Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thankful Tuesday- My Rock

I love you, Lord;
    you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.
I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
    and he saved me from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3

Ever been in a place in life where everything feels shaky? I have! I personally hate change. I could do the same thing every day for the rest of my life and be perfectly content! Sometimes when change comes, my mind is thrown into a state of worry or panic. I start questioning everything and everybody. I seem to lose my footing. 

This is not what the Lord wants for me. I don't have to like change, but I can be confident in the fact that God's got it; He knows, and He will always be constant for me. 

I love this passage from Psalm 18. God is:

My Strength- the one who makes me firm, resolute, hardens me to prevail*

My Rock-my security*

My Fortress-a place that has been fortified as to protect from attack*

My Shield- the one who defends me, covers me, and surrounds me*

and because He is and because He does...

He is "Worthy to Be Praised!"

No matter what change I am experiencing, I don't have to panic. I can rely on Him, who is constant, my never changing Rock and for that today, I am thankful!

*from StudyLight.Org

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Birthday Memories

Today is Annabelle's 7th birthday! I couldn't help but think of all of her birthday's past. We adore birthdays! These pictures make my heart smile! 
1st Birthday
2nd Birthday
3rd Birthday
4th Birthday
5th Birthday
6th Birthday
7th Birthday

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Annabelle's Baptism- God's Great Grace

Annabelle asked Jesus to come into her heart to be the Lord and Savior of her life this summer. To say it was the highlight of my summer is an absolute understatement. She had been talking about making this decision for a long while and we discussed, talked through, talked about, chewed over, and then did it all over again. Adam and I just felt this huge responsibility as her parents to not allow her to make a decision she didn't understand. (We act as if we have all of the control.)

Anyway, one night in her bed she started bawling and asking me if she could please ask Jesus to come into her life. I went and got Adam and we went through the plan of salvation again with her again and she prayed her little prayer. It was amazing for me to think about my child understanding she is a sinner in need of a Savior and wanting Jesus to be the Lord of her life.

Fast forward a few months, we are at this event that a church in our community put on and they announce they are going to be doing baptisms for anyone who has accepted Christ. Annabelle runs up to me, wide eyed and says, "Mommy I really want to be baptized." I told her that this wasn't our church and that we should be baptized at our church. She seemed somewhat content with that answer.

About a month later, our church announced they were doing baptisms for their fifth anniversary. I mentioned it to Annabelle once. She reminded me about it and got so very excited thinking about getting baptized.

That morning, I was a little nervous because although as far as I can see, Annabelle made a genuine profession of faith, she is very shy in crowds and I had no earthly idea what she would say or do at the baptism. Also, our pastor that morning suggested Adam do the baptism! He quickly decided he would do it and after our church lunch Adam baptized Annabelle.

It's kind of embarrassing to say, but honestly, for a split second, I wanted to take some kind of credit. I thought, "I must be a good mom. My kid wants to know Jesus" and right about the second I had that thought God reminded me of His great grace. Sweet Annabelle has been through all of our craziness. All. of. it. Without going into details here, let me just say, it was CLEARLY nothing I have done that drew her to Christ. Christ drew her to Himself in spite of my motherhood with His relentless love and unending grace and I am indescribably thankful!! I cannot wait to see what God does with her little life!

Thursday, September 10, 2015


11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Revelation 5:11-14

I was digging into the word "WORTHY" this morning. The english definition says it means 'deserving of my effort, my attention, and my respect.'

God deserving these things has absolutely nothing to do with my effort or my attention. He is worthy regardless of what  do, however, because He is worthy and I love Him, I want my life's actions to speak to the fact that He is worthy.  

I feel like that all sounds good, but, I ask myself, how does that fit for me practically today? I believe it means focusing on what Col 3 says to do: "Set my mind on things above." 

In other words: 

*not getting mentally caught up in things I don't know are true or are apart from godly thoughts. 

*asking God all day what He wants me to do for the next hour 

*reminding myself all day that He is worthy of my attention, my sacrifice and my respect- it's not all about me

*praising Him for His character and constantly looking for things to be grateful and thankful to Him for in my life. 

I am thankful we serve a God who is worthy. He is alive and one day we will stand before Him and sing with the angels Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing. To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” I can't wait for that day!!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

1st day of preschool "1"s

Today is his first day in preschool "1"s. He cried when I left him but he had stopped after a few minutes (I stood outside the door to make sure ��.) I hope he is having such a great day; I'm excited for him to get to play with some friends! 

This little boy is getting so big! He turns the big "2" in a couple months! I cannot even believe it! He has such a sweet spirit and he loves our family so much! I couldn't imagine life without him! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

70 x 7

Matthew 18:21-35New Living Translation (NLT)

Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor

21 Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
22 “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!
23 “Therefore, the Kingdom of Heaven can be compared to a king who decided to bring his accounts up to date with servants who had borrowed money from him. 24 In the process, one of his debtors was brought in who owed him millions of dollars. 25 He couldn’t pay, so his master ordered that he be sold—along with his wife, his children, and everything he owned—to pay the debt.
26 “But the man fell down before his master and begged him, ‘Please, be patient with me, and I will pay it all.’ 27 Then his master was filled with pity for him, and he released him and forgave his debt.
28 “But when the man left the king, he went to a fellow servant who owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded instant payment.
29 “His fellow servant fell down before him and begged for a little more time. ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it,’ he pleaded. 30 But his creditor wouldn’t wait. He had the man arrested and put in prison until the debt could be paid in full.
31 “When some of the other servants saw this, they were very upset. They went to the king and told him everything that had happened. 32 Then the king called in the man he had forgiven and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave you that tremendous debt because you pleaded with me.33 Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?’ 34 Then the angry king sent the man to prison to be tortured until he had paid his entire debt.
35 “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

I read this story of the unforgiving debtor this morning in my time with the Lord. I have been working through or better said struggling with forgiving an individual. 

Forgiveness is so hard isn't it?! But what struck my heart this morning was the line "I forgave you a tremendous debt because you pleaded with me." 

It's almost as if the Lord put up a mirror to my face and said "that's you." The very person and sin I am struggling to forgive, I have committed in much worse form. Ouch! 

I have to find the practical application in scripture so I asked myself, "what does this mean you need to do practically today?!" 

And the Lord led me to Matthew Henry's commentary on this passage. He says, "We do not forgive our offending brother aright, if we do not forgive from the heart. Yet this is not enough; we must seek the welfare even of those who offend us. How justly will those be condemned, who, though they bear the Christian name, persist in unmerciful treatment of their brethren! The humbled sinner relies only on free, abounding mercy, through the ransom of the death of Christ. Let us seek more and more for the renewing grace of God, to teach us to forgive others as we hope for forgiveness from him."

And that is me right now, in my flesh I want to punish the one who I am having trouble forgiving. I must instead seek their welfare-praying for them because I know when I began to pray for those who hurt me it might not change the situation but it changes my heart and I think that's what God's after anyway.

Oh God give me more and more grace to learn to forgive- to set others free of the debt they owe me- to up in the air but into your hands! Thank you for your never ending undeserved forgiveness. Amen. 

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