Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"She Speaks"

“I have a squeaky eyelash!” is what came out, but that’s not what I meant to say.  I was driving the children to an activity and my seatbelt kept squeaking and I got an eyelash in my eye. I meant to say that an eyelash was sticking me but instead, to the delight of my children, I said that I have a squeaky eyelash.  My husband and children call these wacky things that sometimes pop out of my mouth unintentionally, Myra-isms. 
    Sometimes when I speak or write, the words don’t come out the way I intended them to.  Have you ever tried to communicate something to someone and you knew what you meant to say but the recipient perceived it in a different way? I think we’ve all experienced that before.  
Proverbs 31 Ministries holds an annual conference called “She Speaks” that will equip you and give you resources to be a better communicator through speaking, writing or leadership.
But this conference sounds so much more than a chance to learn the tools to communicate better.  It sounds like a chance to be renewed and revived and revved up to share the message of God’s love to a lost and hurting world.  
  I hope to attend this conference so that I can better equip myself to relay God’s message.  Proverbs 31 Ministries is having a contest to choose a blogger who will be awarded a scholarship for the cost of one person’s registration for the  “She Speaks” conference.  God knows exactly who needs this scholarship the most and I am excited to see how He is going to work and who is going to be blessed by the scholarship and the opportunity to experience the “She Speaks” conference.  Who knows, it may even be me, the lady with the squeaky eyelash!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blessings

God has used music many times in my life to speak to me. I remember going through a particularly difficult time in our lives about 16 years ago and to encourage me, baseball legend Bobby Richardson's wife said to me "Myra, when you can't trace God's hand, trust His heart". I didn't know that there was a song that had those words but later that day while cleaning in the kitchen I turned the radio on and at the very moment I turned it on, I heard the chorus to a song that said "When you can't trace God's hand, trust His heart". I knew then that God was trying to get my attention!  Years later, when I was struggling with our decision to pack up our family with 5 children to return to seminary, every time I turned on the radio I heard the words to a song by the Martins called "Wherever You Are". The chorus says "The will of God won't lead you where the grace of God can't keep you." I hung onto that saying and that song as we drove halfway across the country and moved our family into a teeny-tiny 3rd floor seminary apartment in a building appropriately nicknamed "The Zoo".  Music has always been a big part of my life, so it doesn't surprise me that in addition to God's word, the Bible, that God also uses music in my life to minister to me.  Today I can add another song to my long list of songs that God brought to me at a particular time to encourage me.  I have had some stresses lately that today seemed to come to a boiling point. In other words, my fuse had been lit and I was about to blow!!! I could almost imaging everyone scrambling away from me like I was a ticking time bomb with someone yelling "Take cover, she's about to blow!!!!!"  Mind you, it takes a lot for me to reach my boiling point, I am long suffering but today was just about my limit.  I knew that I needed some time alone and I was looking forward to a bit of alone time after dropping one of my children off at an event that involved me having a long ride home by myself.  I had prayed earlier to God to please speak to me today.  As I headed back home I knew I had about 35 minutes to myself.  A steady rain began falling as I pulled onto the highway. I turned the radio on and heard the strains of an unfamiliar song. The words said, "What if your blessings come through raindrops.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CSVqHcdhXQ

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Saying No to Fast Food!

It is that time of year when my schedule with juggling children here and there gets crazy.  Baseball practice has started, there are spring plays and concerts, etc.  Each night of the week for the last few weeks there has been some activity that I needed to get the children to.  Tonight there were several that needed to be in different places at the same time! When my schedule and routine gets crazy like this I am so often tempted to drive thru a fast food restaurant for supper. When I do this I usually kick myself for not being better prepared.  Feeding a family of 7 at a fast food restaurant these days is no small chunk of change! The amount I have to pay to satisfy everybody could buy a lot of groceries.  I saw this article from the E-Mealz blog and just had to post it. E-Mealz has been such a great help to me. They have done all the thinking and I just take my list to the grocery store.  Thanks E-mealz you are a life-saver and you save me money! Go check out the E-Mealz blog and if you want to sign up, please click the link on the right side of the page.
Baseball and the Disappearance of Dinner: Say No to the Fast Food Dugout!