports game (Faith Night). Yeah, I'm a dork! 

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Give Her of the Fruit of her Hands

The summer is quickly coming to a close. Today, I am up against a deadline and not sure if I will make it under the wire. I sit at the desktop and search through "open" courses in which to enroll. Being I was late deciding to return to college, get through the process, and that today is the last day, pickings are super slim. I called my advisor's office this morning but being she is in a different time zone, I most likely reached her at lunch time. I left a message.

A second call and one email later, I had her on the phone and she was approving, denying, and assisting me with my schedule. A few quick clicks on her computer (which had taken a multitude on mine) and all I had left to do was pay for the classes to keep them. As I worked to fill out the online forms I soon discovered there was a glitch. I only had until midnight then I was going to get dropped from the courses I need to meet my degree requirements! I called the number provided but all she could do was put a hold on my list so I could contact billing tomorrow! "Okay," I said, "And you're sure I won't get dropped at midnight?!" She assured me all would be fine. "I'll try one more time, too," I said. This time, no hitch. Yes!

Human Biology
Experiences in Biology Lab
World Geography
Modern World Civilization
General Logic

Now it is buying books, etc. and oh, did I mention 12 credits transferred from my first attempt at all of this MANY (x 3) years ago?!

English Comp I
English Comp II
MUS 161
HIST 131

T-minus four days until my schedule TOTALLY explodes. The kiddos go back to school on Monday, and the week following that...it's my turn. Every moment of each day is going to be filled with either studying, training/ extra curricular activities, supporting my fitness groups, working out, or driving from point A to point B. (Not to mention caring for my family and chores!)

But, I am so thankful for all of it!

She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.

Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

Give her of the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the gates.
(Proverbs 31:16, 18, 25, 26, 31 ESV)

Dropped Into a Small Room at the Caverns

Who Says Eating Healthy Sucks?!

Sunday, August 04, 2013

The 80's Dancing Queen Died...

...was resuscitated, died again, was resuscitated a second time, and then celebrated (by fist pumps into the air) as she turned onto the campsite driveway.

As we climbed the winding, two lane highway, the 80's Dancing Queen (a.k.a. Our 1982 Winnebago) sputtered and emitted a dark smoke from the exhaust pipe. She slowed to 20 mph (miles per hour) before giving out completely and clogging up the flow of traffic Northeast bound. For a seemingly out of the way road, it sure did have quite a bit of motorists.

A man across the way grabbed his truck and pulled her off the street where owner and friend worked to revive her (the first time). Success was short lived as a mile or two further she expired again...this time, almost at a turnout. As God would have it, a CHP (California Highway Patrol) officer heading in the opposite direction, made a U-turn and was actually, (surprisingly) able to push "the queen" (with trailer full of dirt bikes (and one quad (ATV)) safely off the pavement.

I love our RV (recreational vehicle) but it sure can be a "drama queen", sometimes! After a second revival (and the discovery of a clogged fuel line) she was off and running again. Eight miles or so later, we pulled into a campsite. (And may I just say it was the dustiest, dirtiest site at which I have EVER camped.) But (I believe it is safe to say) good, clean fun was had by all! The occasion? Our friend, Dave's, birthday weekend! Woot woot! I hope you had a fabulous time, Dave!!!

Hot by day, cold by night, the weather was not buffered by "the queen". Shortly after we arrived the generator ceased to operate and we were without our "creature comforts" like air conditioning (or fan), water (no power for the pump), lights, and refrigerator/freezer. It was ice chest and lanterns...just like tent camping. We did, however, still have our comfy(ish) beds, toilet, table, etc.

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man,
runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
(Psalm 19:1-6 ESV)

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