Joshua 24:15

...choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." Joshua 24:15

Monday, March 26, 2012

With My Whole Heart


God mends my heart
My husband stole my heart
Izabella gave me a mother's heart
Sofia strengthens my heart
Ivana brings laughter to my heart
Andres melts my heart
Christ is the keeper of my heart



 







  

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Somtimes Things Aren't What They Seem to Be

I was thinking today while I was cleaning that sometimes things aren't what they seem to be.

For example, sometimes I walk in to the girls' room and it's picked up so it passes as 'clean'. But then if you look under the beds, in the drawers or in the closet...well, not so clean anymore. Sometimes, food 'looks' tasty or smells 'good'. But, then you bite into it and...well, not so good.

Sometimes people are that way. Some people put on a front like everything is OK. Nothing seems to bother them or affect them. But, inside they're hurting. Sometimes, people are really kind and generous...to your face. But as soon as you turn your back...eek! Watch out! Sometimes people seem distant or not so kind. Then, you get to know them and you realize that they are very kind, loving and loyal people.

The bottom line is that we never truly know a person. We really never know their inner thoughts, fears or insecurities. We might not even know their dreams and hopes. Like the saying goes... "Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." (Plato?)

My challenge for today is to remember that nothing is ever what it appears to be. Good or bad...

I don't know why I thought this was a good picture for this post. It just seemed fitting...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Heart Stopping Moment

Have you ever had one of those moments...you know the kind...

A while ago I wandered upstairs to take care of some small chores. Ivana was playing with her baby doll and didn't want to come with me. It was feeding time and her baby was in the middle of lunch. :) After I finished what I came to do I sat for a few minutes to finish a blog entry I had started some months ago (see previous post). After a while I didn't hear any sound coming from downstairs. As most moms, I headed downstairs, hamper in hand because every good mom ALWAYS has something to do on the way to do something else. I loaded the washer and started out to look for Ivana. I thought she had wandered into the basement to get a toy. I called out. No answer. I did a quick sweep of the downstairs and...nothing. Checked the doors. All locked. Headed upstairs. Nothing. The only room I didn't check was hers because the baby is asleep in there. So I headed downstairs again. Nothing. This time I went into the basement into all the corners. Nothing. By this time I was imagining her near the water heater passed out. Or in the garage helplessly caught in something. In my trek I must have passed the couch several times. So I was headed upstairs again...heart in my throat...she must have snuck into her room and fell asleep.

Well...she was asleep alright. As I was passing the couch to head upstairs AGAIN...there she was...

Clearly, it's nap time.

Set Your Affections

I have to admit, 2011 ended on something of a sour note. Without going into details, let's just say that when people do things with the intention to hurt...well, it usually does. Sadly, I let some incidents get to me and instead of pondering all the wonderful blessings of the year I ended up focusing on all the trials I had experienced through out the year.

In my sadness, I cried out to the Lord (sometime around 2am when I had insomnia)...

fast forward...

This post was started on January 1st. Some short days later I would get the call that my grandfather had passed. It is now MARCH 1st! WHERE oh! WHERE did the time go?!

It has been two months since this post was started. Approximately two months since I flew out to be with my family and bury my grandfather. Two months to ponder...life and death. I'm sure there is a lot more I still need to learn, experience and be grateful for. The truth is that "life" really isn't that complicated. Live a life that is honoring to God. Period. BUT, we tend to get in the way. Our selfishness and inner desire to be first, to not be wronged, to come out on top, to have the most/best toys, to have the perfect family. Our pride gets in the way. It's conquers us, like a determined hiker conquers Mt. Everest. It takes over our lives, like the mold on that sandwich you left in the fridge some...umm..weeks ago. Eww! And we forget the beauty of JUST LIVING. Of JUST LOVING. ACCEPTING. ENCOURAGING. LAUGHING. BUILDING BRIDGES. BUILDING MEMORIES. And most importantly, sharing the truth about a Christ who came to shed His blood, die on a cross, and RISE. He should be the one to conquer our hearts. He's the only one who can wipe away every earthly desire and put our hearts back together. And when we allow Him to do this He rebuilds our hearts inserting into the very core of it a desire for HIM!

This year I have set my affections on Christ. Already, I have failed. God has allowed some things into my life and I have not responded how He wanted me to. But, in the moments I have come to Him and asked for another chance...He has given it to me. I'm so glad I serve a LIVING God and Saviour. (can I just say... *phew*)

These pictures are a reminder to me... Life is like a vapor. La vida se va como el viento.