Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Psalm 139

My sister-in-law introduced me to an app called "she reads truth". It's a daily devotinal that has a couple bible verses that follow a theme, the bloggers point of view and devotional and a forum that other women can post in as well. I am on day one and alreadying loving IT! It has a reminder I set in so I don't forget and it is just a nice way to get back into daily devotion. I hope you all will check it out! Here is one of my verses from today. May you be blessed...

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart


Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lordyou know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.
13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.
19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.[b]
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;

    I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts![c]
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting![d]



    Monday, 29 December 2014

    2015 here we come..

     Looking back on 2014 I posted a lot. But I like to post on Facebook or my blog but its for myself really. It's like a journal for myself. It's something I look back on and can remember in detail special moments in my life. A picture of a walk with Jon might not mean the world to everyone else. But it means the world to me. A picture of a nice meal, is just that a picture of a meal. But the memories and laughs that are attached to it. Is what I remember. That's what I treasure and will have to look back on.  
     Its a peek into our life. Wether it's a day to day thing or a glimpse into a special moment.  
     It's a glimpse that helps me remember the little things that happen in my life. The little moments that otherwise may get forgotten. It's the little things that make up a lifetime. It's the small moments that leave us smiling as we fall asleep. It's the things that other people may think is nothing. But means the world to that person.  
     That's what my blog post, my Facebook. Is all about. It's all my little things I want to remember and have for a lifetime.  
     That's what life is all about. The little moments. It's not the time your pay cheque was a bit bigger or the time you saved on gas.  
     It's that moment you did a puzzle with a niece or a nephew. It's that moment you walked through the bush with your loved one. It's that moment you had an putting with your mother or sister and didn't spend a cent, but had lots of laughs.  
     Those are the moments we remember. Those are the moments that actually matter. You can have millions in your bank account and live in the biggest nicest house. But if you don't take the time to see the little moments in life and realize just how blessed you are. It means nothing. All your hard work for what you have means nothing. If you are not grateful for what you have. If you are not thankful for what you have.  
     Life is to short. Enjoy the little moments. Laugh lots, love big.  
     Make a difference in someone's life. Wether it's that phone call you have been meaning to do. A meal you thought you should make for someone. What ever God puts on your heart. Follow through. You will be amazed at what happens. Step into fear. If it's a conversation you have been meaning to have. Do it. Don't leave things for another day. Don't leave things unsaid. No one knows how long they have on this earth. Start living now. Today.  
     Don't wait for the new year to start something. Start it now! You know why New Years resolutions don't happen. Why the gym is ALWAYS jam packed full the day I go back to work and last about a week or two and slowly it dwindles down? Because resolutions don't work. Why? Because if you are not willing to do it NOW. If you are not willing to do it right this second. replacing a "4" with a "5" isn't going to make you do it. Why the world hasn't figured that out. I will never know. Start doing your dreams now, if you want to join a gym do it now, don't wait until the new year. If you want to read your bible more, do it now. If you want to spend more time with your family. What ever your dream is. Follow it. What ever you want to do. Do it now. You won't regret it, if your heart is in the right place. I promise you! 
     I have a couple dreams I will be following and it won't be easy. But that's honestly the hardest but most gratifying part of chasing a dream.  
     Happy new year everyone!  

    Friday, 28 November 2014

    The busyness of Christmas

    Well It's almost December 1st, we all know what that means, the mad dash to get all the Christmas shopping done.

    I have my Christmas list all prepared and most of my shopping done. But I still feel this pressure to get shopping done and get the best deals and put together these amazing gifts and find exactly what each person wants. Its enough to make you crazy! Am I right?..

    The world wants us to focus on things like gifts, money and getting each other the best gift ever. Trust me I worked retail I know exactly what people can be like and this enormous pressure we all feel. 
    Don't let the world define your Christmas and rob you of your joy.

    Amongst all the busyness and craziness of Christmas there is something that is far more important. It should be remembered every morning, every day and every evening.

    He says all things. 
    Not just some of the time, but do it all for Him.

    We are living in a world that is robing us of our joy. A world that is defining for us (and not very well I might add) what matters in life. What we should care about, what our passions should be, what our dreams should be, where our joy should come from.

    How is it going so far? Theres divorce, theres hate, theres anger in this world that you can see just going into a mall at Christmas time. The anger people face at this time of year. The pressure they put on themselves making sure they find that Elsa doll, or that Elmo or that TV or playstation or.. or.. or..

    What can we expect really, we've taken God out of everything. Our schools, our work, our homes. We as society HAVE to accept everything around us. Not have an opinion that might offend someone. Don't take a stand for what is right, instead go with what the world tells us is right. 
    The world has NO IDEA what is right. Right and wrong, good and bad comes from the bible. Without it we are lost. Searching the world for answers we will never find. The world is full of people searching, wether they admit it or not. They are looking for something, longing for something more. Something the world cannot offer them. Something that only comes from God. They are looking for peace and joy that surpasses all understanding. 

    Do you know where peace comes from? I'm talking that restful peace within your soul. The one that can't be explained until you feel it. The peace of knowing that no matter what, no matter what hardships you can have peace knowing God is in control. Knowing He has a plan for us, a plan to help us grow and bring glory to Him. We may not always understand His plan. But He has one for you. The peace of knowing where you are going, that you have been forgiven by Christ if you ask Him into your heart. The peace of knowing when you breath your last breath if you accept Jesus you will be with Him in Paradise

    Take the opportunity this Christmas to show Christ love. Take the opportunity to show people what they so desperately need. Show them through your actions, show them through your words, show them through your love

    Show them the Greatest Gift

    The one that does not come from the store, the one that does not come with a price tag. It's accepting your life is nothing without the giver of life. That we are all lost until we find Him. That we are all searching until we accept Him. 

    We are so quick to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. The world wants us to take CHIRST out of everything. Not just CHRISTmas. But everything.

    I won't let the world tell me how to live, I'm living my life for Him.
    I won't let the world define my joy, for I have joy in Him.
    He is my joy,  He is my peace, He is my example of how to live my life. Who shall I fear when God is on my side. 

    More than conquerors...

    31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His Son, but gave Him up for us all - how will he not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? it is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemn? No one. Christ Jesus who died - more then that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As is it written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers. 39 neither weight not depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
    Romans 8:31-39

    We have everlasting life in Him

    24 The Lord bless you and keep you:
    25 The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
    26 The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace."
    Numbers 6:24-26



    Tuesday, 18 November 2014

    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Mains house...

    - Christmas Card Photo Shoot -

    We took advantage of a beautiful day and took some photos with our dogs and us. Can't wait to send out our Christmas cards this year! I won't post any photos now, want to save them! But they look awesome!! So excited!! 

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    Things to come over the next month...

     - Christmas Shopping and Decorating Day -

    Jon&Dee's Christmas Adventure! On Wednesday November 19th - I get a day off before the Christmas madness at work starts and we get the day to go Christmas shopping. Jon was able to get the day off as well. YAY! So tomorrow we will be going Christmas shopping. Most likely at the Tanger outlet mall, Costco and maybe Stittsville if needed. We will have a blast getting some gifts together and just spending the day shopping. We haven't done that in so long! (With wood days, preparing for winter, work conferences.) It will be nice having a day to ourselves! We decided since we have the day together and we will be in the Christmas mood after shopping. We are going to start the decorating in our house and outside. I LOVE decorating! I can't wait to make it look like a winter wonderland here. 

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    - Freezer Meal Day -

    Jon and I are doing a freezer meal making day with my Sisters and Mom. I can't wait to have a couple meals in the freezer ready to go. I plan on making shepherd's pie, lasagna and chili. It's always nice in the cold winter months to have a couple warm meals ready to go. We have really been enjoying the soups we made earlier!

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    - Baking Day -

    Jon, Elise and I are doing a Christmas baking day early December. I love having some goodies in the freezer for Christmas parties or events at our house. I plan on making chocolate covered peanut butter balls, snowball cookies, sugar cookies, butterscotch confetti and maybe a couple more ideas will come up.

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    - Rob's 60th Birthday - 

    We are celebrating my Father-in-laws 60th birthday. It will be a fun family dinner out at Baton Rouge. With all the grand-babies and in-laws it will be a great time at the restaurant. It doesn't happen often all of us can go out together. Can't wait to celebrate his special birthday with the family!

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    - Christmas Party - 

    Jon and I are having a Christmas party with some friends. We will have our house decorated early this year and we can't wait to have everyone out for a good time and good food. 

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    - Our Christmas Break Together -

    I honestly CANNOT wait for our Christmas holiday together. My break starts December 19th and Jon's December 24th. Jon and I get 12 days together! YES 12 whole days together. Its going to be amazing!! The most time off we have had together over the Christmas holiday. We plan on going to light up the night at Upper Canada Village, having a Christmas movie marathon date with hot chocolate and of course spending Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Eve with family. We are very blessed to have this time together and are so thankful for the break together. It will be a full, relaxing and family filled time. What a blessing!!

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    It will be an amazing late November and December to beginning of January. Jon and I are all prepared for winter and excited for things to come. I hope everyone is looking forward to their Christmas plans. We are more then excited for the fun days ahead!


    Friday, 24 October 2014

    Fall back - November 2

    It's almost that time of year again when we turn back the clocks and gain a hour of sleep. But sadly at the same time loose an hour of light at night. But alas it happens every year no point fretting about it. 

    It's going to be a busy couple of weeks...

    We will be spending Halloween trick or treating with Henry, Sam and Ella. Ending with Chinese food at the van der Meers. It's always fun going around the kids and watching how politely they ask each house for candy. I love seeing their costumes and excitement that night.


    A short week after I will be heading to Toronto for our November conference. We are taking the train down - just for fun! It will be a great time with Dr. M, Christine and the kids and of course Kristy and I. Rachel and Callum always come up with fun games and have us laughing. Lets hope it stays warm enough for our early morning runs. 

    This year is the first year in 3 years I will be home for Jon's birthday. Which I am super excited about! The conference is at the same time every year and it happens to land on his birthday. Doh! Not this year though! YAY!


    Our newest nephew Theodore Everett van der Meer made his grand entrance on October 20th weighing 8lbs 10oz. Theo is a very healthy, adorable little boy. We are excited to get to spoil another nephew with love. He has already stolen our hearts and I can't wait to see him grow up into another awesome van der Meer boy!

    Little Theo is so delicious!! We had a nice long visit with Vanessa, Cory and Theo in the Queensway hospital. It was great to hang out with Ness and Cory, we always have good talks and Theo of course was just adorable!


    Jon and I had a soup making day. We bought fresh ingredients and used some meat we had been freezing just for soups.

    Squash and Pumpkin puree soup

    Turkey and Rice soup

    Lamb, Kale and Barley soup

    A big array of soups for fall :)


    As you can see a lot has happened in just a short time. But as usual we are enjoying this beautiful time of year together. Getting lots done around the house and preparing for another cold winter. 
    Life. is. good.