Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy 6th Anniversary Babe!


Thank you for a wonderful 6 years!  I can't wait to grow old with you! 


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Does God Appreciate My Resolutions?


I've made them; oh yes I have.  I've broke them; oh you better believe it!

And yet... He loves me.  He loves me.  He loves me just the same. 

The truth is, I fail all the time.  I start off the day with good intentions... 

I'm going to read your word Lord!

I'm going to talk soft and kind to my kids Lord!

I'm going to submit to my husband Lord!

I'm going to eat salad and fruit and veggies and stay far away from those cookies and chips!

I'm going to do something kind for someone else.

I'm going to speak words of praise, instead of grumbling and complaining.


Most days, I've failed before the clock strikes 9am!  

Why am I such a failure Lord?  Why can't I keep my commitments?  Why can't I please you in every area of my life?  Why do I constantly fall short of my checklist of what I need to accomplish?

His response?  Because you are not Me.  I made you to glorify and proclaim my Name, not be Me.  I know you will fail, but I still Love you.  My grace is sufficient for each trial, each testing, each failure and each triumph.   

You are meant to worship me in it all, my child!  I created you to glorify and proclaim my name unto the generations.  I made you to shine me, not you.  I made you to rise up and be triumphant over sin, but only in my name.

So, dear reader, as you reflect on the past year, 2010... was it a good one?  I'm sure it had its share of joys and deep heartache too!  
 
Does God appreciate our resolutions?  I don't think so.  Does God appreciate daily dying to self and submitting our control over to Him?  Oh yes He does!

Daily.

Hourly.

Minute by minute.

Worshiping and glorifying His name.

Especially in the trials and hurts of life.  He wants us to:

SEEK HIM FIRST.

FOR HIM TO BE OUR ALL IN ALL.

FOR US TO BE OBEDIENT EVEN WHEN WE DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY.

That's the hardest, isn't it?  Trusting and waiting, when we don't see the big picture.

We don't know what 2011 holds for us, but we do know one thing... if we walk close to our Savior, He will never, ever let us down!  

Set aside YOUR CHECKLIST for the new year... and ask Him to write it on your heart!
 
Happy New Year friends!  You mean so much to me.  Let us continue to provoke one another unto good works that please His Holy name.  He deserves our everything, not our leftovers. 

Matthew 6:33: "Seek ye first, the kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body." 2 Corinthians 4 7-11


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Stay In Your Pajamas Today!


Children can teach us a lot about life... like making time for play.  Remember when your days were like the breeze, with no responsibilities or worries?  Each day flowed into the next with warmth and excitement. 

How can we (us serious adults, he hum) make time for some play?

1.  Make time for laughter- the kind that makes your belly hurt and your cheeks sore.

2.  Make time for hugs and kisses- the kind that lingers and makes your heart warm.

3.  Make time for silly games- the sillier the better.

4.  Make time for some make-believe- sit on the floor with your children and fly away to castles.

5.  Make time for a whole lot of nothing- it's okay to do nothing... every once in awhile.

6.  Make time for some fun- do something you really enjoy today.

7.  Make time for chatting it up with some girlfriends- schedule a girl's night out.

8.  Make time for staying in your pajamas- all day long!

9.  Make time for some dancing and singing- life is too short not to!

10.  Make time for enjoying the simple things- simplicity sets our soul free to be joyful about each blessing!

"Is the gratitude that flows out of your life as abounding as the grace that has flowed into your life?" - Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Colossians 3:16: Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.   






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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Chocolate Silver Designs $40.00 Giveaway!

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Blessed!








We had a very blessed Christmas... minus a little mishap Christmas morning- my husband almost sliced his finger off trying to open one of the gifts with a huge knife.  

How about your family? Have a wonderful New Years, from our family to yours!
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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Carson's BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!



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Thursday, December 23, 2010

When You Are Ripping Open Your Gifts, Remember...


I sit, typing away at my computer.  In a warm home.  Two babes are tucked in their cozy beds, sleeping.  Husband is wrapping gifts.  Me, in my pink pajama pants, gray gap shirt, sipping hot cocoa.

I ponder Him.  Him that came to a messy place.  For me.  He knew me and loved me before I was knit in my mother's womb.  


He was perfect.  The spotless Lamb of God.  The very essence of Love.  

He came as a child.  We need to come to Him with child-like faith.

He came to touch the dirt.  The dirty places and spaces of our hearts.  My heart.




He came and got messy in the mess of this earth.  He sat and supped with publicans and sinners.  How are we ministering to the least of these?  The ones, that Christ calls us to love.  The ones He loves.

He looked people in the eyes; He saw their need.  He was moved with compassion.  We need to see the need in the hurting eyes.  Are we looking?  They are everywhere.


He spoke truth in love; He met people where they were at.  Are we speaking with words of grace and mercy? Our lips need to be instruments of His, not instruments of hurt and destruction. 

He was willing to be obedient to His Father, even unto death; for you.  For me.  Are we willing to do the same?  Are we living and breathing to know Him more, instead of being known?


The perfect, spotless Lamb of God, was ripped apart for you and I.  As His flesh was torn apart, you were on His mind.  His heart smiled amidst the weight of it all.  A burden He willingly bore. 

As He lifted His body up for a glimpse of a breath, He was doing it for you.


And so... as you are ripping open those gifts... with the pretty bows and neatly pressed edges...


take a moment to remember... He, who was ripped open for you and I... JESUS.  

Our Spotless Lamb.


Our Savior.

Christ... Our Emmanuel! 

Mark 10:45 "For even the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister and give His life a ransom for many."



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Why All Women Should Exercise

It's good medicine for your mind!  

It's good medicine for your mind!
 

It's good medicine for your mind!

We all know that exercise is good for our body; but more importantly, it is good for our mind!   

I generally do NOT like exercising.

9/10 I don't look forward to it.

I argue with myself for quite sometime about the whole ordeal.  It is pretty humorous. 

Do you have the same argument with yourself?

Give yourself a gift this Christmas!  Make time to exercise.  Just 20-30 minutes, 3-5 times a week. 

You will be happier.

Healthier.

Think clearer.

Your family will thank you.

You will thank you.

Your mind will thank you.

Exercise may be the most underrated and yet the most important behavioral strategy to recommend to clients. Walking is so easy, yet few people realize its importance. A 20-minute walk three times a week is beneficial to health in many ways.  Aerobic exercise can produce substantial improvement in mood in patients with major depressive disorders in a short time.

1.  Exercise eases the negative symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

2.  Exercise improves your mood.

3.  Exercise releases feel -good brain chemicals.

4.  Exercise reduces immune system chemicals that can escalate depression.

5.  Exercise triggers the production of endorphins.  These natural opiates are chemically similar to morphine.

6.  Exercise increases levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. 


Will you unwrap the gift of exercise this Christmas season?   Remember, God asks us to be good stewards of our body... and that includes our mind!  

As women, our mind is busy busy busy!  What we think about affects everything... 


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Apron Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed... Mrs. Stam, you are the winner!  Please email me with your mailing address!  curly2880 at yahoo dot com.  Congrats!


  





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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How To Fit The Bible Into Your Life



How do you fit the Bible into your life?

Stop.

Right away.
From the daily struggle of trying to fit your Bible into your life.

You heard me.


Stop.

What?  Really?

But...?


Yes... stop.

I speak out loud... to myself... in my heart... and I get it.  Yes!  That's it!
Traci - Stop trying to fit your Bible into your life... but live in a way that the Bible becomes your life.  Your very breath.  Your next thought.  Your next touch.

See me in the smiles and in the tears.


Touch me in the times when ordinary becomes extraordinary.



Taste and see that I am good, He says in spilled forth, red lettered WORD.


Hear the Living in a baby's coo and a mother's cry to you at 3 am.  "I don't know how to be a Mommy, dear Lord!  Help me!"

Smell me as your true worship, on bended knee during the mundane is lifted up like a sweet aroma.  
You see... we need to stop trying to fit the bible into our life... and make it our life!

Oh Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that puts his trust in me. Psalm 34:8

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15







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