Holidays

This year’s Thanksgiving was a new experience for me and my family. I have been on a journey to wellness. I have changed my eating habits so much that those who knew me before are amazed. I have lost 30 lb. this year! Yay me! It has been hard at times, but is getting easier each day.

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During Thanksgiving I didn’t want to set myself back. You know how it is…I’m going to good except on birthdays, holidays, and surprise get togethers…right?! In the past that has been my experience and I always ended up setting myself back or flat-out sabotaging my own efforts to the point I just gave up. Not this year. I sent a text to family members, whose homes we were visiting for Thanksgiving, letting them know that I would not be eating as I did in the past. I explained that I needed fresh vegetables and fruits and that if that was not in their meal plans that I would simply purchase them upon our arrival at their homes. Because of my declaration both homes cut back on the sweets and what-not-all. We didn’t overeat. We didn’t have enough leftovers to feast on for weeks (always a complaint in the past that we never rectified). We had more time to visit without being in the kitchen the whole time. It turned out to be one of the most pleasant, relaxed Thanksgivings that I have ever experienced. Instead of our holiday centering around food it was centered around each other. We wrote down things that we were thankful for and read them to each other. Those memories have been tucked away as a keepsake.

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I am looking forward to the beauty of Christmas now. So much of my childhood Christmas memories circled around food (especially sweets). Hours spent in the kitchen making different treats that we only made once a year. Yet, by the time Christmas was over we all felt cruddy/tired.

 

Into my adult years my New Year’s resolutions to eat better and exercise was my way of coping with all the damage done over the previous two months. Not this year. I haven’t had one Christmas cookie yet and I don’t even miss it. Traditions are great, but we over indulge ourselves in them. Will I eat a little bit of Christmas dessert when we have our Christmas meal? Yes, I probably will. I am baking my famous pumpkin roll (my sister-in-law has already text me that request), and I know that I will want to have at least one slice.

I want to encourage you. Every thing in moderation. Celebrate. But, don’t over do it. Use some self-control and put more effort into the precious relationships around you.

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God bless you all. Hope your holidays (Hanukkah/Christmas) are bright and merry, filled with love and laughter.

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

 


 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20  English Standard Version (ESV)

19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Romans 12:1-2  English Standard Version (ESV)

A Living Sacrifice
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  2 Do not be conformed to this world,  but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Corinthians 10:31  English Standard Version (ESV)

31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


 

 

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Gift of Life

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I haven’t posted anything in a few months. So much has happened in our lives. We had so much to consider, decisions to make, changes that happened, and I just couldn’t put words to paper during that time. I am still working on my “project” that I promised to share with you later. That has taken longer than anticipated, and I am not even positive that the Lord will allow me to continue down that path. As of right now I am still pressing on.

About a month ago my father had a stroke. That was a very scary time for me and my family. I just want to share my praise to God about this whole situation. God was with us through this is such a mighty way. My daddy survived the stroke and each day is a blessing.

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It has been such a reminder that we don’t have the promise of tomorrow and that we need to show loving kindness towards one another right now. Don’t take each other for granted. Don’t assume that you will have tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. I was reminded through this that my parents will not always be with me, and that I had not really been mindful of that.

God has given me three precious weeks with my parents that I will forever be grateful for. My husband lovingly sent me to my parents home to help them through this time. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband who is so understanding and supportive of me. Memories were made that will forever be with me. I think that I have been walking in a state of mind for several years that there will always be tomorrow. I knew better. I know that today is all that we have, but this shook me to the core and drove that understanding to the forefront of my mind.

Another precious gift of life reminder that happened recently is that I am now a great aunt. Children are such a blessing.

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I pray that you have a great day…week…month…year…life. Praise the Lord for the gift of life. Tell those that you love that you love them, nay…show them that you love them. Remember that God displayed His love towards us when He sent His Son. He has set a great example for us to follow.

John 3:16 English Standard Version (ESV)  16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

James 1:17 English Standard Version (ESV)  17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

Cleaning can reveal hidden treasures

I have been doing some cleaning out recently. 572df5c032464.imageEven my email files needed some cleaning out. I was skimming through a file and found an email that I had saved back in 2009. Being a homeschool momma I was drawn to the title “Beauty of Mathematics.” I read through the email and was moved. I just can’t help but share it (probably yet again — years later). This time around I want to share it on a different platform. I don’t know who to give credit for this because it wasn’t in the email. I hope this blesses you just as it has blessed me.


Beauty of Mathematics !!!!!!!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
12345678 9 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111 = 12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this…

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What Equals 100%?


How about ACHIEVING 101%?

 

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help 
answer these questions.



If:

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z 

is represented by its corresponding number

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26.

Then:

H-A-R-D-W-O- R- K = 

8+1+18+4+23+ 15+18+11 = 98%

And:

K-N-O-W-L-E- D-G-E = 

11+14+15+23+ 12+5+4+7+ 5 = 96%

But:



A-T-T-I-T-U- D-E = 

1+20+20+9+20+ 21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:

L-O-V-E-O-F- G-O-D = 

12+15+22+5+15+ 6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that: 

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there,
It’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!

Have a nice day & God bless!!


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By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

 

What are you thinking about?

I have been hanging out in a hotel for almost two weeks now while my husband is in training. Being just the two of us has been wonderful. Our conversations have been deep and fruitful. We are working on a project right now (I will spill the beans about that in a future blog), and the time here, without any of the day to day distractions, has leant itself to much planning and actually getting some things accomplished. With that said, I have had enough. I am so ready to go home. I miss my little birds. I know that they aren’t little anymore, but they will always be my little birds. I miss my nest, and my daily routine of keeping my nest. I miss my two fur-babies, too.

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For ten hours a day over the last two weeks (weekends excluded) I have been sitting in this hotel room, as I mentioned before. That is a lot of time on my hands. What I have learned about myself is that I can waste a day better than anybody else I know. Ha!

Let me tell you something that has been pressing on me though. With all that time to just think, I became very aware of the direction that my thinking went in. A couple of times I became sad because I was keeping my focus on something that I have no control over. A couple of times I became anxious, thinking about all the things that could go wrong with our project. Each time this stinking thinking occurred the Lord would gently nudge me to stop. I would then pace the hotel room praying out loud. People walking down the hall probably thought I was a nut. I don’t even care. It was healing balm for my soul.

Philippians 4:8 says,“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”(ESV)

This is where my thinking is now; instead of being sad because I have no control over a situation, I am giving it to God and trusting Him with it; instead of being anxious about things that haven’t even happened I am focusing on the things that are happening, and I can see the blessing in how it is coming together like it is. When I began to align my thinking with what the Word tells me to think about I began to see the beauty in my life again.

We are surrounded by stinking thinking. It is on the t.v. in the news, episodes, and movies that we watch. It is in the books that we read and the music that we listen to. I see it in the tweets and the posts on Facebook.

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What are you thinking about? Is it true? Is it honorable or just? Is is pure, lovely, or commendable? Is there any excellence in it? Is there anything worthy of praise in what you are thinking about? If the answer is no. Pray. And when you pray, use the Word of God as a model for your prayers. This has strengthened my prayer life tremendously.

Here is an example of a prayer that I wrote out the other day after the Lord nudged me to quit my stinking thinking. “I trust in you, Lord Jesus. I delight myself in you. Let the desires of my heart be to do your will. I commit my way to you, Jesus; I trust in you, that in my life you will act. You will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. I will be still before you and wait patiently for you; I will not fret.” This prayer was modeled after verses from Psalm 37:3-9. His word is powerful. Healing balm for my soul.

Remember what it says in Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”(ESV)  We keep our hearts by guarding what we think on.

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Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” (ESV)

By His Grace,

Momma Birdy

Community by Twilight

“But what has been truly transformative, has been my friendship with my girls — friends who know all the crap and baggage I have from my past, and love me anyway.”-BeautyBeyondBones

Living in community with people who truly know you, the good, the bad, and the ugly, is a blessing from God. I am so thankful for my friends and family who know me, who get me, and who love me anyway. Read BeautyBeyondBones’ blog about community and ponder the community that you are in. Do you have transparency in your community? Do you feel free to be you? If not, then why? May God bless you with a beautiful community.
By His Grace,
Momma Birdy

BeautyBeyondBones

I was recently babysitting on a Friday night.

It was late. Midnight. And the apartment has these beautiful bay windows with plush window seats. Perfect to peer down onto the streets below. The cobblestone street, dotted with cafes, where people dine alfresco on the sidewalks outside. Or you look across the street at various rooftop parties, bustling underneath twinkle lights — NYC’s stand in for the stars we cannot see amid the bright city lights.


This spot is a people watcher’s paradise.

Now, don’t get thewrong idea. I am not some creeper.

I’m not some Pee-Wee Herman, fun house wacko.

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But I frankly love to just watch the lights twinkle in the buildings and the waiters pop from table to table delivering drinks, friends gathering to celebrate birthdays, toast with margaritas, chat, laugh, and justbe with one another.

In community.

In relationship.

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Bend or Break

Be flexible. Our children grow up too fast. I have graduated two and have one more to go. I am reminded daily how fast they have grown and that being flexible allows for a more enjoyable day. I learned through some stressful situations that I need to write my schedule out in pencil; this way I can adjust my schedule to the circumstances going on and daily search out the teachable moments and capitalize on those. Praise Jesus for pencils. 😉

A Homeschool Mom

Bend_BreakAs I glanced at my alarm clock, I could tell this was going to be a fun day. I was already running two hours behind and the day hadn’t even started yet! In addition to our late start, the kids were already beginning to squabble at each other and I had a long list of things which needed to get done.

I’m sure we’ve all had mornings like this one. Mornings, days, weeks, or months when things just don’t seem to gel. For whatever reason, our well-planned, organized life went haywire and we are struggling to catch up; setting our world to rights.

As home schoolers, this problem can cross over into all areas of our lives. Not only do we feel challenged to keep our households together, but our children’s education also needs to remain somewhat on track. While we don’t subscribe to a rigid form of learning, our children…

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God, Where is My Burning Bush So I Can Believe?

Dax gives us a good word here about how doubt can be a good thing. Read and see what he has to say.

Infected Saint

I am truly an infected saint. I doubt that God exists more than I care to admit. I have preached through much of the Scriptures. I have been through more schooling than should be allowed. I have dedicated my life to following Christ. Yet, I have times of doubt. Times where I wonder if it is real. “Is there anything beyond this life?,” is a question that whispers to me sometimes.

Honestly, I don’t like living by faith. I can see your face right now. It’s a look of disappointment. A pastor that doesn’t want to live by faith?! Shame on you, Dax. Yet, I really would like to know by visible signs. Not just trust and hope. I’d like for the Spirit to descend like a dove from the clouds and talk to me.Or a burning bush to start speaking to me in a divine voice and tell me…

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