Friday, June 27, 2008

Tales from a Tiny House

We were blessed with bunk beds yesterday! Yes, a friend gave us their old set. What a blessing. Before I knew Phillip would be able to pick them up last night, I'd already planned a day of adventure ripping up the carpet in the girl's room. It was a team effort and in the end, I think we made a memory. Brayden was tagged "city boy" because touching the carpet pad grossed him out, but that's okay - he's gotten my kids several times over with - "You don't know what [enter any kid-slang known to kids] means? C'mon!" or "Man, everybody's seen [enter any kid movie here]" It's all in love though. They've had a blast together. Today's his last day here. We'll be heading to Papa's tomorrow where he'll spend one last week before he heads home. Boy will he have some tales.

So, back to yesterday. Before we ripped the carpet up we had to move the girl's beds out, so what would any ultra-organized, compartmental, clean-freak Mom do? Throw it all in the living room. Who comes to visit anyway? As my brain beeped "DOES NOT COMPUTE" and my irritability escalated, the joy in my children bubbled over with the thought of actually sleeping in the living room - in their own beds! How cool is that? As the Lord and I chatted throughout the day, I was reminded of what joy can come in the small things. In my heart, I had a vision - to them chaos was C-O-O-L. It was a good day.

And since I'm on a Tiny House Tangent (of sorts), I'll take the time to share that it looks like our tiny house will be "home" for us indefinitely. We had hopes that our circumstances would improve with Phillip's latest promotion, however, in the end he decided to resign and no longer even works for the company. Without going into details that would totally bore you, I'll just say that his company was/is conducting business in a way that is not consistent with our business practices, code of conduct, and convictions. The last few weeks, as Phillip sought the Lord, his very soul was crying out. Thankfully, the very next week, Phillip began working with a friend he's known most of his life. The income will not cover our family's monthly expenses, but we're moving forward living out our Faith. Remember, it's dead unless we actually practice it.

Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. Proverbs 16:8

Sunday, June 01, 2008

What are you wearing?

Good Sunday Morning!

I hope this finds you with a heart of worship as you prepare for church this morning. I don't think it's ever easy to make it to church, especially with little ones. The enemy works overtime to ensure the obstacles are larger on Sunday than any other day. But over the years, I've learned how essential it is once the dust settles. It really doesn't matter to the Lord what our hair looks like or the clothes we wear. He wants our heart anyway. I truly hope I've been a positive example of this before our children. The Lord has had to do some work on me. You see, I grew up in a denomination where dressing up was the norm. Making sure I didn't wear the same thing twice in one month was of great importance. I look back and have to laugh....most of my married life, I've worn just a few outfits every single Sunday. One black skirt and/or split skirt can last a very long time, believe me! I remember the stress I put myself through as a teen and young adult before my feet ever graced the threshold of the church! LOL...I can just imagine the Lord groaning something like, "Oh Angela, just come. Come to me and I will give you rest."

I'm thankful those days are over. It's not about me.

What are you wearing today?