Wednesday, March 24, 2010

My Busy Moms Bible Review

Did I tell you I won a FREE Zondervan Busy Moms Bible? Oh yes, I did. Would you say I qualify as a busy mom? I think having four kids definitely gives me "busy mom" status.

The cool thing about this Bible is I have been praying for a new Bible. My tried and true Bible I have had since 1997. It has begun to really show some wear and tear. The past few years we have been looking for a new Bible for me but I've been continual put off by how expensive nice Bibles can be.

Enter the Zondervan Busy Moms Bible giveaway!! A dear friend [thank you, Kim!] emailed me about Zondervan giving away free Mom Bibles to the first 5000 people who entered their giveaway. Blessedly, I was somewhere in the 5,000. My beautiful Bible was sent to me within a week of popping onto the Zondervan website.

Now, I have a chance to win a year's worth of a personal assistant's service, compliments of Zondervan just by writing a review on my beautiful new Bible. YEA! Here's hoping I win!

My Review

My favorite thing about the Busy Moms Bible is how attractive it is. The dark pink and light pink leather binding is truly beautiful. Even though it contains both the Old Testament and the New Testament, it is still smaller than my older Bible. I like how compact it is.

I also love the back glossary of scriptures. I can turn to "peace" or "surrender" and find a list of scriptures encouraging me in those areas. I have already been very blessed by the use of those glossaries.

The Busy Mom Bible has Busy Mom Devotionals scattered throughout the Bible. Each devotional is divided into three sections. Section One is for the days when you only have a minute. Section two is if you have five more minutes which adds more scriptures to section one. Section three gives you more Scriptures/thoughts if you have -gasp!- fifteen whole minutes for a devotional.

I like the concept of their devotionals. Sometimes we really do only have one minute in our day. Although, I think most of us, if we were really and truly honest, could manage at least fifteen. [For example, if I exchanged my TV time or my Internet time for a devotional. That would give me some REAL time with God.]

The one thing I don't like about the Busy Moms Bible is the devotionals that are scattered throughout the Bible are made of hard paper. So when I flip through the Bible, searching for a verse, the Bible inadvertently flips and lands on each devotional. As a busy mom with just a smidgen of time, I would find the Bible easier to use if each devotional page was the same kind of paper as the rest of the pages. The devotional pages are all different colors and I think that alone makes each devotional stand out.

That's my review. It's a good Bible. I recommend it. I love mine and consider myself blessed to have a new, beautiful Bible!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

there's a change a'brewing!!

As predicted, the winds of change are blowing around us.

Jason received news that he has been reassigned to a permanent change of station. That means we're moving! Our new home is Holloman AFB in New Mexico.

Moving elicits such a complex storm of emotions inside of me. Let me see if I can list them here.

Anxiety. This is a biggie. What does the future hold? Where will we live? How will we get to New Mexico from Virginia?

Happiness. Yea! Something new! A house in the country this time, please. No more neighbors pounding up the stairs right outside my wall. I am looking forward to mountains outside my window. I'm happy to be moving only 11 hours from Jason's folk and just 17 hours away from mine.

Deep sadness. Yes, right there beside the happiness is an ache in my heart. So many good-byes! We are rich with friends here in Virginia. Beautiful, precious friendships. Must I say good-bye? Can't they all come with us? Oh, my heart hurts.

Fear. Will I get everything done? Will I forget something? How will I get everything done with four kids undertow?

My swirling emotions make me turn and run. I bump abruptly into the Father because he is right beside me. He whispers, "Be still, and know that I am God." [Psalm 46:10]

I lay my head in his lap and he sweetly reminds me, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." [Matthew 6:34]

Deep breath of relief. I am not in control. God is. I do not have to figure everything out because HE already has it all under control. I am just going to ride this out with Him at the helm. It's so much better that way.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

today it is icky

"God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

As Jason stepped into the shower Saturday night, I heard it. The unmistakable sound of a child vomiting. It was Rose. She thew up every 15 minutes for four hours and then succumbed to diarrhea the rest of the night.

Jason and I prayed over the house. We prayed over the kids. We quoted Psalm 103:3 "He heals ALL our diseases" over and over again. Jason and I have plans for a Getaway this weekend... Only God knows if that will really happen. But, we "claimed" it and prayed it in, asking God, trusting Him to heal Rose and keep the rest of us from getting sick.

Isaiah started vomiting at 2pm Monday afternoon. He, too, threw up every 15 minutes for several hours. Jason and I were actually surprised that he was sick. We really believed God was going to "heal our diseases" and keep us all from getting sick. He didn't. Isaiah was sick.

Samuel started throwing up Tuesday night. He is still throwing up, eight hours later. I hate it. I hate seeing my babies sick.

Lela has yet to throw up, but she is complaining of a stomach ache. Me too. My stomach hurts, too.

Why does God's Word say he "heals all our diseases", but we all get sick? I just don't get it. I'm frustrated to have my babies sick. I'm frustrated that my love and I might not get to go away on this much-anticipated Getaway. And I'm frustrated, honestly, with God.

Here's my answer. Here is where I'm come to rest: I believe in God. I believe His Word. Do I understand it? Nope. But I trust Him. When Isaiah started throwing up, I had to just lay it all down. No amount of "declaring" was changing the fact that my kids were sick. So, I surrendered to His Will. I trust Him that "all things work together for good for those who are in Christ Jesus and called according to His purpose" [Romans 8:28]. His will be done in my family. If we all get sick and life is awful for a week... so be it. I trust my God. What else can I do?

Side Note: What's weird is, I know in the grand scheme of things, vomiting children is more of a nuisance than a tragedy. But, today, watching my one-year-old throw up, exhausted and weary... today spraying everything down with Lysol only to watch it all be in vain as everyone gets sick anyway... TODAY it feels tragic. But, my logical side says it's not. Give me a week. I'll feel more like myself.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

When Is Baby Number Five Coming?

People always ask Jason and me if we are going to have another baby. Many people ask us how many kids we'll top out at. Good questions, I suppose.

Here's some thoughts. I know we have four kids, but I don't really think of our family as "big". We booked a "camping" [and I use the term loosely] trip at a KOA campground and our family was too big for the "up to 4 people" one-room cabins. We had to book the "up to six" two-room cabins. I think it's funny that we're too big for the more traditional cabins. I just don't see our family as "big".

I do find myself itching for Baby Number Five. Yikes, I know! But, when I see a baby... ah, I don't know what it is, but I want another one. I was just watching this adorable youtube video of twin four month old boys laughing at each other. Oh, my heart filled with that ridiculous desire for another baby.

And then I have a hard day. A day where the laundry monster runs me over and the dishes climb out of the sink. A day when I hide in the bathroom and cry while the kids chase each other in circles around the house. A day when Jason and I spend our "mommy/daddy time" yelling at the kids to "be quiet". On THOSE days, the thought of another baby is far, far away. Most of the time, those days stir in me the possibility of admitting that, perhaps, four is enough.

For now, my days are quite full. My sixteen month old is small for his age and he still nurses; so, in some ways, I still have a baby. [It has been nice to not be pregnant or nursing a newborn while caring for a one year old; this is a first for me.] Plus, we definitely do not want to get preggers right now because we already have two babies' birthdays in the Fall [Rose and Samuel] and we'd rather shoot for a Winter/Spring baby.

The plan right now is to possibly try for Baby Number Five in April/May 2011. That is a year from this coming April. Then, we're figuring we'll have a baby in January/February 2012. My big kids will be 7, 6, 5 and three. Can you imagine??

What's that? Did you hear that? I think God's laughing at me.... hee-hee. I'm gonna rest on God knowing the future. Whatever it is; it's gonna be GOOD.

revolutionary love

I have experienced revolutionary love. Love with no strings attached. Jesus Christ loves me and made a way for me to have a relationship with the One True God. God desires a relationship with you, too. If you have yet to experience this revolutionary love, please email me at jandjkeys@hotmail.com so I can share this amazing experience with you. Blessings, -Jess