Rain, rain go away

As I was looking at my nifty little Weather Channel app, I became elated! The 10 day forecast was finally showing the highs dropping to the 70’s and lows to the 50’s. I have been ready for fall for weeks, mostly because I was tired of looking at my white legs in shorts. I noticed the chance of rain leading up to those temperatures being 50-80%, but we needed the rain. In my excitement, I think I prayed for the rain to fall and bring on the cold temperatures.

God answered my prayers.

I suppose I was not specific enough about the rain portion of my prayer, just the temperature part. Wilmington set a record for daily rainfall for September 27th.

Prior to yesterday’s monsoon, we were listed in a “moderate drought.” Our grass would agree. Upwards of 10 inches of rain fell yesterday in our area on that poor dry ground.

As a coastal town, we are use to tropical rains, but this sucker came out of nowhere. Everything in town flooded. Some of the busiest streets were flooded. In our neighborhood alone, we have 2 retention ponds that flooded the streets and made the main road impassible. Luckily, there is a second street to get in or my husband would have been stranded. Parts of major highways getting out of town were flooded. We have friends that were coming home to and from Southport that had a 2 1/2 hour commute after work!

Here’s some footage from yesterday rain.

Now, the weather dudes are calling for more rain tomorrow! Possible 6 inches. Our pond, which was probably 4 feet lower is now 4 feet higher than normal. We will be breaking out our water wings. OH, there’s more. Did I mention Tropical Depression 16? Yeah, so after tomorrow’s rainfall, we will actually get a tropical system to bring more rain.

One thing I learned, as if I was not sure before, prayer is a powerful thing. I must go now and prepare the ark. If anyone needs a ride, get your requests in. I can only take 2 of every kind….

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Show me the money…

Our church began a new series last week about finances. They have put so much thought and energies into this study, I know it is going to transform our lives. Want to know how serious they are taking this, every family received a workbook to fill out during the service and has homework!

My husband and I manage our finances fairly well, according to our standards. I have a feeling in this series titled “God’s,” we are going to get a serious wake-up call. What I learned from week one, everything is God’s. The challenge is to find a way to steward everything for God’s purpose and not for our delight–although the two tend to parallel if our hearts are in the right place.

Our pastor quoted Philip Yancey, “I feel pulled in opposite directions over the money issue. Sometimes I want to sell all that I own, join a Christian commune, and live out my days in intentional poverty. At other times, I want to rid myself of guilt and enjoy the fruits of our nation’s prosperity. Mostly, I wish I did not have to think about money at all.”

Have you ever felt that way? I must confess, I have never had the inclination to live in intentional poverty. There’s a song on pop radio I am more inclined to……” I want to be a Billionaire so freakin’ bad, buy all of the things I never had, I’d be on the cover of Forbes magazine, smiling next to Oprah and the Queen…. ” I have also battled with guilt over buying something we really didnt HAVE to have and over how RICH we are in comparison to so many people in the world. This issue is so much bigger than me. Maybe we can blame our American culture. Mostly I think we can blame the Fall of man.

I am eager to go through this journey with our church and make some positive, but hard, changes to our life in order for us to spend every dollar and use every possession for God’s purpose.

If you would like to see the first message, check it out here. You can also download the handy dandy workbook. I encourage you to join us as we allow God to transform our hearts and our wallets.

Review-Fall Television

My husband and I are slightly addicted to television. We have gotten hooked on close to a dozen shows. We were starting to have withdrawals during rerun season…. But alas, they are back.

Last week was the season premier of Parenthood on NBC. If you missed last weeks episode Watch it Here! Seriously, watch it or I’m going to ruin it for you…. As new parents, we need all the help we can get. The characters in this show could be the family next door, or your own family for that matter. I also love that they hit on special needs children in last years 1st season. The characters have real problems and real solutions. I love the writers and I don’t even know them. Also, as a christian, it’s important for us to sometimes filter what we watch. “What you put in is what you get out.” For an adult show that comes on at 10:00, it’s fairly PG. The oldest couple in the show are battling some marriage problems. Last week “Zeek” the husband kept repeating “I see you, I hear you” when he caught himself getting out of hand. He hated it and it was funny, but my husband and I found ourselves wanting to say the same thing a couple times this week. Thanks Parenthood for that bit of marriage counseling. Seriously, if you have not watched it… tonight on NBC 10:00pm.

Tonight…. where are all my Gleeks at? Glee’s season premier airs tonight on Fox. I am a little late on the Gleek wagon, but I confess my addiction. My husband on the other hand, not a fan.  It may be the cheesiest show since The Office, but I love it.

Also this week, NCIS (the original) and CSI, CSI-NY, and CSI-Miami….

Yes, we are TV junkies and we enjoy every minute of it!

I’ll review the season premiers next week.

Review- Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

AMAZING book!

In my three short (but very long) years of marriage, I have read several “christian marriage” books as well as participated in several “christian marriage” bible studies. This book far surpasses anything I have put my hands or ears upon.

In this book, Thomas’ premise is “what if God designed marriage to make us holy more than happy.” Can you say wow?!? Through each chapter you understand that you will indeed find happiness in marriage. However, you will only receive this happiness within the covenant of a marriage centered around God.

If we approach marriage as the place where we are to find all of our happiness from one person, we will be greatly disappointed. If we approach marriage as an endeavor that God brought us to in order to make us holy, we will see every blessing and argument completely different.

I cannot say that every time we face a little conflict I immediately think, this is making me holy or that I do not want immediate happiness. As with anything in life, God uses the situation to refine us and bring Him glory. How much more so should it be with marriage since it’s a direct comparison to Christ and the Church.

Whenever someone asks about a great book for married couples, I recommend this book. My husband and I have also given it as a gift for newly engaged or married couples.

To hear more about the book and more from Gary Thomas

Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

Growing up is hard to do

My little guy is rapidly approaching toddlerhood. (If that’s not a word, it should be).  This week he has graduated to so many new developmental levels. He is already a genius- and I’m not bias- ok maybe a little. He has been pulling himself up on things for a while. However, this week, he decided to start testing his balance. He has stood on his own for a record time of 12 seconds. (Yes I’m counting). This is huge. We will have a toddler before we know it! Tear! He has also figured out doors. They open, they shut, and there is fun stuff behind them. Daddy needs to get on the safety cabinet latches this weekend.

He is also eating “big boy” food. We have been working on transitioning from baby purees to solids. Last night he had an entire meal of solids. Sweet potatoes, butter beans and cooked apples. He loves it.

I love experiencing all these new things with him. However, it is tough to think of how fast he has grown out of the baby stage. Growing up is hard to do. For him, the adventure with the cabinets has cost him a smashed finger. For me, I do’nt get to hold him and rock him to sleep.