Favorite Quote

Here is one of my most loved quotes from A. W. Tozer. It inspires me to keep going and remember who it is I live for. I hope  you love it too.

 

Too often, we give God only the tired remnants of our time. If Jesus Christ had given us only the remnant of His time, we would all be on our way to that darkness that knows no morning. Christ gave us not the tattered leftovers of His time; He gave us all the time He had. But some of us give Him only the leftovers of our money and of our talents and never give our time fully to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave us all. Because He gave us all, we have what we have; and He calls us “as He is, so are we in this world.’ -The Crucified Life

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Thankful

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I am thankful for so much.

I am blessed to have a wonderful man who loves me and made me his wife.

I have children who bring me joy.

I have friends who keep me grounded.

I have not just a house to live in but a home to grow with my family by my side.

I  have a pastor and a church that keep me focused living every day in the Word.

Most importantly, I am thankful that I have a Savior who loves me so much, that He gave His earthly life so that just by accepting His love and sacrifice I can live my life by His side for eternity.

I am forever thankful to be so abundantly blessed.

 

(sign by The Freckled Goose)

So Cal Harvest 2015

How I forgot to post this I have no idea!!

Yes we went to Harvest again. I loved it as much as I did the first time I went!

This time was special though because we got to bring some friends with us :)

Super sweet girls who are friends of my daughter wanted to go and see what Harvest was all about and have the chance to see Phil Whickham live!

Major bonus to have Citizens and Saints performing there too!!

We got there early. It was hot. Oh my goodness, I really do not enjoy the hot at all. Nope, I do not. I was not going with a joyful heart knowing I was going to have to walk far and stand in the sun to bake to a sunny California crisp. God was so good though. Parking was perfect! Uber close to the Stadium and I could throw a ball (well almost, maybe with a tennis racket) to where we would line up.  Then He was even more good and gave us a spot in line in the shade, at least enough in the shade, that this is the first year I did not turn a delightful shade of crimson in line!! Whoo hoo!!

We were blessed again. Look how amazingly close we are to the stage! Man these girls got shade and great seats!!

076I watched the seats while the girls went out shopping for shirts.

You can’t go to a concert and not get shirts.

The stadium began to slowly but consistantly fill. It was a Friday night so we were not planning on there being a ton of people, but there were quite a few!!

What do you think? Not bad for a steamy Friday night in Anaheim!

I have no problem being wrong. I was elated as to the number of people that turned out that night!

079I love seeing so many people gathered praising God!!

Yes, I got teary eyed.  Especially when the music starts and I hear all the people worshiping the Lord, my cup runneth over.

083Oh my gosh, I forgot THIRD DAY was there too!!

Pastor Laurie was fabulous as usual. I enjoy hearing him speak.

I was hoping the girls we brought did too.

Then came the alter call down to the field for those who wanted to make the public profession of faith.  I was so excited to get to see all the people flood the grass in their new found joy when…”Would you mind if I went down to the field?” came a few seats down from me. ” What sweetie?” I asked. ” Would you mind if I went down to the field?” she asked again. Then another girl “I wanna go to. Is that okay?”

Oh dear sweet Jesus!! I had missed them accepting the Lord into their hearts!! I thought they were just there for the free concert!

“You know it!! Come on, I will go with you!” I cried. We all went down to the field, me trying to contain my emotions. I wanted to cry. I wanted to cheer. I just wanted to hug those girls so hard!! I had to focus on getting them to the field though.

087Here we are at the back of the stage praying with Pastor Greg. In the front again. Perfect for these girls!!

Two of the girls we brought gave their lives to Christ that night. The other girl rededicated herself to the Lord.

I let the tears flow and so did the girls.

Oh we got them their start bibles, we prayed and I hugged them so tight!!

What an unexpected blessing that Friday became in my life! You never know how God will work, but if you heed His calling, He does all the real work. We just planted the seed and He made it grow.

Then to wrap their night up with a bow, we got to meet…

090Citizens and Saints!!

Yes, it was an unforgettable night.

Thank you God for letting me and my family be a part of Your plan.

We Aren\’t Perfect.

The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember…
Noah was a drunk.
Abraham was too old.
Isaac was a daydreamer.
Jacob was a liar.
Leah was ugly.
Joseph was abused.
Moses had a stuttering problem.
Gideon was afraid.
Sampson had long hair and was a womanizer.
Rahab was a prostitute.
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young.
David had an affair and was a murderer.
Elijah was suicidal.
Isaiah preached naked.
Jonah ran from God.
Naomi was a widow.
Job went bankrupt.
John the Baptist ate locusts.
Peter denied Christ.
The Disciples fell asleep while praying.
Martha worried about everything.
Mary Magdalene was, well you know.
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once.
Zaccheus was too small. Paul was too religious.
Timothy had an ulcer…
Lazarus was dead!

And God isn’t finished with you yet.

 

~From posterRevolution

Mini Service Project

I believe that sometimes the simplest gifts can mean the most.

One of my friends, with the most beautiful soul is going on a mission trip to Zimbabwe this week.  I am so filled with joy for her! She has been wanting to do something for quite a while now. The Lord finally spoke to her and let her know where He needed her most…Africa.

I am embarrassed to admit, I do not know much about Africa. I do know that since we homeschool, we are about to know quite a bit!! Ha ha ha!!! It is a country that my friend’s church has been actively helping. I know they sent a mission team to Uganda last year. The stories I have heard about that trip were fabulous!

From what we have read about Zimbabwe, Christianity is there. A good percentage of the people claim to be Christians or follow islam. Ancestor worship is the most common form of worship. Because the people of Zimbabwe are a mix of European and African culture they tend to mix religious beliefs of the old with the new. That being said, there is need of missionary work even among the Christians there. My friend and her team will be traveling out in search of those in the less affluent areas, more toward the isolated villages that have not heard the name of our Lord and Savior. What an exciting journey!!

We did discover she can wear her regular clothes there without disrespecting the people there. Yay!! We also know that the people there love jewelry. Awesome!! So a few of us got together for a service project…099 We made salvation bracelets for passing out to the people my friend and her team will be talking too!

The beads all have meanings. I am sure you have seen these before, but here is a quick reference as to what each color symbolizes.

Black- represents our sin

Red- represents the blood of Jesus

White- represents the forgiveness and cleansing of our sins

Clear Blue- represents the water of the baptism

Purple- represents the royalty we are now a part of

Yellow- represents knowing that we will receive heaven because of Jesus

Green- represents the new life we have been given

Gold-represents heaven

It was a blessing for my girls and I to get to be a part of making these little remembrances for the people our friend will meet. It was such an honor to be able to pray over them and for the souls who will be receiving them! Little trinkets, that could mean so much to someone who is just getting to know Jesus!! May her trip be blessed and filled with opportunities to share the Word of the Lord!!

I am so excited for my sweet missionary friend to be making her trip to Zimbabwe!! I know that she is going to make such a difference to someone!!

 

What is Your Statement of Faith? Here is Our Family’s.

Statement of Faith
A Statement of Faith is a written declaration of  position on matters that pertain to the essentials of historical Christianity. 

We believe that the Bible is inspired by God in its entirety, and is without error in the original autographs, a complete and final written revelation from God. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is only one God, who is eternal and immutable, and manifests Himself in three distinct Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30)

We believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah (John 1:36-42), born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35), totally without sin (Hebrews 4:15, Hebrews 7:26), God in human flesh (John 1:1 & 14, John 20:28) the One Who died on the cross for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9), was buried (John 19:40-42), rose again from the dead on the third day (John 2:19), and ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven, where He now intercedes for us who believe in Him. (Mark 16:19, Acts 7:56, 1 Timothy 2:5)

We believe that Jesus Christ is going to return in the clouds for His church before the tribulation that is coming upon the whole earth (1 Thessalonians 4:16), and that He will return with His saints and all His holy angels to the earth at the end of the tribulation, and set up His kingdom on earth, ruling and reigning forever and ever. (Matthew 24:30, Revelation 19:13)

We believe that all humanity is lost and born with a sinful nature, and can only be saved by a personal faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and not by any human merit or performance. (John 3:16-19, John 5:24, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5)

We believe in a real/literal devil, called Satan, who, along with all his fallen angels, demons, and evil spirits, are destined to spend eternity in hell, and now seek to deceive the world, defeat the believers, and destroy the work of God, but can be resisted by believers, who are protected by God, the Holy Spirit and the intercession of Jesus Christ our Lord. (Genesis 3:1, Job 1:6-12, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 22:31-32, 1 John 4:4, Revelation 20:10)

We believe that heaven is a real place where the saved will dwell forever, and that hell is a literal place of torment where unbelievers will suffer forever. (John 14:1-3, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:8, Revelation 22:5)

We believe that genuine believers are born again by the Holy Spirit of God, and are indwelt, baptized into the body of Christ, the true church, and sealed by the Holy Spirit, and thus, unable to be separated from the love of Jesus Christ. (John 3:1-6, Acts 1:4-5, Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 1:13-14)

We believe that all believers need to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a godly life and to be bold in our witness for the Lord. (Romans 8:13-14, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18)

We believe in the spiritual unity of all genuine believers in the Lord Jesus Christ which is manifested by the spiritual gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit’s presence through His love. (I Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 4:8-12)

We believe that the nation of Israel has a special place in God’s plan, and that all of the promises of God to Israel will be fulfilled both now and in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ in His millennium. (Genesis 12:3, Psalm 122:1)

We believe the human race was created as male and female by a direct act of God to fully reveal His image. (Genesis 1:26-28)

We believe marriage is a sacred covenantal union between a man and a woman that limits sexual relations to monogamous, heterosexual marriage. (Genesis 2:24)

We believe that the solemnizing of a marriage is a sacred and profound event that shall be entered into only where the proposed covenantal union is in compliance with the Word of God. (Genesis 4:1)

We believe that the solemnizing of a marriage between men and women of the same sex is contrary to the Word of God and is a sin before God. (Romans 1:21-27)