I published the post on my parenting revelation, that is found below, and was ready to share some other cool things happening within our home and then BAM Joanne had her stroke. The morning was 1-11-11. If you are friends with me on facebook or follow me on twitter then you know that Joanne has consumed my every thought and request for prayer. I still can't believe what that sweet woman has endured, what her husband has endured, what her precious girls have endured. It just tears our hearts to pieces doesn't it?
Our friend, Holly, put up a post on her blog and I cannot get it out of my mind. These were Holly's words on what kind of friend Joanne is. If you are like me, I tried to find myself in these sentences. I was unsuccessful for the most part. Joanne is teaching me SO MUCH about life. See what you think. Are you in there?
This is the kind of friend who sends flowers, when she's praying for me.
This is the kind of friend, who invites me over for lunch and then gives ME a gift basket.
This is the kind of friend, who shares deep truths she is learning from God's Word.
This is the kind of friend, who tarries with me in conversation, never making me feel like I am TOO MUCH or NOT ENOUGH. She accepts me, as I am.
This is the kind of friend, who thinks I am special and lets me know in 100 ways.
This is the kind of friend, who loves to read as much as I do! She also loves Jesus, her family, home and Bible study--and makes me want to be fully committed and growing better in all of that.
This is the kind of friend, who prays with me.
This is the kind of friend, who rooms with me---even though I sometimes snore.
This is the kind of friend, who teaches me new thing, like knitting.
This is the kind of friend, who will take time away from her very busy schedule homeschooling, being a student in seminary, wife, mother and a host of other things and spend it with me--without a hurry or care. Just unrushed time, as friends.
This is the kind of friend, who will spend the day with me at a French flea market.
This is the kind of friend, who will take her mother's knitted project that didn't quite turn out, take it apart and restitch it--giving it as a gift to her mom this past Christmas. I told her, she is just like Jesus-making all things new. How beautiful.
Isn't this just beautiful?? I read these with no conviction whatsoever because I know Joanne's heart. I read this with more of a challenge. I read this wanting to be more like Joanne.
Take some time and swallow these and see where Joanne is in your life.
There is so much to say about what Jo is teaching me, but for now.....I just know I want to be more like her!
And we all shout HALLELUJAH! for what He is doing in her life right now. In all of our lives!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 2, 2011
I was one of those 2010 people who was actually ok saying goodbye to her. She was alright and all, but it was a year of "moving on and new beginnings" and we all know those seasons are somewhat difficult and you find yourself in places that you have never walked before. Soooooo.....see ya 2010! I will even throw in the "See ya wouldn't wanna be ya" to 2010.
I'm so happy to welcome 2011. (Deep breath)
Ok, one thing that was so cool over this past weekend was this.......I am hoping to live 2011 with GREAT intention when it comes to God and my family. And by great intention....I mean stretching myself past the normal laundry, shuffling kids around, grocery shopping, meal planning that I already do. I mean pushing myself to another place. I want to push myself into removing distractions and laziness when it comes to Jesus and my family.
This might be shocking to some of you, but here's the deal......I don't spend really good quality time with my kids. (shakingmyheadinshame)
I don't. I have lots of "nice" conversations with them, but no depth. Depth takes time. Depth takes being intentional with your words and questions and the direction of your conversation.
So....this is how I started tending to this matter. I humbled myself before my oldest and told him that I wanted more time with him and that I was sorry for neglecting him. He laughed. So did I. But...boy...hang on kiddo because we are about to have a blast and love each other as momma to son like never before. :)
We went to Starbucks and sat for an hour and a half. I don't take my kids to Starbucks because that is clearly an adult treat and gosh it's expensive times two. HA! However, this is all about to change. I introduced him to their hot chocolate while I thoroughly enjoyed my grande non-fat caramel brulee latte with light whip. Aaaahhh. And who cares if the fabulous drink kept me up until midnight.
We talked and talked and talked. This is what my notebook says for my oldest...and yes...I took notes.
14 year old....Here he is. I love this kid so much.
This is what we talked about in an hour and a half:
* I told him that I'm memorizing two scriptures a month. He said "that's cool." (insert grin)
* He told me he finished reading the book of Mark. HUH? How did I miss that? Wow!
* He said he wants to continue with his daily devotional book he has. Couldn't tell you what it is other than a sports theme for teenage boys. WAY TO GO SON!
* We looked through bible verses and he picked Hebrews 6:12 to carry him through school. It says this..."We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised." (I'm going to hang this in his room)
*We made specific goals in regards to grades for the next nine weeks. Each class has a goal.
*We talked about fear and what holds him back from embarking on a possibility at church.
* We then laughed and said that we will do this on a very regular basis so we can know EXACTLY whats going on in each others world.
Y'all, do you even know how fabulous of a time this was for both of us?
I'm going to do the same thing with the other two boys and I'm praying that you will adopt something similar with your kids. It really is the best investment we can give them.
Hugs and blessings~