Saturday, November 15, 2014

Working It Out





I love seeing the contrast from the message about the works of the flesh verses the works of the spirit! And then the application verse is perfect. May I "work out the implications of the works of the Spirit" in my life today! Only by Hos grace! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chosen



I'm thankful for the truths from this verse:

1) God has chosen me.
God loves me and has a purpose for my life, "good works He had in mind for me to do before time began." Eph 2:10

2) I am part of a royal priesthood.
I have direct access to the God of the universe. I not only have this access, He wants to have a relationship with me. He loves for me to talk with Him about any and everything; He carries my burdens; He laughs and cries with me.

3) His desire is for me to be holy.
 He wants me to be set apart from the world, listening to His voice intently. He is always working on my heart trying to make me more like Him because He loves me and wants the world to see Him through me.

4) I am His and nothing & no one can ever change that. "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

5) He has chosen me, allowed me to have direct access to Him and many other privileges. His desire is for me to be holy, and nothing can ever tear us apart all for the purpose of me "proclaiming His excellence!" 

He wants me to tell the stories of how He has carried me through the darkest times from a courtroom to hospital rooms and so on. He wants me to lead songs of worship to Him so people can be drawn to how beautiful He is for all He has done. 

All for His glory, for His fame so that His name name will be praised. So that more people can experience the delight of knowing Him; the only one who forever fills the void inside the human heart.

"To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" Revelation 5:13

Happy 1st Birthday Abraham!


Our sweet little Abraham turned one yesterday. I cannot hardly believe it but I'm just so thankful for him and his little smile. I have been so sentimental this week about everything. Everyone who knows me well knows that one of my "sayings" is "a year from now everything will look totally different." It's a statement I have told myself and others for the past several years when I wanted things to be different and I or others needed hope. I think back over this past year and how faithful the Lord has been to me, all of the hard lessons He has taught me and I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. And, in the midst I have been able to mommy this precious boy who truly reminds me constantly of how good God is and how He truly does know best. I can honestly say, this year, at this point, I don't want anything to be different. I love and thankful for this life God has graciously given me and my three littles especially this week my baby boy. 







 I've spent the past week writing this "Imagine the End" statement for his baby dedication on Sunday. I hope one day Abraham can read it and will know how much I love him and how much his daddy and I desire more than anything for him to know this God we love and serve because this God truly is all satisfying. 




Abraham, you have been our little redemption baby. After several years of hard times we believe God gave you to us to show us how much He extravagantly loves us. You are our picture of how God longs to bring joy after pain and sunshine after the storms in our lives. 

Abe, you have been the sweetest, smiliest infant. We envision your joyful and peaceful spirit staying with you all of your life. Just like the Abraham in the bible, we pray you are a man of faith, believeing God even when it feels impossible. 

We pray you grow up to love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, soul, and strength and in this age of distraction you will have laser focus on the things that really matter in this life. 

Abe, we pray growing up with two older sisters makes you sensitive and compassionate to the needs of those around you and on the flip side, you will be a man’s man who enjoys sports and boy things. (We all know your daddy needs that after all these years of girls.) 

Abraham, we pray God would give you a deep love for His word and the desire to know more about Him daily. Right now, you really love to talk so we imagine words being a huge part of your life. We pray you always use your words to glorify God, building others up, not tearing them down.

We pray God would give you from a young age vision for what line of work He has for you, blessing you with wisdom and discernment that can only come through Him. We pray you will be a servant hearted man who works hard and gives of himself every day selflessly for others.

Abe, we pray daily God would give you the wife your heart needs. We envision you being a devoted husband, lavishly loving your wife and children, a man filled with vision and godly leadership. 

Abraham, we love you! You are sincerely an indescribable treasure. We wait excitedly in anticipation to see God answer our prayers for your life. We are immensely grateful to our good God for you, our beauty from ashes. 



video
We ended up having a couple of families over for dinner who have babies in Abe's class at church. I love his face in this video. The "adam face" for sure! Love that sweet baby boy! We cannot wait for his big family party on Saturday!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday



I'm speechless this week and that never happens but I'm thankful for all of His goodness in these pics! 

".....that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever!" Psalm 30:12

Life


11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. 
Romans 8:11-13 NLT

I make excuses. I say, "I was just born that way." "I am an 'Allison' "(my maiden name and also the name which means you are inevitably strong willed, and always right.) Oh, it's so hard to own up to the things that I do that are wrong sometimes, but, the verses above clearly obliterates my excuses.
"You have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do." I have a choice and to me this is powerful. I don't have to yell when I have told my daughter to get dressed three times and now I see her, still in her pajamas and we are late. I do not have to get my feelings hurt or have it ruin my day when someone says an offhanded comment that really hurts me. I can choose truth and instead live by the Spirit of God that is inside of me. 
Verse 6 of Romans 8 says, "... letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death." How many times have I chosen this path. I have just knowingly chosen to live in the flesh and the result feels like death and spews deathlike things to all around me for that day or that season. What happens to me most often is I lose all self control over my tongue and consequently become paralyzed in hurt, regret, and/or fear. Verse 6 doesn't stop at death, praise the Lord. The last part of the verses says, "...letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." O how peaceful am I when I chose to let the Spirit control my mind; I am filled with life: real and genuine life, active and vigorously devoted to God; I am filled with peace: the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation and therefore not fearing anything from God but being content with the life He has given me right now.* 
Taking every thought captive to Him is the key.* I wish I was writing this as an expert or someone who has ultimate success in practicing this key to successful Christian living. Instead, I often find myself crying out to Jesus to help me because I have not obeyed this verse. However, when I do choose to stop; think; pray for His Spirit to help me, to live through me, to empower me die to my flesh, and then speak and act true life and peace do flow through me. 
Today I want to chose life; I want to chose peace. I want to take every thought captive so I am praying this prayer:
Father, you know me, you see my struggles, you see my heart, you know the plans you have had for me to accomplish for your glory before I was born. God help me to live by your Spirit today. God please help me to breathe life and peace to those around me especially my family. God I can only do this through your strength. I know I need you. Put scripture in my mind today that will combat the lies of the enemy of my soul. Thank you Father. amen.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thankful Thursday










Thankful for these three today! They make life fun! 

Motherhood is so hard. I beg God for grace and forgiveness sometimes many times a day but just like the saying goes... Motherhood is so hard and also so worth it and sometimes we have weeks when everyone is happy and fun and sweet to each other and I just count my blessings! It's been one of those weeks! 

That my glory may sing your praises and not be silent! I Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever! Psalm 30:12

Painting Pumpkins