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Arthur’s Acre is the place where I live, now both physically and virtually. This blog will be an eclectic mix of spiritual thoughts, kids’ activities, graphic design prints, and snippets of our farm life.
The view from my front porch!
My kiddos, Wyatt (age 5) and Alyssa (age 2).
Sun setting on the cornfield behind the house.
How often do we hear this? We are to die to ourselves and follow Christ. I don’t think very many people get what that actually means. Maybe I don’t either, but here’s what I’m thinking:
This morning in Bible class, my teacher said that too often we are like the beggar sitting at the gate, asking for a handout (Acts 3). When Peter and John see the beggar, they tell him “Look at us!” Because he wasn’t even looking; he was only holding his hand out for a coin. In the same way, we fall into the trap of treating God the same way. We just go through life, not even looking up at God, but our prayers are “give me, give me, bless me…”
This made me think of the scripture/phrase “die to yourself.” If we truly die to ourself, our prayers would be all for others and not for our personal wants & needs. We also would not be living & working selfishly for our own gain, but we would be doing the same for the advancement of the Kingdom. If we truly die to ourselves, we trust God will take care of us and we pray God will bless others, meet their needs, and we ask for God’s power to help us help those in need.
I have realized that I have been living very selfishly, and I’m going to change that starting now. I’ll share more about it later!
Take care and God bless you!
It doesn’t get much better than this!
Yes, they made a mess, but we all had fun and Daddy finished off Bubba’s cone. Sister ate all the ice cream out of hers – impressive for a 2-year-old!
Sorry it’s been a while! I’m working on an idea for this blog to be hosted from my business site. The problem is, I don’t have the time to work on it right now.
In the meantime, I’ve been busy with work, home, and kids… And vacation! We spent a long weekend with my parents and about 50 of our friends in the hill country. We had a blast! It was equal time activity and rest.
I was a busy baker this weekend! Blueberry muffins and bread, blueberry peach crisp (which was gone before I got a photo!), and venison meatloaf for lunch yesterday.
Saturday morning a friend and I visited the Downtown Farmers Market in town where I got the peaches, also some green beans and other goodies. I enjoyed it! They have it every weekend in the summer so I hope to go back several times this year. I have the desire to do more canning this summer for gifts and just for household use.
How do you make use of the summer harvest?
Do you have a soul friend? You know, the kind of best friend that finishes your sentences, knows all your likes and dislikes, believes in you no matter what, and will drop everything to come when you need her.
I do not have a soul friend. Not anymore anyway. I haven’t felt true best-soul-friendship in over 12 years – my senior year of high school. While I don wish to go back to high school, I do long for the same kind of friendships.
I’ve decided to pray about the matter. This year I have tried to stay in touch with four friends, all but one do not live in this area. It’s hard. Between life, kids, church and work, days and weeks are flying by. These four friends rarely reach out to me first.
My heart aches for a friend that wants to do things with me as much as I want to do things with her. I need someone to vent to, to encourage me, and to pray with me and vice versa.
This morning I thought I’d be working my normal 9-5 hours and I asked God to let me be a blessing to someone today.
Shortly thereafter, I find that our regular babysitter is not home (turns out she’s still on vacation and forgot to tell me), so I end up dragging my kids to work with me.
My friend’s husband got a hold of the sitter and found out she is okay, just not planning to be back in town until Sunday. This was a blessing because 1) I didn’t have her cell number to call her and 2) I had a 9 am meeting and couldn’t call her.
My coworker Dana watched my kids while I was in that hour-long 9 am meeting.
My other coworkers kept an eye on and played with my kids while I got some work done.
My boss said he understood the sitter issue and that I could leave and take the kids home.
When going to the car to leave, a passing car stops to let us cross the road. My 2-year-old falls halfway across the street. The older woman in the car must have seen my “not again!” expression because she rolled down her window and when she passed she said “Love those babies, honey. Give them lots of hugs.”
I gotcha. Thank you Lord for the reminder. So instead of me being a blessing to someone, plenty of people blessed me today!
We all know kids say the darnedest things, but that doesn’t make hearing them any less funny!
My son is 5 years old now. The other day I had to take him and his sister (who just turned 2) to the doctor for annual well-check appointments. The doctor took her time coming to do her thing…
Wyatt: “Will I be getting a shot?”
Me: “I’m not sure; we will have to see.”
Wyatt: “I like getting shots.”
Me: “Why do you like getting shots?”
Wyatt: “Because I get to pull my pants down.”
Today I turn in the report that I started in January! It definitely took more out of me than I thought it would. A lot has happened and I’ve learned so much since te beginning.
This report is a big deal since high-up people in my university will be reading it. You know, when it’s just your professor reading it, it’s not a big deal (just your grade…meh); but when the Dean of Students and the Vice Provost tell you they want to read your report, it gets a little nerve-racking!
I only have one more course to complete before I can finally graduate with my Master of Arts degree! It has taken me four years to get to this point.
Why so long, you ask?
Through a program with the university, staff are able to take one class per semester free of charge! This enabled me to begin my masters program in 2011 and I will finally have all my credits completed in December of this year!
Oh, and my professor said he already posted my grade… I made an A!! Woohoo!!!
Why does tithing feel like a chore?
I used to feel that way. It was like a burden; something we had to do.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
6The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (NRSV)
Well, I’ve had a change of heart.
Now it’s something I get to do! What a blessing it is to help other people every month!
Opportunities arise from time to time for us to help a friend going on a mission trip or a special contribution for a family need. It doesn’t have to all be given to our home church; we can spread it out however we feel The Lord is working.
This month we were able to help a family member fund her mission trip to Haiti. Next month I hope to help my cousin with her mission trip to Mozambique. We still give to our church, but we shouldn’t feel burdened to do so when other churches and people are also doing work for The Lord.
Here’s a great reference for related scripture: http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_tithe.htm
For my children
may you always know how much I love you
may you always know how much he loves you
may you never forget that God will always love you
no matter what
may you always move forward
may you learn from your mistakes
if you could trust us enough not to make them in the first place
but that’s not what growing up is all about
i hope for you a joyful life
i long for you a comfortable life
i pray God’s blessings rain down on you
i pray you give back to God as he blesses you
i hope for you a simple life