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I wish my voice was as beautiful as Susan Boyle’s.

I wish I knew as much about the Bible as my friend Loren.

I wish I was as beautiful as my friend Carissa.

I wish I was as skinny as my sister in law.

I wish I was 5′ 7″

I wish my hair turned out good everyday.

I wish I could play the piano as good as several of my piano playing friends do.

I wish I could sing tenor like my friend Donna does.

I wish I always had the right words to say like my friend Patty does.

I wish I was as patient with Grace as my friend Star is with her 5 children.

But I am not any of those things, nor can I ever make myself be like anyone else.

I am Beth.  I have the voice that God gave me.  I am as tall as God made me.  I am as thin as I can be at this point in my life.  I don’t always have time to make my hair perfect in the morning.  I look exactly the way God intended me to look.  Things don’t always come out of my mouth the way I intend them to.  I am human, sometimes I yell at my child.  I work as hard as I can to take care of my little family, and sometimes that means I have dark circles under my eyes and my hair is thrown up in a pony tail.  I don’t have as much time to practice on the piano as I’d like to.  I am Beth.  I have to live my life, not Patty’s, Lorens, Carissa’s,  or any other of my friends’ lives. 

I cannot spend time or energy trying to be like someone else.  I can admire the gifts and the talents God gave them, but I can’t beat myself up because my voice isn’t like someone else’s, my hair isn’t like someone else’s, or I’m not as thin as someone else.  I have to be who God made me to be.  I have to use the talents that God gave me……I can work to improve them, but I can’t try to be like someone else.

I’ve found that when I listen to someone sing and think “I wish I could sing like they do.” or I look at someone I know and think “I wish my hair always looked as nice as their’s does.” I start beating myself up………every day that week I look at myself and think I’m having a bad hair day.  Everytime I sing during music practice, I cringe when I hear my voice comes out, I look in the mirror and think about how much more wieght that needs to come off (15 lbs).

Satan has a way of distracting us, making us our own worst enemy.  Giving us thoughts that we’re not good enough to serve God, not thin enough or pretty enough to find someone to marry, that we’re not good parents to our children, and on and on.  He will find ANYTHING he can to distract us and mess with our thoughts.

Paul said it best:

“For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
II Corinthians 10:12

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It seems like summer has just started and now, it’s already the end of July…..Here’s what we’ve done this summer:

  • Took a much needed 2 week vacation to see my family 🙂
  • I arranged my work schedule so that I only teach 2 days a week (I really like this arrangement….too bad school starts again at the end of August 😦 )
  • Grace had her annual check up and dentist appointments (Dr’s visit went good….dentist, not so good.  She has 2 cavities.)
  • Went to a water park
  • Went to an amusement park
  • Touched the paint up on my car (for only $5.97!)
  • Painted our front door
  • Went to the Children’s Museum
  • Visited an indoor playground in our town…….lots of things to climb on, trampolines and slides.  (Grace can’t wait to go back)
  • Had a cookout for the 4th of July and watched fireworks.
  • Grace went to her first sleep over at a friend’s house and hosted her first sleep over at our house. (she’s growing up WAY too fast.)
  • Made cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting (I’d never made either one before…….it’s so easy, I can’t believe I never tried to make them before.)
  • Grace planted seeds and is busy watching them grow.
  • Swimming (only once in awhile because Grace says “It’s too hot to go swimming.”)
  • Going on walks in our neighborhood.

I love being able to go outside and get fresh air and not have to be couped up in the house 🙂

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I read this the other day……

“90% of your problems can be solved with a good night’s sleep.”

That helps put things into perspective doesn’t it?

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Broccoli Salad

I thought I’d share my recipe for broccoli salad with you.  In the summer time I love eating salads and cold foods, but I get tired of eating pasta salads, so this is a nice switch…..enjoy!

1 Large bunch of broccoli
1 Cup of Dry roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 Cup raisins
12 Slices of crisp bacon crumbled.

In a large bowl combine broccoli (florets only), sunflower seeds, bacon and raisins.

Sauce:

1 Cup of mayonnaise
1/3 Cup of sugar
2T of Red wine vinegar

Mix all 3 together in a bowl and then pour over the salad and stir it up. 
This salad is good right away, but is even more delicious when it’s been in the fridge overnight.

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Grace

Lord, as I seek Your guidance for the day,
I find my thoughts unyielding,
confusion crowds my way.

But then when I bow to You,
the challenges You guide me through,
Your promises are ever new,
I claim them for today.

Each new day’s design is charted by Your hand
and graciously revealed as I seek Your master plan.

Keep my footsteps faithful.  When from You I go,
return me to the joy that Your blessings can bestow.

Your will cannot lead me where Your grace will not keep me.
Your hand will protect me, I rest in Your care.
Your eyes will watch over me, Your love will forgive me,
And when I am faltering, I still will find You there.

This song is written by Carolyn Hamlin and is really more of a prayer, her words are beautiful and she expresses what I feel each morning as I pray before getting out of bed to start the day.

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