Saturday, 19 September 2009

Happy birthday darling one...!!

My beautiful Thomas has turned 7 today. I am so proud of him.
It is a tradition in our house to eat chocolate cake at breakfast on someone's birthday. So I made some cute little cupcakes late last night and there was 1 candle to blow out - in anticipation of the 7 we will have on a bigger cake tomorrow when daddy and grandparents have arrived...
He was sung to and looked pleased as punch...
Then he got down to the business of eating his cake
...with his brothers spurring him on and joining in.
The phone rang and he had a nice little conversation with Mamie and Bonpapa :) proudly announcing he was 'seven' (which he has only just learnt to say clearly)
Cards were opened
...and presents unwrapped...
..all in mummy's bed, because we could!!

Aaah, birthdays... I love them... Because I love celebrating life. Don't you?!!!

Catch up #3

So I had a birthday. In May. Yeah I know, that was nearly half a year ago!!
On this birthday I unashamedly (and 'officially, I suppose...) reached middle-age.
And Mr Wibbs and I decided a day-trip to the Queen's hometown was in order.
According to our 1890's horse-drawn-carriage driver, the royal standard was up meaning Her Majesty was home. But we just ran out of time and couldn't pay her a visit. Instead we took a ride on the Big Wheel of Windsor...
...where panoramic views were enjoyed by Mr Wibbs, Ben and yours truly...
Ben was awe-struck by the height we reached several times as the wheel went round and round; meanwhile, Mr Wibbs got up to his usual tricks
We had a lovely, lazy, sun- and laughter-filled day and Ben was a delight as ever, making my birthday even more special
...by just being Ben
It was a special special day in which it goes without saying that chocolate cake was eaten
...and an amazing coffee machine bought as my birthday present
We ended the day with a romantic walk at sunset.
I know it was a while ago, but see? I still remember it all; and remembering brings me so much joy, and reminds me of how blessed and loved I really am.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Food for thought on giving (Purpose Driven Devotional for 28th August)

Spiritual Habits of Effective People: Tithing

(by Rick Warren)

“Bring this tithe to eat before the Lord your God at the place he shall choose as his sanctuary; this applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn of your flocks and herds. The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives” (Deuteronomy 14:23 LB).

We develop spiritual fitness when we honor God by giving him a tithe every week. Tithing is the spiritual habit of giving back to God the first 10 percent of all I make. If I make $100, I give $10 back to God; if I make $1000, I give $100 back to God. I get to keep 90 percent but I give 10 percent to him.

Why would anybody have to do that? Because God says so and that’s reason enough. If you don’t do it, you’re disobeying God. But there’s more reason. The reason I tithe is to draw me closer to God.

Jesus says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be” (Matthew 6:21 NLT). If I put my money in a boat, that’s where my affection goes. Wherever I put my money, that’s what becomes important to me. If I put God first when it comes to my money, it says, “God, you’re first in my life.”

If you show me how you spend your time and how you spend your money, I’ll show you what’s important in your life. No matter what you say is important—show me your schedule and your checkbook stubs and I’ll tell you what’s really important to you.

Deuteronomy 14:23 explains that, “The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives” (LB). If I say, “God, I want you to be number one in my life,” but he’s last place in my budget, that’s a contradiction.

The Bible teaches that giving is an antidote to materialism. The materialism of the world says, “Get, get, get.” The only antidote is giving; we do just the opposite of what the world says. As I learn to hold things with an open hand and return the first part to God, it breaks the grip of materialism in my life. It helps me develop the characteristics of God because “God so loved the world that he gave” (John 3:16). If you want to become like Jesus, you must learn to be a giver.