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Archive for May, 2006

Tomorrow’s Meeting

Well, after months of waiting and testing and waiting and testing, the conclusion of Bud's ADHD evaluation is finally here.  Tomorrow we meet with his doctor for the "low-down" on what he and his staff have concluded after their extensive observation and investigation into Bud's behavior patterns. (more…)

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Friday Splash

Joy SplashI'm thinking about making Friday my "Splashes of Joy" day where I share the moments of joy I've had throughout the week.  I think it is a good idea to look back and note the good times, especially since the hard times can often seem overwhelming.  Plus, my personality is the type to see what needs fixing before I notice what is done right, so I need this exercise of seeing the good.Here's my list from this week:

  • No major headaches this week!
  • Our car is running again!
  • Baby learned to crawl.
  • Missy and Bud playing their new game of swinging on the swing while the other tosses a ball for the swing-er to kick.  Lots of giggles over this!
  • Baby got her first tooth.
  • DH has a four-day weekend.
  • Bud's overall improvement with listening.  Lovely!
  • Grilled steaks and sauteed mushrooms and onions! (Yum, yum!)
  • Naps!
  • DH brought me my favorite Thai soup for supper last night (and their wonderful tapioca pudding for dessert)
  • Gorgeous weather this week.

Ok, now it's your turn!  Share your joy.  🙂

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When John the Baptist was preparing the way for the Son of God, he preached a message of repentance and he didn't mince words.  He told the crowds that God's judgement was coming and that they should "prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned toward God." (Luke 3:8)

When the crowds and soldiers and tax collectors asked how they were to do this "proving", his answers to them all involved how they handle their possessions and money.  Clearly he felt that a heart turned toward God would change its attitude toward money.  "Be content with your pay," he told the soldiers.  "Don't cheat others," he told the tax collectors.  And to the crowds he said this: "If you have two shirts, give one to the poor.  If you have food, share it with those who are hungry." (Luke 3:11).

Well, I am not a soldier (though my husband is) and I am not a tax collector by any means, but as a member of the "crowd" that desires to follow after God, I can say this:  I own more than two shirts, and I have never, never known hunger.  But the most I do to give to the poor and feed the hungry is my monthly contribution to the Compassion children we sponsor and participation in the food drives at Christmas. (more…)

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Bud, since Sunday, has been listening and obeying and generally get along with everyone. roller coaster He has been reasonable and cheerful.  I noticed Sunday afternoon and thought maybe it was just a fluke or a lucky day.  (more…)

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 A man finds joy in giving an apt reply–and how good is a timely word!     Proverbs 15:23

So far with each child, I have retained 10 lbs of "baby weight".  So, if you add it up, I'm about 30 lbs above what I should be, ideally.  Now number 4 is on the way.  I was lamenting to my husband over this the other night and said, "I wish babies didn't make me fat!"  His advice? "Stop eating so many of them!"

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Wow.  I have had so much to think about.  Between my own musings, Mark Moore's lecture, and Amy Scott's blog posts, I am feeling more than ever the oppressiveness of the sin of materialism.  I think what has captured my attention most was Amy's comment:

"Of course, the problem isn’t that we disagree that consumerism has run amuck, but that we’re so entrapped that we don’t even realize we’re slaves."

All I can say is, "Amen" and "Lord, open our eyes to our enslavement!"

And I want to know, right now, what is one thing I can do?"  Because, honestly, as a wife (and therefore the helpmeet, not the leader in our home), I can not change the direction of the family's discretionary spending.  I can pray, and I will pray that God will lead and direct my family through my husband toward righteousness, but in the time I wait on the Lord…what might I do?  How can I make a difference?

I will continue to mull this over and bring it to God, for I know that He has not finished with me on this yet.  (And for some reason, I keep thinking of Starbucks and how shameful it is of me to spend so much on a latte….  Perhaps I have my first step already laid out for me.)

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"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed."  Luke 10:41-42a 

Worried womanWhen I call a friend and discuss all my current concerns,  it is really just "worrying out loud" to someone else.  I worry over my children's education, "What if I miss something and they hate me for homeschooling them instead of giving them a 'real' education?"  (more…)

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