Thursday, February 26, 2009

I've created an addict

Need I say more?

Pictures to occupy the time

Asher loves to play in the dishwasher. He hears it opens and "runs" toward it. His favorite thing is to grab utensils and chew on them.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Love, Jesus

I love birthdays especially when I have no expectations. This morning my wonderful husband let me sleep in which in our house is quite the feat. Not only did I sleep in, but I got breakfast in bed made my my favorite boys. THEN, I got to get ready and not have to worry about any other person but me. Still more, I got to go to church and spend some time by myself. Another precious commodity in our house.

What has truly blown me away today is how Jesus has shown his love to me. I was reading my Bible this morning and read this verse. John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you" I just about passed out when I read this. You see God has given me a heart for the orphans which seems like such a great task yet he has already taken care of them. So that was blessing number 1. After getting the kids to class, I walk in and the song we began to sing was probably one of my favorites. Then we sang something after the service that just spurred my heart. It may seem funny to some of you, but I have been trying to learn how to trust God completely and this morning in his sweet kindness demonstrated that he loved me. It was his present to me, like he was saying Happy Birthday, Love, Jesus.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Birthday non-blues

Today (February 15th) I turn 31. It doesn't seem like I should be that old. I feel like I am still learning so much. I should be smarter by now right. So here are my birthday wishes this year for myself.
  • To continue to grow in the Lord
  • To learn how to take professional looking pictures (I'm working on getting a new camera)
  • To be a better mom by having more energy
  • To show God's love to all I come in contact with

These are some of things that I will wish for when I blow out my candles this year.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Love and Action

I have been really feeling the pull to start putting myself to action. Most of you know I am not one to sit still anyway, and I am not really talking about changing much in my life. It is already busy as it is with three boys, work, church, aerobics, etc.... What I am talking about is changing some of my priorities. I have found that most of what I do is surrounded by the idea that I am the most important person in the world. How I wish that was true, but the reality is there are so many people suffering here and abroad. I have been asking lately for my eyes to be open and heart the be open to see where I can love people the way God loves them. That brought me back to an old passion that once burned very brightly, orphans. I am sure that many of you know about the plight of the orphans in Africa due to Aids and Malaria. God continues to show me how is heart breaks for the "least of these". I have also been reading a book called Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren. She has been putting to words what I have felt many times while I have been overseas. (Each time I went overseas we would visit orphans) It got me thinking about how can I be used where I am. Well, on Facebook I made a comment about it. I was so glad I did because my cousin sent me a wonderful site. It has several organizations that work with orphans. I can hardly wait to sit down and see where God will lead me.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

God's love amazes me

I cannot express how much God has been teaching me lately. I have lots to think about and ponder, but today we had an amazing message from our pastor. It fit so well with where I have been lately and with where God is leading me. You can listen to it and watch it here.

He talked about relationships. How Jesus came to not only to mend our relationship with Him, but with each other too. We have all messed up in some way or another and we need to love each other anyway.
We ended the service with this song from Hillsong called "Mighty to Save"
Everyone needs compassion,
Love that's never failing;
Let mercy fall on me.

Everyone needs forgiveness,
The kindness of a Saviour;
The Hope of nations.Saviour,

He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.

So take me as You find me,
All my fears and failures,
Fill my life again.

I give my life to follow
Everything I believe in,
Now I surrender.

My Saviour,
He can move the mountains,
My God is Mighty to save,
He is Mighty to save.
Forever, Author of salvation,
He rose and conquered the grave,
Jesus conquered the grave.
Shine your light and let the whole world see,
We're singing for the glory of the risen King...Jesus