Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday with my Sister!

It is Wednesday! I am linking up with Lindsey for What I Wore Wednesday! A fun linky party to get us women out of our comfy clothes and dressed in a presentable way to enter society. :)



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We took off on Friday for my sister's house in Alabama. We had a great time and my sister and I were able to go out for sister time to a Selah concert Saturday night. Of course, I begged her to let me pick out her outfit! She agreed and I had so much fun!!! I think I could really love being a personal shopper! Leigh Ann had no idea what cute outfits she could put together from the clothes in her closet!





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Come on and join us! It is fun...I promise! Leigh Ann is even excited for her WIWW debut!!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Right in the Kisser

I got kicked in the teeth yesterday by God.

Not literally, of course.

I had a bad day. My fellow third grade teachers all had bad days. I felt like maybe something was in the air wreaking havoc on us all.

I came home from work, cooked dinner, helped with homework and while I was waiting for the cookies to come out of the oven (I really did "make" chocolate chip cookies) I started to get teary eyed. I had just told my husband about my day and voicing it seemed to drain what little energy I had left and when I get like that, I cry. I told him I was ready to just crawl into bed for the night (at 7pm).

He was half joking but half not when he said, "Did you have your quiet time today?"

Uhmmm....no. Why? Is it obvious? :)

He left for the grocery store (that is a good man who goes to the grocery store at 7pm on a Monday night...course he was probably afraid that if I went I would buy the store out of everything sugary and sweet since everyone knows grocery shopping while sad compels one to buy lots of chocolate!). Anyway, I wandered back to my room, put on my pajamas and grabbed my Bible and my Jesus Calling book.

Opening the Jesus Calling book was when I experienced the kick!

I don't usually quote the whole devotion, but today I am going to.

"Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My Presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before you begin the day's activities, you proclaim the reality of My living Presence. This act of faith--waiting before working--is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness.

The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near to Me. When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through my Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and overstimulating that you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your sense of direction. As you look to Me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more."

Yeah, that would have been good to know in the morning. You know, when I usually have my quiet time. Instead, I started my day without Him and it was horrible! It was worse than horrible, it was miserably horrible.

At least I know it wasn't something "in the air"---more like what wasn't in my heart. Today I am going to follow the advice of Proverbs 16:3...

"Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established."

Praying for you today...be still this morning before the busyness of the day sets in and just remember that He is the God who orchestrated this whole day before it has even begun.

Blessings to you,

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Alabama Weekend Recap

We went to Alabama this weekend to see my sister Leigh Ann and her family. We got on the road as soon as school was out so we could make it for my nephew's football game. Friday night football has always been a fun event for me but it makes it so much more fun when you have family on the team. The kids ditched me and Mark as soon as we got there in order to go play/hang out with their cousins.

Saturday the boys played golf in the morning and Leigh Ann and I watched the kids floated in her pool, soaking up the sun and talking. We had tickets to go hear Selah sing that night and listen to Angie Smith talk. We were very excited for a girls' night out.

Funny story...before we left to go out we were standing in her closet picking out her outfit (more on that on Wednesday) and we were talking about my blog. My family really thinks I should write a book...I love to write, but I feel very silly thinking that anyone other than my family would really want to read a book I wrote. I told Leigh Ann that...I think I said it like this, "I write the stuff I put on the blog because I feel like I am supposed to, but I still don't think anyone really reads it all except our family." End of discussion....we got ready and left for the concert.


Selah (pictures courtesy of Cyndi Autrey)
Angie Smith

Leigh Ann, Me and Selah!

Now on to the most amazing part of the story. When we got to the concert, we were looking for seats and Leigh Ann thought we should sit upstairs in the balcony. I didn't really want to but I went up there anyway. A little later, a girl came and sat beside Leigh Ann. Leigh Ann, who doesn't talk to strangers, struck up a conversation with her. Her name was Cyndi and she was super sweet. We chatted until the concert started. It was a great concert and at intermission, I tweeted that it was a great concert. All of a sudden, Cyndi looked up and over at me and asked me my last name. I told her and she screamed and said, "I know you. I follow your blog. I was just at a Priscilla Shirer event and there was a group of us talking about you." I was floored!!! That has NEVER happened to me...never. I switched seats with Leigh Ann and we enjoyed the rest of the concert.


Me and Sweet Cyndi


In the middle of the second set of songs (I sound like I know concert talk, don't I?) I was thinking about meeting Cyndi here...the chance of it all...sitting in the balcony when I really wanted to sit in the floor seats....and then I remembered saying to Leigh Ann that no one but family reads my blog and so no one would care if I wrote or not...and I smiled. God is sovereign, I know that. But it still blows my mind that He would know I would say that to Leigh Ann and then He would bring Cyndi all the way from Mississippi to Montgomery, AL to say to me, "Keep writing...it is more than family reading." I am not saying that to be cocky...not at all. Only to say that God hears us and speaks to us in the most unexpected ways! So, thank you Cyndi for being an answer to a prayer!

In my quest to follow God more closely, I realized (AGAIN) this weekend, He is in the details...ALL of the them. And sometimes, He shows off just because He can.

Stay strong, keep close to Him and have a super week!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

InstaFriday6

It is Friday and I am linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday! It is a glimpse into your week with grainy phone pictures!!!

My week has been all about coffee (and lots of it), fixing lunch for a little girl who does not like waiting in the lunch line for her food, Bible Study and some journaling and reading my new favorite book so I can see the movie before it leaves the theaters!








Link up...it's fun!!!!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Heart of the Matter

I have mentioned before that our church has been/is going through some growing pains due to changes. Change is hard. I know. It touches everyone a little differently. Some people lash out. Some people stay scary quiet. Some people leave. Some people pretend that everything is ok...

Everyone has there own way to process change. I remember bringing home my first baby. Oh my what a change that was. I made Mark switch sides of the bed with me so I could be the one near the pack-n-play. My sleep patterns changed...not sure I have ever gotten those back. My priorities changed. My outlook on life changed drastically. But it was all for the best. I had a beautiful baby boy to call my own...it was hard, but it was worth it. Most things that are worth it bring hard changes.

Personally, I think change is so hard because I think we feel like we are standing on shaky ground. We are not totally sure we can trust our new circumstances.

What we don't realize is that that is OK.

We should never trust our circumstances.

We should trust the One who put us in that circumstance.

In order to do that we have to have hearts that seek Him with total reckless abandon. Too much thinking, pondering or weighing of options will only slow us down in our pursuit to follow Christ. Our WHOLE hearts have to be sold out to Him. I find that hard.

I can readily give up much of my heart to God but my WHOLE heart...that is tougher. He wants it though...in order to work in my life He NEEDS it. When we choose to follow Him we have to choose that it is all about Him. My wants, my needs don't matter. It is giving Him our whole heart even if it is piece by piece.

Psalm 51:10 says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

We may have to give Him our hearts each and every day until He has the whole thing. And that is OK...

This picture of hearts on the steps (or "altar") of our church remind me of what I need to be doing. It is laying it down before Him each day, asking Him to pick it up and clean it, make it pure and then let that pour out into the rest of my life.

It is trusting the only One who is trustworthy enough to hold my heart and fix my heart. It is humbly bowing before Him and letting Him lead me wherever He wants me to go. Sometimes we feel like our hearts have been trampled and that we need to protect it. But giving it to God is putting it in the safest place it can be.

My Heart

My heart is filled with so many things that are not a reflection of you.
Things of this world that seem so important, have a tendency to cloud my view.

I fill it up with empty words, broken promises and so much more.
I stuff as much of this world as I can into it and wonder why I feel so unsure.

I begin to doubt the truths I know are true and believe the lies I’m told.
I stumble, I crumble, I lose my step, under pressure I tend to fold.

I begin to build walls around my tender heart, to protect it from the wind and rain.
As I block out the voices, the looks and the hurts, I hope I can’t feel the pain.

I tune out every voice that is calling my name, too afraid to see who it might be.
Too afraid to turn around and notice that my Savior is calling to me.

He is asking me to give Him my heart, to hand it over to his loving hands.
He is asking me to trust Him at His word, because He completely understands.

He wants to tear down my walls and open my heart in order to draw me closer to Him.
He wants me to fill it up with the things of Christ, so the pull of the world grows dim.

He is asking me to listen, to trust, to believe in the peace He leaves.
He is asking me to give Him my entire heart, piece by loving piece.



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Friday, August 19, 2011

InstaFriday#5

It is Friday and I am linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday! It is a glimpse into your week with grainy phone pictures!!!

Will went to a birthday party and got vampire teeth. He kept trying to jump up and scare me with them...

We are going to Disney World in February and my kids are earning Disney Dollars. These are dollars I will have to spend anyway when I get there but I am benefiting while I can by getting some help around the house. This time, Mark asked them to pick up pinecones for Disney Dollars. I hated that job as a kid!

They decided to "wash the cars" and had a great water fight. Caroline was vicious with the hose!


Oh...we started dance. I die at this picture. So precious.

Mark went to TWO Braves' games this week. His first one he had great seats...closer to the batter than the pitcher!!! He was given these tickets through work which is good because they were high priced. But they came with free food and he ate his ticket price worth! Who goes to a baseball game and eats pan-seared tuna and bacon wrapped scallops? That would be Mark!

Happy Friday everyone!!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Heart is Heavy

Today is a hard day for me...

My sweet "babysitter" is leaving for college.

I say "babysitter" because she is so much more than that! She is my little adopted sister, she is the daughter of my forever friend, Lynn, and she is Caroline's role model. My kids call her KK. I call her an answer to prayer.

She is my kids' playmate, my go-to girl when I need help with my kids, and she is my friend. She is the one who picked Caroline up from Pre-K for me last year when she cried all day because she didn't want to be left when all the other mom's showed up and I couldn't be there.

I have had the privilege of watching KK grow up. I met her when she was nine...and the thing I remember about her was her smile. It lit up the whole room. For a pastor's kid, she was the picture of joy. KK came to see Caroline when she was just a few days old...who knew how close the two would become?

Caroline would walk off the end of the world right by KK's side. But you know what the good thing is? I don't have to worry about KK walking her into trouble. KK has a heart of gold and if she takes Caroline anywhere it is to the foot of the Cross. She loves God with her whole heart and she is such a fun example of the joy of the Lord!
KK has a great sense of humor. She loves to laugh and have fun....she makes eating rice and gravy and deviled eggs more fun than Christmas morning! She is sensitive and she cares deeply (except when I cry about her leaving!! :) )

She is just as fun for a little wide-eyed girl as she is for a mischievous young boy.
And KK, let me tell you something...there is no way, and I mean NO WAY, this sweet princess will forget you. Ever. She loves you. She will miss you like crazy.
... so will I...so will Mark...so will Will. You may be many hours away from us but you will constantly be in our hearts.

Have an amazing time in college...and know that you are greatly loved (and greatly missed)!!!!


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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday!


It is Wednesday...and I failed Lindsey's challenge....I could not do the flower and the stripe thingie...mainly because the one flower shirt I have I had already worn on the first day of school...here is my striped sweater I bought in anticipation for the challenge...if anyone wants to offer some suggestions as to how to wear this with a different pattern...I'M ALL EARS! It is dark gray and a light skin tone kind of color...I am baffled. And flowerless!




First day of school...I was so not ready to go back to work. Here is my one flowery shirt

shirt, jacket, pants: LOFT
Shoes: Rack Room


Tank you can't see: Kohl's
Shirt: old...no idea
Shorts: NY & Co
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips


Headed out to see Dan Reeves speak.

Dress: Kohls
Shoes: Naturalizer
cute girl: mine


off to church!
Dress and sweater: LOFT
Shoes: Rack Room


Whole outfit: LOFT OUTLET
Petal Pusher: The Pleated Poppy

Hate this outfit...changed after I took this picture.
Gray dress: LOFT outlet
Sweater: LOFT
Leggings: GAP
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips

Link up! I promise it is fun!


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Monday, August 15, 2011

The Squirrel Dilemma

I was driving to pick up my children the other day from my wonderful babysitter/friend/adopted little sister "KK" when I saw the most horrible thing. Well, OK, it wasn't the most horrible thing but it was hard to watch.

I saw a squirrel dart out from the side of the road into lots of traffic. He skirted under the cars and amazingly made it to the other side. I kinda laughed at how "lucky" he had been. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw more movement...I glanced and there was another squirrel...this one not as confident in his street crossing skills. He darted...but not quickly...he had sort of a stutter step to his dart...but out he went into traffic. Then, all of a sudden, it was like he changed his mind and he turned to go back to the safety of the side of the road. I couldn't see what had happened until I passed the car he had been under and looked in my rearview mirror.

He was laying on the road...flat as a flitter.

I thought to myself, dude, your hesitation killed you. You should have just gone for it.

"Isn't that what you do, Paige? I ask you to do something a little out of your comfort zone and you hesitate and miss the moment?"

Ouch.

My missed moments with God don't necessarily leave me squashed on the pavement but it does have a lasting effect on my relationship with God, how big my faith is (or can be) and what He can do through me. When I stutter step instead of running right beside Him, I say to Him---"Hold up...not sure I really want to go there...it might be uncomfortable...it might take more than I have in me..."

When the truth is, I have the power of Christ's resurrection living in me...there is nothing I can't do...so my hesitation is really a blaring statement to how little I trust my God to take me through the dark, uncomfortable places.

I don't know about you but I don't want to be squashed on the road of life due to my lack of faith and the fear of the unknown. I want to grab hold of the hem of Jesus' garment and go wherever He decides to take me.

He promises He is big enough. He promises to provide all we need. He promises a promised land...and He keeps His promises.

You coming with me, or are you going to hesitate on the side road of life and miss the shower of blessings He has for you?

Let's go!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

InstaFriday#4

Joining Jeannett for the Insta celebration this week.

I started back to work this week so I do not have a lot of pictures.


We did some back to school shopping with our KK...she leaves in less than a week for college and I truly do not know what I will do without her!! And Caroline is losing one of her best friends!! :(


I did manage to cook one dinner this week...Steak and Tilapia as well as baked okra and green beans. It was delish and gone WAY too fast!


Mark is painting the basement and Caroline has been his best helper. She wanted to paint the BIG wall...so here she is, in her pjs painting up a storm! I might start hiring her out!



And this where I have spent my whole week....my classroom. I do like my room a lot...it is the whole getting up early and getting dressed and having to be somewhere that is killing me!

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