Saturday

Walking in the light of Christ

Do you ever find yourself as a Christian wondering how to gauge sin in you life?  I do. Remember that God made us in His image, we as Christians should be a reflection of Him.  If we turn off all of our human filters that we apply to justify every action we make and hold our actions up to the light of Christ we will have a powerful tool to guide us in our walk.

“Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man." -Genesis 9:6 

Take that light and shine it over your life and choices.  Your past choices, your present choices and your future choices.  Follow what lines up with God's word and you will be walking in the light of the lamp.

 "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." -Psalm 119:105
  
How would I apply this to my own life?  I will be honest.  Sometimes as a mother of five young children I lose my temper (dissolve into fits of rage, explode, frustration volcano).  In that moment I usually know it is building up.  I could take that opportunity to stop and pray.  To capture that thought and replace my human reaction with one of mercy, love and patience.  Sometimes I am successful in doing that, other times I fail miserably.  When I fail I always feel sad at how I reacted.  I need to be an example of Christ's love to my family.  How can I get mad at them for having temper tantrums when they have seen me have them (I am a grown up right?)  Little by little we can take these thoughts and moments and give them over to God.  He will give us the strength we need to get through them wisely acting in the love of Christ and not the sin of man. 

"We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ"-2 Corinthians 10:5

 "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?"-2 Corinthians 13:5

Let us examine ourselves in the light of Christ.  God will help us repair the damage and make us into a new creation, but we have to turn on the light.

In His love,
Jamie Schull 
 

Wednesday

Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour!

As a mom of four girls I highly recommend Secret Keeper Girl!  Please join us in participating in their Crazy Hair contest to help fund the Kickstarter campaign for SKG The Crazy Hair Tour!  This is a wonderful resource for Christian families.  It is helping me to raise my daughters to have integrity and modesty as well as many other Christian family values.  Let's rally together and support this fabulous effort to help our girls!  Together we can all pray for this tour's success!

Crazy Hair Contest!

Kickstarter Campaign to pre-order tickets and help support SKG!


Here are our crazy hair photos!  Follow the link above to enter the contest with yours!



Friday

The Wondrous Cross

"When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all."
-Isaac Watts

Saturday

Lord of all pots and pans!

From "Great Women of the Bible -- Martha"
Lord of all pots and pans and things,
Since I've no time to be
A saint by doing lovely things or
Watching late with thee,
Or dreaming in the twilight or
Storming heaven's gates.
Make me a saint by getting meals or
Washing up the plates.
Although I must have Martha's hands,
I have Mary's mind, and,
When I black the boots and shoes
Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth
What time I scrub the floor,
Accept this meditation, Lord,
I haven't time for more.
Warm all the kitchen with thy love,
And light it with thy peace,
Forgive me all my worrying
And make all grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food
In room or by the sea
Accept this service that I do
I do it unto thee.

-Unknown

Sunday

All Day Hope


Catherine wearing a hat that our wonderful
Grandma McElwain made for me when
I was a little girl.





Along with the start of school I've come to expect it. It somehow finds it's way right through our front door. We Lysol, we wash hands, we run when some one sneezes. It's too late, every one gets sick. I feel the anxiety building. What is it that's making us sick, it doesn't really matter, even the common cold is reason for me to have anxiety. You see when my 2 year old Olivia was 10 months old she caught RSV (can be devastating for little babies lungs virus), it's just a "cold" to you or me, but it put her in and out of the Children's Hospital four times that Winter and the effects of it on her lungs have now put her in the Hospital about ten times over the course of two years. So now every time "something" comes in that front door anxiety comes with it. Whats going to happen now, is she going again? My Husband "I have to go to Work for our Family!", Me "I have to take Her to the Doctor. She's going to end up in the Hospital again" Unexpected guest "Anxiety" tension between me and my Husband. This time when we all got sick I was very aggressive with Olivia and got her on the Prednisone right away before she got severely ill, win right, yes but then I did not expect our little Catherine to get so sick now. Friday night she came down with the " Croup" with "Strider". Strider is when the airway is so swollen that it makes a whistling sound from them not being able to get air, terrifying when it's your 9 month old who can't breath. Thank goodness our Doctor is open on Saturday. More anxiety between me and my Husband, trying to rush up there with her to get treated not knowing what to expect, and he has to go to work as soon as possible. Well she is doing a little better now, they gave her a steroid shot, put her on a liquid steroid, told me how much xopenex I could give her with our nebulizer machine, hot shower steam, vaporizer, etc. Now where does Mr. Anxiety want to put his rotten little head? Well my Insulin dependent Diabetic five year old has not been sick yet, but when he does get sick, blood sugar roller coaster! More anxiety between my Husband and I. Where am I going with all of this Anxiety? Well it used to be fighting between my Husband and I (hard not to still), stress that felt like the weight of the world on my Mother shoulders trying to protect my sick children, but in all of this season of illness we have had to walk through I know that HE has been holding our hands. The key is not to let the "enemy" use his little buddies "anxiety" and "fear" tear apart our Home and Marriage. So where do you turn in times of trouble? GOD! HE has been here all along and this morning HE has reminded me of that . . .

"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for YOU are GOD my SAVIOR, and my hope is in YOU all day long." - Psalm 25:5


"MY HOPE IS IN YOU ALL DAY LONG!" (take that fear, anxiety, and sickness!)


I am so thankful for my GOD and yes you can and should praise HIS wonderful name all day long, even on sick days.

Love in Christ,
Jamie and Family

Monday

"Closing All of the Exits"




Hello Ladies!

I want us to all consider doing something very powerful. Say a prayer to God either by yourself or with your Husband asking to keep your Marriage from all evil and temptation. I have made a vow to God to close all of the exits to my Marriage (physical abuse being the only reason to separate yourself, not Divorce) consider making this vow to "close all of your exits" in marriage know that God is more powerful than anything that can effect your Marriage. Am I married to the "Perfect" man that makes this easy NO! I don't want to use my blog to go into a lot of detail about him he may find insulting but let's just say we are both sinners!

So that's it! As difficult as it seems, it may bring you a load of relief and security if you know in your heart that you are promising to God and yourself and your spouse that you will hold on to your Marriage no matter what, tell your spouse even if He is a non-believer it will increase your bond. Remember why you love Him, not why you don't like Him.


Scripture Focus


Marriage is a Vow

- "When a man makes a vow to the LORD or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said." -Numbers 30:2 (New International Version)



God does not hate You if you are divorced, He hates the sin that causes it.

-"I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith." -Malachi 2:16 (New International Version)



Be strong He will be with you wherever you go.

- "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."-Joshua 1:9

God Bless,
Jamie and Family

God is God!



Hello everyone! Wow! Try applying this quote to every situation in your life! -


"When your up against the wall you come to the point when you have to say either God is God or He's not and either He's Good or He's not." -Elisabeth Elliot


Do you trust Him?

God Bless,
Jamie


Tuesday

Update! Trying to Catch Up With Life!


Hello everyone! I can't believe a month has gone by since I posted here! We had a rough time at the end of May every one was sick! My baby Olivia (2 Years old) got herself in the Children's Hospital again with breathing problems, we are praying that she will grow out of this Reactive Airway Disease mess! Then we had my Dear Husband's Birthday and Father's Day of course! At the same time we got my 5 year old little boy Tommy started on his brand new Insulin Pump the Omnipod! We are really excited about this, but it takes a lot of training and learning new things for me, I have been use to Injection therapy for him for three years now, you can follow Tommy's story at http://www.idkids.org/ . Thank you to everyone for being so patient with me while we took a pause in our families life and blogs to take care of what we needed to here at home. By the way I would like to point everyone to a wonderful resource that I rambled upon on the web http://www.truewoman.com/ this is exactly what I needed for continued motivation in my path for Christ, he always knows what to show us when we ask for help!


God Bless You All,

Jamie and family

Saturday

Simple Saturday-Exploring Proverbs 31: Part 2

"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." - Proverbs 31

Do we do the things our spouses ask us to do with "Eager" hands? Practice that attitude this week, it may just change your life!

God Bless and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL!!!!!

Sunday

Sabbath Sunday: Scripture Focus John 3:17

Scripture focus for this week:
Let us be careful of how and who we find ourselves judging.
"For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through him. "--John 3:17

Friday

"Do the Next Thing"

Hello everyone!, I hope this poem helps you as much as it does me whenever life takes away my compass, just remember to "Do the next thing."





"Do the next thing."



From an old English parsonage down by the sea

There came in the twilight a message to me;

Its quaint Saxon legend, deeply engraven,

Hath, it seems to me, teaching from Heaven.

And on through the doors the quiet words ring

Like a low inspiration: “Do the next thing.”


Many a questioning, many a fear,

Many a doubt, hath its quieting here.

Moment by moment, let down from

Heaven,Time, opportunity, and guidance are given.

Fear not tomorrows, child of the King,

Trust them with Jesus, do the next thing.


Do it immediately, do it with prayer;

Do it reliantly, casting all care;

Do it with reverence, tracing

His handWho placed it before thee with earnest command.

Stayed on Omnipotence, safe ‘neath

His wing,Leave all results, do the next thing.


Looking for Jesus, ever serener,

Working or suffering, be thy demeanor;

In His dear presence, the rest of His calm,

The light of His countenance be thy psalm,

Strong in His faithfulness, praise and sing.

Then, as He beckons thee, do the next thing.



-Author Unknown as quoted by Elisabeth Elliott

Saturday

Simple Saturday-Exploring Proverbs 31

She brings him good, not harm,all the days of her life. . . . . -Proverbs 31

Ok ladies lets try to remember this today when we are spending time with our spouses!

Friday

Prayer Closet Beginnings


I recently gave everyone a challenge to create a prayer closet space. Today I thought I would post a picture of the space I created in my own closet. It is a very humble start to what I hope will turn into a place that I can use as a routine to go to God when I need to ( yes you can go to God anywhere but this will help someone like me to establish a better routine for daily or weekly prayer). This is the space that is created under my shirts when I hang them all together in the closet, I have a plastic tote, being used for storage of winter clothes, with a piece of fabric over the top to create a small table. There is a small place to kneel in front of the "table" and I have placed a Bible, a journal, and some other prayer books here for me to use to help me focus my prayers in this space. I hope this helps you to see how simple this idea is and how it can create a quite place for us to take prayer to heart, it does not have to be in a "closet" either if yours is too small. Now the trick for me is to create the habit of going their for solace and fellowship with God.
God Bless You All!
Jamie




Thursday

Thursday's Thought

If God granted you 70 years of life you would spend:

24 years asleep
14 years at work
8 years at leisure
6 years dining
5 years in travel
4 years talking
3 years learning
3 years reading
3 years at the T.V.

If you went to Church every Sunday and prayed 5 minutes every morning and night, you would be giving God 5 MONTHS of your life, 5 MONTHS out of 70 YEARS!
-anonymous

Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday

Mission Monday



If your free and clear of Old Man Winter consider taking the heavier clothes out of your closet and packing them away. It just might make you feel lighter for spring!

Sunday

Sabbath Sunday

Scripture Focus:

"Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. "--Isaiah 40:31

Do you need to have your strength renewed? Hope in God!

Saturday

Simple Saturday's


Hold hands with your Husband tonight at some point, talk about something you did when you were first dating. Strengthen your bond.
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Thursday

Thursday's Thought

"THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD ACCEPT THE CHRIST OF CHRISTIANS IF ONLY CHRISTIANS WOULD ACT LIKE CHRIST!" ---GANDHI

Wednesday

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY: SAINTS AND SINNERS

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