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birthday cake

I love birthday cake!  Seriously.  It’s why I had so many children.  (jk!)   I do indeed love a celebration, and am thankful for the opportunity to celebrate with my people in PERSON on their special days.  With three of my four children living too far from their mother, I truly cherish their visits home.  Especially if I get to bake for them.  Especially if it’s their birthday.  So, I’m baking right now.  And loving it.  

Happy birthday, Mark!  I am so very thankful for you.  And so amazed that you are actually turning 24 years old.  wow.  I remember when you were younger – like two decades ago – and older mothers would tell me how quickly time flies.  I knew it did.  But now I know.  Can you even believe it?  A real live grown up – and such a fine one at that!  I love spending time with you.  Love our talks.  Love watching basketball with you.  Love talking about your work. your life.

I am so very proud of all that you have become.  And, I’m so looking forward to what God has in store for you.  Keep your eyes on Him, above all.  I promise, you will not ever regret that.

So, enjoy your day tomorrow.   Enjoy your orange cake. (ohmygosh, it smells really good!)  What an amazing blessing you are to me.  I love you so so much!

mom

“So you too should be glad and rejoice with me…..Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!.”  Philippians 2:18, 4:4

*special message to kdm……..relax! I realize I owe you a birthday blog post –  I will write it when you least expect it!  love, mom


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new devo

My new devotional this year is The One Year walk with God Devotional, by Chris Tiegreen.  I will share a part of today’s entry, for it was just profound to me.  Perhaps it will move you as well.

It begins with the verse “My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” Psalm 57:7

“One thing that God looks for when we are in the crisis is a steadfast heart – a heart that will not, under any circumstances, fall away.  No matter what uproar is going on around us, no matter how much pressure is applied, God will wait to answer us until it is clear to Him, to us, and to those who observe us, that our heart is resolutely fixed on Him.  And more than just steadfastness of hope is required; it is a steadfastness of worship, too.  The heart that learns to make music in its darkest moments is the heart that is delivered.

The deliverance usually comes twice.  First, a worhipful heart has risen above oppressive circumstances, even when the circumstances remain.  It is an inward liberation that can find deep joy regardless of what’s happening on the outside.  But a resolved, singing heart then finds deliverance in a God who responds.  He frequently invades circumstances and scatters our enemies, sometimes dramatically.  The wait may be long, but the victory is sure.  God does not remain silent in His love when we do not remain silent in our worship.

When circumstances oppress, the battle rages, and the heat of the crucible rises, where is your heart?  Is it steadfast in its worhsip?  Does it sing of the God who reigns above every cloud?  If so, expect deliverance.  Expect it within and without.  You can sing your song of victory before victory even comes.  In the most important sense, it already has.”

amen.  and amen.

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91

It has been too long since I have written, and I’m sorry.  I’ve really wanted to.  However, I’ve learned that unless I was absolutely sure I was writing something that would bless the Lord, I wasn’t going to do it.  So, I’ve been just patiently waiting on Him.  I had some things to say, but not the “green light” to say them.  Thanks for understanding.  

God’s been teaching me, as I hope and pray He has been to you as well.  Maybe in the days and weeks to come, I will find a way to articulate some of what I’ve been learning.  However, something happened tonight that I really want to share.  I want to verbalize it here, so it’s clear to my loved ones decades from now.  If I’m still here on earth, that is. 

We began our Bible study for the spring semester tonight.  As always, we are so thrilled to be back at it, with all that goes with it.  thrilled.  It’s what I LOVE to do.  It’s with all those I love to do it with.  New seasons bring new joys and new challenges, however, tonight was as smooth as I ever remember a first night to be.  Such a great night.  In every way.

And in this season, I am able to serve in a new capacity that I’m so thankful to be able to do. Through this opportunity,  I had a sweet, though short, conversation with an elderly lady.  I don’t remember seeing her before, but she was just darling.  After the study was over, I found out she was 91 years old!  First of all, wow.  WOW!!!  I just thought and thought about that.  Then it dawned on me. . . . I want to do that!  I want to be her!!!  When (if) I’m 91 years old, I want to get dressed, and go to Bible study!!!  I want to sit on the front row, in my adorable pink coat (seriously, she was so precious!) and learn more about my God!!!  

Is that amazing?  I want to be found in Him, and in the study of Him.  I guess I’ll just keep practicing that, till He comes, or I get to go to Him.  He is my life!  I can’t think of any better use of my time.  If you are not in a Bible study at this time, I encourage you to find one in your area, and join them.
“As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”  2 Samuel 22:31
“I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His Word I put my hope.”  Psalm 130:5

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free day at the zoo

Happy new year!  I pray that you have already resolved to know God more, to love Him deeper, and to be in the Word more consistently this year than ever before!  May He truly be the focus and desire of my heart. 

My year began with an opportunity to sleep in – what joy.   Then the girl and I went to the ZOO!  According to Sara, she had never ever been to the zoo!  (of course, she had – but she said she didn’t remember).  Interestingly, in a city like ours, if there is a holiday, or a “free day”, apparently others have the same idea!  There were MANY folks out at the zoo!  The first hurdle was finding a parking spot – it took about 30 minutes.  we almost gave up, then the spot came through for us.  Our walk to the entrance was also interesting……construction is going on, so we had to walk through these walkways to get to the entrance.  

I actually cried walking to the zoo.  I know.  Sara couldn’t believe it – “are you CRYING?”  I probably shouldn’t even tell you that, but it was such a profound moment.  As we passed groups of people leaving the zoo, this little boy, following his family shouts out, real sweetly, “thanks, mom, for bringing me!”  Such a precious moment – I was truly brought to tears.  I know – what a crazy thing – but at that moment, I think I was feeling a combination of things – I was really just missing bringing my small kids to the zoo.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED being there with my girl- but the years of taking the little ones are over for me, and I missed it in that moment.  I was also overwhelmingly struck with his heart of thankfulness.  His expression of gratitude.  I want that.  I want a heart of gratitude.  And a mouth that expresses it.

By the time we got to the zoo, we were so excited. ( I had recovered from my earlier tears)  It was as if we were kids!  (Not to mention, the joy of walking in the zoo for FREE!)  We practically ran from place to place, eager to see all the sights.  As we saw all the varieties of animals, reptiles, etc, I was amazed all over again at God’s creativeness.  His details.  Oh, the joy He must have had in creating the zebra!  the giraffe!  Though each exhibit was very crowded, we loved it all.  

What a joyful way to start the year.  In awe of our God and His creation.  I pray the same for you, as we begin this 2009.  May He sweep you off your feet with His lavish love!

“And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.”  So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.  God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so.  God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”  Genesis 1:20-25

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