"Our family will base our success on one thing...our impact for the Kingdom of Christ." -Rick Burgess

Friday, October 28, 2011

I'm Back

So I've been on sort of a computer hiatus.

Not by my own choosing.

Hindsight has shown me that this hiatus was most likely chosen for me by the One who always knows best.

Having said that....this post is likely to be all over the place. Try to keep up! ;)

First...my detox from the computer.

I had to refrain from using my laptop for almost seven days! Can't even believe I made it as I sit here and type this.

You see, I've been online so much this month that I was dangerously close to exceeding the data limit on my MiFi. This tells me one thing....I've wasted way too much of my time. I can justify some of the time. Like my time spent managing our church's FB page, and my time spent on blog posts. But I can't justify the "time leeches" like Pinterest, FB updates and games, reading tons of Christian blogs (that I've used to replace my own devotion time), or checking my blog stats constantly (really got convicted about this by Dawn Camp and  Lisa-Jo).

I'm thinking that God saw that I was not going to give it up on my own so He hit me where it hurts (the pocket book). He knew that red flag would stop me. Bottom line...God put me in time out. :) Now don't get me wrong...I still had my phone...but I don't have a fancy phone so all I could really do is check my email.

Anyway, God used the past few days to remind me what life was like before computers, before FB, before blogging. I can even look back now and be thankful for that time. I got so much accomplished. Real world stuff that I've neglected.

He's also reminded me of why I said I started a blog in the first place. Oh how quickly we forget. Forgive me Lord for allowing the enemy to get me off track.

So here I sit....priorities back in order. The order that God intended.

Moving on....

Topic #2....

Anyone out there have tween daughters?

I have two! YAY!

I've never in my life seen two people argue as much as these girls do.

Maybe the fact that they are only two years apart has something to do with it. I don't know. But I do know it is driving me batty!

I'm just getting somewhat of a grip on my own hormones....I sure don't need any more crazy hormones in this house. But it looks like I'm getting two sets of brand spanking new tweenmones.

Add in a three year old to this picture and we've got a genuine circus!! LOL...I can't help but laugh...it's better than crying. :)

Speaking of the three year old. I just have to say that I think three has been my favorite age of all my girls...for a number of reasons....here are a few...

At age three they...
-can carry on a conversation with you.
-are interested in everything...this includes everything you say and do.
-are potty trained.
-can dress themselves (even if it doesn't match)








 Finally...my third topic....

I've been asked to post over at Beautiful Mommy Feet in November. This is way out of my comfort zone. I covet your prayers over this.


Congratulations! If you've made it this far you deserve some kind of award. ;)


Thank you Lord for confession and forgiveness.

I'm Yours Lord...mold me and make me.








Tracey
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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sometimes

As women...wives....mothers....sometimes we think we have to make everything okay. We think we have to be strong when no one else can be. We place before ourselves an unrealistic set of standards and we judge, sometimes other women, but mostly ourselves, by them. Grace for the Good Girl Author, Emily P. Freeman, tells us to take off our masks. I tell you (more like I tell myself) stop trying to live up to what you think everyone else wants you to be. The ONLY thing that matters is what GOD, your Heavenly Father, wants you to be.

Let's follow the example set by Jason Crabb in the words of this song. These are honest, true, heartfelt words that I think a lot of you (and I KNOW I) can identify with.




Praise be to God.

He is our Comforter.

He hears our cries.


Falling before Him,

Tracey <><

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Learning from the Proverbs 31 Woman



For the past few days I’ve been reading and re-reading
Proverbs 31:10-31, the story of The Virtuous Wife.

I want to learn from this woman.

The woman that was pleasing in God’s sight.

The woman whose story, God chose to tell.

I learned in my study of these verses, that they are an acrostic poem. Each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet, encouraging it’s memorization.

We do not know who this woman was, but it is very clear what she was.

10Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies.
(Thank You Lord for these words of affirmation)

11The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.

12She does him good and not evil. All the days of her life.
(Reminder of what I vowed on my wedding day)

13She seeks wool and flax, And willingly works with her hands.
(I’m working on the “willingly” part)

14She is like the merchant ships, She brings her food from afar.
(I will not complain about my 25 minute drive to the grocery store)

15She also rises while it is yet night, And provides food for her household, And a portion for her maidservants.
(Ouch…the is the hard one for me. The past has shown me that my mornings go soooo much better when I get up before everyone else, fix them a good breakfast, and have their lunches packed and ready to go. Everything just runs more smoothly when I do this. But…..oh how I love my sleep. I honestly run better on 12 hours of sleep. Seldom do I get that. So this is another one that I’m working on. With God’s help, I will “rise while it is yet night”.)

16She considers a field and buys it; From her profits she plants a vineyard.
(Lord help me be a good steward of the things you’ve given me)

17She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.

18She perceives that her merchandise is good, And her lamp does not go out by night.
(I pray that at the end of each day, I can look back at my day with a smile and a sense of accomplishment)

19She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.

20She extends her hand to the poor. Yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.
(Help me reach those in need by partnering with World Vision and sponsoring a child)

21She is not afraid of snow for her household, For all her house hold is clothed with scarlet.
(Thank You Lord for introducing me to L&M…what a great way to be a good steward of our money)

22She makes tapestry for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple.

23 Her husband in known in the gates, When he sits among the elder of the land.

24She makes linen garments and sells them, And supplies sashes for the merchants.

25Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come.
(Lord, I want to honor You)

26She opens her mouth with wisdom, And on her tongue is the law of kindness.
(Often a hard thing to live out….yet again this is something I’m working on. Thanks to my dear friend Melissa, I’ve taken another look at this area of my life. Join us in a challenge that she has started…The Beautiful Mommy Challenge. You don’t however, have to be a mommy to accept this challenge. It’s applies to all women.)
27She watches over the ways of her household, And does not eat the bread of idleness.
(Lord help me to raise my children in Your way. Help me raise them to love You, and to look to You in all things. And help me to never get so attached to any one thing that I let all other things go lacking. I don’t want to dine on the “bread of idleness”)

28Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.
(One of the greatest longings of my heart)

29Many daughters have done well, But you excel them all.
(The words I long to hear from the Lord. I pray more than anything that I am found pleasing in His sight)

30Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing; But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
(AMEN and AMEN! So thankful for these words from the Lord. Thankful that He taught me to look on the inside of a person…to look on the inside of myself…where the heart is.)

31Give her the fruit of her hands, And let her own works praise her in the gates.
(May my actions speak louder than my words. May I be a Godly example for those around me. I want them to see Jesus in me.)


Striving to be who God intended for me to be,

Tracey

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Wonder of God

I've been spending some time out in God's Creation.

Walking around appreciating the wonder of His handiwork.

Thought I'd share some of what I had the privilege to see.

It's truly amazing what He has created!
                                                                                                 Photography by Tracey Padgett



I encourage you to take a stroll and enjoy the beauty that God has created just for you.

Tracey
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stuck in Neutral



I kicked it into neutral on Friday.

Hubby was coming home and I was going to do nothing but devote my time to soaking in every minute that he was home.

We made it through the trip to the airport on Monday for the return flight. I've written before about airport reunions and how joyous they are...well...departures...not so much. I think I'll have to save that for another time...just don't have the energy for it today.

Fast forward to Wednesday, and I'm still in neutral.

This whole idea of neutral is for some reason, humorous to me. Maybe because I just took our four wheeler to the shop because it won't go into neutral.

I digress...

So I'm stuck in neutral....can't quite figure out how to get it in drive again.

This departure has been really tough. Harder than usual. I think it's robbed me of my will to want to get out of neutral. I sorta feel like I just want to sit a while and watch life happen and not be involved.

But the reality is I have to kick it in gear and keep on keepin' on. :)

And as usual God is there.

Always with me...sending me beautiful feet to encourage me.

Letting me know that Daddy is here, Daddy is near.

Both for me and for my sweet girls.

I ran across a quote yesterday...of course I know Who sent it my way...and I'm standing on His promises....

"God has placed you where He has placed no one else. No one else in the world has the same relationships you have. No one will stand in the same grocery store line at exactly the same moment you do. God hasn't put you in those places merely to model the truth. Listen for the voice of the Spirit to whisper in your ear. Watch for the stranger on the road, and be aware of your opportunities to go where He would send you." ~Chuck Swindoll


Praying you grow where He's planted you today,

Tracey
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