Thursday, September 4, 2014

to always rejoice...


Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90:14


Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!
Psalm 97:12


Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
Psalm 96:11

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

sufficient


Be still, my heart! these anxious cares
To thee are burdens, thorns and snares;
They cast dishonor on the Lord,
And contradict His gracious word.

Brought safely by His hand thus far,
Why wilt thou now give place to fear?
How canst thou want if He provide,
Or lose thy way with such a Guide?

~John Newton, author of "Amazing Grace"

Your grace is sufficient for me, Lord...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

banana muffins = gratefulness

Banana muffins...they're what our neighbors just brought us. It was the husband, wife, and their daughter and they came to welcome us. And as I sit here typing (quickly I hope, as I am really supposed to be doing school work) I have the sweetest feeling of peace and gratefulness of God's provision. This has been a wild year. One of relocating back "home" and leaving "home." One of moving four times, entering a new season of schooling for our boys, me returning to school, hubby changing jobs and starting a new business. I am not going to lie, it's been a bit of a weary road, a lot of face to ground crying out in prayer, and waiting. The bulletin board for the church up the road read, "I am waiting patiently on you Lord, so please hurry!" or something like that...oh, yes, can't we relate.

This is just a note, remembering He is faithful. Trying to mold our lives is not the same as allowing Him to mold our lives, even with the best of intentions. He continues to remind me that He can be trusted and His path is good. God has blessed us abundantly this year. I can say this with the humblest of hearts, grateful beyond measure. Life is not perfect...that is not what His provision has been. It is seeing God at work in our hearts and seeing His love lavished on us, be it through the help of a new small group with moving, bread and cheese dropped off with joy from a tired and terribly busy uncle, finding quiet and peace with the ocean breeze while at a child's birthday party, the leaves gently swaying outside of my bedroom window, not being upset last night when the almost two year old, who was in bed, made the most unpleasant of messes...and needed yet another shower, a heartfelt talk at church with new friends, the Gospel spoken in church boldly and clearly with love, and banana muffins...
There is much to be said about relationships and being intentional in love...and seeing it.

 I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.~Psalm 116:1-2
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue,[e] and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities[f] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8

Friday, July 18, 2014

Linked post...beautiful words

So thankful for these beautiful words this morning...

"Our lives are very different, but our human spirit is the same: we are creative women who love our children, we find joy and purpose through our work, and we take pride in how we can use our talents to make our lives better.
We are working moms.
I have never been more proud to be in that group than now." ~Emily

Reading this post this morning here

I will praise you with an upright heart,    when I learn your righteous rules.- Psalm 119:7

Saturday, May 31, 2014

focusing on being thankful, in this world but not of it

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ESV

Despite what this world gives us, we remember, this is what's to come. The nasty, the ugly, the ruthless, the thieves, the liars...they have no hold on us. Our time here is temporary. How disheartening is the ugliness of people. Maybe it's that we are back in the city that we see it so much more...To God be the glory in everything. Again He reminds us, He is faithful. We are His, kept in the palm of His hand...Thankful always for this and the reminder He allows us to have as we press in to Him.

Focusing on thanking Him~
-the beautiful weather, dinner, and atmosphere at the game we were invited to tonight
-happy kiddos
-a roof over our heads
-full bellies
-hot, running water
-health
-words of forgiveness
-prayers
-seeing the Holy Spirit work
-gifts for my honey's birthday (who is REALLY hard to buy for)
-a reminder that God hears our prayers and to thank Him in advance for answering them in His way
-we are in this world but not of it
-quiet time
-belly laughs
-a free coffee
-hope
-finishing well, despite what the worldly, lost ones say
-hubby :)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

freedom

I picked this photo, sadly, because I only have two pictures on this computer and I figured the deck was a good thing, Memorial Day and all, then I saw it...do you see it?..The shadow of the cross...how I am humbled at His love and goodness :)

I am grateful that He continually reminds me of His goodness. He is faithful. I am humbled at God's grace.

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend, celebrating the freedoms fought for us by our service men and women, but more importantly, the freedom we have through Christ-the price that was paid on our behalf before we even knew of His goodness. I am guilty of taking these freedoms, both in our country and in my own salvation, for granted. But both came with a heavy price, one temporary and the other eternal. In both, I did nothing good to deserve them. But both have been offered to me and for that I am eternal grateful. I have the freedom to live here in this country to worship freely, to speak, to teach, to learn...and eternally, the gift of forgiveness of my sins and the gift of life, through Jesus Christ.

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Romans 12:10 ESV

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Friday, April 11, 2014

when we trust...


    “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? ...          Matthew 6:25-34 
    This... what He quietly reminded me of today. Sometimes it is scary as we venture out into the uncertain territory. We trust Him. I trust who He made us to be. I trust His provision. I know he loves this sweet family of mine. :)  

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