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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Day 4: A Place to Put Your Feet Up

Well, good morning!

Eli and I have been enjoying our “banana pancake day”: waking up late and enjoying some sunshine from the kitchen, not in a rush to do anything! It has been down-right pleasant.

This morning’s challenge was to make your home a place for you to put your feet up in. Inviting that comfort level into your house and making a welcoming place for people to come is what are our houses are for! I do hope we can recover from our military move soon in order to be able to that.

My challenge for myself is to invite people into my home REGARDLESS of its cleanliness level. I have so many goals for myself before this baby comes and before my husband comes back that I forget even to let the Lord to come into my home…. The home of my heart.

This morning, as he was speaking to me, I read from Isaiah 25-26 and found these verses a comfort, a place I could put my spiritual feet up and enjoy the Lord!
“For you have been a stronghold to the poor,

a strong hold to the needy in his distress,

a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat….
On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples

A feast of rich food, a feast of aged wine…

And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast

Over all the peoples,

The veil that is spread over all nations.

He will swallow up death forever;

And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces,

And the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth,

For the Lord has spoken.
You keep him in perfect peace,

Whose mind is stayed on you,

Because he trusts in you.

Trust in the Lord forever,

For the Lord God is an everlasting rock…
The path of the righteous is level;

You make level the way of the righteous.”

Isaiah 25: 4,6-8; 26:3, 7
Amen! We do have a place of trouble (especially for all of my family and friends back on the east coast who are dealing with tornados—you have a place to run!) and we do have a Savior that loves to celebrate over us! That is a great thing to come to knowledge with—not only did he love us well while he was here, he died to save us and still actively cares for us to this very day. When God loves, he goes beyond himself: it goes out to us all. What a God we serve! We can trust in someone like that. We can confident before this God that we have been forgiven and dearly loved. Jesus, come and dwell in the home of my heart all the day long…. Let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation (Isaiah 25:9b).

Baby update: Speaking of rejoicing and being glad in him, I am rejoicing over the little baby girl I carry today. I don’t know why today of all days, but maybe its because she has been more active! I can feel the kicks when I put my hand on my stomach—which is super cool (before when I put my hand on my tummy, the kicks would disappear! Little stinker!)

However, I don’t know about you, but I was comparing the size of my belly from week 13 to now (week 21/22 weeks) and I really hope its normal to be this small: It seems I really haven’t made much progression, but I could be TOTALLY wrong.. I don’t know: what do you think??

Oh Dad and Mom! We just got a sweet and yummy Easter package! HA! THANK YOU!!!

 Can you tell he likes it just a little too much?? Haha!

 And yes, I have already consumed two cookies and two eggs filled with peanut M&Ms! SOOOO Bad!! But so yummy ;)

 Loving this dish towel! Thank you!!

Andrew Update: He is still in Japan... and living it up! He has explored the island and snorkeled while he has been there! I am anxious for him to get back though... for two honest reasons: I miss him and I am TOTALLY jealous! Haha! Still don't know when he will leave the ground, but I will keep you updated!

I guess that is all I have to share today. Even if you won’t be having guests over anytime soon, remember to invite Him who is always knocking in, because he loves you!


  1. you look so beautiful!!! i love your little bumperoo! i didn't start 'showing' until well into my 20s weeks. don't worry, the last few weeks in your third trimester will make up for the slow progress right now :) you look great and i enjoy reading your blog, as always.

  2. Hi Kati,
    I remember being week 20 and wondering when I was going to start showing! So I think you are right on track.
    Also, is this challenge a book you have or are you following someone else's blog? I have to admit housework has taken a back seat once John arrived and I have been a little depressed about the condition of our home. I think a challenge is what I need!

  3. Thanks girls! Super helpful-- I am glad to know I am not the only one. Phew!

    Marlen-- Thank you for writing yourself! I love to keep up with you all and blogs are a great way. Thanks for your example with Easty-- We miss him!!And you all OF COURSE ;)

    Jessica, I am following the 31 Days to Clean Devotional I bought on Kindle. It's very good. It doesn't go as deep as I wish on some topics, but I can elaborate once I am given guidelines to work with, which she does very well. So you can follow the link to the right of my page, or (if that doesnt work, just goggle it! YOu should find some bloggers that can help!)