Thursday, April 23, 2009

This is what I did today....

This was my world today. Taylor the oldest did not want her picture taken today, but we play too.
I would very much covet your prayers for Magan and Kevin, as the adjust to having 3 childern under the age of 3.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

I have a new profile picture

This is my new profile picture. Got a new camera, was at oldest daughter's house, and left new camera sitting on the dining table. 6 yr old grandson turned camera on and took this picture, of his younger sister and I love it.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I am listening to

Miss Susan Boyle sing I dreamed a dream and Cry me a river. I keep them pulled up on YouTube and go back and forth between the two. I do not tire of listening to this woman sing, and knowing her back story, it just makes it that much more profound. I am hoping and praying that the "powers that be" do not change her look at all, because she is the perfect package just the way she is. I can not wait to see the next song she sings for Britian's got Talent.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

1st ad 15th Memory Scripture

Memory Scripture for 2nd half of April is

Deuteronomy 33:3 NKJV

Yes, He loves the people;
All His saints are in Your hand;
They sit down at Your feet;
Everyone receives Your words.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Are you holding the leash or the harness?

I am a very visual learner. God over the years has used images and examples from my every day life to teach me things.

A little background for where I am going. I was "raised" in a Church of Christ, saved in a Southern Baptist Church, and have since attended both denominational and non-denominational churches. In all of these, I was "taught" about dying to self daily and being lead by the Spirit. Strange thing is everyone talked it, but no one taught it. So here is this 20 something new Christian that feels like she has "missed the spiritual boat" so to speak, because she was waiting at the airport for her flight to nowhere.

Well, my Father being my Father, saw this quandary and stepped in to show me what it meant to be led by the Spirit. This is something that I have not always applied to my life, but have never forgotten.

Early in my walk God gifted Rusty and I with two friends, Dorothy and Tess. Dorothy had lost her vision, as a result of juvenile diabetes, and Tess was her Golden Retriever guide dog slash best friend. If you saw one you saw the other. Dorothy refused to go anywhere that Tess did not go. Even if I was the one being Dorothy's "eyes", Tess was still with us, only as a tag along and not the guide.

During this time, I was questioning God about what in the world it meant to be led by the Spirit. I just could not seem to wrap my brain around this concept. I remember God very clearly speaking to me that being led by the Spirit was the exact thing that Dorothy and Tess were showing me every day. You see, Dorothy had been gifted with a guide that had been specifically trained to be her eyes. Tess's job was to guide Dorothy safely from point A to point B, to be on the look out for things that could cause Dorothy to stumble, and to keep Dorothy moving forward. The minute Dorothy put the harness on Tess, Tess knew that she was on the job, and she would not be distracted. When Dorothy grabbed hold of the harness, she had to place all her trust in Tess, that Tess would not lead Dorothy into danger, or just walk off and leave her. Sound familiar? When Dorothy and I would go shop, she would still take Tess, but would lean more on me, and even though Tess was in her harness, Dorothy would lead her around by the leash.

God showed me that I have to be like Dorothy, and be blind to the world around me, dying to self daily. Reach down and grab hold of the harness of the Holy Spirit, to trust that He will lead me, guide me, and protect me, as He has been specifically trained to do. Get so dependent on Him, that if you see one, you will see us both, or less of me and more of Him, and that functioning without Him is not an option. Or, I can continue to allow others to lead me where they will, as I am attempting to lead the Holy Spirit around on a leash.

Dorothy and Tess taught me lots of things during the course of our friendship, but the best thing...What it means to be led by the Spirit.

I have attempted to lead more than I have been led, but I have never forgotten this lesson, and God in His infinite wisdom, grace, and patience keeps taking the leash and placing my hand around the harness.

So are you holding the leash or the harness?

Dorothy, Tess I love you and miss you much. Dorothy, I can not wait to get home to heaven so that you can lead me around for a change.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Please pray for B and Baby April

Here is B's blog, I have added her to the Please pray for in my sidebar. This is a young woman that needs or prayers and understanding.

And this beautiful young lady is April.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Betty Crocker and Make a Wish Please GO VOTE

Please go here and read, then after reading GO VOTE!!! Betty Crocker is making a wonderful contribution to the Make A Wish Foundations that we choose. So, go see Stacie's blog and GO VOTE...we will be making the wishes of some very special children come true.

You will have to sign up on the Betty Crocker website, it only takes a minute, and you can vote once a day till the contest closes.

Go read and vote. You may never know who's wishes you will be making come true, but our Father will.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

1st and 15th Memory Scripture

Well, it's the first of the month and time again to share the scripture that God has laid on my heart to commit to memory between now and the 14th of April.

This scripture really spoke to me about who I am to God. So many times I focus on who God is to me, that I need to be reminded who I am to Him. To remember that this is a two way relationship and that I did not choose God. He chose me before the beginning of time.

For someone that remembers what it feels like to be chosen last for playground and PE games, it is very freeing to know that God "picked" me.

Deuteronomy 14:2 NKJV

For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.