Friday, February 27, 2009

Faith Friday's

Faith is recognizing that God is the LORD of TIME when my idea of timing doesn’t agree with His. Pamela Reeve

Have you ever been there? Waiting and wondering why things aren't moving along the way you think they should? You've done the studying, the homework, the legwork, and you are expecting the next step. So, why isn't anything happening?

Our idea of time and God's may not exactly be the same.

Isn't that frustrating? When we think we have answered a call in our lives and are simply doing what seems to be the right thing, then we get stuck. No matter what we do to try and move forward, we stay stuck.

It's God's way of saying "Not yet. Be patient." I don't know about you, but patient has never been used to describe me! But we often have to take a deep breath, sit back, and continue to pray for God's will to be done.

"God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect." Hebrews 11:40

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. my Parallel Bible
2. iTunes
3. incense
4. smelling Spring
5. my vaccum cleaner back from the shop

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Letting Go

Raising children is a joy. But at times, when they hit those "tween" years, you want to trade them in!

The age we live in is so different than when we were kids. I remember going off all day long on my bike with my friends and calling that an awesome Saturday. Nowadays it's all about the video games and the computer. My oldest is not a big athlete so getting him interested in other things is hard to do.

Even work ethic is not the same. With our "push button" generation, kids expect things to happen with the click of a mouse. Not when practicing an instrument! Hard work is the only thing that will make you successful in the musical arena. My oldest has been learning that lesson the hard way. I admit that I get very frustrated with him. I expect him to be as good at something as I was when I was growing up, and that's just not fair. He is his own person. I have to let that go.

At 12 years old I am already seeing that I have to let go of my little boy. Before I know it he will be going off to college.

I have to let go a little bit everyday and just pray that I am steering him in the right direction. It's like that with God. He has let us go and is praying that through our free will we are making good choices. I pray daily that I am for my son and myself.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. the quiet before everyone wakes up
2. the Lenten season
3. nail polish
4. puzzles
5. magazines

Monday, February 23, 2009


I have discovered something as a ministry wife. Life can get lonely. "How can you be lonely with two active sons?", you ask? It makes no sense. But I am getting there.

We all long for relationships. For deep, meaningful relationships. I have one friend who I have that with here, she is in ministry as well, but she also has children, and responsibilities at home and at church.

I long for fellowship among women my age and I thought there was a glimmer of hope with a new Sunday School. But, after class yesterday, it sounds like it may be a bit too "fundamentalist" in thought. (Someone made the comment that part of The Shack was heresy and others were in agreement...that's when I knew I was in trouble).

Sometimes I wonder if my beliefs and thinking are not lined up with a specific denomination of church. That I tend to think too broadly. But that may also be because I still consider myself new in study. I am trying to find my way.

I know one relationship that I have that is deep and meaningful and that is my relationship with God. I can tell Him anything. He knows how I feel before I do. He knows the innermost workings of my heart. I rely on Him daily. Before my feet even hit the ground I speak to Him.

Do you know Him?

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. my snoring dog
2. black clothes
3. pictures
4. lessons learned the hard way
5. my friend Beth

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Be Still Sunday


Friday, February 20, 2009

Faith Friday's

I've decided to dedicate Friday's to posting about Faith. My faith wavers from time to time, especially when I start to doubt myself and when I get anxious and worry about things out of my control. So, here's to faith!

Faith is rejecting the feeling of panic when things seem out of control – His control. Pamela Reeve

This has been a struggle for me lately. Worry that leads to panic. Now what good is that going to do? Will it solve my problems? Will it make me feel better? Will it bring glory to God?

I am only human and I tend to react before I think about God sometimes. How do I honor Him in these situations? I need to put Him first, pray and know that He has a perfect plan for me.

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

Throughout my life I have seen doors open and shut (sometimes slam) in my face and yet God always opens another one for me. It's usually a big window. A window leading to brand new opportunities

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. writing
2. friendships
3. de cluttering
4. possibilities
5. trying something new

Monday, February 16, 2009

A Relaxing Day

I took a day off and stayed home with my men. We slept in, the boys made pancakes and we went on a hike at Rockhound State Park. I played on Facebook way too much and am finishing dinner. It's been such a relaxing day.

I think we don't do that often enough. You know, throw up the white flag and just surrender.

In order to live a complete life in Christ we have to surrender to Him everyday. I try to start my day, before my feet even hit the ground, by surrendering to God. I pray that all I do is for His glory. I fall short of the mark often, but when I do give everything up to Him, my days are better.

I am struggling with worry. It can be crippling when the Enemy sneaks in and grabs you where you are most vulnerable.

God has not left me hanging out to dry yet. I have to keep telling myself and beleiving and praying that His will be done.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. a recipe by Emeril
2. apple pie
3. the outdoors
4. Bear in the Big Blue House
5. snuggling

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


When I was about three years old, I had a pair of cowboy boots. They were black with red and white stitching and I wore them everywhere. With jeans, with shorts, it just did not matter, as long as I had my boots. I still have them. The front tips are pointed upward, from when I would sit on my knees to watch television.

They are sitting in the front living room by the fireplace and the other night my little three year old found them. Right now he's all about stick horses and cowboys (like his mom was) and he wanted to put them on. They fit perfectly. It's his big treat every so often to put on my little boots. He looks just precious in them.

It's funny how God works. When my parents bought me those boots they had no idea their grandson would find joy in them. (And also that I would find joy in seeing him in those boots.) It flooded my heart with memories of my Dad who nurtured my love of horses. I miss him desperately.

The little things in life are so important. We pass by them everyday without a thought, until something special happens and we see the enormity of what those little things mean.

God has created this world for us to enjoy and to love. Look around today and find joy in the little things.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. the opportunity to speak
2. a boss who fights for her team
3. plants
4. stick horses
5. boots

Monday, February 09, 2009

All I Can Say....

All I can say today is given in scripture.

"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matthew 6:34 The Message

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. my job
2. different versions of the Bible
3. grape juice
4. quiet time on a Sunday afternoon
5. compassion

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Be Still Sunday


Tuesday, February 03, 2009

I've Been Accepted!

Well, I received some great news today. I've been accepted to Asbury Seminary's Masters Program! I will be starting my Master's in Christian Ministries, with the possible end result of becoming a Deacon in the Methodist Church.

Classes start next week and I may just make registration and be able to get started.

I looked at the syllabus today and got a little overwhelmed. I mean, I haven't been to school since 1990 and it certainly wasn't online. I know it's Satan working on me. He's good at spreading doubt.

I've always wanted to get a Master's degree, but I never felt led in any certain area. I have a BME and I really didn't have a desire to get another music degree. I contemplated an MBA, but my heart wasn't in it.

I know this is the route I want to go. Even if I decide to not pursue becoming a Deacon, I want the degree. I want to study and dive into the Word. I know there are other ways to dive into the word, but I truly feel God leading me down this path.

The older I get, the more in tune I am with the Lord. I am so thankful. I hope my eyes and ears stay opened to where He is leading me.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. exercise
2. teachers
3. news via email
4. the blue, New Mexico sky
5. checkmarks on my list

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Be Still Sunday


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Recommended Reading

  • Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Joanna Weaver
  • Praying the Names of God, Ann Spangler
  • The Shack, William P. Young
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers
  • Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs
  • The Mark of the Lion Triology, Francine Rivers
  • The Mitford Series, Jan Karon

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