Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pure Religion

Ya'll! I was invited to volunteer at this More4Orphans Summit in Columbus and I am so excited. If you knew the whole story you would be really excited with me but I'll just say I had been asking the Lord for opportunities to serve the poor and one fell into my lap. I feel an internal struggle with this topic. My main priority is in my home. Period. But my heart has been opened to this topic of the poor in many many ways recentness hence this post. I in no way want to bring any attention to myself because in fact I am horrible at even noticing the poor most of the time, but that is where the Lord is opening my eyes and heart and being so so so good to me to provide me with opportunities to serve Him!

I just wanted to get the word out about the Summit if there is anyone interested in coming or even committing to pray for this event. You can e-mail me and/or visit this site where you can register etc.

I cannot leave this post without telling you a little bit about my friend who invited me to volunteer. Her name is Mandy and she started coming to my bible study and that is how I met her. She has adopted 13 children and was adopted herself. Her life breathes James 1:21"Religion that our Father accepts as pure and faultless is to look after orphans and widows and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

 Mandy, David (her husband) and their family

I would love for her to post for me one day. Well see if I can talk her into it. :)

Also, one more thing. The song 27 Million is out by Matt Redman and LZ7, you can purchase it by clicking here. The song is all about raising the awareness of human trafficking. The video for the song was filmed while we were at Passion and we spotted our whole group in the video and then they took it off U tube. Not sure what happened with that but Oh well! Buy the song! It's really good!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pajama Day, Fruit Salad, and Thankful Tuesday!

 It was Pajama Day at school today for Annabelle and I almost forgot! We were about to walk out the door and I remembered so we told her to pick out some pajamas to wear and she picked out her butterflies to wear. She was a little confused about why she was taking off her normal clothes to put back on pajamas to go to school but she was also really excited!
 I hope she doesn't get too old for footy pjs any time soon. They are so precious to me!
 After school, Annabelle and Adelyn and I decided to make fruit salad with what we had at our house already. You have to know the running joke at our house about this but it's hilarious, we sing this song all the time about fruit salad and so the girls were ecstatic when I said we could make some. Of course the only one who actually ate any was Annabelle because Adelyn is the picky one!

Today is THANKFUL TUESDAY and besides the obvious wonderfully blessings in my life: my husband who is so helpful and love me, my beautiful girls, THE SUNSHINE, today I want to just write that I am thankful to have been "made alive" in Christ. It says in Ephesians 2:1-10:

" And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

I was DEAD but now I am ALIVE and I cannot think of anything better to be thankful for today that that!! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sweet Sisters & Running the Race

Fight the good fight of the faith; lay hold of the eternal life to which you were summoned and [for which] you confessed the good confession [of faith] before many witnesses. 
1 Timothy 6:12

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace. 
Acts 20:24

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 
1 Corinthians 9:24

Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 1 Corinthians 9:6

Friday, February 24, 2012

Annabelle's First Dentist Appointment

 Today Annabelle had her first dentist appointment. She did soooo great; I was so proud of her. The hygienist did such a great job with her. She explained everything so thoroughly and told Annabelle that she had nothing to be afraid of. One time when the hygienist walked out of the room, Annabelle said, "I'm not scared anymore Mom." I was so thankful! Annabelle picked out bubble gum flavor cleaner and loved when they polished her teeth because it tickled.They also let her wear those pink sparkly sun glasses to shield her from the light. What a little diva. :)
      I can't believe my little girls is getting so big! Praise God no cavities for anyone in our family today! Happy Weekend Everyone!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Poor and Suffering in Joy

This morning I was reading in my Beth Moore James study about the poor and trials and temptation from James 1:9-12. It says,

"Let the brother in humble circumstances glory in his elevation [as a Christian, called to the true riches and to be an heir of God],
    10And the rich [person ought to glory] in being humbled [by being shown his human frailty], because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.
    11For the sun comes up with a scorching heat and parches the grass; its flower falls off and its beauty fades away. Even so will the rich man wither and die in the midst of his pursuits.
    12Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who is patient under trial and stands up under temptation, for when he has stood the test and been approved, he will receive [the victor's] crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him."

I love these verses and how God works because this has been such a predominant topic on my mind lately. I love how "poor" means not only poor in a monetary sense but it also means poor in spirit, as in lacking Christ or the things of Christ that a person who wants to live for Christ needs. That being said, we should through Christ extended our hands to both kinds of "poor" people.

Beth shared a few verses on this topic:

Deuteronomy 15:11-For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.

Proverbs 19:17- Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Proverbs 31:8-9- Open your mouth for the dumb [those unable to speak for themselves], for the rights of all who are left desolate and defenseless; Open your mouth, judge righteously, and administer justice for the poor and needy.

Switching to a totally different topic, although the topics are linked by their sitting side bye side in James 1. Later Beth encourages the biblestudier to read Hebrews 10:32-34 and verse 34 is what really caught my attention. Its says,

"For you did sympathize and suffer along with those who were imprisoned, and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings and the confiscation of your property, in the knowledge and consciousness that you yourselves had a better and lasting possession."

So the early church suffered all kinds of things, they were imprisoned and all of there early possessions were taken but they didn't suffer in misery and in self obsession but they suffered cheerfully. Really?! 

So I decided to study out the cross references to this verse and this is what I found:

"....and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. Then they left the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name. And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus." Acts 5:40-42

"Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them..." Acts 16:24-25

"Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings , knowing that suffering produces endurance..." Romans 5:3

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds..." James 1:2

Is this not an eye opener seeing all of these verses together. 

Through Christ, the earlier church was truly able to accept their hardships with joy, rejoicing, cheerfully, praying and singing hymns to God and the bible mentions this several times! 

Oh that God would give us/me this spirit. In a world where it's easy to get in a tizzy when your waitress doesn't bring your food out as fast as you want, may we be a people that view trials, hardships, and suffering in the correct light and no matter what comes our way, have a heart that praises God for all He has done in and for us. Even if all we have is our salvation (which is most definitely not the case for anyone I know including myself!) may that be a more than sufficient reason to praise Him with everything we are!

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord! Job 1:21b

Thankful Tuesday/Wednesday

 I totally missed Thankful Tuesday so today it will be Thankful Tuesday/Wednesday. Today I am thankful to my God for so many things but here are a few things...
1) Being able to get outside and play in February!!! 
 2) My sweet little painters

 3) How much they love each other and like to play together.

4) Precious one on one time with Annabelle

 5) A great and fun date night
6) Great friends
 7) And SUNSHINE!!!
Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ Ephesians 5:2

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dress Yourself Day

The girls always, always want to pick out their own clothes. It's hard to let them do it because they are just so little a don't realize that a spaghetti strap dress isn't going to cut it in 25 degree weather. But occasionally, I just let them go for it and they can wear whatever they want. They love love love this. Usually on those days we are just hanging out at home, but today decided to run a few errands and hit up the library and this is what they looked like. Oh well. There are way worse things right? :)

I have had so much going on in this head of mine that it's been hard to articulate anything lately, hence the lack of writing. Even though this mind of mine is for lack of a better term "muddy" lately. God has not been muddy at all to me. He has proven Himself so faithful that it is almost hard to believe. And with His faithfulness, he has provided me with clarity on some scripture that I have been pondering for a while now.

Inheritance in Christ.

I hesitate to write about it now because we are having bible study tonight with some women who are MUCH wiser than I am and so I want to gleam from their wisdom but I just wanted to express how thankful I am for Christ's clarity or as Ephesians 1:17 says, "His wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him."

He is absolutely not "thrown off" by anything in my life and always gives me ample grace extended through His word in my time of need.

Simply amazing.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sister Love

Sister Love is the Sweetest!

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” Romans 8:35,37