Friday, June 26, 2009

Showering His Love

With Vacation Bible School being at night this week, I've had a hard time fitting in bath time for my 5 year old, Cici. Finally, I decided to give her a quick shower. To say she enjoyed it would be an understatement.

"It feels so good!" she exclaimed. She ooh'ed and ahh'ed about how warm the water was, and how great it felt, then she said something that dropped me to my knees.

"It feels like God's hands."

I didn't know what to say to that. I believe that children are more in tune with God's presence than adults. Cici is the child who once told me that Jesus came into her bedroom and stayed the whole night so she wouldn't be scared of the dark. I asked her how the water felt like God's hands. She said "It's strong." When I asked what she meant by strong, she said "powerful."

As I washed her, I thought about how God sent Jesus to wash away our sins. I thought about water baptism, and receiving the Holy Spirit. I thought about God presence. God's hands.

May this intuitive little girl always feel God's hands on her, showering down His love. May we all be so blessed.

Psalm 72:6 -- He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

Isaiah 45:8 -- "You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness grow with it; I, the LORD, have created it.

Exodus 15:18 -- The LORD will reign for ever and ever.

Chatty Kelly

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Thankful Thursday - 6/25

What I'm thankful this week:

1. Praying friends. I was having a really bad day on Friday and sent an SOS to my friend Sonya. She started praying for me and my whole day turned around and ended up having a wonderful Friday afternoon/evening. What a blessing to have friends to pray for us!

2. Vacation Bible School - my church has VBS for the kids & adults! So I'm enjoying learning too. (Cici couldn't hang, it was too late for her, so Gigi has been going and Cici's been having time with dad at home).

3. Cici's first sleepover. She & Gigi both spent the night with their friends, which meant I got a date night. Woo!

4. Bloggy gifts, awards & prizes. (See yesterday's post.)

5. God's abundant patience with me. I am evidently a slow learner. ;-)

What are you thankful for this week?

Thankful Thursday at Truth 4 the Journey

Chatty Kelly

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Awards, Prizes & Gifts

I wanted to share with you all some wonderful gifts and gestures I've received from bloggy friends. First is a beautiful book mark from Lea at the Potting Shed. As you can see on the left, it's a gal hula hooping. Why would Lea think I'd like that? LOL! Well, she saw this video of me. The bookmark says "I pray to my God to make me fit, obedient, bold and published. I'll do my level best for the good Lord, my King." The back of the bookmark, on the right is my blog header. Isn't Lea the best?

Next is a prize. My sister (My ADHD Me) entered a contest at Army Brats & Me. Cindy drew ADHD as the winner for these hot pink car window decals (personalized). Well, since ADHD isn't a hot pink kind of gal, and she knows EXACTLY who is, she got my initials and this is how they look on my styling mini-van. I've gotten so many compliments from my girl friends. You guys can visit Cindy if you want to order some for yourself.

The awards I've won are from Leslie at Writing for the Lord and Edie at Rich Gifts. They are the Honest Scrap Award and Kreativ (sic) Blogger Award.

Now I'm supposed to tell you either 7 or 10 things about me, that you don't know. Really, don't you know everything by now? Here are some you may or may not know.

1. I use prescription toothpaste. Ha! I know you didn't know that. (Bet you didn't even know they made it). I have extremely sensitive teeth, and this toothpaste allows me to do things like actually brush my teeth, drink cold drinks and eat sweets. Yay prescription toothpaste!
2. I switched to McDonald's coffee over Starbucks because it's cheaper and the economy is awful.
3. Sometimes I think I'll never get my book published and decide to give up. But then I get back to it. Then I give up. Then get the idea.
4. I am a germaphobe (I know you know that part) BUT I have been known to kiss my dog. GROSS.
5. I'm not as organized as I used to be.
6. If my husband has a meeting, I sometimes "make" cereal for dinner. (The kids love it, I don't mind it, and he's not here!)
7. I sometimes pray for famous people I don't know like Eminem and Jon & Kate.
8. I dream of getting "discovered" by a publisher and getting published WITHOUT ANY OF THE WORK!
9. I can be lazy at times. (See #8 above).
10. I hate coming up with 10 things about me, cause I'm just really not that exciting.
So there.
THANKS again to Lea, Cindy, ADHD, Leslie & Edie!
Chatty Kelly

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Dog's Life

You may be surprised to learn that I have two dogs. I often talk about Buddy (the dog on the left). But I also have another dog, Jackie (on the right). Her eyes are fine, that's just the flash reflecting.)

I've had Buddy for nearly 2 years, while we've had Jackie for 11. But Buddy is definitely my favorite. Why? Because he loves me so much. While Jackie loves me, she doesn't really like to spend time with me. She is happy with an occasional pat, and doesn't like to be picked up. She is content to lay by my feet and just be together.

Buddy, on the other hand, cannot get close enough to me. He whines when he is at my feet, that isn't close enough. He wants to be in my lap. He wants my pats and attention and to know that I with him always. He adores me.

Now I know that God is not like man, that he should pick favorites. However, in my relationship with God, I think I'm often more like Jackie. I love him, but I'm content to be at his feet, to be together, but not really close. How much more would God love it (not me) if I couldn't get enough of him. If I longed to be with him closer and closer, not resting until I am as close as possible?

I need to unleash my reservations, lapping up God's Word until I'm begging for more. Then, no bones about it, I'll be sitting in and heeling heeding God's Will in my life.

(And don't forget, all dogs go to heaven!) **grin**

Deuteronomy 6:5 -- Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Psalm 63:1 -- O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you.

Psalm 99:5 -- Exalt the LORD our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.

Chatty Kelly