January 2008


It’s my blog and I can do what I want to, do what I want to, do what I want to, you would blog to if this smell happen to you.

(Tidbit about me – I make up songs and sing all the time!)

OK, if you have been here before you might have heard me say that if it’s not in the Bible then it’s up for debate.  I grew up with four brothers (and a Father) and now have two boys (and a husband) so farting tooting goes with the territory.

You may think this story is about my children but it’s not. 

My husband and I were sitting on the couch and he was playing with the cat, while both of the kids were in bed for the night.  All of a sudden my hubby puts his shirt over his face which is code for the dog let one loose; however the dog was no where to be found.  The dog was actually in our son’s room.  Now our house is not that big, but I didn’t think it would carry.  I still had not smelled it yet.  After we determined that the dog wasn’t around I quickly said “it wasn’t me”.  He said “I know because it’s not human.”  Funny thing is I knew he was right.  We then determined that our baby kitten must have some serious gas and was ready to blow at anytime.  Since she is the newest one to our family I guess we haven’t become accustomed to her “smell” yet. 🙂

So I thought it was very interesting that we can tell who’s fart gas it is by the smell.  Don’t tell me God doesn’t have a sense of humor.   For all those men who blame it on the dog the jig is up!  And honestly if yours are as strong as the dog’s then I have one question “What are you eating?”.  Come on their “smells” are like a toxic bomb (at least with the dogs I have owned)!  There is usually a fog that comes along with theirs.  Well come to think of it maybe it’s not that far off. 🙂

Have a “clear” day!

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I love to hear other people’s ideas.  For today’s Giving Back Wednesday I would like you to tell me what you, or your family, do to give back. 

  • Do you volunteer somewhere? 
  • Do you have anything that you like to do that helps the community? 
  • A special family project? 
  • Ideas on how to help others?
  • What do you do to be a blessing to others?
  • How do you pay it forward?

Please write about it on your blog and put a link back here as a kind of ‘Pay it Forward Post’.  I hope you will participate as it’s a great opportunity, not to toot our own horns, but to share ideas with others. I can’t wait to read some of your ideas.  And it’s a great way to encourage each other to be a blessing to others. 

WHY

“On the street I saw a small girl

cold and shivering in a thin dress,

with little hope of a

decent meal.

I became angry and said to God:

‘Why did you permit this?

Why don’t you do something

about it?’

For awhile God said nothing.

That night he replied, quite

suddenly:

‘I certainly did something

about it.

I made you.'”

Author Unknown

(Taken from Christian Soup

for the Christian Soul)

I am so late posting today.  I have had a string of headaches lately.  We have had more rain than usual (for Arizona) and it’s taken it’s toll on me!  I guess that’s why the Lord hasn’t sent me back to Oregon.

I thought I would share a quote that I have had for sometime.  Unfortunately I do not now the origin of it.  I believe I got this as an email.  Of course, some of you may not be in a traditional work setting, but I think many things that we do (like PTA, coach, volunteer work, etc) can take up lots of time and sometimes be rewarding and beneficial to the family and sometimes not.

Enjoy!

Are you aware that if we died tomorrow, the company that we are working for could easily replace us in a matter of days?  But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.  And come to think of it, we poor ourselves more into work than our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don’t you think?  So what is behind the story?  Do you know what the word FAMILY means?  FAMILY = (F)ather (A)nd (M)other (I) (L)ove (Y)ou!

Blessings,

Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

Mom just threw a ball over the wall….oops guess it’s Dad’s now.  🙂

(See previous ball post if you want more info.)

BLESSING

I am thankful today for a fun weekend with my family.  Although I had to work a wedding on Friday (I am a wedding coordinator at our church) and a show on Saturday (Pampered Chef) we were able to still have our Friday pizza night with a movie and on Saturday morning we walked for 3 1/2 miles to get breakfast, go to the library, and then the park.

How about you?  What are you thankful for?

FUNNY (to me)

Both of our boys names are in the Bible.  Recently at church the little one was looking at his Bible and said “my name is all over the place in here!”  Quietly, I said “Yes, this is the book of….. and these are all the chapters.”  He also noticed his brothers name and you could see in his eyes that he was wondering who had more pages.    I am not sure if he counted it or not, as I was paying attention to the Pastor, but I bet he did!    🙂

WARNING:  Hot Topic Ahead!

About a year ago we had made a very hard decision to change churches. 

We, my husband and I, have a deep connection to the Lutheran Church.  My father is a Lutheran Pastor and I am a commissioned minister in the church.  My husband grew up in the Lutheran Church and that is where we met.  We have attended only Lutheran churches since we have been together. 

The Church that we attended in our former state, Oregon, was home for us.  We loved the people.  My hubby was a part of the congregation for many years, and I worked there at one time.  Of course, just like any church there are difference that arise on occasion but nothing that caused concern like not helping the poor, false teaching, stealing of funds, etc.

We moved to Arizona and had much difficulty finding a church connection.  My hubby hadn’t been to a new church in a long time (just new Pastors), but I had.  For several reasons we just had a hard time finding the spot we felt God wanted us.  Of course part of this was moving to a completely different type of city (small to large), another was our financial difficulties and stress, and grieving our former church all added to this problem.

After we had attended a couple of churches (again not what we were envisioning) we settled on a church that was a little far from home and not exactly a huge connection but it seemed to work and we needed to be in a church home.

After several years of attending and active participation we had built friendships and built the connection we had longed for.  Then, for reasons that I don’t feel right about going into, we came at a crossroads with new leadership and felt that we needed to change churches for the spiritual welfare of our family.  Every Sunday was a discussion about the struggle of staying or leaving!  It was agonizing.

We went and visited a few churches and most were not Lutheran (the shame of it all).  The Lutheran church thrives in many areas, but for us Arizona (our part of the city) was not one of them.  We wanted to be involved with a church that was very outward focused.  One that would encourage music that would invite those who have never attended a church to come.  A church that would not be difficult to bring a friend to as they wouldn’t be lost.  ETC

We found a church that my husband fell in love with right away.  It was a large (to us) Church of God.  There is some differences of theology but nothing that we felt would prevent us from attending there.  The Pastor was wonderful.  He knew my hubby’s name right away and that met a lot to him and me.   After a few months the Pastor came to let us know personally (even though we were very new to the congregation) that he would be leaving the church.  We were shocked but we felt this is where God would have us so we stayed.

We went through the vacancy and recently called a new Pastor.  The Pastor we called is very different, and to be honest I wasn’t sure about him coming.  After just about a month I have been growing spiritually just as I have been doing with the previous Pastor.  We really do know that God is doing wonderful things here and we are blessed to be apart of it.

I know many people have very strong feelings about changing churches.  I just have to say that this change has allowed me to grow so much more than I would have imagined.  Although I miss some of the traditional parts of the Lutheran Church service I have been challenged by the change of routine.  I see my faith in a whole new perspective.  My children are also growing.  One Sunday, my oldest came out of a service and said, with welled up eyes, that was an emotional service.  I said that is the Holy Spirit and we had a chance to talk about it.

Although we miss the Lutheran Church we feel that we are where God would have us.  And you know I don’t think God really minds if we go to a different denomination or not.  I think He just cares that we are there worshiping Him and serving.  Are we doing His will or not.

It’s so funny how we get so settled on our own denomination.  At this point, because I don’t attend a Lutheran Church, I don’t think I could work in one (as I previously have done) or be a missionary.  This is the same for most denominations.  I guess I wish that they would take an individuals spiritual growth into account rather than what denomination they have attended (or attend).  As I have told many people, I don’t want my kids to feel they are Lutheran, Church of God, Baptist, Methodist.  That is the place that they worship not their identity.  There identity is children of THE MOST HIGH.  We are Christians and not bound by the denomination in which we attend.

Of course, there is a purpose to domination’s, and I recognize that.  There are consistency and theological issues, but I do think we need to challenge ourselves and what we are and Who’s we are.  Although I don’t advocate changing churches and denominations, I do think it behooves (yes behooves) us to attend, every once in awhile, other churches so that we can go beyond tradition and let God move us in a way that we wouldn’t allow in our comfort zone.

How’s that for a conspiracy type title?  What I am referring to is media overload.  I think so much of our culture is so dependent upon media that it limits who we are.  This of course can be the TV but any media in excess can be harmful (in my opinion). 

I purchase old magazines (a few months back) from the library that they no longer use.  Sometimes I can pick up a few good ones at Goodwill as well.  These are just normal everyday women magazines that have some helpful info.  At the same time I realized just a little TV and these magazines have my self esteem in a whirlwind.  I felt pretty happy until I started reading these.  All of a sudden my wardrobe, weight, makeup, shoes, purse, parenting, cooking abilities, etc were not adequate.  Not to mention my house is totally in need of a makeover!  I know this is not their intention, but I do believe you can get too much information.  And the messages portrayed in the media can often be that we are not good enough the way we are.

I believe, especially women , need to be careful about how much media we consume.  Of course we need to be the best we can be but the media, in all it’s forms, is not the only form to learn this.  Why not find a mentor?  What about talking with you neighbors?  Being more active in Church?  Volunteering?

Just a thought for a healthier me and maybe you 🙂

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