Monday, April 30, 2012

Children are a Heritage

I have recently been struggling with the fact that it seems many people do not realize what a blessing children are and they don't see what an opportunity they miss to mold their children's lives by not staying at home. I know some people who after finding out they were pregnant, just kind of looked at it as if this was the next step in life, but weren't really very excited about it. (I can see not being immediately excited if you hadn't planned to get pregnant, but I can't imagine not being excited after a couple of months.) Instead they focus on the fact that a baby will be so much work and they won't be able to do whatever they want. The woman may focus on the fact that she will get "fat" and that her body will never be the same. It never occurs to them to focus on the blessing they are about to receive, whether they planned it or not.

It amazes me how many people don't think twice about going right back to work after having their baby and taking the baby to day care. I do realize that it is not always financially possible for a mother to stay home, but too many people don't even THINK about staying home. The "normal" thing to them is to just go back to work and send the baby to day care. This happens so often in the church also. These are the people that should realize how blessed they are to have children and that they are truly a gift from God, but instead they look at it just the same way that the world does.

I have really been struggling with this. I am blessed every day by my little Pumpkin, even on the days that I don't know how I'll make it till the time Daddy gets home. EVERY DAY there is SOMETHING that is a blessing to me. Even if its just his little smile. No I don't have the same body I had before having a baby and yes, often times I wish those stretch marks would go away, but all in all I realize it was worth it. I wouldn't give up  my Pumpkin to get my stretch mark-free stomach back...NO CHANCE!

I also see everyday how important it is for me to be home with him, I am the main person (and his Daddy) who is molding his character and beliefs. If I wasn't doing it, who would be? And what would they be teaching him?

Couples are not always able to have a baby when they want to. It's  not something that you decide you want and it just happens like that (not always). There are many, many couples who are traveling down a road of wondering when and if they will get pregnant. There are many women who would LOVE to be getting "fat" with a baby. There are many couples who would rather be stuck at home with a fussy baby than able to go out with friends and do what they want, while wondering if there will ever be a baby to stay home with...

I have friends on both sides of this issue and with both opposing views. I struggle with what to say to the ones that are "disappointed" about having a baby and can only pray for the Lord's will in the lives of the ones who are hoping for a baby.

  "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate."
Psalm 127:3-5

 "When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world."
John 16:21

 "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
James 1:17

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Steak Quesadillas

Yesterday was some 94 degrees here and as it approached supper time, I did not want to start up the good ole stove and pump yet more heat into our house. I also had leftover grilled steak in our fridge from the night before and desperately wanted to use it up. So I 'googled' it! Something about how to use leftover steak. What wonderful idea popped up?! Quesadillas! We LOVE mexican food and quesadillas are always good. So I decided to try MY hand at it.

I also had a leftover baked potato. My mom makes these AMAZING soft shelled tacos and she puts shredded potatoes in them, so I thought hey why not throw a little potato in there? Make them more filling, right? We also LOVE chives and right now I have LOTS of them, so I've been using them ALOT! I forgot to get the cheese in the picture...of course we put cheese in them. I also sprinkled a little paprika and chili powder in there.
Pumpkin had a great time sprinkling the steak, cheese and chives on and then I let him "smash" them once we put the top tortilla on.

Ready to be "grilled"!

I did make them inside even thought it was like 80 degrees in here. (I'm a tight-wad, what can I say? And it's only April...I did break and turn the AC on for a while though before it got cool enough to open the windows...) I used the trusty old George Foreman. It worked wonderfully!

They turned out DE-LICI-O-SO!
This will now be one of our family's go-to meals! And it was SO easy!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Evidence of the Flood

Last year, my husband got his pilot license and we now go flying every once in awhile. We went flying tonight and every time we go flying, I am AMAZED at how obvious the Flood of the Bible is. We live in Kansas. Good ole, flat as a table top, Kansas. BUT since we've started to go flying, I have realized there are all these "washed out" places ALL over our area. I've lived here my whole life and never knew just how much evidence of the Flood there was all around me. So I snapped a few pictures to show you all.

Look at all those crevices

They are jagged and deep

Isn't it pretty obvious that a very LARGE amount of water washed through there and left it's mark?!

I just can not understand how people can look around at all of God's creation and still say there is no God and look at the evidence of what is around them and still say that the Bible is not true...if ever I needed proof, right there it is!

"Then the flood came upon the earth for forty days, and the water increased and lifted up the ark, so that it rose above the earth."
Genesis 7:17

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Glorifying God #2

Today I want to talk about a practice that I know a lot of people who take part in and is likely to step on some people's toes, but I just want to be sure that people know what the origin of Yoga really is.
The Wikipedia definition of yoga is "a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, originating in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility while meditating on the Hindu concept of divinity or Brahman".
So basically the point of yoga is to meditate on hindu concepts. Everything I read about yoga had something to do with hinduism.
Some people say that they do yoga simply to exercise and maybe they say that it helps them to "clear their head" and they can think about God and meditate on the Bible. Well, maybe that is possible, but something that has roots so deep in hinduism and the whole purpose is to meditate on those concepts; it makes me a little wary. It says right in the definition that it is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight. I must ask, spiritual insight into WHAT?
My husband read a book awhile back (I can't remember the name of it now) but it was written by a lady that had previously been into wicca. She was one of the "high up" witches and had done and seen all kinds of nasty and terrible things. (I have not read the book, I'm just relaying some of what my husband told me about it. He said he had trouble sleeping some nights after reading it. I'm not sure I could handle it.) She got out of the wicca practices and became a Christian before writing the book and in the book she warned about all the spiritual warfare that is going on in our world. We don't see it, but it is definitely there. She had encountered demons and warned about opening yourself up to demons.
(since I have not read the book, I'm not able to explain this all too well, but the point is still the same.)
So back to my question, spiritual insight into WHAT? Most often we think of spiritual things having to do with God and the Holy Spirit. But there is a whole other kind of spiritual warfare going on around us and we want to stay as far, far away from it as we can.
So the point of this post is, just educate yourself on the origins of yoga. For me personally, I don't feel like it would be very glorifying to God if I did it, so I choose to stay away from it.

"You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror."
James 2:19

Friday, April 13, 2012

Home Binder

Just wanted to show you what I've got in my binder so far. It is still a work in progress, but I'm happy with the results so far. I started taking pictures for this post and then realized that it would be WAY easier to show and explain in a video, so here goes my first video!

Sorry about the terrible lighting, like I said it was a last minute decision to do the video and that meant I did it AT NIGHT-duh-bad choice! (with only one light on-Pumpkin hasn't been wanting to to go sleep lately and we live in a smaller house, so we've been trying not to have too many lights on after he goes to bed) Next time I do a video, I will try to make it better, promise!

Hope it helps anyway, enjoy!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Glorifying God? #1

Ok, so a week or so ago, I said I was going to start writing about a few topics that have been on my heart. Things that I feel, a lot of people are involved in and don't even realize that maybe these things are not good for them.
First on my list today, is The Hunger Games.
I have not read the books or watched the movie. Something about the preview and summaries that I have read about them, keeps me away. If you want to read a summary here is a link:

Now, maybe I'm all wet, but when the whole plot of what I'm reading or watching is to fight people to the death, I don't think it's very glorifying to our Lord. I realize that things like this have gone on in our history, but this is a fictitious story where people are fighting and killing to win a prize. It makes it sound like it's okay to "play God". Now some may say, yes, it is just fiction and made up...what can be so wrong with that? This may just be my opinion, but I just don't think that if Jesus were visibly sitting here with us, that He would be reading The Hunger Games. Even in the summaries I've read and the previews I've seen, there seems to be something "evil" about The Hunger Games to me. I have just had an uneasy feeling about it all, ever since the first time I heard about it. Maybe that's just my personal conviction, but that's how it is. I feel like killing and betrayal, have been so subtly brought into our society through books, movies, songs that we no longer think about it as strange, weird or bad. It has just become NORMAL. Something tells me that God doesn't think this is NORMAL.

"Thou shalt not kill." Exodus 20:13

"And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death. "
Numbers 35:17

"Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him."
1 John 3:15

The last verse, I just wanted to point out, goes so far as to say that if you HATE, you are like a murderer. WOW! Hard to swallow huh? If that's how God feels, I just don't think He would be pleased by my or my family's watching something like The Hunger Games. Of course, we all have to make our own media choices, but I just wanted to put this perspective on it.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

It's About the Cross

This morning at church, our Pastor and his daughter sang this song and how true is it?!?

Take a listen, and remember what we are REALLY celebrating!
Happy Easter, He is risen!!!!!

It's About the Cross-The Ball Brothers

Friday, April 6, 2012

He was pierced for our transgressions

With Easter on our minds, I think this verse says SO much about what Jesus did for us in order that we can have eternal life.

"But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed. "
Isaiah 53:5

This song just reiterates this and is a beautiful reminder of what we are celebrating over this Easter time.

By His Wounds-Glory Revealed

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
And crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed

We are healed by Your sacrifice
And the life that You gave
We are healed for You paid the price
By Your grace we are saved
We are saved

He was pierced for our transgressions
He was crushed for our sins
The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him
And by His wounds, by His wounds we are healed
And by His wounds, by His wounds

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Be imitators of God

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
-Ephesians 5:1-2

I was just thinking last night, how Pumpkin likes to imitate Austin and I. After Austin has been working on his truck or the car, I'll see Pumpkin "fixing" his toy truck. When I put gel in my hair, Pumpkin wants a little bit to but on his head. Just a couple small examples of how much this little man wants to imitate almost everything we do.
This lead me to think of how we are supposed to be imitators of Christ. We are supposed to show love to others, the same way Jesus did. We should live lives that express the love and hope of God. No matter what we are doing or where we are, people should be able to tell a difference.
Lately, I have to wonder if that is how my life is. When I'm getting my groceries, I try to be kind and polite, but does that REALLY show the love of Jesus. There are plenty of happy, polite people in this world (and plenty of people who aren't, to be honest), but what makes the difference? Where do people start to see that I'm different?
I have been having this great feeling of needing to tell people, both by words and actions, about God and how to live for God. But then this brings me I really live my life the way God wants me to.
Sure there are many things I don't do because of my beliefs and things that I do do because of my beliefs, but there seems like so many small things that people are missing. Things that have become such a "normal" part of our world that we don't think twice about them (at least most don't). Even though I feel that I do think about and don't do those things, what makes me think that I'm not missing SOMETHING? So lately I have been having to really look around me, look at my day to day things, look at my "normal" and see if it lines up with what God's Word says. This will be a life long process, I'm sure, but it will be worth it, to look at EVERYTHING and make sure that in doing it, that I am in fact "imitating God".