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I promised a series about how I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that God is real.  It took me awhile to get to it, but here is part 1 of the series.

When I was in third or fourth grade, I lived with my dad and stepmom in a run-down trailer house on the wrong side of town.  Daddy and his wife were avid bird lovers and owned over 100 birds.  Daddy was a carpenter and had built a green house that housed most of the birds right outside my bedroom window.  On colder nights, he would place space heaters in the green house to keep the birds warm.

One night, I was lying in my bed, which faced my bedroom window, sleeping when I heard a voice saying, “Jodi, wake up.  Wake up, Jodi.”  I woke up to a surprising sight.  It was Jesus surrounded by a bright light!  Almost as soon as I saw Him there, He disappeared.  I then noticed a flashing light coming from the window.  I got up and looked outside my window into the green house to see what was causing the flashing light and saw that there was a fire!

I ran out of my bedroom into the kitchen where my stepmom was sitting and told her.  She told me to go tell my dad, who was sleeping in their bedroom.  I ran in to tell him, and he got up and put out the fire before any of the birds were harmed.  One of the space heaters had started the fire because of an exposed wire.

This was very clear to me that God had woken me up in time to get the fire put out before it harmed anyone.  Trailers are notorious for burning very quickly.  If that fire had reached my bedroom wall, I most likely would not have had time to get out of my room because my bedroom door was directly adjacent to that wall and the only window out of the room was the one looking into the green house.  Say what you want, but that was proof to me that God is real, God cares about us and God has a purpose for my life.jesus

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boy-vs-girlAs I was changing Sissy’s diaper today, Boss exclaimed, “Uh oh, Mom, Sissy doesn’t have her peepee yet!”

I laughed and said, “She has her peepee, buddy.  She’s a girl and her peepee is supposed to look like that.”

To which he replied, “No, it’s missing.”

I told him, “Girls’ peepees look like that, and boys’ peepees look like yours and Daddy’s.”

He said, “You’re a girl and you have a peepee like mine, so she just hasn’t gotten hers yet.”

I almost rolled over laughing at that!  I told him most assuredly that my peepee most certainly does not look like his or Daddy’s and explained very briefly to him that all girls look like Sissy and all boys look like him.  I have no idea why he thinks mine looks like his; he hasn’t even been allowed to see me naked for almost 2 years!  Ha, my kids crack me up!

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spit-upAs a mommy for over 5 years now, I can tell you I’ve experienced some very gross things, but this weekend I experienced the grossest one yet!  I had just finished breast-feeding Sissy, who’s 7 months old now (sad face).  I had laid her back on my knees and was talking to her when she started trying to sit up, so I lifted her to a standing position on my lap while I reclined back on my pillows in my bed.  I was saying, “Oh you are just so cute” when she spit up warm breast milk right into my open mouth!  It was gross on several levels!  Ooh!

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I know I promised two posts ago to do a series on how I know God is real, but my son is pre-empting that; I will get to it next.

Each night before the boys go to bed, I read them a chapter from the Bible and then their individual life texts.  With each of the kids I started reading from Genesis 1.  I haven’t come anywhere close to getting the readings in everyday of their lives, but I’m doing my best.  So tonight I read John 9 to Boss and 1 Samuel 24 to Bubba.  I read Bubba’s life text that we chose for him when he was born first, which is Proverbs 3:3-8.  Then I read Boss his life text, which is 1 John 4:1-16.  I have read these to them so many times in the last 5 years that I have them both memorized.

As I was reading Boss his text, which is all about Love, he interrupted me with the following statement: “Love’s a mess!”  Confused, I asked him what he meant.  He explained without even thinking about it, “Everybody’s supposed to love everybody, and everybody is all over the place!”

Wow!  If you sit and think about it, he’s right.  Love is a mess.  That’s why it’s so hard.  It’s not just about loving our family and friends.  It’s about loving total strangers, the unlovable, the unkind, the unapproachable; the Bible says to even love our enemies.  And I would venture to say that a lot of those we find hard to love that fit into those aforementioned undesirable categories are really just misunderstood.  Just as one verse in Boss’s life text says, “If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  So let’s get to work, People!mother-theresa

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0812-049Last night on our way home from having dinner with wonderful friends, Boss said, “Mommy, I want to be a Christian.”  There was chaos ensuing in the car since it was time for Sissy to go to bed; she was screaming to let us know what time it was.  So I told Boss that we wanted to talk to him about that at bedtime.

After showers, getting teeth and hair brushed and getting PJs on, we finally sat down for Bible time.  We asked Boss why he wanted to be a Christian, and he said he didn’t know.  So we asked if he knew what it meant to be a Christian.  He said, “It means that Jesus comes to live in your heart and you can tell other people about Jesus.”  My thought was, “Wow, that is so unselfish of a 5 year old!”

We asked if he wanted to pray with us to ask Jesus to come into his heart, and he said, “Yes!”  So we prayed a 5-year-old version of a sinner’s prayer (which, I suppose, would work for any age) and he repeated after us.  When we finished, he gave us the biggest hugs ever!

Then I got to do something I’ve been looking forward to for 5 years.  I read him the letter that our senior pastor at the time he was dedicated, Dr. T. Scott Daniels, wrote to him when he was dedicated to the Lord.  The questions Boss asked and statements he made, revealed that he really has given some thought to this.

I am so ecstatic.  At the same time, I feel an increased pressure now to nurture his relationship with Christ so that it will grow as much as possible!  This is such a sweet time in our lives!  I’m so thankful to God for blessing us as He has!  Thank you to all of you reading this who have prayed for Boss over the last 5 years; please keep it up!

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