Thursday, June 28, 2007

Remember

Are you fighting for joy today?

I am. I have to fight, and I mean literally FIGHT, to be satisfied in God alone.

A friend (who happens to be a mom of eleven - clearly, she's learned a thing or two about being content in her years as a mom) reminded me this week of the dangers of discontentment. In fact, she used the word rebellion which really got my attention.

How are you prone to rebel against a Holy God?

As I was doing my Bible reading (apart of my Challenge) I couldn't help but see God calling His people to remember to live according to His way and the pattern of the Israelites rebelling. How could they keep forgetting how He delivered them from Egypt? The answer: the same way I am quick to forget how He has provided for our family time and time again.

We are all prone to wander!

Some of the ways I rebel against our Holy God are by:

- complaining about where "the boundary lines have fallen" for me
- desiring and/or doing other things that God is not calling me to in that moment (umm... the computer?)
- shaking my fist at God when things don't go my way
- doubting God's provision and goodness in tough times

What can I do about this sinful heart of mine that is so prone to wander?

Well, today marks our second week in our new home and I am making time to REMEMBER. And when those trials come ('cause we can be sure they will come!) I will count it all joy! That reminds me of a great song to sing...

COUNT IT ALL JOY

Lord I’ll count it all joy
When my troubles
Close me in on every side
Lord, I’ll count it all joy
When this road of faith
Runs through the darkest night
For I know You’re at work in me
Yes I know You’ll provide
All the grace I need
You have always been my Rock
I will trust You forever, forever
You have never failed me God
I will trust You forever, forever
Lord I’ll count it all joy
When the weight of sorrow
Drives me to my knees
Every heartache and pain
In Your mighty hands
Is forming Christ in me
And I know that Your Word is true
Yes, I know every trial
Will only prove
Who can separate us
From You and Your great love
© 2004 Integrity's Hosanna! Music (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)

We'll we've got a play group to go to so... till next time!

Choosing to fight for joy for His glory,
~kia

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Daddy's Way of Problem Solving



Saraina filled you in on our parking issue. It's really quite easy to solve. And I put an end to the situation just yesterday afternoon.

Here's what I did:

I took an old tow sticker I had from my previous job back in MD. (Hey, give me a break. I didn't clean out my trunk, okay!) Then I blacked out the words Vanguard Mgt. and stuck it right on their window. It looked pretty official since it was bright orange.

My dear wife is slightly concerned with "repercussions" but my thought is this. They were parked in our driveway for HOURS. I could've called the police and had them towed instead of giving them a warning. I'd like to say that I did extend much grace!

Papa Whitney

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Any Ideas?

Daddy decided to take Joshua with him to pick up the minivan from the autoshop. I was NOT too pleased with that decision.




And here's Daddy holding Joshua at the bus stop (all of 20 feet away) while Mama, Kadin and I were on the porch.





And here's a picture of me with my Daddy and my Joshua in the background. Yes, and I do mean MY Daddy and MY Joshua. They were created for me, right?





So Mama and Kadin and me put together a puzzle until Mama had to get dinner started. Which leads to my next thing to share. Mama spotted this white Astro van pull into our driveway and park.




They didn't seem concerned that they were our driveway. Mama runs out to the garage and opens the side door, staring at the van full of people. The lady driver was on her cellphone and no one seemed interested in Mama staring at them. Mama shuts the door and stomps inside, baffled.


Of course, in a matter of moments she realized just how many people park on or alongside their property. Aside from the Astro van we had the mailman park partially blocking our drive, a woman who seemed to be lost stopped outside our dining room window, and a few others do u-turns in the drive.


Well, Mama was reminded (again) of the grumbling, complaining Israelites in the OT:


And the people complained in the hearing of the Lord about their misfortunes, and when the Lord heard it, his anger was kindled, and the fire of the Lord burned among them and consumed some outlying parts of the camp... Now the rabble that was among them had a strong craving. And the people of Israel also wept again and said, “Oh that we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt that cost nothing, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic. But now our strength is dried up, and there is nothing at all but this manna to look at.” (Numbers 11:1,4-6, emphasis added)


Mama was complaining! Mama was desiring something more than the Lord. Mama was deceived in her remembrance. We have a house now! We have a yard to play in and a porch to play on! We have a permanent guest room! God has given all these things which she so desired back in MD. Oh, wicked woman she is!


All that said, if you have ANY IDEAS or THOUGHTS or words of WISDOM to share with her regarding these minor annoyances, post a comment or send her an email. Our ears are open!


Happy in the gospel,

saraina-bug

Monday, June 25, 2007

Crushed, Not Defeated

Although we continue to experience challenge after challenge, the God we serve never ceases to remain the same, always good, always pouring out mercy, always giving us more than we deserve.

After having our dryer die on us we decided to buy new. Yes, though we love Craigslist, it was a better buy getting something more reliable. Of course, we were in for another surprise when the minivan coughed a bit in starting. Let's face it, these things are NOT meant to last forever! I don't know why we get so bent out of shape when they fail! We are thankful we were able to get it in the shop and it should be back today.

How do you respond when challenges come your way?

As 2 Corinthians 4:8 reminds the believer,

"We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair."

Yes, we sometimes feel this house is kicking our tails but then we're reminded of the blessing it is already! A beautiful memory I hope to have with me forever is me peeking into the living room and catching Joshua and Saraina praising God. Yes! Without any prompting from me, they each had one hand lifted in the air to the Lord as they stood in front of the TV watching Matt Redman lead them in worship! It's so neat because I put on the Facedown DVD because I couldn't find our music CDs (still packed in some box!).

O Lord, would you save my children from their sin! Help them to see their great need for You! Save them at a young age, O God! May they live for You and point many, many to You through the way they live their lives. Help me to be the mother You want me to be for Your glory alone!

Here are some pictures of our home, equipped with a new mailbox and our flag (thanks, Freeman!). Dad W. scrubbed and scrubbed the siding making it a bit brighter than it had been. And in about a month or so we'll have another facelift when we get some new windows!!! Oh, to feel the fresh air...






Saturday, June 23, 2007

When Honor is Due

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12)

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. (Romans 13:7)


Scripture is clear that we should HONOR our parents.


Well, while we want things to "go well with us" and we need to give "honor to whom is owed," we want to recall God's goodness, faithfulness, grace, and abundant provision to us through Carolyn Whitney, our Mom.


What can be said to convey how amazing the Lord God is by allowing us to have Mom as Mom. And we're not talking about the things she gives us (although always exceedingly generous). We're talking about deeper, way more meaningful things.


Mom prays for us more than we do and is a source of constant encouragement in our walk of faith.


Mom cares for us by asking us about our lives and having an understanding and gentle heart in listening to our struggles and giving helpful advice.


Mom watches the whitney kiddos and saves us from losing our minds. She even takes them home with her and allows us time to do projects like buying a new house and getting it ready for moving into.


Mom clips us coupons for restaurants then pays for us to go to them! She blesses us with "big" and "little" things that we don't usually have to have but sure make life easier.


Mom teaches us about the love of Christ by modeling it every day!!!


Mom, we want to honor you on your birthday, but we're a day late. So if you don't mind, please change your birthday to June 23rd. Seriously, please forgive us for being forgetful and being too busy with things that don't matter. God cares about relationships and our relationship with you is worth more than most of the things we fill our days with. You are one of our heroes and we are so grateful to God that your are our Mom/Grammy (on behalf of kiddos).


Much love from all of us,

William & Kia

Joshua, Saraina, Kadin


Friday, June 22, 2007

Another Challenge Update

Let me be straight. I am NOT where I should be on the Challenge. I'm more than a week behind. In fact, this morning I finally read all of the assigned Scripture for Day 7 when I should be on Day 17. (If you're not sure what I'm talking about, go HERE. And please post a comment letting me know how you're doing, if you're doing it, or how the Lord is meeting you!)

So, although I am WAAAYYY behind, the Lord of lords is meeting me and helping me to see Him more clearly (which inevitably helps me to see my sin more clearly!)

For those interested, these are 2 quick take-aways I had this morning:

Now Moses diligently inquired about the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it was burned up! And he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the surviving sons of Aaron, saying, “Why have you not eaten the sin offering in the place of the sanctuary, since it is a thing most holy and has been given to you that you may bear the iniquity of the congregation, to make atonement for them before the Lord? Behold, its blood was not brought into the inner part of the sanctuary. You certainly ought to have eaten it in the sanctuary, as I commanded.” And Aaron said to Moses, “Behold, today they have offered their sin offering and their burnt offering before the Lord, and yet such things as these have happened to me! If I had eaten the sin offering today, would the Lord have approved?” And when Moses heard that, he approved.

What's so neat about this passage is that Moses diligently inquired about the situation. He didn't just jump to conclusions or react. Talk about failing in that area! Joshua and Saraina are playing then I hear the most annoying sound, that whining mixed with crying and groaning that indicates there's a problem. Do I diligently inquire? Now, some of you are saying, What!? Diligently inquire... of toddlers? But the first person I need to inquire of is way more important. I need to ask God for wisdom, discernment, patience, and humility.

Finally, I was struck by how complicated and specific everything was. Sin, my cyberfriend, is no joke! The law in the OT makes me so very grateful for Jesus assuming the wrath that was meant for me. The Israelites couldn't then and we can't now come before a holy, perfect God without the spilling of blood. Back in the day it was the blood of animals. I try to imagine the stench that must have been present then. I try to imagine all the people trying to maintain the law. I try to imagine the stress and pressure and burden that must have been so real for the people.

I don't want to imagine life without the Savior. Oh, my Savior died for me! For me? Yes, for me. And for you, too.

Humbled by He would love a wretch like me,
~kia

Thursday, June 21, 2007

From our Vantage Point

We kiddos are tired of Mommy being the only one getting her two cents in about how we're doing! Talk about monopoly!

We kiddos are doing great!

We don't care about being hot and sweaty. We THRIVE in the heat!
We don't care about boxes being everywhere. We love playing with and on them!
We don't care about the laundry not being clean. We love getting our clothes dirty!
We don't care about Mommy cooking healthy meals. We love junk food!
We don't care about our things being in new places. We love exploring new areas!
We don't care about looking out the windows. We love all the activity we see from the porch.


So, we continue to make progress. The above picture is of Kadin doing one of his new tricks. He can even squirm out of his car seat if not locked in. Kinda dangerous. Oh, and he's slept through the night the past 2 evenings. (Of course, that depends on what you call "sleeping through the night." He's going down ~7:30ish and waking up around 4 am.)


We continue to love having one another. Kadin ADORES us. He gets a kick watching us play. And we love him. We are always very careful when we imitate Mommy kissing on him.

Joshua's at the stage where he must talk constantly. It can really drive other peeps crazy though. Here's some of his "talk."

"Mommy, K-K roll over? Mommy? Mommy? K-K roll over? Yes?"

"Mommy, Jah-jah (refering to himself) go downstairs. Yes. Downstairs? Downstairs? Mommy?"



Mommy's thrilled that he's finally saying NO the right way. But, she says she could kick herself for not getting how he used to NO (Boowww!) on video.



Sissy continues to be bold, adventurous and W-I-L-D.

Her personality matches her hair. One of her favorite things is to call her brothers. She'll say, "Jaaahhh-swa! Jaaahhh-swa! NO! NO! K-K! K-Kaaayyy!" Her speech is quite remarkable. A very verbal girl!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Our Neighborhood's Top Ten

There is SO much about our new neighborhood that makes us smile at one another. Noooo, I should say there is so much about our new neighborhood that cracks us up! And it's mostly because of how different it is from the neighborhoods we grew up in!

Here's the top ten of what's so amazing about our neighborhood.

10. People cut through our backyard without thinking twice.
Last night William was standing on the front porch when he saw 2 kids cutting between our house and church next door on their way to our backyard. William stared at them and them he. Because they continued to walk as if simply enjoying a stroll through the park he said, "Hey there!" The kids stopped and knowing why he would be addressing him said nochalantly, "I live there in that green house." William decides to get some info. "What's your names?" The kids (who can't be older than 10 & 8) tell him Deann and Mikey. William replied gently, "Well, THAT'S my backyard. You've got to walk around." And guess what they say, "But that's the long way! This is shorter!" Gotta love kids!

9. We can enjoy fireworks THREE nights in a row, often till 1:30 am.
The plumbers who came over the weekend were from the country and kept jumping and being noticeable uncomfortbable when from out of nowhere firecrackers would go off. (Or maybe those sounds were something else...)

8. We can catch the bus from our house.
Yes, our home IS an actual bus stop! In fact, you might even get people asking you, "Did the number XYZ pass already?" We better get a bus schedule!

7. We almost don't need to set out our trash for trash day.
One of Mikey's friends noticed a find in our trash. Not 30 minutes after William put the trash out did this little guy come along and take the broken clothes drying rack we had just sat out. When he walked in front of our porch I shouted out to him, "Hey, that's broken! Whatcha gonna do with it?" The little guy replied, "So, my momma will still use it." You go little guy!

6. We always have people speaking to us!
People are not shy around here. So many people have already inquired, "You live here?" or "You bought this place?" And soon follow it up with, "It used to look like XYZ!" Positive feedback!

5. We can have visitors at any time.
Someone might just come up and ask (after parking his bike in front and walking straight into the foyer), "You got any rooms for rent?" I guess the word it out that this is a big house!

4. Five-0 or the PO-lice (aka 'the police' for you non-city folk) love to frequent our street.
Not three minutes from William and I sitting on the porch last night to enjoy some all-american hot apple pie did we see someone getting busted. When the paddy-wagon arrived we really got excited. Around that time little Mikey strolls by (AGAIN!) and asks us, "Yo, what happened?" I guess we should ask the 5.0 next time.

3. Neighbors are very transparent.
You get lots of neighbors who don't think twice about cussing. And our new friend, Don, who's the janitor for the church, is an old white dude who seems to know everyone, white, black, Latino / Hispanic. He says to me, "My sister's boyfriend was so, so black that he was BLUE!" People will say anything to your face here!

2. Clothes shopping might be unnecessary one day.
This morning I looked out of of the dining room windows and saw a pair of sneakers. William says rather matter of factly, "What size are they?"

1. You never need to leave your house to buy cotton candy or nachos!
Last night I was sitting on the top step watching the kids play out front when a truck that looks like it sells ice cream stops right in front of our house. The lady inside smiles and says, "You want some nachos?" Ummm, I'll pass today! But thanks!

Our neighborhood is indeed a top ten! Come and see for yourself! Better yet, there's a new home on the market across the street from our garage. Totally rehabbed and really nice looking! We could be neighbors!

(FYI - this post is serious about us really loving our neighborhood! But, of course, we'd ask you to continue to pray for wisdom, protection, etc. for us and our kiddos.)

Monday, June 18, 2007

One Step Forward... Five Steps Back

Homeownership.

We've been in our new OLD house for less than a week and we've already had what feels like for every step forward we've taken it is has meant five in the opposite direction. Let me explain...

- House doesn't come with dryer. We own a gas dryer. Decide it's cheaper to buy an electric dryer than have a plumber come out to run the gas line right now. SOOOO, we buy one and guess what?! The dryer timer doesn't work AND it's not blowing hot air! Urgh!

- House has central AC. Get it serviced (since it has been vacant for over a year) and what happens? It sure hasn't gone out totally but it isn't blowing as cold as it was. And this is a big honking house to cool!

- William is in the basement doing "basement stuff" and all of a sudden he sees "matter" from his "business" this morning! Do you get my drift? Well, let's just say we will need some serious plumbing work done lest this issue reoccur sooner than we'd like.

- Found the windows we want, got a great quote to replace these enormous 19 windows, some of which as the size of doors. BUT, since we've had this little plumbing issue, the cashola will need to go in that direction. So, no fresh air (lest we allow lead particles to flood in) and no AC!

What might the Lord of lords be saying to me / us?

Have you not known? Have you not heard?The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth.He does not faint or grow weary;his understanding is unsearchable. (Isaiah 40:28)

So although we grow weary HE does not! And His ways are so far beyond my ways that I won't ever be able to understand everything that God does or allow. Why try? I need to simply TRUST. Trust Him to be God, to do all that is right and holy and perfect, to never leave me or forsake me.

Then there's:

Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory, and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last. (John 12:23)

And one of the hardest things for me to do is to not desire approval or applause so reading the above verse sets me straight. The Lord God struck Herod down dead as a doorknob because he did not give God the glory. One the best ways it seems I can give God the glory right now is to choose to see Him at work in the midst of the challenges. And boy is that truth bringing me joy!

Here's why I can be joyful:

* God saved me from bearing the burden of my sin through His gift of salvation

* God has given me the most perfect husband for me

* God has given us three active, adorable children that remind us of His love

* God has given us this incredible home, a true answer to prayer

* God has given us family and friends that love and care for us so well

* God has provided a job for William

* God has done SOOOO MUCH. Too much for me to list. But hopefully I will, with the help of the Holy Spirit, be reminded throughout the day of just how amazing and kind the God we serve is!

Well, I'll try to post some pictures soon. I started a few blog entries but just haven;t gotten around to posting them.

May you see the Lord God in whatever He brings your way today,
~kia

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Moving Day is HERE!

William is off to work. He'll pick Freeman up after work and together they'll get the Penske. (William is a truck snob and ONLY drives Penske's after the big move from MD to IL in February!)

Dad W. is driving up from Springfield to help with a ton of random stuff, including moving and finding / hooking up the dryer vent (which seems to be nonexistent).

Mom W. has JCW and SEW at their place till Friday or Saturday. (I'm ready to have my kiddos back though!!!)

I'll be picking up Jenny from the train station and she'll be packing, moving, cleaning, etc. You name it, she can do it! And talk about not complaining!!!

Yes, complaining.

This morning I read in Exodus about the grumbling Israelites. The Lord immediately reminded me of how quickly I grumble to the Lord. As Moses told the Israelites when they kept complaining about their situation just after they'd experienced miracle and after miracle,

"... Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.” (Read for yourself HERE.)

Yes, my grumbling is really against God Himself. Boy, does that put things in check.

Prayer requests would be:

* that God is glorified in this move today

* that we rely on Him and not ourselves

* that we get all the "necessary" things cleaned, fixed, moved

* that God would give us wisdom re: getting new windows (who to go through, how much to spend, etc.) and other big-ticket items (electrical work)

* that we will end this weekend knowing the Savior more

Well, enough. I have MUCH to do this beautiful June day. And may God receive ALL the glory!

~kia

P.S. Thank you to everyone who continues to pray for us. Coveting those prayers!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

To my Hubby Bubby

My prince,

Thank you for ALL you do! Here's a brief re-cap of the last 24 hours or so...

- you got up at 4 am, did your AM routine, met with the Lord

- you took care of me when my back went out

- you took care of Kadin when my back went out, bringing him to me for feedings and then taking him right back

- you packed up some boxes, the TV, then drove to the store with Kadin to get me some IcyHot

- you went to work

- you came home from work and loaded up the van for a quick run to the house

- you took out 15-20 loads of yard waste and trash

- you put on the new toilet seats (because I stubbornly refuse to sit on the ones that were in the house!)

- you drove all over the state and purchased my finds on Craigslist (electric dryer, bed)

- you cleaned up more at the house

- you hauled more stuff alone to the house

- you fixed lights switches and made it easier for me to go into the basement

- you woke up this morning and joyfully rose to get started on all the Lord has in store for you today

- you keep going like the Energizer Bunny!

Thank you for ALL you do and not making me feel bad for being completely useless.

Thank you for living out Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

i love you,
~wifey

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Challenge Update - Day 7

Although it is Day 7 of the Challenge, I'm on Day 5 of the reading. I definitely can struggle with feelings of failure but I'm not going to allow that keep me from continuing.




My kiddos are away with Grandad and Grammy while Papa Bear and I pack up, clean and move (with Kadin, of course!). This morning I woke up and my back went out. William stayed home for a few hours to take care of Kadin since I couldn't lift him. Anyway, here are some pictures Grandad just emailed me. My, how it makes my heart yearn to kiss their little cheeks!!!
Oh- the picture of the guitar is where Joshua likes to keep HIS guitar. Note it is exactly where Grandad keep his guitar!!!


Monday, June 11, 2007

Work Day

Here are some pictures of how things went over the weekend at "the new house." We were only able to sneak one quick visit as there is much work going on over there and Mommy didn't want us around those paint fumes and dirt too much.

As you will see, God has been kind to provide us with family that helped out BIGTIME. And we mean blood-family and our extended church family!

Thanks everyone who was able to come out and pitch in AND to those who lifted the weekend up in prayer. Both were vital! Oh- and to the Danca fam, you guys are INCREDIBLE! Mama is so bummed she didn't get a picture of the 7 of you!

love, joshua

Here's Daddy the night before our big work day. Daddy and Mommy started the night before just trying to clean around the garage and the driveway. Talk about WORK!


Now how cool is this. Uncle Freeman is so cool he can mow the lawn with ONE HAND!!!! And we must say he is so sharp that he arrived and left dressed in a buttoned-up, well-ironed shirt. Talk about a smooth dresser! Clearly he's a man from the big city!


Mr. Fry from church came over and put on a second coat of paint in the living and dining room. Thanks Mrs. Fry for releasing him to help us!


Aunt Jenny and Uncle Freeman took the train in from the city and quickly went to work. Here is Aunt Jenny fixing the weed wacker. Future Whitney trivia question. Who took the FIRST shower in the Fifth St house? Answer: Aunt Jenny!


Mommy's new friend and care groupie, Mrs. Finnemore, painted a ton. Here she is working on the porch. Thanks Mr. F for letting your wife come over while you watched your kiddos!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Keep praying for Micah

Must direct your attention to the Davis family blog from Friday.

Let's continue to lift them up to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

~kia

Friday, June 08, 2007

It is Official

Family, Friends,

We are now the weary homeowners of the former parsonage! And the amount due at closing was a little less than we anticipated. God keeps pouring out blessing.

So, how are we doing???

We are exhausted. Getting up at 4 am is tough. And the workload is increasing. Which is MORE of a reason for me to spend MORE time in the Word. I NEED MORE GRACE!!!

Would you pray for us?

William and I got to the house around 6:45ish last night and as he and I spent a little time in the house, our home, for the first time by ourselves, I was quickly getting weary and worried.

Lord, I can't do this? How will I get this place clean enough to have my precious little kiddos sleep in here? The air is musty, the carpet filthy, and the lead paint visible. How can this be done in less than a week?

So, William, my prince, lead me well! He helped me see things through the Lord's eyes. That He has proved abundantly for us. And that we do HAVE to move out next Thursday - we've paid up for the entire month of June at our rental home. And William's parents aren't too far away. God will indeed make a way!

Where does that leave me? Talk about waking up and KNOWING what I need - I needed to receive all the Lord has for me this Friday! Opening the Bible, hot coffee beside me, I forged ahead and approached Day 3 of the challenge.

God of the universe, thank You for filling me, for knowing every need I have this day, for providing everything I need!

My thoughts / take-aways from this day's reading:
* My thirst for God's Word is increasing all the more. It's like I can't get enough.
* Beware of my desires. I am not trustworthy, but God is! Seek Him and His way in all I do.
* God has a plan and it is good. Joyfully trust Him to reveal it in His timing and His way. Be patient!!
* God hears His people. And even when I don't have the strength or brain-power to know what to pray, the Spirit does know!!! Thank You, Lord God!

In closing, I ask again. Would you pray for us? And please post a comment if the Lord leads you to. Those comments are indeed encouraging to our souls!

Trusting and leaning on Christ,
~kia

P.S. If you're interested in reading today's reading, go HERE.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Challenge Update

The LORD is GOOD! So far, there are (unless I'm counting wrong) three other people who are joining me in my challenge! If you don't know what I'm talking about check THIS out.

Here's my quick update:
I read Day 2 and although I had 2 "interruptions" (i.e. Kadin needed to be fed and I like to chat with my precious Hubby Bubby before he leaves for work), God was kind to allow me to complete the reading AND to even journal a bit! Yes, friends, I even made time to JOURNAL about it! Talk about grace!

Two quick take-aways for me:
1- As a wife/woman, I see what I call "The Eve Syndrome" in my life over and over. Sin is SERIOUS! Lord, help me to choose to honor you in how I help my husband (i.e. I was created to be his helper, not vice versa!), how I speak with my kids (i.e. may I not give in to the sinful comparison of my kids with other kids or with each other), and in how I interact with others (i.e. seeing others through Your eyes, that is, not my judgmental eyes).
2- Thank You, God, for your plan of redemption seen so early and clearly in the very beginning of the Bible!

Well, it's just about 7 am here and that's when I go in to the kiddos' room. And that is a priority since I've had my time with the Lord and helped my Hubby get off to work. Plus, today's the BIG day. We close on our new home today!!!!

And, for those of you who think yiou've missed your chance to join the challenge, it's not too late! Start today!!!!

~kia

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Pizza Cake?

We HAD to put this on the blog!

Mama canNOT bake for anything. A friend gave her a simple recipe for making homemade pizza and well... this is what it came out like.











Indeed, peeps, she's terrible at baking! Daddy took one glance at it on top of the oven and said, "WHOA!"

Joshua saw it and exclaimed, "Happy day! Happy day!" Translation: Happy Birthday! The poor kid thought it was a CAKE it was so high!

The pizza cake - which is what we started calling it after Joshua kept singing, "Happy... to you!" - was so thick and heavy that Mama almost couldn't get it out of the oven. She almost dropped it.

Oh- and again, if you haven't heard about the challenge, click HERE!

~saraina

So, next time you hear Mama say, "I don't bake, I burn" just nod and say, "I know!"

Little Miss Lady Bug Saraina

My sister Saraina is something else. At 18 months of age, she can pack food in her mouth just like our Mama, which is an impressive Tomlinson family trait. (You ever seen my Mama's cousin Rasheed or James eat?!) But she also has Mama's attItude. Notice the capital I in that word. I did that on purpose. Like Mama, Saraina seems to think that EVERYTHING revolves around her, was created for her, and must happen in her timing. Foolish girl she is! Boy, will she find out (just like Mama keeps finding out over and over again when her sin of pride - basically thinking too highly of self) rears its ugly-mug.

So, while I love my sister, her passion, her zeal for life, her amazing capacity to pack the food in, her beautiful curls, her precious kisses she showers on me, she, like the rest of us are sinners in need of God's Son, Jesus, to meet our greatest need - to be reconciled to God.

May you enjoy these pictures and be reminded of God goodness to us... and even Saraina Elisabeth!

love, kadin david

Saraina with all the attItude she can muster. I belive at this moment she was saying, "I'm great! I'm the best! I'm tough! I'm unstoppable!" But, let's be real. Haven't you made a similar face before????


This is classic Saraina thinking she's gonna get away with something when... BAM! She's caught by Mama! In fact, big sis was crying out "HELP!!! Mama!!! Mama!!!! Mama!!!" When was the last time you cried out for God's mercy and help in a time of need????




And then there are these sweet moments I get to witness. Joshua sharing with Saraina. I am so glad I can learn from my big Bro and big Sis! And there is MUCH to learn.


And this is me, just showing what I spend most of my time doing...

Have a wonderful night and please read Mama's last entry on reading the Bible in 90 days. She called it "A Challenge."

~kadin d

A Challenge

Mama Whitney has a challenge for all you who are interested!

After listening to Haven Today last night, I was greatly convicted about how I spend my time. I realized that my time is a resource the Lord has given me to steward and that although I've never really struggled with having daily quiet times, I often "spend" my time in wasteful ways. That, my friend, is just as grieving to the Lord as any sin out there!

I "spend" my time online, emailing, making too many lists, organizing and then re-organizing, etc. Now, while these things in it of themselves are not sinful, my putting them in place of other things, things God has called me to, IS sinful. For example, God is calling me to be Mama not just by giving these kiddos birth but in the daily, hourly task of training and discipling them for God's glory. I am QUICK to brush them off to complete a search on Craigslist or finish reading a new email, and so many other things. Lord, forgive my selfish pride!!!!

Anyway, here's the challenge: join me by commiting to read the Word, God's Word, the Bible, MORE than you currently are. Now, for some of you, that may be reading it for the first time. And to that I say, praise God! And for others, you may be reading a few Scriptures here and there to go with a daily devotion. And praise God for that! But, would you consider joining me in Reading the Bible in... NINETY DAYS? Yes, 90 days. That's 9-0 days. (Click the link for the plan.)

I just started this morning with Day 1. (Click "Day 1" if you don't have a Bible!) They say it should only take 30 minutes but for slowpoke readers (like me!) it will take ~ an hour. But, isn't the God of the universe worth that?!

SOOOOOO, would you email or post a comment on this blog letting me that you are joining me. What if you or I fail? Won't God still get the glory? Let's face it. If you or I DO complete the Bible in 90 days it won't be because of us! It'll only be because the Lord Himself extended the grace necessary for us to do it!

But, I'm going for it. Though this season be busy (moving, 3 kids 2.5 and under, etc.) I am MORE in need of His grace.

love, ~kia (mamawhitney)