Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Thoughts and Ramblings

Lots of things roaming around in my head this morning and guess what?  I'm about to spill them all out on you! 

First off - I haven't expressed this in a while - but - I love Mondays!   That's right - I'm weird!

I'm always productive on Mondays for some reason, which makes for a great day.   However, as I'm typing this, I just remembered that David was fired on a Monday, so I should hate this day of the week.  But, I can't and I don't and what kind of nonsense is that anyway?

I don't know that today is following any normal route of productivity, as my life is all kukoo right now, but in between the chores and school and more chores, I'm catching little glimpses of lessons from the Lord, which is always exciting.

Let me start by saying my new lesson for this year (and last) is FLEXIBILITY.   Now there's something I DON'T like!  I'm not naturally drawn to being flexible; in fact - it annoys me!  Just ask my family and they will give plenty of testimonies to mom losing her mind at the thought of being flexible!  So sue me!   

But, unfortunately God has placed this change before me, over and over and over again, this year and I'm having to heed to His pokings.   I've got the bruises to prove it!   (Poke, Poke!)

I won't bore anyone with all the details of how God has continued to cause me to be flexible, but it has to do with traveling the first 6 months of the school year and now having a husband home for the 2nd semester and the fact that both of those situations DO NOT lend themselves to routine.   We're down to Math and one other subject by book.   All other subjects are "caught and taught" as we go along the way.   Whatever knowledge God wants Collin to have this year is being learned in the real world classrooms, such as hospitals, Bible study classes, mowing grass with dad, and learning how to make it through trials when some jerk fires you.     THIS IS REAL LIFE FOLKS!   That "Real world" everyone always ask homeschoolers about!  This is it!   This is what prepares you for life - not sitting at a desk, throwing spit wads at your buddies.  Sorry - but true.

But, on to more random thoughts for today:

I just finished a great book by Karen Kingsbury called A Moment of Weakness and wouldn't you know it - it was the 2nd book in a trilogy, of which I never read the first!  Oh well, I'm flexible, right?  So, I will be diving into the 1st and 3rd books, respectively, very soon. Which by the way, were all on my iPad, which means I could have read the first one 1st, but randomly picked the 2nd one, not realizing they all went together.  Ha!

But first - I started a book called "7" by Jen Hatmaker, this morning in my Bible Study time.   This book should be amazing (and Jen cracks me up and reminds me so much of ME!)  It's a testimony of how God led her to go on a fast from excess in her life.   In the course of 10 months, she picks a new category (food, clothes, possessions, media, waste, spending, stress) in which she must chose 7 things to deal with during each month.   For instance, in the first chapter she must pare down her food choices (for 30 days) to only 7 foods (plus salt and pepper).    Bye, bye coffee!    Her 7 food choices were:  chicken, eggs, whole-wheat bread, sweet potatoes, spinach, avocados, and apples.
If this peaks your interest, then hop over to Amazon and click "Buy it now" and you can find out what happened to Jen during the rest of the fast.

Speaking of food:
Here's my new favorite drink and it goes down in the Frugal Living section just perfectly:

 Whereas I used to buy Lemonade Mix, loaded with sugar and only about 3 uses out of one canister (2 qts at a time), now I'm making homemade Lemonade as follows:

1 Cup Real Lemon Juice
1 Cup Sugar
2 Qts. cold water


It's funny how God has really opened my eyes to using different things during my Frugal Living season.   This is something I've always had on hand, but never thought of making my own lemonade out of it.   There are instances in the Bible where it says "And God opened their eyes......"   Sometimes we don't need to see something and sometimes we do.    The great thing about God is that He will cause us to see what He wants us to see, when it's time.   He's faithful like that!

So, there are my random thoughts for today.   Lots of things going on in my mind, but trusting God to take them and make some sense out of all of it.  

In the meantime, I'll rest in Him and keep on praying for open eyes and ears, to see and hear whatever it is He's wanting to say.

Have a blessed and frugal day:)


  1. Those foods are definitely doable. I'd have to switch something out for some dark chocolate tho'!

  2. Debbie,

    You are speaking my heart and my journey through this blog. Flexibility is one of those attributes that the Lord has grown in me so much!! Even from a child to now! I'd love to share it with you some day!!

    Thank you for the beautiful blessing through your words.

    <3 LOVES