Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Music for the Glory of God

These songs are from Ayiesha Woods. I love her album. It is filled with so many God praising songs that it makes me want to cry. I love it so much.






So cute!!

Naive? Innocent? Me? lol. uh, just a bit.

Ya know, it's funny. I guess the people at my job have never seen a conservative Christian before. Sometimes they treat me like a child, as if i was never exposed to the "evils" of the world. Sometimes they stay at a distance, so that i won't hear the sometimes vulgar jokes that come out of their mouths (for which i am VERY grateful). Sometimes they ask for prayer because they think God will hear me more than them (as if i am more pious-that's funny, i'm just as imperfect as everyone else). Sometimes they laugh at me when i ask an innocent question, like what a certain slang word means, or who sings a certain song on the radio (because i don't listen to secular music anymore, or keep up too much with the celebrity gossip in the world).
Sometimes they ask me about my life with my husband because they assume submission is just plain no-nonsense blind obedience (a coworker gave me a Roamans catalog and told me not to tell my husband because she was afraid he wouldn't approve of it-even though Roamans has very delightful MODEST clothing!).

Does this upset me? No.

Does it amuse me? Sometimes.

Why am i not upset? Because I'm supposed to be away from the world. I forgot how it used to be for the most part of how it felt to be unconcerned about judgment or even love from the Lord.
I look forward, not back. I look forward to the day that I will be in His presence, I am content because i am forgiven of all past mistakes, and i look upon the world with fresh eyes because i am born again, died in Christ and reborn in Christ.

Shouldn't we all strive to be apart from the angst, and pressures, and complexities of the world and just be content with looking forward to our wonderful reunion with Christ?

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Awwww too cute!

Just thought i'd post this quick pic i found online.

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Don't we all have one of those days?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Biblical Womanhood #1-Love

I was asked by Lisa, a devoted woman of the Lord, to do a teaching on Biblical Womanhood. But i can't. I'm not a teacher.

For by the grace given me I say to everyone of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:3-8

Now saying this, I can not teach you. But i can tell you what the Lord has taught me. See the difference? I am still learning, by far, and I can only tell you what the ultimate Teacher has shown me in His guidance of me to become the best Woman of Faith I can be.

Since i ended up with a lot more than i thought i would on the subject, I will have to separate the posts by subject/lesson.

One of the first things the Lords has taught me was about love. Not just marital love, but loving yourself.
Love must be sincere. Romans 12:9
I had to learn to love myself and accept myself not only as a Child of God, but to love myself in spite of any physical or mental imperfections i had. I had to love my body wholly, and want the best for myself even though i struggled with low self-esteem. I didn't love myself. I found it so hard to accept that the Lord REALLY loved me and wanted the best for me. I always struggled with "Why me Lord, I am so lowly" type feelings, and if it wasn't for my seeking His face with sincerity and reading His Word so whole heartedly I would not have come to realize that I DO deserve His love, only because I am His. His love for me is like my love for my children, only a trillion-fold. And because He, the creator of the universe, supreme in all ways, can love little ole' me, I can love myself.

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:10-12

I am also able to love my husband more than i ever thought possible. I love him more now then I did when we first married. I dug deep in the Word and discovered that marriage was truly blessed by God and he gave us specific instructions that we were to love each other. Not just a man and woman love, but also a Godly love.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church.
Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:22-25

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. Ephesians 5:31

Because i love my husband i submit to him (more on that later), I help and support him, and i try to be the best wife i can because that is what God wants for all married women. To be there for and complete their husbands.
It is like we are 2 halves of one heart. Complete in each other and complete in God.


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Thursday, April 16, 2009

A splash of color!

This is just one outfit i found at the Salvation Army (which is only one block away from Goodwill) and i paid 3.00 dollars for it.

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I LOVE shopping used now! We've saved so much! I bought a tv from goodwill (actually the same exact model we had that broke!) for 20.00 dollars!

Wait, look, my hair is....straight???? WHAT?? lol. I've succumbed. I blew my hair out. lol. No curls today!

And while i'm posting some pictures, I might as well show you my two stars!!!

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My son's haircut is courtesy of my hubby, and my daughter's curls are courtesy of God. lol.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

What's happened to me?

First of all let me say i hope everyone had a great time on Resurrection Sunday. I had to work, and had the torture to watch all my church brothers and sisters enter and get ready for service as my bus stop is right across the street from my church. :(

Besides that, everything is peachy keen.....uh...no.

My daughter got over her strep, but my son's infection warped into an ear infection, which i ended up catching. I was in so much pain that i barely browsed blogs and i couldn't make myself get up and actually post something.

And my dream of having a spotless no absence record at my job (so that i could get a good shot at a promotion and pay raise and move out of New York) are shot.

My baby boy just got examined for his new pair of glasses. They said he has astigmatism in both of his eyes. :(

Oh and we are in the process of decluttering/destroying our apartment because we are going to move at the end of summer and we are going crazy trying to de-trash (I have alot of saved "what if" items that we need to get rid of).

So basically that's what i've been up to since my last post.

And with that i leave you with... the chicken dance (by the way, my husband actually LOVES this dance- I'm NOT joking).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Anniversary!!!

Today is my husband's and my 5 year wedding anniversary!!!

Wooohooo!!!!

We have been married for 5 years! Wow. I can't believe it. It's funny because my parents thought that my marriage wouldn't last being that i married so young. My dad tells me every single day that i see him how proud he is of me of how I've grown into a great mom and wife. I guess he didn't think i would. But God did.
I love how the Lord loves you for who you are and who you will be even if you are not there yet.


I love my husband so much. He is my best friend (and at times, my worst enemy!), he always makes me laugh, he respects me and treats me like a queen. He is the best thing in my life besides my Lord and my children. I thank God for him everyday. He's not a perfect man, but he's all mine. :)

10 things i love about him.

1. He always comes to rescue me from a multi-legged creature.
2. He never asks me to help him with things that have to do with tools.
3. He is the best cook (But not the healthiest!)!
4. He loves to laugh.
5. He's not ashamed to cry.
6. He loves the Lord.
7. He loves his children.
8. He encourages me to do any thing i want, as long as i am happy and safe and still in the Lord.
9. He will follow me to the ends of the earth, as long as we are together.
10. He's handsome too! LOL!

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I seriously love being his wife. Marriage is a blessing from the Lord.

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I believe that it is in God's natural order for women to marry.
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We are supposed to find "the one" that the Lord gave us to share the rest of our lives. But that does not mean we are supposed to "date around" either.
I did not date. My husband and I met at work. We talked and liked each other. He courted me. He met my parents and they liked him. We didn't go dancing, or clubbing or such as people do to date. When we spent time together, we walked and talked.
WHAT!!!???!!! That's it???
Yup.
He would pick me up from college or work and we would walk around talking and laughing till he brought me home, or he'd pick me up at my house and we'd spend the day out just walking together. When i think back on it, we really did walk far. But we were so in love we didn't even notice. We were caught in the rain together, we enjoyed the spring together, we even were caught in a blizzard together! And not one drop of alcohol was EVER consumed. He always made sure i was home safely before he left, and always called before he went to bed at night just to say "hello". lol.

I guess you can say we were a bit old fashioned. I'm happy to say we did not need a chaperone because he was such a gentleman that we could be trusted anyway. He never went around the "bases" as it's called or anything.

And the funniest thing is, before we met, before i was ever saved, I prayed for him.
I remember asking God for a wonderful husband for me who knew how to be respectful and loving and caring. And i was in my teens when i prayed for this!

God does not forget. :)

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Lisa Shaw has a great marriage ministry you should check out!
Marriage Flavor


Krystal has an interesting blog entry about dating. It makes you go oooh. lol.

She also has a 3 part post on the Covenant of Marriage. Check it out!

I pray everyone has a happy and blessed marriage!!!
And for those who are not married yet, just pray and wait!!!!

God Bless!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Look What i found!!! Cedarmont Kids for your enjoyment!









Sorry this one does not have subtitles.

I need sunny weather

It's been bad weather outside here in New York. It rains every few days, which makes the warm spring air non-existent. And not only do i have to endure it outside, but in my house too! Huh?
Well my son is still under the weather.
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He was fine when he left for school, but i got a note from his teacher that he didn't eat today, and fell asleep. When i took his temperature. It's 100.1. Again. I thought we beat the fevers of strep throat. I guess not. He's still on antibiotics. I guess his system just needs more time? His sister is fine as a fiddle. *sigh*

Guess I'll keep needing this.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Strep Throat!

It turns out we have strep throat. That's what all the fuss was about with our sicknesses. I'm okay, but my throat still hurts, my daughter has a cough because of it, and my son, he's a typical boy. He's fighting thru the illness. But that's why i'm not really blogging. I'm tired and my throat hurts so i'm just relaxing as per doctor's orders.
Ciao!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Feeling better

I'm getting there. My throat and head still hurts a bit. And i'm still a bit congested. But i think my fever is gone for good. My son is better, still a bit warm, but running around like nothing was ever wrong.