Monday, September 01, 2008


If you live in the Gulf Coast area or have connections there, please know that we are praying for all who are being effected by Hurricane Gustav. My heart goes out to all who are having to evacuate, and I admire those rescue workers who are going in to be on hand to help.

This is the first year in a l-o-n-g time that we haven't gone to my Grandmother's house for Labor Day weekend. We usually spend this long weekend with her and celebrate my birthday there. I am so sad that we couldn't go this year, but since this is our last weekend at home I find myself with quite a bit of preparation to do for our trip. The rest of my family is out hunting today, so I have the house to myself to finish some packing details and work on our preparations to travel. Ahhh...

Speaking of preparation, I wanted to share something I came across this summer. I have this printed out and on my mirror in my bathroom. I realized a few months ago that many times I have gone on with my day, not fully "armed," and thus, not truly prepared to do what God has for me to do. I hope this blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

“Father thank you for the provision You have made for victory over Satan.

Now by faith I put on the girdle of Truth. May my life today be motivated by Truth. Help me to maintain integrity.

By faith I put on the breastplate of righteousness. May my heart love that which is righteous and refuse what is sinful. Thank You for the imputed righteousness of Christ.

By faith I put on the shoes of peace. Help me to stand in Christ’s victory today. Help me to be a peacemaker and not a troublemaker.

By faith I take the shield of faith. May I trust You and Your Word today and not add fuel to any of Satan’s darts. Thank You that I can go into this day without fear.

By faith I put on the helmet of salvation. May I remember today that Jesus is coming again. Help me to live in the future tense. Protect my mind from discouragement and despair.

By faith I take the sword of the Spirit. Help me to remember Your Word and use it today.

Father, by faith I put on the armor. May this be a day of victory.”

Dr. Warren Wiersbe
From “Strategy of Satan”


And now, our menu for the week. This is my last week to cook at home before we leave and come back with a new member of the family (who told us that his favorite American food is pasta!) so it feels a bit strange. I'm not sure why. I'm in the midst of thinking through what I would like to have in the freezer for when we get back. I may make some things this week. Or when we get back, we may have lots of pasta and frequent the Ethiopian restaurants in the area!

Monday: ~Labor Day~ my family is out, so no kitchen "labor" for me today!
Tuesday: Broccoli Cheese Soup (from FIFI but similar to this recipe), salad, bread
Wednesday: Happy Birthday to Me! Pizza for the kids and date night with my cute husband.
Thursday: Baked Chicken and Zucchini
Friday: Spaghetti

For more menus, visit Have a blessed week!


Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Happy Birthday Wednesday!

I love the daily "preparation" reminder. I am going to copy this and print it out. I need to be reminded of these truths today.

Enjoy your day at home...alone :)

Barbara H. said...

I enjoyed that piece by Wiersbe. It's also too easy to just skim through that passage without taking the time to actually put on the armor by faith.

Chris @ Come to the Table said...

I am talking about you over at my blog today....because you bless me so much!

The Lloyd Family said...

Happy Birthday To You !!!

You are a blessing to me ... even if there haven't been many "In Real Life" moments.

I am continuing to pray for you and your family in your journey to bring your precious boy home ... SOON!!!

Sandy said...

I'm so happy for your family. I love hearing the stories that my cute hubby brings home from the office.

Your new son is a handsome dude who will fit right into your beautiful family.

What a wonderful birthday gift!

Sandy (Nana Texas)