Pragmatic Compendium

inspiring the pragmatic practice of intimacy with Christ

crazy woman singing in the van singing what? Healing is in Your Hands

So thankful for the opportunity to lead this song this morning. Such a beautiful message of faith and hope.

For more Saturday music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

May 30, 2010 Posted by | christian living, music, youtube | , , | Leave a comment

ahi and mahi

Loving our boat – and my husband and son – they caught a black fin tuna and 3 mahi-mahi on Saturday!

That translated to pan-seared Ahi on Saturday night, and baked mahi-mahi for lunch on Sunday, dinner on Sunday and dinner Tuesday – so far. Yum!

More mahi in the freezer – and we’re hoping to go fishing again this weekend! Thank you God for boats, good (and safe) fishing and cajun spices.

And thank you that this city girl doesn’t have to personally fillet these fish. ewww.

May 26, 2010 Posted by | changes in latitudes, family, pragmatic commotion | , , , | 2 Comments

Then Sings My Soul Saturday: Fireflies Accapella

love, Love, LOVE the fact that every single sound in this video was made by one person – NO instruments? LOVE it! Harmonizing with yourself. Very fun.

For more Saturday music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | music, youtube | , | 1 Comment

Friday Funnies: Sunday’s Coming.

This might just hit a little too close to home . . .

Need a few more chuckles today? Check out Friday Funnies hosted by Homesteaders Heart!

If you’ve got time to hang out for a few minutes, check out what else makes me laugh: Pragmatic Compendium’s “laugh!” category.

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Word-Filled Wednesday: Ephesians 4:29

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

Join in Word-Filled Wednesdays hosted by Amydeanne over at The 160 Acre Woods!

May 20, 2010 Posted by | christian living, Word-Filled Wednesday | , , , | 3 Comments

we don’t send our daughter to bed

We don’t send our daughter to bed. We put our daughter to bed. We spend a few minutes at the end of the day tucking her in, saying prayers and listening to her – really listening to her – and we are absolutely amazed at what she shares with us. The things she thinks about, the stuff she never mentions during the busyness of the day, comes pouring out.

During those few minutes, we get precious opportunities to help her consider ideas she hadn’t thought of before, to guide her through problem solving and relationship issues and to lead her to new conclusions. We get to talk about God and ideas and feelings and passions and fears and goals instead of the functional things of the day that include lunches, homework, chores, laundry, rides . . .

Sometimes, we just listen.

We only recently stopped these end of the day conversations with our near 15 year old son. Why, I wonder? Just because he’s becoming more and more independent every day? Because we don’t have a regular bedtime routine for him anymore? Or are we just being lazy? There’s a loveseat in his room that I need to sit on tonight.

I want my children to be thinking of these conversations as they drift off to sleep. I want these conversations to filter into their dreams. I want them to wake up with a vision of God as the center and compass of their lives, an awareness of possibility and a sense that they can influence their future by the choices they make and the actions they take.

What are your night time routines?

“It is incumbent upon us as stewards of these precious lives to introduce them to their potential, to lift their eyes off of today’s realities and focus them on tomorrow’s possibilities . . .

The most significant visions are not cast by great orators from a stage. They are cast at the bedsides of our children. The greatest visioncasting opportunities happen between the hours of 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. In these closing hours of the day we have a unique opportunity to plant the seeds of what could be and what should be. Take advantage of every opportunity you get.”

Visioneering: God’s Blueprint for Developing and Maintaining Vision
by Andy Stanley

I’m still asking for your best/favorite/unique/effective PARENTING TIP

It can be a tip about ANYTHING. Regardless of the age or gender of the child – it can be pragmatic practices, logistics, shaping character, spiritual development, allowances, scheduling extra-curricular activities, nurturing talents and skills, potty training, dealing with tantrums, bedtime and sleeping habits, developing relationships with your teenager, cell phone limits, family policies, dealing with schoolwork, sibling relationships, dealing with a parent who travels a lot . . . ANYTHING that worked or is working for you!

Comment or write your own blog post and link to it in a comment. Share one tip or many!


Find more ideas over at Works for Me Wednesday, hosted by Kristen at We Are THAT Family. MY previous Works for Me Wednesday posts are HERE.

Works for Me Wednesday posts prior to February 2009 are archived at Rocks In My Dryer.

May 19, 2010 Posted by | books, christian living, intentional living, pragmatic parenting | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

trusting God with my kids.

It’s not hard to trust God to take care of my kids – if I can just remember that He loves them more than I do. I frequently forget this.

Any feedback/suggestions on the editing is VERY much appreciated! Over time, I’ll be pulling down my current youtube videos and replacing them with shorter clips. This edit job is the first in my learning curve. I just wish the audio could have been recorded directly into the microphone. And the lighting. Ugh. I did what I could – the original recording was pretty dark.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | christian living, family, intentional living, laugh!, youtube | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Then Sings My Soul Saturday: God of Second Chances

We’re in a series on Jonah right now. I’m feeling a little soul music is in order.

For more Saturday music, check out Then Sings My Soul Saturday every Saturday hosted by Amy at Signs, Miracles and Wonders.

May 16, 2010 Posted by | music, youtube | , , | Leave a comment

a swagger wagon doesn’t have to be a Toyota.

I own an Honda Odyssey swagger wagon myself.

Happy (late) Mother’s Day!!

May 10, 2010 Posted by | laugh!, vehicles, youtube | , , | 2 Comments

I can’t do it alone.

I read, therefore I quote:

“When you start to feel stressed, let those feelings alert you to your need for me. Thus, your needs become doorways to deep dependence on Me and increasing intimacy between us.”

Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence
by Sarah Young

“Can we do it if God helps us? Yes, but what do we mean when we talk of God helping us? We mean God putting into us a bit of Himself, so to speak. He lends us a little of His reasoning powers and that is how we think: He puts a little of His love into us and that is how we love one another. When you teach a child writing, you hold its hand while it forms the letters: that is, it forms the letters because you are forming them. We love and reason because God loves and reasons and holds our hand while we do it.”

Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis

May 10, 2010 Posted by | christian living, therefore I quote | , , , , | Leave a comment


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