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."

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Life is Hard, BUT GOD is Good!


Saturday morning! The day my family gets to sleep in and my time on the front porch with Jesus lasts a little longer. Oh, how needed it is this morning! You know those days that are just hard? And then you have those days that are even harder than that?

Yep, that was my week.

Life is hard, BUT GOD is good! ALWAYS!

BUT GOD!! Hallelujah!

This morning I picked up my Bible to head outside and it was like my soul felt so content as soon as my hands wrapped around that precious book. Feeling the weight of all those pages infused with the breath of my Father and holding his love note to me was, in itself, so healing and comforting. And as soon as I walked outside, this verse of scripture came to my mind:

"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)

This life on earth is temporary. Flowers will fade, grass withers up, discouragement will come, people will disappoint, sickness happens, death is mourned....Yes, life is hard! But I have to remember that this is not my home. I'm just passing through until I spend eternity with my Father in heaven. So when things on this earth disappoint and I feel discouraged, as I have so much this week, I have to continually immerse myself in truths of God's Word and depend on him to see me through. So many times I look through the lens of my own eyes and I see the hurt and evil in this world but when I look through the lens of my Father, I see a whole different view. I see the beauty of his creation, I see the blessings shining brighter than any pain, and I see the hope of glory! We are here for His glory and to fulfill His purpose for our lives and though it may be hard, the reward of eternal life with Him will be so worth it!

"You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever."
Psalms 16:11 (NLT)

So, today, I will look through the lens of my Father. I want to see others the way he does. I want to see his glory all around me and look for ways to be the blessing to others. I will wait patiently on him during these seasons of "wait" and trust his heart. I will praise HIM because he is so worthy! Because the same God I praise on the mountaintops is the same God who carries me through each valley!

I'm HIS child. Redeemed by HIS blood. Walking in HIS grace. Living for HIS glory! Hallelujah!

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the LORD, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:28-31 (NKJV)



Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Longest Day of the Year

Well, today is the longest day of the year....summer solstice. The day when the sun stays up longer and nighttime is the shortest. It, of course, is also the first day of SUMMER!

That word invokes a lot of feelings in people. Haha! From happiness that school is out to dread when those electric bills of non-stop A/C start rolling in. Here in the southern NC area, these temps have already reached the 100 mark and the humidity has been so thick that just walking through it takes extra effort. Lol! But, this is summer in ILM and we get used to it.

As I'm sitting on my front porch this morning, I'm enjoying all the sounds of nature during my quiet time. The frogs singing the birds chirping and, of course, Louie panting at my feet. Ha! I see the raindrops drip off the house from the huge downpours we had throughout the night and I'm thankful they brought in the cooler temperature this morning!

As I rock in my rocking chair, I love to imagine my Jesus sitting beside me in the other and I just talk. I love to share my heart with him and tell him all about the day. It brings comfort to tell him my hurts and share with him my joys. I imagine him speaking to me and then through His Word, I sit in silence as I hear His voice in my spirit. I hear His promises from those beautiful pages of scripture. Promises of comfort, provision, grace and mercy. Promises that He will never leave me and of His incredible love. And it's in these moments that I could rock forever!! O, how I love my Jesus!

Today, I as I begin this longest day of the year, I lay it at His beautiful feet. I ask him to show me how to use this day for HIS glory. It really is all about him and His will for my life so, today, I will choose HIM!

What about YOU?

Let's go forward in HIS will and see amazing things happen! Happy summer to YOU!

"But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!"
Romans 13:11-14 (MSG)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Home Sweet Home


Lord, today I thank you for my home! I thank you for the happiness that I find here and for the comfort it brings when I drive in my driveway. I thank you for the voices I hear as I walk from room to room, my husband and precious children. I thank you for the rest that my soul finds here as I break away from the world.  I thank you for the reminders of sweet life that dwell here as I see the nicks on the wall and markers of my children's growth on the doorframe. I thank you for the dinners around our family table where memories are shared and days are hashed out. I thank you for our beds that comfort our weary bodies at night. I thank you for our living room where we welcome guests, have family worship time, and do life. I thank you for my kitchen where many memories are shared like cooking meals, heart-to-heart talks, sweet embraces from my husband, and random dance parties with the family. I thank you for our little schoolroom where I get the honor of teaching my kids and watching them learn. I thank you for my laundry room to clean the clothes that we do life in. I thank you for my front door where I watch my husband pull in the driveway from work and welcome him with a hug and kiss. I thank you for our backyard where I watch my kids play ball and our crazy dog run around. I thank you for my front porch where I spend those weekend and summer mornings in your Word and watch the deer across the field. I thank you for our garage where my husband and son do chores with K-LOVE blaring in the background. I thank you for bathrooms where we can shower and brush our teeth.  I thank you for each bedroom and the rest and comfort there. I thank you for the stairwell, top and bottom, where hugs and “I love yous” are shared with each family member.  I thank you for your Word that covers each wall whether by framed print or by handwritten notes.  I thank you for each nook and cranny because it is where precious life is done.

Lord, I thank you for this home…our home! It may not be perfect because it inhabits imperfect people and it may not be perfectly clean but it is HOME. It is the place our family dwells and life lessons are learned. It is the place where we cry together, laugh together, pray together, and grow together. It is the place where you have blessed us immensely and, today Lord, I want to give YOU praise for it all!

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Joshua 24:15b













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Friday, June 13, 2014

And the winner is.....

Congratulations Angie Edwards!!!

You are the winner of the first Summer Bible Study giveaway!

I will give you your book when you come to study on Monday night!! Woohoo!!


Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Bible Study…Giveaway!

We are only 1 week away from beginning our Summer Bible Study!

I am so excited and praying that God will do a mighty work in the hearts of each and every attendee. We have a great group signed up and ready to go but it is not too late to join us! There is still time to register and join us for an amazing summer study of God's Word. We will be doing Beth Moore's newest Bible study, "Children of the Day". This is a in-depth study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. You do NOT want to miss this! To register, you can email your name and phone number to womensministry@scottshill.org

So, for those of you who have been in Bible studies with me before, know how I LOVE to do giveaways!! Of course, I will be doing that each and every week of our summer study but I thought I would do a little giveaway before the study even begins! Woohoo!

If you could see how happy I am right now!!! I LOVE TO GIVE STUFF AWAY!!!!!!

Okay, are you ready to see what I am giving away?

Here  it is……..


Yes!!! I am giving away a FREE copy of the workbook for the Summer Bible Study! Woohoo!!!

So how do you get it?

Well, I am glad you asked! ;)

All you have to do is leave me a comment here on my blog, on my Facebook post or email it to me at ajordan10@ec.rr.com and tell my why summer Bible study is important to you (make sure to include your name)! I will announce the winner on Thursday and deliver it to you myself!

If you are not signed up for the study, you are still eligible to win, but I would love for you to join us! If you live out of town I hope that you can find a group to do it with in your town or download the videos online. And, well, I won't be able to deliver it to you myself, but I can mail it to you! :)

If you are registered and already have your book, this will be a great way to invite a special friend to join you for the study and gift her with the book!

ARE YOU EXCITED YET?

I AM!!!! 

So, let's get the comments going……NOW!



Saturday, June 7, 2014

Last Day of Vacation


Well, today is our last full day of vacation. Tomorrow we will pack up the car and head back to our homestead in NC with hearts full and refreshed. As everyone on the last day of vacation, I am sad to see it end. It has been a wonderful time of God and family, which is just what I had hoped for. I know Ben will be glad to get back to his sweet girlfriend and Callie back to being silly with her cousin Sharon but I’m thankful they have had a great time here and didn’t even complain when the Wi-Fi signals would crash. Lol! O, what a different age we live in. Matt and I pained them through stories of our vacations growing up when there were no smart phones, only dumb phones that you actually had to pay for a long-distance call. There was also no FaceTime or texting. Yes, we lived in the “dark ages” or so they think. Ha! But we survived to tell about it and it didn’t kill us.

This wasn’t a fancy vacation. It was just getting away from the fast-paced routine of our lives for 8 days and slowing down in the beauty of God’s creation. We cooked every meal, except one, and did laundry just as we would at home. It has been the simplest and cheapest vacation we’ve taken. Ha! Which was a blessing because just like everyone else, money doesn’t flow freely (especially this year! Lol!). We are definitely thankful for this timeshare we invested in 16 years ago! J

Today’s agenda consists of cooking my family a big breakfast and lounging around until our time on the lake. Then we will head to the pool for our last afternoon and  grill out one last time tonight on our back deck overlooking the woods as we watch the deer run by and our cute little bunny we have seen almost everyday. We will do some laundry so we can arrive home without the dreaded piles of “vacation laundry”. And of course, I will visit my little chapel again tonight and spend some time at the feet of my Jesus and in prayer and thank him again for the blessing of family, the power of prayer, this time of rest, and praise him for ALL He is to me!

So, today is the last day…and it is going to be GREAT!

"This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it."

Psalm 118:24



Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Watchful Eye


I spent the afternoon at the pool with Callie and Caleb yesterday while my men recovered from a little too much sun the day before fishing on the lake. We had a great time! We enjoyed the pool and the hot tub! At one point Callie wanted to head down to the deeper section of the pool but Caleb was content up at the shallow end playing with some other kids. So, I told Caleb to stay put and I would be watching him. The pool was extremely crowded yesterday because the temperature was absolutely perfect. It was so crowded, in fact, that they were out of pool towels. As we went down to the other end, I kept my eyes constantly on Caleb. But with all the people in the pool there were times he couldn’t see me. He would emerge from the water and look around. I would wave my hand to let him know that I was watching and he would give me a big smile from behind his cute masked face. How he could see anything out of that mask, I don’t understand because it stayed fogged up most of the time and it seemed to be so tight that his top lip doubled its size. But he loved it and said it was perfect. Haha!

This went on for about 15 minutes as Callie and I splashed around the 5ft section figuring out ways to make our $1 noodles keep us afloat. It amazes me how those little noodles act as floatation devices. O, but I digress….

Anyway, a little later as I was drying off (without a pool towel, Lol!) I watched my kids playing together and constantly praised God for allowing me to be their mom. As they helped each other do handstands and cannonballs, I looked on in sheer joy as they had lots of fun. I loved seeing them enjoy life but was constantly keeping my protective eye on them. It was in that moment that my Father so gently reminded me of His watchful and protective eye over me, His child. Even as Caleb splashed around the pool and, at times, couldn’t see me; I never took my eye off him. It was only because of the barriers in the way that he couldn’t see me.

How many times have I felt the same way?

There have been times in my life where I would look around and feel as though God was not there, where I couldn’t sense His presence. But its in those moments when I have to dig deep to grasp hold of scripture that reminds me that God is always there with His watchful eye on me. Distractions get in the way and keep me from seeing Him fully. It is never that He loses sight of me. It is only when my view gets distracted. When I let go of the distractions and focus on His Word, I experience His presence and grace in such a beautiful way and His glory shines. O, what a magnificent sight HE is!

I love this Psalm and how it paints such a beautiful picture of God’s ever-watchful eye:

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.”
Psalm 121 (NIV)


Sometimes all it takes is a moment in the pool or some other place for God to remind me of His amazing promises. I’m so grateful of that truth. He is always there! He will never leave me! He watches over His children always and forevermore!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)