Friday, June 15, 2012

Draw Me Nearer

The song on my heart right now ~~~

For your nearness Lord I hunger
For your nearness Lord I wait
Hold me ever closer Father
Such a love I can’t escape

For your nearness I am hoping
For your nearness Lord I long
Have no need of any other
I have found where I belong

So draw me nearer Lord
Never let me go
Closer to your heart
Draw me nearer Lord

~~~Meredith Andrews

My goal for yesterday: Do not say anything negative.

This was going well until oh, I would say around 3:30 - when a bad attitude completely caught me off guard.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. Galatians 5:17

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22, 23

The whole self-control thing just flew out the window. And it grieved me. Even still this morning even though I had asked forgiveness from the one who was the object of my "lack of self-control" (i.e. my flesh that so needs to be crucified/put to death).

The phrase crucifying the flesh is not exactly a friendly, appealing group of words....He wants us to know that His gift of the Holy Spirit is really not for our own pleasure or purposes. The Spirit is meant to lead us toward holiness. The Spirit is here with us to accomplish God's purposes, not ours.

When you decide to put to death - to crucify - your flesh, you are by default choosing the way of the Spirit. You are leaving one path and joining another. The new path of walking with the Spirit will undoubtedly have its share of twists and turns. At forks in the trail, you, at times, choose to follow the desires of your flesh, even though you left that path long ago. ~~~ Francis Chan

I definitely went down the wrong path, but as I continue reading, praying, thinking, I realize that love is the first fruit listed. Can I display the other fruits if I don't have that one? Is that what is missing? A deep love? Most of all for God? So much that it overflows out of my heart into the lives of others. Can there be room for those "works of the flesh" if my heart is that full?

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (3:16-19 NIV)

And to that I say, let's try this again today.

And I pray, Lord, please fill my heart with so much love and joy, most of all a great love for You!, so that it spills out of my heart and into the lives of others. I know I cannot do this on my own.

In your nearness there is healing
What was broken now made whole
Restoration in its fullness
Lasting hope for all who come

So draw me nearer Lord
Never let me go
Closer to your heart
Draw me nearer Lord


DRAW ME NEARER - MEREDITH ANDREWS - click here to listen

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dry Ice

We went to a friend's birthday party Saturday evening. It was a murder mystery party. So much fun! As part of her decor, she had some dry ice. Brad was mesmerized by it so much that she asked if he would like to bring it home. Hysterical, I know. When we got home, the fun continued!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Summer Fun!

Last week was crazy busy with Summer Basketball. Madison played 11 games last week! She was the only returning varsity player there for a couple of days, so she had to play a lot.

It was nice getting to see her play so much, although she was beyond exhausted. I was seeing glimpses of the old Madison basketball player - that spark and hustle she used to have when she enjoyed playing. Glad to see it.

This week has been a little slower. I didn't get much done at all last week, but this week has been quite productive. Needed that. My house is appreciative.

Yesterday was a fun day. Started off with a trip to the library where we saw the Reptile Wrangler. Met some pretty serious reptiles ~ the kind you would not want to meet on your own!

In the afternoon, we went to Six Flags. We got there around 4 p.m., and I now wonder why I ever got there at any other time before. The majority were obviously exhausted, and most were ready to head home - a lot did. We almost felt like we had the park to ourselves. Lines were minimal if any. A couple of times we were asked if we wanted to ride again because there was no one else waiting. Perfection! They closed at 8, so we were there for four hours. I dare say we rode more in that 4 hours than we did the last time when we got there when they opened.

Today, since the two oldest have had friends over nearly every day, they are taking a break, and the little ones are getting to spend the day playing with friends.

And they've been playing hard. I intervened at one point with some water balloon fun, but most of the time I think they would rather create their own fun. As long as it's safe, I'm okay with that.

But this was fun for a little while. Family Fun magazine had the idea to hide water balloons - like Easter eggs - so Cari and I did that and let them find them. This lead to a battle of course, which led to filling more balloons and just battling - forgetting the hiding, which led to forgetting water balloons and just getting sprayed with the water hose that I was using to fill the balloons with. Fun!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

DV - The Wrap Up

On day 3 of our vacation, we actually went to Disney. It was hot and crowded of course, but it was fun. Apparently there was a tropical storm approaching, so we were blessed with some light showers to help cool us off.

Here's a few snapshots of our day at the Magic Kingdom.

{About to leave}

{Matthew doing what the rest of us wanted to be doing}

On Day 4, we headed to the pools late morning but were soon chased away by a downpour. This continued off and on for most of the day, so we stayed inside watching movies, munching, and playing games. The kiddos were able to swim a little bit more later in the day and spent a little time in the arcade. We cooked up some spaghetti for supper, watched another movie, and Megan and I played Scrabble. She won one, and I won one, so I told her we could never play again since we were even. LOL

Then sadly, we began the packing up process, and on day 5, we completed that process and headed home. Time went by ridiculously fast, but it was so nice to get away for a few days. I'm feeling very thankful for a wonderful family, a safe, uneventful trip, and good friends to spend the vacation with.

Friday, June 1, 2012


Here's the "more about that" I mentioned in the previous post... I was around 6 years old the first time I realized I nee...