outside my window... birds singing blue skies, sunlight... i thought it was supposed to rain today?!
i am thinking... about the houses of prayer in japan. safety. protection. opportunity. courage.
"and now, Lord, take note of their threats, and grant that Your bond-servants may speak Your word with all confidence, while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus." and when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. acts 4
i am thankful... that God is doing a huge thing in my heart right now. my heart hasn't been this tender for a long time. the season of repentance is painful but so freeing to my heart. it is like the dust is lifting for the first time in some of the dark corners i never thought could be cleansed.
remembering... to turn my heart to Him first thing in the morning.
from the learning rooms... i am wanting to work with david on recognizing his letters. i was more purposeful with the first two, but as we add on babies my mind becomes more muddled and time flies more quickly!
from the kitchen... being creative with what we have right now! i am sure several of you can track with me on this one. i am putting an order together with azure standard to stock back up on a lot of our basics that we have depleted. we get things like lentils, rice, coconut oil, coconut milk, bread flour, pastry flour, rapadura sugar, apples, rolled oats, organic beef, and such in bulk from them. they are a great food coop and we have been customers for the past year. they are a christian run company out of oregon and deliver all over the country, so check them out.
i am wearing... jammies. i promise, i will get dressed when i am done with this.
i am creating... an etsy site! you can grab my etsy button on my right sidebar or click on the button to go check it out! i only have a couple things listed so far, but i am having fun with it. if you are an etsy community member, would you consider adding my shop to your favorites? i would love it!
i am reading... the book of proverbs now in my Bible reading challenge. i am feeling so convicted and challenged by all the rich wisdom in the book of proverbs. i am realizing once again how i talk way too much and how much it gets me in trouble! i am realizing that controlling my mouth is the number one hardest thing i could ever do, but that i can't give up! it is a must.
i am hoping... to get a raised garden bed in our back yard this year. i am planting seeds inside in preparation, but we need to demo the back building first. otherwise, i will have to make a way to do my veggies in pots this year.
i am hearing... the sweet noises of my 8 month old crawling around on the floor in front of me playing. right now he is stuck under the coffee table. should i help him get out?
around the house... so, remember how i was inspired a while back to tackle a catch all hall closet, and then was totally unmotivated to finish it for weeks? well, we did it! with the help of my husband, it actually has order to it and stuff has been thrown away, put in right places, and some is being currently listed and sold on craig's list and ebay. woohoo!
one of my favorite things... dates with my hubby! we have so much fun together and finally get to talk without being interrupted every couple minutes.
pondering... "there is something better than being right... being free (from anger's hold on me)!" - allen hood, teaching called growing through mistreatment. this is a big one for me as an oldest child! ouch, and yet so right on. this may be the most paradigm shifting teaching i have ever listened to, and one of the few i have ever listened to multiple times. i am not a teaching junkie, so if i am willing to listen to it more than once that means it is the real thing!
a few plans for the rest of the week: lots of stuff, though this week feels less busy than the past few. we have a harp and bowl training with our house of prayer staff tomorrow night (that is basically a training in how to intertwine worship, singing and prayer). we start a corporate 40 fast with our house of prayer community thursday as well (still haven't decided exactly what i am fasting or how i am working it). asher has his very 1st soccer game saturday! we had practice monday night and he is really good! i can't wait to cheer him on! i have a baby shower for my newest niece sunday afternoon.
we also will be on our 3rd week of a sunday school our house of prayer is offering at bethel church. i am so enjoying attending it (no responsibilities for me this time!) it is awesome that my kids can be in their sunday school classes and i only have the baby with me, so i can actually focus and learn a bit! anyone who is local is welcome to join us. email me for more info!
i can't get enough of this cute boy's face! can you see why i named him beloved?
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