Friday, September 26, 2008

A Slice of Inspiration ...

"If I could leave behind only one piece of wisdom it would be to echo the words of Jesus’ mother,
“Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:5)
In those seven simple words is the secret of a life of joy, adventure and intimate friendship with God."

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


"You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember ALL the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes." Numbers 15:39

Reminders ... reminders of God's commands, of God's words and promises, of God's call to obedience and righteousness and holiness and goodness. Reminders so our sinful nature is kept in check. So we choose best over good. So we remember to pick holiness over the easy way out. So we remember God's goodness. It's the reason the Lord said to talk about Him and them all day long ... those things He has done, those blessings He has given, that discipline and correction ... when you wake up, when you lie down, tell your children. Speak of My Glory. Otherwise, I forget and I take my eyes off Him, the giver of Life and Life to the full. I chase my agenda and not His. I forget that it's all about Him. God forgive me.

Warrior Princess

This is who I am … Warrior Princess, Beloved and Beautiful! This is my name from the Lord, among other names. This is what God is calling me to be for my family, for my friends, for life. Warrior Princess. This amazing photo of a Warrior Princess … Bride of Christ, inspires me. What is written about the photo inspires me too. May it inspire you as well.

This bride is watchful, sober, and focused. She wields her sword with skill. Like a true warrior, she does not run from the battle, but is alert and ready for whatever comes. She stands beside her rock, symbolizing the Lord who is her strength...

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1)

Monday, September 22, 2008

More Gifts ....

Oldest daughter just noticed we forgot #44 ... so, ...

44. Editors ... especially the 8 year old version! :)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

More Gifts ....

151. Second Dad’s, like mine, who take on that role selflessly and quite seriously.

152. Sisters … me and mine.

153. Brothers-in-arms … warriors in God’s army.

154. Fruits of the Spirit.
155. Mountains.
156. Learning something new.
157. Licking batter off a spoon or beaters or both!
158. Friends whose positive perspective changes yours.
159. Reminders of God’s infinite goodness.
160. Phone calls to check on you.
161. Sisters and brothers in Christ who notice your absence.
162. Golf.
163. A place to live with electricity and water.
164. Provision.
165. Help on the way for hurricane victims.
166. A husband with a heart for service.
167. Insurance.
168. Chiropractors.
169. Counting gifts and blessings.
170. Daughters “slumber parties” with each other to combat the dark together. Such warriors!
171. 1828 Webster’s Dictionary with Bible verses referenced in the definitions.
172. The Lord opening my eyes to see my laziness in this huge and blessed life I lead … MOTIVATION!
173. I am HIS tenant…. Leviticus 25:23b “because the land is mine (the Lord’s) and you are but aliens and my tenants.”
174. Honor.
175. Honoring God … Psalm 45:11 “The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”
176. Blind Bartemaeus. (Mark 10: 46-52)
177. Faith.
178. Redirection.
179. Answered prayers.
181. Art class.
182. A directive for parenting … Mark 10:16 “And he (Jesus) took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”
183. Football season! Yep, that's my man playing last year :)

184. Cool, crisp mornings.
185. Warm, fuzzy blankets.
186. Cute comfort clothing.
187. Jesus in nature.
188. Nature walks.

189. Being with my family.
190. Peaceful, quiet days.
192. Einstein Brother’s Cinnamon Raisin Bagels with Shmear!
193. When God points out what is important, so we can disregard the rest!
194. Pals.
195. “Simple Things” sung by Amy Grant
196. Old hymns sung acapalla.
197. Old hymns sung in new ways.
198. Freshly mown and manicured lawns.
199. Finishing a LLLOOONNNGGG day of homeschool and everyone is still smiling AND singing.
200. Children growing happily into participating in things you do because you are a part of a family … why does a chore have to be a bore?!

201. Prayer lists … and the privilege of praying for others.
202. Text messaged bible verses that I get daily from a friend who wants to immerse high school girls in His word for the day (they get the verse, too) … awesome!

203. When God reminds me who I am!
204. Blessing a sweet friend from God (who I’ve never met, but love like a sister) through another new friend (who I’ve never met) with a fun suprise to celebrate her new baby boy.
205. Casting Crowns.
206. Spiritual sisters … sisters of your heart.
207. Laundry to do because it means we are blessed with clothes to wear.
208. A washer and dryer that works!
209. Clothes that daughters have grown out of because it means they are getting more healthy and strong everyday.
210. My sweet daughters getting into the spirit of gratitude … “Mom, did you put ___ on the list?”

Saturday, September 20, 2008

"Jammies and Heel's"

Tonight at church was our first Mother-Daughter event, "Jammie's and Heel's", and it was chock fully of girliness and fun! The evening included pizza, pillow-making, pillowcase decorating, lip gloss making, make-up, finger and toe nail painting, watching “Enchanted” on the big screen, bracelets, a high-heel race (with the added difficulty of running backwards for the bigger girls) and, the grand finally, an ice cream sundae bar. You can’t beat that! Thank you Susan, our groovy Children’s Minister. Here are some of the highlights …

Best of friends getting ready to get "phoofi-fied"

Snuggly pillows ...

Pillowcases ... to ensure "sweet dreams"

Making Mommy look "beautiful, Darling, simply beautiful!"

Oh, what lovely fingernails you have!

See, many colors to go with many outfits :)

"Ladies, get your pumps ready!"

"And the winner is ...."

"Mmmm, mmmm, good!"

What would we do without good friends?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Slice of Inspiration

"When suffering shatters the carefully kept vase that is our lives,
God stoops to pick up the pieces. But He doesn't put them back together as a restoration project patterned after our former selves. Instead, He sifts through the rubble and selects some of the shards as raw material for another project - a mosaic that tells the story of redemption."
Ken Gire

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Jesus Loves Me ... Everywhere!

This morning was too beautiful to sit inside and do school work, so the girls and I snagged the camera and went for a nature walk. The goal: find Jesus in nature ... crosses. Reminders of His love and great sacrifice for us. Here is what we found ...

And, at the end of the walk, God threw in a heart to tell us how much He loves us! I love our Heavenly Daddy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Battle Gear

Over the summer, the girls studied about Joshua on Sunday mornings. They learned a really cool song written by Nino, our Worship Minister, complete with groovy hand movements. The chorus goes like this … “So Joshua fought, with honor and sword, and with the trumpet blare, but his mightiest weapons were God’s word, an obedient heart, and prayer!” Now that’s some powerful truth about our mightiest weapons. And, if that weren’t enough, the children (and parents) were encouraged to memorize ALL, yes I said ALL, of Ephesians 6:10-18. I am proud to say that oldest daughter was able to do it, yep, the whole thing, with amazing accuracy. She was given the honor of reciting it before the entire congregation on Sunday morning, August 31st. Here she is with our Children’s Minister, Ms. Susan …

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying.” Amen!

Friday, September 12, 2008


“If we have to evaporate, can we go to Grannie’s house?” Thus the words of my 7 year old niece. Today, my sister and her family are nestled in, safe and sound, at my mother’s house anxiously awaiting Hurricane Ike. They live in Galveston. This is the second time they have evacuated. The first was several years ago … a nightmare for my sister who got to drive 14 hours … yes, I said 14 hours (normally a 6 hour trip) … panicked ... with 2 kids, 5 cats and whatever they could pack, to our house, worrying about her husband who was several hours behind them. They got missed, primarily, with that one. We called it the “Hurrication." The nieces had a great time playing together and the damage was minimal. Not sure they will be so lucky this time. Ike is supposed to hit Galveston dead on. There is already massive flooding happening. So, please pray for our families … my sister, Brian’s brother and all the aunt’s, uncles, cousins and two grandmothers in the Houston area as they wade through Ike. I know God is holding them in His hands and there is a purpose in all He allows. I know they are in safe places, so there is no danger of them "evaporating." Reminds me of what is most important in life ... people, not things. May God be praised in this storm!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More gifts ...

101. Container vegetable gardens.

102. Starbucks Venti Green Tea Iced Tea Lemonade Sweetened.
103. Trampolines
104. My children's laughter.
105. My children's imagination.

106. Old movie classics.
107. Souped up quesadilla's.
108. The Cooking Network.
109. Roller blading.
110. The "Mark of the Lion" series by Francine Rivers.
111. "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers.
112. Camping.
113. Running into long lost friends.
114. Matriarchs, who are worthy of being called that.
115. Picking up eggs out of a hen house.
116. Seasons.
117. Black bean salsa.
118. High school football games.
119. Little girls learning to write and doing it phonetically.
120. My Paw-Paw's old (and now that I am older and really understand ... classic) jalopy truck.
121. Outdoor concerts.
122. Paw-Paw's, who are cool and fun and always raring to go!

123. Nice neighbors.
124. "Free" long distance calls.
125. Nice, smiling and helpful service people.
126. Ceiling fans.
127. Being humbled by the Lord.
128. Candidates for Vice President I can actually get excited about.
129. When God grants the request to see some one with new eyes.
130. Health insurance.
131. New blog friends.
132. Discovering me when I quit comparing.
133. Children's bedtime prayers ... well, anytime prayers.
134. Self-control.
135. Like-minded friends.
136. Encouragement.
137. Challenging thoughts or quotes or books.
138. Guacamole.
139. Love notes.
140. "God moments."
141. Prayer groups.
142. Kick ball.
143. Baby ducks.

144. Whip cream fights.

145. Daddy’s girls.

146. Chocolate chip, pecan pie.
147. Mountains.
148. PBJ or PB and banana or PB and honey.
149. Grilling out.
150. Exercise.

A Slice of Inspiration

“In our marriage we tell the next generation
what sex and marriage and fidelity look like to
Christians. We are prophets, for better or for
worse, of the future of Christian marriage.”
-Evelyn and James Whitehead

Monday, September 8, 2008

More Gifts ...

51. My Mom, who taught me and continues to teach me how to be a mom!

52. Ladybugs.
53. Fresh peaches.
54. Old pictures ...
Yes, this is some of my Dad's family. That is him in the middle of my Grandma and Grandpa ... the cute guy.

And, this one is my Grandma Schultz. Guess which of the grandchildren I am?

55. Homemade, decorated birthday cakes.
56. Quiet early morning moments with my husband.
57. Bed and breakfasts.
58. "Little House on the Prairie"
59. Homemade popcorn ... my Daddy said that white hulled popcorn is best and he is right!
60. A cool breeze that reminds me that seasons change, but God does not!
61. Flyswatters.
62. French fries dipped in chocolate milkshake.
63. Rain.
64. Porch swings.
65. Cows grazing.
66. The library.
67. Dew on grass.
68. Piggyback rides.
69. Good fiction.
70. A great first day at school.
71. Prayer.
72. Tender hearts.
73. Groceries.
74. Telephones.
75. Baby kittens.
76. French toast.
77. Yellowstone National Park.
78. Hiking.
79. Moose.
80. My Bible.
81. Love notes.
82. Pony tails.
83. Migraine medications that work.
84. My husbands big, warm hands that can massage my aching head.
85. Sweet daughters who jump in to help when I don't feel good.
86. Diet Coke.
87. Cute new clothes bought off the 75% off rack!
88. Home made tortilla's.
89. Central Market Grocery Store that inspires me to cook.
90. Wedding rings ... a symbol of commitment.
91. Money to pay the bills.
92. God's gifts and callings that are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29)
93. The freshness of a rearranged room.
94. Toilet paper.
95. Little girls "blankies."
96. Snuggling with my girls in the early morning hours.
97. Jesus waking me up to sit and have a chat.
98. Laughter at Whataburger with old friends and new friends at 11:30 p.m. after a women's event.
99. Seeing some one with new eyes.
100. The ability to memorize scripture.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

A Thousand Gifts ...

“Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

I am driven to discipline myself to be with Jesus all the time in everything. And, I am driven to teach that to our children not just in words, but in my actions and behavior. What I want is to walk with God, talk with Him, know and feel and sense Him tangibly all the time. To be aware of all that He does for us, all He created for us, all that He wants for us and to walk in it. To breathe Him in deeply and express that to others. I believe that it starts with praise and gratitude for every thing, every gift, every little detail, and all the things I take for granted. So, I am taking the challenge. I am joining the “Gratitude Community” and making my own list of "One Thousand Endless Gifts." I am choosing to “establish gratitude as a personal soul fixture.” Isn’t that cool? The Bible tells us to be “overflowing with thankfulness.” (Col. 2:17) Now that’s a foreign idea in a world that encourages keeping up with the Jones’ and discontentment. Satan clearly comes against thankfulness and contentment in my life. “You’re weird … that’s not possible ... God didn’t do that, so-and-so did … people are going to think you are holier-than-thou.” Well, call me weird. I want a changed and thankful heart. So, I am focusing on gratitude, praise and counting all my gifts and blessings.

Here goes …

1. My Heavenly Father, who loves me!

2. My sweet husband.

3. Two precious, beautiful gifts from the Lord ... our daughters.

4. Our family restored.
5. A "new" marriage.
6. Grace.
7. Strawberry popsicles.
8. The smell of fall that gets under my skin and brings a freshness to my attitude.
9. "I love you, mommy!"
10. Home schooling.
11. Fresh baked bread ... smelling it and eating it just out of the oven and smeared with butter.
12. Quiet time with Jesus.
13. Love songs sung to Him.
14. Friends who still love you in spite of yourself.
15. Wii.
16. Little girls prayers.
17. Memories in photographs.
18. Freshly laundered sheets.
19. The smell of vanilla.
20. God's word.
21. Baby girl falling asleep to the "Kari Jobe" CD praising the Father.
22. Big girl reading books, just because ... sharing her mommy's passion.
23. Hot chocolate chip cookies.
24. Washing the car with Daddy.
25. "Mommy, can you lay down with me?"
26. Sweet faces on sleeping children.
27. Holding hands.
28. A cool breeze.
29. Freshly mown grass.
30. Old people's wisdom and stories.
31. Painted toenails.
32. A van-load of underprivileged kids playing basketball with men from the church.
33. Singing old hymns in church and seeing my Paw-Paw in the back of my mind leading worship at the top of his lungs with joy on His face.
34. Sitting outside under an umbrella with girlfriends watching children swim in the rain.
35. Daughters so tickled with each other that just looking at each other brings more laughter.
36. Pumpkins.
37. Puppies.
38. Swimming pools on hot days.
39. My favorite pen.
40. Being called to love others because I am so deeply loved.
41. Down-right, "call it like it is" truth.
42. Serving lunch at an inner city church as a family.
43. Waking up with praise music playing in my mind.
45. Making my husband coffee and breakfast in the mornings.
46. Journals.
47. Little girls playing baby dolls and house ... amazing imaginations.
48. Cookbooks with pictures.
49. Success with a new recipe.
50. Sabbath.