prayers

These are the prayers I’m praying for me and my family this morning…

God, I pray that my family – the 5 of us – would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility we’d consider other better than ourselves. I pray each of us would look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Phil. 2:3)

I pray we would not argue or complain about anything so that we may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which we shine like stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of Life. (Phil 2:14-15)

I pray that in view of Your mercy, we would offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to You – that it would be our spiritual act of worship. That we would no longer conform to the pattern of this world, but be continually transformed by the renewing of our minds. Knowing that then we will be able to test and approve what Your will is – Your good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:1)

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delicious

I love to brag on my Keith. One of the things I admire (or is it desire?) most about him is that he’s a fabulous cook. Which is sometimes surprising since by trade, he is an outdoor-working, manual laboring, swimming pool builder for our family owned business, Prestige Pools. But in his spare time, My Keith can cook like nobody’s business and desserts are his specialty. We joke alot that we will open up a bakery in our off-season when it’s too cold to build swimming pools…but then we remember that making desserts regulary in the winter probably wouldn’t be the best idea for our waistlines.

We had a small group a little while back and this is what he created…

These are candy bar cupcakes and get this…they have Snickers bars inside AND we got the recipe out the Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine…yummmmm.

These are red velvet cupcakes. I had never had red velvet anything and my Keith really thought I would love these…needless to say that I did (I don’t know that I’ve ever NOT loved a dessert that he’s made).

We got this recipe from http://annies-eats.com/2010/09/17/red-velvet-cupcakes/

my Keith

Ever had a day when you were in a funk? No particular reason, just funky feeling…no energy, bad attitude, snippy…today, I’m in a funk….

So, I decided it’s a perfect day to continue with introductions and write about my favorite person – my husband, Keith.

mykeithKeith is quiet – that’s probably the first adjective most people would use to describe him. And he is. Over the years though, I’ve discovered that he’s quiet not because he has nothing to say but because he feels no need to create noise unless it’s helpful to those around him. He doesn’t judge or criticize and he doesn’t feel any need to be in people’s business unless they’ve invited him to be. He thinks before he speaks and takes the verse Proverbs 17:27 very seriously… “A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered”.

Yup, that’s my Keith…to a tee!

Because of the fact that he thinks before he speaks, I’m pretty sure I could count on both hands the number of times he’s had to apologize for saying something hurtful to me (ummm…unfortunately, I’d need a few more hands to count the times I’ve had to say it!)

He’s kind and he’s thoughtful to those around him. He’s the strongest man I know. He’s not shaken by things around him and he has this gift of seeing things from a perspective of optimism that keeps me from any negative rant I may try to embark upon. And even on those days when I chose to rant despite his calmness, he just smiles and nods and lets me vent. Ultimately quieting me – because, really, how much fun is it to rant without response?

Keith also loves football, baseball, golf, hockey, basketball….um pretty much anything that involves competition and stats. He’s got more fantasy teams than I can keep up with and I’m beginning to believe that we could make some money if he would teach a class on it (I’d have to check with the guys he’s playing against to see if he’s having a winning season first).

I could probably write multiple pages about him..but it comes down to this – I love him – he’s my hero, the man of my dreams (and beyond) and my knight in shining armor. He’s rescued me from pits I’ve intentionally flirted with and showed me in person what the love of Christ looks like. Don’t hear me wrong…he’s not perfect….but he’s mine and I’m so grateful he’s the one God chose for me.