Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brave Little Lady

This little lady got her ears pierced on Saturday.

When Megan turned seven I asked if she wanted her ears pierced.  Her answer was no.  So, it surprised me last week when we were talking about my earrings and I once again asked if she wanted her ears pierced, she said yes!  We talked about it and she asked if it would hurt.  I said yes and asked if she still wanted them pierced.  I was surprised when she answered in the affirmative.

Not wanting to make any hasty decisions I waited another few days and asked her one more time.  This time when she said yes I asked when she wanted to do it and she replied, "Tomorrow!"  We discussed how you get your ears pierced and that there would be pain, to which she responded, "I'll just have to put on my brave cap."

Megan certainly did don her brave cap.  After the initial look of shock passed when the deed was done, a lone tear rolled down her cheek.  Then she was better.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Whispered Word

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

simple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY November 10, 2014

Outside my window... Snow!  The first-ish snow of the season.  Forecast says it may accumulate.

I am thinking... of the many families living and serving overseas.

I am thankful... for military veterans!

In the kitchen... chicken chili.
I am wearing... jeans, tank top and sweater.

I am creating... a master copy of the kids Christmas wish lists.  Time to start shopping.

I am going... to type out a chore chart today.  The kids are stuck in a chore rut.

I am wondering... how to have a heart to heart with someone I dearly love.

I am reading... nothing right now!  That will have to change, quickly.

I am hoping... to continue going through the house and setting aside gently used items for donations.

I am looking forward to... my social calendar this week.  I have time with friends scheduled on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday!  Lucky me.

I am learning... that I like to fly by the seat of my pants most days and that just doesn't work to keep routine and order of the chaos.  (Duh?)  I need a happy medium.

Around the house... all is quiet.  The kids are either sleeping or having quiet time, the dog is laying quietly at my feet and the snow is quietly falling outside.

I am pondering... parenting.  Being a parent is tough stuff.  Just when you think you've got it figured out, a curve ball comes flying in.

A favorite quote for today... "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." ~ C.S. Lewis

One of my favorite things... Haribo Gummy Bears.

A few plans for the rest of the week: type out chores, sort photos, lesson plans, Awana, Royal Rangers and dates with friends.

A peek into my day memory...
Remembering a day not too long ago that we wore shorts at the beach.
Link up with Peggy to read daybook entries from other simple women.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday's Word

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
 “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fear and Ebola

I spent 10 days in West Africa.  Burkina Faso to be exact.  Upon arriving in the airport, our temperature was taken as a precautionary measure to detect someone infected with Ebola.  It was on the minds of the missionaries as well as the Burkinab√©.  Prayers were said for the countries with reported cases and for protection for the country of Burkina Faso.  And yet, no one avoided handshakes or hugs.  We exchanged cheek kisses as is customary when greeting a friend.  We were welcomed warmly wherever we went. 

That all changed on our way home when we boarded a plane out of Brussels, Belgium bound for the United States.  My seatmate physically turned away from me after learning I was returning from a trip to Burkina Faso in West Africa.  During a layover at Dulles International Airport I sat and listened to CNN use the term 'Ebola outbreak' on what seemed like an 8 minute loop.  Every headline was sensationalized.  Even a dog was quarantined.  The fear of an unseen enemy was permeating the hearts and minds of American citizens.

We were met at our local airport by one of our pastors and given a letter from our county health department.  Even though Burkina Faso has no reported cases of Ebola and the United States had 3 at the time, friends avoided hugs.  My husband's co-workers literally turned the other way when they saw him in the hallway after my arrival home.  Co-workers of my fellow teammates shook their heads in disdain upon seeing them in public.  Some of their family members opted not to be near them for 21 days after our arrival.  Our church didn't shake hands in greeting but waved to each other instead.  All because of a fear of the unseen.  Fear that robbed people of logical reasoning.

Do you know that the bible says 'Do not fear' and 'Do not be afraid' at least 110 times!  Some of my favorites from the NIV bible are;

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, emphasis added)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10, emphasis added)
Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” (Isaiah 44:8, emphasis added)
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. (Daniel 10:12, emphasis added)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27, emphasis added)
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. (Revelation 1:17, emphasis added)

If we can be so afraid of an unseen enemy such as Ebola, why do we not counter that fear with a faith in an unseen omnipotent God?  Ebola strikes fear, God conquered death.  Ebola can lead to death, yet faith in God can lead to peace of mind and eternal life.

Today marks my 21st day in the United States after being in Burkina Faso, West Africa.  My friends and family, my husband's and teammate's co-workers can all breath a deep sigh of relief.  Heck, maybe I'll even get a hug or two.  I am and always have been Ebola free.  Thanks to my faith, I am also free from the fear that sneaks in to rob me of joy or logical reasoning.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Self Portrait

All on his own, Mason decided to make a self portrait.  He gathered the mirror and necessary crayons and paper.
Mason, 4 years old.