March 21, 2011

{Photo}  I will never forget this day. Powerful.  I can only say this, ”Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God…with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace…take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”  Ephesians 6:10-18

{Daily KIP}  A sincere, genuine friend will tell the truth.  They will, in love and with compassion, share what you need to hear, not always what you want to hear.  We have to be a sincere genuine friend to have a sincere genuine friendship.  “True friends stab you in the front.” ~ Oscar Wilde

March 20, 2011

{Photo} His hockey season is over!  I’m ok with it – yep, I am.  It was a great season, but a long season.  He had fun, improved a lot and that’s what’s important.  I’m ready to have my weekends back, or at least partially, since my other nugget’s AAA season just started.  Gotta love this smile and how proud he is to have this medal.  So cute.

{Daily KIP}  Our attitude is our mental outlook, our feeling or position towards something.  Taking action is implementation, it’s doing; getting something done.  It is true, actions speak louder than words, but our attitude shines bright through our actions.  Action with apathy is like taking no action at all.  Does your attitude measure up to your action?

March 19, 2011

{Photo}  Sometimes you just have to make unhealthy food choices; today was one of those days.  A full size order of waffle fries with seasoned sour cream as an appetizer before lunch, and then dessert from Dairy Queen to top it off.  They both hit the spot. yummo!

{Daily KIP}  As difficult as it may be at times, in our relationships, seek to be loving instead of seeking love.  Love IS patient.  Love IS kind.  There is no limit to its faith, its hope, and endurance.  Are you loving like this?  Don’t get caught up in what you need and lose sight of the very important truth, “Give, and it shall be given to you. For whatever measure you deal out to others, it will be dealt to you in return.”

March 18, 2011

{Photo}  We had a full house tonight; 6 energetic hungry awake boys and two exhausted parents.  It was all good!  smiling.  Off to bed.

{Daily KIP}  When we do something that is wrong, we are ‘committing’ a sin – most often these wrong things are universal and apply to everyone.  But, what about not doing something that we know is right?  What’s right or good for me may not be right or good for you.  When we choose not to do what we ought to, this is ‘omission’ or disobedient; sin.  ”If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17

March 17, 2011

{Photo}  This is the green I’m talkin’ about for St. Patrick’s Day…I drove home from dropping the boys off at school and saw bright green grass! (ignore the dirty snow)  I’m looking forward to seeing more green in the coming days. spring. fresh. life.  ”St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.”  ~Adrienne Cook

{Daily KIP} Who’s ‘inventory’ are you taking?  We can easily go down the road of pointing out shortcomings, mistakes, and character flaws in others; telling them how they should be doing life differently.  It’s difficult and a lot of work to shine the light on ourselves, to dig deep and discover the truth about areas that we need to work on.  Look in the mirror, do your own work.  Instead of projecting, focus on reflecting.  Remember, others are most likely doing the best they can with what they have, just like us.

March 16, 2011

{Photo}  I giggled as I was driving out of our drive this morning following the moving garbage can…there’s a little nugget behind this big blue container pulling it.  One brings it out in the morning, the other brings it in when we get home from school.  They are good helpers; this is one way they contribute to our family.  teamwork.

{Daily KIP}  A mask is a disguise, a false face or a cover.  They are often used to conceal and guard something from others, or to hide behind.  We can also use masks to camouflage in with others, to fit in or be someone we are not.  Do you wear masks?  If so, what do they look like and why do you put them on?  What prevents your from being ‘you’ – abandoning who you are not, really?

March 15, 2011

{Photo}  I just needed this good morning hug from God.  As I drove to meet a couple of girls for coffee, I was blessed with seeing the sunrise; it took my breath away.  His mercies are new every morning. Love the gentleness of our Father.

{Daily KIP}  Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit.  Gentle is not severe, rough, or violent.  It’s mild, kind, gradual.  It takes strength to be gentle at times, especially when others are being difficult, mean or unreasonable.  Are you producing gentleness?  “Gentleness is the antidote for cruelty.” ~Phaedrus

March 14, 2011

{Photo}  We had a “date night” at the house, just the two of us.  We played Toy Story 3 Uno and played hockey.  I took several pictures and this is the one he chose for me to post.  He’s such a sweetie, it was fun. special. simple.  Quality time is so lovely.

{Daily KIP}  Our heart is the essence of who we are, our central part, our nucleus.  Our eye is our judgement, opinion; our point of view, perception.  What is the “eye of your heart” focused on?  What is it seeing?  Is it drawn towards the Light and Truth? or is it seeing fear, negativity, anxiety, and destruction?  A changed heart produces a changed life.

March 13, 2011

{Photo}  It’s great when the boys can go outside to play – today was a perfect day for that.  As we spring forward, I’m sure the days to play outside in the snow are coming to an end.  I caught Zane laying in the big snow pile in the front of the house tasting the snow.  He’s such a sweetie.

{Daily KIP} All relationships experience conflict from time to time.  Conflict triggers strong emotions and feelings.  The two main ingredients needed for healthy resolution are honesty and managed anger.  Ephesians 4:25-26, says “So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors {spouses, friends, co-workers, family} the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.  And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”  How are you handling conflict in your life?

March 12, 2011

{Photo}  I love this gift that Leah gave me a couple of years ago.  It’s a little pillow.  It’s simple; joy.  I smile each time I see it tucked in the corner of the chair sitting off the kitchen in our hearth room.  I experience joy everyday from within, regardless of my circumstances, an indescribable joy-feeling that only come from God.  The pillow reminds me of my journey, what a special gift. JOY.

{Daily KIP}  Do you ever wish or hope that others, who have harmed you, will “get what they deserve?”  Do your enemies bring out the best in you? or the worst?  “Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst…respond with prayer…this is what God does. He gives His best—the sun to warm, the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good & bad, the nice & nasty.” Matthew 5:44 Message