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

November 15, 2017

Wednesdays in the Word

Acts chapter nine reminds me that sometimes our pain propels the kingdom of God and changes lives.

After a startling revelation of Jesus,
Saul suffered for "three days without sight and neither ate nor drank." (v.9)
And after that experience:
"Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that Jesus is the Christ."
The results:
"The churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied."

Next, Aeneas, was a man who suffered by being "bed ridden eight years and was paralyzed" and then everything changed when Peter said "Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed. Then he rose immediately."
The results:
"So all who dwelt in Lydia and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord." (v.35)
As in, every single person living in those cities! Amazing!

And then there was Tabitha. This woman "was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But it happened in those days that she became sick and died."
Peter prayed for her and he said "Tabitha arise! And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up." And then he "presented her alive" to all of her friends.
The results:
"And it became known throughout all Joppa and many believed on the Lord." (v.42)

I have a feeling all three of them would say their suffering was totally worth it!


November 8, 2017

Wednesdays in the Word

In Luke 18:1-6 we see the parable of the persistent widow. In verse one, Jesus tells us the reason for this parable is so that we would "always pray and not loose heart."

The unjust judge "didn't fear God or respect any man" and the widow kept coming to him over and over again for justice. And for a long time, he wouldn't help her because he didn't care enough to actually bother. But then he realized that the best way to get rid of her, was to get involved, "because I am tired of her coming all the time."
Then Jesus invites us to compare this unjust judge with God, the Father. And obviously, there really aren't any similarities between the two!

Jesus said "Won't God make things that are right come to His chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will He wait a long time to help them? I tell you that He will be quick to help them!"
I love that!

Now here's the rub. Do we have the PASSION to actually do it?
Will we be like the widow and patiently and passionately pester God?
Will we get outside of ourselves and choose a need in someone else's life to hammer heaven about?
What might happen if we do?

What if we pester Him for prodigals to come home?
What if we beg Him for His strategy to reach the hearts of the not-yet-Christ-followers in our circles? What if we cry out to Him about the violence in our country?
What if we pray for teens who don't have parents praying for them?

What if we pick one thing to passionately pester God about for an entire month and see what He does because "Men always ought to pray and not loose heart." ~ Jesus


November 4, 2017

Tying the knot

I'm blessed to have several kids in my life, who've always felt like family  ❤️ 
and one of those is getting married soon, 

to this beautiful young lady! 

And it was a gorgeous day 

for celebrating!


November 1, 2017

Wednesdays in the Word

"Let us therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Heb. 4:16

And grace! Yes, please!
What a wonderful promise!
When we boldly ask,  He pours out both and helps us in our times of need!
What do you need His grace to help you with today?
Come boldly.
"Let your requests be made known to God."
Phil. 4:6
He is "our ever present help"
Ps. 46:1

Have a blessed day!

October 31, 2017

October fun

So, you know you are excited about Stranger Things 2 when your kitchen looks like this!
This was Joy's handiwork for our little family viewing party on Friday night. LOL

How good was it?! Ahhh!!!! 
Whenever I tell my friends about it, they tell me they can't handle things that are scary. Then they realize WHO is saying it is scary and they decide that if I can handle it they surely can. LOL 

Sunday night, our small group had a party. We ate homemade empanadas and learned to play the card game, Dutch Blitz. I had trouble paying attention to the directions because right then my phone blew up with pictures of my brand new, absolutely GORGEOUS great-niece! ❤️  I'm a great-aunt! 
The pictures of my parents holding her, almost made me cry on the spot. Soooo sweet! 

Tonight, Joy is an owl and Andrew is a guy from the 90's.  

Happy Fall, Y'all! 


October 23, 2017

I'm back

You know you are a nerd when you sit down at your computer and tell it how much you missed it. LOL  It works again! Yay!
 One of our dear friends popped over today and fixed it! And let me know that in exchange they expect some blogging to take place! LOL So, here I am!

This will be summer that we remember that our whole family experienced what it is like to grab all our belongings and evacuate. We did it here in FL due to Hurricane Irma. And recently in California, Nathan had to, due to Canyon Fire 2 in Anaheim. He actually had to leave his school and his condo. Bless his heart! How scary were those brush fires!? Just tragic! And since someone I know had her daughter die in one of the fires, I may have texted him way too many times to make sure he was OK. 

I went to the movies for the first time by myself last weekend and it wasn't bad. I may do that more often! 

I fixed my weed-eater and found the part I needed in one of the aisles of Home Depot all by myself! Major win! 

The wedding we were planning to go to in December in CA has been postponed. -What a wise and brave thing for a couple to do in today's society. May God bless them as they pray their way through to find His will.
So, our family isn't going on vacation at Christmastime, but we already have the week off of all of our jobs, so I'm trying to talk the kids into helping me paint the exterior of our house that week! Because that totally sounds like just as much fun as being with your best friends in California, right? LOL -Ummm, no! But here's hoping they go for it. : )

Our women's small group is studying Battlefield of the Mind and I'm helping to teach it. (I still am trying to figure out how that happened since I'm shy! LOL) 
But what a great book! A must read for all believers! 

And speaking of books, there isn't one that helped me more through the grieving process than Levi Lusko's Through the Eyes of a Lion. If you've experienced any kind of loss in your life, please read this book! And if you have struggled with the question of why some people receive healing and others don't, then Read this beautiful article by Ann Voskamp.

That's all for now! 

October 5, 2017

Counting my blessings

I love my job and that I get to be involved in ministry every day. What a privilege!

I love that my kids' friends consider me one of their moms. They are a special bunch!

I love my new friend M and all the fun she and I have. What a sweet blessing the Lord sent me the day we were seated next to each other at a luncheon and hit it off like we'd known each other forever.

I love that I have a group of ladies to do Bible studies with. They are a blessing to my life and so are the books we've studied together.

I love that I get to see my CA friends and relatives in December! Whoo-hoo!

I love that it actually feels the tiniest bit like fall in Florida. ♥️