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


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,

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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,

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...


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."


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
Visit Kelli today for more Giving Thanks posts and details.

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


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


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...