Saturday, April 24, 2010


Hi Girls,

This is a reminder of thankfulness. I was thinking today that I don't say thank you to God often enough. We have so much to be thankful for and are so blessed to have him watching out for us. Even just the small things too make a big difference. For example, I'm thankful that dairy queen has buy one blizzard get a second for 25 cents- it sure made the bike trip to gan more fun! And I'm thankful that it's nice and sunny today! Think of some of the things you're thankful for.

It's good to be thankful because it makes us aware of all that we have, keeps our eyes on the positive side (rather than thinking on what we are lacking). It raises our moods and keeps our hearts more pleasant. Some days it's harder to be thankful than others, especially when everything seems to go wrong. But even on those days, and maybe your having one of them right now, at least find something to say thank you for and you'll hopefully start to feel better. At least it will bring you around to a more positive way of thinking! After all, God is always watching out for us and we can always be thankful for his love!

Friday, April 23, 2010


Hi Girls,

Ever think we'd have an easier time being childlike if we had our childlike innocents back? Probably. Parents have such a huge responsibility to shelter their children, to protect their minds. The older I get, the more aware of this I become. I used to get annoyed at my parents sheltering ways, thinking they were inhibiting me from understanding the world or just having some fun. But now that I think of it, parents do have a responsibility to shield their children while equipping them with the skills to understand and process the bad stuff that does happen in the world.

There is a song by POD I believe that mentions how we scar children with images they can't forget. Think about that for a second. Are there any things in your mind or life that haunt you? Children sometimes have terrible nightmares, brought on by things they witness during the day. Even now that we're older we can be tormented by our thoughts and dreams, fortunately, we know there is a God who conquers all of that but it makes me think that we should try to avoid from polluting our minds in the first place.

It's hard though. The process of desensitization can happen so slowly. Children can be so easily scarred by violent images or mean talk but as we get older, we almost get used to it. It doesn't bother us as badly. Sometimes people even begin to think that it's not that bad anymore. For example, think of how some little kids are so sensitive to 'bad' words and then when we get older, it's like no big deal, hear it all the time. Is that a good attitude to have? Look at how movies keep pushing the bar on violence and other sins; people want more to thrill them because they are too used to what they've seen in the past that it provides them with no sick pleasure anymore.

So what does all this mean for us? Well, I just hope that we become more aware of what we let into our minds and the thoughts we keep. After all, Philippians 4:8 tells us pretty clearly to think about "...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." Let that be the rule that guides us. Just because evil is out there in the world, doesn't mean we need to concentrate on it. 

Matthew 15:16-20 states "...But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It's from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That's what pollutes." 
And again in Matthew 7: 20-23, "He went on: "It's what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution."

Pretty serious stuff eh? We pollute ourselves by what we allow into our hearts. So we need to protect our minds from effecting the way we feel in our hearts. It's all about keeping ourselves pure and honourable to God. Life becomes so much more free and enjoyable when we don't have disturbing feelings tagging along with us. And we don't want to lead ourselves into sin either.

So I think it's time we allow ourselves to be sensitive again. To see things as they really are and understand how God sees it. When we ask God to allow us to look at the world through his eyes, everything becomes a whole lot clearer than before. We see it as it really is, as the truth. And then we can see God's love and heart for changing the world.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Hey Girls,

What is the best part of making cookies? It's getting dough all over your fingers as you mix up the batter and then form the cookies. Or at least that's my favourite part because I love the taste of cookie dough. It's the hands on creative part, the design part, the yummy part! When was the last time you had fun sticking your hands into a pile of dough? You know, it delights kids to play with dough. As a child, I loved sampling the cookie dough.

I think there are a lot of things we have fun doing as a child but lose sight off as we get older. Sometimes that's a very good thing- like picking your nose- admit it, you did it! haha. But there are other things that we took delight in that we don't necessarily do anymore or sometimes we just don't have that childlike delight in what we do. Why not? Why do we let life become such a point of stress, worry, concern or take it so seriously that we can't just sit back and laugh, giggle, play?

Think about spiritual stuff for a moment. Isn't anything spiritual seemingly really serious? Takes much thought, concentration..etc. It doesn't always seem that fun or silly. How often do we have fun doing a spiritual activity? Like there are lots of spiritual games, like prophecy games and whatnot, which can be fun. I'm kinda talking more on just taking a childlike delight in God. Just enjoying reading the Bible or praying, feeling that's it's okay to giggle and be goofy when spending time with God.

Matthew 18: 3-5 tells us clearly the importance of not losing our childlike heritage: "And he said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever takes a humble place—becoming like this child—is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." Pretty intense huh? We have to be humble like kids, confessing our sins, aware of our limitations, accepting simply what we can not understand, having faith in our hearts even when we can't make sense of everything and humbling ourself to know that we are just kids. When we welcome a kid, we welcome God so that means God has a lot of childlike characteristics too and takes great delight in us!

There is a difference between being childish and being childlike. We're not to act immature and foolish. We still need to exercise wisdom but I think a lot of us sometimes lose sight of the whole childlike aspect. The innocents. I don't think God wants his kids to be world weary, bone tired and crouching beneath the weight of all their responsibilities. Rather, I think God wants his children to be children. Remember what that was like? You didn't have to worry about stuff because you knew your parents would take care of you. It's the same way with God. Children can trust in such innocents, such heartfelt devotion. We can't lose that. People often become jaded, cynical and put up walls as they get older because they've been hurt by the world and don't see much good in it anymore. Life fills children with delight.

That's what I want us to recapture, to get back too. That childlike faith of total heartfelt devotion to God, and trusting in him that he will take care of us. Carefree, innocent and believing that God can work good in the world, that's what we need. So do something today that will help you get in touch with those childlike feelings and help you remember what it felt like to be a kid.

Just go make some cookies!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Family Time

Hi Girls,

Last night my family had a bonfire together and it was really fun. It's nice to get out and do something different. A lot of people I know don't really get a lot of family time. Partly do to busyness, or living so far from each other or  just other things get in the way. But it's nice to get together and enjoy each other's company with some smores and wieners.

And there was so much smoke in the yard. It looked kinda cool though, like fog.

We have kinda a different family arrangement since there are 6 people in our household, my sister and her husband, me and my husband as well as my parents. So you can imagine that we see each other a lot. Makes me sometimes think that they had it right back in the old days, you know, when the parents would parcel off a piece of their land to their sons, who would bring their wives, build a home. Families seemed to always stay in the same town together and marry off their sons and daughters to others living there.

Yet, even with everyone living in the same house, we still have to make time to do things. Sometimes it's hard to think up what to do, especially with limited financial resources. My mom and I took some time to make homemade lip balm today. It was fun and wow, I was so impressed at how amazing it turned out. No need to buy the all natural stuff anymore when I can make it at home (plus, I think it's a great gift idea too).

Together time is important, helps to bond, catch up... Even when you spend a lot of time with someone, sometimes you need chances to get to know them better. Like with my husband, we need to go on 'dates' to reconnect sometimes, get away from the boring and routine- have some fun (I wish we could go on more! but often things to do costs money- sometimes it just takes some creativity!). I encourage you all to find something to do with one of your family members or more than one, whatever, just make family time a priority before the month is up. I'm sure you can think of something to do!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Exchanging Words

Hi Girls,

I'm sure your parents told you not to call names right? Don't yell at someone and tell them their stupid (or something worse) when they cut you off in traffic? Get in an argument with someone and end up calling them an idiot? It happens, happens to the best of us. We just can't seem to keep insults from our language sometimes. But you know, our parents were right when they told us not to call names. And it's not just because it's a mean thing to do! It's because the words we use are powerful. Calling names, like idiot, dumb etc. are curses really, curses you're proclaiming over someone's life.

Matthew 5: 21-22 "You're familiar with the command to the ancients, 'Do not murder.' I'm telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother 'idiot!' and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell 'stupid!' at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill."

This is pretty intense eh? Be judged for calling someone and idiot and go to hell for calling someone stupid? This puts murder and words on the same level. You can kill someone with words just like with deeds. The saying 'sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me' is a lie. Honestly, who doesn't get hurt by being called names? Some people may have a thick skin so it won't bother them as much or they may just grow numb to it but that doesn't mean the words have no power.

Think about children for a moment to illustrate this. A child that is raised with positive reinforcement, words of encouragement, will grow up to be a more positive person with a good self image. A child who is constantly insulted, battered with words, made to think less of themselves, often becomes a bully, or closed up in themselves, or eventually even starts to hate themselves and think suicide. Words are powerful. Words can grow or kill. 

Sometimes we can't even see what the effect our words have. Words may not have an outward impact all the time but we can never fully understand the impact they have on the person's spirit. If someone is told that they are stupid over and over again, eventually, they may start to believe that lie and it can become part of who they are. It's diminishing their spirit, spreading lies about their God given talents. Saying someone is dumb is pronouncing that over their lives, cursing them to be less intelligent. And if someone is acting that way, wouldn't we rather have the person become more intelligent instead of less? Don't we want them to smarten up? So doesn't it make more sense to bless someone who is acting 'dumb' in our opinion by telling them honestly (without sarcasm) that they are talented, that God has lots of good things for them? Something to encourage them rather than break them down?

I think so. Although, it's often hard in the middle of a situation to say something positive without having it come off sarcastic or the person taking it wrong. Maybe it's sometimes easier to just say nothing at all but pray for them in our hearts. We don't want to incriminate ourselves by cursing someone else.

I also think that a lot of people don't understand how truly huge this is and how much power our words have. They just think so flippantly on the subject, as if it's really no big deal, won't make a difference but it does! God sees! The Bible warns us that we're in danger of hellfire by doing that! Honestly, how much more serious does it need to get? 

I believe that words have power over all living things. We can bless pets, even plants we grow. After all, God spoke the world into being so when we speak, there is power too since we are the daughters of God. So even speaking kind, blessing words over other living things will have positive results. Try it!

Let's repent and ask forgiveness for the curses we've spoken in our lives and move on. Try now to bless whenever you feel the urge to insult rise up and see what happens! 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Hey Girls,

How are you all? What brings you joy? Happiness? What makes you sad or makes you struggle? Are you in a good patch now or inching along waiting for the trouble to end? God knows what your needs are and he will provide for them.

I was reading my Bible this morning and came across some very interesting things that I believe it's easy to lose sight off. I was reading the Message and that version just seemed to add a little extra clarity sometimes. So here are some encouraging verses:

Matthew 5:5 "You're blessed when you're content with just who you are—no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought."

And then in Matthew 6: 30-33 "What I'm trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with gettingso you can respond to God's giving. People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met."

Matthew 6: 7-13 says  "(Religious people) They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply."

This is nice to know eh? Be content with what we have because God knows our needs and will provide. It kinda struck me, we are often so concerned with what we don't have and getting that through our own initiative that we don't even let God provide for us. He knows what we need. We don't need to keep chasing after things but step back and let him take care of us. It's hard because there is a lot of patience involved in that, something we often don't do very well.

I also liked the reminder of praying simply. Further on in chapter 7, it talks about how we shouldn't play games with God but be direct with our requests. Ever tried to use reverse psychology on God? Or pray for something while we really wanted another thing, like asking for compassion and thinking that by being more 'spiritual' God will reward us with the IPOD we want?? You know, ever tried something like that? We can't trick God. Why waste time? He always knows what we want even before we ask. And it's also comforting to know that just because someone in leadership tells us a certain way to experience God- it's not a formula. There is no equation to getting more of God. He gives as he wants. We don't have to pray a certain way or do a particular thing. That's all religious rules and nonsense. God just wants us to come to him in honesty.

Feeling lighter? Less stressed about God and stuff? I hope so. Our Heavenly Father will take care of us, just let him and know that you are a daughter of the King, very valued, special and beautiful.

Matthew 5:48 "In a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you."