Wednesday, November 16, 2011

"whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" 1 Corinthians 10:31

I was struck by some good quotes from Oswald Chambers this morning: "Its one thing to go through a crisis grandly, yet quite another to go through every day glorifying God when there is no witness, no limelight, and no one paying even the remotest attention to us." And, "If you are properly devoted to the Lord Jesus, you have reached the lofty height where no one would ever notice you personally. All that is noticed is the power of God coming through you all the time."
The first quote just reminds me of the 'everyday-ness' of living the Christian life. We should be loving Him and serving Him and living for Him all day every day, even when nobody is watching. The best evidence of our faith is living this love out day to day. There are no kudos or rewards. No fanfare. No encouragement on some days. No pat on the back or 'way to go;' only the affirmation of that still, small voice, reminding us that 'this is the way.......walk in it.' Jesus is always with us, and He is noticing the small things we do because we love Him.
And the second, food for thought for those of us who struggle with our identity, comparing ourselves to others, or wanting recognition. It is a reminder that we need to become less as He becomes more. We should want to be known for the love of Christ working in our lives, not for any goodness in us or what we have done. It's all about Jesus. That kind of simplifies the issue of who we are, how we measure up to others or what kind of applause we get for our efforts. If it's all about Jesus, then all that matters is that we are found in Him, and we find ourselves and all of who we are, in Him. If it's all about Jesus, it doesn't matter if we are not as smart, organized, creative, funny, or social as the next person. We won't be comparing ourselves to those around us. We will be living for an audience of One. Only Jesus. And we will find out how He can use our strengths for His glory, and how he can work through our weaknesses so that He might show Himself strong in our lives.
It's all about Jesus.

Monday, November 14, 2011

New Pictures of Oldies but goodies!

I haven't posted pictures in a long time, so I dug some out and got going! Fun to scroll through some of the year's memories. I haven't kept up very well since my car accident in November, but thankfully I am recovering and getting back to normal! What have we been up to? Lots of wonderful things. And sometimes TOO many wonderful things! We are into year 3 of homeschooling, and enjoying all the family time and opportunities to grow and work together. We are loving our Tapestry of the Desert Co-op that we are in for our History studies. Right now we are studying the renaissance and reformation.......great stuff, and I am learning right along with the kids! Jonah and Benjamin are playing basketball this fall, and Amberly is continuing with her horseback riding adventures and is also keeping up with her dance class. Looking forward to more fun family times as the Holidays approach :)
Have a blessed November and December, friends!
Love, Jodi

More fun with the Scotts

We got to visit CA again in September for Amberly's birthday weekend. We went on a 'field trip' to LEGOLAND. Woohoo!!!

Visiting Liz and Laurie in Eastern Washington

I got to go up and visit Liz and Laurie in late August for my Birthday weekend! What a sweet time of catching up! Love these girls!!!!!!

Kiddos at Lincoln Memorial

The Scotts

Our dear Family Friends, Christopher and Pernilla Scott, and their boys, Alexander, Daniel and Jonathan :)

Back to school beach trip!

We got in a last-hurrah beach trip in the beginning of August. We had a wonderful time with the Scott family and enjoyed some cooler S. California weather before we headed back to school!

Amberly's Dance recital

All the grandparents came to watch Amberly dance in June!

Washington D.C. Trip

We took the family to N. Carolina and Washington D.C. this past summer. We had a great time seeing the sights and spending time as a family! This picture is when we were getting ready to board Amtrack from Raliegh to Washington D.C.!

2011 Family Picture

A Happy Photo of all the Meiters, Easter Break

Summer Fun

This was taken outside of our church, sometime in June :)

Easter Break with the Scott Family

We got to have the Scotts out for a visit over Easter. Such a wonderful time with sweet friends!!!

One of our Favorite things!

Amberly loves riding horses. This is a special passion of hers and she gets out on horseback as often as possible!!!

Love this one! Happy Acorn Hunting!

Sweet Benjamin, enjoying some 'nature' finds!

Checking out an Acorn

This is from last November up in the Bay Area. We were getting ready to ride Bart into San Francisco. The charm of an acorn!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Choosing what's better

I want to be like Mary. I want to be the one that sits at Jesus' feet and chooses to be with Him rather than being busy about my business. I want to see clearly whether I am serving Him or serving my self. I want to do what is best according to Him, not necessarily what I think seems best. There are so many good things in my path. So many choices. So many opportunities. Where do I go? What do I do? What do I say? When do I go, when do I stay? What is most important?
All of these questions beg to be answered by each of us every day, and the only place we can get these answers is at the foot of the cross. Have you been there? I am on my way!!!!

1 Corinthians 10:23 "Everything is permissible--but not everything is beneficial, "Everything is permissible'--but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

Luke 10:41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."