Friday, May 30, 2008
This reminded me alot of myself. I desire God's will until it doesn't coinside with my plans. As God continues to work in my life, I can eventually learn to accept God's will over my own, but I want to work on doing it much more quickly. Also, in Jeremiah's message, God specifically told the people not to disobey Him. I too can relate because there are many things that God specifically tells me not to do that I do anyway. It isn't until afterwards when I'm in a big mess, that I realize why God told me not to do it. Why do I think that I know better than God!!?? It is very frustrating to me, but I have to remind myself, that God is faithful and won't give up on me. I'm so glad because I've got a long way to go.
Are you doing something that you know is disobeying God? Make today be the day that you realize that God knows much better than you and obey.
Have a great day
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Have a great day leaning on the everlasting arms
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Next is the Statue of Liberty - Isn't she beautiful! We also spent much time laughing over her
Here are the tourists looking at the statue. They are very impressed!
Here is the skyscraper in which spiderman watches over the city. He is always around to fight crime.
Being a mom is one of my hardest jobs and my biggest ministry. I want to be the best that I can be. I know that I fall short everyday but I pray that God will fill in those places that I fail. Last night was a great reminder for me of how much fun it is to just play. I encourage you to take time away to spend with a child. It will be a blessing you won't forget.
Have a great day
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
No more news yet on my gramps, but we're hoping that some specific tests results will be back today that will give us some answers. I can't say they'll be good answers, but at least some answers. Please continue to be praying for my grandparents.
On Sunday, I gave a message about how to discern when God is speaking to you. Just a few of the many ways He speaks to us and then how to know if it is God or just what you desire. I was talking to a woman about it afterwards and we discussed how in the churches we grew up in, they didn't teach about God speaking to us. We concluded that there are many Christians that have no idea how to be intentional about hearing God because they were never taught that God can speak to them. I know I spent many years of my life being confused about how to know what God wants from me. This conversation and realization really bothered me but it also gave me even more of a passion to tell as many people I can about Jesus and about how He wants to be a part of every aspect of our lives. God can and does speak to His children, but we must be intentional about listening for Him in our lives.
Begin being deliberate about seeking God today!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Here is my sweet boy with the awards he won yesterday at school. He won the citizenship award in which he is voted by others due to his kindness, generosity, helpfulness and attitude. He received a set of 2007 coins for this award. He also won the spirit award. He explained that there are a group of adults including his principal, who watch the children throughout the year on their behavior, involvement, school spirit, and attitude. This award winner receives a trophy with his name engraved on it and he keeps it for a year and then returns it to the school for the next year's winner. We're so proud of him!
Next is our beautiful daughter. She is involved in many activities including basketball, softball, band and chorus. She does excellent at them all and received this award yesterday for her excellent acheivement in band. She plays the clairinet and is very talented at it. Unfortunately, she has made the decision to no longer play in the band after this year. Her hard work over the last two years has really paid off when you hear how beautifully she plays. We are so proud of her!
O.K. - enough with bragging on my children. :) :) I originally took today off to go camping over the long weekend, but now we are not going camping, so I have the opportunity to stay home by myself all day long!!!! Did you hear what I said? I get to stay home by MYSELF!!! All you mom's out there know exactly why I'm so excited. I am praying that I can accomplish much on my book proposal today. It has been a bit overwhelming and since I have less than a month to have it ready for my publisher appointments, I want to get a large chunk done. I also have been preparing myself to do God's will today and not just mine. I sometimes get a one track mind and everything else seems like an interference.
I ask that you pray for God's words to flow through me today and also on Sunday as I will be speaking in Fairbury. My goal for this year was to speak at least once per month and I am excited to tell you that for the last two months I've spoke 3 times per month. God is so good!
Have a great day
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Earlier in the book, his attitude was different. In one swift blow, he found out that all of his livestock and children were killed. I was surprised at his response. He fell to the ground in worship and said "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised." WOW! I can't say my reaction would be the same. His sadness and grief does come, as you read above, but to immediately worship before anything else is a great inspiration to me.
Next, he is covered in sores from head to toe and his wife encourages him to "curse God and die". Satan was able to use her to tempt Job to give up. Thankfully again, he had an amazing response - "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Let me repeat that SHALL WE ACCEPT GOOD FROM GOD AND NOT TROUBLE? It's time to get over our pity party, it's time to trust in the One who is trusthworthy and it's time to worship no matter what our circumstances are. Praise God for His faithfulness!
Have a great day worshipping
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Have a great day seeking God's wisdom
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I want to encourage you today, to say "yes" to God. You do not need to be qualified or confident in yourself - but confident that all things are possible with our God! Say yes and let God do the rest. Fear should never be your guide!!!!
Have a great day standing strong in our Savior
Monday, May 19, 2008
continue to remind myself that our God is in control and I will trust in Him.
Praise God today for His faithfulness and goodness
Friday, May 16, 2008
“If I talk a lot about God and the Bible and the Church, but I fail to ask about your needs and then help you, I’m simply making a lot of empty religious noise.
If I graduate from theological seminary and know all the answers to questions you’ll never even think of asking, and if I have all the degrees to prove it and if I say I believe in God with all my heart, and soul and strength, and claim to have incredible answers to my prayers to show it, but I fail to take the time to find out where you’re at and what makes you laugh and why you cry, I’m nothing.
If I sell an extra car and some of my books to raise money for some poor starving kids somewhere, and if I give my life for God’s service and burn out after pouring everything I have into the work, but do it all without ever once thinking about the people, the real hurting people-the moms and dads and sons and daughters and orphans and widows and the lonely and hurting-if I pour my life into the Kingdom but forget to make it relevant to those here on earth, my energy is wasted, and so is my life.
Here is what love is like--genuine love. God’s kind of love. It’s patient. It can wait. It helps others, even if they never find out who did it. Love doesn’t look for greener pastures or dream of how things could be better if I just got rid of all my current commitments. Love doesn’t boast. It doesn’t try to build itself up to be something it isn’t. Love doesn’t act in a loose, immoral way. It doesn’t seek to take, but it willingly gives. Love doesn’t lose its cool. It doesn’t turn on and off. Love doesn’t think about how bad the other person is, and certainly doesn’t think of how it could get back at someone. Love is grieved deeply (as God is) over the evil in this world, but it rejoices over truth.
Love comes and sits with you when you’re feeling down and finds out what is wrong. It empathizes with you and believes in you. Love knows you’ll come through just as God planned, and love sticks right beside you all the way. Love doesn’t give up, or quit, or diminish or go home. Love keeps on keeping on, even when everything goes wrong and the feelings leave and the other person doesn’t seem as special anymore. Love succeeds 100 percent of the time. That, my friend, is what real love is!”
Have a great day learning to love like Jesus
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Here's the house
There's about 5 acres, but alot is covered by an old pig farm that is coming down this summer. Part of the front yard
Part of the back yard, our garage and shed
I thought I'd better start out in the room that looks lived in the most - our daughter's. In her defense, our son's doesn't look much better but I had a baby sleeping in his when I took the pictures. Don't worry, I did make her clean it last night.
Here's my favorite room in the house. It's a four-seasons room that looks out over the back yard. It has officially become my writing room because it is so peaceful.
Here's another favorite - a large eat-in kitchen. For those of you who know me well, know that most of my entertaining is done here. I love to feed people, maybe it's because I love to eat too!
Here's the dining room. Yes, I know it's missing something! I would like to have all the furniture be a dark cherry wood. I was so excited to find the corner cabinet at a garage sale for $50! If any of you would like to donate a cherry wood table for my naked dining room, feel free!
Now on to the living room. It is a beautiful room that we haven't seen much of since we moved. Life seems to be running at a hundred miles an hour lately so there hasn't been much time to sit down. I would like to use it someday.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
WOW! As I read this verse this morning, it hit hard. How true this continues to be even in our day and age. It is so cool how God's Word applies forever. Think and chew on this question today and then make any changes in your life to show honor and respect to our Lord.
Have a great day
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I can somewhat understand this woman wanting the very best for her children. I too desire wonderful blessings for my children throughout their lives but I also know that the only way we grow in our faith is through hardships. I hate to see my children hurt and my first response is to make everything better for them but I must allow consequences to make them into the people that God wants them to be.
Just because I have desires for my children, does not mean that God has those same desires for them. I want to desire God's will in their lives instead of my own. I pray that I will never get in the way of God's plan for their lives.
Have a great day giving your children to our Lord
Monday, May 12, 2008
As I worked, I realized that this is no different than my spiritual life. God is my root and my foundation. There have been many times that my actions have left my connection with God feeling dead (like the surface branches) but His root is planted firmly in me. Nothing can take my Foundation away from me. My sweet Jesus has given me eternal life and no one or no thing can ever take that away from me! Praise God!
Also, I would like to ask that you pray for my grandparents. My grandpa has suffered some very unusual physical ailments over the last couple weeks and the doctors cannot figure out what is wrong. He is continuing to go downhill but has been transferred to a new hospital for different tests. My heart is breaking as I see him suffer. Thank you
Have a great day as we stand on our Firm Foundation
Friday, May 9, 2008
Mark 5:36 "No longer be afraid, only BELIEVE"
Can you tell I'm a little excited? I want to encourage and inspire you today - Do not let satan have your relationships, your job, your home, your money, your marriage or anything else. Fight against him for what God has richly blessed you with. Tell satan with a loud voice that he will not win - you are in the hands of the MOST HIGH GOD! It's your choice to make
Have a great day winning back your life
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Have a great day waiting patiently on our Lord
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Have a great day making those right choices
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
That's it for the updates
Have a great day experiencing God
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Mark 5:36 Be afraid no longer, only BELIEVE
Have a great day as we praise God for who He is making us to be