Wednesday, September 27, 2006
"There is nothing unpractical or disappointing about seeking to live victoriously and happily in Christ, provided you don't try so hard, but just trustfully let Him live. I was much impressed yesterday in reading that when God consecrated Aaron and his sons for the priesthood He literally "filled their hands" for a whole week (Lev. 8:33). When we consecrate ourselves to God, we think we are making a great sacrifice and doing lots for Him, when we are really only letting go of some little, bitsie trinkets we have been grabbing, and when our hands are empty, He fills them full of treasures. " ---Betty Stam
This is always my problem, trying so hard to live the Christian life happily.....all the while, clutching at the trinkets this life offers, assuming that He couldn't possibly fill the void when He takes them away. I guess I don't consciously think those things every day, but when I get really pensive and pyschoanalyze myself, those thoughts are there.
But He's so good! And His treasures are lasting! It makes me want to empty my hands in order to be ready for what He has.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
So yesterday, after reading this post by Kim about babbling babies in church (again! thanks, Kim!), I was inspired to obey my husband and get this church thing under control. I started by sitting on the couch with Ethan beside me and Simon on my lap. I told Ethan that we were going to pretend that we were at church and said that he could read his library books quietly until I told him he could get up. And he did great, right off the bat! No talking for 40 minutes! Wow, I wasn't expecting to sit for that long on the first day, but Simon ended up falling asleep after about 20 minutes. (And I got to spend an unexpected time of prayer at the end of our afternoon!)
At the beginning it was really difficult with Simon though. He is 7 months, and likes to move! And he knows how to be vocal when he doesn't get his way. Of course I remember going through this with Ethan, but I spent a lot of time in the back when he was little. And we'd love to avoid that if possible. So anyway, I tried Kim's technique. Every time Simon protested being held securely in my lap, I just lightly thumped his cheek and whispered in his ear, "No!" He was so surprised the first time, and then proceeded to get MAD!!!!! But it only took a couple times and he surrendered and sat quietly the rest of the time.
I guess he's old enough to understand "no." Shocker.
Today's practice session went about the same, except Simon stayed awake the whole time.
I am so excited to see if practicing this on a daily basis will make for an easier Sunday morning. Have any of you tried this before?
Sunday, September 24, 2006
"As parents, we help our children by teaching them early to have their wills bent to a visible authority. Then, as adults, they are better prepared to bend their wills to the source of all authority, God. The earlier we begin, the softer their young wills are and the more easily they are bent.
This is why it is so important to teach our children to obey! Not because it pleases us, not because it makes our days smoother and easier, not because obedient children are happier. These are benefits of obedience, yes, but none of these is the primary motivation.
We teach our children to obey us because in so doing they honor God now and learn to honor Him more as they grow. How will they obey an invisible God in the hard times of their lives if they can't obey us now when we tell them that 2 cookies are enough?"
Thank you, Kim, for putting my heart into words. I so desire to raise my boys in a way that would cause them to be sensitive to the things of the Lord, and so teaching obedience early makes perfect sense to me!
Oh, and FYI, you'll be seeing my new template soon. Dave is having one designed for me for my upcoming birthday! Should be here shortly!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
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Monday, September 11, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
This is a picture of my brother Michael walking a trail with Ethan, who was gazing up at him, adoringly. I think it's my favorite picture of the trip.
So, yes, we're home! Finally! And for all those of you interested, our vacation brings to mind 3 words: puke, screaming, and mountains. Yup, folks, they were beautiful. The mountains, that is. But the puking? Not so much. I hadn't considered how much nursing a baby (who just cut a tooth and got up every 2 hours all night) would affect my hydration. So yes, I got altitude sickness. Really, really bad. It lasted a couple of days--we almost came home early, in fact--but then I snapped out of it. We had a good time after that. Here are a few pics to prove it.
The gorgeous view from halfway up a 14'er
Michael and E, throwing rocks in the river
Our sweet fam
Well, my parents were on this trip too, but every attempt I've made to load a picture of them has failed. :) You'll just have to imagine them in all these pictures. And maybe we'll post more tomorrow.
Friday, September 01, 2006
We'll post pics when we get back. Have a great week!