Monday, March 29, 2010

Blessed Assurance

“This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior, all the day long.” Blessed Assurance – P Knapp 1908


Ok, so maybe I don’t praise Jesus all day long. You probably don’t either. In fact, there’s a good part of my day where Jesus goes on the backburner and his spot is taken up by what I need to get done today, where the kids need to go, who spilled Hawaiian Punch all over the kitchen floor, and who forgot to take the dumpster out to the curb. In between homework, housework, yard work, gardening, animal chores, baths, books, and bed, I’ll admit that I don’t have a lot of time to sit and read the Bible. But… I signed up for a bible study at church based on Lisa Welchel’s (Blaire from The Facts of Life) book called Taking Care of the Me in Mommy. One of the chapters is on meditation – meditating on God’s word, not sitting around going “ohmmmmmmm” – to open yourself to what God may be trying to tell you, may be trying to get you to do, to change, and so on. So here goes…


I’ve started this blog to give me a responsibility each day to read some of God’s word and chronicle how it applies to my everyday life. I feel a calling to write and will pray that my ramblings will make sense. My everyday life includes two young sons, a foreign husband (although he’ll argue he’s not a foreigner anymore since he is a citizen), horses, chickens, cats, neighbor cows, backyard wildlife, gardening, and small town observations. God has given me a lot of material by which to relate back to his word. Let’s just see if I can get the message!


And since we’re all on the road to heaven together, I thought I might as well share. Maybe my observations and discernments, frustrations and shortcomings, will help you get a little closer to where you want to be, give you someone to laugh at, or at least make your life seem a little more normal.


Since I was born a Lutheran and probably will die a Lutheran, we’ll be using the red (The Lutheran Hymnal) and blue (Lutheran Worship) hymnals for most of our songs, and the Concordia Self-Study Bible that has been with me since my Confirmation Class days – it’s the New International Version - and maybe a little Luther’s Small Catechism, just for kicks.


I promise to be honest, coherent (unless it’s a bad day), and entertaining if at all possible. I ask you to help me keep up with what I’ve set out to accomplish by commenting if I’ve said anything that has rang true to you, and forwarding on to friends if you think my thoughts are worth sharing. I promise to read all comments posted and consider them as a part of my journey to becoming a better mother, wife and Christian.


Oh, and pray for me. I need all the help I can get!


“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

13 comments:

  1. Awesome! I love reading what you write! Can't wait to read what you have to say!

    Andrea

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  2. Mickie........I hope you keep writing....you certainly have a gift for it....somehow it makes me feel 'at home' and I doubt that makes a bit of sense but that is how it effects me. Perhaps it's the common sense which can be rare these days which strikes me. I cracked up when you said we would be using the Red and Blue Hymnals! Hey remember when we just had the Red one? (And why am I capitalizing Red & Blue?) Thanks for taking the time to do this! I will be back!
    Connie Mason

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  3. Mickie, God bless you and he blesses us for putting you in our lives. Thank you for sharing your life and your thoughts and your cooking with us. Rose Rhodes

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  4. Hi. My name is Barbara, and just wanted to say I enjoyed reading your Blog. You are certainly a busy mom! My children are all grown, married, and serving God. My Blog is the love story of my husband and me, HIS GIRL.

    God bless you! I will be reading more . . . and invite you to share mine, as well.

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  5. Just stopped in from the UBP to say Hi! Looking forward to reading more from you and am your newest follower :-)

    joy & blessings,
    Alida

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  6. I love your spirit! You have a really great-looking blog here. I do hope you'll pop my blog and/or blogs and say "hi"!

    My main blog is Notes in the Key of Life:
    http://cindyswanslife.blogspot.com

    And my book/reading blog is Cindy's Book Club:
    http://cindysbookclub.blogspot.com

    Blessings!

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  7. Nice meeting you! I am stopping by from the blog party. I like the saying on your header :)

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  8. Lovely to meet you through UBP. This is my first year and I am enjoying finding so many great blogs, like yours.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

    Gg - Notes on the Journey
    #269

    ps. I like your sentence . . . "on the road to heaven together."

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  9. Hi! Thanks so much for visiting HIS GIRL!

    I love it when I hear of someone who also has an 'Odell' they know. Don't know what your neighbor is like, but in my mind, he must be nice to have such a special name. My husband was totally awesome!

    I have enjoyed reading some of your Blog, too, and will sign up now as a follower!

    God Bless you! Keep writing and making us smile.

    Barbara

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  10. Hi! Stopping by from UBP! I'm a homeschooling mom of 3 that lives in the country! I look forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings!

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  11. Howdy!

    I am so happy to have found your blog. I am stopping in from the Ultimate Blog Party and this is my very first year participating and this is SO VERY exciting!! LOL

    Anyhow...please stop by my blogs and follow whenever you get the opportunity:

    So Stylilized is where I am currently offering FREE Custom Blog Designs at http://sostylilized.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

    And...Jessica Lil Corner is where I am blogging about family and life at http://jessicaslilcorner.blogspot.com/2011/04/ultimate-blog-party.html

    I welcome your visit at either or both of my blogs and hope to have you stop by and follow really soon!!

    Have a very blessed day!! :0)

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  12. Very fun blogname and design. It is nice to "meet" you. I am just doing some last minute late night UBP11 hopping. :)

    I hope you have a great weekend!
    Blessings!
    Long Wait For Isabella

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  13. First, what a vibrant header photo and background you have!
    Second, I loved your post. Made me smile. Made me think I know what you're saying. Love the humor and casual but serious tone.
    I'm visiting from Faithful Bloggers challenge - and have enjoyed participating in a writing challenge. Pretty neat so far!

    Still smiling and thinking about your post!
    Thanks, Jenn

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