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Sweet Words & Surprises

Proverbs 16:24 – Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

I heard the most wonderful words today – “You are such an amazing momma.” Actually, I read them…it was in a text 🙂 Thank you my dear friend, you know who you are! What a blessing to read those words. It really made my day! And it reminded me that I need to tell all of my Mommy readers the same thing! You, MOM, are doing an amazing job! We, as moms, really need to hear that. As much as I LOVE Michael & Kate, not once have they looked up at me and said, “You are a great mommy! Thank you for taking care of me and sacrificing for me. I really appreciate all you do for me!” Haha. Maybe someday 🙂

It was also wonderful to receive these words as I am still processing the “surprise” in our family! We are expecting baby #3!!

One minute I am really excited and the next minute I am completely overwhelmed!! (Hmmm, I doubt that has anything to do with pregnancy hormones!) I am an only child, so 3 children is a bit out of my comfort zone! This baby has most definitely been a surprise and not in our plans. But obviously in God’s plans! Thank goodness, nothing is a surprise to Him or causes Him to say, “Wow. I wasn’t expecting that!” I was so blessed by this blog post about surprises on John Piper’s blog – “Desiring God,” this week.

I hope you enjoy it too.

When you see a Mommy friend this weekend, make sure & tell them what a fantastic mom they are! The words will be sweet to their soul!

Happy Friday!

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Friday Faves

Here are a few favorites from the week –

Bible Verse: Ps 139:23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Conversation with Michael:
M – We need to go on an airplane soon Mommy.
me – Oh really? Where do you want to go on the airplane?
M – To touch a cloud. I think that would be a fun game.

Shoe Shopping on my birthday:

Quote: Jesus Calling, pg 272 – “You will not find my peace by engaging in excessive planning: attempting to control what will happen to you in the future…Just when you think you have prepared for all possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion. I did not design the human mind to figure out the future. That is beyond your capability. I crafted your mind for continual communication with me. Bring me all your needs, hopes and fears. Commit everything into my care. Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace.” (This fits right in with my post from yesterday – ‘Trust’)

Song: This is an older song but I heard it yesterday on Pandora & remembered how much I love it – Cannot Say Enough, by MercyMe

What can we say to describe just a glimpse of Your Glory
How can our words portray but a thread of Your Majesty
But still we praise our Savior in Spirit and in Truth
For we cannot say enough about You

Blog Post: This recipe sounds yummy! I haven’t made it yet but it’s on my meal plan for next week! I have tried several recipes from Annie’s Eats & they have all been great!!

What are some of your favorites?

I hope you have a great weekend full of encouragement!

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TRUST…

It is ironic that my mother-in-law sent me a coffee mug for my birthday with the word, Trust, on it. (Love it, thank you! Perfect for my daily morning cup of coffee 🙂 I say it is ironic, because this is a question the Lord has been asking me recently –

Do you trust me?

It is easy to trust God when everything is going my way. When all my ducks are in a row. When the news is good or non-eventful. When my plans work out perfectly the way I want them to. When my prayers are answered the way I think they should be. When my kids are well behaved & obeying. When my circumstances are meeting my expectations. If I am really honest with myself, it is easy to trust when I ‘FEEL’ IN CONTROL.

But when a surprise enters my life, when things don’t happen the way I thought they would, when my prayers SEEM to go unanswered, when I feel out of control…TRUST is a little more difficult.

What area of your life is God whispering to you, “Just trust me.” ?

Isaiah 55: 8 & 9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, ” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Have any of you taken the Beth Moore study, “Believing God” ? If so, you may remember the 5 Statement Pledge of Faith-

*God is who He says He is.

*God can do what He says He can do.

*I am who God says I am.

*I can do all things through Christ.

*God’s Word is alive and active in me.

If these statements are true (I believe without a shadow of a doubt that they are) then we serve a MIGHTY GOD who CAN BE TRUSTED. With EVERYTHING. Even when things don’t make sense, are overwhelming, are hard, are not as planned – when circumstances and expectations aren’t meeting up.

Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowlege him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Yesterday my kids & I went to our first Bible Study Fellowship for the year. We are studying Isaiah. During the lecture our leader said, “Life is Messy.”

So true. Do I trust God with the “messes” in my life? Sometimes what I perceive as a mess, isn’t a mess at all. I just need to change my perspective from earthly to eternal. To God’s glory. To knowing God and making Him known, through every area and situation in my life.

I pray that you & I will be richly blessed as we TRUST our SAVIOR who is WORTHY of being TRUSTED ~

PS – I would love to hear from you and pray for you – Please feel free to leave comments!

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One Encounter

At church this morning a wonderful missionary couple gave their testimony. The woman spoke about her dad becoming a Believer – one thing she said really stood out. She said that it only took One Encounter with our powerful God to change her dad’s life forever. My thoughts were taken to loved ones, friends and acquaintances who don’t know the Lord. My thoughts were taken to remembering HOW POWERFUL our God is!! My how we put Him in a box sometimes! But He is HUGE! He is Capable of ANYTHING! He is the SAME GOD today that He was in the Bible! He doesn’t need all our human programs, technology and organizations to save someone – He can save someone in ONE ENCOUNTER.

And my thoughts were taken to my sweet children, Michael and Kate. I want nothing more than for each of them to put their hope in Jesus and ask Him to be Lord of their life. What I heard this morning gave me a renewed passion to pray for my children – that they will have a powerful encounter with our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ – and when that encounter happens, I pray that their hearts and minds will be prepared to make the right decision. I was reminded what is truly important – to focus on, to pray for. It is so easy to get caught up with the daily of this world and forget things of Eternity – Colossians 3:1-4 – Since I have been raised with Christ, I am going to set my heart on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Lord, help me set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. For I have died and my life is now HIDDEN with Christ in God. When Christ, who is my life, appears, I will also appear with Him in Glory!

Are you passionate for the salvation of your children to come to fruition? Am I?

Are you burdened for the salvation of loved ones, friends, and acquaintances? Am I?

Join me this week in asking the Lord to give us a renewed passion and burden for the lost. For the hurting. For our Powerful, Almighty God to step into the lives of our children, friends, and family and give them an encounter that will radically change their lives forever.

One more thing that was said this morning in the testimony – many religions require the person to reach up to God, to try to be good enough, to perform…Christianity is just the opposite – God, through his Son, Jesus, reaches down to us, covers us with His grace and gives us the eternal gift of salvation. Thank you Lord, for reaching down to us. Now through Your grace help us reach out to our children, to pray for them and love them through your love.

Be Blessed MOMS, as you pray for your little ones!

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Chalk Dust

It must be the teacher in me, but I love September – back to school, school supplies, the feeling of fall in the air…it brings feelings of a fresh start, a clean slate, a new beginning. This summer, 2010, is one that I am ready to put behind us. It started in May with a fabulous OKC hail storm, then on to our house being broken into during the night while we were at home, money being stolen out of our bank account (refunded by our bank, but still an ordeal), Andy getting rear-ended in a hit & run…etc, etc. It was QUITE the summer. So, I am excited about this fall – new activities, new friends, new skills & new disciplines.

I bet all of us have a need for a fresh start in some part of our lives. It may be one area or many areas – a relationship, a discipline, an attitude change, a habit, a ____________ (Fill in the blank.)

So, fellow moms, here is my question for you today –

What part of your life needs a new beginning?

Just imagine this area of your life as a chalkboard. It has been written on – it is dusty & white powder is everywhere. Then the eraser is picked up & the chalk is wiped away. The chalkboard, that was dirty minutes ago, is now clean & ready to be used again. Sometimes areas of our life need a cleaning before they can be used again. Thank goodness the Lord will do the cleaning – all we have to do is ask & have a willing heart.

I love these words by Watermark in their song, “All Things New”

Because of who You are and who I am in you
You make all things pure
Because of who You are and who I am in You

You make all things true

You make all things new

So, this idea of having a fresh start – can’t we, as Believers, have a fresh start at anytime? Thankfully, the answer is YES! And, we don’t have to wait for a season change, a holiday, a special event or a new month. We can have a clean slate at any moment.

I believe all we have to do is ask the Lord to help us. I will share an area with you that I want a new start in. All summer I had a goal of getting up early (before the kids) to do my Bible study and exercise. I want to be ready for them spiritually, physically &  mentally when they wake. Well let me tell you, I BOMBED most days!! I did it a few times, but overall, I slept through my alarm, didn’t set it at all, and some mornings I made the conscious decision to not get up. Now I could say, “Oh well, I’m just not a morning person.” I could give up. But I’m not going to. I refuse to quit and give up on this goal. So, I am going to ask the Lord for a fresh start, a renewed desire to get up & the discipline & energy to do so. I am asking the Lord to clean the chalkboard in this area of my life so that I can have a new beginning.

Sometimes it is easy for us to start something new, only to fail a few days in, and then quit. I’ve been there countless times. But the Lord doesn’t want us to quit, and he is ready to help us if we ask. He wants to wipe off the old chalk and help us start over.

Isaiah 43:18-19 – Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Philippians 3:13 – But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Lord Jesus, please help us see any area of our life that needs to be cleaned by you. Help us have a willing heart and mind to surrender to you and willingly be cleaned. Give us the strength to forget what is behind and press on towards what is ahead. Thank you for giving us a fresh start and doing new things in each of our lives! And THANK YOU for this truth – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; The old has gone, the new has come!”

May we focus on & rejoice in the truth that we are NEW IN CHRIST! Hallelujah!

Blessings,

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