Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You never know

I met someone today and shared with them what was happening in my life. How God is working in our Emily's life and what amazing things are beginning to take place. When I was done sharing with her and praising God she looked at me and said, " you'd never know. Your smiles and happy every week when I see you." Man, I have to say that made me happy. It made me feel that I am trusting in The Lord to take are of Emily. I am not taking on the stress of the situation I instead and giving that to The Lord. Praise God. I don't want to wear the stresses of my life. I don't want them hanging heavy on my shoulders. I want to follow God and what his word tells us.

Psalm 55:22 

Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

1 Peter 5:7 

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 41:10 

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Philippians 4:7 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6-7 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 John 4:18 

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Romans 8:28  

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

James 1:12 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:2-4 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6 ESV / 8 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Monday, October 7, 2013

a resume

This Sunday, in church our pastor was talking about a resume. In particular Paul's resume . 

It was impressive. 
He then asked the question. What's on your resume. 

When He was talking about that I started to feel things. 
Things stiring inside me. 

Someone had asked me the day before, 
"What did you do before you were a Mom?"

I answered, " I have been a Mom since the age of 19. " 
I don't think she was expecting this answer, as she had had a professional career 
before being a mom.
For some crazy reason in this society we live in this answer just doesn't seem to cut it. 
it should, but women tend to look down at other women for this very answer. 

If I had to write a resume,
I could put down a lot of different jobs. 
I could but down Wife, Mother, Friend. 
Blogger, Quilter, Crafter, Photographer. 
Oh I might just put down Artist... 
I can add Home schooling Mom to that list and 
interior designer. 

But whenever I think about myself, I often feel I can do many things
but I don't excel at any of them. 
(now I know that the thought is straight from the Devil) 

I want to see myself as a child of God. Beloved. 
I want to be a nurturing  person who lives for the Lord. 
I want people to see his light in me. 

I want people to see the miracles that God has so graciously
preformed in my life. 
Like Restoring my Marriage. 

I want to shout it from the roof tops. 

GOD is the only reason my marriage is alive. 
God restored my marriage. 
God healed our broken hearts .

I want that to be my legacy. 
I want people to know that God wants to heal them
no matter what the circumstance, 
failed marriage, adultery, feeling betrayed. 
God can heal it and make it new. 

Our daughter has walked away. This summer she walked away. 
I was so angry. I was mad. 
God. Please don't tear my family apart a second time. 
I can't bear it. 

I cried that on my knees. With all of my being. 
I cried it out to God. 

I felt as if I had failed Emily. 
I felt like such a failure as her MOM. 
I was so sad and heartbroken for a few weeks. and then God gently reminded me
"I love her more" 
"I love her more then you could ever love her. I have her. She has turned her back on me.
Let me handle this. Give it over to me"

I can not tell you the peace I felt about her when I pray this.

I pray that God will use these circumstances to give her 
a heart for the Lord.

back to my resume.
I think my ultimate resume would be this

Proverbs 31:10

10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
    and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
    and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
    and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
    she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
    and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
    and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
    her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
    but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
    but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
    and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

My Favorite part of that scripture is

Her Children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.

Oh How i have to read that over and over again. My job is to
 1. Live for Christ so that others see him in me.
2. Be like this Proverbs 31 10: 31 woman.

And someday when I stand before my Judge I want to hear the words.
Well, done, my beloved. Well done. 


Funny and sad how instagram has changed blogging. 

I have been so busy with life and everything else that goes along with it that
I don't really feel like devoting time to blogging. 

That last statement is both true and sad to me. 

I LOVE homeschooling and I am so very happy and blessed that 
my kids are loving it as well. 

I finally found a church I am being fed in. 

I am so happy that Sara is thriving in this home environment. 
She even got a job at the local hardware store twice a week. 
She is loving her youth group as well. 
It is good. It is wonderful. 

We are adjusting to this life, Summer had some of the strangest 
craziest things happen. We are adjusting. 

Ww lost our puppy LULU  (11 1/2 years old) 
the Second week of September. 
It has been so sad without here. 
I miss her. 
I miss her barking. 
I just plain miss her. 

Maddie keeps asking when we will be getting a new puppy. 
My husband and I want to very different breads.
I would like another female bearded collie
and he wants a male german shepherd. 
We may just end up getting 2 puppies and raise them up 

People think we are crazy. 
We are. 
I don't care what people think. 

Even though there is a lot of craziness going on
God is good. 
He blesses us. 

He continually blesses us. 

I will end with some lulu pics. 

the day we brought her home. 

Here she is about 10 months old. 
Em is probably around 8 and sara is 3

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