Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I’ve Been Given Much

For Christmas my parents gave me the book Kisses From Katie by Katie Davis. From what I've read so far it’s an excellent book. She shared a verse in the book that stuck out to me…"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Luke 12:48. I have been given much. And I wonder what it is that God wants from me.

Missions has been a big subject that seems to come up quite often in my life lately. I have no idea what it is that God wants me to do when I grow up but sometimes I wonder if He’s quietly beginning to nudge me towards a life of missions. I have no idea where or what kind of work..but I wonder about it sometimes. As I read Kisses From Katie I read about her life in Uganda..about the poverty there..about her love for the people there…about how she has had a life of much..and then she comes into contact with people who have so very little. And yet people there are praising God and they are thanking Him for what they have. And then here I am taking for granted the things I have and not often enough thanking God for everything He has given me.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!” Psalm 107:1

Friday, December 23, 2011

It’s Merry Merry Christmas Time!!

It’s merry, merry, CHRISTmas time!! So let’s talk Christmas traditions ;).

For as long as I can remember the kiddos in the house have always done a Christmas Eve play of the Christmas story…it gets a little interesting every year to try to find something/someone to be Joseph ;).

Another tradition..which I like very much ;)..is we get out a folding table to put all kinds of our Christmas snack foods on ;D. One snack we have every year is peanut butter crackers coated in chocolate….hehe, yeah, it’s yummy :).

Then on Christmas morning when we get up we open presents..but first we always have to sit with our stockings and get our pictures made…and it used to seem like it took a looong time..of course ;). So what are some of your Christmas traditions?

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

The World Race

Every year our church hosts a Lottie’s brunch. You can read about Lottie Moon here. This year we had an amazing young lady come speak. Her name is Genae Lanier and my family has known her for probably around 9 years. This past year she went on what is called the World Race. She traveled to 11 countries in 11 months helping in the different countries in so many different ways. She has some amazing stories and I would encourage you to go and read her blog here. One of the stories she told us was about a woman in, I think it was Swaziland. The woman came up to them and asked them to pray for her. The woman’s hands were shriveled up and her fingers were bent into her palms..there was no way she could move them. So they prayed over her and when they finished the woman stretched out her fingers! God had worked a beautiful miracle. The woman picked up her 50-pound bag of rice, put it on her head, and as she walked away she was stretching her fingers in and out :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Such A Beautiful Time of the Year…

Maybe it’s a little early for a Christmas post…but oh well :). Who agrees that the Christmas season is one of the most beautiful times of the year? The trees are bare and here in the south we don’t get much snow, but I still say that this is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Why? I would say because it is such a joyful time of year! Happiness and love is in the air and the Christmas songs have a way of cheering you up :).

Christmas is also a time of giving..and receiving. And the biggest reason that makes Christmas so beautiful is the gift that God gave us. Many, many years ago God gave us a beautiful and selfless gift. God sent us His only Son, Jesus. And what makes His gift even more special is the reason God sent us Jesus…to die for us. To take our punishment and wash our sins away so that we might be as white as snow. It’s better than any gift we could give..and what gift could be better?

“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.”
Isaiah 1:18

Here’s a couple Christmas songs :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Glory in the Highest

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You are the first
You go before
You are the last
Lord, You're the encore
Your name's in lights for all to see
The starry host declare Your glory
 

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Glory in the highest
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Apart from You there is no god
Light of the world
The Bright and Morning Star
Your name will shine for all to see
You are the One
You are my glory




Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

10 things I’m thankful for :)

1. My family….happy birthday, Daddy! (yeah, he’s a turkey baby ;D)
2. My friends
3. clean water and plenty of food
4. freedom to worship my God without fear
5. My church and my church family
6. health
7. education
8. a home
9. the Bible
10. that God sent Jesus to die for us

"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name! For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations."   -Psalm 100: 4-5

Hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving :)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Grace, Love, and Mercy

Thanksgiving is only a few days away (wow! time flies!) so today I’m going to go ahead and tell you a few things I am thankful for :)
I am thankful for grace.
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people”  Titus 2:11
I am thankful for love.
“For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5
I am thankful for mercy.
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us.” Ephesians 2:4


“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 145:8
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8

Have you been saved by the grace of God?

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Beauty of Fall

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the Everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”
Isaiah 40:28

And what a beautiful creation He has made!

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Taking it Seriously

Lately I’ve been reading on the life of David. Last night I was reading when he heard of the death of King Saul. 2 Samuel 1:12 says that when David heard the news he “mourned and wept and fasted until evening…” David mourned for Saul. David wept for Saul. Saul, the one who tried and tried to kill him. Saul, David’s enemy. It looks like David took seriously loving his enemies. And, although I don’t have any enemies hunting me down, I wonder if I’m loving like I should. Loving the hurting, loving the lost, loving the broken and poor. I tend to neglect them in my prayer life. I don’t think to pray for them as often as I should. So I think it’s about time I start. When was the last time you prayed for hurting, lost, broken, and poor?