Galatians – Part 1

I’m reading Galatians right now and want to just note here some verses that impacted me and that I really need to “digest”.

And yet we know that we become right with God, not by doing what the law commands, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be accepted by God because of our faith in Christ – and not because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be saved by obeying the law.

But what if we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then find out that we are still sinners? Has Christ led us into sin? Of course not! Rather, I make myself guilty if I rebuild the old system I already tore down. For when I tried to keep the law, I realized I could never earn God’s approval. So I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ. I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I am not one of those who treats the grace of God as meaningless. For if we could be saved by keeping the law, then there was no need for Christ to die.

Galatians 2:16-21

  • It seems to not be a surprise to Paul if we try to be made right with God through faith, yet fail. He doesn’t seem to go too far into the idea, except to say it’s not Christ that led us to sin. He says we make ourselves guilty if we try to go back and be “right” by “works”.
  • The instruction in this passage is this: I need to live my life by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. And not disrespect grace.

That’s one of the hardest things for me to understand. Living under grace. Christ died for a purpose. To save me. To save each one of us who wants to be saved. His death accomplished something. And it did away with something.

I really want my behavior to reflect my understanding and appreciation of that. I just don’t think I “get” it yet. The impact of grace in my life should be evident, right?

One Thousand Gifts – Part 71

  • 561. Godly friends who ask good questions and search for their own answers.
  • 562. A refreshed interest in Bible reading. I had to let go of my charted “Bible in a Year” reading. It became cumbersome and mechanical. The last thing I need right now is reading the Bible out of obligation or the need to accomplish. It’s relationship not obligation. **whew**
  • 563. Watching my son play with (around) other children and enjoy himself.
  • 564. Naptimes
  • 565. Spiritual and emotional prodding. Nothing like getting my hackles raised to send me into learning mode.
  • 566. Google – there’s so much information at my fingertips. (Almost too much, actually).
  • 567. That my FIL’s heart attack was mild and there was no damage to his heart.
  • 568. Sunshine
  • 569. The house being quiet enough to hear clocks ticking
  • 570. The blessing of a husband like mine.

One Thousand Gifts – Part 70

  • 551. Fridays
  • 552. The brief respite of a decision made
  • 553. Modern medicine
  • 554. Friends who don’t care about status
  • 555. My “coin”
  • 556. Christian colleagues
  • 557. Mercy
  • 558. The river of forgiveness
  • 559. Seeing my work family care for each other
  • 560. My husband and son – my best blessings

Breathe

I’ve seen more than one blogosphere friend of my post about this simple concept.  Needing to breathe.  I need to do the same.

I am taking a step back from my administrator position at Faith Lifts.  Still need to find someone who is interested in replacing me.  It is a great group blog ministry.  It’s just too much for my plate.  I only have so much room and if I’m going to keep focus on my other roles, something has to give.  It’s the employee role that’s causing the biggest conflict.  If I was a SAHM instead of a WAHM, I could probably pull it off.  At least right now with just one child.

Anyway, I’m exhausted.  I still miss blogging.  There’s a lot going on in my head – not that it’s of any import to anyone other than myself, I still want to get it out there to look at — the best function of journaling and blogging.

My FIL is in the hospital tonight after having had chest pains and an irregular EKG.  If y’all wouldn’t mind praying for him, that would be wonderful.

I’m so grateful tomorrow is Friday.  Ooh.  Should do my “gifts” post.  Bye!

Product Review – Tide To-Go Pen – 5 Stars

Well, this is my first product review, and it’s totally and completely voluntary. The only reason I’m even doing it is because I was SO excited by the results that I HAD to share with anyone who would listen…

This is yet another blog entry about what happens when a toddler goes unsupervised for about 3 seconds. (Actually, I don’t even know WHEN this happened to tell you how quick and sly this child is!)

Blue ball point pen meets Mommy & Daddy’s bedspread:

Pen marks on bedspread
(I had already started trying to clean it
when I realized I should take a before picture.)

After cleaning it with the Tide To-Go pen and letting it dry overnight:

No pen marks

Now, I will have to say, the directions on the pen say it’s only for fresh food stains, not ball point pen that was cleaned at least 3-4 days AFTER the incident…so, I can’t guarantee it will work on EVERYTHING, but it’s definitely something I plan to have around the house (and in my purse) just in case!!

Tide to Go Pen on Bedspread

So, I give this a definite: starstarstarstarstar

Tide to Go – Official Site

Why I don’t blog more…

Remember last week when I complained about not having enough time to blog?

And then, a day or so later I actually posted a somewhat long review on Amy Grant’s new book?

Well…that’s not going to happen again any time soon.

Why, you ask?

Because THIS is what happens when mommy takes 10 minutes to herself while her toddler plays quietly in the other room, and DOESN’T CHECK ON HIM…..

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Soap everywhere

One Thousand Gifts – Part 69

  • 541. A wonderful video clip on grace, forgiveness, and other things that have been plaguing my brain.
  • 542. Ibuprofen
  • 543. Vanilla candles
  • 544. Hot coffee
  • 545. Girlfriends
  • 546. Fall fun – sunny trips to the arboretum, beautiful leaves, cool breezes.
  • 547. Looking forward to a visit from my mom
  • 548. A neighborhood that I can walk in
  • 549. God’s river of forgiveness
  • 550. J5’s love of broccoli

Book Review – Mosaic – Rating: 8.25 out of 10 (Early estimate)

Mosaic, by Amy Grant - Book CoverMosaic, by Amy Grant

I was given the opportunity by the really nice people at WaterBrook Press to read, share and review Amy Grant’s new book, Mosaic. When I got the email, I wasn’t quite sure what I should do. You see, Amy Grant was my idol when I was in grade school. I had 3 of her albums on tape that I memorized. Every single nuance. I knew she had gotten her start when she was young, and that she started with singing in church, so I thought maybe someday I could grow up and do the same.

Of course, then life happened. Her music changed – and I changed right along with it. The fun pop-rock style in the 80s. It was awesome. But then I graduated from High School. Early college life really sucked. My music tastes flowed along with my school friends. Then, when I did consider catching up with Amy’s music, I heard she divorced her husband and was involved with Vince.

I am ashamed to say that I judged her pretty hard. Her divorce came around the time that I had a wedding planned and ended up calling it off due to the infidelity of my fiance. So, that was when my idol-worship days of her were cut harshly short.

Her music still had it’s place. Her two Christmas albums are so ingrained in my family’s celebrations, that she still was part of my life. But I stopped caring about her personal life. She’d married Vince Gill and to me it felt like she crossed over into “Hollywood” and stopped being real.

So, when Kelly at WaterBrook sent me an email offering me this opportunity to read Mosaic (for free!) I figured it would be nice to see what Amy had to say. I had no idea what to expect.

I have not yet finished the book. 🙂 The timeframe given to read and review the book was painfully short for those of us who are WAHMs with toddlers. Time to sit and read is scarce. And as a mom, when I actually DO have time to sit quietly (naps and after bedtime) I work, so I hate to say it, this book has been relegated to the only other semi-alone time I have. It has become a bathroom book!

The wonderful thing? It’s PERFECT for that. The structure of the book is set up so that Amy tells a story about a significant memory, and then you read the lyrics of the song that came of that memory. It’s written so that you can read these little snapshots of her memories without too much time commitment. (One of the things I dislike about reading in my new WAHM role is getting interrupted – as one does with a toddler – in the middle of a particularly long and engrossing chapter)

So, here’s my review:

Content: 9
Writing Style: 9
Re-readability: 5
Busy Mommy Scale: 10

Content – Like I said, I haven’t finished the book yet, but so far, I am really enjoying what I have read. It feels like I am getting to know her – much in the same way you get to know someone from reading their blog. And I especially like the ties to the song lyrics. I know a lot of her songs by heart and to read them in context with her life is giving me an even greater appreciation of them.

Writing style – Solid. Conversational. Easy to read. Reflective story telling.

Re-readability – It takes quite a bit for me to decide that a book is something I will re-read. It requires me to have been entranced, enthralled, excited, and it MUST have a happy ending. Non-Fiction is rarely on this list, unless it’s a Bible study or similar self-help book. I know that I will enjoy reading this book, but it’s almost definitely one to pass on to others to read.

Busy Mommy Scale – This is a brand new category triggered by this book. It gets a full 10. If you think you’d like to read this book, but aren’t sure you have time, I’m tellin’ ya, you can read it in short bursts and not lose the full effect of her writing!

To listen to music from Mosaic, visit Amy’s site.

To purchase a copy of Mosaic, visit Amazon.com

Scattered and fried

  • I have been working too many late nights. J5 hasn’t been taking full naps, so I don’t get lots of daytime work in, then I get on a roll and have become a night owl. It is taking its toll on me.
  • I have a lot of things I want to write:
    • Review on Amy Grant book, Mosaic. MUST be done tomorrow!!!
    • How wonderful the Tide pen is that I got from my mom. J5 found a ball point pen on my nightstand and proceeded to scribble on the comforter on our bed. I am going to post pictures of the amazing results
    • Never mind about J5’s blog. Haven’t touched it in days, and the last two posts did not have pictures. The only reason I think our family views his blog is for the pictures.  So, sorry I suck… 🙁
  • I have many new thoughts on articles I’ve read, especially the Calvary Bible Church series on When Eating Becomes Sin, as well as an article my mom just sent me.
  • I haven’t been to any of my friends’ blogs in ages
  • I have been swamped with Faith Lifts reorganization (even though I’ve been a wicked procrastinator)

Ok, so there you have it folks. I’m a mess and I miss my blog – especially now that it’s so pretty!

Maybe more tomorrow?

One Thousand Gifts – Part 68

  • 531. The exhaustion of a really hard day of physical labor
  • 532. (Ok, so this one is a blessing, but it isn’t fun or happy. It’s just something I need to absorb.) A 6-part message on gluttony. It’s a powerful study so far, and I would love to hear feedback from anyone who reads it.
  • 533. J5 was a good boy for Grandma and Grandpa P all day while J4 and I worked on emptying out the garage.
  • 534. Having someone else pick up dinner.
  • 535. J4 and I reconnecting with an old friend for dinner and great conversation
  • 536. A few hours of grown-up time with my best friend (J4)
  • 537. The power of godly conviction
  • 538. Forgiveness
  • 539. Another great night with the Chix
  • 540. Flannel sheets