Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Philippians 2:5-11 " Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus"... one commentator said that this should actually read :"In your relationships with one another, have the same attitude of mind Christ Jesus had/has." I'm not supposed to simply imitate Christ in what I DO, but to actually have the same mind set and attitudes of Christ . What would happen to our world if the church, IF I, obeyed this verse in totality? Verse 6 tells us that Jesus didn't exploit or use His son ship to God for His own advantage. Instead of glory He chose to make himself like nothing, He took on all of the limitations of being human (including being a baby - dirty diapers and all!) to help others - to help me! Instead of grasping to be seen as equal to God, He chose to take the role of a slave. Remember how he willingly washed the disciple's feet? (John 13) He didn't live in pride but in humbleness with a servant's heart. The result? Eventually EVERY knee will bow and tongue confess - God has and will give Christ the highest honor.
What if, instead of giving people "a piece of my mind", I strive to help them have a "PEACE of mind"? What if I had Christ's attitude and mind set?
Renew my mind! Develop in me a Christ-like attitude and mind set. Help me to see others as You see them.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises. Psalm 98:4Joy is one of the focus topics of Christ's coming into the world! Rejoice! - Is that a command??
I have an opinion about parties: I think that God loves them! (DUH!)
In fact, the Bible tells us that they "throw" a party in heaven everytime someone turns to God. There is celebration in heaven!
As I've heard people talking about Chritmas and their plans, I've heard an attitude of "I've got to get through this" or "I've got too much to do!" I know I'm guilty of this. I get so caught up in what has to be done that I lose sight of the joy of the season. I feel like I need some ideas on how to celebrate this year - to really enjoy the season.
So, tell me, what are you doing to REALLY celebrate this Christmas?
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Our plan a couple of weeks ago was to go to "Grandma's" house and clean her house for the holidays, but....she wouldn't let us come over! LOL!! I think it has something to do with the Alzheimer's. We had told her a week before that we'd be coming, and she was SO excited about it. But on that day, she was making stew and with the Alzheimer's she can only focus on one thing at a time, so she didn't want us to clean. That or she just didn't want us there. :-) We may try that one again later.
Last week I had the flu (or something like it) and didn't want to expose anyone to that, so we were putting a gift box together to send to our favorite soldier in Iraq. (Aaron's idea). The thing is, by the time we got it all put together, it was too late to mail it!! He'll be home in January so, we decided to wrap the box up and give it to him when he gets home. SIGH
Good intentions.....(sorry, Erick!!)
Today we'll be doing something to make up for LAST Friday, and then this Friday we are planning on going back to Living Water, if they'll let us come! We'll update you later on our project for today!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
This Friendly Friday we went to Living Water in Borger. I helped pass out groceries to people in need for Thanksgiving.
First, as people came in I took pictures and Benjamin passed around coloring books for the kids. Aunt Becky made sure everything was running the way it was supposed to. Matt & Sheri Cox led the music. They also led the music in my camp two years ago! Uncle Andy preached a sermon about how to be saved. Then we went out back and put groceries on the the table to give to the people. Mr. Gib kept bragging on me to other people. I liked working with him.
It felt good to help others. Their faces looked very grateful for our help. I loved it, it was so much fun! We plan to go back at Christmas time and help again.
Guest blogger: Benjamin
"It was fun. I didn't find very much kids, but there were some. I passed out books and crayons. And there were some kids though that I handed out books to and some were too small to be coloring but I didn't care so I just handed them coloring books with the crayons. When it was time to go it was very cold. When we got into our car my Mom decided to give Becky some books back and all that stuff. I hope you go to heaven so I can meet you there and know your name. Live happy. I hope you believe in Jesus." :-)
Friday, November 21, 2008
So...(drum roll, please!) I finally came up with an idea! It hit me right after our Veteran's Day project. We enjoyed that project so much that we decided to make it a weekly affair in home school. EUREKA! Why not blog about that? Aaron named it "FRIENDLY FRIDAY". We plan to do something for someone else each Friday. It may be as simple as sending someone a card or something much more involved when we get inspired. Who knows, maybe we'll start a new blogging trend. A really great thing about this is that I can use it in several different ways in school: Bible study, creative writing and English grammar (making Aaron a guest blogger at times), art (Benjamin and Aaron making cards or other crafts), math (measuring ingredients when we cook, doubling recipes, etc.), and history (Veteran's Day study, Thanksgiving study, etc.- to prepare before the "project"...). The biggest plus is that it will hopefully teach us to reach out to others, be more grateful for what we have, be more aware of other's needs, and have a better work ethic. So, there you have it - Friendly Fridays! Stay tuned!
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Radio Station: America Family Radio
One of his favorite T.V. channels: The History Channel
COLLEGE AND MEMORIES:
VACATION SPOT: The mountains!
FAVORITE PLACE HE'S BEEN: Ireland
"Red Storm Rising" by Tom Clancy and "The Walking Drum" by Louis L'Amour
and finally, his favorite HOBBIES are reading, shooting, camping, fishing, computer and sleeping!
Whew! I finished! Now, I tag Sue.
Friday, November 14, 2008
They liked the wall so much that we made several trips to see it.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Benjamin came running in the house one day before his birthday yelling, "Mom! Come watch me!" A neighbor boy had let Ben ride his bike so that he could try riding without training wheels. Ben jumped on and just started riding... So, he used all the money he got in gifts for his birthday, and bought a Spiderman bicycle...
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Aaron: "Someone is about to have a funeral - they're digging a grave."
Ben: "Mom, what is it called that they put them in?"
Me: "A cockpit?" (ha! he was playing with a lego plane @ the time and he had been talking about it first.)
Ben: "no, what do they put the bodies in?"
Me: "OH! Do you mean a coffin?"
Ben: "Yeah! What is a coffin?"
Me: (stating the obvious)"It's a box that they put the bodies in"
Aaron: (putting his two-cents worth in) "to keep the body protected from detoriating quickly and to keep the worms and bugs away from it"
Good question Ben! WHY?!!?
Ben: "I feel sorry for the bodies in the ground - not for the people, I know if they believed in Jesus they're in heaven and in a better place, but still, I feel sorry for those bodies!"
Thursday, October 23, 2008
decorate his own cake...(look closely, it's a football field)
blow out candles...
(Sarah even came in for it, but somehow didn't end up in the pictures.)
and open a few gifts.
Happy Birthday, Benjamin! I love you more than you can ever say!
Maybe next year he'll have a "real" party and get to invite all those girls
he wanted to invite this year.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
His goodness shines with brightest rays
When we delight in all his ways.
His glory overflows its rim
When we are satisfied in him.
His radiance will fill the earth
When people revel in his worth.
The beauty of God’s holy fire
Burns brightest in the heart’s desire.
When Scott downloads pictures for me, I'll post some photos of Ben's birthday, so stay tuned!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Mark and I went to see "Fireproof" this Friday. We loved the show! Kirk Cameron plays a firefighter who begins trying to save his marriage after his father challenges him with something called "The Love Dare". Some of the conversations are a little stilted and awkward, but by the end of the movie you've forgotten all of that as the emotional and spritual tug of the movie has you examining your own marriage. This is the third movie (that I know of) that this church has made, and in each movie you see an improvement in the quality of the film. My opinion is that this movie is much better than "Facing the Giant". It's a great clean movie for a couple's date night. Check it out!
Sunday, September 21, 2008
As proud as we are of Sarah's accomplishments, it made me think. We'd be just as proud of Sarah even if she were a high-school drop-out. It isn't just what she DOES that makes us proud of her, but who she IS: our princess!
Recently Sarah and I sat down to have a long drawn out discussion when she'd asked my opinion on some things going on in her life. It reminded me of how I need to be more encouraging and less critical. So, I want to simply list some things that I admire in my daughter's life!
The first thing I've actually already mentioned: she is obedient. She comes to her father and I for advice - she has willingly placed herself under our authority and actually listens to our advice. WOW! I wish I had been able to be that open to my parents and share things about my life with them! Actually, at times I wish I were that open to my Heavenly Father! Willing to ask, listen and obey!
Secondly, she speaks truth! She seems to have a sense of urgency when dealing with others and wants to reach them with God's truth! There is one story I always think of when I'm remembering things from Sarah's past (in grade school). My mom and a friend visited a family in our neighborhood to share the gospel with them. When they asked the family if they wanted to "ask Jesus into their heart", the daughter (Sarah's age) said, "Oh! I've already done that. Sarah told me at school." Sarah had never mentioned it to us, she'd just seen something in her friend's life that needed changing and went about telling her what she needed. Sarah definitely sees things in "black and white".
Next, Sarah has always been a conservative young lady. We've never had to worry about her dressing or acting immodestly. Also, Sarah is honest. She is very goal oriented and works hard to achieve her goals. She is willingly. She helps us - usually by babysitting her brothers so Mark & I can have a break. She takes her brothers to the movies, museum, out to eat, etc. all without being asked to! She remembers birthdays and special occasions even though she's now off at college and could just as easily forget. She willingly listens to Benjamin talk on the phone incessantly about what has happened since she was last home.
She has handled herself well while waiting patiently for her boyfriend to come home from Iraq. I can't even begin to imagine what that is like for her, but I do know it hasn't been easy.
I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, I'm proud of my daughter!
No, she's not perfect, but I love her just as she is.
I love you, Sarah!!
Now, having said that, put this in perspective of us and our Heavenly Father. Do I have to accomplish "big" things to please God? Do I have to be perfect to have His love and acceptance? No, of course not! He is my Father! He will love me know matter what I do, how I act, or even who I am!
I know this is basic stuff here, but sometimes I think we need to be reminded! Satan has told me that I am worthless, stupid, not able to do anything. I have felt that if I did enough, was good enough, THEN God would be proud of me, accept me and want to spend time with me. But you know what? I want to spend time with Sarah and my other kids EVEN WHEN THEY DON'T WANT TO ! - even when they've been embarrassed that I'm their mother. ha! God is the same way. Even when I'm embarrassed to come to Him, (Lord, I messed up again....) He DESIRES to spend time with me! I am His princess and He loves me unconditionally. He wants to spend time with me no matter what I have done or haven't done. He cares about the details of my life. James 4:8 says "Come near to God and He will come near to you." He's just waiting for me to draw near to Him, to turn my back on all the "stuff" and just spend time with Him, being refreshed, taught, encouraged, challenged, disciplined, LOVED! My heart hears His invitation. "COME" "DRAW NIGH". Imagine that.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
I woke up this morning hearing Mark on the phone:
"Are you okay?"
Between "Are" and "okay" I made it from my bed to the living room. We had let Scott go with a friend to Lake McClellan last night to camp out, so I KNEW who was on the other end of that conversation! Then:
"Where are you?" and
"I'll call emergency services and I'll be right there".
My heart dropped to my knees. The boys were on their way home for church this morning and hit a deer. Thankfully, all 3 are fine, just sore from air bags.
They were in a Mustang and Scott was in the front passenger seat where the deer went over them. He said that if the deer had jumped, it would have gone through the windshield. Scott said, "I should be dead."
So, today, I'm praising Yahweh-Raah ~ The LORD My Shepherd~ for protecting Scott!! I am thankful to God for allowing the deer to hit the hood and the roll bar frame rather than the windshield and my son. THANK YOU, FATHER!!! Thank you for his life and those of his friends, thank you that the injuries were minor (scratches heal.). Thank you that they didn't end up rolled over in the nearby culvert. Thank You, God, for all my children and their health. Thank you for the "wake-up call"!
So many things to be thankful for today!
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
My Space has always been a great spot to keep up with friends and family, but it seems they've moved on and so, to keep up, I will follow.
I've been inspired, encouraged, and challenged by other women bloggers - and so, as I jump into the world of blogging, I plan to share what is going on in the Langford home, and, hopefully will return the favor by encouraging someone else along the way. This may be quite interesting - things at our house are very rarely quiet! Here's hoping I'm up to the challenge!