what all is going on?

Work, sleep, laundry, cooking, cleaning house, the usual! I have discovered this last few weeks just how wonderful myimg001 husband is! I had no idea the jerks that are out there! Not all men love and cherish their wives! Not all men help around the house and treat their wife like she is the most precious person in the world…and well Charlie dosn’t “always” do everything right, but, honey, he is very close to being perfect compared to the beasts that are out there! Nothing like putting things into perspective! He helps me with the above mentioned chores, he listens when I talk to him and can even repeat it back to me most of the time, I would say at least 75% of the time anyway! I am so thankful that I have a husband that is such a rare jewel of a man! Ladies if you are not married, don’t settle for just anyone just so you can get married the heartache is enormous and sooooo not worth it!

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what a week…and it is only tuesday!!!!

The office was absolutely nuts today! Charts filed in the wrong place, patients coming in saying they have an appointment and they are not on the schedule, tempers boiling just under the surface with some and others totally oblivious (that would be me)! But the good thing is that #1 the day is done and #2 I made it through without to many upsets…at least that is my story and this is my blog so that is how it is going to be! I didn’t get out of work tonight until 5:49pm. I am supposed to get off at 5, but hey who’s watching the clock? Tomorrow won’t be quite so bad, both Drs will be out of the office and we will only have the nurse practioner for the day, big sigh of relief, I have a ton of things to get done that could not be done today because of all the wonderful surprises in our day!

All that said, I must say this, I really enjoy my job and the stress isn’t a constant thing, however the business is a constant thing! I like that the time fly’s by! I am doing what I enjoy and that is what matters!

Michael is doing well, we get to see him Thursday. He has a dr appointment for a physical and so Charlie will pick him up and take him. I have asked him to bring him by the office so I can have lunch with them when they get to town. I miss that boy! He turned 16 yesterday…I’m not a crier but I had a really hard time yesterday with keeping it together. 16 is a BIG birthday and we missed his. We will celebrate on Thursday,  but as you know that is just not the same. No not the same at all…been rather emotional for me but God is my strength and my hope. This to will pass and the end results will be worth it!  

Well I am tired and I think that now is a good time for me to bid you goodnight!

Remember ….                                                                                                 VICTORY IN 2009~

women judging women

you know I really don’t like to put things on here that are not original to me, however, this is really good and I think that it warrents being put on my blog! It spoke to me and I know it is going to speak to some of you as well. Great devotional Lysa! 

Women Judging Women

Lysa TerKeurst

 

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble...”

1 Peter 5:5 (NIV)

         

Devotion:

How differently might our lives be if we women didn’t have to fear the harsh criticisms of other women? Might we be willing to step out a little bolder for Jesus? Might we be willing to be a little more vulnerable? Might we live our lives a little less guarded?

 

Oh sweet sisters, women judging other women must absolutely break God’s heart. The crazy thing is when we judge others, we elevate ourselves past the ability to recognize our own propensity to sin in the very area we are criticizing. Show me a woman who is leveling a judgment against another person, and I will show you a woman who is wrapped in sin herself.

 

If it’s not the very same sin she’s criticizing, it will be a sin just as dangerous – pride.

 

It is a subtle shift that Satan invites us into. Voicing criticisms against others will coat the eyes of our soul with smut so thick, we become blinded to our own sin. Pride and self-righteousness will detour us from God’s best path and lead us on a treacherous journey of denial. We’ll deny our own sinfulness. We’ll deny our own need for grace.

 

Those who can’t see their own desperate need for grace, refuse to freely give grace to others.

 

Now, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to start making a mental list of those who you have felt judged by and you started praying a few sentences back: “Please let so and so read today’s devotion. Oh I hope she sees herself in this and gets a whammy of conviction.”

 

But, let’s stop making that mental list and receive this message personally. Even if we aren’t naturally critical people, this is an area we can all grow in.

 

I recently read a wonderful quote outlining a beautiful plan when we feel tempted to judge someone else. Francis Frangipane in his book Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God says, “Anyone can pass judgment – but can they lay down their lives in love, intercession and faith for the one judged? Can they target an area of need and rather than criticizing, fast and pray, asking God to supply the very virtue they feel lacking? And then persevere in that love – motivated prayer until that fallen area blooms in godliness? Such is the life Christ commands we follow!” (pg.11)

 

I know just posting this devotion will not suddenly make the world tip on it’s axis and shake all of us women into breaking the cycle of criticisms and judgment. However, maybe, it will be a start. If it causes even one of us to fall in front of Jesus in repentance and allow Him to wipe the smut of pride and self-righteousness from our spiritual eyes- it will be a great start. Now, let me be that one.

 

Dear Lord, may I first fall in repentance into Your loving arms of grace. Thank You for the harsh ways I have been judged lately for it opened my eyes to this stinging way we women can be. Forgive me for not extending grace at times to others. I am a woman who desperately needs it – so, I should be a woman who freely offers it. When I am tempted to be critical of someone else, help me hold my thoughts and my tongue. Instead of voicing those things, help me bring them to You in honest and heartfelt prayers for that person. May I be one who is so motivated by love, that I will persevere in my prayers for that person until I see You working in glorious ways. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

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family time, laughter rules the evening~

We had a great time this evening! Kevin is in a murder mystery dinner theatre, and we went to see it tonight. He did a great job and we really enjoyed our time. Lots of laughter before and during the play! We sat with two of my favorite people, Sue and Rhonda! What a hoot! If you haven’t had a chance to hear Sue tell her story of how she broke her wrist make sure you ask her when you see her, if you know her of course!  There were 6 of us who went tonight, Charlie and I, David, Kelly, Holly and her boyfriend Aaron. Afterwords we came to the house and played a game called take two until we were all so tired we could barely keep our eyes open…okay Charlie and I could barely keep our eyes open! aaron

For those of you who do not know Aaron here is a picture of this young man that has captured the heart and attention of my daughter. I took some pictures of them at the table that were really cute but I don’t know yet how to get them from my phone to my computer!  I took this one from Aarons facebook page!  He is a sweetie and we are really enjoying getting to know him, make fun of him and just generally abuse him at any given time! 

All in all it has been a very good week and it ended with a great evening of fun! We really are blessed in every way!

~VICTORY IN 2009~