Archive for February, 2008

On Battling Discontentment

In the past, I have really struggled with contentment, even though I had not realized it until lately. Several times I thought about how I wished this or that in my life would change.

 I was getting bored with school, chores, and other trivial things. I couldn’t understand why, because I have always loved school and taking care of my jurisdictions in our home.

I was experiencing discontentment at its finest. I can see now that God had been trying to show me for some time, but I had been too busy wishing for change that I wasn’t paying attention. I missed the bigger picture! He wanted me to rely on Him!

 Jesus wanted me to lay my discontented spirit at His feet, and place all other things aside. He wanted me to have a servant’s heart, and through contentment in Jesus, I am now excited for new things headed in my direction, and I have learned to enjoy every moment- even the little things.

 Since I laid that discontentment down, new opportunities have been coming my way.  It is incredible what the grace of God will do if you simply listen and obey.

 When I begin to feel discontentment creeping in, I take those feelings and talk to Jesus, and through His grace, I am humbled and restored.

 For His Glory,

~*~Courtney~*~

Tuesday Talks

Good Morning! I hope today finds you well! Today is Tuesday Talks at Stay-At-Home Daughters.

My review for today is for The Eden String Quartet: Bountiful Blessings, filmed  and released by Franklin Springs Media. This wonderful documentary follows the life of 4 girls who have formed a string quartet, and about how their family was forever influenced by Jesus. This comes not only with the documentary, but a full concert! Being a lover of stringed instruments myself, I especially loved that! I would HIGHLY recommend this film. Your entire family will enjoy it!

This is the description:

“Give your family a gift that extols the virtues of godly discipline, virtuous womanhood, melodious music, and family heritage. This new release DVD will encourage your family by telling the remarkable story of faithfulness in the Miller family.

Their road to becoming accomplished musicians has been anything but ordinary. Join the Miller sisters Megan (23), Krista (22), Leah(18), and Therese (16) on the fascinating journey from their family’s cattle ranch to their distinction as an outstanding stringed quartet.

The beneficiaries of a multi-generational vision for God-honoring family, the Millers encourage, entertain, and inspire an appreciation of hymns and classical music — and for the building of families that honor the Lord.

A Bountiful Blessing Features a full-length concert of classical music (Mozart, Bach, Pachelbel and Vivaldi), hymns, and the documentary story of an extraordinary family. Duration: 66 mins. Includes Bonus Features.”

For more great reviews, you can visit Stay-At-Home Daughters!!!!

~@~Courtney~@~

A Reminder

Tomorrow is Tuesday Talks at Stay-At-Home Daughters. I highly encourage you to post a review and use the Mr. Linky to link yourself. Not only will you be able to read other great reviews, but you will be helping other people when they read your review. I have personally loved reading and writing reviews, and I know you will too!

~@~Courtney~@~

Tuesday Talks!

Today is Tuesday Talks hosted by Stay-At-Home Daughters.

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I am reviewing the 1999 “Sense and Sensibility” movie.

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This movie was ok….. it was really hard to follow the storyline in this one. Unlike the newer “Pride and Prejudice” movie with Kiera Knightley, this movie was sort of boring. I didn’t like very many of the casting choices either- they seemed out of character for me.

There were some really funny scenes, and some sweet ones as well, but it just wasn’t my favorite.

So I have a question for you- is there another version of “Sense and Sensibility” that is better?

For more great reviews, you can visit Stay-At-Home Daughters!!\

~@~Courtney~@~

The Ron Paul Newsletter – February 18, 2008

The DC neocons think their old dream is about to come true. They think they can defeat me in the Republican congressional primary in Texas on March 4th. And you know what? They may be right.

My opponent, who describes himself as a traditional conservative, is a dedicated servitor of all the special interests who have given us the disaster of recent years, from unconstitutional wars to a looming recession, from huge deficits to massive new welfare programs.

A Republican operative allied with the worst forces in DC recently said: “Give what you can [to Ron Paul’s opponent]. Ron Paul is running scared — using his Presidential campaign’s donors’ money to subsidize a desperate last-minute attempt to save his Congressional seat.”

That is a lie, of course. It is illegal to use presidential campaign donations in my congressional race. The congressional campaign has to stand on its own. But so far, we have raised only about a third of what a well-funded effort would need.

In my 10 terms in Congress, I have not only been able to serve my constituents, and help them, for example, negotiate federal red-tape. I have also been able to defend our principles of less spending, lower taxes, no inflation, and strict adherence to the Constitution. Some people in DC laugh at the idea that I should obey my oath of office, and ask first of any proposed legislation, is it constitutional? But I know that you share my support for the vision of the framers.

My friend Congressmen Wayne Gilchrest (R-Maryland) was just defeated in his primary election by a neocon fraud similar to the one I face. My friend Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) is under heavy pressure as well. People like our hand-picked opponents will do anything to gain and keep power. They represent everything that is wrong with DC.

If I am defeated in the upcoming congressional primary, our ideas will be held to have been defeated as well. It will be proclaimed from the rooftops in DC that such “ridiculous and outmoded notions” as the free market, sound money, personal liberty, limited government, and a pro-American foreign policy are through.

I am determined not to let this happen. All that you and I believe in is far too important to the future of our country, and to everyone and everything we love, to let the neocons dance on its grave.

Please, help me stop the lies, the distortions, the pressure groups, the special interests that benefit from DC rip-offs. There is still time to run radio and tv ads, to set up phone banks, to get out the vote. But unless you help, my reelection to Congress may be in jeopardy. Please help me return to Congress to fight for the people of my district, and for the ideas that can save our country from the path to trouble we are now on.

I hesitated to ask you, since you have already done so much. But my wife Carol said, “When you need help, you ask your best friends.” So I do ask you, to hold out your hand in support.

Please give today http://www.ronpaulforcongress.com, as generously and as quickly as you can.

Sincerely,
Ron

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This is a email we received from the Ron Paul campaign today. Please take a stand for liberty!

~@~Courtney~@~

Monday Musings – Enjoying Everyday Moments

Hello to all of you! I hope that your weekend was refreshing and blessed!

Yesterday, I woke up to to a somewhat rainy day. I simply just listened and watched the raindrops rolling down my window, and reflected on what a precious gift God has given us with rain. No two raindrops look alike, and every rainstorm has its own unique features. I said a silent prayer thanking Him for this sweet and wonderful gift, and went on with my day.

I never realized how many little moments can slip through your hand if you are not paying attention, or how lovely these little moments can be.

I find that I have several of these moments everyday, whether I realize it or not.

Somtimes it is the beautiful sunset, the baby’s sweet little smile, a little hand held in mine. Perhaps it is little Emma (who is 2), singing her cute little songs, or maybe it is watching viewmaster reels with your family on Friday nights.

It is so important that we do not take life for granted. On any moment, things can change so fast- we do not have forever.

Do you have an “Everyday Moment” to share? Leave a comment below!

Wishing you a lovely Monday!
~*~Courtney~*~

Thursday Thoughts

Good afternoon to all of you! I hope this Thursday finds you well. 🙂

Today we have been working on various projects, including some online work and the normal routines of chores, school, and other misc. projects.

It is lovely outside today. We were able to hang some laundry out and it seems to be drying!

Yesterday, we got a light dusting of snow on our porch because it was so cold! It stayed in the 20’s and 30’s, and is at 72 outside right now! You have to love the southern weather! 🙂

I came across this great quote a few days ago:

“Life is far too short for hurrying along- we really should take more time to enjoy the roses.” ~Anonymous

How true this is! I feel sorry for everyone who hurries along all the time. I love the simple things in life. The moment of quiet comtemplation on the wonder of God’s handiwork outside, the sweet smiles all around me, the joy of reading a book or enjoying a hot cup of coffee. We will never get this time back- it is so important that we focus on the truly important things in life. I encourage you today, to do something simple and yet sweet. Take a walk, read a book to your child or sibling, try a new recipe, enjoy a nice cup of tea. These are the things that you will remember.

Prayer Requests:
Please remember our Aunt Linda, she has been having a hard time medically lately.

Scripture Meditation
Psalm 34:8
“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. “

and,

Proverbs 17:1
“Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”

Have a wonderful day!

~*~Courtney~*~

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