Kaleb "marches to the beat of his own drummer", something said about me when I was a child. He interprets things in his own unique way. One day, a few years ago, I was reading the
Monday, December 29, 2008
Kaleb "marches to the beat of his own drummer", something said about me when I was a child. He interprets things in his own unique way. One day, a few years ago, I was reading the
Saturday, December 27, 2008
"What the heck are you doing lady?!" (snowmobile person)
"I am Mordic - I mean Nordic walking" (me)
"That (snowmobiling) looks like a lot of fun" (me)
"it is" (snowmobiler)
"that looks really stupid" (snowmobiler)
"i have got to find a better way to burn calories" (me)
Even the guy plowing on his 4-wheeler looked like he was having a good time. Well, yesterday, I did enjoy myself. It was a lot less painful not packing the baby through that stuff. I followed the same route. I think tomorrow I will snowboard and shovel snow instead.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Nothing is ever normal with us. Difficulties present - the baby still has to eat those two days, meaning that Kevin will have to stay in town. Then another difficulty - what to do with the rest of the kids (it's too long to leave them alone). Then another difficulty - how to keep the house warm. Here's how it ended up (i guarantee no other family spent Christmas quite like this)..........
On Christmas Eve morning i swept into the hospital 5 Min's late. I wore a green with red scrub attire including ornament earrings. I brought home made whole grain (hope for the best) huckleberry muffins and mini loaves to share. Also in my arms were some hand made wreaths. Instantly i became ER nurse and Hospital Supervisor. I joked with the staff, and drank ground bean coffee.
Meanwhile, Kevin began a boring 48 hours with our youngest 4 kids and our Suburban. He began the trip with a Wal mart run.
As we chit chatted, I mentioned that my family would be staying in a motel in town. A co-worker mentioned she had a free coupon for a nice motel with a swimming pool expiring at the end of the month she wasn't planning to use. Another nurse insisted i should cancel my cheap motel and get them that one.
The report table began to fill with plates of cookies and my diet went out the window. Then i got busy with patients. Over the course of the day, it was worked out for us to switch motels. Kevin checked in, but they made the original owner of the coupon present them self. The co-workers boyfriend came to the motel to straighten it out. He was told by his girlfriend to "look for a short bald guy". We all found a lot of humor in that. Moonbeam nursed early in the day in between patients.
I stayed fairly busy all day and eventually exhausted went to the motel with Kevin, the kids and a pizza. Kevin III remained at home keeping the fire going, doing some odd chores, and working on his pre-college course on the computer.
That night i took the kids to an over crowded pool. We watched "Leave it to Beaver". I wore a path up and down the motel room walking a fussy baby into the night.
The next day the first 6 hours of my shift was pretty uneventful. I wore red with green scrubs, the report table overflowed with cookies and treats, we chit chatted around whole ground bean coffee. Kevin took the boys swimming and took a nap. The last 6 hours was very busy. I thought I would explode because I was too busy to nurse the baby. Moonbeam consumed her 2nd jar of baby food (waahhhh!). Kevin had to check out and the youngest 4 kids spent the majority of Christmas Day waiting in our Suburban. I was also thoroughly insulted by a patients family member because he told me "you've got grey in your hair, you look like you must be pushing 40". Kevin found quite a bit of humor in that and has continued to harass me about that statement!!!
Here is our family Christmas Survey :
A. "What was your favorite thing about Christmas this year?"
B. "What was your least favorite thing about Christmas this year?"
Kiana : A. "That its Christmas"
B. "That we spent Christmas in town."
Kaleb A. "I got to throw icicles from the motel balcony. I read a really funny "Captain Underpants" Book. I watched a funny episode of "Leave it to Beaver.""
B. "I had to stay in a Motel"
Karsten: A. "Get stuff free, off around Christmas there's all this free stuff" (Karsten liberally helped himself to the nurses cookie plates each time he visited). "I got a BB GUN" (no he did not shoot his eye out, and it wasn't a "Red Ryder".
B. "I got in trouble a lot"
Dad : A. My wife made holiday pay
B. "Having to spend Christmas in town sitting in a Suburban waiting."
Me : A. "I got to pray with somebody and encourage some others. I had fun working and keeping busy. I got some successful challenging IV starts.
B. "We weren't all together. Parts of my anatomy threatened to explode. I felt guilty about everyone sitting in the car waiting for me on Christmas!"
Kevin : A. "I got to do some target practice"
B."I had to do my school work"
The kids will have a nice holiday break starting shortly. I will have to work out quite a bit to burn off all that holiday food!!!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
It also says that :
Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."
I can testify of so many good things God has done for us and I bet you, the reader, can too. Remembering past victories in Jesus will strengthen our faith for current and future battles.
We bought a house a few years ago that I thought would be a blessing to us. It was big, with lots of land and even on a small, private lake. It was everything I thought I ever wanted. We had a lot of trouble getting the loan and I had focused a huge amount of faith and energy into getting it. Not long before the closing, Kevin said he didn't have any peace about buying the place. He felt that we shouldn't do it. I, on the other hand, had invested an incredible amount of work into getting it and I was determined that we were going to do it.
Any way, long story short, we weren't there long before we realized that the time we had to invest into working to pay for that nice big home, was a lot more than we'd bargained for. We were gone from the kids a lot more than we wanted to be. We fought a lot more, being under a tremendous financial strain. I began to realize that the dumpiest place anywhere would be better than having a nice place that we never got to enjoy. I realized that paying for that place was stealing time with my kids.
When we moved back into our old house, I thought that we could sell that place no problem. As the months went by, I realized that it was going to take a lot more faith and energy to sell than I thought. Bills continued to stack up........ A huge mortgage we couldn't afford, 2 electric bills, 2 phone bills, 2 places to heat, etc....etc..... By Gods grace I got a contract job working away from home to keep up on the payments. I was exhausted and overwhelmed. Other problems began to plague us and the whole situation seemed hopeless. To be honest, I was ready to default on all my loans and start over, but Kevin said "NO". After we went through some other terrible things, I hit an all time low in depression.
One day I was watching Joyce Meyer on TV and I felt really encouraged. I started writing Bible confessions - scriptures that could pertain to my life and situation. I said them out loud every day. I felt encouraged. Day after day, I kept having time with God. I read my Bible, prayed and continued confessing scriptures over my situation. One day the Spirit of God spoke to my heart to put an ad in a Big City Paper. I hadn't done that because the ad cost around $100 just for a few words and no pictures. It seemed like a waste when we were just scraping by. We had gone through 3 Realtors by then!!! I had also put up a lot of fliers on bulletin boards. We had had it for sale for at least a year and a half with not so much as an offer.
That one ad that God put on my heart to put up caused such peace to fall over me. I remember that day well because even though nothing in the situation changed, peace flooded my heart. I knew God had solved my problems. Around that time, my contract job came to an end. They had renewed me two times by then and they finally had full staff. God spoke to my heart and said "you don't need that job any more". I wrote that on top of my list of bills.
We had a few calls from that ad, and over a period of weeks to months, one of those original callers made a fair offer on our property and then bought it. The same week that our house closed, Krystiana was conceived.
God had shown Himself faithful again. During a horrible time in the housing market, we sold that house, and got what we needed to be free of the debt. There are so many people today locked into high interest loans, just like we were. I want to encourage them that there is hope in Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith. One name for Him literally means "provider". Trust in Him and remember how He has already provided for you. Stir up your faith with times He has come through and remember that time. Economy and circumstances are of no obstacle to Him.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
I had planned on shopping at Cold Water Creek's awesome sale that day. I was really psyched up for it. God spoke to my heart about going with Kevin on his flight to Missoula. I didn't want to, and the thought of flying with him made me sick to my stomach. I really REALLY wanted to go to that sale, but i was plagued with conviction to go with him. Finally i said "OK!" to that convicting voice of the Holy Spirit. I didn't sleep well that night. I tossed and turned and felt a general sense of forboding. Finally i got up, not having slept well. I pulled on the only clean thing in my drawer - this crazy pair of black flared polyester pants. When Kevin saw me, he asked me to find something else to wear.... he doesn't like me doing the crazy pants thing with him. Since i didn't have any thing else clean at the time, he consented and we left.
I kept feeling this sense of doom as we drove to the airport. When we got in the plane my stomach churned and I covered my head as i tried to sleep during take off. Not an hour into our flight, something awakened me. I instantly felt the presence of God and I knew something was wrong. Suddenly the engine began to cut out. Kevin tried calmly adjusting something. It got worse. It kept choking....and choking..... and choking. Kevin radioed in an emergency landing to the nearest airport. I really didn't want to be "caught dead" in those crazy pants that day.
I'm far from a mechanic (really far), but I've never heard an engine sputter that many times without shutting off. I started praying and standing in faith (and I'm sure Kevin was too). I could feel the spiritual battle going on. Even though I knew that natural circumstances were going to cause our plane to stop running, I stood in faith, not backing down. I took authority over the situation and commanded the plane to fly in Jesus name. I know that God kept our airplane running miraculously. We were able to land.
I couldn't get off the floor in the airport. I was just sick. I thought about all my little kids at home without us. Then He spoke to my heart to do something inconceivable. To get back into the airplane and go home, telling me that there would be no further trouble. Kevin decided after looking at it that it was water in the gas tank. He drained out some and we went home. I didn't call the kids all panic stricken. I just called them and checked on them calmly. I got back into the plane and I flew home. True to His Word, we didn't have any further trouble.
Then Kevin let me go to Cold Water Creek and said "baby buy whatever you want". I was happy I wasn't "caught dead" in those crazy pants. I felt very glad to be alive and had a good time at the sale.
This is another testimony of God's protection I'm grateful for. I want to keep a record of these good things and remember them. This is why I decided to write about it on my blog.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Ok, so my first "blog experience" has been my incredible sister, Heather. She makes such beautiful, nice entries that people love to read!!!!! Her tips and projects are fun and nice and everything sweet. Unfortunately, I'm not that sweet type person, and most of my recipes include "dumping things together" and hoping the oven doesn't explode in the process (or my family in explosive anger because they have to eat the concoction.) Sometimes when we have "Holy Ghost Surprise", they inform me that I have missed God completely.
However, I've had lots of experience in getting out of debt and in supernatural financial miracles. So with all that in mind, I'm going to start adding entries every so often about how to have financial miracles in your life and on How to get out of debt. We celebrated a year this Dec. without mortgage, credit card debt or bank loans. We must be tapping into something right where God is concerned and I'm determined to teach it to others.
1. Stop believing that your situation is hopeless.
Because it's not!!!! Here's one of my first favorite stories to tell :
We had taken in a lot of people over the summer (a few years back) and I hadn't been able to work much. I had been putting groceries on my credit card to feed them at times and our mortgage along with another loan were 2+ months late. The bank demanded to know a day that they would be getting their money and I gave them one. I had expected money from two places by then a. the federal government was supposed to be paying us a claims check and b. we had an older landcruiser up for sale. The day came that I had promised the bank their money and through a comedy of horrors, neither money was available. The claims check was deposited in some one elses account and they wouldn't give it to us "until they got it back from them" (that's a fine how do you do!). The Landcruiser never sold and we drove to the city to pick it up. Still with writing on the window from the consignment lot, I drove it home feeling the drowning, sinking sensation that the bank had not gotten their funds and we were into our 3rd month of no payment.
When your faced with such situations, its very important to examine your part in this mess (and repent). In the case at hand, I really believed I had done the best I'd known to follow God, but many times I didn't. Many times, I've been in drowning debt because of my own foolish circumstances. It doesn't matter, God doesn't care. He still loves us and wants to help us overcome our circumstances. His goodness leads us to Him, and part of his Blessing is His Provision in our every circumstance. Every time we run to God, He has the answer to make things better if we will be obedient.
In the case at hand, I later drove that same Landcruiser to work that night. I felt crippled with the fear of what was going to happen. Not liking fear to have the upper hand in my life, I began thanking God for His provision. I didn't know how He was going to take care of the mess, but I KNEW HE would (some how). I just kept thanking Him, laughing (possibly from insanity), and fixing my heart on the fact that God was above this.
During my night at work, I felt many opportunities to be afraid of what was going to happen and every one of those times, I stood against that fear. Thats when it happened........
Somebody said "theres a man shining a flashlight into your car!!" It was pitch black out, and foolishly I ran out into the parking area with my hands on my hips thinking to face down a would be burgler. "Can I help you?" I said in the rudest voice I could muster. Out stepped a policeman (of all people!). He was on duty and noticed the writing on the window "Fully loaded, inquire with in". He said he used to have one like that and would really like to have another. At 3am when he got off from work, he got his wife and baby out of bed to test drive it and the next day, he bought that Landcruiser. The bank lady said "any body but you, and we'd have done things a lot differently".
Being out of debt in America (or any other country) is possible. Your first step is to believe that it is and to believe that God can get you out if you trust Him and are obedient to His voice. Hope is a powerful tool that you need to begin (or continue on) in your pilgrimage. Here's a good verse to start with :
Mark 10:27"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."
11The heart of her husband trusts in her confidently and relies on and believes in her securely, so that he has no lack of [honest] gain or need of [dishonest] spoil.
12She comforts, encourages, and does him only good as long as there is life within her.
13She seeks out wool and flax and works with willing hands [to develop it].
14She is like the merchant ships loaded with foodstuffs; she brings her household's food from a far [country].
15She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.(E)
16She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard. [S. of Sol. 8:12.]
17She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.
18She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night [of trouble, privation, or sorrow, warning away fear, doubt, and distrust].
19She lays her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
20She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy [whether in body, mind, or spirit].
21She fears not the snow for her family, for all her household are doubly clothed in scarlet.(F)
22She makes for herself coverlets, cushions, and rugs of tapestry. Her clothing is of linen, pure and fine, and of purple [such as that of which the clothing of the priests and the hallowed cloths of the temple were made].(G)
23Her husband is known in the [city's] gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.(H)
24She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them; she delivers to the merchants girdles [or sashes that free one up for service].
25Strength and dignity are her clothing and her position is strong and secure; she rejoices over the future [the latter day or time to come, knowing that she and her family are in readiness for it]!
26She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].
27She looks well to how things go in her household, and the bread of idleness (gossip, discontent, and self-pity) she will not eat.(I)
28Her children rise up and call her blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied); and her husband boasts of and praises her, [saying],
29[c]Many daughters have done virtuously, nobly, and well [with the strength of character that is steadfast in goodness], but you excel them all.
30Charm and grace are deceptive, and beauty is vain [because it is not lasting], but a woman who reverently and worshipfully fears the Lord, she shall be praised!
31Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates [of the city]!
Friday, December 12, 2008
A Canadian Columnist has called Palin Supporters the "White Trash Vote." So be it then - I would rather be considered that then to be among the Hollywood crowd. Sarah Palin is the "People's" candidate. She is our courageous "Deborah"; our emissary "Esther."
I love that!!!! I guess there's a lot of us "white trash" out there.