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August 31, 2013
Well, school has started up again, and so the busyness continues. No more sleeping in, but instead the alarms are set, and there are schedules to keep. Just getting up early enough to get everything done before heading out the door feels like a major accomplishment on some days. Sometimes I feel like it would be great to have a clone of myself to get everything done on my checklist. And on the days that I get everything done that I needed to get done, my mind tends to think on what things are coming up that I need to get done.
I was thinking the other day about things that I need to do, plan for, etc., and started to get overwhelmed. Then I remembered God’s grace. It’s easy to look inward when really our focus should be upward. The things in this life are so temporary, but yet when you are in the midst of circumstances, or just daily tasks, we can lose sight of what matters in eternity. Sometimes I liken life to treading water between being a wife, a mom, working, volunteering, etc. But, it’s okay, because at least I am above water and not sinking. Do you feel overwhelmed? I had this revelation the other day, just like the commercials say “there’s an app for that!” There is an app for that! It’s called God’s grace, and it’s already placed inside of us when are born again. So, before you let yourself get too worked up about life’s demands and tasks, download some of God’s grace, and watch in awe of how much easier life is when we surrender everything to Him! He doesn’t want things to be hard or stressful, He wants us to live a life of joy and success. We are overcomers through Christ, so be encouraged today! You CAN do it!!
July 31, 2013
So, a few weeks ago, I was out in the yard pulling weeds out of our flowerbed. Not necessarily my favorite thing to do, but I do get some satisfaction from the sound of ripping those pesky things out of the ground. I don’t know why, but it’s kind of fun. I also like to see the finished product once all the weeds are gone.
After I had worked for a while getting all of the weeds up, I took my pile over to the trash and walked back over to the flowerbed to get my shovel and gloves to put away. It was then that I noticed what seemed like hundreds of little tiny weed sprouts that seemed to appear out of nowhere! It was crazy. I realized that it was because when I was first pulling out the weeds, my focus was on the big ones and I completely overlooked the small ones. I knew that my work was not done at that point. If I didn’t get the small weeds pulled out right then and just left them alone, that they would just keep growing and then be a HUGE job to get rid of.
It was then that I made a spiritual comparison. We do that in our lives too. There may be “big” things that we deal with in our hearts, but we may be overlooking the “small” things that are there. If left alone to grow, they will manifest into “bigger” sins later on. So my question to ponder is this, What are you allowing to grow in your heart today? If there is something that needs removed, do it now, while it’s easy to pull out. You’ll be glad you did. The great news is that God sent His son Jesus to the cross to take care of all of our sin yesterday, today and forever. So all that we need to do is take it to Him, and turn away from it. He will fill the hole from where the ugly “weed” was with something far more beautiful.
June 30, 2013
As Independence Day is upon us, I wanted to take a moment to honor all of our service men and women that continue to risk their lives, give up the luxuries of being in their own homes, and who spend countless hours, days, weeks, and months away from their families and loved ones. Some come back, some come back wounded physically or mentally, or both, and some do not come back at all, but instead die serving our wonderful country. I recently read a quote that said “We live in the land of the free because of the brave.” And it really is true. Thank you for choosing to serve and choosing to step up and be brave for all of us!
Another thought came to my mind when I read that quote about how we as followers of Christ are also free because of someone being brave, selfless and honorable. Jesus laid down His life for all mankind so that we could be set free from sin, walk in victory, health, prosperity and be reconciled with God the Father.
Here is a good way to describe ourselves when we become born again:
F – Forgiven
R – Redeemed
E – Eternal life
E – Esteemed and Established
D – Delivered
O – Overcomer
M – Made a New Creation
So as we all go out to celebrate the 4th of July with our friends and loved ones, having barbeques, playing in the water to stay cool, and lighting off fireworks at night, let us remember what Freedoms we have and what others have sacrificed for us so that we can be free.
In Everything Give Thanks
May 31, 2013
I recently read a post on Facebook, that one of my friends had posted. It said something like “What if you woke up today with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday?” God is so good to me everyday, and it reminded me to thankful for everything. There are so many “big things” that I do thank Him for but what about the things that I forget about? It was a good reminder to give thanks in everything. I think about how good that I have it, and I really am amazed at how great He has taken care of me.
I have a clean home to live in with heat to keep me warm and air conditioning to keep me cool. Those features alone are more than some people in the world have. My husband and I have our own bed, and our sons have their own bed and rooms to sleep in. We have not just one vehicle to drive, but two, plus bicycles. Some people have no choice but to walk. If I am hungry, we have more than enough food to eat, and good food, with lots of choices. Some people only get one meal/day if that, and probably don’t get to choose what it is.
We not only have the basic necessities of life, but we also have been blessed with more than enough “extras.” God doesn’t skimp or give just enough to get by. His blessings are overflowing and abundant! He takes joy in blessing His children just like I enjoy blessing mine. It’s fun to watch them get excited when they get a treat…even the ones they don’t ask for.
I recently went on a vacation and saw a museum exhibit of a cabin house built in the 1800’s. It was probably the size of a medium storage shed that somebody nowadays would keep his or her lawn equipment in. I was so amazed by the fact that not just one or two people could live in there, but a family of seven!!! Let’s just say, I gained a new respect for people that have had to live with little, yet managed to survive and to do it with a smile on their face.
This blog isn’t about trying to make others feel bad for what we have. It’s only a reminder to be thankful for what we have, and to remember to be a blessing to others whenever we get the opportunity. I never want to take for granted all that God has given me, and the post that I read was a good reminder to do that. What are you thankful for?
As I was driving the other day, I was thinking about how so much of driving is defensive driving. Watching out for other cars who aren’t paying attention, or driving through subdivisions where there always seems to be kids playing that are totally oblivious to the fact that cars drive by and they can’t just run after a ball in the road without looking first. I especially find the animals crossing the street challenging because they either walk as slow as snails or they give no indication as to where they are trying to go. So, the only choice one has is to wait it out until they get where they are going.
Then I started to think about life and our spiritual walk. It can be similar to driving a vehicle. It is imperative that we live aware of what it is going on around us and inside of us so that we can make adjustments along the way as needed. It is better to push on the brakes or gas, or make a slight turn than to get into a head-on collision and the same is true in our spiritual walk.
I recently heard someone say that we need to be careful what we allow to grow in our mind. If we treat our mind like a car engine, we need to get the corrosion and rust out (unclean thoughts, doubt, unbelief, etc.) If we regularly maintain and service our “engines”, our “vehicles” will continue to run efficiently and correctly. If we ignore the problems and let them continue, the problems will build up and be bigger and harder to deal with when we finally do take the time to examine them. As we mature in Christ, it will be easier to identify when we get off track and we can get back on without delay. The same is true with new drivers. The more they practice and mature, the quicker they can see that an adjustment needs made so that an accident can be avoided. And when we do make a mistake, we have God on our side. He’s already paid the price for our sins through Jesus on the cross. He loves us right where we are, and His grace is sufficient for us every single day. He’s not condemning us when we fall short, He is cheering us on until we reach the finish line.
February 28, 2013
Oh yes, the transition from winter to spring! It’s been way too long since I last got to wear my peep toe pumps and warm weather clothes! I am excited for the day when I can go outside and not have to wear boots, coats and scarves! I love to go for walks when it’s warm, and the kids like to be outside much more than inside. When it’s warm and sunny out, it seems like it’s much easier to get out of bed in the morning too! I like to get all dressed up as a family on Easter Sunday too. I think it must be one of my fondest childhood memories when all of us got new Easter clothes to wear to Church. My mom loved having girls to dress up in frilly dresses and lacy socks with patent leather shoes. I was the daughter who liked feeling like a princess. My sister on the other hand, was much happier in jeans and a t-shirt! Good times indeed!
There are a lot of changes on the horizon in the near future too! Our little Lincoln will be ready to start Kindergarten this fall, while Ethan is just months away from turning 18 and will be graduating next year! And we are also in a season now where Alan is living here and on the other side of the world about half of the time. It’s crazy to think that one day soon we will be moving to a whole new country. So, yes, there are lots of transitions in our lives right now!
There are smaller transitions too. “Baby J” is learning more and more words and putting sentences together. He pretty much just follows Lincoln around and mimics whatever he says and does. I call him my little parrot. Even though they annoy each other at times, they really are such good buddies and will probably always be close. Lincoln is so creative and likes to use his imagination and he has such great enthusiasm, especially when it comes to talking about the things he enjoys. Everything is his “favorite.” The boys are growing so big so fast, I can hardly believe it. Ethan has already grown taller than me, and Lincoln and Jackson will probably be towering over me before I know it!
With every change there is an excitement but sometimes it can be bittersweet. Especially when I think about the boys never being babies again, and how I miss holding their sweet cuddly little bodies in my arms…but I don’t miss being up every couple of hours to feed them at night, so there’s pros to them getting older too! I miss my husband when he’s away and so do the boys, but we know it’s not forever, and I take comfort in knowing that he is able to help others when he is gone. To think about moving so far away where I am the minority and don’t speak the language is a bit overwhelming if I think about it too long. I will of course miss my family and friends too, but I am so thankful for all of the technology that we have in this day and age so that we can keep in touch.
Maybe you are in a season in your life where there are lots of changes ahead. Let me encourage you to look ahead with excitement. As long as you are following His leading and plan for your life, you won’t be disappointed! We all have our own race to run, and only this life to do it in, so don’t give up. Stay on track and persevere. The prize at the end is well worth it!
Two Sets of Eyes
January 31, 2013
As I was driving the other day (which I do a lot of,) I heard on the radio that the second Monday in January is supposedly the most “depressing day of the year.” The reason behind this logic is because the Holidays are over, it’s cold outside, and credit card bills start showing up in the mail. There really isn’t any big event to look forward to until spring, and because of this, people just feel sad. It was kind of interesting to hear.
Then, at a recent Church service that I attended, my pastor spoke about our happiness level. When we are born again, we have the Spirit of God living on the inside of us. We sometimes get sidetracked and dwell on things that don’t matter. We view life and the circumstances that we are in with our natural eyes and forget that we have been given spiritual eyes that we should be using. We have victory in life by confessing the right things. When we are in Christ, nothing is missing, He hasn’t held anything back! We can tap into His well of living waters anytime we want, and we should do it on a regular basis. The Lord wants us to be full of joy, life, health, blessings, etc. We should be representatives of the king, what appeal do we have to non-believers if we walk around angry, sad, irritated, poor, sick, in a bad marriage, etc. If they see Christians like that, they won’t be drawn to the Lord. But, if we walk around happy, thankful, healthy, peaceful, and blessed, now that’s a different story!
So, with that said, I pose this question to you (and me,) where’s your joy level? What eyes are you looking at life through? What are you confessing and meditating on? We need to be planted in the Word of God and then we will begin to have healthy roots that produce good fruit, and fruit that remains long after we are gone from this earth! Let’s be our best daily, and live life sold out and excited for the Lord. We have the victory, and He is on our side!
To Be Happy
January 2, 2013
Recently I saw a sign while I was driving that said “Today is a great day to be happy, don’t wait until tomorrow!” It got me thinking a little about what happiness means. People say things like “I’m so happy, I lost 5 pounds, or I get the day off work, or I got a great deal on those red skinny jeans that I wanted.” All of those things are good news (especially the sale on red skinnies, in my opinion,) but anyways, if that’s what it takes to be happy, then everyone should be smiling all of the time.
1.Feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
2.Having a sense of confidence in or satisfaction with (a person, arrangement, or situation).
With this definition, even the minor things in life should keep us content. But, other things steal our happiness or “joy” and we often find ourselves focusing on the negative or the things that we don’t have instead of remembering everything we do have.
There is a way to continually be happy, and that is through having a relationship with Jesus. Proverbs 16:20 says “He who heeds the word wisely will find good, and whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he.” We can put our trust in Him and know that He supplies our every need. We find our peace, strength, joy, health, prosperity and rest in Him! This is something to really be happy about! If you haven’t already, ask Jesus to come into your life and make you a new creation today!
November 30, 2012
Oh, how I love this time of year! Thanksgiving and Christmas are my very favorite holidays. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and even though I don’t like the cold weather, there is something cozy and comfortable about the thought of being bundled up inside the house with the smells of cookies, warm bread, and hot cider with the fireplace going strong and Christmas carols playing in the background.
I am one of those people (annoying to some, I know,) that starts listening to Christmas music almost the very day that summer leaves and the cold weather sets in. For me it’s like the whole atmosphere changes with the seasons. In the summer, the days seem more relaxed and leisurely, maybe because it stays light outside until 9:00 at night. And when you wake up and get out of bed, you know you don’t need to bundle up because the sunny warm weather awaits you when you leave for work.
But when the fall and winter comes, at least for me, it seems I feel the need to cram as much as possible into my days. I don’t like having to run errands when it’s cold out, and when there’s snow on the road…forget it!! It’s weird, but I kind of turn into a “homebody” when it starts to cool off outside and gets dark by dinner time. I like that we get two major holidays to break up the cold season, or it would probably really seem to drag on and on. And then of course, we have the New Year coming too (where did this year go, seriously.) The older I get, the faster time goes it seems.
I am truly thankful for everything God has given to me and done for me. There’s just so much to be grateful for, and I really am. I hope and pray that throughout this season that each and every one of you is blessed with more than enough, so that you can be a blessing to others. And, if you find yourself getting stressed about burnt cookies, waiting in long shopping lines, having no clue what to buy your kids/spouse, or whomever, just remember that this life is but a vapor, and compared to our Eternity, it’s just a drop in the bucket. And if you don’t have any family or friends to celebrate the holidays with, there’s one friend that will never leave you, He is closer than a brother, and He would love to show His goodness and mercy to you. If you haven’t asked Jesus to save you and be Lord of your life, I encourage you to ask Him today. It’s the best and most important decision that you can ever make.
Life Is Short
October 31, 2012
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
I have been thinking a lot lately on just how short life is. It really does go by so quickly. My kids have already grown so much and it seems like just yesterday that they were born. I still remember leaving the hospital to bring them home for the very first time.
As I get older, I have to stop and think for a minute if someone asks how old I am. I feel like I am still an 18 year old girl on the inside, even though I have aged many years since then. I can remember my great-grandmother once telling me the exact same thing. She was born in the 1930’s and lived a long life, and yet she didn’t “feel old.”
The above verse is a good reminder to really be quick to forgive and let go of offenses. Life is too short to let the negative things that others may do affect your life and level of joy. Every day that we have here is a gift, and we don’t know when our last day will be. Let’s challenge ourselves as we enter into the holiday season and start a new year soon to stop and think of all that God has given us and done for us.
Have you ever wondered why you are the way you are? Like, why do I only like sweet and fruity candy (Dots, Licorice, Jelly Beans, etc.,) but not really care for chocolate or nutty candy? Why is it that I seem to never grow tired of Italian food or Sushi, but cannot stand Mexican food or anything remotely spicy? Why am I drawn to anything that smells or tastes like vanilla? And why am I always drawn to certain colors when I pick out clothes?
I often wonder why I adore fashion and shopping, but other things, like hunting and fishing for instance, have no appeal to me. I know some people don’t even give what they wear everyday a second thought! That is so bizarre to me! Part of the joy in my morning routine is thinking about what clothes I am going to wear.
It’s interesting to think about how each individual has so many differences and yet God knows all of us and everything about us. The other amazing thing is that we are made this way on purpose! God likes variety! He never intended for us to all be the same, to all think the same way, look the same way, act or speak the same way. He LOVES that we are all unique. God created a kaleidoscope of cultures and nations, tongues and tribes. He loves us all the way that we are, with our quirks and everything. It’s so awesome to remember that just like I love all of my kids the same even though they are all very different, God feels the same way about all of us.
“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14
Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!
August 28, 2012
I always know when summer is leaving and fall is approaching when the fair comes and goes, school starts, and when the Boise State Broncos gear up to play their first game of the season.
Although I really do enjoy the hot summer days, barbeques, flip-flops, and wearing sundresses, shorts and tank tops, there is an element of excitement in the air at the approach of autumn. As the weather starts to cool off, the shorts and warmer weather clothes get pushed to the back of the closet, and the jeans with cute tweed jackets make their way to the front. The peep-toe heels are eventually replaced with booties, clogs, and fun tights, and of course my favorite scarves begin to show up and stay around my neck until Spring arrives next year!
So, along with the fabrics and materials changing from lightweight cottons and linens to jeans, wools, and tweeds, the colors that I tend to wear for fall and winter will also change. With that said, I feel the need to change up my “Pink Friday” ritual to a different, and more fall friendly color. So, the new Friday color will be GRAY! Woo hoo! It may seem like a bland color, but in my opinion it’s anything but boring. It matches almost everything, and it’s one of the few colors that I never grow tired of wearing or buying.
Here’s a good way to remember what we should be thankful for everyday, but an easy way when wearing gray is to use the first letter and tie it to scripture:
G – God’s abundant grace. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God [which was] with me.” 1 Corinthians 15:10
R – Righteousness. “Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8
A – All the World. “And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
Y – You are never alone. “He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:4-11
So, cheers to fall and may the season be filled with blessing after blessing in and through your lives. I recently heard it said that your life will be the only Bible that some people ever see. I have heard that said before, but it’s still a good reminder to live our lives to the fullest and be mindful that what we are doing here is what we are writing on our resume for eternity.
July 31, 2012
As summer is in full swing, I have really enjoyed watching my little boys discover new things. It seems like there is something new every day that they find amusing or funny.
The other day, my youngest son got so excited to see a bird fly passed the window as he was eating breakfast. And, when he discovers an insect outside while playing, he gets excited and stomps his feet and tries to catch it. It brings him such delight and really blesses me just getting to watch him take it all in.
My 3 year old got to go swimming in a lake recently and it was fun to watch him feel the sand in his toes, and wade in to the water, feeling the waves hit him as the boats passed us by. He is learning new things and saying new things daily. He is truly like a little sponge absorbing everything in that he sees and hears. He comes up with the funniest things sometimes, and can be so funny and sweet with what he says.
It brings me such joy to see life through the eyes of my children and I can’t help but think about God and how He feels and thinks about us. He loves us even more than we love our kids, which seems hard to comprehend since I love them so much!
I wonder if it brings Him joy when we notice something and take time to appreciate something that He has created for us. I am reminded often to slow down and thank Him for all that He has given us to have and enjoy while we are here on this earth. What an amazing God!
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.” Hebrews 13:15-16
June 27, 2012
God’s goodness and faithfulness never cease to amaze me! I have been blessed with far more than I could even imagine. God continues to pour out His love and mercy upon me in new and different ways, and knows just what I need at just the right time. God loves me so much that He just can’t help but bless me.
I was inspired to try and just put down a little bit of what He is to me. I could never even begin to fully express just how awesome and amazing God is and how much I love Him, but here is a glimpse that I am sure that anyone who knows Him can relate to. And, if you don’t know Him yet, maybe a small glimpse of why you need to know Him. God is waiting for you to open up your heart to Him, and trust me, He will not disappoint you.
He will never hurt you! He is always on time and never late. He is always happy to hear from us, and never gets tired of us. He knows how to give the best gifts (“For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life). His resources are limitless and He always knows the answer to our questions. He always gives the best advice and doesn’t get mad at us when we make mistakes. He knows what we need even before we ask. He loves us and rejoices over us, He values us and never betrays us. He always speaks the truth to us and keeps His word to us. He knows us even better than we know ourselves. He wants the best for us, and wants us to have everything we ask Him for. He doesn’t withhold any good thing from us, and He never gives up on us or abandons us. He will never leave us nor will He forsake us. He only sees the good in us and believes the best about us. He is our creator, best friend, our healer, redeemer, savior, Father, provider and so much more! He is holy and just, wise and profound and yet He meets us right where we are. God is so good, there’s no one that can even compare to Him!
Words cannot even begin to express just how good He is, but if you don’t know Him yet, you can. Today can be the best day of your life if you take the few minutes it takes to simply ask Him to be your Father too. It’s a decision that you will never regret; I am confident of this!
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.“ Romans 10:9-10
May 31, 2012
Recently, I went on an overseas trip. There were many things I noticed that are very different in the places that I went compared to life in the US. It was such a weird feeling to be in the minority group instead of the majority for a change. With my blonde hair and white skin, I definitely stood out! I didn’t speak the language either, so I was totally dependant on others speaking and interpreting for me for even the smallest things, (how much does this cost, how to give the taxi driver directions, where is my gate in the airport, etc.) It was a great experience for me, and I highly recommend traveling somewhere unfamiliar to everyone at least once in your lifetime.
Despite the differences in culture, there were also some similarities that everyone can relate to and notice even if you don’t speak the local language. I saw the excitement in a mother’s eyes when her two sons arrived safely after school; they even picked her flowers and she hugged them and kissed them just like I do with my boys. There was also love shown when I met a couple that had been married for 38 years. I asked them what the secrets were to a happy marriage and they said that communication was the most important thing and that you have to have each others back at all times, especially in the hard situations. I also saw sadness when a girl that arrived at the baggage claim in the airport at the same time I did. She was reunited with a family member and apparently had received some bad news. She was sobbing, and I don’t know what she was finding out, but my heart hurt for her. I wished that I could have ministered to her but I couldn’t because I didn’t know the language, and even if I did, if it would have been acceptable for a strange American girl to go and talk to her. Then there was the lady that I met on the airplane trip headed back home who was nervous about being a new mom. I was able to minister to her, so I am thankful for that.
These were just some of the natural things that I saw. I also noticed the oppression that people experience and tolerate when they don’t have Christ in their lives, or if they do, they don’t have the revelation of His healing power available to them (Isaiah 53:4-5). So many people put up with things that are so unnecessary, just because they haven’t been taught that they don’t have to. They don’t realize that life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21) and that they get what they speak.
There is such a great need world-wide for the gospel and I am excited to serve Him and tell others about Him wherever I go. Just like the apostle Paul said in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes…” We live in an exciting time and have such a harvest to reap, but we all have to do our part! What a glorious day that will be when we are reunited with our Creator and hear those precious words, "Well done, good and faithful servant…" (Matthew 25:21)!
"Who Is He"
April 10, 2012
Who is this king
The One who gave everything
His name is Jesus
The sweetest name I know
He laid down His life
To save my soul
He conquered death
And rose again
He brings new life
To all that believe in Him
He waits for me
With God above
In heaven he watches
He waits in love
Someday I will see Him
When my race has been run
He will say to me
My son, well done
Until that day
I must not rest
Until all the world is told
That He gave His best
So that they will know
And can also be
A part of life
I started to write this poem on Easter. It's good to remember what it is really about, and to not forget the main reason that we are here on this earth. We have been given a race to run, so let's not grow weary or tired, but press on and finish strong.
March 26, 2011
Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the different things that we all go through just living life on a daily basis. There are the happy times, like our wedding day, or the births of our children, vacations, celebrations, and just having a good time being with the people we love and care about. Then, there are the valleys in life. Maybe it’s the loss of a loved one, or a financial crisis, or something that hits you so unexpectedly that it shakes you to the core. Whatever it is, we can be confident that we never have to experience our life and the things that we go through alone. We have Jesus with us always, He is our friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 8:24). He will never leave us or forsake us. He will never grow tired of spending time with us. He loves us without limits!
I was talking to a friend the other day and told her that I was going to wear pink every Friday just because I like it. Even though it happens to be my favorite color, I am going to apply a reminder to myself so that every time I wear pink, I can meditate on just how much God loves me. So, if you want to join in my “Pink Friday Club”, you are invited, and we can remind each other the things that God says about all of His children.
P is for: His precious blood that was shed for us, so that we could believe on Him and receive everlasting life. (1 Peter 1: 19-25)
I is for: an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for us. (1 Peter 1:3-4)
N is: because He never leaves us or forsakes us. (Hebrews 13:5)
K is for: He keeps us and preserves us. (Psalm 121: 5-8)
Love Is Patient
February 25, 2012
Love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense. Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over another's sins, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is not limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance. In a word, there are three things that last forever: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of them all is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8, 13
I chose to talk about the “L” word this month because of Valentine’s Day, but really we should remember to make love part of our daily lives. If we did this, there is no doubt that our relationships with everyone around us would be positively affected. I recently sat in a service and heard about the “Five Love Languages”* that everyone has, usually with one being more dominant over the others. Those are: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.
I had read this book before, but it was a good reminder to me that I need to think outside of the box at times to make sure that the ones that I love have their love tank full. Even if we don’t get our tanks filled by others, we can always count on Jesus to love us unconditionally and for the Holy Spirit to comfort us and bring peace.
*”The Five Love Languages” written by Gary Chapman
October 3, 2011
As I meet women from all different walks of life, we all seem to have the same things in common. We want to be better moms and wives, better at keeping a cleaner house, or perfecting our cooking skills, we want to make more time to work-out and maybe lose those extra pounds of pregnancy weight. We look for the latest trend to make ourselves feel prettier, or maybe it's the newest anti-wrinkle cream, or the perfect shade of lipstick.
What I hope to be able to do is show people (women in particular), that God loves us just the way we are. He gave up His only son so that He could have a relationship with us. What a great love story that is, and it's completely true!
As I continue to understand how great His love is for me, I am so amazed! My sisters in Christ need to be reminded that He is the only one that truly matters, and we only need to get our validation from Him. And for the ladies that don't yet know Him, I want them to hear the good news, so that they too, can be set free in their lives and in their thinking and find the peace that they have been searching for.
July 11, 2011
After being away from home for over 6 weeks now, I have discovered that even after the most careful planning, I still didn’t pack everything that I should have! This is just a practice run for when we move overseas, I suppose. Everyone that I’ve talked to so far that have lived overseas say it’s best to only take a few necessities, and buy everything else when we arrive. So my question is what are my necessities going to be? For example, for winter I need my black pointed toe boots, my warm chunky sweaters and scarves, my long wool skirts and several pairs of jeans in various styles (skinny, bootcut, trouser, etc.) and shades. And for spring and summer, I have to have my cute flowy skirts, maxi dresses, and wedge sandals in multiple colors! Then how am I supposed to choose what accessories to bring? I couldn’t possibly bring just one purse, and I won’t even talk about jewelry! Although, buying everything I “need” when we get there sounds like a shopping spree opportunity hahaha! Oh well, on a serious note, I know that wherever we end up will be right where we are supposed to go, and the Lord will provide all our needs and some of my wants! :o)