Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hello Spring!

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.  ~Nadine Stair

Hello Spring!  How I have missed you!!!  I'm loving these warm spring days.  So much fun to be had, and there is not enough time to squeeze all the fun into one day.  It's hard to blog or do chores when the sun is practically begging me to come sit in her rays.   
My Aunt Missy and me sitting on the front porch.
The ice cream truck even came last weekend.  There is something special about the first ice cream of the year.

Brody picked a Ninja Turtle ice cream

The boys on the street are having a blast playing outside.  No more being stuck inside for months!

Even the adults have Spring Fever and want to play!
Brody and his Mimi giggling at "stinky feet."
Chad on a skate board riding the dog.
Spring has a way of bringing hope, laughter, smiles, beauty, courage, and new beginnings!  What has spring brought you this year?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My Everything

Reading the Bible of the stories of Ruth and Job, I’m inspired at their faithfulness to God when they lost their families, homes, and possessions.  It’s hard to imagine losing everything.  What kept them “holding it together” when the world says “you should be falling a part”?    It’s God who kept them strong.  They had built their lives with God in the center.  So when everything came crashing down around them, God remained the same.  The almighty God deserving of all our worship and praise, stood beside them as they continued to bring glory to His name.  As they claimed God is still in control, they lived great lives that went down in History and set an example to all Christians of faithfulness.

How can I live a life of faithfulness?

I’m going to build my life on THE ROCK!

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Jesus is my rock and salvation. I will know His truth (the Bible), stand upon His truth, confess His truth, and apply His truth to my daily life.  My life is meant to bring worship to Him.  It is not a life about me, but it is a life about making His name known among the nations. 

Jesus is my everything!  So if or when the world around me comes crashing down, my everything is still there.  I love my husband and son greatly, but they do not come first.  My relationship with God is #1.  I don’t want to be my husband and son’s #1 either.  When I take my last breathe here on earth, I don’t want their life to stop.  I want them to keep moving forward to the calling God has placed in their life.  I want to set an example for my son for him to teach his children that in everything they do, they need to seek to bring glory to Our Everything, God. 

One of my favorite parts of the Bible is in Exodus 3 when Moses asked God what he should tell the children of Israel what God’s name is.
Verse 14, And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” 

The Great I Am was saying I AM EVERYTHING!  I AM with you!!!

Is He your everything???   

Is He truly all you need? 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

He's Been Good To Me!

Oh Lord’s been good to me!

Brody and I sing this song almost everyday.  We have so much to be thankful for, and it is our way to praise God for His goodness.  We are alive, we are well, and all of our needs have been provided for.  God is good! 

I’m thankful for my first grade teacher Mrs. Reaves who taught this Johnny Appleseed song to me that I will teach all of my children.  It is a tradition of thankfulness that I hope will be passed on for many generations. 

1Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Ephesians 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.