Dec 22, 2008

Today's post is just for you Lord.

I have no idea what You are doing or why You allow things to happen. I am thankful that today I was not hurt when the tire blew out but at the same time I feel like everytime we get a blessing immediately it is stolen from us. Just like today, when the wheel blew out, Lord the financial blessing we got yesterday was going to be used for something else...instead we had to use it for this tire. I am thankful we have the money, I am thankful I was not hurt and that I was only going 25 mph instead of the 60, I am thankful that I got stopped at the light before it blew other wise I would have been doing 60. Lord, now once again I need you to step in and provide again so that we can take care of that other need we were planning to use that money for. Sometimes I just don't get it! Either way I will worship you and I trust that You alone will provide for what we need.

Dec 15, 2008


In order to get some wonderful taffy it has had to of gone through 15 minutes to an hour of stretching, pulling and some more stretching again. The best taffy is chewy and often times makes you want more. Every thing I have read about making taffy says when it gets too hard to pull and stretch then stop and cut it into pieces.

Right now I feel like a piece of taffy. I feel like I am being pulled and stretched and pulled some more. I am not sure what the Lord is doing nor do I know or understand why He is doing or allowing the things that are happening to happen. All I know is I want the stretching to stop. I do not want to be cut into pieces but I want the stretching to stop for just a while.

But then again, maybe all the stretching and pulling is to get out the stiffness and put more air into me. The reason taffy is so good is because of the stretching and pulling, it allows air to mixed into the ingredients making it light and fluffy and in turn makes it a yummy chewy candy. Just possibly by all the pulling and stretching we are going through is to allow the breath of God to come in and allow the Holy Spirit to mold and make us what HE needs us to be so we can be used for His glory!

All I know is that for the last two years we have one through more stretching and pulling than I could have ever imagined and to be quite honest....GOD I NEED A BREAK FOR A BIT! Just a little one would be nice!

Dec 8, 2008

Facing Some Storms

Dear Blogging Friends,

Please keep us in prayer. My husband was told today that as of Jan 15th he will no longer have a job. He has an opportunity for other positions within the company and we are believing that those doors are going to open for him. We have to!

Dear Lord,

Our cry tonight is "Move the mountains Lord, Break the Damn Lord! Set us on the mountain top and take us out of this valley In Jesus Name!!!"

Dec 3, 2008

Guest Bloger: Deanna Shrodes

Today my dear friend and sista in Christ, Pastor Deanna Shrodes wrote a post on her blog, "Lifetime Intimate Portrait" titled,"You Raise Your Kids and Let Me Raise Mine..." It struck a cord with me in a mighty way. I have had many occasion where a stranger, acquaintance or even family has told me what I was doing wrong or needed to do differently as a parent with each of my kids...specially with my special little guy Kristofer, who is autistic. Well Pastor Deanna said everything I have wanted to say in a way that to the point! So sit back and enjoy this post!

You raise your kids and let me raise mine...

Recently I've experienced something I want to talk about here on the blog and just say it like it is and be done with it. I'm sick of people trying to insinuate how others should raise their kids. I'm not exactly new at this. I've raised one son to 19 years old who is a wonderful young man of God. No, he's not perfect but in my eyes he's darn close. :-) My point is, my children are not going to hell in a handbasket and I didn't start parenting yesterday.

I'm not perfect by any stretch, but on the other hand I am not clueless. One thing that I reallllllly hate are holier than thou condescending attitudes when it comes to parenting. The spirit of slap wants to come upon me many times, I must confess. I'll say first and foremost this isn't happening with anyone (that I know of!) in our church so it's one reason I'm just openly speaking my mind on this. If it were someone in our church Larry would have asked me to have some restraint. Who knows he might ask me to have some restraint after he reads this anyway? But lately I've had a few people question my choices as a parent and I have to admit it made me just a lih-tle uncomfortable!

Have you ever had someone condescendingly ask you why you are letting your kids watch certain TV shows or movies? Do you have others ask why you are feeding them certain foods without a lot of rules/restraint? (i.e., cookies, pizza, etc.) Are there those who ask why you are allowing them to have certain drinks without a lot of limits? (i.e. coffee, soda) Do people question why you are allowing them to participate in certain activities? (school prom, trick or treating, etc.) How about people asking why you allow them to have a cell phone, or to date?

I do not mind it when someone honestly asks my advice on a matter. It's fine to ask about our household policies or what I have personally found as wisdom for my particular children or family. But I don't believe we are cookie cutters -- I think what works for my child may not work for yours. God speaks to us personally about finding the key to our child's heart and raising each one. In the same way, what is acceptable for my family may not be acceptable for others, and that is fine. For instance, your son may have a very bad reaction to koolaid or soda...mine may not. So don't judge me if I allow mine to have it and I won't judge you that you don't allow yours to have it.

Let's parent as the Lord leads us to and not make announcements or judgments about how we do it.In the last month a few people have criticized me about what I allow my children to do, or what I do with them. There's a lady who works with my eldest son at the movie theater who is a member of another AG church. The other night she saw me come into the movie theater with my daughter. I was excited to come back from Africa and take her on a mom/daughter outing. This woman (who works in the concession stand there) told Dustin that she saw us come in and go to the movie and she felt it was very inappropriate that I was taking my daughter to this PG movie. She made a big deal about it and basically told Dustin she felt it was a sin what we were doing.I know some Christians still don't believe in going to the movies. Well, I am not one of them. I am not going to criticize somebody else because they don't go, but please keep your comments to yourself that I do. I was raised in an atmosphere where we were never allowed to go to the movies and trust me, it did absolutely nothing for us as far as keeping us from sin. We were no more holy because we didn't go to theaters. In fact many of the kids I grew up with in the church ARE going to hell in a handbasket.

It's unfortunate and actually tragic. What drove them away to this horrible backslidden state many are in? Maybe it was all these silly rules that were nothing but a bunch of legalism. I believe it's these sort of attitudes (being told that if Jesus came back while we were in a movie theater he wouldn't be able to find us...HOW STUPID!) that pushed people further away from God and the church than closer to them. I came to realize that Jesus can find us whether we are in a movie theatre, wearing pants or makeup, or drinking a cup of coffee. If somebody's Jesus isn't enough to find them through all that, they aren't serving the same powerful Jesus I am.

All I can say to that is, I hope that lady definitely decides to stay in her other AG church, thank you very much! It really was none of her business, quite truthfully, what I was taking my daughter to see. Two other people asked me about things of the same nature recently, with a very condescending attitude. Make no mistake, Jesus is coming back! He will find me no matter where I am because I am His child. He will take me to heaven whether I am in church, in a movie theater, or cooking supper. If He holds off a little longer on coming back, I really cannot wait to see what some people's kids turn out to be like. Will all this super protection and forsaking of soda and movies with any kind of "worldly" theme (in some people's eyes) produce perfect children?

In my experience, people with very rigid rules for the sake of rules tend to produce kids who are kind of unbalanced later in life and can sometimes really go bonkers. In fact, it's interesting Dustin just told me today that the son of the lady he works with absolutely hates her. And he said, "you know Mom, I think if she were my Mom I would struggle with that too." Interesting. One thing I have always heard is, "rules without relationship lead to rebellion." I also believe rules without a sensible reason lead to rebellion.When I was a child, I loved coffee and sometimes at church fellowships I would try to sneak a cup. The adults never let us kids drink it because they said it would "stunt our growth." Coffee drinking by kids was strictly forbidden, like it was whiskey or something. I now know that's a load of bunk.

Savanna has been drinking coffee with me for YEARS. In fact her Grandpa Shrodes got her started on it when she was just a baby. If you have ever seen my daughter in person you know she is tall. She has been the tallest child in her class every year and no one can ever believe she's is as young as she is when I tell them. So much for stunted growth. No, she does not drink coffee all the time, usually just here and there on special occasions, but we do not make a big deal of it because I believe there is no reason to.

My philosophy as a parent is that when I can say yes, I do -- because we do have to say no to enough things -- why not say yes to things when we can?As far as my eldest "child" - he is now the age his father was when we got married. He is a young adult - not a child anymore. He chooses his diet and his movies himself and I trust him to do so. My middle son is not far behind...he'll be 18 in three more months. And Savanna...well, she's eleven and I'm just sayin' to all the condescenders out raise your kids, let me raise mine.

Do me a favor and don't ask me with that snooty attitude why we are going to a certain movie or buying our 11 year old a latte. If my kids are going to hate me, I want it to be because I said no to things that really mattered. I refuse to make a mountain out of a molehill with my kids and make an issue out of things that are small in light of eternity.

I think people have too much time on their hands. I have way too much to do to worry about what other people are feeding their kids or what movies they let them watch. My own household is all I can handle and it keeps me busy enough.

Deanna Shrodes

Me Again-Deanna you are such a great friend. Thank you for being so candid and honest!
I too often times get to a point where a "slap down" may occur even though I haven't actually slapped someone. I have definitly wanted to I can tell you that! I have told people to mind their own business a few times though! Untill you have walked in my shoes and been the parent of my kids including a special needs child keep your mouth shut! If you have that much time on your hands why not volunteer to work in the children's ministry or some other ministry within your church or better yet start attending to your own kids....hmmmm by the way do you know where they are right now??? I know where mine are and what they are doing!

Nov 27, 2008

Things I am Thankful For:

*My loving and merciful Lord and Savior, who provides all we need, at all times!

*My loving supportive husband.

*My 4 wonderful kids; Jaron a fantastic big brother who although is just like me in looks and personality (which is great for him but we butt heads a lot) is just one of my little heart beats. Kristofer, my special little kid who struggles through every day events but is a lion full of courage and a kitten who is tender hearted. Eli our youngest son who is super tenderhearted, is a protector of his sister (when they aren’t fighting) and a constant buddy to his brothers who he adores. Sara, my only little princess who is all girl and all tomboy. She is one of the best surprises and blessings!
Last but not least, for my little angel boy, SeanPatrick who would be 11 and is celebrating this thanksgiving at the feet of Jesus with my grandparents, Mamaw and my Uncle Bob.

*For my parents, who help us so much more than I could ever repay, for my brothers and sister and their families.

*For Sean’s Mom and brother’s and sister’s who our kids adore!

*For my friends throughout the US and in other countries such as Dominican Republic, S. Africa, Germany, China, Japan serving our Lord and winning souls for Christ.

*Good heath and healing knees.

*The ability to walk without crutches or a cane.

*A warm house and a running vehicle.

*Our funny kittens- CC (fostering), Sugar and Mr. Jingles, our dog Izzy and our wonderful ferrets- Woody & Uno.

*A wonderful church.

*A beautiful sunny crisp day to take my children to the park while the turkey cooks and Sean sleeps after working all night.

*Thankful that although Sean has to work 32 hours from last night till Sat. he has a job in this economy and is making extra money through overtime while helping a coworker who’s husband is battling leukemia.

*This computer and the ability to talk to friends across the miles through the internet…thank goodness for the internet!

*For of which I have reconnected with old friends from high school and college and can keep in contact with close friends in Florida.

*For of which I am able to keep in contact with cousins, aunts, sibs and friends who are not on Face book (come on gang Facebook is better!)

Nov 26, 2008

David and Peter

Tuesday morning the Lord woke me up. As I began to open my eyes this thought went through my head, “Just like David you have faced the giant and stepped out in faith and you will have the victory.” PRAISE GOD! Can someone shout with me?!!! I sat up and I knew without a doubt that was from the Lord! That is not something I would say to myself at all. In fact to be honest I tend to see negative before I see the positive. I don’t know why, I have just been that way my whole life. I pray all the time ~ God help me to be positive and speak the truth into situations. I can for others but when it comes to situations I am facing, I struggle with staying positive and having faith that God will see me through. Just being honest here.

So having a thought like that is HUGE for me and I know it was from my Heavenly Father. All day yesterday I was unable to shake it I just kept thinking about David and Goliath. Then in the middle of the night last night, once again God woke me up. This time the first thought as I laid there looking into the dark was, “You have stepped out of the boat as Peter did, do not fear, trust in Me, you will have the victory.” PRAISE GOD! Can someone shout with me?!!!

I laid there thinking about that story in the Bible and pondered both as I laid there. I should have just gotten up right then and gone to read the scriptures but I didn’t (it was 3 AM and I really wanted to sleep). Well for the next 3 ½ hours I tossed and turned, those stories going through my head I finally just got up like God wanted me to.
So I looked at the scripture in I Samuel 17 and in Matthew 14. Do you know what those two stories have in common? Both David and Peter trusted God fully and acted on their faith IMMEDIATELY! David’s focus was fully on God’s promise to save the Isrealites, he fully trusted in God and had faith that He would deliver him from the hands of Goliath. Here read this:

I Samuel 17: 45-48

45 Then said David to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to you in the name of Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day will Jehovah deliver you into my hand; and I will
smite you, and cut off your head; and I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel,
47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hand. 48 When the Philistine came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine.

David stood on what he knew about God and he acted on it. He did not wait and
ponder on whether he would succeed. He “ran quickly toward the battle” how many times to do we do this? I know I don’t, most times I say, “well I have to pray about it, I need confirmation.” But God wants us to be more like David and act quickly and do as He has called us to do ~ sometimes that might mean face the giant and run quickly towards it and say what David said, “for the battle is the Lord’s.” Instead of wondering if you are good enough, have the capabilities or not, we need to ACT on what God has called us to do and leave the results up to Him. When we do this we will have the victory. Sometimes that victory may just be the act of laying down the results and trusting God for the outcome. Other times it may mean the giant is killed, defeated and put to rest! Other times it means stepping out of the boat like Peter.

Matthew 14:26-30

26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a ghost; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spoke to them, saying Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, command me to come to You on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And Peter stepped out of the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand, and took hold of him, and said to him, You of little faith, why did you doubt?

Peter did just like David did. Jesus said, “Come.” Peter didn’t question he stepped out of the boat immediately. The scripture does not say, “Peter pondered the call, he prayed about the call or asked for other’s advice about the call!” NO, it says Peter stepped out of the boat. We need to act upon our faith and step out of the boat! Only then can we see God’s hand upon us and walk on water! When we step out, God will perform miracles! Peter would have never known what it was like to walk on water had he stayed in the boat! Yes we see in verse 30 that Peter got scared. God never told us that stepping out of the boat was going to be easy or that storms wouldn’t come. But
if we respond like Peter did and cry out to the Lord, He is always faithful to stretch out His hand.

Nov 22, 2008

Thank you Lord!

Just a word of thanks. Despite the fact that You decided to take our son so early from us I will still give you praise! Today is his birthday and ironically he was born on a Sat 11 years ago. I will NEVER forget that day. He was beautiful and fit so nicely in my arms. I know he's in better place but I sure would lie to hold him again! Just once I would like to hold him close an tell him how much we love and miss him! SeanPatrick Eugene Kelly I love you baby boy! I love you! Happy Birthday!

Nov 16, 2008

Thank You Lord

I was so busy this week and yesterday preparing this for Children's church. Actually I was getting things ready to tie-dye shirts for the kids that I never had a chance to look at a lesson. Last night when we were talking Lord I asked you to help me and this morning You did just that...gave m great lesson on Anger and Control. What a great topic. The kids seemed to get it really well. Thank you again for showing up Lord!

Nov 9, 2008

Speak to the Mountain

Earlier this week as I was driving home from town the Lord impressed on my heart to speak to the mountains in my life. Honestly I thought, "ok God that is just strange! Speak to the mountains what do You mean?" I didn't get an answer but I started to pray for the mountains to move, mountains of illness, the mountains that are hindering a situation that could be blessing to our family, mountains that seem to be hindering things at church and others. I prayed hard and started proclaiming God's Word and His promises over those situations.

All week it has weighed on me and I have asked the Lord to show me, lead me to the scripture He wanted me to read to understand more about this, "speaking to the mountains." Well last night I was sitting here listening to praise and worship music and asked again for the Lord to direct me to scripture. I opened the Bible to Ezekiel 36:1. Which states (paraphrased) "speak to the mountains and declare the Word of the Lord." Which sent me to shouting! Because that is exactly what I was doing ad had no idea it was there in the word. Now the circumstances are different in that scripture but it said "declare (prophesy) to the mountains My Word" said the Lord.

Well this morning during Sunday school I was trying to listen to the teaching but God was speaking to my heart about the mountains again. I grabbed a Bible and began writing down everything the Lord was showing me. SO AWESOME! So listen to this!!!
In Matt 17:20 Jesus tells His disciples that if they have faith as small as a mustard seed then they can tell the mountain to move and it will. A mustard seed is pretty small. To have just that amount of living faith can move those mountains.
In Matt. 7:7, scripture says to ask, seek, and knock and you shall receive. Does it say it will be immediately ~ no! But the Greek meanings of the words that were used are to "pray persistently."
So lets tie this together an I hope you grasp what God is saying here today. When faced with mountains whether it is an illness, debt, direction that is not coming, maybe its something that is hindering you from going forward in a direction God is leading you stand firm, face that mountain and proclaim God's Word. Not only that but stand facing that mountain in faith (even if it is a smidgen of faith) and tell it "MOVE MOUNTAIN MOVE!" Do it persistently! The reason we are told to ask, seek and knock is to build our faith and to be persistent. You pray till you get an answer! Keep praying till you get that answer! Keep proclaiming God's Word against those mountains.
If you are facing a terrible illness even a small one, stand and face that mountain and proclaim scripture (God's WORD) and state "BY HIS STRIPES I AM HEALED!" Maybe you are facing uncertainty about a situation or finances, face that mountain and say "MOVE MOUNTAIN!! God's WORD says, HE SHALL PROVIDE FOR ALL OF MY NEEDS ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES I GLORY!"
Speak the living eternal truth to those mountains. Stand in faith, stand firm and keep declaring the Word of God. He is faithful to answer! Hallelujah! He is faithful to touch and heal, He is faithful to provide not only your needs but the desires of your heart if He knows that they will bring glory to Him! He wants to show you His power! He wants to amaze you today! He wants to make it clear that when you rely on Him fully that He will sustain you. Yes He allows things to take place but the point of those things is to help you to grow, draw closer to Him, for His plan for your life to be worked out according to His will. There is a purpose for everything!
This morning in service I was able to share this word with our congregation BEFORE we had worship and let me tell you something...God showed up in a mighty way! This word was not just for me and our situations we face but for others. That is why I know someone who will read this will be encouraged today! Hold fast to the Potter! Hold fast to the Maker of ALL things! Speak to those mountains...MOVE MOUNTAIN MOVE IN JESUS NAME! In fact I told our congregation not only proclaim that the mountain be moved but may the mountain be destroyed today!
Be encouraged today and stay persistent! SPEAK to those mountains and proclaim the promises of God!

Nov 7, 2008

Complete by Chonda Pierce

God's Beauty

This week has been long for me. I have been battling a nasty sinus infection, ear infections and a UTI. SO MUCH FUN! NOT!!! I have thought about my Uncle Bob a lot this week to. He died this past Sat. and today he was laid to rest. He was the oldest of my Dad's siblings. He was a wonderful cook and was a veteran of the US Army and played in his own band. He could make wonderful wooden toys of which my kids loved last year when they got to meet him for the first time. Little did we know that a year later he would be gone. But what is awesome is that before he died he was able to make amends with the Lord and accepted Him as his Savior. I write this because this week, my youngest brother Bryan and his wife, Amber and their two beautiful kids, Aiden and Kamiya traveled from Florida to Ohio for the funeral with my parents. I was told that Aiden was totally amazed at the colors of the trees. Mom told me that he was so excited and kept saying, wow look at the orange leaves, the red trees and the yellow ones. He was so excited to see God's creation! He is three years old and this was his first time seeing the fall colors. The excitement he must have had not only in his voice but his eyes. I can see them twinkle with excitement. To stomp and crunch through the leaves...what fun! I remember the first fall I spent in KY when I went to Morehead State University in the fall of `94. Oh the colors, sounds and smells of fall! I remember the excitement of raking the leaves, piling them high and having leaf fights! It was so much fun!
When my mom shared about Aiden's reaction to the leaves my very first thought was this: "If only we were excited about being in the presence of God as Aiden is about the colors of the leaves, we might actually hear from Heaven!"
We get excited about football games, new movies coming out, the holidays, music concerts and even the presidential election proved to excite people who never voted before. Yet, the one person we need to be the most excited about we don't even make time to spend with. Yet He sits and waits for us patiently.
Lately, it's all I have wanted, to spend more and more time in His presence. I need to hear His voice! I need Him to pour into me! I am in a place where it's not enough to read one scripture verse. I need more! I am so hungry for Him, His presence, His voice, His power, His touch! I just want to be with him. This song "Word of God Speak " by Mercy Me is my song right now. I get caught up in it when I hear it and sing my heart out. It's my prayer! In fact I posted the video to it in a previous post here. SO if you want to hear it just scroll down! If not pray the words of this song and make them your prayer today!

"Word of God Speak" by Mercy Me

I'm finding myself
at a loss for words
And the funny thing is
it's okay

The last thing
I need is
to be heard
But to hear what
You would say


Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself
in the midst of You
Beyond the music,
beyond the noise
All that I need
is to be with You
And in the quiet
hear Your voice

(Chorus 2x)

I'm finding myself
at a loss for words
And the funny thing
is it's okay

Nov 3, 2008

A word!

Saturday night late, we had a gentleman show up at our home. He was one of the first people that got saved after we took over the pastorate at our present church. Unfortunately despite all of our efforts he left the church and turned his back on God. He came to us for help, prayer and guidance at midnight I might add! Sean and I were able to talk with him for a while and then he asked if he could spend time at the altar. So Sean took him over to the church where he was able to pray with him and this gentleman stay for a few hours at the alter praying. I'd like to report that he showed up for services Sunday morning but he didn't. We are praying he makes the right choice and returns.
That night at around one in the morning I was praying and God gave me a very strong word for our church. It is awesome. I am not going to share it here but I can tell you when the picture that God gave me is fulfilled out church will be busting at the seems and we will have to bring on a full time youth pastor and possibly children's pastor! What I can share is that we are to prepare. The first step to preparing for the incoming souls is prayer and fasting and of course getting more into the word of God. It's the first step for anything God has planned. We are very excited about what is in store for our church.

Sunday morning we were blessed with a new family who was visiting for the first time. They live just a few blocks from the church. They have two wonderful little boys who are 6 & 7 yrs of age. Very cute little guys and so polite! They all seemed to enjoy Sunday School and the main services. The boys definitely enjoyed Children's church. Planning to make contact with the family this week and invite them back.
Have more to write later tonight if I get a chance to.

Oct 31, 2008

Waiting Hopeful and Expectant!

God is a great big GOD! He knows my every need, care and worry. That is why I am suppose to place things in His hands and not fret. He is in control and will take care of it and show me how to work through the situations. Ahhh but that is so not easy to do! Lord I do trust you for the future! The last few months have been very difficult. So many things have taken place some not so great things and some fantastic things! I am so happy that I can walk with out my cane or crutches! It is so freeing to be able to just go and not worry about falling again!
But the not so great things have just gotten worse. I can't praise You enough for what you have done for our church and how You seem to show up each service! Thank you for that Lord! There are changes taken place I can see them, feel them and expect more! But other personal situations have just grown worse and worse. I want freedom Lord to worship an adore you with all the yuck weighing on my mind all the time. It is only when I am singing praises and worshiping you do I feel free! There are time just struggle to even hum a tune and then there times like the last few days I can't seem to stop worshiping you. I know its because when I worship you the Holy Spirit comes in like a flood and I begin to fill your presence like never before! Thank you Lord for showing up when I need you!
Today as I was worshiping I felt drawn to Lamentations. To "lament" is to feel intense sorrow, sadness, or grief, even to cry or to wail. Lamentations focuses on suffering, loss and hopelessness. The reality of pain, grief and tragedy is shown here to be jut as real for that time as it is for our time. I honestly thought as I turned to Lamentations, "Lord I need to be uplifted, encouraged today, not brought down again." But when I opened the book of Lamentations I actually turned to chapter 3 verses 19-26:

"O Lord, remember earnestly my affliction and my misery, my wandering and my outcast state, the wormwood and he gall. My soul has them continually in remembrance and is bowed down within me. But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord's mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassion's fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him ad wait expectantly for Him. The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully an expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him, inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word. It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation, the safety and ease of the Lord.

This is actually very encouraging! Yes we have problems, who doesn't! I mean hello all you have to do is turn on the tv and see how bad the economy is and how its affecting not only our country but the world. It is terrible it is. I have friends that are dealing with major illnesses, my Uncle Bob is suffering from lung cancer that as spread to his liver and brain! I have friends that are struggling to make ends meet like us, family members that are or have lost their home do to no work. A dear friend that walked into the hospital and because of a doctor who thought he could do something and not heed a warning buzzer, has lost all feeling and may never walk out the same...if she gets to walk out! SO yes everyone deals with different issues, struggles, storms in their lives. Compared to some ours are noting to even link at for our family we are struggling. But despite these things we are encouraged to put those things aside and start looking at what we do have! Start looking at the positive!

Is that always easy to do? Not at all! But verse 25 is a promise from the Lord! Read it again:

"The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him, inquire of and from Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God's word."

Does that not excite you! THE LORD IS GOOD TO THOSE THAT WAIT HOPEFULLY AND EXPECTANTLY! The key is And. We are to wait hopefully and expectantly. Apparently its not good enough to just be hopeful we have to be expectant too! When we do both of these things, God promises to be good to us! Does that me we get out of the storm quickly? NO! Does that mean we get what we want? NO! It means that God is going to make sure we are taken care of and He promises to "complete that which He has started in us."

If you are like me and struggling today to see the positive, hold fast to this scripture. and know no matter what your circumstances say God says something different. Stand hopeful and expectant, waiting on God and He will do that which is good for you! It may not be what you are wanting but what ever and however He turns things around it will be for your benefit and His glory!

Oct 29, 2008

Why the title...

Broken what we all need to be. Itis only when we allow God to break us and we begin to release those hings that are impurities in our lives that GOd can mold us into the person He can use. Thus the name of this blog. I am just clay being molded daily, there are so many things that can mold us; magazines, tv, friends, society, but it is the creator of the universe that I want to be molded by. God knew me even before I was formed in my mothers womb and He alone knows the pupose of why He created me. If I seek after Him and His plan and allow Him to mold me into the creation He always intended then I can become a vessel He can work with and through. SO Lord today I once again yield my will to You and ask You to mold me and make me into what You desire my life to be.

New Places

Just for those that want to know, this blog is going to be used as my personal journal, thoughts and a place to write out my daily devotions. I may not write every day I may only post a picture or a scripture or a video of a song that is minitering to me that day. I will continue to post family events and pictures of the my other blog. But this is for me. Your comments are always welcome bu I will tll you up front I may or may not post them.