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Happy Mother day – 2012

Happy Mother day - 2012

Just received this today and I thought it was a wonderful reminder.

 

http://www.keepinitreal-gina.com/2012/05/1-corinthians-13-for-women-free.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+keepinitreal-gina%2FqGjm+%28Keepin%27+It+Real%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail

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Christmas ~ Celebrating diffrence

During the Christmas season its hard to visit places like Facebook and the blogging world to read the ugly+ negative status on what things people are doing wrong and how ‘we/they’ are doing it right. It’s sad that we get dreadful on the different preferences especially the things not defined in the Bible but the matters of conscience  that sincere followers of Christ will come to different conclusions… (Santa or Not – Gifts or Not – Christmas Decor or Not – Trees or Not, Ginger bread Houses or Not, Christmas letters or Not, extravagant or frugal)

Christmas 2009

Christmas 2009

The decisions one family makes are not necessarily right or wrong for another family – Maybe we need to remember that Gods plan for each family maybe different.  Let’s each make decisions for our own family as the Spirit leads us to, and stop casting judgment where it is not our place. Also let’s remember the one whom we serve and extend Grace in our differences! Maybe trust that the Holy Spirit will work in the lives and hearts of fellow Christians to convict  them (if need be) and we are not the jury!…

Each year his birth  means something different to each family, Christmases shift and change ~ You know sometimes Christmas makes me cry, missing my parents who passed away~ how can this day be the same?  but sometimes it makes me so so happy thinking the savior is born!   – God kept HIS promise!!!

So, lets not make others feel guilty or pridefully judge them on how they want to celebrate, frugal or extravagant , simple or beautiful,  tree or none, Santa or not;  just celebrate, Jesus is born!  HE is definitely the center of the celebration! The long-awaited  promise! Invite the neighbors, friends, family, eat, bake and  rejoice in all that he gives us!

We try to teach our kids to handle it this way; not to judge  or fight any practices around this time ( christian vs. christian wars)  and I really pray they appreciate Jesus .  So far we are just trying to build our own traditions, we do small gifts for the kids and don’t do Santa – but we aren’t judging anybody on what they are deciding…we are christian, let’s celebrate this day and not fight  our difference or convictions.. Christ will always remain the focus/center of this day, nobody can or should change that!!! – So don’t let anybody’s, post, blog make you feel guilty to party away.. Rejoice  Savior is born!

Joy to the World! The Lord is come Let earth receive her King Let every heart prepare Him room and heaven and nature sing!  Merry Christmas my friends!!

Do you have any Christmas family tradition that you practice with your family? Do you sometimes feel guilty celebrating in a certain way? 

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

                                                                                                                                   Luke 2:11

30 Days of Being Thankful Challenge

So I decided to join the challenge but with the holiday craziness I didn’t keep up ….I am so late on this since Thanksgiving was last week… but better late right? So I am thankful for…. Day#

  1. Jesus my Saviors
  2. A wonderful husband who loves me!
  3. My three healthy Kids

4 . My husband’s job especially in this economy mess

5. A place we call home (our house)

6. New babies ~ I am an aunt again… welcome baby Nicole ~ congrats to my baby sister.

7. Giggles, Hugs  and Kisses joy and pure beauty

8. My wonderful Families – (siblings, my aunts & uncles, cousins, In laws, grandparents) – what would I be without you?

My Family - Kenya

My Family - Kenya

9. My friends who encourage, understand and support me and make me laugh

10. Friends who I don’t get to talk to often enough but are always there for me/us

11. My wonderful neighbors; letting me borrow an egg at  odd hours– all the good laughs, help, coffee, wine, nights out.

12. My camera – Last year alone I took over 2,000 pictures

13. My cell phone

14. Skype – talking to my friends and family in Kenya

Niagara Falls 2011

Niagara Falls 2011

15. Traveling & Vacations

16. Our wonderful baby sitters

17. Date nights with hubby

18. Girls nights out/ good wine / dessert

19. Good music/songs/books/ Movies

20. Sunny days and outdoors

21. Lazy, relaxing days

22. Good food

Yummy Kenyan food

Yummy Kenyan food

23. Having to verify I am still human on a computer and passing the verification test

24. This life that I have been given

25. Missionaries ~ Keep spreading HIS word

26. My Grandparents and Great Grandparents – They built the foundation of what a good family should be and why my family is so important to me.

My Grandma

My Grandma

27. Spray paint

28. Funny Facebook friends / funny Status and funny comments

29. Dual citizenship

30. Fellowship with the women ~ it is energizing, refreshing and rejuvenating

Above all things, I am thankful for an amazing Creator and HIS Grace & Mercy

What would be of us if we did not have His GRACE!!!

What are you thankful for? … join the challenge

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Marriage Conference 2011

I really can’t express how grateful I am for the opportunity to attend the Family Life marriage conference two weeks ago ‘a weekend to remember’ with my husband in Lone tree, CO.  We laughed together, learned together and Loved! The speakers (Bryan Loritts and Tim & Noreen Muehlholff) were so knowledgeable and super entertaining! At first the thought of leaving the kids overnight anywhere was overwhelming but at 7:30 am on Saturday it was weird (like nice weird) not to hear somebody scream my name across walls “mommy!!!” – What a nice way to get away, spend time with my husband and hear what plans God has for our family~ this husband of mine is truly my gift from God.  

I loved it that there was a variety of couples in the crowd; – couples who’ve  been married for over 40 years Hoot! Then there was the newlywed and pre-weds Hoot!  I loved the woman to woman session. I almost teared up, Noreen is such a sweet and down to earth wife! Also, all the topics were on point… why marriages fail, unlocking the mystery of marriage, marriage after dark, leaving a legacy etc….Well, long, long time ago I used to think marriage conferences were for people with marital issues But as we attended our 2nd conference in 6 years of marriage this past weekend, we met attendees just like us who use it as an opportunity to keep  focus and develop a Godly marriage & Godly parenting. Also learn more about God’s design for our family! In addition, we saw the true value of constantly investing in our marriage no matter how long we are together.. The weekend was totally worth the investment!

We both agree that we owe that to our three children.

Oh, also I just added lots of books under my to read list ~ Top of the list the are,;

Grace-Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel and God’s Design for Sex Series by Stan Jones, Brenna Jones

Marriage, I want to get this… Love & respect: the love she most desires, the respect he desperately needs [Book]

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Thanks Becoming a Strong Woman of God!

“There are lots of things you can do with sand; but do not try building a house on it.” C.S. Lewis

For Becoming Better Parents

February 16, 2011

by Charles R. Swindoll

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

—Ephesians 6:4

Thank You, Father, for being the perfect Parent. Thank You for those times that You’ve taken us to task, though the reproof sometimes seemed more than we could bear. Encourage us with the truth that whoever the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Forgive us, our Father, for our prodigal ways, for our selfish desires and self-willed decisions. Forgive us for our pride in wanting to look like winners as fathers and mothers when the truth is we have failed at every point.

Help us to be real with our children—authentic, loving, forgiving, firm when we have to be, strong when we need to be, gentle at all times. Help us, Lord. Help us with our grandchildren, to be there for them when they need us to be supportive and affirming of their parents, to be a part of the answer rather than a part of the problem. Enable us to come to terms with things that weren’t dealt with in our own lives so that we don’t pass them on to these precious, innocent children who follow us.

Lord, we give You thanks for the genius of the family. It’s all Your idea. We pray we’ll have very sensitive hearts as we grow in these areas of nurturing and discovery.

In the dear name of Christ. Amen.

See also Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Proverbs 3:12; 22:6; Colossians 3:21; Hebrews 12:9-11.

Choosing Joy

I was talking to some friends about many emotions in life, joy, happiness, jealousy, anger, disappointments, fear and why can’t life just be perfect and happy (full of Joy) ! This devo from C. Swindoll came to mind – I thought I would share.

By Charles Swindoll (August 23rd 2010)

I have discovered that a joyful countenance has nothing to do with one’s age or one’s occupation (or lack of it) or one’s geography or education or marital status or good looks or circumstances. Joy is a choice!

Joy is a matter of attitude that stems from one’s confidence in God—that He is at work, that He is in full control, that He is in the midst of whatever has happened, is happening, and will happen. Either we fix our minds on that and determine to laugh again, or we wail and whine our way through life, complaining that we never got a fair shake. We are the ones who consciously determine which way we shall go. To paraphrase the poet:

One ship sails east
One ship sails west
Regardless of how the winds blow.
It is the set of the sail
And not the gale
That determines the way we go.
(Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

Regardless of how severely the winds of adversity may blow, we set our sails toward joy.

http://www.insight.org/

Forgiveness

I am not one to follow or engage in celebrity gossip or their personal lives (I am always busy changing a diaper or cleaning messes) but the Tiger Wood jokes just got so funny, actually I googled a few. Anyway, I didn’t even know Tiger was making a public apology that morning, but when I clicked on a link of popular stories on yahoo and read his apology. Something bothered me about it, enough to watch it on YouTube.  I was thinking his apology was so rehearsed and sincere in some ways! What bothered me were the expectations of public figures than his real apology.

I must say I sometimes struggle with forgiveness, I mean really petty things or people might bother me and I am sometimes inflexible and even cynical to apologies. I know I should keep reminding myself of Jesus words… “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Easier said…! Also Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.(attitude: loving and forgiving just like God forgave you)

Therefore I keep reminding myself it is not in my place to judge other peoples mistakes (sins) and take every apology at face value.  So Tiger’s story is not that different from our own lives or my own. Sin is sin right? Maybe sin is what someone else does but in our own lives, we too often just call it a mistake, mmm… I think we all struggle with some sin . It’s easy to look at someone else and judge them but ignore our even worse sin.

So putting all my heavy cynicism away and normal urge to judge, I am wishing for him and anyone else I haven’t trusted their apology to succeed in rebuilding their lives. I pray for my life that I will always be humble enough to forgive others and to not judge. Psalm 103:8-12 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities…..

What do you think; does forgiveness come easy for you?

more verses on forgivess:

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-forgiveness-20-encouraging-scripture-quotes/

Why God Closes Doors

I have always wondered, why God would decide to close doors on his people all over sudden. Well, I have always heard this, ‘God will open the door’ but nobody ever explains why he just closed the door that seemed wide open.  Growing up when I made a mistake or did something stupid, I remember everyone around me said this – sounded like a cliché back then “God protects the Innocent and the stupid’. So now I will keep asking  God to protect me in my moments of foolishness or innocence, and I Thank Him for His faithful watchful eye. I Pray also for the wisdom make less and less dumb & foolish mistakes. (smiles)

So to cut my story short I came across this article from Dr. Stanley (www.inotuch.org)and thought I would repost it here.

JEREMIAH 10:23-24

A blockaded opportunity is a useful teaching tool. God’s ultimate objective is to mold us into the image of His Son, and toward that end, He at times prevents us from doing or having something we desire.

– Closed doors prevent mistakes. Just because a path is clear does not mean it is the one God intends for us to follow. Sometimes we won’t have the information we need to make a wise decision, so He bars the way either spiritually or physically. The Holy Spirit can see the whole road map for our lives, which is why we are to follow His guidance.

– Closed doors redirect our walk. Rest assured, God never leaves a willing servant with nothing to do. The alternate opportunity He has in mind will yield bigger fruit, more satisfaction, and greater glory for Him.

– Closed doors test faith and build perseverance. Waiting for the Lord to speak or act is hard, particularly when our desire has been denied. But we’ll learn wisdom, patience, and trust by pausing prayerfully until He reveals His will.

– Closed doors buy us time. We are not always as prepared as we’d like to think. God may temporarily hold shut an opportunity for service until a believer is properly equipped for kingdom work.

In spite of the repeated use of “closed door” in this devotion, the real message is that God opens doors. He has created a perfect pathway for us to follow. Keep your feet on it, and you will walk over thresholds leading to service, satisfaction, and glory for your Lord.

Have you ever had an opportunity or situation that you feel God closed the door and you are now glad he did?

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