Sunday, December 4, 2011

Amazing Love

So on the eve of a rather rough day, what could possibly be more wonderful then curling up in your daughters little bed with her and reading her "The Christmas Story" and her daily devotional and ending the night with songs of praise together??? NOTHING...except if the rapture had occurred and we were in heaven doing that!

You know, its in the moments like that when I think "Really God? Why all the grace?" Does he realize what I actually deserve in my mind? I certainly don't deserve all that I have, but THANK GOD for his overwhelming grace and love filled forgiveness towards woman like me...or rather, who I used to be.

We ended the evening with "amazing love" a song we did in church today and I was getting as choked up tonight as I was during worship this morning. I encourage you to listen to it or at least read these lyrics over a few times and allow them to settle into your heart...powerful...

I'm forgiven because You were forsaken (Christ was forsaken, definition: abandoned, deserted, forgotten)
I'm accepted, You were condemned (He was condemned, definition: judged, guilty, unfavorable, sentenced, convicted)
I'm alive and well, Your Spirit is within me ( the very spirit of God is IN us)
Because You died and rose again ( we only live because he died)

Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me? ( Why us? he died when we were yet sinners...)
Amazing love, I know it's true
It's my joy to honor You
In all I do, I'll honor You ( do we??)

Friday, October 21, 2011

I Love....

I love that my everyday attire is usually sweat pants and t-shirts, because they have proven to almost be childproof. I also love that said childproof clothing is usually used as a rag to clean up messes as Ava Grace displayed today when she got dirt on her hands and promptly wiped it off on my pants. 

I love that when people come to our home and ask for something to drink they are usually served in sippy cups without the lid because Ava Grace has broken nearly every nice glass we owned and the one good glass left , my husband placed on top of the toaster to belt butter and cracked it. 

I love that almost all of my lip gloss’s don’t have lids because Ava Grace loves to pull them off and lose them. 

I love that occasionally when we crawl into bed we find  children’s socks and toys under our covers around our feet, I love that I slept all night on a passy and didn’t know it until morning. 

I love that almost every picture frame we own is taped on the back because its been broken by curious hands. 

I love that our washer had to be repaired because of all the tiny socks in the drum.

I love that I have to play the same children’s praise song over and over and over during our car rides. 

I love that I can’t take a shower without Ava Grace flinging the curtain back at some point and screaming “its me!”  I also love that I typically slip on bath toys left on the floor of the shower.

I love that my foot always finds that one toy we missed cleaning up as I’m walking through the living room in the dark.

I love that my refrigerator is covered in ABC magnets and scribbled drawings, long gone are the days of cute glass magnets. 

I love that almost every time I’m ready to walk out the door  I hear, “I pooped mommy”

I love that occasionally Ava Grace refuses to eat breakfast, but then sneaks bites of mine until its almost all gone. 

I love that I’ve seen THE GRINCH more times then I can count and I can quote it. (On a side note: Jim Carry is amazing!) 

I love that I can’t even go to the bathroom without an audience. 

 I love that I spent 30 minutes today scrubbing crayon marks and fingerprints of our TV screen and another 15 minutes cleaning food spots off our couch.

I love that I carry a diaper bag instead of a cute purse

I love that  EARLY every morning, while I’m in a deep peaceful sleep, I hear Ava Grace’s door swing open and bang into the wall, because Ava Grace does nothing quietly. 

I love that every time I have a hot cup of coffee ready to drink someone wakes up, needs their diaper changed, is hungry or thirsty or just wants my undivided attention and coffee is not welcome. 

I love that our computer screen displays Ava Grace’s “art show” (as she put it) of crayon scribbles. 

What I REALLY love though are the countless smiles, laughs, thank you’s, hugs and cuddles that help me to love all the hard stuff and that my entire world has been turned upside down by these two cuties and will never be the same again! 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Backseat prayer

What better way to get back on the “writing a blog bandwagon” then to share what my daughter taught me last night. 

Never underestimate two things; 1. The power of our God and 2. A two year olds ability to understand God! 

On our Journey home from “Bible Power Hour”, my husband I were arguing…yes, I just admitted to arguing following church and arguing about something incredibly stupid ,like which car to take to the airport next week! I’m a very transparent person, I find the imperfections in people and myself to be what is most beautiful because it where we see the fingerprints of God at work. As I was saying, we were arguing and our precious 2 ½ year old daughter pipes up from the backseat and says; “Jesus, help mommy and daddy right now, amen.” My husband and I both stopped  and stared at each other. I was lost for words…our argument halted and we were both quiet the rest of the way home. 

I was instantly humbled, convicted, astounded and thankful all at once. I was humbled by the faith of my small child. I was convicted by the realization that she understood our arguments and doesn’t like them. I was astounded that she knew what to do in distress, who to go to and who was capable of “fixing” it and finally, I was thankful for the heart of my daughter and the gentle ways God gets our attention. 

My husband and I don’t usually fight, we argue... like kids cause we are still working out this marriage thing and we are both selfish and stubborn at times. We have yet to realize that to be selfless and look out for the other persons best interest, is the best decision 100% of the time. We will get there, maybe in another five years haha. In all seriousness when we argue, as silly as it is, I am keenly aware that our children are present and listening. However, while they are this young I like to use the excuse that they don’t understand and can’t become effected yet, clearly Ava Grace taught me different. Being right is not worth disturbing my child’s peace in the car or the home. I want my children to have one definitive thing stand out in their memories of childhood and that is that they were raised in a peaceful environment. The topic of peace is an entirely different post for another day, but there is a way to remain peaceful amidst total chaos. Peace isn’t  found in the atmosphere, peace is found in how we respond to the atmosphere and in God's presence in the midst of the chaos.

As of last night I set my heart and mind to never argue in front of them again. Arguing isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, its how you argue, so at times we will argue. However, I pray that when we do the Holy Spirit will bring to my mind the words of my daughter during her backseat prayer. 

Monday, May 23, 2011


Thought I would share my devotion today :)

Working Joyfully
Nancy Leigh DeMoss

“It’s interesting to me that there are six references to hands in Proverbs chapter 31: verse 13, verse 16, verse 19, verse 20, and verse 31. And we have specifically here in verses 13 and 19 a woman who is getting the raw ingredients of wool and flax and is working with her hands to spin those raw ingredients into thread, and then to make fabric, and then out of that fabric to make clothing.

As we see all those references to her hands (the work of her hands, the fruit of her hands, the profits of her hands depending on which translation you’re using), so I say, what is the significance of that? And then I begin to think about other biblical references to hands, and that will perhaps be a little insight to you in your own study of God’s Word.

Biblically, there’s a special significance to working with our hands, starting with the fact that God works with His hands. Psalm chapter eight tells us that the heavens are the work of His fingers (Psalm 8:3), and when that passage is quoted again in Hebrews one, it says, “The heavens are the works of your hands” (Hebrews 1:10). Psalm 8 tells us, “You have made man,” God has made man, “to have dominion over the works of your hands” (Psalm 8:6).

This earth is the work of God’s hands. Psalm 111 tells us the works of His hands are truth and justice (Psalm 111:7). And then, we know that Jesus worked with His hands. Growing up as the son of a carpenter, it’s certain that He did labor as a carpenter with His hands. He also used His hands to be a means of blessing to others. Matthew chapter 19: “He laid his hands on the children” (Matthew 19:15). Luke 24, as Jesus was getting ready after His resurrection to be ascended back into Heaven, the Scripture says, “He lifted up his hands and he blessed them” (Luke 24:50). He blessed His disciples.

The apostles worked with their hands. First Corinthians four, the apostle Paul said, “We labor, working with our own hands” (1 Corinthians 4:12). Acts chapter 20 tells us, again Paul is speaking to the elders at Ephesus. He said, “You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities and for those who were with me” (Acts 20:34).

Isn’t it interesting that the great apostle Paul who penned, I think, 13 books in the New Testament, was not above working with his hands? You see, working with our hands is the cure, the antidote, to laziness, to stealing, and to uselessness. And that’s why we read in Proverbs chapter 21 that lazy people won’t work with their hands. “The desire of the lazy man kills him,” Proverbs says, “because his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and does not spare” (Proverbs 21:25).

Do you see the difference there? Lazy people are always wanting to get. They want to be on the receiving end. They won’t work to give. They want to get. And ultimately, if they can’t get what they want, that can even cause them to turn to stealing out of laziness. But people who are hard workers are willing to work with their hands so that they can have something to give to others. That’s the heart of this virtuous woman.

So we read in 1 Thessalonians chapter four, “We urge you,” Paul says, “that you aspire to lead a quiet life and to work with your own hands, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside and that you may lack nothing” (1 Thessalonians 4:11–12).

Now, this is serious business because Paul’s not just saying this is something you ought to consider doing, to be hard at work with your hands in whatever tasks you have that require that. He goes on to say in 2 Thessalonians chapter three that there were some in that church who were idle—they wouldn’t work with their hands. And Paul said, “Look at our example! We did not eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but we worked with labor and toil, night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us” (2 Thessalonians 3:7–8, paraphrased).

“Do not be weary in doing good” (Galatians 6:9, paraphrased). That’s a good word for mothers, isn’t it? He goes on to say, “If anyone does not obey our words, note that person, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed” (2 Thessalonians 3:14). Now, that’s not only something to model in your home, but it’s an important thing to teach your children. Your children need to learn how to work, and how to have a work-ethic, but also practically how to work.

Some of you found that when you got to be wives and mothers, you did not have the practical skills that you needed to know how to meet your family’s needs in terms of food and clothing and shopping and administering and organizing your home and cleaning. Some of these skills you had to learn. And let me say, if you still don’t know how to do those things, if you don’t have the skills, find a woman who does have those skills and ask her if she would help you learn.

You say, “I’d be so embarrassed to tell a woman, ‘I don’t know how to organize my house, or I don’t know how to clean my house, or I don’t know how to cook.’” Better to be embarrassed and go and find someone who will mentor and help you learn those skills, than to go through life not fulfilling, not able to fulfill, part of God’s calling for your life.

But mothers, make sure that your daughters are learning those skills so that they won’t get to be your age and have to admit that they don’t know how to fulfill those basic homemaking and home-keeping tasks.

Well, there are so many ways that a woman in the context of her home can use her hands. I made a list of some of those, and you will think of others: sewing and mending clothes, curtains, linens. Cleaning—cleaning dishes, cleaning clothing, cleaning children, cleaning toilets, cleaning floors, cleaning spills. And there’s always plenty to do with the hands, picking up after the family, cooking, baking, food preparation, shopping, crafts that are used to make your home beautiful: painting, stenciling, gardening, planting, weeding, tending the garden.

Working with your hands: flower arranging, needle work, writing notes of encouragement—that’s a way you can use your hands to minister grace to others. And by the way, start at home with those notes of encouragement. Some of you are great at thank you notes and notes of encouragement, but do you write your husband and your children notes of encouragement?

Use your hands! Bookkeeping, that may part of your task in your home. It’s something you can do with your hands to help minister grace to your family. Caring for sick children, braiding hair, trimming hair, all kinds of fixing hair, driving children to school, to piano lessons, to sports. This woman seeks wool and flax—she looks for the raw ingredients that she needs, and then she works willingly with her hands.

Let me ask you right now to stop and look at your hands. Just look at them. If you’re a Proverbs 31 woman, or becoming one, as we are committed to becoming together, your hands may not be model’s hands. You may not have perfectly manicured nails. But let me ask you this: Are they serving hands? Are they hands that you’re using to bless and to minister in practical ways to the needs of others?

If they are, then though they may not be beautiful hands, they’re hands like the Master’s. See, Christ’s hands were nailed to a cross. He endured that, out of love, out of the heart of a servant, for the sake of the Gospel, for the sake of the plan of redemption.

Can I say that when you serve your family with your hands, when you work with your hands, when you clean and cook, whatever you do with your hands around your home, you’re doing it for the sake of the Gospel. You’re doing it so that your children may know what Jesus looks like, so they may be drawn to Him, so they may want to know Him.

There’s a wonderful word of encouragement in 2 Chronicles chapter 15. The prophet came to King Asa. Asa was a man who had a heart for God, and he was seeking to establish reform in the nations which desperately needed reforms, but it was hard work.

It would have been easy for Asa to get weary in the work and to give up. God sent a prophet to him to say what I want to say to you today. He said, “[But you, King Asa,] Be strong, and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!” (2 Chronicles 15:7).

Let me say it again. Let me say it to you. “But you, be strong, and do not let your hands be weak, for your work,” if it’s done as unto the Lord, “will be rewarded!”

It will be.”


This message blessed me so much today! I wanted to share it with all of you. Just Saturday at work my friend and I were talking about how great one of our candles smelled, it just smells CLEAN and we got into conversation about cleaning our homes. I told her she may think me weird but that I love to clean. In fact one of my favorite past times in spring is to open all of my windows, put on praise music and clean my house barefoot ( there is something about being barefoot I like). I truly find joy in working with my hands around our house and now I know why, because I am doing the work of the Lord and pleasing God. Maybe its just me, but that gets me excited.

I will also note that as I read this message a song that was running through my spirit is “Potters Hands” by Darlene Zschech. I LOVE these lyrics and always have, but after reading this the song captures me in a different light.

“Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Saviour
I know for sure, all of my days are held in your hands, crafted
into your perfect plan
You gently call me into your presence guiding me by Your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life through Your eyes
I'm captured by Your holy calling
Set me apart, I know you're drawing me to yourself
Lead me Lord I pray

Take me, Mold me, use me, fill me
I give my life to the Potter's hand
Call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me
I give my life to the Potter's hand

You gently call me into your presence guiding me by your Holy Spirit
Teach me dear Lord to live all of my life through your eyes
I'm captured by your Holy calling
set me apart, I know your drawing me to yourself
lead me Lord I pray”

I give my life to the Potters Hands to in turn pray that he will help me to use my own hands for my family, for service and for his kingdom! Have a blessed day friends :)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New Season

Okay, okay I know I'm the absolute worst blogger EVER! I'm terrible at making regualr posts and I don't know why I find it so difficult conciderig I LOVE to write. ::sigh::

I admire my freind Emily who just had a baby boy and still manages to blog almost daily. Please share your secret with me Emily ;)

So the last time we met was back in Winter, back before I found out I was pregnant with our second blessing!!!!! :) Yes indeed, we are expecting our second little princess on August 12th. Little miss Addison Faith is greatly loved already!!! I can't wait to meet her. I can't wait to see how she's different from Ava Grace and how she's just alike. Jon can't wait to see what she will look like. Ava Grace is such a beauty, Addison will be too I'm sure. I have not yet gotten out all of Ava's little baby clothes, mainly because I'm lazy haha, but I'm looking forward to going back through them. One of my favorite things about having a baby girl is dressing her up and I can't wait to have two to dress up!

I'm looking forward to this new season of our life, in my life. I'm well aware it will be full of ups and downs and many challanges, but it will be full of a lot of joy as well! Children are a blessing from the Lord and I was never even supposed to have one child! It will be hard to go back to work as a manager at 8 weeks, but as long as God is my strength I will be okay. Thankfully I have a very awesome job and I can work evenings and be home with the kids during the day and I still get off early enough that I can spend ample time with Jon every night.

I know that God is preparing my heart for this new season and all it involves. It makes me laugh when almost two weeks ago God leads me to something that I feel is for this season coming and then I find out about all the changes happening and I'm in awe of how God goes before us and moves. He knows me well and my heart needed to be softened. It also helps give me peace that God is indeed in it.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I want...

 I want to be used by God to heal the broken hearted, to offer hope to the hopeless, to share the good news of Christ Jesus with those who need it most. I want to love up on the unloveable and those deemed "unworthy" I want to share my testimony, my story and help people to see that there is NOTHING God can't heal, restore and make new. He is the God of miracles and he can fix the most broken person in the world; I know because he fixed me.  And I'm not average, I'm above average because I'm a child of God. That's my title, my inheritance - my father is the heavenly father.  

With my God all things are possible, period.