Friday, January 30, 2009

Good morning, my bloggy friends! It's Friday!!!!! In our small group, we are studying sections of the book of Isaiah. In particular, this week, we are studying about the prophecy of "the servant" (the Messiah):

52:13-15 the shocking servant
53:1-3 the sorrowing servant
53:4-6 the smitten servant
53:7-9 the silent servant
53:10-12 the satisfied servant

What a powerful description of our Savior is in these passages. I encourage you to read over them and remember the servant life that Jesus lived and the sacrifice that He made for each of us.

Then consider - Am I following His example by living a servant life? Am I willing to serve, even when it's difficult or inconvenient? What sacrifices do I need to make in order to better serve God by serving others?

Have a great day and a great weekend!!!

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Our God is such an amazing God!! I stand in awe of Him as I watch Him orchestrate every detail of my life.

For the past several years, I have attended the Hearts at Home Conference ( in Bloomington, IL. Through this conference, God has brought great revelation to me. When I registered online this year, I felt the tug to sign up as a volunteer. I wasn't sure what it would bring, but I checked the volunteer box.

Yesterday, I received an email from the volunteer coordinator, including a list of jobs and asking what I would want to do. I noticed that there was an opportunity to be a speaker's assistant, which I thought would be so cool, but wanting God to direct me, I replied to her email stating that I was open and available to do whatever they needed. Before I hit send, I prayed and asked God to put me in the place that He wanted me.

When she replied, she stated that they really needed me to be a speaker's assistant which would include helping the speaker with anything she needed (introducing her before sessions, running her book table, directing where she needs to go, etc.). I was so excited and thankful to have this great opportunity to get to know and learn from another well-known speaker.

This year, I won't be attending the conference in my normal, comfortable role, but am so excited to see what God will teach me through this new experience.

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Yesterday, we talked about hardship and how only God can give us the strength we need to endure. Today, I was reading Mark 14:32-42, when Jesus was agonizing in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night He was betrayed. I noticed what He prayed as He faced taking on the sin of the world.

Verse 36 "And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will."

This is a perfect prayer, coming from the only One perfect to walk this earth.

This should be our example. This should be our prayer. Remember first, who God is and that all things are possible through Him - then ask for help - lastly admit and believe that His will is best and you want it done in your life.

Short but powerful!!

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Good morning my bloggy friends! I have a correction to make from yesterday's post - I put the wrong website address for the church we attended in Lafayette - it's

Throughout your life, have you ever felt totally hopeless and helpless? Have you ever been so troubled or terrified that you felt like you had no strength left - like it was just impossible to go on? Have you ever been so burdened that you couldn't move?

I'm sure many of you can answer yes to this question - I can also. Daniel also felt this way. In Daniel 10, Daniel is terrified by a vision. We talked a few days ago about the angel that came to Daniel to bring him comfort. Verses 17-19 is dialog between Daniel and the angel who has the appearance of a man.

"For how can such a servant of my Lord talk with such as my Lord? As for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left in me." Then this one with human appearance touched me again and strengthened me. He said, "O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!" Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, "May my Lord speak, for you have strengthened me."

What a great reminder to us all. Irregardless of what's happening around us, how terrified, troubled or burdened we are - our strength comes from God. We learned earlier in verse 12 that because Daniel had a humbled heart that desired understanding, his pleas were heard and God responded.

Daniel's new found strength and courage came from the Lord. He could endure, not because of anything he did, but because of what God did. The same is true for us. Are you hurting? Are you worried? Are you feeling alone and abandoned? Are you searching for peace and strength? It comes from One and only One.

Lord, I pray for freedom. Not freedom from pain, but to be free from being consumed by circumstances. Help me to remember that strength and peace only comes from you. Help me to remember to pray first, not last. Lord, fill me with Your strength this day. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, January 26, 2009

I hope, I mean really hope, that someone took me up on the challenge from Friday. If you did, please post a comment to let me know how specifically watching for God, impacted your life.

Over the weekend, we went to Indiana to visit with our friends. Oh, what fun we had! You may not believe this, but I learned how to play guitar, bass, drums and sing in two days!! :) I was officially a "Rock Band" rock star! Check out the pics:Christie on bass Christie on guitar
Singing "Eye of the Tiger" Boy, by the look on my face, it must take more concentration to play drums. I do have to say, they were my favorite. Anyway I can release tension by hitting something works well for me!
I also met three new friends. From the left, Deb, Laura and Christie. Oh what fun these women are! I'll definitely be going back soon to hang with them some more. Here's my boy, playing behind his back. He amazes me with his video game talent!
Last, but not least, my girlfriend, Carol, getting a 100% on singing. You go, girl!! :)
Sunday we went to church with them at Church Alive ( What an amazing experience of worshipping with song and Word. I was so touched during the service by the presence of God. Our friends had shared with us some hardships that they were enduring and during the service, the preacher called out their names and assured them that they were "going through the fire" for a purpose. What a word from God!!
We headed home and then attended the community worship at Fairbury High School, featuring Asher ( a local band including our friend Dan Ucherek on drums) and local pastors. It was a wonderful service!
WOW!! Whew! What a great time we had. I'm pumped and ready for a new week!
Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, January 23, 2009

I have been meaning to mention to you about our friend who is just starting out in his singing career. His name is Dan Ucherek, and he has an amazing voice. Here's a video of him singing "Drifter" at our church. Let me know if you would like to hear more, or invite him to sing at your church. His demo cd will be coming out soon. Happy listening!! :)
Daniel has seen some very disturbing visions and he is afraid. A "man" comes to him (most likely an angel) to bring him comfort and says to him "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words." (Daniel 10:1-12)

Cool Cool stuff! When you set your heart on understanding and humbling yourself before God - stuck out to me like a flashing fluorescent sign. I spent many years thinking that people who "heard" from God were crazy. I had never heard from God, so I assumed they must be making it up.

I've also had many people look at me like I'm crazy when I share what God has spoke to me or what He is leading me to do. The difference between now and then, isn't God, but me. He is always the same, He never changes, He patiently waits for me. For me - to set my heart on understanding, on humbling myself, on patiently waiting for Him, on seeking Him with everything I am.

When I truly seek - I truly hear. When I truly seek, my desires are heard and He will respond - just like in Daniel's situation.

Also, do not confuse not hearing God with hearing God and not wanting to do what He asks. I can admit that there have been many times that the Holy Spirit has prompted me to do something and I quickly blow it off with every justification that I can think of. It doesn't change that God was speaking to me, it just changes my response to His calling.

I challenge you to look and listen for God in every situation today. Write down how many times you experience Him and let me know. I want to hear everything from admiring His creation, all the way to earth shattering revelations.

Will you accept the challenge???

Have a great day and a great weekend

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Our Bible study group met last night and got part way through chapter 35 of "The Purpose Driven Life" about God's strength in our weakness. What great discussion we had! We are each trying to get better at owning our weaknesses instead of trying to hide them. Without being open about the things we struggle with, we cannot help others.

One person read Psalm 34 during the study. I encourage you to read it - here' the commentary: It goes along great with the discussion.

"God promises great blessings to His people, but many of these blessings require our active participation. He will deliver us from fear, save us out of our troubles, rescue us, show us goodness, supply our needs, listen when we talk to Him, and redeem us, but we must do our part. We can appropriate His blessings when we seek Him, cry out to Him, trust Him, fear Him, refrain from deceit, depart from evil, do good and seek peace, are humble, and serve Him."

Good stuff!!! Enjoy!

Also, I registered for the Hearts at Home Conference coming up March 13 & 14. Registration ends Feb. 4. I highly recommend this conference to any mother. It has been a huge blessing to me over the past few years that I have attended. Check it out at

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I'm so excited - God is speaking to my heart this morning. It is so humbling to realize that God would want to talk to me. Why would the Creator and Sustainer of this entire universe want to talk with us? Because He loves us - isn't that just the coolest thing??!!

We are getting close to finishing "The Purpose Driven Life" in our Bible study group. I was reading chapter 35 this morning, titled "God's Power in Your Weakness". Oh, such rich truths invaded my heart. Amazing reminders of who and how God wants us to be.

If you are discouraged - if you feel hopeless - if you are hurting - if you feel like your weaknesses consume your life - read chapter 35 of "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just read it.

It brought to mind, many struggles, weaknesses, and hurts but then explains the rewards for each. It brought hope, comfort and excitement!

I'm going to share a crazy thought with you: God wants to use you - God wants to use your weakness, your embarrasment, your shame. You think that God only uses strong, qualified, perfect people?? WRONG!! God uses the weak to lead the strong. God uses the humble to break down the prideful. God uses imperfect people because there are NO perfect people!

This chapter, covers a large passion of mine - encouraging people to share their "story" to bring others closer to God. Be real - be authentic - bring glory to our God.

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Good morning my bloggy friends! We talked about Jeremiah 1 on Friday and yesterday. In several of the verses, God spoke words that give us great confidence and encouragement. Vs. 5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;" Vs. 8 "Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you," Vs. 19 "They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you,"

What sweet encouragement from our God! These are things that I need to be constantly reminded of because satan loves to remind me of how incapable and insignificant I am.

Moving on to chapter 29:11-13 "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me when you search for Me, and I will listen to you, you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

This may sound a little crazy, but for the last several years I have wanted this verse tatooed on my body. My husband isn't keen about it, so I haven't and won't but what an amazing verse.

Why worry? God's plans are already set for us! Why fret? He wants us to seek our hope in Him. He is everlasting, He is always good, He is always faithful, He is always true, He will not leave us, He will not forsake us, He loves us no matter what!! I have to say that again - our God loves us unconditionally. That was very difficult for me to understand or believe for a very long time, but now I know, His love for you and I never changes. When we do good, He loves us. When we do bad, He loves us. Period. It doesn't change.

I am so thankful that the God who plans my life will always love me. How about you??

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, January 19, 2009

Good morning and happy Monday! I stand amazed, once again, at our God. On Friday, I posted about reading Jeremiah 1 and the impact that it had on me. That evening, I read it to my family and we discussed what it meant to each of us. Sunday morning, we get to church and guess what the Pastor is teaching on? Jeremiah 1!! At Bible study last night, we studied it again! God is so faithful as He speaks to His children. He knows exactly what we need to hear and when we need to hear it! I praise God for and am amazed at the fact that He actually wants to speak to me - a lowly sinner, who deserves hell but by His grace have been welcomed into His family.
We had a very busy but very fun weekend, here's some highlights:
My parents, grandma, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews and us went to the Lincoln Museum in Springfield IL on Saturday. Here's a picture of all the cousins with Abraham, Mary and their children.
Then, Nathan dressed as a soldier
Saturday evening brought more fun with game night with some great friends. It's amazing what you learn about people just by playing games with them! :)
Sunday brought more fun: worshipping God, playing in the snow and watching movies.
Whew! Like I said, fun filled! I just love a weekend filled with God, family and friends - it just doesn't get any better!
Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, January 16, 2009

It is officially a wonderful 15 below zero outside. It is still only about 55 degrees in my house. All I have to say is: Brrrrrrrrrrr. The wood burning stove is blazing, so like yesterday, we'll probably be sweating in a couple of hours.

I read some wonderful words from the Lord yesterday morning, reread them last night to my family and then back to them this morning.

In Jeremiah 1:4-9, Jeremiah says "Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.'

Then I said, 'Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.'

But the Lord said to me, 'Do not say, 'I am a youth,' because I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,' declares the Lord.

Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, 'Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.'"

Commentary: Often people struggle with new challenges because they lack self-confidence, feeling that they have inadequate ability, training or experience. Jeremiah thought he was only "a youth" too young and inexperienced to be God's spokesman to the world. But God promised to be with him. We should not allow feelings of inadequacy to keep us from obeying God's call. He will always be with us. When you find yourself avoiding something you know you should do, be careful not to use lack of self-confidence as an excuse. If God gives you a job to do, He will provide all you need to do it.

Oh, such good stuff - and at such perfect timing! I have just had a few situations this week, when I have encouraged people to obey God's calling for them - whether scared or not. Jeremiah and I have much in common - not believing that nothing is impossible with God. I said much of those same words and had feelings of inadequacy when God called me to share what He had accomplished in my life. After years of arguing with Him and believing that I knew myself better than He did, I finally said yes and He has taken care of everything else. I believe that it will be the same for you.

Say yes today - wait not one minute longer - allow God to show His faithfulness to you - hang on to Him and go for it!! You are His child, what more do you need to know??!!

Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Good morning! It is extremely cold today. 11 below to be exact. We have found this winter that our furance is not big enough to heat our home during extreme cold. Even though it's running non-stop, it's about 54 degrees in here. Brrrrrrr cold! I've got space heaters running and just lit the wood burning stove in hopes of some heat.

Anyway, I've been noticing the beauty of the sunsets lately - here's the one from last night which also includes blowing snow. It reminds me of the awesomeness of our God. Enjoy!

Also, a few other interesting pics of bath time for the puppies:

Did you notice the color of the bath water?? No wonder they stink so bad!!
Doesn't Mike's expression show you just how much fun he is having!!
I hope you have a great day! Stay warm!
Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Good morning my bloggy friends! My husband and I have been painfully watching some close friends go through a very difficult time in their marriage. We have attempted to help the situation by giving them Scripture verses, prayer, our advice and encouragement, but it doesn't seem to detour the hearts involved.

Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, I wondered, do I need to be bold and somewhat harsh with pointing out Scriptures, again, that show their choices are wrong in God's eyes or do I leave them with their decisions and just be there for them?

I read Acts 13:1-11 today - a man desired to hear the Word of God and asked Paul and Barnabas to share it with him. There was a magician with him who didn't want him to hear about God and was trying to persuade him, not to.

Vs. 9-10 "But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze on him, and said, 'You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?'"

Because Paul knew what the magician was attempting to stop the Word of God from being heard, he was bold and harsh with his words.

I believe there is a time to be lovingly harsh with our words and a time to stop wasting our breath.

I believe this answered my question - it's time for me to show them love and be the best prayer warrior I can be. Thankfully, our God is in control!!

What's your opinion in these matters?

Have a great day
Living fearlessly,

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Sandy Cooper, She Speaks Conference Graduate wrote the following for the Proverbs 31 devotional. I wanted to share it with you because it speaks straight from my heart.

“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” I Thessalonians 4:11&12 (NIV)

“Mom, will you please tell me a story?“ my eight-year-old daughter asked me recently. It had been one of those insanely packed days, full of errands, chores and activities… and it wasn’t over yet. My mind strained to keep everything in order for the remaining events we had planned for the evening. I was coordinating our homeless outreach followed by plans to attend my husband’s softball game. Kids had to be fed, pottied, properly clothed, and in the right places at the right times. I had to remember to bring supplies, snacks, drinks and driving directions to our various destinations. There was no brain reserve left for creative stories.

“I’m sorry, honey. I can’t tell you a story right now. I just have too much on my mind.”

“That’s okay,” she said. “I’ll tell you a story. Once upon a time,” she began, “there was a very busy mom.”

Uh oh. This ought to be interesting…

“She woke up every day and she was tired. She made a big pot of coffee and went into her room to pray. She prayed and prayed and prayed…but nothing happened. She did the laundry and went to Target and to the grocery store where she spent lots of money. She made dinner and cleaned the house. She went to help the homeless children. At the end of the day, she was still tired so she went to bed. The end.”

Wow. I’m like a twisted version of the Proverbs 31 woman, only much less effective.

I managed to fake a smile and kiss my precious daughter on the head as I blinked back tears. Is that really how she sees me? As a tired woman with a futile prayer life? Overwhelmed and overscheduled? I had always taken pride in the fact that I wasn’t busy. Years ago I learned to say “no” to activities that ate into our family time. I value simplicity and solitude. I had even taught Bible studies about it! Yet, somehow in the midst of my un-busy life, I managed to get very busy. And now the children were taking notice. This was something I promised myself would never happen.

That night I couldn’t sleep (a very rare thing for me...being as “tired” as I am and all). So at 1:00 am I got up and began journaling. For two hours, I poured out my anxious thoughts to God as I sifted through my schedule to identify where and when things had gone wrong. I listed every activity in which I am currently involved, as well as every household responsibility that was taking up my time. The process was very revealing. I discovered that it wasn’t one nasty “culprit” I could quickly cast out of my life, but a series of little culprits to address:

o Mismanaged time—like checking and responding to e-mails over ten times a day.
o Commitments which were longer than anticipated—like the freelance job that was supposed
to be completed two months ago.
o Time management systems I previously put in place, but failed to maintain—like my mail
filing system and my “write-everything-on-a-master-list” system.
o Piles of clutter in my home—which often left me feeling exasperated because they
represented areas of my life that were out of control.

That night God helped me identify a few key areas I could immediately cut in order to be less busy. He helped me draw up and prioritize a master list of projects to tackle, as well as new chores to delegate to my children. But mostly that night, He reminded me - for what seems like the millionth time - that my children would only be little for a season. And in comparison to the pages of other tasks and responsibilities I had just written in my journal, my commitment to be a Godly wife and mother stood far above them all.

And then He reminded me that He doesn’t view me as some kind of “ministry production machine.” Nor does He value me because of what I can accomplish in a day. He cherishes me because I am His daughter. When I remember this, I’m much less inclined to add many things to my plate. Instead, I rest in the peace of knowing who I am in Christ and what He has purposed for me to do and be.

Dear Lord, I offer my schedule today to You. Help me remove from my schedule things not in Your perfect will for me. Help me add anything to my schedule that I may have overlooked but is important to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Oh, how I have been that woman. I have been a woman who neglected everything else in her life for the sake of "ministry". I found myself in the midst of losing all the relationships that I so deeply cared about, because I was so focused on what I thought I should be doing. It took a great awakening and alot of hardship, but God reminded me that He needs to be #1 (not church - not ministry, but Him), my husband should come next, then my children and finally, others. It was very painful and lonely at first, but eventually, I was able to begin to live as the above mentioned verse instructs.

Now, don't get me wrong - I still fall to busyness at times, but I can easily remember the lesson I have learned and soon be back on track.

Just one more time in my life that God has changed my heart through hardship. Although hardship is something we would all like to avoid, I am thankful for what it teaches me in the end.

Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, January 12, 2009

Good morning and happy Monday! I am so excited to share with you about a pastor that came and spoke at our church, yesterday. His name is Pastor Joe Michael and he and his wife came from Kenya to share with us. His message was full of passion and love for the Lord. Check out the summary that was posted on our pastor's blog today. For more info on Pastor Joe and Pontiac Bible Church, check out the website at

We are more than what we think we are. We must be in the divine destiny that God created us to be.

Why should we evangelize? Matthew 9:35-38.

1. Because Jesus was a soul-winner.

Jesus had compassion when he saw multitudes. We have no choice but to hurt with the hurting. When we go out from here, do we see people as hurting, harassed and helpless? We must see with the eyes of Jesus.

There are no fish in the bathtub. We must go where the fish are. Where are you fishing?

Jesus came to save. 1 Timothy 1:15; Luke 19:10. If we call ourselves “Christians,” then we must do what Christ did. We have changed “go ye” from Matthew 28:18-20 to “come ye.” We are commanded and commissioned to go.

What are we doing with what we’ve been given?

Acts 5:42. Where is the first century church in the 21st century? People were added “daily.” What’s gone wrong? Where’s the passion?

Some people will never hear the gospel unless you tell them. Pontiac is counting on you to tell.

2. The Harvest is great. Compassion is more than just feeling something, we must also have action. The grain stands ready—if we wait too long, the harvest will be lost.

We must have urgency. 1 Corinthians 7:29—time is short. We must mobilize everyone everywhere in evangelism. Lift up your eyes and see. If you’re not sure what to say, simply share your testimony—“I was blind, but now I see.”

Motto: Every Christian to be a witness.
Mission: Do this where people are.

There are still 22 people groups in Kenya with no gospel witness. He’s praying that God will mobilize people to saturate the nation with the gospel.

We must come out of our comfort zones and share the gospel. Do you have the call or does the call have you?

1 Corinthians 15:34. People are lost because church is sleeping. We are committing the sin of omission. May the Lord wake us up to go next door or to go to Africa.

Speaking of evangelism, check out this video. It really caused me to stop and think."How much do you have to hate someone, not to tell them about everlasting life?"

To add to God's messages over the last week to me about tell others about Him, I opened my Bible this morning, to Luke 5:1-11 , which was the story of Jesus getting into Simon Peter's boat to preach and then afterward, telling him to let down his nets. Even though Simon Peter had been fishing all night without catching anything, he obeyed and came back with two full boats of fish. He immediately felt so unworthy of being in Jesus' presence and then made the decision to follow Him. Jesus says "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men."

This was Jesus saying to me, once again, "Don't be afraid, Christie, you are following Me - I am in control." I'm so thankful that God continues to assure me of His faithfulness.

As a child of God, who/what shall we fear?????

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, January 9, 2009

It's here again - Happy Friday! I've heard alot of talk about New Year's resolutions lately. Now, don't get me wrong, I think making positive changes is a great thing for all of us, but I wonder, how many people have taken the time to look at what was positive about the last year and make the decision to keep on keeping on.

I was reading in Matthew this morning and was reminded of the wrong impressions people had of Jesus and how they mocked and ridiculed Him.

I thought about the things that I have been mocked and ridiculed for over last year -submitting to my husband (this seems to really be a hard one for people to understand), waiting patiently for God's will and timing instead of jumping into things (which, for me, doesn't happen very often), and keeping a calm, open attitude when others want me to get angry about something.

Matthew 10:25 "It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!"

The Pharisees accuse Jesus of using Beelzebul's power to drive out demons. He was accused of being evil. If our Jesus was misunderstood, we should expect to experience the same. Are you allowing other's negative comments to you or rumors behind your back, affect your life? Are you living by their standards or God's?

Matthew 10:28 "Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Live your life for Christ and let "them" talk all they want!!

Have a great day and a great weekend!

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Good morning and happy Thursday! I recently went through some boxes of old children's books at my parent's house. My daycare children have destroyed most of the books that I have and I wanted to re-stock the book box. I am amazed at the difference in the books published between 1965 and 1985 compared to the books we had which would have been published from 1995-2005. I have been shocked at the brutality and lack of political correctness of some of the older books that I have read to the children, but yesterday, I was shocked and laughing hysterically at the book I read to them and the kids couldn't figure out what was so funny.

It was a book about the life of a woodchuck. It began with a female woodchuck hibernating, on to a male woodchuck finding her and mating (I was glad there wasn't pictures involved with this one!)with her, and then to her having baby woodchucks. It continued with explaining how the momma woodchuck had to slowly teach her babies how to live on their own. She took each of the 3 baby woodchucks out of it's hole, one at a time, for direction. She pulled the first one out and up came a barking dog and ate the first baby! (it even had pictures of the baby in the dogs mouth!), next, came another baby who instantly runs out into the road and gets run over by a car (whoops, there goes baby #2), last but not least, the last baby is safe and sound and learns how to take care of itself.

Wow! And I wonder why I'm so messed up!! I have to admit, I'm still laughing this morning as I write this - I must have a warped sense of humor.

Anyway, on to my point - I was thinking this morning about the facts that I learned about hibernation from our book yesterday. God, in all His sovereignty, created everything perfectly. He made these animals able to be dormant during the winter for their survival, He did the same for our beautiful plant life as it goes dormant and blooms in brilliancy in the spring. Not only plants and animals, but He created us with intricate bodies that work in amazing ways. Bodies that withstand years of abuse and neglect. He continues to blow my mind! He knew exactly what each living thing needed before we needed it. He is in control of everything because He created everything. As I pondered this, I was reminded once again, of my lack of faith. When I am a child of the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, why do I worry - why do I fret - why do I carry any load at all? If He knew what I needed before I was ever created, then how much more does He know what I need and what is best for me now???

Live, knowing, that our God is in control and NOTHING is impossible with God!!

Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

I was reading John 4:1-26 about Jesus talking to the Samaritan woman at the well. This woman knew that the Messiah was coming (vs. 25), but she didn't know that He was standing right in front of her.

It made me stop and think - how many times in my life/in my every day routine, is Jesus right in front of my face and I choose not to see Him? How many times do I allow my will, my desires, my schedule, to keep me from seeing Jesus?

How many times has He put people in front of me for a reason and I ignore them or push them away with words or actions?

How many times has He provided exactly what I needed at the very moment that I needed it and I take it all for granted, not even taking the time to say thank you?

How many times have I told God that I want to say yes to Him, no matter what He asks, only to say no when He does ask?

Dear Lord, help me to see you. Take away all of me so I can truly see all of you. Give me the strength to choose You over all the distractions in my life. In Jesus Name I pray, AMEN.

Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sometimes, life is just plain stinkin' hard. I really don't know how guys feel during those Jr. high and high school years, so I'll speak for the girls - girls are just plain MEAN! As our daughter and I have just begun her "puberty years", I am so reminded of my own. Millions and millions of dollars would not even tempt me to go back.

I'm a fixer - it's just who I am. I cannot sit and listen to someone's hardship without trying to help. Well, last night, I was reminded again of my lack of control. My daughter was badly hurt by somethings that had been going on at school. I asked "what can I do to help you?" Her response, "nothing - just understand." I think it was one of the very few times that I just listened and didn't try to fix anything. As I remembered all the tears I cried during those difficult years, wishing I had someone to talk to about it, I shut my mouth, listened and cried with her. When all was said and done, she thanked me for just listening and said she felt so much better to just get everything off her chest.

I'm tearing up just thinking about the whole thing. I am so glad I had to opportunity to just listen which isn't a strong point for me. Are you a good listener or like me, are you always talking, thinking you are giving the person all the answers they need?

John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you; so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

Have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, January 5, 2009

Good morning, my bloggy friends! I'm back to normal life and normal schedule. No more time off now, for a LONG time!! :( I have really enjoyed the last two weeks. I had lots of time with my family.

Thank you for praying for me, yesterday. I spoke at Arrowsmith Christian Church and Colfax Christian church. I was amazed, once again, at God's faithfulness. His words flowed from my mouth and not only impacted those I spoke to but also my own heart. He is so good and reminded us all that NOTHING is impossible with Him.

Since the pastor was gone, a woman in each church, stepped forward to facilitate the service. They both shared how nervous they were and how far from their comfort zone they felt. It was nice to know that I wasn't the only one God was making uncomfortable, but even more, it was a great seg-way into the message that nothing is impossible with God. He has such a great way of putting people exactly where they need to be.

God knows what is best for us, whether we agree or not. I was reading Mark 2:23-28this morning, about Jesus' disciples picking grain on the Sabbath and the Pharisees getting their noses out of joint about it. God didn't give us the Sabbath for His benefit, but for our own. He doesn't gain anything from it, but knows that we need physical rest and spiritual connection. It is our choice to honor the Sabbath and keep it holy, not to follow the rules or to appease others, but to realize and respect that God knows what is best for us.

Do you believe that God knows what is best for you? Are you willing to submit to His will even if it is different from your own? Be careful of your answer - it may mean coming far from your comfort zone!! :)

Have a great Monday!
Living fearlessly in Christ