Saturday, May 22, 2010

Update to old post with apology...

(Update to this post)
** I was just watching Julie and Julia again (5/22/2010) and after enjoying the movie decided to google Mrs. Julie Powell and her blog.  Well, I am sad to say, though I feel the movie is light-hearted, Mrs. Powell's blog uses many curse words, but to the worst, taking our precious Lord's name in vain.  I might truly gather she is not a Christian, thus she does not know what she is saying.  However, I do feel it is my responsibility to recommend things that are glorifying to our precious Father.  I will not be reading her blog again.  It broke my heart to see such disrespect (and as a Christian I say, hateful words).  We must all be careful with our choices and what we say, read, do...we are to be a light for our Lord and that includes our actions, not just our words.  My apologies for not being aware of this sooner, please forgive me.  I might encourage us all though, let's lift Mrs. Powell up in prayer, that she would come to know the beautiful and loving Father that has created her and given her the gifts she has.  Let us pray for her salvation and that of her family.  Our God is so good always and desires a loving relationship with us all, His children, His creation.  And it is our responsibility to lift those up to Him that do not know Him- He did this for us.  I was lost but now am found, and I am humbly grateful that my life is in Him, when before it was so very far, I was like Mrs. Powell.  I did nothing to deserve His grace and love but He chose to give it to me, despite who I was (and am) and to give me hope and a future and blessings are too numerous to count.  I am humbled by the love of my Jesus.  I pray you are as well.
Bless you dear ones, for His love and grace abounds.

Proverbs 4:23 (New International Version)

 23 Above all else, guard your heart,
       for it is the wellspring of life.

Psalm 126:2 (New International Version)

 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter,
       our tongues with songs of joy.
       Then it was said among the nations,
       "The LORD has done great things for them."

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day...

Beth Moore video from her blog---a Mother's Day gift to all of us.  God's Word-a gift and a blessing.  Praying you all had a blessed and joyful Mother's Day, resting in His care, rejoicing through the good, having peace with hurts, loving through forgiveness, living and seeing in and through Him.

My sweet Mom, I love you dearly and thank you for helping me be the woman, wife, mother, daughter and friend who I am.  We have different views and ideas on things but you have shown me an unconditional love that has humbled me and shown me what love is, what Christ's true love is.  God bless you Mom.  We love you dearly♡.
Grandma with "all her boys"-love you Mom

Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Friday, May 7, 2010

more of Him, less of me...

I've shared bits and pieces of the Lord's workings in my heart.  Praise the Lord, He is will continue His work in me!

The past 6 months have brought us quite the many changes.  Hubby was laid off, we moved south to stay with family (all 6 -I  mean 7 of us with the dog!)  We go, work situation doesn't work out and by God's amazing hand, hubby goes back to school full time-best part-a Christian college!  We home school during this time and it is the best it has ever been-good attitudes, perseverance, completion, consistency-wow, wow and wow!  We see God's hand on situations and His grace covers.  We are blessed in a season of rest,  and encouraged in worship!  We are renewed, strengthened and deepened in our walk and faith.

We return home and life is so different then when we left.  Home is home.  We rest and stay quiet, together, studying, organizing, praying.  He is so good :)

A huge step, hubby and I have committed to praying with one another every morning.  This time in prayer has not only strengthened our marriage but it has drawn us to our heavenly Father.  I'm learning and meeting my precious Lord, learning to hear and trust His voice.

Learning Him and meeting me...

I've asked and He is answering.  I'm learning...

I've asked that He would show us the path He has for our lives, the ministry He has for our family.  I've asked for the dreams He has for us.  I've asked for bigger things than I've ever thought to ask for...but wanting what He wants, even if the answer is no.

I'm learning to be content, learning to wait, learning to encourage, learning to trust, learning to hear Him with His discernment...what He wants and having my heart reflect that and not my own wants.  Learning to discern my worldly thoughts and desires and, when swerving, swaying, being distracted from His path, He gently leads me back, reminding me to trust and wait.

He is so good ALL of the time.  He is working amazing things in our lives.  I ask dear friends for your prayers with us on this journey and His continued leadership to fulfill the ministry He has for our lives, and a contentment in this time.  I pray for wisdom for our family, schooling, stewardship and finances.  I desire to be the woman He created me to be.  To believe I am His princess, beautiful, precious, worthy and forgiven in His eyes.  I desire to be whole in my precious Christ Jesus.  I desire to be the wife, mother and daughter He created me to be and to be a good witness of the great and mighty work He has done in my life.  I pray for agreement in our household and unity on the path of our Lord.

I pray for His peace, love, joy and Hope in our lives.  I'm so thankful, He is mighty to His word, abounding in grace, love and mercy.
little one nestled safely in daddy's coat as we walk...nested safely in our Father's arms....

Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalm 17:5 (New International Version)

 5 My steps have held to your paths;
       my feet have not slipped.

Psalm 85:13 (New International Version)

 13 Righteousness goes before him
       and prepares the way for his steps.

Proverbs 4:12 (New International Version)

 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
       when you run, you will not stumble.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

a long prayer...

There is something that speaks powerfully to my heart...prayer.  Unspoken and spoken words lifted up to a heavenly Father that rejoices and weeps with us.  A Father who knows His creation and every hair on their heads.  The One who knit us together in our mother's wombs, every stitch intentionally, fearfully and wonderfully made.

I prayed with the little ones in Sunday school this morning and one sweet 5 year old blond round cheeked precious face said, "that was a long prayer."  My heart smiled and I said with joy how I do pray long (and I am really trying to remember who I am with when I'm praying-a work in progress!) but how much I really enjoy praying.  She smiled and went along with another conversation and a few others chimed in about prayer.

Well, can I say how the Lord blessed me (just one of the ways of course!)  We're sitting in the service, little one asleep in my lap, big ones coloring, dear one next to me and our new pastor begins to pray.  He prays, heartfelt words to our heavenly Father.  Words of encouragement, words of joy, words of compassion, words of truth, words of our Lord.  And when he finishes I think, "that was a long prayer," and I pause for a minute and smile, "he has a heart for prayer."  Yes, we all have a heart for prayer but I believe the Lord has created us in different ways and some of us pray short, pray long, pray in song, pray quietly, pray loud, pray the scriptures only...all in the own way He created us to.

And my heart quietly smiled today, seeing he prayed "a long prayer."

A beautiful post about prayer by Ann Voskamp @ a holy experience.

Be blessed in our precious saviour, Jesus Christ.  May your prayer life be rich in Him.

 8 By day the LORD directs his love, 

       at night his song is with me—
       a prayer to the God of my life.-
Psalm 42:8 (NIV)


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