Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I think I'm getting tired...

of looking at my computer. I've been sitting here for about 3 hrs working on applications for next year. And it is not as easy as it sounds. Oh no....of course not. First of all, I e-mailed them to my friend who then scanned them into her computer and reformatted them from PDF files to Excel documents. Then she e-mailed them back to me. But when they get reformatted, everything gets messed up. So I have been sitting here going line by line fixing each little thing. Oh wow! Lots of work. I hope the people I send them to are impressed and want to hire me. That would be wonderrful. We'll see huh?

Otherwise, vacation has been nice. I've gone back to J&M to see everyone. I miss them, so it was extremely good to see them. And they were all very excited to see my new car. They're so nice. :) And I went to quilting class with my grandma on Monday. I've always wanted to go with her and this week I finally got the chance. The ladies there were so nice and helpful. And then on Monday afternoon, I spent the afternoon with my grandma's friend who quilts. She has won competitions with her quilts!! Amazing! She brought them all out and shared them with me and my g-ma. It was so fun and so relaxing.

So yeah...it's been a very good week so far. It's going by really fast though. Sad times!! But it feels sooooo good to sleep in. :D

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. Last year on Good Friday my friend died. It really did not seem good. It still does not seem good. He is gone.

Two thousand years ago, there was a Friday that did not seem good either. Jesus had died. The Teacher of all teachers. The Leader of all leaders. The Friend of all friends. He was gone. He was there no more.

But wait three days and He came back. He rose! That was a Good Friday in the end. He may have died, but now the Friend, Jesus was back with them. With holes in His hands, feet and side. With triumph written all over Him. He was alive!

Last Good Friday was not good for me, or my friends or Amy. It was a bad Friday. But oh how good it was for Mike. Oh how glorious! Oh how wonderful! He was with Jesus that day. He is not coming back here. No, I was reminded of that quite clearly today. He is not coming back. Never will come back. But today is just another amazingly Good Friday for him.

:D

It's that wonderful time of year called.....

EASTER VACATION

or Spring break if you are one of the heathens. I'm so excited! I made it 3/4 of the way through the year. Now to get through the last 1/4. :) It has been an incredible encouragement to be working where I do for the first year of teaching. I have been praying every morning with one of the other teachers. Where else could that happen? It is great to focus on Jesus before the madness of our day starts.

Also another milestone is that I've been blogging for over a year. I started last year on March 7. I'm actually surprised I made it this long. Oh wow!!! Well off to church to get flowers ready for Easter morning. My other favorite thing to do!! :)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Disclaimer


Just want to say that a lot of the information I am writing about on nurturing has come from a book called Disciplines of a Godly Woman by Barbara Hughes. I have done a lot of research on the side, but a great deal of the ideas I am presenting come from the chapter, The Discipline of Nurturing, in this book. Also the picture in the previous post is from the girltalk blog.

I get on my students all the time for plagiarizing and I don't want to be guilty of it myself. :)

Saved through childbearing


One of the verses that confuses people when talking about motherhood and nurturing is ITim. 2:15. "Yet she will be saved through childbearing--if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control." Wow! What does that mean?

Well, we know for sure that it does not mean that if you have a child you are automatically going to heaven. If so, then my prospects of getting to heaven may not be as great as all of you who are already married with kids. No, that doesn't make sense. And besides, in the verses prior to this one, Paul is discussing the fact that the woman is really the first sinner. Now she didn't bring sin to the whole world...Adam did. But she was the one that Satan targeted. Verse 14 says that "the woman was deceived and became a transgressor." So what is this about her being saved?

Although the woman was the first to sin, she also brings the hope of change into the world. Eve brought sin into the world, but she also brought new life into the world. Woman are given the awesome responsibility of bringing life into the world. We have a chance to train and discipline the little sinners around us and show them how to be true followers of Jesus Christ. We will have the task of raise a new godly generation that will continue to carry the salvation message to new people. What an amazing opportunity.

This raises the fact that we as women have an incredible influence on the young people around us. Think how your mother/grandmother/nurturer influenced you. They taught you how to live and how to act. They taught you the basics of personal hygiene and how to do your laundry. They taught you to eat healthy food and to take care of yourself. Some of us have had godly mothers and grandmother to teach us biblical womanhood and the specialness of being a lady and a woman. Timothy's own mother and grandmother are mentioned in the Bible because of the amazing impact they had on young Timothy.

Also understand that nurturing and motherhood is the ultimate display of submission. We are submitting ourselves to the call of God to care for our children. We are submitting to our husbands by caring for and raising their children. It takes humility. It takes sacrifice. For those of us that do not have children of our own, there are many people around us that we can care for and nurture. I love Phil 2:3-4.
Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interest of others.
It is so easy for us to care only for ourselves and our own interests as single women. However, we are called to look at the needs of others and to see those needs as more important than our wants and desires. It takes humility. But what training for the time when we have a husband to care for. What preparation for when we have little ones that will demand all of our time and energy. If we practice for it now, maybe we will be that much more of a model of Christ's love and sacrifice to those around us.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Eyes on God

I've been reminded twice today that my eyes need to be on God. And you know if it happens more than once, and you are convicted about it more than once, then there is obviously a problem with your heart. So now I look into my heart (and oh, it isn't a very pretty sight) to see what I need to change. You see, this morning in Bible study, we went over Phil 1. Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel as he was writing this letter. And yet, through his imprisonment, he had the amazing joy. He was excited about the Gospel. He was sharing it and spreading it far and wide even from his cell in jail, chained to a guard 24/7. And I look at my life and see how easy I have it. I have a job. I have a house. I have a pretty new car. And yet I am unhappy. Later in Phil 1, Paul talks about the dilemma he had of wanting to die and be with Christ, but wanting to live to continue to encourage and build the church. He says

20 According to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Philippians 1:20-21
Today I learned that the Greek for verse 21 really says, "To live Christ, to die gain." Wow! Can I say for me to live-Christ? Or do I say "For me to live is Christ and needing a husband and needing a car and needing a job ect....." If so, then I am missing the point of the christian life. Because if that is true, then no matter what, the end will be "To die, loss." None of this will matter in eternity. But Christ is eternity for us. He is what will be the main thing for ever and ever.

Yes, I would really like to get married. Yes, I would really like to have a new job. But if that is all I am thinking about--if that is what my life is geared for, then I have my priorities sadly wrong. Paul was chained to a prison guard and his main focus was not to get out of that place as soon as possible. It was not how unhappy he was because his circumstances stunk. His focus was Christ. Christ and Christ alone. As I look into my heart and examine what I am living for day by day, I encourage you to do the same. Can you say, "For me to live, Christ. To die, gain"? Is your relationship with Christ the most important thing to you? Do you find your joy in keeping your eyes on God and not on your circumstances? Are you living for the glory of God and furtherance of the Gospel?

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Perfect Example

Who is the perfect example of a nurturer? Who is the perfect nourisher? Our perfect example of nurturing is God. He is the ultimate giver of life. And how blessed we are to be His children.

Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone; or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:9-11
As human nurturers and caregivers, we try to care for those around us in the best way possible. We do our best to meet the needs and fix the b00-boos, but in our humanity we can never do a perfect job at this. There are needs that we will not meet. Or things we cannot fix. We are quite helpless at times. It is bad enough babysitting overnight--I can only imagine what it would be like to have a screaming baby all night every night. But God on the other hand knows all of our needs. He gave us life. He sustains our life. He knows and understands our every need, our every care, our every hurt. He knows. We can look to Him in total confidence that He will show us how to care for the children in our lives by the way He cares for us.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

So Sorry


I was going to post more about nurturing, but I'm just to tired right now. I'll try to get to it tomorrow. I have so much to share about it. It is such a blessing.
(Isn't that a pretty cheesecake-y picture? I love it!)
I have some good news. One of my students came to me and told me she accepted Jesus this weekend. I don't think she'll mind me sharing this. I'm so happy for her and it is so encouraging to know that some of these kids really do want to know about Jesus. Praise His name!!!

Things with the car are also very exciting. It is sooooo pretty! God is so good...and those seatwarmers are amazing! You get warm like immediately! When you have the heat on your bum and on your back...you have to be careful not to fall asleep while you are driving. It's soooo nice!

Oh and the great and marvelous band DOWN IN FRONT is playing at Mulligans on Friday night. Don't forget to come. It's about $16 to get in that night. And it's soooooo worth it!

That's it for now. Have a great day tomorrow and I'll get back to nurturing then.