day 2

August 31, 2007 at 10:56 am | Posted in accountability, Bible, Christianity, Reading | Leave a comment

message.gifI’ve read quite a number of books this summer.  I’m a pretty quick reader, usually finishing a book in 2 days or less.  The thought occurred to me…what if I read the Bible like I read all the other books???

So, I picked up The Message off the shelf and decided to give it a try….to read the Bible from cover to cover.  The Message is a paraphrase and is suppose to read more like a novel.  

I’ve read the Bible but never all the way through.  I usually read passages or parts here and there and over the years have probably read it all.  There was an older gentleman I met in college who would read the Bible all the way through over the weekend every now and then.  He could not believe that everyone didn’t do that.  But it’s true…we don’t just read the Bible like we read other books.

I don’t know how long it will take me.  I’m going to try and update my progress here every now and then.  If you don’t hear from me in awhile…you might ought to check on me.  🙂

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summer reading

August 28, 2007 at 10:27 am | Posted in Books, Family, Reading, School, Summer | 1 Comment

frustration.jpgOkay…you know I love reading.  I encourage my children to read.  Reading is important.  BUT I hate summer reading assignments!

For example, my 14 year old son has 2 summer reading assignments.  One was pretty simple.  He had to read A Day No Pigs Would Die and write 3 journal entries from the viewpoint of the main character.  No problem.  He did not like the story but he finished in less than a week.

His second reading assignment was a different story.  He had to read Great Expectations…a long and dull book.  Then he had to redivide the 59 chapters of the book into 36 episodes (that was the way it was orginally released) and he had to give his reasons for each division.  Who comes up with these assignments???

I know WHY they started summer reading.  I understand the concept.  But in reality, I think it does more to drive parents crazy than it does to teach students.  Parents have to constantly remind their kids to work on their projects…frustration!  Then to make it worse, sometimes the directions or the format is unclear and there is no teacher available for us to ask.  Not to mention trying to work in all this reading around summer vacations and camps.

PRESSURE.  Then there is the pressure for the sutdents to do really well on these assignments.  They are turned in the first day of school so the teacher will get her first impression of the students abilities based on these summer reading assignments.  I’ve got to be honest in that I probably feel that pressure more than my kids. 

After proofreading 6 papers, I think we are finally finished with our summer reading at my house.  I am so glad it is all behind us now.  We have one full week to enjoy our summer without projects hanging over our heads before we start school.  Before we know next summer will be here again…UGH!

redeeming love

August 20, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Bible, Blessings, Christianity, forgiveness, Grace, Love | Leave a comment

redeeminglove.jpgI recently read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers for our book club at church.  It was a good read, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the other book we read, Thorn in My Heart (see blog below). 

I did take time to read the book of Hosea for insight before reading Redeeming Love.  Hosea is not one of those books you study often, so it was definitely good to take a deeper look.  I was struck by the passion the Lord displays for His people in Hosea 11:1-11.  You can’t read it without sensing the anguish of a loving parent as they watch their wayward child. 

I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.     Hosea 11:4

God’s love for us is AMAZING and beyond comprehension.  Yet, we stray.  Why?  How can we run from such love?

I am so thankful that God is such a compassionate and forgiving God!

I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim.  For I am God, and not man–the Holy One among you.  I will not come in wrath.      Hosea 11:9

Just like the story of the lost sheep (see Luke 15:1-7) and the lost coin (see Luke 15:8-10), God is actively seeking His lost children.  And as in the prodigal son (see Luke 15:11-32), God has open arms for us when we come to Him.

The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.    Psalm 103:8

Our God is an awsome God!

the great icee incident

August 10, 2007 at 3:28 pm | Posted in Health, Mistakes, Strength | 2 Comments

lotsoficees.jpgEver have one of those days when nothing goes right and the slightest thing brings your world crumbling down?  I had one of those days this week.

First, I was sick all last week with an intestinal bug.  Although I was better this past weekend, I was still very weak from not eating much for 4 days.  Then on Monday morning, my husband and 2 oldest children went off to youth camp for the week.

This hasn’t been the easiest week for me…left with an 11 year old, 5 year old, 4 year old, and 2 year old to entertain was harder than usual because I wasn’t back to my normal self again.

Then just to make things worse, I came down with a mysterious fever Wednesday afternoon.  No other symptoms, just a fever.  When I awoke Thursday, my temp was normal but I had that “after fever” weakness.  I was starting to get depressed.  I just wanted to feel well again.

So that brings us to the Coke Icee…the perfect drink for the sick person.  My sister was the first to introduce me to the magical powers of the Coke Icee when we were in college.  I can remember her being sick with the flu in the dorm room and insisting all she needed was a Coke Icee.  Friends went out late in search of the Coke Icee to make everything better.

Since then, I have always thought of the Coke Icee when I don’t feel well.  It’s not too sweet, like the other flavors of Icee, and the ice just hits the spot.  (I must say that Sonic Drive-In’s Limeade does wonders for an upset stomach but unfortunately, we don’t have Sonic’s in the DC area). 

There was nothing else to do…I packed up the kids and thought about where I could get a Coke Icee.  First, we tried Target since they have Icee machines.  That way, the kids would be entertained walking through the toy isles and we could all have an Icee…perfect.  Except, none of their 4 flavors were Coke.  That wouldn’t do.

Then I remembered there is a 7-11 around the corner…they always have Icees so I knew this was a safe bet.  The kids and I left Target (after looking at all the toys and pausing to consider buying an Icee machine for my home) and headed to 7-11.  All 5 of us went in and straight to the Icee machine.  There were 8 flavors!  All of them were working….except the Coke!  There was actually a repair man there working only on the Coke Icee dispenser.  I couldn’t believe it.  I was starting to lose hope.

There was one more chance…another 7-11 on the way back home.  Yes…I live where there is a 7-11 on every street corner…they love them here.  This time I thought I was being smart…I sent Josh in to see if they had Coke Icee while I waited with the kids in the car.  YES!  They had Coke Icee…FINALLY!  Out we all go again.  This time I let the kids stop at the candy isle to pick out a special treat for snack time.  I was feeling a little bad about dragging them all over just for my Icee.  After everyone had the candy of their choice, it was time to make the Icee.

You’re not going to believe this…there were 6 flavors and the ONLY one not “iceefied” was the Coke!  It was pure liquid.  In my desperation, I picked a different flavor…vanilla.  We made our purchase and piled back into the van.  The vanilla was terrible.  I couldn’t even drink it. 

That was when it happened…I totally fell apart and cried.  All my frustration over not feeling good just poured out as tears.  All I wanted was a Coke Icee and there wasn’t one to be found anywhere.  Then I was mad at myself for crying…how could I be so silly?  Ever have those moments?  I do.  Mad at myself for being so weak and getting upset over such a silly thing.

I ended up sick again that night but I’m much improved today.  Still haven’t had a Coke Icee but I think I will survive.

Unanswered Questions

August 1, 2007 at 9:05 am | Posted in Anemia, Health, Questions | Leave a comment

meltingice.jpgI have been obsessed with ice the last few months.  I will drink ice water all day long.  If I don’t get my ice, I will just crave it.  I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t.

A few weeks ago I had some routine blood work done.  I wanted to know my cholesterol count(which isn’t good but that’s another story).  When the blood work came back, I was borderline anemic…which explains the recent ice obsession.

They say that people with anemia often crave unusual substances like dirt, chalk, or ice.  Now I have NEVER craved dirt or chalk.  I can’t figure out why those 3 substances would be listed together.  I can see that dirt and chalk might have some common ingredient maybe but…ice?

Furthermore, what does being low in iron have to do with ice?  I can’t seem to see the connection.

Now that I am taking iron supplements, will my cravings just cease or is it habit now?

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