Upon hearing that Christmas is the day we allocate for Jesus’ birthday, Rhonda’s kids decided to make him a cake, lol, how precious is that?!
All scripture is given by inspiration from God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. ~2 Timothy 3:16
Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. ~Matthew 22:29
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4
I was so excited last night when I finished reading the last book in the New Testament. I loved reading about the Good Shepherd! I am eager to start on the Old Testament next. I have planned it to where I will be finished by the end of the year, if not sooner. When I was younger I started reading the Bible but it was too tedious and I quit. However, now I am older and wiser and determined to read the good book in its entirety.
I plan to use my deeper knowledge of the Bible to encourage others. My goal is to have a scripture on my tongue for any situation.
The life and words of Jesus moved me. I felt truimphant, repentant, hopeful, humbled, but most of all uplifted. I wish I could have met him! I am looking forward to the Son shining again!
If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. John 13:14-15
I am undertaking a challenge to metaphorically wash the feet of others. I’ve talked to Nicholas about this and he has a solid grasp of the concept and was able to convey how he has done this for others. When Ethan and I helped Mr. Landis (our neighbor) pick up the sticks in his yard after the storm.
For me this is not simply repaying those who have been kind to me. It will take creativity on my part to come up with ways to do this. I want my acts of service to be meaningful and heartfelt. I believe opportunity will present themselves. I am actually looking forward to the challenge!
Gaylord Focker, will you be my son-in-law?
I’m pretty sure that most of you have seen the movie “Meet the Parents” starring Robert Deniro. Of course it takes him the majority of the movie to accept that his daughter loves Gaylord Focker.
Such is usually the case with step and biomoms. Sometimes it takes moms a while to acknowledge the fact that stepmoms actually love their children and mean them no harm.
And that ‘s okay. Give the moms space to accept reality in their own timing.
Stepmoms, for what it’s worth, you should make every effort to interact civilly with your stepchild(ren)’s mother. If possible as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Don’t get me wrong, I KNOW that some people are utterly unreasonable, don’t want to get along, and are mentally unstable to boot. But that has nothing to do with you and who you are! You are a stepmom with values and principles and a good heart. Use every opportunity you can to be the bigger person. In the end, the small things just don’t matter. If it is not a life or death situation you will be better off letting it go. Working together works–trite but true.
Take it from one who knows, it feels so good to do the right thing even when you feel that the other person doesn’t deserve it. I struggled a lot with this thought when it came to dealing with Eliza. I was most successful when I remembered that we didn’t deserve to have Jesus die for us, yet he did without hesitation. Therefore take what a person “deserves” out of the equation.
I had “proposed” to Eliza in the early stages of our burgeoning correspondence. I even shared articles with her from the CoMama’s so she wouldn’t think I was crazy for even dreaming of such a partnership. I wanted to let her know that I was not trying to take her place. I also wanted her to know that I wished to work with her for the sake of our boys. I can’t say that she accepted because I feel that if she had, the boys would be with me now.
Even though I was rejected, I have no regrets for wanting what I felt was best for the boys. It’s a small consolation in the face of all that has happened, yet it’s one less burden that I currently have to bear.