Archive for July, 2011

Closet-Decluttering Update

Some of you may be wondering how my closet decluttering is going…I am here to tell you that five minutes a day is easy, and I basically quit last week because my closet is almost as good as I want it!  (And I got busy with something else!)  Five minutes a day is amazing, so now I’m going to move on to another part of my house; probablythe master bedroom.  (Actually, I started that today.)

Happy decluttering!

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I’ve been a little distracted recently…

I haven’t posted for a while now because my husband and I were busy contemplating adopting a waiting child from the Philippines; we think God is saying “No,” or “Not right now.”  In the meantime, however, I was SUPER busy with paper work, phone calls and emails, trying to collect as much helpful information as I could about this little boy’s medical history, as well as what kind of resources it would take to raise him.  (Also, nothing else seemed worth writing about at the time, yet I didn’t want to write about a possible adoption if it wasn’t going to become reality.)  So . . . now that our decision is in the past, I can write again!  (Are we going to adopt someone else, you ask?  We don’t know…we’ll see what God has planned.)

Parenting: Focus on GRACE, or SELF-ESTEEM?

I’ve been reading Give Them Grace (by Fitzpatrick and Thompson), and today I read…

“So much of what we’re advised to do as parents is so that our kids will feel good about themselves…

…if we persist in seeking to build our child’s self-esteem by praising them, we make them into our own image, boys and girls who idolize the benediction, adults who are enslaved to the opinions of others, and parents who pass on the lie to the next generation…

The one encouragement we can always give our children (and one another) is that God is more powerful than our sin, and he’s strong enough to make us want to do the right thing.”

I’ve witnessed parents making their child’s self-esteem the highest priority all the time (or so it seemed), and I’ve got to think that that mindset severely limits what they’re “allowed” to say to their child or expect of them!  (And it seems like this kind of parenting and whiny children go hand-in-hand. Hmm.)

But…I’ve often realized in retrospect (after dealing with one of my children) that the reason I expected what I did of him or her was based on what MY human/sinful nature would want.  I truly am sometimes just raising my children to be like ME instead of CHRIST.  I am so thankful that God’s power is greater than my sin!

Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus can be purchased from CROSSWAY BOOKS.

Creative Laundry Hanging

My mother-in-law just bought a large drying rack for us at a garage sale, so Barrett decided to have a little fun with the laundry…

He actually made me come outside to see with my eyes closed!

Kids know how to have fun, don’t they?

And here’s the new drying rack that instigated the creativity.  (Evidently, our two-year-old even helped with this one!)

Morning Prayer – Fountains and Riches

I read this yesterday; I like the imagery…

  • O Holy Spirit…Give me thyself without measure, as an unimpaired fountain, as inexhaustible riches
  • Come as helper, with strength to bless and keep, directing my every step.
  • Come as beautifier, bringing order out of confusion, loveliness out of chaos.
  • Magnify to me thy glory by being magnified in me, and make me redolent of thy fragrance. 

(From The Valley of Vision)

Teaching Songs to Children

If you’d like to do more SINGING in your FAMILY, but aren’t sure how to go about it, check out THIS LINK to find out how my husband (with no music degree) teaches songs to his Kindergarten/First Grade class at church. 

This is also how he teaches the Fighter Verse songs to our kids at home, and we now know hundreds of Scripture verses that have been put into song.  And if anyone says that having to sing them isn’t good enough, I would ask them if they could recite 400-500 verses on the spot.  My kids can, by singing the songs!  (Now, LISTENING to the WORDS you’re singing–that’s the next step, and should not be neglected.)

A little adverstisement:  You can purchase CD’s of family-friendlyFighter Verse songs HERE and scroll down to the bottom section of the page.

Parenting Reminder to Self…

I’m really liking this book, as it’s a good reminder of things I should already know…

“Even though our children cannot and will not obey God’s law, we need to teach it to them again and again.  And when they tell us that they can’t love God or others in this way, we are not to argue with them.  We are to agree with them and tell them of their need for a Savior. 

“The promises of life for obedience are not meant to build our self-confidence.  They’re meant to make us long for obedience and then, when we fail again, they’re meant to crush us and drive us to Christ.”  (From Give Them Grace, by Fitzpatrick and Thompson)

How often do I look for a quick fix to sibling squabbles so I can get back to what I was doing instead of taking time to speak to them about their hearts?  Too often!  I need this for myself!