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









Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Choice


Clothe yourself with humility toward one another because “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5

Pride is so sneaky. I was cleaning my bathrooms the other day and I noticed that there was a section of my shower that had been hiding behind a shampoo bottle that was starting to mildew. It’s interesting to think that over time, in hiding, this spot had grown into a digesting problem and one that was going to be much harder to get rid of than if I had kept up with cleaning that area and not let that spot get so gross. 

I see pride much in the same way. It can creep into my life so subtly and if I don’t recognize it and nip it in the bud, the problem grows. The verse above says God opposes the proud, literally meaning "God rages in battle against". This thought is scary to me. I do not want the God of the universe to oppose me, instead I want what the other half of this verse says, His grace in my weakness and humility. 

Everything in my flesh opposes humility. I want to think I’m important; I want to think of myself and what I want constantly. I want to have everything under control and not need help with anything. But, my God is no where in those things. 

When I only think of myself; I am quenching His spirit that lives in me. His spirit allows me to serve and see the needs He wants me to meet for others. His Spirit allows me to see the people around me as more important than me. His Spirit battles my entitlement and allows me to be unassuming. His Spirit helps me to see that I need Him every second of every day; that the control I want is just an illusion and that me controlling things will never make me happy…. I honestly do want to live in the Spirit because if I don’t, I know what is left is a void life of intense selfishness. 

I have the choice. “Clothe" is the very first word in this verse. The definition of this verse means “to tie around you.”  When I see that pride creeping in, when I start to notice that I am focusing too much on me, I can make a conscious choice to instead put on humility. I can chose to stop and pray for someone who has a need to take my mind off of me. I can write out verses about humility and read them over and over again in the day asking God to change my heart and make it more like His. I can plan a time to serve in some capacity asking God to give me His heart of humility in my service. 

I love that my God never leaves me where I am; He is always stretching me, always showing me things about myself that don’t please Him and I know He is always thinking of my good. He wants me to be His hands and feet on this earth and He knows I cannot be those things if I am living in a world of self consumption. I am ever grateful that He never gives up on me.He truly is the "LORD  who longs to be gracious to me, so he can show me his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God." Isaiah 30:18


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nashville


The last part of Fall Break Adam and I had the privelage of taking the girls to Nashville. Abe stayed behind with Marmie so we could focus on the girls. We all loved it so much! It was fun just to have the older girls and to take a break from the responsibility of a baby.

We went to the Opryland hotel and the mall. We are at the Rain Forest Cafe and the Aquarium Restaurant and we saw a movie! I'm so thankful for this quality time we had togethet! Ad wants to go back in Decent when the decorations are up in Nashville; I cannot wait! 

Fall Break


We had an amazing Fall Break! We took trips to the park, the zoo, went to church, jumped on the trampoline, made pancakes, got Abe off of the stairs again and again and again, had a mommy-daughters date night to chipotle, we had a whole lot of "come to Jesus" moments. I had a girls night and the girls had a slumber party and we topped it all off with a cousin slumber party!! 

And then, on Friday, we took the girls to Nashville! :) 

What a great break! Don't get me wrong, there were moments (if you know what I mean) and lots of throw up, lots and lots, but there were wonderful moments and quality time spent and I'm thankful to God for these good times we had over the break from school.