Sunday, August 31, 2008
Cindy at http://armygirlsx4.blogspot.com/.
Dear Heavenly Father please wrap Your big arms around Cindy. Please take her fear, catch her tears in your hands, and whisper to her every minute of every single day how much You love and adore her. Help her to live each moment completely in You and Your presence. Send her people, family, friends that will help to carry this huge burden. Protect her family and love on them as they walk down this journey. For they are not walking it alone. Help them to see that this is a path that will bring them closer to Your amazing loving heart. We love You Lord-Amen.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Are you ready to live a blessed life?
Is there a neighbor who needs help with their yard? Do you know a family who could use some meals? Is there a single parent who is struggling to keep it all together? Do you have a friend who needs a few minutes to herself? It might be someone you don’t know who needs help loading his or her groceries.
I know He will lead you to someone you can serve, He will help you serve, and then because He is just so awesome, He will bless you for doing what He called you to do!!
Then he said, "Do you understand what I have done to you? You address me as 'Teacher' and 'Master,' and rightly so. That is what I am. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each other's feet. I've laid down a pattern for you. What I've done, you do. I'm only pointing out the obvious. A servant is not ranked above his master; an employee doesn't give orders to the employer. If you understand what I'm telling you, act like it—and live a blessed life. John 13:12-17 (The Message)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Today I am writing to say to myself and to you my sweet and precious readers:
Quit listening to it and turn the channel!
Don’t listen to Satan and his lies a second longer. Turn the channel and hear your Precious Father tell you:
You are loved
You are worthy
You are good enough
You are created in My image
You are beautiful
You are called by Me
You are the apple of My eye
You are My child
You are precious
You are My Daughter
You are good
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday morning at 10:00 I started my first fasting experience. I find it interesting how awesome His planning and timing of everything is. He knew just the right time, He knew when I needed it and He knew where it would take me.
*One of my favorite things is yummy food
*Preparing and cooking all the meals for my family
*Sense of smell was heightened big time all day
*Saturday night neighborhood bbq (all this yummy food my neighbors had prepared)
*Dessert (this is a big deal for me!)
*Saturday night baseball game
*Sunday morning breakfast (breakfast is my favorite meal)
On Sunday during service Pastor Jason led us through scripture and a message. The very first thing I tasted after 25 hours of no food, was communion. My first immediate thought, "God you taste so good and sweet!"
Jesus answered, "It is written; ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’" Matthew 4:4
Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8
*Knowing I can do all things through His strength
*Serving my family
*Experiencing God and coming close to His heart
*Being able to hear Him say I am to only be reading His Word right now
*Lunch on Sunday afternoon didn’t taste the great, so I now have the awesome contrast of Him with earthly food
Friday, August 22, 2008
Is life to busy, too loud, to chaotic, to full right now? Is there too much on your plate? Is your calendar so full you don't have time to fit just one more thing in? Has God been whispering to your heart that He wants you to slow down, be quiet, clear things off your plate? Can you hear the whisper? Join me in making time to slow down, be quiet and sit still!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
We are sitting at the table eating dessert, laughing, having fun, and enjoying each other as a family.
Husband states: "I just realized how often this family gets brownies. Once every month!"
I love this man, he gets me!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
This is what the Lord says:
"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,"
declares the Lord.
We live in a world that admires people for how smart they are, or how intellectual they can be. We live in a world that admires people for their strength, how much weight they can lift, how far they can run, and how fast they can swim. We live in a world that admires people for making money and we have a list of the richest people in the world.
Today I am thinking about what God admires. I think He loves to admire His children using their talents and abilities wisely. I think He puts a higher priority on knowing Him and living a life that reflects this relationship. Living a life that reflects His justice and His righteousness.
Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:31
This hits very close to the heart for me. I have spent many minutes, hours, days, weeks, and years being concerned about the admiration I receive from others. I have to be VERY aware of my motives and be in constant check with God and ask myself…"who is getting the attention for this?" The desire of my heart is that I have stepped over far enough on the stage that the only one you see is Jesus!
May we live a life that brings all the admiration back to the Lord.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Yes I am that kinda of girl...a "girly girl" who does not prefer to get dirty. I like to stay clean, and I like to wear white. I don't mind picking out certain times to get dirty, as long as I know I can clean up when I am done.
I don't mind fishing, but I don't want to bait my line, I don't want to take the fish off the line and I most definitely don't want to clean and gut the fish. NO Thank you!
Did you know that when God asked us to "go fish" He told us just that..."Go fish and I will do all the cleaning up!"
So I rest assured in knowing its not my job to "clean up others" I just need to "reel them into the heart of God!"
Monday, August 18, 2008
Our time at the Water Park was "skunk free" no skunk sightings or even talk of skunks!
And our car trip home was also skunk free as little guy fell asleep. However our little guy was refreshed and ready for more discussion when we picked Ellie up from the doggie daycare, "did Ellie girl get sprayed by a skunk today?" And as mommy ran into the store to get stuff for dinner daddy took all skunk questions as he waited in the car. Hey he did have AC in there!! "What skunks eat for dinner?" "Will there be skunk at home?" "Will a skunk spray me when I get out of car?" "Can skunk spray me?"
So this brings us to Saturday evening at home, where we need to eat, relax, take a bath, and get ready for bed. "Skunks take bath?" "Can skunk spray me in bath?" "Will skunk spray me in crib?"
Sunday morning brought more skunk talk. "Skunks eat brekast?" "What skunks eat for brekast?" "Skunks at church?" "Can skunk spray me?" Daddy decides to dress Tanner in his "anti skunk" clothes for church hoping this will help lower the amount of skunk talk for church.
After church we create "anti skunk spray" so that if little guy sees a skunk he can protect himself. We had a few practices with the spray, so he would know just what to do!
Our trip to the home improvement store on Sunday even brought even more "skunk talk" "Skunk be in store?" "Can skunk spray me?" "Skunk eat plants?" "Where does skunk sleep?" "Horses get sprayed by skunk?" "Skunk eat ice cream?" "Will skunk be at house?"
Daddy decides on the car ride home after our ice cream cone treat, we need to make this sign for our front door:
Prayer time last night, little guy wanted God to protect him from the skunks. We explained that God made the skunks and He would definitely protect him.
I am happy to report that one of the first questions out of little guy this morning, "No skunks right momma?" "What if we wake skunks up, can they spray us!"
Little guys prayer this morning at 'brekast' "Thank you God for brekast, my body and no skunks"
Today might seem a little harder without daddy here to share the questions!
Friday, August 15, 2008
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
To honor her I have thought of "50" memories or things about her life that I think are part of her legacy.
Laurie Ann was born on August 13th 1958 in the beautiful state of Washington
She attended the Salvation Army church as a little girl where a seed of Jesus’ love was planted in her heart
She was born in the middle of a bunch of siblings where she learned out of necessity that it wasn’t all about her and sharing was part of real life
She grew up in a home that was dysfunctional before it was okay to say that word in public
She fought for herself before the legal age said she could and made a choice to be different than her environment
She met, fell in love and married one fine looking young man whose smile will warm any heart
She was committed to loving this young man, and was committed to teach him how to love her and that love was a beautiful thing
She got pregnant the summer of 1976 and against doctors recommendations listened to her intuition
She became a mommy in the spring of 1977
She took care of her baby, her husband and did the best she knew how
She took care of our home as she was the "mother hen" of the chicken coop
She celebrated every holiday with passion and excitement and no detail was left unattended
She took her little girl to feed the ducks
She took her little girl to see her grandparents
She played in the pool
She made a special snack drawer full of snacks
She was committed to protecting her family
She supported her husband in his job and she did her job
She kept a clean house, everyday
She was willing to try pregnancy again
She got very big, so big that she got stuck in daddies truck
She was brave and delivered another baby girl
She asked for help when she brought home her baby
She saw that each daughter was created differently and loved us each
She read us stories
She made crafts with us
She made our birthdays feel like national holidays
She made Christmas lists of the gifts she bought us (which we found)
She made us spend "quality time" as sisters in the same room if we chose not to be civil to each other
She cooked great meals
She attended all our school events
She punished us by picking out our school clothes
She nursed our scraped knees, and our hurt hearts
She made us laugh
She kept the cookie jar filled
She took interest in our friends
She pushed us harder than we wanted to be pushed, cause she believed in us
She wears matching "underclothes" everyday, not only do they match each other they match what she is wearing…(I think this might classify as OCD)
She made our special birthday cakes for our birthday
She packed so much food for our camping trips, and had a rule we had to eat it all before we could come home
She could always see through us to our heart
She stands by her husband
She is a sensitive, caring, and loving person
She is Nana
She thinks "Passachusetts" is a state
She gets joy by giving gifts to other people
She loves her family
She is willing to be changed by God
She is beautiful
She is a daughter of her Heavenly Father
Mom I love you!
May you continue to add your legacy and may you continue to bring glory to your Father up above.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
"It's Tickle Tyler Tuesday" and then tickle away until he giggles so hard my heart feels like it will explode and then walk over to brothers room and announce "It's Tickle Tanner Tuesday" and then tickle the little guy until he yells out..."momma pease stop tickle me".
This is such a great start to my day...I am going to be selfish and say...it's all about me at the moment when I am tickling my boys. I get such joy from seeing their faces light up, their smiles grow bigger and bigger and their giggles get stronger and louder.
Dear Precious Father thank you so much for Two Terrific Boys! I feel honored and blessed to tickle them today!
Monday, August 11, 2008
"Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:21-24
Do you know about God; or do you know God? Can we worship what we do not know?
I want to be in a relationship with my God. I want Him in every detail of my life, so that I know Him intimately. I want a true, real and genuine everyday relationship with Him.
What does it mean to worship in spirit?
I believe we are not capable of even worshipping the Almighty with out His strength in us…which is provided by the Holy Spirit. God made this possible when He sent His son to die for us, He then left us with the gift of the Holy Spirit so that we could live out the righteous life and worship Him.
What is doing church look like?
I don’t want to be doing church. I don’t want to be numb and fill a spot on a pew. I don’t want to let the gossip, flesh, and world take away my experiences with God. I don’t want to limit myself to a building, a doctrine, or a style of worship. I don’t want to be restricted to worrying that if I raise my hands, clap or shout Amen that I will offend someone else.
I want to be obedient to God. I want to be real with my Creator and give directly back to Him from my heart. I want to be passionate about who He is and who I am and live in that every minute. I want to be praising, and worshipping a God who is so amazing. I want to fall more in love with Him. I desire to spread His love to those around me. I desire to be submissive to His will and build relationships with those around me that lead people to His heart. I want to focus more on the person and their need for love and a relationship with their Creator. I want to see them through the eyes of Jesus. I want to bring my friends to a place where they will be loved on and accepted. I want to be surrounded by a bunch or God’s children who are in hot pursuit of Him and desire to bring everyone along with them!
May we refuse to be numb, may we desire to be passionate!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Did you know there are people in our world that don’t know their God loves them? Did you know there are people not living life joyfully?
Today I encourage you to lift someone that you don’t know up in prayer. Go to a blog that you have never visited and pray for that person. Pray for a neighbor you have never met. Pray for your child’s schoolteacher for this year. Pray for the person driving next to you in traffic. Pray for the person sitting next to you in the waiting room.
There are people in our world that need to be lifted up. So join me today in lifting them up to the only One who can bring them joy.
“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace.”
May we be passionate about bringing the love of God to everyone!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
My girl loves to play ball just like the boys, she loves cheese just like the boys, she loves to lick peanut butter off the spoon just like the boys, and she loves to snuggle just like the boys.
Have a great day we love you!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
I am currently working on a session titled Being Real and It's about time. I need your help! I am going to post a bunch of questions and if you would give your feedback, opinions, and comments I would love it!
What makes God real to you?
Are you real with God?
What keeps you from being real with God?
How real can you be?
What issue(s) is it hard to be real about?
Can we be too real?
Have you ever been too real?
Do you feel being real is biblical?
Why do we fear being real?
What makes things real to you?
Do you want to be real?
Can something fake/temporary make us feel better?
Thank you so much for your help with this. You are all so encouraging, and uplifting to me and I am enjoying being a part of your lives!
Monday, August 4, 2008
Today is not about agreeing or disagreeing about whether limits are good or bad.
His grace is not limited, His love is not limited, and His acceptance of us is not limited.
Do we limit God?
This marriage is too far out of whack to be saved.
There is no way this relationship can be restored.
We are too far into debt, our house is about to foreclose, and we are buying groceries on our credit card.
We have tried for 6 months to get pregnant, it’s not working.
Our child has decided that living on the streets and doing drugs is okay.
This church is so worried about being politically correct and following rules, where is God in all this mess?
The doctors have said 6 months to a year.
Do we limit how God can work? Do we limit who God can use? Do we limit where we can see God? Do we try and contain Him so it makes sense to us? Do we limit God so we can feel comfortable?
I believe the very controversial book The Shack is so controversial right now because we are limiting God. We are a saying that God can’t use a fiction book to speak to the hearts of people. Really?
I am blogging about this today because this is a very real thing for me right now. I am questioning myself right now. "God how am I limiting you?"
I hear Him saying…"Child please don’t limit Me, I am limitless and I want You to experience all of Me."
Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
May we experience the freedom God has for us by not limiting Him to do His thing!!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Tyler asks from the back seat, "mom while I wait on the Lord am I supposed to be sitting or standing?"
Whoa..did you catch that? First my soon to be four year old asks, "while I wait….." He is including himself in this whole waiting for God thing, like he gets it. And second his only concern is whether he is "supposed to be sitting or standing?"
Again my boy has taught me the importance of simplicity! He does get it my friends. I am the one who tries to go and do something, or put in my two cents. I am the one who has a hard time just sitting or standing!
May you keep your waiting simple!
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O Lord my God.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
While we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.