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Our God is awesome God. :)

Lately, I have had one line stuck in my head.

“I am the Lord, YOUR God.”

A few weeks ago in church, the pastor spoke of the importance in that statement. I had never focused on that much but just the thought of it now brings my heart so much joy. That is how personal God is with each and everyone of us. He isn’t just a king that sits on a throne overseeing all the people. We are on a personal journey with Him. He is OUR God. He is YOUR God and he is MY God.

God cares about me and knows me personally. That is such an amazing thought. Who else is better equipped to help you in life?

It has been awhile since I posted. My camera is out of batteries but last Friday I had such a great time thrift shopping. I found some great treasures. I had one special project and I love the results. Hopefully, I will be able to feature it in my next post with pictures!

Last week was a bit rough. My heart felt heavy for some reason. I sometimes get bad anxiety and just generally feel uneasy or anxious. Today I am feeling much better and light-hearted. I try to direct my thoughts toward God and unload my burdens on him. It helps but sometimes I have a hard time shaking the feelings.

Today I embarked upon a new challenge! Rh and I worked up a verbal contract on a weight loss challenge. Sounds horrible I know – haha, but he knows I haven’t been happy about the few pounds I put on. I received a gift card to Cato for my birthday but didn’t want to buy any clothes since I have gained some weight so I am saving that as part of my reward.

The challenge:

I have 2 months from yesterday (Deadline: May 2) to lose 15 pounds. It is going to be tough but we were striving for  a real challenge and who doesn’t love a little competition?

The stakes:

If I lose the 15 lbs by the agreed deadline, RH is going to take me on a shopping spree! I get to spend a certain amount on new clothes (plus my saved gift card!!).

Blogland, you must hold me accountable. I will be updating you each Monday morning with my weight loss for the week. I will weight myself on Sundays when I have access to a scale.

I am excited about this challenge. I want to lose the weight I put on since meeting RH. It will make me feel so much better. When I eat healthy, I have so much more energy!

This morning I woke up at 4:30 (I have to be out the door at 6:15 to have time to drop off Jacob and make it to work at 7:00.) I spent about 20 minutes doing a work out video. I then read the bible for a bit and then got ready for work. I had leisurely time to get ready without rushing too much and it made my morning so much nicer. The day was off to such a great start. This is another goal I am making for myself. By working out in the mornings, I get my day off on a good note and it is easier to stick to my healthy-eating plan.

Let me know if you are on a similar weight-loss kick. I would love to hear your tips. Can’t wait to post some pictures of my decorating triumphs with you all! I am getting my new curtains today. They should be in the mail!

Everyone have a great day and God bless!

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Birthday recap :)

We had a great weekend.

I was sad on Friday. We weren’t able to go to Houston. RH had to work. I decided to look at this as a blessing. God knows we need the overtime! Those extra hours will make this week much better on payday.

RH was working on fixing up one of his trucks to sell on Saturday morning. I had a good time just spending time with him, watching him tinkering with his tools and letting him explain to me what various parts of the engine are for (I was trying to take mental notes for the next time my car won’t start.) He is incredible and I loved just spending the morning watching him work and riding with him to the auto parts store – getting Icees at the convenience store. That man spoils me way too much. :-p Love him.

On Saturday night, he took me out to eat for my birthday. We went to a local place with my sister and her fiance. We had a great time. I had ribs – horrible, I know. So delicious though! After dinner, we were planning on seeing a movie. We went to Kirklands (best store ever… they have the cutest home decor and reasonably price, often on sale!). RH bought me a picture for the kitchen that I have been wanting. It’s a cute and colorful, framed rooster. Whimsical and makes me smile.

After Kirklands, we went to a local fancy restaurant that is famous for their desserts. I ordered the strawberry tart and it was so so so good. RH got a chocolate amaretto mousse bombe. Just the name sounds awesome, doesn’t it?

After dessert, we were really pushing our movie time so we just decided not to go. We went home and snuggled on the couch while watching a movie. It was a great night and I’m so thankful he put effort into it – he even surprised me with a card on Friday!

Church on Sunday was about becoming a good leader. I have never really thought of myself as a leader of much but yesterday opened my eyes and let me realize that I have many opportunities to lead. I am leading my son by teaching him how to live a good life and how to function properly in society. I am leading RH as we encourage each other to become better people and constantly improve ourselves. I am leading others around me by my actions and other people see how I react to certain situations and temptations.

I am going to continue to work on sending out the right messages so people who are around me are influenced in a positive direction. I pray that I can be receptive to God’s messages and let Him lead me in the right direction.

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Desiring Purity – Time Warp Wife

First of all, if you haven’t stopped by the Time Warp Wife blog you need to do so now. Her advice is empowering and her ideas are pretty amazing. She is such an inspiration each day to try a little harder and live life the way God intended.

http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/

Yesterday she answered a letter from a reader. Although I didn’t write the letter, I pretty much could have. This issue weighs so heavily on my heart and I must confess here on my blog.

RH and I aren’t married. We have dreamed of getting married but the long rough patch we went through kept pushing that date off until later and later. I can see now that this is probably because we WEREN’T living life the way God intended. God already has a plan laid out for us and we pretty much said “No thanks, God! We got this. We know what is best for us.” We obviously don’t. I know that now.

This topic weighs down my spirit. We are trying so hard to live a Godly life but this one area is where we still sin AND. WE. KNOW. IT. After so long, it would put a tremendous strain on our relationship to stop being intimate. Should we just split our lives and move into separate dwellings? I don’t think that is the right answer. Should we get married right away? Once again, I’m not sure. We have been seeing a wedding on the horizon but for a while we were arguing almost daily and that kept pushing our dream further and further back.

I feel like God just slapped me in the face with this article via Darlene. I feel like a hypocrite asking God for forgiveness and then continuing on to live this way. I pray that we continue to keep our relationship on the right path and that a wedding will be in our near future.

This is a topic I have been wanting to release ever since I started my blog. I hope no one judges me too harshly. I am ashamed of this topic and can’t wait until it is a non-issue.

God bless.

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Tuesday

I hope everyone had an awesome Valentine’s Day. I know RH and I had a fabulous night. He even surprised me with MORE roses – a big red bouquet. It was beautiful and made sure he knew how much it meant to me. I love fresh flowers and the fact that they went out of his way to make me happy meant so much. I am trying so hard to return the favor.

I made lasagna, a nice salad and cheesy toast.  I decorated the table with a pink table cloth, heart confetti and some of my roses. I placed a picture of us as the centerpiece and lit a candle. I placed my chair so RH could still see the TV (like always at dinner time) and while I was getting our plates together, he moved my chair across from his and left the TV off. That means so much. I will always remember that. He loves watching TV to relax and it is always on at dinner time (even though I prefer it off… he works hard and he likes to unwind with the TV sometimes).  We finished off with cheesecake for desert. Simply delish! I had cheesecake for breakfast this morning… is that wrong?

My birthday is coming up this weekend. I will be 23 on Saturday. We are planning on spending Friday in Houston. There are some fantastic flea markets in H-town and I am hoping to stop by some thrift store also. We don’t have much room in our budget for a ton of spending on my birthday but I hope to snag some unique treasures I can use for decorating.

We missed church on Sunday. We took our other son out for his birthday. He wanted to go ice skating also and they have a special on Sunday at noon. Two birthday weekends in a row is tough on the pocket book but everyone had a great time. It is a fantastic workout for sure.

The boys are growing up so fast. I am longing for a baby but this isn’t the right time in our lives. I can’t wait until we can add a little girl to the bunch. Our family would be complete! I can’t wait until the day we are ready to add to our family. I will have to introduce my ovaries to patience until then… *sigh*

I don’t like missing church. When we go to church it just starts the week off on a positive note. I know that God is always there for me, not just at church on Sundays. I have been spending time reading the Bible and I love what I have been learning.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a good self-taught Bible study? I would love to know.

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A Fantastic Weekend!

I wasn’t able to post this weekend. Our weekend was full of snow! It’s a rare thing to get snow where we live in Texas but the last three years have given us one good snow fall. It was beautiful! Jacob had a great time playing in the snow. He and Daddy would fill up their buckets and bring the snow over to me so I could shape the snowman.

It wasn’t a perfect snowman, but it was a Texas-style snowman. :-p I’m loving his peppermint eyes. Sadly, he melted yesterday. He was good company while he was around.

On Saturday, we took the kids and RH’s niece to go ice skating for our oldest boy’s birthday. He turned 9! The kids (and parents ;)) had a blast. It was so much fun.

This weekend we stayed with my gracious parents. The pipes were still frozen and messed up so they let us spend the weekend with them. I think they liked our company. They got to spend some time with their grandson. My dad made a delicious breakfast casserole and RH got to visit with them quite a bit. Everyone had a great time.

We will be going back home today. I honestly cannot wait. I want to clean, organize and work on my Valentine’s and Easter decorations (Finally!). I am thinking grilled cheese and good, old-fashioned chicken noodle soup for dinner. RH will be working on the pipes after work so I need an easy meal that won’t require much water or washing of anything.

The weather was so beautiful yesterday. I am longing for Spring!

Yesterday’s message at church was about trust, more specifically, trusting in God. The pastor said that people who completely trust in the Lord are less stressed and experience less worry. What a wonderful message. I would love to take stress away from my life. In the last month, it has been melting away. Our life has already changed so much for the better.

He said, “Why trust God?”  God loves us and God wants to help us. It is incredible to think that our Creator, the King of Kings, wants to help ME? Wants to see me succeed? Who else could help me more than Him? When you trust God with everything, the results are beautiful.

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Fer-eeez-ing-ah.

Wind chill of -5. Not fun in our little, poorly insulated farm house. We love living in the country and are so blessed to have a large, if older, home. It needs quite a bit of work but I am so excited about the day we can begin all of our renovations.

We need to get the house leveled which costs a pretty penny if it is going to be done correctly and last. We have received several quotes and are saving up for this to be done. Of course, we run the risk of having the house split in two or fall apart or some other disastrous ending but to keep things from shifting around even more or stuff sliding off of shelves, it needs to be done.

I felt so bad for our outside doggies. They looked like little snowmen all huddled together this morning. I made them a cushy place to sleep so hopefully they aren’t too cold.

Last night I read the first part of Ruth as laid out on the Bible Study at the Time-Warp-Wife. It was interesting. Hop on over to her site and there is a printable guide with questions to fill out. I wanted to read more but I was trying to focus just on the first chapter. Link below:

http://time-warp-wife.blogspot.com/2011/01/bible-study-ruth-chapter-1-link-up.html

God truly is good. I see him rewarding me and helping me along the way. Things have radically changed in my life and it is fantastic.

We have been having problems with debt and we were hoping to start off with a clean slate after I get my income tax refund. I was hoping for around the same amount as I received last year and planning on how we could use that same amount of money this year. This wouldn’t allow for much *fun* spending on things needed but not NECESSARY… like furniture, a kitchen table, china cabinet, etc. My amount from last year would pay off bills, financed items, loans and help us get some things out of pawn.

I was shocked to find out this morning that the amount I will be receiving this year is TWICE the amount I received last year. Praise to God! He is truly looking out for our little family. We will be able to start off with a clean slate and get some furniture to make our house more homey and pleasant. 🙂 I want a comfy place for us to spend our time. I will be focusing more on decorating and I have been keeping the house clean. I love it.

Thank you for all of your feedback. It is deeply appreciated.

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O, wind, If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? – Percy Bysshe Shelley

So here I sit… planning my Easter decorations and dreaming of springtime when **BAM** more of this cold, rainy stuff… Oh well, another excuse for hot chocolate. 🙂

We Texans aren’t used to this cold weather. Tonight the low with be in the 20s and people are cancelling school and making sure they have jugs of water, batteries and canned food ready. Well, not the last part, I think, but I’m sure you Northerners are laughing at us about now. There is a small chance of snow on  Thursday!

Last night I made chicken enchiladas care of Janelle over at Comfy in the Kitchen. They. Were. Incredible. You must try this recipe. Link below:

http://comfynkitchen.blogspot.com/2011/01/chicken-enchiladas.html

I need to improve in my picture-taking habits. The dish was beautiful! Afterwards, I made fried banana cakes (just the name sounds healthy, right?). They were sprinkled with powdered sugar. RH ate them up. He took some for breakfast this morning.

I am about to begin studying the book of Ruth. I received this bible study from time-warp-wife.blogspot.com. Can’t wait to see what I learn. 🙂

I will be honest with you. I haven’t had lots of experience reading the bible. I am working on that. I now have a thirst for God’s knowledge and hope he blesses me with wisdom that I can only gain by reading His word.

I started off by reading from Matthew. I decided to look through the Old Testament as well. I began to read some of Leviticus and was just confused. Why were there passages about how to treat slaves? What is all this about animal sacrifices? I felt like this went against everything I thought God would want for us. I was deeply troubled and wanted an explanation. Luckily, I am blessed to have a co-worker who is a pastor at a local church (just another small way God let himself into my life!). The next morning I asked him to explain. I told him I was aware this world probably be an hour-long conversation and he doesn’t have the time but I asked him for some insight as to what these verses meant.

He told me that when I sit down to study the bible I should first begin with a prayer asking God for understanding and the ability to comprehend what I am about to read. He said it is difficult to understand the bible without God’s assistance.

He explained that much of what is in the Old Testament is symbolic. He also said that animal sacrifice was common place before Jesus shed His blood for us on the cross because they would repent of their sins with animal blood. After we were washed in the blood of Jesus and cleansed of our sins, animal blood was no longer necessary.

How do you all feel about this explanation? Any tips about the Old Testament for a newbie navigating these waters?

P.S. Thank goodness for spell check. Ha.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic day. Lots of love going your way!

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