Thursday, March 31, 2011

God's Truth {Thoughts From Me}

Lately, this one thing has been weighing on my heart.  I have noticed both online and off, that many people profess to be Christians.  Yet these same people still go around talking and thinking about things like many Non-Christians do.  This truly saddens my heart.

Please, note that I am not saying I don't do these things at times.  I do.  I also do my best not to.  No one is perfect and if we were I'm sure our name would definitely be Jesus.

I have noticed many professed Christians talking in negative language about others who have ticked them off.  I have noticed others speaking of situations that are possibly negative, yet never shedding a Christian light into the "what if it wasn't like that" aspect of thinking.  I have seen in my own family, members telling other members "sometime life is better without that person in your life", speaking of what's considered to be unwanted drama in their lives.  I have even seen sisters turn against sisters and brothers against brothers over such things. 

My question is: is this what God really wants?  Is this thought process of negativity, of turning against one another, of NOT supporting decisions, thoughts, love and caring relationships through thick and thin, truly what God wishes of us as Christian beings?  Does God want us supporting each of these negative thoughts with a "yes I see it your way"?  OR Does He wish for us to see life and love through His eyes? 

My answer is to take a step back and truly view the situation.  Truly attempt to see Life and Love through the eyes of the Father.  View things as He wishes us to see and don't take the first response as your answer.  Some things are better left to prayer. 

God doesn't wish us to turn our backs on one another.  He doesn't wish us to JUDGE one another or to LET GO of one another.  He wishes for us to see each minute thing, each burden through with love and support and caring of one another.  By all means, He KNOWS we are NONE perfect but He asks us to STRIVE to be our best.  Yet HOW can we be our BEST when we are busy being our worst? 

Stop what you are doing today and really let these thoughts, these statements I have made, sink in.  Let the TRUTH of God's LOVE sink in.  He loves EACH OF US REGARDLESS!  Why do we NOT LOVE each other in the same way???  Why do we allow the DEVIL to work in our lives, instead of allowing God to do His work instead?  Today, I am making the conscience decision to LET God WORK in my life, as it should be in all our lives.  God Bless!

Another March 2011 Update!

So we have started our new curriculum and are GREATLY loving it!  So much fun!  The kids are learning a lot.  Makes me really glad I have waited to do formal academics.  Just proves to me that a Mother's instincts truly are always right and that God will not steer you wrong!

I'm personally working on eating healthier, starting with cutting back on Pepsi.  I drink the stuff wayyy to much, some days that being all I manage to drink.  It makes me feel sluggish and yucky, yet still I drink it.  Well, soon-to-be no more, my friends, at least not in the amounts I have drunk it in the past anyways!  I am replacing Pepsi with Pineapple Juice, Sweet Tea (for now), daily Milk, more water, koolaid, Cranberry Juice and The Bulk Herb Store's Stress Tea (yummy, favorite of mine!) and Peppermint Tea (which I make 1/2 peppermint and 1/2 black at this time).  I feel sooo much better already.

Yesterday was a different day for us, as we took an unexpected break to head to Florence.  The kids enjoyed the ride and we even managed some school work (reading our curriculum) on the ride.  They were able to see the horizon line before a huge rainstorm came in and we discussed how it looked like a tidal wave or a mountain line on the skyline.  Hands on Science, Hands on World education is the BEST!  You won't find that kind of lesson in a classroom!  We thoroughly enjoyed our day away from the house.

When we got back, I was sooo tired that I decided to take a melatonin and get some much needed rest.  Oh boy do I feel so much better today!  It's wonderful how God heals while we sleep.  I feel like a completely new Momma!!  I woke up a couple of times but it wasn't long before I was back to sleep again.  I'm so thankful for that much needed break and rest.

Today we are taking it easy.  We have a light box to build this afternoon and that will be fun for us.  Planting should be done this weekend.  We decided that we want to make a garden this year.  Funny, how God plans things, because I never thought we'd want to do that but we do!  So we will be planting seedlings for our garden and learning some basic homesteading needs over the summer.  I'm so excited for the kids and though I'm not a planter or outdoors girl, I'm excited to be able to share this experience with our family as a whole!

At this time, the kids are watching the Yogi Bear movie, while Momma does some things online that I've been putting off!  I can tell from their laughter that they are having a wonderful time bonding over the movie.  I'm so thankful for our family.  God has truly blessed us.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

3/26/2011 Update

Life has been keeping me busy.  The kids and I have been cleaning out the girls room.  They have bagged up a TON of stuff for me to sort through.  We are on a mission to clean and reorganize the whole house, to make it work better for us. 

The dishwasher is still working well.  We've had a set back or two with the plumbing under the sink but I think we finally have it straightened out.  It's such a wonderful thing to be able to go into the kitchen and cook without having to worry with dishes everyday.  Thanks to the help of the dishwasher I've been able to begin meal planning again. 

I'm finding my iPad to be more of a blessing every day too.  I'm able to put my list into my Cozi app on my iPad, take it with me to the store and check off the list as I gather my purchases.  It's a really great organizational tool, though I'm still learning to use it.

The kids are enjoying playing on the iPad too.  Emmalee loves the Barbie apps available and Winston enjoys the Lego apps.  Even Laycie enjoys "pretending" to play and watching YouTube and Netflix videos of her favorite Pre-k "friends". 

I have our new curriculum planned and ready to start on Monday.  The kids are excited and so am I.  I know they are going to enjoy it all too and I can hardly wait!  Such a wonderful thing to share knowledge and God's Word with my children every day. 

So that's what we are up to these days.  I'm hoping to shoot some new photos of the kids and hopefully manage to get a new header for our blog.  This week will be busy with school, nature walks and lots of housekeeping.  Hopefully, it won't keep us too busy to enjoy Luv'N Lambert Life!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Surrender The Heart by MaryLu Tyndall {Book Review}

MaryLu Tyndall
Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Out of need, Marianne Denton becomes engaged to Noah Brenin though both would rather be anything but  connected to each other.  Through unusual circumstances, Marianne stows away on Noah's ship and is stuck along for the ride, all the way to the Islands.  Just as the two learn to get along, the ship is highjacked by the British and the Captain, some crew and Ms. Denton are taken hostage and inducted into the British Navy, forced to serve on the ship indefinitely.  Can their love overcome all odds?  Can they find a way to escape the ship and save the others?  Only time will tell in this wonderful story of War, Love and overcoming the odds.  Read Surrender The Heart today!

March Update 2011

March has brought a lot of change for us.  With the change of season, comes a new perspective on life.  A new effort, a new dawning, a settled peace.

The kids have been enjoying observing these changes both inside the house and out.  We have been visiting the pond at least once a day, have been playing outside more and watching the birds and bugs come to life again, as well as the plants and grasses.  They are loving learning from nature itself and I am loving watching them.

I recieved our kit for Botany and our kit for Astronomy (both Apologia, which we LOVE!), both of which we will be diving into over the next few months.  I've been waiting for the cold snaps to pass before setting into planting our seeds for Botany or attempting to view the stars, as it's still a bit cold at night yet.  I do believe that has almost passed though only time will tell.

This weekend we had our dishwasher installed and I can say it's already a HUGE blessing to me.  I've had dishwashers in past homes but I don't think I've ever appreciated them as much as I do this one!  I spent all my day yesterday cleaning dishes with the new dishwasher and washing up last weeks laundry.  My kitchen and laundry areas look like completely new places!  I'm estatic at the changes!!

Over the weekend, we bought Laycie a little stroller.  It's the best buy I've made in a month!  The kids and I have enjoyed pushing her around the yard and she has enjoyed the fun attention.  The added bonus is that with her in the stroller I don't have to worry about her diving in the pond on our future visits.  She is happy to sit in it and watch the world roll by!

Last month I invested in an iPad and I do believe it to be one of the BEST purchases I've ever made.  It's not perfect by any means but I enjoy reading from it and quickly checking the internet and the biggest bonus is NOT having to tote this heavy laptop everywhere!  If only I could blog from it, it would be the BEST purchase EVER!

So this is my very quick, yet lengthy update on us.  We are happily enjoying every minute of life.  I have several reviews coming up, once the littles give me a bit more time to write them out.  We have a lot of schooling to work on.  But Happy Days are here again!  Much love to all!


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