Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Here's The Deal.

It's Christmas Eve! Seriously, beyond a shadow of a doubt, THE most wonderful time of the year. And what is everyone doing? Barking back and forth at each other about how Phil Robertson included being gay in a long list of other sins. I've kept my mouth shut so far because I don't easily fall on either side, but it just keeps swirling around in my mind, so hopefully after I get it out, I'll be able to stop thinking about it.

First off, it's not a freedom of speech issue. Freedom of speech is in regards to the government, not the private sector. If you say harsh things, there will be consequences... You have the right to say them (you won't be arrested or charged) but you absolutely can be fired from your job. 

Second... Phil was asked a question and answered it honestly. He wasn't just throwing his opinions out there to people who hadn't asked. 

Now to the heart of the matter. Jesus is LOVE. He came because He LOVED us. It is our job to LOVE. If I have to precede what I say with "no offense, but..." that is not love. To everyone saying, "No offense, but, being gay is a sin," how about we turn the tables. How about I point my finger at YOU and say "No offense, but, the way you gossiped about your sister-in-law and over-ate last night was a sin." Or "Hey, the way you lie to your kids about Santa is a sin, no offense..." Or my favorite, "hey no offense but, the way you look at those guys is adultery in God's eyes." Hate to break it to you, but Jesus loves the homosexual with exactly the same intense, unchangeable love that he loves the liar, thief, and adulterer. He died for all of us, and unless you plan on becoming perfect tomorrow, YOU ARE EXACTLY THE SAME as the gay person you keep pointing out. Heaven will be full of homosexuals, people! Because it will be full of liars and cheaters, too!! 

Instead of rating yourself on how many sins you can point out, how about by how much you have loved. God knew none of us would ever be perfect, that's why the "greatest" of all the commands is love. 

Let's love each other. 

Let's show mercy and grace toward each other. 

I KNOW that's what Jesus would do.

He died to do it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Weakness = His Strength

I've become THAT girl. The annoying one who posts her runs on Facebook. The one who sets her alarm for no other reason than to get an early morning run in. That girl who fist bumps to the music blaring out of her headphones as she runs down an old country road. Yup, that girl. The runner. And the amazing thing is that it's by none of my own strength. I literally have to beg God before every run to fill me with His strength and His determination and His power. Because left to my own devices, I would still be asleep, grumpy, and still stuck in a helpless cycle of self loathing. On my own there is no self control, no strength, not even an ounce of desire to get up in the mornings and run. Not at all. But where I am weak, HE IS STRONG! 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Proper Way to Eat a Quesadilla

Here is Hattie...
And here is how she eats quesadillas:

Step 1: Dip chip in guacamole.

Step 2: Wipe guacamole from chip onto quesadilla.

Step 3: Lick guacamole off of quesadilla.

Step 4: Take a massive bite of quesadilla.

Chew and Repeat.
Any questions?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

To Learn, Or Not To Learn

I'm growing. Scratch that.  God is growing me.  Stretching me.  Challenging me.  And to be honest, I don't love it! I just wanna curl up in a ball on my momma's couch, where it is safe and comfortable and known.  I don't like the unknown.  Which is probably why God keeps taking me there.

I knew what it would be like living in Strawn again... been there, done that.  But this time I have 4 kids! That's 4x's greater chance that someone I'm respnsible for is going to need something.  Something that this itty bitty town doesn't have! And then it hit me, as it usually does, when I was in the Word.

I'm currently memorizing James 5, slowly but surely, and the Lord smacked me upside the head with it:  "You've spent your days on earth in luxury, satisfying your every desire.  You've fattened yourselves for the day of slaughter..."

O.M.G. -- No translation needed here.  No analogies to understand the context. I've been reciting those lines over and over and over for the past 2 months, all the while literally satisfying MY every desire! Fattening my self, my home, my family -- for no worthy reason!  If we need something, ANYTHING, we just go get it! Living in close proximity to a Walmart has jokingly (but mostly seriously) been of such a high importance to me! Why?? SO I COULD SATISFY MY EVERY DESIRE.

Need a gallon of milk? Run to Walmart.

Got a craving for chocolate? Run to Walmart.

Out of hairspray? Run to Walmart.

That has always been so important to me, and who knows how long the Lord has been saying, "Lauren, just wait..."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

This is a story...

...about a house.  An old house.  A lived-in house.  Jeff grew up playing Atari in the upstairs living room and celebrating every Memorial Day weekend in the yard.  Endless rounds of horse-shoes and boche  ball have been enjoyed under the great big trees, while the women prepared food to feed an army.  Kids grew up in this house, and grandkids know it well.  It's Granny and Papaw's house.  And now it's ours...

Step 1: Paint. And oh did it need it.  It has always been white.  And only white.  Whitewashed to be exact.  So we picked out colors (nothing too crazy, just a little change), paintbrushes, and got to work!  I'm pleased with the outcome but can't guarantee I won't repaint in a few years :) 

I can, however, guarantee that even though this house holds enough memories to last a lifetime, I can't wait to start making more! 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fun in the Sun

This blog and I have such a love/hate relationship.  If absence really makes the heart grow fonder, then I should be head over heals right now! 

We're in the middle of spring break, so far so good.  It's been in the 70's every day.  I've had baby Jacob all week so we haven't been able to go far, but 3 park playdates in 3 days makes for fun in the sun, worn out kiddo's, and a happy momma :)

We'll be spending the last few days of the break painting our new house! Yup, moving again. Not far, and into a bigger house that will be paid off in 5 years.  I'm pretty excited :) God is good and as always, He has a better plan than I do!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hello there, it's been awhile!

I have no idea where to even start an entry right now, other than God is SO GOOD.

In other news, I'm not so good... at blogging! Ugh. Now Facebook, I can do.  A lot.  Pinterest, I'm totally and completely addicted.  But blogging is harder for some reason. I guess it takes more time and thoughtfulness, both of which I'm lacking!

So it's been a few months since I've updated the ol' blog, so instead of filling in the gap, I'll just update where we are today, and I'll fill in the blanks another day. HA!

So I am happily taking care of our kiddo's along with a 6 month old sweet baby boy, Jacob.  He gets here every morning around 7am and is picked up by 5 each afternoon.  It makes for a long day sometimes but I enjoy it and I'm able to make a little bit of money while staying home with my littles so I'm thankful the Lord provided this "job" for me.

Jeff is now the associate pastor and student pastor at our church, The Gathering @ Brock. It was a series of unbelievable miracles that brought us to this place. God has us in an AMAZING season of life right now and I'm so thankful for everywhere He took us that led us right here! It's so much easier to look back and see how God was with us every step of the way that got us here, than it was to understand when we were in the middle of it. There were so many times in the last few years (that's documented on this blog!) when I was terrified, sad, confused, etc, etc about where we were, where we were supposed to be, why things were happening.  But now looking back God knew what He was doing and I can't imagine it any other way!

My parents and sisters are coming to church with us, also! Well, my dad comes occasionally. He has a really good job working with a buddy doing dirt work (gets paid well to work on super duper nice machinery with heat/ac and radio) but it's almost 3 hours away and right now while the weather is nice they're working 7 days a week!  I think the Lord is giving him a break, which is understandable, and there's no rush!

Anyway, not much else to report... oh yeah, the kids...

Calling the ENT specialist in the morn for Hattie. Tubes, tubes, wonderful tubes.  4 kids, 4 sets of tubes... why can't they just put them in when they're born!? OBVIOUSLY it's genetic, people! My mom and dad had ear infections, my husband and I both had them, and now all 4 of our kids have had tubes.  I think I see a pattern.  Other than the ear issue, she's the most precious, dramatic, adorable, perfectly squeezable little princess ON THE PLANET. She's my love. I dress her as girly as I can until she's old enough to tell me no! Although she hasn't said "no" yet, she has mastered "uh-oh, thank you, momma, da-da, and Hattie." :)

Noah has started guitar lessons and is absolutely loving it! He had his first recital last Monday night and it was wonderful.  He played Hot Cross Buns, Are You Sleeping, and The Tonkowa Song perfectly, as usual.  He is also representing the 4th grade in their school's spelling bee! Again, not unexpected. He's hoping to win it all this year! We shall see...

Max. Hmm.  Not much going on with Max.  He played soccer again, that's 7 seasons in a row now, but when we moved to Tyler the team he had always been on fell apart so now that we're back we had to start over.  If this team stays together they could be really good, so hopefully they will!

Last but not least, Benjamin.  My buddy.  He's a pretty bright 3 year old, ADORES his big brothers, tattles on little sister all day long, and loves his mommy and daddy :).  We're really wanting to put him into some kind of 2-3 day a week preschool.  Noah and Max were both in preschool at this age because I was working at one so it was free.  Now it wouldn't be free, but Ben would LOVE it.  I try to do a few papers with him everyday (he's learned his colors and shapes, about to start on patterns and letters/numbers) but I have to wait till both Hattie and Jacob are sleeping so it's tricky.  He would also love the social interaction with kids his age.  He loves the nursery at church... almost every night he asks if when we wake up in the morning are we going to church to play with his friends :( He loves his friends...

That's all for now... not looking forward to getting up early in the morning after this wonderful Thanksgiving break!! Must stop pinning ;)