“God is not a belief to which you give your assent. God becomes a reality whom you know intimately, meet everyday, one whose strength becomes your strength, whose love, your love. Live this life of the presence of God long enough and when someone asks you, “Do you believe there is a God?” you may find yourself answering, “No, I do not believe there is a God. I know there is a God.”~Ernest Boyer, Jr.

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your might.~Deuteronomy 6:5

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 2 Spring Cleaning

Kitchen done now on to the bath room

Bathroom: (1 to 1.5. hours)

o Wash down walls
o Wash light fixtures
o Disenfect counter tops
o Clean toilet
o Clean area around toilet
o Scrub shower/tub
o Swap out towels
o Sweep/mop floor
o Empty trash- wash trash can
o Wash dirty towels
Clen out closet

I'm cleaning with white vinegar, baking soda and tea tree oil what do you like to clean with?

Monday, March 28, 2011

A week of Spring Cleaning

Ok so I've said it before Spring has sprung here in the South. Spring is a time of renewal the earth wakes up from it's long winter sleep and bursts forth in glorious bloom. Spring is also a time for me to shake off the clutter of winter and for me to refresh my home after a long winter of being closed up and stuffy. That's right today starts Spring Cleaning! Some think this is an antiquated tradition of a bygone generation, but I love to get my house clean and I mean really deep down clean. This year I am taking this task on one room a day. Today the kitchen here's the checklist for my kitchen:

Kitchen: (1-2 Hours)

o Clean out fridge
o Wipe down freezer/fridge
o Scrub oven/stove top
o Clean appliances
o Wash Cabinets front and top
o Move fridge out and clean behind it
o Vacuum refrigerator coils
o Wash out trash cans
o Wash windows
o Clean tile floors

Follow my progress this week and keep me on track sometimes I think I have cleaning ADD. Do you do special cleaning for Srping? Let me know your thoughts on this age old tradition

Sunday, March 27, 2011

In Like a Lion and you know the rest

Wow so here it is the end of March and as I look back over the month it seems to have blown in like a lion and well just roared on until here we are at the end of the month. This month we had Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Spring Break and then allergies or was it a spring time cold who knows. One thing I do know is Spring has arrived no matter what the calendar says, and the proof is everywhere flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and pollen has covered everything in a light green powder. I am thankful for the pollen even though it makes me sick and makes everything a mess because today's pollen is tomorrows honey, God made everything work out so SWEET! So since I've been to busy this month to post much here are a few of my favorite spring things

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy Fausnaught Day to all my fellow Pennsylvania Dutchmen
What is Fausnaught Day you might ask well only perhaps the most perfect day in the year...Doughnut Day!

I can almost see my mom there in our small kitchen in her red print cotton apron dusted with flour cutting, frying and glazing doughnuts. We always made the classic fausnaught made with mashed potaotes but we also made jelly filled and biegnets. Seeing our little kitchen table covered with fresh fried doughnuts is one of my fondest memories of family and tradition. Of course growing up in the rural south we were the only family celebrating doughnut day but oh how our friends loved when we came around with bags of doughnuts.

Fausnaught day marks the beginning of Lent just as does Fat Tuesday or Strove Tuesday. All 3 days share the common thread of using up all the butter, eggs and flour in a house to for lent which was meant to be a time of fasting, prayer, and bible study in order to prepare ones heart for Easter. Now while we never fasted or celebrated Lent growing up we did always recognize Fausnaught Day.

I guess that's why I'm just a little blue today because for the first year in many I am not making doughnuts! My kids love celebrating Mardi Gras complete with decorations and King Cake of course. I know it's called FAT TUESDAY but we can't handle doughnuts and king cake in the same day! Unless we do fast for the next 40 days...hmmm there's a thought.

Eat a doughnut for me!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Less of me, more of You

When I first started this little blog it was a means of sharing my life and the life of my family with those I love. As time went on it became a source of pride and frustration for me, taking any joy I had once found in it. What happened?

I lost my vision of sharing our life and my thoughts with the ones I love, I became more concerned with hits, comments and how my blog compared to others. I became conscious of the fact that I am not a great or even good writer. My blog became about me in the prideful sense, I wanted recognition, I wanted to be something more.

I took a long break and refocused my life on what really counts to me, I have begun to view life and all I do through the lens of eternity. When it's all said and done will it matter how many hits I got? I regained my focus and the vision is now clear. I want to encourage and uplift with this blog, not for my sense of pride but for God's glory. I no longer care about hits or comments but my prayer is someone will read this little blog and their relationship with God will be strengthened and their heart will be encouraged.

I found this over at A Holy Experience (a favorite blog of mine):

A Bloggers Prayer

I am no longer my own blogger, but Thine, O Lord.

Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will.
Put me to service, or put me to suffering.
Let me post for Thee or be put aside for Thee,
Lifted high, only for Thee, or brought low, all for Thee.
Do with me and each post whatever you will, because You alone know best.

Let me not strive but submit Let me not compete but care
Let me not desire hits but holiness
Let me be a follower, instead of seeking followers.

Let my blog be full of Thee, and let it be empty of me.
Let me crave all things of Thee, let me care nothing of this world.
Let my words be worthy of the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.

May I write not for subscribers… but only for Thy smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement,
not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ,
never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen ---
but the ones I live with my skin.

I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Thine pleasure and perfect will.

My only fame is that I bear Your name
My only glory is the gift of Your Grace
My only readership, Your eyes that seek to and fro to find a heart hard after You.
Make this so, oh Lord…

Yahweh, You alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, You alone are my Savior, not site meters
And Holy Spirit, You alone are my Comforter, not comments

So be it, today, yesterday, and every post to come.

This is my prayer I have made on earth and over this keyboard… let it be ratified in heaven.

Weather therefore you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God
I Corinthians 10:31