Monthly Archives: February 2010

Have YOU asked God for a SURPRISE lately?

When I opened my eyes to the vastness of the mountains on Friday, the 12th of this month (um, that would  be yesterday), I thought about the last 2 years.  I reflected where I’ve been and the path God is leading me on.  Questions, sometimes without answers. 

Trust is needed.  Trust and faith in Whom you are following.

So, tell me.  Do you have faith and trust in the One you are following?  Or are you making the marks in the snow without following anyone? 

Let me share with you the fact that God wants to join you on your daily journey!  He wants to load you with benefits (Psalm 68:19) and give you sweet surprises around every corner!

Surprises?  You think I’m kidding right?

Have you asked God for any surprises lately?  There are many mornings when I just plain ‘ole ask Him to show me something fun today.  Surprise me!  And you know what?  HE DOES!

But guess what?  You have to be looking.  Delight in HIM–He delights in you and desires to delight you!  Every single day! (Psalm 37:3-5)

I bet if you start looking you will find some fun stuff.

This particular trip was not specifically for meeting friends, as some of our trips are, but mainly some special time with each other and time spent with the Lord.  A time to pray and seek God for the coming journey.  It was an incredible trip.  I told Jeff, I thought this was my favorite trip.  He agreed.

Today (as I write this), I remember what I asked Him for many weeks ago when snow was a possibilty for us Southerners.  I asked for snow.  I didn’t get it that day.  I pouted.  Sort of.  Maybe not a full on lower lip pout, but still, my heart was set on snow.  But you know what? He had a “better day” in mind.  A day when I would be tucked away in a cabin and thinking about my sweet sister that had left this life exactly 2 years prior.  On the very day He rained down the snow!

Now, y’all I’ve been praying for snow for over a year.  I had been asking my friends for snow pictures…post them for me so I can “dream”…. Every time the weather looked remotely possible…I wanted it to HAPPEN!  But it didn’t.  But did I stop praying for snow?  Of course not!

What I want you to do is think about the prayers you’ve been praying and haven’t seen answered yet. 

YET.  The answer is on the way.  Just like the snow of today.  It will fall down and surround you with it’s beauty….

That’s a gift from God.

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Love and War

Love and War, by John and Stasi Eldredge, published by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Company.

While there were some things that I have a different opinion of, for the most part while reading this book–I said WOW.  Relevant–Powerful–Motivating.

I have one question.  WHERE was this book 28 years ago?   John and Stasi have gone beyond skimming the surface of the sometimes rough waters of marriage and dove straight down to the heart of so many problems we have as couples. 

While some writers may hint at some issues they’ve endured as a married couple, John and Stasi get real.  The honesty shared in this book will absolutely shine a light in the dark places of your life where you thought up to now were hopeless.  From the nit-picky–to the really difficult relational issues. They cover them all with a rare honesty that will have you recalling many of your own problems–even those you simply brushed aside thinking there was no help for them.

If you read and enjoyed Wild at Heart (written by John) or Captivating (John and Stasi),  LOVE & WAR is the book you should read as a married couple!  I would even recommend it to be read before you tie the marital knot bow.  It is the vitamin tonic that will help stave off many marital diseases before you are maritally destroyed.  You will even find yourself chuckling at the ridiculousness of some things they share, that is until you remember some of your own laughable times of marital bliss. 

Not only will this book help the individual, but it will be a great tool for young married Sunday School classes.  Read it as a couple, but my advice, get two copies–I have a tendency to highlight and write my own notes by the author’s words!  My husband would rather read a book before I get my hands on it!

This will make a great Valentines gift for any couple!

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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Jesus Lives~by Sarah Young (Book Review)

Sarah Young has once again given us heart compelling words to challenge us daily to dig deeper into His Word. The devotional, “Jesus Lives”, published by Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, is written with a Voice that speaks to our hearts with reflective scriptures to ponder daily.

The style of writing speaks to me, as if He alone had penned them for my day.  I believe that as she has written these daily devotions, her heart was minute by minute in tune with His–for our lives.  With entries entitled “Abiding in Him, Brokenness, His Faithfulness, Freedom in Him, Renewing Your Mind, Trials, Trust Wisdom and Worship”, just to name a few, it is clearly the best gift to give someone.  Recently, I specifically chose this book to send to a friend to share the blessings and Scripture tucked inside.

Your heart will be blessed by this book.  The tender love from our Father to each of us is felt with each word.  Sarah Young is also the author of, “Jesus Calling” and “Dear Jesus, Seeking His Light in Your Life”.

Blessings on your week!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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October RETREAT! Make your plans NOW to attend!

 Sisters by Heart

 

We have come a long way–to get to this place today.  Sisters by Heart is here! 
 
Announcing the 2010 Sisters of Faith Retreat!  Head on over and get the scoop and spread the word! 
 
This will be a retreat YOU don’t want to miss!
 
  • Want more of God in your life? 
  • Want to connect with some awesome sisters of faith?
  • Need prayer for specific areas of ministry? 
  • Do you need victory over situations?
 
THIS retreat will bless your socks off!  Anointed speakers! Anointed teachings of things that will HELP you grow and GO for Jesus Christ!
 
Come on! What are you waitng for?  There is time now to get registered! 

 

 

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The Air That I Breathe

Under an almost leafless tree, you will find me parked in my car at lunch.

On most days.

Today was one of those days.

As I was sitting there, mulling over the fact that I could not enjoy the sunshine and breeze that was evidently going on by the stirring of the grass and limbs of the tree—because I had to “work” inside all day, it hit me. Like the sunshine beaming down.

Why not? Why can’t you, for just this moment in time, roll down your window and feel the breeze blowing and feel the sun’s warmth?

Well, duh! I can roll my window down! How simple would that be! And for just these few moments, enjoy the weather provided.

With not another minute to lose in my mully-grubbing heart, I rolled down all four windows and the breeze instantly rushed in, carrying with it the sweet promise from heaven–His love.

His love can be felt anytime we make ourselves open to Him. Available to Him.

How often do we sit inside our lives with the windows of our soul rolled up tight–refusing to breathe the freshness of the Holy Spirit? I have found myself in such condition. Breathing in only the stale -stagnate air of flesh. The air that depresses and even kills the spirit man.

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7 NIV

I believe that the enemy of our lives wants us to keep the windows of our heart rolled up tightly against the love that HE so lavishly affords us! Through the gift of His grace, we are heirs in Christ Jesus! All the reason in the world to keep those windows rolled down and breathe in His gifts! Life eternal! Life divine!

Are your windows open?

Are you breathing in His Holy Spirit?

What are some things that block the Holy Spirit from penetrating our lives?

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 This post was originally written by me for The Internet Cafe`–where you will find your cup of devotion for the day!  Used by permission.


Embrace the Tears | Laced with Grace

Embrace the Tears Laced with Grace

Girls I have to tell you…the tears come. Without warning or reason.

On Monday a while back, we had errands to run when I got home from work. We went to Lowe’s, then Walmart, then filled up the truck with fuel, then ran to a “fast food” place. I ordered light…but still. It was what it was.

THEN while driving the very short distance back home, I teared up. Reason? Who knows. There doesn’t have to be a reason. It happens.

For the REST of the story, head over to Laced with Grace!

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I Still Trust Him

So….here we are.
Angie and Aimee. The oldest girl and the baby girl.

Our picture is forever altered. For there was a face that fit right in the middle. Wanda’s.

We carry on.
In Faith.
Forever Trusting.
Always believing….in Him.
After all, we do have a job to do.
Share His truth.
With everyone we can.
All who will recieve.

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15

We will be her voice. We will share the love of Christ with others. We will carry on.

I feel that both Aimee and myself have a new found determination to do more. Go further. Carry more. Tell more. Be more for Christ, Who was all for us.

We began with the T-Shirts. They speak a message.

Sisters we are….faith we have…Christ we share.

And the verse? “Wait on the Lord. “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14

I can’t tell you what she saw when she took His hand and entered in….but I can tell you what I felt. I felt the glory of God as I have never experienced it before.

I felt—more than saw….a glimmer of His Presence as the heavens parted for her to make her entrance as He extended His hand. As a conductor lifts his arm and completes an emotionally riviting piece of music….sweeping His arm upward, reaching higher for the highest note to be heard…I felt her move in spirit to the “higher places” with the Father. The beginning of the most beautiful song heard imaginable.

Sisters of faith…and sisters that have not yet decided to accept His love….Accept Him.  Accept His love. Accept His Gift. Christ Jesus’ life. His sacrifice. Accept Him today!
I intend to hear that song for myself. Her song as well as mine. For we each have one you know. At least it’s what I believe. Whatever I need to change in my life…I will change. Whatever He chooses for me….I accept. He is my all. My Savior. My Father and soon coming King.

If Wanda could tell us something today…it might be:

“Sisters, the cross will be heavy at times, but you will never have to carry it alone. The Lord will be your guide…as He was mine. Remember the past victories and rejoice! Remember the countless blessings and take heart! There truly is joy in the morning!


Within myself, I had no strength, but through the power and strength of trusting in God—He gave me what I needed. Everytime. You can make it to the end! You can finish the race!”

Keeping the faith and following Him,

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