Sunday, December 16, 2012

CRAZY!!!!

                                 What a FUN and EXCITING weekend!!

A friend  of mine came over the other night to help me prepare for the last minute preparations for our Winter Wonder Land we held for our kids for Co-op... (last minute meaning till 2:30 A.M. after I started around 6:00p.m... and AFTER I had already put in 5hours prior to this....)

In so many words she told me I was crazy for all the effort I put into it... (this is my story, so MY perception!! haha...)  I can't help but be so crazy, I love throwing parties and seeing the excitement from everyone who enjoys such activities... I also LOVE the sense of accomplishment it brings!!

THEN... after the party we transition into the NEXT big event on this special day...  Skyline Drives Concert!! They were making their debut; the boys were excited and I think the parents were nervous.. They have worked so hard preparing for this. What a success it was! Arriving home home after being gone 14 hours it was time for bed to rest for a couple of hours before the NEXT big event scheduled for this weekend....

The high schoolers  went and rang bells for the Salvation Army and back to our house for the Christmas Party.. WE played Minute to Win it; had (i think) 8 challenges... Did a White Elephant Exchange, played pictionary with Christmas Carol titles, played a game where they had to open a gift as quickly as possible, before someone else rolled doubles, while wearing stockings on their hands!!!

Today we went to watch our friends' girls in their Christmas play and went back to their house for lunch and to play Guesstures and EUCHRE!!! ( a perfect way to end a fun weekend)

AND THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THIS ENTIRE WEEKEND........
 MY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES.. I explained the weekend we had to say this... God is working MIRACLES in my back!! I am so THANKFUL for everyone who has and is praying for me... For the last 4 days I have been able to get up on my OWN... I even put my OWN SOCKS on today by MYSELF!!!!!  I am so THANKFUL... I literally was in a valley... I remember one night waking up in so much pain.. I turned to my bible and the verse that came to me was: "Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete." John 16:24

I am a walking miracle and for this I give GOD all the GLORY!!!!!!!!


1 Peter 2:21

 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Hebrews 4:16
So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Matthew 7:7
"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

God's Promises!!!

                         ****Warning.. Very LONG**** (little long winded today!)****

It's amazing how when you hear yourself give someone else advice it often hits harder for you then, you think, it did that person!!!!!

Last night my daughter came out of the bathroom just weeping... I called her over to me and "nuggled" (snuggle) quickly...
"What is WRONG?" I asked......
"I just want your BACK TO GET BETTER" she sobbed... through the tears!

**side note.. as a mother, I believe THIS is the worst part of it all... WATCHING your family get worn down from the extra load.. and not being able to do anything about it.....

She then preceded to say that she can't sleep at night because is is So AFRAID!!! 
And like being on a Merry Go Round it hit me; as I am far to familiar with this pattern that goes on...

Here is the pattern...
I go through PAIN... She goes through FEAR... And then REALIZATION... and then I LAUGH!!

So let me explain...

You see the devil is a coward.. He only does the same thing over and over.. that's all he knows.. However it WORKS (if we let it) and the cycle goes on.... Just when I think I simply can not handle another thing...Wham!!  I'm hit with another, another and yet another thing... Still holding on to the truth and praying I can battle this storm out.. One last wave hits me in the face... It's a big one... this should be the one to knock me off my course and doubt and curse God... right?  (WRONG) Satan has been working and working on me.. he can not find what will work so he tries to BULLY my daughter.. Yes that's right bully...
bul·ly 1 (bl)
n. pl. bul·lies
1. A person who is habitually cruel or overbearing, especially to smaller or weaker people.
v. bul·lied, bul·ly·ing, bul·lies
v.tr.
1. To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner. See Synonyms at intimidate.

2. To make (one's way) aggressively.
 
Then comes the REALIZATION...
 
Yes Satan is trying to steal, kill and destroy.. (John 10:10) BUT this isn't HIM at all... I believe we GIVE SATAN way too much credit!!  God allows things to happen in our lives... GOOD OR BAD....
 
Several reasons God’s people suffer at the hand of a God who is both good and great.
(1) To suffer is divine.
Because we live in a fallen world we will suffer sin until the coming of the Lord..
Romans 8:18 "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us"
1 Peter 4:19 Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right"
1 Peter 4:14-16 "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 15 By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler; 16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not feel ashamed, but in that name let him glorify God"
 God may use all forms of suffering for His glory and for our good, but the kind of suffering for which Christians are commended is righteous suffering “the sufferings of Christ,” we should remind ourselves that, since our Lord was “without sin,”
 1 Peter 2:21-22 "To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps"
 Matthew 26:39 "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.  Yet not as I will, but as you will."
1 Peter 22:24 "He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you been healed"
 (2) Suffering draws us closer with Him
 Suffering as believers in him enables us to know God as we would not otherwise know Him. If it were not for sin, we could not know the grace of God manifested in the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ. If it were not for Satan, and for all those who oppose our God, we should not know His omniscience (all-knowing) and omnipotence (all-powerful). If it were not for suffering, we would not know God’s mercy, compassion, and comfort. Suffering is a divinely appointed means of knowing God intimately.
James 1:2 "“Consider it all joy, … when you encounter various trials” 
 Suffering is intended to draw us near to the heart of God
 
(3) Suffering is God’s means of equipping us to minister to others
 But it would be wrong for us to view our sufferings in a selfish way. As our Lord’s sufferings were for our benefit and blessing, our sufferings are intended to be a blessing to others.
2 Corinthians 1:3-6 " Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer"
 
 From the outset of His ministry, Jesus made it clear that contrary to popular belief and teaching, suffering is indeed not a curse, but a blessing:
2 And opening His mouth He began to teach them, saying, 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. 12 Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:2-12).
 
Romans 8:28  "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

**REFERENCE: Why Bad Things Happen to God’s People (2 Cor. 1:1-11) From the Series: Religious Affections: A Study of Paul's 2 Corinthian Correspondence

As I was explaining to my daughter that we need to hold on to God's promises and his truth, I explained to her that if we could just picture this as a story we really would start to LAUGH!!!  
 
MAIN CHARACTERS:   Jesus, Me, my daughter and Satan...
SETTING: A room where Jesus is on one side, Satan on another, Me and My daughter in the middle of the room
SYNOPSOIS: In attempts to make us loose focus of Gods truth, Satan begins to throw darts and rocks at us.. He uses pain from my back, discouragement, frustration.. he throws in some hidden financial expenses, a broken vehicle, regret, guilt, teenage drama, hurt feelings, exhaustion in my other family members: all among a holiday season... The attacks are wearing on me but not defeating me... Satan gets mad, in a desperate rage of fits he uses my daughter by putting fear into her at night to where she experiences sleepless nights..  Satan senses the light and is afraid to come too close to us so remains in a corner and throws the darts harder and harder... Jesus has allowed this to go on for some time he sees how this is producing fruit in his child to bring his name glory, but HIS child has had enough..  HIS light shines brighter in efforts to let Satan know he is still in control... Satan is outraged.. begins to throw harder... AND THEN... We stand on the promises of the TRUTH and we begin to whisper the name JESUS... Satan trembles... we say JESUS.. Satan falls to his knees... we say Jesus again.. again.. .again.. and all of a sudden my daughter and I are laughing as we visualize how easy it is to make SATAN so SCARED!!!!
 
At least my daughter is done crying by this point but how do I explain these biblical truths to her in a way she can understand??? I, myself, know the truths but there are days I have a hard time understanding them.......
 
So I use the example of baking a cake.....
 
There are ingredients that we put into a cake that are not good if we ate them by itself such as
baking powder
baking soda
egg
butter
However there are some ingredients that we put into the cake that we would love to eat by itself such as
sugar
chocolate
This is how God works as well... sometimes he needs to add to our lives some Yucky things along with some GOOD things to help us develop perseverance, trust and hope in the LORD.... But in the end these ingredients make a cake that is so yummy...  During our times of trials and "bad things" we would not want to say, that is what our life is made up of.  However, it is combined to our lives to make our lives better!!!!
With this we worked on a pillow case... We wrote scriptures about fear and the truth behind the fear.. So that she could lay her head on the truth of God's word.. Oh, the peace we have to be able to rest in the promises of his words....
With that she went to bed.. and I was left pondering my motherly advice that I had just given her....
Oh to rest in the PROMISES of GODS WORD... and to know that what we are going through has come from God's very hand.. he knows that we will be able to overcome such pain, trails, and tribulations... WE need to have faith and trust that he actually KNOWS what he is doing!! To be able to say we have OVERCOME our struggles so that we may be able to BOAST in the LORD is so rewarding for this moment in time... I rest assured that I am standing on HIS PROMISES!!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
The Beatitudes of Jesus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Discouragement!!

WHAT CAUSES DISCOURAGEMENT?

#1 Cause - FATIGUE
#2 Cause - FRUSTRATION 
#3 Cause - FAILURE
#4 Cause - FEAR

WHAT'S THE CURE FOR DISCOURAGEMENT?

There's a fascinating story in the Bible about how a guy named Nehemiah mobilized the residents of Jerusalem to build a wall around the entire city. Half way through the project, the citizens became discouraged and wanted to give up -- because of the FOUR causes I've given.
Here's what Nehemiah taught about defeating discouragement (Nehemiah 4):
REST YOUR BODY
If you need a break -- take one! You'll be more effective when you return to work. If you're burning the candle at both ends, you're not as bright as you think!
REORGANIZE YOUR LIFE
Discouragement doesn't necessarily mean you are doing the wrong thing. It may just be that you are doing the right thing in the wrong way. Try a new approach. Shake things up a little.
REMEMBER GOD WILL HELP YOU
Just ask Him. He can give you new energy. There's incredible motivating power in faith.
RESIST THE DISCOURAGEMENT
Fight back! Discouragement is a choice. If you feel discouraged, it's because you've chosen to feel that way. No one is forcing you to feel bad. Hang on! Do what's right in spite of your feelings. No feeling lasts forever.
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I found this on Rick Warren's website.. He is the Pastor of Saddle back Church.. Author of "Purpose Driven Life" I wanted to make sure and give him his credit as I did not write the above devotion!!

The above devotion had me thinking because I have been struggling with discouragement lately... Of the 4 causes I would say I'm more frustrated then anything!!  I was reading my bible the other night and I turned to this verse John 16:24  "Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete"

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HARD TIME ASKING FOR THINGS?????

I know I have..... I assume the LORD knows what I need, or want... I pray, (more like complain to him) and then wonder why my needs are not being met. 

Another thing I often do is I put Gods limitations in a box... I forget how mighty he really is and how he truly will provide for our every need, no matter how big the need is!!!  Wow.. just writing that makes me realize how important it is to have a daily walk with the LORD.. We just can not wrap our minds around how faithful he truly is!!!  He is faithful to uphold justice, he is faithful to give mercy, he is faithful to show forgiveness, he is faithful to LOVE.. and he is FAITHFUL to meet our every NEED!!!!

I am constantly reminding myself that feelings do no last.. We can control our feelings.. WE can choose to remain STUCK or we can choose to Fight back as Rick Warren says....

Today I am going to FIGHT!! I have always been a fighter; sometimes in the wrong way, however the determination and perseverance that comes from fighting is a positive way of looking at our situation and how I will look at my current situation.... TODAY (anyways!!)

Thursday, November 29, 2012

PAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!


                                                              

Okay I jumped of the thankfulness bandwagon at day 16.... Instead of playing catch up I've decided to write an update on how I am getting through this moment in my life currently called PAIN!!

During the night I wake up in the middle of the night and cry out; the pain overtakes me
It is agonizing, excruciating and controlling
I grip the side of the mattress, grit my teeth and moan out just to turn my body
During the morning I wait for help, oh how we take for granted jumping out of bed in the morning....My help, whether my husband or son, pulls on me to get me from a laying position, gradually to a sitting position, and then finally to a standing position.. The tears stream down my cheek is it so humiliating especially when my son has to pull me up.. I turn my head I don't want them to see the tears. The pain isn't over yet as I have no feeling in my leg, or no control of it..If I can just get the first step under control I will then be okay to walk
During the day I face many challenges as well.. I position myself to on the couch, it doesn't bring great relief but as long as I don't move I have some relief
During the day I try and focus on school work, the kids, the house, the responsibility of a mother.. but to no prevail my focus is gone
During the pain I wonder how can I be an example, how can I show the Love of God through me.....


As of last night I wasn't doing so well, as much as I have prayed to not slip into the pit of "SELF"... it was inevitable.

The last couple of days I have come to the realization that even though I'm sitting, I was still very distracted. I could be utilizing this time more wisely..  grading papers, studying the Bible, finishing my bible study etc.etc.  I just wanted to veg.. I can't keep my focus on anything so I would rather sit and do nothing. Problem with doing nothing is in the quite we can do one of two things: We can isolate ourselves which leads to depression and discouragement (the root of self pity) or we can put into practice the things we know.  Okay so let me elaborate on both options

1) Isolating ourselves:  This is a huge problem.. It makes a situation seem so much bigger then what we can handle.  As we begin to stop doing the things that we successfully do on a daily basis it creates the urgency of feeling overwhelmed.. Once I feel overwhelmed I begin to feel defeated.  Once I feel defeated I stop believing in myself and believe the lies that are being told to me and come to except them...

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." 2 Corinthians 12:9

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37

2) Practicing what we know: I actually was reading about being content the other day..  I was reading how Paul was content in all circumstances: he was beaten, falsely accused, thrown in prison, (where he spent a great deal of time there) forgotten, and shipwrecked. Through all of this he still kept his focus on God, boldly preached in his Name and asked for His strength.
It's not about our times of weakness but on Gods strength.  See the things we go through isn't about US at all; its about bringing God's name glory in ALL situations.
Two nights ago I laid in bed as thoughts crossed my mind... What was I missing in this lesson? What or why am I not learning from this situation?  Why in my brokenness did I not hear God's voice? And why am I so distracted instead of being content?  I rustled with these thoughts as I fell asleep (the pain medicine works well in that department)
The next day I slept almost the entire day as the medicine was still working.....
Feeling  Frustrated I think that my ONLY choice is either suffer through the pain, or take medicine and sleep the entire time.. I've wasted so much precious time sleeping on these pills!!! 

"Why can't I be more like Paul???" I asked my husband yesterday

My husband and I were sitting in the quite of our living room... The kids were off to youth group.  I was in amazement of what the children had done for me. They had spent all afternoon pulling out my Christmas decorations and decorating the house, moving furniture around and cleaning up their mess as well!!
The kids have done such a great job... although this hasn't been their first rodeo.. they have picked up the pieces and tried to carry my load to the best of their ability!!
As my husband and I carried on our conversation, tears of sadness filled my eyes.... I want to take care of my husband,  I want to take care of my kids, my home, their school... I want so desperately to be an example but I have nothing left to give, I myself, don't understand exactly what is going on... I feel so broken, so worn down.. the pain steels the joy.. the pain eats at you.. it exhausts you....
Then a knock at the door... Friends of ours stop by for a quick cup of coffee and to bring us a slice of pie... after their company...
Another knock at the door.... Another friend I haven't seen in a while, she has brought encouragement..
 "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
                                                                                             
Then in the quite when everyone leaves.... the PEACE hits me... again the tears, but this time... and overwhelming JOY knowing that when I asked God to speak to me... not only did he do it; he did it in a BIG way!!!!  He knows I am broken, he knows I am worn, and he also knows what it is like to be in pain... I can't wrap my mind around the pain he endured for ME.... and while not guilty, he went through the most unbearable pain... As he was going through the pain he was not thinking of himself he was thinking of Me, and he was thinking of You!!!!

"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24






Monday, November 19, 2012

Day 16 of Thankfulness!!!!

 
 
 
 
I am so Thankful for FRIENDS!!!! I have been truly blessed by some wonderful people who know what unconditional love is... I have experienced support through talking, laughing, crying, playing and through praying with one another!!
Just when I was down and praying for God to show his love and mercy... He NEVER fails.. He poured out his goodness through people who would stop what they were doing and act selfless to shower me with blessings... When you experience this kind of love, you know its from above!!!
Tonight I am very thankful for my FRIENDS!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.


 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 15 of Thanksgiving!!!

                              


This day is a different kind of thanks... It comes with affliction and tears.. Although I know God is still in control I fight it with all my might!

I am in agonizing pain. I want to be joyful but I find myself wallowing in self pity. I want my focus to be on the Lord but I can't help but wonder what, why and how????

I hate the pain... I hate the feeling guilty.... but mostly I hate not having my focus on the Lord...

I have nothing to offer in this blog today other than my open heart.....

God, I trust you and If I must go through this pain I pray for grace to show me how to get through it. 
I love being a blessing for others and I hate that I am in a state to where I can't give right now. Lord show me how I can focus on you through this excruciating pain. I know you have a purpose that I am unaware of.. .But your thoughts and ways are not my thoughts and ways... I am overwhelmed with fear and anxiety as our reliance of insurance is no more... I struggle with my own lack of discipline...
however my hope and trust is in you...... I know that you are with me.... For all of this I am THANKFUL for a loving, merciful God, that even when I feel not worthy of his grace; he gives it abundantly!!!!!



Romans 5:3-5
"And we[b] boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us"

1 Peter 4:12-16

The Message (MSG)
12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.
 
 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day 14 of Thankfulness!!!

It is truly a treasure to be able to WORSHIP our heavenly father!! I get such peace when I am able to enter into his presence.  Worship... an overflow of gratitude to the LORD....
I am so Thankful that we have the freedom to worship.. I love worship music!!! I can not express it enough... it changes my emotional state when I'm feeling, sad, depressed, overwhelmed... I run to it, I seek it and I need it!!! I think the best way to worship is through song. My FAVORITE worship leader is Kari Jobe... She is so talented and blessed with a powerful voice... I thank God for people who can express their voice in the way to sing encouraging words through song..   We get to experience that ever loving peace when our hearts our open.   And for that I am THaNKFUL for WORSHIP!! 

Our Everyday Acts Of Worship



Everything we do
Is an act of worship
That brings pleasure and delight
When it’s done for God,
It touches His heart
And is our God-given purpose in life

For God created
Everything that exists
For His glory and His pleasure
And we, His children,
Have so much worth
More valuable than priceless treasure

For worshipping God
Is truly a lifestyle,
Affecting everything we do
It’s not just in singing
Spiritual songs,
But in our everyday happenings too

As we minister to those
We see in need
Offering to them our service
And even the mundane
Everyday things,
To God, they’re acts of worship

We need to be offering
As a dedication
Every area of our lives
As an act of spiritual
Worship to God
And a most holy sacrifice

For God cares so much
About every detail
No matter how great or small
For God will walk
In our every day life
As we establish Him as Lord.

© By M.S.Lowndes



 "At the Foot of the Cross"
At the foot of the cross
Where grace and suffering meet
You have shown me Your love
Through the judgment You received

And You've won my heart
Yes You've won my heart
Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

At the foot of the cross
Where I am made complete
You have given me life
Through the death You bore for me

And you've won my heart
Yes you've won my heart
Now I can

Trade the ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

And you've won my heart
Yes you've won my heart
Now I can

Trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

I'd trade these ashes in for beauty
And wear forgiveness like a crown
Coming to kiss the feet of mercy

I lay every burden down
I lay every burden down
I lay every burden down
At the foot of the cross

I'm laying every burden down
I'm laying every burden down



 
"You steady my Heart"
Wish it could be easy
Why is life so messy
Why is pain a part of us

There are days I feel like
Nothing ever goes right
Sometimes it just hurts so much

But You're here, You're real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts, even when it's hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You 'cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul, Healer of my scars

You steady my heart
You steady my heart

I'm not gonna worry
I know that You've got me
Right inside the palm of your hand

Each and every moment
What's good and what gets broken
Happens just the way You plan

You are here, You're real
I know I can trust You

Even when it hurts, even when it's hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You 'cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul, Healer of my scars

You steady my heart
You steady my heart

And I will run to You
I'll find refuge in Your arms
And I will sing to You
Cause of everything You are

You steady my heart
You steady my heart

Even when it hurts, even when it's hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You 'cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul, Healer of my scars

You steady my heart
You steady my heart

I'm not gonna worry
I know that You've got me
Right inside the palm of Your hand

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-encouraging-bible-verses-about-worship/

A call to True Worship

Psalms 8:1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Psalms 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.
Psalms 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
Psalms 99:5 Exalt the LORD our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!
John 4:21-24 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Reasons for Worship

Deuteronomy 12:5-7 But you shall seek the place that the LORD your God will choose out of all your tribes to put his name and make his habitation there. There you shall go, and there you shall bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution that you present, your vow offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. And there you shall eat before the LORD your God, and you shall rejoice, you and your households, in all that you undertake, in which the LORD your God has blessed you.
Philippians 2:9-11Therefore God has highly exalted him [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that 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.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation,
Revelation 4:11“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Examples of Worship

Exodus 33:9-10 Then Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door.
Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
Romans 12:1-2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Bible Verses About Worship
I have been crucified with Christ
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Hebrews 5:7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.

Worship in Song

Exodus 15:20-21 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously;the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.”
Psalms 59:16 But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psalms 63:3-4 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Psalms 66:4 All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah
Psalms 150 Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day 13 of Thankfulness!!!!


It's the simple things in life that mean the most, and it's the simple things that will make the big things seem bigger.

The other day was my daughter's 12th Birthday.... I was bummed considering we were not able to get her anything BIG for her birthday.  I have always gone over bored with the kids' birthdays but last few years I have really had to scale back.
I explained to her that she would pick out her favorite meal and that I would make a cake and have ice cream.  While we were at the store picking up our ingredients the boys saw that her favorite movie was on sale.  They asked if we could get it for her?
I was thinking in the terms of BIG for her and didn't think we could manage but yet the movie didn't seem so overwhelming...  We hid it with our ingredients so that she could be surprised and off we went.  We had a staff meeting prior to our "celebratory dinner" and the boys had band practice.  Mike had informed me that he had gotten her a card and threw in his spare change that he had in his pocket.  Once all of our commitments were out of the way we sat down and ate dinner together, gave her the card, and surprised her with the movie.  In addition to the card we finally allowed her to have a face book (which she has wanted for TWO years) Oh, she was so excited when her daddy told her she could have face book... We sat together and watched her movie, sang happy birthday to her-she blew out her candles, ate cake and ice cream.  

The evening ended up being so delightful and I realized...




I am Thankful for the SIMPLE things in LIFE!!!!!!    
                  


                                        

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 12 of Thankfulness!!!!!

 
Today I am thankful for my mom.... She actually was my grandmother who raised 8 of her own children.  After she adopted my brother, sister and I she had 11 children.  In addition to 11 children she has 20 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren (#10 on the way in January)!!!!!!   I'll be honest, our relationship was never the greatest; however she has really made a great effort and made attempts to restore our relationship.  She and I were talking recently... during our conversation she had told me that she really admired and supported what Mike and I was doing.. She wanted to help us because she believed in us; she had always wanted to be a missionary and this was her way of giving back!! If it weren't for my mom, watching Kirk for me,  I would have never graduated high school.. She would wake up in the middle of the night after hearing me rock him hours after hours, knowing I had a test the next day and take him for me.....I really wished I knew then what I know now, I feel things could have been different.  But, they say you learn from your mistakes.  I cried after talking with my mother during this recent conversations because she told me she loved me and was proud of me and thought I was a beautiful person...... I didn't hear those words much, but she also apologized for that as well!!! Oh, I'm sure if she were the one talking, she would have her fair share of the things I did wrong.... She was the better person as she spoke words I so desperately longed to hear. I could not bring myself to say the same thing... I harbored deep, emotional scars of the past, and I have forgiven her.  I wanted to share it with her but I couldn't. I wanted to say THANK YOU for being there for me even when it was difficult to raise me... But I couldn't it... I wanted to say that she was beautiful as well, and I had accepted that she did what she could with the knowledge she had.... But I couldn't..... But I can honestly say, now that I am a mother, I truly know what it means to try the very best you can!! My mom sacrificed in her own way... She always had people over, always gave her plate of food if that meant our guests would get first, knowing that meant that she may have gone without.  She did the best she could and FOR THAT I am thankful for my MOTHER!!!
 
 





 
 




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 11 of Thankfulness!!!!!!!

I am thankful for a VERY special person in MY LIFE!!!!!!!


I remember when I was small... You used to take care of me!! As we grew you were our "favorite aunt" I loved to stay at your house as you made me feel important and special!! I used to call your work and ask If I could Please speak to "Naunie"
How funny this is now.... to know I called a professional work place and ask for you by your most important name!! (hahahaha)
I remember when you would come over to visit; how I wanted to go with you so I would cling on to your leg.... I remember having and attitude and you "beating my butt" all the way up the stairs.... I remember you helping me when I was sad, happy, or scared...I remember staying at your house the night before my wedding you were so selfless and gave and gave and gave.... It was late into the night and you still had rigatoni to make... I remember you stirring the food and the red sauce fell on your white carpet!! I would like to say I don't remember the choice words you said, but I remember. I remember you standing by my side as Mike and I became ONE. I remember all that you did for us on that special day... I remember you spoiling my kids and becoming their favorite aunt...I remember you helping me when I was sick with strep throat, with such high fever I couldn't get out of bed........ I remember when my world shook and the very bottom of it was pulled from under us.. how you deeply hurt with us and carried our emotional scars as well... I remember when you shared with me the deep desire to have a child...I remember you doing a magic trick on Easter to tell the family you were expecting. I remember you asking me if I would help watch your child... I remember you finding out your child was a boy.... I remember watching you and Steve become parents for the first time... and sharing that joy with you.... I remember watching Ryan and being a close part of his life for his first two years.... I remember him having me wrapped around his little finger... I remember the bond this created..... I no longer could call you my aunt, as you were much closer to me than an aunt.... You were my sister!!! I remember the fun times we have shared.. I remember the sad times.... I remember telling you that we had to move away.... I remember your love for us, it was all you could do... I remember you taking us in and allowing us to stay with you during the transition of moving... I remember the ache and the pain I felt as we drove away.... I remember my love for you as we are now hundreds of miles away... I remember this special person in my life...That person is YOU!!! I love you for who you are, the impact you have had on my life and memories we share...Even though we are miles apart, each and every day you are close to my
heart!!!!!!!!!



Here's to my sister
Remember every day No matter what I've said Here's what I'd like to say I will always love you Be with you till the end When no one else is around I will be your friend I love my sister and I always will I'm proud to be your sister that's how I feel Even though we're far away And the miles keep us apart I'm gonna whisper I love my sister And you'll hear it in your heart



Day 7,8,9,&10 of Thankfulness!!!!!!

http://www.buriedwithchildren.com/thankful/I went to a scrap-booking retreat over the weekend; was unable to blog, however I realized that these days are some of the reasons we should be, and I am, thankful.......                                            


Time: I am thankful for the time that can be spent retreating away from the busy life style and the monotony of every day life.... Even Jesus, himself would retreat and find time for rest and reflection..".After a busy day of ministry in the region of the Sea of Galilee, He retreated. Matthew 14:23 tells us that “when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.” Alone in the presence of the Father." It is important to get away and regroup before you make meaningful forward progress.  This is particularly true in our RELATIONSHIP with God.....
Rest: This comes hard for me as I have a difficult time "sitting still, being still... actually doing anything with the word "still" in it!!!  In this fast-paced, world we live in it's easy to wear ourselves down. But in our passion to pursue a relationship with Christ and to be an effective servant for him, we must take the time to consistently "rest" especially in the presence of God.  The scrapbook retreat was not a formal retreat to reflect on my relationship with Christ, but informal.  I spent time in the word, which was much needed.  The other thing that was much needed was "SELF" time. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE serving others and being about God's business but I will not have the strength to do this if I don't take the time to be energized, refreshed and renewed. 
To face life’s many challenges
And overcome each test,
The Lord tells us to take the time
To stop. To pray. To rest. —Sper

Refreshed: As I pulled at my bible Saturday morning to spend some personal time with the Lord; I asked the question I ask Many, many times before.... "GOD why am I sooo  tired... I feel exhausted, I am drained... I feel as If I have nothing left to give......"  In the soft, gentle whisper that gives us the assurance of his adoration for us.... He simply whispered..... "whose strength have you been relying on????"  UGH!!! I knew the answer as this was the FIRST time ALL week I had pulled my bible out!!!  Last week I had relied on my strength as I was far TOO BUSY to stop, pray and rest!!! Even as I type this I say "WHAT?" sounds crazy, but O so true..  If we DON"T prioritize our time and put our divine almighty God first; so that he can order our steps to be obedient to his will, we will burn out EVERY TIME!!!!!!! Only in the refreshing of HIS strength will we find the resources to move forward in our service for Him..... 

Reflection: This week I spent more time reflecting, and reminiscing over the past. As I pulled pictures out to work with... Oh the memories; some brought a since of sadness as I longed for things to have been different.  Some were happy memories as I remembered the joys of my life; and yet others brought humorous memories, especially looking back and realizing that I do not have the gift of photography even though I pretend I do... Oh to go down memory lane!! What a joy this is to have had the opportunity to reflect on my life and remember where I was, where I'm at right now, and where I'm going!!! 

Laughter: This is a favorite of mine.. Anyone who knows me knows I love to laugh!!! Laughter is truly the best medicine...



So as I look over this past weekend I am THANKFUL for TIME; time to rest, time to be refreshed, time to reflect, time to laugh and time to retreat!!!!!!!



Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 6 of Thankfulness!!!!!





               Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown


 





I have had the privilege to not only have one biological sister, but 5 others as well!!! I was adopted by my grandmother who had 4 of her own daughters... One of those daughters had a best friend who has been a part of the family since my sister and I were little allowing me to be blessed with SIX SISTERS!!
So the question I have for all of my sisters..... Which FLOWER to the GARDEN are YOU?????
 
                        So on day 6 I am thankful for my Sisters!!!








             A sister is a forever Friend.~Author Unknown

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Day 5 of Thankfulness!!!!!!!

 
I am so Thankful for my NEPHEW!!!!
 
I am so grateful to have been a part of his life.... We have had such wonderful times... I truly miss him deeply..... He is the joy of my heart... God blessed me with three children and saved a little room for another person to fill it!  He had me wrapped around his little finger from day one!!! Don't tell my children but he has definitely had "special treatment"  Aunt Na would do just about anything for this lil' guy!! I LOVE HIM so much...........









 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 4 of Thankfulness!!!!

"Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing."
Jim Rohn 


 


I know day two was my husband and day three was my children, but as a whole I am thankful for the bond that we share!!! I am thankful for the time we spend together; laughing, crying, sharing, playing and praying together... Our family is building memories that will last a lifetime. 
And for this I am thankful for FAMILY MEMORIES!!!!
 
 
 



Monday, November 5, 2012

3 days of Thankfulness!!!





        When each of the children were born I would rock them... I would look into their eyes and simply gaze at the beauty and the miracle that God had given me... I wanted to create a tradition; something they would grow up and remember, so I dedicated a few words of a  song to each of them.  Each words had to fit their character so it would take me a few weeks to come up with the PERFECT song.. The kids have faithfully heard the words of their song after all these years!!!!
                                                           
   "You are so beautiful
To me
You are so beautiful
To me
Can't you see
You're everything I hoped for
You're everything I need
You are so beautiful
To me"
 
    "The smile on your face Lets me know that you need me
There's a truth in your eyes Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand Says you'll catch me if ever I fall
You say it best When you say nothing at all"
 
 

                     
   Okay this one.. I had to change slightly.......

"My darling angel, my darling angel
you are friend when I'm in need baby

My darling angel, my darling angel,
you're sent from heaven to me, baby"










I am Thankful for MY CHILDREN!!!!

They have been the joy of my heart
They have been the reason I sing
They have been the answer to prayers
They have been the 3 Blessings I could Never imagine my life without!!!!!!