Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Again, I thank my husband for discovering cool things for me on the internet. This time it is an extensive book search engine. Typically I assume the best prices are to be found on Amazon, but this search engine has proved me (sometimes) wrong. It claims to search 130 bookstores and 80,000 booksellers then gives you a breakdown of prices with postage included. It is especially helpful for my husband who needs rare or out-of-print books. We'll be on a first-name basis with the mailman soon.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A few tips I've learned from a wise woman to run a harmonious household

1. Make the bed. A messy room will look neater with a straightened bed while a perfectly clean room looks a mess if the bed is left unmade.

2. Set the table. Even if you are running extremely late on dinner, the sight of a ready table will give your family hope and patience that the meal is coming.

3. Serve meals that "Daddy" likes. Your children may hate them (liver - yuck!!), but they see their father being valued and prioritized which gives a much more important sense of security.

4. Limit choices. Many discipline and behavioral issues are avoided by not giving small children too many options. As they grow up, they will have plenty of chances to make choices, but when they are small they need to have the stability and consistency of just learning to "obey mommy."

5. Keep the right focus. Start your day in the Word and prayer, and continue the day praising God for the little blessings that pop up.

Photo from http://old-photos.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I first saw this video a couple of years ago. It is a good reminder that we should not seek the deceptive beauty of this world, but rather the beauty that comes from inside: a gentle and quiet spirit. "Gentle" and "Quiet".... hmm... not really attributes admired in this day and age of progressive women. It seems weak. Yet, there are times when it takes great inner strength to remain gentle and quiet... in fact, it is so difficult that it can only be the Lord who softens us and grows in us this truly beautiful spirit.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

While preparing dinner a couple of days ago, my son came in and started knocking all his A-B-C magnets off the fridge and onto the floor. I told him he would have to pick them up again and in due time he got to work putting them back. It didn't take too long before he tried to coerce some help:

"Mama! Help!!!" Patting stomach. "Do by myself, tummy owie-owie!!"

Now what mother can resist that kind of logic? Cheeky monkey!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

One thing I've been realizing more and more lately is how often we divorce the Bible from its historical context - and what richness of meaning and significance is lost when that happens. I'm so blessed to have a husband who has not only spent years reading and studying these things, but also having been to many of the places mentioned in the Bible, he is able to read the accounts with a deeper level of understanding.

It was my turn to facilitate our ladies' Bible study on Zechariah a couple of weeks ago. I listened in fascination as my husband explained to me the history of the Babylonians and Persians - why King Darius was encouraging the Jews to rebuild the temple, why the Jews got discouraged in doing so and just how meaningful it must have been to hear Zechariah's words:

"Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst," declares the LORD. And many nations will join themselves to the LORD in that day and will become My people. Then I will dwell in your midst, and you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And the LORD will possess Judah as His portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD; for He is aroused from His holy habitation.

I was completely inspired to read more historical accounts about that time period, and thankfully, I know just the man with the right books to read! ;-)

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I had way too much fun browsing the web for creative projects last night. I don't know if I will get around to doing any of them. Most of them probably take more time and ability than I have, but it's fun to see how creative people can be. As much as we might be denying it... Christmas IS coming and these might be some good gift ideas.

Patchwork Cards by Craftapple

Stack and Nest Quilting Blocks by Elizabeth Hartman for Sew, Mama, Sew!
Fabric Art by Sew, Mama, Sew

Need some winter craft ideas: The Long Thread
Need some ideas for hand-made gifts: Sew, Mama, Sew

Have fun!