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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

TO BE or NOT TO BE?

Not long ago, I was riding with a friend having a conversation about some mutual people we know, people who say they are Christians but we were discussing how if a stranger sat down with them and didn’t discuss the topic directly would they know they were children of God!

That made us start talking about people who say they are Christians and even go to church, some even every time the doors are open, but does their life really reflect a change?

(Yes, I have written on something very close to this before but not exactly!)

It doesn’t mean that I doubt everyone that does questionable things, because we ALL sin and do stupid things!! I mean the people that blatantly disagree with some basic truths of the Bible. Can we doubt the Bible in certain areas and still be a complete follower of Jesus? How is that any different than Jewish people, who we don’t call Christians, but they follow the Bible, just don’t believe in the New Testament? What if I said I didn’t believe in one little thing? I know some people will argue that you can disagree with the little things, as long as you are on the same page with the (what our pastor calls) “the non-negotiables”.

Don’t get me wrong, I agree that there are some things that it is okay to have a different opinion on, for example: Premillennium, Amillennium, or Postmillennium (if you are unsure what that means, I suggest an internet search here). That difference doesn’t really matter; our pastor puts it best….

“I’m not on the Time and Place committee; I’m on the preparation committee!”

So where is the line? Where is that defining point of disagreement verses non-believing? How do you decide what the “important things” are and what you can disagree with? I’m not going to pretend that I have some deep philosophical answer (maybe you do??) but I can say that I do think there are things that you MUST agree with! Part of being a Christian (TO ME) is you have a fundamental belief in the a few things…this website is the BEST one I have found that lays it all out (with reference verses)!!

The Baptist Faith

(even if you are not Baptist, please take a few minutes to read it, it is a statement of faith for Christians, I am aware that there are minor differences such as total immersion vs. sprinkling, etc. I chose this one because it is reputable source; you have to be careful where you get your faith statements!)

We have a book, A Time To Clash, by Doug Giles. We do NOT agree with everything in the book, there is one thing that I am starting to see more and more, especially in light of our new “leadership”. He has a chapter entitled, “A Christian Can Be a Christian or a Liberal, But He Can’t be Both”. (Not a Democrat, a Liberal, there is a difference) This website explains that chapter in a short, to the point kind of way. I do recommend you check out the actual book and this chapter (if nothing else) because it gives REAL examples of the kind of thing he is speaking of!

Check it out!

Now that I am sure I’ve made several of you mad with that….

Back to the conversation with my friend….we talked about if you discussed the current American situation with a person, would they know you were a Christian? If your answer is….probably or maybe, then you need to rethink where you stand on some issues! When we discuss the “major” issues on the table there should be a difference with what we say/believe and what “mainstream America” says/believes! We know that Christianity is no longer promoted as “mainstream” so therefore, we can’t go with mainstream America. We have to stand up and make a stance!

There WILL come a time when we have to defend our faith, it looks like sooner than later, so are you ready to stand up against the masses and defend what you believe NO MATTER WHAT? Do you believe in your faith enough to change the way you think socially and politically??

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2 Yr. Check-up

Yesterday, we had Junior Mint's 2 yr. check-up. It went GREAT! Dr. Andrews (amazing doctor, by the way) said he was doing great for his age and "ahead of the game" on most things.

He is weighing in at barely 23 1/2 lbs. That's in the 5th percentile!
He is measuring at 33 1/2 inches. That's in the 10th percentile!
Both of those are consistent with the way he has been growing over the past year, so he's just little!

He only had one shot and that was because his 18 month check-up was a little early to get it. He did great, no crying! He got upset when they wanted to put a band-aid on it..he kept saying "don't do that". He didn't need a band-aid, he's a big boy (that's what he told me).

All the nurses kept saying how cute he was and how "advanced" he was in his speech and understanding skills. Dr. Andrews asked how old he was and Junior Mint proudly stated "TWO"! He showed all his teeth and happily let them do everything to him!

We even went potty before we left the house, got there and I asked if he need to go, he said "yes" so we went, he peed and was DRY! We tried again before we left and he was dry and didn't need to go. We left the doctor (about 30 minutes from home) and stopped by the bank then home and he was dry the whole time! We had NO peeing in his pull-up! He peed once in a pull-up while we were at the ball field while Mr. Goodbar practiced with the church softball team. There was no bathroom and he hasn't learned the joy of being a boy and being able to go anywhere...we haven't gotten the standing thing yet!

The appointment went great...the potty training went great!!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Potty Training Day 1

Well...it really isn't Day 1, it is Day 1 of "high gear" potty training!!

Today went really well!! He got up with a wet diaper and we put on underwear (real ones). He picked them out and I told him not to get them wet, he said "okay" and that was it!

He went to the potty all morning, we had NO accidents. He went about 3 hours between peeing (obviously, we went several more times than that). I put him in a pull-up for nap, about 10 minutes in I heard, "Mommy...pee pee in the potty". I ran upstairs and by the time we got to the potty he had JUST finished!! We put on a new pull-up and he went down, slept 3 hours and woke up dry and peed and peed on the potty! He put his undies back on and we have been good ever since now! It is right at his bedtime and we have had NO real accidents today!!! I don't consider the one time in the pull-up an accident cause he told me he had to go and he tried SO hard to get there in time!

SO....today has been a GREAT day! Hopefully, it will continue to be more consistent and good. We have to go out tomorrow, so that will throw a wrench in things but we should still be good. He can do it!!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Quick Update

I wanted to give a quick update on the little nugget!

I went today and am measuring good. The heartbeat was 145!

My iron was low and my blood pressure was high. They gave me a list of iron rich foods to eat. They checked my blood pressure again and said I was okay to leave, they will just watch it.

I go back in 3 weeks to get back on normal schedule then start every 2 weeks!!

I also had my glucose test today...YUCK! Everyone else in there got the orange, I, of course, got the fruit punch, which is HORRIBLE! It was okay, I got it down, waited my hour, had my blood drawn and then I was on my way. Now, I am in the waiting game.

Mr. Goodbar was able to keep Junior Mint while I went, thank goodness!! He would have hated all the sitting and waiting!

So...everything is good with the little nugget!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I know..I know...

So, I know this song is NO where near new, but it is on my Junior Mint's praise and worship CD and we were listening to it. I thought....this is the perfect song for EASTER! Yes, Easter.. remember that holiday?

Mr. Goodbar and I were watching the Family Feud the other day and they asked what people associate with Easter, the number one was Easter Bunny and number two was eggs...where was JESUS or even church?? People have Easter ALL wrong! Please remember what Easter means and why we even celebrate it. So, as you consume those chocolate bunnies or marshmallow Peeps...read your Bible!!

In Christ Alone lyrics

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

A LONG Overdue Update...


It seems like FOREVER since I did an update! I'm sorry for that. Hopefully, this will explain a little of that!

First, I hope each one of you are still taking part in the 40 days for Life!! Don't forget about the change prayer can bring!!

Now...I went for my major ultrasound a few weeks ago (again, I'm so behind). Everything went great! You can see from the pictures that he is growing and healthy!! Just in case you think you have missed something, NO we have not said his name on here and I won't (just like Junior Mint) but we have not given him a "Blog Persona" yet either. We have decided to wait and see his personality first!!

The baby is good, but Mommy not so much. This pregnancy is way more difficult than Junior Mint's, it seems. I am HUGE...which I hear is normal for baby #2! My "morning sickness" (otherwise called can't keep anything down sickness) has subsided, I'm only getting sick occasionally now, which is such a relief!! I am however, having Braxton Hicks contractions, which are completely normal at this stage, I just have to be careful and count/time them. I'm supposed to rest more and drink more, which I am trying to do. When they are bad, I have to get off my feet, which isn't easy with a 2 year old! My swelling is worse this time, but I'm sure that is because I am on my feet more than I was with Junior Mint. I have horrible heartburn....they say that means he'll have hair, we shall see!! I don't sleep well...mainly because of heartburn or the party going on in my belly. It appears as if I have the same problem I had with Junior Mint of having a lot of amniotic fluid. This pregnancy is just so different from Junior Mint!

Well...I know it appears as if I am complaining about everything, I'm sorry! I want to make sure to update everyone and try to explain why when I do get a free moment I'm usually spending it resting or catching up on housework.

Our baby boy is growing and healthy...that is ALL that matters!!


Look at those little feet!