Some highlights from this year’s spring break with the boys…
Great Wolf Lodge
Our new puppy “Jake”… 🙂
Ever have someone tell you….”It will all be okay” or “one day it will all make sense”… Although when we go through a trial, we hate hearing those words, somehow deep down inside all of us,we know them to be true. Whenever faced with a trial, its so easy to think of the trial alone and limit your concept of what the trial is supposed to be teaching you. We’ve all been through something. We all have our stories: Losing a friend, a job, or a spouse. Trying to beat an addiction, feeling abandoned or alone.
I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. Plans to PROSPER you and NOT to harm you, plans to give you HOPE and a future.
I will never leave you neither forsake you.
All things work together for GOOD to those who love Him and have been CALLED for His purpose.
I have loved you with an agape love.
You are MINE.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary and His understanding NO ONE can fathom…
Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror: Then we shall see FACE to FACE. Now I only know in part, then I shall know fully.
You were bought with a price….
I pray you Never loose hope in what He is doing!
Be Blessed my friends.
When I was a little girl, it was the norm for most families to go to church on sunday mornings, sunday nights and wednesday nights. Although I don’t agree with everything that went along with the “Baptist movement of the 80’s”, I do have many fond memories as a family attending our church services. Even after leaving the house and living on my own, I still held the “tradition” of going to each service. As life got busier with the kids starting school, me working full-time and various other things, somehow the commitment was gone.
Every once in a while I’ll stop in and visit my dad’s church. Last night was one of them. I can’t really put into words the experience that I come away with everytime I go. They recently started providing a meal before the “prayer meeting service” on wednesday nights. What a blessing it is to so many people. It was nice to just sit and fellowship with others while the kids are welcome to eat and play.
An hour later the service started. I just stood and took it in. The people are so genuine there. Their faith is real, their love is deep.
I’m unsure of the fond memories my boys will look back on from their childhood. I pray its nights like this.
This week at work has been stressful. Blah Blah Blah… The economy, stimulus packages and the stock market… I get consumed in it sometimes and it steals my JOY.
All I know is that MY God shall supply ALL my needs.
I have an amazing husband who FEARS God. I have beautiful healthy children that have more than they need. We have a roof over our heads, warm beds to sleep in at night, enough food to last us half a year in our fridge and cupboards. My husband and I both have jobs. We have been Blessed with incredible families that would do anything for us. We have amazing friends that are selfless and passionate about their faith even through their storms in life. I live in the best country in the world.
Spring will come, but for now, I’m choosing to be thankful for this season right here.
I’m reading “In the Grip of Grace” by Max Lucado. Sofar, I’m really enjoying it and I thought I’d share just an insert from one of the pages.
What a God!
Ponder the achievement of God. He doesn’t condone our sin, nor does he compromise his standard. He doesn’t ignore our rebellion, nor does he relax his demands. Rather than dismiss our sin, he assumes our sin and incredibly, sentences himself. God’s holiness is honored. Our sin is punished… and we are redeemed. God does what we cannot do so we can be what we dare not dream: perfect before God.
For nearly a year, I have been in a funk. I know God has been moving in many different directions but I continued to have this void inside of me. I’m sure partly because I have chosen it but not completely.
Our family attends a large church that allows for me to sink in my seat and get lost each week and usually that’s what I chose to do. I feel God’s presense there week after week as He meets up with me during worship and reminds my of His plans for my life during each message. I’m very thankful for this resting place for my heart. I do have some amazing friends that come and sit next to me each week. To watch their spiritual growth in spite of certain circumstances has been very inspiring to me.
Recently God moved in us to begin reaching out again to others for His greater purpose. We started a “small group”. It was about the most natural thing to do for us yet we never felt the calling until now. There’s been a void of community in our lives and we were doing nothing about it. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but I’m amazed at the way its already brought so much healing.
We meet in a house that has no furniture. We have brown chairs, Bibles and one HOT worship leader. 🙂 The growing group has taken on their roles, like: bringing toilet paper, snacks, crayons and paper towel… Oh yea, and for sure coffee!
Lord God of Heaven and Earth… I fall at your feet this morning and say THANK YOU!
This past Saturday, the twins had a birthday party they were supposed to be going to. I told my older boy that him and I could do a “date” at Starbucks. He said, that’s good mom, cause I have something to talk with you about. Well this really got my ears perked, so I said “about what”.. He says, well….. I think at the next dance, I’m going to ask the question… I was pretty sure I knew what this question was but I needed to make sure.
Me: What question is that?
Blare: I’m going to ask her to be my girlfriend
Me: sigh…. Are you ready for this?
Blare: (very seriously I might add) I think I am mom
Me: Well what does this mean? Like, does this mean you hold hands…
Blare: (again very serious) NO mom! I’m not like that
I think it’ll be a good idea to chaperone this next dance.
I mean this is huge as I have really high standards for the girls my boys date… Like, they have to like to bake cookies with me and wear matching outfits… I’ve already talked with this girl, and she’s in so for now, we’re good.