Friday, May 18, 2007

Eight Things About Me

I've been tagged with my first meme ever by my new East Coast friend at Investing in Eternity! I am so excited! For those of you who may not know what a "meme" is, it's simply an idea transmitted from person to person, like a virus. Basically, it's just a topic that someone gives you to write a blog post about. I've read memes on lots of different topics, but this particular one is simply eight random things about me.

Here are the rules: Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules. At the end of your blog, you need to tag 8 people and post their names. Don't forget to leave them a comment and tell them they're tagged and to read your blog.

So, here are eight random facts about me:
  1. My husband and I recently celebrated our 7th anniversary. Mark is the love of my life, and I am so blest that God chose me to be his wife! He loves the Lord, loves me, and loves our kids. Besides being a terrific husband, he's a fantastic daddy! Some of the fabulous things he does includes playing with the kids every evening when he gets home; washing the sheets every Friday; ironing his own clothes (he used to iron mine, too, until kids came along--I guess he decided if he did mine, he'd have to do theirs, too, and that would be a bit much!); always takes the trash out (in 7 years, I don't think I've EVER had to ask him to take out the trash!); and unloads the dishwasher as often, if not more often, than I do. (BTW, don't tell him I told you guys this--he might think it's his little secret!!) But I digress...this was supposed to be about ME!
  2. Being a wife and mommy is a dream come true for me. For as long as I can remember, when someone would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, no matter what I actually told them, my heart ALWAYS said, "I want to be a wife and mommy."
  3. I am 6' 1". Being tall has its advantages and its disadvantages. Growing up, my mom never needed a ladder to get dishes down from the top shelf or to change a light bulb--she just called me! As a teenager, I always said the two disadvantages to being tall were finding a boyfriend taller than me (which I rarely did) and finding pants that were long enough. Now that I'm married, I don't have to worry about the boyfriend thing--just the pants. That's why I LOVE capris!
  4. One of my biggest pet peeves is someone leaving a stinky, sour dishrag in my kitchen sink. This really makes me crazy!
  5. Another of my pet peeves is when someone does not return their shopping cart to the "shopping cart corral" in the parking lot of stores. I know that there are exceptions, but for the most part, I see this as just being lazy. I don't know very many people who get the exercise they need each day (including myself!), so a few extra steps to put the shopping cart where it belongs is not going to kill anyone! Again, this makes me really crazy! OK, I'll step down from my soap box now.
  6. The past couple of weeks, I've finally gotten back into a good routine with my morning quiet time, and I'm loving it! I get up at 6:30 am, which is about an hour before everyone else, fix a cup of hot tea while listening to praise and worship on my iPod (one of the greatest inventions ever!), light my candle, and watch the sun rise as I read my Bible and say good morning to my Father. A fabulous way to start the day!
  7. I have a funny little habit of having to put lotion on my feet every night before going to sleep. I keep my lotion in my nightstand drawer and "grease my feet" as Mark calls it, before I turn out my light. I never thought much about this, but Mark thought it was quite quirky when we got married. He loves to give me grief about it!
  8. Last but not least, I get to go on a date with my husband tonight--complete with a real babysitter and everything! I'm so excited!! Our plans are to eat at Outback (Mark's choice), then go shopping so I can spend the gift certificates that I got for Mother's Day. Oh, back to #1: Mark doesn't mind shopping with me, and he has good taste! What more can I say!!

OK, I'm not sure that I have 8 bloggers to tag, but I will tag these (if you are reading this and you did not get tagged by me, by all means go for it--the more, the merrier! Just leave me a comment that you participated, and I'll link to your post!):

Deidre at "For Such a Time as This"

Rhonda at "A Mother's Heart"

Kim at "Lifesong"

Stacey at "A Measure of Grace"

I'm off to get ready for my date with Prince Charming! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Dance With Your Daddy

I did a class at our church yesterday morning for our junior high girls and their moms entitled "Spiritual Beauty: Secrets to Being a Godly Girl." I talked to them about inner beauty and outer beauty and more than anything wanted to convey to them how special and perfect and beautiful they are to God. As I was praying and preparing for this, God gave me an idea to start out our time together. I gave each girl and mom a 3x5 card and asked them to write on the front of the card five things they liked about themselves and on the back, five things they didn't like so much about themselves. I was then going to go into some of the lies society tells us and then what the truth is based on God's word. I fully expected it to be easier for the girls to come up with the five things they didn't like about themselves than it was to come up with the five things they liked about themselves. Sure enough, that is what happened.

But what I didn't expect to happen was that the moms had as much trouble or even more than the girls in coming up with five things that they liked about themselves. I heard comments such as, "I can't think of five things I like about me. Why couldn't you have asked us to come up with just two or three?" I was reminded that this is not just an issue for pre-teen and teenage girls--that we as adult women struggle sometimes in realizing the value and worth that we have, especially in the eyes of our Creator. So I'm going to share with you some of what I shared with these girls and their moms, and I hope that you are reminded just how precious you are in His sight!

Here are some things God says about YOU in the Word:
  • "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL." You grew up and became a beautiful jewel. Ezekiel 16:7
  • "YOU ARE HONORED." You are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you. Isaiah 43:4
  • "YOU ARE TREASURED." The Lord your God has chosen you to be His own special treasure. Deuteronomy 7:6
  • "YOU ARE ONE OF A KIND." I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5
  • "YOU ARE PRECIOUS." The Lord's loved ones are precious to him. Psalm 116:15
  • "YOU ARE LOVED." For he loves us with unfailing love. Psalm 117:2

In her book "Do You Think I'm Beautiful?" Angela Thomas writes this:

“The God who slung the stars across the heavens…that God, the King, has always been taken with you. You have been noticed. He thinks you’re beautiful, the glass slipper fits, the music is playing, and He’s asking you to dance.”

The King of Kings is our Daddy, and, girls, that makes us Princesses! Don't let anyone or anything tell you differently. So grab your tiara and get ready to dance the night away in the arms of your Daddy.

He's waiting just for YOU.