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Photo Hunters – Water

Water

Here is a photo of my beautiful man watering part of our not so beautiful lawn after laying some fertilizer on it today. Hopefully it, too, will be beautiful soon thanks to his hard work! :o)


Friday Feast #8

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Appetizer
What are you proud of?

I’m proud of my husband. He’s such a hard worker and is super smart.

Soup
What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize?

Hmm. I haven’t really won much, but I won an autographed CD one time. I think the band’s name was PFR.

Salad

Name something you do that is a waste of time.

I’m not sure anything I do is really a waste of time. I do things that some might think are a waste of time, but for me they serve some purpose or other.

Main Course

In what year of your life did you change the most?

Now this is an interesting question. To be honest, I’m not quite sure. I know I’ve changed a lot in the past six years, but I’m not sure I can pinpoint it to a certain year. I think I also changed a lot the first year after I graduated high school, which would have been when I was 17-18. Getting out of that tiny school, church, and town was one of the best things to ever happen to me!

Dessert

Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil?

The beach.

Thursday Thirteen #12

Thirteen TV shows I thought I’d never get into but now really like.

This is a weird topic for me since I don’t watch much television anymore. Usually just a little in the evenings and on the weekends when hubby and I rent DVDs – mostly shows.

1. Lost. I used to wonder why people were fanatical about this show until we rented season 1 on DVD last year. I get it now!
2. Medium. (My mom is probably freaking out right about now.) Yeah, yeah, yeah, so she talks to dead people… but I love the family dynamics in the show and the comic relief. The middle daughter cracks me up! Did you know it’s based on a real person? Yipes.
3. The Dead Zone. Oooh, creepy. I’ve always wondered if the theory is true about not using all of our brain power and what we could accomplish if we could tap into it. However, I’m not sure I’m willing to be in a coma for several years to test that out.

4. Monk! It’s so quirky you have to love it. Plus, I’m totally him – only not quite as normal.

5. Gilmore Girls. It sounded so cheesy until I started watching it sometime after I got married. Then I got my hubby hooked. It’s sort of gone downhill lately though.
6. House. I’m NOT normally a fan of doctor/hospital shows… but House I love! He’s the man you love to hate and hate to love all at once. The writing on that show is so good!
7. Law & Order SVU. Such a dark subject matter, but it’s a great show with great actors.
8. Everwood. I was sad to see it end, and they ended it at such a bad time.
9. Smallville. Actually, this is one of my husband’s favorite shows, but I like it alright even though I’m not normally into the whole super hero thing.
10. Alias. I didn’t think I was into the whole spy thing either, but this was one excellent show. I was sad to see it go as well.
11. The 4400. It’s really cheesy, but for some reason I like it even though I thought it was about aliens for the longest time. lol
12. Friends. I never really watched it during its peak, but afterwards we got into it and enjoyed it. It’s corny, but has some really funny moments.
13. All of those birth shows! I get mad and roll my eyes during a lot of them, but if one is on, I’ll stop what I’m doing and watch it anyway. Push ’em out, push ’em out, waaaaay out!

Ok, so now that I have blogged about television shows, I feel the need to do something really intelligent. Like solve world hunger or at least the national budget deficit and health care crisis. Oooh wait… I think a birth show is on…

In Other Words: Make Harmony, Not War

“Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before…either into a creature that is in harmony with God,…or into one that is in a state of war with God. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Ahh, did C.S. Lewis ever write anything that wasn’t just totally deep? Every time I read something from him, no matter how many times I’ve read it before, I’m always amazed at the insight and wisdom God gave this man. What a quote Christine picked this week! It reminds me of something my dad told me just in the past few weeks: “You are the sum total of the decisions you make on a daily basis”. It is just so true. Even the smallest seemingly insignificant things I do from day to day are, in fact not only actions from my soul, but they act upon my soul as well; taking me either closer to or further from my goal (intimacy with God). It’s really a sobering thought.

I’m also reminded of something else my dad said to me, though this was many years ago. He said that everything you see or do feeds you, either nourishing your carnal flesh or your spirit. Whomever you feed the most is the one that will be in control.

For a while now I’ve been thinking that I’m not really moving forward or backward – I’m just being still, being stagnant. But now I wonder (realize, really) that isn’t true at all. I don’t think I’ve ultimately progressed or regressed, but what I have done is taken a step forward and a couple back. Four forward and two back. Two forward and three back. So even though it may seem to me like I haven’t moved at all, I’ve really been doing the cha-cha the whole time (you know me, I’ve never been a good dancer). *wink*

I need to start making sure I feed my spirit more, much more, than my carnal flesh. This keeps running through my head: “… or into one that is in a state of war with God.” A state of war with God! If that doesn’t put the fear of God into you, I don’t know what will.

Please stop by and visit this week’s host, Christine at Fruit in Season, to read her thoughts and visit other IOW participants. :o)

Marriage Monday: Be an encourager

Today, Christine wrote about being an encouragement to your spouse. I know I try to fulfill this part of my wifely roll, but don’t always succeed to the best of my ability. When I asked my husband how I best encourage him, or what I do that means the most to him he mentioned a couple of things. One was that I make his lunches for him everyday. He’s a very busy man and sometimes works crazy hours, so I choose to bless him by preparing his lunches at night before I go to bed. That way I help him save time and make sure he has the nutrition and energy he needs to make it through his long, tough days. The second thing he mentioned has to do with me. I have anxiety and phobic issues which translate into panic attacks and having a hard time doing some things that to most people are mundane and routine. So when I have good days and am able to get a lot accomplished without exhausting myself with anxiety, that not only makes me happy but makes him happy too.

Other things I can think of that I do to encourage (or serve) him:

* I make at least 80% of his meals with meat. See, I’m vegetarian and meat totally grosses me out. Buying it, preparing it, handling it, cooking it: ick, ick, ick. But my husband is a carnivore if there ever was one, so I do it for him.

* I try to only build him up and not tear him down in front of others. One of the things that downright makes me sick is to see or hear women bashing their husbands. It makes the hair on my neck stand up straight and I want to slap some sense into them. lol Now I do have a couple of close girlfriends that I am comfortable seeking help or counsel from if I need it, but I don’t bash my husband in public or private to them or to anyone else.

* I try to remember to build him up in our own home as well. For example, I love telling him how handsome he is. ;o) I also like to compliment him in other things such as his work and personal accomplishments. He’s very intelligent and wonderful and I make sure to add to that ego of his on a regular basis. *grin*

* I take care of most of the matters at home, like paying bills, balancing the checkbook, most of the shopping, cleaning, cooking, pet care-taking, appointment setting, etc. Sometimes on the weekends I’ll ask him to help me or join me in a specific task and he’s usually the vet-visit-taker, but usually I try to take care of most house “stuff” during his work week so we can have most of his weekend to relax. I know the last thing he wants to do on Saturday afternoon after a 60+ hr work week is clean out the garage or help me pick out a dog collar. ;o)

There are also several things I can definitely improve upon as well:

* Keeping the house cleaner. I’m NOT a good housekeeper. I never have been, but hopefully someday I will be. I mean I’m good at cleaning and I like a clean house, but I just hate starting it. I try to figure out a starting point and I get lost. I clean one room, and the next day the other room is a mess. It’s a never ending cycle and is one of those things that overwhelms me! Sometimes he has to remind me that he’s down to his last clean work shirt. *blush* I also let our bedroom get pretty messy before I straighten it up, and I know that is stressful. Room for improvement!

* I could be more understanding of his back injury. Don’t get me wrong… I think I do a pretty good job here most of the time. When he drops something, I’ll pick it up. When he needs something from the lower part of the fridge, I’ll get up and get it for him. But I think I could improve some here for sure because sometimes I forget how bad it is because he doesn’t always show it on his face and here I am sitting pain free most days.

This week’s marriage Monday really made me think. Thanks, Christine! :o)

Busy as a Bee

Alright, I suppose I haven’t really been that busy. Though the past couple weeks feel like a whirlwind. We had a little bit of a scare last week and ended up with my husband in the emergency room with chest pains. He’s alright, the cardiologist he saw is pretty sure the pain episodes are linked to his chronic back problem (two herniated discs and degenerative disc disease). Thankfully the pain only lasts a few days at a time (well, the chest pain anyway… the back/leg pain is constant, unfortunately) and he is now better.

My parents have been working furiously at trying to get our website up. Our goal was the end of the month, but I don’t see that happening at this point! Hopefully soon after. :o) I *need* to be busy finishing up a few jewelry orders, but I’ve been busy sorting out tax issues. Ugh! Don’t do your own taxes the first year after you buy your very first house and also have your first business. It’s not for the faint of heart! It’s not difficult, really, just a little confusing until you “get it”. Well, I finally “got it” and will hopefully be sending it all in soon. As far as a return… I think my husband has his eye on an XBox 360. I have my eye on a camera that costs about 3x as much as our return. ROFL I guess we’ll see who wins! My guess is our savings account will. ;oP

So maybe I haven’t been busy as a bee, but today I decided to work in our front yard for a little while, and while I was pulling weeds in our front flower bed, I had bees buzzing all around me! Now, I’ve never been stung by a bee, and I don’t plan on experimenting with that anytime soon. This was the closest I have ever willingly been to a bee, but they didn’t seem to mind me too much. I had visions of those killer Africanized honeybees scarily swarming around me, but alas, ours seem to be just your regular ol’ honeybees. Even the sound of the weed eater didn’t seem to phase them. I managed to get a couple pictures of them collecting pollen from our flowering bushes, so I thought I’d share. :o)

See? See?? I need that new camera, right? ;o)

Photo Hunters – Empty

Empty

I think the photo here speaks for itself. There’s not much worse than an empty bag of what was your favorite chocolate! Have you tried these??? This was my first bag and seriously they’re so good; they’re my new addiction. I’m dreaming of some dark chocolate…


Friday Feast #7

Appetizer
Who is your favorite news anchor/reporter? Why?
I really don’t watch the news. It’s way too happy.

Soup
Name 3 foods that are currently in your freezer.

Vegetarian lasagna, a huge bag of broccoli florets, and more raw boneless skinless chicken than I care to admit.

Salad
If you were to have the opportunity to name a new town or city, what would you call it?
Mouseville. It’s where I would send my dog, Molly (whom we call “Mouse” more than we call “Molly”) when she’s been a very bad girl.

Main Course
What will most likely be the next book you read?
I’m currently reading Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone. When I’m through with that one, I plan on reading Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult. I love me some Jodi Picoult books!

Dessert
What’s the first thing you notice about the opposite gender?
Whether or not it is my husband.

I’ve been critiqued!!

And I like it. :o)

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The God of Mission

“It is insufficient to proclaim that the Church of God has a mission in the world. Rather, the God of mission has a Church in the world.” ~ Tim Dearborn

I don’t know about you, but when I first read this quote I wasn’t automatically taken by it. Then the more I thought about it, the more I saw how profound it really is. At first glance, I just saw the word “mission” as it pertains to “missionaries”. I’m not ashamed to admit that while I have a deep respect for people with a heart for work in what most people consider “the mission field”, and I love to support that work, I have never felt a calling or tugging in my heart to partake in anything more than support of it. So, I struggled with whether or not I wanted to participate this week. (As always! Can you tell I’m quite indecisive?) ;o)

However, I think if I just left it there I would have missed out. I read it more carefully and seriously pondered the phrase, “the God of mission”. Our God has a mission in this world. What is that mission? I believe it is proclaiming His own glory and presenting His truth to His creation (us), and then developing an intimate relationship with His creation (via salvation through Christ) to the perfecting (maturing to the result of mirroring Himself) of that creation. He then commissions his people to reach others in many ways shapes and forms. While the most widely accepted definition of “missionary” is one part of God’s mission, it definitely doesn’t end there and it does not show the whole of it. Each of us (us being His “church”) has a different and unique calling from God on our lives to become mature in Him and further His mission. Some do it in Indonesia, some in Indiana, some in Internet land, some in their home.

In the past, I’ve written in this blog a little about what I think is part of my mission in life and how I’m great at running from it because it forces me to jump out of my comfort zone, and if you know anything about me at all, you know I’m a comfort-loving gal! It’s sort of easy to forget lately with everything else going on in my life, so it’s good for me to participate in these things and get these gentle nudges to keep it in the front of my mind. I’m always a little afraid that I’ll be a little too timid for just a little too long and miss out on what God has for me. Maybe someone needs to make it their mission in life to not nudge me, but shove me. *giggle* (Did you read that, Lord? I was only kidding…) ;o)

Because it has been running through my head for most of the time I’ve been writing this post, I’ll leave you with the words to a song I wrote a few years ago that I believe is not only the core of my mission as a Christian, but yours as well – reflecting His glory.

Reflection

Silver so impure
Fashion me by your design

Wash me in your fire
That my soul may be refined

‘Til all you see is your glory
A portrait of your heart; the colors of your love
A canvas for your artistry
The masterpiece you breathed life into
Make me a reflection of you

From your mighty hands
To each contour of your face

I will mirror you

Be an image of your grace

‘Til all you see is your glory
A portrait of your heart; the colors of your love

A canvas for your artistry

The masterpiece you breathed life into

Make me a reflection of you

© Crystal M.H. 2007

Don’t forget to visit Laurel Wreath, this week’s host, and read her thoughts on the quote. :o)

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