man, i should blog or something

I’ve sat down to write something about 11 times over the past 2 days, and I just can’t gather any thoughts. I’d really like to start blogging more about something un-Marla-related. That would be a nice change of pace, eh?

I thought about adding some more links to fine folks whose blogs you’d like. I thought about sharing some great Scriptural insights from our pastor’s message on Sunday. I thought about asking some profound questions and asking you to weigh in.

Hmmm… Maybe it’s time for one of those Bloggy Breaks that a lot of you all are taking lately. This brain toot could be my cue. School will be starting soon, we’re planning a whirlwind zoo tour for next week (Lord willing), soccer starts here in a bit (the girls are on the same team, and I’m sooooo thrilled!).

I mentioned that I read C.J.Mahaney’s Living the Cross Centered Life. I’m reading it again. Reading C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity again too. And recently finished Christian George’s Sacred Travels for the second time. (love, love, love that book!) And the girls and I are devouring animal books from the library. Nina may have forgotten most of her states (ha!), but she can identify a tapir and an okapi from a mile away. 🙂

Notice I’m reading a lot, which means I’m writing not-a-lot. Hmmm…

I’ve caught Ava reading her Bible story book in her bed several times in the past few days. My prayer for my passionate, dramatic, amazing 2nd daughter (and my other 2 too) is that she will fall madly in love with Jesus and want to live for Him all of her days. She’s got quite a rebellious streak in her when it comes to talking about Jesus and reading God’s Word (and life in general). She can be a questioner, a skeptic, a…rebel. But when she does decide to believe something, wow. And the fact that she is reading at all (she says she hates to read), and reading the Bible is enough to make me cry. Praise you, Lord!

We hit the jackpot at the thrift store today. I got some Simple brand tennis shoes for $1.50. Ava got some really cool L.L. Bean tennis shoes for $3.00. The girls each got a Groovy Girl. I got a photo album, a Sandra Boynton board book and this amazing (brand-new) Klutz photo scrapbook for a quarter. I wanted to get the girls some school clothes, but I only had $2 (and had to borrow $5 from Livi). We may return tomorrow. If I never buy anything new (well, besides food and toiletries) again, I’ll be happy.

Did you hear the story about the little Chinese girl lip-syncing (sp?) at the opening ceremony? Check out Gabe’s blog for a link and commentary. And check out DerrickandKenny’s comment–he added a cool link to Milli Vanilli. 🙂

Some verses I’ve been meditating on since Sunday–2 Corinthians 5:11-21. Here are some bits and pieces of it:

Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men…For Christ’s love compels us…And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view…We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us…God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Have a great week!

9 thoughts on “man, i should blog or something

  1. Oly16

    How do you have the time to manage all of this!!  That’s very cool about your daughter reading her Bible.  Glad you found some great deals at the Thrift store – I LOVE that kind of stuff, why pay full price when you can get such cool stuff for just pennies!

  2. lites4Him

    Your Ava sounds like our daughter too- I’m asking Jesus to be the Prince of these little girls hearts. That He will capture their hearts and turn all that passion and drama and use it for His glory!! And I’m asking for us (their moms- dads too) to trust Him to continue the good work He’s started in them- to remind us that His plans (and His timing!) are perfect- that they are to prosper us and not to harm us, to give us hope an a future. Here’s to God’s girls!

  3. Nixter77

    Little Ava sounds so much like our little Mady 😉

    Missed you there for a while, wondered where you were, but I can hardly talk, I am not miss ‘regular blogger of the year’ or anything like that.

    I love you zertrillions 😉 and heaps!

  4. jessyomama

    oooh, I think I’m going to make a note to read Mere Christianity again. Thanks for reminding me of that book!

    Lots of times I wake up Anna from bed and she’s reading one of her bible story books. She knows that she’s not saved yet, but I’m so glad that God’s developing in her a love for Him through His word. Praying for all our little ones!

  5. rocknnell

    I am praying that GOD will give YOU/Marla…the desires of your heart….for HE wrote them there !  Zoo’s, Books, Writing, Family, Speaking…..HE wrote them all…….

  6. FidelicharisHouse

    *SO* glad to hear about your sweet Ava…we always liked “The Picture Bible” (the Bible in comic book) as kids…and as an adult I was surprised at how much I remembered from it…it’s SO fun when kids enjoy reading and enjoy God…I will pray for her as God reminds me of her…as from one strong-willed child to another…


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