Stock Yard Mama

Just a young mom of 2 sharing her thoughts with the world.

Archive for the month “April, 2010”

Thursday thoughts…

I’ve recently finished a book that has REALLY taught me a lot about my God & His spirit in ways I’ve never seen Him before. I HIGHLY recommend this book, Forgotten God by Francis Chan.

” ” For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) Right there in that oft-quoted verse we see the Son referred to as the “Counselor” and the “Father”! This passage (and many others) keeps us from oversimplifying a divine mystery. It is not easily broken down into three main points that just make sense, but it works. And it is beautiful. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are One.”

This passage reminded me that there shouldn’t be any questions as to WHO God is! He IS all that we need!

Francis then specifies out 7 practical truths about the Holy Spirit:

First, the Holy Spirit is a Person.  Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor 13:14
Second, the Holy Spirit is God. Acts 5:3-4
Third, the Holy Spirit is eternal and holy. John 14:16, Hebrews 9:14
Fourth, the Holy Spirit has His own mind, and He prays for us. Romans 8:27
Fifth, the Holy Spirit has emotions. Isaiah 63:10, Eph 4:30, Rev 12:18
Sixth, the Holy Spirit has His own desires and will. 1 Cor 12:11
Seventh, the Holy Spirit is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. Zech. 4:6, Ps 139:7-8, 1 Cor 2:10b, Isaiah 40:13

Take a few and reflect on that…this stuff (I’ll post a LOT in the coming days) really has been GOOD NEWS to me!

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Prayers for friends

Some of you reading my blog may know our good friends Dennis & Toni Garcia. Their faith is INCREDIBLE and I feel truly blessed to be able to call them my friends!

Toni has some medical issues that caused quite a few quirks in getting pregnant but after MUCH prayer and FAITH they were blessed last December with Miranda. Everything went smoothly with on a few scares during pregnancy; a car accident, swine flu, etc and she is BEAUTIFUL.

I ask for your prayers for them because God has BIG plans for Dennis, Toni & Miranda as He keeps growing their faith! Just a few weeks ago their doc found something in her skull that made them concerned and after a few MRI’s (one under anesthesia) they got the GREAT news that it is NOTHING to be worried about. Dennis and Toni stood tall and strong during this terrifying time and for that I KNOW God will bless them!

We love you Dennis, Toni & Miranda and I can’t wait to meet her (hopefully VERY soon)!!!

Tuesday mornings…..

So Tuesday’s are always hard days to get everyone in the Atkins’ home up and around. We all attend the weekly Experience Life Prayer Gathering on Monday nights and generally don’t get home until after 8:45 pm (bedtime is 8:30 on a normal night). So we rush through our normal nightly routine while still trying to calm Addyson down from all the fun (and cookies/snacks) she had at prayer and NEVER end up having a good experience so Tuesday’s are ROUGH!

On top of that Owen (now 6 months) is teething and has decided that he will only sleep for 2-3 hours at a time again (which is NO fun for me).

This morning was no different except that  due to the middle of the night screaming/ awake fits with Owen I was exhausted and slept through my set aside time with the Lord.  My day never seems to go well when I allow this priority to slip and I don’t know why I continue to do so. As I was planning the rest of my day (work, cleaning, cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, and much much more) I decided to take a minute and look at a few “Inspirational” blogs that I enjoy reading daily and BAM it hit me again!

When God is trying to teach me something He uses pretty much every area of my life to beat me over the head with it ;).

I looked at Perry Noble’s blog (pastor of New Spring Church in South Carolina) http://www.perrynoble.com/ and realized that it is by my OWN power that I’m trying to spend time with the Lord on a daily basis, when it should be that my DESIRE to walk with Christ is so strong the moment that I awake that it wakens my soul to NEED it as I begin my day. I should so LONG to spend time with Him that all other “necessities” in my day pale in comparison.

New addition to our house

Some amazing friends came over to help us put our new addition to our backyard together.

Thanks to Ryan and Monica!!

Thanks PawPaw and MawMaw for the gift 🙂

The joys of having a girl ;)

So yesterday I learned a good lesson regarding teaching my daughter about her body. I’m not really sure what I expected as she got older but I didn’t really think that’d I have to tackle this many questions so early.

We were talking (while she was going potty) and she asked me why she had booboos on her chest. I calmly explained that those were not booboos but instead they were called boobs and girls had them for when they become a mommy to feed the baby (which she already knew as she’d asked all of those questions when I breast-fed her little brother Owen a few months ago). I didn’t think anything of it because she finished up her business on the potty and went along her merry way. Well we walked into the living room together and she proceeds to lift up her shirt and ask my hubby (her dad) “Daddy, do you want to see my boobs?”. His face was priceless!!! Of course the conversation ensued to why we don’t show our boobs to anyone other than mommy, etc.

Oh the joys and surprises everyday!

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