Thursday, May 31, 2012

On Modesty And What That Really Means

I don't have the answers on modesty.  What I think is modest, you may not.  What I think is immodest, you may think is perfectly acceptable to wear.  I've come a long way in what I write about here in this space.  I use to write less-than-grace-filled posts.  Like I was the Holy Spirit or something.  I'm not.  I'll let Him do the convicting.  I'm no good at it and frankly I don't enjoy taking the big fat splinters out of my eyeball afterwards.  Not pleasant.  Not at all.

This is what my Heavenly Father says to put on: "Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering." Colossians 3:12

Here are some things to consider, christian woman:

1) You represent the Lord Jesus Christ.  Would He approve?
2 Corinthians 5:20: "So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

2) Check your inner beauty before you adorn the outward.
Proverbs 31:30 "Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
    but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

3) Ask your husband if he thinks you look appropriate.  If you are still living at home, ask your father.

4) Would you let your teenage daughter dress like you?  You are an example to younger ladies.  Are you someone they can look up to as a woman of God that dresses modestly? 

5) Never show your cleavage or any part of your chest.  Does your shirt drop down low in a v-shape or scooped neck?  Why not throw a camisole under it?

6) Would you want your husband looking at someone else dressed like you?  A husband's eyes are for his precious bride ONLY.  Don't do anything that might cause someone's husband to look on you with lust.  Yes, they are responsible for their own thoughts and actions.  But we should never cause that struggle to be a burden to them, but seek to lighten that burden by dressing modestly.

7) Do you think what you are wearing might cause another person to stumble?
Matthew 5:28 "But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart."  

8) Does your appearance bring glory to God?
1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

9) Remember your body is not your own.  You are bought with a price.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."

10) When in doubt, err on the side of caution.  We live in a sex-driven culture.  Choose to be a shining symbol of modesty, not sexy.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

First Birthday Party Decor Options

I can't believe that in a few short months, Grant will be turning 1 year's old!  Party Pail is an awesome site for all sorts of decor for birthdays, showers, and more!  Here are some of my favorite themes below.  Which one is your favorite?  I want to hear from you!  View all 1st birthday party options here.

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I'm Waiting For The Next Big Thrill

We have become thrill seekers.  I have become a seeker of thrills.  The mundane moments threaten boredom and I look for excitement.  Where do we seek thrills?

In people.
In places.
In things.
In life-events.

Isn't that why we have become a nation obsessed with reality television?  Perhaps.  We can watch other people scale mountains, eat crazy, exotic foods, and do silly things in the name of entertainment.

Do we do that with our online community?  Are we seeking a response?  Do we secretly desire our blog posts to go viral?  For what?  Fame is fleeting and brings death with it.

So I ask myself this morning, why am I bored with the mundane?  Why am I not content with my dirty flip flops and the cool breeze on my face?

It is because I have lost my view.  Perspective.  I have become discontented.  I am comparing my life, my home, my body to what others are doing and have.  To what the world says is acceptable and worthy of praise.

Be very careful when you go seeking for a thrill; when your God-ordained day doesn't satisfy the soul.  It is there, in that place, where the weeds of the world will clutch your soul and drag it down into the mud until you can't breathe.  You may even compromise more than you ever thought you would... find your life again.  Stop seeking and ask Him to place that contentment back into your soul... and breathe!

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced because of all my labor; and this was my portion from all my labor.

11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do; and, behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was no profit under the sun.    


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Seneca Park Zoo Pictures

Our zoo has a new lion exhibit!  So amazing...

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Thank You! Both Of You...

original photo edited from this source.

You sacrifice so much... you in that fort where bombs fly overhead and sweat mingles with dirt and stings the eye.

You sacrifice so much... you in that fort named home where daily bombs fly across your mind and threaten to break you down.

You both are a beautiful team.  You both deserve honor and praise.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Baby Robins Being Born!

Day after day she sat on those eggs.  With the warmth of her broad arms, she feathers her nest.  Those four tiny, blue eggs are on all of our minds each morning (the children and I).  With much excitement we climb up the tree and peer down.  Did they hatch today?  Each day one little egg would hatch and each new day it was just as exciting as the one before.

This thing called life is a miraculous adventure!  Take a look at our journey!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

On Not Bullying Our Children

I have the blessed opportunity to win my little babe's hearts.  Each heart.  Each.  Precious.  Heart.  Many a good day I breathe life into their souls.  I smile a lot.  I laugh and see them quickly respond with a heart turned towards a safety they've found.  For when Mama is happy and joyful, the home is a beautiful haven of music.  It's louder and more effective than any station on the radio.  The notes dance across the day from one beautiful moment to next.  Time is shared and not wasted.  For wasted time is time wasted.  Profound?  No.  It doesn't need to be.  It's rather simple yet we make it complex.

Our little babes want us.  They want our attention.  They want our praise.  Are you taking hold of this precious opportunity?  Do you work outside your home?  Then how are you spending time with your babes when you see them?  Do you send your children to school?  Are you (am I) speaking life-giving words and actions into their souls when we are with them?

Many a time I don't.  I don't seize the opportunity of the day.  Week.  Month.  I shamefully push a day into the next without intentional gift-giving.  Yes, gifts.  You and I give gifts to our babes.  Do you see their eyes when you really listen to them?  When you stop your web surfing, meal planning, texting, and that book you just can't put down.  

I want to be a gentle presence in our home.  All day long with the problems that arise, because any mama knows that problems arise all-day-long, I want to respond with gentleness.  Never harsh bullying into submission and obedience.  When discipline needs to happen, I want to move slowly, act speedy, and respond softly.  I want to win their hearts.  For in winning their hearts, I have gained a piece of their soul.  I have created a trust that can't be broken with the hopes that they will always feel it's okay to ask me anything when those dreaded tween years approach.  I have created a place for the gospel to be heard and most importantly for the heart of God to be seen.  In me.  Wow.

I have the opportunity.  I want the opportunity.  I will seize the opportunity.  Will you?


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Monday, May 21, 2012

I'm A Better Mom Than You!

I'm a better mom than you.  Oh yes, I am.  

I feed my children all organic, unprocessed food.  
I take my children to fast food poison chains.

I breastfed my children till they were two.
I feed my children formula from a can.

I let my child sleep with me as a newborn.
I put them in the crib right from the hospital.

I put my child to bed on their back.
I let my child sleep on their tummy.

I potty trained my child at 15 months.
I waited until they were 3 years of age.

I taught my kid to read at 2.
I chose to wait until my children caught on at age 6.

I home educate our children.
I send my children to public school.

I kiss my kid's boo boos as soon as they get hurt.
I let my kid self sooth themselves.

I have my kids stay at home until they get married.
I encourage my child to go to college and learn some independence.

I'm a better mom than you.  Because I do______________.

Dear Mom, 

Can I just gently whisper something into your ear?  No matter what choices you make, if you whole heartily love your child and seek the best for them, you are the best mom for your child!  There is so much debate in mommy-hood land, where the big bad wolf is that other mom who measures up just a little bit more than you.  She makes you feel inferior and lacking.  You question whether you are doing everything right.  Whether you are meeting the mark.  There is no mark.  God gave you these little babes, and God gave them you.  Only you, sweet Mama.  

Give yourself some grace.
Stop comparing yourself to the status quo which never stays stationary and is always changing.

There is no such thing as the perfect mom.
But you are the perfect mom for your child.  


A Father's Love

A Daddy who worked 6 full days from dawn to dark.
Little children were missing their Daddy.
5 year old daughter pulled me aside and said, Mommy, I had a dream Daddy came home and I saw him.
Tears filled her eyes.
That broke my heart.
Daddy called Saturday afternoon to invite the babes to ride on his monster spreader truck.
They were thrilled.
Pure joy.
Sunday was church as a family.
Afternoon spent helping Daddy wash the car.
Family night getting ice cream and enjoying time together.
Children need their Daddy's.
I love my children's father.
I rather adore him.
No matter how much he as to work, he still makes time on his only day off to love on his babes.
It makes me smile.
Pure joy.

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