Table Talk: 1000 Gifts

What are you most Thankful for today?

As I sit and think about what I am thankful for I am overwhelmed. God has truly blessed me with a wonderful husband and two amazing little ones. I have started a One thousand Gifts List. Inspired by the book
One Thousand Gifts: A dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are 
by Ann VosKamp

(Just scroll down to pause the music player if you would like to watch the Book trailer)

So Today starts my list

1.Waking up to hearing my husband tell me that he Loves me
2.The time spent in the car singing praise to our Lord with my daughter
3.The beautiful clouds that remind me of cotton balls and the sun that peaks out behind them
4.My daughter asking me which cloud is God sitting on
5.The smile I got from my son as I walked into the house
6.The yummy candied sweet potato chips that my mother in law brought home
7. My quiet time.... 

I will have a separate page if you want to see how the list is going.

On her website there are downloads that you can use to keep track of your gifts it is a really cute printout.

Table Talk: Most Important Part of Your Day

Time and time again I feel like I fall short of good quiet time with God. Now it could be the lack of sleep, which doesn’t help in the cause to get up early.  

Or, it could be the laundry that gets piled up, the baby that just wants you and no one else, the 3 year old who wants five million things all at once, the son or daughter that needs to be taken to soccer practice, then to piano lessons, followed by youth group, or the husband who just needs you for a minute to help with a small project that ends up taking an hour or two. 

Even the dishes that have sat in the sink all day awaiting your attention could be the reason you put off your quiet time.  Now I know that all these things are important in their own right, but if they sound like excuses…you’re right, they are excuses.  They are all things that need to be done, but so does your quiet time with God.

I was talking with a good friend the other day that was sharing with me how she knows all the right answers and what she needs to do.  And yet, she still stalls trying to do everything on her own without finding time to sit for a moment and spend time with God.  We talked about how so many times we try to do everything through our own strength and we get tired quickly.  I totally related.

God will always wait for you. He will always be there. He will help if and when we realize that it is our job to call on Him and ask Him for help but most importantly we must remember to worship Him. He never promises things will be easy or that (poof!) He will take it all away.  But, He does promise to be with you and to never leave you.

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

I am so thankful for friends that you can be “real” with and the ones who know you so well that sometimes you don’t need to say anything at all…they just know you need pray.  I started to make time to meet regularly with God…even if some days it is just 10 minutes. I am growing and it’s a challenge that I face daily.

Recently I was struck by a quote from a book I am reading titled A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George.  It said, “The degree of our spiritual strength will be in direct proportion to the time we spend in God’s Word.”  You can think on that and decide for yourself if you agree or not. But what I took from it is that no matter what, the more time I spend with Him the more patient I am with my children and situations that come my way don’t seem as difficult.  Decisions and time are handled easier and my own insecurities become less as I feel more confident and trust in His plan. 

As my friend and I discussed, it is amazing how when we just do it, it all works out. I haven’t reached my goal yet but I am working towards it. So where is your time spent? Will you be challenged like me and spend that time no matter what happens in your day?  Even if the dishes reach the ceiling…He is worth it.

Philippians 3:12-14
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Table talk : Worship

Songs and worship are a big part of my life and I am constantly reminded how God can move in my life if I just take down the walls and just worship.  This is one of those songs that moves me into the presence of the Lord and a time of worship.  The song lists so many wonderful attributes of our God and how He knows each one of us so intimately.  For He is always for us, loves us and forgives us.  

Excerpt from:

You Are For Me
By: Kari Jobe

So faithful. So constant.
So loving and so true.
So powerful in all You do.

You fill me. You see me.
You know my every move
and You love for me to sing to You.

I know that You are for me.
I know that You are for me.
I know that You will never,
forsake me in my weaknesses

I know that You have come now,
even if to write upon my heart.
To remind me who You are.

So patient, So gracious,
So merciful and true…
So wonderful in all You do.
You know me. You see me.
You know my every move.
You love for me to sing to You

Lord, I know that You are for me.
I know that You are for me.
I know that You will never,
forsake me in my weaknesses.
I know that You have come now,
even if to write upon my heart.

"When God's people begin to praise and worship Him using the Biblical methods He gives, the Power of His presence comes among His people in an even greater measure."
Graham Truscott

"It is in the process of being worshipped that God communicates His presence to men."
C.S. Lewis

If you want to hear the full song you can scroll down to my audio player and click through the songs to find 
"You Are For Me" by Kari Jobe.

Tidbit: My Bergen.Com

This is a website if you are looking for things to do around Bergen County. The website highlights events, festivals, shows, articles and information for adults and families. This is a site worth visiting.

In the Kid's Corner you can find kid friendly events, parenting advice and other activities for you and your children. Under the link New Movers there is a link titled: Bergen Playgrounds Presented by Palisades Child Care Center, the information highlights playgrounds around the area from a book you can purchase "The Playground Guide:Best of Bergen County,”

The Restaurant link has reviews that describe the dining experiences including the ambience, d├ęcor, wait staff, wine lists, and cuisine as well as events that are taking place.

There are many more links to this site that can be helpful. Let me know if you find something fun to do and share it!