Tuesday, November 16, 2010

10 Things I Have Learned as a Mom

10. How to laugh at the silly things in life.

9. I still enjoy popsicles in the summer sun and roasting marshmallows by a fire.

8. Kisses really do make boo-boos better.

7. Cuddles are way underrated.

6. Playing with the kids at the park or on the living room floor makes any day better.

5. I am finally an adult, but still am a kid at heart.

4. Unconditional love is best displayed when I am soothing a teething infant in the middle of the night.

3. I am my children's greatest teacher (besides Jesus).

2. I am addicted to my children- their love, their laughter, even their tears.

1. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13

Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Rush

   It amazes me every year that at the sight of the first fallen leaf from the tree or the first chilly evening I get all excited about the impending holiday season. Living in Southern California for my entire life one would think I would have learned by now to relax. I realize the weather toys with us as the seasons change. Yet, I haven't and I begin my Autumn ritual of baking and decorating for the holidays.
   What I need to do is pace myself more through the Fall months. Over the last few years I have paced myself for Christmas. Once Halloween passes it's over for me until Thanksgiving weekend and I am recovering. All I want to do is bake and curl up by the fireplace with a cup of tea and a good book. The problem is I wear myself out to actually prepare for Thanksgiving. I have ten days and haven't even planned my menu,
   Now what I do know is I can't freak out and panic. I am going to have to do some quick cleaning and preparations. In years past I have panicked my way to ill health.  My immune system is touchy. Besides stressing takes away the fun and enjoyment of family time. With any luck and some hard work I hope to have a fantastic Thanksgiving and some meaningful moments with family next Thursday.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Book Review: Great Devotional

    On behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing, BookSneeze recently sent me a free copy of Charles Stanley's newest devotional I Lift Up My Soul. Each day's entry in one page invites the reader to draw nearer to God. As the book progresses Stanley focuses on different topics such as grace, prayer, forgiveness and gratefulness. Each devotional takes about one minute to read, so it is a great devotional for the on-the-go person or it can be used for the more serious contemplater.
    I was pleasantly surprised by this devotional. As I said, each entry is rather short, yet throughout I found myself in constant prayer and communion with God. Stanley never made me feel uncomfortable with any of the devotions. By that I mean that sometimes when an author talks of sin and points the finger at every reader, I feel uncomfortable reading that piece. Stanley mentions our inherent sin,but does so without judgement. He probably is trying to leave that to God. When he does mention sin, it is to allow the reader to understand his or her deep need for Christ.
    My soul was indeed lifted as I looked to Christ with gratitude and humility. I am definietly going to be using I Lift Up My Soul for my daily devotional next year. Throughout the year I hope to draw nearer to God and explore different facets of my relationship with Him. This devotional is great for new believers and more mature believers alike. I hope for those that do pick this book up are inspired to look up and offer God their souls.