I am not what I would call a "complainer". I've been through some pretty rough stuff in my life and have just rarely complained or whined about it. I am for the most part a very positive person. When I was growing up there was a VERY negative person in our home and honestly having lived with that for the time that I did made me very intolerant of it. I have found myself really not wanting to be around people that constantly complain about their situation. Especially when their situation is just every day life with all of it's normal ups and downs. That is something that I've really been working on lately. I don't want to judge people based on that. I need to realize that maybe it's just a maturity thing. I think we all mature spiritually in different ways at different time. Those that complain, may be more mature than me in other areas. I do have a point here. Even though I am not by nature a "complainer", there is a situation that we have been dealing with for quite some time that really has me frustrated and for a good while now, I have done a lot of complaining about it. It really is kind of a big deal, but honestly, how is complaining helping anything? Well, I got up early this morning and began flipping through my notes from church and a while back our Pastor had a lot to say about complaining. It was very relevant to my situation. In reality God has already begun working on me in this area, but I think this morning just verified all that I was feeling. I thought I would share my notes from that sermon with all of you. Keep in mind these are notes and my Pastor has a lot to say that I want to write down, so they may seem kind of choppy.
Complain-express dissatisfaction or annoyance about a state of affairs or an event.
-Dwelling on the negative simply multiplies it's effect.
-When you respond to life that's positive, when you react to life, that's negative.
-Being negative causes us to be unpleasant and unwelcome to others, even the Lord. (and causes you to be ineffective)
-Phillipians 2:14? Do all things without complaining and disputing
-vs. 15 (being free from complaining makes you blameless, from disputing makes you harmless)
- If you can gripe and complain, then you can pray and intercede.
-There should not be blessings and curses from the same mouth (paraphrased from the book of James).
-Instead of always looking at how to change the situation, look at how the situation can change you.
Those are my notes as written.
I just want to add a couple of things.
-If you are constantly complaining about things, you are not showing the world the joy filled life of a Christian. The word tells us to rejoice in ALL things.
-Instead of trying to change other people or the situation you are in, ask the Lord what He has for you to learn from the situation and what He wants you to do about the situation.
Hope that helps someone else.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
.....Mason relaying a story about himself and a little boy on his baseball team, "Dad, Tate got his finger stuck in the mask on my helmet and I pulled really hard and got him unstuck, and his finger DID NOT COME OFF!!!" That kid is soooo funny!!!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
My day has been so busy and mostly serious since I've worked the entire day. So, I wanted to share a funny story to lighten my mood. A long time ago Mason saw someone on television kissing in a way that he decided to call it "bite kissing". You know back it was the kind of kissing that back in the day we called "french kissing". I haven't thought of him saying that in a very long time. Yesterday I leaned over and gave him a hug and he acted kind of silly about me giving him a kiss. So, I told him that since I'm his Mom he has to always give me hugs and kisses. He said, "Well I am a boy you know and boys kiss girls". I said, "I know and that means you can always kiss your Mom". Then he said, "Well, even when I grow up and God shows me the right one we're not gonna bite kiss." I told him he could just smooch, but I wanted to know why he didn't want to "bite kiss". He said, "Because it's dumb. Why would we wanna bite each other?". Too, funny! Who would have thought that at almost 7 years old he really thinks that people bite each other when they kiss. That boy is something else!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I have added more fabric options to the slideshow. There are now some for children. I should be adding more product pictures in the next day or two. I've had a few orders already. I'm excited! I do have my prices worked out. Send me a comment and leave your email address if you want me to email you a price list.