Tuesday, November 24, 2009
You should know that I don't recieve free products (but I sure wouldn't mind if they sent me some! *hint, hint*) I do want you to know (and so I am following the FTC guidlines) that if you are checking out Dayspring for the first time, got there from my page (by clicking the link on the side bar), and buy something - I am eligible for commision.
Don't worry I won't be adding advertisers all over my page just to make a buck. However,I am willing to add Dayspring, because I buy their products and I believe in their message. That's my story and I am sticking to it. Of course I would love it, if you were gonna buy from Dayspring that you would head to their site from my page (actually I would rather you go to your local independant Christian retailer and buy it from them) and do your shopping.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In summary, here is why it has meant so much to me...
1. Ruth was a Moabite girl, her life marked with devastation. I am Jesica. A girl who did not grow up in a home that was a Christ centered home (My home had a lot of love, but not a lot of Jesus). My life was not perfect. My dad died when I was 20. I have seen the effects of abusive relationships, abortion, alcoholism, and other realities of life in my personal experiences and through my family and friends.
2. Ruth met God. I met Jesus - when I was 19 and throwing my life away. He found me.
3. Ruth met Boaz. A man that was noble, loved God, protected and loved her. I met Norse, who introduced me to Jesus and has spent the last 10 years of our lives protecting me, providing for me, and loving me.
4. Ruth married and God blessed her with a son. A son who would carry on the legacy of a godly home and become the grandfather of David - the man after God's own heart. I was blessed with a son, a son that I hope God will use to carry on a legacy of grace and love in the name of Jesus, for generations to come. Hopefully, by the grace of God, people will look back and say that my Redeemer lives!
Ruth is such an encouragement for the times when life just plain stinks. It is refreshing to see a girl from the wrong side of the tracks beat the odds and have a life that is pretty close to perfect, for those days. It is a message of hope as we navigate all the bumps and dead ends that come our way. How amazing it is to know that God meets us where we are and takes us further than we ever believed possible.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
and download Desiring God, by John Piper, for FREE!
Put it in your cart and when you checkout enter the code: NOV2009
How cool is that? I have had the book sitting on my self for almost two years and haven't been able to get into it, though I have several friends who feel it has changed their lives! I can't wait to pop in the ipod and multitask through the chapters!
Enjoy and thanks christianaudio.com!
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
i can make some excuses if you would like.
I also GAINED weight.
So, it is my great fortune that I have some wonderfully motivated pals who have begun weighing in every Saturday, as we compete to lose the most weight.
My realistic goal is to lose 10 pounds. That will put me at my pre-preggo weight. My radical goal would be to lose 30-40 pounds so I would be the same weight I was when I graduated high school and the same weight I was on my wedding day.
Monday I had a good long walk with Boden on my back. Probably 3-4 miles. It was made easier because Shannah went with me and everything is more fun with Shannah!
Today - TOTALLY UNMOTIVATED!
I am waiting for a new DVD in the mail to kick my butt into shape on days when I can't get outside because of inclement weather and the elliptical seems boring.
Today, good ole YouTube saved the day. My goal is to do at least one active thing a day. I ran across this SHORT and simple video that had me sweating in no time.
If you only have a few minutes (which is usually the case - since I try to do EVERYTHING that needs to be done during B's nap) try this 10 minute video.
It is free and fun. Plus, the lady is neither scantily clad or annoying.
Get your workout on peeps!
Sunday, November 08, 2009
I told you I would post something about feminism.
I really want to change my mind.
Here goes nothing...
I think women are tough enough, smart enough, strong enough and capable enough to do anything. I believe women should have equal opportunities in all things.
I think men are tough enough, smart enough, strong enough and capable enough to do anything. I believe men should have equal opportunities in all things.
I think as a general rule, men and women excel at different things.
I think that women can speak their minds without being called sexist or chauvinistic (they may however be called something that rhymes with witch). I don't think men have that luxury.
I think a time has come when women can dominate without consequence and men are being forced into silence. I think, perhaps, someone should start fighting for the rights of men, so we don't end up with a bunch of emasculated sissies for husbands and fathers.
I think that the majority of women like to be treated as ladies. They are not insulted by the way a gentleman protects and cares for them. They are not angry when a door is opened for them or when they are given preferential treatment because of their sex.
Frankly, if the time comes when I am just one of the guys - it will break my heart, because I think the tender, beautiful, nurturing power of a lady will have been loss in the name of "equality".
I will fight for women's rights, but I will not let the rights of my son be ignored because of feminism.
If being a feminist means wanting the best for women - I am in. If feminism has become just one more religion or political party - count me out.
I like being a girl.
I like boys who treat me like a girl.
I am thankful for a husband who respects me because I am strong willed, out spoken, fiery and intelligent. I am thankful that he also appreciates that I am emotional, tender, motherly and beautiful. I am thankful that he gets out of bed each morning because of his desire to care and provide for his family. I am proud that he was glad that I could stay home and be a "domestic engineer", but he did not demand it. I am thankful that he wants to spoil me. I am thankful that he encourages me in my goals. I am thankful that he is not an idiot and is better at math, science and grammar than I. I don't like that he is a better athlete, but I am chocking that up to genetics. I am thankful that he is mine.
I would be so bold to say that it boils down to respect. If men respected women and women respected men, the issue of feminism really wouldn't even be an issue.
What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
We are collecting data from women over the age of 18. We are looking for feminists, non-feminists, mothers, and non-mothers. "
To participate in the study follow this link:
"Feel free to share this information and link with your friends! You can post it in other online venues you feel might be appropriate as well.
Thanks for your help.
-Mindy (and Miriam) "
Oh.. and here is a quick Halloween pic that has nothing to do with feminism (or does it since I had to persuade my husband to wear a costume and I am dressed up like a 12 year old girl and my son kind of has long shaggy hair. :)