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Monday Praises-How Great Thou Art

21 Oct

Good Monday morning, everyone!  I hope you have all had a good weekend.

For my Monday praise this morning, I just want to share this video with you.  It is 1 man singing an acapella arrangement of How Great Thou Art.  

God is so great, isn’t He?  Every day I am just more amazed by Him and how He is working in my life.

Jeremiah 10:6   There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.

 

Don’t forget to visit Walk Humbly With God for some more reasons to praise God today!

To She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named on Your 30th Birthday

20 Oct

Dear She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named,

Today is your 30th birthday.  I won’t tell everyone who this letter is for, since everyone believes that you are turning 28 and I don’t want to give away your secret (Plus, if you are turning 28, that means I am only 32, so your secret is safe with me.).

I just want to enlighten you on turning 30, since I am braving this unknown territory ahead of you.  There are a few things I have discovered since turning 30 that might make this transition a little easier for you.

1. In your 30’s, you will finally figure out “who you are.”  Isn’t this the elusive goal that we are always searching for?  Well, when you become a woman in your 30’s, you will finally know.  You will become comfortable with yourself and what you stand for and what you believe and what you are doing.

2.  In your 30’s, you will stop being scared.  You will gain courage as you move into your 30’s.  You will gain boldness to speak your mind and stand up for yourself. You will have to learn to watch your words so you don’t hurt the feelings of the girls in their 20″s.

3.  In your 30’s, you will stop caring about others’ opinion of you.  You won’t spend time worrying about what other people might be saying or thinking about you.  You will spend your time and energy taking care of your family, and you won’t mind (most of the time) that it will take all of your time and energy to do that.

4.  In your 30’s, you will learn how to take care of yourself. You will really come into your body and your beauty, and you will care about what you put into and onto your body. You will learn to love yourself.

And the best, most important thing I want to tell you:

5.  In your 30’s, you will understand that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and you will grasp the fact that He loves you despite your faults.  This is a deep, beautiful understanding that some women never quite get, but I know that you will.

Now that you are 30, you will stop worrying about little things that don’t matter, and let me tell you, it is a liberating experience.

I pray for you that you will make the best of it, that you will realize God at work around you and join Him in His work.  I pray that you will be a woman who is courageous and dangerous, because that is what this world needs.

And I love you, girl.

Monday Praises Ya’ll!

14 Oct

I will just tell you all, I have had a wonderful weekend.  I got to spend Friday and Saturday with some of my best friends at the Women of Faith conference in Charlotte, and it was AWESOME.  Then yesterday, Jason was ordained to be a Deacon at our church, and that was a wonderful experience for our family. I pray that God will work through him for our community.

Today, I want to praise the Lord for knowing just exactly who I needed to spend my life with.  My husband is a wonderful, Godly, patient, kind, funny man.  Most importantly, he is a wonderful daddy. He has his flaws, as we all do, but I do love him so much.

God sure knows exactly what he is doing.  I met Jason when I was 17 years old and he was 19, and I knew immediately that we would spend our lives together.  I know that sounds strange for a 17-year old to know, but I really did. I know God put us together at such young ages because he knew we would need each other to survive the wild stages that we both went through. I think that He needs us for something later on, something bigger,  and that was the only way we could make it through those years.

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Don’t you love it when God’s plan becomes clear to you, even years later?

Jason and Charlie checking on a fire from yesterday.

Jason and Charlie checking on a fire on Sunday.

Lord, I thank you so much for providing me with Jason, a perfect fit for me.  Your plan is awesome, Lord, and so much more than I can ever imagine.

Make sure you check out Walk Humbly With God today for some more Monday praises.  Have a great week, everyone!

Monday Praises Link-Up: Family

7 Oct
Cousins!

Cousins!

Good morning!  I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend.  We did!

Yesterday was the annual Doby family reunion.  The Doby’s are my grandma’s family in Mt. Airy.  It is one event that we really try to make every year if we can. We had a great time seeing everyone and eating all of the good food.

Too bad the ride home (almost 2 hours) was a little rough-Maddie just could not get settled.  We were so glad to get back to Bonlee!

Seeing all of my family today made me think about family in general.  God knew that we wouldn’t be able to face this world alone, so he provided us with people to help us along the way.  He really knew what He was doing, didn’t he?

There are all sorts of families, especially now.  My family is a little crazy, I will admit! We have some steps and re-steps and un-steps.  We live in different places and have gone to different schools and have different views on life. We have been broken, but we have managed to come back together stronger and a little better, I think.

I just want to praise God today for blessing me with a wonderful family. He placed us together in this life for a special reason, and I really appreciate that. I am so glad that, no matter what, my children will always have this family to support them and love them.

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”– Frederick Buechner

 

Special thanks to Walk Humbly With God for hosting our Monday Praises Link-Up.  Make sure you visit her page for some really special blessings on this rainy Monday!

Monday Praises-A Little Song for You

30 Sep

This song has been in my head all day, and I decided to share it with you for my Monday Praises Link-Up with Walk Humbly With God.

This is CeCe Winans version of I Surrender All and it is AWESOME!  I just love it so much, especially at this point in my life when I am truly trying to surrender it all to Jesus.

 

Have a great week, everyone!

Monday Praises: What God Can’t Do

23 Sep

Good Monday morning, everyone!

Se excited for my Monday morning link-up today with Walk Humbly With God!  I love starting out my week looking for ways to praise God.

I have so many reasons to praise Him!

Truly Blessed!

Truly Blessed!

I don’t want to give you all the wrong impression: my life isn’t perfect by any means.  I do have Jesus in my heart, however, and even when things are going wrong, which IS guaranteed to happen on this earth, I AM guaranteed to have peace and joy.

I found this great article this morning: 10 Things God Can’t Do.

You know, there are a lot of things I do wrong.  I yell sometimes.  I feel superior sometimes.  I feel like a loser sometimes.  I get worn down and I sin.

But God is always there when I can’t be.  He doesn’t get tired.  He doesn’t think I (and my sin) am too much to handle. He is everything that I can’t be.

I want to praise God today for being there when I am not.  He picks up my slack every day.  He loves me anyway.

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What They Said Wednesday-A Broken Crayon

18 Sep

I have seen lots of different blogs who have themes for different days of the week, and I figured out the perfect theme day for Mommy in Bonlee-“What They Said Wednesday”!

The children in this house talk CONSTANTLY! Sometimes I can understand what they say, and sometimes I can’t.  I found out at the dentist today that Maddie has a very tight frenulum and may have a lisp because of it, but I think that most of her problem is that her brain is moving faster than her mouth!

They are hilarious.  I am always thinking, “I have to write this down.”

So I am going to.  Every Wednesday, I will share a bit of the children’s wisdom with you.

Here’s today’s.  I was getting Charlie dressed for our dentist appointment.

Charlie: “I want to wear shorts!”

Me: “Well, it is cool and we are all wearing pants.”

Charlie: “But I want to wear shorts!”

Me: “Well, I want some stuff, too!  I want a million dollars.  Do you have a million dollars you can give me?”

Charlie: “No.”

Me: “Well, something else I want is a chocolate milkshake.  Do you have a chocolate milkshake you can give me?”

Charlie: “No, but I have a broken crayon!”

Me: “That is really sweet of you, but I don’t want a broken crayon.”

Charlie: “But I don’t have that other stuff.  All I have is this broken crayon. You can have it.”

Is this not the sweetest thing you have ever heard? I swear I could eat that boy up.  He was trying to give me all he had at the time, which was just a broken crayon, but to him it was pretty important-he was coloring with it! I had to go give him a big hug at this point, and I probably would have let him wear some shorts if he asked again.

This just made me think, am I willing to give everything I have? I’ll be honest, I have some things I am holding onto pretty tightly, even though God is telling me to let them go.  We all have something, don’t we?

Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given—and you will receive even more. Mark 4:24

We (I) need to HEAR God’s voice and LISTEN and ACT.  We (I) need to be willing to give it all up, like little Charlie and his broken crayon.

Children are so wise in their innocence, aren’t they?

And just so you know, Charlie did put on a pair of pants!

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Monday Praises Link-Up: A Loving, Listening God

9 Sep

Many thanks to http://www.WalkingHumblyWithGod.com for hosting our Monday Praises Link-Up.  If you are interested in sharing your Monday Praises, click on the pink button on the right to go to her page and join in!

I will admit to you that I have had a hard time with this Monday’s Praises!  Not because I don’t have plenty to thank God for: I have a wonderful husband, healthy children, a great family and friends, a church family that I love, and everything I need and more.  I just wanted to really PRAISE God today, not for things I have or what He has done for me, but for who He is.

I have started writing and deleted some things, then decided to stop thinking about it and pray about it for awhile.

I was just upstairs with Maddie, taking some pictures of her in the new tutus that we are putting up for sale today (check out http://www.facebook.com/mommyinbonlee to see our new Halloween stuff :)) and noticed that when we were finished, she was just sitting in her window looking sad.

I said, “Maddie, are you feeling sad?”

“Yes,” she said.

I asked her, “Why are you sad?”

“I don’t know,” she responded.

I spotted a teachable moment. “Well, what do you think is something we can do if we are feeling sad?”

She answered as only Maddie can, “Put on a tutu.”

Hahaha! I thought this was hilarious.  I told her that yes, maybe putting on a tutu would make her feel a little better, but that when we are sad we need to talk to God about it, and the conversation went on from there.

I immediately recognized what God was telling me: I need to praise God for his loving, listening ear.

He loves us so much, much more than we can understand in our human forms.  I want to praise Him for that.  He loves us and is waiting to hear from us.  He wants to hear from us when we are happy and sad and depressed and lonely.  He wants to heal our hurts and sing with us when things are going well.

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him. 1 John 5:14-15

Charlie said something funny to me last night as I was putting him to bed.  We said our prayers and I told him that he could ask God for anything or tell God anything.  Charlie said, “And he might not answer our prayers right away.”

“That’s right, ” I said.

Charlie said, “Sometimes when we ask Him for something, God might have to work on it for a little while, and when it is ready He will drop it down from the sky to us!”

From the mouths of babes…

God, I praise you today for your all-knowing, all-hearing, loving kindness.  You are a God who knows what we need when we need it.  You are a God who enjoys the company of your creations.  Thank you for that today.

The Madster in her tutu.

The Madster in her tutu.

 

 

Monday Praises Link-Up: Thanks to the Lord for Rest!

2 Sep

It’s time for our Monday Praises Link-up!  Many thanks to http://www.walkhumblywithgod.wordpress.com for hosting!

 

I have been relating to this cartoon a little bit lately:

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Having a 2 and 4 year-old is hard work.  So is being a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a church member, and the list goes on and on and on.  I get tired sometimes!

So today I am going to praise the Lord for a much-needed, much-deserved vacation with my family!  Whew, it is easy to get caught up in the business of life, isn’t it?  I have definitely been leading more of a Martha, instead of Mary, life.

As I am writing this post, I am sitting in my bed in Bonlee after a long day of cleaning and packing and child-rearing, but as you are reading it, I will have this view in front of me:

This pic is from our last beach trip-my toes are now neon orange!

This pic is from our last beach trip-my toes are now neon orange!

I am taking this vacation so seriously that I am packing no computer or Kindle, and I hope to go days without my phone!  It will be awesome!

Read these words of Jesus himself:

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a while.” For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. Mark 6:31

God means for us to take some time to rest, to reflect, and to spend some time with Him.  I can just imagine him sitting in Heaven waiting to hear from me!  He created us to spend time with him, after all. He doesn’t want us to be lazy, but He also wants us to rest and restore our bodies and our minds.

I want to thank God today for giving us the means to take a vacation, to rest our bodies and restore our souls.  I thank Him for a wonderful family who we get to spend time with and enjoy on our vacation.  I thank Him for giving me permission to rest from the world for a few days.

*Hopefully I can link-up to Monday Praises from my phone!  If not, I will link-up when we get home.

 

My Fast from Facebook

29 Jul

Hi everyone!  I hope that your Monday has been a good one.  Ours has been excellent.

A few weeks ago our new pastor announced that we would be having an important meeting at our church tonight regarding our church’s vision for the future, and he asked that we spend the day fasting and praying.  At first I thought, “Fast?  I can’t go a day without eating!  And keep up with these kids?  I will faint from exhaustion.  No way!”  Then he went on to say that we could fast from anything that takes up a lot of our time or thought during the day.  I knew immediately what I would have to fast from: Facebook.

I didn’t really want to do it.  I tried to think of something else to fast from, but my mind kept coming back to Facebook.  So I did it.  And my life has been tremendously improved.  Here’s what I learned today:

1. My mornings are much more calm without Facebook.   Normally I grab my phone when I get out of bed in the morning and look at Facebook while I am brushing my teeth, making coffee, and feeding the animals.  It is very hard to do all of these things with a phone in my hand.  I like to answer any messages, comments, tags, etc. right away, and also get caught up on all of my night-owl friends statuses.

Really, who do I think I am, anyway?  I am a stay-at-home mom.  No one is sending me any super-important messages or tagging me in anything urgent.  The only people who I really am imperative to are Charlie and Maddie, who can’t write, and Jason, who  is laying next to me in bed in the mornings, so if there is anything important for him to tell me about the day he will just tell me.

As far as getting caught up on everyone’s statuses, I realized today that I just don’t care about what people post in the middle of the night.  It is usually pointless.

Without my phone in hand this morning, I had a great start to the day.  Time usually spent mindlessly scrolling through Facebook was spent in prayer, and it was wonderful.  It was peaceful and made me realize that those few quiet minutes alone in the morning are a gift from God, and I need to treat them as such.

2. I did not feel out of touch with the world.  I was expecting that I would feel out of touch all day, that I was missing out.  I was really surprised to find that I did not feel this way.  Instead, I felt liberated, like I was bucking a societal standard.  I did not know that I am such a rebel!

3. I really was a little out of touch.  I found out tonight when I finally checked my Facebook that I was actually a little out of touch!  I had a luncheon at my house today for the ladies in a Bible Study that I am a part of, and several of them had sent me messages about the luncheon.  Thankfully none of the messages were asking for directions, mostly just saying they would or would not make it.

This did make me realize that, while there are some bad sides to Facebook, there are also some good sides.  It is a wonderful means of communication.

4.  Facebook steals me from my family and my home.  It was very nice today to give my full attention to my children and my home.  I realized today that I am in a terrible habit of checking Facebook A LOT!  I do it while I am cleaning, while I am talking to Charlie and Maddie (isn’t that rude?), while we are eating (again, rude) and just A LOT!  This must stop, and it absolutely will.

5. Facebook steals me from God.  Following my pastor’s instructions, every time I thought about using Facebook, I prayed instead.  Guys, I have had such clarity and purpose today.  God has really spoken to me, and I fully understand that I felt his presence today because I purposefully chose to be in it.

 

I guess that everyone has their own personal “Facebook,” something that takes up a lot of their time or energy with no real outcome.  Something that just steals their joy and their life away.

I am not saying that I am going to quit using Facebook, because I do see it as an important tool. I love keeping up with far away friends and family. I love the political debates with my sister.  I can say, however, that it is going to become less of a fixture in my life.
Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5: 16-17