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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Slow Fade....

I'm sure most of the people reading my blog know the song "Slow Fade" by Casting Crowns. It says:
The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you're thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It's a slow fade when you give yourself away
It's a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

That is so true! I was having a conversation with my wonderful, Mr. Goodbar the other day. We were talking about money, like I'm sure most couples do quite often! Don't get me wrong, we don't have tons of money to spare or are just "raking it in" but we do okay. We can pay all of our bills, we can buy food, we can enjoy some luxuries that a lot of families can't, especially right now, but we were talking about how people we know can afford luxury cars or huge homes or lavish trips. I asked how can these people afford these things but we just can't seem to be able to find the extra cash to take a small vacation?

Mr. Goodbar had a good answer...it explained everything! He said....honey, if we didn't tithe we would have a lot of free cash? (Now, I'm sure here is where some of you will argue what the Bible actually says about what we are called to give. I believe in the old Testament and that it still applies, but that is not where I think it stops. We can discuss this if you like, send me a message) Then I had the thought that probably most people have had. I thought well, if we didn't tithe so much, we could get that new car or take that cruise. Then I spent a split second (well, to be honest way longer than that) thinking about all the things we could do with that money!!

After those car thoughts, vacation thoughts, shopping sprees, updates to the house that we could accomplish over an extended period of time I realized....it's not like the Bible forces us to tithe! We do it out of obedience, just like we do everything. Mr. Goodbar once told a friend, who recently reminded me of this, "the Bible isn't a list of things you have to do, it's a guide on how to avoid heartache and pain". The Bible doesn't force us to do anything, it lays out ways we are called to be obedient and tithing is one of them!

If we start there and stop tithing, where will it end? Will I then begin to think that all that time we devote to church could be better spent cleaning or shopping? Will I start to believe that certain lifestyles are okay because it's generally accepted and the Bible doesn't force me to believe that way? You see, it's a SLOW FADE!! Something so small as not writing a check or even writing a smaller check can quickly turn into skipping church or deciding to not get involved in church. It's so easy for a thought to quickly make it to your hand, like the song says!

Next time you have the thoughts of disobedience (or if you are in a state of disobedience) think of the slow fade and how easily things can degrade!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

My NOT so little nuggets...

My little nuggets aren't so little anymore!!

Junior Mint will be 2 1/2 on the 20th of this month, WOW! He is growing so fast, well growing but not really getting "big". He went to the doctor a few weeks ago and he weighed only 26 lbs. I find it funny that he could still fit in the infant car seat! He went back to the doctor yesterday with a belly ache. I have strep throat and my doctor said that in kids that age they often only complain of a belly ache when they have strep. Mr. Goodbar was home (because he is an amazing, wonderful hubby that took off to help me) and took Junior Mint to the doctor. Sure enough....he has strep too!! So, more antibiotics for this household! At least, that isn't an illness babies get!! But he is doing amazing.

We are having some behavior issues, he is SO strong willed. I found a book that Babywise talks about Parenting the Strong-Willed Child. I will let you all know how it works out. It is a 5 week program. I can honestly say I do see a difference after just doing the first step (they say not to read or skip ahead). You do each step for 7 days, master it, then move on. Like I said, I will keep you updated on how it works.

As for Twix, he is growing like a weed!! I think it won't be long before he catches up to Junior Mint. When he had his 2 month check-up two weeks ago he was 11 lbs. 2 oz. I'm sure by now he is close to 12 lbs! That's almost half of Junior Mint!! He is such a happy baby. He is very scheduled and does great with it!! He has been sleeping through the night since 6 weeks, 3 days and has done so every night since!! He likes to talk to you and smile! He loves to just look around and take it all in. I think his favorite thing is watching his big brother and talking to him!

Enjoy a little bit of our little man, with our big man trying to take his picture in the background!!


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