Today's devotional is really for the teen girls in your life, but I think everyone can get something out of it. We are so excited about our upcoming Girls of Grace conferences! Please check out the dates and ticket info HERE!!
What does it mean to honor your parents? In the context of Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother" means to hold them in high esteem and respect. That means being a big enough person to accept what your parents say and obey them whether you agree or not. (Yikes, that's a hard one sometimes!) It's especially hard when they say no to something you REALLY want to do. I remember when I was in the seventh grade, my parents wouldn't let me go to 8 Wheels Skating Rink. It was the ONLY place for the COOL kids to be on Friday nights. Oddly enough, my mom and dad didn't think a seventh grade girl should be dropped off by herself on a Friday night at a skating rink where older kids hung out and came and went as they pleased. Imagine that...
Now, looking back, and especially with a little girl of my own, I completely agree with them...but, I had different eyes then. I didn't always see things their way.
Here's the deal girlies...parents aren't perfect, but no two people love us more, or care more about our well-being. They are a big part of God's strategy to keep us safe and happy. When we struggle against them, we are actually just struggling against our own best interests most of the time.
So today, thank God for you parents. They are one of his greatest gifts to you!
Read also Hebrews 13:17 and Ephesians 6:2-3.
It's Friday, Friday, Friday....
(sung to the tune of that Rebecca Black thing...)
We have had a great week at the Breen house. A week of not doing much! I love that!
And so does Caroline. She would love to live her life "not doing much" I'm pretty sure.
A few nights ago was "Meet the Teacher" night at her school. She LOVED her teacher and told me over and over again how pretty she was...
"She's so pretty mom."
"She's so pretty. She has blond hair!"
"Mom, don't you think Ms. Mayberry is going to be so nice? She's so pretty."
YES!! SHE'S PRETTY. AND SO NICE. AND HAS BLOND HAIR!!!
Just like your MOTHER!!!! Except not 12.
Caroline is SO disrespectful of her mother's middle-age crisis...
Ms. Mayberry, in case your reading...I am thrilled about you. I really am. Just jealous, that's all. ;0)
Here is Caroline at her desk...with her new school supplies that you can pre-order, pay lots of extra money for, but not have to go to Wal-Mart with a list to get.
Can I get an AMEN?
I would have paid more.
Who's the sucker now??
Last night, (you may have seen on my twitter, but so cute worth repeating) Caroline and the neighbor kids did their last summer "show". This one was new.
It was interactive...a CARNIVAL...in the driveway. Complete with games, concessions, and goodie bags. I loved it. They should seriously have a reality show. They are the cutest. So creative.
Here they are in their costumes...
Can you take the cuteness?
They love doing these "shows" for us. And we really love watching them. And cleaning up after them.
Ok, not that part.
Tomorrow I am going to see "The Help." I AM PUMPED!
I read the book forever ago and it was SO GOOD. If you haven't read it, you seriously need to.
You will love it.
Then, we are going to eat at an Indian restaurant that has been in Nashville forever, but I have never been. Supposedly it's the best one, it's called Shalimar. Supposedly Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman eat there alot. We'll see. Maybe they secretly love Point of Grace and will buy our dinner if they are there. YES! Indian food and Sushi have become my cravings, and I curse my friend Jill for EVER introducing me...
I hope you have a smile on your face going into the weekend!
Love you all,
PS We were talking today about things to write about in our blog...if you have any questions for us or suggestions....feel free to write them in the comment box below. We will be together in the car tomorrow going to sing in Clarksville, TN, so we can read them and discuss!
I saw the school bus come by this morning as I sat on my screened porch reading my Bible. The county schools started today. Uh oh. That means we only have one more week of summer. Although, I feel like we've started in some ways. My new place seems to be behind the wheel again. Driving from practices to last minute dentist or doctor appointments or fitting in a last minute swim with friends. I feel like there is so much still to do to get them ready, but I'm trying to tell myself to just enjoy the moments with them. Last night we were actually able to sit down and eat together. Every other night we have had someone at football practice. We ate "Walking Tacos" one of the boys favorites. It's food like you get at the fair.
1. Take an individual bag of nacho cheese Doritos (crunch up the chips inside)
2. Cut open the side of the bag to make your bowl.
3. Put in all of your favorite taco ingredients
No one had to run sprints or anything last night, so it's a good time for them to eat as much as they wanted and not worry about getting sick. Not the healthiest meal, but it sure is good and the clean up is not bad. No dirty plates, just throw away the bag. Speaking of "Fair Food"............
Okay, so i was watching the news this morning and saw them talking about the "NEW" fried thing available at the state fairs. Every year it's something new. Fried Twinkies, Snickers, Oreo's, and now they are frying BUTTER!!! What????? Could we get any more unhealthy? It sounds disgusting, but people say it's good. I don't know about that. Here's a picture of it. I mean, the picture looks good, but still. I think I might have to stay with the Corn dogs. Those are my favorite.
I'm helping to host a wedding shower for my dear friend Lucy's daughter on Sunday. An event at your house always helps to get some things done that you've been meaning to accomplish. I had my friend Anna Berry come over and help me. We've moved furniture, she hung pictures, and rearranged things. Every day Stu has been coming home and there is something that has been changed this week. Last night, I decided to go ahead and polish the silver since it has been awhile since I've used it. Well, that all sounded really great, but then I decided to go ahead and open a box of my grandmother's silver that obviously hasn't been opened in a LONG time. Since I didn't grow up in a home that ever used real silver, I had no idea the mess I was getting into. Stu walks into the kitchen at 10 p.m. and just starts dying laughing. My hands are completely covered in black goop. I have no idea if I'm doing it right, BUT stuff is starting to shine again. Made me think about how tarnished my heart gets sometimes and yet Jesus continues to just keep buffing and working his hands on my life to help me shine if i will let him. Anyway, I finished up what I could. There are some pieces that I'm going to have to work harder on another time.
Today I'm meeting with the girls about songs for the record. I'm so excited about some of them. We are actually headed into the studio next week. Yay!!! We are going to record 4 songs in this first batch. I think you are going to like them:) Then I'm headed to dentist appointments, football practice, and a scrimmage. Life is full, but I'm so thankful for it. This morning part of my scripture was Ps. 31:19 "Great is your goodness which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of man on those who take refuge in you."
Today, rest in His embrace.
Do you have those mornings that you wake up and think, " Hmmmm, I can tell that I'm just not as young as I used to be"? We can feel your pain. It's not only physical, but mental as well. At least we can now blame our "airheaded mistakes" on being over 40. Right? It's frustrating to look at our own sin and wonder if we are ever going to get it right. Here is a verse that reminds us of the truth. Yes we are getting older, but even through pain and mistakes he is renewing our mind. That is the kind of God we serve. Preparing us to one day live with him forever.
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes on not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4:16-18.
The key phrase in the verse is.... fix our eyes on what is unseen. (Not on all of the negative that is easy to see) That is our Hope!!!!! There are many unseen things he still wants to accomplish in us, guiding us step by step and day by day. One of our favorite songs we sing speaks of this truth. It's called "Day By Day". Take a listen and be encouraged today.
We love you,
Denise, Shelley, and Leigh
My Mom and Dad just left to head back to my hometown of Belton. I realize how blessed I am to even being saying those words... The older I get the more I treasure EVERYTHING with my parents!! We had many memories and a darling time. Here were some of my highlights:
At the beginning of summer our family wrote down things we hoped to accomplish. One on my list was buying an ice-cream churn and learning how to make homemade ice-cream like I remember as a kid. I couldn't think of any better teachers than Mom and Dad. Finding the 6 qt. churn (in my price range) was quite a challenge... After much internet and store hopping we found it! - Thanks Ace Hardware (who would have ever thunk it?).
I made chocolate (of course) and Mom and Dad made peach. The peaches were fresh and juicy delicious!! We had several wonderful friends over to "help" us eat it up! Great conversation and wonderful fellowship accompanied each bite. One might say - they were the special toppings.
Another thing I enjoy is puzzles. Mom, Darby and myself pick out a really colorful and fun puzzle. 550 pieces to be exact. Those things are sooooooooooooooooooo addictive. We lost Darby about 1/4 way through but then Mom and I gotter done - 24 hrs. later. Cheap and soooooooooooooo much fun!!!!!
Dana took over the "tour guide" responsibilities and off to downtown Nashville we went. Unfortunately, the Tenn. Museum was closed on Mon. but that didn't stop our adventure at all. A dinning experience at Margaretville was our lunch stop - surprisingly delicious!!! I would highly recommend that to visitors and residents. Darby and her friend Meg entertained us with a little Taylor Swift on the Grand Ole Opry mic.
Perfect ending to our weekend was movie night with Peggy, Deirdre and Mom watching "Kings Speech". Nothing better than some Colin Firth, leftover ice-cream (which is even better the third time around...lol) and popcorn! I love the unexpected - after the movie was over we decided to begin discussing the book of Revelation. What?...Yep, Revelation. I love hearing my Mom talk about the Bible. She has been a S.S teacher for over 40 years and to listen and learn from her insight is extremely impressive! I love my Mom but I am sooooooooooooooooooooo richly blessed by the fact she lives a beautiful life loving Jesus with her whole heart and soul. I went to bed challenged... I wonder if my little girl will say those words about me?
Living a beautiful Godly life - PRICELESS!!!
Have a wonderful week and enjoy the unexpected detours of God! Leigh