Thursday, February 22, 2007

Thankful Thursday

My heart is overflowing with thankfulness this morning. Here are a few things that I am thankful for today.
1. I am thankful for the Word of God. It can guide me, encourage me, correct me, and love me all in one book. I just love that!
2. I am thankful for this baby sleeping on my shoulder. She is not mine, but she fills that part of me that is missing having babies around. That is a blessing from God.
3. I am thankful for my relationship with my husband. He is always there for me-no matter what. He prays for me, loves me, and supports me. I couldn't ask for any better.
4. I am thankful for each of my children. Although each one was born to the same family, they are each different and I love their little differences!
5. I am thankful for my mom and dad. I wasn't an easy child, but they loved me and supported me. I love them more today than I ever have.
6. I am thankful for my friends. There was a time when I didn't have Godly friends and I felt so alone. God answered my prayer for friends.
7. I am thankful for my home. It is not the biggest or newest, but it is ours and that is more than some people have.
8. I am thankful for a full tummy. There are people, even in the U.S., who don't have that blessing.
9. I am thankful for all of you. Each blog that I visit offers me encouragement and wisdom. I thank you for allowing me into your "world."
10. I am thankful that God has a plan for my life, so I don't have to worry. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)
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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I am a fast reader. I can read a book in one afternoon or evening if I am allowed to. I know what I have read, too, so it is not a case of just skimming a book. That is not what I should do when I read God's Word, however.

God's Word should be read slowly-as if you are savoring every word-to get all of the "nutrition" from it. The Bible is not to be read as a story or as the latest bestseller. It is the instruction book for your life. This means that sometimes you will have to read and reread to get what you need from it. Reading it quickly for the sake of reading is not what God had in mind. He gave it to us to show us His will for our lives and to give us what we need to continue on in our Christian walk. God wants His Word to penetrate and permeate our lives. If we will allow it to do this, then we will become stronger, more joyful, more peaceful, and more dedicated to Him. Isn't that what we all want?

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Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, February 19, 2007

Mommy Monday

I am going to try to have a theme for each day to make it easier for me to write and share with all of you. Mondays are going to be centered on Mommy issues. What is going on with my mommy-ness? Quite a bit.

First of all, I have been getting up in the mornings to help the kids get ready and taking them to school. It has made a big difference in how my hubby and children start the mornings. My oldest daughter, KA, is enjoying me making her a lunch just about every day. My son, J, is enjoying mom taking him to school earlier so that he can work on Tech staff. My youngest daughter, A, is enjoying watching Disney early in the morning. My husband is enjoying the lunches that I make him and the extra time that he has to get it together to go to work. I have even received a benefit from getting up with the kids. I get more done! So, all in all, it is going very well on that front.

Secondly, I have kept up with making bread for us. We don't make sandwiches from it, because my daughter wants the regular bread for that, but we do eat it for dinner as rolls and my hubby and I eat it for breakfast. I can tell a difference in how I feel and in my weight, so that is helping me keep up with the process.

What issues are we having in mommy-dom? Pre-teen issues. My son is almost 11 and he thinks that this means that he is grown. He is trying me constantly, but so far, I am keeping on top of things. He wanted to go to a middle school dance for V-Day with his friend that is a girl and I had to put my foot down about that. Dating at 10? NO WAY! The good thing is that the girl's mom was on the same wavelength as me and we are friends, so she planned something for all of the kids to keep them occupied.

Here is my question for the day. What age do you think kids should start dating? Is there a difference in the age for boys or girls? I am looking forward to hearing from all of you-especially those who already have went through this stage.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Getting Back To The Important Things

How easy it is to lose your focus! I am not very self-disciplined. That is something that I am really trying to work on, but it is soooo hard! Self-discipline is essential, though, to live a life that is pleasing to God. Self-discipline is crucifying to the flesh and this is why it is so very difficult for us to be disciplined in our life.

Self-discipline is defined as "correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement" is the Merriam-Webster dictionary. What does this mean to me and you? It means to correct or regulate (control) your own body and mind for the sake of improving ourselves. How much self-discipline do you have? I am not just talking about food or overt sins. I am talking about spending time with Him. I am talking about doing His will. Do you regularly go to the Lord in prayer for both the small and big things? Do you spend time with Him everyday? I hope that you do, but I don't.

God desires to spend time with us each and every day. This is something that I have posted about before, but I keep failing to spend that time with Him. What do I get from spending time with Him regularly? The list is endless! Here are just a few of the things that I get from spending regular time in the Word and with Him in prayer...

- Joy

"You will show me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

-Righteousness (free from guilt or sin)

"He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him,He shall see His face with joy, For He restores to man His righteousness." Job 33:26


"God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect." 2 Samuel 22:33


"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

Don't you want these things? I do. I want to live in joy, righteousness, strength, and peace. I don't want to live on the roller coaster of ups and downs. I want to be balanced in Him and through Him. By spending time with Him each and every day in both prayer and in His Word, then I will be well on my way to finding my balance. That is what I want. How about you?

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, February 9, 2007

Where I Am From...

I am from playing with pine needles, making exotic forts and castles to slay dragons and play princess in.

I am from picking pecans, snapping beans, and shucking corn while enjoying the company of my grandmothers during a summer afternoon.

I am from a Baptist church, with saints running the aisles, praising God with no thought of self-consciousness or pride.

I am from church lunches, deviled eggs, pecan pies, banana pudding, and fried chicken in a box. From eating with paper plates and plastic forks that would break when you were too rough.

I am from birthday parties, full of homemade cake and ice cream in little cups that you eat with wooden spoons. I am from pin the tail on the donkey, dropping clothespins in a jar, and hopscotch.

I am from selling Girl Scout cookies so that I could go to camp on the mountain every year. I am from taking great pride in getting patches that would fill my little vest.

I am from spending hours in the library, reading about Betsy Ross, the Bobbsey Twins, and Nancy Drew. I am from believing that you can be anything, because my teachers told me so.

I am from hours spent on the phone, talking with friends, and going to the Chickamauga Park to eat Crazy Bread with friends.

I am from a loving family, full of ups and downs, but always there for each other. I am from deaths, some tragic and some expected, but always bouncing back and realizing how much my family means to me.

I am from a loving God, who never leaves me or forsakes me, no matter where I am from.

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Thursday, February 8, 2007

Thankful Thursday~

Today is Thankful Thursday and there is so much to be thankful for. In the Bible, it says:

"I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High." Psalm 7:17

1.Therefore, my first thing that I am thankful for is God. Thank You God for new mercies and beginnings every single day. Thank You for loving me when I am unloveable. Thank You for filling me with Your love. I sing praises to You!

2. Thank You for healing. I feel much better today-except for the nose congestion.

3. Thank You for all of the friends (both bloggy and In Real Life) that have checked on me.

4. Thank You for a husband who lets me sleep in when I take Nyquil. He knows what a whammy it gives me in the morning.

5. Thank You for my children. Although they are trying my patience today, I still am amazed at the wonderful little beings that they are.

6. Thank You for your blessings. The list is sooo long, Lord. Food, shelter, financial, and more. You have never let me down and I thank You for that.

7. Thank You for a wonderful church family to pray with us and support us. You knew right what You were doing when you sent us to this church.

8. Thank You for being You. With You, nothing is impossible. Thank You, Lord!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Time Out....

I am sick. My head feels like it is ten pounds...not a good thing. I will be back as soon as it begins to feel normal again. Back to the couch...

Smiles and loves! Janis

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Oops and Victories

Have you ever noticed that life is just a series of oops and victories? I have a pretty good life-full of love and blessings, but no matter what I do, I still make mistakes. The good news, though, is that along with those mistakes, there are still victories scattered throughout. Here is my oops and victories list for today.

-didn't do personal Bible study for a few days
-began to separate myself from church and church friends
-began to get depressed (do you see the progression, here? I do!)

-I have been getting up with my kids. Everyone is starting off their day much more relaxed and without tears.
-I have been eating better. The bread seems to be working very well for me. Lost 4 pounds last week. We will see if that trend continues.
-I am back on track with Bible study.
-My husband is back home. That always throws me off kilter for a while.

I know in my heart that if I begin to take my focus off of God, that everything will start to fall apart. Why can I not get that through my thick head? The good news is that God's mercies are new every single day and boy, do I need that!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, February 2, 2007

Careless Words

Words can be dangerous. You may get exactly what you said that you wanted. That is what happened to me today and it surprised me by how much it hurt. My husband is leading a men's retreat this weekend and last night he asked if I was going to help him pack.
Me-"You never help me pack. I have to pack all my stuff by myself."
Him-nothing. Absolutely quiet.

Later on...
Him-"Are you going to help me pack in the morning?"
Me (trying to get to sleep)-"No."

Now, I thought that he should pack for himself. That way he has everything that he needs and he doesn't have anyone to blame but himself if something isn't packed. However, when I woke up this morning and asked him if he needed help, he said that he was all packed and didn't need my help. It hurt my feelings. Why? He did exactly what I wanted. I asked him if he was mad at me and he said "no." Why am I so torn up about this? Because I wasn't the person that I want to be. I didn't serve him and help him like he has for me many times before. I could give many different excuses-tiredness, etc., but the point is that my words were not kind and honoring to God. He admitted that I had made him "ill" at me last night with my words. I feel bad about that. Instead of supporting him in doing his work for God, I was selfish and wanted to sleep.

God warned us about words in His Word.

"They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows." Psalm 64:3

I didn't think anything about what I said to my husband, but my word was an arrow to him, because it upset him that I wouldn't help him pack.

18 He who conceals his hatred has lying lips,
and whoever spreads slander is a fool.
19 When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.
20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver,
but the heart of the wicked is of little value.
Proverbs 10:18-20

I want to be wise in God's eyes. To do this, I will have to learn to hold my tongue. This is difficult for me, but to be the woman that God wants me to be and to do the work that He has for me to do, then I will have to use my words more carefully or I will destroy what He is trying to build.

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18

Don't you want to bring healing to others? I want to be an instrument of healing to others, but my reckless words can cause them even more pain.

What are some good things about words? If they are used correctly and carefully, then you can make quite an impact upon others.

Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 16:24

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103

I want my words to be honey to others. I want to be encouraging, loving, and kind. If my words do not show this, then my actions will be in vain.

8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD.
9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant."

I want the Lord to touch my mouth like He did to Jeremiah and put His words in my mouth. I want to learn how to control my tongue. I don't want to hurt my family or friends with careless words.

Lord, help me to learn how to tame the tongue. I have heard in Your Word that the words of my mouth can be harmful or healing to others. Lord, I want them to be healing, encouraging, and loving to everyone I am with. I want to be a light for You and to do this, I must discipline myself to speak only those words that You would have me to speak. Thank You for Your Word and Your love for me. I praise You, Lord. AMEN

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Today, I am thankful for:

-Snow. We had a snow day today! YEAH!

-Kid's laughter. Hearing the kids shriek with joy over playing in the snow was priceless.

-Watching Abbie's reaction. It was the first snow for Abbie (3). I threw snowballs at her and she kept brushing them off and telling me to "stop, Mommy."

-Loving husband. I am very blessed to have such a devoted and loving husband.

-A warm house.

-Friends that love me and love God.

-A Lord that loves me no matter what.

Not a long post today. I am tired after playing with the kids today. I will be back tomorrow! Smiles and Loves! Janis


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