My precious friend Betty shared this video with me this morning and it left me crying at God's amazing love, forgiveness, and redemption and wondering.......what is my cardboard testimony?
PS I have no idea why half of this post is tiny. I tried to fix it at least 5 times and each time I post it, it shows up tiny. So sorry!
I am currently reading her latest book "Behind Those Eyes" which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. This book is truly amazing and so desperately something I needed to read.
Here's what it says on Lisa's website about the book:
An insightful look at the various roles women play as they cover for the inadequacies that they feel, why they do so, and who they really are in and through Jesus Christ. In Behind Those Eyes, Lisa uses truth from God’s Word on the value of being authentic to discuss the various facades of Ms. Perfection, Ms. Confidence, Ms. Happiness, and Ms. Spirituality. Behind Those Eyes encourages women to face the reality of who they are and who God created them to be. The result helps them to mend broken souls, repair relationships and strength connections with family and friends.I'm only half way through (because it's one of those books I have to read a bit of and then reflect on before moving on) and see myself and my struggles on almost every page. God's been using her words to direct me to Him and His word and to deal with me on some things I've been hiding from. It's truly been a blessing to me.
It is touching and precious and touched my heart so.
Without a doubt, you WILL be blessed by her words.
I think I'm losing my mind.Seriously.
And yet somehow, I ended up saying "OH, that will be fun! Count me in!"
My daughter is in shock. She laughs hysterically every time it is mentioned. She alternates between saying she can't WAIT and being embarrassed by the idea.
My husband laughed out loud when I told him last night and said "OH, this I have GOT to see!"If you know me, it's something you would NEVER EVER expect me to do.
I thought that was your car when I pulled into the parking lot.
And then I walked by it and looked inside and saw a Sonic drink.
And then I KNEW it was your car.
and am heading to Dallas for a dance weekend with my sweet girl.
A weekend full of dancing and laughter and fun and friends and praising God!
(Along with some serious praying that Honey and my sweet Daddy will finish the floors while I am gone.)
What could be better than that?
My sweet friend Jean sent me this video of Angie and her husband sharing their amazing story. They are such a fabulous example of how their are times in life when you have to be faithful to God- even when you don't feel like it- even when you don't feel that He is being faithful to you. They trusted God- despite their circumstances. They are a great example of a family who chose to see the blessings in a horrific situation. Their hearts were breaking yet they praised Him, they loved Him, and they honored Him. They knew that He could and would use their sweet daughter and her story for His glory.
This is their story.
It's a disaster because we are in the midst of ripping out all of our carpet and replacing it with wood laminate floors. I know I'm going to love it when it is done but right now I am about to go batty because of all of the mess and clutter which seems to be absolutely, positively everywhere! I'm a girl who loves a place for everything and everything in it's place and right now..............NOTHING is in it's place.
This evening while we were finishing prepping Maddie's room I had an idea. I got a black Sharpie and told her to write her favorite Bible verses on the concrete floor. She absolutely loved the idea and immediately got to work. She knew several verse by heart that she wanted to use and quickly wrote them on the floor.
She then got her Bible out and began to search for other verses. It was so fun to watch her search through her Bible and find verses that really spoke to her.
I tried to suggest a few that I thought she might like. One verse I love, have on my desk at work, and suggested to her was Philippians 2:14 which says.........Do everything without complaining or arguing. She said "OH no, I'm not putting that verse down. If I do, I'll feel bad every time I complain or argue." That of course, was my point. (Of course I explained that even if she chose not to use that verse, it is one we are called to obey. )
She spent about an hour looking up and writing verses on her floor. I loved watching her and love the thought that she will daily be surrounded by God's word.
It kind of gives new meaning to "Standing on the Word" doesn't it?
While out shopping on Saturday my sweet friend Debbie asked:
If we drive by a Sonic on the way to Hobby Lobby, do you think we could stop and get a drink?
Doesn't that silly girl know that my car automatically and without any help from me pulls in to every single Sonic it stops by?
I laughed and laughed and laughed................................................all the way to Sonic.
I found an amazing blog today. Lisa is oh so wise and oh so wonderful! She's a speaker and an author (I just ordered this book and can't wait to get it) and is such a joy to read. I so needed to read her words this morning and am so thankful that God caused me to stumble upon her sweet blog.
I read this post several times, marveling each time how perfectly it seemed written just for me.
It's a post about how she missed out on something wonderful- on a true blessing- because of pride, stubbornness, and a desire to control things. It is something that I struggle with.
Here is a fabulous quote from this entry:
I wonder how many times God has a blessing for me that I miss out on because I try to control His will for my life. I wonder how many beautiful things He wants to give me that I unknowingly reject because of my pride and fear. I wonder why I ever think I know the best way or the most beneficial path and why I don’t trust Him to handle things for me. I wonder why things that look messy and unattractive to me at first glance cause me to shy away from them, even with the knowledge that God often uses the less glamorous things in life to bestow on us unexpected bountiful blessings.
I KNOW that I have missed out on blessings God intended for me simply because I tried to control things. Simply because I tried to handle things without first going to Him. Simply because I judged based on appearances. Simply because I am prideful. Simply because I don't fall to my knees and ask for His guidance and His help and instead try to do things on my own.
And that makes me so very, very sad. It's hard to imagine how many things, events, and people I have missed out on that God intended to bless me with because of my own foolishness.
But mercifully each day is a new day. And God's mercies are new every morning. And for that I am so very thankful.
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dial-up Internet service (which is what my sweet in laws have) is soooooooooooooooooo stinkin' S-L-O-W.
In the time it took me to log on this computer to write this I:
1. Went to the bathroom
2. Washed my hands
3. Brushed my teeth
4. Brushed my hair.
5. Weighed myself on the scale.
6. Went to the kitchen and got a Tab to drink.
7. Read 15 pages in my book.
8. Ate a bagel.
9. Changed into my swim suit.
10. Watched several stories on the Today Show.
Because it took so stinkin' long.........I hardly have to time to write anything because it's time to go swimming.
Let's see what I can quickly type before Maddie drags me off of here and to the pool.
Having a ball here at my in laws.
Super cute bench on sale for a great price.
Church last night.
Youngest person in the room at church by at least 30 years. Love that!
Going home this afternoon.
Episiotomy and enema were correct. Jen ROCKS! :)
Bye sweet friends!
Maddie is a girl that LOVES, LOVES, LOVES stories. Even if she has heard a story 100 times, she wants you to tell it to her again and include every single solitary detail that you can remember. She especially loves stories about when she was a baby and when any adult was a child. Even if you have told her the story once, she will ask to hear it over and over and over again.
The other night when we were out to dinner with my sweet Daddy, she asked me to tell me the story about the day she was born. Now she has probably heard this story 30 times before, but she wanted to hear it again. So I told it, again.
This time however, I went into great detail-because she usually loves that.
But I think that this time, I overdid it just a tad with the details.
Or maybe more than a tad.
I say that because there were two words that I used in my telling of the story that she did not know and she asked me for their definitions.
Once she heard the definitions of the two words (which I would not tell her until after we left the restaurant) her exact words to us were:
I am NEVER having a baby. Uh uh...............NO WAY!
Can you guess what the two words were?
(Here's a tiny hint- both words start with the same letter!)
In case you can't see it- it says: Be 2 persons to install the range.
Be two persons? How does one do that? Heck, if I could figure out how to do that, imagine all that I could get done!
This is a ridiculous picture of me (the roots are better in this picture than in the last but those wrinkles are still there! :( but at least I am standing in my pretty new yellow bathroom!) demonstrating what I saw a young man doing when I was recently at the doctor with Maddie. This young man walked in with his baby (and a girl I assume was his girlfriend or wife) and I had to actually get up and get a drink so I could make sure and see if I saw what I thought I saw. He had a straw (in it's wrapper) behind his ear. What the heck is that all about? In case someone happened along with a Sonic drink for him? I mean......I'm a huge Sonic fan but don't carry around a straw. (Well, I carry one in my car and one at home and one at school but not on my body!)
Debbie and I found this at the Dollar Store the other night and it absolutely had me laughing so hard I almost cried. It's a divorce/ break- up room spray called Rid-Ex. When exactly, where exactly and how exactly does one use that type of spray? And who the heck came up with that idea?
you go to Sonic after NOT going to Sonic for three days in a row (THREE WHOLE DAYS people!! That is amazing isn't it?) and not one but TWO workers at the window who are used to seeing you every single day say:
Hey, you aren't cheating on us are you? You aren't going to another Sonic behind our backs are you? Where the heck have you been?
1 cup softened butter
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 t vanilla
2 ½ cup flour
1 ½ t baking soda
1 t baking powder
½ t salt
2 packages (movie sized candy boxes) Peanut Butter Whoppers, coarsely crushed
Granulated sugar for rolling
1 container whipped vanilla frosting (or a homemade frosting of choice)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla until well combined. Place flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl, stir to combine. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients on low speed, then add whoppers until just combined. Scoop dough with a medium cookie scoop, roll into sugar then place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cooked but still soft.
Optional: Stir the frosting in a medium bowl and spread between 2 cookies.
1 cup butter or margarine
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 t vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 t baking soda
40 Rolo candies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In mixing bowl, beat butter, 1 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until batter is smooth. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa and baking soda. Stir into sugar-egg mixture to form soft dough. Chill dough in fridge at least 1 hour. Place 1 T of dough in palm of hand and press into a flat circle. Put 1 Rolo candy into center and bring up sides of dough to cover it completely. Roll between palms to make a smooth ball. Place remaining sugar on a plate and roll each ball in sugar. Place on greased baking sheet and bake cookies for 10 minutes or until tops are cracked and firm. Cool on rack about 10 minutes.
TIP OF THE DAY: Don't try to rush getting them off of the cookie sheets or they will stick like GLUE and tear your cookies UP! (Trust me on this, I learned the hard way!)
Yesterday I was worrying about a dear friend facing some very big and scary struggles. I talked to her and assured her I was praying for her but kept thinking...........I wish that there was more I could do for her. I wish there was something I could do to tangibly remind her that I love her and I am praying for her in the midst of the troubles she is facing.
So after sitting and worrying about her for a bit, I got up and made her some Prayer Brownies. I love making them because it's an easy way to let someone you love who is struggling know that you are praying for them- specifically and often.
Yesterday while at the dentist for what seems like the millionth time this year (with about 1 million more times scheduled) I noticed a sweet little old lady in the waiting room. I said good morning to her and smiled at her as I sat down. I was called back first but a short while later heard her being brought out into the area where the panoramic x-ray machine is- which also happened to be right outside the treatment room I was in.
My wonderful dentist, Dr. Sara, was working on seating (is that the right term Dory?) my crown (Praise the Lord! The temporary crown fell off again last night when I was flossing. It has fallen off 5 times in the last four weeks and was about to drive me batty!). Dr. Sara, the assistant, and I were all sitting there quietly while a dental hygienist was explaining to the sweet little lady exactly what to do and where to stand for the x-rays.
After a few minutes of getting the older lady situated the hygienist said "Now bite down on this."
And that sweet little old lady said "BITE it? With my TEETH?"
Dr. Sara, the assistant and I all fell out laughing! Because she was right across the hall we tried to do so quietly, but all three of us struggled. I laughed so hard Dr. Sara had to stop working on my mouth and I had to sit up to keep from choking. The three of us finally got it all under control but giggled and chuckled for the next 15 minutes.
All I kept thinking was.......
Um, yes with your teeth. What the heck else could you bite it with?
P.S. Be sure to see the new pics on my Closet Fairy post from yesterday!
I almost always have a horribly MESSY closet.
Insanely, ridiculously MESSY.
It's so messy that if you came to my house just about any time of the year and tried to open the door to my closet, I would SCREAM and SLAM the door shut. (Not that I have ever done that before. No way. Not me. Right Debbie?)
It's so messy that only two VERY special and dear friends have ever even seen it. (And one of those was only from pictures. Is it weird that I took pictures of my dirty closet and sent them to her?)
It's so messy that I have made those sweet friends promise that if I ever died unexpectedly, that they would come to my house, clean it up, and make sure no one saw the huge mess. (True friendship is being willing to come over and clean out a dead friends closet. )
I can't believe that I'm going to show you this, but I think you must see for yourself how horrible it is. Here is what it looked like this past Friday.
Hideous isn't it?
Of course I love, love, love to have things organized. It makes me happy to have a place for everything and everything in it's place. And with many things in my life, I usually am super tidy.But for some reason, I can't seem to keep my stinkin' closet clean.
P.S. Okay so as the day progressed I felt worse and worse about sharing my hideous closet with everyone. Talk about airing your dirty laundry. How embarrassing! It took everything in me NOT to delete the above picture of my messy closet. So that I am able to sleep tonight I decided to share both the load I took to Goodwill after my latest closet cleaning session and a picture of how nice and neat it looks when I finished.