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What is it to walk worthy?

I was just reading this verse to my boys, it's our memory verse for this week:

Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for
each other's faults because of your love
. - Ephesians 4:2 NLT


After singing it with them and trying to remember it I opened up my NKJV Bible to check and see if I'd remembered it correctly. The version reads differently (I didn't find out if I had remembered it correctly) so I started with verse 1 and read through verse 3 just to get the full gist of what was being said.

This stood out like neon, "...walk worthy of the calling with which you were called..." (verse 1).

Worthy
of the calling?

Now, I read worthy and I automatically think, "I'm out! Not me. I'm definantly not worthy, so how in the world am I to fulfill this verse?"

Then as I read on I was struck again, "...with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love..."

THAT is walking worthy.

In my t…

A prayer for Ryland

Today was my baby's first soccer game! He's such a baby to me. His voice is so small...I grab every smooch from his cute face I can get in a day!!!

Today as I watched him a little reservedly join his team I got to see a glimpse of the way (you know, train up a child in the way they should go...) Ryland was designed by God to go. My little guy's a leader. He put his reservations behind him, marched out there to join his team of under sixers (who are all 5-6...he's the only 3 year old!) and said real loud, "NOBODY TOUCH THE BALL WITH YOUR HANDS!!!" Then he realized everybody was looking at him and he shrugged his shoulders and stuck his hands up in the air as though he were saying, "I don't know!"

I pray Ryland would know God has not given him a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. I pray he would not shrink back from speaking the truth in love and being an example in faith and in life as he follows Jesus even if he is the yo…

Danette's ordinary day

Ordinary. That's the sum of the events occurring so far in Danette's day.

Up a 5:30 am. Sweats on. Hubby up. Shower running in the background while she whips up breakfast. Kids tumbling into the lighting-up living room with their blankies and bears already whining, "Mom, I'm hungry!"

Fast-forward an hour...breakfast is finished, husband is gone to work, kids are getting dressed, Danette is cleaning up from breakfast. Her mind was dashing from thought to thought as she scrubbed last night's smelly fish-fry off the cast iron skillet. She was thinking about her friend and the concerns she had for her, which led to a thought about her tendency to say what people want to hear rather than speak the fire of truth that burns, shut-up in her. That led to a thought about how much she wants to go on a retreat, which led to a thought about how much she knows she needs and longs for some quiet time in the mornings with her Bible and journal and the ever-present Spirit of G…

Cloud of Witnesses: Amy Charmichael

I haven't done a Cloud of Witnesses post for a looooooong time! But I just had to share this quote from one of those dear witnesses, Amy Charmichael.

This is from The Edges of His Ways, the September 20th entry:


The thoughts of God Think through me, thoughts of God, when I
have to deal with difficult souls. Let me see in each soul an opportunity to claim the powers of Calvary. Love through me, Love of God, love that hard soul through me. Flow through me, Patience of God, flow over the roughness of that soul even as the sea flows over the rough rocks. Hope through me, Hope of God. O God of Hope, hope afresh in me as I touch that soul again. Let me not remember past disappointments. Let me begin each morning with hope, as Thou dost begin each morning with hope for me, even me.

Props for my peeps

I just wanted to turn my blogging friends on to my face-to-face friends who also blog (Is that what giving props to my peeps means? I hope so!!).

I think this is how God says give props to your peeps:



Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from
his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and sympathetic? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one heart and purpose. Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing. -Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)


My dear friend, and also sister-in-law, just started a blog that I believe will be a proclamation of her, and her family's lives, as they are lived out by faith and not by sight. Go visit my precious sister at The Simmie Flock.
Also another …

More thoughts on being like a lily among thorns

To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but
to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and
consciences are defiled and polluted. -Titus 1:15 Amplified Bible

This is the innocence God is. This is also the innocence God created us to be. This is also the innocence God has redeemed us to. This is the innocence He's restoring in us. Making us as pure and vulnerable as a lily from the inside out. And we are vulnerable because we are among thorns. Our thorny flesh. Our thorny world. Our thorny relationships. Our thorny enemy.


But this is the innocence the blood of Jesus purchased for us. This is the way God always intended it to be for us. Innocence for God is not something to grow past. Innocence is not going from puppy love to mature love. Innocence is not missing out on fun. Innocence is ruined by knowing anything that is not good. Innocence is murdered by eating the knowledge of good AND evil.


We so often think of purity as something y…

In all your listening, listen to this

The Voice of the Martyrs now has a website where you can listen to news podcasts about current persecution against Christians around the world. This is news you WON'T hear on your local news or even cable news shows.

As I was listening to this podcast updating news of violence against Christians in India and Ethiopia I thought, "This is so easy to overlook! This is news which is so easy to not hear! Lord, help me to take the time to listen and pray and remember my brothers and sisters! May Your grace and mercy flood these areas through these children of Yours."

Remember those who are in chains and mistreated with me today!

Hebrews 13:3 Sheila

Lily among thorns

Oh to be so pure Such innocence Oh to be so tender Such vulnerability Oh to be so bold Such fearlessness Oh to be so honest Such unashamedness Oh to be so childlike Such trust Oh to be so wise Such truth Oh to be so willing Such surrender Oh to be so pained Such sacrifice Oh to be so selfless Such love Oh to be like God Such holiness Oh to be like The Son Such confidence in Dad Oh to be totally changed Such redemption
I sense You in me. I know You're there.
I sense You because You're totally different than me.
Your presence makes me aware of how I'm none of the "Oh to be's" above.
Such as is listed I sense in me, but it's You!
I want to weep, because You're so tender, so innocent, so willing to love me though it hurt You so terribly. I want to cry out to my flesh and the world around me, "Don't you see!!!? Don't you see how pure He is?! Don't you see that everything you think that He has said do is so trivial, only a matter of perspective or religion, is a s…

The Homemaker's getting a job?

I've been filling out applications lately and updating my resume. During this process I've been thinking a lot about how God has brought me to the place that I am today in regards to how He sees homemaking and how He desires me to enjoy the fullness of His design as a woman, wife and mom.

A few years back, when my husband and I were just begining the rebuilding process after our painful seperation and years of unforgiving marriage, God began to stir my heart towards directions I had not expected or even thought of as something that needed to be thought of.

First He began to stir my heart to pray that He would stir my husband's heart to want me to be home, not working.

I was easily distracted during that time with my lust for a noted "position" in ministry and an income of my own and therefore went down a tangent where God exposed my ugly, selfish heart. It was REALLY UGLY!

After being totally humbled during a trip to Oregon, the Lord began to hold my wounded soul and…

Exposing Quotes

"If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and
the little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I
know nothing of Calvary love." -Amy Carmichael

“If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an impatient, unloving word, than I know
nothing of Calvary love, for a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even one
drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted.”-Amy Carmichael


Thanks to to Elizabeth at A Merry Rose: Blooming As Keeper of My Home for sharing these quotes from Amy Charmichael.

I've been exposed, challenged and inspired by Amy's writings as I continue to read through The Edges of His Ways. Oh Lord Love change me! Touch the bitter waters that still remain with Your cross and make them sweet! Give me eyes to see You about the business of "drudgery" and "monotony" and loving "stupid" people so that I might hate my haughtiness and joyfull do what never seems to be done, and with delig…

Even if some do not: Study #3

(Image from Lori at All You Have to Give)
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting
the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be
the
hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the
ornament of
a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great
price.For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in
God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands... 1 Peter
3:3-5 (KJV)
In part ONE of this study I really saw how the plan for a woman to live out her faith in Christ as a wife, is really no different than it is for any other born-again one. We're all to be living our lives here as sojourners and pilgrims, characterized by:fixing our eyes on our living hope of eternal life not on this world and it's troubles
living as obedient children not conforming to our old fleshly habits but being holy in our conduct
abstaining from fleshly lusts which war against our souls
bein…

Help! Resume template or trick needed!

I'm trying to print- JUST PRINT- out a resume I put together on a free program online and of course the catch is...YOU CAN'T PRINT IT UNLESS YOU BUY A MEMBERSHIP WITH THEM!!!

Anyway, any of you dear-ones who are more savvy than I when it comes to stuff like this have any ideas!?

I'm trying to update my R.N. resume so as to reflect my absence from the job-market for the past couple years and make it more of a general resume so that I can apply for some child-care positions at my local gym and elsewhere, just to bring a little income in without having to leave my kiddos.

I tried to find a template for resumes on my Microsoft Works and Microsoft Word programs on my computer but...NADA! Nothing there! So now I have a cute little resume saved and ready to go at PONGO but no way to print it up.

If any of you know of a free template or link or trick or whatever that I could use to print this baby out that would be awesome!!!

Thanks!!!

The mystery of worshipping God

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in
the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up into glory. -1 Timothy 3:16
There's A LOT of controversy about how to worship God, but without controversy is the FACT that the right worship of God (that's what the original Greek word translated godliness means here) is a great mystery!

Paul gives us a little glimpse into that great mystery:

God was manifest in the fleshJustified in the SpiritSeen of angelsPreached unto the Gentiles (non-Jews)Believed on in the worldAnd received up into gloryRecently I read the book The Shack. I was stirred. The book troubled me in some ways and comforted me in others. More than anything it brought to my awareness again how thirsty I am to know my Creator and Savior and to rightly worship Him although doing so is a great mystery!I read this morning an article about some of the controversy that has co…

Standing for Life

I saw this video on the Rebelution Blog. Wow! God has raised up a young Deborah to boldly speak the truth and take a stand for God and His ways in Colorado.
I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I
have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life,
that both you and your descendants may live... Deuteronomy 30:19


Colorado for Equal Rights Personhood Amendment from Personhood USA on Vimeo.

This blog pretty stuff is so fun!

My mom used to re-decorate our house on a nearly daily basis...I mean like a TOTAL MAKEOVER! I think she even tore down a wall once that separated the kitchen from the dining room. She's always been a very creative person and loves to spruce things up, as she says, "Makin' the best with what I have!"

I'm not much for decorating, I'm more for... appreciating. If I take the time to look through a design magazine or visit a person's house who is a talented decorated I ALWAYS enjoy and admire the differing styles and talents exhibited. But when it comes to my own decorating abilities I'm pretty much just a plain-jane/I'll try to imitate something I see that I like with something I find at a second hand store/I prefer to decorate with things that hold sentimental value. But when it comes to blogging the decorator-wanna-be in me lives vicariously through all you talented blog designers!

I was getting tired of the polka-dot look and went looking for s…

Nurture and Admonition in a Journal

After reading a post by Lindafay over at Higher Up and Further In about how she started having her children start their own prayer journal, and after listening to the advice of a sister from my church about having my kids color or draw pictures of the stories or books (Bible or otherwise) they listened to as I read, I started doing the following with my boys.
I purchased a couple composition books from Walmart and during our daily morning routine of listening to God's word, either being read by me or a teaching I heard online, I have the boys draw pictures of something they hear.
At first they just made stick figures of images that had nothing to do with what was being read or talked about from scripture. But within a month they've really developed a skill of listening and narrating through drawings what they hear. They've also come to really treasure their "prayer books" and grab them up quickly along with a pencil when I say, "Okay guys, meet me in the of…

What boys do while moms on phone errands

My boys don't generally play with "real" toys! You know all the stuff that lines the toy section at Wal-Mart. Not that they aren't intrigued with those things...they do have "real" toys (not a lot per my preference) to play with, but 99% of the time they can be caught playing with broken gadgets my husband gives them- parts from his bike, an old, broken keyboard, empty medicine containers, etc. So if you're family, and you read this, think "What do I have that's broken? Maybe an old blender or microwave?" when you're thinking about Christmas and birthdays for the boys! :)

Remembering where I was

It's nearly 2 AM where I am and I can't sleep. I just woke up suddenly and then remembered what today is.

I've been reading through different blogs while trying to feed myself back to sleep with milk and cookies. Kristen reminded me that this world's foundations are shaky, but our Rock is not! And Jennifer reminded me where I was this day 7 years ago.

I was working my very 1st night as a labor and delivery nurse. I, as was always done with rookies, was given whoever walked in laboring that night. The momma-to-be I had was laboring fast! So fast that I caught that baby as he was coming into the world before the doctor got there.

I remember shaking in my boots, having to call the not-so-friendly-to-new-nurses-doctor to inform him that his patient had already given birth. I remember listening to him yell at me and me looking to my supervisor for defense. I remember being excited despite the unprofessional chastisement I was receiving from the physician. I just delivered a ba…

Where was God on September 11th

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name
of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the
end of the age." Amen. - Matthew 28:19-20

Out of the mouths of babes!

My dear sister Captivated over at Trenkle Toes shared some quotes from her kids that made me smile the other day.

Today, while I was making lunch, my kiddos whipped out a few keepers themselves.

Here's a little conversation that took place:

"God, please don't let your Son die on da cwoss!" -Ryland (praying over his
tuna sandwich)

"Yes son, we're glad Jesus died on the cross. Cause if he didn't we'd be
in hell forever, but because he died we get to be in heaven forever with Him." -
Mom, responding to Ryland's prayer.

"But I don't want Him to die!" -Ryland in tears

"But he's not dead son! He died but he came alive again. Jesus is
alive!" -Mom

"Yep! God's Fawder healed Him!" -Connor to Ryland

"Mom, can I have some horsepolish on my sandwich?" -Connor, asking for
horseradish

"When God takes us to heaven will we see Moses and God's Fawder?" -Connor

"Yes son, we will!" -Mom

I LOVE it…

Even if some do not: Study #2

"Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that
even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the
conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by
fear." 1 Peter3:1-2

In part 1 I found that: Wives are to, "likewise" be submissive to their own husbands.
Like the rest of God's beloved (1 Peter 2:11).
Like a sojourner and a pilgrim (1 Peter 2:11)
Like when one is among the Gentiles (unbelievers) having honorable conduct (1 Peter 2:11-12)
Like all these as they submit (willfully as a free man and willing slave of God 1 Peter 2:16) to "every ordinance of man" (man's laws/government 1 Peter 2:13-17)
And like all these as they submit to bosses (masters 1 Peter 2:18-20)).
Most of all, like Christ submitted to earthly government, though He didn't sin and suffered willingly to bear our sins that we might know God's forgiveness.

Being a wife doesn't negate the "normal" Christian l…

Does hearing the Word make you weep?

Our pastor on this last Sunday gave us "homework," as he always does- scripture readings to read through during the week, to meditate on concerning the subject matter from the teaching on Sunday.

The other day as I was reading some of that "homework" I got off on a tangent. I read the verse in Hebrews 8:13 that he had given and then went on to read all of chapter 8, 9 and 10. I was just in awe as I read, as though I'd never read it before. I thought, "Here Lord is the beautiful story of how you would rescue mankind. It's always been here, in the animal sacrifices and the ceremonies of the priests...it's always been here, a shadow and then the real thing when Christ came."

I was just struck, and in my childlike way, I was thinking, "This is God's 'religion'." What I meant was, this plan of rescue by dying and intercession for men by a holy priest is the "tradition" God has. My church has a tradition of singing 4-5…

Happy 15th Anniversary to us

September 4, 1993 my man and I became one flesh!
15 years later we are evidence of God's grace and saving power.

"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” Matthew 19:6

Lots of thoughts

I haven't been giving "regular" or scheduled time to writing out well-thought and sincere posts lately, though I have a million of those posts floating around in my head.

I would like to share what our first month of homeschool has been like and what resources and ideas are working for me with busy 5 and 3 1/2 year old boys.

I want to write about exciting reverence! Just think about those words...exciting reverence. Something or someone which excites, or spurs someone on to be...reverent. Those two meaning packed words have been whispering encouragement and purpose in my ears A LOT lately! The come of out the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation of 1 Peter 3:2.

I want to post some pictures of reality around this house and my personal struggle to maintain an organized and clean home while keeping the more important priority of healthy relationships and child training most important.

But that last post thought leads to, "Don't write about it Sheila, just do it!…