Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
What is on your bucket list?
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
My goal, however is to every day read the Bible at the minimum of 15 minutes. Sometimes it is longer, but I try for at least the minimum. It is kind of like the exercising excuse that we hear all of the time—yes you hear it from me…when do I have time to do that..I am so busy!
The Bible is such an important book that can help guide us in our decisions of our everyday life. It can help you with how your family should function or your relationship with your husband. It can give you peace about how you are living your life or give you something to pray about if it is something you need to work on. It gives you guidance on how to raise and discipline your kids. It tells you how you can have eternal life in heaven.
I know so many people who are avid readers…reading several books every week…but when is the last time they picked up the Bible and read it?
John 14:23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."
- If at church, the person who speaks is focusing on a certain area of scripture, start off by reading more into what they talked about.
- Join a bible study. There are many churches that have Bible studies on weeknights. I caution you against booklet studies (if they don’t relate to the Bible). Make sure they are actually focusing on the bible and not the opinion of an author. Anyone can write a book.
- Find a devotional book. Sometimes devotional books give stories about real life situations and then point you in the direction of where to read.
- Consider “Our Daily Bread”. Currently that is what I read. It gives a little story—like a devotion—and then points you to a piece of scripture that relates to the story. Sometimes it is only a few verses, but it is always nice to just keep reading! Then if I have time I read what we talked about in church, to just review.
- Find a Bible study blog if you don’t have time to go to an actual Bible study. There are many people that write blogs that give you direction of where to read on a daily or weekly basis.
- If you have kids, read to them each day before they go bed or if you have a designated story time..or during a meal…who doesn’t eat faster than their kids? Mine sometimes eat like snails!
- Just pick up the Bible and read it front to back like a normal book.
- Pray that you can church that focuses on the Bible if you are not attending one.
- Just pray in general that the Lord will give you guidance as you start to read it.
Any other ideas on where to begin?
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I was talking to an out of town friend from Missouri the other day and we were discussing relationships between our mothers, sisters, and other family members. My friend receives constant criticism from her family about how her kids are being raised. She is scrutinized for simple little decisions that she has made. Her extended family believes that the way they do things, should be the way she does things. Now don’t get me wrong, there are things that the bible says regarding how we should live our lives and how we should raise our families. For example, if a believer is in fornication…then that should be dealt with; if a believer is involved with covetous behavior, drunkenness etc. that should be dealt with. There are tons and tons of things that the bible gives us direction in how we should live our lives (read it…it is in thereJ). I get that people have their own opinions on how kids should be raised. I have my own. I give advice when people are looking for advice…but I try to always say…”here is what I have tried….it either worked well or didn’t.” But where do people…even our own flesh and blood…think that the way they think things should be done…is the only and right way?
For example..what are the appropriate ages to have birthday parties with friends? I had Jocelyn’s first friend’s party when she was four. Was I wrong? I invite family over for their 1st birthday and go all out? Am I wrong for doing that?
When should kids be potty trained? I waited until my kids were between 2-2 1/2 years old or when they are ready. Did I wait too late? Should I start before they are 18 months like a lot of people suggest?
Do kids have to play sports? Are we wrong for not signing my 4 year old up for a sport? Are we wrong for never signing up our kids to organized sports?
Are we wrong for not starting a college fund for our kids?
Going back to my friend who is frustrated by constantly getting criticized from her family… as far as I can tell her teenagers have their heads on straight. Maybe they don’t choose to go to schools that their other families members have desired for them. Maybe they aren’t choosing the desired “family” career path. Maybe they aren’t working in the jobs that their family would like them to. I could go on.
But where is the official rule book outlining all of my questions above? There are no official rules out there about these things (except with matters concerning things in the Bible). The official ruling should be with the parents…ok…here I go spilling out my advice….if the parents don’t want their child to work somewhere, the parents should have the say so. If their child doesn’t want go to college, should that family be criticized? In my opinion, I think family members should sometimes just keep their mouths shut and let the parents do the child raising…unless the child is in danger or straying away from the Bible and the parents aren’t taking note. Off my soap box now….but please pray for my friends family….maybe they will chill a bit and just let her family be.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
They make all sorts of plastics things.... it seems like every time I turn around they are making something new. Some things include DVD/CD jewel cases, convenience store bottle shelves (as seen in a picture from our fridge holding our water), lids for finger nail polishes, make-up containers, trash cans, spice containers, cups, handy dandy flies swaters-- (as seen in the picture below--yes that is a little scooper to scoop the fly up and pinchers:))...the list goes on...if it is plastic, they can make it.
If I could secretly follow Sean around for a day I would. He tells me story after story about what goes on during the day...some very interesting things. It hasn't been my favorite job for him...but it is a job and we will take it. I still like his old job at Irwin...basically because of the nice discounts we got on Little Tykes, Graco, Rubbermaid, and Calphalon and they had really nice company parties. No discounts here on products and the company parties are getting better.
Monday, June 14, 2010
I have been a demonstrator for a little over 2 years now. I really like being a demonstrator. The extra money is nice...however the expenses of keeping the business are getting kind of high. Catalog prices kill me--thank goodness most people have computers and can see the entire catalog--and more online! It has become difficult to have parties...love having them though...but I have to space having parties with other events going on...have these kids you know and they aren't old enough to stay home by themselves yet.
My website is: http://jmcgee.uppercaseliving.net
Below are pictures of my secret little obsession in our house!:)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
and I wouldn't have time to cook actual meals and have them ready for when Sean comes home, so the timing was perfect for this marathon. So I did it...I chose easy family favorites-- and cooked away. I boiled and cut up a lot of chicken and I browned a lot of hamburger and sausage. Once these things were prepared it seemed like it was easy sailing and I could start putting the actual dishes together. In the end I made 10 easy meals: lasagna, barbecue chicken sandwich meat, pizza, spaghetti pizza, beef enchiladas, chicken noodle soup, tortilla soup, sloppy joes, italian meatloaves, and chicken pot pie. Now the key is to remember to thaw things out in a timely manner to be ready to cook before we leave for VBS:)
So if you have a busy week coming up, maybe a lot of ball games, a baby due, family coming in town, or just don't feel like cooking every night, give it a try!:)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Easton afterwards...he was such a mess!The girls and I with our strawberries