I don't even know. And I'm pretty sure I don't want to talk about the condition of my brain today.
I had wonderful intentions of going to bed at nine-thirty last night. And I did. But then I got stuck reading book number two in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire. Dognabbit. I put it down at eleven. I fell asleep. Jonah woke me up crying over his earache an hour and a half later. Todd brought him up some Motrin. I laid down with him to make him fall back to sleep. Then I was wide awake. So while you all were snoozing this morning around one, I was in the bathroom finishing my book.
I told you. My brain is fried.
Rolling around in my brain this morning are thoughts of our words and our actions. I've been reading in Philippians, chapters three and four. Part of chapter three is Paul telling us not to put our confidence in the flesh. Ours or otherwise. This spoke volumes to me this morning, because sometimes I do that. I put value in what people think of me...or Todd...or one of my kids. But that's not right...2nd Corinthians 10:5 tells us to "take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ".
To Christ. Not the world. Not to people who are watching us...we are to make our thoughts obedient only to One...and His name is Jesus Christ. Do you know Him?
I feel sometimes that the world is out to get me. I can be such a girl sometimes.
But then I read this:
Phil. 3:13 and 14 "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
One last passage out of this amazing, insightful book:
Phil. 4:5-9 "Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
Whew. I love when God does His thing. Don't you?
Moving on, now.
Jonah and Noah will turn nine years old on Saturday, March 10. While some kids might ask for toys, or games...these two littles, as I like to call them, are each asking for a pair of these. http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/products/Five-Fingers-Boys-KSO.htm
Seriously?? I didn't think I liked them for a long time. But thanks to one of Graham's friends who has some, and some other kids at school talking about them, this is what they decided they wanted. Looks like we have a shopping trip coming up in our near future. We'll also be buying the socks to go with them.
At first I thought this was a weird gift, but it's what they want more than anything. I'm thankful that they're practical little guys. Especially Mr. Practical himself...also known as Jonah.
I love my kids and I am immensely...
Thank you, Lord Jesus.
May I never take one single day, not even a single second, for granted.
I cannot believe my babies are turning nine. And my oldest is turning thirteen. We've got something special planned for him on Sunday, though...more on that later. Hopefully with pics.
If I haven't said this lately, I cherish those of you who read this. I pray that God's word always reaches those it needs to, and that it ministers to your heart. I know He has ministered to my heart today...through the book of Philippians. I pray that each of you always know Him, always walk with Him, always serve Him, always honor Him. You, too, are blessed. All you have to do is look around you to see how much so.
Love to all.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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