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

July 4, 2018

Wednesdays in the Word

I found out recently that I have memorized a verse incorrectly.

On many occasions and especially in difficult times, I have quoted a verse in Job which reminds me that no matter what the circumstances are, I'm going to serve God anyway. Despite whether I understand Him or what's going on, I'm still all in.

"Though He slay me yet will I serve Him."

But here is the kicker! When I looked it up recently, I realized that it doesn't say "serve."
It says TRUST!


Trusting and serving are not the same.
Serving someone is WAY easier than trusting them.

But if anyone is completely TRUSTWORTHY it is Him. ❤ Sometimes we just need to concentrate on that!

Ps. 92:15 says
"He is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in Him." He is completely good!

And speaking of Job, he got a happy ending.

"...You have heard of the patience of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord -that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful." James 5:11

  "And the Lord restored Job's losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before."

He deserves our trust!


June 30, 2018

The MIA blogger

So, it has been a busy couple weeks. After we visited our family and my bestie in CA, she and her family flew out here to spend a week looking for a job and housing for their son, who is going to school here. I realized then that we have been friends for 30 years now. We met in college. (when we were 5) JK! Now her youngest, who is the youngest of all of our combined kids, is going to college! Wow, time flies! We can't wait to have him live near us and spend whatever holidays he isn't flying home, here.

It was a fun and busy time! But we fit in our traditional meal at Cracker Barrel because she doesn't live near one, and a visit to the beach, which is our happy place. Florida beaches have converted her to the fact that they are FAR better than CA beaches. : )

They haven't nailed down a place for him to live yet, but he did leave here with a job lined up and waiting for him at a very cool coffee shop near his campus, thanks to a friend of ours, who manages it. Yay!

The fourth is right around the corner. Yay!
And Tiffany's parents are hosting a BBQ that day, along with a funny patriotic t-shirt contest! This will be judged by votes received on social media. ugh!
I have had trouble finding a FUNNY patriotic t-shirt that does not have something to do with beer for some reason! So, I bought an American flag romper to wear! And here is what I found out about rompers. They may be oh, so comfy, but they are not a bit flattering,
  especially if you look like a big flag. 
I had my colors done once and I should never wear purple because it makes me look like death warmed over. And now, I know, I should never dress as a gigantic American flag ever, for any reason. : )  I showed the outfit to one of my boys who said "You know you won't win in that, right?" LOL
So, I'm taking it back and I googled 'funny patriotic t-shirts' and kept looking! Thanks to the fact that one of my kids has Prime, I will have on a shirt I think is funny. Not that I'm trying to win or anything! But I will take pics and let you know who did.


June 13, 2018

Wednesday in the Word

When we are lacking in joy,
 the Bible makes it clear that we find it in His presence and not in our circumstances. 💚

"You will make me full of joy in Your presence." Acts 2:28

"In Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Ps. 16:11

"Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of Your presence." Ps. 21:6

"Strength and joy are in His dwelling place."  1 Chron. 16:27

"The joy of the Lord is your strength."  Neh. 8:10

So true!


June 10, 2018

All the fun in San Diego

These sleepy kids and I got up at 4:00 AM and flew to San Diego and had the BEST time with my family!

There was Wii bowling and rolled tacos and a trip down memory lane to the neighborhood I grew up in.

And a visit to La Jolla which is one of our favorite places! We love to see the sea lions!

And since Hubby and I took wedding pictures near this spot I always get a tiny bit emotional.

Then Joy got all excited about riding the trolley in La Mesa . She's the cutest! So we did that next.

We rode it to San Diego State where Hubby and I went to school. 
And then my sister and I took our parents out to dinner to celebrate Mother's Day and Father's Day. 

It was so great to be together! 

Thank you to my parents, who love and spoil us and always give us such a wonderful time. 

❤❤❤Love you guys!❤❤❤

June 2, 2018

Family fun!

We've been in California visiting our friends and relatives this week making memories 💗
and enjoying some summer fun! ☀️🌴

Be home soon!


May 25, 2018

The repentent thief?

So, my dear son in California, who is in youth ministry out there, recently got ALL,
as in every bit,
of his clothing stolen from his condo's laundry mat! Poor guy!

-I remember being a college kid and wearing every stitch of clothing I had before doing a TON of laundry all in one day at the campus laundry mat. LOL
He literally had to run out and buy something to wear to church the next day, especially since he was speaking! He was so mad about this. Bless his heart!

Well, apparently since then, he put up a sarcastic sign in the laundry mat (those of you who know him can totally picture him doing this -LOL)
CONGRATULATING someone on stealing all of his clothes and asking that if anything didn't fit, that they return it!

Well, guess what? He got a bag at his door with some of his crumpled up shirts in it!

Soooo funny!
Or maybe what is even funnier is that he DIDN'T get back the socks and underwear! LOL


May 23, 2018

Wednesdays in the Word

There are some verses in Daniel 6 that hit me hard last week and became apart of my daily prayers.

"Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him..." (v.3)

"...they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful, nor was there any error or fault found in him."  (v.5) 

I've been praying for an excellent spirit and that there be no fault found in my character.

And most of all, that my life would be a testimony just as Daniel's was.
I truly love how Daniel's life and character impacted King Darius.
 The morning after having him thrown in the lions' den, he "made haste" to the den, and yelled "Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?"

What a great testimony! Daniel's life was so consistent that the king referred to Him as the God that Daniel "served continually."
Because of Daniel's walk with God, the king knew that He wasn't just an idol, but the "living God" and he was absolutely eaten up with curiosity to see if his God actually had the power to save.
I think the world still wonders the same thing.
No matter WHAT we are thrown INTO, may our lives demonstrate that "He delivers and rescues." (v.27)