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The Joy in Giving

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

My heart was filled with such joy as I stuffed my shopping cart to overflowing late last week with CHRISTmas gifts for my children. I wanted to get most of my shopping done in one quick trip and I am proud to say, "I SUCCEEDED!"

I came home and went through the gifts. I was delighted by my selections for each of my children knowing how much they would appreciate the choices I'd made. I was so excited that it was hard to hide them away until CHRISTmas day, but I knew the effect would not be the same if I gave them their gifts earlier than intended.

It was in those few minutes of reflection that it hit me how the same is true of our Heavenly Father. He delights in blessing His children. He sits on His throne watching us thinking, "That's my girl!" He's a proud daddy and loves watching our…

O Holy Night

My favorite CHRISTmas song of all time is "O Holy Night" as sung by Martina McBride. For this Then Sings My Soul Saturday, I wanted to share it with you!

A Thankful Heart

From Homeschool Memoirs: This week, you guessed it, is going to be about having a thankful heart! Yes, of course, we should always be thankful for everything we’re blessed with, but it’s not too often we actually sit and ponder what. This week please join me in writing 27 things you’re thankful (There’s got to be at least 27things!). I picked 27 because this year Thanksgiving is on the 27th of November.
Also, share a Scripture verse for this week!



There is a Veggie Tales song that says, "a thankful heart is a happy heart." It's so true. Regardless of what you have or don't have, if you are really thankful for the things you have been blessed with you will have a happy heart.




Sometimes I feel as though my heart is overflowing with gratefulness. God has been so good to me.




Here are just a very few things that HE has given me for which I am so very thankful:



1. Salvation..... I have three sons and can't imagine sacrificing any of them for anyone let alone mankind who so …

Sometimes CHRISTmas Makes Me Cry

It's no secret that I am READY FOR CHRISTmas!!! With only five Saturday's to go before the big day, I've decided to share some of my favorite CHRISTmas songs the next few weeks for Then Sings My Soul Saturday!



This song is called "Sometimes CHRISTmas Makes Me Cry." It is performed by Mandisa and Matthew West. It is a beautiful song. I hope you enjoy it!





Memories in the Stains

I use to be a very particular person. Everything had to be a very specific way, organized, in order, and proper. The least little deviation from my plan made me uncomfortable, unsettled and ultimately unhappy. That was life before I became the mother of four kids.


One of the joys of having four, small children is the unexpected. One of the first things I learned early on is that the best laid plans do not usually go as one would always hope. I can remember planning birthday parties and CHRISTmas's when Dacey was very young and having such high hopes for perfection that I was almost always disappointed when something would go different than I'd wanted it. I remember the kids wanting to play outside but being in good clothes, so I couldn't just let go and let them be kids. They had to look nice for what might happen later. Ten years later I have finally gotten over myself. I have learned that it is the unexpected that most often makes for the happiest moments and best shared …

And the awards goes to....

From Homeschool Memoirs: You post the category that best describes each of your family members and write something about why you nominated them in that category, and you’re welcome to post photos.




Dacey is being nominated for "cutest monkey" and "friendliest fairy" because, well, she is! Dacey is always climbing on or getting into something. She is also a social butterfly and makes friends with great ease!


I have nominated Jaden for "class clown" and "best helper." Jaden keeps us in stitches with his crazy antics. He also is always watching out for his baby brother and enjoys helping Connor with things he can't yet do on his own.




Isaac is the best snuggler around. He can most often be found in mine or his daddy's lap. We've also nominated him for biggest flirt as he loves pretty girls. He kissed or was kissed by ALL of the princesses at Disney World!


It is said of Connor that the only reason he is ever still is to figure out what he can …

WORD-FILLED WEDNESDAY!

In honor of my anniversary this week: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a My beloved is mine, and I am his. Song of Solomon 2:16 Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. Song of Solomon 8:6-7a



JULIAN DRIVE CONCERT

Last night our church hosted a concert with Christian recording artists, Julian Drive. IT WAS AWESOME!! We left Connor with Nana so that we could enjoy the evening without having to run in and out since Connor still doesn't like sitting still too much. Dacey, Jaden, and Isaac had a great time!! We even got to watch them record a Christmas video for CCM before the concert began.


Here's a pic of the kids with the band:
Here they are worshipping during the concert:
Jaden got a set of drum sticks and even got them autographed by the band:
Dacey was thrilled that after the concert three of the band members ATE AT HER TABLE!!


It was a wonderful evening. It was great to watch the children and youth in unabandoned praise to God. Tommy and I really liked Julian Drive's music and pre-purchased their next CD due out in January. To listen to their music, visit their MYSPACE page here.


















CHRISTmas Edition of Getting to Know Me

Yes, it's a bit early still, but if you know me, you know how much I LOVE CHRISTmas!! As a matter of fact my Dear God ornament for this year says, "Dear God, I JUST LOVE CHRISTMAS!" My anniversary is tomorrow and then will come Thanksgiving, my birthday, Jaden's birthday, Jesus's birthday, and finish up with Tommy's birthday two days after Christmas! So this is a very busy, exciting, fun and happy time of year at my house. Or as I like to sing, "Tis the season to be broke...fa la la la la..."

I just can't wait until CHRISTmas!


1.Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Wrapping paper. What's the fun of pulling something out of a bag for a kid? Each of our children have their own wrapping paper so they can quickly spot each of their gifts under the tree. I'm sure this year all the wrapping paper will be Disney themed.


2.Real tree or Artificial?

I prefer real, but until the kids are bit older I'll stick with artificial!

3.When do you put up the tree?

the…

Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone!

I really like the many different blogging subjects that different sites host for each day of the week. Today I came upon "Then Sings My Soul Saturday". I have a passion for music. It ministers to me in a way that few things do and I love singing praise to our King. So I decided this would be a great one for me to participate in.

For my first go at this, I decided to share the song Amazing Grace, My Chains are Gone by Chris Tomlin. The song Amazing Grace is one that God used many years ago to see me through one of my life's darkest periods. The verse that says "and grace has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me on" gave me hope and encouragement at a time when not much else could. Chris Tomlin's update on the song has made it even more precious to my heart. "My chains are gone! Hallelujah I have been set free! My God.. My Savior has ransomed me!"

Enjoy!


My Hubby - The Love of My Life

After years of doctors visits, cortisone shots, and physical therapy, it has been determined that the only option left to help ease the pain in my hubby's shoulder is surgery. He is scheduled to have bone spurs removed and a tear in his rotator cuff repaired on December 23rd. The doctor had wanted to do it sooner, but we opted for later so that we could have a couple of paychecks before Tommy's off work for four to eight weeks.

I am very hopeful that this surgery will help relieve his pain once and for all. He has suffered with this shoulder for so many years. The kids can't wait to be able to get in the yard and play ball with their daddy again and to tell you the truth, neither can he.

Our eleventh anniversary is Monday. After eleven years of marriage I can honestly say that I still get twitter-pated at the sight of my man. He was a "good guy" when I married him but has become so much more as the years have passed. Tommy is an on fire, sold out, born again, Holy …

Wordy Wednesday

First, for WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY:


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1





Next for Wordless Wednesday: "Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful"




Who Ya Gonna Call?

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were relaxing on the couch when we heard Connor from Jaden and Isaac's room. "Daddy, HELP!" were the only two words Connor said, but he knew they would get fast results. As soon as Tommy heard Connor's summon, he got off of the couch and headed to find him. He quickly located Connor on top of a set of plastic storage drawers. Connor had climbed up there but knew he couldn't get down without falling. There was only one thing to do: call daddy for help and wait for him to get there. He was confident that his request would be answered. He knew when he asked his daddy for help that his daddy wasn't going to let him fall.

So many times when we have a problem or go through a trial, or when we "climb into something" we can't get out of on our own, we run to the phone or email in search of someone who can help us. We look for someone "with skin on" to pat us on the back and assure us that everything will …

Mission Minded

One day last week as my ten year old daughter was doing her schoolwork, she told me that she felt God was calling her to be a missionary. I was excited to hear this and questioned her as to what led her to believe that. "Momma," she began, "when we go different places and I see people from different countries and hear them speak in their languages, it really pulls on my heart. I think I'm suppose to go into those countries that aren't allowed to praise God and tell them about Him." Later in the week I made a comment in passing about "one day when Dacey is President...", she was quick to correct me and said, "I'd like to be president, but I think God is leading me somewhere else." At that point my mouth fell open. Hearing her say this with such enthusiasm, passion, and conviction leads me to believe that God may very well be calling Dacey into the ministry. Even now in the things she is learning and doing, I can see where she is being…

WORD FILLED WEDNESDAY

I've been doing the wordless Wednesday's for the past several weeks, but last week saw on Special K's page the "WORD FILLED Wednesday". Today I thought it was much more important to visit the Word and share the Word than to just share a trivial picture that though is special to me, wouldn't mean anything to any of you. So here is my first Word FILLED Wednesday. You can see more at The 160 Acre Woods. Enjoy!

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word (no famous quotes or other literature — only the beautiful word of our Father) through photo’s & a Bible verse!

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26











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If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
2nd Chronicles 7:14