July 2008 Archives

Thanks be to God!

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I know to some this might sound strange, but I thank God for my mother-in-law!  Yes you read it right :)  God has blessed me with the best mother-in-law I could have asked for. 

After coming home from Grace tonight, I was cleaning up the kitchen and found a little gift from Lynn.  Yes I felt like a total goof for not noticing it yesterday when she was here, but it made me smile nonetheless.

I don't just love her for what she gives.  God has used her greatly in my life.  I can't even imagine how different life would be without her.  She was there when I picked out my wedding dress and she was right there waiting when Wes was born.  She is an incrediable woman.  Lynn is humble, gentle, God fearing, ever learning, compassionate, loving, kind, generous and encouraging.

I love the gift God has given to me in my dear mother-in-law!

Potty Report - Day 3

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We've decided to train Jaedyn.  I was the one who wanted to hold off for a little longer.  You see I was a little scared... it took about 6 months before Wes was fulling trained... I was hoping for a much shorter time period.  Never the less we started Jae about three days ago. 

The first day was exciting, seeing how she reacted to things.  It was new for all of us.  Wes loved to encourage her; it was a pretty good day .  I suppose it could have been better with a higher success rate (3 successes), but at least there where no freak outs!  Day two, we were all a little to sleepy, especially me!  I was getting more and more flustered with each accident.  By the end of the day she had improved but she was not were I wanted her to be (5 successes). 

So I woke up this morning and prayed.  "God grant me patience with the potty trainning!"  and "Help me to delight in this process!"  Many mothers, I'm sure, don't enjoy cleaning up puddles of pee every 15 mintues or so.  I was asking God to help me delight in a way that would bring glory to him and encouragement to my sweet daughter as well.  My Lord not only heard my prayer, but answered it in a fantastic way. 

Today we did a journal of our day.  Each time she sat on the potty we wrote it down.  My goodness, how much this helped my delight!!!  I could better see how she was learning, I was able to be more excited with her in the successful times.  I was even better at explaing the accidents to her.  I am so glad that we did a journal.  Even Wes got in on all the action!  He was the designated "treat" giver (although I'm pretty sure he took some for himself!). 

So here are some of the highlights from today:

8:13 am - accident #1: "Mommy, I like to splash in this puddle!", Mommy is somewhat horrified (at the same time... trying so hard not to laugh!)

8:18 - Jae's begun to do the wet undies waddle :)

8:51 - accident # 3 with poor Auntie Stace watching; wet undies no longer effective

9 am - 1st success!!! Wes gets treats for Jae; call Grandma and Daddy

9:28 - "Mommy I need to pee!"; wow she noticed!; dry run :(

9:56 - "I go pee again!?! I gonna push the button!" - no idea what this means?

1:15pm - pooed, not in the potty, but she aimed her bum in the direction of the potty... does that count?

7:30pm - almost made it!  The run up the stairs was just too long...

8:29 pm - success #7!!!  Yippie!!!

 

Praise God what a great "potty trainning day"!!!

Strider, Burce Clay and Elisha... Oh my!

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So I know that this post is not like any other, but I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to spread the word about the work Ryan is doing.  Earlier this year we incorporated our business, Strider Inc. was born!  A very exciting time for us.  Which only got more exciting when a Ryan and Jim entered a contest with the Bruce Clay agency, and they won!!  This was a huge encouragement for us.  It also meant that the boys would be sent down to New York for, as I was told, "a way cool conference," then they would be heading to California for training with the uber SEO team at Bruce Clay.  To say that Ryan and Jim were excited would be an understatement. 

In winning this contest it meant that the boys would be working along side The Elisha Foundation, a fantastic organization, which helps families with children that have disablities. 

Just recently Ryan needed to provide a 90 day report for Bruce Clay team.  While he was a little nervous about this report I think it turned out very well (ok so I might be a little biased?).  You can read his report in full in the Bruce Clay Newsletter.

I was very excited this morning when I went to read a blog post about Ryan's report. So really that's what I wanted to share this morning.  You check out the Bruce Clay Blog to read how the work of Strider is seen from an outsider's opinion.

Is Christ in your music?

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I have previously posted the song (This Fathomless Love) on which this blogs name is from. Since then I had been thinking that I might want to post some of the songs that I like to sing. Now I'm not a good singer, but thankfully God only requires a joyful noise! Singing at Grace Fellowship Church has always been a delight of mine, but it has come to my attention more recently just how necessary good music is.

Ryan had brought a friend to church with us a couple of weeks ago, and the first thing that really struck him was the songs we were singing. Oh how important lryics are!!

Well I must say that our Band of Brothers (Josh, Ken and Dave and Jim) have been doing an amazing job of making the worship so much more important than themselves. They are good, but how encouraging it has been to have Josh lead us in such a way as to make himself invisable and at the same time directing our hearts to God! This band of brothers are serving us well in this regard.

So back to the songs themselves. Anything by Sovereign Grace Music I highly recommend. There was one hymn a year or so ago that really caught my attention, so here it is, "What you think of Christ is the Test" by John Newton:

 

What think you of Christ is the test
To try both your state and your scheme;
You cannot be right in the rest,
Unless you think rightly of him.
As Jesus appears in your view,
As he is beloved or not;
So God is disposed to you,
And mercy or wrath are your lot.
Some take him a creature to be,
A man, or an angel at most;
Sure these have not feelings like me,
Nor know themselves wretched and lost:
So guilty, so helpless, am I,
I durst not confide in his blood,
Nor on his protection rely,
Unless I were sure he is God.
Some call him a Savior, in word,
But mix their own works with his plan;
And hope he his help will afford,
When they have done all that they can:
If doings prove rather too light
(A little, they own, they may fail)
They purpose to make up full weight,
By casting his name in the scale.
Some style him the pearl of great price,
And say he's the fountain of joys;
Yet feed upon folly and vice,
And cleave to the world and its toys:
Like Judas, the Savior they kiss,
And, while they salute him, betray;
Ah! what will profession like this
Avail in his terrible day?
If asked what of JESUS I think?
Though still my best thoughts are but poor;
I say, he's my meat and my drink,
My life, and my strength, and my store,
My Shepherd, my Husband, my Friend,
My Savior from sin and from thrall;
My hope from beginning to end,
My Portion, my LORD, and my All.

My prayer is that I should live all my days to say that Jesus is my all, because without him I am nothing and can do nothing.

Summer Loves

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I've let you in on my love for my Saviour and I know I've talked a bit about my love for my children, but I think that it is time I show you some of my favourite moments so far this summer.   Admittedly, today has had some great moments, but this afternoon has been somewhat difficult, so I am posting this not so much for you, but me.  So here we go...

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This is our, now, annual "Wes and Jae" sunset shot!  It was taken at Super Nana's cottage, on our last night.  These last two summers we have been given the opportunity to spend a full week at the cottage.  The first few times I didn't understand why Ryan loved this place so much.  After my time there I think I get it.  Yes sometimes it can be cold and/or rainy, but this cottage breeds love.  We had such an amazing week none of us wanted to come home.  I love this place, my kids and my hubby and my beloved Super Nana!

 

 

 

 

 

 

090.JPGOne of the sweetest nieces a woman could ask for!  This is my sweet "Q" (Susannah Lynn).  She and my Jae are only 3 months apart and I love it!!  Susie has just now begun to call me Auntie... and it is awesome :)  She is a little ham.  Always ready to show off something new she can do... not that she's showing off for me... I know its all for Wes (or Sessey).  I love you Susie Q!! This picture was taken at a birthday party for some dear friends:  Jessie, Julia and Marky (Julia's hubby-to-be).  It was a great day.  I have so many cute pictures of the kids playing in the little pool and Wes trying to be just like Will at the punching bag!

 

 

 

 

 

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My two favourite boys!!!  This summer we have been able to have so much fun swimming.  My parents have a pool and we've been taking full advantage!  Wes is swimming with only a pool noodle and Jae is actually venturing in without screaming everytime :)  She was even blowing bubbles a week ago!  I love to be in the water so I am hoping that they will learn to love it too.

 

 

 

 

So there you have it, a sampling of my favourite summer moments.  Other favourite moments include: a trip to the Elmvale Zoo (if you haven't gone, you should!), Farmer's Market Fridays with Stace and the girls, tending to the gardens, car wash days, library days and walks to the park.  Our days are full and thanks be to God for it all!!

 

Almost a month ago I had come to the relization that I again was drifting in my prayer life. I wasn't getting up early, lied to myself day after day saying “maybe tomorrow” or “when the kids are naping I'll read then.” After a few days of the Lord tugging at my heart again I came across a sermon by John Piper... oh how I needed this sermon!!! He preached Romans 12:12, which reads: rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer,” (NASB). Be Devoted to Prayer.

 

I have since listened to the message twice, once because I really needed it, the second time was so that I might take some notes to help remember everything. So here are my notes:

 

Being devoted to prayer means that you are actively pressing on into prayer. It does not mean that you are praying all day everyday, but there should be a pattern of prayer in your life. A “normal” Christian life should be devoted to prayer, because it is the engine that drives your spiritual life.

 

Piper then paused to asked “Are you devoted to prayer?”... sadly I couldn't say yes. For that would have just been one more lie. Now I know that there have been seasons of great prayer times in my life. But all too often when the times get good again, I slack. Why? Because in my heart I want to believe that I made things better not my Almighty God. How proud!?!

 

Piper then began to discuss the Why obstacles for praying. You know these, the reassons why we are to pray: we are told to pray (its in the scriptures), our needs are desparate and God acts when we pray.

 

All true. It is hard work to be devoted to prayer, but it doesn't make this command any less important. I still must obey. Even when I have a busy day and lots of “stuff” going on in my life I cannot afford to go anywhere but to Him first.

 

Then Piper listed the how obstacles, how to pray, FADES.

 

Free and Formed – structured and unstructured in the content of our prayers. Some of our will be an out pouring of our hearts, but at other times we are to pray the scriptures, pray the promises of God, pray the warnings of the Bible, pray the commands of the Bible. One of the things that hit me most was that John Piper prays in concentric circles, meaning that he starts with the worst sinner he knows (himself) and moves to family, church elders, church members and so on. How helpful!!! At our church we tend to pray through our “People Directory” which is good, but now I know where to fit everyone else in! It is a little thing, but I loved it.

 

Alone and Assembled – we should have regular times of “one on one” time with God. For me first thing in the morning is the best way to go. Cup of coffee, Bible and notebook and I'm good. Although that also means getting to bed on time (still working on that part!). We should also be praying with other Christians. This is a hurdle that Lord willing I will get past. I love to listen to other Christians pray. My pride gets in the way of me praying out loud. So I will keep plugging away. Today is Wednesday, which at our church means “GraceLife”, a night of prayer. Pray that I will pray!

 

Desparate and Delighted – we are to regularly to come to God desparate for His help. What better help could one ask for? He created all things, planned all things and is in control of all things! Why shouldn't I come to Him for help? Oh that He would be putting to death the sin of pride within me! We are also to come to him with delight. Even in the most difficult times, delight in the ways He is working all things to the goodness of His glory.

 

Explosive and Extended – we are to have both short and long prayers. If our lives are marked by the quick one liner prayers then we aren't really devoted to prayer. If all you have are long winded prayers, who are we really praying to or for? Us? All our prayers should be heart felt and directed to the one who created and sustains us. So some will be long, some will be short and other will fall somewhere in between.

 

Spontaneous and Scheduled – some of our prayers will be rather spontaneous, spread out throughout the day. Others will have a set time. For example morning devotions.

 

I hope that you will find this sermon as encouraging as I did. You can download it here.

Verse of the day

"who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,"

  Psalm 103.3 (ESV)

 

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