Wednesday, December 29, 2010


As the year is coming to a close, I feel a great desire to reflect on what last year looked like.  Some things that God has taught me are:

- It can be exciting to try something new!
  - I got the opportunity to preach to over 100 youth in the spring.
  - I have had the privileged of leading a women's bible study.
   - It is fun to serve as a family!

-  It can be scary when things change - but that can be very good for one's character!
  - Grade One - enough said!
     It is said that we give our children two things; One is roots and the other is wings.
  - Changes to friendships - I have grown to trust God for my security!

- Through times of trouble God will carry me through!
- Vulnerability is key to a community of friends!
- Prayer is the glue of any really good relationship!
- Quiet times are crucial to the health of my soul!
- Being teachable is an incredibly important quality!

There are many more I'm sure, but these are some of my top ones this year!

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
  and forget not all his benefits-
who forgives all your sins
  and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
  and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
  so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
Psalm 103:1-5

What a great year it has been!  Thank you Daddy for the many lessons learned, for the good, the bad and the ugly!  You have brought me through, given me the grace and strength I need in any and every situation. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Karate Kid

Okay, so I watched Karate Kid this of my all time favorite shows.
Both the original (wax on/wax off), and the latest with Jackie Chan (one of my all time favorite actors!).
My favorite line was in the second one, and that is what I want to share today!

Being still and doing nothing are two totally different things.

Why do I like this so much? 
Well, it's because so many times I feel like I need to be doing something. 
Sometimes though, the need is in being, not doing!
I cannot hear God if I am so busy trying to make everything happen.
I need to stop and listen to His still small voice.
I need to allow Him space and time to minister to my soul.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; 
 I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
The LORD Almighty is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46:10-11

Thank you Daddy for quiet times in Your presence.  Please help me to sit quietly with You, to put aside all the things that crowd my mind and allow You to do Your good work in me!  Help me to realize that those times are a valuable investment in the most important relationship I will encounter!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Do You Trust Me?

I really love how the amplified bible translates some passages.....'s you get it?!?!  Are you sure you heard me?
I will not, I will not, I will not.....assuredly not!
It is like God is saying....Jen, do you trust me?  Because I will not fail you! 
Did you hear me child?  I will not heave you helpless!
I love you my daughter and I will not relax my hold on you!
How can I not respond to something like that!

   Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] 
  Hebrews 13:5 (Amplified Bible)

I am so grateful Daddy that you are a huge and mighty God!  As this year wraps up, please help me to remember all the things you have done for me, how you have revealed yourself to me and how you have helped me grow in character and wisdom.  Please help me overcome any unbelief and to continue to be teachable in the coming year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Silent Night

May you be greatly blessed as we celebrate the birth of the King of all Kings!
 The Lord broke His 400 year silence with a baby's cry!
  Praise the Lord, for He who promised is Faithful!

"The days are coming", declares the LORD,
   "when I will raise us to David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
  and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
  and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called;
  The LORD our Righteousness."
Jeremiah 23:5-6

Thank you Daddy for the extra special time I have had preparing to celebrate Christmas!
May you be glorified as we spend time with family and friends!

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Willful obedience is what brings about the great things God has planned for us!
One willing woman, who agreed to do God's will.
One willing man, who risked slander and disgrace, agreed to do God's will.
One Savior born to take away the sins of the world!

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about:

  His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, 
but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
  But after he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
  All this took place to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" - which means "God with us."
  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son.  And he gave him the name Jesus.
  Matthew 1:1-24 

I pray Daddy for the grace to be willingly obedient.  Thank you for choosing Mary and Joseph, two people who were willing to be part of something bigger than themselves...and for Jesus....the Light of the World!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Do You Have a Weary Heart?

There is so much up in the air right now, but I choose to spend my first time with my Daddy and I love how He has prepared me each day and given me His grace and His strength.  I realized yesterday that at one moment you can think you have things all figured out, that a relationship can seem like it is finally going the way you always hoped....and then wham....the next phone call all you can hear is bitterness, resentment, hurt and anger.
At that moment I was thankful for something my friend and pastor said sunday afternoon:

Let us not become weary in doing good, 
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, 
especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
  Galatians 6:9-10 

Daddy, you know the hearts of your children, I do not.  I lay down my expectations, worries and concerns at your feet.  I release them to you, to do your good work.  I pray that they will have soft hearts and be receptive to your quiet call to them, because like you have done for me, I know you want to heal their hearts and free them from their heavy loads.  Please help me to continue to do good and give me Your grace when I feel weary.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Prince of Peace

I am very excited to spend time preparing for Christmas, and one of my favorite names for Jesus is  - Prince of Peace.  We can all use a little peace, and I pray that peace will reign in our homes as we celebrate the birth of our Prince of Peace;
who's birth was prophesied long before he came to save us!

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. 
In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan— 

The people walking in darkness
   have seen a great light;
 on those living in the land of deep darkness
   a light has dawned.
 You have enlarged the nation
   and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
   as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
   when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
   you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
   the bar across their shoulders,
   the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
   and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
   will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
   to us a son is given,
   and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
   there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
   and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
   with justice and righteousness
   from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
   will accomplish this. 

Isaiah 6:1-7

Thank you Daddy, that we are not unaware of what You have done for us! Thank you for our Prince of Peace and may He reign in our hearts and our homes as we spend time remembering what You accomplished when this prophesy was fulfilled!

Monday, December 20, 2010


I bet you thought I was gonna get into a conversation about the absolute
insanity of the Christmas season and the last week of shopping till you drop
chaos....but alas I am not....I avoid it like the plague! Ha ha ha! 

I'm talking about the craziness of my mind right now.  I find it easy to be distracted from seeking God when one of my closest family members is in the hospital and I'm not able to be with her at this time.  But as I was praying for her, God whispered to me....she will be okay.....thank you Lord! (Psalm 27:13)
That is the ultimate value of spending time in God Word and reading scripture....He can remind you of things you need to hear at the perfect time.

  “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” 
      Joshua 1:7-9

Thank you Daddy for your Word, that you comfort me with it and therefore I know that I am hearing You!  Thank you for the faithful friends you have put in my life to pray with, encourage and walk alongside me in the craziness!  I am so grateful for the lessons you have taught me about running to you amidst are my ever-present help in times of trouble!

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
  and a season for every activity under heaven :
  a time to be born and a time to die,
  a time to plant and a time to uproot,
  a time to kill and a time to heal,
  a time to tear down and a time to build,
  a time to weep and a time to laugh,
  a time to mourn and a time to dance,
  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
  a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
  a time to search and a time to give up,
  a time to keep and a a time to throw away,
  a time to tear and a time to mend,
  a time to be silent and a time to speak,
  a time to love and a time to hate,
  a time for war and a time for peace.

What does the worker gain from all his toil?
I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
He has made everything beautiful in it's time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done
from beginning to end.
I know that there is nothing better for men than
to be happy and do good while they live.
That everyone may eat and drink, 
and find satisfaction in all his toil -
this is the gift of God.
I know that everything God does will endure forever;
nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.
God does it so that men will revere him.
  Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Thank you Daddy for reminding me today that there is a time for everything!  There is so much wisdom to apply from these verses, nothing I could say would add any depth of insight....your Word is perfect.  Please help me to remember these things and apply them as I spend time preparing my heart and home for celebrating the Christmas season with friends and family.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What do I do with Mourning

I heard some terribly tragic news last night that is affecting many young people that I spend time with.  A young person took their own life.
What do you do? What do you say?
Sometimes mere words can never express the desire that I have that this friend would be hopeful and here with family and friends celebrating Christmas.
This is not the reality and they need to mourn, to grieve and let God heal them.

What's my job?  To be!

To be  - a shoulder to cry on.
          - someone who will just listen and not give advice.
          - to pray with hopeful expectation, knowing that God
            works all things out for good.
          - to love; and let them know they are not alone.
...weeping may remain for a night,
  but rejoicing comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5 comfort all who mourn,
  and provide for those who grieve in Zion-
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
  the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.  Isaiah 61:2-3

Daddy, please show me what my young friends need from me.  Please give family and friends of this young person your peace as they mourn.  Give them the ability to let it all go and grieve properly.  I pray that they would not become bitter and angry, but that they would find your peace that surpasses understanding.  May they be surrounded by people that can comfort them in the way they us to be your hands and feet.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

He is Clear

This morning I was reading the second chapter of Philippians; about imitating Christ's humility.  I was feeling very encouraged and excited about putting into practice today what I read and praying for unity within the body of Christ. 
Then He hit me....sometimes the bible is very gray, with room for interpretation into our own circumstances and needs.
Today, not so much.....He was very black and white!

Do everything without complaining or arguing
   Philippians 2:14

Well.....what else can I say....Lord help me! 
This war will be fought on the battlefield of my mind!

Daddy I will need your help today as I fast arguing and complaining! Please help me to be very aware when thoughts of complaining and the desire to argue come, and the ability to take every thought captive.  Please place a guard over my mouth and help me to honor you in all my conversations today.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I Have Help

Being obedient was never promised to be an easy thing,
but it proves to be wonderful and fulfilling.

As I take baby steps to follow God in an area that has troubled me a long time, 
there are many voices battling for attention.  
There are my own that have often said; why never finish what you start,
you are the queen half-done projects and half-hearted discipline.  
There are the voices of friends and family that say; awe Jen, don't be so hard on yourself. 
But, I want all that God has planned for me...and I will no longer listen to voices 
that are not consistent with what He has to say.....including my own.
I will consult Him!

For I am the LORD, your God,
   who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, do not fear;
   I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

Thank you Daddy that you are my ever-present help in times of trouble.  That You are the carrier of my burdens and that what You ask me to carry is light in exchange for giving You the heavy load of my daily cares and worries.  Please help me to walk worthy of that which You have called me to in this season of life!

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Work in Progress

Sometimes I wonder why I get caught up in the idea that things need to be perfect.
I think I have internal desire for perfection; but I know the reality of it is that my life is a work in progress.  I have learned there is a big difference between perfection and doing something with integrity and excellence.  I want to live an excellent life, one of moving forward, pressing on and trusting God to change my heart. 
He is challenging me greatly to move to a higher level of character and integrity at this time....whoa mama!
No one said it would be easy, but I'm glad I'm not doing it alone!

...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you 
   will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
      Philippians 1:6

Thank you Daddy that you will never leave me or forsake me, You are my ever-present help in times of trouble.  I will praise You in the storm, and rest in and trust You while you continue your good work in me! I can't wait to see what it looks like on the other side!

Friday, December 10, 2010


There are times when I feel like there are people all around me,
and yet I feel utterly lonely.

I wonder, do you feel that way too?

  There is this deep longing for a friendship that is deep, committed and very life giving.  Having a loyal and devoted husband, kids that want to do everything with you because they love being with you, and encouraging life-giving girlfriends are awesome!
But, sometimes there is a hole that can only be filled by ONE! We were created with eternity set in our heart's desire is relationship with the Giver!

A man who has friends must himself be friendly,
   But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
 Proverbs 18:24 (NKJV)

Thank you Daddy for each person you have hand-picked to be part of my life.
And I thank you for Jesus, my friend that sticks closer than a brother, the Meeter of all my needs, Immanuel.... God with us!

Thursday, December 9, 2010


The resounding message in our church, and in conversations with friends this week have been all about overcoming greed with generosity.  Holding a little looser grip on the material things of this world, and valuing relationships more.  How timely, as we come into a season of generosity, of giving and receiving gifts.  All that we have comes from God, so what will we do with it?  It's not ours, we are just stewards of the money, talents, gifts and resources that we are entrusted with.
In the end, what will I have to say to my Creator about how I have spent what He has entrusted me with?

"Naked I came from my mother's womb.
    and naked I will depart.
  The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
    may the name of the LORD be praised."
       Job 1:21

Thank you Daddy for all you have given me; I know that every good and perfect thing comes from you!  Please help me to be a good steward of the gifts, talents, resources and relationships you have entrusted me with, that I may be a generous person!

Friday, December 3, 2010

He Speaks

The Bible says many things about the voice of God:
  - it thunders
  - His voice strikes with flashes of lightning
  - it shakes the deserts
  - it breaks cedars,twists oaks and
    strips forests bare
  - it is like the roar of rushing waters
His voice is powerful and majestic,
and yet how have I heard Him? 
I hear him in a still small voice, as a whisper in my heart or an illumination of His Words in scripture and sometimes through the counsel of a godly friend. 
Are you listening?
Do you hear Him?
Can you perceive what He is saying to you today in the big and small things?
Because ..... He still speaks!

   The LORD said,"Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."

  Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD , but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.  
  And after the wind came a gentle whisper.
   1 Kings 19:11-12

I am so excited today Daddy, that in this day and age of chaos and confusion, in the business that I often create for still speak.
Help me to listen and obey, in all that I do today!

Thursday, December 2, 2010


I am very grateful for the people God has put in my life!  He has truly given me back the years that the locusts have stolen.  Even when I am having a rough day, God surrounds me with people!  His hands and feet, that listen, encourage and pray for me....WOW!  They come in all shapes and sizes, younger and older, girls and guys....there to lift me up when it seems that I can barely stand myself.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
  for He who promised is faithful.
And let us consider how we may spur one 
  another on toward love and good deeds.
Let us not give up meeting together,
  as some are in the habit of doing,
but let us encourage one another - and more as
  you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:23-25

Thank you Daddy for the people you have sent into my life! As I pour out what you give me, you reward me and give me more.  Out of the overflow of your goodness I am blessed.  Thank you for the fellowship of believers!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

What I Need

I am thankful that:
   - when I am weak, God gives me His strength.
   - when I am restless, God gives me His peace.
   - when I am anxious, God gives me His patience.
   - when I am tired, HE gives me rest.

You will keep in perfect peace,
  him whose mind is steadfast,
  because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 36:3

Thank you Daddy that I can trust you to meet all my needs! 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Last night was the wrap up of a new experience for me.  One of stretching, stepping out and totally trusting God!  It was the first time that I would stand up before a group of women and lead a bible study (well, facilitate was a DVD based bible study).  I was scared at first none-the-less.  I have learned that God will help you do what you thought you could never do....and I found out so much about myself and many misconceptions and fears were abated in the process! Praise the Lord, for He is GOOD and He is MERCIFUL and POWERFUL!  I'm looking forward to doing it again in January.....who knew?!?!  Well I guess HE did! :D

"For I know the plans I have for you,"
  declares the Lord,
"plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
  plans to give you a hope and a future.
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me,
  and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me
  with all your heart.
I will be found by you," declares the Lord.
   Jeremiah 29:11-14

Thank you Daddy, that you know what is good and best for me, that it is often outside of my comfort zone!  I love to see you at work and how I am able to do things I never thought I could with You.  And thank you for surrounding me with amazing and supportive women in the process!

Monday, November 29, 2010


I love this time of year!  The frost on the trees, beautiful decorations, an overwhelming feeling of anticipation and expectancy.  There are so many fun ways to prepare our hearts for celebrating Christmas.  I love lighting candles on the advent wreath and doing nightly readings with my family, and the Jesse Tree.....the kids love putting the small pictures on the tree and listening to the progression of the greatest birthday ever celebrated.  What is your favorite traditions?  I would love to hear about them!

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
  from his roots a Branch will bear fruit
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him -
  the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
  the Spirit of counsel and of power,
  the Spirit of knowledge and of 
  the fear of the LORD
Isaiah 11: 1-2

Thank you Daddy for these wonderful times of preparation and anticipation.  Thank you that our times with you can be enriched by beautiful tradition.  Help me to remain peaceful and focused as we prepare as a family to honor Jesus for all He came to earth to accomplish!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Little Things

Some days just start off, shall I say, not so great.  But then someone holds a door open for you and your children, another gives you a truly genuine smile and then an email that brings you to tears with it's beauty.  Ya, that was me this morning, I was ready to write off the day....but some wonderful people took the time to be kind, and thoughtful.  They didn't even know that it would impact me so profoundly, but I am thankful for the little things they did!

A happy heart makes the face cheerful,
  but heartache crushes the spirit.
Psalm 15:13

Thank you Daddy for the happy hearts you put in my path today!  Please help me to "pay it forward", and be aware of the people that cross my path today, may they be blessed by seeing you in me!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness

It is sometimes really fun and rewarding to get out of yourself, and look around to the needs of others. I was especially blessed by the stories of teens blessing people with their time.  Looking for opportunities to talk with, encourage and help people.  Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.  In return God gave them really neat experiences...I'm not going to share them here, because I think that a random act of kindness you could return to a teen is to spend time hearing the stories for yourself! 

He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord,
   and he will reward him for what he has done.
Proverbs 19:17

Thank you Daddy for the teens that I get the privilege of spending time with, and watching them grow in their relationship with you.  May they want more of you as they spend time with me.  Also, help me to remember that poor is not always a financial lack, but it could be one of spiritual or emotional lack as well.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Another Humble Prayer

I am so thankful that there are so many examples of prayers in our bible!  God-breathed, living words that help when I don't know what to say myself!  So for you, and me again....another humble prayer....

  For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
   Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!  Amen
    Ephesians 3:14-21

Thank you Daddy for your Word!  This is my prayer, for family, friends, myself, the lost, the least, the broken and the nearly dead.  Make yourself know today!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rainbow in Winter

Have you ever seem a rainbow in winter?  Well maybe you have, but today was the first time I did and WOW was it awesome.  Waking up to -33 doesn't seem like a promising prospect, but I have discovered there is great beauty in winter!  Are we in such a hurry that we can't seem to see the beauty in different seasons of our lives?  Sometimes it is more than our environment that can be in the season of winter.....we can experience it physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Be still, and know that I am God.
    Psalm 46:10

Thank you Daddy for delighting me this morning with a rainbow in winter, with frost on the trees (my favorite thing about winter), and for showing me that there is so much beauty in winter.  Help me to slow down and help me be aware of the wonderful things you do, how you still work in the winters of my life!

Monday, November 22, 2010


I am thankful this morning!  I really got to hear my husband's heart on a few things he has been wrestling with, and he also got to hear mine.  While he was out teaching sunday school last night God revealed to me during a time of prayer; that I have been hard-hearted, prideful and not gentle with him.  I find it so easy to be soft, humble and gentle with other people....and that really brought me to a place of repentance.  When I'm bothered by someone else, it is usually my problem!  I thank God that he has adopted me, and will never leave me or forsake me in my pride and sin.

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. 
In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given in the One he loves.
  Ephesians 1:4-6

Thank you Daddy that through Jesus I am made righteous, not by anything that I do - but to your glory!  Please help me to walk in grace, humility, gentleness and compassion with those I hold dearest to my heart.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Walking in the Light

Do you ever walk through the day wondering if what you are doing is in line with the word of God?  So many times I've heard people say that they do not follow Jesus, or they do it in their own private way, because of people that say one thing and do another.  Growing in Christ can be messy, as he takes our miseries and turns them into ministries.  I don't ever want to be the person that talks one way and walks another....thereby turning someone away from Christ.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: 
    God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
   1 John 5-7

Daddy, I thank you that today is the day that you have made!  I will rejoice and be glad in it!  I know there are glaring faults and hidden faults that I have; I ask for you to reveal them to me and help me overcome them.  That you may be glorified in my life and people that I meet will want more of you after spending time with me.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Be Still

It seems to me that around this time every year, everything gets kicked into high gear.  This time that ought to be that of slowing down and reflection; morphs into what do I need to buy, where do I need to be and will anyone be happy anyway?  I feel God calling, asking me to slow down, to remember why it was that he left the heavenly realms to spend time on this earth.  Completely God, completely man....

Be still, and know that I am God
  Psalm 46:10

Thank you Daddy, for sending your one and only son....valuing us above yourself.  While we are taking time to prepare for Christmas and the Advent season, help us to slow down and remember why it even exists!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not Always What I Want to Hear

You know that I truly love having friends in my life that don't always tell me what I want to hear.  And I love that they will gladly receive things (well maybe I shouldn't say gladly....but then again, I didn't say always gladly) that they don't want to hear.  Sometimes what I don't want to hear, is the very thing that pushes me further in my potential; and hearing something I want to hear may hinder what God wants to accomplish in my life.

Wounds from a friend can be trusted, 
  but an enemy multiplies kisses.
    Proverbs 27:6 

Thank you Daddy for good friends, those that care enough to speak truth! 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Prayer Today...for Me Too!

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints and his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is the working of his mighty strength
   Ephesians 1:17-19

Monday, November 15, 2010


I just can't get the lyrics of this Chris Tomlin song out of my mind today; maybe it is because this week we spent studying God's faithfulness.  I will share them for you today!

Great is Your faithfulness
Great is Your faithfulness
You never change
You never fail, O God

True are your promises
True are your promises
You never change
You never fail, O God

So we raise up holy hands
To praise the Holy One
Who was and is and is to come

Wide is your love and grace
Wide is your love and grace
You never change
You never fail, O God

You were, You are
You will always be

Thank you Daddy for the fact that there are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit (1 Cor. 12:4).  Please help me to fully walk in the unique gifts that you have blessed me with.  Thank you that you are unchanging and always faithful!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fighting the Good Fight

After spending time pondering yesterday, and praying for soldiers and families affected by someone involved in a military position, I was reminded that we too are called to fight each day.  We do not all fight physical battles, although some do, in the form of sickness and disease.  But as believes we do fight against powerful thoughts and our battlefield is the mind.  Entertaining these thoughts can often make or break our day, our relationships and our destiny.

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but to all who have loved His appearing.
  2 Timothy 4:6-8

Daddy, like everyday, I need your help to fight the good fight, to keep the faith.  Please help me not to give way to emotion, or thoughts, but to look to you as I continue this race you have laid out for me to run.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Lest We Forget

Today we spend time remembering fallen soldiers and being grateful for those that fighting all around the world.  Fighting for justice and freedom, protecting those that can't protect themselves and putting their lives on the line for others.  I thank God that there are such brave people, that look to the interest of others and the common good more than that of their own. Scripture says we can expect war, but we have hope!

For many will come in my name, claiming,
  ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.  
You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, 
  but see to it that you are not alarmed.
Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 
  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes
  in various places. 
Matthew 24:5-7

Thank you Daddy for your Word!  Thank you for warning us that these things MUST happen, so that we are not surprised when they are going on.  Please help me not to be alarmed and to fear not, but BELIEVE ONLY!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

His Good Pleasure

I am currently doing a study on the fruit of the Spirit, and I just love what I read this morning.  Like lots of people I have struggled with trying to figure out my purpose; what does God want me to do with my life?
What is our chief purpose? I see it again and again; that His desire and the reason He created us is for His good pleasure.

Therefore my beloved, as you have always
  obeyed, not as in my presence only,
but now much more in my absence, 
  work our your own salvation with 
fear and trembling;  for it God who works
   in you both to will and to do for 
His good pleasure.
  Phillipians 2:13-13

Thank you Daddy that your mercies are new every day!  Please help me to be very aware of you in all that I do, and may I please you today as I seek you and greater intimacy in our relationship.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Exceedingly Abundantly

I was pondering; what exactly is exceedingly abundantly?  I think that I have such a small view of what abundant even means in exceeding that really just blows my mind.  I sometimes struggle with the tendency of bringing God down to my size.  I have no idea the grandeur of what my God thinks, and the awesomeness of what He really does for us in a day!

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly 
  abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that works in us, 

   to Him be the glory in the church by
Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.

   Ephesians 3:20-21

I am grateful Daddy that your thoughts are not my thoughts, and that your ways are not my ways.  Please help me to see things differently and to You be all the honor and glory!

Monday, November 8, 2010


I'm so thankful for all the godly influences in my life!  Friends and family that love the Lord, taking time to encourage and pray for each other.  My aunt was telling me about missing the time change (as did I by the way! LOL!) and going to church early to set up.  She painted a beautiful picture for me; of enjoying some quiet time, and watching the sun rise and shine so beautifully through the stained glass windows.  I love when we can have special moments like that, when God will delight us with something so beautiful and intimate!

May the God of hope fill you
 with joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope
  by the power of the Holy Spirit.
     Romans 15:13

Thank you Daddy for taking the time to make special moments to delight your children.  You are good!

Friday, November 5, 2010


Have you ever just woke up feeling weary and desperate for God?  Today was my day!  It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a week and think, "I'll make time for a little while....right after I get this done....right after I call this person...".  After visiting with a friend yesterday, I thought about a comment I made to her about not having enough time to spend with God....and I know why I feel desperate!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, 
  says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil,
   to give you a future and a hope.  
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me,
   and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me, 
  when you search for Me with all your heart.
   Jeremiah 29:11-13

Thank you Daddy that you will not leave me or forsake me in my sin.  That you always have time for me, even though I have periods where I don't make enough time for you.  I come to you desperate for your presence and encouragement, please forgive me for not putting you first this week.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Birthday Boy!

Today my youngest turns 5!  Wow, time flies....we've already been out for a special breakfast of choice, hot chocolate and donuts!   I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a parent.  The ups and downs, the highs and lows are all worth it.  You think that children are given for you to teach; and then you end up learning some of the hardest and most humbling lessons in the process.

Sons are a heritage form the Lord,
   children a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3

Thank you Daddy for the boys you have entrusted to me.  Please bless my 5 year old today and throughout the year, may grow up to be like David, a man after your own heart!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


I am so excited to tell everyone that I am officially an aunty!!!!!
My sister had her sweet little boy Jacob yesterday morning and he is adorable (and that is not just aunty bias!).
I am so excited that she is so close by and I hope I will be able to help her lots in days to come.  Since having children, I really realize that it takes a village to raise a child!

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
For He has strengthened the bars
   of your gates;
He has blessed your children
   within you.
He makes peace in your borders,
And fills you with the finest wheat.
    Psalm 147:12-14

Oh thank you Daddy for bringing this beautiful boy into our family.  May little Jacob be a delight to his parents!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Did you get dressed today?

I find it so intriguing when I read verses that tell you to put on stuff!
Like getting dressed at the beginning of the day, God asks us to put on things like the armor of God.
Are you ready for the day, did you put on all you require to serve?
I have to admit, that it took me a couple hours to get dressed today.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 
And over all these virtues put on love, 
   which binds them all together in perfect unity.
      Colossians 3:12-14

Daddy, some days I feel like a toddler that needs help putting on her clothes in the morning!  Please help me to remember to Put On everything I need to walk worthy of a child of the King!

Monday, November 1, 2010


Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder! 
In the day to day business and routine of it all I often forget to highly value my husband.  I am thankful for his loyalty, passion and the fact that his strengths are different than mine.  He is a great husband, father and I love watching him grow into the man God intended him to be. 

Nevertheless, let each one of you in particular 
    so love his own wife as himself,
and let the wife see that 
    she respects her husband.

          Ephesians 5:33

Thank you Daddy for giving me a good husband, help me to see that I respect him.  I know this is extremely important to him and to you.  I want to do marriage your way, because your ways are best!

Friday, October 29, 2010


It is funny to me, that when I am anticipating a time of rest and a change of scenery (I shall call it....mommy time!), I will all of a sudden NEED it even more!
Today I am feeling that inward anxiousness for this anticipated time.
All the preparations are done so that my family can enjoy some male bonding time are complete, all my bags are at the door and ready. 
I am excited to spend a weekend enjoying on of my favorite hobbies.

I will refresh the weary
 and satisfy the faint.
    Jeremiah 31:25

Thank you Daddy for times of rest and refreshing.  I pray that you will meet with me in my quiet times with you, may my conversations be seasoned with your grace and love.  May my family enjoy their special guy time and may we come back together with joy at the end of the weekend.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Do Good

I believe that all of us at some time feel weary of doing good, being nice and pouring out.
Sometimes I feel downright rebellious and selfish!
There are so many verses that encourage us to keep running the race, pressing in, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.
I have to keep asking myself; what is the eternal value of acting on what I feel like doing?

Let us not become weary in doing good, 
   for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
   if we do not give up.
Therefore, as we have opportunity, 
   let us do good to all people, 
   especially those who belong to the 
   family of believers.
       Galatians 6:9-10

Thank you Daddy for all the opportunities you give me to be your hands and feet.  I know that you knew what you were doing when you put me here, for such a time is this....and you don't make mistakes.  May my life glorify you, and please help me be sensitive to opportunities that arise for me to Do Good today.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Homefront

It has been one week since I received a message that I am still chewing on, so to speak. 
The message was directed to teens and their relationship with parents, but I keep thinking about how it relates to all of us.  It seems as though our homes can be in utter chaos, full of strife and lack of appreciation of each other.  The thought provoking questions was:  What do your actions say at home, about how you love Jesus?  And I keep hashing through how I ought  treat those in my household with such great value.  Out of the overflow of that I can then minister to those outside of our home.

...All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward 
one another, because,

"God opposes the proud
     but gives grace to the humble."

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, 
   that he may lift you up in due time.
       1 Peter  5:5-6

Daddy, I come humbly before you and am asking for your help to place my relationships with my husband, children in utmost priority.  Second only to my relationship with you.  May all the other people in my life benefit from a thriving home environment, where you are the center and may it's atmosphere be one of love and respect.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Mutually Encouraged

I think it's so cool how something just pops out when I read my bible....especially when it is not related to what I am specifically studying that morning!
I think it is so fun spending time encouraging people, helping build one another up and helping people see something about themselves that they never saw.
I also love watching women step beyond the norm, be counter-cultural really!
Instead of tearing relationships down, they are building each other up!
Mutually encouraging one another!

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some
    spiritual gift to make you strong - 
that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged 
    by each other's faith.
     Romans 1:11-12

Thank you Daddy for the great examples of godly women I have in my life, women after your own heart.  I thank you that we can encourage each other; be your hands and feet and impart spiritual gifts to each other.  Show me who it is that you want me to encourage today! 

Monday, October 25, 2010

Daddy Darling

I remember a guest pastor coming to speak about our Father God.  The thing that stuck out to me and still does was when he said that "Abba" means "daddy darling".  What a beautiful picture he painted of a child looking with admiration and adoration up to her daddy darling.  I still have fond memories of looking up to my daddy, thoughts of how strong and loving he was.  It makes it easy to transfer that picture to my
Abba Father.

Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, 
   the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."   
So you are no longer a slave, but a son;  
   and since you are a son, God has made
you also an heir.
      Galatians 4:6-7

Thank you Daddy for my earthly father; thank you also that I can call out to you "Abba, my daddy darling".  Thank you for sending Jesus for me, so that I can come boldly to your throne and run into your arms; and know that I am your daughter as a result of the work that he did at the cross.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rich Heritage

I have been blessed with 2 beautiful boys and have been asked many times....."are you gonna keep
trying for a girl?"         My answer: "!"
I love being a mother, and I love girls! 
The Lord has blessed me with many children, I just didn't have to give birth to them! LOL
There are so many people without "spiritual parents", I know the longing to have someone older to teach me the ways of the Lord, to share their faith and love of God.
It is more than mentorship....we need mothers and fathers!

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
   The fruit of the womb  is a reward.
       Psalm 127:3

I do not write these things to shame you, 
   but as my beloved children I warn you.
For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ,  yet you do not have many fathers
      1 Corinthians 4:14-15  

Thank you Daddy for my boys, and thank you for the many, many children that you have entrusted me with. It is a great privilege to share your love with all of them.  Please help me to be a good steward and that my influence will bring people closer to you.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just a Little Lower

I am so amazed at that the vastness of all the things our BIG God created and how BIG his creation is cumulatively!
We are so small small and seemingly insignificant in the big scheme of it all....yet....we are each highly valuable to Him and created for and by Him for His pleasure!
Hand picked and perfectly designed by the Creator of the Universe...WOW!

When I consider Your heavens,  
   the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, 
    which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him, 
    And the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower
    than the angels,
And You have crowned him with 
    glory and honor.
           Psalm 8:3-5

Thank you Daddy for your Word, for reminding me of all the wonderful things you created and that in all of it you crown me with glory and honor.  Please help me today to humbly serve, walking with confidence, fully knowing that I am a daughter of the most high King!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

How's my Hearing?

There are many ways God builds my faith and I noticed that there is a huge common thread....hearing

I love hearing other peoples "God" stories, I love hearing God speak to me in His "still, small voice" and through His Word. 
That's what happened this morning; while I was out walking, He reminded me of a verse and unpacked it for was so cool! 
Sometimes I need to slow down and really listen to what He means, not become so familiar with His Word that it can't impact me in a new way.

So then faith comes by hearing,
   and hearing by the word of God.
        Romans 10:17

I had to read it a little slower, one line and then the seems to me that our faith is built in stages.

Thank you Daddy for your Word, I pray that my ears would be open to hear your truth and in turn that my faith would increase today even more, and more each day until I see you face to face.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I am completely overwhelmed this morning with joy! 

Last night I saw so many amazing things happen.  I have enjoyed leading women's bible study monday evenings and am so blessed by the group of phenomenal women that have come together with me to learn more about the fruit of the Spirit!  They are kind, compassionate and loving.  I am so thankful for each and every one of them.  I saw first hand how this impacted an amazing friend of mine, as she put herself out there and received such an outpouring of love from other women. 
Praise God for what he is doing in the hearts of women at this time, including mine!

Honor all people.
   Love the brotherhood.
Fear God.
   Honor the king.
      1 Peter 2:17 

Thank you Daddy that I got to see this scripture in action last night, such love in the sisterhood!
I am blessed!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Me and My Big Mouth

Sometimes it is so easy to say what I want, to justify myself or to enter into conversation that could slightly cross the borderline of gossip.  Why?  Does the instant gratification of giving my unsolicited opinion or sharing some interesting tidbit really do me or the hearer of my words any good?  Is it edifying?  Does it build up or does it tear down?  What does God have to say about it?  Did I even consult Him before sharing?

Let the words of my mouth
    and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in thy sight,
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
      Psalm 19:14

Thank you Daddy for the people you have put in my life, may my conversations glorify you today!  Please place a guard over my mouth and make me sensitive to what comes out of it.  And as the psalmist once prayed, may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Drawing Near

I have been feeling God call me to draw near to him during this season, to sanctify my heart and my mouth.  I have been extremely sensitive to everything that is coming out of my mouth and I must say it needs work!  I know what comes out of my mouth pours out of what is going on in my heart!

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  
   Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, your double-minded.  
Humble yoursevles in the sight of the Lord, and He will life you up.
      James 4:8,10

Lord thank you for your sanctifying power!  Help me Lord today to be very aware of what is coming out of my mouth, and please reveal to me the issues of my heart that are interfering with my walk with you!  I pray that I will be single-minded in thought and actions and that as I draw near to you, that you will also draw near to me.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sisters and Brothers

Last night at youth, our pastor talked about being brothers and sisters in God's family.  I've been pondering how much we need to fight for one another, and be there for each other; by respecting and protecting each other.  I'm thankful to serve under a pastor that challenges our teens to a higher level of character, compassion and unity....the messages are always also for me!

Watch your life and doctrine closely. 
   Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourselves and your hearers.
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father.  
Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
       1 Timothy 4:15-5:2

May I not loose focus of the primary reasons you have put me on this earth in this place and in this time Daddy!  To love you with all my heart, soul, strength and mind, and to love others as you have first loved me.  I pray that I will never become comfortable with status-quo, but will keep reaching out and fighting for my brothers and sisters in Christ!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


I just finished a great book and I love how it was so encouraging and challenging at the same time! 
Working toward being a woman who is secure and full of faith is something to which I aspire. 
My hope is:
  • all that God has brought me through will be evident in my life, and 
  • that I will have continued progress on my way to complete freedom and victory.
She is clothed strength and dignity; 
    she can laugh at the days to come.
          Proverbs 31:25

Thank you Daddy for how far you have brought me in this journey of becoming a woman of strong faith and security, with you all things are possible.  Thank you that you clothe me in strength and dignity and that I do not need to fear the future because I trust you. Period!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wide Open Spaces

When today's title came to my mind, so did the Dixie Chicks song from back in my college days (my near and dears would understand the randomness of my thought patterns....LOL!)

He also brought me out into a broad place;
He delivered me because He delighted in me.
     2 Samuel 22:20

Thank you Daddy that you give me wide open spaces to grow, I am always encouraged by the words you have written that say you have done things because you delighted in me!

Monday, October 11, 2010


In everything give thanks; 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
        1 Thessalonians 5:18

There is so much to be thankful for and it is so important to remember what God has done for us!
Some things I am extremely grateful for are:
  • My Daddy God, Jesus my Lord and Savior and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
  • My amazing husband and beautiful boys; all gifts from my Father.
  • Great friends that do life with us through thick and thin!
  • The crazy teens I spend time with that pranked my yard with forks yesterday!
  • A lovely home, everything we need and many things we want.
  • Being in a country that I can freely share and practice my faith.
I could go on and on, but the last 4 years have been beautiful ones full of growth.  Through the good times and the hard times, my God has carried me through and I am eternally grateful for His love and care!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Delight of the Father

I'm am so amazed at the fact that our chief purpose is to please our Father, and how he delights in blessing us!

"The Lord your God is in your midst,
    The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
    He will quiet you with His love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."  

Zephaniah 3:17

Thank you Daddy for reminding me of these encouraging words once prayed over me by a friend who's heart is for you.
May I delight you today with my life as you quiet me with your love and rejoice over me with singing!

Friday, October 8, 2010


Knowing who we are in Christ is paramount to standing firm in our faith!

"I will be a Father to you,
  and you will be my sons and daughters,
        says the Lord Almighty."    2 Corinthians 6:18

Thank you Daddy that I have your promises, and that I can stand on the fact that I am a daughter of the most high king!
(I love being a princess, really what girl doesn't?)

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Fall is my most favorite season, everything is so beautiful, the colors, the smells and the amazing sunrises and sunsets!

The king is enthralled by your beauty;
  honor him, for he is your lord.  Psalm 45:11

Thank you Daddy, for the beautiful gifts you give in nature! 
And thank you for reminding me today that I am beautiful to you, please help me to honor you today!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Let's try a new thing!

Well, I am so excited to try something new!  I feel like facebook has lost it's luster for me, but I have had friends tell me that they really enjoyed the notes of encouragement that I put on it from day to day, so blogging will be my something new!  My prayer is that whoever happens upon this will be greatly encouraged!