3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. NLT
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. NLT
- Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. NIV
- Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. NLT
No temptationhas overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Friday morning, I’m sitting at my computer at home, doing some kind of work (I forgot now). Rico decided to work from home so he’s sitting at his computer as well. I happened to open my browser to probably log into my email & the first news on my yahoo page is about a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Conneticut. An elementary school?! I was a little confused. Usually it’s a student that is the shooter, so I can imagine a middle school kid & older, but not an elementary student. At that moment, the thought of an adult evil enough to go into an elementary school & shoot such small & innocent children did not want to cross my mind. So then I thought, maybe the victims were adults, but as I continue to read the heading, it read, “24 confirmed dead, mostly children.”. My heart sank to the bottom of my stomach. I felt so sick!!! My heart must have broke into a million pieces. I couldn’t comprehend. And even now, 3 days later, I still cannot comprehend. I was fighting the urge to go & pick up my kids right then & there. I had about an hour and a half still until school got out. And I have to tell you, that was THE longest hour & a half of my life! Every time I would look at the clock it didn’t even seem like it changed! I tried to distract myself so that time would move faster, but nothing seemed to work. I kept imagining what those children, teachers & staff must have went through & I couldn’t breathe! Right before Christmas?!?! Really?!?! I tried so hard not to question “Why?” I tried so hard not to be angry…but there is such a thing as righteous anger. So I allowed myself to be angry, but only for a moment because I felt it turn into rage. And there is no way rage is righteous. I wanted someone or something to blame, but who? What? As I read FB, everyone is blaming just about everything, especially gun control. I hate politics, so I don’t even know what my feelings are on gun control. Personally, I think sometimes we are too quick to give our children/adults “fix-it” drugs. Strong ones at that. Those are the scary ones because if you don’t take it as prescribed, it will throw you completely off! A lot of the times, the people that do these crazy acts are people with mental issues who were on some strong anti-depressants that suddenly stopped taking it. Now I guess the question is, whatever problem they were having that got them prescribed these drugs…could it have been handled another way without the drugs in the first place? Would they have committed these acts regardless? Thinking about these things hurt my brain! Bottom line (in my opinion) is we need to bring God back into this country. Don’t they see that the more we push Him out, the more craziness happens? But then those people that pushed Him out are the same people that blame Him when these events happen! It is so frustrating sometimes.
Now it’s Monday…back to school. I don’t think my kids know anything about what happened Friday because they never mentioned it. And honestly, I’d like to keep it that way. As I woke up this morning, that fear was slowly trying to creep in inside me. It took almost every fiber in my body to fight it. But He who is inside me is WAY stronger than the enemy. And the only way the enemy would win, is if I let him. And I let him by allowing the fear to take over my heart. But there is no way I would want to allow that. That is not the kind of life I want to live…that is not the life God wants us to live. We are to trust in Him! And I do! The hearts, souls, lives of my little ones are in His hands. And as long as they are in His hands, no one & nothing can snatch them away.
Happy birthday to a man who has sacrificed a lot to bring his wife & 6 children to the land of opportunity. Who worked hard every day of his life to support his family in an unfamiliar place so that they may never experience the struggles he experienced growing up. And even though your body is beginning to age, you refuse to give in and become helpless so that you don’t become a burden to your family. I hope that on this day & every day going forward that you would know in your heart how much your family loves you. Thank you, dad, for all the things you’ve done for us, seen & unseen, to provide for & protect your family. I am forever grateful. I love you!
Rico has asked me what I want for Christmas & I honestly have a hard time giving him an answer. Well I finally realized it’s because I have everything I need & the things I want you can’t buy at the store. I think I’ve reached a point in my life where I feel almost awkward receiving gifts, but I enjoy so much giving gifts. It’s so funny because i have not been feeling Christmas since they started putting all the decorations up in November. I just felt like it was starting to lose it’s meaning. It is not about getting gifts! It truly is about giving. Listening to the Christmas songs that talk about Christ finally caused a spark. Hearing wonderful stories of people reaching out to the needy kindled the fire. I just feel like The Lord put before me some inspiration so that I can be sure to experience the joy of Christmas again. Thank you, Lord! But all this time I was procrastinating with this “bahumbug” attitude & now that I have this long list of to do’s for Christmas, I have to go in to work & catch up.
After roughly 3 years he has finally decided to do a recital. Granted it was a trio, but he did it nonetheless. I am so very proud of him. I know the feeling of having the fear & excitement. You feel like you want to throw up, you break out into a cold sweet & everything. And when they played the “Clapping Tune” he played the melody part & all I seem to hear was just his part. Maybe it’s special mama ears or something. And he played beautifully & even with confidence. He was all smiles afterwards & said he wasn’t even nervous by the time he went up there. I’m sure it felt good afterwards.
I felt bad though cuz it was the same morning as the ornament exchange so I had to rush out afterwards, meet up with Cherree & walk in an hour late in the middle of the youth room in front of over 30 women. No, it wasn’t embarrassing at all! But Tress’s & Anna’s stories were beautiful, the exchange was fun, except for the fact that Helen stole my ornament/wall decor that had the verse Matthew 7:7 (ask, seek, knock). I was so excited about it cuz it is one of my new favorite verses & wanted to show the kiddos. So then I ended up with a clay mouse. Well Nancy being the sympathetic sweetheart she is, gave me her ornaments which was my 2nd choice. I love her! At first I wasn’t going to take it, but then she used Junior by saying he would love my ornament & she didn’t want any breakable ones. Well the next morning I asked her what Junior thought of the ornament & she said he had asked her if he could eat it! Haha! I think he thought it was a cookie! My thoughts exactly when I first opened it.
So anyway, after the ornament exchange I went to pick up Franco & Noelle so Pat & Cherree could go watch part 2 of Breaking Dawn. Franco & Ricci ended up coming over too. Then we decided to buy the Pacquio & Marquez fight, so Sam came by for a while, but left. Mike ended up showing up, probably not knowing that Sam had changed his mind. Hopefully he wasn’t too bored. I’m sure he wanted to go meet up w/ the boys but probably felt bad leaving. I’m sure he was tired from work too. It was nice, he brought the kids Oreos.
Sunday after church we went to go see Ms. Sue’s Winter Wonderland House. It’s decorated with mainly Christmas stuff from floor to ceiling! There are many rooms. I can’t even tell you which one is my favorite, although the coca cola room was pretty neat. The 3D glasses were one of my favorites & the bell playing elves that played a Christmas tune I want for my house. Everything was gorgeous. Sadly, this is her last year doing it. She gave all the little ones teddy bears which I thought was very sweet.
After that we went to Chilis to have lunch for Jadon’a first recital. Noel, Mela, Courtney, Meagan, Aaron, Mark, Tina, Franco, Ricci, Nancy, Junior, Hailee & even Mike joined us. It was a huge blessing! And I know for sure Jadon felt very special. Our server asked if we were celebrating anything special & so I told him about Jadon. So when we were leaving he congratulated Jadon & Jadon was shocked & was like “How did he know?” It was very cute.
We then finally went home, finished decorating the lawn & I finished Jadon’s dinosaur beanie & embellishing Kayla’s beanie. It was a great & fun weekend.
Oh, I forgot, we had a family movie night Friday & watched Hugo. I thought it was alright, Kayla was probably bored, Jadon enjoyed the whole robot part. I’m sure it just fueled his desire to build a robot even more now. I can’t wait to see his face when he opens up his Lego Mindstorms.