April 15, 2015

One lengthy edition of Wednesdays in the Word

I love this verse:
"Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
whose hope is in the Lord his God." ~Ps. 146:5
It intrigued me that it wasn't the God of Abraham or the God of David or somebody a little more awesome than Jacob listed here. ; )

Jacob usually just reminds me of a guy whose name meant 'deceiver' who ended up reaping what he sowed over and over.
What I didn't realize before, is that God actually 'met' him 6 times and helped him in his greatest times of need! I love that!

The first time was in a dream after he deceived his father for the blessing that was rightfully, Esau's, and everyone thought it would be better for him to leave home. He went to his Uncle Laban's in search of a wife and a new life.
God met him in a place that became so special that Jacob named it 'the house of God' or Bethel. God spoke a promise of his destiny to him and a promise of protection for him. How great is that when you are starting a new life in a new place?! 
He learns that his descendants will be "as the dust of the earth" and that "in his seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed." "I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go...I will not leave until I have done what I have spoken to you." Now that, is reassuring!
(I get a kick out of the fact that Jacob was still a guy with a lot of nerve and makes the Almighty a conditional pledge in return. "If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on....then the Lord shall be my God." -Alrighty, then!)

The next time God met Jacob was in a dream when he's been used and abused by his father-in-law, Laban. God spoke comfort to him and gave the next steps in the plan for his life. He said "I have seen all that Laban is doing to you. (Love that!) I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed the pillar and where you made a vow to Me. (I guess it was more than a pledge after all -LOL) Now arise, get out of this land, and return to the land of your family."

The approaching reunion with Esau, took two heavenly encounters for Jacob to get through it. ; ) Genesis 32:7 says that he was "greatly afraid and distressed."
On his way, "the angels of God met him" and when Jacob saw them he said "This is God's camp" and named the place a word that meant "Double camp."
That night, at another location, the famous heavenly wrestling match took place. Jacob wrestled with all he had within him for a blessing from God. God gave him a new name and a blessing! The 'deceiver' became a 'Prince with God.' He said 'you have struggled with God and with me, and have prevailed." And "He blessed him there." Then Jacob named the place Penuel, which means "Face of God."

Encounter number five happened at a very low point in Jacob's life. His family members had succumbed to idolatrous worship. His daughter had been raped and in retaliation, his sons deceive, murder, and plunder an entire city. God told Jacob to go back to Bethel! He's told to basically get his family right with God and they do. Then God blesses Jacob, reaffirms his previous promise and reaffirms his new name! (probably a needful reminder that God still had a plan for his family)

The final time, God 'met' with Jacob was at the end of his life. Everything that took place in his son, Joseph's life, (as a result of being sold by his brothers) had just been revealed. The brothers had been forgiven and Joseph was second to Pharaoh in the land of Egypt. Joseph planned to take the entire family to live there so that he could continue to provide for them during the famine. - It can't be easy to move to a foreign land at the age of 130. ; )  So God graciously spoke to him again and said "I am God...do not fear to go down to Egypt." Then he reaffirms that 'great nation' promise and says the best news of all: "I will go down with you to Egypt..."

You see, all along his life's journey, I don't think that Jacob realized that 'heaven' was going WITH him, as promised! He seemed to think he just happened to stumble into these heavenly places! (as evidenced by the names he gave them)
We see that at every twist and turn in Jacob's life, God met him and reassured him of who he was, and what the plan was for his life. And we see that with that plan, came God's protection, provision and best of all His presence! Hallelujah!

So, I get it now: Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help. Amen!


April 14, 2015

Wedding dress shopping

We had the best time last night going with Tiffany and her parents and bridesmaids to look for her wedding dress!
It reminded me of the weekend one summer when she, Joy and Moriah couldn't get enough of the show, "Say Yes to the Dress!" I wrote this post about it way back then! : )
Who knew that just three years later, we would be living it out! (although not a Kleinfelds- LOL)
I got choked up when she was trying to decide which dress she thought Zac would like best. What mother of the groom wouldn't? So sweet!
There were two dresses that we all loved on her and she had us take a vote. It was so hard to decide between them.When she announced THE one, the store had her ring a bell and make a wish! Too cute!
 (I have pictures that I, of course, can't post!) : )
She and her mom shed some happy tears about it all and then her sweet dad wanted to take us all out to celebrate.
I felt like quite the party animal being out past 10:00 PM on a Monday night, eating yummy food made by this guy! ; )

How fun are: young love, purity, sweet friends and loving family members!
Not to mention, wedding dress shopping!!!It is a blast! : )


April 11, 2015

A list of loves

1. My favorite happy place of all is the beach, and last night we caught a sunset!

We apparently have no talent when it comes to taking sunset selfies though! ; )

2. I don't know where I heard about this website but I like it. It is a free service! First, you take a survey of the kinds of books you like and then Bookbub will send you a daily email letting you know what ebooks are free on Amazon that day. (or at the most -$2.99) I love books and I love FREE! : )

3. These cookies are healthy and YUMMY. My kids aren't convinced that their cookies need to be healthy ; )  but to my utter surprise, they loved these. They are gluten free too!

Peanut butter cookies:
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup of coconut sugar  (I'd never heard of such a thing but apparently it is made of the nectar of coconut flowers!)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
Bake at 350 for 10 min and eat!

4. Trader Joe's is another one of my happy places! I love it!!! And these are one of my favorite things there:

And every time that I go in there and don't buy them, I'm so proud of myself. LOL (its been ages!) What I always do buy are their flowers. Isn't this a whole lot of happy for $3.99?

5. Hubby and I LOVED this movie! 

See it when it comes to DVD, if you are like me and love it when the underdogs win!

6. These glasses from Ross are the cutest and they came with the chalk! Now my kiddos can't tell me that forgot what glass is theirs and get a new one every hour! : )

7. This book by Jack Hayford is awesome. It is about the things Jesus said on the cross and how they can give us hope and inspiration in troubled times.

Have a great weekend!

April 8, 2015

Wednesdays in the Word

Loving Psalm 146 this week! I want to commit it to memory.

"Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God
while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom
there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish. 
(so true!)

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
(I love, love this! It made me do a study on the life of Jacob and his encounters with God -more on this next week!)

Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
(This reminds me of my kids marine bio classes! So much in the sea that they were clueless about back then but that we marvel at today!)

Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
(Look out!)

The Lord shall reign forever-Your God, O Zion, to all generations.
Praise the Lord."
Yes, Praise the Lord!
 And have a great Wednesday!

April 7, 2015

First job, take two!

This girl got a job here:

What is kind of fun is that it was one of our favorite places to eat when Hubby was going through chemo and radiation because it was so close to the cancer hospital and it felt like comfort food. It was also the first place we ate after he was healed from surgery and able to eat again. I'd say we are fans.

This isn't exactly her first job. She did an internship and got a job at a cute little bakery/cafe, but since they wanted to pay her under the table, she quit, pretty much before she got started. God bless her.

We love that she will never have to miss church to work on Sundays! -This will probably help me to remember not to try and eat there n Sundays, which I've tried to do twice in recent months. LOL
It also means I will be spending a lot of my time in the car as she works to earn her own car...and I will be trying really hard not to go through the drive thru. ; )


April 6, 2015


Tiffany had a party for her bridesmaids on Saturday night. She surprised them all with this beautiful party and asked them to be in her wedding! So sweet!
Her decorations were just gorgeous:

 And here's a little photo bombing by her dad. LOL

There were gifts! 

T-shirts for all and monogrammed tumblers! 

 And some great food cooked by Zac!

The future bride and her bridesmaids! 

The moms! 

 The special day will be on September 10th!

~Mother of the Groom! 

April 5, 2015

Happy Resurrection Day!

Hubby started taking an annual Easter photo with the kids and I back when there were only two wiggly little boys to photograph. 

Today we realized there's going to come a day pretty soon when Andrew and I will be the only ones in this photo. LOL

Hubby got this picture of all of us at lunch. We were a tired bunch due to lots of fun and ministry that took place over the weekend.  

And because of all that,
 there is a ham and lots of side dishes waiting to be cooked another day! ; )

Happy Easter. He is Risen!