Thursday, January 10, 2008

Long lost blog...

1. I am afraid we have fallen into the post-Christmas "can't accomplish anything" rut over here. We had a wonderful Christmas, a great new year and we are tired. We are forging ahead hoping at some point we will be hit with a burst of energy and motivation. We will let you know when it happens.

2. Both the boys are very in to acting out different scenes from their imagination with their nerf swords. Yesterday Payton had Benjamin backed in to the corner and said, "Blackbeard, this is the end." Benjamin said, "No, I am a good guy and I like Jesus."

3. Payton was wondering the other day how he came to live in our family, I explained to him God chose him for our family, we were so thrilled, now out of all the boys in the world we would choose him, etc...Benjamin piped in and said "I remember being with God and he let me choose you mom." Payton yelled from the back seat, "Benjamin, you have never been to heaven." Which then caused Benjamin to throw his rescue hero at a high rate of speed at his brother while yelling, "I AM TALKING TO MOM." These boys bring such excitement and volume to our lives.

4. The other day I left the boys with a baby sitter. After I had come home and our sitter had left I asked the boys how things went. Payton said, "We really need to talk." He then proceeded to tell me that Benjamin had jumped off the arm of the couch which caused the babysitter to say "omg Benjamin do not do that again." Payton said, "At that point I told Benjamin, we will have to talk about this later."He then explained to me how he had to explain to the babysitter that "she could not use the Lord's name like that...unless you are praying...every time you call his name, his head turns, that's something we take seriously, etc...." I will say this about Payton...every talk he has ever received he has stored away and now awaits the opportunity to use it on someone else. We are currently working on the concept of it is not ok to lecture an adult.

5. Our children's ministry once again allowed the children of our church to shop for Christmas presents using their Bible bucks. On Christmas morning Payton ran right past all of his gifts and went straight to what he had bought for Tony, he yelled, "Dad, its Christmas morning you can finally see what I got for you." He was beside himself to give me an ornament he had picked out, when I opened it he said, "I knew when I saw it it was exactly what you had always wanted." He was right. I love how our Children's ministry is, in unique ways, encouraging our children to have a heart for giving. This is just one of their many ways...I am so thankful for each person that works so hard in that ministry

6. Our new church coffee shop and indoor playground has us hanging out at the church more than ever. One cold week we were there every day. So great that that is where we invite people to meet us now.

7. Benjamin is relentless in life...His zest to try everything at full speed makes all of us feel more alive. Yesterday as he tried to ride our Lab, with pockets filled to overflowing with milk bones all the while yelling, "Everybody join the parade." My heart smiled....certain moments I try to freeze forever in the pockets of my mind.

8. This semester our theme in Ladies Class is "Pursuing Holiness" based on 1 Peter 1:15,16 in the Message it reads: "So roll up your sleeves, put your mind in gear, be totally ready to receive the gift that's coming when Jesus arrives. Don't lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn't know any better then; you do now. As obedient children, let yourselves be pulled into a way of life shaped by God's life, a life energetic and blazing with holiness. God said, "I am holy; you be holy." As I have reflected on this verse its caused me to think daily on the things I would actually say I am pursuing...It's brought to light a lot of things I need to be intentional about in the coming year, and a lot of things I need to let go off.

9. We have been talking to Benjamin about how it is time to stop sucking his thumb. This has not gone well as everytime we start he begins to explain how he has somewhere to be and "this is not a good time for me." Stay tuned...I have to say in his every sonogram we had of the child he was sucking his thumb...He was doing it from the very beginning. It is going to be hard habit to break.

10. One of my dear friends reminded me the other day of a sign I used to have hanging up in my office that said, "Be kind, everyone you know is fighting a hard battle." (Plato) The older I get the more I realize how true it is. As we walk through earthly struggles, Tony and I are calling ourselves back to "Counting it all joy." I should not say calling ourselves back to it...I am not sure we have ever really been there, I should say we are trying to learn what that means, what that looks like for us. We know that whatever path the Lord has placed us on, we want to reflect Him while on it. I read this (by Max Lucado) the other day and cried...

"Here is what we want to know. We want to know how long God's love will endure...Does God really love us forever? Not just on Sunday when our shoes are shined and our hair is fixed. We want to does God feel about me when I am a jerk? Not when I am peppy and positive and ready to tackle world hunger. Not then. I know how he feels about me then. Even I like me then.

I want to know how he feels about me when I snap at anything that moves, when my thoughts are gutter level, when my tongue sharp enough to slice a rock. How does He feel about me then?...

Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us?

God answered our question before we asked it. So we'd see His answer, he lit the sky with a star. So we'd hear it, he filled the night with a choir; and so we would believe it, he did what no man had ever dreamed. He became flesh and dwelt amoung us.

He placed his hand on the should of humanity and said "You're something special.""

"In the Grip of Grace"

I have been looking for His reassurance a lot lately...I am seeing the beauty around me, my wonderful husband, the friends He has blessed me with, my kids who make me laugh...I am once again training my eyes to recognize Him in my world, to hear His "you're something special" and share it with others.


jaime s said...

Beautiful! Loved every word. Love your family!

I am proud of Payton for telling his babysitter about using God's name correctly. I loved his explanation. The Go Fish Guys have this really cool song called the "Ten Commandment Boogie" (you've got to get their DVD "Showtime and cd "Superstar"). They sing about the 10 Commandments in a really cool way. Anyway, the way they teach "Thou shall not use the name of the Lord in vain" is by saying "Use the name of God only with respect." That really hit me and now I have the hardest time listening to God's name used without respect. I even gave up several of my favorite shows (design shows with cool before and after scenes) on HGTV b/c at the "big reveal" all the people would say is "omg, omg" I just couldn't take it. And the reveal is my FAVORITE part...but tainted with misuse of God's name ruined it. I am thankful for that verse in the Go Fish Guys song b/c it really woke me up! Maybe Payton's words helped his babysitter "wake up" to what she was doing in a mindless manner.

Can't wait to see those boys again!

Love you!

Courtney said...

A wonderful post as always! You bless me!

Hey, I want to meet you up at the church one of those days and get to chat while our boys play!

Sarah B said...

Enjoyed it as always. Treasured memories for you and yours. Looking forward to hearing you in person next month.

vbs said...

Oh Becky, so I'm just now coming into the world of blogging and as I scan and read so many of your past entries, I see what all I've been missing! Just reading your blog and all your testimonies for the Lord humbles me and makes me so thankful to be your friend. You have so much of HIM shining in you, I am encouraged and uplifted! Looking fwd to becoming a regular blogger! Love you! ;)

Frankie and Marianna said...

I love how open and honest your boys are with their faith. My two (almost three) year old is starting to understand the love of Jesus. I just pray that it connitunes throughout his life and the lives of the rest of my children. Is there a secert? or just a lot of prayer?

mindy said...

I, too, love how your boys already are so aware of the value of God's name. Yea to Payton for realizing the error - and don't be too hard on him for his correcting the one in charge...she'll probably always remember that moment! As usual, I love all the boy stories and I especially love how Benjamin is growing to be his own little person just like Payton!
I, too, need to be reminded that God thinks I am special. In this world, it is easy to be brought down by rude comments and off-the-cuff remarks - but it is so comforting to know that God holds me in His hand no matter what the circumstances!
Always love seeing you at the Playground!

daughteroftheking said...

Becky I always love to see that you have a new post! They are always funny and thought provoking! Your boys crack me up I think I say that every time but seriously they do! I loved #3 and #9. You are such a blessing to everyone who knows you girl.

Aimee said...

Can I tell you how awesome I think you are?? :) I really need to hang out with you more! Thank you for sharing your beautiful, funny, wonderful thoughts and moments with the rest of us. Hope to see you at the playground soon!