"Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise." ~Andy Stanley

March 21, 2018

Wednesdays in the Word

Jesus said "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest."  Matt. 9:38

What hit me recently when read this verse, is that sometimes we laborers act like the harvest is ours!
Or we have way too many opinions about HOW the harvest comes in! And what it looks like when it does! Or we pray that it come to us.

Basically, the harvest is His and He said it is huge! And what it looks like is weary, scattered people.
"When He saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."

Instead of focusing on praying those sheep in, we are to be praying that more of us want to go to them! Its what He did.
He's the One who leaves the 99 to go after the 1.
In fact, He left Heaven for the harvest.
He died for the harvest.
And He's preparing a place for the harvest!

Let's pray for more laborers to send!


March 16, 2018

The grieving

Grief is a beast.
And there are so many layers to the healing process.
I'm sure I can't ever put into words how awful it is to loose a spouse, so I won't try.

For a long time, I felt like I was a person walking around with a gaping wound and all that raw pain was just gushing out for all to see.
I wasn't one to try to keep from feeling the pain. I went all in. - I think I cried everyday for 15 months. I read somewhere that suppressing it would really screw me up  -LOL so I didn't try that.
It took about a year and half for my gaping wound to finally feel like it grew a scab. (gross analogy but it's all I've got)
And now, at almost two and half years, I think I just feel scared.

And speaking of scars, I love these lyrics:

"Every pain and scar -a canvas of your grace..." (Hillsong)

"Thank you for the scars I bear, they declare You are my healer..." (Elevation) 

My daughter is fond of a song that says "Let this chaos count"  (Yes, please!)

And this verse (which I rearranged a little) is one of my favorites right now:

"...after you have suffered a little while...the God of all grace...will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Pet. 5:10

I really feel like He is doing all of that for my family.
 He is restoring us. He is renewing our faith and healing our emotions.
And I take comfort in the fact that we will be made strong, firm and steadfast.

He is good and He is faithful!
In the last couple of years, He's either moved mountains for me or scaled them with me! ❤
Isn't He kind?

Does grief ever end?

As cliche as it sounds... time does heal. Thank God!


March 14, 2018

Wednesdays in the Word

"In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul." ~Psalm 94:19

Instead of letting areas of anxiety run havoc with our minds, let's remember what He has done for us and be comforted! I made a list of the top ten ways I've seen His comfort recently and it blessed me!
What has He done to comfort you lately?
What we focus on grows. Focus on how intrinsically involved He is your well being and be 'delighted!'


March 11, 2018

This and that from the week

I feel like mentioning that we actually did not have a wedding to go to this weekend. LOL
But if we keep going to so many, I may have to actually learn the electric slide -even though I have  no rhythm!

The other day at work, I leaned over my desk to pour the last bit of tea from my cup into a planter, (bad idea) and totally forgot that I had a lit candle on my desk!
And yes, the very worst thing that could happen, did!
My hair caught on fire! 
Everyone else had already left for the day, so lucky for me they didn't see me screaming and slapping my hair. Oh my stars! Does anything smell worse than burning hair?
I'm thanking the Lord for layers because it isn't noticeable at all. And I'm hereby grounding myself from all candles for the foreseeable future.

If you want something done in the heavenlies, get Joy to pray for you. Seriously!
I'm blessed to get to watch God do amazing things in answer to her prayers for the people in her life!
This week she prayed and decided to ask for a raise at work. And she was given MORE than she asked for! How amazing is that? They told her that she is now the highest paid employee, who isn't in management. Yay!  #godsfavor

This week I applied to be a volunteer Cuddler at the women's hospital. That's a real thing!
 You get to spend 3 hours at a time cuddling babies, who were born with addictions. Isn't that heartbreaking? I hope I get to be apart of the program. I'd love to spend some time cuddling and praying over newborns!

I'll leave you with this great quote from a book I am reading right now called Own Your Life:

"Stewarding your life wisely can bring great confidence, excellence of character and peace of mind
-And lead you to create a legacy, a story worth telling.
But it begins with a determination on your part to make a wise plan,
to forge resonable goals, to listen ot the prompting of the Holy Spirit
and to trust God to lead you on a path of spiritual renewal and strength.
Each day you are writing the story that your life will tell throughout eternity." ~Sally Clarkson

May we write well!


March 7, 2018

Wednesdays in the Word

Bowing before someone is an act of submission and reverence. It is an act of worship.

" Exalt the Lord our God and worship (=bow down) at His footstool -He is holy."  Ps. 99:5

"Oh come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker." Ps. 95:6

"For this reason, I bow my knees before the Father..."  Eph. 3:14

"At your holy temple I will bow in reverence to You."  Ps. 5:7

"...the heavenly host bows down before You."  Neh. 9:9

"At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phil 2:10

So, I'm challenging myself to bow now.


March 4, 2018

Another beautiful wedding

It is wedding season in our community of friends and Andrew was honored to stand beside another friend who he got married this weekend.

Such a precious moment when he saw his lovely bride approaching

What a beautiful ceremony!

The groom is a very talented musician and he surprised his bride with a song he wrote for their first dance! Andrew played guitar and another friend sang it, while they  had their first dance. So sweet!

Sometimes it hits me, how blessed we are to do life with so many wonderful young adults, who love the Lord and are living for Him. Some of these 'kids' have been coming to hang out at our house since they were in middle school and are now getting married to each other. 

And I found out over Christmas, how fun it is to have these married young adults, who live in other states now, and have real jobs, (LOL) come back to visit and once again sit at our table and jump on trampoline just like no time at all has passed. Friends who become family are the best!

Proud of this handsome guy who is so special to so many! 


February 28, 2018

He is the best

Two weeks ago, Andrew was the best man in his friend's beutiful wedding. 

Most beutiful vows ever!

I love their sheer joy!

His best man's speech was a huge hit. 
And it truly was a gorgeous wedding! These pictures don't do it a bit of justice..

And on Friday, there is another wedding to attend. 

And guess who is the best man again? 

Yes, he's the best!