Evening, & morning, & noon, will I pray, & cry aloud: & He shall hear my voice. Psalms 55:17

Sunday, November 30, 2008

"Kill the Beast!"

Is it Wednesday yet? I feel wordless. I've had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend but I feel pretty drained. My house is a mess, I feel a bit tired & I'm borderline irritable. I think it's a combination of PMS & my whirlwind weekend- oh, yeah, & the fact that I don't want to face my house. I've been wandering around here trying to find something else to do- nothing is striking my fancy. This is the time when I have to turn on some peppy music & just get cleaning, & know that I'll feel better when it's done.
So here I go charging onto the battlefront with guns blazing! I'll be back here when my mission is accomplished & I feel less whiney.
Why does cleaning have to be such an emotional issue?

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving

I just got home from work & I wanted to write a bit before I went to bed. I know it's not Thanksgiving Day yet (well, technically yes-it's after midnight) but I know that tomorrow will be busy from minute one. I also know I'll be pining to blog in the morning & I can't so I figured I'd get it out now.
I wanted to wish all of you a merry Thanksgiving Day!! I am very thankful to have "met" all of you. I'm glad to share in this circle of sisterhood. I'm thinking of each of you, wondering whether you're blogging, sleeping, or trying to finish those last minute preparations. My prayers & thoughts are with you.
I am going out of town til Saturday. I am going to try to find a computer to steal away if I can. (Is that rude?) If I can't I will be back here on Saturday with -hopefully- some stories to tell. I can't wait to see how you all spent your holiday!
LOTS OF LOVE, Jessica

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

No More Road Rage

I so want to vent about my shopping trip yesterday, but I don't have much time right now, so I'll put that one off til later. Yesterday after school my son & I were running errands & the traffic was CRAZY! Some guy in a truck cut me off & pulled in front of me & this is what I heard from the booster seat (imagine this with a little 5 year old's voice) -
"MOM! LOOK what that guy just did to you!! He wasn't tinking about other peopwe. I bet he needs Jesus in his hawt. "
It got quiet for a minute then I heard: "Deaw Jesus, ..." he said a prayer for this guy.

Another lesson from my little one.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday In Motion

This is my first NOT ME MONDAY!! I have to say that Monday is already in full swing.

I DID NOT... turn off my alarm & fall back asleep.

I DID NOT... open the dryer this morning to find red crayon melted on every one of my son's school uniforms. No, I did not forget to check his pockets before I washed & dried them. I did not put a sticky note on my son that said "yes, my clothes are clean."

I DID NOT... melt cheddar cheese on his bagel this morning because I forgot to buy cream cheese to go with it.

I DID NOT... run around like a crazy woman this morning trying to find the twenty dollars I misplaced. I did not set it down without noticing where when I realized my dog was next door pestering my o-so-perfect neighbors.

I DID NOT... have to go to the office at school today because my son was over an hour late. That would be embarrassing.

I DID NOT... I did not stop on the way home to pick 2 buckets of paint out of someone's trash pile because they would look great in my living room. I did not stop again to load 2 dozen pavers into my van from someone else's pile. I was not bouncing up & down with joy over my find because paint & pavers are usually so expensive.

I DID NOT... call a bunch of pest control companies this morning to ask if my name was in their computer, because I was looking for the one I used before. I would have filed all that info, & would not have misplaced it.

I DID NOT... purchase this cute miniature version of a level at the hardware store yesterday. (You know-a level- that tool with the bubbles in it that tells you what straight is.) I did not think that if I put it on my keys & saw it often, then maybe it would somehow help me to keep my head on straight.

ME & MY LEVEL

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Innocence

I spent the day on Friday in my son's Kindergarten classroom. We had a Thanksgiving meal with all the kids & parents together, & then we helped the kids make some Thanksgiving related crafts. It was a great time! Before we ate the teacher asked the kids to say what they were thankful for. This is my son's response: MY PARENTS & PUMPKIN PIE!
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( I was glad he didn't just say pumpkin pie. My heart was warmed that he did have me on his mind too! :o) But pumpkin pie has been on his mind all morning.
As we were serving dinner I was standing there watching him, snapping pictures, & this is the chain of events that occurred:

"UMMM, Pumpkin Pie!!...."

"Yes, That's what I want... Pumpkin Pie...."

"What!! You mean I have to eat dinner before dessert?"...
They told him he couldn't have his pumpkin pie until he ate all his food. Talk about DISSAPOINTMENT!!



After lunch, we began making crafts. I was helping all the kids make Indian faces out of ZooPals plates (you know, the kids plates with animal faces on the front & the ears that stick out of the top). We turned the plates upside down so the ears were at the bottom. We painted the face on the big plate part & the two little "ears" were to be hands at the bottom. Can you picture this? Ok... I helped my son paint & create the face & while he finished I was helping other kids. When I came back, to help him with the hands, this is what I saw: (Pay close attention to the "upsidedown ears", the circles with dots in the middle)


AAAHHH!! I tried real hard to cover it up by trying to draw fingers over it (hence, the lines). I laughed & laughed, but was a bit embarrassed that other people saw it. When I looked at my son, he had a puzzled look on his face. I think he was embarrassed too, but he didn't understand why. You see, to him it simply made sense. "No, mommy, hands don't go up there." Wow... the innocence of a child. Untainted by the world's thinking. It revealed my own immaturity & I felt badly that I had made such a big deal out of it. I wonder what other thoughts & attitudes are not as God intended.
This verse makes total sense to me now: Mark 10:14 (Jesus is speaking) "...Let the little CHILDREN come unto me & forbid them not, for SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD."

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Big Burly Service Guys

Do you ever get nervous when you are home alone & you have service men come to do some sort of work in your house? I do. For all I know it could be a potentially bad situation. I always try to look as unattractive as possible.
A few days ago I called to see if I could get wireless internet at my house (I did tell you I was praying for a laptop, right?), & the next thing I know I was ordering u-verse- some wireless tv, internet, & phone package. I guess it saves me some money. I learned more about the man I was ordering it from than I did the actual service, but I figure it will come in handy in case I ever wanted to carry my 32" television around the house.
So this morning a big burly service guy knocks on my door to change the wiring for my new system. I'm feeling reeaallyy nervous about this, not only because I'm home alone but because I know nothing about what I've gotten myself into. "They have to change all my wiring? Oh, boy... Can't they just flip a switch? If this doesn't work I'm in deep doodoo." I then tried to call Sunshine to get it all of my mind & when I picked up the phone it was dead- he must have turned it all off. At that moment I felt like the lady in scary movies that frantically picks up the phone to call for help & there's no dial tone! I'm feeling a bit vulnerable. So I go to the window to see where the service man is & I see Big Burly Service Man #2 get out of another truck. "Oh, great. What do they need him for?" As I' m surveying the scene, Big Burly Service Man #3 pulls up & gets out. "This is getting ridiculous!"
For the next 5 hours (yes, 5) I had 3 Big Burly Service Men in & out of my house, on my roof, in my attic, up my telephone poles, & drilling holes into my walls. Under any other circumstance I might have found this delightful, but this seems like alot of work for a laptop I don't even own yet. And yes, they all know I'm home alone with no dial tone.
So I head to the kitchen to wash up some dishes & face the fuzzy creature growing in my pot, & I begin to pray. Right away God brings some verses to my mind. Verses that I often read to my son when he is frightened:

Psalms 3:3&6 For thou, O LORD, are a shield for me... I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me & surrounded me.

Psalms18:6 In my distress I called upon the LORD & cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple & my cry came before his ears. (This whole chapter is pretty amazing! It goes on to say how God gets angry, fights for us, & saves us from our trouble- just as a father would instinctively do for his own child!)

Psalms34:4&7 I sought the LORD & he heard me, & delivered me from all my fears. The angel of the LORD encamps all around those that fear him, & delivers them.

Psalms 36:7 How precious is your lovingkindness, O God, that the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings.

God's word is alive!! My nervousness was gone & I wasn't afraid. I was still uncertain about whether my old computer would hook up to the new system (I prayed about that, too), but I was confident that my father in heaven heard my distress signal & nestled me under his protection. I thought about what I would do for my own son. How much greater is his love for me? I wonder what God rescues us and our children from in this world that we don't even know about. I wonder how things would go for me in my life if I had not trusted him for my salvation & put my life in his care. I feel badly for those who have not gotten under this umbrella. If you know someone who needs Christ stop & say a prayer for them now. If you are reading this & you are not sure yourself, send me a note & we'll chat.
This was totally not what I intended to write. Though writing about it definitely helps me to see how amazing God is instead of it going on by as usual. And for the record, yes, my computer hooked up fine in the end. Praise the Lord!!

Sorry, All

My computer was down all day today. It's working now, in just enough time to write this little bit cause I head off to work in just a few. I'll get it together, I promise. Thanks to all you faithful ones who stopped in. I hope you had a great day, too.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

To Blog or Not To Blog?

Have any of you ever woken up when it's still dark outside & wanted to get up to start blogging? This can't be happening. My husband kept asking me all morning what was wrong. Nothing, honest. (Bless his heart.) When I finally asked him to stop asking me that, he said that I've been walking around with this blank stare on my face, like I'm deep in thought. Oh, that...well... actually, yes...Um... I hated to admit that I was obsessing over my blog page.
I wanted to blog sooo bad. I want to dive into the bloggy world, see what there is that I can put on my page, read everyone else's blogs, download all my pictures, bare my soul to the world... yet I have so much to do today. So here I am, hoping that if I can write just a little then that will suffice until the end of the day; & figuring that if I can check most of the things off my list today, then it will free me up for tomorrow. I'm dying here. I must log off now.

Hallelujah!!

It is cold out today!! It is one of those rare days in Florida when I get to wear my favorite sweater. It's so beautiful!! The sun is shining & it's COLD. Hallelujah! I hope you all have a beautiful day, too.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Hello World!!

Welcome to my blog!! I am an old-fashioned kind of girl and I am waaayyy behind the times in the computer world. It's sad, really. My good friend, Sunshine & Open Hearts, has been nagging me (yes, Sunshine, nagging :0) ) to get online to discover what it is that I'm missing. I finally read her blog, & through the laughter & tears I decided to start my own- that was over two weeks ago. I am very excited about meeting new friends & being able to share my heart with you, though I am finally getting the nerve to start. I don't know why I am so nervous about this - uncharted territory, I guess. Actually, if I am to be completely honest with you, I have to admit that the part about becoming addicted scares me. I hear that wives neglect their children & put off washing dishes to get their daily blogging fix. I know I'm in for an adventure, & I figure I'm not that good at getting the dishes done anyway. There are alot of things, though, that I'd like to improve within myself, & goals I'd like to set & actually reach; so I'm hoping that blogging everyday helps me to figure it all out & to become the woman I'd really like to be. (More on that later) Please be patient with me as my blog remains under construction. As soon as I figure out how to put pictures & stuff on here, I will be able to show you myself & my family, & can personalize it a bit more. I wanted to fill in the About Me portion, but setting this up has taken me all morning & it's time for me to pick up my son from school. Once he gets home, it's "game on" until his bedtime, when I will then happily relinquish my computer rights to my hard-working husband. I've already prayed for a laptop. (Uh, oh. Is that a pre-addiction symptom?) Well, I am looking forward to "meeting" all of you. Hello World!!