Sunday, March 30, 2008

Selfless Ambition

“If there was more true abiding in Christ, there would be less selfish abiding at home.”
Hudson Taylor

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Roman 5 Thoughts

If you are justified by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord then you are standing in grace and have the joy of rejoicing in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5 1-2) We, servants of Christ, are currently standing in grace, have peace with God whichs allows us to rejoice, to triumph, in hope, a happy certainty, of the glory of God! I realize that I just repeated myself but for me it is such an amazing profound thought that needs to be repeated to my stubborn heart and maybe yours as well... :0). Let it sink in heart, absorb the reality of your standing in grace and let it overflow into a life of worship and complete devotion and dedication to the commision of the Lord. Don't just stand their paralyzed as if afraid to move! Go... boast in the glory of God, let your faith become courageous and bold through your everyday life and in every thought and word that flows from your mouth.

"Alas, how few believers have the courage of faith! When some saint here or there does begin to believe the facts and walk in shouting liberty, we say (perhaps secretly), 'He must be an especially holy, consecrated man.' No, he is just a poor sinner like you, who is believing in the abundance of grace." (Newell)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A Week of JOYful Visiting

Sunday afternoon we left for our Easter break to be with our family down in Louisiana. My sweet baby Butterfly turned 1 on St. Patrick's Day! We were able to spend her special day at my parents beautiful house where we enjoyed a wonderful time. The boys and I were able to escape for a while on a long nature walk together, it was fun.

We then left there to visit Expresso's father and step mother also known as Papa Pat and Mama Kat. Always an enjoyable time. Expresso was able to enjoy some crayfish and crabs, Superman bonded with their new little kitty and we all just enjoyed our time visiting with them.

Our last stop was Expresso's mother and step father's house where we were busy with non stop family visiting and fun. Nana's house is always a treat. I really enjoyed our time with all of them. Superman and T-Rex had a blast spending time with their friend and cousin Jace, who is only a day apart from Superman in age.

I have to admit that by Sunday afternoon I was completely exhausted and not so much physically as emotionally. It takes a lot away from me to be around a lot of people and have to exert myself in conversation. I have gotten a lot better from how I use to handle large crowds. In the past I was known, only by my husband, to cry after a large gathering and often I would find hiding spots to get away from the pressure and anxiety, my husband would find me later confused. He never could completely understand where I was coming from and I was pretty okay with that. These days I am usually comfortable in large crowds and no longer hide away for long periods of time, for a few minutes maybe :0), but I have been enabled to handle them much better now.

It is nice to be home! My boys stayed with their Nana leaving me with 2 holes in my heart and a lot of time to do some things that are essential. I do not enjoy them being gone for so long, it is difficult for me to walk past their room at night and reflect on them resting else where with my kisses goodnight, but I am happy for them to spend some time alone with family. It is goingt o be a busy but good week for me.

I leave you this morning with some highlights of our trip:

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Monday, March 10, 2008

You Carry Me

Shannon Wexelberg

Insufficient for the task
I will always be
I can't lift a single finger
Without Your grace
To strengthen me
Who am I to think
I could hold my own,
When heaven knows
I'm not alone

You cary me
You point the way
You steady my feet
You hold my hand
You are the Strength
Of who I am
The world down here
May think I am strong
But they're wrong...
You carry me

There are times I've felt alone
Seems I called, but no one came
I couldn't sense the hand of Heaven
But I know it was there just the same
In the darkest moments of my life
I believe You hold me tight

You cary me
You point the way
You steady my feet
You hold my hand
You are the Strength
Of who I am
The world down here
May think I am strong
But they're wrong...

I need You
Oh, I need You
Like the flower needs the rain
I need You
With every breath I take

You cary me
You point the way
You steady my feet
You hold my hand
You are the Strength
Of who I am
Oh, you carry me
You point the way
You steady my feet
You hold my hand
You are the Strength
Of who I am
The world down here
May think I am strong
But they're wrong...

Heaven knows...
Heaven knows...
You carry me

Friday, March 7, 2008

Proverbs 16:3-7

Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.

The LORD has made everything for its pupose,
even the wicked for the day of trouble.

Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an
abomination to the LORD;
be assured, he will not go

By steadfast love and faithfulness
iniquity is atoned for,
and by the fear of the LORD one turns away from evil.

When a man's ways please the LORD,
he makes even his enemies to be at
peace with him.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Your Calling IS High, Holy and Crucial

"What I want to honor in this message is the biblical calling on a woman’s life to weave a fabric of family life out of commitment to a husband and his calling, and commitment to her children and their training, and commitment to Christ and his glory. In other words, I want to honor the biblical calling that makes marriage, motherhood, and home-management, in the context of radical Christian discipleship, the central, core, dominant commitments of a woman’s life." Honoring the Biblical Call to Motherhood by Pastor John Piper

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

I *LOVE* my Boys!!

Why God Made Little Boys

God made a world out of His dreams,of magic mountains, oceans and streams. Prairies and plains and wooded land,then paused and thought"I need someone to standon top of the mountains, to conquer the sea,explore the plains and climb the trees,someone to start out small and grow sturdy,strong like a tree" and so...He created boys, full of spirit and funto explore and conquer, to romp and runwith dirty faces, banged up chins,with courageous hears and boyish grins.When He had completed the task He'd begun,He'd surely said, "That's a job well done". Author Unknown

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Take My Life...

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice, and let me sing always, only, for my King.
Take my lips, and let them be filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold; not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect, and use every power as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

Frances Havergal, Feb. 4, 1874

Monday, March 3, 2008

Seek the LORD

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name;
make known His deeds among the peoples!

Sing to him, sing praises to Him;
tell of all His wonderous works!

Glory in His holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!

Seek the LORD and his strength;
seek His presence continually!
Psalm 105:1-4

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Christ Alone

O God,

Thy main plan, and the end of thy will
is to make Christ glorious and beloved in heaven
where he is now ascended,
where one day all the elect will behold his glory
and love and glorify him for ever.
Though here I love him but little,
may this be my portion at last.
In this world thou hast given me a beginning, one day it will be perfected in the realm above.
Thou hast helped me to see and know Christ, though obsurely,
to take him, receive him,
to possess him, love him,
to bless him in my heart, mouth, life.
Let me study and stand for discipline,
and all the ways of worship,
out of love for Christ;
and to show my thankfulness;
to seek and know his will from love,
to hold it in love,
and daily to care for and keep this state of heart.
Thou hast led me to place all my nature and happiness
in oness with Christ,
in having heart and mind centred only on him,
in being like him in communicating good to others;
this is my heaven on earth,
but I need the force, energy, impulses of thy Spirit
to carry me on the way to my Jerusalem.
Here is my duty...
to be as Christ in this world,
to do what he would do,
to live as he would live,
to walk in love and meekness;
then would he be known,
then would I have peace in death.