What are you for?

I’m sitting here listening (online) to Brian Houston from Hillsong Australia preach at Christ Fellowship in Florida and he said something that profoundly struck me:

“Live you’re life according to what you’re for, not what you’re against”

You see so many people protesting and complaining and rallying these days against something, that it’s easy to focus on the negative…what’s wrong with the world and its people. But hearing Brian utter these words reminded me of when I was young in my faith, which was not that many years ago as a new Christian who finally realized that God wanted a living, breathing relationship with me.

I was afraid of sharing my testimony because of everything I didn’t yet know about the Bible. I was afraid of the questions people would ask me that I I wouldn’t have the answers to. Bottom line, I was afraid.

But as I prayed for the strength and opportunity to share Jesus with others, I was made aware of 1 Peter 3:15-16:
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

I realized that I didn’t have to have all the answers. Heck, I didn’t have to have any answers. All I knew was my personal testimony – what had happened in my life, how I finally encountered Jesus one afternoon in my office in my mid-twenties, and what that meant to me now. When we focus on what we’re living for instead of what we’re in opposition of, I think we’ll find our lives to be much more powerful as a result.

Global Forgiveness Day: August 27

Click HERE to read my post on Jackie Kendall’s latest book, Free Yourself to Love, and to let today be the beginning of a life of forgiveness!

Parenting in HD

During last week’s sermon at our home church in Florida, Christ Fellowship, Pastor Tom Mullins shared some great, practical and godly words on parenting.

I love sharing great resources, so if you’d like to listen to the entire sermon, you can click HERE. Otherwise, just take a quick look at the following outline and maybe one of the points will speak to you and your family today:
1. Establish your child’s spiritual foundation (Deut 6:5-7)
2. Lead by Example (1 Corinthians)
3. Have an unending stream of affirmation & affection
4. Create a spiritual environment at home (Josh 24:15)
5. Make home a safe place to communicate
6. Have clear boundaries (Eph 6:4)
7. Have a balanced presence in your kids’ lives)
8. Make home a welcome place
9. Equip your child for the cultural battle
10. Pray for and with your child
-everything of eternal importance begins with prayer

Free Chick fil A Sandwich

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Rock Star & Music Man

We got to try out one of our friend’s church with them this morning since Ricky worked last night (so I could go to the Women’s Retreat at FBC during the day!) and we decided to have breakfast at Cracker Barrel (thanks to a gift card from the Irvines when we were in Florida!); it’s one of our kids’ favorites because they love breakfast SO much!

Of course trying to get into any restaurant at noon on a Sunday is difficult, and Cracker Barrel was no different. Because of the wait, the kids were able to look around in the store. In case you don’t read this often, I shoulod let you know, our kids love music…especially Britton. They quickly discovered a kazoo (which he’s been asking for), a slide whistle and a piano horn. Well, we couldn’t resist – daddy brought them all home in a bag!

The rest of the afternoon (after naps for all of us) was spent marching around the house to the “Music Man” soundtrack, taking turns with each of the instruments. Before we went upstairs, Kariss came running up to me with one last request:
 “Do you want to hear some Rock music? I’ll make it as rocky as I can.”
Who can say no to that???

Kids’ Internal Alarm

Why is it that I’ve had such a hard time waking my kids up at 7am all week for school, but the first weekend they (and my husband!) can sleep in, they’re up at 6:30? Figures.

Oh well, I’m off to my Women’s Retreat at Fellowship Bible Church with Carol Kent and Nicol Sponberg -oops, I guess not yet. I just heard Britton yell, “MAMA, wait, I need to give you a chiss! (kiss)” Immediately followed by him running down the stairs and saying:
“Uh oh, I fell. Not yet, I didn’t fell. I just hurt myself again — a little bit. Oooo, I’m kind of chilly – I need my jacket on. MAMA, I found another pirate hat – I wanna put it on ya – it would look so great.” Seriously, does he get that spew of random thoughts from me????

Some of it was delicious…

In an effort to improve our budget and our health, I’ve been cutting back on meat in our dinner dishes.

Tonight I cooked a vegetable feta tart, cucumber-tomato salad, sauteed potatoes with onions and french bread. I always put a little bit of everything I make on the kids plates for them to try, even if they don’t eat it all.

At the end of the meal, Kariss was carrying her plate to the kitchen when she stopped and turned back to look at me and say, “Thanks for dinner mommy…Some of it was delicous!”

Hey, I’ll take what I can get these days!