In the weeks gone by I have . . .
loved my husband more,
realized the grace of God over and over again,
made mistakes and said “I’m sorry”,
laughed with my children,
and felt the nearness of Heaven.
The children and I had a yard sale a couple weeks ago. It was a great learning experience for them and I came to appreciate my oldest in a new way! He manned the money table for me – and I think really enjoyed himself. He is the mathematical type and loves figures.
The Two Goobers were in charge of the cookies and pop. As they saw the cookies being bought up quickly, they began to panic. “Mom, there’s only ten left.” “Mom, now there’s only FIVE left!”
So I sent them to the kitchen to bake more. The deal was this: if they baked the cookies for the yard sale, all the children got a percentage of the profits. I had to use a little leverage there . . .
Megan came through in flying colors as our little saleswoman! She totally surprised me. The children had put all their treasures on a table to sell (of which they would get the profits) and she was the only one who hasn’t been scared to talk to a stranger. This came in handy and she talked to everyone who came to their table – pointing out the deals for $.25. It worked because she managed to sell a small seashell to a sweet lady for $.10! Of course, there is always the possibility the lady was taking pity on us.
I haven’t done much online reading. Life has been too busy! Summer is just plain full and we are having too much fun.
But here are four articles I have either read or am in the process of reading. (yeah, sometimes it takes me that long) And I am enjoying them so much I wanted to share!
My Wife is not the Same Woman that I Married by Matt Walsh
“. . . I guess that’s what people really mean when they say they want a divorce because their spouse “changed.” It’s not change itself they oppose, but changes that challenge them and make them uncomfortable. What they should say is: “I want a divorce because she changed in a way that doesn’t fit inside my comfort zone.”
It’s hard, I know. Every day I’m relearning this one basic truth: my wife has her own brain, her own feelings, her own soul. We are linked now through the bond of matrimony, but she is still her and I am still me. She is a force, a hurricane, a wildfire. She is not a puppet dancing on a string. She is a self — her own self — powerful and mysterious. . . ”
Is Our Righteousness Filthy Rags? by Elliot Nesch
“The righteous acts of Christians are as a beautiful wedding garment to God. Even though God’s holiness demands of us a perfection which we will never be able to meet, He has always considered righteous or imputed righteous those who love Him and obey the faith (even though they are not absolutely perfect). The Lord’s statement remains that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).”
Finish reading article here.
Creative Design in the Human Embryo by Creation Ministries International
“At one month, you’re not quite as charming as you’re going to be, and here’s where the evolutionist says, “There’s no evidence of creation in the human embryo. Otherwise, why would a human being have a yolk sac like a chicken does and a tail like a lizard does? Why would a human being have gill slits like a fish does? An intelligent Creator should have known that human beings don’t need those things.” Well, there they are, “yolk sac, gill slits, and a tail.” Why are they there?
What’s a creationist going to say?”
Finish reading article here.
Pornolescence by Tim Challies
“It is going to take time—decades at least—before we are able to accurately tally the cost of our cultural addiction to pornography. But as Christians we know what it means to tamper with God’s clear and unambiguous design for sexuality: The cost will be high. It must be high. . .
And I think time will prove that this is one of the gravest costs of pornography: It is stealing the best years from so many young Christians. It is stunting their spiritual growth and delaying their entrance into Christian ministry and service.”
Finish article here.
All the gardens are in! They’ve been in for 2-3 weeks – I guess that tells you how long I’ve been trying to get this post up!
I have a small “play” garden here at the house. This is the one that I get to try new herbs and vegetables out in. My little haven. My stress reliever. My therapy session.
And the children are forbidden to step foot inside unless they have express permission!
Oh, I’m mean. Aren’t I?
The other garden is the berry patch that we planted out back in what used to be the weed patch. It looks pretty awful, so I won’t burden you with a picture. I have a feeling those weeds are going to be my arch nemesis this summer. But if I can keep the picture of sweet, ripe raspberries and strawberries ever before me . . . maybe I will beat them yet.
And lastly, we have planted our beans, corn, and potatoes around the corner at Charles Schrock’s place. He had let us use his garden the past 4-5 years and it’s just around the corner from our new place here in the valley. Works out perfect and we even have little corn stalks coming up!
The kids and I made a deal.
I told them that I would be willing to do the weeding this summer for all three gardens if they would clean all three bathrooms – all summer long. It went before the usual voting committee and passed.
Oh yes. No more toilets for me until school starts! I can handle that.
One more picture to put a smile on your face.
It did mine!