Friday, March 27, 2009

our picture

Please click to see a picture of Brennan and me giggling the other day. I don't think i can copy it because its from Ben's site. But it is very cute and gets him in his happiest state!

prayers for your husband

After posting prayers for your children i thought it would be wise to post prayers for our husbands! I will continue this until all 31 days are listed. For now here are the first 7. (I got this from the revive our hearts website)

Day 1

Pray that your husband will grow spiritually and consider his accountability before the Lord. 

Pray that he will guard his heart by developing spiritual disciplines—Bible reading and study, 

prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, etc. (2 Peter 3:18; Prov. 4:23)  


Day 2 

Pray that your husband’s relationship with God and His Word will bear fruit in his life. Pray that 

he will be a man of wisdom and understanding, fearing the Lord. (Prov. 3:7, 9:10; Ps. 112:1) 


Day 3 

Pray that your husband will be humble and quick to agree with God about his sin. Pray that his 

heart will be tender toward the voice of the Lord. (Ps. 51:2-4; Micah 6:8) 


Day 4 

Pray that your husband will grow in leadership skills in your relationship—protecting and 

providing for you. Pray that he will lead you wisely and love you sacrificially, so that God will 

be glorified in your marriage.  (Eph. 5:25-29; Col. 3:19) 


Day 5 

Pray that your husband will be faithful to his wedding vows. Pray that he will have a desire to 

cultivate your relationship as a sign of his loyalty and commitment to you, and as a picture of 

Christ’s love for the Church. (Prov. 20:6; Gen. 2:24)  


Day 6 

Pray that your husband will love righteousness and hate wickedness, especially the evils of the 

culture. Pray that he will recognize and avoid wickedness in his own life, and if necessary, take a 

clear, strong stand against evil.  (Prov. 27:12; John 17:15; 1 Cor. 10:12-13)  



Day 7 

Pray that your husband will work hard to provide for his family, to the best of hie ability. Pray that the character qualities necessary will continue to grow-persistence, decisiveness, strength, an analytical mind, organizational skills. positive relationships with people, determination etc (Rom 12:11, 1 Cor 15:58)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Cool way to Memorize

If you are like me (and most others, from what i've heard) Scripture memory is truly a challenge.  I know that i am to think about it while i sit, walk, talk and my nifty hubby has found and created a cool way to make scripture memory cards.

These are super cool. Ben got his on Monday and you put it on your key chain. You can get them in ESV or NAS so far.. He just put in an order for 10 in ESV.  They come in black, white, pink, and orange...Just thought you guys might be interested. You can order them off his site. (click)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shepherding a Child's Heart

We are reading a book right now entitled "Shepherding a Child's Heart" by Tedd Tripp. Its is tremendous> Here are a few exerpts from the latest chapter:
...As a parent you have authority b/c God calls you to be an authority in your child's life. 
You are under God's authority as your child is under yours.
You act at HIS command. 
Your duty is not to shape the lives of your children as it pleases you, but as it pleases HIM..

  *** i.e. when your child obeys they must know that the reason that they are to obey is not to please YOU, but GOD, because God is His Word commands them to, not just you.  
Simmilarly, when they disobey, the greater emphasis must be placed on their disobedience to God, not you.
~Otherwise when our children disobey and we are angry that they did not do what WE wanted , we in essence, are acting just like them, jumping up and down with a pout b/c we didn't get OUR way!!!~
The shepherding role of parenting is to encourage the child to desire to please God, to obey God.
Remember that your children learn of obedience as it is modeled in you. They must see you obeying God-even when it may not make sense to you or sound fun..

Monday, March 16, 2009

Hi guys.
I'm having to confess that this season i was actually watching the Bachelor. we only have a few channels and this one had a better quality than most options (though Ben and i could have just talked or read instead of getting caught up in this) 
We are big listeners to the pastor at Mars Hill in Seattle, and as you may know that is where the Bachelor took place. Many members even knew Jason.. So there is this great blog entry on their site that i thought i would share.

Psalm 139

Here is a precious video that God used to speak to my hear this morning about our new baby. Psalm 139 is a very familiar passage, but these precious images blessed me to my soul as I thought of what is inside!
Click here to watch.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tag You're IT

I've been tagged by Laura Beth to do the 25 random. However I couldn't find the time til now. Ben is shot a wedding today and is still shooting the reception. Brennan is in bed, so I have a moment of quiet house all to myself..

RULES:Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.Step 2: tag—eight other untagged people.

1. Make a list of things you can see without getting up: it way too long-our hosue is packed. I’m in the office, so I’ll name pieces of furniture or items of significance: a guitar or two, two bookshelves, a printer, lamps, candels pictures, an oversized calendar, marker board and bulietin board set..

2. Favorite football team: Auburn Tigers and my old Alama Mater

3. What are you wearing now? stretchy pants, a long sleeve shirt and I just put on Ben’s sweater from yesterday b/c I am freezing!

4. What color is your bedroom? birds egg blue

5. What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading? Knowing God by Packer and Systematic Theology by Grudem

6. Do you nap a lot? Only on rare occasion when I can’t hold my eyes open while the ocean sound machine whooshes in Brennan’s room during naps for him..

7. Who was the last person you hugged? Kay Simmons 

8. What’s your current obsession/addiction?  Orange Mango Juice and strawberries

9. What was the last thing you said aloud? “ready to get out?” (I was taking Brennan out of the tub)

10. What Web sites do you always visit when you go online?  My email, facebook, blogs and the weather channel

11. What was the last thing you bought? Green tea, diapers and wipes at CVS

12. What are you listening to right now? the dishwasher

13. What is something you wish you could do more? have a babysitter

14. What gives you hope? Watching couples like Peter and Bethany get married, knowing they will raise a godly heritage

15. What is your favorite weather, and why? I love the heat..i love the sun and the way it makes your skin feel.. so summer. (Ask me that next year after going through the heat of this summer major pregnant though!)

16. What time do you usually get up? 7-8am (whnever Brennan does)

17. What is your most challenging goal right now? to breastfeed the next baby..I know its sounds crazy, but I HATED the first three months of breastfeeding, it got better, but I have LOVED the bottle..Many people say just to do formula the whole way if that’s how I feel, but I know that is not whats best for baby and me..

18. If you could have a house–totally paid for, fully furnished–anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? On the beach in South Spain

19. Favorite vacation spot? the beach..any of them as long as its warm

What is your favorite children’s book? Oh the Places You will Go by Dr Seuss..i read it to every class the 1st and last day of school.

21. Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you: donuts-hot and fresh from Krispy Creme

22. If you could meet anyone famous - dead or alive - who would it be? Kate from ‘John & Kate + 8

23. Have you ever met anyone famous? what do you consider famous..Big Daddy Weave were Ben’s best friends and often roommates in college, Shane and Shane, Miss Alabama, Miss America…do any of these count?

24. If you could have any job in the world , what would it be? I’m doing a big part of my dream now as a wife and biggest job dreams of all times..i’ve taught too, another of my dreams..but one day I would love to get my reading specialist degree and spend my days teaching children to read

25. Who is your hero? Right now, with the whole motherhood thing..Yonea and all mothers of many guys are unsung heros.Motherhood can be tough!

26. Who is the last person you talked to? My sweet baby boy

My added question:  Who has invested the most in you other than your parents?

So i tag Jen, Alison, Stephanie, Alyssa, Lisa, Michelle, Merideth & Judith

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Cousin's Birthday, more pictures

I just had to snap this picture, lately when Brennan goes to sleep he has to have a shirt AND his blanket.  Ben or I one give him the shirt we wore for the day so that it has our scent. This one he has kept for a week now, and maybe there is an attachment!  Last night he slept from 7:30 to 4:30 and went back to sleep till 7:30 am.  WOO HOO!!!
Here is little Chase, Brennan's cousin that is 7 weeks older than him. His birthday party was last weekend and Brennan has a ton of fun..

Brennan was playing with this blue ball and a red one that didn't get in the picture. He was slightly offended when another child came up and took the red ball!

Here Brennan is getting pushed along by Gracie..what an easy ride!

Brenna was really wanting a cupcake!
But Grandaddy was good and only gave him Cheerios!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Prayers for your children

I found this on a website called above rubies. It is a list of Scripture prayers to pray over your children..the entire article was great. You can read it here. Anyway, here are the prayers. may you be blessed for generations as you pray for your precious little ones!

That they will have a real born again experience and come to know God personally. (John 3:3)

That they will have soft, tender hearts to hear the voice of the Lord and that they will walk humbly before Him. ((Isaiah 57:15; 66:2; 1 Peter 5:5-6)

That they will love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength. (Mark 12:50)

That God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon them. (Isaiah 44:3-4)

That they will love the Word of God, love to pray, and love to fellowship with the saints. (1 Peter 2:2; Psalm 55:17; Hebrews 10:25)

That they will love righteousness and hate evil. (Psalm 97:10; 101:3; Amos 5:15; John 17:15-16; Romans 12:9)

That they will hate lies and deception and seek after truth. (Psalm 51:6; 119:30; 163; Proverbs 12:22; 13:5; 19:9)

That they will stand up for truth and never compromise; that they will stand and keep on standing against all opposition. (Ephesians 6:13-14)

That they will hate the spirit of this world, but instead, bring God's love and salvation to the needy in this world. (John 17:18; Philippians 2:15; 1 John 2:15-17)

That they will understand true justice and have discernment regarding good and evil, the holy and the profane. (Leviticus 10:10; Isaiah 59:14-15; Jeremiah 15:19; Ezekiel 22:26)

That they will seek God with all their hearts. (Psalm 27:8; 105:4; 119:2; Proverbs 28:5; Zephaniah 2:3)

That their whole spirit, soul and body will be kept pure and blameless unto the coming of the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

That God will give them godly wives and husbands. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

That they will love and embrace children and establish godly homes. (Psalm 27 and 28: Malachi 2:15)

That God will keep them from accident, harm, sickness and danger, and all enemy attack. Psalm 91)