Friday, September 23, 2011
Have you ever a met a group of people and began to well up? Have you ever "knew" they were so as you thought they may be? Well Have Ya?
I am so excited. Why? Because in Late June 2008 I was carrying a precious little life in my womb and being convicted at the same time from a video I watched called BAHT at a CIY Youth event in Holland MI! My mind went into overdrive. My heart began to feel heavy and then tears slowly left a small trail down my check. Victims. Children. Girls from 4-27 years of age. Human & Sex Traffic victims. These ages covered all the ages of my children - ALL OF THEM! And to know that I was carrying another child at that time Crushed me!
I tell you all this because I began praying. Praying, PRAYING. Investigating. Researching. RAPHA HOUSE. I found a sponsored trip. My oldest child and I both ended up applying.
One thing led to another. One trip, two trips passed by however another was available. Left in the Lords Hands. We received the acceptance letter. Mya was placed on an October team 2010 just shy and under a year later because of timing of school. Finalization made. Acceptances cleared. We discovered we BOTH were accepted. Change of plans. Mya to DR. and myself to destination of origin. Pray, letters, Prayer, wait. W - A - I - T. decisions to post pone further- a decision well made; Grace extended. W - A - I - T ~ GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, all seems positive! Hardship, sorrow, PRAYERS, "why's?" (like a child's question) - grief. Sorrow and Service to remember. W - A - I - T. Prayers, Prayers, PRAYERS. Many seasons of change. Placement made. OCTOBER 2011! It's here.
Skype - WE meet! We discuss! We introduce! They touched my heart more than they will know for all that has gone on during this journey. For Abba, Father, God knew "now is the time! NOW!!!" This will be part of your new family that you will be working along side for things you do not know. NOW!!!! WE smiled, we laughed. JOY to be encouraged by the timing of a PRAYER ANSWERED just shy of three and a half years. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness! IT IS HERE in 17 very short days!!!!!
Jeremiah 33:3 has been discovered to touch my heart this past year. A time to think of many things and while it has brought me through a great deal over this coarse of the past year, it has also allowed a learning for great things through Jesus Christ. A time to be a servant. He knew it was necessary for me to learn a lot.
Monday, September 19, 2011
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other." John 15:1-16
To Love with all your heart is the only way to LOVE. There are those who think I don't LOVE them, however, that is not true. I do. The more I think about it, the more I pray for their blessings and joy. Even though. The more I realize no one can make me stop LOVING them - never. Love is a choice. Yes a choice and one that I know is more precious than all the gold or silver in the entire world. More precious than any words. LOVE is still Loving at all costs. No, i am not perfect. I have never claimed to be. It has been touched and retouched upon my heart, Love because He first Loved me. So it is my passion to LOVE to find pasture no matter to outcome while walking on this earth - LOVE.
"I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture." John 10:9
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Spending a day with these women and having a great time with them, I turned to God and mediated on how much I do love family. ALL of my family - NO MATTER WHAT! These girls made me realize today how many prayers have been answered and how many more are being answered for the BEST in His Glory and his bidding.
So after reading scripture today, the question remains. What have I done in my life for the kingdom? If the Lord were to solidify my heart right now; would i be satisfied? Would I desire ever more and better results? If I were to be frozen in a picture frame would the "thousands words" be worth His Full Glory and not the worlds glory?
"Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what they have DONE."
Revelation 22:12 (September 17, 2011)
What have you done with your life?
Friday, September 16, 2011
Sunday 9-11-11 a day to prepare for DR. A day that this heart of mine was being broken to really evaluate what God sees. This day when our country was remembering 9-11-01 ten years ago . . . TODAY (9-11-11)these hands were preparing for a future to reach out through hard work that would measure a harvest in such greater dividends. See after two very brutal storms in NW MO, a farmer allowed us to live out the gospel by gleaning his cornfields that the combine cannot pick up the abundance left behind. That gave an opportunity to prepare and pray over what lie ahead. Young to old alike working hand in hand our eyes are awakened and our hearts to be yet convicted. May we live to be scripture breathed in reality of the Harvest of souls!
I loved working this day and the next early Monday morning with a team of twelve to fill another harvest wagon.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in Harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as afar as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written; "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. On the contrary;
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans 12:9-21
"Remember this: Whoever SOWS SPARINGLY will also REAP SPARINGLY, and whoever SOWS GENEROUSLY will also REAP GENEROUSLY. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all Grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
"He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. you will be made rich n every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the Gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
And in their prayers for you their heart swill go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Tanks be to God for his indescribable gift!" II Corinthians 9:6-15
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Brye, Megan, Landin, Heather, Tia
Friends immediately FUN!!!
The day was a wonderful day!
search like mad
attempt to stay
second attempt to stay
call . . .
Talk, TAlk, TALk, TALK . . . . giggle, laughter, giggle, LAUGHTER - unending texting Laughter
Silence - HOME!
Great day! "This is ONE OF THE BEST DAYS EVER! . . .." Tia
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Okay so this week has been just a bit unusual. But I like it!
I have the joy of remember three special individuals from TN on a daily basis now. Thanks for the Westinghouse nostalgia there is now always some free flowing air. I love it. But also some new tunes to reminisce about the sweet time together. I just LOVE IT!
Also I have been enjoy our Creator. I've been making an unusual appointment lately and well . . . it is really early (OR LATE) in the wee morning dusk hours. But it is so sweet. Our last encounter took place by a beautiful moonlit night outlooking the window. Okay so a few tears fell because it ended with humming my sweet princess to sleep while rocking her to the point that my appointment was very unexpected but deeply appreciated and very gratifying. My mind has been traveling at very rapid paces and boy is that AWE mazing because these little eyes are NOT naturally a NIGHT OWL. ;-)
A year ago today I was sitting with my family, processing many things. a year later . . . processing again. It hit me. people. creation. it's filled with awe. Like the soft rain pitter pattering. Or the Harsh wind that blows at volocity and feriousness . . .. So when it rains . . . our roof has been leaking at odd moments but that is not the pouring I am talking about. Have any of you ever wondered, why does it seem that "things" are just so temporal, and unnecessary? Like who defines the rules of what we "need"? Or how we live temporarily? Okay, so isn't it the need that is, 'it' - the jist of basic shelter, food and covering (clothing)? Why do we get so caught up in the frivolity of 'things' that really don't matter? Is this what Solomon was referring to? See spiritually it is so pretty AWE mazing. All the things have been taking place in my life over a years; give and take, time. A weird one is a book I have been returning to and reading just "disappeared" after I took it with me to read and laying it down. It just about drove me crazy looking for that crazy book. Then, I realize - them 'awe' moments - everything were reflected on and through & after re uniting with three special SAINTS from MIT! Can I say, that is when it was recognized, that it has been "pouring" for a bit in our home with EVERYTHING IMAGINEABLE! Everything. The old movie titled "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" with Clint Eastwood . . . I like that title; Yeah - EVERYTHING.
In all of "IT" God is So WONDERFUL in his disclosures of still loving at and in all circumstances and that has made the "everything" more shall we say, enjoyable as well as endurable and everything in between - it is "wonder"full and filled in every way.
So just remember Christ died for EVERYONE! And that he LOVES EVERYONE! Therefore, because He first Loved me, I am really working on loving. Most of the time it is a BLAST and the rest of the time it is a 'blast'. Love never gives out, never fails, well you get the picture. So the next time you hear, "When it rains, it pours." Look for the BLESSINGS in them; raining and pouring moments, because usually that phrase is in a negative connotation, so why not put it in terms of Discovering or RE-Discovering The Lord Jesus Christ and His Love.
Friday, September 2, 2011
I love what a sweet sister in Christ reminded me today. Amy Coy Simmons "To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." -Elbert Hubbard
There are so many times that we are so worried about things that don't matter. What about WHAT DOES MATTER?
Freedom? True FREEDOM?
LOVE? TRUE LOVE?!!!
I am talking about the one that is AGAPE and not really comprehensible to the average mind! One that makes us step back and say, "That really wasn't me, I don't know where that came from, other than from the Creator of ALL!"
I know that many times there is always a critic. Even it is from ourselves. But what is the true barometer of that critic?
Is it the world? Humanism? or is it from the only source that truly matters. One that when the difference is about the unknown of the seem of all Eternity. ETERNAL ramifications. I am not perfect by any stretch of the means but I know that I am learning each and everyday so many lessons and I am leaning even more with every breath, step, thought and action.
For our to the Heart the mouth speaks. TRULY SPEAKS. I am learning to use my ears more and my tongue less. Maybe just maybe that is why He gave us two ears and one mouth.
hummmmm . . .
Thursday, September 1, 2011
His Love ENDURES ~ FOREVER!!!
Go ahead read it ~ Psalm 136
then enjoy . . . a fun moment to get you through all moments together.
And after having FUN with Faithy well this is what made us BOTH SMILE TODAY!!!!
I am so THANKFUL for the PRINCESSES
that have made my life what it is and for them allowing me
to laugh with them and just have fun together ~
Knowing that: GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
and sometimes we look crazy while enjoy one another!
Who knows what the PRINCE will look like after
well . . . You know the rest of the story
or should I say "Fairy tale?"
pst this picture does belong to someone else but I don't know who to credit it to rightfully with their Copyrights. SO UNKNOWN (as of right now).