Friday, June 29, 2007
If you wanna join the fun go over to http://www.kellishouse.blogspot.com/.
I'm not very original today, but here goes. . . . I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen, cabinets and all so here is . . .
Thursday, June 28, 2007
1. I'm thankful for the lean times, so we can enjoy the times of plenty.
2. I'm thankful for the sad times, so we can enjoy the times of joy.
3. I'm thankful for the night, so we can enjoy the morning.
4. I'm thakful for rain, so we can enjoy the sun.
5. I'm thankful for hectic times, so we can enjoy the rest.
6. I'm thankful for the cold, so we can enjoy the warmth.
7. I'm thankful for the weeping, so we can enjoy the laughter.
8. I'm thankful for the mess, so we can enjoy the tidy.
9. I'm thankful for the lonely times, so we can enjoy the friendship.
10. I'm thankful for a Father in Heaven who knows how to give us balance so we can enjoy all of His good gifts.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Binding agreement. Binding. Bound.
I would rather be bound to God than any other.
Saturday, June 23, 2007
When we got there it was cold, overcast and there was a mist on the lake.
Tommy and Austin watching a snake eat one of their fish.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Join the fun!! Go to http://kellishouse.blogspot.com/
This is my wedding ring.
It is not my original wedding/engagement set. About 4 years ago, when I was working I had a cleaning team come into my home, a few days later when I went to look for my wedding/engagement set it was gone. Though we could never prove it, it was funny how the ring was there until they came and gone later. This is the replacement and although it is larger, it isn't my original. The Cablemann had had the original designed specifically for me and it was very pretty. I am not ungrateful for this ring especially when the Cablemann put it on my finger and told me "I love you and you will always be my wife and I will always love you." However, telling the story makes me a little melancholy.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Today I am thankful for:
- Being able to put both feet on the floor.
- Being able to kiss my husband before he goes to work.
- Being able to hug my children and tickle them, and they still enjoy it.
- My iPod, you can download sermon podcasts for free and listen to them while you work, makes the work go by faster.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Webster's Dictionary defines the kind of love I am talking about as - an unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as (1) : the fatherly concern of God for humankind (2) : brotherly concern for others b : a person's adoration of God.
Is Love really an emotion? If it is an emotion is it somehow different from all other emotions?
I cannot sustain many emotions long term. I can be angry, but only for while, then the anger dissipates. I can be sad, but only for a season then the saddness mellows.
If Love is an emotion how can we be commanded to Love? Love must be something more than a chemical reaction, more than just a gut feeling. Love must be a choice. A choice we must make with the help of God.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
This is a picture of my new wicker furniture purchased for the party. I bought it at the Goodwill for $60, after some paint and new pillows I think it looks pretty.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
James 1:2-7 NIV
Last night at Bible Study so many of my friends had so many burdens. My heart was very heavy for them. I spent a fitful night of concern for them. Perhaps it is because I have been there, in great pain and need. I know the feeling of struggle. I also know that I would not trade my struggles for all the money in the world. They have made me who I am, what I am. The season of pain and heartache may seem long, but oh, it is so beautiful on the other side. To have a heart that has been refined by the fire, to NEVER be the same again. No, I would not trade that for anything.
Don't misunderstand me. I am sinful and my heart is not pure or perfect, but it is softer than when my journey began. My faith is stronger than it used to be.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son." Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. "Make level paths for your feet," so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Hebrews 12:1-12 NIV
No, trials are not easy. They are not meant to be. My giants haven't always been laundry and dishes. There used to be a saying in strength training, "No pain, no gain." Well without pain our souls cannot gain either. It is not for "no reason" Jesus is called the perfecter of our faith.
I have learned this though, the sooner you recognize the trial and the sooner you put yourself on your face before God, the sooner He comes along side of you and helps you in the trial. Notice I did not say the sooner He removes the trial, which sometimes He does, I said the sooner He helps you in the trial.
Who would you rather have helping you? God? Or yourself?
I do NOT have all the answers, but I serve a God who does.
Hebrews 12:11 says, No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
It produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. This is so true.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Saturday, June 9, 2007
The boat slip is at Nolin River Lake in Leitchfield, KY.
No, we do not live on the lake we live in the suburbs of Louisville. I would love to live close to Nolin, but I don't really have to live on the lake.
I dream of having a "mini" farm. One where we can grow our own food, etc. However, the Cableman has been in his job for 18 years, and it would be difficult for us to find a job with the kind of benefits he currently has.
We have a pontoon on Nolin, with a canvas "tent" cover. We camp on the boat. We call it our "redneck" house boat. We can't afford a houseboat right now and we are trying to remain as debt free as possible and cannot justify the payments a houseboat would require. We have a little porta-potty on the boat for emergencies and no real shower. Sometimes we rent a campsite close to the marina so we can have a hot shower.
It's a lot of work taking 4 kids and a husband to the lake, but they love it so I do it. I enjoy fishing and riding in the boat, but am exhausted when I get home after a lake weekend.
The "Million Dollar" view is one of the perks of the lake.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Kelli hosts Show and Tell every Friday, to get in on the fun go to http://kellishouse.blogspot.com
- Update - The only reason we ever leave the lake is because Mom (that's me) gets kinda tired of roughing it. That and we can get kinda smelly after a while. LOL!!
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Monday, June 4, 2007
Sunday, June 3, 2007
What giants do I face that keep me from entering my promised land? Mountains of laundry, more clutter than should be allowed by law, whining children, overweight exhaustion. My giants seem insurmountable to me, as I write this my 6 year old daughter is whining in my ear. I'm tired.
Isn't it funny that no matter how many time we trust Him in the big things, it's sometimes the little things that pile up to make our giants.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Ok, today's Show and Tell will be my mantel.
We have a "faux" fireplace and the mantel catches everything as soon as people walk in the door. So I decided to clear it off and start over . . .
Here is the before, the picture above the mantel was my Nana's (my grandmother). She was a great woman of faith and I am proud to have been her granddaughter. She passed away in 1994 before we had kids, but I know she would love mine. Ooops, sorry this is supposed to be about the mantel. Ok here it is blank.