Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This was the first picture we ever saw
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Why do I say this? Is it that I don't want to bother Him? Is it that I don't think my problems and prayers (and therefore--me) are important enough to warrant his attention? Is it that I don't have faith that He'll answer? I think it's all of the above. I have had to make a concerted effort to rid my prayers of that word. I don't want the bare minimum! I want ALL His blessings, abundantly, overflowing. I need to learn to come before Him boldly, boldy proclaiming His words and promises over our family.
Will He listen to me? Every one seems to know Jeremiah 29:11, but it's 29:12-13 that I like. "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Faith? Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 I like what my bible says: Two words describe faith: sure and certain. These 2 qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God's character--he IS who he says. The end point is believing in God's promises--he WILL do what he says. When we believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don't see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith.
I found this poem several years ago and have listened to it many times. I am putting it here in it's entirety, but if you get a chance PLEASE go to Father's Love Letter and LISTEN to it. Absorb it. Believe it. God loves YOU (....and ME)!
You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
I am familiar with all your ways.
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
For you were made in my image.
In me you live and move and have your being.
For you are my offspring.
I knew you even before you were conceived.
I chose you when I planned creation.
You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
I knit you together in your mother's womb.
And brought you forth on the day you were born.
I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16
And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1
Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
For I am the perfect father.
Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Because I love you with an everlasting love.
My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
And I rejoice over you with singing.
I will never stop doing good to you.
For you are my treasured possession.
I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
For it is I who gave you those desires.
I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
He is the exact representation of my being.
He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
My question is…
Will you be my child?
Love, Your Dad
I hope you enjoyed it. If you listened to it, isn't the voice just captivating and stirring?
I wish I could have this playing subliminally all night while I slept!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
...and write ALL over your playroom walls...
SS wasn't very happy when we took away the colored pencils she had found and written all over the walls. She didn't do just one spot. Noooooo....she wrote on all 4 walls. If this is the reaction she gives just when we take something away, I can't imagine when she actually gets disciplined for something!
I think I forgot to mention the bathing dolls incident last week! How could I forget that?! The girls were quiet and Shao came out with damp hair. She said there was water on the floor. I went to investigate and found that the girls were giving their dolls a bath----IN THE TOILET! And they also decided to wet their own hair while they were at it--WITH TOILET WATER! Can we say "EWWWWW! Gross!!!?" It was everywhere. And they were cloth dolls.
"Naughty like a boy" all her reports said. I didn't believe them at first. It didn't take me long to realize--they were right. Sigh.