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."

Monday, August 1, 2016

Encourage One Another in the Lord!

This picture was taken last summer during a sunrise prayer and praise time with these two sweet girls. I’m not much of a beach person but I love the beautiful sunrises and sunsets and of course the majesty of God’s amazing creation. It was the perfect morning to head out before the sun woke up and take these two precious girls who are running after Jesus to the ocean to share a time of prayer and devotion as God breathed life into another blessed day for us.

The beach was quite occupied for that early morning hour, but it was still quiet and unrushed. We set our towels down, snapped a few pictures of the sun beginning to peak over the ocean and then spent some time in worship and praise of our God in all His splendor and majesty. As we sat down on our beach towels to open God’s Word we noticed a young man standing in front of the water with arms outstretched in praise. How beautiful to see another soul praising our God!

A little bit later this same young man came over and, in all humility, shared with us how it moved him to see us out there praising God and felt led to come and encourage us in Christ and pray with us. He was in town for business training and desired to come to the ocean and worship God at sunrise but almost gave up on the idea because it was so early. He had called his girlfriend on the phone to share the experience and said he was blessed to see other believers there in worship as well. So together, we bowed in prayer, hand in hand, to lift high the name of Jesus and encourage one another to continue living life in Christ and stand in unity as we seek HIM. I asked his name, Timothy, and thanked him for his prayers and encouraged him as well as he left to stay strong in Christ.

What a blessed morning! In a world that seems to be moving further and further away from Christ and each other, God encouraged our hearts with another brother in the Lord. Let's do the same!

Today is a new day to give God praise! Yes, I know it is Monday and that can be a harder-than-normal day to handle. But if you are reading this, than you are alive and God has a purpose and plan for your life THIS day. Wherever you are, whatever your schedule holds today…give God praise and worship Him in all you do. You never know who is watching your life and who will need encouragement in Christ. Today, let’s commit to sharing with the world the greatest news of all…Jesus, and let’s encourage our brothers and sisters in the Lord!

To God be the glory, great things HE has done!

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)

“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”
2 Timothy 1:8a (NLT)

“Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.”

Psalm 145:3 (NLT)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A Grumpy Start...Lord, Have Your Way In Me!

I didn't sleep well last night. I love my sleep, so restlessness is not a fun way to get up on a Saturday morning. You would think with my husband finally being home that I would sleep like a baby but I tossed and turned all night, felt achy and woke up with a sore throat and stuffy nose. Ugh! I really don't have time for that! I trekked downstairs to the couch so I wouldn't wake Matt. An all night flight the night before didn't produce a lot of sleep for him and I was hoping at least one of us would sleep.

I tried to fall back asleep on the couch but that didn't work either so I decided that was just the nudge I needed to spend some extra time with the Lord. Well the temperature outside was already nearing 85 degree heat index at that obscene time on a Saturday morning so my porch time was not looking good either. By this time, my attitude was starting to sour. Ok, it wasn't starting to sour; it was full blown sour at this point. Yes, yes, all the more reason I needed to get with Jesus!

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box. (And by "box" here I mean my bad attitude and grumpiness). So I found a fan, made my cup of coffee, grabbed my Bible and headed out to the porch. In all honesty, my grouchiness didn't go away as soon as I sat down and opened my Bible. Not even after I read a few passages. It took some praying and confessing this complaining spirit that even made me wrinkle my nose at myself. Shew!!

Oh, but those times when you get real and honest before God and allow Him to peel back those ugly layers of selfishness and apply the ointment of His Word to your raw places.....

It was just the soothing balm needed to turn that grumpiness into a time of praise and worship to the One who is so worthy! Once I allowed Him to overtake my thoughts and really grasp His Word, we had some sweet time together. He is such a good Father!

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
Proverbs 17:22 NLT

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
John 3:30 NKJV

I don't know where you are on this Saturday morning. Maybe you woke up on cloud 9 or maybe you tossed and turned on the wrong side of the couch like I did, but we can truly begin this day in the Word of God and allow Him to move us right where we need to be. A little less of us and A LOT more of HIM!! He is so faithful and His mercies over me are endless! Praise HIM!! Happy Saturday all!!

“The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The LORD is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the LORD.”

Lamentations 3:22-26 NLT

Saturday, June 11, 2016

What Does a Real Man Look Like?

Enjoying some porch time with Jesus this morning and pondering over the craziness of this world. Sometimes I just have to talk it out with Him as He reminds me that He is still on His throne and He is still in control. 

In light of recent news about a former Stanford student and his evil actions and the flippancy of his father's comments, there has been much trending on what a real man truly is. I think we all agree that what this person is (and his father) are NOT anywhere near a real man. It burdens my heart for the young woman so permanently affected by that evil and I pray for her and all those affected by such horrendous actions. 

A few years ago we were in conversations with our kids about dating and things to pray over and look for before entering that big responsibility of dating. Though we weren't there yet, I began praying that my sons would be men of honor and my daughter would find a man that would be loving and respectful. A real man...

But what does that look like?

Does that really exist?

Well, I decided to list those things that I believe make up a REAL man. Here are just some of those things:

A real man loads his family in the car and drives them to worship the Lord on Sundays.

A real man opens the Word of God for fellowship and direction from the God of the universe.

A real man gathers his family together for a time in God’s Word and prays over them.

A real man views his wedding vows he took with his wife as a covenant with the Lord and not a contract that can be severed whenever things don’t go his way.

A real man guards his eyes with the truths of God’s Word against other women and considers his wife the most beautiful woman on earth even though she has gained some weight.

A real man comes out to the driveway when his wife gets home from the store and helps unload the groceries.

A real man leaves sweet love notes on his wife’s pillow before he has to go out of town on business.

A real man flies his family to the other side of the globe to bring home his third child that was waiting in a Chinese orphanage.

A real man puts his arm around his teenage son and tells him how proud he is of him even after he didn’t play his best basketball game.

A real man cuddles up with his young daughter to watch "High School Musical" ...again, because she loves it.

A real man shows patience when his young son asks him 100s of questions about everything he is doing.

A real man gets up on Saturday mornings and makes chocolate chip pancakes for his family.

A real man carries his wife’s purse as she tries on clothes at the mall and tells her how beautiful she is even though she's discouraged by what the mirror shows. 

A real man paints his little daughters fingers and toes with pretty pink nail polish because she wants them to look like mommy’s.

A real man works long hard hours to provide his family with the necessities of life.

A real man treats his grandmother like a beautiful girl and listens to her stories over and over again as if it was the first time he’s heard it.

A real man sets his hobbies aside to spend time with his family in his spare time.

A real man teaches his sons how to treat women with respect by his own actions towards women. 

A real man models for his daughter what she should look for in a guy.

A real man doesn't just tell his wife he loves her...he models it daily. 

A real man teaches his kids to accept responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes instead of covering them up. 

A real man wipes the tears from his teenage daughter's face and takes her on a breakfast date after she's had a rough night. 

A real man shows grace and mercy and loves like Christ. 

A real man treats others with kindness and teaches his children how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world.

A real man loves God with his whole heart!

Yes, THESE are the traits of a REAL man and he does exist.  This is the man I live with, share my life with, and am honored to call my husband, best friend, and father of my children. I love you, Matt! ❤️

There are other real men out there as well! They do exist and they don't get enough credit and praise. So, ladies, if you have one of these real men, let him know those things you see in him. Be thankful and praise God for him. Hug him tightly and treat him well! Continue to raise your sons as men of honor and teach your daughters that real men do exist and what they should look for. 

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6:11‬

Happy Saturday to you all and now I will go enjoy this day with MY man! 😉❤️