Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Waiting

Waiting Here For You
by: Chris Tomlin, Jessee Reeves, and Martin Smith

Sung by Christy Nockells

If faith can move the mountains
Let the Mountains move
We come with expectation
We're waiting here for You
I'm Waiting here for You


You're the Lord of all creation
And still You know my heart
The Author of salvation
You've Loved me from the start


Waiting here for you
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it's You we adore
Singing Hallelujah


You are everything You promised
Your faithfulness is true
And we're Desperate for Your presence
All we need is You


Waiting here for you
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it's You we adore
Singing Hallelujah


Hallelujah, Hallelujah
We're singing, Hallelujah
We're singing, Hallelujah

I absolutely adore this song for so many reasons. It is a song that resonated in my soul during a very dark time in my life. A year after we moved to Ohio I wanted to get out so badly. I begged the Lord every.day throughout the day to move out of Ohio. It was a dark time for me in my marriage, my friendships, with my babies and our church. I would play this song on repeat and just cry out to Him telling Him I was waiting for Him to move us somewhere, anywhere. 

I love the progression of this song. A cry for God to move mountains, acknowledgement that He knows every part of our heart and hears our requests, a declaration that He is faithful, a confession that no matter what happens, we have all we need in Him and lastly a waiting in patient praise while singing hallelujah: God be praised right now, even though things aren’t how I want them. 

God’s timing was perfect. I couldn't see it then, but I see it a little bit clearer now. He kept us in Ohio for years after I started begging Him to move us to teach me. In those years I waited, He taught me infinitely about His love and faithfulness, His desire and ability to answer my prayers and His power to satisfy my soul. He became my very best friend. 

God has always had my good in mind, even when it didn’t feel like it. May I always remember the Lord’s faithfulness of the past. And in remembering, may my heart never cease to sing Hallelujah: My God be praised. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Escape


By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and ESCAPE the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 2 Peter 1:3-4

Yesterday was a pretty crummy day. I absolutely love the Christmas season. I adore holidays and special occasions and live for parties but yesterday it all seemed too overwhelming. And I caved. I lived most of the day stressed to the max . By the end of yesterday, everything had gone wrong and absolutely nothing I tried to accomplish was completed. I acted like an ungrateful, selfish person. I took all my frustration out on Adam who was actually trying to help me . 

None of my acting like this actually helps anything ever. I just end up feeling guilty and awful and like I wasted time and opportunity. 

BUT, this morning I woke up to read the verses above and I felt a sense of hope. First of all, His mercies are new for me this morning! Praise the Lord! Secondly, He has given me all I need to make better choices today by His grace and divine power flowing through my life. He has given me His word so that I can choose to put my mind on truth and avoid sin and its consequences. 

I'm thankful for His never ending grace. I'm thankful for His truth and do overs! I'm thankful He is always looking for the best in me and not focusing on my flaws. What a God! 

It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5-6



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