Monthly Archives: January 2010

When all is said and done…

Over the past 2 months I have had quite a few friends pass away; the one this week was a real shock.  I am so thankful that  all of them loved Jesus with all that was within them.  They lived Romans 1:16 to the fullest.  “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…”  I have been really seeking God and HIS priorities for me these last few months.

This song came to mind today by Geoff Moore, “When All is Said and Done.”

When the music fades into the past,
When the days of life are through,
What will be remembered of where I’ve come?
When all is said and done?

Will they say I loved my family?
That I was a faithful friend?
That I lived to tell of God’s own son?
When all is said and done.

Of how I long to see the hour,
When I would hear that trumpet sound.
So I could rise and see my Savior’s face,
And see him smile,
And say ‘Well done.’

You can forget my name
And the songs I’ve sung,
Every rhyme and every tune.
But remember the truth of Jesus’ love,
When all is said and done
When all is said and done.

I want my life to be lived to the fullest for Him, and in all honesty I can’t say I always do that or that I always give my all.  I have been reading the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  I believe God has me reading this right now to draw me into a deeper relationship with Him.  My wonderful Pastor (and husband) has been preaching through our church’s statement of faith.  Today he was speaking about the phrase, “Love God passionately”.  One thing he said really hit me…I seem to have a teflon brain these days, so I opened my purse, turned on my ipod touch and discreetly typed this note, “What would God put on my to do list?”  God is shaking me up – in good ways and I am learning to hang on for the ride.  I want my life to bring His light to those around me.  I also want MY to-do list to be set by HIM; I’m working on that.

The deaths of so many in the last few weeks has also caused me to remember to tell those I love how much I love them every time I talk to them.  Here are photos of those precious to my heart and I am SO thankful they are precious to God too and that they are seeking to follow His heart.

If you are reading this, know that you are loved by me, but that Jesus loves you SO much more!  If you know Him as your personal friend and Savior, celebrate and share that.  If you do not, you are missing out on the best gift – I’d love to share that gift with you so that you can celebrate His love too.


I used to have things organized in my house.  I like things organized; however, in the past 6 months chaos and clutter have taken over.  I think it is time I go back to my FlyLady plan (haven’t used that in 18 months).  So when I came home from Dover (took Lindsey to catch the bus to Logan) I decided it was time to clean out the chest freezer in the garage. (I really want to replace it with an upright, but that will have to wait for a bit.)  Before I headed to the garage I checked my RSS feeds and found information about the Eat From the Pantry Challenge over at Money Saving  I downloaded the Freezer Inventory spreadsheet from Once a Month Mom and used that to make my list for the 2 refrigerator freezers and the chest freezer.  It took about 1-1/2 hours to go through the freezers and then 1/2 an hour to rearrange the spreadsheet to suit my needs.  It feels SO good to have that done.  John is going to put more shelving in the laundry room for me.  Once that is done I am going to do a Pantry inventory too.  I know we have food in the house (staples at least) and if I get a handle on what is here I can cook for probably a month without buying much at the store.   I am going to try and find some recipes on the $5 Dinner Mom and use my new crockpot cookbook Make it Fast, Cook it Slow from A Year of Slow Cooking. That’s my plan; I’ll let you know how it goes.  Let me know if you decide to join me (and many others) on the Eat From the Pantry Challenge.

Happy 2010!