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Friday, July 15, 2011

Saving Grace...

Not a whole lot of time to write today, but this really impacted me this morning and I wanted to share.  Chris and I are doing a bible study together this summer called, Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival.  It's been really challenging, in a good way.  Here's a bit from today for anyone who has ever struggled to understand God's gift of grace:

"If a young man is killed through some random act of violence, and his father tracks down the guilty person and kills him, we would call that vengeance.  If, however, the father calls the police and the murderer is arrested, tried, convicted, and executed, we'd call that justice.  If, at the trial, the father pleads for the guilty man's life to be spared and the judge and jury consent, we'd call that mercy.

Now imagine this: in addition to pleading for the guilty one to be spared, the father actually appeals to the judge to release the offender into his custody and care. Miraculously gaining approval, the father takes the young man into his heart and home, adopts him, and raises him and loves him as his own son...that would be grace!"        (Seeking Him, page 86)

Ephesians 2:1-9

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins....You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.  All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.  But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,  that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)  For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Glitter, Messy Hands and Fun!

If I'm being real, (which IMHO, if we're going to be anything we ought to at least be real...right?), I'm not a big fan of glitter paint or getting my hands REALLY messy. But, I am a mom. Which means I have to push myself out of my dislike of these two things every once in a while. Well, when it comes to the messy hands part - fairly often if I DON'T want to majorly stress myself out and if I DO want to allow my kids to enjoy their childhood. :) 

So, I decided to make these cute 4th of July shirts with my kids. I got the idea from Family Fun .  I actually planned it a few weeks in advance (which N.E.V.E.R. happens in my world). I was able to use a few Michael's 50% coupons, that along with snagging the shirts 2/$5 one week made it a cheap and fun craft.

We started out making them outside.  Our neighbor's little boy was over and I "just happened" to have an extra shirt. I was really proud of my kids that they wanted him to go first and were excited to watch him make his.

Did I mention that made me really proud?  *sigh* 

The wind picked up after he was finished and after watching the paper plates of glitter paint blow across the yard twice, we decided to go inside.  I didn't have a huge space to work in, so we took turns at the table. I think the one-on-one probably helped my stress level make things a little easier too.
The kids thought it was really cool to wear shirts that they made and they washed up really well. (aka: there wasn't glitter throughout the washer/dryer).  

Which gives it an all around 4 out of 5 stars in my book.
Why not 5 stars, you ask? Well, I deducted one star for the amount of time it took for me to get the glitter out from under my fingernails. *ugh*

Did I mention I really don't like to get my hands messy?

So, since we're being real....what thing(s) have you been forced to "get over" because of your kids?

P.S. I apologize for the funky layout of this post...I tried and tried and tried to get these last 3 pictures on the same line, but it just didn't happen. Oops!