Thursday, June 28, 2012

Are Your Tanks Filled

I love how God works. When it seems like He is teaching me something, I hear it over and over. :) The thing He has been working on me lately is filling my amazing husband’s love tank. I had read the book “The Five Love Languages” and knew about the different love languages. I even knew what ones John was. But, it seemed like his tank wasn’t being filled. I wasn’t doing a good job of trying to fill it and I wasn’t sure HOW to fill it. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Only Momentary

I have been reading an AMAZING book called “This Momentary Marriage” by John Piper. This book has been so enlightening and helpful. Probably one of THE best marriage books I’ve read.

It has brought me to tears and has really helped me realize that this marriage of mine is only temporary. It is to show the world what greater things are to come. It is to be a great marriage showing others an example of the gospel and leave them longing for the things of Above.

Being Aware of Answered Prayers

I have been praying for John and his work for a while, not as consistently as I should be though I’ll admit. I had been praying that he would get some listings and that things would start to pick up. Well, he came home the other day and told me that he was hosting his very own open house this upcoming Sunday. My first reaction was to pray that it went well and he was able to get his name out there and get some potential clients. It is on a very busy road so he’s sure to get lots of people stopping in to check out the house.

Then it hit me. I had prayed that things would start to be more productive at work. And guess what, they did! But instead of praising God and thanking Him for not only providing but answering my prayers, I just asked Him for more things. How selfish of me! He had provided! He deserved to be thanked and praised! I sat right down and thanked Him for being providing such wonderful things and for taking care of us. He is so awesome.

Then, a few other things happened as well that are exciting. God is definitely providing.

So the point that I learned is we need to be aware of what God is doing in our lives. He is always working. When we pray for something, remember that He ALWAYS answers and we need to be thankful for His answers. I find it so easy to take for granted the blessings that He provides but to notice the negative that is in my life. I need to be more aware of the blessings and to shower my wonderful Lord with praise and thanksgiving for those things.

Praying that this lesson sticks with me and that I become more and more grateful. God rocks! Let’s make sure we tell Him that and that others know as well! :)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Thankfulness Mondays

Now I realize that today is Monday. But, that is why I wanted to start posting things I am grateful for on Mondays. It is the day that most people struggle with having a ho hum attitude or being depressed. I used to do Thankful Tuesdays because It’s the melancholy in me I guess. But then I thought about it and decided Mondays were a much better day....though every single day is a perfect day to be thankful on.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Do we have broken fences?

I walk past this certain house when I run. It is a cute house with a lovely fence around it. But when I looked closer, I noticed that the fence was falling apart...on the inside. They had “jimmy rigged” it with ropes and posts like a tent from their yard, but on the outside, it looked great. But their yard (which wasn’t big to begin with) was over run with lots of ropes and posts all through it making it hard to enjoy their yard.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Smiling Babies

Levi went from being happy to having that pouty lip and whimpering in a matter of seconds. I sat there talking in that “parentese”to him trying to convince him that it was going to be okay and that he can be happy again.

As I did this, I started thinking that with babies whenever they are fussy or grumpy, we will talk to them in our squeaky voices, make funny faces, rock them, sing to them, or do whatever we can to make them content again. Why do we do the opposite with others around us? When they are in a bad mood or having a rough day we like to punish them by giving them the same or a worse attitude than they are giving us. I know that with older children sometimes they need to be punished for having a “stinky”attitude, but even on that note, we shouldn’t have a bad attitude ourselves while doing so. We should be loving and humble about it. With their best interest and God’s glory in mind.

I need to remember this when others around me seem to have a less than pleasant attitude. I need to remember Levi and his smiles/grumpies. The things you learn from babies. :) It’s amazing.

Who Did He Marry

This may be an unpopular post. I know it was/is a hard pill for me to swallow as well, but it is important.