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Blogging Hiatus and the New Year

I’m not sure when my last entry was. (Just peeked: September 2010.) Obviously I’m not an avid blogger. But I’m wondering if now might be the time to renew my blogging habit. And reform my mission.

– It’s the start of 2012 which means it would be a nice New Year’s Goal to blog consistantly.

– I have been Entrusted With so many new things since I last blogged: a husband, my own home, and a little one on the way.

– These new loves will be defining marks for my blog. I have been Entrusted With much, and this blog will be my reflections, thoughts, and journey thru this special season of my life.

What to expect:

– Spiritual Reflections: Scripture, books, thoughts, sermons.

– Baby Budget: getting things in order for a little one in a frugal way!

– Husband & Home: loving my husband and caring for my home.

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There is Nothing

I have been gripped.  I had heard the name David Platt a few times over the past few weeks.  And I’m a bit of a sermon snob.  I like a select few in the speaking world and really do not find myself with much desire to add to my limited list.

So I watched a little series David Platt did at the SBC.  It was good.  It was quite good.  So I downloaded a few podcasts.  They are even better.

Now lest you think I am taken by a quick wit and interesting sermon- I must give a disclaimer.  Platt is only occasionally funny.  But Platt is always about the gospel.

Perhaps you are like me, and there are times when you wrestle with “the gift of singleness”.  Sometimes it is the gift that we didn’t put on our wish list.  But when David Platt talks about it, it all becomes clear.  When I am longing for heaven, my longing for all other things diminishes.

Listen for yourself: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/brook-hills-audio/id319699838

#130- The Gospel & Singleness

(Certainly not limited to singles!  The truth of this message surpasses relationship status.)

Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. – Psalm 73:25

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Worthless Idols- Part I

Over the past several weeks I have been wrestling with the concept of what it truly means to live as a follower of Jesus.  I find myself thinking that it does not look anything like the life of the average American-Labled-Christian.  I’m afraid, at times, that it does not even look like the lives of my friends.  And then I realize it does not look like my life either.

I truly believe that we have redefined the Christian life to be whatever is better than the average.  If I am a Christian who “actually reads my Bible”, or if I am a Christian who attends church regularly, or if I am Christian who is in seminary, or reads spiritual books, or talks about faith, then somehow that is enough.  It seems we take society, throw in a little Scripture, and call it the Christian life.  It seems we should take Scripture, find the model of the Christian life, and live like we really believe in the Jesus who asks us to deny ourselves and take up our cross.

I do not believe denying ourselves means filling our free time with whatever is convenient.  I do not believe taking up our cross includes countless hours in front of a television screen.  I believe it is a hard, challenging, daily decision.  And I believe it is worth it.

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$200 in 2 weeks Update

As of today, I am at $158 out of $200 in just under 2 weeks.  Praise God!  I have not quite made the $200 goal, but I still feel good about having cleaned out a few items and finding a few more dollars in my bank account.  There are still more items I have listed on Half.com and my school’s sale page, so more $$$ could flow in soon!

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Week 2 Update

Since I am so dedicated and motivated, I am actually a week ahead in my reading… haha, I wish!

I am actually significantly behind and feel more like a drowning woman in a sea of Scripture than a motivated and dedicated individual.  I am hopeful, however, that I can catch up and maintain a steady pace towards the goal.  I keep reminding myself that there is nothing more valuable I could be doing with my time than reading the Word of God.

Thank you to all those who have left notes of encouragement.  I hope to have a better report for next week!

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Bible in 90

Today I am going to begin a journey that both excites and scares me.  I am going to read through the Bible in 90 days.  It is my heart’s desires to get the broad view of God’s word through this quickly paced plan taking me from Genesis to Revelation in just a few months.  I am excited for the opportunity and accountability through Mom’s Toolbox.  Pray for me!

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Try New Adventures Thursday: Selling Stuff

I was over on my friend Alicia’s blog and thought it would be a perfect time to link up with her Try New Adventures Thursday.  I have way too much stuff.  And not quite enough money.  So I’ve decided it’s time to purge by liquidating some small assets.

Step 1: update my Half.com account to reflect the books I want to sell.

Step 2: update my school’s resource listing with the textbooks I want to sell.

Step 3: take a load of clothing to the local Plato’s Closet.  They purchase used clothing items; however, they are very particular about what they take.  I will have to choose only the newest and nicest items in the hopes that I can get a little cash for them.

The goal: $200 in 2 weeks.  And less clutter.  Check back soon for updates!

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I love it when…

GOD starts working.  It’s July 1st.  I finished my Women’s Ministry Certificate today.

In a few days, I will start a plan to read through the Bible in 90 Days, which will also include blogging through the Bible.  I can not wait to share what GOD does in my life.

I also received information on auditing classes at a local seminary.  My excitement over this opportunity is bubbling as I see so many things converging in my life.  Praise GOD for moments when He makes it so clear that His fingerprints are all over my life.  Just when I was feeling forgotten, GOD  is revealing just how invested in the details of my life He is.  I am so thankful that as Haggar said of the LORD, “He is the God who sees.”