Not functioning at full capacity

Heavens, I am tired today. Baby S has had a very bad cold for over a week now and it’s done worn me out too. She coughs all night. Poor little thing. And poor me because I like sleep and I miss it 🙂

I wanted to blog about lots of things. I wanted to also post a review but I can’t seem to formulate a good thought about anything. When you don’t blog in so long, where exacty do you start again?

Here’s some pictures. Everyone loves pictures, right?

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There’s my girls. Aren’t they cute?

The big one has said so many hilarious and unexpected thing lately that I want to write down but never do. Like the day she said, “Mommy, I  love you but you aren’t a good mommy to me yet.” So of course I asked her what I needed to do to be a good mommy and she said that I needed to teach her the right words to say.

Ok, I’ll try.

She’s a barrel of laughs most of the time and she loves her baby sister. it’s very sweet.

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I am going to try for a review of psalms 13-17 later. I really am. For other reviews, go to watch the sky and see what it’s all about.

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Book review Friday – Joel

Well, it’s been a week here that’s for sure. Good Christmasy times with family made the time fly. I can’t believe it’s Saurday already. Today was crazy as Mike woke up, stretched, and injured his neck. So much so that he almost passed out and I had to call my dad to help me get him up off the floor. A trip to out patients reveals it is just a pulled muscle and he is off the floor and feeling ok. He can’t really do anything though which makes my day a little busier 🙂 But I’m glad it doesn’t seem to be serious. It made me realize how much he does around here though when I have to add those things to my list!

Ok, on to Joel. I kind of took this book personally. When I read it the first time, I was all, “Locusts, blah, blah, blah..restrotation, yay! The Lord is good. Nice book”  But as I continued to read, it felt personal. Like it was me who was being destroyed by locusts only slower. And not by actual locusts of course but by sin and wordly things and selfish habits and things I hold on to from the past. It’s like, if you let the cutting locusts in, then the swarming locusts come so you give in to them, and then the hopping locusts get thier turn and finally the stripping locusts finish you off. Then there is nothing left. (locust references from Joel chapter 1 NLT)

But even after there is nothing left, the Lord can still restore. Even when you think you have done yourself in for good and not even God himself can help you, he will if you let him. If you give yourself to Him. If you turn to Him only. If you leave the world behind.

Will I do it? Will I turn to Him fully before the next army of locusts come for me? I want to. I really want to.

Maybe I’m way off on what the book really meant but that’s kinda where it hit me this time 🙂

I’m off to bed. I still have strange sinus issues going on. It’s migrated to the right side now.

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BRF Mark 1-12

Oh, hi! I almost forgot that I blog. Been awhile since I posted, eh? Time has been flying by. It’s a crazy life. Two kids is twice as hard as one…who knew? 🙂

Anyway, I have a few general thoughts on Mark. I meant to read the whole book this week but even with reading every day, I still only got through 12 chapters. I keep missing the end of the Gospels which is pretty much the best part. I’m going to try and get all the way through Luke next week. It’s probably my favorite of the Gospels because of the detailed account of the birth of the Savior.

Before I begin ( I know, just begin already Jenn) I want to tell you something important that I’ve been thinking about lately. I’ll try not to be too long winded 🙂

I was raised in a Christian home but didn’t get saved until I was 25. I talked the talk for awhile when I was younger and then just did whatever I wanted. The point is, I went to church every single Sunday until I was 16 and I still didn’t know until 6 years ago that the OT was the story of the Isrealites, God’s people, and not just a bunch of stories about floods, plagues, and pillars of salt. I also never knew that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were basically the same story written by different guys.

I know, crazy, eh?

So, I have vowed to myself that my girls will know the Bible, we will read to them and help them understand. I don’t want the same thing that happened to me, happen to them. People who have a firm grasp of the Word of God probably have a harder time straying away.

OK, thanks for letting me get that off my chest 🙂

Oh yeah, I was going to write some words about Mark and now I am running out of time. I will say that I ended up with some of the same questions I had while reading Matthew. Which leads me to believe that maybe there are more things we just aren’t supposed to know yet.

I love reading the accounts of Jesus healing so many people. I so would have loved to be there and witness such miracles right from the hands and mouth of Jesus. But there is also this little part of me that wonders if I would have been one who just couldn’t believe, who didn’t have enough faith. Sometimes I actually think it’s easier to believe now because people (like me) have seen such miraculous changes in thier lives without seeing an actual person. That doesn’t sound sensible but I imagine that maybe putting your faith in what appeared to be a regular person with magical powers might have been harder than trusting in the idea of a Holy and Glorious God.

I fear that made no sense. And now I am out of time.

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BRF Matthew 15-18

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OK, so it seems I came out with alot of questions this week…which means I was paying attention. I only read it twice but it was a good twice, if ya know what I mean.

Question 1) when Jesus was talking to the Pharisees and they were chatting about food defiling them and Jesus said this: “Listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” So does that mean that Isreal was released from that law and were free to eat what they wanted? Just wondering.

2) I don’t think I ever noticed before that Jesus said he was only sent to help the people of Isreal and not the gentiles. Does that mean all the miracles he previously preformed in this book were all for Jews? I didn’t realize that. (ps: great comeback by the gentile woman, she is my new favorite)

3) In chapter 16: 17-19 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.  Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.  And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”  What are the keys to the kingdom of heaven?

4) chapter 16:28 I’ve always wondered what this means. Anyone? “And I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Son of Man coming in his Kingdom.”  Is this referring to his ressurection? Or is it referring to His second coming? I’ve heard various explanations.

5)17:11-13  Jesus replied, “Elijah is indeed coming first to get everything ready. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, but he wasn’t recognized, and they chose to abuse him. And in the same way they will also make the Son of Man suffer.” Then the disciples realized he was talking about John the Baptist. So does that mean John the Baptist was actaully Elijah returned to Earth?

Alright, that’s enough questions, Feel free to answer them in the comments if you so desire. 

On to some other things that got me thinking. Here’s the biggy for me: 16:2-3 “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!  Ah the signs of the times…I think we should really be paying attention to the signs of the times. every time I hear anything about Wall Street and the economic crisis around the world it reminds me that these are signs of the times. I know our pastor preached a good message a couple weeks ago (which I missed, being in the nursery and all) about some of the prophesy in Revelation that points very much to what is happening in the world. We need to be ready. Jesus is coming people! Oh how I wish I was ready…I would love to be able to say that I’m doing everything I would want Jesus to see me doing when He comes, but, alas, I am not.

What I keep asking myself is, what am I waiting for? why can’t I seem to get my head around it for more than a few minutes at a time? It scares me, I won’t lie.

I should be an example to my family, an example to my friends, out winning souls for the Lord or at least having my heart in the right place all the time. Seriously, it’s important. Erternally important.

Ok, and on that note, I must wake the baby to feed her so I can get a few hours of sleep before she gets hungry again.

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Cute things

1) Baby S has started smiling at us. And it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever. She is having some happier moments lately which is really nice. I’ve also heard some very cute little “cooing” noises (that’s for you Melody:))

2) My parents were here for a visit the other day. C ran into her room and brought out her sparkly purple box which contains her sparkly blue star (she likes boxes and sparkly things just like her mother). Anyway, my dad asked her if that was a star for the Christmas tree and with her hand on her hip, she said, “No Grampy, this is my wishing star.”

“What do you wish for?” asked my dad.

“I wish that Jesus would come down, scoop us all up and take us to heaven.”

She’s deep for a three year old 🙂

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Two daughters, same allergy

Poor baby S hasn’t had a great start to life. She has had nearly constant tummy pain for the last week, minus at night time which is awfully merciful for her and for us.

Her face broke out in a big rash which I, at first, thought was baby acne but then when it also started to get flaky, that’s when I put the pieces together. We saw the Dr on Monday and she agrees, baby number 2 also has a milk allergy.

Mike had it when he was little and apparently it’s quite common for him to pass that to a least one of his children, or in our case, both of them. Thanks alot Mike 😉

I seriously didn’t expect for baby S to have it too, I don’t know why I thought that but I did. Anyway, the good news is, we figured it out way sooner than we did with C and we switched her formula Monday night and I can tell you that it is already making a difference. She is having a very peaceful sleepy morning for the first time in a couple weeks. And I totally think her face looks better aleady. So hopefully she works all the milk based stuff out of her system and is a happy baby very soon.

Wow, what will that be like? Even after we figured it out with C, she was a still a colicky baby and never really seemed content, even after the colic went away. She was never a good sleeper either. Even though it’s early with S, I have a feeling that once her tummy stops hurting, she will be a content baby. She’s already a great night sleeper and when she isn’t hurting, sleeps alot during the day, too.

Anyway, just thought I’d update since I don’t feel like pulling out my hair today. It’s been a rough week around here with all the screaming and us feeling helpless.

It’s very much an answer to prayer that S is feeling better, it’s so hard to watch your baby hurting and screaming. It’s also very hard to wait for that prayer to be answered…sorry God! I can’t say I was very patient…oops 😦

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Book Review, uh, Saturday: Matthew 8-11

So, slight improvement on the reading. I actually got through the chapters three times this week. Still not where I should be but better than once, right?

And so there was a major theme in these chapters, eh? Faith. And I’ll be darned if it did’nt make me think of mine all week long. Or my lack of faith for that matter. I kept wondering, if I had been alive when Jesus was walking the Earth doing all those miracles, would I have believed? Would I have been the lady who walked by just to touch the fringe of His robe knowing I’d be healed? Or would I be a skeptic, trying to find another explanation. Every time I read that passage or hear a story about that lady, I get all convicted. Now that is some faith right there to be striving for. We don’t have the opportunity to physically touch His robe. Sometimes I wish I could. I am the type of person who needs to see to believe and that’s pretty much why I struggle with my faith so often.

But at the same time, If I stop and think about all the things the Lord has done for me, I remember that I don’t need to see Him to know He works in my life when I let Him, I just need to see what he does. It’s hard to remember that. Alot hard. So many other things get in the way. Instead of letting God handle daily life, I let life handle me. It’s not really working for me as a matter of fact.

The other story that I really payed attention to was about the blind men. In a sense, they are like us. They couldn’t see Jesus. They heard about what He was doing and believed without seeing. And because of that faith, they were rewarded and able to see what they trusted in; Just like all Christians will someday.

ok, one more thing. In chapter 10 when Jesus is instructing the apostles, there is a verse (10:37) that says “…or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.” Um, so should we take that literally? Because if so, I have some work to do.

As always, I have some work to do. My level of faith needs a kick in the pants. A big ‘ol kick.

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