Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Things I just can't forget

I'll try not to draw this post out because it's a downer. For the past few days I have been reliving the painful period of when my mom collapsed from a ruptured brain aneurysm and the followings days in the hospital. These are things I would rather forget, but can't. Naturally I've been really down and out lately. I miss my mom so much it hurts. I miss just being able to pick up the phone and call her for no reason. I miss our Friday shopping days. I miss seeing her in church. I miss her spaghetti. I miss my kids getting to be with her and having her spoil them rotten. She's been gone a year and a half now. It's cliche to say, I know, but it seems like only yesterday and yet it seems like forever at the same time. She was my best friend. The picture is of us in 1989. I keep it on my computer desk.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Revelation Study

I mentioned in a previous post that my kids and I are studying the book of Revelation together. I wanted to share a few more details about this. We are using the Precept Ministry children's study, Bible Prophecy for Kids. It's an inductive Bible study. It is such a joy to share this way of studying God's Word with my kids. So far we are still learning about the letters to the sevens churches of Asia. The first church, in Ephesus, left their first love and were told to repent and do the deeds they did at first. The second church, in Smyrna, was commended for the persecution they endured and were encouraged not to fear and promised the crown of life. The third church, in Pergamum, was reprooved for allowing false teaching to remain in the church. They were instructed to repent. Those who were not willingly allowing this false teaching, the overcomers, were promised to eat of the hidden manna and a new name written on a stone, which only they and the Giver would know (I think that's pretty cool!). The fourth church, in Thyatira, was scolded for allowing sin in their church. They were told to repent as well. The overcomers in this church were promised authority over the nations and the morning star. The fifth church, in Sardis, was commended for the few people who had not soiled their garments. The others were warned to WAKE UP and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die. The overcomers were promised to wear white garments, not have their names erased from the book of Life as well as having their names confessed before the Father and His angels. WHEW! That's where we have left off. I wanted to let you in on some of the observations my kids have had during this study so far. I hope you understand that I am not boasting about my kids, rather I am boasting about GOD and how He helps even the youngest of children to understand His word (even the book of Revelation!). When we were discussing the church in Sardis, I asked the kids what they thought it meant to have "soiled garments". Without hesitation, my nine-year-old son said, "That means you are living in sin and it's making you dirty". WOW! How did he, a nine-year-old, get all of that from my simple question? I expected them to ask me, "What does 'soiled garments' mean?" and then I would have to explain. But he understood without my explaining it! I was amazed. Later on, my 12-year-old daughter asked me, "Is our church like that?" (talking about the church in Sardis being told to "wake up"). I said that was a good question and why did she ask me that. She went on to share with me some observations she has made on her own. I asked her if she had overheard anyone talking that way, and she said, "No, not really". So I have to assume that this is a Spirit-led conviction. I then told them both that we really need to ask God to show us in His word the truth about ourselves and our church. I said that God will answer us if we study and pray. There are a few places in this study where the kids are instructed to draw a picture of what they've learned. This is a copy of my daughter's drawing the description of Jesus from Revelation chapter 1. (I hope you take the time to read this chapter)

I think it's amazing.

I am thoroughly excited about this study and can't wait to complete it. I am humbled by the observations God has given to my kids. I am thrilled that His Spirit speaks so clearly to them and pray that they will continue to grow in His word. I also pray for our church(es) to WAKE UP and strengthen the things that remain before they die.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Raw meat and a wild hare

Actually, I'll start with the wild hare thing first (isn't that what you say when you do some unexpected, crazy kind of thing? You got a wild hare?). Well, for some weird unknown reason I decided to clean out my refrigerator, pantry and three extremely cluttered drawers! This has not been attempted pretty much in years - too many to admit to without thoroughly disgusting my readers. Part of my cleaning included throwing away out-of-date items and junk food. I am bound and determined for my family and me to eat healthy food - LIKE IT OR NOT! OK, sorry about that. So the good thing is I now have a sparkling clean fridge and a well organized pantry that no longer harbors Skittles (sorry, Jon), sugar loaded cereal bars, three-year-old Tootsie rolls, Movie Theatre buttered popcorn (sorry, Dean), who-knows-how-old Italian bread crumbs that were waaaaay in the back collecting dust, and generic powdered hot chocolate that was extremely gross but nobody thought to throw away. Oh, and don't forget the five or six boxes of opened cereal that was stale because nobody liked that either. Of course now I have to go to the grocery store to restock, only this time with more healthy alternatives (let's see how long THAT lasts).
And now to the raw meat. Have I ever expressed to you how much I detest handling raw meat? Well, I HATE IT! Tonight I thought I would surprise the kids with hot chicken wings. I thought it would be simple. However, the wings were frozen (b/c this was a last minute decision) and after I thawed them in the microwave and opened the packages I noticed they weren't seperated yet, so I had to cut them apart. YUCK! I cannot stand the feeling of raw meat in my hands, much less trying to cut through bone and cartilage! Then after I get them out of the oven (they were the kind you cook in a bag with the seasoning) and onto the table, I'm not totally convinced that they are all thoroughly cooked. If the thought ever enters my head about uncooked meat, my appetite totally hits the road and doesn't look back. So I didn't eat dinner with the kids tonight. Let's hope my kids don't end up in the hospital from my cooking. If it were to happen, it would be tonight when my hubby is at the fire station. All bad things happen when he's at the fire station.

Well, time to go. The kids are pestering me to watch the movie The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I've had enough of chicken tonight, but oh well.

BTW, the picture of the dog has nothing to do with the post, as I'm sure you guessed. I just liked it. ;0)

Blogging from the heart

Today I want to talk about how difficult it can be at times to write a post to share. I'm sure all you fellow bloggers out there know exactly what I'm talking about. There are times when I desperately want to let you all in on some struggles that I'm going through, however I hesitate; part of me is concerned that my struggles might be a hindrance to others or even come across as divisive. So, I keep my blog shut! (LOL!) Today is no exception. I am refraining from sharing a rather big issue that's been on my heart and mind for months now. Of course I talk to God about this situation EVERY DAY, but He's making me wait for the answer. Don't you love it when He does that? It's amazing how when I'm doing a Bible study, God is working on that exact topic in my life. Presently I'm studying the fruits of the spirit, so patience is one God is working on with me. Oh, and love, kindess, goodness, faithfullness, and don't forget self-control! The peace one - yeah, that one's still up for grabs in my life, too, but I'm working on it.

Have I said "THANKS" to all of you who come by here to read my rantings? No? Shame on me!
THANKS! I appreciate your comments and input so much. You bring a smile to my face. ;0)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Going back in time - all the way to the beginning

I don't know which trip I should start with first, both trips go back in time. I think I'll start with the first trip, which was a field trip to the Burritt Museum. We went on Native American Day and learned about their history and way of life back in the day. It was very fun and informative. The first picture is of the method of canoe making. The second is of White Deer playing the flute.
She has an amazingly beautiful, soothing singing voice. The music was absolutely mesmerizing.

Our next trip was to the Creation Museum in KY. The Creation Museum has a huge building and grounds, which was paid for by contributions, as noted by Ken Ham, the founder, “Because the museum project will be built as donations come in, it’s not possible to give a specific timeline for its completion,” declared Ken Ham. “It will take many months of planning and securing the necessary building permits, but my hope is that God will lead His people to support the museum. Perhaps by the fall of 2001, this facility will be open to the public.” Image that! Raising money BEFORE building. WOW! What a concept! Sorry, little tangent there. Back to the trip -we rode a charted bus with 36 other passengers, none of whom we had met before. The ride was exciting at first, since none of us have ever ridden a chartered bus. The bus was huge and very nice. The trip was a bit long, but worth the travel. We stayed at a very nice hotel, Comfort Suites, or something like that, Friday night. Saturday morning we toured the museum. It was a wonderful museum. The Word of God displayed EVERYWHERE. The creation account being explained and proven through the Bible, displayed in various shapes and forms. We started the tour by watching a movie in the planetarium. The movie explained our place in the universe, as we know it today. It was very humbling to see just how small we are in the vast scheme of things. My son said after the show, "So, we're like a Who speck?". I said, "Well, yes!". Have you heard of the movie/story "Horton Hears a Who"? It's a great movie. Anyway, after the planetarium we began our tour. The displays were top of the line. There was no expense spared in this museum. The models were extremely life-like and all the special effects amazing. I was also impressed with how smoothly everything went. Even the bathrooms were spotless! There was a lot to see and take in, so I'm sure we missed out on some things since we only had the one day to tour the place. What we did see and take in was amazing. The food was delicious and not extremely over-priced like most amuzement parks/museums. Everyone was polite and thoughtful, which is a good thing assuming that most everyone who was there was a Christian. I don't really know what more to add, except a few photos, so here you go. If you have any questions, leave it in a comment and I'll try to answer.

Haley, Dawson and Dwight on bus.

Display of archeological dig. Discusses the perspective of a Christian and an athesist using the same facts but different views.

Garden of Eden. Adam naming animals.

Kids with dinosaur in Eden.

Adam and Eve before the Fall.
After the Fall.
Cain kills Abel.
Animals boarding the ark.

Dawson and me with T-Rex.

Outside in the botanical garden.

Zonkey in petting zoo. Yes, I said "Zonkey". There was also a Zorse.

Dwight and me. Dwight told Haley to take a picture of the donkeys and she took our picture!
Kids on swinging bridge. I did NOT like the swinging bridge!
All four of us at entrance. That's our bus behind us (hey, that rhymed).
It was a great, but exhausting day. We didn't leave the museum until after 4:00 p.m. Our arrival at home was near midnight, and we still had to go pick up Dixie, our dog, from my brother's house. We didn't go to church today, but that's OK. We had a Bible study at home, which was very good and challenging. We are studying the book of Revelation and we are really enjoying that. We've all been challenged about forgetting our first love - but that's a topic for a different post.
*I should note that Haley took most of the pictures.

Friday, October 17, 2008

CS - I can't see anything, and a little whine with cheese

Last night for the first time in ages, I watched an episode of CSI on TV. I had forgotten how dark this show is. I'm not only talking about the storylines, which were all quite gruesome, but I mean the lighting they use for the show. I think they've either forgotten where the lightswitch is, or they're trying to save money by not using as many lights. How in the world do the actors walk around the set without bumping into each other and/or the walls? It's ridiculous.

OK, so now for the cheese and whine. I have really been beat up in my dreams of late. For some strange reason I have dreamt about my past, the part that I'd rather forget. When I awaken I feel drained and defeated. What a way to start out the day, huh? I probably try to over analyze things like this, but I can't help but wonder, is God trying to reveal something to me, or is satan trying to beat me up again? Either way, I'm one tired girl this week. Hmmm, this thought just occured to me, maybe it's because I've given up caffeine and sugar this week, coincidence? May-Be, may-Be not! (I know there's not a hyphen in 'maybe', I'm just trying to 'say' it like my son does)
Well, today we are heading off to the Creation Museum just for a short two-day trip. I'll have a lot to catch up on blog wise when I get home, so all of you try not to write too much while I'm away, okie dokie? I'd appreciate it!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Verses that hit me this morning

I don't usually begin reading my Bible with the intent of finding verses for someone else. I sincerely want the Word to speak to me. This morning, however, I couldn't help but think of our two presidential candidates and the way they have fallen short of their promises to run a positive campaign. They are both guilty of this, BOTH! Also, they both claim to be Christians, so this morning I prayed these verses over them (italics mine):

Titus 3:1-8

1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2 to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

I don't know about you, but I'm weary from all of this "He did/said this", "No, he did/said this" junk. I really wish that our nation's leaders could be worthy of the title "leader" and that they could act like responsible, caring adults.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Clutter, Clutter Everywhere!

My house is closing in on me. Everywhere I turn there is clutter! It's beyond your usual leave-your-purse-on-the-counter type of thing. It's books, blankets, knick-knacks and more that I don't care to mention. I've decided that it's time to clear this stuff away. I just can't get myself to actually DO IT. It's difficult to get started when I don't even know where I'm going to put all of this junk. Afterall, I MIGHT NEED IT someday, right? If I put it in the attic, I might as well just toss it out completely, because my attic isn't a place that I enter except for Christmas stuff. But if I toss it out completely I just know that someday down the line I'm going to be looking for that something and then it'll hit me - and I visualize the act of tossing that something out in slow motion while screaming NOOOOOO! So, there you go. My little insignificant dramatic dilemma for the day.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Copy Cat

I'm going to copy a post idea I've gotten from a few other bloggers out there. I would like to know what you readers are reading these days. I'm currently reading Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. I am enjoying it, but it's taking me a while because, like David Copperfield, it's a long book and I have to steal a few minutes here and there to read. No leisure reading for me these days, except of course when I'm camping. Charles Dickens is an excellent author. I thoroughly enjoy his humor. So, what's on your list of great books? I just joined a book club and I'll need more ideas of books to read. The book club is basically free, so I can afford it! LOL! I found out about this club from a comment on the SCL blog I read.
On another note, my kids have found a really funny website with silly videos. They're not allowed to watch all of them, though, because of content. The ones that we enjoy are about Superman, Willy Wonka, Spiderman 3 and How to Survive and Alien Attack. I would post the videos here, but you know I don't know how to do that yet.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pictures from our most recent camping trip

Haley, Dawson and Dixie on rock at entrance of David Crockett State Park.
This was the view from our camper! We didn't want to come home.
Dawson standing on rocks.
Haley hanging in a tree.

We had a blast camping at David Crockett State Park! It was breathtakingly beautiful. We were able to relax and enjoy the scenery and sounds. Our first day there the kids played in the stream, actually swam in it since it was still warm enough. Good thing they did that on the first day, because a cool front came through and day 2 was quite chilly. They played in the stream for hours while I sat on the bank reading a book. I was in heaven! Dwight took a nap because he had been awake since 5 a.m. doing whatever he does at 5 a.m. Around 6:30 or so we went on a drive to spot the many deer that live in the park. We weren't disappointed, except with the quality of the photos, they didn't turn out so well with it being at dusk. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner. Later that night Dwight started a camp fire and we sat around just talking and enjoying the warmth and sound of the fire.
Day 2 we went geocaching and found a few, but mainly enjoyed the sites while we were out.
Lawrenceburg, TN has an Amish community nearby and we were fortunate enough to spot a gentleman out in his horsedrawn buggy. I don't think he liked my taking his picture, though.
We ate lunch at the restaurant there in the park. It wasn't that great, but hey, we didn't have to cook. Then we went searching for more caches, went to the falls and chilled out there for a while. Back at camp the kids played in the stream again, this time catching minnows and crawdads. I read some more and Dwight napped again (he never gets to nap at home). We ate leftovers, only this time the kids roasted hot dogs over the camp fire. According to them they were the BEST hot dogs EVER! ;0) Day 3 we went geocaching again and had to head home after lunch (which we had at La Hacienda in town - yummy Mexican food!). I know, it doesn't sound like we roughed it at all. That's because we didn't! LOL! But we had such a great time, and we didn't want to come home. But alas, work was beckoning Dwight back, so we had to answer. He said that today he is having withdraws from us (he's working at the fire station, so we won't see him for 24 hours). We made some great family memories, now it's back to regular ole life.

Let us pray - NOT!

From today's headlines, prayer and Christianity being "sued" once again. I can't stand it! I mean, what's the big deal that the US has a national day of prayer? No one is forced to participate. It's not like we all have to stop right where we are at a certain time and pray. Prayer is a very personal thing that can be done anywhere at anytime without anyone else even knowing it. But because there's an actual day set aside for national prayer, the atheists and agnostics whine about it and now are suing people over it. It just doesn't make sense. Yes, I've asked myself, "What if it were a national day of Muslim prayer?". Well, I wouldn't have to participate in it because so far the US is still the land of the free. There's no way I'd go out and sue anyone over such a thing. Of course I'm not surprised by this attack on prayer and Christianity, I'm just annoyed.

On a different subject - the only thing that I'm enjoying about this year's presidential campaign is watching all of Hollywood's celebrities get their panties in a wad over Sarah Palin! It's so obvious that the darkness can't stand the light and seeing them all shriek, wail and lash out just proves it.