the man I love, and have pledged to spend the rest of my life with, was born.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAR. I LOVE YOU!!!
the man I love, and have pledged to spend the rest of my life with, was born.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BEAR. I LOVE YOU!!!
Last night/this morning was a bit crazy at our house. I’ll spare you details but, suffice it to say, I am not my normal bright-eyed, bushy-tailed self this morning. But, having responsibilities – and not wanting to ignore God’s word in today’s Proverbs reading – I have been up progressing with my morning.
After getting my more pressing things out of the way, I decided I had a bit of time for a nice, leisurely, bath. Now leisurely for me is about a fifteen minute bath – I’m not much of a “loll around” kind of gal. However, because of the aforementioned crazy night, I was way too relaxed by the warm water. I FELL ASLEEP in the tub! I know – I hear you chuckling! Thank You, God, for watching over me while providing me rest and relaxation. Thank You for Your principle of buoyancy – not often thought of by me but very handy in today’s situation.
So I wake up to find it is now 10:30! One of today’s duties is to get my stranded son, who lives about 25 minutes from here, to work by 11:00. Yep, I see you did the math! Here is where the hubby comes in. He is currently not on assignment and is in the office – which is about ten minutes from said stranded son. I ‘IM’d” him and asked if he was at a place he could leave work and deliver Sean to his job. He was, and is now taking that responsibility on for me. Thank You, God, that Your timing is perfect. That for this time, in this instance, Barry was in a position to leave his post to come willingly to the aid of his family. You are amazing, God.
I’m up and at it again. I am better for the extra rest, but God knew that would be the case. After all, He is my Creator. I will do my best today, and tonight – God willing – I will sleep! Thank You, God, that Your grace pours over me and provides abundantly for my every need. Thank You for allowing the extra rest You provided – it was unusual, but it was divine! Thank You for what You protected me from in my tiredness. Thank You for the mercy You have provided me by drawing me to Your Son, in Your way, at Your time.
Praying your day will be blessed.
Barry and I love 60’s sitcom television. One of our favorites is The Dick Van Dyke Show. We watch at least one episode almost every evening before bed. Last night we saw Henry Gibson recite part of the poem “Keep A-Goin’ ” in the episode ‘Talk to the Snail’ [Season Five]. I remember Gibson reciting this piece other places, including Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.
I wanted to share the poem, so I hit the trusty Internet to find it in its entirety. Amazing what the Internet holds. This cute little poem, later turned into a country song for the movie “Nashville”, has been the subject of litigation and has had more than one claim of authorship!
In a case like that, I guess one must just…..
If you strike a thorn or rose,
If it hails, or if it snows,
Taint no use to sit and whine
When the fish ain’t on your line;
Bait your hook an’ keep a-tryin’ —
When the weather kills your crop,
Though ’tis work to reach the top,
S’pose you’re out o’ ev’ry dime,
Gettin’ broke ain’t any crime;
Tell the world you’re feelin’ fine —
When it looks like all is up,
Drain the sweetness from the cup,
See the wild birds on the wing,
Hear the bells that sweetly ring,
When you feel like singin’ – Sing —
I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua.Phil.3:14 (CJB)
Okay, so I’m having some real fun here at home with pictures from our recent photo shoot. Man – I’m loving Digital 10!
Hope you have a blessed weekend.
I know I rise each morning thanking God for our love.
I know I see what He is doing in our lives.
I know I love you more with each day that passes.
I know I will love you until the day I die.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Bear!
~~Barry and I are studying an abridged version of John Owen’s ‘Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It’. It is called ‘Temptation: Resisted and Repulsed’. We are studying it with our Adult Bible Study (ABS) group.
I cannot stress enough how important it is for the believer to understand that we are not immune to sin IN THE FLESH. We can be tempted by, AND can fall into, sin. Owen wrote three works that cover this topic thoroughly. They are available – unabridged (which, IMHO is best)- in an edition entitled ‘Overcoming Sin and Temptation’. This book has been edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor. They have edited the content without changing it. While updating archaic spellings and words, they have kept Owen’s word true. You should really check this out!
Our ABS class is going to study ‘On the Mortification of Sin in Believers’, another of Owen’s series, next. I am looking forward to re-studying this. I am close to wrapping up this study with Reading Through the Classics, facilitated by Tim Challis at Challis Dot Com. I am hoping our class will continue on to the third in the series, ‘Indwelling Sin’.
~~Special thanks to Travis Carden, who is in our ABS class. We had an assignment to come up with a memory aid to help us remember 4 steps John Owen covers for the believer who finds himself in sin (past the point of temptation). He came up with a wonderful acronym – BALM! Now balm is a noun. It is a soothing, healing, or comforting agent. (Sounds like our wonderful Savior, yes?) Here is what BALM stands for:
Beg God to remove it. (sin)
Ask Christ for help against it.
Look to Him for deliverance.
Mend the breach.
This is a wonderful reminder of how we should rely on the Lord for our deliverance from sin!
~~In class, we were discussing how the heart is deceitful. During that conversation, we looked at Psalm 36:1-2. I was looking at several different translations of this Scripture – and several of them referred to ‘oracle’. Okay, long story short….. while checking on crosswalk.com (one of my favorite online resources), I saw ‘The Complete Jewish Bible’ for the first time. So, now I’m on a mission – I have to find out about this bible. So, I did some online checking and found this. I found it so intriguing, I went to Amazon.com and ordered it. Shh – I haven’t had a chance to tell hubby yet; so keep it to yourself, okay?
Update: ‘The Complete Jewish Bible’ is scheduled to ship to my home on 2/19. I can’t wait – in the mean time, it is one of the translations available at crosswalk.com on their online bible! Oh, and I told Barry about it and showed him the website. He’s good with it and wants to look it over when it gets here too.
I pray you had a wonderful weekend. Hopefully, you spent time with like-minded, fellow believers and heard a good preaching of God’s word that pricked your conscience WITHOUT just tickling your ear.
My husband, Barry, and I were discussing our marriage. Not so much our marriage, but how long our marriage will last. Oh, not to worry… Barry and I are committed “until death us do part”. Our recent conversation was about marriage ending at death.
The Bible says (Matthew 22:30):
- “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.
With that in mind, isn’t it sad how we sometimes act as if we have all the time in the world in our relationships. I know I have been guilty of that. With the Holy Spirit’s prompting, I have repented and am now living my marriage in the knowledge it is not eternal. For that reason, I need to be loving every minute of it while I have the minutes!
Barry, as you read this, know that I love you! We’ve been through alot together, but God has used each and every trial to grow us in our love for each other. I love you more today than I did the day we got married – and I loved you alot then!! You are the LOML (you know what I mean…) and I am your Rib. For that, I thank God!
Father, You are the Alpha and Omega – the beginning and end. Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You that You continue to grow me to be the helpmeet my husband needs. Thank You that You continue to use trials and circumstances to refine me in Your fire. Thank You that you continue to draw me toward the Proverb 31 woman Your word describes. Thank You that You have softened my heart, and opened my life to loving my husband the way You would have me love him – to Your glory.
Father, through the salvation I have received through Your Son, You see me as a perfect bride dressed in white. Through the covering of His blood, I am perfected and blameless in Your sight. Although I am not perfect, His righteousness is imputed to me. This is Your gift to give, and You gave it to me by drawing me to You through Your Holy Spirit. I cannot earn this gift, I cannot lose this gift. To You be the glory! Amen.
Wow! This has been an interestingly great day for me. Our youngest has been out of the house since yesterday evening (she is coming home in about 10 minutes), and Barry and I have had real time alone. You have to understand – we just don’t get time alone!
Fifteen and a half years ago, when we got married, I had a set of twin boys and Barry had three children from a previous marriage. We have never had time alone. The one time we went away without our children was when we went to ‘Night of Joy’ with our church’s youth group – and we were with them all night! So, this has been really nice.
Tomorrow, I have to be in Omaha by 7:15 to take Mom to the hospital for one of her tests before her surgery. (Scheduled for 01/07). Then I have to be BACK in Omaha at 2:00 to take Devon to a job interview. This is also the week I start looking for a full-time job again. So, today’s laid back feel was a wonderful blessing. I am looking forward to another year of hustle and bustle. It wouldn’t be the Schneider’s if there weren’t hustle and bustle involved!
I pray that your holiday season has been filled with opportunities for family, friends and praise to the Lord.
We made it past midnight and rang in a new year!! I had a wonderful evening alone with my husband- we watched two great movies; a new favorite, ‘The Invisible’ and an old favorite (classic!), ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’.
The Asti is now being opened for a celebration glass of spumonte! May you all have a happy new year! Hopefully you had opportunity to ring it in with your loved one as I did!!
Then it hit. They could not confer all of his grades and he was going to have to take/CLEP out of a few courses. Okay, so he tested out of two of the three things they said he still needed. But, he just couldn’t seem to get out of the “dreaded math requirement”!
So, this summer he joined our local community college and took his math requirement – of course, he passed with flying colors! So, his grades were finally confered with the August graduate group.
No, he didn’t walk this time. And, we didn’t have another party. We were just relieved that he had finally completed all his requirements and the diploma had been issued.
So here’s to Barry, who now has his degree in BS! No, wait – he’s now a BS’er…. no, that’s not right….. Oh, yeah, now he has his BS.
-Living in His arms,
that’s what I’m all about lately. So much is changing around me – and my choices are to embrace it or fear it. Since the Bible says I have nothing to fear, because God is for me, I am thinking “embrace” is the only way for me to go.
So, I am embracing the fact that my husband is going to be working in a new career field – one that involves the lack of a guaranteed paycheck. And I’m embracing the fact that I have another young adult moving back into the home. And I’m embracing the fact that my plan of working does not seem to fit God’s plans for me. I’m even embracing the fact the God is going to continue to patiently work with me on my control-freak issues!
I’m sure there will still be days where my embrace will become more of a “death grip”; but I am equally sure that the Holy Spirit will whisper to me in its still, small voice to loosen that grip.
So, here’s to embraces!! And to changes in life. And to clean, new pages in our life books!!
May God hold the pen of your life’s book.
I’m caught in His embrace…..
That’s what I keep asking myself! (Home)School wraps up next Friday and, not long after that, Crysta starts her part-time babysitting gig. She is ubber excited about that – and I’m just as excited for her.
I am looking for work also. Hubby is looking at becoming self-employed – which can mean good money, but there are just no benefits…. (I hear the heavy sighs of those self-employed out there!) So, tomorrow I am going to a Starbucks Job Fair – and I’m looking forward to it. I mean, really(!), if I “must” work, why not work someplace that can be fun? And you are a f-t employee with them at 20 hours, so it will not hinder my homeschooling next year. With Crysta beginning high school, that is an important factor. In a few years, we will be able to have money aside to provide insurance and then I can think about being a full time mom again.
In other “mom” news, “wayward twin son” is coming back home the end of this month. This is a blessing, as he will be able to attend college because of this. It will be an adjustment again – he’s been gone from the house for 7 months – but I really think it is a positive step for both him and our family. As for “wayward older son”, well he’s still wayward and we are still seeking prayer for him to turn his life around. My kids are all growing up – even my baby is a teenager! There won’t be many more years of summers at the pool and hauling the kids to their summer destinations. Sort of sad (for me)…. sort of happy (for them).
So many seasons in a person’s life! Thank You, God, for the way you “spice up” my life with Your seasons.
I’m off of here for now. Laundry is the one thing around here that has NO season!
In His Care.
It’s 3:30 in the morning and I’m up with the dogs. Literally! Now that I’m up, I’m awake. Now that I’m awake, I’m bored. So, here I am – at 3:30 am – running a virus scan on my son’s computer and updating a blog that two or three people read!
Two weeks ago, hubby found out he is being laid-off by his company. This was not totally unexpected – just a year earlier than we thought it would be. However, God really does have a plan for our lives and we believe that wholeheartedly. Had this happened a year later, he would have been one year closer to the “Big Five-OH” – and it is even harder to find work then. We are being blessed with a good package and I know things will work out for us just as God planned. Because of the direction hubby is praying about going, it may become necessary for me to reenter the job force. Now, at first, I thought this was horrible. But, the more I think about it, the more I see that this, too, will be okay. I am looking for God to provide a way for me to work full-time (for benefits) and still be able to homeschool the last child that wants to be homeschooled. I know He will provide the perfect position for both Barry and I.
That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. Nothing devastating (Thank You, LORD), nothing exciting – just life. And you know, life is not bad!
Have a great day today.
Well, this morning hubby boarded a plane and is winging his way to sunny California. He will be attending The Shepherd’s Conference , which is sponsored by Grace Community Church. Please join me in praying he will have a fruitful, enjoyable time while he is there.
I don’t have anything big planned here at the homefront in his absence. Just school for the kids and housework for me – the usual things. The pace will be a bit slower and, perhaps, a bit more laid back. I find I get more done when Barry is gone. It’s not that he’s a hinderence to me. I just find, with him gone, that I don’t need to concentrate on his needs as much. And my scheduling can be a bit looser around the house while he’s away. Dinner doesn’t need to be ready at 6:30. I can make the bed when I get up, because it will be empty, so I won’t need to remember to get back upstairs later and straighten up the room. My one big plan is to get back into the habit of getting up each a.m. and going to the gym. I have fallen out of the six day a week exercise regime since my surgery in January. Need to get back to it, ‘cuz my body is craving it badly! (Yea, if anyone had told me a year ago I’d be saying that, I’d be laughing hysterically!!)
Well, I should get off of here and get “a move on”, as they say. The kids are working on school and I have some grading to do.
Looking forward to what God has for me today…..
My husband and I prayed together this morning. It doesn’t happen all that often, and I relish the times we do. The neat thing about praying together is getting a glimpse of what God has put on our hearts. More often than not, we find He is telling us the same things. We need to share that every day – and the sweetest way to do that is in preparation for prayer! There is just something about praising the LORD with my husband that makes me “warm and fuzzy” all day.
We both, of course, have Barry’s mom on our hearts. She was just recently diagnosed with lung cancer. We do not know what course of action the doctors are going to take yet. She should learn this week. Then there is his grandmother, Ninnie. At 86, she has developed dymensia and struggles with a lack of contentment. It’s not her fault; she gets confused and doesn’t understand what is going on. And Tammy, Barry’s sister, who is the only other family in the area. She is the one who is taking care of both these wonderful women – and her husband of one year, and her two step-sons. The good news is that Jesus is bearing the load for all three of these women and, as it says in Scripture, the load is heavy but the burden is light.
Well, I must get back to my work. I have gotten behind on grade logging and I want to get it done before it turns into a “monster” in my mind.
Praying God’s blessings and grace on you all.