September 22, 2008

Clara’s First Word

Posted in Mommy Journal tagged at 2:00 pm by timin525

Well, it’s really like her (mama, dada, drink, clara, thank you, dog, cat, ball, bye) tenth word, but it is super cute, so I have to write about it before I forget.

We were driving home from Eckert’s Saturday and Grandma Bea was talking to one of the older girls probably about apple pie and ice cream dessert. At the end of her statement, she said “okey dokey?” And without a second’s delay, Clara said “okey dokey!” It was the cutest thing and we all laughed for about a minute. It really sounded more like “kdydkdy,” but that’s close enough in my book.

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September 11, 2008

MOPS Devotional

Posted in MOPS tagged , , , , at 2:51 pm by timin525

And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:18-19

If you are anything like me, you are probably wondering what this verse means and how it applies to the 2008-09 MOPS Theme: Adventures in Mothering. Does it mean that God’s love is like a roller coaster? Of course not! Does it mean that God’s love will guide us as we navigate the ups and downs, bumps and bruises, and ins and outs of mothering? Well, we are getting closer, but I am still not convinced.

Let’s take a look at what the verse actually says. If you read the verses leading up to verse 18 we see that this “power to grasp” comes from God Himself, through His Spirit. God gives us the power to know Christ’s love – His big, immeasurable love that “surpasses knowledge.” But why does He want us and even empower us to know the hugeness of His love? The end of verse 19 tells us – so that we can be filled to the fullest extent with God himself!

These verses are not about how God can help us. They are about GOD and how we can be more like His Son Jesus Christ! And when we become more Christ-like, we naturally will be better mothers, wives, church leaders, neighbors, and business women. When we become more like Christ, we will be better equipped to respond to life’s challenges, the roller coasters and bumper cars of life. When the highs and lows come our way, we will be so filled to the brim with Christ and His love that HE (not we) will overflow into the situation.

So this is my prayer for us, MOPS moms of 2008-09: that we “may have the power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

My husband is wonderful

Posted in Seminary at 1:05 am by timin525

We are trying to make our home look appealing to a buyer, so I suggested to Tim that we (he) paint the kitchen. The walls were a drab, off-white color that neither of us particularly cared for, so he was game. 5 coats of paint and 3 colors later, we are (he is) finally finished! The first color was green. I was going for light, limey and fresh. We got blue-ish green and dark. Then we chose yellow with the intention of letting some sunlight in on our old dark cabinets. Since I told Tim to go yellow, he decided to give it two coats even though I was not home to give my nod of approval. When I saw it, I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. He had just re-painted the kitchen because I did not like the first color. But the look of disgust on my face gave me away. In my defense, Tim did not like it either; although, he said it was better than the green. Too orange-ish and dark. So tonight, we (he) got it right. It is yellow, but light and creamy. Not exactly bright and fresh, but I probably wouldn’t have liked that either! Anyway, he is good to me. Thanks, Tim! You are a good husband and a good painter!

p.s. I forgot to mention that he had to paint the bathroom twice, too! But we (he) got the dining room right on the first try.