Nov 27, 2008
*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 Facebook.com of which I have reconnected with old friends from high school and college and can keep in contact with close friends in Florida.
*For Myspace.com 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
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.
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
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Nov 9, 2008
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.
Nov 7, 2008
Nov 3, 2008
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.