Thursday, September 15, 2011

Are you kidding me God?

I cannot begin to describe God's goodness, mercy and faithfulness the last couple of days!
I am so in love with Him, in awe of Him and thankful to Him!
This psalm says it all....who am I LORD that you are mindful of me?
Blessed be the name of the LORD!

Psalm 8

LORD, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

   You have set your glory
   in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
   you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
   to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
   the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
   which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
   human beings that you care for them?

 You have made them a little lower than the angels
   and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
   you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
   and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
   and the fish in the sea,
   all that swim the paths of the seas.

 LORD, our Lord,
   how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Broken Heart

There is so much I could share about this was unreal.
I was blessed by the beauty of God's creation as our family made a 10km bike
  ride around a lake, and how wonderful it is that God has set us in families.
So many encouraging moments with God were brought through other people's lives.
I was encouraged by a young man, who has chosen to go against the grain;
 He is not willing to compromise....and will speak out, and challenge what you think.
 He is taking the bible seriously and literally as he seeks to honor God with his life.
I was encouraged by a family who honors God with their possessions and shares what 
 God has blessed them with, to invest in the lives of other families and teens as well.
I was blessed by my pastor's teaching on prayer and a heart of worship.
I was blessed by the message of forgiveness displayed in the life of a young woman 
  held captive in Somalia for 15 and a half months.
My heart is broken for the things that breaks God's heart....and I am encouraged to see 
  it throughout my church.  In the lives of fathers, mothers, grandparents and teens.
If you want to see how God touched me in one way this weekend please watch the service 
  from yesterday will be worth your time!

Thank you Daddy for all the people you have placed in my life....for the God appointments!
I pray that You would continue to break our hearts for the things that break yours.
That we may live lives that glorify and honor you.....move us into action;
  to be Your hands and feet to a broken world, in the Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


I have been reading the book of Jeremiah the last while.
Don't know if you have ever just camped out in a certain area of the bible or not.
But I have found it fantastic in this time.
Especially since my hearts desire is personal increase in maturity, character and holiness.
I stumbled upon this verse the other day when I was camping.

But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
  whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water
  that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
  its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
  and never fails to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8

In all truth, I do not believe in coincidences....that I ended up here was not an accident.
I was needing encouragement that morning, because my son was up all night coughing and I was exhausted.
We had a full day ahead of us and this verse put my mind to God.
It reminded me to trust Him with the day ahead!
Sometimes in the business of life we think;
....I will get to God's Word later
....I know where to find Him
....He is always there for me

The truth is that He will sustain us and give us what we need when we go to Him.
Another is that we invest time in the things that are important to us.
If I want to be be fruitful and fulfill all the plans God has purposed for my life,
 I need to make my relationship with Him an utmost priority.

Seek the LORD while he may be found;
   call on him while he is near. 

Isaiah 55:6

Food for Thought:
Reading this verse made me think that if I am called to seek the Lord while he may be found,
that there will be a time when He will not be.

Daddy, as I wake up each day expecting to hear Your voice and see You throughout the day,
please increase my desire for the things of You and make me aware and sensitive to notice
Your fingerprints on the small and big things of this day.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2011


As I woke up this morning, I pondered....
   how is it possible to be exhausted and refreshed at the same time?
I  just came back from what I would say is markedly the best part of my summer thus far.
My cousin and I planned our first family reunion and it was located on their farm.
What a perfect setting it was...I'll give you a few of my favorite highlights!
  • tipping the tent trailer with Teresa during set-up
  • Laura biting it on the scooter
  • late campfires
  • watching the kids playing in the woodpile (it looked like life-sized lego blocks)
  • Playing with my sweet Jackey-bum
  • long-legs the sheep and the phantom baa-ing
  • California Cows
  • Impromptu "Melo's Barber Shop" in the morning
  • Emily's awesome scavenger hunt
  • literally screaming as Chris took me four-bying on his gator
  • hearing Chris re-tell me that Caleb was  "up for anything" when it was his turn
  • Epic water fights
  • Mayson swimming nudy in the pool (he's only one)!
  • Megan's tattoos 
  • Watching my cousin's kids lovin' on my kids 
  • Talent show!!! Teresa's MMA moves and Eva's Classic Rewind rocked my world.
  • So many other hilarious skits...i.e. Lochlin's Old McDonald had a jazzy farm rendition!
  • Chris's stories....any/all of them!
  • Andre' playing electric guitar
  • One on one time with  my cousin Teresa
  • Riding to the pool in the big yellow bus and the wild ride home!
  • Hanging out with my Aunty Mel, I especially loved watching her dancing with Kaitlyn, it reminded me of when she and I use to do the same thing!
  • I love her girls...they will try anything!
  • Kaitlyn "getting me"....she is a savage shark in the pool you know and way too cute!
  • The girls picking on Andrew....he had it coming....don't feel too sorry for him!
  • Horse back riding with Jerome...almost falling off my horse Nelly at a full gallop.
  • Writing our names in the abandoned house
  • Watching Jerome, Eric and James run and jump on Harley (Jerome's horse) like the lone-ranger.
  • .....and of course Matthew's attempt.....hey, at least he tried.
  • Quading with Aunty Anna
  • Raymond's hoola-hooping skills and yelling "your the best cousin ever" when I soaked him on the gator! many more things I could go on and on!
I absolutely adore my family.....almost everyone got to come for at least part of it!
I loved watching my dad enjoying all the kids....
   I loved that we got to make so many great memories together!
I'm so glad my grandma got to come, and loved the video of my grandpa....
   just the way I remember him.

There, in the presence of the LORD your God, 
  you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything 
  you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.
Deuteronomy 12:17 

Thank you Daddy for blessing the time we spent together as family, making memories together!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What are you boasting about?

Do you ever try to talk the good talk,
  trying to impress people with how busy and productive you are?

I have found that kind of conversation to be kind of like bug spray.
It repels depth of conversation and intimacy in relationship.

I long for the real deal......conversations that boast about God!
Being around people, that make me want to spend MORE time with Jesus.
I love getting into the nitty-gritty of real life and taking those concerns to God.
I love then seeing His faithfulness in the long run;
  as I stand in genuine relationship with we seek Him on our lives.

Through the course of life I have enjoyed getting to know many people;
  and don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with people.
And yet.....there are only a few that know the depth of my heart.
  (and boy, oh boy, am I thankful for them!)
I suppose that is a good thing, if I relied primarily on people for support,
  I would not earnestly seek audience with the giver of these relationships.

Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
  or the strong man boast of his strength
  or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
  that he understands and knows me,
that I am LORD, who exercises kindness,
  justice and righteousness on earth;
  for in these I delight,"
         declares the LORD.

Father, I thank you for friendships that have fostered growth in my relationship with You.
I pray that you would nudge me, whenever my conversation is remaining in a superficial place.
I thank you for all the experiences I have had with You that I can share to encourage others in their relationship with You....remind me to boast about the things of YOU! 
To walk in joy and peace; with an attitude of gratitude, grace and trust. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


This is what the LORD says:

Stand at the crossroads and look;
  ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
  and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16

Sounds like an amazing bible promise!  I agree!
I left out one small part of the verse, because I think that sometimes that's what we do.
We find out something we like to hear in the bible and use the part that appeals to us.
I have learned to be cautious with this practice.
The very last part of this verse says:

But you said, "We will not listen."

I believe it is a warning.
God's people said, "We will not listen".
Will I be the same??? Do I want the promises and not the warnings???
This verse requires action on our part....."ask"...."walk in it".
Am I willing to walk out what God has shown me to do???
When He asks me to hang out with people less and invest in my family?
When He asks me to shut my mouth and honor my husband?
When He asks me to be quick to apologize, quick to forgive?

God, I want to live a life that honors you!
I want to live a simple life of holiness and obedience.
Your Word says that I should be holy, because You are holy.
Please show me where I need to change, and grant me the grace to do what You ask of me.
Thank you that I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Proud Momma

As I type away...I can hear my boys....
they asked if they could hang out with the elderly couple that lives next door.
Oh, how I can feel my heart swell with joy!
I peeked out Jesse's bedroom window to see them chatting and enjoying
fruit salad and a ginger ale.
(I wish I hadn't have noticed Caleb being uber-proud of a burp....but hey)
May they never loose the desire to spend time with people, and "give life" to those around them.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Fear of the Lord

This week I felt God impressing me to study the fear of the Lord.

I wonder what it is you think the fear of the Lord means?
Is it a fearful feeling or life giving feeling?
The fear of the Lord is not meant to have us cowering at the
judgmental pointing finger of this big bad guy in the sky.

Rather, it is showing respect and honor due the Most High King of the Universe.

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence,
  but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation
  with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you to will and to act
  in order to fulfill his good purpose.
Philippians 2:12-13

We ought to be so careful that we do not treat God and the things of God as common, but holy.
We ought to remember that at the end of the day, when all is said and done....we will have to
give account for the way we spent our lives.

Let all the earth fear the LORD;
   let all the people of the world revere him. 

Psalm 37:8

I love the way John Bevere describes the importance of holy fear:
  Holy fear is the key to God's sure foundation, unlocking the treasuries of salvation,
  wisdom and knowledge.  Along with the love of God, it composes the very foundation of life! 
  We soon learn that we cannot truly love God until we fear Him;
  nor can we properly fear   Him until we love Him.
(from his book titled: The Fear of the Lord)

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,
  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:7

Father, I know that You are holy, powerful and due all my respect and reverence.
May I never loose sight of that fact and become so comfortable and complacent in our relationship.
Help me to truly grasp the fear of God, and live my life in a way that honors you.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


If you have ever struggled to know who you are and if you are acceptable, you are not alone!
The verse that I have been pondering today speaks to these issues, and is so encouraging.

I took you from the ends of the earth,
  from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, "You are my servant';
  I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
  do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; 
  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Isaiah 40:9-10

Two short verses and so many amazing things!
  • He called me
  • He chose me
  • He strengthens me
  • He helps me
  • He upholds me
Though we may be rejected by those we love here,
we are chosen by the King of Kings!

Thank you Daddy for encouraging me in the times I need to hear Your voice most.
You are strong, powerful, faithful and I thank you that
You will not reject me....I am called and chosen by You!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Quietness and Confidence

There is a big difference between self-confidence and God-confidence.
Relying on myself for confidence only seems to breed selfishness and pride.
Relying on God for my confidence brings joy, peace and fruitfulness.
God-confidence is quiet, knowing I don't have to stand up for or justify myself.

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
  its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
Isaiah 32:17

It is trusting Him to grow my character as I seek to know His character more.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD,
   whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
   that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
   its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
   and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

It is knowing that Jesus is my example, and my help.
He knows what I am going through; He's been there, He trusted the Father and so can I!

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, 
  but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are
  —yet he did not sin.
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence
  so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 
Hebrews 4:15-16

I have a choice, what will I do with today?
Will I be quiet before God and listen to Him whisper to me today?
Will I be confident that His grace is enough?
I was never called to be busy....I was called to rest in Him.
That does not mean that I will do means that I will be able
to wait for Him to show me what it is He wants me to do next....confident that
His plans for my day are much better than what I could come up with on my own.

This is what the Sovereign Lord,the Holy One of Israel, says:
  “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.
        In quietness and confidence is your strength."
Isaiah 30:15

Thank you Daddy that in the chaos and confusion of life, I can rest in You.
Even though at times it feels like my emotions are taking over ...... I can stand!
I can stand in quietness and confidence, knowing that You have a good plan for my life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Check it out!

I don't have time for a long post today, because I have a very important date!
It's with a very handsome young man today.....and since my hubby has declared that
at the ripe age of 33 that he is OLD....I am referring to my cutie-patootie little 
almost-nine-month-old nephew!
Well....I can't wait to spend the morning with my boys, my sweet sister 
and this adorable young man!

But before I go, I would love to encourage you (if you haven't already)
to go to Proverbs 31 Ministries and sign up for their devotional that gets sent to your email.
There has rarely been a day that I have not received something that did not impact my thinking
or encouraged me in one way or another.
(And I have been a subscriber for over a year the way it's free)

The site is, and the devotions are on the right hand side of the screen.

Hope you have an amazing day, now that summer has officially arrived!

"The LORD bless you
   and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine on you
   and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
   and give you peace."

Numbers 6:24-26

Monday, June 27, 2011

What is Really Required of Me?

I've had alot of time to ponder the time I invest in things lately.
It has been extremely beneficial as I've shifted into a lower gear.
Living simply and investing more time into my relationship with God
(really seeking out His character), my husband and my children.
I've spent time asking God if what I am doing is honoring Him,
 is it fruitful, and if I am hearing Him right in how I spend my time.
Every season of life is can be busy, but is it truly fruitful?
What am I doing with the other six days of the week (besides Sunday)?
Who am I when nobody is looking?
What does God say about what He requires of me?

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
  And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
  and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 7:7

It is funny how simple it should be, and yet I can easily work it up into something complicated.
Our society measures success by business, and yet I feel a tug to quiet and simple.
I am reading a book titled Weird by Craig Groeschel and I highly recommend it!
I love the subtitle : Because normal isn't working.
How true is that!  I want to be weird in the best kind of way....Jesus' way!

Thank you Daddy for the truths in Your Word!
Please rearrange my heart, my mind, and my priorities.
Show me what needs to stay and what needs to go; that my life would honor You!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Soflty Spoken Words from the Father

Have you ever just sat quietly in a place of brokenness and surrender,
 and heard your Daddy God speak softly over you?
Yesterday, as I sat broken at the front of our sanctuary,
  repenting and surrendering again what I have taken back so many times....

I started to feel the stir in my spirit to get up.....
  but was gently nudged to stay put and allow the worship to wash over me.

He spoke sweet and loving Words:

The LORD your God is with you,
  he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
  he will quiet you with his love,
  he will rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I can't think of anything more beautiful!

Thank you Daddy, that You are so personal. 
That You meet me in my times of need and that You speak specifically to me.
Thank you for a pastor that creates space for us to meet with You in such profound ways.
Thank you for friends to encourage and pray.
You are so unbelievably good to me, and You bless me in ways
that I could never think, dream or imagine!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

What Are You Wearing?

God has so much to say about what we should wear.
When I think about putting on the things God asks, it is such a leap of faith.
Sometimes I feel a bit silly "putting on" something I can't see.
But, when I "throw off" the things that I carry on my own;
   sin, worries, anxieties, expectations, judgements, selfishness.....
and "put on" what God offers;
   strength, light, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience,
    and Jesus Christ do I feel?
Lighter! Stronger! Confident! Purposeful! Joyful! Peaceful!

The thing God has continually asked me to "put on" this past month is Humility. humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
           Deuteronomy 8:16

I can't say it has been comfortable, but it has been worth it!
    Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
      because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 
    Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature
      and complete, not lacking anything.
   James 1:2-4

I encourage you today to wait at the Lord's feet, to humble yourself before Him.
Ask Him what needs to be changed in may be hard, but it will be worth it!
   For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an 
          eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
   2Corinthians 4:17

Remember to "put on" humility....

   All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, 
     because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
   1 Peter 5:5
And don't forget to "put on love"....
   And over all these virtues put on love, 
     which binds them all together in perfect unity. 
   Colossians 3:14

Daddy, as I throw off all the things that hinder my relationship with You; and as I humbly yet boldly come before Your throne of grace....please help me to see You, in this work of character that You are doing in me.
I thank you that You who starts a good work in me will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Please remind me to "put on" the things of You, even before I set foot out of my bed, so that You will be glorified and be made visible by my lifestyle.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Take It Off!

Stay with me here.....still not talking about clothes!
There are things God has asked me to take off, throw off and/or leave behind.
How about you?
I've been asked to take off the mask that says "Everything is just fine";
  when in fact it is not.....that takes humility and vulnerability.
I've been asked to throw off my attachment to food;
  this is uncomfortable because it requires trust and submission.
I've been asked to leave behind fear of what people think;
  if God is for me....what can man do to me?
  This required tremendous faith!
In light of eternity our time here is but a vapor.....
 when I look into the face of Jesus, I want to hear:
"Well done, my good and faithful servant!"

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses,
 let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles,
 let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
 who for the joy set before him endured the cross,
 scorning it's shame, and sat down at the right hand of God.
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men,
 so that you will not grow weary and loose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-3

Thank you Daddy for all  that You do for me, for all that You teach me each day.
Please help me to remember Your words throughout my day,
so that I may be a doer of the Word and not merely a hearer of it.
Please give me the grace and strength I need to throw off all that hinders my walk with You,
and the ability to clearly see Jesus each and every day!
let us

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Put it On!

Hahaha....I'm not talking about modesty issues here!
I spent time with a wonderful, faithful and very encouraging friend yesterday,
 and I am telling you that every time we are together God gets me thinking!
She read a verse to me that made me wanna go home, rush into my bible
 and see "what else" does God have to say about is what I found!

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

We were talking about "putting on" yesterday,
  and I am amazed at how often God tell us to "put on" things!
It may be worded as "clothe" as well....
  do you take the time to "put on" the things God asks you to?
I need to remember to take the time to put on what I need to walk
  in a way that will glorify and honor God each and every day!
But it doesn't end there....the rest of the chapter is amazing,
  so I will share it too!

Let the peace of Christ rule you hearts,
  since as members of one body you were called to peace. 
And be thankful.  
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach 
  and admonish  one another with all wisdom, 
  and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
  with gratitude in you hearts to God.  
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, 
  do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, 
  giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:15-17

Thank you Daddy, that I can see you working in my relationships!
Thank you for friends that "bear up" with me in the tough times
and are Your hands and feet here and now.
I see how beautifully your wisdom enriches my life as I see the benefit
of what you have taught me working in everyday life. 
I surrender my heart to You today, and ask that You would reign there;
and please give me Your perfect peace today,
   in Jesus Mighty name I pray...Amen!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sometimes it's Hard and Lonely

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
   for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
   and free me from my anguish.  

Psalm 25:16-17

Have you ever spent at time feeling very lonely?
You see people that you love, and yet feel like an outsider looking in?
Change can be hard.
Life can be lonely.
I am thankful that I am not alone.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him
  Psalm 37:7 

God is good, faithful, trustworthy and wise.
What is on the other side of this dark place?
Only He knows!
I can trust Him, because He loves and cares for me!

       Psalm 27
The LORD is my light and my salvation—
   whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
   of whom shall I be afraid?

 When the wicked advance against me
   to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
   who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
   my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
   even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the LORD,
   this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
   all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the LORD
   and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
   he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
   and set me high upon a rock.

 Then my head will be exalted
   above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
   I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Hear my voice when I call, LORD;
   be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
   Your face, LORD, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
   do not turn your servant away in anger;
   you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
   God my Savior.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
   the LORD will receive me.
Teach me your way, LORD;
   lead me in a straight path
   because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
   for false witnesses rise up against me,
   spouting malicious accusations.

 I remain confident of this:
   I will see the goodness of the LORD
   in the land of the living.
 Wait for the LORD;
   be strong and take heart
   and wait for the LORD. 

Daddy, I will wait on You....and believe Your promises!
I know that I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!
Thank you Jesus...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Thinking it's funny how sometimes God makes people strategically
unavailable so that you have to lean on Him to get you through stuff!

 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
   and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
   and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Thank you Daddy that you show me time and time again that Who I need is You!

Friday, June 3, 2011

His Words for the Weary

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  
   Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
   for I am gentle and humble in heart, 
  and you will find rest for your souls.  
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
   Matthew 11:38-30 

Thank you Jesus, that You give rest to the weary, hope to the hopeless and peace to the broken!
Please help me to cast all my cares on You today, because You care for me.
Please help me to see You in all things today!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

One Step at a Time!

Life is a walk.
Each day we take steps.
Our tomorrow is determined by the steps we take today.
  Stormie Omartian - Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On.

I am realizing that there is so much "process" to growth.
What I mean by that is that it takes alot of time to change.
Sometimes I almost sprint, other times it is more like army-crawling
in a hurricane....sliding backwards as much as pulling forward,
holding on for dear life to every inch of ground that is gained.
I don't know if it is a good idea to write when I am still so emotionally charged?!?
But hey, lets keep it real....

He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. 
  Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”
In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
  Job 2:10

I do struggle with being patient in the wait....and persevering through the trouble.
But, that is changing the more time I spend with God,
   getting to know His character through His Word,
  and personal experiences I have with Him.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,
  whenever you face trials of many kinds, 
because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 
   James 1:2-3

Thank you Daddy that I can lean on, trust in and rely on You
  in any and all things I face each day!
I pray for Your peace and presence today,
  because my heart will choose to say Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Something Completely Out in Left Field.

Okay, so as of the last couple of weeks,
I have been engaged in a shall we say interesting encounter.
Something I never imagined of dealing with.
I am thankful that God gave me wisdom, discernment, and a calmness to deal.
So, you wanna know my crazy story?!?

I would probably say; "Ya, get on with it!"

Well, we posted some items on Kijiji a few weeks ago...some kids toys
and stuff we just didn't need anymore.
Spring purging at it's best, which generally I am not so good at being a hoarder by nature.
( I think it's a genetic condition, but I may be wrong)
Anyway, there was a fella interested in the table and wanted to pay a bit more
for it than the asking price...k....kinda weird.
Waiting ...  and a few interesting emails later I receive awaited letter.
Payment inside....a bank draft for $2430 more than we agreed on...hmmm.
My spidey senses are tingling.....well they were at the second email....but hey,
wanted to see what would happen.
Bossy letter....check with BMO.....I am not the first person to have this happen.
Security alert.....nice try bad guy....your scam will not work!
I may often seem quite blonde....but I am thankful for the Holy Spirit in me
prompting me to check into things way more than I possibly would have thought to on my own.

My God is good, and faithful, and mighty to save! (hey weren't we just singing that last night!)

May the God of hope fill you with all 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 revealing the truth of this situation to me, for giving me the ability to discern that something was not right and the ideas to investigate it out more.  (Especially since discernment is not even close to a major gift you have given to me) It made me so aware of the fact that You care about all the details of my life and that you love and protect me in creative ways.  It also made me very aware of how, if I am expectant, You speak to me, You warn me and Your Holy Spirit is truly my Counselor.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Am I Truly Humble?

I find that I can get so caught up in the debate about why I believe what I believe.
I truly do not want to be judgmental, and yet I find God is bringing this heart issue
to the forefront of my mind time and time again lately.

Am I judging the actions of a loved one.....when I don't know their heart?
God knows their heart!

Am I judging the words of a book.....I can read it, and ask God to show me if it's truth.
His Word is the only Truth!

I think it is good to discuss things.
I also believe that we don't have to believe everything we hear or read.
I am going to include a link today from a man that I believe is after God's heart,
and I am hoping that we can join together and pray for him. (He is asking for prayer)
I enjoy his teaching because he speaks and writes from such a heart of humility.
May we seek God on the tough issues of life and continue to talk about them.
We should not fear discussing issues that concern us.
If we are teachable and humble, we can truly hear God.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   neither are your ways my ways,”
            declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways
   and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

Isaiah 55:8-9

Thank you Daddy for examples of humility and teachability.
I pray that as your son Francis has asked, that you would give him a spirit of wisdom and revelation.
That he would be able to present your truth in an unbiased and humble manner....that the message that you have laid on his heart would come through the way you intended.
I pray that You would help me to walk in humility and reject judgement thoughts,
that You would give me Your grace to do today the work You have planned for me.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Do You Have 5 minutes?

Well y'all know I love hanging out with youth!
Many times they have something to share that we need to hear....
Do you have 5 minutes?
This is what one young man shared on facebook,
  and I definitely think it is worth the 5 minutes it takes to watch it.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, 
 that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
  but to save the world through him. 
John 3:16-17

Thank you Daddy for Jesus....for His message of Life!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Do you know how Beautiful you are?

Have you ever thought about beauty?
I am sure you have!

What defines beautiful?
 The dictionary says : having qualities of beauty
What is beauty?
 The dictionary says : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing
  that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : Loveliness.

To me that is much more than our external attributes, but a collection of who we are as a whole.

Who defines beautiful?
Or, should I say, Who are you allowing to define whether or not you are beautiful?
Is it people; friends/family/someone who you walk by on the street?
Is it media? nuff said......
Is it God?
Your maker, creator.....the one who knew you before you were born
                              ......the one who knit you together in your mother's womb
                              ......the one who "rejoices over you with singing"
                              ...... the one who gave everything for relationship with you
We need to reject lies, and embrace truth!
Who are you going to listen to today, what will you believe?
YOU are Beautiful!

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

Thank you Daddy for showing me Your unfailing love!
Thank you  for Your Word, to remind me that You see me as beautiful.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Attitude of Gratitude

Ever wake up and just wanna be grumpy, because that's how you feel?
This morning that was my experience;
  then I felt God nudge me to think about what I am grateful for.
  • children laughing
  • the smell of rain
  • a beautiful sunrise/sunset
  • a hug from a friend
  • a faithful husband
  • a warm bed to sleep in 
  • healthy food/water
  • a hot shower
  • a free country to live in 
  • family
  • a wonderful church to learn and grow in
  • faithful friends
Well there now....I feel much better already....and my list could go on and on.
For today:
   I will not be run by my emotions, they are there to fuel my passions and purpose.
   I will live with an attitude of gratitude.
   I will expect to see God in all that comes my way today.
   I will trust in Him, and forget not His benefits.

Praise the LORD, my soul;
   all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, 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 

Daddy, you are good all the time.  Please help me to see you in all things, and give me the grace to live and love with an attitude of gratitude.  Your sacrifice paved the way for me to live a life of freedom and abundant joy.  Thank you that who the Son set free is free indeed!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Be Satisfied

Many days are filled with hustle and bustle.
Often I am driven to distraction with the many things that need doing.
I have found one truth that has stood the test of a few years now though.
When I take time each morning to spend time with God;
    there I find satisfaction for my soul.
There is still the same amount of stuff to get done in a day;
    but it is a joy to do it.....because my base need is satisfied.
Connection with my Father!
When I'm filled with His love and joy;
  I can't help but have it pour out into every other part of my life.

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
 that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 60:14

Thank you Daddy that You satisfy me each morning with your unfailing love,
and for the grace you give so that I can live a joyful and full life!
May what you give to me overflow and be poured out into the lives of
those I spend time with each day, that they may be drawn closer to
You when they spend time with me.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Life's not Fair!

Okay, I am not ranting today, in case the title may make it seem that way!
I am reading The True Measure of a Woman, by Lisa Bevere;
 and I wanted to share some beautiful nuggets of wisdom I read just this morning.
  • life is not fair, but God is just.
  • those who trust can be trusted.
  • people who do not love will fear.
  • time will reveal the true nature or character of a person.
  • it is not how many talents you possess; it is what you do with those talents.
  • all of us vary in our talents and abilities.
  • God wills the distribution of them.
  • He deals with us as individuals.
  • to each He fives at least one talent.
  • we will doubt God's goodness in areas where we are not sure of His character.
  • Our faith is meant to be used.
  • He is the way, the truth and the life.
  • He longs for us to simply seek Him.
  • He is Father, your Father.
  • He is good and perfect, caring and just.
These were just some tidbits that really spoke volumes to me today.
What measure are you using to determine your value?
I want to do all I can with what God has entrusted to me!
I want to hear:

His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; 
  you have been faithful over a few things, 
I will make you ruler over many things. 
  Enter into the joy of your lord.
Matthew 25:23

I understand that life is not fair, but You Daddy are just!  Thank you for the talents that you have given to me, please help me to be a good steward that uses them wisely.  That at the end of the day You can say "well done" to me.  Please add to my faith and help me overcome any unbelief.  Please help me also not to only be a hearer of Your Word, but also a doer!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Just a beautiful verse for today!

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
  let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
  that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
  you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I am excited, it's a new day....I feel encouraged and energized!
Taking steps in the the right direction can be so challenging.
This time I am taking advice that I've heard over and over again;
enlist the help of buddies....have a support system.
Friends to pray for me, I can be accountable to and love me along the way.
God can work when our issues are brought out into the light!

 Yet I still dare to hope
      when I remember this:

 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
      His mercies never cease.
 Great is his faithfulness;
      his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Lamentations 3:21-23

Thank you Daddy for faithful and loving friends, Your hands and feet in my life.
And thank you that Your mercies are new each day.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Do the Hard Things

Sometimes I get very overwhelmed with the things that need to be done,
especially the Hard Things....things I don't really want to do, but know I need to.
I really feel God calling me to stop looking at the big and overwhelming picture of life.
He has that covered!
I also feel God calling me to stop looking to people and things to meet my needs.
He has that covered too!
I feel Him calling me to take things one day at a time.
His grace is enough!
Some things I need to do are going to be hard, but the victory that lies on the
other side will be worth this time of sacrifice and momentary dicomfort.
I will trust in Him!

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 hope and a future. 
Then you will call on 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.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 

Thank you Daddy that Your Word says that You will meet me where I am at. As I draw near to You, you will draw near to me. You hear my prayers, You give me grace and strength for any and every situation and circumstance I encounter.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Realistic Expectations

Well, I've gotten a good dose of time to reflect on my expectations.
It all started with a conversation with a friend and our struggles with this issue.
And it ended last night. It was our 10th Anniversary.
I planned to make a nice dinner, set a nice table and enjoy a lovely meal ending with a delightful dessert accompanied by some sparkling apple juice so that our boys could celebrate with us.
Did I say I planned? .....oh yes, I sure did.....
Well it ended up being hurt feelings, cereal for supper and us not talking...awesome!
I'm sharing this not to complain, not to bad-mouth my husband....but to process what God would have wanted me to do with this situation.  What could I have done differently?

I really think I need to spend less time:
 - fantasizing over how I think conversations will go.
 -  hoping others will receive things the way I hope they will.
  - wondering why? Why things don't turn out the way I hoped...

I need to spend more time:
 - blessing people, just to bless them.
 - remembering that when I'm apart from my hubby,
    I have no idea what struggles he has encountered.
 - giving the benefit of the doubt.....
 - asking God to enter into my time with others!
Trusting God to work it out!

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 
 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, 
 for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”says the Lord. 
Romans 12:17-19

The end of all things is near.
  Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 
 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 
1Peter 4:7-9 

Daddy, I thank you that You love me.....even when I struggle to know if I am doing things right, and when I mess it up royally.  Please help me to love others the way You love me, to give the benefit of the doubt, and not to waste my time fantasizing and worrying about the "what-ifs".

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Confessions of a Praise Junky

Yes I will admit it.....I am a praise junky!
Just ask Shauna.  After spending a weekend scrapbooking with me, she is a reliable witness.
I don't know why, but I love when someone loves something I love, something I've made,
or something I've done.  You may be just like me, or you may think I'm off my rocker! Hahaha!
I realized that I also love hearing that something I have written or said has in some way
blessed someone else.
            (So, thank you to everyone who has ever left a comment on this blog.)
I haven't decided if this is a problem or not;
   I mean we all love to feel loved and appreciated to some degree.
The other thing is that I want to be a person who walks in humility and love toward others.
To flip the coin though; I love to praise others!
There is nothing more fulfilling to me, than to see someone else's face light up
when they receive encouragement.
And, I love praising God for all the good things He does for me each and every day!
I guess like anything else there needs to be BALANCE.

The LORD is my strength and song,
 And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
 My father's God, and I will extol Him.
Exodus 15:2

Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name;
   Make known His deeds among the peoples. 

Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
   Speak of all His wonders.
 Glory in His holy name;
    Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. 

1Chronicles 16:8-10

Thank you Daddy for all You do for me. Your blessing are exceedingly, abundantly far greater than I can ask or imagine.  I praise You for Your are good, and You are God.
It is right to give You thanks and praise.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Beauty in the Morning

This morning I had the most amazing walk, I love spring!
I listened to the chickadees chirping their "cheeseburger" song.
I don't mean the Veggi-tales one...Hahaha.
(my son went to a nature pre-school and that was what he was taught....listen carefully next really sounds like they are saying cheeseburger)
The sky was full of brilliant shades of purple and pink brightening up the clouds.
And the icing on the cake for me was seeing a robin, it's funny how I miss them.
It is like longing for a visit from a relative you haven't seen in far too long.
He swooped down past me so close, as if to say, "I'm home!"
What came to my mind amidst all this beauty was how much I long to be with God.
We are only here on this earth for a short time, and we are wired with a longing for things eternal!

Psalm 63

O God, you are my God,
 earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you,
 my body longs for you,
in a dry and weary land 
 where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
 and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life,
 my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
and in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods;
 with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
 I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
 I sing in the shadow of your wings.
My soul clings to you;
 your right hand upholds me.

They who seek my life will be destroyed;
 they will go down to the depths of the earth.
They will be given over to the sword
 and become food for jackals.

But the king will rejoice in God;
 all who swear by God's name will praise him,
 while the mouths of liars will be silenced.


Thank you Daddy that You have set eternity in the hearts of men (and Your daughters too!)
Thank you for all the beauties in a spring morning that bring my mind back to You, and the fact that You are Indescribable!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Have you ever been confronted with the same situation time and time again?
Does your reaction change each time or do you keep reacting the same old way?
Someone told me that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over,
and expecting different results.
I have a tendency to be reactive! 
There I said it....maybe you know this about me, maybe you don't.
But I am honestly sick and tired of it!
Dang it, I do not want to go around this mountain again!
As I spilled this out to a friend yesterday, he told me exactly what I needed to hear.
I will share it with you, in case you need it too......
Be good to the person who is not being good to you,
and don't get upset if they do not recieve it the way you are hoping they will.
I believe that the Holy Spirit will convict that person of their wrong in due time.
In the meantime, I can only work on me and my attitude!
I will allow God the space and time to do the work only He can do in each of us.

You have circled this mountain long enough. Now turn north! 
  Deuteronomy 2:3
(exclamation mark added by me...I think I need it :D )

Thank you Daddy that You love each of Your children so much.  Thank you that You have given each of us Your Holy Spirit and therefore I am released from doing that job for anyone else.  Please give me the grace I need to continue to do good, as I wait on You and trust You to work in both of us.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bible Study

I had a lovely time with my bible study pals last night!
It's hard to believe that a year ago, when I felt God call me to do this thing I was terrified.
Like, "God what are you thinking? Me? Really? I'm terrified of women!"
Well He had other plans, He always does!
And you know what they are good!  I love these ladies!
They are sweet, authentic, teachable and just plain fun to spend time with.
I am amazed, yet again, how God can take something that terrifies me and turn it into
something that brings me so much joy and life!
Who knew?  Well of course....He did!

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
 because the LORD has anointed me
 to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
 to proclaim freedom for the captives
 and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
 and the day of vengeance  of our God,
to 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.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
  a planting for the LORD for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61:1-3

Thank you Daddy for taking me out of my comfort zone!  It has taught me to see the beauty in other women, that my perceptions from past experience were totally shattered....and that is such a good thing!  I also learned that as I trust you, and follow your direction, that you will not embarrass me or make a fool of me.  If I truly trust You, Your power and anointing will be there to make it all work out for Your glory.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Saviour and Friend

 The LORD has made proclamation
   to the ends of the earth:
“Say to the Daughter of Zion,
   ‘See, your Savior comes!
See, his reward is with him,
   and his recompense accompanies him.’”
They will be called the Holy People,
   the Redeemed of the LORD;
and you will be called Sought After,
   the City No Longer Deserted. 

Isaiah 62:11-12

When I read this verse I got so excited for two reasons:
1. I am a daughter of Zion!
2. My Savior is coming back one day!

One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
   but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24

The benefits of spending time in God's Word are amazing.
Taking time to see what He has done and the promises He has made help me to understand God's character.  This in turn builds my faith and helps me trust Him more everyday.
We spend all the time:
 - we spend money on the things we need and want.
 - we spend time with people that are valuable to us.
 - we spend energy on the things we are passionate about.
I want to spend my time, energy and money on things of eternal value.
To invest in the One who is my Savior and friend....then to bless those in my life with the overflow of that relationship.

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before 
  his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 
to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority,
   through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. 
Jude 1:24-25

Thank you Daddy that every good and perfect gift comes from Your hands. May you be glorified in all that I do, all that I say and all that I spend my time, energy and money on.

Friday, March 25, 2011


Be self-controlled and alert. 
Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 
1Peter 5:8

I have been spending time reading through the times when God won battles for the Isrealites.
It is amazing really to see that so many times they were grossly outnumbered.
So many of their leaders would be considered weak, ill-equipped, inadequate for their calling.
God always brought victory to those who kept the faith and stood firm.
They were alert to what God was saying as they faced daunting circumstances.
Our enemy is very really and his goal is to steal, kill and destroy.
His tactic is to divide and conquer.
But I will choose to stand, knowing that God is bigger, stronger and higher!
Joshua, Gideon and David's stories all showed that it is not by power or by might but by God's Spirit that we battle and overcome our enemy.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, 
against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, 
you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, 
to stand. 
Ephesians 6:12-13

Thank you Daddy that the Truth of Your Word has power.  
Please help me to be self-controlled and alert.
I will put on the full armor of God, please help me to discern Your voice, to do Your will and when I have done all You have asked me to, to stand.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Godly Friendships

Spending time with friends today, we were discussing some heavy topics.
It is such a joy to be in relationship with other women, who like me,
want to deal with the circumstances of life through the filter of God's Word.
To be in a safe place where we can share our concerns and search our bibles
for God's answer's and solutions to these concerns.
Then comes the sweet times where we can encourage and pray for each other
....what a blessing.
This is what I believe is the goal in friendships with other women!
Prayer is a beautiful thing....the glue that holds our most precious relationships together.
I see it in my peers and within the small group of teens that I get the privilege
of "doing life" together with.
I love how Titus reveals much about relationships.
(I would read it changing the words men and slaves to friends to 
make it more applicable to my circumstances.)

You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine. 
Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, 
and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, 
not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 
Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 
to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, 
and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
In everything set them an example by doing what is good. 
In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech 
that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed 
because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, 
not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, 
but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 
It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed
hope —the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, 
Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness 
and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
These, then, are the things you should teach. 
Encourage and rebuke with all authority. 
Do not let anyone despise you. 
  Titus 2

Thank you Daddy for the precious and beautiful relationships you have placed me in.  I believe that there are some women You have hand-picked for me to spend time with right now....ones that spur me onto a life of love and godliness.  Thank you that You have wired us for relationship, because life is sweeter for the girlfriends You have surrounded me with.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A New Thing

When I intentionally take time to be still before God, something amazing happens.
In many ways really and it is so individual for each of us, that is another reason I am amazed.
I have felt the nudge to not allow the pressures and expectations I've put on myself to rule me.
It only leads to distraction, heartache and feelings of failure.
So, I have not been trying to rush through my to-do list, I have not been on a reading marathon.
I have been reading my bible, taking much time to pray, and expecting to hear from God.
Then while enjoying worship at church, the Holy Spirit washed over me...
it was all-consuming and I could no longer speak,
I just stood in His presence with tears washing down my face.
Those closest to me know that this is the kind of experience that breaks my heart,
and at the same time is overflowing with joy!
Then my good friend shares what God spoke to here the night before....and it shattered me!
In a good way.....He blew my socks off....He is so good!

“Forget the former things;
   do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
   Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
   and streams in the wasteland. 

Isaiah 43:18-19

Thank-you Daddy for meeting me where I am at.....for reminding me that You are good and You are God!
I am so excited to see this new thing You are going to do, and I wait expectantly for you to reveal to me what You have in store for me!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Content to Be

How many times do I strive to do the things I should, be the person I think I should be,
and meet unrealistic expectations that I alone have put on myself.
I was thinking about it yesterday when I changed things up from what
I had planned to do over Lent with this blog. 
I am not called to be strict and legalistic, but to walk in freedom and lead by the Holy Spirit.
Since I was away on holidays, I have found something that I wish I would
have "got" a long time ago.
I know I have probably said this to my friends, but I just recently received it in my soul;
I don't think that we are always called to DO, but sometimes we are called to just BE.

Be with the lover of my soul.
Make time to pursue a deep and intimate relationship with Him.
Take time, expecting Him to work in my heart and do big and cool things.
Wait on Him to speak to me.
And so, I continue to ponder the names of Jesus, to get to know His character better.
So the I am better able to discern his voice from that of my own thoughts.

This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you
   that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. 
Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 
  and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.
For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the 
  land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Thank you Daddy, that because of Jesus I can live in freedom!  And thank you that You have given me the Holy Spirit as my guide.  As I take time to ponder Your character, please help me to continue to choose life daily.  Thank you for all the amazing promises in Your precious Word.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Somthing a little Different for Today!

Today on this beautiful snowy day, we get to celebrate our oldest son!
Seven years is flying!
Some of my favorite things about Caleb are:
  • his love for God at a young age.
  • his sense of wonder with nature.
  • his compassion for other people.
  • his fun-loving spirit.
  • how he loves to spend time with me.
  • that he tells me the things of his heart.
  • that he loves to encourage people.
  • that he has a good sense of right and wrong.
  • that obedience matters to him.
I could go on and on....even some things that drive me crazy, really are great things.
Like, I can't imagine where he got the need to constantly talk. ;)
Couldn't have been from me....LOL!

 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
         The fruit of the womb is a reward.
 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
         So are the children of one’s youth.

Psalm 127:3-4 NKJV

Thank you Daddy for rewarding me with two beautiful boys! I thank you for the blessing each one is to our family. Please bless Caleb today, as we celebrate his seventh birthday.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Light of the World

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, 
  "I am the light of the world. 
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
   but will have the light of life."
John 8:12

Jesus is the Light of the World!
Does it feel like you are stumbling in the dark?  Look up!

The LORD is my light and my salvation—
   whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—
   of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1

We can hold our heads up and trust Him!
Ask, seek, knock....He is ready to give abundantly more than you can ever imagine!

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. 
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  
In the same way, let your light shine before others, 
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

Hmmmm....let's be challenged to take what God has given us, and let our lights shine!

Daddy, may You be glorified in all that I think, all that I say and all that I do!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Holy One

I know who you are - the Holy One of God!
 Mark 1:24b

Jesus is perfect.
He came to earth, the One Who knew no sin, became sin, to redeem us from it!
He is without sin, this verse shows that even evil spirits know that!
They recognized Him immediately....and yet we did not....the ones anticipating
the Holy One of God did sad that makes me feel.

  I saw the Lord always before me.
  Because he is at my right hand,
  I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
  my body also will live in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the grave,
  not will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
  you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Acts 2:25-28

And yet there is hope!
Jesus the Holy One did not see decay!
He is seated at the right hand of the Father....God is faithful and true!

Thank you Daddy, for the fact that I have hope because of Your Holy One, Jesus!

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Way, The Truth and The Life

Jesus answered,"I am the way and the truth and the life.  
 No one comes to the Father except through me."
   John 14:6

Jesus is the Way to God.
He is the path to truth and life.
I've highlighted this verse in pink in my bible.
There are so many people that say that there are many ways to the Father.
That is not what Jesus said.....

I would like to share the lyrics at the beginning of a great song;

Who is Like the Unhindered

I hear voices in the distance,
But my heart is in resistance,
Trying to discern and learn the heart of the One for whom my heart burns.
Raising against lies of the enemy,
Claiming darkness the greater reality.
But there's something bigger than you and me,
Bigger than what I can see:
A city on a hill calling life to those who follow.
Healing and wholeness for those who sorrow.
Who holds the stars in His hand?
Built His temple in mortal man?
Called dry bones to rise and stand?
In the beginning was the Word,
The Word became flesh,
Darkness is history, that's the rest.
Who is like the Lord?
Who shows unfailing love to the undeserving,
Holy God and humbleness serving.
Those who mocked and crucified Him.
Dead, buried, rising again!
And us with Him!
Singing with Him in heavenly places
Higher than these earthly spaces.
It is finished, the ransom paid, foundation laid,
New hope, new life, it's a brand new day!

I am so grateful that I know You Jesus, and not just about You.
That I can rest assured that I know the true path to the Father.
Thank-you for all You have done and continue to do in my life.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Faithful and True Witness

and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, 
  the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.  
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
  Revelation 1:5

Jesus is faithful!
Sing to him a new song;
   play skillfully, and shout for joy.

For the word of the LORD is right and true;
   he is faithful in all he does.
The LORD loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of his unfailing love. 

Psalm 33:3-5

The Word (Jesus) is right and true! 

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
   and your dominion endures through all generations.   

 The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises
   and faithful in all he does.

Psalm 145:13

Thank you Daddy that I can trust You, because You are my Faithful and True Witness.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Author and Finisher

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,  
 who for joy set before him endured the cross, scorning it's shame, 
 and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 
Consider him who endured such opposistion from sinful men, 
 so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
    Hebrews 12:3-3

Jesus was at the beginning of creation and will be there to the end.
He is the author and perfecter of our faith.
This makes me think of Him as the great story writer.
And each of our lives is a beautiful story, handcrafted for His pleasure.
Every part of the story intended to increase our faith.

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God,
 "who is, and was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
     Revelation 1:8

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."
    Revelation 22:13

Thank you Daddy that You were, You are, and You will always be!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
  John 1:1-5

The Word.....He is not merely information......
but the effective, powerful Word that calls creation out of nothing and life out of death.
Jesus is the speech uttered by God the Father and sent forth by the breath of God's Spirit.
Jesus is God's Word!

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling amoung us.
 We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, 
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  John 1:14

Thank you Daddy for Jesus, The Word of God!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I am really excited that Lent has begun, not all churches celebrate Lent...but I grew I in the Catholic church, which is rich with traditions, and this is one I continue to observe.

What is Lent? It is the 40 days prior to Easter, when followers can take some
intentional time of repentance and seeking God.
A time for preparing to remember His death and celebrate His resurrection.
Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day of feasting, my son will enjoy a pancake lunch at school
as they kick off the Lent season together as a community in the Catholic school he attends. 
Often this type of meal is eaten today, because many will fast from eating
many rich things over Lent.  Some earthly pleasures will be set aside so that we
can dig deeper into relationship our with God.
Our time of reflection will begin tomorrow with Ash Wednesday.
Will I fast? Yes. What will I focus on....the names of Jesus.  I hope you will join me!

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
  I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the
   traditions just as I passed them on to you.
1Corinthians 11:1-2

Thank you Daddy for traditions, things that help foster an attitude of repentance and rememberance.  Please help me to prepare my heart for the lent season.
Show me what I need to repent of, and help me to change.
Thank you for sending Jesus for me, may my life be a good example,
one that makes people want to know you more.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


We just came home from a beautiful holiday in Hawaii, and I have to say the most beautiful thing that I took away from it was the lifestyle of Aloha.

The word itself is used to say hello and goodbye as well as; love, affection, compassion, mercy, sympathy, pity, kindness, sentiment, grace, charity, greeting, salutation, regards; sweetheart, lover, loved one, to love, to be fond of, .etc. Last but certainly not by any means the least of the contexts, is a breath, or to breathe, but with a distinctive emphasis on the breath, as the proverbial "breath of life".

The island was full of beauty and nature screamed of the magnificence of our great God.
It all brought me full circle, to a great gratitude to the giver of life and all that He has created.
But what astounded me the most was the beauty of the people that truly lived the lifestyle of Aloha. Oh how we could use a bit of Aloha in our Canadian culture.
To slow down and value the people in our lives and not be so driven by performance.
To have fun with one another, celebrate with one another and to love each other deeply.

Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1Peter 1:22

Thank you Daddy for the opportunity to enjoy and amazing vacation with my family. It was awesome to see so many things that are not here in our country, and be so blown away yet again by your creation.  Please help me to take the lessons I learned from the people there and store them in my heart.  To live a lifestyle of love...Aloha!

Monday, January 31, 2011

A Time for Everything

I love writing on this blog, it is one of the highlights of my day really.
I especially love to hear when what I've wrote has also blessed someone else.
It is funny though, the last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind
of emotion and distraction.  I am feeling called to leave this aside for February
and come back to it again in a month.
I feel like God wants me to spend some time with Him;
working on an issue that I have put off far too long.
So needless to say, I will be back....but for now I will put aside my wants
and attend to some needs.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray 
    and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
    then I will hear from heaven, 
    and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 
Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers 
   offered in this place. 
2 Chronicles 7:14-15

Thank you Daddy, that you have made times and seasons for everything under heaven!  Please meet me where I am, and as I draw near to You I know that Your Word promises that You will draw near to me.

Friday, January 28, 2011


What motivates you?  Many things seem like good things.
Sometimes I think that things are even really good things.
But have I checked my heart and checked in with God before proceeding?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no.
Do I do things for what I will get out of it, or for the pure joy of doing it?
I want to be a person who's utmost motive is to live a life worthy
of the One who gave it to me.
Life is a gift, people are gifts and what are we called to do?
Love the Lord (the giver of gifts) with all your heart, mind, soul and strength.
Love others as you would love yourself.
Do I love with expectations, or do I love freely?

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,
   but motives are weighed by the LORD.

Proverbs 16:2

Thank you Daddy, that what You desire from me is relationship.  Please test my motives and show me if I am living a life of selfishness, or if I am moving in the direction of selflessness.  I know by nature I am sinful and selfish, but I desire to be moving away from that and towards You more each day.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


It is never easy to hear things that you don't want to hear.
I want to be sharp, and effective in my life....full of purpose and integrity.
I am thankful for the honest words of a friend,
the ones that challenge me to be a better person.
Sometimes I also feel the nudge to share things.
Things my friends may not want to hear.
If I truly love them, I that trust God will give me the right words to say in due season.

As iron sharpens iron,
   so one person sharpens another. 

Proverbs 27:17

Thank you Daddy that wounds from a friend can be trusted.  Please make my heart like yours, so that all the conversation that comes from my mouth is loving and life giving; from words of encouragement to the ones that I feel You have given me to share to help someone grow.  Please keep my heart soft and my mind open to hear Your heart in the words of my friends so that I can receive them graciously and grow more each day.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Humble Service in the Body of Christ

Am I doing everything I can with the gifts God has given me?
Do I even know what my gifts are?
I am walking in humility and love?
Is it evident in my lifestyle; is it visible in my life?
I love that we each have special gifts, and that each gift fits together with others.
There is no one that is without value, but some that don't know what their value is.
We were each created for a specific time and purpose.
They are all different, but equally important in the big picture of eternity.
Do you know really know that?
Are you content doing what it is God has asked you to do at this time?

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you:
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought,
   but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, 
  in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 
  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 
  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;
  if it is giving, then give generously; 
  if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.  
For just as each of us has one body with many members, 
  and these members do not all have the same function, 
   so in Christ we, though many, form one body,
   and each member belongs to all the others. 
Romans 12:3-8 

Thank you Daddy that You put me here on earth at this time, in this place, for Your good pleasure and purpose.  Please help me to be content in all situations and to use the gifts You gave me to the highest potential so that you may be known and glorified.