Cute Story

FAKING IT

I once read of a little boy who, when sent to his room for punishment, would escape out his bedroom window and down an old fruit tree to the ground. One day, his father told him that he was going to chop down the fruit tree, because it hadn’t borne any fruit for a number of years. That motivated the enterprising boy to take action.

That night he tied a bushel of apples on the barren branches. The next morning, his dad could not believe his eyes.

He said to his wife, “Honey, I can’t believe it! That old tree hasn’t yielded any fruit for years, and now it’s covered with apples. And, the most amazing thing is that it’s a pear tree!”

Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that can’t be faked! You either have it or you don’t. You might attempt to hang apples on the pear tree – but that’s not real fruit! God doesn’t want you to pretend. If you don’t have the joy that God intends for you, go to Him today. Yield yourself to Him, to His will, to His love and He will fill your life with joy unspeakable.

— Unknown author

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Newsboys~ That Home

 This beautiful song was written by Michael Tate and is about his mother.

It is so precious!

I love this woman’s heart.

I wish I could have met her.

I could have learned so much.

Such a heart felt tribute!! I am buying this for my friends for CHRISTmas this year!

Here are the lyrics…enjoy.

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There was a home in town
Where broken kids the lost and found
Would come for miles around
Just to see what love was all about
‘Cause momma had a way
Of making things okay

 

She’d cook us our favorite meal
Sit and listen to how we feel
Oh, how the pain was real
How many families would the devil steal
Momma had a way of making things okay

 

CHORUS:

 

In that home we knew we were safe
To be young enough to dream
To find the faith to believe
And in that home love it had no end
That’s where we learned to forgive
In that home

 

Momma always had the music on
Sometimes loud, sometimes soft
When I asked about her favorite song
She opened the Bible to the book of Psalms
She always found a way
To talk about grace

 

And on that day I got the news
That momma’s stay here was almost through
I stayed all night by her side
Held her hand, looked in her eyes
And said momma…

 

When you’re home I know you’ll be safe
Strong enough to see
The faith that you believe
In that home life will have no end
I know I’ll see you again…

 

In that home
In that home
In that home…

Conversation About Our Children…

As Christian mothers we worry about if we have the word of God instilled in their lives.

Many of my friends truly worry about their teens salvation. It is in us to worry, even though the Bible tells us not to, and we worry well! Recently a friend was confiding that she is so worried that her oldest did not get enough of the Word poured into him as a little guy. She, like even myself, figured that church did a good enough job and I have so many other things to do! How could I possibly add Bible studies for my little one into my day? (They were in public school then.) We both have younger ones now that we just deeply pour Jesus into them daily!! We can see the difference in how situations are handled by the kids. Granted all kids are different, but the younger ones call out to the Lord quicker than the older ones. I will only judge myself on this and it is all my fault. Yet I was not at a place in my life where I knew just how important that is. I am changing that for my grand children’s futures though!

Let me get back to the confiding of a friend. She is so worried as to how her child, now young adult, will turn out. She is so scared and self condemning about the lack of God centered living that her most precious gift, she feels, should be achieving daily. She was so distraught. She broke my heart with all the pain she was sharing. She blamed herself for all of this. I have felt that pain myself. So I shared with her what the Spirit shared with me.

God has a plan for our children.

They were sent here for a specific reason.

We do not know what that reason is.

They each have a special gift just for that reason.

Sometimes they need to fall a little. Look at some of our great pastors now. They were rascals! Look into the pasts of Greg Laurie, Jack Hibbs and Billy Graham! Billy Graham actually said he would never be a pastor!! Ha ha ha!! He is one of the greatest Pastor’s of my lifetime!! What about the men in the Bible? Saul was pretty darn bad. He tortured Christians. He ended up changing his name to Paul, was one of Jesus 12 apostles, converted thousands to Christianity and wrote more books of the New Testament than anyone else!

God can make anything good.

I was that kiddo too, the one my friend is worried about.  I knew the Lord, but I was not walking with Him. I had my own agenda…with the world. I made bad choices and fell flat on my face. I am not worthy to call Jesus my Savior. Yet still, He took me when I was ready to accept His friendship and love, and He used all my imperfections to mold me into the woman, wife, mother, teacher and friend I am today. Without all the bumps and dings I have given myself along the way I may not appreciate the beauty of watching others give their hearts to the Lord.  When they do, my heart fills with joy for them! Truly it does!! I get all teary eyed as I am so blessed to be witness of their divine moment of accepting or re-establishing that commitment with Jesus. It is a precious moment.

Looking back, I see how God turned my hurt-filled  past into something useable for good.  I can connect with so many people on so many different levels now on how life was before Jesus was my main focus.

  He is my Savior, not my accessory.

He has done great things with me and again I say, I am so unworthy of the blessing of Him.

If He would do that for me…

He will work miracles with our kids!!!

God~ simply

We need to pray for our kids.

Pray daily.

Pray for them to see in us, things that will help them become amazing young men and women of God, without them even realizing it.

Maybe our child will be the light that guides another to the Lord.

Maybe our child will be an incredible husband or wife that shines for the Lord, inspiring others to be the same.

Maybe our child will be like Pastor Saeed, doing the work of the Lord in scarey country’s that want to torture and kill all Christians.

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I just pray that the little light, or the big one, that is Jesus planted in their hearts will engulf their souls.

May Jesus be used through my children and may the Holy Spirit work through me to mold them in the way He needs them to be.

Have a blessed day friend!

Thankful Season

What are you thankful for?

I know a bunch of people really love to do the daily post on facebook, twitter, google+ and their blogs about the things they are thankful for.

Hey, I am that girl!!

you know it!

Day 11:

I am thankful for my time alone with God in the mornings.

It refreshes me and starts my day off on the right foot.

Thank you God for our precious time together!

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Then I feel bad on weekends or busy days when I missed posting.

So my next post is more like this:

Days 8,9&10

Becca spring 2008 001Thankful that this little cutie is in my life to keep me smiling!!

She is so precious and has the most giving heart.

This weekend she made cookies and dinner for our neighbor who is doing poorly health wise and her husband so he would not have to cook just for himself. This girl is a blessing from God, not just to me, but to everyone who has the pleasure of meeting her. She is a great inspiration to her big sister and a great role model for her little sister. This girl is going to be a fabulous wife and mother one day!!

What a lucky mommy I am!!

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I love these posts, I just always feel I am not posting what I may want to really post because of confidentiality in some situations…sometimes for the giver…sometimes for the receiver…sometimes because the actions mean more when they are done anonymously.

This year I decided to try something new.

Hey we changed October traditions, why not November too?

So here is what I am trying.

Instead of posting to the world what I am thankful for,

I am writing to my family.

131Every day they get a new reason why I am thankful for them.

127Each kiddo (and Dad) has their own reason.

Each one is unique for each past day and what that person did.

Like Rebecca taught Belle how to braid hair the other day.

How cool is that??

So I wrote it down and left it on the sideboard for her to see.

Then when they have read them I am putting them in a “blessing box”.

130On thanks giving we can go over them or maybe I will just save them till next year and see how our blessings have changed.

I think I will even start putting a special blessing from me to each of them randomly out there through out the month.

I think this will be a special family tradition.

I am excited to see how this plays out!

Do you have any special family traditions that have meant much to your heart?

I just love things like that!!

I would love to hear them!!

I want to start new more meaningful and personal type traditions with my family, that they can in turn use with theirs as they begin to have their own.

A family legacy…worth more than gold.

132Have a blessed day friend!

our Harvest :)

In case you were wondering,

yes we did have a harvest day here.

The girls got dressed up…

017…our little zebra…

018…and our beauty queen.

020They looked so cute!!

The older 2 did not dress up this year.

We did crafts and fun stuff all day.

The girls made cupcakes.

041They decorated them with Candy Corn.

You harvest corn right?

042Yummm!!

Then we had a little harvest hunt in the back yard.

The younger 2 went out to “harvest” 10 treat bags of candy each.

Then we had chocolate sundaes and watched Monsters University together.

It was a great day!!

Hope  your Harvest was just as fun!!