Salvation Quote:

“IF THIS WAS MY LAST SUNDAY
to say anything of value to any one person or to the masses, it would be this – Turn from anything in your life that hurts the heart of God. Repent of the sin that separates you from God and come to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. If you do, He will transform your life and you will never be the same. I once was blind and lost in the lust and violence and wealth that this world offered me but it left me broken and empty, alone and lost. Jesus changed all that and gave me a life worth living. There is no salvation without Him, only hell. He wants you with Him and calls out to you to receive Him today. You actually have no real reason not to – only your pride keeps you from experience real life.” ~ Jack Hibbs

Morning Friend!

Good-Morning-Coffee-PinkToday is: Wednesday, May 13

 

Outside is: Beautiful. The sun is cracking over the horizon painting shades of soft tangerine into the cloud covered morning.

 

I can smell:My coffee and my diffuser filled with drops of lemongrass. The spring colored sky inspired me to have spring scents wafting through my home this morning.

 

In the oven for dinner: We are having enchiladas. It is such an easy go to meal for me. I am about to start a crazy busy day and I can make these bad boys with my eyes closed :)

 

What I have been thinking about:  I am getting a little sad that MOPS is over.  I did not realize how much I really have come to love the girls at my table. They each have their own reason for coming and their own areas of needed growth. I was so blessed to be their Seasoned Mom. I love how God showed me how important being a Titus woman is.  I know I was there to help these girls grow. I feel my heart grew so much just being with them all. I love that I was not limited to just the girls from my table too. Other tables had INSPIRATIONAL women that I have the blessed privilege to now call my friends. Fabulous, brave women gathered to fellowship in the name of The Lord. That is what we have done and will continue to do so fiercely!!

 

The project I am working on: My son’s USNCC Division needed someone to step up and help with paperwork…Can’t let myself get bored or have time to just veg on the couch right? I am starting with 10 cadets, keeping their paperwork and orders up to date. Its not that much of a mental task as much as busy work. :)

 

Mood today: I am ready to clean out un-needed stuff. I suppose that means I am in a declutter mood? Clear out my house and my mind of unnecessary things and peace will prevail :)

 

What I am reading: I have a little book that I am grabbing in small moments to read and it is called: Who Calls Me Beautiful? Finding Our True Image in the Mirror of God by Regina Franklin.  It is really good. I just finished the Beauty By The Book bible study with Rebecca and some friends. It is by Laurie Cole and you can find it at Priority Ministries. It just follows the same ideas, that God made you beautiful. After having a baby, women have body issues with the new shape of themselves. This is just an affirmation book that your body did something incredible, God created it to do something amazing and it did! We need to stop looking at the media version of touched up perfection and refer biblically to our body’s beauty.

 

School Stuff: I am getting excited for next year!! Rebecca is going a different route than her older brother and sister. She is still going to homeschool. She is just taking different classes and is really becoming her own person in the process. I love it!! Jr is still on the path of serving our country. So we are doing as much as we can on that front. Lots of history, language and physical service for him next year. Belle is keeping me looking for fun things to plan to do! This year I want to take her to see and do more. I know her heart is to serve, just like her big sister. I am going to find more ways we can do that together :) This is going to be an super interesting year!!

 

Picture to share: My new favorite vintage store had this lovely item for sale over the weekend. No we did not bring it home.019

Lions and tigers and bears!! OH MY!!

This girl keeps life fun!! Love her!!

 

Remember to take time to stop and enjoy your cup of coffee today!!

Have a blessed day my friend!!

Taken to an Un Tea

Over the weekend I was so blessed to have been invited to an “un Tea” by one of my beautiful and wise friends :)

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She blessed some of her “supercalifragilisticexpealidocious” friends with this Mary Poppins themed event!!

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They even had “chalk” sidewalk art as we entered the banquet room!!

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I tried to jump in, but since Mary Poppins was not with me, I did not have enough magic to enter.

Super cute art all the way from the walkway to the banquet hall though.

My friend was such a doll!! She did so much work to spoil her friends!!

She set such a lovely table!

005Each of us got a cute little box of seeds  to share with the birds (our kiddos) if we so desired when we got home.

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We had a sweet breakfast of Crepes and Quiche.

Yummy!!

We were serenaded by a precious couple who sang quietly in the background.

That was so relaxing.

Then Mary Poppins …

007introduced us to our inspiring speaker, who told us of her life and how she drifted from God and then came back so strong to Him!

013We were all greatly encouraged by her journey.

It was such a lovely time!!

I am so thankful for my beautiful, God loving friends!!

 

 

For Those Dreading Mother’s Day

My friend wrote the most beautiful post the other day and I wanted to share it with you. It is heartfelt and loving. Her heart was so pure writing this. I am so blessed to be able to call her my friend. Here it is:

This post is for all the ladies who have are dreading Mother’s Day…My heart is heavy this morning for you. For the mamas who have lost a baby before they ever had a chance to be held, I am praying for you! For the mamas who may have decided motherhood came to early and regretted that choice, I pray for your healing. For the mamas who have lost a child and experienced the most heart breaking loss anyone can fathom, my heart is aching for you and I am praying for you! For the women who have tried everything and nothing is working and you want nothing more than to celebrate Mother’s Day, I am praying with you! For the women who have lost their moms, I am praying for your comfort. For the mamas who have placed their babies for adoption, you are a mama who laid down your life for your child and we praise you for your sacrificial choice and that you may experience a God given joy this Mother’s day. Or for those women who have prepared their hearts for a child, via adoption, and no longer have that opportunity or that child, I know you are suffering this Mother’s Day and I too grieve with you and pray for your comfort. As I write out these different mothers, I instantly have several that come to mind for each one. No I am not going to tag these friends on this post, but I know who you are and I am praying!!! But as much as I am aware of your hurt, your heavenly Father knows every hair on your head and storing your tears. He is near to your broken hearts and I pray that you find comfort in Him. I have been praying constantly and I will continue to do so as I know this weekend can be full of joy, their can also be a quiet sorrow among many. Love you ladies!

 

mothers day sadI am praying for these beautiful momma’s too.

Your hearts are precious and the Lord hears your cries and collects your tears.

All momma’s, those in wanting, those in waiting, those in suffering, those struggling, those who are being challenged, those who are full of joy, those who are old, those who are new, those who are scared, those who are courageous, those who are inspiring, those who are doing it alone, those who are angry, those who are sad, those who are strong, those who are bright with happiness, those who have many, those who have few or one, those who make it all look so easy and those who need to be lifted up, I pray you will shine for the Lord today. Show the world that God is in you! May He give you much joy today!

 

No matter how your day ends up,know that He loves you.

 

 

 

Hold Me Now~ I Cannot Wait

Does anyone else think how wonderful it is going to be to get to worship at the feet of Jesus?

I cannot wait!!

I am so thankful for my Savior!! There are not even enough words to string together to equate to my gratitude for saving me. I am so unworthy. I am so humbled by his precious gift of life to me. He went through unfathomable punishment, doing no wrong, deserving not an ounce of what was inflicted on Him, all the while knowing my sin and taking that pain and suffering for me. Just because He loves me.

I weep now from the abundance of compassion He has for me.

I cannot wait for Him to hold me.

I saw this picture and lost it.

Jesus-holding-girlI have no idea who painted this or posted it. I really want to buy it though.

This song from Hillsong began playing in my heart and I sang it through my tears as I looked at this picture wanting that little girl to be me with the Lord. I love you so much Jesus!! You are my world!

 

YOU HOLD ME NOW

On that day when I see all that You have for me
When I see You face to face there surrounded by Your grace
All my fears swept away in the light of Your embrace
Where Your love is all I need and forever I am free

Where the streets are made of gold in Your presence healed and whole
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

No weeping, no hurt or pain, no suffering
You hold me now, You hold me now
And no darkness, no sick or lame, no hiding
You hold me now, You hold me now

In this life I will stand through my joy and my pain
Knowing there’s a greater day, there’s a hope that never fails
Where Your name is lifted high and forever praises rise
For the glory of Your name I’m believing for the day

Where the wars and violence cease all creation lives in peace
Let the songs of heaven rise to You alone

No weeping, no hurt or pain, no suffering
You hold me now, You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame, no hiding
You hold me now, You hold me now

For eternity all my heart will give all the glory to Your name
For eternity all my heart will give all the glory to Your name
For eternity all my heart will give all the glory to Your name, Jesus
For eternity all my heart will give all the glory to Your name

No weeping, no hurt or pain, no suffering
You hold me now, You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame, no hiding
You hold me now, You hold me now

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering, You hold me now, You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding, You hold me now, You hold me now

No weeping, no hurt or pain
No suffering, You hold me now, You hold me now
No darkness, no sick or lame
No hiding, You hold me now, You hold me now

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Have the most blessed and wonderful weekend my friend!!
Know that Jesus is holding you and loves you more than you could ever imagine!
You are more precious than gold!

How Would I Pray?

I am guilty.
I admit it.

I love to pray, but there are times when I feel dry in my prayer life.

Days, sometimes weeks, that I feel like my prayers are just repetitious and the feeling behind them is flat. I still want the things I am praying for!! I just, don’t seem to have the power behind the prayer initiative anymore. It seems like nothing is getting done.  No matter how hard I pray, situations are still yucky and hard. The people I am praying for, or even myself, are still hurting or lost.   I know that God hears my prayers..just, sometimes…I think I get discouraged. I am waiting for the answer to my prayers my way and in my timing, but God ALWAYS has a better plan. I am just the pouting little daughter who then needs to remember that and suck it up!! God’s timing is always perfect!! Every time I look back at things, its true! God answers every prayer perfectly.

So what if today is the last day I can pray?

Every single morning that could be the truth.

I am not promised tomorrow.

So what if, today, is the last day I can pray? How would I pray?

Surface value: Lord Bless our country, for we are lost. Help the homeless. Help the needy, the orphans, the widows, the broken, the church…

Extended Church: Lord bless our children’s ministry, they have so much on their plate and they do such wonderful things for the children in our congregation. Please help them follow the path you have set for them. Lord bless my Pastors. May they be filled with the Holy Spirit as they write their sermons to help lead our congregation. I lift up our worship team to You Lord. They are fabulous! May they sing for Your glory and lead our church in joyful worship of you at this evenings service….

Friends: Lord, ___ needs you so much today. I pray for her strength and healing as she is fighting so hard in this trial that is before her. Give her strength and discernment as she battles the enemy on this journey. May she shine so vibrantly for You!! May others know how incredible You are by her actions Lord.  I also lift ____ up to you as this internal battle he is on is such a challenge for him. May he find strength in You today as he fights. May his armor be strong in the word. May his family and his faith become stronger in You as he goes through out this day fighting his demons. Lord, I lift him up to You now. May he be a strong man of God.  Lord Jesus, I also bring ___ & ____ to Your feet. They are so lost and need You so much. May something I do or say bring them closer to knowing You. May they turn from their fleshly, worldly ways and devote themselves to loving and worshiping You….

Family: My children’s future husbands and wife, Lord I lift them up to You. May they be blessed. May they get closer to You every day. May their parents be inspired by You and lead them on the path that will help them become the young men and woman You have created them to be. May I train up my children to be a blessing to them as well.  Lord, give them discernment in matters of this world. May they know the path You have for them and follow it. I pray that the word will be tatted into their innermost being. When they are in conflict or battles may Your word come to them clearly. May they hear the Holy Spirit directing their path and may they follow. Lord I ask for divine covering over my children. May they be encased in a “Jesus bubble”. May You always be their first thought and may they be able to deflect the negative arrows shot at them by the enemy because they are so in love with YOU…

Husband: I am so blessed Lord. You have given me the most fabulous husband. He is honest and true. He is the stability I need in this crazy world. He keeps me centered and gives me the opportunity to serve You often. He loves that I love You so much and encourages that. Lord I pray I am that and more for him too. I pray that I am the wife he needs me to be. Lord make me his helper. Help me submit to him in everything.  May I respect him in all he does and may I give him peace of mind.  May I be a reflection of love for You to him. Lord I ask you bless him in his workplace. May he shine for You and may others their know You through his actions and words.  Protect him on his travels Lord. Not only from others on the roads but also from the world that is out there seeking to destroy him and our marriage. May our marriage continue to be blessed. May we always put You first. May we grow together, stronger because of our love for You.  We love You Lord…

Myself: Lord fill me with the Holy Spirit. Less of me and more of You. Let me listen to the direction You are pointing me and may my hands and words be only of You.

Amazing.

When you feel this could be the last prayer,all of a sudden it seems like there is so much in your soul to say :)

I am full.

My heart is singing with praise for my King.

I will worship You all day my Savior.

Thank You for loving me.