Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Keeping the Home

"...But it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done there, and till it is well done she has no right to go outside to take up other duties. She is to be a “worker at home.” She must look upon her home as the one spot on earth for which she alone is responsible, and which she must cultivate well for God if she never does anything outside. For her the Father’s business is not attending Dorcas societies, and missionary meetings, and mother’s meetings, and temperance conventions, or even teaching a Sunday school class, until she has made her own home all that her wisest thought and best skill can make it. There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’ work outside have neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither eye nor heart for the work of live close about their own feet. The result has been that while they were doing angelic work in the lanes and streets, the angels were mourning over their neglected duties within the hallowed walls of their own homes. While they were winning a place in the hearts of the poor or the sick or the orphan, they were losing their rightful place in the hearts of their own household. Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure there...."               Homemaking, J.R. Miller

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Snippets From Syd; Eggnog


I don't have a whole lot of time ~ duty calls, but I wanted to stop in and share an 'ism that our youngest had just the other day. 


We were all in the van on the way to church.  Sydney wanted to read a little from the bible out loud and of course that is welcomed [at any time].  So she was reading in Genesis about the land of Nod.  However, she had a slightly different rendition of it:


15 But the LORD said to him, "Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over." Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.
 17 Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Eggnog.


Eggnog?  What?


Well, the whole thing did happen around Christmas after all - and what better to have at that time of the year, but eggnog!  I'm so thankful for the gifts [like this one] I'm given each day.  I'll, someday, look back and cherish all of these little blurbs.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Independence


Wow!  The fourth of July has come and gone.  Without hesitation.
It has been some time since I've been here to write a post; nearly a month.  We are, in fact, moved in the new place and slowly, but surely, making it a home.  We've had a garage sale (another to come this weekend) to get rid of a few things that we didn't feel we wanted to haul around any longer and found a few new [to us] things (on the curb, at garage sales, from thrift stores) to use. 
The girls adore the new space they have to stretch out and have done A LOT of it!  Sydney still has quite a fondness of playing "kitty", where she pretends to be a wild cat running through the African Savana - at full speed ~ while Ali, being a little over fourteen now, enjoys getting away from Sydney while she is pretending to be that kitty :o)
The girls are still sharing a room as we still have plans to bring another child [or two] in our home.  There is still a list of things to do in order for that to happen, but haven't yet gotten to it.  To tell the truth, the excitement of having more children in our home has escaped me, just recently, as our two are finally getting to the stage of being successfully independent.  I love being able to go on dates and spend time with my Daniel; laugh, joke, play, just be friends.  I am so blessed to be married to my best friend.  And I look forward to the days ahead that we'll have together.
We celebrated Daddy's Day; no huge to-do because Daniel's birthday comes just shortly afterwards.  We chose to save all the big stuff for his birthday and that we did!  He woke up July 2nd and went to work for another record-breaking day in the heat.  He's told me throughout the past couple of weeks that the temperature at his desk ~ midday has been about 104.  The girls and I thought it would be a good thing to get him out of there for his birthday and take him somewhere he would LOVE - an amusement/water park.  My husband loves thrill and swimming, so for his birthday I bought another annual pass to Sea World.  He's mentioned how much fun we had - in a reminiscent tone so I thought it would be a good birthday gift.
I contacted his boss and arranged a day off for him, with a specific way to get him out of there.  Another of the supervisors, personally, escorted him off the property, which totally took him by surprise.  On our end, the girls and I schemed for days to make it seem 'real' and get him to the places we needed him to be for our plans to succeed.  In any case - I called Daniel right after his morning meetings (when he was suppose to be sent home) and he told me he was on his way home.  At that point, I informed him that I had found a free leather couch, on craigslist, in San Antonio, near Sea World and the girls and I were on our way out the door to go get it, but we would wait for him.  I had the cooler packed, swimsuits ready, and the seats pulled from the middle of the van to be convincing.  The girls and I revisited the plan to make sure everyone knew their part.  It worked - Daniel was soon home and in the van with us to go "pick-up a sofa".  I had directions written down to the place we were headed, which were really just an alternative route to Sea World.  When we were close - I pretended to have written the wrong address down.  Very upset with myself, I asked him what we should do at that point.  The girls chimed in asking to stop and find out how much passes were to Sea World this year.  We parked and readied ourselves to go check prices - as usual Ali requested to stay in the van and read (this was planned).  Once Daniel, Sydney, and I were out of sight, Ali turned off the van, grabbed the backpack, and followed behind.
Once we reached the gate all three of us had to use the restrooms which, conveniently, allowed Ali to catch-up with us :o)  We'd bought Daniel a talking card (which goes against every fiber of my being) that shouted "SURPRISE" and had his pass taped to the inside of the card.
I've left out many details, but to make a long story short(er) - he was extremely surprised.  Daniel is difficult to surprise and he had NO idea about this.  We had such a good time, first at the water park, as well as the amusement park - the latter half of the day.  And Sydney rode her [first ever] roller coaster; The Great White.
Our fourth of July was a good day as well.  We've just had a wonderful extended weekend!  As the grand finale of our fireworks display was bursting in air - it gave Truth through the night that I was Free - Independent.
And I pondered for a bit on my Freedom.  My Freedom to be the person whom I choose to be; the person He purposed me to be.  I'm not the same person I once was.  By His grace I am different - better.  I have an independence that I didn't, previously, know.  I have a security that I didn't carry with me years back.  I have a confidence in what I have in the future.
He has been so gracious to provide me with the right person at the right time to minister to me.  He has been so good to provide me with a comforter; the Holy Spirit to direct me through circumstances and trials - leading me in the way He would have me to go. 
I'm so grateful to have a Savior that provides so much love.  The numerous times I've disappointed Him and he extends mercy, undeserving.  I cannot imagine life with Him.  Knowing Him has changed me; changed my life.  And I live my life now, for Him.  I have a new set of expectations to live up to.  I have found a new beginning in Him.
I live my life, these days - walking with Him, talking with Him, communing with Him; basking in His Holy Presence.
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