Weekly Quote

"The Gospel is a woman's first and most important discipline, for it is the source of godliness."
~ Barbara Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Woman

Weekly Memory Verse

"According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.." 2 Peter 1:3

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Halloween Divide

So here it is that time of year again, where Christians debate the never ending debate of what to do about Halloween. I have read many posts and articles on the subject over the years. Some I agreed with, some that made me think, and some that I despised. You know what they all had in common though? Division and spite in the comments section. I can't tell you how much this breaks my heart. I see it as just one more thing that Christians divide themselves over. Along with wearing skirts or not wearing skirts, KJV only or using other translations, rapture or no rapture, homeschool or public school, full submersion or sprinkle, on and on and on and on, we continue to divide ourselves based on non-essential issues. Why do we do this? Are we really so impressed with ourselves that we truly believe we have all the right answers, and millions of others who serve the same True Living God must have it all wrong? Do we feel like only we have a direct line to God and all His wisdom, therefore it must be our job to set everyone else straight on their misguided and misinformed views and decisions? Let's really think about this for a minute. Also, please know that I have been guilty of this myself, many a times. However, through the grace of God I want to STOP!!!!

It is NOT our job to be the Holy Spirit in anyone's lives. Believe me, it isn't a job that any of us really want anyway. It may seem great, but we all fall so incredibly short from being qualified to do that job, and God will hold us accountable for trying! Only God knows His ways and His specific will for His people. We know the general; that God wills for us all to be saved, grow in sanctification, become more Christ like, be a vessel to further the Kingdom and live a life pleasing to God. However, only God knows the how, why, when, where and what of the way that looks in each individual. Unless something is stated clearly and undebateably in scripture, we have no right to chastise anyone for anything, and declare our supreme knowledge over their failure or ignorance. It breaks my heart how much we hurt one another in the name of what? In the name of a God who doesn't NEED us to do anything that HE wills? Do we really think God wants or needs us to hurt a fellow brother or sister in Christ in order to make His ways known to them? Oh, fellow Christians, no. No, He definitely does not desire that. I can say that, because that is clearly and undeniably in scripture. Though shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. You must remove the plank from your own eye before you can remove the splinter in your brothers. There are many, many more.

I believe we can say what we believe, as we are all commanded to be ready to give account for what we believe. It is not our job though, to criticize our fellow believers for their beliefs. I truly believe that one Christian can celebrate Halloween and be just as much in God's will as another Christian who doesn't. I believe a sister wearing a skirt can be just as much in God's will as one that is wearing pants. Being in God's will is not following a set of rules or laws. God already said we can't follow the law, and that's why He sent His Son to pay the wages for our sins. What God HAS asked us to do, is walk in the Spirit. Follow His leading. We don't know what the Holy Spirit has asked our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to do, so we can't point a finger of accusation and self-righteousness. Worry about what God has asked you to do, and not what others are doing.  Even when you feel someone is living in sin, extend grace to others.... remembering the grace that God continually extends to us in our daily disobedience.

Just imagine how strong we would stand, and how effective we would be at evangelizing, if we closed the divide, and only stood on what was truly essential to salvation! True believers across the globe would be a force to be reckoned with!

Monday, October 28, 2013

A Funeral and a Testimony

I just wanted to share that on the 16th of October, my husband lost his mother who was only 60 years old. She battled diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Alzheimers. Although his has been an incredibly hard time, we have seen God's sovereignty all throughout and He has clearly shown His goodness and faithfulness! We believe she still knew Him and her hope of eternity with her Savior when she passed. (Which was our prayer) Even though she couldn't speak or move, we believe she knew her boys and husband were by her side, because she went extremely peacefully. From the time she got her early onset Alzheimer diagnosis, it went pretty fast. Although that would be hard for many, it was a blessing for us, because we didn't want years of drawn out declining memory and loss of who she was as we had known her for so many years. She watched her own mother die of the same disease and it was a long drawn out, and awful process for her to witness. She wouldn't have wanted that for us, and had she been aware of what was happening to her, she would of been happy it went the way it did.

The point I really want to drive home today, is that when I got married 15 years ago, I didn't get a mother-in-law. I got a second mother, a best friend, a spiritual mentor, a prayer warrior, and the world's best babysitter! When two families combine, it is not always a good thing. Many people dread having to see their mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, etc.. Can I please suggest to you today, that you make the very best of it that you can?! We are only here for a very limited time. The Bible calls our lives here just a mist, a vapor, and then we are gone. What lasting legacy are you going to leave? What will people, and family say about you when you are gone? Did you leave a lasting impact on their life? It is a positive and special one? When your mother-in-law passes, will you be able to say that you lost a best friend? If not, is it because of her actions, or yours? Truly? Let's make the best of our short time here on earth, and ask God to help us to put aside selfish feelings and agendas. They are so temporary, but the healthy relationships we build and work on can have a very long lasting impact!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Believing God

So I just had to say, that tomorrow morning I will be going to my 4th weekly session of the Bible study, Believing God, by Beth Moore. WOW! I go to the morning group at our church, and there are only about 10 of us that meet in that particular one; but God meets where there are just 2 or 3 gathered in His name amen?! ;) It has been so powerful already, and I just feel like it's one of those studies at one of those moments in your life where you just know it's going to be a life changer! The 5 main points we are learning are

1)God is who He says He is
2)God can do what He says He can do
3)I am who God says I am
4)I can do all things through Christ
5)God's Word is alive and active in me

Sounds awesome, doesn't it?! It certainly has been so far. I have already shed some tears...okay, lots of tears...and feel God working within my heart. The thing that has stuck out the most to me so far, is that for so many of us (even long time strong in the faith believers) our view of God has gotten smaller. Whether it be through prayers that seem to go unanswered, trials that seem all to frequent and difficult, Pastor's and biblical leaders who preach and teach that we are to just sit and be happy with what God has given us, or just the overwhelming amount of pain, suffering and evil we see all around us today; we seem to have lost the reality that our God is HUGE and bigger than all these things! Are we to find joy and contentment in the midst of our everyday circumstances? Yes. Are we to accept that there will always be trials and difficulties? Yes. Should we understand that it is for our good that some prayers go "seemingly" unanswered? Yes. Does it grow increasingly difficult for every believer to see the pain, suffering and evil ever so present in our day? Absolutely. However, do we need to take a step a step back, take in a deep breath, re-read our scriptures and have hope in a God of miracles, that He can still do huge and drastically wonderful things in our lives? YES!!!!

We've got to have hope. This life is too depressing without it. We won't always get our prayers answered the way we want, because God cares most about what is going on in our inward person, but that doesn't mean He doesn't greatly act on our behalves in the outward! Go back and read through the miracles in the Bible, and in the majority of them, you will find the words "because of your faith," "your faith has made you well," "because you believe." Faith pleases God. It's a known biblical fact. When we reach out in faith, He is often moved to then act in our lives and in the lives of those whom we are praying for. Let's not put God in a box and say we know exactly what He will and will not do. His ways are above our ways, and He is sovereign above all. Let's believe Him for the miracles we need. Whether it's healing, salvation, reconciliation, freedom, financial, a mountain in the way...whatever it is. Let's believe Him for it, with unwaivering and undoubting faith. Let's not give up, and not give Him a timeframe to answer us to our satisfaction. Let's put our whole being into believing our God is the HUGE God of miracles until He delivers it to us, or closes the chapter. If and when He delivers us our desires, let us praise Him for it far and wide. On the other hand, if and when He does close the chapter on our petition, let us know that it's because the work He is doing within us is more important than the outward.

Just my thoughts this week, and what God is speaking to me about in my heart. Any thoughts of your own?!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Making Your Home A Haven- Fall Challenge 2013

It's that time of the year again! I highly encourage you to jump on board this challenge and be intentional about making your home a peaceful haven for all who live in it! I have learned over the years that just thinking about how we need to do something, is not enough...especially where spiritual matters are concerned. We have to be INTENTIONAL!!! Join in with me, and so many others, and let's see God work in our homes! :)

Just click on the picture to go to Courtney's Blog and the challenge!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What's going wrong?

I wanted to show you the pictures of my china hutch that I finally got done making over, but every time I try to upload a picture, internet explorer stops working, and it closes and reopens the page. Does anyone know why it's doing this, or how to fix it? I've never had blogger do that to me before :(

Monday, July 22, 2013

Prayers Needed

The last two, almost 3 weeks have been some of the hardest I've ever gone through. My boss and long time friend lost her 17 year old son on July 5th. What's worse, is he killed himself. My husband and I have been friends of the family for over 10 years, and I also worked with the mom, oldest daughter, and this boy who ended his life all too soon. We have no answers as to why, and maybe that's for the best, as no one can place certain blame...but it also leaves room for everyone to place uncertain blame. We are all struggling, and hurting so deeply. This boy touched our entire town, and surrounding town, as he was an amazing person. He was an incredibly talented football player, and took state two years in a row with his team. Please pray for our community, myself, and especially the Leishing family. Thank you so much..

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Blame it all on facebook

So, I was wondering tonight why I still can't ever get to my blog to post when I have more time now to be on the computer. I think it all boils down to facebook. I am a HUGE facebook nut now, even though I was so opposed to it when it first came out. It's so easy to quickly see what everyone is up to, and to quickly type an update about ones own day. When I do think to check my blog, I really am at a loss for what to say. I have forgotten how to write in long form! haha! So, if you're on fb, let me know your full registered facebook name in the comments, and I'll send you a friend request! :) However, I am almost done with painting a couple more rooms in our new house, so pictures will be coming here soon! Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Time Flies

Has it seriously been a year since I have posted on here? Wow. Time flies. I don't even know where to start to update anyone who may still check in on me! ;) I started a job last September to get out of the house a little bit. I've worked at Dollar General as a sales manager for over 7 months now. I love my job, but they work me to much, and I am needed at home more. So, I'm switching over to just 3 days a week at a gas station. It was a hard decision to make, and I'm still praying it's the right one. Kids will only be kids for so long, right?! ;)

I still homeschool my younger 3, but we put my oldest into public school this past semester. He will be in 8th grade in the fall....hard to believe! He turns 13 in a couple weeks, and will be spending the summer at a Ranch with my parents. SO excited for him! The biggest blessing of the past year, just came a couple months ago. We FINALLY got to move out of that old, worn out rental house, and now live in a beautiful house in the country! I'll have to show you some photos!

God has richly tried us and blessed us this past year! I've gained a lot of weight back, going through those trials, but not all of it. I am more Christ like though, and thankful for that! :) What I am trying to do with my body never comes before what God is trying to do in my heart!

I'm still making jewelry, but not to sell, and just in my spare (which is VERY spare) time. I make it for myself now, and to give as gifts. I can't say I won't ever do more craft shows though, because those were SO fun, and granted me more money to buy more beads! ;)

I miss you all very much, and hope that I am coming into a new season of life where I can keep in touch better! Bye for now...(((hugs)))