Monday, May 23, 2011

Some Of My Thoughts This Morning

This morning I was reading Matthew 21:22 "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."

So, I have a really hard time with this verse. I know it's God's Word, I know it's Jesus speaking. So it has to be true. It just sounds so "genie in a bottleish". And people pray for people to be healed and they die. And they pray for marriages to be put back together and they divorce. And they pray for relatives to accept Christ and they never believe.

So, back to what I know is true. I know it is God's Word, I know it is Jesus speaking, and I know that everything he says is truer than anything I think or anything this world says. Even if I don't understand it. So there must be more to it.

Some of the notes at the bottom of my bible say:
-"To be fulfilled, our requests must be in harmony with the principles of God's kingdom." Yes, I would agree.
-"The stronger our belief, the more likely our prayers will be in line with God's will..." Sounds too basic at first, but not if you think about. The stronger my belief in God (that He is who He says He is, that He can do what He says He can do, that I am who He says I am, that I can do all things through Him who gives me strength, and that God's Word is alive and active in me (thank you Beth Moore)) the more likely our prayers will be in line with God's will. Totally agree.
-"...and then God will be happy to grant them." Doesn't that sound like my idea of "genie in a bottle"? But then the following were my thoughts I had wrote somewhere else this morning.

"The LORD, I am sure answers more often in the affirmative than I notice. Most likely I am just not paying enough attention to see, or my prayers are trivial that a yes or no doesn't really matter, or (unknowingly) I don't really expect him to answer. So if he does, great. If he doesn't, I probably wouldn't notice anyhow. But when I do look back and think of certain prayers: contentment in my house, taking away the house hunt that was consuming me, helping us pay off our mortgage, making it financially without my job, insecurity issues, a protected and calm mind with baby #2,...also wisdom and guidance on teaching my little ones his ways. All those requests were in line with His Word, His principles, His ways, His desires. Not that I am perfect or even close to it at that, but from being scared because I had no idea how to teach Luke an Chloe your Word Lord, to sometimes being amazed at your goodness in how yo have hidden your word in little Lukey's heart. How he knows some of your Word already. How he knows many, many of your stories. How he loves them. How he sings praises to you. How his little high voice says his prayers, and he suggests praying for people and for things to happen. Lord, what a blessing from you. What an answer to prayer. Help me be patient and persistent when I don't see answers right away, like answers to...(big things)...Help me to see that these are big things. And, I am sure Lord, you are working in them. Behind the scenes. Preparing, training, softening hearts. Big things like this take time and work and details. Help me see that you didn't just ignore these prayers, but that you are working on answering them in the positive. But they do involve people, and people do have free will and people do choose their own ways. Oh, Lord, help me understand all this more..."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Side Note on Mother's Day Post

I did not write the below post. Matt wrote it as though it were me. He didn't do too bad, huh? And all those things really did happen. :)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Happy Mothers Day!

I had a wonderful Mothers day weekend with my two (three) kids and husband. Saturday night we went as a family to Findlay to run errands and get supper at Chipotle. YUM! it was super good that night. We then went shopping so Luke could pick out a pair of shoes. He was SO cute during this. He took them to the checkout counter at JCPenny's him self with a huge grin. He then carried "his new shoes" to the car, where he "needed" to put them in the trunk because "thats where that stuff goes when you go shopping." We then went to Meijers where Luke (and Chloe) helped their mom pick out some mothers day flowers. On our way home Matt asked if I wanted to stop at Dietches for IceCream...and we did after I thought long and hard about it for maybe a second. So we all shared a pepermint stick milkshake for the ride home. Then that night I felt our new baby kick for the first time!

Mothers Day was beautiful outside so we went for a family walk up town to get our chicken BBQ meals for dinner, which I love doing! We took them back home and ate at the picnic table on our NEW almost finished patio! It was wonderful except for the fact Chloe was sick.

I really, really, really enjoy being a mommy! I love it, love it, love it!!

Friday, May 6, 2011

And Still More....

Chloe and her eggs went tumbling.

More Easter Pics

These pictures are from hunting Easter eggs at the Mennonite Memorial Home. Chloe even won the prize basket for her age group! :)

Coloring Easter Eggs

Easter Morning Pics

Baby #3

And for anyone who doesn't know yet (since we DON'T have facebook). Matt and I are expecting a new little one this October. On Chloe's birthday (the 9th) actually.

We are going to be surprised for this one and are excited about that.

Chloe doesn't seem to understand, but Luke is super excited! He wants to find a blue bear to take to the hospital for the baby (maybe he knows something we don't????). Although I think most of the time he wants a sister. The other day he told me he wants to name the baby Allie. Not sure where that came from. I don't think he even knows any Allie's.

He also told me he wants a green bear to give to the NEXT baby. Then he gave me a hug and told me he wants "lots and lots of family, lots and lots of babies and lots and lots of people". Cute huh?

We talk about moving Chloe into his room this summer and he wants to share a bed with her so bad. He's even such a good big brother that he wants to put her on the inside by the wall so she doesn't fall out. It would be cute, but there's no way Crazy Chloe is not going to be in a crib for awhile longer!

So we are looking forward to our new bundle of joy. Almost half way there already!

A New Patio...Almost

Matt started working on tearing out our old deck to be able to pour a new patio. If the weather cooperates the plan is to do it tomorrow! Yay!

Matt worked so hard at this! And if you know him, he did this all in a couple days. Once he starts he can't stop. I was able to help a little bit, which I enjoyed, but I was mostly on kitchen crew and crowd control.

My Sleepy Bunny