Sunday, August 28, 2011
Not sure if she was helping here or stabbing the lamb. Bruce was so patient with her and just enjoyed having her "help".
I have often found myself griping or merely stating that if Bruce had to coordinate this house he wouldn't even know where to start. I tell him when the baby needs to eat, when there are appointments, what the plans are for next weekend and who's taking Madelynn during practice. The list goes on and at times I begrudge him the he just gets to ease through his day and just do the things he is told. Why doesn't he have to worry about what's for dinner and who can watch the baby so I can go to Zumba and have an hour to myself. We both work (and I love my job so I don't see myself staying at home anytime soon - not feeling that calling) and I think running the house should be a shared job.
Well, I had a bit of an eye opener the other day. Proverbs 31:27 (good old Proverbs 31 Woman to set me straight with my duties as a wife) says "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." I read more that a home is to be built with wisdom and realized that it is my job, from God, to take care of these things. Colossians 3:23 says, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord not men." I don't have to be "June Cleaver", but I do have to have a heart to serve the Lord at what He has called me to do, even if I work during the day.
So I realized that building a home does start with me and God has called me to this place in life. Not that Bruce is not to help me - and he does - but I can't complain as I am watching over the affairs; it is my job and I need to have a joyful heart about it. So, June Cleaver - look out!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I had some extra fabric so I decided to make one of those ribbon boards. I think it turned out pretty good. It really wasn't that hard, once I worked th kinks out.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
As the beginning of the school year begins I find myself thinking about goals. I always have "goals" I want to achieve for the summer with my time off. Cleaning and painting the baseboards, yard work, crafting projects...and the list goes on. Sometimes I achieve all of these and other times, like this year, I am only able to check off a few. As I was thinking about goals I found this piece of paper that I wrote in middle school at a 4-H camp (We stayed over night at UNM or was it the fair grounds? are there dorms there? and I was scared, but I did it and had a very good time). Well, this piece of paper has been in my wallet for almost 20 years. As you can see I revised my goals at some point.
Apparently when I was in Jr. High or High school when I revised these, this is what I set as goals for myself. As I was reading the Bible this week I got to thinking about God's goals for my life. Does God set goals for our lives? Does he have a little progress sheet up there that He evaluates from time to time to see if I am making AYP (addequate yearly progress)? How am I doing? Am I proficient or at beginning step?
So, as I continued to read I tried to figure out what God's goals would be for my life.
*To grow in Him by learning, studying and spending time with Him. (1 Peter 2:2)
*Serve my family through time, love and energy (Proverbs 31:15,30))
*Touch the lives of other - serve others (Colossians 3:23-24, Ephesians 6:7)
*Leave behind a legacy by being more like Christ (Romans 8:29)
I am sure they may be other goals God may have for my life, but these were the over-arching ideas that kept standing out to me as I read.
I know it is important to have goals or little accomplishments I would like to achieve in life, but I realized my focus should be how my report card with God is looking. Do I have a bunch of "U's" for unsatisfactory. I hope as God evaluates me that I am at least progressing in each goal He has for my life.
Too often I think I have been focused on my goals for my life and I haven't put enough thought into God's goals for my life. I hope that my little steps that I accomplish in life will mirror what God has set for me.
Just something I thought of while I was reading and I thought I would pass it along.
Remember each day is a new day and it is the Lord's (Nehemiah 8:9). So I will ask myself, "What does God want me to accomplish today?"
We were at the park and I put her on the slide. I tried to hold her hands down it and she just pushed me away and did it herself. It is kind of a slow slide so I think that helped. It was so cute. I can't believe she can so it on her own. My little girl is getting so big....
(This was taken with my phone with is a cheap, old fashioned flip phone - yes, they still have those - so the quality is not so great, but you get the idea)