Posted by: naeliz04 | August 17, 2012

Preschool and Kindergarten

We are getting everything ready for another fun year of learning. This year we will be using:

ABC Jesus Loves Me for Gabriel and Benjamin

My Fathers World for Elizabeth

Awana for additional Bible

Can’t wait to start the year. We will see how this all goes. I am hoping to get ahead on planning so we will have some already prepared activities for after the new baby comes in January.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 25, 2012

Proverbs 31:11 Day Two

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. Proverbs 31:11

Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. Proverbs 16:20

The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. Proverbs 28:25

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25

I need to submit to Christ. It is an attitude of my heart and my willingness to obey what the Lord says. I also should be submitting to my husband. I am not a doormate to him, but I am also not called to be dominant over him either. It needs to be a balance.

Teaching our children to respect their Dad and build him up should not just be a rule, but something I follow as well. I also need to be sure to voice my concerns to my husband in a respectful way when I have them.  I need to pray. Every chance I get…The Lord sheds great light and wisdom when we take the time to listen.

It is so easy to say that we trust something, but  it is very difficult to live out. Working today on fully relying and trusting God in every situation every time. He has never let me down, just my own fear has hindered truly relying on him.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 25, 2012

Scotcharoo Roll Ups


1 package of small marshmellows

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup butter

5 cups rice krispies cereal

1 bag of chocolate chips

1 bag of butterscotch chips


Melt first three ingredients in pan, mix in cereal. Dump onto parchment paper and roll out (I used a Pampered Chef roller) into a rectangle. Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch in microwave. Pour over the top and cover leaving 1 inch around the sides. Roll from longer side into a roll, place in refrigerator for 3-4 hours to cool and harden. Cut into slices and enjoy.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 25, 2012

Proverbs 31:11

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. Proverbs 31:11

Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. Proverbs 28:26

We need to be honorable, dependable and serve faithfully with a humble spirit, yet I need the Lord’s help every second of every day to make this attainable. I think we need to be careful about being overcommitted so that we are able to follow through. This includes relaxing and spending time in the Lord’s presences and with our families having down time. We need to feed and nuture ourselves so we don’t give ourselves to death. I need to be truly available and trustworthy to those I am close to rather then being superficially available to many. This, I believe is a worthy trade off.

I am blessed to have a husband that almost daily reminds me that he is so grateful for me. The list that she gave in the ebook about him trusting us with money, children, home, reputation, faithfulness, emotions, and choices, I can indeed say he does.

Luckily as well, my husband is on board with being fully vested in our children. It is more important to both of us that we are taking bike rides, reading Bibles stories, doing crafts, etc with our kids and fitting in laundry, dishes, etc where it fits. It is a completely different mindset, but has made a world of difference in our home. I can have a far better impact on another’s life if I am demonstrating genuine interest, care and trustworthiness.

We also appreciate that the Lord has really convicted us of raising our children to love and serve him. We defiantly screw up a lot, but I am so thankful that we are pursing Biblically based parenting and family life. It has been a huge blessing to us. I want to be honest in every word and deed and set an exmple to my children.

I have worked really hard to find ways to cut costs and be prudent with what we have. I think this shows proper stewardship as well as respect for the hard work my husband does to provide for us.

We are called to be wise. I believe this mean seeking Christ. Our best energy should be used for this and I believe we will be blessed and other will see Christ in us. Contentment is wanting what I have, not having everything I want. I think the greenest grass is in my backyard because I have put so much work and effort into making it into a safe, stress free, relaxing place to be with those I love. Nothing better then playing and hanging out with your best friend and teammate for life.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 25, 2012

Proverbs 31:10 Day Two

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10

He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the Lord. Proverbs 18:22

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14

While I was studying these verses my three year old came up and asked me what I was doing. I explained that I was doing my devotions and read him the verses and explained to him what rubies were. He says “Mommy, you are silly, you are more beautiful then rubies and you are the best Mommy ever.”

Some days I wish I was that confident about being a Wife and a Mommy. Honestly, most days I feel like I don’t come close, yet, I am reminded that these verses are not necessarily meant to be devoured and regurgitated in one season.

It struck me that the Lord gives us favor and blessing when we are honoring and seeking him. Even when the house is a mess, or the kids are hungry. It is most important to be seeking him and the rest will fall into place.

Be of noble character means I need to be dependable, disciplined, and diligent. I need to make priorities and truly have concern for the comfort and welfare of my home and family.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 21, 2012

Amazing Oatmeal Bars

1 Cup Butter

1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1 1/2 Cups White Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tsp. Vanilla

3 Cups Quick Oats

2 Cups Flour

1 tsp. Baking Soda

1 tsp. Salt

1 Cup Chocolate Chips

1 Cup Crushed Pecans

Cream peanut butter, butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add baking soda, salt and flour. Mix well. Add oatmeal and mix, then pecans. Lastly add chocolate chips. Press into greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Cool, cut and enjoy! 😀

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 21, 2012

Proverbs 31:10

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10

I think these verse pose a challange. Am I striving to become who Christ wants me to be. It is so easy to be selfish and do what I want to do, but that does not produce a noble character. I need to be living with a focus on becoming the woman that God desires me to be. Consistently growing is important.

Is my heart being transformed into Christ’s likeness? Am I striving to be a woman after God’s own heart?

Remembering to be refueled is the only way I believe this can happen. We can choose to do it on our own and become overwhelmed, angry and frustrated, or we can choose to do it God’s way and find nourishment, fulfillment, life giving relationships and sustenance. I want to spend time soaking in the mindset of Christ.

I need to dwell and and dig deeper into the priorities, mindset, commands, and heart of God. I want Him to transform me to be who he wants me to be and to become more like Him. I feel that I need to focus on being who Christ called me to be…it may or may not be everything written in Proverbs 31, but fulfilling his vision, purpose and call on my life is what is worth striving towards.

Spending quality time with him is what the Lord desires us to do. If you think about most other things tend to fall into place after that happens. Adding many things to our “to do” list doesn’t help…it just confuses, frustrates and bogs us down. I need to focus on internal worth and qualities to allow externals to happen.

This has been hard for me…I grew up with a Mom that always had the house spotless, a yummy homemade meal, she home schooled us, we were involved in tons of activities, they did foster care, they adopted, they were in ministry and always very active in the church and ran many ministries, she volunteered and was involved in pretty much everything we did.  She made it look so easy. I feel like with four very young children I can be intentional with spending time with them or focus on the house, laundry, dishes, making beds, etc. I had to learn to really let some of it go.

I don’t know how she did or does it, but I need to think: So what if the bathroom gets cleaned every other week instead of once a week…they are only this little today, tomorrow they will be older and being focused on them, spending time teaching them about Christ, and making memories are what matter in the long run.

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones. Proverbs 12:4

I need to remember that I am a representation of my husband and called to make my home a safe place, free of stress and worry. I answer to God for being submissive and supportive of my husband. This doesn’t mean I don’t give my opinion, or that I am a doormat. It means that I choose to empower my husband not to enable him.

I want to be faithful. pure, the wife of one husband, free from indecency and obscenity, modest, non-suggestive, not bold, nor boastful, nor presumptuous, nor forward, nor arrogant, and restrained in what I say, do, and wear with a sense of propriety. I am me in the eyes of God! I don’t need to be on a power trip, nor trying to be better then men. God made me perfect and special.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 19, 2012

Proverbs 31:7-9

7 Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more. 8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. 9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31: 7-9

These verses make me think of unrest, anger and dismay. It really bothers me and angers me that people in our society pray on those who either don’t know better or can’t help themselves. Like children…it makes my heart sick. They should be loved and valued and protected. Not exploited, marred, screamed at, hurt, taken advantage of, etc. If it hurts my heart so much, how much more does it hurt the Lords?

Am I compassionate to my family and to others? We need to be extra careful when we jump to conclusions or “judge others”. I really hope that I am teaching my children to be compassionate to those less fortunate then we are. Am I teaching them to laugh, mock, ridicule, start, make jokes, or am I teaching them to smile, rush to assist, help, listen, and encourage those we meet? Are we labeling ourselves “Christians” or are we continually acting like Christ would in the situations we face each day. What a high call and challenge. I know I fall short many times.

I need to be sure I am praying for my children, serving with them, going to church, limiting their screen time, put God’s word on the walls, and hopefully in their hearts, sing with them, being intentional. getting in the word, and allowing them to see me do it, protecting our home, praying with and modeling praying to them, by myself, with my husband, when things are good, when things are bad, inviting others to join our family for meals, on outings, etc, being a role model to them and having other adults in our life to be role models to them, writing notes to them, promoting that they belong in our home and everywhere we go, not jumping at every little chance to get a sitter and leaving them out (although date nights with Hubby are vitally important) making crafts with them, allowing messes (that’s how they learn), reading the Bible together, making marriage a priority in our home, vacationing with them, speaking God’s Word, loving them, allowing them to help with thing (even when it makes it take longer and may even make a bigger mess to clean up), and slowing down with them.

Learning to be firm yet kind and loving and careful to speak in a tone and with words that are respectful, honoring, and appropriate can be a hard balanced. Praying the Lord gives me wisdom in all situations all day long.

I have also been convicted of passing on opportunities that I should stand up for Christ. I was at the park in the last couple days and heard several parents mocking a teacher for standing up for Christ and how it was “inappropriate since their children went to a public school.” I then saw how disrespectful, hurtful and rude their girls were to my daughter when she tried to play with them. It broke my heart. These same parents got really upset when my just two year old threw sand and it “touched their girls.” Normal two year old behavior…not normal five year old behavior…Makes me really want to send my kids to school…however I think to about how to stand your ground and share Christ…probably a situation I should have said something…in fear or getting angry and really giving them a piece of my mind, I chose to prsay for them instead…

Serving others has been a HUGE passion of mine…Ever since serving on mission trips when I was younger I have a desire for children in other countries to learn about Jesus and find someone who truely loves and cares about them.

We would love to adopt, we would love to one day open an orphanage and give medical care to those who need it and can’t afford it. Saving lives body, soul, and with Christ’s help giving them a new Spirit filled with Christ. Right now, it is not the time or stage..Our stage in life right now is to intentional with our children. To teach them how great God is, and what a joy and blessing it is to serve others and show them all about Jesus. What an honor. So glad to have a life mate by my side to share this journey.

My Testimony:

I have always kind of struggled with sharing my testimony. I was saved as a child. My Dad was a Pastor, so I grew up in a Christian home. I was teased a lot growing up because people thought (or at least verbalized) I was a “goodie two shoes” and had a “direct line to God” because I was a PK (Pastor’s kid)

None the less, I am a horrible sinner, saved only by the grace of Jesus Christ. I haven’t endure horrible, traumatic situations. I have had trials (my husband had cancer with two babies being pregnant with the third, three years after we were married, etc).

I was adopted, and I am ever so grateful. I grew up in a home were kids were loved and valued. We were raised that every one has a purpose.  I have had some amazing experiences because of the gift my birth mother gave me. An amazing family, wonderful friends, a relationship with the Lord, my Christ seeking husband, four absolutely astounding children. Not that I wouldn’t have had these otherwise, but you never know.

I became a Christ sitting on my Grandpa’s knee. I am so grateful for the heritage and example they have been in my life.

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 19, 2012

Proverbs 31:5-6

5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed, and deprive all the oppressed of their rights. 6 Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Proverbs 31:5-6

Interesting that she felt she needed to clarify further why it was not good to drink. Obviously we can see repercussions after the fact, however, I think it is interesting that we try and “blind” ourselves before hand.

This makes me weary to think I may be doing this in my marriage with my spouse when I want things my own way. I instead should be looking to the Lord, praying for his direction and for him to give clarity to my husband. Spending time in the word and being faithful is also important.

Who is the one that supplies all my needs? Who always comes through, no matter what, even if it isn’t the answer I was first looking for? Who knows the best answer for me? So, why is it so hard to fully surrender to him in all things and at all times?

I am so grateful to have a husband that doesn’t spend his time and money at the bar, always hanging with the guys…I appreciate the sacrifices he is making for us and that he has shown by his words and actions that he is vested in our children and our marriage. I think I need to work on showing more how grateful I am to him for making those choices and decisions for us.

I am blessed!

Posted by: naeliz04 | May 19, 2012

Proverbs 31:3-4

3 Do not spend your strength on women, your vigor on those who ruin kings. 4 It is not for kings, Lemuel— it is not for kings to drink wine, not for rulers to crave beer, Proverbs 31:3-4

I find it very interested to study these verses today. The economy was not the same then as it is now…but think of how many people today spend their lives drinking and sleeping around and yet never feel satisfied or fulfilled. I love that she spoke boldly enough to give her son such a grave warning. Today I feel people are so worried about being politically correct and offended someone that we tend to miss the mark on sharing Christ and truly making a difference.

It is amazing to me how much of an influence we can truly have on our husband. I want my husband’s heart and devotion yet I need to be careful not to fall into the potential to manipulate him to act or do what I want. (This makes me think of Samson and Delilah.)

I think it is also important to note that my struggle may not be wine or beer or promiscuity, but what is my struggle or temptation that is taking me away from what is really important? Also, I believe alcohol or any struggle or temptation is not necessarily bad until it is taken to an extreme or becomes an addiction. I don’t really drink, but that is a personal choice.

Backing up your beliefs and rules/standards should have a biblical basis though. I want to do better at teaching my children why we do and don’t do certain things. I believe it is important that we back them up so they see God says this not just my parents.

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