I'm amazed at how my Savior can take any and every circumstance around me to show me more about him. My prayer has always been that this journey of life I'm on would continually bring honor and glory to him, so by using every opportunity; my mistakes, my successes, and my day-to-day adventures, he teaches me how to use it for his glory. This life he blessed me with is ALL about him! So, these are my thoughts, my heart cries, and my lessons from his glorious Word. These are the teachable moments from my Savior!

Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Parenting Through God's Word!

Callie snapped this picture in the car the other day as she was holding my hand. What a precious moment that I will cherish! Even more so precious are the moments with her when we can sit and talk about all that's going on in her life. She asks questions and then listens as I share my knowledge from walking that previous road as a 14-year-old girl and sharing what scripture has for her. I know there will be a day when hand-holding and deep conversations won't be as many as now so I'll treasure each moment to love on her and pour God's Word into her! Priceless!

The moments with each of my children are treasured! God blessed me as mom over these three amazing souls and not a day goes by that I don't thank Him for this gift. I love the conversations with my sweet boys as well and I'm so grateful that all our children engage us in matters of the heart. Those matters aren't always pleasant but life is hard and God instructs us through His Word and provides comfort and guidance. Life is messy but God is always good!

Parenting is hard but it is also the greatest blessing! Parenting is so much more than taking care of their physical needs. We are also commanded to pour scripture into them and raise them in God's Word. That can be difficult because not only are we to open the Word and teach but we are to model the example of Christ to them. They are watching!

What a humbling realization!

I want to be a parent that walks the talk! I want to be a parent that lives God's Word so that my children see Christ in me. I want to treasure each moment with them and pour the love of God in them. Even during those difficult days, I want God's light shining brightly through me!

Lord, help us raise another generation that loves and seeks YOU! These blessings are yours, Lord, and what an honor you have placed on me to be called their mom! Father, your will be done in each of their lives and may your mighty hand guide them all their days!

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)

"But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves."
James 1:22 (NLT)

"Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him."

Psalms 127:3 (NLT)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sunday is Coming!

I was up early this morning. Well, it was early for a Saturday when I could have been sleeping and, believe me, I didn't intend to get up that early. Lol! But the Holy Spirit has a way of nudging me out of the bed when there is something I need to see in scripture or prayers that need to be lifted.

This morning it was quiet and I just soaked in His Word! I sat in the silence to just be still before HIM...my Father! I'm thankful the Holy Spirit disturbed my sleep this morning because reading through the gospels after they rolled the stone in front of the tomb had my mind thinking of the next day. How were they coping on that Sabbath? They just buried their King. Guards secured the location and nothing could be done until the Sabbath was over. Mary Magdalene couldn't even buy her spices to prepare her King's body until Sabbath was over.

So what was going on in their hearts and minds that day?

What were people thinking? Were the disciples still hiding out? What was going on?

Well, I can only imagine because scripture is silent here. They just saw Jesus stand trial unjustly and be horribly crucified before their eyes. They saw his lifeless body placed in a tomb. Their grief and sadness were probably overwhelming and I'm sure there was fear and uncertainty. Were they overcome with emotion because it was their sin that put him there? Did they realize the depth of love that was crucified for them?

I sit and ponder....

Jesus had told them what would happen! Jesus had been preparing them, before His death, of what would be to come. Grief and sadness, questions and pain could not last long because Sunday was coming!

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles; and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.”
Mark 10:33-34 (NKJV)

Then, on that beautiful morning, Hope arose and death was defeated! The tomb was empty! Jesus came forth...JUST AS HE SAID! Hallelujah!!

“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb. Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it. His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow. The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint. Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.
Matthew 28:1-6 (NIV)

Today, as we prepare to celebrate the events that DID take place on that glorious resurrection day, my heart is filled with so much gratitude to my Savior. He did ALL of that for ME! He did it ALL for YOU! He conquered death and the grave and paid the ultimate sacrifice for MY sin...for YOUR sin. He marked it PAID IN FULL!

"Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said."
1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 (NLT)

Read the story today! Read it for yourselves! Read the gospels account in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John! The greatest love story of all time is recorded right there in those beautiful pages of scripture. The greatest sacrifice that could ever be made but also the greatest outcome that no Hollywood movie could ever grasp on the big screen is right there in those beautiful pages of scripture. It's the love story of a Savior to YOU! Prepare today!

Read it...grasp it...accept it...celebrate it...and go forth in the will of the Father!

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
John 14:1-4 (NIV)

Friday, April 3, 2015

O, the Blood...It Is My Victory!

Reflecting on this Good Friday...O, the blood!

I feel so blessed that God has given me the high honor of being mom to Ben, Callie, and Caleb! When I look at each one of them I just sit in awe that God chose me to be their mom! Thank you sweet Lord for the blessing of children, especially these precious three that you entrusted to Matt and me. As a parent, I laugh when they laugh and hurt when they hurt. The unknown that we went through with Caleb's health issues a few years ago was one of those painful times as a parent. It broke my heart to see him having to go through so many tests but at the same time, his sweet spirit blessed my heart. As I sat and held Caleb on my lap one day during lab work, tears rolled down his little face as they once again stuck that big needle in his arm to draw blood. There was so much that hinged on his blood and many things would be revealed. I prayed the whole time as I watched each vial fill up with my precious son’s blood. O, the blood!

As we rode home from the UNC Children's Hospital that night, my thoughts turned to the foot of the cross. Mary watched as her son shed his blood for ALL! The pain Mary must have gone through as she watched her beloved Son’s blood run out of his body is overwhelming. That precious blood is the blood that washes clean! She knew his will but had to watch her son in great agony. As Jesus carried his cross up to Calvary through the crowds of people as they shouted at him, did they not realize that with every drop of blood, that blood is the very blood shed for them? His love for us, for me, is the reason he shed his blood. Never again will we have to be slave to our sin. He paid the price with his blood.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.”
Ephesians 1:7-8

O, the blood! Precious blood! Today, as we reflect on this Good Friday, do we understand just what that precious blood did for us? There are many today that have heard the story of Jesus on the cross. They have heard the story of his shed blood, but do they understand the depth of love that was in the shedding of that blood? He carried the sins of us all on that cross and HIS blood washed them clean.

“For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
I Peter 1:18-21

Today, the words of this song will stay on my lips:

O the blood of Jesus washes me,
O the blood of Jesus shed for me,
What a sacrifice, that saved my life,
Yes, the blood, it is my victory!

He shed HIS blood for you and me. Then, at that moment, he bowed his head and said, "It is finished." Our victory!

Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30 (NIV)

Thank you Jesus, for your blood! It is because of that sacrifice of your shed blood, your life, that I can truly live and have hope. My heart is overwhelmed by this great love! You paid the ultimate price for me, for all, and the very thought of that brings me to my knees. This is a good Friday indeed! You paid it all for ME! The blood, your blood, it is my victory!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday...the day before Jesus' death when He shared Passover, the Last Supper, with his disciples, washed their feet as an act of humility and service, and gave them this command....

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
John 13:34-35 (NIV)

He knew his time had come to do the will of his Father and he took this beautiful moment to share what love and service is with his disciples. He took time to share hope and meaning. May we follow the example of service and humility of our Savior and obey his command to love God and others.

"Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."
John 13:3-5 (NIV)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6 (NIV)

Read the story in John today and let's prepare our hearts and minds for Easter!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Good News!

Waking up on this BEAUTIFUL day in coastal Carolina! Praising God for this abundant sunshine and another day to worship HIM!

I spent 10 hours at my computer yesterday finishing up some paperwork so I could enjoy some of this spring break with my kiddos (we rarely get the same spring break) and quite honestly, I didn't feel the greatest last night. But when my son came home from work at 11:30 and told me he had a great night because he got to share Jesus with some coworkers, my day immediately got better!

O, how I love hearing testimonies of people sharing CHRIST with others but when it's your children....WOW!

There is no better time than now to share the greatest message...the message of hope, of life, of eternity...the message of CHRIST with all the world! This very week, Holy Week, as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter, let's commit to share the message of the cross with others. Let's immerse ourselves in the beautiful pages of scripture and read again of what Jesus did for us and honor him for His sacrifice. But let's also look expectantly for his glorious return! Praise God! HE is coming again! This is the GOOD NEWS!

He came to earth and put on flesh. He showed us how to live. He took our sin and suffered the cross and death. He arose three days later just as He said....AND he's coming again! He paved the way for YOU and ME!

Are you ready?

"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:10

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
John 14:1-4

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only."
Matthew 24:36

"That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Philippians 2:10-11

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Has Sprung!

Well, spring has officially sprung! Of course today feels like winter but according to the calendar, it is spring and warmer days are ahead! Spring is gorgeous here in our coastal town and I look forward to many amazing days! I love springtime because of all the beautiful flowers blooming and green grass appearing. The brown and dead of winter gives way to the bright and colorful of spring!

As I sat during my quiet time thinking of all the beautiful weather we will be having and all the colors of spring we are about to enjoy, there were some deeper questions mulling around in my soul. Questions I need to answer in a heavenly perspective instead of my earthly mindset. Heart questions that go to the throne of my Savior!
As flowers begin to bloom and new growth appears around creation, my soul longs for God to bring about new growth in me. I desire for God to take away the old, brown, dry, and dead of winter and do a new work in my life. I want to bloom right where He has planted me. Only He can truly bring about new growth in me but I need to prepare my soil for this new growth. I need to till this soil by repenting daily of sins and turning from them. I need to water this soil by drinking from the Living Water and feasting on God's Word as seeds are planted. Then, as the soil is carefully nourished and the Son shines down, buds of new growth will take place. Buds that will bloom and grow into a beautiful array of colors with a fragrance that is a pleasing aroma to my Savior and declares His glory all around! That is my desire! Spring in my soul!

Oh, precious Father, that is my desire! Grow me into the woman you want me to be. May my life bloom and grow into a beautiful array of colorful flowers whose fragrance is pleasing to YOU! Lord, may others not see me, but see YOU in me and let the aroma draw them into YOUR loving arms as they seek new growth from YOU. Hallelujah!

"Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."
Psalms 51:7 (NLT)

"Let us strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land."
Hosea 6:3 (HCSB)

"Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God."

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NLT)

Saturday, March 7, 2015

"Come", He said...

There are times in our Christian walk of great searching and patience in our desire to be obedient in whatever God calls us to do. You continually pray, trust, and believe that all things are in His time and for His glory.

Then that day you hear God whisper, “Come”, and in great faith and trust you get out of the boat and go…..

"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
Matthew 14:19 (NIV)