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. :)  

Friday, April 4, 2014

new days...

Visit Small Things for a chance to win a beautiful hand knit  cowl.  The reason for the raffle is even better!



It has been a crazy long time since I've written. Life is good :) Why - because of Jesus :)   Nothing too huge or drastic. I have gone back to school and I absolutely love it. I don't think I've read this much in 20 years; yes, sad I know! The best thing about it- I'm learning everything from a Biblical perspective. LOVE!

Trying to balance school, homeschooling, tutoring for our Classical Conversations group (amazing as well!)  and everything else-whoa...  God is good.  He is my strength and He has blessed me with an amazing  husband and children. I couldn't do this without their support. I am learning so many things I've  never known. Some of the many wonderful ways school is blessing me:  my teaching skills, time management, critical thinking (apparently I missed this lesson growing up ), and learning about my Father, Savior, and His precious Word and how to share my faith - absolutely amazing and humbling.

Off to study. God bless you!

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV 

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day 31 intentionally - the year in review...lots of pics ;)




photo by m
photo by m

photo by m










church family helping

meals with sweet friends



the deck we always wanted...




the worst picture EVER but sweet memory :)



blessed by our friendships

good bye

yep...on the way out...classic





3 families-total of 15 kids!





cousins that are the best of buddies <3 nbsp="">

Day 31 intentionally...it only took a year! LOL-the story of my life...but I've finished and that is an accomplishment for this girl ;)
What a year this has been...
We left our little Maine town and settled on the beach for the winter.
We then packed back up to return home and realized our hearts longed to be back south.  After six special and growing years (and two more babies) we went home to our little Maine town, packed, donated, painted, sold and painted some more and listed our house...and headed back down south.
We said goodbye to friends and family.
We said goodbye to what we'd known for six years and thought might have been home for years to come.
We said goodbye to our dog (because it was best for her), a snake (yes, a real snake and no I wasn't sad about that), and two fish.
We said goodbye to our church and our business and to the security of being comfortable.
We packed up with all the big hopes and excitement of going back "home."

And here we are.  It has been 1 year exactly today. This has been the fastest year of our lives I think!
Has our move been easy? No.  Has it been all I'd hoped for and more?  No.  Has it been good?  Yes.  Has it been stretching and eye-opening?  Yes.  Have I cried?  Yes.  Am I rejoicing?  Yes.  Has it made me cling to my Father more than ever?  Yes...without a doubt.

I am thankful.  I am grateful.  My heart is humbled by His grace and His faithfulness.  He is patient, kind and merciful...and oh so full of love.  This is a love that is beyond compare, without boundaries, unconditional, just yet full of grace.  God's love through Christ.  His love to us through our Savior that fills the emptiness, that makes a dead spiritual life alive, that heals, comforts, and soothes a weary soul.  His love that transforms the heart and opens the eyes and mind to His Truth and allows us to see ourselves and others through His eyes.  The Holy Spirit that teaches, convicts and comforts.

I wish I could show you the amazing things He has done in my life.  I try to share that as much as I can on here.  And truthfully, sometimes it sounds cheesy or way "too spiritual" or "churchy."  But it is from the depths of my heart that I share with you God's amazing work that HE has done in my life.  It has not been because I've gotten older or wiser.  It is because HE has changed me by His grace and nothing else.  I was lost and now I'm found.  When I've wanted to do my own thing He has spoken quietly to my heart telling me what the "right" choice would be and when I've been listened I've seen His amazing work.  And by His merciful hand, when I haven't listened He has still graciously allowed second chances.

I am not perfect.  I have a Savior who is.  I am still a sinner.  I am still broken and make mistakes.  But the difference now- I have hope.  I have comfort in pain and sadness.  I have a reason to rejoice and see where my help comes from.  I have purpose and the promise of a future with my Creator where there will be no sadness, sickness or pain.  I have strength for my marriage and counsel to love and care for my husband and our children.  I have His love to fill me and affirm my worth in Christ.

I have received the perfect gift.  The gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.  The gift that promises an eternal future but also gives so much right now while living this life.  All of this by His grace.  Not because I deserved it or did anything good or right to "earn" it.  Simply a gift because He chose to give it to me.  This rebellious, stubborn, broken girl He called out of the darkness and into His light- to live freely!

Praying you know this love, truly.  Praying you, sweet one, know this unconditional love and security of your eternity.  Honestly, this isn't even something I can fathom but the love He fills me with right now and His continued showing of His grace and provision now...oh no words can express it.  I want everyone to know this love.  To know this healing.  To know this hope and joy...this peace.

He is good always!

Chris Tomlin \ Forever
Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
With a mighty hand
and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Yeah
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever

Forever


A blessed and happy New Year to you!

Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 ESV

Sunday, December 22, 2013

day 30...thankful heart




“You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” 
 Charles H. Spurgeon

Thankful for...

~sermon today reminding us to listen to Him and not the world
~a meal spent outside with family
~the amazing "summer" day in winter
~realizing we are here and how quickly 2013 went
~His grace
~the Holy Spirit's filling and the gift of forgiveness
~calling on the LORD...and He always hear
~God's faithfulness
~His love of helping us grow in patience
~a home of our own
~five amazing sons and being able to see that
~a husband who perseveres, loves, and humbles himself 
~a marriage and family that is held and knit together by God's grace - not by our own efforts but by Christ's work and conviction in us.  His love is an unconditional gift I could never earn or deserve.
~laughter
~beautiful biological brothers growing up together in their God appointed family
~beautiful sisters from different parts of a country growing up in this same God appointed family
~being part of this beautiful family by a God appointed marriage 
~pork roasts on a grill that weren't dry or burned!
~real food
~grace, grace, grace for this girl's stinky attitude sometimes :)
~love...the true meaning
~a service celebrating a life ending early but glorifying the Father and the joy of His promises
~"O Holy Night" and it's beautiful verses 
~truth and the Truth

[ The Shepherds and the Angels ] And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:8-11 ESV

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