Wednesday, September 30, 2015
I had my nephew over night and Blake had football practice. I was trying to come up with a plan to keep him entertained while Blake was away at practice.
Here is what he did.
It was so fun to hear his story about how he studied about the Titanic.
I was quite impressed with his art!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Yesterday was raw and real. Emotions of that day came flooding back as though a raging wave had pulled me under. Guilt and shame overwhelmed my heart, and all of those icky moments flashed before me.
At first I tried to pray it away...begging God to let me forget about it and dwell in thanksgiving that He had brought us 6 years from that day. But then a conversation I had recently with a friend came to my mind,
"Have you mourned it, acknowledged it?". When I talked to her I truly believed I had. Years, upon years I had tried to erase that day in my mind. It was a LONG six years! I was not equipped for that day. I never in my mind, believed that what happened, would go as far as it did! If I had known...let me just say, I would have done things very, very differently!
BUT, GOD KNEW.
God knew all that would transpire those six years. God was there the entire time. ....each step, each victory, each milestone, each heartbreak,
all of it!
Little by little God reveals his purpose in it. There is nothing more that I want other then for God to use it for His glory. God is in the business of REDEMPTION & RESTORATION & HEALING.
I pray that we can move forward to a new chapter.
Friday, July 24, 2015
The Weather- Beautiful blue skies
In the news- So many fires in our state from this very dry summer.
Family Happenings- This week has been full of appointments. Granny has a raging bladder infection and is still recovering from being in the hospital. We are still trying to sort out finances for Austen's upcoming first year of college.
I am exited about- The weekend and having hubby home!
I am concerned about- Grandmas health & college tuition for Austen.
Physically & mentally I feel- Pretty good! I can tell the weather is changing but no current flares...PTL!!
What I am learning today- to put full trust in God for direction and answers to prayer.
People/things that brightened my day- Thankful for a great friend, Ana Nelson!
What I did that brightened someone else's day- Gave grandpa a haircut, sat on the patio this morning having coffee with granny.
Goals/Ideas for a better tomorrow- Attitude change reflecting my trust in my Savior.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Good Morning Girls Bible Study
Excellent speech becometh not a : much less do lying lips a prince.
A reproof entereth more into a wise man than an hundred stripes into a .
Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a in his folly.
Wherefore is there a price in the hand of a to get wisdom, seeing he hath no heart to it?
He that begetteth a doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a hath no joy.
Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a are in the ends of the earth.
Even a , when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Verse 17:10 stands out to me the most today
What is my response when someone calls me out on my sin?
How does a FOOL act when he is confronted with his sin?
What a great verse! There are times I really struggle when I am confronted with someone telling me I am in sin. It most hurts when it's from a close family member. The Bible tells me that a wise man will listen, consider, and make it right.
Lord, I pray that you would keep this verse in mind this week. Many times you use others to speak you word into my life. I pray that I will hear clearly and that I will repent and make things right. Thank you for the people you have put directly in my path and for the Holy Spirits guidance. In Jesus Name.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
The verses I picked for today.
This verse speaks to me about my thoughts. Sometimes they feel out of control. I need to COMMIT them to the Lord so that he can help me control them.
This verse makes me think of the many times I have had conversations with my oldest about people who he thinks dislike him. When we do the 'right' thing God says even our enemies will be at peace with us. We need to stop and ask God FIRST if our ways are pleasing to Him.
We can not rely on our OWN thoughts/ways. It may look right to us but does it measure
up to what God says? He sees through it all, he weighs our spirit.
Monday, June 8, 2015
Word of the Year- ENGAGE
"Christianity means a lot more than church membership."-Billy Sunday
We had been attending Lifepoint Church for 6 months before I decided I would take another step in faith and join a Life Group. Because our church is over 1000 members they put a program in place to help build community. Small groups are vital in a church this size. I had so many reservations knowing I would be attending alone (because my husband doesn't go). But, I also knew if I didn't reach out then I wouldn't get to know others and build relationships here.
I remember the first time I attended, Angela (One of the group leaders) happily greeted me at the front door. She was very friendly and approachable and made me feel really comfortable. What I found so intriguing though was that she was very transparent sharing her testimony the first day. I have learned after years of moving how comforting this can be for a newcomer. It can take months to cultivate friendships but I felt like this was going to be a real friendship from the start. She shared that she is a speaker and a writer. What a blessing to find such a genuine gal and the best part is that she is in my small group. Our group has a vast mixture of ages and people from different walks of life, all coming together once a week to study God's Word and build community as a family of God.
Angela was the first sweet lady that met but in time I got to know several wonderful ladies and gents in the group. Each of them bringing a different dynamic to our group. I love how God brings us together. God works through others in such an awesome way. I come out each week challenged and motivated to live my life out as a new creature in Christ. Not only should we get encouragement but we need to GIVE encouragement. I think this group is great at that!
I had to choose to 'Engage' in a small group. Thankful I did!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Carey House- So many things come to my mind but one thing that stands out is your Love for the Lord and compassion for others. You are a great Pastor's wife and a good friend.
Becky Harris- You have a huge heart and are so willing to go the extra mile to make a difference in peoples lives.
Becky Lanphear- My best friend that has been by my side for over 20 years.
Terri Roberts- The minute I met you there was a connection, as if we had been friends forever. You opened up and shared your heart. You are one of the reason I miss Texas the most!
Michelea Adams- You light up a room! I loved your transparency and miss your friendship. I know that your goal is always to make new people in the church feel welcome! You have a huge gift. You and your sis were one of the first ladies I hugged at Agnes Baptist Church.
Shaun Ellis- My beautiful MIL. I pray I will be a woman like you who would do anything to help someone. Thank you for working hard as a single mom to raise a GREAT guy -my husband!
Amber Nyce- I will always remember our great chats while our kiddos played football. You taught me many things in those two years. One of my first friends in Tri Cities.
Katie Goff- I met you at our hubby's company dinner in Tri Cities. I really enjoyed our time sharing what the Lord was doing in each of our lives. I fell in love with your family and we developed a great friendship. I will always cherish it!
Monday, January 26, 2015
Life is good
So much to be thankful for.
Thankful to REST in God's grace.
Thankful for a newer friendship
Thankful for our church
Thankful for music
Thankful for a marriage of 20 YEARS
Thankful for my children
God IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
All the time God is good