I have a feeling I’ll be re-using that title a bunch in the weeks and months to come. Anybody mind?
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare. (Psalm 40:5)
Praise report time!
Well, I didn’t win the lottery or get 50 book orders or even a check in the mail. BUT I did get an e-mail from the fine folks at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo letting me know they’d have 5 free tickets waiting for us upon our arrival. Woohoo! (Now Nichole won’t have to pretend she’s married to Gabe and that I’m her daughter to try to get us into the zoo on her pass!)
AND I got a 3-book order from Illinois and one from Texas. Six books isn’t 50, but it’s an answered prayer nonetheless.
And Gabe talked to my uncle (CEO of WEEC and a client of Gabe’s), and there’s a check in the mail for us. It’s smallish, but if we keep getting free admission and I pack a lot of cheapo lunches (and I get BP to donate a gas card to the cause), it’s almost enough to get us through the trip. Woohoo!
Gabe originally told me he didn’t want to take another trip without putting much-needed new tires on our mini-van, but I think we’re just going to trust God to keep us safe. (they’re not dangerously bad, I don’t believe)
We sold some more stuff at Once Upon a Child (but they’re waaaaay overstocked right now, so we won’t be going for awhile). I take half of the $ and let Livi and Ava split the other half. We made $10. And I’m taking a box of books/magazines/DVDs to Half Price Books today.
God is sooo good! And I so want to praise Him even when it looks like He’s not providing. But He never gives me the chance. He always provides.
Took Ava to her school yesterday to pay her fees and find out her teacher’s name. I thought we’d get to tour the school a bit (we’ve already done that, but Livi really wanted to see it). They did everything outside though. Forking over $51.80 made me cringe. I couldn’t help but think how many carousel rides and gallons of gas I could buy with it. We’re skipping Livi’s school thing today. The paper said we can pay the fees anytime up until August 27th (when school starts). And if she can’t even go in the school, what’s the point of going?
So, I turned down the PTA. Anyone have any thoughts on this fine organization? Honestly, I didn’t want to pay the $5 fee to join. 🙂 And more honestly, PTA Moms intimidate me. I hate to be a stereotyper, but my goodness, their zest and zeal wears me out just thinking about it. I kind of think maybe I should join just to have a say in things like, “Please don’t tell my child that she must embrace sinful lifestyles and that she can’t talk about Jesus and so on and so forth.” But most of what they do is fund-raising. Ugh. And besides, I have 2 daughters in 2 different schools. The only thing worse than being a part of the PTA is being a part of TWO of them. I can tell that these Magnet School Moms are even more zealous than typical moms. I get nauseous just thinking about it.
Gabe’s photo session went really well last night. He met Joel Penton at Panera over on the west side, then they headed to some hotel where the team was meeting. Coach Tressel popped in for a few minutes at the end of the photo shoot. Gabe shook his hand and got to chat with him for a few seconds. He says he’s never going to wash his hand again. Um…okay. I’ll see if I can get him to post a picture for you Buckeye fans. (The guys were James Laurinaitis, Marcus Freeman, and Malcolm Jenkins, if anyone knows anything about OSU football.)
I read some very, very cool (convicting) verses in Galatians 3 this morning in The Message Bible. Here are some bits and pieces (tidbits, anyone?) from verses 1-6.
You crazy Galatians! … Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives…
Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? …
Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?
Have a wonderful weekend, you lovely ladies!!