Friday, June 29, 2012

Weekend Reads

I hope you all had a fantastic week!  My precious little Jacob turned 3 months old on Tuesday which was also my parents' anniversary!  I have truly been blessed.  Below are links to some posts that I really enjoyed and thought you might too.  Have a great weekend!

Family Fun: Make Seed and Bean Art ~ A Delightful Home ~ I wish I were more creative.  I would love to do this super fun craft with my boys one day. 

Discussion Guide for the Disney Cars Movie ~ The MOB Society ~ My dear Jackson loves the Cars movie so I know this will be a great discussion to have with him.

Are You a Porcupine Wife? ~ Roo Mag ~ This was a guest post by Courtney from Women Living Well.  Definitely made me think about how I speak to my husband.

Diapers and Divine Appointments ~ Visionary Womanhood ~ This really spoke to my heart especially since I had just finished changing 2 diapers in a row!

Are You Living 'The Good Life'? ~ The Imperfect Housewife ~ Very convicting!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

That little book called Habakkuk ~ Part 2

You can read the introduction here.

When we open our Bible (or Bible app) to the book of Habakkuk we first see Habakkuk complaining to God about the destruction and injustice surrounding him. 

Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.

Habakkuk lives in a time when the kings of Judah have yet again forsaken God.  They have decided to follow their own desires which result in injustice, wrongdoing, destruction, violence, strife, and conflict.  Habakkuk's first complaint sounds a lot like our world today.  The world has chosen to follow its own desires and completely ignore God.  Where there is no light there is darkness and we certainly live in a dark world.  Habakkuk is a God-fearing man and the state of his people breaks his heart.  Do I as a Christian have a broken heart for the world around me?  Do I cry out to God for those who don't know Him?  And in my own life, do I follow after God's heart or do I follow my own desires? 

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?

This is not Habakkuk's first cry to the Lord.  He has been praying and grieving for his people before this "first" complaint and yet God has not answered him yet.  Are there times when we feel like Habakkuk?  Have we been praying and pleading for God to intervene and heard nothing in reply?  I have.  My desire is to stay at home full time and my husband and I have been praying to God over this issue for almost 2 years and yet I am still working outside the home.  Does the silence mean that God doesn't hear me?  Certainly not!  As we will see God does here Habakkuk's complaint.  He hears our complaints everytime we come before Him.  We want an answer right now at this very second but God sees a big picture that we don't.  He answers in His good timing.  We expect to hear the answer that we want but as we see in Habakkuk we don't always hear that answer.

I am raising up the Babylonians, 
    that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
    to seize dwellings not their own.
Habakkuk 1:6

Whoa!  Wait just one minute here.  Habakkuk was pleading with God to intervene.  God was supposed to do away with the injustice and violence.  He is supposed to bless Judah with peace and abundance.  How many times do we feel this way?  "God, You're supposed to bring me home right now and bless my husband with a job that provides for us."  I don't think Habakkuk was planning on hearing the answer he got.  God, seeing the big picture, answered Habakkuk with some very bad news.  Instead of blessing Judah with peace He is going to send the Babylonians to punish Judah's sin. 

We are not promised our every heart's desire.  God has a plan to work out in our lives and sometimes that plan isn't pretty.  That's a result of sin.  Our fallen world does not promise happy endings.  However, if we are born again we will find a happy ending in eternity one day.

Reading the book of Habakkuk has been very hard.  I guess I was hoping to find good news that promised me my every heart's desire.  I didn't find that.  But I did find that God does know the big picture.  He does hear me and will answer me in His timing.  Stay tuned next week for Habakkuk's second complaint after his unexpected answer.  Trust me, this is not the end!

Do you expect God to answer your heart's desire?  Any insights from Habakkuk's first complaint and God's first answer?  I would love to hear what God is teaching you!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Me: 1 / Laundry Pile: 0 and Menu Plan Monday

I won!  I beat the laundry pile! 

Before you think I'm crazy, I'll explain.  Last week I was unable to post because my laundry pile in my bedroom tried to eat me.  We were in a long hard battle and at one point I thought I wouldn't see the light of day ever again.  However, I persevered and won in the end!

Okay, that explanation verified your suspicions of my craziness.  Oh well!  Last week I realized how much I had been letting my house go.  My floors were filthy.  My laundry pile growled at me!  I would have posted pictures but I was a tad ashamed and afraid of the growling laundry pile.  My priorities are first God, my husband, my children, my home, and then everything else.  So barring any unforseen calamities (aka: growling, leering laundry piles) I will pick back up this week and will post some more insights from Habakkuk tomorrow. 

Menu Plan
Breakfast: granola bars in the car on the way to church
Lunch: cookout with my family
Dinner: cheese quesadillas and apple sauce

Breakfast: waffles and bananas
Dinner: tacos, seasoned potatoes and onions

Breakfast: sausage biscuits and scrambled eggs 
Dinner: chicken nuggets, fries, salad

Breakfast: cinnamon rolls
Dinner: pizza and green beans

Breakfast: french toast sticks and bacon
Dinner: Date Night with the Hubby! Wherever he wants to eat.

Breakfast: cinnamon rolls
Dinner: poor man's steak, mashed potatoes, peas, corn bread

Breakfast: banana nut muffins
Dinner: spaghetti with marinara sauce, tossed salad, garlic toast

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

That little book called Habakkuk

As I mentioned yesterday, my husband and I are teaching the high school Sunday school class every other Sunday morning through summer to give the youth leaders some time off.  For the past 2 lessons we have been teaching from the book of Habakkuk.  This is my husband's favorite book of the Bible.  Before we were married I had never studied Habakkuk in much detail.  However I have learned a lot from this small 3 chapter book.  I thought I would share what I have learned with you over the next four weeks.  Today I will give a brief introduction and overview of the entire book.  Next Tuesday I will cover Habakkuk's first prayer and God's answer.  The Tuesday after that we will look at Habakkuk's second prayer and God's answer to that complaint.  On the fourth Tuesday we will look at Habakkuk's last prayer of praise.

How many of you have had questions in your life?  I'm sure we all have asked how, why, and when about things that are on our hearts.  Right now I am questioning when God will answer the desire of my heart and bring me home full time.

"Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds."

Habakkuk was a man who also sought answers from the Lord.  He saw suffering all around him and it broke his heart.  He begins the book asking God why all these bad things are happening.  God then answers him and says that things are going to get worse.  Definitely not the answer you want to hear.  Habakkuk then goes on to ask more questions and makes a point of telling the Lord that he will wait for his answers.  God then answers the questions and gives Habakkuk hope.

"I will stand at my watch
    and station myself on the ramparts;
I will look to see what he will say to me,
    and what answer I am to give to this complaint."

Habakkuk ends his book with a third prayer full of praise.  He believes and trusts that God will follow through with His promises.

"yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.
The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
He enables me to go on the heights."

Habakkuk sets an example that we should still follow today.  God does hear our cries and is faithful to answer us.  Are you ready for His answers?

"For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come and will not delay."

I would love to hear any insights that you might have from reading Habakkuk!
Please share in the comments.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  Saturday my husband had to work so in the afternoon I took the boys to my parents house to play outside.  Where we currently live we have a very small yard with no room to run around and play.  We are house hunting at the moment so I will keep you updated on that little adventure.

On Sunday we went to church and it was our turn to teach the high school Sunday school class.  We have been taking turns with the youth leaders to give them some time off during the summer.  We continued in the book of Habakuk which is a great book of the Bible to study.  The main theme of the book is that we don't always get the answer we want when we pray.  However, God sees the big picture in our life and His answer is always the best even when it involves Babylonian slavery.  We can always trust God to lead us in the right direction.

Anyways, I thought I would share our menu for this week with you.  Maybe you can get some ideas for your own menu.  Menu planning is really a great way to save money and reduce the stress of figuring out what's for dinner every night!  I only plan meals for breakfast and dinner since I work during lunch time.  I'll post more about menu planning later on and explain how I do it.

Breakfast: eggos and granola bars in the car on the way to church
Lunch:  family (we eat with our parents for lunch on Sunday's)
Dinner: grilled cheese sandwiches and fries

Breakfast: cheerios and bananas
Dinner: tator tot casserole, steamed broccoli, corn bread (my inlaws are coming over for dinner and I love to cook for others!)

Breakfast: waffles and bananas (I'm trying to use my bananas before they go bad)
Dinner: spaghetti with marinara sauce, salad, and garlic toast

Breakfast: banana nut muffins and scrambled eggs
Dinner: biscuits and gravy, bacon, and eggs

Breakfast: waffles and bacon
Dinner: Date Night!

Breakfast: oatmeal and fruit
Dinner: grilled pork chops, scalloped potatoes, peas

Breakfast: biscuits and gravy, sausage patties, eggs
Dinner: hamburger helper, sauteed green beans, corn bread

I would love to hear what's on your menu plan this week!  Do you menu plan?

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Welcome to My Homemaking Story!


My name is Laura and I am a wife and mother.  I have been married to my handsome husband Jon for 3 years now and we have 2 precious little boys.  Jackson is 19 months and Jacob is 2 months.  

At this point in time I do work outside of the home as a part time social worker with at risk teens.  My desire is to be at home full time so my husband and I are praying and waiting on the Lord to move.

To be perfectly honest, this is the third blog I have started.  With my first two blogs I tried to be someone I wasn't.  I didn't pray about starting a blog. I was all about stats and link ups and series.  I even felt ashamed to admit that I didn't stay at home full time.  However, I know that this is just a season and the Lord has put me in my current position for a reason and when He sees fit He will bring me home.  Therefore, I am no longer ashamed to admit that I work outside the home.  God has provided my family with all of our needs and I know that He will one day provide my husband with an income that will support our growing family.

My desire for this blog is to share my story.  I want to share encouragement and inspiration and at the same time be authentic and show my failures (which are daily unfortunately).  I also want this to be a place that others can share their hearts.  That is why I chose the name "My Homemaking Story".  This is a place where women can open their hearts and be honest about where they are at in their life story.  

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for an interesting story...

Dear Lord,

I ask your blessings on this new endeavor.  You know my shortcomings and my failures.  I ask You to help me be authentic with others and humbly tell my story.  Thank you for your abundant blessings in my life and the chance to share my testimony with others.

I lift up every person that finds this blog.  May you bless them and keep them and shine Your light upon them.  Please help them to find contentment in You and You alone.