Archive for February, 2008

Sunshine

February 28, 2008

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There’s something about sunshine that puts a skip in one’s step, that brings light after days of darkness and reflects God’s glory.

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Love Languages

February 28, 2008

Over the month of February, I tend to think a lot about love, because of Valentines Day. A wise friend recently said to me, “it’s really all about relationships”. This is a concept that I want to explore. “Relationship before rules” is a philosophy that we try to have in our home. Sometimes relationships can seem difficult to foster. We feel hurt, misunderstood or get impatient with each other. I have found Gary Chapman’s books on Love Languages extremely simple, practical and they bring great understanding to our relationships. It starts with understanding that we all have ways that we feel loved.

What makes you feel most loved? The five love languages are:

  • quality time
  • words of affirmation
  • gifts
  • acts of service
  • physical touch

Take the quiz to find out your love language.

This knowledge is also extremely practical to help foster loving relationships with our kids. Gary Chapman also has a book for parents about kids as well.

Gary talks a lot about the concept of a “love tank” and that our “love tanks” can become empty if our love needs aren’t being filled.

Of course God’s love for us is the greatest; it is good beyond what we can comprehend. In fact, though we try to love each other, only God can meet our deepest love needs; and he will, if we ask him to.

“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 all knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:17-19

Now that is a great passage!

Spring Trim

February 27, 2008

Well, with the days getting longer and brighter and the weather warming, it makes one want to refresh and transform. To put away the velours and wools and exchange them for linens and cottons. To throw out the blacks, browns and olive greens and exchange them for whites, pinks and robin-egg blues. It is also, importantly, a time to rid oneself of winter hair.

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My esthetician did tell me that it could afford to be a bit shorter for an ideal waxing treatment, but it was a long winter after all.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided [leg] hair and the wearing of gold jewelery and fine clothes. Instead, it should be of that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

1Peter 3:3 (with liberties)

Core Beliefs

February 27, 2008

Everyone has core beliefs. These are the thoughts that define who you are and your outward perspective. You can start to explore your core beliefs by filling in these blanks:

Life is…

People are…

I am…

What are the first thoughts that pop into your mind? For me they can change. Life is good, difficult. People are kind, funny, weird, self-centered, interesting. I am, well there are many adjectives to describe myself: cool, great, the woman, disorganized, nerdy, introverted. These core beliefs affect a person’s outlook and definitely relate to the way a person feels or acts. Now add more,

My kids are…

My home is…

I am a _____ parent…

What are your core beliefs?

Oscars

February 25, 2008

Every year I look forward to watching the Oscars. This year I wasn’t familiar with the films that won the most awards, but that gives me incentive to see those movies now. I am most intrigued by the movie Juno, starring Ellen Page, which won for Best Original Screenplay. The script was the first screenplay written by Diablo Cody. The Academy Awards aren’t just about the glamour, jokes, faces and dresses (although those are exciting too). I am inspired by the talent, creativity, dreams and expression recognized. One of my favourite Oscar stories is about Jennifer Hudson, who starred in Dreamgirls (in my movie collection for sure). I love the fact that she went on to win an Oscar after being cut from American Idol. The minds of Hollywood are brilliant and you have to admit, life wouldn’t be the same without the movies.

Confidence

February 23, 2008

I was in the dentist’s office yesterday (a relaxing break for me these days) reading a “Shape” magazine. There was an article about first impressions. It talked about how important first impressions are; to appear confident, warm and to wear a smile. “Mary, they’re ready for you!” This is my opportunity, I thought! As I ascended the stairs from the waiting room to the dentist’s nook, I held my head high, warmth and confidence flowed freely through my demeanor. I smiled brightly at the other patient coming down the stairs. “This is great! I thought, “I’ve never felt so confident in my life!” Then in one painful moment, my foot caught on the edge of the stair and I lurched forward. My knee cap was crushed on the step above. “Ouch!” (I only said this in my head) “Are you alright?” Embarrassed, I hobbled into the dentist’s chair. I’ll try lesson number two in confidence tomorrow.

“For the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.”

Proverbs 3:26

Valentines Day

February 11, 2008

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This is one of my favorite times of the year, when we show expressions of love (and do lots of crafts and baking YAY!!!!!!)

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This year we made Valentine stensils using heart shaped doilies. I have to say, that I was disappointed by the selection of Valentines crafts on the internet, although these sites were pretty good: marthastewart.com and familyfun I noticed the doilies at Michaels and thought they would make a unique template. I bought them (using my 40% off coupon of course!) To make them, girls placed the doilie on the card and covered it with paint. Then we added glitter. We experimented to see how to make the clearest print. Megan is taking hers to her preschool and we’ll give the rest to family and neighbourhood friends.

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We are making a tradition of doing a “Valentines Delivery” every year, sort of like trick or treating, but this time it’s giving away treats! This year we made and decorated mini cupcakes with white icing.

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Shopping/break

February 11, 2008

I just got off the cell phone with my husband, Mark. He is at Superstore with our three children. I could hear the background noise of buggies, shoppers and Mark saying “Stop that Miranda! Stop that Miranda!” and then “I’ve gotta go!” I’m so thankful for him and I’m also glad that I’m at the computer right now instead of at the store. There are some kinds of shopping I love and others I resist.

Thoughts

February 11, 2008

“Whatever is true, Whatever is noble, Whatever is right, Whatever is pure, Whatever is lovely, Whatever is admirable, If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, Think about such things.”

Philippians 4:8

This is a daily exercise for me. Something that I try to practise. I might even go as far as to say that this is the key to life. I like to look around me and notice what is beautiful and good and thank God for that. I think of God’s love, what he’s done and what is going to do. Doing this can change my mind when I am worried or upset and opens it up to hope and possibilities; sometimes even hilarious laughter. I guess this is faith.