Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The battle went like this. I bought a new ink cartridge for our printer last night as ours was out. My DH installed it and then was on the computer all night. So, I went to bed thinking that I would get up at reveille this morning and do what I needed to do. This morning, I got up and came to the computer. I had felt the Lords urging to change my subject for the morning devotional and needed to print off the words to the song I was going to sing. The printer would not print. Nothing I could do would make it print. I also needed to print off some things for the meeting after PWOC. I called hubby in. We proceeded to start to get in a snit about it. I stopped. He fixed. Problem one solved. I apologized to my husband for my snippiness. I was feeling the presence of the Lord. Next, I pulled out the background tape and began to practice my song. Then I heard the tape deck chewing up my tape. NO! I shouted and turned it off. I tried to pull it out without damaging the tape. Discouragement swirled around me. I said, "Lord if this is your will for me to sing this fix it please! Satan you will not get the victory!" Then finally it pulled loose in one still usable piece. I sat down and began to wind the tape back up. My cat came and began trying to snag it away. He would not be shooed away. I said, "Satan, you'd better get away from me, I belong to Jesus. I am His child. You'll not get the victory!" Tape wound back up and using a different tape deck. Trying to practice the song. Feeling the Spirit's blessing strongly. The cat begins attacking my legs and scratching them with his claws. He never does this. I will not be distracted. Then the phone rings. It's our stateside phone and no one has ever called us on it (this phone is new). At first I wasn't sure what that noise was. Now mind you it's 0130 in the States. It's my brother. I ask him immediately what is wrong. My brother never calls me. I mean almost never. He just doesn't. The last time he called me in the middle of the night was the time his youngest son had just been born like 10 weeks premature and was intubated and being life-flighted to Oklahoma City. Nothing is wrong. He has just called me to chat. I chat with him as long as I can and then I have to go. At PWOC something is wrong with the music system and they decide to do the devotion first instead of last so, I'm up without a chance to steady my mind in prayer or warm up my voice for high notes. The thing is this devotion was from the Lord and not from Rebecca. He blessed it and ministered through it and gave me all the right words, notes and whatnot. Satan cannot pervert what the Lord has purposed! Try though he might. All that I went through yesterday and the things this morning Satan meant for bad, for the destruction of my attitude and therefore any ministry I might have had today. But the Lord meant it for good because it caused me to run to Him and hold on in the midst of the storm.
The song I sang today was "Eye of the Hurricane" by Trace Balin. The chorus goes, "In the eye of the hurricane, in the center of the storm. In the chaos there's a comfort. A harbor safe and warm. Though strong winds may blow, they can't change what I know. When I hold to the Rock that the wind can't erode."
Perfect timing. For me and, from the response, for many of the ladies there today.
Sorry it was so long today. Take time to glory in the beauty of the Father.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Yes, I'm still lonely. I still long for friendships and fellowship. It still hurts to be rejected. The difference is that "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I've committed unto Him against that day."
Monday, February 26, 2007
In other news, it's raining today. Hardly a surprise for Germany, however I am grateful for it because we will have beautiful flowers this spring and summer. The Germans put window boxes on all of their windows and fill them with the loveliest flowers. Last summer my husband and I used to take walks in the town just as the sunset was at its prettiest. We would look at all the flowers and nice yards and then vote of which one we liked best. It was very nice and romantic and I can't wait to do it again this year!
Have a lovely day my friends!
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Well, I've been reading a new blog. Still can't sleep and its now 0430. Hope all the rest of you are sleeping.
Friday, February 23, 2007
This tip concerns those out there that have a license in the medical field. When I married, I chose my home/husband over my profession. (I am a registered nurse). I took 6 months off to get my mind set on being a wife and homemaker and off being focused on my career. Then, I went back to work very part-time. Working only a few days a month. Just enough to keep up with it. My husband and I live off of his income alone and then the income I have is put in savings or for extras. (We used 5K I had saved to pay cash for a used car when we got to Germany). My tip then is about keeping up with the changes and continuing education credits. I found a free online nursing magazine. Advance for nurses. I also found a web site that has CEU's. You can buy a membership if you wish but they also offer free courses about once a week or so. I don't know if there is a limit to the number of free courses you can take, but they offer a new one to me every week or so. If anyone else has any keeping up tips please comment! For more Frugal Friday tips go to Biblical Womanhood.
In other news, I have been getting quite a bit of subbing opportunities lately. (Although I am a registered nurse, there is no hospital and thus few nursing jobs available on post.) This is nice because my mom is coming to visit in about 2 weeks and so we'll have a bit extra to spend if we need while she is here and then also I wont work at all until she goes home. For those of you who may be wondering generally work less than 5 days per month. So, it's very part-time and just enough to keep busy and have a little extra spending or (saving!) money. Also, for those of you who may be nurses I keep current by doing online CEU's and I volunteer with the Red Cross at the clinic here on post a few days a month.
I wonder if there are others out there that were nurses or had another profession that must be kept current who have married and chosen home/husband over profession? If you are out there, I'd like to know how you keep up and if you (like me) work outside the home a little bit or not at all.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
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Saturday, February 10, 2007
1. Aprons - Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like? No, I don't use one. I should.
2. Favorite thing to bake? Cakes or brownies.
3. Do you use a clothes line? No, we don't have one.
4. Have you ever made donuts? Yes, and I love them!
5. Name one homemaking thing that you do every day. Clean the Kitchen.
6. Do you have a separate deep freezer? No, but I sure wish I did.
7. Do you have a garbage disposal? No, and I miss it. We have had them in the past.
8. What is your favorite homemaking source? Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy.
9. Ironing - Love it or hate it? I'd like it more if I could have a place where my board is
always set up and ready to go. I just hate setting up the board.
10. Where is your junk drawer if you have one? In the kitchen.
11. What is your favorite part of home making? Cooking.
12. Do you wash nylons by hand or in the washing machine? In a mesh bag in the machine,
and then drip dry on a door
13. Do you use the window or open the door to check during baking? Door.
14. What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? Computer.
15. What do you put on home made pizza? Cheese, home made sauce, onions, garlic, green
peppers, and sometimes hamburger or pepperoni.
16. What does your recipe container look like? I have some small photo album like books
that the cards go in and I am making a
3-ring binder for stuff that I print off the net.
17. What style of home do you live in? Right now we are in a 2-bedroom German style
stairwell apartment. The houses we have had since
we got married are a 3 bedroom farm house, a 4
bedroom ranch, and a 3 bedroom ranch. This is the
first time we have lived on post.
18. Table cloths and napkins? Table cloth with lace overlay and paper napkins.
19. Under the sink. Organized or toxic wasteland? Organized - cleaners and sponges.
20. Vacuum. We have hard wood floors so we swiffer and use our robomaid a lot.
21. How many loads of laundry do you do per week? 5 on average.
22. Yard - who does what? We don't have one. When we did we hired out the mowing,
trimming and raking.
23. What is your last homemaking task before going to bed? The only thing I routinely do
before bed is brush, floss, and
rinse with Act.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Another time, I saved a $4 coupon for a Schick Intuition razor. I wanted to try them, but I wasn't willing to spend $8+ on one. One day, sure enough, I went in and they were on sale for $4.11. I got it for 11 cents! Then later the same store was trying to get rid of their stock and had them on sale for $1.00. I had several coupons for a dollar off and stocked up!
For more frugal tips check out Biblical Womanhood.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Yesterday I also met with Terese who is co-facilitator in the Bible study. She is such a blessing! I have never met a truly more joyful person. When I look at her I see Jesus and it fills my heart with joy. She is a living example of what it means to be a contagious Christian. I love our Bible study. This past week's lessons caused me to stop and think about what my priorities are as a Christian. What I am allowing to hinder my walk with Christ. I discovered that I allow busyness to hinder me. I put Him off " 'till later " because I have all these things that I think I must do "now". The thing is that when I put Christ first and spend time in the Word and prayer every day and really make Him my priority, all these collateral things fall into place. That's not to say nothing ever goes wrong, but that because my focus is Christ, my attitude is better, my soul is calmer, my faith is stronger, and I believe my light shines brighter.
OK. On my way to PWOC now. Have a great day everyone!
Monday, February 5, 2007
I have a busy week ahead. Lots to do to make up what I couldn't do this week. It's good to be busy. "Empty hands are the devil's work shop." lol.