Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Yeah, it's as good as it looks.
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
They had a great time - though I can't say the same for her cat. (She says he usually gets sick after the kids leave.) I snapped this while he was hiding from the young'uns in Stacey's bedroom:
One of the sweetest things our boys love about sleeping at Stacey's house (aside from the treats) is the smell of her sheets. The last time they stayed over, Meeley was elated to discover that his pillow had carried the fabric softener scent home. Seriously.
After dropping off the boys, the hubby and I snuck on over to Sonic for some treats of our own. (We're sneaky like that.)
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Saturday, March 28, 2009
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The playdate was a blast. I have a few more images to share (in addition to the one in the last post). And a few parenting things to ponder. Perhaps tomorrow...
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Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The kids and hubby are home for the week. (Interesting, considering the weekly photo challenge theme.) With today being Sunday and church being a usual part of the day, I knew I had to snap a shot of the service. (It wasn't easy.) Just click on the image to get a better view.The kids are outside and the hubby is shopping - perfect for blogging... now if only I could WRITE! It's not been coming very easily as of late. What's been happening over the last few weeks has been something of a makeover. Things were getting a little off-track. (Nothing major, just feeling like I'd zipped ahead of God in a few areas.) I've been taking a little extra time to sort things out. So how does one know when a godly makeover is needed? Here are a few of the signs I watch for in my own life:
1. Chronic crabbiness. From me, the kids, or the hubby.
2. Operating with very little margin.
3. Sleeplessness or feeling overly tired.
4. Continually putting the kids or my hubby off.
5. Lack of enjoyable, stress-free family time.
6. God has been shoved aside.
7. Very little interest in the needs of others. Critical and impatient.
8. Trouble keeping commitments - missing church, skipping out on meetings, or making excuses.
9. Erratic eating.
10. Unbalanced free time. Reading, photography, scrapbooking, and the Internet can be huge temptations for me. When stressed, I tend to overuse the things I like in an attempt to escape.
When I am lined up with God, I have peace no matter what the circumstances. When things are off-balance, even a tiny bit - I lose that peace. Here's what the Bible has to say about a life that's lined up with God's will:
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:9
You will keep in perfect peace him who mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you, Lord. Isaiah 26:3
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58:11
Jesus said, "Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
"My people wil live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest," says the Lord. Isaiah 32:18
May the God of hope fill you will all joy and peace as you trust in him. Romans 15:13"My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest," says the Lord. Exodus 33:14
The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11
When I have the sense that things are unbalanced, I go back to basics. I make sure I'm spending time with God in His word and look to see that my priorities are ordered biblically. (Click HERE to learn more.) I usually spot a thing or two right off the bat. I pray, asking God for forgiveness and wisdom, then I do what I can to make the necessary changes. (This might mean a revamping of our family schedule or being more intentional about the time I give to our children or carefully watching my attitude towards my husband.) Some of the questions I ask myself:
1. Am I making healthy eating and family meals a priority? If not, what kinds of changes do I need to make?
2. Have I been heading to bed at a reasonable time?
3. Where have I been spending my time? Does it reflect my priorities? If not, what kinds of changes do I need to make?
4. How is the family being affected? Is my impatience rubbing off on others?
5. Have I been consistent in my parenting? Have I been respectful towards my husband or "mommying" him in addition to the children?
Once I have a better understanding of where I've gotten off-track, I continue to pray for guidance and persist in making changes until I'm back where I need to be.
That's kind of where I'm at right now, basics mode. (Thus, the short and sweet bloggy posts.) And on that note, my family is back in the house and waiting patiently for me to complete this post. Have a great evening!
Posted by Tina Vega at 5:36 PM
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I've also been messing with ring shots for my portfolio. Here's one of my favorites from the day:
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Friday, March 20, 2009
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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Matthew: trial of JesusIn Matthew 26:57-26:67, Caiaphas, other chief priests, and the Bet Shammai dominated Sanhedrin of the time are depicted interrogating Jesus. They are looking for "false evidence" with which to frame Jesus, but are unable to find any. Jesus remains silent throughout the proceedings until Caiaphas demands that Jesus say whether he is the Christ. Jesus replies "I AM", and makes an allusion to the Son of Man coming on the clouds with power. Caiaphas and the other men charge him with blasphemy and order him beaten.John: relations with RomansIn John 11, Caiaphas considers, with "the Chief Priests and Pharisees", what to do about Jesus, whose influence is spreading. They worry that if they "let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy both our holy place and our nation." Caiaphas makes a political calculation, suggesting that it would be better for "one man" (Jesus) to die than for "the whole nation" to be destroyed.
In John 18, Jesus is brought before Annas and Caiaphas and questioned, with intermittent beatings. Afterward, the other priests (Caiaphas does not accompany them) take Jesus to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, and insist upon Jesus' execution. Pilate tells the priests to judge Jesus themselves, to which they respond they lack authority to do so. Pilate questions Jesus, after which he states, "I find no basis for a charge against him." Pilate then offers the Jews the choice of one prisoner to release — said to be a Passover tradition — and the Jews choose a criminal named Barabbas instead of Jesus.
For Jewish leaders of the time, there were serious concerns about Roman rule and an insurgent Zealot movement in Beit Shammai to eject the Romans from Israel. The Romans would not perform execution over violations of Jewish law, and therefore the charge of blasphemy would not have mattered to Pilate. Caiaphas' legal position, therefore, was to establish that Jesus was guilty not only of blasphemy, but also of proclaiming himself the messiah, which was understood as the return of the Davidic king. This would have been an act of sedition and prompted Roman execution.
Acts: Peter and John refuse to be silencedLater, in Acts 4, Peter and John went before Annas and Caiaphas after having healed a crippled man. Caiaphas and Annas questioned the apostles' authority to perform such a miracle. When Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered that Jesus of Nazareth was the source of their power, Caiaphas and the other priests realized that the two men had no formal education yet spoke eloquently about the man they called their savior. Caiaphas sent the apostles away, and agreed with the other priests that the word of the miracle had already been spread too much to attempt to refute, and instead the priests would need to warn the apostles not to spread the name of Jesus. However, when they gave Peter and John this command, the two refused, saying "We cannot keep quiet. We must speak about what we have seen and heard."
Posted by Tina Vega at 7:09 AM
Monday, March 16, 2009
I never had a chance to blog about our evening at the hubby's college campus. Nor was I able to share details from the DI tournament on Saturday (or the scrumptious chocolate malts from Little Oscar's that evening). This post will have to suffice.
As for a story from the hubby's college days... he showed the boys his dorm and the very spot where he and some friends had glued coins onto the sidewalk. Everyone had gathered in the common area above, pulling chairs close to the window to observe. The entertainment? Watching many unsuccessful attempts by passerbys to remove the coins. For real.
We were out the door by 6:30 am the next day for the DI tournament in Glencoe. Quite the hike. The kids had a blast and I even had a chance to visit with Sunny. She was managing a team from her son's school - a world away, mind you. Bumping into Sunny at a school function is a very rare thing.
The rest of the weekend was spent simply hanging out. There were burgers and malts at Little Oscar's, an introduction to Wii dancing, playing outside, a new book, and this nagging little nasal headache that won't seem to quit.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
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Friday, March 13, 2009
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