Monday, February 28, 2011
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I have struggled daily with this disease called perfection, not to the extreeme but enough that I would consider it a problem... I post this right after I spent 3 hours scrubbing my house top to bottom just incase anyone shows up..heaven forbid they see that a house of three children, two adults and a cat and a husky can get a tad bit unorganized. Im not like this all the time, but there are times where the urge to have a perfect home is SO THERE, or to make sure that I look a certain way, etc that its all a person can think about...thank God that no one can see inside my hall closets! Because when my house looks THAT clean, its all shoved somewhere LOL
This blog post is so important to read I think because NO ONE is perfect, even if we seem to think there are people that are. We are all human, and we all struggle daily with something that is something we really shouldnt. God thinks we are beautiful, loves us for who we ARE and not who we want to be.
I add this, if we want to be like someone, we should be trying to be like Christ, because he was perfect, the only person who ever was, and the only person who ever will be.
God bless and have a terrific weekend everyone!!!!!!!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Yesterday I was giving one of the boys a bath and as I sat there watching him just so tired and weak I was thinking of how Jesus takes care of us in this way. He is our comforter! Just as parents are there for a sick child, to bathe them and hug them and nurse them back to health, Jesus is there for us through our sickness when we call to Him for help. I just think its so amazing! I have seen Him do this so many times in my household alone, He is just so awesome it makes me smile ear to ear!
In the NLT version of the Bible, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 says
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
She is so young, and yet so wise in ways that blow me away. She has such a simple approach to Jesus. She knows she is a Princess, she is a child of the King! She knows He loves her more than anyone else can and she knows she can go to Him with anything! And she is only six years old.
Over the past few weeks my daughter has really gotten a hunger for God. She is always ready to do a Bible study in the evening or spend a long time just reflecting on Gods love. I always see peices of paper with hearts that say "God" or "Jesus" on the inside and I know it must just make Jesus smile ear to ear!
Along with her love growing for God, her knowledge of how God works and such is growing as well. She is begining to ask questions about those around her who do not have Jesus as their saviour, or to those who believe that all walks of faith lead to God. I have asked all these questions myself in my walk with God, and thankfully due to studying scripture had a few responces for her questions. But I think because Im a "grown up" now I can tend to make things more complicated than they really are.
The one thing I knew was that these questions she had needed to be talked about. There were moments where it almost seemed she wanted to hide away from all those who could hurt her faith. Wow, I have had that feeling many times. She would show fear when I told her that not everyone believes in Jesus, even some people very close to her. But I also talked to her about prayer and how prayer can change things and to also never hide her faith from people when they ask her about it because it may be her that brings them to Christ! I also encourage her to read her Bible, and that together we could find scripture that would help her with her questions. Making sure that she understood that just because one of the people in her life doesnt believe in God doesnt mean we should avoid them! I think thats the last thing we should do! We may be the only Christian in their life. It says in John 13:34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." No matter what!
We know a lot of angry people. Even we get angry. Our world is angry, and a lot of people want to blame all their problems on God. They curse His name and figure they can do it all on their own because He has never been there for them. My daughter made an awesome point, God can not really be there for us when we are so angry and blaming Him for everything, God is love! He fixes our problems, He doesn't create them but He will make them work out for our good if we just trust Him! Its so simple!
Jesus says in Luke 18 in verse 16-17 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Monday, February 21, 2011
Today we decided to keep the mess inside and limited tothe kitchen and made some goopy stuff with cornstarch and water... The kids had a BLAST and made quite the mess in the process but it kept them occupied while we tended to our youngest. The kids found it to be "the funniest stuff ever". My husband and I even played with the goop for a moment laughing at its craziness.
As I watched them play with such amazement with something so simple to make I wondered if God giggled when He decided that adding water to cornstarch would make such a fun mess? "Boy they are going to get a kick out of this!"
Psalm 127:3 says that "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him." (NLT)
There is such truth to that! This weekend was such a celebration of just how much of a blessing our children have been in our life! Even if it began with a rough start, it worked out so beautifully. It was such a simple and fun weekend! And I thank God for the laughs we shared! (And the mess)
Friday, February 18, 2011
This is my youngest son, Zayden-William Thomas, who is two. He's quite the character and even at his young age I understand how important to share with him what I know about God and what the Bible says. We do daily devotions that are geared towards children and are easy and fun to understand. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6 ~ Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.(NIV)~
But I keep telling him, "if you eat your Bible... we wont be able to read it!"...maybe thats another good reason for memorizing scripture!!!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Sometimes we get angry, frustrated, stressed and down right vulgar in our lives and its easy to forget about God in these moments. But know that He hasnt forgotten you!!!
"Mornings in my house are nothing but a bunch of chaos these days getting my daughter ready for school and having a three year old and two year old boy, usually playing police cars and a bunch of siren sounds at octives only dogs should here coming from their mouths. I was getting very impaitient this morning and trying to keep my cool. The boys were also playing with my camera and out of frustration I grabbed it and took it with me to take my daughter to the bus stop so they couldnt touch it with it around my neck.
Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast. "
I am a mother of four children, one has already gone home to be with God. I have three very creative, amazing children in my prescence - a girl who is 6, and two boys ages 3 (almost four, one more month!) and 2. I am married to a wonderful man, Dylan, who I have been with for almost 8 years!! Can you believe it!
Im a "Crunchy" mamma, I love nature, every tree, every carpet of moss underneath my toes. I am just so amazed at God's handywork. He has made the most amazing things!
This blog is to post about raising my children in a society that has much forgotten about Jesus, or closed the door on that, about teaching my children about Christ and about what He said in the Bible, about what its really all about. I have found over the years, its very easy to get guided down the wrong path, I have been guided down the wrong path many times in my life. I want my children to be prepared for if a fork in the road appears, they know without a doubt which way to go.
This blog is also to post about other fun things we as a family have discovered. It wont be an everyday post blog, maybe once a week or once every few weeks. I have struggled with being on the computer for long amounts of time, taking away from my family, friends and Lord and I dont want this blog to take away from these things, and if I ever find it does, you can bet your booties it will be removed :)
I also just have a hunger to share what the Lord places on my heart to anyone who wants to hear it! As long as they dont mind the occasional blog about an interesting flower or tree I just HAD to hug :)
So on that note, I welcome you readers to Barefoot Christian and Crunchy and I hope you enjoy your visit! :)