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Are you feeling pretty smart?
If you need a good humbling just try to take a Calculus class after you haven’t looked at a math problem in at least 10 years!
Geez! Many of you may have thought I fell off the face of the earth. Well I didn’t I just was in a math tornado.
I do apologize for missing some postings. Although I know you guys have all made it just fine without me.
I feel like maybe I have gotten the math course under control for now. I have finally hit midterm point and I have an A!! Can you believe it? What did I sign up for? What was I thinking?!
I signed up for an additional class AND took Calculus. I will know better next time. It is hard to be 100% everything. Mom, Wife, Housekeeper, Secretary, Cook, Christian, Employee, Blogger and now Student. You guys know what I mean. My house has paid for it.(maybe my looks too and my husband) I am very thankful for him he is very supportive. I love him muches! I knew I could not stay checked out for long I gotta get back on the horse. Math and all, let’s plow ahead! I will pick up where I left off.
So do you enjoy math? Want some to do? I told my bestie I would be a sarogate for her if she would do my math! Sounded like an even trade to me.
Are you a working mom going back to school? I would love to hear from you. How did you accomplish it all?
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Have you ever heard this question asked or asked it yourself? I know I have.
As a nation or maybe you have faced personal hardship? We try to understand everything. Sometimes like in my previous post of Turn the Page I told you I felt like I always had to know the why.
With the recent shooting in Connecticut and many things happening in our nation I yet again wanted to understand the why.
Why do I always gotta know why? Yes I was the kid that asked why to EVERYTHING. Seems I still do. During the Christmas season I always make sure that my children understand why we celebrate Christmas. I was reading to them from the book of Luke about the birth of Jesus. Although I have read this passage many times before this time I began to think about my whys.
Why did Jesus die on the cross? For us and for our sins. So that we may have everlasting life.
John 3:16 tells us that “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that who so ever believes in him shall not perish but have everlastingl life.”
Maybe we understand that now but for a moment put yourself in Mary’s place. She was blessed with this baby from God. Who was to be “the son of the most high”. Mary watched Jesus face many hardships and watched him be tortured and die upon the cross. I can’t help but think of the pain in her heart as a mother. In the middle of her hardships did Mary fully understand the why? Maybe not, but Mary was just as she said ” I am the Lords servant.”
So the next time you or I think, why? Maybe we should think of Mary and her why? Although she suffered hardship what a blessing and an honor or as the bible tells us “highly favored” to be choosen by God to be given ”the son of the most high”. What a blessing I have to be a child of God and to serve him. Sometimes things get tough and we may not always know the why but as a servant of the Lord we must put on our full armor of God.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
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Last week I was telling you about the book The 5 Love Languages. Well we got to talking about it at work. We were guessing what each others might be. I thought it might be a good idea to incorporate this way of thinking into our work enviornment, to help boost morale. As I began to look online Gary Chapman has already thought of the workplace. He has a new edition out of 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Work Place. Awesome! New project? Maybe so.
He even has a place on his website that you can take an assessment to quickly determine your own language.Try it.
http://www.5lovelanguages.com/assessments/love/ Its Free
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Well I started thinking about this last week. How do I nurture my family? What makes them feel loved?
These thoughts took me back to a time with my grandmother. I would spend the night with her. I had to use a stool to climb way up on her really high bed. Where the sheets were ever so crisp, heavy, and cool to the touch. She would tell me a story of “Sleepy Town”. We would go to sleepy town and pick up a lot of friends along the way. I never knew if she made this story up or if it came from somewhere but it worked.
After a good nights sleep she would wake me up. It was still dark outside and she had already slipped out of the bed made me a grand breakfast before school. She would sit there with me and dab the corners of my mouth as I ate. Spoiled? No not really just a rocking grandmother! But I remember how all that made me feel. Oh so special!
So I thought to myself, how do I make my family feel “oh so special?” What is it that gives them that warm fuzzy feeling that makes them want their momma or even their wife when times are tuff?
Have you ever read the book the 5 Love Languages? You may have seen it at your church? Well it is a good one and I think it is important to know each others love language because before this book I didn’t get my husbands because it was not my own language.
So I thought I might pick this book back up and read it again now that my middle child is old enough for me to determine his language. Some days I am busy and tired and they may come to tell me a great story and I have the attitude of ” o , that sounds neat”. It probably seems that I could not give a toot. I do give a toot just don’t have the energy to show it. So I am always trying to work on me. I always want to strive to be better. So I am working on making sure I know that I have done all I can to speak my families love language.
If you’ve never read this book. You should! I looked it up for you on Amazon it is as low as $5.94 used for The 5 Love Languages.
The The 5 Love Languages of Childrenis as low as $6.99 used.
I suggest reading them both!
They do have other editions but these are the only ones I have personally read.
So what is your language?
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How do people describe you? When you are trying to describe someone to someone else you might say “you know that really sweet girl with the long brown hair or that guy that thinks he knows everything and is very loud”. How would one describe you? Most the time we know our own faults but it is tough to hear them from someone else. Sometimes we only get one chance to portray the person we are. How will they walk away and describe you?
I ask myself this question this week. We all know someone we dread to see coming, someone that drags us down. I do not feel like people dread to see my coming but do they miss me when I am gone? One day at work I was in the Oncology unit and this visitor came to the desk asking a question she had so much joy! Just singing and so grateful to be here. She was a cancer survivor. Unless you were just a miserable person there was no way that she would not put a smile on your face or tears of joy to your heart. I had never met this lady and have not ever seen her since. I wonder if she knows what joy she brings?
This question has been on my mind this week, how am I described? What do I bring to the world and the people I touch? Am I uplifting? What do you bring?
Do I always remember to thank others for their kind or joyous ways?
I am on a mission to strive to bring joy, honor, and an uplifting spirit. I have posted this bible verse in a couple of spots this week: James 1 :19 Quick to listen, Slow to speak, and Slow to become angry.
About 7 months ago God spoke to my heart concerning a new path in my life. Although very hesitate I accepted because I had never felt such strong conviction. Many friends, lovingly questioned my decision. Knowing without a doubt God had my best interest at heart I stepped forward without turning back. Through that time I often asked God, “why am I here? I know without a doubt God you spoke to me or I would not have choosen this path.” So I told myself I needed to get my attitude right. If I was going to be where God wanted me then it needed to be whole hearted.
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
I will fast forward a bit and say recently a new door has opened up for me. Strange thing is, it is back to where I was to begin with but in a different form. A better form. Of course I prayed before this big decision also. Although this time the decision making was easier. Everything worked out in my favor but I was still so hard on myself. I have worried so much that I made the wrong decision or that I was following what Misty wanted and not what God wanted. Mostly because if that was where I knew I was suppose to be then why am I leaving so soon. Was this a mission abort, mission accomplished, or mission failed? Hold the phone! What happened? Well….
This week I have been led to Proverbs 20:24 on multiple occasions. “A persons steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?”
BREAK THROUGH MOMENT!!
Why do I think I need to know everything! I do not. We do not always understand what Gods plans are for us. So long as I am praying and giving it to God and I know in my heart it is what I am to do, then I need to turn the page. Move on! Keep trusting and obeying! I do not need to understand so long as I am in his will. So today I am turning the page.