Monday, December 31, 2007

Resolution vs.Reformation

One more day and we enter into a new year. If you are anything like me looking back into the mirror of 2007 you can see the smudges and sparkles in the reflections, the good and the bad of the year and you feel the things that come with all of them. It is in view now, the new year, and the possiblities that we see are endless and filled with all that is good. We are given an hope and an opportunity to start fresh, to wipe all those old smudges away and begin fresh. This year let us not resolve to do things differently in the New Year but let us decide to reform our lives, to change for the better, for Christ. To.. look carefully how we walk through this year, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time, because the days are evil... and constantly walking by the Spirit... and not gratifying the desires of our flesh. (Galatians 5:16-17, Ephesians 5:15-16) So wipe those smudges of 2007 away and remember the sparkles.

Don't forget what the Lord did in 2007, hold on to those like precious gems. He has plans for us in 2008! Big plans, plans not to prosper you or to give you a good life with not hardships but plans to use you for His Kingdom, for His eternal purposes that you can not fathom. In 2008 He will provide you will all that you will need in every circumstance, in the physical and in the spiritual and in the emotional for He has already provided His only begotton Son and His promises are solid.

Today reform your life by...

Trust(ing) in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding . In all your ways acknoledge Him and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5 and praying, Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths. Psa 25:4 Refrom your life by living your life not for yourself but for Christ.

Go to His word and allow Him to teach you His paths that He desire for you to walk in. Enjoy reading these resolutions that were for this man of God a reformation of his life. Also, why not Turn up the Music with Point of Grace...


Sunday, December 30, 2007

Walk... in Love

Expresso got a call this afternoon and all I heard was: "We don't have any plans" and "Sure, yeah man that sounds great" or something to that effect. In my mind I just knew it was a friend of his asking to see if he was free to hang out. I was ready, waiting for him to come ask me if it was okay if he go "hang out" and I was fighting myself inside of how I was going to handle it with grace or with jealous anger. He approached me and before he could get a word out I uttered: "What?" with a tone of aggitation. What I got was a hard slap in the face, not literally, he said a friend had arranged for a babysitter for us so that we could go eat with them and some others. My jealous anger and aggitation slowly faded away and was replaced with relief, then excitement and then guilt. The Lord is good to us even though we so don't deserve it, which is always.

It was a wonderful time of fellowship with good people and good friends. The conversation roamed everywhere from the funny to the ridiculous to the slightly more serious. Their weren't a whole lot of serious talk. We just got home a few minutes ago and put all of the littles to bed.

Going back to my attitudy earlier, I don't want to behave that way. I can't tell you how many inner battles I fight on a daily basis against this flesh I live in. Life is precious and my family is it right behind my Saviour. They are the most amazing people that fill me with a special JOY that can be found no where else, it is a unique JOY that only they hold in their smiles, eyes, laughs, hugs and kisses, in their hands and in their hearts. Love is all I desire to give them, love is all I desire to display, love is all I desire to speak to them and love is all they desire from me. When my dear hard working husband wants to go "hang out" I desire to display my love for him in my attitude towards his request for some time instead of displaying my ungrateful heart reflections onto him and denying him something that would give him rest and enjoyment. Instead of thinking about how I will be left alone for hours with out him to tend to the children Oh how I could be thinking what a wonderful time he could have away being encouraged and come home to love and how I could spend those hours alone with the children showing them love.

It is not an easy thing to overcome. It is not easy to think this way when you are overcome with feelings of loneliness, it is hard to overcome self. To hang onto love. To find JOY in being alone. To enjoy time with your children even though the responsibilty is high and hard. To love those closet around you even when you don't feel good. To keep your focus on the Cross when the idle of self rises up.

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:2

Be Quiet first in Worship

"Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things, ‘above all that we ask or think’. Each time, before you Intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!" ~ Andrew Murray

Saturday, December 29, 2007

We're all a little Cooky!

We will begin another round of homeschool on Monday. I can not wait to get started again, Growing Minds of Wisdom. In honor of the beginning of our 2008 Homeschool year I give you this video:

Friday, December 28, 2007

Doctor's Visit

I snapped a few pictures of our Butterfly with my phone while she was seen by the doctor. She was amazing. Making faces at the doctor and nurse and sucking her little thumb. Sweet baby girl.

If you ask her, "Where's your bo-bo on your arm?" She will point at it with her little pointer finger, it is so cute!





Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Farewell Christmas 2007

The days of December have quickly passed along and the new year approaches with it's lingering presence, just days away. I can feel it breathing down my neck. I will miss another year transfered into my memory and I long for the newness of another. 2008. We spent our week before Christmas visiting with family in Louisiana. Unfortunetly on our trip into La. we experienced a tragedy with Butterfly. After a few hours of driving with heavy eye lids we stop for a breather and some coffee. A few minutes at the table of a restaurant and our beautiful Butterfuly found my cup of very hot coffee. We were unaware that she was in reaching distance of the cup until in a split second. One second we were all laughing and about to enjoy our road trip break and the next we were frantically rushing to the hospital where we found out she had second degree burns on her forearm of her right arm. We were devasted that she was in so much pain and in guilt for some how allowing it to happen. We praised God though that it was not much worse such as her face or all over her body, it was a big cup and it soaked her jeans and sweat shirt. God is good. The incident we know had a purpose and we trusted God in it, though we may not fully understand why these things happen. The rest of the trip went smoothly and she was given the strength to endure her injury with no signs of pain or discomfort at all, again praise God!

While we were in Louisiana we were able to visit with many family members and just enjoy them. Unfortunetly my side of the family had to cancel on us for medical reasons and we were all really disappointed with that. We were also extremely blessed to visit with some friends as well... one of my closet friends and let me tell you that there is no one friendship like hers. We enjoyed a fabulous time of shopping together.

Monday, also known as my birthday and the day before Christmas or Christmas Eve, we were on the road again. We left Louisiana at 11:45 and walked in our door at 7:30 completely exhausted but anxious about our family celebration of Christmas. Christmas day was a BLAST! The Littles loved all of their gifts, of course! and we had so much playing together with them. We then were so blessed to spend an amazing time of fellowship with our close friends for dinner. Praise God that He brought us all together on such a special day.

And now we are back to reality... bills to pay, books to return to the library, homeschooling planning for next week, a house to straigten, clean, declutter and organize, loans to tackle, new habits to form, resolutions to make, lists to conquer, cars to clean and register, old toys to dispose of and new toys to embrace, laundry to do, meals to plan and sleep to get. Oh, it's good to be home, :0).

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

Monday, December 17, 2007

Family Traveling and Shocking Message

I can't believe it is already Monday! How depressing how time flies by me. Last Wednesday we found out that a close relative of my husband's passed away unexpectidly and so were detoured in our original plans. We packed up to attend her funeral and to remember her beautiful servants heart. I sat and listened to her mother in law our great grandma reflect on her kindness and generousity with her time and love, it was encouraging to me. Hearts were broken at her absence but joyful at her presence somewhere else. We are now in Lake Charles Louisiana visiting with family. We had a wonderful time at Starbucks with a cousin and her husband just discussing God, religon, adoption, and family. I don't know if I told you but God, on the day their baby was taken away, blessed them with the news that they were pregnant! She was not suppose to be able to get pregnant, I am always so amazed at His way of revealing His glory. He has always in our lives waited till the last possible minute when it is either assumed immpossible or unheard and then miraculously He shows himself. All praise and glory is His!

The other night Expresso and I watched an amazing sermon that I must share. We had never heard of this guy or his ministry but a friend told Expresso to watch a video of him speaking at a youth conference, that it was shocking. So of course say no more we were on the computer at 11:00 that night and what we heard was more than what we were expecting and probably one of the most heartfelt and bold speaches we have ever listened to. Here take a look for yourself:


Thursday, December 13, 2007

Winter Fun

Winter just can't seem to make up his mind whether or not he wants to stay or not, I think he has cold feet.... :0). I love the crisp cold air when I open the door in the morning. It is so refreshing after a hot summer. If you are looking for somethings to do while you stay indoors from the blistering cold or while you continue to wait for him to arrive may I suggest grabbing some white paper or tissue paper, a puzzle, some glue, some crayons and some scissors and enjoy some family time with these:

Snowflake Designs : Have little ones that can't cut yet? don't fear they have printable flakes to color.
A Snowflake Treat: I was pleasanty impressed with these, very good and easy!!
Wintery Christmas puzzle: as easy or hard as you would like it to be.
Dress a Snowman
Starfall Snowman : really cute
Paper Mache Snowman: cute but more difficult than I am willing to do, but maybe you are more super of a mom than me :0)
Snowman Dress up easy: we did this, super easy and cute
Sock Snowman: cute, we wanted to do this and were going to use cotton balls instead of rice. You can also just use markers for the littler ones instead of glueing small pieces.

*I really wanted to make a lot of snowflakes and put them on our van's window for our traveling adventure but I don't think we are going to accomplish that, but it was a good idea. If it is cold out grab a hot cup of coffee or cocoa and just enjoy your time together! I am hoping that we can do this when we get home from traveling.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas Gift Tags

We are dreaming of a white Christmas along with the Drifters :0). We *LOVE* this song, when it comes on the radio we all jump with excitement and run to find the remote to turn it up. We then preceed to dance around the house lip singing, we have the example of Kevin Arnold to blame for our insane behavior and the Drifters. Hope you enjoy it along with us!!

I don't really want to spend any extra money on gift tags this year so I decided to make our own. I found tons of tags online, here are my favorites:

Jan Brett
A Kids Heart
Debbie Dawn
Cute Shapes Tags or Ornaments
Pretty Tags
Victorian Tags
Koala's Christmas Tags
Suess Ville Gift Tags (my personal favorite)
ABC Teach BW Tags (color them yourself, cute)
More BW Tags
Assorted Tags

We are going to use the Suesse Ville Tags, those are way to cute to pass up and the kids will love them!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Family Reflections

We have been faithful to our peaceful walks through the lineage of Christ in our Jesse Tree devotions thus far. It will become more difficult as we begin our our journey out of town next Friday, where the celebration of Christs' birth in Christmas is appalling to some and where time will be frantic and chaotic. I had a full nights rest with just a few Butterfly interruptions, she has a cough that keeps her up at night and miserable during the day. This morning I woke up in a disgusted attitude not quite ready to face the demands of the day but thankfully I was led to spend some quiet time in His presence for the strength needed to make it through this day with my sanity still in tact and smiles left on my littles faces. I knew that I desperately needed to be spiritually nourished this morning with the attitude that I was in and the days agenda on my mind along with having a little sick Butterfly to show lots of extra attention, love, sweet kisses and special lulaby dances.

The Nativity play last night was AWESOME. All of the little actors and actresses gave a phenominal performance. The background I worked on till 5:30 was satisfactory and really added the dramatic effect we were hoping for. I have to say though that the experience of getting it up on the wall was less than fun in my personal opinion, and you would say so to had you been the one to stand on a not so stable stable that was not meant to hold 120 something pound woman and stand on a way to tall wobbly ladder with lots of reaching. Superman nervously said his line with magnificent cuteness and execution, I was a very proud mom.

I am determined to have a great day not matter what decides to come my way. It is cold outside just like I like it and am excited about that. The boys are making crayon spidermen and Butterfly is asleep. I need to get our Christmas cards out in the mail today tomorrow, finish washing and folding the evil laundry and then at 3:00 we have a doctor appointment for our sick beautful girl. Less than excited about that but hopeful for some guidance on how to help releave and kill this cough. Gifts! We have many fun gifts to make for family this week, how fun is that going to be? To much!! :0) I have so many pictures to share with all of you of the things we have made and the fun we have been having as we celebrate but my camera usb cable connection is broke and so is Walmarts machines so hopefully soon.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

What time is it?

What a WONDERFUL week, FULL and BUSY, but wonderful all the same! Christmas has my mind churning with many thoughts of contentment and discontentment and the motivation that drives me through each day.... I hope to share more later.



Let me paint the scene at my house right now just for kicks... it is 3:11am and I am (obviously) still awake and it is Saturday night, NO it is Sunday morning! :0) The tv is on keeping me company, the Christmas tree lights dancing in the living room, all little ones are sleeping and I am painfully still holding my eyes open against their will. Dark navy blue paper, scissors, tape, rulers, pencils and paper weights lay on my kitchen floor awaiting me to finish their design. Me, the MAJOR procrastinator, has found herself cramming into a few hours what must be done by tomorrow for 100's to gaze upon. I completely underestimated the amount of time that I would take to complete this project. My little Superman is Wiseman #1 (and is nervous) in our Nativity play tomorrow evening and I was asked to create a back drop to add a little more dramatic essence to the scene. I was excited to do it and still am but am beating myself up once again for my outrageous lack of organization with my time. I always think that I will beable to start something at the last possible minute and finish it in plenty of time... and I always find myself right here in stressful agony. It is now 3:27 and my continual procrastination is leading me further down it's miserable path...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Preperations

We are anxiously yet patiently awaiting the cominging of Christmas, the celebration of Christ our Saviours birth. We have spent the day creating many new decorations for our humble home and many JOYous memories to look back on in the years to come. Our tree is up and decorated though I feel something is missing. Christmas cards are on the table ready to be written with love and sent with anticipation of their arrival. Jesse Trees sit on the floor from moments ago when we all gathered as a family to prepare our minds for the coming of our Lord in a manger. Hot glue guns are still warm from little hands creating their masterpeices from nature. Our advent wreath sits in the middle our living room waiting for it's candles. Thoughts are still lingering of capturing many more moments like these and banking them for eternally lasting JOY satisfying memories. Tomorrow awaits us to experience it's freshness and adventures of daily living together, I can't wait! Our Expresso, whom we have missed so much behind all of the papers and books, is taking a day off to just be with us.

Note: no news on the adoption, all is the same and we are still praying.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Praying in the Word

The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ~James 5:16
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:9

Continue to pray...

Friday, November 30, 2007

Continue to pray...

(Update on below post)

The family of the baby girl are now her care takers, they got her sometime today. My heart is broken for our family who has just lost a baby girl. Again the situation with the family of the baby is completely incapable of adequately caring for her physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Plead with the Lord on her behalf that she will be handed into the arms of safety, love and security, that God's will in this will become clear and that peace will accompany it in either ending. Pray for the young mother to be comforted in this time of confusion, fear and loss and pray that she will focus on what is best for the her baby and that God will enable her the strength to do possibly the most difficult thing she might ever have to do and pray for her salvation as well. Pray for comfort and strength for our family as they undergo this emotional struggle of grief and understanding God's will in all of this. Above all pray that His glory will be revealed in this situation to all involved.

Thank you...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Pray (adoption)



I have been in a constant state of ongoing prayer for my husband’s cousin who is in the middle of adopting a newborn babygirl. The young mother of the baby girl is a mere 15 years old and in no condition to take care of a baby. The little girl was born on Monday and Expresso's cousin and her husband has had her since Tuesday. I can only imagine the joy they have been experiencing with their new baby girl. It was unfortunetly interrupted this evening when the baby's bio-family called and announced to come get her. I can not immagine the sinking feeling in their hearts as they realized their little girl was about to be taken away. Expresso's mother called to imform us of the news and I was deeply concerned for all of them. Expresso and I immediatly opened our bibles and got on the floor in prayer. A few minutes after we found out the baby's bio-family decided to sleep on it... oh, praise God! It is certain to me that He anwsered our prayers. I know that God is with them in this very uncertain and extremely difficult time and I just ask that you would please plead with God with us to allow our family to keep this baby girl. The family of the baby is in extremely bad conditions and is in no way fit to raise a child. (grandmother of baby girl has a bad history with her own children, fatalities and custoday battles) Sunday is the finalization of the adoption, please pray that they will make it to Sunday and that signatures will be signed on that day releasing her into my husband's cousin's arms permanitly.


The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~Phillipians 4:5b-7




Peace left, Peace found


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be calledWonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. ~Isaiah 9:6

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. ~John 14:27

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. ~Romans 8:6

Peace is not always found in our circumstances, in a clean house, in perfect behaving children, in a believing husband, a cup of coffee, in grandchildren, in the abundance of money or in a certain "season" of the year, not the peace that Christ has left us. We are fooled if we believe that if we can obtain these we will have a peaceful mind for it will soon fade away as all things the world has to offer us. It is a shame that we often find ourselves caught up in the mind of the flesh so taken by the things of this world and what they have to offer us. The peace of Christ is eternal and unfading if we will hold fast and stand firm in our faith that He has given us we will be reminded of it's continual presence in our lives.

Monday, November 26, 2007

They

The grim images were to much for my weary mind at 11:00 the other night. They sank deep into my being gripping every thought and memory leving none to wander, they tried to hide behind happier images and thoughts but found no where to rest before they to were overtaken. I lie awake unable to rest. The room was to dark and they continued to fill my mind... tug at my heart... their pain... their agony... their poverty... their hopelessness... their fear... their weakness... their tears... seemed to begin to take over my soul like a running fountain, closing my eyes had no effect on them but actually made them worse. All futile meaningless thoughts were lost in that moment and contentment and overabundance was found as I began to look around at the vast luxeries that we call necessessities surrounding me... finally I began to drift off with these thoughts hovering in my mind trying desperately to console...


why worry... what can you do?... I have to worry about my own life... they are so far away and there is nothing that I can do to help their souls... Illusions of the mind...

The morning suprised me and for a while they were lost behind the days agenda, but they soon found me again... as I worshiped, fellowshipped and tried to focus on other things. As they followed me they seemed to refine all of the thing in my life and day that have become rusted and faded and as I walked through each thought and reflected on the gifts of grace and thankfulness of the church, I considered all of the things I have to be grateful for with their images in mind and suddenly they began to shine brightly... like thousands of diamonds in a valley of rocks. As I try to push past my consuming thoughts I for a moment listen...

Peace offering catches my attention from the front of the building and we are all called to the front. As I made my way to the front of the building to offer a peace offering of thanks to my God they began crowding my mind and I quickly became overwhelmed by all of them. I stood there before Him lifting my offering up to the alter and I was only able to reach in and seperate one out of the many and I uttered my thankful offering to Him... "Peace, Lord, Your peace that You have left for me and all those who love You, amen." even them.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Last Leaf...




"Live simply, Love radically."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

~*Happy Thanksgiving*~

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
Psalm 95:2

The heart must be alive with gracious gratitude, or the leaf cannot long be green with living holiness.

—C. H. Spurgeon inFlowers from a Puritan's Garden

I pray that you have a truly blessed Thanksgiving enjoying good food and family.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Breaking Free

I am tired of living in this self absorbed mind. It is almost unbearable to be behind these bars of prideful contempt, I just want to break free from them and step outside of myself and my little world.

There are so many things going on besides the little events in my day.

My life is perfect; I think my life is perfect not because things are good but because of God's steadfast love and the hope that is given through His son. We are in the process of making plans for our Thanksgiving family gathering; who to visit, when, how long, what to bring and preparing baked goods to bring while other families are experiencing major hardships and issues in their lives and Thanksgiving doesn't make any exceptions for them. They are living in a dry dessert of mourning seperated from the love of God because they do not recognize Him, they somehow find the strength to endure hopelessly. I am trying to enjoy this "Thankful" season but am having a difficult time concentrating with all of these deeply concerned thoughts moldering around aimlessly in my shallow mind. I wish that my mind and my actions could meet together and decide for themselves to take steps in the same direction. I know that I sound rather dismal but these are my thoughts expressed fully with out restraint. I just felt that I needed to share what is going on in my head at the moment. Please don't get the wrong impression and read anything into my thoughts, I am utterly in love with my life and just life in general but... I weep so intensely inside for all of the suffering souls out there who have no hope in their lives, namely of course Christ and I also weep for the passion I have for their souls that is inprisoned inside me that can not seem escape the barricade of pride living inside me.

I hope that it is not taken that I am complaining or discontent in any way with the gifts that I have been given. I am however complaining about my discontentment with my ability to think on things above, to surrender to the Spirit inside me and to live faithfully to Christ my JOY. I have had a lot of time to think over the past few days considering my boys are absent, leaving our home unpleasantly quiet. I am actually able to "hear" my thoughts, collect them and record them. It is nice but... not all of my thoughts should be heard all at once. They are just flooding in one after the other. I miss my boys so much and can not wait to hear their voices tomorrow.

JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Giving Thanks Saturday

"Such a blessed people should be a thankful people." Cotton Mather


The week of Giving Thanks at Kelli's is coming to an end today. I have been surprised by the JOY of thanksgiving through this little blogging adventure, wow. I wan't even sure if I was going to do it at first and then decided kind of last minute to step into it. Honestly, I don't like to commit to things for the fear of having to follow through with them but this little challenge turned out to surprise me in the end. I didn't have a problem staying commited like I thought I would and God had a few lessons for me to learn along the way. The journey is not over nor will it ever be and I know that He has many more lessons for me as I continue to walk slowly through each path that He has paved specifically for me. This week has made me realize how much I take for granted in this life and has inspired me to give thanks always...


I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Now, I want to share a few pictures from my home:



Here is our "Giving Thanks" tree, isn't it cute? It is the best branch that we could find. Also, the leaf prints are the cards we are going to send out today to family and friends telling them why we are thankful for them.

We had so much fun painting our leaves and then making their prints on the paper.

Oh, I just had to share this BEAUTIFUL baby Butterfly with you!! I love her!
My boys left to go out of town today... it wasn't planned but the opportunity presented itself and we all jumped on it. It would have been selfish of me to pass it up, I miss them terribly but I am thankful that they were blessed to go visit with their Nana and a lot of other family that they love so much and don't get to see very often.


"A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart."
Charles Finney

Thanks Kelli for encouraging me to grow in grace and cultivating further in me a thankful heart. I have SO enjoyed myself this week just examining my life and seeing the blessings more abundantly and praising God through them.

I pray that all of YOU who were involved in this Giving Thanks week were as blessed as I was and more!
JOYfully in Him,
Kelli

Giving Thanks Friday

I sat at my kitchen table this morning with Superman and T-Rex as we did our "table time" for class. While Superman worked on his spelling I searched the word for "thankful" verses. I read through them letting them sink in and bring my heart and mind to praise. I read part of one to the boys: "Sing praises to the Lord, Oh you His saints, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment and His favor is for a lifetime." Psalm 30: 30:4-5 Praise flowed. I don't think Superman and T-rex felt the same sweeping gratitude that leaped in my soul but I hope they experienced a glimpse of it through me.

We sat their together reflecting on all of the wonderful blessings that fill our life when my thoughts were turned to our health and I remembered all of the children and mothers who are suffering all over the world from illness or losses from those illnesses. I am thankful for a few of them personally for constantly turning my eyes to the Savior and encouraging my faith greatly.


We got down from the table and visited them and prayed over them...

Sean
Ethan
Noah
Heather

Then we prayed together giving thanks to the One who is in control of these families, who is their Refuge and their Rock. (Psalm 31:1-5) We prayed for His continual presence in their lives and in ours.

I will leave you with a prayer I read this morning that dug deep into me.
(be sure not to pass over it leaving it behind but letting it spill out to God in praise)

O my God,


Thou fairest, greatest, first of all objects,
my heart admires, adores, love thee,
for my little vessel is as full as it can be,
and I would pour out all that fullness before thee in ceaseless flow.

When I think upon and converse with thee
ten thousand delightful thoughts spring up,
ten thousands sources of pleasure are unsealed,
ten thousand refreshing joys spread over my heart,
crowding into every moment of happiness.

I bless thee for the soul thou hast created,
for adorning it, sanctifying it,
though it is fixed in barren soil;
for the body thou hast given me,
for preserving its strength and vigour,
for providing senses to enjoy delights,
for the ease and freedom of my limbs,
for hands, eyes, ears that do thy bidding,
for thy royal bounty providing my daily support,
for a full table and overflowing cup,
for appetite, taste, sweetness,
for social joys of relatives and friends,
for ability to serve others,
for a heart that feels sorrows and necessities,
for a mind to care for my fellow-men,
for opportunities of spreading happiness around,
for loved ones in the joys of heaven,
for my own expectation of seeing thee clearly.


I love thee above the powers of language to express,
for what thou art to thy creatures.

Increase my love, O my God, through time and eternity.

Give Thanks to God today for the many blessings that are surrounding you today and then head over to Kelli's to see other Giving Thanks posts!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Giving Thanks Thursday

Psalm 69:30
I will praise the name of God with song;
I will magnify Him with thanksgiving.

Last night I was laying in bed thinking when a deep sense of gratitude rushed over me. God, the Mighty God, the maker of all things, of all things imaginable, unexplainable, magnificent not only made me, little insignificant me but also loves me as His child, cares for me, provides for me and is willing to meet with me whenever I want to.. on a daily basis through prayer and His word. The God that made the Sun, the earth, all the planets, stars and that holds them all in place with His sovereign hand. Do you ever think about that? How BIG our God is ? How soveriegn He is over all of it and yet how personal He is in our lives? Isn't He amazing... worthy of all of our praise... and mighty over all of our circumstances?
Lets us praise Him in song...



And magnify Him with thanksgiving...

I am overwhelmed with His goodness and splendor that surround me. Sitting in my little humble home today I am reminded of the numerous blessings that He has so abundantly bestowed upon me an unworthy creature. My cup overflows... with thanksgiving for....

15. The chance that I am given as a mother to train my children in His righteousness, to be a building block to their faith. For the amazing journey I am able to embark on of homeschooling, what a wonderful privilege He has given me in keeping my Littles at home....


16. For those precious moments spent together enjoying nature and just eachother, laughing and realizing His presence.

17. Getting lost in a good book.
18. Of the amazing, truly amazing man that God created me for, he is perfect. I am so thankful that I am his and he is mine, that He saved him and raised him up to be a mighty servant for His kingdom, that He continually provides for us and that He reigns over our marriage...

19. For sweet little remarks that make my heart smile.
20. For JOY that is found in Christ my Saviour.
21. For my beautiful Butterfly and her sweet smile. She has filled another peice of my heart that I didn't know was missing and I am just amazed at what an absolutely enchanting and captivating job God did in creating her. I am reminded of what an awesome God I serve when I pear into her eyes. She is amazing and I thank the Lord for her presence in my life...


22. Oh, for BOYS! They are so wonderful!
23. Messes left behind them...
24. Echoes of laughter



26. Dinosaurs... their mysterious presence in our life.
27. T-Rex and his fascination with them.
28. Evenings spent together.
29. Good books in the dim light of the bedroom "moon light".


30. Family
31. Life and all if its adventures.
32. And the strength given to embrace them each day...

Give Thanks today to the Creator of all things and visit Kelli for more posts and details.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Giving Thanks Wednesday

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
Let those who fear the Lord say, "His steadfast love endures forever."
Psalm 118:1-4

I don't know what that Psalm does for you but it fills me with
a leaping joy of praise to the God of my salvation! Give Him THANKS for He is good... why? because His steadfast, unmoveable, unchangeable, solid love endures FOREVER. No matter what has happened in your life, no matter the people in you life who have abandoned you or broken your heart this is not the case with our Mighty God... no, He is good and He can be trusted... we can rely on His love. So let us say,"His steadfast love endures forever."

Recipe:

I will be bringing this delicious Pumpkin Spice Bread to the family Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday. It is so GOOD.

Children's Songs and Poems:

If You're Thankful
Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It

If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands.
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands.
If you're thankful and you know it Then your face will surely show it.
If you're thankful and you know it clap your hands.

Additional Verses:
Stomp Your Feet
Shout "I am!"
Do All Three

I Am Thankful
Tune: Are You Sleeping?

I am thankful. I am thankful.
Yes I am! Yes I am!
I'm thankful for my family
And the friends who love me.
Yes I am! Yes I am!

Five Little Turkeys

5 little turkeys standing by door,
One waddled off, and then there were 4.
4 little turkeys under a treee,
One waddled off , and then there were 3.
3 little turkeys with nothing to do,
One waddled off, and then there were 2.
2 little turkeys in the noon day sun,
One waddled off, and then there was 1.
One little turkey better run away,
For soon will come Thanksgiving day.

If Turkeys Thought

If turkeys thought,
they'd run away,
A week before Thanksgiving Day.
But turkeys can't anticipate,
And so there's turkey on my plate!

Jack Prelutsky
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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Giving Thanks Tuesday



All in a Word
~~Aileen Fisher~~
T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday.
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart.
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember.
K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon.
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that abounds.
That spells - THANKS - for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving.

Visit Kelli today for more Giving Thanks posts and details!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Creating Traditions!

Kelli is hosting this fun and delightful Giving Thanks this week... visit her for all of the details.




I grew up in a family that didn't have anything that even remotely resembled what is known as a tradition. After my grandparents adopted me at the age of 12 there were a few traditions that I can vaguely remember, but none of them have stuck with me and followed me to my own family. I have struggled over the years to create my own family traditions. Many years I have stressed out over them and pushed to hard to make some one elses traditions fit my unique family. I love to listen to familes as they share their own family traditions, they warm my heart. I really feel that traditions help not only to bring families closer together but also to create some extraordinary life long memories! I want that. I want to share some traditions that I have enjoyed experiencing lately and am thinking of altering them to mold our family.

Tablecloth of Thanks
A Thanksgiving Turkey
Turn over a New Leaf
Thankful Tree

I have thought of a few that might be do-able:

Letters of Thanks: send out a note of thanks to family and friends! Using this cute card idea.
Thankful Dessert: make a little desert for a neighbor/friend and attach a little notecard on it with why you are thankful for them.
Pre-Thanksgiving Meal: we travel for thanksgiving and so never have our own thanksgiving meal together, something simple but at the same time special.

I know that over the years we will aquire our own traditions and I can't wait to see what they will be, well yes I can wait but when the time comes it will be interesting to look back at how they all came about and why they stuck and to reflect on the many memories.

Please... I would SO love to hear some of your Thanksgiving family traditions!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Help me to pray Lord

How often if ever have you continued in prayer until you felt assured that God had anwsered it? Anyone? I can honestly say that I have never prayed with such faith and assurance. I have never locked myself in a quiet place and prayed until my heart was empty and until I just didn't think I could pray anymore, not really. I have attempted something similiar to this once in my 5 year Christian journey. There are so many people that are heavy on my heart and whom I pathetically and very casually pray for each day. There are so many days that I weep at my failure to consistently lift them up in prayer. Interceding for those I love in prayer should fill me with such joy and I should yearn to be in His presence with their needs. There was a time in my life when I truly understood and delighted in deep conversations with my heavenly Father. There was a 2 year period where I consistently every night asked God to save my husband to come into his heart and transform it. Every night for 2 years my heart pleaded with the maker of the universe and He heard my little voice and answered my cries of desperation for my husbands heart to love Him. Now we are together enjoying God and trying desperately to glorify Him. I desire to once again realize the joy of prayer, the life changing, transforming, power of prayer.

Often times when I entire into prayer with the Lord my humanly expectations are to ask solely for what I want, for what I need and not for what He wills. Looking at Luke 11:1, the disiples watched Jesus as He prayed to His Father in heaven and they were captivated and longed to know God the way He knew God and so they asked: "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." I know for a fact that my prayers do not call people's souls to leap with a longing to yearn for a deep relationship with God, definetly not like Jesus and they will never be like those of Jesus of course the only begotton son of God. I ask Jesus the same question and here is His anwser for me: And he said to them,
"When you pray, say: Father, hallowed by your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation."

I don't know about you but I am so thankful that one of the disciples was bold enough to ask the son of God how to pray! I can just imagine standing there as He prayed and just being taken by the intimate love and relationship that was so evident. Jesus has given us the perfect example of exactly how to pray. Lets continue a little more down in Luke where we are told by Jesus:
"And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

These descriptions speak of an earnestness and intensity; all too often, our prayers are merely wishes cast up to heaven, and this is not real prayer.

Plead with the Lord in prayer! Earnestly seek Him and His will for your life. Allow prayer to change you and that in it you will find deep satisfaction in the maker of the heavens and the earth. Let's listen to the words of Jesus as he instructs us in the pattern of prayer and let us believe them.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Life's Storms

How incomprehensible is the love of God! His ways are indeed past finding out. How many of His providences are like the cloud between the Israelites and the Egyptians - if looked on by unbelievers, or without faith, it is a cloud of darkness; but if viewed according to the privilege of the Lord's people, it is no longer darkness, but light and safety. May this be your experience; may you feel that the Hand which inflicts the wound supplies the balm, and that He who has emptied your heart has filled the void with Himself.

James Hudson Taylor

Thursday, November 8, 2007

There was more than met the eye!


Here is a shot of Superman in his Halloween costume in front of an Optimus Prime poster for the picture on his cake.


Instead of paying for Walmart to make a cake with Superman's pic on it I had them just do the picture for me for 5 dollars.

We made our own invitations


Made an Allspark out of a a box with some spray paint and filled it with transformer coloring pages and transformer suckers.

And had a blast enjoying the party.

It was an awesome birthday party!

Where the heart is?

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Matthew 6:21

This morning I set out my little index card on my kitchen counter ready for my humble scratches of thankfulness. I labeled it and began to engrave the ink onto the lines starting with number 7. Later in the morning I thought it would be a good idea to hear what Superman's thankful list might look like, so I took out another index card and began scratching his list:

Toys, money, trapoline, backyard, bike, scooter, skateboard, Jesus, food, movies, soccer, desert, plates (to eat on), water, trees, grass, God, neclace that I wear, lights (to see), earth, video games, cup (to get water in), bible, family, fridgerator (to keep our food cold), windows (to keep bugs out of our house), pens (to write stuff down), tvs, washing machines, birds, spiders, lizards, clothes (so we are not naked), sand table, Soren (friend), Jace (cousin), all my cousins, all my friends, my mom and dad and bowls.

Now you have to keep into consideration that we were sitting in the kitchen :0). I didn't say a word as to lead his heart anywhere that it wasn't. I realized that being a kid his mind is mostly in the material but was suprised at some of his list. Simple things that we do not usually think of such as windows so the bugs won't get in, I am very thankful for that and birds, spiders and lizards to keep the bugs from overtaking the world. I glanced at my thankful list and realized that all morning I was trying to dig deep to find mine. I couldn't get past some very unimportant things that fill my life and make it more comfortable and I looked up from my self and saw where my heart was... not where it should be. Looking at my daily life I realize it is misplaced there as well.

Glancing at Superman's list I can't help but notice the hindrances... the many things that are between the things of God. I know he is only 7 but I believe that it starts now, it is now that his heart is listening, it now that it is growing and that it is willing to follow. I can not knowingly leave his beating heart to itself and hope that it will all by itself learn how to decipher what it should love and what it should not. I can not leave it to suffocated by the many things of this world and I so I know today that some things need to change and number one is me and the direction of my very own heart.

My Gift List continued...

7. For woman who are inspired to live a life after God's heart and to encourage His daughters along the way as their calling.
9. For sweet hours of slumber...
10. Gleeful screams from behind closed doors in the morning...
11. Humilty...
12. Quiet times spent with T-rex...
14. That we are not left alone in this world but have His promise

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Let us..


Embrace our day... Enjoy the moments... Capture the grace... Reveal the love... Unveil forgiveness... Dwell in peace... Draw from Him... Allow JOY.... Break free in Praise... Abide in His righteousness... Follow contentment... Live simply... Love radically... Swallow Wisdom.... Endure the pain... Be encouraged...

In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Psalm 4:8

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
Psalm 63:3

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
James 4:8

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Meeting God


Great God, in public and private, in sanctuary and home, may my life be steeped in prayer, filled with the spirit of grace and supplication, each prayer perfumed with the incense of atoning blood. Help me, defend me, until from praying ground I pass to the realm of unceasing praise. Urged by my need, invited by Thy promises, called by Thy Spirit, I enter Thy presence, worshipping Thee with godly fear, awed by Thy majesty, greatness, glory, but encouraged by Thy love.

I am all poverty as well as all guilt, having nothing of my own with which to repay Thee, but I bring Jesus to Thee in the arms of faith, pleading His righteousness to offset my iniquities, rejoicing that He will weigh down the scales for me, and satisfy thy justice. I bless Thee that great sin draws out great grace, that, although the lest sin deserves infinite punishment because done against an infinite God, yet there is mercy for me, for where guilt is most terrible, there Thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep. Bless me by revealing to me more of His saving merits, by causing Thy goodness to pass before me, by speaking peace to my contrite heart; strengthen me to give Thee no rest untiI Christ shall reign supreme within me in every thought, word, and deed, in a faith that purifies the heart, overcomes the world, works by love, fastens me to Thee, and ever clings to the cross.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Giving Thanks

That my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Psalm 30:12

2. Rocking chairs and the sweet memories they hold.
3. Pencils and papers that overtake my kitchen table in the morning.
4. Heather and her encouraging faith.
5. For daily little inquiring minds.
6. For Superman's quiet times spent with the Lord

Lets open our hearts and allow the flood gates of praise to spill out with singing today. May gratitude fill your heart and JOY follow you everywhere you go.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Believe...

What God gives in answer to our prayers will always be the thing we most urgently need, and it will always be suffient.
Elisabeth Elliot


I am reading the autobiography of Hudson Taylor and just finished his coversion story which was utterly drenched in the prayer of his mother, which you can read here. It is not long but it is powerful in the realization of the true POWER of prayer!


1 John 5:15
And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.


Today: Worship Him with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength... and at some point retreat to a quiet place and get on your knees and pray with belief in His power to move the mountains in your life and those around you.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Come on what are you afraid of?

Are you ever afraid to pray? (After reading those thoughts typed out don't they sound faithless and immature?) Afraid of what might be your first initial reaction to this question, it was mine. Simply, afraid that God will do 1 of the only 2 possilbe things... either anwser the prayer or ignore it, but wait... there is only 1 thing He will do... and that is to ANWSER it... so I guess the real question is when God does answer your prayer and He will in fact do that, will it be the answer you were looking for or will it be the anwser you feared. I know that I am afraid of His will at times, of the pain that His will requires me to go through and that is neccessary for me to grow.

Mar 11:22-24
"Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
I know that I have to realize that if it is not in His will that it also will not be granted to me and I must hold onto faith and trust that His will is perfect and that He works everything together for good for those who love Him. There are so many things in this life that my heart desires and that I will lift up to the Lord in prayer and many of them will be left where they are because they do not conform to His will and some will and they will move forward and both will bring about His purposes. I know that I will wrestle with God for some of them as if my will is better than His and He will show me once again that He not only knows what is best but also that He and only He can so perfectly bring everything together.

So... let us not be afraid but joyful in prayer as we patiently wait and persevere in our requests.

Phillipians 4:6

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Cover them with Prayer


and

Baby Noah

They are both in need of our prayers. Please... don't leave here until you have lifted them both up in prayer to our Father. Ethan's parents ask this of you...

"SAY IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT! DON'T JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS! PRAY WITH PASSION! PRAY ON YOUR KNEES! BeLIeVe... PRAYER WORKS!!!"

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween and...

Happy Birthday...


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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Superman saved me...

Posing at his Art Camp this summer.


Looking cute in the front yard.
Tree climbing one of his personal favorite things to do.

Thinking at the park.

Superman and one of his building creations.
Jumping on the trampoline.

My journey into motherhood began with Superman flying into my life. He was a God send. Though he was not planned by Expresso and I God had ordained him to become a apart of our lives uniting us together forever and begining a long and hard journey for us to depart on. I was 19 and the last thing I had on my mind was being a mother and wife, the LAST thing! I will be honest here... I fell to my knees in tears when the + sign appeared. I was shocked and devasted, but He was working out His perfect will for my life whether I knew it or not. God sent me a son by the name of Eli aka Superman to begin my journey to His son.

And so 7 years ago tomorrow my journey began, the journey of slowly and painfully being transformed. Now as I sit here in this moment of time I can "see" His plan more clearly and I would not change a single experience that I went through in these 7 years.

It is so surreal that it has been 7 years since I began these journeys. Time has amazingly flown right by my eyes. He was so little and yet filled such a huge peice of my heart 7 years ago. He was an accident and a huge surprise and changed my life forever. I have said so many times that it was through Superman's arrival that God began to save my husband and me. He not only brought us joy... he brought us life. I LOVE this little creature and SO enjoy raising him.

Thank you God for sending my Superman to me and for the saving work of Your son Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour!


Monday, October 29, 2007

Superman has...

An amazing personality
A JOYful spirit
Boundless energy
A Loving heart
A Secret Gentle side
A Handsome face
A strong independent mind
Determination like I have never seen in a kid
A laugh that makes you giddy
A spunk that is contagious
A goofiness that brings your spirit to laugh
A sense of humor
And a prankster that is daily growing
A deep side that surfaces every so often
A love for God and His Son
A special place in my life

Superman has...

...My HEART

Superman has been the center of my universe since he was born, for 3 years he filled the space alone and now he shares it. He is a truly wonderful kid and we are all lucky to be so blessed with his amazing presence, there is no other Superman, he is the one and only. I can not fully express the deep love that I have for this Little, he brings so much joy to my life and so many smiles to my face. I can not believe that on Wednesday he will be turning 7 leaving another year in the memory bank of my mind. I am so blessed to be his mother and to watch God work in his life and mold him into His might servant.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Greeting Duties with JOYful Anticipation

Another week is approaching... full of demands and joyful duties. This last week I am thankful and sad that it is behind me and that I am able to look in the rear view mirror to see all of the joys and struggles. Striving to live a life in this calling with an attitude of embracing each God given moment is... exhausting and... difficult in times when the moments are so full of "to do's" and "expected duties" that are very energy consuming and that take away from moments better spent with loving and just enjoying my family. I don't want to miss the joyful opportunites though in those life moments of active duties of completing the lists, they are there and it just depends on my attitude towards them. They are apart of my calling and my life and they must be embraced and greeted with an attitude that accepts its painful experience and conquers it with JOYful anticipation.

If it is feared that some duties just can not be met with JOYful anticipation then it is neccessary for us to spend more time in prayer with our heavenly Father and to reflect on His word as our sustainers and encouragers. This week desperately try to meet your duties with JOYful anticipation and I also recommend "going out of your mind" if you become overwhelmed and stressed. I will leave you with this thought from my friend Allison...

"...we are enjoying life as it is right now and enjoying the blessings that God has given us in the moment. Life will not ever be like this again so we are soaking up everything about it!"

Just a few things...

It is a beautiful morning,
the sun is shining,
the littles are awake,
family is here,
coffee is brewing,
worship is coming,
fellowship with friends,
joy and contentment
are dancing,
I thank the Lord,
for His goodness
and grace,
and pray for His blessings
in this Lord's day.


I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;
before the gods I will sing your praise.
I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your love and your faithfulness.
Psalms 138:1-2


Praise Him, be grateful and enjoy this day of worship.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Early in His presence

The purpose of a daily quiet time is to know God. Drawing apart to begin the day by communing with our Father shifts our focus and fixes our hearts. We begin to see God in every circumstance and receive interruptions as from Him. Withough this time, our days become harried and frustrating and we often miss great opportunities He sends our way.

Sandy Smith

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Leading them...

It is going to be one of those days, those days that are full of high expectations and long to do lists, one of those days that the littles are going to smell their mothers weakness as she stresses out. We are all getting ready to head out to Butterfly's doctor appointment this morning... I am anxious to see how big she has gotten. Today I prayed that I would be given the eyes to see His blessings and the heart to feel their presence. I know that they are not going to just stand out to me through out this day. I am going to have a lot of moments that are on the surface going to be difficult... Superman and T-Rex are going to test me and their sins are going to irritate me even more than usual because it is just going to be one of those days. I pray that in each of these challenges, I will beable to view them as wonderful opportunities to train them in His righteousness and not fall under my own sin. These are blessings in disguise these opportunities to train them... to lead them closer to the cross.

1. Today I am grateful for the opportunities that I am given to train my children not in my own stupidity wisdom but in His true wisdom and righteousness.


May this day bring you great blessings and may you beable to capture them and store them in your heart producing in you a truly grateful heart.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Rejected Cheescake


Number 60 on my 101 Things to do list is to bring a neighbor a dessert. About a month ago I did just that. I decided to make a blueberry cheesecake for our very sweet neighbor across the street. I prepared it and the family and I walked over to bless him with it when he announced that he doesn't like cheesecake! I wasn't offended at all but a little embarassed, I guess we should have asked. He said he likes blueberry pie, so I am going to try to make him one soon. We decided to take the refected cheesecake to our next door neighbor who also doesn't like cheesecake but his wife does... thank goodness! Next time I think I will just make cookies... 2 different kinds. :0)

Monday, October 22, 2007

A Grateful Heart


I am full… my heart lies within me beating with a rhythm of sincere gratitude. God is good, His love endures forever and His mercies are new every morning. It is not everyday that I feel so full the sad truth is that on most days I feel empty of this overflowing gratitude and full of my disgusting pride. Every day is a gift a blessing that my heart should show, feel and express the intense gratitude for its presence but it is when I miss it as a blessing and all of the many blessings that He gives me in each day that I become full of discontentment and consumed with myself. How often do His abundant graces and gifts slip past my humanistic and materialistic eyes.

Maybe it’s the season or the warm tones being brought in with it that have given me all of these warm and fuzzy feelings, but I believe that it is God alone that has filled me. Isn’t this how we should always feel… infinitely and abundantly full of gratitude… I believe that we have such a wonderful opportunity to reveal His glory to our families through a grateful heart. I am tired of living with this heart of inconsistent gratitude and desire to possess gratitudes presence in every day and every circumstance. I believe that if I look through His lens instead of mine each day I will be enabled to recognize and focus on His blessings and begin to cultivate a more consistent heart of gratitude. And so I embark on this journey of gratitude and vow to be thankful for the many blessings that I so often miss and allow to slip into the winds of discontentment.


1000 Thousand gifts is an attempt to ”see” more clearly and consistently these many blessings from the Lord rather than let them slip away, an attempt to fight for them rather than weakly surrender them to discontent, which will begin to grow a restless depressed frame of mind, hiding the JOY that I have in Him and that is given to me each day.

Does it feel like you truly have nothing to be grateful for… that life is just to hard right now… that God hasn’t given you any blessings to be grateful for, your life is miserable and you feel like it isn’t going to get better… can I ask you to dig deep to look further past your fallacy of emotions and find the blessings that are hidden behind all of the “obstacles” hindering your gratefulness and JOY today.



“Joy is a product of a Grateful Heart”





*Oh Lord my God... each morning you command the sun to rise blessing us with a new creation.. filling it with many adornments that we so often than not allow to slip past our eyes into the vast wind of discontent... leaving us... with our eyes down and our hearts empty... cause us to become true harvesters of a sincerely grateful heart daily acknowledging the presence of your blessings.. great and small... open our eyes to see them, our hearts to experience them and our souls to be refreshed and encouraged by them and may we through their being lift our eyes to Your love, Your grace, You mercy consuming our hearts and minds with Your goodness. You are holy and righteous! Blessed be your name in all the earth!! Amen.