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Thursday, October 1, 2015
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!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
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!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
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
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
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!