May the favor of the Lord be yours this day! The Lord woke me up early this morning, we had some business to do. You see, yesterday was one of those days. During my off period, I filled in for a teacher whose son has the flu (speaking of flu-poor Rachel has had the flu for a week and we are praying that she can return to school today) and one of his students decided that he didn't really need to do what I asked him to do. Really? So, I asked him again and he retorted that I was being retarded (I really can't stand that flippant terminology). Seriously? Fine! Lunch detention for you little guy, in hopes that you can remember how to be respectful to a teacher in class. His behavior was inappropriate, but it still bothered me.
So, I woke up this morning needing to let off a little steam....and the Lord reminded me that I had purchased the 30 day shred 3 months ago. Oiy! I guess I just assumed that if I had the dvd in my possession, my body would shred itself in hopes that I wouldn't torture it by actually putting the dvd in the player. These may be the last words my shaking hands can type for a while. Ha! I haven't done push ups in years and girlfriend looked like it. I was excited about the floor exercises, because it was 5:15 am and it felt good to lay down....until the torture began! Oh my merciful heavens this is a workout...and I'm only on level 1.
After the shred, I pulled out my Esther workbook and began the study that I had hoped to do last spring. One of the first verses we were instructed to look up was Romans 15:4 that says, "For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." I love this! The next question was, "Do you have any natural reason to think that whatever your "once upon a time" might have been, it can never be now?" Hello Beth, are you right here in this room with me? If you are, I really need to go put on some makeup and fix my hair, because I have just finished the first day of my 30 day shred and I look....well a bit of a shredded mess right now!
How timely is the Lord. Yes, I have started to wonder if our life right now is the new normal (yes, I know that normal is only a setting on the dryer). And then He reminds me early this morning that His words were written for our instruction and "that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Ah, just what this heart of mine needs! What a mighty, mighty God we serve!
Our favorite is, "How He Loves."
If you haven't heard it, please take a few minutes and listen to the powerful words....it is sure to bless.
One more thing before I publish this post, this precious mom is heavy on my heart. I know many of you are praying for Andrew and Melanie. Please, continue to pray for them. She is asking the Lord for 100% healing for her son. Her constant devotion to her family and to her Lord are so evident in every post that she writes. If you haven't stopped by her blog, please do so today.
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Layer the ground beef:
Add the drained beans:
Add the can of Rotel:
There must have been over 130 girls running:
And she is off:
She made it and she enjoyed it...and we did too. From the back seat, my little darling said, "I wonder how Grandpa finished in his first meet? Do you think I will be fast like him one day?"
There is an urgent prayer request for this young man, who is in surgery as we speak. Please, pray for this precious family who too is believing God to do what only He can do!
My children didn't think it was nearly as funny as their daddy and I did~ which makes it even funnier to me. Have a blessed weekend!
(go check out Kim's blog for more Friday Funnies)
Happy DIY day. Fall is in the air around our parts of Texas. I am catching glimpses of its glory in the cool crisp mornings. Since we were all blessed with a three day weekend, I decided to get out my fall decorations. One of my favorite places to decorate for fall is in the dining room. The long table almost begs for a little bit of fall.
Here is what it looks like now:
My arrangement was bought in Canton, the large candle holders and candles are from Hobby Lobby, and the cheetah table runner is simply unfinished material...how easy is that?
I wove it around my candlesticks (all of my decorations are 4 years old...which is a pretty good bargain when you can re-use them year after year-they all were bought w/ 40% off coupons at Hobby Lobby)
Next, we added 2 strands of fall leaves and then we tucked in little pumpkins:
Didn't I just hold you in my arms for the first time yesterday?
And a 7th grader....it simply can't be!
My precious daughters, may the Lord's favor be yours this year and may you take great delight in His amazing love for you each day. I am so blessed to be your Momma.
Oh, and time....can you please stop going by so quickly!
Our weekend started off with Friday night football where our team won! Mr. Incredible and I worked the junior class concession stand and that kept us hopping for 4 hours. We woke up early Saturday morning to work in the yard a little and then the four of us headed to San Angelo for the Unite and Conquer Christian concerts where in the words of our daughters, "Skillet rocked our faces off!"
I have to giggle a little bit, our family counted the days until Skillet's latest release and we have almost worn out the new cd in one week and then we anxiously awaited the concert (this is Rachel's absolute favorite contemporary Christian band). Oh, the things we mommas do for our children. They adore Skillet and I do too.
We made our way to the "Mosh pit" up front, center stage, so that I could take a few 100 pictures for my girls and then finally the concert of the year began. Oh, there were fireworks, and smoke, and rising platforms, and screaming teenagers and their ever so cool parents. Yes, I was screaming and singing at the top of my lungs as if I were 16 again too. It was an absolute blast! At one point, I looked over my right shoulder to see....one of my students standing next to me...."Hello Mrs._," she said sweetly and with eyes that could not believe she was rockin' it out next to her high school computer teacher. I couldn't believe it either...but I threw caution to the wind and kept screaming and singing at the top of my lungs next to my girls.
We got home at 2:30 in the morning! Yes, 2:30 a.m. We slept a little and then got up to go to church. I woke Rachel up first and told her that I thought I had been hit by a "skillet" and then she told me to go look in the mirror...I looked like it too, it was going to take some serious work to get my hair to look good. She got up and the giggles began; I told her to look in the mirror too and we both just rolled with laughter.
Hannah, on the other hand, did not think everything was as funny and she popped right out of bed. She didn't understand why I was so tired, but I told her to add about 27 years to her life and then maybe she might just understand. She was the first one ready and her hair didn't look like she had been hit by a "Skillet" at all....oh to be young again.
We made it through church, but secretly missed the trap doors and rising platforms of just a few hours before, and then I crashed for 3 hours. Rachel slept for 5 hours, and Hannah? She didn't nap at all! But who is awake early today? Yes, that's right, Rachel and I. Mr. Incredible is snoring in the other room, and Hannah is still sleeping soundly in her room.
I think we are going to just enjoy being home and together today. Rachel is having a great morning and her headache is surprisingly only at a 2 on a scale of 1-10 and we are rejoicing.
The coffee pot is calling and I can't wait to enjoy a great big cup. Happy Labor Day to you!
We are still believing that nothing is too difficult for God and praying that He heals her before surgery, if He so chooses. Thank you for joining us on this journey of faith!
It's called Fiesta Ranch and it is wonderful. You can find it next to the dry salad dressing packets. All you have to do is mix it into a tub of sour cream, chill for a little, unless you are impatient (there is that "p" word again) like me and then you can just dive in, grab a carrot if you are feeling a little healthy, or some tortilla chips and enjoy!