whisper a prayer

  • “Turn __________’s ear toward wisdom and her (his) heart toward understanding.  Give her (him) a teachable spirit, one that calls out for insight and searches for it as for hidden treasure.”  Amen  (Proverbs 2:2-4)
  • “Make __________ and her (his) teachers completely humble and gentle.  Let them be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  Amen  (Ephesians 4:2)
  • “Don’t let any teacher take _________ captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”  Amen  (Colossians 2:8)

bummer…

just a quick follow-up to my blog about caffeine.  my son & i attempted to visit the new campus Starbucks, but were disappointed to find out that it doesn’t open until tomorrow.  guess we’ll save that cup’a caffeine for another day.

ok.  while i might as well mention another bummer.

back-to-school. 

now, i know that i blogged about how much i enjoy shopping for supplies & all of that, but today i began to feel that stress creep into my stomach, like a rock.  you moms know what i’m talking about…….sweating the details……details like, what teachers will he get?  are they Christians?  will they understand his peanut allergy?  what peer group will he be surrounded with this year?  will there be another Christian boy in his class that he will bond with? 

ok, enough of the worrying. 

i just need to remind myself that it’s all in God’s hands.  every year God continues to bless us with working out all of the details for His glory.  we don’t always understand or realize in the beginning, why things are a certain way, but come May, we can see God’s hand has been there, leading, protecting & guiding Nick throughout his school year.

in tomorrow’s blog, i will include some ‘prayer whispers’ that will focus on our children’s relationships with their peers and their teachers (& coaches). 

whisper a prayer

  • “Give ___________ a wise and discerning heart so that she (he) can distinguish between right and wrong.”  Amen  (1 Kings 3:9, 12)
  • “Do not let __________ merely listen to the word, and so deceive herself (himself).  Let her (him) do what it says.”  Amen  (James 1:22)
  • “Thank you for beginning a good work in  _________, and that you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Amen  (Philippians 1:6)

my addiction

coffee-blog.jpgok.  well, i might as well admit it.  i … am … addicted to…  caffeine… ok. maybe addicted is a harsh word.  but i do enjoy it.  now, don’t bother to remind me of all of the reasons that caffeine isn’t good for me.  i know & i don’t care.  the way i figure it, i don’t smoke or drink, or do drugs, so if my worst offense is a little caffeine now & then, what’s the harm?!?!

maybe the addiction part plays into the picture when i arrange my dailyactivity (or errands) around where i can get one of my favorite beverages.   hence problem one.  i live in a small town, where the first Starbucks just opened last week, but only on a local campus.  (i’m trying to work that into tomorrow’s to-do list.)  there are a few other restaurants thatoffer delicious drinks.  we have a great local coffee shop called, The Meeting Place, where i love to meet a friend and sit and talk over a hot coffee.  i will also admit to the fact that i enjoy McDonald’s regular iced coffees.  (i am also aware of all of the health reasons for not eating frequently at McDonald’s.)  (so, to balance the sugar in the coffee, i tell myself that eating a yogurt parfait with it, somehow makes it healthy.)  another local place, Kewpee, has a great cappuccino….now, i think it tastes too sweet, so i prefer it mixed with 1/2 black coffee.  when we are out-of-town, i (& my husband) do enjoy stopping at Panera Bread for either a coffee or a Cappuccino Chip iced coffee, (notice i said, when we are ‘out-of-town’, because once again, we don’t have one of those either.) 

did i mention, that if i know it’s decaffeinated, somehow i just don’t enjoy it as much??

i won’t even begin to tell you the trouble that having a Starbucks inside a Target can cause!  (we don’t have Target either, so once again, i head out-of-town.)  combining a caffeinated drink with all of the extra great deals that you can get at Target—eeks—it’s a deadly combination!  (deadly for the wallet) so, if you see me there, and i’m wandering around with my eyes bugging out of my head, with a towering cartload, talking a million miles a minute, don’t worry….it’s just a caffeine high…..it’ll pass, (usually after i pay for my stuff).

well, the addiction doesn’t stop there.  i also find it difficult to resist purchasing items that have a coffee theme or coffee mug theme.  i totally judge a book (or paper or rubber stamp or anything else) by it’s cover.  then again, i am picky.  i don’t like the dainty tea cup looking things, i like the good, hearty, hip coffee mug designs….and even better, they are generally brown in color–(like a coffee bean)–i also enjoy brown.coffee-starbucks-blog.jpg

 as you can see by the picture above, i even scrap-booked my addiction.  i also enjoy picking up a few mugs here & there.  Starbucks, vacation spots, gifts from Disneyland, my cheerful yellow mom-mug, from Nick, or from Harry & David, (which is where my husband purchases his favorite “Moose Munch” coffee).  they cheer me up, just drinking from them!!  unfortunately my cupboards are starting to bulge with my ‘happy mugs’.

ok. i will finish this up with a quote from a book i bought with the same theme, “Espresso for a Woman’s Spirit; Encouraging Stories of Hope and Humor” by Pam Vredevelt.

  • “I have measured my life in coffee spoons.”  T.S. Eliot

ahhh paper

ok.  first let me start by saying i was totally wrong in my last blog.  there are soooo many Christian blogs out there…you just have to know where to look.  i stumbled across Christian Women Online and WOW there are lists upon lists of Christian bloggers!  so, with that being said, let’s move on…

ahhhh paper.  i absolutely love this time of year.  -back to school- no, not because my son will be heading back to school, but simply because of all of the new paper products.  i find myself wandering up and down the rows & rows of school supplies,  rarely strong enough to resist the temptation, i usually come home with some new item.  i love it all!  notebooks, binders, planners—oooo!—-so many fresh, blank pages, just waiting to be filled with exciting creations. 

as a little girl, i remember organizing my bookbag, getting it ready for that big first day of school.  ok, i will even admit to the fact that i would pull out my craft supplies and i would handmake a “schedule” for getting ready in the morning, (yes, i have 1 sister, and i am the oldest.  so i felt it was my ‘right’, if not duty, to tell her when she was scheduled to be in the bathroom).  well, i guess that is where this addiction to paper began to blossom….way back in the 70’s.

browsing the blogs

well, amongst the other typical busy summer day things, i have spent a lot of time today just reading blogs….it’s quite addicting.  i am struggling to find other Christian blogs….that’s kind of frustrating and disappointing….i am starting to really enjoy my blogging.  there are sooooo many impressive blogs out there, gives me something to shoot for.  busy busy…..gotta run….

whisper a prayer

  • “Teach__________ to obey us in everything, for this pleases you, Lord.  Do not let us do or say anything that would embitter or discourage her (him).”  Amen (Colossians 3:20-21)
  • “Watch over __________’s life.  Do not slumber or sleep, but keep her (him) from all harm.  Watch over her (his) life, her (his) coming and going, both now and forevermore.”  Amen  (Psalm 121:3-8)
  • “Keep _________ from the snares the enemy has laid for him (her), from the traps set by evildoers.  Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while he (she) passes by in safety.”  Amen  (Psalm 141:9-10)

prayers for our children

a few years ago, i came across a super book that i would recommend to anyone.  it’s called “Praying the Scriptures for your Children”, by Jodie Berndt.  it takes scriptures and uses them as practical and personal ways to pray for children.  the book divides them into categories, such as their salvation, physical health and safety, spiritual protection, emotional well-being, relationships and their future, (just to name a few). i have used it so much, that i have decided to include some of my favorites in my blog.  i hope that they become as meaningful to you as they are to me.

  • “Fill ___________ with your Holy Spirit, that she (he) might bear the Spirit’s fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”  Amen  (Galatians 5:22-23)

me & the girls

well, i haven’t blogged the last few days because i took a quick trip to Lake Erie with my mom & sister.  we stayed at Lakeside Ohio, where we have vacationed for over 30 years.  it was a great time to get away, enjoy the sunshine, eat some sweets and do a little shopping.  i have lakeside-blog1.jpgincluded a picture that i took as we walked along the lake at sunset.  while i was gone, i picked up some new scrapbooking supplies and i am very excited about some new projects.  once i get them completed, i am hoping to list them on Etsy.  it will be my first attempt at selling things on Etsy instead of Ebay.  here’s hoping for the best~

1 Peter 5: 7-11

(7) “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

(8) Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

(9) Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

(10) And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you & make you strong, firm & steadfast.

(11) To him be the power for ever & ever. Amen”