Thursday, March 19, 2009
Cookie Pizza and Stuff
Mai has had this princess magazine for about a year now and there was a recipe in it for a cookie pizza. I've been promising her we would make it for like...well, a year now. We finally got around to it - spent about $15 on ingredients and when all was said and done, ick. No one liked what I did to sweeten the cream cheese "sauce" so although we had a really good time making it, most of it went in the trash :-(
Mai is very into fashion. I let her pick out her own clothes (or rather, she does what she wants and I have little say in the matter)...teen years are going to be
Anyways, I love this outfit she put together. She says she gets a little nervous these days if things don't match quite right. This ensemble was perfect she said - polka dots on top and bottom and 3 matching black accessories. In her world, tights worn by themselves are perfectly acceptable.
ok, on to PDL ~ My interest has wavered along these last few chapters in the past, but this time they are really speaking to me. Here's just a few standout phrases and sentences for me.
I had bookmarked something back on Day12 that I'm not sure I mentioned before. "You are as close to God as you choose to be." I think for the most part this is true. We have choices to make and when we feel very distant from God I think we have to look at the choices we are making to realize it is not God that is distant from us, but the other way around. In Day 14, he says, "The most common mistake Christians make in worship today is seeking an experience rather than seeking God." I often pray to God, please just show me that you are here right now...
it's to make myself feel better or to just feel Him. I think for the most part it is to comfort myself, but it's also often to just feel Him because being obviously in his presence is the most wonderful feeling of all. However, we are to praise Him for who He is, not for our own "feeling".
Day 16 had me highlighting like crazy. "Often we act as if relationships are something to be squeezed into our schedule. We talk about finding time time for our children or making time for people in our lives. That gives the impression that relationships are just a part of our lives along with many other tasks. BUT GOD SAYS RELATIONSHIPS ARE WHAT LIFE IS ALL ABOUT...
Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life. So why do we allow our relationships to get the short end of the stick? When our schedules become overloaded, we start skimming relationally, cutting back on giving the time, energy, and attention that loving relationships require. What's most important to God is displaced by what's urgent."
I have just been missing the point of all of this thing called life. My path is once again giving me the opportunity to choose what is right and best and ultimately freedom. Will I choose it this time or just keep going past like usual?
P127 "The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. it is focused attention. Love concentrates so intently on another that you forget yourself at that moment." My thoughts totally went to my children here...then on to other people, but my children first.
I loved page 128 under The Best Time to Love is Now.
Totally convicted by day 17s thought "It may seem easier to be holy when no one else is around to frustrate your preferences, but that is a false, untested holiness. Isolation breeds deceitfulness; it is easy to fool ourselves into thinking we are mature if there is no one to challenge us. Real maturity shows up in relationships." and also "God wants you to love real people, not ideal people."
ok, just looked at the clock and realized it's time to wake the boy up. He missed three days of school this week and tomorrow starts Spring break so I'm going to try to slip him in for one day so he can do his much practiced Pinguin Speech today.
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