Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Josh Garrels - Words Remain

November 30, 2016 0

Aaron and I are hardcore Josh Garrels fans.  He loves the Lord and it's obvious he receives Divine inspiration. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

One of the best Pro-life speeches EVER! Gianna Jessen abortion survivor ...

November 27, 2016 0

Here's a phenomenal testimony by abortion survivor Gianna Jessen.  When the world, the enemy, tells you who you are or what you owe or what to say or how to think, just say what Jessen says, "I don't belong to you.  I belong to Christ."

Sometimes we feel hated by everyone, but when we know Who our Father is and Who died for us in our place, we are reminded that we are loved.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Acts 1:11

November 25, 2016 0
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“'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!'”

Acts 1:11 (NLT)

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jonathan McReynolds - Limp

November 23, 2016 0

Lately, Jonathan McReynolds' album is the first thing I put on when my boys and are getting ready in the morning.  Great lyrics to help start our day.  Take a listen and you'll see why.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Photos - 11/18/16

November 18, 2016 0
I hope you had a great week.  For me, there were lots of hikes and too many sweets as evidenced below...
Max, exploring in the rain.  It seems like it was just yesterday that he was perpetually strapped to my chest in his Ergo carrier, sound asleep with his pacifier.

This is the only candy we allow our boys to have.  I've talked about them on the blog before.  The ingredients are clean, vegan, and lack artificial dyes!  The only problem I have with them is sharing ;)

Our oil diffuser (first mentioned here) is always going on and it's wonderful to walk into a fresh and sweet lavender scented room.

RIP to my most favorite mug in the world that smashed on the kitchen floor.

We got this strawberry cheesecake puffed corn at the local fall festival and it's so incredibly delicious, it almost lessens the guilt of eating corn and processed sugar (two huge no-nos in our household).

James 2:14-26

November 18, 2016 0
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We do not earn our way in to Heaven, our choices, however, show who is in our heart.  Does your browser history reflect that you love the Lord?

"What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,' but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, 'You have faith, and I have works.' Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.' And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.
Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way?
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also."

James 2:14-26

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Psalm 100:5

November 17, 2016 0
Having my own family helps me understand love much better.
For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.”
Psalm 100:5 (NLT)

A lot of people picture God as a frowning humbug, eager to shake His finger at us or worse, quick to completely walk away out of frustration. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

I used to think this of the Lord until I started reading the Bible with regularity. If you find yourself doubting God’s love for you, read more of the Word. Glean truth straight from the source (the Bible) and you’ll see the Lord’s heart – that He loves you, always and no matter what.

Psalm 100:5 reminds us that God’s love endures, it’s not conditional. The Lord loves us not because we deserve it, instead, He loves because His love is unfailing. He loves us because He says He loves us. There’s nothing we can do to make Him stop loving us. 

Walk confidently today in knowing that if you've repented from sin and believe that Jesus is your savior, you're a child of God and He loves you more than you can ever imagine - and there's nothing you can do to change that.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Luke 16:10

November 15, 2016 0
Max, checking out kayakers on our latest hike
“He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much.”
Luke 16:10 (NASB)

Do you ever feel like you’re on the brink of something? Like, you can sense that Lord is about to open a door for you and your new chapter is about to begin? I’m right there and I’ve been praying like crazy about it.

Yesterday,  I was talking to God about this, and I asked Him what He wants me to do in anticipation. “How can I prepare, Lord? What do I do? “Almost immediately, Luke 16:10 came to mind. It was very clear – “be faithful in the small things.”

Why would the Lord open a new and exciting door for me with big responsibilities and tasks if I’m not patient with my teething baby? Or quick to wrath with the driver in front of me? Or not kind and respectful to my husband, my partner in life?

If we want to be used in mighty ways for God’s Kingdom, we must remember to be faithful in the little things. That’s how we let the Lord shine. Because really, He’s the one doing all the work anyway. We just get to be a part of it.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Song of Solomon 2:7

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“Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and wild deer, not to awaken love until the time is right.”
Song of Solomon 2:7 (NLT)

This photo was taken of Aaron and me the day we started courting back in 2010. Little did we know, that exactly one year later, we would marry.

I had never met anyone like Aaron, yet my heart recognized him when we met. It was very difficult not to get caught up in the moment while we were courting. During this time, I often meditated on Song of Solomon 2:7 because I did not want to rush anything. I wanted to do this the right way by allowing God to lead.

If you’re currently or potentially courting, please memorize this verse and live by it. Trust that the Lord’s will for you is better than you can ever imagine.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Mark 16:15-16

November 11, 2016 0
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Yes!  Lol!

"And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned."
Mark 16:15-16 (NLT)

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to be a Christian

November 10, 2016 0
After reading and becoming intrigued with the Sermon on the Mount, Gandhi went to church…or, he tried, at least.  You see, he couldn't even ascend the steps and cross the threshold into the building without being threatened by one of the "Christian" elders. Gandhi was told that if he didn't leave, he would be thrown down the stairs.

"That's horrible!  I'd never do anything like turn someone away at the church doors," you say.  Have you ever passed over the homeless because it's a really inconvenient time?  Have you ever listened quietly as a heretic teaches non existent or out of context scripture?  Have you ever stopped talking with someone because they no longer attend the same church building as you?  Have you ever published your Facebook post anyway even though you know your heart wasn't speaking in love?  Have you ever said something to someone that wasn't truthful, uplifting, and necessary?  Have you ever made fun of someone at their expense?

I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of most of these things and more.  I've turned Gandhi off from Christianity.  I've misrepresented Jesus.  I've prolonged someone's pain and bondage and I've reiterated their refusal in accepting the One who can heal, forgive, and offer eternal life.  

What can we do to properly represent Jesus and encourage others to follow Him?  

First, we need to repent.  Read Exodus 20 and turn away from what God calls sin.  Does this mean we're going to be perfect?  Nope.  Strong Christians still sin.  Until we're in Heaven, we're in fallen bodies.  It should be noted that some people (not Christians) are comfortable in their sin.  They'll keep signing up for it without remorse. This is alarming in that if the Holy Spirit is actually inhibiting you as He does with Christians - He will convict you when you sin.  He will make you uncomfortable with your sin, nudging (but never forcing) you to repentance.  If you're ever comfortable with sinning, make sure you immediately have a heart to heart with the Lord.

Next, we need to do what we're commanded in Matthew 22:36-40. We must love God above all and then love others the way we love ourselves.  This covers all of God's commandments and ensures we're treating people the way Jesus does.  Never underestimate love.  There's nothing more powerful.  If you want to do incredible things for the Lord's kingdom, always lead with love, like Jesus.

Finally, we must find out who Jesus is.  How do you get to know someone?  You spend time with them.  You listen to them.  You pontificate their words, actions, and steps.  We must read the Bible and talk with Jesus (pray).  When I was surrounded by legalism a while back, I read scripture involving how Jesus handled the Pharisees and conducted Himself around them.  Studying how Jesus responds to my situation helps me understand Him on a deeper level.

Can you imagine the incredible impact we would have on the world if every Christian acted like Christ?  I, for one, will be praying for the Lord to instill in me more love and patience for others, as well as self control over my speech.  Wherever you are in your walk with the Lord, I'm sure you would agree that we all need to be more like Him.  It seems as if every zeitgeist is more volatile than the last.  That means everyone - believer and non believer, equally, needs Jesus' love.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

God is ALWAYS Good

November 08, 2016 0
It's been over 23 years since a freak accident took the lives of my two best friends (aged 10 at the time). At the memorial for one of my friends, I saw her family praising Jesus despite their sorrow. They knew that my friend is in Heaven and they had hope that through Him, they'll see her once again. They smiled through tears and took comfort with a loving God. 

This day, this accident, my friend, her family, the God they love and trust, are the reasons my family changed its eternal direction (Hallelujah!). 

Seasons change, yet God is always good.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dr Dobson - Words Matter

November 07, 2016 0

In a recent blog post, Dr Dobson talks about the power of the tongue and compares it to a small fire that can take down an entire forest. Let's remember to ask the Lord for the spirit of self control and for Him to help us speak with love, always.

Also, I believe in our high tech days, the "tongue" can also count as fingers.  As in, what we type out for social media can also set a huge fire.  Lord, do I need Your strength!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Victor Marx

November 05, 2016 0

It wasn't until I rewatched the above video did I remember how much I laughed, ugly cried, and jumped for joy over what the Lord can do.  Max kept coming up to me asking, "you okay, mama?  Boo boo?"  My sweet boy was so concerned over emotional state.  I told him that Jesus can heal the most broken people and restore them completely.  God's love is more powerful than anything we can imagine.

I've seen Victor Marx speak in person a few times and I always left encouraged in the Lord and emboldened in God's greatness. Marx has a crazy insane testimony to share and an even more powerful message about God and what He does for us. Victor and his wife are moving to Iraq soon, so please keep them in your prayers.

If you haven't heard Marx's testimony, watch the video above and know that Jesus can love you past your pain.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Genesis 22:1-19

November 04, 2016 0

 Seriously, these memes crack me up!  Read on for the New Living Translation scripture…

Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
“Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”
So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 Then the angel of the Lord called again to Abraham from heaven. 16 “This is what the Lord says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants[a] beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. 18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”
19 Then they returned to the servants and traveled back to Beersheba, where Abraham continued to live.

Genesis 22:1-19 
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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thrice - Black Honey

November 03, 2016 0

Dustin Kensrue of Thrice told NPR that "Black Honey" "spawned from an image that popped into my head: someone continually swatting at a swarm of bees to get their honey, but somehow not understanding why they would sting back in return."

This makes me wonder if he had Proverbs 26:11 on his mind;
"Like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly."