Thursday, June 30, 2011

365 Project–Day 177

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S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 30–His Future

What’s in store for the future?  We don’t know but God can guide us in the proper direction toward something that will be good for us.

Not too long ago we had the hope of planting a church in the downtown core.  For over many months we worked hard.  We also held some Christian raves.  For some reasons the church idea didn’t worked out… I won’t expand on the details.  But the church plant has been transformed as a ministry.  Another couple is taking it over – the transition is almost complete.  The Christian raves are doing wonderfully good.  Apparently the secular ones are not doing as good as before…   Many are seeking a place where it will be clean – no drugs or alcohol.   

But since 2 years (since we closed down the church) we were searching a new church but also where Rob could be involved in something.  He had some ideas but we surely didn’t expect God to open a door and set things in motion when we had invited a couple for lunch one Saturday morning about two weeks ago.

The tiles fit perfectly and next Sunday – July 3rd – my husband is leaving for Calgary, AB to get some training to be a leader for a ministry in town.   And to see the rapidity to which everything fell in place for him to attend is breathtaking.

God has poured passion again in my husband.   He is dreaming of what he can bring and how he can help the group already in place.

1 Corinthians 2:9

No eyes has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.  (Isaiah 64:4)

Whenever I read this scripture I think of how we were thirteen years ago – newly married, not knowing what adventures would come to us.  It had its ups and downs but we went through it together.  I don’t know what the future had in store for us, for the kids, for our family, for me… but I know that God wants me to trust Him and that He will guide us one step at a time.

Lord, I pray that You would give Rob a vision for his future.  Help him understand that Your plans are good,  to give him a future and a hope.  Fill him with the knowledge of Your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that he may have a walk worthy of You, fully pleasing You, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You.   May he live with leading from the Holy Spirit and not walk in doubt and fear of what may happen.  Help him to mature and grow in You daily, submitting to You all his dreams and desires.   Give him God-ordained goals and show him how to conduct himself in a way that always invests in his future.  I pray that he will be active in service for You all the days of his life.  Keep him from losing his sense of purpose and fill him with hope for his future.   Plant him firmly in Your house and keep him fresh and flourishing and bearing fruit into old age.

And when the time comes for him to leave this earth and go to be with You, may he have a strong vision for his eternal future that it makes his transition smooth, painless, and accompanied by peace and joy.  Until that day, I pray he will find the vision for his future in You only.

Psalm 92:12-15

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.   They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.

Psalm 27:4

One thing I ask of the LORD, that is what I seek:  that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

Jeremiah 31:17

So there is hope for your future, declares the LORD. You children will return to their own land.

My challenge to pray for my husband during the month of June is now complete.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

365 Project–day 176

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S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 29–His Faith

No matter what we believe it takes faith… because deep down when you start thinking about it, we choose our beliefs.

Faith is something we can’t live without. … Our faith determines what happens to us after we leave this world.   …   Confidence in our eternal future gives us a perspective on living in the present that is laced with confidence as well.

Oh don’t take me wrong – we can have doubts at times too – but I find that my faith will grow stronger when I doubt sometimes because it forces me to question and research the answer.

Take homeschooling for example.   Every now and then, I wonder if our choice was good, if the kids are learning what they should be learning, if they meet enough friends an so on.I have periods of doubt.   And then I go somewhere with them and a stranger tell me I am smart to do so, another one encourage me to pursue it – even though she asked me if they go in the school yard to meet other kids – yeah really.  My latest encouragement was more recent.  Someone I know came to me out of the blue to tell me she appreciates the fact that my kids were well-behaved, not talking too loud, not yelling, not running around and not bothering other people in a public place.   She took me off guard.  I didn’t expect it and she blessed me by saying to me “You do a good job.  Keep it up!”    I had tears in my eyes and said thank you because I needed to hear this – because sometimes I wonder…

To get back to my husband, I saw him struggling with doubt sometimes  - when we made important decisions.  But ultimately, his faith will determine the results.  Bottom line is that we need to trust God in matters of Him being part of our lives.  And He is…

Lord, I pray that You will give Rob an added measure of faith today.  Enlarge his ability to believe in You, Your Word, Your promises, Your ways, and Your power.  Put a longing in his heart to talk to You and open his ears to hear You.  Give him understanding for what You are telling him in his dreams, through others or while reading his Bible.  May he seek You, rely on You, be led by You, put You first, and acknowledge You in everything he does.

With You all things are possible. Help him to remember the times when You moved the mountains in our lives and opened doors when we least expected it.  

I pray that his faith in You Lord continues to grow every day.

Amen.

Matthew 17:20

… if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.  Nothing will be impossible for you.

Tomorrow, as our last day of S.H.M.I.L.Y. for June 2011, the chapter is about his future.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

365 Project–Day 175

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I just love this picture of Jérémy observing what the lady is doing on Dominic…

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 28–His Self-Image

From the beginning of the chapter, the author mentions that

God has a time for everything and He works in us what needs to be done to prepare us for what is ahead.   Having a sense of God’s timing brings the peace to wait on the Lord for it.

I couldn’t agree more.   I know from experiences that it is true.  We lived it in the past – multiples times – and more recently again with an opportunity for Rob to be involved in a ministry.  Opportunity that arrived out of the blue.  We definitively didn’t expect it.

But sometimes a person might be discourage when nothing opens for him or her.    Like it or not everyone will go through a midlife crisis whether it is a short one or a long one.  When we give priority to God, He leads us in every aspect of our life.   I could recall how many times He has helped Rob in programming, obtaining contracts, opening doors for business and ministry.  All we need to do it to trust Him even in the midst of discouraging times.

Lord, I pray that Rob will continue to find his identity in You.  Help him to understand how much he is important through Your eyes and by Your standards.  May he recognize the unique qualities You’ve placed in him and that he appreciate them.  May his true self-image be based on the image of Christ.  Amen.

Isaiah 60:1

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.

Tomorrow the chapter is covering his faith.

Monday, June 27, 2011

One Thousand Gifts–Week 3

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31. Having a ten year old son who is very helpful

32. The opportunity to go away at a moment’s notice (we will go camping on Wednesday!)

33. Sunshine days after numerous rainy days

34. The laugh of my kids

35. Still having my Legos from when I was young so that my kids can play with them now… at the price of Legos these days it was a wise decision to keep them!

36. Seeing my husband being passionate again for a ministry. It is a sweet song to my soul!

37. Watching God opens doors so that hubby can attend a training session for a week in Calgary at short notice.

38. New friends

39. The smell of fresh bread the other day outside of the grocery store – and no I didn’t buy any…

40. A back-to-work bill that passed in the different levels of government this week-end so that we can receive mail again… (it’s weird not to receive mail… believe me.)

365 Project–Day 174

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All you need is love….

The rocking chair from ‘68

1968 – there was a tv show named “Les meubles belles humeurs” which was for newlyweds.

My in-laws went and won a rocking chair.

In the early 2000s, my in-laws wanted to depart with it.  They were going to put the chair at the curb I think…  My husband immediately jumped on it and brought it back home. 

2008 – the chair was in our basement… taking dust.

My husband felt it was time for him to depart from this beloved chair from his youth.

So we brought it outside and proceeded to take some pictures before he brought it to the Salvation army store.

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He always sat like this apparently when he was younger…

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After my husband sat for the longest time ever in his chair… the boys had to try it too!

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It is long gone now… somehow I am sad that we don’t have it anymore…  It would have been fun to have a picture of Jasmine on it. 

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 27–His Obedience

Obedience to God is an important part of being a Christian.   What does it mean though?  Well, essentially we try to keep His commandments but also follow His specific instructions when He talks to us… which could happen via the Bible, people around us, at church, while driving…. you get the picture.   When we are obedient we

find mercy, peace, happiness, blessings, plenty and life.  Not living in obedience brings harsh consequences, unanswered prayers and the inability to enter into the great things God has for you.

As a wife I have seen how important prayers are for Rob in this matter.   More recently, after a wait of over two years, an opportunity presented itself for him to be involve in a ministry in town.  Totally out of the blue… we were have friends over for lunch and they started talking about this ministry they are involved with – actually she is the leader in Ottawa.   Her husband was going on training in a few weeks…   Rob was clearly excited about it.  He considered it and decided to follow God’s lead on this.  He wanted to go to the training.    All the possible roadblocks disappeared in a matter of days (The deadline was passed and the training was three weeks away!).  Everything fell into place to allow him to attend the training in early July.  It is amazing!  Only thing is that it is the first time he is leaving for one week.  He is going to Calgary to get some training to become a leader in this ministry.   I can see the passion getting reignited.   I’m happy for him and I think it is a perfect fit.

The workers are few for this ministry and God is rising another one.   I’m so glad that Rob is following His lead.

Lord, please hear my prayer as I ask You to reveal where there is any disobedience in my life – especially when it concerns Rob.  Show me if I am selfish, unloving, critical, angry, resentful, unforgiving or bitter toward him.  Highlight the times when I have not obeyed You or lived Your way.   I confess it as sin and ask for Your forgiveness.

I pray that You give Rob a continued desire to live in obedience to You.  Help him to bring every thoughts and action under Your control.   If anything is place in front of him that is not from You, please reveal it to him.  Remind him to do good, speak evil of no one, and be peaceable, gentle, and humble.  Teach him to embrace the discipleship and discipline.  Show him Your ways and teach him Your paths.  Lead him in Your Truth.

May he be a praising person for I know that when we worship You we gain a clear understanding, our lives get transformed by receiving power from You.   Help Rob to hear Your instructions and to obey them.   Give him a heart that longs to do Your will.   Amen.

Jeremiah 7:23

but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people.  Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.

Tomorrow the chapter is covering his self-image.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

365 Project–Day 173

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S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 26–His Deliverance

The 1828 edition of the Webster Dictionary define bondage as this:

BOND'AGE, n. Slavery or involuntary servitude; captivity; imprisonment; restraint of a person's liberty by compulsion. In ancient English law, villenage.

1. Obligation; tie of duty.
He must resolve not to be brought under the bondage of observing oaths.
2. In scripture, spiritual subjection to sin and corrupt passions, or to the yoke of the ceremonial law; servile fear. Heb.2. Gal.2. Rom.8.

All kind of things can put us in bondage – temptation, people, self-destructive tendencies, and so on.  It could be lust, alcohol, drugs, medications,…  You get the idea.  The important thing is to be praying about the bondage you are experiencing to see deliverance.  We can’t do it on our own.   At this point in our life, I don’t think there is anything that bonds my husband.   But you never know when it could happen.   Prayer is important even if you don’t see anything in your spouse’s life.

Lord, You have said to call upon You in days of trouble and You will deliver us.   It is giving us a peace of mind to know that You are there at all times.  If there is anything in my husband’s life that binds him, I pray that You set him free.  Be a rock of refuge for him, for me and for the kids.

Help him to identify and recognize the work of evil, to stay confident that You are working in his life.

I pray that he will be strong in the Lord and put on the whole armor of God, so he can stand against the enemy’s schemes in our life.  Help him to gird his waist with Truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod his feet with the gospel of peace.  Enable him to take up the shield of faith, with which to avoid the darts of the wicked one.  I pray that he will take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful and standing strong to the end.   Amen.

 

Psalm 18:2-3

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.   He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies.

 

Luke 4:18

The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor.   He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (also in Isaiah 61:1-2)

 

 

Tomorrow, the chapter covers his obedience.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy 10th birthday Alexandre!

On this day in 2001, I became a mother for the first time.

Today, Alexandre is celebrating is 10th birthday. 

My prayer for him is that he will hear God speaking to him as he grows up and continue to help people around him.

Happy Birthday Alexandre!  I love you very much!

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365 Project–Day 172

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It rained a lot yesterday – the drain in our backyard had trouble dealing with all the water coming from everywhere…   This is how much water there was at one point.  Water came up to the beginning of the play structure.   We were keeping an eye on it to make sure it wasn’t coming up more.  It was close to about half of our backyard!

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Fortunately it stopped raining and the water disappeared.  However, the plans for our son’s birthday had to be changed because of the tons of water that was in the backyard…

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 25–His Repentance

What is the first thing we ask our kids to do when they do something wrong?  Ask for forgiveness.  But if they keep doing it over and over – repentance is in order.

Everyone will make mistakes.  Sometimes when we are caught into something that we can not stop doing repentance is needed.  What is repentance though?   I love my husband’s illustration when he explained it to our kids.   He always refer to one army movie where you see the guys walking and suddenly someone yells “REPENT”.  Do you know what they do?   They spin 180 degrees and start walking the other way.   That’s repentance – turning away from sin and leave it behind you.

The author has explained the three steps found in the Bible needed to change a behavior.

First there is confession which is admitting what we did.  Next, there is repentance, which is being sorry about what we did.  Then there is asking forgiveness which is being cleansed and released from what we did.

Lord, I pray that if there is anything in my husband’s life that need repentance at this moment that You would convict him and that he will take the steps to remove it from his life.   Help him to recognize his mistakes.  Give him eyes to see Your truth, ears to hear Your voice, and a humble heart to turn away from what needs to be remove from his life.   Amen.

Psalm 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Tomorrow the chapter will cover his deliverance.

Friday, June 24, 2011

365 Project–Day 171

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Every time we go to the US, I am amazed by the products you can get at the grocery store… 

Take the OREO cookies for example…

We do have some in Canada – Regular, Double Stuff, Golden.   And once in a while you will see the mint flavored.

But in the US…. wow!    So much choices.  And I just love their packaging.

On the left – the Canadian packaging with could be a pain when the part to close the bag get unglued…  

On the right – the American packaging open up and close with a self resealing process.   Isn’t it amazing?  

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A few weeks ago, we were in the US and got the following flavors – Peanut butter (not my piece of cake but the kids like them!), Heads or Tails (with one chocolate cookie and one Golden one on each side) and the Summer one with the blue stuffing in it.   Yummy!

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Love the packaging in the US.

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And so much easier to stack in our cupboards…

It’s decided – when we go back in the US I will get more OREO cookies with their cool packaging and cool colors!

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 24–His Talk

Ah….  The power of the tongue.  Words can lift someone up or bring him/her down.

Our words can justify or condemn us (Matthew12:37).  They can bring us joy (Proverbs 15:23), or corrupt and dishonor us (Matthew 15:11).  What we say can either build up or break down the soul of whomever we are speaking to (Proverbs 15:4).  The consequences of what we speak are so great that our words can lead us to ruin or save our lives (Proverbs 13:3).

Lord, I pray Your Holy Spirit would guard my husband’s mouth so that he will speak only words that edify and bring life to people around him.  Help him to be disciplined enough to keep his conversation godly.  fill him with Your love so that out of his heart will come words that build up people around him.  Work it in my heart also.  

May the words we both speak be words of affirmation toward each other and toward our children.  Help us to be respectful, speak words that encourage, share our feelings openly and be able to have a mutual agreement.  Amen.

Psalm 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Tomorrow the chapter is about His Repentance.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 23–His Walk

Right from the start of this chapter we are remembered that

A man’s walk is the way he journeys through life – his direction, his focuses, the steps he takes.  Everyday he chooses a path. … The way he walks affects every aspect of his being – how he relates to other people, how he treat his family, how people view him,…

Moral correctness, without fault, with godly advisors, in obedience, with people of wisdom, with integrity, in holiness – these are all ways of walking mentioned in the Bible.

When I look at how my husband walks through life, I know he is following the Shepherd.  Sometimes choosing the right path can be difficult but necessary to grow in your faith.

Lord, I pray and ask that You continue to direct my husband’s steps in life.  Lead him in Your light, teach him Your way, so he will walk in Your truth.  I pray that he will have a deeper walk with You and an ever progressive hunger for Your Word.  May Your presence be like something he never ceases to want.  Lead him on Your path and if for some reasons he strays on it may he be quick to confess and come back to it.  Reveal in his heart any hidden sin that could hinder his walk before You.  Give him a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit with him. 

I pray that Rob walk in the Spirit every day so that he bear its fruit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Keep him on the Highway of Holiness so that the way he walks will be integrated into every part of his life.  Amen.

Ephesians 4:1-2

… I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Tomorrow the chapter covers His Talk.

365 Project–Day 170

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Funny how a purchase made many years ago – BEFORE we had kids can bring joy in their life now…

About 13 years ago, a series of Zellers in Canada were closing their doors.   One of these stores was located in Gatineau in an area far from houses.   I guess it was a bad move.   We have went to the sale and bought various things – including these Milton Bardley Star Wars Shooters.  These days, I keep finding the little rings everywhere – in the bathrooms, in the kitchen, in the living room, in the dining room…. every once in a while I hear the machines making their little noise when the kids shoot at each other.   

Today I wish I had bought more than two…   All four of them wants to play at the same time!  Sigh.

I need to find the Millenium Falcon piece that is missing – it was there two weeks ago so I assume it is just misplaced…

I am glad we splurge a bit of money and bought these… 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 22–His Emotions

Emotions can affect not only your life but the lives of those around you.  Emotions can be either positive or negative.   When you read the PSALMS you can see that David himself had plenty of emotions – My soul is full of troubles says one of them,  another one will say I groan because of the turmoil of my heart – yet at other times he is joyful and dances for the Lord while playing music…

I once was told that I was too emotional to go in ministry (coming from someone who had not much emotions…).  I don’t believe this whatsoever.  God made me this way for a reason and I believe it makes me more real, more reachable for others, more in tune with their own emotions.

Men have emotions as well however they don’t necessarily show it the same way as women.

Lord, I pray that Rob would have faith in You to redeem his soul of potentially negative emotions.  May he never be controlled by depression, anger, anxiety, jealousy, hopelessness, fear, or suicidal thoughts.  You alone can deliver and heal and if there is an issue I pray that You use me as Your instrument of restoration.   Help me not to be pulled down with him if he struggles.  Pour understanding on me so that I can say what needs to be said.  May he be totally free to share how he feels with me or others if needed.

Give him the gift of laughter and the ability to find humor in every situations.   May he trust in You in all circumstances.  Amen.

PSALM 23:3

He restores my soil. He guides in path of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Tomorrow the chapter will cover his walk.

365 Project–Day 169

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My husband the other day – told me he had a problem…   So I went to check what it was. 

He proceeded to show me this package and said “How am I suppose to read this?   It says Do Not Break Open…”

I looked at him and saw he was smiling.   We had a good laugh.

So blessed to have an husband with a sense of humor!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

365 Project–Day 168

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Can you see the bee flying in there?   So wish I had a bigger zoom….

S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 21–His Marriage

It has been thirteen years we are married together.  The journey started in 1998 – I pray and hope that we will have many years together.

It is essential I find to pray for everything in a marriage.  I do not take this relationship for granted.  It takes work to have a mutual commitment strong.

When Rob entered my life, I had given up on the possibility of ever getting married and have children.  I left it in the Lord’s most capable hands.   And you know what?  He definitively knew what I needed because Robis perfect for me. Rolling on the floor laughing

Lord, I pray that You continue to shield our marriage against anything that could harm or destroy it.  Protect us from unhealthy or dangerous problems.  Remove any thoughts of divorce or infidelity in our hearts.   Liberate us from past memories/relationships that could cause issues to arise between us.  I ask that jealousy stay out of this home.  Let nothing come in that could destroy our marriage in any way, shape or form particularly influences like alcohol, drugs, gambling, pornography, lust, or obsession.

May our relationship be strong and we spend time together on a regular basis.  Provide babysitters if needed.   I pray that Rob will be so committed to You, Lord, that he will not be shaken when the storms of life will rise.   May our love continue to grow stronger every day that passes so  that we can leave an amazing legacy to our children.

Amen.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!  Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.   But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

One Thousand Gifts–week 2

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21. a partially lifted outdoor water ban in our area – now we can use outdoor water once a week and splash pads are open on week-ends!

22. sunshiny days

23. hugs from my kids

24. a nice visit with a friend

25. ladybugs

26. joy of having a girl in the house – she is special

27. knowing that our city’s fire department respond fast – there was a fire in a house in the street and they came quite rapidly on Father’s Day.   Nobody was home – damages in the house but everyone is alive!

28. good times with in-laws yesterday

29. kids who love to hug and receive hugs

30. the Japanese lilac in front of our house (see picture below).

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365 Project–Day 167

PhotobucketI am participating in the 2011 Mommytography 365 Project! For this year long project I will be posting an image a day, to get me out shooting, using my camera and learning new things with it daily. Anyone interested in photography can join, no need to be a Mommytographer. We have teens to adults, male and female, as well as people from all over the world. Come join the fun!

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My kids being creative at lunch time…

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S.H.M.I.L.Y Challenge Day 20–His Attitude

When you have a bad attitude i.e. complaining, being angry, miserable, all the time it isn’t fun for anyone.

Between the two of us, I am probably the one who will tend to be more negative.  Why am I like this?   I am uncertain but it might be that I saw it modeled in my past.   Over the past thirteen years, I decided to change.   I still have a tendency to think negatively but I am working on controlling this and see the positive in everything. 

Our attitude in life is a choice.  Just as it is a choice to choose to accept God’s love in our life.   

Instead of having a bad attitude, choose to have a heart filled with

praise, thanksgiving, love and joy

Sometimes life throw us curve balls.  We need to have a good attitude to come out of these stronger.

Lord, fill Rob with Your love and peace today.  May there be a calmness, serenity, and sense of well-being in him because his life is God-controlled.  Enable him to walk daily with a clean and perfect heart before You.   Shine Your light upon him and fill him with Your love.

I pray that he will be kind and patient in any situation.  Enable him to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things.

Release him from anger, unrest, anxiety, concerns, inner turmoil, strife, and pressure.  May he trust You with everything in life.

Rob,

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Numbers:24-26

Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

Psalm 100:4

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.   For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 

The next chapter is about his marriage.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day to my husband and my future fathers-to-be

We have a tradition in our house.  When a special day like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day come, we honor not only the Dad or Mom in the house but the future ones as well.

So this morning, even though some of the gifts were only for my husband there was something special for the boys as well.

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Hubby “playing” with the card I made him.

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The card – He loves fishing.  

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Alexandre had found a small book for him at the last AWANA store.

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And Alexandre checked our comic list and found some comics that he didn’t had in the boxes in our garage.   The kids bought them for him. *grin*

Finally, the BIG surprise…

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Jasmine wanted to unwrap one too – so Daddy let her help him.    At her age, she doesn’t understand completely what we are doing.

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NERF Dart Tag products!  (Thanks to Hasbro Canada for whom I did a review a while back!)

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Jérémy is very happy to have his own Nerf blaster.

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Dominic is very serious with his Nerf blaster.

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Alexandre is taking the pose.   Watch out world!

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Finally, Daddy and Jasmine with his ultimate Nerf Swarmfire.    

Jasmine also wanted her own Nerf blaster…  I think Hasbro Canada should consider making a Nerf line for girls – all pink.   After all if tools exists in the pink colors why not Nerf Blasters as well?  

It’s a thought….  maybe next Spring we could see a new line of products for girls only.  I know one little girl who would love this!   Mom too by the way.   We could compete against the boys that way.   *grin*

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