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for some reason

Monday, June 26th, 2006

for some reason this doesn’t offend me.
maybe because I’ve memorized all of her second album…

Your Inner Pop Princess Is Kelly Clarkson

“Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I’d just stare out my window
Dreaming of what could be”

No doubt about it, you have star quality. Might just take a while to get there.

Who’s Your Inner Pop Princess?

Friday Felicities

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Remember Friday Felicities?
Those are things that make you happy…
1. ice cold diet coke
2. not being able to sleep so staying up and reading a book all night instead (there are upsides to insomnia)
3. first thing in the morning hugs from my babies who aren’t really babies any more
4. paperbackswap.com
5. lightening bugs
6. hammocks swinging in the breeze
Now don’t forget to blog about your Friday Felicities and link back to me and leave a comment if you did!

Thursday Thirteen

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
Thirteen Things about Nattie

1. I am weaning myself off Diet Coke. Yes, I…the girl who if you cracked open would bleed diet coke instead of blood is only drinking one diet coke a day.
2. I don’t think I’ll ever get over the fact that God’s mercies are new every morning or new every minute and I don’t want to “get over it”. I want to be amazed by God’s grace every day.
3. I got a tattoo when I was in Texas in April. It is Isaiah 54:5 in Hebrew…”Thy creator is thine husband.”
4. God is the lover of my soul. He woos me daily and it amazes me too.
5. I love my ipod with a passion. I’ve been listening to the audio version of The Chronicles of Narnia as I go to sleep everynight. Yes, cd players could do this, but my ipod is cute and tiny and it fits in the palm of my hand.
6. I am also a book geek. I love books with a passion. It is God, books, my ipod, then my family and friends. Okay, maybe not in that order, but if you saw my apartment you could see my definite love of the written word. My ex in laws used to joke about going to the library of Natalie instead of the Public Library.
7. What do I love to read? Books! Mysteries, biographies, christian non-fiction, british fiction, mysteries and more mysteries. I love classics and new novelists…but I’m more likely to like an older writer than a newer one. I have a large stack of old friends…i.e. books i reread often.
8. I don’t think I’m interesting enough to think of 13 things about me.
9. God is stirring some changes in my soul. They are exciting, scary and exhilirating all at the same time. Kinda like a rollercoaster ride!
10. Today was the first day off I’ve had other than Sundays in I don’t when. I love my job, but I was getting a smidge burnt out.
11. I’m going to California to visit my mom in July. I can’t wait to see the beach again. The kids are excited too.
12. I’m hoping to see my friend Mel when I’m in CA. We’ve been friends since we were in junior high. And now *counts on fingers* well, we are a lot older. She is one of my oldest friends. I need to squeeze her babies who aren’t really babies any more. I’d visit Jojo too, but she moved. To Washington! Hmph!
13. My son wants me to fix white soup. It is 86 degrees outside and he wants New England Clam Chowder he is crazy!!! Of course, I had sausage and green beans for dinner. He must get his craziness from me.
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Why does God love me so?

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

Eons ago, okay, maybe just a few weeks ago I watched the much acclaimed movie Junebug. It wasn’t all that. It was good. It was artsy, but I can see why the mainstream didn’t grab on to it and the critics liked it. But that isn’t what I’m blogging about. One of the characters said something. It is kinda a bumper sticker theology, but it is true. “God loves you too much to leave you the way you are.”
Of course, she said it to a character who was struggling and cussing up a storm because he didn’t understand why he was struggling and bumper sticker theology isn’t going to help. It is too trite. Even if it is true.
God does love us too much to leave us the way we are. God is peeling the onion layers on me again. Not so much past hurts that I have to heal and give up, but more that I need to grow up and be a parent and the woman of God that he wants me to be. And I can only do it by the grace of God. And it is hard. Sometimes I wish God didn’t love me so much. No…I really don’t want to be selfish sally forever and not change and grow, but there are days…when I just want to be 12 again. I wasn’t boy crazy yet. I was still reading my Nancy Drews. I was perfectly happy watching the Neverending Story. Wait. Maybe I am still 12 trapped in a 32 year old body. And there in lies the problem.

the quiet one or hitting my head against the wall

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006

sometimes you just click along in life thinking you’ve got it all together and then WHAM…God smacks you upside the head and says, “Hey, you, who do you think you are?”
Ok, maybe he doesn’t do it quite that way. Usually it is my humaness that makes me WHAM right into something like a weakness and I stumble and reel. And God just shakes his head and says, “My child, what were you thinking? Did you really think you were immune this time?”
So He gently brushes me off and glues me back together. Or like right now I’m still sitting here a little stunned and trying to think what I could have done to not have run into this wall AGAIN. WHAM. I’m tired of getting bruises in the same places.
You know I had this cat when I was a little girl that lost hair in the same spot from hitting its head against the door. I always wondered why it didn’t learn that if it hit its head against the door it would hurt and it would lose its hair.
I guess me in my humaness. I am a lot like my cat, Sylvia, banging my head against my weakness and sin. God wants to remove that stumbling block. But I just keep thinking if I bang my head against it long enough it will go away. But all I will have is a bruised noggin and patches of hair. Do you know why Sylvia would bump against that door? Because she wanted out?
Lord, I want out of this burden sin. I am free. I want to live free. Open the door for me. I cannot do it alone.


Monday, June 19th, 2006

being human isn’t what it cracked up to be.

Thankful Thursday

Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Give thanks with a thankful heart for…
1. blue skies
2. health
3. deep belly laughs
4. mountains of books
5. God’s mercies which are new every morning
6. cold water to drink
7. hot water to take bubble baths
8. warm sun
9. air in my lungs
10. my babies who aren’t much like babies any more
11. my job (I work 6 days this week)
12. a roof over my head for the time being
13. too much stuff rather than too little
14. great friends
15. second chances and third and fourth and fifth

i think i have said this before

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

anyone who knows me at all has heard this before, but i must say this again…
I want to be Beth Moore when I grow up. I would like to sit at her feet and have her teach me what she has learned about God. I want her fire and passion for God.
Yeah, I saw her speak again on LifeToday and that got me fired up again. But you know what she says about herself? She was a big mess too when she was younger and that she is only doing what she is doing now because of God. She too saw someone and said I want what they’ve got. So there is hope for me yet. God, are you out there? If you see fit to use me…I’d like just a piece of that. I want to know you more.
Oh and you must watch Wednesday’s with Beth on Life Today. Good stuff! Today she talked about how God IS Love. You cannot take that characteristic away from him because that is his definition. Good shtuff.

June SRC 2006 Updates

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

1. The Ghost and the Dead Deb by Alice Kimberly
2. Scent to Her Grave by India Ink
3. Reservations for Murder by Tim Myers
4. The Body on the Beach by Simon Brett
5. The English Breakfast Murder by Laura Childs
In progress
Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore
Balance That Works When Life Doesn’t by Susie Larson
Grape Expectations by Tamar Myers

It is a brand new day

Monday, June 12th, 2006

It is a brand new day with no mistakes in it. Yet. But the kids are back from their dad’s so I’m sure that mistakes are in the making. There are days when my parenting seems to be one big mistake, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
No matter how painful the last 8 years have been and no matter how hard the next 10 plus plus may be, I am so glad for them. Do you know why? I have learned so much about the height, the width and the depth of God’s love for us through parenting.
God has no limits. We have limits, but God…our Abba, Father. Our Daddy has no limits. He does not tire. He does not grow weary.
Who would you rather have pick you up when you skin your knee? The limited earthly parent whose had a bad day or the unlimited God who knows no bounds?
How great is our God! His mercies endure forever!