If you missed the post about GIVE-AWAY #3, see below. You have until today (Wednesday) at 3:45 p.m. to enter.
Before I start spouting off all the things God is giving me, I just want to clarify a thing or two. Every now and again I feel a little Job-ish (that’s Jobe, not Jobb). Job before God let Satan get to Him, that is. What I mean is, I don’t ever want to give off the impression that, “Sure, she’s singing God’s praises now. Her life is charming and perfect. Let’s see how she does when something really bad happens.”
My hope and prayer is that my attitude will be joyful and worshipful and praise-ful no matter what is going on in my life. Obviously, it’s a bit tougher to offer up the praises when things are crappy. But I still try to do it.
Bottom line? I want to build a foundation. (my devotions this morning were about this very thing) I’ve talked about this before, but I want my faith in Christ to be so strong that when big, bad storms do come, I’ll be strong enough (in Christ!) to weather them. The foundation’s gotta be built now though. If I wait for the storm, it’ll be too late.
I want to fall so deeply in love with Jesus that no matter what happens in my life, no matter what (or who) is taken away, I will know peace. Peace because I can never, ever be taken out of God’s hands. Nothing can separate me from the love of Christ. Nothing.
I want to give thanks in all circumstances. All. When God displays amazing wonders in my life, I want to share them. When He allows pain in my life, I want to grow through it. I fail miserably every day on my way to becoming who God wants me to be, but I’m not quitting. Apart from Him I can do nothing, yet I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
–my washer and dryer are a dream. What am I going to do with all my newly-discovered free time? (time previously spent coaching and coaxing my W/D through each cycle)
–my new vacuum is also a dream (Gabe got my $5 back, btw) And oh my word. You would not BELIEVE the dust and hair and nastiness I vacuumed up last night. You couldn’t see it on the carpet, but you could see it in the vacuum canister–thingy. It is a wonder we are not all dead. Our lungs are probably black with dust.
–Gabe took Livi and Ava to see Alvin and the Chipmunks last night. All 3 of them loved it. Nina and I went to town (not literally) doing laundry and vacuuming.
–A couple weeks ago, Gabe bought 2 tickets to last Sunday’s Browns game. He was planning to surprise his dad and take him as an early Christmas gift. Then the snow came, he called his dad, and Rock didn’t want to chance it. We were bummed. Plus the tickets were pricey, and we had less than 24 hours to try to sell them on e-Bay. I envisioned losing quite a bit of $. Long, crazy story short, Gabe made $115 on the tickets. Woohoo! (and the Browns won!)
–I get to see my sister tomorrow! First time since August! Then the rest of my fam will be here Friday and Saturday. Woooooooohoooooo!
–Helping out with Ava’s holiday celebration at school this afternoon. 🙂 And meeting Kimberly for coffee tonight. 🙂
–Please pray for my Grandma Yoder. She has cancerous tumors in her bladder. Mom has been taking her for non-invasive treatments once a week for weeks and weeks. They just found out that all those treatments did absolutely nothing. She’s scheduled for a surgery and chemo in January. She’s a spunky one though and very, very precious to me.
–My husband (chatting with a new friend on the computer) just turned to me and said, “This guy just bought his wife a new iPhone for Christmas, and he doesn’t even have one!” Gabe’s eyes are gleaming with the incredulity of this. The preposterousness of buying your wife an iPhone when you do not even have one yourself. Can you even imagine?
Well, this was supposed to be short. Don’t forget to enter the drawing. Have a wonderful day!