Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Oh yes.....A baby DOES change everything!




Remember my post a few weeks ago about how fast life has been going for me????? Well, I did not expect God to speed things up even more. I found out today that I am going to be a grandma. A very young and hip grandma mind you but yes a grandma. Is this the perfect timing? No! But once again I will embrace the circumstance that I have been placed in. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by this when a dear friend of the family showed up at my door with a gift. The pictures are above and they don't do it justice. It had a picture of a Bible and at the top it said "Everything Happens for a Reason." She then wrote the most beautiful thing. I hope you can read it. Anyway, this came from a young lady named Ann who I absolutely adore. I told my son Chris He is a fool if he doesn't pursue this beautiful young lady. Her gift was God speaking to me. This has happened for a reason. I am excited to see how He works this all out. Children we are told are a blessing form the Lord no matter how it comes about. Please pray for us as we plan for a new little one and a wedding also. 2009 is shaping up to be another wild ride!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Baby Changes Everything!

I am sitting here waiting for my kids to fall asleep so I can put out their gifts. The house is finally quiet and I am left to reflect on the evening. I was blessed to spend it with all 7 of my children. If you know our situation right now you know our oldest two daughters have been having some struggles and have been distant from us. Especially one of them. She was here tonight. She is truly one of God's masterpieces. She needs to find out for herself that the baby Jesus born over 2000 years ago changes everything. That is my prayer for her today. In the mean time my mother's heart will probably cry a tear or two for her tonight. I am thankful for the change in my life since finding Jesus. I pray that you too know Him this Christmas. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas. I will leave you with my favorite song this holiday season. Good night and God Bless!
*pause my playlist below to play this song!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cleaning Chicken........Yuck!

Karns had chicken on sale for .79/pound this past week. I hate to buy chicken in bulk and clean it. As much as I shared with you that I love getting my hair done I hate doing chicken. In fact I would venture to say I would almost rather have a root canal....First you get the 40 pound box and it is slimy....yuck. Then you have to debone it all, cut off the fat, slice it thin and freeze it all....blah! If I am feeling really adventurous I actually make meals with it then freeze them.....no fun. I then take the bones and cook them off to get some good broth and pick off enough chicken for two more meals......painfully boring. Even though I dislike this so much it is an economical way to feed my large family and sad to say I thought I would do it today and found out the sale ended yesterday. I missed it! I started thinking about life being a lot like my chicken experience. We get caught up in the yucky stuff. We often need to do things we don't want to because in the end it will benefit us, but too often we miss it. We get caught up in the circumstances and we spend our days searching or dreaming for something better when what God wants from us is right in front of our noses. We need to stop looking for our destiny apart from our messy circumstances or we might miss it. Did you hear that???? We can go our whole life and miss it!!! Our destiny will be found in our circumstances NOT apart from them. Press on today dear one God has a wonderful calling for you. Don't miss it like I missed the chicken this week. Look past the pain or dullness of your life for the amazing plans He has for you. Stop looking beyond today wishing for more. Embrace today and find your destiny. Thank Him today for the beauty He creates from ashes and I will thank Him for the wonderful meals made from slimy chicken:)

Prayer:
Lord, I pray that I would press through the yucky stuff in my life and not miss what you have for me in it. Thank you that you love us enough that in this sinful corrupt world you still desire to be involved in our life and that we are destined for greatness.
Amen

P.S. I often do this chicken thing with my dearest friend Carla. If you are struggling grab a good friend to help you through it! God has put godly friends in our life to support us. We don't have to do this alone.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Cut off the dead stuff

I got my hair cut today. If you know me at all you will know that it is one of my favorite things to do. Even though I love it I have become very cautious lately. Wanting something different but being just a little afraid. Anyway, today I did actually have her cut 2 inches off. She said it would be good to get off the "dead stuff". It felt much lighter right away. It just felt better. I was thinking about my life and how often God just wants me to get rid of the dead stuff because He has something better He wants to do. Why do we hang on so tightly to things that He wants us to rid ourself of? I am so cautious. I think in my caution I am ultimately saying I don't trust Him. But if I would just trust Him I would feel better. Lighter actually. I wouldn't have the heavy burden of carrying around things He doesn't want me to carry. When it comes to trusting Him I would like to just start throwing caution to the wind and just do the things He wants me to do. Letting go of dreams, fears, and any idea that is mine and not His. If it is not of Him it is "dead stuff". I know I want to feel full of life. So here's to hairstyles and Godly lifestyles. Have a blessed night.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fan the Flame

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.

John 10:10

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Luke 10:19-20

Two different verses - many great reminders. We have an enemy. He wants to come and steal our joy, kill our vision, and often times destroy our testimony. Christ came so that we could have life and live it to the full. He gave us authority over the enemy of our souls. But He also reminds us when we feel victory we shouldn’t get caught up in the power to overcome but we need only rejoice that our names are written in heaven. I think the first step in living victoriously is recognizing the battles we will face are spiritual ones (Eph. 6:12), recognizing that we have any enemy and that he can do some real damage if we allow it. Are you allowing it today? The second step to victory is recognizing the power we have. Christ came to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11). We have the same power that raised Christ from the dead living within us and He has also gifted us with powerful gifts. Are you using your gifts or are you looking to others and riding on their coat tails? Can you accept that things you have been through in your life are things He will use? And I mean everything. The good. The bad. Everything in between. That the things we endure coupled with the power and gifting that He has given us are what makes us into what he has created us to be. You could go your whole life and miss the boat. I don’t know about you but that scares me to death. I want on the boat! It is possible for us to douse the fire. The flames need to be fanned. We need revival. We need to accept what we have been through and give it to Him to use. Remeber who the enemy is. You have the power to overcome him. So today stop waiting for someone else. Listen, He is calling you.

Prayer:

Lord thank you that you gift us and you give us power. Help us to be aware of the gifts that you have given us and help us to accept the fact that the things we have been through in our life may be just the things you want to use. Help us to be fully aware of Satan’s schemes. We bless you Lord and praise your name that we have been given victory. We love you Lord.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Over my Head .....Video

You need to pause my playlist below to play this.



In over my head......

I am definetely in over my head with a situation in my life right now with one of my daughters. I can't share any details right now. I spent the morning in tears face down at times(on the bathroom floor at one point - where else can you go and be alone????) I called my dear friend Carla and she directed me to Beth Moore's blog entry. I am going to post it below. It is just what I needed to read right now. I love how God does that. When I can I will post more about what is going on in my life and what I am learning....I can hear the angels cheering;)It is my prayer that this entry touch someone else who is feeling "in over their head" today. Have blessed day.

Over Our Heads

I was just praying out loud for some folks. So aware right now of many chronic - even life and death - needs. Thinking how many people I know who are flat-out over their heads. Been over mine in a personal thing or two lately myself. Keith has a CD in his blue Ford truck that he won't give up but every time I get behind that wheel, I shove it in the player, flip it to song #9, turn it up as loud as I can stand it, and sing it like there's no tomorrow. It talks about the kind of over-my-head I want to be. And I want you to be.

Girlfriends, Jesus is so worthy of our trust no matter what has taken us by surprise. Picture that, when the enemy asks for a little extra access to you, the only reason why God may have given him permission is because He knew you'd prove faithful. Do the thing. In the unseen realm, angels are cheering and demons are jeering. You are in the stadium and the bleachers are full. (Hebrews 12:1) Take one for the team if you have to. Be strong and courageous. Be willing to show people how it's done. Don't look for a leader. You are the leader. People are looking to you. Be deliberate. Make sure they see Jesus. We're not here all that long and then there's BLISS. Forever bliss. Till then, we're over our heads. But we can dang-well decide what kind of over-our-heads we're gonna be.

"Over My Head" by Brian Littrell

I tried to figure it out
Time and time again and time again
I guess there's just some things I'll never understand
'Cause Your ways aren't our ways
But deep down in my soul, down in my soul
There is one thing I know that I know

I'm in over my head
Right where I wanna be
I'm so lost within Your love
The love that always covers me
So high, so deep, so wide
A strong and cleansing tide
My soul has found a place to rest
I'm in over my head

I've been holding on
Now I'm letting go, just letting go
Gonna let Your love carry me away
I don't know where I'm going
But I'm surrounded by the truth
And I can feel the current pulling me
Deeper into You

I'm in over my head
Right where I wanna be
I'm so lost within Your love
The love that always covers me
So high, so deep, so wide
A strong and cleansing tide
My soul has found a place to rest
I'm in over my head

You see me for who I am
You did reach out Your hand
You made me understand
That Your love has always covered me
Posted by Beth at 6:27 PM

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It's over

Grandma passed away on Sunday morning. She was surrounded by her family. As we stood around her bed and witnessed her take her final breath knowing she was snatched right into heaven into Jesus' arms the second that last breath was finished. She was loved by many. The glue that held the family altogether. She will be so missed but her suffering is over and for that I am very thankful. I am glad I had the opportunity to know her and to be apart of her family. I have been able to learn many lessons through her life and also through her death. I was asked to speak at a Christmas luncheon on Saturday. I was very excited to have this opportunity. I had been praying for an opportunity to share and thought this was my answer. I had been preparing all week in my mind what the message would be about. I am comfortable speaking. Not that I don't get nervous but the excitement of sharing what God is doing in my life usually outweighs the fear. Anyway, we found out the memorial service is going to be at the same time so I had to back out of my speaking engagement. I was a little sad. Like I said earlier I thought this was God's answer to my prayer. Well the funny thing is just Saturday as I sat in Hospice doing my Bible study I was reading that God will rarely ask us to do what we are comfortable with. He will ask us to do what we are uncomfortable doing. The thing that will stretch us. So His power can be displayed. I was asked to sing at grandma's memorial service. I am NOT a singer. I don't sing on the worship team. I just sit in the audience making a "joyful noise". I don't want to be on American Idol. I am not beating myself up here. I have just accepted long ago that I won't be signing any record deals in this lifetime. So instead of speaking on Saturday morning I will be making a joyful noise in front of all of grandma's family and friends. Doing the thing that I am not so comfortable with. I will have to fully rely on God for this. He will have to do the singing through me. Don't you just love when you study something in your quiet time and He so quickly gives you the opportunity to apply it to your life. So if you think about it on Saturday say a little prayer for me. Pray that I bring God honor and glory and that I also honor grandma as I sing. We will miss her so much and will rejoice when we see her again. Have a blessed day!