Monday, July 30, 2007
Posted by jen at 8:56 PM
Sunday, July 29, 2007
"You don't need to say goodbye yet dear one, it's not your turn"
That's when I realized I got that dorky-shock-weird look on my face because God was stopping me from making a mistake. It's not time to say goodbye to my friend because we will see each other again. I know we will keep in touch and I know God will keep us in each others lives. Our friendship, though new, will keep going and growing (Praise Him!). And even though it's somewhat new, and we're still getting to know each other, I love that girl like a true sister. So no, today was not the day we would say goodbye to each other. I still wonder if she thinks I'm weird sometimes, (let's be real, I AM weird sometimes!) but I see in her something I long to have myself. A true passion for Jesus Christ. With out a doubt, God put us in each others lives for a specific reason. I am so proud of their family for what they are doing. Seeking Gods will is not always a comfortable place to be in, but they have jumped out of the boat and are standing with both feet in the stormy sea. They won't sink. Their eyes are on the Lord and glory to His name, they won't look away. It's going to be an awesome sight to see what God has in store for them. I'm praying for you girl, and I love love love you!
I know it's cliche' but I gotta say it. :) It's not goodbye, God's told me it's 'see you later'.
Posted by jen at 3:19 PM
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Posted by jen at 3:44 PM
Friday, July 27, 2007
I wanted to share with you some of the pretty-pretties I look at every morning while I talk with God. Enjoy.
Posted by jen at 4:41 PM
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I am stopping here and praying that this will fall fresh on your ears the way it did mine, because I want you all to experience the bear hug of love I got from my Lord. One that I'm still not ready to be released from. A new understanding of His love is what I've gotten from Him. And again this refreshing came from something silly my boys did, which peaked my interest into labeling things. To God goes the glory for using my sweet "big boys" to teach me yet again how much He loves me, and to teach me how to fall deeper in love with Him.
The boys were given new toy golf clubs from their friend that we babysat for a few weeks. They love them. And although identical in every way, they still argued over whose was whose. Finally my oldest said, "momma, you're just gonna hafta label 'em". We've been here before. So I got out the trusty old Sharpie and went to labeling each tiny piece of each golf set. Putting their name on their 'stuff'. Now when they want to play golf, they carefully inspect the pieces to make sure they each have their own. It's really cute to watch them. And they are very territorial. Neither one can touch the others toy. I've had to do this with a LOT of their toys. They want to know which is theirs. Because they want their own, not someone elses.
It really made me wonder why. What was so important? What was so different about THEIR toy that made them unable to share with each other? They were exactly the same, but each boy held one up higher than the other because it was theirs.
Ever hear of God Stops? Of course many of you have. But I had a different kind of God Stop. He stopped me dead in my tracks and said, "daughter, I wouldn't share you with anyone either". You see, as my boys were dead set on having their OWN. So is God. He wants His own children. So many times I've chosen to step out of God's will, do my own things. Share my 'toys' with someone else. What God made me see was that His name is written on my heart. He does not want to share me with anyone, He wants me all to Himself. To do His will. To be in His sight. To walk in His path. He created me. He formed me. For Him and by Him I remain on this earth. Because He wants me for His good, I still breath. While we are still the same on the outside, on the inside we are much different. We have His markings. We have His love. And the best part about wearing His label? We CAN share it. God doesn't put His sharpie away and only bring it out for the best. He keeps it uncapped and ready for whoever is willing. And not only will He not share us with the enemy, He'll keep us protected under His wing when the enemy wants to swoop in and take us. How awesome is that!
So many earthly labels are too awful to mention. We see someone who's too skinny, overweight, tall, short, pretty, not pretty, talkative, gossipy, mean, shy... etc., and we give them a label. Or people see something in us they don't like and give us a label. How many of those have you allowed yourself to wear? Has someone said something to you or about you that made you give yourself a label? How long will you wear it? Do you shove one off, only to pick up another and put it on your head? How long will you wear it? Take them off sisters. Rip them if you can. They mean nothing. The only label that will make any type of meaningful difference in your life is the label of Christ. Wear that one. Put it on your head, and hold it high. Share it with everyone you meet. Show them how they can have the love of Christ. How long will you wear this label? Forever. Forever and ever and ever. And it didn't take any sketches, marketing, or sales pitches. You see, this label is not written in ink with sparkly letters and pretty pictures. This label is written in blood. A blood that will never wash away. A blood that will turn you white as snow in the eyes of God. This label was written in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
And it's the only label I ever want to wear.
Posted by jen at 9:25 PM
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
That's just what I plan to do today. Praise Him in everything. There will be a lot of clapping and singing in our house today, we've got a lot to praise Him for! Amen? If you're feeling down and out, have a praise day with me. Put on some music and get "jiggy" in praise to the one whose hands formed you. Lift those hands up high and sing to Him, He loves it! Let's start a party of praise in Heaven today Siestas! Send our love to our Father. Today's challenge is simple:
If you love Him, let Him hear it! Fill God's ears with sweet sweet praise and song.
ps - I'm still chewing on the word He gave, it's working out into a devotion and when I'm done I'll post. :)
Posted by jen at 8:08 AM
Monday, July 23, 2007
He's got a word for me tonight Siestas. How exciting! I'll share it with you tomorrow!
Thank you everyone for the comments, you're all very very sweet to a cranky Siesta and I love you for it!
Posted by jen at 9:51 PM
I guess I'm just feeling blah. Typical Monday morning blah-ness. Coming down from a really fun Small Group at our house last night, where hubby made some really yummy burgers and we talked Parenting. Then I had a good meeting with the Lord last night and even cleaned off my patio where I can have a more comfy meeting with the Lord tonight. Yesterday was a great day. I love having people over and now that I'm keeping up with the house better, I don't feel so bad about having company. We had a fun time visiting with all our friends and of course Daniels best friend EVER :) came over and they had a blast in the play room with Recue Heroes and Power Rangers, and of course, Dinosaurs. So who wouldn't be tired after juicy burgers, potatoe chips, cookies, watermelon, hot dogs, pink salad, sodas, and friends? I think I'm just wishing my kiddos were just as tired as I am. Then we could all just nap. :)
Posted by jen at 10:20 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Posted by jen at 10:07 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2007
"That's the saddest thing I've EVER heard mommy! Nickels are my favorite thing in the world!"
It was so cute I had to giggle. Then I told him that maybe God would have a whole bucket of nickels there waiting on him. So to that he said he'd pray and ask God to save up all the nickels in Heaven just for him so that when he got there he could have a bucket full of nickels from God. How precious is that! And it got me to thinking.... will I have a bucket full of coffee beans waiting on me? What will my bucket full of Heavenly goodness be filled with? Chocolate? Scrapbooking treasures? What a fun anticipation!
What do you think will be in your "bucket"?
Posted by jen at 9:33 PM
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Posted by jen at 8:40 AM
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
We had so much fun! It was a wonderful time! The food came out GREAT! (I'm not biased, I got rave reviews, even from my hard-to-fill kids!) and the conversation just kept right on rolling. The kids had a BLAST playing with their new friend who at one point was knee deep in rescue heroes with a bright yellow construction hat on. She's going to get along great with our boys! :) I'm so excited! It's been WAY to long since we've had friends over for dinner. We're definatly going to have to make this a regular thing! Yay! I'm so so excited! New friends, good food, and a great night. God is so good to me! :)
Posted by jen at 12:38 PM
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Posted by jen at 11:19 PM
Saturday, July 7, 2007
Have you ever felt like you're running from something? And as long as you keep running it won't catch up with you? But if you ever stop, even for a second, it will swallow you whole? I've had that feeling for the past few days and I can't explain why. Like I have to stay one step ahead, but at the same time like I've forgotten something monumental, and it's going to come crashing in on me any second. Almost like a panicked run, but from what I didn't know. Last night when I got to stop and rest with my family, the feeling went away. I didn't have to run, nothing was chasing me. But for the oddest reason, I felt like I was running away from something about to cave in on me. Relax is what the Lord told me. Relax daughter. You're all right. And I did. I'm sure my sigh of relief could be heard for miles. It wasn't something scary chasing me, it was God. He was trying to slow me down, show me what I was missing. Or rather, what I was about to miss. I am so grateful to my Father for stopping me, turning me around and showing me that there was space for me to relax. Stretch out, breathe, have some fun, and enjoy this time with my family. I cherished every minute of it. Even soaked up the times both boys were upset because they couldn't make a match on their memory game. (For a second there I thought my memory had gone! That game is hard!) By the end of the night, we were all laughing and had had a great time together. Another great feat last night... most family nights the television has stayed on if we were at home. Last night, it went off. The only voices heard were our own and there were no intrusions of bad news, weather reports, or indecent commercials. It was just us. Just our family. Sweet sounds of dice rolling, children counting how many spaces to move, and then cheering when they hit a ladder or chute. They're not prefferable, they just like to land on either.
So here's my lesson :) , when you feel like you're being chased, running so fast that you can't stop, fearful of what's behind you, turn and look to the Lord. Listen to what He has to say. He could very well be the one chasing you telling you to turn around and see what you're missing!
Don't lose out. Stop. Turn. Listen. Relax. God is in control, sisters.
Posted by jen at 7:21 PM