Normal, Common, Regular

“How was your day, today?”

“Regular.”

This conversation used to happen between
my daughter and her friend, Satina.
We always got a kick out of her
use of the work, “regular.”
Other people usually say words like,
“fine” or “good.” Her day was usually
just, “regular!” (I love that girl!)

Honesty, that word describes most of my
days, too. As a stay-home-mom I do nearly
the exact same tasks every day/week.
Not much changes. And since my five kids
range from ages 7 to 22
(only four are still at home), I’ve been
doing these daily jobs for 22 years with MANY
more years to come! Many!
The real kicker is that these
jobs are never, ever “completed.” NEVER!

As soon as I clear & scrub the sink,
someone eats again!
(how dare they?)

No sooner do I sweep our gorgeous wooden
floors & the dog saunters through the room &
disperses his hair to every corner.
(What does he have against me?)

Laundry is put away just about the time
someone dumps dinner on their clothing!
(Seriously?)

You know exactly what I’m saying!

Very few areas of my life offer that
wonderful satisfaction of “a job well done”
because nothing is ever DONE!
This reflects the “stay-at-home-mom” life.

Unrelated side note:
Recently when I called myself a stay-home-mom
a lady said to me,
“Oh, you shouldn’t feel bad that you
live with your Mom.”
WHAT? Come on!!
(but this is another topic altogether!
)

Regular. Common. Normal.
That’s my daily life.

All throughout the Old Testament the Bible
refers to the “Holy and the Unholy,”
the “Sacred and the Common.”
My daily life feels like it belongs in
the later of each of these comparisons.
And yet… it does NOT!

Everything my hand finds to do is
for God’s glory.
It’s all for Him.
It feels “regular,” but my feelings lie.
Whatever I do, I do it all for the
glory of God!
This makes the common task HOLY!
(Scripture references are from 1 Cor. 10:31 and
Col. 3:17)

Take heart, my fellow moms!
Chin up, faithful employee
with “menial tasks.”
Our attitude of praise & glory to God
converts our “normal regular stuff”
into holy, God-glorifying
jobs of great importance!

Yes, I’m a “stay-home-mom” but I’m far from common!

4 Days in Detroit, 2014

It’s a fantastic blend of summer youth camp and a missions trip.
We call it “4Days.”
Last week, teenagers & leaders from various places in Michigan,
Kansas and Iowa joined us in Detroit.
-The mornings provided excellent teaching for the students;
adult leaders were part of a mentorship session at the same time.

– Lunch was served by lovely volunteers from here in Detroit
and all the way from north Chicagoland!

– Teams went into several parks near our church building and
played games, told stories & testimonies, painted faces, laughed,
danced hugged, hosted a three day 3 vs. 3 soccer tournament, & we all made
friends with the lovely people in Southwest Detroit.

– After enjoying dinner at one of the glorious Detroit restaurants
(and I am NOT being sarcastic! We have great ones), everyone
met back at the building to have a meaningful evening service of
ministry, growth & change through the Holy Spirit.
Chilly spoke the 1st & 4th evenings, Dave Barringer & Kevin Berry
on nights two and three. Powerful, specific, life-changing!

The final evening ended with a service in the park and a number
of our neighbors accepted Jesus as their Savior & Lord! (One of those
new friends attended Courage Church Sunday morning and brought all
of her family!!!! Praise Jesus!)

Much of last week I happily captured on our Courage Church instagram,
so I didn’t have much opportunity to post things in my own instagram.
So now I will share some pictures with you…
I mean… I will bombard you with photos from last week!
(Hershal made an appearance in the park, too… but I didn’t get
a picture of that. Maybe I’ll track one down cuz I know my Mom
(and a few of you) would like to see his crazy face!

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Claudia & Stephanie (the wonderful lunch ladies) finishing out our week by eating Taco Truck food in the McDonald's play land with our kids!

Claudia & Stephanie (the wonderful lunch ladies) finishing out our week by eating Taco Truck food in the McDonald’s play land with our kids!

What a wonderful week! People met Jesus, we all enjoyed each other’s company and
lives (including everyone who attended) were changed!
Thank you to everyone who came, prayed, provided financing, etc!

A Proper Home

I excel at DIY projects… in my heart, at least.
But in reality I make a big mess, and when it’s all finished
words like “crooked” or “splotchy” come to mind.
Wouldn’t it be fabulous to know how to build & create beautiful
things that function well?

Leadership is like building, but fortunately for me,
it never requires things that are purchased from Home Depot or Lowes.
In 2 Corinthians 13:10b, Paul says,
“I want to use the authority the Lord has given me to build you up, not to tear you down.”

In this verse the phrase “build up” means constructive criticism and instruction
that builds a person up to be the suitable dwelling place of God
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to make a suitable place where the Lord is “at home.”
What a thrill! Our job as a spiritual leader is to help others grow and
serve Jesus in a way that makes their lives a comfortable home for JESUS!

I may not be gifted at interior decorating, and I’m certainly not
good at DIY projects, but I CAN encourage and instruct others as
I whole-heartedly follow Jesus. If I am dedicated, faithful and
open myself up to those who are following me then I become a decorator!
Imagine it! Me… and YOU…
creating a comfortable & proper home for GOD Himself!!!

Eat your heart out HGTV!

Menu Plan Monday, July 21, 2014

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MONDAY- Grilled Sausage, fettuccine noodles, corn, cucumber salad

TUESDAY- Crock Pot Messy Max’s (aka – sloppy joe’s)

WEDNESDAY – Mexican Beef Stew & Crackers

THURSDAY – Ravioli Crockpot Casserole

FRIDAY – Taco Truck (one of many in SW Detroit)

SATURDAY – Pasta (made from spiral cut egg plant), grilled Italian sausage

SUNDAY – Grilled Chicken, Grilled Broccoli, Rice

more ideas at OrgJunkie

Hidden Agendas

Ick. Hidden agendas just make me wanna barf. And so many times
people will ask one thing but really be “fishing” for something
else… and think that no one notices. Again… ICK!

But that’s not what I’m referring to in this blog.
The Apostle Paul told the church in Corinth that
sincere love speaks for itself.

“We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding,
our patience, our kindness,
by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love.”
2 Corinthians 6:6

In this text the word for “sincere” means
not fake, free from hidden agendas.

“Well, that’s me for sure,” we all say smugly to ourselves.
But, maaaaaaaybe not!

What about the times we’ve gone out of our way for our
neighbor and they politely said, “Thanks,” and shut the door?
(I guess we were expecting a little more, right?)

Or when we sacrificed some serious sleep to bless our family
and they not only didn’t say thank you, but they actually
complained about our kindness?
(Certainly we could have expected a smidgen of praise
or at least a tiny bit of affirmation for our undying sacrifice!)

Or the time we so freely gave up our Saturday afternoon
to help out a stressed friend, but she seemed just as
uptight when we left as when we arrived.
(Surely our most blessed gift of time should’ve brought
about a peaceful gratitude!)

See what I mean?
Proudly we can declare that we give love without expecting
anything in return, but if we’re honest with ourselves
we have to admit that we have expectations…
hidden agendas.

Doing things to merely get my expected response (and warm fuzzy affirmations)
is like posting a selfie… only for SELF!
I must answer to God for MY love…
So, I’m learning to regularly ask myself, “Do I love without hidden agendas?”
Do you?

Menu Plan Monday, July 14, 2014

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MONDAY
Lunch- TBA
Dinner- Ham & Cheese Quiche, Fruit

TUESDAY
Lunch- PB & J, Carrot sticks
Dinner- Chicken Alfredo, Broccoli

WEDNESDAY
Lunch- Deli Meat Sandwiches, chips, fruit
Dinner- Veggie “Zoodles”, Grilled Chicken

THURSDAY
Lunch- Tomato Salad
Dinner- Crock Pot Pork Chops, Green Beans, Rice

FRIDAY
Lunch- Black Bean & Corn Salad
Dinner - Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza

SATURDAY
Lunch- Do Overs
Dinner- Grilled Sausages & Potatoes, Zucchini

SUNDAY – Zoe’s Bday!!
Lunch- TBA
Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Teriyaki Noodles, Fruit salad, Bday Cake Cups

for more ideas see www.orgjunkie.com

Recently Overheard- July 9, 2014

If you were a fly on our wall you would’ve heard this…

“When we were playing super heros, they all went back to the bat cave and Wonder Woman made them all hot chocolate. Well… It was a cold day and they’d been fighting Mr. Freeze.”

“I would give up a thousand video games for more action figures!”

“Heaven must smell like Birthday cake.”

“This new gum is gunma make mouth all stuck up cuz it’s so cool!”

“Look at you, Mom. You’re throwing something away for once!”

Recently Overheard – July 2, 2014

If you’d been at our house lately you would’ve heard this…

“Satan doesn’t work at McDonalds, he works at Burger King!”

While watching USA in the World Cup…
“Goalie Tim Howard deserves an award, or a hug or at least an ice cream cone!”

“If I had a dollar for every time Mom said. ‘Someone kick it’ I’d be rich!”

“Mom passed the test. The test of weirdness.”

“Mom is a kids’ jute box.”

Me, while having a science conversation-
“What do you think of when you hear the word orbit?”
Chase- “Eat. Drink. Chew Orbit!”

Kids 1- “If you had to choose just one store to do all your shopping
for your life what would it be?”
Kid 2- “Sky mall.”