Thursday, April 30, 2009
Sonya - you are so special and I am so THANKFUL that you have committed to this special day.
1. I am thankful for Mikaela. Being her Nana has been such a huge blessing for the past 6 years and 5 months. Her smile erases any frowns. Her laugh overrides any sadness. She fills my heart with joy. She asked me one time, "Nana- when God made a rainbow, do you think He used colors or markers?" Yes... I am thankful for Mikaela.
2. I am thankful for Eli. My first experience with a little boy has been the biggest blast! For 3 years and 10 months, this little fella has brought laughter to my heart and joy unspeakable to my soul. When he wraps his little arms around my neck and says, I love you Nana" I just melt. Oh, indeed... I am thankful for Eli.
3. I am thankful for Bryton. My baby's first baby. He has added sparkles to my eyes for 2 years and 2 months. His entered this world with some scary times, but God reached down and touched his little body. He is a bundle of energy and love. What happiness this precious one has brought me! When I carried him out of church last night he looked up at the sky and got so excited when he saw the moon, he kept saying "the moon? and God?". Oh yes... I am thankful for Bryton.
4. I am thankful for Mercie. What a sweet little angel she is. She has enriched my life for 1 year and 2 months. Her adorable little pouty lips and quiet dark eyes are full of mystery. Oh what a beautiful bundle of love she is! I look so forward to hearing her REALLY say 'Nana'. I love her so. Oh, my... am I ever thankful for Mercie.
5. I am thankful for Sawyer. This precious little baby has been bringing me enjoyment for 1 month now. He already has me head over heels in love with him. What joy it will be to watch him grow. Oh, man... am I thankful for Sawyer.
Lord, you have blessed me beyond measure. I am so full of love for these precious grandchildren. Thank you for allowing me to be their Nana.
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good. For His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 136:1)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
I have a new appreciation for our universe. I have a new appreciation for the miracle of life. The glory of God is just so evident in all of creation. He reigns supreme over all and there are so many things that time after time just point to Our God as the Master of the Universe in such undeniable ways it’s hard to understand how anyone can deny His existence!
Just the mere vastness alone of the universe is enough to take your breath away. It is absolutely HUGE and I have just never stopped to really see just how enormous it is. It’s expanse is bigger than our minds can even comprehend. More glorious than our thoughts can even conjure up. More majestic than our imagination can even create. Indescribable indeed. The definition of indescribable is “beyond the power to be able to describe”. Amen and Amen!!
We serve an amazing and an awesome God. He has ordained all things from the beginning. He has measured out goodness to us more than we can even comprehend or imagine. He spoke and the heavens were made. He breathed and the stars were formed. By Him and for Him were all things created. I am nothing on my own. He is Lord. He is worthy.
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him?”
For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:3-5)
“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” (Psalm 33:6)
Monday, April 27, 2009
But I know that you are anxious to find out who won the drawing. I actually have 3 winners. I let Mikaela pick the 1st winner and then I couldn't let the other oldest grandkids not have a turn, so I have 2 more winners.
Lisa Shaw is the "grand prize" winner!!
"Angelonwheels" is the 2nd winner!
Pam from "Pam's Journey of Grace" is the 3rd winner!
I need you to email me your mailing address so I can these gifts on the way! I pray that you will all be blessed by what I felt was laid on my heart to send.
I thank each and every one of you. You enrich and encourage me in ways that you can't imagine. I am so thankful that God has allowed me to be part of this circle of friends in Christ.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
How excellent is Your name in
all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above
As we head into worship this morning I pray that the Spirit of the Lord will fall upon each of us and fill us up to overflowing. May we go to the foot of the cross and worship our King.
The cross of Jesus is the supreme evidence of the love of God. This is where we must focus as we seek to be shaped into the image of our precious Savior. We must keep our eyes fixed on Him. We must keep our gaze on the cross and bask in the love that He shows us daily.
God's love stands when all else has fallen.
Friday, April 24, 2009
As I left there last night I was still just basking in the presence of God and almost walking on air. But I began to think about being a disciple of Christ and how I need to go about spreading the gospel. About witnessing to others.
Witnessing is not just something a Christian says, but what he does.
Our testimony is not always just what we decide to share with others. Our testimony isn’t comprised only of the spoken words of our choosing. In fact, our strongest testimony isn’t about words at all.
Rather it is the unspoken words of our life that are the true testament of who we truly are in Christ. Those unspoken words and actions speak the loudest.
We can form our lives into almost anything we desire through the words we speak. We can become almost anyone we want through the utterances of our mouths.
But those unspoken words that are lived out in our daily walk are the “words” that make the biggest and loudest impact on others.
When our actions live out the gospel that we talk about - then those around us are able to see and experience the truth of our Savior.
“Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him” (Luke 24:31)
Precious Lord, let our eyes be opened to the truth of Your Word. May we not just give “lip service” to your presence in our lives, but may our lives truly be an expression of what is in our hearts.
“This people honors Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me.” (Mark 7:6)
In honor of my 100th post, any comments made from now to Monday will go into a drawing and I have a fabulous bag of wonderful things to give away! If you are a follower, I will put your name in 2 times. Spread the word. If anyone says you sent them, I will add your name again! I may even pick 2 names. It will be worth it I promise!! I love you all so very much. You speak the Truth to me and God is glorified through each of you.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Praise you Lord, for Thankful Thursday and for Sweet Sonya.
1. I am so thankful that God is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."
2. I am so thankful the God gives us a promise that He will complete all things in us that He has called us to do IF we are obedient. "I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me" (Psalm 57:2)
3. I am thankful that in Christ there is no darkness. Only light. "Even the darkness is not dark to you. The night shines like the day; darkness and light are alike to you." (Psalm 139:12)4. I am thankful that we can find strength in God even at our weakest moments. "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.'" (1 Corinthians 12:9)
5.I am thankful for the cleansing power of Jesus. Oh, Lord, cleanse me now. Renew and restore me unto whiteness. "Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow." (Psalm 51:7)
I am so thankful that we can find unlimited things in His Word to be thankful for. I am thankful that my NEXT post will be my 100th. I will be having a giveaway so be on the look out for it!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I spent last night putting the new photos up because as you know, I have a new little grandson and he is so precious! I then had to move the not-so-new ones to a different spot and then find places for the ones that those replaced. A little of my OCD was goin' on about then and I had to stop and take a deep breath and get my game plan worked out! I promise you, I am not crazy...
I just love looking at pictures of my girls when they were babies. I wish I could just hold those sweet babies one more time. Kiss those sweet little cheeks. Kiss those sweet little feet. Oh, to be able to rock them just one more time. I miss those times.
I think that is why we who are grandparents just love our little grandbabies so much. We know just how fast they grow up . We know just how fast time flies by. We know that you can never get these sweet moments back and that you have to cherish them and embrace them while you can.
God has been so good to me. He has blessed me with precious daughters and I praise Him for who they are in Christ and I praise Him that they love me with unconditional love. I have been blessed beyond measure with my precious little grandchildren. They are the joy of my heart. They put the sparkle in my eyes. They give me things to look forward to. I love to hear their sweet voices say 'Nana'. I love to feel those sweet little arms wrap around me in a hug.
If I could do it all over again, I would cherish my girls even more when they were young. I would never wish away their childhoods. I would slow down more and play more and hug more and embrace more. I would be more thankful. I would be more patient.
I think that's why we love to spend time with our grandchildren. It gives us those times back. It gives us the opportunity to hug our children again through their children. We can relive those special times and remember how blessed we were to have the chance to be their parents.
"Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children." Proverbs 17:6
Monday, April 20, 2009
8 things I am looking forward to:
* Vacation at the beach with ALL my kids and grandbabies
* My oldest daughter and 3 precious grandbabies coming home from Indiana after being gone for 7 weeks!!
* Grandbaby kisses
* Thursday night worship - awesome
* My middle daughter graduating from college at LSU next month- Yes!
* Spring, spring and more spring
* Our revival which starts Sunday
* Spending time with my sweet husband
8 things I did yesterday:
* Had a glorious Sunday morning service
* Had a super glorious Sunday night service
* Spent time rocking my newest little grandson, Sawyer
* Spent time having fun outside with his big brother, Bryton
* Ate leftovers for lunch (no cooking!)
* Taught week 4 of Esther
* Forgot to take my blood pressure medicine....
* Finished reading "He Speaks to Me" and plan to read it again. And again...
8 things I wish I could do:
* Sing really pretty
* Get a better camera - mine is not doing so well
* Be a better wife to my sweet husband!
* Learn to be a little less OCD
* Work part-time instead of full-time
* Find a cure for cancer
* See my grandkids that are in Indiana right now.... :(
* Spread the gospel to everyone!
8 shows I watch:
I don't have cable or satellite, so I don't watch TV, but I do like to watch DVD's
* Jon and Kate + 8
* Love comes softly series
* Louie Giglio
* Veggie Tales
* Thomas the train
* The Ultimate Gift
* Thicker than Water
* Saving Sarah Cain
I can't just pick 8 people. Anyone who reads is invited to post these same 8 things!
Also please remember in prayer:
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I have such a hunger in my heart for God. I am searching and seeking desperately for a Word from Him. I feel in my spirit that there is something that He wants me to do, but it's like He just isn't ready to show me. I feel restless in my spirit, so I just keep searching and seeking and feeling almost desperate.
The last 2 Thursday night worship services have been so powerful and filled with His presence so heavily, that it leaves me hungering for more. I so desire a closer relationship with God. I so desire to know Him more intimately. I so desire to be able to discern His voice and for Him to speak to me.
"Experiencing the manifest presence of God doesn't satisfy your hunger; it only whets your appetite for more."
I love that quote from Priscilla Shirer. I read that tonight as I was just pouring my heart and soul out to God and it just jumped out at me off the pages of the book. Yes! That is how I feel. I am just hungering for more and more. My heart is hungry for the manifest presence of God.
I want to be all consumed with a desire to get closer and closer to my Lord. I want to glory in His presence. I want to know Him.
"But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul" Deuteronomy 4:29
I will continue seeking. I will continue searching. I will continue listening. I want to follow His plan for my life.
"Blessed are you who hunger now, For you will be filled." Luke 6:21
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I was talking to Ashlie this morning and she was about to take a bath. She was telling me that Sawyer was asleep and she was putting him in his crib in his room. She said she would then put Bryton in the bathroom with her and lock the door. She said she would also lock her bedrooom door. I asked her why she had to lock both doors. She said that way if Bryton got the bathroom door unlocked and ran out, by the time he got the bedroom door unlocked also, she could get to him before he got to the baby! I laughed until I hurt myself! It just struck me so funny as I could picture it in my mind.
I thought about it off and on during the day and the more I thought about it, the more the Lord showed me myself in that picture. I can see where there have been times that I may have been headed down the wrong path and God had to shut and lock a door to keep me from going through it.
Then I thought about a few times when I may have gone out that door anyway and God probably felt like he had to lock more than one door to keep me from going any farther and doing any more damage. He had to lock that door to keep me safe and perhaps to protect others in my path!
I pray that I will be more discerning of His voice and His direction. As I seek Him and His will, I pray that I will take the time to listen so that I can hear clearly. I pray that God won't have to lock any doors to keep me on the right path. My desire is to hear Him speak and then follow where He leads.
Thank you Lord for your presence. Thank you for your continuing mercy upon me. You are the King of Glory. You are Mighty and Powerful. You are worthy.
"Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths" Psalms 25:4
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I do. I so desire a Word from God. I so desire for Him to speak to me. I just love that feeling when He shows me something in His Word. I have been reading a book “He Speaks to Me” by Priscilla Shirer. I love, love this book! I have been literally dissecting it page by page and chapter by chapter. I want all I can get out of it.
One thing that she points out in her book is that we have to prepare ourselves to hear and discern the voice of God. I think that sometimes we just expect God to call out to us from heaven as we go about our daily lives without any action or participation on our part. We really desire to hear His voice, but what we have to realize is that our hearts have to be prepared and our lives equipped to be able to hear when He DOES speak and to discern that it is Him speaking.
There are times when God speaks in our spirit so strong that we have NO doubt that He is talking to us. There are times when His voice isn’t as audible and we aren’t sure. I think that those are the times He is requiring us to seek Him more. To dig into the Word more. To hit our knees more. Then we will know. As we grow and mature spiritually, we are more in tune with Christ and that intimate relationship that we are nurturing with Him enables us to live in the Spirit and feel His presence. To feel Him speak.
There are times when He chooses to be silent. I think that it is in those times that we sometimes feel that He has forgotten us. But I think that it is in those times that He is requiring us to be faithful. To be secure in who He is and what He can and will do in our lives. He is in essence speaking through His silence.
Lord, help me to prepare my heart so I can hear you when you speak. Forgive me for the times that I didn’t hear you because I wasn’t still and wasn’t listening. Help me to rid my life of anything that is hindering me from receiving what you have for me. Speak to me, Lord. Your servant is listening.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I love you - Mama
And yes, for those of you who did the math, I had my oldest girls 12 months apart. And no, it wasn't planned =)
"Grace is God at work"
As my husband and I were watching a DVD last night, Louie Giglio made that statement. He said that is the best way he knows how to explain what grace is to people who don't have a clue. Grace has nothing to do with us. Grace is strictly about God and what He did.
I think that is why it is so hard for us to fully accept it without having that feeling of it being so undeserved. The fact of the matter is - it IS undeserved. We are NOT worthy. That is why it is grace. We can't understand it, because in reality we don't operate that way. We put conditions on our love and we put conditions on our 'good deeds'.
We expect something in return.
But that isn't how God operates. God transfered our sin to His Son at the cross. We don't have to do anything but believe and accept it. But when we fully understand it and we fully 'get it' - we want to do all we can to be worthy. We want to be sanctified. We want to be set apart. We want to live holy lives. We want to walk worthy of our calling.
I am so humbled and thankful for what Christ did for me at the cross. I know that I am undeserving and I know that I am unworthy. But He did for me, what I couldn't do for myself. I am thankful for His mercy and His forgiveness. I am thankful for reconciliation. I want to walk the rest of my days in holiness. I want to walk the rest of my days in His footsteps.
"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" 2 Corinthians 5:21
Monday, April 13, 2009
"OUR SIN IS GREAT - GOD'S GRACE IS GREATER"
As I read these words in my devotion today, it really caused me to stop and ponder these words and think about it.
Sin entered our world through one wrong choice to follow man's path instead of God's path. Sin entered and has had a death grip on us ever since.
Without God's intervention we would be without Hope. We would be bound for an eternity in hell. Lost and never found.
But through the cross, Jesus overpowered and conquered sin and thus conquered death through His resurrection. Because of Jesus we have hope and we have life. Our sins have been covered by the precious blood of our Lord and Savior.
"Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more." Romans 5:20
Lord, help me to live in more appreciation and thankfulness for what you did on the cross of Calvary for us all. As I seek you more, help me to follow your path and not my own. Help me to flee from the temptation of sin and focus on the restoring power of God's grace.
Friday, April 10, 2009
At one point there were over 50 voices singing to God with all we had "Nothing but the blood of Jesus". It was one of the most powerful worship services I have been in. The presence of God was so present in that place. As we all began to praise and testify in unison, the glory of God just fell on that place so mightily. The Spirit was so thick, that I could hardly breathe. It was just pressing down upon me and it was an absolutely glorious and sweet time with my savior. I bet the top of the gym was just glowing from the outside!
That is what heaven is going to be like. We will experience wonderful, continual worship at the feet of our Lord. We will be in a constant state of praise to our King.
But until that time, the Lord showed me I need to be in a constant state of seeking, learning and renewing. I can't let myself get caught up in the feeling of worship and neglect the One whom I am worshiping.
We have to keep ourselves in a state of ever increasing desire and knowledge to know Him. We have to continue to deepen our relationship with Jesus.
We sang a song tonight that sums it up.
"The more I seek You,
The more I find You.
The more I find You,
The more I love You."
That is my prayer. Oh, Lord, forgive me for not seeking you with my whole heart. Forgive me for being complacent. I want to seek you and find you and love you more. Thank you for loving me and being present in my life.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
1. I am thankful for the words "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth". What an awesome and mighty God we serve. God breathed the very existence of this universe out of His mouth. Wow.
2. I am thankful for God's hand of provision upon my life and the life of my family. He always, always, takes care of us.
3. I am thankful for God's Holy presence in my life. I am so glad that we can feel His Spirit pressing down upon us when we enter into His sweet presence.
4. I am thankful for the privilege we have to pray to our Father. We can petition, praise, intercede and worship in prayer. Thank you precious Lord.
5. I am thankful for the powerful Word of God.
"But my heart stands in awe of Your Word" Psalms 119:161
Let me always be in awe of you and your Word, God.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
My daughter, Melissa, is 22 years old and attends college at LSU in Baton Rouge. She will be graduating in May with a biological sciences degree (pre-med). Her desire is to go to medical school next year and then when she is a full-fledged doctor, she wants to go to Africa and work at a medical missions compound. She will be working at this compound this fall for 2-3 months. She has felt the Lord calling her to do this for several years now.
Friday night, Melissa left with a group of around 35 kids from her church and flew to Bolivia, South America on a mission trip. This group of college kids chose to spend their entire spring break ministering to other people. It was Melissa’s first airplane trip and she absolutely loved it! She did NOT get her love of flying from me!
I got an email from her yesterday and she is just so full of excitement about what the Lord is doing through them. She said it was absolutely amazing at how God is working. They have been going house to house talking with people. She hasn’t spoken any Spanish since high school (she is a French minor). Yet, she witnessed to 2 people in Spanish and led them both to Christ! Praise His Name! She said, “Mama, it just had to be the Lord!”
I am so proud of my daughter. She is doing what we as Christians have been called to do. We are to go into the world and be a witness for Christ. To spread the gospel. To minister to those who are in need. To be disciples.
It is so easy to get caught up in our own spiritual lives… Filling ourselves up with the Word. Filling ourselves up with the Bread of Life. Filling ourselves up to the point of overflowing. We can get so busy filling our own selves up that we can then neglect the much needed act of feeding other people that same bread.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Someone once reminded me that worrying does absolutely nothing to change the outcome of a situation, so why do we expend so much energy doing it?
If you think about it, 99% of the things we worry about happening - never happen. But telling someone not to worry, is like telling the sun to stop shining. It probably just isn’t going to happen. People who are worriers are just going to worry.
Unfortunately, I fit into that category. I am a worrier. I know it’s wrong, but I just can’t help it. It is something that I am really trying hard to conquer.
Philippians 4:6 tell us ‘to be anxious for nothing’. Matthew 6:34 tells us ‘not to worry about tomorrow’.
When we worry, we are basically telling God that we don’t believe He can take care of us. We are telling Him we don’t trust Him to provide for our needs.
When the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness, God took care of them on a daily basis. He provided only enough manna for each day. They trusted God one day at a time. God carried them day to day. Moment to moment. Strength to strength.
I doubt if they spent each day worrying about the next days supply of manna. They were satisfied with God‘s daily delivery. They believed God for each day - for each provision. They trusted Him one day at a time.
I want to trust Him like that! I don’t enjoy worrying, but for some reason I have a hard time letting go of tomorrow. I have this need to be in control of events that haven’t even taken place! How crazy is that?
God strengthens us as the need arises. He pours that extra dose of strength into us when He sees that we need it. He provides for our needs on a day to day basis.
We just have to put our trust in knowing that He is in control. He will take care of today as well as tomorrow. He will take care of the “what-ifs” in our lives. If we profess that ‘He is Lord’, we have to get that message from our lips to our hearts. We have to let Him be Lord. We have to relinquish that 'need to control' and stop having a power struggle with God and remember that He is on the Throne.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
As I seek God more, I pray I learn to trust Him more. I want to know that He will provide the manna I need when I need it. Then I can learn to live moment to moment, strength to strength, in Christ’s provision.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sawyer Blayne - 4-1-09
Praise God that Sawyer is doing so well! He no longer has to be hooked up to oxygen. He has all the tubes out of him except for his IV. He should get that out either tomorrow evening or Friday morning and then he gets to go home! All of the tests they did for infection came back negative. The doctor said that the 2 factors that contributed to Sawyer's problems were the knot in his umbilical cord and the fact that he got a good drink of fluid on his way out. Ashlie was able to start nursing him today and he is doing great.
I feel like I have been away from blogging land for so long! I promise that I will play catch-up this week. We have had Bryton here with us while Ashlie was in the hospital and you know how busy a 2-year old can keep you. Plus we were going back and forth to the hospital to see Ashlie and let her see Bryton. The 140-mile round trip gets tiring after awhile.
I just want to thank everyone for all their prayers. It made such a difference. I felt such peace and comfort during these last few days.
I will be posting some new pictures of my precious new little grandson. He is quite handsome if I do say so myself!
God is so good.