Saturday, August 31, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 53

You can read Psalm 53 here.

How can people not believe in God?  He's everywhere.  They are going to miss out on everything.

Friday, August 30, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 52


You can read Psalm 52 here.

Why do men do evil and brag about it?  But God will take them down and bring shame upon them.  But for us that love him we will flourish in his love.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 51


You can read Psalm 51 here.

I think we have all been in this place.  I know I have.  I have been in places that I have been so lost in my own shame.  I sit there is sadness and miss out on so much of the joy that life has.  I don't want to miss these things.  I want to be happy in life!   And when I wallow in my own sin there is only one way out.  Jesus.  He is my only way.  God doesn't have a need for sacrifices or offerings.  He doesn't ask me to do anything.  I don't have to get out of my pajamas on those bad days.  I don't have to go out and search for him.  He is not lost.  I am.  But I can come to him just as I am, broken and in need.  Because God knows that I need him.  Even when I forget sometimes, he knows.  And when I come to him he makes me clean.  He takes my heart and gives me what I always need.  His forgiveness and love.  I am so grateful for this love.  Jesus is just absolutely amazing.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 50


You can read Psalm 50 here.

God speaks to us.  When he wants to be heard he will not be silent.  He tells us to listen.  He knows all who are in this world.  He wants us to call on him when we are in need.  But to those who do not know him he wants nothing to do with.  We are to honor God.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 49


You can read Psalm 49 here.

What can money buy you?  Can it rescue you from death?  It can do nothing but sit on this earth and waste away.  I know that I take nothing with me when I die.  But I also know that when I do God will take me home.

Book Review: Another Piece of My Heart

I honestly don't know how I ended up finishing this book when I've put so many down at a half way point that were far more interesting.

Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green should have been a lot better than it was.  I have read many books by Green and I was just disappointed in this one.

We start with Andi.  Andi is in her early 40s and is married to Ethan.  Ethan has two daughters from a previous marriage.  They have been married for a couple of years now.  The biggest problem?  Emily.  Emily is Ethan's oldest daughter.  She is 17 years old and a trouble maker.  She fights constantly at Andi throwing temper tantrums to get her fathers attention.  Which he give.  Every. Single. Time.

Andi is fed up.  With as much as she loves her husband she is ready to walk out the door.  She has a step-daughter that hates her and a husband who will not stand up to her.  She is also not given the one thing she has always desired... A baby of her own.

It seemed like it should of been a decent enough of a story but I just found the characters unbelievable.  I couldn't connect like I have in the past with her books.  I found this story predictable and quite boring.  I really can't recommend it.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Vacation

This year we had an at home vacation.  We didn't even do it stay-cation style where you stay in town but not at home.  We were 100% home and it was the best time!

It was the last week before school was to start and we filled it up with fun and joy.  We spent time with family, had two game nights with friends, played video games (Finished up Kingdom Hearts II woot woot!) went to Chuck E. Cheese and to the drive in for free movie night.  This was my kind of vacation!
Daddy cuddles Anya while playing video games

Sidda and MJ decide they want to drink from the hose

Chuck E Cheese with Grandma and Grandpa Las Vegas

Michael and Anya

Anya and Great Grandpa (Grandpa Las Vegas)

Mmmmm.... pizza crust

Michael and Grandma skee ball tournament. 

MJ knocks Jenga down

Sidda wants to win

Anya watches Jenga

apple muffins

MJ waits for the drive in movie.  Papa is also waiting.

Anya wants to eat my phone.

Sidda entertains herself and Nana watches

MJ passes out during Iron Man 3.

Anya tries cantaloupe

She loves it.


What a handsome dude!

Chocolate chip cookies.

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 48


You can read Psalm 48 here.

God is great and his city is amazing.  It is beautiful.  When our enemies come upon it they are afraid of its greatness.  In the temple we praise your love.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 47


You can read Psalm 47 here.

A psalm of pure praise!  Hallelujah!  This one is just a song of worship to God.  No asking for help or redemption.  No whining about enemies or rejection.  Just a song to God.  Just a moment to tell him how wonderful he really is.




Saturday, August 24, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 46



You can read Psalm 46 here.

God protects us. He is a continual presence of strength around us all the time.  He is fighting for us no matter where we stand.  We just need to be still.  To stand in front of him and know his glory.  He is awesome.

This psalm reminds me of Strong Tower by Kutless.


Friday, August 23, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 45


You can read Psalm 45 here.

The note at the beginning says that this is a wedding song so I must assume that it is written to celebrate two that are coming together in marriage.  The writer is excited to be apart.  He praises the groom saying how cool he is and how God has blessed him.  His new wife will also be a blessing.  His wife is beautiful and she will give herself to her husband.

This is a perfect example to me why I don't get along with Psalms.  I  just don't get it.  I don't understand what this has to do with anything.  After reading through it a few times I just can't seem to get it to penetrate my brain.  I don't feel anything when I read this.  I don't see anything to think about when I'm finished.  Maybe someone could explain it to me to make it more clear?  Let me know your thoughts.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 44


You can read Psalm 44 here.

Where did victory lie before?  It was God.  God gave us the land and is the only reason we succeeded in battle.  He is the mighty one and we are nothing without him.  Where is he now?  When we battle he is not with us.  What did we do for God to leave us?  Why will he not help us?  I do not understand.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 43


You can read Psalm 43 here.

The author is asking God not to stay away but instead to be present in his life so that he may praise him.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 42


You can read Psalm 42 here.

Well... I have officially moved into the 2nd book in the book of Psalms.  Here we are at Psalm 42.  I can't believe I have kept up with this daily on this blog for the past 42 days.  Go me!  I also know that there is still more than 100 days to go.  Psalms sure is a long, long, long book.

Finally!  A Psalm not written by David!  Not that I really minded David's psalms but I am so ready for a new voice.  This one is by the Sons of Korah a family of singers from the tribe of Levi.

Oh, how I thirst for God!  I want to be with him.  My soul longs for him.  But where is he now?  I used to lead the people in praise of his name!  I do not need to be down; I need to put my hope in God.  I will remember all the things he has done for his people, for those he loves.  He is apart of me.  I will worship him because he is my hope.


Monday, August 19, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 41


You can read Psalm 41 here.

We must love on the people who do not have the things that we do.  They may be weak in mind or body, be without love or even without a home.  We need to show love and compassion to these people because God cares for all.  Sometimes he uses us to show his love to them.

Some people may speak out against us.  Even our friends may... But God is for us!  He continually gives us chance after chance.  He gives us mercy constantly.  Thank God for that!  I need mercy each and everyday.

Thank you God for showing me love through other people.  So many people have blessed my life with the love of God when I have been at my weakest points.  Thank you also for giving me new chance every single day to be the kind of person that you desire me to be.  Amen.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 40


You can read Psalm 40 here.

I waited for you.  I waited as long as you needed me to.  You lifted me from the depths and put me back on my feet.  You gave me a song of praise.  I trust in God.  You have done so much that I can not even count how many awesome thing you have done.  I want to do what you tell me to do.  I will tell everyone about you!  I will not hide you.  Please do not hide from me.  Please save me.  Let those who wish to push me down be brought down and those who rejoice in you keep worshiping you.  Oh God, I need you.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Laughing

MJ laughs all the time.  He laughs the most out of anyone in our family.  I believe that MJ has genuine joy in his heart.  He wants nothing more than to just be happy and having fun and laughing through it all.  The silliest things will make him giggle the most.  And it just makes me smile to know what a happy child he is.

If MJ had a theme song it would be I Love to Laugh from Mary Poppins.  The kids almost never stops.  I love it.

This is an old picture but I love how silly he is!

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 39


You can read Psalm 39 here.

David is still feeling punished.  He is calling out for God to help him.  He knows that his days are numbered and God knows that number.  He wants to be able to praise and worship again.

Friday, August 16, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 38


You can read Psalm 38 here.

David is calling out for forgiveness!  He has done wrong and is being punished for it.  He is sick and in pain.  He accepts what he has done wrong and asks God to not leave him.  He asks God to help.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 37


You can read Psalm 37 here.

Do not worry about what others have outside of God.  Be happy in what you have with God.  Those who are rich in wealth but lacking in heart and unfaithful will one day be gone.  They can not take what they accumulated here with them and they will now be without it.  But what do we have?  We have the Lord!  We can keep him and take him with us wherever we go.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 36


You can read Psalm 36 here.

The wicked have no place with God because they do not concern themselves with godly things.  They do not care to do what is right so their hearts are hard.

But what can we say about God's love?  It's truly awesome.  There is no end to its reach.  It stretches and grows and lets all people in.  What an amazing love!

Here is Your Love Oh Lord by Third Day which contains parts of this psalm.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What's for Dinner?- Mini Pizza on Bagels

Well, it's more of a what's for lunch than what for dinner post.  But it's ok.  It's food and it's good.  Michael and I had some meatball subs the other night and had some leftover marinara sauce that I wanted to use up before it wen to waste.  I also had on hand some mini bagels and pizza cheese.  So mini pizzas it is!  Yay!  They were super easy to put together and went over great with the kids and the husband too.

Just split the bagels on a baking sheet, through on some sauce and cheese.  Heat in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes- until the cheese has melted and the bagels toasted.  Enjoy!





150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 35


You can read Psalm 35 here.

Here David goes again.  He is asking God to be on his side and for him to overtake his enemies.  He asks God to take down those who are against him.  He asks and asks and asks.  He does not act on his own.  He does not go out and try to hurt and take vengeance on his own.  He asks for help.  He asks God to take care of it.

Monday, August 12, 2013

150 Days of Psalms: Psalm 34


You can read Psalm 34 here.

I give praise to God.  I will always be praising him.  When I asked of him he answered me.  He takes away my fear.  The Lord gives us good things.  When we seek him we will want for nothing.  If you want to live forever stay away from evil and pursue peace.  God watches out for the righteous.

Stay Up As Late As You Can Night!

We are starting school in two weeks.  I can't believe that summer is coming to an end.  But it will be so good to get back to a normal routine.  Last night was declared "Stay up as late as you can night!."  Since school is coming upon us we need to get back to sleeping and getting up at reasonable times.  So last night we had a family night and let the kids stay up as late as they could.  Kind of a last late night hurrah.  The night began after church.  The kids and Michael came home and we all got into our pj's.  Then it was Mario Monopoly time!  We has a great time playing together.  Sidda and MJ worked hard at trying to win!  We then played Super Mario Bros on the Wii U.  And then settled in to watch some movies.  Super easy night but tons of fun.  Poor Anya had a little fever but she had an awesome times too!  Sidda and MJ stuck it out until around 1 am.  I was grateful to get to sleep soon after!