Sunday, September 21, 2014

I is for Intimate

The gift of intimacy with God is the best gift ever. I am so thankful to know the Lord personally.  I have a maker, He formed my heart, and my life is in His Hands. He knows my name, He knows my every thought, He sees each tear that falls, and hears me when I call.
                             Replica of the Tree of Good and Evil at Creation Museum

That song is so beautiful.  He knows my name. It is true!  He knows our very amount of hair on our heads, He knows our thoughts, and our so-called "hidden" secrets that aren't at all really hidden. 

The most beautiful precious gift is the intimacy of being in His presence.  I love feeling the breezes on my face because I know it is Him.  I love the sound of nature because I know it is Him. I love the splendor of the night sky because I know its His taste of beauty. 

                                        Creation Museum Gardens of Beauty!

Lord may we embrace your desire to be intimate with us.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Letter G

I love turning words into acronyms. I'm not sure why but I love them.  September word is GIFTS. Today we are talking about the "G" in GIFTS.

G is for giving.  You have to do GIVING when it comes to GIFTS.  God gives good gifts. Numerous.....too many to count.  Big, small, and even super tiny.  A child's smile can be a gift on a rotten day. Precious snuggles can lighten your mood. The smells of yummy baked goods. The beautiful lit sky by millions of stars can be a show of God's handiwork.  Ohhhhh...that makes me feel like I have been given the best show.

I'm so blessed.  I have hands to hold, love to show, love received, and warm embraces. Most important I have the Love of Jesus flowing through my veins. His precious gift of sacrifice is the best gift I could have ever been given.

No rotten day can steal GIFTS of life unless you let it.  Joy flows from gifts! Hearts brighten and soften!

Bless you today!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Take Away The Dross

In my evening scripture reading in Proverbs this scripture leaped from the page, "Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the finer." ~Proverbs 25:4

Dross means unwanted material that is removed from a mineral to make it better. Shall I say scum that covers a beautiful vessel or item and blocks its real beauty.

In life we can miss hidden beauty because we look with eyes that sometimes focuses on the scum. You know.... issues, struggles, and problems.

It can be hard to see beauty in things when we look with cloudy eyes. We can look at this verse as a soul check. Is our heart and soul covered in the scum of life and worldliness? 

                                     Pictures of the gardens at the Creation Museum

When we moved into our home our sinks had hard and crusty mineral build up. It took forever it seemed to get that stuff off. It took a lot of soaking, scrubbing, and scouring to get that scum off. Sometimes it may take a lot of soaking in God's Presence, scrubbing and scouring in His Word to clean our cluttered hearts.

                   He wants us to be a Vessel of FINER!

                                        Creation Museum Garden Pictures (2014)

My gift for the day is that God sees me as a vessel He loves and wants to use me to bring Him glory. I appreciate that He guides me to a Word that helps me remember to wipe away dross in my life to be FINER in HIM!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Gifts All Around

Gifts really are all around us. They greet us in the morning, reach for our attention all through the day, and even kiss us goodnight when it's time to hit the pillow. They swirl around our lives and a lot of the time I never notice.

Gifts of grace, mercy, love, laughter, sunshine, moon lit skies, snuggles, smells of babies, softness of blankets, whispers of I love You's, hands to hold, food to cook, money for bills, roof over the heads, fluffy dogs, candle glow, dew on the ground, blooming mums, fresh eggs, sounds of a dryer drying my clothes, smells of autumn, gentle nudges from The Lord, and HOPE that I will see my Jesus!

These gifts aren't huge, or even fancy to most. But theses gifts are what God shares with me to bring me long lasting joy. Materials fade and sometimes people disappoint or leave.  But you can always see the sun, grasp hope, breathe in creation, and find GRACE.

Thank you Lord for GIfTS of LIFE!

What gifts can you open today?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

September Word~Gifts

Inspired by Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts, and many of her posts, I have gotten on the bandwagon to count the gifts in my life. Good and Bad. I have been enjoying her book. I know that it has been out a while. I actually have had it for a year and I would read a little and stop. Do it again and stop. I believe my heart wasn't ready for the pruning, and growth that is taking place. I wish it would have because I have wasted precious gifts and not thanked the Lord for the small things in life.  This led to me feeling discontent and grumpy because all I could see was yucky things and problems.

The thing is there will always be problems and yuckiness in our lives but to see the Lord in the midst of it quiets are hearts and helps us have a hope in HIM!

                                   Cozy Afternoon Blog Time.  Enjoying my Fall quilt!

I have star. I have begun to record my gifts daily. Some are simple, some are deep, some are funny, and some are very precious.
I have a journal that I record nightly before bed the things I am thankful for. Gifts surround our day. We have to tell our hearts to BE STILL and SEE them.

                                 My journal of recorded gifts awaits me everyday!

Right now I am enjoying soft music, grape kool-aid, the sounds of grasshoppers and birds as my window allows a soft breeze to flow through my room, and the comforts of a wonderful bed. I am blessed. Way blessed.

My Word for this Month is GIFTS!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Family Update...A New Season!

The last post was on my health and all things are easing up! I haven't been 100% dedicated to my plan but have done decent and noticed improvements when I eliminated certain foods.  But that isn't my main thing I want to share.

A couple of months ago our life took a turn and God opened a door for our family.  We will be attending and working at a small conservative Christian academy this fall. I haven't shared it because I know there will be naysayers in regards to me not homeschooling but I'm actually still teaching my little ones and my oldest is across the hall and we eat lunch together. I'm excited, nervous, and overwhelmed all in a package. I'll be teaching PreK to 1st grade. My middle child will come in there at times for review and she will have tutoring for dyslexia issues in the room next to me.

We have had so many personal situations that has happened since our move almost two years ago  when my husband was called to Pastor a rural church. God is opening doors and I see better days ahead which I'm thankful because the last few years have been good, bad, hard, and full of learning.

On we go to a new path......


Friday, July 11, 2014

Health Issues!!! What I am Doing?

We have had a pretty good summer so far. Birthdays, Weddings, Graduations, and showers are all under the belt.  Whew!  One of the biggest things we have done as a family that I have enjoyed is hiking. We have been hiking regular and we have seen some beautiful scenery and have enjoyed it so much. One thing it has done though was revealed to me how out of shape I have gotten. I have gained a lot of weight over the last few years. 

I had hit an all time low this summer. I had these great plans made for the summer and because of my health I have had to watch it pass by. I have had some enjoyment but I had to really force myself to do things with my kids and for our home due to me feeling awful.

I went to the Dr and discovered I was only a couple points from a transfusion and my anemia was real bad. I also have high cholesterol.  The worse news was my youngest son Kyle had been having chest pains and shortness of breath. The Dr discovered he has a irregular heartbeat that is very irregular and we need to see a Ped Cardiologist. She wouldn't approve his physical for any physical activity or sports.

You try telling a 7 year old he can't run. It was a hard day yesterday to say the least. But a good one in a way because it woke me up. I had this fog around me from feeling so bad.  Last year I had went gluten free and cleaned up my diet for a bit and felt great. It didn't last long because I got swept away in eating junky again and now my body is wrecking havoc.

I have treated my body like a trash can. I am like Oscar the Grouch stuck in the can. Yesterday, revealed to me the seriousness of taking care of our bodies. I never bought soda. VERY RARE. But in the last week along we went through 2 cases. I started to have heart palpitations.  Kyle had been drinking lots of soda.

NO MORE.  Today...I woke up fresh and anew. I prayed God to give me direction and I believe He will help us.  Hannah and Ethan were slightly overweight, acne, and early blooming. I know it stems from what we put in our bodies.

I will be posting more on our lifestyle changes here so my focus may go in a different direction. Laughing Out Loud, I really don't have a focus here. I rarely blog anymore. Partly, because I always felt bad and had no motivation.

So...I took some steps yesterday after the DR visit. I headed to the health food store and spoke to a consultant.  I had been tested last summer for wheat and gluten and found I had a allergy to wheat and intolerance to gluten. So, she helped me get a regimen of supplements to help me get out of the fog so I could begin to focus on taking care of myself and my family. I can't take care of them if I am couch bound with pain and tiredness.

I purchased a detox kit (steps to clean my gut), Vit B12 ( I was depleted), Iron(anemia), Fish Oil (Cholesterol), Vit D ( because I needed it and to aid with depression), Probiotic (aid in gut health).

I started last night.  I got up early this morning and have drank tons of water, lemon water, took all my supplements, ate a total gluten free diet today, took a morning walk, and had a wonderful prayer and bible time. I feel refreshed.  I have a looooonnnnggg road ahead but I took the first step and that is the hardest.

Love you all,
Chrissy T